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jumpstart 3/3

Posted by dturn on March 3, 2009

“It was for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Galatians 5:1

Oxen never look real excited when they’re in a field pulling a plow.
I’m sure they rather do anything but be outside, under a hot sun, working.
Unfortunately, they don’t have much say in the matter.
When the farmer decides that it is time to work, its time to work.

Thank God that Christ decided to give up His life so we can enjoy ours.
His sacrifice gave us the ability to be with Him in eternity.
It also gave us the right to live here on earth, free from the chains of sin and death.
Once we have accepted this gift, we no longer have to be held back, held down, or reminded of our past.
Our freedom overtakes our past, our present issues and it protects us from future problems.

Whom the Son has set free is free indeed.

Father, thank You for freeing us. This is a deed that only Christ could do. There was no way that we could change the course that we were on. Sin bound us to eternal separation from You. Christ freed us and we are forever grateful. We are also thankful for knowing, if we are born again, we don’t have to be subject to the chains that the enemy uses to keep us from enjoying life here on earth and with You in eternity.
Amen.

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jumpstart 2/16/09

Posted by dturn on February 16, 2009

“…..All things are possible to him who believes”
Mark 9:23

It has been said that faith is not knowing that God can, but knowing that God will.

As a Christ-follower, we get the built-in benefit of unlimited possibilities.
We get to play on a team, where even if it’s the bottom of the ninth inning, and there are two outs, we can still win.

So even if you’re sick, HEALING is possible.
If your marriage is crumbling, RESTORATION is possible.
If there is chaos in your life, PEACE is possible.
If you are broke, PROSPERITY is possible.

Give God a chance to make your impossible POSSIBLE.

Father, thank You for allowing us the opportunity to be on your team.
Thank you for making things POSSIBLE. All we have to do is BELIEVE.
We trust only in Your Word. We rely totally on Your Spirit.
Give us the courage to continue on, inspite of the way things may look.
We believe that You are faithful to do what You said You would do. Amen.

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jumpstart 1/29

Posted by dturn on January 29, 2009

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”
Proverbs 16:3

When we were children, a lot of us had dreams of being an astronaut, a fireman, a ballerina, or some sort of superhero.
We spent most of or waking hours pretending to be what we dreamed of.
As we got older these dreams faded behind the realities of life.

God has created a passion inside of us. This passion is what fulfills our lives and brings Him glory.
If you have a God-given dream don’t be afraid to pursue it.

As sure as God has given it to you, He will provide you with the tools and resources to be successful.
It was God that gave you the inspiration.

Dreams need to be followed up with action.

A dream without a plan is just a good night’s sleep.

He would not have given it to you and not expect anything in return.
In the parable of the talents there were 2 people who put their talents to work and 1 who did not.
God has given you a dream and a passion.
Don’t just hide it or bury underneath doubt and fears (does God really want me to do that?).
Put everything you have behind your God-given dreams.

Make a plan.
Take some action.
Give God the glory.
Don’t ever lose your ability to dream.

God, thank you for giving me the ability to dream.
Thank you for the passion and the courage to go after what you have put in my heart.
I believe that You have given us the ability to see what You see.
From this day I will walk confidently and not give in to fears.
I press toward the mark to obtain the prize that You have for me.

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jumpstart 1/22

Posted by dturn on January 22, 2009

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men”.
Matthew 4:19

Whenever I’m on a road trip, I hate to have to follow someone to our destination.
I seem to either drive too slow or I get distracted by the scenery.
Either way, eventually, I lose track of where they are and I inevitably miss a turn.

Who or what we follow has a lot to do with where we end up and how long it takes us to get there.

As you start your day today, who or what are you following?
Are you following the latest trends and losing your identity?
Are you following the money and forgetting your purpose?

Jesus wants us to lay down our desires, our motives, what we really want, in order to follow Him.
In return he promises to give us a life that is really worth living.

He is the only way to get to that life.
If you follow Him, you’ll never be lost.

Father, help me to continue to follow the path that You have set before me. Thank you for opening doors of opportunity on a daily basis for me. Help me to look past the distractions of life. I also ask for the wisdom and guidance to be successful in pursuing Your vision for my life.

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jumpstart 1/12

Posted by dturn on January 12, 2009

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.”
Psalm 139:23-24

One of the things that separate the “one-hit wonders” from those with long-lasting success is character.

Character is often defined as doing what’s right, even if no one is looking.
A person with good character is thought to be dependable and trustworthy.
It is our responsibility to represent ourselves in the best way possible.
The president of your company and the janitor should be able to see that you can be relied on at all times.

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

God, I desire to please You in every area of my life. remove any barriers that would keep me from experiencing all that You have for me. I will strive to live each day with the focus of fullfilling my purpose and blessing everyone that comes my way. I look forward to a long life, full of victories and accomplishments. My future is in Your hands.
Amen.

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jumpstart (1/6/09)

Posted by dturn on January 6, 2009

“Am I my brothers keeper?”
Genesis 4:9

As we go about our daily tasks it’s easy to think that we are on an island.
We rush from one appointment to the next, consumed with our own agendas.

We have to look out for ourselves.
If we don’t, who will?

God never intended for us to live out lives alone.
He created us with a strong need to be on a team.

Whether your team is in an office, on a field, or in a church, God made us for relationships.
The stronger our relationships, the more success we will achieve in life.

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
Henry Ford

We need each other for our lives to be as successful as God intended them to be.

Father, help us to work together as a team. We long to be ONE family, representing You to the entire world. Our unity and concern for each other should be a reflection of Your love for us.
You have given us an important assignment. We trust that your Spirit will be with us to guide and direct. Thank You for the victories.
Amen.

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jumpstart 11/3

Posted by dturn on November 3, 2008

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Galatians 6:9

When facing a difficult situation you must face it head on.
No matter if your back is against the wall and you can’t figure out the solution, you must deal with it.

Don’t be distracted by those people who say that you can’t make it.
Don’t be distracted by your past failures and mistakes.
God loves you too much to let you be defeated.
He has provided a way of escape for you.

It’s up to you to take it.

Even though it may seem impossible, all things are possible with God.
Get rid of any negativity or unbelief. This will only hinder you.

Continue to build your faith by reading God’s word.
Let go of any bitterness, anger, or unforgiveness. These things will stop your blessings.
End any sinful practices and wrong associations.
Proverbs 13:20 says that a companion of fools will be a fool.
Connect with people of integrity and strength.
You have to want to get out.
Seek direction from the word of God.
When the time comes, act.
Don’t be afraid to make a move in the direction you want to go.

It may be tough but the reward is worth it.

Father, thank You for the ability to keep going.
Although it difficult sometimes, it is comforting to know that You are always with me.
Your Holy Spirit is a guide and an encourager for me.
As I continue to walk in Your path, I am confident that I will receive Your blessings.
Give me the strength to climb over, walk through and dig deep until I reach my goal.
Amen.

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jumpstart 10/27

Posted by dturn on October 27, 2008

“They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.”
Psalm 145:7

Today is a day to celebrate.
It is a brand new occasion to feel good and to expect great things.
In spite of the challenges that you will face today, take some time out to celebrate.

You may celebrate by wearing that favorite outfit that you have in your closet.
You also may celebrate by playing that song that makes you want to dance whenever you hear it.

Whatever you need to do to enjoy this day, you need to do it.

God has created this moment in time for you not to be depressed and blue, but to rejoice at the fact that you were given another day on this earth.
Don’t take for granted this opportunity.
Don’t let situations and circumstances keep you from celebrating.
Don’t let people overwhelm you with their problems.

Choose to celebrate.
Choose to make yourself happy.
Choose to live.

Father, thank you for giving me many reasons to celebrate. Thank You for being able to look in the mirror and see the wonderful person that you have created. Help me to show others that they also have a reason to celebrate. As I go forward into my day, help me to remember that this and every day, should be celebrated. I rejoice in Your love and kindness toward me. Amen.

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jumpstart 10/20

Posted by dturn on October 20, 2008

‘I, the Lord, do not change….”
Malachi 3:6

Change is an unavoidable part of life.
You would have a hard time finding anything or anyone, who was able to maintain a level of success, that didn’t have to deal with change.
Change is happening all around us, whether we like it or not.

We may not understand the latest fashion switches. Or the latest going on in the music or art world.
What we thought was hip is now considered old-school.

One of the greatest attributes of God is that He never changes.
He is the same loving, concerned Creator that He always was.

The stories that we read about in the bible are gripping and inspiring.
The way that God blessed His people and showed His love to them is amazing.

Even more amazing is His love for us today.
His love is able to span thousands of years and countless generations of people who are lost in search of a savior.

Styles and taste may change but the love of God is always in season.

Lord, thank You for never changing. We are forever thankful for Your faithfulness to us.
Even when we make mistake after mistake, You forgive us and welcome us home again.
Your compassion never fails and it never ceases to amaze me how You love us.
Let us be more mindful to show consistent love and mercy, just as You have shown us.

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jumpstart 6/23

Posted by dturn on June 23, 2008

“Am I my brothers keeper?”
Genesis 4:9

As we go about our daily tasks it’s easy to think that we are on an island.
We rush from one appointment to the next, consumed with our own agendas.
We have to look out for ourselves. If we don’t, who will?
God never intended for us to live out lives alone.
He created us with a strong need to be on a team.
Whether your team is in an office, on a field, or in a church, God made us for relationships.
The stronger our relationships, the more success we will achieve in life.

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
Henry Ford

We need each other for our lives to be as successful as God intended them to be.

Father, help us to work together as a team. We long to be ONE family, representing You to the entire world. Our unity and concern for each other should be a reflection of Your love for us.
You have given us an important assignment. We trust that your Spirit will be with us to guide and direct. Thank You for the victories.
Amen.

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