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Monthly Archives: January 2019

BONUS DAY #296

Pastor Tim Fisher, Lead Pastor of Crossroads Community Church, is my successor.  I have a long term agreement and mutual commitment with Crossroads as the Pastor Emeritus.  Pastor Tim asked me to help with putting some of  our “Crossroads DNA” into his Campus Pastors.  It was a delight to start that ministry adventure today on my 296th Bonus Day on this planet.  Everyone I met today has the same calling, but different personality and skill set.  I am reminded how all of us our different, but all of us are important–very important, in the advancement of the Gospel.  Don’t ever sell yourself short.  As long you are alive today, and there are people who need connected with God, then your most important day is TODAY to advance the Good News of Jesus Christ!

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

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BONUS DAY #295

Up at 3:30 AM wide awake today.  It’s not a good thing, however we are so close to our Tour to Israel the last minute details are bearing down on us.  I was able to exchange a number of emails with our Tour Company in Israel in real time (they are 7 hours ahead).  Trying to look on the positive side, just like Marceil taught me!  You may be sleep deprived because of a lung medication but to the Israelis I look like a hard-working dedicated guy.  Ha!

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #294

The last few days I have been focusing upon the Tree of Life.  The Tree that God put in the “midst of the Garden” but more specifically, God placed the Tree of Life in the midst of our lives.  The Tree of Life is the (Cross of Christ)–that symbol of sacrifice that overcomes sin and death.  It is Life.  Each of us needs to join ourselves to the Tree of Life.  (“Eat of it”)  The only way to really understand what it means to join ourselves to the Tree of Life is if/when we understand the idea of trust–entrusting–faith–belief–and yielding ourselves completely to God.  In life, as we eat of the Tree of Life, we develop a deep trust in God.  We learn this trust now, so that God can trust us through out all of eternity.  Even the Tree of Life is means to an end, not an end in itself.  The purpose, power, and process of God goes on and on.

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #293

Give each day to God.  Just give it to Him.  Don’t ask Him–“What does this day have for me?”  Because it is about you–not about God.  Each day we receive is not just a blessing, and certainly not just a “BONUS DAY” but each day belongs–start to finish–to God.  If you give your day to God, then, and only then will you truly “be” God’s!

Every day is a Bonus Day!  (And each Bonus Day is God’s).

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #292

I have really been thinking about how far our Sunday preaching is straying from the Word of God.  The Bible teaching/preaching at the End of Time is actually part of Biblical Prophecy.  There will be a famine in the land of “my Word says the Lord.”  Not only a Sunday Morning issue, people today don’t read it, study it, know much about what the Bible says, and are too distracted to get into it.  It’s time for us to realize that a lack of the Word of God is why our country (and whole world for that matter) has such a division.  The basic premise of Jesus’ teaching is to “love one another.”  He said the whole Bible is summed up with “Do unto others the way you would have them do unto you.”  There you go….let’s get back in it and into it!

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #291

I had to apologize today for something that wasn’t “directly” my fault, but because I am ultimately responsible for the situation, it is on me to make it right.  It was an oversight, simple human oversight, but never-the-less, caused extra work for some and inconvenience for others.  PLUS, it was something that could have been prevented had I personally doubled checked a person’s help (or something I thought they had done).  I believe, AND teach it:  You have to apologize and accept responsibility as part of the problem solving process.  Many people don’t want to apologize they just want to problem solve and move on.  The problem with not apologizing is the process gets too rushed.  There may be things involved that need ironed out further in a situation.  If you rush the process the things that are systemic may not get ironed out.  So here goes:  When you realize there has been an error on your watch–First accept responsibility for it.  Second, look deeper around it.  There have been other errors in the same context being overlooked at the same time.  Third, figure out a way to move forward.  (At least offer up options and solutions).  Fourth, MOVE ON.  Put it behind you.  If others won’t or hold it against you–that’s their problem.  (If they hold it against you a relationship with them in whatever capacity the context was/is, wouldn’t have worked out very well anyway).

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #290

While working on a new project for 2019 I really was able to focus on a statement Job makes–“He who made me in the womb, made them in the womb.”  As I pointed out in the project, when “womb” is mentioned in the Bible it is a heart stopping moment of reverence.  The original word means a Holy and Reverent and Complete Accomplishment.  WOW.  Heart stopping.  Job is showing us that we can better control our thoughts, our will and our emotions–“I will make a covenant with my eyes,” idea.  Our “control” of thoughts, will and emotions comes as we take it down a notch by  TREATING OTHERS BETTER.

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

Bonus Day #289

My lung condition has been giving me “fits” lately, so I had to up the medication some.  It gives some relief but seems to make me edgy.  Edginess is that thing that creeps up on me.  I don’t realize what is going on unless it is pointed out.  Better breathing, but harder to be around…YIKES.  Good for me, but bad for you–(kind of thing).  The cycle is a constant reminder that life is short and you need to do all you can for God with TODAY–regardless of how you “feel.”  As far as “awareness goes,” one’s awareness of God’s presence is the key to everything.

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #288

I had the honor today to participate in a unique experience.  A Pastor was apologizing to his congregation and I was asked to coordinate and moderate the service.  Restoration, reconciliation and forgiveness were all present (as it should be), but it occurred to me how often those three things are not present today.  They should be.  They must be.  We need to pray until we see RESTORATION, RECONCILIATION, AND FORGIVENESS as part of our personal lives in every way.  Once part of our personal lives–THEN (and only THEN) we will see them in the Church!

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #287

Getting “caught up” is only fun after you have actually gotten “caught up.”

HOWEVER….

EVERY DAY IS A BONUS DAY!

Much Love,

Marc