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Sunday, January 10, 2016

New Beginnings

Genesis 9:1-29

So many in life are overshadowed and are driven by their fears, their hurts, their blunders, their mistakes, their burdens and their hick-ups in life. Noah and his family are now back on dry ground. It's been a rough ride but now God has dried up the waters of the earth. God hangs a rainbow in the sky and says; " Never again will a flood destroy the Earth"

This is a sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and everything living around you and everyone living after you. I'm putting my rainbow in the clouds, a sign of the covenant between me and the Earth. (12)

Even God says it's time to move forward. Too many of us in life live in the past instead of our future. None of us can do anything about our mistakes, our failures, our shortcomings, the things we wish we could change in the past. It's time to move ahead.

"Twenty years from now, you'll be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did do." Mark Twain

There is a reason that you are still on planet earth. God isn't finished with you. There are still more mountains to climb, valleys to cross, victories to win, storms to overcome, and challenges to conquer. God is taking you and me somewhere. Regardless of the past or the forecast, like Noah; "I have all intention of staying on the boat till I see the sun shine again, and I see the heavens open up over my life and fulfill the mandate and the promises of God in my life.

What are you dealing with today? What keeps lingering in your fuzzy thought life? Allow the Holy Spirit of God to overshadow you with fresh vision, fresh energy and fresh faith to go places you have never been, to do things that you have never done, to become someone that you have never been.

Through the spirit of God within you say; " No longer will I allow my past to overshadow my life, but I will be driven by Christ alone and the faith He has placed in my heart.  He will take the steering wheel of my life, and I will become all that He has created me to become for His honor and glory. In the days He has assigned my life on this earth, "I declare; today is a new day with new beginnings, yes new beginnings."

Saturday, January 9, 2016

New Beginnings 2016

In the book of Genesis, 1:1 God created the heavens and the earth. Does God still create new dreams in the hearts and minds of people today? New plans, ideas, and new vision today? Is God still the author of "New life?" What about the new baby that came into the world last night? My daughter Dana and my son-n-law Jason are excited about their new baby that is due April 2016, and so is Poppy and Nana.What is it, that God wants to do NEW in your life this NEW YEAR 2016?

Isaiah 43 says,  "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. You say, "But Danny, you don't know about my recent setback, failure, and a nightmare that am I going through right now," 

Did you realize that before the butterfly can fly, it's wrapped up in its cocoon in the dark on the backside of some tree? It doesn't look like it has many options. But after it becomes a butterfly it doesn't just sit there and wait for somebody to drill a whole and let it out. No! That butterfly knows that it has to make a move if it's going to be set free to fly.

In the same way, we have to make our move by praying, seeking the face of God, seeking His word, possibly fasting. Then expect God to do what you can't do on your own. Pressing forward to reach the mark is the only option to our victory. Paul said, "I press." Not, I'm sitting waiting for a flash from the sky.  Not when somebody calls me and comes to my attention. God knows right where you are today. He knows the number of hairs on your head.

God hasn't forgotten you and knows how to get to you right in the middle of your stormy winds. Many times, God is in the middle of doing something new in our pain and discomfort. Have you ever seen a mother give birth sitting back on a sailboat? NO!!

I believe that many new beginnings come out of our discomfort and difficulty. Listen, God's plans never change for you, regardless. Look up, something new is in the making right now. God sees it and why don't you have the faith right now that if God is for you who can be against you. There's something in the wind that's coming your way. Get ready to spread your wings and fly like an eagle and soar to PLACES you have never been, and to DO things you have never done before.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

“Made For More” 2

I’ve enjoyed coffee for several years, but when my youth pastor, Tim, bought me a grinder. Now that I grind the coffee beans myself, my love for coffee went to a NEW LEVEL! You can’t get the flavor out of the bean until it goes through the “Grinding Process.” Have you gotten upset about God’s grinding process? Then, a lot of us love our coffee in various ways. My dad loves his black, my wife loves her creamer and sweetener additives, and me, personally I love my Truvia, half and half with whip cream on top. For me, coffee was made for more than just plain black!

Did you realize that God has designed you just the way you are, but has MORE IN STORE for your life? Have you DISCOVERED what God has for your own life? Columbus believed there was more beauty and adventure beyond his own location. Man’s theory in his day was, if you go too far beyond the borders of the sea, you would fall off the earth. But something within him said, “I know there’s more out there that I’ve not seen.” He was driven to discover MORE.

God says, “Eye hath not seen, nor has ear heard the things that God has prepared for them that love him.” (1 Cor 2:9) Are you stuck where you are in your journey with God? Have you gotten content, complacent, and satisfied with your growth in God?  Many times we don’t understand the valleys, storms, setbacks and dilemmas we are going through, but we need to realize that God has a process to bring about progress in our lives. God knows how to bring flavor into our lives, beyond bland.

Who needs to see the testimony that will come out of your test? Who is going to see the miracle that comes out of your mess? Who is it that will experience their own deliverance out of your own dilemma? God’s ways are higher than our ways! What’s hindering God’s Progress in your life?

  • Has FEAR hindered God’s Progress? Israel allowed fear to keep them from Progress. The Promise Land was waiting for them. Only Joshua and Caleb used their faith to go in. You cannot defeat giants in your life without believing that God is greater than your setbacks, storms, and struggles.
  • Has DOUBT hindered God’s Progress? Doubt tried to keep me away from going into fulltime ministry and being a pastor in Jacksonville, Florida. God brought many challenging processes to bring about His progress in my life. Quit questioning every step toward your progress! God knows what He’s doing and is the MASTER engineer of your destiny.
  • Has COMPLACENCY hindered God’s Progress? This is where you become unmoved, apathetic, and unconcerned in life. Years ago after an injury in sports, I developed a frozen shoulder. Because of the pain, I refused to use it. It wasn’t till my doctor gave me instructions to stretch beyond my pain that I was able to get my full motion back in my shoulder.
  • Has ANXIETY hindered God’s Progress? Anxieties are part of life. But life is too short to live uptight, flustered, and a bundle of nerves. Break through your uncertainties and be confident that God is for you and has MUCH MORE in store, and that no devil in hell can stop you from God’s design and plan for your life. “Be confident that He will complete what He’s started in your life”

      -Press on through God’s Process and you'll see God’s Progress in your life.-

“Made For More” 1

As a boy, I grew up thinking, “One day, I want to be a professional baseball player.” Playing and being a starting pitcher for my High School brought hope where I might spend my future. But one night in my bedroom, God came to me in a way like I’d never experienced. He spoke to my heart and called me to preach the gospel. Not with an audible voice but way down in my spirit man. What I thought would lead me into the sports arena, God began to declare to me that I was “Made for More” than my thoughts with sports.

Where are you in life? Have you had thoughts that there may be more that God has in store for your life? Satan comes to steal and kill the plans and thoughts that God has ordained for your life. But have you asked, “God, was I Made For MORE”?

What hinders many from “More” is, they focus on where they have been, what they have done and think it’s too late to get where they need to go.

Moses could have easily gotten stuck in the house of Pharaoh. He had it made in the king’s palace. He was Pharaoh’s grandson. Pharaoh’s daughter saved him from the Nile River. He had all the security, provision, power, and stability at his fingertips, but is that what he was Made for?

God had other plans, but God also had a process to get Moses where he needed to be. As he grew up, he noticed all the pain and suffering of Israel. One day in anger, he became fed up with a soldier who was mistreating and beating one of the Hebrews. Moses ended up killing the soldier. He buried him, but someone saw the whole deal. Moses ends up running for his life and ends up on the backside of a desert for forty years.

God always has a PROCESS to get us where we need to go. Most honest people will admit, “There’s no fun in God’s process to bring progress in our life.

Maybe you’re going through your desert season like Moses. Perhaps you’re in your run like David from King Saul. Are you in your own cave experience like Elijah who was ready to die! Possibly you’re in your prison cell like the apostle Paul who questioned: “What good could come from this?” Maybe you’re like Peter who denied Christ three times. Yes, you have made your mistakes, but God IS NOT FINISHED with you. He has not completed the assignment designed for you, nor had he completed His work in these great men of God.

So will you stay on the assembly line that God has ordained for your life?  In spite of your hick-ups, hang ups, and hurts? Will you continue to fertilize the garden He started in your spiritual man? Will you wait for the fruit to blossom, and not give up because there’s only three oranges on the tree this year? That’s all I have on my orange tree at this point, but one day I’m expecting three hundred plus oranges. And in my life, I expect greater things ahead. Because, I was “MADE FOR MORE”.  Friend, so were you.
-Press on through God’s Process and you'll see God's Progress in your life.-

Sunday, November 29, 2015


No matter what pain you are experiencing right now, it could always be worse! Yes, your gut wrenching ordeal could be more severe and painful. What window have you chosen to look out? Jehoshaphat chose to look out a window that would be for “The Best” in his dire and dreadful situation. What do you do when three powerful nations are coming to take your head off? RUN OR FIGHT?

What are your options in your dark despair? You can choose a window to be depressed, despondent, defeated, give up and quit! Or you can say, “NO”, “God has placed within me a will to FIGHT BACK!” That is the RIGHT WINDOW to look through! Refuse to look out the window of losing, quitting and throwing in the towel. Hell will try to convince and persuade you in your despair that you’re finished, you’re done and that there is NO HOPE in sight.

This wise King Jehoshaphat of Judah chose another path to his success. Let’s take a view out the same window that steered him to his success.

Now steering makes a huge difference toward your success. Poor steering has never won a Nascar Race. When the steering wheel is in your hands and you’re the MAIN SOLO one involved, you really can’t blame anybody but yourself, regardless of what somebody may tell you! Over the Thanksgiving holidays, I was riding a four wheeler alone with another family member up ahead. I had just been told, “You should open it up, you can’t flip that machine!” I said, “Really, okay I can do that.”

I had been watching him on his four wheeler and thought, “I can do that too.” It was in my hands what I did with the steering. I chose to take them at their word, but I am to blame for what was about to happen. With the video running, I thought, “I can spin it out like he does.” The next thing I knew, I was flying off the four wheeler through the air. It wasn’t the flying through the air that was so painful, it was that SUDDEN STOP that broke my collar bone and cracked some ribs.

Now who had the steering wheel? It wasn’t my family member, nope it was me! I was the one in control of the throttle and the steering wheel. Friend, you and I hold the key to our own success. We hold the key to our own victory.

You can run, hide and cave in to your fears and despair, or you can move the steering wheel to your own victory. John declares, “Whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world and this is the victory that overcomes, even our faith.” (1John 5:4) It was Jehoshaphat’s steering of faith and Praise to God that led Judah to their Great Victory in 1Chron 20: 1-25

What window will you look out? Will you choose to steer toward your own Victory? You can turn there NOW and watch God do great things for you. He’s no respecter of persons. “Father, give each of us the determination to FIGHT when all of Hell is coming at us. Your power hasn’t changed. Help each of us as we LOOK and STEER to the author and finisher of our Faith.”

Saturday, November 28, 2015


One day I was launching for the first time with a borrowed boat. Within a few moments, water was rushing into the back of the boat. A man close by commented, “If you don’t find that plug, you’re going to lose that boat.” He knew I was in trouble when I said, “What plug?” Sometimes we get into a situation that is over our heads. What do we do in these moments? Panic, run, hide, and give up? Or do we “Fight Back” to overcome our dilemma?

King Jehoshaphat was in over his head when three mighty nations chose to war against Judah. (2 Chronicles 20) In the natural, those nations clearly outnumbered Judah and would have easily crushed them. But what he did can help each of us in our own troubles today.

He chose to Pray and see what God had to say about this struggle. There are times that all we can do is say, “Lord, HELP!” Are you asking for God’s help in your crisis?

He also chose to Patiently wait for God’s instructions in this crisis. God speaks and declares, “STAND STILL and you shall see the salvation of the Lord.” When you have lost your job, marriage or your money, running isn’t the answer. Jehoshaphat could have said, “Grab your mule and start running for your lives.” The big problem was that they were completely surrounded.

He chose to see a Perspective that couldn’t be seen with the natural eye. In the natural, they were going to be destroyed. But God’s perspective was, “You shall see the salvation of the Lord.” That means that God has the power to deliver you. “Don’t panic, flee or run. I’m bigger than anything you have faced before.”

He chose to work out a Plan that was bigger than his own. Listen, Satan has never yet surprised God with his schemes. God is always thousands of steps ahead of his demise. Trusting God’s plan requires great faith and confidence on our part.

He chose to lead his people in Praises to God. You say, “I have been waiting for my breakthrough, my miracle, and it still hasn’t happened.” God’s word to you is, “Keep fighting back with your Praise.” It declares, “My God’s not dead, He is still alive.” It says, “God knows exactly right where I am, and Satan will be defeated.” Your Praise proclaims, “God’s not finished with His Plans, and His thoughts are higher than my thoughts.” It crescendos, “In the end, we Win.” As they are “PRAISING THE LORD,” the King watches the enemy turn on one another and destroy them.

He chose to see God’s Prosperity. Not only would Judah win in the struggle, God had MORE IN STORE than they could conceive. When the three nations destroyed one another, it took Judah three days to strip off the dead bodies and collect the gold, silver and treasures. Does God see “Something Good” in the making from your trouble? Has the enemy crossed the line in threatening you with fear, torment and doubt? “Fight Back” with God’s Process of Praise. “Between the Promise and the Payoff there is a Process, but without the Process there is no Progress.” Thank God, even though I was in over my head with my boat, God came to my rescue. Learning a better Process keeps boats floating! Check the Plug next time!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Fight Back With Praise 2

   Years ago my brother-in-law Professor Richard Hodges, did a study and experiment on his students at Fletcher High School. His study was about how people deal with Negativity? He brought a student up in front of the class and began to praise them for their intelligence, being bright, cheerful and their good looks. While placing pressure on their upheld arms, the person had no problem with holding steady and strong to the weight. Then he began to put him down with his words. He said, “You sure look bad today, are you sick, do you have fever? What really happen to you when you were born? I’ve noticed that your nose is crooked and you appear to be a real down and outer a loser in life! Within a few moments, the person began to struggle to keep their arms up, and quickly began to lose their strength. What happen? Pessimism changed their performance in keeping their arms up. 

I’m convinced that all of us are going to face negativity in life. At work, in our home, with a snooty neighbor or the waitress that’s having a bad day. How do we combat the erosion of negativity that attempts to affect our joy, peace and our Christian journey with God?

Fight Back With Praise!” David fought back by saying, “I will bless the Lord at all times and his praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Ps 34:1) He is challenged with a bear, lion and a giant named Goliath. Twenty one times, King Saul attempted to kill hm. His own dad Jesse didn’t even consider bringing him among his other sons when Samuel ask for them. Samuel stated, I’m about to anoint the next King of Israel.”
              Praise requires Faith
        It Changes your Focus
        It Produces Favor on your life

God says, “Let us lay aside EVERY WEIGHT and the sin that doth so easily besets us.”(Heb 12:1) When the enemy puts you down with his own gloom and doom, Fight Back and Praise your God who is Jehovah Jira your provider, Shalom your peace, Rapha your healer and Nissi who is your Victory.

Has worry, anxiety, stress, fear, doubt and discouragement got your weighed down? God teaches us to Fight Back with PRAISE! King Jehoshaphat of Judah WON against three huge armies who had outnumbered them, but he chose to Stand Still and Praise The Name of his Jehovah. In the battle, the three armies turned on each other and destroyed one another. Then Judah collected treasures off of dead bodies for three days. I wonder what treasure God has in store for you?

Why not lift up your voice right now and declare. “Thank you Jesus that You are for me.” You have said, “Nothing shall be able to pluck you out of MY hands.” “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” Open your mouth today and declare, What God started in my life, He will complete it. Friend, He is for you, and if He is for you, who can be against you!