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Friday Funny: The Servant Of All

Jesus taught us that, in order to be great in the Kingdom of God, we have to become the servant of all.

Jesus left His place in Glory and came to earth. He humbled Himself and though he deserved to be worshiped and served, He became a servant.

That’s the way things are with God. Some call it a “Backwards Kingdom”. To receive, you must give. To live for God, you must die to self. To become great, you must become the servant of all.

Joe tells this hilarious version of Jesus teaching this concept to His disciples.

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Friday Funny: Every Child Is Different

Every child is different.

God has made all of us unique, with our own gifts and abilities.

Joe shares the importance of not comparing your child with another. Each kid is different and the Bible says that your gift will make room for you. Our job as parents is to help them develop those gifts.

So trust God to help you raise your child His way! Joe has a great book called: God Knows How To Raise Your Kid, Even If You Don’t. Check it out at JoeMcGeeStore.com

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Anointed to Make Money

It’s graduation time and right after families finish celebrating, the first thought is often — “When are you going to get a job?” Here’s some encouragement for parents and students. 

“A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men”(Proverbs 18:16 KJV).

If you do a Google search on the “failure hall of fame,” you’ll find a list of people who were losers, whose ideas, vision, and talents were initially rejected, and who got fired from jobs. Yet these same people became successful authors, entertainers, presidents, and millionaires. How did that happen? They were persistent, wouldn’t quit, and their gifts made room for them. 

One of the most important things we taught our kids was that they were anointed to make money.We encouraged them that their gifts would make room for them.

Adults may see a kid do something dumb and tell them, “You’re stupid. You’re never going to amount to anything. You just don’t have what it takes. You’ll be lucky if you get a job as a post-hole digger!”

Don’t be the parent that speaks bad things over their kids. I don’t care if they’ve made straight “F’s” on their report card, or if they’ve been sent to the principal’s office every day for the past month! Correct them when necessary, but don’t speak words of poverty and failure over them. Confess God’s Word over them no matter what things look like in the natural. “You’re a blessing going somewhere to happen! You’re blessed going out and coming in! The blessing of God overtakes you! Everything you set your hand to prospers!”

God’s Word can change anything. You just have to speak it and believe it!

The Take Away:

Instill confidence in your kids that their gifts will make room for them. Help them find what their gifts are. I believe in education, but it’s not necessarily their GPA or college degree that will get them a job. It’s God’s gift in them that will get them a job, help them keep a job, and make them prosperous. Knowing how to steward their gift will cause them to be a success. 

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Living a Satisfied Life

There’s no doubt about it, having kids will change your life FOREVER!  

Remember when you and your spouse first started dating and thought, We don’t need anything but each other. We can live on love! You get married and spend all your time playing kissy-face and sucking the lips off of each other for days on end!

Eventually, some babies come along. All of a sudden, things change! There’s not as much time to play kissy-face because there are babies to be fed every few hours, diapers to be changed, and baby clothes to be washed. That little bundle of joy becomes a full-time job for the next 18 years. Life becomes super busy really fast.

Bottom line, the daily stress of taking care of your family can sometimes cause you and your spouse to look at one another and say, “What were we thinking? Remember when we used to sleep in on Saturday mornings? Remember all the time we used to have to hang out with friends and the hardest decision we had to make was what movie to watch?” It’s easy to become dissatisfied because, let’s face it, raising kids is hard work, and you can’t take time off from parenting.

Don’t allow the devil to plant thoughts of discontent in your mind. He’s a liar, and he’s trying to steal from you. If he can get you to dwell on the negatives, you won’t be able to live the abundant life God has planned for you. Jesus said in John 10:10 (NIV), “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” 

God has a rich, satisfying life planned for you. He wants your family blessed so that you can be an example of what a strong, godly family looks like on this earth! 

The Take Away:

The Bible says in Psalm 103:2 (NIV), “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”  If you’re going to live a rich, satisfied life, you have to constantly focus on the good things God has done for you. Stay built up in the Word and in faith, and expect Him to do great things for you and your family. Confess this: “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits…” (Psalm 68:19 KJV).

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Friday Funny: You’ve Loved Me Enough

No one tells parents that parenting is all about teaching and training.

When the baby arrives, everyone comes out of the woodwork to see the new baby and to celebrate. After that, people leave and parents are on their own for the next 18 years…or more! Parenting is an ongoing process and there is only one guide on how to raise kids. That book is the Bible. You see, God knows how to raise your kids, even if you don’t. And that is exactly the title of one of Joe’s greatest books! Joe shares a funny story about how he learned that his life was going to have to jump in and learn to parent! We can be so grateful that God can direct us on how to do that!

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It’s Not About You—It’s About Others

We wanted each of our six kids to be successful.

So an important principle we had to teach them was, “It’s not about you, baby. When you go to school or go to work, it’s about others. It’s about loving God and loving and helping others.”

God places a lot of emphasis on the value of relationships and living to help others. The greatest relationship scripture in the Bible is John 3:16 (KJV), “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

God loved somebody besides Himself. He loved us! And He paid a huge price just to be able to have a relationship with us and to be able to hang out with us for all of eternity. Relationships are a pretty big deal to God.

In Matthew 22:36 the Pharisees asked Jesus, “What is the greatest Law in the commandment?” Without hesitation, He answered, “Well, that’s simple. The first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all of your mind.” But then He added, “There’s also a second law that’s just as important. You need to love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Matthew 22:37-40, paraphrased).

So the entire Law is tied up in these two commandments: love God and love your fellow man. If you want to be successful and have a good life, make sure both of those are top priorities in your life. 

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The Take Away:

The most important thing you can teach your kids is that life isn’t about “you.” It’s about what you do for others. It’s about relationships. Love God and love others. Be considerate. Put others before yourself. Help people. You’ll find that when you love and help others, God will send people to love and help you. 

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Friday Funny: You Have To Ask

In the beginning, God gave the earth to Adam to care for.

When Adam fell, he turned the ownership over to the devil. Since that time, God has not been in charge of the earth. Because of this fact, God has instructed us to ask Him when we desire something. When we ask in prayer, it allows God to legally intervene here on earth. Listen as Joe shares why prayer is not a “Religious” thing, but a Legal thing.

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How to Avoid a Major Parenting Pitfall

We have such big hopes for our children and sometimes those can easily blend into what our own hopes are.

We have such big hopes for our children and sometimes those can easily blend into what our own hopes are.

It’s a mistake to base our plans for them off of what we want. Instead, our plans should be based on what God has for them. The goal of parenting is not to make our child like us, but to help them become more like God. 

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The Take Away:

Don’t expect your child to have the same talents you have. Find out what your child is good at, praise him for it, and then start stewarding what he has by taking him places and exposing him to people with a similar gift.

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The Key to Getting an Answer

Have you ever desperately needed an answer to a question you had about your life?

Every day we face questions like how to deal with co-workers, how to parent our children, how to walk in love, or how to find what God has called us to do.

Did you know that as a child of God, you can get answers to all those questions?

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The Take Away:

We do the natural and God does the supernatural. The way to get our answers to know what to do is to read, study and obey God’s Word. 

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An Important Reminder for Today…

No matter what you’re facing today or how you’re feeling, remember this Circumstances change.

Who you are and what your value is, isn’t based on circumstances, it’s based on what God says about you.

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The Take Away:

In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:37-39

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