Think Like a Rat

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One of my favorite movies by Pixar is Ratatouille. It is a story about a rat, Remy, and his dream to be a world-famous chef. Not sure why, but I woke up early one morning this week with Remy on my mind. It was weird because I can not tell you the last time I watched this movie, but pretty normal for me because I am a little weird.

I was taken back to the Ratatouille Short Movie, where Remy and Remy’s brother, Emille, are explaining the History of Rats. In one scene, Remy makes the statement, “A rat is pretty flexible. Any hole a rat can fit its head through, it can work its whole body through.”

The Lord woke me up with this thought.

“Whatever you are going through in life, if you can get your head (mind/thinking) through it, you can work the rest of your life through. For you are what you think.”

Now this doesn’t happen on your own. The sooner you realize you cannot do life without God the better off you will be. See a hole is a metaphor for an obstacle/situation in your life and to get your mind/thinking through it, you must first get your mind/thinking off of it. This can only happen by changing the way you think, which is what God specializes in.

Romans 12:2, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world but let GOD transform you by changing the way you think!”

So getting your mind through it starts with God getting your mind off of it and on to Him and His assignment for you. God even instructs us what will happen when we allow our sinful thinking to control us:

Romans 8:6, “So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”

Did you ever wonder why a rat wanted to squeeze and contort its body through the hole? Why would it go through the trouble?  Because they know that something greater lies on the other side of obstacle than where they are now. Know this today, there is something greater on the other side of your situation/obstacle. The holes/situations in your life are not to frustrate you. They are to elevate you, glorify God and give you life and peace.

Little did I know the Lord was using a Pixar movie to prepare me to walk through a weighty and heavy situation. My Prayer is this silly but biblical illustration will you give you the HOPE it gave me.

-Pastor BWT

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Parenting for the Future

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Four Simple Principles Parents Must Buy Into…

  1. Pay Now, Play Later.

If parents are willing to bite the bullet now and not give in to every whim their child has, they actually build a healthy son or daughter who is ready for a happy life as an adult. Think “invest,” not “spend.”

  1. The Further Out I Can See, the Better the Decision I Make Today.

If parents will consider the long-term impact of their decision to rescue their child from hardship or prevent any difficulty from happening, they will be better leaders. Think long-term readiness, not short-term happiness.

  1. It’s Better to Prepare a Child Than Repair an Adult.

Parents are not raising children—they are raising future adults. Always think: I am a trainer. Everything we do each day either prepares them for their future or fails to do so. It builds their self-esteem or depletes it.

  1. Don’t Parent to Make You Happy—Parent to Make Them Healthy.

Let’s face it. Some of what we do for our children, we do because it makes us feel better as a provider, as a caretaker, and as a person who vicariously lives out some of our kids’ joys. Be sure what you do isn’t for you, but for them.

Remember: We must prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child.


As for Me and My House…..

family-prayer-featured1 If there is one thing we all know, it is that this world is getting worse faster than it is getting better. You can turn on CNN or FOX News and analysts try to pinpoint the reason for our decline. We can blame our government, our President, or our economy; but I believe the root of turmoil in America and the world today begins in the home.

I whole-heartedly believe that “satan’s Bull’s Eye” is on the family unit.  Think about it. For most people, your family has the most influence on your life.  Now, it could be bad influence or good influence, nonetheless, it is influence.              My job as a father is to influence or train my children in the way they should go based on Biblical standards.  In 2012, Pew Research came out with a study that stated 31.5%  (2.1 billion people) proclaim the Christianity religion.  In the USA, there are over 200,000,000 million who proclaim to be Christians.  So I pose a question to myself, if all these people proclaim Christianity and we are all reading the same book (The Bible) and are all training / instructing our children Biblically and Christianity has the most followers in the world, then shouldn’t we have a louder voice than we do now?

Here is my take. I believe we need Christians in Politics standing up for the Bible. I believe we need Christians proclaiming the Gospel in the workplace and I believe we need Christians fighting the good fight in the schools; but if we only do it in those arenas and not at home, I believe we step into hypocrisy. What is done at home should overflow into our government, schools, and workplace. As it is right now, what is done in our government, schools, and workplace is overflowing into the home.

I ran across a story in the Bible of a guy who lost his family and his life, even though he was a pastor.  It is the story of Eli.  Eli was a priest of Israel.  He lived in the house of God. Yet he had two sons that were wicked (Hophni and Phinehas). I remember reading this when I was younger and thinking “how could a priest, who lived in the house of God, and knew the scriptures, have sons who were evil?” Now that I am older, I can find four errors he made or could have made:

  1. Emphasis – When you emphasize on teaching and instructing others, and neglect your family by not putting in the same power and attention.*
  2. Expectation – Eli may have thought his sons would “get it” just because they lived in the house of the Lord. Just because our families go to church every Wednesday and Sunday, does not mean they all “get it”.  It must be taught in the home.*
  3. Example – You have to live out what you preach.  We can talk it; nothing is being heard until we walk it. *
  4. Entanglements – If we get so caught up in our jobs, professions and callings, we blind ourselves to our failures. *

Examine these four errors and then examine your life.  Where do you fail at home? I can tell you this-I need to re-focus in every area. I hope this empowers you so you can empower your family, then your family can empower their surroundings and ultimately, empower the world for Christ.

Remember, the Scriptures teach that if we do not faithfully lead our own household, we lack the qualifications to lead beyond the home (1 Tim. 3:4, 5) – in other words, if it doesn’t work at home, don’t export it.

Blessings,

BWT

*The Maxwell Leadership Bible by John C. Maxwell


Lessons from “The Chosen Weeping Prophet”

ImageHaving kids is one of the greatest blessings on the face of this earth and I love it when God uses these 5 blessings of mine to speak to me.  I had one of these moments today.

Every family with multiple kids has a child that is different.  A child who is gifted in the area of energy and mischief and for the Tisko Nation, Seth Jeremiah is “that child”.  From an early age he has lived up to his name, Seth meaning “chosen” and Jeremiah the “weeping prophet”.  Really. The Chosen Weeping Prophet! At night, he would cry. In his car seat, he would cry. When he wanted milk (his favorite), he would cry.  He was good at what he did.

Now he is 3 years old and has gotten a lot better but every now and then the “Jeremiah” rises up inside and he puts on a theatrical show of whines and tears.  One of those moments happened today.  It was late afternoon and I could tell he was getting tired.  Something happened that set him off and he was beside himself.  He seeks me out and asks for the anti-dote of his cries “milk”.  As he approached me I knew what he wanted but he was whining to the point that speech was jumbled.  I reply to him, “Seth, please stop whining, calm down and tell me want you need.”  It was at this moment God spoke to me.

Through my whining 3 year old, God said, “Look at him, this is what you look like sometimes to Me.”  How many times have I come before God tired, whining and crying about things only He could supply.  See, Seth is not able to get his milk and heat it up in the microwave without making a mess and putting himself in danger.  God is saying to us whenever you are tired, instead of whining and crying to Me, calm down and tell me what you need.  Do not try and get it yourself, because all that will do is make a mess and put you in danger.

Proverbs 3: 5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
 And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.”

1 Peter 5:7, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

Isaiah 40:31, “Yet those who wait for the Lord; Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles; They will run and not get tired; They will walk and not become weary.”

So next time, you are tired and in need of something calm down and ask the Father, not trusting in your own ability but in God’s perfect promises.

Until next time……..

Pastor BWT


The Encounter – Audio Sermon

This is a sermon I preached almost two years ago at a Youth Revival.

Link: The Encounter

Directions:

  1. Click on the Link
  2. Choose the Download button (lower right hand corner)
    1. The file will download to your computer
  3. Enjoy!

Be Blessed!

Pastor BWT

 


Ten Secrets to a Successful Marriage

Great Article!

Here are ten principles that will help you create and maintain a successful marriage.

Successful couples are savvy. They read books, attend seminars, browse Web articles and observe other successful couples. However, successful couples will tell you that they also learn by experience – trial and error.

Here are ten principles of success I have learned from working with and observing hundreds of couples:

  1. Happiness is not the most important thing. Everyone wants to be happy, but happiness will come and go. Successful couples learn to intentionally do things that will bring happiness back when life pulls it away.
  2. Couples discover the value in just showing up. When things get tough and couples don’t know what to do, they need to hang in there and be there for their spouse. Time has a way of helping couples work things out by providing opportunities to reduce stress and overcome challenges.
  3. If you do what you always do, you will get same result. Wise couples have learned that you have to approach problems differently to get different results. Often, minor changes in approach, attitude and actions make the biggest difference in marriage.
  4. Your attitude does matter. Changing behavior is important, but so is changing attitudes. Bad attitudes often drive bad feelings and actions.
  5. Change your mind, change your marriage. How couples think and what they believe about their spouse affects how they perceive the other. What they expect and how they treat their spouse matters greatly.
  6. The grass is greenest where you water it. Successful couples have learned to resist the grass is greener myth – i.e. someone else will make me happy. They have learned to put their energy into making themselves and their marriage better.
  7. You can change your marriage by changing yourself. Veteran couples have learned that trying to change their spouse is like trying to push a rope – almost impossible. Often, the only person we can change in our marriage is ourselves.
  8. Love is a verb, not just a feeling. Everyday life wears away the “feel good side of marriage.” Feelings, like happiness, will fluctuate. But, real love is based on a couple’s vows of commitment: “For better or for worse” – when it feels good and when it doesn’t.
  9. Marriage is often about fighting the battle between your ears. Successful couples have learned to resist holding grudges, bringing up the past and remembering that they married an imperfect person – and so did their spouse.
  10. A crisis doesn’t mean the marriage is over. Crises are like storms: loud, scary and dangerous. But to get through a storm you have to keep driving. A crisis can be a new beginning. It’s out of pain that great people and marriages are produced.
Copyright © 2009, Mitch Temple. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

Seven methods of God’s Guidance

As we start the 4-part series on “Discerning the Voice of God”, here are seven methods God may use in guiding your life.

a) Inner Convictions

  • Through the Holy Spirit, you have a direct line into the wisdom and knowledge of God Himself.

b) Spiritual Confirmation

  • 2 Timothy 3:16, All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness”

c) Prophetic Confirmation

  • Through the prophetic word of someone else, God can confirm what He has already spoken to your heart.

d) Godly Counsel

  • Proverbs 11:14, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety”
  • Psalm 1:1, “Blessed is the man, Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,”
  • Before you make any major decisions in your life, open yourself up to feedback from experienced, wise, godly people whom you respect.

e) Circumstances

  • There are times when God will allow things to happen in your life in order to make you move.
    • Example, If there is no money in your bank account, God may be saying GET A JOB.

f) The Peace of God

  • Never move unless you have the peace of God that passes all understanding.

g) Provision

  • Where God guides, He provides!
  • This doesn’t mean you’ll never experience financial challenges, but it does mean that He has already made provision for the vision that He has been putting into motion.

Be Blessed,

Pastor BWT