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Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - You've Got Mail - #4332
Actually, you've got mail every day - mail from Almighty God Himself! God's messages are, of course, communicated in His Book, the Bible. You may say, "Yeah, but that's not new information." Well, on the one hand, God's messages in the Bible are timeless information - always there, as true today as they were the day He authored them. But, on the other hand, God's messages are always breaking news, too, because your situation is different today.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Ultimate Mission Impossible - #4333
Now can you hear that Mission Impossible theme playing in the background? Jonah went all out trying to get away from the Lord -- he bought a ticket to what is Spain today, which basically was the farthest place on earth he could run to in his day. But it wasn't far enough to escape God. It never is.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - When The Goal Is Beyond Your Reach - #4348
Sometimes you have to do things you've never done to reach what you've never had before. If you're a baby ... or if you're a child of God. If you always do what you've always done, you'll always have what you've always had. And that's all. And much of what you need in your life, and much of what you're restless for, and much of what God wants to give you is beyond your reach. As long as you stay in your comfort zone, it always will be.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Banging The Pan - #4352
When someone needs to wake up, you do whatever it takes to get the job done. Actually, God does whatever it takes to get the job done. Even a "banging pan."
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Squeezed To Obey - #4353
Our word for today from the Word of God begins with Jesus' parting instructions to His followers in Acts 1:8. "You will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Now, guess which part of that they liked best? Right. Jerusalem. That was home. That was the familiar. I'm not sure they would have ever gotten beyond Jerusalem unless they were pushed, unless they were squeezed to go.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Around, But Not With - #4357
There's something I've learned over the years from my relationship with Karen. It's easy to be around someone but not with him or her - like a couple watching a movie or TV. When you're just around someone, there's no real dialog, no real exchange, no real transaction, no real difference. I've done that with my Lord far too many times. Maybe you have, too.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Threshold of the Treasure - #4358
Tragically, so many of God's children have made those same kinds of decisions. You may be on the edge of one right now. God is ready to include you in some wonderful blessing He wants to bring into your life, but whether or not you get what He wants to give you depends on a decision you make. You may be on the threshold of treasure He wants to give you - it may be an emotional treasure, a financial blessing, the answer to a long-prayed prayer, a special relationship, a new beginning, maybe a greater impact in your ministry, or a breakthrough in some impossible situation. But, like that man who missed his share of Ronald McDonald's fortune, it may all come down to your making the right decision.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Waves You're Making - #4371
If you've ever spent much time by a lake, it's something you've experienced for yourself. Long after the boat has passed, the waves it created are still making an impact. Our lives are like that. Long after we've passed on, the waves our choices have made are still impacting many other lives. In our "now is all that matters" culture, it's easy to forget how much our choices matter and how long their effects last. It's about so much more than this moment.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - What Makes You Really Valuable - #4376
If you're trying to do what's right in an environment where most everyone is else is doing what's wrong, you get to feeling kind of lonely sometimes, don't you? And even weird? In fact, the people you work with or play with or go to school with may basically tell you that you're weird because you don't do the things they do. And, after a while, that can start to wear on you and even wear down your resistance. And you get tired of being "weird."
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - A String of Greens - #4625
Circumstances can confirm what you felt on the inside. Maybe other people could be used. These things will point the same direction as the internal greens do. When God gives a red, don't make the mistake I've made sometimes and keep driving. You stop on the red. But as long as God has given you green lights, don't let fear, don't let uncertainty make you stop.