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Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - A Life That Matters - #3906
If you do just what comes naturally, you'll live the kind of life most people do - self-focused, self-centered, self-serving. But a life that's only as big as you are is too small to live in. And you may be feeling that emotional and spiritual claustrophobia right now. Business as usual is just not satisfying the restlessness in your heart. Your life is full, but not really fulfilling. Find your own Calcutta. Find some people who need you and start pouring your life out for them. The lid will come off your life.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - It's Blurry Without Your Glasses - #3940
Something exciting happens when you begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ - you get a new pair of glasses. It's the ability to look at your world, our culture, your choices and see God's perspective. Our vision of what really matters, what's valuable, what's right is really blurred and fuzzy - and often it's expensively wrong. But when you start evaluating and living according to what God says in His Book, the Bible, you can see what's really going on.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Security Checks for Families - #3971
Families need to follow a similar security procedure. No, not making everyone go through a metal detector and a wand search before they come in the house. I mean each member of your family needs to be sure they don't bring anything into the life of your family that can cause damage, or even tragedy. And there are things we each can bring into our home that hurt. We just have to stop letting them in.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Level Ground - #3972
That's exactly the way God intended for it to be in His family, in His church - a level playing field where all that external junk the world judges people by just doesn't matter. It's the kind of environment in which people can blossom and unleash all the beauty and giftedness God has planted in them.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Setting Without The Stones - #3974
In today's world where a woman's desire to be "beautiful" drives so much of the marketing that is directed to women, it is easy for a woman to believe some very big lies about herself. The models in the magazines, the stars on the screen are supposed to define beauty. They don't. At least not according to the Creator. And He should know. Much of what we think is beauty is really a setting without the stones.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Special Identity, Special Life - #5469
You see, your real identity is not what your family says you are or your employer or our culture. You're not what your friends or your enemies say you are. You are who God says you are. If you belong to Jesus Christ, He says, "I will be a Father to you and you will be my sons and daughters,' says the Lord Almighty." Since He's the King of Kings, that would make you a prince or princess in the royal family of God!
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Human Jumper Cables - #5472
I'm guessing that you know someone right now who is pretty depleted - emotionally, mentally, maybe spiritually, even physically. When they turn the key, not much is happening because their battles, their responsibilities have left them unable to get going again. That's why God has given us each other. To be jumper cables for each other when we sense that someone we know is pretty run down.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Power of Powerlessness - #5479
Face down before Jesus. Could that be where He wants you right now? Maybe that's the only way you're ever going to conquer your Jericho; the only way you're ever going to have peace.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Obsessed With Grades - #5532
God has clear boundaries for our lives and they‘re non-negotiable. The issue is whether or not we have a right to grade ourselves on how we're doing with Him; or whether or not we have a right to grade other people. When we do, we usually give ourselves a better grade based on some criteria by which we can come out looking good.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - De-icing Before Take-off - #5543
Now in terms of your commitment to live for Jesus Christ, are there too many days when you crash? The same old sinful attitudes or thoughts; same old reactions that trip you up? Or you go through the day depressed and discouraged instead of with the joy you used to have. Or you just forget about God a lot of the day. Your crashes haven't been fatal, but they've done too much damage. The problem may be a thin coating of sin, of compromise on your wings. It doesn't take much to bring you down, that's why the Bible says to deal with it forcefully and aggressively.