1.Make the Change A comeback always begins with change. Unless you change what you are presently doing or not doing, things are going to remain the same and there will be no comeback. Things have to be different. If you want to have a comeback you must be willing to make changes. You have to be open to doing things differently from how you’ve done them up to this point. Don’t let fear, rationalization, discouragement, procrastination or laziness keep you from changing. Change happens when...

by bote brian on 17 March 2019

1.Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” The world today only knows brokenness, but God believes in hope and restoration. God’s plan for your life includes an incredibly hopeful and prosperous future. He has exciting things planned for your life and cannot wait to utilize you as a Christian in His army. God wants to bless your life to become one where you will truly thrive....

by bote brian on 17 March 2019

1.“Described by Dante’s Inferno.” The writer describes souls given to the sin of lust as being blown about by torrential winds. Their inability to exercise self-control keeps them from accessing the virtues of the spiritual life. 2.”Overtakes The Heart.” Lust builds many idols in the heart for things that are in direct opposition to the Kingdom of God reigning with sovereignty. An idolatrous heart creates a sandy foundation and prevents one from living with sound spiritual and...

by bote brian on 16 March 2019

1.Know That God is Good In the days before His death, Jesus repeats that He was sent on behalf of his Father. In fact, the wording in many of His miracles, especially the raising of Lazarus, points back to the goodness of the Creator: “For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything that He Himself does, and He will show him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed” (John 5:20). Blessed Angela of Foligna, a 14th century mother and wife who later became a prominent...

by bote brian on 16 March 2019

1.Fast on Fridays The Church requires us to fast only two days each year—Ash Wednesday and Good Friday—but we can certainly undertake this penitential sacrifice more frequently. Make it a practice to eat only bread and water or to drink only liquids until dinner on Fridays during Lent. (Don’t forget that abstinence from meat is required of Catholics on Lenten Fridays.) 2.Pray the Stations of the Cross Most parishes pray the Stations on Fridays during Lent as a group. If you are unable to...

by bote brian on 10 March 2019

1.God knows exactly what you need, even during your darkest trials. God is an incredible provider. There are countless verses in Scripture that refer to the ways that God provides for us. Philippians 4:19 says, “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” God never gives us what He knows would harm us. His desire is to help us develop Christlikness so that we become salt and light in the world. God distinguishes between our wants and our needs, and...

by bote brian on 1 March 2019

1.God’s Love Runs Deep God loves you tremendously. No action you make and no sin that you commit can make Him love you any less. The Bible tells us, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him” (1 John 3:1). When we are going through tough times, it’s important that you remember that God loves you – no matter how many mistakes you make or how many...

by bote brian on 1 March 2019

1.The Holy Spirit is an Active Force in Your Life You have probably heard the phrase “the Holy Spirit is alive and active.” This phrase originated from Hebrews 4:12 which says, “For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” As a believer of Christ, the Holy Spirit is already an active force in your life, leading you and guiding you on your...

by bote brian on 1 March 2019

1. Talk to a Couple Unworthy Saints Go ahead. Find some mature Christians in your orbit that seem to have their act together and ask them about their spiritual journey. You know what you are going to find? A person just as jacked-up as you are. In fact, the more mature the Christian, the more likely they are to be in tune with their wretchedness. When I was attending Michigan State University back in the early ’90s, I was going through some fairly typical college student unrest. I was super...

by bote brian on 1 March 2019

1. We prioritize our relationship with Christ. You may have heard it said, we become like that which we worship. The more time we spend with Christ through Bible reading, church attendance, worship, and prayer, the more our thinking and actions begin to naturally mirror His. He transforms us, revealing and purging sin, shifting our priorities, and helping us develop the mind of Christ. Our role is to engage. His role is to mold our affections, thoughts, and perceptions—to stir within us a...

by bote brian on 1 March 2019