2021 October

31 Oct: Whatever Your Hand Finds to do…

Ephesians 5 is a model chapter for living. Recently the 15th & 16th verses popped out at me; “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity…” Consider similar scriptures. Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…” Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart…” Genesis 2:15 “…God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Psalm 90:17 “…establish the work of our hands for us — yes, establish the work of our hands.” Proverbs 12:11 “Those who work their land will have abundant food…” Proverbs 12:24 “Diligent hands will rule…” Proverbs 14:23 “All hard work brings a profit…” 1 Timothy 4:10 “…why we labor and strive…” 1 Timothy 5:8 “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and…

24 Oct: What is it to Care?

I’ve heard it said that one’s sphere of relationships is like a body of water. Some have a small sphere of family, friends and contacts and others have more. Some have a puddle and some a sea. The larger the body of water, the greater the shoreline. It takes more time to get around to all those relationships and there are more opportunities for both blessings and curses around that shoreline. It is hard for any of us to put as much into any one of those relationships in our pond as we would like, but some are worthy of more individual time. I don’t have a lake, but with a big family and a network of ministry security operators, my pond is bigger than I ever imagined having. This last week, one of those I have put significant time into hurt me bad. It was criminal and could be…

17 Oct: Guard Your Heart

Introduction by Carl Chinn: Today’s message is by Alan Hughes (One of the longest running thought leaders in this space of church security. Alan is from Ft. Myers, FL). Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.- Proverbs 4:23 I spend a lot of time studying the darkness and evil of men so that I can better protect against it. Several years ago, I started to realize that I wasn’t doing a good job of balancing what was going into my brain and, subsequently, into my heart. In response, I started to try to be more balanced in making sure that good was also on the menu. My role is to protect, to defend. To use the gifts and abilities that God gave me to protect honors Him, but what fuels us matters. If our serving in safety is a manifestation of our love for…