What A SuperBowl Game!

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 95,500 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

We have a promotion going with prizes. The person who was our 95,000 follower will receive two nice prizes, which we will not name. (This is called a hook in writing.)

WE HAVE A WINNER!! We will be notifying the winner by email, if they put in the right email address. I will also let you know about when the winner subscription happened, so you can know that it may be yours. 

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Doug Is also seeking military who would be willing to do an interview. It will be part of the book. Sharing by actual soldiers will help many others. Doug just interviewed a WWII veteran. Fascinating! Look for updates here.

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It is time again for Taylor Wilkens to do his guest post. He always inspires us, and tonight he is talking about the Super Bowl.  Thank you Taylor for your insight, and wisdom.

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Super Bowl Champions 

Today is Superbowl Sunday and right now you, like most Americans, are probably getting together with a bunch of junk food to party with friends and family to watch the big game! I love the super bowl for many reasons— but the ultimate reason for me to watch is because I love good competition. After tonight one team will be crowned champion and the other will fall to second place. This level of game elevates the competition because the stakes are so high. Both of these teams have battled over the past year in the weight room, training, and competition to get to this point and now only one can be the champion. The crowning moment is hugely rewarding because of the effort put into a great victory.

Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday one thing has been ringing in my mind on a daily basis— “run in such a way as to win the prize…” It’s the summarizing verse out of 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 where Paul is encouraging the Corinthian people to walk out their faith with the highest level of excellence because at the end of this race there will be an imperishable prize for those who did not give up.  How much are you willing to fight for the prize? Super Bowl Sunday is amazing and the glory at the end of the day will be great, but temporary. All the time, energy, and effort going into only a moment of glory! I have so much respect for the coaches and athletes commitment to train and exert so much energy into becoming the best at what they do. We all have stuff in our lives that we put an exceptional amount of work into— yet at the end of all your endeavors, where will you end up? Where will your reward take you? What will be the prize of your life taken into eternity? 

“Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them; nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:16-17

The conviction on my heart is to follow Jesus with my whole heart. I have pushed all my chips into the middle, and I have found no reward greater than eternal life in the kingdom of heaven with the God who loves me so much that he offered up His life as a sacrifice for mine. Not only did he take away my sin and guilt but he is preparing a place for me in his kingdom. 

I believe Jesus is calling you to himself today, you are the prize he has been fighting for and pursuing— you are never alone, and you are always loved.

Today this is a Sign of Hope, that no matter the circumstance you are in, or the breakthrough you need, God is near to you and He has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

* New England Patriots won over Atlanta Falcons in overtime 34-28. 

 

Taylor Wilkins
twilkins@fca.org
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God is Not Into Classy. He Loves the Ordinary People

Stop the World and Let Me Off, I’m Tired of Going Round and Round.

You’ve seen them on the streets. They have wavy hair. They are strong jawed. He wears tight jeans, and has a million dollar smile.

He is also could be the guy with the Italian suit with alligator skin shoes, and jet black oiled back hair.

Who are these guys? They are the extraordinary guys, who ooze with success flowing from them. They are the dream guy for the girls. They most sought out person in the area to be with, or for someone to say they are friends with.

He is bookish, studious with a degree from State University, and finished graduate school.

BUT! You know what? God is not into classy, slick people. He wants the ordinary people that do extraordinary things. That would be you and me.

David was an ordinary boy who took an extraordinary step to the plate, and put a big dent in Goliath’s head.

Daniel was an ordinary person who ended up having pet lions.

Noah was definitely an ordinary man, who listened to God, and became extraordinary by building a huge ark, that was full of his family and smelly animals.

Moses was actually extraordinary, because he came from being the favorite of the Egyptian people to an ordinary outcast over night, and then back to extraordinary again by parting the Red Sea.

Jesus was an ordinary carpenter, to the Savior for the whole world. Can’t top that one.

Now let’s look at ourselves. I certainly am an ordinary guy, who was down in the muck and mire drowning in my own self-pity. I had a pity party every week and invited all my friends to feel sorry for me.

Then God tapped me on the shoulder and said stop whining and write a book.  Signs of Hope:Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World,” was born.

What about you? Do you feel that you have nothing to share with other that will help them in some way? Do you feel like you would rather stay in bed than go to work? Did you lose that job, and also you health insurance? Are you behind in your house payments?

It may be difficult to find some positives if all of that is happening to you,

But Jonah was swallowed by a whale, and still was able to serve God.

David had to live in a cave because of fear for his life, but he later became king.

Joseph was sold to a caravan by his brothers, but he ended up holding one of the highest job in the land.

Jesus was whipped, spit upon; had nails driven through His hands and feet, and placed on a cross to die.  Yet He is now sitting on a throne next to His Heavenly Father.

We don’t know where our paths may lead us. I thought all the light were turned out, and I was going to check out of this hotel called earth, but I am here now writing to you about how we all can use the talents that God has given us and change lives, even though we may not think that because of the situation we are in right now.

God gave each of us a special talent. We may not be using that talent. We may be doing other things that  will fad away and reveal what God really wants us to do.

That is what  may be happening to you. God may be allowing the storm to rage in your life, so that when you reach the end of that tunnel you will see the true path that God wants for you.

Don’t think that everything is going to go wrong in your life, because of what is happening to you right now.

Stand tall. Stand strong. Don’t waver. God will help you through that storm. He will calm it, and show you a new direction that will help you find joy and peace!

 

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