Falling Away

According to 2 Peter 1 we can avoid falling away from the Lord. Join us as Pastor William A. Horton preaches out of 2 Peter 1:3-13.

1. Spiritual Growth is Directly Related to Biblical Obedience

2. Growing and Knowing are inseparable

3. Obedience leads to Understanding

4. You can’t clearly see your future if you are not growing in the present

5. If these qualities are being added to your faith, you can be assured you will never fall away

Kickstart Question

Take it a bit further and answer these questions:

  1. What kickstart question works for you?
  2. What are the possibilities of a kick start question?
  3. What was the lesson in this video?
  4. How do you explain this concept (kickstart question) to yourself?
  5. How could you take what you heard in this video and apply it to your leadership?

-William A. Horton

When by Daniel H. Pink

Daniel H. Pink’s book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing covers the topic of you guessed it TIME. We have all heard of “HOW TO BOOKS.”  In fact, walk into any book store across America, and you will find whole sections of “HOW TO” books. Daniel H. Pink says that he has written a “WHEN TO” book.

         Daniel H. Pink argues that we should make “WHEN” we do something as important as “WHAT” we do. This book answers the question of when is the best time to work on projects that involve critical thinking, when we should work out, when we should start a job, when we should quite a job, when we should get married and more. Daniel H. Pink takes studies from peer-reviewed social scientists and discovers that there are idea times WHEN we should do almost everything in our lives.

         This book helped me to rethink the importance of time altogether. After finishing this book, I have adjusted how I spend critical peak times in my day. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing showed me how to determine my peak times of performance and structure my schedule around that. Now I can synchronize my work that requires the most analytical thinking around the times my mind is the most active.

         Before reading this book, I thought very little about the importance of time. We have all heard that saying, timing is everything, but I rarely spent any time thinking about when I did things. I generally tried to stack as much into the day as I possibly could. Now I realize that if I know the best times when to do things I can get far more done in a much more effective way.  

         This book covers much more than just how to schedule your day. As I mentioned above, it goes over a wide variety of topics and when you should do them. One of the fascinating topics Daniel H. Pink covers is beginnings, endings and in between. The patterns found in when we start a project, when we are in the middle of a project and when are at the end of a project will give you fresh insight on how to manage your projects. If you are a leader of a project, this chapter will help you understand the psychology behind the people in your group and how you can get more out of them.

         I would recommend this book if you have ever thought, when is the best time to make a decision, or when is the best time to work on a specific project, or if you are just interested in social science and how people inner clock work.  In this book, Daniel gives you several time-hacks to help you best spend your time and optimize your WHEN. This book you will help you discover how to best live, work and succeed.

-William A. Horton

I wish I could tell the future…

What does my future hold? I want to see the future so bad sometimes I wish that I was a fortune teller.

           Where am I going to be in the future? What am I going to do? Does God have big plans for me? Thoughts like this go through my mind as I look in the mirror every morning. I wonder how I got here, how is it that I was able to beat addiction yet others die. Why was I raised in a family that was there for me even in the darkest of times while other have no one to turn to? Then I remember what the answers is to all of these questions.

God

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   Dare I say it again, what does my future hold? God will direct my path. Where am I going to be in the future? God has prepared a place for me in heaven. What am I going to do? God called me to make disciples out of nations. Does God have big plans for me? Yes, God would have died on the cross for just one person. So even if I reach only one person and get them to see God, I have done big things. Why did I beat addiction and others died? Because God broke those chains, when I surrendered God showed His strength. All of these questions and every question you could ever ask are answered the same way.
So do you have a question? The answer lies in one place alone… God.

              It is easy to get caught up in what lies before you in life. It is so easy to wish that you were someplace else. Anywhere else in fact. But while you are so busy focusing on the future you are missing out on the present. God has something in store for you right where you are. Look around God knows where you are and there is a reason you are there. I get that your situation may seem bleak and dark. You may be in a place that is completely horrible. You may say to yourself, “If there is a God why am I here…?” That is a fair question to ask… so I leave you with this.

Matthew 5:14-16
14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

strengthIf you do not let your light shine people will be left in the dark. You may be in a place of darkness but it is the light that is inside of you that will help you get out. He (God) who is in you is greater than He who is in the world.