Are You Seeking God?

Hey Partners and Friends!

Today I want to ask you two questions: are you seeking God? Are you disciplined? Twenty years ago the Lord asked me the same two questions. He started with the discipline question. At that time, I was still coaching so he used my players as an example.  He said, “Are you as disciplined to Me as your players are to you?” Wow! I had to think about that because my players were disciplined! I could call them at 2 AM and tell them to meet me at the field to run laps and they would say, “yes, sir, coach”. No whining, no complaining. They’d just do it!

Why? Because they trusted me, and they craved the championship. They were willing to do whatever it took to win. So, when the Lord asked me if I was that disciplined to Him, it took me back a little. It was tough to answer. Like I stated in last week’s blog, I wasn’t backslidden. My family went to church. I was reading my Bible every night before I went to bed. In that second it dawned on me; I was just a regular, “plain ol’ Christian.”  No extras added to my life in my relationship with God. I was not the champion that God had called me to be. Champions crave the championship with their whole heart. They will spend extra hours practicing, lifting weights to get stronger, reading books, and watching films to make them smarter at their position. They do all of this to help them understand and prepare for their opponent - seeking after the championship is their number one priority.   

Upon asking myself “Am I disciplined?” I realized that I was not as disciplined with God as I was in running a state championship program. I realized that just going to church and “clocking in” was not enough. Reading my Bible verse every night was not enough either because Bible study had become something that I just did right before I fell asleep.  I would read, “Jesus wept” and fall asleep. That is not a disciplined Bible study life! Our number one calling in life is our relationship with God. I realized that day that my job, my family, and watching this baseball game on TV was more important to me than disciplining myself to spend time with the Lord and truly read His Word. You see, when athletes discipline themselves to work out, they are not just “clocking in.” They push themselves past the level of just clocking in to a disciplined level that brings great results. They no longer look at the discipline set before them as a drudgery but something that will make them better, stronger, faster and healthier.

It’s the same thing with God!  Our disciplined lives set before Him will make us better, stronger, faster, healthier, wiser, and equip us with everything we face in life.

Come visit the website next week to see the second question God asked me.

Don’t Forget! The 18th annual Champions 4 Christ youth rally in Branson, MO is coming soon! This powerful week of meetings has great speakers like Chip and Billye Brim, Steve Munds and other impactful speakers.  For more information please go to our website, Champions4Christ.org or check us out on Facebook at C4C Rally or Instagram @c4crally. See you July 23-27!

   -- Coach Chip

Trust God

Hey Partners and Friends!

This week I felt led to talk to you about the ministry God has called me to, Champions 4 Christ.  I have been blessed to have traveled in this ministry for the last 19 years, and I am very thankful to God for the calling on my life. But, it wasn’t always that way. When I first started out my life as an adult, I was a baseball coach; and God had blessed me with the ability to coach on a very successful level.  I looked to God for help, but God wasn’t my first priority. It was always my plan and not God’s plan. It wasn’t that I was running from God or that I had backslidden.  I loved him and gave Him the glory for everything He blessed me with, but I wasn’t putting Him first. And because of His great love, He still blessed me with a great deal of success.  

My plan was going well, I was successful with it, and I believe it prepared me for the greater plan God had for me; but it wasn’t God’s plan.  The word of God tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 that God has a plan for us! The Word states, “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.” Praise God! You may not know the plan yet, but God does! Trust Him!  Speak Jeremiah 29:11 over yourself when you get to looking at your life and feel like you don’t know what the plan is. Champions talk the talk before they win the game.  Speak over yourself, “According to the word of God, God has a plan for me and I thank Him for it now and as you speak over yourself, put your feet to work. Ask God to direct you to people that you need to meet, the places you need to go, the applications you need to fill out. Then praise God for it! Praise God because you trust Him that He will fulfill His promise. He will fulfill your plan. And Remember what Jeremiah said, God’s plan is to give you a future and a hope!  Trust God!

It’s fast approaching! July 23rd will be here soon, and you don’t want your youth or youth group to miss out on the annual Champions 4 Christ youth rally. Not only do we have great times of ministry with Billye Brim, Chip Brim, Steve Munds, and a special guest; we have as part of our packaged deal trips to Silver Dollar City, White Water, and the new show at Sight and Sound theater - Samson! Once you arrive, meals, lodging, and services are all part of your registration! It’s all included in one package deal and it’s a great deal! I’m telling you! You won’t want to miss out!  For more information, check out our website Champions4Christ.org, Facebook at C4C Rally, and Instagram @c4crally.

  - Coach Chip

 

John-Marc Edwards
Pressing In

Hey Partners and Friends!

How did you do last week?  Did you allow the Word of God to change your mindset on a situation that occurred in life?  Did you press into God and His word or did you allow the situation to overtake you and run havoc in your mind? If you choose the first scenario, praise God!  If you choose the second scenario, no worries. Ask God to forgive you, help you, and get back on track! Champions never give up, they just get pick themselves up and get back on the path to moving forward in their goals.

The definition of goal is the end toward which effort is directed. Champions always direct their goal toward a winning end! Champions want to win and are willing to do whatever it takes to reach that goal. They have set their mind on the prize and they keep pressing toward that mark even when failure is involved. Thank goodness Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Edison didn’t give up in the face of failure. We wouldn’t have freedom for all and the light/electricity we have to today if it wasn’t for these men. Both of these men failed many times and had the option of quitting. I am pretty sure each one dealt with thoughts of failure and wanted to quit, but they didn’t allow those thoughts to settle in their mind and make them who they are. Praise God, the Champion of all Champions, Jesus, didn’t give up! Even in the midst of crying out to God for help, he stated, “Oh my Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will”.  (Matt. 26:39) Jesus had a goal… us! Our salvation was the “end toward the effort” Jesus was directed to! He endured the cross and the shame set before him so that we can live in eternity with Him! His mindset was on us! Our mindset should be set on Him. Overcome negative thoughts about your life and situation by doing what Jesus did - setting His mind on the prize.

What is your mind set on today?  On Christ and His word? I can do all things in Christ which strengthens me. I can overcome any situation by the blood of the lamb and the word of my testimony. Think on these things… whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, think on these. (Phil. 4:8)

 - Coach Chip

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Is it in your calendar yet?  One of the greatest youth events this summer is getting closer! July 23rd will be here before you know it, and you don’t want your youth to miss out! Not only do we have great times of ministry with Billye Brim, Chip Brim, Steve Munds, and special guest, we have part of our packaged deal trips to Silver Dollar City, White Water and featuring the new show at Sight and Sound theater, Samson! I’m telling you! You won’t want to miss out!

 

John-Marc Edwards
Mindset

Hey Partners and Friends!

For several weeks we have talked about attitude, perception and overcoming. All three of these words have to do with mindset. If your mind is set with a good attitude, then you will have a good outlook on life - even though you may be in the middle of a situation that does not look so good.  Have you ever been there? Who hasn’t?

A couple of Sundays ago my wife, Candace Brim, spoke on this very subject - mindset. She shared that mindset is defined as a mental attitude or inclination; a fixed state of mind.

Napoleon said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. “

David Cuscheri stated, “The mind is a powerful force.  It can enslave us or empower us. It can plunge us into the depths of misery or take us to the heights of ecstasy. Learn to use the power wisely.“

The word of God tells us that as a man thinks, so is he. So, it is obvious that the mind and thought life play a very important role in every area of our life - especially in the area of faith.  In fact you, could say that our thought life is a great predictor of our faith level.

The stronger our thoughts are geared to what the Word of God says about us, the stronger our faith will be!

II Timothy 1:7 tells us, “For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and of a sound mind.” In other words, we were never meant to have anything but a sound mind! God has provided that for us and has backed it up with all kinds of help in keeping our mind sound.

He has given us His word and His Holy Spirit to help us on a daily basis, but it is up to us to get in His word and listen to the Holy Spirit. So make a choice this week to get into His word and spend time in prayer. Allow God’s word to change your mindset to a mind fixed on Him.


Just a Reminder! The C4C Youth Rally in Branson Mo. Is a life changing experience for junior high and high school kids and it starts July 23rd and ends July 27th.  This youth rally is designed to build up your youth to be a Champion 4 Christ as he or she enters their upcoming school year! It’s a week full of lots of ministry times with Dr. Billye (mom) and myself, along with other anointed speakers.  It’s also a time for fun with Go Ministries music and drama team, as well as trips to the great Christian parks found in Branson; Silver Dollar City and White Water. Check it out! Visit our website at Champions4Christ.org and on Facebook and Instagram @c4crally.

- Coach Chip

John-Marc Edwards