Posts with the category “bayside-life-men”

Sometimes You Don't See Everything
by Kevin Phipps on October 15th, 2020
Have you ever met a couple and wondered: “How did he end up with her?” or “What did she ever see in him?” Sometimes, in His infinite wisdom, insight, and foresight, the Lord pairs people that no human matchmaker or dating service algorithm would probably ever pick for each other. And the funny thing is, sometimes these seem to be some of the happiest couples in some of the most successful marriage...  Read More
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Don't Take it for Granted
by Kevin Phipps on October 15th, 2020
If the last three months have taught me anything, I think that it’s that I shouldn’t take anything for granted. So many things have happened that few could have predicted, and even fewer expected. In many ways, and to a large extent, the status quo has been turned upside down, shaken out, and thrown into the wind, in some ways no doubt much for the better, although the course of that change has, n...  Read More
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The Bounds of Stewardship
by Kevin Phipps on October 15th, 2020
One of the greatest lessons that one can learn in life is that one’s area of stewardship is finite. Some things fall inside the boundaries of one’s stewardship, and other things fall outside of the boundaries of one’s stewardship. It takes wisdom, and sometimes perhaps even revelation, to know the difference. But great freedom can come when one does not try to involve oneself in, or insert oneself...  Read More
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More Than Human
by Kevin Phipps on October 15th, 2020
One of the most remarkable things about Jesus, aside from the incarnation, and His being fully human and fully Divine, was that He never had His own agenda. It’s something that really makes Him almost unique among great and famous historical world figures. Instead of having His own agenda, Jesus always relentlessly and wholeheartedly pursued His Father’s agenda. His only ambition was to obey and f...  Read More
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One Step at a Time
by Kevin Phipps on June 17th, 2020
One step at a time. Incremental progress. Often, this is how great things are achieved. Sometimes it can be tempting to become discouraged when one looks back in the past and up to the present to measure what he has accomplished. This can also apply to collectives or movements. We sometimes think that we should be further along by now, or more mature in a certain area of life, than we are. But God...  Read More
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The Unseen World
by Kevin Phipps on June 15th, 2020
If we could pull back the veil that divides the seen from the unseen, the natural realm from the supernatural realm, we would perhaps be amazed by the level of activity that is continually going on above us and around us. Whereas much activity is taking place in our lives, in our communities, in our world, in the news, there are battles being waged and other significant events occurring in “the he...  Read More
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The Right Structure
by Kevin Phipps on May 27th, 2020
Quality construction materials are an integral component of a successful construction project. Most people would rather pay a little more to have a project done right the first time, rather than to skimp on the quality of the materials or cut corners in some other way in order to try to save a little money.In 1 Corinthians 8:1 (RSV), Paul writes: “‘Knowledge’ puffs up, but love builds up.” What ca...  Read More
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Peace in the Leaving
by Kevin Phipps on May 27th, 2020
I think that I can legitimately say that I had a moment of clarity, lying in bed late Saturday night. I was reading on my iPhone about Ruby Dee, an African-American actress and activist, who starred, alongside Ossie Davis, to whom she also was married for 40 years or more, in “A Raisin in the Sun” (in 1961). She and Ossie were personal friends with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife, Coretta...  Read More
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Think Deep
by Kevin Phipps on May 27th, 2020
It might seem strange, but one of my favorite Bible characters, and one to whom I think I could relate most naturally and readily, if I were ever to have a chance to meet him and have a conversation with him, and someone who I might even consider a personal “hero,” is Solomon. “Why Solomon?” someone might ask. And I’d be eager to try to answer that question.To me, perhaps even more impressive even...  Read More
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If I Have Not Love
by Kevin Phipps on May 27th, 2020
If I have not love, I am nothing at all,Though my storehouse of knowledge be bursting through the walls.If I possess every gift, yet love I lack,I might as well give all of those gifts back.If I can read your mail and your future see,Without love it’s all still a mystery.If a world of wisdom I hold in my hand,If I have not love, I’m a foolish man.Love is patient, love is kind.It leaves everything ...  Read More
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To Lead, You Must Serve
by Kevin Phipps on May 27th, 2020
In his groundbreaking 1970 essay, “The Servant as Leader,” Robert K. Greenleaf formally introduced to the public for the first time a concept that he had been thinking about and developing for many years, the concept and management style of “servant leadership”. He later wrote an entire book on this concept, entitled simply, “Servant Leadership”. Greenleaf first came up with this idea after readin...  Read More
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The Best Laid Plans
by Kevin Phipps on May 27th, 2020
Can God inconvenience you? Do you have your day so planned out that if something unexpected comes up in the course of the day, you completely lose your composure and your patience? Can you be bothered? There is such a thing as a “holy interruption”. In the life of Jesus, there were many. Regardless of His plans and circumstances, He always seemed to eloquently demonstrate grace, flexibility, adapt...  Read More
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Essential
by Kevin Phipps on May 27th, 2020
During the current worldwide coronavirus crisis and associated business shutdowns due to shelter-in-place orders, the distinction has been made between “essential” and “non-essential” workers, for very practical and good reasons. Essential workers are those who are needed to remain physically on-site at their places of employment, those being businesses or institutions that are providing essential...  Read More
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It's Right in Front of You
by Kevin Phipps on April 21st, 2020
The face of Christ was unrecognizable. When Jesus was hanging on Calvary’s cross, He no longer even looked like Himself to those who knew Him and had been in His presence for three and a half years. Isaiah 52:14 (NKJV) says: “So His visage was marred more than any man,/ And His form more than the sons of men...”And Isaiah 53:3 says: “And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;/ He was despised, an...  Read More
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Where are we going?
by Kevin Phipps on April 17th, 2020
When my wife and I went on our honeymoon, more than 20 years ago, I thought it would be fun to surprise her every day, and even several times a day, by not telling her where we were going.I had the whole trip (about five days) planned out, and had made reservations at each place we were going to stay each night, as we traveled up the California coast from San Francisco to Eureka, driving a car we ...  Read More
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The Cure for Sin
by Kevin Phipps on April 8th, 2020
Everyone has been infected, spiritually speaking, with a virus called sin. No amount of hand washing or social distancing can protect one from it, because we were all born with it coursing through our spiritual veins.And there’s only one medicine that can rid us of it and its deadly effects. It’s a therapeutic and a vaccine all in one. It’s called the Blood of Jesus.Over the millennia, people have...  Read More
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Don't Look Back
by Kevin Phipps on April 7th, 2020
“Remember Lot’s wife.” (Luke 17:32 NKJV) One of the shorter verses in the Bible. But it packs a lot of punch. And it really makes you think. What was Lot’s wife’s fatal mistake? Simply put, she looked back.In Genesis 19:26, we read: “But his [Lot’s] wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.” What was she looking back at? Sodom, and Gomorrah, and all the cities of the plain, and...  Read More
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A Declaration of Interdependence
by Kevin Phipps on April 2nd, 2020
Even though we can’t be together,Now I need you more than ever.And even if we cannot touch,I need, and you need, each other so much.I see you in the distance, and I know how you feel,And it’s hard to believe,But it’s all too real.Believe me when I say to you,The air that you breathe is what I breathe, too.We need to get through this, you know that we must,Interdependently, through mutual trust.Let...  Read More
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Missed Timing
by Kevin Phipps on April 2nd, 2020
Jesus threw me a perfect pass that set me up for an easy lay-up. All I had to do was take the shot; it would have been nearly impossible to miss. But, sadly, I hemmed and hawed and lost my nerve, and that perfect shooting opportunity passed. The moment was gone, and time moved on. Has this ever happened to you?Well, it happened to me this last Saturday morning, at Costco in Rancho Cordova, again. ...  Read More
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Grace Amidst Turmoil
by Kevin Phipps on April 2nd, 2020
Grace keeps turning up in unexpected places:The long-lost friend who says I haven’t changed at all in 40 years except for my hairstyle;The neighbor knocking at our door in her housecoat, asking if I wrote that note and stuck it on her windshield;Brazilian mothers holding microcephalic babies in their arms after Zika wrought its devastating toll, inducing weeping with their faith-filled, undying, t...  Read More
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Wash Your Hands and Your Soul
by Kevin Phipps on April 2nd, 2020
We are all being called upon to maintain social distancing and stop gathering, in order to slow down the rate of spread of COVID-19. One Person Whom you  never need to distance yourself from socially is God. James 4:8 (NKJV) says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Amazingly, the very next words in this verse are: “Wash your hands”! (NIV)God wants us to sit, stand, kneel, walk, and l...  Read More
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Have the Character of Christ
by Kevin Phipps on April 2nd, 2020
“I feel like we don’t have a lot of time left. Whether it’s a few months or a few years, it really doesn’t matter. And if I’m wrong — and, on the one hand, I really hope that I am — it really doesn’t matter. Whether we have a little time left, or a lot of time left, I think we still should live as if we have only a little time left. We need to “keep [our] lamps trimmed and burning,” as the old Gos...  Read More
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Post-Christian?
by Kevin Phipps on April 2nd, 2020
Do we live in a “post-Christian” world, society, and culture? What does that even mean? And is that question itself even a relevant or important one for the Church to consider?In the Old Testament, during the captivity of God’s people in Babylon, Daniel continued to go about his personal business as a devout believer in, and follower of, Jehovah, regardless of, and undaunted by, the sometimes almo...  Read More
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Not a Year for Fear
by Kevin Phipps on April 2nd, 2020
2020 — not a year for fear,But a year for vision, and that most clear!Not a year for dread, but a year for hope!Not a year for aimlessness, but for sharpening one’s scope.Not a year for foundering, or for flailing around,But a year for mind, soul, and body to be sound.Not a year for failure, nor for regressing backwards at all,But a year for traction, forward momentum, answering His call.What the ...  Read More
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No Time for Fear
by Kevin Phipps on April 2nd, 2020
Perhaps only slightly less potentially harrowing than an actual pandemic is the fear of one. The sky outside is a beautiful, bright blue, spring is in the air, we are blessed to live in one of the most prosperous countries on earth (if not *the* most prosperous, which it probably is by all counts), and we enjoy bountiful religious, political, and social freedoms and liberties, but switch on the TV...  Read More
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Man Up?!?
by Kevin Phipps on April 2nd, 2020
Five or ten years ago, if you had invited me to any event with the phrase “MAN UP” in its name, I probably would have smiled and thanked you, but inwardly revolted and rebelled, saying to myself, “I’m not going to go to that”. The phrase actually offended something in me, probably my foolish pride, because to me it seemed to say to me that I needed to assume some level or type of responsibility th...  Read More
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The Principle of Impartation
by Kevin Phipps on April 2nd, 2020
Jesus didn’t have 100 close disciples; He had twelve. He didn’t just tell them things; He lived His  entire life in front of them. He impacted them and their lives as much by His actions and lifestyle as by His words, or maybe even more so. He “did life with them,” as we like to say in our modern vernacular or parlance. What we are imparting to those whom we are discipling is “caught” as much as i...  Read More
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Who Cares?
by Kevin Phipps on April 2nd, 2020
“Who cares?” You may have heard these words uttered, maybe even by yourself, at one time or another in your life. And, of course, in a lot of cases, one true and correct answer, and maybe even always the best answer, is: “God does.” And if we are imitating Him and doing as He does (Matthew 5:48; Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 Peter 2:21; Philippians 2:3-4) and feeling as He feels, another true and correct ans...  Read More
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Showing His Cards
by Kevin Phipps on April 2nd, 2020
"The Church Universal is “Exhibit A,” and you’re a part of it!Do you ever feel like you don’t understand your place in “the great scheme of things”? Are you just trying to do your best to “get by,” and get through another day? Do the challenges of life sometimes feel overwhelming? Well, if so, you’re not alone. But if you could lift up your eyes from what lies immediately in front of you, and get ...  Read More
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Consistency
by Kevin Phipps on April 2nd, 2020
“Consistency and faithfulness are some of the most important qualities that one can cultivate in life, but they are also often highly underrated and undervalued. In our modern media culture, we tend as a society to acknowledge and reward flashiness and flame,  and ignore and disregard people who quietly but consistently and reliably perform their daily work and fulfill their daily responsibilities...  Read More
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Troubled Thoughts
by Kevin Phipps on January 27th, 2020
How do we keep our thoughts from troubling us? In 2 Corinthians 10:5, Paul writes: “...we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (NIV) Jesus Christ is the “Prince of Peace”. (Isaiah 9:6) And in Colossians 3:15, Paul writes: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts...” (NIV) So every thought that disturbs the peace of Christ that is to rule in our hearts must be actively att...  Read More
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There's Four Types of People
by Kevin Phipps on January 21st, 2020
Pastor Donny, describes 4 types of individuals:1. The simple person2. The fool3. The mocker4. The wise person1. The Simple PersonThe simple person is basically ignorant and naive (although not stupid). He just doesn’t know; he lacks instruction and information. The majority of simple people are young (in age, and/or in the Lord). When confronted with truth, the simple person’s response is: “I don’...  Read More
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The King, the Warrior, the Lover, and the Friend
by Kevin Phipps on January 13th, 2020
Sometimes it can be challenging to navigate back and forth between these roles. One time, many years ago, one of my bosses told me that what people really need is oscillating skin.Oscillating skin gets thick when you need it to be thick and gets thin when you need it to get thin again, my former boss explained. When a supervisor has to fire someone, or when an employee has not met the performance ...  Read More
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