3 Steps to Leaving Your Comfort Zone Behind.

Learning to become worthless, ruthless and have no control.

This blog post was taken from a sermon I gave in 2009 at Life Church in Minneapolis, MN.

I find it quite interesting how people really don’t like doing anything outside of their comfort zone. And now that we are living in deeper tumultuous times it is getting even harder for people to step out into the unknown. Have you ever ventured out into something you didn’t fully understand, or talk with someone you’ve never met? It is not comfortable at all, in-fact it is down right hard to do.

There is one who came to give us a better understanding to know what it means to step out of our comfort zone. His name is Jesus Christ. He was and is and always will be God. He is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. For Jesus to give it all up and step into a place in which he’d never lived was a huge step out of the comfort zone. Our goal should not be to step back and stay comfortable but to be uncomfortable in our life.

Why time outdoors makes you rich in spirit

3 powerful reasons we need nature in our lives.

Looking for The J. B. Sisam Show? I’ll return next week with a new episode. In the meantime, enjoy this blog post.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll spend most of  your days indoors. We sit at our desks. We stare at our computers and drink our coffee. Hardly, do we take time to rejuvenate outdoors.

From one of my fishing trips to Detroit Lakes, MN. There is a 17.5′ Largemouth Bass in the image.

For the most part, every year, my buddy and I go on a several day fishing trip in northern Minnesota. We don’t stay in lavish hotels or resorts. We don’t rent  a cabin. We pitch our tents, set-up camp and eat food out of cans. It is the life. I shut my phone off and don’t allow distractions of daily life. I come to Park Rapids, MN to fish–nothing else.

002: 3 Ways to Actively Seek God’s Face: Learning to be People of Righteousness

 

In the second episode of A Devoted Life, we look at what it means to be people who are active in our faith. What does that mean and what does that look like?

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Season 1, Episode 4: Making the Most of Priorities!

Welcome to episode 4 of Season 1 of CrossTALK. In this episode we discuss it is very easy for our lives to get busy with stuff.

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We tend to ignore spending quality time with God because our lives are so hectic. You have heard that God needs to be the number one priority in our lives. While true, He must not remain a priority, He must become our whole life.

Listen to episode: (00:24:49)

Thought for Today

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I am My Beloved’s and my beloved is mine. Christ is not ours because we are not Christ’s.  Our whole life is to be about Christ and Him crucified with Him maintaining the first in our life. Because when we are Christ’s,  He is ours.

1JN 2:15-16 NKJV

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

Song of Solomon 6:3 NKJV

I am my beloved’s, And my beloved is mine. He feeds his  flock among the lilies.

OORAH!

Soldier Praying

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I came across this video this morning. It lifted my spirit and caused me to praise the Lord. This video shows a room filled with U.S. Marines praising God! It’s powerful, and is a great reminder that we are supposed to be spiritual Marines!

Matthew 16:18 [Full Chapter]

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

Enjoy!

J. B. Sisam

I AM…

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I listened to the story of Moses in Exodus 3 this morning on my way into the office. I was captivated by the story. Here are my thoughts and takeaways.

Here was a man, broken, a fugitive and a murderer standing before Almighty God at the burning bush. What’s amazing is how he sounds just like us when God asks something of us. Moses whined and made excuses.

How many times do we make the same in our daily lives? Our boss, parents, spouse ask something of us, and all we do is make excuses why we can’t step it up. What’s our reasoning? Is it because of fear of failure? Is it because of the feeling of inadequacy? What holds us back?

Sovereignty of God

Listened to Chuck Swindoll this morning on KTIS AM 900. HIs message was on the Sovereignty of God, and how we take it for granted. In everything that happens in life, whether or not is in God’s will, always works according to His will. And, nothing happens without God fist knowing about it.

He asked a question, “If I preach the gospel to one individual and God has predestined them to get saved, they will–but if I preach the gospel to an individual and they are not predestined to be saved, no matter how much preaching I do, they will never be saved. What’s wrong with this picture?”

Thanks through Praise!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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As I woke up this morning, I realized that 2014 is nearing its end. We are excited when each year begins, because it creates a new and fresh start for us. By the time we get to Thanksgiving, people are already in a frenzy over the latest Frozen Doll that’s out of stock at Target. They don’t care about giving thanks, they want the next big deal to go on sale mid-day Thanksgiving.

Have we come so far in the past 20-30 years that we cannot spend even one day with our family, not going out, not thinking about shopping – just being a family?

God has called us to praise Him in everything–no matter where we are at or how we are feeling.

King David in Psalm 150 says this; “Praise the Lord.” This is how he chose to open his song. This tells us it doesn’t matter what life throws our way, we praise. It doesn’t matter if our family has abused us, we praise. It doesn’t matter if we have a boss/supervisor who does what they can to get at our last nerve, we praise. It doesn’t matter if we forgot the cranberries, we praise.

God is calling His people to be people of praise. It is in our praise that we can truly be thankful for the blessings He has given us. We can be thankful for our job, our family, our spouse, our children, our church family, and the list goes on and on. We are called to praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise Him for His acts of power, praise Him with… dancing.

It doesn’t matter how we choose to praise, we are called to praise the Lord. This Thanksgiving, don’t worry about the turkey being too dry, the stuffing being too soggy or the green bean hotdish not having enough crispy onions. Don’t worry about getting the latest Frozen item from Target. Don’t worry about getting in line at your favorite Apple Store when you should be spending that time with your loved ones.

We are called to praise, and this Thanksgiving praise the Lord and thank Him for his many blessings.

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

“PRAISE THE LORD!”