We all run, all at different paces, but it is important to know & remember we are in a race.

It doesn’t need to be a rat race.

Consider this day, as i did,

Who am i really running for?

Am i distracted by those running next to me, by the crowd, by one of the coaches or all the above?

Are my eyes fixed on the goal?

The summer Olympics is coming up and each athlete will do their best and their results will be measured by what they did in the months or even years of day to day moment by moment training,  practicing & disciples they put into preperasion.

Perhaps their loyalty and deservance of being considered a Winner can be determined in their state of mind & character more then just their physical ability.

Paul, no stranger to the 1st & original Olympic games wrote,

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize?

Run in such a way that you may win.

Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things.

They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air;

but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:24‭-‬27 NASB

Also remember & identify with Paul,

Paul, an apostle (not sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead)….

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God?

Or am I striving to please men?

If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 1:1‭, ‬10‭-‬10‭, ‬12 NASB

A great audio that may put this into perspective is-
“How to Put First Things First”
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imageIn Christ,


And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.
Luke 16:15 NASB

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
Galatians 1:10 NASB

Put 1st Things 1st (Part 2 -Balancing)

If interested, click here for part 1 each audio & notes stand on their own & can be heard on the radio or on

“How to Put First Things First”
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Balancing Life’s Demands
How to Put “First Things First”
(Part 2) Hebrews 12:11
From  Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge

Three Reasons Why Most of Us Live With Two Sets of Priorities:
1. We are ____________ . We honestly don’t see the discrepancy
between what we think and say, and how we actually live.

2. We are _________________ . Though we long to put “first things first,” we
simply do not believe that God will supply our needs if we give Him the first portion
of our time, our lives, and our money.

3. We have ____________ repeatedly. Our sincere and honest efforts to
put “first things first” in the past lasted only a short time and ended with frustration
and disillusionment with ourselves.

So, what’s the “Missing Ingredient” to Living Out Our Priorities?
• It’s 1 word.
• It’s a _____________ of the Spirit.
• It comes to us by ____________ .
• We ___________ it in others.
• It’s ________________ for putting “first things first.”

☆The Word = ___________

Definition: Discipline is doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done.

• Discipline is the Spirit-empowered ability given by
(Titus 2:11-12)


God’s grace that allows us to say “no” to the quick fix and the
easy road, and say “yes” to the harder but better way.

• Discipline is a by-product of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. Galatians 5:22-23 (self control)


• We are commanded to live disciplined lives. 2 Peter 1:6 (self control)


• Discipline is a process that is learned over time through training.
The Dynamics of Biblical Discipline Can Be Summed Up in 2 Words:
________________ ___________

All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who
have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
Hebrews 12:11 (NASB)


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The Method of Developing Biblical Discipline Can Be Summed Up in 3 Words:
______________ _____________ – _________________ .

Key do in advance to advance.

• The Biblical Example – the Apostle Paul

24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but {only} one receives the
prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25 And everyone who competes in the
games exercises self-control in all things. They then {do it} to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim;
I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27 but I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NASB)

[Answer on audio -notes are intended to help with Bible study & focus when listening.
-Worksheet/notes not a means to an end. Don’t focus on just finding out what to fill in the blank with. Focus on God speaking to your heart]

• How Does It Work?
1. Advanced Decision Making begins with
__________ – __________ ___________ .

2. Advanced Decision Making is reinforced by
__________ ______ the ___________ .

3. Advanced Decision Making becomes a personal conviction when you
___________ the ___________ .

Discussion Questions:
1. What does living by “two sets” of priorities produce in our emotional and spiritual
2. List two common reasons why we tend to avoid dealing deeply with priority issues
even when we know it’s important.
3. Define discipline. How does this definition differ from your thinking about “discipline”
in the past? Why is it critical to see discipline in a positive light?
4. Share some specific examples of how “advanced decision-making” has helped you
become disciplined. How does it make you feel when you’re disciplined?
5. Share one specific area (time, money, or relationships) that you believe God wants
you to prioritize according to His design. Discuss what delayed gratification looks
like and what advanced decision you will need to make.

This concludes:
Balancing Life’s Demands (Part 2)
How to Put “First Things First”
Hebrews 12:11
For more resources, go to
Copyright © 2011 Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge

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Motivated but not driven ~balance, priorities (Part 1)

Balancing Life’s Demands The Peace and Power of a Prioritized Life (Part 1)

By Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge

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But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to
you as well.
Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

Six Symptoms of Misplaced Priorities:
1. ____________ – The Activity Trap.
2. ___________ stress and pressure.
3. Low grade ______ ______ .
4. _________________ debt (Habakkuk 1:1-10).
5. – “Leakage” in your devotional life.
6. __________________ behavior.

{Audio mentions twin epistle but 1st consider order of priorities and what really works (not linearly or vertically)
John 4:13-14 picture a well.
Prov. 4:23
Ice cube trey illustration,  pour in top and let it flow through the ‘V’ into other compartments.
Over flow
Walk in The Spirit}

…It wouldn’t hurt to stop here before playing next part of audio…

Take a look in your Bible at
An Overview of Biblical Priorities:
“The Twin Epistles”
Colossians & Ephesians

God – 3:1-7 – 5:1-20
Mate – 3:18-19 – 5:21-33
Family – 3:20-21 – 6:1-4
Work – 3:22-4:1 – 6:5-9
Ministry – 4:2-6 – 6:10-20

Two Words Hold the Keys to Enjoying the Peace and Power
Of a Prioritized Life:
A. Your _______________________________
Psalm 90:10-12
10 The length of our days is seventy years – or eighty, if we have the strength; yet
their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. 11 Who
knows the power of your anger? For your wrath is as great as the fear that is due
you. 12 Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:10-12 (NIV)

Ephesians 5:15-17
15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, 16 making the
most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but
understand what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:15-17 (NASB)

1. Give your first and _____________ _____ to God.

2. 2PROAPT = 20 minutes a day
P- Pray
P- Preview
R- Read
O- Observe
A- Apply
P- Pray
T- Tell

3. New Christian = Mark (less than a chapter a day)
Older Christian = James (2-3 paragraph max. a day)

Two Words Hold the Keys to Enjoying the Peace and Power
Of a Prioritized Life:
(2nd word)
B. Your ___________________
Proverbs 3:9-10
9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; 10 then your
barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Proverbs 3:9-10 (NIV)

Four Commitments
1. _________________ the first portion of each paycheck to God.
2. _________________ your bills next.
3. _________________ on the rest.
4. ______ ____ of debt.

Discussion Questions:
1. What does the word “priority” mean? Why is it so important that we live a prioritized
2. What are some of the negative consequences of failing to live by God’s priorities?
Which of the six symptoms could you identify with most closely?
3. Whose “best interest” does God have in mind when He teaches us to live according
to Biblical priorities?
4. Why does our use of time and money most accurately reflect our real priorities?
5. Lasting change demands deep, prolonged thinking. When this week will you set
aside some significant time to think through and discuss your priorities with a close

This concludes Part 1 of “Balancing Life’s Demands”
For more resources, go to
Copyright © 2011 Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge

In Christ,

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Avoiding or Escaping (Polygamy & other cults)

There is new information on Polygamy ~
Watch “Escaping Polygamy: Meet Yolanda (S1, E7)” on YouTube

There is a way that seems right to a man but only brings him death.

Polygamy is just one of many false religions and cults.

If you are rooted in The Holy Bible and have God’s Holy Spirit living in you, you’ll know when others are feeding you falsehood.

If you’ve already been suckered in take a look at God’s Word, simply read it on your own and call GOD directly (talk to Him) asking for guidance.

He is more than big enough to let you know the truth and set you free from the lies and false beliefs you may have been told is the truth.

In addition to seeking God The Father,  God The Son and God The Spirit you may find some more help, a counselor,  a psychologist,  a Bible based pastor who loves you ad Christ does, unconditionally with compassion,  mercy,  grace, understanding.

Ask yourself a few questions,
🔸Am I allowed to make choices on my own?
🔸Am I encouraged to seek a personal relationship with God?
🔸Am I allowed to seek God’s Holy Spirit to help me interpret Scripture?
🔸Does the group or people I am around insist on their way even when contrary to what the Bible says?
🔸Do I expierence unconditional love and freedom?
🔸Do I have/allowed to have friends of my own choosing?
🔸Is everything controlled by another person or persons?

A cult is defined as a group of people who blindly follow the practices and rules of another human being  as if that person were their lord, their god.

As you personally look over the questions I hope that you’ll consider your situation & the people you keep company with.

Most importantly that no one will take you captive with empty philosophy that sounds good but is really only there to control you.

God, our Heavenly Father,  doesn’t need man to love, guide & make you pleasing to Him, He is more than able to provide the means of peace for you here & now as well as for all eternity.

Hope  this is helpful.

In Christ alone,

Here is another view of Polygamy as you watch it think of what you may know as the truth and then I encourage you to dig into God’s Word and see the contrast

Why So Convinced? (Convictions About God -by In Touch Ministries, Inc.)

Practical Lessons for Understanding the Word of God
KEY PASSAGE: Romans 1:18-22 | SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:1 | Deuteronomy 29:29
Psalm 90:2; 139:1-24 | Matthew 19:26 | John 3:16, 36 | 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 | 2 Corinthians 5:10 | Colossians 3:16
1 Timothy 6:15-16 | Titus 1:2

Your Convictions About God

Who is God, and what is He like?
Some people imagine Him as a loving grandfather
in heaven who’s waiting to bless them, while others
think He’s a harsh judge sitting on His throne, ready
to pour out punishment. There are also people who
don’t even believe God exists because they want
to live as they please rather than in obedience to
His divine authority. However, the only way to
truly know God and His attributes is to rely on the
descriptions of Him that are found in the Scripture.

A right understanding of God is essential
because it has eternal ramifications.

According to Romans 1:19-20,

that which is known
about God is evident within us, and His invisible
attributes, eternal power, and divine nature are clearly

on display through His creation.

Therefore, we have
no excuse. To deny His existence is to suppress the
truth and bring ultimate disaster upon ourselves.

We all have convictions that govern our lives, and
being certain about God’s identity should be one of

A conviction is being so thoroughly convinced
of the absolute truth of something that we are willing
to take a stand for it regardless of the consequences.

When we are convinced that God’s Word is true,
we have a sure foundation for our convictions about God.

🌎God is an uncreated being.

He existed before the
beginning of time and is the Creator of heaven
and earth (Gen. 1:1).

Psalm 90:2 mentions His
eternal existence, saying, “Even from everlasting
to everlasting, You are God.”

🌏He is unchangeable.

What a comfort it is to
know that the Lord’s perfection, purposes, and
promises never alter.

If He has given us a promise
in His Word, we can be certain that He will never
change His mind.

🌍 He’s omnipresent.

This means that God is
present everywhere.

We don’t have to search and
find Him.

In fact, according to Psalm 139, we can
never get away from His presence. No matter what we face, He is with us.

🌎God is omnipotent.

He has all power: “With God
all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26).

However, the Lord never acts in a manner that is inconsistent
with His nature. -For instance, He cannot lie or be tempted by evil because He is absolute goodness,
perfection, and truth (Titus 1:2).

🌍The Lord is omniscient.

He has complete knowledge about everything, including past,
present, and future events.

Although we might
want Him to share His knowledge with us, as
finite beings we are incapable of comprehending the infinite vastness of God’s mind.

According to Deuteronomy 29:29,

“The secret things belong to
the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong
to us.”

God doesn’t satisfy all our curiosity, but He has revealed what He desires us to know in His
Word. And if we can’t find an answer in Scripture,
we can leave our concerns with Him, trusting in
His infinite knowledge and wisdom.

🌎God is invisible.

Although Jesus was visible as
God in human flesh, no human being other than Christ has seen the Father.

Paul described Him as
the “only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of
lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells
in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen
or can see” (1 Tim. 6:15-16).

🌏God is love.

This is not just what He does, but who He is—love is an essential aspect of His nature.

The ultimate expression of His love for us was the
act of sending His Son into the world to redeem
sinners (John 3:16).

In mercy, grace, and love, He
reached down to save and give eternal life to all who believe in Jesus.

🌍The Lord is holy.

This means He is separated from
all sin, and His holiness is the pattern we are to follow.

Although we can never live without sin as God does, we who are committed (separated into Him) to Christ as our Savior and Lord should have a desire to live a holy
life of obedience.

Holiness is a lifestyle to which God calls us and for which He equips us through the power of His indwelling Holy Spirit.

He gives us sensitivity to sinful attitudes and actions in
our lives and prompts us to immediately seek forgiveness from God and request His strength to
turn from that particular sin (live separated from it).

🌍 God is righteous.

He is the final standard of
righteousness and always acts in accordance with what is right.

Furthermore, righteousness is His desire for each of us, and He’s given us His Spirit to enable us to do what’s right.

🌍He is a God of wrath.

This means the Lord hates

sin and everything that is opposed to His moral character.

According to John 3:36,

“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who
does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

The wrath of God
will never come upon those of us who have trusted
Christ as our Savior because it is limited to those
who defy the Lord and reject His Son.

🌏God is our judge.

We must all stand before the
judgment seat of Christ to be recompensed for our deeds (2 Cor. 5:10).

As Christians we have no need
to fear God’s wrath because our judgment is for the purpose of rewards. We will be judged according to how we have lived and what we have done with the

truth and the opportunities we’ve been given.

🌎The Lord is a rewarder.

We each have a choice
regarding how we build our lives on the foundation of Christ (1 Cor. 3:10-15).

If what we have done is of no eternal value, it will be burned up in
the judgment, but if our works are precious and everlasting, we will receive a reward. Even in the

judgment, God’s love and grace will be evident to His children.

🌏God is to be worshipped.

He is the Lord of the
universe and our Savior, who is worthy of all honor
and glory.

Our worship of Him is displayed when we let His Word dwell in us richly and praise Him
with singing from a grateful heart (Col. 3:16).

If you had to write a description of God, what would you say?

How much of your perception of
Him comes from His Word? How much comes from your experiences or others’ ideas about Him?

Remember, same God who is characterized by love,
holiness, and righteousness is also described as a
judge who hates sin and deals out retribution.

you have trouble reconciling these two aspects
of His nature?

How were all these characteristics displayed at the cross?

What would the world look
like if God had no wrath against sin?

What comfort
comes from knowing that He is a righteous judge?

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Growing On


And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;
Philippians 1 NASB
Paul wrote to all the saints (believers) in Philippi,

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it (complete it) until the day of Christ Jesus.

For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.

For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Philippians 1:3‭-‬11 NASB

I feel the same thing & pray the same for those I know who also believe.

In Christ,

Discovering Spiritual Gifts (Part 4 on The Holy Spirit)

This post is on The Holy Spirit.
It is Part 4,

How to Discover Your Spiritual Gifts

in a series by:
Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge

“How to Discover Your Spiritual Gifts”
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Spiritual gifts in the Church today…
The Views range from
Denial to Ignorance (and /or
Confusion) to

Four questions everyone needs to ask and answer about spiritual gifts

1st Question
🔥Why bother with spiritual gifts?

1. They are essential for determining __________________ _________________.


2. They are God’s “stamp of approval” on your ____________________ as a person.
3. When known and exercised, they put you in the place of _____________________
_____________ and building deep ______________ ______________________.
4. The by-product of exercising your spiritual gifts is __________________________.
(Keep in mind, ‘talent’ is not the same as a gift of The Holy Spirit)

🔥2nd Question
– What is a spiritual gift?

Definition: A “divine endowment” of special ability upon every member of the Body of Christ which “fits” them for specific and corresponding service.

Look at 1 Corinthians 12:4-6

1. Gift – “Charismata”


2. Spiritual – “Pneumatikos”


3. Every spiritual gift embodies:
a) Ability
b) Qualification
c) Strength
d) Responsibility


1st part of Audio ends around here
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🔥3rd Question
– How and why do we receive spiritual gifts?

1. They are distributed by the ascended Christ. Ephesians 4:7-11

2. Gifts are distributed to every believer without exception at the time of salvation on the basis of grace.
1 Peter 4:10

3. Gifts are distributed for the profit of others 1 Corinthians 12:7


4. Gifts are distributed sovereignly by the Holy Spirit in accordance with each believer’s best interest and God’s ultimate glory and purpose.
1 Corinthians 12:11


🔥4th Question
– How do I discover my spiritual gift(s)?

1. Pray seriously seeking guidance.
2. Study the gift passages in God’s Word.
3. “Test the waters.”
4. Examine the fulfillment factor.
5. Evaluate honestly.
6. Get quality counsel.
7. Recognize God’s evident blessing.

Discussion Questions:
1. What, if anything, did you learn that was new to you concerning spiritual gifts? How
could this information be used to enhance the way God wants to use your life?

2. Why is it important to know and develop your spiritual gifts? Discuss how spiritual
gifts benefit others and how they benefit you.

3. What ministry have you been involved in at any church that you really felt fulfilled in
doing? Describe it and your experience. How could you further develop your gifts?

4. What do you see as the natural implications of a church body that takes the whole
concept of spiritual gifts and interdependence seriously? What would it look like?
How would it differ from the norm? What impact would it have beginning with you?

This concludes this series on The Holy Spirit.

For more resources, go to 3
Copyright © 2012 Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge

Go to:
Who Is The Holy Spirit?
(The start of this series)

Jesus said, “Even as I”

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
John 13:34 NASB

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
John 20:21 NASB

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
Ephesians 5:1‭-‬2 NASB

Like HIM to the end…

For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
Colossians 3:3‭-‬4 NASB

*The Holy Spirit’s top:
🔸According to Jesus
(John Chapters 14– 16)
🔸According to the early Church  (Acts Chapters 1-5) 
Specia Note – Acts 4:13
🔸According to the apostle’s teaching (2 Corinthians 3:17-18;
James 1:2-4;
Ephesians 4:13;
Romans 8:29)
{Use your Bible as a companion with this}

The Spirit’s primary purpose, TOP PRIORITY, in us is to TRANSFORM us into the “Image of Christ.”

In Christ,

*Part of good series emphasizing this is…
“Are You In Step with the Holy Spirit?”
Click below for audio:
Copyright © 2012 Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge

Where Does Real Source of Power & Authority Come From?

I agree with Paul, an Apostle of Christ,

I, Paul, and my companions in faith here, send greetings to the Galatian churches.

My authority for writing to you does not come from any popular vote of the people, nor does it come through the appointment of some human higher-up.

It comes directly from Jesus the Messiah and God the Father, who raised him from the dead.

I’m God-commissioned.

So I greet you with the great words, grace and peace!
We know the meaning of those words because Jesus Christ rescued us from this evil world we’re in by offering himself as a sacrifice for our sins.

God’s plan is that we all experience that rescue.

Glory to God forever! Oh, yes!

Galatians 1:1‭-‬5 MSG

In Christ,
enough said,

Walking Tall, measuring up to God

The Spirit’s primary purpose is to TRANSFORM us
into the “Image of Christ.”

What is Christ-likeness or spiritual fruit?

Galatians 5:22-23

Love to see how Living On The Edge Ministries broke this into 3 sections…
Think about GALATIANS 5:22-23 in this light…

In our relationship with God :
Kindness In our relationship to others:
In our relationship with ourselves:
For more details, Audios and notes go to Are You Walking In The Spirit

…what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard

—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity.

We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people.

We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way.

Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.
Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 MSG

For more resources, go to:
Copyright © 2012 Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge

In Christ,