Welcome to the  MOHC blog, a daily dose of encouragement from Pastor David Chadwick. 

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Do you believe God is the restorer of the broken places in your life? He is. The Bible says so.

For behold, days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah” (Jeremiah 30:3). God promises the Israelites that he will restore them to the land after they had been removed from it for 70 years.

Plus, God restored the Temple that had been destroyed. And the walls that had been razed to the ground.

God restores broken places in the lives of all his people. All of them.

Think of it this way. God the Restorer is a repairman. You take something broken to him. You leave it with him. You trust that he has the means and ability to get the job done. And done well.

Because you trust your repairman, you do not call him every five minutes to see if he’s doing his job properly. You don’t question his process or progress. You leave what’s broken with him, knowing he will fix what is broken and return it to you at the right time.

So it is with God our Restorer. We give him our brokenness. We pray that he will heal us.

We wait. Trust. And know that he is faithful and able as the Restorer of our broken places.

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Rust out or burn out?

It’s an important question we all need to ask ourselves. Especially as we consider how we want to live out our last decades on earth.

Everyone who competes in games trains to win a prize (1 Corinthians 9:25). Winning requires focus, purpose and discipline. As Christians, we are running toward our heavenly reward. Our prize is awarded by Jesus at the end of our lives, for our faithfulness as believers (2 Corinthians 5:10).

How are you running your life’s race? Bored? Stagnant? Sluggish? Rusting out? Blurred vision about your finish line?

Or full force ahead? With great energy? Specifically focused? With enthusiasm? Giving all you’ve got? Burning out?

Keep running strong! Until your end. Living for Jesus. Sharing him with others. Serving those in need. Giving your life away to others.

And you will finish strong with a crown of rewards awaiting you as you cross this life’s finish line.

  • David Chadwick

The word “enthusiasm” comes from the Greek word “entheos” which means “the God within.”

When God is within us - through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit - how then can we not be enthusiastic? Joyful? Cheerful? Light-hearted?

Enthusiasm is a key for success in the lives of Christ-followers. Scripture exhorts us to be “zealous” for what is good (1 Peter 3:13). To “not be slothful in zeal, but fervent in Spirit” (Romans 12:11).

If Jesus lives in us, and He is the hope of our glory, should not His followers be the most enthusiastic, happiest, zealous, encouraging, upbeat and jovial people on the face of the earth (Colossians 1:27)?

For we have found the secret to life: God in Christ lives in us. Empowering and strengthening us by the minute. No matter what obstacle or difficulty we may face.

And we live successfully, in God, in his strength, and for His glory alone.