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Monday, August 15, 2016

STUDENT VOCATIONAL CALLING WORKSHOP IN DETROIT TONIGHT!!!

Please note, there is a minor error in the address for tonight's meeting! The meeting will take place at the same street address, but in Auburn Hills, Michigan.....
Help Your Teen Identify their Life Calling, Career, & College

Monday, August 15th at 7:00pm
Homeschool Connections Office, 2685 Lapeer Rd. Suite #105
Lake Orion, Michigan 48326
(It's acress Zelma Street from Hoops Bar & Grill. Please park in their lot)

Tuesday, August 16th at 7:00pm
Five Points Church
3411 Walton Blvd.
Auburn Hills, MI  48326

This is a FREE
informational session

Join us for this FREE informational Session

Please use the LINK below to RSVP!!


Help Your Teen Identify Their Life Calling, Career, & College

presented by Larry Bates & Curtis Songer of Truth@Life Transformation Coaching & Consulting

These sessions are of tremendous value in helping your teen:
            Identify their life purpose
            See how that maps to their career calling
            Improve their confidence and self-esteem,
            And help them become better life-long decision makers. 

Parents who have attended these sessions say the program has saved them over $30,000 per child in tuition!  Come and see how.

This information session is Ideal for student finishing 8th grade through college.

Invite anyone you may know who may be one of the following situations:

1.  You have many talents & are not sure what to do with them. 
2.  You are stressed about feeling a lack of direction and purpose. 
3.  School aptitude test suggests you to go into a career that does not interest you.
4.  You are headed to college in the next year, but don't know what to major in.
5.  You are already at college and are considering changing your major.
6.  You have graduated from college and think you may have made a mistake.
7.  You are just starting out and need guidance in getting started in your career. 




Many Homeschool Connections families have found Mr. Songer's program very helpful for their students. He understands and works with many homeschooling teens as well as teens from public and private schools. He is also a professor at a Christian College in Pennsylvania and understands the college acceptance process very well. Through Truth@ Life, he has helped over 100 students determine their degree, choose their college and find their life pathway.

Curtis and Larry also help adults who are contemplating their Life Calling and Purpose so feel free to come and join us for your own information as well! 

Call or email Mr. Songer for more information:

Presented by
Curtis Songer
Principal, Truth@Life
Transformation Coaching & Consulting
curtis.songer@gmail.com


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Dream BIG Dreams

Successful people dream BIG dreams...in a pragmatic way. For more truth about life, see... http://www.truthatlife.com/

Monday, August 8, 2016

Training Camp (part 1)


It's that time again, time for football!  Can I get an amen?  AMEN!!!

The minute you step onto the field, your teammates know if you are ready, if you went to training camp!  You have to go to training in order to be prepared.  You have to be prepared in order to win.

Have you been winning or have you been losing?  Maybe your life has been tough.  Maybe you lost last season.  Maybe you don't want next season to look like the last season.  For that to come true, you have to go to training camp!

To go to training camp, you first have to be united with Christ.  You have to believe in Him as your Savior.

“And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:22‬ ‭

We are not fighting against each other - certainly not against your own team mates.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:10-13‬ ‭

You have to go to training camp.


“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:14-17‬ ‭

To have a helmet of salvation means you have to first have a relationship with God.

To take up the shield of faith, you have to believe the Bible is God's Word.  And you have to spend time in the Word.  Study it, memorize it, believe it, and apply it.

At Grace, we believe in and proclaim God's Word - no matter what!  We are under the authority of the truth of God's Word.

When you out you life under the authority of God's Word and practice it's principles, you will live a better life - not an easier life - a better life.

It makes you a better spouse, parent, friend, employee, neighbor, citizen, healthier, & humble.  It makes me better physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Follow Jesus + Read the Bible = Better Life

The Bible is a place, a foundation, to stand on.  It protects us and shelters us.  The question is not IF you will have hard times.  The question is what will you do WHEN you have hard times?

To make next season better than last season, you have to make the Bible part of your everyday life, You have to go to training camp!

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

How to Get It All

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Matthew 6:33
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Suffering

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Romans 8:18
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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Who's your Daddy? (part 2)

Who's your daddy?  If it is God, then you have the same power within you that raised Jesus from the dead!

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭

What is the proof that you are a child of God and are saved?

“For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:13-14‬ ‭

The proof is that you life is changing. You are looking more like your daddy - God - on a daily basis.

Like father, like son.
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
A chip off the old block.

If you are not becoming more like Jesus, you should be changing.  I didn't say you have stopped sinning.  I said you be in the process of changing.

“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭6:1-2‬ ‭

The following passage should either scare the crap out of you or give you a great feeling of relief:

““Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:21-23‬ ‭

Which is it for you - fear or relief?  Have you trifled to live like Him this week?  When you failed, did you feel horribly, confess your failure, and try to change?  Did you talk to Him this morning?  Did you listen to what He said?

Does any of that describe you?
Since you became a Christian, has your life changed?  How has it changed?
Is the way you love your wife and kids, would you say that you are being led by the Spirit of Christ?
Is the way you honor and respect your husband, would you say that you are being led by the Spirit of God?
Is the way that you act at work, would you say that you are being led by the Spirit of Christ?
Is the way you respond to social media, would you say that you are being led by the Spirit of Christ?
Are the things you do in private,  would you say that you are being led by the Spirit of Christ?
Are you making progress?
Do you really have a relationship with God?
Who's your daddy?

For more truth about life, see...   www.truthatlife.com

Monday, August 1, 2016

A Drop in the Ocean: God is Faithful (part 4)


Our knowledge of God is like a drop in the ocean.

As human beings we are not made to live in the stress and regret of the past.  As human beings we are not made to live in the worry  and anxiety of the future.  We were made to live in the present and in the presence of God's faithfulness.

Sometimes we just need to reset our lives, to stop, relax, and focus on the here and now.  The ocean and it's rhythms can do that: the waves in and out, the tide up and down, the sun rise and the sunset.

Life will let you down.  It sucks sometimes.  But God will NEVER let you down.

Jeremiah the prophet, said the follow as he was stepping one the rubble of his home torn down the the dean bodies of his friends and family:

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:21-23‬ ‭

First, Jeremiah DIRECTS his thoughts.  He has CONTROL OVER his emotions.

Years later, the song writer being influenced by Jeremiah's words, wrote:

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever. to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever. who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever. who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭136:1-6‬ ‭

Jeremiah was blessed because he knew, by the grace of God, that he was alive.

We don't like to hear this.  We think God owes us something.  The ONLY thing God owes us is eternal punishment.  We are not entitled to anything - not even ONE MORE BREATH!

1.  God is faithful to Himself.

God never changes.  He lives up to His own standards.  He is perfectly consistent.  He lives up to His character.

“if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭

God is faithful.

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:28-31‬ ‭

2.  God is faithful to sinners, the lost and broken.

“in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:7-10‬

“When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭7:36-50‬

There is nothing you have done, or could ever do, that would shock Jesus.  He is faithful to sinners - the the lost and broken.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:9

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:21‬ ‭

God is faithful.

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭

God is faithful.

3. God is faithful to those who struggle.

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭

God loves you just the way you are, but He is loves you too much to leave you that way.  What God starts, He finishes.  He will refine you until you are completed.  This process can be painful - it can can be a struggle.  But rest assured, God will finish the job.

God is faithful.  He is all we need.  Not cars or houses or retirement accounts or jobs or power or friends or family or even health.  He is all we need.  God is faithful!

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Drop in the Ocean (part 3)

Our knowledge of God is like a drop in the ocean.  Job, a man who suffered overwhelming trials found this out first-hand....

“In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭1:1-5‬ ‭

The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭1:7-12‬ ‭

All good gifts, and only good gifts come from God.  Evil and hardship comes from Satan.  God restrains Satan ever moment of every day from destroying us.  Here God allowed Satan to inflict pain and suffering on Job, but to not kill him nor affect his health.  Everything else was open to Satan's attack!

a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, and the Sabeans attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!””
‭‭Job‬ ‭1:14-19‬

“At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭1:20-22‬ ‭

At this point, most all of us would be overwhelmed and angry at God.  Job worshipped Him.

“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:29‬ ‭

It is an honor to endure suffering - it makes us more Christ-like.

“And the Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”

But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.””
‭‭Job‬ ‭2:2-3, 5-6‬

Remember: All good gifts, and only good gifts come from God.  Evil and hardship comes from Satan.  God restrains Satan ever moment of every day from destroying us.  Now God allowed Satan to inflict pain and suffering on Job, including his health.  Only death was prevented!

“So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭2:7-10‬

Job continues to worship God.  What would you have done?

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭

God is faithful to deliver us through ANYTHING.

Now Job begins to question why God would allow such horrible things to occur to him.  Here is God's response...

“Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? “Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’? “Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place, that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it? The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment. The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken. “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep? Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness? Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this. “What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside? Can you take them to their places? Do you know the paths to their dwellings? Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years! “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail, which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle? What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth? Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert, to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass? Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew? From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen? “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades? Can you loosen Orion’s belt? Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs? Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth? “Can you raise your voice to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water? Do you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’? Who gives the ibis wisdom or gives the rooster understanding? Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together? “Do you hunt the prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of the lions when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in a thicket? Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?”
‭‭Job‬ ‭38:1-41‬ ‭

The Lord said to Job: “Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!” Then Job answered the Lord: “I am unworthy—how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭40:1-4‬ ‭

Enough said!  God is Sovereign.    Job recognizes this, submits to Him, and prays for his wife and friends (who had been antagonizing him through the whole ordeal...

“After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring. TheLord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. And he also had seven sons and three daughters. The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers. After this, Job lived hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so Job died, an old man and full of years.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭42:10-17‬ ‭

“As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”
‭‭James‬ ‭5:11‬ ‭

Indeed - God is Sovereign!    And while He owes us NOTHING, He protects us, loves us, delivers us, and works all things together for good - for those who love Him.

The lesson here?  Questioning God is good.  But in the end, it is all about having faith in the all powerful sovereign God of the universe.  And our knowledge of Him is truly like "A Drop in the Ocean!"

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