“Our purpose (in relationship) is to get what we want but God’s purpose is to give us what we really need. We think things are going well only if we are getting along with others. But God says that it is also when we are not getting along with others that he is accomplishing his purpose.

God has designed our relationship to function as both a diagnosis and a cure.”

Paul David Tripp

Luke 6:27-36 NIV

Love for Enemies

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

Stay blessed

Pr. Paddick


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When we get tired…

Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Stay blessed in rest

Pr Paddick



Success & Failure

“Never let your success go to your head. Never let your ‘failures’ go to your heart.” Unknown

Luke 14 :11

11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Stay blessed in humility,

Pr. Paddick



Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”

Genesis 18:14 “Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.”

Stay waiting in God’s perfect timing for you,

Pr. Paddick


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Loss and Gain

In the world of financial accounting and investing, the term loss is not a good word while the term gain is top notch and a very good word.

The same is true in life – if at the end of our life here on earth we lived for Christ and we die, it is gain. However, if we lived for ourselves, without Christ Jesus and we die, this is loss. Extreme loss…

Paul the Apostle knew first hand about loss and gain:

Philippians 3 : 4-1 NKJV

“…if anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain[b] to the resurrection from the dead.”

Philippians 1: 19-24 NKJV

19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I [d]cannot tell. 23 [e]For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.”

Paul was able to confidently say “for me to die is gain”, because he had a personal relationship with Jesus. He never saw Jesus, like Matthew, Mark and Luke did. He understood that this life is only temporal, a journey en-route to eternity.

Life is so fleeting. Even reaching a ripe old age of 98 or 101 is fleeting, a breath compared to eternity. Make sure you have Christ Jesus in your life and are living for Him – daily. Do not make the mistake of coming to the end of your life, on your death bed with moments to breathe and realize you wasted your life on material things, unimportant things, strife, un-forgivenss… Be ready to enter eternity and to meet Jesus and spend eternity with Him in His presence rather than away from His presence with the wrath of God facing you for ever.

If you have never excepted the free gift of salvation that God offers to each individual, through His Son’s death, burial and resurrection, and desire to live for Jesus, then please pray this simple prayer out to Almighty God:

“Heavenly Father, I come to you in Jesus name. Your Word says in Romans 10:9, 10 “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation.” I believe in my heart Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe that He died on the cross for the salvation of the world. I believe that He was raised from the dead.  I receive and confess Jesus now as my Lord and Saviour. I thank you that I am forgiven from all past sin and that I now have become a Christian – a child of God. I am saved and have received eternal life.”

Praise God! Salvation is not about feeling saved, it is about faith and believing you are saved in Christ Jesus. Of importance are the following:

  • Read the Bible daily
  • Fellowship with other believers
  • Get connected to a good Word Based Church
  • Tell others about what God has done in your life through Jesus
  • Live full out for Jesus daily

Stay blessed in Christ, knowing life is short and eternity with Jesus is great gain…

Pr. Paddick

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Unrealistic Expectations

“I don’t think that we take seriously, the drama of the fallenness of our world. That fallenness will enter your door. If you’re not suffering now, you’re near somebody who is. And if you’re not suffering now, you will someday. And the expectation that suffering will be part of my experience, I don’t think is regular for people.”                  Paul Tripp –  Suffering Reveals Our Unrealistic Expectations


“God has not promised me a comfortable life. He has promised me Himself. And to think that if God is faithful, my life will be comfortable, is dramatically unrealistic.”  Paul Tripp


“What happens in suffering is you will then mourn the death of what you thought you could depend on. What you thought was true. Actually those things weren’t true, and that is what is being proven in your suffering…” Paul Tripp

Stay blessed in Christ,   10 But [a]may the God of all grace, who called [b]us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, [c]perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:10-11 NKJV

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Knowledge does not mean Maturity

“You can be theologically astute and be dramatically spirituality immature”
Paul Tripp – Knowledge does not mean Maturity

“I can understand things, that I am not living…” Paul Tripp – Knowledge does not mean Maturity

It is when we live what we believe, that maturity means anything…

Matthew 17:19-20  NKJV

19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” 

Stay blessed in doing what you preach and believe,

Pr. Paddick


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The Right Introspection

“It’s hard for me to think, that you can confess sin without some level of introspection. You cannot confess, what you haven’t first grieved. You can’t grieve what you haven’t seen. And you can’t repent of what you haven’t confessed…” Paul Tripp  –   on the Right Kind of Introspection

1 John 1:9 AMP

“If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just [true to His own nature and promises], and will forgive our sins and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness [our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose].”

Stay blessed in the cleansing blood of Christ,

Pr. Paddick


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2 Truths that will sustain you in suffering

There are two truths that will sustain you in moments of suffering. First, everything that is outside of your control lives under the control of the Savior who gave His life for you. And second, the One who is in complete control is also near, so near that we can reach out and touch Him.  Paul Tripp 2 Truths That Will Sustain You in Suffering

Stay blessed in the knowledge that God is Sovereign over your life,

Pr. Paddick



The Meaning of Life

Most everyone in their life, at some point, has asked the question: “What is the meaning of life?”

It is not difficult to answer actually – to bring glory to God. That’s it! We are to bring glory to God through our lives. It is the ‘doing it’ that presents a problem for many individuals.


Ecclesiastes 12 : 13 AMP

13 “When all has been heard, the end of the matter is: fear God [worship Him with awe-filled reverence, knowing that He is almighty God] and keep His commandments, for this applies to every person.”

Revelation 4:11 AMP

4“Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they exist, and were created and brought into being.”

“…you always think you’re going to manage it your own way. It never works. The most important thing in your life is to find that intimacy with God. And He will guide you, He will hold you, He will take you through safely on your journey, as you walk hand in hand with Him. When everything comes together, then you have wonder, you have truth, then you have love and then you have security – that’s what gives life meaning…and you find that only God is big enough to do that for you”                           Ravi Zacharias –  Meaning of Life

“God’s glory is primary, God’s glory is foundational, God’s glory is supreme. We live for the glory of God or we do not live at all. We merely exist. The beginning and the end of all things , is the glory of God. We were made for the glory of God, and int he end all that matters in your life and in my life is – did we live for the glory of God?” Dr Steve Lawson – Living for the glory of God

“The glory of God is at it’s greatest, when we are at our weakest and we realize I need His shoulder on which to put my head.”  Ravi Zacharias – The Glory of God: For This We Were Made Pt. 2

True happiness and joy comes only by living for the glory of God,

Stay blessed in glory,

Pr. Paddick


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Uncomfortable Grace

“When suffering enters your door, you will always preach some kind of gospel to yourself. And it will be the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ or it will be some other gospel…”  Paul Tripp       2015 Life Between The Already and the Not Yet 

“No one is more influential in your life than you are because no one talks to you more than you do.” Paul Tripp                                                                                                                         2015 Paul David Tripp 1 Life Between the Already and the Not Yet

“The grace that God pours down to us (in our suffering) is uncomfortable grace. You see, we want the grace of relief, because what we actually want is a comfortable life. We want a predictable schedule, …we actually want life to be nice and easy and peaceful more than we want the glory of God’s transforming work in us. You want to know what God is doing in the midst of your suffering? He is redeeming you! He is not forsaking you. He is not hurting you. He is not punishing you. He is giving you the one thing you could not give yourself – redemption.”  Paul Tripp                                                    2015 Paul David Tripp 1 Life Between the Already and the Not Yet

Romans 8:18-39 NKJV

18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of [f]corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Stay blessed in uncomfortable grace,

Pr. Paddick


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Failure – Paul Tripp

Biblical faith never requires that you have to deny reality in order to find peace and rest…because Biblical faith asks you to do one thing -confess who you actually are…   Paul Tripp  (Grace in Failure)

When you accept and acknowledge who you actually are, who you really are, what not only the Biblical diagnosis tells you but the empirical evidence of everyday life tells you, when you now are ready to to say ‘this is who I actually am, then you begin to rest int he grace that has been offered people like you…  Paul Tripp (Grace in Failure)

I’m not OK on my own, I’m not something on my own, I’m not righteous on my own…and for that I’ve been given the Person and the work of the Lord Jesus Christ…  Paul Tripp (Grace in Failure)

Watch the video here:

Liberate 2013 | Grace In Failure – Paul Tripp


2nd Peter 1:2-4  NKJV

2 “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the [a]corruption that is in the world through lust.”

Stay blessed in the Grace of God,

Pr. Paddick


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Children & Heaven



11 yr Old Went to Heaven and Back, and Tells What He Saw!

Matthew 18:2-4  NKJV

Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Heaven is real…stay blessed,

Pr. Paddick



When life does not make sense…

Psalm 27 was written by King David when life did not make sense to him…

“…suffering is not a unique experience, it is not a strange experience, it is not a surprising experience, suffering is a universal human experience…” Paul Tripp

“Suffering is never neutral…you always bring something to your suffering…”  Paul Tripp

“…don’t be proud, don’t suffer in isolation, don’t suffer in silence, don’t suffer as a hero… your running to Him (Jesus) and running to fellow believers, actually preaches the Gospel…”  Paul Tripp


Paul Tripp | Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

Romans 8 :28-31  NKJV

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 

God is Sovereign, He is in control, trust Him with everything,

Stay blessed,

Pr. Paddick


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When we die…


Hebrews 9:27 NKJV 

27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

2 Samuel 12: 22-23 NKJV

22 And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether [b]the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ 23 But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”

It is a given – sooner or later, on an appointed day and time we will die, leave our body and this earth behind… but what happens at the moment of death? What about NDE (near death experiences)? The following three YouTube clips looks at NDE and dying…

What really happens when you Die | End-of-life-phenomena • At Home with Peter Fenwick

Jesse Duplantis visits heaven

This Man Died During Surgery, Met GOD & Asked HIM, “What’s The Meaning Of Life?”

You are not your body: Janine Shepherd at TEDxKC


John 14:1-6   NKJV –  (Please read full chapter in context)

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many [a]mansions; if it were not so, [b]I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

“God can’t give us peace and happiness apart from Himself because there is no such thing.”
― C.S. Lewis

“He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.”
― C.S. Lewis

Stay blessed,

Pr. Paddick


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God made you, unique!

God made you. And God made you exactly the way He wanted you to be…”  John F. MacArthur

So often, people are confused about who and what they are meant to be. Yet, God in His Word, through His servant, King David, declares the following;

Psalm 139 is entitled:

God’s Perfect Knowledge of Man –

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You [a]comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have [b]hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in [c]hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall [d]fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness [e]shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

13 For You formed my inward parts;
You [f]covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for [g]I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My [h]frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!
Depart from me, therefore, you [i]bloodthirsty men.
20 For they speak against You wickedly;
[j]Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with [k]perfect hatred;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

This Psalm has so many amazing aspects and facets about our lives…

Stay blessed in knowing that God, the Sovereign Chief Engineer & Scientist of life,  loves you and knows everything about you, and created you for a specific purpose for such a time as now,

Pr. Paddick


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A Tired Soul


Matthew 11:28-30 ESV

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.””

Jeremiah 31:25  AMP

“For I [fully] satisfy the weary soul, and I replenish every languishing and sorrowful person.”

Isaiah 40 : 28-31 AMP

“28 Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become tired or grow weary;
There is no searching of His understanding.
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who has no might He increases power.
Even youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]
Will gain new strength and renew their power;
They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];
They will run and not become weary,
They will walk and not grow tired.”

True and fulfilling rest for the soul can only be found in a relationship with Christ Jesus. There are so many substitutes that promise rest and may even provide temporary rest…

Stay blessed in true soul rest,

Pr. Paddick


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Think about this statement – the person causing the hurt, is the one with the problem, issue, flaw…

Luke 23:34 New International Version (NIV)

34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[a] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Stay blessed in forgiving,

Pr Paddick


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Isaiah 40:29-31

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.

Isaiah 40:29-31

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.

Often, victory is just around the corner. Stay blessed and in hope,

Pr. Paddick


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Proverbs 25:28 The Message (MSG)

28 A person without self-control
    is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.

Proverbs 16:32 Amplified Bible (AMP)

He who is slow to anger is better and more honorable than the mighty [soldier],
And he who rules and controls his own spirit, than he who captures a city.

2 Timothy 1:7 Amplified Bible (AMP)

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment andpersonal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].

Stay blessed,

Pr Paddick


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We all have them… regrets. Things we wished we did, things we wish we never did.

With each new day comes new opportunities to do better and improve on yesterday’s mistakes and regrets ..

Stay blessed,

Pr. Paddick


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Proverbs 11:28 Amplified Bible (AMP)

“He who leans on and trusts in and is confident in his riches will fall,
But the righteous [who trust in God’s provision] will flourish like a green leaf.”

This quote from C.S. Lewis goes for everything in life: career, spouse, health, status etc. etc. …

Stay blessed, trusting in God,

Pr. Paddick

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The purpose of struggle


Romans 5:3-5  NKJV

 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces [b]perseverance; and perseverance, [c]character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Stay blessed,

Pr. Paddick

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Easy come, Easy go…


Proverbs 13:11-13 The Message (MSG)

11 Easy come, easy go,
    but steady diligence pays off.

12 Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick,
    but a sudden good break can turn life around.

13 Ignore the Word and suffer;
    honor God’s commands and grow rich.

Stay blessed,

Pr. Paddick

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A good listener


My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.  James 1:19  NIV

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a
listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all
of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
― Leo F. Buscaglia

“The word ‘listen’ contains the same letters as the word ‘silent’.”
― Alfred Brendel

Stay blessed, listening and learning

Pr. Paddick


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Often, it is we ourselves, by placing limitations on our self, that causes us to place expiration dates on our own dreams…

Stay blessed and keep dreaming and trusting God with your dreams,

Pr. Paddick


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A Satisfied Life


15 And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”  Luke 12:15 NKJV

Stay blessed and satisfied in living life, not chasing things…

Pr. Paddick


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Breath is a gift…


And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.  NKJV
For the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.. NLT
You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.” Interlude  NLT
Stay blessed breathing in life,
Pr. Paddick
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How would you like to be treated?


“Integrity stems from the Latin word ‘integer’ which means whole and complete. So integrity requires an inner sense of ‘wholeness’ and consistency of character. When you are in integrity, people should be able to visibly see it through your actions, words, decisions, methods, and outcomes. When you are ‘whole’ and consistent, there is only one you. You bring that same you wherever you are, regardless of the circumstance. You don’t leave parts of yourself behind. You don’t have a ‘work you,’ a ‘family you,’ and a ‘social you.’ You are YOU all the time.” 

Stay blessed in treating others like you would like to be treated,

Pr. Paddick


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What travel teaches you


It has a humbling effect, travelling – you get to see how blessed and privileged you are, how much you actually have to be thankful for and how small you truly are in relation to God and His creation…

Stay blessed as you travel through life and this world,

Pr. Paddick

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