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and have six children and six grandchildren they absolutely adore.
David and Cheri enjoy sharing life together through a variety of ministry pursuits
including discipleship, hospitality, consulting, career support and marriage mentoring.
They also share in many mutual hobbies such as wine tasting, golf, frisbee disc golf,
hiking, cooking, fitness and of course rooting on the San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox.
David is a graduate of both Simpson University and Talbot School of Theology (Biola)
where he was awarded degrees in Theology (M. Div.) and Communications (B.A.).
He served in pastoral ministry in the Christian & Missionary Alliance for 22 years (ordained in 1987).
He has been active in numerous non-profit ministries and community outreach programs.
He also has been a small business consultant since 2004,
specializing in boutique lodging, human capital risk management
and business development strategy.
In addition to Life Coaching and leadership development in the local church,
David enjoys the discipline of writing and seeks to passionately and transparently
infuse the incomparable grace and unfailing presence of Jesus Christ in his speaking ministry.
David is also the resident author here at LifeLetter Café
and is today’s featured contributor to “Find It Only Here On Friday.”
His Café exclusive “My Last Breakfast” can be found below . . BUT FIRST . .
the Café thought you just might want to know how an Encouragement Leader like David “JB” Miller
has himself been encouraged in his own faith recently.
In his own words…
There comes those moments when you cross paths with other authentic Jesus-followers.
Though you have nothing in common other than your faith, God reveals a word
and suddenly you become the recipient of gracious words, encouragement and heartfelt prayer.
One such couple engaged Cheri and I this summer
during one of our most demanding and spiritually oppressive weeks.
Affirmation seemed to be flowing right from God’s throne –
a petition for times of refreshing felt like the very words of Christ.
We knew in an instant this was no fluke or random coincidence –
this was a couple in tune with the promptings of God’s Spirit
and unafraid to act in immediate obedience.
What a blessing that still gives us chills weeks later!
Today’s Find It Only Here On Friday
“My Last Breakfast”
by David “JB” Miller
As a Pastor Innkeeper …
Only a very few guests stood out uniquely in my weary mind by the time Fall showed up . . perhaps none more so than the gentleman who one particular morning surveyed our breakfast buffet counter and our featured breakfast main entree menu (which offered a luscious Belgium Waffle smothered in citrus cream and strawberries) only to make this comment . . “Well, if this were my last breakfast, I probably would say yes to the waffle, but . .”
“If this were my last breakfast” . . the phrase has virtually haunted me since that day. It underscores the fact that we humans tend to believe that “this day” . . you know, the one you are in as you read this, has some sort of guarantee built into it that it will be one of many more. Some of us, regardless of age, believe our life is indeed on an impervious auto-pilot trajectory, entitled to many more days, many more adventures, many more new chapters.
Part of the premise …
While my breakfast guest was focused on his own gratification, the same illusion can creep into the mindset of Christ-followers who have said “yes” to a life and lifestyle of epic faith, sacrificial commitment and self-denial . . we have said “yes”, but in a global “big-picture” manner that can easily get chained to the same “this won’t be my last breakfast” mentality. Urgency on any and all levels quickly becomes replaced with preoccupation, complacency and immobility . . all of which funnels downward towards the deathtrap of procrastination and delay.
If we as Christ followers truly believe that we can subjectively reposition God’s mandate for the moment to a more convenient or “appropriate” slot in our future schedule, it no longer becomes necessary to be tuned to the Holy Spirit, to listen to His certain but often quiet voice. The critical kingdom truth is that Jesus desires to be met only in the “present moment” – your recalled Christ connection from a diary or an Evernote page may be helpful and your blocked out study time next week might be of great strategic value . . but all of Jesus waits for all of you and your obedience only and always in the now.
Could it be …
How do you get back …
But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back,
is fit for the kingdom of God.”
– Luke 9:61-62 –
#2 The Thief of Carelessness
The second thief is the Thief of Carelessness, you know, the condition that paralyzes a Christ-follower who is forgetful that each and every day finds all of us in a monumental spiritual battle that far outstrips the conflict and unrest visible to the physical eye on planet earth. Something and typically several something’s are unique to each of our days – you may only have one chance to ignite reconciliation in a broken relationship or only one chance to lead a prodigal home to the loving arms of the Father before they pass.
Are you asking God to show you His complete will in every circumstance? Are you asking a faithful Christ-follower in your family or friendship grid if you are missing anything? Remember, prayer-less is careless.
making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
– Ephesians 5:15-16 –
#3 The Thief of Spiritual Insensitivity
The third thief is the the Thief of Spiritual Insensitivity, you know, paying attention to Spirit-led conviction – confessing it to the Father, and if necessary, to others so that you act on it and can move forward in Christ. Some of the greatest encouragement you can offer to others is to speak the truth, humbly and in love, about their selfish choices and/or attitude. Knowing first where you need to be more surrendered to God is always a critical help.
so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
– Hebrews 3:13
#4 The Thief of Presumption
The final thief is the Thief of Presumption, you know, the subtle inner voice which lies to you that some day down the road you will have another opportunity, another swing – or perhaps, you really don’t have to swing at all – maybe others will respond to the opportunity or need who are better qualified or prepared . . or when it comes to conflict, maybe it will just find a way to simply work itself out. When we experience postponement (ie. a delayed or canceled fight, an unapproved mortgage, a rejected sales pitch until there is time for more review), we are naturally discouraged – sometimes even irritated.
While the Holy Spirit is not strolling around with a “whoppin’ stick”, have you considered that He can be grieved when we make it a habit of pushing the “not now, later” button?
It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away”
– James 4:14 –
Just what is the value
of driving away these thieves? …
What might happen if you start living like this is . . “my last breakfast”?
More than 200 Pastors and Christian Authors unite together here at LifeLetter Cafe
out of gratitude for what Christ has first done for them
and out of careful, intentional obedience to Hebrews 3:13.
Perhaps there is no better showcase of their giftedness and anointing
than our “Find It Only Here On Friday” column.
You might just want to review the quotes from recent posts below
and click on the titles that peek your interest – who knows –
it might be God’s way of calling you to move closer to being a “real time Christian”
who desires to dismiss even the tiniest sniff
of a “this won’t be my last breakfast” mentality.
“I knew I could choose to lie in a cesspool of self-analyzing misery
or put into practice some tactics I’ve learned for handling criticism and rejection.”
“7 Ways To Handle Criticism”
“Why do we focus on cool services, rocking music, big buildings, and sexy sermons,
but do very little to help babies being mutilated in their mother’s womb?”
David & Jason Benham
“What Doesn’t Break Your Heart … That Should?”
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