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Life Abundantly

 

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” –John 10:10

Sometimes it is hard for me to wrap my arms around the fact that God’s desire for me is to experience life to the fullest- regardless of my life situation. God’s desire for me to have life abundantly isn’t based on whether I have had a good or bad day, whether the economy is flourishing or declining, whether I perform well or not. It is not relative to the changes in the stock market, the amount of money I do or don’t make, or whether or not I have a job. God’s desire for us to experience life abundantly transcends all these scenarios.

I don’t always experience life to the fullest and often get distracted by the things of the world- I am a work in progress. But when I do experience this abundant life that God’s word talks about it is usually in the context of the following:

  • Using the gifts God has given me to serve others; this could be talents, time or treasure- it is one of the greatest joys I experience.
  • Being surrounded by a community of people who love Jesus. People who are real, transparent, challenging and vulnerable and those who allow me to be the same.
  • Being immersed in God’s word and prayer. Nothing else allows me to experience the Lord in such an intimate way.

I am grateful that whatever circumstance I may be in, both good and bad, the Lord is always offering me something better- life abundantly! I would encourage you to prayerfully examine how this looks in your life and walk with the Lord.

Wrapped in His grace, Kyle

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Name Your Blessings

Remember the world of wonders he has made,
his miracles, and the verdicts he’s rendered…
– Psalm 105:5

Our son, Cash, is almost 20 months now. It has been an incredible experience seeing his personality develop over these months. He is a sweet boy and the “apple of Daddy’s eye”! The Lord is constantly using Cash to teach us about Himself- patience, trust and faith are all areas we have grown in as a result of our son. The latest teaching moment was really eye-opening to us.

In our culture of want and consumerism, it can be very easy to forget the ways that God has blessed us. It is sometimes easier to look at what we don’t have rather than what we do have. Generally speaking, I always thought that Danielle and I have done a pretty good job of being thankful for the ways that The Lord has blessed us- until Cash showed us up one night!

We had put Cash to sleep, and as we often do, we watched him on the video monitor as he went to sleep- it is a precious thing to see. While we were looking at the monitor, Cash started chanting “Mama, Daddy, Elmo, Blanky”. He did this over and over again until he fell asleep. The next night he did the same thing and every night there after- “Mama, Daddy, Elmo, Blanky”.

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Millionaire Athletes Going Broke

I just recently watched ESPN’s 30 for 30 series titled “Broke”. Essentially it is a documentary on athletes who have made hundreds of millions of dollars but are flat out broke.  I am by no means a financial expert, but feel that I could give wise counsel to almost all of the situations discussed. This counsel wouldn’t come from me, but would come from God’s word. Had these athletes followed a biblical worldview of handling their finances, I believe their lives would look completely different.

Let me preface this by saying that I am not trying to come off as judgmental (I know I’ve made my fair share of mistakes and my mistakes don’t show up on Sports Center or USA Today!)- my intention is to show that God’s word is applicable not only to the average “Joe” but to everyone- regardless of income, status, job title or lack of job title. Here are a few thoughts that stuck out to me from watching the show:

  • As an athlete, one of the most humiliating things you can say to an opponent is that you “own” them. It means that they are inferior and that they call the shots. An overriding theme of this documentary was athletes being owned by debt.

 “Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.” Proverbs 22:7

  • Seeking counsel seemed to be another theme in these athletes financial demise. They either didn’t seek counsel or they sought counsel from people who were self serving.

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice” -Proverbs 12:15

 “The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsel of the wicked are deceitful.” – Proverbs 12:5

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Skewed Vision

Matthew 14:22-33

Many of us have heard or read this story of Peter walking on water. I recently was reading
this passage during one of my devotional times and wanted to share a few things that stuck out to me and challenged me as well- I hope they do the same for you.

The disciples have been out in a storm for potentially ten hours, going roughly only three and a half miles. I would imagine they are not only discouraged, but feeling pretty beaten up. Having been in a few actual storms myself, it becomes hard to see with a piercing rain in your face, your body tenses with every flash of lightning and I can only imagine that ten hours of this would be exhausting.

The disciples are in survival mode, doing whatever they can to conquer this storm and come out of it alive. There are no lifeboats and no coast guard to bail them out if things get worse. They will need to rely on their instincts and experience to get out of this storm.

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The Principle of Pause

Over the past weeks I have been going through a devotional called Devotions for Lent by Bible Mosaic. I didn’t know much about this devotional before getting it- it was free on Kindle so I thought I’d give it a shot. I haven’t been disappointed. The Lord has used it several times to speak to me, challenge me and encourage me. One challenge and affirmation has been related to the subject of fasting and the many ways one can fast.

I have found fasting can essentially be an “extended pause”. Regardless of how long the fast is, its purpose is to draw us closer to the Lord, to put us in a position to hear His small, still voice and to allow Him to lead and guide us.

One of the things we teach people to do before making any “major” financial decisions is to pause before making a purchase. This helps to eliminate impulse buying and instant gratification. It puts us in a position to allow the Lord to guide and direct us before making Continue reading The Principle of Pause

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Growing Old Together

A few years ago, Danielle and I had several friends that we were extremely close with move away from St. Augustine. It was an incredibly sad time for us as they were all dear friends who were a great part of our journey with the Lord. We had talked about things from our kids growing up together to all of us living in the same nursing home. We were going to miss them greatly!

After about six months of all of us being scattered apart, we decided we needed to have a long weekend together each year. It wouldn’t be the only time we would see each other, but it was “required” that we all be there for this particular time. We were going to do our best to grow old together even if proximity was a challenge.

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Integrity and Honesty

I am a huge fan of sports- particularly football, but lately I have been flabbergasted by all that is going on in the sports world. I am not intending to pass judgment, call people out or point fingers at specific individuals but there seems to be a common theme to the demise of individuals and teams- the issues of integrity and honesty.

We have seen over the past several months in the sports world the consequences of being dishonest and lack of integrity. “Legends” of the fields have fallen, people have been physically and emotionally wounded, lies have been used to cover scandal, trust has been broken. But it is just not in the sports world.

The reality is this: we all have struggled and will struggle with honesty and integrity. It may not be as transparent as the issues we have seen lately, but scripture is clear about how dishonesty can spread, “Whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” – Luke 16:10.

So here is the TWO things that I would tell the fallen “legends” of sports, the people who are trying to justify “minor” lies, and what I would tell myself, family and friends to do if struggling with being dishonest:

  1. RESTORE YOUR FELLOWSHIP WITH THE LORD: When we are dishonest, we aren’t able to experience our relationship with the Lord the way God intended. We must admit our sin and receive God’s mercy and forgiveness.  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.” John 1:9.
  2. DO YOUR BEST TO RESTORE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HARMED PERSON: “Confess your sins to one another” James 5:16. I’m not going to lie (haha), this one is pretty hard to do! But the fact of the matter is that the Lord wants us in a right relationship with Himself and others. The way we can do this is by swallowing our pride and sharing with those we have harmed how we have wronged them.

There is a lot more that could be added, God’s word is full of counsel on honesty and integrity, but if you were wanting to be in a right relationship with the Lord and others this is a really good starting point.

God Bless!
Kyle

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Kyle Hasbrouck is the Vice President of Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Kyle, please click HERE.

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Online Small Group Experience

The Online Small Group Experience is Coming Soon!

Over the past few months I have been managing a project that is near and dear to my heart- an Online Small Group Study for the Navigating materials. With the help and expertise of Tim Krauss and Maverick Martin I am pleased to announce that this study will be up and running in the next two weeks! Let me share with you some of the features and the “why’s” of this new online format:

Some Features

The platform for the study is a Learning Management System (LMS) known as Sakai. This system has been used for online classes with schools in the Big Ten. Everything that is currently in the Navigating Your Finances God’s Way Study will now be in an online format; fillable PDF’s for homework & prayer logs, online calculators, electronic spreadsheets for the Let’s Get Practical Section, Money Lounge (our new budgeting tool that utilizes mint.com), instant connection to online resources, connecting to social media and much, much more!

While Sakai will be used for a student’s homework throughout the week, the Big Blue Button (an incredible video tool) will be used to see and host your weekly class. You will be able to see and hear everyone from your small group from your computer. The class will be conducted just as it would if you were live with 12 students in your family room.

While we are currently using just the Navigating Study for this format, we also plan on having all are small group studies available as an online option as well.

The Why’s

The Online Small Group Experience doesn’t replace the original Small Groups that we have, it is an addition. Many people are using the internet for online training and we felt the Online Study would be a key piece of our vision to reach Everyone, Everywhere, in Every Area. The online study will break down a couple of barriers and challenges that we have had in the past:

  • It will allow anyone to now get plugged into a Small Group Study at almost anytime. They will no longer have to wait for the next Compass class in their area.
  •  Have you ever wanted to have a friend or friends be a part of a Small Group Study with you but have been hindered by distance or location? This will no longer be an issue as you can now have people from around the country and world attend your Small Group Study.
  •  It is Global. Not only can you have people from around the world, but the Sakai platform has the ability to do on the fly translation of languages. This will be in the second phase of our project but we are excited about this technology that can essentially break down language barriers!

Although the platform for this online study will be different, the core elements of the study will remain in tact; scripture memorization for each class, daily homework, practical applications, weekly class meeting, loving accountability & encouragement and of course prayer and prayer logs!

I am grateful for the Lord creating this technology and look forward to seeing how He will use it to transform people’s lives!!! We will keep you posted when it is officially available on the compass1.org website!

God Bless, Kyle

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Kyle Hasbrouck is the Vice President of Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Kyle, please click HERE.

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Update from Glen Eyrie

A view of Pike's Peak from Glen Eyrie!

This week our Compass family is spending time together at Glen Eyrie in Colorado Springs for our annual staff conference. It has been an incredible week! I could spend hours sharing about how the Lord has used this time but I’m kind of tired so I will share just a couple of things that has really stuck out to me.

Most retreats I have been at are very agenda driven leaving very little room for the Holy Spirit to move and work throughout the time. This has not been the case this week. I genuinely fee that I am at a retreat; i feel refreshed, encouraged and have really sensed the Lord speaking to me this week.The time with people and the relationships that are being built have a genuine authenticity to them.

We have been blessed from hearing God speak through folks from our team in India and Latin America. We have also been blessed by the presence of Chris and Debbie Lecurto from Dave Ramsey’s Organization and Mark Biller from Sound Mind Investing. It has been incredible to see so many people with like minds and like hearts be moved by the Lord in the same direction.

I wanted to especially give a shout out to Kelly Laughridge and Dan Schilling from our Compass staff for organizing this event. Their work behind the scenes has been a great gift to us all.

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Kyle Hasbrouck is the Vice President of Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Kyle, please click HERE.

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Selection & Association

I have recently had the privilege of helping our local Young Life Area with training and recruiting of leaders from within the community. When I was asked to help, the first book I pulled was the Master Plan of Evangelism as it has been a great resource for me in working with our staff in Compass. Every time I read it something new sticks out to me. Here are some thoughts from chapters 1 & 2 regarding Selection and Association.

  •  People were to be Jesus’ method to winning the world to God.
  •  Jesus chose people who were faithful, available and teachable. Jesus can use anyone who wants to be used.
  •  Jesus “did life” with the disciples. He was intentional about spending quality time with them. His daily routine involved being with the disciples.
  • He regularly met with the disciples in a Small Group setting to have discussions, answer questions and bring clarity to the days events and teachings.

These characteristics are probably something you already know or have heard before, but so often they get lost in the hustle and bustle of the world. We have so many different technologies, tools and strategies that sometimes we forget about the simplicity of taking the time and being intentional with people. I know I do.

I pray that you will experience the simplicity of Jesus over this next week and that it will overflow into everything God has called you to!

God Bless, Kyle

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Kyle Hasbrouck is the Vice President of Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Kyle, please click HERE.