Welcome to the SPRING 2019
edition of the From His Heart
. We trust the insights below will be a blessing to you. Scroll down to view the following articles in this edition or click here
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What is inside?
- It's Not Easy Being Me! - from Pastor Jeff
- Q & A - Knowing Your Personality Type - from Pastor Jeff
- Pastor Jeff's NEW book, Now That's Encouraging
- God has blessed you with POTENTIAL! - from Debbie Schreve
- Have you ever had a 'Nerd Alert?" - from Pastor Jeff
- Alexa: "Play From His Heart Podcast"
by Dr. Jeff Schreve
Do you remember the holiday classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with Burl Ives? There was a song in that movie that always stuck with me. Hermey, the awkward elf who wants to be a dentist and not a toymaker (horrors!), sings a solo after getting chewed out by his boss: “Why am I such a misfit. I am not just a nitwit. You can’t fire me I quit, since I don’t fit in.”
Can you relate to Hermey to some degree? Do you ever feel as if you don’t fit in? Do you struggle with being a little different from the rest? Have you ever thought to yourself, It’s not easy being me! And sometimes I don’t like me very much.
Now, the Bible makes it clear that the second greatest commandment is to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). But if you don’t like yourself, much less love yourself, you’re going to have trouble keeping this important commandment.
So, what’s the solution to this deep problem? Proverbs 14:18a tells us, “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way…” (NKJV). In other words, it’s important for you to understand the way God wired you. When you can grasp and appreciate the unique way God made you—and how much He loves you—then you can show that same love and care to others.
And that’s what I want to help you do today.
The Greek philosopher Hippocrates studied human behavior and came to the conclusion that there are four basic personality types. Hippocrates’ ideas have been widely developed since then—but many experts still agree on the four essential temperaments he identified:
- Sanguine: These people are outgoing, fun-loving, and the life of the party. They’re talkative, friendly, and confident. Their ideal job would be in sales. Their personality counterpart in the animal world is the playful otter.
- Choleric: These people are practical, decisive, and productive. They’re optimistic and analytical—and they love being in charge and handing down directives. They make great leaders. Their personality type is pictured in the mighty lion.
- Melancholy: These people are characterized by discipline, hard work, and precision. They make great engineers and doctors. Their corresponding creature is the industrious beaver.
- Phlegmatic: These people are a calming influence with a level-headed, easygoing nature. They’re dependable and trustworthy in every season. They have been likened to a faithful golden retriever.
Most people identify strongly with one or two of these temperaments. Stop for a moment and think about your family, your friends, your colleagues. Which type(s) are they? What about you?
Over the years, I’ve found this framework to be tremendously insightful as I’ve sought to understand myself and those around me—and the way we interact with one another. This knowledge has enabled me to serve God better as I’ve learned to capitalize on my strengths and shore up my weaknesses.
Friend, God made you and God loves you. And He wants to work through the unique personality and temperament He’s woven within you. Never forget it!
So the next time you find yourself thinking, It’s not easy being me, turn your eyes to Scripture and declare with the psalmist: “I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:14).
Q: Jeff, you say that understanding myself will help me capitalize on my strengths. How does this work?
A: Proverbs 14:8 says, “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit” (NKJV). The wise person wants to have a very clear and honest view of themselves—to correctly identify strengths and weaknesses. Think of your God-given temperament as you would a tool for helping you understand your passions and making life decisions. It’s exhausting, frustrating, and unfulfilling to constantly go against the grain of your natural temperament. Conversely, it is energizing and rewarding to operate in the way God designed when He created you.
Q: How does knowing my personality type help me grow in godliness?
A: This knowledge helps you see where you need work. It exposes your natural weaknesses so that you can seek the Lord for His strength. For example, I am a natural introvert, shy and reserved. But the Bible makes it clear that ministry is about people. Jesus loves all people, and He wants to love them through me. Therefore, I have sought the Lord to help me engage people for Jesus, even though it doesn’t come naturally to my personality.
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I absolutely love the TV show Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines. Each week, they select a married couple and help them choose and purchase a new home. The caveat is the home is a DUMP! But Chip and Joanna see POTENTIAL! They talk through all the renovations and make this hovel into a beautiful, updated home.
A couple from our church (Noah and Jessica Dansby) were once chosen by Chip and Joanna to be on their show. It was amazing to see their “ugly duckling” house turn into a “swan.” Little by little, the renovation took place, and they were absolutely AMAZED to see the finished product. If you’re like me, you love seeing things that are old, broken, and dilapidated get rebuilt and restored. And just like Chip and Joanna do for houses, God does for us! Hey, the truth is we are all “fixer uppers”! But no matter how broken down you may feel today, you need to remember that God is a God of 1,000+ chances. He rebuilds, restores, and redeems.
Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” The first step in the process is being “in Christ”—salvation. Once that has taken place, God starts a transforming work in your heart … making you more and more like Jesus. This sanctification process continues throughout your life. He never gives up on you! He keeps renovating!
Wherever you are on this journey, remember that a whole new you is what God wants for you. He can take ANY mess and not only transform it into something beautiful, but also use it for His glory! I pray you will experience this truth daily as you allow the Holy Spirit to work in your heart.
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I can remember it as if it were yesterday: My first day in first grade.
I was excited but also extremely nervous. There I was, all dressed up in my new uniform with my sack lunch and briefcase in tow—yes, I brought my dad’s old briefcase to first grade. What was my mother thinking? Can you say, “Nerd alert!”?
As I sat at my desk next to my briefcase and my classmate Timmy Fragulia, I remember thinking, Do I have what it takes to make it in first grade? Can I keep up with the others? And the most significant question of all: Does Timmy like me?
That was a long time ago, but I can still be plagued by similar thoughts: Do I have what it takes? Can I keep up? Am I liked and accepted?
Some personality types are more prone to these insecurities than others. But regardless of the way you’re wired, there are times when you fall short. You flounder and fail. You don’t measure up.
The reality is none of us hits God’s perfect standard. In fact, Scripture gives some uncomfortable answers to my childhood questions ...
Do I have what it takes? No. All have fallen short (Romans 3:23).
Can I keep up? No. Your own goodness is like “a filthy garment” (Isaiah 64:6).
But when it comes to my last question, grace transforms everything. Am I liked and accepted? In God’s grace, that answer is a resounding YES!
His grace makes all the difference. And the more you and I think on His grace, receive His grace, and live in His grace, the more we’ll experience the abundant life He promises—secure in our salvation, free from guilt and shame, confident of God’s favor, and filled with power and purpose.
Friend, you don’t measure up. But Christ does—and then some! So rest in Him and rejoice in His amazing grace.
Pastor Jeff Schreve
P.S. It’s this amazing message of grace that you’re helping proclaim through your faithful partnership. Yes, your support makes it possible for gospel truth to be broadcast on television, radio, and online—so even more people around the world discover the transformative power of God’s grace. Thank you!
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Through your prayers and generosity, you’re helping proclaim the Good News of Jesus far and wide—and God is using you to bless countless people around the world.
Simon got in touch with us recently from Johannesburg, South Africa:
“Thank you for your inspiring devotions. I was particularly touched this week because your program has spoken into my life and into many situations I am facing. God bless you and your timely ministry!”
John from Frankfort, Kentucky, says:
“Thank you for your fearlessness in preaching … [and for] valiantly preaching the whole truth of God’s Word!”
Thank you for helping people like Simon and John encounter real truth, real love, and real hope in the gospel! May you know the blessing of a closer walk with Jesus Christ—even as you help others experience His power and presence.
And for your gift of $25 or more this month to FHH, we'd like to say thanks by sending you the latest devotional book from Pastor Jeff with contributions from his daughter, Amy. it's called Now That's Encouraging: Strength for the Day.
Click here to make your gift and receive your copy.
Thank you for considering how you can impact your family, your city, and the world with your faith!
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"Alexa, Open From His Heart Podcast"
It’s so easy!
You can now listen to the daily From His Heart radio broadcast and much more on your Alexa-enabled device (Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, etc.).
First, you have three options to set it up:
Install the From His Heart skill from the Amazon Skill Store ... or
Enable the From His Heart skill from your Alexa mobile app ... or
Simply say, “Alexa: Open From His Heart Podcast"
Discover other commands for interacting with the From His Heart skill by going to www.fromhisheart.org/Alexa.
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