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Defining Your Rat Race

on Friday, 05 October 2012. Posted in Blog

Gosh we're busy – North America in general. We suffer daily from a thousand noises  – coffee shops have barristers calling orders across the room, while loud fusion music tries to set a culture and tone.

While this goes on in the background we're bombarded by advertisements on our coffee cups, napkins, phones, and laptops – all which try to make their priorities our priorities.

Communication and information overload has become the norm in our culture. As Peter Senge, Business & Technology expert, so cunningly stated – technology has far by-passed human ability. Consequently we are left in a perpetual state of catch-up. Ironically and worst of all is that it's a catch-up that is not defined.

It's one thing to be racing towards a defined finish line – it's another to be in a race that's end is undefined. Ask yourself, do you have a defined 'finish line?' Do you know what career accolade and/or achievement will mark the accomplishment of personal success? What income bracket? What degree? What house, car, family, spouse? Or have you relegated yourself to believing you'll 'know it when you see it?'

We are living in an insanely busy time and society – define your personal goals and be as specific as possible. We are living in a time where the prevailing marketing attitude exacerbates and influences a never-ending paranoia of 'falling behind' the Jones'.

Define what success is to you and be content when achieved – this requires a moral and personal ethos mooring – something that we'll discuss in the next article.

Having fun @ NQC 2012

on Thursday, 20 September 2012. Posted in Blog

NQC 2012

 

We had a blast at NQC 2012 - me and Amanda had a chance to meet some wonderful people. Also, I'm pleased to say that I'll be teaming up and touring with some great groups in the coming months... more on that later

William Glesby Centre Fundraiser

on Saturday, 23 June 2012. Posted in Blog

We are very honored to be taking part in a fundraising concert for the Williams Glesby Centre in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada on August 22nd. We will be featuring 2- 45min sets of songs off our new album – an album which we’ve been pleased to be producing with Song Garden Records of Nashville, TN.

Come on out – we’ll have an awesome time together!

Off to West Virginia

on Thursday, 24 May 2012. Posted in Blog

We’re off for WV this weekend!


Sat. 26th – Temple Baptist in Parkersburg, WV


Sun. 27th – AM South Parkersburg Baptist Church in Parkersburgrsburg, WV
Sun. 27th – PM Pine Grove Baptist Church in Pine Grove, WV              


Kevinmills.net for more details!

Smokey Mountains***

on Tuesday, 24 April 2012. Posted in Blog

Hello all! Me and Amanda will be at the Smokey Mountain Cowboy church in Pigeon Forge, TN this Sunday. Come on out at see us- 10am at the Smokey Mountain Opry.  --—---------------------

Me & Amanda are heading west this next weekend - if you're in the area please come by and say hi! Here's the itinerary:

- Saturday April 28, Maple Ridge Alliance Church 6pm.com
Maple Ridge, B.C.

- Sunday April 29, West Coast Christian Fellowship Church 10AM
Vancouver, B.C.

- Sunday April 29, Nooksack Valley Reformed Church & 6pm
Nooksask, WA

Hope to see you all out very soon!

Hello All!

on Sunday, 18 March 2012. Posted in Blog

Hey Everyone,

It's great to be getting back on track with music again – more updates to come – for right now I'm pleased to be working the Flatland Bluegrass Band ( http://www.flatlandgrass.com ) out of Carrollton, Virginia. I'm currently playing banjo and vocals for them -

Here's some dates we'll be playing:

APRIL 14, 2012, SATURDAY------MESSICK BAPTIST CHURCH BLUEGRASS CONCERT, Poquoson, Va., 7 PM

APRIL 28, 2012, SATURDAY------TIDEWATER BLUEGRASS MUSIC ASSOCIATION CONCERT, Hickory Ruritan Club, Hickory, Va., 7 PM

MAY 19, 2012, SATURDAY------FOX HILL METHODIST CHURCH BLUEGRASS CONCERT, Hampton, Va., 7 PM

Also, I'm very pleased to be taking part in a commemorative concert this April 28th in Maple Ridge, B.C. Canada –

More updates to come my dear friends – thanks for checking in!

Kevin

My Pet: God

on Monday, 27 February 2012. Posted in Blog

We as humans love pets. They bring us comfort. They make us feel good. And above all they give us that token feeling of having something solely dependent upon us. A person once said this about pet dogs, "We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made." People love coming home to something (or someone) that shows them love, comfort, and acceptance. Many people will actually find themselves confiding in their "pet(s)" their most intimate struggles and secrets. In other words: Pets (for the most part) make us feel good inside and usually give us comfort and acceptance when we cannot readily find it elsewhere.

But how many of us would take our pet dog, cat, budgie, or other animal to work in order to solicit advice from them? Or how many would ask advice from their parrot on relational difficulties? Or how about asking your horse for agriculture advice? This series of questions may bring a chuckle to us but how many times do we treat God the same way?

How often do we compartmentalize God into the areas of our lives where we think He is applicable? How many times do we treat God as the "pet?" We'll only run to Him when we need comforting or an ego-boost. We throw Him a few treats (prayers, church attendance, etc.) and figure all is well and He'll be there again when we need Him.

When it comes to real situations in business, relationships, politics, and health -we fail to ask for His advice or wisdom. We've relegated God to being our pet. That something or someone we come to for comforting - and then go back to our "real lives."

Galations 6:7-8 says that, "God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." Many times we isolate the spiritual from the physical instead of realizing that sowing to the spiritual (i.e. pursuing God in all areas of our life) causes the physical to benefit as well.

Let's be careful to not compartmentalize God to an area of our life which we run to only in times of trouble -but let us seek His wisdom and grace in every aspect of our lives and consequently bring glory to Him in all of our "business." God is not anyone's pet - but we unfortunately have a tendency to treat Him exactly that way. It's time for us to realize who God really is and focus our entire life around Him.

Rev. Kevin Mills - Prairie Community Church

Don't Let Your Enemies Count Their Chickens Until Their Hatched!

on Monday, 27 February 2012. Posted in Blog

I love this story - 1 Kings 20:1-30 - Benhadad the king of Syria sent a message to the king of Israel and said this, "Deliver to me your silver and your gold, your wives and your children." In other words, "Hand it all over - game over - I'm calling the shots." Ahab the king of Israel calls in the elders and asks their advice. Finally King Ahab makes this retort to Benhadad, "Let not him who straps on his armor boast himself as he who takes it off." There are a lot of dynamics going on in this chapter but I want to just focus on King Ahab's reply to Benhadad: "Let not him who straps on his armor boast himself as he who takes it off." What is he actually saying? King Ahab is saying "just because someone makes threats (i.e. straps on his armor) - this isn't synonymous with winning the victory (i.e. taking his armor off)." Wow!

Now for the practical application - how is your enemy threatening you? Is it a person, institution, thought, emotional issue, physiological issue, or spiritual issue? What are these things/people telling you? Is a co-worker or employer telling you that you'll never succeed at climbing the corporate ladder? Have teachers, aunts, uncles, parents, cousins, or other authority figures expressed doubt in your personal abilities? Have emotional and/or physical scars from past or present abuse hindered you from feeling like a "normal human being?" Have these scars lied to you and told you that you'll never be the person that you wanted or dreamed of because of these ghosts of your past? This list can continue on indefinitely - hopefully by this time you can connect the dots yourself to the people or things that are threatening you - and furthermore, declaring a victory against you that doesn't have to be guaranteed.

It's not a surprise that the "devil" is referred to biblically as the "accuser of the brethren." Constantly trying to devalue us within our own minds and lives - this is the psychological warfare the devil revels in - and how many times do we listen attentively! A person once expressed their frustration with how every time they tried getting their life "straightened out" all hell would break loose. I told them I was extremely encouraged by this! Since when, does an enemy fight against something (or someone) who is not a threat! Only dead fish go with the flow - but for those trying to get somewhere, the adversity of the current will bombard them every step of the way.

To summarize, don't allow these "threats" from various people, thoughts, experiences, traumas, etc. tell you that you've been conquered - when the fact is that victory is still in your hands. King Ahab went on to be victorious against the onslaught of Benhadad. Why? Because Ahab refused to listen to the intimidation and threats of an enemy and rather trusted in God's word. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:11). Fight on!

The Great Shaking - Part II

on Monday, 27 February 2012. Posted in Blog

The last article (The Great Shaking – Part 1) dealt with the vicious destructiveness of allowing yourself to fall into a perpetual victimized mindset in the light of the current "worldwide unrest," since being a perpetual "victim" when the current democracy allows for freedom of innovation, attitude, liberty, freedom, and religious practice is nothing short of willful powerlessness and victimization. Consequently, we can be encouraged that our Country has allowed us the freedom to pursue our dreams, visions, and personal goals even in the light of economically and politically volatile times. It is exactly this type of "pursuit" by private citizens that made this country great in the first place.

"Part 2" is dealing with the importance of each "citizen" being willing to give back of themselves to their neighbors, towns, cities, and countries. This is the second step in leaving behind a victimization mentality and consciously deciding to be proactive and encourage and build-up others in your community. Jesus said that the entire "law" that God requires of man can be fulfilled in simply "loving your neighbor as yourself" (Matt. 22:36-39) Why did He command it?

First-off because God is love (1Jn. 4:8) and we are to represent God's character. Secondly, "giving" such love will take an individual out of a self-indulgent and self-centered mindset and consequently empower them, since they are no longer just receiving (passive acceptance – can lead to victimization) but they are giving (proactive giving/personal empowerment). Thirdly, our country has maintained its sovereignty and freedom due to individuals sacrificing of themselves for a greater cause (i.e. for present and future generations).

Even though many are quick to point to North America's prosperity as being the origin of our self-centeredness and over indulgence (many point to this as the root of our current economic problems) – its not. Money and prosperity are not inherently evil – it's the individuals who utilize them! For us to blame prosperity or "money" on our current problems allows us to "lay the blame" on something external and subsequently excuse ourselves of most personal responsibility – an action which will only repeat failure, since personal responsibility for actions must be taken before any good change will happen.

Certainly prosperity can easily lend itself to self-centered and unthinkable corruption – but these things are only perpetuated by individuals consciously deciding to utilize the resources of "prosperity" in that way. This is why we must all take quick responsibility for our own actions and realize that giving of ourselves to others is the surest road for a perpetually freedom, continuance of democracy, personal happiness, and being absolutely pleasing to God.

"There is Hope for your Future, Declares the Lord"

on Monday, 27 February 2012. Posted in Blog

"There is hope for your future, declares the Lord..." Jeremiah 31:28. You've got to love the practicality and clarity of the bible. So many times the search for hope becomes a complicated formula of actions and thoughts as dictated by the motivational gurus of the day. But God makes it simple because He really wants us to get this: There is a Hope for your future!

There's people reading this article who have succumb to believing that God has forgotten about their dreams, prayers, and visions – subsequently, your just trying to survive. But God's desire is not for survival but for a hopeful and joyful existence. God desires us to experience the full range of emotions and feelings in life. (Ecc. 3:1-8) God really wants you to grasp that "there is hope for your future."

A couple of chapters back in Jeremiah we read the Lord's encouragement once again, wherein He states, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." (29:11) Friends, God's desire is for us to have our hope set in Him. Why? Because God is unchangeable in His character towards man and all creation – He is love. (1Jn. 4:8) How many of us have experienced the wonderment and absolute thrill and hope of being in love? Why do we feel so euphoric and hopeful? Because: someone loves us! How much more to be loved by one who's opinion of you can never change – God says He first loved you therefore nothing you can do can change His love towards you. How wonderful a security and HOPE! (1 Jn. 4:19, Rom. 8:35-38)

The first step in dwelling within this hope is to acknowledge, believe, and thrive within the unchangeable/unwavering hope of God's love towards you. Secondly, we learn to set our hope outside of present circumstances and situations. Tom Marshall in his book "Understanding Leadership" makes a great point, "...when the going gets rough, present problems appear to [people] to be far more pressing than future possibilities." Here we once again return to our text – "there is a hope for your future, declares the Lord." Because the "means" (present problems) by which you may reach your future hope is many times beyond your present understanding, you must trust God that He will bring you to the expected, hopeful, and exceedingly wonderful end He has promised all of us.

My friend, please realize God's desire for you to grasp this simple and yet far-reaching truth: There is hope for your future. God does not desire to leave anyone without a hope. God himself said that without a hope and vision people will perish. (Prov. 29:18) And didn't God say that his desire is that none should perish (remember John 3:16?)?

This week, month, year, and life – remember: There is a hope for your future, declares the Lord.