Memory Verse Challenge (Week 8) – Prayer (Phil. 4:6-7)

by Dave Kroeze, Director of Outreach @MBCLouduon

Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV) – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

“Be anxious for nothing.” We do not live in a culture that celebrates anxiety, but we definitely celebrate behavior that inevitably leads to additional anxiety and stress. This passage is not talking about anxiety related to consequences of our behavior, but any anxiety related to circumstances in our life. Paul wrote this letter from behind bars, so his words carry a lot of weight when understanding that he was in prison, uncertain of release. Now that situation would definitely carry a lot of anxiety, yet he states to be anxious for nothing. If you are a parent, no doubt you have dealt with times of anxiety over the decisions your children make, or their spiritual health, or even your success as a father. If you are married, maybe you feel anxiety towards loving your wife as Christ loves the Church. I know I do. That’s a tough calling. Or even still, what if you are single? Your anxiety could stem from your job performance or any of the other concerns listed above.

Paul gives us a great formula for how to handle our struggles in life. Instead of being anxious, pray about it. Give it to the Lord. People often say that phrase without thinking through what it means, but this is the implication of it. You may have heard Junior Asparagus from Veggie Tales sing the song “God Is Bigger than the Boogie Man,” and that is exactly what Paul is proclaiming in this verse. Whatever your troubles, whatever your stresses, whatever your anxieties, give them back to the Lord.

Now, obviously action steps are important, so encouraging you to pray in times of struggle is a great place to start, but, if you are anything like me, you want some tangible evidence that it is worth your time. Praise the Lord that you are memorizing two verses this week, because the promise comes in the second verse. When we are anxious, we present our requests before the Lord, and the promise is not to answer all of our prayers exactly how we asked them. It is not to make everything easier. It IS to give us peace in the midst of the storms. It is not to remove all of our trials from us. Paul asks three times for his thorn to be removed, but God responds to him “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness,” (2 Corinthians 12:8-9). Is God’s grace sufficient for you? He promises us in Philippians 4:7 that His peace, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

James 1:2-3 says to, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” I see so many similarities between this section of Scripture and the Philippians passage. When you face trials, and you will, give your anxiety, fears, and concerns back to the Lord. Pray about them. Give up control of those circumstances that you cannot possibly control anyways. Why? God will take your prayers, He will honor them, and He will give you a peace that surpasses all understanding about the trials and tribulations you are walking through.

As you meditate on this verse, think back to last week. Are you intimately connected to Christ? Now, how can you possibly expect to survive through the wind, famines, and storms of this life while being disconnected from the vine? Spend time in prayer, give your anxiety back to the Lord, and allow him to surround you with a canopy of grace that can only come from Him.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank you so much for promising to give us peace in the midst of the storms of life. Help us to depend on you even when life is at its most difficult. When I begin to doubt, bring this verse to the forefront of my memory as I seek to give the cares and concerns of my life back to you and trust that You are in control. I believe that you give and take away, so help me to praise you when you give, and praise you when you take away. Above all, thank you for guarding our hearts even when we cannot understand. We praise your sovereignty and humbly appeal to you for all of our needs and sources of anxiety. It’s in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen.

Memory Verse Challenge (Week 7) – Prayer (John 15:7)

by Dave Kroeze, Director of Outreach @MBCLouduon

John 15:7 (ESV) – “If you abide in Me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7

How many of us have fallen into the trap of using prayer as a means of “testing” God? I definitely have. I was not blessed with the studious gene, though I am naturally good at school. I went into college convinced and optimistic that I would graduate with a 4.0 and blew it in my first course on campus. Ironically enough, that class was Systematic Theology. There I was, sitting in a class, working through material that I was convinced I already knew. I knew everything there was to know about theology because I was born and raised in a Christian home and went to Sunday School each week. I skimmed the books, showed up for our first test, and didn’t know any of it. Instinctively, I begin intrinsically crying out to the Lord, just help me get through this test and I’ll work the rest of the way through to get that 4.0. I have no doubt that you can guess what happened. I did not get an A in that class; I didn’t even get a B.

Read John 15:1-11. This week, you will be memorizing John 15:7. Jesus said to his disciples “If you abide in Me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” This verse is a conditional statement, where the condition is “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you.” What does this word, Abide, really mean? If you look it up in a dictionary, you will generally see a definition that looks like “to remain, to stay, or to continue.” These definitions do not sniff the depth that Christ was getting at. The branches cannot live apart from the vine. Warren Wiersbe describes it this way: “It means to keep in fellowship with Christ so that his life can work in and through us to produce fruit.” What is a branch without the vine? A twig or a stick. The branch’s identity is completely tied to its intimate dependence on the vine.

If we abide in Christ, and His words are in us, changing us, molding us, shaping us so that we look more like Him, we will be asking for things that Christ asks for. We will pray boldly for Christ’s intervention on behalf of this world. Take a moment and briefly think about your prayer life. If you were to describe it in one word, what word would you choose? Vibrant? Foundational? Non-existent? Self-absorbed? Minimalistic?

As recently as a year ago, my prayer life would be summed up in the words at the end of the list. As you saw in my story at the beginning, my prayers in college were focused around my own, personal accomplishments and born out of a sense of entitlement. At the beginning of this year, a fellow staff member challenged me to develop a prayer life that emulated what I wanted my relationship with Christ to look like. I pray about myself, and that’s when I even prayed at all. My best friend lives in Chicago and I get to chat with him fairly often. We are definitely not growing closer together, though when we go a week without talking. We are not connected. If we are disconnected from Christ, how will our hearts look like him?

I choose that phrase carefully. If we abide in Christ, and His words abide within us, our hearts will change. As our hearts change, our prayers will change. We will hope to see God’s kingdom come to fruition.

Practically speaking, there are many ways that we can be connected to the vine. We can spend time memorizing Scripture, meditating on the Word, praying, engaging in Godly community and exhorting one another in the faith. Through all of these action items, we enhance our relationship with the Lord, and our hearts become more like His. As our hearts are changed, intercede on behalf of others, pray for our nation’s leaders, pray for your Church leaders, and most importantly pray that God would intervene mightily in the hearts of those who do not already know Him.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that you would work mightily through our prayer lives, not because we are pious, or that we are more eloquent than others, but because our hearts are transformed and look like you. Renew in us a passion for prayer, and implant in our hearts a desire to spend time with you each day. You are the giver of True Life, and it is only through our dependence upon you that we can truly live as you intended. It’s in your name that we pray, Amen.

Memory Verse Challenge (Week 6) – Obedience to Christ (John 14:21)

by Brian Walters, Director of Discipleship @MBCLouduon

John 14:21 (ESV) – “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” John 14:21

Keeping the Lord’s commandments can seem like a very daunting task.  Especially when we look at the Old Testament and see how even some godly men prior to us have failed to keep God’s commandments, like David (2 Sam. 11-12), and Solomon (1 Kings 11:1-8). The Pharisees even created additional rules to help ensure the Jews would keep God’s commandments (Matt. 23:1-36), but by doing this they lost sight of the most important thing: love.  They forgot that God wants us to love Him first and foremost (Matt. 22:37) and as a result of that love God will aid us in keeping His commandments. Love is the fuel which drives us to keep God’s commandments.

I know that God will help us keep his commandments because later in John 14 Jesus tells us, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you (John 14:26).” The Holy Spirit is also referred to as “Spirit of Truth” (John 15:26;16:13) and He will guide us on how to live righteous lives.  How awesome is it that God doesn’t leave us to go at this battle alone?  We have the Lord’s power, to keep sin from ruling our bodies even though the remnants of sin are persisting in our mortal bodies against the Spirit.  The Holy Spirit helps us abide in the Word of God. God will never put us in a situation where our only choice is to sin (1 Cor. 10:13).

1 John 5:3-5 says, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, help us not forget that you give us the Holy Spirit to aid us in living the Christian life. Lord, help us to do things in the power of the Spirit and not by our flesh and own will because we will fail. May we be the type of people who exude love to others and so that others may see  and be drawn to you because of your love that is seen in us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Memory Verse Challenge (Week 5) – Obedience to Christ (Romans 12:1)

by Brian Walters, Director of Discipleship @MBCLouduon

Romans 12:1 (ESV) – “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1

So what does it mean to obedient to Christ?  As I dwelled on this question the thought crossed my mind that I fall short of being obedient to God far too often.  Also, when I fail to be obedient it often leads me to believe that I am not a very good Christian.  Thoughts of shame, being fake, or a ‘poser’ come to mind.  Do you ever feel this way?

Perhaps the more appropriate question is, “What is the deepest desire of your heart?”  As a Christ follower we often think we are fake, unworthy or we may even doubt our salvation when we sin, but the reality is we are in a constant battle with our sinful nature (Gal. 5:17).  We are going to fall short, but Lord willing the reason we get so disappointed with ourselves is because we want to give all that we are to Christ, because we love Him and want Him to be glorified.  So our deepest desire should be to serve Christ because of our love for him.  If this is your deepest desire you need not question the authenticity of your faith because this is exactly what God wants from us: to love him with all our heart, soul, body and mind (Matt. 22:37).

The type of spiritual worship God requires of us is heartfelt, sincere, and loving. It is not looking to what we can get from God because He has already given us everything we need in Christ (Eph. 1:3). It’s about giving ourselves completely and whole heartedly to him without expecting anything in return. John McArthur says, “The key to spiritual victory and true happiness is not in trying to get all we can from God but giving all that we are and have to Him.”  Are you giving God your whole heart?

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, as the Psalmist says, “Search our hearts and see if there is any grievous way within me and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24).” Lord, let our lives be a pleasing, acceptable and holy sacrifice to you, who loved us first and gave yourself up for us because of your bountiful mercy. Lord, please break our hearts for what breaks yours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Memory Verse Challenge (Week 4) – Christ the Center (Galations 2:20)

by Jim Supp Campus Pastor @MBCLouduon

Galatians 2:20 (NIV) – “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

Even after 35 years of walking with Christ I realize how easy it is to let my own good works done in my own effort take center stage.  I just want to be perfect in everything I do and earn the favor of God and man.  How quickly we forget that not only do we obtain salvation by grace through faith, but that we live the Christian life the very same way.  Sure, we need to get out of bed and ‘Do Something’ each day, but without purposeful thought and attention it will often be our own efforts in our own strength.  Letting – better yet – inviting Christ to live through us in the moment-by-moment activities of life is a lot more elusive than it would seem up front.

One of the biggest causes of this is simply my own desires and plans.  I need to go to work.  I need to mow the grass.  I want to sit and watch the news.  I don’t want to strike up a conversation in line at Costco.  I don’t want to stop and help the person in need along the way.  One way I can continue to ‘crucify myself’ and let ‘Christ live in me’ is to actually take the time to ask the Lord how he wants me to use my time on any given day.  Sure I have things that I have to do to maintain my work and family responsibilities.  When I remember, however, that my time is not my own, and that I have been bought with a price (my time has been purchased too), then can I begin to see my schedule as something to be used at HIS discretion and in HIS power.

So I ask myself, “am I at the center or is Christ truly at the center?”  I think my schedule should reflect the truthful answer to that question.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, help us to make you the center of our lives.  Aid us in putting you first before any of our fleshly desires or wants so that our schedules will put service of our wives, children and coworkers before our own needs and desires. Convict us and propel us by the power of your Spirit to live out the gospel for the sake of others.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.    

Memory Verse Challenge (Week 3) – Christ the Center (2 Corinthians 5:17)

by Jim Supp Campus Pastor @MBCLouduon

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” – 2 Corinthains 5:17

This is one of my favorite verses in the entire Bible.  It gives me a snap shot of who I am in Christ.  In addition to that it gives me a target to continually aim toward as I navigate my daily life.  Packed with theological meaning and implication, we see one of Paul’s favorite phrases – “in Christ.”  When a person embraces the substitutionary payment of Christ for human sin, that individual is transferred from being ‘in sin’ to being ‘in Christ.’  As a former persecutor of the church, Paul is a great example of what it is to change locations to being ‘in Christ.’  New believers in Jesus are now IDENTIFIED with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection – Romans 6:3-6.  This is a new positional standing in Jesus that allows believers access to the God of the universe.

Not only do we change our position to being in Christ, but we change our quality of life from being dead to being alive – spiritually.  The other significant element of this verse is the resulting practical reality of REGENERATION.  Our new position as identified with Christ brings with it spiritual rebirth out of spiritual death – Titus 3:5.  This is what Jesus was talking about in his midnight conversation with Nicodemus in John 3.  As followers of Jesus we have the Spirit of God in us, and a living spirit of our own that is a game-changer for our capacity to live as a new creation.

Certainly we still sin (since our old man is not obliterated), but we now have the ability to live obedient lives – lives that are consistent with this new position that we have attained.  The next time you find yourself discouraged by sin in your life, remember that you not only have a new position in Christ, but you have new power to live differently.  Repent – and move forward.  You are a new creation.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, thank you for paying a debt that we could never pay ourselves.  Thank you for dying in our place and giving us the opportunity to be reborn in you.  Help us to shed our old sinful ways and live a life by the power of your Spirit so that your name will be known and you will be glorified in all we do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Memory Verse Challenge (Week 2) – The Word (2 Timothy 3:16)

by Donnie Cohn the Rock Pastor @MBCLouduon

2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV) -“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16

One of the most valuable tools a man can have is duct tape. Duct tape can do anything. Screwdrivers vary by size. Drills need different bits for different jobs. Hammer and nails just won’t work for many projects. But duct tape can do anything. Need to attach two objects? Need to plug a hole? Need to support a structure? Duct tape can do the job. It doesn’t always look pretty, but it’s about as versatile as it gets.

In 2 Timothy 3:16, Paul declares that the Bible is a similarly wide-ranging tool in the hands of a Christian. This book does it all, Paul proclaims, from revealing the sin in our lives to enabling us to conquer it. God’s Word truly is a lamp to our feet and a light to our paths.

In the second half of the verse, Paul lists several specific uses of Scripture. At first glance, they may seem to be a random assortment of applications for Bible passages. However they actually form a comprehensive guide to how God’s Word brings life-transformation.

The first item on the list of uses for Scripture is ‘Teaching.’ The Bible is profitable for teaching. It reveals the truth about who God is and who His followers should strive to be. Next up is ‘Reproof,’ which means the same thing as ‘Rebuke.’ Once we have seen the perfection of God, His love and holiness and grace, we should naturally feel rebuked by the truth that we do not compare to God’s standard. “Look at how much God despises sin—why don’t I feel the same way? See how deeply Paul relies on God—why can’t I trust like that?”

The third step is ‘Correction.’ Now that we have seen the truth about God and understand our failure to live up to His standard in some aspect of life, we can set our eyes on the right direction. When we see Christ’s compassion for the lost and hurting, it is right that we soberly assess our own apathy. However we must not stop there. We must allow ourselves to be corrected by the Word of God. We must go from realizing our own faults to setting our sights on the perfection of God.

However godliness is not achieved by simply wishing. The final step in the biblical pursuit of holiness is ‘Training in Righteousness.’ How can we grow in generosity if we do not force ourselves to give, even when we don’t want to? How can we fight lust if we don’t commit to turn our eyes from temptation? The Bible helps us strive for a godly life. As we memorize it, meditate on it, and pray through it, we begin to see transformation in our actions and desires.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, please fill me with a desire for your Word. Help me to devote time to it, to prioritize it as You would have me do. Let it bring transformation to all facets of my life. Give me a spirit which is open to your teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. I repent of my failure to spend time with You as I should, and my mind which wanders so often. Focus my heart, mind, and soul on your Word. And let this lead to righteousness in my life. To you belongs all honor and praise. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Memory Verse Challenge (Week 1) – The Word (Joshua 1:8)

by Donnie Cohn the Rock Pastor @MBCLouduon

Joshua 1:8 (ESV) – “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8

Over the course of a day, our minds wander in all sorts of directions. Sometimes it’s to a song which is stuck in our heads. Sometimes it’s to worries about events of the past or future. Sometimes it’s to fantasies about our own desired successes. In this verse God offers Joshua, and us, an ambitious alternative to the regular wanderings of our own minds.

God commands Joshua that not only should the words of Scripture be continually in his speech, he should also meditate on God’s Word day and night. Joshua is being told to think and reflect on the Scriptures all the time. This is not the kind of reflection which keeps us from productivity. Certainly, there should be times when God’s Word is the sole focus of our hearts and minds. But imagine if the wanderings of our minds to songs, worries, and fantasies were replaced by wandering to God’s Word. Imagine if the Scriptures constantly replayed themselves in the backs of our minds.

If we consistently had Bible verses “stuck in our heads,” how would that change our lives? As it says later in the verse, we would “be careful to do according to all that is written in it.” If our minds were filled regularly with God’s Word, we would see quite a change in our behavior. How often do our stray thoughts impact our behaviors and emotions? What if that consistent fear of what may happen turned into “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3)? What if those attacks of lust could be quelled by “Beloved, I urge you… to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul” (1 Peter 2:11)?

Paul argues in Romans 12:2 that a transformed life comes from “the renewal of your mind.” What better way to renew the mind than focusing it away from the distractions of this world and the inconsistencies of our own thoughts, and devoting ourselves to the study, reflection and memorization of God’s Word? As the Psalmist writes, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).

Our lives will only change when the content of our thoughts does. And our thoughts will only change when we replace the wanderings of our minds with the Word of God. As we reflect on a memorized verse or wrestle with interpreting a difficult passage, we take critical steps toward the development of a new heart and a new mind. By the consistent working of the Spirit and commitment to the perfect Word, those steps take us nearer and nearer as we walk with our Lord.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, I give you praise for your Word. You have not left us without a witness to your abundant grace and mercy. I repent of my neglect for your Word and how far I am from meditating on it day and night. Lord, I desire the transformation that only comes through devotion to your Scriptures. Please open my eyes to understand their teachings and my heart to desire their application to transform my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

A Different Wonder

by Joe Henriques, Tysons Campus Pastor

Deep turbulent emotions welled up in me on hearing of the terrorism at the Boston Marathon, just as it did in you. Grief and compassion for the victims and their families that I’ll never know, deep disgust and anger towards the terrorists whom I never want to know.Explosion at Boston marathon

The perpetrators responsible for the violence and carnage wanted it well documented; they wanted the world to see. They didn’t care to know that God saw it all. But someday they will be summoned into God’s courtroom, where he is the prosecuting attorney, the witness, and the judge. They will be defenseless against his charge that they violated his nature, his laws, his rule, and his love for people. Then they will experience the wrath of his fury against them for their sins.

I don’t wonder anymore why the Psalmist said, “God…is angry with the wicked every day.” (Psalm 7) God’s anger isn’t a temporary passion. We tend to forget atrocities only because we can’t keep up with the new ones captured by headline news. God has no such problem with memory. Every day he is indignant with the evil he sees in the entire world. Since he sees all of history as if it were the present, he seethes in anger daily against those who have ever committed despicable acts that destroyed the lives of others.

I rejoice in God’s judgment of the wicked. Indeed, without the knowledge of such future judgment, righteousness and justice would have no present meaning.

But it is here where I encounter a different wonder, which I confess I want for myself, but not for the terrorists of the Boston Marathon and the millions of others like them.

“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For rarely will one die for an upright person—though perhaps for a genuinely good person one might actually dare to die. But God demonstrates his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, much more will we be saved from the wrath of God through him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, will we be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:6-11)

In God’s sight, apart from Christ, I stand side by side with terrorists as sinners and enemies of God. I’m not saying that the life that I might have lived had I not believed in Christ would not have been a decent life. I’m saying that in terms of my inherent sinful nature with zero righteousness to offer to God, I’m no better than a terrorist. I’m just as helpless to argue my case for self-goodness before a holy God.

But, Christ died in my place – God’s justice was satisfied. Christ reconciled me to God – I’ve been given Christ’s righteousness. God desires the same for each person in the world, from the best to the worst that the world can offer. The love of Christ constrains me to desire the same.

So, where does that leave us in reference to the Boston Marathon? Let’s start with prayer, an action available to us all.  Pray fervently for:

  • Law enforcement to find the truth that will lead the perpetrators to justice
  • Medical personnel to diagnose and prescribe the right treatment for the wounded
  • Clergy and other counselors to have God’s wisdom in the choice of words of hope and therapy for short and long term healing for victims, family members and friends
  • The salvation of the persons behind this evil act and all those who support it
  • Americans to turn their hearts to the Lord in this time of national disaster

May we, the Lord’s people, proclaim to all around us this inspiration from scripture, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

Fighting for Unity

by John McGowan, Frontline Teaching Pastor

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)

You would think unity in the body of the Christ would come pretty easily. After all, we’re following the same Jesus and really are on the same team. But it doesn’t always work out that way: cliques form, factions emerge and personal agendas rise up.

In today’s text, Paul reminds all of us it shouldn’t be that way. He tells us that living in unity won’t come easily; we need to fight for it. But, notice, we don’t need to create it, just preserve it. Don’t miss the significance of that distinction. In John 17, Jesus prayed that His followers would become one. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, Jesus has already answered His own prayer. That’s what Paul is talking about in Ephesians 4:4 when he writes, “There is one body and one Spirit.” We are already united with every other believer in Jesus Christ in that we have all been placed into the same body through the same Spirit.

It’s not a question of whether we will be united or not. It’s a question of whether we’ll act like it or not. So, let me ask you, are you working towards unity with other believers? Or are you sowing seeds of division, conflict and divisiveness?

Preserving unity requires difficult conversations. It involves admitting mistakes, asking for forgiveness and moving forward together. It’s not easy but it is worth it, and it’s exactly what we’re called to as members of the body.

Father, it’s so easy to see this sin in others but not in myself. Please don’t let me waste time applying this text to someone else’s life. Help me apply it to mine. Show me places where I’m not fighting for unity and give me the courage to start making it right. Amen.