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A writer in one of the magazines said recently, that if he were a preacher he would raise his voice in behalf of the individual life. He thinks the individual is lost sight of by too many preachers, in considering the needs of Society in general. The personal human soul is starving--while men are discussing the problems of mankind. "If I were a preacher," he says, "I would talk usually just to one person." Everyone who has received any good thing ought straightway to begin giving it out that others may have it too. But one must receive--before one can give.
So the personal life must come first. You must feed your own soul-or you cannot feed another's soul. This is universally true. There is the duty of helping others—the strong are sought to help the weak—but one must have in himself the ability and the resources of helpfulness, before he can do for others what they need. If you are to teach others, you must be taught yourself. Before you can lead men, you must know the paths yourself. No one about to climb mountains would accept a guide who had never acquired skill in mountain-climbing in experiences of his own. You must face life's problems yourself and master them. No one can do it for you. "Each man shall bear his own burden," says the Scripture. Another Scripture says, "Bear one another's burdens." There is no conflict in these teachings, which seem contradictory. It is everyone's duty, always, to put his shoulder under his brother's load— but always it is true, that everyone must bear his own burden, and that no one can bear it for him.
From the Editor Each man must build his own house. The work is continually going on. Every life we touch leaves something of itself in us. Every book we read puts some mark on our character. Every temptation either makes us stronger--if we resist it; or weaker--if we yield to it. Every sorrow which befalls us--either makes us better--or spoils our beauty. The effect of all these experiences upon us, is not accidental, but depends upon the way in which we receive them. God's purpose in all our life is our spiritual maturity. This upbuilding is not all wrought out in church services. Christ is building men all the while--in love filled homes, in places of labor, in daily companionships and associations, as well as at church meetings. We say that the business of a carpenter is to make the things which a carpenter usually makes. But God's purpose for the carpenter is the making of a man. The work of a farmer, we say, is to till the soil and
reap harvests. But the thought of God in the farmer's work, what He looks for as the real outcome, is a beautiful life. If this result is not reached--the farmer's life is not successful, however prosperous he may be as a farmer. We say that a man's circumstances make him; but at the center of all the circumstances the real, determining factor, is the man himself. Whether the hard knocks you experience through the years makes a man of you, or wrecks your life--depends upon the way you meet them! It is you, not your circumstances, which will determine the outcome in your life! There is need, therefore, for personal preaching at this point. It will not do to tell men merely that their lives are plans of God that God thought about them before He made them, and then made them to fill a certain place and to do a certain work. This is not the whole truth. See YOUR BEST on Page 44
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Your Path to Personal Revival!
Step one is to begin a daily bible reading. We make time for a lot of things in our lives. There is no reason to not be able to schedule a period of daily bible reading. It does not have to be a long time. Try to spend at least 30 minutes in God’s word everyday. This will help keep your spirit receptive to God and His will for you. The second step is to pray more. The strength of your prayer life will show you the strength of your relationship with God. Christians are blessed with the ability to talk to God. We can take our needs and burdens to Him. If the only benefit of being a Christian was prayer, it would be worth it. Make time for prayer and your spirit will be revived. Step three is to find a bible believing and preaching church. A good church service will set the pace for your week. Spending time in worship with godly people will help bring back that feeling of peace with God. The first three steps have been pretty easy. Now, it starts getting a little harder and requires more of a commitment. The fourth step involves developing a personal ministry. It is a
step toward using your faith to impact the lives of others. Your personal ministry may be simple. God will use you if you make yourself available to Him. Step five is perhaps the most difficult. It is deciding to live a morally pure life. A morally pure lifestyle will result in some ridicule for you and some of it may come from other Christians. We let things into our lives every day that we shouldn't. The moral problems in the United States are a direct result of Christians drifting toward a worldly lifestyle. If you follow the first three steps, you will become burdened about things in your life. The Christian Community in America will either lead or follow. I hope we choose to lead. The sixth step is telling others about Christ. Freely pass out copies of Changing Times. It’s a great start. There is nothing more fulfilling in life than winning someone to Christ. We are obligated to share our faith. There is one way to heaven and God commands us to tell others about it. Step seven involves making a financial commitment to God. We are called to financially support God’s work. Jacob pledged to give 10% to God and that is a good starting point. You will never make a better investment than in helping finance the work of God’s servants. Make sure you are giving your money to organizations that are using it right. There are many groups that misuse money that was given to be used for God’s work, so use discernment. The eighth step is helping your family grow spiritually. Strong families are the key to success for America and for Christians. Be a leader for God in your family. Help other in your family to get on this
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path of Personal Revival. Step nine has two parts. The first part is to become more thankful. We all have things to be thankful for if we will just look for them. If I had nothing else to be thankful for, I have salvation. You will handle life better if you have a thankful spirit. The second part is to be forgiving. If God can forgive us for our sins then we can forgive others for the things they do to us. One of the key ways to show you are a true Christian is the ability to forgive. The last step is to work on your Spiritual legacy. What are you leaving behind on earth after you’re gone? What will you be remembered for? I hope someday I will be remembered as a godly man. I also hope I leave a family grounded in
faith and serving God. Look at the legacy you have built and see if it needs to be changed. Living a godly life is not easy. I don't know of an example of it in the bible. A godly life is something we have to work at. It is a lifelong journey. I have heard a pastor say that the Christian life is a marathon not a sprint. The older I get, the more sense that makes. We are in a spiritual war with Satan. There is a real Satan. His attack is aimed at Christians. We are his enemy and he will try to defeat us at every turn. Follow the steps above and see the difference it will make in your life. I welcome all to join us on this journey. It will truly CHANGE your life! Save the Nations Ministries>
Table of Contents From the Editor
The Christian Journey
From The Pulpit
What is a Godly Man? Some Attributes
By Don Burrus
We talk a lot about it, but I’m sure many men have different ideas what it means. Dictionary defines Godly as: god·ly 1. Having great reverence for God; pious. 2. Divine. Maybe an image some may have of a Godly Man is a dry, stiff & pious dude without fault, never loses his cool, is the perfect husband, father, and leader of men, can recite entire books of the Bible from memory – and does frequently, the one others naturally expect & look to in a group to pray, mild and meek, never burps, or laughs at themselves, never has to endures the loss of jobs, or the disappointment of betrayal by friends or family conflicts, never truly knows the struggles, pain, regrets, failures, and self-doubt of those less “godly” than himself. He is not the most interesting man in the world, but yes, the most “pious” and he and everyone else knows it. If you look closely you will notice the halo radiating around his head. No, this man does not exist! Instead it is regular guys like you and I if we are willing to surrender our will to His. Reading the Word, it speaks of a godly- men being highly imperfect, but willing to lose their life to save it. (Psalm 37) identifies many traits of a godly man. He grapples daily with temptation, pride, and just living in this fallen world, but not
being of the world. He has learned the true meaning of self-control and humility. A godly man works hard at an honest living doing his best to provide for his family, but doesn’t love the pursuit of money, or having the most toys, wandering from true faith and piercing themselves with many sorrows. True godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. (1 Timothy 6:6-10) Though it may be a daily struggle, he learns not to become angry and strives to avenge wrongs suffered by wicked people; he trusts that the Lord will settle all debts on their day of judgment. He learns to trust in the Lord and strives to act with integrity even when one’s looking, committing all he does to Him, while resting on the promise that He will richly bless the godly man that does this. The godly man learns to be still in the presence of the Lord and wait on His lead and answer to prayer. He loves his wife faithfully, above all else, is willing to die for her, but would rather live to be the man she needs him to be for her. The godly man prays diligently for, and teaches his children by word and example to follow God, and trust in Him. He trains and girds them up to withstand a world increasingly hostile to God’s law. The godly man continues to put his faith in the Lord, even though the path he travels maybe hard and world is mocking him. The godly man’s steps are directed by the Lord, He delights in us, and when he stumbles, he never falls completely because the Lord holds him by the hand. The godly man both encourages his brothers in faith, and stands beside them in tough times, ready to pick them up or allowing others to speak truth also into their lives. The godly man is honest in business and his endeavors, loves peace & kindness, especially for those less fortunate and willingly gives of his time or even opens his wallet freely to help another or further the Good News. He rubs shoulders daily with his non-believers friends and co-workers, shows love for them, prays for them, and while they may never
accept the Good News, he shares with them, they know he lives an authentic life. He is willing to stand for his faith despite great risk or derision, as he knows his battle armor is a belt of truth, a bullet proof vest of righteousness, combat boots of peace, a shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and his sword, the Word of God. The godly man knows the Lord is his strength and shield. When he is weak, the Lord is strong. And unlike the non-believer, the day of his death is not draped with sorrow but great joy and celebration. When he is gone, a godly man leaves a legacy of a good life he can
be proud of for his children and for everyone whose lives he touched. "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers." (Psalm 1:1-3 ) Let us endeavor to live as godly men. ©2021 FaithWriters.com. All Rights Reserved >.
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Christ and I are Friends By J. R. Miller
Christ and John were friends. It was a great, all-absorbing, overmastering friendship, which transformed John. This friendship began that day when the John the Baptist said to two young men, as Jesus passed near: "Behold the Lamb of God!" The two young men followed Jesus and were invited to his lodgings, spending the afternoon with Him. What took place during those hours we do not know—but we do know that a friendship began between John— then scarcely more than a boy— and Jesus, whose bonds have never slackened since. For three years this friendship grew in sweetness and tenderness, and during those years it was a wonderful transformation that took place in the disciple.
God has saved many a life by sending to it a sweet human friendship. Christ comes to sinners and saves them with love. That is the way He saved the prodigals of His time. He came to them and became their friend. It is to a personal friendship with Him, that Christ is always inviting men. Christ saves men by becoming their friend. John surrendered his heart and life, to this friendship with Jesus. He opened every window and door to his new Master. The basis of John's friendship with Christ was his trust. He never doubted. Thomas doubted and was slow to believe. This hindered the growth of his friendship with Jesus. We cannot enter into the joy and gladness of friendship, unless we believe heartily. Peter was one of Christ's closest friends—but he was always saying rash words and doing rash things which interrupted his fellowship with Christ. Such a spirit as Peter's, however loyal and courageous, cannot realize the sweet and gentle
things of the holiest friendship. But John loved on in silence and trusted—his friendship was deep and strong. At the Last Supper he leaned on the Master's bosom. That is the place of confidence—the bosom is only for those who have a right to the closest intimacy. It is the place of love, near the heart. It is the place of safety—in the secret place of the MostHigh. The bosom is the place of comfort too. It was the darkest night the world ever saw, that John lay on the bosom of Jesus. But he found comfort there. The bosom is the place of trust also. That is what leaning on Christ's breast means. Do not think that that place of innermost love was for John only
and has never been filled since that night. It is like heaven's gate—it is never closed, and whoever will may come and lie down there. The bosom is also a place for those who sorrow—oh, that all who have known grief, knew that they may creep in where John lay and nestle there! John's transformation is the model for all of us. No matter how many imperfections mar the beauty of our lives, we should not be discouraged. But we should never consent to let the faults remain. That is the way too many of us do. We condone our weakness and imperfections; we pity them and keep them. We See CHRIST AND I on Page
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ness is like the warmth of a heavenly summer. If we have the friendship of should give ourselves no rest Christ, we cannot be utterly By Alistair Begg until they are all cured. But how bereaved, though all human friends can we get these evil things out be taken away. To be Christ's of our lives? How did John get friend—is to be God's child, with rid of his faults? By letting the all a child's privileges. This is one love of Christ possess him! Lying essential in being a Christian. upon Christ's bosom, Christ's We could not say that Paul is sweet, pure, wholesome life our friend, or John—but Jesus is infused John's life and made it living, and is with us evermore. sweet, pure and wholesome. He is our Friend as really as He It is the friendship of Christ— was John's. Know well the condition of your which alone can transform us. You Christ is our Friend. That flocks,and give attention to your are a Christian, not because you means everything we need, will belong to a church, not because be supplied. No sorrow can be herds. (Proverbs 27:23) you have a good creed, not merely uncomforted. No evil can overEvery wise businessman will because you are living a fair moral master us. For time and eterni- occasionally hold a stock-taking, life, you are a Christian because ty—we are safe. It will not be the when he will examine his accounts, you and Christ are friends. streets of gold, and the gates of consider what he has on hand, and What can a friend be to a pearl, and the river and the trees friend? Let us think of the best which will make heaven for us, it determine clearly whether his trade that earth's richest-hearted friend will be the companionship, the is prosperous or declining. Every man who is wise in the kingdom of can be to us and do for us. Then friendship of Christ! lift up this conception, multiply"Search me, O God But we must not forget the heaven will cry, 1 ing it a thousand times. If it were other part of this friendship. We . . . Try me"; and he will frequentpossible to gather out of all his- are to be Christ's friends too. It is ly set apart special seasons for selftory and from all the world—the not much we can give to Him, or examination, to discover whether best and holiest things of pure, do for Him. But He would have things are right between God and true friendship, and combine us loyal and true. his soul. The God whom we worthem all in one great friendship, Surely the consciousness that ship is a great heart-searcher; and in Christ's friendship would surpass Christ is our friend and we are the sum of them all. His—should check every evil the past His servants referred to Even our human friendships, thought, quell every bitter feel- Him as "I am He who searches we prize as the dearest things on ing, sweeten every emotion and mind and heart, and I will give to earth. They are more precious make all our life holy, true and each of you as your works deserve."2 than rarest gems. We would lose heavenly! Let me encourage you in His everything else we have, rather GRACE GEMS! A Treasury of name to diligently search and solthan give them up. Life without Ageless Sovereign Grace Devoemnly test your spiritual state, for friendships would be empty and tional Writings Our Purpose fear you should come short of the lonely. Yet the best earthly To humble the pride of man, to friendships are but little frag- exalt the grace of God in salva- promised rest. This is what every ments of the friendship of Christ. tion and to promote real holiness wise man does, and what God HimIt is perfect. Its touch is always in heart and life. ©GraceGems. self does with us all. gentle and full of healing. Its org 2021 > JJ_NOLA_ChngTimes-hlfpg,hor_Smmr_5-21-21_JJ-NOLA-ChgTimes_June_5-21-21 5/21/2021 11:25 AM Page 1 help is always wise. Its tenderCHRIST AND I Continued from Page 6
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I exhort you to do the same yourself this evening. Let the oldest saint examine the basics of his piety, for gray heads may cover evil hearts: And the young professor should not despise the word of warning, for the greenness of youth may accompany the rottenness of hypocrisy. Every now and then a spiritual giant falls. The enemy still continues to sow tares among the wheat. It is not my aim to introduce doubts and fears to your mind; I rather hope that the rough wind of self-examination may help to drive them away. It is not security but fleshly security that we would kill, not confidence but carnal confidence that we would overthrow, not peace but false peace that we would destroy. By the precious blood of Christ, which was not shed to make you a hypocrite, but rather that sincere souls might declare His praise, I urge you to search and look, for fear that in the end it will be said of you, "Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting."3 1) Psalm 139:23 2) Revelation 2:23 3) Daniel 5:27
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Marriage Advice I’d Give Myself By Mindy Kroesche
Ten years ago, this month, my husband, Jon, and I stood at the front of our church before family and friends and promised to love, honor, and cherish one another for the rest of our lives. The people in the pictures have definitely changed, both on the outside and inside. The faces don't look quite so youthful anymore and maybe not so idealistic. If I could go back to that young bride and give her some advice, what would I say? Here are just a
few things I hope I’ve learned throughout these ten years . . . 1) Be more patient with my husband. (1 Cor. 13:4; Eph. 4:2; 1 Thess. 5:14) Whether it’s waiting for Jon to pick out just the right screws at Menards, riding in the passenger seat as he searches for the perfect parking spot, or just wanting him to do some task differently (a.k.a. “my way”), I can so easily go down the impatience path. But every time I give in to that temptation, I regret it. I wish I could take back my words and actions. And when I stop to consider why my husband is taking so long to find a parking space, for example, it usually is because he’s being considerate and doesn’t want me to have to walk so far! 2) Listen more. (James 1:19) Even though I like to consider
myself a good listener, it often gets put to the test in my marriage. Instead of being quick to listen to Jon, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, I dance to the opposite beat. I respond quickly to him out of annoyance or anger. If he’s frustrated, I immediately assume it’s with me, and I get mad back at him. When I do this, I usually make the situation even worse. But when I listen, really listen, to Jon and take time to understand what’s going on, not to mention wait before opening up my mouth, we become closer and have a greater intimacy. Plus, I usually gain a better perspective on how God is working in Jon’s life and how I can better pray for him. 3) Be his champion. (Heb. 10:2425) We all need encouragement, someone to root us on, to tell us to keep going even when things get tough. So why in marriage is it easy to do just the opposite and become our spouse’s greatest critic? When I’m with women who are indulging in some husband-bashing, instead of going with the flow I try to speak positive words about Jon. And the last few years I’ve made a concerted effort to express my gratitude and praise to Jon, whether it’s for doing things around the house, supporting our family through his job, or even with how he’s responded to a difficult situation. Sometimes he responds with a questioning, “Okay. You’re welcome.” But I’ve observed that when I encourage him, it often gives him increased confidence, particularly in his job. And if he wants to keep helping me vacuum
every now and then, who am I to complain? 4) Hang on to your faith in God, and trust Him when life doesn’t turn out exactly like you thought it would. (Ps. 16; Prov. 3:5-6; Hab. 3;17-18) No husband and wife will have the fairy-tale “happily-everafter”—there will be all kinds of ups and downs and unexpected twists. Whether you can successfully navigate your path together will depend on what you’ve placed at the center of your relationship— a faith in yourselves or a faith in Christ Jesus. One of the most difficult situations we’ve faced as a couple has been infertility, followed by years of waiting for a child through adoption. This trial was certainly not something I imagined as part of our future. But it has forced us to communicate more deeply, to re-examine where we found our value, to rely more heavily on each other, and ultimately to surrender this area of our lives (not to mention other areas as well) to Christ’s control. We’ve often said we don’t know how we could have gotten through that time if we didn’t know Christ. And even though this trial was not something I would have chosen for us to experience; I’ve been thankful for how the Lord has refined us through the process. How about you? If you could go back to the day you got married, what advice would you give yourself? © 2001-2021 Revive Our Hearts ReviveOurHearts.com>
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How to Be a Good Sounding Board for Your Husband By Christine Hoover
Women are influencers. We're relational by nature, so we're often the relational glue within our families, churches, and communities. Within these relationships, we have tremendous opportunities and a great responsibility to use our influence well. My Husband's Greatest Influencer After almost fifteen years of being my husband's marriage, parenting, and ministry partner, I am just coming to understand the weighty responsibility of being his greatest influencer and most important sounding board. Because he is a pastor, I affect my husband's perspectives, sermons, thoughts on others, and decisions. We color our husbands' perspectives on everything. This is a
great power and also a great responsibility. Am I giving him my opinions and trying to influence him to do what I want him to do? Or, am I listening and speaking with a heart that trusts him and, above all, trusts the Lord? How can I use my influence for his benefit and for the benefit of those he influences? You don't have to be a pastor's wife to have influence. You don't have to be a wife, for that matter, although that's another post for another day. Every wife influences her husband. Most husbands depend on their wives to be their primary sounding board. We color their perspectives on everything: work, manhood, children, friendship, the church, and God Himself. This is a great power and also a great responsibility. How can we do it well? Here are a few things I've learned (and am honestly still learning) about being my husband's primary influencer and sounding board:
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Jesus Loves Those in Messy Marriages By Lysa TerKeurst
But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God." (Jeremiah 17:7) I threw the cup of orange juice across the kitchen. It felt good to do something, anything, to release all the surging anger and frustration. And I didn't even mind cleaning the pulpy, sticky mess. It felt soothing to know how to clean something. I knew how to wipe away this mess. And I liked seeing the mess disappear.
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If only my marriage mess could be fixed with soap, water, and a handful of paper towels. If only. I whispered, God, why does this have to be so hard? Have you ever been there? I think many of us have. Whether we're in a really tough marriage or just in a rough patch, marriage can be messy. Hurtful. Lonely. No one ever told me about this side of marriage before I donned the white dress and danced to MC
Hammer at the reception. But after 20 years of learning, growing, and pressing through the messes to see something beautiful form in the midst of it all, here's what I know ... Jesus loves those in messy marriages. He loves me and my husband in the midst of it all. Jesus doesn't love the mess of hurt, isolation, and bitterness. Those are things He wants us to work on. But He never stops loving us. Yes. Jesus loves me. And His grace is strong enough to extend His love into every part of me. The good parts of me. The broken parts of me. The ugly parts of me. The bitter parts of me. The loving parts of me. And even the part of me that throws orange juice. Yes, He loves me. And Jesus loves my husband. His grace is strong enough to extend His love into every part of Him. The good parts of him. The broken parts of him. The ugly parts of him. The bitter parts of him. The loving parts of him. And even the part of him that looks at me like I'm crazy when I throw orange juice. Since Jesus loves both of us, He's the best source of help for our marriage. I don't say that without a deep awareness of how stinking' hard it is to go to Jesus when I'm mad as fire at my husband. And I certainly don't say it in naive simplicity. Gracious, I know some of you are facing marriage situations that rip your heart into a thousand pieces every day. But still, I know Jesus is the best source of help. Honest cries for help lifted up to Jesus will not go unheard. He sees. He knows. He loves. And Jesus will direct you as long as you stick with Him. (Jeremiah 17:7-8) in The Message version reminds us: But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God. They're like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers—Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season. So, how do I stick with Jesus? I proclaim I'm sticking with Jesus: Jesus, I'm sticking with You. I'm giving You what I don't understand and what I can't fix.
I'm giving You what I don't like about me. I'm giving You what I don't like about him. And I'm giving You what I don't like about my marriage. I'm listening for Your instruction. I'm positioning myself to go where I'll hear Your truth. To talk to others who love You and serve You. And to read wise instruction from good books and most importantly Your Book—the Bible. And even if it kills me, I'm not throwing any orange juice today. Amen. Jesus loves those in messy marriages. I should know. Though Art and I have a wonderful marriage now, we can still hit some rough patches now and then. But you'll be happy to know I haven't thrown any orange juice across the kitchen lately. Dear Lord, so much of me wants to stick with my anger and frustration. But I'm choosing to stick with You. Today I'm going to hold my temper, hold my tongue and hold Your Truth. In Jesus' Name, Amen. Reflect and Respond: Honest cries for help lifted up to Jesus will not go unheard. He sees. He knows. He loves. And Jesus will direct you as long as you stick with Him. Let's position our hearts to hear from Jesus today, even in the midst of sticky situations: spend time in the Word, in prayer, with others who love Him. Power Verses: (Ephesians 4:26, 29-32), "'In your anger do not sin': Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry ... Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." (NIV 1984) © 2021 by Lysa TerKeurst. All rights reserved. Proverbs 31 Ministries 616-G Matthews-Mint Hill Road Matthews, NC 28105 www.Proverbs31.org>
Turning Pro Signing on for Proactive Faith By David Jeremiah
We talk about the "daily Christian walk," but Paul thought in terms of the "daily Christian run." He was intense, motivated, and disciplined. He said, in effect, don't just remain an amateur Christian. Don't run aimlessly. Don't beat the air. Behave like a pro. Sign on for a proactive faith-just do it, turn pro and "get a crown that will last forever" (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). Discipline Paul's advice isolates three factors for a winning attitude, the first being discipline. "Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training," he said. The hundred-year-old Isthmian Games were the Corinthian version of the Olympic Games. To be a champion requires discipline. One coach preaches: "Discipline yourself and nobody else will have to." Like a head coach, Jesus spoke to His players about self-denial. Almost everything about Christianity requires self-control. You have to be proactive in cultivating personal habits that are spiritually sound. It takes discipline to go to bed early enough on Saturday night to be refreshed and ready for wor-
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ship on Sunday morning, to keep gospel tracts in your bookbag so that they'll be available for sharing, to resist the temptation to view an immoral image, to pray and read God's Word, to control your temper and your tongue, and to stay physically fit for Christ. Is there a consistent, undisciplined pattern in your life keeping you from being more proactive about your faith? Motivation Professional athletes are also motivated to win, as was Paul who said, "Run in such a way as to get the prize." Think of yourself as an athlete, playing for the finest motivational coach in history. How does Jesus motivate you to give Him your best effort? When I read the Bible, it's like the Lord is putting His arm around me and spurring me on. Sometimes He even yells at me in His Word. I'm also motivated by listening to good teaching from others, listening to tapes and Bible broadcasts, and reading Christian books, especially biographies. Recently, for example, I read a biography of hymnist John Newton which gave me fresh motivation to run the race for Christ. The Lord also motivates us by the inner working of His Spirit. In (Galatians 5:16), Paul wrote, "My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God's Spirit". If we're going to be pros for Christ, we've got to drink in the motivation He provides. Endurance In (1 Corinthians 9), Paul also alluded to endurance. He did not want to get to the end of the race
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live exhausted lives, but He does want endurance. (Hebrews 12:2) says: "Run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus." Vince Lombardi said, "Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an alltime thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit." Isn't it time to develop a proactive faith, to become a pro for Christ? Get into training, training unto righteousness. Forgetting the things which are behind, let's press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. This article was excerpted from Turning Points, Dr. David Jeremiah's devotional magazine. Call Turning Point at 1-800-947-1993 for your complimentary copy of Turning Points> Dr. David Jeremiah
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Free from Lies: Truth for Young Women By Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
We believe the vast majority of Christian young women (and notso-young women, too, for that matter!) are suffering the consequences of believing lies. Those consequences include broken relationships, fear, depression, self-loathing, and guilt, to name a few. The results of believing a lie can be as numerous as the kinds of lies one can believe. But if there is a single word that sums up the results of believing any lie, it would be bondage Enslaved by Lies Are there any areas of bondage in your life? You’re in bondage if you can’t seem to break free from harmful emotions or sinful patterns in your life. Jesus said, “Everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin” (John 8:34, ESV). You’re in bondage if there is some consuming area of your life that you can’t stop thinking about—like food, a guy, or your appearance. “For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved” (2 Peter 2:19). Maybe you’re in bondage to your
past, and you don’t feel free to be used by God. Maybe you are in bondage to your body image and are not free to enjoy food in the way God intended. Maybe you’re in bondage to spending hour upon hour engrossed in the Internet or text messaging and are not free to be in solitude. Maybe you’re in bondage to a performance-based faith and are not free to enjoy God, period. Maybe you are in bondage to worry, fear, anger, depression, or self-pity. We want you to know that you are not alone. Many other women have been there. We’ve been there ourselves. However, we, along with countless others, have learned how to find freedom from the lies Satan throws our way. The Way of Freedom True freedom is found in a vital, growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus (the living Word of God) has revealed Himself in Scripture (the written Word of God). If we want to know Him, we must devote ourselves to reading, study, and meditation on the written Word. There is no substitute and there are no shortcuts. The Enemy is constantly confronting us with his us with his lies. In order his deception, our minds and hearts must be filled with the Lord Jesus and saturated with His Word. But it’s not enough just to know the Truth. We must also surrender to it. That means we must be will-
ing to change our thinking and our life-style in any area that is inconsistent with the Truth as it is revealed in the Word of God. Millions of teens who claim to be Christians and are active in their youth groups are nonetheless deceived; they are walking in ways that are not biblical. Their values, their responses, their relationships, their choices, and their priorities reveal that they have bought into the lies of the Enemy and have embraced the world’s way of thinking. Living according to the Truth requires a conscious choice to reject deception and to embrace the Truth. That is why one psalmist prayed, “Keep me from deceitful ways. . . . I have chosen the way of truth” (Ps. 119:29–30, NIV). The Choice to Live Free Would you ask God to deliver you and keep you from any lies that may have lodged in your mind and heart? And would you purpose in your heart to choose “the way of truth”? That will not always be easy—at times it will be really hard, in fact. But the way of Truth
is the way of blessing and joy. We want you to embrace life— His life in you—to the fullest! We want you enjoy the freedom He came to give you. We want your life to fulfill every purpose for which He created you. And we want to see God use your life to help others in your generation—and the next—experience the great freedom and joy of walking in the Truth! Making It Personal Can you identify any lies that have taken hold in your heart and mind? How have they influenced your values, relationships, and behaviors? Ask God to deliver you from those lies and then purpose to walk in Truth. © Revive Our Hearts. Adapted from Lies Young Women Believe by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and Dannah Gresh. Used with permission> Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
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Teaching Children the Importance of Obedience By Charles Stanley
Remember the song Trust and Obey? The words to the chorus are, “Trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” Children learn those lyrics easily, but teaching them the concept in that song— obedience—is another matter entirely. Just think about the number of times your children are slow to respond or even question your wisdom (“But why, Mom?”) when they are asked to do something. As parents, it can be tempting to let your children get away with disobedience. But the Bible tells us, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (Eph. 6:1). If children can learn early in life to trust their parents and obey them, they are more likely to submit to God’s authority as teens and later as adults. As you begin teaching your toddlers to obey, you must use quick, direct words of instruction. This will help them realize the importance of obedience. For example, when they are running from the safety of your front yard toward the
busy street you tell them firmly, “Stop!” During this season of their lives, you are also usually close by and can retrieve and redirect them to a safe area. Once your children are preschoolers, your instructions can be more detailed. For instance, you still don’t want them to play in the street, but you can clarify the boundaries: “Stop! Do not go past this grassy area of our front yard.” Children feel more secure when they know the safety zones. Elementary-aged children can handle more freedom, but they still need to be given clear boundaries. For instance, you might feel comfortable having them play in either your yard or a friend’s, as long as they tell you where they will be and are back by a certain time. It helps to discuss the consequences up front with older children to assist them in their decision-making process. Your goal should be to help them learn that every decision has a consequence. Of course, merely stating your guidelines correctly will not guarantee your kids will obey you. So be sure to decide ahead of time what type of consequences they will face for disobedience. If you fail to enforce the rules, your children will get the impression that you don’t really mean what you say. Try to provide rewards for good as well as discipline for bad behavior. This will help reinforce the type of choices you want your children to make. Establishing consequences—both positive and negative— will also build your kids’ trust in you, and thus, strengthen your relationship. Your children need to
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7 Brain Boosting Foods for Children By Dr. Don Colbert
Choosing healthy foods for children are great for the body as well as the brain. Adding the correct foods will increase brain function, improve concentration, and aid memory functions. Super-nutrients for the brain are important for ideal brain health. Include the following healthy food options in menu plans for the children. 1. Omega 3 Rich Salmon Brain function and growth depends on enough omega-3 fatty acids in the diet. Including salmon in the diet will improve memory skills. Remember, wild salmon is preferred over other salmon choices. 2. Protein Rich Eggs Eggs are an excellent source of
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protein, and the yolks contain choline. Choline is important in the diet and supports memory development. Consider adding veggies to a quick omelet in the morning for additional health nutrients. 3. Fiber Rich Oatmeal Oatmeal is an outstanding source of nutrition for “brain fuel.” Oats are full of fiber which will help sustain fullness. The food also contains vitamin E, vitamin B complex, and zinc. Oatmeal topping can be added to a variety of fruit mixtures. 4. Anti-Oxidant Rich Berries Fresh berries provide antioxidants, vitamin C, and omega-3 fats (seeds). The fruit is great for increasing memory in children. Choose from berries including strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and cherries. Berries with further intense color will hold more nutritional value. 5. Heart Healthy Beans Beans are great for the heart and the brain. The energy packed food provides protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, along with complex carbohydrates. Two beans which hold more omega-3 fatty
acids include pinto beans and kidney beans. Beans can be added to soups, salads, spaghetti, or in wraps. 6. Power Packed Veggies Veggies come in a colorful array of options and provide rich antioxidants which improve brain cell function. Excellent vegetable (and fruit) choices include pumpkin, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, snap peas, and sweet potatoes. Veggies are easy to snack on and can also be effortlessly added to soups and sauces. 7. Iron Rich Lean Meats (Or Meat Alternative) Lean meats provide iron which improves concentration and helps to maintain on-going energy levels. Lean beef also provides a supply of zinc which improves memory functions. For children who are vegetarians, iron can be obtained from soy with black bean burgers. Adding a source of vitamin C to a meal with beans will improve the overall absorption of iron. Choosing the Best Brain Food Options
Choosing the best brain food options will help improve memory, focus, and brain cell function. Adding the foods discussed on a regular basis will help children to be one step ahead mentally, and it can improve overall school performance. Dr. Don Colbert is a graduate of Oral Roberts School of Medicine and shares his years of experience and research in nutritional medicine in all of his work. He is a national speaker, bestselling author and host of a national talk show titled Your Health Matters. © All rights reserved 2021 Dr. Don Colbert, MD PA www.drcolbert.com >
A Wealthy Man And His Son
A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art. When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the sonwent to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son. About a month later, just before Christmas, There was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands. He said, 'Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly... He often talked about you, and your love for art.' The young man held out this package. 'I know this isn't much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.' The father Opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture. 'Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift.' The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors
came to his home, he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected. The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection. On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. 'We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?' There was silence... Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, 'We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.' But the auctioneer persisted. 'Will somebody bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?' Another voice angrily. 'We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Gogh's, the Rembrandts. Get on with the Real bids!' But still the auctioneer continued. 'The son, the son, who’ll take the son?' Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the long-time gardener of the man and his son. 'I'll give $10 for the painting...' Being a poor man, it was all he could afford. We have $10, who will bid $20?' 'Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters.' The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the son. They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections. The auctioneer pounded the gavel.. 'Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!' A man sitting on the second row shouted, 'Now let's get on with the collection!' The auctioneer laid down his
gavel. 'I'm sorry, the auction is over.' 'What about the paintings?' 'I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will... I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings. The man who took the son gets everything!' God gave His son over 2,000 years ago to die on the Cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is: 'The Son, the Son, who'll take the Son?' Author Unknown>
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What to do With Worry By Greg Laurie
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actually spoke to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:9 NLT). I have found that low lows often follow high highs. Elijah had a big moment, and then he had to return to reality. God is near, and he will be with us if we call out to Him. He reminds us in (Isaiah 41:10), “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand” (NLT). I heard a story about a man who came face to face with the dangers of worry. One day he saw Death marching toward a city, and he said, “What are you doing?” Death said, “I’m going to take 100 people today.” “That’s horrible!” the man said. So he ran ahead and warned everyone that Death was coming at the end of the day. As the sun was setting, the man saw Death leaving the city. He said, “Wait a second! You told me you were going to take 100 people. A thousand people died today!” “I kept my word,” Death said. “I only took 100. Worry took the rest.” That’s what worry can do. If you’re dealing with depression, anxiety, and fear, take your eyes off yourself and put them on God. And remember this: You are not alone. Despite your circumstances or certain challenges you may be facing, despite everything in life that you’re dealing with, God is still in control. So, give all your worries to Him. All Rights Reserved Harvest Ministries 2021>
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Besides the marriage basics of my husband caring, giving, trusting, and respecting me, I also want to know that my husband enjoys spending time with me, even when were not really doing anything together, but just sitting in the same room together. I trust that he wouldn't be uncomfortable telling me his feelings about certain issues in his life because I want to be supportive to him. I would like to know that my husband is comfortable in expressing to me what's on his mind. I want to be my husband's sounding board when he needs to get matters off his chest. Some things might be left for the guys, and that's ok, but there are also many issues left just for couples that I feel are sacred between a man and wife. It is those personal or touchy issues that only husband and wife share in because they are married. If my husband doesn't tell me his feelings, how can I give him what
he wants and needs from me? Proper communication between couples is so very important, especially proper communication of feelings. I want my husband to listen to me. I need that from him. I want to be able to express to my husband my feelings and thoughts on any given issue or subject going on in my life without his opinion on the matter, or without him trying to fix it, or worse yet, fix me. Often times, I just want someone else to talk to besides the lady friends in my life. This is what brings me balance and closeness in my relationship with my husband. I like it when my husband just sits and listens to me without interrupting with his own thoughts or advice on the subject. This makes me feel connected to my husband instead of being married to myself. I feel good about myself and marriage when my husband takes the time to hear me out without interjecting or trying to amend every little issue inside of me. I usually know how to fix the problem anyway, I just need to get it out of my system first, so I can focus more of my positive energy on the issue at hand so I can fix it! A wife needs a supportive husband in this arena. If I ever do need a solution to an issue, I will ask my husband what he thinks about it, and most of the time, ladies, his solution is reasonable and fitting, which makes me wish I had asked for his advice or opinion earlier. Men are natural born problem solvers, and that is why they jump on the bandwagon every time they see something needs fixed. I wish they would put just a little bit more effort into their
marriage because there would be far less divorce in this country if men would put their problem solving abilities back into their marriages! Marriage should be an intimate connection that husband and wife share together as a team. Have you ever noticed how some couples seem to know how to make the most out of their marriage? They flatter one another with their personalities and unique abilities, and they make the most of each other's strengths, and even weaknesses. This is the kind of emotional connection a woman needs and wants with her man. She wants to feel married to her husband, and all he's got to do is listen with a sympathetic ear. In my articles, I often call this a "labor of love" since both husband and wife work together as a team, sharing in the tasks of marriage, which ultimately affects the attitudes of each spouse in a positive way. In conclusion, what nourishes a woman's soul? Besides the obvious, which is a spiritual connection with God, I believe that a wife wants and needs a close attachment and bond with her husband because it gives her that feeling of sanctity and oneness in marriage, which is very important to her. www.heavenministries.com>
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"So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him!" (Matthew 24:44). A minister was once called to visit a young lady who was seriously ill. On entering her apartment, he asked her how she felt? "I am dying!" was the reply she gave. He then said to her, "If you think you are dying, how do you feel in prospect of the eternal world?" Her brief — but mournful answer was, "Not prepared!" and in a short time she expired! Reader, it will be a fearfully solemn thing, if death should come, and find you not prepared. To be in the grasp of the King of terrors; to enter upon the dread realities of an unending eternity; to stand, single and alone, before the great tribunal — and yet unprepared! Is it likely to be so? If you are living regardless of your immortal interests — then you have great reason to apprehend that it will, for the summons may come at an hour when it is least expected. What is the preparation that is required, in order to secure a happy death — and a blissful immortality? All is included in "winning Christ, and being found in Him." Those who possess this one blessing are saved, and they will not be ashamed nor confounded, world without end. United to the Lord Jesus by a living faith — their guilty persons are accepted of God; they enjoy His favor which is life, being reconciled to Him by the death of the cross; from the condemnation of that holy law which they have broken — they are fully discharged; their sins, which are many, are all forgiven; their hearts are renewed by the quickening energies of the Divine Spirit, and by His effectual working — their natures are sanctified, whereby they are led more and
more to perfect holiness in the fear of the Lord. Should we be asked, then, what is your petition, and what is your request? Let us not hesitate to say, in the language of the apostle, "That I may win Christ, and be found in Him — not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith!" To the true Christian, death, whatever form he may assume, and at whatever season he may appear, will be a messenger of joy and peace. In his case — the day of death will be better than the day of his birth. It will be the day when, as a weary traveler — he shall arrive at home; when, as a tempest-tossed mariner — he shall reach the desired haven; and when, as an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ — he will take possession of his promised glorious inheritance! If we are in Christ, we have thus nothing to fear in looking forward to the coming of Christ — either His coming at our death, or His coming at the final judgment. We ought rather to long, with an ardent longing, for His appearing. In the meanwhile, it is our duty to serve Him, not hiding our talent in the earth like the unprofitable servant — but to be up and doing, having our loins girt, and our lamps burning. Constrained by His matchless love, seeking continually to glorify His adorable name, following the perfect example which He has set before us, and taking His sacred precepts as our daily directory — we shall, while pursuing such a course, possess the surest evidence ourselves, and afford the most conclusive proof to others — that when the hour of our departure shall have arrived, it will be to leave a world of sin and sorrow — and enter upon that blessed state where we shall be forever "with Christ, which is far better!" GRACE GEMS! A Treasury of Ageless Sovereign Grace Devotional Writings Our Purpose To humble the pride of man, to exalt the grace of God in salvation and to promote real holiness in heart and life. ©GraceGems.org 2021 >
Stop Divorce and Recommit Yourselves By Angie Lewis
Recommitting yourselves to one another in marriage is for couples that are choosing to work on their marriage, resolve issues, and recommit their lives to each other. It is for couples that have grown apart spiritually and or emotionally and intend on encouraging each other through their devotion to one another. And finally, it is for couples who just want to remind their spouse of how much they mean to them, and to keep the bond going strong. Recommitting your lives to each other can be an elaborate affair involving all of your friends and family, or it can be a simple and private ceremony between just you and your spouse. Of course, in both instances, God is a special witness overseeing your re-promise to each other. Let your spouse know that marriage is for life and your commitment to the marriage will be life long concern of yours through the good times as well as the not so good. For believers, recommitment involves asking Jesus Christ into your marriage and basing your thoughts and actions upon the Word of God. Recommitment is knowing what your responsibilities in the marriage are according to God and His standards. Recommitting is NOT lip reading some words to your spouse that you really don't mean but to speak from your heart knowing full good and well that God is listening to your every word. Come together in prayer and recite whatever vows you have prepared ahead of time. You might be wondering why would it be necessary to recommit yourself to the person you married? Recommitment shows your love on a regular basis and brings couples closer together, reminding them of how important the marriage really is. The other reason is if couples married too young and they did not hold the same value toward the
marriage, as they should have, they now have the chance to make up for that by recommitment to each other. By choosing to work on marital issues and recommitting to each other the second time around, the marriage will most likely become more valuable in your conviction bank. The most important aspects to remember about recommitment are it first involves having a committed heart to Jesus Christ, so we can fully understand what commitment means. The second most important aspect is realizing that marriage is not about you. It is about both of you, and that means considering the feelings of another in all situations that would involve the person you married. I have listed four important aspects below that would help to bring commitment back into the marriage with your willingness. 1. God 2. Selflessness 3. Choosing to love 4. Marriage is for life This does not mean your marriage will not run into problems, but it means that now you have the proper resources to apply into the marriage when confronted with certain issues that upset the apple cart from time to time. No marriage is perfect; marriage is only what we make it to be. The main reason, I believe, people get divorced is because they don't have the foggiest idea how to manage issues that arise in the marriage. But if we choose to accept and follow the four steps above it will bring a dead marriage on the brink of divorce back to life! So stop divorce and recommit yourselves to each other. Take responsibility for your marriage! God is the greatest source for our marriage and He provides us with what we need on a continual basis, therefore we should strive to make God a priority in our marriage. His loving guidance is what helps us to feel content so we won't feel the need to be selfish. The minute we take
our eyes off of Him we trod the path that leads to relying on our own understanding and we become selfish. We should choose to love our spouse even when we don't feel like being very loving because that is how we are to love our spouse. Jesus Christ has taught us how to love through His actions of love for us. Recommitting your life to your spouse means your marriage is important to you and that you want
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to remain married for life through the good times as well as the bad. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. (Colossians 3:12-13 KJV) © 2002-2021 Heaven Ministries ~ http://www.heavenministries.com>
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Education A Puzzle From Proverbs
In this puzzle, there are two questions from each chapter in Proverbs. (All references are from the King James Version). Some answers go across, and some go down. Try reading a chapter each day, and see if you can find the answers without looking up the verses. ACROSS 1 The seeds we sow determine the _____ we will reap. (1:31) 6 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep ____. (18:4) 9 ____the path of thy feet. (4:26) 10 The father of the righteous child shall greatly rejoice, and he that begetteth a wise child shall have great ____. (23:24) 11 A ____ answer turns away wrath. (15:1) 12 The ____ of man are before His eyes. (5:21) 13 God will ____ both fools and transgressors. (26:10) 14 The Lord sends us lessons so He can take the “____” out of our lives. (25:4) 15 Do not ____ good from those to whom it is due. (3:27) 18 When we put our ____ in the Lord, we can be sure that we will be kept safe. (29:25) 20 He that is ____ to wrath is of great understanding. (14:29)
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Good Pay Doesn’t Require A Four-Year Degree By Ken Coleman
History is full of successful people who carved their own path far away from traditional education. Despite what our culture, your parents, or your own inner critic tells you, there are lots of high-paying jobs out there that don’t require a bachelor’s degree. Now, while you may not need a bachelor’s degree specifically, you do need education. Some of the jobs require an associate degree, some trade school, and others specific certifications or apprenticeships. But here’s the bottom line: You can earn good money and enjoy meaningful work without spending four years at college. Here are 10 great examples. But trust me, there are plenty more. Wind Turbine Technician Median salary: $52,910 Education needed: postsecondary nondegree award, on-the-job training Job growth: 61% Wind turbines are those huge white pinwheels that dot the plains and other windy parts of the country. As they become a popular source of alternative energy, the job demand for technicians is skyrocketing. Technicians work to install and maintain wind turbines. You must be willing to spend a lot of time outside, but it is not recommended for people who are afraid of heights! Electrician Median salary: $56,180 Education needed: high school diploma, apprenticeship Job growth: 8% If working with wires sparks your interest, then you might consider becoming an electrician. You can attend a technical school or find an apprenticeship for onthe-job training. Electricians bring power to buildings, homes, transmission lines, and a variety of equipment. Occupational Therapy Assistant Median salary: $59,200
Education needed: associate degree Job growth: 32% Occupational therapy is all about helping people learn and practice skills to live and work. Most occupational therapy takes place after someone has had an accident, or for elderly people who need help performing daily tasks around their homes. Occupational therapy assistants work with therapists and doctors to help patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and therapy offices. It’s an active and interactive job that gives you plenty of opportunities to work with people. Radiologic and MRI Technologists Median salary: $62,280 Education needed: associate degree Job growth: 7% Both x-rays and MRIs are diagnostic tools that help physicians and patients understand what is going on inside the body. Techs are the workers who actually run the tests, and work with physicians to get the information needed to make a diagnosis and treat patients. Aerospace Technician Median salary: $66,020 Education needed: associate degree Job growth: 7% If you’ve always had a fascination with planes and enjoy technical work, then you might consider becoming an aerospace technician. You’ll work with aircrafts or spacecrafts to test and calibrate systems, as well as install and repair various parts. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers/ Cardiovascular Technologists Median salary: $68,750 Education needed: associate degree Job growth: 12% Sonographers use medical equipment to create images of organs, tissues and blood vessels that allow people to understand what’s going on inside their bodies. Cardiovascular techs work with physicians to perform complex procedures related to heart health, such as inserting stents or pacemakers. They also help perform tests to diagnose cardiac health problems in patients.
Web Developer Median salary: $73,760 Education needed: associate degree Job growth: 8% Web developers blend a unique set of technical and creative skills to design and build websites. This is a high-demand job that you can find in a variety of agencies or businesses. Or you can even strike out on your own as a freelancer if you’re willing to make solid connections—and the pay is great! Dental Hygienist Median salary: $76,220 Education needed: associate degree Job growth: 6% While cleaning teeth may not be for everyone, dental hygienists get
a chance to impact their patients’ lives by take caring of their oral health. They screen patients, take x-rays, remove plaque from teeth, and counsel patients about good hygiene and nutrition habits. Most programs take three years to complete, and you must pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam in order to practice. Elevator Installer and Repairer Median salary: $84,990 Education needed: high school diploma Job growth: 7% This is one of those random jobs that most people take for granted. Elevator installers and repairers See GOOD PAY on Page 45 A Full Service Travel Agency
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Health 10 Powerful Foods Which Naturally Detox The Body By Dr. Don Colbert
Do you suffer from symptoms of fatigue, irregular bowel movements, skin challenges, and unclear thinking? Have you been feeling guilty about eating the wrong foods for a period of time? Ten powerful foods exist which will naturally help the body to detoxify which can provide a boost toward increased wellness and improved body function! 1. Plenty of Water Most of us know water is good for us, but do we really get enough of it on a regular basis? Water is also the most important ingredient when planning a natural detox program. When detoxifying, the rule of thumb is to drink around a gallon of water per day. This quantity can be adjusted depending on your body
weight as well as how much you normally consume through a normal day. The goal is to drink enough to help the body to flush out toxins. 2. Juice from Lemons Juice from lemons is another food item which will help to boost the detox process. Drinking the juice will help to increase “digestive juices” in the body and benefit the liver, colon, and gallbladder. By adding lemon juice to your detox program, the body will naturally flush toxins from the colon. Add some juice from real lemons to water for an enjoyable refreshment. 3. Oats & Oatmeal Oats and oatmeal offer the body soluble as well as insoluble fiber (along with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and anti-oxidants). The ingredient is also a natural diuretic for the body which helps “to detox” via kidneys as well as the colon. Oats can also be added to healthy smoothie and yogurt recipes. 4. Protein Packed Lentils Eating lentils are wonderful to remove pollutants naturally from the body. They are an awesome source of protein, and they provide
satiety with no added fat. Lentils are very inexpensive and can be added to soups as well as stews. 5. Brussel Sprouts Cruciferous vegetables help the body to remove toxins naturally. Consuming Brussel sprouts (along with other cruciferous veggies) will help keep the colon working properly, and the foods contain a good amount of fiber. Cruciferous veggies are great for the skin, liver, and the kidneys. This class of vegetables can be steamed, boiled, roasted, and grated (raw) before eating. 6. Powerhouse Artichokes Artichokes are another food item to add to your detox program. They are considered a “powerhouse” for those interested in removing toxic waste from the body. Healthy individuals who consume artichokes will be blessed with improved liver function which enhances the ability to absorb nutrients. This vegetable can be steamed, baked, and grilled. 7. Antioxidant Green Tea Green tea is packed full of antioxidants which help the body to fight damage caused by free radicals. Many reports suggest three cups a day on a regular basis to gain the fullest health benefits. Green tea can also be combined with lemon juice to increase the detox effect on the body. 8. Seaweed & Kelp Eating seaweed provides some
wonderful health benefits including natural cleansing properties. Kelp is another option which also aids the body during regular detox. Seaweed can be added to your menu options as well as taken in a healthy natural supplement. 9. Dandelion Greens Dandelion greens are wonderful for improving liver function. They also help the body to remove toxins. These greens can be cooked at home in the same way as collard greens, or consider purchasing them as a health food supplement. 10. Turmeric Spice Turmeric is excellent for aiding the natural detox process. The spice can be added to a variety of foods, including teas. This simple spice gives a boost to the liver. Some health physicians encourage detoxification simply by drinking more water and adding more of this spice to the diet on a regular basis. Dr. Colbert recommends his 21 Day Detox to flush out toxins and replenish it with vital nutrients © All rights reserved 2021 - Dr. Don Colbert.>
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What Does Food, Friends and Thoughts Have in Common? You are what you do… If you exercise and remain socially active, you will be a completely different person than if you live a sedentary life and have limited interaction with others. Your mind and body needs to be stretched and challenged on a regular basis. Recent studies show, for example, that people who retire later have a lower risk of developing dementia than those who retire earlier . Other studies show those who exercises regularly have less disease and a greater sense of wellbeing than those who don’t. Similar studies show that those who spend more time sitting in a car or sitting in front of a television have a greater chance of dying than those who are more physically and socially active. This entry was posted in Health Tips by Dr. Don Colbert>
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The Top 14 Herbs of the Bible People have been using herbs for thousands of years because of their culinary and medicinal benefits. Aloes
poses. Today, Anise can be used to help with digestion and can be used as an anti-flatulence agent, a relief aid for coughs and colds and also can help with insomnia. Usually taken by crushing the seeds into a tea. Balm
The Aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of conditions, most notably burns, wounds, skin irritations, and constipation. Aloe was also used to embalm the dead, as well as for perfume. Today, aloe is used in many ways including treating burns, sunburns, healing bruises and rashes, moisturize skin, fight athletes’ foot, prevent scarring and stretch marks, speed up hair growth, and many more.
Balm refers to an extremely fragrant substance that was extracted from the balsam tree. In Biblical times, balsam was considered extremely valuable. Its gum was used as incense, while the oil that came from the bark, the leaves and the berries worked well as medicine. Bitter Herbs
Israel were commanded to have bitter herbs with their Passover lamb. Today, they can be used to help with urinary tract infections, kidney stones, fluid retention, achy joints and gout.
Cassia oil was popularly used as anointing oil during Biblical times. Cassia has aromatic properties quite similar to cinnamon. Today, Cassia can be used as natural hair care, coloring and conditioning. The leaves are harvested, dried, and ground into a powder used for natural hair care.
Most popularly known for incense, Frankincense was used during ceremonial offerings and considered an article of luxury. Today, it can be used as an analgesic, antidepressant and sedative, in addition to being a powerful healing herb. Frankincense is also a primary ingredient in stress-reducing incenses. Garlic
All parts of the anise plant were used during Biblical times. The seeds, leaves and stem were used to cool high temperatures, as well as for other medicinal pur-
Bitter herbs are a collective term used for lettuce, horehound, tansy, horseradish, endive and coriander seeds. Bitter herbs were mostly used for food. In fact, the people of rapidurgentcare.com email@example.com
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Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, dating back to when the Egyptian pyramids were built. Today, garlic is used to help prevent heart disease, including atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries (plaque buildup in the arteries that can block the flow of blood and may lead to heart attack or stroke), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and to boost the immune system. Garlic may also help protect against cancer. Hyssop
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3 Money Lessons to Teach Your Kids By Rachel Cruze
Have you been stressed during budget conversations? Are you anxious at the grocery store checkout when you hear the total? Do you seem to be buying more and more stuff to make yourself feel better about everything? Kids pick up on these things, and this is a valuable time to teach money lessons that will stick with them forever. The reality is not only can you be their teacher, you will be whether you think you are or not. They’ll learn how to handle money from the way they see you handle it. Remember, more is caught than taught. Here’s what I recommend when teaching your kids about money: Share, but don’t scare The example you set is huge, but don’t be afraid of having conversa-
tions about money with your kids. If your family is in a tough spot right now or experiencing job loss, be open about the fact your lifestyle may look different than it did a few months ago. Just be age-appropriate with the information you share. When they’re older, they’ll remember you persevered during this time, and it will give them hope when they run into their own hard times. When your kids ask questions you don’t know the answers to, be comfortable saying, “I don’t know the answer to that. Let’s find out together!” Hard times or not, talk to them about your family’s values. For example, you can tell them your family stays out of debt, so that’s why you cut back on spending. If you’re being intense about getting out of debt, set that expectation so they know why they can’t have the most expensive, name-brand cereal at the grocery store right now. Or talk about the fact that your family values giving, which is why you tithe at church and sponsor a lessfortunate family at Christmas.
Teach them that money comes from working Here’s a trick from our family’s playbook: Don’t give your kids an allowance. Let them earn a “commission.” The money that comes from mom and dad should be the result of some type of work. This will help them understand the causeand-effect relationship between work and money. My parents did it, and to this day, I genuinely enjoy working. I love checking things off lists, doing well at my job, and feeling that good kind of tired after a hard day’s work. Budget for giving, saving, and spending You can start your kids on a budget with these three simple categories: giving, saving and spending. It’s the most basic form of budgeting. My parents labeled envelopes with those three words. You can even let your kids decorate each envelope. Then, every dollar they earn as commission gets spread across those envelopes. You can even apply this to
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will pass away, but My words shall not pass away” (Matt.24:35). How important do you think the earth is? Well, Jesus says, "Heaven and earth will pass away..." The Bible does not attempt to defend its inspiration. You will not find any verse that says, "This book is really true, so you better believe it!!" But here is an interesting thing.
Genesis opens with the words, "God said," 9 times in the first chapter. The statement, "Thus says the Lord" appears 23 times in the last Old Testament book -- Malachi. So, you have "God says" from Genesis to Malachi. "The Lord spoke" appears 560 times in the first five books of the Bible alone. Isaiah claims at least 40 times, his message came directly from the Lord; Ezekiel, 60 times, and Jeremiah, 100 TIMES! And at least 3800 times in the Old Testament, "The Lord spoke" appears. And the Lord Jesus quoted from at least 24 different Old Testament books -- that's right, He just quoted. These are facts that will be valuable for a person with an open heart --not that you have to throw your head away in order to believe these facts; but, if you do not want to believe, nothing will convince you. Voltaire, 250 years ago, held a copy of the Bible in his hand and said, "In 100 years this book will be forgotten, eliminated." What is hilarious is that 100 years later, to the day, his house was made the headquarters of the Geneva Bible Society, and they were distributing Bibles out of his house! God has an incredible sense of humor! Say you were going to write a book, and this was how you had to write it: take 40 different writers for a start, totally different writers -some highly educated, even doctors. Then get some farmers. Go and get a guy out of a ranch and say, "I would like you to help me write a book." Then you find some fishermen -- you go down to the wharf -- a couple of guys from San Francisco, and say, "Hey! Listen, help us write a book." And they say, "Sure, fine...we will help you." And then you get them to write on the following things: religious themes, poetry, ethics, science, philosophy, the creation of the universe and where it's going (throw in a few things about where they think it will all end.) You collect all that, and then ... oh, by the way, you have to separate these people so they can't communicate by phone or email...only word of mouth, passed down over the years. Ah yes, years...you collect all this stuff over about 1500 years, and compile the whole thing in one
book. What would you have? I suggest you take a biology textbook from 60 years ago, and compare it with one today. And that is just 60 YEARS! I know what you would have; you would have the most contrasting junk you have ever seen in your whole life -- with people totally contradicting each other! But that is not what you have when you read your Bible. The more you read this book, the more incredible is the unity of it. Because the more you get into it, the more incredibly detailed it is, and you find there are not 40 people who wrote it, but one person. Infallibility We Evangelical Christians hold to the infallibility of the Scriptures. This means that we believe that the Bible as it was originally penned (the first copy) was perfect in every way, being the unaltered Word of God. Many correctly observe that none of the original manuscripts exist today. Therefore, the obvious question is, "Can we consider today's Bible translations to be the reliable and true Word of God?" I believe we can. First, Bible Scholars are able to determine with a high degree of accuracy what the original manuscripts were like by studying the copies of them from various parts of the world. It is obvious if something has been added, deleted, or changed in the text because it will only appear in the early manuscripts of a certain area of the world and not in the others. Also, the copyists were extremely careful about the process of duplicating their manuscripts. They devised a system of checks where the number of letters across and down was actually counted to ensure accuracy. Over time copiers have made minor errors such as misspellings, transpositions of letters, missing conjunctions or prepositions and the like, but none of the errors affect doctrine at all. In fact, in the entire Bible there is less than 1% of error anywhere and nothing is serious enough to challenge the Bible's reliability or authority. There is no other ancient or near ancient document even remotely as free from error as the Holy Bible. Personal experience, the testimony See CREDENTIALS on Page 46
Have you Received? By Pastor Doug Gilford
The Christian Journey on Earth. You keep reading and find that the predictions of Christ are certainly true. He is arrested and brought before Pilate. He is passed over by the crowd who wanted a known murderer released instead of
Imagine for a moment that you took a fresh look at God’s Word. What if you were able to throw off the learned viewpoints about certain subjects on the Holy Scripture? What do you think the result would look like? Imagine yourself marooned on an island or lost in a desert. You stumble on this book laying behind a big rock at the edge of a cave. For days and weeks, you study the book. Desperate for anything you read it cover to cover. It is the New Testament of Jesus Christ. As you devour its contents, you learn about this man named Jesus who had a special calling on him before birth. His mother is also used and an angel would tell her about the baby inside of her womb. God announces Jesus’ birth in the stars so that men follow them. Angelic hosts descend from Heaven above no-named shepherds watching their flock at night. In this deserted place, you read about the twelve-year-old Jesus confounding the Rabbis and priests. Fast forward 18 years, and Jesus is now around thirty. He begins teaching and choosing disciples to join him in his work. He is gathering followers and yet gaining enemies. Then, after only three years of ministry on earth, Jesus announces in a prophetic way that he will be arrested, beaten and crucified. He
adds that his followers will be attacked and kicked out of the synagogues; and some even killed. (John 16) Jesus says to his disciples, “It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” (John 16:7) As you take a fresh look at the Bible, unscathed by any human interpretation or doctrinal statements, you cannot help but notice this Helper that Jesus is going to send in His stead. Further, Jesus says that the Helper will have certain requirements to follow: “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:13-14) Jesus predicts His looming persecution, cruelty, and death. He tells His followers that they too would be subjected to the wrath of religious zealots. He says that He will rise again, and He will send a Helper who is the Holy Spirit to guide, comfort and convince humans of sin and righteousness. That the Spirit would be more helpful to have than the person of Christ
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Guiding Light Six Gospel Promises to Embrace Today By Paul Tripp
Feeling troubled, inadequate, weak, defeated, overwhelmed, alienated, or alone? Here are six gospel promises to embrace today: 1. The Gospel Promises Forgiveness Today Many of us carry around our sin in a metaphorical backpack of regret, bruising our spiritual shoulders and breaking the back of our faith. Jesus took the weight of our sin on himself so that we wouldn’t have to carry it any longer. He says that he will remember our sins no more but will separate us from LAW_full Size_2019_print.pdf
those sins as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). What freedom is found here! We don’t have to live imprisoned by fear, paralyzed by regret, or trapped in the darkness of guilt and shame when Christ offers complete forgiveness. 2. The Gospel Promises Deliverance Today Christ came not only to forgive our sins, but to deliver us from them. On the Cross, he broke the power of sin’s mastery over us (see Romans 6:1–14). Because the Holy Spirit lives inside you, you have the ability today to say “no” to sin and “yes” to righteousness. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is living within you (Ephesians 1:1920). 3. The Gospel Promises Restoration Today It’s tempting to look back on our lives with regret, wishing we could rewind time. The timing of the Restorer is always perfect; the years haven’t been wasted. In his sovereign love, God has been bringing us to this point of insight and conviction at just the right moment, and he promises to restore what has been lost in the process so that we will not be put to shame (see Joel 2:25-27). 4. The Gospel Promises Reconciliation Today At the heart of the gospel narrative is the coming of the Prince of Peace. In him, we find reconciliation not only with God, but with one another. He’s the only One who can destroy the walls that separate people (Ephesians 2:14–18). (Malachi 4:6) says, “He will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers.” Jesus asked the Father that the church would be a community of unity and love (John 17:20–23). Today, the gospel promises hope where your relationships have been damaged or even destroyed.
James says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5). We may be blind, but we are promised sight because “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” are hidden in Christ (Colossians 2:3). The invitation is simple: “Come, ask, and I will give!” 6. The Gospel Promises Mercy Today Jesus was tempted as we are in every point, so he understands and sympathizes with our weaknesses. We can come to him and find mercy and grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:14–16). In the hardest of situations or the most trying of relationships, we never stand alone. We are in Christ, and in him, we can do what would otherwise be impossible. Remind yourself of these six daily gospel promises as you look forward to the gospel promise of eternity! God bless, REFLECTION QUESTIONS How can you embrace each of these six gospel promises this week? Be specific in your application: 1. Forgiveness. What regrets are you holding onto that Christ has forgiven? How are these potentially crushing and restricting your faith? 2. Deliverance. What sins are you struggling with most today? Have you fallen into believing that you cannot break free? What steps can you take to experience deliverance? 3. Restoration. What has God recently revealed to you (at just the right time) that needs to be restored in your life? What steps can you take towards restoration? 4. Reconciliation. With whom do you need to reconcile? What selfish motives, desires, words, and actions do you need to confess before reconciliation can happen? 5. Wisdom. Where are you feeling unable? Have you asked God for wisdom for that area where you are experiencing weakness and fear? 6. Mercy. How did Christ experience what you are struggling with? Think of examples from his earthly life and ministry. How should this comfort and strengthen you? © 2002-2021
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According to the Apostle Paul, salvation by works is a stumbling stone. "Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone." (Rom 9:32) Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it." (Matt 7:13) Because of the sins committed by Adam and Eve, there is a separation of God and man making it impossible for mankind to earn salvation by works (by doing enough good deeds), or attempting to live a good and perfect life. God said to Adam and Eve, "but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Gen 2:17) Adam and Eve did not obey, and their sin caused all of mankind to be sentenced to both a spiritual and physical death.
However, God, in His unsearchable love for man, provided a way to salvation for all who would accept His plan, by sending His only Son Jesus to die in our place. Jesus, the Son of God, took all of mankind's sins upon Himself making it possible for anyone who would believe on Him to be pardoned from the death sentence. The only death the Christian will face is the physical death, and someday that too will be conquered. Unless the unsaved accept God's Plan of Salvation, they will face both, a "physical death," and a "spiritual death," in Hell, eternally separated from God. Man cannot receive salvation by works. There is only one way to enter Heaven, and that is through faith in Jesus, and what He accomplished on the cross. The Apostle Peter tells us, "... there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) Your salvation is between you and God, and no one else can do it for you. Unless you have been born again, you can receive nothing from God. Make sure of your salvation! The only way to be born again and receive eternal life is to follow God's plan. Paul makes this plan very clear: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
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wants you to do, as well as the things He forbids. Salvation by works is not God's plan. Good works are an expression of our faith, obedience, and the overflow of love we receive from God. © Copyright 2006-2021 Trusting-in-Jesus.com. All Rights Reserved.>
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The Desires Granted By James Smith
"The desire of the righteous shall be granted." (Proverbs 10:24) Not every desire of a righteous man shall be granted — but such as are in accordance with his character. A righteous man not only believes in the Son of God — that he may be justified; but seeks to be ruled entirely by the will of God — that he may be sanctified. Receiving the offered righteousness of Jesus — he is justified from all things at once, and forever; and being justified by grace — he seeks to abound in every good work. He takes God's Word for his rule in all things, and desires to be internally and externally conformed to it. He is regenerated — as well as justified; he possesses a new nature — as well as a new righteousness; and this new nature is holy, and will influence and characterize the man. Thus, he will be justified before God, by the work of Christ alone; but he will be justified before men by his own work, called the work of faith and labor of love. The desires referred to are only good. They are generated in the
heart by the Holy Spirit; they center in spiritual things, are according to God's will, and have a tendency to glorify his holy name. We have many desires and wishes which God cannot grant — unless he became our enemy. For we often wish for things which would . . . inflate our pride, harden our hearts, sear our consciences, and lead us directly away from God and holiness! Such desires cannot be granted, nor does the righteous man desire temporal things, so much as spiritual blessings. Righteous desires shall be granted. Such as are . . . warranted by the promises, suited to our condition, and tending to the good of the church and the world. And we may be sure too, that if God grants us our desires, He will greatly try us, for we shall certainly desire that God may be glorified; and in order to this, our faith, patience, fortitude, and love will be tried. And we shall be tried too, very much, in reference to the object desired. Abraham desired a son, it was granted — but how he was tried in connection with that son! Job desired to reason with God; his desire was granted — but how deeply he was humbled by it! Let us desire . . . the sincere milk of the word, that we may grow thereby; those mercies from the God of Heaven, which will sanctify and satisfy the soul; to serve the Lord in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life; to dwell in the Lord's courts, that we may behold His beauty, inquire
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His will, and enjoy His ordinances. Such desires shall be granted. So also, let us desire the better country, to depart and be with Christ, and to be clothed with our Heavenly dwelling; these desires shall be granted. All good desires find their objects in Jesus, and in the well-ordered covenant, hence David could sing, "He made with me an everlasting covenant, which is ordered in all things and sure; this is all my salvation, and all my desire." Reader, are you a righteous man? Have you been stripped of selfrighteousness, being led to hunger and thirst after righteousness, and from sheer necessity embraced the righteousness of Jesus? If so, you are righteous before God — and your aim will be to be righteous before men. What are the ruling desires of your soul? Are they spiritual, or temporal? Are they found in Christ, or in the world? As the heart is — so will the desires be. If the heart is under a carnal bias — then carnal
things will be principally desired; and if the heart is under a spiritual bias — then spiritual things will appear all important. It is a mercy that God does not fulfill all our desires — for we would be in a sad state if he did! And it is as great a mercy, that he does fulfill every desire that . . . flows from the new nature, accords with his promises, and will promote His glory and our good. Gracious Lord, we beseech you, so to sanctify our natures, that we may only desire what you have provided; and only ask for what you have promised, so shall we realize the encouraging declaration, that "the desires of the righteous shall be granted!" GRACE GEMS! A Treasury of Ageless Sovereign Grace Devotional Writings Our Purpose To humble the pride of man, to exalt the grace of God in salvation and to promote real holiness in heart and life. ©GraceGems.org 2021 >
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How to Overcome Sin
The Bible expressly teaches us that sin is overcome by faith in Christ. “He is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.” “He is the way, the truth, and the life.” Christians are said to “purify their hearts by faith” (Acts 15:9). And in (Acts 26:18) it is affirmed that the saints are sanctified by faith in Christ. The doctrine of the Bible is that Christ saves His people from sin through faith; that Christ’s Spirit is received by faith to dwell in the heart. It is faith that works by love. Love is shaped and sustained by faith. By faith Christians “overcome the world, the flesh, and the Devil.” It is by faith that they “quench the fiery darts of the wicked.” It is by faith that they “put on the Lord Jesus Christ and put off the old man, with his deeds.” It is by faith that we fight “the good fight,” and not by resolution. It is by faith that we “stand,” by resolution we fall. This is the victory that overcomes the world. It is by faith that the flesh is kept under and carnal desires are subdued. The fact is that it is simply by faith that we receive the Spirit of Christ to work in us to will and to do, according to His good pleasure. He sheds abroad His own love in our hearts, and thereby enkindles ours. Every victory over sin is by faith in Christ; and whenever the mind is diverted from Christ, by resolving and fighting against sin, whether we are aware of it or not, we are acting in our own strength, rejecting the help of Christ, and are under a false delusion. Nothing but the life and energy of the Spirit of Christ within us can save us from sin. One of the hardest lessons for the
human heart to learn is to renounce self-dependence and trust wholly in Christ. When we open the door by implicit trust, He enters in and takes up His quarters with us and in us. By shedding abroad His love He quickens our whole souls into sympathy with Himself, and in this way, and in this way alone, He purifies our hearts through faith. He sustains our will in the attitude of devotion. He quickens and regulates our affections, desires, appetites and passions, and becomes our sanctification. The Bible teaches that by trusting in Christ we receive an inward influence that stimulates and directs our activity; that by faith we receive His purifying influence into the very center of our being; that through and by His truth revealed directly to the soul He quickens our whole inward being into the attitude of a loving obedience; and this is the way, and the only practicable way, to overcome sin. Scripture happily recognizes both the divine and human agency in the work of sanctification. God works in us to will and to do; and we, accepting by faith His in-working, will and do according to His good pleasure. Faith itself is an active and not a passive state. A passive holiness is impossible and absurd. Let no one say that when we encourage people to trust wholly in Christ, we teach that anyone should be or can be passive in receiving and co-operating with the divine influence within. This influence is moral, and not physical. It is persuasion, and not force. It influences the free will, and consequently does this by truth. Oh that it could be understood that the whole of spiritual life that is in any man is received direct from the Spirit of Christ by faith, as the branch receives its life from the vine. We need to put away any thought that makes this life holy while the heart is not in love with God. Oh, how men would learn to look directly at Christ through the Gospel and so close in with Him by an act of loving trust as to involve a universal sympathy with His state of mind. This and this alone, is sanctification. Save the Nations Ministries>
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3 Essential Elements for Effective Prayers By Chip Ingram
Ever feel like your prayers are just bouncing off the walls? Maybe you’ve been asking God for something – wisdom for a problem, resolution for a situation at work, or for a child to come back to the Lord – and it’s been several weeks or months and nothing’s changed. You’ve even claimed the line in (Mark 11:24) where it says, “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” But still nothing. Perhaps you’ve been thinking,
this prayer approach isn’t working for me! But these promises about “ask anything in His name,” “believe that you’ve received,” are given to a special classification of people. They’re not for everyone. They’re actually only for people who have met certain criteria. God has certain conditions that need to be met in order for these promises to be true in your life. So, what are these conditions that God demands to be true in your skilled nursing • rehabilitation Serving Slidell and the surrounding st. tammany Parish community, extending our reach over the border to serve residents of biloxi and Picayune, Mississippi.
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heart and in mind? There are three elements that are essential. 1. Have a Clear Conscience. “This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything.”(v. 19-20) The context of this part of the passage is assurance. If you’re the kind of person who does nine things right and you’re down on yourself because there’s probably a tenth you missed, then this condition is for you. The reason some of us struggle with praying is because we’re so down on ourselves. This feeling of guilt creates a wedge between us and our relationship with the Lord. In response, the Apostle John, also known as the apostle of love, is saying, “This is how we can know that we belong to the truth: Look at the objective facts of your life. Look at the habitual practice of your life. And then, come to God with a clear conscience. Come to Him, knowing that you’re His child. Don’t be so down on yourself!” 2. Lead an Obedient Lifestyle. “…and receive from Him anything we ask, because we keep His commands and do what pleases him.” And this is His command: to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded us. (v. 22-23) What does it mean to keep (obey) God’s commands and have an obedient lifestyle? The first step is to ask Him to come into your life and forgive you. The second step is to love one another. There ought to be a radical love for one another in the body of Christ. What does it mean to love?
Love is seeing the needs of someone else and putting aside your wants and your desires. It’s extending your time, your energy, your resources, and even your life, if need be, to give to someone else. 3. Have a Yearning Heart. “… we have confidence before God and receive from Him anything we ask, because we keep His commands and do what pleases Him.” (v. 21-22) This is a heart that longs to please God. God answers the prayers of those who do the things that are pleasing in His sight. God wants us to have yearning hearts, not a rote, exterior, legalistic obedience. He doesn’t want us to do what’s right, and to say, “Okay, I don’t do this or that.” But instead, He wants us to have hearts that long to please Him. He wants our obedience to flow not out of duty and obligation, but out of a love relationship with Him. WRITTEN BY Chip Ingram Founder & Teaching Pastor, Living on the Edge Chip Ingram is the CEO and teaching pastor of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. A pastor for over thirty years, Chip has a unique ability to communicate truth and challenge people to live out their faith. He is the author of many books, including The Real God, Culture Shock and The Real Heaven. Chip and his wife, Theresa, have four grown children and twelve grandchildren and live in California. Copyright © Living on the Edge. All rights reserved>
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Pray Without Ceasing By Andrew Murray
Who can do this? How can one do it who is surrounded by the cares of daily life? How can a mother love her child without ceasing? How can the eyelid without ceasing hold itself ready to protect the eye? How can I breathe and feel and hear without ceasing? Because all these are the functions of a healthy, natural life. And so, if the spiritual life be healthy, under the full power of the Holy Spirit, praying without ceasing will be natural. Pray Without Ceasing. - Does it refer to continual acts of prayer, in which we are to persevere till we obtain, or to the spirit of prayerfulness that should animate us all the day? It includes both. The example of our Lord Jesus shows us this. We have
finding something of this "Praying always" within you. How can I learn it? The best way of learning to do a thing - in fact the only way - is to do it. Begin by setting apart some time every day, say ten or fifteen minutes, in which you say to God and to yourself, that you come to Him now as an intercessor for others. Let it be after your morning or evening prayer, or any other time. If you cannot secure the same time every day, do not be troubled. Only see that you do your work. Christ chose you and appointed you to pray for others. If at first you do not feel any special urgency or faith or power in your prayers, do not let that hinder you. Quietly tell your Lord Jesus of your feebleness; believe that the Holy Spirit is in you to teach you to pray, and be
to enter our closet for special seasons of prayer; we are at times to persevere there in importunate prayer. We are also all the day to walk in God's presence, with the whole heart set upon heavenly things. Without set times of prayer, the spirit of prayer will be dull and feeble. Without the continual prayerfulness, the set times will not avail. Does that refer to prayer for ourselves or others? To both. It is because many confines it to themselves that they fail so in practicing it. It is only when the branch gives itself to bear fruit, more fruit, much fruit, that it can live a healthy life, and expect a rich inflow of sap. The death of Christ brought Him to the place of everlasting intercession. Your death with Him to sin and self-sets you free from the care of self, and elevates you to the dignity of intercessor - one who can get life and blessing from God for others. Know your calling; begin this your work. Give yourself wholly to it, and before you know it you will be
assured that if you begin, God will help you. God cannot help you unless you begin and keep on. How do I know what to pray for? If once you begin, and think of all the needs around you, you will soon find enough. But to help you, this little book is issued with subjects and hints for prayer for a month. It is meant that we should use it month by month, until we know more fully how to follow the Spirit's leading, and have learned, if need be, too. make our own list of subjects, and then can dispense with it. In regard to the use of these helps, a few words may be needed © 2021 SermonIndex.net>
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The Marks of a True Friend By Adrian Rogers
Did you know that the deepest need of the human heart is for intimacy? That's just another way of saying friendship. Now, I'm not talking about casual acquaintances or false friends, but true friends. Let me give you three marks of a true friend. How to Know a True Friend A true friend sharpens. He will make you a sharper person, a better person. (Proverbs 27:17) says, "Iron sharpens iron; so, a man sharpens the countenance of his friend." A true friendship will put an edge on your life. False friends dull your life, blunt your influence, and drag you down. Anybody who makes it easier for you to do wrong is not a true friend. One of the true tests of any friendship is asking yourself, "Am I a better person for having known this person?"
A true friend sticks. A true friend is steadfast. We read in (Proverbs 17:17): "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." If you want to see who your real friends are, just make a mistake and see whether or not they leave you. Life is like a ship. Some people get on and off board very easily. Some will stay on board as long as everything is sailing smoothly; but let the rough weather come, and they will abandon the ship. A true friend is the one who will stick with you. A true friend stabs. You say, "I don't want to be stabbed." Well, listen to (Proverbs 27:6): "Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful." A friend who really loves you will wound you if it's necessary. That is, he will tell you the truth
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and won't give you hypocritical kisses when he needs to do a little spiritual surgery on you. Flattery is not true friendship. A true friend cares enough to confront. I'm so grateful that throughout my life I've had those who would put their arms around my shoulders and help me when I’ve done wrong. How to Be a True Friend True friends are built. You don't make them overnight. Friendships are not toadstools; they are oak trees. Jesus said, "...Love one another, as I have loved you" (John 15:12). Now, that's the principle, but let me give you five secrets that come from it. If you will practice these, you will make you a great friend. Accept. The Bible says in (Ephesians 1:6) that God has "made us accepted in the beloved." We all want people to accept us. Jesus accepted the disciples. He said, "Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you..." (John 15:16) Jesus did not accept the disciples because they were perfect but because they needed Him. Acknowledge. Recognize people. Give them your full heart and attention. When you talk to people, listen to them also. Look them in the eye. Understand that people are important. They're a soul for whom Christ died. When we acknowledge others, we're saying, "You're important to me. I acknowledge your presence and your importance." Appreciate. I got an e-mail from my son recently. It brought tears to my eyes because he said, "Dad, I'm just so grateful for the heritage that I have. Thank you." I could live six months on that. It didn't take him but a few minutes to write that little
message, but it meant so much to me. Folks, you're lying if you say you don't want to be appreciated. Tell your husband, your wife, your children, or your friends that they are appreciated. Affirm. Appreciation is for what people do; affirmation is for whom people are. The Lord Jesus affirmed His disciples over and over again. It doesn't mean you approve of everything a person does when you affirm them. The Bible is full of affirmations, and yet it acknowledges the fact that we're sinners and that we fail. But affirmation is important. Assure. Assure them that you understand. We all want empathy. The apostle Paul said in (Romans 12:15): "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep." Find a way to let people know that you're sensitive to what they're up against, what they feel, what they're going through. Assure them that you're there, and that, to your limited ability, you understand or you're trying to understand what they're going through. True friendship is costly. It's not easy to maintain a friendship. Remember (John 15:13): "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." And (Proverbs 17:17) says, "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." You must be willing to pay the price. But finding a true friend and being one in return is one of the best investments you can ever make. © 2021 Love Worth Finding Ministries, P.O. Box 38300, Memphis, TN 38183, www.lwf.org > Adrian Rogers
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Submitting to Jesus as our King By Dr. Tony Evans
When we speak of Jesus, one of the names we aren’t so quick to call Him by in today’s culture— although it was hugely attributed to Him throughout all Scripture—is King. We recognize Him as Savior. We see that He is the living Lamb. We sing about Him as Immanuel. We tend to portray or visualize Jesus primarily in redemptive roles.
And while these roles are key, I am afraid that in focusing so heavily on them, we miss out on much of Jesus’ power in our daily lives. This power shows up in the names we get to know and align ourselves under, such as King, Lord and Great High Priest. Sure, redemption appeals to us in our autonomous, me-centric cul-
ture. We tend to be highly independent and self-serving, and many would even argue that our culture has given rise to an epidemic of narcissistic thinking. To acknowledge Jesus as King conjures up responses of obedience, dependence, honor, respect and self-sacrifice. It goes against what our culture tells us is the way to live our lives. Regardless, Jesus is King. And unless and until we understand and submit to Christ’s rightful rule, we will not fully experience His power. Much of the chaos and challenges we cannot overcome in our lives stem from the fact that we do not rightly respond to His rule. Much of the chaos and challenges we cannot overcome in our lives stem from the fact that we do not rightly respond to His rule. If we make our own rules while living in the domain of a ruling King, then we should expect to face the consequences.
Jesus is King. Yet, like the Israelites of His day, we often praise Him one moment, only to seek to crucify Him the next. Why? Because we don’t mind Him being King by name as long as He is not King by authority. We don’t mind Jesus carrying around the title as long as He’s not telling us what to do. Friend, let me explain something about Jesus’ kingdom: it’s not a democracy. He’s not asking for your vote. He’s not seeking your permission. He declares what gets done, how things run and what the goals of His kingdom will be. We tap into His power, covering and strength when we learn how to honor Him as King. Much of the chaos and challenges we cannot overcome in our lives stem from the fact that we do not rightly respond to His rule. Copyright © 2021 Tony Evans. All Rights Reserved.> Tony Evans
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God Can Multitask By Erik Raymond
The experts tell us that multitasking is a myth. This is because, for most people, when we divide our attention between multiple tasks, we experience a diminishing return in our productivity. While this is true for most people, it does not accurately describe God. In God’s sovereignty, there’s a variety of cards dealt by the hand of divine providence. And in each case, they serve to be the means wisely chosen to fulfill his most glorious end. Great, Surprising News In the early verses of Luke, we find the angelic announcement to the priest Zechariah that his wife will bear a son. This promised son would play a vital role in the ministry of Jesus Christ. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.” (Luke 1:13) This is great news. But it’s also surprising news. Let’s start with the surprise that Elizabeth will bear a son. Why is this surprising? For one, she has been barren for her whole life. If a woman who was previously barren were said to be pregnant, this would be surprising news. Then there’s also the fact that they weren’t spring chickens. More than likely, they
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Exactly what prayer is the angel talking about? I think the announcement of the birth of John answers prayer on a couple of levels. First, and most apparent, Zechariah has been praying for a child. There were financial, social, and emotional reasons for this request. It’s instructive to me that even in his old age with little natural reason for hope, he nevertheless has been praying for a child. And God has heard his prayer of pain and longing. He is providing a son. This lets us know a little bit about how prayer works. Sometimes our prayers are answered immediately, other times they’re answered eventually, and other times they are denied for a better way. Sometimes “yes” other times “wait” and still others “no—I have something better.” But there is also the big-picture, cosmic sense. This is the second level to their answered prayer. Earlier in the passage, Luke describes Zechariah and Elizabeth in this way: And they were both righteous
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No matter how unsettled the world becomes, God's people can relax and keep their joy flowing, because our Lord has promised special protection when it is most needed. Didn't God have an emergency plan for the children of Israel during the worldwide famine? He sent Joseph ahead to Egypt, promoted him to prime minister and filled the warehouses with enough grain to last out the famine. He then transported His people within walking distance of those storehouses and fed them to the full all through the raging famine. Didn't God have emergency plans for Elijah? While his nation reeled under the impact of an economic collapse and food was scare because of severe famine—and a wicked king had a ransom on his head—God put His emergency plan for Elijah into effect. He hid him by a quiet brook and fed him by having a bird deliver his food. The survival plan also included a mysterious barrel of grain that never ran out. What about Noah? What a detailed survival plan God had for him and his family! An ark—floating him and his family safely above all the death and destruction of a worldwide flood. And Lot? God actually sent angels to personally pull him and his children out of the doomed city of Sodom. God's
hands were tied until Lot was safely out of the suburbs. It was more than a loss of his job, more than a collapse of the economy, more than a downfall of the government— it was total annihilation of his society. But Lot was delivered safely. Paul proved God's emergency contingencies over and over! This apostle was shipwrecked, chased by thieves, imprisoned, accused of treason and plotted against by assassins yet, in every crisis; God had a contingency plan for deliverance. Only when God determined his race was over did He call in his last contingency plan. He called him to his resurrection. We, too, have an emergency plan for survival—designed specifically for each believer. Let there be no question about it— God will see us through every crisis!
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like a great idea at first, but the novelty of a business partnership can wear off quickly. And often, that’s just the beginning of the drama. Even if the two partners get along well and split the duties fairly, spouses can jump in and create friction in the business Unforeseen difficulties can also pop up, and throw a serious wrench into the best of plans. What if one of the partners gets seriously sick, and can no longer contribute? What if one gets into financial trouble, and there are liens against everything? What if one loses that drive and passion for the business? So, what’s the alternative to a partnership? Depending on your situation, a joint venture may be a better idea. It would basically make you the owners of two separate companies, who are working under one legal entity. Also, joint ventures are much easier to manage than partnerships if you decide to part ways. I know, I know. Everyone believes it won’t happen to them. But I urge you to beware. Partnerships almost always end, and when they do, they rarely end well.> *Leadership and small business expert Dave Ramsey is CEO of Ramsey Solutions. He has authored numerous best-selling books, including EntreLeadership. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by 16 million listeners each week on more than 600 radio stations and multiple digital platforms.
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2. Uncommon Communion "The Word of God should be the rule, the standard for everything we are and do. What we believe, how we think, and how we act should be governed by our biblical framework."
A DESPERATE NEED FOR GOD: "Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:5) • Brokenness is a conscious, core awareness that you need God in everything. • For a Christian leaders, brokenness is a dear friend, and pride is the enemy. • There is always a gap between what you have and what God wants done.
HIS RESOURCES: "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives it generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him." (James 1:5) •It is in those seasons of seeking Him and crying out to Him for His direction and solutions that we tap into His power and we cultivate a deep heart connection with the God of the assignment and the God of our souls. He calls us to plummet to the depths of intimacy with Him - that is uncommon communion.
ished the race, I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:6-7) • Leadership is a calling. • Are you willing to sacrifice yourself in order to serve those who serve you? • It is in dying to self for the right reasons that you find yourself and experience life to the fullest.
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my hands." (Nehemiah 6:9) • See it through! Courage is complete obedience in the face of opposition. THE LEGACY OF FAITHFULNESS: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a could of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." (Hebrews 12:1) • A long obedience in the same direction is sustained by the small choices we make each day. Be aware of the cumulative nature of our little choices. • Hardship and difficulties are part of the leader's portfolio.
STAYING IN THE GAME: "But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God." (Acts 20:24) • Biblical leadership is characterized by radical, immediate THE POWER AND AUTHORITY obedience. • Obedience acknowledges the TO LEAD COMES FROM GOD. HIS WAY IS BROKENNESS, supremacy of God over all things. UNCOMMON COMMUNION, ENDURING THE HIS PRESENCE: SERVANTHOOD AS AN IDEN"Seek the Lord and his strength; CHALLENGE: TITY, AND RADICAL, IMMEDIseek his presence continually!" "They all wanted to frighten us, ATE OBEDIENCE. thinking, 'Their hands will drop ©2021 Revive Our Hearts. All (Psalm 105:4) • Christian leadership is all about from the work, and it will not be rights reserved.> done.' But now O God, strengthen doing what God wants done. • Fight to maintain the discipline of regularly entering God's presence and get His heart and mind concerning what He wants us to do and how He wants us to do it.
SURRENDERING TO GOD: "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is 3. Servanthood as an wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2) Identity • Surrender is the leader's response AUTHENTIC HUMILTY: to brokenness. • Effective Christian leadership is "Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others sustained by surrender. more significant than yourselves." FALLING INTO SIN: (Philippians 2:3) "Therefore let anyone who thinks • Humility is the intentional recoghe stands take heed lest he fall." (1 nition that God is everything to Corinthians 10:12) you, and that you are nothing with• When a leader operates from a out Him. It is the acknowledgement position of brokenness, he realizes that life is not about you, and that he is capable of sinful failure . . . the needs of other are more imporyou are one decision away from tant than yours. losing the ability to lead. THE DIGNITY OF SERVING: THE STRENGTH OF WEAK- "Jesus . . . laid aside his outer garNESS: ments, and taking a towel, tied it "My grace is sufficient for you, for around his waist. Then he poured my power is made perfect in weakwater into a basin and began to wash ness." (2 Corinthians 12:9) the disciples' feet and to wipe them • Leaders are always in over their with the towel that was wrapped heads. around him." (John 13:3-5) • Inadequacy is always associated THE POWER OF SACRIFICE: with anything God calls us to do. "For I am already being poured out SEASONS OF BROKENNESS: "Humble yourselves, therefore, as a drink offering, and the time of under the mighty hand of God so my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finPraise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me. – Psalm 66:20
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Rearing Children for the World’s End By John Piper
Amy Carmichael was born December 16, 1867 in the village of Millisle on the north coast of Ireland. After a lifetime of service in India she died, the beloved Amma, with a family of thousands. She was 83. They covered her bed with flowers. The boys sang for an hour and a half. It was January 18, 1951. I was five years old. She had suffered, and she had endured to the end. What kind of home had made this remarkable woman? How do you rear a child in a way that makes her free from self-indulgence and rugged in the face of suffering and everconfident in the goodness of a chastising heavenly Father? Elisabeth Elliot, in her biogra-
phy of Amy Carmichael, A Chance to Die, gives us a glimpse of that remarkable Irish home—"the toughness of Irish Presbyterians, the ruggedness bred by winters on that cold sea, and no-nonsense principles of child rearing." There was no question in the minds of the Carmichael children as to what was expected of them. Black was black. White was white. Their parents' word could be trusted absolutely and when it was not obeyed there were consequences. Five kinds of punishment were used: Being stood in a corner with face to the wall, forbidden to go out to play, slapped, "pandied," and (worst of all) given Gregory powder. Read the biography to find out about the Gregory powder. I'm interested in the "pandying." A pandy was a stroke with a thin, flat ebony ruler. The child was required to stand still, to hold out his hand at once and not pull it away, to make no fuss, and finally to say politely, "Thank you, Mother."
from the weariness that follows, not anything of that sort at all, is my chief need. Thou, O Lord my God, art my need—Thy courage, Thy patience, Thy fortitude. And very much I need a quickened gratitude for the countless helps given every day. Elisabeth Elliot is right. As the sternness of an Irish winter, with its gloom and wetness and icy winds puts apple cheeks on both old and young, so the sternness of Christian discipline put red blood—spiritual health—into the girl who could not have imagined then the buffetings she would be called on to endure. What was Amy's own estimation of this awesome, God-like home? Long afterwards she wrote, "I don't think there could have been a happier child than I was." A father, Pastor John John Piper
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There is a great biblical principle behind this punishment of disobedience. Even Ted Koppel of ABC's "Nightline" can see it. Speaking to the graduates at Duke University he said that the reason "honor thy father and thy mother" was included in the first five commandments which deal with our relationship with God is that parents stand in the place of God for their children. We are charged by God to show our children what God is like. "Behold the kindness and the severity of God!" (Romans 11:22). "The Lord disciplines him whom he loves...it is for discipline that you have to endure" (Hebrews 12:5-7). Where did Amy Carmichael learn that the blasts and buffetings of her laborious life were the hand of a no-nonsense God of holiness and love? Where did she learn to say, "Thank you, Father" for the affliction of her hands? Where did she learn to pray? Not relief from pain, not relief
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The other part of the truth is that we have now to fulfill this divine purpose and live out this divine plan. We can spoil God's beautiful plan for our life—every man does who lives in sin, rejecting the will of God for him and taking his own way instead. We can fall far below God's perfect plan for us--by living lazily, self-indulgently. Every man is required to do his best, if he would measure up to the divine plan. An English writer says the three words, "That will do," have done more harm than any other three words in the language. Men get easily into the habit of looking at something they have made or done, and, though knowing it is not what they ought to be, or what they could make it—yet lazily let it pass, saying, "That will do." Thus they allow their work to deteriorate in quality, and fall far below God's plan, which requires the best. We rob God, when we do any of our work less well, than we could do it. God will help us to do our best—but we must work with Him. He will not do our work without us. He will not do our best for us-if we work lazily. Thus at every point we need this lesson of individual responsibility. We must meet life as individuals. We are responsible in a certain way for the good of all men. We owe a duty to "the other man" which we dare not fail to pay. But we must not forget that our first duty is to let God have His full way with ourselves. Keeping other people's vineyards will not be enough, if meanwhile we have neglected our own. Doing a great work for others is not enough, if we have not let God care for our own life. Save the Nations Ministries>
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RECEIVED Continued from Page 29 Christ. He is then whipped, beaten, broken, and nailed to a cross and tragically, dies. Three days later, as you continue reading, Jesus indeed returns to life He reveals Himself over a period of forty days to more than five hundred people. As He is risen again, He says something familiar: “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:21-22) The Holy Spirit? The Helper? Jesus speaks on Him again and adds the word “Receive.” This fresh look at scripture is untainted from human input. It helps us to see this amazing transition that is often overlooked by popular Christianity. Jesus leaves us and sends to us the Holy Spirit -which we are to receive. Jesus left Earth to sit at His Father’s right hand. The Apostles that He chose, together with the newly added disciples, went around the world preaching on the living Christ and the power through His
Holy Spirit. There are more than three hundred references to the Spirit in the New Testament alone. They understood the concept oftentimes we miss in our culture: The necessity of the Spirit in the Believers life, walk and daily operation. Paul would ask an urgent question that is for us too. “Have you received the Holy Spirit since you were saved?” (Acts 19:2a) The Ephesian believers answered, “We have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” (Acts 19:2b) Many believers here in our area would say the same thing. We humans oftentimes toss aside subject matter if we cannot explain or do not understand it. Preachers too are guilty of this harm. If you are one that is responding this way, start by taking a fresh look at the Bible and see what you have been missing. Doug Gilford, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church -23051 Hwy 1088, Mandeville, La 70448. 985-6248652, www.cornerstonenola.com>
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Mustard Seed One of Jesus’ most famous parables was about the mustard seed. This may be because mustard grew so abundantly in Palestine. Today, mustard can be used for soar throats, muscle and back relaxing, and as a hair conditioner to treat damaged hair.
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Mint has been used for thousands of years as a culinary herb and for In Biblical times, it was sold as medicine. Today, mint can help with stomach aches, poor diges- a spice or an ingredient of the tion, fever, hiccups, ear aches and anointing oil used in the Tabernacle, or as a salve for the purificasinuses. tion of the dead. In the Roman world, it was considered a natural remedy for almost every human affliction, from earaches to hemorrhoids. Today, myrrh can be used as a cleansing agent, and to help with ulcerated throats and mouth sores.
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The most expensive spice in the world today was also very dear during ancient times. Because of its distinct yellow color, saffron was used not only for flavoring but to make ancient dyes as well. Ancient peoples used saffron to treat stomach upsets, bubonic plague, and smallpox. Today, recent studies have indicated possible health benefits, including cancer-inhibiting properties, aiding in allergies, help combat depression, and promote a feeling of fullness (in terms of diet). Copyright 2021 Beliefnet, Inc.>
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of science, archaeological evidence, fulfilled prophecy and the testimony of the Holy Spirit in our hearts are proofs of the truthfulness and authority of the Scriptures. Since God holds man accountable for his sin, then God is responsible to provide us with His "standard" for man. This "standard" must be readable, easy to understand, readily available, and accurate, or else God could not hold us accountable. One Sabbath day Jesus went into the synagogue, and as was the custom He stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. He read (Isaiah 61:1, 2) and then said, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." The scroll Jesus read was a copy of the original, just as our Bibles are copies. By Jesus' time the original manuscript would have been gone, but Jesus treated the copy in the same way as the original: He treated it as the true Word of God. We can and should do the same. Read on! Save the Nations Ministries>
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SOUNDING BOARD Continued from Page 9 don't want to influence him according to your preferences but according to God's preferences. Pray for ears to hear the whole of the situation. Pray for wisdom to think of probing questions to ask to help your husband mull it over. Pray for the ability to wait for him to ask for your insight. Most of all, ask the Lord to give you His heart for the situation and that it would trump your preferences or instinctual response.
Influence Through Speaking
When he's stressed, discouraged, or overwhelmed and wants to talk about it: Seeing my husband stressed and uncertain can be extremely disconcerting, not only because I hurt when he's hurting, but because it asks me to entrust my husband and the situations he's facing to the Lord. Will I trust Him and allow the process of sanctification, or will I fear and worry in a way that increases my husband's stress? When I choose to trust the Lord, I am able to speak truth over my husband and draw him back to the foundational
realities that God is trustworthy and will sustain him. When he is verbalizing his frustration with another person: Every wife's instinctual response is to defend her husband. I've learned that I can listen when my husband is sharing his frustrations, but there is no need to join in the sharing. I have the tremendous power of clouding my husband's perspective on people in his life. Even with words spoken in private conversation, I can cause division in relationships and frustrations to grow.
Influence Through Activity
When all you're talking about is one thing (which, for pastors' wives, is often church): The best thing you can do for your husband is to help him be a whole person. If he is talking about work all the time and that's all you talk about, that is a sign of not being a whole person. A whole person has family relationships, friendships, recreation, healthy emotions, and varied interests that are lifegiving and restful. Influence your one-track-mind husband by encouraging him to pursue activities outside of that one thing and joyfully
giving him the time to do it. When he has other relationships and activities in his life, he will have varied things to talk about.
Influence Through Prayer
When heart and lifestyle change is needed: As a wife, I can help my husband through insight and feedback, but there is one area that I can only influence through prayer—his heart. Nagging and spouting off my thoughts and opinions about what he needs to do (even if they're accurate) aren't helpful in influencing any change. I can, of course, respectfully and gently bring my
concerns to him, but I find it is always most effective after I have spent considerable time praying about my concerns and asking the Lord to do the work needed in his life. It's interesting to look back through this list and recognize just how influential we are and the scope of that influence. It emboldens me all the more to seek to use that influence for good in my husband's life. What about you? Are you using your influence wisely and for your husband's benefit? © 2001-2021Revive Our Hearts www.ReviveOurHearts.com.>
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