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Surrender…What are You Waiting For? Surrender to God — Why it’s the Superior Choice So, what’s the point of surrendering to God? If we’ve already blown it so badly, what’s the point of choosing God’s way now? After all, the Bible tells us that the world we live in is lost and perishing. This is where the good news comes in! Because God loves His creation, He hasn’t cast us from paradise forever. He continues to give us a choice. The world around us may be suffering the results of sin, but each person — you, I and everyone we encounter — still has the opportunity to choose to obey God. As long as we have breath, we have that choice. Surrender to God — What are You Clinging To? Look back for a moment at the story of Adam and Eve. If they had surrendered to God, rather than listening to the serpent (whom we recognize today as the devil, the angel Lucifer described in Isaiah 14, who had fallen victim to his own pride) and their own desires, it’s possible our world would not be suffering the consequences. Clearly
then, what God desires for us is far better than any momentary gain-but we can only know that victory if we surrender our desires, our “rights” to God. What is it that you desire today? What “right” are you clinging to, even though deep down inside you know you’d be better off if you gave it up? Do you think that voice, deep down inside, could be God giving you the same choice He gave Adam and Eve? God loved you and me so much that He willingly took on human flesh, in the person of Jesus Christ, to choose obedience and surrender for us. As our living example, Christ first surrendered His divinity in order to give us a flesh and blood God we could relate to (John 3), then He surrendered His right to be God when the devil tempted Him in the desert (Matthew 4), and finally He surrendered His right to life itself when He took upon His flesh — His perfect sinless body — all the penalty for every human refusal to yield. Because of Him, all you and I need to do today is to place our faith in Him and obey the Word of God.
From the Editor Surrender to God — A Daily Choice Surrender to God, obey His commands for your life, and you can know the life of abundance that He came to offer. Hold on to your rights, to what you think you own or should have, and you may be happy with a possession or two for a while; you may even have some temporary relief from stress or longing. But what of the end result? It can be hard to think that far ahead when we are tempted by a momentary longing, but as any dieter knows; longings for what is perishing are always momentary. If we ride them out, by choosing obedience, we find that the desire is gradually defeated. Victory through Christ is within our grasp, if we choose to surrender to God whatever has a stranglehold on us. Obey Him, even if you don’t really want to right now, and discover the genuine, eternal satisfaction that can only come from surrendering to God.
And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and valiant men went with him, whose hearts God had touched. – 1 Samuel 10:26
Like me, you may find that surrendering “wants” and “rights” is difficult to do. When I want chocolate, I really want it! But as a lifelong dieter, I also know that if I don’t surrender my wants, the long term result is something I do not desire. God has designed our world so that spiritual principles are often mirrored in the physical, if we are willing to see them there. If you are, and if you’ll desire God’s ways above your own, simply ask Him to show you when you are being tempted by your own desires. Unlike receiving the gift of salvation, which is ours the moment we ask Christ into our hearts, surrender to God is a choice we must make with every breath. Do a few deep breathing exercises right now-god’s way in, my way out. You may not be happy about it right now, but in the bigger picture of life, you’ll be glad you chose to surrender to God. Save The Nations Ministries>
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Who Is Leading You? Sin always wounds the life—and one of its fearful consequences is the self-destruction it works. Every sin one commits leaves an ugly scar! We grieve God by our wrongdoing, and we harm others when we sin against them; but we always injure ourselves—by every evil word we speak, by every wrong act we commit, even by the evil thoughts we think in our hearts. The self-hurt of sin is one of its saddest consequences! Demons are afraid of Christ. Demons find their pleasure in working mischief, in destroying the beautiful work of God's hands, and in ruining lives. Godly men count that day lost—in which they have done no act of kindness to another. Demons count the day lost—in which they have stained no pure soul or led no one into sin! We ought to tear off Satan's mask and show him as he is! Evil comes
to us pretending to be a friend. It holds flowers in its hands and whispers entrancing words, promising rich rewards: "Only do this—and it will bring you pleasure, honor, wealth and joy!" That is the way sin talks. But this is all false. Sin is never a friend to man. It never does good to anyone—but always harm. However plausibly Satan may present his temptations, under the guise of pleasure—his secret aim is to destroy the soul he tempts. Nothing gives the Evil One so much pleasure—as to see a fair and beautiful life—stained and corrupt! It is most comforting to us, to find that Christ is able to dislodge even the most stubborn and persistent demon. No human hand can break the chains of sinful habits. No mere resolution can free one from Satan's bondage. Only Christ can set the devil's captives free! Those who have long been trying in vain
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to reform, to break away from evil practices—see in Christ, the Friend who alone can deliver them and save them. No demon-power can resist His command. Only Christ can free the poor slaves of Satan! He alone can free them, drive out their enemy, and save them from his terrible sway! It never yet has been known that Satan impelled anyone upward to a better life or to anything noble and lofty; he always drives down steep ways into choking floods. God's ways leads upward—it is always uphill to Christ and to heaven. Every divine impulse is toward something higher and better. Christ never yet sent a man downhill. But the devil always drives downward. Jesus knows where He wants His saved ones to witness for Him. There are different ways of serving Christ. Some of His disciples, He asked to leave home and friends to
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follow Him into distant lands. Others He wants to stay at home and bear witness among those who have known them to the grace and love of God. Each one of us may be sure that if we truly put our life into the hands of Christ—He will give us our work where it will do the greatest good. If He wants one young minister to go the foreign field as a missionary, he must go. But he must not blame his classmate who does no go to the foreign mission field—but enters the mission field at home. The home mission service is just as honorable as the foreign one. The only question with anyone should be, "What does Christ want me to do? Where does He want me to work for Him?" We serve Christ best—when we serve in the place and in the manner in which He directs us! Save the Nations Ministries>
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4 Questions For Fathers Being a Dad Is a Great Privilege but Also an Awesome Responsibility
By Charles F. Stanley Fathers obviously have a tremendous influence on their families; but as a whole, they also determine the course of a nation. If a young man grows up without a dad, his chance of going to prison rises twofold. And when a father walks away from his responsibilities, the entire family suffers. Whatever pathway a father walks—whether good or bad—his children are likely to follow. The following questions are designed to help fathers determine what kind of example they are leaving for their kids. If your children follow in your footsteps, will they… Have a strong desire to discover and fulfill God’s will for their lives? Obedience to the Lord doesn’t come naturally. Children need a father’s instruction and correction. He must start early and make sure they understand what it means to trust Christ as their Savior. Then
throughout their lives, he needs to guide and teach them how to walk in God’s will and intervene when they are being influenced by the wrong kinds of friends or activities. Live lives of faith, focused on God, trusting Him for their needs? It’s easy for children to think of their dads as the ones who provides for them. However, no one knows what the future may hold. Financial challenges are an opportunity for fathers to teach their children that God is the ultimate Provider. Otherwise, they will live in fear and anxiety instead of confident trust that the Lord will take care of them, no matter what their family’s economic situation may be. Be industrious? Fathers should teach their kids to set goals and do what’s required to fulfill them. And the best way to pass on this lesson is by example. When a child sees his father get up every day and leave for his job, he learns the importance of work. If he watches his dad always put forth his best
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effort at whatever he does, the child will more than likely follow his example of diligence. However, if a dad is lazy, his children may grow up with this same bad habit. Have the wisdom to live today with tomorrow in mind? God wants His people to enjoy life, but at the same time, understand that a day is coming when they must give an account to Christ for how they have
lived. If dads teach this truth to their children early in life, it will protect them from foolishly living only for the moment. Being a dad isn’t easy, but with the power of the Holy Spirit, a father can be a great blessing to his family. Ask God for His guidance today and trust Him to lead you in the right direction. © 2019 oChristian.com. All Rights Reserved >
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What God Expects From Dads By Mark Nickles Ephesians 5:25-30 makes it very clear how a husband is to love his wife. First, it says that he is to love her "just as Christ loved the church, and gave himself up for her". Christ's purpose, according to the passage, was to make the church holy and acceptable to God. The implications are powerful, as husbands are called to love their wives sacrificially, and do all in their power to influence them in a Christian manner. This means putting her needs and desires before our own, and being the spiritual leader of the family. The later would include: 1) Providing spiritual leadership and a Christ-like example for her 2) To provide spiritual counsel 3) To make it easy for her to attend regular Christian worship, allowing no other activities to take precedent. In other words, husbands, we should do all we can to make sure our wives are presented to Christ as holy, spotless, righteous daughters of their heavenly Father. Ultimately, her relationship to Christ is her
responsibility, but may God never find US, husbands, not doing everything we can to set the proper example to promote the healthy growth of that relationship. Besides sacrificing and setting a Christ-like example, the husband is also to devote himself to his wife over anyone else, other than Christ, who is always to be our first priority. Matthew 19:5 says, "'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'" The original Greek for "be united to" carries with it the meanings "to be glued to" and "to be cemented to". This is a great metaphor and very meaningful, as any carpenter can tell you that a well-glued, wellfashioned wood joint is more powerful than the wood itself. Obviously, the husband and wife are to be joined by a strong bond. And, make no mistake, men; we are supposed to be husbands first, and farmers, ranchers, doctors, educators, law-enforcement officers, bankers, ministers, etc. second.
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Finally, the husband/father is meant to be a reflection of Christ to his family. Ephesians 6:4 tells us, Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. To not exasperate our children carries the idea that we are not to be overly harsh, unnecessarily severe, or unreasonable in our instructions to them. This includes not using cruel language. I don't know about you, but I've heard Dads AND moms yell things to their kids during ball games that made me cringe. Fathers are given authority by God, but are NOT meant to brandish it like a weapon. It is to be used to firmly, but fairly, lead
children into the loving arms of their creator God. Dad, if all of this sounds overwhelming to you, don't despair; we are ALL imperfect, flawed individuals, who oftentimes feel inadequate in our roles. If you seek God in the Bible and prayer, however, and surround yourself with other Christian men seeking God's best for their lives, you WILL succeed in being the father he wants you to be! I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13). Mark Nickles is a husband, father of three, and a pastor in the Oklahoma Panhandle. Copyright, Mark A. Nickles. ©2019 FaithWriters.com. All Rights Reserved >
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Encouraging One Another By Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth In a world where terrorism, war, violence, and divorce are everyday topics, one of the most vital ministries we can have as women, is the ministry of encouragement. We have all known what it is to be discouraged. And we all know people who are in great need of encouragement. Every week I hear from listeners who are battling hopelessness and despair. They desperately need the gift of encouragement—someone to give them courage, hope, confidence, and comfort. Being an encourager doesn’t come naturally for most of us, but, for a believer, it’s not an option. Thirty-two times in the New Testament we are reminded of things we are to do for “one another.” One of these commands is to encourage one another (Heb. 3:13). When we encourage others, we are reflecting the heart of God, who is “the God of encouragement” (Rom. 15:5). Who Needs It? As you think about the people you know, ask God to put on your heart two or three people who need
encouragement. Start with your own family. It’s hypocritical for us to try to encourage everyone else in the world while failing to encourage those within the four walls of our own homes. If you are married, your husband needs you to be his number one cheerleader. Your home should be a refuge for your husband, the one place where he knows he can turn for consistent encouragement. Moms, your children, no matter how young or old, need your encouragement. When people speak encouraging words to us, we are motivated to live up to their words. Everyone blooms under encouragement, and so will your children. Others who need our encouragement include: Pastors and church staff members and their wives Other mothers, including expectant moms and single moms Those who are lonely, such as single people or the elderly People who are sick and hospitalized new believers Those who are struggling with a sin habit
Those Who Are Grieving The best way to experience the encouragement that you long for is to be an encourager to others. So ask God to help you see people with His eyes, to love them with His heart, to encourage them with His helping hands. As you do, God will encourage and strengthen your own heart. Ways to Encourage I don’t know of anything more encouraging that you can do for others than to pray. Pray for them, and pray with them. If someone says, “I’m struggling” or, “I have a need,” stop and pray with that person right then and there, if possible. I can’t tell you how much it means to me when someone says, “Let me pray for you”—and then does it on the spot! I have one friend who virtually never ends a conversation—whether in person or on the phone—without praying for the person he is talking to. That friend has been a huge source of encouragement to me and to countless others.
Another important way we can encourage one another is with our words. Proverbs 12:25 tells us that “anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad” (NKJV). Your encouraging words can be a tonic in someone else’s life. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of this to the people we’re closest to. Think of those times when your husband is really discouraged. Do your words further tear him down or do they strengthen him? Your words, whether spoken or written, can breathe courage and strength into hearts of people who feel hopelessly overwhelmed. We can encourage one another through giving gifts—and those gifts don’t have to be expensive. Within the past week, I have received several meaningful gifts— including a Scripture plaque, flowers, notecards, and a CD of praise See ENCOURAGING on Page
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Help! Mommydom Leaves Me No Time For God By Holly Elliff Dear Mom, Let me give you a little peek into my life. I have eight children and two in heaven I never got to meet. My kids are currently 32, 30, 27, 23, 21, 18, 15 and 13. I also take care of my mom who has Alzheimerâ€™s and have four grandchildren age 2 and under! Although I'm not exactly in your shoes right at this moment, I do know what it feels like and I so understand what "tired" means. When my first four or five kids were all young, I had to focus so much on survival (for me and everyone else), that there were very few holes in my day to focus on time with the Lord. I wish I could tell you that I handled that like a spiritual giant and breezed through without struggle, but then I would just have to confess it the next time Nancy teaches on honesty! I wish we could sit down together someplace peaceful and visit for a while. Since that's probably not going to happen, I would love to share a few insights that come as a result of years of living where you live and from the perspective of being a little further down the road. God declares in His Word that your kids are a blessing and a gift. They are not an interruption, a mistake, or a hindrance to God's will in your life; they are God's will for your life. Since these kids, at the ages they are at this moment, are God's will for your life, does He intend to speak to you in the next decade or so when you don't have free time? Of course He does. So how is that going to happen when you have so little time you can control? Here are some practical tips on creating space to hear from the Lord: 1. First, think through the last 48 hrs. Any time-stealers come to mind? (Facebook, Twitter, TV, email, Internet, phone calls, or texts)? Make sure the enemy isn't robbing you of God-moments by offering a "harmless" substitute. 2. Time with the Lord takes intentional planning when you have a full, noisy, busy house. Some days, gather your kids around and read a passage to them. If you can 8 Fall 2019
make it interesting to listen to, you might get through several verses. Write a few verses out and leave them in the kitchen, laundry room, or car so you can contemplate as you cook, fold, or wait for your kids. 3. Place Bibles in several spots around your house so anytime you do get to sit down you can snatch a verse or two to ponder. 4. Use the first few minutes of nap time to get rest for your spirit. You probably won't be reading chapters or books at one sitting, but the Lord can use even snippets to instruct and encourage your heart. If you have kids who no longer nap, make a quiet zone where they can read or color while the little ones sleep and you get refreshed. Occasionally, this will actually work!! 5. Escape for a few minutes if you can after your husband gets home or right after dinner. I have had quiet times on picnic tables at the park, in my car at Sonic, on my driveway sitting in my car, and in my laundry room or closet. 6. Practice God's presence "in the midst" of your crazy days. He doesn't leave because your life is hectic. He can minister grace to your heart as you comfort that child or chop veggies for dinner or sort dirty socks. Christ knew what it was like to wash dirty feet. He is not absent when we are surrounded by lots of them! Remember that the Lord had many moments when He sought to draw apart to seek the Father. Sometimes that happened; sometimes He was moved with compassion and returned to the multitudes. His heart was to do the will of His Father every moment of every day, but He didn't live apart, He lived in the midst. 7. Ask the Lord to give you wisdom and discernment as you discover what will work for your family. Since it is God's will for you to know Him, ask Him to enable you to creatively pursue that in this season of your life. God's Word is eternal. The lives of those who come to know Him are eternal. Houses, stuff, and even time will all See MOMMYDOM on Page
Homeschool Will Not Save Them By Scarlett Clay I shall be telling this with a sigh. of learning about our Creator and his creation. Like the woman of .. Two roads diverged in a wood, Proverbs, I smiled at the future. A Heart Revealed and I — Fast-forward to my daughter’s I took the one less traveled by. . . And it didn’t make the difference first year at the university. She came home one day and told me I had hoped for. “I had believed teaching her at she had watched a film in biology class that showed a whale with legs. home would save her.” Over a decade ago, I made the I laughed. She didn’t. Instead, she life-changing decision to teach my said these impossible words, “Mom, child at home. Our guest room I don’t believe the Bible is true anybecame a school room, our office more. I’m not a Christian.” As she spoke these words, there turned into a library, and the big wide world was our field trip desti- was a dresser in her old bedroom nation. I pored over homeschool upstairs covered with trophies. Her catalogs, accumulating materials competitive speeches on creationthat honored God in all subjects. ism, human value, and the defense Lovely hours were spent reading of the Christian faith had won rich literature, full of timeless sto- bronze, silver, and gold medals for ries of faith and courage. There was five years. This wasn’t a grown plenty of time to draw pictures, child who lacked biblical knowledge or apologetic training. This watch birds, and capture bugs. She memorized Scripture verses was a young woman’s heart in AWANA club and learned the revealed, a heart “deceitful above books of the Bible, days of cre- all things, and desperately wicked” ation, and the Ten Commandments (Jeremiah 17:9 KJV), and it was by heart. They were beautiful days just like my own heart had been that passed into gratifying years; before I had truly repented and and together, we reveled in the joy trusted in Christ.
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My daughter had never been reborn. My confidence had been misplaced. Months passed before I could fully accept that one of mine was not one of his — at least not yet. Crushing self-condemnation followed. I spent over ten years investing in her soul daily, and what was there to show for those efforts? I looked around at all the homeschooling families we knew, and they appeared to be models of godly excellence, graduating faithful and fruitful young adults year after year. None of their children departed to a far country. Despair hung heavy, as I seemed to have failed in the most monumental task of my life: the discipleship of my child. Salvation or Your Money Back “Months passed before I could fully accept that one of mine was not one of his — at least not yet.” Christian philosopher J.P. Moreland says we should try to have as many true beliefs as we can and reject as many false beliefs as we
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can. In the months following our daughter’s announcement, I realized that I had held a false belief. I had believed teaching her at home would save her. Now, if you would’ve asked me this directly, I would’ve denied it. I knew in my head every individual had to repent, believe, and put their trust in Christ personally to be saved. Nonetheless, an idea had taken root, sprouted, and grown over the years, and it was this: By giving my child a distinctively Christian education, I was ensuring she would turn out Christian. It had been like a private insurance policy I had taken out with God. I thought he had agreed to my terms. In retrospect, the idea was not entirely my own. As I recall, the notion was, and still is, fairly pervasive in homeschooling catalogs and conferences. Calls are issued forth to “raise up the next generation of See HOMESCHOOL on Page
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The Boyhood Of The King By Amy Steedman The little family from Bethlehem had only been in far-away Egypt for a year when news came that the cruel King Herod was dead, and God's word came once again to Joseph, telling him it was now safe to take the young Child and Mary
His mother back to their native land. But before they reached Bethlehem they heard that Herod's son was now king, and that he was as cruel as his father had been; so they were afraid to go on, and instead they turned aside from the road and
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went by the winding path that led through the valley to Nazareth. There, in the quiet little village among the flowery fields, they made their home again, and Joseph once more took up his trade of village carpenter. The Baby Jesus was but a little child when they first came to Nazareth, but He soon grew into a strong, tall boy. Only His sweet mother could have told us stories of His wonderful baby days, but all these precious stories she kept in her heart. We only know that Jesus grew "in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man," that He must have been the happiest child that ever lived because He never did anything wrong, but was kind and unselfish and full of love, first for His mother and then for everyone else. He loved all God's creatures too, and the flowers and the birds. Afterwards when He became a man, and was teaching the people, He often spoke of the many things He had learned to love as a child in the little village of Nazareth-the colored flowers that made the fields so beautiful in spring, and the common brown sparrows which were of so little value, but which were in His Father's care. So the years passed, until the Boy Jesus grew to be twelve years old, which was the age when Jewish boys were allowed to go with their parents for the first time to worship at the beautiful Temple at Jerusalem. It was in the month of April that the great festival called the Passover was held, and great crowds of people wended their way along the roads that led to Jerusalem from all the villages and towns round about.
It was pleasant to travel along the winding road down the valley, through the flowery fields of Nazareth, to rest under the cool green shade of the trees during the midday heat, to pitch white tents at night, and rest until the sun rose next day and the journey once more began. It was a wonderful journey for the Boy Jesus; and when, on the fourth day, they came in sight of Jerusalem, the great city, and saw the sun shining on the golden roof of the beautiful Temple and on the dazzling white marble of its pillars, it must have filled His heart with a great happiness. He knew all about the history of that holy city, and that the great Temple was His Father's house, but there were many other things He longed to know, many questions He wanted to ask. All through the days of the festival the Boy Jesus was to be found in the wonderful Temple. But it was not the call of the silver trumpets, the sight of the hundreds of whiterobed priests, the beauty of all the exquisite colored marbles, or the glory of the golden treasures that drew Him there. He wanted to listen to the great teachers who taught in the Temple; He wanted to ask them questions, and to learn all that He could about His Father's house. So, when the festival had come to an end and the people had started on their homeward journey again, Mary found that her son was missing. They had gone on for a whole day, thinking He was with the other boys, but at night discovered that He was not there at all, but must have been left behind. See BOYHOOD on Page
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about what my friend is struggling with and what they most need at the moment. Do they need encouragement, comfort, hope, direction, wisdom, courage, rebuke, warning, forgiveness, patience, teaching, correction, thanks, insight, a job description, or something else? My words must be shaped by an awareness of their need. Consider the Process …that it may give grace to those who hear.” Gospel-centered communication is not just about the content of my words, but how they are spoken. Often I choose to say the right thing, but in the wrong way or at the wrong time. Confronting a teenager five minutes before they leave for school is not helpful, even if the content is accurate. Rebuking a friend for an offense in front of others is not beneficial, even if they need to be confronted. Asking your spouse to consider how they hurt you as they are trying to get to sleep might not be the best time, even if you do need to reconcile. Here is what we all must remember: God has a bigger agenda for our friendships than we do. These relationships are designed to be workrooms for redemption, not shelters for human happiness. What do your words reveal? Are you settling for your own definition of personal happiness when God’s purpose is nothing short of conforming us to the image of Christ? If we are ever going to give grace when we talk, we need grace to free us from our bondage to ourselves so that our words may be liberated to be used by God. God bless, Paul Tripp Reflection Questions 1. When was the last time some-
When was the last time you talked with a friend? I’m not sure how serious the conversation was, but one thing I am sure of is this: your words were not insignificant. There’s an amazing proverb that Eugene Peterson translates: “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.“ (Proverbs 18:21, the Message) How do you use words to “give life “to your friendship? Does it mean that you quote Scripture incessantly? Should you continuously point out the sin in others? Are you allowed to talk about sports or the weather? There’s probably no better guide about how to talk with friends than (Ephesians 4:29): “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (ESV) This verse, and all of Scripture, doesn’t give us a pre-approved vocabulary list to use or avoid; instead, it teaches us how to speak with a biblical agenda. There are three aspects of that agenda: Consider the Person “…only such as is good for building up…” Gospel-centered communication is always other-centered communication. The Apostle Paul says I should never say anything to a friend that is not helpful for them. My words must not be spoken from a self-centered agenda where I am seeking to establish my will in the friendship, but spoken from an ambassadorial agenda, where I seek to be part of what the King is doing in the life of my friend. Consider the Problem “…as fits the occasion…” Before I speak, I must think
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death. It reminds me of the tycoon who encountered a fisherman just soaking in the sunset. “Why aren’t you out fishing?” the tycoon asked. “Cause, I’ve caught all the fish I need for today.” “Well, why don’t you go out and catch more? Make a profit, buy a bigger boat, hire more men, become wealthy. Then you could just sit and watch sunsets.” “What do you think I’m doing now?” Contentment: Found and Lost We were created by God to be content in our knowledge of Him and the world He provided, as Genesis suggests our first parents were. But, when Satan tempted them with the possibility of becoming more than they were created to be, becoming as wise as God, the idea of being just a plain, content, human creature
was no longer satisfying. Ever since, man has been on a search for contentment. St. Augustine got it exactly right when he said, “You have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You.” True contentment only comes when we reconnect with God through His Son Jesus Christ. Let’s face it — it’s a challenge to stay contented these days. Physically, we know we’re not one of the “beautiful people” (but would love to be). Emotionally, we live lives of stress, hard work, dirty diapers, and bills to pay (but wish we didn’t). Materially, we’re afraid we’re never going to “move on up to the East side and finally get our piece of the pie” (but wish we would). And spiritually we feel guilty for not being satisfied physically, emotionally, or materially. It’s a vicious circle. I’m not rehearsing the evidence of our discontent to make us feel bad. I’m doing it to point us in the direction of true contentment. Contentment Is... I believe the most complete passage in Scripture on this subject is (Philippians 4:10-20). The amazing reality about this passage on contentment is that Paul wrote it while in prison for his faith. Here’s his key thought: “...I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content...[for] my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (verses 11,19). 1. Contentment is learned behavior. We learn to be content like babies learn to walk. And such an unnatural disposition is only by supernatural grace. With a spouse, good friend, or small study group, you must learn to resist, in the power of the Holy Spirit, the discontentment of our age; or you will
be swept up in it and live an agitated life. 2. Contentment is not dependent on circumstances. If Paul can learn to be content regardless of circumstance, we can, too. The same Holy Spirit who indwelt him indwells us. The same fruit of the Spirit — peace and self-control — that were manifest in his life can be manifest in ours. Discontent desires more — bigger, better, faster, newer, more comfortable. That is deception. If you are not content in challenging circumstances, the contentment you think you feel in other circumstances is not contentment but simply your satisfaction that things are momentarily the way you think they should be. 3. Contentment is a state of being, not a state of doing. Our flesh only feels content when we are doing. Being, however, does not end — it is not tied to activity. Paul said he had learned to “be content,” not “do contentment.” 4. Contentment is based on the riches of God in Christ Jesus. The Bible says that everything we need to complete our journey from earth to heaven will be supplied by God. Therefore, everything we feel discontented about is likely not something we need in order to make and complete that journey. There’s nothing wrong with possessing things. But there is something wrong if we can’t be content without them. May God speak to your heart and help you seek, and find, contentment in Him. Dr. Jeremiah is the founder and host of Turning Point for God and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California. For more information on Turning Point, go to www.DavidJeremiah.org.>
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By Angie Lewis Sometimes in marriage we just need to hear it again. We need to hear that marriage takes a few simple guidelines to help it along. With time we tend to forget that our marriage needs a bit of TLC once in while. Because of this, I have made a list of a few areas I think all marriages could utilize to bring back that punch that is so vital in marriage. 1) Communicate feelings effectively for spiritual growth 2) Couples who understand themselves and utilize their inner spirit have better marriages. 3) Wives who respect the role of their husbands and allow them to be captain of the ship find its sails steering into many blessings at the shore. 4) Husbands who respect the role of the wife as being the helpmate and co-worker within marriage find it flourishes with abundance and the marriage develops and is happy. 5) Couples who give each other room to grow and just be themselves find their spouses are less stressful and more caring and giving. 6) Learn to utilize every aspect in
marriage towards the good of the relationship 7) Forgive by letting go of resentment 8) Couples who pray together stay together 9) Shift your man-made foundation into a spiritual supported one when dealing with marital issues 10) Learn to use your God given talents positively in marriage 11) Detach with love and allow your spouse freedom to be who they are. 12) Pray together and humble yourselves to each other. The power of our words-by what we say and how we say it becomes a learned "way of behaving" and eventually will break down the structural integrity of the relationship. Following a set of precepts helps us to remember that. A great marriage involves team players working towards the good of the relationship. This is what "Team Work" is all about. We should help pull together the area in the relationship where our spouse is
less practiced then we are. This way the marriage is complimented by each other’s ideas, goals and working environment. When we do little things like this for our marriage it flourishes and becomes one institution, instead of two institutions fighting to take the lead. We can always try and take the easy way out and continually harass and pick and peck at our spouse as
we try to take the splinter out of their eye. But it won't do a bit of good, until we take the log out of our own first. It is by realizing our own actions and how WE can change, that we actually see clearly enough to react in beneficial ways toward the marriage, and our spouse when issues do occur. © 2002-2019 Heaven Ministries. All Rights Reserved. www. heavenministries.org >
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Unmarried "Christians" Living Together By Gregory John Monroe The law of sin resides in the members of our bodies. Then there is the law of the Spirit of life which resides in our minds. That there is a tug of war between the two is a good thing. I say "good" because if one did not have his or her mind on walking according to the Spirit, there wouldn't be any tension. As a result, one would be so inclined to fall into humanity's natural state of walking in the flesh, even while
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professing Jesus. I've seen this lack of tension in the lives of unmarried Christians who live together. They don't see anything wrong with their situation because they say they are bonded by love. And of course God is love, so He wouldn't be disapproving, they add. But, of course He is. God in His word wants the following understanding to be exhibited in the Christian life. He says it is a gift if one can remain single, but if one does not have self-control and is burning with desire, then get married (1 Cor. 7: 8, 9). The unmarried Christian couples I've encountered or heard about, have come up with all kinds of reasons to get around this. They seem oblivious to the fact that they are leaning on their own understanding instead of trusting God to know best. They don't realize that in this matter they are walking in the flesh, evidenced by not accepting the Spirit's teaching. Indeed, they can't understand it. That's because being in the natural, upon hearing it, it is
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foolishness to them. Brought to their attention that what they're doing is contrary to God's ways, such admonition isn't spiritually appraised. With their minds set on the flesh, they are hostile toward God. You see, in the flesh, the mind cannot accept the will of God. Nor is it able to do so (Rom. 8: 7, 8). So yes, God is love. But He would not be approving of this kind of arrangement that goes against His will. To go to church, tithe, and volunteer for church needs, and even serve in an official capacity (shame on churches turning a blind eye on this matter) does not make one a Christian. What does is living a holy life according to God's standards. If anyone calls him or herself a Christian, but doesn't feel or sense that living together outside of marriage is wrong, then it's not that the Holy Spirit is failing to do His job. No, that's not it. The Spirit will always tell us right from wrong. The problem is that the person loves the sin and is reluctant to change, seeing nothing wrong with the relationship. Or it's because the person's lifestyle as a whole is walking in the flesh, and he or she doesn't belong to Christ. If the latter, then there isn't a dwelling within of the Holy Spirit. In any case, it should be remembered that the heart is deceitful above all things. For in this one thing, God wants it known that for-
nicators will not inherit His kingdom (1 Cor. 6: 9). Many, because of a deceitful heart, have fooled themselves into thinking they are Christian. They are the ones insistent on refusing to do the will of the Father. They are the ones to whom Jesus, in that end day, will say, "Depart from me, I never knew you, you workers of iniquity." We shouldn't be like the world, following its unrighteous customs. We should determine to do right; to take God's hand and follow His lead. Probably all those in this situation will say they love God. If so, repentance, a turning away from this lifestyle, is called for. They should receive the Holy Spirit and let the life of Jesus manifest itself in them. Live the faith that our bodies are not our own, having been purchased with a price. God is for our bodies, and our bodies are for God. Let our romantic relationships be an exemplary, praiseworthy witness. Many will be shocked by Gregory's book, The Three Angels' Message. It ID's the Antichrist and the "mark of the beast," and the role both are playing today in the endtime issue of worship. The book's biblical & historical proof can't be denied. Get more info now at http:// www.tinyurl.com/6pk3pyq © 2002-2019 Heaven Ministries. All Rights Reserved. www. heavenministries.org >
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Question: What Is Divine Providence? Answer: Divine providence is the governance of God by which He, with wisdom and love, cares for and directs all things in the universe. The doctrine of divine providence asserts that God is in complete control of all things. He is sovereign over the universe as a whole (Psalm 103:19), the physical world (Matthew 5:45), the affairs of nations (Psalm 66:7), human destiny (Galatians 1:15), human successes and failures (Luke 1:52), and the protection of His people (Psalm 4:8). This doctrine stands in direct opposition to the idea that the universe is governed by chance or fate. Through divine providence God accomplishes His will. To ensure that His purposes are fulfilled, God governs the affairs of men and works through the natural order of things. The laws of nature are nothing more than God’s work in the universe. The laws of nature have no inherent power; rather, they are the principles that God set in place to govern how things normally work. They are only “laws” because God decreed them. How does divine providence relate to human volition? We know that humans have a free will, but we also know that God is sovereign. How those two truths relate to each other is hard for us to understand, but we see examples of both truths in Scripture. Saul of Tarsus was willfully persecuting the church, but, all the while, he was “kicking against the goads” of God’s providence (Acts 26:14). God hates sin and will judge sinners. God is not the author of sin, He does not tempt anyone to sin (James 1:13), and He does not condone sin. At the same time, God obviously allows a certain measure of sin. He must have a reason for allowing it, temporarily, even though He hates it. An example of divine providence in Scripture is found in the story of Joseph. God allowed Joseph’s brothers to kidnap Joseph, sell him as a slave, and then lie to their father for years about his fate. This was wicked, and God was displeased. Yet, at the same time, all of their sin worked toward a greater good: Joseph ended up in Egypt, where he was made the prime minister.
Joseph used his position to sustain the people of a broad region during a seven-year famine—including his own family. If Joseph had not been in Egypt before the famine began, millions of people, including the Israelites, would have died. How did God get Joseph to Egypt? He providentially allowed his brothers the freedom to sin. God’s divine providence is directly acknowledged in (Genesis 50:15–21). Another clear case of divine providence overriding sin is the story of Judas Iscariot. God allowed Judas to lie, deceive, cheat, steal, and finally betray the Lord Jesus into the hands of His enemies. All of this was a great wickedness, and God was displeased. Yet, at the same time, all of Judas’s plotting and scheming led to a greater good: the salvation of mankind. Jesus had to die at the hands of the Romans in order to become the sacrifice for sin. If Jesus had not been crucified, we would still be in our sins. How did God get Christ to the cross? God providentially allowed Judas the freedom to perform a series of wicked acts. Jesus plainly states this in (Luke 22:22): “The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to that man who betrays him!” Note that Jesus teaches both the sovereignty of God (“the Son of Man will go as it has been decreed”) and the responsibility of man (“woe to that man who betrays!”). There is a balance. Divine providence is taught in (Romans 8:28): “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” “All things” means “all things.” God is never out of control. Satan can do his worst, yet even the evil that is tearing the world apart is working toward a greater, final purpose. We can’t see it yet. But we know that God allows things for a reason and that His plan is good. It must be frustrating for Satan. No matter what he does, he finds that his plans are thwarted and something good happens in the end. The doctrine of divine providence can be summarized this way: “God in eternity past, in the counsel
Education of His own will, ordained everything that will happen; yet in no sense is God the author of sin; nor is human responsibility removed.” The primary means by which God accomplishes His will is through secondary causes (e.g., laws of nature and human choice). In other words, God usually works indirectly to accomplish His will. God also sometimes works directly to accomplish His will. These works are what we call miracles. A miracle is God’s circumventing, for a short period of time, the natural order of things to accomplish His will. The blazing light that fell on Saul on the road to Damascus is an example of God’s direct intervention (Acts 9:3). The frustrating of Paul’s plans to go to Bythinia is an example of God’s indirect guiding (Acts 16:7). Both are examples of divine providence at work. There are some who say that the concept of God directly or indirectly orchestrating all things destroys any possibility of free will. If God is in complete control, how can we be truly free in the decisions we make? In other words, for free will to be meaningful, there must be some things that lie outside of God’s sovereign control—e.g., the contingency of human choice. Let us assume for the sake of argument that this is true. What then? If God is not in complete control of all contingencies, then how could He guarantee our salvation? Paul says in (Philippians 1:6) that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” If God is not in con-
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trol of all things, then this promise, and all other divine promises, is in doubt. If the future does not belong completely to God, we do not have complete security that our salvation will be made complete. Furthermore, if God is not in control of all things, then He is not sovereign, and if He is not sovereign, then He is not God. So, the price of maintaining contingencies outside of God’s control results in a belief that God is not really God. And if our free will can trump divine providence, then who ultimately is God? We are. That conclusion is unacceptable to anyone with a biblical worldview. Divine providence does not destroy our freedom. Rather, divine providence takes our freedom into account and, in the infinite wisdom of God, sets a course to fulfill God’s will. © Copyright 2002-2019 Got Questions Ministries. All rights reserved.>
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geting is so boring! I get that. But, honestly, budgeting gets a bad rap. I’m as much of a free spirit as anyone, so I understand that the thought of sitting down and talking about bills and expenses might sound a little dull. I also understand how a budget might seem very restrictive. But here’s a secret about budgeting: Creating a budget will actually give you freedom with your money. It gives you permission to spend! It’s one of the amazing principles about money I discuss in my book, Love Your Life Not Theirs. When you know where every dollar is going, you’re prepared. You know what’s coming in and what’s going out. When most people start budgeting, they feel like they got a raise. They suddenly “find” money they didn’t realize was there. One great result of this is you’ll be able to start spending without guilt. All your money is accounted for, so you don’t have to worry whether or not your bank account will cover your purchase. No matter what you’ve heard, I promise that making a budget isn’t difficult. First, simply list your monthly household income before the month begins. Next, list all your monthly expenses. This should include all your bills, like rent, utilities, basic clothing needs and food, as well as your groceries, eating out, shopping…everything! Finally, subtract all your expenses from your income. If you’ve
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A High Integrity Everything that is beautiful in life should be most earnestly coveted by every young person. Youth is the time for the building of character. What we expect to be when we are out in the world in mid-life, we must begin to be when we are in school. If we would have a good name at forty, we must do only worthy and honorable things through the years that lead to forty. Nothing is too small to take into the account in the making up of one’s life. We may say that there is no harm in this, that this little thing is not wrong, and that we would be foolish to care for such little things as preachers insist upon. But "trifles make perfection." It is often times the little blemishes that mar the beauty of the character; and the little "no harms" that dim the luster of the character. There are many little things which seem not to be sinful, not distinctly immoral, which yet indicate a low moral tone. It is very easy to grow lenient with one's self, to relax the severe demands of one's conscience and to drop into little self-indulgences which not many years past, one could not have been induced to admit into one's life. Many men find themselves doing things in their midyears, which in their young manhood they could not have consented to do. There is need, therefore, for the cultivation among young people of a higher sense of honor, and the maintenance of a lofty standard of life and conduct. There are many temptations to things which are not altogether honorable. Every such temptation should be met with unyielding firmness. Only the sternest and most rigorous self-discipline, will keep one's life up to a high standard in this regard. It is easy to think that what is conventional in conduct, is good enough, being as good as other people are. But we must take no lower standard than absolute perfection. We must set our watches by God's Word, not by any other person's watch. A high level of integrity would make it impossible for one to do anything petty or small, to speak unkindly of a friend, or to repeat a confidential conversation or anything told in confidence. This law of integrity applies to all that one may learn of a family in
which one has been a guest. There may have been little occurrences in the household life, which it would be easy to gossip about outside. Sometimes even in excellent homes, there are small conversations at the dinner table, discussions which grow warm, differences of opinion about this or that. There may be family peculiarities, or little habits which seem strange. No one can be a guest for a few days in any home, without seeing or hearing something which it would be easy to talk about and criticize. But this is a case in which a sense of honor forbids any mention outside of what one may have heard or seen. A guest in a home is received in confidence; and the acceptance of the hospitality seals one's lips and forbids any comment or criticism, or the rehearsal of anything that would in the slightest way reflect badly on the character of the home or the home-life. There are many other applications of this principle. Too often there is a lack of highest honor in friendship. There are many who are not careful in speaking of their friends in their absence, who joins too readily in criticism of them, when a fine sense of integrity would lead them to speak words of defense. There is no truer test of friendship, than the way one speaks of another behind the other's back. Another mark of integrity in friendship is loyalty when it costs something to be loyal. Our friend is in need of help, which we can give, but only at much personal sacrifice. True love always serves. God so loved, that He gave. Love always gives, and the giving is the measure of the loving. Christ loved and served unto the uttermost. What we will do or suffer for one we love is the measure of our loving. Too many friendships are found lacking, when there is need for deed, as well as word. A word may be said about integrity in money matters. There are some good people who are very negligent in paying their debts. The borrowing propensity is too much indulged. They are always getting loans of little amounts from friends and neighbors. They need the money only until tomorrow; but they forget, or at least fail, to return it. Young people should resolutely
determine that in all such matters, they will maintain the highest integrity. As far as possible, they should "owe no man anything," keeping out of debt absolutely. And if they have occasion to ask a favor, they should repay it at the hour they promised to do it. Thus in every department of life, we should set as our standard the highest integrity in all our conduct, and in all our relations to others. God desires truth in the inward parts, and that truth should show itself without blemish or spot in every word and act. It was said of Sir Isaac Newton, by those who knew him most intimately, that he had the whitest soul they had ever known. His heart was set ever upon finding out and telling others the simple, honest, straightforward truth about any subject with which he had to do. No selfish thought, no hidden motive, came in to lead him to vary in the smallest particular from the truth. Those who live like this will honor God, will win for themselves an honored reputation, and will bless the world. Save the Nations Ministries>
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Personal Revival The Church Of The Perfect Physique By Greg Laurie In my last post, I talked about how idolatry is alive and well today. The apostle John wrote, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21). So, what other things can poten-
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cise, weightlifting, running, etc. It can become addicting. There, of course, is a place for physical exercise, and some Christians could use a lot more of it. As J.Vernon McGee once said, “The only exercise some Christians get is jumping to conclusions and running down others!” Paul put it in perspective when he wrote to Timothy: Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next. This is true, and everyone should accept it. (1 Timothy 4:8-9) The unobtainable you Some people become completely obsessed with their appearance, trying to attain some kind of perfection. Some girls are trying to be something that is not attainable. In a recent survey, 94% of girls under the age of 18 said that they wished they were more beautiful. At the same time, 85% of women over the age of 40 said that they are not as attractive as the average woman. One reality TV star had 10 plastic surgery procedures done in one day. She is only 23 years old. She
said in an interview afterwards, “I am beyond obsessed.” Again, as with physical exercise, there is a balance here. There is nothing wrong with a Christian girl wanting to be attractive, but she must simply keep her priorities straight. The right balance The Bible tells us that girls should be thinking more about their inner beauty than their outer beauty. The apostle Peter helps us find the balance when he writes: Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty that depends on fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. (1 Peter 3:3-4) Let’s keep the Lord at the forefront of our lives, and put the spiritual before the physical. This is what Jesus meant when He said to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). In other words, seek God’s rule and reign ahead of anything else in your life. All Rights Reserved Harvest Ministries 2019>
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My Emotions Are Driving Me Crazy! By Pastor Doug Gilford
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Have you Solomon says, basically, “Don’t ever felt like live with your feelings unchecked.” men.” (Matthew 16:21-23) you were going While Paul shows us that unconHere is an example of where to lose it—like trolled anger gives the devil a step- unchecked emotional reactions can everything was ping ground to cause further dam- cause the most damage. Peter did hopeless and age to our lives. not like what Jesus was saying what you were not Go with me to look at the effect would take place. Peter actually going to make of rash emotional reactions for a “rebuked” Christ. it? Me too. Yet, if you are reading moment. When we feel like we are losing this article, you made it after all. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus it emotionally, we must even then So, did I. is about to be rejected by men, watch our words. Our words matter My point is that sometimes we arrested, put through a mock justice because they are a great revealer of are led by our crazy emotions to system, found guilty, and sentenced our hearts. feel things that are just not true. If to death. He will end up nailed to a Peter revealed that, yes, he loved we are not careful, these unreal horrible cross amongst criminals Christ, but he also wanted to manemotional images will steer our and displayed in utter humiliation age Christ, or at least control the future, make us cry, worry, get mad, for the entire planet to see. Before situation. throw fits, or worse, get depressed. all this, He shares this chain of How did Christ respond? He Does the Bible have anything to events, in visionary fashion, to his called Peter the devil. say about runaway emotions? Yes! most trusted friends. Peter, upset at We can learn a lot from this. Just In Proverbs, Solomon writes “A all this terrible news, takes Jesus a few verses earlier Jesus was callfool vents all his feelings, but a aside to confront Him. ing Peter a “rock.” Now He is callwise man holds them back.” (Prov“Never, Lord! He said. “This ing him Satan. What changed? erbs 29:11) The Apostle Paul writes shall never happen to you!” Peter Peter’s unchecked emotional reacabout anger, “In your anger do not demanded. Then Jesus turned to tion to the direction of God. sin, do not let the sun go down on Peter and said, “Get behind me When we live life without guardyour wrath and do not give the Satan! You are a stumbling block to ing our mouths and we let emotions devil a foothold.” (Ephesians 4:26- me; you do not have in mind the fly, it is like opening a can of soda JJ-NOLA_Chang.Times,hlfpg_10-18_JJ_NOLA-ChangingTimes,hlfpg-Oct,Nov_10-18 10/12/2018 9:49 AM Page 1 27) things of God, but the things of that has been severely shaken up.
You can’t control where the soda lands. You can’t control who or how people will be affected, and you can’t stop the damage it will cause. So, if unchecked crazy emotional reactions are so bad, how do we control them better? Let me submit this Biblical lesson from (Acts 2): God’s power is our only hope for continual stability. In (Acts 2), the disciples were touched with special power from the Holy Spirit. Every one of the 120 people present was baptized with God’s Spirit and began to speak in languages they had never learned. To top it off, they could perform miracles, heal the sick, and even know things that only God would know. Peter was among this crowd of disciples in the upper room. He would be changed forever. From his emotional outbursts to writing books of the bible, Peter See EMOTIONS on Page
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words come from God Himself. Bow in deep reverence. Be silent unto God. Let Him reveal His Word in your heart. Read with careful attention. If you read the words carelessly, thinking that you can grasp their meaning with your human understanding, you will use the words delight is in the law of the LORD; superficially, and not enter into and in his law doth he meditate day their depths. When a person tries to explain anything wonderful or and night." - (Psalm 1:1-2). Here are some simple rules for beautiful to us, we give our entire attention to try to understand what Bible reading. Read God's Word with great is said. How much higher and deepreverence. Meditate a moment in er are God's thoughts than our silence on the thought that the thoughts? "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Driver's License renewaLs (Isaiah 55:9). We need to give our DMv services - License PLates undivided attention to understand titLe transfers, even the superficial meaning of the sPeciaLty License PLates words. How much harder to grasp the spiritual meaning? Read with the expectation of Metairie - (504) 410-3110 the guidance of God's Spirit. It is (Martin Behrman & Vets Next to Gordon's) God's Spirit alone that can make the new orLeans - (504) 561-9335 Word a living power in our hearts (Across from Tchoupitoulas WalMart) and lives. Read (Psalm 119). Notice HouMa - (985) 580-4956
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how earnestly David prays that God will teach him, and open his eyes, and give him understanding, and incline his heart to God's ways. As you read, remember that God's Word and God's Spirit are inseparable. Read with the firm purpose of keeping the Word day and night in your heart and in your life. The whole heart and the whole life must come under the influence of the Word. David said: "O how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day." (Psalm 119:97). And so in the midst of his daily work, the believer can cherish God's Word in his heart and meditate on it. Read (Psalm 119) again, until you accept God's Word with all your heart, and pray that God may teach you to understand it and carry out its precepts in your life. ÂŠ2002-2019 SermonIndex.net >
A Good Tree By Archibald Alexander Trees are beautiful objects. If we had never seen this part of the creation before, we would be filled with admiration at the sight. A stately oak or cedar is really a majestic object. It stands firmly by its own strength. It raises its head towards the heavens, and spreads out its arms on every side; and when verdant, affords a canopy and grateful shade to the weary traveler, and a secure habitation for the birds of the air. Trees are the handsomest ornaments of gardens and pleasuregrounds. Eden itself, without trees, would have been shorn of its glory. But a tree laden with nutritious fruit is an object still more beautiful and interesting than the trees of the forest. What spectacle is suited to give more pleasure to the contemplative mind than a tree bending under the weight of precious fruit? Between natural and spiritual objects there is a striking analogy. Of this the sacred writers often avail themselves, to give a lively representation of important truths. The discourses of our Lord are enriched and adorned by the employment of striking emblems.
His figures are almost all derived from natural objects. Among fruit-trees, the VINE is often mentioned in the Scriptures, because everywhere to be seen; and when loaded with fine clusters like those of Eschol, the sight is most pleasing. To represent the vital union of believers to himself, our Lord employs the union of the branches to the vine. He is the vine, they are the branches; and the effect of this union is fruitfulness. As a branch severed from the vine cannot bear fruit, neither can believers without Christ. And the cogent motive to induce them to bear much fruit is, that their Father in heaven may be glorified. "Make the tree good, and his fruit good." "By their fruits shall you know them." No man, by merely looking at a tree, can tell whether it will bear fruit, or whether the fruit will be good or bad. When we see people making a good profession in the church, we cannot tell whether their religion is genuine or bogus, until we have an opportunity of seeing the fruits. When John the Baptist called men to repentance, he required them "to bring forth
Transformed Life fruits fit for repentance." A godly Excellency of the knowledge of life is the best evidence of sincerity Christ. in religion. How beautiful is a conAs the true Christian advances in sistent Christian character. Such a years, his fruits become more melone "does justice, loves mercy, and low and mature; and he goes on to walks humbly with his God." To his bring forth fruit, even in old age. prayers he joins alms, and he And finally, like a fruit fully ripe, abounds in every good work. As he he drops into the grave; but his makes his way through this sinful works follow him, and he is blessed world, his bright example sheds a in death, as the voice from heaven light on all around, and others see- declared, "Blessed are the dead ing his good works are led to glo- who die in the Lord." rify his Father in heaven. He makes GRACE GEMS! A Treasury of no ostentatious display of his reli- Ageless Sovereign Grace Devotiongion; and yet his good deeds cannot al Writings Our Purpose be hidden--they are like the fragrant To humble the pride of man, to aroma, which betrays itself. He is exalt the grace of God in salvation not ashamed of Christ and his gos- and to promote real holiness in pel, but glories in the cross, and heart and life. ©GraceGems.org esteems all things but loss for the 2019 > Anthony Grosch, Licensed REALTOR Cell: (504) 339-5292 ®
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Incredible Christian! By A.W. Tozer The cross stands in bold opposition to the natural man. Its philosophy runs contrary to the processes of the unregenerate mind, so that Paul could say bluntly that the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness. To try to find a common ground between the message of the cross and man's fallen reason is to try the impossible, and if persisted in must result in an impaired reason, a meaningless cross and a powerless Christianity. But let us bring the whole matter down from the uplands of theory and simply observe the true Christian as he puts into practice the teachings of Christ and His apostles. Note the contradictions: The Christian believes that in Christ he has died, yet he is more alive than before and he fully expects to live forever. He walks on earth while seated in heaven and though born on earth he finds that
after his conversion he is not at home here. Like the nighthawk, which in the air is the essence of grace and beauty but on the ground is awkward and ugly, so the Christian appears at his best in the heavenly places but does not fit well into the ways of the very society into which he was born. The Christian soon learns that if he would be victorious as a son of heaven among men on earth he must not follow the common pattern of mankind, but rather the contrary. That he may be safe he puts himself in jeopardy; he loses his life to save it and is in danger of losing it if he attempts to preserve it. He goes down to get up. If he refuses to go down he is already down, but when he starts down he is on his way up. He is strongest when he is weakest and weakest when he is strong. Though poor he has the power to
make others rich, but when he becomes rich his ability to enrich others vanishes. He has most after he has given most away and has least when he possesses most. He may be and often is highest when he feels lowest and most sinless when he is most conscious of sin. He is wisest when he knows that he knows not and knows least when he has acquired the greatest amount of knowledge. He sometimes does most by doing nothing and goes furthest when standing still. In heaviness he manages to rejoice and keeps his heart glad even in sorrow. The paradoxical character of the Christian is revealed constantly. For instance, he believes that he is saved now, nevertheless he expects to be saved later and looks forward joyfully to future salvation. He fears God but is not afraid of Him. In God's presence he feels overwhelmed and undone, yet there is nowhere he would rather be than in that presence. He knows that he has been cleansed from his sin, yet he is painfully conscious that in his flesh dwells no good thing. He loves supremely One whom he has never seen, and though himself poor and lowly he talks familiarly with One who is King of all
kings and Lord of all lords, and is aware of no incongruity in so doing. He feels that he is in his own right altogether less than nothing, yet he believes without question that he is the apple of God's eye and that for him the Eternal Son became flesh and died on the cross of shame. The Christian is a citizen of heaven and to that sacred citizenship he acknowledges first allegiance; yet he may love his earthly country with that intensity of devotion that caused John Knox to pray "O God, give me Scotland or I die." He cheerfully expects before long to enter that bright world above, but he is in no hurry to leave this world and is quite willing to await the summons of his Heavenly Father. And he is unable to under- stand why the critical unbeliever should condemn him for this; it all seems so natural and right in the circumstances that he sees nothing inconsistent about it. The cross-carrying Christian, furthermore, is both a confirmed pessimist and an optimist the like of which is to be found nowhere else on earth. When he looks at the cross he is a pessimist, for he knows that the See CHRISTIAN on Page
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Crucified Life By Watchman Nee You believe in the death of the Lord Jesus and you believe in the death of the thieves with Him. Now what about your own death? Your crucifixion is more intimate than theirs. They were crucified at the same time as the Lord but on different crosses, whereas you were crucified on the self-same cross as He, for you were in Him when He died. How can you know? You can know for the one sufficient reason that God said so. It does not depend on your feelings. If you feel that Christ has died, He has died; and if you do not feel that He has died, He had died. If you feel that you have died, you have died; and if you do not feel that you have died, you have nevertheless just as surely died. These are divine facts. That Christ has died is a fact, that the two thieves have died is a fact, and that you have died is a fact also. Let me tell you, you have died! You are done with! You are ruled out! The self you loathe is on the Cross of Christ. And "he that is dead is freed from sin" (Romans 6:7 Ampli-
fied). This is the Gospel for Christians. Our crucifixion can never be made effective by will or by effort, but only by accepting what the Lord Jesus did on the Cross. Our eyes must be opened to see the finished work of Calvary. Some of you, prior to your salvation, may have tried to save yourselves. You read the Bible, prayed, went to church, gave alms. Then one day your eyes were opened and you saw that a full salvation had already been provided for you on the Cross. You just accepted that and thanked God, and peace and joy flowed into your heart. And now the good news is that sanctification is made possible for you on exactly the same basis as that initial salvation. You are offered deliverance from sin as no less a gift of God's grace than was the forgiveness of sins. For God's way of deliverance is altogether different from man's way. Man's way is to try to suppress sin by seeking to overcome it; God's way is to remove the sinner. Many
Christians mourn over their weakness, thinking that if only they were stronger all would be well. . . If we are preoccupied with the power of sin and with our inability to meet it, then we naturally conclude that to gain the victory over sin we must have more power. . . But this is altogether a fallacy; it is not Christianity. God's means of delivering us from sin is not by making us stronger and stronger, but by making us weaker and weaker. That is surely rather a peculiar way of victory, you say; but it is the divine way. God sets us free from the dominion of sin, not by strengthening our old man but by crucifying him; not by helping him to do anything, but by removing him from the scene of action. For years, maybe, you have tried fruitlessly to exercise control over yourself, and perhaps this is still your experience; but when once you see the truth you will recognize
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CHRISTIAN Continued from Page 26 same judgment that fell on the Lord of glory condemns in that one act all nature and all the world of men. He rejects every human hope out of Christ because he knows that man's noblest effort is only dust building on dust. Yet he is calmly, restfully optimistic. If the cross condemns the world the resurrection of Christ guarantees the ultimate triumph of good throughout the universe. Through Christ all will be well at last and the Christian waits the consummation. Incredible Christian!>
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God's Comfort for Those Who Comfort Others By Alistair Begg EMOTIONS Continued from Page 23
handle and control our emotional reactions, third, be self-controlled. Finally, Peter says that “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8). So, here is the fourth and most important point to remember: love deeply. Let me summarize. Peter, who went from a rock to being used by Satan, learned that his emotional challenges are best handled with the power of God’s Spirit. He wrote about it, teaching us how we also can overcome our crazy emotional reactions. Doug Gilford, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church -23051 Hwy 1088, Mandeville, La 70448. 985624-8652 or email firstname.lastname@example.org>
would address what it takes to calm our emotional chaos. In (1 Peter 3:10) Peter says, “whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.” Basically, Peter is saying with God’s help we should first watch our mouths. Next, Peter says in (1 Peter 3:15), “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.” Again, Peter is giving us great advice on controlling reactions that are not godly. He says to, second, set Christ as Lord of our hearts. Peter then goes on to write, “Therefore be clear-minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.” (1 Peter 4:7-9) So once again Peter gives us great advice to
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Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. (Proverbs 11:25) We are taught here the great lesson that to get, we must give; to accumulate, we must scatter; to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and in order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others. In watering others, we are ourselves watered. How? Our efforts to be useful bring out our powers for usefulness. We have latent talents and unused gifts that become apparent by exercise. Our strength for work is even hidden from ourselves until we take our stand and fight the Lord's battles or climb the mountains of difficulty. We do not know what tender sympathies we possess until we try to dry the widow's tears and soothe the orphan's grief. We often find in attempting to teach others that we gain instruction for our-
selves. What gracious lessons some of us has learned in visiting the sick! We went to teach the Scriptures, and we came away blushing that our knowledge of them was so poor. In our conversation with humble saints, we are taught the way of God more perfectly for ourselves and get a deeper insight into divine truth. So watering others makes us humble. We discover how much grace there is where we had not looked for it, and how much the humble saint may outstrip us in knowledge. Our own comfort is also increased by working for others. We endeavor to cheer them, and the consolation gladdens our own heart. Consider the two men in the snow-one massaged the other's limbs to keep him from dying, and in doing so kept his own blood circulating and saved his own life. Remember the poor widow who supplied the prophet's needs from her own meager resources, and from that day she never experienced need again. Give and it will be given to you-good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. © 1994 - 2019 Truth For Life. All Rights Reserved>
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A Promise For All Who Are Called By David Wilkerson God gave the prophet Jeremiah a word to speak to Israel: "Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: `Behold, I will bring on this city and on all her towns all the doom that I have pronounced against it, because they have stiffened their necks that they might not hear My words´" (Jeremiah 19:15). Jeremiah´s words so incensed the chief governor of the temple that he was bound and tortured. Yet, in spite of his suffering, Jeremiah never doubted his calling. He knew he had been given a word from God. God went on to say to Jeremiah, "I planned a ministry for you and you are to build up my church. I want you to plant seeds of my good news, so don´t worry; I´ll give you every word to speak just when you need it. And don´t ever be afraid of men or fear failure. Remember, as long as you live, I am with you. Do not be discouraged but rise up in faith and do as I have com-
manded you. You have one divine purpose and that is to speak my mind" (see Jeremiah 1:9-17). Jeremiah tells us, "The Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: `Behold, I have put My words in your mouth´" (1:9). What an incredible moment in this man´s life. How wonderful to know that God has put His hand on you, revealed His thoughts, and anointed you to speak for hHim. Then God added this word: "Do not be dismayed before their faces, lest I dismay you before them" (1:17). Beloved, this is God´s message to every Christian who has ever been called by Him. He is telling us, "Don´t let anyone break you down! You have no reason to be confused or despairing. I have told you I am with you and there is no reason for burnout, no cause to quit. No matter what hardships you face or how badly people treat you, I have put mighty pillars around you and I am with you to deliver you!" © 2019 World Challenge, Inc.>
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The New Man By Samuel Mills Under the "Old Covenant,â€? in order to gain entry into Heaven the Jewish people were required to observe the Old Testament Law. The Old Law is said to have included over 600 laws, rituals, and ordinances. Upon Jesus death and resurrection, the New Covenant was established. Born again Believers can now enter Heaven by accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior, through faith in what He accomplished on the cross; (not by observing laws, rituals, or works). Jesus said: "If ye love me, keep my commandments," (John 14:15, KJV). So we follow the Commandments and His teachings as a result of our love and adoration for Him. Paul said, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."(2 Cor 5:17, KJV) According to the above Scripture, the born-again man or woman becomes a new creature, The following scriptures offer a glimpse into the heavenly realms,
and values the new man is to seek, and, those to avoid. (COL 3:1:) "If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Have you ever wondered where Jesus is, this is the answer; Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God the Father. (VERSE 2:) "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." Lifestyle and faithfulness, are indicators of the Christian's love, commitment, and faith in Christ. The New Man's attention should be on the things of God. When we become new creatures in Christ, the matters of the world are to take second place. (VERSE 5:) "Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which are idolatry." Here Paul tells us that what one does with one's body does matter. These are all sins, but we have to remember that being tempted is, within itself, not a sin.
Satan tempted Christ, and he will tempt us. We are to follow Jesus' example, by not allowing sin to gain a foothold in our lives. On a personal level, the best way to handle temptation and resist sin is to stay away from it. Don't go to the places, or allow yourself to remain in situations, that can lead to sin. Just as alcoholics should not go into a bar, Christians should learn to avoid anything that could interfere with their relationship with the Lord. We are held accountable to God for our actions and Christian conduct, and we are promised that, when we resist Satan, he will flee, (James 4:3). When we pray, the Holy Spirit will help us to resist, so we should always pray! Paul, still talking about sin, changes direction slightly (VERSE 8-9) "But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds."
Most Christians know not to blaspheme, meaning to speak against the things of God; and about malice, and to not harm our brothers in any way; but what about anger and wrath, and filthy language, and lies? Anger And Wrath There is a righteous anger and possibly a righteous wrath, which can only come, either by or through God. But this scripture is talking about a worldly anger and wrath, and we are told not to let it get out of control. Filthy Language While the new man is not to be so pious as to leave the appearance of looking down on the rest of the world, we are told not to use "Filthy Language."As Paul said in verse five, we are to allow those things to be "dead," in our lives, (to no longer exist.) Do Not Lie Lying is not characteristic of the New Man: "Do not lie to one another, since See THE NEW MAN on Page
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Witnessing at Work By Adrian Rogers In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tends only to penury. (Proverbs 14:23) I've heard people say, I sure would like to be in a Christian company and be surrounded by Christians. The only time I hear God's name mentioned where I work now is when people are cursing. And you just cannot believe the obscene jokes, gossip, greed, back-stabbing, throatcutting, and all of the materialism! Oh if God would only get me out of this place so I could serve Him! Do you know how I would respond? I would tell them, God put you in that place so you could serve Him. We are to let our light shine in every place where God has places us! (Matthew 5:14-16) says, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Your job is the lampstand that God has ordained where you let your light shine! You have been saved out of the world and then sent back into the world to witness to the world, and that's the only business in the world you have in the world, till you're taken out of the world!
Now, let me give you four rules for witnessing to those with whom you work. Don't Brag The Bible says let your light shine. It doesn't say make it shine. Your light is to glow, not glare. Also, people are to see the light, not the source of the light. If you go to work with an air of self-righteousness, you're going to make your coworkers sick and not want to even be around you. (1 Corinthians 1:30-31) says, “It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God — that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord." Don't Nag If you’re always thumping a Bible or nagging somebody when he gambles, smokes, or curses, you're not going to win that person to Christ. You may think that you're doing a good job, but that person is not going to take a step closer to Jesus Christ through that kind of witness. You see, his behavior is not his problem. You would be just like that person if you didn't know the Lord Jesus Christ. He needs Jesus Christ. So let's see how we are to respond from (Colossians 4:5-6): “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Don't Lag
If you're a lazy Christian — not getting to work on time, doing personal stuff on company time, procrastinating on work that you ought to do, then you're a disgrace to grace. It is a sin for a Christian to do less than his best. Let's revisit (Colossians 3:23-24) says, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” Don't see if the boss is looking before you work hard. I don't care how dull or boring, it may seem. It's not that way…if you're working to the glory of God. Do your job to the best of your ability. Don't Sag I want to tell you something about those people with whom you
work. Most of them are not all that interested in going to heaven or hell. They just want to know how to hack it on Monday. And when they see you come in the office without a hangover and with the joy of the Lord Jesus on your face, they're going to ask you, "What makes you so happy?" And at that moment, you're going to be able to share the Lord Jesus with him because you will have sanctified the Lord God in your heart. (1 Peter 3:15) says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” © 2019 Love Worth Finding Ministries, P.O. Box 38300, Memphis, TN 38183, www.lwf.org >
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Sky Rider, Eternal Home, and Everlasting Arms By John Piper There is none like God, O [Israel], who rides through the heavens to your help, and in his majesty through the skies. The eternal God is Your dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms. "He rides through the heavens…" He is free to move where He wills and do what He pleases. God is not hindered, impeded, obstructed, or restrained in the fulfillment of His purposes. "I am God…I work and none can hinder it" (Isaiah 43:13). "I know that you can do all things and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted" (Job 42:2). "…to your help." His freedom and unbounded successfulness is in the service of His people. "He rides through the heavens to our help." God is exuberant in His pursuit of ways to help us. "Goodness and mercy shall pursue me all the days of my life" (Psalm 23:6). The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the earth to show Himself strong on [our] behalf (2 Chronicles 16:9). "The Son of
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pass away. We won't regret time invested in His Word and in raising our kids to love Christ. Proverbs 2:1–10 says: My (daughter), if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; For if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom;from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity. I hope this helps, Holly ©2001-2019 Revive Our Hearts>
you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him," (Col 3:8-10). The Elect of God, Holy and Beloved Below Paul speaks of the Heavenly/Spiritual characteristics of the new life in Christ. Note the difference in these scriptures, and the ones above. (VERSES 12-17:) "Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13: bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14: But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of per-
fection. 15: And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17: And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." God knows the heart of man, and He knows when we are sincerely trying to follow Him; so when we do sin, we have this great promise: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness," (1 John 1:9). © Copyright 2006-2019 Trusting-in-Jesus.com. All Rights Reserved.>
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Caregiving is usually borne out of concern for the dignity and respect of loved ones. Often, the burden for those who take on the task of caregiving comes with a degree of unfamiliar navigation. Caregivers face many obstacles as they balance caregiving with other demands, including their own aging, child rearing, careers, and relationships. They are at an increased risk for stress, depression, and a variety of other health complications from the often thankless responsibilities, especially when a loved one has experienced a change-of-life incident such as a stroke, a fall, or the diagnosis of dementia. A dementia diagnosis generally requires higher levels of care, most of which is usually provided by an inexperienced family member in the home. “Family members are often thrown into the caregiving role with little preparation,” says Trisha Ventura, occupational therapist with the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) of Greater New Orleans. “Caregivers face many challenges such as isolation, exhaustion, and guilt.” PACE GNO, an affiliated ministry of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, is an adult daycare center specializing in nursing home levelof-care. It offers repose during the day so family caregivers can go to work, run errands, or just take a break. New Orleans resident Patricia Davidson faced these same obstacles when she took on the mantle of caregiver for her elderly father. Bringing Pops Home Davidson only met her father Herman Davidson (or Pops as she calls him) in her adulthood. Pops was living in California with an aunt when Davidson learned that she could no longer care for him. Davidson faced a daunting decision. What will happen to Pops? So, she and her daughter traveled to California to investigate. To her surprise, he wanted to go live with her in New Orleans. But after just a few months back home, she knew she was into something deeper than she had expected. “Family caregivers face many challenges to accommodate the needs of their loved ones,” Ventura says. “Often times, caregivers must give up or change their work situation or put retirement plans on hold. Families often must exhaust financial resources to provide in-home personal care or make costly home modifications. Even the extra cost
of food and basic essentials can be a strain on a caregiver’s budget.” Davidson asked a friend about adult daycares or other resources where she could find help. Her
PACE Participant friend asked if she had heard about PACE. After speaking with the enrollment department there, and ultimately enrolling Pops, life changed for both of them. A New Way of Life At PACE, Davidson met Ventura, who has worked with PACE clients for more than 12 years. Ventura is one of a handful of occupational therapists in the South who are certified to deliver Skills2Care, a research-tested occupational therapy program that benefits
both caregivers and people with dementia. The program aims to improve the well-being and skills of caregivers and to reduce challenging behaviors and slow the decline in daily function of people with dementia. Trisha worked with Davidson to understand how certain triggers would upset Pops, resulting in resistance and anger. Pops, like all humans are creatures of routine. Pops’ routine was changed drastically. The Skills2Care occupational therapy sessions emphasized education about dementia, strategies to help calm Pops and his resistance to care, and caregiver wellness and relaxation. Davidson learned how to more effectively communicate with Pops, providing both of them with opportunities for meaningful engagement. These new strategies made daily life much easier, easing the burden Davidson felt as Pop’s primary caregiver. Occupational therapy sessions also focused on ways to ensure Davidson would not forget about her own self-care. Pops established a new routine by attending the adult daycare center close to his new home. The PACE Center provides a safe environment while their family caregivers tend to everyday life,” Ventura says. “They offer social opportunities, cognitive stimulation, and a wide variety of physical activities. This active engage-
ment throughout the day can reduce challenging behaviors at home.” Davidson, too, has found new ways to embrace her role as caregiver while taking care of herself. Davidson can now go to the gym on a regular basis and shop when she
Trisha Ventura Occupational Therapist, PACE GNO Patricia Davidson Caregiver needs to without worrying about who is watching Pops. Davidson says it best, however: “The program has been a true blessing. God helped to provide a great solution to a problem I previously found hard to manage.” Tom Vaughn, Manager of Enrollment & Marketing, PACE GNO
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10 Traits Of A Humble Leader By Moses Y. Lee Recent stories of celebrity pastors and worship leaders apostatizing has me thinking about the idea of Christian leadership. Whether leaders reluctantly fall from grace due to moral failure or publicly renounce their faith on Instagram to be more “authentic,” one thing is clear: humility is not a contributing factor.
Even though I don’t consider myself a humble leader—I can be brash and bigheaded (both literally and figuratively)—by God’s grace, I’ve been blessed to serve under many humble leaders. I’ve watched many more from a distance. Based on my observations, I’ve noticed 10 common traits of leaders who demonstrate humility, in contrast to those who demonstrate pride. As we all guard our hearts against the pervasive allures of
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pride and, for leaders especially, the toxic temptations of power, it’s good to reflect on which of these traits mark our own lives. Humble Leaders vs. Arrogant Leaders Humble leaders tend to share their resources, whether in want or in plenty. Arrogant leaders tend to hoard their resources, unwilling to share unless they get something in return. Humble leaders tend to be bridgebuilders, refusing to demonize or neglect the “other.” Arrogant leaders tend to work alone, refusing to partner with others—especially those who hold differing views. Humble leaders tend to ignore gossip, being wise enough to know there’s always another side to the story. Arrogant leaders tend to spread and entertain gossip, always wanting to hear the worst of others to make themselves feel better. Humble leaders tend to be kingmakers, without clamoring to be kings themselves. Arrogant leaders tend to be attention-seekers, preferring to burn bridges or arrive with guns blazing if they don’t get their way. Humble leaders tend to celebrate others’ accomplishments and not their own. Arrogant leaders tend to disregard other people’s accomplishments if it doesn’t serve their agenda. Humble leaders tend to give the benefit of the doubt, knowing that nobody is always at their best. Arrogant leaders tend to assume the worst, unable to see the logs in their own eyes. Humble leaders tend to appreciate nuance, since they know they’ve been wrong many times before. Arrogant leaders tend to be exceedingly black and white, unwilling to consider contrary views. Humble leaders tend to be empathetic, often prioritizing people over ideas. Arrogant leaders tend to be rigid, unable to receive constructive criticism. Humble leaders tend to welcome accountability, for they know how much they need it. Arrogant leaders tend to reject accountability, finding it a nuisance or waste of time. Humble leaders tend to own up to their mistakes, since they know they’re far from perfect. Arrogant leaders tend to blame others for their shortcomings or failures,
unwilling to acknowledge their own sinful tendencies. Christ the Perfect Leader Perhaps this list overwhelms you. How will I ever become a humble leader? you wonder. But the beauty of the gospel is that, in Jesus, we already have the perfect model of humble leadership. And he’s not just a role model to look up to; he’s the image we’re being conformed to, by the power of the Holy Spirit within us. Jesus is not just a role model to look up to; he’s the image we’re being conformed to. Jesus shows that humble leadership starts at the cross: “Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:26–28). The servant leader who stooped to wash faithless feet (John 13:1–17) flips the world’s idea of leadership on its head. He shows us the way up is down (Luke 22:26) and the last will be first (Matt. 20:16). In his kingdom, selfish ambition leads to death, while serving others to the point of death leads to life (Phil. 2:2–9). It’s a testimony to pride’s relentless pull in our hearts that, even for Christians who have the ultimate model of humility in Jesus, such leadership is still a struggle. Of course, the world of social-media posturing, platform-building and celebrity obsession doesn’t help. But few things confuse the world, hardening hearts further to the gospel, more than followers of Jesus who hijack his name to promote themselves. Why would we, who bear the name of history’s humblest man, be so pompous? It’s confusing and sad. The need for humble leadership—Christians who actually look like Christ in how they live and lead—is urgent. May we check ourselves with sobriety and recommit to his cause in humility, for our witness and his glory. The Gospel Coalition helps people know God's Word with their mind, love God fully with their heart, and engage the world with grace and truth. Copyright ©2019 The Gospel Coalition, INC. All Rights Reserved >
BOYHOOD Continued from Page 10 Sorely troubled and in great distress Mary and Joseph turned back at once, and for three nights and days they never rested while they searched for Him. They looked through all the tents pitched outside the city; they searched through the entire city itself, but in vain. At last, on the third day, they went to that part of the Temple where the great teachers were assembled together, and there in their midst they found Jesus, who sat listening, and asking questions. The poor tired mother's heart was sore with grief and anxiety. Never before had her son caused her any pain or trouble, and now, as she stretched out her hands to Him, she cried out the reproachful question— "Son, why have you thus dealt with us? Behold, your father and I have sought You sorrowing." Ah! But she was forgetting that He was not only her son but the Son of God, that before everything else He owed obedience to His Father, and must prepare for the work He had been sent to do. Surely she should have known that, and should not have been so troubled and
afraid. "How is it that you sought me "said Jesus, wonderingly? “You knew that I must be about my Father's business." He did not mean to hurt His gentle mother, but she must understand that God's work came before everything else. It was necessary to tell her that. But afterwards He rose obediently to go with her, leaving those learned men to wonder who this Boy could be who had asked such deep questions and showed such wonderful wisdom. It was not time yet to begin the great work, and Jesus was ready to go back cheerfully and obediently to the little home at Nazareth, to work with Joseph in the carpenter's shop, and help His mother in the house. But all the time, day by day, He was learning to prepare Himself to be ready for the time when His work should begin. 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 2019 >
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HOMESCHOOL Continued from Page 9 Christian leaders” and “produce bold educated servants of Christ.” It was, in its simplest form, a cookie-cutter model saying, “Put them through this, and they will turn out like that.” The curriculum wasn’t sold with a “salvation, or your money back” guarantee, but to use the words of Austen’s perceptive character, Marianne Dashwood, “It was every day implied but never professedly declared.” Were homeschool resources to blame? No. My pride was the seed. Personal sacrifice had led to an unwarranted sense of entitlement. My child would be a Christian because I had given up so much. I had sacrificed career and income; her faithfulness should be my reward. These were false beliefs. Homeschool Can’t Save The truth is that only Christ can move upon human hearts inclined toward sin and do a work of regeneration. It will be Christ that moves upon the heart of a child if they are educated at home, and it will be Christ that moves upon the heart if they are not. Christ is the hero of Christian homeschool, not us parents. No amount of Latin lessons, Bible memory songs, or classical literature can do saving work. To the family just beginning the journey of home education, may God bless you as you educate your children for the glory of God. Only
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