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Godly Relationships 69: Enthusiasm for LifeAre you "burning" with enthusiasm about your life? If so, congratulations, keep up the good work! But, if your spiritual batteries are running low, prehaps you're spending too much energy focusing on your losses and too little time planning for future victories.
Writer Sara Jordan has this simple (but effective) advice: "Every day give yourself a good mental shampoo."
So if you're feeling tired or troubled don't despair. Instead, take time to count your blessings as you focus on things positive. And while you're at it, seek strength from the Source that never fails. When you sincerely petition God, He will give you all the strength you need to live victoriously through Him.
Godly Relationships 55: CommunicationIf you want to build a strong relationship, you should teach yourself to become an effective communicator. And that's exactly what God wants you to do. God's Word reminds us that "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing" (Proverbs 12:18 NIV).
Today, make this promise to yourself: vow to be an honest, effective, encouraging, communicator, at school, at home, at church, and everyplace in between. Speak wisely, not impulsively. Use words of kindness and praise, not words of anger and derision. Learn how to be truthful without being cruel. Remember that you have the power to heal others or injure them, to lift others up or to hold them back. And when you learn how to lift them up, you'll soon discover that you've lifted yourself up too.
Godly Relationships 81: Against SocietyAre you willing to stand firm against society's untrue messages? Are you willing to stand up for your faith? If so, you'll be doing yourself a king-sized favor. And consider this: When you begin to speak to God, isn't it logical to assume that you'll also begin to know Him in a more meaningful way? Of course you will.
So do yourself and loved ones a favor: forget the media hype, and pay attention to God. Stand up for Him and be counted, not just in church where it's relatively easy to be a Christian, but also outside of church, where it's significantly harder. You owe it to God...and you owe it to yourself.
Godly Relationships 53: Your ProblemsAll of us face those occasional days when the traffic jams and the dog gabbles up the homework. But, when we find ourselves overtaken by the frustrations of life, we must catch ourselves, take a deep breath, and lift our thoughts upward.
Although we must occasionally struggle to rise above the distractions and disappointments of tough times, we need never struggle alone. God is here-eternally and faithfully, with infinite patience and love. And our friends and family members are also willing to help us restore perspective and peace to our souls. Our job it to let them.
Godly Relationships 72: ConcernsThe Bible promises this: tough times are temporary but God's love is not-God's love endures forever. So what does that mean to you? Just this: From time to time, everybody faces disappointments and broken relationships-so will you. And when tough times arrive God always stand ready to protect you and to heal you. Your task is straightforward: you must share your burdens with Him.
As Corrie ten Boom observed, "Any concern that is too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden." Those are comforting words, especially during difficult days.
Whatever the size of your challenges, God is big enough to handle them. Ask for His help today, with faith and with fervor. Instead of turning things over in your mind, turn them over to God in prayer. Instead of worrying about your next decision, ask God to lead the way. Cast your burdens upon the One who cannot be shaken, and rest assured that He always hears your prayers.
Godly Relationships 62: CourtesyDid Christ instruct us in matters of etiquette and courtesy? Of course He did. Christ's instructions are clear: "In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 7:12 NASB). Jesus did not say, 'in somethings, treat people as you wish to be treated.' And, He did not say, 'from time to time, treat others with kindness.' Christ said that we should treat others as we wish to be treated in every aspect of our daily lives. This, of course, is a tall order indeed, but as Christians, we are commanded to do our best.
Today, be a little kinder than necessary to family members, friends, and total strangers. And, as you consider all the thing that Christ has done in your life, honor Him with your words and with your deeds. He expects no less.
Godly Relationships 59: Your SurroundingsYou can learn a lot about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness by paying attention to the things that happen around you-so keep your eyes and ears open. And while you're at it, please try to remember that "denial" isn't a big river in Egypt. It is the natural human tendency to ignore little problems until they grow too big to ignore.
God is trying to teach you things, and you can learn these lessons the easy way, by learning from other people's mistakes and obeying God. Or the hard way, by making the mistakes yourself and by continuing to make them over and over again until you finally learn something. It's better to learn things sooner rather than later.
Godly Relationships 52: Do The Right ThingIf you want to know God, you should obey God. But obeying Him isn't always easy. You live in a world that presents countless temptations to stray far from God's path. So here's some timely advice: when you're confronted with sin, walk in the opposite direction.
When you seek righteousness for yourself-and the companionship of people who do likewise-you will reap the spiritual rewards that God has in store for you. When you live in accordance with God's commandments, you will be blessed. When you genuinely seek to follow in the footsteps of God's Son, you will experience God's presence, God's peace, and God's abundance.
So make yourself this promise: Support only those activities that further God's kingdom and your own spiritual growth. Then, prepare to reap the blessings that God has promised to all those who live according to His will and His Word.
Godly Relationships 85: Your GiftsYou've got an array of talents that need to be refined. All people possess special gifts-bestowed from the Father above-and you are no exception. But, your gift is no guarantee of success; it must be cultivated-by you-or it will go unused...and God's gift to you will be squandered.
Today, make a promise to yourself that you will earnestly seek to discover the talents that God has given you. Then, nourish those talents and make them grow. Finally, vow to share your gifts with the world for as long as God gives you the power to do so. After all, the best way to say "Thank You" for God's gifts is to use them.
Overcoming ObstaclesRecognize Your Vulnerability
The Lord has a beautiful plan for each believer’s life. But to thwart God’s purposes, Satan sprinkles obstacles in our path.
There are many types of hindrances, such as a difficult boss, contrary family members, and financial trouble. Anything that blocks a desired goal can cause anxiety and great frustration. But remember that no obstacle can touch you without God’s consent.
Consider Joshua’s army, which was no match for Jericho’s military. And the great wall protecting that city was an impossible barrier to cross. Yet God had promised the Israelite
The Worst Thing a Christian Could Say(3/15/2014)
Came across this old blog from 2012 that was responding to the deaths of children in December, basically describing the worst thing a Christian could say following that tragedy:
As much as I can empathize with the pain of those who have lost their loved ones--and perhaps the wording of that Christian's statement could've been better--what the blogger doesn't quite understand is why Christians respond with hope to things that people would typically see as tragic. Yes, Christians do feel pain and miss their loved ones just like anybody else does, but the reasoning behind it is different.
The thing is, an atheist sees death as the end and nothing more after it. But a Christian knows that the spirit lives on because there is life after death. To the Christian, the difference b
Bethlehem's LamentLully lulla
thou little tiny child,
bye bye lully lullay.
God, can you count
these tears I cry,
falling like bitter rain?
For this my child
so brutally died -
bye bye lully lullay.
Lord can you hear
these cries of pain?
Are all our tears in vain?
Where is your justice
in this night
where innocents are slain?
Your child goes free,
mine dies for thee -
my child in your child's place.
O Lord above,
you know my pain,
yours are the tears I cry;
for even you have lost a child
given for all our sakes.
Mankind goes free,
you die for me -
your child in my child's place.
My Love for My BelovedMy Love for My Beloved
If I could
Spend my every waking moment
Their eyes are
As beautiful as emeralds
And full of life
Their hair shines
And is as
Dark as a raven’s wing
I love them
I would give everything for them
In the beginning
And made things dark and gloomy
Full of regret and remorse
They begged me
I gave it
For I loved them that much
They stayed at
For a time
Again they strayed
My heart felt like it stopped
And became full of grief
I waited for them
To come back
Knowing my love would not break
Soon they came back
Full of anger
I took their anger
I took their excuses
Instead I gave my love and forgiveness
In their guilt
They ran away
I waited for them
Days after days
Years after years
Until one day
A friend told me
That my love was being sold
I grabbed all my savings
And ran to them
Without a second thought
The True Uncorrupted Gospel of Jesus ChristJesus, God himself; innocent and sinless perfection: Came to this corrupt and sinful world. He came for one purpose: and that was to take your deserved place in hell.
He was beaten, spat on, and he was tortured beyond what you could imagine.
The worst torment: Was when he took upon himself all of your sins and the entire world's sins. Imagine all your sins multiplied by billions.
This is when he cried out: "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?"
He died and went to hell in your place!
The wrath of God was poured on him when it should be poured upon you and will be if you do not Repent. You deserve to be there!
I deserve to be in hell! I used to be so lustful and hated people.
Jesus Christ set me free from sin and death.
I not only love, but I love my enemies because of the Love of Jesus in me.
I saw the pit of hell. I heard the screams of the damned.
I felt the heat. I know: I should be there! But God had different plans.
Jesus snatched me out of there before I was swallowed up. He
Just a reminder to believers in JesusI just want to remind us as believers in Jesus we need to pray hard for new believers of Jesus. We need to lift them up to God and allow Jesus to work in them. I Pray for us to lead, teach, and guide them as they try to walk with Jesus. Lord do not let us judge them but show us how to love them. God I pray they seek you and find a church home so we can give them strength through the blood of Jesus. I pray when they fall we will be there to pick them up. I pray we can live for you Jesus and show the world your love. I pray most of all that we share with them you can't change, it has to come from Jesus. We need to share with them it will be a hard road and it won't be easy. I pray we tell them we must give up self and live for Jesus. I pray we show them what it means to live for Jesus. I pray we can help each other and have faith in God and seeking Him through Jesus, in Jesus name, Amen
Godly Relationships 64: CritcizingFrom experience, we know that it is easier to criticize than to correct; we understand that it is easier to find faults than solutions; and we realize that excessive criticism is usually destructive not productive. Yet the urge to criticize others remains a powerful temptation for most of us. Our task is to break the twin habits of negative thinking and critical speech.
Negativity is highly contagious: we give it to others who, in turn, give it back to us. This cycle can be broken by positive thoughts, heartfelt prayer, and encouraging words. As thoughtful servants of a loving God, we can use the transforming power of Christ's love to break the chains of negativity.
Life is but a DreamWe are just unnourished frail bodies,
overfed with white lies and short-lived-euphorias.
Books filled with black letters,
etching lurid images into our utmost dreams.
Veering us from the big picture...
the one we fail to paint ourselves.
Our fists much too busy with fights,
that we are bound to lose.
Too occupied in line waiting,
for creativity to be let loose like a stray dog.
As if we will find home in this pursuit of happiness...
but we only enclose each other in small rooms
with nothing but old laptops.
How many times I've guessed which letter could it be...
Which letter could it be?
To free us from havoc-stricken-thoughts?
They come and go, unending like 24 hour subway stations.
There's no break for this lonely man,
heaving every breathe of stale air
into my overused lungs...
Living in confined walls of flesh
held up with brittle paper-mache bones.
Which day is it that I will burst out from this cage of a life?
And hover with the Gods found in carefully binded bo
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