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Good morning! How are we faithing? The fear mankind has comes from many directions and what we fear many times ought not be feared at all. Death for example should not be feared because as believers in the Christ, Jesus, we know the outcome of leaving this body. For me it's the way of my demise that can be unsettling. I've driven off the road slipping on snow pack seeing the end at the bottom of the cliff only to pop back on the road and be fine. Thank you God! That my friends can cause some fear. I've worked wrecks on our highways and thought,"Gee whiz man, did they see all this coming?" Be sure you address your fear(s) and lay them out to God because we are not to live in fear and he will reassure you. You are scared of loosing your house? Legitimate but really, loosing a thing? What are you striving for? How do you look at physical gain? Is that the point of living? Refocus people. Stuff is cool but it's time to put all this stuff into perspective. Who runs who? Where am I going? Do I look to God for everything or to stuff? Is your sense of well being in your big house, fancy car and prestigious job? What if you fall and become unable to work? Ah, there's a fear. How will you handle that? Do you realize there are Christians half way around the world being beaten, raped, drug through the streets for their faith and I'm worried about the paint on the porch? We need to focus and get out there sharing this grace we have while we can...Rom 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Good morning! How are we faithing? I watch people interacting at church. I listen to conversations. I watch the children romp and play. I see how the adults interact with the kids. I also do this out in public. I find it so interesting behavior patterns are similar in most ways but I see definite differences in children loved by adults and kids that have respect for adults. It all starts at home and that is where this country has it's biggest struggle. The family, whether the church family or the blood family, have to have a sense of worth. In a relationship it is always important to show love. I know for guys we tend to do things for the ones we love and gals tend to be the ones who nurture. That of course varies from relationship to relationship. Our heavenly father wants a relationship like this with us. He made us for companionship, read your Bible. He wants and cares about the things we care about. We could get real deep in this subject but I want to get you to realize this relationship we enjoy with God requires listening to know and not just to retort. It requires caring enough to do things for the other not even thinking about repayment or what we can get out of it. Just like those people I watch in church who truly love the kids, they show it by listening, teaching and helping them become better humans, our heavenly Father will do the same for us. It starts here;Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
1Pe 1:23-25 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.remember Baily Ford...remember Bobby Smith...remember Mark...Heavenly Father, Thank you for salvation and thank you for this relationship with you. Help us to hear you and see you in all we do. We ask for wisdom sprinkled with some compassion so we do not cause pain but draw others to you. Help us understand reverence and friendship and the order they are. Bless these mentioned for we ask and pray in Jesus name, amen
Good morning! How are we faithing? Being careful what we say, how we say it and where we speak is a matter of wisdom and anointing from God. To many times I hear platitudes used when not appropriate but that guy feels he has to say something. We as men tend to try to be right on everything and what is dangerous is some of us think we are when we are not. Guys naturally want to lead and to fix and it just hurts us when we are wrong. That is a bad way to be guys and very dangerous. You have to always be right to feel good about yourself and when you admit you missed one then you beat yourself up. How egotistical. Get over yourself and seek the Lord. Watch yer mouth boys. Don't let it lead you but you lead it with wisdom from God's Word.Col 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Eph 4:26-30 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.remember Mark....remember CK...remember the Flowers family...Heavenly Father, Thank you for wisdom we find in your Word. Help us be pleaded with our accomplishments but humble knowing without you we would be nothing. Lord we lift your name higher than ourselves to remind us to be salt and light in this world. Teach us to walk with our eyes wide open to see you in everything. In Jesus name, amen
Good morning! How are we faithing? Amazingly, people still ignore God.Some still think their life begins and ends with themselves. They think they are in control when in fact they are being controlled. Just because one is doing as they wish doesn't define their control but rather they are being controlled by dark forces of the air. It's hard to explain to some because the enemy has convinced them they are masters of their own destiny when in fact they fall for the same ploy satan has used since the garden. Vanity and selfishness leads people like a horses bit. The things that keep one away from full pardon are the same things that convinces one they are free when they do whatever they wish when they are damning themselves. Man, hurts my heart to see this over and over so I have to try to show the light of God. I wont point at infractions but to Jesus. I have to show Jesus for if I do not I am guilty of sinning against YOU as well as God.Isa 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:Isa 46:11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.Isa 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.Isa 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.Isa 60:3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Good morning! How are we faithing? New year resolutions aren't worth a thing if they are forgotten by February. Why do we do them? Why do we set ourselves up for failure? Why would we step into an agreement knowing we can't produce what we are promising? Because everyone likes a new start. Everyone likes the idea of starting over and an arbitrary date like January 1 is as good and any. Here's some advice from the old fat guy. Don't do it unless you are committed. Don't set yourself up for failure. Don't put yourself in a position that the enemy can beat you down for that failure. Here is what I suggest; write down what you would like to achieve. Record the things you need to do for you and others and be realistic and honest. If you need help with a bad habit, get help, professional if necessary. Don't be embarrassed or at least let embarrassment hinder progress. You are not the only one facing what you are facing. Christians, don't hide your junk. We don't go to church or profess Christ because we are perfect but rather we recognize just how screwed up we are. Live what you believe and let God sort the fallout. Move your focus off people and onto God. What someone else says or thinks about you has no bearing on your life or death. God is what matters. You can't change their minds anyways and lets be frank, their opinion simply has no effect on your life unless you let it. As believers in Jesus we need to serve because we love him and salvation is by him and nothing else. You are gonna slip up. You are gonna fail occasionally so what are you gonna do? Deny it? Hide it or face it head on? I have to remind myself that some people are gonna think ill of me, heck man, they killed Jesus so why would it surprise me if I choose to follow his lead thus I will face ill will too...Jas 1:19-25 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
remember Zach...remember Don Grider...remember Cindy...remember WallyHeavenly Father, Thank you for your love and grace. Help us be wise and courageous as we try to improve. Help us recognize change may take time and lessons need to be learned along the way. We lift those up that are hurting physically, emotionally and spiritually. Help us work through these things this year. Help us be better examples of your grace, in Jesus name, amen
Good morning! How are we faithing? It is amazing what we let rule our lives. Whether material things or emotional things or even intellectual things, we let things in that we ought to be wary of. Entertaining thought that are outside the realm of God such as ghosts and goblins, UFO's and abductions, fables of other gods. These things may be something other than what they are portrayed. Could ghosts be satanic apparitions? Could UFOs be the same? Could other gods be be simply a retelling of Biblical stories or perhaps again, demonic forces? We were slaves to sin before salvation and I think along with being slaves to sin we may have brought on a whole bunch of beliefs and thoughts into this righteous pardoned state we now enjoy. We need to compare things to the Bible. I think we can find all the same things went on before but were described through eyes of the time. Question things. Ask what could be the purpose of things compared to the Word. Remind yourself you no longer are slaves to past ideas but rather slave to the truth which leads to righteousness.Rom 6:17-19 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
Good morning! How are we faithing? Dealing with people who are different than one'self can be taxing if we don't realize that difference is better than lock step conformity. Sure a dozen roses are beautiful but a big batch of wild flowers is so much more colorful. For my car buddies the analogy would be if we all drove gray Fusions instead of multicolored Mustangs. The Mustang herd is much more entertaining. We as followers of Christ must approach people not with an attitude of getting in line with ourselves but presenting Jesus and God will use their qualities his way. To many times churches try to mold everyone into one image other than Jesus. It's a dangerous place to be to think you are what is right and everyone who doesn't look like you is off beat. Look, I like red cars and you like blue ones. I like Fender, you like Gibson. I like oldies, you like hip hop. So what? Is one holier than the other? Is one better? Of course all mine are the best, right? Don't get all balled up in things that take away from the grace of Christ and add more rules that Jesus never taught, just saying....1Co 12:1-12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.remember the Henry family...Heavenly Father, Help us conform to you. Help us realize our gifts and act accordingly. Lead us on the path you have for us. Grant us wisdom and discernment to recognize where you are working in others so we may encourage them and not cause undue pain and hardship on them them. Bless our leaders, bless the Henry family, lead us to our knees humbly , honorably and in your grace. Come quick Lord, in Jesus name, amen
Good morning! How are we faithing? Sometimes things in our past crop up and blindside us. For me recently it was a memory of my son that passed and let me tell you, it was a struggle not to lose it all over again. You know whats even worse? Our enemy the devil and his henchmen know this and attack. Now we can respond to the attacks in a bad way or a good way. We can succumb to the wiles of the devil or not. We must be vigilant and always aware that our adversary roams around seeking who he can whip. Even Jesus prayed and quoted scripture because he knew satan has rule on earth or he couldn't have offered kingdoms to Jesus if he would bow down. That being said I have to always be aware and quick to pray. My response to attacks will indeed have an effect. I suppose I will always grieve over the loss of a son but I will not allow satan to use it to ruin me. I must stay prayed up. I must be quick to ask Jesus for help. I must study the Word so I can even recognize when I am under attack. How do you respond to those attacks? Hit the ground quivering like a salted slug? Lash out in anger or fear? Blame outside influences on your mood or demeanor? Step back, pause, pray, praise God because we have been warned that this exact thing will happen. 1Pe 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.Eph 6:13-18 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
"For the Word of God is sharper than any two sided sword" Hebrews 4:12 Let's go out and spread the Word and cut through the Devil's grip on this world. Are we really Fishers of Men ? Do we WANT to be used by God ? Or do we just say it ? Let's encourage, bind together and proclaim His Word ! Feeling challenged to go out and spread His Love and message !
Russ, Blessings to you Sir! it is really Great to see your Posts again. I do thank you for them.
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