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ABC’s….the better way…

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A : Above all else, guard your heart. (Proverbs 4:23)

BBe kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32)

CCast your cares on the Lord (Psalm 55:22)

DDo everything without complaining or arguing (Philippians 2:14)

EEnter His gates with thanksgiving (Psalm 100:4)

FForgive as the Lord forgives you (Colossians 3:13)

GGive thanks to the Lord, for He is good (Colossians 2:13)

H Humble yourselves before the Lord (James 4:10)

I Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do (Ephesians 5:1)

J Judge not, that you be not judged (Matthew 7:1)

KKeep your tongue from evil (Psalm 34:13)

LLove one another deeply, from the heart. (1 Peter 1:22)

MMake a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.  (Psalm 98:4)

NNever pay back evil with more evil. (Romans 12:17)

O:  Children Obey your parents in the Lord (Ephesians 6:1)

PPray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

QQuench not the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19)

RRemember the Sabbath day to keep it holy (Exodus 20:8)

S Sing to the Lord a new song (Psalm 96:1)

TTrust in the Lord with all your heart. (Proverbs 3:5)

U:  Lean not on your own Understanding (Proverbs 3:5)

V:  You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in Vain (Exodus 20:7)

W: Walk with the wise and become wise (Proverbs 13:20)

XExalt the Lord our God (Psalm 99:5)

YYou shall love the Lord your God with all your heart (Deuteronomy 6:5)

Z:  Always be Zealous for the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 23:17)

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it’s not about the bunny….

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As a Christian, our faith rests on the fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

1 Cor. 15:13-14, 17 “But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.  And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty….And if Christ is not risen, your faith futile, you are still in your sins.”

For those of us who believe the Bible is an accurate account of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, then we have a lot to rejoice about!    HE ROSE FROM THE GRAVE!!!!  FOR YOU AND ME!!!! 

Watch this beautiful…yet difficult video about the crucifixion of our Lord and remember…..THIS is what Easter is all about.

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money doesn’t grow on sprees….

Everywhere you look people are trying to make a ‘fast buck’ and enough just never seems enough!

Success today is measured in the terms of quantity, whether it be wealth, salary, possessions, etc., and we are trained to want more and to do everything possible to get more.  What’s our motivation?  Greed.

This isn’t anything new.  In Luke chapter 12, Jesus is speaking to a very large and unruly crowd (vs 1 says, ‘many thousands’) when someone in the crowd says, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me” (Luke 12:13)

It seems that in asking his question, probably with his brother nearby, the man wants a judge and Jesus can see that his request is selfish…..greedy.  

Luke 12:14 says, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?”

This guy has an obvious desire for possessions, so much that he will even try to tell the Son of God what He must do in order to accomplish this desire!  He is angry with his brother and is consumed with his inheritance.  Is his desire for justice wrong?  No, but his motivation is!  

But our Lord, who sees the dark places in our hearts, labels it greed and warns the crowd with these words:  ““Watch out!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed, a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Wow.  He doesn’t just warn against greed but ‘all kinds of greed’.  The dictionary defines greed as an ‘excessive or insatiable desire for wealth or gain’.

How much is enough?  When is it too much?

I believe that when something takes first place in your life, whether it be money, your job, your talents, etc., and makes you put your relationship with God second, or third….or last….it becomes your ‘idol’.    

Some of these things may even seem normal.  Has your determination to be fit and healthy become your idol?  How about your job, your boyfriend/girlfriend, your (gasp!) computer and cell phone!  OUCH!!!  I struggle with these things every single day.  Your good things can become your primary things….then your primary things become your controlling things.

Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Before one can seek first the kingdom, they must be a part of it. The only way to become a part of God’s kingdom is to be born again. To put your faith and trust in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and accept Him as your personal Saviour! Once you have done this, then you can begin to put God first in your life and reap all His blessings….and life with our Savior is enough!

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can i be content in 2012?…

Check out these surprising statistics just released in a poll by the Opinion Corporation of Princeton, New Jersey:

  • 62% of people make New Years resolutions
  • 8% are successful
  • 19% achieve resolutions every other year
 on average
  • 49% have infrequent success
  • 24% NEVER succeed and have failed on EVERY resolution EVERY year!

(That’s 1 in 4 people who fail each and every time they make a resolution!)

Disturbing statistics, don’t you think?  Yeah, me too…..so maybe I should NOT have a resolution…(or did I just make a resolution not to have a resolution?  I’m dizzy…)

Here are the top 8 New Year’s resolutions people make:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Beat alcohol
 or addiction
  3. Exercise more and get fit
  4. Quit smoking or chewing tobacco
  5. Be a better spouse
  6. Be a better parent
  7. Eat healthier
  8. Save money

Maybe we should learn how to be content, which means understanding at any given moment I have what I need.  Philippians 4:10-13, is the greatest statement in the New Testament on contentment.

Philippians 4:10-13, “I’m glad in God, far happier than you would ever guess–happy that you’re again showing such strong concern for me.  Not that you ever quit praying and thinking about me.  You just had no chance to show it.  Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally.  I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances.  I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little.  I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty.  Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.”  (the Message)

The writer, Paul, shows us that riches are not the way to contentment and in that way, he learned to hold material things in an open hand.  He could also walk away from prosperity when his service to the Lord demanded it.

Contentment is possible when you realize that everything happens for a purpose — whether you see it or not.    Paul managed to live his life above his circumstances.  For him, his contentment wasn’t a ‘stiff upper lip’ or ‘a positive attitude’….no, his contentment was based on relying solely on Jesus Christ.  That takes more than positive thinking.  You’ve got to have Jesus on the inside.

So as believers are we better people?  Nope.  Does that mean that believers don’t suffer?  Nope.  It means that we have the power of Christ living in us giving us strength.  This is the strength that I, myself, relied on while taking care of a severely handicapped child for 15 1/2 years.  I wasn’t doing it on my own……I owe my strength to God HE was my source of strength.

Is it enough?  Can His power meet the problems in your life?  YES!  The beauty is that if your are not a content person, if you have not experienced that supernatural power of Christ in your life, you can — simply by learning to lean on the Lord.

God has given us everything we need for this new year.  So we can be content about the future………I think that can be my new years resolution……..”learning to be content in all things..”

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merry christmas everyone!!!!

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what does it mean to you?…

                                                                                                                          This book contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the travelers map, the pilgrims staff, the pilots compass, the soldiers sword, and the Christians character. Here paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand object, our good is its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is given you in life and will be opened in the judgement and will be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents. – Author Unknown                                            

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