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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Issue # 31 - Are ‘U’ ready for this ?

Can you believe it, we are almost into another New Year? Ready or not it’s coming and it’s.. increasing in speed each hour. Hope you are still living with great expectations.

It’s another week and time for another letter. Hope you’re still with me on this journey, if you are just joining me welcome. Our series from A- Z takes us into the letter 'U' and all he wants to talk about is 'unity'. Boy oh boy how we do need this in our homes, workplaces, communities, governments, nations and the world.

Unity:
1.The state or quality of being one; singleness.
2.The state or quality of being in accord; harmony.



"Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved".
Mattie Stepanek






If this is our goal for mankind we must look where it all starts. The foundation of unity starts with God. God the Father and Son were united from the foundation of the world and you better believe they are still united up to this day.

So God does not want us just to unite for special events and meetings but it should be continuous. The key to being united as a people in God is first to unite with God.

In order to unite with God, you must walk with him. "Can two people walk together
without agreeing on the direction?"
Amos 3:3 ( New Living Translation ) If you are walking with Him then you are traveling with Him. This means you are following Him, if you are following Him then what happens ? He must be leading you. God will always lead you to a place that promotes and results in unity.

Our unity with God and Jesus Christ is in jeopardy when we put up a resistance and rebel against the way they are walking. "Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me". Matthew 12:30 ( NLT ). When we decide to walk with God we must be in for the long haul, good, bad, sunshine rain, in plenty, and even in recession. If we believe that God has good intentions for us then we must trust all of His guidelines, even when it looks crazy, impossible, dark etc.

How much impact is there in walking(uniting) with God? Just because you choose to walk with God it can cause others to do the same. Why? Cause they see it being done by you. The decision you make, will have an influence on someone, be very careful of your next decision, it can cause someone to live or die.

How do you know when you are in unity with God?

1. Unity begins with Salvation- Romans 10:9
You must accept his representative Jesus Christ. When God dwells in you and you in Him then unity begins and you now have the opportunity to walk with God.

2. You must Love - I John 4:16
To walk (unite) and continue to walk with God love must be a part of your life. How’s your love life?

3. Pray- Matthew 6:6
It is your source of communication and contact with God. You cannot be in unity with someone and don’t spend time to speak with them. That’s a sign of division and broken down relationship. How’s your prayer life?

4. Walk in Truth - III John : 3,4
God is full of truth and he expects us to take on truth if you expect to walk and unite with Him. When you step out of truth God knows. Even though He may not say something all the time He is giving you the opportunity to get it right.

Anytime you see there is division, separation, confusion among a people then someone is out of unity with God. When we strive to do these things and the many others that are lined out in God’s word, then we will have an upright walk with God and see true unity. When you unite with God as an individual, then we can know unity as a people.

You must allow God to be in YOUR picture, before He can be in our picture.

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" Psalm 133:1 (KJV)





Bible readings:
Amos 3:3
Psalm 133:1


Coming next …………….. letter 'V'

Are you ready to face eternity? If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life and desire to make that commitment now please repeat the following prayer:

Lord Jesus be merciful to me a sinner. I realize that I have sinned against you and come
short of your glory. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe in my heart that God has raised him from the dead. I pray for your forgiveness and ask that you save me now and accept me into your kingdom. Give me eternal life today.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Issue # 30 ‘It’s ‘T’ time

Things, people and places do not successfully prove themselves until they go through a …



...test.

Well we might as well get straight to the bottom of things. It’s time for your 'test'. Thank God we are moving on in our series A-Z. we still have a few more yards to go but before you know it we’ll be at the end of the race.

Test:
1. A procedure that ascertains effectiveness, value, proper function, or other quality
2. A set of questions or exercises designed to determine knowledge or skill
3. A means by which individuals are compared and judged.


“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power”.
Abraham Lincoln



Have you noticed that you love to prove how smart or intelligent you are but don’t love taking the tests to prove it. There is a reason behind every test you take. Your degree of strength is determined by the test you go through.

Not because you fail a test means you are a failure. If you really evaluate it, it was revealed what you know and understand and what you don’t.-Your response? Work on developing you’re your weak points and polish up where you did well. Be consistent with this practice and there should be GREAT results.

Do you know what’s your best learning method? Are you a theory person or practical? I think this is where you give up at times because the way you was trying to learn hasn’t been encouraging. Well, let me say try another way.

The reality is that very few people achieve success on their first attempt. All of the inventors, scientists and revolutionaries who have made large and small contributions to the evolution of our world – more than likely didn’t succeed on their first attempt. Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Henry Ford and Beethoven are only a few of the countless, famous & successful people who experienced and overcame adversity, rejection, personal and financial limitations and many attempts at success.

Let me say to you that you are tested many times by God himself. If you believe He is fair and just you should celebrate when he gives one to you. Why? He knows that you can pass it. "No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it". 1 Corinthians 10:13 (The Message Bible)



As you know when you passed your tests in school it was time to move on to the next grade or level. God does not test you until he knows you are ready. His aim is to provide an opportunity for you to be promoted.

And so, if you are being tested right now go ahead take it and rejoice because your promotion isn’t far. Finally, remember with the test there will be no TESTimony. Let me say in advance enjoy your promotion.






Bible reading
1 Corinthians 10:13

Coming next………………letter ‘U’

Are you ready to face eternity? If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life and desire to make that commitment now please repeat the following prayer:

Lord Jesus be merciful to me a sinner. I realize that I have sinned against you and come
short of your glory. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe in my heart that God has raised him from the dead. I pray for your forgiveness and ask that you save me now and accept me into your kingdom. Give me eternal life today.
In Jesus Name, Amen. Read more!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Issue # 29 - Are you enjoying your ‘S’ ?

Change is necessary as you move along in your journey in life. Through this you see various signs of growth, progress and advancement. But so often you are afraid to move out of your comfort zone. Why? You are afraid of the fact that you do not know what you are going to get.

So you choose to stay there, the sad thing about that, you miss out in experiencing new things. Imagine everyday being Monday, you would miss the joy of knowing what Fridays are like.

You know like, receiving your paycheck after your work week. Looking forward to enjoying the weekend and spending time with your family and friends. Getting some much needed rest and sleep that you desired from Monday.

Well today in continuing our series from A- Z, I want to reflect on the word 'season'. either you are approaching a new season, in a season, or coming out of a season.
Regardless of your state are surrounded by it.

Season :
1. A recurrent period characterized by certain occurrences, occupations, festivities, or
crops: the holiday season; tomato season.
2. A suitable, natural, or convenient time: a season for merriment.
3. A period of time: gone for a season.



"A word out of season may mar a whole lifetime"
Greek Proverb



In recent times we have seen some unusual things happening on the face of the earth. One thing I know is that seasons don’t last long. "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:" Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV) So if you want to make the best out of it you must move quickly and be efficient.

Spring, summer, autumn, winter. Easter, thanksgiving, christmas. Baseball, football, basketball, soccer and so on. All these relate to various seasons that we know about.

How many times have you been waiting on a particular season and because you were unprepared it came and slipped right past. If you are going to get the best results you must prepare before the season begins.

You must take on the mindset of a farmer. Preparing the ground is a must if you are going to expect a good harvest. Your seeds must be sown in good ground. I know you will sow what you reap, but WHERE you sow is important. This will determine if your season will be one of joy or regret.

Even in hard times you can have fruits to sustain you if you did what was right. So what does it take to have a good season? How is it that some people blossom during or after a bad season? "1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." Ps. 1:1-3 (KJV)

Life will take you through many seasons but make sure in the end you are left with fruit from the right tree. "….To him who overcomes (is victorious), I will grant to eat [of the fruit] of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God." Revelation 2:7 (Amplified Bible)


Did you know?……………….
The one place where a flag flies all day, never goes up or comes down, and does not get saluted, is the moon.



What Causes Earth's Seasons?











Bible readings:
Ecclesiastes 3:1-9
Ps. 1:1-6
John 4:35-38
Revelation2:7




Coming next …………….. letter 'T'

Are you ready to face eternity? If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life and desire to make that commitment now please repeat the following prayer:

Lord Jesus be merciful to me a sinner. I realize that I have sinned against you and come
short of your glory. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe in my heart that God has raised him from the dead. I pray for your forgiveness and ask that you save me now and accept me into your kingdom. Give me eternal life today.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Issue # 28 - Who’s ‘R’ ?

"Don’t blame me it wasn’t my fault". How many times have you heard this over your life span? It sure is a common phrase wherever you go. Why don’t you put it to a test. Check to see how many times you will hear this in a given week.

The only thing I want to know then is, who’s fault is it? With so many things being neglected today why are we surprised at what goes on in our society, nation or world? So often we see or even become a part of the blame game.

We make sure that fingers are not left pointing at us. No matter how big or small the situation is we don’t want to be looked at as the negative factor in the equation. Who wants to be labeled as the party pooper aye?

To get to the bottom of this we must find out who’s…….'responsible' . So that’s why we are putting the letter 'R' on the stand to see if he can tell us as we continue in this series From A-Z.


Responsible:
1. Liable to be required to give account, as of one's actions or of the discharge of a duty or trust.
2. Being a source or cause.


"None of us are responsible for all the things that happen to us, but we are responsible for the way we act when they do happen."
Author Unknown







I’m sure you’ve seen court cases where judges and jurors have to decide who’s at fault. You know sometimes this can be a difficult task, especially when person’s testimony is not credible and Mr. Lie gets involved. Very few people own up to their responsibility and are willing to take the blame to bring peace and healing.

One thing is for sure though, truth is not nervous on the witness stand. Even if the world is against him, he will tell the whole story.

Look at this, a man decides to be punished for all the wrong that others did. Should he do this though? He’s not at fault Why is he doing this then? He wanted to clean up the mess that was in the world. The sad thing about this? Many show no gratitude for this act of love & kindness. How do you think this makes Jesus feel?

The following is a collection of actual excuses for missing school that were turned in by students and reported by Seventeen magazine.

My son is under a doctor’s care and could not take P.E. yesterday. Please execute him.

Please excuse Cynthia for being absent. She was sick and I had her shot.

Please excuse Tom for being absent on Jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, and 33.

Please excuse Timothy for being absent last week. He could not talk because of Larry and Gitus.

Please excuse Robert for being absent. He had a cold and could not breed well.


All sorts of excuses can be found for things that you do. Some are legitimate, some are not. Sooner or later you have to take responsibility for who you are and what you do. You can’t keep blaming your behavior on someone or something else.

When you stand before God, no excuse from your mother or anyone else will do. "If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin" John 15:22 (NIV).

Jesus is our excuse that’s why he came. He is the note that gets us off the hook. Finally, you know what’s okay with God ? “Please excuse (your name here), he belongs to me.”



Did you know?……………….

Why does water not calm the tongue after eating hot spicy food?
The spices in most of the hot foods that we eat are oily, and, like your elementary school science teacher taught you, oil and water don't mix. In this case, the water just rolls over the oily spices.
What can you do to calm your aching tongue? Eat bread. The bread will absorb the oily spices. A second solution is to drink milk. Milk contains a substance called "casein" which will bind to the spices and carry them away. Alcohol also dissolves oily spices.

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THINK OF A NUMBER
DOUBLE IT
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THE NUMBER YOU HAVE NOW, DIVIDE IN HALF
NOW SUBTTRACT THE 1ST NUMBER YOU THOUGHT OF
FROM THE ANSWER YOU HAVE NOW





Coming next week…………….. letter 'S'

Are you ready to face eternity? If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life and desire to make that commitment now please repeat the following prayer:

Lord Jesus be merciful to me a sinner. I realize that I have sinned against you and come
short of your glory. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe in my heart that God has raised him from the dead. I pray for your forgiveness and ask that you save me now and accept me into your kingdom. Give me eternal life today.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
Read more!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Issue # 27 - What’s your I ‘Q’ ?

Here’s a story I found very interesting with real life comparisons. Imagine this, a group of thieves broke into a jewelry store one night. What did they steal? Here’s the strange thing about this story, all they did was switched all the price tags.

The following day, no one could tell what was valuable and what was cheap. The expensive jewels had suddenly become cheap, and the costume jewelry, which had been virtually worthless before, was suddenly of great value. Customers who thought they were purchasing valuable gems were getting fakes. Those who couldn't afford the higher priced items were leaving the store with treasures.

Well today as our series From A - Z continues, I bring to the forefront the letter 'Q'.
It’s now time for 'quality'. Are you getting quality for your money?

Quality:
1. A distinctive element.
2. High style in quality, manner, or dress
3. Degree of excellence.
4. Exceptionally good of its kind.



"Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort"
John Ruskin

What if I asked you if everything in life has a value on it? O.K., what I really would like to know then is does each of these match up to it’s value?

You walk into the food store to pick up an item and you notice the price went up. But wait a minute that’s not the only surprise. Through close observation you notice that the size of it has been reduced.

Wow! First the price goes up and then a smaller product. Today so many claims are being made by people and companies about their products or service. Poor quality customer service, poor quality product , poor quality work, are often the areas you hear complaints about.


Whatever you purchase in life, I’m sure you want the best quality product. I rally don’t blame you, cause there is nothing wrong with getting your money’s worth. In these days and times more people want your money, but what are they offering you? This means you have to be more and more alert to scams and con artist.

Meanwhile, back to our opening story about the jewelry store thieves. I want you to know, in our world someone also came in and switched all the price tags. It isn’t easy telling what is of value and quality and what is not. The world puts a high price tag on popularity, prestige, beauty, fame, accumulation of material wealth and the power that goes with it.

In return, they also make it appear that things pertaining to God aren’t that important and therefore don’t see them as of great value. In the only "jewelry store" that matters: the kingdom of God, remember Jesus taught us that the real truth behind the accumulation of wealth is virtually worthless. "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:" Matthew 6:19(KJV). Well you know if Jesus gave you a warning he will also give you some words of advice .And what is that you ask? "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:" Matthew 6:20 (KJV)

I pray as the people of America go to the polls that the candidate of their choice be a man of good quality.


"The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves".
Ray Kroc, Founder, McDonald’s




Did you know?
The first electronic mail, or "email", was sent in 1972 by Ray Tomlinson. It was also his idea to use the @ sign to separate the name of the user from the name of the computer.

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Bible Reading:-
Matthew 6: 19-34


Coming next week: The series continues…letter 'R'

Take care until…......and God Bless ya
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Are you ready to face eternity? If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life and desire to make that commitment now please repeat the following prayer:

Lord Jesus be merciful to me a sinner. I realize that I have sinned against you and come
short of your glory. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe in my heart that God has raised him from the dead. I pray for your forgiveness and ask that you save me now and accept me into your kingdom. Give me eternal life today.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Issue # 26 - Time for some sweet ‘P’

Each day, month, year we should be aiming to do something to advance our lives. I want you to know that there are certain methods and strategies that are beneficial to this process. Some ways can be alternated for better results and others must be implemented in the order in which it is set.

As our series From A - Z continues, this week we have arrived at the letter sweet ‘P’. Today we will take a twist from the norm and look at 4P’s that are beneficial to your life.

Here are 4 P’s things you should do before you set out to do anything:-


1. Pray - It shows God that you want to be dependant on him and desire him to be a part of your life’s venture. Bear in mind he knows the way you ought to go because he made the path for you. It puts the enemy on notice that you and God are about to make a move and he better watch out.

Prayer is the chamber where you go to God for consultation. God loves it when people want his attention. It’s like setting the firm foundation to build on. It is a hard thing to build something and lose it because we didn’t invite God in on the matter. "5
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" . Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV).So for lasting results make sure you start here.







2. Plan - This is where you intend to layout the intend route or path to get to your destination or have your need met. Through this phase you will have to find out what’s needed and how much of it. The basic areas are people, material, resources and average time span.

Plans are very important if you want to build properly. It’s the place where all the lines of your dream or life’s blueprint come together. This is where you map out in detail from start to finish. "For I know the plans I have for you,"declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

This is very important especially where other persons have to be involved. Even in cases where many copies are needed, you will notice the diagram stays the same. Change one dimension and you offset many things. So be very careful who you have looking at the blueprint for your life.



3.Perform - Your plans have been approved, Great! You know where you are going, what you need and how long it’s going to take. So what’s next? It’s time to get to work.

This is where you get to carry out the duty or task. Begin to sing, dance, do business, build and the likes. If you want, you can post up a picture of your project with the headline "Coming Soon".

Bear in mind you will not get the support of everyone because not all wants to see you succeed. You must be alert during your building process. You will encounter opposition but be determined to build to completion. "So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows" . Psalm 61:8 (KJV)





4. Praise - You’ve just completed building one of your most desired dreams/ projects. You’ve prayed, planned, performed and now it’s all done.

Not so fast my friend, you need to put the seal on things.

You can’t do all that work and not celebrate. First, praise must go out to God who gave you the desire to do this and thank him for being your consultant every step of the way.

Then there are those who believed enough to support your venture, family, friends, and all who gave a helping hand in any way. Finally, you, yes YOU. You allowed God to use you to be a blessing to others. Whether what you’ve built will benefit 1-10 persons or more it was for a just cause. Now go ahead pat yourself on the back. Mission Accomplished. "Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!" Psalm 107:8 (KJV)













Bible Readings:-
1. Proverbs 3:5,6
2. Jeremiah 29:11
3. Psalm 61:8
4. Psalm 107:8


Coming next week: The series continues -From A - Z…letter 'Q'

Take care until…......and God Bless ya
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Are you ready to face eternity? If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life and desire to make that commitment now please repeat the following prayer:

Lord Jesus be merciful to me a sinner. I realize that I have sinned against you and come
short of your glory. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe in my heart that God has raised him from the dead. I pray for your forgiveness and ask that you save me now and accept me into your kingdom. Give me eternal life today.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
Read more!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Issue # 25 - ‘O’ What a relief

As we move on to the later part of this year and the times to come more uncertain things and events are happening. Things we have never heard of or experienced. If you are paying attention to what is going on in the earth, tragedy is happening at a much faster rate. Destruction is happening all around us and no group is being left untouched in some way.














In the midst of all this, there is something that is very important that must be a part of your survival tool box. In these last days you need something that is going to help you look these things in the face with hope.

Today, tragedy may be at my house and tomorrow he finds himself visiting your house. Last time we looked at the word news, let me tell you bad news does not discriminate. Loss of jobs, labor disputes, recession, companies closing down, cost of living rising, increasing social ills, etc.

The best key for these issues is to be optimistic. Believe it or not that’s the key word for today. That’s one reason to appreciate the letter 'O'.

Optimistic:
1. Inclined to hope for the best, or to expect it.
2. Predicting improvement.
3. Believing positively.





"Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A word of optimism and hope. A "you can do it" when things are tough".
Richard M. DeVos





According to a special report to CNN from Mayo Clinic, researchers continue to explore the effects of optimism on health. The health benefits optimism may provide are:





  • Decreased stress
  • Greater resistance to catching the common cold
  • A sense of well-being and improved health
  • Reduced risk of coronary artery disease
  • Breathing easier if you have chronic obstructive lung disease, such as emphysema
  • Improved coping ability for women with high-risk pregnancies
  • Living longer
  • Better coping skills

It's unclear why optimists experience these health benefits. But one theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the effects of stress on your body.










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What if you were able to see these words flash before you today? How would you feel? Will it give you a different outlook toward your situation and life? Would that cause you to attempt to do more things? Well then, it goes to show you that you do believe that you can have success. So affirmation is important.

Why do you get out of bed each day? It is because you are believing to see a better situation and life? Just to get out of bed each day takes strength and courage, especially when you had a dark night.

It’s not that easy to see hope and be optimistic when all you see is darkness or a dry environment. Thank God for the power to envision, this enables you to see with the eyes of God.

Imagine hearing the words it’s going to rain when you don’t see any clouds, or you are healed when pain is rocking your body and your health is failing, God shall supply all your needs when your needs list increases everyday.

Yes I understand negative thoughts and images will bombard you but you must still keep getting up out of bed. The minute you let your mind influence you to stop being optimistic, you are on your way to defeat.

Since you can only have one thought at a time, here are some affirmations to keep your thoughts positive:




  • I always have a choice.
  • Anything is possible.
  • I create my circumstances, my circumstances don't create me.
  • I can control my attitude towards life.
  • Look at the little things in life that are good and it will make your life a WHOLE lot better.

Before you win anything in life, you win it in your mind first. So don’t let the enemy allow you to switch channel. Keep watching the film that God is showing you and eventually it will manifest. "For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry". (Habakkuk 2:3)

No matter what the environment is around you, I’m sure you would rather be hanging on by the threads than not to be hanging on at all.





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Bible Readings:-
Romans 10:17
Romans 15:4
Jeremiah 17:7


Coming next week: The series continues…letter 'P'

Take care until…......and God Bless ya
http://jamesedgecombe2.blogspot.com/

Are you ready to face eternity? If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life and desire to make that commitment now please repeat the following prayer:

Lord Jesus be merciful to me a sinner. I realize that I have sinned against you and come
short of your glory. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe in my heart that God has raised him from the dead. I pray for your forgiveness and ask that you save me now and accept me into your kingdom. Give me eternal life today.
In Jesus Name, Amen.



Read more!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Issue # 24 - Just ‘N time

What does good, bad, truth, & lie have in common? Well all of these can be related to the matter I will tell you about shortly. I know you have been on all sides of this word and can relate your own stories on this. Many times you were in direct relation to it, at other times you held your distance.

I would also have you to know that being involved with this sometimes left you happy, sad, and sometimes it made you cry. Why? From the outcome of this. At other times it left you concerned, worried, frightened, anxious and even depressed.

It’s so good for us to have now arrived at the letter 'N'. In the letter 'N' we have the words name, natural, necessary, nice, nomination, nourishment etc. Oh but we won’t be looking at any of these. Surprisingly each of these can also have a story about our keyword for today. Without further delay , I’m talking about the word 'news'. Even as you read this you just recently heard some type of news.

Whether you’ve heard it from a friend, relative in the community, nationally or internationally, it was birthed from somewhere. The main thing you are most concerned about is the fact that is it true?

News:
1. a. Information about recent events or happenings, especially as reported by
newspapers, periodicals, radio, or television.
b. A presentation of such information, as in a newspaper or on a newscast.
2. New information of any kind: The requirement was news to him.


"For most folks, no news is good news; for the press, good news is not news".
Gloria Borger


Actual Newspaper Headlines
Crack Found on Governor's Daughter [Imagine that!]
Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says [No, really?]
Miners Refuse to Work after Death [No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so!]
If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile [You think?]
Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures [Who would have thought!]
Kids Make Nutritious Snacks [Taste like chicken?]
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead






Many people rely on mainstream news for news. It is filled with propaganda. Here's an example of what happens when people believe what MSM says. Turn off the TV when you want real news, turn to journalists on the internet brave enough to tell the truth.

The kind of news you hear can affect things like your day, decisions, investments, and relationships. Sadly to say, many may have been bad judgments because as time went on you found out it was only a rumor.

I know you have experienced that bad news travels faster than wild fire. He doesn’t care who carries him he just wants to get around. Innocent people are even caught up in this process . It’s sure hard to put out once it’s out there. Why? Cause you don’t know how far it’s gone.

Often time there is a search for the latest news whether it be about products and inventions, fashion trends, job markets, weather, price of fuel and so forth. How about the news that has been around for centuries? That God loves you and Jesus came, died for your sins, was buried and resurrected that you may have eternal life. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life". John 3:16(KJV)

This is probably the one millionth time you have heard this. There is nothing better than a drink of water when you are thirsty, even though you have drank water before. Even just as important, do you know that even though you have heard news many times over, there is always someone out there that hasn’t heard hears as yet?

What am I saying? Not because you are filled doesn’t mean you can’t offer someone else a drink. "As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country". Proverbs 25:25 (KJV)

Heaven’s broadcasting station is on 24/7, but God is in need of some more reporters to bear the good news to the world. Make sure you are a part of the team that’s spreading the good news. "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" Isaiah 52:7 (NIV)


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Bible Readings:-
John 3:16
Proverbs 15:30
Proverbs 25:25
Isaiah 52:7

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Are you ready to face eternity? If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life and desire to make that commitment now please repeat the following prayer:

Lord Jesus be merciful to me a sinner. I realize that I have sinned against you and come
short of your glory. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe in my heart that God has raised him from the dead. I pray for your forgiveness and ask that you save me now and accept me into your kingdom. Give me eternal life today.
In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Issue # 23- Have you tasted this 'M n M' ?

My how far have we come in this series From A-Z. Would you believe it? We are almost half way there. Thanks for sticking with me.





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Suddenly you find yourself in trouble trying to find a way out. How in the world did this happen? Obviously you had no intention of being in such a place. Now what do you want to happen next?

Well if you are like me, I’m sure you want to be given another chance or be forgiven. You know the funny thing about it? You have been in this type of scenery a number of times. Let us stop and look quickly at this situation before the next one happens again, Oh I’m sure it will.

When you are going through this, there is a certain thing that is in great demand. The greater the trouble the more of this you desire to have. You find it in the letter 'M'. You probably received some of this in the last 24 hours, yes it is ‘mercy’. Mercy, mercy, mercy. Lord have mercy.

Mercy: Kind, forgiving, or compassionate treatment of or disposition toward others.
1.Compassionate treatment, especially of those under one's power; clemency.
2.A disposition to be kind and forgiving: a heart full of mercy.
3.Something for which to be thankful; a blessing: It was a mercy that no one was hurt.
4.Alleviation of distress; relief: Taking in the refugees was an act of mercy.


“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy”
Matthew 5:7 (KJV)





Let’s look at a number of places mercy is requested:

- children from their parents
- student before teacher
- employee before employer
- in the hands of the law officers
- standing before a judge
- as a customer from salesperson
- man before God

I’m sure you’ve seen all sectors of life where this precious item has been requested. How many times has it been granted though? You know what happens? We love to receive it in abundance but scarcely do we give it. We do as though it is extinct or short on supplies when time to give it out. Have you ever caught yourself being merciless toward others?

Well I want to remind you that you have to also be willing to give it. Yes I know it is hard to overlook hurt and pain people inflict on you, or ill-treatment. Was there ever a time you inflicted someone and you deserved punishment? How did feel to walk away free? I now it tasted good to, much better than the plain M&M’s or the ones with peanuts.

The only way to be able to pass this on is when you reflect on the great and merciful Father. "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;" 2 Corinthians 1:3 (KJV).

When you think about all you’ve done against God laws and compared it to the punishment you should have received, you should be able to testify that the Lord is merciful. "21This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 22It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness". Lamentations 3:21-23 (KJV)

There is no measuring table that can measure the mercies of God. Adding to that there is enough to go around. "The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works". Psalm 145:9 (KJV).

Just one last thing before I go. I really must make sure that you know where to find this when you need it. "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need". Hebrews 4:16 (KJV). Always remember the throne room is there for you.


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Are you ready to face eternity? If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life and desire to make that commitment now please repeat the following prayer:

Lord Jesus be merciful to me a sinner. I realize that I have sinned against you and come
short of your glory. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe in my heart that God has raised him from the dead. I pray for your forgiveness and ask that you save me now and accept me into your kingdom. Give me eternal life today.
In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Issue # 22 - Are You Going To Leave Any ‘L’ ?

Do you remember the person or persons that made an impact on your life? What did they do to influence you? I don’t know how long you had to think back, but I hope you remembered someone.

The question that is really burning inside me is, how do you want to be remembered? What trademark, tradition, character, accomplishment do you plan to leave behind? There has to be something that people will attach your name to when certain subject matters arise. You have to leave behind some footprints for others to follow.

If you purpose in your heart to walk in your true identity you will create a path that many will want to follow. Without further delay let me hurry on to our subject matter and focus word. Today I am shining the light on the word 'legacy'. Since you would not be here forever, I suggest you one behind.

Legacy:
1. Tradition, inheritance, heritage
2. Something immaterial, as a style or philosophy, that is passed from one generation to
another.
3. Money or property bequeathed to another by will.




"No legacy is so rich as honesty"
William Shakespeare



As you are reading this, the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad is now going on. I was watching the news one morning last week and they were doing a story the same day the opening ceremony was held. This story was focusing on the 1960 Olympics. Attention was put on a few athletes but one really stood out. His name was Cassius Clay from Louisville, Kentucky. At that time many people had no idea who he was or about to become.

He made his mark there and stated that one day he will become champion of the world. And that he did. Today he is better known as Muhammad Ali. The man behind "Float like a butterfly sting like a bee" and "I am the greatest".

According to Wikipedia encyclopedia, Muhammad Ali defeated almost every top heavyweight in his era, which has been called the golden age of heavyweight boxing. Ali was named "Fighter of the Year" by Ring Magazine more times than any other fighter, and was involved in more Ring Magazine "Fight of the Year" bouts than any other fighter. He is an inductee into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and holds wins over seven other Hall of Fame inductees.

He is also one of only three boxers to be named "Sportsman of the Year" by Sports Illustrated. He is regarded as one of the best pound for pound boxers in history.

He was a masterful self-promoter, and his psychological tactics before, during, and after fights became legendary. It was his athleticism and boxing skill, however, that enabled him to scale the heights and sustain his position for so many years. In 1978, three years before Ali's permanent retirement, the Board of Aldermen in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky voted 6–5 to rename Walnut Street to Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

Bear in mind you may not rise to this status in life and become as popular around the world but you are still as important to mankind. Are you still with me, champion? Good.









Can’t you hear the music playing in the background as you walk through Life’s Hall of Fame? Picture this report:


Contributions___________________ Status
To Life________________________Mission Accomplished
To Family______________________Mission Accomplished
To Workplace___________________Mission Accomplished
To Church_____________________Mission Accomplished
To Society_____________________Mission Accomplished
To Nation _____________________Mission Accomplished
To Mankind ___________________Mission Accomplished
Fulfillment of Purpose____________ Mission Accomplished


O.K. wake up, Looks good right? But you haven’t arrived yet. I just wanted you to show you what it would look like when God shows you your legacy report card. Imagine living a life to be remembered for decades. When you live a satisfied life then you can say like Paul "7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing". II Timothy 4:7,8 (KJV)

Are you living like how you want to be remembered? O.K now go ahead and get working on it.

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Non-violent protests for civil rights for african american people.

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Lord Jesus be merciful to me a sinner. I realize that I have sinned against you and come

short of your glory. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe in my heart that God has raised him from the dead. I pray for your forgiveness and ask that you save me now and accept me into your kingdom. Give me eternal life today.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Issue # 21 - Special ‘K’

Do you know that everyone of us are in search of an answer to something? Sometimes its personal, family, work related, national or worldwide etc. Many times you are looking for more than one at a time. Many of us spend countless hours, days, years trying to get the solution to whatever we are dealing with.

It may be something like how to get more income with little investment. Maybe your trying to get more people to understand you. What about something very important in this hour like how to recession proof your life.

The answer to reduce crime, make communities safer. Living healthier. Finding ways to enhance our relationships, raising children better. Find better ways to store data using less space and material. Innovative ways to communicate globally. Build homes at a lower cost.

Companies are aiming more to produce more in an efficient manner - all while aiming to keep quality at its best. But the question is HOW?

This question is going through your mind and the mind of many around the world. You know what that means? We are looking for the keys to unlock these doors. You must realize that there is always a door that stands between you and the solution, but we need the 'key' to open the lock.

Key:
- answer, solution, essential, important
- device used to open a lock
- a means or method of entering into or achieving something desirable


"Curiosity is the key to creativity"
Akio Morita



If these things were so easy you would have many more persons with keys to make your life better. That’s why you should appreciate the great key holders in your life and society. These are the people who make advancing in life enjoyable. Mind you, they may have sacrificed, struggled and even been criticized for trying. But because they decided to hang in there you have it better.

Let’s give it up for Alexander Graham Bell, what would life be like without the telephone? How would you be communicating now? And how long would it take?
Now, let’s thank God for the key that was given to Thomas Edison what would you be doing after the sun goes down and the darkness sets in? I’m sure you appreciate the night light. Think about all the things you accomplished in the past because you were able to turn on a light switch.
Dr. John W Mauchly and j. Presper Ekert Jr. created the first electronic computer in the world. Look how far this instrument has brought us. How many things can be done, experienced and accomplished at the click of a mouse. From business transactions, to booking flights, shopping, chatting online, and making money. You are reading this in this format because someone took the time to search for the key to open this door.
Creator of the camera Johann Schulze in 1727 just so you can have those Kodak moments.

People have goals, challenges, issues and various problems. So they need solutions. The key thing is what do people need? What do they wish for? For people like you who want to help, your challenge is finding the keys that’s right for the people you come in contact with. Do you know that it is only a secret code that has to be revealed and the answer will be known?


"Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart."
Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

There is a Locksmith that has designed a Key for everything. He has stamped this particular key with the message Do Not Duplicate. You need special permission to override this command. This special key is designed to open the locks of all of our hearts. He is the master key holder. "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." Revelation 1:18 (KJV)

If the master key opens the set of several locks, then why aren’t more of us depending on the Master to open our lock? Let Jesus open that lock for you.



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Are you ready to face eternity? If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life and desire to make that commitment now please repeat the following prayer:

Lord Jesus be merciful to me a sinner. I realize that I have sinned against you and come
short of your glory. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe in my heart that God has raised him from the dead. I pray for your forgiveness and ask that you save me now and accept me into your kingdom. Give me eternal life today.
In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Issue # 20 - How much ‘J’ is in your cup?

From A - Z… the series continues, letter 'J'

A few years ago a women was standing on top of a fifty-four story building in New York City, ready to jump to her death. The police suicide squad took her threats very serious. She didn’t look like the type though, in her expensive dress and distinguished appearance. Many attempts to get her down failed.

One of the officers called his pastor to come to the scene to pray for the woman. After observing the situation, the pastor asked for permission to try get close enough to talk to the woman. That he was granted.

The pastor started walking toward the woman, but she screamed as before, "Don’t come any closer or I’ll jump!" He stepped back and called out to her, "I’m sorry that you believe no one loves you". This got her attention and also the attention of the suicide squad- it was such an unusual thing to say. "Your children and grandchildren must not love you. Apparently they never give you any attention." he continued.

With this the woman took a step toward the pastor and said, "My grandchildren do love me. My whole family does. My grandchildren are wonderful. I have eight of them". The pastor took a step toward the woman and said, "Well then you must be very poor, or you wouldn’t want to take your life".

The woman, who was obviously overweight, said, "Do I look like I go without meals? We live in a nice apartment in Central Park. I’m not poor!" the pastor then took another step and was now only three feet from her. "Then why do you want to kill yourself? I don’t understand".

The woman thought for a moment and said, "You know, I don’t really remember".

This true story ended with the pastor escorting the woman off the edge while she showed him pictures of her grandchildren.






Isn’t it good to see people laughing, enjoying themselves, having a good time and excited about living. How can we get more people in this state is the question I ask you today? Anyone who is against this type of move has to be a mad man. Bearing that in mind, it puts them as the number one candidate for what I want to talk about today.

Where is your 'joy' level? I want you to know that this is necessary for your journey in life. You need to have an experience with this everyday of your life. Life is to be taken very serious but it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while living.

Joy :
- great happiness, pleasure, to enjoy
- Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness
- A condition of supreme well-being and good spirits

"Joy is not in things; it is in us"
Richard Wagner

Have you ever had this experience? You are not really in a good mood or having a bad day. You see a certain person and automatically your spirit is lifted and your filled with joy. Mind you, this person can be anyone from a relative, friend, neighbour, co- worker etc. What I’m getting at is the new life and energy you receive out of this minor incident. People enjoy these type of persons along their path.

When persons see or hear them, their heart is full, their smile is bigger and they want to live longer. Don’t you know that’s the kind of influence you can have when you add joy to someone else’s life. I’m encouraging you to be that type of person.

If joy helps increase people’s energy then the lack of it wears them down. Being in a sad state will speed up you aging process and it will definitely begin to show. Various conditions and news try to get you in a depressed mood and rob you out of your joy.

I must remind you that the joy of the Lord is your strength. On the other hand the strength of the Lord is your joy. When joy is present it runs sadness and its entire family away. So why don’t we make a more conscious effort to help someone else put a smile on their face, and encourage the others to keep smiling. I am very confident that if you do it for someone else it will happen for you. A little bit of help means a lot to someone who is hurting. Thankful people are happy people.


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Are you ready to face eternity? If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life and desire to make that commitment now please repeat the following prayer:

Lord Jesus be merciful to me a sinner. I realize that I have sinned against you and come
short of your glory. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe in my heart that God has raised him from the dead. I pray for your forgiveness and ask that you save me now and accept me into your kingdom. Give me eternal life today.
In Jesus Name, Amen.


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Friday, July 11, 2008

Issue # 19 - Warning - Don’t let them steal your ‘I’

From A - Z… the series continues, letter 'I'


I was raised by an Egyptian princess after she found me hidden in some bulrushes. When I was grown, I led the Israelites into the wilderness and away from Pharaoh.


Who am I?
a) Moses b) Ramses c) Absalom d) Saul


Why are they trying to steal this away from you? What am I talking about? That same thing that you don’t consider important. I must warn you though you must make every effort to guard this.

If you have criminals plotting to get a hold of this, then it has to be worth much. No one is going to waste time going after something that is not valuable or beneficial. They watch what you do, where you go and try to find out as much as they can about you. Warning - don’t let them steal your 'I' . Do you see what 'I' see? Do you see what they see? I’m talking about your 'identity'.

Identity :
- name, individuality, distinctness of character, personal uniqueness.
- The set of behavioral or personal characteristics by which an individual is recognizable:



“You have your identity when you find out, not what you can keep your mind on, but what you can't keep your mind off”
Archie R. Ammons


Where is your ID ?




The Federal Trade Commission estimates that as many as 9 million Americans are victims of ID theft each year. Identity theft strikes 1 in 8 adults. Identity theft is a significant problem that is on the rise. It is affecting millions of consumers and costing billions of dollars.

Do you really know who you are? How close or far are you from who you were created to be. I must confess though, it can take a lifetime to fully discover who you are. When you don’t know who you are then it’s hard to carry out your purpose. That is why most people live unfulfilled lives.

Have you found yourself at times wanting to be someone else? What is it that caused you to think that way? Is it their personality? Their fame & popularity? Their riches? Now don’t you believe that God can make your life as attractive as theirs?

If you don’t come into your identity then I hope you realize that you rob the rest of us that are in the world. How? By withholding the things that God has deposited in you for us. I told you that you were valuable.



Who am I ?


You have come from the line of limited additions. Where there is only one. One God, one you, one me… and everyone else? Still one of each. There is more to who you are than what you eat, drink, wear, & drive.

Abraham found out his identity from God. “5Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee”.
Genesis 17:5-6 (KJV) So did Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, David, Jeremiah, Paul, The 12 Disciples etc… If all of these men found their identity from God then why are we trying to go to other sources?

What is the greatest misconception about you? Can you effectively communicate who you are to others? Are people walking away from you classing you as something you are not?
What do you do when someone has put the wrong label on you? You can’t just accept it cause it will have an effect on your destination.

Let’s say your traveling to Orlando to meet up with friends on vacation today. Only thing is you have a connecting flight through Texas. You arrive at the check-in counter for your flight. You hand over your bag that has an ID tag to be checked and labeled. Some very important valuable items are inside. You receive your gate pass and proceed to your flight gate.

You are now in Orlando and standing at the baggage claim station. Moments pass by and everyone else has received their luggage. You stand there waiting but that’s it, there are no more bags. This must be a mistake because you had your bag checked in. You end up making a report to baggage claims office.

Thirty minutes later you found out your bag was found in Texas which is good news to you. It will be much better if it was in your possession though. So you decide to do something to occupy your time until your bag arrives.

My friend, it only goes to show you that if you don’t have the right label on you then you can’t end up at the right destination. You must know your identity and only accept labels that are from God.

You were made in the image of God, you are the head and not the tail, you are above and not beneath. Your identity is precious to God so please make sure it is precious to you. If there is a problem don’t forget you can always ask God ‘Who Am I?’.

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Are you ready to face eternity? If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life and desire to make that commitment now please repeat the following prayer:

Lord Jesus be merciful to me a sinner. I realize that I have sinned against you and come
short of your glory. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe in my heart that God has raised him from the dead. I pray for your forgiveness and ask that you save me now and accept me into your kingdom. Give me eternal life today.
In Jesus Name, Amen.

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