Tag Archives: religion

Job Well Done!

Well-Done-header-1200x799There are thoughts that run continually through the mind. You gather your things in the morning and you run out the door headed for work. The only thing you forgot while leaving was your presentation notes. These notes would be used to catapult you to the next level. You don’t have them and you are 35 minutes from home and the presentation is in one hour.  What is the best strategy for this situation? Go and risk being tardy or become super creative within the hour before presenting?

Time and chance happens to them all. You could very well go in the meeting without your first idea and make it or your second idea could bomb it. You really do not know. If you are a Christian that has been fellowshipping with Jesus, you know that all things work together for good to them that love God.  This knowledge not laced with a close relationship with Jesus provides little comfort.

Sweat develops on your forehead and you become frantic. What do you do? You calm yourself with a quiet prayer and begin asking the Lord for on the spot wisdom. You trust him and go into the meeting and present your second idea. The moment you step in front and begin to present, peace ensues.

 The presentation was remarkable and you received your catapult. You thank the Lord for his faithfulness and grace.

When you have a victory from the Lord do not stop praising and thanking him. Let it be your lifestyle.

The Welcome Mat

Zoomed in doormat by odolphie, on Flickr

Recently, I moved into a new place and while carrying things in the front door I couldn’t help but notice the very worn ‘welcome’ doormat. I continued to carry the things in and walked over it many times but each time, I noticed just how worn it was.

I reflected on the many times I have asked the Lord for forgiveness and the weariness that comes with it. Is it possible for me to wear out my welcome? Just like the worn welcome mat, can I wear him out? No! He is a God of grace and mercy. He knows ours sins and shortcomings, he welcomes our talks and his grace and mercy can cover anything that we mess up.

Don’t stop asking God for your miracle; don’t stop asking God to help you in your situation! You must ask or the Bible would not have said, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find”. What do you need from your Heavenly Father? Healing, financial help, help with your children, help overcoming a weakness or sin? Whatever it is, DON’T feel that you have worn out your welcome, you haven’t. A good parent will always welcome their children home. An evil parent gives their children gifts. How much more does your Heavenly Father welcome your communication with him?

I bought a new doormat for appearance sake, but I kept the old one and placed it on the back porch just to remind me. Now I can wear out the new one and associate it with talking to my Heavenly Father…I am not going to wear out my welcome with him ever!!!

picture by  odolphie

By Sheila (Guest Post)

Send guest post submissions to: inimnez@aol.com

IT’S DANGEROUS TO FORGET

Closeup portrait of a happy young woman smiling isolated on white background

There may be humor in the guy who forgets his anniversary and his cute wife hits him over the head with a paper towel or thumps him on the forehead.  There may be a chuckle when someone forgets to check themselves before leaving the bathroom and toilet paper is hanging from their pants as they walk down the work hallway. We are prone to forget things and sometimes often, but there are some things that are too dangerous to forget.

THE LORD

Those who choose not to retain the knowledge of God will lose their soul. “But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it–not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it–they will be blessed in what they do” (James 1:25).

Blessings flow to those who remember the Lord and when this life is over they will enjoy eternal life.

 “Be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them” (Deuteronomy 4:9).

“For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only he who now restrains will do so, until he be taken out of the way” (2 Thessalonians 2:7).  You may have read my post titled “THE BIBLE on the History Channel”, if not, you should read the post and the comments. I believe the information is rewarding and compliments Deuteronomy 4:9, above, particularly the part on teaching your children.

May you not forget the word of God as it is written and may you seek to retain his knowledge for the world is working hard to deceive. Rightly dividing the word of truth will be required, because the world is using the Bible to deceive. This concept is not foreign, but old. Satan tried the same with Jesus in the wilderness.

 Just because someone holds the Bible and teaches from the Bible does not mean this person is saved and knows the Lord. Remember the Pharisees?

It’s dangerous to forget that belief in Jesus will incur persecution.  Think it not strange. They persecuted Jesus and they will persecute you.

Phillipsburg teacher allegedly fired for giving Bible to student, files complaint against school district

ReligiousDiscrimination

“A substitute teacher who says he was fired after giving a student a Bible filed a complaint yesterday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The complaint against the Phillipsburg School District alleges religious discrimination and retaliation.

Walt Tutka was working as a substitute teacher on October 12 when, according to the complaint filed by Tutka, he said to a student who was last in line, “The first shall be the last and the last shall be the first.”

After the student “repeatedly” asked where the line was from, Tutka told him the Bible. Tutka asked the student if he had a Bible and, when he said no, Tutka said he could have his and he gave him his Bible, the complaint states.

Tutka says he served his last day as substitute teacher on October 15 and alleges that Superintendent George Chando told him on October 18 that he was recommending Tutka’s termination because he gave a student a Bible, the complaint states. Tutka says he was dismissed on January 14.

The Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group dedicated to” restoring and defending religious liberty across America,” alleges that on March 28 Phillipsburg School District “refused to turn over emails and other documents” related to Tutka, despite an open-records request (via nj.com).”

Should we as Christians be surprised by this behavior? Should we shake our heads in rage against the establishment?

CHAOS

Bomb by _Gavroche_, on Flickr

The informed have known for years that the original family is under attack. The informed have also known that before homosexuality became a huge item in America the enemy was often found in ones own home.  Cain murders Abel, Ham mocks his father, Noah, by looking at his nakedness, Jacob deceives his brother Esau and Absalom tries to take his father’s throne and many more stories like these are found in scripture.

In fact, chaos began with God. The Tower of Babel was one demonstration of unity that God interrupted. Why? The people were not unified in giving God glory, but rather to make a name for themselves, which contradicts God’s reason for our creation. This contradiction in-turn creates chaos.

If the family is to unify, it must be under the umbrella of giving God all the glory. By contradicting your purpose, you create chaos in your life. Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked (Ecclesiastes 7:13)?

There are churches picketing and putting up signs against homosexual marriage. Some are even bold enough to disrupt funerals and cause all sorts of drama, but is this wise? When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them (Proverbs 16:7).

What should the church do? Unify under the umbrella of giving God ALL the glory. Not actors or actresses. Not Prada or Brahmin. Not houses or hummers. God will straighten the chaos created by our contradiction. Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to keep your eyes and your affection on things above where Christ sits upon the throne. The measure of chaos in your home will diminish and when the world sees your good works they will glorify God.

God interrupted the people at the Tower of Babel to bring confusion because of their agenda. I can only imagine what he would bring to the people who are unified in giving him glory. God always brings something, but you choose what it will be. Peace or chaos?

picture by  _Gavroche_