Archive for May, 2008

Tomorrow is Memorial Day and we’re going to do something different.  It is likely that when I get ready to go out the door; I’ll be going alone.  My family may not understand my passion in which case…I have a “Plan B.”

Here’s the plan (A that is):  I will knock on doors and ask if there are any Vets and personal;ly thank them and move on.  As far as my family, I’ve prepared a statement of thanks for them; and I’ll leave a copy from them.  I’ll pray before I go out.  It isn’t much, but I’m asking God to allow me to make a difference and perhaps this lone action will get people to thinking and to reaching out to others!

I encourage you today…to make a difference and to pray for all of those who’ve served and presently serve our country!  My dad was a Veteran…and I love our soldiers past and current!

* Please note: the Video was on time; but we were late posting it and for that we are truly sorry.

23 Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!
Proverbs 14:23 (NLT)

I suspect this is the least popular topic among Christians. Many of us want to avoid work as much as possible. Some may even see work as a curse, a result of Adam’s sin. One of the reasons many of us want to get rich is because we want to be free from work. In this article, we shall study in depth the role of work in our lives and attempt to benefit from it.

The first question, is work a curse? Let us look at the beginning of work.

27 So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
Genesis 1:27-28(NLT)

The moment after God created man, He gave him works to do. Adam’s jobs were:

1. Be fruitful and multiply.
2. Fill the earth and govern it.
3. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground

This tells us that work is a part of our design. We are designed to work. Adam’s job was to reproduce and govern over the whole earth. So, work was not a result of sin. Work is a creation of God to be a part of us.

“Can’t I choose not to work if I get rich enough?”

Of course you can. However if you look at the super rich people like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, they are still working. Why is that so? Are they greedy? Will they go broke the moment they stop working? No, they work because they want to. Work is a part of our design. This means work is a part of the equation for living a fulfilled life.

We may be happy to go for holidays, do nothing other than having fun. However, when it become a daily routine for months, we will lose our initial joy and feel like missing something. That “something” is work, specifically productive work.

The term “work” is not just limited to things we do to earn money. If you are retired, your “work” can be helping out in your church or charity organization in distributing food, talking to people or any things you are capable of. If you have attained wealth so great that you don’t need your job anymore, your new work can be in the form of looking for people or organizations to give to. The bottom line is our works must help people in some ways. Only then we can profit from it.

In the above verse, God is telling us that our work will bring us profits. If you are really interested in becoming rich, start working. Please note that God did not specify what type of works. This means any legitimate work that creates value for the society can bring us profit. It does not matter that the job does not appear to have good prospect. As long as you are working wholeheartedly on it, God will ensure your prosperity. I don’t know how he is going to do it. I only know he will because he never breaks his promises.

If you happen to have lost your job. God wants you to keep believing in him. He will provide you with the job you like. In the meantime, God wants you to take on any legitimate job you can find. It does not matter how bad the pay is and how lacking in prospect. Trust in God. As long as you are doing your part in doing this job wholeheartedly as though you are doing for the glory of God, God will do his part to send you prosperity.

The second part of the verse tells us that mere talk leads to poverty. There is nothing wrong with talking about what we want to do but we have to make sure that we do the things we talk about. Otherwise, we will never be rich.

In conclusion, we need to focus on doing our jobs well for the riches of God to flow into our lives. Our prosperity is dependent on the integrity of God and not on the nature of our natural jobs. Make sure you start doing what you talk about.

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“Who is so great a God as our God? You are the God who does wonders.” (Psalm 77:13,14)
COMMENT: Recently I heard something about our universe that compelled me to, once more, marvel at the greatness of our God. Astronomers tell us that the light from the nearest star to the earth – not counting our sun – takes four and a half years to reach us. The astonishing fact is that light travels at a fantastic 186,000 miles per second. Just how huge is this universe anyway? In addition, 3,000 biologists are working on finding out how many different species there are on this earth. So far they have counted 1.5 Million animal and plant species.  “In our human bodies there are more than 10 Million Million (10,000,000,000,000) cells. The cells are specialized with particular jobs to do. Each cell “breathes”, takes in food and gets rid of waste.” (World Book Encyclopedia)  Now you can’t tell me that all of this and more just happened by chance. There is an all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present Intelligent Being behind all of these wonders. Of course, He is our Heavenly Father.
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Psalm 24:1,2 and Psalm 33:6,7
WISE SONG LYRICS: HOW GREAT THOU ART, HOW GREAT THOU ART!!!!
Not a sermon, just a thought!

“. . .Your will be done.” (Matthew 26:42)
COMMENT: Of course you recognize that our Lead Scripture is from Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane where he agonized over the fate that laid before him. We all know that Paul was a obedient follower of Jesus, but recently while reading my devotional, it dawned on me how Paul was put into a similar position as Jesus and made the same correct decision.
In Acts 21:11 a prophet informed Paul that the Holy Spirit told him that if the apostle were to go to Jerusalem, he would be taken by the Jews and handed over to the Romans. Paul, like Jesus, decided to follow the will of God. True enough, in Jerusalem he was mobbed by the Jews and eventually sent to Rome. The will of God for us Christians is the Word of God. For instance, there may be times when it would seem more advantageous to tell a “little white lie” because it might bring a lot of embarrassment if the whole truth were told. Even though we may imagine dire results if we were to tell the truth, we can be assured that the Lord will work all things together for our good when we follow His Word. Romans 8:28 tells us that if we love Him we will have that good outcome and loving the Lord is synonymous to keeping His commandments. (John 14:15) So we could rephrase Romans 8:28 this way: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who keep God’s commandments, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
SCRIPTURE STUDY:Proverbs 3:1-8
WISE SAYING: OBEDIENCE LEADS TO ABUNDANCE (Pastor Amos Dodge)

[Jesus was] “delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.” (Romans 4:25)
NOTE: Recently I read a message regarding our justification written by David Wilkerson. I would like to share some excerpts from that article. However, before we hear from David, let me set the stage. He starts off by explaining that justification entails two principles: Firstly, it says our sins are blotted out. Secondly, Jesus not only cleared us of all our sins – He also made us acceptable to the Father by His sacrifice. Now here is David Wilkerson’s warning to us.
“Yet I must add there is a deadly doctrine in Christian circles today that offers believers a false security. This teaching says you are made the righteousness of Christ no matter how you live in the flesh. Many Christians today run around doing as they please – cheating, fornicating, living carelessly and sinning at will. They boast, “No sweat – I am the righteousness of God in Christ. His blood covers all my past, present or future sins.” These people are being deceived: No one can be justified who continues in sin and rebellion. We are “made the righteousness of God in Him” when we honestly repent and humble ourselves before Him. Yes, Jesus was raised for our justification and He becomes our righteousness. But forgiveness and justification are offered to those who choose to turn from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to the power of God. These things are not imputed to us or accounted ours until we repent, turn from our wicked ways, and believe and obey God. ***
***David Wilkerson, World Challenge Inc., P.O. Box 260, Lindale, TX 75771
Not a sermon, just a thought!