Posts Tagged ‘Detroit’

 “And do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

 
COMMENT: The other day I looked at the”American Scene” in the Washington Times Newspaper. Just for the fun of it, I decided to find out the ratio between good and bad news. Out of 23 different articles, only 9 were positive, the rest depicted crimes, natural disasters and terrorism. I had a relative in Detroit who had been nicknamed “411” (Information). She was “addicted” to TV news. During the day she listened to every newscast she could and even went to bed with that one-eyed monster on, fearing that she might miss some “important” happening. I am sorry to say that she was a very fearful person; since September IIth she wouldn’t fly in planes and the fear of being the recipient of “road rage” curtailed her driving. Our world continually bombards us with fearful images. As Christians, it is imperative that we renew our minds with God’s Word and try to minimize our exposure to the anxiety-provoking rhetoric of the world. (Well, some of you may be taunting me with: “Gene, you mention a lot about things from the Newspapers in the daily “Thoughts”. Aren’t you being a little hypocritical?”) Yes, I do subscribe to the “Post” and the “Times”, but I am very selective about what I ponder. Just as faith is the evidence of things hoped for, fear is the evidence of things dreaded. What was that which Job said? “That which I have feared has come upon me. And what I dreaded has happened to me.” (Job 3:25)
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Joshua 1:9, 2 Timothy 1:7 and 1 John 4:18
WISE SAYING: WITH THE WORD OF GOD YOU MIND’S RENEWED, WITH THE WORDS OF THE WORLD IT IS SUBDUED. (gene mcguire)
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 “And do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

 
COMMENT: The other day I looked at the”American Scene” in the Washington Times Newspaper. Just for the fun of it, I decided to find out the ratio between good and bad news. Out of 23 different articles, only 9 were positive, the rest depicted crimes, natural disasters and terrorism. I had a relative in Detroit who had been nicknamed “411” (Information). She was “addicted” to TV news. During the day she listened to every newscast she could and even went to bed with that one-eyed monster on, fearing that she might miss some “important” happening. I am sorry to say that she was a very fearful person; since September IIth she wouldn’t fly in planes and the fear of being the recipient of “road rage” curtailed her driving. Our world continually bombards us with fearful images. As Christians, it is imperative that we renew our minds with God’s Word and try to minimize our exposure to the anxiety-provoking rhetoric of the world. (Well, some of you may be taunting me with: “Gene, you mention a lot about things from the Newspapers in the daily “Thoughts”. Aren’t you being a little hypocritical?”) Yes, I do subscribe to the “Post” and the “Times”, but I am very selective about what I ponder. Just as faith is the evidence of things hoped for, fear is the evidence of things dreaded. What was that which Job said? “That which I have feared has come upon me. And what I dreaded has happened to me.” (Job 3:25)
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Joshua 1:9, 2 Timothy 1:7 and 1 John 4:18
WISE SAYING: WITH THE WORD OF GOD YOU MIND’S RENEWED, WITH THE WORDS OF THE WORLD IT IS SUBDUED. (gene mcguire)

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7)

COMMENT: Our Lead Scripture is in operation in the natural as well as the spiritual. I know I must have told you about how I started my Life Insurance career as a complete failure, mainly due to shyness and a lack of confidence. My sister Frances asked me why would I leave teaching to become a salesman since I wasn’t “outgoing and sociable” as most of them are.  This situation was miraculously turned around when I became involved with Personal Achievement Institute, an organization that helped me change that self-image by “self talk” that was directly opposite to how I previously felt about myself. I still remember one of the “confessions” written on a 3 by 5 card which I was instructed to read aloud 100 times a day.

“I’m a fantastic, intelligent , cool, calm self-confidence man. I speak in a clear, concise and exciting manner. I’m at ease in the presence of all people because I realize that they are just that, people.  Everyone finds it a real pleasure to be in my company.”
It really worked! My sales soared and I was promoted into District management in Detroit and a few years later Agency Management in Washington D.C. Now let’s look at ourselves as Christians. Some people will say it is okay for us to call ourselves “sinners” because we all sin. I understand where they are coming from, but I refuse to label myself a sinner; I choose to call myself “righteous”. (2Cor. 5:21) I firmly believe that our “who” will determine our “do” If I firmly established in my heart that Jesus’ righteousness has been imputed to me (Romans 4:24), there is a much greater chance for me to reject choices that are ungodly. I won’t be foolish enough to say that we would be sinless when we have the correct image of who we are in Christ, but I am sure that we would sin less.

SCRIPTURE STUDY: Romans 4:13-24
WISE SAYING: YOU CAN’T PRODUCE IN YOUR BEHAVIOR WHAT YOU DON’T BELIEVE ABOUT YOURSELF.