“THE YEARS IN BETWEEN” 2/25/2017 Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare”

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      THE YEARS IN BETWEEN

 

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“There is no fulfillment in things whatsoever. And I think one of the reasons that depression reigns supreme amongst the rich and famous is some of them thought that maybe those things would bring them happiness. But what, in fact, does is having a cause, having a passion. And that’s really what gives life’s true meaning.”

Ben Carson

We start our lives kicking and screaming at our birth and often go out the same way. It’s what happens between those two events that makes the difference. Some are born into great wealth whiles others are met with an abundance of adversity. Some have every opportunity in life while others must struggle constantly for whatever they achieve. Our lives often depend on our circumstances, but when God is included in them, the opportunities are endless.

I’m not saying that being a Christian is going to open every door for us, or that life is going to be so much easier because of it. Chances are you may even have a harder road as a child of God. Your challenges in life may be greater than an unbeliever.  Your accomplishments may seem unimportant.  Your path will be filled with obstacles.

The difference comes with the knowledge that He is in control of every aspect of the time we are given; His love for us lasts forever; He overlooks all our mistakes through the death of His own Son. He remains the same even when we change. In a lifetime of between 70 to 90 years we can make a real mess of things, but we are guaranteed eternity when we place our hope in Him.

Knowing that God has mapped it all out for us – drawn up the blueprints for our lives – has them in His own hands – knows what’s best for us – then those years in between, no matter how long, do make a difference.

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“The Heart is Most Important !!” 2/24/2017 Written by Pastor Roger McCarty for “International Christian Singles”

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Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”

It is natural that we are attracted to each other physically, however, that is only an attraction, it is the beauty that comes from the heart, seeing Jesus in their eyes, and this gives another a loving, caring, giving, and beautiful spirit, which is the most attractive part of who we are!

We may be attracted to another physically, but look deep into their heart and find Jesus and we will see the True Beauty that will keep a relationship together for life!

WHAT DO WE SEE?

  1. Jesus?

    The Love of God

    3. A trustworthy heart?

    4. Kindness?

    5. A giving spirit?

    6. Someone who will keep us first after Jesus?

Look closely at their heart until you find the one Jesus has sent into your life who looks like Jesus!

Beauty attracts, but the Heart builds the relationship and TRUE LOVE!

Pastor Roger McCarthy

 

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“Being An Effective Leader – Biblical Leadership, Part 1” 2/23/2017 Written by Bill Rudge for “Bill Rudge Ministries”

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Being An Effective Leader – Biblical Leadership, Part 1

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“Behold, I have made him a leader and commander for the peoples.” Isaiah 55:4

by BJ Rudge, Ph.D.

Over the next few months we will be examining biblical principles for being an effective leader. Whether you are in a leadership role or not, this study is essential for every Christian for growth and maturity.

Need for Godly Leaders

One day a good friend of mine came by my office. After ten years as a youth pastor he was ready to leave the ministry. He said that in spite of serving at three different churches, he’d never had a spiritual mentor. He was frustrated that he had not found an older man in his life to disciple him, just as Paul did with Timothy (2 Timothy 1:13; 3:10, 14).

My friend’s experience is not isolated. I meet people all the time who say they have no example of a true man or woman of God in their lives. Instead of encountering men and women totally sold out to God, they end up being exposed to “Christian” leaders who often reflect more of the world than of Jesus Christ. Today, we need godly men and women to inspire, lead and disciple younger believers; then motivate them to train others (who in turn will train others) as Paul wrote Timothy:

You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:1, 2).

We All Leave A Legacy

What legacy we leave will depend upon the impact we have had on those within our circle of influence. In other words, have we provided our family, friends, coworkers, etc., with an authentic example of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ? Would we want others to follow our pattern/way of living? Paul reminds that we are all in a race. Like Paul, let our legacy be that we did more than run in the race – we ran to win:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that Day … (2 Timothy 4:7, 8).

Whom Do We Trust As Spiritual Leaders?

Many people tell me they attend a certain church because their pastor is a great communicator and storyteller. While an effective pastor employs communication skills, more is required in determining what leader we should follow. Rather than pastors who only entertain and tickle ears, we need shepherds whose ultimate aim is to lead us toward holy and righteous living. We all need discernment in knowing whom we should trust as our spiritual leaders:

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths (2 Timothy 4:1-4).

Every Follower of Jesus Has An Eternal Calling

We are not in this world to merely pursue temporal rewards. Rather, as Paul says, we run this race for Christ to receive an imperishable crown (1 Corinthians 9:24, 25). Knowing that we have an eternal purpose and destiny, we cannot just sit on the sidelines and be spectators. We need to step out of our comfort zone and make an eternal impact on our world for Jesus Christ.

As believers in Jesus we need to be growing in our relationship with Him and the knowledge of His Word. We need to actively share our faith and be involved in activities that will help others and bear eternal fruit for God’s Kingdom.

In future blogs we will examine the qualities of both bad and good leaders.

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Prayer For Father

I forward this prayer for my friend Karina’s father…

Open the link below, “Prayer For Father”

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time we need We humbly beseech thee to care, visit, touch and relieve Your beloved servant, our beloved father. Look upon him with the…

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“Teach us to pray” 2/22/2017 Posted by Don Merritt for “The Life Project”

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Teach us to pray

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

He said to them, “When you pray, say:

“‘Father,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”

Luke 11:1-4

 

Do you see “look at me”? Do you see “gimme the goodies”?

Hardly.

What we can see here is humility, putting God’s purpose first and foremost, necessities forgiveness, and overcoming the evil one; it is elegant in its simplicity.

We are addressing the Father in heaven, acknowledging His glory and giving Him honor, and then asking for His kingdom to come in its fullness, where His will be the only will that is done on earth, just like in heaven. Notice that this doesn’t leave all that much room for my own will to be done, in fact, my will and your will are not mentioned at all.

There is a request that God would provide for us, a humble request to be sure, and then a request for God’s forgiveness as we forgive others; a scary thought for many, I might add. Finally, we are to ask God not to lead us into temptation, but to deliver us from the evil one, again a request of supreme humility. When you put this all together, Jesus is teaching us to pray in a manner that is entirely foreign to the religious life of His time, and a lot more foreign in our own time than we might like to think about, with only God’s will being mentioned.

Was it Jesus’ intention that we simply recite these words over and over? I really doubt it; I see this as a model for prayer, the elements to be included in prayer, rather than something to be memorized and recited to the absence of anything else, particularly when we lose what He is actually saying here. Of course, I would never say that there is anything wrong with reciting these verses, or any verses.

Here’s some homework: Reflect and pray on these verses, asking Him to reveal them in their fullness to you. I think you’ll find this to be a fascinating exercise in spiritual practice. Next time, we’ll see what Jesus says next; you won’t want to miss this.

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“Unfulfilled Promises” 2/21/2017 Written by Nancy Ruegg for “From the Inside Out”

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Unfulfilled Promises

 

If there were a Museum of Faith, and artifacts from earliest times still existed, the heroes of Hebrews 11:4-12 would surely be represented. On display we might find:

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  • Rocks from Abel’s altar, where God proclaimed him a righteous man.

  • Enoch’s walking stick, left behind when he strolled with God one day and ended up in heaven.

  • Part of Noah’s ark, which he spent at least 100 years building before God’s promise of rain (and protection for Noah’s family) was fulfilled.

  • Abraham’s tent, in which he lived while traveling to a place God had chosen, though Abraham did not know where he was going.

  • Isaac’s swaddling clothes, reminders of his miraculous birth to elderly parents, twenty-five years after God first promised his arrival.

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Then we come to verse 13.

“All these people were still living by faith when they died.

They did not receive the things promised;

they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance,

admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth”

(NIV, italics added).

What was the writer of Hebrews referring to? What things did these heroes of faith not receive that God had promised?

They did not see fulfillment of the most important promises: the arrival of Jesus the Messiah, his glorious resurrection, and all the blessings and privileges he provides. (All the way back in the Garden of Eden, God foretold that One would come to defeat Satan—Genesis 3:15).

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If the great heroes of faith listed in Hebrews did not receive things promised, I’d be wise to prepare myself for the same.

What should I do when promises are not being fulfilled? Below are five possibilities:

  1. Consider that the roadblock might be me.

Many promises come with conditions. If I’m not willing to comply, how can I expect the promise to be fulfilled? Philippians 4:6-7 offers a good example. If I want to receive God’s promise of peace, I need to be praying with a grateful heart.

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  1. Consider that the time is not right.

More than a few biblical heroes endured long waits for their promises to come to pass: Abraham for his son, Joseph for his position of leadership, the Israelites for their promised land, David for his kingship, and devout Jews like Simeon and Anna for their Messiah—to name a few.

I must remember that God is always at work carrying out his plan (Isaiah 46:11b). My work is to trust, pray, and wait.

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  1. While trusting, praying, and waiting for one promise, I can celebrate those already kept.

 Dozens of promises have been fulfilled in my life already. At the appropriate time God has provided:

  • Wisdom for difficult decisions (James 1:5)

  • Peace in the midst of challenging circumstances (Philippians 4:6-7)

  • Provision in miraculous ways (Philippians 4:19)

  • Purpose (Ephesians 2:10)

  • Strength to push through weariness (1 Peter 4:10-11)

  • Help in all sorts of situations (Isaiah 41:13)

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Praise for what God has already done is a powerful weapon against discouragement.

  1. God’s ways aren’t my ways.

If God has not fulfilled a particular promise, he has good reason. What I desire may not be for my ultimate good or for the good of others.

Surely Paul had to wonder sometimes why God allowed him to be imprisoned in Rome for two years. Perhaps he recited from the psalms:

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“’Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him;

I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name…

…I will deliver him and honor him.”’

–Psalm 91:14-15 NIV

Paul had every right to claim this promise. His love for Jesus was passionate, and he acknowledged his Savior’s name everywhere he went. But God did not rescue Paul. No angel came to deliver Paul, as had happened to Peter.

As a result, we are beneficiaries of Paul’s letters, containing priceless teaching from the heart of God: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon–all written from his prison cell in Rome.

  1. Fulfillment may come after I’m gone.

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob did not see their descendants become as numerous as the stars (Genesis 15:5).  But the promise was kept centuries later, because there is no stopping the perfectly wise, precisely timed will of God.

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“From him and through him and for him are all things”

(including the fulfillment or unfulfillment of his promises).

“To him be the glory forever!”

–Romans 11:36 NIV (parenthetical comment added)

What helps you cope with unfulfilled promises from God?  Please share in the comment section below.

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“Prayer.Part 4 – Be Careful.You Might Just Get What You Pray For!” 2/20/2017 Written by Patrick Hawthorne for “SGM”

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Prayer…Part 4 – Be Careful…You Might Just Get What You Pray For!

By Patrick Hawthorne

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I was writing on the will of God and just could not move forward.  The words were not flowing smoothly.  As I stopped to ask the Lord what the problem might be, I felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to head in this current direction.  Actually, this is exactly what walking in the will of God is about.  It is about being sensitive to the Holy Spirit and to go in the direction the Father desires.  That is how Jesus operated when He walked the earth and how we too should operate.

Back to the point, I felt that the Holy Spirit wanted me to caution you to be honest with your praying and to think about the consequences of what could happen if He grants the petition you are seeking.  I know this is an odd thing to write, but we must prepare ourselves to receive answer to our prayers.  It may just be that the answer will cause our lives to be disrupted and inconvenienced.

Let me use the focus of one of my prayers as an example.  I have been praying for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon my hometown and for the family dynamic to return so that men would step up in their roles as fathers and women would step up in their role as mothers.  I have been praying for the Body of Christ to wake up and to be the beacons of light to a dark world so that the lost would come to know Jesus as Lord.

Several days ago, the Lord interrupted my thoughts with a question.   “Are you prepared to be inconvenienced?”  Thoughts of people flocking off the streets into my home church and into my life played out in my mind.  I thought about how some would not smell good, some would not be prim and proper, and some would be less than desirable.  I then thought about how my casual evenings might be interrupted by a desperate babe in Christ needing emergency prayer or counseling.  Was I prepared for the midnight interruptions from sleep?

 “No Lord, I have not prepared myself.  But, to this question, help me so that I am prepared.”

Answered prayer will often cause inconvenience.  It will often cause interruption to our lives if we sincerely desire the answer to our petitions.  As I write this, my thought turns to another question.  “Could it be that we are not receiving more answers to our prayers because we are not really certain we want an answer?” Think about it.  Be blessed.

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