Saturday, November 20, 2010

use your talents


God has given gifts to each of us……… 1Peter 4:10
Your work is important to God. Your job might use as much as 40 hours in a week, so it should represent Him. God has given gifts to each of you… Manage them well… then God will be given the glory. We’ve each been given talents for the purpose of honouring God in this world. Undiscovered, un developed gifts dishonor Him., so do misused ones. God has gifted you to do something in a way nobody else can. By tapping into your unique abilities and using them to promote His kingdom, you’re fulfilling His will in the truest sense. Paul say’s … everything comes from him… and is intended for his glory…’ (Rom 11:36) The breathe we breathe, the blood that courses through our veins, the grey matter between our ears are all God’s investment in us, and He expects a return. Max Lucado writes, “we exist to exhibit God, to display his glory. We serve as convases for his brush strokes, paper s for his pen, soil for his seeds, and glimpse of his image… He un-commons the common by turning kitchen sinks into shrimes, cafes into convents, and nine-to-five work days into spiritual adventures… When you magnify your maker with your strengths…. Your days go suddenly sweet.’ So, be like the great new England preacher Jonathan Edwards, who lived by two resolution: * Resolved first: that all men should live for the glory of God. *Resolved second: that whether others do or not, I will.”

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The new man

What is new man?
This is a person that is somehow appearing or featuring in something that has been invested in by others. This can also be referred to as ‘jay jay cee’ i.e jolly just come. New man can also be regarded as an alien (be it an area, work or even lifestyle)

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. {he is: or, let him be}
Isa 43:18-19; 65:17; Ro 8:9; 16:7; Ga 5:6; 6:15; Eph 2:15; Re 21:5
i. Jesus preached it Matt 4:17
ii. It prepares one for heaven
iii. It makes you what God want you to be.
i. hatred for sins Act 3:19
ii. returning to God Act 26:18
Act26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Isa 35:5; 42:7; Lu 1:77,79; Joh 8:12; Ac 20:32; 2Co 4:4; 6:14; Eph 1:11,18; 4:18; 5:8; Col 1:12-13; 1Th 5:5;
1Pe 2:9,25 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: {peculiar: or, purchased} {praises: or, virtues}
iii. desire holiness
iv. blotting from sin Isa 55:7

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Behind-the-Scenes Look at "A World Held Captive

How many times have you wondered, "What is the meaning of life? What is the purpose for human beings on this earth?" Other ways to ask this are: "Why was I born?" "Why am I alive?" These are valid and important questions and God answers them.
Over 40 years ago I asked the same questions, although I thought no one on earth knew or could know the answers. I assumed that there was no absolute truth that could provide answers for my questions. No one in my family knew nor did the minister of my church know.
Later, when I was studying for my master's degree in communication at California State University, Fullerton, I discovered that some of my professors believed that truth is as one views it. That is to say, my personal worldview is the truth to me; your personal worldview is truth to you. In general, the world thinks that truth is as you perceive it. But is that true?
Some months back I began discussing with Scott Ashley—managing editor of The Good News magazine—about writing an article addressing how the entire world is now held captive by a great unseen force, Satan the devil. He agreed (see the November-December cover story "A World Held Captive: Soon to Be Set Free"). This to me was a labor of love since the answer to why we're born on this earth has been hidden by the one the Bible calls "the god of this age" (2 Corinthians 4:4).
Satan is the great deceiver and destroyer of human life. His avowed purpose is to wipe human beings from this earth. You must understand this Bible truth in order to make sense of why the world is so confused, violent and corrupt.
For nearly 6,000 years, Satan has blinded humankind from the unvarnished truth of Almighty God, especially the truth that shows God's purpose for humanity. He began blinding the world beginning with Adam and Eve.
He's done such an effective job, most human beings peremptorily ignore and reject the scriptural truth on this subject. Worse yet, Satan has influenced people, throughout history, to martyr God's saints after they told the truth about humanity's future while exposing Satan's hidden agenda. Further, Satan has brainwashed human beings to think they have no future when he knows that God has provided a divine process for human immortality and that one day we will judge people and angels. What angers Satan most is that human beings, as future immortal sons of God, will one day help govern angels.
The Good News magazine places in your hands the truth of eternity, the eternal treasures of God, free of charge. This is God's will. Jesus said that we could know the truth and the truth would set us free (from Satan, from sin and from a blinded society). We hope that you will take good advantage of God's truths that are greater than all of the silver and gold in the world.
You can be set free from the ways of this world, for God has opened Satan's prison doors that have held us captive. Now is the time to walk through the doors that God has opened to you and begin enjoying the fresh air of God's liberating truths.
Thanks for subscribing to and reading The Good News magazine, a unique magazine of spiritual understanding. Since God is setting you free from the ways of this confused world, you now have the opportunity to help others learn about the absolute truth, through your example and thoughtful words of wisdom. One day, your family, friends and neighbors will be set free from Satan's hidden captivity. Why not lead the way today?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Understanding Family Relationship Problems

Understanding Family Relationship Problems 
One of the most difficult matters to confront with respect to family relationships is that you don’t control the entire relationship yourself. Whether the relationship thrives or withers isn’t up to you alone. As the saying goes, it takes two to tango.
When major family relationship problems are encountered, it’s common to attempt a control strategy. You try to get the other person to change. Sometimes this approach works, especially if your request and the other person are both reasonable. But many times it just leads to frustration.
On the other hand, if you can’t change the other person, maybe you should just accept them as they are. That’s another strategy that sometimes works, but this one can also lead to frustration and even resentment if your needs aren’t being met.
There is, however, a third alternative for those times when changing the other person and accepting the other person as-is are both unworkable for you. And that option is to change yourself in a way that solves the problem. This requires that you redefine the problem as an internal one instead of an external one, and then the solution will take the form of...
Read the rest here: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/01/understanding-family-relationship-problems

Monday, September 6, 2010

are you really saved?

If you are yet to give your live to christ who is the author and the finisher of our lives,Could you please say this little prayer

How to Decide When to End a Long-term Relationship

Relationships are among of the most complex aspects of our lives, particularly long-term relationships such as marriage. Your relationships can elevate you to new heights or drag you down into the dumps.
But what if you’re somewhere in the middle?
What if your relationship is pretty good, like a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10? Should you stay, openly committing to that relationship for life? Or should you leave and look for something better, something that could become even better?
This is the dreadful state of ambivalence. You simply aren’t sure one way or the other. Maybe what you have is good enough and you’d be a fool to abandon it in search of a new relationship you may never find. Or maybe you’re seriously holding yourself back from finding a truly fulfilling relationship that would serve you well the rest of your life. Tough call.
Fortunately, there’s an excellent book that provides an intelligent process for overcoming relationship ambivalence. It’s called Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay by Mira Kirshenbaum. I read this book many years ago, and it completely changed how I think about long-term relationships.
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