It seems like people are always quitting. you used to hear about people working for a company and retiring after 40 years of service. That does not happen very often anymore. People do not seem to stick with anything for that length of time these days. I remember a time when it was uncommon to meet someone who had worked for more than three companies in their careers, now it is unusual to meet someone who hasn’t worked for more than three companies during their employment career. This also applies to Christians as well. Christians quit in the ministry far too often. Let’s look at what I believe are the six main reasons that Continue reading Six reasons that people quit
As Christians, we need to take spiritual threats seriously. The thoughts that we dwell on are what will dictate the choices that we make. There is not enough emphasis placed on the thought life and mindset in society today. Most people are passive in their response to their thought life. That is, people don’t protect themselves from their thoughts. Most Christians believe that they don’t need to worry about what they put in front of their eyes, or what they allow themselves to think and to dwell on, not realizing that your mind is the battlefield between choosing to walk in the spirit or to walk in the flesh. In order to be victorious in this daily battle you must:
- Identify the enemy (your mind)
- Expose the strongholds of that enemy
- Execute an action plan to defeat that enemy
Asking for help isn’t something that most people enjoy doing. We like to think that we can do it ourselves, whatever “it” is. You notice this even in small children as they are learning to do things for themselves. They often don’t want help, saying “no Mom! I can do it!” even when they are actually doing “it” wrong. More often than we would want to admit though, we do need help. Pride says to do it yourself, but wisdom would tell you to find someone that can help. We are going to look at an individual who realized that he needed help and decided to ask for Continue reading Help for the Blind
I have had my own issues in the past with not handling anger very well. In fact, my wife will tell you that at one time, she was pretty sure that I held the world record for broken Television remote controls. To this day, I don’t know what they ever did to me, but I bounced them off of the wall, the floor, coffee-table or anything else that I could find. I had real anger management issues.
Anger, when it is misused, may come and go quickly, but so does a tornado, and just like the aftermath of a tornado, it takes a lot of effort and time to clean up the mess that is left behind.
We tend to believe that anger is always a bad thing, but sometimes it is a sin to not be angry. In John chapter 2 we see a time that the Lord Jesus Christ got angry. Angry enough to make a weapon, and we know that Continue reading Four ways to handle anger
Stay the course is a phrase that originated as a nautical metaphor on maintaining a constant, unaltering course while navigating the Sea. It was also a recurring phrase used in the Mel Gibson film The Patriot. Mel Gibson played a former soldier, turned farmer and then Colonel of the local Militia during the Revolutionary War. Throughout the movie Two of his sons were killed, his friends and supporters were burned out of their homes and killed. He almost quit. He decided to Continue reading Stay the Course
Many times in life we find ourselves in situations that we didn’t foresee that keep us from fulfilling our objectives. Sometimes the most routine of agendas turns out to be difficult if not impossible to accomplish. We can feel trapped in our circumstances and need help to escape. At other times we may be the help that someone else desperately needs.
When I was young we used to take our annual vacations at Cave City Ky and explored mammoth cave. One year I couldn’t go, but my Dad and Brother decided to take a spelunking tour. Complete with knee pads and hard hats. They had to crawl through some very tight passageways and in one of them my Dad got stuck when he was about half way through. He said that it was one of the scariest events of his life. This brings to mind the story of a man by the name of Floyd Collins.
“Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.
The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.” -Genesis 39:20-23
In this Podcast:
- Bad things happen to good people
- Don’t worry about evil doers
- Be patient in every circumstance
- Trust in God’s Plan
“And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father in law goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep.
And she put her widow’s garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.
When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.
And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me?”
In this Podcast:
- Joseph sold into slavery and transported to Egypt
- How Judah received the inheritance of the First Born son even though he was fourth born
- The account of Judah and Tamar is not an insignificant story
- Satan continues his attempt to stop the Promised Seed of Genesis 3
- Even when we mess everything up, God’s promise stands sure
What would you do if you were given a blank check that had no limits put upon it? For most of us, the thought of having limitless resources or options is unfathomable. Just for a moment; however just imagine what you would do if you were given this opportunity. A person could do a lot of good if they had limitless resources couldn’t they?
I suppose that if I were given this opportunity, I would first pay off all my bills. I can think of a lot of things that I could accomplish if I were given a blank check. Just think of how many missionaries you could support, or what local ministries you could support or even start if you had a blank check. Such as a bus ministry to transport local kids to church services, and activities; or Continue reading The Blank Check