Posts tagged ‘Hope’

Change: The Only Constant in Life

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On the website Lifehack there’s an entry titled “10 Sentences That Can Change Your Life.” Here they are…with an 11th added.

1. People aren’t against you; they are for themselves.

2. Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.

3. You learn more from failure than from success; don’t let failure stop you.

4. The most dangerous risk of all—the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.

5. Go where you’re celebrated, not where you’re tolerated.

6. The person that you will spend the most time with in your life is yourself, so you better try to make yourself as interesting as possible.

7. If you accept your limitations, you go beyond them.

8. People often say that motivation doesn’t last, but then, neither does bathing…that’s why we recommend it daily.

9. Everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.

10. Comfort is the enemy of achievement.

And #11 is the most important of all…

God loved you so much he sent his only son to die for you so he might give you everlasting life…and so much more.

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3

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In Living Color

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Recognize this famous photo?

V-J Day in Times Square is a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt that portrays George Mendoça, an American sailor kissing Greta Friedman, a woman in a white dress on Victory over Japan Day in Times Square, New York City, on August 14, 1945. I think I first saw it in an old Life Magazine my aunt had saved.

Look what the color does for it! It makes it seem more alive. Suddenly the lady just to right of Greta’s head becomes more visible. The buildings in the background become clearer. You begin to notice things like the woman’s face over George’s right shoulder.

Knowing about God is seeing him in black and white. Knowing God is seeing him in color. That comes from reading his Word, the Bible, for yourself. The background becomes more detailed and obvious. You see so much more.

With all the media we have nowadays to connect with the Bible, you should be able to find one that fits you. Book, computer, dvd, tv…something you like. Listening to what others say is just knowing about God. Don’t settle for the black and white photo. Go for the color!

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans 15

Free Speech…and Free Listening

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Have you ever thought that something couldn’t possibly be true because of who said it? In one of his essays George Orwell said: “Truth becomes untruth if uttered by your enemy.” Doesn’t that sum up the us and them mentality that we can so easily fall into?

This kind of thinking is especially prevalent in our American cross cultural society. However, listening and evaluating shouldn’t cease because you’re hearing the words of someone you don’t like. One of the strengths of our country is not only free speech, but the right to listen carefully and respond. It’s communication both ways that provides the biggest and best answers. Simply dismissing someone because you don’t like them…doesn’t get anyone anywhere.

Have you heard people say things about God, but believed them to be untrue because of who said them? A person with a good relationship with God should be willing to talk with you without harassing you, should be willing to listen to what you have to say. It should be a friendly discussion, not a debate.

Find that person. Look into God, and what he has to say…for yourself. If it’s true, it doesn’t matter who says it. It’s still true.

Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. John 17

 

 

 

 

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, …

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There! Physically ready for the day!

But, what about spiritually? Are you spiritually ready for the day?

What’s your daily spiritual workout? Reading the Bible? Praying? Thinking about God? Listening to some spiritually thought-provoking music?

If you don’t stay in shape, you’ll get weaker…physically…and spiritually.

But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4

 

Did You Understand What I Said?!

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There are those days when you think you hear the one job the boss has for you to do. Did you hear it right? Yep. So, you don’t ask for clarification, you just do what you heard. BUT…you didn’t hear it right!

It’s difficult listening to what someone says to you and making sure you totally understand exactly what was said. Communication is not easy. It’s not just speaking and listening.

That’s why in the Bible, God tells you he loves you in so many ways. He says it. He demonstrates it. He tells you a story of how he does it. And, most importantly, he sent Jesus, just to make sure you fully and completely understood.

Don’t listen to others tell you what they think God is telling you. That’s second-hand information. Check it out for yourself. Find a Bible…or watch it on the History Channel!

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3

The Forgivable Murderer/Rapist

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I recently read a news story about a man who lost his son. His son and daughter were walking in a park one evening when they were accosted by a man who intended to rape the girl. The boy jumped in front of his sister and refused to move. The rapist shot him twice and ran off without assaulting the girl. The boy died within minutes.

The father said he was thinking he could never forgive that man who murdered his son…but then…his 7-year-old daughter said to him: “But, Daddy, didn’t Jesus say we should forgive everyone?” And as the tears fell, he gathered his family in a circle and they prayed, forgiving the young man who had taken their precious family member.

That is amazing to me. I’m not sure I could have done that. I like to think I could have because this I know to be true: Forgiveness doesn’t excuse a person’s behavior. Forgiveness prevents their behavior from destroying your heart.

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3

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Have a great weekend!

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