A Good Word For You Today..The Weight of Your Words

Today will you express affirmation or defamation intentionally about someone?  If you were told that this is the last 24 hours that you had to live your life how would you live it?  Have you gotten caught in the trap of greed, when what you have will never be enough?

One man said, at one stage in my life I was dying to get out of the house.  Then I was dying to get married.  Afterwards I was dying to get the kids raise and out of the house.  Now, I am just dying and I am wondering if I wasted time dying and not living.

Today will you take the time to put your life in proper order?  Will you include God in every area of your life and not just a budget of 2-3 hours on Sunday?  He wants to be involves in your family decisions, financial matters, the growing and maturing of your faith, your friendships and your health (spirit, soul and body).  Will you let him?

Today intentionally–

Live

Create an environment of peace

and know that you are enough and not alone

 

What Does My Bible Say about My Relationships? Do you know?

…refuse to have anything to do with those among you who are lazy and refuse to work the way we taught you. Don’t permit them to freeload on the rest. We showed you how to pull your weight when we were with you, so get on with it. We didn’t sit around on our hands expecting others to take care of us. In fact, we worked our fingers to the bone, up half the night moonlighting so you wouldn’t be burdened with taking care of us. And it wasn’t because we didn’t have a right to your support; we did. We simply wanted to provide an example of diligence, hoping it would prove contagious.— 2 Thessalonians 3:6  MSG translation

The story goes like this….

Many years ago Denise and I worked with a young man who was very skilled in music and who had a stage presence that was simply electrifying. However, in his personal life, things were completely out of order. Not only did he make a constant string of unwise decisions for himself, but those horrendous decisions were detrimentally affecting many people’s lives.

As pastors, we saw what this man did; we heard about the effect his behavior was having on other people; and we counseled people who had been abused by him. But because he was so talented and had such a strong stage presence, people ignored his chronic bad behavior, overlooking it as if it were just a minor flaw in his life and revering him as someone “great.”

After many months of prayer, I had a strong “knowing” from the Holy Spirit that this young man was headed for serious trouble. I met with him to discuss his future, but he ignored my advice and pressed onward with his destructive behavior. I was left with no choice but to call my young leadership team together and tell them, “I know that you love this man. But because he lives such a rebellious life, refuses to listen to anyone in authority, and keeps making such bad choices in his life, I am asking that you withdraw from him and stop investing your time and energy in that friendship.”

What my young team didn’t know was that this young man had gone so far off track, he had begun committing criminal actions. As a pastor, I couldn’t divulge everything I knew, so I asked my leadership team to trust me and submit to me in this matter by withdrawing from any further fellowship with him. As difficult as it may have been for them to obey me, I was ordering them to break off their relationship with this young man who was belligerently headed for a major catastrophe. I was sure that if they stayed close to him, he would try to drag them into the crisis with him.

As time passed, our young leaders became exceedingly grateful that I had ordered them to break off their relationship with the young man. Eventually he violated international trade laws and got into such a dangerous situation with the Russian mafia that he went into hiding to keep himself from being murdered. But although he tried to hide, members of the mafia found him, kidnapped him, and held him until they were confident he had the funds to pay the debt he owed them. When he was finally released, he was black and blue from the multiple beatings he had suffered at their hands.

You would think that after experiencing such brutality, this young man would have learned to change his ways. But instead, he persisted in his rebellion to authority and continued to commit grossly wrong actions in his life.

Although this young man was a brother in the Lord, he had never learned to submit to authority and refused to listen to those who could help him.

 

Apparently, the apostle Paul was also aware of people who were unruly and insubordinate in the city of Thessalonica. It is evident that he was disturbed by this problem, for when he wrote his second letter to the Thessalonians, he gave them a stern order: “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us” (2 Thessalonians 3:6). 

Here is the LIFE PRINICPLE I WANT YOU TO GET TODAY:

“Brothers, we give you this command in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Distance yourselves from every brother who routinely lives his life out of order — breaking ranks, violating authority, living the life of a individualist, and continually refusing to submit to anyone’s authority. If you’re already bonded with a brother/sister/mother/father etc. like this, do whatever you must to get free of that relationship. It’s time to tie up all the loose ends with this person and to silently resolve that you are not going to spend time with them any longer. Although he’s a brother (In Christ), their  actions are not in agreement with the teachings you learned from us.”

 

What is God saying to you about your current relationships/friendships?

Do you closely associate with any individuals who have no regard for the Word of God or respect for God-established authority? If so, do you have a good reason why you maintain an intimate relationship with them?

Are these the kind of close friends you need? Could it be that you need to back away from the people in your life who are living in rebellion?

Is it time to invest yourself in someone else who loves God’s Word, who is submitted to authority, and who has a heart to prosper under the blessing of the local church?

Source:

Withdraw From Every Disorderly Brother | Renner Ministries

http://bizarrocomic.blogspot.com/2009/05/cookies-and-comedy.html

 

A Good Word For You Today…A deeper look in your Bible

I had a conversation with a brother during a bible study this summer.  As we went over the passage Acts 13:1 [13 Now in the church (assembly) at Antioch there were prophets (inspired interpreters of the will and purposes of God) and teachers: Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger [Black], Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.] that shows that Christianity was displayed by Jesus to be a GLOBAL lifestyle for ALL people.  (John 3:16)
It was not to be a WESTERNIZE/North American RELIGION that was brutally forced on people who were raped, enslaves, ripped from their families and treated savagely down through the years thus telling them that there was a better place called HEAVEN waiting for them.
Jesus’ charge to his men in Matthew 28 was to MAKE DISCIPLES, NOT slaves!  That’s what the devil will do to mankind.  [Romans 6:16 -Do you not know that when you continually offer yourselves to someone to do his will, you are the slaves of the one whom you obey, either [slaves] of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness (right standing with God)]?
Sadly, even today it is hard to tell when we live among some who claim to be Christians in the Body of Christ.
Do you know the true roots of the Bible BEFORE it came to North America?  Let me share with you some facts!
Which church fathers were African?
The African Church Fathers (Tertullian, Minucius Felix, Cyprian, Lactantius, Optatus of Milevi, Augustine) belonged to the rather short-lived African Church of the first five centuries of Christianity. It was a soil mostly plowed by sufferings from persecutions and fertilized by heresies and threatening schisms.
Tertullian was born around 150 AD and is considered one of the three great early church fathers from Northern Africa. Known for being a militant Christian that wrote against many heresies, his writings have created the framework for some of the most important theological beliefs of the church.
Athanasius, also known as the “Black Dwarf” was the tag his enemies gave him. And the short, dark-skinned Egyptian bishop had plenty of enemies. He was exiled five times by four Roman emperors, spending 17 of the 45 years he served as bishop of Alexandria in exile. Yet in the end, his theological enemies were “exiled” from the church’s teaching, and it is Athanasius’s writings that shaped the future of the church.
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Dr. Betty R. Price At 89 Years Young Speaks – Mentoring, Loving and Sharing

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Today I would like to introduce you to a mother in the faith.  She has been a believer for over 66 years and she talks to us about leadership, lessons learned and what she would tell herself if she could talk to the 50 year old Betty today.

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She is a mother, a grandmother, a cancer survivor, and author, but the title she is most proud of is – Christian. For Dr. Betty Ruth Price, affectionately known as “Dr. Betty” by the Crenshaw Christian Center (CCC) community, everything in her life is rooted in faith.

A devout believer since childhood, Dr. Betty, who was born in a small town in Mississipi and raised in Los Angeles, co-founded the 8,000-member CCC with her late husband, Apostle Frederick K.C. Price. Today, the iconic church is shepherded by their son, Dr. Frederick K. Price.

At 89, she is a graceful and timeless woman whose passion to teach the Word of God and share her testimony, has taken her around the world. Yet, no matter where she is, she turns to the Bible daily and extends her faith to God’s people through community service.

Gratitude and godliness come naturally to the elegant former First Lady. She has come through life’s storms with an unwavering belief in the power of prayer. She has seen it work miracles in her life and the lives of countless others.

Dr. Betty confesses to having a deep-felt compassion for those facing hardships. As such, the mother of four, grandmother of 10, and great-grandmother of seven expresses a profound affinity for the most vulnerable among us – children and the homeless.

As she approaches her 90s, the author of six books on the power of faith, and recipient of numerous awards, plans to continue doing what she has done her entire life –exalting the Lord through devout words and humane, merciful deeds.

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Fathers and Mentors: What keeps a leader grounded? Four Faces

There are four faces to every man:

There’s the face that he sees when he looks in the mirror.  First Corinthians says nobody knows what’s inside that man except that man himself. There’s no way anybody else can know.

Second, there’s the man that his family sees because they live with him. They see him at his best, they see him at his worst, they see him elated, they see him depressed, they see him with high highs, and they see him with low lows.

Third, there’s the face that the congregation and people at work see.

Finally there’s a fourth Person who is seeing him, and that’s how he looks to the Lord.  It’s not always easy to balance this all out, but there is such a thing as living in a way that maintains integrity with your family, integrity with people, integrity with the Lord, and then your own self-respect and sense of self-worth.

Everybody should realize they have four faces.

A Good Word for you today….The Eagle Christian Life

In my study today I have learned that…
 
The Eagle does not fight the snake on the ground.  It picks it up into the sky and changes the battle ground, and then it releases the snake into the sky. 
 
The snake has no stamina, no power and no balance in the air.  It is useless, weak and vulnerable unlike on the ground where it is powerful wise and deadly.

Take your fight into the spiritual realm by praying and when you are in the spiritual realm God takes over your battles.

Don’t fight the enemy in his comfort zone, change the battle grounds like the Eagle and let God take charge through your earnest prayer.  Walk by faith not by what you see. And remember you teach people how to treat you by what you tolerate.

Fathers and Mentors: When they Reminisce Over You, What Will They Say?

One of my mentors in the area of health, family, faith and relationships…

Bernando LaPallo born in Vitoria, Brazil. His father a doctor who lived to 99 years old, his mother lived to be 105 and his grandmother lived to be 108.

 

Mr. LaPallo outlived two of his three children and his two wives. Bernando also had a strict diet of vegetables and fruits. His five “secret” foods were said to be: cinnamon, chocolate, garlic, honey, and olive oil.
Bernando LaPallo died on 19 December 2015 at the age of 114 from natural causes.
I asked his granddaughter who is now over 50 years old what did she miss about her grandfather whom she cared for over 5 years ago since his departure out of this life from her.  She said to me:
1. The sound of his voice 
2. His cooking 
3. His smell 
4. His calming presence 
5. His story telling 
6. Talking with him for hours about health topics 
7. Just hanging out 

 

Respectfully admitting to our youth, we need you, because there is no future without you and without vision

A Good Word For You Today…Have you Stepped Out of your Walls To Grow??

A Chat with Friends (Kirk Whalum and Keiko Matsui) After the Musical Massage of Love

God has gifted men and women with the gift to play instruments.  My friends may I introduce you to two people who have touched the hearts of millions with their gift that was developed and touch with the breathe of God to impact others for good and not evil.

 

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Fathers and Mentors: My Prayer for My Family..Have you Prayed for Yours Today??

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But God has to be given permission to work in this earth realm on behalf of man. You are in control! So if man has control, who no longer has it? God. When God gave Adam dominion, that meant God no longer had dominion. So God cannot do anything in this earth unless we let Him. And the way we let Him or give Him permission is through prayer.

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