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There are consumers, and there are contributors in this world.
What can ___________ do for ___________?
John F Kennedy, at the end of his inaugural address, coined this saying: “My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” This was 1961. Since that time, our society has shifted from asking, “What can I do for my country?” to, “What can my country do for me?” The way people are today, if the Church quoted this expression, it would go something like this: “Ask what my church can do for me — ask not what I can do for my church.”
The world’s view:
Our society is more of a consumer society. See, consumers focus on self; contributors focus on others. Consumers think small; contributors think big. Consumers lack vision; contributors see the vision. Consumers lack values; contributors know what’s important. Consumers are maintainers; contributors are multipliers. There is a big difference.
The word of God says that the world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. A consumer is stingy; a contributor is generous. God’s word goes on to say that if you help others, you will be helped.
We should all strive to be contributors with our lives. We should all contribute to the church — serve, give, attend. If we do this, we release God’s hands to bless us and help us.
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Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 7:27 AM CDT
God’s House — Your House
We live in a broken world.
A corrupt world:
A world that has lost its true identity. A world that worships itself and has rejected God and His ways. A world that is hopeless and corrupt — motivated by the root of all evil (money). The Bible teaches us about the Church, about families: how we are to live and the life we should all strive for.
A broken world:
In Luke 4:18, Jesus said He came to heal the brokenhearted. That’s you and I. There is a little brokenness inside all of us. Families are broken, with divorce rates very high, depending on which study you buy into. People are now living together instead of marrying. Homosexuals are marrying, and our society is applauding it. It’s not real — God does not accept that type of marriage. God is the One who ordained marriage between one man and one woman (only). All other marriages are just the reflection of a lost, broken society.
Jesus — the Healer:
One study found that the divorce rate among Christians is much lower than the world’s. But it defined what a true believer, serious about their faith is: someone who: 1) goes to church at least once a week, 2) reads their Bible and other spiritual books, and 3) prays privately and together. If you do these things, the divorce rate significantly drops. So, the answer to what ails society is Jesus and the word of God.
Begin today to ask Him to heal you and strengthen you so you will become the most effective believer you can become.
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Published on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 7:48 AM CDT
Persistence Pays Off
Sometimes in life, when life happens and things aren’t going well, the only thing we have left to do is persevere.
Weather the storm:
Whether it’s a business, marriage, or a workplace situation, we need to keep going forward and to hang in there. We have to learn to weather the storm and never quit. Quitters never win or succeed. Those that persevere and keep going and keep pushing look for ways to make it work and obtain the prize.
So many people have a habit of quitting and giving up as soon as they encounter an obstacle. They see obstacles as a “no” or too hard to overcome. Webster’s Dictionary defines persevere as: to continue in some effort, course of action, or pursuit in spite of difficulty or opposition.
This is how we should adjust our attitude: by attaining perseverance instead of quitting. Some quit way too soon, and this is a reason why, for some of us, nothing seems to work out for us. It’s not that things couldn’t work out — it’s that sometimes people quit on a dream, a job, or a marriage way too soon.
Let’s purpose to develop habits that will help us, not defeat us.
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Published on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 @ 8:25 PM CDT