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Fear NOT!

August 24, 2012 by admin

Fear Not!

fear not

This past few weeks there has been issues with the music ministry at our church.  There are people who have opinions and thoughts but don’t express them to “not offend others”, they want to “respect the leader”.  Then there are people who are not very good at the music and yet they do not want to give up their position to someone who is clearly better!

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These were some of my thoughts, and what the Lord has been revealing to me:

{1} You must practice EXCELLENCE! 

Specially at church!  We are accustomed to just be super happy that there is a volunteer. We are not too concerned if they are truly qualified.  We gotta try to improve ourselves and skills always.   If not, you are no good no more!

{2} Don’t be concerned with your glory, but GODS! 

If you can’t honestly see someone else who does a better job than you, then you have a few issues to deal with!  Step aside, Jesus’ name is at stake!

{3} Be Teachable! 

No matter if your work is valued or not.  Don’t compare yourself to others in an envious way.  Instead, be teachable!  Learn new skills, strengthen the skills you have.  Keep your eyes on GOD.

His desire is to bring glory and attention to His Son.  He will indeed bless you, give your more talents and confidence to do an awesome job representing Him in the world.

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And then I was listening to my awesome friend Dani. This is what she said:

People whose name are in history are people who had no fear of others, in fact, they risked their lives for what they believed.  Those are the kind of people who make a mark, who are in the place of influence. 

People told Dani not to talk like this and that to not lose clients by offending them. She said those who are affraid of losing people have already lost them. Anyone who has done something powerful in history that we still talk about wasn’t worried and fearful of some loss.

Free people are NOT afraid of losing.

Yes you will lose some, but the gain is so much better that you can easily overlook.  People who are insecure are the ones attacking do not have fear of them.

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 If you want to be in a position of influence. If you believe that a certain change may offend someone but it will in the long run help reach unbeliever, encourage believers and bring glory to GOD, put your fear aside!  

“ So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

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7 Tips in Becoming a better Fisher of Men!

August 24, 2012 by admin

7 Tips in Becoming a better

Fisher of Men!

 

become a better fisher of men

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Matt 4:19

 Mmm.. what does that mean to be “fisher of men”?  It sure is Jesus’s desire to make us one.  It’s one of the fruits of following him.  The great commission is to go to all  the nations, baptise and disciple people and teach them about Jesus’ commands.  We call that “evangelism”.  Evangelism is like fishing as Jesus says.  There is so much involved in fishing!  There is a bait involved. You can’t shove it down the fishes throat!

You see, you and I are fishers.. Maybe not good ones!  You need to know that some days you’ll fish lots of fish and some days after hours of effort none! But still, it’s the whole experience and can be lots of fun!

Below is 7 Steps in becoming a better fisher of men!

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{Go where the fishes are at}

First of, a good fisher goes where the fishes are at!  YOU are the one that need to go where the people you need to witness to are at!  They are not going to come to you, to church or to your Bible study!!  A good fisher knows where the fishes are in the lake and goes there!

We need discernment to know WHERE to go, God is the one who leads us toward the fishes. But, we need to be willing to GET OUT of our comfort zone and understand this process.

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{Be intentional}

You got to be intentional, in the “fishing” mode”!  Many people go to the lake and walk around to have fun, if you are not in the “fishing mode” you are going to let hundreds of fishes just pass you by!  If you are not intentional, you are not even going to notice that the Lord has brought lots of fishes your way..  You are concerned about yourself and not others! 

Everyday, we have got to ask GOD to bring up opportunities to love and serve others.  Opportunities where we can be a witness and show the love of Jesus to others. 

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{What is your bait?}

If you want to fish, you need a bait!  If the fishes don’t find any good reason to come toward your hook, they are not gonna!  You have got to have a bait.  Is your bait the kind that attracts or repels fishes? 

Are you a person of influence in your community, class, family, church or work?  Are you actively reaching out to others, making their day, making them feel cared for?  Or you are there just to do your thing and head out? Some of us Christians seem to have been baptized in pickle juice!  We don’t know how to SMILE, how to ask questions and show interest in others.  Invite people to our homes..  We are into ourselves.  That kind of bait my friend is not going to attract no fish! 

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{The right bait based on the fish}

You see, there are many kinds of baits out there.  Each kind of fish requires its own type of bait.  What kind of fishes your bait attract?

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4

{Patience with faith}

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5

{If God says drop the net, do it, though you have no faiththere’s anything there }

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6

{With everything in place, you may not still fish}

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7

{God is the fish giver!} PRAY & seek wisdome

http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/1906.htm

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American Poor

August 7, 2012 by admin

 

American Poor

 

Poor American

Do you realize HOW WEALTHY & BLESSED we are in this country?

I am tired of hearing people complain about their finances.  Look to the heavens and thank GOD for what you have.

Just compare these two men and their hands.   No comments!

Stop complaining and blaming the economy, other or God.  Take responsibility for your actions already!

The Lord will not bless you much further, if you do not prosper where you are planted.

 

 

 

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Don’t Be Ignorant!

August 3, 2012 by admin

Don’t Be Ignorant!

 

I read this today:

Which is worse : Arrogant Atheist or Ignorant Christian?

I wish Atheists become more humble and Christians educate more about their faith…

What do you think?

Have you ever thought why we Christians have been stereo typed as “ignorant”?  Now, if atheists are arrogant it’s their problem but we represent the Creator of the Universe and yet people perceive us as ignorant.

Many Christians live as if they are on vacation!  Just passing through!  Only concerned with themselves and their busy life.  Conformed knowing that no matter what, they are going to heaven thanks to JESUS;  they try to be “good” people, but not excellent!

The truth is that we humans are always going to be ignorant about one thing or another, however, we MUST be very diligent about what we say we believe and if our actions truly reflect what we believe.

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 “Hate the sin, not the sinner”! 
I have heard this so many times, even quoted by pastors.   As you know this is not in the Bible.  Second, the bad part is that this is an exact quote said by Gandhi. Now, there is nothing wrong with quoting an unbeliever, but if they were bisexual, racist and cuddled with nude 17 year old girls including their nieces, then saying this quote talking about Christianity is pure ignorance!
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To change the bad name we left of Jesus in the world, we MUST intentionally be seeking wisdom, knowledge of things of GOD and this world. We must constantly be reading new books (not just novels).   Take every opportunity to acquire knowledge from our lives, others lives, believers, unbelievers, and of course the BIBLE!
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To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 5:11
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hate the sin not the sinner

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Press On

July 30, 2012 by admin

press on

I am reminded to PRESS ON today!

Let’s be real, life is tough!

We have got to press on toward the goal to win the prize

for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus!

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Be Excellent

July 24, 2012 by admin

Aristotle quote

 

I need to remind myself that as a child of the most high GOD, I must be intentional in everything that I do, and do it as best as I can. Everything as in even making our bed daily (which I didn’t make by the way!)

I guess being excellent is easier than being perfect!  But as you know,  being perfect is what our Father ask of us (Matthew 5:48)!

The good news is that excellence is something we can achieve!

It requires dedication, commitment and hard work.   You gotta really really want it!

We need to start one step at a time!

Let’s do this together!

{1} Choose one “unimportant” task you do daily.  Something you are sloppy at! (like making your bed!)

{2} Commit to intentionally pay attention to it, do it with excellence, like a pro for this week.

{3} Every week choose a new task

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. 

Matthew 5:48 (NIV)

 

 

 

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Be an Ever Changing Christian!

July 20, 2012 by admin

Be an Ever Changing Christian!

 

Changing Christian

 

A true Christian is one that has been touched by God, washed by the blood of the lamb, immersed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Your desire and nature changes!

If you are not that different from people around, or who you were before then something is fishy!

If you don’t have that desire to change, ask God to give you that desire and thirst for Him, His Word, and a changed life.

Jesus:  ”I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  (John 10:10)

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7 Ways To Be a Missionary at Home

July 20, 2012 by admin

7 Ways to be a Missionary at Home

 

ways to be a missionary at home

I have had the pleasure of knowing many missionaries when I lived overseas. They were mostly from America, had to come to Spain, start from scratch, not knowing absolutely anyone.  They’d gradually build relationships with people they come across with, and find opportunities to show their faith in action, and when it comes to it in words sharing the Gospel.

There are many ways we can be missionaries here at home where we are planted.  The following are just a few possibilities.

{1} Get GOD involved! 

When you pray daily, you should ask God to raise up opportunities to meet new people.  That He may use you in mighty ways today.

Also pray for discernment & the right words when opportunities arise.

{2} You gotta really want it! 

You must intentionally decide to pay attention & be aware of people around you to actually do it!

People are not going to come running to you when they are in pain, you must be the one who reads people, find every opportunity to be of help to people.

You have got to learn to ask specific questions and find out what matters to the person you are talking to.  This also helps you to pray better for people.

If you do care for people, be intentional, take interest in them.  People want to be cared for,  then care for them!

{3} Time to Redeem Facebook

You can do this weekly, say Sunday afternoons.  Pick someone from your list of “friends”. Try to connect with them by writing on their wall, sending them a text message.

Don’t be general like “oh how have you been?!” Instead read their timeline, what they have been up to this past week. And write a thoughtful comment.  For instance, if they are overwhelmed with work or labs. Maybe they have a bad cold, or their car broke down.  Then you can write to them words of encouragement, take them a bowl of soup or offer to give them a ride.

Be helpful to people!

{4} Check Your Attitude

Do you have an inviting and welcoming attitude? Have you wondered what emotions you provoke?  Why don’t you ask a friend what they thought of you when they first met you.   How can you change what people perceive of you?

SMILE for Gods sake :o)

{5} Connect the Dots

When you watch a movie, or hear a story in the news, you can talk to your co-worker or classmate about it.  Ask them what they would do if they had lost everything in the flood, or won the lottery.  As they are sharing, you can also share what you’d do in different scenarios as a Christian and why.  Finding a common thing to talk about is a great opportunity to share your faith in action.

You need to be informed of what’s going on around the world.

{6} Plan it!

Mark in your calendar with different holidays or significant days of the month.

Pray over them, plan ahead as to how you can use it as an opportunity to get to know and build relationships with your neighbors.   Set one day of the month to bake something and take it one of your neighbors.

{7} You are allowed to talk to strangers! 

I promise, it won’t kill ya!  Get in the habit of talking to strangers, it’s so much fun!  If you are scared of talking to strangers about normal things, then how are you going to handle talking to them about Jesus?  Start today and just go talk to strangers!  Be natural, and have fun!

EX: “oh aren’t you in my Chem class?  how are you liking the class?”,  or see someone with their baby “oh how old is your baby, he is very cute, what’s his name..”

These are just a few possibilities.

Let me know if you a have any other suggestions.

Choose 1 way, pray about it and just TAKE ACTION!

May the Lord use you and me in mighty ways today.

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Don’t tell the truth!

July 16, 2012 by admin

 

Don't tell the truth

 

{Note To Self}

Don’t tell the truth!

This week after much argument with some “friends”  I realized that at times, no matter how hard you try to explain something, people won’t understand.  They will probably misunderstand you and you will end up not where you intended.

{Revelation}

Honesty is not always the best policy!

 Have discernment as to if you should, when and how to tell the truth to others.

{Favorite Moment}

Sharing a plate of fajitas with my hubby!

 Helps save money and calories + it’s super romantic to share a plate with your loved one :o)

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Plant a garden!

July 16, 2012 by admin

believe in tomorrow

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