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Month: December, 2012

Ten Hindrances to Your Prayer

It’s that time of year again when the whole world finds themselves praying. You know, talking to God. Begging Him for more “stuff” than they need so they can be selfish and gluttonous, only thinking of the poor folks as an afterthought, contrasting the beautiful life they enjoy with that of the irritating, stinking homeless guy asking them for a discretionary sacrifice (the nerve of him!).

You’re going to hear people talk about praying at the office holiday parties, on the corners where they’re giving out tracts, and even on the news. And on the train ride home when you’re tired and just want to catch a quick cat nap.

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“What is Your Life?”

(Sermon Synopsis)

Life is fragile and uncertain. James says our life is like a mist…like an extinguished candle. We used to say, “You’re here today and can be gone tomorrow.” Now we say, “You’re here today and can be gone today.” We should never take tomorrow for granted because we’re not guaranteed to see it.

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Daily Prompt: Un/Faithful

Tell us about the role that faith plays in your life — or doesn’t.Daily Prompt

My world and my life are based on an unshakable faith in Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Savior (that’s to be expected: I’m an unapologetic born-again Christian). There are many erroneous views of this amazing man, none of which do justice to the impact of His ultimate sacrifice for everyone who ever lived, is living now, and will live in the future.

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Fire Shut Up in My Bones

I eat extremely healthy year round because my body (just like yours) is a temple to the living God. I’m supposed to keep it clean, healthy, and functional so I abstain from harmful additives, intoxicating beverages, debilitating drugs, and limit my intake of the major killers in today’s food: salt, sugar, and fat.

Temptation overcame me this time. I found myself weak in the knees, standing before the forbidden fruit like Mama Eve, staring lustfully at the delicacies that she had no business considering. My temptation didn’t hang from a tree, though. My temptation came in a fancy bag and tempted me just the same.

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The Best Gifts to Give this Holiday Season

iPad Minis, iPhones, and iMacs don’t top the list. Neither do those handsome lightweight down jackets. The best gifts to give this holiday season are those that help the less fortunate. There are many individuals in your locale who fit the criteria: they’re without family, friends, jobs, adequate money, or resources and would be extremely thankful for someone like you to remember them. Why not be the one who makes their day?

I’ve heard it said that it’s better to give than to receive. There’s truth to that statement, especially during this “season of giving,” commonly known as Christmas. Give to someone less fortunate and don’t expect to receive anything from them in return. No need for any ostentatious display of your gift-giving where the recipient feels compelled to bow down and kiss your feet afterwards. Do it with a willing heart because you want to.

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Daily Prompt: Forever Young

If there were a real Fountain of Youth, would you drink the water? Daily Prompt

No. I prefer to age gracefully and mature into a sterling gentleman. There’s beauty in refined maturity that can’t be had in the vigor of youth. Youth offers freedom, athleticism, verve, and more, alas, youth is wasted on the young.

I’m older and wiser now. I find the following verse helps me remain confident in aging:

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

Read this: 1 Corinthians 13:11

Jesus is the bread of life so why not have a physical reminder? I baked these golden beauties last night and started enjoying them already. Please read and subscribe to the blog for more.

The Real Character of the Church

“The real character of the church is measured, not by the high profession she makes, not by the names enrolled upon the church books, but by what she is actually doing for the Master, by the number of her persevering, faithful workers. Personal interest and vigilant, individual effort will accomplish more for the cause of Christ than can be wrought by sermons or creeds.”

Review and Herald, Sept. 6, 1881

Daily Prompt: Plead the Fifth

What question do you hate to be asked? Why? Daily Prompt

There are many questions that irritate me and I think one of the worst is, “why do you give all your money to the church?” This bothers me because the question typically comes from someone who is ill-informed about what I do with my money as a Christian and from someone who does not have the same faith in God as a provider of all needs.

I’m a firm believer in the authority of the Bible over my life and adhere to the scriptural command to return a tithe of my gross income (10%) to the church to finance spreading the Gospel to all the world. Unapologetically. Yes, I end up with less in my paycheck than the person who earns the same amount as me and does not return a tithe. The difference is that I will not come up short because faithfully obeying the Lord’s command to return a tithe offers a hidden blessing. Look at what it says in the Bible:

…Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it…

Give up 10% to garner more blessings than I can handle? Easy choice, folks. I know where my money goes. So stop asking me.

Read this: Malachi 3:10Matthew 28:18-20

Walk Softly in the Sanctuary

Walk Softly in the Sanctuary

Bostonian Wing Tip Lace Up Oxfords, for the times you must walk the straight and narrow way. With a pair of wool flat front slacks.