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Disappointment

Thoughts: About Being Disappointed

Life can seem to be full of disappointments, and being disappointed can become a habit, but being delighted and content is much more fun.

Isaiah 49:23 (NIV) – “Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” By Dan Fick

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GW

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Taylor Made

Taylor Made

Happy Saturday…I’m glad God’s got a tailor made plan for each of us…we’ve been handpicked by Him for such a time as this…created in His image and made in His likeness…bought by His only Son… He’s got way too much invested in us to ever give up on us…He won’t stop working on us and in us until we’re a finished product…until that day we see Jesus face to face…we know in Whom we have believed and we know He is able to keep us until that day!!! By Steve Curry

“ For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.

     My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.”

Psalm 139:13-15 (NRSVCE)

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Subconscious Mind

“Your subconscious mind…. Be wise of the words you speak…and thoughts “                                                            Lorena, Senior Sales Executive @ Vistana Signature Experiences

 

 

 

 

 

Proverbs 18:20-21  (NRSVCE)

From the fruit of the mouth one’s stomach is satisfied;
the yield of the lips brings satisfaction.
 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits.”

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GW

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Ready & Able

Ready & Able

Our God is able…able to do more than we could ever think or ask by the power working in us…that same power that raised Jesus from the dead now lives in us…so we can rely on His ability not ours…if He flung the stars in the sky then He’s more than able to move the mountains that might stand in our way…if Jesus fed five thousand with a little boy’s lunch He’s more than able to meet our needs…what a mighty God we serve that chooses to work for us and through us…He’s more than able!!! by Steve Curry

“ and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.                                                                                                                                                                                Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:19-21 (NRSVCE)

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Act Like

Thinking About Today by Dan Fick

Act like this is your last day on Earth and live like this is your first day of eternal life with God.

John 3:16 (NIV) – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

We often hear that “this is the first day of the rest of your life”, perhaps with the meaning that we should forget the past and begin anew. We are also asked “what would you do if this was the last day of your life”. Both are intriguing recommendations. We cannot change the past, and we do not know when God will call us to heaven.

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 (NIV) – “This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.”

Whether today is the first, last or just today, we should live life to the fullest. Consider studying your Bible, praying for guidance, pondering the possibilities, and making a plan for each day, even if it is to take the day off. And, it wouldn’t hurt to think about not just what this day might hold for you, but what you might do with others.

Matthew 6:31-34 (NIV) – “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

As believers in Jesus Christ and the forgiveness, salvation and grace He promises, we should greet each day as a new beginning to commit acts of kindness and bless others with our abundance of love. But, we should also realize and prioritize those messages of God’s saving grace to those we remember need to hear and accept salvation before their last day on Earth comes all too sudden.

Psalm 145:1-2 (NIV) – “I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.”

One act of kindness, one word of encouragement, one eternal thought planted could be why you are here and where God has placed you. Live with the urgency to bless others with the peace that they are eternally blessed. Then, each day will be a blessing for you and those around you.

Gracious God, our Heavenly Father, help us to help others. Teach us to see each new day as the dawn of opportunity. Show us Your plan for our day. We pray this in Your Son’s precious name. Amen.

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GW

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Blessing

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The Lord bless you and keep you;the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
Numbers 6: 24-25 (NRSVCE)

 

Reconciliation: Right Theology, Wrong Heart

Reconciliation: Right Theology, Wrong Heart

August 10, 2018 by Charles Ware

 

I can still remember the expression on my African-American brother’s face. He shared with excitement how several people had made a profession of faith in Christ at his new job! Then, his countenance changed. While still trying to hold a smile, he added with disappointment, “but they were all white!”

For decades I have been promoting G.R.A.C.E. (God’s Reconciliation at Christ’s Expense) rather than race relations. I have observed that both those in the majority and minority races struggle with prejudice at times. As biblical counselors, we must consider the “Jonah effect” within the discussion of racial reconciliation.

Jonah had solid theology and was used by God. God blessed his preaching with the conversion of the entire city of Nineveh. Yet, he was disappointed! How could a theologically sound servant of God be disappointed? He was prejudiced!

We often limit prejudice to the majority culture. Could minorities within predominately majority ministries harbor unresolved wounds that cause them to resist God’s blessings upon majority ministries? Could those same wounds halt racial reconciliation? I will confess that, for multiple reasons, at times I have longed to see my ministry be more effective among minorities!

God’s gracious dealing with Jonah and Nineveh is both convicting and encouraging. Biblical, gospel-centered reconciliation is, at its core, loving God and our neighbor (Matt. 22:36-40), or simply conforming to the character of God (1 John 4:7-11).

The Grace of God

The book of Jonah provides divine wisdom concerning how grace pursues a prejudiced prophet. The perfect Counselor, God Himself, confronts His imperfect prophet, Jonah, whose heart conflicts with God’s own heart and character. The book ends with God asking Jonah a penetrating question that distinguishes His heart from the heart of His prophet, “And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city…?” (Jonah 4:11).

Grace Patiently Pursues a Prejudiced Prophet 

God commands Jonah to proclaim His Word to Nineveh, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me” (Jonah 1:2). God commands Jonah to preach His Word to a people who Jonah would rather see receive God’s judgment than forgiveness. Nineveh was known for its wickedness and evil (Jonah 3:8; Zeph. 2:5; Nah. 3:1, 4).

Jonah’s immediate response is to reject God’s clear command to preach to a people he dislikes. In fact, he heads in the opposite direction! “But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord…” (Jonah 1:3). Similarly, some minorities rehearse past and present injustices and reject biblical commands to pursue biblical reconciliation through loving their majority brothers and sisters. Yet, God pursues Jonah through both natural obstacles and the rebuke of unbelievers (Jonah 1:4-16).

Grace Reveals the Heart of the Matter: Prejudice

After being thrown off the boat into the sea and swallowed by a great fish, Jonah cries to the Lord, “Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love, but I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed to pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord” (Jonah 2:8-9). Jonah experiences God’s supernatural preservation and deliverance and is ready to obey God’s Word!

Finally, Jonah obeys God’s command and preaches to Nineveh. Nineveh repents, and God forgives (Jonah 3:10). How does Jonah respond to God’s miraculous act of using him to bless others?

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. And he prayed to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live (Jonah 4:1-3).

Jonah had good theology (“I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love”), but his heart opposed it. Could our attempts at racial reconciliation be experiencing resistance due to hearts that resist truth rather than theological ignorance? Is there a Jonah in your church or organization opposing, often secretly, attempts at reconciliation? They agree with your theology but are disappointed with progress! How do we engage such imperfect servants of God?

Grace Seeks to Transform a Prejudiced Heart

Interestingly, rather than harshly rebuking His imperfect prophet, God’s grace continues to reach out to Jonah. The God whom Jonah knows to be “gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love…” (Jonah 4:2), also demonstrates inconceivable grace toward the angry prophet.

He causes a plant to grow overnight that provides shade for Jonah the next day. Then, God causes a worm to destroy the plant, removing his shade from the heat. Jonah’s discomfort in the heat results in his anger! God graciously seeks to reason with Jonah through a diagnostic question, “Do you do well to be angry?” (Jonah 4:4, 9). Jonah replies that he did do well to be angry. His personal comfort (shade from the heat) was taken away!

God’s question was asked to help Jonah see the selfishness of his heart in contrast to the gracious and merciful steadfast love of God. If only we could see God’s grace toward us and desire for others to experience similar grace. Such heart transformation would greatly enhance biblical, gospel-centered reconciliation within our churches.

Grace Fails When Prejudice Prevails

The book of Jonah does not have a happy ending. There is no record of Jonah’s change of heart. He is left with right theology, but a wrong heart. God graciously reasons with Jonah, “…You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow…and should I not pity Nineveh, that great city…?” (Jonah 4:10-11).

G.R.A.C.E. (God’s Reconciliation at Christ’s Expense) relations are at the heart of biblical, gospel-centered reconciliation (Matt. 22:36-40; 1 John 4:7-11; Eph. 2-4).  What’s in your heart?

Questions for Reflection

Have you observed any heart issues that resist reconciliation? How have you experienced God’s grace, bringing your heart in harmony with His heart for reconciliation?

(Biblical Counseling Coalition)

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You Are

You are

 ❤In case you need to hear this today❤

  1. You are NOT a FAILURE
  2. You are NOT a waste of space
  3. You are needed and loved
  4. If someone does not appreciate you, that’s their loss. Your value does not decrease because of someone’s inability to see your worth 5. You will find someone who believes in you as much as I do, who will treasure your hard work, creativity and strength of your character                                                                                                   💢 Your time will come. Your time will come. Your time will come.
  5. My unconditional ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ , Christ Jesus

(barrowed from Oleg Vishnepolsky)

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Live Life

Over the years I’ve learned that some of the best poems don’t rhyme, and many of the great stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle or end. Life is about not knowing, embracing change, taking a moment and making the best of it without knowing what’s going to happen next. ❤️🌹by Kelli Mizell

Don’t be afraid to love, be loved and tell someone you love them.
It’s a risk— but so is life, live it.
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Be a blessing!

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