You Are a Conqueror!

Coach Rudy Tomjanovich was referring to his team the Houston Rockets.  They definitely were the underdogs.  They didn’t have a chance win, but they did.  Our bible tells us that we’re more than Conquerors (Rom 8:37).  Lets remember that.

Are you down?  Are you sad?  Are you hurt?  Do you think you’re not good enough?  Life is tough.  It has been known to humble and break many people.  I want to encourage you and let you know that you are someone…in the Lord.  You’re a child of the Most High.  You are a conqueror.  Our resiliency comes from and through Him!

Lets take Coach T’s words and apply them to ourselves.  Never underestimate what you can do through the power of our Lord and Savior.  He made you to be special and for a purpose.  Don’t let a mistake or a stumble hold you back.  Instead, turn the mistake or the stumble into a stepping stone that moves you to a higher level…in Him and in life.

Walk like a Conqueror and a Champion!

 

Yves

Changing Your Country

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I just this post on Facebook.  One of my friends posted it.  I’m not certain where he got the picture from or how he created it. However, it caught my attention.  How can you change your country into a Christian nation?  I just want one response from you but I’ll take as many as you can.  Who knows, maybe we can start making a change.

Two Horses

I’m sharing a post from one of a United States Naval Chaplain. It’s a good lesson on marriage.  Enjoy

Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you get a closer look you will notice something quite interesting… One of the horses is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made him a safe and comfortable barn to live in. This alone is pretty amazing. But if you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. It is coming from a smaller horse in the field. Attached to the horse’s halter is a small, copper-colored bell. It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow. As you stand and watch these two friends you’ll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse, and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting he will not be led astray. When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, he will stop occasionally to look back, making sure that the blind friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell. Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect. Or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need. Sometimes we are the blind horse, being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. And at other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way.

LESSONS: I really enjoy observing friendships and relationships where people are able to help each other, and iron sharpens iron. It is said the perfect marriages are those who truly complement each other. They have strengths and weaknesses that differ available to offer each other the unique part of themselves. What makes it even more beautiful is when both are able to accept the weaknesses as much as they praise the strengths. Why should we do this? No matter how awesome we think we are, we too, have weaknesses that someone has to accept. This is not an advertisement to settle for less. It is a reminder that we shouldn’t judge others for being different but we should accept people for who they are. Save yourself a divorce and honor the covenant of marriage by selecting a spouse whose weaknesses you can bear and tolerate. If you are already married and you and your spouse are struggling afford yourself an opportunity of success by pursuing counseling or marriage enhancement workshops that will help you live an enjoyable life together beyond toleration, standing together truly in love. Sometimes we will be like the blind horse that needs guidance and other times we will be like the horse with the bell who guides others. Whichever you are today, remember to be brave enough to trust each other.

PRAYER: Almighty God, we all have evident weaknesses that manifest in various ways. Remind us of our imperfections not to condemn ourselves but to humble us recognizing no one is perfect. Help us to make it a priority to strengthen ourselves and others.

Chaplain Deann C. Coleman, LT, USN

Note:  The author of the two horses is unknown.

I’m Not Intolerant, I’m a Christian

Elder Yves Johnson:

What are your thoughts? Have you encountered people wanting you to change your Christian stance because of current conventional thoughts?

Originally posted on The Bible Blotter:

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Over the last few days I’ve had several experiences with people regarding the idea of Christian intolerance and -phobia. In case you didn’t know, the in-thing is to take whatever Christians are against and add -phobe or -phobia to the word, thus creating a new word that labels the Christian as a hater.

Do you disapprove of homosexual behavior? You’re a homophobe.
Do you disagree with Muslim faith? You’re an Islamophobe.

Apparently anything you stand against is now something you’re afraid of. Except the definition of phobia is now being broadened to include “dislike of a specified thing or group.”

That makes me:

- a greenbeanophobe (never liked ‘em – never will)
- a V8ophobe (c’mon, drinking tomato juice?!?)
- a wasabiphobe (I thought it was something else when I put a whole spoonful in my mouth…)

and a whole host of other things I dislike. It’s misleading to attach…

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Happy Birthday America

This isn’t an endorsement for Hobby Lobby.  Although I do like them.  I’m posting/sharing their advertisement post because I’m impressed by their willingness to stand for God and this is a nice little list of famous quotes referencing God and the bible.

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Focus on Him!

images We see a powerful prayer in Acts 4:23-31  What happened here?  Notice, they didn’t rejoice about the return of their friends. They rejoiced over what God did! Their focus was on Him, not them.

How’s your focus? Are you focusing on Him!

We won’t go wrong if we continue to focus on Him. We will go through some troubling spots but He’s with us. Can you stand your ground when people in a higher social status tells you that your Christian beliefs don’t make sense?  What about if they say stop talking about Christ?

Not all of us will encounter this type of persecution. But we might be persecuted in other ways. The easy answer is to simply shut up. If we did, who would we be pleasing? Please God or man?

In Acts 4:28 we are encouraged to do God’s will, not man’s. It says, “to do whatever Your hand and your purpose predestined to occur.” We are further encouraged to do more in Acts 4:29. Peter says, “Enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.”

Today when you finish reading this post, it’s my prayer you are bold enough to speak for Christ. I’m not talking about going out telling everyone they’re going to Hell. That would be simple but will it be effective? No, I’m talking about being bold enough to share Christ with people who really need Him. You and I say you love Him. Lets share Him with others so they can be a part of our Christian family.

It’s possible you live near a location where there are multiple Churches on one street. Shouldn’t they be making a difference in that neighborhood? Are they? Are you making a difference in your neighborhood?  We are called to be difference makers.  If we change our focus a little we might see something else.  The “church” building is one thing but you and I are the “body” and we can and should be effective in our own sphere of influence. As the church, it’s our responsibility also to share the Good News.  We see how serious the Apostles were with the Good News. We need to have that type of dedication and passion also.  One easy way to help spread the Good News is by sharing what our pastor taught us in bible study and from the Sunday message.  Remember, last week we spoke on who God can and will use.  You fit that bill perfectly!

Look at Acts 4:30. It says, “Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Stretch out our hands for Him. He might use you to perform signs and wonders!

The results: Read Acts 4:31!

What are you to do with all of this information you’ve taken time to read? Here’s what I hope transpires:

  1. I pray we can be filled with the Holy Spirit and speak boldly for Christ!  We might find opportunities to spread His word to our family, friends, neighbors, in the prisons at school, etc.
  2. Read our notes that we took from the weekly sermons we hear. We’ll gain a better understanding of Him. No one can take away the knowledge we gain as we study His word.
  3. Come up with more questions about those sermons. Use our newly acquired knowledge to challenge and encourage others in their walk. This will allow for us and our fellow Christians to sharpen each other with questions about Him.
  4. Don’t let rejection stop us from following Christ. I’ve been rejected by Christians and unbelievers alike. We can use the experience to help other overcome rejection. I’ve found that many people leave the church because someone hurt them. God could use you as a way to bring hurt people back into the fold. As you know, hurt people hurt people. Perhaps you can help heal some hurting people!
  5. Change our family’s destiny and our legacy on earth. Help bring more people to the knowledge of Him.
  6. Help our church function better by providing her with our time, talent and treasure so we can be a stronger church. I’m not just talking about our church, I’m talking about The Church. We’re all connected to one another.
  7. Ask God to reveal His will to us and act like Nike and “Do it.”

It’s my desire and prayer that you take and make the most out of the many things God has provided for you through the weekly sermons you listen to and your personal study.

Peter’s sermon, if you will, was short and to the point. Its effect was much greater. The numbers grew to 5K. Think what would happen if we all opened our mouths for Christ!

Blessings