What Do People See When They Look at You?

IMG_0168Recently a lady approached me after a meeting.  She said, “I forgot my glasses so I couldn’t see clearly.  However, I saw the Lord when I looked your way.”  Let me be clear. She was speaking about the cup in the picture.  Her comment left me  thinking, “What do people see when they see me?”

As Christians, we must represent Christ.  We must help further the spread of the Gospel and let people know how they can have the free gift of salvation.

Take time this week and ask yourself, “What do people see when they look at me?”  Are you leading them to or from Christ?

Lets take the knowledge we’ve learned, through our individual bible studies as well as the numerous sermons we’ve heard, to show everyone Christ.

Blessings

One Shade of God

Random picture on webNow the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality ~ Galatians 5:19 ESV

Undoubtably you have heard how excited so many people are now that the movie, Fifty Shades of Grey is now in theaters.  It would be nice if more people were that excited to hear the word of God.

Let us encourage our brothers and sisters to not follow the shade but The Light. Especially encourage those proclaiming to love God, to not provide their hard-earned money in support of a movie that is directly contrary to our lifestyle.  We must live what we believe. We must not endorse sexual immorality.  We send conflicting messages when unbelievers see us doing the same things they are doing.  Especially if it contradicts our beliefs.

Invite someone to your church service.  They won’t have to wait in long lines. The message is positive and it has eternal consequences.  Direct them to Him.  Direct them to the Light.  God doesn’t have a shade.  In fact, there is no darkness in The Light (1 John 1:5).

Blessings

Guest Blog Post – Stand against the challenges of life – Mental Resiliency by Yves Johnson

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For m…

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Check out the post and let me know your thoughts.  Hopefully it can help someone dealing with this issue.

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Path to Professional and Personal Success

images-1If you’re like some, you’ve already abandoned your New Year’s Resolutions. Hey, it’s been five days already! What do you expect? Seriously, let’s take a very brief look at goals for a moment.

A few weeks ago I was honored to present a leadership seminar to two very diverse organizations. One was faith-based and the other not so much. This wonderful international organization was holding its bi-annual conference. The audience was full of leaders from various parts of industry. As any good speaker who is worth his or her salt, I tailored my presentation to meet the needs of the audience. To my surprise, nearly all of these individuals had one thing in common. What was it you ask? They did not have any personal goals. They had goals for their corporations but none for themselves. Do you have any goals?

Before we go any further, let me tell you about the faith-based organization. The members were great and very professional. I noticed a striking parallel between this organization and the international organization. Yes, you guessed it. They had goals for their organization but didn’t have any personal goals. I ask you again, “Do you have any goals?”

There are several types of goals. If you were in my seminar I’d ask you, “Where do you want to be in the next 3, 6, 12 and 18 months?”  These are immediate goals. Collectively they help navigate you towards your bigger goals. For instance, you want to buy your first home. Your 3, 6 and 12 month goals may be to reduce or eliminate as much debt as possible. I say this to help you make some milestones to get on track for that particular goal of purchasing your home. Buying a home might be what some call a long term goal. This type of goal might be 5 years away, if not longer.

What goals have you deviated from so far? Let’s say you planned to get physically fit in 2015. But so far you’ve missed two of the last five workouts.   Should you quit and forget about this goal? Of course not. Celebrate your victories. After all, you completed three workouts. Let’s shoot for completing at least four workouts next week! Don’t let failure sidetrack you from the goal!

Here are a few things you can do to help with your short-term goals. Take a few days and think where you want to be. Think about when you want to achieve that goal. Think about some of the things that might prevent you from achieving those goals. Obviously, these are just some mind ticklers for you to consider.

I also encourage you to create milestones to keep you on track. Milestones are simply some of the intermediate steps that you need to reach before the goal is accomplished. Don’t forget to celebrate once you attain each milestone. This celebration will inspire you to continue on toward the goal.

What happens if you don’t reach your goals? This is a possibility and unfortunately some failures, no matter how small, prevent some people from keeping their goals. If you fail, that’s OK. If you fail, you still will be closer to the goal than you were prior to your march towards it. Celebrate your victories. If you follow these few principles you’ll be on the path to professional and personal success.

Give me some feedback and let me know how you are doing with your goals. I know you’ll do well. Also, remember to vote on the poll.

Yves Johnson is a Speaker and Author. He is the author of two books and a varied collection of articles and blogs. He is the President of Christ Is My Savior Ministries LLC. He’s a sought out speaker and offers a wide range of leadership and development seminars for both Faith Based and non-Faith Based organizations. You can find his books at http://ow.ly/B4aGp

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Holy Communion

world-communion-sundayTwo days ago was “First Sunday” and many churches designate it as their Communion Sunday service.  What’s the significance of communion?  Surprisingly, some Christians don’t understand its significance.  Today, we’ll briefly review this subject.

Communion is an important and foundational subject for Christians to understand.  But why is it significant?  Jesus said, “Do this (Communion) in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19).  This tells us that we can have communion every day if we wanted.  It tells us it is important and it’s significant!

http://www.tillhecomes.org/prayer-meeting-with-jesus/Hours before His crucifixion, Jesus held what we call The Last Supper.  “Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” (Matt 26:26 NIV) [most Christians now used a wafer instead of bread].

The breaking of the bread symbolized the breaking (beating) of His body.  He also said that the wine (many Christians now use grape juice) represented His blood.  In fact, Jesus said, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many” (Mark 14:24 NIV).  Hopefully, in the future we’ll touch more on this jammed packed statement.  There are differing thoughts on what Jesus meant on this issue. In simple terms, Jesus gave up His body and blood in order to redeem us back to God.  He did it to pay for our sins.  This alone should cause us to be reflective prior to taking communion. Pretty important and significant.

http://www.faithgateway.com/fingerprint-evidence-for-our-messiah-jesus-part-1/#.VKoN_SdnliYJesus was the sacrificial Lamb Who took away our sins.  When we come together in Communion, it should be a solemn (respectful and reflective) occasion.  The Apostle Paul informs us, “Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup” (1 Cor 11:27, 28 NIV).  Why does he tells us this?  We are acknowledging Christ and His sacrifice for us.  Paul further says, “For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment” (1 Cor 11:29-31 NIV).  Since this is just a brief overview, let me summarize Paul’s words.  Paul is telling us that we need to ensure we are discerning when we take Communion.  Communion isn’t a chance to get a quick bite.  Nor is it a time to be disrespectful of Jesus’ sacrifice.  Paul also tells us in these short verses of the penalty of taking Communion unworthily. What is an unworthy manner (1 Cor 11:27)?  One unworthy way is to forget about His sacrifice for you (us).  The price for our salvation was not cheap! Another way is to conduct the service in a haphazard manner. Still another unworthy manner would be to have a formal ritual that has come to have no meaning.  We’re “doing it” just to do it.  Or, “It’s tradition.” Think in the manner of a “We need to just do Communion so we can be finished with it” mentality rather than “Lets honor God” mentality.

Please note that Paul is talking to believers.  Why would an unbeliever partake in Communion? Hmm.  Not so fast.  You’ll have to wait on that answer.  You’re trying to take me down an entirely different conversation!  That answer will come in a later article.  When we take part in Communion, we are showing our participation in the body of Christ. Remember, this is a time of corporate worship to celebrate His sacrifice for us.  This is an excellent time to confess our sins to Him.  This is an excellent time to repent.

wafer_1419861cNow lets close this out.  Lets make this personal.  When you take and eat the bread (wafer), remember that His body was beaten for you.  “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed” (Isa 53:5 KJV).  Honor this moment.

Communion_Cups___4880bb8ed012aWhen you take and drink the wine (juice), remember His blood was shed for you.  His redemptive blood was shed for sin that He did not commit.  Honor this moment.

Take this time to ask for forgiveness.  Think on how you should behave as a Christian.  Is there anyone you need forgiveness from our you need to forgive?  Are you doing things you shouldn’t be doing?  Obviously, this list isn’t exhaustive and I’ve only highlighted just a few things that you can think on.  I implore you to be mindful of what He has and is doing in your life.

I hope this very brief overview provided you with some insight on the significance, meaning and value of Communion.  Over the years I have observed and been in Communion services that were held in various ways.  The important thing was that it honored God and we did it “in remembrance” of Him.  As believers, I hope and pray that we do exactly that.  Are you partaking in Communion in an unworthy manner?

Yves

BTW.  When you get the chance, conduct a study on the words that are in bold print.  Also, ask your pastor about the meaning of each element.  Find out what covenant means.  Find out the meaning of the sacrificial lamb.  Ask if unbelievers should take communion.  Find out what the “judgement” (damnation) means. Last, ask “How can I get it right” before taking the elements?  Like your ministerial staff, I don’t want you to go down the wrong path.  As you can see, there is much more to Communion than simply dressing up nicely on the first Sunday and partaking in the service.  I want you to partake but partake with the knowledge of what you’re doing. I want you to understand the importance and significance, after all, it has eternal consequences.

Pass on the knowledge.  Blessings