Archive from September, 2014
Sep 25, 2014 - Leadership, Spread The Word    2 Comments

I AM CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST

Last week, I shared with you the life of two spirit-filled Christian men, Paul and Barnabas. I found myself thinking about these two men, their relationship and their passion for the Gospel, even long after I finished last week’s post.

I truly believe that it was the Holy Spirit that knitted these two Jewish men together. Paul was from the tribe of Benjamin and Barnabas was from the tribe of Levi. It was Barnabas who spoke up for Paul as we read in the Book of Acts 9:26-31 And when Saul (Paul) was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him. Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus. Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied. These men became companions in the work of ministry for the furtherance of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet there are times when a disagreement can cause companions to part ways and so it was with Paul and Barnabas.

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DON’T RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, RUN FOR THE LIVES OF OTHERS

The gift of life is by far more precious than anything I can imagine, yet many of us take life for granted everyday. Some of us take life for granted in the way that we treat ourselves and others, then there are those of us who just give up on life completely. The word life, itself implies living, growing and have the ability to change. When God created all life and He gave it purpose. It was never intended for mankind to be alone or isolated. In living we are to glorify God by how we give and share with others.

Yes! It’s true that life is frail, but if we trust in God, life with all it frailties will produce hope, not in ourselves, but in Jesus. The psalmist King David must have learned this valuable lesson about life, I am reminded of this song he wrote, Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. I strongly suggest that you read all of Psalm 118, it will encourage you to have a better perspective towards life, but more than life itself, you may find yourself coming to a place of worship and recognition of who the true life giver is, The Lord God.

The way we choose to live our lives is up to each of us, but there is a word of caution and wisdom given to all from the Book of Proverbs. Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seem right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” There are many ways that a person can choose to live out their life and I’ve given some thought to some of those ways concerning my own life, at times I have found myself at different points that have taken me through various stages, some of which have brought me comfort and others pain to myself and others. Take a moment to reflect on your life today, think about some of the stages that you have already gone through, ask yourself, “at what stage I’m I in today?” And where does God want me to be? Know that you and I have the ability to change how we accept our circumstances in life, with the help of Jesus we can make those needed changes in how we live.

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Sep 10, 2014 - Family Matters, Marriage    2 Comments

DAD’S NOT SUPERMAN ~ MOM’S NOT WONDER WOMAN

The demands on a father and mother can become overwhelming at times, so I am starting to take a closer look at what I do well and what needs improving. And It is for this reason that this post has come to pass.

“I am not Superman! I want my true identity back!” I told my daughters one day. I love my little girls with all my heart. It’s just that sometimes the expectations they have of me can be overwhelming at times. Emma, my oldest, has the most imagefascinating, creative spirit that a parent would ever want to see. She has an eye for fashion and a flair for the avant-garde. But when it comes to Emma picking up after herself, she doesn’t know the meaning of the concept! She leaves a wake of disaster behind from her creative projects for mom and dad to clean up after. My youngest is just the opposite. She’s daddy and mommy’s littler helper. But she’s a seven year old bag lady. That’s right, on any given day you’ll find five or six shopping bags, gifts bags or shoes boxes stuffed with her Polly Pockets and Barbie dolls along with their clothing and assorted accessories. And, not to mention, her purse collections all scattered throughout the house. It seems like a never ending battle to get them to do simple things like pick up after themselves or keep their things where they belong. I bet you moms and dads must know what I’m talking about … so how do we meet this challenge of parenting?

We need to teach our children responsibility at an early age and hold them accountable. I know it’s easier said then done and this has been a struggle for me and my wife also. But don’t allow yourself to get trapped into thinking that it is easier to do it yourself then it is to teach your children to do it. Reality is, we’d rather not face our children’s excuses, not to mention the tears that sometime follow their excuses. My oldest is great at deflecting her accountability. For example, I say, “Emma! Pick your clothes up off the floor and put them away.” She then counters with, “But Daddy, Ella has clothes on the floor too, what about hers?” Well before you know it, frustration sets in and I’m raising my voice. And the next thing you know I’m picking up her clothes and putting them away.

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