Seven Seconds (Part 3)

“I am the good shepherd.” Jn 10:11 You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Your message may be wonderful and much needed by the hearer, but the look on your face can turn people off before you open your mouth. Ever notice how many people have bad memories of growing up in church? They recall stern, severe, strange-looking people who passed condemnation on the world at large. What a disservice to God! A little girl once saw a mule looking over a fence. Patting him on the … [Read more...]

Unshakeable

“This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.” Hebrews 12:27-28 (NLT) Life will not work except in God’s way and God’s way is Christ’s and Christ’s way is the kingdom of God.—E. Stanley Jones Unshakable things are the things that are eternal, and the things upon which you can build your faith, your life, and your future upon. They are the things that cannot be moved, toppled, changed, or destroyed by people, cultures, or … [Read more...]

Seven Seconds (Part 2)

“Who is wise…among you? Let him show it by…wisdom.” Jas 3:13 NIV In the first seven seconds people often decide if they do or do not want to hear what you have to say. It may not be fair—but it’s a fact. In How to Talk So People Listen, communication expert Sonya Hamlin says when it comes to hearing and seeing, sight is the more important and powerful sense. She writes: “We remember 85 to 90 percent of what we see, but less than 15 percent of what we hear. Countless numbers of people have lost … [Read more...]

Jesus’ “Easy Yoke” is Unhurried — Especially at Christmas!

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10, NIV84). “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God.” (MSG) As Christmas approaches it seems we have to go faster and faster! How can we be unhurried? The traffic keeps getting worse. The lines in the stores keep getting longer. We don’t want to miss out on special events, parties, and gathering with family and friends. We have presents to wrap and food to prepare. So we get stressed and rush around. If we’re … [Read more...]

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10, NIV84). “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God.” (MSG) As Christmas approaches it seems we have to go faster and faster! How can we be unhurried? The traffic keeps getting worse. The lines in the stores keep getting longer. We don’t want to miss out on special events, parties, and gathering with family and friends. We have presents to wrap and food to prepare. So we get stressed and rush around. If we’re … [Read more...]

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Seven Seconds

“Let your light…shine before men.” Mt 5:16 NKJV  Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” When you’re in darkness, you see the light before you see the carrier of the light, right? The old saying, “First impressions are lasting impressions,” is true. One communications expert says: “You’ve got just seven seconds to make the right first impression. As soon as you make your entrance, you broadcast verbal and nonverbal … [Read more...]

Omnipotence

"I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You." (Job 42:2 NKJV) Our God can do anything. Hear that again: Our God can do anything. Do you really believe that? Not just theoretically or theologically, but do you believe that practically? How is it impacting your life at this very moment? What do you mean? All of us experience things beyond our ability to control. It may be a doctor's diagnosis that seems insurmountable or a financial predicament … [Read more...]

What Are Your Strengths?

“God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well.” Ro 12:6 TLB Paul writes: “Just as our bodies have many parts and each…has a special function…We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other…God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well” (vv. 4-6 NLT). Dr. John Maxwell recommends that you work where you’re strongest 80 percent of the time, where you’re learning 15 percent of the time, and where you’re weakest 5 percent of the time. So, what are … [Read more...]

How Did God Give Us All Spiritual Blessings?

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. - Ephesians 1:3 The scriptures abound with testimonies that the Lord has given us all we will ever need in this life, and the life to come. His provisions are beyond our wildest imagination. This was made possible through the grace Jesus brought to us. Any good thing you can name, came from the Lord! Today, we will consider a very important concept … [Read more...]

Sound Financial Advice (Part 3)

“The godly love to give!” Pr. 21:26 NLT The level of financial blessing God will entrust to you depends on three questions: (1) Are you mature enough to handle it? (2) Are you hoping to reap but unwilling to sow? (3) Are you a hoarder or a giver? God knows we can’t all give the same amount. Jesus honored a widow for giving her last two cents, saying: “Others gave what they’ll never miss…she gave her all” (Mk 12:44 TM). On the other hand, businessman Barnabas “sold a field he owned and brought … [Read more...]