Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Do The Good You Can!

Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it. (Prov. 3:27) 

Matthew Henry wrote: "Wherever the Providence of God casts us, we should desire and endeavor to be useful; and, when we cannot do the good we would, we must be ready to do the good we can. And he that is faithful in a little shall be entrusted with more." 

That thought moves me. If you can't do the good you would, do the good you can. You may have big-time plans in your life---major league dreams that haven't panned out. You were going to write a best-selling book, but the opportunities just haven't come along. Are you willing to write for your church newsletter?. . . 

Maybe you wanted to teach in seminary or Bible school, but the pressures of life forced you in a different direction. Are you willing to teach a Sunday school class? . . . Maybe you'd hoped to be a missionary . . . but for one reason or another, that door has never opened. . . . Are you open to working with Hispanic or Vietnamese people in your own city?

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

This post is very timely given the fact that we often hear more bad news than good news in the days we live in. I remember a time when the neighbors would get together and do block parties and simply be a blessing to one another. Are those days long behind me? Sort of. I still have the blessing to experience the occasional get-together and walk away from that period of fellowship more blessed than ever before. 

In those brief moments that I have to be around other people, I always look for opportunities to do any kind of good regardless of the size and frequency of the good intended. I was taught by one of my mentors many years ago that the "quality" of the good will always determine the "quantity" of the good. Remember my dear friends, when doing all the good you can, make sure that the "quality" of your good supersedes the quantity. The "quality" of your good will largely determine the "quality" of the good that comes back to you. As a result, you will see the long-term effects of how good your life will be and the lives the lives of those around you. Don't be surprised if God opens up doors you least expect to open up because of the good you have contributed to your part of society. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Blessed Life!

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (Matt. 5:8) 

What is meant by blessed? Some say it is little more than a synonym for "happy," but it is much deeper than that. . . . The Greek term that is translated "blessed" was used to describe two different conditions. First, it was used to describe the . . . wealthy who, by virtue of their riches, lived above the normal cares and worries of lesser folk. Second, the term was also used to describe the condition of the Greek gods who, because they had whatever they desired, existed in an unbelievable state of well-being, satisfaction, and contentment. . . . 

By repeating the same word to His band of simple-hearted, loyal followers, [Jesus] reassured them the enviable qualities such as delight, contentment, fulfillment, and . . . joy were theirs to claim. . . . He promised that by tossing aside all the extra baggage that accompanies religious hypocrisy and a performance-oriented lifestyle, we will travel the road that leads to inner peace. In doing so, we become "blessed." 

Simple Faith 

I would say that I have lived a blessed life. I can say that because God allows me to wake up every morning. I can also say that because I have a roof over my head and not homeless. I can also say that because I still have a working laptop that is well on its way to turning four years old. I can also say that because God has blessed me to be able to write to all of you through this blog as faithfully as I possibly can. 

Am I going to sit here and tell all of you that my life is blessed in its "fullest" sense? I will openly admit that I'm not and there are still certain pieces of my life that are missing to this day. I often get to tell people that God is indeed faithful and true. There's a reason for that and it can be summed up in one very powerful quote.

"Hope tells me that God can. . . .Faith tells me that God will." 

Those words are so powerful and have forever etched in my heart, mind, and spirit. My dear friends, you can also lived a blessed life no matter what it's looking like in your life right now. Why? Because Hope will tell you that God can and your Faith will tell you that He will take care of you. Do you believe it? Then stop reading this post and tell all of your friends and family that they also have a blessed life. :-)

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Hand-In-Hand!

Fulfill you my joy, that you be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Phil. 2:2) 

It is only when I share life's experiences with others that I can enjoy them or endure them to the greatest advantage. This is what the early Christians did. They learned quickly that survival would go hand-in-hand with "fellowship." . . . 

You see, having a relationship calls for being in fellowship with others, and that cannot be done very easily at arm's length. It implies getting in touch, feeling the hurts, being an instrument of encouragement and healing. Fences must come down. Masks need to come off. Welcome signs need to be hung outside the door. Keys to the locks in our lives must be duplicated and distributed. Bridges need to be lowered that allow others to cross the moat and then share our joys and our sorrows. 

Dropping Your Guard 

Living life hand-in-hand with anyone, especially anyone that we don't know very well can be a little nerve-wracking, right? I understand the value of fellowship and the benefits that can come from them. But . . . . 

Trust is the absolute factor that comes into play when deciding to go hand-in-hand with anyone in life, especially a significant other. All of us go into all kinds of relationships with different backgrounds and baggage. Yes friend, I just said baggage. Our background has largely to do with the environment that we have been brought up in. We have very little to no control over that. On the other hand, our baggage is largely those things we have a great deal of control over. The exception to that rule would be a terminal illness among others as an example. 

In the United States, and maybe in your country, our culture(s) have placed a lot of value in independence. The problem with that is that I have personally seen what unbridled (unchecked) independence will do in relationships. In every single instance that I have seen firsthand, nothing good came out of them. With God's help, we can break free from being "too independent". Instead of asking God for more independence, we need to ask Him to help us develop an "interdependent spirit." It is that interdependent spirit that will allow us to "lower the bridge" and fill the gap between ourselves and God and anyone that God chooses to bring into our lives. 

Thank you for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Pursuit Of Happiness!

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Phil. 1:21) 

When money is our objective, we must live in fear of losing it, which makes us paranoid and suspicious. 

When fame is our aim, we become competitive lest others upstage us, which makes us envious. 

When power and influence drive us, we become self-serving and strong-willed, which makes us arrogant. 

And when possessions become our god, we become materialistic, thinking enough is never enough, which makes us greedy. 

All these pursuits fly in the face of contentment . . . and joy. 

Only Christ can satisfy, whether we have or don't have, whether we are known or unknown, whether we live or die. . . . The pursuit of happiness is the cultivation of a Christ-centered, Christ-controlled life. 

Laugh Again 

Happiness can almost be found anywhere. Right? 

Our U.S Declaration of Independence highlights this fact in the following phrase: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. So many people from all around the world come to the United States in pursuit of finding the "happiness" that supposedly can be found here that they may not be able to find where they come from. 

The pursuit of happiness will vary from person to person as each person has their own individual agenda. Will Smith's pursuit of happiness found its way to major financial consulting firm. What was the motivation of his pursuit of happiness? His son. He needed to get out of a potentially homeless situation and set up something that will greatly benefit his son in the long run. Anyone who has watched this movie will eventually learn that this movie was based on a true story. 

 In the above example, the pursuit of happiness was both emotional and materialistic. Suppose that our pursuit of happiness is built upon the intangible aspects of our lives. There is absolutely nothing wrong with pursuing materialistic and emotional success for our lives. Where it often goes wrong is that we don't give priority to pursuing the true and real source of all happiness. . . . God. It is from (and with) God in which we can (and will) experience true happiness. 

My dear friends, in whom or what do you find happiness in? Is your happiness found in the material and emotional happiness like the Will Smith movie implies? Is it only found in the people that God has placed around you? Is it only found in the natural surroundings of where you live? Last, but not least, is it found in God and God alone? Questions worth thinking and asking yourself about. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Nothing Helps Like Hope!

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;). (Heb. 10:23) 

Hope is a wonderful gift from God, a source of strength and courage in the face of life's harshest trials. 

When we are trapped in a tunnel of misery, hope points to the light at the end. 

When we are overworked and exhausted, hope gives us fresh energy. 

When we are discouraged, hope lifts our spirits. 

When we are tempted to quit, hope keeps us going. 

When we struggle with a crippling disease or a lingering illness, hope helps us persevere beyond the pain. 

When we fear the worst, hope brings reminders that God is still in control. 

When we are forced to sit back and wait, hope gives us the patience to trust. 

Put simply, when life hurts and dreams fade, nothing helps like hope. 

Hope Again 

"Hope says God can. . . ."

Hope gives us the reason to wake up every single morning. Hope gives us the motivation to be optimistic about whatever it is the day has in store for us. It is very true that nothing helps like hope does. 

There are millions of people around the world who live out their days with very little to no hope whatsoever. With that thought in mind, I cannot help but ask the following question: In whom do we place our hope? Is our hope telling us that God can? Or is it telling us that we can? 

Our hope must be firmly placed in God and God alone. Placing our hope in anything or anyone else will defeat the purpose of why we have an intimate relationship with God. God has already provided us the promise of hope in Jeremiah 29:11. Our hope has to be anchored in God in for us to experience victory during the moments that are most difficult in our lives. We can hope for lots of things during our time here on Earth, but our ultimate hope should be placed in the reality of spending eternity in Heaven with God. That is the hope that no man or devil will never be able to take away from us. 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you always in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!! . . . . :-).

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Let God Build Your House!

Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain that build it. (Psalm 127:1) 

Here's the idea. During those all-important early months and years of  marriage, make sure that the Lord your God is the heart and center of your family! If He is not, the whole experience is a study of futility---a wasted, empty, counterproductive effort. It will all be in vain. He doesn't have in mind a home that hangs a lot of religious mottos on the walls or a couple that simply goes to church regularly or offers up a quick prayer before meals or places a big Bible on the living room coffee table. No, the essential ingredient is "the Lord." 

A family gets started on the right foot when Jesus Christ is in each life (husband and wife are both born again), and when the lengthening shadow of His Lordship pervades that relationship. When a couple makes Christ a vital part of their life, in the terms of the psalm, that's when "the Lord builds the house." 

Strengthening Your Grip 

"As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord." 

This has to be one of the most widely used phrases among Christians especially as it pertains to our homes. I have been in homes in which the enemy of our souls has run rampantly and chaos erupting as a result of not making Jesus the Lord of our homes. I have also been in homes in which God's presence and righteousness has reigned supreme and as a result peace and order became the outcome and norm. 

How do we let God build our homes? By going to the Blueprint (Bible) and following the guidelines that He has provided for us to live by and maintain. My hope and prayer is to see to it that God is the Chief Architect of my future home in which His righteousness will prevail and everyone that comes to visit will notice His presence and gain a fresh perspective of knowing what it is like to have God be the Builder of our homes. 

So friends, are you letting God be the Builder of your house? Are the people who come over to your house have an entirely fresh and inspirational story to tell others when they leave your house? My dear friends, only we can determine how our homes will be. Who's going to be the one to build your house? Satan or God? The choice is yours! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Friday, December 19, 2014

God Is All In All!

The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turns it wherever he will. (Prov. 21:1) 

God rules, God reigns. God, and God alone. And His way is right. It leads to His glory. 

Deep within the hearts of men and women, even though most would never acknowledge it, is the realization that we really don't have the final answer. There is the little hidden clause tucked away in the deep recesses of most thinking minds that says, "There may be a God after all." 

When we take this to the ultimate future for humanity, God is sovereignly in charge. One second after they die, the men and women who have rejected and resisted the Lord for years will step into eternity. One second . . . and they will be totally at a loss to determine their future. God's sovereignty steps over their lives and sets forth His decree, "That God may be all in all." 

The Mystery of God's Will 

God is indeed in ALL things! 

God is so involved in the daily affairs of man that everything that happens in our lives, good, bad, or indifferent are allowed because God is sovereign. There are numerous examples of God's sovereignty given to us in the Bible alone to validate the title of this post and the words from Charles Swindoll's The Mystery of God's Will. 

God has a redemptive plan for His children. In order for Him to accomplish that redemptive plan, He has to be sovereignly involved in the lives of all those who love Him and serve Him faithfully. He has to also be involved in the lives of those who don't serve Him and love Him because of those He knows that are in the process of "searching" for Him and for the eventual judgment of those who totally refuse to accept His Son, Jesus as Lord and Savior. 

My dear friends, God is our All in All. Let us recognize His sovereignty over our lives regardless of whatever our present circumstances are. Are your present circumstances good, bad, or indifferent? Always remind yourself that God is our all in all and that He loves us so much and will never leave us nor forsake us. Get ready my friends, God has a redemptive plan for your life and for the lives of all the people you love. 

God bless you friends and thank you for reading this far! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Fairest Flower!

LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters. (Psalm 131:1) 


Genuine humility isn't something we can announce very easily. To claim this virtue is, as a rule, to forfeit it. Humility is the fairest and rarest flower that blooms. Put it on display and instantly it wilts and loses it fragrance! . . . No, humility is not something to be announced. It simply belongs in one's life, in the private journal of one's walk with God. 

There are two simple and quick ways God says the true condition of the heart is revealed. The first is through the eyes and the second is through the mouth (Luke 6:45). . . . Keen counselors and wise people are careful to listen to words (what is said as well as what isn't said) and watch the eyes of others. You soon discover that the heart is like a well and the eyes and the tongue are like buckets that draw water from the same well. If true humility is not in the heart, the eyes will show it. 

Living Beyond the Daily Grind II 

Humility. 

This by far the most important virtue anyone can have. This virtue is both fair and extremely rare. I have done a series on the importance of this virtue in various situations. Humility is the well where all other virtues come from. 

Would it be possible to love someone without humility? Would it be possible to exercise due diligence and self-control without humility? Would it be possible to exercise any fruit of the Spirit without humility? All of these questions and other similar questions will be answered with a major NO. 

Humility is what sets the tone for all of the fruits of the spirit to operate in our lives. The only way that we will ever be able to exercise humility in our lives is to be connected with Jesus. Jesus is the source of all humility that will be found around us. Jesus is the vine and we are His branches. We must be connected and be deeply rooted in Him for humility to work in our lives. Jesus is the very essence of humility. Are you connected to Him? 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Monday, December 15, 2014

Developing Secure Children!

Whosoever loves wisdom rejoices his father. (Prov. 29:3) 

If parents were to ask me, "What is the greatest gift we could give our young child?" 
I would answer rather quickly: a sensitive spirit. That is especially rare among busy parents who live under the demands of hurried schedules, constantly doing battle with the tyranny of the urgent. Nevertheless, my counsel to you would be, give your child the time it takes to find out how he or she is put together. Help your child know who he or she is. Discuss those things with your children. Help them know themselves so that they learn to love and accept themselves as they are. Then, as they move into society that seems committed to pounding them into another shape, they will remain true to themselves, secure in their independent walk with God.

I have begun to realize that secure, mature people are best described in fifteen words. They know who they are . . . they like who they are . . . they are who they are. They are real

Growing Wise in Family Life 

As a single, adult man who aspires to get married and have a family that I can call my own, this particular post is especially fascinating and further reinforces my preparation for family life even further. This particular post emphasizes on developing secure children. 

Our present generation of children are our future in everything we presently do now. For those of us who are Christians, it is imperative that we raise our children in the fear of the Lord. I won't pretend to be an expert on child rearing, but as a casual observer and researcher, I have learned that children have a knack for absorbing information during their infancy. 

Assuming this to be true, shouldn't those of us who are Christian parents put the above information to the test by instilling those biblical values and principals into those kids during their infancy? My dear friends, we owe it to God, ourselves, and this precious world we live on to see to it that we develop children that are secured in Christ and in themselves. 

Want to see the future of this world revolutionized for Christ? See to it that your children are developed and secured in Christ! Why? Because those of us (including myself) will be determined and more enthusiastic about becoming parents to godly children and will be comfortable in knowing that they are secured eternally regardless of the way their lives develop during their latter years. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' precious name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Stubborn Sometimes!

Be you not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding. (Psalm 32:9) 

You've heard of God's children referred to as sheep. It isn't a bad picture, all things considered. The image conjures up visions of green pastures, still waters, and a gentle Shepherd, keeping watch over the flock. 

But He also refers to us as mules. Sometimes, I think that's a better analogy. 

Don't be like a balky mule! Don't be stubborn when God speaks. Don't continually fight and resist Him. Don't keep running away from Him so that He can't speak to you. Don't force Him to lasso you before you'll let Him draw near. 

Why do we resist such a magnificent God who loves us? It makes no sense! 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

Boy oh boy! 

This post is bound to be one of the funniest post I have ever written. The reason for that is I was once known to be one of the most stubborn people anyone has ever known. I must confess, there was a time in my life when I was so stubborn that I would probably make that mule in the picture above look more obedient. . . . :-).

Yes friends, we are without a doubt very stubborn creatures. This is not entirely our fault though. Let me explain. It has a whole lot more to do with the environment we are raised in than our own volition. In our early stages of development and growth, we are conditioned by our parents to respond to life a certain way. Having grown up in a Christian home, I was always taught and encouraged to look at things the way Jesus saw things. There's nothing wrong with the advice. What's wrong is the timing of the advice. I was too young to understand what my mom taught me, but little did I know that those seeds were planted deep within me. To make a long story short, I grew up, got older, surrounding myself with other influences, including those that were not of God and turned into a very stubborn person for a very long time. That stubborness continued long after I accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. As a result of the continued stubborness, my life began to fall apart at the seams. A series of events began to happen in my life that would eventually shed all the stubborness away. Don't get me wrong friend. Can I still be stubborn sometimes? Yes. The difference this time is that my stubborn spirit has been redirected against the forces of evil and openly refuse to join ranks with Satan and the things of darkness. With all that said, is it okay to be stubborn sometimes? Yes! Just make sure you are stubborn to those things and people that can (and will) keep you away from God and His kingdom.

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Welcome Wise Rebukes!

Open rebuke is better than hidden love. (Prov. 27:5) 

Hearing a wise person's rebuke is far better than humming 
fool's song. That's the idea. Most of us fail to hear the rebukes of the wise. Sometimes the wise person is a boss who attempts to evaluate our job. At other times it's a parent who pulls us up close, in one of those nose-to-nose encounters, and tells us things we need to hear. But we find such occasions difficult to bear. . . . 

Are we listening to the rebuke of the wise? Sometimes the wise rebuke comes from a former mate. Or the wise person could be a pastor, or a therapist, or a physician, or an attorney. We must be open and willing to learn from rebukes. 

Living on the Ragged Edge 

I remember being rebuked when I was younger and not taking the rebuke very well. That was then and this is now. As I have grown (and continue to grow) in godly wisdom, I have learned that when someone wiser than myself rebukes me, it is because they really care about me and want to keep me on the straight and narrow path to heaven. 

How you respond to a rebuke will indicate to you how mature your really are, especially in Christ. In the process of rebuking someone, you must be mindful of the degree you do rebuke someone. The degree of the rebuke will vary from one person to the next. When rebuking someone, you must take into consideration how far along that person is in their walk with God and the measure of responsibility in that person's life. 

With that said, I want to encourage all of my readers with the following words: 

Welcome wise rebukes! 

If you're thinking why, I highly recommend all of us (including myself) to ask ourselves the following question: Why not? That's a question we all need to ask ourselves when we are in the process of either giving a rebuke to someone we care about or receiving it from someone who actually cares about us. So friends, rebukes are not a bad thing. It's a good thing and necessary for accountability and character transformation. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Stop The Blame Game!

He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whosoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy. (Prov. 28:13) 

Let's not kid ourselves. When we deliberately choose not to stay positive and deny joy a place in our lives, we'll usually gravitate in one of two directions, sometimes both---the direction of blame or self-pity. . . . 

The aggressive attitude reacts to circumstances with blame. We blame ourselves or someone else, or God, or if we can't find a tangible scapegoat, we blame "fate." What an absolute waste! When we blame ourselves, we multiply our guilt, we rivet ourselves to the past (another "dangling" unchangeable), and we decrease our already low self-esteem. If we choose to blame God, we cut off our single source of power. Doubt replaces trust, and we put down roots of bitterness that can make us cynical. If we blame others, we enlarge the distance between us and them. . . .We settle for something much less than God ever intended. And on top of all that, we do not find relief! 

Strengthening Your Grip 

With so many crazy things happening all around us, I can only imagine how much finger pointing is going around as well. In my personal experience, I couldn't even begin to explain how many times I have had fingers pointed at me. To be honest, some of that finger pointing was justified. I also have to be honest about the moments that some of the finger pointing wasn't justified. 

In those instances that the finger pointing was justified, I took personal responsibility for those situations and have learned from them and grew more in godly wisdom (not just human wisdom). I have also learned alot in the situations that weren't justified. I have learned that there are lots of insecure people that will do anything to try to get themselves over at the expense of someone else. It is in those instances in which the blame game can turn malicious. The blame game can range anywhere from something as subtle as indifference to as straightforward as outright hatred. Regardless of what the blame game looks like, it needs to stop. It needs to stop not only only for someone else's sake, but for your sake as well. 

My dear friends, in the long run, the blame will run its course and there will be lots of negative consequences as a result of the blame game. Before pointing the finger at the next person, make sure you have all the facts before pointing the blame to that person. There is so much more to the whole blame game than just a "small" physical gesture of pointing the finger at someone. It has a whole lot more to do with the spirit of the finger pointing. What is your attitude toward the person you blame? Is your attitude centered on God's righteousness or in your own selfish ambitions? Before pointing the finger at someone, make the following statement to yourself: 

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. (John 8:7)

That verse alone should remind us of the fact that all of us are to be blamed for one thing or another. So friend, want to stop the blame game? Ask God to help you break anything that will get in the way of having a fulfilled relationship with God and man. Ask God to humble you in a manner that is worthy of being called a blameless man. Be bold and be encouraged my friend! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).      

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Undeserved Kindness!

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved. (Acts 15:11) 

If you have traveled to London, you have perhaps seen royalty. If 
so, you may have noticed sophistication, aloofness, distance. On occasion, royalty in England will make the news because someone in the ranks of nobility will stop, kneel down, and touch or bless a commoner. That is grace. There is nothing in the commoner that deserves being noticed or touched or blessed by the royal family. But because of grace in the heart of the queen, there is the desire at the moment to pause, to stoop, to touch, even to bless. . . . 

To show grace is to extend favor or kindness to one who doesn't deserve it and can never earn it. Receiving God's acceptance by grace always stands in sharp contrast to earning it on the basis of works. Every time the though of grace appears, there is the idea of it being undeserved. In no way is the recipient getting what he or she deserves. Favor is being extended simply out of the goodness of the heart of the giver. 

The Grace Awakening 

I'm a huge fan of a T.V. show called Undercover Boss. In this show, there's usually an executive that disguises him or herself pretending to be one of the employees of that company. The common theme in that show is that the "fake employee" takes the time to be trained by various employees and to really get to know their life story. At the end of the show, the executive exposes him or herself to the real employees and express their gratitude and thankfulness for their contribution to creating a better climate for their company. 

I have learned a major lesson from watching every single episode of Undercover Boss. There was a pattern of behavior in all the executives involved. It was undeserved kindness. They bestowed grace upon the employees that least expected it and possibly even less deserving. The moral of the story is that someone had a genuine heart for his or her people and did something for "the least of these". 

My dear friends, God gave up His only beloved Son Jesus Christ. In the process of providing us His beloved Son, we were also given the free gift of eternal life. That free gift of eternal life is still available to us today. All we need to do is just accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Jesus is our eternal Undercover Boss. People were expecting a prince on a white stallion instead receive a humble Man that is riding on a donkey. That same humble Man has expressed and demonstrated undeserved kindness to everyone He came across. With that said, let us go out of our way to express undeserved kindness to everyone God brings around our way. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).     

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Beauty Of God's Holiness!

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. (Rev. 4:8) 

We live in a day of pitiful shallow concepts of God. Some of today's contemporary Christian music leaves the impression that God is our buddy---a great pal to have in a pinch. . . . One pop songs asks, "What if God were just a slob like us?" That is not the biblical view of God. That is man's feeble attempt to make God relevant.

Do you hear that cheap twang of such a concept of God? These small ideas of Him diminish the beauty of His holiness. . . . 

The Puritans, that rigorous people of old, possessed a solidly biblical concept of God. Do you know why it is so crucial for us to recover such a respectful understanding? Because a shallow view of God leads to a shallow life. Cheapen God and you cheapen life itself. Treat God superficially, and you become superficial. 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

The beauty of God's holiness cannot and should not ever be underestimated. I will probably one of the first to admit that I have often approached God with a superficial mentality. As many times I have heard a good message, read my bible, prayed, even fasted, my relationship with God was no better than that of intellectual assent. Have I given intellectual assent to God's holiness? Guilty as charged! 

My dear friends, there are so many of us who go to church on Sundays, sing worship songs, listen to the message that God has for us, among so many other things that we do on Sunday and throughout the week and have never or very rarely given God His rightful place in our lives. I cannot even begin to describe God's holiness. All I can do is bow before Him in reverent humility. When expressing God's holiness, are you approaching His holiness in the manner that is worthy of giving Him ALL the glory, ALL the honor, and ALL the praise? 

This is so much bigger than contemporary Christian music. We must also be very careful of what we read, what we watch, what we do, etc. . . etc. . . I strongly encourage myself and all of you to be vigilant in what we do as Christians so we don't make the mistake of treating God superficially. If we do so, we run the huge risk of making our lives superficial. I can assure myself and all of you that this is the one thing we don't want for ourselves and the people we love most. 

Thank you so much for reading this far and God bless you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).     

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hurried, Harried Homes?!

Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds. (Prov. 27:23) 

What's the atmosphere like in your home these days? . . . Are you in danger of raising a "hurried child?" Capture some time this 
week and take an honest look at the quality of childhood your family lifestyle is providing for your little ones. What will be memorable to your kids when they, as adults, look back on the early years? Will it all seem like a high-pressure blur to them . . . one long breathless marathon? Have you allowed television to snatch up much of your children's unscheduled minutes . . . and hours

Seeking God's wisdom, ask yourselves, "What can we do as mom and dad to encourage our kids to enjoy being kids." Are you creating an atmosphere of relaxation and flexibility . . . or do the words hurry and rigidity better characterize your home? Any plans for a relaxed family vacation in the works? . . . As you plan, remember that childhood is an infinitely precious commodity. Your children will only grow up once. 

Growing Wise in Family Life 

Let me be as frank as I possibly can. I often get alot of questions asking me if I happen to have any children because I have posted family-oriented content in the past. With that said, it's important that everyone who reads this post and any future posts knows that I don't have any children. I'm currently single and look forward to one day getting married as God permits. I have made it a point in my life to always keep an open-mind about the direction God sends me to especially in regards to any possibility of becoming a husband and a father. 

As a little kid, I was brought up in one of those hurried, harried homes. Being the youngest of four children and being born after the third (who happens to be handicapped), little did I know that the home I was brought up in was going to either make me or break me. To further complicate things, my mom happens to be in and out of relationships. In some of those instances, it would usually be the fault of the man that chose to be involved with whenever chaos broke loose. In other instances, it would be her fault because of the lack of wisdom in choosing the right man for her and her children. As a result, our home became a hurried, harried home. 

Now, as a grown-up, single, adult man, I have grown to see family life from God's perspective through His Word. God's Word tells me that I need to be diligent to know the state of my "flock" (family). My attitude has to be such that I must learn how to be a family man before having a family that I can one day call my own. Before God, I have a responsibility to depend on God in such a manner that He will enable me to create an environment in my home that will be the complete opposite of the hurried, harried home described in this post. Am I implying that this home will be the perfect home and role model to all the homes around the world? No. But at the end of the day, it will be made abundant clear that as for me and my house we shall serve the Lord. My dear friends, that should be the goal for our homes and families. Amen? 

Thank you so much for reading this far and God bless you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).