A Memorial Day Suggestion

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As you stop today and take time out of your busy life to honor those who have fallen while serving our country, take a moment to open your Bible and read Hebrews chapter 11 and spend some time remembering those who have died while serving our God and Father.

 

 

 

Heb 11:32-40 ”

32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again.

Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted,[f] were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— 38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.

39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

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The Curse of Permanent Potential

There was a cautious man Who never laughed or played,

He never risked, he never tried, He never sang or prayed,

And when he one day passed away His insurance was denied,

For since he never really lived, They claimed he never died

From the Book, “Being The Best”, by Dr Dennis Waitley

So the question we must consider is, “How do I unlock my potential?”  The answer is to recognize that God is our creator and only He knows what our potential truly is.  The key to unlocking this potential is to open up His Word and understand what He can do for and through us.

One writer suggested the following:

  1. Learn God’s Word. God won’t unlock your potential until you actually open the Word and learn it. You won’t unlock potential by osmosis. You’ll start to do it by learning what the Bible says.
  2. Accept God’s Word. The Bible has to be the authority in your life. You may not like what you’re reading, but — if you want God’s best for your life — you need to accept what it says as the final authority for how you live.
  3. Obey God’s Word. You can’t just learn God’s Word and accept God’s Word. You have to do what the Bible teaches. You don’t get blessed for the parts of the Bible you know. You get blessed for the parts of the Bible you done

One final thought is we must remember who it is that is working within us to reach that potential.

Lk 1:37 “37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”

Eph 2:10 “10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Eph 3:20-21 “20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Phil 4:13 “13 I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.”

Let us not live a life of untapped potential but rather open up God’s Word to learn what our potential is and then spend our lives striving to reach it.

 

 

 

 

Gratitude in all Things

BE THANKFUL
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

 ~ Author Unknown

Gratitude helps us cope with adversity, but that’s certainly not its only benefit. For more reasons why to practice gratitude, check out this infographic created by Here’s My Chance.

Below are some scriptures to consider when it comes to showing gratitude in all things and not just during the “Good Times”

 

Rom 8:18 “18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

2 Cor 12:8-10 “Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

1 Thess 5:16-18 “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Jam 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

1 Pet 1:6-7 “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,”

May we all show gratitude each day of our lives for everything that comes our way whether “Good Things” or “Trials”

Thoughts to Help you Carry On

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he’d stuck it out.
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are –
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
 ~Author Unknown

 

 

 

 

May these thoughts be a blessing to you!

Lessons from a Yard Light

Nothing can dim the light

which shines from within

 ~Maya Angelou

As I look at this quote I can’t help but think of a very recent experience (For those of you in the West End congregation who heard this in the lesson, this won’t be the last time you find me repeat a thought I really like).  I have just moved into a new house and noticed there was a light out front that was on during the daytime.  Figuring it was not necessary to have light shining during the day I looked to shut the light off.  Sadly, no matter where I looked I couldn’t find a switch to turn the light off.  I searched inside, outside, and on the light itself with no luck.  I then went as far as to ask several people to try and help and they couldn’t shut out the light.  No matter how hard we tried, there was nothing we could do to prevent the light from shining.

This got my thinking about a Bible passage most all of us are familiar with teaching us to let our light shine…

Mt 5:16 “16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.”

We also sing a song about how we are going to let our light shine all the time and we won’t let Satan blow it out.  My question for us to consider is, “Are we going to be like that light I described above where no matter how hard someone tries to stop us from shining, they are not able?”  I believe this is what God intends for us to be and it is something we need to work hard at until we become a light that will always shine 24 hours a day, seven days a week, no matter what the day brings.

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Are You the same person throughout the Week you are on Sunday?

A hypocrite is a fellow who isn’t himself on Sundays.
-Anonymous

Mt 7:21-23 21 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

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We must all recognize that becoming a christian means more than just attending services and acting a certain way on Sunday, it is a way of life

Jam 1:22-25 “22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

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May we all daily live the life we profess to live on Sundays