Archive for December, 2012

Read: 2 Timothy 3:10-17

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After 30 years as a pastor, a New Jersey minister concluded, “The Bible is the best-selling, least-read, and least-understood book.” In his view, Biblical illiteracy is rampant.”

George Gallup, the foremost religion pollster in the US, agrees: “We revere the Bible.” He says, but we don’t read it.” In a recent survey, 64 percent of those questioned said they were too busy to read the Bible.  The average household has three Bibles but less than half the people in the US can name the first book in the Old Testament.  One survey found that 12 percent of its Christian respondents identified Noah’s wife as Joan of Arc!

Bible-Reading

The solution?… Read the Bible! Join me in the commitment to read the entire Bible through in the coming year.  It will take about 15 minutes a day to follow the reading guide in this booklet.  Are you too busy for that?

The goal is not information, but transformation.  Someone summarized 2 Timothy 3:16 by saying: God’s Word shows us which road to take (doctrine).   Tells us that when we get off track (reproof); how to get back on (correction); and how to stay on (instruction in righteousness).”

God’s Word is a precious gift.  So let’s read it through this coming year – David McCasland

If you’ve never read the Bible through, there’s a special joy awaiting you: You could start the New Year out just right Walking with the Lord and in His light – Hess

The Bible: The more you read it, the more you love it; the more you love it, the more you read it.

[Source: Daily Bread, 31 December 2012]

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Read: Colossians 2:1-10

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Imagine being given a bowl of sand containing tiny particles of iron, and you are told to remove the iron from the sand.  You have two choices. You can pull your fingers through the sand, searching for specks of iron but finding very few.  Or you can pull a magnet through the sand and watch it attract countless bits of irons.Magnet pulling iron filings out of sulphur

Like the fingers in the sand, the grumbling heart finds very few mercies.  But as the grateful heart moves through life, it finds countless blessings, just as the magnet finds iron.

Of all the choices we make in life, few affect us more powerfully than our choice between gratitude and grumbling.  An honest look at our lives will reveal which choice we have made.  If it’s grumbling, we probably see few blessings.  If it’s gratitude, we do not find only innumerable blessings- them seem to find us!

gratitudePaul taught that a heart overflowing with thankfulness comes from being grounded in faith (Col. 2:7). In Philippians, he pled with the believers, even repeating himself: “Rejoice in the Lord always.  Again I will say rejoice!” (4:4). Which choice have you made? grumblingGrumbling or gratitude? Grumbling over looks blessings, but gratitude finds blessings everywhere – even in dry and sandy places! – Joanie Yoder

A grumbling mood of discontent gives way to thankfulness when we consider all God’s gifts and all that we possess. – Sper

With a little practice, anyone can master the art of thankfulness.

[Source: Daily Bread. 21 December 2012]

Read: Philippians 2:5-8

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“Suppose there was a king who loved a humble maiden, ” begins a parable by Danish philosopher Soeren Kierkegaard (1813-1855).  How could he declare his love for her? She might respond out of fear or coercion, but he wanted her to love him for himself.

So the king, convinced that he could not appear as a king without crushing his loved one’s freedom, resolved to descend.  He stepped off his throne, took off his royal robes, and wrapped himself in a shabby cloak.  It was no mere disguise, but a new identity.  He took of the life of a servant to win the young woman’s hand.

What a gamble! She might love him or she might spurn him and send him away, and he would lose her love forever! But that’s a picture of the choice God gave to mankind, and that is what the parable is all about.

Our Lord humbled Himself in an effort to win our love.  “Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, did not consider robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation” (Phil 2:5-7).  That is the story of Christmas: God in the manger; God found in a form that no one could possibly fear.

Now the question is this: Will we love Him, or will we spurn Him and send Him away? – David Roger

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Invite Him in this Christmas, This Savior from above; The gift He seeks you need not wrap- He only wants your love. – Berg

God made His home with us that we might make our home with God.

[Source: Our Daily Bread,  17 Dec  2012]

Sharing everyone this e-npirational message  from my inbox:

So true and I find it beautiful 🙂

HAPPINESS…

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another.  Then we’re frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we’ll be more content when they are. After that, we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with.  We’ll certainly be happy when they’re out of that stage.

We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire.

HappinessIsNowThe truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than RIGHT NOW.  If not now when?

You life will always be filled with challenges.  It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.

Here’s a quote from Alfred D. Souza.  He said, “For long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin- real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid.  Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”  This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness.

Happiness is the way.  So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spent your time with… and remember that time waits for no one.

So stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you’re off welfare until the first or fifteenth, until your songs come on, until you’ve had a drink, until you’ve sobered up, until you die, until you’re born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy.

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Some things to ponder:

Work like you don’t need money, Love like you’ve never been hurt,

And dance like no one’s watching.

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Some people come into our lives and quickly go…

Some people become friends and stay a while…leaving beautiful footprints in our hearts and we are never quite the same because we have made a good friend!

Yesterday is history.

Tomorrow is mystery

Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called present!

Live and savor every moment…this is not a dress rehearsal

…Everything is against me!

Genesis 42:36

Jacob had come to the end of his rope.  He had lost Joseph.  Simeon was in jail in Egypt.  Now, in order to free Simeon, Benjamin, Jacob’s youngest son, would have to go to Egypt.  It was more than Jacob could handle.  Jacob could not see the years of preparation for what would be the most exciting time of his life and the life of the nation.  daybreakThe darkest hour is the hour just before the day break.  Jacob was in his darkest hour just before God’s daybreak in his life.  God’s big picture is often too big for us to comprehend.  The heartaches don’t seem to add up, but Jacob was about to understand the big picture.

Eventually, Benjamin along with Jacob’s other sons learned that their brother Joseph was second in command in Egypt.  Joseph revealed his identity, and Jacob was reunited with his son whom he had not seen more than 13 years.  He had thought, Joseph to be dead.

telescope_kidSo often we believe our dreams are dead.  There seems to be nothing left in our world to live for.  Everything appears to be against us.  During these times, God is performing a deeper work in each of us- a work that cannot be seen.

When client began leaving my ad agency and it dried up for no apparent reason, it appeared “everything was against me.” I could not see that God was orchestrating a whole new calling on my life.  At the moment, it see_the_big_picture_elephant_232345seemed like the worst thin in the world.  It seemed that I had been a failure.  But God said, “No, All the years before had been preparation for what God’s ultimate calling would be.  One of God’s methods for directing His children’s steps is through drying up resources: a job loss, a career change, or a disaster.  In these times we are willing to listen more intently, and to seek God in ways we would not normally do.  C.S. Lewis once wrote, “God whispers to us in pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” (C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain)

[Source: Today God Is First, Os Hillman]

Even before Pinterest become so popular, I have been a “DIY” (Do It Yourself) fan. So I want to share some hair care tips s that l have tried and tested that really works!  Plus, these items can be seen in your own home so it wont cost you that much.

Castor Oil for dry hair and scalp treatment

Castor oil is used for medicinal, therapeutic and cosmetic purposes. CastorOil9The oil has germicidal properties that make it effective against all kinds of bacterial, fungal and viral infections, reports Online Gardener tips. Castor oil treats dandruff, eczema, hair loss and scalp infections. Castor oil is also effective in getting rid of hair lice, according to Online Gardener Tips.

There was a time when my hair became so dry as a result of over processing (e.g. rebonding, digital perming, cellophane treatment, etc.), products used and sun exposure making it hard to manage, brittle and dull very easily. By using castor oil, it seals the moisture, making it healthy, soft and less susceptible to breakage.

Instruction:

Slightly warm a small amount of oil in saucepan.  Apply small amount of the oil to your scalp and hair ends by massaging it with your fingertips.  Cover your hair with shower cap and leave for a few hours to overnight.  Then wash your hair with a gentle shampoo and follow with conditioner.

Vinegar & Lemon or Calamansi Juice Mixture as a hair rinse

Vinegar balances the pH of your hair, cleans out the hair shaft and gives it a shine because it closes up the cuticles, eliminating frizz. While Lemon/Calamansi adds shine to hair and gives it a subtle highlights.

This is ideal for those who use a lot of styling products in their hair such as hair spray, wax or gel. It removes the residues of these products and even the residues left by shampoo. It moisturizes the hair and can help prevent dandruff too.

Instruction:

vinegarAdd 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of water. Squeeze the juice from half of a lemon or 5-10 calamansi. Combine all the ingredients in a jar and stir well Shampoo and rinse hair as usual, then pour in the mixture. Massage the mixture into your scalp and throughout your hair down to the ends.  And end it by rinsing your hair with cool water. You might smell the apple vinegar in your hair while it is wet. However, once your hair has dried, the smell of vinegar will not be lemonapparent.

Note: If you don’t want even the slightest lightening of your hair color, omit the lemon/calamansi juice.

Mayonnaise as hair conditioner

Mayonnaise can be found in most kitchens. And by using as a conditioner, it adds luster and vitality to dry hair. It also increases the shine and very simple to use.

Instruction:

mayoWash your hair normally with a gentle shampoo formulated for dry hair, and towel it dry. Comb in at least 1 tbsp. of real mayonnaise, starting at the top of your head. Make sure to cover every strand of hair. Leave the mayonnaise in for at least one hour. Extra-dry hair may need an additional hour. Wash your hair again with a gentle shampoo, such as baby shampoo. Rinse thoroughly. Comb or brush your hair and let dry. Style as you normally would.

Thank you Lord for another year to celebrate life and for this wonderful birthday message! 🙂

change-the-worldOn several occasions I have been encouraged  when men I knew to be dishonest and immoral agreed to talk me about their conduct. Yet each time I was disappointed at the outcome of our meetings.

In each situation the person said he believed in God and wanted to escape hell. Some rationalized by saying everybody, even churchgoing people, are basically selfish. They do good only to escape punishment. Those who reasoned this way believed that because they sometimes were kind and generously to charitable causes, their chances of going to heaven were as good as those of the Christians they knew. One man vowed that he would do kind. But like the others, he wanted to have eternal life without the forgiveness and inner change that only Jesus can give.

The apostle Paul told Timothy how to deal with religionists who focused on externals. He reminded him that the purpose of godly instructions is a life that reflects a radical inner change: “love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith” (1Tim 1:5). Has God changed you from within? You can have a life changing encounter with Jesus if you’ll trust in Him –Herb Vander Lugt

How to be changed from within as easy as A-B-C…

Admit that you are a sinner and turn from your sin.
Believe that Jesus dies for you and rose from the dead.
Call on Him to be your Savior and Lord.

When God changes you, He works from inside out.

The purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from a sincere faith. – 1 Tim 1:5

Read: 1 Timothy 1:1-7

[Source: Daily Bread, 26 November 2012 message]