Tuesday, October 28, 2008
(I chose a roach to depict a dirty bug vs. dirty politics!)
WHAT AMERICA NEEDS IS A *NEHEMIAH* AND AN *ESTHER*.
Nehemiah was the king's cupbearer. He was an Israelite. He received word that Jerusalem's wall had been broken down. He got the king's permission to go and lot over the situation. But Nehemiah was smart. He went on his own in the middle of the night when no one could interrupt, distract or interfere. He must have been experienced with people to know not to ask their opinion. But he prayed to God for the answer and for the help.
Esther, also was an Israelite. She replaced Vashti, the king's wife. (Not the same king.) She had been raised by an uncle, but God had a plan for Esther's life that would change the world as they knew it.
Nehemiah was able to rebuild what was broken. Esther was able to save a nation from destruction.
What our country needs now is a Nehemiah and an Esther. For who knows, like Esther, maybe Sarah Palin was born for such a time as this?
Nehemiah and Esther were of the same country and both had concerns so strong that they were willing to die if need be. Would Obama do this for America? I hardly and heartily doubt it. Is he experienced like Nehemiah was? I don't think so. Were Nehemiah or Esther power hungry? NO! Is Obama? YES by any means.
Will America be rebuilt? I wish I had an answer. If we get the God-appointed president to restore us, then yes. If people swing the vote, it may not work out that way. I'm not really politically inclined, but what I see happening in America is despicable to say the least. The rich don't care about anyone but themselves. They've torn down our borders, they've taken business and broken down the economy by going to China, Mexico, etc. instead of remaining loyal to her own people.
Every time I think of politics and see what is happening, I cry out inside, "Even so, come Lord Jesus, come quickly."
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
What is the Internet?
The Internet is a Global network which brings directly into your family home an enormous and fantastic collection of pornography, propaganda and subversive material. Plus, of course, a trillion individuals and companies all desperately trying to sell you their wares. Amidst all this sleaze and shady dealing are the cutesy websites created by bored middle aged ladies featuring pictures and stories about their cats and grandchildren. Sadly this whole bizarre and lurid techno~social folly is completely compulsive and unless you wish to be a social outcast is quite inescapable.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
A dumb blonde woman received a fishing rod for her eighteenth birthday and decided to go ice fishing. So early the next morning she got all her gear and headed out.
When she reached her destination she cut a hole in the ice and dipped the rod in.
Suddenly the blonde heard a voice that said, "there's no fish in there".
So she moves to another spot and cuts another hole. The same voice spoke again and told her there were no fish there.
So she moves again and the voice tells her there are no fish there. So she looks up and sees a man staring at her.
"How do you know there are no fish here?" asked the dumb blonde.
"It’s quite simple for an experience angler,” replied the man, “the clue is the sign over there that says ‘ice skating rink.’”
Thursday, October 09, 2008
I didn't write this, but I thought it was pretty good advise.
The Transformation Of One's Life Is In Direct Proportion To The Alteration Of One's Mind.
"Do not copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think."
Romans 12:2 (NLT)
One of my passions in life is to see others on a continual upward swing of transformation. It hurts me to see people in church hear the Word for many years, and be no different from the first day they stepped foot through the church doors. God did not design life for stagnation. Nothing living stagnates; it continually transforms from season to season, or ultimately dies.
Shouldn't we be the same? If you cannot look back on your life six months ago, or even one year ago, and see any growth, you should examine yourself as to why there hasn't been any progress. We are to go from glory to glory.
One of the reasons God birthed the message of excellence into my heart is because excellence causes a person to pursue change. Jesus does not allow an individual to stay the same, just as He doesn't allow the landscape to languish. I have heard it said like this, "God loves you just the way you are, but He wants you to be like Jesus."
Isn't it interesting that when God welcomed you into his family, He said, "Now you must die and Christ must live through you." It is not that God doesn't love us. Remember, transformation of your life is in direct proportion to the alteration of your mind.
Father, I thank You that my mind is continually renewed by Your Word. I desire transformation and I understand that transformation only comes through mind alteration. I choose to alter my mind in accordance with Your Word.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
What I learned from Noah
Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah's Ark.
ONE: Don't miss the boat.
TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat.
THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.
FOUR: Stay fit. When you're 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
FIVE: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
SIX: Build your future on high ground.
SEVEN: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
EIGHT: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
NINE: When you're stressed, float a while.
TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
ELEVEN: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.
Most people walk in and out of your life......but FRIENDS leave footprints in your heart.
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