CHRISTELW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CHRISTELW CHRISTELW's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Stop Doubting Your Salvation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407634 Stop Doubting Your Salvation <BR> <BR> Written by Bob & Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...Perfect love casts out fear...' 1 John 4:18 NKJV <BR> <BR> Are you trying your best to serve the Lord, yet you sometimes doubt your salvation? Though you're unaware of any particular sin in your life, you still feel unworthy to stand in God's presence, confident of His acceptance. Read this Scripture. Better yet, write it down and carry it with you: 'Perfect love casts out fear.' Now, if God loved you with an ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 15:50:44 EST Operating by the Peace Rule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135405 The Word for Today <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <link>http://m.thewordfortoday.co.nz/ </link> <BR> <BR> 'Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts...' Colossians 3:15 NIV <BR> <BR> If you don't have peace about it, don't proceed! Often peace is all God will give you to let you know whether you're in or out of His will. So how can you operate by the peace rule? 'Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thank Him for Hi... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:57:23 EST Stand Out from the Crowd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120538 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'Do not follow the crowd...' Exodus 23:2 NIV <BR> <BR> Mark D. Roberts writes: 'In junior high, a boy named Andrew...was the classic nerd: overweight...thick glasses...skin so white it seemed he'd never been outside. One day some of the boys began teasing Andrew and making fun of his appearance...I saw the pain in his eyes and knew I should tell the other guys to knock it off. But I ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:59:27 EST The Right Word at the Right Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118235 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'What you say can mean life or death...' Proverbs 18:21 NCV <BR> <BR> There's a story about a teacher who, to honour her students, gave each a ribbon that stated, 'Who I am makes a difference,' and asked them to pass it along to someone who'd made a difference in their lives. One kid gave his to a young executive who helped him plan his career. He in turn gave it to his boss, who was... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 18:17:27 EST God Will Do Whatever It Takes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117038 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.' Romans 5:20 NKJV <BR> <BR> <BR> Paul writes, '...I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it' (Galatians 1:13 NIV). Clearly, Paul had no thoughts of becoming a Christian. As a Jew, he was obsessed with the law. As an intellectual, he could debate the finest minds. Articulate and educated, he was committed to the tenets of... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:00:35 EST Building Lasting Relationships http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115805 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...It is not good that man should be alone...' Genesis 2:18 NKJV <BR> <BR> God's plan for your life always requires building relationships with the right people. To succeed, you must be able to recognise these people and work with them. Remember Jonathan, who loved David even at the cost of his own life? Or Ruth, who loved her widowed mother-in-law Naomi and gave her a reason to liv... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 16:48:42 EST Praying with the Right Mindset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114856 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'You...do not receive, because you ask amiss...' James 4:3 NKJV <BR> <BR> Sometimes in our prayers we are 'me' centred and see God as a genie to be conjured up to fulfill our every wish. Then when we don't get what we want we think He doesn't hear, doesn't care, or maybe doesn't exist. James says, 'You...do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.'... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 16:53:46 EST William Wilberforce (2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113895 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.' Mark 10:43 NIV <BR> <BR> <BR> William Wilberforce's biographer, Eric Metaxas, points out that the abolition of the British slave trade had even greater implications: 'We had suddenly entered a world in which we would never again ask whether it was our responsibility as a society to help the poor and suffering. We wou... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 16:42:00 EST William Wilberforce (1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113037 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...Do it with the strength God provides...' 1 Peter 4:11 NIV <BR> <BR> William Wilberforce grew up as a child of privilege, attending Cambridge University. Two weeks after his twenty-first birthday he was elected to Parliament where he became a brilliant orator and politician. <BR> <BR> Then he met John Newton, author of the hymn Amazing Grace. A former slave ship captain, Newton h... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 22:32:34 EST If God Says You're Qualified, You Are! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111584 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'Don't let anyone look down on you...' 1 Timothy 4:12 NIV <BR> <BR> You shouldn't be overlooked because of your age, your gender, your nationality, your education or your financial status. People will try to put you down, but if you trust God He will lift you up. <BR> <BR> Timothy started preaching in his teens. He became Paul's travelling companion, which was no small honour. But i... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:21:12 EST Have You Found Your Place Yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110159 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'To prepare God's people for works of service...' Ephesians 4:12 NIV <BR> <BR> The story's told of a pastor who went to the railroad station every night to watch the express train roar through town. His congregation wondered why. When suspicions arose a deacon followed him, watched him, and asked what he was doing. He replied, 'This train is the only thing that comes through this tow... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:21:18 EST A Memo from Heaven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108889 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...Conquer evil by doing good.' Romans 12:21 TLB <BR> <BR> <BR> It's easy to forget why God saved you, what He's called you to do, and how you're supposed to live. So here's a memo from Heaven: <BR> <BR> 'Don't just pretend that you love others: really love them. <BR> Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of good. <BR> Love each other with brotherly affection and take delight in... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 19:11:14 EST You're Forgiven (1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106402 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'In Him we have...forgiveness of sins...' Ephesians 1:7 NKJV <BR> <BR> When God forgives you but you refuse to forgive yourself, you're spurning His grace and choosing to be miserable. When you do that: <BR> <BR> (1) Your loved ones are at risk. It's not just about you. When you wallow in guilt you tend to be more withdrawn and critical, and less open and affectionate. So your spou... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 20:37:09 EST Try Fasting and Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105248 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'We fasted and entreated...God...' Ezra 8:23 NKJV <BR> <BR> Ezra's assignment was rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem, and there were moments when it felt overwhelming. So here's what he did: 'We fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.' When you are willing to go without food and take the time to seek God with all your heart, He will respond to you. <BR> <B... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 17:57:28 EST Growing - and Blessing Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104073 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'Carry each other's burdens, and...you will fulfil the law of Christ.' Galatians 6:2 NIV <BR> <BR> <BR> If your desire is to bless others, you must ask yourself: (1) What am I doing to invest in myself? You can't give what you don't have. Unless you're committed to personal growth you'll have nothing of worth to give others. So, '...add to your faith...knowledge' (2 Peter 1:5 NIV) a... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:10:35 EST Feeling for Others (2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102827 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...I remember you in my prayers at all times...' Romans 1:9-10 NIV <BR> <BR> Charles Swindoll writes: 'We don't look, act, or dress alike. We have different tastes in food, books, cars and music. We work at different jobs...enjoy different hobbies ...but one thing we have in common. We know what it means to hurt. Suffering is universal. Tears are the same for Jews, Muslims, Christia... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:26:13 EST Feeling for Others (1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101630 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...Weep with those who weep.' Romans 12:15 NKJV <BR> <BR> In 1883, poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox was travelling by train to an inaugural ball when she noticed a woman weeping across the aisle. Wilcox spent the rest of the journey comforting her, and when she reached her destination she was in no mood to celebrate. Later, remembering the woman on the train, she wrote the opening lines to ... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 17:52:19 EST Are You Drifting Off Course? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100358 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'I take joy in doing Your will...' Psalm 40:8 NLT <BR> <BR> Embarking on a rafting trip with friends, author John Blumberg observed: 'We had a hard time getting away from shore...there appeared to be enormous momentum keeping us grounded. Slowly it got easier and we decided to relax. And it was during our moment of pause that reality set in concerning our ever-so-gentle-drift out to ... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 19:14:10 EST Make the Most of It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098772 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...When it prospers, you will...prosper.' Jeremiah 29:7 GWT <BR> <BR> Are you at a place in your life and you'd rather not be there? Well, God has a word for you, but it may not be one you want to hear. It's the same word Jeremiah brought to his people when they were slaves in Babylon, far from everything near and dear: 'You're not going home anytime soon, so change your attitude, d... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 15:41:34 EST Look for the Best in Them http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097726 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all...' 1 Thessalonians 5:15 NKJV <BR> <BR> VJ Smith writes: 'I don't remember the exact date I met Marty. Like a lot of people...the line I was in wasn't moving as quickly as I wanted and I glanced towards the cashier...an affable-looking man in his seventies. I thought, "Well, he's an old guy and it probably takes him longe... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 16:01:03 EST sharing: You're Equipped for a Purpose (2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096757 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...God...will fulfill His purpose for me.' Psalm 57:2 NLT <BR> <BR> The Bible is full of people who used their talents to bless others: musicians, masons, seamstresses, ship-builders, teachers, farmers, fishermen, authors, architects, artists, administrators etc. God gives '...each of us the ability to do certain things well...' (Romans 12:6 TLB). Yet much of what He gives us goes u... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:40:07 EST Asking in Harmony with God's Will http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094181 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.' 1 John 5:14 NKJV <BR> <BR> <BR> We like to think that our wants are God's will, maybe, and maybe not. '...If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us...we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him' (1 John 5:14-15 NKJV). Your confidence in prayer comes from knowing ... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:59:45 EST 'Total Commitment' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092870 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...Then you will receive praise, honour and renown...' Deuteronomy 26:19 NLT <BR> <BR> Imagine how honoured you would feel if a president or prime minister decided to visit you and spend the night at your house. You wouldn't leave dirty dishes piled up in the sink, clothes strewn across the floor and a ring around the bathtub. No, you'd give the place a radical makeover! And you wou... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 15:27:38 EST You Are the Church (1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090464 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...To equip God's people to do His work...' Ephesians 4:12 NLT <BR> <BR> If you think the unemployment statistics in the country are bad, take a look at the church. Twenty percent of its members give eighty percent of its income, and do eighty percent of its work. The rest are happy just to be spectators. <BR> It's easy to sit back, criticise and say, 'Why doesn't the church do some... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 20:42:00 EST How's Your Communication? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089112 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'Husbands, love your wives...' Ephesians 5:25 NKJV <BR> <BR> <BR> One of the biggest challenges in marriage is communication. <BR> <BR> Here's an example: in a new family husbands might go to work and the wife stay at home to look after the baby. Now, someone has estimated that the average man speaks about 29,000 words a day and the average woman speaks about 33,000 words a day. Th... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 15:47:38 EST You Need a 'Word' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088128 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'Your ears shall hear a word...' Isaiah 30:21 NKJV <BR> <BR> A 'word' from God can bring you the solution you need. God created the world with a word, so imagine what a word from Him could do for your situation. The Bible says, 'Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it, whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left."' Notice ... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 16:26:38 EST Triple-A Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086783 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord.' Genesis 4:26 NIV <BR> <BR> <BR> The first mention of prayer in the Bible is: 'At that time men began to call on the name of the Lord.' So, how often do you 'call on the name of the Lord'? Only when you're in trouble? Or when you're in church? Occasionally? Never? You say, 'But I don't know how to pray.' Try a triple-A p... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 15:36:59 EST Secure in God's Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085400 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'I will be faithful to you and make you Mine...' Hosea 2:20 NLT <BR> <BR> You can be loved by many, but deep down you'll feel needy and insecure until you understand how God feels about you. <BR> <BR> The Bible says: <BR> (1) God wants you to be happy. '...I have loved you, My people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to Myself. I will rebuild you...You... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 15:17:00 EST Live for Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084166 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'I will...gladly spend and be spent for you...' 2 Corinthians 12:15 NKJV <BR> <BR> At first, Nelson Mandela was motivated by a dream to free himself from oppression. But his dream expanded to include others. He writes: 'The hunger for my own freedom became the greater hunger for the freedom of my people. It was this desire for freedom of my people to live their lives with dignity and... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 18:23:40 EST Lasting Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082555 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...He who abides in Me...bears much fruit...' John 15:5 NKJV <BR> <BR> <BR> Jesus said, '...I chose you and appointed you that you should...bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain...' (John 15:16 NKJV). God has two goals for us: First, greater success; secondly, a legacy of success. And He will do whatever it takes to accomplish it. <BR> Just when we are comfortable at a cert... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:05:38 EST Be Careful What You Say http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080756 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> <BR> 'The...Lord has given me...words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary...' Isaiah 50:4 NLT <BR> <BR> God has given each of us a tongue: a simple, basic tool to help us encourage one another. It has been given to all - young and old, rich and poor, wise and foolish. <BR> <BR> It is a tool we can use to discourage or encourage. Too often we use our tongue to tear pe... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:29:46 EST Give Your Entire Life to Christ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079756 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation...' 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV <BR> <BR> The story is told of a man reading a newspaper when he came across a map of the world. So he clipped it out, cut it into pieces and told his little boy to put it back together again. After a while the boy said to him, 'I've done it!' His father marvelled, 'As quick as that? How did you do it?' His son ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 16:38:06 EST How to Pray for Your Children http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078725 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...I will pour out My...blessing on your children...' Isaiah 44:3 NLT <BR> <BR> You must pray, claiming God's promises over your children. Are such prayers effective? Yes. God says, '...I am ready to perform My word' (Jeremiah 1:12 NKJV). We serve a promise-making, promise-keeping God! 'So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall a... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:58:32 EST When You Can't Understand, Trust God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076132 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'Trust in the Lord...' Proverbs 3:5 NKJV <BR> <BR> The Bible says, 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths' (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV). But what if your path leads through pain, pressure and problems? John the Baptist's did. He didn't deserve imprisonment. After all, he was the forerun... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 18:07:09 EST Be Happy for Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074834 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'Rejoice with those who rejoice...' Romans 12:15 NKJV <BR> <BR> William Barclay said: 'It's more difficult to congratulate another on his success if it involves disappointment to us, than to sympathise with his sorrow...Only when self is dead can we take as much joy in the success of others as in our own.' <BR> <BR> Karen Ehman's home had been for sale twenty months when a friend ca... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:20:30 EST The Secret of Fulfillment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073256 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'There is a time for everything... a time to weep and a time to laugh.' Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 NIV <BR> <BR> Optimists tend to believe that life is mostly good; pessimists, that it's mostly bad. Life is both. And only those who embrace that truth are able to find fulfillment. Why? Because those who accept it but don't embrace it become apathetic, meeting every difficulty with a shrug and... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 16:42:45 EST Prayer (6) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071747 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...You will ask what you desire, and it shall be done.' John 15:7 NKJV <BR> <BR> In May 1996, ValuJet flight 592 crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing 110 passengers. Navy experts tried using special technology to detect the plane's black box, without success. Holding a rope that kept them spaced a metre apart, searchers poked through every square metre of muck. After fourtee... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 17:17:04 EST Prayer (5) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070584 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...For we do not know what we should pray for...' Romans 8:26 NKJV <BR> <BR> Prayer works like the 111 emergency system. All you need to do is dial those numbers and you're instantly connected to an operator who is trained to keep calm in emergency situations and is able to connect with the emergency service required to send help straight away. You might not be able to say what the ... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 16:38:17 EST Prayer (4) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069830 The Word For Today <BR> <link>http://www.thewordfortoday.com.au/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> <BR> 'He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him...' Psalm 91:15 NKJV <BR> <BR> <BR> Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, is hooked up to the internet. (Using the internet, subscribers can send email to other internet users. So when The New Yorker magazine published Gates' email address, he quickly got into trouble with email overload. Now anyone on the internet was able ... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 23:53:39 EST Prayer (3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068138 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'Pray continually.' 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV <BR> <BR> <BR> The Bible says, 'Pray continually.' If you can worry continually, you can pray continually; you just have to change your focus! Try to picture this: an enemy army has arrived intent on wiping Israel out. So Moses says to Joshua, 'Take your best soldiers and go fight them. I'm taking two men, climbing the hill that overlooks... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:01:14 EST Prayer (2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066752 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...Your Father in Heaven will give good gifts to those who ask...' Matthew 7:11 NIV <BR> <BR> Phillips Brooks said, 'Pray the largest prayers. You cannot think of a prayer so large that God, in answering it, will not wish you had made it larger. Pray not for crutches but for wings.' <BR> When we love our children we want to be generous with them. And that's how God feels about us: '... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:43:42 EST Translated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063661 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'He has...conveyed us into the Kingdom of the Son.' Colossians 1:13 NKJV <BR> <BR> The King James Bible says God has 'delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son.' The New King James Bible says, 'He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the Kingdom of the Son.' In one version it says we were 'conveyed,' i... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:51:08 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061930 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...I will...exchange their sorrow for rejoicing.' Jeremiah 31:13 NLT <BR> <BR> Tom was very depressed following his wife Elle's death. For an hour he poured out his heart. Now, catharsis is good; it can show you what needs to be dealt with. But talk alone doesn't change anything. So his counsellor asked, 'If the situation was reversed and you'd died first, what would you want Elle t... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 17:50:09 EST Living in the Flow of God's Blessing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060649 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...Take over the land...flowing with milk and honey.' Deuteronomy 11:8-9 NIV <BR> <BR> When they were slaves in Egypt, the Israelites had to pump water from the Nile River to irrigate their crops and put food on their table. Can you imagine slaving every day on an old foot pump just to get by? But then things changed for the better. God told them, '...Go in and take over the land...... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 17:33:38 EST Gracious Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059264 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'Let the words of my mouth...be acceptable in Your sight...' Psalm 19:14 NKJV <BR> <BR> Ernest Hemingway quipped, 'It takes two years to learn to speak and sixty to learn to keep quiet.' The Psalmist prayed, 'Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord.' A sin most often tolerated in the church, and sometimes even condoned, is the sin ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:57:12 EST The Joy is in the Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057882 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...I have come that they may have life...to the full.' John 10:10 NIV <BR> <BR> Sometimes when we achieve the things we strive for, we find they're not very fulfilling. As we look back we realise that our greatest joy was not in the goal we reached, but in the growth we experienced on the way to it. <BR> <BR> Scientist Koichi Tanaka describes this phenomenon and how it can come abo... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:58:33 EST Take Control of Your Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056515 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'I must work...while it is day...' John 9:4 NKJV <BR> <BR> Time is like money; it must be budgeted. That means determining the difference between the fixed - what you must do - and the discretionary - what you would like to do. <BR> <BR> What caused Jesus to be such an organised person? (1) He understood His mission. During His final walk toward Jerusalem where He would be crucified... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:35:30 EST Take Control of Your Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054711 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> 'Teach us to realise the brevity of life...' Psalm 90:12 NLT <BR> <BR> Gordon MacDonald gives us some of the traits of a disorganised life. See if you recognise any: <BR> <BR> '(1) Appointments/messages/deadlines missed. I know I'm disorganised when there are a series of forgotten appointments, telephone messages to which I have failed to respond, and deadlines which I have begun to... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:00:14 EST Be Holy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051238 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...Be holy in all you do.' 1 Peter 1:15 NIV <BR> <BR> Holiness isn't a subject we hear much about these days. So, what does it mean to 'be holy'? <BR> First, let's understand what it doesn't mean: <BR> (1) It doesn't isolate you from the world, it insulates you against its negative influences. <BR> (2) It's not a scorecard for deciding who's close to God and who's not. It's having... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 16:12:40 EST Living for Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049891 The Word for Today <BR> <link>http://www.rhema.co.nz/ </link> <BR> Written by Bob and Debby Gass <BR> <BR> '...Through love serve one another.' Galatians 5:13 NKJV <BR> <BR> Jacques Cousteau, the famous French maritime explorer, said, 'If a man for whatever reason has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.' Jesus lived that way. He said, 'I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep' (John 10:11 NKJV). <BR> <BR> To... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 15:29:40 EST