Friday, August 20, 2004

Hope for..

Plans to Give You the Future You Hope For

This is GOD's Word on the subject: "As soon as Babylon's seventy years are up and not a day before, I'll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home.

I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out--plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

"When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I'll listen.

"When you come looking for me, you'll find me.

"Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else,I'll make sure you won't be disappointed." GOD's Decree.

"I'll turn things around for you. I'll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you"--GOD's Decree--"bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it. -- Jeremiah 29:10-14


To share with what Rick said:

"You may have been passionate about God in the past but you've lost that desire.That was the problem of the Christians in Ephesus-they had left their first love.They did all the right things, but out of duty, not love.

If you've just been going through the motions spiritually, don't be surprised when God allows pain in your life. Pain is the fuel of passion-it energizes us with an intensity to change that we don't normally possess. It's God's way of arousing us from spiritual lethargy.

Your problems are not punishment; they are wake-up calls from a loving God. God is not mad at you; he's mad about you, and he will do whatever it takes to bring you back into fellowship with him."

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Gifted-Everyone

Smile on me, your servant; teach me the right way to live.

"Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker,to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground.
Does the clay say to the potter,'What are you making?'
Does your work say,'He has no hands'?

Woe to him who says to his father,'What have you begotten?'
or to his mother,'What have you brought to birth?'

"This is what the LORD says-the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker:
Concerning things to come,do you question me about my children,or give me orders about the work of my hands?

It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it.
My own hands stretched out the heavens;I marshaled their starry hosts.

I will raise up Cyrus[Hebrew:him] in my righteousness:
I will make all his ways straight.
He will rebuild my city and set my exiles free,
but not for a price or reward,says the LORD Almighty."


Just share with the thought of Rick Warren

You don't bring glory or pleasure to God by hiding your abilities or by trying to be someone else. You only bring him enjoyment by being you. Anytime you reject any part of yourself, you are rejecting God's wisdom and sovereignty in creating you.

God's says,"You have no right to argue with your Creator. You are merely a clay pot shaped by a potter. The clay doesn't ask, 'Why did you make me this way?'"

You may be gifted at mechanics or mathematics or music or a thousand other skills. All these abilities can bring a smile to God's face. The Bible says,"He has shaped each person in turn; now he watches everything we do."

Monday, July 19, 2004

Behold

Life Sharing

You have the chance to learn something valuable today.Whether the day is frenzied or peaceful, stressful or relaxing, there is much you can learn from the living of it.
 
Some people let life's lessons slip by unnoticed. Others take them to heart, eagerly and often.
Life offers its lessons to all. And life richly rewards those who accept and appreciate them.
 
You could complain that something doesn't work, or you could learn to make it work. You can allow the setbacks to discourage you, or you can let the setbacks teach you how to get ahead.
 
From every experience there is a lesson. From every person, from every situation, from every success, and especially from every disappointment, there is something to be learned.Learn all you can from those lessons.
 
Master life's lessons, and you'll surely master life.Let's share with the words of Rabindranath Tagore:
 
"Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it."