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Teaching Kids About Work .. About Fishing .. and thoughts on hunting too ..  

Read | Mark 1:16-20 .. and think about what Jesus says ..  “I will make you fishers of people.”

Jesus’ call to be fishers of men extends to modern believers .. wheter fishermen, hunters or outdoor enthusiasts .. In order for anyone to achieve and become all that God has in mind, it is crucial to learn the right attitude toward work and leisure - whether it relates to your vocation as a fishing guide or outfitter - and your service to the Lord.

As parents, we must teach our children these additional lessons from fishing: A fisherman must be industrious. The Bible tells us that Zebedee had some hired help (Mark 1:20). He didn't settle for simply catching enough fish to feed his own family; he built a successful business that could also sustain his employees. It is likely that Zebedee taught his sons to aspire to reach their full potential instead of accepting “good enough.”

A fisherman .. a hunter .. even a camper .. must be disciplined. He doesn't have the option of sleeping late or leaving the water early, or not properly scouting out his area even though he is tired .. or walked a long distance or spent his day out on the water. He or She .. recognizes that the work must be done - cleaning the equipment to keep it all in good repair and top condition.

Zebedee’s sons learned responsibility and self- control on their father’s boat... just as we all learned the same when we went hunting and camping. You must be persistent and consistent - sometimes the best catch or the biggest buck is often taken after everyone else gives up and comes in.  Zebedee undoubtedly taught James and John not to quit until they gave their best effort - always giving 100% - This ingrained attitude was essential when Jesus sent the disciples out to evangelize the world.

The order to spread the gospel is still in effect. The church needs committed believers who teach and demonstrate a biblical mindset .. Loving others as we love ourselves - Parents who model industry, discipline, and persistence - are most likely to raise children determined to win the world for Jesus Christ if we have taught them the "principles" of right living .. faith .. hope .. and LOVE! . 

Where the Battle Is Won .. and Lost

Where the Battle Is Won .. and Lost

You say ( just like me )  -- "I want to experience victory in the conflicts and tough decisions I face everyday" .. I meet people all the time and say to them - "I'll keep you in my prayers" .. or "I'll pray for you .. your wife .. your family " .. and then what?

Let's consider what Jesus did  .. day after day .. as he worked Himself toward His Ultimate Goal - the cross. Numerous references to the fact that Jesus went out early to pray. Now "fast forward" to the night before He died .. Our Lord fought a crucial, pivotal battle in the Garden of Gethsemane, where He wrestled with what lay ahead. For our Savior, the weight of sin He would bear was overwhelming. He was about to experience complete spiritual separation from the Father. He went out to a peaceful and quiet place of prayer, where He got alone before the Father and cried out to Him. When Jesus left that garden, He walked out a winner. He would still drink the cup of suffering and separation, but He knew that in the end, He would triumph over it (Heb. 12:2).

Jesus’ example reveals that the key to winning life’s battles is to come before the Father .. Our father In heaven .. alone with Him and fully surrendered to His will. Godly counsel is important, but you cannot depend exclusively on others to tell you what to do. If you don’t spend time alone with the Lord, wrestling things out until you know what He is saying, you’ll never be sure you’re doing the right thing. By making it a habit to spend time alone in God’s presence, you’ll be able to discern His perfect will as you come to major decisions with significant or even lifelong consequences. When you fully surrender to Him, you place the consequences of your choices into His most capable hands. After all, where could your decisions .. and your future ... be safer than in the control of our all-knowing, all-loving, all-powerful God?

Read | Matthew 26:36-46 The Garden of Gethsemane

36 Then Jesus *came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and *said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. 38 Then He *said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.”

39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” 40 And He *came to the disciples and *found them sleeping, and *said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? 41 Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.” 43 Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. 45 Then He *came to the disciples and *said to them, “[a]Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!”

Feelings of Being Alone - You Never Need to Walk Alone

Experiencing Loneliness

Read | Hebrews 13:5

All of us feel alone from time to time. Poor health, a jam-packed work schedule, or trying circumstances can make it hard to stay connected. Moving to a new location, job, or school can also bring a sense of isolation. Once this season passes or we adjust to the new place, the feeling goes away.
But loneliness is different from aloneness—it involves a sense of separation from people and can intensify over time. In this state, we find it harder to reach out and easier not to be around others. When our mind starts telling us no one’s interested in what we have to say or do, we build a wall around our heart and allow access to very few. The more we withdraw, the worse we feel. Peace of mind eludes us, and loneliness weighs us down.
God never intended for us to live disconnected from one another. From the beginning, He purposed that we should enjoy an intimate relationship with Him and each other. First He established a personal relationship with Adam and then provided him with Eve. Our Creator knew it was not good for us to live in isolation (Gen. 2:18).

Note the order: Intimacy with God precedes intimacy with anyone else. In the absence of a personal relationship with Him, one is never truly at peace. The only way to be connected to the Father is by trusting Jesus as Savior (John 14:6). Whoever places faith in Him receives a new nature, becomes a member of God’s family, and experiences His peace (1:12; 14:27). If you've never accepted Christ’s invitation, you can pray right now to become God’s child.
 

Men can not figure out what God is doing in the fullness of time.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 .. says that .. God has made everything beautiful in its time. God has also given men a sense of what he’s been doing down through the ages .. But they can’t completely figure out what God's done from the beginning to the end.

Mark Twain once asked a baggage handler on a passenger train if the man thought his briefcase was strong enough to be placed in the baggage compartment. The baggage handler shrugged, took Twain’s case, and promptly hurled it to the pavement. “That, sir,” he said, “is what she’ll get in Philadelphia.” Then he picked it up and struck it four or five times against the side of the train. “And that,” he continued, “is what she’ll get in Chicago.” Finally he threw the case to the ground and stomped on it vigorously until the author’s books and papers spilled out, saying, “And that’s what she’ll get in Sioux City.” As Twain watched slack-jawed, the handler nodded at his now mangled case and advised, “If you’re going any farther than Sioux City, sir, I’d suggest you carry it on yourself!” In a sense, Twain was lucky. He saw before he boarded the train what the journey ahead would entail. But the best most of us can hope to do is observe the journey of life from our fast-moving train and attempt—while the scenery whizzes past us—to make some half-ordered sense of it all. Life is full of contrasts and ripe with paradox. It contains full measures of trouble and triumph, of sadness and joy.

But at its heart, there is a divine order. Although we long to see it in full and understand it completely, we cannot. We can only trust that God knows the journey, and that His view is bigger and more complete than our own.

Now Let Us Consider .. what God has to say in Isaiah 46:9-11
  .. remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.

Today .. may I humble myself before The Most High God!

Why Not Ask God And See - WHY NOT?

Why not believe God for something impossible? Why not expect his favor for you to be unstoppable? Why not ask for something so ridiculous from Him, and push your prayer life to the edge of presumption? Why not?

Why not walk each step with the swagger of a champion? Why not expect your strength to exceed that of Samson? You were not called to be sad, you were not called to be weak So why not expect words from Dad every time that you speak? Why not? Why not live your life as a victory? Why not walk like I believe that His grace is sufficient for me? Step out of your comfort zone and into the light There is a reason he strengthened you with power and might Too long you have spent on your belly in the dust So why not make today the day that you walk out on your trust? Why not make today the best day of your life? Why not live today as literally Christ?

Why not expect a miracle every hour? Why not deliver millions of people with Christ’s power? Why not expect your walk to oppress the devil? Why not make everyday his hell? Why not heal the sick and raise the dead? Why not make today the day that you’re the one in his head? You are the one with the power of life, So why not make him regret the day he crucified Christ? Why not ruin his every plan of attack, Until he is the one begging for Christ to come back? God’s word works, like He promised it would So why not expect your life to be good? Why not expect your life to be great? Why wait? Why waste another day on sickness or depression, When all you have to do is decide to let God in? Why not let today be the day that you truly forgive? Why not make the simple choice to finally fully live? You’ve nothing to lose and everything to gain So why not refuse to live your life in pain? You’ve no right to be injured, but you’ve EVERY right to healing So why not soak every prayer in believing? Why not pray for something amazingly huge, Something that you alone could never do? Why not pray so big, and so impossible, That God has to prove that His power is unstoppable?

Why not live everything that you know, and And see how far you and god can really go? Make today the day that you give God’s power a shot His word always works, so don’t ask why; but Why not?

Why not? – By the Christ in Sophia Elie

Thoughts for today .. something to read, consider and Ask God about ..

Overcoming Today's Distractions .. thoughts for today - to read and consider .. Nehemiah 4:1-20

On a daily basis, we are faced with distractions .. kids play and family situations .. problems at work, thoughts of our past, lonliness amid all the things and cares of this life .. gossip and criticism of others even our own family members. What about all the financial pressures of our day - kids needing, wanting, asking for "stuff" .. always on the go .. car payments, gas for the tank .. who's making dinner .. where are we eating out .. who's going to pay for this or that?

What about the major life distractions and issues - poor health, diabetes, smoking, losing weight, working out .. family conflicts, your personal desires - ALL BOMBARD US EVERY DAY!

Any of these .. can influence us in many ways .. even to distract us and cause us to turn away from God’s perfect plan .. WHY? How? .. because we don't even stop to thing about God .. to consider His ways .. or even stop to THANK GOD . for the very day we are living in and breathing in ..

Today’s passage shows us the value of "Single-mindedness" .. Nehemiah feared the Lord and conscientiously applied himself to His work. His mind was not divided. If we set our attention solely on God’s plan, our minds will stay fixed on the task, regardless of the difficulties - Why do you think, when asked .. Jesus taught His closest friends to pray - Our Father Who Art In Heaven .. SEE: http://www.iaskgod.com/the-lords-prayer .. Today if you are asking .. seeking .. knocking and trying to find God’s favor .. remember the answer is close at hand. The Lord’s blessing is always upon us when we’re obedient to Him .. when we look to Him .. and this knowledge gave Nehemiah confidence, and it should do the same for us, even in hard times.

Nehemiah had to give a progress report ( accountability ) to the king about what had been accomplished .. and one day we’ll all stand before Jesus and account for how we used the resources and gifts He has provided .. (1 Cor. 3:12-15). Striving for consistency in our prayer life is a daily battle that quite frankly, I lose all to often! When "God's Chosen" .. the Israelites were ridiculed, they were helpless to stop their opponents’ speech. So Nehemiah prayed, and the people received strength to continue. As the plotting worsened, Nehemiah and his fellow workers cried out to God .. who not only frustrated their enemies’ plans but also provided His people with discernment about how to avoid traps. Nehemiah completed the ambitious project in just 52 days (Neh. 6:15). When we follow his example, God can achieve great things in and through us.

Which of the above points can help you overcome your distractions today? .. Will you consider stopping .. and ASK GOD?

Fear Failure Sin are all Roadblocks of Doubt and Little Faith

The Roadblock of Doubt

Have you experienced so much failure that you’re afraid to try again?  ...  Have you ever felt alone, wondering if God cares about your dreams? .. Is it difficult to believe that biblical promises will really work for you? If so, you might be held back from pursuing your God-given purpose by what I call the roadblock of doubt. Believing you can achieve a goal is vital to reaching it. The writer of Hebrews says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). After you receive His gift of salvation, obeying God includes pursuing goals He has designed for your life. Without faith in God—and without believing He will reward those who diligently seek Him—you will fail.

Perhaps you doubt because you lack understanding that God is with you always. I encourage you to read aloud one of these passages of Scripture until you truly believe it:

Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:19: “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Hebrews 13:5: “I will never desert you nor will I ever forsake you.”

Matthew 7:7: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

When I experience momentary doubt .. I really wish I had the fortitude and wherewithall .. to get on my knees, open my Bible, and read it aloud to God, saying, “Lord, this is what You have said in Your Word. I trust You to do this in my life.”  .. but I rarely do this and I am not very diligent in doing what I know will positively work ..

Another reason people doubt is their past failures. Most of us need to stop looking over our shoulders at past mistakes. By doing so, they carry guilt over sins the Lord has already forgiven and forgotten. If God has forgiven you—which He says He does every time you confess your sins to Him—then forgive yourself. (See John 1:9.) It isn’t possible to mess up so badly that God will reject you or turn away from using you. Thinking that you’re a failure will cause you to act like one, and the things you attempt to do will miss the mark. Choose to lay down your defeatist mindset, and embrace your identity as a beloved, spiritually-gifted child of God. Don’t wait for someone else to do what is really your responsibility. Too often people expect others to provide opportunities and blessings to help them succeed. God wants you to reach the goals He designed uniquely for you. Nobody else can do the believing or the work necessary to accomplish His plans for your life. 
     
Take God at His Word. Many people read the Bible but then conclude, “That’s for somebody else.” What you read in the Scriptures is for you. Count on it. Jesus gave us great encouragement about what happens to those who face life with faith rather than doubt. He taught that they could move mountains (Mark 11:22-24). Such a large feat may take time––in some cases, years or decades, but it is possible when a believer is yielded to the Holy Spirit and perseveres in His power.

Consider a young man who is called to a life of preaching the gospel. The Lord doesn’t say, “I expect you to produce 50 years’ worth of sermons.” Rather, the Lord says, “I set before you the goal of preaching the gospel as long as you are alive, as effectively and irresistibly as you can.” The young preacher needs to say, “What does the Lord want to say through me to the people in my church this week?” With that attitude of trust and dependence, he is likely to believe God for a good sermon each week, one at a time. Then, if he lives long enough, he’ll have sermons for 50 years.

Focus your energy on short-range goals, where it will be most effective and potent. Over time, your faith will grow stronger as your goals become more challenging. Only as you look back will you be able to say, “I lived by faith.” And that, of course, is precisely God’s desire for you (2 Cor. 5:7). Do you doubt your ability to reach God-given goals? If your answer is yes, confess your need to the Lord. Ask Him to forgive you. Then ask Him to help you move forward in your life. Push doubt aside, and act as the saved, Spirit-filled, gifted child of God that you are.

Adapted from Success God’s Way (2000). an article by Dr. Charles Stanley / Intouch.org

 

 

When the Last Trumpet Blows - it will be a ROCK CONCERT for sure ..

YOU'LL BE FALLING TO YOUR FACE, as you hear the "archangel" play his tune.

When the Last Trumpet Blows .. The ROCK CONCERT .. Held By The Rock of The Ages .. None Other Than "El Sali" .. Our God and Our Rock .. Read | 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

When that time comes .. you may have thought that Art Farmer, Chet Baker,  Lee Morgan, Donald Byrd, Fats Navarro, Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis or LOUIS ARMSTRONG were the best trumpeters in this world - BUT YOU'LL BE FALLING TO YOUR FACE .. as you hear the "archangel" play his tune.

If you know Jesus Christ as your personal savior - then the sounds will be glorious, warm and a relaxed tone will fill your spirit - IF NOT - a hard and deep force will overwhelm you .. young or old it will not matter. Young or old, rich or poor., whether in this life you liked the blues, or the rythems of cool music - you will be on your knees. IF YOU DON'T KNOW JESUS .. Please Go Here: http://iaskgod.com/content/salvation-come-unto-me-all-you-who-labor

When it comes to learning about the end times and the return of Christ, many believers feel confused by the elaborate symbolism the Bible uses to describe these events. Clearly there are certain mysteries regarding the end of life as we know it ... and God has chosen to present some of these topics in unique and interesting terms. One revelation, however, is quite clear: We can be certain of the sights, sounds, and feelings surrounding the moment when Jesus returns, as today’s passage makes clear. We will hear the magnificent voice of the Lord as He descends from heaven. The voice of the archangel and the sound of a trumpet of God will also be audible (v. 16).

We will see Jesus Christ with the archangel, and the deceased saints ( many of your relatives and friends who trusted Our Lord ) who had trusted in the Lord will be raised to meet them in the air (vv. 16-17). We will feel our bodies instantly transformed as we are “caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord” (v. 17). With these miraculous happenings mapped out for us in God’s Word, there is no reason to feel fearful about the return of our Savior.

It will be a time of worship and rejoicing for many .. and a time of fear for those who refuse to acknowledge Jesus .. as Lord and Savior - No matter what happens in the world around us from now until then, we know that we can place our confidence in Jesus Christ. Just as He promised, He will return, accompanied by the archangel and announced by a trumpet, to take His children home for eternity.
 

Our attitudes toward Jesus Christ tend to fall into three categories.

Jesus, the Only Righteous Man .. The Perfect God-Man

Read | John 20:30-31

Our attitudes toward Jesus Christ tend to fall into three categories.

1.  There are some who don’t believe He is God become Man .. who came as "the lamb of God" .. The Savior .. They reject, diminish, or ignore His character and lifesaving work, claiming He was simply a good person or prophet .. and God addresses all tyhese issues in His Holy Word .. 

2. Second - there are some who intellectually acknowledge Jesus is God’s Son but have no personal relationship with Him.

3. The you have those "sinners" who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior .. those many call "christians" .. true followers who believe Christ is Savior (Rom. 10:9). Through genuine faith, believers are made part of His family... able to cry out to God as "Our Father" ..  

Ephesians 2:1-2 says that before salvation, we all are spiritually dead and living according to our sin nature. Those who don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus remain in that state. But when a person places faith in Him, spiritual birth takes place; he or she is made alive in Christ and becomes a new creation who is no longer to live according to the flesh (John 3:3; Eph. 2:5; 4:24).

Our position in the Lord affects everything about us .. attitudes, emotions, conversation, and conduct. The ungodliness of our culture no longer fits who we are. As believers, we are to grow in Christlikeness, embracing ideas, thought patterns, and activities that please God, while rejecting all others.

Jesus is the perfect God-man, who willingly took our sins upon Himself and experienced divine wrath in our place. God accepted His death as full payment for our sins, and He raised Jesus from the dead to a position of divine glory (Eph. 1:20). His Spirit now lives within us.

Lean Not Unto Yor Own "understanding" ... but TRUST IN GOD and  who Jesus Christ is, and let that knowledge - move you to humble yourself and turn from sin .. ask Jesus to be The Lord of Your Life .. and help you strengthen your own commitment to be more like Him.

Womens Rights In The Middle East and Muslim Countries - You Can Help

Life for women in many parts of the Muslim world is stifling and often filled with persecution, abuse, and isolation. That’s why many women today in Jordan and other middle east countries go online to find answers to their deepest questions - about God and Christian beliefs .. and other womens issues. The world we live in is shrinking, and because of technology their searches often lead them to sites like www.iaskGod.com, Global Media Outreach and other sites. Over time, many will come to Christ and have their lives and their faith and their lives - transformed. They learn to pray and ask God to open their hearts and minds to receive God's Holy Word - to live according to His will and share with others to come to see Jesus Christ through them. Help us make this available as God leads you - help keep this online Gospel ministry possible so that more hearts and minds receive the truth of The Blood of Jesus .. and God’s Word.

Help reach around the Muslim World to places like the south of Jordan and cities like Zarqa, Amman, Irbid, Madaba, Salt, and Karak - which have some Christian communities. Today in places like Fuheis, Al Husn and Ajloun, and in villages that have mixed Christian/Muslim populations, like Kufranja and Raimoun - today people all over the Middle east have internet and mobile devices .. and seach for answers from Almighty God ..

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