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7 Tested Ways to develop Endurance

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Thinking about giving up? Here’s ENDURANCE encouragement from Rev. Walter.- Enjoy!

Originally posted on Walter Bright:

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

James‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ NLT

Some of the greatest athletes of our time, never would have made it without a certain level of endurance. Not only physical, but also, as we have seen in recent years, mental toughness.
Some of our heroes and heroes of faith would never have made it, had it not been for a certain level of tenacity, spiritual endurance developed along the way.

Endurance is like a muscle.  It grows with a proper use of exercise or training and it shrinks for the lack of the same.

Endurance is not only “the ability to withstand hardship or adversity; the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity, but it is also the ability to improve.

It is not a matter of if our faith will come under immense testing and trial, but…

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Food for the Mind, Body and Spirit!

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Ellie’s Deli…Now Open :-)

Originally posted on New Creations Ministries:

When I became a Christian, I attended a very strict rules and regulations church.  There were so many do’s and don’ts that I didn’t understand the Joy of the Lord until years later. Isn’t that what we do with food sometimes also? When some go on a diet, they so strictly adhere to all the rules and regulations required that they forget to find the joyful benefits from the food they consume! When we eat well, we feel great, act accordingly and that pleases our Lord.

God wants us to become healthy for a reason. Every food has a nutritional purpose and that purpose spans the entire realm of mind, body and spirit. He wants us to find JOY in the bounty He provided.th[7]

Here are my suggestions to obtain a healthier mind, body and soul:

Heart:  Have you noticed that those who distain God are overall grumpier individuals? But those who love the Lord exhibit a happier and peaceful countenance. Healthy…

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YOU CAN’T BE BARREN!

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Barren?- Find Productivity in Christ…

Originally posted on jimout2002a's Blog:

YOU CAN’T BE BARREN!
”There shall not be male or female barren among you.” – Deuteronomy 7:14
To him time was running out. He wasn’t getting any younger, nor was his wife. He looked around the massive office, pos, exquisite and tastefully furnished. He had grown so rich that whatsoever he desired on earth he could buy.
It saddens his heart that with his wealth, he could not have a child from his own loins, brought forth by his wife, to take over the business after he was retired. Friends had persuaded him to either go adopting a baby or have a test tube baby. Being traditional and old fashioned he declined both.
He reclined on the office chair only to see the gold-framed photograph of his wife which he hung on that side of the wall opposite his table. The image in the picture seemed to be smiling sarcastically…

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Gifts from the Spirit of the Lord

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I’ve been studying the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and wanted to share with you some thoughts. Remember my thoughts may not be your thoughts.  We will be on the ONE some day soon. :-P

For seven (7) weeks beginning in August, I will walk with the Holy Spirit to learn more about these gifts. One thing I discovered is that the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit is different from the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Let us not be confused nor words twisted. If I am correct, I believe that these gifts are enumerated only in the book of Isaiah as follows:

  1. Wisdom
  2. Understanding
  3. Counsel
  4. Knowledge
  5. Fortitude
  6. Piety
  7. Fear of the Lord

Isaiah 11:1-3 -And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

 

One thing that stood out to me was the words “the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon”. I received a powerful message concerning those words. (TYHS) One question was answered immediately upon my asking of which I’ll share with you in one of the upcoming blogs. I also have more questions: Is it really important that followers of Christ receive these gifts? If so, then why? What actions constitute one as being a recipient of the gifts? When one is a recipient of a gift, are they more lax than not in using it? If not using it, is the gift removed?

Questions…I am full of them. I will go wherever the Spirit of the Lord leads me on this study. Bear with me and pray for me as I walk my way through the gifts. If you have any thoughts, please share them with me. See you next week.

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Love Covers A Multitude of Sins

Forgiveness Friday (True love does not withhold forgiveness)

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It’s Not Your Courtroom- Heed the Message.

Originally posted on VINE AND BRANCH WORLD MINISTRIES.COM:

STOP BEING SO QUICK TO CONDEMN OTHERS FORGIVE

OFFERING THE ROSE OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis) OFFERING THE ROSE OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Have you ever been around people from your family, friends, and even business associates and the conversation always centered on criticism of others?

On the other hand, do you yourself make it a habit of criticizing others? Why do you feel it necessary to criticize your fellowman?

Have you been in church sitting with other believers and another person walked in not dress the way most of the people that are in the congregation are dressed and all eyes focused in on that person, and people start whispering?

Why do you find us always wanting to judge other people? Jesus’ teaching was about teaching us how to love each other. Jesus commanded his disciples to be loving and compassionate; He explained to them what true love entails.

First, he emphasized that true love does not judge…

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Friends

friendsLately the Lord has put on my heart the meaning of the word friend and the actions of a friend. Over a month ago I ran into an old high school friend at a funeral. We used to be best buds in high school. I left and went off to college and ran into her once when I returned home. As a matter of fact, she is the one who introduced me to my ex-husband, some 36 years ago. Oh my Lord, I am old. So I got to thinking about the people I thought were friends over the years. I have one friend who have been a friend since the fourth grade and one friend I’ve had since first grade that share the same date of birth as I. I still keep in touch with these two people. My mom was funny about us having friends period, and now I sort of understand why.

About 30 years ago, I became friends with a co-worker and their new family. That friend had gone through a divorce from an abusive alcoholic, so they were still attending Al-Anon meetings as a former spouse of an alcoholic. One day, that friend gave me a book titled One Day At A Time In Al- Anon.  I didn’t see the need for that book, because I’ve never been an alcoholic. You know I love to read, period.

Smiley BookI came across the book the other day and began reading it again, this time more so, reading with the Holy Spirit.

Knock! Knock! I ran across that old friend and their spouse last year while out shopping at Lowe’s. They were the most loving people. I asked them how they were doing and they said in unison “living in Christ, one day at a time…”  I shared this experience to say that some friendships are only for a moment and there are some people that God places in our lives for a reason, even if temporarily.

 

And then…there are those that we thought were friends, but find out otherwise. For those people, I have learned that we can move on and forgive when we have a heart like Jesus. We can continue to pray for them and love them from afar, yet be there for them when they need help. 

We as humans have a difficult time rekindling failed friendships without bringing up, you did this or you said that. People will not admit to their deceit and try to blame it on others while at the same time having others believe awful things about you. When you discern people treating you distantly, it is usually because of the ills of a badly chosen friends lip service.  I’ve seen and heard stories of such things going on in the church. (sad) Therefore I believe that being around such people can interfere with one having a heart like Jesus. As Christians, we do not need distractions that will take us away from God.

Sometimes, we use work, family, and even church duties as an excuse for not making time for those we consider a friend. Everything is rush, people stop communicating, demeanor changes, or they say “I don’t have time” or “let me get back to you later” and later never comes. Sigh!

I’ve learned that even those who call themselves friends in Jesus can turn out to be the wrong friends because of deceitful webs weaved and travelling gossip tendencies. Now that is really sad! I have discovered that permanent friends like Elijah and Elisha’s friendship are a very rare relationship. I have also discovered that you do not fry green tomatoes using Jiffy cornbread mix when you are out of cornmeal.  :-P

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Now, let us take a look at the word and then I shall share a few scriptures I think relative to the actions of having and being a friend.

Friend- noun: a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of sexual or family relations : a person who acts as a supporter of a cause, organization, or country by giving financial or other help:

 

Proverbs 27 Be ATTENTIVE to verses; 3-6, 9-10, 17,and 23(this one’s the booger we need to apply in friendships!) (TYHS)

John 15:11-15 –I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
Job 2:11-13- When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him. When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads. Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.
Exodus 33:11 –The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.
(Friend Application – “face to face, as one speaks to a friend” not back to back, learn to communicate. We all get hurt feelings.)

Meanwhile, back at the friend cave let us pray: Psalm 141:4 -“Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies.” In Jesus name, Amen.

Excerpt from  One Day At A Time In Al- Anon-Jan 5
This day I will concentrate on the inner meaning of the Commandment “Thous shalt love they neighbor as thyself.” I will accept myself, for that is the primary condition under which the good in me can grow. Unless I am at peace with the child of God I am, I cannot love and help neighbor. Regrets are vain. They interfere with the good I could do today, the making of the better person I want to be tomorrow. “Today I pray for wisdom to build a better tomorrow on the mistakes and experiences of yesterday.”

In Jesus, may you remember that you will always have a friend if you do what He commands.

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John Ball – c. 1338 – 15 July 1381

I came across this during my studies of July 15th past events. Of course , you know I find the lesser mentioned history events interesting. John Ball was a Christian evangelist who preached the basic Christian redemption message as he travelled around spreading the message to many people. Ps. 27:11, came to mind…”Teach me thy way, O Lord and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.”

After reading about him it caused me to pause for thought…As Christians, are we prepared to be hanged, drawn, and quartered for sharing and defending the Gospel of Christ?  That is something we need to give serious thought too, with the way  God’s plan is going. There will come again an updated version of  the “Peasant’s Revolt”, I’m sure. :-P

1381 Peasant Revolt Courtesy: storyboardthat.com

1381 Peasant Revolt
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Peasant’s Revolt

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Definition- Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered
To be hanged, drawn and quartered was from 1351 a statutory penalty in England for men convicted of high treason, although the ritual was first recorded during the reign of King Henry III (1216–1272). Convicts were fastened to a hurdle, or wooden panel, and drawn by horse to the place of execution, where they were hanged (almost to the point of death), , disembowelled,beheaded , emasculated, and quartered (chopped into four pieces). Their remains were often displayed in prominent places across the country, such as London Bridge. For reasons of ,public decency women convicted of high treason were instead burned at the stake.

Ball was imprisoned in Maidstone, Kent at the time of the 1381 Revolt. What is recorded of his adult life comes from hostile sources emanating from the established religious and political social order. He is said to have gained considerable fame as a roving preacher—a “hedge priest” without a parish or any link to the established order—by expounding the doctrines of John Wycliffe, and especially by his insistence on social equality. He delivered radical sermons in many places, … (Click on the links above 4 more info) Enjoy!

“When Adam delved and Eve span, Who was then the gentleman?  From the beginning all men by nature were created alike, and our bondage or servitude came in by the unjust oppression of naughty men. For if God would have had any bondmen from the beginning, he would have appointed who should be bond, and who free. And therefore I exhort you to consider that now the time is come, appointed to us by God, in which ye may (if ye will) cast off the yoke of bondage, and recover liberty.” – John Ball

 

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Anger does not produce the righteousness that God Requires

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Anger Exercise- Get started 1,2,3 bend and pray

Originally posted on Walter Bright:

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desireand do not have, so you murder. you covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel.

James 4:1-2

What causes us toget angry?

I believewe get angrybecauseour desires are not fulfilled; our rightsviolated, our expectationsare not met and because we have been hurt by someone. Inany case,our unfulfilled desires result into anger. Everyone of us have areas in our lives where we are most susceptible to anger. I can almost hear my wife’s voice in the back of my mind – “stop pushing my button.” Let name a few I struggle with – Iwill surprised if you don’t:

  • disobedient children
  • a stubborn person
  • yelling
  • stress at work
  • last-minute changes
  • feeling neglected
  • hurtful words
  • unrealistic expectations
  • disrespect
  • unmet desires
  • The list goes on!

Our unfulfilled desires lead to…

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Thursday Scriptures of Encouragement (Enslaving Power of Sin)

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One Heart and One Mind In Christ

Originally posted on VINE AND BRANCH WORLD MINISTRIES.COM:

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FREE YOURSELF FROM THE ENSLAVING POWERS OF SIN

by Shirley Rhodes

The gospel is the power of God for salvation to all who are faithful.  God loved us so that he sent his Son to break the Enslaving Power of Sin on our lives through his redemptive death on the cross. Though we humans are weak and unworthy God showed his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). The fact is that no human being can break the power of sin and stand righteous before a living God. God in his grace choose to reign over those guilty who surrender, and put their trust in him, through Jesus we become innocent, children of the King, the power of sin and death is broken.

 The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus fills…

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By far, the best statement on the Supreme Court’s decision on homosexual marriage that I have heard…

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Strictly using the words of Jesus…Hear! Hear!

Originally posted on Settled In Heaven Blog:

May the Lord continue to bless TRBC and Bro Falwell for the strong stand they have taken.

I appreciate the men of God from both Fundamentalist and Reformed camps who have taken a strong, Scriptural stand on this issue.  I am perplexed by those of both camps who have yet to address the issue, or say that they must “consider all their options”.

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