A young pastor in NC was fired from his church for going to a Rick Ross Concert. Where they right or wrong? Read the article and post your thoughts..
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“Edward Bok came from Holland as a boy with his parents. He was imbued with the idea that someday he was going to run a magazine. With this specific goal before him he was able to seize upon an incident so trivial that with most of us it would have passed unnoticed.
He saw a man open a package of cigarettes, take a slip of paper from it, and drop the paper on the floor. Bok stooped and picked up the scrap of paper. On it was a picture of a famous actress. Below the picture was a statement that this was one of a series. The cigarette buyer was urged to collect the complete set of pictures. Bok turned the piece of paper over and noticed that the back side was perfectly blank.
Bok’s mind filled as it was with a purpose sensed an opportunity here. He reasoned that the value of the picture enclosed in the package of cigarettes would be greatly enhanced if the blank side were devoted to a brief biography of the person pictured. He went to the lithograph firm which printed the enclosure and explained his idea to the manger. The manager promptly said:
‘I’ll give you ten dollars each if you will write me a hundred word biography of a hundred famous Americans. Send me a list, and group them- you know: presidents, famous soldiers, actors, authors, and so on.’
This is the way Edward Bok got his first literary assignment. The demand for his short biographies became so great that he needed help, so he offered his brother five dollars each if he would help him. Before long, Bok had five journalists busy turning out biographies for the lithograph presses. Bok- he was the editor!” (Success Through A Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill)
The starting point of all achievement is through a positive mental attitude. ‘What the mind can conceive and believe- the mind can achieve.’ Because you know what you want there’s a tendency for you to get on the right track and into action. Action now becomes fun and the more you think of it, the more enthusiastic you become. Then you become alerted to opportunities that will help you achieve your objectives and because you know what you want to, you are more likely to recognize these opportunities as they present themselves in your everyday experiences. #Relate.
Sunday, 23 June 2013
Armor is a protective metal covering, as against weapons usually worn during warfare. The Christian life is a warfare "...For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms..." The Full Armor of God Comprises of The Belt of Truth, The Breast plate of righteousness, The Feet with peace, The Shield of Faith. The Helmet of Salvation, The Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God and Prayer
The Belt of Truth
Truth is that which is consistent, faithful and dependable, God himself is truth and Jesus is truth personified. You live in truth with the strength of the Holy Spirit and believing God's word that has the quality of being true.
Mary Mary said "First comes the match, and then the smoke and then the fire, You feel the flames and then it burns and take you over, it keeps coming down like an explosion...We gotta tell the truth." Believing the truth isn't enough, telling the truth isn't enough either but living the truth give you no guilt, makes to confident and ready at all times to face battles and fire.
The Breastplate of Righteousness.
This is the state of being saved from sin, being innocent that is revealed by God through faith and works... "For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."
The Feet of Peace.
Wearing the feet of Peace means being free from trouble, or disturbance
to become reconciled with God and man. Having no grudge against anyone and living a life of forgiveness. This is an act of putting right what has been done wrongly; it brings favor and causes speedily answers to prayer from God. With Peace and Restitution there's fearlessness, healing and heavenly provision.
The Shield of Faith.
Without Faith we can do nothing...the shield of faith is used to denote both trust and reliance in God. And Faith in God brings understanding of his character, will and purposes. It is a gift from God given to all who seek salvation from the Lord..."take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil ones". The bible gives an example in James 2:14-20, It says that if a brother or sister is naked and hungry and someone says to them "Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?"... It doesn't make any difference cause Faith without works is dead. Faith in God must go with works for God, Remember that "...the faith that fades is faded already." So Have faith through hearing God's word and keep it with some works of faith.
The Helmet of Salvation.
Salvation means a victory in battle, recovery from illness and relief of the poor and needy...it includes physical and spiritual healing, forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life. It restores to us, God's love and relationship to us.
Salvation can also means redemption from sin, it brings a real encounter with Jesus Christ, causes Joy unspeakable, it gives the holy spirit as a friend and as a living water to quench all taste, It makes every man a new creature and creates reconciliation between God and man, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17). It is confessing with thy heart and believing with that heart that Jesus Christ is the son of God.
The Sword of the Spirit
This is the Word of God, that is from God and centered on Jesus who is the word made flesh...the word of God is the source of Creation and the origin to the call to service that holds power even when it is written down
The Word of God is our Spiritual weapon, made through inspiration from God and for our usage. Knowing the word of God, gives wisdom and salvation through faith, and it was made for correction, for reproof, for instruction in righteousness and "That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:17).
"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for the entire Lord's people."
Prayer creates a heart that is constantly in the state of gratitude, awesome and desire to God. It lifts God up, causes us to master his unfailing promises, and masters his promises and more over his presence.
When Trails and Temptations, Worries and Fears, Troubles and Sorrows come put on the full armor of God, so that...you may be able to stand your ground.