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People often ask me what is personal development. Simple, it’s merely the exercise of becoming a better person on all levels. For most, this is some vague idea that each day they are just getting gooder. Unfortunately, human nature as it is, by default, people become more selfish, more manipulative, more deceitful as experience and knowledge makes it easier to pursue our own advantage and agenda while convincing ourselves otherwise. To truly engage in positive personal development, we have to specifically plan. We look at the basic areas of our lives, and we set a goal or destination. That goal is then used to filter our daily choices and behavior. The major areas of life are: Spiritual Relationships Education Health Finance[TIPJAR] Do you have goals […]
Note: this is a guest post from my friend Steve Cummings. You can write to him at: firstname.lastname@example.org In the movie “Talledega Nights”, Ricky Bobby played by Will Farrell, is sitting around the table with his family and he’s praying to “dear sweet baby Jesus.” His wife says to him, “Honey, you do know that the baby Jesus did grow up to be an adult don’t you?” He replies, “I like the baby Jesus best.” Why do so many people like the baby Jesus more than the adult Jesus? I think I know why. I think it’s because baby Jesus makes no demands and doesn’t threaten their agenda. Adult Jesus demands one’s life. (Colossians 4:4.) The nativity scene is very deceptive to our understanding of who Jesus was […]
Haven’t heard of it? If it was written by a Bible theologian you can bet your butt you would see it plastered all over the liberal media and held up as proof of the intolerant, dark ages religion known as Christianity. But alas, it’s a book on the shelves of commercial bookstores by a MUSLIM… not some fringe lunatic Muslim but an expert in Islamic law and religion. Haven’t heard about it? Of course not. Muslims (among many politically correct groups) are off limits. It’s only open season and “brave” to criticize Jesus Christ, Tim Tebow and Bible Thumpers. Book tells Muslim men how to beat and control their wives [excerpts]: In the book’s opening pages, it is written that “it might be necessary to […]
Philippians 1:27 – Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel… First, what is the “gospel of Christ”? Jesus, the only Son of God, came to earth as a human, lived a sinless life, and willingly submitted to the most excruciating of deaths and humiliation so that God could declare the penalty of your sin (and mine) had been paid, thus satisfying God’s righteous judgment and providing undeserving mankind with eternal life (for all those who believe and accept what Jesus did on His terms). After considering that, […]
Ecclesiastes 12:11 The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd. (NKJV)A goad. Why didn’t I think of that…. What’s a goad? And what are nails “given by one shepherd”?A goad is a sharp, pointed stick used to “motivate” an animal in not very pleasant or subtle manner. A nice poke from the goad encouraged the farm beast to move in the desired direction. Nowadays, to “goad” someone, means to prod or influence them in some way into doing what we want.The “well-driven nails” were probably more like spikes that were driven in to the hard ground to secure a shelter amidst the wind and weather. They were equivalent to our modern day […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (NKJV) 1 Peter 1:13-16 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who […]
From Brent When our 3 year old daughter got Leukemia, over the months we had to keep drawers full of powerful drugs in the house for her treatment. Though we’ve never had any kids with a drug problem, we knew this represented a temptation and potential danger for the younger kids who didn’t know better, and the older kids who might be curious or peer pressured. So we locked it all up. Since then, I’ve been hearing more and more about the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse… not just by willing adults but by kids who see it all as “fun”. If you are a parent, and you aren’t on alert about prescription drugs, you are making a huge mistake. Statistics shows that high […]
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