Posts Tagged ‘Life’

Bible Study: Meditating on God’s Works Creates Optimism For Success and Health

Friday, December 18th, 2009

By Parker Jaymes

One of the ways we can develop greater health and greater success is to develop some of these habits below. These habits have secular origins, but I believe that they demonstrate the truth in Scripture.

Psalm 77:11-13 (King James Version)

I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.

I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?

One of the lessons in our e-book discusses the process of recalling all God has done. It comes from Psalm 77:11-13 and I believe exercising in this does several things. Some of these insights come from reading a decidedly secular book called “Learned Optimism.”

Again, because the origin comes from a psychologist shows that the outcome is true with empirical evidence, even if their attribution of the practice is not from a Christian world view.

Recall positive outcomes from the past

Surely I will remember Your wonders of old” instructs us to try to see the past that shapes us with wonder of God’s hand. This creates resiliency for our current circumstances.

See the negatives as temporary

You pulled your people out of the worst kind of trouble” puts into perspective that even the worse situations we may be facing are temporary. When we allow that mindset, we become more resilient in the world and trusting in God. In fact, it strengthens the faith we need today to see his faithfulness of yesterday.

Freedom from helplessness

I cannot stop thinking about your might works” gives us the ability to act and confidence that we are not alone and helpless. Helplessness (often learned helplessness) leads to disempowering states like depression. But when we follow these words and meditate in what God has done, we begin to see everything else in a different optic.

These three aspects come from living a life that recalls all that God has done. They’ve shown that people who take the types of actions which can be derived from this mindset are more successful and live longer.

How often do people meditate on God’s “wonderful deeds of long ago“?

Parker Jaymes
Author: “Hundredfold Now!”
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Bible Study: What Matters to God

Friday, December 11th, 2009

By Angela Mwema

Matthew 18:3

And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus Our Lord

Jesus Our Lord

When we get born again, we are so careful to do everything perfectly and please God in all that we do. We think before we talk and treat people better. Our love for God is very intense. We want to tell everyone about this wonderful thing we feel and preach to everyone though most of the time we are not even sure of what we are saying. We spend a lot of time with God in prayer and reading his word. This is called the First Love. Sadly with time, this energy fades away and all we have are memories of the pleasant times we used to share with God.

This is what matters to God. This innocent, yet total and undiluted love for him. We are like new born babes who know nothing about the new world they have been ushered into but we trust our mothers entirely. We know that nothing can happen to us when they are around us and we want them to be around us all the time. If you’ve never known, new born babies only have eyes for there moms. Nothing else interests them but with time, they start noticing the world around them. They soon want to spend their time doing other things not just with the mom.

God wants us to be like the newborns, entirely engrossed in his love and care. We should want to know him the more and not care about the world around us. He wants us to cultivate a relationship with him and this can only happen when we spend time with him.

Angela Mwema is a messenger to the world with the true and living word of God. Please visit her site for more spiritual nourishment. This is http://angiepages.com/2009/09/09/the-workers-are-few/.

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Bible Study: Living Godly Lives in Today’s Culture

Friday, December 4th, 2009

By Richard R Blake

God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness. Titus 2:11-12 (The Message)

Jesus Our Lord

Jesus Our Lord

In today’s society we are all faced with the challenge of living self-disciplined, godly lives in an environment that if filled with ungodliness, corruption, and worldly passions. Self-discipline includes saying “No” to all that is evil. Jesus has freed us from the power of sin in our lives and empowers us to live upright and godly lives. Through his sacrifice for us, we now appear before God as pure, holy, and righteous. He has given us new life. Our challenge is to allow him to mold us into his likeness so that our daily walk will manifest his character before the world in a way that our lives will be a magnet drawing others to Him.

Prayer:

LORD, God of Jesus, my Abba Father, I praise you for your costly grace and love demonstrated to me in Jesus. Now galvanize my commitment to say “No!” to all those sins that required my Savior’s pain and humiliation. Through your Spirit, form in me a righteous lifestyle that is self-controlled and is reflective of your righteousness. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen. The prayer is quoted From: Heart light Organization, on line daily devotions

Richard R. Blake, Christian Editorial Consultant, Freelance Writer

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Bible Study: The Workers Are Few

Friday, November 6th, 2009

By Angela Mwema

Mathew 9:35-37

When Jesus was preaching the word to the people, many came from all parts of the world to see him and hear from him. Most expected for God to move in there lives and break them free from the bondage that suppressed them. At one time, he looked at them and saw what they had to go through to just come and be ministered to by him. Some even fainted from hunger. He was moved with compassion for them and declared that the harvest was plenteous but the workers were few. He said, “Pray you therefore the Lord of the Harvest send forth laborers into the harvest.”

Jesus Our Lord

Jesus Our Lord

Today, the same situation is being experienced all over the world. People are hungry and thirsty for God. Some cannot even afford to own the Bible. Some are too poor to afford any real investment in the true and living word. You are needed in reaching out to these people. God wants you to go to them for you can afford it. As Christians, we are all called to advance the word of God in one way or another.

It’s your duty to know how you are supposed to do this. Have you been called to minister the word or assist in the ministration? Note that everything and everybody is very important in the work of God. Whatever way God wants you to assist in taking the gospel to the four corners of the earth, make sure you obey him for you will never find personal gratification if you are not in his will. Realize that spreading the Gospel is number one priority to God. It should be your top priority too.

Angela Mwema is a messenger to the world with the true and living word of God. Please visit her site for more spiritual nourishment. This is http://angiepages.com/2009/08/24/everything-we-do-as-youths-will-come-back-to-us/.

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Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Went Out In The Real World

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
  1. Any and all compliments can be handled by simply saying    “Thank you”
  2. Some people are working backstage, some are playing in the  orchestra, some are on stage singing, some are in the audience as critics and some are there to applaud. Know  who and where you are.
  3. When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste.
  4. Never continue dating anyone who is rude to the waiters  and doesn’t like dogs/cats.
  5. You need only two tools. WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t  move and it should, use WD-40.  If it moves and shouldn’t,  use the tape.
  6. The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship  “I apologize” and “You are right.”
  7. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
  8. When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier  to eat crow while it’s still warm.
  9. The only really good advice that I remember my mother ever  gave me was, “Go! You might meet somebody!”
  10. If he/she says that you are too good for him/her- * believe it.
  11. I’ve learned to pick my battles; I ask myself, ‘Will this  matter one year from now? How about one month? One week?   One day?’
  12. Never pass up an opportunity to pee.
  13. If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have  another chance!
  14. Living well really is the best revenge. Being miserable because of a bad or former relationship just might mean that the other person was right about you.
  15. Knowing how to listen to music is as great a talent as knowing how to make it.
  16. Work is good but it’s not that important.
  17. Never underestimate the kindness of your fellow man.
  18. And finally… Be really nice to your friends. You never  know when you are going to need them to empty your bed pan.

Song: Everything I’ll Ever Need

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Guitar Strings

God provides for all our needs. Not only that; he desires to lavish in abundance the good things in life.

Everything I'll Ever Need
by John Pape Jr

[Verse 1]
In the morning when I open my eyes
And I see a brand new day
With the beauty of a new sunrise
painted across the sky
And oh so refeshing as this smile come on my face
when I realize that it's you who gives me life
and I thank you Lord

[Chorus]
For everything that I'll ever need
It comes from God
The might King
For He gives to me
Oh so lavishly
Everything that I'll ever need

[Verse 2]
In the evening when I lay down my head
And I think of all you've done
How you helped me face another day
and to give me the chance to say
I am alive always living by your grace
and every breath I beathe is because you give me breath
to praise you Lord

[Bridge]
You own the universe and all it contains
So you give and you give endlessly
according to your grace
according to your grace

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Words and Music by John Pape
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New Resources Pages

Friday, August 21st, 2009

I’ve added several new resources to the John Pape Online Blog.

  • Bible Trivia – Test your knowledge of the Bible
  • Daily Bible Story – A new story every day from the Bible
  • Christian News – News items with an emphasis on Christianity.
  • eBooks – There are many resources available to help you to grow and learn in your Christian faith.
  • Shopping – A shopping section has been added to help you easily find items such as books, software, musical instruments