influential people spend time influencing people, non influential people spend time finding people to influence them.
a good leader puts sturdy people around him to lean on and build up.
when building a house you start with a foundation, when building a family you start with a foundation so that the relationship is as firm as a house built on a rock.
Fear the Lord, everything else is dying, so there is nothing to fear from things that soon pass away. - zack hollar
whitewashing a stain on the fence does not get rid of the stain it just covers it up. No matter what problem arises or thing going on we can not just cover it over you must first deal with the problem.-zack hollar
a swordsman without knowledge of the sword is just a man with a metal stick.
to tell a truth, then to tell lie, makes your truth worthless.
a stolen dollar is as good to the man who stole it, as the man without it now.
a challenge again take responsibly to deal with your problems biblically. take them to God.
Like the Michael Jackson song (Man in the Mirror) everything has to start with us. if we want to see change, or help someone else we need to look at ourselves. I wanted to start my series of blogs with a something I think we all can learn from.
So often we point fingers at others, whether right, or wrong everybody does it. blaming and looking at peoples problems is generally a symptom to our own problems. we tend to be easily judgmental and point out what others do wrong, or what we don’t like when we have a big aggravating log of sin still hanging around. I love Jesus’s Humor throughout his parables, He might as well said find your own plank to take the deep plunge off first. I mean who has ever seen a big plank or log in a eye besides that scene in final destination 2 where the pole goes through the girls eye. Your just not going to physically have a plank in your eye, that’s what makes this such a good parable. because sin is not natural. Sin is not something we were ever originally going to deal with. thus sin a very ugly extension of ourselves that blinds us from reality. Matthew 7:3-5
V3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
All it takes is one little sin we hold onto, to blind us. Sin separates us even from how God wants us to see others. planks come in all shapes, and sizes, whether another idol, or just not keeping Christ our center of focus. We will always find ourselves trying to drift into a blame game. Its just easier to say someone else caused our problems, or blame shifting saying “what we do is not even near as bad as what they have done, or what they are doing.” (or how about this) “what they did is what caused me to be this way” all this statement does is show that someone is shifting away from their own plank. We have to pull out our plank, just to even see clearly, sometimes we think we see an issue that someone has when in reality we are seeing our own splinters. (we would be surprised at what we may accomplish by simply starting with this one thing. so that we may help with each others specks of dust in Love as Christ showed us.
Pastor ray put a great example out something, I seem to think so many of us have
the following are symptoms of a plank:
"You lose your temper; I have righteous anger. You’re a jerk; I’m having a bad day. You have a critical spirit; I bluntly tell the truth. You gossip; I share prayer requests. You curse and swear; I let off steam. You’re pushy; I’m intensely goal-oriented. You’re greedy; I’m simply taking care of business. You’re a hypochondriac; but I’m really sick. You stink; I merely have an “earthy aroma (Mr. I. M. Okay Meets His Maker)
let us move forward with Love for one another. I encourage all of us to pray that our own plank become evident. May we all be annoyed by our OWN plank so much that we pull it out, and replace it with the Love That Christ Has for us.
may we tend to our positions in this world with the love of God and only show Him always. Solio de-Gloria
“I believe in a few, important things.
I believe deep down we are all broken people.
I believe deep down we are each hoping to be met with love and acceptance.
I believe we have the power in us to be mistake-makers and world-changers.
I believe that those two things are self-exclusive but…
One of my brothers in christ from my home church back in Bradenton. amazing to see God using my old friend
“I believe in a few, important things. I believe deep down we are all broken people. I believe deep down we are each hoping to be met with love and acceptance. I believe we have the power in us to be mistake-makers and world-changers. I believe that those two things are self-exclusive but…
But it was the dirtiest game of football I have ever seen. At one point during the game Madison (the other team) hit one of our players and knocked him out AND STARTED CHEERING ABOUT IT. Our player had to be taken off the field…
Its not dirty to tackle somebody hard and knock someone out, its football very possibly , now the unsportsman conduct after the game shouldn’t have happened
Crowds at games, fans normally can be very onesided on who they care about. They will scream kill him kill him to there brother, then yell and scream when there the ones who get killed. Sadly its the wasy of things.
“When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them.”—Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol In His Own Words (via o-r-p-h-i-c)
So wends chick fil a. Day, people enjoyed dinner and at the same time supporting a businessman voicing his freedom of speech, peaceably i might add. But my question is to the christians who have came to the realization that there is other things they might could have done. Which i agree with you on that. Did you do anything other than eating lunch and dinner on wends? But was it any different for you to sit in your house or working(which is what i was doing.) on wends? Than those that chose to spend there time eating, dedicating it to standing with a brother in Christ. Which isn’t wrong at all, its worse to have not stood for anything and satly others should have when you didn’t its the acting on what we. Say that matters
What’s holding you back? What do you see in the mirror that makes you think God has passed you by? Stop dwelling on the negatives! Instead start praising God for the special fingerprints He’s left on you. God made you the way you are on purpose- and that’s just the way He loves you. Why would you want to be any other way?
What is our focus is it a person or Jesus. As for me i choose to only focus on christ in his life and death. And resurrected life today.