Be Angry And Sin Not

By Adrian Rogers

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” Ephesians 4:26

God’s Word tells us to be “slow to wrath” (Proverbs 14:29, James 1:19). There’s nothing that will do more damage to your relationships than unwanted, unwarranted anger. If you are given to anger, let me tell you a couple of things the Bible says, and it won’t be flattering.

First, the Bible says you are foolish. Ecclesiastes 7:9 says, “For anger resteth in the bosom of fools.”

Second, you have a weak character. Proverbs 16:32 says, “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”

Uncontrolled anger is like throwing a rock into a wasp’s nest.

Do you have a short fuse? If so, confess it to the Lord. Don’t let Satan get a stronghold in your life. If you get angry today, ask yourself, “What need is not being met?” Give that need to the Lord

The call to holiness is easy to ignore in a world which lives by much different standards. Satan gets us to compare our lifestyle with those around us, deluding us into devaluing our sins in comparison to others.

But the issue is not comparison shopping our sin; the issue is a thankful heart that has been cleansed by the Holy Spirit and saved by grace.

Ignoring, or toning down, the Spirit’s call for holiness is rejecting God. Let’s be passionate about holiness in our lives, both because it is what God wants and also because it is what we should seek.

From the messages of Adrian Rogers.© 2015 Used by permission of
Love Worth Finding Ministries  PO Box 38300  Memphis, TN 38183-0300

PRAISE

While looking at some old emails that I never deleted I ran across this, enjoy.

Submitted by:  Harriet B. Arrington

 “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”   Psalms 34:1

 Sometimes in our walk with the Lord we encounter burdens, trials and circumstances that don’t seem to belong in our lives and we find ourselves wondering why?  I will be the first to encourage you not to dwell on why…it doesn’t matter and you will never figure out the answer anyway so why waste your time?  The best advice I can offer you is to remember because God gives us everything, we owe Him all our praise.

When Israel went into battle, the tribe of Judah always led the way.  The name Judah means “Praise the Lord.

When we march into battle and encounter obstacles, if we will go with His praises on our lips then God will go before us and give us the victory!

This is clearly the prayer-and-praise strategy that brought down the walls of Jericho for Joshua, and Jehoshaphat’s enemies to destroy each other before the battle even began.  (2 Chron 20) 

 All of us need to make a commitment to praise God every time we face an impossible situation:  that simply means for us to focus on Him rather than the problem  (Psa. 34:1).

At the moment, it may seem to you like I am in an impossible situation because of health problems; but I know better; I AM NOT!   You may feel like you are in dealing with some impossible situation…but you are not.  

We are not worthy, but He is!  You may not be able, but He is!  Rely on God’s promises to you (Isa 43:26) because He will never fail you.

Nothing moves God like the sight of His children on the battlefield, praising His name and continuing to declare His promises.  Jesus said, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven:  and whatsoever thou salt loose on earth shalt be loosed in heaven“.  (Matt 16:19)  Praise is the key that opens the door to God’s presence. 

“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God and the prisoners heard them.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all of the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. (Acts 16:25-26).

Pray, sing and praise God and He will lift the load of your burdens.          

Universal Language

Laughter is a
Universal Language

Laughing will help your body feel better. According to a Stanford researcher. . . It is like jogging while standing in place—an actual physical workout. Remember the last time your stomach hurt from laughing too much? That was a better workout and more fun that crunches and sit-ups. One minute of laughter is equal to using a rowing machine for ten minutes.

To add more laughter in your life:

Find humor in everyday things.

Like a child—find amusement in the most ordinary things and laugh every day

Increase your exposure to comedy—such as funny books, movies and live theater.

Make sure you have friends who make you laugh.

If you hear a joke that makes you laugh, pass it on and make someone else laugh too!

Adapted from The Brain Health Guide by Mark Underwood

KINDNESS

Daily Deeds of Kindness

By Max Lucado

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”Matthew 5:16

In the final days of Jesus’ life, he shared a meal with his friends Lazarus, Martha, and Mary. Within the week he would feel the sting of the Roman whip, the point of the thorny crown, and the iron of the executioner’s nail. But on this evening, he felt the love of three friends.

For Mary, however, giving the dinner was not enough. “Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.” (John 12:3). . . .

Judas criticized the deed as wasteful. Not Jesus. He received the gesture as an extravagant demonstration of love, a friend surrendering her most treasured gift. As Jesus hung on the cross, we wonder, Did he detect the fragrance on his skin?

Follow Mary’s example.

There is an elderly man in your community who just lost his wife. An hour of your time would mean the world to him.

Some kids in your city have no dad. No father takes them to movies or baseball games. Maybe you can. They can’t pay you back. They can’t even afford the popcorn or sodas. But they’ll smile like a cantaloupe slice at your kindness.

Or how about this one? Down the hall from your bedroom is a person who shares your last name. Shock that person with kindness. Something outlandish. Your homework done with no complaints. Coffee served before he awakens. A love letter written to her for no special reason. Alabaster poured, just because.

Daily do a deed for which you cannot be repaid.  (from Great Day Every Day)

Precious Savior, we pass people every day who need a demonstration of your love. May we search for ways to show extravagant gestures of gracious love, and outlandish acts of kindness. Make us people who set a goal of doing daily deeds for which we cannot be repaid. Set our hearts on fire for people who do not know you. Consume us with compassion for the desperate and downtrodden. Let us pour our lives out in love . . . just because, amen.

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart…I Peter 1:22

From He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado UpWords from Max Lucado (©2016 by Crosswalk.com)

Father’s Day

I would like to say that one of the greatest blessing in life is begin a Daddy. Of course my salvation and marriage come first, but what are great gift from God, to be a Daddy. Now like most new Dads there was a lots to learn and mistakes to be made, but God’s grace lead the way. Some of the best memories are those with my boys. Anything we did together was a blessing. I remember when Alan was in school and the teacher asked the class about a great memory they had, he said going to the dump with me and Ricky. We would always stop and get a cold drink and snack. I guess that may be the reason it was a great memory. Also, I enjoyed Ricky going to the nursing home with me. So many great times with the boys.

God has richly blessed me for allowing me to hear the voice of my sons calling me Daddy.

Father Knows Best

by: Julia Bettencourt


“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,
saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil,
to give you an expected end. ”   Jeremiah 29:11

When I was little my dad always planted a large garden. Sometimes I think he planted rows and rows of green beans and every other vegetable just to keep us kids occupied by picking, shelling, husking, and snapping. How could we ever get into trouble with all the chores we were required to do?

We really didn’t have much when I was little, but we always did have a roof over our heads and plenty of vegetables to eat. The brown paper grocery bags we’d fill shock full of freshly picked veggies and take to relatives, neighbors, friends, and people in our church were numerous. As I got a little older I never could figure out why my dad would have to plant a garden every year big enough to feed half of Ohio.

There was always something to pick. Rows and rows of somethings. I cherish now all those hours we’d sit snapping green beans with my grandma and mom, and ever who would happen by, but I couldn’t see the future or the need of garden chores then through all the corn silk I was tediously removing from mountains of ears of corn at the time.

Today I am thankful for all the hard work and the discipline I learned from all those chores my father made me do as a kid. Funny how most of those chores seemed to revolve around those big gardens we’d have every year. I’m not even sure that my dad knew he was teaching us kids so much from making us do the things that he did. I do know that my Heavenly Father knows what I’m learning from the garden He’s placed me in.

I’m still picking, shelling, husking, and snapping, only in different ways by the things that lay in my garden path. What is truly amazing is that up ahead are not all the cherished memories like I have of my childhood, my grandparents, and just all those memories of home. Up ahead there are treasures laid up for me “where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.” Matthew 6:20. Up ahead there are blessings that God has chosen to put there for me to have. Up ahead there are joys that await me from what my Heavenly Father planned for my life.

When I wake up on days and don’t feel like picking a row of beans or maybe don’t feel like picking those ripe tomatoes off the vine, I hope I’ll be sensitive to the fact that God has a purpose to my life and the situations that he has put there for me to go through. It might be something such as witnessing to someone God’s placed in my path or praying for a particular need, but I hope I’m disciplined enough to know that those chores God gives me need to be done.

It’s so exciting that my Heavenly Father knows today what I’ll need tomorrow. He not only knows what I’ll need tomorrow but also 20 years or 40 years ahead. I used to think of that verse in Matthew 6 as only something more current or more immediate. “…for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” Matthew 6:8. I’ve come to realize that my Father knows not only what my immediate needs are but also what I’ll need even later in my earthly life. It just makes life so exciting to live knowing that each day is planned, prepared, and custom made just for me. Each thing that comes into my life God knows all about before I do.

To me, all this adds up to a wonderful Heavenly Father’s love. I know we all know in our hearts that God holds everything in the palm of His hand and He’s in control and has plans for us, but I don’t think we live like we believe it. Knowing that everything fits together in such a precise way should make us want to take each breath of life and live it more focused on God. I trust that I can do that. I trust I can take all the rows of beans life has to offer and do what is expected of me as a child of God. My Father does know best.

So, are you caught up with your chores?

Let Your Light Shine

A little girl wondered what a saint might be. One day her mother took her to a great cathedral to see the gorgeous stained-glass windows with scenes from the Bible. When she saw the beauty of it all she cried out loud, “Now I know what saints are. They are people who let the light shine through!”

Some of us might think that saints are people of the past who lived perfect lives and did Jesus-like miracles. But when a translation of Scripture uses the word saint, it is actually referring to anyone who belongs to God through faith in Christ. In other words, saints are people like us who have the high calling of serving God while reflecting our relationship with Him wherever we are and in whatever we do. That is why the apostle Paul prayed that the eyes and understanding of his readers would be opened to think of themselves as the treasured inheritance of Christ and saints of God.

Ephesians 1:18  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

So what then do we see in the mirror? No halos or stained glass. But if we are fulfilling our calling, we will look like people who, maybe even without realizing it, are letting the rich colors of the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control of God shine through.

He Can Lead You Out of It

By Marvin Williams

Almost everyone will at some time in their life be affected by depression, either their own or someone else’s. Some common signs and symptoms of depression include feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, worthlessness, and helplessness. Although we cannot say for certain that characters in the Bible experienced depression, we can say that some did exhibit a deep sense of despondency, discouragement, and sadness that is linked to personal powerlessness and loss of meaning and enthusiasm for life.

Elijah is one biblical character who fits this description. After defeating the prophets of Baal, he received a death threat from Jezebel. His hope was shattered, and despondency set in. He wanted to die! God helped Elijah deal with his despondency in several ways. The Lord did not rebuke him for his feelings but sent an angel to provide for his physical needs. Then, the Lord revealed Himself and reminded Elijah that He was quietly working among His people. Next, He renewed Elijah’s mission by giving him new orders. Finally, God reminded Elijah that he wasn’t alone.

In our times of discouragement, let us remember that God loves us and desires to lead us to a place of a renewed vision of Himself!

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
—von Schlegel

The Plan

God’s Plan

God has a plan for every life in Christ Jesus. What a wondrous truth—and yet how reasonable. Shall the architect draw the plans for his stately palace? Shall the artist sketch the outlines of his masterpiece? Shall the shipbuilder lay down the lines for his colossal ship? And yet shall God have no plan for the soul which he brings into being and puts “in Christ Jesus”? Surely he has.

Yea, for every cloud that floats across the summer sky, for every blade of grass that points its tiny spear heavenward, God has a purpose and a plan. How much more then, for you who are his own in Christ Jesus, does God have a perfect life plan. —James McConkey