GOD IS (NOT) MY BUDDY – Nov. 22th

This is something we too often forget. I hope you find this article as helpful as I did. Please be sure to thank the author for writing it.

A DEVOTED LIFE

“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! Psalm 33:4

It seems like most people have a very similar tendency.  If we are shown an image enough times we begin to accept it as real even when we know it is a caricature. Caricatures are used all the time to help communicate a point. I have seen characteristics exaggerated to highlight what can be overlooked. I have also seen caricatures used to simplify that which is hard to fathom.  The problem is when the caricature becomes so engrained that we begin to believe the distortion.

Most of us are familiar with maps of the United States…

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Pray with Purpose

I hope you will enjoy this great article on prayer as much as I did. Blessings on you.

Faith Runner

I’ve become a student of prayer lately, seeking to understand and expand its place in my walk with God.

For your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Matthew 6:8

If it’s true that God knows what we need before we ask then the obvious question becomes:

Why Pray?

God uses prayer to change our hearts and our hearts’ desires. 

In Exodus 32 Moses prayed to stay God’s vengeance on the Israelites, who had forsaken God and his law by worshipping a golden calf even as Moses was on the mountain receiving that law on their behalf.

The conversation went something like this (Exodus 32:9-14, The Message):

God said to Moses, “I look at this people—oh! what a stubborn, hard-headed people! Let me alone now, give my anger free reign to burst into flames and incinerate them. But I’ll make a great nation out of you.”

Moses tried…

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Horoscopes is Rebellion to Witchcraft

Source: Horoscopes is Rebellion to Witchcraft

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Adorable Pets

When Jesus returns for His earthly reign, we will at last be able to safely be close to these creatures without fear of harm. Won’t that just be heaven on earth? I can hardly wait!!! : )

Cool Fur Babies

Adorable Pets

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The Lure—and Lie—of Self-Help

This has been a very useful post, and I pray you will be blessed by it as well.

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There’s no denying we are a nation of people looking for help. Although we may try to seem put together on the outside, our book purchases alone point to a different reality: we are struggling, and we’re looking for help anywhere we can find it. “Self-help” is an entire industry in this nation that generates roughly $10 billion per year—and the industry shows no signs of slowing down. Whether you want to read about fixing broken relationships, living more healthily, making more money, or finding contentment, there’s a self-help book—or 50—out there for you. And if you are willing to spend the time and the money, there are myriad options for self-help conferences, webcasts, and personal coaching, along with the thousands of books you can read.

If we try to “help ourselves,” as the old adage says, we are actually moving away from the truest source of help—Christ himself.

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Animal Pictures

Another lovely picture taking us back to the beauty and innocence of Eden. Enjoy!

Cool Fur Babies

Heather Walt
#Pet Picture, #Cutest Baby, #Cutest Animals

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Religion and the Workplace

She shocked me. “Religion,” she haughtily announced, “has NO PLACE in the workplace.”

Of course, these are the words of someone who doesn’t really understand how religion works. Or ought to. Either way, though, she was clearly offended.

Just a few weeks earlier, she had cooed, “I have never had a group of people work so hard for me.” My friend said, “That’s because she’s never had a bunch of Christians work for her before.”

The problem arose when one of these “Christians” decided that the boss’ life needed fixing (true) and that she was the one to do it (not true, seeing as how this woman was not and never had been the Holy Spirit). With a vengeance, the woman proceeded to abusively make herself so obnoxious that she not only got herself fired, she got her whole group permanently debarred with her. It was not pretty.

Soon after that, the boss revealed what happened, and poured forth her thoughts on religion and its place at work.

Being shocked (and deeply worried about the boss’ eternal prospects), all I could do was silently pray, while moving back and wondering what she could possibly be thinking.

If I could have said something appropriate at the appropriate time, it would have been something along these lines: “What you experienced was NOT religion in the workplace. What happened to you was ABUSIVE, HYPER CONTROL spewed out on you by a woman whose own life is clearly out of control. Not being able to control herself or her own life, she painted a target on you. That wasn’t religion. Instead, it was a very good example of a properly-medicated woman going off her medication, and making everyone around her pay for it.

“BUT THAT WAS NOT RELIGION. IT MAY HAVE MASKED ITSELF AS A RELIGIOUS OUTBURST. BUT IT WAS NOT RELIGION.

“True religion is not usually loud, but instead leads by quiet example, and as such it ought to be welcome everywhere. True religion ought to continually conform the convert into the image and character of Jesus, making him into a soul that everyone around him can enjoy and trust.

“If my religion doesn’t make me show up on time, give a good day’s work for our agreed-upon wage, keep me from stealing your inventory, or slamming you on Facebook; if what I call religion doesn’t keep me from sharing your trade secrets with your competition, what good is it?

“Furthermore, if the thing I practice and call religion doesn’t start changing me into a better person, one who is both more devoted to God and more useful to mankind, then what I am practicing is not religion: it is a fancy-dress weekly playdate with like-minded hypocrites, and can’t be counted on to get me into heaven at the end of my life’s evaluation.”

Oh, how I wish church people could see the difference!

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