Easter Documented Matthew 28:1-10

Matthew 28:1. ‘After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” 8. So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”‘

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John 16:7-15

John 16:7. ‘”But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9. about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10. about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11. and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. 12. “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”‘

Putting It In God’s Hands Does Not Mean I Do Nothing

Prayer and Bible reading and salvation through Jesus Christ and even fellowship when possible (united we stand) are our greatest tools to stand firm in the face of anything- from the slightest inconvenience to the horrors of wayward children or the lies of mainstream media/ politicians to the deep need to reform the church back to God’s glory and not man’s to the very pits of hell. We have what we need to stand with and for God and be saved. And again, those tools are: salvation through Jesus Christ, prayer, Bible reading and fellowship when possible. And these are active things, they are energy-requiring things, they are purposeful things. And sometimes, when doing these things, the Holy Spirit tells you in your heart to do something else specifically. It may be serve someone who cannot help themselves, it may be to write a politician, it might be to blog, it might be to give money to a church or mission, it might be to tell others these tools so they may be saved, it may be to love someone unlovable or pray specifically for someone. God despises laziness, which is a sin. There are things to do and sometimes our tools are enough at the moment (again salvation through Jesus Christ, prayer, Bible reading and fellowship when possible) and sometimes more specifically is required. There are a lot of hurting people out there we need to consider and be on the lookout to help. This pleases God. Sometimes standing up against evil also includes standing up vocally or in a letter for what is right. Sometimes it means interfering to protect, show love and assist God in saving a soul. True, He can do it alone, but He builds your character and chooses to help others through us. It is His will and I never want to be against His will ever. ❤

Leader From Birth

I have always been seen as a leader, a “natural born leader” and just accepted that as fact. Now, some 40 years later and yes I am a little slow because I was a lot stuck in pride and busyness, I am exploring why. My hope is that some of you youngers that may have “natural leadership ability” from God, recognize it and develop it for Him.

That is actually my first point. Good leaders are led by God. The closer I am to God, the more He uses me as a leader in a myriad of circumstances. Leadership in its pure form from God is first of all humble and teachable by God and His Truth, the Bible. You cannot lead people if you do not know where to lead them. The blind cannot lead the searching. Proud leaders are weak and a distortion of their gift. They may accomplish great things through force but it is for themselves and their gain and peace does not live there. God planned leaders to have just as much peace and joy as everyone else so humbleness and closeness to God is essential for that.

Second thing. Leaders can not give way to laziness and delegate only. They must be the first to do the work, know how and why, be able to teach others, get down and dirty with those being led, work hard. This is natural and my energy always rises to the need. The will drives the leader to this. A lazy leader is ineffectual and sets the self up for high turnaround, discouragement and a critical spirit. Bad.

Third thing. Respect. Respect is enormous. Respect for God, for His Truth, for the sanctity of life, for the rules, for the fact that every person has a unique skill set, for the fact that every role is important. Nothing is done without every person’s skill, like our band. The lead singer may believe he/she is the most important person in the band because they are up front, but if the band suddenly stops or just the drummer drops out or the instruments are off key, the lead singer becomes insignificant to the mess. See? Respect and treatment of others according to the Golden Rule is vital. Everyone is vital. And everyone is interesting, they have and unique story. And believing the fantastical one in your head may be much more interesting than theirs but let them tell it anyway. Hear them. Ask questions. But draw a boundary enough to remain leader and not buddy for like a family, many are the friends and siblings but there is only one or two parents. Parents give and receive respect but are not buddies.

Fourthly. Consistency of high moral character is invaluable to retain those led. Invest in them. My dad always said to leave it better than it was when you got there. Do that for people. Be smart enough and wise enough to dig out and encourage strengths and enhance those in people you are leading. Grow them, alienate no one, never criticize, just guide with wisdom, again with never be lazy. If you lack wisdom, ask God who is generous with His. Remain humble and teachable as always. Promote people, pay them their worth, be generous with people when they work hard and earn it. Reward good work and moral integrity. Discourage moral flaws and disengenuity. Encourage your people to encourage each other. Keep them busy to minimize tech and gossip time but not too busy that they never have breaks. Promote a moral family atmosphere of growth and commitment and worth. Names, not numbers. Love people. Always eye contact and strong handshakes. Care.

Lastly. Leadership is lonely. Leaders have many acquaintances but very few true friends. It just is that way. You have to be strong when others are not and when you are not. Few understand the challenges of that or get you. Few care outside of themselves and their little circles. But God does and He will recharge you. Take some time. Exercise for energy, keep close to God for strength and wisdom. This puts you in a position of power for God and your people, humble service to Him, peace and joy and contentment for you. Then you can make the hard decisions and guide and God guides you in and way that benefits everyone. This can only happen close to the Lord, so we have returned to the first thing.

I hope this has blessed you. Feel free to ask questions or give me and topic to write about in the comments. If you are not a leader, maybe you get them a bit more and the responsibilities they hold. If you are a leader, maybe you will be refreshed and inspired to try something new, some new approach and get close to God to recharge your batteries. God bless you!❤

Church in Us

We Christians are the church. The church us people. Buildings keep you comfortable and cozy but church is us with God. Tithes should primarily be spent on doing God’s work and not fancy buildings or elaborate tithes. When that happens, people lose faith in giving and the work does not get done. When we started viewing church as a business, the church started suffering. We need to get back to God’s plan for the church in the Bible in Acts. Some small church groups are starting up and it is beautiful but we need more like this, change to grow the church and revive her, which is Christians. Revival is embraced when people are living the truth and are believe in God’s will and vision for His church (us) again. When God’s design for HIS church is followed, He draws people into faith, moves hearts, changes lives, transforms hope.

Practically, meetings of Christians can happen anywhere, homes, parks, any available and inexpensive building. Church is encouraging each other, problem solving, helping, serving, worshipping, teachinf, reading God’s Word, praying, fasting, giving- all together for unity and all together for God and furthering His work. That is it. No drama, no complications, no exorbitant building program, no political agenda, no push for power, no gossip or slander, etc. That is what church is supposed to look like and be. If we get back to that, God is very pleased and will bless us now and eternally. Obedience to God is the highest calling and a mandate for every Christian. We need revival. He is coming aoon and we need as many saved as possible. Now is the time to obey and get our hearts right and stay close to God. We will need Him even more from here to eternity.❤

A Tale of Two Women

There were two sisters who were born only 15 months apart. Both girls were raised in a Christian home, went to Christian school and church, and had parents that prayed with them at mealtimes and bedtime and had a hard-working father and mother who was a housewife. Both girls were taught the same, brought up with the same morals. Despite these commonalities, there were some differences. The greatest was that one daughter was favored and a bit privaleged by the residing parent and the other girl had to do all the work. Regardless, the girls ended up quite different. And it is opposite what most people think of. The privaleged, favored child did not appreciate being treated so well. She did not grow up happy at her better treatment. No. She ended up jealous and spoiled. The girl who was treated to all the work appreciated life more, loved nature, felt confident that she could take care of herself (because of her experience doing so) and yhis girl was happy. 

So, my point is that spoiling your kid is not beneficial. Neglecting is not good either but there must be a proper work load on your kid to give them self-confidence and enjoyment of accomplishment that only comes from doing something. One learns nothing from doing nothing, but one learns something from doing something.❤

Meeting Goals

So, two days gone and 20 CEU hours accomplished. My goal is ambitious but doable. Tomorrow, I will fulfill the last 10 hours and renew my license in time to see my patients Monday. So, I am motivated to accomplish my goal. 

Thinking about that a bit, I realized that goals are really easy to accomplish if you set the goal realistically and have the proper motivation to do it. It has to mean something to you. It has to be realistic. That being said, all that is the easy way which does not grow you as a person of faith. I can do this of my own power no problem. Big whoop. To grow faith, you live close to the Lord and motivate yourself trying to please Him. Then your goal is whatever He puts on your heart and mind to do and then He gives you the power to do it. It may or may not be realistic but my favorite verse is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”❤