“ATTITUDE”

Here’s a good one from Chuck Swindoll.  I think he’s on to something here!  …Take a look… -anita

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“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. 

It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do. 

It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. 

It will make or break a company…a church…a home. 

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. 

We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable. 

The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…. 

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. 

And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitude!” 

-Chuck Swindoll

THE HEART OF THE ETERNAL

Here’s one of my favorite poems.  It was written by Frederick William Faber, and I found it in a poetry book left to me by myA dad.  Hope you enjoy…but even more…I hope it will help you fully understand the love God has for us! -anita

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There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,

Like the wideness of the sea;

There’s a kindness in His justice,

Which is more than liberty.

 

For the love of God is broader

Than the measures of man’s mind;

And the heart of the eternal

Is most wonderfully kind.

 

If our love were but more simple,

We should take Him at His word,

And our lives would be all sunshine

In the sweetness of our Lord. 

-Frederick William Faber 1814-1863

 

Here I Stand, I Can Do No Other: Drawing THE LINE: sermon notes by Daniel Leavitt

 

Run to God

Psalm 119:32 (NASB)

I shall run the way of Your commandments,

For You will enlarge my heart.

 

Walk With God

Micah 6:81599 Geneva Bible

He hath showed thee, O man, what is good, and what the Lord requireth of thee: surely to do justly, and to love mercy, and to humble thyself, to walk with thy God.

 

Genesis 5:24 NLT
(Enoch) walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.

 

Genesis 6:9 (NLT)

This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.

 

Amos 3:3 KJV

Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

 

Ephesians 2:2 (NASB)

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.

 

1 John 1:7

but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

 

Stand for God

Matt. 10:32 NASB
“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

 

Draw the Lawn
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways submit to him,

and he will make your paths straight.
“We must shake off our fear of this world,” he wrote. “The cause of Christ is at stake, and are we to be found sleeping?”  – Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

 

 

No Compromise

Make my life a prayer to You

I want to do what you want me to

No empty words and no white lies

No token prayers no compromise.     – Melody Green

 

2 Corinthians 5-9  (NASB)

Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.

6 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight— 8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. 9 Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.

 

 

In the Darkness of a lifetime (Do I see the rays of life or death standing at my door?)

I read this…and it was so good I want to share…Take a look! -anita

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Have you ever wonderd how we might come across to others by our mere presence when they see us?  While visiting them at their home they may be experiencing the darkness of a lifetime and we fail to know it.

We all know that whenever we hurt that the pain is forever. At least it seems that way to us at the time.

And so then when you come to visit me who am I going to see?  Will you appear as the rays of life to offer me comfort and present to me our Jesus?  Or will your silence grant me death?

As you are standing there, will you be the pauper of Christ the man who saves the world, or the force of darkness that aggravates my pain?

For we are no longer children.  We don’t listen to you by what you say: No.  For we listen to you by what you do.

And what is it that you do?

While the poor souls of this world wrestle with agony, how do we come across to them?  How is it that we stand at their door with the good news of Jesus? Do we present them words upon words, or do we demonstrate the very love of Jesus that he gave to us.

Some of us would probably come across as arrogant, holy monsters. Our image is supposed to be one of our Lord.  Our words probably convict and beat down when our person should be one of Jesus.

Which person within us will loom at that door?  How many of us will even bother to attend to that door at all?  How many of us will remain home?  We say that we have light, yet throw the switch to darkness in our absence.

This is all a tall charge:  we are to preach the good news to the four corners of the earth.  And it continues within our own backyard.

And when I stand there for you I would hope you’d see my hand out to you.  I would hope you could see the love in my heart, the praise for our God in my voice and comfort and patience in my feet.  I would hope you could experience that small part of me that maybe, just maybe represents the Jesus I say that I know.

I would hope that I bring forth light and that the light illuminates over the darkness in your life. And I would pray that the light stays with you for an eternity.

And if I fail at any of these virtues I will only carry back with me even more darkness for it will be clear that I lost you. For it is that radiant sunlight that dwells in you that carries me far into the next day and in that long journey where at some point I’ll stand in the doorway of God’s kingdom.

T. F. Thompson

“ON YOUR FEET, SOLDIER!”

Sorry I didn’t blog yesterday!

My husband woke up sick the night before, and we ended up in the ER.  We left the house at 11:45 p.m. and didn’t get home until 6:30 a.m. !  We were exhausted!!  My poor husband had them probing, gouging, and poking him for six hours.  My little son, bless his heart, finally fell asleep in a chair about 3 a.m.  There was no other chair in the room, so I perched myself on the Dr.’s stool for most of the night.  When we finally did get home, we all fell into bed and slept off and on for most of the day.

I did receive a big blessing though….   Let me explain….

There was no close parking to the entrance, so I dropped my husband and little boy off so that they could go on in while I searched for an open spot.  They were already through security and checking in when I entered.  As I stepped up to the security desk to sign in, they had me do the usual thing of putting my purse and keys in a plastic container.  The guard said he would have to take a quick look in my purse to make sure I wasn’t carrying anything illegal.  Then he said, “You aren’t carrying any weapons tonight….  Are you?”  My response surprised even me as I replied, “Just the Word of God, brother!”  He smiled and said, “Good for you!  Strong in the physical…and armed in the Spiritual!  You all be blessed now!”

When Mike got sick at home, he was dizzy, nauseous, short of breath, chest pain….  I started praying immediately!  I had to get him down the stairs, and out the door, then into the van to even get him to the hospital.  For those of you that know Mike, he’s a big dude with arms the size of a Christmas Ham! You don’t want to “mess” with him!!   I knew if he went down…I’d never be able to get him to the ER.  So I prayed for God’s assistance and healing.

I guess when the security guard asked me if I was carrying any weapons, my Spirit Man responded…just in case the enemy (the devil) was listening.

When we cry out to God in our time of need, HE arms our Spirit Man…makes us ready to fight the devil when he comes at us.  And…all of Mike’s tests came back normal.  That makes it real clear to me that this was just an attack from satan.

But the one thing the devil forgot about me… I’m a fighter!  Like it says in the book of Joshua 14:10-11….  “so here I am today, eighty-five years old! (I’m almost 66) ….I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then!” 

God KNOWS in my heart of hearts…no matter how old I am, I will ALWAYS have a passion to kick the devil in the seat of the pants!  If Satan don’t want to deal with me…he’ll just have to kill me; because I’ll NEVER give up on my fight to destroy his kingdom!!

When things get tough, call on Jesus for help, and then let HIM fight your battle!  All you have to do is show up in your armor–the WHOLE ARM?OR OF GOD; God will do the rest…He will fight the battle for you!  And you will always come out victorious!

“ON YOUR FEET, SOLDIER!”

Anita

WARNING! BEWARE!

Satan wants your mind!

If you belong to Jesus, Satan can’t touch your soul…it is sealed by the Holy Spirit.  But, Satan’s quest to make you useless for the Kingdom of Heaven is relentless!  And if he can’t have your soul…your mind will suffice for now.

If he can get into your mind and whisper things that strike fear in your heart and  make you afraid to share your testimony…tell others what Jesus has done in your life,  or be a walking Bible by the love and kindness your show,  then he will have free reign over the lost souls of men that you encounter every day!  They will be his trophies in the end.

Remember…YOU MAY BE THE ONLY BIBLE THAT SOME FOLKS EVER READ!

Philippians 2:2-8 says this:

2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Guard your mind today!  Be the hands…the feet…the heart of Jesus to everyone you meet!

Anita

I HEARD THE VOICE OF JESUS SAY…

Here’s a wonderful poem from one of my inherited books.  As you read it, I hope you enjoy…but even more, I hope it will be our constant prayer to “walk” our life out with Jesus at our side until we reach Heaven’s shore! -anita

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I heard the voice of Jesus say,

“Come unto me and rest;

Lay down, thou weary one, lay down

Thy head upon my breast!”

I came to Jesus as I was,

Weary, and worn, and sad;

I found in him a resting-place,

And he hath made me glad.

 

I heard the voice of Jesus say,

“Behold, I freely give

The living water; thirsty one,

Stoop down, and drink, and live!”

I came to Jesus, and I drank

Of that live-giving stream;

My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,

And now I live in him.

 

I heard the voice of Jesus say,

I am this dark world’s light;

Look unto me, thy morn shall rise,

And all thy day be bright!”

I looked to Jesus, and I found

In him my Star, my Sun;

And in that light of life I’ll walk

Till all my journey’s done.

-Horatius Bonar 1808-1889

This man wrote more than one hundred hymns.  They are still in use today after almost a century!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURATE ME, LORD!

One of our friends, Israel Herrera, made some comments at church yesterday.  I can’t quote him exactly, but I’m going to paraphrase and tell you what I gleaned from his words.

He was making the analogy about our need as Christians to be like a sponge.  He said something to the effect of….

”Have you ever seen a sponge that is just damp in the middle?  It smells musty, and the edges of it are all dry and crusty.  You can’t use it in that condition to clean with, because it isn’t “pliable”.  In that state, it is pretty useless.  That’s how some…perhaps most Christians are in their daily walk with God.”

Then, he went on to say that we need to, “ ask Jesus to “SATURATE” us with His Holy Spirit…make us pliable to His will so that we can be used by God.”

Then Pastor Rodriguez gave the sermon, and his words tied in with what our friend had said earlier.  He said, “There are two things needed from Christians today:

1. Determination

2. Dedication

We need to be bold…but boldness is not enough.  If we only have boldness, we can hurt others with our words and keep them from ever coming to God.  We need to be bold…but righteous in our boldness.

Then he talked about all the folks that God used in the Bible were “busy” folks.  They weren’t lazy or complacent.  They weren’t satisfied with the status quo.  They wanted more…so they were always busy.

The Pastor said, “There is only one type of person that God will never call and can’t use…and that’s a lazy person.”  That person is “unprofitable” to God’s Kingdom!

See Nehemiah 2:1-8

God wants us to have a plan of action.  We need to stop talking about what we would like to get done in the church, and in our service to God…and just do it!  Step out in FAITH!

God is asking us…”What can I do for you?”  But the rest of that thought is that He wants to KNOW, “When are you going to get this done???????”  God wants— W2W Workers or, Wall to Wall Workers.

Then Pastor ended with this quote:

“YOUR PAST IS A RUDDER TO GUIDE YOU….NEVER AN ANCHOR TO HOLD YOU!” -Pastor William Rodriguez

Set goals…ask God what you need from Him…and then, JUST DO IT in faith!

Anita

Israel Herrera-Worship Leader-Praise Center Church

Pastor William Rodriguez -Praise Center Church

SOLA: Sermon notes by Danny Leavitt

Some quotes by Martin Luther
“Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.”

 

“The fewer the words, the better the prayer.”

 

“No one can believe how powerful prayer is and what it can effect, except those who have learned it by experience. Whenever I have prayed earnestly, I have been heard and have obtained more than I prayed for. God sometimes delays, but He always comes.”

 

“All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard”

 

“Is it not wonderful news to believe that salvation lies outside ourselves?”

 

“He [Christ] died for me. He made His righteousness mine and made my sin His own; and if He made my sin His own, then I do not have it, and I am free.”

 

Sola Scriptura  (the Word of God is Sufficient for Me)

1 Corinthians 4:6

Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other.

 

1 Timothy 3:14–15

I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long; but 1in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.

 

Discerning Everything from the Truth

 

 

Sola Christus–Christ alone (It’s All About Jesus)

 

1 Timothy 2:5-7The Message (MSG)

He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.

 

Getting Everything Prioritized on Jesus

 

1 Corinthians 2:2 (KJV)

For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

 

 

1 Corinthians 2:2The Message (MSG)

 

  1. Sing the Scriptures. Saint Augustine (AD 430) is credited with the saying, “Qui bene cantat bis orat.” This means, “He who sings well prays twice.”

 

  1. Become fascinated, committed, intrigued, happy, dependent, enamored with Jesus.

 

  1. Prayer

 

 

Sola Gratia–Grace alone

 

Ephesians 4:7 NIV

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

Unmerited Favor

 

Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

 

Romans 11:6 NIV

And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

 

2 Corinthians 8:7

But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you —see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

Share the Unmerited Favor

 

Sola Fide–Faith alone

Romans 5:1-2  (KJV)

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

 

In other words:

 

Romans 5:1-5  (GNT)

Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 He has brought us by faith into this experience of God’s grace, in which we now live. And so we boast of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory!

 

Sempre Fi

 

Soli Deo Gloria–the Glory of God alone

Isaiah 43:7 (NIV)

 

everyone who is called by my name,

whom I created for my glory,

whom I formed and made.”

 

Zechariah 12:10 (ESV)

10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.

 

With All Due Respect

 

Psalm 145:5

On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.

GIVE HIM PRAISE!

“Because Your lovingkindness is greater than life, my lips shall praise Thee!” -Psalm 63:3

Oh Lord, what’ere  my path may be,

If only I can walk with Thee,

And talk with Thee along the way,

I’ll praise Thee  for it ALL someday!

-Unknown

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Whatever you are experiencing today, let Jesus walk with you…talk with you.  Let Him show you His kindness and love…His mercy.  Then give Him praise!

Anita