Venting…..

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What are blogs for? Logging your thoughts and your concerns for all to see. I might have something from God that He wants someone to see to help them through a crisis… Or, I might have a situation that I have been through that can pull someone out of a rut.
The Whole purpose of Words Written In Red Ministries is to ENCOURAGE.. to uplift.

Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

1 Thessalonians 4:18 says, “Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
There are a heap of other verses that tell us to encourage one another, building up one another. We do this in action, and in deed.

There is the preface…
I live my life for the Lord. A simple life. I go to work, I co-lead a youth group with my bride. We go on a date once in awhile. I maintain Christ-like status to raise up my 15 yr old daughter…
I don’t like rocking the boat, and I’m okay, in fact of not causing dissension at all.
I’m on the board at my church, and I look at my job as encouraging the others and taking each situation as it comes… not creating anything, just being there to help others walk in the Spirit!

My life is an open book, there for the taking. I wear my heart out on my sleeve. What I have is yours because it’s God’s anyway, I’m just borrowing it…

My life’s desire is to be used by the Lord. I am not worried about accumulating material things, in fact we live in a very simple house, with decorations reminding us of who we are in Christ.

I don’t ask alot of people for help, because simply, it falls on deaf ears.. people are more concerned about their conditions and lifestyles… and when I DO ask for help, it isn’t even for me, it is for the assistance of helping others..
Case in point.. whenever I got divorced, I didn’t ask anyone to help me move in to my new apartment, I just pulled my couch up the stairs, and used the dolly from work to do the other stuff…

But when it comes to the kids, our youth, and my church… I will sell subs, I will sell cookies, I will coordinate whatever I can to help raise money so that our youth can go to camp, go to Cedar Point, or whatever else is on the docket.

My biggest pet peeve are those people that OFFER to help without ANY solicitation on my part and they bow out… not even gracefully, that just are not there to help…

I have been to a few church’s. I have held leadership positions in a couple of them, and I am here to tell you that getting Christians to help out at church is like “corralling cats together”
You get one…put it in the bin, and go to grab the other, having the first one escape…trying to grab THAT one, and the other one takes off….

What is it that is so important in your life that you have to put all of that stock into?
I have this one life to live for the Lord Jesus… and it is quite frustrating to see others squander their lives on futile, useless things…
Meanwhile, people are going to hell by the droves and we do NOTHING to stop it!!

We are to be empowered Christians. Centering our lives only on what He has for our lives…
Don’t get me wrong, I love having fun as well as the next guy… me and my wife enjoy going to a theater movie at least once a month.. maybe out to eat.
My hobbies are building websites to make some extra money to do stuff with, and my favorite pastime is actually singing for the Lord, whether it be in my diningroom karaoke machine, or in front of a bunch of people….
It’s not the Mike and Darlene show… we are called by God to be stewards, not only with our money but with our time…
When people need us, we are there.
Please don’t take this the wrong way, but we got people so sucked into the sports thing, and dance groups, and all this worldly stuff…. and that’s okay, but when you are replacing THAT with the things that you should be doing for God, then it is like having the “love of money”…
It is like an idol that is worshiped…
Isaiah 42:8 says “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.”
I have found that living my life for Christ gives me fulfillment in ALL THE AREAS OF MY LIFE!
I am not worried about that fancy car, just one that works… I don’t want a fancy living room suite, or the best china…
I would, however love to have a GOOD computer software program to make my flyers for the youth group, and putting stuff on my Encouragement website…
I would like to have a moderately good set of recording equipment so that I can sing my joy to the Lord and record it to share with others….
I am content in whatever state I am in….the NLT in Philippians 4:11 says, “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.”

I am just so tired of listening to all of the excuses to why we can’t do something… there needs to be a line drawn.. Are you worshiping God and Money…because you can’t love the one AND the other… you will take one over the other… And usually God takes a backseat to our lives and what we had plans for….

I am daily reminded to not make any decisions without consulting my God, thru Jesus Christ! For in doing, I will surely be blessed in that situation….

I pray that whoever reads this, reads with an open mind, and see that I am not nit picking, but ask Christians everywhere to always evaluate your lives…. is WHAT you are doing today going to matter tomorrow? AND will you be glorifying God in it???

Hmm….. Until Next Time… Peace

Mike’s Monday Meanderings

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Better late than never! So, in Acts 20:35 ESV it says “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
There are several verses on stewardship and giving instead of receiving. In our human minds we tend to go into selfish mode, and then it’s about MY needs, not the needs of others…
In Hebrews 13:16 “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” and then in
Philippians 2:4 “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

Unselfish acts of random kindness (ARK)… Doing good works because you WANT to not because you have to..
In the church, it is like pulling teeth to get anyone to help with a project. I appreciate that we all have stuff at home to do, but to serve because of God, and to help others shows the love of Christ…
So what does it take to have this unselfish desire to help others get stuff done… help someone financially when you are able…
You first have to realize that Jesus paid a price for you, so you are not your own. There are people that are worse off than we are.
There are things that need done within a church, and if we are getting fed there, how is it not a natural thing to want to do stuff around the church.
I guess this is more of a venting thing at “Christians” or those who profess to be
Christians…
I am a home body with strong ties to sitting on my butt and doing nothing, which is never what I get to do… Someone needs something, I help. If the church needs cleaned, I do it… if the yard needs mowed, I would be there if I had to..
Who are we to be fed in a church, and make excuses as to WHY we can’t!!
Jesus also said in Matthew 25, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ … ”
Doing for others is showing Christ. Helping out at the church and not complaining is showing Christ. Forgoing a family trip, or some type of thing that in the grand scheme of things is so unimportant, especially when there is someone that really needs you.
Maybe they need you to sit and pray with them, but you are too selfish to take the time.
Maybe someone needs you to do their yard work for them because you can’t… but you are tooooo ‘busy’
Are we too busy, too over our heads that we can not help God’s people realize that this single mothers needs friends and family to help her, that this distraught teen is so overwhelmed by being at home, she wants to cut herself…but we just have BIGGER problems… we say “I’ll pray for you” it’s like a way for us to say, yeah, it’s important, but it’s not MY problem, I’ll pray for you!!
Get out of the insanity, service to God and community is something that must come naturally to a Christian… Jesus never hesitated to die unselfishly on the cross because He knew that we need to be save…
Why are we not emulating Christ in this manner??

Jesus, I don’t deserve it but, please forgive me!

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,” Titus 2:11-13

What is God’s Grace? It is “unmerited favor”, it is UNEARNED!
We must constantly remind ourselves that humanity is not deserving of salvation. No one can “earn” pardon by works of human merit. If such were the case, we could boast regarding our redemption; however, that is impossible (“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.” Ephesians 2:8-9).

In Romans 3:22-24, it is written, “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

Get the picture? God’s grace, His gift of salvation to any who want it, is undeserved, unmerited, unearned!

Through the ages, salvation was works. Doing to get, acts of reconciliation to show ourselves approved to God. The Law was death to all who “tried” to follow it!
God, therefore sent His Son to pay the price, the bill, the debt…
So that our account is reconciled with God! All we have to do is go to the “bank” and make that deposit of Faith! Of Belief! Of Surrender!
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

Prayer Challenge: If you don’t know that you have eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, ask Him now for that by committing your heart to Him. Ask Him to forgive the sinful life you lived, and come and dwell within you.
If you DO know that you have eternal salvation. Recommit your life to Him DAILY! “Take up your cross DAILY and follow Him”
Prayer is ESSENTIAL in a Christ followers life! There is no other way!! Love you guys!

NOT Crushed, NOT in Despair, Not Persecuted, NOT Abandoned, NOT Destroyed

this passage shows a little of what Paul was going thru to preach the gospel.
Our lives are full of joy only in the Power of the blood of Jesus.
A while later in 2 Corinthians 4, Paul said, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. ”

Right now, though, in II CORINTHIANS 1:3-11 Paul says “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”

What is the focus here? Our mortal bodies will experience, pain, grief, anger, death, and a myriad of other conflicting emotions..but the Father who sits on the throne is in power. We may not understand what is going on, but we CAN trust GOD that all is as it should be.

So my challenge tonight is that even under “great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure” God wants us to be broken to the point that we CAN’T do it on our own..so we take it to the Lord in prayer.
Prayer changes things, but only if you believe!! ~ God Bless! tumblr_m0ey9iHoZ01rnb6y3o1_500