A Guide to Effective Human Relations…

Most people think they can solve problems by themselves and they are smart enough to determine and plan for their eternal destiny. People want to be the chooser of the way their life goes. Listen to what God says about the wisdom of mankind. OUCH!

 Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof, is the way of death.”

Romans 1:21-22 “because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools,…”

A Guide to Effective Human Relations!

Try these on for size.

The Six Most Important Words: “I admit I made a mistake.”
The Five Most Important Words: “You did a good job.”
The Four Most Important Words:  “What is your opinion?”
The Three Most Important Words:  “If you please.”
The Two Most Important Words:  “Thank you.”
The Most Important Word:  “We.”
The Least Important Word:  “I”

There is a time in scripture when the word I has some merit. When I counts…

Gal 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Have you given God control of the I in your life this morning or are you of the thinking you can control your destiny?????


Workplace Attitude…

Workplace Attitude
         It’s so easy to get caught up in the pace of the world and leave Jesus out of our lives and our workplace. Here’s an idea. What would it be like if we looked at our place of employment as a mission field??????? You know, like Jesus asks us to do in His scriptures.

Mat 4:19 “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”
Mat 28:19a “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…”

Workplace Attitude – Take Jesus With You

I drive into work listening to gospel music or a prerecorded sermon on the radio or a message from Christian programming.  I get out of the car and walk to the building entrance.  As I open the building door I leave just enough room for me to get in and I leave Jesus out of my life situations of the day.  After all, I have so much to worry about and do today…………..after all my situations at work are too small for Jesus to take care of them. Or I never thought that my Jesus wanted to be involved in my whole life.

Jesus waits patiently for me to return to Him throughout the day as I do my thing for the next 9 hours. You see I left Him figuratively at the door when my total focus was allowed to be changed. And of course He never left me.  I left Him for the moment.

First two hours of work–I fuss and complain about things not going right. Jesus waits for me to ask for help. Of course I’ve been trained nicely by my world that I can do all things through my own strength. I don’t want to have to be dependent on anyone or anything. After all, I am a proud person. Oh, if I only knew just how dependent I really am.

By lunch time–I’m flustered, regretting I work in this place and sputtering bitterness all over folks. I act like most of those around me. Jesus continues to wait on me. He tries to get my attention but I can’t hear him; my focus is on my problems and how I can solve them.   And as things get worse I grow further into myself to find strength.

Jesus knows that with this attitude I went in there defenseless.

When will I learn?

End of the day–I’m tired, run down, no energy, irritable & frustrated. I leave the building & Jesus happily greets me as I attempt to leave the worldly focus but I’m in no mood for Him now.  I’ve just been to hell and back and the last thing I want to do is be bothered with anyone but me and my pity party.

God shows me how badly I’ve been and worst of all, He lets me feel a small portion of how grieved He was because of my actions and attitude. I left Jesus outside of my life, almost let the door smack in His face and I went in here defenseless.

From time to time our jobs overwhelm us and we completely forget to “take Jesus with us.”  We may not go around cursing anyone out or punching anyone in the face (hopefully) but what are our actions saying about us and about who or whose we are?

We are or at least we are supposed to be the salt of the Earth and the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.   

        Col. 3:23-24 – “Whatever you do, work at it with ALL your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

What if our work place, neighborhood and community really are our mission fields? TRY TAKING JESUS WITH YOU TODAY.

Give it a try today and see if at the start and end of the day your attitude is different!

Have a BLESSED Day serving the King of Kings!!!

Our Greatest Fear…

Eccles. 12:8 “Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.”

               Here are some great thoughts that a pastor gave us at the end of a sermon. It spoke volumes about how we can spend vast amounts of time, energy, and money on things that don’t really matter.

Our Greatest Fear

A perfect example was the antique car show that was held this weekend in my community. People spent years of time and money to fix up these old cars just so they can show them off at a car show and then take them home to store them.

Looking back at my own life, I spent a lot of energy playing sports. There were a lot of good things that came from being on a team, but sometimes I struggle with the emphasis and importance our society puts on athletics. It seems like winning a game is the only thing that is important and people have lost focus on what is really important in life.

The challenge for all of us is to evaluate how we spend our lives. It’s OK to have hobbies, but if they become the overwhelming driving force and time consumers in our lives, then we need to question our priorities in life. We need to consider the following quote.

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter.”

James 4:14 “Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life?
It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.”

So, where are your priorities this morning? Are they on fulfilling self directed and focused
goals or are they on…?

Matthew 6:33 “But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Matthew 6:19 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:”


Prescribed by the Great Physician…

Matthew 4:18-19 “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

**Prescribed by the** **Great Physician**


The next time you feel like GOD can’t use you, just remember…

– Noah periodically drank too much

– Abraham was too old

– Isaac was a daydreamer

– Jacob was a liar

– Leah was ugly

– Joseph was abused

– Moses was a poor speaker

– Gideon was afraid

– Samson had long hair and was a womanizer

– Rahab was a prostitute

– Jeremiah and Timothy were too young

– David had an affair and was a murderer

– Elijah was suicidal

– Isaiah preached naked

– Jonah ran from God

– Naomi was a widow

– Job went bankrupt and lost his family

– Peter denied Christ

– The Disciples fell asleep while praying

– Martha worried about everything

– Mary Magdalene was…

– The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once

– Zacchaeus was too small

– Paul was too religious

– Timothy had an ulcer…AND

– Lazarus was dead!


Now! No more excuses!

God can use you to your full potential.

Besides you aren’t the message, you are just the messenger!

**** Start by…

  1. God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.
  2. Dear God, I have a problem, it’s Me.
  3. Growing old is inevitable growing UP is optional.
  4. There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.
  5. Silence is often misinterpreted but never misquoted.
  6. Do the math count your blessings.
  7. Faith is the ability to not panic.
  8. Laugh every day, it’s like inner jogging.
  9. If you worry, you didn’t pray. If you pray, don’t worry.
  10. As a child of God, prayer is kind of like calling home every day.
  11. Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.
  12. The most important things in your house are the people.

13 When we get tangled up in our problems, be still. God wants us to be still so He can untangle the knot.

  1. A grudge is a heavy thing to carry.

15 He who dies with the most toys is still dead.

**Have a great day!!! The SON is shining and he can certainly use you!**

It is comforting to me to know that God can use me. And He does so not requiring that I be a theologian. I only need to be willing, God will provide the opportunity and the strength………..

2 Cor. 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Our Debt Paid in Full…

Romans 14:12 “So then everyone of us shall give account of himself unto God.”

Our Debt Paid in Full…

My time on earth had come to an end and I found myself in a courtroom in heaven.

The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what
I thought to be a court house. The doors opened and I was instructed to come
in and have a seat by the defense table.

As I looked around I saw the “prosecutor,” he was a villainous looking gent
who snarled as he stared at me, he definitely was the most evil person I
have ever seen.

I sat down and looked to my left and there sat my lawyer, a kind and gentle
looking man whose appearance seemed very familiar to me. The corner door
flew open and there appeared the judge in full flowing robes. He commanded an
awesome presence as he moved across the room and I couldn’t take my eyes off
of him. As he took his seat behind the bench he said “Let us begin.”

The prosecutor rose and said “My name is satan and I am here to show you
why this man belongs in hell.” He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things
that I stole and in the past when I cheated others. satan told of other
horrible perversion that were once in my life and the more he spoke the
further down in my seat I sank. I was so embarrassed that I couldn’t look at
anyone, even my own lawyer, as the Devil told of sins that even I had
completely forgotten about.

As upset as I was at satan for telling all these things about me, I was
equally upset at my representative who sat there silently not offering any
form of defense at all.  I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had
done some good in my life — couldn’t that at least equal out part of the
harm I’ve done?

satan finished with a fury and said “This man belongs in hell, he is guilty
of all that I have charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise.

When it was his turn, my lawyer first asked if he might approach the bench.
The judge allowed this over the strong objection of satan, and beckoned him
to come forward. As he got up and started walking I was able to see him now
in his full splendor and majesty. Now I realized why he seemed so familiar
this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior.

He stopped at the bench and softly said to the judge, “Father”, and then he
turned to address the court. ” satan was correct in saying that this man had
sinned, I won’t deny any of these allegation. And yes the wages of sins is
death and this man deserves to be punished.”

Jesus took a deep breath and turned to his Father with outstretched arms and
proclaimed, “However, I died on the cross so that this person might have
eternal life and he has accepted me as his Savior, so he is mine.”

My Lord continued with, “His name is written in the book of life and no one
can snatch him from me.  satan still does not understand this man is not to be
given justice but rather mercy.”  As Jesus sat down, he quietly paused,
looked at his Father and replied, “There is nothing else that needs to be
done, and I’ve done it all.”

The Judge lifted his mighty hand and slammed the gavel down and the
following words bellowed from his lips- “This man is free — the penalty for him has
already been paid in full, case dismissed.”

As my Lord led me away I could hear satan ranting and raving, “I won’t give
up; I’ll win the next one.”

I asked Jesus as he gave me my instructions where to go next, “Have you ever
lost a case?”  Christ lovingly smiled and said, “Everyone that has come to me
and asked me to represent them has received the same verdict as you…Paid in Full.”

In this world of terrible hurt, pain, suffering, and extreme self centered
focus to the exclusion of everyone and everything else there are times when
logic, thought, discussion, etc., do nothing.  It is in these times I have
learned that I have only one place to turn to ease the pain. That place is to my
Lord and Savior, Jesus.

II Cor 15:21 “For He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin,
that we might be made the righteousness of God, in Him.”

The Mission of the Church…

Mat 28:19, 20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

The Mission of the Church

As with all truth the only absolutes in our world are contained in God’s word the Bible. That is because God is the Author of the 66 books (II Tim 3:16, 17 and II Pet 1:20, 21) that the Bible contains and He never changes (Mal 3:6 and Heb 13:8). The theme of the OT is the coming of a Savior as the perfect sacrifice needed for the forgiveness of our sins. The NT proclaims Jesus coming to be that sacrifice and the knowledge that He will come a second time to put an end to sin and satan. THANK YOU, JESUS……

Today Jesus is at God the Father’s right hand making intercession for all those who call upon His name to be saved (born again Acts 16:31, John 3:3 & John 14:6). When He left this earth He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell ‘born again’ believers who make up the Church. The Church is not a denomination although some denominations do proclaim the Biblical gospel. Do a search in the Bible and you will not find any denominations mentioned. Many attempts to add works to Jesus sacrifice or do not even have the name of Jesus in their doctrine. Some do not even see Jesus as God. They see Him as a great man and a Prophet but not God. Yet we know from historical evidence and eye witness accounts that Jesus is not in the grave like all false Prophets. HE ROSE FROM THE GRAVE AND ONLY GOD COULD DO THAT! Check out 1 Corinthians chapter 15.

1 John 4:2-3 “By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.”

One of the Bible passages that helps us understand what Jesus mission is for His Church as we await His second coming is Matthew 28:19 and 20. It breaks down into 3 areas so let’s explore them this morning so we can actively serve Jesus. The three areas are;

  1. Go and make disciples;
    1. Like Peter, Andrew and the other disciples we have been called to go and make disciples. I, like most you, do not have the gift of Evangelism nor am I a Pastor or Missionary but we are all to be fishers of men. As Spiritual Gifts, Giving and Evangelism are similar. We are all to Give and Evangelize but some believers will have a greater desire to do so and greater experiences based on their Gifts.
      1. Mat 4:19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
      2. Romans 10:14, 15 “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?
    2. As an act of obedience and not a condition for being ‘born again’ believers are to be Baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
      1. Baptism is a step of obedience and a believers’ proclaiming his dependence on Jesus for forgiveness of sins. It is as the book of James notes a sign and proof of our being ‘born again’. Faith without works is dead and amounts to head knowledge without heart acceptance (Mat 10:9, 10).
      2. First we must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and then comes water Baptism; Acts 8:36b-38 “And the eunuch said, “See, here is What hinders me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.”
      3. Jesus’ final command in Matthew’s Gospel is that his followers are to teach and to baptize. Those who are baptized are called “disciples.” From this it seems reasonable to conclude that such people should be both repentant and have faith in Jesus.
      4. Such baptism was to be in the name of Jesus or in the name of the Trinity.
    3. Teach the believers all things that Jesus commanded His Church to teach;
      1. The main function of the Church is to teach believers to love and serve Jesus while focusing on going and making disciples.
      2. Eph 4:9-12 “Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world.  And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself. Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
      3. Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from”
      4. II Pet 3:18 “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever”

In summary, Jesus wants you and I as ‘born again’ believers to be dedicated to going and making disciples, baptizing them and teaching them to do the work that Jesus left for His Church to do. I don’t know about you but I have a lot of work to do…………….

No Greater Love…

Want your perspective on life changed? Ask yourself what real Love is.
Think on this theme BEFORE you start your day.

Greater love has no man than this that He lay down His life for….

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that
whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

After God displays His love for us the option is to either accept it or reject it. Sadly most of mankind chooses self over God and rejects His offer to restore the relationship with us that our sin broke.

Matt 7:13-14 “”Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find

Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

 Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

 Acts 16:31-32 “And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

 If we accept God’s gift of salvation or restoration via faith then our reasonable service because of that love…

Rom 14:7-9 “For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord, therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.”

Do you see how different that perspective is than what our world desires and even demands. Why might that be?

II Cor 4:3,4 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to those who are lost, in whom
the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who believe not, lest the light
of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

Remember today, that we are here to serve Jesus and not the god of this world and self!
Have a great day in the service of the King!!!!!!!!!!!