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Haste To Restore A Short Road To A Friend’s House: Chapt. 20 Purpose Driven Life

Posted by infinitygoods on February 29, 2008

The Green Tree Trail by ((IANB)) Jesus said, “If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God.” Matthew 5:23-24

Did you read the verse above? Go ahead and read it again. It’s pretty powerful and it tells me friendships are very important to Jesus and to God. Loving our fellow man is more important than worshiping or offerings, we are told here.

And we must make the first step in reconciling even if it is the other person who has the grudge. If we wait for the other person while the other person waits for us, what does that do to bring reconciliation? Most people, Rick Warren tells us, are in conflict when there is an unmet need. It might be a fear or a miscommunication, but something needs to be addressed and with haste.

How many relationships do you need to restore? Do you see a pattern in your broken or hurt relationships? Who will you be inspired to contact thanks to reading and understanding this chapter? Ask God to help you. Tell Him all you are feeling. Tell Him your hurts and your fears and ask for His guidance.

We have finished the first half of the book — the first 20 days. Tomorrow we will discuss how to protect our church with Chapt. 21.

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Happy Leap Year!

Posted by infinitygoods on February 29, 2008

Frog In A Rose by rolleitof in Flickr public files
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Wishing all of you a Happy Leap Year!
Any Leapling Babies out there? 

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The Characteristics Of Biblical Fellowship Begin At Home: Chapt. 19 Purpose Driven Life

Posted by infinitygoods on February 28, 2008

Green Tree Fae Scotland by idg from Flickr public files“Gossip is spread by wicked people; they stir up trouble and break up friendships.” Proverbs 16:28

I think that real community and real fellowship is where a lot of churches fail.  None of us are perfect and our flaws are only multiplied where we gather in large groups such as in a church.  This is why it’s important to find small groups within our churches where we can belong.

It’s difficult for people to adhere to all nine characteristics of biblical fellowship that Rick Warren describes: authenticity, mutuality, sympathy, mercy, honesty, humility, courtesy, confidentiality and frequency.  It’s a long list, and the larger the group the better the chances that not everyone will be on board, plus as humans even with the best of intentions we may not achieve our goals.

But while we cannot account for others’ thoughts and actions we need to focus on attaining these traits ourselves.  It’s similar to being a great friend or spouse.  If we try our best to be a good friend, in many instances our friends will be good friends in return.  When we are good spouses, our spouses reciprocate too most of the time.  Even a small action like a smile will usually give us another smile in return.  It seems very hard for people to see someone smile at them and for them to continue frowning.  That frown almost always melts into a smile.  It’s just as contagious as a yawn.  This is what we need to strive for in our churches and it starts with our own selves and one small group at a time.

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I Was Terribly Disappointed; Nobody Was Murdered

Posted by infinitygoods on February 27, 2008

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Here’s some George Burns jokes.  He lived to be 100 years old, proving that laughter just might truly be the best medicine.  Enjoy!

  1. By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it.
  2. I was always taught to respect my elders. Well, I’ve finally reached the age where I don’t have to respect anybody.
  3. In those days the best painkiller was ice; it wasn’t addictive and it was particularly effective if you poured some whiskey over it.
  4. Nice to be here? At my age it’s nice to be anywhere.
  5. Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years.
  6. When asked in his late 90s if his doctor knew he still smoked, Burns said, “No … he’s dead.”
  7. You’ve got to be honest; if you can fake that, you’ve got it made.
  8. I personally stay away from natural foods. At my age I need all the preservative I can get.
  9. The secret of a good sermon is having a good beginning and a good ending. And having them as close together as possible.
  10. I thought to myself, why not write a bestseller. In the first place, more people read them, you make more money, and it doesn’t take any more time to write a bestseller than it does to write a book that nobody buys.
  11. From Paris we took the Orient Express to Vienna. I must say I was terribly disappointed; nobody was murdered on the train.
  12. The three of us made a hasty exit, with me leading the way. I know that in case of danger it’s supposed to be ladies first, but that doesn’t count when you’re a coward.
  13. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Who needs new tricks? If you play it right, the old tricks still work . . .

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We Are Meant To Experience Life Together In Fellowship: Purpose Driven Life Chapter 18

Posted by infinitygoods on February 26, 2008

Stripes of Colors by M C M Cruz on Flickr public files “For where two or three have gathered together in my name, I am there in their midsts.”  Matthew 18:20

We are meant to be with others and to share our feelings.  We grow with the help of others and they in turn grow with our help.

This chapter reminds me of blogging, especially the Christian blogs and the blogs written by Christians.  In our blogs many of us share who we are.  We risk exposure, rejection and  being hurt.  As Rick Warren said, it requires courage and humility and requires that we depend on each other.  How often are the comments sections full of empathy, where we agree, understand and affirm the blogger’s feelings and opinions?  How often do we share each other’s troubles and problems?  It’s because we feel part of a community.

Even though the World Wide Web is wide indeed, we feel connected to the one blogger and to the regular commenters.  The thousands and potentially millions of others who could be visiting become invisible to us and we relate and connect to the small group which appears visible.  In a way, we fellowship with the other bloggers, the other mommies, the other Christians whose lives become intimate to us, slowly and over time.

This is similar to what a small fellowship group in a church should look like.  If we join a small bible study, over the next weeks we will get to know the personal lives of the members as they share and relate to the bible stories on a very personal level.  Soon, the group will relate, empathize and be concerned for the other members.  They will rejoice over triumphs and grieve over losses and hurts.

Fellowship  in the real sense of the word is a very important aspect which is required for our nature, for the way God created us.  We cannot live alone.  We cannot live like hermits.  We cannot live without a community.

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Solution For Keys Lost Right In Your Own Home

Posted by infinitygoods on February 26, 2008

I don’t know if it’s premature old age, if it’s too many other things on the brain, or if everybody is like this from time to time, but a few years ago I started losing my keys all over the house, except in a logical spot. Being tired of searching frantically and of making myself late to boot, I hung a decorative wooden box on the wall right behind the front door. It took a couple of days to remember to put my keys in there, but the training period was fast. I also put in there our sunglasses, a spare garage door remote, a spare set of house and car keys and a pen in case I need to sign for something at the door. It works for me and now I’m always ready to go.

So has this happened to you??? Or is it just me?

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Don’t miss my other Works For Me Wednesday posts on my Household Tips page and Organizing Tips page.

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Never Fear, God Is Here

Posted by infinitygoods on February 26, 2008

Never Fear, God Is Here Photo by Infinity Goods
One of the wildflowers on the mountain you saw in last week’s Word Filled Wednesday. The yellow ones bloomed first. This week the orange ones are popping up in profusion. Our mountainsides have no concern for being irrigated, and each spring God provides an abundance of multicolored blooms. Wishing you all a worry-free Wednesday.

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Participate In Church And You’ll Feel Like You Belong: Purpose Driven Life Chapt. 17

Posted by infinitygoods on February 25, 2008

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 “If you know people who have wandered off from God’s truth, don’t write them off.  Go after them.  Get them back.”  James 5:19

When we not only attend church, but also participate in it, we usually get far more in return than what we give.  I, for one, have been happiest at churches where I have actively participated by joining the various activities and by volunteering my time and talent.  When I worked for my church I also gave far more of myself than I would have for an ordinary job, because it just wasn’t a job, it was a ministry.  Although I gave more, I also gained more.  I gained spiritually.  I gained a sense of belonging.  I gained experience.  I contributed and created.

Most people just come to church for the Sunday service.  Many even grumble about it.  One hour or even less per week for God and their fellow Christians is still too much for them.  In comparison, we had some members who came to our church 7 days a week.  The ones who gave the most complained the least and were the happiest.  If we don’t have any responsibilities, if we don’t contribute, we don’t feel like we belong, we don’t feel like we matter.

What about you?  Are you one of the grumblers or do you give of yourself to your church for God?  Do you show your love for God or are you inadvertently showing that you’d rather be somewhere else?  Are you committed to your church and God’s family?

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Put Time And Effort Into What Matters Most to God: LOVE Purpose Driven Life Chapt. 16

Posted by infinitygoods on February 24, 2008

Untitles by R4pH in Flickr public files “‘You must love the Lord your God will all your heart…’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”  Matthew 22:37-40

Have you noticed that most of these chapters are about love?  Does it seem like it just might be important?  Rick Warren tells us it is what matters most.  Matthew tells us that Jesus told his apostles that loving God and loving His people are the two greatest commandments and that the other commandments are based on these two.

So if love is so important to God, how much time and effort do we put into it?  How many hours do we spend showing our love to God?  Or showing our love to our families?  Or to our fellow man, whether they are Christians, Jews or even non-believers?

Let’s not wait until we are on our deathbed to realize that our relationships are our most important accomplishments.  As Warren reminds us, “All you’re taking with you is your character.”  We won’t be taking any awards, gold watches, money, cars, designer clothes, or any material trappings showing earthly successes.  Yet, how often do we get trapped or sucked into the rat race for the material, sometimes even in the hope of helping or pleasing our families, but in reality robbing our loved ones of a quality relationship with us?

Even when we spend time together, how often are we not even looking at our loved ones?  How many of us eat in the car with our children staring at the back of our heads?  How often do we stare at the road, going to yet another destination?  At home, are we staring at a TV screen or a computer screen?  Even when we are cooking for our family, are we looking at our children when they speak to us, or are we too busy following the recipe?  How often do we face each other and look into each other’s eyes?

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In Memoriam, Helena, ‘Thrice Blessed Momma’ Passes

Posted by infinitygoods on February 24, 2008

In Memoriam Helena Thrice Blessed Momma We have lost one of our blogging sisters. A young mother of 5-year-old triplets has passed away only 2 years after the passing of her husband. These dear babies, Zoe, Madison and Jonathan, now have no parents. It was a sudden death and the family does not yet know the cause.

Helena of Thrice Blessed Momma had written in her next to last post, “I’m exhausted! This goes way beyond being tired. More than PCOS tired. More than SAHM of Triplets tired. More than I need to lose some (okay, lots of) weight tired. This is even more than PCOS-triplets-I need to lose weight tired. This is that and so much more. Deep in your bones tired. If I had no children and no responsibilities at all and could stay in bed and sleep for a month, I don’t think it would help. And it’s not depression either.”

And yes, the red type is hers, not mine. While her entire blog was in the traditional black type, this post was in bright red, crying out for help.

The family will be putting her blog into a book for her children. They are also interested in collecting memories for the book, and Helena’s cousin wrote in the comments section of Robin’s blog at Around the Island, “I can be reached via e-mail at samantha_edelman@hotmail.com. Please pass the word.”  Whether or not you knew Helena through her blog, years from now, when these babies are older, I’m sure it would please them to see many comments from all over the blogosphere in support of their dear mommy, whom they might only barely remember since they are so young.

I’ve only today discovered Helena’s blog through Robin’s blog post, but it has touched me. She had a good blog, and it was full of love for her children and her husband. I encourage you to visit her blog as friends would visit a memorial. Her blog can be a virtual memorial so that through blog hit statistics her family and her children can see how much she was loved too and how much blogosphere sisters (and brothers too!) care about each other.

Please do take the time.

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