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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Reader, do the gifts we give have a defined purpose? Our motivation for giving gifts is usually to witness the joy that the gift brings to the recipient. This alone is a great reason to give gifts as we want to have a small part in making someone happy. Sadly, this happiness is usually temporary and quickly forgotten.
What would happen if we gave a gift that had a deeper and lasting purpose? What if we worked on the areas of our life that we are not very proud of? Many of us are impatient and our loved ones know it. Many of us are too blunt and abrasive and we are well aware that we need to work on that.
1 Timothy 4:7-8 reads, "Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather, train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."
As an online community, let us encourage each other to train for spiritual growth.
One of the best gifts we could give our loved ones and friends would be for us to grow in our relationship with Jesus. We can put on the fruits of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-23) and make an effort to be loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled.
We cannot put our fruits of the Spirit under the Christmas tree; however, over time our loved ones will take notice that we are becoming more like Christ. That is a great gift.
What do you think? Post your comments below.
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Friday, November 22, 2013
When I was fifteen years old, my mom wrote me a thank-you note for something I had done around the house. I still have that note tucked away in an album.
I have lots of notes from my wife and children that are precious and I will keep those forever. I have kept several "thank-you" notes over the years from friends, coworkers, and bosses. On occasion, I pull out one of notes and am reminded of God's provision of encouragement and grace.
How do you express your thanks? Sometimes, our spoken word may not be sufficient to get the message across to those who appreciate. During this Thanksgiving and upcoming Christmas season, I challenge you to write a thank-you note. Perhaps 2 or 3. You can do this.
Consider writing your pastor, professors, loved ones, neighbors, a co-worker or supervisor.
Verses to consider including in a thank-you note:
Online Community, please share with us how you have been encouraged by a thank-you note. Readers can also share any helpful tips. See Comments below.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
It is helpful to occasionally reflect on who God says we are. We get distracted by online ads and malls that tell us we should be someone else. Let's stop for a moment and read some Scripture.
As we approach Thanksgiving, let us remember who He says we are. How can we not give thanks? Please take a moment and respond below. If we encourage one person, we have accomplished a great thing.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on what God has done and it is a time to say "thanks" to our Creator. What are you thankful for? What has God done in your life this year?
Let's take a moment to encourage each other by writing what we are thankful for. We can then turn these notes of thanks into "prayers of thanks".
I am so thankful for Jesus who came to save me from my sins. Romans 5:8 says, "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
What are you thankful for? Post a comment below.
Be sure to invite your classmates and friends to share. You can use the social media tools at the top right of the page. You never know how God will use encouragement to change someone's life.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013
As we approach Thanksgiving, I will write on the topic of "Thanks" for the next four weeks. This first blog is focused on inspecting our words and attitudes as this is a reflection of what is happening in our hearts.
Online Community, please read through these blogs and comment. Even though we are not in the same room physically, we are just words away from encouraging each other. God bless.
We know who they are, but let's review a few complainers we find in Scriptures:
Fixing an Addicted Complainer
Philippians 4:8 reads, "Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, lovely, of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things.”
Luke 6:45 reads, "The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks."
The cure is to get our mind on the things around us that are true, noble, just, lovely, etc. These things are from God. When we fill our mind with the Word of God, He begins to change our mind and our attitude. Decide today to demonstrate a grateful and thankful attitude toward God and others today.
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