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WATCH Harvest America…

You can find a location near you that is hosting a Harvest America. You could turn on your radio and listen to it live. Maybe you would like to invite some friends or family over to your home to watch it from your computer, i-pad, tablet, i-phone, or other electronic device. (link for radio and online information) With the way technology is these days maybe you would like to invite someone in a cool way out to the Harvest Crusade, to your house, or a venue and just don’t know how. Well we have an E-vite you can send to them, just click here and it will be on it’s way providing them with all info that they may need to join!

A Short Message from Greg Laurie;

What if on One Day, churches from all over the nation brought in the Harvest Crusade and streamed it live right into their church? At last year’s Harvest, individuals watched the live stream broadcast from every state of the union and 32 countries around the world! Now, with HD-quality video available through Internet streaming and satellite, people could fill churches, theaters, coffee houses, and living rooms, linking together as One Church in thousands of locations.

For what purpose? One Message! The only message that can save a soul—the simple proclamation of the gospel, which will be given from a gifted evangelist, Greg Laurie.

And if this is repeated over the next three years, we could conservatively see more than five million people in live-stream events and effectively see some 500,000 professions of faith! That’s more than we’ve seen in our 22-year history of Harvest Crusades!

Will you consider joining hundreds of other churches across America on August 26 as we seek to bring hope to a nation? From promotions to the follow-up process, this website will provide churches and individuals with all the tools and resources needed to host a successful evangelistic event for your community, whether you host it at your church, a neutral venue, or in your living room.


Harvest America is HERE…

Where will you be in 6 hours?

What if on One Day, churches from all over the nation brought in the Harvest Crusade and streamed it live right into their church? At last year’s Harvest, individuals watched the live stream broadcast from every state of the union and 32 countries around the world! Now, with HD-quality video available through Internet streaming and satellite, people could fill churches, theaters, coffee houses, and living rooms, linking together as One Church in thousands of locations.

For what purpose? One Message! The only message that can save a soul—the simple proclamation of the gospel. Now a short message from Greg Laurie…

The stage is set, the messages are prepared, and 1,913 host venues are poised to shine the light of Jesus this Sunday at Harvest America.

Find a location near you and make plans to be there. If you can’t show up in person, here’s a link that outlines all of the ways you can view or listen to the event, including TV, Roku, web, and radio.

More than just attending the event, now is the time for last-minute invites. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring someone to mind that you can invite. Then pick up the phone or walk across the street and ask them. And don’t forget share it on Facebook as well.

I will continue to be praying for you who are inviting, that God would give you boldness and tact and that He would remove obstacles and excuses for those who are being invited.

Let me know what location you’ll be attending by leaving me a comment on Facebook. I can’t wait to see what God will do!

Until Sunday,
Greg Laurie

The Way of Love

I have been thing a lot lately about Love… not just any type of Love but biblical, righteous, and true Love. I sat and thought and wrote down what I personally thought this true Love was. Come to find out, after reading 1 Corinthians 13, I was wrong in my way of thinking. So I sat down for two hours and picked apart 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a. I read many versions that helped me along the way such as; KJV, ESV, The Message, and AMP versions, which you can click on and read too! Well the following is what I came up with, the M. Standard Version per-say…

“…The Way of Love…”

Love is charity, affection that combines good will with brotherly love. Love suffers long with understanding by patiently bearing the offenses and injuries of others, enduring with faith through misfortune and trouble, and by being slow to physical, or verbal, anger and punishment. Love is having a mild and gentle spirit about you that is considerate of the feelings of others and only wishes to be helpful, encouraging, and uplifting. Love does not have bitterness or resentment towards a person because they possess abilities, looks, or success that it may earnestly desire to obtain, nor does Love wish or desire to be zealously sought after in this way. Love does not want, crave, or demand self-display, self-exhalation, or to be placed on a pedestal, nor does Love boast or brag of it’s own life or future in order to gain kinship. Love does not carry itself in an arrogant, lofty, or proud manner and does not condescend upon others. Love does not conduct, act, or speak in an unattractive way causing its appearance, character, or reputation to be tarnished and stained; by being rude, unfair, perverse, unflattering, inappropriate, crude, inept, dis-credible, or ungodly. Love is not self-ambitious, self-gaining, or self-satisfying through devotion to its own interests, benefits, and welfare; but rather seeks to improve and advance the character and abilities of others. Love is not easily provoked, irritated, or antagonized by their environment or by the actions and speech of others, nor does it despise these things; but instead is quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger – always going to the Lord in prayer first. Love does not think or plot wicked, revengeful, or destructive concepts, nor does it count, number, or compute the injuries or troubles enacted upon it. Love does not praise or condone unrighteousness of the heart or of life,  nor does it overlook deeds that violate the laws of justice. However, Love delights in and respects the purity of Truth and things appertaining to God and the duties of men; according to the moral and ethical standards set forth to follow which are found in the Word of God. Love bears, conceals, and protects all things through silence concerning the faults and errors of others which, if let out and told, would threaten the life and/or livelihood of that person. Love has full trust, commitment, and confidence in all things that abide in and are of God and His Word. Love hopes for all things, including people, by waiting and believing for salvation in the fullness of joy and confidence. Love endures all things, good and bad, by remaining steadfast in its faith and drawing near to God, not by fleeing or receding when trials and hardships come face-to-face. Love never falls away, falls down, or perishes… Love never fails.
That’s it, and it’s something I will be praying for to come to fruition in my life. I need to show Love like this and I know that I do not show it all the time, but I want to…

Thanks for reading and I hope you were as convicted and blessed as I was when I dove deep into this short passage for understanding and wisdom.

God Bless!

Aurora Colorado Shooting Victum – Survival

Coming from A Twisted Crown of Thorns blog ministry is this amazing story of a fellow believer who was shot in the recent Aurora Colorado Movie Theater Shooting… she survived and her story is recounted by her pastor – This post is this weeks inspiring story – Gos Bless and thank you for sharing and furthering the gospel!

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There is a story going around of a 22 year old lady called Petra Anderson. Petra was one of the critically injured people in the recent Aurora shooting debacle in Denver. There were 12 immediate deaths and 58 injured when James Holmes opened fire on unsuspecting members of the public in a movie theatre. The story demonstrates God’s providence even in the most bleak and extra ordinary circumstances. The story is recounted by her pastor:

Petra was hit four times with a shot-gun blast, three shots into her arm and one bullet which entered her brain. This is a bit of Petra’s miracle story.
With awesome people from our caring and pastoral team, I spent all day Friday in the ICU with Petra and her family. Her injuries were severe, and her condition was critical. A bullet had entered Petra’s face through her nose, and then traveled up through her…

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I Am His – A Testimony from ‘Made for Victory’

To a truely virtuous woman of God – Thank You for sharing your testimony for all to see and enjoy – you are inspirational, beautiful, and wonderfully made!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award Nomine

Thank You Ms. Victoria for nominating Lion2Lamb for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award – we appreciate your follow-ship and fellowship here in the blogging world!

Surviving 65 years – Happy Belated Birthday Wishes

A wonderful person filled with vitality and vigor! Very excited and honored that this amazingly breath-taking human being is still alive – inspiring and helping others around the word (and of course for reading this blog)!

Thank you and God Bless, our prayers are with you always.

cancer killing recipe

Today is my birthday. I’m 65 years old. Happy birthday to me! And I’m celebrating 65 years of my immortality. Yeah! 65 years!

That’s: 780 months, 3380 weeks, 23660 days, 567840 hours, or many, many minutes.

Basicaly, if I think about this, i could have died any time, any day of my life, 23660 times in those 65 years, but I’m still alive and O.K.

This makes me very happy and proud of myself. And this is a reason for celebration.

I’m a survivor! I have survived 65 years of living and cancer.

I Google: How long does the average person lives? And I got the answer: About 80 – 100 years if nothing happens to them. Yeah. That’s very interesting. Because  as we all know, life is dangerous. …..Risk never sleeps….. From the minute we wake-up (if we wake-up), anything can happen to us.

I’m planning to live other…

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Ramaining Postive…

A great perspective of daily reflection from an amazing sister in Christ names Tracie Louise. Remaining positive under difficult circumstance is hard, but just because a day will get the best of us from time to time doesn’t mean we are becoming negative. Don’t write your blogs solely about how bright the sun shined today, but write the truth and tell how it rained later that day and ruined plans – however also write on how after all was said and done…. YOU saw the rainbow.

Transparency is a great virtue, and is rare to find. Keep perspective and stay the course. Tracie… you are an amazing woman, and my hat goes off to you!

The Other 90%

How to be a Good Steward of your Money!

Today I was thinking about none other than… yes that right, MONEY! The bills have just came in, another $800 out the door, down the street, to the post office, and into the hands of someone who will cash my check, leaving me with …. almost nothing. My mind shortly becomes flooded with thoughts and images of soon living out on the street carrying nothing but my Bible, a suitcase full of items, and tattered clothing. I immediately had to stop myself and remember that I am a child of God; with my God all things are possible, he promises to provide for my all needs, and in my hands lies the Ultimate Manual To Life which guides me.

They say that money is the root of all evil, but I must strongly disagree. For it is not the money that causes evil but the mismanagement of money that causes evil. We tend to mismanage our money on account of many other sins such as; pride, covetousness, gluttony, lies, self-idolatry, gossip, debt, pretending (to be rich), wasting, fearing men and so many others. So for the sake of reflection, I’m compelled to give you the biblical ethics and tips on how to be a Good Steward of your money.

1) Remember All You Have Belongs To God –
Everything we have belongs to God and is a good and perfect gift from above coming to us from our Father of Lights (meaning God created everything the sun, moon, and starts; a reference in which traditional ritualistic Jews of that time understood). All which we possess God has allowed and bestowed upon us, this includes our jobs and our money. Have you, or a friend, ever prayed for God to get you that job from that ‘one’ interview? I know I have… then the next week you/they get that call from the interviewer and get the job. Later you go out and celebrate but can’t stop taking about how God pulled through when you needed it! Well guess what most of us do after we get done celebrating and praising God? Oh you don’t know? Well we FORGET about God and the provision He had for us and granted us. Soon we are taking advantage of the Job, which leads to money, which leads to paying bills and entertaining ourselves. Where is God Now? Nowhere! We need to always remember every time we get that paycheck in the mail that GOD bless us with the job to begin with.

Deuteronomy 8:18 ‘And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.’

Jeremiah 9:23-24 ‘Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.’

John 3:27 ‘To this John replied, A person can receive only what is given them from heaven.’

Psalm 24:1-2 ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters.’

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2) Always Seek God First-

You would be surprised what happens when you seek God first. When we consistently read our Bible’s, study and meditate on His word, spend time with Him in prayer, fellowship with others in the body of Christ, sing Him songs and hymns, share His Good News professing him to all we come in contact with, etc… whatever you can thing of – God blesses you for it! He gives you treasures and blessings here on earth in this life, but you are also storing up treasures and blessing in Heaven for your eternal life. Also God wants us to seek Him solely, we cannot have anything else put before him, that includes our money and finances. The moment we make God small our problems and troubles only get larger. He is all powerful, he created the Heavens and the earth, what is our small financial problem to Him? So remember God will always provide as long as you seek His kingdom first.

Matthew 6:33 ‘But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.’

Isaiah 33:6 ‘He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.’

Matthew 6:24 ‘No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.’

Colossians 3:1 ‘If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.’

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3) Tithing it’s not just about the Money –

Here is what really gets me about a lot of people, and Christians, these days. Yeah, the economy is tough, you’re barely getting by, but the thing is that; you are no longer trusting God with your life or finances! I was talking to my neighbor yesterday, she’s 78 years old and goes to my church, full of wisdom and childish charm. She was telling me stories of all the people she’s encountered who went to Church and were having financial problems one after another. She would ask, “Well are you tithing your first of your wages to God?”, they would reply, “NO…”, with a quizzical look on their faces. Then soon advice and wisdom poured from this woman’s lips, “Well I’ve found when I faithfully give my tithe to the Lord he always over-provides for my needs – but I’ve found that when I don’t tithe i get into a lot of trouble and begin to drown in my troubles and sorrows’. These people would take her advice and start giving and soon enough these people would have all their needs taken care of and a little extra to go out and spend on entertainment. When you don’t give your first-fruits and just wait till the end of the month you see what you have left and feel its not enough and then just don’t give. Always give your first-fruits from every check. It’s not about the money it’s about trusting the Lord with the money He’s given to you, then seeing the increase that comes from such great faith.

Malachi 3:10 ‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing. That there will not be room enough to receive it.’

Proverbs 3:9 ‘Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the first-fruits of all your increase…’

Deuteronomy 14:22-29 ‘You shall truly tithe all the increase of your grain that the field produces year by year.And you shall eat before the Lord your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.’

2 Corinthians 9:7 ‘So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.’

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4) Giving Freely For Needs of Others –

When you care for the needs of other, God blesses you for it. When you provide for the physical and spiritual needs for others, God provides for the physical and spiritual needs for you. We are to love one another as we love ourselves, we are not to be partial in our giving. If the body of Christ were to all give, as they had, to fulfill the needs of someone else in the body of Christ – Do you think that one single person would have debt? lack of food? lack of supplies? lack of clothes? lack of a place to live? I don’t think so! So let’s be a real community and start providing for the need of those in our Home, our Church, and our Local Community.

Acts 20:35 ‘I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Proverbs 28:27 ‘He who gives to the poor will not lack, But he who hides his eyes will have many curses.’

James 2:15-16 ‘If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?’

2 Corinthians 9:10 ‘Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness…’

Become Generous By Learning It’s Importance Here —>

5) Saving and Preparing for the Unknown-

So, yes, God does provide for our needs, what we do with what we get is up to us. Now we never know when tragedy will strike; when you will break your leg, when you don’t have money to make rent, when you can’t go on the vacation you already booked a flight for, when someone you love dies and you’re stuck with all the medical bills, when you get cancer, or when your car breaks down and don’t have enough for a tow and the repairs, etc… Whatever that tragedy may be in your life, it comes unexpectedly. We go through trials and suffering from time to time, and every time we successfully handle it we come out emotionally, physically, and spiritually stronger and closer to God. It produces endurance and patience. So to help prepare somewhat for these money costing crisis’ we need to be able to save up money. So only spend money on what you need, don’t waste (food, time, money, etc…), have discernment, think everything through before making a purchase, and take a certain percentage from every check to put into a ‘safety account’ (a second savings account).

1 Corinthians 16:2 ‘On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.’

Proverbs 21:20There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man swallows it up’

Proverbs 30:25 ‘The ants are not a strong people, but they prepare their food in the summer…’

Proverbs 27:12 ‘A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, the naive proceed and pay the penalty.’

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6) Budgeting and Planning a course of Action – 

God was a God of Order. God also always has a Plan. So start filling the shoes of the ‘Big Man Upstairs’ and start stepping out into the image He created you in. Get organized, get planning, get budgeting! When you don’t plan things out and count the costs, you are setting yourself up for failure. Whether you are planning to buy a car, rent an apartment, buy a house, make a wedding happen,  or go on a 3 week vacation… budgeting helps immensely because it shows you where your finances are currently at and how much surplus you will have every month (as you start making more, sometimes less, money). Budgeting helps you adjust to financial changes as well, and relieves  frustration from you, and subsequently your family. So get smart and start your financial blueprint now, always factoring in that 5%-30% for tithe!

Luke 14:28 ‘For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish?’

Ecclesiastes 11:2 ‘Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, For you do not know what evil will be on the earth.’

Proverbs 15:22  ‘Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed.’

Proverbs 24:3-4 ‘By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.’

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7) Worrying About Not Having Enough-

Do not worry about tomorrow or the future to where is gets in the way of your daily activities, your sleep schedule, or your relationships with God – and others. Concentrate on the things that you know you can take care of today, practice time management, and if you don’t get something done today just leave it on the list of Things-To-Do-Tomorrow… When you get anxious or worrisome about money and finances, like I recently did, just lift up God’s name by giving Him your burdens. For it is written His yoke is easy and His burden is light! God always provides; ask and you will receive, pray without ceasing, and know your God is ALL powerful. Everyday is trouble – so starting today let tomorrow think about tomorrow and today think about today.

Matthew 6:34 ‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.’

Psalm 127:2 ‘It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.’

Philippians 4:6 ‘do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.’

Matthew 6:25 ‘For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to to his life?’

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8) Contentment For What You Have-

Contentment – this is a tough one. Our culture so vivaciously has been shoving covetousness down our throats for years; you’re not beautiful enough, young enough, skinny enough, cool enough, famous enough, or rich enough…. but if you want to be all these thing DO THIS! The problem with this is that it subliminally makes us NOT trust in our all powerful creator God who can do anything; provide for our needs, fill our voids, give us eternity in a place filled with NO pain, suffering, tears, etc… Our God will never leave or forsake us, so be content with your life, embrace the perfectly and wonderfully made YOU that you are. What do you gain from having every material thing that you have ever wanted in your life? When the whole world just sits in your hand will you actually be happy? Happy that everything you have is superficial, brown-nosing, and without a doubt incapable of loving you whole heartily in return? What is there to gain from always wanting more and losing all joy? The one who is content in life, themselves, and God will always bear fruit (the good things) even when drought comes to the world, or to others, God will be there feeding you what you need. Our home is not here, it is in Heaven, then things we have here we do not take with us.

Hebrews 13:5 ‘Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.’

Ecclesiastes 5:10 ‘He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; Nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity.’

Mark 8:36 ‘For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?’

Jeremiah 17:18 ‘He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.’

Luke 12:15 ‘And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.’

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9) How Not To Fall Into Debt

Debt! A BIG problem especially in the United States. Since the invention of the credit card Americans have been taught that if we don’t have something we can still buy it with ‘someone else (credit companies) invisible money, but we failed to realize the not so invisible debt that comes along with that. Who would have thunk it!? Soon this debt chases after you, runs you over, and BOOM! you’re dead instantly, and you weren’t expecting it or prepared for it.Debt controls people lives with covetousness and rewards points then enslaves them with interest.

Proverbs 22:7 ‘The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.’

Proverbs 11:15‘Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe..”

Romans 13:8 ‘Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.’

Ecclesiastes 5:5 ‘It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.’

Getting Out of Debt God’s Way —>

10) Fraud Leads To A Void-

Fraud will only lead to karma, meaning you will reap what you sow… eventually. I don’t care if you don’t like the government and you want to skim by on taxes. Or maybe you do like the government because of the free welfare and food stamps you get because you are too lazy to get a job so you foster 5 kids (or you jut keep popping them out on purpose). Who cares if the insurance company messed you over something good. The point is fraud is fraud, though others may not see God does. You know what he sees?….. cause He doesn’t see trust and faith in Him that’s for sure. But He certainly does see deceit, stealing, hatred, abuse, greed, lust, mocking, unjustness, etc… (use your imagination). Then he cries for you because He loves you. He is wiling to forgive you, but you must repent fully and turn to Him, turning away from this sin and never do it again. Fraud causes strife and destruction because it is a lie, cheat, and scam. Fraud is a hidden sin that most don’t share but keeps to themselves. However a lie (like fraud) treas apart the soul like a knife through butter and eventually gets found out and exposed. So please refrain from fraud.

Jeremiah 22:13 ‘Woe to him who builds his house without righteousness and his upper rooms without justice, who uses his neighbor’s services without pay and does not give him his wages.’

James 5:4 ‘Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabbath.’

Colossians 4:1 ‘Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.’

Proverbs 13:11 ‘Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, but the one who gathers by labor increases it.’

Galatians 6:7 ‘Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.’

11) Taxes… Yup You Gotta Pay Em’ –

We are to submit to the power of our earthly authorities and laws as well as God’s laws. So if the federal and state governments wants us to pay taxes, pay them. You will regret it if you don’t, because when you don’t you get fined and you get to go to ‘Club Fed’ – federal prison. Jesus even payed taxes, even though the sons of the tax collectors didn’t have to pay. Let’s follow Jesus’ example and display Christ-likeness. We are also to render all the things that belong to God as well, so don’t forget that tid bit!

Romans 13:7 ‘Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.’

Luke 20:21, 25 ‘Then they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You say and teach rightly, and You do not show personal favoritism, but teach the way of God in truth: 22 Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”…..And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’

Matthew 17:25-27 ‘He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tax? From their sons or from others?” And when he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel.Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.

12) Investing (Get Rich Quick) –

Basically work hard and diversify. When you make an investment be willing to put the needed work into it that it requires. So if you buy a building to invest and run a restaurant, be willing to plan, start it up, and manage it! If you plan to play the stocks, you will have to take the time to research the stock market to know when to pull your stocks out of a certain company and reinvest them into a different company. Do not waste money on worthless investments either, always have discernment and consider (do not rush into) each financial risk that you take. Wisdom and understanding is a key to success in any financial endeavor, so invest in areas that you already have much knowledge of.

Proverbs 12:11 ‘He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who pursues worthless things lacks sense.’

Proverbs 13:11 ‘Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.’

Proverbs 19:2 ‘Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, and he who hurries his footsteps errs.’

Proverbs 28:20 ‘He who tills his land will have plenty of food, but he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty. A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.’

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Well those are my thoughts and I hope that you enjoyed the post. Keep in mind… Don’t Worry, Be Happy! With God we can do all things – become a Good Steward of God’s money!

Who’s Who

I have been reading stories in the Bible for a while now, and specifically stories of the marvelous women within. We always hear about  men and a lot of the New Testament stories (because that it the new way and covenant), but we rarely hear about the women. So as I reflected today on stories of Ruth, The Woman of Samaria, Eve, Esther, Bathseeba, The Widow With Two Mites, Gomer, Hannah The Woman of Zarephath, etc… attempting to pick out my favorite woman of the Bible, I thought it would be a good, and fun, idea to ask you all.

So who — besides Jesus — has most captured your imagination through the years, or in the last few days? In other words, who’s your favorite male Bible character, and who is your favorite female Bible character (old or new testaments)? And, if you have time, why?

So I’ll start with my favorite Female of the Bible;

I would say that my favorite female of the Bible is Deborah. Occasionally, a strong-minded and unique woman breaks through into history and by her noble deeds leaves an impact of her personality upon the world, securing for herself an perpetual honor. England, as example, will never forget the bold and risky deeds of Margaret of Anjou, who at the lead of her northern forces swept over the country like a hurricane, destroying armies and taking down thrones. In France, Joan of Arc, the patron saint of her country, professed to have heavenly visions as to her destiny to restore the peace to her nation by the crowning of Charles. She led 10,000 troops against the English at Orleans, and compelled her enemies to retreat, and of how other victories followed while her ordained banner struck terror into the hearts of her enemies. She ultimately was burned at the the stake as “a martyr to her religion, her country and her king.” Her ashes were poured into a rive, carried out to sea, and the sea took them around the world – becoming a symbol of her universal fame.

Similarly gifted with superior spiritual, mental, and physical endowment to leave touch on time was Deborah – whom God raised up and bestowed upon an extraordinary personality and assorted gifts for the deliverance of His distressed and defeated people. A woman of unusual feats, Deborah carved out a desired vocation for herself. With characteristic determination she held and kept several positions. Deborah was a wife, a prophet, an agitator (meaning she would stir up and excite people for debate to make change), a ruler (the fifth of the leaders or ‘Judges’), a warrior, a poet, and a maternal ‘mother‘ figure. She is a spectacular and wondrous woman, raised up by God, and became a grandiose historic leader of her time. Deborah is immortal because she served God to the limit of her ability and capacity. She was indeed the female Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King Jr. of ancient Israel who went out to fight the Lord’s battles with a psalm on her lips and a sword in her hand.

52 Women of the Bible Devotional (calendar is on the right hand side – is posted on Mondays)

Now for my Favorite Male of the Bible;

This for me is a no brainer… since it can’t be Jesus, I will have to call in Micah, a man of powerful and great conviction. Comparing Micah to the great prophet Isaiah – Micah was no politician. He did not condemn the tendency of looking to Egypt or to Assyria for help. He adjudicates the debauchery of the nation, and threatens the vengeance of God. Isaiah prophesied to royalty, whereas Micah ministered to the common people, the sort who heard Jesus gladly. Isaiah was a courtier, whereas Micah, a rustic – probably from an obscure town some twenty-five miles away from Jerusalem. Micah was a man of strong and powerful convictions with an equivalent amount of courage, and as a true preacher, he uncovered sin and pointed (prophesied) to the coming Christ. As a prophet he went against the grain compared to others of his time, and uttered truths in which people did not want to accept or hear. For this Micah was ergo stoned to death—the usual end of a faithful prophet. His cry, in essence was;

(1) Back to the Messianic hope for the coming, and promise, of the Messiah through the linage of David. “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” (2) Brush aside all former rituals under the old covenant, and back to a salvation promised by God – that has a heart and need for relationship and other “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (3) The only hope for peace is the reign of the Messiah “and many nations shall come, and say:Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.”” / “And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth.And he shall be their peace.

The book Micah wrote is one dealing with sin and corruption, the groanings and painful sufferings of the people over the unwise ruling of men in authority, and the insistence on returning to God, with in no uncertain tones.

Men of the Bible Devotional (calendar is on the right hand side – is posted everyday Monday to Friday)

So who are your favorites?

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