B4eternity

Helping Others Become Who God Created Them to Be!

Author: jonny

Attitude – By Charles Swindoll

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than success, than what other people think or say or do.

It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company … a church … a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.

We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you, we are in charge of our attitudes.

I Believe

In 1992 I came home from work one day and sat down at my computer. The phrase “I believe” came to mind as I sat there. Every few minutes it crossed my mind again and again. After a few times I grabbed a pencil and a piece of paper and wrote I believe. I then wrote, “allow me to repeat that, I believe.” Five minutes later, as I continued to write what came to mind, I had captured the following thoughts:

I believe.
Allow me to repeat that; I believe.
I believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God and that no one can know God except through Him.
I believe that unless God draws our hearts to His Son we will not come to Him.
I believe we are not those seeking Christ but rather those sought by Christ.
I believe that once we have been captured by His love He is intent on transforming us into His image that we might be able to know Him.
I believe this is a lifelong process.
I believe He has created all of us as unique individuals.
I believe that all of us as unique creations are given to everyone else as a gift by God.
I believe my gift is to help you become the person God has created you to be.
I believe this is my core passion; to help God’s people mature as disciples growing in the knowing, the understanding, and the doing of the will of God.
I believe in God called, Christ centered, Spirit led discipleship.
I believe.
Allow me to repeat that; I believe.

What do you believe?

SOWgood: The Journey into the True Christian Life

Do you feel like your faith journey with Jesus has become dull or mundane?
Do you feel like you have lost your passion for kingdom living?
Do you feel like you have lost your connection to God?

What if I told you that 15 minutes a day can change every thing about your faith journey?
What if I told you that 15 minutes a day can recharge your heart, your soul, and your whole outlook on life?

SOWgood offers you exactly that. For the next 90 days you will learn how to experience the life and passion of the true Christian life.

You will learn:

  • how to experience God’s presence.
  • how to hear God through the Bible.
  • how to pray and see results.
  • how to sharpen your spiritual senses through fasting.
  • the reward of stepping out in obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Join me as we choose to SOWgood!

Making disciples of Jesus

When it came to making disciples Jesus did not hand out books, not even the Bible. He prayed and then called those the Father identified as His disciples to come and be with Him.

He invited them into His everyday life where He first let them observe HOW He lived and taught them what His Father had taught Him. Then, when He believed they knew enough about what He was doing, He sent them out to live it for themselves.

When they returned from living it out, He reminded them that their true value and worth was not rooted in what they had just done, but rooted in their relationship with Him. They became like Him because He invited them into His everyday life.

And that is what Jesus envisioned when He said to go and make disciples. That we would invite others into the ordinary everyday life we live.

Honesty

“Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don’t expect it from cheap people.”
Warren Buffett

Alice in Wonderland: Who are you?

CATERPILLAR: Who are you?
ALICE: Absolem?
CATERPILLAR: You’re not Absolem. I’m Absolem. The question is…who are YOU?
ALICE: Alice.
CATERPILLAR: We shall see.
ALICE: What do you mean by that? I ought to know who I am!
CATERPILLAR: Yes you ought, stupid girl. Unroll the Oraculum.
Rabbit: The Oraculum. Being the calendrical compendium of Wonderland.
ALICE: It’s a calendar.
CATERPILLAR: Compendium. It tells of each and every day since the Beginning.
Rabbit: Today is griblick day in the time of the Red Queen.
CATERPILLAR: Show her the the Frabjous day.
Tweedle Dee: Yes. The Frabjous being the day you slay the Jabberwocky.
ALICE: Sorry? Slay a what?
Tweedle Dum: Oooh yes. That being you there with the Vorpal sword.
Tweedle Dee: No other swords can kill the Jabberwocky. No how.
Tweedle Dum:  If it ain’t Vorpal, it ain’t dead.
ALICE: That’s not me.
Mouse: I know.
Rabbit: Resolve this for us Absolem. Is she the right Alice?
CATERPILLAR: Not Hardly.

© 2010 Walt Disney Pictures, Roth Films, Team Todd, The Zanuck Company, Tim Burton Productions

 

Intro to Identity

Identity. Who am I. Who I am.

What draws mankind to the search to establish who we believe we are; individually and collectively. The search bears witness to the hunger within to say “This is what makes me valuable, this is what gives me purpose. This is why I am here.”

As children we strive to BE someone. A doctor, a hero, a warrior, a princess. We strive to define ourselves and our place in this world.

This series of articles will explore this never ending quest we all have embarked on.

Enjoy the journey.

Follow Jesus

Jesus never said it would be easy, He just said it would be worth it.

I have followed Jesus Christ for 32 years now. By following, I do not mean I have attended a church or simply called myself a christian. Following means to surrender your will to His and follow His direction for your life.

Here is what Jesus had to say about following Him:

Matthew 16:24-26
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Mark 8:34-38
34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

Luke 9:23-26
26 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.

Luke 14:25-33
25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,
26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
27 And whosoever does not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits not down first, and counts the cost, whether he have enough to finish it?
29 Lest after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sits not down first, and consults whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that comes against him with twenty thousand?
32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation, and desires conditions of peace.
33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple.

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