THE JOURNEY!

THE WAY! THE JOURNEY…

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We are all on a journey. Our journeys are somewhat different from one person to the next, but we are all on a journey.

Acts 27-28 Paul goes on a journey with some 200 plus (of his closest friends) people. The ship sails from Caesarea to Italy (Rome) and the journey was not easy. The wind (of adversity) was continually slowing their journey but….in the end they make it. 27:4 “winds were contrary”; 27:7 “sailed slowly…and with difficulty…wind did not permit us to go farther”, etc.

IT WAS A VERY DIFFICULT JOURNEY TO GO AGAINST THE WIND.  Acts 27:41 says the ship even broke up, and yet (27:44)”…they were all brought safely to land.” This is, indeed, GOOD NEWS!

Our journey may seem very hard, almost like we can’t make it any more. We just feel like we want to “give up.” Yet in the midst of all the struggles, trials, problems thrown at us, our desire to continue on is rewarded with “safety at the end of the journey.”

How much we can learn in the journey we each walk. In all the difficulties that life does throw at us, we can find spots “along the still waters” where we can see what has been in the past, and help to encourage us to continue on to the end of the great journey; the great race.

Hebrews 13:5 God says, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” When we get to feeling like we are all alone on this journey, we can KNOW that God is with us and He will keep us. What if God says, “most of the time” or “some of the time.” In all the windstorms of this journey, God is with us…we will never leave us.

Pastor Mike mentioned one time about putting God in a box on the shelf and pulling Him down from time to time when we need Him. God says, “I am with you right now, whatever you are going through at this very moment…I AM WITH YOU!” “I will never leave you nor forsake you.

Someone had stitched “The footprint” work. I saw two sets of footprints along the shore and then only one set. Asking what happened to the other, the reply was, “You were weary and struggling, and I carried you.

This is the work of Christ in our lives. When the going gets “really tough,” then we can KNOW that God is right there beside us, ready to walk us through whatever we face. WE ARE NOT ALONE!

So enjoy your journey, and let’s walk together.

On My Father’s Business,

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THE WAY! THE JOURNEY…

THE JOURNEY….OF LIFE
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We are all on a journey. Our journeys are somewhat different from one person to the next, but we are all on a journey.

Acts 27-28 Paul goes on a journey with some 200 plus (of his closest friends) people. The ship sails from Caesarea to Italy (Rome) and the journey was not easy. The wind (of adversity) was continually slowing their journey but….in the end they make it. 27:4 “winds were contrary”; 27:7 “sailed slowly…and with difficulty…wind did not permit us to go farther”, etc.  IT WAS A VERY DIFFICULT JOURNEY TO GO AGAINST THE WIND.  Acts 27:41 says the ship even broke up, and yet (27:44)”…they were all brought safely to land.” This is, indeed, GOOD NEWS!

Our journey may seem very hard, almost like we can’t make it any more. We just feel like we want to “give up.” Yet in the midst of all the struggles, trials, problems thrown at us, our desire to continue on is rewarded with “safety at the end of the journey.”

How much we can learn in the journey we each walk. In all the difficulties that life does throw at us, we can find spots “along the still waters” where we can see what has been in the past, and help to encourage us to continue on to the end of the great journey; the great race.

Hebrews 13:5 God says, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” When we get to feeling like we are all alone on this journey, we can KNOW that God is with us and He will keep us. What if God says, “most of the time” or “some of the time.” In all the windstorms of this journey, God is with us…we will never leave us.

Pastor Mike mentioned one time about putting God in a box on the shelf and pulling Him down from time to time when we need Him. God says, “I am with you right now, whatever you are going through at this very moment…I AM WITH YOU!” “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”20150803_080118_resized_1

Someone had stitched “The footprint” work. I saw two sets of footprints along the shore and then only one set. Asking what happened to the other, the reply was, “You were weary and struggling, and I carried you.

This is the work of Christ in our lives. When the going gets “really tough,” then we can KNOW that God is right there beside us, ready to walk us through whatever we face. WE ARE NOT ALONE!

So enjoy your journey, and let’s walk together.

On My Father’s Business,

dupontdude

KINGDOM OF GOD

KINGDOM OF GOD….what is the Kingdom of God?crowns

Consider THE HASHEMITES KINGDOM OF JORDAN which is the country of Jordan.   It is more than a place….it is a collection of people in a particular land or area who are in allegiance to a King.   Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the same, as is  England.  In the Kingdom of Jordan, King Abdullah II is King reigning with his wife Queen Rania.  King Abdullah’s father, was King Hussein I, and before him was His father King Talal.   We all know how succession happens in a Kingdom, but it might vary from Kingdom to Kingdom.  King Hussein I had four wives, one being Queen Noor of Jordan, who was Lisa Halaby of Washington D.C., and American citizen at one time.   King Rainer, of Monaco also had an American wife, Grace Kelly of Hollywood.

The important factor in a Kingdom is the allegiance that the people of any particular country pay towards the King.   They are the subjects of the King (or it might be a Queen-England), and he/she is sovereign ruler and overseer of the people, the land, and the affairs that will affect that domain.   A King of one domain is exclusive to that domain, and he does not have any rights over another Kingdom or other type of country.

THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS IN LIKE FASHION.   THE KING OF THE KINGDOM IS A RULER OVER THOSE WHO PAY HOMAGE TO HIM, AND ELECT/CHOOSE TO BE SUBJECT TO THE KING.  THE KING RULERS OVER THEM, AND TAKES CARE OF THEM, AND WORKS FOR THE BEST INTEREST OF HIS SUBJECTS.   THE SUBJECTS DO NOT ALWAYS GET THEIR WAY, BUT THEY CAN KNOW THAT THE KING CARES DEEPLY FOR HIS SUBJECTS.

God’s Kingdom is the reign and rule in our lives.  He is King of our lives.

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The Path to follow!

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We can get very confused in life on our Journey. Some say do this and others say go this way, and we follow those around us.

We don’t know exactly where we are going.

“And your ears will hear a word behind you, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right or to the left.” NASB

Sometimes it is hard to know which way to go.   My favorite poet is Robert Frost…and he had a poem he wrote “THE ROAD NOT TAKEN.”

We have choices to make in our lives as to what we will do, where we will go, and what road we will go on, to get there.

He mentions in the poem about a path that seems like it is well traveled by many, and a way in which it seems as if no one, or hardly anyone goes that direction. You might be walking in a wooded area, and brush and leaves and small bushes are in your way. You need to clear some of it out in order to walk.

That is the Journey I am on. One in which not many choose to go in the same direction.

This is the way….walk in it.

On My Father’s Business,

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I AM IMPORTANT!

Monday, March 13, 2017

THE WAY! I AM IMPORTANT!

I AM IMPORTANT!

Have you ever noticed how important….other people think they are in everyday life?

It happens whenever you connect with other people in the world around us, at the clinic, in school, at church, in the workplace, even in your own neighborhood, while you were “minding your own business.”

The other day, I went to get a few things at the grocery store, and I was anxious to get out and go home. No problem!

   Yeah, we all hate those dreaded long lines…people with a full cart
or an old person who has so much to talk about and a cashier who
doesn’t want to be rude.

So I go to the “do-it-yourself” area of the registers. I am the only one waiting for the next register to open up, when all of a sudden
out of nowhere comes a woman with a cart and she proceeds to drive her “importance” in front of me.

At first I was not too sure of how to handle it, because I might seem rude, and I wanted to be careful.

I nicely said, “I was standing here, and I am next.”

She responded, “Well, I was here before you, but I had to go back and get bread!”

So that puts you in front of me, because…………..?

I tried to think of something that I could say, that would answer that rational, and decided there is nothing that would work.

You always think of something about two or three days later, and wish you could go back, just to say that to the other person.

Aren’t we just the most important people in the World?

Wonder where this all started…and how has it gotten to be such an issue in our day and age.

It reminded me, again this morning when I read in Luke 14:7-11 about an important man who had a wedding feast and invited people. Someone goes and sits at an important seat, maybe close to the front. Then a person of more importance comes in and the one who had invited the people, has to come and tell a person to get out of the seat and give it to the other person.

Jesus says, “Go seat in the ‘lowly’ seat, (think very humbly of yourself) and if the one who invited you, sees you, he will come and ‘elevate’ you to a higher position.”  Jesus goes on and says, “One who exalts himself shall be humbled (Can you give your seat up to this more important person?), and the one who humbles himself (One who sat in the ‘lowly’ seat) shall be exalted.”

Humbled to be
On My Father’s Business,

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THE WAY!—HUMBLE!

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HUMBLE!
“Pride comes before the fall.” “GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO ARE HUMBLE.” Are you humble? Do you seek to be a man/woman who is humble? That is quite a goal in this day and age.

TO BE HUMBLE

“It is viewed as a potential part of temperance because temperance includes all those virtues that refrain or express the inordinate movements of our desires or appetites.[2]

Humility is defined as, “A quality by which a person considering his own defects has a humble opinion of himself and willingly submits himself to God and to others for God’s sake.” St. Bernard defines it as, “A virtue by which a man knowing himself as he truly is, abases himself. Jesus Christ is the ultimate definition of Humility.”[2]

Submitting to God and legitimate authority
Recognizing virtues and talents that others possess, particularly those which surpass one’s own, and giving due honor and, when required, obeisance
Recognizing the limits of one’s talents, ability, or authority; and, not reaching for what is beyond one’s grasp”—Wikipedia

TWO PRESIDENTS

Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are both my age. They have similarities coming out of that age. They also have differences. Both are men are “arrogant” in my eyes. One came from “humble” beginnings and the other from “high status” beginnings. Neither of them joined the Armed Forces for about the same reasons. One worked hard at becoming the man that he is and as President. The other simply flowed through the privilege of his life and arrived one day, almost shocked at what he had accomplished.

Both men are not men who you would equate the word “humble” to. I think after their reigns, I would prefer to have a beer with Clinton. That conversation might be something I would like. You might be surprised to know, that in the Clinton Library, there is a very “small” section devoted to “that woman, Monica Lewinsky.” I wonder what he thinks as he sees that section?

I know another man who shows “humbleness.” My Uncle Ed, married for many years, who right up to the time my aunt died, spent his whole life caring for her. Later in life, she was ridden with illness, and had a shake in her that would keep her from the very simple tasks. Uncle Ed never put her into a home for someone else to take care of her, until they both went to a home. He keep up his “humble” ways of caring for her every need all the way to the end. He was a humble man.

I know another man, who very similar ways, had a wife and she got bad. He immediately put her into a home. I often thought back to the way he treated her early on in their lives. He was embarrassed by her weight problem, and her inability to take controlling in her life. When she went into a home, he surely visited her on occasion. One time, he went in and heard this loud screaming and yelling coming from down the corridor. When he asked the nurse who was making all that noise, she said, “It’s your wife.” He said of that incident, “I was so embarrassed.” Pride comes before the fall.

PRIDE

It is a common thing for us to be proud people. We are proud of what we have achieved in life….”I have my Doctorate, etc. I am the owner of my own business. I have lost all this weight. We have wonderful grandchildren”….and on and on. Pride is based upon what we have done for ourselves and who we are.

The problem with pride is that it does not acknowledge another aspect of our lives. We are creations of God who made us and willed us to be who and what we are. Everything in the universe is “at the pleasure of God.” It is He who has done for us what we are and who we are. When we acknowledge Him, we become “humble.” We realize how little we really have to do with the whole of our lives.

God has pleased to allow me to live this long. God has given me the opportunities I have had in life. He has given me the abilities and gifts/talents to be the person I am today. For me to take pride in what I have achieved, places me in a vulnerable spot before the Almighty God.

CASSIUS CLAY

He is probably the “greatest boxer” of all time. He kept telling us “I am the Greatest.” His name was C.Clay and he was an extremely interesting boxer to watch. He elevated his stature among us by telling “I am the Greatest.” But he also went about proving that he was “one of the greatest.”

Today, he is suffering Parkinson’s Syndrome. He can hardly function for himself. All because of the head injuries he suffered from Boxing. I wondered the other day, if you could get him to speak from his heart, if he would admit that his life today, is not what he had hoped for in life. But in his achievements, he gave up his physical life for one of fame and fortune for a while. Would he have not boxed knowing the end result? Was it all worth it?

Muhammad Ali has been reduced in his pride to a man, large in size, but humbled by his disease.

GOD BLESSES THE HUMBLE
Matthew 5:5 says, “God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.” For one who can learn humility in God’s eyes, he will find God blessing Him by giving him the whole earth. While this is not an easy trait, it is a trait that we exhibit before others and they easily can tell that we are “humble” versus being proud. There should be in us, an understand of what of ourselves is us, and what is given to us by God. To acknowledge that “I would be nothing, if it were not for God…and what He has done for me.”

The humble will inherit the earth. We will find in our future, owners and dwellers upon the whole earth. It will all belong to us, given to us by God. That of course, is a worthy goal to achieve.

Are you proud of what you have done? Are you arrogant before others when in fact, they can see that you have not achieved all that you could? Do you take a clear and honest summary of your self-worth and attributes?

GOD BLESSES THE HUMBLE!

On My Father’s Business, humbling myself,

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REPENT

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “REPENT?”   The Greek word is :  “μετανοώ”  pronounced “metanoeo.”    It is two words put together….”meta” which means “with” and “noeo” meaning “perceive, apprehend, understand, or to gain an insight into….”   So what is means we change or turn around in our understanding of something, as we gain an insight into a concept or word, or phrase, or an ideal.   

We embrace a concept with an understanding of what it means to us, and changes us from the way in which we are walking in our Journey to go in a different direction.  This might be a 180 degree change from what we were doing, to the way we do it now.   We do this in reality all the time and never think about it.

As a child, I attempt to do something….and it doesn’t work out, so I need to try something different…and that usually means “don’t do what you just did.”  If you know your relationship is becoming “toxic” and you want to keep the relationship, you need to change directions.  If you are always sarcastic, you might change the way in which you say something to this other person.   It is not appeasing the person to change the way you say something, You do not change the other person, but you may change the tone you use, or “harshness” of the words you use, in order to communicate and keep the relationship.

God wants to have a relationship with us.   We don’t know that as we are children and don’t know who God is or what He does.   We don’t know anything about Him as children.  Then as we read and learn about God, we find out information about Him and soon discover, we want to have a relationship with Him.   So that leads us to REPENT!  We change our mind about a relationship with Him and do things differently to know all about Him.  We acknowledge that we did not need Him in our lives before, but we find that now we need Him.

SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN!

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Isaiah 55:10-11 The Word that comes out of the Mouth of God will not come back empty.  It will accomplish what it intended to do.  Like rain or snow coming down from heaven, it will nourish the land with water and give seed to sprout.  SO GOD’S WORD WILL ALWAYS ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING AS YOU READ IT.  

It may give you knowledge of something you didn’t know, or challenge you in some special way, or it might just give you advice on how to live on your JOURNEY.

It will accomplish what it sets out to do…so the more you spend in reading the Word of God (Bible) the more growth you will see in your own life.

 

ON MY FATHER’S BUSINESS,  

DEAN

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