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Peyton Manning

Can Peyton do it?  I sure hope so!

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Ok! Ok! It’s just for fun!

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Music Ministry

I’ve often thought about music ministry this way: 

When I go shopping (which isn’t often) I am influenced by the salesperson’s ability or inability.  If a salesperson cannot get the point when I say, “No thank you, I’m just looking”, I will leave the store.  I don’t want to be harassed into making a purchase.  However, if I need help with an item or want to ask questions about it, I don’t want to stand around waiting and waiting for assistance.  The salesperson’s attitude, communication skills and yes, facial expressions all play a role in how I respond to buying a product.

We who are involved in Music Ministry MUST recognize that we will influence people’s decisions to accept or reject the preaching of the gospel.  We are kind of the “salesperson”.  We must also remember that it is the Anointing of the Holy Ghost that makes the difference.  We should never minimize the beauty of a well-performed song. Being prepared and polished is very important, but receiving and recognizing the anointing of God is of utmost importance.  That is truly the “selling point”.    

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I love snow sports, however this is not my idea of fun. lol

Do you enjoy extreme sports?

I like to watch other people perform but I’ll just stick to the blue slopes (groomed).   capt_conb11501270615_winter_x_games_conb115.jpg   Cory Davis’ snowmobile leaves a trail during a jump in the snocross competition at the Winter X Games at Buttermilk Ski Area near Aspen, Colo., on Friday, Jan. 26, 2007. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)

 capt_conb10401252305_winter_xgames_conb104.jpg  A Slopestyle skier spans his flight over 40 feet in practice of the Winter XGames at Buttermilk Ski Area near Aspen, Colo., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)

capt_conb10101251934_winter_xgames_conb101.jpg  Tanner Hall of Park City, Utah, flies through the air in the SuperPipe during the 11th Winter XGames at Buttermilk Ski Area near Aspen, Colo., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007. Hall qualified (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)

 

 

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You won’t be sorry if you go visit:  www.jeremyfoster.org!  Go check it out.  He’s great and you may want to have him  speak for your corporation, church, school, etc.

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DATING 

The Worst Thing A Teen Will Ever Love

During our mid-to-late teens, we will begin dating, a process that will probably conclude with our selection of a mate and the beginning of a new family.

For most of us, dating is the worst thing we will ever love.  It is a bittersweet experience for most of us.  Dating’s downside is that it begins at the most awkward moment of our lives.  This in-between stage is when we are neither a child nor an adult, but we undergo a crescendo of hormonal changes.  Combine this factor with increased responsibility, career and college choices, and dating suddenly becomes a big deal!

Dating though is a joyful learning experience as well.  We discover our own true selves, our tastes, our strengths, and our values.  We also discover the identity of our mate for life.  Dating takes on supreme importance when we realize it leads to such a significant decision.

In dating we should remember that OUR BODIES ARE THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY GHOST.  We should submit our bodies to the Lord’s control.  During the dating years, we especially learn that self-control originates from a desire to please the Lord.

Here are some different types of dates:

A.  The Casual Date:  This date can be with someone whom you have known for a long time or short time.  It occurs in a group setting and involves low emotional feelings.  This date is usually after church with a big group going out to eat, at youth camp, etc.

B.  The Special Date:  This date is with someone whom you find yourself wishing to get to know a little better.  This date can escalate to a steady date or digress to a casual date very quickly. 

C.  The Steady Date:  This date generally involves a pairing-off between the dating couple.  For this reason, some people recommend that steady dating be practiced only by those people prepared for marriage.  Exclusive, steady dating often prevents you from getting the most from your teen years, especially if started to young.

SIX DANGER SIGNALS OF AN IMPROPER DATING RELATIONSHIP:

1.  When spiritual things suffer, like church attendance, prayer and Bible reading.

2.  When you value your date’s opinion more than your parent’s and pastor.

3.  When your personal standards are laid aside while in the presence of your date.

4.  When you cease wanting to be with others and want to be exclusively with your date.

5.  When your God-given goals and dreams are put on hold for the sake of your date.

6.  When you attempt to justify the lowering of sexual standards.

CONDUCT ON A DATE:

A.  Plan dates ahead.  Any unplanned date generally follows the course of least resistance.

B.  Stick with the group.  You should date within the confines of a larger, godly group. 

C.  Stay in well-lit, public areas.  While you may trust yourself and your date, the Book of Life teaches us to distrust both the flesh and the devil.

D.  Be accountable to parents.  If your desire is to please God, then you should not resist parental authority.

E.  Set standards beforehand.  A little planning in advance can prevent a disastrous fall in the future.

Enjoy your relationships with God by your side.

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At Hebrew School, the Rabbi finished the day’s lesson.  It was now time for the usual question period.

“Rabbi?” asked little Melvin “there’s something I need to know.”

“What’s that my child?”  asked the Rabbi.

“Well, according to the Scriptures, the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, right?”

“Right.”

“And the Children of Israel beat up the Philistines, right?”

“Uh…right.”

“And the Children of Israel built the Temple, right?”

“Again you are correct.”

“And the Children of Israel fought the Egyptians, and the Children of Israel fought the Romans, and the Children of Israel were always doing something important, right?”

“All that is correct,” agreed the Rabbi.  “So what’s your question?”

“What I need to know is this,” demanded Melvin.  “What were all the grown-ups doing?”

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Have You Ever…

 This is just for fun.  Hopefully it will bring back some funny memories and make you laugh, or at least smile.

Have you ever…

 1. Locked yourself out of the house?

2.  Lost a member of the family while out shopping?

3.  Put something unusual in the refrigerator?

4.  Turned white colors pink (or another color) in the wash?

5.  Gone away from your home and left the iron on?

6.  Put your heel through the hem of a dress?

7.  Had your zipper break in public?

8.  Gone somewhere with two different shoes or socks on?

9.  Remembered an appointment after it was too late?

10.  Called a member of the family by another name?

11.  Been ready to bathe and found no hot water?

12.  Fallen UP the stairs?

13.  Gone shopping for groceries and discovered you did not bring any money with you?

14.  Driven away from somewhere while a member of your party was still out of the car?

15.  Dialed a phone number and forgot who you called?

16.  Locked the keys in your car?

17.  Got into the car to go somewhere and forgot where you were going?

18.  Put something in the oven to bake and forgot about it?

I said yes to everyone of these things with the exception of #7.  I don’t think that has ever happened to me. 

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Over 20,000 hits

I just realized I have gone over the 20,000 mark.  Thanks everyone for stopping by.  Come often! 

Blessings to You All,

Ronda

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I could have just as easily titled this post, “The Longer I Serve Him”.  My father-in-law, Bishop B.J. Hurst and my brother-in-law, Pastor Wendell P. Elms who you see in this picture have been serving the Lord for many years.  I heard my father-in-law say just tonight that he has served the Lord for 52 years.  As you can see by the joy on their faces, serving God has been a beautiful experience for them. 

The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows.

The more that I love Him, More love He bestows.

Each day is like Heaven.  My heart overflows.

The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows.

I love to be around people that have served the Lord for many years because they have proved time and again the faithfulness of the Lord.  When I hear an elder saint in the prayer room simply say, “Jesus! Oh how I love You,”  it touches me like nothing else.  I know they have been through valleys and climbed mountains.  Had trials and tribulations, and yet they say, “Jesus! Oh how I love You.”  They don’t have to give some great speech or testimony of many words.  Their lives tell it all.  “GOD has been good to ME!” I am reminded of the following scripture concerning faithful people:

Psalm 92: 12-15 (The Amplified Bible)

The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible].

Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.

[Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment].

[They are living memorials] to show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises; He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

I love that last verse that says, “they are living memorials”.  How very true.  Keep on serving Him faithful Saints of God.  YOU ARE an INSPIRATION to ALL of us. 

 

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I came across this in an old book by Clarence E. Macartney.  I know many of you have read some of his work.  This really caught my attention because it is so true.  Especially in the day and age we live in.  Our ministers are not just preaching, pastors, evangelists or missionaries because they one day woke up and said, “oh, I want to be a preacher.”  No! I believe it is much more than that!  It is a God called occupation and if a man or woman doesn’t fulfill that call they will not only be miserable in this life but will also answer to God one day for not fulfilling His perfect will for their life.

A DIVINE OCCUPATION

The minister’s occupation is appointed of God, not of man.  The current tendency is to secularize the ministry, both its message and its office, as if the work of the minister were just the same as that of a teacher, a physician, a scientist, or an artist, only with a slightly different accent.  This has done the church no good.  It has not honored the gospel, nor strengthened the church, or brought men into the ministry.  The minister’s occupation is  a divine occupation.  “He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”  Thus the ministry is a divine occupation, and the pulpit is, as our fathers used to speak of it, “the SACRED desk.”  Because the office of the minister is of divine origin, and because we have received of God, not of man, this ministry of reconciliation, the pulpit has stood secure through all the ages, in spite of the faults and limitations of those who have stood in it.  It will continue to stand, and continue to speak, until time shall be no more.

This is a God-thing people. God help us not to get so wrapped up in our selfish motives that God has to treat us like He did Jonah.  The sea-men asked Jonah, “What is your occupation?”  And that is what finally brought him back to his senses.  If God has called you then there is nothing else greater than doing service for His kingdom as ministers of the Gospel.  Don’t be afraid!  If God is for you, who can be against you?   Go and PREACH THE WORD!!! 

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