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Archive for January, 2009
I am in Alexandria, Louisiana for a few days at Because of the Times. We are having a great time worshipping and fellowshipping with our friends and fellow ministers. I will write more about it later, but just let me say that so far it has been great. The preaching has been above and beyond. The church is alive and well!
Talk to you in a few days. Blessings!
Don’t think me not spiritual…but I am just wondering why all the generations are listed in the Bible. I can’t pronounce half the names. Also, when did names begin to change from Bible times? I mean, names like Aholibamah. And that is a girls name. Yes, she was the daughter of Anah who was the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite. Bashemath, Ishmael’s daughter, sister of Nebajoth. ??? Anyway, I guess as you can tell this was part of my reading through the Bible passages today and it just really caught my attention for some reason. I’m glad my sisters names are Linda and Karla. I just know I would have tripped all over my tongue if I would have had to yell at them Aholibamah or Nebajoth when I was mad and/or happy about something. 🙂
Saturday I was privileged to speak in Arroyo Grande at the Section 2 Ladies Tea. Cindy Berrier is the ladies leader for that section and did a superb job in putting the Tea all together. The Gospel Lighthouse of Arroyo Grande did a great job in hosting this event. The sandwiches, soups and desserts was all so good. I still want recipes ladies. 🙂 And yes, all the different flavors of tea. I think my favorite was the Orange Spice.
I so enjoyed visiting with Sis. Dominguez (pastor’s wife in Arroyo Grande) and Sis. Pat Keyes (pastor’s wife in Santa Maria). I have always admired the Dominguez family. They are simply great people. The more I get to know Pat Keyes the more I like her. What a fun and sincere person! We had a great time.
Sunday: WOW! The service was power packed from the beginning. Bro. Ronnie Mullings preached a fabulous message on, “It’s Time To Take An Offering”. This was our commitment service for 2009 and we had such a great time. God honors those who are cheerful givers.
We enjoyed sweet fellowship with the Mullings after service. I think the Cedar House was wondering if we was going to go ahead and spend the night. Time flies when you are having fun with friends. 🙂
I believe that the beginning of the New Year would be a great time to begin the healing process. Forgiveness is the first step. It is not easy but it is so worth the effort. If you are struggling with unforgiveness, maybe this little article will help get you on the right track. Please don’t live this year in the Prison of Unforgiveness. Break free from the bonds and soar like an eagle.
What’s standing between you and forgiveness? Recent scholarly research confirms what many already know—that forgiving others is a valuable gift for ourselves. Research shows that when we forgive, we have less stress, anger, and other psychosomatic symptoms like headaches, upset stomachs, and so on.I know many of us carry very deep wounds from the past, and can barely imagine forgiving those who have wronged us. It may take time, but I challenge you to commit yourself to forgiving them.
Maybe there’s a strained relationship with a child, a parent, a sibling or “friend”. Do you own some of the blame for the way things are? Maybe it’s time to ask for some forgiveness. Imagine how powerful an exchange like that would be!
Here are some steps to forgiveness from the researchers:
First, we need to change our expectations of others. Instead of having “rules” for how they behave, we should have “preferences.” After all, we can’t control how others act. Maybe you’ll never have a perfect relationship with your dad—or your teenager–or your sibling. But you can probably accept them a little more for who they are and—from there—build a good relationship.
Second, we need to try to see the other person’s perspective. Maybe your dad never got what he needed from his father. His wound may have made him incapable of providing what you needed. Maybe your daughter is under a lot of stress with all she’s dealing with at school. Considering the other person’s perspective can make a big difference.
The third step is to move from blaming to acceptance, and then move on. Moving on may mean building a new, better relationship. Often, that’s what forgiveness brings. But also realize that your forgiveness doesn’t depend on them. If they don’t respond or even if they reject you, you have still forgiven, released the hurt feelings, and committed to go on with life in a positive way. What a burden that can lift!
Also, to my friends that have somehow gotten away from the Lord…You have been on my mind the past couple of days. God and the church are waiting with open arms for you to come back. We miss you. We love you. I think that the song I co-wrote with my brother, Keith, sums it up quite well:
Come On Home
I saw that look in your eye, that far away dream, of days gone by you were so happy and free. And I knew you remembered the good times we had, serving Jesus every day through good and the bad…
And nothing’s changed as far as we’re concerned. We love you now just like we did back then. So, Come on Home where you belong. You’ve been away for much to long. And Jesus wants to take you back again.
You see, I know how you feel, ’cause I’ve walked that road so far from home, afraid and alone. Oh, but I see the Father, with His arms open wide, longing just to hold you again by His side…
music and lyrics by: Ronda Hurst and Keith Layne
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