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           In Tune with Christ
  

Sometimes meetings are begun with an important note. That note is
something not to be missed. Perhaps everything else said or the business
conducted in that meeting hinges on this important note.
 

With an orchestra there is an important note with which to begin. Before
a performance, there is a note given from which the whole orchestra tunes.
However, that is not just any note. The note to which an orchestra tunes is
the “A” above middle “C” which is standardized at a frequency of 440 hertz.
This note is usually given to the rest of the orchestra by the oboe player
who has matched their note with an electronic tuner.
  

On what note is our life being lived? Have we just picked any note? Like
an orchestra that cannot play in harmony if the same note is not tuned to,
so there will be discord in life when everyone chooses their own note on
which to base life. I submit to you that the note to which we need to tune
our lives is “C”, and a very high one at that!
 

In Paul’s letter to the church at Rome we read.
       “(15) May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to LIVE
IN SUCH HARMONY with one another, IN ACCORD WITH CHRIST JESUS, (6) that
together you may with ONE VOICE glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ. (7) Therefore WELCOME one another AS CHRIST HAS WELCOMED you, for
the glory of God.” (Romans 15:5-7 ESV)
   “In accord with CHRIST JESUS.” CHRIST is to be the note to which our
life is tuned. The Greek word “kata” (translated “accord”) is a preposition
meaning “according to.” It bears the idea of “after the manner of” or “in
accordance with.” For us to be in accord is to be in agreement, to have
consensus, and to be in harmony. Having our lives tuned to CHRIST is the
only way we can all blend as the “one voice” Paul urged the church at Rome
toward.
 

Let us bear in mind that though we are the players (and singers) in this
realm, life’s “score” was written by God and He is to be recognized as the
conductor of it. Just as the “A” makes a difference for the orchestra, even
more so having our lives IN TUNE WITH CHRIST will make all the world of
difference with our blending together. Let us therefore take “LIFE’S PITCH”
as the “C” for CHRIST so that harmony may exist to the glory of God.

(Thank You Carl)

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God is not a respecter of persons but He is a respecter of principals. He has plans for everyone to accomplish great things. Don’t believe anything other than Jer. 29:11(Amplified Bible)–For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

Here are a few principals to help you start today!

1. Work Like it is up to you and pray like it is up to God!  Work hard and pray hard! God wants to help you more than you want His help.

2. Have a concise plan of where and what you want to accomplish. Write it down  in detail. Then write down how you think you will accomplish it.

3. Do 5 things every day that drives you in that direction.

4. ASK for help. Surround yourself with a team of people who share your passion.

5. Contact someone who has already done what you want and ask for them to coach you. Be willing to do what they ask.

6. Align yourself with the authorities in your life.

7. Be grateful for every opportunity that comes your way and give 110% like it is where you already want to be.

8. Take risk. Sometimes when you live on the edge you will fall off but you will miss 100% of the opportunities that you never try! The worst thing that could happen is most likely where you already are.

9. Take serious action today. Don’t wait one more day!

10. Do what you love! Most likely your gift is in someway connected!

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I received this from a friend today and thought it worth sharing with you.

The picture was taken in 1918. It is thousands of men preparing for war in a training camp at Camp Dodge in Iowa. A gift from our grandfathers …

Imagine how long these men had to stand in that one spot to set it up correctly. I just love the detail of the change of hats to no hats, some with heads bent down, some with faces shining, and slightly different colors of uniforms etc.  This took an enormous amount of planning, patience, and positioning and a determination to send their message to us—-yes, even to the world.  It speaks loud and clear.  Thank you.

 

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Wanna’ stay healthy longer? Studies show a robust prayer life can lengthen life and mitigate illnesses.

Methuselah lived to be nearly 1,000-years-old? Maybe he had a good prayer life.

A recent study from the Duke University Medical Center, involving 4,000 older adults, indicates. that even occasional, private prayer and Bible study helped people live healthier and longer lives.

“This is one of the first studies showing that people who pray live longer,” said researcher Harold Koenig.

Dr. David Stevens, a family practitioner and executive director of the Christian Medical Association, said Christians shouldn’t be surprised.

“People who are anxious, worried and depressed do poorly when they’re sick,” Stevens said. “Those with hope and peace in the midst of a [health] struggle seem to do much better. People with religious commitments have that hope and peace.”

Dr. Bob Orr, director of clinical ethics at the University of Vermont’s Fletcher Allen Health Care, says prayer brings a definite physiological benefit.

“I certainly encourage people who are believers to pray,” Orr said. “My observation is the person who prays is less stressed. He becomes less anxious and his blood pressure and pulse improve.”

Stevens pointed to one study which showed the risk of diastolic hypertension was 40 percent lower among those who studied the Bible daily and attended church weekly. Another study concluded that elderly heart patients were 14 times less likely to die after surgery if they found comfort in religious faith.

“This has an impact on longevity,” Stevens said. “The overall life expectancy gap is seven years between those who go to church once a week versus those who don’t attend at all. We will live longer if we have a strong faith.”

Clem Boyd is a freelance writer and part-time minister in Dayton, Ohio.

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Transitions are not always easy. Leaving what is familiar and stepping into what may not be fully known can create some anxiety. I know that when we left Texarkana, Texas after 20 years was not the easiest thing I have ever done, but I am so glad I was surrendered to HIS will and purpose.  I have lived long enough to realize that life is filled with transitions. Not only are those transitions associated with movement from a familiar place into a new one, but also in our day to day activities: school, jobs, relationships, economic status, etc.

THE ONLY THING that can make these transitions easier is through focusing on that which does not change. For us to keep our bearings in life and remain on the right path, we have to fix our eyes on that which remains constant.

Malachi 3:6 says: For I am the Lord, I change not…

Hebrews 13:8 says: Jesus Christ the same yesterday and today and forever!

Consistency all the way! We even sometimes see people around us change and so we don’t always know what to expect. But that is not the case with God. I’m thankful for something I can count on in the midst of a constantly changing world.

Some of the transitions we go through are because of changes that we NEED to make. We are still in the process of becoming what God wants us to be. However, when it comes to HIM and HIS will there is no need for change because perfection cannot be improved upon.

As we go through transitions in our life, no matter how small or how great, remember that God is still God, Jesus is still the Lord of lords and King of kings, and the truth remains the foundation for supporting and building up our life.

If you will keep this focus, you will not have to much anxiety about changes in life.

HE NEVER CHANGES! Keep your eyes on HIM!

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Sometimes when things are not going well in our life we are quick to complain. We are also quick to look for someone to blame. It surely must be someone else’s fault. It seems we live in that kind of day where no one wants to take responsibility for their own actions. However, that “someone” may be a lot closer than we think. It would do us all good to start with some self-examination before we look elsewhere.

During Jeremiah’s time the disobedience of God’s people was great and yet they wondered why God was not blessing them. What these people failed to recognize was their own rebellion and unrepentant attitude. This left them without God’s forgiveness and without His blessings.

Jeremiah wrote in Lamentations 3: 39-40 (HCSB)

39 Why should [any] living person complain,
[any] man, because of the punishment for his sins?

40 Let us search out and examine our ways,
and turn back to the LORD.

Why should we complain about what OUR choices have brought to us? Why should we blame someone else? Why do people even become angry with God?

Proverbs 19:3 (Amplified Bible) The foolishness of man subverts his way [ruins his affairs]; then his heart is resentful and frets against the Lord.

God is righteous and just and He will allow us to feel the results of our choices. However, God’s greatest desire is that we would acknowledge our sins (errors) and turn back to him as Jeremiah stated in Lamentations.

David, the man after God’s own heart said,

Search me, O God, and Know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139: 23-24)

It is definitely for our benefit when we open up to such a relationship with God. Let’s not complain to God, but instead do some soul-searching and determine where our life needs to be put back on track with HIS will. If we maintain a genuine repentant spirit and openness to God, his direction and will for our life, then and only then will He continue to bring us His Blessings.

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