Recipe for a happy & successful life

November 20, 2014 by admin  
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Stay away from Anger.
It hurts only you and nobody else.
If you are right, then there is no need to get angry
and if you are wrong then you don’t have any right to get angry.

Patience

Patience with family is love
Patience with others is respect
Patience with self is confidence and
Patience with GOD is faith.

Never think hard about the past, it may bring tears.
Don’t think more about the future, it may bring fears.
Trust in God & Live the present with a Smile, it will bring cheers.

Present

Every test in our life makes us “bitter” or “better”
Every problem comes “to make us” or “break us”,
The choice is ours whether we become ‘victims’ or ‘victorious’.

Search for a beautiful heart not a beautiful face.
Beautiful things are not always good, but good things are always beautiful.
Remember all that glitters is not gold.

Hand in Hand

Do you know why God created gaps between your fingers?
So that someone who is special to you comes
and fills those gaps by holding your hand forever.

Caution: Familiarity breeds contempt, so always hold them dear
For when no one else is around they’ll always be near.

Happiness keeps You Sweet, Trials keep You Strong
Success keeps You Glowing,
Only God keeps You Going!

Thank You God

When you don’t give up, you cannot fail
Trust in Jesus
Jesus never fails!
He will lead you step by step
Not all at once, but step by step…..
And if you walk by FAITH & not by sight
Each step will be a miracle!

You can do a lot by yourself
With God all things are possible
That means nothing is impossible!
With Him you can achieve much more
So walk with Him in FAITH & be blessed.
If you accept Jesus as your Lord & Savior
He has promised never to leave you or forsake you.
He’s a faithful friend

Friend

You can trust Him to the very end.

Deut 31:6. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Matt 28:18-20.   Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.”

- fwd: stanley luiz

Your service is desperately needed in the body of Christ

November 20, 2014 by admin  
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“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27 NLT)

One reason why you need to be connected to a church family is to fulfill your calling to serve other believers in practical ways.

The Bible says, “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27 NLT).

Your service is desperately needed in the Body of Christ — just ask any local church.

Each of us has a role to play, and every role is important.

Body of Christ

There is no small service to God; it all matters.

Likewise, there are no insignificant ministries in the church.

Some are visible and some are behind the scenes, but all are valuable.

Small or hidden ministries often make the biggest difference.

Body-of-Christ

In my home, the most important light is not the large chandelier in our dining room but the little night-light that keeps me from stubbing my toe when I get up at night.

There is no correlation between size and significance.

Every ministry matters because we are all dependent on each other to function.

What happens when one part of your body fails to function?

You get sick.

The rest of your body suffers. Imagine if your liver decided to start living for itself: “I’m tired! I don’t want to serve the body anymore!

Church

I want a year off just to be fed.

I’ve got to do what’s best for me!

Let some other part take over.”

What would happen? Your body would die.

Today thousands of local churches are dying because of Christians who are unwilling to serve.

They sit on the sidelines as spectators, and the Body suffers.

one body

As I said when we began this study, God calls you to a service far beyond anything you could ever imagine.

He created you for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for you to do (based on Ephesians 2:10 TEV).

Whenever you serve others in any way, you are actually serving God.

- fwd: v c mathews

Serving others at Christmas

November 19, 2014 by admin  
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Christmas giftsWe tiptoed up the steps, onto the porch, and gently laid down the goodies: canned vegetables, a frozen turkey and various foods all packaged in a laundry basket. Another “secret basket” contained presents.

My 6-year-old son, Ryan, whispered, “Mommy, do you think they’ll like the presents?”

“Of course they will,” I whispered back.

The wooden steps creaked when we descended and ran back to the car.

Breathless and giddy, my son asked, “Do you think they’ll know we did it?”

“I hope not, because Matthew 6 says, ‘When you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.’ “

Never underestimate the value of modeling selfless giving. Providing opportunities for your children to see you give to others will help them to get excited about generosity. Kids of all ages can learn to give anonymously, but don’t expect them to be involved beyond what they’re capable of developmentally. Secret baskets are a great place to start. Set your sights on someone with a financial, physical, emotional or spiritual need, and anonymously gift them useful items with a note of encouragement attached.

Here are more ideas for encouraging generosity in your kids, whatever their age:

children giving gifts0- to-3-year-olds
Preschool children can learn to give within the confines of family. Teach them to sneak a yummy food treat onto the plate of a loved one. Help them hide a piece of wrapped candy in someone’s lunchbox. “Shhh, don’t tell” is something they will understand. As they do secretive things that make others happy, they will soon discover that sharing is fun.

4- to-7-year-olds
Let your child help you shop for items and package them with prayers and Scriptures tucked inside. Ask local hospitals or nursing homes to distribute them anonymously to those who are sick and lonely.

8- to-12-year-olds
Make handcrafted cards with your tween. Mail them without revealing the sender’s identity. A hopeful message lifts the spirits of someone who needs to hear God cares.
You can also encourage your tween to leave unsigned gratitude notes on restaurant tables and store counters. Is there a greater gift than to tell someone that his or her hard work is noticed?

13- to-18-year-olds
Teens have youthful energy to invest. When an elderly or sick neighbor runs errands or goes to the doctor, ask your teenager to mow the neighbor’s lawn, shovel snow or wash his windows. An anonymous message of God’s love, tucked behind the neighbor’s screen door, will brighten the day for both the giver and recipient.

spread joy of ChristAs teens begin to earn their own money, they can spread joy by secretly giving small gifts to strangers. Suggest that your teen purchase a movie ticket for the third person back or leave a dollar with the store clerk, toward the water, soda or coffee of the next customer who comes in.

Secret gifts teach children to help those in need. Any occasion is a good time to surprise someone with the love of Jesus Christ.

- anita agers-brooks

Encouraging Church signs messages

November 18, 2014 by admin  
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The will of God will not take you to where the grace of God will not protect you.

Will of God

No problem is too great, to place in God’s hands.

If the devil is knocking at your front door, let Jesus answer it.

If you haven’t heard from GOD” lately, Try sending some knee mail!”

Faith is the postage stamp on our prayers.

Need a new life? God accepts trade-ins.

T.G.I.F. – Thank God I’m Forgiven.

TGIF

True independence is dependence on God.

When you think God is No Where; God is Now Here.

Is temptation knocking? Let Jesus get the door.

Jesus at the Door

Love went from the cradle to the cross.

- fwd: samuel machado

How do you choose a Church?

November 15, 2014 by admin  
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I took an unofficial personal survey as to the most popular reasons why and how people join a Church, and here are some of the common answers I received:

Why you go to Church

It’s the Church of my parents.

It’s close to our home.

The people are friendly and loving.

The music is beautiful.

The preacher is handsome or dynamic.

They have a good children’s program.

The building architecture is impressive.

The important or influential people attend this Church.

The services are exciting.

The Church needs me.

Why you should go to Church?

Now catch this.

Though each of these elements might be good in and of itself, none-not one of them-is the right reason to join a Church.

That means that the majority of people in the this country join Churches for the wrong reason.

There is only one right reason to join a Church, and that is because the foundation teachings of the Church or denomination are the teachings of the Bible and of Jesus, and you are committed to following truth.

In light of this, you would be amazed how few people can tell you about the specific teachings of their Church.

Even regarding basic doctrines about God, the law, baptism, salvation, death, the second coming, heaven, and hell, most Christians have only a superficial knowledge of their Church’s positions on these foundational truths.

Sadly, most people shop for a Church the way children choose breakfast cereal.

Shopping for Church

They like the picture on the box or they want the prize inside while missing the most important criteria-reading the ingredients.

The first and most important test question to ask of any Church is, “What are their beliefs?”

Are the teachings of this Church consistent with the teachings of Jesus?

Bible TeachingsIf the doctrines of that denomination are the teachings of Christ and the Bible, then that is God’s Church, and you should become a member and hang in there even if:

The people are cantankerous and crabby, the singing sounds like feeding time at the zoo,

the Church building is a renovated hamburger stand, the pastor’s sermons are so boring that the bats leave the belfry at 11 o’clock every Sabbath morning,

the members are so divided that there is a fluorescent line painted down the middle of the sanctuary, the people come to Church driving army tanks.

- fwd: samuel machado

The guest

November 14, 2014 by admin  
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FascinatedA few months before I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to our small Tennessee town.

From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family.

The stranger was quickly accepted and was around to welcome me into the world a few months later.

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in our family. Mom taught me to love the Word of God. Dad taught me to obey it.

But the stranger was our storyteller. He could weave the most fascinating tales. Adventures, mysteries and comedies were daily conversations.

Family SpellboundHe could hold our whole family spellbound for hours each evening.

He was like a friend to the whole family. He took Dad, Bill and me to our first major league baseball game.

He was always encouraging us to see the movies, and he even made arrangements to introduce us to several movie stars. The stranger was an incessant talker.

Dad didn’t seem to mind but sometimes Mom would quietly get up – while the rest of us were enthralled with one of his stories of faraway places – and go to her room and read her Bible and pray. I wonder now if she ever prayed that the stranger would leave. My Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions. But this stranger never felt an obligation to honor them.

ProfanityProfanity was not allowed in our house – not from us, our friends, or adults.

Our longtime visitor, however, used occasional four-letter words that burned my ears and made Dad squirm.

To my knowledge, the stranger was never confronted. Dad didn’t permit alcohol in his home.

But the stranger enlightened us to other ways of life. He often offered us beer and other alcoholic beverages.

He made cigarettes look tasty, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished.

He talked freely about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing.

I know now that my early concepts of the man/woman relationship were influenced by the stranger.

Family

I believe it was only by the grace of God the stranger did not influence us even more.

TVTime after time he opposed my parents’ values. Yet he was seldom rebuked and never asked to leave.

More than thirty years have passed since the stranger moved in with the young family on Morningside Drive.

But if I were to walk into my parents’ home today, I would still see him sitting over in a corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

His name? We always called him TV.

- fwd: samuel machado

We Exist, When Not Serving

November 13, 2014 by admin  
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Each of us will have to give a personal account to God. Romans 14:12 (NLT)

At the end of your life on earth you will stand before God, and he is going to evaluate how well you served others with your life.

The Bible says, “Each of us will have to give a personal account to God.” (Romans 14:12 NLT)

Think about the implications of that.

Serving others

One day God will compare how much time and energy we spent on ourselves compared with what we invested in serving others.

At that point, all our excuses for self-centeredness will sound hollow: “I was too busy” or “I had my own goals” or “I was preoccupied with working, having fun, or preparing for retirement.”

To all excuses God will respond, “Sorry, wrong answer. I created, saved, and called you and commanded you to live a life of service.

Serving Christ

What part did you not understand?”

The Bible warns unbelievers, “He will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves,” but for Christians it will mean a loss of eternal rewards.” (Romans 2:8 NLT)

We are only fully alive when we’re helping others.

Unto Christ
Jesus said, “If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it.

Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live.” (Mark 8:35 (LB); see also Matthew 10:39; 16:25; Luke 9:24; 17:33)

This truth is so important that it is repeated five times in the Gospels.

Serving Others
If you aren’t serving, you’re just existing, because life is meant for ministry.

God wants you to learn to love and serve others unselfishly.

- fwd: v c mathews

God’s love is Holy Love

November 8, 2014 by admin  
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“The mountains and the hills may crumble, but My love for you will never end…so says the LORD who loves you” (Isaiah 54:10 GNT)

God is LoveGod is love.
Love is who He is and it’s the bedrock of all that He does.
Such love is too deep, too intense, and too pure to be measured by emotion and intellect alone.

It must be measured by the third dimension of faith, for there will be times in our lives when it doesn’t appear as if God is loving.
At times like that, we need to remember that God’s love is steadfast and holy.

For love to be pure, it must become angry at that which hurts the beloved.
If that hurtful thing is deeply buried within the beloved it has to be extricated in a painful way.
Just as a good surgeon must be ruthless to remove cancer cells, so God’s holy love demands that we get rid of sin in our lives.

When we fail to do so, His love compels Him to send trials into our lives that will lead us to repentance.
But God is not indifferent to our pain. He suffers along with us.

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103: 13,14).

Tough TimesTrials are sent to grow our relationship with God.
It’s in the hard places that we experience the depth of God’s love.

It’s then we learn of God’s compassionate nature and His faithfulness. We get to know Him as “the Lord (who) binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted” (Isaiah 30:26).

“Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men” (Lamentations 3:32,33).

Real love seeks the well-being of the loved one. It warns to prevent more harm. It disciplines to create more growth. It sometimes withholds what we think is good to give something better.

God's LoveWhat comfort it is to know that no matter how life treats us, God’s love never changes! He loves us the same on good days as on bad days.

With Him there is no variableness, no shadow of turning His back on us (James 1:17).

It is we who stand in our own shadow of limited understanding or refusal to act upon that which we know.

 

Being a loving heavenly Father,
God gives us what we need not only to survive but to triumph.

- v c mathews

10 steps to success!

November 7, 2014 by admin  
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1. Self-Belief:
Success is begins in the mind.
One has to be a believer, first, if one wishes to be an achiever.
Never under-estimate yourself.
You have no idea how often can you surprise yourself.
So to begin with, let’s get in the belief, “I Can.”

2. Clarity of Vision:
There is no point running around without knowing where one wants to reach.
you must get your job cut out.
Greatest achievers in the world have been visionaries.
Know exactly what you are best at and give it your best shot.

Clarity of Vision

3. Setting the Right Goals:
The goals should be realistic .
The goals should be achievable ,and yet challenging enough –
neither too easy nor too difficult -something in the middle.

4. Be focused:
If the sun’s rays are focused on a piece of paper with a lens,
the intensity of the concentrated energy burns the paper.
Focus on your objective will enhance the intensity of the effects of your efforts.

Setting the Right Goals

5. No Short Cuts to Success:
There are no short cuts to success.
Divide your overall goals into smaller targets.
Divide your monthly plans into weekly and weekly plans
into daily plans and see how simple can things be.

6. Take Risks:
Without any risk no progress is possible.
Life comes to a stable standstill.
People who take chances are the people who get ahead in life.
The only way to reduce risk is to take risks.

Taking risk

7. Take the Initiative:
People who take the initiative make the most of their lives.
Proactive people do not wait for success to happen;
rather they make it happen. As they say, ‘JUST DO IT’.

8. Never Hesitate to Struggle:
No one has ever climbed a mountain just by looking at it.
Struggle, hard struggle, is a key to success.

Not Easy

9. Own Responsibility:
Failure to hit the bull’s eye is never the fault of the target.
People, who own complete responsibility of their lives,
are the people who make the most of it.

10. Never Give Up:
Many people who failed in life,
where those who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Success demands extra-ordinary amount of perseverance.
Never, never, give up.

Never Give Up

- v c mathews

The things to hold divine

November 6, 2014 by admin  
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These are the things I hold divine:
A trusting child’s hand laid in mine,
Rich brown earth and wind-tossed trees,
The taste of grapes and the drone of bees.

Childs hand

A rhythmic gallop, long June days,
A rose-hedged lane and lovers’ lays,
The welcome smile on neighbors’ faces,
Cool, wide hills and open places.

 welcome smile on neighbors' faces

Breeze-blown fields of silver rye,
The wild, sweet note of the plover’s cry,
Fresh spring showers and scent of box,
The soft, pale tint of the garden phlox.

Fresh spring showers

Lilacs blooming, a drowsy noon,
A flight of geese and an autumn moon,
Rolling meadows and storm-washed heights,
A fountain murmur on summer nights.

Autumn Moon

A dappled fawn in the forest hush,
Simple words and the song of a thrush,
Rose-red dawns and a mate to share,
With comrade soul my gypsy fare.

The Song of a thrush

A waiting fire when the twilight ends,
A gallant heart and the voice of friends.

- fwd: allen johannes

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