Duck Dynasty Phil Robertson’s Dependence on God
The Pharisees Couldnt Stand Him
You see, through the various prophets in the Torah and the Bible, God told the people exactly how the Savior would come to us.
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
Sound familiar? Jesus was born of a virgin named Mary. The name “Immanuel” means “God is with us”.
Pretty obvious. Could God be more clear?
But the pharisees insisted the Messiah would arrive in a more kingly manner.
The people, for the most part, did not heed the prophets warnings or prophecies. And even when Jesus our Messiah was standing right in front of them, the majority (including the pharisees and sadducees) did not believe the King of Kings would arrive in a manger or enter Jerusalem on the back of a donkey.
You see, their plan was that the Messiah would arrive in the most spectacular way. Perhaps He would come down from Heaven in a chariot and save the day.
Well, He did come down and He saved more than the day.
He came to save us.
Who is Jesus to you?
Do you believe He died for you?
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Who Do You Trust?
In a typical counseling session, the topic of “trust” comes up often.
It could be trust in a marriage or dating relationship, or perhaps trust issues concerning family members.
Sooner or later, people let us down in one way or another. Most of the time they don’t mean to disappoint us but it happens. When it seems that you’re surrounded by people who are untrustworthy and it makes you feel alone, there is One you can trust.
“Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:5
There are days when we do feel so alone our circumstances completely weigh us down. It’s during those times we need to rely on God. It’s too easy to give up.
You see, God never ever leaves. He’s there with arms wide open to comfort us when people let us down. The troubles of this world can be a heavy burden to bear. God says:
“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” Jeremiah 31:25
God empowers us if we rely on Him. You see, He has all the strength we need in times of despair or disappointment.
Turn to Him today.
Diana Nyad Completed Swim and Achieved Her Dream
Diana Nyad Completed Swim and Achieved Her Dream
We’ve all read the news today. Diana Nyad completed her long held goat of swimming from Florida to Cuba!
Along the way, she suffered defeat and doubt. She stopped seeking her goal for almost 30 years. And then she looked in the mirror and said “I’m not too old.”
Her previous swim had to be cancelled because she was stung so severely by jellyfish.
But…Diana scheduled and trained for today’s swim.
It’s amazing what we tell ourselves, isn’t it?
What keeps you from becoming what God has given you the talents to be?
Are you listening to negative voices in your head?
Do you do your homework before committing emotionally to a dream business, non-profit or career?
Success = hard work
Success = never giving up
Success = due diligence/doing your homework
Success = accountability
Success = teamwork
Success = High ethical and moral standards
Success = Being a role model
Success = Having a rock solid spiritual foundation
After completing her swim, Diana said this today:
“1. Never, ever give up.
2. You are never too old to chase your dreams.
3. It looked like a solitary sport but it was a team effort.”
Yes, studies show that it takes 3-5 years to build a business but that time will pass anyway, so why not get started today?
Seeking But Not Finding
What are you seeking?
King Solomon had it all. His wisdom was world renowned. His wealth was beyond comparison.
Did all of this satisfy him?
No, it didn’t.
“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Mark 8:36
You see, King Solomon had it all but he wanted more. More wives and concubines. More wealth. More fame.
And it all crashed.
There was a time Solomon listened to God but wealth, fame and lust became more important to him. He turned his back on living in a way that was obedient to God and instead married women and had mistresses who did not believe in the one true God. Foreign gods were allowed into Israel and sin and corruption entered in as well.
What are you chasing?
Do you have peace and contentment in your life?
It’s only by following the narrow path that you can finally find happiness. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
I Kings 8:58 says, “May He keep us centered and devoted to Him, following the lift path he has cleared, watching the signposts, walking at the pace and rhythms He laid down for our ancestors.”
Whose path are you on?
Leave Your Baggage at the Train Station
Leave your baggage at the train station.
When changes happen in our lives such as job loss, death of a loved one, unplanned pregnancy, illness, etc., it can cause us to lose hope.
Have you ever found yourself looping that negative event over and over in your mind?
When an uncle passed suddenly at the age of 35, I simply could not comprehend it. How could I make sense of this loss?
Three weeks later, my uncle’s father suddenly passed away.
I think it was the very first time I felt afraid of the unknown.
Have tragic events caused you to feel as if your life is spiraling out of control? Is your stress level completely out of whack?
How do you move beyond looping these events over and over in your head?
The Lord provides healing but we have to give Him our baggage. So, now instead of continually playing this event over and over in our heads, we have to hand it over to Him.
He’s more than capable of handling it.
You see, when you turn over your grief or sorrow over to the Lord, an incredible weight is lifted from you.
Trust in the One who truly loves you. Leave your baggage at the train station. He can more than carry it.
Therefore Now No Condemnation
Therefore now no condemnation!
While driving to work recently, I saw a humorous sight. A gray heron was sitting on the bank of a pond. Just the sight of his very long wiggly neck made me smile. As I drove on, the Lord reminded me that all of His creations are awesome and beautiful.
And He also has a wonderful sense of humor.
Isn’t it soothing to watch a beautiful sunset? Or, how about listening to a gentle rain?
When the stresses of this life seem overwhelming, it’s important to remember where your help comes from. Just how do we continue to live our lives successfully in this world? How do we live a life that is victorious?
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help?” Psalm 121:1
The answer lies in trusting the Father. When we feel insecure or unworthy, we must remember that the Father loves us. We are His children.
Do you believe God sees you as a failure?
On the contrary. He loves you dearly.
Take the time to talk with Him daily. Read His Word. Remember to look at His beautiful creations. You’re one of them!
Meditate on the Lord. You will experience a peace that passes all understanding.
“…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
Not by Works But by Faith
Not by works but by faith…
Romans 5:1 states: “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I was taught as a child that I could literally work my way to Heaven. But God’s Word says quite the opposite (see the verse above). Not by works but by faith.
What does God’s Word say about sin? Check out the following verse in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
As we see, God’s Word says we ‘fall short’. If God’s Word says we’re all sinners and we, therefore, do not measure up to His standard, what can we do? Romans 6:23 says: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Notice that God offers eternal life as a ‘gift’ to us. Jesus is that gift. But what do we have to do when someone holds a gift out to us?
We have to take it. God has His hands held out offering His gift of salvation through the blood sacrifice of Jesus.
How much does God love us? Here’s what John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
So, what do you have to do to accept God’s gift of salvation?
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Confess to Him that you are a sinner (remember Romans 3:23 above).
Next, accept His gift of salvation by saying “Yes, Lord I believe Jesus died for me. I accept your gift of salvation.”
And then, what’s next?
Baptism by immersion is next. It is a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It’s important to connect with a Gospel preaching church so that you are fed spiritually. Remember, not every church preaches the Gospel, so use wisdom and seek God’s Will as to where He’d have you go.
Everyday…read God’s Word in the Holy Bible. Let Him transform you through His Holy Word.
Paralegal Schools Dropped the Ball
Paralegal Schools – Did They Drop the Ball or Did You?
Every single day I read how discouraged paralegal students and new graduates are. They arrive in the LinkedIn, Facebook or Yahoo paralegal groups to say how frustrated they are because of the current job situation.
The sad thing about their frustration is that they think they can’t land a paralegal job because of the economy. Yes, I know jobs are more scarce these days, however, the fact that a paralegal graduate cannot land a job in the field is not based on the number of jobs available.
Or…that new attorney grads are scooping up the paralegal jobs.
It’s based on this:
You don’t enter the legal field (in most cases) in a paralegal position.
As a paralegal job applicant, you know the dreaded 4 words already, right?
“You don’t have experience!”
And your response is usually:
“But HOW do I get experience?”
The truth is, you wouldn’t be able to land a paralegal job even if the economy was booming.
So, who dropped the ball here?
Did the paralegal school drop the ball?
Did your school offer job placement or internships so that you could get a foothold?
They should have.
Did you do your homework to find out how you were going to find employment after you finished your coursework?
You should have.
The truth is, you can enter this field.
However, you do not enter as a paralegal.
You enter as a runner, file clerk, receptionist or entry level secretary.
The truth is, the schools should offer job placement. They should have connections with law firms who will allow the students a chance to learn.
However…you would still enter the firm in a different position first.
If you attended a paralegal school/course who did offer job placement, I would love to hear from you.
And, if you’re thinking about signing up for paralegal school/courses, it’s important to do your homework first before you spend your hard-earned money or add debt through a student loan.
Relationship Building in Business – Grandma and Grandpa Style
Let’s picture this for a moment:
A neighborhood woman walks past my Grandparents’ deli, Grandpa runs out and yells “Hey lady, we’ve got some great sandwiches, macaroni salad and apples. Come on in NOW!!!”
Do you think this woman would have said, “Oh, ok, I’ll come right in and shop at your store from now on!”
Well, this is what it sounds like on Twitter or Facebook when we try to sell our products or services to people we have no connection with.
Ok, so how did Grandpa build his business?
Well, when a new customer walked in, he greeted them with a friendly hello, warm smile and asked if he could help in any way.
Next, he allowed the customer the freedom to roam through the store, to look around to their heart’s content. If they walked to the very back and looked to the left, they would see my Grandmother in the kitchen more than likely preparing meatballs or sauce or maybe even a huge tray of lasagna.
So, let’s think about why a customer would choose to shop in Grandpa’s store instead of in the chain supermarket across the street.
Relationships were built first through warmth and friendliness. Oh…and the freedom to decide without being pressured.
Grandpa and Grandma’s lives were made richer because of their relationships with their customers. When he stood with other business owners to buy wholesale produce at the train station at 6 a.m. every weekday morning, he looked forward to a day of seeing many familiar faces at his deli later on.
These would be customers who had become lifelong friends and whose children and grandchildren visited my Grandparents in their store as well.
Does it get any better than this?
When someone follows or connects with you, you should say “hello” and “thank you”. On Twitter, if someone mentions you, you will receive a notice as well. It’s important that you thank them for the mention.
Begin to build relationships and your business will continue to grow.
“Connecting” means “building relationship”.
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