Ministry

Ministry 101 –


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Welp for starters……

“Ministry” is from the Greek word diakoneo, meaning “to serve” or douleuo, meaning “to serve as a slave.” In the New Testament, ministry is seen as service to God and to other people in His name. Jesus provided the pattern for Christian
ministry—He came, not to receive service, but to give it ( Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45; John 13:1-17).

The Christian …….YEAH YOU!!!…..Should indeed minister by meeting people’s needs with love and humility on Christ‘s behalf ( Matthew 20:26; Mark 10:43; John 2:5,9; Acts 6:3; Romans 1:1; Galatians 1:10; Colossians 4:12). Christians are to minister to others out of their devotion to Christ and their love for others, whether the other people are believers or unbelievers. Ministry to others should be impartial and unconditional, always seeking to help others as Jesus would.

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The ministry in our day has taken on more of a vocational meaning as we call pastors “ministers” to full-time service. Pastors do spend their lives in the ministry, they do minister to others, and they can rightly be designated as ministers, but pastors are SURELY by any chance…..not the only ones who are to be involved in ministry. From the early New Testament churches to the churches of our day, each Christian should be in the ministry of helping others ( Romans 12:3-8, 10-13; 2 Timothy 2:24-26).

The content of ministry seems to prioritize the ministering in spiritual things, not just practical things. Ministry should certainly place emphasis on sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others so they can come to know Him and receive Him as personal Savior, go on to experience Him as Lord of their life, and go even further to know Christ as the essence of their Life (John 1:12; Colossians 2:6-7; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 3:8-10).

Ministry can, and should, include ministering to the physical, emotional, mental, vocational, and financial needs of others. Jesus did, and so should we! So the NEXT TIME that you see and or experience individuals trying to PROFIT for themselves…. you will know something is NOT right and what indeed what to pray for!!!

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Parenting

Kids and the Bible


Many Christian parents face a paradox: How can some children hear the good news of the Bible and believe, while others hear the same message and remain unaffected? While the process of faith may be miraculous, it is not entirely mysterious. Jesus explained it in His parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-23). Teaching received without understanding kills the yield. Faith with shallow roots withers and dies. Distractions, worries and desires for other things choke the Word. But one who hears the Word and understands it bears fruit.

How can we help our children receive the Word and bear fruit? Jesus’ parable inspires several practical planting tips.

 Many parents and teachers attempt to impart faith primarily through the transfer of Bible facts. Those seeds will not likely take root unless kids truly understand the meaning of the facts. Sunday school worksheets often use fill-in-the-blanks and word puzzles to drill children on their factual knowledge. But unscrambling the word forgiveness in a puzzle is far less important than understanding the meaning of forgiveness.

Hearing is not enough. Reading is not enough. Memorizing is not enough — unless your goal is to produce a Bible “Jeopardy” champion. Concentrate your time on helping kids really understand God’s Word, its relevance today and how you apply it.

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Interesting PHOTO – “that’s all”


The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, Revelation 1:14

(Revelation  1: 12-17) 

I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,”dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

Hair was white like wool….. is NOT SAYING that it had the texture of wool – ( my little two cents ) LOL

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10 Mind TwistingThings


I was thinking ( AS USUAL ) and things via The Old Testament……The New Testament and PRESENT DAY LIVING with the different cultures – traditions – cultures – morals – values and beliefs and I do not feel that there is not ONE ethnic group that follows ” THEIR OWN” Holy Scriptures 100%. We all find ways to add or take away the full value for our own purpose or use. The Old Testament has its own set of rules just as The New Testament does but haven’t you also noticed that our Present Day Living Habits have developed its own set of rules? Seriously!

It sounds like the passages forbid all wearing of braids, gold, pearls, or costly clothing. But note that 1 Timothy 2 lists kinds of clothing women should “not” wear, but included is simply “putting on apparel” (ASV). Obviously women are not absolutely forbidden to wear apparel.

In Prov. 31:21,22, the worthy woman was praised because she provided for her family and herself clothing of scarlet, fine linen, and purple. In Gen. 24:22 Abraham’s servant gave a gold nose ring and gold bracelets to Rebekah when he sought her to be Isaac’s wife.

Many Bible passages contain a “not (this), but (that)” expression, which is not intended to absolutely prohibit the first item (“not this”). The intent is rather to emphasize the second item (“but that”) as being far more important than the first. The first item may, in some such expressions, be absolutely wrong. But sometimes it is not wrong, but is just not to be emphasized as the second item is.

Well  the scripture talking about NOT wearing basically gold / tons of jewelry would be one that I would need some serious help with! LOL There are times that I have on so much GAUDDI Jewelry that you would think that I was a PERSIAN! However, I feel that I wear it “tastefully and very modestly” and I feel bare without it to be honest.

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1. Fortune Telling Leviticus 19:31: “Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.”

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2. Tattoos Leviticus 19:28 reads, “You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord.”

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 3. No unnatural fabricsLeviticus 19:19 reads, “You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of of material mixed together.”

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 4. Divorce Mark 10:11-12, “And He said to them, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.”

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5. Wearing Gold 1 Timothy 2:9 reads “Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments.”

 

 

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6. Shellfish Leviticus 11:10 reads, “But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water, and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are detestable things to you.”

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 7. Shaving Leviticus 19:27: “You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard.”

 

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8. Gossip Leviticus 19:16: “You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor ; I am the LORD.”

 

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9. No football or working on Sundays Exodus 20:8: “The seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.”

 

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10. Women cover your hair in church 1 Corinthians 11: 5-6: “But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.”

Parenting

Dear Jared – Remember That…..


During our MANDATORY weekly mediation sessions / talks we go over several things according to Christ. As a Christian Mother, to me it is very imperative that I remind my son DAILY of the goodness of our God but the things that we should believe in and live by…..

We believe in one God, eternally existent and coequal in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. John 14:16-17. Matthew 28:19. 2 Cor. 13:14

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. Matthew 1:18-23

We believe that the Scriptures of Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings, and are the final authority for faith and life. II Peter 1:20-21. II Timothy 3:16-17. Heb. 4:12

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned, incurring both physical and spiritual death; and that all human beings are born in sin and that this sinful nature is the origin of all sinful acts in thought, word and deed.Genesis 1:26. Romans 5:12. Isaiah 59:2. Romans 6:23. Rom. 3:23

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died as the atoning sacrifice for our sins the just for the unjust, according to the Scriptures, and that all who believe in Him are justified by grace through His shed blood. Romans 5:8-9. Eph. 2:8-9; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18

We believe that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit, becoming children of God. John 1:12. Gal. 3:26; John 3:16

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit in illuminating, regenerating, indwelling, and sanctifying the Christian. Romans 8:14-16, John 16:13, 2Thessalonians 2:13

We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, His present work as High Priest and advocate, and His personal return in power and glory.I Corinthians 15:3-4. Hebrews 4:14-16, I Thessalonians 4:16-17

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and the lost; the saved to everlasting life, and the lost to everlasting punishment.Acts 24:15. Revelation 20:15. Romans 6:23. 1 Cor. 15:20-24

Love Mommy….

Dear ( ME )

ink addiction


Okay I get it …..well ONLY to a certain degree why people obtain tatoos…… but ummm when it gets obsessive…GEESH!

Why the whole BODY… seriously I also wanted to know that! I think that it is a turn on or they get a major high / rush from it all…. Like as you can see the boy has the word PATIENCE tattooed on BOTH of his hands. Is it that he needs this to remind HIMSELF that this is something that he needs to personally practice? Or does it mean that he likes the word itself? It appears to me that people who are lovers of INK seem to  run out of places of BLANK SKIN and then the body piercings start to increas as well!

Do you ever feel that people will regret this artwork? I mean if they like ART “all like that” why not buy some to put on the walls? I mean people get to the point that they are SOO SOO PROUD of the VARIETY of colors that they paid tons of cash for on their bodies. I cant get into it to this magnitude, so please help me understand the mind set of it if ANYONE CAN. I dont know anyone with only ONE TATOO.

They ALL start off saying that they have always wanted one and will only get ONE but a few months later…..the ink addiction BEGINS! Follow the moving hand!!! I am trying to obtain the message myself from the INK -art and what it all even means….

 I know in Leviticus 19:28 speaks volumes TO ME. “‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.