What if…

Today’s post is a link to another post on the ChristianPF blog. Hopefully this post will inspire you to dream bigger or maybe start dreaming again.

What if…

It’s a question that leads you to dream. Dream with me for a moment.

What if your mountain of debt could be slowly eroded away?

What if your mountain of debt could be wiped clean by making difficult decisions?

What if you weren’t broke, but had income pouring in every month?

What if emergencies seemed like small bumps in the road?

What if you could change your boss by changing your attitude?

Continue reading “What if…”

Book Review – It’s Not About Me

What would change if we finally found our place and lived in it? How different would we be if we lived a God-centered life instead of self-centered life? Well, Max Lucado answers those questions in detail through scripture in It’s Not About Me.

The book is broken up into two sections: God-Pondering and God-Promoting. The idea is that one naturally follows the other. When we take time to ponder the God’s greatness, we will be more apt to declare His greatness. Throughout the book Max talks about how everything should be about God…our message, our salvation, our bodies, our struggles, and our successes.

This is another great book by Max Lucado and is an easy, short read at 146 pages. There are even study notes for each chapter in the back of the book; making it a great read for small groups.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Charity Spotlight – Water Angel Ministries

Water Angel Ministries is a Christian outreach ministry to the homeless and at-risk in Knoxville, TN. What started out as a Girl Scout mission project in 2002 to provide bottled water to the homeless, God has transformed into a ministry for his body to serve the “least of these.” This ministry is open to all who are hurting, lost, and broken.

The Water Angels provide many services to the hurting, lost, and homeless of the area. Here are just a few of their services.

  • Church service for the homeless and inner city residents every Sunday at 2 PM.
  • Discipleship & Bible Study every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 9 AM.
  • Back to School Block Part for the children. This year’s event is Saturday, August 13 from 10 Am until 2 PM.
  • Christmas Dinner and Worship for the homeless and inner city.

Every product donation received by Water Angel Ministries is given to the homeless. They do not sell anything. 100% of the financial donations received go toward operating the ministry and providing the services to assist the homeless into self-sufficiency. Every person volunteers their time, and no one draws a salary within the ministry. This is their way of giving back, and serving God whole-heartedly.

The Great Recovery is Coming!

The Great Recovery is a grassroots movement spread by people who are tired of looking to Washington for answers. The truth is that the government can’t fix this economy. It’ll be restored one family at a time, as each of us takes a stand to return to God and grandma’s way of handling money.

Together, we’ll bring this country back on track—one family, one church, one community at a time.

Join Dave Ramsey on Thursday,  July 21, as he addresses leaders from around the nation! You can register to watch Dave’s free message at http://www.thegreatrecovery.com/.

Charity Spotlight – Feeding God’s Children

Feeding God’s Children was founded in November 2005 as a program of the Global Outreach Ministry at Two Rivers Church, Lenoir City, TN.  In June of 2008, it became a separate 501(c)3 foundation.

In 1982, Pastor David Alvarez, with a small band of believers, started Centro Christiana Cultural de Guatemala in the midst of one of the poorest and desperate neighborhoods in Guatemala City. In 2002, with few resources but incredible faith in the power of God, they started a feeding program with 35 children from the neighborhood.

In 2004, Sid and Shannon Kemp, founders of Feeding God’s Children, visited pastor Alvarez’s church. When they saw the conditions the children were living in and the impact the program was having on the children, they were deeply impacted. Sid, Shannon and Pastor Alvarez decided to partner together to change a generation for Christ, one child at a time.

Feeding God’s Children is a conduit to provide organizational, financial and prayer support for their partners throughout the world. They currently partner with an orphanage ministry in Guatemala and a ministry in Appalachia that oversees a weekend food program to elementary children and supports teens at an alternative high school in Kentucky. Although the program can look different with each partner, their model is to provide some or all of the following:  nutritious meals, vitamins, hygiene, tutoring, skill training, school supplies and, most importantly, the love of Jesus Christ to God’s children all over the world.

Charity Spotlight – Mission of Hope

The Mission of Hope concentrates on serving people throughout poverty stricken rural areas of Appalachia in Southeast Kentucky and Northeast Tennessee. To accomplish their goals of providing assistance, the Mission of Hope seeks supplies, resources, monetary donations and grants from individuals, businesses, corporations, service groups and civic organizations. The Mission of Hope then distributes donated items and purchased materials to areas of rural Appalachia where they are then delivered to needy individuals and families through the support of school resource centers and local ministries, already established within the communities which they serve.

The Mission of Hope is a year round ministry that assists many of our Appalachian neighbors with much needed goods and resources; college scholarships; and help with basic educational, health care and home repair needs. There are lots of ways that you can help the Mission of Hope. One of the most important ways you can help is to keep their ministry and those they serve in your prayers. There are also numerous opportunities to volunteer your time both in their Knoxville office and warehouse and in the areas they serve. Of course, monetary donations are always a great way to help as it allows them to use the funds where it is needed most.

Resource Links: MOH Facebook Page ~~ MOH Twitter Feed ~~ WBIR Interview with Emmette Thompson

The Captivity Of Discontent

by Jon Walker

“I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret [of being content]—whether well-fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need.” Philippians 4:11–12 (HCSB)

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The Apostle Paul, who was blessed with great privileges – but also beaten and stripped of everything he had – taught that true contentment must be learned: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippians 4:12, NIV)

He teaches that God gives us strength to be content. This is an important spiritual truth to learn because if wealth, good looks, or the seemingly perfect spouse brought lasting contentment, then Hollywood would be filled with some of the most content and happy people on earth. But it’s not.

What does this mean?

Don’t compare yourself to others – When you compare your life with someone else’s, the only place it can lead is discontent. There will always be people who appear to be better off than you, but you don’t know their real circumstances.

I recall counseling a husband many years ago, who said he wished his wife could be more like so-and-so, and he named a woman in our congregation. What he didn’t know was that the woman was an alcoholic who was causing awful heartache and stress for her family and her husband. That’s why the Bible says it is unwise to compare ourselves with others or even with ourselves! (2 Corinthians 10:12)

Be grateful for who you are and what you have – Learning to be content requires that you stop any “when and then” thinking – “When I am ___________, then I’ll be happy.” (You fill in the blank.) You may actually be content for a little while but then someone else or something else will come along and drain the contentment from your life.

But listen – you are unique. God created you to be like nobody else, so why would you want to be anyone else? God is perfect, and you were his perfect choice to be you! Understanding that is a huge step toward being content with your life.

And then look at all the things God has given you. So often we allow what we don’t have to dominate our focus to the point we forget the many, wonderful things we already have – not only material things, but far more important blessings, such as family and friends.

Give yourself to others – If you will begin giving yourself to others, sharing what things you do have, sharing your time and your talents, you will find yourself learning to be content. Helping others will give you an appreciation for what you have and who you are but, more importantly, you will find yourself growing in contentment. Why? Because God designed us to serve and share with others and until we do that, we will feel great discontent.

Focus on things with eternal value – The real secret to becoming content is to focus on the things that have eternal value. It may be a familiar teaching to you, but Jesus said we should store up our treasures in heaven, and not on earth “where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:19–21, NIV)

Think about the things in your life – What will last forever? What will last at least for your lifetime? What will last only a few short years, or months, or days? Based on eternal value, what things are most important in your life? Where – and with whom – should you invest your most time and energy?

By reorganizing your life around eternal priorities, you will find yourself growing in contentment, as you live according to God’s design and purpose.

© 2008 Purpose Driven Life. All rights reserved.
Jon Walker is a pastor and writer for www.GraceCreates.com.