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1When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.
– Genesis 6:1-2 (NIV)
The sons of God, the angels, slept with the “daughters of men.” This was referenced by Jude as he wrote about the ways of the wicked and wayward who strayed from God. Peter makes reference to it in his second epistle when he says: “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned.” There were angels who took it upon themselves to do as they wished, not keeping to their assigned tasks ordained by the Almighty.
Read on in Genesis 6 and see how much the inhabitants of the earth displeased God. Then, take a long and hard look at our society today. Are we living in violent and chaotic times? Has sexual immorality taken a hold of our people, spewing with infidelity and pornographic images? Look at it.
What was going on among the people bothered God. It grieved God. It made God sorry that He had made mankind and put them on earth. It broke his heart.
Let’s stop the madness and mayhem. Let’s do our part to live differently. Jude wrote it as a reminder to us. Peter wrote it as a warning. We need to live in truth and not falsehood. We need to live for God, upholding what we know of Him and clinging to Him with utter dependence for all that we do not know and cannot foresee.
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=ministrioc-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1413313868&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrI want to get my own nonprofit to do my own thing and not have to worry about taxes and licenses.
I hear it a lot as I try to help other individuals get started with their budding business ideas. In essence, some people come to the table with misconstrued notions that don’t make much sense to anyone but the other person who passed on the bad information to them. In many cases, people are operating off of what they have heard rather than what they have researched or experienced.
Nonprofits exist for numerous purposes. In most cases, your average nonprofit is for “public benefit.” In layman’s terms, the entity is organized in order to accomplish some good for the benefit of the community as a whole. No matter if its focus is on children, women, the poor, or some other group, the organization itself is established for the good of society as a whole. Truly, the goal for starting a nonprofit organization should be the good that it can do for society, not the ability to get grants and write out your own exuberant salary for doing “part-time” work.
executive compensationNonprofits are under the radar. In this information age, where you can Google in an instant and start a wiki on everything and anything, even nonprofit and faith-based scandals, you better have more than your ducks in a row. Ethics come into play. The high road isn’t the hard road when you go at it the right way and into with the right mindset and heart.
5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. 10Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
– 2 Peter 1:5-11 (NIV)
I had to take a much-needed break. I needed the time off. I was going in all sorts of directions at a perilous pace. At some point, I had to realize that I needed to regroup in order to continue effectively and ensure that my work contributed to the kingdom of God. I was drifting into doing more than being.
Have you ever been there? I mean the lonely space where you are knowing what’s the truth, speaking the truth and doing the truth, but not necessarily having the truth as your mainstay. It is a place where what you have been upholding has to become what holds you up after everything is said and done.
I was there. God captured my attention. He had me arrive at a simple resolution.
… be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure… 1 Peter 1:10 (NIV)
Make a turnaround at this turning point.
Did God provide me with this audible announcement? No, I should dare not say so. He helped me come to the realization that the statement summarizes all that He has placed before me and on my heart. Even as I preached this past week on Peter’s confession of the Lord as the Christ, the son of the living God, and shared a simple Bible lesson on thankfulness, I reckoned with the fact that God called me to do more than simply preach and teach among those who already believe.
I will continue to blog. Starting Monday, November 29th, I will continue with the series From Eden to Egypt. I return to the blogosphere renewed and revived. The Lord has recharged me, energizing me to forge ahead in faith with even greater fire burning within me.
Have you identified the needs of your target audience? That’s important. You want to ensure that your target audience is getting its desired results through your product or service. Identify what they need, and then identify how to meet those needs. In doing so, you need to prioritize your work on addressing the needs.
Your programming should include matching your product or services with identified needs. We call this “need-based programming.” Such methods provide you with an approach to meeting the needs and measuring success based upon which needs were met at in what areas.
Measure needs met and use these as your results. Make sure that your data collection matches with your desired results. As you move forward, keep your focus on keeping up with the pulse of the audience you serve. If you lose touch, then you can lose some profitability. That’s not the direction that you want to move in.
“At 103 years of age, A.G. &. Gaston leaves behind a thirst for success, a keen resourcefulness and an entrepreneurial split that will be deeply missed by those of us in the business world who either knew him personally or knew of his achievements.”- Earl G. Graves interviewed at the death of A.G. Gaston
Change can come in many forms. We may have different causes for our change, but we need to ready ourselves for change. We need to prepare for it as much as possible. You may never see it coming down pipe, but you still need to ready yourself for the day it comes. Sam Cooke sang: “Change gonna come.” In The Art of War, Sun Tzu said,”In everything there is change.”
My suggestion is that you be so prayed up and prepared that no change catches you by surprise. You need to downsize your home. It will come one day. Your children will move out. Hope and pray that you have done all that you can to prepare them. Your job is laying off people in every department. Think over your next career move. Your wife just said that she’s pregnant. Get yourself ready, buddy.
I have always been amazed about Enoch’s walk. Not only did he walk with God, but he walked with Him and “he was not” due to the fact that God did not let him see death. The New International Version says: “he was no more.” Let’s take a factual approach to this. He was gone. He was out of everyone’s sight. You could have turned over every rock east of Eden and still never would have found Enoch.
God’s sovereignty. God did with Enoch as He does with us all. He did whatever He chose to do with Enoch. Let’s not get this theologically twisted. Let’s not dummy-down the doctrine here.
Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.- Psalm 115:3 (NIV)
He is sovereign. Yes, Enoch walked differently due to his son being born. He walked with the Lord. Yet, we tend to stress the goodness of Enoch and his walk, not the greatness of God who “took him away.”
Look at God and His power. Who but God could open up heaven and allow on such as Enoch to walk in? Who but God could look from on high and be considerate of the ways of man, still saying that there is none that does good; no, not one? We have to pay more homage and honor to God for His goodness because He is holy. Enoch shows us the power of God, not a perfect example of submission. Don’t put too much emphasis on Enoch when you need to see the power and might of the Lord at work in Enoch’s life. Surely, through His power, He can bring about change.
3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.4 The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years; and he had other sons and daughters.5 Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died.- Genesis 5:3-5 (ESV)
Okay. Someone might have missed it, but when you look at Genesis chapter 5, it speaks of itself as “the book of the generations of Adam” in accordance with verse 1. Thus, somewhere beyond the reiteration of God’s creation of man in His own image and likeness, the Bible breaks down the real deal about man. The eventuality of Adam in the same for all of us. According to the last words of verse 5, we are simply told: “and he died.”
Adam died. He eventually meet his own end. At some point, after some 930 years of walking about the earth, Adam ceased to live any longer. His breathing stopped. His body simply stopped. Adam passed away 800 years after the birth of Seth, preceded in death by his son Abel at the hands of Adam’s other son Cain.
Learn this now. Death is eventual. Death is inevitable. Death is the end of all mean. I believe Solomon said it best in Ecclesiastes 9: “For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten” (v. 5). It is the thing that patiently awaits us all. Be sure to never live in denial of that.
But be sure to live. Adam did not stop living because he lost a son due to murder. Adam did not stop living to simply mourn his son. He did not start a memorial fund in the name of Abel. He did not erect a shrine of sorts at the place where his other son killed the lad in the open field and shed his blood, taking his innocent life. Adam lived on.
Adam lived on. He did not put up a ransom for Cain to be returned home. He did not make an appeal for Cain to come back after being cast away by the Lord. No, Adam simply lived and he lived on. He had more children, starting with Seth, and he gives us an example to live fully while we still have life.
Live on. Live on with all of your energy and effort. Live on.