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Give us today our daily bread. – Matthew 6:11 (NIV)

Let us face it.  We easily become consumed with the matters of tomorrow.  We worry about tomorrow.  We fret over it.

The Word speaks about worrying about tomorrow:

  • Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.- Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
  • Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.- 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. – James 4:13-17 (NIV)

What about today?

God offers us today.  We must make the most of today.  We cannot neglect the importance of handling the matters at hand.  We cannot afford to bypass what must be done today.  Otherwise, any hopes for tomorrow are null and void.  Handle today in an appropriate manner and manage your affairs accordingly.

Today’s challenges cause us to truly search our own souls.  We must ask ourselves what we are living for moment by moment.  We must question each and every move that we make.  We must consider where everything fits in the big scheme of things.  Let’s not lose sight of what we should do in His name, looking at Christ as our example of humility.

This is the day the Lord has made.We will rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:24 (NLT)

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The Word of God compels us to take some form of action with it.  We are called to take the Word into our hearts and minds, then take action with the Word.  Unfortunately, many have used the Word to destroy more than for edification. 

The Word was used to justify chattel slavery,considering the enslaved Africans destined to bondage due to the “Curse of Ham” that was interpreted from a biblical story in Genesis.  The Crusades were launched based upon the Word and the quest for the Holy Land.  The Word was used as the rationale for considering the handicapped and mentally ill as “unclean.” If we are not watchful and prayerful, others will continue to use the Word of God to mislead and offer false teachings on everything that spans from tithing and prosperity to the last days and end of the world.

The Word is worth fighting for.  We have to fight for the integrity of the Word, ensuring that we uphold the Word.  The Word speaks for itself.  It is truth.  Both the promises and prophecies of the Word come true.  We just have to fight the good fight to continually proclaim the Word.

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To my fellow writers and poets,

I humbly submit this as an appeal to you to do more.  Do more with what you have been endowed with as natural gifts and abilities as well as the developed and enriched skills that you have worked on for years. 

Do good with what you do, offering creative writing classes and assistance to at-risk youth and juvenile offenders, court schools and alternative schools, even group homes.  Donate copies of your books and publications to be placed in site libraries at senior centers, charter schools and community libraries.  Partner with local youth-serving nonprofits to raise money through poetry slams, spoken word events, open mic shows and similar ventures.
Let us still be creative artists, but let us work towards becoming difference-makers.  Let us become activists as well as artists.
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21 How the faithful city
has become a whore, 
she who was full of justice!
Righteousness lodged in her,
but now murderers.
22 Your silver has become dross,
your best wine mixed with water.
23 Your princes are rebels
and companions of thieves.
Everyone loves a bribe
and runs after gifts.
They do not bring justice to the fatherless,
and the widow’s cause does not come to them. 
Isaiah 1:21-23 (ESV)

The Christian church can make a difference in its community.  The conditions of most environments where the church is located call for change.  The church can set the stage for social change if we will accept the call from the Lord to first change its perspective and priorities. 

The church is made up of people and should make people its main business.  The church should reach out with compassion and concern for its fellow man.

 

In order to bring about social change, the church will need to return to God’s call for repentance that serves to reconcile hearts and redeem souls.  The church has internal work to do as well as external work to do in the name of God.  The meetings and conferences, prayer vigils and church socials, will need to serve as the launching pad for the church’s external work.  This external work will lead to good works that shine before men, women and children who will glorify the Father for the workers who entered into His vineyard for the plentiful harvest.

Let’s get working!

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When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
– Hosea 11:1 (NIV)

The prophet Hosea does not seem like a likely candidate to offer a prophecy on Jesus Christ.  Nevertheless, this biblical prophecy about the Messiah emerges from the object lesson emerges from this minor prophet.  God uses Hosea just like he can use any us to accomplish anything that He desires to do.  I learned after reading Andrew Murray’s God’s Plans for You that God can use us in all sorts of ways.

Those of the faith are the “called out.” God calls us out from among the world to stand out among the world.  He causes us to live differently.  He calls us out to make us useful. 

God calls on us to use us.  After making us useful, He can choose to use us for His glory.  He can call on us and He should be able to count on us.  If God gave you an assignment like He did with Hosea, could He count on you to through on it?  Would you bring glory to God by how you handled it?

Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.- Psalm 115:3 (NIV)

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16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
cease to do evil,
17 learn to do good;
seek justice,
correct oppression;
bring justice to the fatherless,
plead the widow’s cause.

– Isaiah 1:16-17 (ESV)

I think we may be lost on the main thing. I think we have lost our way somewhere along the way. I believe that we may have confused the meaning and message of some of the blessings that we receive as believers and how we are to use these blessings to bless others in a mighty way. That’s my opinion on the matter.

The Bible says that we should “return to God” in the words of Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, as he wrote Lamentations. Our wickedness has caused us to become back-sliders and lose sight on the truth behind how blessed we are in His name. God offers us reconciliation and a way back to Him. Upon our return to Him, we must serve him rightly.

The blessings are not for us alone. We are blessed to bless others. The Lord’s words that appear in Acts, as quoted by Paul, say: “And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35, NKJV) Our duty is to help the poor. It is not to say that we have arrived or attained. It is for us to be used as vessels, poured out by the Father and showering blessings upon others, especially the poor.

Have you blessed someone today?

Have you offered someone what you have?

What have you done in the Lord’s name and in the manner of our Lord?

 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. – James 2;14-17 (NIV)

Join our effort to assist low-income, at-risk youth gain training, development and mentoring in our community to serve as the leaders of the community in the futureThe 200 Club Youth Sponsorship is an effort to support the initial work of Life Path’s Youth-N2-Action program and serves as a grassroots effort to get the work started within San Diego.

Make a charitable donation (June through September): http://200club.chipin.com/200-club-youth-sponsors
Read more about the program: http://ministrymechanic.blogspot.com/2011/05/help-us-help-youth.html

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Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.-
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Life Path Ministries & Services is launching a four-month sponsorship drive for its Youth-N2-Action program.  Youth-N2-Action targets at-risk and low-income youth in grades 10 and 11 for community service, leadership development and tiered mentoring.  Our goal is to teach and train a minimum of 50 youth entering into the 11th grade next school year with leadership skills, mentoring support from community and business leaders, and offer community service and service learning opportunities over an 18 to 24-month campaign period for the class of 2013.  During 2012, we plan to expand the program to include 10th graders and have our Difference-Makers Camp offered for both classes as an excursion of education, exposure and empowerment.

We believe that today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders.  It is imperative for today’s leaders to teach and train today’s youth for tomorrow’s leadership opportunities.  Join the effort to help us help youth in San Diego take charge and take action.

Go to the site: http://200club.chipin.com/200-club-youth-sponsors and donate a one-time sponsorship of $200 or a partial sponsorship of $100 during the campaign.  Forward the link http://200club.chipin.com/200-club-youth-sponsors and/ or this post to 5 other people who are concerned and compassionate about the issues facing our youth today and the leadership gap that will exist if the youth are not taught and trained today.

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