Be Kind To Everyone

Be Kind

Be kind to everyone. Such a simple statement but one that so many people forget these days. This week Ellen DeGeneres stood up to the bullies around the country when they criticized her for being in the same room with former President George W. Bush.

Congratulations Ellen

Here is what Ellen Said: “Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that we’re all different. But just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean I’m not gonna be friends with them. When I say be kind to one another, I don’t mean only to the people that think the same way you do. I mean be kind to everyone. It doesn’t matter.”

Imagine If We Didn’t Communicate

Can you even imagine what it would have been like if our forefathers had taken offense at anything they didn’t agree with? What if they had refused to listen to the opinions of others and refused to communicate about anything. Had that been the case The Constitution Of  The United States might never have come into being. Instead, we could have been overcome by some other group of more civilized people who knew how to have conversations and respect each other while all the while being true to themselves.

What Can You Do To Change The World?

How can we change the disrespect that is taking place in our society today?

  1. Be an example. When you are speaking with someone who has a difference of opinion, listen and state your case. Don’t just shut them down or ignore them.
  2. Just like Ellen did. Stand up for your rights and be clear about how you feel and what you expect in return.
  3. Treat people how you would like to be treated. Rember this simple but profound verse from the Bible: Luke 6:31 ESV “And as you wish others would do to you, do so to them”

Precious Moments Religious Gifts

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Precious Moments is the worlds most recognized inspirational brand since 1978. They offer religious gifts and figurines for just about any occasion.

The spring season means there will be a lot of activity in our church and so many reasons to look for the Christian gifts and decor that they offer. This also the time of the year I find the most difficult to decide on a gift.

After all, it’s Easter so what do you buy? Chocolate? That’s great for kids! Clothes? Ho-hum! Flowers? That’s a pretty good idea but they don’t last long. How about something that has a lot of meaning and will last forever? If you guessed diamonds you could be right but I was thinking more of a specail gift from Precious Moments.  Check out New Arrivals at Preciousmoments.com 

Christian Movies Online Or On Your TV

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It’s Hard To Find Christian Movies

Where can I find Christian movies? I know, you have been looking for a good source of Christian family-friendly movies. Most of the premium services have some Christian movies or shows but not many. They also have movies that are Free with your subscription but many more that cost you extra.

My wife and I enjoy watching Hallmark movies because they are great. But, while the characters and story-lines change, there are strong similarities in each. Boy meets girl, boy tries to kiss the girl but gets interrupted at least twice, boy kisses the girl. When we watch one of these great shows we look at each other with that “ I knew it was coming” look every time a kiss is interrupted.

Of course, there are Christian movies on TV at Easter and Christmas plus a lot of general Christmas movies in November and December. But what about the rest of the year? Would you like to be able to watch a good family movie any time you want? How about your children? Would you like to have a channel they can watch and not have to worry about stumbling onto something that is not appropriate for kids?

Crossflix is the answer. With your monthly or annual subscription, you can watch Christian movies on your TV or take it with you and watch on your computer. As a matter of fact, you can watch on two different devices at the same time. This is Christian entertainment at its best. Your subscription includes Christian movies, education, and stories that your entire family can enjoy. 

How to watch Christian movies on your TV

 

Miracles Everyday – What Does It Mean To Me?

Faith and God Things

I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!

When I tell you that I Believe In God Things, it means I believe in miracles. It also means I don’t have to see something to believe it. We read in Matthew 9:28 “When He had gone indoors the blind men came to him, and He asked them, Do you believe I can do this? Yes, Lord, they replied. Then He touched their eyes and said: “According to your faith let it be done to you, and their sight was restored.”

What if these men didn’t have faith? Would their sight have been restored?

Believing Is Seeing

I’m sure you have heard the saying “seeing is believing”. While that’s true most of the time, it can be a pretty ordinary life to only believe in what you can see. Life is much more exciting when “believing is seeing”. Ask any successful person you know and they will confirm this statement. God gives us free will, the power to make our own decisions and chart our own way. And yet He is always there to help us and to guide us. But there are times when He needs to step in and do something that we don’t expect. These are times when He makes something happen that no one can explain, something that only God can do. These are God Things.

Galatians 3:2 “I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard?”

God Is Always Present

God is present in our lives every day, there is no doubt in my mind about that! The problem is I’m not always seeking him out. Those are the times when it’s easy to question God’s presence. If I can’t see him and I can’t feel him, is He there? The answer is a resounding YES!! I believe God is always there for us but not always obvious.

Jeremiah 29:13 tells us “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”.

See Below To Read More About God Things

 

 

 

An Incredible Story About Miracles

Throughout my writings, there is a common thread about miracles. They are not always big events and quite often are small events or actions. These small events add up to a miraculous result. This article appeared in The Kearney Hub and exemplifies how people play a part in our lives. Unless we give thought to it, we can miss those Precious Moments when someone does something that leads to someone else doing something that leads to someone else doing something and on and on. It’s a chain of events that creates one miraculous ending. Can you recall something like that happened in your life? Something that, at first, appeared to be just a small event that turned into a “God Thing”? I’d love to read your feedback.  

Be Careful What You Think About

“Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life” Proverbs 4:23 NCV

Be careful what you think about. What are your thoughts? I came across this verse in a daily devotional the other day and it seemed like one of those “WOW” verses.

Do your thoughts make you happy or sad? excited or nervous? successful or failure? The fact of the matter is that you can take almost any subject and think about it in a positive way or a negative way (glass half full or half empty).  What we need to understand is that positive thinking isn’t as simple as it sounds. Positive thinking is a habit that you have to focus on every day. Catch yourself during those moments when your thoughts can’t seem to go in a positive direction. What’s causing it?

It’s not so different from prayer. I never get up in the morning and tell myself “I’m not going to pray today!” But it happens. The excuses:

  1. Not the right time to pray
  2. Inconvenient
  3. I’ll pray later
  4. Not in the right mood
  5. Time went by so fast I just didn’t get the time

Fortunately, there’s the end of the day when I’m laying in bed and nothing else can interrupt me.

You might be asking yourself what’s going on here? What does one have to do with the other? When I pray first thing in the morning it tends to put me in a different mood. My thoughts become easier to control. Sure, it’s good to pray at night but by that time the day could already have been off track all day. Starting the day with prayer and asking the Lord for help and guidance right away can lead to a better start and a better finish.

Tips For Success

  1. Read The Bible every morning to start the day off strong
  2. Pray every morning and every time you can throughout the day.
    1. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us “Pray without ceasing”
  3. When you catch yourself with bad thoughts, intentionally stop yourself and pray for God’s help
  4. Don’t give up on yourself. Remember that God works in His time, not yours. But you have to be committed to accepting His miracles.

 

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