Monthly Archives: September 2014

Thought For The Day 09/30/14

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Compassionate Hearts

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Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are. 
 
Author Unknown

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Recent events that are happening in my life are reminding me that, while I prefer to see the good in people, there are still those in the world that are firmly convinced that their way is the only way. The thing is that acting under the guise of being Christians, these people seek to hurt others by damning them for behaviors or choices that do not quite fit their notions of how a Christian should act. And try as I might, I just can not seem to wrap my head around this. Why can we not all search within our hearts to find the light that is God’s grace that burn’s within every human heart? OK, in a nutshell, why can’t we lose our preconceived notions about what is right for another and simply see them with the same eyes as does our Heavenly Father?

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I am reminded of the story of two men in the Bible who were exceedingly unpopular fellows. Levi and Zacchaeus were both tax collectors, and viewed about the same way as we view the IRS on April 15th. Many people complained to Christ because He was friendly to them. Now His response to those critical of Levi was to offer perhaps what is one verse of the most sage advice that is to be found in the New Testament, Luke 5:31,-32 NIV:  Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” And of course, similarly with Zacchaeus,  the tongues began wagging when Jesus visited the home of this man. However, Zacchaeus told Christ that he believed in what the Lord was teaching, and Jesus accepted him into God’s family and described to them His purpose: Luke 19-10 NIV: For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

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Just as Jesus showed compassion and tolerance to others by His very actions, so are we given a choice to love and accept others despite behaviors that we might find objectionable. After all, it is each of us who will be called individually on Judgement Day, to give an accounting to God of our actions while we lived. And it is God and God alone who should be passing judgement on the way we lived our lives, not those Tom’s, Dick’s and Harry’s out there who delight in creating misery for so many!

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So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.

Romans 14: 12-18 NIV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 09/29/14

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Chasing Away The “Will-O’-The-Wisp”

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What is true by lamplight is not always true by sunlight.

Joseph Joubert

"What is true by lamplight is not always true by sunlight."

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I was thinking about the boogeyman (AKA the Will-O’-The-Wisp) the other day. I know that’s an odd thing to come to the mind of an adult, but when my son was very little, he became obsessed with the idea of monsters in his closet. And it didn’t matter how much I reassured him that there were no monsters. He was so fearful that bedtime became a nightmare. Until I changed the players in the game.

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I spent one night reading to my children, as I tried to do as often as possible, but instead of a fairy tale that might have some characters that were frightening to young children, I selected only stories that were upbeat, happy and presented positive images of people and life. And if I was able to paint a picture in their minds that reinforced a message that they, too, could do absolutely anything they wanted, as long as it was good, would not hurt others and could have a positive impact in not only their lives but in the lives of those around them, then I knew they would learn a lesson that would last a lifetime….. and maybe, just maybe, get rid of the boogeyman.

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Well, it took a few more days of difficult bedtimes, me reading and sharing happy thoughts and reassuring that the rustling they thought they heard was only the wings of angels sent by God to watch over them, but before any of us realized it, bedtime became a much happier time of day for our family, and the boogeyman was no more.

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It all in how we choose to rationalize the things in our lives that we find troubling, and even frightening. If we turn our minds to the joyful message that our faith and our belief in promises given to us by the Almighty, we can transform those fears into positive action with the net result being that we live a happy and fulfilling life. If, on the other hand, we keep our minds mired in fear and a sense of hopelessness, we will find that the boogeyman or Will-O’-The-Wisp never leaves our closet! That is why God has chosen to frequently  spread words of encouragement against fear throughout the Bible. From Genesis to Revelation, God reminds us to “Fear not.”

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Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 09/28/14

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Sunday, September 28th, 2014

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 A Prayer For Today  

September 28th

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Father, you show your almighty power above all by pardoning and showing us your mercy. Continue to fill us with your gifts of love. Help us to hasten to attain your promise toward eternal life and share in the joys of your kingdom. Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

http://www.prayersong.net/sundayprayer.htm

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Author of Today’s Gospel Reading

St James the Apostle

James, son of Zebedee (Greek Ἰάκωβος, from Hebrew/Aramaic Yaʿqob; died 44 AD) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus, and traditionally considered the first apostle to be martyred. He was a son of Zebedee and Salome, and brother of John the Apostle. He is also called James the Greater or James the Great to distinguish him from James, son of Alphaeus. James the Greater is the patron saint of Spain.

The son of Zebedee and Salome, James is styled “the Greater” to distinguish him from the Apostle James “the Less”, who was probably shorter of stature. We know nothing of St. James’s early life. He was the brother of John, the beloved disciple, and probably the elder of the two.

His parents seem to have been people of means. Zebedee was a fisherman of the Sea of Galilee, who probably lived in or near Bethsaida, perhaps in Capharnaum; and had some boatmen or hired men. Salome was one of the pious women who afterwards followed Christ and “ministered unto him of their substance”. And his brother John was personally known to the high-priest, and must have had wherewithal to provide for the Mother of Jesus.

It is probable that his brother had not received the technical training of the rabbinical schools; in this sense they were unlearned and without any official position among the Jews. But, according to the social rank of their parents, they must have been men of ordinary education, in the common walks of Jewish life. They had frequent opportunity of coming in contact with Greek life and language, which were already widely spread along the shores of the Galilean Sea.

James is described as one of the first disciples to join Jesus. The Synoptic Gospels state that James and John were with their father by the seashore when Jesus called them to follow him. James was one of only three apostles whom Jesus selected to bear witness to his Transfiguration James and his brother wanted to call down fire on a Samaritan town, but were rebuked by Jesus. The Acts of the Apostles records that “Herod the king” (traditionally identified with Herod Agrippa) had James executed by sword. He is the only apostle whose martyrdom is recorded in the New Testament. He is, thus, traditionally believed to be the first of the twelve apostles martyred for his faith.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James,_son_of_Zebedee

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Our Old Testament Reading

Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 NIV

Quail From The Lord

The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost–also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!”      

Moses heard the people of every family wailing, each at the entrance to his tent. The LORD became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled.   He asked the LORD, “Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their forefathers? Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’   I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.   If this is how you are going to treat me, put me to death right now–if I have found favor in your eyes–and do not let me face my own ruin.”   The LORD said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the Tent of Meeting, that they may stand there with you.   

So Moses went out and told the people what the LORD had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the Tent. Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took of the Spirit that was on him and put the Spirit on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they did not do so again. However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the Tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aid since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!” But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!” 

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Our New Testament Reading

James 5:13-20 NIV

The Prayer of Faith

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

 

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Hymn For Today

My Faith Looks Up To Thee

Music video by Bill & Gloria Gaither

My faith looks up to thee, thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine! Now hear me while I pray, take all my guilt away, O let me from this day be wholly thine!

May thy rich grace impart strength to my fainting heart, my zeal inspire! As thou hast died for me, O may my love to thee  pure, warm, and changeless be, a living fire!

While life’s dark maze I tread, and griefs around me spread, be thou my guide; bid darkness turn to day, wipe sorrow’s tears away, nor let me ever stray from thee aside.

When ends life’s transient dream, when death’s cold, sullen stream shall o’er me roll; blest Savior, then in love, fear and distrust remove; O bear me safe above, a ransomed soul!

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Thanks Be To God!

Amen

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Mandy 2014

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Thought For The Day 09/27/14

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Are We (Am I) Self Absorbed?

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Before my accident I was a little too… selfish and self-absorbed and for me, to now be at the place where I can kinda give back and inspire people. I’m blessed. I’m really blessed.

Rick Allen

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self-absorbed

adj:     preoccupied with one’s own
thoughts, emotions, life, etc.

synonym:     self-involved,
egocentric, egoistic, egotistical,
self-centred

(limited to or caring only
about yourself and your own needs)

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A friend challenged me a while ago to look at the things I write in my “Thought For The Day” section because of their concern that at times my writings seemed self-absorbed. Now my first reaction was to feel surprise that this would be the perception I was generating and then my second thought was to really look back at my writings with more than my heart and mind’s eye, so to speak!

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I guess any time we discuss of issues of faith, there is a somewhat self-centered slant to the notion of just exactly what faith means. Faith is a very personal matter. What I define as faith for me may differ tremendously from what your definition is. Some see faith as being opposed to reason while others view faith as merely a positive assumption as a result of logical reasoning. I see faith as reality which is beyond the range of what many would see as normal experience and understanding.

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The things I write every day are simply my  view of how the spirituality that God ignited within my being is changing the way I conduct my life every day. Now I try to share a message with you that challenges you to think about what I am saying as it applies to your own life too. I try not to be too “in your face” about that message. I’d rather nudge you with an idea and then hope that it ignites something within you to change one tiny way in which you live. Some times that nudge may be a bit harder than at other times, and sometimes I might just fall flat on my backside as I poke you. But either way, my hope is that you reach the end of my story thinking about my words and hopefully, my message! And to quote Katherine Graham, “To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun? ” And I also would add, how could anything be more impactful and important?

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Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2: 106 NIV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 09/26/14

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Oh, What A Ride

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You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.

Sheila Graham

http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Sheila_Graham/

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When I was younger and active in the church where I worshipped, I felt as if I was riding a Merry-Go-Round. I liked the ride. The ride put a smile on my face. But the ride was not passionate, thrilling and one that would lead me to want to shout to the world that I had been on it. But suddenly 3 1/2 years ago, I listened to a still, quite voice that whispered in my ear.

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The message I was given was that there was more waiting for me in the world. The message told me to begin a journey on a special path. The message told me that as I walked, I would learn more and more about me. The message told me that I would learn more and more about the plan God had for my life. And just as suddenly, the faith in my heart was alive and vivid and purposeful.

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I knew that people who were struggling would look to me as I passed them during my journey and I knew that I would be compelled to stop each time, and offer my hand and help them if I was able. And suddenly, the picture painted in my mind was that of a Roller Coaster. I knew that my journey from that moment forward would be one of twists and turns. I knew there would be times where I would inch along slowly, going up hill, struggling to reach the summit. Then, just as suddenly, I would plummet and spiral downward….twisting and turning and heart pounding, reaching the end of one leg of the journey I was on. And then, just as suddenly, I would begin my ride again.

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Genuine and true faith is a roller coaster ride. Having a living relationship with God is one of constant twists and turns. Faith is never one of rainbows and happiness all of the time but neither is it one of oppression and struggle. We can not change the ride that is before us. What we can do is ask for God’s help in changing the rider…..us! And as we learn more, we understand that it is exactly this roller coaster ride of faith that will lead us to the final destination in our journey…at God’s side in the Kingdom of Heaven!

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And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Romans 8: 28 NLT

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 09/25/14

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Seasons Change

(And So Do I!)

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If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.

Meister Eckhart

http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/30995.html

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The days are moving quickly to a time of quiet and peaceful rest here in the Northern Hemisphere of our world. We see the signs outside our window with each glance we take. The air is becoming chilled in the early morning and at night and the green canopy on the trees begins to fade from vibrant green to hues of red, yellow and gold.  We wait on darkened street corners early in the morning clutching tiny hands waiting for new adventures to begin in school and we cheer our favorite teams to victory on the football field.

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Our forefathers celebrated this time of the year… these days of harvest and reaping… as their just reward for all the hard work put forth during the summer making sure crops grew and flourished. And despite the fact that today, most of us get our food from the grocers, we still reap the bounty of all the hard work dedicated by men and woman in assuring that there will be no shortage during the long winter months. So it is appropriate… even necessary… that we still take a moment to sit down and give special thanks to the Lord for all the things we have been graced with in our lives. And of course, it comes as no surprise that we here in the Americas choose to celebrate Thanksgiving in the weeks that follow the autumn harvest!

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Perhaps this would be a wonderful time to begin establishing some new family traditions in giving thanks that will carry through the next couple of months until Advent arrives. Is there just one unusual and unique thing you can think of to be thankful for? Perhaps you have sacrificed to get a bill paid off and you can thank God for the fortitude and discipline that it took to reach this goal. Or perhaps your little one is making wonderful progress in school worthy of giving thanks. It doesn’t matter what you give thanks for. What matters is establishing a routine whereby you think about your blessings and spend time in celebration of those accomplishments with the power that allowed them to happen in the first place.

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Spiritual Fullness in Christ

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Colossians 2:6-7 NIV

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Mandy 2014

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Thought For The Day 09/24/14

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The Preacher’s Spouse

Clergy Families Of The 21st Century

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“Every minister worthy of the name has to walk the line between prophetic vision and spiritual sustenance, between telling people the comforting things they want to hear and challenging them with the difficult things they need to hear. In Oxford, Daddy began to feel as though all the members wanted him to do was to marry them and bury them and stay away from their souls.”

Timothy B. Tyson

 “Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story”

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/ministers

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One of my all time favorite movies was one that was released in 1947…..67 years ago, and before I was even a twinkle in my father’s eye. It starred Loretta Young, David Niven, and Cary Grant as Dudley, an angel sent to earth to help a Bishop who prayed for divine guidance to build a cathedral but instead, Dudley helps him to find his way back to his faith and back into the arms of his loving family. However, it is the character portrayed by Loretta Young, that I am thinking about with what I write today. In the movie, she plays the silently suffering wife who fears she has lost her husband, the Bishop, to a golden idol, one he zealously pursues at the expense of the things in his life that really matter. And I began to think how often it is that the spouse of those who minister God’s word are so often the forgotten piece of the puzzle that is the life of the person with whom we seek both time and counsel, at all hours of the day and night. Often acting the role that many single parents do, changing the hats they wear and the roles they perform with a speed that could rival Houdini’s speed at escape, if it were not for the self-sacrifice these spouses willingly give, it would be impossible for the clergy member to function in his God-given role! And suddenly I began to wonder if the marriages of these couples survive the challenging life that they have chosen. Are marriage struggles as prevalent among this group of individuals as they are among mainstream marriages?

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According to an LA Times article written in 1995 (1), the marriages of members of the clergy have about the same change of survival as does the marriage of the two people whose union they are blessing as they stand at the altar making their “to have and to hold” forever promises. Especially today, when the clergy role may be just as likely to find either a husband or a wife or a life partner fulfilling the supportive role within the family dynamic. One interesting footnote to the studies done finds that women clergy were more likely to have been divorced before they were ordained, while more male clergy became separated after taking the pulpit. Now there are differences within denominations as to their policies regarding divorced clergy and the roles they are permitted to perform, so there may be inherently fewer divorces among more fundamentalist faiths. However, it seems that, like most people in the world, members of the clergy put their pants on one leg at a time!

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I write this to remind everyone that ministers are just as fallible as are the rest of the members of the human race. They have their warts and foibles and yes, some even wear their very own “Scarlet Letter” branded to their hearts. The one difference is that, unlike almost everyone else in the world, members of the clergy are expected to live exemplary lives and serve as role models for everyone else. Because of this, many will not seek help for their own personal, as well as interpersonal, struggles. Often there exists a degree of naivety regarding the demands that being a minister entails. However, just as it is with the rest of the population, those who willingly acknowledge their very human side, who accept criticism with grace, have a firm and realistic view of their egos, and finally, who have a high regard for the importance of interpersonal relationships, are more likely to not just have successful interpersonal relationships themselves but will also be a much more valuable member of society as a whole. So before you look for that halo above the head of your minister, take a long look in the mirror at yourself and then ask whether you hold unrealistic expectations for the person who seeks to share with you God’s plan for His people!

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He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.

2 Corinthians 3:6 NLT

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 09/23/14

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Wisdom And The Ark!

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“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”

Paulo Coelho

“The Devil and Miss Prym”

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/62867-when-we-least-expect-it-life-sets-us-a-challenge

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The lessons we learn from life sometimes come to us from an improbable source, when we least expect it. We know how very complicated is this human mind, body and spirit, that we carry around for the days we walk the earth. The smallest of challenges that come our way might just completely derail us on the journey we are undertaking. The important thing to remember is that, despite life’s best efforts to undermine us, we all have that inner “special something” that keeps propelling us forward. I call this sense of self. Others might call it our character. But whatever label you choose to affix to this gift, it is the thing that will help us to succeed in life, no matter what it is we are searching for. USUALLY! The thing is that there are times when we allow that fabric that comprises our sense of self to become eroded by others. And unless we reach deeply within to that place where our sense of self lives, insulated from most of the seemier things in life, we might just find ourselves becoming lost! And when that happens, although we can, and usually will, find our way back, the journey becomes exponentially harder. However when we are confident in ourselves, and in our capacity to succeed, then we are usually prepared to take that leap of faith that is often needed, to make the changes within that we need, to continue that journey forward and reach all of those new horizons that await us.

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How much courage do you think it took Noah to listen to the things God was telling him and then to turn these words into the actions necessary to build an Ark? God’s plan was simple….He was going to cause it to rain…..to rain so much that the earth would be flooded. RAIN! This concept was especially difficult to comprehend by people since it had NEVER happened before! But Noah and his family believed and even more than that, they had the courage to hold true to their faith when every other person on earth, naysayers all, had lost theirs. And so, slowly but surely, board by board and peg by peg, day after day and month after month, and decades after decades the work at hand continued (not the 120 years some believe, by the way). I am certain the un-kindness from others in their land must have been terrible for Noah and his family to bear, and yet wielding faith as their armor against the barbs, they continued on. And, of course, we all know how this ends, the rainbow painted by God in the sky, His promise that He would never again, seek to punish humankind in this way!

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There is a “Pearl of Wisdom” to be learned from everything that touches us. The thing is that all to often, we fail to recognize the things that are to be learned from the experience. The key is to firstly recognize that a lesson exists, secondly, to listen to the message it shares, and then thirdly, be able to take action and to apply the lesson to the life you live. And the same thing can be said whether the lesson we are learning is one that will nurture our faith, or nurture the life we lead. And while I believe that there is nothing greater for us than to nourish faith as it grows within, when you really think about it, both are important if we are to become a happy, healthy and productive person! And since I referred to Noah earlier, and to add a bit of levity to an otherwise somber message, I thought it might be fun to look at some “Pearls” that might just serve us well, all drawn from the leap of faith Noah and his family made, “way back when”!

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A Little Wisdom From Noah’s Ark

Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark

1) Don’t miss the boat.
2) Remember that we are all in the same boat.
3) Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
4) Stay fit. When you’re 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
5) Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
6) Build your future on high ground.
7) For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
8) Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
9) When you’re stressed, float awhile.
10) Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
11) No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.

http://www.bible4today.org/bible-bloopers/a-little-wisdom-from-noahs-ark/

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After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.

By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.

Then God said to Noah, “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.”

Genesis 8:6-17 NIV

 

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Mandy 2014

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Thought For The Day 09/22/14

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Stop! Listen! Understand! Change! 

Thought 1290

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Listen-And-Silent

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=picture+of+stop%2c+listen+and+learn&qpvt=picture+of

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Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.

Ronald Reagan

http://www.cartoonmotivators.com/blog/theres-opportunities-all-around-us-so-grab-them-when-they-come-along/

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Every one I know has met someone in their daily encounters that is the first one to criticize the things around them that they are unhappy with. Some criticize quietly but many of these people are notorious for shouting their displeasure from the rooftops. And yet, ask them for a solution or an idea to change the dynamics of the thing that is upsetting, and more than likely, they will be struck dumb, mouth agape and confused.

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A friend of mine recently said, “If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it.” Wise words, indeed, and worth repeating daily to ourselves as a reminder that it is we alone who are responsible for changing the things in our life that do not meet our expectations of exactly what we want for ourselves. Isn’t it exactly this philosophy that has become the mantra for AA members who look to the Serenity Prayer daily as a source of strength as they fight the battle of their own unseen demons?

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We are very lucky to live in the times that we do. The number of opportunities afforded to us all is phenomenal….but only if we have the wisdom and fortitude to not only recognize those opportunities, but to seize them with both hands and put them to work in our lives.

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Certainly Jesus understood this concept. We read the words he preached in the Bible but more that his words, we are given the opportunity to bear witness to the opportunities he gave to people as he encouraged the multitude to carry forth his message and to minister to others. This gift was continual and ever-changing. Jesus worked WITH others, not OVER others.

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Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Mark 10:42-45 NIV

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Mandy 2014

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Thought For The Day 09/21/14

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Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Post #1289

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 A Prayer For Today  

Bountiful God, we praise your Holy Name.

We come before You as little children. Our eyes are wide open in the presence of Your majesty. Our hearts are astonished at Your magnificence. Our minds are amazed at the miracles You perform. Make us innocent by Your grace, and help us restore peace in our world. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  

Amen.

http://www.prayersong.net/sundayprayer.htm

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Author of Today’s Reading

St Matthew the Apostle

St. Matthew, one of the twelve Apostles, is the author of the first Gospel. This has been the constant tradition of the Church and is confirmed by the Gospel itself. He was the son of Alpheus and was called to be an Apostle  while sitting in the tax collector’s place at Capernaum. Before his conversion he was a publican, i.e., a tax collector by profession. He is to be identified with the “Levi” of Mark and Luke.

His apostolic activity was at first restricted to the communities of Palestine. Nothing definite is known about his later life. There is a tradition that points to Ethiopia as his field of labor; other traditions mention of Parthia and Persia. It is uncertain whether he died a natural death or received the crown of martyrdom.

St. Matthew’s Gospel was written to fill a sorely felt want for his fellow countrymen, both believers and unbelievers. For the former, it served as a token of his regard and as an encouragement in the trial to come, especially the danger of falling back to Judaism; for the latter, it was designed to convince them that the Messiah had come in the person of Jesus, our Lord, in Whom all the promises of the messianic  Kingdom embracing all people had been fulfilled in a spiritual rather than in a carnal way: “My Kingdom is not of this world.” His Gospel, then, answered the question put by the disciples of  St. John the Baptist, “Are You He Who is to come, or shall we look for another?”

Writing for his countrymen of Palestine, St. Matthew composed his Gospel in his native Aramaic, the “Hebrew tongue” mentioned in the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. Soon afterward, about the time of the persecution of Herod Agrippa I in 42 AD, he took his departure for other lands. Another tradition places the composition of his Gospel either between the time of this departure and the Council of Jerusalem, i.e., between 42 AD and 50 AD or even later. Definitely, however, the Gospel, depicting the Holy City with its altar and temple as still existing, and without any reference to the fulfillment of our Lord’s prophecy, shows that it was written before the destruction of the city by the Romans in 70 AD, and this internal evidence confirms the early traditions.

http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=84

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Our Old Testament Reading

Isaiah 55:6-9 NIV

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

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Our New Testament Reading

Matthew 20: 1-16 NIV

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

“About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.

“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

“‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

“The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

“But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

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Hymn For Today

Though I May Speak with Bravest Fire

by: Hal H. Hopson
(born 12 June 1933)

Mr Hopson is a full-time composer and church musician residing in Dallas, Texas.
He has over 1000 published works, which comprise almost every musical form in church music.

1 Though I may speak with bravest fire,
And have the gift to all inspire,
And have not love, my words are vain,
As sounding brass, and hopeless gain.

2 Though I may give all I possess,
And striving so my love profess,
But not be given by love within,
The profit soon turns strangely thin.

3 Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control,
Our spirits long to be made whole.
Let inward love guide every deed;
By this we worship, and are freed.

Bon Voyage performance at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, SC on 5-4-14

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Thanks Be To God!

Amen

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Mandy 2014

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