Saturday, September 12, 2009

A godly friend can be of great help

The Bible says Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend springs from his/her earnest counsel.
As iron sharpens iron, so one man or woman sharpens another.
This is true Friendship.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Bad company


Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.
1 Corinthians 15:33

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Do not judge others while you fail to acknowledge your own sin.

You hypocrite, first get the beam of timber out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the tiny particle out of your brother's eye.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

SOME TRY TO BLAME GOD.

A man's own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the Lord.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

GOD'S COMFORT ZONE

Our "comfort zone" is the area in which we feel comfortable. It has boundaries. We cross a boundary when we "feel" uncomfortable. Anything that or anyone who makes us uncomfortable violates our comfort zone. Anything making us uncomfortable is resisted.
Comfort zones do not declare good or bad, measure right or wrong, or define the "God approved" or "God condemned." Comfort zones protect personal comfort. They vary radically. What is comfortable to one is uncomfortable to another. Comfort zones more likely involve personal preferences than God's teachings.
Can comfort zones include standards, practices, convictions, or behaviors that are ungodly? Certainly! When a Christian is comfortable with something ungodly, does his or her comfort make it innocent or good? No! A classic objective of Satan's deceit is to make us comfortable with evil. We perceive no danger or threat from the comfortable.
Can comfort zones exclude standards, practices, convictions, or behaviors that are godly? Certainly! When a Christian is uncomfortable with something godly, does his or her discomfort make it evil? No! Another classic objective of Satan's deceit is to make us uncomfortable with the godly. The deceit: "If I find it uncomfortable, God cannot like it!" We are less likely to open our hearts and minds to God if that openness creates personal discomfort. When Satan makes us uncomfortable with an avenue to greater spirituality, we close our hearts to God.
Many crises in Christ's body incorporate the "theology of personal comfort zones" in their foundation. We individually assume that "my" comfort zone is "God's" comfort zone. We assume if "I don't like it," God does not like it. We assume "my comfort zone came from God." Therefore, "I" impose "my" comfort zone on other Christians as "God's truth." "I" transform "my" conscience's reactions [that must be respected] into God's will.
No one's comfort zone dictates God's methods or comfort level. No Christian would passively allow a group to unjustly execute his or her son, regardless of how much good the death could achieve. No Christian would demand that a preacher marry a prostitute in order to be a living parable to the congregation (Hosea).
Our objective: do not allow "my" comfort to restrict God's work and purposes. Our objective: allow God to change us so that our comfort zones will include everything that comes from God and expresses itself in Jesus Christ.
The question never is, "Am I comfortable?" The question always is, "Am I growing into the image of Christ?" Spiritual growth specializes in violating comfort zones. Godliness makes us uncomfortable. Evil, not godliness, places a premium on comfort.
David Chadwell

Monday, September 7, 2009

COMFORT

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
2 Cor. 1:3-4

Roses

Thank You Sitka