Sunday, August 18, 2019

What Could Be Better Financial Security Than That?


A few years after we got married, Cindy told me what she was thinking on our wedding day as she walked down the aisle, I hope he will take care of me! In 1977, I had a part-time janitor’s job making $3 an hour while I attended seminary. What could be better financial security than that?

I had preached four sermons in my life by the time I had graduated from seminary. You’d think that hundreds of churches would come knocking at my door begging me to be their pastor. But not even a single church called. What could be better financial security than that?

After graduating, we loaded up a U-Haul truck and moved to Garden City, Kansas to plant a church. We had only been there one time, had no job, only a few dollars saved, and no place to stay. What could be better financial security than that? 

But we did trust God to provide for us. We never missed a meal, paid our bills on time, and constructed a church building debt-freeIt was like when Jesus sent out His disciples to preach and said, “Take nothing for your trip, neither a walking stick, bag, bread, money, or extra clothes” (Luke 9:3). 
Later He asked them to recall when He sent them out empty-handed: “‘When I sent you out without money belt and bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?’ They said, ‘No, nothing’” (Luke 22:35). God provided everything they needed.

He promised to provide for those who trust Him. What could be better financial security than that? www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net 
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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Try Doing the Opposite


Willard Harley in his book His Needs, Her Needs says relationships work like a bank account where you make deposits and withdrawals. Deposits are pleasant and friendly interactions with others, like smiling and speaking words of encouragement. Withdrawals are angry and hurtful encounters with others, such as frowning, criticizing, and arguing. If you’re making more deposits than withdrawals with an individual, you'll have a replenishing relationship. But if you’re making more withdrawals than deposits it will become a draining relationship and it will eventually go bankrupt.

In a Seinfeld episode, George Costanza was frustrated because every decision he made had turned out to be wrong. Jerry says, "Here's your chance to do the opposite. If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right." George realizes Jerry is on to something. If he acted completely opposite of his natural reactions, he might have better results. George said, "Yes! I will do the opposite!" By doing the opposite he found every situation always turned out in his favor.

It was Jesus, not Jerry, who said to "do the opposite" in Luke 6:27-28.
“When people hate you (withdrawal), do good to them (deposit).
When people curse you (withdrawal), bless them (deposit).
When people mistreat you (withdrawal), pray for them (deposit)”
In other words, respond to your adversary in the opposite way you would naturally react.

To make a valid deposit in another person's account, it must be in a currency that's acceptable to the other person's bank. What you like to receive may not be what others like to receive. My wife's "relationship bank" likes to receive flowers as deposits. However my bank doesn't accept flowers. My bank likes to sports paraphernalia as deposits. To build a relationship, give them something they would like to receive.

You can turn a bad marriage into a good one by building up the account balance. Stop making withdrawals (arguing) and make ongoing deposits into your spouse's relationship bank (having fun together). If you’ll make more deposits than withdrawals, the relationship will change from negative to positive. And you can take that to the bank. www.makinglifecount.net
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Sunday, August 4, 2019

The End of Your Rope is the Beginning of Hope


Do you live where never is heard an encouraging word and the skies are cloudy all day? And no one appreciates you, right? I hear ya. Sometimes you must get to the end of your rope to experience God in a new way.

During the 1930s, dozens of men were holding ropes to a dirigible (an airship similar to a blimp) to keep it from floating away. Suddenly a gust of wind caught one end of the dirigible, lifting it high off the ground. Some men immediately let go of their ropes and fell safely to the ground. But one man kept clinging to the rope as the nose of the dirigible arose to greater heights. He continued to dangle high in the air for forty-five minutes until he was rescued. Reporters later asked him how he was able to hold on to the rope for so long. “I didn’t hold on to the rope,” he replied. “I just tied it around my waist and the rope held on to me.”

Has discouragement drained every ounce of energy out of your heart? Does the end of your rope mean the end of your hope? Nope. Psalms 42:5 says, "Why are you in despair O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God." 

The end of your rope is the beginning of hope. It’s the place where you stop trusting in you and start trusting in God. The end of your rope is where you discover that God’s mercy and grace to hold you up. Instead of letting go of your rope, let the rope hold you up. Put your hope in God. www.makinglifecount.net 
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