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Taking the Next Step

Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord & Savior is the only the beginning. There are many things that He wants to do with you and for you- not only when you die, but right now and throughout your life

  • The Bible, the book God has given to tell us about Himself, will provide much wisdom, direction and encouragement. To learn what God wants to do in your life, it’s important that you learn what the Bible says (1 Peter 2:2).

Begin with the New Testament book of Philippians, and read a small section each day.

  • Before Jesus died, He promised a “comforter” to give us wisdom and make us strong. This personal comforter is the Holy Spirit, who lives in God’s people. Understanding of the Bible and strength to do what is teaches will come as you learn to rely on the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16).

Ask the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you each day.

  • Because God made and loves us, it makes sense that He wants to talk to us, and have us talk to Him. This talking to God is prayer. Like conversation with a human person, prayer can include words of friendship, thanksgiving, and requests for help. God calls Himself our Father and, far better than human fathers, He is always waiting to listen, to comfort and to help. Prayer is another essential part of living as a Christian (Philippians 4:6-7).

Speak plainy and simply to God, explaining your daily needs and asking for His help.

  • One more thing. You’ll find practical help and personal encouragement among other Christians (Hebrews 10:25).

           Begin to look for a Bible based, Christ centered church where the Bible is taught and the people are eager to help you begin your new life. Your Counselor can help.

If you want us to find you a church, contact us and we will glady help you find one.

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How To Make The Right Choices In Life

We need the wisdom of God in our lives. I’m not talking about just knowing the Bible backward and forward. Some of the most educated theologians can quote the Bible chapter and verse and recite the Greek and Hebrew meanings of words. Yet they still lack the wisdom of God. True wisdom is gaining God’s perspective through His Word and then applying that truth to life.

Until you can walk the talk, you have not gained wisdom. Life is not a straight path from birth to death. There are twists and turns, detours and mazes, mountains and valleys. But, as believers, we have the blessing of divine help in making the right choices in life. We have the guidance of “the wisdom of God” if we will seek it.

Proverbs 8:11 says that “wisdom is better than jewels; and all desirable things cannot compare with her.” According to Scripture, wisdom is more valuable than money, diamonds, career success, or fame! But tragically, what many call “the good life” often pulls them away from God and the right choices.

When we think we have it all together, God’s wisdom does not seem to be very valuable to us. Riches will not drive us deeper into God. Success doesn’t automatically prompt you to worship God. But when wisdom is applied to wealth, success, and relationships, we can keep focused on Christ so that all the good things in our lives can bring Him glory.

God holds wisdom in His hand and He has promised to give it to those who love Him: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). Wisdom for life– divine insight into how to make the right choices– is within the reach of every believer. So just ask!

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Relationship Repair‏

“I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have
overcharged people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as
much!” – Luke 19:8 (NLT)

When Zacchaeus uttered these profound words, it was after he
discovered you can not be right with God until you are first right
with those you’ve hurt.  Joseph discovered that being Prime Minister
does not mean much if your family relationships are strained.  A
relationship is a lot like a house . . . if you fail to maintain it,
your task will not be to repair it; it’ll be to rebuild it.  We each
carry within us the experience of our yesterdays.  They influence our
relationships, our choices, our view of ourselves, even our
understanding of God.  Friends, please allow this next statement to
really sink in: You can not live in a spiritually healthy fashion if
you have an unrepaired past.

For a long time, Jacob lived that way.  He took advantage of his
brother Esau, manipulating him out of his inheritance.  Then when
things got bad between them, he fled the country.  When he returned
home, he did so fearing the face of his brother.  In his case, the
relationship was healed, but it does not always end that way.
Repairing the past is best done immediately.  Patching up wounded
relationships, dealing with festering regrets, letting go of feelings
toward someone who’s betrayed you; these issues lie deep within us as
if asleep.  Then suddenly, they’re awakened by some “trigger”.  It
could be an anniversary, an old face in the crowd or a particular
song on the radio, but they do not go away until we deal with them.

So how do we do that?  By forgiving, and when possible making
restitution.  You see, forgiveness isn’t just for the other person’s
benefit; it’s for you.

Is there a relationship you need to repair today?  If so, take care of
it!

 

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A Commitment to Positive Speech and Action will Bring Healing to our Relationships

Image        “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11). Helpful, encouraging words bring inner joy, strength, and hope to those who hear. Those kinds of words are a testimony to God, a tribute to His work in the lives of His children. We also need to cooperate with God in His work of transforming us into the image of Christ through our actions. What you do when you are certain you will not get caught reveals your integrity. What television program will you watch when no one is around? What magazine will you read if you know no one will know? Do you always tell the truth? Are you honest in all your dealings? How you handle all these and other issues in life determines your level of personal integrity.

Offer praise to the Lord who wants you to be pure as He is pure: “O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions… I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the LORD” (Psalm 104:24, 33-34).

Pray this confession to the Lord to keep your life free from sin and in fellowship with Him: “O Lord, I am too ashamed and humiliated to lift up my face to You, my God; for my iniquities have risen higher than my head, and my guilt has grown up to the heavens (personalized from Ezra 9:6).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. As you agree with God’s will, voice will affirmation of His Word: “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word… It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes… I know, O LORD, that Your judgements are right, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me (Psalm 119:67, 71, 75).

As you make your requests know to the Lord, include:

  • Greater love for the lost,
  • Integrity in your daily life,
  • The work of missions in Africa.

Offer this closing prayer to the Lord: “May we with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (personalized from Romans 15:6).

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11). “With God nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37).

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