Tuesday, April 19, 2011
1) How many accomplishments have they caused to happen?
a) monies, possessions, etc.
b) relationships with no substance
2) How many people have they influenced or made a difference for the Kingdom of God?
a) salvations, discipleship, etc.
b) relationships with eternal value
In looking at these two instances we are actually looking at the lives of Christians and non-Christians. Although there are a lot of really 'good' people who aren't Christians by profession or lifestyle, there are only two types of people according to the Bible, Christians or non-Christians. We read on lots of signs in front of Churches, on billboards, and actually now on Facebook and other social networks we frequent that say 'the only way to heaven is through Jesus'; or 'Jesus is the only way to heaven', etc. Jesus Himself said in John 14:6 "I am the Way the Truth and the Life and no one can come to the Father except through Me."
Several years ago I was leading a women's Sunday School class and never thought a thing about quoting this verse since throughout my life I have never ever doubted the truth of it. It is in the Bible and attributed to Jesus. When I said it, though, one of the ladies in the class was very upset and verbally with great volume let me know so in class. Her argument was that there were so many who had done so many selfless things for others, leading lives spent to only help the helpless, feed the hungry, help the poor, etc. etc. etc. She spoke of the Dahli Lahma, Ghandi, and others like them. They had to be going to heaven and I had no call to say that they wouldn't just because they did not accept Jesus as Savior and the Son of God. I attempted to confirm the verse stating that Jesus Himself had spoken these words, not just me, but that I repeated what He said. Soon I went on to another subject as there was no way to calm the situation otherwise.
This really shook me a bit. The fact that we only have one way is part of the foundational truth of Christianity. These 3 things that Jesus said He is, the Way, the Truth and the Life, are of utmost importance and truly are the beginning to what makes our lives count. For a life to count at all, it has to count for Jesus, God and the Kingdom of Heaven first and formost.
I've learned that the things needed are:
1) Walk the Way of Jesus
2) Live the Truth of God's Word
3) Demonstrate God's Kingdom by example
Be blessed as you ponder the questions in your heart and look to the words of Jesus for the comfort and solidification of His call on your life. Be the example God desires by finding the answers in the Bible.
In His Service,
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Well, I do. Last weekend, Friday, Nov. 13, 2009 at 5:05 pm my daughter in love, Jennifer, had our 3rd Baby Grand. His Dad, both brothers and his Uncle Jon Jon were so excited. His Papa is so thrilled since Joe was partially named after him. Papa's choice was not to name his son after him and then his son didn't name his prior children after him. So now I call him Joey Selva, his name is really Joseph Selva Phillips, or I guess I could call him Skip, couldn't I? I guess whatever I decide to call him he'll love it since I'm Grandma.
Jonathan was so excited to be there just before and just after Joe's birth, yeah, Joe is probably what everybody else will call him. But like I said I'm Grandma, I can call him whatever I choose because as his brothers decided I'm so old I can do whatever I want. They were so-o-o-o awestruck at how OLD Grandma & Grandpa are and Papa, wow, you'da thought they were expecting all of us to just keel over any minute. We laughed so hard our sides hurt. The boys had no clue what was so funny. Grandma just went along with it all. Talk about eyes big as saucers, wow, they were amazed.
Jacob & Jack, the brothers, got to spend the night with Uncle Jon Jon, that's what Joey called Jonathan before he was ever born, and they got not much sleep and then had to get up so early for a Saturday so we could go to support a local Convoy of Hope event. Then upon seeing Baby Grand Joe, Joey Selva, Skip or whatever we brand him as, the brothers were so wanting to come back home with Uncle Jon Jon, but no can do, school for another week, and make-up tests on Monday since Baby Grand was born on Friday. Wow, what a Grand adventure we all are just beginning.
A great big happy family. How Grand is that? Just look at the faces on all these guys, you can see that each one of them is so excited and proud to begin teaching Joe to be all boy! I can see the wheels turning. Please feel free to share in the joy of Thanksgiving with us.
May the Lord bless you all and have a great and Happy Thanksgiving this year!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
For the past several weeks the Lord has been keeping in my heart the need to lift my husband up in prayer. And as you might know I've been pondering it but not acting on it as a strong commitment. Now, after feeling that I was supposed to encourage this friend or that friend to do so, (hard head that I sometimes am) I finally realize that although this directive may well have been for some of my friends, it is definitely for me first and foremost. I asked Carl today to forgive me for not being as supportive of him as I should be and for being too negative of late. His facial expression was, as I'm sure you can expect, one of surprise and verbalized his assurity that he didn't think I'd been that way. Nevertheless, I know that I've failed to act on the call the Lord put into my heart and even tried to externalize it to others rather than taking this directive seriously to heart and making it a personal commitment. I now do commit to lift him up daily to the Lord and trust that God will move in ways that no attitude I may display will.
The "Head to Toe Husband Prayer" that I've shared with others is as follows: (Please use to pray for your husband daily and you'll see God move mightily on his behalf.)
Dear Lord, I pray for my husband, Carl, from Head to Toe.
- His Head - That he will look to You as Lord of his life. (1 Corinthians 11:3)
- His Mind - That he will have the mind of Christ and think as the Holy Spirit would lead him and not the flesh. (1 Corinthians 2:16)
- His Eyes - That You will keep his eyes from temptation and that he will turn his eyes from sin. (Matthew 6:13; Mark 9:47)
- His Ears - That he will hear Your still small voice instructing him. (1 Kings 19:12; Psalm 32:8)
- His Mouth - That his words will be pleasing to You. (Proverbs 19:1)
- His Neck - That he will humble himself before You and be strong, courageous, and careful to do everything written in Your Word so that he will be prosperous and successful. (James 4:01; Joshua 1:8-9)
- His Heart - That he will love and trust You with his whole heart. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Proverbs 3:5)
- His Arms - That You will be his strength. (Psalm 73:16)
- His Hands - That he will enjoy the work of his hands and see it as a gift from You. (Ecclesiastes 3:13, 5:19)
- His Feet - That You will order his steps and that he will walk in Your truth. (Proverbs 4:25; Psalm 26:3)
In Jesus' Name, Amen!
(I received this prayer months ago at the bottom of an article from Sharon Jaynes whose weekly article I subscribe to.)
One thing I purchased in 1/1/2000 at a Christian bookstore in VA Beach, VA is Praying God's Will for My Husband by: Lee Roberts has been a mainstay for praying for Carl when I don't really know what to pray. A statement printed on the back of the book is "Unless your husband has your constant prayer support, he cannot become all that he should be." (by Lee Roberts) has really struck a cord in my heart today.
Please continue to lift up your husband to the Lord. If he is going through difficult times the Lord will allow you to go through things together in a much more healthy way. If there is difficulty in your marriage the Lord will fill you with a new love for him and allow you to see him with a whole new and much more healthy outlook. If you have given up on him ever coming to a saving knowledge of the Lord or if his walk is not what it once was your committed prayers for him will make the way wide for him to come to that saving knowledge and bring him back to his first love. You will also develop a greater and deeper love for him and will be able to encourage and support him in many more ways in his life. If you are not married and long to be with the man God has for you when you commit to pray for that husband the Lord will honor that as well.
Stormie Omartian, in her book The Power of A Praying Wife, says "Worrying about your marriage changes nothing...Praying about it can change everything."
I pray that you'll join me in praying for your husband as I pray for Carl.
In His Love and Service,
Matthew 6:33; Isaiah 55:12
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The first photo is of him spotting and destroying a bug that would eventually destroy his crop if left to its own devices. As I watched him do this, he was purposeful in his tactic, I'll spare you the details but suffice it to say he got the job done. I'm reminded that in the Bible we are commanded to destroy the enemy who would destroy the fruit of the Spirit in our lives and we are also given to tools to get this accomplished. However, we often just don't do it. We need to be believers with a purpose and destroy anything that would destroy our witness.
Mt. 6:33 & Is. 55:12
Monday, May 11, 2009
These two little boys are my grandsons and their Daddy is my oldest son. What a memory he painted on the pages of their journal of life that day. Some day when they grow up and have boys they can look back on this event and know just what to do when someone tells their Mom that they have the most wonderful puppies to give away and that they will make great pets. The pen of experience often is read much longer than ink on paper.
This is what we have in experiencing the love of Jesus in our lives. Family is so important to Jesus in that His references were always toward the things He saw His Father do. Don't we also use these same references in our lives?
As parents we must be sure to be aware of our actions in the lives of our children. These children will remember this incident for years to come.
As a Mom, Grandma, Pastor's Wife and Friend I experience many instances when I have to stand back and see what would my Father in heaven do in the situation. I know that I don't always make the right choice but as I lean on Him and trust that He'll lead there are more right choices than wrong.
In saying this I am reminded that I must keep His goals, ideals, direction and calling in mind in each choice made in my life. I pray that you'll also be able to stand back and seek His direction when faced with choices.
In His Love and Service,
Mt. 6:33 & Is. 55:12