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Life Lessons From the Book of Job

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During my life as a Christian I have read through the bible several times. God has always drawn me to His word and I’ve read it cover to cover on average of every 18 months ever since I became a believer during the summer of 1976.
As I recently read through the book of Job I made four general observations that are important life lessons for the believer:
1) When we are tested, we shall come forth as gold. (Job 23:10)
2) Have compassion on fools and those that wrongfully accuse you and pray for them. (Job 42:8)
3) If we are not absolutely sure how to respond to another’s adversity, it is best to wait for the Lord’s direction and to pray prayers of intercession. It is best to keep silent until we have been given an answer by God and only speaking on God’s behalf if and only if God directs us to be his messenger. Elihu waited to speak until Job’s three other friends had finished speaking. He spoke to the best of his knowledge about God’s righteousness, justice, and goodness. Elihu’s mistake was that although he was not nearly the fool Job’s other three friends were, he still did not fully get it right either. Although he was patient enough to let his elders speak first, he did not get God’s permission to speak for Him. However Elihu did not judge Job and therefore was not rebuked by God as his other three friends were. We need to learn to be patient and wait for the Lord’s timing. (Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.) Job’s situation was dire, to say the least, however, we must remember that God always has things in His control.
4) Some of our suffering is a direct result of persecution and has nothing to do with whether we have sinned or not sinned. However, God allows us to be tested by persecution in order to further His kingdom and fulfill His purposes. (Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. James 1:2-5 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.)


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and all my love is due Him


I’m just going to speak from the heart here and I hope to convey an important message to all who serve in ministry to our Lord Jesus Christ. I used to serve on staff at New Life Evangelical Free Church in Aurora, Colorado as the building maintenance supervisor for 6-1/2 years. However I left the ministry that Jesus had called me to. My excuse was to love my wife as Christ loved the church. You see, my wife of twenty years, after seeing some of the devastation of the aftermath of married women whose husbands had passed on due to an unexpected illness or tragedy, decided to go to college and get a degree in nursing. After our kids were old enough to not need a full-time mother, she decided it was time to start her own career and have an income that would support herself and all those still under her care if something were to happen to me. When she graduated in 2010, the economy was in such a place that she could not secure permanent full-time employment in Colorado, as the competition was too fierce and most hospitals were reluctant to hire new grads.
As the months passed by with her just getting menial work and broken promises, we discussed moving out of state if she could get a good offer. As part of the consideration, we included our youngest son in our decision that we would only move somewhere near the ocean since he has Cystic Fibrosis and somewhere at sea level with salty sea air and humidity would be beneficial to his condition.
I thought what I was about to do would impress my hero, my Jesus, because I was going to sacrifice all, my best job ever, my ministry, in order that my wife could now work outside the home and follow her dream of becoming a nurse. I left not only my job for which I was employed, but the praise and worship ministry of which I played saxophone and flute, and helped to grow a ministry of prayer that had previously had seen only very limited success.
It wasn’t long after the move to Lafayette, Louisiana, that I figured out that the Lord was not impressed with my sacrifice. In fact I’ve been, for the most part, miserable ever since. I kept questioning God, “What is wrong with our relationship?”, “Why does it seem you are not happy with me?”, and “Why does our fellowship seem broken?”. I wasn’t getting an answer for over 2 years. After those first two I decided to change churches, because I felt I wasn’t getting fed by the church we were attending. The first service at the new church I received my answer. That Sunday the worship pastor preached because the lead pastor was away on a mission trip. He preached about the way God expects us to love Him. Our love for our family, our parents, our spouses, our kids, and all others, should be like hate compared to the love we should have for Christ.
A light bulb clicked on in my brain and the years of wondering were gone. I then remembered my pastor in Aurora once preached the same thing! I had thrown away the ministry Jesus had given me and instead of loving Him for it, I sacrificed it for others. You see, Jesus wants us to sacrifice all for him. He would never ask, expect, or even desire for us to sacrifice His calling for our spouses or anyone else.
So, a word of advice to all of you who are called to serve our Lord in ministry. Make sure your priorities are set with Jesus’ best interests in mind. Sacrificing for others is commendable, but not at the expense of the ministry God has called you to. Do not move unless God calls you to, and even then, make sure the decision to move is immersed in fervent prayer and is done in His timing. Avoid a life of misery and regret, because you won’t be the only one who will regret it, but possibly the very ones you sacrificed for will regret it too. But most of all, let it be known, your Lord will most definitely regret it.

In Christ’s Love,

Brother Jim

Dear Lord, please forgive me for trying to impress You with the decision to sacrifice the ministry You called me to in order to show my love to my wife. My love belongs to You first! The marriage to her is but a short while we are here on earth, but the marriage to You is eternal. Please give me another chance to serve You in the way I should. In Your name I pray, amen.

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Christian Benefits in a Nutshell (adapted from Isaiah 65)

My servants shall eat.
My servants shall drink.
My servants shall rejoice.
My servants shall sing for joy of heart because their former troubles are forgotten and are hidden from their Lord’s eyes.

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The 5 Wisest Words

“One day at a time.” These words have got to be the 5 wisest words ever spoken. If you learn to heed them you’ll be well on your way to inner peace.

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New Discovery in the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis

The  Facebook Group "Cystic Life" announced a new discovery that is hopeful in treating the more severe cases of Cystic Fibrosis patients, which is great news since someone I love is suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, as some of you know.
Below is a link to the information regarding this newest discovery!

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Addictions are Filthy Habits

     This afternoon I saw a woman behind the steering wheel of the car in front of me hanging her cigarette out the window while we were waiting for the light to change.  Just before the light changed, she accidentally dropped her cigarette and I watched as it rolled under her car.  What happened next simply amazed me.  The light had just changed when she proceeded to put her car in Park and open the car door and reach under her car to get her cigarette and then proceeded to smoke it once again after it had rolled around in the road filth.  She apparently is so addicted to her filthy habit that she wasn’t about to lose even one cigarette, even if she had to stop traffic to get that filthy thing and get a few more drags from it.
     After I became very critical in spirit, I had to stop and remember what a fool I had once been in my teenage years.  I succumbed to the temptation of smoking as a teen.  My dad would even buy my cigarettes for the first year until he decided he could no longer afford to support my habit besides his own.  When I ran out of "dad’s" cigarettes, I became so desperate for a cigarette that I began walking through the neighborhood looking on the ground for a partially smoked cigarette that I could light up and give myself a nicotine fix.  I eventually found a half smoked cigarette and was enthralled by the opportunity to finally appease my addiction.  But just as I was about to put it to my mouth and light it up, in just the nick of time I must say, I came to my senses and realized what a disgusting thing I was about to do.  It was then that I realized how weak I had become and that I , me, of all people, was terribly and disgustingly addicted to something.  I then decided to quit, right there on the spot, cold turkey, never to return to smoke a cigarette ever since. 
     Cigarettes are the most addicting thing I’ve ever encountered and I continued to have cravings for nearly twenty years.  My cravings for cigarettes only stopped in the last 12 years, which is probably attributed to finally not having jobs that required working alongside smokers.  What filthy habit do you have?  What will it take for you to come to your senses and admit your addiction?  See your habits for what they are:  disgusting and filthy addictions.  If you’ve been bound by your addictions for too long to overcome them on your own, admit that as well and get help.  Don’t let your pride take away your potential freedom and victory over addictions.  We all have weaknesses and we all need help from time to time.
     Lastly, and most importantly, if you have not yet received the gift of eternal life from the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, then take this opportunity to be welcomed into the family of God.  He desires to make you his son or daughter and to set you free.  Jesus is quoted in the Holy Scriptures as saying, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.  And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.  Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." – John 8:34-36
God Bless You On Your Journey!
In Christ,