100 Percent

If I invited you to dinner at my house and set before you a spread of rice, chicken, beans, vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy, bread, pumpkin pie, ice cream, etc.; surely you realize, innately, that you are just as welcome to have the bread as you are to have chicken. The entire spread is for you. There is no restriction imposed on you except the one you put on yourself. Why would you limit yourself to just the vegetables when you can also have the rice? I don't know about you, but I would want to eat as much variety as I can, to my fill. Those Seeds Much is known about the sower and his seeds, from the BIblical parable. How some of them fell by the wayside, some [...]

Controlling Your Circumstance

Joseph was peculiar, his life is worth studying again and again. The guy knew how to take control of his circumstances because God was with him. His brothers sold him when they noticed he was beginning to take control of the household. While he couldn't control their actions, he could and did control his circumstances. He went to Potiphar's house, and without a dollar to his name, quickly took control of it. Then off to jail, Joseph went, and he took control of the jail too. He got out of jail and instantly took control of the Egyptian country. Fourteen years later, he took control of the known world. Nations came to him and gave him their money to get what he had. What a man!   Jesus Took Control [...]

Scum of The Earth?

The emails and calls stopped. An eerie quiet swept over my desk like the chilly winds on Mount Everest. I had just returned from San Diego dejected, after a big project of which its success was in large part because of the technical acumen, and personal sacrifices I offered. However, others took credit for it. Worse still, my name was offered up as one of the troublemakers. If that current situation was all I saw, then it appeared I had gone from being the man on the critical path of the project to be the scum of the earth. But thank God I also saw millions of people worldwide being inspired towards Jesus Christ, and that saved my life.   Seeing More than The Current Reality "How far can you [...]

Keep Pressing

My Journey to Lira, Uganda began in the bitter Indiana cold. It felt as though my face would melt and fall off. A plastic card got stuck in my lip and almost ripped it off. The bus I was to use to the airport was a tad late, and the restaurants and buildings were all closed. As I waited, I began to get numb, and realized that if I stood still, I would die of hypothermia (your body shuts down because of lack of heat). My best option was to press forward. So I kept walking, kept pressing, until I was finally able to board the bus, eventually getting to Uganda, and seeing God save souls.   Pressing David The finest warriors in Israel along with their King, Saul, failed [...]

Cut

A fellow passenger boarded our domestic flight with nothing but the clothes on his back and the small backpack he carried. That seemed ludicrous to me until we disembarked, and then I saw the wisdom of his action. He walked right through everything on his way to his destination. I on the other hand, was held back a long time waiting for my hand luggage. Then I had to go down to the carousel to wait some more for my other luggage to appear. My luggage was full of extra clothes I didn't need. Because the gentleman cut down to his essentials, he was able to accelerate, while I was delayed.   The Covenant to Cut As a token of the covenant between Abraham and God, the Israelites were asked [...]

Propelled By Prejudice. Part 2

The article below was sent to me by Theodore Sugges as an email response to my message Propelled by Prejudice. I found it fascinating enough to post as a part 2 - With Theodore's permission of course. The article understands and augments my points. Prejudice takes many forms and yes, Racial bigotry is included. I read your message today with interest. In many ways people have discouraged me with proclamations that I wasn't good enough or would never amount to anything. In the end I proved all or most of them wrong. Prejudice in my country is a very strong word usually applied on the basis of racial lines, so when that word is used it usually means racial bigotry. I trust that is not the case in the examples [...]

Propelled By Prejudice

How could John Sullivan realize that his prejudice towards me would propel me forward? Could he have foreseen that the man whom he unfairly gave my soccer scholarship to, would one day load my luggage into my car as I prepared to leave a luxury hotel with my family. How could he have predicted that though his decision caused me to temporarily drop out of school, that I would achieve an advanced degree 5 years before his posse would? I twice remember, the bitter sting of prejudice piercing me, yet in hindsight, those instances forced me to grow, to become the man God called me to be. I was propelled by prejudice.   Maturity Through Prejudice In a previous article, stand, we saw that David's "crime" was that he brought [...]

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