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Ten Rules for Life

Like many of you, I have been doing a whole lot of thinking about our current culture of 10mistrust, violence, hate, and prejudice. I honestly feel sorry for society. Many have seemingly lost hope. Many are acting in ways that are only exacerbating this volatile climate.

While what I am about to share is not perfect, I find these ten rule helpful.  They are in many ways the rules that I use to guide my life. I think they work.  I do know that I have any enemies. I think I am well trusted and liked. I have not been in any real fights since that one time at the bus stop in 4th grade unless that time the principal saw me in a one hit fight with my best friend in 8th grade – while I am on the subject, I am really sorry I hit your jaw that hard. Back to this list of rules. The point is that they are working for me and I have a really good life.

Ten Rules for My Life!

  1. Respect the Creator and His Word.
  2. Love your family.
  3. Love your neighbor.
  4. Work hard at what you are doing.
  5. Respect authority
  6. When in authority – respect those under your authority
  7. Laugh often.
  8. Be honest – to a fault.
  9. Try something new when you have the opportunity.
  10. Be an example of what is right, even if you think no one is watching.

-Scott

BTW – I am sure others have said similar things. Any similarity is simply because I learn from others and incorporate what I learn into my life.

 

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How to Know God’s Plan

  • If God leads me to it He will lead me through it.gods plan
  • If this is God’s will, then I will endure.
  • I guess this was in God’s plan for me.
  • I don’t know why God planned for me to go through this.
  • God must has more for you to do, that is why you survived.
  • They finished what God planned for them to do, so He took them home.

I hear these and similar phrases more and more each day. “How can I know what God wants me to do in my life?”

I know these are people of faith, that are sincerely wanting to do God’s will. After all Paul tells us, “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:17). I do not want to be foolish in God’s eyes, so I need to know his plan for me!

What is God’s plan?

I want to share a few verses and some advice that will help you determine God’s plan for you. What I will share is what you can use to determine what you should be doing and what you should do in the future.

Jesus gives the answer, “And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:28-31).

Love God with all that you are.

Love your neighbor with the same intensity that you love yourself.

What does God have planned?

  • He did not and does not plan the day of your death – He may know when that will be, but He did not set the date.
  • God did not plan for you or your loved one to battle that disease or disaster. Those things simply are a part of a physical world. He is there to carry you through to healing, recovery, or on eternity.
  • God does not have written down what job you should have to please Him, nor did he preplan your soul-mate you should marry.
  • He did not make you straight or LGTB.

You and I choose our life’s direction based on both our heredity and environment and must discern our the choices we face and make the choice we find consistent with the Word of God and how we should live as God’s children.

What God wants is for us to do? “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).

That is God’s plan!

-Scott

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Adventures in Life

Monday afternoon, Amy and I left with Bill and Brenda Rayburn to attend a funeral in Jennings, Louisiana. The drive is approximately 6 hours one way, so we stayed overnight in Baton Rouge. Other than some thunderstorms (one we were in for over an hour on our return drive yesterday) the drive had all the typical things you would see on an interstate drive including an accident and a near accident (all involving vehicles other than the Rayburn’s).

The main purpose of this trip was to attend the funeral of a sweet lady (Ester Kibodeaux) and to support her daughter, son-in-law, and son (Dan and Gerri Moore and Ron Kibodeaux) as they buried this Christian mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

weidmansWe broke the trip up with three meal stops and as a group decided to avoid the national chains and find “local” places.  Our first stop was Ky’s Bicycle Shop in Slidell, LA.  A great local Cajun-American restaurant.  Our meals included Amberjack, Sausage and Chicken Gumbo, and an Oyster Po-Boy. If you are ever in Slidell look them up! Our second meal stop was on our return trip. We pulled off the interstate in Lafayette, LA and found The Olde Town Grocery. Our selections were Shrimp Salad, Oyster Po-Boy, and Shrimp Po-Boys. This quaint little place is next to the campus of UL-Lafayette, so get there early to get a seat. Our third and final stop was in Meridian, Mississippi at Weidmanns. Weidmanns is Mississippi’s oldest restaurant and dates back to 1870. This was another wonderful stop. Our table had Shrimp and Grits, bowls of Seafood Gumbo, Lobster Rolls, fried Portobello Mushrooms, Creole Cabbage and Salmon, fresh dinner rolls, Blueberry Crumb Pie, and Praline Bread Pudding. If you live near Meridian or travel by this is a great stop.

But this is not a food critic or restaurant guide blog, this is a blog about living as a Christian. Our fellowship with Bill and Brenda as we travelled was wonderful. We talked about life, about church, about mission work, about Bible classes. Amy and I came home encouraged by spending 31 hours (minus sleeping time) with another Christian couple. Maybe the Hebrew writer has more than worship assemblies in mind when he writes, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Heb 10:24-25).

During the funeral message, the other presider made a statement that I had heard before, but had not really let sink in. He said that on our earth when the sun sets in one place it rises in another, and death for the Christian is similar. The sun may set on our earthly existence, but we find a sunrise as we enter paradise. That brought to mind a message I heard on the radio recently. The speaker made this statement about life: “We are not walking in the land of the living toward the land of the dying, but we are walking in the land of the dying toward the land of the living.”

Don’t live like you are dying, you are dying, so live to live with God eternally.

-Scott

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Netiquette

Image (1)This is a guest post from Amy – my favorite teacher and my wife! She prepared this for the Wednesday night Ladies Class and asked me to proofread it. After reading it I asked her if she minded me sharing it with you.

Netiquette Rules

“Netiquette” are the manners everyone should follow when communicating online.

  1. Remember that the person reading your comments is a real person with the same emotions as you.
  2. Remember “whose” you are. You wear the name Christian.
  3. Remember the “permanent” nature of the internet. Nothing is ever really deleted. If you can’t type it and leave it…don’t type it at all.
  4. Remember to follow the same guidelines you follow in your everyday behavior while you are online.
  5. Be nice and pleasant while online. (Review Rule 2). Don’t post flame-bait.
  6. Avoid flaming, or posting in ALL CAPS. (There may be some exceptions, but that should be evident in what you post.)
  7. Avoid sarcasm. Sarcasm is easy to misinterpret even when spoken. Just imagine how much harder it is when they cannot hear your tone of voice.
  8. Use emoticons. These little pictures can help convey your feelings.
  9. Be forgiving of other people’s mistakes online. You may need forgiveness one day.
  10. Always follow Colossians 4:5-6 in all words, whether spoken or written: “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”

-Amy

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A Living Sacrifice

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living ipad 016sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship (reasonable service). Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. (Rom 12:1-8)

What does Paul mean to present our bodies as a living sacrifice?

  • Paul sacrificed creature comforts and personal accomplishments.
  • The poor widow gave all that she had to live on.
  • Abraham gave up living at home and was willing to give his son.
  • Jesus gave up heaven to live on earth and gave his righteous life for the unrighteous like me.

These are great examples, but how can I be a living sacrifice?

  1. Live Holy. To be holy is to be set apart for God’s service. A holy life is acceptable to God. A life separate from and not conforming to the world is our reasonable service. Are lives are continued process of transformation as we become more and more Christ-like.
  2. Think Humbly. Do not think more highly of yourselves that we should. Remember that we are all part of one body and we serve each other.
  3. Work Diligently. Use your talents to serve each other on a regular basis.  Look for opportunities to serve.  Do not wait to be ask. Work diligently.

-Sc0tt

 

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It Isn’t Me.

“Who is making that noise?!” Mom asked.

All three of us denied, “It isn’t me!”

It isn’t me.

Let me state that from a different direction and in the form of a question: Am I really me? Am I my own person?

Western society touts the idea of being yourself, finding your own truth, living for you, being your own man or woman (today that include which ever gender you think you want to be – but that is another post). When I ask, “Am I my own person?” or “Are you your own person?” out individualistic society takes pride in answering, “Yes!”

But should we be?

Go with me back to the Garden of Eden. The serpent convinced Adam and Eve to eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil telling them, “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Gen 3:5)

“You will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

The word “knowing” can carry the idea of being able to determine or choose what is good and evil. This might be the case when you consider the context of the phrase and note that they will be like God. God is the source of morality, what is good and evil – He determines it. Satan could be saying, “You get to choose what you will do and if it is right or wrong. You get to be your own person, your own god.”

Oh the problems that come from man determining his own morality!

God offers many warnings:

  • “I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.” Jeremiah 10:23
  • “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Proverbs 14:12; 16:25
  • “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” Romans 3:10-12

When we set ourselves up as the ultimate moral authority, the one(s) who determine what is right and what is wrong, we set ourselves in the place of God.

May I remind you of what Paul says, ” . . . . You are not your own.” (1 Corinthians 6:19).

-Scott

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His Children

Rom 5-1Paul says that those who have put on Christ are children of God by faith in Christ Jesus (Gal 3:26-27).

John says, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God ‘s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.” (1Jo 3:1).

Christians, we are God’s children, we have that in common and more.

“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will scarcely die for a righteous person — though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die —  but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:6-10).

All of God’s Children have a PAST.

  • We were weak – astheros – infirm, feeble, unable to do what is right.
  • We were ungodly – asebes – showing no respect for God.
  • We were sinners – amaptolos – devoted to sin.
  • We were enemies – echthros – hated, the antithesis of agape love, we hated God.

We were unable or unwilling to do what was right, showing no reverence for God, while committing our existence to sin, living in hatred of God.

Then Christ came!

In Him we are justified by faith. ( Rom 5:1)

All of God’s Children have a PRESENT.

  • We are reconciled to God.
  • We have peace with God.
  • Because of His grace.

Now we can presently rejoice in suffering and in God’s love (Rom 5:3-5). We can walk with God and rejoice in our present state and our future.

All of God’s Children have a FUTURE.

“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Rom 5:2).

We have access to heaven, we rejoice in hope. Hope is not wishful thinking. Hope is anticipation of an expected outcome. Our hope resets in the Spirit’s guarantee (Eph 1:13-14).

If you claim to be God’s child, do you look like the Father? Can people see in you a family resemblance to Christ?

– Scott

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