Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!!




 

Wishing you and your family the very best in 2015. May God richly bless you and yours. Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, God's unfailing love for you will never be shaken. (Isaiah 54:10)



 

 

 
Don't dwell on the past, God is doing a new thing! Arise & Shine in 2015…Write the vision (goal) and make it plain. (Isaiah 43:18, 60:1; Hab. 2:2)
 

 


 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The 7 Ups of Life Summary


Summary

 


“Let us lift up our hearts with our hands unto God is in the heavens.”

 

a. Being “up” isn’t difficult. It does require a conscious effort on our part to involve God in our daily lives.


b. We must first wake up with the realization we have been given the gift of another day to serve God and advance His kingdom.


c. We must dress up with the smile that comes from the knowledge that God is all in all.


d. We must shut up when it is appropriate, not saying things we shouldn’t.


e. We must stand up for God and our belief in His son.


f. We must look up to Him for our every need, our every problem.


g. We must reach up to Him. When everything or everyone else fails us, we know we can depend on Him.


h. And, finally, we must lift up to Him not just all our burdens and cares, but also our gratitude for what He has done for us.



Here are the links to all "The 7 Ups of Life"

First - Wake Up


Second: Dress Up!


















Source: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/the-7-ups-of-life-bobby-mcdaniel-sermon-on-growth-in-christ-62934.asp? 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The 7th - 7 Ups of Life




7th: Lift Up - Your Prayers.  "Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING" Philippians 4:6

 
a. Do you remember that sleek new bicycle you wanted? How about that pretty new dress? Or, years later, that car you just had to have in order to continue living?


b. Whatever your wants, your desires, your problems, the ultimate solution was to take them to Dad or Mom.


c. Is it any different now? Only now, we have a heavenly father who wants to be the answer to everything.


d. Philippians 4:6 
—Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

(1) This is not a call to a carefree life, but rather an entreaty to not be worried about anything.

(2) Paul and Timothy cared for or were concerned those they ministered to, yet they retained trust in God.

 
(3) Jesus Himself warned against worry, which reduces or eliminates trust in God.

(4) Matthew 6:25-33


(5) Paul encouraged the Philippians to pray rather than be anxious. "Pray about everything."

e. There is an acronym about prayer. It is P.U.S.H.—pray until something happens.

f. In all things we should lift up all things and pray until something happens.















Source - http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/the-7-ups-of-life-bobby-mcdaniel-sermon-on-growth-in-christ-62934.asp? 
 
 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The 7 Ups of Life - #6

 
6th: Reach Up! - For something higher. As Jiminy Cricket sings "High Hopes" Always try to better yourself.  “Christ in you, the hope of glory”. Colossians 1:27
 
a. Do you have those moments when you just aren’t sure? Do you question whether the actions you have decided on are what God would have you do?
 
b. It is important that when you have these doubts, as you look up, reach up!

c. Proverbs 3:5-6 —Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

(1) Trusting in God means so much more than just trusting in Him when the times are tough.
 
(2) While we may not understand God’s ways or His reasoning, the one thing we can understand with certainty is that He has our best interests at heart.

(3) We may be wise beyond our years, but that wisdom can never replace the need for a full and complete trust in God’s superior ways.

(4) If we trust in God and acknowledge Him, not with just a nod of recognition, but with a deep and intimate knowledge of Him; we find that he will make our paths straight. That is, He removes obstacles, or shows us a way around them, and makes a smooth path for us to travel, or gives us a better life, or helps us to achieve that unachievable goal.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Source - http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/the-7-ups-of-life-bobby-mcdaniel-sermon-on-growth-in-christ-62934.asp? 

 

Monday, December 15, 2014

The 7 - Ups of Life - #5



 

Fifth: Look Up! To the Lord. "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength" Philippians 4:13

 
a. A television program from the 50s frequently used the line, “Look! Up in the air, it’s a bird, it’s a plane. No, it’s Superman.”

b. Whenever problems arose, they could always count on meek and mild-mannered Clark Kent to shed the suit, glasses, and shy persona and become Superman. They could count on him to save whatever problem they were collectively facing at the time.

c. While we don’t have a Superman, we do have a super God. And though he doesn’t come flying in faster than a speeding locomotive to solve our problems, he does equip us to solve or contend with our problems.

d. Philippians 4:13 —I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

(1) In this statement, Paul tells the church at Philippi that he could handle anything through Christ, even handling poverty or living in abundance.

(2) This was not an expression of pride in his abilities, but rather a statement of the strength he received through his reliance on Christ.

e. So, when you wake up, if you can’t dress up, then look up. Look up to the God who has given you so much.

 
“We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or just happened.” Mark Twain
 
 
 
 
 

Source - http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/the-7-ups-of-life-bobby-mcdaniel-sermon-on-growth-in-christ-62934.asp? 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Fourth 7th Up




Fourth: Stand Up! - For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything. "Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good. "Galatians 6:9-10 

a. As Christians, it is important that we stand up for our beliefs, for what we know to be
true and right.
 
b. Galatians 6:9-10 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

(1) It is easy to become discouraged or frustrated with spiritual sowing, because we often do not see the result of that planting and even less often do we see the harvest of that planting.

(2) We often reach the point we say, “Why bother?” “Nothing is going to happen anyhow.”
(3) We have to keep in mind, though, that the harvest is God’s timing, not ours. When we plant our gardens, we don’t instantly see the plants grow and bear fruit like Jack’s mystical beanstalk.
(4) We do, however, have a responsibility to always do good, whether to Christian or non-Christian.

(5) When Christ fed the 5,000, it wasn’t to just 5,000 saved people and the un-saved were left to fend for themselves.
(6) While the church is not a social organization, it does have the responsibility and the charge to minister to people as it able and as it has the opportunity.
 
“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” Norman Vincent Peale
 
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Winston Churchill
 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

#3 of the 7 - Ups of Life


 


Shut Up! - Say nice things & learn to listen. God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. "He who guards his lips guards his soul" Proverbs 13:3 "Gossip betrays confidence, avoid men who talk too much" Proverbs 20:19 "Listen to advice, accept instruction and in the end, you will be wise" Proverbs 19:20

 
(1) Being careful of what you say keeps you out of trouble; whereas speaking hastily and thoughtlessly can bring trouble to not only you, but also to others.


a. I was taught long ago, if you can’t say anything nice about somebody, then say nothing at all.

b. Although the thought is a bit cliché, it would seem that since God gave us two ears and only one mouth He intended for us to speak less and listen more.

c. There is a little poem that goes something like this:
The mighty owl is a wise old bird. The less he spoke, the more he heard.
The more he heard, the more he learned.
Now, wasn’t that a wise old bird?

d. Again, as in Proverbs 13:3 – Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

(2) Speaking without thought can cause you to make promises you can’t keep, reveal information you shouldn’t, offend others, or misrepresent the truth.

e. Make it a point to engage your brain before you open your mouth.

 
“If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.” Emily Zola

















Source - http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/the-7-ups-of-life-bobby-mcdaniel-sermon-on-growth-in-christ-62934.asp? 



Friday, December 12, 2014

The 7 Ups of Life - #2



 

#2: Dress Up! - The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart" - 1 Sam 16:7

 
 
a. So now you’re awake. It’s time for the morning routine—shower, shave, brush your teeth, and dress.


b. When you consider your attire for the day, do you consider your physical attire as well?


c. The best way to dress up, to put the finishing touches on your appearance, is to put on a smile.


d. 1 Samuel 16:7 —But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”


  1. Your friends, your co-workers, even your family, may focus on your outward appearance. That is, your new dress or your new suit, but God is not concerned with such things.
  2. Rather, God is concerned with what's on the inside. With Christ in your heart and the knowledge of what ultimately lies in store for you, how can you not smile? 
 
 

 
Here's the link to the - First: Wake Up


Stay Tuned for more to come!

 
Third: Shut Up!

Fourth: Stand Up!

Fifth: Look Up!

6th: Reach Up!

7th: Lift Up

Summary

 



 

 

 

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

The 7 - Ups of Life




 
 

First Wake Up -Decide to have to good day. "Today is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice & be glad in it"
- Psalms 118:24


a. What is your attitude when you first wake up?
(1) Do you rush right into your routine? Are you immediately focused on what the day has in store for you, what lies ahead?


(2) Or, do you take the time to thank God for His grace and mercy, and ask His blessings on what lies before you?


b. Psalm 118:24—This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.


c. The Psalmist makes it very clear, this day, or any day, is a gift from God. We should rejoice because of this great gift and be glad or happy in it.

 

 

“Determination is the wake-up call to the human will” Anthony Robbins
 
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Act Like a Success

Daily Motivator
 
 
(Ralph Marston)
 
 
How you act today if you were the most successful person in you industry? Howa would you dress? How would you walk? How would you prioritize your time? Who would you speak to? What would you say?

What is preventing you from doing these things today? Nothing except your own expectations. You can stand confidently, walk confidently, speak and act confidently at any point in time.

Confidence comes not only from where you've been. It also comes from where you expect to go. Expect the best and you'll be your best.

Sincerely act like a winner and you will become a winner. Winners understand that their actions create their reality.

How would you act if you were successful? Do it today. Understand that the actions come first and the success comes as a result. Act like a success, and before long you will be. The first step to success is beginning.

Our Preparation + God's Providence = Success

Expect great things and great things will happen.

And whatever you do, do it with joy and gladness as to the Lord and not to men. (Colossians 3:23) Let your light shine, so that others will see the joy of the Lord in you.


Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

Have a Wonderful, Successful Day and Rejoice!


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