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    How about changing Desires?

    Thursday, June 4, 2009, 3:42 PM [General]

    MORNING MANNA - JUNE 4, 2009 - HOW ABOUT SOME NEW DESIRES?
     
     
     
    2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
    17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
     
     
     
    There are so many things that are new for us if we have received Jesus as our Savior.  We are privileged to dwell and abide in Him.  He also abides in us!  John 15:4 (KJV)  4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. Now, there is the perfect relationship!  Actually, it's the only relationship that will be totally productive and, without which, we're hopeless.  John 15:5  (KJV)  5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  If we are not dwelling in Christ, we can't do anything of true significance.  However, when we are in that perfect relationship, we can do all things because He will provide the strength for us!  Philippians 4:13 (KJV)  13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
     
     
     
    When we enter into that perfect relationship with Jesus, He gives us new power over old desires.  It's that same power that raised Him from the dead.  Romans 6:4-6 (AMP)  4 We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.   5 For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God].   6 We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin. Wow!  If we could just get a real hold on Romans 6:4-6, we would know that, with God, nothing is impossible for us, including having the power to cast away all the old, ungodly desires that used to plague us! (Luke 1:37)
     
     
     
    Now, God doesn't stop there.  He gives us new power over ungodly desires but He doesn't leave us empty.  To do that would be to invite even more ungodly desires into our dwelling, just as when evil spirits are swept from a person and more come in if that person is not filled with the Holy Spirit.  (Luke 11:24-26)  No!  Jesus cleans us from the inside out and then He fills us with brand spanking new desires and passions!  God does for us just what the Psalmist prayed for.  Psalm 51:10 (TLB)  10 Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, filled with clean thoughts and right desires. Yes!  God gives us a brand new heart.  A heart that's filled with brand new thoughts and passions!  Where there used to be a heart of stone, God gives a heart of flesh.  Ezekiel 11:19-20 (AMP)  19 And I will give them one heart [a new heart] and I will put a new spirit within them; and I will take the stony [unnaturally hardened] heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh [sensitive and responsive to the touch of their God], 20 That they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances, and do them. And they shall be My people, and I will be their God.  How encouraging it is to know that God will put brand new desires in our hearts!  The Apostle, Paul, lets us know that it is God who places brand new desires in our hearts.  Desires that are according to His will and pleasure.   Philippians 2:13 (GW)  13 It is God who produces in you the desires and actions that please him. Jeremiah lets us know that one of the greatest new desires that we can have is the desire to worship God. Jeremiah 32:38-41 (NLT)  38 They will be my people, and I will be their God. 39 And I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants. 40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me. 41 I will find joy doing good for them and will faithfully and wholeheartedly replant them in this land.  Have you been in that land of "bad desires," for too long?  Come, dwell with Jesus in a new land called, the "land of new and godly desires."  The invitation is out.  Will you come?  If you're already dwelling there this morning, don't take those good desires for granted.  We need a heart filled with new gratitude each day.  A heart that turns in worship to the only One who is able to fill us with new and good desires and who is willing to do so!  It is God's desire that His Kingdom come and His will be done here on earth as it is in Heaven. (Matthew 6:10)  If you have any doubt as to whether you desires are good, just check to see if they correspond to God's desire to see His Kingdom established and His will be done.  If not, sit down and have a little talk with Jesus.  Let Him take those old desires and give you brand new desires, according to His good will and pleasure!
     
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    Words that Encourage

    Thursday, June 4, 2009, 9:27 AM [General]

    Mom's word that encourage
    The boys lined up on the starting line, waiting for the gun to begin the 3.1-mile race on a path through the woods. Parents and fans stood on the sidelines ready to burst into cheers as the herd of young men prepared themselves for the State Championship Cross Country meet. My nephew Stu was among the runners that day.

    As soon as Stu's foot left the starting position, his mother Pat picked up her brightly painted 36-inch megaphone and began to yell.

    GO, STU! she cheered, not once but at ten-second intervals. When he was out of sight, she ran to another strategic spot along the winding trail where the runners would eventually pass by.

    And even though the boys were nowhere in sight, Pat continued to cheer, GO, STU!

    At one point she yelled, GO, STU! and a man from across the park yelled, HE CAN'T HEEEAAARRR YOOOUUU!

    I don't know if he can hear me or not, Pat murmured. But if there's a chance he can, I want him to hear my voice cheering him on. So for 16 minutes, this little dynamo of a woman continued to pump confidence and courage into her son's heart.

    After the race, I asked Stu   When you're running on that trail in the woods, can you hear your mother cheering for you?

    Oh yes, he answered with a grin. I can hear her the whole way.



    And what does that do for you? I asked.

    It makes me not want to quit, he replied. When my legs and lungs ache, when I feel as if Im going to get sick, I hear my moms voice cheering for me. And it makes me not want to quit.

    Unknown author

    A reflective thought from Dan: Having support from those that we care for is like medicine to our bones.  Even more, to know that it pleases our Lord, to be about His business, and to feel "His Good Will" towards us, many times removes the pain that we are experiencing, and replacing it with Hope to carry on.

    A quote from the Movie "Chariots of Fire"... "I feel His Good Pleasure when I Run".
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    Therefore if any Man is in Christ..

    Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 1:37 PM [General]

     

    MORNING MANNA - JUNE 3, 2009 - A LOOK AT SOMETHING ELSE THAT'S NEW!

     

    2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
    17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

     

    This morning, I'm thinking of something else that I learned from 2 Corinthians 5:17.  It's not a very long verse, but it holds great promise, especially for those of us who like to have new things.  A clean, fresh start, if you will.  There are a few more things that we can find that are new in this verse but, for today, I'm thinking of the fact that, because we abide in Christ, we are given new power over old desires.  Have you ever been held captive by fleshly or worldly desires?  It's not a pleasant experience.  The devil may tempt us to think it will bring us pleasure but it only brings pain and sorrow.  Left unchecked, those evil desires will lead to death.  It is the cause of many of our bad habits and addictions.    When we dwell in Christ, He does something quite miraculous.  He changes our minds.  Then, He helps us to continue to keep them new! (Romans 12:2, Titus 3:3-8)      

     

    We are given a new Mindset when we are in Christ.  His Spirit now controls us and we are rescued from those unholy passions of our flesh and of the world.  Romans 8:5 (AMP)   For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit.  Before we were abiding in Christ, we had a Mindset of death.  We may not have recognized that because the devil is a deceiver and a liar.  (Revelation 20:10John 8:44)  We once lived a life of condemnation.  But now, there is no condemnation if we are in Christ!  Romans 8:1 (NLT) 1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.    If we are now dwelling in Christ we have a new Mindset.  Instead of wanting to please ourselves and please the world, we want to please the Lord.

     

    Not only do we now have a new place to dwell and new power over old desires, we have a new room mate.  When we abide in Christ, His Spirit abides in us.  Romans 8:9 (AMP) 9 But you are not living the life of the flesh, you are living the life of the Spirit, if the [Holy] Spirit of God [really] dwells within you [directs and controls you]. But if anyone does not possess the [Holy] Spirit of Christ, he is none of His [he does not belong to Christ, is not truly a child of God].  The Spirit of Christ abides in us, if we have received Him.  He begins to teach us how to keep our dwelling clean.  He assures us that we don't have to listen to our old desires and follow them.  Romans 8:12 (NLT)  12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. Will the enemy still try to invade our new dwelling place?  (Mark 13:22)   Will the devil still try to convince us that we are bound to do what our sinful nature tells us to do?  Will Satan still try to accuse us?  (Revelation 12:10)  Yes, that will happen. The next time the evil one reminds you of those sinful things you have done, don't try to deny it.  Just tell him, "That was then, and this is now.  I am a new creature in Christ."  That will send the old scoundrel away - for a while.   We have the promise that the One now dwelling in us, and we in Him, is stronger than the devil! (1 John 4:4)  You and I now have new power, through Christ, over those old sinful desires!   

     
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    Don't lose your Dreams

    Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 11:16 AM [General]

    Danny Fisher     June 3rd  | Faith  
    Don't lose your Dreams
    We pray for the dreamers of this life, O God,
    for those persons who imagine new possibilities,
    who long for what others cannot perceive,
    who spin dreams of wonder and majesty in their minds.
    Defend them from ridicule and harsh criticism,
    from self-doubt and lack of faith in their dreams,
    and from abandonment of this call to make things new.
    Grant that from their dreams
    may come forth blessings for humankind
    to enrich the quality of life
    and the wonderment of us all.
    Amen.

    - Vienna Cobb Anderson

        
      It's the small things that trouble .

         Today's Quote

    Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains.

    -Emilie Cady

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    Look What's New!!!

    Tuesday, June 2, 2009, 4:33 PM [General]

     

    MORNING MANNA - JUNE 2, 2009 - LOOK WHAT'S NEW!

     

    2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
    17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

     

    Listening to a wonderful sermon recently, I was blessed by the number of new things that can be found in just one verse from God's Word!  I have read 2 Corinthians 5:17 lots of times.  I tell it to myself and others often as a reminder that we no longer are under the bondage of our sinful past.  But, I'm always excited when someone encourages me to see more in something that God has already spoken to my heart.  That's what happened with 2 Corinthians 5:17!  I learned several new ways of thinking about that verse. 

     

    These new ways of thinking about 2 Corinthians 5:17 are really not new.  They are pretty much obvious, but obviously I had not thought that deeply about it.  Maybe you have not thought a lot about it either.  After all, it's pretty exciting, by itself, to know that we are new creatures in Christ if we have made Him the Lord of our life!  We could stop right there and bask in that for a long time.  But, the Lord always has more for us!  New things, if you will.   

     

    One of the new things I was led to think about is right at the beginning of this verse.  "Therefore, if any man (person) be in Christ."  I have to admit that I have glossed over that phrase to get to the, "new creature," portion of the verse.  But, that one little word in the opening phrase of 2 Corinthians 5:17, is so powerful.  That little word, "in," is only two letters long but it says a whole, whole lot!  In Christ, we have a new place to dwell.  It is in Him!  Are you dwelling in this new place today?  Are you securely in Christ?  I'm not asking if you believe in God.  Even demons believe in God and they tremble.   James 2:19 (NLT)  19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. We can ask many a person on the street if they believe in God and they will answer, "yes."  But, we can ask those same persons if they are sure they are Heaven-bound and we will get varied answers, most of them indicating doubt.  Why do they doubt if they say they believe in God?  Because they have never totally surrendered to dwelling in Christ.  Because they have never really entered into that new place in Christ to actually live and abide there.  There will even be people, at the last day, who stand before the Christ that they were never in and find that they're still not in.  (Matthew 7:21-23)  These people will have done some magnificent things but, sadly, will be found to be dwelling outside of Christ instead of in Him.  When we're really in Christ, we're dead to sin.  (Romans 6:11)  Does that mean that we will never sin again?  Most likely, not, but sin will no longer have power over us because we are in the One who has overcome sin for us.    When we are in Christ, we will are no longer under condemnation.  (Romans 8:1)  Does that mean that the Lord will never convict us?  No.  Mercifully, our Lord will help us to stay on the right path by showing us where we might be going astray.  When we are in Christ, we have eternal life.  (Romans 6:23)  It's a gift!  No longer do we struggle under the bondage of sin to find that our wages are nothing but death! When we dwell in Christ, we also dwell in a new community.  That of His Body.  We may not all attend the same church or belong to the same denomination, but if we are in Christ, we are all part of His body and we all belong to one another!  (Romans 12:5)  So, just look at what's new!  I need to stop now because, if I go on, I may never be able to stop.  The blessings of dwelling in a new place, in Christ, are too many to count!  If you are not dwelling in Christ, He is inviting you in right now. (2 Corinthians 6:2)  If you are already dwelling in Christ, be thankful for that new place to dwell, away from the power of sin and the snares of the world.  Jesus provides us a new place in which to dwell!   

     
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    What Will Matter

    Monday, June 1, 2009, 11:12 PM [General]


    What Will Matter
    Michael Josephson




    Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.

    There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten will pass to someone else.

    Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.

    Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear. So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to do lists will expire.

    The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.

    It won't matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.

    It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

    So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

    What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.

    What will matter is not your success but your significance.

    What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.

    What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

    What will matter is not your competence but your character.

    What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.

    What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those who loved you.

    What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

    Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident. It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

    Choose to live a life that matters.
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    Forever Friends!

    Monday, June 1, 2009, 10:38 PM [General]

    Forever Friends!
    Sometimes in life,
    You find a special friend,
    Someone who changes your life
    Just by being a part of it.

    Someone who makes you laugh
    Until you can't stop.
    Someone who makes you believe
    That there really is good in the world.

    Someone who convinces you that
    There really is an unlocked door
    Just waiting for you to open it.
    This is a Forever Friendship.

    When you're down,
    And the world seems dark and empty,
    Your forever friend lifts you up in spirit
    And makes that dark and empty world
    Suddenly seem bright and full.

    Your forever friend gets you through
    The hard times, the sad times,
    And the confusing times.
    If you turn and walk away,
    Your forever friend follows.

    If you lose your way,
    Your forever friend guides you
    And cheers you on.
    Your forever friend holds your hand
    And tells you that everything
    Is going to be okay.

    And if you find such a friend,
    You feel happy and complete,
    Because you need not worry.
    You have a FOREVER FRIEND for life,
    And forever has no end.

    Pass this onto all your friends

    - Author Unknown
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    A Fisher's Tell

    Sunday, May 31, 2009, 3:37 PM [General]

    THE NATURE OF TRUTH AND LIES..

    dan and sandy

    Is Online

    Subject: ..THE NATURE OF TRUTH AND LIES...
    Body: tHE TRUTH IS SET AT THE LORD'S TABLE FOR DINING..BUT MAY REQUIRE TIME WITH SMALL BITES TO DIGEST...HOWEVER A LIE MAY SHOW ITSELF AT THE KING'S TABLE, APPEARING AS A FEAST FOR HIS DRUNKEN GUESTS......BUT WILL LEAVE THEM WITH A HEAD ACHE IN THE MORNING...

    ... A FISHER'S TELL....

     

    A Walking Sermon

    Reporters and city officials gathered at a Chicago railroad station one afternoon in 1953. The person they were meeting was the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

    A few minutes after the train came to a stop, a giant of a man - six feet four inches - with bushy hair and a large mustache stepped from the train. Cameras flashed. City officials approached him with hands outstretched. Various people began telling him how honored they were to meet him.

    The man politely thanked them and then, looking over their heads, asked if he could be excused for a moment. He quickly walked through the crowd until he reached the side of an elderly black woman who was struggling with two large suitcases.

    He picked up the bags and with a smile, escorted the woman to a bus. After helping her aboard, he wished her a safe journey. As he returned to the greeting party he apologized, Sorry to have kept you waiting.

    The man was Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the famous missionary doctor who had spent his life helping the poor in Africa.

    In response to Schweitzers action, one member of the reception committee said with great admiration to the reporter standing next to him, That is the first time I ever saw a sermon walking.

    Pass this inspiration on

    - Author Unknown

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    Having a Bad Day?

    Saturday, May 30, 2009, 12:26 PM [General]

    the bigger picture
    Having a bad day? Back up and ask yourself this important question.
    By Bob Perks

    He was a most remarkable man. A man of years clearly mapped out upon his face. Clean, well-kept, but not pretentious in his style or dress. I shook his hand and felt a mix of gentleness and hardened, leather-like skin. I would guess he labored most of his life; now he was forced to stop long enough to heal.

    His movie-star blue eyes slip you into a momentary trance. He wouldn't notice you staring at him, though, for he is legally blind. But he senses the hesitation in your voice if you do not respond immediately to his first question. "So, how was your life?"

    That question alone halts you in your tracks.

    "I would be better prepared to answer how was my day," I suggested.

    "That's too easy," he said. "I think we need to keep up on our life as a whole."
    Martha Williamson remembers a powerful lesson she learned from a childhood friend.

    I thought for a moment and simply asked, "Why?"

    "We tend to nit-pick. We can so easily take one day and dissect it. It is easy to say you are having a bad day. Or simply write it off as 'One of those days.' But when we broaden the view, we take much more into consideration. Life in general will be 'good' or at least 'okay,'" he explained.

    "So you cut right to it and ask for an overall rating," I said.

    "If I can get someone to see the big picture and realize there is more good in their life than one bad day, I might even change their outlook on this very day," he said.

    "So, how was your life?" I asked him right back.

    "Wonderful so far!" he responded with a smile. "Thanks for asking."

    Then he said one more thing that really stayed with me. "I'm on the shady side of sunset."

    How powerful! It seems to me that we often see life as beginnings and endings. Sunrise depicts a new dawn, an exciting adventure ahead. Sunset make us think of endings, like "riding off into the sunset."

    This man knew his life, his time, was coming to a close.

    "I do hope the sun sets slower for you," I told him. "You have so many more people to ask the big question."

    Before I left I promised him I'd help. Let me begin by asking you.

    "So, how was your life?"

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    A letter to Pam F. from my h/s almamater

    Friday, May 29, 2009, 3:05 PM [General]

    Danny Fisher   May 29 2009   | Relationships  

    Exciting: Much of my life i looked for many ways to entertain myself and to find fulfillment. When I discovered that while I am about His service.... the paths that He leads me are lined w/ Roses. Jesus spoke to me through an evangelist in 1973...Lleland Davis while attending a new fellowship with Tim Cox, called Trinity Chapel in Carson Ca.. "FOLLOW ME AND I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN". And I have never looked back since...God is Good all the Time! And I cast out daily, looking and expecting God to bring new little fishies when I trust Him and follow Him.

    Have a Great Weekend Lil Sister.... danandsandycan
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