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    Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 1:59 PM [MY MORNING PRAYERS]


    Wednesday, April 08, 2009





    I would like to commend, and thank all of those who have walked with me thus far from the cross, to the death and burial of our Lord.  We are but a few days journey to the fulfillment of the promise of the resurrection!


    Today, as I prepare this message... I find myself there at Calvary among the crowd as He looks down from the cross, upon the many helpless souls who need Him so desperately -



    Jesus' assignment from His Father is in some ways no different from than our assignment from Him.  Jesus had come "to preach good news to the poor... to proclaim freedom of the captives and recovery to sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor" (Luke 4:18-19).


    In this description of His calling, we hear the description of our own calling.  Jesus boiled this assignment down to its root idea when he said, "The Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost" (Luke 19:10).


    As Jesus looks into the crowd from the cross where He has been hung for my sins and for my salvation, our eyes meet, for I am one of the lost for which He has come.   How unworthy I am, how grateful I am, for He has looked beyond my many sins, and has seen my great need!  What a Savior!     (kitfany)



    Jesus came, stood among them, and said to them, "Peace to you!"  Having said this, He showed them His hands and His side.  So the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.  Jesus said t them again,   "Peace to you!  Just as the Father has sent Me, I also send you."  After saying this, He breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit."  John 20:19-22







    What a glorious trusteeship is ours.  Jesus breathed on His disciples and imparted the Holy Sprit.  This blessed Comforter was about to be fully born in power on the day of Pentecost.  But as Jesus breathed on them, He gave them this assignment:  "Just as the Father has sent me, I also send you."


    Jesus' assignment from His Father is in some ways no different from than our assignment from Him.  Jesus had come "to preach good news to the poor... to proclaim freedom of the captives and recovery to sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor" (Luke 4:18-19).


    In this description of His calling, we hear the description of our own calling.  Jesus boiled this assignment down to its root idea when he said, "The Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost" (Luke 19:10).


    Consider the glory of our assignment!  We have been given the calling to help change the destiny of souls.  As Jesus was sent, so are we.  [To this, Kitfany says Amen, Amen, Amen.]


    The breath of Christ!  How the church needs it, and yet how we turn from it.  So often when we say or sing, "Holy Spirit, breathe on me," we really mean, "Let me taste and feel the power of your Holy Spirit, but don't make me do anything that would embarrass me or take too much of my time."


    But to receive this glorious Christ is to allow Him to breathe into us His wonderful empowerment.  Once empowered, our joyous duty is to go into the world doing exactly what He did --- seeking and saving those who are lost.


    Who can live without this empowering breath?  Who would want to?




     [MY DEAR] LORD,




    Additional Bible Reading:  Romans 15:17-21


     [Kitfany:  Amen, Dear Jesus, Amen!]


     Taken From:  THE CHRIST OF EASTER,

    Readings for the Season of Resurrection ~ 48 days of Devotions

    by Calvin Miller

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    5 DAYS UNTIL EASTER - Jesus has the power to fashion heart's of cynics!

    Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 1:52 PM [MY MORNING PRAYERS]


    Tuesday, April 07, 2009


    Look at My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself!  Touch Me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have."  Having said this, He showed them His hands and fee. But while they could not believe for joy, and were amazed, he asked them, "Do you have anything to eat? " So they gave Him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence."   (Luke 24:39-43)






    In this incredible resurrection moment, Jesus asked for something to eat, because by eating he could fully convince His disciples that he was not a ghost.  Later, according to the Gospel of John, He also ate breakfast with them beside the sea.  (he even seems to be the one doing the cooking!)  Since ghosts have not physical substance and would not eat solid food (and ghosts are certainly not substantial enough to cook breakfast), this quite ordinary request of Jesus blew away all notions that He was a poltergeist, a figment of their imagination, a phantom.






    A heresy developed within the early church called docetism (based on the Greek word dokeo, "to seem").   This heresy taught that Jesus was not really a person but only looked like one.  Some said that Jesus was a real person in life, but that after the Resurrection he was only an apparition.


    The easiest way for Jesus to prove he wasn't a ghost was to ask for a piece of fish.  This small morsel, eaten by the resurrected Christ, was proof to all of them that the Resurrection was real.


    But the best way to prove that Jesus is still real is not to argue that He once ate solid food.  The best argument for you and me today is that He is still touching and redeeming all life, beginning with our own.




    I have never been able to doubt Christ for very long, because he will not leave me alone for very long.  I am much like the philosopher who after trying to be an atheist gave up all hope.  Why?  He said that if we try to dismiss Christ as a man, He haunts us as an idea.  If we try to dismiss Him as an idea, he haunts us a man.


    I must confess that when I try to do without Jesus, my life is so empty and purposeless that I know I must hold Him in my hart if life is ever to make sense again.  I have seen Him do many wonderful and beautiful things.  Doubt Him for very long, and we find His reality where we have always found it --- in our hearts.  [to this Kitfany says, Amen, Amen, Amen!]




    Lord, because of Your living presence in my heart, may Your reality go unquestioned among my friends.  Help them to look at me and clearly see that see that You are the most real thing there is about me.  [to this, again, Kitfany says, Amen, Amen, Amen!]


    For additional Bible reading:  Colossians 3:15-17



    Taken From:  THE CHRIST OF EASTER,

    Readings for the Season of Resurrection ~ 48 days of Devotions

    by Calvin Miller

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    6 DAYS BEFORE EASTER- What Heaven Does Not Know!

    Monday, April 6, 2009, 9:39 AM [MY MORNING PRAYERS]



    April 6, 2009 - MONDAY


    It was as ['Jesus] reclined at the table with them that He took the bread, blessed and broke it, and give it to them.  Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; but He disappeared from their sight.  So they said to each other, "Weren't our hearts ablaze within us while He was taking with us on the road and explaining the Scriptures to us?"

     Luke 24:30-32 





    Emotion is not the evidence that a religion is true, but emotion is always the by-product of true religion.  Why? Everything which impacts our lives at the deepest level of our souls cannot help but elicit our deepest, most profound feelings.


    "Weren't our hearts ablaze within us?" Confessed these two on the road to Emmaus.  Yes, they "felt" the presence of Jesus.  Why would they?  Their weekend had been shattered to a thousand splintering shards of brokenness by the death of their dearest friend.  Now, wondrously, he was alive again.  He was present with them.  They were there ... with Jesus.  How could they not help but the experience emotion?


     Can you not remember when you were first with Jesus?



    Did you not feel His presence burning with you? 

    Was there not at first an outpouring of godly sorrow when you realized how much it required for Jesus to save you?


    Then were there not moments of quiet reflection when you were overwhelmed with the greatness of the Son of God?


    Then was not this hush in your heart reluctant to speak lest there be a transgression against the holy silence in the center of your soul?


    Then at last, did not joy in wild exuberance wash over you like a mighty river?  Was this joy not completely uncontrollable?



     Jesus, You are my true friend!


    In short, you met Jesus!  You felt all that these two felt on the road to Emmaus.  Your heart burned within you as you felt the presence of Jesus.


     It still burns within you, does it not, when you feel His nearness?



    [Dear gracious and loving,] Lord, may I never be passive in your presence.  May your nearness ever excite me.  May songs and praises be the definitions of my deportment when I feel your nearness.  In this blessed week of Easter, may I see your wounds, touch your face, sense your power... and feel my worship. [Amen!]


    Taken From:  THE CHRIST OF EASTER,

    Readings for the Season of Resurrection ~ 48 days of Devotions

    by Calvin Miller.


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    Saturday, April 4, 2009, 9:18 PM [MY MORNING PRAYERS]



    SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2009



    The Angel told the woman, "Don't be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 









    For He has been resurrected, just as He said.  Come and see the place where He lay.  Then go quickly and tell His disciples, 'he has been raised from the dead.  In fact, he is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there.' Listen, I have told you.

    (Matthew 28:5-7)









    We would not remember Jonah at all if a fish had merely swallowed him.  The only element of the story that makes it memorable was that the prophet came out of the fish.  "Out of the fish" makes Jonah a tale never to be forgotten.


    Jesus said Jonah was a reminder of an oft-revealed plan:  "This generation is an evil generation.  It demands a sign, but no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah.  For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation" (Luke 11:29-30).    "For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights"  (Matthew 12:40).


    We would likewise not remember the story of Jesus if he had been put in the earth and swallowed whole by rigor mortis and decomposition.  Certainly, the cross is central to our faith.  But if Christ's life story had ended between two petty thieves on a dusty knoll, we would have no Easter joy!


    We remember Jesus because the earth, like Jonah's bewildered fish, had to yield Him up again.   Now e will never forget the wonder of Jesus' story --- dead, though not for long, then alive forever.


    "He has been resurrected, just as He said," the angels announced.  This reminds us that however the resurrection may have surprised the apostles, it did not surprise God.  Here was a miracle so carefully orchestrated that Jesus had told His disciples long before He died that He would rise again. (Matthew 15:21) ---- not just to make a splash by walking out of the tomb, but to give us all a wonderful new life, forever unstoppable.


    What the angels reported as a current event, we now accept as a part of holy history.  But do we accept it so rationally, so historically, that our mater-of-fact attitude toward it has stolen it vitality?  May this never be so.  May the living Christ daily bring to your life the joy that made Easter a world-changing truth.


     May this truth continue daily to change your attitude

     and charge your dreams.





    Lord, you live, and because of that so do I.  You will never die again, and cause of that, I too will find death of no eternal consequence.  Help me worship you today, not like those who rained fickle hosannas on you as you road into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, but with the submitted, surrendered heart of a true believer.



    For additional Bible Reading: Jonah 2:5-9





    Taken From:  THE CHRIST OF EASTER,

    Readings for the Season of Resurrection ~ 48 days of Devotions

    by Calvin Miller.

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    Saturday, April 4, 2009, 12:59 PM [MY MORNING PRAYERS]



    Saturday, April 4, 2009





    The next day, which followed the preparation day, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, "Sir, we remember that while this deceiver was still alive, He said, 'After three days I will rise again.'  Therefore give orders that the tomb be made secure until the third day.  Otherwise, His disciples may come, steal Him, and tell the people, 'He has been raised from the dead.'"

     Matthew 27.62-64


    How smart and wise the chief priests and Pharisees believed them selves to be!  Now that they have crucified Jesus and placed Him in a tomb, they want to cover all the bases to be sure this would be the end of His ministry.  As you surf the Internet today.... You will find many pages witnessing about the Way, Truth and the Life of Jesus Christ.... and you will also find an equal number of books and articles that represent the mindset of the chief priests' and Pharisees'.


    The truth is Jesus lives in the hearts and spirits of men. When you view a corpse, it is very apparent that the vital part of the person that once lived in that body is no longer present.  It is the spirit, which has relocated and left the body behind.  If you dissect a corpse of a Christian, you will not find any trace of the life of Christ incased in the corpse, for that trace (the spirit that is only discerned by God) will have traveled with the spirit of the one who has been dissected.





    The chief priests and Pharisees were looking to keep Jesus contained and confined to in their human perception of who they believed Him to be.  This Jesus is the one who walked on water, the one who calmed an angry and fierce sea, and the one who healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, and raised the dead.  Even His performance of these miracles were disregarded by these very astute leaders, and their perceptions of the Christ was anything but Jesus being both man and God incarnate.  The chief priests and Pharisees wanted to relegate Jesus to their very personal perspectives, logical, self- centered, and devious minds; and perhaps this is why Jesus was never able to enter their hearts.  It would seem that their hearts and subsequent salvation had been locked in, in much the same way they had shut Jesus out.

     (by kitfany)




    Taken From:  THE CHRIST OF EASTER,

    Readings for the Season of Resurrection ~ 48 days of Devotions

    by Calvin Miller.





    The next day, which followed the preparation day, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, "Sir, we remember that while this deceiver was still alive, He said, 'After three days I will rise again.'  Therefore give orders that the tomb be made secure until the third day.  Otherwise, His disciples may come, steal Him, and tell the people, 'He has been raised from the dead.'"


    Matthew 27.62-64




    Life seems to finish in one of two ways.  Either we expect the exciting and unbelievable, or like Pilate's garrison, we watch graves, expecting nothing.  These sentries expected, nothing supernatural, so they sat up for three days and nights watching for grave robbers.  Then when God blew the lid off the tomb, they were traumatized, s silent as dead men.  Those who never expected Jesus to live again were shocked by the detonation of joy when He returned --- and made all life possible.


    In this world, people will wither trust and find themselves gaping over the unbelievable things God brings their way, or they will doubt and stumble over the acts of the unbelievable God.  Those who doubt are forever confused that the great mysteries of God never blessed them but stupefied them.


    Unbelief sets guards over sealed tombs --- guards who expect nothing.  These rock-watchers --- "the chief priests and the Pharisees" --- wanted to make sure no one stole Jesus' body.  They all claimed to love God and honor all of Judaism's promises of Messianism.  Yet the Messiah's Ester life surprised them.


    Can it be that men and women can love God with a level of passion yet really be ignorant of the awesome possibilities that live in tombs?  Yes!  Religion sometimes wears a smug and practiced religiosity that is without vitality, expecting nothing.  Most churchmen have long ago given up the hope of ever seeing the living Christ.  They have traded their lost expectations for the dull habit of guarding rocks.




    Now let us come to Easter... where on the rock turned out to be worth watching.  His rock quaked and split.  The Lord Jesus with certain tread, marched out as Victor.  The unsettling event left the soldiers, at first quaking, then later, lying about what they saw.


    But those doubtful, freighted flowers of Christ erupted in a dance of joy that continues to this moment.  "He is risen!" is an anthem that outlives both rocks and unbelieving people.


    Let us, the believing, begin the dance of joy --- the resurrection life has come!




    Lord, your resurrection shook the earth, indeed.  It is still shaking it.  Even more importantly, it is still shaking my life.  As I approach the final week before Easter, may I find myself a grateful recipient of your Calvary grace, but even more an awed worshiper at your empty tomb.


    For additional Bible readings:  Palm 102:25-28


    Form The christ of Easter - Calvin Miller

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    Thursday, April 2, 2009, 11:26 PM [MY MORNING PRAYERS]



    Friday, April 3, 2009









    It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three, because the sun's light failed.  The curtain of the sanctuary was split down the middle.  And Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into Your hands I entrust My spirit."  Saying this, he breathed His last.

       (Luke 23:44-46)


    Here are seven words you should reserve for your dying: Into Your hands I entrust my spirit." 


    In our years of walking with Jesus, many of our steps must be taken in the dark, in times of great uncertainty.  But the last step we experience is a step we need not fear to take.  The last step will always be in the light.  The dying time is the time for spending these seven words: Into Your hands I entrust my spirit." 


    Perhaps you are young.   Perhaps Jesus' final words do not seem to you to be anything you will need for many decades.  Let this be your counsel:  find an older friend and draw close to him.  Make sure this older friend is a Christian.  Then watch him live out his final years.  If God should make it possible, watch this older believer change worlds.


    You will see a grad confidence in him as he spends these final words.  Best of all, you will see that only by watching people die is it often possible to find out what they really believe.  Only from he end of life can we test those philosophies we said we believed during our younger years.  Those who die well have lived well.  Those who can say with peace and resolve, "Into Your hands I entrust my spirit," are those whose dying proves they lived well.


    Only one confident end awaits all of us who are flesh.  It is to be able to use Jesus' words legitimately, "Father, into Your hands."  Those who can use these words understand why Jesus died.  They have ascertained the confidence Jesus placed in his heavenly Father --- the certainty he sensed when he closed his eyes for the final time.


    This is the greatest part of the gospel.  It is to publish Jesus' dying words as the hope of every heart.  It is to give the final cross cry to every person.


    Sooner or later, all must close their eyes for the last time.  If in such a moment they possess the final words of the cross, they will be able to say clearly, "Earth is receding but heaven is approaching.  This is my long-anticipated moment of oneness with the Father!  Into your hands I entrust my spirit."




    Lord, I treasure your famous, final words.  Help me to keep them handy when it is my turn to use them.


    For additional Bible reading: Psalm 31-1-5



    Taken From:  THE CHRIST OF EASTER,

     Readings for the Season of Resurrection ~ 48 days of Devotions

     by Calvin Miller





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    Thursday, April 2, 2009, 10:33 PM [WISDOM FOR THOUGHT]





    When there is disruption in your life, and your peace is threatened by disagreements that arise among your husband, your wife, children, family members, and friends, you can be sure that there is a silent entity involved.  It is always the ones in our lives that are closest to our hearts that inflict the most painful mental blows (and sometimes physical blows) that affect our state of minds.  


    As we watch Satan's tactics when it came to the events that led to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, we can see him working through the piety and the preposterous hypocrisy of the religious leaders whom Satan initially used to berate the ministry of our Lord.  Before the crucifixion was finished, Satan had managed to reach the hearts and minds of many individuals who had been Jesus' faithful followers, seeking His teaching, blessings, and healings.   As Jesus stood on trial and as He looked among the crowd, I am sure He saw many who had once hailed Him as the Messiah, now calling out for His crucifixion.  Nothing could be more painful than watching those who once called you friend, those whom you fed, those who you taught, and some you had healed, and those for whom you were willing to die for; that they might have life ---now call for an agonizing demise of the life you were so willing to give. 


    Satan wants to hurt you to the core of your heart in order to discourage you and entrap you in his multidimensional web of sin  ---- he therefore uses those people in your life that are closest to you, unknowingly by them , to assist him in his diabolical efforts to steal, kill, and destroy any and all blessings that our Heavenly Father has given and has in store for your blessed future.


    Here is where I want you to think back on your life.... Can you recall those times that you were so hurt by something someone had done to you, said to you, or about you, that you chose a course of action that was destructive to you and those you love, and others?


    Here is where I want you to look forward on your life... Remember Jesus.  He looked upon the crowd and saw the helpless state of mankind. His heart broke as He looked upon the faces of those whom He loved who had once called Him friend, now hurling insults and mocking Him as suffered this horrible death on the cross, and He cried out to the Father  "Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do!" 

    Jesus came to break that power of Satan's rule over the people of the earth. Jesus could have chosen to come down from the cross at any time - counting it worthless to die for such a group of ungrateful souls who were neither worthy of His life nor His death.  But He knew a secret that Satan did not know...He would take the keys of both Death and Hell away from Satan by remaining on that cross --- and Jesus understood the helplessness and blindness of those upon whom He looked and for whom He would die that they might truly live.


    There are several important lessons taken from the Bible I would like you to consider as we approach the day of resurrection.


    1. We wrestle not with flesh and blood but with principalities, and power and wickedness in high places. (This is the organization of Satan.)
    2. Satan comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy (that he might destroy God's credibility in your life! - steal first your hope, kill your dreams, and destroy you!)
    3. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God in their lives. (We all have hurt someone, or done things that brought pain to the heart of our God.)
    4. We are forever learning the truth, which sets us of free.  (Maybe your forgiveness and kindness can be a light in the darkness for someone else who is still learning.)
    5. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall see God.
    6. We must forgive, if we desire to be forgiven by God of our sins.
    7. Forgive them Father for they know not what they do, for if we hope to share Heaven and partake of His Glory, we must also share in His suffering. (Accepting the fact that others are human as well, and all of us remain a work in progress.)
    When inharmonious activity starts to destroy your relationships and your life, pray. Pray for the heart and the wisdom of Christ in your life.  Remember to consider the source!


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    Thursday, April 2, 2009, 8:59 AM [MY MORNING PRAYERS]


    If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me!




    From noon until three in the afternoon, darkness came over the whole land. 

    At about three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out with a loud voice,

    "Eli, Eli lema sabachthani?" that is,

     "My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?"

      (Matthew 27:45-46)







    None believers need to know:  they have only to look deep within their hearts to know the truth - for if this story of His crucifixion pierces their soul and causes it to stir - they have found their answer.  For He hath said, "If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me."  HE CAME TO GET YOUR ATTENTION!  His inspired Word has endured for centuries.... it is still the best selling book in the United States and in many parts of the world - myths come and go.... Ask yourself why this teaching has prevailed and stood the test of time, ask yourself why men, women, and children have been willing to suffer persecution and loss of life for the furtherance of the gospel.  Ask yourself, why is there still so much controversy regarding Him and His life... is this not the same controversy that existed when He walked the earth?  Once you have encountered the Living God you will never be the same.


    As I pondered over this chapter, I asked myself this question:


     Why is it so hard for us to believe in Him and keep the faith!


    • Jesus was able to withstand the atrocious torture inflicted upon Him by His enemies before His crucifixion; the Bible tells us that He was beaten beyond recognition.
    • Jesus endured the stretching of his out-stretched arms until bone, muscle and ligaments were torn apart.
    • Jesus endured the dreadful and appalling nails being driven through His hands and Feet, the piercing of His side, as he bore the crown of thorns upon His precious bleeding head.
    • While He hung there on that cross, He endured the treacherous insults of those who once hailed Him as their savior and for whom He was dying  - He was mocked and spat upon by those whom He came to show the way, and whose hearts were hardened by their pretenses of being holy and righteous.  Both you and I were in His loving heart on that day of His crucifixion.


    Now you ponder.... If He were able to endure all of the horrific things He endured from a world that knew Him not, and if He was willing to go through all of this for our salvation, ...why would He not keep His promise to you and I.  He promised that He would never leave us or forsake us!


     The Following is

     taken From:  THE CHRIST OF EASTER,

    Readings for the Season of Resurrection ~ 48 days of Devotions

    by Calvin Miller.







    From noon until three in the afternoon, darkness came over the whole land. 

    At about three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out with a loud voice,

    "Eli, Eli lema sabachthani?" that is,

     "My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?"

      (Matthew 27:45-46)

    Christ's ordeal had stretched on hour after hour. He had been arrested, cuffed, beaten, stripped mocked and flogged.  By this time his agony must have been at it apex.  From this agony he cried out, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?"


    Let his agonizing cry seem as bold as it really was --- the plaintive sobbing of a child who did not know how much more abuse he could withstand.  See, too the response of His Father, from heaven his longing Father reached down toward his hurting son.  Brokenness and pain caused the suffering Son to reach upward toward His Father. Thus, love united these reaching, broken lovers.


    This cry from the cross illustrates the humanity of Christ, but much more.  If the human Jesus was hurting in the midst of all this pain, the divine Christ must have remembered all that being Emmanuel meant.


    This pain-wracked cry comes from the twenty-second psalm.  In happier times it had furnished Jesus with many wonderful moments of worship in the little synagogue at Nazareth.


    As a boy, this psalm was only worship liturgy.  On the cross it became a part of Jesus' dying appeal to His Father.


    When the cantor had sung it in the Nazarene synagogue, it was reflection.  On the cross it became a throbbing, insistent question from God's broken, bleeding Son:  "Father, have you forsaken me"


    If you must have an answer to the ninth-hour question, the answer is "No."  God never forsook Jesus, just as Jesus never forsook His Father.  God does hate sin.  When Jesus bore the sins of the ages, God felt a remoteness that led Him not to look on His Son; but He was with Jesus at every moment of his dying.


    Best of all, here is Jesus' promise in our hard times.  He will "never leave you or forsake you."  (Hebrews 13.5)


    Is your own cross hard to bear?"  Is your dying an unspeakable agony?  Go ahead and cry, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?"  God's answer to you is also a resounding "No."



    [My God, My Great High Priest, My Redeemer and My]  Lord, thank you for being there when life hurts.  Just as You never forsook Jesus, I know You will not forsake me.  Indeed, you cannot forsake me without making Hebrews 14.5 a lie, and you are the God who cannot lie!


    For additional reading:  Deuteronomy 31:1-8


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    Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 9:19 PM [WOMEN OF FAITH IN BUSINESS]







    "I gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which I must stop and look fear in the face ... I say to myself, I've lived through this and can take the next thing that comes along.... We must do the things we think we cannot do." Eleanor Roosevelt






    Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

    [Hebrews 11:1]


    Faith for me is an attitude of the mind, as well as of the heart:  Trusting the Almighty God entirely without reservation, no matter what the circumstance.  You have to know that He is there and that He is working things out for your highest good.  You cannot let your imperfections prevent you from moving forward.  You must rely entirely on His Perfect will and press on.


    In the corporate business world, one must deal with the highs and lows of the economy and the unexpected world events that influence one's success in a particular field.  I have learned to rise every morning, with a prayer of thank You on my lips for the dawning of a new day.  I have a saying:  If God did not choose to make my bed a cooling board, then He still has work for me to do.  I have learned not to let the "curve balls" distract me from setting and reaching my goals.  When a "curve ball" comes my way, I give God the bat!


    All things are possible to those who believe!



    Adopt an Accepting Attitude

    "I just know that God provides enough time for everything," Sullivan says. "If I am supposed to answer that question, then I will answer the question." A spiritual person who says she doesn't have a "home church" but visits many different churches, Sullivan said her attitude of acceptance helps her "go with the flow," which she says seems to work in her life. "But that doesn't mean that if I have business proposal to write on Tuesday that God is going to do it," she laughed. Instead, she explained that an accepting attitude, whether associated with spirituality or simply with the realization that you can't control everything, you can prevent stress build up when things just don't seem to go the way you want."












    Barbara Sullivan is a true advocate of small business and a champion community consensus builder, and chose these roles very early in life.  Growing up in Birmingham, Alabama during the era of segregation, she participated in the struggle from the front line for equality of opportunity.


    At Tuskegee University, where she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she was one of the founding leaders of the Student Non-Violence Coordinating Committee.  Her participation in the grass roots fight for equality and justice has remained with her through the years, and is demonstrated in her commitment to organizations that address these issues today.


    Barbara Sullivan has succinctly distinguished herself as:


    • Vice  President serving on the Board of the Black Business Association of Los Angeles
    • Vice President of the MTA Transportation Business Advisory Committee
    • As a Delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business
    • Receiving the NAACP Women of Achievement Award
    • Being elected as Member of the Year for the National Association of Women    Business Owners Affiliate Award
    • Being nominated for Supplier of the Year for the Regional Purchasing Council


    Her other awards and affiliations with a variety of organizations are too numerous to mention.


    Barbara has owned and operated three temporary and permanent placement firms, a hosiery distribution company, Partner in a housing development company and is presently CEO of a Management consulting firm, specializing in H.R. and staff development solutions.  She daily faces the economic obstacles that minority businesses must overcome to be successful, and often acts as the ear to other entrepreneurs who confront these challenges.


    Sullivan International's (the company which has evolved from Sullivan & Associates which was founded in 1982), primary focus is to assist growing businesses to achieve their goals relative to performance management, and sound Human Resources practices.  She has developed a training and consulting program called Next Generation Business Involvement on Growth, for small corporations.  Barbara feels that skill building for entrepreneurs and their company's infrastructure development are the backbone of business success.  She designed the Next Generation Program to offer that assistance.


    Barbara Sullivan's commitment to the community is unreservedly reflected in her personal involvement in organizations such as Children Are Our Future, Educate the Children and working with the Museum of African-American Art.  She is truly a professional who believes in extending a helping hand.



    NAWBO-LA Online Newsletter

    December 2004 Issue


    The Online Newsletter provides articles that mirror the mission of NAWBO-LA. That mission has four components: to help members Grow their businesses, Change the business culture, Influence public policy and Align with others.

     In this issue, we focus on finding balance, serving others and assessing our accomplishments as a chapter. We examine how members are inspired by volunteer projects, review our chapter history, plus provide a brief look at what lies ahead for NAWBOLA.



    GROW - Life Balance: How One Member Maintains It

    Literal "Dancing in the Street" is Part of the Mix



    Barbara Sullivan is a busy person. For 20 years, she has run a human resources consulting company, Sullivan International (www.sullivaninternational...). She currently serves on the board of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and is active in the Atlantic Community Economic Development Corporation; Educate the Children, Links and Rotary International. She has received numerous awards and has been active in NAWBO-LA for years. Add to that Covenant and Sullivan, (www.covenantandsullivan.c...) her newly created payroll, benefits and HR "back office" for small businesses, which she created this year. Yet, Sullivan insists on an equally full personal life that includes time spent with her many girlfriends, with her husband and on annual trips to Trinidad for Carnival. There, for two days yearly, she dresses in costume, takes to the streets, marches with a band and parties for 13 hours a day. "It's better than spending $250 an hour on an analyst's couch," Sullivan said. "It's a destressor." The unique ways that Sullivan has found to cope with her busy life may not be on any list kept by "life" coaches or any time-management professionals, but they are real life solutions that this Long Beach-based business owner says work for her. Sullivan's list of practices and attitudes below might help other NAWBO-LA members as they face the holidays ahead, pledge to get their "life in balance" in 2005 and better cope with stress to grow their businesses.



    Structure Queries

    Sullivan said she receives numerous phone calls weekly from business owners who need human resources and contract advice or from individuals wanting to focus their career or find a job.  "I always feel that the information I have can be shared or I can die with it," she joked. "I don't feel it's my intellectual property." But that generosity can backfire with too many calls. So, Sullivan hit upon a solution: devote one day a week to take query calls. For example, in the past, she set aside Fridays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for such calls. If someone called at another time and it was inconvenient for her, she simply asked them to call back at the designated time. The solution works well for non-crisis calls, she says. But for those who urgently need the information now, Sullivan uses another coping mechanism.



    Adopt an Accepting Attitude

    "I just know that God provides enough time for everything," Sullivan says. "If I am supposed

    to answer that question, then I will answer the question." A spiritual person who says she doesn't have a "home church" but visits many different churches, Sullivan said her attitude of acceptance helps her "go with the flow," which she says seems to work in her life. "But that doesn't mean that if I have business proposal to write on Tuesday that God is going to do it," she laughed. Instead, she explained that an accepting attitude, whether associated with spirituality or simply with the realization that you can't control everything, can prevent stress build up when things just don't seem to go the way you want.



    Literal "Dancing in the Street" is Part of the Mix

    Courtesy of Trinidad & Tobago

    Tourism, by Jim Stephens



    Take Time Outs

    For those especially overwhelming days, Sullivan has another coping strategy. She simply stops and spends a half-hour all to herself. "I don't answer the phone. I don't answer the cell phone. I just stop and do nothing," she said. She may read a book, she may stare out her office window at the ocean liner, Queen Mary, docked in port, or she may turn on favorite cassette tapes, Achmaninoff or Mozart. It's enough to change her frame of mind, calm, recharge her, and enable her to work more efficiently and with a positive outlook for the rest of the day.  Plus, she gives herself permission to take entire days off if she needs even more time.


    Engage the Mind/Body Connection

    A couple of years ago, Sullivan had to sue a longtime client to try to recover $600,000 in unpaid services. Besides the stress and expense of going against a giant corporation and long, drawn-out legal delays, she also had to pay, out of pocket, various  subcontractors she had brought on to do the work with her. "I really had to spend a lot of time and self talk to myself to stay centered and not be afraid to do what I felt was right in my heart, even though it could possibly destroy me," she said. Fortunately, she had taken a series of eight Hellerwork sessions, a combination of massage, body/movement education, and emotional awareness. Hellerwork seeks to improve the connection between the body and mind to restore optimal health, Sullivan said. She initially found the sessions strange. Only afterward, did she realize she was now equipped with the mental and physical tools to cope with three years of stress to get her client issue resolved. "There's a connection between the body and the mind and when you realize that, you see it over the years," she said. ""People complain of headaches or backaches and it's no wonder, because they are carrying their burdens in their head or shoulders." Embrace Change Sullivan also believes that embracing the idea of change helps eliminate paralyzing fear to move us forward where we need to go. As children, we aren't taught that change is constant, she said. Instead, we're told to believe that things stay the same, with the result that we're surprised and unprepared for change. By embracing change, individuals and even businesses are better able to deal with the realities they face, she said. It's an attitude she has incorporated into her consulting business. "One of the things we say in talking about what we do is that we are masters of change," Sullivan said. "We help businesses assess where they are going, not where they've been." Life Balance: Continued Courtesy of Trinidad & Tobago Tourism, by Jim Stephens Find a Carnival Finally, for 13 years, Sullivan has spent a month to two weeks each year in Trinidad at Carnival. This Caribbean version of New Orleans' Mardi Gras or Rio's Carnival is friendlier, she said. Anyone with the money for a costume can join the various competing bands and march and dance in the streets for two days before Ash Wednesday. "From 8:30 in the morning to seven at night, you're in the street dancing," she said. "And then there are the parties and the competition for king and queen." The event allows her to abandon herself completely to fun and totally release her from business concerns. So central is it to keeping her balanced, that before she married, she hoped she would find a spouse who understood why she needed to go each year. Fortunately, her husband is a loyal Carnival attendee himself, who loves to photograph the event. Sullivan's embrace of a full and balanced life is something she inherited from her mother, she said, a single mom who worked in a laundry yet was active in the PTA and social clubs.


     "These are all part of who I want to be," she says. "I do these things because balance is important in life. I feel I would miss a lot if I just focused entirely on business."

     Courtesy of Trinidad & Tobago Tourism, by Jim Stephens


    The Entrepreneur




    Barbara Sullivan established Sullivan International, Inc. (SI) in 1984. SI is a progressive Human Resources Management and Employee Development consulting firm, consisting of five distinct organizations, and specializing in designing cutting edge solutions.  Sullivan and Associates creates and implements solutions to resolve Human Resources challenges ; The National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence develops and implements violence prevention programs; Service Oriented SolutionsÔ offers  quality customer service focused consulting and training;  Training OneSourceÔ partners with companies to address the training administration  and employee development needs of their organization and People OneSource  offers outsourced payroll, training and Human Resources services to growing  businesses. 


    Ms. Sullivan has been retained by a variety of clients ranging from employers with as few as five employees to Fortune 500 companies.  Her diverse experience is often called upon in the areas of organizational design and development; employee relations; performance management; and staff development.  Over the years, she has conducted numerous training programs and organizational information meetings that required effective communication with all levels of employees. 


    Also to her credit was her participation in the Los Angeles Olympic Games where she served as an Assistant Vice President of Human Resources. Ms. Sullivan skillfully placed over 70,000 volunteers and paid staff into the various venues and key posts for the games.  This task involved staff recruitment, placement, and training while directing a staff of 250 volunteer and paid human resources employees

    Prior to establishing her own business in the early 1980's, Ms. Sullivan worked within the governmental environment for the City of Los Angeles.  As Personnel Director of the City Attorney's Office, she developed the first Human Resources Department for that office.  She has also held management positions with organizations such as Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Children's Hospital, and West Adams Community Hospital, all of which contributed to the experiences needed to own and operate several employment agencies and other successful Human Resources related businesses.


    Currently, Ms. Sullivan serves as a Director on the Board of The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and of Long Beach Transit. She is past Director of the Downtown Long Beach Associates, and holds several other Board Level appointments and has held many past and present civic affiliations.  She is a former Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Black Business Association of Los Angeles and current board member of The National Black Business Council. Ms Sullivan served with distinction as a Commissioner on the City of Long Beach's Economic Development Commission.  Notably, she is among the few individuals to receive the coveted NAACP-Legal Defense Fund's Black Woman of Achievement Award.  The honoree was acknowledged for her commitment in championing the rights of small businesses. 


    Ms. Sullivan has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Masters of Arts in Education from Tuskegee University, Alabama. She presently coordinates the Human Resources Certification Program at California State University, Long Beach, California.

     Barbara Sullivan
    Sullivan International, Inc. -(562).590.0512

    www.Sullivaninternational... -







    A note from Barbara:  I am very excited about my latest business venture.  It is an answer to earning extra income while working to support our Nation's Go Green Ecology Effort.  If you would like to find out more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at my office.  We have nation wide offices. 






    SHOP TO EARN E-commerce                                                 Volume 1, Issue 1

    NEWSLETTER                                 MARCH,  2009



    IN THIS ISSUE: Article 1 -

    We Make Headlines/Article 2 Saving you Money


    NOTE TO OUR FRIENDS:  We are especially excited about how are new business as taken off... for those of you who have been holding off joining our team, you should give it some serious thought while you can enter the game at the front of the race.  As you know, our nation in now proactively and aggressively promoting  "green products" in an effort  protect our world for our future generations.  Shop to Earn is on the cutting age of this transition, and you will benefit by shopping SHOP TO EARN, because you not only save at the major stores you patronize, but you will earn as you shop!  Give your personal leadership associate a call today to find out more!




    From MSNBC - Entire Story Visit:

    Shop To Earn is turning e-commerce on its head with a platform on which well-known retailers -- including just-inked deals with Victoria's Secret and Expedia -- discount up to 30 percent of the sales with shoppers and the people they refer. It's a concept that has attracted 80,000 members and put Shop To Earn on target for $120 million in revenues annually in just two years.

    Our members aren't pushing somebody's powder, potion or pills," said Dan Swiniarski, President of ShopToEarn. "There's nothing sexy about getting paid to shop and getting paid to refer others to shop, but it's a very simple way to save time, save money, save travel, and save gas -- and receive cash back on your network's purchases from hundreds of the biggest names in e-commerce retail." ShopToEarn and ShopToEarth (

    You can also find us on Youtube



    We have over 500 hundred stores and hundreds of products that are both environmentally friendly, as well as products you currently (and most likely), use everyday).  The product categories are on the side of the opening page as listed below:


    My website address is: Pass word: lbshops. 


    Apparel                                                                  Health/Beauty

    Computers/Electronics                                           Hobbies/Collectibles

    Department Store                                                  Home/Garden

    Education                                                               Medical

    Entertainment                                                        Miscellaneous

    Financial Services                                                   Office

    Food/Drinks                                                            Recreation/Leisure

    Games/Toys                                                            Shops/Malls

    Gifts/Flowers                                                           Sports/Fitness



    If you have any challenges assessing the website please call me at

    (562) 254-5039

    And I thank you for your business! 

      With best regards,  

    Barbara Sullivan

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    Wednesday, April 01, 2009



     If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me...



      Very little has changed in terms of man's inhumanity to man. 

    Very little has changed in terms of man's inhumanity to man.  The tabloids of popular magazines and our newspapers validate the fact that despite the philosophy of secular humanism, and despite man's best efforts, there is a tendency to love the discrediting of another human being, particularly if that human being has some how offended our egos.  It does seem that misery loves company in that some need to know that those having achieved success also face common life issues and suffering.  The rise in television programming that feeds on the misfortunes of others for monetary gain has increased because it is popular and profitable.  It seems that some have the need judge cruelly, for this some how fosters their egos and lack of character.  As we embark on today's journey, we see chief religious leaders taunting Christ and were it happening today, it would be a major tabloid item.



     As I journey through the Days Until Easter, there is a great deal of introspection and outward observance that we need a savior - for within ourselves we are incapable of the profound metamorphoses that occurs when the indwelling spirit of Christ takes residence within our hearts and our minds.   When this occurs we become our authentic true self.  We no longer need to feed on and emulate the thoughts, attitudes, and practices of others to establish our identity.  As we cease to conform to those practices that do not honor God, edify others, and us, we arrive at a place of an inspired, original, and authentic purpose for being, as our minds are renewed, and our individual missions revealed.



    Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads, and saying "Ha!  The One who would demolish the sanctuary and build it in three days, save Yourself by coming down from the cross!"  




    Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads, and saying "Ha!  The One who would demolish the sanctuary and build it in three days, save Yourself by coming down fro the cross!"  In the same way, the chief with the scribes were mocking Him to one another and saying, "He saved other; he cannot save Himself!"... Even those who were crucified with Him were taunting Him.   (Mark 15-29-32)


    Some men of faith, those chief priests!  They needed to see some grand sign before they came to believe.  But what is faith anyway?  Is it not the mark of real faith to keep on believing when you have not the slightest reason to do so?  How illogical their challenge!  Was not Jesus himself enduring his dark hours by means of his faith?  Jesus did not play faith the way the chief priests did.  He did not say. "God, if you are really God, how about knocking these chief priests about, just to prove to them that you and I are related."  No, Jesus died and somehow proved his faith not by coming down from the cross, but by staying on it.  He knew that real faith couldn't be confirmed by some showy spectacle, but by literally hanging on when things got tough.


    This is ever the way.  Crosses are not the places where faith is killed but where it is proven.  Jesus went on believing that God loved him.  That's precisely the reason he would not come down.  If he had come down, he could not have finished the work God had given him to do. 


    How fortunate that Jesus did not come down from the cross, if he had been so self-willed, there would have been a stack of chief priests piled up in human obelisks of bad manners and selfish insults.  The chief priests were right:  if Jesus were going to save others, he could not save himself.


    Precisely by not saving himself, he could guarantee eternal life to the world.


    The priests' accusations then became the greatest paradox of all time.  There was a depth of wisdom in their insult --- "He saved others:  He cannot save himself: --- which even the mocking clerics who spoke it did not begin to realize.


    Christ died that we might live.  By not saving himself, he could save us.



    Lord, I live because you chose to die.  I am saved because you allowed yourself to be lost.  Thank you, Lord Jesus, for not doing what the chief priest taunted you to do.  Through your willingness to die on that long ago wondrous day, I was given hope.



    For additional bible reading:  Hebrews 11:13-16


    Taken From:  THE CHRIST OF EASTER,

     Readings for the Season of Resurrection ~ 48 days of Devotions

     by Calvin Miller.

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