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HOW ARE WE MANAGING TO WEATHER THE STORMS OF LIFE

HOW ARE WE MANAGING TO WEATHER THE STORMS OF LIFE

A TRUE SYMBOL OF PEACE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

A TRUE SYMBOL OF PEACE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

Today we face many trials in this life that causes us to ask this question; how are we managing to Weather the Storms of Life? When we think about this and evaluate the world we live in, we are subject to come up with many different answers with hopes of resolving problems that are eroding the very fabric of life as we know it. In light of the recent verdict handed down in the Treyvon Martin and George Zimmerman case, we ponder what to do next. It seems as if George Zimmerman has been given a “pat” on the back and walked free of taking the life of Treyvon Martin, one of our beautiful children, but then again is he really FREE?  Will he ever be FREE?  The blood stains of an instance child are on his hands forever.  He took the life of one of God’s previous angles.

We are not called to judge others but to pray for them. What has happened is truly a tragic, yes, one thing we can all take from this is a lesson of how we see and relate to each other. Our children are our future and any injustice done to them is an injustice to society as a whole.

If we should make the choice to see George Zimmerman’s behavior through the eyes of hate, are we any better than he is?  Trayvon Martin’s parents have been a tower of strength.  They have set the example of how we should react in light of what has taken place with their son.  Now let us follow their example, let us follow the example of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of non-violence, let us follow the example of Gandhi’s legacy of non-violence, let us follow the example of our Lord and Savior’s legacy of love, peace and non-violence.  When we do this, we will all stand head and shoulder above George Zimmerman and all those who spread hate and violence among us.

Jesus left his teaching as a pattern for us to live by, that pattern includes “Love.”  At this point I believe that “Love” is what’s needed as we embrace all parties involved. How are we managing to Weather the Storms of Life, through LOVE?

How are we managing to Weather the Storms of Life? Everywhere we look there seems to be discord, anger, hatred and frustration and yet we ignore the key ingredient to all our problems. We tend to ignore how Jesus came and lived among all people, enduring the storms of life, yet not discouraged. He gave us the blue-print for any situation we might encounter, yet we want take time to learn of him. Until we realize that we did not create ourselves and we are dependent on something or someone, we will continue to see these very struggles unfold.

It’s true that no one knows what’s going to happen, or when, who’s around us to say? No one can control the wind or lock it in a box. No one has any say so regarding the day of death; no one can stop a battle in its tracks; no one who does evil can be saved by evil. As long as men and women have power to hurt each other, this is the way it is. If you keep your eyes open day and night without blinking you’ll never figure out the meaning of what God is doing on earth. The good, the wise and all they do are in God’s hand—but day by day, whether love or hate they’re dealing with, they don’t know. Everyone is lumped together in one fate; life leads to death, that’s it (Ecclesiastes 8:7-17; 9:1-6 MGS).

Thank you for reading and studying with us this day.  May you find love, peace and joy in all you do to help bring about a resolution in the many difficult situations we as a people find ourselves in.  I leave you today to ponder in your heart the same question that I begin this discussion with, “HOW ARE WE MANAGING TO WEATHER THE STORMS OF LIFE?”

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BE AN ENCOURAGER IN THE NAME OF JESUS

BE AN ENCOURAGER IN THE NAME OF JESUS

BE ENCOURAGED (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS

Today, I am following the commands of My Lord and Savior as He has instructed me and you to be an encourager.  We are all God’s children and we were put on this earth to help one another, although there are many who would disagree with this statement.  But those are the ones that are still living in the world and do not know the word of God, nor follow God’s commands.  Therefore, I do not include them in what Jesus is commanding of all believers.  However, I do encourage them to get right with God and do it now, because time is drawing near.

Now listen to what the word commands us to do, it says, “Do not neglect to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:25 ESV)!”  As we all meet here daily, I find true love, joy and peace in my soul that each of you bring forth by your likes, your words of encouragement, your beautiful comments, your words of wisdom, your thoughts, your ideals, the hundredths of emails and personal notes I receive daily.  I am encouraged by what you do and say that enables me to give back to you the words that God has given to me to share with each of you.

Vine and Branch World Ministries is a young and growing ministry. In the past two years we have received over 20,000 comments that are posted on this site.  Now these are the words that have inspired me to make this post on this day.  “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (1Thessalonians 5:11 ESV).”

A very short time ago, I received this comment from one of my fellow bloggers and friend that is posted in my Minister’s Profile.  It touched my heart deeply, and inspired me to keep moving forward with delivered speed.  Today, I want to share with you what he has said and done in hopes that you will do the same with each other.  Because we are truly our brothers keeper.

Pastor Davis,

When did you write this? It is as if you had written this especially for me. Hard work on your part but easy to read by poor souls like me. Thank you.

A few days ago you published a post on “Father’s Love Letter”.

Your post impressed me and I created a video titled “A Letter from Your Heavenly Father based on the text of “Father’s Love Letter” by Barry Adams of Father Heart Communications and uploaded it to YouTube. Now I have included this video in my post ‘Jesus said, “I came into the world as light…”’ –

Below is the Video Clip that he made, in my opinion it is an awesome and inspiring video. Please click on it and watch for yourselves. Then visit his ministry, I am certain you will find a lot there to inspire you and share with others.  I thank all of you for your many visits and the love you have shown us here. Here is the link to his ministry web-site.

http://tvaraj2inspirations.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/jesus-said-i-came-into-the-world-as-light-2/

Help Needed in Unlocking Lifesaving Treatments for Rare Diseases (Video)

 

Greetings to all my friends and readers. Please take a few minutes of your valuable time an watch this video clip. When you have finished reblog it on your social media sites. This is an area in which we all can lend a helping hand and I am encouraging everyone to do your part. Thank you, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

RACIAL HATRED AND PREJUDICE HAS NO PLACE IN OUR SOCIETY

The time is now, to begin shedding our racial hatred and prejudice and putting on the whole armor of God’s pure unadulterated love.     

Now let us begin this discussion by first sharing with you how the Wikipedia describes this subject matter.  It says “Ethnic hatred, inter-ethnic hatred, racial hatred, or ethnic tension refers to feelings and acts of prejudice and hostility towards an ethnic group in various degrees.  There are multiple origins for ethnic hatred and the resulting ethnic conflicts. In some societies it is rooted in tribalism, while in others it originates from a history of non-peaceful co-existence and the resulting actual disputed issues.”

Often ethnic conflict is enhanced by nationalism and feeling of national superiority. For which reason inter-ethnic hatred borders with racism, and often the two terms are conflated.

On the opposite side, ethnic conflict may stem from the feeling of real or perceived discrimination by another ethnic group,  Ethnic hatred has often been exploited and even fueled by some political leaders to serve their agenda of seeking to consolidate the nation or gain electorate by calling for a united struggle against a common real or imaginary enemy. In many countries incitement to ethnic or racial hatred is a criminal offense.

Here in our own country, we elected a Black Man for the very first time in the history of the United States of America as our President.  He is now facing unprecedented attacks against him for having some African American blood running through his veins even though he is of a mixed raced.  No other President in history has ever had to face the kind of racial prejudice and hatred and insults as this President has had to face.

Writing in The Miami Herald, columnist Leonard Pitts says this about the Tea Party: “Their stated fears — socialism, communism, liberalism — are just proxies for the one fear most of them no longer dare speak … it insults intelligence to deny that race is in the mix.”

Just this past week a well know celebrity named Brigitte Bardot was convicted on Tuesday of provoking discrimination and racial hatred for writing that Muslims are destroying France.  French anti-racism laws prevent inciting hatred and discrimination on racial or religious or racial grounds. Bardot had been convicted four times previously for inciting racial hatred.

Here again is another racial hatred trial that just open, it is the trial of a West Australian man who posted a video on YouTube accusing Judaism of being a “religion of racism, hate, homicide and ethnic cleansing” opened in Perth.  The man named Brendon Lee O’Connell reported is charged with saying these words, “You are a racist, homicidal maniac,” he said, adding that “I will put you in the camps with the rest of them.”

The time has come for us to shed our racial hatred and prejudice for each other and put on God’s whole armor of love.  Whether black or white, those who feel that skin pigmentation is to be ridiculed are doing nothing other than calling God a fool and saying that He did not know what He was doing when He caused people to adapt to environmental changes and develop different color hues.  Probably one of the deepest throes a person can endure is to slowly die a spiritual death and not know it.  Many are there among us who have allowed bigotry and racial prejudice to separate them from the eternal light of God.

No attitude of mind is further from the spirit of Christ than that of racial hatred. No, I am not thinking in terms of degree of sin, I simply mean that racial hatred and prejudices are totally antagonistic to and opposite of the “mind of Christ” that caused Him to give up His equality with God and come to earth for the specific purpose of dying for all men. In this lesson we will look at some thoughts concerning the focus of racial hatred, the root cause of racial hatred, fruits of racial hatred, and conclude by considering racial hatred compared to the spirit of Christ and God-likeness.

Racial hatred focuses on outward appearances rather than the inner man. The first thing a prejudiced person notices is skin color. Perhaps we all, consciously or subconsciously, notice whether the person we just met is white, black, Hispanic or oriental. However, some not only notice skin color but immediately formulate attitudes of acceptance or rejection based solely on one’s color of skin. In the 1800’s and even into the 1900’s many Caucasians believed that black people did not have souls. All blacks were considered at one time to be good only as slaves. Our Supreme Court even concluded that Black people were only considered to be two fifth of a human being.

When God rejected Saul as king over Israel due to his disobedience, He sent Samuel to the household of Jesse to anoint the one He had chosen to become the new king. I Samuel 16:6-7 says that Samuel looked at Eliab and thought, surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him. But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’

Acts 13:22 tells us what God was interested in concerning who would be king over Israel. …I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.God looked into David’s heart and saw a man who had a love for Him and was willing to submit totally to His will. There are so many passages of scripture we could quote to show that God is not concerned with outward appearances but with what is found in men’s hearts. Does God care whether one is black, white, brown or any other color? No, He cares if we are humble, merciful and obedient, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8).

Outward appearances can be deceiving and often have nothing to do with one’s true self. Jesus severely chastised the Pharisees for putting on a show of exterior piety but inwardly they were full of hatred and hypocrisy. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness (Matthew 23:27). Jesus died for all men and His love was expressed toward all men.

It is my conviction that no one can be pleasing to God who bases his acceptance or rejection of others according to outward appearances. Even as racial hatred focuses on outward appearances, it is rooted (finds its origin) in an attitude of superiority. Racial hatred is demonstrated when people refer to someone in terms of derision according to their race or nationality. The account of the Pharisee and the publican who went into the Temple to pray illustrates how hatred for others most often is rooted in an attitude of self-superiority. In Romans 12:3 the apostle Paul warned, “...not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think, but to think so as to have sound judgment..,

Time and again Jesus taught His disciples to not think in terms of personal superiority, but to be humble, willing to serve others. He demonstrated this in the most forceful of ways by washing His own disciples’ feet even though He was the very Son of God. How grieved our Lord must be as He looks upon His people for whom He died and hears them use ugly words of racial hatred. Brethren, be honest with yourself; no one loves God and Jesus Christ who refers to another human being in vile and ugly terms (I John 4:20-21).

Racial hatred produces division rather than unity. At the time Jesus lived among men, the Jews, more specifically the Pharisees, had totally separated themselves from anyone they considered unclean. Thus, they had absolutely nothing to do with the Gentiles. This attitude of prejudice made it difficult to bring about the unity in Christ between Jew and Gentile that God desired. John 17:20-22 contains a portion of Christ’s prayer for unity among believers. We should be impressed with how important unity is to God by the fact this prayer came in the shadow of the cross. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).

I believe God would have His children work together to show the world by example that true racial equality and racial harmony are to be found only in Jesus Christ. The Constitution and various laws of mankind can be and are well-meaning but will never accomplish racial peace and love as does conversion to Jesus Christ. If we follow in the footsteps of Jesus as we are supposed to (I Peter 2:20-22), we will love all men, showing partiality to none and being prejudiced against no one merely due to race. I once heard a dear sister in Christ say of a black friend, “She’s as white as I am in God’s sight.” I am confident she did not mean the comment to be a racial slur, yet it demonstrates how easily we can have an attitude of racial prejudice.

There is no room in heaven for anyone who hates or considers another inferior simply due to race or skin color. Very little progress has been made in our nation in overcoming racial prejudices, injustices, and hatreds. I pray the Lord’s people will show the way of love for all and equality among all in Jesus Christ. May we never shame His precious name by being guilty of racial hatred.

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally. Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, salvation is FREE for the asking. Take a moment wherever you may be, and ask the Lord to come into your heart. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and if you have spoken these few simple words in truth, you are saved, and now have eternal life.

May God continue to bless each one of you? Today I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity in Jesus name. I remain Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

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