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One of the more common reasons that people ignore the Bible and Christianity is Christians themselves. They are often the most flagrant sinners on God’s green earth. Prisons are full of Christians, bankers regularly write off bad debt incurred by Christians, and it is far too common to meet Christians who are ungodly, unthankful, mean spirited, jealous, liars, conniving, and just plain inconsiderate.
Of course there are people who call themselves Christians who are not—they go into a Church building but have never given their heart to the Lord. However, even Christians who have given their heart to the Lord can be overcome by their weaknesses and sin against God and man. Christ, speaking of his disciples’ failure to obey, commented that, “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” (Matt 26:41).
Scripture tells the truth about men’s faults and failures, and this is a reason to believe the Bible, not disbelieve it. Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, “There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins,” and Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Even great Christians who try really hard to be godly cannot escape the weakness of their flesh. The great Apostle Paul wrote, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Rom. 7:15).
A great truth of Christianity is that God saves sinners, and a great blessing of Christianity is that we do not have to be perfect or even close to perfect to be saved. The Bible makes it clear that God saves sinners, not saints: “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). If we had to be holy before we could be saved, it would be like having to take a bath before we could take a shower. Jesus Christ saves the unholy. When unholy sinners do get saved, they still sin (ask any Christian, and he will tell you that is true). Christians should try to be holy, certainly, but they often fail. It is unrealistic (not to mention illogical) for those who are not yet saved to judge God or the Bible because of the behavior of His children (Christians). Instead, if you are unsaved and know a Christian who is living an ungodly lifestyle, it should give you comfort knowing that God will save anyone who comes to Him and asks for salvation—including you.
Christians should try to live exemplary lives, and God commands Christians to not lie, not steal, not commit sexual sins, etc., but that does not mean that any Christian will ever get to the point of perfect obedience. On the other hand, if you are a Christian, you need to be aware that your personal behavior can draw people to Christ or drive them away, and it is very important to the Lord that you walk in a manner that is worthy of your calling as a Christian (Eph. 4:1).
If you are not a Christian and are considering Christianity, but you are “turned off” by Christians who are hypocrites, take comfort in the fact that Jesus Christ was not a hypocrite, but lived a perfect life. A Christian makes Christ, not other Christians, his or her Lord. Also take comfort that Christ does save sinners. Being a disciplined Christian is difficult, and if you become a Christian it will not be long before you fall short of perfection. When that happens to you, you will want others to understand your human weaknesses, and you can be confident that Christ still accepts and loves you.
The following is a confidential report on several candidates being considered for a pastorate.
Adam: Good man but problems with his wife. Also one reference told of how his wife and he enjoy walking nude in the woods.
Noah: Former pastorate of 120 years with not even one convert. Prone to unrealistic building projects.
Abraham: Though the references reported wife-swapping, the facts seem to show he never slept with another man’s wife, but did offer to share his own wife with another man.
Joseph: A big thinker, but a braggart, believes in dream-interpreting, and has a prison record.
Moses: A modest and meek man, but poor communicator, even stuttering at times. Sometimes blows his stack and acts rashly. Some say he left an earlier church over a murder charge.
David: The most promising leader of all until we discovered the affair he had with his neighbor’s wife.
Solomon: Great preacher but our parsonage would never hold all those wives.
Elijah: Prone to depression. Collapses under pressure.
Elisha: Reported to have lived with a single widow while at his former church.
Hosea: A tender and loving pastor but our people could never handle his wife’s occupation.
Deborah: Strong leader and seems to be anointed, but she is female.
Jeremiah: Emotionally unstable, alarmist, negative, always lamenting things, reported to have taken a long trip to bury his underwear on the bank of a foreign river.
Isaiah: On the fringe? Claims to have seen angels in church. Has trouble with his language.
Jonah: Refused God’s call into ministry until he was forced to obey by getting swallowed up by a great fish. He told us the fish later spit him out on the shore near here. We hung up.
Amos: Too backward and unpolished. With some seminary training he might have promise, but has a hang-up against wealthy people–might fit in better in a poor congregation.
Melchizedek: Great credentials at current work place, but where does this guy come from? No information on his resume about former work records. Every line about parents was left blank and he refused to supply a birth date. (This aside from Les: Ancient Jewish tradition has it that Melchizedek is really Shem. If you check out the lifespan of Shem in the Bible, it seems to be true!)
John: Says he is a Baptist, but definitely doesn’t dress like one. Has slept in the outdoors for months on end, has a weird diet, and provokes denominational leaders.
Peter: Too blue collar. Has a bad temper-even has been known to curse. Had a big run-in with Paul in Antioch. Aggressive, but a loose cannon.
Paul: Powerful CEO type leader and fascinating preacher. However, short on tact, unforgiving with younger ministers, harsh and has been known to preach all night.
James & John: Package deal preacher & associate seemed good at first, but found out they have an ego problem regarding other fellow workers and seating positions. Threatened an entire town after an insult. Also known to try to discourage workers who didn’t follow along with them.
Timothy: Too young!
Methuselah: Too old . . . WAY too old!
Jesus: Has had popular times, but once his church grew to 5000 he managed to offend them all, and then this church dwindled down to twelve people. Seldom stays in one place very long. And, of course, he’s single.
Judas: His references are solid. A steady plodder. Conservative. Good connections. Knows how to handle money. We’re inviting him to preach this Sunday. Possibilities here.
An Angel says, “Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.”
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
Take a look at an apple tree. There might be five hundred apples on the Tree, each with ten seeds. That’s a lot of seeds!
We might ask, “Why would you need so many seeds to grow just a few more Trees?”
Nature has something to teach us here. It’s telling us: “Most seeds never Grow. So if you really want to make something happen, you better try More than once.”
This might mean:
You’ll attend twenty interviews to get one job.
You’ll interview forty people to find one good employee.
You’ll talk to fifty people to sell one house, car, vacuum Cleaner, insurance policy, idea…
And you might meet a hundred acquaintances to find one special friend.
When we understand the “Law of the Seed”, we don’t get so disappointed.
We stop feeling like victims. Laws of nature are not things to take personally.
We just need to understand them – and work with them.
1. LISTEN without INTERRUPTING. (Proverbs 18 )
2. SPEAK without ACCUSING. (James 1:19)
3. CARE without SPARING. (Proverbs 21:26)
4. PRAY without CEASING. (Colossians 1:9)
5. ANSWER without ARGUING. (Proverbs 17:1)
6. SHARE without PRETENDING. (Ephesians 4:15)
7. ENJOY without COMPLAINING. (Philippians 2:14)
8. TRUST without WAVERING. (1Corinthians 13:7)
9. FORGIVE without PUNISHING. (Colossians 13:13)
10. PROMISE without FORGETTING. (Proverbs 13:12)
Hope these ways will lead you to peace, happiness and fulfillment.
Yeah, I know it’s quite hard but I’ll do this in His name. Because He said in his word in John 13:34 “Love one another as I have loved you, so you must LOVE ONE ANOTHER.”
Share your blessings and give LOVE!
Let God transform you. (Romans 12:2 GNT)
Change only happens when you:
1) Decide to change! A newspaper asked people to answer the question: ‘What’s wrong with the world’ and someone wrote back “I am”!! Good answer! It’s true. If God kicked every person in the butt who was responsible for messing up the world nobody would be able to sit down for a week!!
2) Change the way you think! The Bible says “let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think” (Romans 12:2 NLT) The way you think affects the way you feel and the way you feel affects the way you act. When you’re thinking God thoughts you’ll act the way he wants you to. Here’s a tip – get into the bible…that’s the best way to change your thinking!
3) Take a small step everyday! We think change is gonna happen overnight… it won’t! It happens slowly. For change to work start with small things but do them everyday. And don’t get discouraged when you mess up. We all stumble about like Bambi when we’re trying to change. Read this, “there has never been a doubt in my mind that God who started this great work in you (change) would keep at it and bring to a flourishing (fancy word) finish on the very day Jesus appears” (Philippians 1:6 The Message). And don’t forget, God is there to help you.
Why is it hard to tell the truth? Yet so easy to tell a lie!
Why do we sleep in church? But when the sermon was over we suddenly wake up!
Why is it hard to talk about God? But easy to talk about nonsense!
Why are we so bored to read a Bible, yet so easy to read a magazine!
Why are churches getting smaller? Yet malls and coliseums are growing!
Think about it. What is happening to our world God has created for us?