about MeSome of my guiding principles to help understand who I am.
Guiding Principles for My Church
…a voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'make straight the way of the Lord…
~ John 1:23
...the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.
~ 1 Tim 3:15
He who gives attention to the word shall find good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.
~ Prov 16:20
Write, for these words are faithful and true!
~ Rev 21:5
Guiding Principles for My Government
"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."
~ Thomas Jefferson
"Striving for justice is one of life’s greatest gratifications. In fact, outside of the family, it is the greatest gratification. Without justice, there’s no such thing as liberty and freedom, there’s no such thing as fulfilling life’s possibilities."
~ Ralph Nadar
Guiding Principles for My Family
For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring upon [him] what He has spoken about him.
~ Genesis 18:19
Guiding Principles for My BusinessI fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure, unless built upon truth and justice, therefore, I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects. I will succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use, and the cooperation of other people. I will induce others to serve me, because of my willingness to serve others. I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism, by developing love for all humanity, because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success. I will cause others to believe in me, because I will believe in them, and in myself. ~ Napoleon Hill
Guiding Principles for My Me
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. Eph 5:15-16
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We are all working on what the Hill Foundation points out below in varying degrees, because we all suffer failure of one kind or another in our lives. I have been encouraged to not let defeat defeat me by what I have been reading recently. In Mark 9-12 I see the miserable failure of a couple of hard headed disciples. Jesus went to great lengths to make clear to them the importance of servanthood in the kingdom of heaven.
Mark 9:33-37 They came to Capernaum; and when He was in the house, He began to question them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had discussed with one another which of them was the greatest. 35 Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” 36 Taking a child, He set him before them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me.”
A pretty clear and simple illustration wouldn’t you say? When it comes to receiving believers, don’t take the role of a parent, but be humble and childlike; be a sister; be a brother.
To keep the principle in the forefront of the mind, Jesus reminded His followers with the severest of warnings.
Mark 9:42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.
Regardless, nevertheless, as if Jesus had been talking to a wall, not many days later to our astonishment we read this.
Mark 10:13 And they [those in the crowd] were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them.
If this is not failure, I don’t know what it is. Jesus, now upset and not willing to let them slide on this crucial principle, repeated Himself.
Mark 10:14-16 But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” 16 And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.
So by now you might think they got it, right? Jesus settled it, right? Well, you know how stubborn and slow of hearing we can be.
Mark 10:35-45 James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, came up to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.” 36 And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” 37 They said to Him, “Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 39 They said to Him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you shall drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized. 40 “But to sit on My right or on My left, this is not Mine to give; but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
41 Hearing this, the ten began to feel indignant with James and John. 42 Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. 43 “But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. 45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Oh, what an example Jesus went on to be. What ever became of James and John? At this point, not half, but all 10 of the apostles were highly irritated at what these two sons of thunder had become. Did they ever learn? Did they die defeated? Far from it. James, according to Acts 12:2 was the Church’s first martyr. He died serving His Lord, not his own interests. Likewise, John would rather be banished to the island of Patmos than deny His Lord. He would write a significant portion of the New Testament and come to be known as the apostle of love. Message received; they finally got it.
Therefore I say all this to say this, (and as Hill says below), we can’t let our mental attitude toward our own failures overcome us. Persevere. The Lord is not done with us yet.
From: NHF World Learning Center
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 3:10 AM
To: Robert Coss
Subject: Napoleon Hill’s Thought for the Day
It isn’t defeat, but rather your mental attitude toward it, that whips you.
There are many things in life that you cannot control, but you can always control your attitude toward them. Defeat is never permanent unless you allow it to be so. When you have a positive attitude, you will recognize failure for the impostor that it is and realize that it is really a learning experience, a valuable lesson that will help you succeed with the next attempt. Ask yourself: What could I have done differently that would have altered the outcome? What can I do in the future to minimize problems and mistakes? What did I learn from this experience that I can put to good use next time? If you approach obstacles and setbacks with a positive attitude, you will be surprised how quickly you can turn defeat into victory.
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When questioned upon the lawfulness of divorce, consider how Jesus answered.
Mark 10:2-5 Some Pharisees came up to Jesus, testing Him, and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to divorce a wife. 3 And He answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses permitted a man TO WRITE A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY.” 5 But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. NASU
He resorts to Scripture. He draws attention not only to what God said, but why He said what He said.Share on Facebook
Upon defending the doctrine of the resurrection, consider how Jesus did this.
Mark 12:26 “But regarding the fact that the dead rise again, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the burning bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, and the God of Jacob’? NASU
He resorts to Scripture. He draws attention not only to what God said, but how He said what He said.
“Is this not the reason you are mistaken, that you do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God? (Mark 12:24)
How many things are we mistaken of because, being superficial, we do not consider the how?Share on Facebook
This video is a talk about how our brain is wired and the physiological effects upon it by the sin of pornography. The speaker is by no means a Christian which makes this talk all the more interesting in light of a few Bible verses.
It makes one wonder just what God meant when He said,
Also, one has to ask if this physiological effect upon the brain by this particular sin is like the effect of all other sin to one degree or another as described here…
It is as if a man who rejects God by the practice of sin is released by God to come into bondage to the full force of sin. The man creates a black hole of sorts within himself that attracts with immeasurable force all manner of unrighteousness.
Is it any wonder then that God would use such severe and hyperbolic language in His commands to repent and avoid it?
In fact, when we look deep into the Gospel, which is man’s only hope for escaping such diabolical control, we find an even more radical command.
Surely the Gospel is the answer…
…but the Gospel requires much more than just the throwing off of an arm or an eye.
According to Jesus, everlasting life, true spiritual life requires the giving up of one’s entire being. It is not just following Jesus, but first denying and then dying and finally following.
And just to make sure you understand I am not just trying to pick on those struggling with sexual sin, but seek to illustrate that this is the nature of all sin, I want you to notice that Jesus specifically said, “If ANYONE wishes to come after Me…” It is not just those caught up in sexual sin, but anyone, anyplace, at all time that is in mind here. This applies to all of us for we all struggle with sin.
Paul says the same thing. Without mortification the forces of sin residing in our body (probably much like that depicted in this video) will cause us to succumb to its black hole like gravitational pull.
Rom 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. ESV
The question remains then, how does one “by the Spirit put to death the deeds of the body?” This is one of the most important questions a person could ever seek to answer. But first, I would like you to watch the video.
“If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
You hear ministers tell you of the odiousness and danger and sad effects of sin; but of all the sins that you ever heard of, there is scarce any more odious and dangerous than selfishness; and yet most are never troubled at it, nor sensible of its malignity. My principal request therefore to you is, that as ever you would prove Christians indeed, and be saved from sin and the damnation which follows it—take heed of this deadly sin of selfishness, and be sure you are possessed with true self-denial; and if you have, see that you use and live upon it.
And for your help herein, I shall tell you how your self-denial must be tried. I shall only tell you in a few words, how the least measure of true self-denial may be known: wherever the interest of carnal self is stronger and more predominant habitually than the interest of God, of Christ, of everlasting life, there is no true self-denial or saving grace; but where God’s interest is strongest, there self-denial is sincere. If you further ask me how this may be known, briefly thus:
1. What is it that you live for? What is that good which your mind is principally set to obtain? And what is that end which you principally design and endeavor to obtain, and which you set your heart on, and lay out your hopes upon? Is it the pleasing and glorifying of God, and the everlasting fruition of Him? Or is it the pleasing of your fleshly mind in the fruition of any inferior thing? Know this, and you may know whether self or God has the greatest interest in you. For that is your God which you love most, and please best, and would do most for.
2. Which do you most prize—the means of your salvation and of the glory of God, or the means of providing for self and flesh? Do you more prize Christ and holiness, which are the way to God—or riches, honor, and pleasures, which gratify the flesh? Know this, and you may know whether you have true self-denial.
3. If you are truly self-denying, you are ordinarily ruled by God, and His Word and Spirit, and not by the carnal self. Which is the rule and master of your lives? Whose word and will is it ordinarily that prevails? When God draws, and self draws—which do you follow in the tenor of your life? Know this, and you may know whether you have true self-denial.
4. If you have true self-denial, the drift of your lives is carried on in a successful opposition to your carnal self, so that you not only refuse to be ruled by it, and love it as your god—but you fight against it, and tread it down as your enemy. So that you go armed against self in the course of your lives, and are striving against self in every duty. And as others think—it then goes best with them, when self is highest and pleased best; so you will know that then it goes best with you—when self is lowest, and most effectually subdued.
5. If you have true self-denial, there is nothing in this world so dear to you, but on deliberation you would leave it for God. He who has anything which he loves so well that he cannot spare it for God, is a selfish and unsanctified wretch. And therefore God has still put men to it, in the trial of their sincerity, to part with that which was dearest to the flesh. Abraham must be tried by parting with his only son. And Christ makes it His standing rule, “Any of you who does not give up everything he has, cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33).
Yet it is true that flesh and blood may make much resistance in a gracious heart; and many a striving thought there may be, before with Abraham we part with a son, or before we can part with wealth or life; but yet on deliberation, self-denial will prevail. There is nothing so dear to a gracious soul, which he cannot spare at the will of God, and the hope of everlasting life. If with Peter we would flinch in a temptation—we should return with Peter in weeping bitterly, and give Christ those lives that in a temptation we denied Him.
6. In a word, true self-denial is procured by the knowledge and love of God, advancing Him in the soul—to debasing of self. The illuminated soul is so much taken with the glory and goodness of the Lord, that it carries him out of himself to God, and as it were estranges him from himself, that he may have communion with God. This makes him vile in his own eyes, and to abhor himself in dust and ashes. It is not a stoical resolution, but the love of God and the hopes of glory—which make him throw away the world, and look contemptuously on all below, so far as they are mere provision for flesh.
Search now, and try your hearts by these evidences, whether you are possessed of this necessary grace of self-denial. O make not light of the matter! For I must tell you that self is the most treacherous enemy, and the most insinuating deceiver in the world! It will be within you when you are not aware of it and will conquer you when you perceive not yourselves much troubled with it. Of all other vices, selfishness is both the hardest to find out and the hardest to cure. Be sure therefore in the first place, that you have self-denial; and then be sure you use it and live in the practice of it.