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Where Character Begins in Children,.

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Pressing On When Faced With the Impossible, Spiritual Life, Christian Living.

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“My Feet Are Off The Ground”
From Tyler Perry: writer and actor
This morning I awoke and was so frustrated about all of the stuff that I’m dealing with in trying to get this studio open. I was about to open my mouth and start complaining when I remembered something that happened to me about a year ago.
On that day, I was walking to my car when this woman who appeared to be homeless started walking towards me. I’m ashamed to say this but I thought, “I don’t feel like being hustled today.”
I felt guilty so I started digging in my pocket for some money. As she got closer I noticed that she had the kindest eyes that I had ever seen. As I was reaching into my pocket she started to speak. I thought, “Here goes the sales pitch”. She said “Excuse me sir, I need some shoes. Can you help me?” I was taken aback…instead of the sob story this woman had asked for something she genuinely needed.
I took her inside the studio and had my wardrobe people find shoes in her size. As she put the shoes on she started crying, praising God and saying, “My feet are off the ground! My feet are off the ground!” Several of the wardrobe people started crying. I was crying. But I never forgot those words. “My feet are off the ground!”
I thought, “Wow! All she wanted was some shoes.” She quickly disappeared and never asked me for a dime. I realized that I still had the money in my hand so I went out looking for her. She was gone just that quick so I looked all around the neighborhood for her.
I found her standing on a corner looking down at her shoes, still crying. I was so touched. I asked her how she had gotten homeless. She told me that she had AIDS and that she was waiting to get into a shelter. She said that her family had turned their backs on her and that she had no place to go, but she knew that God would make a way for her.
I said to myself, “He just did.” Her faith and her praise moved me. I took her to a nearby hotel and put her up until she was able to get on her feet. After about a month or so we lost touch, but I never forgot her.
This past summer, this woman walks up to me smiling. I didn’t recognize her face, but her eyes were familiar. She had on a really nice dress and her hair was done. She introduced herself to me and lo and behold – It was her! She told me that the little help that I had given her had changed her life. She was in a house now and doing very well.
I said all of that to say this:
After I met this woman, every time I think about complaining and mumbling I remember, “My feet are off the ground!”
I wanted to share this with you just – when you say you are thankful for you – mean it.
When you say you are blessed – mean it.

Remember that there are many people whose feet are NOT off the ground so be grateful that yours are!

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Douglas Jacoby – International Teaching Ministry. Brothers in Prison

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Roberto and Rocio Martinez had been members of the Puebla Mexico Church of Christ for many years. Also for many years they had faced strong economic challenges, at times not even having food at home. Roberto finally got a stable job washing cars at the parking lot of a company, Johnson Controls. Meanwhile he continued pursuing his studies and obtained a Bachellor’s degree in Chemistry. The company offered him a job, and so from car washer in the parking lot, Roberto was promoted to plant supervisor! Besides a good salary, he now had multiple employment benefits such as insurance, retirement, and even scholarships for his two sons. God had blessed the Martinez family!In July of 2009 the Puebla Church had to face a difficult situation: the mission church in the city of Tlaxcala didn’t have a ministry couple to lead it. Planted in 2003 in this city of about 100,000 people, the church had a small membership of about 47 Christians. The former ministry couple had gone to lead the church in Veracruz. The Puebla leadership approached Roberto and Rocio, who had just begun to lead a small ministry group, about moving to Tlaxcala and leading that church. If they accepted the call, Roberto would have to resign from his high-paying job to earn 60 % less as a minister.Roberto and Rocio responded in a manner that inspired everyone in Puebla. They said that God had had given them many blessings, and now it was time for them to give back. About a month later the Martinez family moved to Tlaxcala. In their first two months there, the church has seen four people get baptized!J De AndaComments0

via The Mission Diaries » Testimonials.

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Should a disciple of Jesus join the military?

Question:

What do you think about disciples joining the military? There is a friend in my church who is in his early 20’s and recently became a Christian.  He is a newlywed. For his specific situation we are strongly urging him that it is not a good idea spiritually for him or his wife if he joins the military. This raised bigger questions to me…….what do you think about Christians going into the military?

Answer:

I am personally very uncomfortable with Christians voluntarily joining the military. The early church was unanimous in its advice to members to not join the Roman army. If one is presented with a range of choices, the choice of a carreer which might have one killing one’s enemies and sometimes “innocent” people or even other Christians seems to be not a wise one. I just cannot see the military as an advisable carreer choice for a follower of Jesus. It removes choice, making even attending Christian worship services difficult and sometimes impossible. Having said that, I believe there is a biblical principle that one should remain where one was when becoming a disciple. John the Baptist, when given the opportunity to advise a soldier quit his military role, instead told him to not abuse those under his charge. In 1 Corinthians Paul acknowledges that the state does not carry the sword in vain and seems to acknowledge the legitimate need for military force to enforce laws and civic peace. Yet, the evidence is that universally, the NT church did not suggest voluntarily joining the military.  Based on this, those who are already in the military when they become Christians ought to at the very least finish out their legal obligation, and if some choose to complete a carreer in the military, I personally would tend to advise against that, it is a grey area to me. I do not see this as a salvation issue. Also, I am convinced that if the law of the land demands that a Christian do military service, then that person ought to do so, or perhaps pursue consciencious objector status if his/her convictions went that way. What I cannot find myself supporting is a person who is already a Christian choosing to join the military of their own volition. On what basis is this a good idea? What spiritual principle says that the military is a good option for a disciple of Jesus? Personally I do not feel the Christian church church should condemn such a decision to voluntarily join the military, but I would strongly discourage young men from doing it. John Oakes

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