I am very excited to share you about an event that will be taking place this Wednesday, April 10th at 7 p.m. at Christian Life Center. "With a message of hope and inspiration, experience the Watoto Children's Choir. Ambassadors of the millions of orphan and vulnerable children in Africa. Make plans to attend - and be sure to tell your friends!"Where: Christian Life Center 1901 North Park AvenueHerrin, IL 62948When:Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.For more information visit:http://www.clcherrin.com/https://www.facebook.com/clcherrin
or call (618) 942-7369I hope to see you there! -Tim
WE ARE PLANTING A CHURCH IN LOUISVILLE. WHOA!
It seems surreal that I'm writing this ... don't know that I've ever been more nervous about a blog post ... not sure why.
The title pretty much says it all.
Kara and I are moving to Louisville, KY. We're planting a church - Daylight Church.
There. I said it.
It's officially officially official.
I've sent it "out there."
I've been in Murray, KY for coming up on 22 years, working with Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship at Murray State for 17 of those. It's been home. Our friends are here. My wife's job is phenomenal ... really phenomenal. My church here is fantastic and our home is beautiful.
But Louisville keeps me up at night.
It's pretty much all I can think about.
Yeah, I'm facing fear ... fear of failure, fear for our financial situation, fear of being afraid ... but more than that, I'm excited.
I have a vision for a unique and amazing church - a place where lives are changed, people fulfill their incredible potential, and hurting people get help.
Shouldn't I temper my expectations? Be realistic about how hard church planting is?
Yes. And I'm trying. But I really believe God is starting something special. What keeps me up at night is a vision that almost seems impossible. And it is
impossible without His help. I know He is going to do something great and He's going to bring the right people to walk this journey with me.
I believe God has prepared me for this moment. In some ways, it's the moment I hit "publish" at the end of this blog. It feels like the moment of no return. Wow.
So ... if you want to know more details, you can check out the church's website here: http://www.DaylightChurch.com
And if you'd like a more in depth look at what we're doing, our time frame, budget, etc ... you can see our church proposal here: http://www.DaylightChurch.com/proposal.pdf
That might be enough for a lot of you. If so, feel free to stop reading now. But if you'd like to see more on how this could involve you
, keep going.
Here's how you could help:
Please be in prayer for us as we make this transition.
Pray for my health, our finances and budget, specific wisdom in all the tons of decisions we need to make, and for our house to sell at the right price at the right time. (Anyone in Murray need a great home? Let me know.)
If you'd be interested in participating in our regular prayer list, please post on the Facebook chain, message me, or respond to this email.
2) Join with us financially.
As you'll see in the church proposal, planting a church takes money. I've never been one to really target fund raising and this is a whole new world for me.
I'll be raising money for the next several months and many of you will hear from me personally. But if you'd like to play a part in planting this church, please let me know. No pressure, no worries, but I believe it's going to be a great place to invest.
3) Come to Louisville with us.
I know I'm walking a thin line here and I have no desire to pull anyone away from something God is already doing in his or her life, but I also know team church planting is far more effective than flying solo. We're gonna need a lot of people to launch our first service. A music team, nursery workers, greeters, administrative people, and a whole lot more. We already have about 8 people (including Kara and I) that have expressed an interest in being involved. We need more.
If you are at a transition point in your life and looking for an exciting adventure, maybe Louisville's the place. I gotta tell you though, I'm going to be selective about my team, so be prepared for that. Same as above, if you're interested in joining us or just learning more, get a hold of me.
4) Help me make connections.
Do you know people in Louisville that don't have a church but might be interested in something new? Connect me with them.
Know some Louisville-area property that might make a perfect location? Shoot me a note.
Know anyone who has an interest in the Louisville area as far as ministry is concerned? Someone that might invest some time or money in a new church there? Or someone just itching to help plant a church somewhere, anywhere? Pass me the info. I'd love to connect.
Oh, and share this post with your friends.
That's the gist of it. I'm happy to answer any questions. Let me know.
I know we can't do this alone and I'm believing God is going to put together a large group of people that want to see Daylight Church come to pass.
Check out the website, read the proposal, and see if God would have you be involved in some way.
Now here comes the "butterflies in the stomach" moment of hitting "publish."
Here goes ...
Breathe, H. Breathe.
Okay, now. I'm ready.
Pushing now.H.L. Hussmann
I realize those of you who read my blogs come from various backgrounds and represent competing belief systems. Of those who, like me, are Christians, there are still differing opinions on the role of prophecy in the present. I am a believer in Biblical prophecy and knowing God does not change I have trust that He still uses we humans as vessels to proclaim his messages. Simply stated I believe that prophecy is still very vital within those committed to Jesus Christ.
Not too long ago people were prophesying that if America did not turn its focus back on God, things were going to get bad. You can believe this means that God is passing judgment on our nation or you can believe that our turning away from God represents His blessings being blocked. Either way it is not a stretch for a Christian to admit that the more secularized our society gets, the worse things will become.
I believe we are now seeing the outcome of those actions. Let me be clear in saying that I do not believe God punished our nation or had a hand in any of the violent attacks in recent history, but I do think that one of the main reasons evil is flourishing in our nation is because we have ignored God. Please read 1 Peter 5:5-11 below:
Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. – 1 Peter 5:5-11 ESV
As a society we are no longer clothed in humility toward one another. We exalt ourselves and are filled with pride. We no longer understand the meaning of humility. Think about it, God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Where do you fit in that scenario? Since we have decided God does not exist, it is very difficult to cast our anxieties on Him so we either bottle them up or find someone to blame. Sober minded? Yeah right. We are not watching for anything because we have concluded the devil doesn’t exist. We have written him off as a figment of our imaginations. Since we are not watchful we don’t even notice him prowling and devouring us. We no longer resist the devil and we sit back in confusion as he destroys our nation. If we don’t turn back to God things will only get worse. You see we have two choices in life – serve God or the devil. If we are not serving God we are serving the devil and his reign is one of destruction. Compare our nation to the one that existed a couple decades ago. We have changed and things have worsened progressively. We are currently in a cultural civil war and I fear that we may be much closer to an actual civil war than most of us realize. We need to wake up America and turn our eyes toward God, repent and ask Him to heal our land. If you don’t, I fear you can kiss the freedom this nation has long celebrated goodbye.
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20b
America just endured another senseless tragedy as a mad gunman opened fire on a group of very young school children. Six adults and 20 children age six and seven were murdered by the lunatic. Words cannot express the heartfelt pain our nation is now suffering.
Where was God in the midst of this tragedy? As Christians we serve a God that we believe to be all-knowing and all-loving. For many who do not adhere to our faith, they see this as an oxymoronic belief. Some pose a question similar to this; “If God is all-knowing and all-loving, why does he allow violence and suffering?” I will be totally honest; I have often grappled with this question myself. It is a totally valid question and not one that we Christians should ignore.
Think about it. We live in a world where children die every day due to a lack of clean drinking water, young girls are abused and sold into sex trafficking, innocent people are robbed and acts of extreme violence are taken out upon the most innocent of victims. I believe that God has infinite wisdom and knowledge. I believe that He is also the full embodiment of love and maintains the ability to control our universe and intervene in our world. Simply put, I believe in a God who can and does work miracles.
It’s not difficult for us to immediately conclude that if God knows the future, is all-powerful, all-knowing and loves us – He would stop this type of action from happening. It seems like a reasonable hypothesis… Here we are though, watching as this senseless act unfolds. Things did not go the way we would assume. In a moment like this it becomes very easy for some to decide that God does not exist. Others try to explain it away by stating things like God is punishing our nation for its disobedience. I will quickly tell you that I DO NOT prescribe to that belief. Even if God is not pleased with our actions as a nation, the God I serve does not cause a man to go into a school and kill children as a way of inflicting punishment. Since I believe that God does exist, it is a fair question to ask where I believe He was in the midst of this tragedy.
The God I know comforts us when we are in pain. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 (NIV) / “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)
I have never faced anything nearly as horrific as what the parents of those children are suffering but I have faced tragedy. I have lost young family members and friends. I have witnessed senseless acts at the hands of humanity. God comforted me during those dark times. He gave me hope in the midst of my struggles and the strength to live on. Despite what many believe, God is real and He is present in the midst of this tragedy. He was present when our nation was attacked on September 11, 2001 and at He was present during the Holocaust. During those dark times we witnessed a growth in faith instead of abandonment. Those of us who truly know God can sense His presence. We can feel Him stirring inside of us – especially during time of suffering.
Jesus Christ did not promise us an easy life. In fact he told us quite the opposite. A good study of one of his most famous sermons, known as The Sermon on the Mount, will reveal that we are to expect destitution, mourning, and persecution. Here are his words in Matthew 5:3-11(ESV)“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” God does allow hardships to befall us but He never sugarcoated it by leading His followers to believe that life would be easy. This may not provide solace in the midst of all the questions as to why He did not prevent this tragedy but it does prove that His not stepping in and keeping it from happening does not reflect an absence of His character.
I am not able to provide some of the answers you are looking for. I am not sure why this incident happened or why children are starving and sex trafficking exists but I do know the God I serve loves me. I know that despite whatever befalls me in life, He cares for me. According to Isaiah 55:8-9, God’s ways and thoughts differ from ours. I may never fully understand why God did not stop this from happening but, honestly, I serve a God that I don’t totally understand. He allowed his son, Jesus, to die a horrific death for the purpose of granting forgiveness of my sins. I have benefitted greatly from that gift but I don’t understand it. I can’t comprehend why God would go to such great lengths to offer forgiveness to me for sins that I willingly committed, but He did.
God did not stop this tragedy from happening, but don’t jump to the conclusion that He doesn’t care. He cares more than we understand. He loves greater than we can comprehend. Since I serve a God who knows all, I trust that the decisions He makes are beyond my ability to comprehend. God is real and His love can be experienced; of that I have no doubt.
The elf is watching you; he's watching to see if you are naughty or nice... He is also sabotaging your entire house and sneaking around at night creating all types of havoc while you sleep. Also, while you lie in bed he is standing over you, peering at you through his beady little Pinocchio eyes and wearing a sinister grin.
I must admit that the whole 'Elf on the Shelf' phenomenon seems more like it should be a part of Halloween than Christmas. Just re-brand it as 'Chucky on the Shelf' and you have a whole new classification of freaking out children. I know I'm in the minority here, but it just seems a little strange to me that someone actually came up with the idea of tricking kids into believing a toy elf becomes animated at night and watches them or 'completes projects' around the house. In many homes the elf is actually up to mischief at night which creates the question, how can Santa trust the elf to honestly report on a child's behavior if he can't trust the elf to be on good behavior him/herself? I sure wouldn't want a mischievous elf reporting on me, I would be concerned that he would make up some pretty sinister stories just to watch me suffer as I pull hot coals out of my stocking on Christmas morning.
We can always tell Christmas is near because we start hearing about elves, Santa and Holidays and we hear about how some people get all bent out of shape because others celebrate differently. There is no elf on my shelf and that is just the way it is in our house. Guess what though? I really don't have a problem if you have one in your house or if your kids believe in Santa or you opt to say Happy Holidays.
I admit that I am one of those strange people who tells his children about the reality of Santa Claus from the get go. I do tell them the history of St Nikolaus and how our modern day Santa is a mirror of the joy of giving to others. We do watch Christmas movies and my kid's sit on Santa's knee. They know it's just a guy dressed in a suit, but they respect what he represents. They don't think he is taking tabs on if they are naughty or nice and they know he doesn't give them gifts - their mother and father, who love them unconditionally, gives them gifts. That's how we celebrate Christmas! I'm sure you may do it differently and that's fine with me.
Despite whether you have an elf, dress as Santa or use a different seasonal greeting, don't forget that Christmas is about a baby in a manger that changed the world. Don't forget about the greatest gift ever - grace. Jesus is why we celebrate Christmas and my one request is that you not get so 'wrapped' up in the holiday that you forget to say happy birthday Jesus.
Last week I talked about one of the fundamental rules of customer service – treat your customer how you would want to be treated. (If you did not get a chance to read the blog I encourage you to click on the link and give it a read.) Much of our industry has moved from a product to a service based economy. To explain, people often don’t buy a product due to how well it performs, but they instead buy it based upon the service they receive. Think about McDonald’s for example. They put out mediocre food but stay on top of the other fast food chains. The big reason is because the company understands its customers. They know people want their food fast and with a smile. They even build their restaurants based upon societal interests. Many McDonald’s look like the burger version of Starbucks with brown leather-like chairs, tables for netbooks or iPads and free wifi. Speaking of Starbucks, they are another example of an industry that has grown because they understand and meet the needs of their customers.
Think about all the industries that now cater to customers. I work in healthcare and I can tell you we have become very patient focused as an industry. Our patients are our customers and we strive to do everything we can to meet their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Social media – customer focused. In writing my blog I must think about my audience and do my best to meet their expectations.
One thing that still amazes me is how people often have no idea that customer service is extremely important. I think there needs to be a class in school that focuses on customer service because it seems that many people could stand to learn the importance of meeting their customers’ needs. Today I will give you a crash course on some laws of customer service. Consider this the Cliffs Notes version.
The 5 Simple Laws of Customer Service
- Live by the Golden Rule - treat you customer how you would want to be treated.
- Smile - Smiles are contagious and disarming. Smiling will brighten your attitude and often your customer’s as well.
- It’s not about you - The customer most likely does not care how you feel or what your day has been like. They are paying your company for your service, not your complaints.
- The Customer is NOT Always Right - Unlearn the misinformation about the customer always being right. This just is not true. You may work at a store that only sells shoes and you have a customer who brings in a t-shirt and says he bought it at your store and wants a refund. The customer is not right and it is not your responsibility to refund him for a product he obviously did not buy from you. What we should be taught is to always RESPECT the customer and find a way to serve them. You may be tempted to say, “You idiot, we don’t sell shirts!!” but that would be a mistake. It would be better to say, “I am sorry sir, but we don’t sell shirts at our store. There is a shirt store with a similar name on the other side of the mall. Is it possible that you purchased your shirt there?” In this way you are respecting the customer and working with him to try to help him resolve his dilemma.
- Don’t be Fake - I once heard a customer service training company teach a mantra that simply stated, “Fake it till you make it.” I hated that slogan because it seemed to be in great error. To fake something is an act of deception. It’s similar to lying. It is a word that carries negative connotations and just should not be paired with customer service. If you cannot muster up enough fortitude to treat your customer with respect, you probably should not work in a position that requires customer service. Don’t be Fake, but do your best. I think most of us can authentically treat our customers well when we focus on their needs.
This is just a snapshot and not an overall training of good customer service. I think that if everyone who works in the service industry would learn these 5 simple laws, however, they would perform well at their jobs.
Earlier this year I blogged about our summer family vacation to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. One thing I didn’t spend time unpacking concerns a mental analysis I conducted while there. I would like to take some time today to discuss what I observed on that trip and how I believe churches could benefit from studying the Disney model. 1. Joy Galatians 5:22-23 English Standard Version (ESV) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Walt Disney World is a place filled with happiness. It is often called “the happiest place on Earth.” I won’t unpack the whole Disney philosophy but they put an extreme emphasis on being happy. Employees are expected to come to work in a good mood and be hospitable to everyone they come into contact with. Their joy is contagious. It’s hard to imagine waiting in line for 90 minutes just to ride a 90 second ride with a smile on your face, but that is what took place continually. I didn’t care how long I had to wait, I was at Disney World. I was exhausted but still filled with joy throughout the entire trip. I will compare this to another theme park I recently visited which will go un-named. It has fun rides but I could quickly tell that the employees didn’t really care if I was there or not – some of them were downright rude and made it clear they didn’t enjoy waiting on me. I enjoyed the rides but not the overall experience. There is a reason that Disney is the most popular theme park experience in the world and it’s not because of the rides – it’s the atmosphere. Too often, churches are more like the other theme park. Congregants aren’t filled with joy, volunteers are hospitable to friends but ignore visitors and some people are downright rude. The joy is missing from many churches. This is evident when a visitor is reprimanded for sitting in someone else’s seat or for wearing the wrong style of clothing. People are happy to be at Disney; are they happy to be at your church? 2. Acceptance Romans 15:5-7 English Standard Version (ESV) “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” This really dovetails on the last subject. Everyone seemed accepted at Disney. They didn’t turn people away based on race, nationality or what they believed before walking through the door. Disney maintains a very diverse crowd. What is even more surprising is that it doesn’t feel weird. You can be in line next to someone from a different nation who happens to speak a different language and get along with him. You are both there for the same reason – to create lifelong happy memories. Disney’s environment of happiness opens the door for acceptance. They even have a program where you can where a button if you are a first time visitor, attending on your birthday or anniversary or a list of other celebration events. They go over the top in treating you extra special when they see you wearing your celebration button. In this way, they don’t only accept everyone but they celebrate along with you. When you compare this to scores of churches in America, things have a much sharper contrast. Many churches are not diverse. Churches are often divided straight down racial lines and many people are not accepting of visitors who are different, especially if they are from differing belief systems. In larger churches visitors can go ignored and feel lost in the crowd. There are many people who visit churches on Sunday mornings and are never acknowledged. On the other hand other churches will quickly pass judgment on a visitor if they don’t fit within certain criteria. We could learn a thing or two about acceptance from Disney. We need to not worry about the specifics surrounding a visitor, we just need to be glad they are at our church and we definitely need to celebrate with one another. We can’t expect people to give their lives to Christ if we pass judgment on them the minute they walk through our doors. 3. Excellence Colossians 3:23-24 English Standard Version (ESV) “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” One more thing that stood out about Disney was their attention to detail. Excellence is written in everything that Disney does. When we were on safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, it felt like we were really in the African Savannah. The tour guides are excellent and the feeling is amazing. We also watched the Lion King, which is a Circ De Solae type show. There are dancers, fire eaters, trapeze artists, flying people dressed like birds and enormous electronic animals. Everything is way over the top and it just amazed me to watch. Disney also paints tiny details into their backgrounds. Also, part of the fun of many of their rides takes place while in line. They have entertainment and just amazing things to look at while you wait. I could go on and on talking about how Disney has perfected excellence, but I think you get the point. Does your church pay close attention to detail? Think about your worship team, sermons, VBS, cleanliness of your restrooms, the paint on the walls of your classrooms, your chairs, carpet or pews. Think about your events, small groups, visitor stations, children’s and youth ministry. Is your church doing everything with excellence or are they just doing enough to get by? Disney is not taking the message of Jesus Christ to the world. They are not giving out the hope that comes from God, but they are reaching people by the droves. They understand the importance of joy, acceptance, celebration and excellence. Churches don’t need to become like Disney, but many could stand to learn a lesson or two from how it operates. -Tim
Our church, Christian Life Center, has recently started an initiative that I believe will revolutionize the way it operates. We instituted something called Community Life Groups. As a simple explanation, this is our way of getting back to the Acts version of the church. Meeting together in homes and sharing in food, fellowship, worship, prayer and accountability. Our group had our first meeting last night and it was great! Some members were close friends while others were acquaintances. We hosted the meeting and had everyone come to our home. We and others provided some snack foods and began the night eating and chatting. We learned that others in our group are on a similar diet and appreciated our alternative ‘snack’ options. As simple as it sounds, that one similarity created a bond. After snacking we moved outside and sat around a campfire I had prepared. We reviewed the lesson taught at church that morning and conversed about how our lives lined up with the message. We discussed areas we felt we were strong in as well as those that need work. The entire experience helped us to bond. After a mere 1.5 hours I felt very close to a new group of people. This is what church should be like. After everyone left, Julie and I were equally amazed by what seemed like a miracle. We had just hosted an event for 9 adults (including ourselves) and 10 children that included food and the entire house remained almost as clean as it was when we started. Both of the children’s rooms were clean and straightened despite the fact that several children had just finished playing in them. We were able to host a get together, grow closer to some friends and make new ones, grow closer to God and keep a clean house! It was an amazing experience and I can’t wait for our next Community Life Group meeting! -Tim
I have spent most of my life worrying about my image. I would often bend over backwards to try to talk or act in a way that would appeal to whomever I was with at the moment. I purposely looked for ways to address them so as not to be offensive. Taking a stand on anything has proven difficult due to this attitude. By straining to maintain an image of someone who is tolerant, I have removed my own identity. I think most of this has developed from being raised in a culture that grossly promotes political correctness. As of late I have realized that this can be a very destructive force to a society and I will spend today explaining why.
Political Correctness vs. Respect
I will begin by defining the terms:
Also, PC or p.c. Showing an effort to make broad social and political changes to redress injustices caused by prejudice. It often involves changing or avoiding language that might offend anyone, especially with respect to gender, race, or ethnic background. For example, Editors of major papers have sent out numerous directives concerning politically correct language. This expression was born in the late 1900s, and excesses in trying to conform to its philosophy gave rise to humorous parodies.1 Respect:
Respect is doing your best to honor a person while political correctness is attempting to be like that person. You can have respect for another person and be honest about your views on a subject in which you differ but you can quickly become politically incorrect by stating those views. Let me give a clear example of what I mean. I personally believe in what has been defined as the traditional view of marriage, i.e. one man marrying one woman. I can state that viewpoint and still respect those with opposing views. I cannot, however, state that point and be what is currently defined as politically correct. In today’s American society, to remain politically correct I either need to say that I agree that all people have the right to marry, no matter the gender/number or just remain silent if I oppose that viewpoint. I am considered a disrespectful bigot if I exert my opinion. Therefore, society pressures me to either remain silent or change my views when they oppose the current popular social norm. Respect, on the other hand, allows me to openly state how I feel. I may generate opposition from those who are equally passionate for the opposing view, but if we respect each other we can openly debate without demeaning one another. In my opinion, political correctness breeds dishonesty. It stifles anyone who agrees with what has recently been defined as the popular stance of modern society. It requires one to change his/her beliefs in order to fit in or be liked by others. It is a type of speech control with the goal of suppressing those in opposition of current trends. Being a device used by socialist governments to control the population, political correctness actually annihilates the freedom of speech. Summary I began by explaining how I have spent most of my life trying to get others to like me. I have often shied away from debates because I did not want to offend someone. I have recently come to realize that I have been suppressing who I am and diluting the God I serve simply to save face. Whose face am I saving if I cannot be honest about how I feel? Am I truly benefiting anyone by not openly sharing what is taking place in my mind? I have come to the decision that I cannot let others control my life. I need to be Tim McSwain, not someone else. I will continue to respect the right that we all have to believe what we want but I will no longer be ashamed of my core beliefs or of the name of Jesus Christ. Some people may choose to no longer be my friend because I make them feel uncomfortable, but I guess that will show me who my true friends really are. I also want others to feel that they can be honest with me. Chances are we will disagree about something, but if we respect one another we can grow closer despite our differences. My advice: Learn the value of respect and quit being so stinking politically correct. -Tim Bible Postscript Ephesians: 4:11-16 ESV “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, theshepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather,speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who isthe head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” 1. politically correct. Dictionary.com. The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Houghton Mifflin Company.http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/politically correct (accessed: August 01, 2012). 2. respect. Dictionary.com, LLC. Copyright © 2012. All rights reserved. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/respect?s=t
- Esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability: I have great respect for her judgment.
- Deference to a right, privilege, privileged position, or someone or something considered to have certain rights or privileges; proper acceptance or courtesy; acknowledgment: respect for a suspect's right to counsel; to show respect for the flag; respect for the elderly.2
Something at my very core is changing. The old way must go. I’m at a loss of words when it comes to explaining what is taking place, but I have found a great passage of scripture that does the explaining for me. Take some time today to read God’s words instead of mine. Let Him speak to you. The following passage of scripture is taken from a Biblical paraphrase known as The Message. Please feel free to look up these same verses in which ever version of the Bible you read.
Ephesians 4:17 – 5:10
“And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. They've refused for so long to deal with God that they've lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can't think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go in sexual obsession, addicted to every sort of perversion.
But that's no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It's rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.
What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ's body we're all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself.
Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don't use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don't stay angry. Don't go to bed angry. Don't give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.
Did you use to make ends meet by stealing? Well, no more! Get an honest job so that you can help others who can't work.
Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.
Don't grieve God. Don't break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don't take such a gift for granted.
Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.
Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.
Don't allow love to turn into lust, setting off a downhill slide into sexual promiscuity, filthy practices, or bullying greed. Though some tongues just love the taste of gossip, those who follow Jesus have better uses for language than that. Don't talk dirty or silly. That kind of talk doesn't fit our style. Thanksgiving is our dialect.
You can be sure that using people or religion or things just for what you can get out of them—the usual variations on idolatry—will get you nowhere, and certainly nowhere near the kingdom of Christ, the kingdom of God.
Don't let yourselves get taken in by religious smooth talk. God gets furious with people who are full of religious sales talk but want nothing to do with him. Don't even hang around people like that.
You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You're out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.”
- It’s time for change to take place - Tim