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What is the Cost of Freedom?

posted Sep 19, 2012, 1:22 PM by Dakota Moncrief

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed down for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.
 -Ronald Reagan 1961
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us, WE JUSTIFIED OUR BRIEF MOMENT HERE. We did all that could be done.
-Ronald Reagan 1964

Commitment

posted Sep 19, 2012, 1:21 PM by Dakota Moncrief

Commitment

Think of someone you know who is "a person of good character." Lock his or her image in your mind. Now take a moment to reflect on the things this person says and does...the personal characteristics that make him or her role model for you. What comes to mind? What do you see?

Chances are that high on the list of your role model's qualities is COMMITMENT - the unwavering dedication to being a good family member and friend...to doing his or her best at work and away from the job...to doing what's right, noble, and decent.

Committed people like your role model just seem to have their heads and hearts in the right place. They keep their priorities straight. They stay focused on what's important. They know, inherently, that what they believe must drive how they behave - and how they behave ultimately determines the character they possess, the reputation they enjoy, and the legacy they leave.

Abraham Lincoln had this to say about commitment:

"COMMITMENT is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than the words.

It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism."

The world renowned pianist, Van Cliburn, after one of his magnificent concerts was approached by an admirer who had been in the audience.

The emotional fan grasped Cliburn's hand and said,

"I would give my life to be able to play the piano like that."

The pianist smiled and replied..."I DID."

 

posted Sep 18, 2012, 8:55 AM by Scotty Wallace   [ updated Sep 19, 2012, 1:22 PM by Dakota Moncrief ]


 

LIFE WITHOUT GOD...then and now!

posted Sep 6, 2011, 12:13 PM by Scotty Wallace

Judges 21:25: “In those days Israel had no king; and everyone did as he saw fit.”

What happens when every member of a group does as he sees fit? Imagine a symphony orchestra without a conductor, a football team without a coach, a business without a supervisor, or a family without parents. Chaos would reign. What happens when we try to make life work without God?

This is what the Israelites did during the period of the Judges; it was one of the most chaotic periods in their history. God’s deeply loved, chosen people rejected his message that life without Him is meaningless, destructive, and chaotic.  He had promised them blessings for obedience and devotion. He had warned them of consequences for aligning themselves with the idolatrous cultures surrounding them. The OT cycle of rebellious behavior, devastating consequences, desperate repentance followed by brief periods of blessing kept repeating itself.   God had repeatedly warned that the consequence of self-centered, self-directed, self-focused choices would be destructive. And He didn't want His children to self-destruct.  He desired so much more.

Is it any different today? In addition to family responsibilities and work, we live with the constant call of media: 24/7 breaking news, hundreds of cable channels, the Internet, Smart phones, e-mail, texts, twitter, Facebook, etc.  Truly quiet time is always available but never convenient.  And let’s be honest, we rarely prioritize it.  When facing a tough choice, a medical problem, a major purchase, I’ll google it first. I’ll pray right after I see the morning news.  I’ll read His Word right after I check my e-mail. I can’t stay to help after morning worship because the game is on.  We insist on our Constitutional right to worship, and then we neglect the only One worthy of worship.

We wonder why it feels like we live on a treadmill.  When we learn to prioritize God, seek Him first with all our hearts, to walk with Him, to enjoy Him, we find blessings rather than curses. We find joy rather than bitterness. And we realize the abundant life God intends for us to have each day.

PRAYER:

Father, we admit to choosing other things before choosing to spend time with You. Through your Holy Spirit, convict us of the sin of idolatry as we seek truth, understanding, joy and peace apart from you. Cause us to desire passionately to grow closer to You each day through prayer, through meditation on your Word, through understanding what You invite us do each day in order to follow Christ. Capture our hearts that we might live our lives like Joshua who determined, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” We pray this in Your Son’s precious Name. Amen.

Teen Dreams

posted Jul 4, 2011, 11:51 AM by Scotty Wallace

Teenage Dreams

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(WNS)--A new Barna Group study shows that most young people have clear ideas of what they would like to do, and their faith plays a role in their decisions.

“Today’s teens have huge aspirations in life and a great deal of self-confidence that is sometimes out of proportion with their abilities,” said David Kinnaman, the Barna researcher who directed the study. “Taught to believe they can accomplish anything at anytime, many young people figure if they see a problem or a need, they can just start a new company or nonprofit to address it. And armed with technology, some of them are actually doing that.”

The most common goal among teens is to work in medicine or the health care field (mentioned by 23 percent of teenagers). Overall, more than half of the students express interest in some type of scientific or applied science career.

One-fifth of the students are attracted to creative vocations, including arts or music, graphic arts, culinary arts, and fashion or interior design.

Students with an active faith (defined as reading the Bible, attending church and praying in a typical week) are more likely to be interested in arts and music, ministry, journalism and law. Young Protestants are comparatively more interested in physically demanding careers such as construction, agriculture and the military, while young Catholics express above-average interest in journalism and education.

Teenagers with a literalist view of Scripture are among the least likely to want to pursue careers in “science” or “technology.” This pattern does not extend to other science-oriented careers, such as medicine or engineering, where literalist-minded teens express average interest.

Private school students are more interested than average in arts and music, ministry, government and political science, and graphic arts. Public school teens are relatively more interested in accounting and financial careers, social work, law and business.

Only 1 percent of teen females explicitly identify “domestic work” or “homemaking” as their future career choice.

“Today’s teen girls—even if they aspire to be married and have children at some point—want or feel they ought to have some career plans in place,” commented Kinnaman. “The vast majority of today’s young women are thinking education first, then career, then perhaps family someday.”

The Barna study also probed the views of Protestant clergy. Thirty-eight percent of youth pastors and 36 percent of senior pastors say they frequently discuss college plans with their students. Only 1 percent of youth workers say they had addressed issues related to science in the last year and a similarly small percentage had taught about creativity or the arts.

Kinnaman suggested that college and career decisions represent an important opportunity for faith leaders to influence students. “Many young people do not seem to understand how a rich, historic understanding of the Christian faith and the gospel ought to inform their career aspirations,” he said. “And faith leaders are not as intentional as they could be with instruction and coaching on these types of decisions. Understanding how teenagers hope to spend their professional lives can help faith communities and institutions better support these students as they discern God’s calling in their lives.”

McKinley Cobb writes for WORLD Magazine. Used with permission.

 

PROFANITY and the CHRISTIAN(should they go together)

posted Mar 18, 2011, 3:21 PM by Scotty Wallace   [ updated Mar 18, 2011, 3:27 PM ]

PROFANITY and CHRISTIANITY (Should they go together)

Profanity is the worst type of words you can use. Profanity is against all moral values and what we as Christians believe in. The power of life and death is in the power of your tongue. This means the words that you speak are very important and that you should really watch what you say and learn to speak wise. When you speak it tends to mean that you are drifting further away from god. God spoke this world into existence meaning that words are very powerful. You should always speak positive and speak great things over you and other people’s life. If you proclaim yourself to be a Christian you should live like one which means  speaking like Jesus would speak and doing all you can to stay the course.  You should also think that you are a child of God and what would he think about you using profane language like that. It says in Psalm 19:14 that may the words that I speak out my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, lord my rock and redeemer. There is a verse in Matthew that says not that which cometh out of the mouth defiled a man but witch cometh out of the mouth that defieth a man. When you use curse words it is a sign of evil and you are on the devils side when things like that come out of your mouth. This is an everyday to most people in this world but we as Christians are called to be different.  You should set yourself apart from people that are trying to pull you in the wrong way. It is very easy to pick up habits from people that you are around on a normal day to day basis. When you hear other people using foul language than you should inform them on what it is doing and how it is hurting God and how they are on the evil side. You should watch the way you use Gods name because you will be held responsible for how you use it. Colossians 3:8 says, but now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy communication out of your mouth. Lay not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. God sees and hears everything that you do and say, and it hurts him for us to use profanity.  In Proverbs 15:4 it says “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, But a perverseness therein is a breach of the spirit.” You should guard you heart at all times. In Matthew 12:36-37 it tells you “I tell you that men give in account on the Day of Judgment for every carless word that you have spoken”.  This means that you will be punished for every action and word that you speak that does not line up with the word of God.

Ta’Dreion Wallace

BORN TO WIN - CONDITIONED TO LOSE

posted Jan 7, 2011, 1:23 PM by Scotty Wallace

The bible lets us know in the book of Genesis Chapter 1 and verse 27: "God created man in His own image, and in the image of God He created him; male and female..." If you read on, in verse 28 He say's "God blessed them(the people He created) and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth AND SUBDUE IT.
What He literally said was,... and TAKE DOMINION and RULE over it!
As I ponder this particular part of the bible, I find my self saying............why do I see so many christians being subdued? Why do I see so many christians losing instead of ruling? It was then I heard(not with the ears attached to my head), but rather the spiritual ear attached to my heart: "You were born to win, but you've been conditioned to lose." Going back to the beginning in Genesis, Adam and Eve were created to Win! However, the enemy(the devil) showed up and convinced Eve that being born to win was not enough and she got her husband Adam to agree. At that point and time up and till today, mankind has been conditioned to Lose!
 
So why? So how did this happen? Here's my "take" on your question: As a 21st Century Christian, I see  today's Christians living from 1 of 2 perspectives. (#1) Those who live by biblical principles, and (#2) Those who live by wordly preference.
Those who live by biblical principles are those who view the word of God as the absolute truth and therefore submit to it's guidelines to live by. Those who live by worldly preference are those who don't view the word of God as absolute truth, therefore they live by whatever is popular. So which door do you live behind. (Door #1) Biblical Principles or (Door #2) Worldy Preference? I leave you for now with this statement from Charles Spurgeon.
"Every Christian is either an Imposter or a Missionary."  Are you for Real?

SELF - CONTROL

posted Nov 4, 2010, 9:39 AM by Scotty Wallace

November-Blog

 

In 1711, Merriam-Webster defined self-control as, “the restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions, or desires.” Immediately, we must understand that we are responsible for ourselves! Every day and several times each day, we have to decide whether or not we are going to be glad, sad or mad. One of the character traits that a Christian soldier should exemplify is the ability to maintain self-control with whatever challenges life presents. Self-control for a Christian is the ability to act or react the exact opposite way that a non-Christian may act if faced with the same challenging situation.

Apostle Paul states in Philippians 4:11, “Not that I speak in respect of want, for I have learned, in whatever state I am, in this to be content”. In essence, Paul was saying that he knew how to carry himself in any given situation and he knew how to act and react in the most appropriate manner at all times. We can liken it to someone who is gifted enough to know how to fellowship and talk with people who represented all facets of life such as a gifted person who can talk to the President of the United States, a Prime Minister, a soccer mom, and a homeless person. Not once does a Christian make an individual feel inadequate, unimportant, or unworthy.

Self-control may sometimes be perceived as a state of discomfort. But, the peace and assurance for a Christian is the resolve that the discomfort is only for a season. It is easy to like-love someone who reciprocates the like-love feelings or expressions back to us. How does a Christian respond to someone who obviously neither cares for them nor has their best interest at heart? Again, the answer is the same, “We are to act like Christ, just because we are Christians!” Is it easy? Honestly, sometimes, it is not, but as we study God’s Word and listen to the teachings of our spiritual leaders, we are nurtured to grow and develop into beautifully mature and incredible Christians. The maturity process takes time and is uniquely crafted for each individual. But, the Master Potter, Jesus Christ, holds time and us in His Hands!

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” – Proverbs 25:28

 

 

 

 

 

Whats Your Definition of Commitment?

posted Sep 2, 2010, 11:52 AM by Scotty Wallace

September/October 2010 Blog
 

Commitment

Think of someone you know who is "a person of good character." Lock his or her image in your mind. Now take a moment to reflect on the things this person says and does...the personal characteristics that make him or her a role model for you. What comes to mind? What do you see?

Chances are that high on the list of your role model's qualities is COMMITMENT - the unwavering dedication to being a good family member and friend...to doing his or her best at work and away from the job...to doing what's right, noble, and decent.

Committed people like your role model just seem to have their heads and hearts in the right place. They keep their priorities straight. They stay focused on what's important. They know, inherently, that what they believe must drive how they behave - and how they behave ultimately determines the character they possess, the reputation they enjoy, and the legacy they leave.

Abraham Lincoln had this to say about commitment:

"COMMITMENT is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than the words.

It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism."

The world renowned pianist, Van Cliburn, after one of his magnificent concerts was approached by an admirer who had been in the audience.

The emotional fan grasped Cliburn's hand and said,

"I would give my life to be able to play the piano like that."

The pianist smiled and replied..."I DID."

 

June/July 2010

posted Jun 9, 2010, 1:27 PM by Scotty Wallace   [ updated Jun 9, 2010, 1:30 PM ]

YOUR MIND, YOUR GARDEN

 

Your mind is like a garden……It will always produce what you plant in it. Whether you plant positive goals, words of encouragement, negative attributes, rebellion, or disrespectful attitudes. THE GARDEN, LIKE YOUE MIND, DON’T CARE.  IT’S SOLE RESPONSIBLILTY IS TO PRODUCE WHATEVER IS PLANTED.

"Fix these words of Mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up" (Deuteronomy 11:18-19).

God's command to the Israelites to teach their children His words is just as relevant to us today as it was thousands of years ago. Proverbs 22 says that if we teach children the right path to take, when they are grown, they won't depart from it.

In today's world, children often follow a path laid out by sources other than their parents. Children get direction from television, movies, friends, teachers, siblings, music, church, and so on. Some of these sources contain dangerous advice; some of them contain godly wisdom. But whether a child has positive outside influences or not, they need to hear and see God's Word at work in their parents' lives. They need to know they are loved by their earthly parents, just as they are loved by their Heavenly Father.

Parents have an incredible privilege and responsibility to be the first, and perhaps the strongest, image of God in their children's minds and hearts. If you are a parent, take a moment today to thank God for the blessing of raising children. If parenting failures and shortcomings overwhelm you, cast them at the feet of your Heavenly Father. Ask Him to help you build strong roads of communication with your children, no matter their age.

As a child, take a moment to thank God for your parents. Thank Him for the ways they show His love to you, and forgive them for the ways they have fallen short.

 

Stay Inspired!

Scotty Wallace

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