Help Wanted: Apostles

Apostles and The Emerging Apostolic Movement

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

 

 

 

 

Author: David Cannistraci

Year: 1998

Category: Apostles, Leadership

Publisher: Regal Books

ISBN: 0830723382

David has written a book that is an attempt to elucidate and give shape to an understanding of the biblical office of apostle and make an argument for the validity of restoring this office today. I think he has done a good job pointing out the important need for apostles and their ministry as well as clearly outlining the characteristics, work, and authority of the apostles as written about in the New Testament. There wasn’t too much in this book I disagreed with and I would recommend it as a read for any leader in the church.

As I was reading it however I began thinking of my own fellowship (PAOC) and how to some degree while it may not be directly recognized as such (with the term “apostles”) there are men functioning in that role already. We have sectional presbyters (who “oversee” groupings of churches in a district) and regional directors (who oversee groupings of sections in a district) and district superintendents (who oversee a district) and then the General Superintendent (who oversees the districts). I think it might benefit our fellowship more to understand (and perhaps recognize) the role these leaders have as “apostles”.

I also realized as I read this book how little is actually taught in our churches about the office of apostle and yet how important it is to teach. One of the reasons why I picked up this book in the first place was because an experience I had within my own church with a person who was convinced God was calling them to be an apostle. I wasn’t convinced however that this individual correctly understood the purpose of that office. Another thing that stood out was the fact that the individual had never really been in any place of leadership in the church and as such had never been proven. I doubted this person’s motive for seeking that mantle even though he claimed it was to restore the church to it’s “God-given calling”. The thing is, I had no doubt this person really did love God – but unfortunately, their pursuit of this office was misguided. How I wish I had the resource of this book as a companion to my understanding of what the Bible said when counseling this individual – it would have been a good resource to pass on to him as well.

Anyway, in this book, David does a good job of providing some sound counsel for understanding the ministry of apostles and it will be a welcome reference on my bookshelf!

Tags: apostolic movement, apostle, leader, church, ministry, five-fold ministry, David Cannistraci,

Words of Christ?

The Day I Was Crucified

Rating: 3 out of 5

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Gene Edwards

Year: 2005

Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers

ISBN: 0768422248

I was given this book to read by a lady in my church. At first from the title I thought it would be a testimonial about someone giving their life to Christ and implementing Jesus’ instructions to His disciples to ‘Take up their cross’. However when I actually picked up the book to read I noticed the subtitle, “as Told by Jesus the Christ” which clued me into the fictional nature of this book. I’d never heard of the author before so I had a little chuckle when I read this promo piece on the back cover,

…There is good reason for his being called “The Most Loved Christian Storyteller.”…

From the high recommendations and reviews given this book in it’s cover pieces I was looking forward to an interesting read and in that regard I wasn’t disappointed. I agree with Bill McCartney’s comparison with this book as a written “drama” on par with the visible drama developed by Mel Gibson in “The Passion of Christ”.

With that being said this was a good story and I emphasize that because while it is clear that the author is drawing from direct biblical sources in crafting this work there are many assumptions and conjectures being made on the thought processes and some of the “behind the scenes” stuff happening in the circumstances surrounding Christ’s crucifixion. It certainly could have happened that way but that is by no means a declaration that it did happen that way. There are some artistic liberties taken in this story that don’t seem to directly contradict the witness of scripture but nevertheless are developed by “filling in the blanks” with the author’s interpretation of events.

Whether or not this book was a “rhema revelation that was put deep within Gene Edwards by the Spirit of the Lord” it does rightly communicate the incredible agony and suffering Jesus willingly endured for the sake of grace and love for His creation (us). I was moved by the thoughts written on paper of what it must have been like for Christ and the level of sacrifice he endured on the cross and the intensity of what occurred there for those who would be redeemed. I can’t say that I was moved to the same degree as what was quoted by one reviewer but it did affect me on an emotional level.

My only concern (and it’s not a really big one at that) with these kinds of books (and movies too) that develop a picture of biblical events is that the power of a story holds incredible sway and it’s easy to supplement the truth of scripture with the subtle nudges in the wrong direction via the emotions/thought processess invicted by the story. In some ways its best to leave some of the “mystery” in the missing blanks to prevent projecting wrong ideas over the truth of scripture. For those not grounded in the Word of God such stories have the potential of becoming a “word from God” rather than being taken for the fiction (based on fact nevertheless) that they are.

Also, even though these creative pieces can provide an entry point for people to be introduced to gospel truths there is danger that the seeker would gain an incorrect bias before even being introduced to scriptural witness!

In conclusion, for entertainment value and emotional impact Gene Edwards did provide a good read. I definitely wouldn’t consider it a doctrinal thesis…but then he probably didn’t intend it for that anyway!

Power-filled living…

One Holy Fire: Let the Spirit Ignite Your Soul

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Nicky Cruz

Year: 2003

Publisher: WaterBrook Press

ISBN: 1578566525

What an inspiring read! In this book Nicky Cruz gives a glimpse into the ups and downs of his experiences as an evangelist in the course of sharing his message about the vital importance of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He reaffirms the necessity of believing that God is able to work in ways we think impossible to accomplish His work through the calling He places in our lives. Our job is to recieve, believe, and obey! This book is not a “how to” or theological excise of the person and work of the Holy Spirit but rather is strewn with personal stories and experiences that draw attention to the power of a right relationship between one man and His God. The kind of relationship that is emphasized we can all enjoy if we desire so.
I thank Nicky for being forthright about the challenges that come with serving God in full-time ministry and his faithfulness and surrender to the Lordship of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit are an inspiration to me in the ministry God has called me to!

Falling asleep in the window

Devotional PicturesI’ve preached some long messages in my time – but I don’t think anything tops this story!

As Paul spoke on and on, a young man named Eutycus, sitting on the windowsill, became very drowsy. Finally, he sank into a deep sleep and fell three stories to his death below. Paul went down, bent over him, and took him into his arms. “Don’t worry.” he said, “he’s alive!” Then they all went back upstairs and ate the Lord’s Supper together. And Paul continued talking to them until dawn; then he left. (Acts 20:9-11, NLT)

Wow!

Holy Spirit, “Holy handkerchiefs”, and evil spirit thumpings

Devotional PicturesVerses Read: Numbers 32; Acts 19 (NIV, NLT)

I read through Acts 19 today as part of my devotional and there’s a number of verses that jumped out at me (from Acts anyway). In this post I think I’ll make a few “brief” comments on some observations I’ve made…(note to self, there’s gotta be an easier [and more search-friendly] way of entering these devotional thoughts – I have the “StructuredBlogging” plugin and I’m thinking sometime I may develop a microformat for devotionals…if anyone reading this knows of one that’s already developed let me know…it’ll save me time :lol:…in the meantime for lack of time I’ll keep publishing my devotional thoughts as a simple post!)

“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” he asked them. “No.” they replied, “we dont’ know what you mean. We haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” (Acts 19:2, NLT)

When Paul arrrived at the metropolis of Ephesus he discovered that there were already believers there (Paul wasn’t the only evangelist after all!) I find it interesting that one of the first questions Paul asked of these believers was whether they had recieved the Holy Spirit. Their response was telling – not only had they not received the baptism but they hadn’t even heard about Him (the Holy Spirit). Upon further probing Paul discovered that their knowledge of the gospel was incomplete in that they had only recieved the baptism of John. After Paul spent some time explaining the good news of Christ these believers were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus and after Paul laid hands on them the scripture records that the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied.

What’s jumped out at me in this passage is that Paul considered it important to ask these believers if they had received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Obviously Paul thought it was integral to the life of a Christian and significant enough to pursue. In fact, one can infer from his conversation with these men that Paul considered the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to be an indicator of whether believers had a complete understanding of the gospel of Christ revealed by his question, “then what baptism did you experience?” (Acts 19:3). Certainly Paul seemed astonished that not only had they not been baptised in the Holy Spirit but that they hadn’t even heard about Him!

This past Pentecost Sunday is traditionally a celebration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2. This particular year also happens to be the 100 year anniversary of the more modern-day outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Azusa Street – an event that led to the incredible explosion of “pentecostal” experience in our world. Our Christian experience is incredibly enriched by the advent of Christ’s gift to the church in the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Without the work of this third person of the Trinity I’m convinced that Christianity would not have flourished as it has. The Holy Spirit convicts to repentance, enlightens to truth, and empowers to witness in His role as counselor, comforter, and coach. Every believer should ask of their church and church leaders, and themselves as Paul did, “Have you received the baptism of the Holy Spirit?”

Next verse,

God gave Paul the power to do unusual miracles, so that even when handkerchiefs or cloths that had touched his skin were placed on sick people, they were healed of their diseases, and any evil spirits within them came out. (Acts 19:11-12, NLT)

Recently, I was given a handkerchief by a lady in my church that she says has been anointed and prayed over by a team of evangelists. It is one of many that they had anointed and prayed over specifically for bearers of the handkerchiefs. She asked me to put it under my pillow at night and keep it with me so that I will be healed of my hearing loss. While I love her as a sister and admire her faith I’ve always been hesitant of such claims about the healing powers of such anointed cloths and such. Why? Because to me it comes dangerously close to replacing Christ as the healer and worker of miracles with an object as that source. It almost takes on a “magical” significance in its inherent healing properties because of it being “infused” with power.

This particular passage in Acts is probably one of the more significant supports used for the practice of anointed hankies. But when I read it a couple things stand out. First, while the cloths or handkerchiefs that had been taken to the sick had been in contact with Paul’s skin…there is no mention of Paul specifically praying over them or “anointing” them. Why is this important? I don’t deny that there’s something going on here but it’s worthwhile to mention that this was an exceptional circumstance….by no means a normative one. The description of this particular event begins with, “God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that…” In other words, God was working so powerfully through Paul that handkerchiefs and cloths that as word got out people were taking whatever pieces of cloth that had touched Paul’s skin they could find to the sick and these sick were becoming whole. It seems to me that this was recorded as an observation of something astonishing taking place rather than a description of a regular practice. Second, nowhere in the New Testament are there instructions given to the church or to believers to have leaders’ pray over objects for the purpose of distribution to the sick and ailing. Are we to pray for the sick? Certainly! Are we to lay hands on them? Yes! Are we to anoint with oil? Of course! Those are all explicit instructions found recorded in the letters to the churches and expressed as a normative practice of the church.

With all that said, does this mean that what is recorded here in Acts was not of God or cannot occur today? No, I believe it was of God and that it can (and does) occur today…however these are exceptional miraculous occurences and in my opinion should not be sought out as a regular practice (i.e. specifically anointing and praying over handkerchiefs, and cloths and the like). One biblical story that popped in my mind is the story of the “bronze serpent” recorded in the Old Testament.

In 2 Kings 18 we read about King Hezekiah and the renewal he intiates in Israel as a result of his conviction over their deplorable condition because of sin. In verse 4 it says this, “he removed the pagan shrines, smashed the sacred pillars, and knocked down the Asherah poles. He broke up the bronze serpent that moses had made becasue the people of israel had begun to worship it by burning incense to it. The bronze serpent was called Nehushtan.” (emphasis mine) What was this bronze serpent? The book of Numbers (21) records that as punishment for grumbling against God and Moses while journeying in the wilderness God sent poisonous snakes among the Israelites and some of them were bitten and died. The people came to Moses and repented for their sin and after he prayed for them God instructed Moses to make a replica of a posonous snake and attach it to the top of a pole. According to his instructions, God indicated that if those who had been bitten simply looked at the pole they would be healed and live. This was clearly an exceptional miracle that God worked through an “object” for that particular time and circumstance (and was also a prophetic pronouncement of the work of Jesus Christ – see John 3:14, but that’s for another discussion!). However, over the years this bronze snake became revered so much that by the time of Hezekiah it evolved into an object of worship and distanced people from God.

This is what I fear the practice of anointing handkerchiefs and cloths can become – simply another form of the “bronze snake”.

Finally, a third observation from Acts 19 (turning into a long post indeed :lol:),

…The incantation they used was this: “I command you by Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!” Seven sons of Sceva, a leading priest, were doing this. But when they tried it on a man possessed by an evil spirit, the spirit replied, “I know Jesus, and i know Paul. But who are you?” And he leaped on them and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and bodily injured. (Acts 19:14-16, NLT)

Some quick points:

  • The evil spirit knew who Jesus was and who Paul was. Obviously, Paul was known because of the difference Jesus made in His life and the clear mark of the Holy Spirit upon him. You can be sure that any believer in Christ who has the Holy Spirit resident in their lives is “known” by evil spirits as well!
  • The supernatural realm is not something to play around with. The name of Christ in of itself holds no “magical” power. It is only when the name is spoken in revelatory knowledge that it carries weight. In other words, these priests were using Jesus’ name kind of like a magician uses, “abracadabra” The only problem is, because they didn’t really know Jesus and hadn’t embraced the Christian faith there was no weight behind what they were saying. The evil spirit rightly recognized that they had no true authority over him.
  • The lesson is clear…don’t be fooled into thinking you can have authority over evil spirits by simple incantations, or special words…only when you have faith in Christ as your Lord and Savior and when you walk in His authority can you have the gall and confidence to command evil spirits to leave.

Well, that’s all my observations for this post…whew! I look forward to any and all comments 🙂

Aliens, UFO’s and the Extraterrestrial “conspiracy”…

Alien Intrusion by Gary BatesI just finished reading the book, “Alien Intrusion” by Gary Bates last night. The summary and title of the book intrigued me because from childhood I have always been interested in stories involving “ET’s” (extraterrestrials) and UFO’s. I remember doing a presentation on UFO’s as a project for one of my classes in high school. The reason why this book interested me is because I discovered a website for it advertised in the Creation Ministries International flyer that I recieve in the mail and after checking it out I thought the book would be worth a read (because of my already piqued interest in ET’s). Here’s the description found on the back of the book:

UFOs have been seen throughout the centuries. But in our enlightened technological age, are we any closer to solving the mystery? This book revisits the most famous events that have defined UFO culture, such as Roswell and alien autopsies; astronaut Gordon Cooper’s sightings; Major Donald Keyhoe’s allegations of official silence; and the claims of famous contactees Billy Meier and George Adamski.

Also discover evidence about alien abductions and other UFO phenomena that is widely ignored by the UFO community. The author’s research and conclusions will surprise you and challenge your thinking — not just about UFOs, but about the nature of life itself.

This landmark volume that brings together the most important evidences, and comes to conclusions far more sinister — yet profound — than most could imagine.

I don’t want to write too much about Gary Bates conclusions about UFOs here because of the profound amount of evidence he amasses and the well-thought out progression he takes through the book to reach them. For me to just list the conclusion might prevent some from reading the book because of bias’ they may already have. However, I will say this – my eyes were opened – WIDE OPENED – to the reality of the UFO phenomenom and how far off from the truth most people are when reading about it and explaining it.

Bates does an excellent job of presenting a logical and reasonable explanation for the numerous reports and evidences that have been collected in the past century (and referencing supposed ancient sightings as well). I can’t help but wonder if any honest, sincere, and open-minded investigator would not reach the same conclusions he did. Certainly when I finished the book I agreed with his conclusions.

For the Christian – this book helps us to understand the UFO phenomenom and grasp the significance of its influence in our culture. It also gives good reason for our faith to be strengthened and encouraged about what the Bible has to say about the “conspiracy” behind UFO’s and Aliens. I believe Bates correctly identifies the religious (or spiritual) nature of the UFO phenomenom and how it requires a belief system that is inherently antagonistic to the Christian faith. In his conclusions, he expertly gives opinions why this is so (the conclusions are shocking to say the least!). After reading his book I definitely feel it’s a worthwhile read for Christians – let me put it this way…like I said earlier, I have always been fascinated by stories of UFO’s and aliens (and a bit of a sci-fi buff to boot) and the idea that there may be life on other planets in our universe. Yet, after reading this book I’ve realized that such interests cannot be taken lightly or even seen as a harmless indulgence…

For the non-Christian I would invite you to read this book and not be put off by what I stated in the paragraph above. For certainly, in my opinion, Bates is not writing this book as an apologetic of the Christian faith and doesn’t even mention the Christian connection until the last chapters. Instead, it very much read as an honest attempt to have an objective look at the UFO phenomena, it’s origins, it’s ideals, it’s evidences, and it’s stories. Bates draws from an incredible amount of resources (from a multitude of differing viewpoints) that demonstrate the diligence in his research and investigation into the subject. The way he presents this information is in the method of an open-minded researcher. It is clear that Bates was honestly trying to get to the bottom of this mystery from a scholarly perspective. By the end of the book I think you’ll appreciate the high plausibility that his conclusions are true – and at the very least give you something to really think about.

Bates presents numerous stories, evidences, and research that no doubt many people have seen presented in documentaries, or read before (a testimony to how widespread talk of UFO’s has become…almost an accepted expectation in our society). Overall this book was a very interesting read and one I will be recommending to many people!

The Battle for Children

I attended a seminar put on by JAM Ministries yesterday. The seminar was entitled “The Battle for Children” and basically Rob Lukings shared how in our nation today (and all over the world) there is a battle being raged for the hearts minds, and lives of kids. His premise is that the church is doing a terrible job at influencing the younger generations for Christ.

I agree. A quick glance at a number of statistics and any childcare worker will tell you that today’s world is not a great one for kids. In the seminar Rob covered five sections:

Section A. “Why Attack Children?”
He asked the question, “Why would Satan want to wage war on children? Why do churches and parents need to have truly effective minsitry into the lives of pre-teen children.”

The basic answer to the question is that research has shown that people develop their positions on values, morality and a worldview at a very young age. What kids are exposed to and have modeled early in life will definitely influence to a great deal what their adulthood will be like.


Section B: “Strategy of Destruction”
Here, Rob talked about how there is a intense spiritual warfare being fought over and for our kids. He covers how they are being attacked physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It was an eye opener to understand that yes, this is taking place.

Section C: “The Church’s Response”
Rob shared an assessment of what the church is doing to respond to this attack by the enemy and how well she is doing. In this frank but true assessment he sought to motivate us to take a close look at the priorities in our congregations.

Section D: “A Battle Report”
Rob painted a picture of the spiritual condition of children, both inside and outside the church. The result is alarming!

Section E: “What God Has to Say.
Rob spent some time here sharing about what God’s Word has to say about our responsibility in ministry to children.

All in all, the seeminar reinforced the kinds of things I’ve been hearing a lot of lately. Case in point – check out the theme of the May/June issue of “Outreach Magazine” The main story of this issue is headlined by the title, “Church in Crisis”. As a part of this report there’s an interview of Josh McDowell entitled, “We’re losing a generation”.

For myself, as a pastor of a church, and as a parent of young children – I see the incredible importance for valuing and prioritizing ministry to children. I’m sure for the unchurched or non-Christian the assumption sometimes made is that we’re out to brainwash kids. However, the truth is, our kids are already being brainwashed in our world today. The mass influence of media and abdication by parental involvment (instead relying on schools to “raise” our kids) has resulted in upcoming generations with a degraded moral and value system and a worldview that places more emphasis on the individual then on the common good.
As a church I think we can and must do a better job of ministering to kids and their parents. I hope that this year as we evaluate our ministries and direction of HPC that our children’s ministry is something high on our priority list. That’s not to say that other ministries aren’t important and will be neglected – but children need help! I’m also excited about the possibility of expanding our involvement in helping parents be equipped for raising their children. Ultimately its the parents who can make the biggest difference in their children’s future. (Anybody see the show, “Honey we’re killing the kids” on TLC?).

What if everyone were a Christian…?

Here’s a thought I had last night: If everyone was a Christian…what would the world look like? Now, it’s important to understand that my thinking was not if everyone were a Christian in the ideal biblical sense (valuing community, caring, and other- centerdeness etc.) but more along the lines of the typical ‘Christian’ churchgoer in the western world today. Just a thought (and maybe way off base in a cynical kind of way) but would the world be a religious fundamentalist scary place where you’d have to be careful how you sneezed…or would there bickering over laws being passed not on the grounds of morality but more along the lines of scriptural interpretation? Would volunteer organizations suffer because everyone is too busy in church activity? I guess, it all depends on what “brand” of Christianity people embrace wouldn’t it?? Just a thought…

Turn the world upside down

Upside-down worldScripture read (read entire of Acts 17):

…”Paul and Silas have turned the rest of the world upside down, and now they are here disturbing our city.” (Acts 17:6 – NLT)

Turn the world upside down…wow! Now that’s the kind of reputation that accomplishes things. How many Christians today have that reputation? Here Paul and Silas had been preaching in Thessalonica about Jesus. The passage records that large numbers of people (godly Greek men and many important women in the city) were becoming Christians and that the Jewish religious leaders started stirring up mobs against Paul and Silas out of jealousy. They went to the house of Jason, a believer, suspecting that he was harboring Paul – when they couldn’t find Paul or Silas they dragged Jason and others of his household out before the city council and then yelled out the above statement. They also made accusations charging Jason and the believers with treason among other things.

As I read this the words, “turn the world upside down” really stood out to me. To the jealous Jewish leaders they saw the work of Paul and Silas bringing chaos to the world and so causing trouble to their ‘way of living’ and what they know about the world. So, in one sense Paul and Silas, doing the work of Christ, were indeed turning these Jewish leaders world upside down. But in a truer sense, the spreading of the gospel message is actually, turning the world rightside up! Whatever the perspective – one thing is certain, Paul and Silas obedience to Christ and empowerment by the Holy Spirit was having a world changing influence wherever they went. I guess why this scripture leapt out at me is because I long to have that kind of influence in my life. Yet, like many Christians any influence I have is limited in scope.

Reading further in Acts 17 reveals some of the reasons why Paul and Silas had such influence. Not only did they share about the good news in synagogues and religious venues but they also engaged the philosophers, and cultural people of the cities they visited.

When in Berea they preached truth and didn’t deviate from God’s word. The Berean people searched the scriptures day after day to check up on Paul and Silas and because what Paul and Silas matched up with God’s word more and more Jewish believers and God-fearing men and women became Christians.

Later, while Paul was waiting for Silas and Timothy in Athens he noticed all the idols around the city. When speaking to the Council of Philosophers in Athens he engaged them on the subject of Christ by beginning with his observations about the idols and the cultural practices they had. Repeating a common technique he used wherever He went – Paul shared the truth of the gospel in the context of the people he was speaking to.

Summary? Paul and crew were effective world-changers for the following reasons:

1. They spoke and modeled the truth of the gospel.

2. They spoke and ministered under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

3. They sought to understand who they were speaking to so that they could more effectively share their message.

4. They genuinely cared for the people they were ministering to.

My prayer? Lord, I want to be someone you work through to turn the world upside down (even though it’s really turning the world right-side up). I pray that you will give me influence in my community and in the relationships I have as I do what Paul did – speak truth, seek your anointing, work to understand the people in my sphere of influence, and genuinely care for people you place in my life. My prayer is also for my church that we would have that kind of world-changing influence in our community!

Where does worrying get ya?

Worry - Ugly ain't it?Today I went with my mother to her lawyer’s appointment. My Dad died about a year and a half ago and his life insurance company denied my mom’s claim for the insurance. To make a long story short she (with the support of us!) has decided to sue the insurance company as the advice we received suggested we have a case. Anyway, with the court systems the way they are it’ll be a while until we get to trial. I said all this to say this… My mom has had a lot on her mind in the last while (no wonder!) and she’s really finding it difficult to just let go and leave things in the lawyers hands. But this post isn’t really about my mom – it’s about the the observation going through my head that worrying really puts a damper on life. While this may be an obvious one for most people it’s surprising how many of us “non-worryers” still get caught in the trap of nail-biting, ulcer creating hyper-anxiety syndrome once and a while. The funny thing is – all our worrying really doesn’t accomplish anything. There’s a favorite scripture of mine in Matthew 6 where Jesus basically tells people ‘Don’t worry!’ The conclusion of Jesus’ thought as he goes through some of the things we humans worry about is that there’s really only one thing that matters

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33, NIV)

After all, there are things that make an eternal difference (going beyond this life) and things that are just temporary.

And then Jesus, goes on to say these nifty words, “Don’t worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (v. 34). How true is that! Is there anyone that can really say worrying about something made it better? If there’s something in your control – do something about it but if it’s out of your control…leave it – don’t worry because all the worrying won’t do one thing for you.

Case in point: have you ever communicated with someone (a friend maybe, or aquaintance) and later on remembered something you said (or wrote) that you get thinking, hmm…I wonder if they were offended by that — some people will let that thought run away on them and create a gigantic worry “snowball” that consumes there thoughts until eventually they do everything they can to avoid that person because they may have offended them. Instead, they could’ve nipped that worry in the bud and gave that person a quick call and cleared it up…just one example.

whoah..just realized I’m starting to write a chapter rather than a post – signing off!