Come and take them…..

In the wake of last week’s tragedy on the campus of Umpqua Community College, President Barack Obama asked commanded Americans to “politicize” a violent Muslim’s attack on a crowd of innocent college students and teachers. Of course, asking Democrats to politicize tragedy is like asking Michael Moore if he wants another doughnut.

These are people who politicize everything. However, they did seem reluctant to politicize the fact that UCC murderer Chris Harper-Mercer appears to have been influenced by radical Islam. And they missed a chance to politicize the ludicrous parental failings of the killer’s father, who blamed his son’s actions on firearms: “How on Earth could he compile 13 guns? How could that happen?”

Source: Come and take them….

God Owns My Business

God Owns My Business

October 9

"So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? (Luke 16:11).

Although he was an innovator in the reclamation of silver in the photographic process, Stanley Tam of Lima, Ohio, is best known for his commitment to Jesus Christ. A large sign adorning the home of United States Plastic Corporation proclaims "Christ Is the Answer," and Tam’s widely read book, God Owns My Business, describes how he arrived at the conviction that he should legally make God the literal owner of his business.

Tam, who has traveled throughout the country and world to testify about his Christian faith, is one who is willing to "put his money where his mouth is." Although his business success could have made him a millionaire many times over, he and his wife, Juanita, draw only modest salaries from U.S. Plastics. All profits are channeled through the Stanita Foundation, with those funds designated for a variety of Christian ministries, primarily overseas missions.

In the fall of 1954, Tam was speaking at a revival meeting in Medellin, Colombia when God confronted him in a supernatural way. God let him know He wanted him to turn the business over to Him completely and become His employee. So, on January 15, 1955, Stanley Tam ceased being a stockholder in either of his companies, States Smelting and Refining Corporation or United States Plastic Corporation.

In order to do this God had to deal with one area in his life. "I have always enjoyed making money, and God knew that. Had He left me undisturbed in this area, I could have become a proud, materialistic, self-centered spiritual misfit. In asking of me the submission of the greatest drive of my life, He removed a blighting influence and replaced it with an inner peace and satisfaction such as I could never have known otherwise.

I don’t think there is such a thing as a part-time Christian; we are all in full-time ministry. We each need to ask God to take our vocation and make it a ministry. And if we ask Him, He will do it."*

Does God own your business or your work life? If not, why not make that decision today and let Him use your work life for His glory.

*Adapted from "The Complete Christian Businessman" an interview with Stanley Tam Wolgemuth & Hyatt, Publishers, Inc.

Joy — always there

Joy — always there
Psalms 30
"… Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." (v.5) Joy is a central characteristic of the Christian — and yet so many know nothing of it. They are under the lash of duty, and not unabashed delight. They are artificial, not artesian. Someone once described such Christians as "creaking in body and soul as they limp along the highway toward glory." They walk the road to glory but they are certainly not walking the glory road.

The word "joy" (Greek: chara) is a strong and robust word. It is not resignation wearing a wan smile. It means a joy that is exuberant and overflowing. The summons to rejoice is sounded no less than seventy times in the New Testament and the word chara occurs close on sixty times. The New Testament is a book of joy. Dr. William Barclay says that joy is the distinguishing atmosphere of the Christian life. He wrote: "We may put it this way — whatever the ingredients of Christian experience and in whatever proportions they are mixed together, joy is one of them."Even in the first year after the death of my wife, I was wonderfully conscious of Christ’s joy quietly breaking through the layers of my sadness and grief. Joy is always present in the heart of a Christian. It may not always be felt or recognized — but it is always there. And eventually it will break the surface, no matter what our situation or our circumstances. I have always maintained that joy is an inevitable part of the Christian life. Now I am sure. Oh, so very sure.

Father, thank You for reminding me that when joy has its roots in You, then its fruits will eventually appear — no matter what happens. Eternal honor and praise be to Your wonderful Name. Amen.

For Further Study
Psalms 126; Nehemiah 8:10
1. What does joy bring to our beings?

2. How are tears linked with joy?

Reid starts new gun-control push

Just thought I’d let y’all know a fundamental element of the current perspective of the American people, since the Marxist Mafia members of the House and Senate seem to be inordinately thick-headed lately. Here it is:

The American people have obeyed the last gun control law we will ever obey.

We now know your game, and we aren’t playing it.

The federal government is not delegated the authority to legislate, enforce, or adjudicate laws pertaining to the exercise of our rights. Period.

Source: Reid starts new gun-control push

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