It Is OK To Be Wrong! by Joe Gelak

It Is OK To Be Wrong by Joe Gelak

“I win an argument very well. Ask any of my remaining friends.
I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent.
People know this and steer clear of me at parties.
Often, as a sign of their respect, they don’t invite me.” Dave Barry

Does it drive you crazy when someone you know always has to be right and have the last word?

Even if we don’t fall prey to this unattractive trait on the outside, we may well do it in our own heads. I began observing my own thoughts and feelings, and I was shocked. When I have a problem or conflict or experience failure, my mind turbocharges in an effort to reach the conclusion that I was actually right and something or someone else was wrong.

What Did Jesus Do?

Though Jesus was without sin, still he did not justify himself. Isaiah prophesied, regarding the coming Messiah, that, “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7).

Defending and justifying ourselves, whether we are right or wrong, is an obstacle on our spiritual journey. It strengthens and stiffens the old Self. It focuses us on the wrong things.

Yes, we should reflect and learn from our circumstances and life events. But let us do so with openness and without attaching ourselves to the need to be right.

Begin noticing and observing and keeping an eye out for thoughts that are defensive, that work to justify and explain yourself. When you find these thoughts, hand them over to God. “Take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV). Then consciously let it go. Know that it is ok to make mistakes and be wrong and fail.

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Nuru Life Poems: Forever Grateful To Jesus Christ Who Is Our Lord and Saviour by Neema Penual & Lilian Victoria Ogutu

Forever Grateful To Jesus Christ

Nuru Life Poems: Forever grateful to Jesus Christ who is our Lord and Saviour

In this collection of poems the reader will find poems that draw from God and His word, His many blessings and experiences of His goodness from life in Christ. We have enjoyed writing them and hope you will enjoy reading. The poems are suitable for the whole family. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.

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5 Ways To Deal With Difficult People by Mark Agan

Morning Meditation Volume 1 Mark Agan

Five Ways To Deal With Difficult People by Mark Agan

You get up one morning and it is a beautiful day. The sun is shining and the birds are singing. Life is wonderful. You get to work and immediately get cornered by the most difficult person there. They are angry with you and, before you know it, your day has been ruined before it even got started good.

We all have difficult people we have to deal with from time to time. So, here are some tips to help you deal with them in the future.

1. HAVE YOUR HEART IN TUNE BEFORE PUTTING YOUR MOUTH IN GEAR

We never know when the confrontation with that difficult person will happen. Therefore, it is important that we begin our day spending some time getting our heart and attitude right with God so we can respond properly when the time comes.

2. GIVE A SOFT ANSWER TO THEIR HARD ATTACK

Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” They may be looking for a fight; don’t give it to them. When you give a soft answer, it tends to de-escalate the situation. It is difficult to fight with someone who will not fight back. 

3. HONESTLY EVALUATE THEIR CONCERN

Sometimes we can become so defensive of someone’s attack on us that we fail to consider that what they were saying may have some merit. The way they approached you may have been wrong, but what they approached you about may be a genuine concern you need to deal with.

4. REALIZE THERE COULD BE MORE GOING ON

That difficult person could be dealing with personal issues at home that you know nothing about. It doesn’t excuse their behavior but realize their actions could be motivated by something that has nothing to do with you.

5. PRAY FOR THEM

After the confrontation, take a moment to pray about it. First, ask God to help you deal with this person in a way that pleases God. Secondly, ask God to work in the heart of that difficult person. Praying for them also helps ensure that your heart does not become bitter towards them.

*This is an excerpt from Mark Agan’s book: “Morning Meditations: 365 Daily Devotions”.

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Boundary Waters Search and Rescue: Beyond Belief: Book One by Joy Harding

Boundary Waters Search and Rescue Beyond Belief Book 1

Boundary Waters Search and Rescue: Beyond Belief: Book One

Trauma surgeon and co-founder of the Boundary Waters Search and Rescue Unit, Jack Lockwood, was beyond frustrated…

A century blizzard, impassable roads, and gale force winds start Jack’s Monday off the wrong way long before daybreak. To make matters worse, his friend and colleague-the police chief of Ely, Minnesota-orders him to stay home on a morning when the weather virtually guarantees injuries requiring Jack’s skills. Little did he realize that he wouldn’t need to go anywhere to save a life that morning. His next rescue would be in his own front yard, where he finds a half-frozen, gravely injured woman buried in a snowdrift. A woman who needs his help to stay alive long enough to tell her story-why she was out in this kind of weather-bound, battered, and bleeding.

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Ark of the Covenant by Ron Clark

Ark Of The Covenant

Ark Of The Covenant by Ron Clark

July 5, 2021 by ronclarkcom

I grew up reading about the Ark of the Covenant in my Bible studies. I never gave it much thought concerning its current day location. However, in 1981 the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark” changed all of that for me. A lot of people were eager to talk about the Ark. After the movie, people talked about it:

  • Where was its location?
  • What was in it?
  • Was it destroyed?
  • Was it taken up to Heaven?

One Historical Record

There is no doubt the Jews hid the Ark and the other Temple artifacts to protect them from invading armies. The question is, did anyone survive the fall of Jerusalem who remember where the Ark was hidden?

One historical record is in 2 Maccabees of the Books of the Apocrypha. It says that Jeremiah the prophet hid the Tabernacle and all the worship articles in a cave on the mountain where Moses stood to look out over the Promised Land. That mountain is known today as Mt. Nebo in Jordan.

The letter said that the ones who helped him perform this task could no longer find the cave and it wouldn’t be found until the time that God determined. Mention of this letter is also made by the Jewish historian, Josephus.

Many claims of finding the Ark or knowing the location of the Ark have been made, but documentation and photo evidence is scanty at best. Actually, nonexistent would be a better word. A few Jewish rabbis claim to know the location, but it is to be a secret until a new Temple is built.

Wyndel Jones and Ron Wyatt are well known searchers for the location of the Ark, but neither man could produce evidence or the actual artifacts.

Will we ever know what happened to the Ark and the other articles? That question still awaits an answer and may never be revealed to us.

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Biblical Justice VS. Social Justice (Video) by Voddie Baucham

Fault Lines

Jesus Christ calls us to be “The light of the world.” But many Christians have gone the way of the world in pursuit of Social Justice vs. Biblical Justice. Voddie Baucham shares specifically of the common topics of today.

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The Chronicles Of Belteshazzar Chapter 10 by David Lantz

Chapter 10

In Chapter 10 of The Chronicles of Belteshazzar, it has been 4 months since Babylon’s failed attempt to invade Egypt. Naaman is reviewing maps and planning strategy when Daniel comes to speak with him. Daniel talks to Naaman about creating a council of exiles to try to address the violence and riots happening in the streets of Babylon.

The story then leads to a discussion of how different people really do think differently. I conclude the episode of a story from my own life dealing with some serious negotiations that had to take place, and then tie it together with a scene from the movie, Arrival.

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The Chronicles Of Belteshazzar Chapter 9 by David Lantz

Chronicles Of Belteshazzar Chapter 9

In Chapter Nine of The Chronicles of Belteshazzar, Matthew and the other grandsons ask Grandpa if the meeting between Daniel and the Captain of the Babylonian Guard really took place.

This conversation leads to a discussion about how a 1990s Science Fiction show, Babylon 5, inspired me to come up with some of the ideas that lead to the creation of a council headed by Daniel to try to quell the unrest among exile communities.

I’ll conclude with a discussion of a statement by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6 that is echoed by one of the main characters in the TV show, Babylon 5.

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The Chronicles Of Belteshazzar Chapter 8 by David Lantz

Chronicles Of Belteshazzar Chapter 8

In Chapter Eight of The Chronicles of Belteshazzar, Daniel meets Naaman, the Captain of the Babylonian Guard while breaking up a fight between a Hebrew and an Askelonite.

The two trade stories about what they believe, and their different understandings of the Great Flood. In reading the story of how Daniel will later interpret a dream by King Nebuchadnezzar, it is clear that the two must have had a relationship before The Captain of the Guard was sent to find him (see Chapter 2 of the Book of Daniel).

Daniel exhibits the quality of forgiving others – something that is demonstrated in the movie, Pay it Forward. I’ll use that movie, plus a story about the life of Corey Ten Boom, to help flesh out this episode’s Question for Reflection.

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The Chronicles Of Belteshazzar Chapter 7 by David Lantz

Chronicles Of Belteshazzar Chapter 7

In Chapter Seven of The Chronicles of Belteshazzar, Daniel and his friends are entered into a training program which will allow them to serve King Nebuchadnezzar.

One of the things they are told is that they must eat the food of the Babylonians. Daniel and his friends do not wish to violate the dietary laws of their faith, and so Daniel proposes an alternative to their Babylonian trainer, Potiphar.

In this retelling of the story of Daniel and his meeting with Nebuchadnezzar, I share a story from my own life: Would I be willing to go to a Casino in London? What was God demanding of me – and what were the consequences of that small, seemingly insignificant decision? I’ll use the movie Pinocchio and the story of letting “your conscience be your guide” to help flesh out this episode’s Question for Reflection

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