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A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women

Archive for April, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WHAT GOD WANTS FROM US

Good Morning!

How would you like to be able to communicate God’s word to others in an eloquent fashion ?

Or have the ability to plumb the depths of the most profound spiritual truths?

Or be able to pray for a person’s healing in perfect confidence that God will answer?

What about the courage to sell all your belongings and move to central Africa to reach the most impoverished of peoples?

Or have unflinching commitment to Christ — even to the point of facing a firing squad?

It all sounds so very noble doesn’t it!? But what God really wants from us is:

– To be patient with our wife when she asks us to go shopping with her all Saturday

afternoon .

– To be kind to the scrubby pony-tailed dropout with the bone through his nose.

To genuinely take pleasure in the knowledge that our competitor is knocking them dead at

the cash register.

– To deflect attention away from our accomplishments in deference to others.

– To be gracious toward those among us who stand to profit us nothing.

– To put aside our interests for the benefit of others

– To forgive those who have ripped us off.

– To live magnanimously, trusting God amidst difficult

circumstances which we cannot change.

To keep the faith to the end, when everything around us seems to be crumbling.

This , my friends is the love of Christ , (as expressed in I Corinthians 13), applied in the crucible of life’s daily realities. If we fail here, no amount of giftedness or personal sacrifice is of any consequence.

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

*originally dated June 7th, 1995

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WHAT GOD WANTS FROM US

Good Morning!

How would you like to be able to communicate God’s word to others in an eloquent fashion ?

Or have the ability to plumb the depths of the most profound spiritual truths?

Or be able to pray for a person’s healing in perfect confidence that God will answer?

What about the courage to sell all your belongings and move to central Africa to reach the most impoverished of peoples?

Or have unflinching commitment to Christ — even to the point of facing a firing squad?

It all sounds so very noble doesn’t it!? But what God really wants from us is:

– To be patient with our wife when she asks us to go shopping with her all Saturday

afternoon .

– To be kind to the scrubby pony-tailed dropout with the bone through his nose.

To genuinely take pleasure in the knowledge that our competitor is knocking them dead at

the cash register.

– To deflect attention away from our accomplishments in deference to others.

– To be gracious toward those among us who stand to profit us nothing.

– To put aside our interests for the benefit of others

– To forgive those who have ripped us off.

– To live magnanimously, trusting God amidst difficult

circumstances which we cannot change.

To keep the faith to the end, when everything around us seems to be crumbling.

This , my friends is the love of Christ , (as expressed in I Corinthians 13), applied in the crucible of life’s daily realities. If we fail here, no amount of giftedness or personal sacrifice is of any consequence.

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

*originally dated June 7th, 1995

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

IN DISCIPLING PEOPLE, WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY VALUES WE SHOULD SEEK TO BUILD INTO THEIR LIVES?

IN DISCIPLING PEOPLE, WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY VALUES WE SHOULD SEEK TO BUILD INTO THEIR LIVES?

Good Morning!

 

Is it to help them develop a strong prayer life, or a disciplined pattern of Scripture memory? Or to be a faithful witness to the lost? Very possibly but…

Infinitely more basic is to help them form rock-rib convictions in three fundamental areas (I Cor. 13:13):

FAITHDoes your “disciple” believe God?

Does he (or she) demonstrate faith in God by a willingness to lay it on the line when the chips are down, even to the point of climbing into the fiery furnace (so to speak), as did Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego? (Daniel 3) Does your disciple authenticate his faith by demonstrating congruency of life between the secular and the spiritual? (Psa. 24:3,4)

“…Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him…The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.” (Heb. 11:6; Jn. 6:29)

 

HOPEDoes your disciple have a “Pilgrim Mentality”?

Is his primary focus on the temporal or on the eternal? Does he, by his life demonstrate the fact that he understands the transitory nature of our earthly existence, and the importance of investing in the eternal?

“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth…looking for a country of their own…longing for a better country–a heavenly one…” (Heb. 11:13-16-NKJ)

LOVEDoes your disciple live a life of selfless sacrifice?

 

Has he been so impacted by Christ’s love that he is compelled to live a life of loving service rather than selfish indulgence?

“For Christ’s love compels us…that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.” (2 Cor. 5:14,15)

By the way, you and I both know that the way you build these qualities into the life of another is by modeling them first in your own life.

 

 

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

* (Original release date December 2nd, 1998)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?…ACCORDING TO YOU?

WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?…ACCORDING TO YOU?

Good Morning!

 

“You are writing a Gospel, a chapter every day,

By the things that you do and the words that you say.

Men read what you write – distorted or true,

What is the Gospel, according to you?” (Unknown)

 

It doesn’t take much to leave a negative mark upon those lost people in your life :

 

An unkind remark

A critical spirit

An off-color joke

Conversely ,

An act of kindness,

A gentle touch

A restrained tongue

Also leave an impressionPerhaps plant a seed and initiate a hunger that is the beginning of their quest for God.

Many of our friends who are outside of Christ will rarely, if ever, darken the door of a church.

But you can be sure they are reading the Gospel through your life…for good or for bad.

 

“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ…” (II Cor. 3:2,3a)

SO, WHAT IS THE GOSPEL, ACCORDING TO YOU?

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill
* (Original release date July 1st, 1998)