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Archive for May, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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ON LOVING THE WORLD

Good Morning!

“Never give your hearts to this world or to any of the things in it…The whole world-system…(is) based on men’s primitive desires, their greedy ambitions and the glamour of all that they think is splendid…” (I Jn. 2:15, 16 – Phillips Translation)

But the glamour is alluring! We can identify with St. Augustine’s cry, “Give me chastity, but not yet.”

If the truth were out, many of us would have to admit that the world’s glamorous are our closet heroes. We ogle their lifestyles which seem so smooth…leisurely, and in control.

Almost transcendent .

Perhaps they have mastered Lauren Hutton’s secret of success, ” Never, ever let them see you sweat.”

Our lives, by contrast seem to muddle along amidst our rather tired and familiar surroundings of dirty laundry, unmowed lawns, and piles of unanswered mail.

James reminds us however, that “flirting with the glamour of this world” is akin to being “the world’s lover,” an “unfaithful wife.” It is by our love of the world…by our spiritual adultery, that we become “an enemy of God.” (Jms. 4:4 Phillips Translation)

Years ago I remember attending a Rotary Club meeting with the rich, the powerful and the beautiful of our town. These were the guys with the tailored pin stripe suits, Italian hand crafted shoes, and manicured nails. Cool. Polished. Together. Cultured. Or so it seemed.

However, as the meal progressed I realized how many of these men I had privately counseled. And in those sessions, they had wept, pouted, and agonized over disintegrating marriages, rebellious kids, severe financial problems, and self-doubt over their professional abilities.

It is vital for us to understand that true fulfillment is found in the daily struggle with loving, giving, and forgiving amidst piles of laundry, raucous kids and rushed schedules. It is here that the authentic beauty of Christ’s character is being forged.

And the “glamorous” world can never match that !

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

*Originally dated July 12th 1995

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

17_05_31

ON LOVING THE WORLD

Good Morning!

“Never give your hearts to this world or to any of the things in it…The whole world-system…(is) based on men’s primitive desires, their greedy ambitions and the glamour of all that they think is splendid…” (I Jn. 2:15, 16 – Phillips Translation)

But the glamour is alluring! We can identify with St. Augustine’s cry, “Give me chastity, but not yet.”

If the truth were out, many of us would have to admit that the world’s glamorous are our closet heroes. We ogle their lifestyles which seem so smooth…leisurely, and in control.

Almost transcendent .

Perhaps they have mastered Lauren Hutton’s secret of success, ” Never, ever let them see you sweat.”

Our lives, by contrast seem to muddle along amidst our rather tired and familiar surroundings of dirty laundry, unmowed lawns, and piles of unanswered mail.

James reminds us however, that “flirting with the glamour of this world” is akin to being “the world’s lover,” an “unfaithful wife.” It is by our love of the world…by our spiritual adultery, that we become “an enemy of God.” (Jms. 4:4 Phillips Translation)

Years ago I remember attending a Rotary Club meeting with the rich, the powerful and the beautiful of our town. These were the guys with the tailored pin stripe suits, Italian hand crafted shoes, and manicured nails. Cool. Polished. Together. Cultured. Or so it seemed.

However, as the meal progressed I realized how many of these men I had privately counseled. And in those sessions, they had wept, pouted, and agonized over disintegrating marriages, rebellious kids, severe financial problems, and self-doubt over their professional abilities.

It is vital for us to understand that true fulfillment is found in the daily struggle with loving, giving, and forgiving amidst piles of laundry, raucous kids and rushed schedules. It is here that the authentic beauty of Christ’s character is being forged.

And the “glamorous” world can never match that !

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

*Originally dated July 12th 1995

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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SEVEN LAWS OF BUSINESS SUCCESS+

Good Morning!

#1 Always put God first in your life and business

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matt. 6:24,33)

#2 Get to know God’s word and apply it to your life and business

“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes…The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned;in keeping them there is great reward. (Psa. 19:7-11)

#3 Expect big things from a big God

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Eph. 3:20)

#4 Place more value in people than in products

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Col. 3:23 )

#5 Give God the first pick of your profits

Honor the Lord from your wealth, and from the first of all your produce; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” (Prov. 3:9, 10)

#6 Be committed to honesty and integrity

The Lord demands fairness in every business.” (Prov. 16:11 TLB)

#7 Be diligent in your pursuit of business success

“Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” (Prov. 10:4)

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

+ This is not original with me…but I do not recall the source!

* Originally dated Aug, 16th 1995

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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SEVEN LAWS OF BUSINESS SUCCESS+

Good Morning!

#1 Always put God first in your life and business

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matt. 6:24,33)

#2 Get to know God’s word and apply it to your life and business

“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes…The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned;in keeping them there is great reward. (Psa. 19:7-11)

#3 Expect big things from a big God

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Eph. 3:20)

#4 Place more value in people than in products

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Col. 3:23 )

#5 Give God the first pick of your profits

Honor the Lord from your wealth, and from the first of all your produce; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” (Prov. 3:9, 10)

#6 Be committed to honesty and integrity

The Lord demands fairness in every business.” (Prov. 16:11 TLB)

#7 Be diligent in your pursuit of business success

“Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” (Prov. 10:4)

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

+ This is not original with me…but I do not recall the source!

* Originally dated Aug, 16th 1995

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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WANT TO WIN YOUR FRIENDS TO CHRIST?

Good Morning!

Here’s a simple but effective approach :

Christ called us to be “Fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19). And in order to fish, we need a”N-E-T.”

N = Nerve ending: Identify the area of pain in their life – the “nerve ending”.

E = E mpathize as best you can with their pain.

T = Teach them how Christ can heal their pain.

And what are the “nerve endings” in people’s lives these days ? Well, according to The Barna Research Group:

Financial – 39%

Job – related – 16%

Personal health – 12%

Time and stress – 8%

Parenting – 7%

Educational attainment – 6%

Fear of crime – 3%

Personal relationships – 3%

Key Scriptures on:

Finances : Deut. 8; Matt. 6:19 – 33; Phil. 4:12, 13, 19; I Tim. 6:6 – 10, 17 – 19; Heb. 13:5

Job : Prov. 10:4; 12:11, 24, 27; 13:4, 11, 23; Ecc. 5:18 – 20; Eph. 4:28; I Thess. 4:11, 12;

II Thess. 3:6 – 15

Happy fishing!

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

*Originally dated Aug. 23rd 1995

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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WANT TO WIN YOUR FRIENDS TO CHRIST?

Good Morning!

Here’s a simple but effective approach :

Christ called us to be “Fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19). And in order to fish, we need a”N-E-T.”

N = Nerve ending: Identify the area of pain in their life – the “nerve ending”.

E = E mpathize as best you can with their pain.

T = Teach them how Christ can heal their pain.

And what are the “nerve endings” in people’s lives these days ? Well, according to The Barna Research Group:

Financial – 39%

Job – related – 16%

Personal health – 12%

Time and stress – 8%

Parenting – 7%

Educational attainment – 6%

Fear of crime – 3%

Personal relationships – 3%

Key Scriptures on:

Finances : Deut. 8; Matt. 6:19 – 33; Phil. 4:12, 13, 19; I Tim. 6:6 – 10, 17 – 19; Heb. 13:5

Job : Prov. 10:4; 12:11, 24, 27; 13:4, 11, 23; Ecc. 5:18 – 20; Eph. 4:28; I Thess. 4:11, 12;

II Thess. 3:6 – 15

Happy fishing!

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

*Originally dated Aug. 23rd 1995

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Good Morning!

IF JESUS CHRIST WERE THE CEO of a “for profit” company, what would be its objectives?

Consider this:

#1 “TO HONOR GOD IN ALL WE DO.

Jesus: I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave

me to do.” (Jn. 17:4 NIV)

#2 “TO HELP PEOPLE DEVELOP.

Paul: “We [teach] every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ.” (Col. 1:28a)

#3 “TO PURSUE EXCELLENCE.

Paul: ” Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, wherever is admirable–if anything

is excellent or praiseworthy–think about these things.” (Phil. 4:8 NIV)

#4 “TO GROW PROFITABLY.”

Solomon: “All hard work brings a profit…plans of the diligent lead to profit.” (Prov. 14:23a; 21:5a)

These are the objectives of Servicemaster, a Fortune 500 Company that provides services to hospitals, colleges, plants and homes.

Perhaps at the root of many of our conflicts in business lies a confusion about affection and motives relative to God, money, and people:

We are to love God and hate money. (Matt. 6:24)

We are to serve people and use money. (Phil. 2:3; Ecc. 5:19)

When we reverse the order, God simply removes His hand of blessing from our efforts . Work then deteriorates from a divine calling into a chore, and the stress level escalates to exponential proportions.

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

* Originally dated Aug. 30th 1995

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Good Morning!

IF JESUS CHRIST WERE THE CEO of a “for profit” company, what would be its objectives?

Consider this:

#1 “TO HONOR GOD IN ALL WE DO.

Jesus: I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave

me to do.” (Jn. 17:4 NIV)

#2 “TO HELP PEOPLE DEVELOP.

Paul: “We [teach] every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ.” (Col. 1:28a)

#3 “TO PURSUE EXCELLENCE.

Paul: ” Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, wherever is admirable–if anything

is excellent or praiseworthy–think about these things.” (Phil. 4:8 NIV)

#4 “TO GROW PROFITABLY.”

Solomon: “All hard work brings a profit…plans of the diligent lead to profit.” (Prov. 14:23a; 21:5a)

These are the objectives of Servicemaster, a Fortune 500 Company that provides services to hospitals, colleges, plants and homes.

Perhaps at the root of many of our conflicts in business lies a confusion about affection and motives relative to God, money, and people:

We are to love God and hate money. (Matt. 6:24)

We are to serve people and use money. (Phil. 2:3; Ecc. 5:19)

When we reverse the order, God simply removes His hand of blessing from our efforts . Work then deteriorates from a divine calling into a chore, and the stress level escalates to exponential proportions.

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

* Originally dated Aug. 30th 1995