1. “Stay in love with God. Do good and do no harm.” Reuben P. Job
2. Concentrate on virtuous things; they build good character, shape and color attitudes, and influence behavior.
3. Look for and graciously acknowledge the good in others.
4. Walk only the fence grounded in cement, and only to avoid the danger lurking on each side.
5. Do not befriend talebearers; they are not concerned with the common good.
6. When possible, be at peace with everyone.
7. Work hard, relish the comforts afforded, and rest often.
8. Forgive freely and always.
9. Accentuate and embrace the positive.
10. Keep faith in God.
Biblical faith is believing God’s word. It is trusting God to fulfill His promises in spite of circumstances. Biblical faith gives one the will to withstand the fiery darts of every attack (Ephesians 6: 16). Biblical faith gives one the assurance that God will fight his or her battles, so long as the one attacked remains steadfast, unmovable, and doing the work of God (1 Corinthians 15:58). Biblical faith knows that a little bit of faith, even as tiny as a mustard seed, goes a long way with God (Matthew 17:20).
Biblical faith gives one the courage to stand for what is godly, good, and right, even when such a stand is unpopular (study the lives of the Apostles and other early believers). Biblical faith gives one the courage and confidence to confess one’s own shortcomings, and to trust God for forgiveness and deliverance.
is God centered and concerned about restoring wholeness- physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being (James 2: 14 – 26)
helps one remain focused on the power of God, not mired down by the problems of the present (Proverbs 3: 5 – 9)
gives hope that there is light at the end of every tunnel (Psalm 30: 5)
gives one the confidence to confess his or her sins knowing God hears and forgives (Mark 9: 21 – 24)
is a tool used to request deliverance from distress, protection from the powerful, and to uplift broken spirits (James 5: 17)
Cable companies charge too much and offer limited programs. They have lost most younger viewers to Netflix, and now they are on the verge of losing baby boomers.
Until recently, I was a baby boomer addicted to cable television. The television in my bedroom played all day and night, even when I wasn’t watching it. That changed after I picked up the remote and began exploring the APPS on my television.
Initially, it was the joy of seeing and hearing Youtube on a big screen that drew me away from cable. I spent hours relaxing while listening to the Audio Bible unfiltered and listening to a wide range of Gospel music. I even listened to old time radio shows like Nightbeat, Dragnet, Johnny Dollar, and Have Gun Will Travel. I was like a kid turned loose in a candy store.
Then I branched out and tried Netflix (not Netflix originals) followed by Amazon Prime. I was amazed by the BBC content offered by these two services. Once I started watching, I knew my television viewing habits were forever changed. Between the three services, Amazon Prime T.V, Netflix, and Youtube there is a wealth of good programming. Also, the cost of all three services is cheaper than what I pay for cable.
Cable companies are good at providing news coverage, but their prices are too high and the variety of programming they offer is limited. If cable companies are to survive, they must lower prices and expand the kind of programs they offer. Cable television is going the way of landline telephone service – out of step with the times.
Following is a list of the shows that had me temporarily spellbound.
Scott & Baily – This series has a female-led cast with dynamic characters and interesting and believable storylines. The series explores complicated family, workplace, and other intimate relationships. It shows women in the workplace supporting each other and it also highlights sexism in the workplace.
Doctor Foster– Female characters struggle with relationships. Nothing unusual, aging wife struggles with moving forward after the breakup of her marriage. The plot also explores the complexity of divorce when young children live at home and it amplifies the theme that divorce can adversely affect one professionally as well as emotionally. Good acting makes this show worth watching.
Father Brown– ENTERTAINING and interesting!!!! An eclectic bunch of main and recurring characters and their interconnectedness to each other make this show worth watching. Touches on and in some instances explore a wide range of social issues – immigration, racism, domestic violence, religion, classism, and infidelity are some of the issues this thought-provoking show addresses.
DCI Banks – Interesting
Kavanaugh QC– Binge watch well-developed characters and believable plots
Miss Frasier’s Murder Mysteries- The lead character is a strong, independent, compassionate woman who uses both her mind and sexuality to get what she wants. The setting, 1920s Australia, and main character make this series interesting and fun.
Unforgotten– Worth watching detective show.
Midsomer Murders – Good detective show
House of Cards – Unscrupulous politicians, their spouses, and ambitious reporters do anything to get what they want. This show is plot and character driven.
Mad Men – Shows there was a time when advertising influenced the markets and changed people’s lives. This show is character and setting driven.
1. Anyone can excel when conditions are favorable, especially if they get a helping hand. Only those anointed by God thrive in adverse circumstances.
2. In a race, neither the fastest, the smartest, nor the strongest is guaranteed victory. Sometimes the race is won by the one who perseveres in spite of adversity.
3. Do the right things for the right reasons, even when it is not popular or desirable to do so.
4. Take courage in knowing God has equipped and empowered you to overcome every hurdle. Dig deep, push hard, and watch God work.
5. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not depend on your understanding.
6. Pray continuously about everything.
7. Do Not deliberately cause pain!!
8. Give thanks in every situation and look for the silver lining. Once found, hold tight and remain fixated until another one appears.
9. Stay encouraged and don’t stop doing good. Remember, people look at the outward appearance, but God sees the thoughts and intentions of a person.
10. God’s timing isn’t the same as ours. Have faith and seek God’s perfect will.
I am a baptized, born again, Bible-thumping, Holy Ghost believing Christian. I don’t know the appropriate greeting for Ramadan, so, on the eve of Ramadan 2019, I offer my prayer for peace and prosperity to Muslims.
May the Spirit of the only authentic, wise, and living God abide with all God’s people wherever they are.
God is good and great all the time and because God is omnipotent and omnipresent, God’s people exist in every nation and speak every language. It is love for God and the desire to do good and be at peace with all people that sets God’s people apart from others.
We Christians do not celebrate Lent we observe the period, I’m assuming the same holds for Muslims observing Ramadan. Therefore, I bid Muslims peace!
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Glory to Your marvelous name!
Thank you for this glorious day among the living to magnify you in thought, word, and with good deeds!
Thank you for multiple chances.
Thank you for never giving up on us.
Thank you for opening doors that no human can shut.
Thank you for waking us up with our minds on you.
Thank you for blessing us to retain you in our thoughts.
Thank you for people of goodwill, they have existed in every time and every place.
Because of your Spirit, benevolent men and women are in every ethnic group; represent every religious tradition and every social class. They are as numerous as the sand.
Thank you, God!
Kind people make the world better, often at great personal sacrifice.
Their presence changes the culture, even if only superficially and temporarily.
Unwittingly, they inspire others to want to be better and to do good.
Once again, thank you for them!
Thank you for abolitionist, civil rights advocates, and Freedom Riders!
Many of them gave their lives and experienced significant personal loss to end slavery and institutional discrimination.
In most cases, they had everything to lose and little to gain by going against the powerful and ugly practice of institutionalized racism.
Thank you for those who work without fanfare to make wherever they are more just.
Help us all practice peace by living the Golden Rule – treat each person exactly as we want you to treat us. When we fail, forgive us and help us do better.