Ramadan Greetings

To Muslims Worldwide,

Peace and prosperity!

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!

Your Christian Friend

Seven Scriptures for Seven 1-minute Daily Meditations

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1. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised… (Psalm 48: 1)

2. This is a day that the Lord has made; [let us] rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118: 24)

3. [Let us]enter his gates with thanksgiving [in our hearts], and enter his courts with praise, [let us] be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (Psalm 100:4)

4. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. (Psalm 150: 6)

5. Favored by God are those who do not follow ungodly advice, nor engage in fellowship with people who have evil intentions, or who express contempt for others. (Psalm 1: 1)

6. Favored by God are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (Matthew 5: 6)

7. Favored by God are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. (Matthew 5: 7)

A Litany of Thanks during Lent 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019
Dear God,
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.

In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray!
Amen.

New Year’s Resolutions

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.

Self-aggrandizement – the Antithesis of Godliness…

 

 

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Self-aggrandizement – the Antithesis of Godliness –
• creates discomfort, discord, and distance
• deliberately, but subtly, defames, discredits, and attempts to humiliate
• delights in having its way
• demands acknowledgment
• desires praise
• disrupts peace
• dispenses injustice
• insists on prominence
• plots to gain dominance
• refuses to be dismissed or ignored
• seeks confrontation and the spotlight
• is self-centered, self-promoting, self-serving;
• self-aggrandizement is the opposite of godliness