After having a conversation with my friend the other day, I wanted to share a bit of insight into the Selective Christian situation.
If you decide to only obey certain things as Selective Christians tend to do, you will miss God’s fullness and the richness of everything He wants to give you and have you become. In essence, you cheat yourself out of God’s goodness — and all because you have the attitude that says, “You Want What You Want.”
There is a solution to your dilemma, fully surrender your life to Christ and THEN you will see God work in your life. He’s amazing!
Make it a great day!
God Bless You!
My blog has many reasons for being — it’s supports my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland, shares helpful information, and eventually will tell you more about my two new books. But today I’m introducing a new series I’m calling LOOK for the LIGHT. Here I’ll share some spiritual information that a lot of us have often wondered about.
What’s a Selective Christian? First of all I must clarify that a Christian is someone who has put their faith and trust in God. This happens when they understand several things: why Christ died on the cross, they are sinners, they need God, and as a result they are asking Christ to come into their heart and be their Lord and Savior — change their life by living no longer for themselves but for Christ.
Okay! Now a Selective Christian has understood what living for God is and they claim to want to FOLLOW Christ. A Selective Christian is somebody a lot of times between the ages of 18 – 42 that say they are a committed Christian. They say they have committed their lives to following and serving Christ. But in reality Selective Christians pick and choose what they want to obey and do from the scriptures. This means there’s very little change in their lifestyle from before they invited Christ into their heart. Simply put, they do what they want and their lifestyles are really no different than non-Christians. They may gamble, drink, go to the clubs, and visit pornographic websites. They are more like fans of Christ rather than people who are sold out and are living their lives FOLLOWING JESUS.
Are you a Selective Christian? Here are two things you can ask yourself to determine your own status.
1. Do you and others notice any change in your life? For example, has your behavior or attitudes changed in a good way?
2. Have you left behind a former identity — a former lifestyle? Maybe you no longer want to drink and go to the bar on the weekends.
See you back here in a couple weeks (election next Tuesday). Our topic will be “How Does Praise Make Your Life Better?”
Make it a good week!
God Bless You!
Hi! Thanks for coming by!
NOTE: Sorry I’m a day late! We are still Tuesday people!
As is a tradition with my blog and my book Fresh Hope Cleveland, I’m sharing something of great importance with you today. Something to make your life better today and tomorrow. This is also a news worthy issue.
This is an article I saw on Facebook that I thought was well worth sharing with everyone on my blog. After all, I live in Cleveland, Ohio, and much has happened to our community since the one nurse from Dallas came here last weekend.
This is an informative article written by an infectious disease physician. It is shown hear to help you and give you more information not to put fear into your heart. I hope the article gives you insight and peace of mind about what we do know about Ebola.
Editors’ note: Along with being the senior pastor of the International Baptist Church in Santo Domingo, Dr. Miguel Núñez has practiced medicine in different capacities for more than 30 years. He is board-certified in internal medicine and in infectious diseases. He was also was an assistant professor of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1989-97) at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, New Jersey. For this reason we contacted him for information related to the current outbreak of the disease from the medical point of view and to offer some words of pastoral wisdom.
What Every Christian Should Know About Ebola
Last Wednesday, the world awoke to the news that Erick Thomas Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, had died of the disease. He had traveled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas,
and developed symptoms of the disease four or five days after arriving in the states. This news—along with the information that a nurse had contracted the virus in Spain as a consequence of having been in contact with a patient diagnosed with the disease—has been seen as cause for alarm in the Western world.
What is Ebola?
The Ebola virus belongs to the family of filoviridae, which is capable of causing hemorrhagic fevers in a similar manner as does the dengue virus and other viruses.
Five different species of the Ebola virus have been identified, known under the names the Zaire, Sudan, Ivory Coast, Bundibugyo, and Reston agents. The virus was first recognized in 1976, and small outbreaks have been reported in different places with different mortality rates depending on the species of virus. The current outbreak in West Africa is being caused by the Ebola-Zaire species.
When did the current crisis begin?
An outbreak of Ebola was reported in Guinea late last year and confirmed by the World Health Organization this past March. This was the first outbreak in West Africa, though previous outbreaks of lesser magnitude had been reported in Central Africa. Unfortunately, the disease was not contained. In recent months it has expanded to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal.
To date more than 4,000 deaths have been reported and more than 8,000 cases suspected or confirmed. This current mortality rate is about 50 percent. In previous outbreaks, mortality has ranged from 30 percent to 90 percent.
How is Ebola transmitted?
Most of the current cases of the disease have occurred by transmission from person to person through contact with secretions from an infected patient—either blood, urine, feces, saliva, semen, or sweat. These secretions need to gain access to mucous membranes (conjunctiva, inside the lips and mouth or genitals) to cause infection.
Transmission may also occur when these secretions are exposed to skin that has lost its integrity (wounds, abrasions, and so on). To date there is no confirmation that the virus can be transmitted through the respiratory tract, as can the influenza virus. Some transmissions have occurred by accident in medical staff working with patients infected with the disease. Cases of the infection have also occurred through contact with affected animals.
Compared to previous outbreaks, the spread of Ebola has been rapid. Previous outbreaks occurred in isolated rural populations with a smaller number of people, unlike this outbreak that has spread in urban centers. Knowing that previous outbreaks were contained by implementing basic infection control measures allowed us to understand that the disease is potentially containable through measures already known to medical science.
What happens to the body during an Ebola infection?
Like any disease, once the causative agent enters the body, it is followed by an incubation period during which the patient may not show any symptoms. In the case of the Ebola virus, the asymptomatic period varies from 6 to 10 days, with a range from 2 to 21 days in extreme cases. To our knowledge, patients do not appear to be infectious during this asymptomatic period.
The disease can start with symptoms common to other viral illnesses: fever, chills, malaise, headache, lack of appetite, muscle aches, cough, sore throat. Some patients may develop an erythematous rash over the whole body, accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Other symptoms may appear later in the disease, such as bleeding in the areas of venipuncture (area where the veins are punctured for blood sample or placement of an IV catheter).
These findings may be accompanied by a decrease in white blood cells (leukopenia), decreased platelets count (thrombocytopenia), elevated liver enzymes, abnormal coagulation tests, and injury to the lungs and kidney. Patients who survive the disease usually improve after the tenth day.
What are the reasons to be hopeful about the diseases containment?
1. The causative organism has been known for about 40 years.
2. Medical science could control previous outbreaks with known infection control measures, even when they were implemented in less sophisticated regions in terms of medical care.
3. Even in the midst of this crisis, the outbreak that began in Nigeria and Senegal in August seems to be contained due to implementing infection control measures. In fact, it has been more than a month since Nigeria has reported a new case (September 5 being the last one), likewise in Senegal, which has not reported a new case since August 29.
4. In 1998, a case of Ebola in South Africa was not recognized early and potentially exposed to about 300 people. However, only one of them was infected due to implementing infection-control measures. In the same country, 35 doctors and nurses were involved in the care of two patients with Marburg virus (from the same family as Ebola). Of those, only one became infected, although the two cases were not initially recognized.
5. Multiple laboratories are working nonstop to find an effective treatment for the disease, and we know of at least two cases of American citizens who received monoclonal antibodies and responded favorably. One even improved significantly between 20 to 60 minutes after receiving the infusion of the medication. Two other cases were treated in Atlanta with positive outcomes. Obviously, every patient needs to be individualized, since we do not know if others will respond in the same way.
How should we react to the threat of Ebola?
While this outbreak may have been a surprise for the world, it was not a surprise for our God. His unstoppable will continues under his inscrutable wisdom. Not one inch of the universe escapes the control of our Lord.
For those of us who believe in a sovereign God, we know we’re called to remain calm in the midst of the storm. We find confidence not only or primarily in the belief that science will control this outbreak or that we will not be affected. Rather, we hope in the Lord. As the psalmist said, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
Let believers be the voice of peace amid the confusion. While much of this disease is still unknown, it is equally true that panic will not help us. The unbelieving world needs to see our trust in God amid this difficulty.
More ….Miguel Núñez serves as senior pastor of International Baptist Church and president of Wisdom and Integrity Ministries in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.
If you have any thoughts about Ebola, I’d welcome your comments.
Make it a great day!
God Bless You!
Here’s a great resource tip to help those looking for a job. As some of you know, my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland is filled with all sorts of great resources for your life. So I’m following that theme today and sharing another resource — a job networking event with you.
If you are looking for a job ~ networking is key to finding a satisfying position within a corporate culture that suits you! This is the last networking event offered for 2014. Details below.
Job Networking Event
Wednesday, October 29th
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Complimentary appetizers/cash bar
5975 Canal Rd.
Valley View, OH 44125
(formerly Hoggy’s, next to the Cinemark Theater)
Ohio CareerConnect (OCC), voted one of the top five finalists in the 2012 Connectors Choice Awards for “Networking Organization of the Year”, is a job seeker’s networking group geared toward career professionals in transition. Our meetings, which are held the last Wednesday of each month, are free and open to any professional, from any industry. Come, meet new people and begin to develop relationships that just might provide you a path to a new career opportunity. Guests are welcome, so we encourage you to invite a friend or colleague who is in career transition or considering a job change to attend our monthly meetings.
Register to attend this event ~ at Szarka Financial’s website.
Make it a great day!
God Bless You!
As you know, I haven’t shared anything lately. That’s because I’m trying to work on my new books “Blue Sky and a Park Bench” and it’s devotional companion. I’ll share more with you later on.
~ Here’s some MORE WISDOM for you today much like the things you’ll find in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.
Something Simple But Yet So Profound:
Right Thinking = Right Living
Right Living = A Better Life.
Here’s the question. So how do you get RIGHT THINKING?
1. You get it by feeding you mind something great all the time.
2. You get it by saying positive things (self-talk).
3. You GET IT BY READING AND MEDITATING AND ABSORBING God’s Word — from the Bible.
Suggestions: Listen to Christian TV and radio. Read books by Christian authors that help you grow.
Make it a great week!
God Bless You!
As you know, my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland, is all about RESOURCES. In Part 3 – I recommended 16 books that would be great resources for you. Here’s a little bit more about another book (a great resource) written by a writer/pastor. The WISDOM I am sharing today is all about how things happen FOR you. They do not happen to you.
Make it a great day!
God Bless You!
“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,”Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer.29:11) Oh, the beauty of the thrice-repeated word plans. God is plotting for our good. In all the setbacks and slipups, He is ordaining the best for our future. Every event in our days if designed to draw us toward our God and our destiny.
Things happen for you ~ for your good no matter what the challenge, the hurt, the tears. God has good plans for your life.
To learn more, read the first chapter of Max Lucado’s book, You’ll Get through This: Help and Hope for Your Turbulent Times. http://teamlucado.com/downloads/YGTTonlineSampler.pdf