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LOOK for the LIGHT: What’s a Selective Christian?

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Welcome!
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!
Nanci

October 28, 2014 at 9:39 pm Leave a comment

Billy Graham’s 95th Birthday Message ~ Nov 7 & 8

Billy Graham’s 95th Birthday Message

My Hope with Billy Graham
A special program is being televised in a few days entitled MY HOPE.  Billy Graham will be celebrating his 95th birthday in November and is celebrating in a special way by giving what is most likely a final message which he has been preparing for some time.  He hopes that Christians will invite non-believers into their home as they view the program and then share their own salvation message with them.

The program will be televised as follows:

November 7th @ 8:00pm Trinity Broadcast Network

November 7th @ 10:00pm Fox Cable News

November 8th @ 7:00pm Channel 5

For more info, Google: Billy Graham message

November 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

God Bless You!

Hi! Come on in and find more resources for your life just like my book Fresh Hope …. Cleveland.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

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I realized that when I posted my message a few Tuesdays ago that I did not sign off in the usual way that I always do ~ with the words “God Bless You.”

Usually we say “God Bless You” after someone sneezes. One explanation holds that the custom originally began as an actual blessing. Gregory I became Pope in AD 590 as an outbreak of the bubonic plague was reaching Rome. In hopes of fighting off the disease, he ordered unending prayer and parades of chanters through the streets. At the time, sneezing was thought to be an early symptom of the plague. The blessing (“God bless you!”) became a common effort to halt the disease. Another legend holds that the heart stops beating during a sneeze, and that the phrase “bless you” encourages the heart to continue beating (thanks to Wikipedia).

But what does that mean when I tell you “God Bless You?” It simply means that something supernaturally wonder will be coming your way. For a brief time God’s favor will be upon you. Blessings come in many shapes and sizes. They may be running into an old friend, getting a new job, or receiving a new puppy. It may also be catching a glimpse of a beautiful sunset, hearing a new song for the first time, or enjoying a generous slice of your favorite cheesecake. A friend made me dinner last weekend and then treated me to a concert given by singer/songwriter Mark Schultz. The concert was wonderful. Mark Schultz is not only a wonderful singer/songwriter but he is hilarious. He is hilarious! I had a great time. God blessed me with a great evening. My prayer for you is that you will be blessed by God in many glorious ways too ~ in the most unexpected ways.

God Bless You!

October 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment

End Times

Today marks 290 blog posts since February 13, 2010. Come on in and find more resources for your life just like my book Fresh Hope …. Cleveland.

Make it a great day!

Nanci

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The marketing consultant for my book e-mailed me on Saturday and said the following:

This is starting to go way beyond politics. Some of the stories coming out of this administration’s handling of the shutdown are downright scary. Seems like they are coming out of a movie. How can this stuff happen in this country??

Please be aware of what is going on, pray for our country, and please vote accordingly in November and beyond.

I e-mailed back and said —  we’re in the End Times as predicted in the Bible.

Good Advice ~ to Help You!

1. Pray for our country.

2. Vote on Tuesday, November 5.

3. No, this is not a movie. It’s real life. For more on this subject and to be better informed, see the last book — the Book of Revelation in the Bible.

4. Open Your Heart ~ then, go to the tab on this blog marked “Relationship with God.” Read it.

October 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

POWER for Your Life

~More resources to help you in keeping with my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

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The series Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce will be back next Tuesday, May 7.

Note: From this point forward as far as I  know, I’ll be blogging only on Tuesdays. I’m working on a new book and a few other opportunities have come my way which require me to adjust my schedule. I hope you’ll continue to stop by each week to read and be a part of this blog. I always appreciate your great comments and insight. Thank you so much!

Make it a great day! God Bless You ~ Nanci

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Dear Friend,

You may tell me that your positive thoughts, your family, or your own energies and abilities give you power to live a great life. That’s all well and good but ultimately you can’t bring an end to illness for you or someone else. Even your best efforts can’t make things happen for you in life or stop things from happening like 9-11 or the Boston Marathon bombing. Only God has the power to do that.

If you are a follower of Christ (see Relationship with God tab on this blog), you know that prayer moves God — it’s POWERFUL. Here’s some of what my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland tells you in the third section:

Prayer is the most powerful resource you possess! It’s powerful because it allows      God to move in your life; it unleashes His power. Prayer can give comfort and peace of mind when you tell God your concerns. And while the answers may not come overnight, keep praying. When all is silent, your Heavenly Father is most at work in your life. Do you need a miracle today? God is there now waiting to help you.

Thursday is National Prayer Day. Spending just a few minutes thanking God and lifting up the needs of others along with yours will bring the answers that only God can bring!

PRAYER = Power for Your Life!

April 30, 2013 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

World’s Ending Today?

~More on Nanci’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

It’s snowing today. It’s the first  snow of the season. It really looks like Christmas. Here in Cleveland, Ohio, it’s a good day to bake cookies and watch the kids make snowmen. What are you up to? Are you nervously thinking, “I wonder if there’s any merit to the idea that the world will end today?”

End of the World?

My pastor sent a message that went something like this: End of the world? Sound far-fetched? Not to a lot of people. Inmates in a Russian women’s prison near the Chinese border are said to have experienced a “collective mass psychosis” so intense that their wardens summoned a priest to calm them.  The Turkish village of Sirince expects to receive over 60,000 visitors tomorrow, as New Age mystics believe its positive energy will aid in weathering the “catastrophe.”

Another report indicates panic buying of candles and essentials has been reported in China and Russia, along with an explosion in sales of survival shelters in America. In France believers were preparing to converge on a mountain where they believe aliens
will rescue them.

Go Ahead with Your Plans Today

I come back to Jesus’ words in Acts 1:7–“It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.” He says similarly in Matthew 24:36–“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” This is not the end of the world but the end of the Mayan calendar which rolled over to zero like your odometer on your car. Scientists do say that today, the Winter soltice, our Earth and the Sun will be in line with the center of our galaxy. That means this is the longest day of the year.

Bigger Problem Than End of the World

Our problem here in the United States isn’t about rebuilding and being the strongest and the best after 9/11 or the mortgage crisis fallout. The real issue is where we putting our trust and confidence. If we put our trust in our own efforts, then all the muscle power in the world won’t make a hill of beans of difference. The real issue is we have turned away from God as a nation. What does it say on your money? It says “In God We Trust.” This country was founded on those very principles but that’s no longer true. We have pushed God out of our schools, our homes, and out of our lives — out of our hearts.

Wake-up Call

Nine – eleven (9/11) was a wake-up call for our country. For a while people did go back to church. However, today God is warning our nation and this should be a wake-up call for you too: Turn Back to God! So if the alignment of our Earth with the Sun or China or North Korea creates a nuclear event, you’ll be in good hands ~ God’s hands and well-able to navigate the days ahead.

Have a wonderful Christmas.

God Bless You!

Nanci

December 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

Mayan Indian Myth: 2012 ~ Put Your Hope in God

~More on Nanci’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland. It will go LIVE on the publiser’s website in about 10 days!

Are you wondering about the Mayan Empire’s prediction of an Earth global event? This some say will abruptly change the course of history — perhaps it’s the end of the world on December 21, 2012, and something right out of the Bible’s Book of Revelation? No one knows for sure. But on that day of the Winter Soltice, our Earth and the Sun will be in line with the center of our galaxy. With all this spectulation, here’s what we do know for this new year, 2012.

I love the individuals who are putting a lot of effort into helping America come back from it’s difficulties. It’s good that there are people who are motivated and who care about what used to be the greatest nation on Earth. However, the problem isn’t about rebuilding and being the strongest and the best after 9/11 or the mortgage crisis fallout. The real issue is where we putting our trust and confidence. If we put our trust in our own efforts, then all the muscle power in the world won’t make a hill of beans of difference. The real issue is we have turned away from God as a nation. What does it say on your money? It says “In God We Trust.” This country was founded on those very principles but that’s no longer true.

Now the United States is headed for God’s judgement ~ and much greater economic difficulties this year. We have pushed God out of our schools, our homes, and out of our lives.

Today God is warning this nation and this should be a warning to you too. ~ Turn Back to God!

So if the alignment of our Earth with the Sun or China or North Korea creates a nuclear event, you’ll be in good hands ~ God’s hands ~ and well-able to navigate the days ahead. Turn Back to God!

God Bless You!

Nanci

February 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm 2 comments

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