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The Fool, Wise Man and Genius

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A fool never learns from his mistakes. A wise man learns from his mistakes. A genius learns from other people’s mistakes.

Share below life lessons you’ve learned from your mistakes or which you’ve learned from other people’s mistakes.

 

 

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Six Keys for Better Communication

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Communication between husband and wife, employer and employee and among friends is difficult at the best!  How many times have relationships been broken, deadlines missed and opportunities lost because of ineffective communication.

In the Communication Process, there are two people:

  1. The Sender: Chooses the words and timing
  2. The Receiver: Interprets the words and respond

Note…communication (verbal, non-verbal and written communication) must be interpreted…even if it’s in the same language!

Can you imagine – you’re trying to get the thoughts, feelings, background in your brain or deepest of heart into the brain or deepest of hearts of the person you’re speaking to.  There is a ton of obstacles in the way.  Imagine the difficulty!

Have you found this to be true?  Someone says something, writes something or shows non-verbal communication and how you interpret it is wrong and there is a misunderstanding…or does that only happen to me?

Take a look at the chart below:

Communication Process

Whenever we receive communication it must pass through our personal “filters.”  Those filters include our language, our emotional or physical situation, our culture, or wounds or hurts from the past experiences.  Sometimes, maybe often, those messages from the person “sending” or “receiving” are distorted because of these things.  It’s for that reason we must focus on the communication, interpret it and be patient with the person sending as we would want them to be patient with us.

Six Keys for Better Communication (for the “Sender”)

  1. Tell them what you will tell them. Tell them.  Tell them what you told them.  Be clear!
  2. Consider your choice of words, method of communication, the atmosphere when you are communicating and the situation of the Receiver.
  3. Ask the person you want to communicate with if it’s a good time for them.
  4. Ask for feedback, “What do you think?”  “What do you hear me saying?”
  5. Be patient if they don’t understand.  Don’t blame them.
  6. If they don’t understand, try again.

What are your keys to successful interpersonal communication and work communication?  Leave comments below.

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Praying for People According to the Names of God

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In the Old Testament God revealed Himself by various names.  Those names reveal His character and His desire to meet the needs of mankind.  When we pray for people we can pray for them according to the names of God:

  • He is my Righteousness, Jeremiah 23:6
  • He is my Peace, Judges 6:24
  • He is my Banner going into war, Exodus 17:15
  • He is my Provider, Genesis 22:14
  • He is my Shepherd, Psalm 23:1
  • He is my Healer, Exodus 15:26
  • He is our Holiness, Leviticus 20:8

We pray by asking questions:

  1. Is there any kind of evil going on in your house – bad character by your children, spouse or parents?  Because my god is a God who wants to establish righteousness in our lives.
  2. Does your house/family/life have peace?  My God wants our lives and families to be filled with peace.  Let’s pray right now asking God’s peace to fill your life.
  3. Is there any demonic disturbances in your life?  Dreams?  Presence of evil?  Fear?  Our God is a God of power who wants to drive out all demonic power in our lives.
  4. How is your finances?  Do you lack?  Do you have financial problems?  Our God is a God who provides for His children.  He knows your situation and wants to help you.
  5. Do you face any big decisions or don’t know what to do in a situation?  If so, our God is a God who shepherds His people and guides them to the right places.  We can ask our God to guide you in the decisions and situation you face.
  6. Is there any sickness in your life or family?  Our God is a god who heals.  He wants to show His power in your life and give you good health and heal you.
  7. Do you have any sinful issues that are binding you?  Bad habits that are affecting you spiritually, emotionally or physically?  Anybody in your household?  Our God is a holy God.  He wants our lives to be holy.  We can pray for you about this.

When you are visiting house to house or when you meet someone for an altar call or in any situation you can use these points to pray for them.

  1. Ask the question.
  2. Listen to their answer.
  3. Tell them about the power and love of our God to solve that problem.
  4. Pray with them.

 

 

 

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It’s been a great year!

Cynde and I moved ourselves and our four children to Cambodia in April 1995.  We lived here for 12 years then went back to the United States for 5 years.  We returned in November 2011.  We moved here to do our part in bringing blessing to the people of Cambodia in seven spheres of society:

  1.  Religion – Lead them into a relationship with the Living God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. Social Relationships – Help them develop healthy relationships among husbands and wives, family members and friends and neighbors.
  3. Education – Help them achieve an education that will give them job skills to support themselves and their families and help move Cambodia out of the Killing Fields into the 20th/21st Century.
  4. Business – Help Cambodians learn biblical business practices that will put them in a position to receive God’s blessings and prosper their business.
  5. Government – Have influence with government to help them establish and run their government according to biblical principles.
  6. Arts and Entertainment – Help Christians and the Christian Church have a voice in dance, music, drama, sports and the entertainment world to bring a positive and moral influence in the nation.
  7. Media – Help Christians and the Christian Church have a voice in radio and TV to bring a positive, moral influence in the nation.

We have had varying degrees of success in this endeavor but after more than 20 years of investing in Cambodia and now in our early sixties we can say we are still passionate and excited everyday about what God has done, what He is doing and what He will do.  We are still involved in the church that we helped plant, New Life Fellowship, which now has about 2,000 people in attendance in Phnom Penh and 180+ congregations in 14 provinces.  We have a strategy to plant 500 more congregations in the next five years including 7 city churches.  New Life School has more than 225 students and our Children at Risk Ministry supports more than 250 children to stay in school through out Cambodia.  All thanks to your faithful prayers and generous giving.

Thank you so much for your personal donations that keep us in Cambodia.  We have sold everything in the USA and all of our possessions are now in Cambodia.  God willing, this is where we will live and die – investing our strength and experience to help bring positive change in this nation of Smiling People!

Below is a montage of photos from 2015.

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Will Jesus Return to Earth a Second Time?

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I believed in Jesus as my Savior and Lord in May 1974.  The first Christian book I read was The Late Great Planet Earth, by Hal Lindsey.  I actually don’t remember much about the book but as I recall it focused on the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to this earth, the Anti-Christ, Mark of the Beast and collapse of society and something called “The Rapture.”  One of the first books of the Bible I read was the Book of Revelation, which is a symbolic message from the Lord Jesus Christ about the final era of this earth, judgment of all those who have rejected The Way, The Truth and The Life and the creating of a new earth.

There was a lot of talk 41 years ago (as of this writing) of Jesus coming back to this earth.

Of late I’ve viewed several videos on You Tube about some interesting events happening in September 2015.  In fact, in Asia, where I live, we just past a significant milestone in September, that of 23 September.  This month and this day was supposed to be a significant event according to those who think they have figured out the Hebrew calendar and many other types, shadows and symbols in the Bible.  One Baptist man made several presentations on You Tube about this and said that possibly even “The Rapture” might occur on 23 September.  He was not adamant, but he strongly suggested it.  Well, I’m here on 24 September and you are.  Nothing happened again.

There have been countless times just since I’ve been a Christian, not to mention since the death, resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ, that people have predicted the end times, Jesus returning and the end of the world.  (Remember when we entered the new millennium?

So what about all this?  People have been saying for hundreds of years that Jesus will return.  Is all this a myth?  Hype?

What I Believe

The God of the Universe anticipated scoffers and mockers in regards to the Second Coming of Christ, so don’t get discouraged about that:

2 Peter 3:1-15

Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.[a]

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.[b] That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation,

Here are some bullet point thoughts:

  1. Just because Jesus has not returned yet doesn’t mean he will not return.
  2. If we believe in a God who is powerful enough to create the heaven and the earth then he is surely able to fulfill his promises about returning a second time to this earth.
  3. God’s timing is different from ours. What seems like a long time to us does not seem like a long time to God.
  4. The Day of the Lord will come like a thief: We do not know the day nor the hour.  It’s true, there will be signs and hints to those who are paying attention, but his coming will be a surprise.  It will not be a day noted in your calendar.
  5. It’s clear from many passages in the New Testament Bible that things will deteriorate in the last days before Jesus returns. That’s why we get all hyped up about these things, for in truth, in my lifetime I’ve seen a complete turn around where now good is called evil and evil is called good.  In my mind I think, “Surely it can’t get much worse and Jesus must be close to returning.”  However, I remember…I’m not God.  His thinking and patience is different from mine.
  6. This earth will be destroyed. This earth on which we live has been tainted by sin and the demonic.  It must be consumed and cleansed by fire and a new heaven and new earth will be created for those who have been faithful to Jesus.
  7. If we believe this is going to happen then it will affect our character, our behavior, how we spend money and time. If we believe these things are true then it must affect our efforts to reach the world with the Gospel.

The Bottom Line for Me

For me, I don’t think much about all the Hebrew calendars, “signs of the times” and all that.  I pay attention.  I listen.  I consider.  But for me the bottom line is not to be distracted from the Main Thing:  Reaching this world for Jesus!

If Jesus truly is coming back soon then we must make an extra effort (actually an “extra effort” to us is just normal effort to God – “sacrifice” to us is just the normal Christian life God expects of us) to reach this world for Christ.  God is patient because he doesn’t want any to perish.

How about you?  Do you care if millions die every day who have not  heard the Gospel?  Are you living the kind of Christian life as if the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back next week?   This, my friend, is the normal Christian life.  Please consider the times.  Your life is limited.  If you don’t know for sure you will go to heaven when you die, please do something about that today.  Speak to Jesus right now and say something like this:

“Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner.  I have done many wrongs.  I know I must be punished for my sins – big and small.  But you died on the cross on my behalf. You took my sins and my punishment on your body.  Lord Jesus, please forgive me. Wash me clean.  Draw me to you.  Help me to change my life according to what pleases you and not what pleases me.  Invade and rule over every aspect of my life.  Thank you Lord Jesus.  Amen.”

Final Thought:  Find a local church.  Worship.  Serve.  Give.  Study.  Do everything you can to live a life pleasing to God. Help others know him, too.

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