Thursday, June 25, 2009



Anonymous said...

"Let me give so much time to the improvement of myself that I shall have no time to criticize others. " - Dean Cresham

Amen! Put yourself at the top of your list and MYOB...

I have been instituting this attitude in my own life and oh what beautiful fruit it bears.

Avatar said...

I think God gets really excited when we get to the place where we trust Him no matter what...when we see purple and love it...but especially when we love our brother whom we have seen!

karl said...


Brenda said...

I was just sitting thinking of a friend that lived with me for awhile. She had a problem with the nerve endings in her feet and she was not supposed to wear high heels but she loved wearing them. At night she would be in so much pain and I would say to her why would you wear them don't your feet mean more to you than that, and there are plenty pretty flat shoes you can get. She would always say to me that I didn't understand and how much better she thought she looked in the high heels. I thought how vain. Now the tides have turned and I have damaged nerve ending in my feet and I am not supposed to wear high heels and I hate that. All those nice fancy words I told her is lost on me because I want wear them. I wore some to church the other Sunday and I paid for it that night and I just had to laugh at myself because how vain is that.
It was the Sunday on worship and we had to keep standing and then we had to go down and stand at the alter, if I had only worn the flat shoes and been happy that I had feet to walk on.
I was just thinking why is advise so good when giving and not so good when you have to apply.

Let me give so much time to improvement of myself that I shall have no time to call other people vain.

Son of Zadok said...

Being into that born again thing is great. We all need to be born again because Jesus did say that to a guy named Nicodemus once. But, if you tell me that I have to born again to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, I can just as easily tell you that you have to take everything you own and give it to the poor to enter, because Jesus said that to a guy to once.

-Rich Mullins

Anonymous said...

It is very seldom that I remember any of my dreams, but just the other night, I had a dream, that it seems, I simply cannot forget.
I was living life as normal, doing what I could and complaining about the rest. Yes, I was happy with what I have, but way too concerned with what I didn't have to really be complete, or so I thought.
Everything around me was going on as it usually does, the sights, the sounds, the smells, the noise that always surrounds me. People talking, machines making their regular noises, just not being as pleased as I probably should have been.
Then, suddenly, I was cast into something like an early morning fog. I could see nothing but a cloudy sky anywhere I looked. No ground, no sounds, no anoying
noises, no people to distract me from my thoughts.
It felt like I was in this state, for what seemed like a very long time. I walked around, confused and dazed,
just trying to survive in this constant haze, struggling to conceive where this could possibly be taking me.
It seemed like it was so very long that I stayed in this place, no displeasure, no love, no living grace, alone
with just my thoughts. Quickly, I became frustrated. I couldn't make sense from any of this, wondering what
had happened to remove me from the life I had known before, all of the things that used to surround me, just
didn't exist anymore. There were no days, there were no nights, there was no darkness, but there were no lights.
I didn't know where I was,but I still felt alive and well, I thought this can't heaven, but I knew it wasn't hell.
Then at sometime I realized, that no more did I hear God, I had lost the direction He had given me, and I
thought this was way too odd. Finally, I spoke aloud, calling out God's name, I asked Him why He left me
and nothing was the same. I never heard Him say a word, but I knew that He was listening, I said I needed
Him in my life, and how much I was missing Him. I realized that when He spoke it was in all of the things
around me, and if I would listen hard enough I'd know his love surrounds me. Still, I can't forget, how much it broke my heart, to feel He was no longer with me, as He had been from the start. I think I saw what life would be like, if we were to lose His blessing, nothing to see, nothing to love, nothing to be guessing.
Soon, after all of this, my normal life started to return, slowly, and in the distance, I could see the lights as they burned. As quickly as it left me, and the silence had been broken, I could hear, with a different ear,
the words the people had spoken. I really don't quite understand, what happened just the other night,
but I pray that God stays with me, and not remove me from His sight.
When I started writing this, I had no intention of making the words rhyme, that's just the way it came out.
But hey, this was for real, it was a dream I had night before last, and it has given me much to think about.
Anyone else that may read this, if you can, let me know what you may think. I see some things that I believe
to be pretty awesome, especially with the way it all came to me. I hope that someone else may feel as
blessed as I do right now.


Anonymous said...

Older people tend to become comfortable with the familiar, dependent on habits, set in their ways and less likely to accept change. Resistance to change is an early sign of growing old. Embrace change to stay young. Wednesday LifeSkills was a Fountain of Youth and available to anyone. Thanks Bishop

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Thanks, everyone...very cool and thought-provoking Rich Mullins quote, SOZ...

Anonymous said...


To me Meekness is….. Knowing anything or anyone that pleases God, will also please you!

DELIVER ME FROM EVIL IS……… when I am in disbelief, disobedience, and when I am not walking in God’s will for Purpose and Destiny.