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What I am thinking…..

Our mind is so Key to our transformation, because what we think controls what we choose to do, Pr 23:7. So who and what ever controls our minds, is going to control our lives. 1 Cor 2:16

What we think effects how we feel, how we feel influences what we choose to do and believe, and our choices’ and beliefs produce our lives.

Our minds are to be in sync with, networked with the Spirit of God, our minds should be under His control.

The real battle in the Christian life is in the battle for our minds Rom 7:25. Satan wants to keep us double minded, so Jesus’ light in us will be quenched. He know whoever controls our thinking, controls our lives, Pr 23:7,Mat 6:23, 1 Jn 1:5-7. He knows double mindedness will stop our transformation, Luke 11:34b, Ps 11:3.

For the Christina a normal mind is one set on things above, an abnormal mind is set on things of the world and the flesh.

Be mindful of things above, not on things on the earth. Col 3:2

Finally, my brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are right, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue and if there is any praise, think on these things. Php 4:8

I know mine are not, been so carnal lately, so worldly, so sinful and  born of the flesh. I need the Holy Spirit to renew my mind, to sync my thoughts to His. To get the normal mind according to Jesus, not this world.

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Detour Coffee Detours Coffee Shop one of Denver’s newest coffee shops is hoping to change their community by the way they do business. How, by giving away their coffee for Free. That’s right a coffee shop with FREE COFFEE. Once their sandwich and other goods became profitable enough to support the business they began to give away the coffee.

“At Detours It is our number one goal to create community and be active in the community we are apart of. We decided that when we began making a profit we would give something back by giving all our coffee away for free. There is a catch however. We ask that in return for never paying for coffee at Detours you would take the resources and do something for someone else. The average American spends over a thousand dollars on coffee a year. What would happen if we all took that money and spent it on others. Come by for a free cup of coffee today, and pay it forward to someone else.”
 
They say the average coffee drinker spends roughly $1,000 a year on their caffeine fix. If they can have that kind of impact, they believe it’ll make a positive impact. What there starving for is that the people will drink the free coffee and in turn use that money to help others, also do something charitable for others in return. Leading by example is what they are trying to do.

"Hopefully when you walk out the door, this sticks with you and you go above and beyond what you normally do for somebody else," she said. "With the economy, people losing their homes, we want to offer them one shot of energy during the day, one shot of hope."

With so many “churches” doing coffee shops, but charging like Starbuck for coffee, maybe they should take note of how to do it with a gospel intent, not a profit intent. Or what if 100% of the revenue when to something like ending world hunger, to support orphans, buy clothing for poor children in the community. Drink our coffee and save the life of a starving child could be the business model. So many more options to for profit, something to think about.

Visit Detours Coffee Shop if you are in Denver and read about them here.

potatosoup Just made some awesome Potato Soup, have not had any since we sold out the restaurants. Here the recipe.

 

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 1-3/4 cups peeled and diced Golden Yukon potatoes
  • 1 large single stock of celery diced
  • 1 med carrot diced
  • 2 stocks of finely chopped green onion (only a little of the greens, chives)
  • 1/4 cup diced cooked bacon or ham
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white or black pepper, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons and 1-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons and 1-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  1. Combine the potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, bacon or ham with vegetable broth in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, over and let simmer over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper.
  2. In a separate saucepan make Rue, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour with a fork, and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk do not let curdle, that is to allow lumps to form until all of the milk has been added. Continue slowly stirring, carful not smash potatoes over medium-low heat until thick, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through. Serve immediately.
  4. Server with chopped parsley sprinkled on top

George Mueller is one of my hero’s of the faith, a man I admired since I first read his story. George Mueller was a man of faith. George Mueller was a prayer warrior. His ministry was blessed because he trusted God completely. He was a man who lived total on faith that God would provide, would keep His word. So he lived in total dependence on God. If you have never read his life story and diaries, do yourself a favor and do so.

His Christian advice and rules to strengthen faith were simple:

1. Read the Bible and meditate upon it. God has become known to us through prayer and meditation upon His Word. Near the end of his life he admitted to reading the entire Bible about 200 times; 100 times on his knees. He found God’s promises, believed them, and acted accordingly.

2. Seek to maintain an upright heart and a good conscience.

3. If we desire our faith to be strengthened, we should not shrink from opportunities where our faith may be tried, and therefore, through trial, be strengthened.

4. Give God time to work.

4. Master the lesson of outlooks: living by the heavenly uplook rather than the earthly outlook.

Mueller believed that nothing was too insignificant to take to the Lord in prayer. He believed the scriptures to be literal.

The result was Mueller never found the throne vacant nor the supplies exhausted. He asked, knowing that God was able.

water wars First their came the oil wars being fought through out the world with both guns and politics. Now we have war’s over water. Wells are running dry and in the teeming city of Bhopal, India water supply is now a deadly issue. India’s vast farming economy is on the verge of crisis.

The UN has warned for many years that water shortages will become one of the most pressing problems on the planet over the coming decades, with one report estimating that 4 billion people will be affected in the coming years.

India has dammed up rivers cutting off water to major portions of Pakistan, China is planning to divert the flow of the River Brahmaputra cutting off water to the northeastern parts of India. War is in the near future over the commodity water. Unlike oil, water is a life giving necessity for all of life, no one can live with out it, oil we can.

Right now, 1.1 billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean and safe drinking water. That’s one in six of us. We need to take action now, we can advert the shortage by doing something today.

Give or volunteer today to give a drink to the thirsty.

Living Water International

Charity Water

child bride Still today in countries like Afghanistan, as in many Asian and African cultures, men pay the family of their wives-to-be. And with 6,000 kids in Africa becoming orphans through HIV/AIDS every day, there is a steady supply of young girls to be had, bought. Factor in many parents in poor nation sell there daughters to repay debts, or just for money to live on.

About 57 per cent of girls are married before the legal age of 16, according to statistics from the women’s ministry and women’s groups. Between 60 and 80 per cent of all marriages are believed to be ‘forced’

Take the story of:

Shabana, A pretty Afghan teenager was 12 years old when she was forced to marry a man 38 years her senior to settle her father’s 600-dollar gambling debt. Two years later, she is unhappy and angry. She doesn’t like her husband, 52-year-old farmer Mohammad Asef.

Sabina who was rescued when she was nine.

Christine was rescued at age 11.

Kids Alive International is rescuing girls for the appalling situation through their Children’s Homes, Care Centers and Schools, they provide the love and care that every child deserves and have the unique privilege of introducing them to Jesus.

Visit their site, join in their fight Kids Alive International

isabelle redford Last Friday ABC’s world news’ person of the week was Isabelle Redford a 7 year old girl here in Kansas City who stated to draw cards to raise money for orphans at an orphanage she visited with her parents.

Kevin and Kelly Redford participated in mission work in Haiti. After their trip, her parents encouraged Isabelle to do what she can to help them.

Isabelle started to make handmade gift cards, which she sold at $40 per box. She then began working with C3 Missions and the Global Orphans’ Project to speed up the process. She earned more than $10,000 — half of that was enough to build an orphanage in Haiti, where she visited last month

ABC news updated their report (7-13-09) saying she had now earned over $250,000 since they aired her story last Friday (that’s more than a 100x more than the average church gave last year to help orphans).

A seven year old girl was able to do this, just think what you could do if you chose to do something about poverty, hunger, and orphans, to be obedient to Mat 25:34-46

Perhaps Jesus was thinking of Isabelle when He said:

Therefore whoever shall humble himself like this little child, this one is the greater in the kingdom of Heaven. Mat 18:4

…..and said, Truly I say to you, Unless you are converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven. Mat 18:3

I think this on fits nicely too,

Pro 20:11  Even a child is known by his own doings, whether his work is pure and whether it is right.

You can Read Isabelle’s blog here. as well as buy some of her cards.

throne of god I will paraphrase the late great Keith Green and pose a question to all:

If your heart takes more pleasure in video games, watching TV, or going to the movies, or hanging out with friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle eternity in His presence?

You’d be bored to tears in heaven, if you’re not ecstatic about God now!

The bible is not a collection of stories about people and their lives that say "And they lived happily every after". Stories about people who lived rich and happy lives. No where do you find lives that prove the life taught by people like Osteen, that it is every follower of Christ destiny to live a happy and rich life, get every material desire of you heart. Live comfortable rich and happy lives, getting everything you want if you just have faith.

Instead it is a book filled with stories of tragedy, hardship, sacrifice and suffering, even unto violent death for the people of God. People who left all comfort and position to live lives of poverty and suffering for God’s cause, for the spreading of the the Kingdom of God. Pretty much the only people who had a "lived happy every after" was after they died and left this world and entered heaven, that was the only way that was archived for the vast majority.

Just read the Fox’s Book of Martyrs and how the lives of the disciples ended up as well as other church saints, do you read any "And they lived happily every after" about their lives, and if anyone was entitled to such a thing it was them.

In fact in Rom 8:17 it tells us "And if we are children, then we are heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ; so that if we suffer with Him, we may also be glorified together." Indicating that in order to be glorified with Christ we must suffer as He did. That in order to be heirs of Him we must partake in a life of suffering for Him, suffer as He did.

I think the church needs to reread the bible, take a real good look at the real call of Christ on His people, take a closer look at the lives of God’s people in history.

dirty water 4 Dig a Well, Go to Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, East Africa

Over one billion people lack access to safe drinking water worldwide. Polluted water isn’t just dirty—it’s deadly. Some 1.8 million people die every year of diarrheal diseases like cholera. Tens of millions of others are seriously sickened by a host of water-related ailments—many of which are easily preventable.

More than 1.5m children under five die each year because they lack access to safe water and proper sanitation. Every day water-related diseases claim the lives of 5000 children under the age of five. That’s roughly one every 15 seconds. Households in rural Africa spend an average of 26% of their time fetching water, and it is generally women who are burdened with the task.

If one million Christ followers where to go for 7 day each over the next year they would dig enough wells to end the water crises.

 

Part 7 in the series