Help from Book Writers, Please!

Today, I began the process of writing a book. I must admit I am a bit afraid to go into this unknown territory. I know that many of you have written books. I would love your advice. Feel free to comment here or email me at matthewwinters1980@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jesus Calling

This reblog teaches a great principle that could set some people free – some losses are for our benefit.

Three Iron Nails

IT IS POSSIBLE to be sorrowful, yet always rejoicing. The Holy Spirit empowered Paul to find Joy in the midst of adversity, and He can do the same for you. You must be willing, though, to let go of anything, trusting that I will never let go of you.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

[DEUTERONOMY 31: 6]

In all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God . . . as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

[2 CORINTHIANS 6:4, 10 NKJV]

Grieve your losses, even as you learn to focus on the good things that remain.

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10 GOLDEN SECRETS OF MARRIAGE

Whether you are married or are considering marriage, you need to read this blog from CHOMSKYWEB.

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TO THOSE WHO ARE MARRIED AND THOSE PREPARING TO GET MARRIED SOON

1. EVERYONE YOU MARRY HAS A WEAKNESS

Only God has no weakness. Every rose flower has its own thorn. If you
focus too much on your spouse’s weakness, you can’t get the best out of
his/her strength.

2. EVERYONE YOU MARRY HAS A DARK HISTORY

No one is an Angel, therefore, avoid digging one’s past. What matters
is the present life of your partner. Old things are passed away. try to
forgive and forget. The past can’t be change. So Focus on the present
and the future!

3. EVERY MARRIAGE HAS IT’S OWN CHALLENGES

Marriage is not bed of roses. Every shinning marriage has gone through
its own test of hot and excruciating fire. True love is proved in time
of challenge. Fight for your marriage! Make up your mind to stay with
your spouse in time of…

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Why Does It Take Tragedy or a Scheduled Event…?

Yesterday, I was visiting with a family whose loved one is most likely days away from death. Someone made the statement, “I hate that it had to take this to get the family to come around.” Today, I thought the same things about giving thanks – “Why does it take a scheduled holiday to make people act thankful?”

Unfortunately, we are quick to become wrapped up in self. We get busy chasing our dreams and being consumed with our lives that we forget others. We often wait for the funeral to bring flowers.

I want to issue a challenge to each of us (myself included). Don’t forget the sick! Make some good memories before they can no longer speak. Don’t forget how good God is! You don’t have to wait for a church service to act out in Thanksgiving. Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say it, Rejoice!” I think the Scripture speaks for itself.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here it what I posted on Facebook a little while ago:

As I sit here very early awaiting my dad’s arrival at the train station, I am thankful. God has blessed me with wonderful parents, my wife, the kids, my job, coworkers, friends, and so much more. In offering Thanksgiving, we often compare what we have to what others don’t have. Today and every day, stop comparing. Notice what God has given you. If you know Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have forgiveness of sin. Look up to the Source of ALL blessing and say, “Thank You, Lord!”

I also want to add that I am thankful for you, the readers of this blog. You have been a major source of inspiration. When I was writing just to simply write, people started popping up and commenting. You affirmed what I was writing. While it was initially an outlet, you showed me that God was using it as a source of encouragement to you.

As busy as my life can be, I don’t post as often as I would like. Despite that, I jump on as I am inspired and let God do His work from there. Thank you for hanging in there with me and speaking life in return to a guy whose profession is to do that for others. God bless you each and every day!

“What does the Bible mean by ‘dying to self’?” 11/04/2018 Posted by www.gotquestions.org

This subject of dying to self is not popular but is very much needed. I could not help but reblog this.

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Question: “What does the Bible mean by ‘dying to self’?”

Answer: 

The concept of “dying to self” is found throughout the New Testament. It expresses the true essence of the Christian life, in which we take up our cross and follow Christ. Dying to self is part of being born again; the old self dies and the new self comes to life (John 3:3–7). Not only are Christians born again when we come to salvation, but we also continue dying to self as part of the process of sanctification. As such, dying to self is both a one-time event and a lifelong process.

Jesus spoke repeatedly to His disciples about taking up their cross (an instrument of death) and following Him. He made it clear that if any would follow Him…

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SIGNS OF MATURE CHRISTIAN

These are some great questions for Christians to ask ourselves. Are we spiritually mature?

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They are good listeners
They hardly take offense
They are quick to forgive
They are reliable
They are supportive
They have appetite for prayer and fasting
They rely on the Word of God
The more God lifts them up, the more they become humble
They hardly defend themselves
They are quick to repent
They seek peace and pursue itThey speak the truth at all times
They love people and they are compassionate
✅They know when to talk and when to be quiet
✅They are full of wisdom in many aspects of life
✅They respect people and are very sensitive to people’s feelings
✅They have a lot of patience and they are not short tempered
✅They fear God
✅They give honour where it is due
✅They are content with what they have
✅They have good leadership skills
✅They are hospitable
✅They are not carried away by all kinds of teachings
✅They…

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Can Conflict Always Be Resolved?

When people think of conflict resolution, they often carry this idea that “happily ever after” is the result. This is rarely, if ever, the case. Peacemakers, and especially peacekeepers, want to see conflicts resolved. Sometimes, they will never be resolved. You may not want to think this, but it’s okay if some conflicts are never resolved.

I have been asked about certain conflicts I have encountered in ministry. I would love to say that everyone with whom I have experienced conflict has been full of the Holy Spirit. Some were filled with the evil spirits of division, self-promotion, and preacher hatred. I discovered that I would never achieve resolution with these people.

Does that bother me? Absolutely! I would love to sit down with everyone with whom I disagree and be able to laugh despite our disagreements. Some would never give me the chance. Once again, that’s okay.

How should we respond? Matthew 10:14 says, “And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.” If you have done all you can to make things right, move on. Don’t live trapped in yesterday with hopes that you will win the person over. Will your heart break because you wanted resolution? Yes. Will it take time for that to heal? Yes. Learn the lessons, allow yourself to heal, and understand that conflicts are inevitable. Even if the “happily ever after” never comes, you can leave it in the Lord’s hands and rest.

Disclaimer: The above picture does not resemble me and my wife in any way😀.

The Beauty of Doctrine in Song

Because of my musical church background, doctrine in song will excite me just as much as doctrine in spoken word/preaching and teaching. I can easily shout, cry, lift my hands, or simply be in awe as I worship with words.

I was introduced to a song that beautifully depicts what Christ accomplished on the cross for us. I pray that you will worship with the truth communicated rather than with the rhythm, instrumentation, etc. May it’s truth bless you.

https://youtu.be/rBgYFxWBfdk

Sanctified Seats

As I have encountered churches over 20 plus years of ministry, the problems vary. Among the most immature of those problems is what I call “sanctified seats”. These seats have been graced by the posteriors of the same people for many years and will rise in revolt to other posteriors that would disgrace these sanctified seats.

I was asked to be a guest worship leader in a church a few years ago. The building seats 1,000 with only 200 in attendance. Although there was obviously plenty of room, one of these nearsighted “saints” chose to ask my son to get out of her “sanctified seat” rather than be thankful that guests were attending a service.

This morning, I was blessed to see the opposite. If you are on time or late to one of our church’s services, you will have a difficult time finding a seat. A couple had come to support the guest pastor and arrived at the beginning of his message. A couple got their attention, moved over, and gave this couple a place to sit.

You may not see the significance in this. You may be blessed to attend a house of worship where people aren’t territorial. A place where they don’t have “their” pew or some family claim to a room in the building.

Houses of worship in the Old Testament were not people’s territory. They were a place where God’s glory dwelt. In the New Testament, God’s presence indwells the believer in the person of the Holy Spirit. The church is not the house of worship but blood-bought believers assembled together wherever that may be.

If you are claiming territory at your place of worship, repent now. Scripture says that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. That means the piano you bought for “the church”, the pew you donated to “the church”, etc. It is an offering to the Lord to which you and I have no rights. So next time you sit down to worship, remember those seats are not sanctified. They are just material to keep you off the floor. Thank God and turn your attention toward Jesus!

Photo from Gunder Church Furniture