Entertainment Can Rob You or Bless You


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What Is Entertainment?

People love being entertained. To be entertained is to be amuse, to capture and hold your attention and interest, to make you smile, laugh, and trigger your emotions, to charm you, engross you, engage you and preoccupy you. There is nothing wrong with being entertained. When Jesus went forth to minister, he entertained the crowd. His miracles captured their attention and interest. His stories and parables triggered their emotions. Some of the crowd was totally engrossed and engaged into what he was all about.

Jesus Was An Entertainer With a Purpose

Jesus understood that in order to get his message across to the people, he has to have their undivided attention. He accomplished this by entertaining them. However, Jesus did not entertain people to just become a celebrity or great entertainer, he entertained with a purpose and goal. The purpose was so that he could introduce them to the Kingdom of God, save their souls, and empower them with abundant life.

What Is Abundant Life?

The abundant life was not about having great treasures and wealth on earth but rather,having a spiritually rich and fulfilled life in Christ. Jesus himself was not rich in material things yet he had everything he needed. He had an abundance of love, peace, joy, power, righteousness, compassion, mercy, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and truth. These are the things that made him truly rich. These are the riches that no one can break into your house and steal from you.

Today, the abundant life is being taught to mean having an abundance of money and material things. There is nothing wrong with possessing great wealth and material things. Just don’t let them possess you. However, if you are rich in monetary and material things only and poor in spiritual wealth, then you ultimately are poor. Your earthly wealth will not be of any use or benefit to you in the next life, but your spiritual treasures will. Your earthly wealth will be left behind for others to enjoy.

The Purpose of Wealth

The purpose for having wealth is to help others in need and not to just consume upon your own lusts. To whom much is given, much is required. God blesses people so that they can be a blessing to others. People often say what they would do if they had millions of dollars, but when they actually get the wealth, they do something to the contrary.

An abundance of money just amplifies who you already are. If you are stingy with little, you will be stingy with much. If you are a giver with little, you will be a giver with much. If you are a fool with little, you will just do foolish things with your wealth on a grand scale.

Spiritual Entertainment Should Do More Than Just Entertain You

Many today go to church regularly and tune in to spiritual teachings and messages through TV, radio, and other media formats. Many of these programs are very entertaining. However, if you find yourself just watching or listening to program after program and never really applying the information to your life, you are just being entertained and not changed. Spiritual informational entertainment should do more than simply entertain you. It should eventually bring about a notable change and transformation in you.

Don’t Let Entertainment Rob You of Your Blessings

Entertainment is a good thing. There is a time to be entertained just to be entertained and a time to be entertained with a purpose. It is wiser to spend your valuable time being entertained by things that will profit you both in this world and the world to come. If you spend too much of your valuable time on fruitless and unprofitable entertainments, and neglect to spend quality time pursuing more profitable forms of entertainment, you will be robbing yourself of both the material and spiritual wealth you deserve. Therefore, be careful how you entertain yourself because entertainments can rob you or bless you.

August 25, 2015 at 9:15 AM Leave a comment

Why Women Are Reluctant To Submit to Their Man


Many women are quite reluctant to submit to their husband which is understandable when you consider the immature behavior of many men. One of the keys to this dilemma is first marrying a man with strong godly character and that has submitted himself to God. Secondly, understand what it means to submit and why God commands and demands it.

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Time to Get Digital and Spiritual


Technology is making it very easy for anyone to get worldwide exposure and reach global markets. It enables the average person a more practical means to realize their dream and connect to the world.
The bad news is,

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The Value Of The Graveyard Continues To Rise


The graveyard is the most valuable real estate on earth because countless people have lived, died, and taken to the grave their dream and unfulfilled accomplishments.

Continue Reading August 25, 2011 at 9:55 AM 1 comment

Why Can’t We All just Get Along?


Most religions do not accept what the Christian Bible says about Jesus. This is the real reason why there is division between Christianity and other religions.

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The Purpose of The Tithe Pt 1


To understand tithing we must first understand the the purpose of it. Without that understanding confusion on the matter is inevitable.

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The Law Has No Respect of Person


The law blesses those who obey it and curses those who disobey it.

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If We Are Not Under the Law, Why Are We Subject to It?


We are not under the law but are subject to it. Understanding the difference is liberating.

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Knowledge and Understanding Determines Accessibility & Capability


My people perish for lack of knowledge. Knowledge often open doors and lack of knowledge keeps them shut.

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Information without Application Produces No Manifestation


Faith is the proactive application of information, which is applied knowledge. Without applying the information God has graciously given us through the Holy Scriptures, it is impossible to please God.

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Guidelines to Intelligent & Effective Prayer


We should not waste time and energy asking God unnecessary things. We should know and understand when the answer to a prayer request or question or solution to a problem or situation is a matter of knowing and acting on the appropriate information.

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It Really Doesn’t Matter


He who has everything but God, has nothing that matters.

He who has nothing but God, has everything that matters.

It is a matter of how well you understand matter.

January 2, 2011 at 9:44 AM Leave a comment

Creation vs Big Bang Theory


Now if the universe was created from an explosion, in order for all this vast and incredibly sophisticated design and order to result from such an explosion, it would require an extremely sophisticated intelligence source to make such a thing happen.

Continue Reading October 19, 2010 at 5:24 PM 1 comment

The Law is a Two Sided Coin


Certain terms used by Paul in particular had dual meanings. They are like two sided coins. One side of the coin relates to the Old Covenant and the other relates to the New Covenant.

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What Causes Preachers to Fall?


A true servant of God is not self-serving. He does not use the things of God to accomplish his own will, but he uses them to carryout the will of God. The problem today with many preachers is that after they introduce Christ to people, they become the star of the show.

Continue Reading October 16, 2010 at 5:26 AM 1 comment

The Word by Itself is Dead


Faith is a mixture of believing and acting on words. But the written Word, (also called the letter) by itself is dead.

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What Does It Mean to Serve and Worship God?


True worship has little to do with what we do in Sunday services. That is really a time of fellowship and at best, a form and fashion of external worship. But true worship is how we allow God to use us after the benediction.

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Why We Will Always Have the Poor with Us?


The poor are primarily consumers and the rich are primarily producers. The rich produce what the poor love to consume and that is why they are rich.

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Is It Worth It?


Idol gods are things that have taken a priority position in your life or things that you have given your first love to, which provokes God’s jealousy.

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How To De-stress Your Life


Much of the stress in our lives comes from the many demands and pressures of life we subject ourselves to. Certain things in our lives and schedule need to be eliminated and certain things need to be integrated.

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Only A Blind Man Can See Christ


As human beings, we have a tendency to judge things according to what we see with our physical eyes.Unless a believer become blind to the things that are seen with the physical eyes, he will never see the things unseen and the things that he really needs to see.

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Illusionary Faith


An illusion is a false belief about something. Many people who fall in love and get married, initially think and believe that after they say I do and are pronounced man and wife, all of a sudden, a magical moment takes place and they will ride off to their honeymoon and live happily ever after. That is an illusion.

Continue Reading September 21, 2010 at 2:26 PM Leave a comment

Spiritual Pregnancy


Religion is a form of godliness that prohibits the power of God from operating through us. We are ever hearing and learning the Word, but are failing to be transformed into the image of Christ and work the works of Christ. You must be truly born again to realize the kingdom of God.

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The Purpose and Authority of the Word


Studying the Word of God is for the purpose of gaining necessary and correct information that will enable us to know the will, the truth, the love and voice of God. God can most effectively use us according to His will and purpose when we have a keen understanding of His word through accurate examination of the Word.

Continue Reading September 10, 2010 at 12:29 PM Leave a comment

Understanding Law vs Grace


God established through Jesus a new and better covenant established upon better promises. The old covenant was a legalistic relationship with God, but the new covenant is a love relationship with God through Christ. We are no longer under the wrath of God nor the law of sin and death but are under the plan of salvation by grace.

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How to Fix what’s Wrong in my Life


Fixing your life starts with fixing your mind. Checkout this article to gain insight to renewing your mind.

Continue Reading August 21, 2010 at 10:55 AM 2 comments

Salvation Requires Obedience to the Word of God


When we receive something of God, God will not take it back. However, He gives us the responsibility to maintain it. He also gives us instructions on what we must and must not do to keep it. If we fail to obey and follow those instructions, we are subject to lose our gift or possession.

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Some Say “Once saved Always Saved” True or False? Part 2


From the moment you accept Christ as your lord and savior and reject sin, you are saved and being saved by grace through faith in the Word of God. But be not deceived, the Word says that you must not be a hearer of the word only but you must do what the Word tells you to do. Just hearing, reading, confessing, and believing that the Word is true will not save you if you do not do what it tells you to do. It only can save you if you apply it.

Continue Reading July 28, 2010 at 8:22 AM 2 comments

Some Say “Once saved Always Saved” True or False?


Salvation is a process that begins with an act or event initiated by a savior or rescuer. Once you understand that salvation is an ongoing process and not a one-time event, you will understand that there are certain things that you have to do and maintain in order to complete the process. God’s plan is to transform our sinful behavior into consistent righteous living and obedience by the process of us proactively renewing our minds with the principles and guidelines set forth in the Word of God.

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Attracting Abundance


I’m going to focus on what you can do to attract abundance into your life – so that you begin having the abundance you want. What I am about to outline is practiced by some of the most successful people in the world – people who have the abundance that many aspire to have. You’ll also learn that no matter how bad things are – they often don’t change immediately – no matter how hard you try. The reason is further on so read on and enjoy.

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What’s “Really” Real?


All things in the physical world are mere iconic representations of spiritual world realities. Is the physical you “the real you”, or is it just a physical representation of “the real you”? Only that which is “immutable and eternal” is “categorically” real.

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Becoming an Overcomer and Achiever


No one can ever become an Overcomer if they never have anything to overcome. We have to be subjected to various trials, temptations, and tribulations, to reveal our flaws and weaknesses.Optimistic people recognize that it is a test of life that they must overcome in order to grow and develop and advance to the next level.

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LIFE Is What YOU Make It


Life don’t just happen. It is the results of our actionable and in-actionable decisions and choices. Life is governed by immutable principles. The properly and sufficient application of those principle are the causes that produces the prevailing effects in our life.

Continue Reading October 29, 2009 at 7:49 PM 3 comments

Why Men Have Made It Difficult For Women to Submit


images-3Men in the past have abused their authority by mistreatment, cruelty, violence, neglect, exploitation, manipulation, cheating, degrading and insulting women. Women are humans with emotions and feelings. Overall, they want love, respect, attention, and stuff.

Living up to being what a man should be is a tall order for many men today. Many things have happened over the years both to men and women that has caused us to be where we are. The many broken relationships and divorces have left women with the job of being the mother and the father. Young boys coming up in fatherless homes, have no role model to teach them how to be a man. Subsequently, all too often they end up as grown momma’s boy who are looking for momma, a girlfriend, or a wife to take care of them.

Many of the young girls never had a father figure to show them how a man is suppose to treat a woman. She never witnessed her father treating her mother the way a woman should be treated. All she saw is different men coming by to get what they wanted from momma and often time leaving momma with another child to raise by herself. As a result, both men and women are clueless about being a good husband or wife.

It’s A Long Road Ahead For Men

Men have a very long ways to go before we will see the days wherein most women will feel comfortable submitting to their man unconditionally. Men have to redeem themselves by becoming responsible on all fronts. Women want to know that they can depend on their man to provide the family with a comfortable living. They want to know that a man can handle his business in the bedroom and know how to romance her well before it’s hammer time. They want to know that when things need fixing or repaired around the house, he takes care of it without her having to nag him constantly about it.

Men Want To Take Back Control But Not Responsibility

Women today, have many responsibilities and burdens God never intended for them to carry. Too many women are doing their job and a good portion of their man’s job. Women, who just have baby’s daddies, must bear their burden virtually alone. Some men want to take control of the woman and all that she has worked hard to attain, but they do not necessarily want to take on the responsibilities that are suppose to be his anyway.

I know that there are many women out there with all kinds of drama and issues that contributes greatly to the treatment they get from the male species. Nevertheless, it is time for men to begin rectifying this age old problem that started back with Adam and Eve. Adam failed to fulfill the responsibility God gave him as head of household. Instead of him taking responsibility for his own failure, he blamed his woman and blamed God. Why would a woman want to submit to a man that will throw her under the bus (in a heart beat) to try to take the blame off himself.

Until men overall, recognize that they are the primary fault of the downfall of marriages and society, things will continue to get progressively worse. Men need to return to God in mass numbers and rebuild the family, church, and community. When men stand up and do what God created and called them to do, women have no real reason to stand down.

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