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Wed, Nov 2nd - 3:39AM

When Anger is Lethal

by Nellie Shani

I believe that to accomplish the purpose for our life is the ardent desire of every child of God. What caused this great man of God to fail? He is recorded in the Bible as the most humble man on the face of the earth (Numbers 12:3).

When his siblings Aaron and Miriam opposed Moses' leadership, God gave one of the most glowing testimonies that God has ever given about a man. Listen to God describing Moses. " . . . When a prophet of the Lord is among you. I reveal myself to him in visions, I speak to him in dreams. But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. With him I speak clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of God . . ." (Numbers 12:6-8).

In Exodus 33:11 something else is added to the fact that God spoke to Moses face to face. It says the Lord would speak to Moses face to face as a man speaks with his friend. How is it possible that a man who was that close to God still failed to take the children of Israel into Canaan? There was a heart-rending verbal exchange that Moses had with God after God told him that he and Aaron would not enter Canaan. This conversation showed how desperately Moses wanted to go into the Promised Land.

We are told that Moses pleaded with the Lord. "At that time I pleaded with the Lord: 'O Sovereign Lord, you have began to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what God is there who can do the deeds and mighty works you do? Let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan-that fine hill country and Lebanon." (Deuteronomy 3:23-25). Moses was trying to get God to change his mind and let him go into Canaan.

God's response must have cut Moses like a hot knife slicing through butter! " . . .'That is enough,' the Lord said, 'Do not speak to me anymore about this matter. Go up to the top of Pisgah and look west and north and south and east. Look at the land with your own eyes, since you are not going to cross this Jordan' " (Deuteronomy 3:26-27). God closed the matter and put a big full stop after it!

There was an invisible barrier that dogged Moses, and manifested at very crucial points in his life. It manifested when he killed the Egyptian, when he broke the Ten Commandments, and when he struck the rock twice instead of speaking to it. It was the spirit of anger. Unknown to Moses this spirit is the one that blocked his entry into the Promised Land, and kept him from fulfilling the purpose that God had for him.

Moses did not understand this however. He thought that his problem was the stubborn Israelites. We hear Moses complaining, "But because of you the Lord was angry with me and would not listen to me . . ." (Deuteronomy 3:26). Was it really the Israelites that made him strike the rock twice? Although Moses could not control the how the Israelites acted, he alone was responsible for the way he reacted. We can never fall back on "He made me do it." The truth of the matter is that the only person who can make me do it is me! That is why two people going through the very same circumstances will react in two totally different ways. It is like a husband saying, "I hit my wife because she made me angry." Not every man hits his wife when he is angry.

The one who hits his wife has a problem with the spirit of anger, the same way that Moses did. James warns us in James 1:19, " . . . Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires."

Nellie Shani is a Counselor, Conference speaker and writer. Her first book, "Stand Your Ground," and second book, "Hope For The Childless are available on, Barnes and Nobles and on her author's websites.

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Tue, Nov 1st - 4:22AM

20th Century Christian Martyrs

Ten 20th century Christian martyrs were commemorated with statues at Westminster Abbey in London. The martyrs chosen were from around the world and of various denominations.

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Thu, Oct 13th - 4:31AM

Is the Christian Family in Peril?

by Duke S Taber

Recently I had to cut back on the amount of hours I work because after all the years of working 2 jobs and 60 - 70 hours a week it had taken a toll on my body and I just couldn't do it anymore. Because of this I have had to re-evaluate what is truly needs and what are just what I thought were needs.

The Bible teaches that God will take care of us. He will supply our needs. However much of what we think are needs, are more what we think we need as people who have gotten used to living at a certain standard of living. However I must ask myself, and ask you, what is more important? Is living the American dream, of having the new car, fancy house, extra toys in the garage, and the latest and greatest home entertainment center more important than instilling solid spiritual and emotional values in our families?

What is more important? What does God really care about? I am not going to tell you what to think in this area, I am just going to ask you some questions to make you think and come to your own conclusions.

1. Are your children going to remember the latest video game system you bought them 20 years from now, or remember that you spent all your time at work and never had time for them?

2. Is your wife going to remember the new dress, new shoes, you were able to buy her, or is she going to remember that all you ever did when you got home was fall asleep in front of the TV because you were so tired?

3. Is your husband going to remember that you are adding 100 dollars a week to the family budget after paying for child care, a second car payment, insurance, gas, and the extra expense of eating out more often because you don't have time and energy to cook, or remember that his home is not a sanctuary because you don't have time to make it one?

4. How many hours per week are you working to pay for that new car payment, that extra room in the house, that top of the line remodeling job, or the swimming pool or hot tub in the back yard? Is it possible that the amount of time you are spending to pay for all these "needs" could be better spent focusing on things that really matter like instilling Christian values and emotional support to those you love?

5. What do you think God cares about? Is it more important to Him that you get extra stuff or spend extra time investing in people? As it is, most families are doing good to give God 1 hour a week on Sunday. Do you honestly think you can instill values in someone with only 1 hour a week?

Our Christian families are in crisis. The divorce rate and the rate of our children not following Jesus is just way too high. The amount of broken lives in our nation and world is breaking the heart of God. We must change our value system. Where does it start? How do we change it?

We must reject the commercial and consumer mentality that has been ingrained in us by Hollywood and Madison Avenue. We must become counter-cultural and say no to one more "need". The need we have is FAMILY!

Now that is something to think about!


Pastor Duke

Pastor Duke is the Author of the up and coming premier Christian blog called Taber's Truths. He has over 100 articles that will encourage you spiritually and emotionally. He has over 500 people that daily visit his blog just to read the latest article and use his writings as a source of strength for their daily lives. Here are a couple of articles that you also might enjoy: Christian Family Life Today and Jesus's Miracles in All of Us

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Wed, Oct 12th - 5:50AM

GeoChristian Award Blogs

Blogs that have been presented with the GeoChristian Award include:

Relationships which explores the intricacies of human communication and expression in relationships.

Salvation Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day.

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Fri, Sep 9th - 7:16AM

Please Continue to Hold

by Alan Allegra

Tinny, distorted music, occasionally punctuated by an annoying voice. Does this remind you of your transistorized AM Radio Shack Flavoradio? Then you're in my age bracket.

Actually, I'm talking about being "on hold." I deal with many vendors during the week, meaning I hear those magic words, "Please continue to hold," just as many times. Most of the time, that means help is on the way. Sometimes, it means a silent disconnect. Occasionally, I get impatient and hang up. It can be hard to continue to hold.

Are you a miserable person? I don't mean a crabface or boor; I mean a person wallowing in misery or sorrow. Perhaps your health is failing, or your job is boring, or your family or friends have let you down, and the future looks bleak. You're looking for customer service but it seems no one is answering. The answer is, "Please continue to hold."

Job sunk more deeply into sorrow than any of us ever will. Despite being a faithful worshiper of God, he lost his children, servants, income, and health, all in one day. He was humiliated and harassed by his wife and friends. His words have become classic: "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him" (Job 13:15). Job did not hang up; he continued to pursue God, and did not let go of Him. He knew help was on the way.

Psalm 88 is a Psalm of Lamentation. It is unusual in that it does not end on a happy note. It is the searing cry of a despondent heart. The main character questions and accuses God for 18 verses, yet never lets go of Him. He hears silence on the other end of the line, but knows in his heart that God has not disconnected the call.

Psalm 66 is a counterpoint to Psalm 88. It's the reaction of the believer when God finally picks up the line. The psalmist's joy is unrestrained as he recounts how the Lord heard his prayer after a season of trouble. During this period of being on hold, the writer promised to serve God by faith: "I will come into your house with burnt offerings; I will perform my vows to you, that which my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in trouble" (Psalm 66:13, 14).

We must understand that God's clock is an entirely different make from ours. His runs on Eternal Standard Time: "With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day" (2 Peter 3:8). This simply means that, when it seems we've been waiting on hold for an eternity, the Eternal One has been moving along at His perfect pace in perfect peace, not unmindful of our situation.

Unlike the stale magazines in the doctor's waiting room, God's Word is alive and ever relevant. It makes the best read when we're in God's waiting room (Psalm 25:4, 5).

Listen to James: "Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful" (James 5:11). Hear Paul: "For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope" (Romans 15:4). We have hundreds of true stories and trustworthy promises in the bible. Reading about how others endured trials and saw the salvation of the Lord will help us continue to hold. In the meantime, enjoy the music!

Alan Allegra is a freelance writer in Pennsylvania. More articles at Lifestyles Over 50 and the Morning Call. Available for writing.

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