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Chocolate Vent’s Quote of the Week: “DON’T LET FEAR INTEFERE WITH YOUR FAITH”

But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.” {Galatians 3:22}

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Train Yourself

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. —Proverbs 23:7

I encourage you to practice being a positive person. It’s just a matter of breaking one bad habit and forming a new one. I was so negative at one time in my life that if I even tried to think two positive thoughts in a row my brain got into a cramp. But now I am very positive and actually don’t enjoy being with people who are negative.

Discipline is required any time you are forming a new habit. You might consider putting some reminders around your house or in your car, like little signs that say “Be positive.” Ask a good friend or spouse to remind you if they hear you slipping into negativism.

Practice trusting yourself rather than doubting yourself. If you are applying for a promotion at work, don’t think to yourself or say, “I probably won’t get it.” Pray and ask God to give you favor with your employer and then say, “I believe I will get the job!” And if you try and the outcome isn’t what you were hoping for, then tell yourself, “If the job was right for me, God would give it to me, and since He didn’t, He must have something even better in mind for me.” You can train yourself to be positive in what appears to be a negative situation.

Lord, show me where I am stuck in negativity and need to break through to trusting You. Help me to have the right thoughts and attitudes that move me forward. Amen.

*Originally posted by Joyce Meyer.

#TheologyThursday: William Pannell

“Bill” Pannell was born in Sturgis, Michigan. He gave his life to Christ during his junior year in high school, thanks to some Christian friends. The seeds to his conversion were sown many years previously in Sunday school at a local Plymouth Brethren Church. Pannell received his BA from Fort Wayne Bible College in Indiana, in 1951. He went on to study black history at Wayne State University in Detroit. In 1980 he earned an MA in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California.

Pannell has had far-ranging evangelistic experience at both the practical and the academic levels. After graduating from Fort Wayne, he became an evangelist, preaching and teaching throughout the United States. From 1955 to 1965, he served as an assistant pastor in Detroit, as well as area youth director for the Brethren Assembly youth. In 1964 he was named assistant director of leadership training with Youth for Christ, serving in that capacity until 1968, when he joined Tom Skinner Associates as associate evangelist and vice president.

He remained with that ministry until 1974, when he joined Fuller as assistant professor of evangelism and director of the Black Pastors’ Program (later the African American Church Studies Program). Before joining the faculty at Fuller, Pannell was the first African American to serve on Fuller Seminary’s Board of Trustees (1971–1974). In 1992 he was appointed as the Arthur DeKruyter/Christ Church Oak Brook Professor of Preaching, a role in which he served until 2000. He also served as dean of the chapel from 1992 to 1998. In 1993 he was selected by his faculty colleagues to receive the C. Davis Weyerhaeuser Award for Excellence.

In addition, Pannell received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Malone College in Ohio, an honorary Doctor of Christian Service degree from Geneva College in Pennsylvania, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, from Taylor University in Indiana.

Pannell has served on boards of Youth for Christ USA, which he chaired in 1980, and the Academy of Evangelism, which he served as president from 1983 to 1984. He has been an active participant in conferences on evangelism throughout the world and is a sought-after guest lecturer at Christian colleges and universities throughout the United States. He currently serves on the board of Taylor University in Indiana.

His books include My Friend, the Enemy (Word 1968), Evangelism from the Bottom Up (Zondervan 1992), and The Coming Race Wars? A Cry for Reconciliation (Zondervan 1993). His research interests include preaching and spirituality.

Pannell and his wife, Hazel, live in Altadena, California. They have two sons, Philip and Peter.

#SundaySermon: Joy!

Most Christians realize Jesus died for our sins.  Thank God He did; it’s because of Him that we, as believers, will never have to see death, but are blessed with the gift of everlasting life.  Glo-reh! 🙂
However, I don’t believe many of us realize what else He died for. He carried your sickness, He died so you can have peace (Isaiah 53:5) and He also died so that you might have joy and that your joy will remain.
As single believers, it could be easy to lose joy.  Joy is different then a temporary feeling of happiness; it’s a condition of the heart.  
A lot of times, in the cases of break up or divorce or just plain ‘ole disappointment, joy seemingly disappears.  I’m not saying not to cry, it’s okay to release your feelings and emotions at the moment, but the key is not to stay in that place. 
Even if you’re crying on the way there, still go to church as much as often and lift your hands in the congregation and give the Lord a shout of praise.  Praise God until the pain is lifted, praise Him until you receive your breakthrough! It’s the enemy, known as satan, who wants you to stay in a desert place.  He wants to get you alone on an island, feeling like ‘nobody knows’ and tricking you into thinking you’re the only one who is going through something right now. No, Jesus also died so that you might have joy, so it is up to you to activate the joy within, no matter the present circumstance.
So lift your hands, right now if you can, and give the Lord a shout of praise…even if it’s a sacrifice of praise where you don’t feel like it, continue to praise God, thank Him for all you have such as life, health, and strength, food on your table, clothes on your back, healthy children (if you’re a parent) and the fact that you’re still clothed in your right mind.
Yes, you have MUCH to praise Him for, so instead of focusing on what’s before you, look up and praise Him, because He has a much brighter future lying ahead of you.
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. {Proverbs 4:18}
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. {John 15:11}
*Originally posted on Kim on the Web.

#SundaySermon: Do Good Works

We are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us. —Ephesians 2:10

Years ago, when I first started walking more intimately with God, I used to wait for some special confirmation from Him for everything I wanted to do—until I learned that His Spirit abides in me to do good works. In the early years of walking with God, it was in my heart to give ten dollars to a woman in need.

I carried that desire in my heart for three weeks until I finally prayed, “God, is it really You telling me to give this person the money? I’ll do it if it’s really You!” Ten dollars was a lot of money back then and I did not want to part with it unless I had clear direction from God.

He spoke to me so clearly and responded, “Joyce, even if it isn’t really Me, I won’t get mad at you if you bless somebody!”

One of the fruits of the fact that God’s Spirit lives within us is goodness (see Galatians 5:22–23). Therefore, we have desires to be good to people. God told Abraham that He was going to bless him so he could be a blessing to others (see Genesis 12:2). Imagine how awesome it would be to reach the point where we simply live to make others happy as a service to God.

The world is full of people with needs. There is always someone, somewhere, who needs a word of encouragement. Someone needs a babysitter, help with transportation, or financial help. I find that when I spend time with God I feel a strong desire to help somebody and I have learned that desire is God speaking to me. God is good and when we spend time with Him we want to do good things for others.

Ask God each day to show you whom you can bless and remember that where love is, God abides (see 1 John 4:12).

– Joyce Meyer

Chocolate Vent Quote of the Week: “IF YOU CAN’T BUILD IT UP, DON’T TEAR IT DOWN.”

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” {Ephesians 4:29, 31}