Christian Worker?

Having been in Christian service for more than three decades, I would like to share some quotes and concepts that have served, warned, encouraged and focused me in my efforts to help others… Quotes by Oswald Chambers from his classic devotional, “My Utmost for His Highest“: If you have received a call to ministry from the Lord, you will know that the need is never the call. The need is the opportunity. Many workers have gone out with high courage and fine i impulses…but no intimate fellowship with Jesus–and before long, they are crushed. Our Lord’s first obedience was to God…not to the needs of men. Be devoted to a person…not a cause. Workers break down because their desire is for their own whiteness, & not for God. Bible characters fell on their strong points, not their weak ones To say that we are called to preach holiness or sanctification, is to get into a side eddy. We are called to proclaim Christ. The mainspring of Paul’s service is not love for men, but love for Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is interested in every kind of man there is.  God continually introduces us to people for whom we have no affinity…and unless we are worshipping God, the most natural thing to do is to treat them heartlessly–to give them a text, like a jab of a spear—or leave them with a rapped-out counsel of God and go. A heartless Christian must be a terrible grief to our Lord. Before God’s message can liberate other souls, the liberation must be real in you. My worth to God in public is what I...

Christian and Struggling with Your Weaknesses?

I hope the following quotes will encourage you to keep on keeping on. After all, like the old hymn says: ‘It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus…life’s trials will seem so small, when we see Him. One glimpse of His dear face…all sorrows will erase. It will be worth it all, when we see Him…’ It is the nature of each of us to be rather base, proud, ambitious, full of a great deal of appetite, judgments, rationalizations and opinions. If something does not come into our lives to humiliate us, then surely all these things will undo us. The Lord, by means of our small failures, lets us know that it is His majesty which frees us from great faults. These are the ways He keeps us humble and vigilant. – Michael Molinos, 1675 Never let the sense of past failure corrupt your new effort or action. -Oswald Chambers Press on…nothing in the world will take the place of perseverance. Talent will not…nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not–unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not–the world is filled with educated derelicts. Persistence & determination alone are omnipotent. -Calvin Coolidge In order for grace & truth to produce good fruit, we need a third key element: time. -Dr. Henry Cloud What God does to deliver us, He sometimes does in 40 years…and sometimes in an instant; this is a singular mystery. The Lord does not let us know which He will do; this mystery therefore, demands that we live in humility. Whether it be in 40 years or an...

Not a Christian?

I am so grateful you would choose to visit my site…thank you for your interest in my ministry. Make no mistake though, my ministry efforts are not geared toward self improvement, or even recovery from life controlling problems. Though such outcomes are worthy goals, I view them as beneficial by-products or consequences of the real point! The real point of my life and ministry, even this website, is to point you to God. I want you to be re-connected with your Creator. I want you to ‘make things right with God’, and be reconciled with Him, on His terms. At the end of the day, that’s what matters. Having studied and/or experienced other spiritualities, I am now convinced that Jesus is the means through which you and I can be reconciled to God. The terms “Christ” and “Messiah” pretty much mean the same thing: ‘The Chosen One, appointed by God, to fulfill the mission of reconciling humans with God’. Christ’s life and teachings reveal to us the loving heart of God, who desires to be the center of our lives, AND challenges us to treat others as we would wish to be treated. It is THIS that God wants: right relating with Him and others…not ‘religious culture’.Christ’s sacrificial death enables us to be forgiven for our sins when we admit them to God…so that we can be regularly cleansed from our corrupt thoughts and deeds, and therefore re-establish and benefit from relationship with God. Christ’s resurrection from death encourages us that corruption, injustice, aging, death and judgement need not be our final destiny IF we will believe and embrace...

Links to Consider

Here are some sites worth your investigation – a variety of worthy ministries and items of personal interest, and concern, to me. We don’t want your money, but they do; and they are worthy of your consideration and investment… Click the title or logo to visit the relevant site. Watoto “Please help a child soldier slave recover from the horrors of genocide…rescue one of the millions of AIDS orphans, and help HIV infected parents live to raise their children…restore and raise up a new generation of leadership in Africa!” ECPAT Their acronym says it: End Child Prostitution And Trafficking! Human slavery is a global nightmare, especially the sex-ploitation of kids. Find out what you can do to rescue these who depend on outside intervention! A21 Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and fuels the growth of organized crime, undermining health, safety, security, and the basic needs of humanity. It is the fastest growing crime in the world. A21 are a non-profit organization who believes that together, we can end human trafficking. Smile Train Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Give a kid dignity and a new lease on life! Christian Blind Mission For years, CBM has labored in the developing world with a two-fold mission: ending preventable blindness AND help those whose vision has been impaired. Heifer International Feed the needy in a very cool way: Your gifts pay for a goat or cow for a family…providing them with milk & cheese, plus offspring…and the gift keeps giving. Find out more about this cost effective and proven practical solution! Voice of...

Sy’s Book Recommendations

People often ask me what I read. I enjoy reading daily when I can, often covering a chapter or two per book in several books. Here are some recent and longstanding favorites from my bookshelf. After America: Get Ready for Armageddon by Mark Steyn Apart from scripture, AFTER AMERICA may be one of the most important current books you’ll read. This secular prophecy is dark. With relentless insight and biting wit, Steyn serves up a clear, comprehensive explanation of how and why it’s all gone so very wrong so many ways. Its’ the context of our times that will affect us all. You must make time to read this if we are going to stay friends…well, at least you really owe it to yourself and those you care about by learning from one my favorites: Steyn & AFTER AMERICA! Our Culture, What’s Left of It by Dr Theodore Dalrymple Former Supreme Court Judge nominee Robert Bork stated famously in his classic book ‘Slouching Toward Gomorrah’, that “if you want to know what the collapse of a civilization looks like, you’re in one”. Our Culture, What’s Left of It, explains how and why–and with brilliant clarity. One of my favorite reads in a while, Dr. Dalrymple’s wit, literary genius and years of global experience in the fields of medicine and sociology make for compelling reading–how the elites have fostered the overthrow of standards and with devastating consequences upon individuals and society as a whole…and all done in the name of enlightenment and freedom. Never has the ruin of a civilization been chronicled so well. At least those who unearth our...