Need More Hair or Whiter Teeth?

April 23, 2009

 

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The foundation for good success in life probably won’t be found in a seminar.  How to make a better you is not the answer.  Taking supplements to improve hair quality or quantity will not help you succeed.  Yet we are bombarded with the latest technological breakthroughs (so called) that promise to improve height, memory, learning ability, language and a host of other things on a daily 120px-cat_tongue_teeth_yawn1basis for the sole

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purpose of becoming successful.  The message is evident, “You are not successful and this will help you”, “You need more hair and whiter teeth.” If everyone had the money to purchase all of these miracle tonics wouldn’t it be amazing how our world would be transformed?  Yet, many all trudge onward hoping to make it rich either by the lottery or some other unknown method.

We march along in hopes of something better when the poorest of us are richer than many people in the world.  We always want more and strangely enough often look to Hollywood as the model of success while looking for the perfect situation to break in among us.  Happiness however cannot be found on such a shifty foundation as this.  For example, one day we are told success is to be a millionaire and all of a sudden inflation claims we need two million and so it goes.  What is needed more than anything is a solid foundation that will not move with the times or fads of society.  The foundation I speak of is found in the pages of Gods’ holy word, the Bible.

 

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8 (KJV) 

 

Solomon gave us a tidbit concerning the ultimate success story in his writing as well.

 

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” Eccles. 12:13 (KJV) 

 

David the great King also spoke of true success in one of his Psalms.

 

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. [2] But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. [3] And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:1-3 (KJV) 

 

The key to real success is not measuring up to the things that Hollywood or Washington say are normal but finding God’s will for your life.  Real peace and happiness come through HIM and his Word, that’s why I have written a study on this very subject entitled “Becoming Successful”.  I hope you check it out and remember, don’t go through life discouraged and down, it’s too short for that.  Let God give you direction through his Word and you will become better instead of bitter.

 

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Weekly Inspirational Scripture

 

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink *(money or earthly success); but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” Romans 14:17 (KJV) 

*my emphasis

 

Sincerely

 

Greg Wirths

 

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NOT ENOUGH TIME IN THE DAY?

April 16, 2009

 

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Time, what is it?  According to Webster it comes from the idea or measure of successive existence.  Simply put, time (in the sense of real-time) is the sum of our existence in successive measurements.  Other famous and not so famous people have weighed in on the matter as well. 

 

ben-franklinBENJAMIN FRANKLIN:

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

 

 

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“Time is heaven’s currency we have been given each day to spend.  This currency comes to us from God and will run out at a predetermined point.”

 

 

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Big Ben (London)

Well, whatever your definition of time is we all must agree that it is marching on whether we are going with it or standing still.  Along this path of chronographic movement there are opportunities for those who are wise.  These opportunities when captured can bring great blessings and prosperity both materially and spiritually.  Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived made a practical statement about time and all of us would do well to take heed to it.

 

 

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: [2] A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;” Eccles. 3:1-2 (KJV) 

 

What we do with our time will make a big difference in the end because our lives are the sum of each day added up.  I know this sounds simple but it is profoundly true.  Each day is important.  Each moment if used wisely will add up to much gain and growth.  On the other hand, if we squander heavens currency and waste each day in unproductive and foolish things, just like spending money foolishly, we will be bankrupt in life and will have nothing to show for our time.  Solomon was examining this very principle in the book of Ecclesiastes and came to a conclusion that I believe applies to us today as well.

 

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. [14] For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Eccles. 12:13-14 (KJV) 

 

I have written a study entitled “Time Management” that may be of help to you or a friend on this subject.  This study goes into the need to consider good time management as we follow the path that time is taking us down.  May your life be blessed and may you be free to do His will and calling.  Tell a friend about the free weekly newsletter.  Our subscription is steadily growing thanks to each of you. 

 

May God bless you this week!

 

Here is the weekly inspirational scripture. Even though it is a little long it makes the point quite clearly.

 

“For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. [15] And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. [16] Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. [17] And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. [18] But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. [19] After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.” Matthew 25:14-19 (KJV) 

 

Sincerely

 

Greg Wirths

 

Focus on Freedom

 

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Focusing on Freedom

April 10, 2009

 

 

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She had totally lost her way.  Her addiction to alcohol and cocaine had led her down a path where she had nowhere to turn.  Nancy was a young woman in her late teens and life had been a series of disappointments and failures.  Those who said “I love you” were only looking for something and when they got it they were gone.  She was left with an empty heart and an empty soul.  One day as she sat on her couch she began to look at her Bible and in her heart prayed something like this, “God, would you send someone to show me what this book has to say to me?”  No more had she prayed that prayer than the phone rang and on the other end of the line was the phone ministry of the church where I ministered at the time.  She accepted a home Bible study and began the exciting adventure out of a life of drugs and alcohol into a life of freedom. 

 

This story is true and today Nancy is still free from the things that had brought her down and would have destroyed her life.  Do you know someone who is battling with addictions that constantly hinder them?  Nancy’s scenario is not a one of a kind for many today are in a battle for their very lives and souls.  In a recent safety meeting where the subject was drugs, the teacher said, “This drug (meth) will steal your soul.”  He showed pictures of a woman who started out on drunk-on-the-streetdrugs only to die ten years later.  Each picture showed a downward spiral of destruction and heartache.  What a tragedy.

 

The good news is, we don’t have to be bound by drugs to help us through the day, there is a better way!  In the book of John chapter 4, Jesus met a woman who was bound by addictions.  She was empty and searching for happiness.  As Jesus talked with her he turned her attention not to the things of this world which are temporary but to the things of God which are eternal.  The reason he did this is that nothing can satisfy the soul accept the infilling of the one who created the soul.  Make sense?  The truth is that each of us are spiritual creatures.  We will live forever somewhere and are not just a piece of matter in the cosmos.  There is a God who created all things and he does care for us.  It is his desire to set us free from the things of this world that bring us into bondage.  The freedom that he offers us comes to us through his Word and his Spirit.

 

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; [32] And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32 (KJV) 

 

If you know someone who is battling with drugs or alcohol let them know about Focus on Freedom.  I have written several studies that are sure to help.  They are entitled “Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol?”, “What Does it Mean to Receive the Holy Ghost?” and “Finding Happiness”.  Hope to see you there!

 

May God bless you this week!

 

Here is the weekly inspirational scripture.

 

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. …If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:32,36 (KJV) 

 

Sincerely

 

Greg Wirths

 

Focus on Freedom

 

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This King Understands Sorrow

April 5, 2009

 

 

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Sometimes (more than not) we feel like politicians and government leaders are simply out of touch.  They live in a different world and simply do not understand where most of us live.  Let’s face it, it’s been this way from the beginning of man-made government and probably will remain so.  There was however, a King of England named “Charles the Second” who did understand, at least to a degree, what the common man felt.  History tells us that he had escaped England before his ascension to the throne by wearing common clothes.  He saw the value of dressing like the common man and it gave him an edge of sorts.  He could rummage around in the markets and listen to the people talk of the King and his policies.  It was said of him that “He seemed a very ordinary man to one that had not known him.”

 

There was another King who did the very same thing.  The Bible referres to this King as the King of Kings.  Being the God of the universe and supreme ruler over all things this King humbled himself and put on the clothes of human flesh.  He walked in this world and listened to the talk of the common people concerning himself and chose a path that would bring salvation to all mankind.  The path of sorrow.  Listen to the prophet as he spoke of him in advance.

 

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Isaiah 53:3 (KJV) 

 

This King Jesus was acquainted with sorrow and suffered it for you and I.  He took on the nature of humanity so he could feel our pain and sorrows because they are a real part of our world.  Some are simply heart wrenching.  I just view three pictures of an eight year old Iranian boy as his arm was being crushed under the tire of a car, permanently maiming it for life for the crime of stealing some bread to eat.  Yes, injustices are in our world and each of us will face them.  Some will hurt so badly that we might say “I can’t bear this”.  This fact is brought out in the Bible.

 

“Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” Job 14:1 (KJV) 

 

Each of us will face emotional trials in this life and sorrow will come but there is one who understands and has the ability to make a decree concerning your situation.  He suffered so he can help you in your personal tribulation.  If you are experiencing sorrow right now I have written a short poem about Jesus the Man of Sorrow which may help a little.

 

The Man of Sorrows

 

He came to this world much like others

His frame and his build much the same

But in this man named Jesus

Was something much different than fame.

 

He could have called legions of angels

And he could have been born with the great.

But this man chose the pathway of sorrows

For “it” is the way that is straight.

 

The crooked path has singing and laughter

The party and pomp to express.

But for those who will spend time in weeping

Their way will surely be blessed.

 

Acquainted with grief and with sorrow

A man despised and rejected of men

He showed us the pathway to heaven

And the way that we all must go in.

 

So when you are filled with grief and sorrow

Your life has spun out of control

Remember a savior who loves you

And has been down this pathway before.

 

You may not sing and rejoice today

Your troubles seemingly so strong

But remember the day is coming

When we will sing with joy in heaven’s throng.

 

Check out the study entitled “Dealing With Sorrow”.  It will give you some insights into your situation and how you can overcome!  Jesus came to give us freedom from and through our sorrows.

 

Thanks for letting me into your week, I pray it will be blessed of the Lord!

 

Here is the weekly inspirational scripture.

 

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15 (KJV) 

 

Sincerely

 

Greg Wirths

 

Focus on Freedom

 

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