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About willy1968

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  1. Some of you have some pretty long noses you’re looking down… You really have a knack to ruin what might have just been a small thought that maybe could have been a small blessing for someone into some kind of a stupid [and futile] argument. Why? Just so you could show me [or someone] how much you know? Or was it so we could all see how much you watch others instead of yourself? My first question is: Who do you think you are trying to make me or anyone feel or think that you know more about what God’s will is for them [or anyone other than yourself for that matter] and how and what He is speaking to them in the matter of giving or service [or frankly any other action be it sin or not sin]? That really is between them and God; not you, them and God. Second: Even if they are not being obedient to God [in any area of their life]… who are you to cast stones? It’s between them and God… if it’s ‘that bad’ and you don’t agree… either approach them and openly and humbly speak with them about it… or just plain stay away from them… and really if you have as much faith as you would have people believe, you should be able to walk away [without looking down your long nose and opening your mouth] and know without a doubt that God will take care of business with them. After all if you take him at his word, He says, “I will recompense” doesn’t He? And frankly why does he even have to bother applying any of His own proper correction process when everyone else has already condemned them? [and frankly how can God even get the person’s full attention when they are so busy dealing with the goon squad?] Third: Maybe you have heard of a man of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s by the name of Vilfredo Pereto; Pareto; among other things he was an Italian engineer. He made several important contributions to economics, particularly in the study of income distribution and in the analysis of individuals' choices. The Pareto principle was named after him and was built on observations that he made in his studies of economics. He introduced the concept of Pareto efficiency. He also was the first to discover that income follows a Pareto distribution, which is a “Power Law Probability” distribution. Based on his studies and observations he discovered that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. Pareto observed this distribution in countless situations. This principle is named after him – “The Pareto Principle.” This idea is sometimes expressed more simply as the Pareto principle or the "80-20 rule" which says that 20% of the population controls 80% of the wealth. The Pareto Principle is true in countless situations; and is one of the basis for Statistical Process Control [a key part of Quality Control and Assurance]. All that to say this: This principle applies to pretty well everything that can be counted… That includes your church’s offering… 80% of the dollars that land in that plate will come from 20% of the people attending… that means you are either part of the 20% or a part of the 80%... that makes it 4 times as likely that you are NOT in that top 20% as I am sure you wouldn’t mind me thinking you are. But if I were able call you on it [frankly I could really care less if you are or not because that is between you and God] you would likely fall back to the reasoning of “I am doing exactly as God is showing me to do.” Which as I stated above, is probably the same grace that you would be better off applying to others. Now please… quit your nitpicking… If you liked the little story, say “Amen,” and if you didn’t… do what Mama taught us and if we ain’t got anything nice to say, say nothing… sheesh…
  2. And also the "average" Christian looks upon others who seem to be more prosperous than they are [or wish they were] and naturally assume that since that person has "stuff" that they must be robbing God to get it [or at least withholding too much for their own use] instead of giving that person the benefit of the doubt [and a silent display of grace] by assuming that since God keeps the score, maybe, just maybe, God seems to be blessing that person because that they may actually have been being perfectly obedient to that which God is requiring of them. Funny how we're always so eager to jump on the negitivity bus...
  3. Childlike Faith! Mother: Son, I don’t want you to cry when I drop you off at Gramma’s tomorrow. Son: But I don’t want you to go to work! Mother: But I have to go to work, so I can buy you things. Son: I don’t want things anymore Mommy! I JUST WANT YOU! Matthew 18:3 Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. To have faith as a little child runs much deeper than simplistic thinking and simplistic beliefs. Simplistic thinking and simplistic beliefs just barely scratch the surface of what childlike faith really is; they are actually just the fruit of childlike faith! Childlike faith not only takes God at His Word, and not only trusts and acts upon that trust as a child would his father’s word. Childlike faith not only wants those simplistic things which the father has set aside for the child, but the heart and the mind of childlike faith is… … LORD! I don’t want things anymore! I just want YOU! (The ancedote is taken from a true conversation between my cousin and her son)
  4. In the Fire! Life's Lessons from the Forge - Part 1 In blacksmithing, a piece of iron or steel is heated to varying degrees and worked into shape between the Smith’s hammer and his anvil. In order to heat the steel, the Smith places the steel into the forge, which contains burning coal, or coke. The Smith then pumps air through the burning coke which makes the fire reach an extreme heat, which in turn heats the steel. When the fire is hot, the Smith cannot just lay the steel on top of the fire for it will not absorb any heat, it will get “warm” but it will not get “hot.” In order for the steel to absorb the maximum heat quickly, there must first be a good deep bed of hot coals in the forge. If the bed of coals is not deep enough, there will be a high concentration of oxygen in the fire, and the oxygen will form scale on the steel and then when the Smith works the steel the scale may leave “scars” and imperfections in the surface of the steel. Once the coal bed is deep enough and the steel is laid in, another layer of burning coke must be laid in on top of the steel. This top layer acts as an “insulator” from the air outside the fire. If the “fresh” air from outside the fire comes into contact with the steel before it is at a red or orange heat, the air will suck the heat away from the steel and it will not heat thoroghly, or at best will heat slowly. If the “fresh” air from outside the fire comes into contact with the steel when it at a bright orange or yellow heat, scale will form on the steel, which also prevents heat from penetrating deeply into the steel, and also can cause scarring as the Smith works the steel on the anvil. Finally when the Smith sees that the steel is at the desired temperature, he removes the steel from the burning coals and works it into His desired shape. Sometimes this requires reheating the steel numerous times, until the Smith is satisfied with the form he has created. So the ideal situation for the heating of the steel is in the hottest part of the fire, with a deep bed of burning coals, and a thick insulating blanket of burning coals on top of the steel. Completely engulfed. So are the fiery trials of the Christian life are. The Christian who simply skips across the fire or just lays himself upon the fire never fully absorbs the truth that The Lord is teaching him or her. In order for one to absorb the entire truth of what God is trying to teach during a fiery trial, the Christian must be completely engulfed in the fire. He must allow God to first build a good deep bed of hot burning coals, then allow God to lay him into the fire at the hottest spot, and allow God to completely cover him with an “insulating” layer of burning coals to PROTECT him from the elements outside the fire! And then finally when the temperature is perfect, He draws them out of that fire and works them between the hammer and the anvil into the “image of His own dear Son!” Take heart! All of this heating and hammering is done under the watchful eye and loving care of our Lord Jesus Christ! The Master Blacksmith!

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