Thursday, March 16, 2006

I Was Blind But Now I See

I think sometimes we get caught up in the day and do not see the real meaning of God's purpose for us. More than once, I have thought that the worldly thing that I was obsessed about was real important. In the end, it was not so important. In fact, it was not important at all. What was important was spending more time helping my loved ones and giving them my time and energy. God wants us to help others and give out our love and understanding. The World Wide Church of God web site has a good article on this.

"Now let's move to another miracle in the Gospel of Mark, in chapter 8. This happens to be after Jesus miraculously fed another large crowd. We'll begin in verse 22: "They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man's eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, `Do you see anything?'"

Verses 24-25: "He looked up and said, `I see people; they look like trees walking around.' Once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly."

"This is the only miracle in the Gospels in which Jesus didn't do a complete healing on the very first attempt. Jesus could heal a man born blind in an instant — perfect eyesight — but here the man's vision was restored only partially. Why do you think that was? Do you think it was for the man's benefit, or for the benefit of the disciples? I believe it was for the disciples. There was something here that had a special meaning for them."

"Every time Jesus healed a blind person, he was expressing, in his actions, the fact that he is the one who gives us spiritual sight. We were walking in darkness, and he has given us light. The song "Amazing Grace" says, "I once was blind, and now I see." It's talking about spiritual sight and understanding. Before God called us, we were spiritually blind and ignorant. But he opens our eyes — turns on the lights — so we can begin to understand."

"But it usually doesn't happen instantly. Our vision is blurred at first. We can see, but we can't see perfectly. We understand, but only in part. It takes another anointing before we can see correctly."

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Grace

Today, I want to remember this prayer. "Grant me the serenity, to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference."

May I add another prayer. Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You that You are a God of goodness and grace. You are a God of faith and a God who is always with us, no matter where we are, no matter where we find ourselves, You are there. So we give You thanks, O Lord, for your unending, unfaltering, complete support and love for us, Your children. We love You, Lord. Amen.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

We Can Overcome

How do we rise to meet the challenges of the day? It is not easy to deal with the adversity of living in a world that is ever changing and presents tremendous obstacles to our journey. However, successful people keep their eyes fixed on the goal of being all they can be.

Robert Shuller adds some wise comments. "Do you know how strong you are? Do you know how high you can jump? We really don't know! For every single human being, without exception, has the potential to tap into physical power that far transcends normality. We just don't know the how, the why, and the wherefore." And I say, praise the Lord.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Life can be Tough

Dr Robert Schuller has some good advice on the subject of going through tough times.
To my of thinking, life is full of challenges. But, we can cope with these challenges by realizing that God will give us the spiritual power and inner power to rise up and overcome the demons that try to demoralize us.

"Know who you are and as you know who you are you can seize the opportunities in all of the obstacles of life because God is in process of blessing you which means everything that happens to you is in some way a blessing. That doesn't mean we are going to go through life without pain, in fact I can guarantee you will have pain in life no matter what you do. The bible also says that the rain falls on the just and the unjust. It doesn't matter how good a Christian you are; it doesn't matter how good of a person you are; it doesn't matter how bright you are, how smart you are, how good looking you are, how rich you are; you will suffer struggles and pain. But every single one of us can take that pain and we can learn to receive the blessings of God in bountiful ways beyond our imagination. We can turn our pain into gain."

Knowing God

Rosemead Times

If you want to know God, come to know yourself. And, if you want to know yourself, come to know God. The discovery of personhood, of self, leads us to intimacy with God. The intimacy of learning about God leads us to more intimacy with ourselves. This knowledge of God's immense presence in our lives will give us hope and inspiration. Praise the Lord.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Rosemead Times

Good news

It is hard to maintain a Christian approach in our world today. Because, the world has become cluttered with distractions of all types. The following is helpful:

"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15)." Today's passage is from the New International Version.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

California Real Estate World: Real Estate and Land

California Real Estate World: Real Estate and Land

Real Estate Review.

Real Estate includes Land, Improvements, Rights, and Appurtenances. Land was reviewed on 3-7-06.

Improvements include: 1. Items affixed to the land with the intent of being permanent. 2. Examples: fences, roads, landscapes, sprinkler systems.