Good Values

How could you improve your personality?  Some people believe you could do so by attending to their personal needs.  They think that they must dress well.  The religiously minded might wear a necklace with a cross dangling on their chest.  Others pay attention if their hair is black, brown, or blond?  And some make sure they are well-groomed.  Without a doubt dress is beautiful and appealing to their admirers.  However there’s a lot more than appearance if you wish to be the best.  You ought to invest in having a well-rounded education.  A good education leads to emotional, intellectual, and physical development.  Being kind and courteous are good qualities to have.  You might view your personality as having a mask of different colors.  Ezra Pound’s Personnae (1909) literally means “masks of actor,” because people are actors on the world’s stage.

People are nevertheless imperfect.   As they work on improving themselves they find they are dogged by weaknesses.  It’s for us to reconsider our attitudes about these defects and view them as gifts.  Try not to be overly worried, but accept your imperfections for what they are.  Maybe you have an addiction.  What should you do?  It’s best to recognize your affliction by taking responsibility for it.  You must try seeking treatment for this disease.  If it’s alcoholism join Alcoholic Anonymous, and confront your disease.  You should share your story as blessings in disguise, and work at melting away its stigma.  This negative gift that was regarded with dread might well be the catalyst for helping others.

A Deeper Understanding

 Through afflictions religious believers have been known to develop a deeper love and understanding of God, Allah, Brahma, and Dao.  Through inspiration people mature in their faith.  Often cancer patients minister to suffering patients at hospitals.  They have found their afflictions as a stepping stone to a unique vocation.  And their outlook becomes more than just coping with an ailment.  An affliction is considered depressing, but the sufferer sees it as a conduit to a valuable ministry.  It’s only right to support the patient in their new role.  Their service brings hope, encouragement, and strengthens the vulnerable.

There are some who view having imperfections as a major problem.  A comedian and actor Carrie Snow said, “Technology … is a queer thing.  It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.”  Was Carrie referring to the problems of the mass communication system?  Through the mass media, viewers learn about opinion leaders. But after a while their names might be dragged through dirt by some commentators who had praised them.  In life people are presented with the good, bad, and ugly, but the wise learn from them.  Technology whether radio, TV, cable, or the Internet has its imperfections, but should still be viewed as good gifts.  From birth, people are blessed with a myriad of gifts.  Even brain-damaged children share blessings with us.  Tramps that are belittled have gifts that are also valuable.  Why don’t people do away with anxieties they nurture about the afflicted?  Why become upset about situations that can’t be controlled? In life there are struggles, but people are blessed with persistence to see them through.  It’s for us to promote good values and morals in our world.

 

 

Leadership Attributes

You’re a leader, and you have to energize your group.  This means finding ways to deal with situations that appear as though they don’t have a chance of succeeding.  It’s for you to diagnose these problems.  Your responsibilities must not be seen as indecisive for you’re working for the group’s welfare.  You aren’t carrying out a private agenda, but are doing this job for the goodwill of all concerned.  Vince Lombardi (1913–1970), a football player, best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers wrote, “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”  Thus, you have to realize like in football every member is gifted, and through their gifts there will be success.

 Maximize Potentialities

All members ought to be treated like adults.  They must be listened to carefully, and hear what they are saying.  Situations don’t necessarily work out as planned, but there’s always another good point of view to consider.  It’s for the administrator to motivate the members to be happy about what they’re doing, and urge them to higher levels of performance.  That’s why it’s essential to keep tabs on the heartbeat of the group.  In this way he or she will know more about each member.  In so doing this individual will be best able to promote the website’s growth.  An organizer ought to take things a step at a time and build on each success.  Margaret Mead (1901–1978), a cultural anthropologist said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  A committed leader will guide their followers forward as he or she works at implementing what’s best for their group.

Leadership Goals

A leader must be people-oriented.  In an organization there’s no room for tyrants, bullies, or autocrats.  With a dictator groups die.  It’s the kiss of death even when a benevolent guide leads by whim.  As an administrator don’t be ego-centric, but democratic, and work in the interest of all.  Dr. Seuss (1904–1991), a writer and cartoonist wrote, “Only you can control your future.”  A spirit-filled guide always leads in the interest of his or her members.

A leader’s role is to help people.  To do so effectively he or she must take ample notes of relationships within their group.  This individual should lead by example, and change the policies that no longer work.  This person ought to stimulate growth by focusing on the goals of the group.  So let the members be energized by the administrator’s effectiveness. A guide must move away from the narrowness of self-absorption, and motivate others in the group.

Lee Haney (b. 1959), a former professional bodybuilder said, “Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate.  The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we.  Set small goals and build upon them.”  Haney’s message is encouraging.  Some might look for giant steps as a sign of success, but it’s always wise to remember good results often come with little successes.  As an administrator your goals is to build on these achievements until the project is complete.  Remember, “Strive and persevere when the going is tough, because behind every dark cloud there’s a silver lining.”

 

 

 

Works of Love

Works of love bring us joy.  While performing such works people are blessed by God’s grace.  These gifts become apparent when we love others.  God’s love that flows from heaven sustains souls, and causes the unification with the Holy Spirit. For the good news of the Gospel is that with faith people will find security.  Tullian Tchividjian (b. 1972), a professor of Theology and pastor said, “Believe it or not, Christianity is not about good people getting better.  If anything, it is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good.”  What great news this is for those who have fallen short of God’s promises!

Sowing

People must love their neighbors as themselves by sharing warmth and tenderness in their relationships.  It’s Christ’s love that makes hope blossom, but such a revelation has to be nurtured. By doing good deeds people come to know divine beauty.  This wondrous love is beyond comparison because it’s found deep within our hearts.  It’s revealed through Christ’s promises.  An author and aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906–2001) wrote, “For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.”  How wonderful God’s security is in believers’ lives!  Billy Graham (b. 1918), an evangelical preacher said, “God proved His love on the Cross.  When Christ hung, and bled, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’”

Believers must always put love into practice while serving mankind.  This calls for having humble hearts and a positive outlook.  Such care must be meaningful and authentic.  This is often demonstrated in the Eucharistic celebration of the supper of the Lamb when Christ is adored.  And all are welcomed at his feast.  Through participation believers put into practice their faith.  Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968), a Baptist minister and civil rights leader said, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”  People’s failure to sow love, and making themselves heard are surely the sort of tragedy to which King was alluding.

 Service

Desmond Tutu (b. 1931), a South African retired Anglican bishop wrote, “You don’t choose your family.  They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”  Such love is universal.  At the sublime level it’s one that connects all things.  People promote this truth when they come forward to do their part in the communities where they live.  This service is created, recreated, nurtured, and blossoms into amazing realities.  It’s holy and expresses the eternal blessings of our Creator.

Love is a true gift for all living souls.  Albert Camus (1913–1960), a French author and philosopher captured this best when he said, “Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle.  This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.”  Cycles of creative forces keep moving us forward to tap into a newer and better world.  This is through the recognition of the Holy Spirit working in our midst.

 

 

Mindfulness

Christopher André’s Looking at Mindfulness is a primer of twenty-five lessons on mindfulness. With pictures to supplement the text the author explained how people could be aware of their bodies and environment and not be like robots. Advice is given concerning how to turn off and adjust to the multiple stimuli of film, television, radio, and the Internet. These media only corrupt minds and cause people to be unable to concentrate on what really matters most in life.

By breathing and being in silence people will become aware of their true selves and savor the precious moments of their lives. By being still and reflective they will come alive. Such practice they should make a part of their daily lives. The benefits of these meditations will give them a sense of purpose, release their stress, and help people live compassionately.

But these objectives have to be practiced consistently. It’s true they could begin at any time in one’s life, whether it’s just waking up in the morning, preparing for work, at the job during the day, at home at night, or before going to bed. So when people are faced with difficulties like having problems at work, conflicts, marital problems, are suffering, or under stress, being mindful could definitely bring release and ease their pain.

However mindfulness isn’t a panacea for every problem. It will only allow a practitioner to approach the good and bad experiences of life realistically. They will be able to entertain and deal with the conflicting realities of their problems. With breathing and being still they will be able to understand and minimize these conflicts. It isn’t guaranteed that people will eventually feel better, but they will be better able to understand their problems. For André wrote that hurtful situations might last only for a time with mindful practice. These teachings are supplemented with quotes from psychologists, psycho-analysts, and religious thinkers from the Christian and Buddhist traditions.

Mindfulness is nonconceptual awareness. Another English term for sati is “bare attention.” It is not thinking. It does not get involved with thought or concepts. It does not get hung up on ideas or opinions or memories. It just looks. Mindfulness registers experiences, but it does not compare them. It does not label them or categorize them. It just observes everything as if it was occurring for the first time. It is not analysis that is based on reflection and memory. It is, rather, the direct and immediate experiencing of whatever is happening, without the medium of thought. It comes before thought in the perceptual process.

Henepola Gunaratana, Mindfulness in Plain English (2011), p. 134

Joy of Living

The joy of living is contagious.  Each day it comes like the light which shines brighter and brighter.   In short, it’s our daily bread dished out for us to taste its sweetness.  This heavenly delicacy which is sweeter than honey accompanies us on our faith journey.  Faith is a free and everlasting gift with no limits.  It’s special and supernatural.  Supremely, it’s like heaven on earth while people traverse its fields picking beautiful flowers.  This journey is by the loving care of our Creator who dwells on high.  In our divinely orchestrated world people move independently with a special passion walking by faith, and not by sight.  Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890), a major Dutch Post-Impressionist painter said, “I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God’s help I shall succeed.”  Van Gogh was talking about divine guidance in his faith walk.   So why shouldn’t we do the same?

A Joyful Witness

Let your shout for joy and penetrate the night air.  Be happy when you witness to others by showing an attitude of thanksgiving to the divinity that is loving and just.  God, Allah, Brahma, or Dao is our bread that feeds us with an abundance of blessings.  For our benefit this Ultimate Reality has bestowed us with the gift of knowledge.  As a testament to such a gift innovators have invented devices that make our lives more enjoyable.  Daily, the Eternal Essence’s sustenance continues to uplift our souls.  We’re able to journey through life with confidence, patience, and perseverance.  In doing so, we relentlessly storm heaven with prayers for the good things of life.  These prayers bring relief to souls longing to discover life’s blessings.

The Journey of Faith

A professor of Internet Law at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Johnathan Zittrain (b. 1969) wrote, “If you entrust your data to others, they can let you down or outright betray you.”  In modern society which depends on the flow of data Zittrain’s statement is true.  On the Internet   there’s concern about security, but people have to trust others, and have faith they will do what’s in our best interest.  Being able to trust is important for the proper functioning of our society.  This task is never easy, but also depends on a Creator whom people depend for sustenance.

Believers grow in faith through their Church, Temple, or Synagogue.  By such a gift they have hope and look forward to the day when they will be in paradise.  These teachings are rich and prophetic.  Love is in the world.  These believers’ security is often alluded to and their souls are at peace.   They are shining lights to other men and women.

A Chinese philosopher, poet, and founder of Taoism, Lao Tzu (604 B.C.–531 B.C.) wrote, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”  This expression is wise because accomplishments might not necessary come in the form of mountains, or leaps, and bounds, but in the form of a little mustard seed that grows abundantly.  In John 5:35 it’s written, “He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.”  All it takes is a flicker to illuminate a dark pathway.  This is the kind of faith that brings light in people’s lives.  Truly, light enlightens our darkest deeds.  This could be demonstrated by the way people care for creation that’s a special gift to us.

 

 

How to Be Well Again

Are you a damaged human being?  What are your ailments?  Constant headaches, low energy, aches, pains, tense muscles, or are you nervous with cold and sweaty palms?  Are you walking around with a clenched jaw?  Do you grind your teeth?  Are you suffering from heart palpitations, anxiety attacks, ulcers with violent outbursts of anger?  Do you have a mental health problem, eating disorders, or are you losing weight?  Then, you might be worn out by the demands of the world.

You might suffer from a lack of appetite, hooked on alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes.  Maybe, you are pacing the floor, fidgeting at home, and work.  But however you can’t seem to settle down.  Because of your behavior you’re unable to marshal your thoughts, and focus at work.  You might be afflicted with a chronic disease like diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic renal failure, or congested heart failure.  These could well be signs that you are burnout, bored, emotionally spent, and unappreciated.

Other symptoms showing that you are worn out, are when you aren’t sleeping well at night, have no sexual drive, and fears going to work.  These afflictions could well be because of the rat race you are caught up in.  Constantly popping pills, and suffering from infections, you’re unable to keep away from the doctors because of stress.

Do you have a competitive spirit?  That’s what the world taught you from childhood.  “Be the best you can.  The sky is the limit.”  That was how you were coerced in joining the bandwagon of competitors.  Now you’re in overdrive, working 16 hours per day, hooked on technological devices, and you can’t find time to read a book. Being overweight, having bad eating habits, and physical activities aren’t a part of your daily routine.  You fail to take the warning from a quotation anthologist Terri Guillemets (b. 1973), who said, “If your teeth are clenched and your fists are clenched, your lifespan is probably clenched.”  Now, you are paying the price.

 Change

A British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872–1970) wrote, “One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”  You’ve always felt this way.  Yet, you didn’t realize there was a price to pay with keeping up with the Jones’s.  Now your life is in disarray it’s time for you to slow down and smell the roses.

The first step is seeing your doctor for treatment.  Take your medication as prescribed, and follow his or her instructions.  Maybe, you should have counseling, but remember not to keep God, Allah, Brahma, or Dao out of the picture.  Pray.  The Divine Force will provide you with grace.  Then, you’ll find the righteousness that brings peace, love, joy, and hope.  It isn’t that you’ll no longer have problems, but with this spiritual grounding this divinity will protect you.

It isn’t that you won’t become ill, but through grace you’ll put illness in its proper perspective.  Believers suffer.   Some suffer willingly for redemptive purposes.  Others have prayed for healing and were healed.  It’s important in your spiritual walk to bring all things, good and bad before this Eternal Essence.  Then, your life will be blessed.  In our own way people are all talented.  So heed this advice for your well-being.

Boundless Love

In this world love is all around us.  With nature for sure, when people are graced by the golden rays of the sun and lush foliage in parks.  Just strolling along the beach people experience the crushing waves, while in winter just viewing the ice-covered mountains are delightful.  But in our daily lives there are other sentiments that are more personal.  People all experience these feelings on their journey through life.  These have to do with those we love – our fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, and friends.  People are moved by their smiles, and laughter, and these blessings reveal themselves in unexpected ways.  Wayne Dyer (1940–2015), a self-help author and motivational speaker said, “Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.”  Much of this beauty that surrounds us is within our reach to enjoy.  One of America’s founding fathers and author of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) wrote, “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”   This saying is captured in the truth and the way we live.  People gain these gifts by doing good deeds.

Faithful Love

It takes dedication to be in love.  When people reach out to others they come to God.  His blessings are found in the kindness that we share.  It’s wondrous love that might be evasive, but through persistence we are able to capture it.  This love is all around us.  So keep on professing your faith for it points to eternity.  You will be secured in your walk when you encounter God’s deep and lasting love.  This undertaking brings joy to believers.  A cosmetic surgeon Maxwell Maltz (1889–1975) said, “Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward.”  People are able to achieve these gifts by displaying this sort of love.

 A screenwriter Monica Johnson (1946–2010) captured the essence of faith when she wrote, “God is so unique in giving His people ways of fellowship, witness, and remember what a mighty and merciful God He is.”  His love is surely the Word of Truth. It reveals itself by caring for the poor, hungry, and homeless.  The Holy Spirit deepens people’s love and reveals great blessings.  All we have to do is to adore the cross, the symbol of hope, life, resurrection, and salvation.  Walk therefore like the saints in humility.

Love of Creation

Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941), a Bengali author and artist said, “Love is the only reality and it is not mere sentiment.  It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.”  Tagore has cleverly touched on the pulse of the nature of love.  Believers encounter this through the essence of God that surrounds them.  This involves the beauty that cleanses their hearts and minds.

With love, people care for residents in villages, cities and towns.  It honors the Lord’s commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves.  By this commandment they sow compassion throughout their communities.  Love creates, recreates, and it does bless everything in its path.  It’s the beauty of life that could be best described as boundless.

 

 

Thanksgiving for God’s Creation

A pediatric surgeon Bernie Siegel (b. 1932) said, “God wants us to know that life is a series of beginnings, not endings.  Just as graduations are not terminations, but commencements.  Creation is an ongoing process, and when we create a perfect world where love and compassion are shared by all, suffering will cease.”  Inevitably Siegel was putting his trust in mankind to create a perfect world.  But our world is broken because of sin.  Christians believe it will only be transformed when Jesus Christ comes again.  This has been alluded to time and time again in the Old and New Testaments.

How should people navigate this this perfect world?  We have to use our imagination and ask God to guide us to it.  George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), an Irish playwright and critic wrote, “Imagination is the beginning of creation.  You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”  Believers come to know their God by meditating on his Word.  They are touched by God’s divinity, and realize they must seek his forgiveness.

People’s Perception

An actor and producer James Cromwell (b. 1940) said, “Often we are recreating what we think we’re supposed to be as human beings.  What we’ve been told we’re supposed to be, instead of who we authentically are.  The key about creation of full self-expression is to be authentically who you are, to project that.”  Such gift comes by faith.  With this knowledge people walk in godly ways by doing what’s right.

Wise men and women have pondered the role of nature in God’s creative process.  Luigi Pirandello (1867–1936), an Italian dramatist and novelist wrote, “Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels.”  With the glorious displays of trees, mountains, and streams in our environment we reflect on the grandiose nature of a loving God.  Our minds and hearts leap in the sublimity of these gracious blessings first imagined in the Garden of Eden.

Testament of Life

Nevertheless life is such a powerful testament of the gifts of God.  An attorney and Freemason Albert Pike (1809–1891) said, “One man is equivalent to all Creation.  One man is a World in miniature.”  People see this phenomenon in God who is all in all.  According to scripture people were born in his image and are spiritually like him.

How can we make a difference in the world?  There might be some confusion about our life’s mission.  A French poet and novelist Victor Hugo (1802–1885) wrote, “One is not idle because one is absorbed.  There is both visible and invisible labor.  To contemplate is to toil, to think is to do.  The crossed arms work, the clasped hands act.  The eyes upturned to Heaven are an act of creation.”  It’s good to remember that everyone works differently.  How could we determine who is working the most?  How do we see the role of contemplation to that of hard labor?  Yet contemplative meditation is necessary for fostering justice, dignity, and peace in our world.

How do you view creation?  Who is ultimately responsible?  Joseph Franklin Rutherford (1869–1942), a second president of the incorporated Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania said, “Jehovah created the earth and therefore it is his by right of creation.”  Every aspect of life which exists is God’s gift to us.  He controls everything, and is the greatest gift of all living, and non-living beings.  We have to always give thanks for his creation.

By Special Authority

You’re a leader, and by a special authority you have to energize your organization.  This means finding ways to deal with assignments that appear as though they don’t have a chance of succeeding.  It’s for you to diagnose these problems.  Your responsibilities must not be seen as a power play, for you’re working for the welfare of the church.  You aren’t carrying out a private agenda, but are doing your job for the goodwill of all those concerned.  Vince Lombardi (1913–1970), a football player, best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers wrote, “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”  Thus, you have to realize like in football, every church member is gifted, and through their gifts there will be success.

 Maximize Potentialities

People ought to be treated as adults.  Listen carefully to them, and hear what they are saying.  All things don’t necessarily work out as planned, but there’s always another point of view.  It’s for you to motivate your workers to be happy about what they’re doing, and urge them to higher levels of performance.  That’s why it’s essential to keep tabs on the heartbeat of your group.  In this way you’ll know more about each parishioner.  By so doing you’ll be best able to promote the church’s growth, and parishioners’ interests. Take things a step at a time and build on each success.

Margaret Mead (1901–1978), a cultural anthropologist said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  Committed leaders guide their followers forward as they work at implementing what’s best for their congregation, and the world at large.

Lack of Control

Leaders must be people-oriented.  In the church there’s no room for tyrants, bullies, or autocrats.  With dictators organizations die.  It’s the kiss of death even with benevolent leaders lead by whim.  As a leader move away from being ego-centric, but democratic, and work in the interest of all.  Dr. Seuss (1904–1991), a writer and cartoonist wrote, “Only you can control your future.”  A spirit-filled leader always leads in the interest of the congregation.

Be Inspirational

Leaders’ role is to help people.  To do so effectively they must take ample note of relationships within their churches.  They should lead by example by changing policies that no longer works.  They ought to stimulate growth by their sincere beliefs in humanity.  Let parishioners be energized by this apostolic zeal. By the Holy Spirit believers would move away from the narrowness of self-absorption.  By so doing they will motivate others for the general good.

Lee Haney (b. 1959), a former professional bodybuilder said, “Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate.  The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we.  Set small goals and build upon them.”  Haney’s message is encouraging.  Some might look for giant steps to be successful, but it’s always wise to remember good results often come in small doses.  As leaders your goals are to build on little achievements until projects are successful.  Remember, “Strive and persevere when the going is rough, because in every dark cloud there’s a silver lining.”

 

God’s Attributes

God has extraordinary attributes and with his saints there’s extreme joy.  It’s so because they are always striving for perfection.  Happiness from God is like a flame enlightening our lives.  This ideal is to be found in the working of the Holy Spirit.  This is a great gift symbolic of his transcendent glory.  God’s image is beyond all created wisdom as the Creator and Father of Lights.  He’s the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

God’s attributes were noted by Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), a founding father of the United States, who wrote, “A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.”  It’s the Holy Spirit who provides this food and fire to believers.

Perfect Bliss

 With God there’s perfect bliss.  Christians expect eternal rest after leaving this earthly domain.  We’ll praise him without ceasing.  Hunger and thirst will be no more, for we’ll be recipients of his precious gifts.  Believers walking in the spirit are fearless.  We’ll eventually discover the full nature of our amazing lives.  Christians will demonstrate this willingness by what they do.

Believers are known for having a steadfast spirit.  Our experiences continue to deepen when we walk as spirit-filled evangelists.  A mythologist and lecturer in Comparative Religions, Joseph Campbell (1904–1987) wrote, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were walls.”  Campbell captured the essence of our earthly journey where nothing is impossible with God.

Sight of Excellency

 God’s wisdom is indescribable and known for infinite grace.  Believers walking in his footsteps often demonstrate an apostolic spirit.  It’s one of harmony revealed with the fire at Pentecost when there was a religious awakening.  Christians create trails like those envisioned by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), an essayist and poet who said, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

God’s Goodness

Contemplating God is remarkable for people experience his goodness, and mercy.  This power is found in God’s boundless love.  He’s the fountain of goodness that tends the wounded before believers are able to recognize them.  As Christians it’s good to witness about God’s character, for this is a weapon used when believers fellowship with unbelievers.  God’s resurrected power was for all to see in the Risen Christ.

In our pastoral outreach let us show love for other souls.  Be industrious for that’s what God expects of us.  With the anointing of the Holy Spirit people are enlightened to walk in his ways.  Our approach to Christianity has to be Christ-o-centric.  His followers have to be obedient like true disciples.  Booker T. Washington (1856–1915), an African American educator wrote, “Character is power.”  Inevitably, faith-filled lives would best exemplify the character of Christians.  God’s goodness and mercy will shine through his believers in amazing ways.