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08 Apr

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The Benefits of S.A.L.T.

April 8, 2019 | By |

Salt has always been given a bad report for being overused. I was always taught that “too much salt” is not good for your health. However, I was curious to see what, if any, were the benefits of this mineral.

After doing my research, I discovered that It is the sodium (ions) present in salt that the body requires to perform a variety of essential functions. Salt helps maintain the fluid in our blood cells and is used to transmit information in our nerves and muscles. It’s also used in the uptake of certain nutrients from our small intestines. The body cannot make salt and so we are reliant on food to ensure that we get the required intake. To sum it up, salt has ingredients that make it beneficial.

In Matthew 5:13, Jesus told His disciples that they were the “salt of the earth”. We are the salt of the earth. Our job is to influence and enhance the lives of others. We were chosen and created for a purpose. That purpose was to “unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth” (Ephesians 1:10). God is looking for Christians to preserve His name and win others to Christ. When salt is poured onto food, it enhances the flavor. It causes a change which increases our desire to taste the food.

Jesus also explained that when salt loses its taste, it is no longer good for anything. It becomes worthless and must be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. It has lost its influence. How do we as believers lose our “taste”? When we try to mix with the world, we become useless. It’s not enough to just profess to be a Christian. Our lifestyles must change. Jesus is not referring to good deeds that we do, but rather a good character that is displayed. He describes these characteristics in the preceding verses of Matthew 5:13.

Today, my challenge to you is to make a greater effort to become like salt. God wants us to live our lives in such a way that it will cause others to become more and more like Jesus. How do you plan to be like salt?

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2018 Graduation Class

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2017 Graduation Class

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Initial Class

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The initial class was wonderful!

28 Feb

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Spiritual Mentors

February 28, 2015 | By |

Does mentoring really help you grow spiritually? I read an interesting article titled “Spiritual Mentors” by Chris Morton. Here is one of the things he states in the article. “To experience the abundant life, a spiritual apprentice will eventually need to take on the responsibility of teaching others. Helping others learn how to pray reminds the teacher of their own need to commune with God. Helping a student learn forgiveness makes the teacher more aware of their own relationships”. I have found that to be so true in my own experience as a mentor. Whenever I am having a mentoring session with a “mentee”, I am often reminded by the Holy Spirit of my own shortcomings and continued need to grow spiritually in the Lord. Chris Morton also goes on to state that “one of the best ways to learn is to teach”. Professor Robert Clinton notes six types of spiritual mentors—the Disciple, the Spiritual Guide, the Coach, the Counselor, the Teacher, and the Sponsor. I would agree with Professor Clinton that the “mentee” will need a different type of mentor based on where they are in their own spiritual growth. The most appropriate, helpful mentor depends on the mentees needs, personality and learning style.
Read more at >>> http://www.exploregod.com/spiritual-mentors

28 Feb

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Answer God’s Calling

February 28, 2015 | By |

Every Christian is called to be a mentor (disciple). It is up to us to walk in our calling. Our calling in life is to share God’s life and have fellowship with other Christians. Dr. D.W. Ekstrand says “When a believer is in fellowship with God, he becomes consumed with His Word, and the desires to share the dynamics of it with other Christians. Just as sports is the topic of interest to the athlete and music is to the musician, and science is to the scientist, so biblical truth is to the believer”. God calls every believer to a service far beyond anything we can ever imagine. We were put on earth to make a contribution. We were called to be disciples of Jesus and lead others to Him as well. A successful mentor follows the examples of Jesus and executes them. Here are some tips for being a mentor: 1. Pray for people 2. Have a genuine love for people. 3. Develop an intimate relationship with people. 4. Be willing to teach people the basic guidelines of living a Christian life (studying God’s Word, surrendering to the Holy Spirit, fellowshipping with other Christians…). Do you have what it takes to be a mentor?
Read more at >>> http://www.heartlight.org/hope/hope_990407_mentoring.html

28 Feb

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Return of Investment

February 28, 2015 | By |

Pouring into another Christian will always guarantee a return on investment through Jesus Christ. Whenever we give to God, we are always guaranteed a return on our investment. God requires us to give of our time, talents and treasures. So often we overlook the giving of “time”. What is the return of investment when we take the time to pour into people? As Laurie Beth Jones writes; “one person trained twelve human beings who went on to so influence the world that time itself is now recorded as being before (B.C.) or after (A.D.) His existence. What would happen if every Christian woman would decide to make a life-changing impact on the life of one woman within her lifetime? I bet you the results would be remarkable. Investing in one person can affect millions of others.
Read more at >>> http://www.heartlight.org/hope/hope_990224_mentoring.html

28 Feb

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A Worshiper’s Heart

February 28, 2015 | By |

THE CONDITION OF THE WORSHIPER’S HEART IS ALWAYS GOD’S PRIMARY INTEREST AND THE ONLY TRUE REQUIREMENT FOR WORSHIP. God isn’t concerned with our outward appearance but rather our heart. We hear many times that David was “a man after God’s own heart”. There was something that God saw in David that He didn’t see in others. It was David’s love for the Lord. God saw spiritual character in David and He is looking for the same spiritual character in other Christians. If we want a true heart of worship, we must first have an intimate relationship with God, second surrender our will to God’s will and third, have a broken and contrite spirit. We must also learn to take care of our hearts. Proverbs 4:23 tells us that “above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life”. This means that we must defend it continually from possible external attacks of the enemy (watch what you’re reading, watch what you’re listening to, watch who you’re around and watch what you believe). True worship requires a lifestyle change that is reflective of Jesus Christ. The heart of the worship is the worship of the heart.
Read more at >>> http://www.discoverrevelation.com/Meaning_of_worship.htm

28 Feb

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Pouring Into Others

February 28, 2015 | By |

God doesn’t pour into us and expect us to keep it to ourselves. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commissioned his disciples to go out and make other disciples by teaching them. While Jesus lived on earth, he poured into His disciples. He taught them the valuable lessons that would assist them in their new walk with Him. His purpose for pouring into them was so that they could go out and be the “salt of the earth and the light of the world”. He wanted them to take what they learned and pour into others. Just like the disciples, we were chosen and created for a purpose. God’s purpose for us is to unite all things in Him; things in heaven and things on earth (Ephesians 1:10). So here are the questions for every Christian: 1. Why are you here? 2. Are you influencing others by your daily walk with Jesus? God is looking for Christians to help preserve His name, build it up and win others to Him. What are you doing to help prevent sin?
Read more at >>> https://books.google.com/books?id=k45JAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA118&lpg=PA118&dq=Jesus+d