Name: Eston, aka "Eston Swaby"
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Tips for Safe Pest Control
Pests have become a major problem in worldwide. They have become a peril in every area of human occupation. They are a constant cause to several diseases and damage to valuable properties. So pest control is very necessary. There are several chemicals available in the market today which are often used for control the pests. But people should use chemicals carefully and utmost safety. Because there are some side effects of chemicals used in controlling pests. Generally chemical used for controlling insects etc are poisonous, so people should use them with utmost safety. Here are some important tips for using insect control. These informative tips can give you an insight into everything you need to know about safe use of insect control chemicals.
Insect control chemicals must be done with utmost care and safety. It does not matter where you are using – in your household items or your vegetable gardens. Remember, chemicals using for controlling insects are toxic so be careful. So, before using them you should use hand globe. After finishing task you should wash your hands with soaps or shampoos. I think if you do not mind on your budget you can hire a professional for using chemicals of insect control.
You should not involve your children while you are using chemicals of insect control. Keep your children far away from such chemicals.
If you are using insect killer chemicals on your household items or kitchen utensil, use them 4 or 5 hour later after washing and cleaning them well. You should wash your kitchen utensils with washing soaps or liquids of good quality.
Use insect or pest control chemicals in your vegetable gardens carefully. Don’t spread of chemicals in overdose. It may cause to damage of your vegetable plants. Use vegetables after at least one week.
Use of insect killer chemicals in furniture should be also used with utmost care. Use chemicals in appropriate quantity. Don’t use in excessive quantity.
Be sure chemicals you are going to use for pest or insect control are specifically prepared for the insects or pest you are targeting. In today market specific insect killer or control chemical are available. Such as today cockroach killer, mouse traps, rat killer, fly killer, mosquito killer, etc are available in the market.
You should consider substitute of chemical insect killer. For example you can use kerosene, solution of detergent powder, etc to kill some types of insects. You can use leaves of Tulsi, Neem, etc as the substitute of chemical insect killer in food grains.
To avoid disadvantages of chemical insect control you should use biological and organic insect killer. Biological or organic pest controls are safe and harmless.’
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“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” – John 11:25
Easter is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world, but tragically, its true meaning is not something that everyone recognizes or understands. Easter has become so bloated with commercialism and materialism in our culture that many see it as merely an opportunity to indulge their own selfish desires for a day. But Easter is so much more than that. It was a day that truly changed the world – and eternity – forever.
This was the day when, after three days from his crucifixion, Jesus rose triumphantly from the dead. Every Christian knows the story – the angel at the tomb, the empty grave, the cloths neatly folded inside. The greatest miracle, however, does not lie in the fact that a dead man came to life, but in the victory that He achieved over death itself, for all mankind. The resurrection of Christ not only proved His nature as the Son of God, but also provided a way for sinners like us to know God through Him.
When you consider the significance of Easter, it’s important to remember that Jesus was human. He had a physical body with the same capacity for pain and suffering as we have. Now, the payment needed for peace with God has always been a perfect sacrifice – someone who could stand holy and blameless before the Father. But because all humans are born sinners, our world was completely and utterly hopeless.
Until Jesus came into the world. John 1:1 tells us that He had always coexisted with the Father and the Holy Spirit since the beginning, but taking on flesh was a vital part of His perfect plan. Jesus is 100% God and 100% man. That means that He alone is able to stand before God and take the punishment that we deserve. That punishment was dealt upon Christ on the cross.
The story doesn’t end there, though. The death of Christ would have meant nothing if there was no resurrection. In conquering death, Jesus displayed His glory, His divinity, and His omniscience. Because of Him, humans could now know redemption for their sins. Just as Jesus died on the cross, so we must die to our sins. And just as He was raised from the dead, so we must believe in Him and be brought back to life – true, eternal life. Romans 6:4 says, “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” This grand truth of salvation is the entire foundation of Easter. So as we celebrate, we should always rejoice in the great, immeasurable love that God has shown toward us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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Before we embrace the fanciful idea that Donald Trump is the new Cyrus, chosen of the Lord to lead His people in America to victory and security, there are a few more things about the Israelite analogy we need to consider.
First, it was the FALSE prophets who insisted that God would save unrepentant Israel from its due punishment. It was the TRUE prophets, like Isaiah and Jeremiah, who brought the evil tidings that God was going to so thoroughly devastate them, they would devour their own children. For his loving warnings, Jeremiah was considered a traitor to his country; and it is said that Isaiah was sawn in half. Nevertheless their warnings all came true. Jerusalem fell to Babylon in 606 BC, and the righteous man Daniel was one of the first to be deported in the exile of his people.
Interestingly, God told the Israelites who were about to be punished, that if they would SUBMIT to their heathen captors and obey them, God would be merciful to them. But if they resisted capture, they would surely be killed (2 Kings 25:24, Jer. 27:12-19). How many American Christians are prepared to submit to the overtake of their country by “heathen” in acknowledgment that we deserve it? Remember that God called Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon “His servant” too (Jer. 27:6-7), to whom He gave authority over many nations for a set period of time. Yet most American Christians insist on being idolaters to the end, worshiping their nation before God and His Word, resisting well-deserved punishment, and listening to those who falsely promise a way around it.
Cyrus didn’t come on the scene until AFTER the 70 years of exile were fulfilled and the remnant of Israel was sufficiently humbled unto repentance. God had promised beforehand, in the event that His people brought punishment on themselves, that if they would yet humble themselves and OBEY HIS VOICE, He would again be merciful to them even in the place of their exile (Deut. 30:1-5). The appearance of Cyrus on the scene indicates that this humbled remnant had again become OBEDIENT to God’s voice; therefore God raised up a man to show them mercy after a full 70 years of severe punishment.
Look around you. Look at the news headlines. Are we a humbled people, obedient to God’s voice? Even among Christians, one can scarcely find a humbled and repentant attitude. What does a humbled and repentant attitude look like?
The best example I know of is revealed in Daniel 9, where Daniel prays for his exiled people. Scripture has nothing bad to say of Daniel; he seems to have suffered the punishment of his nation through no fault of his own. Yet he isn’t found calling down judgment on the heathen Babylonians who took him away from everything he’s ever known, but instead acknowledging his people deserved what happened to them. He acknowledged, “WE have sinned” and “WE have not obeyed,” rather than pointing his finger at certain factions of his countrymen in blame. He acknowledged also that God had only fulfilled His Word to them, and that any mercy God might henceforth have on them would be completely undeserved.
I think that’s a very different spirit than what we’re seeing in America’s “Christian Conservatives,” don’t you?
Unfortunately most Americans are not humbled or repentant at all, whether they are conservative or liberal. We’re just looking for a way out of the disaster we all sense is looming. We’re worried about the economy and the safety of our families. We sense that the relative ease to which most of us are accustomed is now under threat. We’re afraid we’ll lose our freedoms (exactly what God took from the Israelites when they became captives of Babylon.) Well, what if we do lose our precious freedoms? Could that lead to the repentance of an American remnant and the saving of some from idolatry and eternal damnation? Could that be God’s plan? Is this not in the realm of possibility? God’s value system is much different than our own.
The political arguing is filled with pride and fingerpointing, blaming other parties and people for what’s happening, putting hope in a fleshly man or woman to bring about a stop to our destruction. We see it in public debates, and we see it among ourselves. It’s Obama’s fault, it’s Hillary/Trump’s fault, it’s the democrats, it’s the republicans, it’s the people who don’t vote, it’s the people who vote third party, it’s the liberals, and on and on it goes.
Certainly there are faults all around, and God will punish them all. Certainly there are some groups that condone particular sins (such as homosexuality or abortion) more than other groups, but even so, plenty of other sins are ignored entirely by the whole. None of the political rhetoric will ever root out our real problem–the problem that we are a nation of rebels against God, a people who insist on following our own hearts to certain destruction. The blood of innocents continually saturates the ground, and sexual immorality has increased without a pause no matter who has controlled the White House.
So returning to my original question, has God raised up a Cyrus to help us in this day we are living in? Is Trump like Cyrus?
God can use any person, born again or heathen, to fulfill His desires. But what is His desire at this moment in our history? Is it to give us prosperity and ease despite the lack of repentance of our people? Does He wish to save or destroy our nation? What stage are we in? Are we–like Daniel–acknowledging our sins and the justness of our punishment, and living in careful obedience? Are we humbled? Or are we more like the Israelites BEFORE the captivity happened, in denial of our massive guilt, in denial that God will keep His Word, and calling upon Egypt to help us avoid reaping what we’ve sown?
America has not fully reaped what she has sown, and we can be sure that our due harvest WILL come in. Just as God’s Word to Israel was fulfilled and God used the Babylonians to punish them, God’s Word to America will also come to pass–The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God (Psa. 9:17).
Now please don’t tell me we haven’t forgotten God because “In God we trust” is still on our money, and we still have lots of churches and religious events. Lipservice to God has gone on from the beginning, but it is mostly empty religion void of any truthful worship and obedience to God’s Word. God is not impressed that we meet in churches rather than mosques; He is looking to see if we obey His Word.
We have enjoyed our prosperity with very little regard for the poor. We have not loved our enemies or turned the other cheek, but instead created a society so violent our children are being locked up as murderers. We have tried to serve many masters, including mammon. We have not taken our marriage vows or the responsibility to teach our children seriously. We have heaped up teachers who tell us what we want to hear, and have not diligently studied the Bible for ourselves. We have perhaps spoken against abortion but rarely offered the aborting mother help. We have despised the heathen but rarely reached out to help him understand his way. Instead of welcoming the stranger, we fear that he will threaten our own personal lives. We have cloistered in churches but rarely entered the highways and biways with an invitation from the King. We have kept busy at church functions but pretended not to notice that the widows in our neighborhood can’t cut their grass anymore. Let’s not increase our guilt by denying the truth and building clever excuses upon twisted Scriptures.
Many Christians imagine themselves to be the remnant of the faithful, but if you inquire whether they actually live a life obedient to God’s Word, you are likely to be cut in two like Isaiah. And if you speak the truth–that God is going to punish this nation, and nothing is going to stop it–you will be considered a traitor (America hater) like Jeremiah.
Perhaps it is time to study the Scriptures like never before, and examine our ways to see if they are really and truly what we think they are. Do we live the way the early Church lived? And if we don’t, does that mean we are in apostasy? Do we need to repent? It’s easy to point out the apostasy of the Catholic church, but much harder to honestly appraise how we live as compared to how Jesus, Paul, and the early Christians lived–a people completely obsessed with calling people from all the doomed kingdoms of men into the everlasting Kingdom of God.
My conclusion, after considering Israel’s history and the timing of Cyrus being raised up to help a pitifully humbled remnant, is that we are FAR from the raising of a Cyrus in our midst. We are still in the days of open rebellion and persecution of the truth tellers. We are still in the days of factions and the civil battles that arise from a people that hates God and almost everyone else. Men are lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power (2 Tim. 3:2-5).
We are in the days that probably call for a Babylonian king to devastate and humble us.
God may raise up Trump–just like He may raise up Hillary–to destroy this people. He allows the false prophets to speak their nonsense and tickle the ears of those who don’t love Truth. He allows pretended religion to go on until the end comes, but He searches the hearts of men and looks for someone like Daniel–someone who will start acknowledging our massive offenses against God as the reason we are in this mess. Someone who will go humbly into captivity, denouncing the sins that brought it all to pass rather than railing self-righteously against the captors. Someone He can bring before governors and kings with a testimony, because his life is hid with Christ in God, and he’s no longer fighting for his bank account or his personal freedom.
May we find that kind of true repentance and faith, so that a Cyrus can be raised up in the future to have mercy on our children.
When Daniel was explaining a dream to king Nebuchadnezzar, a very important truth was stated in Daniel 4:17:
“This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones; to the intent that the living may know that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.”
Later, Daniel was confronting king Beshazzar and he repeated what had happened to his father Nebuchadnezzar. In Daniel 5:21 we read:
“And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild *; they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the Most High God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that He appointeth over it whomsoever he will.”
What must be understood in these verses is that God was speaking about a particular king whom he had chosen to bring to pass the words spoken by His prophets concerning the fall of Judah. These verses do no say that God sets up EVERY leader. They simply say that God DID set up or appoint Nebuchadnezzar even though he was a base man. Furthermore, as a matter of principle, God is able and does on occasion appoint people to positions of leadership in the world.
Having said this, it must be understood that nowhere does it say God appoints EVERY leader, ruler or magistrate who has ever lived. This is plainly apparent in Hosea 8:4 where in speaking about Israel the Bible says:
“They have set up kings, but not by me; they have made princes, and I knew it not; of their silver and gold have they made them idols that they may be cut off.”
What this verse is saying is that the people set up kings, but the kings they set up were not who God wanted and therefore did not receive God’s blessing. The people made and removed princes at their will without consulting God. Obviously there have been occasions when the people chose rulers and leaders which were NOT ordained by God nor was God even consulted.
The blanket statement made by many theologians that every government along with every governmental official, ruler and magistrate is ordained by God is simply not true. People in a Democracy or Republic choose who they want to rule over them. Elections are held with the person getting the most votes winning. In these types of situations, it can hardly be said that every winner of every election was ordained by God.
Those kingdoms, nations and other empires which God knew would have a direct impact on bringing His spoken Word to pass ARE ORDAINED by Him. That is the point of the record in Daniel dealing with Nebuchadnezzar. Almighty God selected him to carry out His Word by bringing to pass prophecies given by various prophets at different times.
God has the ability and right to set up over the kingdom of man whoever He wills. Although God has this ability and right, He does not always do so. Many times the people simply choose someone to rule over them and God would have nothing to do with the decision.
Daniel’s prophecies concerning the various kingdoms which would rise up and last for a season were examples of kingdoms of man ordained by God because He specifically mentions them in His Word. But, it cannot be said that every kingdom was ordained by God and every ruler was put there by God to carry out some aspect of His Word.
God ordains and establishes the kingdoms and governments which fulfill prophecy and serve His divine purposes. It is not fair to pull one verse out of Romans 13 and build an entire theological belief system upon it, especially if it is not translated correctly. In the next installment of this series we will look at Romans 13:1-7 and examine where the problem lies in translation. But before we do, it must be established from the Old Testament that when it comes to God’s role in the setting up of man’s kingdoms:
1. God has the ability and right to ordain them and their leaders
2. Man has the ability and right to set up leaders without even consulting God
3. To fulfill His Word, God will indeed appoint or ordain a nation or leader for His purposes
4. Every nation or leader is NOT ordained by God for they are not involved with His purposes
God can and does ordain governments as well as rulers of those governments. It is His privilege as Almighty God to do so. He can ordain whomever He wants for He is a sovereign God. But it cannot be accurately said that EVERY government in the history of this world was ordained by God. It cannot be said that EVERY president, governor, mayor and local policeman is ordained by God just because of a few verses incorrectly translated or understood in Romans 13.
I challenge anyone who holds to the belief that EVERY governmental official is ordained of God to explain the atrocities done by such people. I challenge anyone who believes that every police officer has the authority to beat the daylights out of any believer just for the heck of it because they are ordained of God to justify such behavior. I challenge anyone to honestly explain where the profit lies in teaching people that EVERY official of EVERY government in the history of man was placed there by God.
Of course God ordains governments, but God does not ordain every one of them. Of course God ordains rulers and officials, but He does not ordain every one of them. Teaching Christians to blindly obey every governmental official because they are “ordained” of God and thus represent His will is not only dangerous but totally irrational. With study, it is plainly apparent that as believers we are to obey those in governmental positions as long as they do not require disobedience to God’s Word.
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In the Bible, the word used for hope can also be translated to mean trust, or waiting or looking expectantly. Hope is ahead of us. It’s something we wait for and look forward to happening. Hope is knowing there is something in the future waiting for us to arrive.
As Christians, we have hope both in this life and in the afterlife. Because Christ died for us, we can have hope for a future in heaven with God. But we can also have hope for a good, abundant life here on earth with God’s grace, love, and provision.
A lot of people in the world today don’t have either kind of hope. Then there are some who believe in Christ and have hope for eternal life, but don’t have much for life right now.
Sadly, we see hate and destruction and tragedy all over the news and in every part of the world today. Constant exposure to that kind of negativity can change our attitudes and make us lose sight of Who is really in control.
When we’re caught up in everyday life that isn’t exactly “life-giving,” we don’t have life pouring into us from our Savior. Therefore, we won’t have hope for the future.
Since hope comes from God, it makes sense that we must have life channeling into us to have hope, and the only place we can get that hope is Jesus. The Bible says Jesus is the breath of life and that he breathes the Holy Spirit into us. This is a continual thing. So as the Holy Spirit continually breathes life into us and we have that connection to God, we are able to experience hope.
We must feed on the good things in life that God has blessed us with to keep our hope alive. By praying daily and reading inspirational Bible verses, we can keep that hope alive. With God on our side, we have no reason to lose hope.
Hope is not just for day-to-day, normal living. Hope is for big things. Why would we need to hope for the future if the future will only bring things we can handle? Why would we need to hope for the power of God if we’re not hoping for something that we can’t do on our own? If we can do it ourselves, we don’t need God’s help.
Christians are not the only ones who need hope. People all over the world who don’t know Christ are hurting and lost. They need a hope that they’ve never experienced, but they will only respond to the supernatural power of God. We can serve them and tell them about Jesus, but without God’s love and power, we can do nothing.
If we want to impact the world, we need to let God’s power flow through us and into them. It’s nothing we do. It’s all God. But if we can tap into God’s power and hope, anything is possible.
It is God’s plan or will that each one of us grow to our full potential and grow spiritual and so he have given us the tools for us to grow, mainly the Bible, prayer and our church family. However, like in the days of old with the church of Loadicea that became Lukewarm, or spiritual stagnant, many people in the church today have become spiritual lukewarm, they are not growing but remain stagnant, some have even drifted and gone backwarm even though they may continually attend church services each week.
The Loadicean church was very rich and what was happening in the church of Loadicea was that they have allowed their material blessings to become like a god to them. Their main focus was not on being rich spiritually, but to be rich in the world. Their spiritual eyes were dull and they were not bearing any fruit so God encouraged them to “buy if me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich: and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear , and anoint thine eyes with eyeslave, that thou mayest see.”- Revelation 3: 18.
Today, God is calling the church to another level, to grow spiritually. Too many people treat God as if he is their sugar daddy, someone they call upon when they need something, and not give him the reverence he deserves.
However, today each one of us can grow spiritually and become the person God intends for us to be. First we need to set some spiritual goals and stay committed to them.
Setting Spiritual Goals
Before you start, ask yourself these questions:
Why do I want to set these goals?
Are these goals for me or am I doing it because of someone else? If your focus is wrong then you will soon find that these goals that you set you will not keep doing them for long as you will go back to your old ways, for any goals to work you must be sincere and do it for you.
Then you need to ask yourself, how will I put these goals in practice, what methods will I use and how will I measure myself?
What contingency plan(s) will I put in place just in case I go off track or things don’t go as I plan? (For example, if I go off track or miss a day or a time, this is what I will do……). It is very important that you make plans for things not going as plan as then you will be less stress about it as you had already prepared your mind for it, and will be better able to pick yourself up and try again after you failed.
It is important to note that when you are making goals and decide to stick to them, sometimes you will make mistakes or go off track. For example you plan to pray 3 times each day at certain times but you missed your prayer time and only prayed 2 times instead of 3. That is okay, expect this to happen. Many people when things like this happen especially if they mess up few times throw in the towel instead of trying again. We will talk more on this below.
After you have answered the above questions, now you are ready to go into how you can set spiritual goals and remain committed to them. It is very important to understand that the process that is discuss here can be used to set any goals you might have, not just spiritual goals.
- How will it feel to have this or these goals? Think about how it would feel like if you should have this goal. Why should you do this? At times you will feel discourage, feel like it will never happen, but whenever you remember why you started this journey and how it will feel when you actually have this/these goal(s), you will feel motivated to continue, or to start again if you had stopped. Before I became a life coach and counsellor, I felt unfulfilled, at times felt as if it will never happen, but every time I felt like this I remember what my goal is and I think about how it will feel to have it being fulfil and that gave me strength.
- 2. Look at any limiting beliefs that would creep up and cause you to go off track or to abundant goal and go back to old ways. For example, ‘I am a failure. I will not be able to achieve this goal, I always mess things up’. If you realise that there is any limited belief that would stand in your way dismiss them immediately as they are destiny stoppers and dream killers.
- Have proper support group. For example have friends and family members, or even your church family to help you to achieve any goal you set and keep you accountable. Or you can hire a Christian Life Coach to help you to set the right goals, give you strategies and help you to stay on track on committed while building techniques to help you set new goals and stay committed.
- Understand that there will be days when you go off track or slip up. That’s okay; you may even fail few times. But the good thing is that you can get back up and start over or continue. It normally takes a person several failing attempts or mistakes before we master anything. Everyone have been there, we won’t have it all together at first. Have you seen any new baby learn to walk and actually start walking perfectly at first? No! When a baby first start learning to walk he/she at times will have to hold on to things that can give him support. At times the baby will try to walk and fall down. But when this happen the baby always get back up and try again. He doesn’t allow few falling down to stop him from achieving its goals, even if he falls down and get hurt and have to cry a few times; he always find a way to get back up, even if he have to hold on to someone for a moment.
- Stay committed. Whenever you feel like you can’t make it or you have made mistakes, sit down and remember why you started in the first place, what you hope to achieve, why and what it will do for your spirituality if you should have it. If you go off track and give up, how will it affect your spiritual growth- hinder it and maybe 5 years down the road you will regret that you didn’t continue or started as you would be much further than you are now.
- Commit your goals to God. The Bible promises us that he is a present time when we need him and he will never forsake us. The Bible also shows us that God cares about every aspect of our lives and he wants to be a part of it. Let God give you the strength and guidance you need as you commune with him in daily reading of his Word and prayer and watch him help you to realise your dreams.
There are 6 stages of change that people goes through even they actually see any real change in their lives according to Prochaska and DiClemente’s Stages of Change Model. Understanding of these stages can help you to achieve any goal(s) you set. The 6 stages of change according to this model are:
Stage 1. Precontemplation- At this stage people are not serious about change or even thinking about it. They are satisfy with where they are and what they are doing and maybe see nothing wrong with it and will even defend their behaviour. They may not take kindly to people forcing them to change.
Stage 2. Contemplation- Many people never pass this stage and many even die without passing this stage. In this stage they are aware of the consequences of their behavior, or their need to change, and may even thought about changing but may take week, years or a lifetime for them to actually move from thinking to doing. They will think about the negatives of their behaviour and the positives of changing it, though many do not think it will be of benefit to them in the long run. They are open to suggestions and ways of changing and some base on their conviction will move from this stage while some will not.
Stage 3. Preparation/Determination- This is the commitment stage. This is the change where people have looked at their behaviour or life and have decided that they have to change, they have to do something about the way they have been living and so they will seek out ways of changing. It is the research stage or learning stage. They are committed to change so they seek out information on how to change. At this stage they will seek out a life coach or any support group or counsellor to help them bring about this change they seek.
Some skip this stage and move to the doing stage, but this is dangerous as they do not have the knowledge of what to do most times and what it will take to change or level of commitment it will require.
Stage 4. Action/willpower- This is the action or doing stage. The individual have already learns and know what to do and move towards working on those things to bring about change. This is the stage where people believe they can change and so develop strategies to change. This is the shortest stage as it can take 1 hour or even 6 months. This is depended on the individual willpower. To reach their goal they will need the supportive help of others so they don’t relapse. At this stage they will look at anything that will distract them from moving to the next level and will even reward themselves on the journey.
Stage 5. Maintenance- the goal of this stage is maintain the new behavior you have learnt or acquire. In this stage you try to avoid temptations that will cause you to relapse. At this stage you continually remind yourself of what you have accomplished and continue to work to change your life. It is normal for persons to relapse or go back to a previous stage, but when that happens don’t give up and continue to push ahead as they realize that it will take a time to totally let go of old behaviour that is second nature to them. They learn new skills to maintain their new behaviour.
Stage 6. Relapse– this is abandoning of their new behaviour and going back to old behavior. When this happen people may feel discourage and like they are a failure. When they slip they should not think they have failed but analyze how they failed and try to prevent it from happening again and use it as an opportunity to cope differently. Failure doesn’t mean that you are a failure, you can start over or continue.
Which are you at in the process of setting and achieving your goals?
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What spiritual goal do you want to make and what obstacles do you think you will face? Or what spiritual goal(s) are you working on now and what obstacles are you currently facing to seeing your goal(s) come to past? Please share it in the comment section below.
Lack of communication, frequent arguments, lack of trust and intimacy, infidelity, physical and emotional abuse, are all signs that your relationship is on the rock and need some help to keep it afloat.
Many couples when their relationship meets upon hard times instead of trying to find solutions to make it work they choose instead to cheat, to leave things as it is, or to get a divorce. There are however, many who will seek ways of saving their relationships, and that is when speaking to a counselor or a relationship coach comes in.
When should you go and see a relationship or marriage coach?
Almost all relationships started out very well, when they first started dating and married their partner things were great and they both got along well, sex was great and both were satisfied sexually, they felt connected, they had the passion for each other and would talked about every little thing, they were very intimate with each other and they honestly felt like they found their soulmate.
As time goes by the struggles of life comes in, they start having children which brings a lot of changes in the relationship. For many couples, the joy, happiness, lack of sleep they get because of frequently having to check on Junior and new stress of managing parenthood along with taking care of the home, financial issues, and work begin to slowly decrease that intimacy over time.
Relationship is like a business, if you don’t work on it then you will be operating at a loss, not at a profit. As relationships sometimes goes when both partner don’t work on their relationship things start to change in their relationship as the sex becomes boring and feels like a work and turns from pleasure into blame, communication starts breaking down, arguments and fights becomes more frequent, partners start becoming distrustful sometimes and disrespectful of each other to each other, everything becomes a bother and a fuss and the list goes on. When couples don’t realize the signs of relationship breaking down and tries to correct it, their relationship will deteriorate until there is no more relationship before one or both parties even realise it.
Many couples actually feels trapped and like they are being suffocated in their relationship and want out, maybe not out of the relationship but they want things desperately to change. The issue of divorce comes up but there is children involve so many couples opted to stay in the relationship for the sake of their children or child, sacrificing their happiness for the sake of the kids.
Oftentimes the relationship have deteriorated so much that couples become very afraid of starting an argument so they tip toe around each other fearful of starting a fight, walking on eggshell to avoid tripping the pent up outrage in both of you. Many try to avoid each other as much as possible so that they will not have to speak to each other or deal with the stillness they are feeling in the home.
If your relationship resembles anything I discuss above, it is time to call a relationship coach.
What is relationship coaching?
You may be wondering, who or what is relationship coaching? Relationship coaches works with one partner or both persons to help them find greater fulfilment in their personal relationships. A relationship coach will work with you or both of you to set realistic relationship goals, understand your current partnership, thrive inside your marriage, or take your long-term romance to the next level.
A relationship coach will have the requisite training and experience in various relationship dynamics, from romantic relationships to family relations and friendships to help your relationship create the kind of relationship you desire.
Is relationship coaching the same as “couples therapy”?
Many people mistake relationship coaching for relationship or couples therapy, but relationship coaching is not “couples therapy”. Look at it this way; if therapists are surgeons, coaches are personal trainers.
A coach will help you to clear up your thinking that may be hindering your relationship from growing, get some perspective, or set inspiring new goals. However, if the problems in your relationship have to do with issues in the past like sexual abuse or other forms of abuse mental illness or anything to do with the past, unhealed childhood wounds, couples therapy would be recommended.
Can a relationship coach save my marriage?
A relationship coach will help you understand and untangle any knots in your relationship but the saving of your marriage is up to you. Marriages often benefit from coaching, but each marriage has its’ own unique set of difficulties, so it is impossible to say whether or not a marriage will grow stronger through the process of coaching.
How do I choose a relationship coach?
Due to technology, geographic proximity is not an issue when it comes to hiring a coach, and is not always important when looking for a coach. Many relationship coaches work over the phone, via email and Skype, which allows for greater flexibility for both coach and client. The option to work with a coach over different medium increases the prospective of coaches you can choose from. You can often hire a coach who lives Miami while you live in Canada.
Most coaches offer a free consultancy session so you can talk to several coaches before making a commitment. When looking for a relationship coach, you might seek out someone you can relate to, who you enjoy talking to, and who has experience or training in your particular concerns.
What can you expect from your coaching sessions with a relationship coach?
There are several things you can expect from your coaching sessions:
- Individual Responsibility
Each spouse will have to take responsibility for the state of the relationship and its success. It doesn’t matter who started the problems or who is at fault, each one of you will have to take responsibility for your own thoughts, reactions and where the relationship is now and willing to work through any web. All the fault blaming have to stay out of the process. Relationship is a partnership, and in a partnership both partners work together to make the relationship successful. Your coach is not there to do the work for you; the coach is only there to help both of you see the result you want to see.
The first step therefore in the process is taking responsibility. Playing the blame game will not help, as you might have already experience, neither do you have the luxury of blaming anyone else.
- Set Realistic Goals For The Relationship
What would you like to see happening in the relationship? What would you like to change? You and your coach will work together to work through the different goals both of you set at the start of the coaching relationship. Therefore expect to do a little work, remember the coach cannot fix your marriage that is up to both of you. You however can expect a safe environment to discuss and work out the different issues affecting your relationship why it is not striving.
- Look for the Feeling Under The Feeling
There is oftentimes an underlying cause to an issue or behavior, what you might be experiencing in your relationship might be a symptom of something else that you or your partner might not be aware of. Coaching will help to dig under the carpet, look at the limiting beliefs or behaviours affecting your relationship and bring them out into the open so further discussion and attention can be place on them.
- Take Divorce Off The Table
It is very common to have arguments and for issues to arise in relationships, that is fine. However, there should be a 100% commitment to the success of the relationship for it to be successful. When the treat of divorce or breaking up comes up it tends to chip away at that commitment a little more every time. Oftentimes bringing up the topic of divorce only digs the relationship into a deeper hole as both parties, or one partner feels like trying to save the marriage is hopeless so there is no reason to try.
Of course, the topic of divorce often comes up to motivate the other party to let us try and work harder on the relationship, but this is not often the case as the opposite often happens. Divorce should never be place on the table if you want to see your relationship survive.
Your coach will help you to deal with the issues affecting your relationship so that divorce will never be an option.
For coaching to work, both person must be fully committed to the process and to your marriage, it is futile to hire of coach if you are not committed to the process and want to see the relationship survive.
As a life coach and counselor, I can help you and your partner to get to the bottom of what the issues are and how to bring your relationship from the brink of death to actually striving.
Call me today to see how we can work together on your relationship. 1 (876) 488-9369 or email me at swabyeston (at) yahoo.com
It is so hard these days to really be grateful, thankful and to stay motivated, yet, if we want to live an empowered life and live according to be biblical principles, we must do so. We should live a life of gratitude and be self-motivated to truly be happy and empowered.
So why are most of us not being thankful and find it so hard to be and stay motivated? It comes down to focus. As simple as that sounds, many people are not grateful and have the motivation they need to push ahead because of where their focus lies.
What you focus on will either drain your energy and cause you to feel and live miserable, or it can push you to have the life you want and while you are moving forward it motivates you. Not only that, if you focus on all the bad that is going on in your life then it will be hard for you to really be thankful as you will only be seeing the negatives in your life and the world around you. What are you happy about in your life right now? If you can’t think of any, what could you be happy about if you wanted to?
Focus on that, look at the good things that are going on in your life right now, things you are proud of, could be your family, your health, your career, you made a million dollars last month, whatever it is and focus on that. Not saying you should lose sight of your dreams, but while you are moving towards fulfillment, choose to be happy now, it’s a choice we all have to make. If you look around in the world, economy, in your own life, I am sure you can find things that could make you angry, frustrated, lose hope, but that’s a choice. Choose the things that will not hurt you but help you. Does anything I just said make sense to you
So what are few secrets of really being grateful and staying motivated? Here are some tips on how you can be grateful or thankful and be motivated:
1) Make it a habit to say thank you to others.
Thanking others will not only let them feel appreciated, but you will feel good about yourself and build your own self-esteem, that’s one of the miss beauty about being grateful.
Each day you take time to say ‘thank you’ to someone you will feel better inside, feel happier and more content with yourself and life. When you develop an attitude of gratitude that flows forth from you in all of your interactions with others, you will be amazed at how popular you will become and how eager others will be to help you in whatever you are doing.
2) Praise And Approve Others Continually
How often do you praise others for things they have done to you, for some contribution they have made or just a general praise? Praising and approval others will make them feel important and motivate them to continue being who they are, or to continue doing what they are doing; it empowers them. When you praise others they will feel good about themselves, be happier and feel motivated. They might even play and important role in your personal growth or success, business and other aspects of your life. Ken Blanchard in his book The One Minute Manager, encourages us to go around giving praises to people and see how much more people will like you and more willing to help you with your goals.
3) Practice The Law Of Reciprocity
There is a psychological law of reciprocity that says, “If you make me feel good about myself, I will find a way to make you feel good about yourself.”
What this law is saying that if you help enough people to achieve their goals, they will also help you to achieve your goals. It’s a win-win situation. As the Bible says:
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”- Luke 6: 38
When you help people with whatever they are doing no matter how small, when you look for opportunities to be kind to others, to say an encouraging word, to give a praise, when you make people feel good about themselves, you will feel good about yourself and your kindness will come back around to you. I remember one time I really needed to make a phone call, I saw a guy working at a gas station, a guy I thought I have never seen before, and asked him for a phone call. He was only too happy to let me use his phone to make as he started reminding me of what I did for him some time ago, something I had no recollection of.
4) Pay Attention And Listen To Others
People like to feel that they are being heard and what they have to say is important, if you can do that then you will be well like. Paying attention to what others are saying is an important way to build their self-esteem and make them feel important.
We have gotten so caught up in our own world that many of us do not really stop to pay close attention to what others are saying, if you want to live an empowered life and to empower others you cannot be one of the millions of people who do not take time to listen to others.
5) Build Others Whenever the Opportunity Arises To Do So
I cannot emphasize this enough, 3 important ways to empower people is to show appreciation to them, approval and attention. It is not very hard if you really think about it to say thank you to someone or to give them a praise for every accomplishment. If you pay close attention And pay close attention to them when they talk they will also do the same, if not then then others will. Sometimes it is not the people you do kindness to that will repay you, it is people you don’t know. Mastering these 3 behaviors will make you a master of human interaction and will greatly empower the people around you.
I hope that you will start putting these things into practice in your own personal life and business relations. If you do, you will be amaze at the returns.
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We know the numbers of people who smoke, at least we have an estimate of those who smoke, but what about those that have some mental illness, do they smoke? If so, what is the percentage of those that have mental illness that smoke? Well if you have asked these questions, we have some stats for you?
Men with mental illness are more likely than women with mental illness to smoke cigarettes.
Over 75% of people with mental illness who smoke cigarettes are under the age of 44.
Rates of smoking among people with mental illness vary from state to state.
|Less than 30% people with a mental illness who smoke cigarettes|
|30 – 34% people with a mental illness who smoke cigarettes|
|35 – 39% people with a mental illness who smoke cigarettes|
|40 – 44% people with a mental illness who smoke cigarettes|
|45% or more people with a mental illness who smoke cigarettes|
The state with the least people with mental illness who smoke cigarettes is Connecticut (21.9%).
The state with the most people with mental illness who smoke cigarettes is Missouri (52.1%).
American Indian/Alaska Native people with mental illness are most likely to smoke.
Asian people with mental illness are the least likely to smoke.
Rates of smoking are fairly consistent among people with mental illness of black/african american, white, hispanic/latino, and other ethnicities.
People with mental illness who smoke are more likely to be below poverty level.
The higher the level of education a person with mental illness has, the less likely they are to smoke.***
**Estimates are based on a definition of Poverty Level that incorporates information on family income, size, and composition and is calculated as a percentage of the U.S. Census Bureau’s poverty thresholds. Respondents aged 18 to 22 who were living in a college dormitory were excluded.
***Education estimates are among persons aged 25 or older.
How Can The Church Help Those That Are Smoking and Have Some Mental Illness?
It is being said that the church is a spiritual hospital, it is where those that are spiritually, emotionally, and even physically sick can come for healing and deliverance, those that are mentally ill are no difference. Many people in the church once they hear of someone having some form of mental illness they quickly want to drift away from that person, but is that how Christ would deal with someone that are mentally ill? NO! He would not. He would put be move with compassion for that person and if we are suppose to be Christ-like (isn’t that what it means to be a Christian, to be Christ-like?) we should move with compassion for those that are struggling with whatever form of illness.
Each one of us should do what we can to help someone who is mentally ill, we can start by Foster a culture of compassion and authenticity. It should be the normal thing for people in your church to rush to help those that have some form of mental illness, especially if that person has an addiction for smoking. So what can the church do to help someone who is addicted to smoking, and also have a mental illness?
- Help that person through prayer and fasting- Prayer and fasting is two of the most powerful weapons we as Christians God has given us to tear down strongholds and to destroy the plans of the enemy, and to bring healing and deliverance to an ill world.
- Be kind and affectionate- Everyone deserves to be love and to show love. As a body, we should recognize and embrace the truth that all of us, no matter what our mental or physical condition is, are created in the image of God and he loves each one of us equally. People with mental illness are no less important than others, and people with symptoms are no less valuable than when they’re not experiencing symptoms. This attitude is an important starting point for ministry.
- Get the person the necessary help that he or she deserves
- Be a friend and a guide to the person. Breaking an addiction is not something that is easy to do for someone who do not have a mental illness, how much harder will it be for someone who has a mental illness. You can play your part by being supportive to that person while you continually pray for his or her deliverance knowing that the power of God can bring total deliverance to anyone no matter what the condition is.
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Many churches are now finding the use of technology will greatly change how they reach people not only in their community, but around the world. But of course, the churches have always been using technology, I don’t want you to think that it is since recently with the introduction of social media sites like Facebook, projectors, emails, internet access, YouTube and so forth, but the church have been using technology through history with the use of papyrus, printing press, piano, organ, lighting, microphones, guitars, and drums. These are all forms of technology.
However, many churches have the wrong concept of the use of technology in the church. For this article I would like to dispel 4 myths of the use of technology in the church.
- “Technology could replace real-life relationships.”
Many thing that technology will replace real-life relationships. Though we spend less times interacting physically with others in recent years due to the preference for the use of online technology like Facebook instead of face-to-face interaction; technology does not have to replace real-life relationships. With proper management and educating your members, technology can be use to enrich real-life relationships. With technology, we are no longer restricted to face to face communication, but technology now enables a person to communicate with more people in more ways without being constrained by time and space.
- “If you build it, they will come.”
Another myth is that if you build it, then people will come. That is not always the way it is. It could be a website, a blog, a discussion board, a podcast, a Twitter feed, or a Facebook fan page, this does not mean that people will automatically start flooding your digital presence. For people to start viewing your website, downloading your podcast, checking out and engaging with you on Social Media and so forth, you have to make set it up in such a way that people will want to interact with you and these platforms. The truth is, people choose what they will pay attention to based on relevance (to their situation), value (that enhances their life), and trust (derived from the reputation of the content provider or a trusted friend who points them that way). Your online presence will need to be mentioned often using traditional media as well as word of mouth.
- “Only the younger generation uses social networking.”
Another myth on the use of technology is that only younger generation uses, and will use social network sites. That couldn’t be further from the truth. According to one study, 64 percent of people that uses Twitter and 61 percent of Facebook’s users are age 35 or older. Furthermore, according to another study by The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 38 percent of adults 65 and older are online. You may have to provide training for using online tools that best serve your existing community.
- “It doesn’t cost anything.”
True, some online tools don’t cost anything to use, but that is not the case for all form of technology as some technology can cost you money in training and setting up. Similarly, the cost may not be in money, but there’s the recurring cost of energy to produce fresh and relevant content to post on your website, social media page and so forth. You will also need to find new ways of connecting with your community and to engage them effectively.
If you haven’t implement technology in your church, it’s never too late to start incorporating technology as part of your church’s ministry. You are missing out on a lot of opportunity connecting with people whose lives are technology-infused the longer it takes you to start implementing technology in your church ministry.
If you’re looking to get started with video projection for your church – we’ve got some great tips.
I said it already, and I will say it again, technology is changing how we operate in our daily life and if the church doesn’t try to apply the use of technology in the church then we will be left behind. Video projector is one of such technology that if you have the resources and see the need you should get one. If you and your team is planning to start video projection in your church, here are some great tips to help you get started.
Tips in Buying a Video Projector
- Why does your church need to buy a projector? What purpose will it serve, will it help to enhance the services? Can your church afford this one time expense at this time? Before you run and buy a projector, or even discuss it with your team, these are just few of the questions you and your team should start discussing. A projector can be use to make announcement, show lyrics of a song, show a presentation and so forth.
- After you have decided that yes your church is in need of one, now you have to think about where will you put the projector screen?
- What size of a projector screen do you want? If you are especially a mega church or have a lot of members, you definitely need one of those screens.You don’t want the words to be too small so people cannot read the words from where you were sitting.
- Once you know the size of the screen and what you want to do with a projection system, you can get an idea of which projector would work best and where you will also put it.
- You already know where you want to put the screen, now you need to decide the best place to mount a projector that will put it in directly in front of the screen. You will also have to account for ventilation and fan noise.
- Determine the throw distance to the screen and the throw ratio you will need in a lens. The throw ratio is the distance to the screen divided by the screen width.
- Some churches will only need one projector while some will need more than one. You will have to consider how many projectors you will need and if they be synched to show the same things.
- You will also have to consider how will the projectors be wired to processors and cameras. You will also have to consider where you will place this equipment. You will need to put your equipment(s) in a safe area that allows you to safely run wires.
- Before you can run these equipments you will need to have the right connections from cameras to processors to projectors.
- You will have to consider who will be responsible for operating the projection system and the equipment, and who will be his or her assistant. You need to have a dedicated personnel or small team that will be responsible for cameras (if any) and projector equipments.
Having a projector in your church will greatly improve your church services, but you will have to ensure you select the right one that will fit your needs.
Top 5 Video Projectors
1. Sony VPL-VW300ES
Projection system: SXRD | Resolutions: 4096 x 2160 | Brightness: 1,500 lumens | Video inputs: 2x HDMI 2.0 (1x HDCP 2.2), 1x S-Video, 1x VGA | Dimensions:496 x 195 x 464mm
For that proper cinematic feel it’s hard to beat a big screen projector, especially one that’s capable of filling a wall with 4K images. I would definately recommend you get this projector if your church can afford its price tag
2. BenQ W1070+
This projector comes with full HD images that impress even in ambient light make BenQ’s latest a bargain beamer for all seasons.
Projection system: DLP | Resolutions: 1920 x 1080 | Brightness: 2,200 lumens | Video inputs: 2x HDMI (1x MHL), 1x RCA, 1x Component, 1x VGA | Dimensions: 312 x 104 x 244mm
Edging ever closer to the plummeting price of a decent flatscreen TV, the BenQ W1070+ DLP projector offers enough brightness to be used in daylight as well as the all-important Full HD resolution.
If you’re wondering whether to take the plunge and make a projector your go-to display for films and games, the W1070+ is a certainly bold and bright enough – and easily one of the best value entry-level projectors around.
Check it out: BenQ W1070+
3. Sony VPL-VW520ES
The Sony VPL-VW520ES has stunning images with unprecedented future-proofing.
Projection system: SXRD | Resolutions: 4096 x 2160 | Brightness: 1,800 lumens | Video inputs: 2x HDMI | Dimensions: 495.6 x 195.3 x 463.6 mm
If you can afford it, the VW520ES rewards you with the most future-proof specifications and, for the most part, best picture quality the home cinema world currently has to offer.
If you want the full 4K HDR home cinema experience, and can stomach the nigh-on £9K price tag, then this is the pinnacle of home beamer brilliance.
Check it out: Sony VPL-VW520ES
5. Optoma HD36
If you are looking for a low cost projector then Optoma HD36 is an ideal, low-cost, beamer for everyday use, even in daylight.
Projection system: DLP | Resolutions: 1920 x 1080 | Brightness: 3,000 lumens | Video inputs: 1x HDMI 1.4a, 1x S-Video, 2x VGA, 1x Composite, 1x DVI-D | Dimensions: 386 x 162 x 280mm
A searing brightness that is most unusual on a home cinema projector make it possible to watch films, TV and games in the middle of the day, whatever the ambient light levels.
Boasting great colours, superbly bright images and yet somehow also decent black levels, the HD36 is as versatile as it is good value. Although it’s no looker, and its sole HDMI input may be a concern to some, this do-it-all projector is ideal for semi-permanent home cinema.
Check it out: Optoma HD36
You can check out other low cost video projectors on Amazon
Almost everyday I would post inspirational messages on my Facebook page (estonswabypage), my instagram page (@biblewaymag), on my two twitter page (@biblewaymag @estonswaby), but this morning I was just not in the mood to write anything.
You know that feeling, those days when you wake up and don’t feel like doing anything. You do not feel like getting up out of bed, you do not feel like reading your Bible, praying, doing just about anything you have to do.
And I did give in to this feeling…………….. that is until one of my coworker came and talk me out of it.
There will be days you do not feel like doing anything. But you need to learn to separate your emotions from what you need to do. Think about the end product, what do you hope to achieve and let that motivate you.
When you have the end product before you, the thought of what you need to accomplish will push you to get up and get it down.
What about your dreams?
Maybe you feel like giving up on your dreams because it is just too hard or a number of feelings that have you bound, I am not good enough, I will never accomplish anything, I am not important, I do not have what it takes, and so forth. These thoughts can keep you from being your best and from moving forward. Think about what it will be like to have your dreams accomplish. Maybe you want to be financially free, think about what it would be like to have the money you want to take care of your family.
Maybe you want to have your own business. Think about what it would be like to be your own boss and the type of life you could have.
What ever you need to do don’t let your emotions stand in your way of what you need to do and the life that is possible. If you keep allow your emotions to stand in your way you will not get anything done. You will not at all times feel like doing anything, but you have to learn to rise above it.
The feelings will come, that’s okay, it is what you do when it comes. I felt like a burden lifted when my friend came and talked me out of not making these post.
Don’t let your emotions stop you from being great and doing great things
Gender Neutrality and the Bible- Obama Commissions Rob Bell to write a Bible that aims for Gender NeutralityOctober 21st, 2016
It seems as if many words in the Bible is causing confusion as President Obama has asked Rob Bell and his team to write a new translation of the Bible that will remove any confusion dealing with Gender. This new Bible translation aims for a common language in Gender Neutrality.
So for example, Jesus being called the “Son of Man” will now reads “the Human One.” According to christianpost.com, this new Bible translation “Meant to serve as a corollary to Obama’s demands that public schools allow boys to go into girls’ bathrooms”.
To accomplish this task, Rob Bell receive $7 million to research, write and and publish a Bible that breaks through the barriers of gender.
Bell, who is the former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan,after he was informed of his commissioning, allegedly responded by saying, “I am thrilled that THE President of our country wants me to write up a gender inclusive Bible.”
“Finally, I can stop spending time ignoring the parts of the Bible I hate and instead start rewriting the parts of the Bible I hate. After all, love wins!” he was supposed to have said.
In 2011, Rob Bell sparked a huge controversy in his book “Love Wins” in which he questioned traditional Christian beliefs on heaven, hell and the gospel, according to The Blaze.
He subsequently resigned from Mars Hill but this did not stopped him from continually speaking out against everything he believes to false or wrong- from his support of same-sex marriage to his claim that anyone who speaks about heaven and hell is merely dishing out unconfirmed theories.
When Obama commissioned Rob, he was only thinking about removing the thousands of references to men and women from the scripture, however, Bell has taken it a little further by adding “a few of his own ideas for the alleged new edition of the Bible. These include editing out every reference to the term “Christian,” omitting all references to eternal punishment or damnation, removing all verses that refer to homosexuality and extramarital sex as sinful, and removing Revelation 22:19.” According to Christian Today.
Some more of what Rob has added include:
– Editing out every reference to the term “Christian,” as Jesus would be mortified about the idea that the word in question was being used. At all. In any circumstance.
— Omitting all references to eternal punishment or damnation, especially Jesus’ parable about the Rich Man and Lazarus.
— Removing all verses that refer to homosexuality and extramarital sex as sinful and replacing them with the phrase “Love Wins!”
Obama in talking about choosing Rob for the job said of Rob “Best of all, Bell knows how to irritate the heck out of evangelicals. And while I believe we need a country that is welcoming of all Americans, regardless of who they are, everybody and their dog knows that evangelicals, babies, and nuns don’t count.”
What is your view on this matter? The Bible said that we should not add or take away anything from the Bible, but yet this new translation is doing just this
Businesses and different brands have been using Social Media the moment they realized that by using Social Media platforms for example Facebook, Twitter and now Instagram they can reach their target audience. This is because millions of people share, comment and like post such as videos, quotes, photos and so forth every second of the day.
I have previously written on ways in which churches can use technology to grow their ministry, and also on how we can measure how effective our messages are on these platforms, today I want to focus on attention on Social Media and how those in ministry can use it to reach their target audience.
Social Media is a gold mine for those who knows how to harness its power to achieve desire goals such as profits and engagement with their respective brands or businesses.
Churches and those involve in ministry are now waking up to the fact that they can use the different Social Media platforms to reach their target audience with videos, pics and other post. Everyday leaders, churches, those involve in ministry, and other persons in business make regular post on these platforms in other to engage their respective audience. For example, BibleWayMag uses Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share new articles, quotes and other post on a regular basis. Other Christian base websites along with many church leaders and persons in ministry have been using these platforms to share the gospel in the form of motivational quotes, videos, musical tracks, Bible verses, articles, links and other form of post.
Should Your Church Be On Social Media Sites Like Facebook?
The quick answer to this question is yes, it would be so wrong on many levels if you are not on any Social Media platform. You may not like any one of them, but you need to put away your personal feelings for the sake of the ministry. When Jesus was leaving this earth after he rose from the dead he commanded his disciples to spread the gospel around the world. The disciples didn’t have the technologies that we now have like Television, Internet access, and of course, Social Media sites like FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram that is taking over the lives of billions of people around the globe, but we now can use them to our advantages.
The introduction of Social Media sites and its acceptance by the mass provides an opportunity for brands (including churches and those involve in ministry, even individuals) to offer something the public need, information.
Of course there is a lot of negative things being posted on Social Media, but not everything on Social Media is negative and not everyone who goes on it engage in activities that they should not or go on it for the wrong reason(s), for example, I only use Social Media to share quotes and to promote my book and website, and of course to help to spread the gospel.
In a study conducted by Liz Dunn, who is the founder and CEO of Talmage Advisors, she learnt that “consumers trust the opinions of those in their social media group, including friends, bloggers and celebrities, more than messages they are getting directly from brands.”
This is because when people see their friends liking, sharing and talking about a product or brand they will more likely join in with the conversation or start engaging with that brand. Not only that, they will more likely share post and like pages that their friends have already liked, shared or commented on. I personally have like photos are shared videos because I have seen my friends doing so, many of them I would not have paid attention to if my friends weren’t doing so. That is why game developers have tapped into ‘word of mouth’ marketing by allowing those who play their games on Facebook, e.g Candy Crush, to invite friends to play, ask for different things and so forth. This method has no doubt cause these games to be so successful.
So how can churches and leaders use these social media to share the gospel? Here are 4 things we can do on Social Media to share our beliefs.
How Can We Use Social Media To Share the Gospel?
- Share Videos- Videos have become a very popular thing to share, like and watch on social media especially on Facebook. People are more likely to watch a video than to like a photo or read a post. Engagements are high on video post because people simple love to watch videos as it is much more visual than reading a post. Churches can video their services on have them posted on these networks for people to watch, like, comment on, and shared with their friends. This is a great way to spread the gospel as you will be reaching people where they are.
So what kind of videos can you share on Social Media platform like Facebook? Short videos, sermons, choir singing are very popular so have your team create videos that can be shared on these platforms.
- Share photos- I personally have created photo quotes (quotes in a picture format) especially to be shared on Social Media platforms I’m on. You can find many apps, web applications, and pc apps or software’s to create these. To great my quotes I use Textgram to create these picture quotes and they have been receiving a lot of shares, likes and comments from people. In fact these posts have been doing 100% better than my other post. This is because people will more likely read what is on a picture and share it than a regular post.
You can have your church logo, or brand added to the photo quote or a link back to your site if you have one.
Have pictures of events at your local church? You can have these posted on your profile and share with people on these platforms. I will guarantee you that you will get some engagement from posting photos on Social Media.
Photos could be a Bible verse, a quote, a motivational quote (people love these), something about the Bible, or Jesus or anything that represents your church or brand mission.
- Share inspirational quotes- This is similar to what I have said above, only that the quote doesn’t have to be in the form of a picture. These also get a lot of engagement and will allow people to know about your church or ministry.
- Engage people- Millions of people gather on Social Media every second of the day. People have different background searching for something. You can engage them with the right materials and methods and by doing so be an authority figure or church on Social Media.
For this I recommend Facebook as it allows people to do much more, and to interact on a wider bases than other platforms. People regular go on Facebook to see what people and their friends are posting and to also chat with friends. While on Facebook they will engage brands and personnel’s that they like or is posting materials they like. With the right strategy you can engage these people in conversations or other means.
Many people will not step into a church or read their Bible’s, but they will read what you post if it is engaging enough.
Effects of social media on spreading the gospel
You may now be wondering how effective is these social media platforms in sharing your beliefs or church mission? Using Social Media to share the gospel or your belief is very effective as by using these platforms you will be able:
- Share your faith or believes with persons that normally would never have listen to a message or read a post about God
- You will be able to share inspirational quotes that can uplift people. I remember one time I shared a quote on Facebook and it was so effective that someone left a comment on what impact it had on her, this no doubt encouraged me to continue to make these post.
- Help people to know Christ. By sharing quotes, Bible verses, messages, someone will either read it or listen to your message and accept Jesus Christ as their personal saviour.
- Share hope and strengthen people faith. They’re many people on these platforms that are broken and would love for someone to share a quote or motivational word, or a message with them. Everyday someone post a message on Facebook or on another network that gives someone hope or strengthen them.
- People will be aware of your personal brand. Whether you want to admit it or not your church is a brand, your pastor is a brand, you are a brand. Once you socialize or communicate with people, or share stuff you are a brand and whatever you share or post reflects you and what your represent. When you share stuff on Social Media platforms people will come to know your brand and trust you. When they need what you offer they will come to you. After you have built a presence on your chosen social media platform you will be in a position to introduce them to other things e.g Bible study courses, lesson plans, books and other materials.
- Bring people to your church doorsteps. People will read your post, see your photos or watch your videos and want to know more about your church or ministry and want to be a part of it. Some might even send donations to your ministry for its growth as they believe in what you are doing and want to be a part of it.
- Get invitations to events. Depend on what you represent or do, people will want to invite you to speak at their event, thereby allowing more people to hear about Jesus Christ and what you offer. For example if you share preaching sermons they might invite you to preach at your church or convention or refer someone to you. If you share motivational quotes or videos they might invite you to speak to their members or at some events.
How Social Media Help Us to Spread the Gospel
Social Media sites help us to spread or share the gospel by letting users on these platforms know more about Jesus and how they can overcome their challenges. On these platforms remember the gospel is not only about Bible verses and preaching to people, you can mix up your post with motivational/inspirational quotes that gives people hope or strengthen them. When users interact with your post or page whatever your intent was when you made and share your post, you will have accomplished that goal.
For example, when users see your motivational quote, they will immediately be inspired. Even if they do not pay much attention to your post, the fact that they see it and read it means that a seed has been planted in their spirit even if they do not realise it. Do not focus on instant rewards if you do not see the results you have been hoping for, just keep posting and your consistency will be rewarded.
Many people have received strength by reading other people post and some have even given their lives to Christ after reading a post or interacting with a page or post. Not only this, many backsliders have been convicted after reading a post or watching a video on these platforms.
You must keep in mind that the main reason people go on these platforms is to gain knowledge, whether they want to learn what their friends or other people are posting, watch a video or to interact with their favourite brands or personalities. You have something to share just like everyone else who goes on these platforms.
If you are not using Social Media to spread or share the gospel then you are denying potential Christians from hearing the gospel and being saved. Moreover, you have the right spiritual food that the people starving for and denying them is just so wrong. Remember you have a mission to give hope and restore the lost to Christ. Many people are starving for an encouraging word or just to hear something about Jesus that would uplift their spirit and take them out of the rot they are in. If you have not yet started using Social Media as a part of your ministry, I would encourage you to get started as soon as possible.
How else can churches and those in ministry use Social Media to spread the gospel? I would love to hear from you in the comment section below
Yes it is really happening. Churches and their pastors are getting on board with the use of technology in the church. And why not? It is a changing world and technology, whether we like it or not, is changing the way how we do things. I have previously written an article on how churches can use technology in the church, you should check it out here. I am here again with another article that will blow your mind, well I hope it does.
Pastors are jumping on the technology bandwagon as many of these pastors have realized that by utilizing church technology, they can reach even more people than they could before. In fact if you do a search, you will find that many pastors are using Twitter and Facebook to share inspirational quotes and videos.
Statistics on how churches are using technology
1. 38% of people increased their Bible readership last year by downloading a Bible app or by listening to religious podcasts and streaming services. (Source: Barna Group)
2. 96% of pastors use a computer at church. (Source: Barna Group)
3. In the past thirty days, about 21.5 million adults have visited the website of their own place of worship. (Source: Grey Matter)
4. Since 2011, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s internet evangelism ministry has converted at least 5 million people. (Source: BGEA)
5. Pope Francis has 9.46 million followers on Twitter. (Source: Twitter)
6. 52.9% of congregations use visual projection during worship. (Source: Faith Communities Today)
8. 80% of nonprofits say that their website is the most important communications channel for outreach. (Source: Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog)
9. 42% of churches facilitate online giving. (Source: Dunham+Company)
10. Only 21% of the general population and 34% of Christians say they read to grow spiritually. (Source: Barna Group)
What is your view on these stats?
Technology has been changing how many churches operate in this 21st century. One way in which technology has been changing how we reach people around the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ is through Social Media.
But how do you know if what you are doing on these social media platform is doing your ministry any good, or is effective in accomplishing what you set out to do?
To answer this question, here is an Infographic from marketingcloud.com
How To Know If Your Social Media Campaign Is Effective or Profitable