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“Just past noon on January 15, 1929, a son was born to the Reverend and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Sr., in an upstairs bedroom of 501 Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia.  It was in these surroundings of home, church {Ebenezer Baptist Church}, and neighborhood {sweet Auburn} that “M.L.” experienced family and Christian love, segregation and in the days to come “Jim Crow” laws, diligence and tolerance.” ~ NPS Gov

Someone asked me if I thought Martin Luther King, Jr., was a champ.

I said, “Yes because he wasn’t afraid to speak; he wasn’t afraid to stand, he knew his destiny, yet, he did all that he did without violence and that’s why I believe God still honors Dr. King’s legacy this many years after his death.”

It is with great honor that I post the video of Martin Luther Kings famous speech, “I have a dream.”

The pictures in the slideshow are the property of:

History.com

Sites dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Martin Luther King, Jr., and the global freedom struggle

The Nobel Peace Prize, 1964

Youtube video of house where Dr. King was born

NPS Gov

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As men it’s easy to get bogged down by the cares of the world and needs of those who depend on us.  “It’s easy to become discouraged.” It is during this time that we are susceptible in giving in to our feelings and we begin to think that “God has abandon us and we feel: forgotten.”

If these are your thoughts men, I’d like to encourage you by first reminding you that our God is a just God.  He never deals with His children unjustly.

God never forgets us or overlooks our hard work and obedience for Him, regardless of how we feel.  Right now you may be at a season in your life where you are not getting any rewards or accolades for what you are doing in the Market place or at  home.  Faint not.

God knows your efforts of love  toward Him, others and ministry.  Let God’s love for you and the intimate knowledge of your service for Him bolster you as you face disappointment, discouragement and rejection here on earth.  Most of all men remember that your God has not forgotten you.

 

In this video Ronnie talks about the danger of letting things slide. Failure come in many different ways. One way is being passive. This passivity leads us to falling as men and the ones that suffer are our families. Men, I want to challenge you to have the guts to make the hard choice to do what is right for the benefit of the kingdom and your family.  But first you need to know the difference: if you never know what wrong is, then how will you know what is right?

In last weeks video we talked about procrastination being a willful act of delaying the doing of something that should be done. This week I wanted to bring it from the perspective of a wife, so I decided to ask my friend and co founder of Life Change Ministry which is the umbrella of Whomebealeader, Cynthia Davis, to come and talk to us about what a wife should be doing when she has a procrastinating husband. So men, in this video pay attention to what being is said so we can better help our wifes be better managers of our homes and may God bless you and keep you is our prayer.

 

This week we are going to take a look at the conclusion of Charles Swindoll’s message about mental barriers that prevent us from hearing the voice of God. Second Cor 5:17 says we are a new creature once we accept Jesus as Savior,  however, we still have our old nature and old habits dwelling within us. Thus far what we have learned about the mind is that it needs to be cleansed, renewed and strengthened in order for us to truly be men of God.

Charles Swindoll:

Along with the mental wall of habitual resistance, the humanistic reasonings that give it strength, and the proud, lofty reactions that keep the truths of Scripture at arm’s length, there are actual thoughts, techniques, and devices we employ that push away God’s Word and His promptings. Let me be specific.

Some of us have formed the habit of  getting even rather than overlooking wrongs done against us. So when we come across scriptural instruction that requires an alternate plan, our inner reaction is “No way!” When God’s counsel encourages us to be generous, to release rather than to keep, we can think of half a dozen reasons it won’t work. It’s like having a “Murphy’s Law” mentality that is immediately ready to spring into action. This keeps us from deciding favorably toward God. That’s a mental barrier.

A vital point I don’t want you to miss is that we really have no reason whatsoever to keep serving our secular mentality. We have been freed. Gloriously freed!

Before salvation we had no hope. We were victims of all those impulses and defenses within us. But at the cross, our Savior and Lord defeated the enemy. He said, “It is finished,” and it was!! No longer does sin reign as victor. But, you see, our old nature doesn’t want us to believe that. It resists all messages that would give us freedom, “All renewed mind information is to be muffled,” commands the sinful nature within us. And with every effort, it puts up a wall, guards, towers, and thoughts to turn all such input away.

Do you realize what our old nature resists the most? It is revealed in 2 cor 10:5: “taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” When that happens, the “renewed mind” is in full operation….. and it is marvelous! At that moment, servanthood is neither irksome nor a thing to be feared. It flows freely.

When Jesus Christ truly takes charge of our minds, bringing our every thought captive to Him, we become spiritually invincible. We operate with supernatural power. We walk under God’s complete control.

 

Excerpted from “Improving Your Serve: The Art of Unselfish Living, pg 84-86, 1981 by Charles R. Swindoll.

Proverbs 23:7 says: “For as a man thinks within himself, so he is.”

As I travel around to different places and talk to men from all walks of like, the one thing that is clear is that men don’t like to think about deep stuff such as God’s agenda for their home. We think more about things than we do about people. Proverbs 13:22 says a good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children. I think as men we need to be more about God’s business than our own.

Everyone that has visited this blog long enough knows that Chuck Swindoll is one of my favorite teachers and he has a three part devotion called “Mental Barriers to God’s Voice”, based on 2 Cor 10:1-7. As you read it, I would like you to think about what mental blocks you may have that are keeping you away from God.

Mental Barriers to God’s Voice, Part 1

When the world tries to squeeze us into its mold, God’s message gets muffled. Our minds pick up on the strong secular signals so easily that we subconsciously tune Him out. It comes naturally.

In ancient days, a city, in order to prosper, needed a security system to protect it from enemy attack. Of primary importance was a wall which restrained enemy troops from invading and which also served as a major means of defense in battle. Guards needed to be on constant watch from their sentinel posts on the wall. There needed to be towers within the city high enough for those inside to see over the wall. And finally, at the time of attack, men of military savvy and battle knowledge were needed to give orders and to direct the troops in the heat of combat from within the protection of those towers.

Paul drew a series of analogies from that familiar scene of his day… but remember, he’s not dealing with a city but rather with our minds. The passage in 2 Corinthians 10:1-7 sets forth a vivid description of the mental barriers that block out God’s directives and His counsel. Look closely. Paul uses four terms that we need to understand. If you have a pencil handy, circle each in your Bible:    fortresses….. speculations….. lofty things….. thought.

As the Spirit of God attempts to communicate His truth to us (biblical information on servanthood, for example), He runs up against our “wall,” our overall mental attitude, our natural mind-set. For some, it’s prejudice. With others, it’s limited thinking or a negative mentality. Whatever it is, it’s a huge mental barrier that resists divine input just as firmly as a massive stone wall once resisted invading troops.

We all have our fortresses. And occasionally we get downright obnoxious as we operate under the control of our “walled fortresses.” Need a good example?

A vagrant was looking for a handout in a picturesque old English village. Hungry almost to the point of fainting, he stopped by a pub bearing the classic name, “Inn of St. George and the Dragon.”

“Please ma’am, could you spare me a bite to eat?” he asked the lady who answered his knock at the kitchen door.

“A bite to eat?” she growled. “For a sorry, no-good bum – a foul-smelling beggar? No!” she snapped as  she almost slammed the door on his hand.

Halfway down the lane the tramp stopped, turned around, and eyed the words, “St. George and the Dragon”. He went back and knocked again on the kitchen door.

“Now what do you want?” the woman gruffed.

“Well, ma’am, if  St George is in, may I speak with him this time?”

This Memorial Day, Who Me Be A Leader would like to pause and remember those that have served, fought and sacrificially given their lives for our country. Because of their sacrifice we are able to live in freedom. As a nation we should be forever grateful for those that have served in the armed forces, past and present, and also for their families.

As we reflect on their great sacrifices, it should always bring us back to the One who made the Ultimate sacrifice for our lives and our freedom – Jesus. Galatians 5:1 says, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” John 8:36 says, “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” So, remember the next time you feel the world has you in bondage, think about those who gave their life for your life so that you may be free.

On this Memorial Day as we reflect on those who have served and shown great courage, sacrificing their lives for us, we should give them honor and respect because of our freedom. Scripture says we are to give honor where honor is due, according to Romans 13:7. So, let’s remember our leaders, we are to obey and submit to them because they keep watch over our souls and we are to imitate their faith.

May God bless you and keep you is our prayer, and remember, a life unexamined is not a life worth living.

“Many school and community programs emphasize the need to do the right thing. However, society falls short of providing motive or purpose. Doing the right thing is not a part of a grading system with a nine-week progress report. Scripture teaches that the right thing is obeying God’s laws, and our motive is to please Him. It is a heart matter, Jesus, our master example, said, ‘I must be about my Father’s business” (Luke 2:49). God the Father said to His Son, ‘ Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’ (Mark 1:11).

As a mother, you have the divine honor (and mandate) of teaching your child matters of the heart. His progress will be measured by the difference he makes in his family and community and in society.

Demonstrate before your child that you ‘love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and will all thy soul, and with all thy mind’ (Matt 22:37). By your example, he will learn to trust and obey the One who answers his prayers. To do less for him is to allow the world to deceive him.

Teach him to be thankful (Col 3:15) by always expressing a spirit of thankfulness for God’s goodness and mercy. One cannot be thankful  and in the same breath have a complaining attitude.

Teach him to love family (Deut 5:16). The earthly family should be an example of the family of God before a lost world. Sibling rivalry provides an opportunity to teach the importance of brotherly love and Christian-like relationships.

Above all, teach him he has a Helper (John 14.26), who is also our Comforter. Whether you lose your keys or have to bury a loved one, let your child see that you call out to the Holy Spirit and trust Him as Provider. He too will turn to his Helper in time of need.

Sometimes I yearn to return to the bedtime Bible stories, family singing and Sunday afternoon picnics on the creek bank. Then all you adult children (and grandchildren) gather at my kitchen or at the outside picnic area for a cookout, and once again we laugh, love and give thanks to God for His blessings. Once again I can cuddle a little one in my arms; and soon I can play marbles in the dirt and carry him piggyback up the hill as we sing about Jesus. We mothers are forever teachers.”

Excerpted from:

 Letter to My Daughter, by Ruth McDaniel; Gospel Herald, Summer 2011.

One of our passions here at Who Me Be a Leader is to show men through knowledge, wisdom and understanding how to lead their family in a way that is pleasing to God. We believe as the Bible says in John 15:5 that apart from Him we can do nothing. In this video Ronnie talks about a father leaving a inheritance for his children, but it is more than just monetary, because anyone can do that. What we are talking about is an inheritance that will last and is never changing, which is the Word of God.

Here at “Who Me Be a Leader“, we are not male chauvinist, but we do believe that God has a structure for everything and for a reason. Men are to lead their families no matter what happens and where they find themselves.

In this video, Ronnie talks to fathers who find themselves away from their home, whether its due to incarceration or divorce.God has entrusted you to the role of Father if you have children.  We also believe that in order for this to take place that you need God’s help and His grace. So, Men, we are challenging you to turn your heart towards home so God will be able to use your efforts to bless your children.