That time of year is upon us once again, “Back To School.” The clothes shopping, books and backpacks, pencils pens, computers, iPad, index cards, laptops etc. What would happen if adults, young people, parents would decide to go Back To God? Christian Books – Donna Louis – Back To God.
There are many Christians who have wandered away from the Lord. We have so much to gain by being faithful to the Lord. Rest assured that God wants you back and is keen to see it happen. Being a Christian is all about having a relationship with God. Like any relationship that means listening and talking to God. So as for what you should do first – I think listening to God is a great place to start. And as for who to talk to first – I think talking to God is a great place to start. What a great picture of God’s love for us! You want to come back to God – and God is filled with compassion for you – He wants to welcome you home. And he wants to celebrate. Listen to God – and God says, ‘Welcome home.’ Christian Books – Donna Louis – Back To God
Jesus is the key to any of us coming back to God. Jesus is God’s way of making us worthy to be called God’s sons – God’s children. By trusting in Jesus, we can be God’s children again – we can have a relationship with God as our Heavenly Father. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Back To God
When we go away from God, the thing God desires most is that we return. In Luke 15:1-7, Jesus spoke a parable. He says that a man had 100 sheep and one was lost who then is found; there is more rejoicing in heaven over the one than over the 99 who never became lost. If we apply the parable as Jesus intended it to be applied, we are His sheep. If one of us goes astray and becomes lost, there is great rejoicing when that one returns to Christ. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Back To God
We have so much to gain by obeying God, but we have so much to loose by not obeying Him. God wants to save us so much that as John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” to die for us. This took great love for God to do this for us. And as we read in 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” The Lord doesn’t want you, me, or anyone else to be lost, and if we have wandered away He wants us to come back to Him in repentance. He has already paid the price for our sins by taking our punishment. He is eager and ready to save us. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Back To God
Satan wants us to believe, that once we have fallen away, there is no way back. But this is not true. In Luke 15:7 Jesus says, “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner that repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.” Then Jesus continues in verse 10 saying, “Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” When we repent and come back all of heaven rejoices. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Back To God
Remember the scriptural story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32. And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found. http://www.biblegateway.com.
We all have one time or another strayed from GOD. Let’s take a look at bible history: Abraham went away from God and journeyed to Egypt. But God did not abandon him and God sought him in Egypt and brought him back to the Promised Land. Jacob went away from God and told lies, cheated, and treated his father and brother badly. But God did not abandon him. When Jacob returned, God was there for him. The ten sons of Jacob went away from God and treated Joseph very badly. But when they were old they returned to God and were blessed by Him and became the patriarchs of Israel. Aaron went away from God and made a golden calf for an idol. But when he returned, God accepted him and speaks very highly of him in Scripture. David abandoned God, committed adultery with Bathsheba, killed Bathsheba’s husband, and stayed away from God for about nine months. But when confronted by Nathan the prophet, David returned to God and God restored David to a proper standing with Him, even though David suffered the rest of his life because of this great sin. Perhaps the greatest example is Manasseh. Manasseh had a godly father in King Hezekiah. But Manasseh turned against God and did great atrocities. He was very evil (2 Chronicles 33:1-9). But when Manasseh turned back to God, God restored him (2 Chronicles 33:10-20).
So do not think that your actions have made you a lost cause in God’s eyes or that the Lord is through with you because you are just “too evil.” The Bible says that wherever sin exists, God’s grace (meaning His free forgiveness) is greater. No one has sinned so much that they are no longer eligible for Heaven. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Back To God
God only forgives those who are His children. We become a child of God when we are baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of our sins so we can be saved (Galatians 3:26-27). God’s law of pardon for us after we become His children is to repent, confess our sins and to pray for our forgiveness. By going to heaven we will not have to go to eternal punishment in Hell. Hell will be a horrible place. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Back To God
So seek GOD. You will find that He is merciful, quick to forgive, and delighted to have you back in fellowship with Him. I encourage you to spend time every day reading and thinking about a passage from Scripture, spending time in prayer talking to God.
So as you prepare your children or yourself to go back to school remember the greatest preparation you can do is go BACK TO GOD! Christian Books – Donna Louis – Back To God
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Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. – Luke 6:36. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Merciful.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE MERCIFUL? Treating people with kindness and forgiveness: not cruel or harsh : having or showing mercy. http://www.merriman-webster.com
Jesus instructed us to be merciful. Even though this was not a part of the Ten Commandments we are to obey. What happens when you don’t obey, you wind up like the children of Israel did wandering through the wilderness for forty years before some of them reached the promise land. Don’t believe me let’s look at some daily life examples:
Almost every time you are running late you get stuck in traffic. “Why does this always happen to me? I’m late. I don’t have time for this!
Almost every time you go shopping at the supermarket you get stuck in the line with a person with plenty of coupons, get a cashier that has to close their register just as you approach them etc. Doesn’t this person realize they should shop at another time when they have all these coupons so they don’t hold up the line? Doesn’t management realize this time of day is prime time for shoppers and people have to go home and make dinner?
You go to gas up your car and there is only one open pump and when you pull up it is un-operational and has a plastic bag hanging over the pump. This gas station makes plenty of money either fix your equipment or have more frequent deliveries of fuel.
You’re looking for a parking space at a mall and you have been going up and down the aisles looking for a while and as soon as you see one you hit the gas and just as you are about to pull into the space someone comes from the other direction and beats you to it. Are you kidding me? Where did they come from? I should go and give them a piece of my mind!
Any of these sound familiar? Of course they do and they happen to some people more than others. Why? GOD has an amazing sense of humor. Until you do as he expects you to he will keep giving you the same trial over and over again until you handle it in the proper fashion. Getting upset and fuming and complaining is only going to bring more of the same. Let’s look at the previous four examples and see if there is another approach to them.
Almost every time you are running late you get stuck in traffic. I need to learn to leave earlier so I’m not running late. I hope everybody is alright. Thank GOD I was not a part of this accident. Well I realize that construction is happening everywhere so since I can’t make it disappear let me just settle in and wait. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Merciful.
Almost every time you go shopping at the supermarket you get stuck in the line with a person with plenty of coupons, get a cashier that has to close their register just as you approach them etc. It is possible that this person is a single parent and works two jobs and can only shop at this time. They have several coupons because their income has to stretch to cover everything. The cashier is not feeling well and is leaving work early. The cashier has received an emergency call and has to leave work early. The store has made budget cuts and so they are under staffed. At least they are still in existence so I can shop close to home. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Merciful.
You go to gas up your car and there is only one open pump and when you pull up it is un-operational and has a plastic bag hanging over the pump. I have warning lights in my car to let me know when the gas level is getting low. I need to start getting gas when the car is ¼ tank instead of when the fuel light comes on. It is possible the tanker to deliver the gas has been delayed in another state. Who knows maybe traffic, construction, accident????????? The previous person ahead of me just drained the last bit of fuel for this pump and grade of fuel. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Merciful.
You’re looking for a parking space and you have been going up and down the aisles looking for a while and as soon as you see one you hit the gas and just as you are about to pull into the space someone comes from the other direction and beats you to it. The person is an employee of one of the stores and is about to be late for work. The person has a bladder problem and needs to get to a lavatory ASAP. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Merciful.
You see how you can have a totally different attitude about things and be merciful!
Pope Francis has declared that from December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016 is the year of mercy.
For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. – James 2:13
Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. – Matthew 5:7
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; – Colossians 3:12
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye. – Colossians 3:13
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us. – Ephesians 2:4
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. – Titus 3:5
Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. – Micah 7:18
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. – Matthew 6:14
“The way to forget our miseries, is to remember the God of our mercies.” – Matthew Henry
“I believe in goodness, mercy and charity. I believe in casting bread upon the waters.” – Leonard Nimoy
“God seeth different abilities and frailties of men, which may move His goodness to be merciful to their different improvements in virtue.” – William Law
You want to enrich your life…be merciful to family, friends, strangers and all mankind as Jesus commanded and see how your life starts to take flight like an eagle! Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Merciful.
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A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. – John 13:34-35. This is the word of GOD so who are we to be hating people? When does the hatred and killing stop? Christian Books – Donna Louis – Bestow Love
John Lennon – Martin Luther King Jr. – President Robert Kennedy – Sandy Hook – Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston SC – Century 16 Movie Theatre in Aurora Colorado – Santa Monica College – San Bernardino Regional Center – Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood – Umpqua Community College in Roseburg Oregon – Military Centers in Chattanooga TN – Fort Hood Military Base in Killeen TX – Washington Navy Yard in Washington DC – Pulse Night Club in Orlando FL and countless others. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Bestow Love
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. – Mother Teresa.
What can we learn from Fred Waldron Phelps, Sr. (November 13, 1929 – March 19, 2014) was an American pastor who headed the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), an independent church based in Topeka, Kansas. Phelps attained notoriety primarily from his vehemently anti-gay activism and his picketing of funerals of homosexuals and soldiers. – http://www.wickipedia.com. They planned to picket deceased actor Robin Williams funeral as well as deceased boxer Muhammad Ali. They have also protested the funerals of military service members, Steve Jobs, Michael Jackson and the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut. Phelps died in 2014, after being in very poor health. How hatred affects the body – One 5 minute episode of anger is so stressful that it can impair your immune system for more than 6 hours! Christian Books – Donna Louis – Bestow Love
I was watching a baseball game the other day on TV and one of the broadcasters said the word equanimity. I was curious because I have never heard words like that from sports people so I looked it up. The word itself sounds very strong but I was delightfully surprised at its meaning. Equanimity – mental calmness, composure and evenness of temper especially in a difficult situation. This was what was displayed by the people of Orlando FL in the wake of the senseless hateful killings in regards to Pulse Night Club. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Bestow Love
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. – Mahatma Gandhi
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. – Dalai Lama
Live is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. – Ralph Ellison
GOD our heavenly father stated to us many times that we are to love one another, not to kill each other, and that none of us is perfect or without sin:
They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. – Psalm 14:3
Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. – John 8:1-7
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: – Romans 3:10
Thou shalt not kill. – Exodus 20:13
Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:
– I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
– I shall fear only God.
– I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
– I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
– I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
― Mahatma Gandhi
STOP THE HATRED! – STOP THE SENSELESS KILLING! – Christian Books – Donna Louis – Bestow Love
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In England a gentleman is a man of breeding descended from royalty. Only gentlemen were allowed to play the 1st golf courses.
Last February, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland, at they very heart of the game since 1754, decided to allow women to join the club for the first time in its 260-year history. More than 85% of its 2,400 members voted for its change. Golfers Annika Sorenstam and Laura Davis became it’s first female members. Christian Books – Donna Louis – A Gentleman’s Game.
Golf has a strange fascination all its own. It is not easy. It is a humbling game, as well as challenging. The object of golf is to get a ball in a hole in as few strokes as possible. Golf is a game of control not power. In the game of golf you need to hit long and short shots, high and low shots, as well as straight shots & crooked shots. A golf course is not flat and does not have a uniform size like a tennis court or a football ground. Christian Books – Donna Louis – A Gentleman’s Game. http://www.standrews.com
In the Old Testament the children of Israel had the same opportunity as the object of golf but failed miserably for 40 years. And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the Lord, the fire was quenched. And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes. – Numbers 11:1-2 & 4-6. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them. – Numbers 13:1-2. So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath. And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. Numbers 13:21 & 27 & 32-33. And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not. But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel. And the Lord said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them? I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they. – Numbers 14:1-2 & 6-10 & 11-12. Christian Books – Donna Louis – A Gentleman’s Game. http://www.biblegateway.com
If the children of Israel had just followed the object of golf to get the ball in the hole with as few strokes as possible then they wouldn’t have spent 40 years in the wilderness. They just needed to stop complaining, follow Moses directions, and believe. God had already performed the great miracle of parting The Red Sea for them to pass through. Christian Books – Donna Louis – A Gentleman’s Game.
Live each day like the game of golf in regards to God. Strive to do as God directs you so you can obtain success, and please God in as few strokes as possible. Christian Books – Donna Louis – A Gentleman’s Game.
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In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
The definition of gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness or appreciation. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Gratitude
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus. He was an ancient Greek philosopher as well as the founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism.
Most things in life come in upgrades: Used car – Brand new car; Apartment – House; Boyfriend – Husband; Laundromat – Twin set Washer & Dryer. For those of you that are old school – Beepers & Pagers – Cell Phone. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Gratitude
The key to continual elevation in life is gratitude! Christian Books – Donna Louis Gratitude
The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now. And the more grateful you are, the more you get.” -Oprah
There is an old saying ” a dollar and a dream” but, nowadays as most of you are aware most scratch off lotto tickets are two dollars and above. There are countless individuals who have won the lottery and for one reason or another lost it all. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Gratitude
All of us have the capability to dream but, we should not forget to have gratitude for what we already have. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Gratitude
Gratitude is the essential oil that it’s perfume aroma reaches the nostrils of GOD and rains down showers of blessings! Gratitude is not just done verbally it is also done physically.
- You have an old car that you feel is more trouble then it’s worth but, it beats walking. While you’re dreaming about the new car you want keep this old one clean and do the necessary maintenance. This is an example of gratitude for what you have.
- You live in the projects and there is no laundry facility. You have to take your dirty clothes in a bag in a shopping cart and walk several blocks to the coin operated Laundromat. Be grateful that you have the ability and movement in your arms and legs to walk and push the shopping cart until, you upgrade to an apartment that has a laundry facility or has a washing machine and dryer in the apartment complex. This is an example of gratitude for what you have.
- You’ve been married for several years and the fire is not as high in flames like the Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas. All you two do is fight and argue all the time. Be grateful that at least you have someone to fight and argue with because there are loads of single people that would love to trade places with you and cancel their online romantic connection site. This is an example of gratitude for what you have.
REMEMBER THE MAGIC WORDS AND SAY THEM DAILY AT LEAST THREE TIMES LIKE THE TRINITY. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – ― Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer
“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.” – Thomas Merton
“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you ” – William Arthur Ward
Unsure of how to verbalize gratitude, try this:
Dear GOD, I am grateful for life because it helps me to be thankful and appreciate the sun, the moon, water, food, flowers, rainbows, storms, my health, my job, the money I have, and the relationships I have. If you did not breathe the breath of life in me daily I would not be able to indulge in any of these things. I just want to show my gratitude for what I have now while you are preparing an even brighter future for me.
GRATITUDE…INDULGE IN IT….AND PASS IT ALONG TO OTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Christian Books – Donna Louis – Gratitude
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