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BODY ODOR

A delightful aroma is alluring and can even change moods and dispositions.
The Bible says that our lives are a sweet smelling aroma to God. The Bible
explains it this way in 2 Corinthians 2:15, “For we are to God the fragrance
of Christ to those who are being saved and among those who are perishing”.

This is an unusual question for me to ask but, what do you smell like in the workplace?

Is your Christian life a sweet and pleasing fragrance to God and to those around you?

Or, is your “spiritual body odor” repulsive and offensive (i.e. holier-than-thou,
judgmental, hypocritical, etc.)?

Throughout the Bible, Jesus serves as our example of truth and love, and He is the
One we strive to be like. His life was the sweet smelling aroma in this world and,
His life was attractive and inviting to those He encountered. Jesus never
compromised truth but acted with love and service toward others.

Our lives should reflect the life of Christ as we give ourselves in acts of love,
service toward others and excellence at work. Living in this way will be pleasing
to God and attractive to others.

Workplace Challenge:

Ø Evaluate what your life “smells” like at work.
Ø Do you release the sweet smelling aroma of Christ in the workplace so
that others are drawn to your faith and to the Lord?
Ø Or, would you describe it as a repulsive and distasteful aroma?

As workplace believers we are called to be like Jesus; to love others, to serve
with joy and to be excellent in all things. It doesn’t matter where you are employed,
acts of love, service and excellence will release an enticing fragrance in your workplace.
May the powerful aroma of Christ that resides in you be so sweet and alluring that
others are drawn to the Savior.

Have a delightful, alluring Monday & a Great sweet-smelling aroma Week ahead!

“TheOther6Days” – WB Journal

 
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TRUST YOUR PAST TO GOD

Verses of the Week:

1. “If anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father — Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2)

2. “Christ is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)

3. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Cor 5:17)

Quote of the Week:

“Trust the past to God’s mercy,
the present to God’s love
and the future to God’s providence.”
– Augustine

Prayer of the Week:

“While Jesus is representing me in heaven, may I reflect him on earth, while he pleads my cause, may I praise his name. Continue the gentleness of thy goodness towards me, and whether I wake or sleep, let your presence go with me. Amen” (Puritan Prayer)

 
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DON’T LET THIS STEAL YOUR DREAMS

by JANE POWELL on AUGUST 30, 2011
“Discouragement steals your dreams.”

Hand in hand with setbacks and challenges comes discouragement. Its ferocity can stop you in your tracks and before you know it your dreams seem unreachable. Stop! This is only true if you give in.

Today is the day you will conquer discouragement. Today is the day you will feel more determined and stronger than ever. Today is the day you will put one foot in front of the other and persevere.

Make a commitment to yourself that you will never give up when you feel disheartened, but rather, you will view these feelings as a sign to work harder.

You’re entitled to your dreams and aspirations. So why not make this commitment today?

©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women

Today’s Affirmation: I am committed to conquering discouragement.

 
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CAN WE BE IN THE TRIBULATION ALREADY ?

– Jack Kinsella – Omega Letter Editor – http://www.omegaletter.com

According to Bible prophecy, the antichrist builds his government on three main pillars of power; a global government, a global economy and a global religious system. All three must exist and be functioning prior to his arrival on the scene, since his time frame is limited to just 2,520 days.

The prophet Daniel says that the antichrist will be a prince of the people who destroyed the city and sanctuary; “. . . and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. . .” (Daniel 9:27)

That was accomplished by the Roman legions under the command of Titus in AD 70.

Daniel says this coming Roman ‘prince’ will confirm a seven-year covenant between Israel and ‘many’ that results an a period of peace and safety for the Jews of Israel.

Two things to note about this covenant. First, note the context. This is about Israel’s future. Not about the antichrist. In this context, he is a supporting player, not the object of the prophecy.

The fact the antichrist confirms a covenant ‘with many’ would be irrelevant if Israel were not the other principal to this covenant. An agreement in which Israel plays any lesser role cannot be Daniel’s covenant.

The second thing to note is that this covenant must already exist in some form. One cannot ‘confirm’ that which does not exist. This is not a newly-negotiated covenant cooked up by the antichrist to include Israel among the many.

It is a confirmation of a previously existing agreement. There is but one failed seven-year agreement involving Israel, the revived Roman empire and ‘many’.

That is the Oslo agreement, initially negotiated to run exactly seven years, negotiated between the State of Israel and Yasser Arafat on behalf of the Palestinian ‘people’ under the supervision of the Europeans.

The Oslo formula of ‘land for peace’ remains the foundation upon which any future agreement will be built. Every effort since has built on the efforts of Oslo.

Once Daniel’s covenant is confirmed, Temple worship will be restored, which requires Israel to somehow recover possession of Temple Mount. We know that it must be restored because mid-way through the Tribulation Period, the antichrist suspends Temple worship.

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Daniel 9:27)

Any covenant negotiated with Israel that does not leave Israel in possession of Temple Mount and provides for the restoration of Temple worship is NOT the covenant of Daniel 9:27.

How can I say so with such confidence? Because the covenant of Daniel 9:27 is the one that starts the clock ticking.

From the signing of that confirmation of the covenant until the return of Christ at Armageddon is 2,520 literal days. If that covenant were already in place, then the antichrist would already be in power.

Except that at some point before he could BE the antichrist, he must first recover from a deadly head wound.

“And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” (Revelation 13:3)

It is AFTER his deadly wound is healed, that John says;

“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?”

So, the antichrist, having been healed from a deadly wound, is acclaimed by the whole world for this apparent miracle. John says that, AFTER this takes place;

“And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.”

Let’s stop there and summarize. First, the covenant, confirmed by a prince of Rome. Then the head wound. Then he is acclaimed as worthy of worship as a god.

Then he is given power to mesmerize the population with a supernaturally gifted ‘mouth speaking great things and blasphemies’ — and this power lasts for forty-two months (1,260 days or 3 1/2 years).

This is the first half of the Tribulation Period. If the antichrist were active and if we were now in the Tribulation, all this would already be in motion. None of it is as yet.

But let’s pretend that we’re in the Tribulation now. That means that within the next 1,260 days, a functioning global government capable of ordering mass executions for political purposes must be fully in power.

“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” Notice this power isn’t given him over just Europeans. Or just over the nations around the Mediterranean.

It is over ALL ‘kindreds’ (families) tongues (languages) and nations (ethnicities)

Anybody care to guess what the word translated into English as ‘all’ means in the original Greek? (Give up? Ok. It means, ‘all’).

That power is, after forty-two months, fully developed and operational. Then, the second beast takes his place onstage.

“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” (Revelation 13:11) This second beast is a counterfeit prophet, one who has the appearance of Christianity, but who openly teaches the worship of the first beast (the antichrist).

“And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”

This second beast will be Satanically energized with supernatural powers. “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, “(Revelation 13:12-13)

Now, I want to stop here again. We are just now at the mid-point of the Tribulation — it started 3 1/2 years ago with the confirmation of the covenant with Israel and the healing of the first beast’s deadly wound.

What must also exist by this point?

Obviously, a global religious system, since there is a global religious leader with the power to condemn apostates to death. So if the Tribulation were to begin tomorrow, say, then within the next 42 months, a new system would have to replace both Christianity and Judaism.

According to the Bible, the persecution of Christians and Jews would be global, bloody and with the enthusiastic cooperation of the global population.

Like most of you, I can see all that coming. But it isn’t here.

The third pillar in the antichrist’s government is a global economy that is tied to both the global religious system and the global government. All three are administered by the same overall authority.

All three must not only exist, but they must be fully operational within three and one half years of the covenant that restores Temple worship to Israel.

Because three and one half years after Israel’s Temple worship is restored, it must then be taken away, signaling the onset of the “Great Tribulation” in which three quarters of mankind die from the plagues and judgments that fall upon an unrepentant human race.

There are some Christians who believe we are already in the early part of the Tribulation Period now and that the current head of the EU/WEU, Javier Solana, is the antichrist.

For that to be true, then, Israel must be in a period of peace and safety right now.

The covenant must be in full force, the Jews of Israel must be in possession of the Temple Mount and the Jewish priests must now be offering legitimate sacrifices to God in a ritually cleansed Temple.

That means the ashes of a pure red heifer must already have been found and sprinkled to cleanse the Holy of Holies after two millennia of desecration.

Within the next forty-two months, the false prophet must convince everybody on earth except the Jews to worship the beast.

By the mid-point of the Tribulation, the global economy will be tied to a mark in the right hand or forehead without which no man could buy or sell.

So within 1260 days, all cash transactions must cease to exist.

Within forty-two months, all Christians and Jews the world over will be hunted down and ultimately executed if they refuse to take the Mark of the Beast.

Problem: Even with Satan’s enthusiastic cooperation, there isn’t enough time. You can’t get there from here.

The covenant has not been confirmed and Israel is not living in peace and safety. Temple worship has not been restored and al-Aqsa remains standing atop the Holy of Holies.

There is no functioning global religion. There is no functioning global religious authority. As long as there are Christians and Jews, there can NEVER be a universally acceptable global religious authority.

The global economy is outside of any one nation’s control, let alone the control of one man. Cash makes global control impossible. And a universal currency would take a lot longer than 42 months from now to implement.

That is not to say that the Rapture couldn’t take place tomorrow. The Rapture of the Church is an event INDEPENDENT of the Tribulation Period. They are not ‘bookends’.

The Rapture is the conclusion of the Age of Grace. It is when Jesus comes to retrieve His Bride from the earth. The Tribulation is the resumption of the Final Week of the Law. They are as separate as distinct as Pentecost is from the Destruction of the Temple forty years later.

Since the Holy Spirit indwells the Church, when the Bride is retrieved, His earthly ministry concludes, just as Jesus’ earthly ministry concluded at the Ascension.

Temple worship didn’t cease on the day the Church Age began — it continued another forty years before Titus.

The Rapture of the Church could take place tomorrow and the Tribulation Period could still be a decade or more into the future. Maybe two decades. However long it takes. The two are independent events.

That is why we, as Christians, are not charged with watching for the antichrist. We are given details concerning the coming of antichrist because, if we can hear his approaching footsteps, we can know that the time of our deliverance is even closer.

The signs of the times were given for the lost — the saved don’t need them — except as witnessing tools.

The Tribulation period is close. No doubt about it. What does it mean to the Church? It means the Rapture is closer.

“And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh,” Jesus said. (Luke 21:28)

At the beginning. Not at the end.

 
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QUAKING IN D.C A FOREWARNING

– Terry James – http://www.raptureready.com

Mr. President, tear down this wall…What wall? The wall your administration has erected between the American people and the nation Israel.
The Gallup Poll most recently told you–told the world–that by a wide margin, we the people of the United States believe Israel is not the problem in the Middle East, or anywhere else. By a margin of 63 percent, we have made it known that we want America to continue to embrace the Jewish state as a close friend and ally –the only true ally we have in that violent part of the world. Yet, you and those you send as interlocutors in that one-sided, so-called peace process consistently lock arms with Israel’s blood-vowed enemies to try to bully that nation to give in to demands that will never end as long as Israel exists.
Israel’s enemies–and that list includes every Arab state to one degree or another—want Israel eradicated. The 5.8 shaking your present mansion received while you were enjoying the golfing, luxury, and beauty of Martha’s Vineyard, Mr. President, is a not-so-gentle reminder that the God of Israel will never let that happen.
You have touched the apple of the Almighty’s eye, and continue to do so as the threatened September date of Israel’s assault by the UN against God’s chosen nation draws nearer. By refusing to state firmly and emphatically that the U.S. will exercise the Security Council veto power in any attempt to create a Palestinian state with the bullying tactics of Ban Ki-moon and the Islamist-controlled delegations of that organization, you directly dare the God of heaven to do anything about your obdurate stance against Him. The quaking in the nation’s capital is a mild forewarning of what is to come, if your actions, and lack of action, continue on the course you have chosen with regard to Israel.
We are not currently witnessing God’s judgment and wrath with this earthquake, or with Hurricane Irene that is assaulting the East Coast of the nation. When His wrath–His judgment–does fall, it will be, Jesus prophesied, a time more terrible than any that has ever existed on planet earth (Matthew 24:21). But, God is warning yet again, I’m convinced, that dealing with Israel is a deadly serious matter in His interaction with mankind. The closer the time of Christ’s return, the more intense will become His forewarnings.
America has been Israel’s friend, her protector, in human terms. America has, therefore, been blessed of God beyond any nation in history, with material wealth and godly moorings of Christianity at our very foundation. But, the tide is turning, as anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear can discern.
Economic catastrophe looms on the national horizon to such a degree that this great nation’s fall will literally bring the entire world down, when it crashes. And, it’s not a matter of if that will happen, but when. We have been experiencing an economic earthquake for months–even years–and the shaking is getting worse. Now the geophysical quaking is shaking the very foundation of Washington, D.C.
But, the earthquaking is mild–very mild, my spirit tells me—compared to the shaking that is coming upon this country and world. Much of the quaking–socioeconomic and geophysical–is a direct result of the way America and the world are dealing with the nation that the God of heaven has, in His absolute authority, determined cannot be destroyed. Satanic forces are ratcheting up everything possible to keep God’s promises to Israel from being fulfilled. There is bound to be such titanic shaking as we are presently experiencing while the biblically prophesied battle between what secularists call good and evil takes place. Be assured–the outcome of that battle is already determined.
Knowing that this request isn’t likely to produce the desired answer, ultimately, I still must make the plea as one given the commission to forewarn during these prophetic times. Mr. President, please do all within your power to see to it that America comes down on the winning side. Regardless, Israel will be the winner. We have the Word of the Creator of all that is who has made the following promise: “This is what the Lord says, ‘He who appoints the sun to shine by day, Who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar — the Lord Almighty is His Name; Only if these ordinances vanish from My sight,’ declares the Lord, ‘will the descendants of Israel ever cease to be a nation before Me.'” (Jeremiah 31:35-36 )

 
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THE ROAD I CHOOSE

Hope Poem

I am 32 years of age and have been fighting this addiction for 15 years. I have just completed a 1 month rehab, where I have learnt that there is more to life than just getting high. This poem I wrote in rehab. I believe that life is a better place and worth living for. The long road is far from over, it’s a day by day battle which I will win.

The Road I Choose

© Tim Steler

From the day I had you, you made me free.
The more I had you, the more I could flee.
Since that day I kept you close,
Now it’s time, you should be a ghost.
You ran my life for so long,
Escaping myself in that bong.
This new road is hard and long I’m sure,
That old road I took will be no more.
It’s time to change the way I lived,
I have so much I want to give.
So for all of you who choose this path,
I wish you luck, it will be hard.
Think about today, don’t worry about tomorrow,
Day by day you will leave that sorrow.

Source: The Road I Choose, Hope Poem http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/the-road-i-choose#ixzz1WUsnfljN
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FEAR

Fear Poem by Teens

This poem is about me being afraid of something that had happened to me in my life. I don’t think I’ve ever been this scared before. I was attacked for no reason. It was a few months ago, but I can still feel the pain that I was in. I’m so lucky that I didn’t get a concussion. Ever since that day she kept attacking me. So everywhere I go, I have to be cautious of where I go and if she’s near me. I’m just hoping and praying that the next time she will attack me won’t be the end for me.


Fear

© Devina Delgado

I’m so tired of all the pain,
Just please let it rain,
So I can hide my tears,
So no one can see my fears,
That are going to keep haunting,
For the rest of my life,
Just want it all to disappear,
So I don’t have to deal with my fears,
Just want it all to go away,
I just hope I can be okay,
I’m so tired of running,
I’m so sick of hiding,
All my pain is building up,
It all just hurts way too much,
I’m so tired of all the pain,
Just please let it rain,
So I can hide all my tears,
So no one can tell I am full of fear.

Source: Haunted With Fear, Fear Poem by Teens http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/haunted-with-fear#ixzz1WUsVzJix
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