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Triumphant Travels

The Carnival Triumph was one non-triumphant ship.  But we are hearing amazing stories of how the passengers bonded together during their ordeal, how the crew stayed calm and served graciously under such difficult situations, and how some gathered for Bible studies during those dreary days.  How delightful to be reminded how God can turn tragedy into triumph for His own glory!

In my Bible reading I’m just up to the story (Acts 27) of another nautical nail-biter.  A ship full of people driven by a crazy storm for two weeks, so sick they couldn’t eat and despairing of ever seeing land again.  But God was there, too.  He assured Paul that he and all the other passengers would make it safely to land—and they did!

This same God is in my break-downs and storms as well as in the days of smooth sailing. Lord, help me to keep my eyes on you—neither terrified by the tempest nor drifting complacently into dangerous waters.

Maranatha!  Come, Lord Jesus!

Sitting in Darkness

This morning we were sitting in a hospital hallway, waiting to see a doctor in his office.  I was reading and my husband was doing a word puzzle, when suddenly someone turned on the light.  Wow!  We had no idea how dark it had been before. 

Do you suppose people “sitting in darkness” spiritually may be totally unaware of the light they’re missing?  Getting along okay, satisfied with their lives, oblivious to what richness, satisfaction and delight they’re missing?

I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.  John 10:10

The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.
And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow,
     a light has shined.”  (Matthew 4:16)

Maranatha!  Come, Lord Jesus!

Effective Leadership—by Lies or Truth?

A very successful leader shared the keys to his success:

Men do not think.
Make the lie big.
Make it simple; keep it simple.
Keep saying it.
Eventually they will believe it.

This was Hitler’s secret.

Only 10% of the German citizens actively supported him.  Others stood by, watched and kept silent, avoiding the uncomfortable truth until it was too late.  As they heard the screams of trainloads of Jews headed for extermination, they just sang their hymns louder to drown them out, feeling that there was nothing they could do.

Where are we on this cycle?

Bondage > Spiritual Faith > Courage > Liberty > Abundance > Complacency   > Apathy > Dependence > and back to Bondage

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Hitler’s key was lies; may our key be truth and integrity,
no matter what it costs us! 
Let’s keep this standard for ourselves and for our leaders, by God’s help!

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Source:  New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews’ book “How Do You Kill 11 Million People?” via www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDKcF—1hEc

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