Hope, Vision and Faith

Hope is closely allied with faith and vision. In Hebrews, the writer  tells us, faith is “the assurance of things hoped for” (Hebrews 11:1). Hope is the object upon which we direct our focus and energies.

As a Christian, hope is the knowledge, we are being changed for the better as we trust in God’s promises (Romans 8:28). You believe, no matter the circumstances, God’s plans for your life is “for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11b NLT).

Abraham also modeled hope. When he was 75, God promised him, a  blessing to give him many descendants, as numerous as the stars in the sky. Abraham heard these words and believed God (Genesis 15:6).

But despite his belief, Hebrews 6:15 explains, Abraham had to wait 25 years to see the fulfillment of his hope. Yet all the while, Abraham trusted in God. Abraham looked to God as “the Author of his hope” and he saw the promise come to pass.

Early Voting Ends Today, Fight Cyberbullies, Box Office Report

Power Thoughts

  • “Today focus all of your energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” Unknown
  • “Feeling overwhelmed today? Don’t hesitate to bring it to God!” Unknown
  • “Remember that God always accepts you, and He wants you to come to Him with your problems!” Unknown

Today is the last Day: “We just want to urge people to get out and vote early’ It’s not too late to take advantage of early voting.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 6,561 county residents have cast their votes for Tuesday’s mid-term election. That accounts for about 14 percent of the 47,668 registered voters in Angelina County, said  Thelma “Midget” Sherman, Angelina Election Administrator.

  1. Early voters help make the election process more efficient
  2. Allows them more time to resolve any problems they might experience
  3. Early voting allows people to bypass the heavy courthouse traffic during Election Day, and the qualifying process

Sherman said. “We just want to urge people to get out and vote early.” (Lufkin Daily)

Eliminating Fear:: Whether you are afraid of heights, bugs, Halloween or failure, it is not good to have any amount of fear in your life.

Have you ever heard someone say, “A little fear is good for you.” No! I disagree. Fear is not good at all. It is a trap used by the enemy to keep you from operating in the will of God.

The opposite of fear is faith. Hebrews 11:6 says, “…without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is…”

If the enemy can get you to doubt God’s promises, he will accomplish his goal of taking you out of the will of God, thereby keeping you from receiving your blessing.

Stand Up For What Is Right: Help youths fight ‘cyberbullies’. It’s bad enough for knucklehead sports fans to call each other names on Internet message boards, but the private, yet public, nature of the World Wide Web can lead to far more dangerous behavior.

Internet harassment has been in the national spotlight recently after several victims of “cyberbullying” were driven to commit suicide. The small number of victims that makes the news doesn’t represent how widespread the problem is, however. In its 2007 report on cyberbullying, the National Crime Prevention Council found that 43% of teens reported experiencing some form of cyberbullying in the previous year.

Joseph McBrayer, director at Emory University Atlanta said even college-age adults have trouble comprehending the permanent concept of Internet posting. Anything you’ve ever posted to the Internet is still there.

Maddi, an eighth-grader in Franklin, Tenn recently endured a series of angry and disturbing texts from a friend. After the correspondence escalated, Maddi consulted her youth pastor. The advise “Just set the phone down. Don’t text back. You can’t win. It will just get worse and worse.”

Parry Aftab, executive director of WiredSafety, reports that only 5% of young people surveyed would “tell their parents if they’re being bullied online.” 33% would confide in another trusted adult.

Aftab pointed out that advice shouldn’t only be directed at youths. “We need to model behavior that we want from kids,” she said. “To be a Christian comes with an obligation to be good to others, to leave the world a better place than you found it.” (umc-gbcs)

Box Office Report: New This Week – Saw 3D, and a host of others that fit the end of October. So, what’s Family Friendly? (Plugged In) Yahoo Box office Report (Yahoo News)

By Faith, See You At The Pole, Kick-Off of Texas State Forest Festival, Invisible Helper, It’s a Scam

Power Thoughts

  1. “If it’s not positive, I didn’t hear it.” ~ George Foreman
  2. “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”  ~ Mark Twain
  3. “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” ~ Nelson

By Faith: The scriptures say in Romans 14:23 that “… whatever is not from faith is sin.” So, you have to start with a mindset. Trust. Belief. Conviction. Faith.

I heard a story recently about faith. A mom was explaining to her son about believing in God. She said, son see that plane that is about to go behind the mountain. It is real. He said, sure I can see it. She said, lets keep watching as it keeps flying… Ok, now it behind the mountain. Does it still exist? Her son answered, Mom! You know it does. She said, well that the way it is with God. The bible is full of witnesses to his existence. Her son said, Hmmm, I get it now.
By Faith We Understand: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 NKJ

Student Led Gathering: See You At The Pole (syatp.com)

Since 1991, See You at the Pole™ has grown to God-sized proportions. Within the first few years, the movement began to spread to other nations through missionaries from the U.S. Now each year, more than 3 million students from all the world participate in See You at the Pole™. Students in more than 20 countries take part. In places like Canada, Korea, Japan, Turkey, and the Ivory Coast, students are responding to God and taking seriously the challenge to pray.

It Kicks off Today: Texas State Forest Festival (texasforestfestival.com)

  • The Festival starts tonight at 5pm & continues every night till Sunday. Schedule of Events
  • There is the prayer wall at the KSWP/KAVX Booth
  • There are competitions like the Hushpuppy Championships & the Diaper Derby
  • There are activities like the Children’s Festival and Loblolly
  • There is food like turkey legs and funnels cakes
  • and a lot more

Unsung Hero: New Respect for Invisible Helper

There nothing like doing something you have never done to make you understand a situation.  This year as we began “Serving You For Life” we took on a new job at the Texas State Forest Festival and serve on the decorating committee.  That’s how Drew and myself (Michelle) met Ed.  Ed is the invisible hero that carries plants, lights the outside and makes the entrance and other areas of the Forest Festival all “purty” like.  Ed works for Home Depot and he pours 6 days of his life into making your festival experience more enjoyable.  I know as one festival goer I will never go by the beautiful plants and landscape without uttering a prayer of thanks for Ed and all the crew at Home Depot!  Thanks Ed and Home Depot for your service to this community and the pleasure of getting to help you a tiny bit.

New Identity Theft Scam: The phone rings, you pick it up, and the caller identifies himself as an officer of the court. He says you failed to report for jury duty and that a warrant is out for your arrest. You say you never received a notice. To clear it up, the caller says he’ll need some information for “verification purposes”-your birth date, social security number, maybe even a credit card number.

This is when you should hang up the phone. It’s a scam.
Protecting yourself is the key: Never give out personal information when you receive an unsolicited phone call. As a rule, court officers never ask for confidential information over the phone; they generally correspond with prospective jurors via mail. (FBI)

Fear vs Faith, Eggs? Are They Safe?, Benefits of Apples, Video MercyMe, Box Office Report

Power Thoughts

  • “Never tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” ~ Unknown
  • “Begin with the end in mind.” ~ Stephen Covey
  • “If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else. ” ~ Lawrence J. Peter

Fear vs Faith: If you look at today’s headlines or media reports, does it sometimes seem as if the world is caving in on itself? Well, it is. But it is all a dirty game the enemy plays to get you to focus on the things happening around you; to get you to listen to words of fear so he can bring the very things you fear to pass in your life.

While, “Faith” is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). “Fear” is the substance of things not hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen.
“God has not given you the spirit of fear which leads to bondage. In fact, God has freed you from bondage, and He doesn’t want you going back to it. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7 AMP)

Questions Answered: Are the eggs sold at my supermarket safe to eat? (AP/KTREOnline: FDA / CDC / Egg Safety Center

Q: Is the outbreak likely to spread? A: There’s no sign at this point that there are more than the two farms involved, Food and Drug Administration chief Margaret Hamburg said last Monday.
Q: Did the eggs get sent to my state? A: The eggs went to stores or distributors in mostly western or midwestern states, and were shipped nationwide under a variety of brand names. Recalled eggs have a specific plant number and packaged date on the carton; check the FDA website to see if your eggs have been recalled
Q: How many people have actually gotten sick? A: No one knows for sure. Officials say it could be as many as 1,300 so far.
Q: Has anyone died in this outbreak? A: No deaths have been reported. The most common symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight hours to 72 hours of eating a contaminated product. It can be life-threatening, especially to those with weakened immune systems.
Q: Are the eggs sold at my grocery store safe? A: Recalled eggs should have been removed from store shelves.
Q: Can you tell by looking at the shell or egg if there’s salmonella? A: No, there’s no way to tell. But consumers shouldn’t buy dirty or cracked eggs.
Q: Then should I just skip eggs to be safe? A: As long as they’re not on the recall list, eggs should be OK. And thoroughly cooking them can kill the bacteria. But while federal investigators continue their work, the FDA’s Hamburg said consumers should strictly avoid “runny egg yolks for mopping up with toast.”
Q: How do eggs get infected with salmonella? A: Salmonella bacteria can get on the outside of the shell from fecal matter. Or it can be inside the egg if the chicken is infected. Eggs are washed and disinfected to deal with the dirt and germs on shells, and some producers vaccinate chicks against salmonella.

4 Health Benefits of Apples:Unexpected ways the staple fruit of fall helps your health. (FoxHealth) An apple a day will keep the doctor away. But the fall favorite can also improve your skin, help your breathing and help you lose weight. Here are some of the amazing and unexpected benefits of apples!

  • Radiance booster – Treat your skin to a refreshing at-home green-apple mask. The fruit helps replenish moisture, and its acids smooth fine lines, explains Karen Behnke, founding partner of Juice Beauty in San Rafael, California. Her recipe: In a blender, puree one chopped green apple (skin included) with 1/2 cup sliced green grapes; add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1/4 cup aloe vera, and continue blending until you have a thick paste. Apply to face, neck, and décolletage; wait 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Note: Before you apply, test on a small area of your face or neck to ensure that none of the ingredients react adversely with your skin.
  • Breathing aid – Think twice about peeling your next apple—the skin is jam-packed with an antioxidant called quercetin, which may protect your lungs from pollutants. A study from St. George’s Hospital Medical School in London found that people who eat five or more apples a week have better lung function than those who don’t.
  • Scalp rejuvenator – Say good-bye to pesky flakes with apple cider vinegar, which is believed to nix the bacteria that may contribute to dandruff, says Cal Orey, author of The Healing Powers of Vinegar. Try this remedy: Massage a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar directly into washed scalp; leave on for one minute, then rinse.
  • Waistline shrinker – Substitute unsweetened applesauce for half the butter or oil in cake recipes, and you’ll get a naturally sweeter, moister dessert with much less fat, says Samantha Heller, RD, author of Get Smart: Samantha Heller’s Nutrition Prescription for Boosting Brain Power and Optimizing Total Body Health. The sauce is fat and cholesterol-free, and one cup has almost as much filling fiber as one cup of brown rice.

Video Inspired by MercyMe “All of Creation”(YouTube)

Box Office Report: What’s Family Friendly? (Plugged In) Yahoo Box office Report (Yahoo News)