Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Multi-Tasked and Over Stimulated

Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied. ~ Proverbs 27:20


Have we lost our ability to remain focused? I don't remember a time in my life where the minds of so many people are so scattered. It seems to be very difficult for people to remain intent on one thing. To get people to bear down and focus on a dilemma or a project is a difficult task these days. Within and without, people seem to have no sense of direction. Better yet...they have no sense of purpose, and yet I find that these two thoughts...focus and purpose are connected. How can one maintain a pursuit upon a 'purpose' when their mind cannot remain focused? How can you ever find a purpose in life if you cannot discipline the mind? When one slows down for a moment (if you can), its not difficult to see how upside our society has become. Earl Nightingale said, "You become what you think about." and if this is true, well then, what are we?


We have become a society of multi-tasked and over stimulated people. We cannot seem to live unless our lives are inundated with some type of stimulation. Look around, what do you see? The next generation, and even our own are caught up in this technological vacuum. Cell phone in one ear, iPod in the other, eyes fixed on the computer screen, or the Ipad, doing homework with one hand while text-messaging someone with the other, and don't forget the television is blaring in the background.


In the documentary, Digital Nation, they researched this 'new' phenomenon that has overtaken our nation, and in fact, the entire world. I found it interesting how they studied students who were considered multi-taskers. Within themselves, these multi-taskers felt like they were very focused and well able to maintain the myriad of objectives in their lives. Yet, after being put through some test, it was quite clear these students actually lost their ability to remain focus, even though they 'thought' they were very focused and able.


You see...multi-tasking overloads and burdens our system. Everything in the media, every television program, every movie, every music CD, every computer program, every phone app, every video game is designed to give us higher and higher levels of stimulating responses. None of these exciting things are necessarily bad. What is bad is that they are unrelenting. It is a constant bombardment of the mind. A continual 'harassing' of the brain. There is no downtime.


It is a no win situation, a catch 22 if you will. The eyes of men are NEVER satisfied. The more we overload the pleasure center, the higher the barrier goes. So we seek greater and more pleasurable activities to get over that barrier to the pleasure center. We become hedonistic in our pursuit of pleasure. Our happiness is defined by the level of excitement in our lives. Then pleasure itself becomes unpleasurable. Overstimulated minds reach a place called anhedonia, which is an inability to experience pleasure. The truth is excitement is not happiness and true happiness cannot be found in excitement. In fact, excitement is the ultimate drug. It is excitement that people are seeking after when engaging in any destructive or addictive behavior.


I have always felt we were entering another dark age. Where once again, the human mind is unable to perceive the world around them, but not because the information is not available, but because there is too much information available. During the 'dark ages' people were unable to think for themselves because knowledge was locked up. The Bible was not accessible to the common man. The invention of the printing press changed, for the better, the mind of the world. From that point on events have snowballed right back to where they once were...darkened from the truth about living and life. The irony of it all is we have access to a plethora of information, yet we are living within the dregs of a dumbing down of the human mind.

Paul warned of perilous times in the last days. Men would be lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. Jesus said...in the last days the love of many shall wax cold. Love requires focus. If what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13 is true, and I believe it is, then love believes all things, hopes all things, bears all things, and endures all things, and you can't love like this without focus. You can't have a focus like this without a love for the Word of God and without a love for the Word of God, you will never find your calling or true purpose. No wonder there is such an intent in this world to keep us unfocused and continually caught up in its pleasures.


As we enter the sixth week of this 'game', I hope you can 'see' there is more than a game being played here. As a marathon runner and having to learn how to remain focused and keep to a training plan for eighteen weeks, I knew there would be a handful of people who could not keep focused to the end. (I tried to warn everyone!) I knew eighteen weeks of trying to remain steadfast toward a goal would prove difficult for some and overwhelming for a few. Many are having trouble remaining focused. I see many caught within this crucible of pleasure and focus. In this instant gratification pleasure oriented society, we want it all. Not only do we want it all NOW, but we want it all, served our way and in our time. But this is not a true picture of life. If the truth be known, we have lost some precious things in this overstimulated culture. The things of meaning have become mundane. Books are boring. To read their words takes focus and concentration of mind. The outside world has become a threatening place. No longer can the soft breeze of a summer wind stimulate a person enough to be a pleasurable event. To get someone to take a walk in the rain is next to impossible these days. Hobbies of the hands and mind have given way to video games that rob the brain of imagination. Individual creativity is falling to the wayside as we lose touch with the world around us.


Its bigger than just a game!!! This is your life. This is my life. Within our grasps could very well be our eternal life! I hope and pray, in the weeks ahead, as you and I are tossed to and fro in this epic battle to find our purpose. We can 'see' the power we give up when we remain connected to this need for stimulation and so disconnected from reality. When you feel the crux of all this over stimulation fall upon your mind, THAT is the time to step outside its power. Go for a walk. Ride your bike. Sit in the sun and read a good book. Let your God given mind be stimulated by His Word once again! Though it would be nice to win the game, the truth is...in the long run, if you break these chains...you my friend have already won!

Submitted by: Elder David Green

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Discipline


Discipline:
noun
1. training to act in accordance with rules; drill: military discipline.
2. activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training: A daily stint at the typewriter is excellent discipline for a writer.
3. punishment inflicted by way of correction and training.
4. the rigor or training effect of experience, adversity, etc.: the harsh discipline of poverty.
5. behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control: good discipline in an army.
 
Do you know God has a training program? A discipline?

Mat 16:24 KJV Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Deny self, take up cross and follow Christ (anointing).

God's discipline comes with correction. 
Pro 13:24 KJV He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Job 5:17 KJV Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: 
 
God is a God of "yes, you can" and "no, you can't" answers. He has rules and places of achievements. If you never get off the couch, you'll never run a marathon. If you never repent, you'll never see heaven.
 
Discipline is training. 
Pro 22:6 KJV Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. 
Teaching them to set a goal and how to achieve it. "Clean your room" is a goal. The child has to discipline their self to stop playing and clean. A parent shows them how to clean, organize it and lets them know the reward of having done it, a bug free environment where things can be easily found etc. The reward of accomplishing a goal.
The act of discipline has a long lasting harvest. When you apply it towards a goal, you're not only working for a "goal" but the effect of discipline brings more award than the goal itself. A stepping stone to over come problems, a respect towards your name and a confidence to set more goals.
God is the best Father. He not only came down to earth in His creation (the son), to live as the example of how things are done. But He consistently is there guiding us into the best we can be. Really discipline is loving a person. Today this word seems like it has a taboo on it, don't refuse self desires, wants and don't judge. Everything is right (just different), you don't fail school, you're entitled. 

I'm thankful today that I have a Pastor to preach to me the disciplines of God and show me the way. I'm looking forward the reward ahead and how discipline has already affected areas in my life in great ways. 

Mat 25:21 KJV  His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Submitted by: Tina Marie
 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Figs



Jer 24:1-10 KJV The LORD shewed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were set before the temple of the LORD, after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon. One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad. Then said the LORD unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil. Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good. For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart. And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus saith the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt:  And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them. And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.

God uses the vision of Jeremiah to let us know that He divides the people into good or evil groups. That you can't judge by the circumstance, as both baskets were taken into captivity, but one was favored by God even during that captivity, not removed from it. 

How do you know if we are in the basket of the good figs? Not looking at the situation around us, but according to the measure of the word of God.  Are you walking according to Apostolic doctrine? Checking ourselves daily to see if we be in the faith..[2Co 13:5 KJV] Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves......

Living for God is a journey with salvation as the destination and Jesus, the reward. 

Submitted by: Tina Marie




September Family Fun Event

Hello everyone, just want to give a heads up that our Church family fun event will take place at our church on Sept 20th from Noon until 5pm.. These pictures say it all.. you can follow our twitter page @TrueApostolic

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Photo: We are excited to anounce our upcoming Fall Fest! 
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Photo: Not only will our Tim Thomas Trio be singing but also our awesome Praise Team along with our outstanding Youth Praise Team. 
September 20th, 2014
1825 E. Auburn Rd.
Rochester Hills, MI 48307


Photo: Looking for something FUN for the kids before cold weather sets in then come join us at our FALL FEST!


Photo: You will find lots of wonderful baked goods at our Fall Fest Sat. Sept.20th from 12noon-5pm