Forgetting What You Should Remember

Oct 20 2014

By Rev. Doug Clay

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Isn’t funny how we have a tendency to forget what we should remember and remember the things that we should forget?

Scotty Smith, in his book Everyday Prayers writes a prayer inspired by 1 John 4:16, NLT:

Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God.

“Gracious Jesus, I’m remembering today to love all kinds of people in all situations. This would be impossible if you didn’t love us as you do.

Help me, Lord, love all the members of my family. They are at the same time the easiest and the hardest people to love, day in and day out. Help me to provoke one another to love and good deeds . . . not just provoke!

Help me love my friends. Help me know when to share feedback to my friends and when to just actively listen and be present.

Help me know how to love the irritating people in my life, those that I try to avoid.

Help me know how to love the foolish people in my life, the ones that are making destructive choices, the ones I get frustrated at.

Help me to know how to love the depressed people in my life. Those that I instinctively try to fix to make happy, but I know that’s not what they need from me.”

I want to always remember that people are my greatest asset; I want to keep working at loving them. After all, the Bible says:

I John 4:20-21, MSG
If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.

Make a great day!

Doug

 

Rev. Doug Clay serves as the General Treasurer for the Assemblies of God. He can be reached at dclay@ag.org.

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“A Lighthouse… In a Sea of Islam,” Armenia Bible College Opens

Oct 13 2014

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By Levi Costello

Armenia Bible College, a school of Global University, officially launched on October 11, 2014 with 75 Armenian students in 2 locations within the Eurasian country. This training initiative uses Global’s accredited Bachelor of Arts courses that have been translated into Armenian.

“Armenian leaders… are simply looking for the fuel of quality biblical training to allow their light to shine even brighter,” said Dr. Gary Seevers, President of Global University. “Their dedication to send missionaries to these nations is strategic to God’s plan of winning our generation to Jesus. They see themselves as a lighthouse for Christ in a sea of Islam.”

There are currently no other Bible schools in Armenia, despite the fact that the country is the oldest “Christian” nation in the world, making this endeavor a historical one.

Enough of the program has been translated into Armenian that students are enrolling and have begun their studies. Classes will take place in existing Armenian churches and the courses will be delivered on hand-held electronic tablets. Armenia Bible College hopes to train 250 Armenian missionaries by 2020.

To learn more about Armenia Bible College, please contact Nicole Vicari, Executive Director of Advancement, at nvicari@globaluniversity.edu or call 800.443.1083 ext. 2636.

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The Momentum of Your Thoughts

Oct 06 2014

By Rev. Doug Clay

DClay-300x300Good Monday Morning . . .

Do you remember the opening segment of the “Wide World of Sports” television program?

It was a video clip of a ski jump gone bad, illustrating the narration of “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” The skier was in a tucked position, heading down the slope, but then for no apparent reason, he tumbles head over heels off the side of the slope, crashing and bouncing off the structure down onto the surface. It was a nasty wipe out.

But what many of us didn’t know, was that the skier chose to fall rather than finish the jump. The skier explained that the jump surface had become too fast and half-way down the ramp he realized that if he completed the jump, he would land beyond the safe landing area. That would most likely be fatal. So, he chose to “tumble off” the runway rather than complete the jump. He eliminated himself from the competition rather than risk serious injury or potential death. Interestingly, the skier suffered no more than a headache from that spill.

Solomon wrote in Proverbs 23:3: A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

There are times in life where we have a mindset that puts us at great risk. Harboring a grudge towards a family member, criticizing a co-worker, harshly judging someone’s motives, these negative attitudes and mindsets are not pleasing to the Lord and are harmful to yourself. Your only alternative is to stop thinking that way or else the momentum of your thoughts will take you to a place of serious consequence.

Sometimes all it takes to change the course in life is to just change your mindset. Don’t let your attitude lead you to a fatal landing. Do what the Apostle said, “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” Philippians 4:8, MSG.

Make a great day!

Doug

 

Rev. Doug Clay serves as the General Treasurer for the Assemblies of God. He can be reached at dclay@ag.org.

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Always Here

Sep 22 2014

By Rev. Doug Clay

DClayDid you know that God never has to go anywhere because he’s already there?

Jeremiah 23:24 (GNT)

“…Do you not know that I am everywhere in heaven and on earth?”

Psalm 139:7-9 (NIV)

“ 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?  8If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  9If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea….”

God is everywhere!  He’s not limited by space.  He’s not confined to one location.  It is this knowledge of God’s Omnipresence that can make a huge difference in your life when you are experiencing loneliness, anxiety, temptation and discouragement.  Consider this…when you are lonely, God is there.

Psalm 25:16 (NIV)

“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.”

There are several different kinds of loneliness.  There’s loneliness due to the death of a friend or family member.  There’s loneliness on a business trip.  There’s the loneliness of going to a new school.  There’s the loneliness of feeling like you’re not understood.  There’s even loneliness in success…the reality is, you will be lonely sometime in life.  In fact, the first thing that God did after creation was to fix the loneliness factor for Adam.  He said, “It is not good for man to be alone.”

If you are experiencing loneliness, I want you to think about and reflect on God’s presence—His close presence—His nearness and keep this in mind…

1.) God is your companion.

Hebrews 13:5b (NIV)

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

2.) God calls you friend.

John 15:14a (NIV)

“You are my friends….”

3.) God will never ask you to do anything by yourself.

Isaiah 41:10

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

4.) God loves to cheer you up.

Psalm 16:11

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Omnipresence simply means that God is here, there and everywhere.  I can promise you that His presence will make a delightful difference in your life!

 

Rev. Doug Clay serves as the General Treasurer for the Assemblies of God. He can be reached at dclay@ag.org.

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