How We Handle Persecution

How We Handle Persecution

How We Handle Persecution

The enemy wants to see you sweat and swear. God wants to hear you pray.

Yesterday a rogue employee at my website hosting company deactivated our website. Without notice, the entire website was listed as an inactive URL. In my spirit, I knew it was spiritual warfare. These distractions often come before any new Bible Cafe™ study. When we study, connect, and grow- the devil prowls around our ministry.

Our new study is about the Prayers and Promises of the Bible. What a blessing for the leaders and students who are participating. Knowing this, the prowling devil looks for weaknesses in our community. He found one yesterday as a rogue employee at our hosting company deactivated us. Fortunately, I caught that quickly!

The remedy took a single prayer. Five minutes after asking our leaders for urgent prayer, I found a backdoor on the website and saw it was deactivated. No payment due, no expired credit card, and no email communications. Someone tried to cancel us. I clicked the reactivate button and we were online again.

Six days before this, I came into the view of the rogue employee when I posted a compliment about their company. I raved about their excellent service. The employee most likely saw my profile, clicked on my name, and was offended by my religious work. So they took me down.

The hosting company website clearly states the steps before deactivation. A warning email, communication from the hosting support team, and an opportunity to correct any billing issues. Since none of these applied to my account, I was not forewarned of the deactivation. And so I knew it was a rogue employee.

I experienced a similar event several years ago with another Christian site that I hosted, LifeVerse Jewelry. They deleted my site content two weeks before Christmas.

It’s not uncommon. The Bible calls this persecution.

Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12 NIV

 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Romans 12:14 NLT

How we handle persecution matters to God. He knows our hearts and the stubborn heart of the one who persecutes us.

The enemy wants to see you sweat and swear.

God wants to hear you pray.

 

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Change Your Brain Every Day by Daniel Amen, MD

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Page by page, this book offers readers a daily dose of brain wisdom.

Change Your Brain Every Day: Simple Daily Practices to Strengthen Your Mind, Memory, Moods, Focus, Energy, Habits, and Relationships by Daniel G. Amen, MD is a helpful resource for life. These pinpoint questions help you pay attention to the daily state of your brain. Like the check engine light on your car, these 366 practices keep your brain functioning at high efficiency. Page by page, the book offers readers a daily dose of brain wisdom, based on 40 years of experience at Amen Clinics.

Dr. Daniel Amen spices his book with humor, authority, wisdom, and gentleness. He speaks to the reader as he would speak to a family member. He desires healthy living and longevity for everyone, and breaks down his brain habits into 366 tiny steps. In this activity-oriented book, each step leads towards the desired goal of the reader.

Knowing our brains can digest small habits, I especially enjoyed how the author does not complicate the process of brain healing. He is kind and patient with his words, not judging or shaming readers for their faults and failures. If this eventually becomes an audiobook, I would listen to it daily as I prepare for my day!

“Change Your Brain Every Day” by Dr. Daniel Amen is brilliantly written with compassion for the reader. Yet, he does not enable bad behavior or make excuses like a codependent mother. Doc Amen desires change in his readers. He wisely shows them how to get from where they are today, to where they want to be in the future. Step by step, and easily digestible!

 

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366 Days to a Better Brain, Mind, and Life!

In Change Your Brain Every Day psychiatrist and clinical neuroscientist Daniel Amen, MD, draws on over 40 years of clinical practice with tens of thousands of patients to give you the most effective daily habits he has seen that can help you improve your brain, master your mind, boost your memory, and make you feel happier, healthier, and more connected to those you love.

Incorporating Dr. Amen’s tiny habits and practices over a year will help you:

  • Manage your mind to support your happiness, inner peace, and success
  • Develop lifelong strategies for dealing with whatever stresses come your way
  • Create an ongoing sense of purpose in a way that informs your daily actions
  • Learn major life lessons Dr. Amen has gleaned from studying hundreds of thousands of brain scans

Imagine what you could learn by spending every day for a year on a psychiatrist’s couch. In the pages of Change Your Brain Every Day, you’ll get a year’s worth of life-changing daily wisdom from Dr. Amen, one of the world’s most prominent psychiatrists.

Today is the day to start changing the trajectory of your life, one tiny step at a time.

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Measuring Our Sins

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Measuring Our Sins

Is one sin worse than another?

Bible Cafe™ Founder Christine Abraham explains how we “measure” sins and need the remedy of Jesus! #biblecafe
If you have attended my Bible Cafe™ groups, then you will see me illustrating the “measure of sin.” What I have learned after leading 100 online Bible studies is this: people measure one another based on their sins. And it frustrates me. Because of this, my life work is to disciple people to be more like Jesus and less like hypocrites. Because I encounter this often, I wanted to share my understanding of the measurement of our sins. What does Jesus VIEW when He looks at sin? And I looked in the Bible to find the answer: is one sin worse than another?

 

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What Does The Bible Say About Measuring Sin

Keep in Step with the Spirit

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,
20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,
21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:16-26 ESV)

People today are measuring one another by their sin rather than their love- Christine Abraham

This reminds me of the hypocrites in the Bible. Some might call them Pharisees. These are people who use legal rules to create a religious spirit over their congregations.

What Happens When Sins Are Judged?

“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. (John 8:4-8 NLT)
My friends, Jesus knows YOUR sin. Stop measuring others by what you did. Let Jesus be the Judge.
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English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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3 Helpful Habits For Reading Books Daily

Habit 1- Have easy access to books. Kindle books make it possible to carry stacks of books- without the weight.

Habit 2- Download free books from the library or Kindle Unlimited.

Habit 3- Share your book experiences by posting quotes or book photos. Engage others in social conversation.

Now as you can see, this is very simple to follow. But you may wonder if reading will become boring. My answer is NO because I rotate authors, genres, and formats. Changing from fiction to nonfiction is like candy for my brain. Perhaps you have seen me share author quotes on social media? When you read these quotes, I hope to encourage you to read books too.

3 Goals to Read 52 Books in a Year

My first goal is to read one chapter a day, minimum.

My second goal is to finish one (or more) books a week. Looking at the Table of Contents, I divide the number of chapters by seven to find my specific measurable goal.

My third goal is to read before bed. This is the most relaxing time of day with less distraction.

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If you write an article… what would be your title or theme?

If you write an article… what would be your title or theme?

If you write an article… what would be your title or theme?

There is so much wisdom in the heart of a woman who follows Christ.

This week I asked you a conversational question on my page at Womens Bible Cafe™.  As I read through your answers, I was captivated by your stories. I’m sitting here sipping my afternoon coffee and reading your answers once again.

If you write an article to be published on the Bible Cafe™ website, what would be your title or theme?

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God Bless all of Father God’s children

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Holding on to my faith in today’s society.

Through the window

Being enough

Tough Faith in Tough Times

Taste and see that the Lord is Good

The relentless pursuit of peace

Why churches steer clear of touchy biblical topics nowadays

Building and reinforce the wall in front of you first.

Why Your Life Matters-Identity in Christ

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Reconciled Differences – It’s what God desires for all our relationships – Joseph’s story

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Lose your religion and find a relationship

The journey from heartache to healing. God’s surprising path to redeeming pain, betrayal, and disappointment

Forgiveness doesn’t mean continued abuse.

God’s Plan Man’s Choice

An Unplanned Life: Before A Woman’s Right to Choose

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Control your thoughts, control your future.

Encouragement for Women…

“Jesus Saved My Life In 2009”

These are wonderful topics coming from the hearts of the people we serve online. Each person here has a story to tell. Each one has his/her history with Jesus. Each one has the desire to magnify Christ through their story.

My friends, tell your story!

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Change Your Voice

Change Your Voice

Change Your Voice

Let’s listen for the voice of God. 

If you want to change your voice, turn off the news. Turn on podcasts about faith, health, business, and growth. Positive news! Listen once a day for a week. Out of your mouth will come words of value instead of words of division and fear.

If you want a better vocabulary, read a book each day. Try reading a chapter a day or 20 minutes a day before bed. Expose yourself to written words and train your eyes to see sentence structures. Set a goal of one book a month or 52 books in a year. Join a book club for motivation and socialization. I’ve led numerous book club discussions and enjoyed them immensely.

Listen to free audiobooks from your library. Take a daily walk on your treadmill, at the park, or on the beach. Listen to your audiobooks and expand your communication skills. If the book or podcast is loaded with F-bombs and cuss words, anger, and division, close the book or turn off the podcast. Otherwise, you will adopt the language of offense.

In high school, my nephew listened to financial podcasts. Each day he wrote a podcast quote on a whiteboard in his bedroom. He meditated on those quotes. Now, he is completing a business degree in college and pursuing a career with a “language” he loves.

As pursue my writing career, I have been listening to podcasts about the art of writing books. Listening to published authors, literary agents, and editors have given me a “seat at their table.” This has helped me understand the terminology, challenges, and blessings of writing books.

In my leadership career, I have read books about marketing, communication, administration, social media, and organizations. Then, I created my voice in partnership with Jesus. Because I founded the first online Bible studies, there was no leader for me to follow. So as I prayed and entered unchartered territory, I followed the Holy Spirit for my ministry.

With these methods, I educated myself, tested my ideas, make mistakes, and saw success! Several popular ministries today joined my groups to observe what I was doing, and then replicated that success. It’s a huge blessing to the Kingdom of God…to see Him magnify ministries and make disciples around the world.

Many people joined my leadership coaching program. When I realized people needed direction in launching a course or book club, I started formally teaching them my methods. And they have replicated those methods to achieve great success for the Kingdom of God.

Today I witness the expansion of God’s voice through His Holy Bible. I am delighted to see more of Him, less of me (refer. to John 3:30). But to magnify His voice, we need discipleship ministries. Are you the next voice people will hear?

Let’s be visible for Christ. Turn your calling into ministry.

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