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Psalms 37

For this week’s hot tip I’m keeping it simple.  We’ve been given a great book for our lives to help guide us.  Allow this scripture to help you.

 
Psalm 37[a]
Of David.
1 Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the LORD
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.
12 The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash their teeth at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.
14 The wicked draw the sword
and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
16 Better the little that the righteous have
than the wealth of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,
but the LORD upholds the righteous.
18 The blameless spend their days under the LORD’s care,
and their inheritance will endure forever.
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
20 But the wicked will perish:
Though the LORD’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.
21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously;
22 those the LORD blesses will inherit the land,
but those he curses will be destroyed.
23 The LORD makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
25 I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
26 They are always generous and lend freely;
their children will be a blessing.[b]
27 Turn from evil and do good;
then you will dwell in the land forever.
28 For the LORD loves the just
and will not forsake his faithful ones.
Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed[c];
the offspring of the wicked will perish.
29 The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it forever.
30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
and their tongues speak what is just.
31 The law of their God is in their hearts;
their feet do not slip.
32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
intent on putting them to death;
33 but the LORD will not leave them in the power of the wicked
or let them be condemned when brought to trial.
34 Hope in the LORD
and keep his way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.
35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,
36 but he soon passed away and was no more;
though I looked for him, he could not be found.
37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
a future awaits those who seek peace.[d]
38 But all sinners will be destroyed;
there will be no future[e] for the wicked.
39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40 The LORD helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him

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What Do You Believe?

This article features Morgan (14), we discuss how her faith has helped hermorgan.

 

 

Can you define what having faith means to you?

 
Faith to me means that you believe in someone or something else outside yourself.

 
What helped form your faith?

 
My God and family helped me form my faith.

 

 

Do you feel as though you can freely express your faith with friends? With family?

 
Yes, I believe I am confident in my faith and that people should know that and see that confidence.

 

When you are in a bad situation how has faith helped you?

 
My faith has helped me in a bad situation because I can sometimes be hard on myself, but I remember to stay faithful to what I believe and that helps me.

 
Do you believe that praying helps you in your everyday life?

 
Yes, because remembering God’s word helps me deal with tough situations and makes me stronger.

 
How would you explain your faith to someone your age questioning their faith?

 
I would tell them that God is on their side and tell them about a time that God was there for me and how having faith kept me strong and helped me be better.

 

How important do you believe having faith is in today’s society?

 
Having faith in today’s society is very important. I think people think they can wish for things and things come true for them, but that’s not how it works. God will work it out for you if you have faith and believe. Sometime what we want is not what we need.

 
Can you tell us of one time when you know your faith played a part in a situation you were involved in?

 
I struggled with test taking in school. If I studied I still had a problem, but my faith helped me to push through and to keep studying and to not give up.

 
Do you believe that a person that does not attend church on a regular basis can still have faith? Why or why not?

 
Yes, I believe that hey can still carry God in their heart so that no matter where they are, their faith in God can help them.

 

Tell us a bible verse that has helped you.

 
Zechariah 14:9 he Lord will be king over all the Earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and His name the only name.

 

Morgan (14) is a freshman and a phenomenal drummer. In her spare time when she’s not volunteering she creates her own beats.

 

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Our Family, Our Faith

faith stairsSo recently in entertainment news I see that Katt Williams has decided to challenge Kevin Hart’s comedic skills. The kids and I viewed the videos online and I wanted to take the opportunity to use this as a lesson.  See, we’d just been talking about a statement we’d recently heard used “Favor isn’t fair!”  This statement bothered me.  Why isn’t favor fair and who the hell said it’s not?  Ill break it down for you like I did my crew.

I totally disagree with this statement. Take the issues going on with Katt Williams and Kevin Hart.  Why is Katt really mad, what did Kevin Hart do to him for him to wage war on him?  The answer…nothing at all, Katt to me has the belief that favor isn’t fair.  Is favor not fair because Kevin’s career is soaring in the lime light, that he has crossed color lines, and he is everywhere on the big screen.  You honestly can’t not see Kevin Hart working right now.  Where have you seen Katt?  Most recently being arrested, making these videos about Kevin Hart and re-runs of his past comedy shows. Not to knock Katt he is funny, but what’s not funny is him tearing down another man trying to take care of his family.  Maybe favor isn’t fair because Ice Cube has been working with Kevin Hart, maybe it’s not fair because Kevin Hart left a broken relationship and was able to find love again.  Is Katt jealous? Maybe.  One thing I do know for sure Favor is definitely fair.

You may wonder why I say that, we’ve witnessed Katt have setbacks and we are cheering for his comeback. Kevin appears to be winning which must mean he’s receiving favor.  I’m sure Kevin has God’s favor upon him, just like I’m sure despite Katt’s setbacks he has favor as well.  Why can one person’s favor appear visible and yet we witness another struggle, I’ll tell you the secret.  Favor is fair because what God has meant for me is for me and what God has for you is for you, just like what God has for Katt and Kevin are for each of them.  God’s favor is not based upon some earthly structure that man has made up.  If that was the case would you have all you have?  There is definitely a higher power working on behalf of all of us to ensure that what is for us is for us and no one can remove that from you.  If we all had the same testimony we would not be able to fully appreciate God in all His glory.  Don’t you enjoy seeing God’s grace upon others, when they can tell you their story and you see, hear, and feel their victory.  It’s so awesome.  Favor is as fair as it can be based upon the testimony to be produced by it.  Think about the story of Job, although he went through great hardship things that  were meant for him weren’t removed from him and given to someone else, when his favor returned it was even greater because his story was already written and God’s favor upon him was already noted.  Favor is fair.

faith not easySo what did I tell my crew? The same thing I would tell anyone.  Jealousy, which is what I believe Katt Williams’’ problem really is, will have you questioning God, tearing down your brother, and be an unfulfilling reminder of what you think you deserve but do not have.  How do you conquer jealousy?  You remember that God reminds us in His word that He has already overcome this world (John 16:33), we don’t have to worry about someone else receiving our reward.  God also tells us if we delight ourselves in Him, I take this as praising Him, having joy in your heart for Him, then He promises to give you and me the desires of our heart (Psalms 37:4).  What greater favor is that?!

How do you teach your children about your faith and what you want to instill in your family? I may be a little unconventional, but I believe they are getting the message.