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A Blameless Leader

As Moses led God’s people, the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt, they were relieved and overjoyed at the newfound freedom that was finally within their reach. Sadly, they were blinded to the challenges that awaited them.

Within the verses of Numbers 20, we read the story of Moses and the Israelites in the desert. They were thirsty, complaining, and driving both Moses and Aaron crazy. Despite their previous experiences, they began to blame the brothers for their misery.

Rather than celebrate their freedom, they complained about their discomfort. They had exchanged their home in Egypt for tents in the desert. Their hunger was satisfied with manna and thirst quenched with water from God. Their impatience and frustration showed their lack of faith and trust in the leadership of Moses, Aaron, but more importantly, God.

Leadership is never an easy role for one to play. It comes with its ups and downs.  Your abilities and qualifications will be criticized or questioned. You may even experience embarrassment, betrayal, or left standing alone.

Whether we lead at work; school; or church, we face the same scenarios but differ in the end result. The key component–our character. How we lead is what makes the difference between efficiency and deficiency.

Throughout the pages of the bible, God and His inspired scribes have penned the stories of the men and women chosen to lead the chosen people. Some led well like Noah, Esther, and Nathan while others stumbled like David and Solomon.

When we look closely at their stories, we can identify the characteristics needed for leadership. These men and women had faith and trust in God, humility, patience, courage, wisdom, kindness towards mankind, and strength. They were not leaders for the title, but called to take on the responsibility of evoking change for the common good. Nowadays, leaders are only seeking praise for themselves or the financial gain tied to the title. As a result of their misguided responsibility, every one else suffers.

True leaders must be prepared to deal with obstacles, challenging personalities, and even blame. Do you have what it takes to be a leader? Remember, a blameless leader is not a leader at all, because they don’t exist.

Author: Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com

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One Body

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–The Holy Trinity saw fit for us to exist. We were created in His image and yet through sin have become deformed and unrecognizable. For generations, we have engaged in acts that have only brought pain to ourselves and our families–tears to our Creator.

We were saved through His broken body and blood shed on the cross at Calvary. Yet, thousands of years later, we are still awaiting His second coming. Why? Lack of teamwork.

As Christians, or followers of Christ, we ought to live by His example. Sadly, we have proven ourselves to be disobedient children who have chosen to pave our own paths right into doom, failure, distress, sin, and ultimately death.

If you look throughout the pages of the bible, you will see how teamwork played a vital role in the many stories that are recounted. We read about how Noah and his family built an ark that saved them as God sent a flood on earth. We read about Joseph and his many brothers who survived a great famine. Lastly, we read about Jesus Christ and his 12 disciples. Teamwork–the ministry of God cannot survive without it and yet we all want to be leaders, not followers. Christian denominations are fighting for the top spot instead of saving souls for the eternal kingdom. Baptists? Pentecostals? Catholics? Evangelists? Episcopalians? Adventists? Who cares? If Christ is not at the center of it all, then you’re doomed before you even began.

Everyone wants to be a pastor to lead their own flock, but no one wants to be an elder or worship leader. Everyone wants to be on television, “evangelizing,” but how many of you truly have a relationship with Him? Everyone wants to have a mega church, but lack the ability to engage their brethren as Christ did.

Instead, we are so concerned about our own selfish needs and neglect the needs of our brothers and sisters standing right beside us.

Where have we gone wrong? What have we missed? How could our own selfish desires blind us from what we were called to do? It is time that we unite.

So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. [Romans 12:5 KJV]

We must learn to support one another. We cannot stand idly by as those around us struggle with their burdens. Christ always looked for ways to lighten our burdens, lessen our trials and tribulations. Why can’t we do the same for our brethren? Offer words of encouragement and support even if it isn’t asked. We are all one body working towards the same goal–eternal life.

Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com

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The Role of a Christian Woman

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the role of a Christian man according to the scriptures. This week, let us explore the significance of a Christian woman. In order for us to understand the role of a Christian woman, we must know her origin.

“…but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” [Genesis 2:20-24 KJV]

Eve was the first woman mentioned in the bible. She was the first woman God created to live on this earth. Her responsibility was to care for her family,  nurture her children, and maintain the household.

Many of us are familiar with Proverbs 31 which describes a virtuous woman [Proverbs 31: 10-31 KJV]. A woman is wise, strong, trustworthy, loving, a hard-worker,  beautiful, kind, and supports her husband in his endeavors. The list of qualities goes on and on, but sadly most women in today’s society do not exhibit half of these characteristics.

Most women have lost their self-respect. They do not know their self-worth, looking for validation everywhere but up above. As God’s children, we are invaluable. In John 3:16, God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son…to die for us. What a way to express one’s love for another!

There are many Christians who have misinterpreted Ephesians 5:22-33, which asks wives to submit themselves unto their husbands. Many of us read the first line and forget about the rest of the text which mirrors our earthly marital relationship to Christ’s relationship with the Church. In verses 23-25, it says “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”  Submission is not a sign of weakness but respect and love for one another. Woman came from man so man was charged with the responsibility to lead as Christ did. Remember Christ never made His children feel worthless. He did not flaunt His authority and only sought only good for us. In a relationship, both parties  must be willing to set aside their needs for the overall benefit of their partner and relationship. Love is selfless not selfish.

Throughout the bible, we are given examples of women–strong yet humble. Ruth, Esther, and Jesus’ mother Mary who stood out from the rest and willingly submitted to God.  These women cared for themselves, their family, their nation, but mostly importantly their God. They were called to fulfill a greater purpose. Their lives are lessons for our own lives.

Today, women are portrayed as weak or inferior–the damsel in distress. They are not considered equals to their male counterparts, especially in the workforce. Women have had to fight for equality and respect, from their right to vote to their right to equal pay. Nowadays, most women have deemed themselves independent for a variety of reasons. They have alienated themselves from men altogether. This act was never in God’s plan for our lives. He established a family unit involving one man and one women, then children. He never intended for single-parent households. He never intended for any of His children to be mistreated, violated, disrespected, or worse.

To my fellow sisters, I hope that you will closely study the lives of the women who have lived before us. I challenge you to be a role model. Premarital sex and unplanned pregnancies continue to be  rampant issues faced within our churches. These young ladies are in need of someone to encourage and uplift them. We cannot forget the men as well. It is so easy for us to judge others when we’re not in their situation. What if were you who came to church one day, pregnant and unmarried, how would you want to be treated?

I pray that you will be like the virtuous woman described in the book of Proverbs. Let us be obedient to God and submit ourselves to His will, wherever it may lead. You never know what blessings He has in store for you.

Author:  Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com

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Watch What You Say

Have you ever just sat back and observed the things around you? the people? Have you ever noticed how we interact with one another and our environment? I am always amazed at how different we are and yet how similar we tend to be in our thoughts and actions.

Though we were raised in different homes and taught different values, we would still react the same way in a dilemma. Though we may have two different beliefs, we agree on what’s right and what’s wrong. Though we may look different, we still have one thing in common–our humanity, but most importantly, our Creator.

I was searching through the scriptures the other day when I stumbled onto a verse that stood out from all the rest on that particular page.

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” [Ephesians 4:29 KJV]

As I read the above verse, I fell back in awe. There I was working on a project and I stood at a standstill, because that verse spoke directly to me, to my calling as a communications professional. Then I quickly reminisced on how essential it is for Christians to reform the way we communicate God’s word to those of the world. As we witness the end of days, we have seen the morality of the world deteriorate. It’s practically non-existent. Now would be the most opportune time for Christians to minister and spread the gospel. Sadly, we are nowhere to be found.

Is it because we’re still trying to get through our study guide, “The Bible for Dummies?” Or maybe it’s because we’re still doing damage control from the last time we did outreach? How did you approach your neighbor, with judgmental eyes or an open heart?

There are so many ways to communicate with one another, aside from the words that come out of our lips. Our eyes and body language also express our thoughts. What signals are you giving to those who don’t know Him? Aside from your knowledge of the bible, what are you telling non-believers about Christ?

I remember a few months ago when God inspired me with a shocking thought. Have you ever found yourself caught up in the headlines? Have you ever watched entertainment news, trying to figure out who’s who in Hollywood? Who broke up? Who’s hiding secrets? Ever wondered who was doing their pr, because they weren’t doing such a great job to save their client’s public image or reputation?

Now imagine if we were publicists and your client was Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Would they say the same about you? Would non-Christians boldly state that there was no comment from Christ’s publicist? If you were under pressure, would you be ready to speak out for Him? Would you stutter? or cower? Or would you stand firm and proclaim that God is an everlasting god who is the beginning and the end, the alpha and omega, the Lord of everything and everyone?

Time is running out. We will all be faced with a life-changing decision. Whose side will you be on, Christ or Satan?

Watch what you say, because the world is watching and so is He. We have a job to do and we owe it to Him to do it well.

Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com

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My Brother (Sister)’s Keeper

“Timmy, where’s your brother?,” said Mrs. Peters.

“I don’t know. He went over there somewhere,” he responded while pointing to the open field on the right.

“Timmy, I asked you to keep an eye on your younger brother if you were going to play outside,” said Mrs. Peters with a hint of worry in her voice. “I can’t believe you let him wonder out there on his own. I am very disappointed in you. Now go back into the house while I go search for Tommy.”

Throughout the bible, we are given examples for familial relationships from Adam and Eve to Mary and Joseph . We have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Families that have walked together in faith like Noah’s.  Families that killed like Adam’s, full of jealousy and envy like Joseph’s, or lust like David’s.

We have read about the lives of these parents, spouses and siblings. Some were happy endings while others ended in tragedy.  Their lives are our lessons and yet throughout humanity, there are evidences of how we still don’t get it. We are still in remedial class though all of the answers to our questions have already been given to us in the Word of God.

As Christians, we have been charged with the great responsibility of being our brother and  (sister)’s keeper. Remember the story of Cain and Abel in the book of Genesis. Adam and Eve bore two sons, Cain then Abel. Cain was a tiller of the ground while Abel was a keeper of sheep. Both brought offerings unto the Lord but God only accepted one of the two. Cain killed Abel because God chose Abel’s offering over his. Read the story in Genesis 4 . “And the LORD said unto Cain, where is Abel they brother? And he said, I know not; Am I my brother’s keeper?” Why would God ask Cain for Abel when He had foreseen the first crime? God is omniscient. He knows and sees everything. He doesn’t need to ask what happened, but gives you an opportunity to confess to Him.

Throughout the bible, we see the word, “keeper.”A keeper is someone who is a guardian or protector. David, the son of Jesse, was a keeper of sheep. He protected them from any harm that would present itself in the wildness, such as lions.

Jesus is our keeper [Psalm 121:5 KJV] but He has enlisted us to also look after one another.  Don’t be mistaken. Jesus is more than able to handle this task, however, being a Christian or follower of Christ is all about self-accountability and accountability for others.

God is holding us accountable for our family AND friends. Most of us would rather focus on our own families rather than our global family.  Aren’t we all related through God, our Creator? “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” [Genesis 1:27 KJV]  You are responsible for every man, woman, and child regardless of your familial relation.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” [John 3:16 KJV] Does it say anywhere that the Son died for one and not the other? No! It says “whosoever believeth” not if you’re related to me or share the same ethnicity.

“For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” [Romans 10:12, 13 KJV]

We can rest assured knowing that God is our keeper for He “shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul” [Psalm 121:7 KJV] without discrimination.

Thanks for reading, share this with others, and God bless!

Author: Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com

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An Everlasting Promise

When a promise is made to you by someone you know and/or love don’t you expect them to keep it? And when they don’t maybe you respond the way I do and become very disappointed in the person and you may even lose your trust in their word. You no longer expect them to come through when they say they will. Your relationship with this person may become stagnant because you no longer have the desire to maintain your connection with them. Well, I would like to give you a word of encouragement and encourage myself to take on a new attitude. So to begin, let’s keep in mind that #1 People Fail, #2 People break their Promises and #3 People don’t keep their word. And the more interesting part is that these “people” include the person that looks back at us in the mirror!  We may have every intention in our hearts and our minds to not be a failure, to keep a promise we made or stand by and keep our word, but, our human nature kicks in and we simply can’t do it on our own.

There is clear evidence in God’s Word of why we can’t put our trust in anyone including ourselves. In Jeremiah 17:9 the bible tells us that the heart is deceitful above ALL THINGS and is DESPERATELY WICKED! WHO CAN KNOW IT?? Basically our hearts are not trustworthy. And in verse 10, God clarifies that He searches the heart and He knows it and does/gives to us according to our ways and the fruit of our doings. But it’s interesting, because God gives us beyond what we deserve. But He looks at us and sees what He has placed in us that will bless others, makes us feel blessed, but most of all give glory to HIM. Another scripture that speaks to trusting a man/woman/self is found in Psalm 146:3 where David reminds us to not put our trust in princes, in the son of man, in WHOM THERE IS NO HELP…And David states the alternative, which is the only option actually that will not steer us wrong, to have the God of Jacob (that’s relationship!) for help and our hope should be in the Lord our God. This will bring us happiness and where disappointment is not present and there is (true) happiness there is peace. Please keep in mind that only through God can you or I be trustworthy, not of ourselves, however but through God’s goodness. While there are significant people that God will place in our lives that we will desire to trust, such as a spouse, a parent, a pastor, a sibling, or a friend there is a condition for this trust. We must trust the person with the understanding that we are human and we FAIL, for there is no perfect person (Romans 3:10). So, we must not trust a fellow human being the way we will trust God, for we will be gravely disappointed and hurt. We can only put our complete trust in God, because He knows our hearts, loves us, and is the only one we will not fail.

When God is our potter and we are His clay (Isaiah 64:8), He will mold us into what He would have us to be. He will keep his promises. If we ask anything in His name, according to His will that God may be glorified in it, He will do it (John 14:13). He is faithful and just in all his works (Psalm 111:7 ) and we are the workmanship of His hands (Ephesians 2:10), so He will keep His word. He has made us a little lower than the angels and crowned us with glory and honor (Psalm 8:5). But although God is more than willing to bless us and fulfill our needs, we must surrender over to Him. We must be obedient and keep His commandments. This is plain, evident, and clear when we read Isaiah 55. I pray that you read this chapter in its entirety because it will open your eyes to endless possibilities of what your life would be with a true and grounded relationship with God.

Isaiah 55 talks about how blessed we would be if we would seek God, which we can only do by our own free will, by surrendering, and in surrender we will become so in love with who He is that we will do whatever it takes to have a relationship with Him, which is obedience to His Word, His commandments, and in obeying His word, He will keep His Word, His promise. He declares in verse 11 that HIS WORD from His mouth will not return void unto Him, it won’t be empty, it will be true and come to life with the intent/the purpose that He had for it and will prosper where He sent it. So in essence take this word, as God telling you, though men/women fail you in this life, I am HE that will never fail you both now and forevermore! What a promise! What a word! God’s Word for your life, will not return void unto Him. The question is will you accept it?? For He knows the thoughts and plans that He has for each of us, of peace, not of evil, of hope and to GIVE us AN EXPECTED END. Prayerfully you will continue/begin to trust solely on God and to have a desire to love Him and be obedient to His Word so that He will reveal His Word that He’s customized exclusively for your life.

Many blessings to you & yours !!!

Author: Jenifer M. Wilcher, LMSW

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What makes me better than you?

What makes me better than you?
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. “Hebrews 8:12

What makes me better than you?
Is it because I’d rather listen to gospel than any other genre of music?
Or because I avoid going to the movies and tempting parties?
Is it because I go to church every 7th day of the week?
Or because I sing in the choir and with the praise team?
Hmm what makes me better than you?
Does the way that I dress say that I don’t need to wear less in order to impress?
Because I quote from the bible and engulf most of my conversation around the life of Christ?
What makes me better than you?
Does it look like I’ve never made a mistake or even gone astray?
Never used profanity or gotten angry?
What makes me better than you?
It is because I choose to be surrounded with friends and people who
will build me up instead of bring me down?
Because I’ve never smoked, over-drank, and choose not to give my virginity away?
And I’ll ask you again, what makes me better than you?
…My friend…NOTHING makes me better than you because God looks at us the same.
He looks at us as sinners who acknowledge they need a spiritual change to take place in their lives.
God has given us the most precious gift there could ever be!
His love, His grace, and His Son who grants us life eternally!
I found out that in Jesus, all things are made new, and that He loves me even when I don’t seem or do things that are so lovable.
He doesn’t judge me for what I’ve done in my past, but He encourages me not to repeat those things and to move forward in His grace.
He has given us a gift and I have accepted it by choosing to serve Him with my life.
Like David, I’ve asked God to help me with my walk in Him by saying, “Teach me, O Lord, the way of they statues; and I shall keep it unto the end” (Psalm 119:33).
and from Job I’ve learned, “If justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: If I say I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse” (Job 9:20).
So if you notice something different about me its not because I’ve done anything, but Jesus continues to make daily alternations in order to mold and shape my character into His own.
So just because I’m striving to be more like Him by trying no to do that which displeases Him, it doesn’t make me better than anyone, especially not you; because he looks at us the same, as sinners who acknowledge they need a spiritual change.
So nothing makes me better than anyone, especially not you.
Because what He’s doing for me, if you only let Him, He can do it for you too.

~Rebecca Cenatus~ Just a nobody telling somebody about Him!

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