174 showed up!! God is good, and people are hungry for more!
We’ve managed to have the same number three years in a row. It was very well put together by a few that worked very hard to make it happen. I’m thankful for everyone that helped, especially a BIG SHOUTOUT to David Rupert.
But having said that, I have to say that my attendance was well worth the time. I was able to connect with a number of Christian writers as well as see what the Christian writers landscape was about. Like John the Baptist, I have never connected with Christian writers before, so you could say I have been in the desert eating locusts and honey. Now I’m not equating myself with any Biblical character, just giving a biblical description of where I am coming from.
Mat 25:15 To one he gave five talents [each talent was up to 200 lbs of gold or silver], to another, two, and to another, one, EACH ACCORDING TO HIS OWN ABILITY; and he went on his journey.
When it comes to discerning the differences between our various natural talents and our one spiritual gift, there are differences between the two. Too often, though, we can confuse them or even ignore our God-given talents to focus on our more “spiritual” side and our Christian spiritual gift because we’re “more spiritual” in our lives. Notice the word in the above verse: Ability!Thayer’s Greek Lexicon says of this Greek word (δύναμιςdynamic) says of this word, “inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth.” Notice that nowhere in this parable does it mention a spiritual gift. That’s later in the New Testament, which makes this word significant regarding our natural talents.
Now, who wants to know more about the differences between our talents and our spiritual gift?
When it comes to being a Christian, too often we’re taught to be “nice and loving” to others and that we can’t fight back. In the Old Testament, it’s an “eye for an eye” while in the Gospels we’re to “turn the other cheek.” Which is it?
One of the basic tenants of morality is the Ten Commandments, which all of them apply in business, but for this blog post, we’re focusing on one. The sixth commandment: “You shall not murder!”
Notice that this is a defensive posture towards others, not an offensive one. It’s about protecting your life and the lives of others, and your business from harm.
In protecting one’s life from harm, you need to have the right mindset, you need to “put on” the right mindset.
My mother’s comment, “I’ve had it with you kids, now be nice or I’m going to get out the paddle if you don’t!” came to mind as I was reading someone’s Facebook wall. There, right in front of my eyes, was a vulgar, racist reference on a new friend’s wall.
That’s why I had had it. I needed a break, but more importantly, I needed a break to do a deep dive into God’s word to refresh my head and replace the mental mush that I was engaged with that was slowing my Godly progress with better stuff.
At issue: Discussions about politics. But reading a few other articles and Facebook posts, it’s becoming a free for all rather than having discussions and debates over issues.
It’s about politics versus policies versus principles. It’s “I am right” not “what is right” from God’s viewpoint.
As a Christian entrepreneur, it never ceases to amaze me when God does something in my life, mostly it’s the little things. A small blessing here, a bit larger blessing there, but after this last event, I see how God goes over the top to show Himself to us.
And by over the top, I mean He stretches our belief and faith in ways only He knows will stretch it. Just as beginning to run a marathon, you don’t start out running 26 miles, you build up to it.
Same with God and our belief. Our belief is so small that if He did do something big, we’d most likely have unbelief, and that is what He does NOT want us to have. So it means we have to learn and grow our faith over time, ever bigger and bigger over time.
When it comes to our thinking, our attitudes, and our behaviors, there is nothing that comes to mind more than the issue of justice and law. But so should love.
I have a number of connections (church groups, writers groups, business groups, etc.) with not only individuals, but with groups of people, both online and offline in various capacities. Whether the connection is regular or sparse, I have many discussions with many people over just about any subject. Partly to share, but also to learn. Because I have many discussions with many people, I see data points, connections about ideas and issues, that stand out like sore thumbs to me. Others, may not see them, but I sure do.
As an aspiring writer, words are important, but so are meanings, but included with words and meanings are actions. Recently at the Christian writers conference Writers on the Rock here in Colorado, I spoke with one speaker that helps single mothers deal with their lives. She said that the church is VERY quick to rally around widows with tons of help for ANY widow whose husband has died, but the minute a woman becomes divorced with kids, she’s on her own and the church will have little to do with them. You think only single mothers have it bad, how about this next story.