Then There’s Max

 

Max Lucado entertains a group of Ethiopian chi...

Max Lucado entertains a group of Ethiopian children (Photo credit: Michael S. Hyatt)

Several years ago, I saw and heard Max Lucado speak.  I had never heard of him before but I went with some people who read his books and heard him talk.  After hearing him I have no regrets and I’ll jump at the next opportunity.

Max Lucado wasn’t preachy or showy nor did he make himself the center of attention.  The building where I saw him was big but not a ginormous professional basketball stadium.  If there were cameras I never saw them, he did not take center stage but actually stood off to the left most of the time.  The experience was not a noise extravaganza with people cheering and screaming, not that there’s anything wrong with that, it was a simple and comfortable environment.  No razzle dazzle.

Lucado didn’t come across as one who was putting on an act but one who was genuine and genuinely talked about Jesus.  He’s a positive preacher but not a “prosperity preacher”.  I don’t remember the theme of his speech but he had me in tears and ice water runs through my veins.   What he said was substantial, I left there completely full not empty as is usually the case with preachers.

Since then, I’ve read a few of Lucado’s books and I’ll read anything he writes and watch any of his broadcasts, which are few.  Afterward, I always feel moved by his message and he doesn’t have to scream or use the word “money” constantly.

Check out his website MaxLucado.com, I highly recommend his message.

 

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Daily Bread Update 8

Luke 11:3,Give us each day our daily bread.”

When I was young I resented people who were given things.   My thoughts were, “I never get anything.  Why did he get that instead of me?  It never occurred to me that I got many good things, after all, I wasn’t eating out of a garbage can.   My attitude was despicable.

Then I learned that God wants to give us good things and we must ask for whatever we need and want.  My attitude has completely changed in the opposite direction.

Today, I received an amazing surprise.  Some people asked if I wanted things out of their house and of course I said yes.  They gave me boxes of kitchen things, decor, lamps, furniture and a washer and dryer!  I went numb.  I’ve been needing a washer and dryer for months and haven’t had the money to buy cheap new ones.  Not only did they just give me these things but helped me load them.

I don’t deserve anything that God gives me but I need it and I thank God for it all!

 

The Lord's Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (Photo credit: spessertme)

 

Silver Is Up

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Historical silver price in USD and inflation adjusted silver price in USD. The chart shows Silver Thursday event as a peak in 1980 when Hunt brothers drove up the price of silver through speculations and after it they lost about a billion dollars. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Silver post from July 13, 2012.

Silver price was $27 in July and now it’s up a little to about $30.  I bought 3 silver coins today for investment purposes but I bought today based on the gently rising price and I have some money to spend.  Apparently, silver has more demand than ever because it’s used to make all these electronic devices we can’t live without and it isn’t mind enough.  Forget about jewelry.

Shane Warren has dreams and visitations from God.  One of those dreams involved a hurricane (he didn’t know if it’s a figurative or literal storm) hitting middle America while at the same time the US dollar is devalued.  Then silver prices sky-rocket up to gold prices.  With that, problems mining silver and hurricane Isaac hitting New Orleans exactly 7 years later I see no reason not to invest in silver.

Also, out of the four big metals that are traded; gold, silver, platinum and palladium, silver is the least expensive at well under $100.  The other three are over $1000.  For those of us who actually want to buy low and sell high this might be our last chance to buy silver at a price that can bring a profit.

One thing I’ve learned the hard way is when I’ve followed the heard I ended up just like them.  I’ve bought stocks that were popular and sold when they lost value.  I should have bought quality instead of only popularity that was priced low then sold after it became popular.

Psalms 105:37 He brought his people  out enrichedwith silver and gold; none of his tribes stumbled.

 

 

Daily Bread Update 7

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Pizza (Photo credit: Wilson X)

Luke 11:3,Give us each day our daily bread.”

I continue to ask God for my daily bread and He continues to give me what I need each day!  A few weeks ago, I got home late and my blood sugar was falling fast.  I was shaky and light-headed and needed to eat immediately but didn’t have anything ready to eat on hand.  A neighbor said she had a pizza that she didn’t like and I could have it so I did.  God gave me food exactly when I needed it!

I’ve needed work and God gave me some temp jobs just when I needed them.

This past week, some people gave me a bunch of old things that they didn’t want to keep or have time to sell in a garage sale.  It was home goods that I can use and tons of quality items that I can sell.  None of it was junk.

What ever amount of money I make from selling these things and the temp jobs I’m giving God the first ten percent despite the money problems I’m currently having!

 

Daily Bread Update 6

Luke 11:3,Give us each day our daily bread.”

I continue to ask God for my daily bread and He continues to give me what I need each day!  Because money is not yet coming in I took out money from retirement funds.  Before I paid any bills, I made a sacrifice by giving God his first 10% (tithe).  That first ten percent belongs to Him not me.  By early afternoon, I received many good things; some items I can sell to make money, a lasagna and more cookies!

Thank you Jesus for doing what you say you’ll do!

Genesis 14:20 And blessed be The High God, who handed your enemies over to you. Abram gave him a tenth of all the recovered plunder (MSG).

Exodus 3:9 Honor GOD with everything you own; give him the first and the best (MSG).

Exodus 34:22 “You must celebrate the Festival of Harvester with the first crop of the wheat harvest, and celebrate the Festival of the Final Harvest at the end of the harvest season (NLT).

Leviticus 3:8 “Begin by being honest. Do honest people rob God? But you rob me day after day. “You ask, ‘How have we robbed you?’ “The tithe and the offering–that’s how (MSG)!

Leviticus 23:10 “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you enter the land I am giving you and you harvest its first crops, bring the priest a bundle of grain from the first cutting of your grain harvest (NLT).

Leviticus 27:30 “A tenth of the land’s produce, whether grain from the ground or fruit from the trees, is GOD’s. It is holy to GOD (MSG).

 

lord's prayer

lord’s prayer (Photo credit: hockadilly)

 

Daily Bread Update 5

Luke 11:3,Give us each day our daily bread.”

It’s been too long since my last daily bread update.  Honestly, things have gotten tougher financially since I’ve only had 2 sales in 4 weeks!  Those 2 sales would be great if it brought in a few thousand but they were very tiny potatoes.

I’m still asking God in prayer to give me my daily bread and He continues to do so.  One person gave me a few meals but I don’t keep count.  Mostly, I’m eating the last of the food in the pantry, which is dry goods.  Perhaps God is saying it’s time to get rid of old things taking up space.

The Lord also gave me a wireless computer keyboard valued around $20.  This is a nice necessity since my old keyboard with a wire got sticky keys.

Thank you, Jesus for providing!

 

Keyboard

Keyboard (Photo credit: Quinn de Eskimo)

Is God Ringing the Doorbell?

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Doorbell button on brick with label (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Three times my doorbell has rung at unusual times with no one there.  That does not sound unusual except that people around here don’t tend to come calling at these hours.

The first time, was on Monday or Tuesday I think, around 9 pm. I was online listing items for sale when the doorbell rang once. It took me about two minutes to get to the door but no one was there and no one was outside at all. I thought it was a neighbor who didn’t wait for me so I didn’t think much of it.

Second time, I was upstairs spending too much time on unimportant things. When the doorbell rang I looked out the window but saw no one. I thought, maybe it was a solicitor who left me a brochure. Once I got downstairs and opened the door, no one and nothing was there. Then I thought, maybe neighborhood kids were playing a prank but I learned later that they weren’t actually home.

Third time, was this Monday morning around 1 am. I fell asleep on the sofa with the TV on when 4 rings in quick succession woke me like an alarm. I felt scared and I didn’t move! A show was on TV where they were discussing neuro research about how addictions cause problems with reason and judgment. The researcher emphasized any type of addiction not only drugs but also porno, gambling, and caffeine addictions cause decreased blood flow to the brain. I don’t know why that got my attention. Perhaps, it’s a topic that I should write about.

My mind thought: Is someone watching me? Is someone trying to get in? Are evil spirits trying to get inside my home? Is the Lord telling me something?

I’m worried about loosing my home and I’m late on the mortgage payments. A woman down the street just lost her home. Another woman said many times that she wanted to sell her home but she would work on that later because she had all the time in the world. She died last month and never did anything she wanted to do.

Is God telling me, “WAKE UP!  You’re running out of time!”  Is the home He gave me in danger of foreclosure?

Revelation 3:20Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.” Jesus can use the doorbell if He wants.