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Don't be deterred
By Evelyn M. Bingham
   How many of us have had our hopes and dreams dashed, discouraged, and destroyed by the lack of encouragement and assistance, especially as were growing up. Quite a few of us, I’m sure.
     As you continue to pursue your goals and dreams, keep the other components of success in the forefront. In addition to Hope, include those of Faith, and Love and Work!
     Don’t be too afraid or apprehensive to try out an idea or a thought. It takes a good idea to help motivate forward action, with invested interests, sufficient to accomplish the goal!
     To most people, the thought of failing or the actuality of it happening, is extremely disappointing and has devastating effects. When failure, becomes a part of your life, it is difficult to see how there can be any recovery or turn around. When your focus, is temporarily clouded or obscured, it makes the possibility of winning or achieving a goal inconceivable.
     Achieving at anything, no matter how elusive or impossible the goal, can be achieved to personal satisfaction, through strong determined perseverance, listening to wise counsel, not being afraid to put shoulder to the wheel and forging straight ahead with your eyes on the prize!! Remember, that the dream or goal is yours, that it must be nurtured and protected by you, and that you are ultimately responsible for its success, and nothing reaches a successful completion or conclusion, without so called failures along the journey or road. Success, could be failure on fire, or, Success, could be failure turned inside out, or the dark clouds silver lining, where once there was doubt!!
  Failures and disappointments and set backs, are all parts of the lessons we must learn to conquer, as we matriculate through the curriculums in The School of Life. Let us all press forward to our personal achievements of success, and try never, to be deterred!

Unforgiveness: The silent killer
By Evangelist Barbara Colbert
     Did you know that we are, by God, required to forgive? Not just a simple misunderstanding between one another or a small mistake easily remedied, but to forgive a wrongdoing, injustice, or a disasterous deed committed against us buy a friend or even a loved one. Yes, my friend, we are actual commanded to forgive one another, if not, the Father will not forgive you. What a shame for us to be in the church, doing God's work, and even faithful to our ministries, and yet, we have unforgiveness in our hearts. 
     We may not even know that it is there. It is quite easy to harbor a grudge, bury it deep within, and nurture it unknowingly. Yet, when we refuse to forgive someone we are really not hurting them so much as we are hurting ourselves and dishonoring God and His all-powerful Holy Spirit, which enables us to forgive. Know that It is also is a sign of arrogance. Are we so concerned about our own feelings, that we cannot allow the Lord to foster forgiveness in our hearts? Or are we so proud, that we cannot submit a thing to God for healing? Walking in unforgiveness is displeasing to God. It is a hindrance and a pitfall that only serves to separate us from Him. It requires maximum energy and a concerted effort, consciously or subconsciously, to maintain a spirit of unforgiveness. Ultimately, unforgiveness gone unchecked, will bring about bitterness, resentment, sorrow, and effectively bankrupt our joy and abundant life promised to us by the Father Himself. Yes, it is easier said than done, but, then again, we are talking about the power of the Lord. Understand that forgiveness is a Fruit of the Holy Spirit and it cannot be manifested and indicative in our lives, if we are not dependent upon the Lord. I, myself, have had to walk the rocky road of forgiveness and, perhaps quite reluctantly, allow the Lord to perform the tedious heart surgery that is required to heal the heart from unforgiveness. So, there, I can promise you that when you allow the Lord to take away the burden of unforgiveness, and though it may be a painful experience, and you may feel helpless and not vindicated, trust God to handle the situation to its completion, which is also required - if you are a believer in Him. 
  We have all learned early in our lives, whether we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior or not, that vengeance belongs to the Lord. Whether we like it or not.Let us all examine our hearts and be sure, be very sure, that there is no unforgiveness lingering deep within. For there is nothing worse than leaving this world without having forgiven those who have caused you grief. The word of God tells us, if we do not forgive others, the Father will not forgive us, and that the same measure of grace that we give to others, that is what He will give to us. Beloved, I don't know about you, but I need all the Grace I can get. Be it that brother, that sister, a mother, a father, a friend, a co-worker, or even a stranger that you may never see again, if there is any offense that has gone unforgiven, make this the day that you say, Lord help me to forgive others as you have forgiven me.

​Junk in. Junk out.
By Evelyn M. Bingham
We can’t live a positive life
By thinking negative thoughts
The results of our life’s circumstances
Is from what our thoughts have bought!

But if we believe in ourselves enough
And courageously forge ahead
And always keep faith in God foremost
You will accomplish what fear has caused you to dread.

Get up each day expecting good things to happen
Positive thoughts and actions will be your direction
And since everyone wants to be connected with a winner
Your chances are greater of making a “right” connection!

Smile and look enthusiastic, even though at first you may not feel it
Positive mental programming is the thing to do
Learn to ignore the negative, self defeating words and actions of others
Stay focused on your goal, and positive results will return to you!!
© December 16, 2005