1/12/18: How to Beat a Hacker

•January 12, 2018 • Leave a Comment

My personal email address was hacked. People received an email message from me that asked them to send money in order to keep my HSBN.tv show on the air. Sure, I could always absolutely use money to keep the ministry rolling, but I didn’t send that request. If anyone sent money to the return email connected with that request, it would have gone to a totally different site than my own, and the money would have been collected by the hacker – a thief.

Thankfully, my email connections know me. People started contacting me, all of them realizing that I didn’t send the request. First of all, there were misspellings in the message. I am an author, an editor, and an 34+ year English teacher. My friends know how picky I am about correct syntax. In addition, the tone of the request just didn’t sound anything like me. The bottom line is this: those who read my devotions and other email messages regularly “hear” my voice in my writing. So even though the hacker had my email address and had even copied the “signature” at the bottom of the page, there was a letter off here and there. My friends and connections knew the message was not from me. Their knowledge and familiarity with me beat the hacker.

Do we know Jesus that intimately? When false Christs rear their heads with bogus messages, do our ears perk up and cause us to pay a thief, or are we able to dismiss a hack because we know Christ’s voice so very well? Fake news – a counterfeit – may look pretty good, but it will always be one letter off here or there. John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” Our close familiarity with and intimate knowledge of Jesus will beat Satan, the ultimate hacker, every time.

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1/6/18: What Have You Done?

•January 6, 2018 • Leave a Comment

What have you done? This is a question I’ve asked wide-eyed and with an elevated tone of voice when I’ve been shocked by some phenomenally ridiculous negative action someone has taken. God asked the same question for the same reason to both Eve and Cain. After Adam threw Eve under the bus for tempting him to sin, God asked her, “What is this you have done?” (See Genesis 3:13 NKJ.) Then just one chapter later, Cain got cheeky with God when asked about his brother’s location. Cain knew he had murdered his brother but snidely retorted, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” God came back with, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground” Genesis 4:9-10 (NKJ).

It’s time to ‘fess up. What have you done? What have you not confessed that you should be honest with God about? Until we face our issues, we cannot allow God to forgive and fix them. Man up or woman up and be ready for the consequences, but know that even with the possible and probable punishment will come the open door to move forward. Cain’s family went on to do great things, and Eve was granted another son (Seth) through which to continue the line of humankind.

So here at the beginning of the year, let’s do some personal soul searching. What have we done? It’s time to be up front with God. “Lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJ).

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1/1/18: Welcome to 2018

•January 2, 2018 • 1 Comment

How do you feel about the dawn of 2018? As with most of us, 2017 held both high and low points for me. The absolute highest point was the birth of my precious granddaughter, Jordyn Marie, on July 4th. The devastatingly lowest points were the transitions from earth to heaven of some very special people: my sister-in-law Jean, our friend Cliff, and my friend Diana’s sons, Christopher and Jonathan, among others. The past year also left many of us with memories of relationship challenges, financial worries, physical illnesses, and employment woes. Many dreams did not come true, many plans did not pan out, and many 2017 resolutions fell flat.

Now what about 2018? I’m honestly tempted to allow the perils of 2017 to cause me to be sarcastic about the positive possibilities of 2018. But then I remember something. It is God who has welcomed us to 2018. As Job said to his wife when she suggested giving up on God, “Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity” (Job 2:10)? And James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him” (NIV).

So okay 2018, here we come, then, not knowing what you have in store, but not backing away from whatever that might be. We’re going to walk more closely with God so that we’ll be strong enough for anything these 365 days will bring. In addition to reading these Sanewriter’s A Heart for the Word devotions, I invite you

to join Closer Walk 2018. Obtain a copy of 366 Glimpses of God: Getting to Know the God Who Knows You (see the link below). Also, start following my new blog that accompanies the book – http://www.closerwalk2018.wordpress.com. We’ll watch as God reveals Himself to us in brand new ways.

We’ll rejoice and be thankful during the high moments, and we’ll grow and be comforted during the low ones. We’ll trust (as the popular gospel song says) that our good days will outweigh our bad days. And we’ll watch as our daily closer walk with God produces a sweeter disposition in each of us.

So again, what about 2018? Welcome 2018! We’ll walk more closely with God, deepen our relationship with Him, and give Him glory for who He is every day. Happy New Year!

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11/29/17: The Shepherd’s Evaluation

•November 30, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Every year in most jobs, employees must go through an annual evaluation. This is a time when the boss or supervisor sits across the table from the employee and talks with him or her about the performance that has been exhibited throughout the year. Generally speaking, if the employee has done her job well, the performance evaluation will be favorable, often leading to a bonus or a raise in financial compensation. However, if the employee’s performance has been below par, a wide array of negative consequences could ensue, from a warning, to disciplinary action, to a demotion, or even to being fired.

Well, God does performance evaluations too, and He likes to start at the top with management. All through Scripture, shepherds and sheep are spoken of symbolically representing the leader or pastor and God’s people. God holds the position of a shepherd to an extremely high standard. After all, the shepherd is directly responsible for the welfare of the sheep. When the shepherds of Israel messed up, God did not mince words. He told them exactly what they had done wrong, enumerated the results of their mismanagement, and pronounced His judgment. Listen in at Ezekiel 34:2-10:

* … “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock. The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them.

* “So they were scattered… they became food for all the beasts of the field… My sheep wandered… no one was seeking or searching for them…

* “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require My flock at their hand…” (NKJ).

        The checklist evaluation of what a shepherd of God’s people is supposed to be doing is right here in this passage. It’s not our job to judge God’s chosen leaders; God is perfectly capable of doing that Himself. However, it is our responsibility to place ourselves under leadership that is reliably following God. Are our pastors concerned with:

  • Strengthening the weak?
  • Healing the sick?
  • Binding up the broken?
  • Bringing back those who have been driven away? and
  • Seeking the lost?

Those called to be pastors and church leaders (shepherds): there’s the evaluation of your motives. Those called to be sheep: there’s your prayer list for your shepherd.

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Let’s get a head start on making 2018 great by coming together in unity. Rally around the word of God through Closer Walk 2018. Join the virtual devotional group with one goal in mind – getting to know God better. Go the the “About” page of the Closer Walk 2018 blog for the easy information about joining. Our initial goal being ready to start by January 1, 2018 is 10,000 “walkers.”

Come on. Start the new year with an easy goal which is bound to produce nothing but positive, eternal results.

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11/25/17: Make 2018 Great

•November 25, 2017 • 3 Comments

We have heard a lot lately about making things great; however, 2017 was not a great year for many people. This past year was filled with weather-related catastrophes, shootings at concerts and in churches, accidents on the road, mistrust of political leaders, illnesses, financial setbacks, deaths, and the ever-present danger of terrorism hovering over everyone. Next year has got to be better.

Let’s get a head start on making 2018 great by coming together in unity. Rally around the word of God through Closer Walk 2018. Join the virtual devotional group with one goal in mind – getting to know God better. Go the the “About” page of the Closer Walk 2018 blog for the easy information about joining. Our initial goal being ready to start by January 1, 2018 is 10,000 “walkers.”

Come on. Start the new year with an easy goal which is bound to produce nothing but positive, eternal results.

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11/24/17: Handle Your Business

•November 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Many of us have big ideas about what we want to accomplish in life. Many of us even start strong in reaching toward those goals. We go to college, we draw up plans, we attend seminars, and we nail up vision boards. Some of us take it that next step: we obtain a business license, design a website, order business cards, pass out flyers, get a Facebook page, and hang out our shingle. We write that book, buy that house, start that family, get promoted on that job, cut that demo. We’re self-promoted, self-motivated, and self-determined. All’s well and good until problems arise. It’s not until then that many of us remember that in order to handle our business well, we need to pray about all of this.

The three major obstacles to the continuance of handling one’s business are suffering, sickness, and sin. The antidote to each of these issues is covered in James, chapter 5, verses 13-16.

  • Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray… Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him… anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses[e] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (Emphasis added)

Why can’t everything just run smoothly? Why is it that when we’re sailing along with our plans, things inevitably seem to go awry? That’s because it’s so easy for us to get all wrapped up in ourselves and forget about God. We’re so busy trying to handle our own business that we forget that our first business is to handle God’s business. And we won’t know what God’s business is for us unless we are in communication with Him. Prayer is how to handle our business. Prayer is how to face the suffering life will throw our way. Prayer is the medicine for any kind of sickness. And prayer brings about forgiveness of sin.

For my suffering readers: Lord God, I am so sorry for the suffering of my readers today. Manifest Yourself to them in a mighty way so that they know it’s You. Comfort their hearts. Bring them Your relief. Hug them.

For my sick readers: Lord God almighty, please bring about healing for my readers today. Send someone to them who can lay their hands on them, pray, and anoint them with oil. If there is no one close, give them the ability to lay hands on themselves, anoint themselves, and believe by faith in You for their healing. If You want to heal through medication, make that medication effective right away. Thank You for confounding the doctors.

For my readers in sin: Lord God, move my readers to confess their sins today. Bring a good Christian listener across their paths with whom they can share in confidence and with whom they can pray. Thank You for forgiving their sins and helping them to turn from them. Thank You for the testimonies of deliverance they will be able to share that will bring You glory.

Amen!

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11/23/17: “What if” for Thanksgiving

•November 23, 2017 • 3 Comments

This is my 60th Thanksgiving, probably my favorite holiday. Why? I love the fellowship of family and I love the tradition of the family meal. All those happy, familiar faces swirled together with all those delectable smells just make my heart sing. Our family meal includes baked turkey, oyster dressing, mac-n-cheese, greens, green beans, sweet potatoes with those little marshmallows, pigtails and sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, iced tea (with lemon, mint, and 7-up), the relish tray (with pickles and green olives), sweet potato pie, peach cobbler, vanilla ice cream, and MONKEY BREAD. Other traditional happenings for Thanksgiving include lots of laughter as we share old stories about each other, and the obligatory game of Spoon. We also go around the table before we eat and say something for which we are thankful.

I have never known a Thanksgiving without family, someplace to be for this scrumptious meal, and the other traditions. I am indeed blessed and thankful. We have faced Thanksgivings welcoming new family members and missing those who have either moved away on earth or who have moved away to Heaven, but the traditions have survived. My mother’s monkey bread recipe was passed down to us, but Meloni, one of her granddaughters, has taken up the mantel to bake tons of it every holiday. I have no idea why my mother added the pigtails and sauerkraut to our African-American meal, but it’s here to stay as far as we’re concerned. Daddy was the one who always made his special iced tea and now my sister grows mint in her backyard so the tea never goes without it. And we’re ruthless around the card table playing Spoon, and would have it no other way.

What if I had never known these traditions? I probably would not miss what I had never known, but I also would not know the joy of what I had missed. This is why we reach out to others at this time of year. Some people criticize the fact that people don’t think to reach out to others throughout the year; however, it is a blessing to give holiday cheer to others at holiday time. Let’s not belittle hearts that want to reach out, be it all year long or just once a year.

What if we started a new Thanksgiving tradition? What if we were to pay attention to our loved ones and do something for them that would make their lives more comfortable? Then what if we fulfilled those needs, not because they deserved it or earned it, but because we were able to bless them? Think about extending grace this year (grace is getting what we don’t deserve). Here are some ideas:

  • Cover gas for their car for six months. Either load a gas card with six months worth of money or send a gas card once a month.
  • Pay 3 – 6 months of certain bills.
  • Baby-sit for free for those who have little kids so the parents can have some alone time.
  • Act as a cleaning service for them one Saturday.
  • Wash their car.
  • Give a woman a spa day or pay for her next hair and/or nail appointment.
  • Take on the other person’s normal household chores.
  • Do their ironing.
  • Set up a social media account for an older family member and show him or her how to connect with family members.
  • Fly loved ones home for the holidays.
  • Etc. (Be creative.)

The Golden Rule says for us to do unto others what we would have done unto us. What if we obeyed that on this Thanksgiving?

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