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“Where’s the Profit?”

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:36-37 (KJV)

How is it that at times we get so off track about what is important, or what is a priority, or what is need? I believe that we do know the differences, it just sometimes feels more natural for us to go toward the things of interest and wants. God reminds us to stay focused and to be aware of ourselves and where we can end up in life.

Many times in my life I remember that I knew what I needed to do but was distracted by something else that got my attention. It was always something that could wait, or something that I could get later, but it was more entertaining to me at that time than the important task at hand. Afterwards I would always find myself trying to catch up on the important things from not giving them the proper time they needed.

Faith is a source of importance. Hebrews 11: 6 reminds us: “For he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Prayer: Dear God let us seek the importance of our spiritual being today. We pray that we may be successful in fulfilling all that you have called for us to do. Amen

Vernon Jewell
Director of Spirituality
Signature HealthCARE North Hardin

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Full Court Press

SACRED SIX: TEAMWORK MESSAGE
Full Court Press

Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14 (NRSV
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A full court press is a basketball defensive strategy. It puts a team in a strong position of applying pressure against the offense as soon as they start advancing up the court by positioning players up the length of the court instead of all in one bunch. The defense is ready to force a turn over and immediately go from defense to offense. In a full court press, the defending team never expects to have to defend the basket. They expect to quickly transition to offense before the ball reaches center court. They expect to pursue their own goal without ever being in a truly defensive posture.

We use the term “team” in business and refer to colleagues and coworkers as fellow players. Every effective team has a game plan. Like in basketball, extremely successful teams apply a full court press early in the game to gain advantage and never be behind the ball. It requires every player knowing the game plan and working their position effectively, always looking to pursue the goal.
What is your role in the game plan? Nobody is on the bench. Everybody is on the court. What is God’s role in the game plan? God is never on the bench, either. Crises and unexpected events can place us into a defensive posture, but no matter what offends us, mindfulness of God’s involvement means an effective team can always produce a turnover and press back toward the goal.

“A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That’s how I want you to play.”

Mike Krzyzewski

Mark Mills, Chaplain / Director of Spirituality
Signature HealthCARE of Warren
2473 North Rd., NE
Warren, OH 44483
(330)-372-2251
chaplain.warren@signaturehealthcarellc.com

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All In

All In

Mark 16:2-3 – “Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

I enjoy sports. I enjoy turning on ESPN or ESPN 2 and watching football, basketball, and especially baseball. But there is one sport that amazes me that has anyone watching it. That sport is Poker. Who in the world gets excited about watching a group of people sitting around a table, some with sunglasses on, or hoodies over their head, and throwing chips on a table? Does anyone get all excited and jump up and down and wave a towel in the air, or wear a particular shirt or sweatshirt with the poker players name on it? I mean after all there is a dealer, people looking at their cards, and announcers making comments like, “Well, I wonder if he sees what I see,” or “all he needs is a deuce and he will have a full house.” There is one thing that does amaze me when watching poker on television. That is when a player goes “all in.” They are willing to put all of their chips in without hesitation.

I believe that that is what the women who went to the tomb that first Easter did as well. They went “all in.” They knew about the stone in front of the tomb. They saw that the one they believed and called Lord and Savior had been crucified. They were heartbroken and filled with remorse. However, they still went to the tomb. They went “all in.”

When you and I are faced with situations at work, in our life, or daily occurrences, are we willing to go “all in” in our relationship with our Lord? Maybe we can learn a lesson from the women who went to the tomb.

Chaplain Mark E. Brodbeck
Signature HealthCARE of Coshocton
100 S. Whitewoman Street
Coshocton, OH 43812
(740) 622-1220

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Did You Know…Good Friday

Today is the special Christian religious holiday of Good Friday which commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. It usually coincides with the Jewish observance of Passover.

In many Baptist and Pentecostal traditions, the Crucifixion of Christ is often commemorated on Wednesday to coincide with the Jewish sacrifice of the Passover Lamb (which Christians believe is an Old Testament pointer to Jesus Christ). A Wednesday Crucifixion remembrance of Jesus Christ is intended to allow for Christ to be in the tomb (“heart of the earth”) for three days and three nights as he told the Pharisees he would be (Matthew 12:40), rather than two nights and a day if he had died on a Friday.

The Methodist Church commonly commemorates Good Friday with a service of worship, often based on the Seven Last Words from the Cross. It is not uncommon for some communities to hold interdenominational services on Good Friday as well.

The Catholic Church in the Latin Rite has a special Celebration of the Passion of the Lord which takes place on this day during where the biblical account of the Passion of Jesus is proclaimed.

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We Are Healed

We Are Healed

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)

Did you ever play dress-up as a child? Maybe you had a super hero costume or a princess dress that immediately transformed your thoughts and actions into character as soon as you slipped it over your body. During those few moments of pretend play your identity was concealed and you obtained a super power and or a beauty unimaginable.

In the next few days leading up to Easter, I want you to take off your shoes and place your feet into Jesus’ sandals. I want you to remove your hat and place HIS crown of thorns upon your head. Whatever path you are headed down this week, I want you to feel the weight of the cross on your back as you take every step. Every time you shower or wash your hands, I want you to imagine HIS blood dripping from your own body and nail scarred hands and feet.

Dear Lord,
Help us remember. Let us never forget why God sent you to Earth to walk with man. Show us daily what it was like to walk in your sandals of ministry, and on the day of your crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. May we never take your death for granted or in vain. Amen.

We don’t have to pretend play any longer. This scene can be our everyday reality if we’d all just learn to act on it daily.

Humbly in HIM,
Melanie Kern

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DID YOU KNOW . . . Maundy (Holy) Thursday

Today is the Christian holiday of Maundy or Holy Thursday, the holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter that commemorates the events of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the four canonical gospels.

For many Christian traditions this day initiates what is known as the Easter Triduum, the three day period which commemorates the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ. The liturgy in many Christian Churches involves a ceremony of the “Washing of the Feet” of designated individuals, referencing Jesus’ actions in the Gospel of John where he did such for his disciples during the Last Supper as related in the Gospel of John.

Use of the names “Maundy Thursday” versus “Holy Thursday” varies greatly according to denomination and tradition.

Most scholars agree that the English word Maundy is derived through Middle English from the Latin word “mandatum” (meaning mandate) which the first Latin word of the passage from John 13:34 where Jesus explained to the Apostles the significance of his action of washing their feet. Others theorize that the word arose from the Latin word “mendicare” which means to beg, referring to the beggars and the poor who were traditionally remembered in special ways on this day.

Be an Encourager

SACRED SIX: POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT
Be An Encourager
From the balcony of our condo last night, my wife cheered, “Larry, Larry he’s our man. If he can’t do it nobody can.”

I was exercising in front of condo by walking up and down the road out front.

When I came back around on the next short lap, she was wearing a boa and blowing bubbles through a wand encouraging me to make just a few more steps.
My wife, an ex-high school cheerleader was cheering me on to better health.
Do you know that I did about five more minutes of walking than I had planned, just because Karen praised me on?
Imagine, my wife clapping, blowing bubbles and sounding off on a cheer heard by the neighbors.
Encouragement moves us.

Whom have we encouraged lately?

Larry Limbaugh, Chaplain
Winter Park Care & Rehabilitation Center
2970 Scarlet Road
Winter Park, FL 32792
(407) 671-8030
chaplain.winterpark@signaturehealthcarellc.com

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The Fertile Pasture

SACRED SIX/HELPING PEOPLE FIND PURPOSE

The Fertile Pasture
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman

“Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your inheritance, which lives by itself in a forest, in fertile pasturelands” (Mic 7:14).

“I’ve called you to pastor the bank,” said the Lord to my friend Chuck. “Pastor the bank? How does one pastor a bank, Lord?” “The things I taught you I want you to teach others,” came the reply.

There is a people who live isolated in fertile pasturelands. They long for a shepherd who will help them discover their own inheritance. They are the lost majority in the marketplace who are living lives as though they are a child lost and aimless in a deep, dark forest.
Though most do not know it, they long for a pastor who will reveal to them their destinies. Your staff, which represents your vocation, is the means by which God is going to use you to pastor those in your sphere of influence in the workplace.

A fertile pastureland means there is a great harvest that can come if only there is someone to do what is necessary to bring a harvest from it. This is where you will derive your inheritance. The people you serve will be the spiritual inheritance God has allotted to you.

This forest is more fertile than all other potential fields because the power and authority represented by this forest has the potential to impact far greater fields. This forest has CEOs, presidents of nations, entertainment moguls, media tycoons, and educators to name just a few. They are the shapers of society who have yet to meet their Maker.
Are you willing to use your staff to be a shepherd to those in the fertile pasturelands?

“Reprinted by permission from the author. Os Hillman is an international speaker and author of 15 books on workplace calling. To learn more, visit http://www.MarketplaceLeaders.org”
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Ansering the Call

SACRED SIX: COMPASSION MESSAGE

Answering the Call

“This poor man called and the Lord heard him and saved him from all his troubles.” Psalm 34:6

Many times when we think of the word ‘poor’ we associate it with financial destitution, but being ‘poor’ really only means to be without something that is needed or wanted.

One particular day I answered 16 call lights, only three of which were clinical in which I could not directly assist. In my mind, the needs of the residents were simple requests – such as getting a cup of coffee or some ice, picking up the phone from floor, turning on the radio or making sure their lunch request was honored. While I may have considered these requests to be small or even insignificant, they were greatly needed and appreciated by those who needed me to do them.

A CNA once shared with me her idea of how she considered God to be found in the answering of call lights. She came to this understanding on one occasion when she went in to assist a resident and shortly after she had done so she had a heart attack right then and there. The resident pressed the call light as the Director of Nursing was walking through the halls and she answered the call just in time to provide immediate assistance.

At times, we may ignore the prompting of God’s Spirit, but on that day God did not allow for that call to be ignored . . . and a life was saved.

God’s call may not always prompt us to major or life-saving situations, but we are still called to small daily duties that can be of great service to others. It may be as simple as writing a letter of encouragement to those who need it, giving someone a ride to work, attending a child’s special day at the school . . . or answering a call light. As Psalm 99:6 states – “They called to the Lord, and He answered them”.

Lord, thank you for answering our prayers when we call upon You. We ask that you continue to move us to yield and obey when You call upon us . . . and to help others who are in need. Amen.

Rachel West – Chaplain
Signature HealthCARE of Orange Park
2029 Professional Center Drive
Orange Park, FL 32073
(904) 272-6194
chaplain.orangepark@signaturehealthcarellc.com

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Lightly

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 11:28-29 (NRSV)

Any of us enjoys being comfortable. When the weather is brutally cold, we enjoy being in a warm setting, preferably with some good music, something hot to drink, and maybe a good book or movie to enjoy. After pushing ourselves to the limit, finding the time to rest and be comfortable provides necessary renewal. The challenge is to get moving again and realize that the journey is more about carrying along what we need, rather than what would always provide comfort.

Imagine that you are going on a journey and taking only a backpack. That’s kind of how life is. Make three piles before packing it. In the first pile, place everything you absolutely have to have for basic survival. In the second pile, gather up some things that you would kind of like to have, but aren’t critical. In the third pile, gather up the things that would make the journey comfortable, like maybe a hammock or reclining chair … your creature comforts. Pack your backpack with the first pile and say goodbye to the other two piles.

In traveling through life, we don’t make it easy on ourselves by always trying to be comfortable. Traveling lightly is much more comfortable than trying to put a recliner in a backpack. Focus on the Light within, let God’s Spirit provide the comfort, and the journey will be much more enjoyable.

It’s your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don’t take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in everyday life. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.
Betty White

Mark Mills, Chaplain / Director of Spirituality
Signature HealthCARE of Warren
2473 North Rd., NE
Warren, OH 44483
(330)-372-2251
chaplain.warren@signaturehealthcarellc.com

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