Showing Compassion

SACRED SIX: COMPASSION MESSAGE

Showing Compassion

Ephesians 4:31-32 – “put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling, and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.”

This is my favorite time of the year. It is baseball season. I am a huge Cincinnati Reds fan and have followed them for the first time I went to Crosley Field to Riverfront Stadium to Cinergy Field to Great American Ballpark. I have seen the Big Red Machine, Pete Rose (who should be in the Hall of Fame) hit number 3000, and was at the playoff game when the Reds beat the Pirates enabling them to go to the World Series in 1990.

Having said all of that, I have a baseball story that I believe Paul would have applauded and used as an example for the people of Ephesus. When Boston Red Sox player Wade Boggs played third base for the Red Sox and traveled to Yankee stadium, one of the Yankee fans made it his personal mission to harass him. The man had a box seat close to the field and would torment Boggs with obscenities and insults for the duration of every single game. Finally, Boggs decided he’d had enough. As the man began his usual tirade of insults at the next game, Boggs walked directly over to the man who was sitting with a group of friends. “Are you the guy who is always yelling and swearing at me?” Boggs asked. “Yeah, it’s me,” answered the man in a gruff voice. “Whatcha gonna do about it?” he asked in the way that he felt that he had finally gotten under Wade Boggs’ skin and wanted to pick a fight. But instead Wade Boggs took a brand new baseball out of his pocket, autographed it, tossed it to the man, and went back to the field to continue his pre-game routine. And do you know what? The man became one of Wade Boggs’ biggest fans at Yankee stadium.

Can you imagine what would have happened that day if Wade Boggs would have gone over to that man in the stands and screamed, ranted, swore, and tried to pick a fight with him? And yet, I might add, can you imagine what happens in a facility like ours when people treat one another in that manner instead of being kind, forgiving, and loving? Or better yet, can any one of us imagine if God was to treat you and me like that, with anger, and bitterness, and slander when we fail? Fortunately for you and for me, God grants to us the gift of forgiveness. He grants to you and to me a second chance. What a great lesson to learn.

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

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Striving Versus Abiding

SACRED SIX: PATIENCE MESSAGE

Striving Versus Abiding
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman

“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” – Psalm 127:1a
What does it mean for the Lord to build the house? It almost seems a contradiction when we consider that we might be the builders in this passage. God wants us to allow Him to build the house. He explains further:
“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for He grants sleep to those He loves” (Psalm 127:1-2).

God is telling us there is a way of working without striving. There is a way to conduct business without sweating and toiling for outcome. His warning to each of us is to avoid thinking that outcome is based on our sweat and toil. Outcome is based on obedience. That outcome is sometimes more than we deserve. Sometimes it is less than we hoped for. His desire for each of us is to see Him working in our daily work life. He wants us to avoid looking to our own effort to gain an outcome.

One day Jesus called out to Peter from the shore of the lake and suggested he throw his net on the other side of the boat. It was this simple act of obedience that yielded a tremendous catch that he would not have received unless he obeyed.
We are called to work; He is called to bring forth the fruit. He is the vine. We are the branches. Fruit comes forth naturally from a healthy tree.
Today, ask God to show you when you enter into striving. Ask Him to show you the difference between loving trust and obedience and striving for outcome. It can be challenging for us to balance this in our daily work experience. He wants to help us walk in this freedom and rest.


“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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God Put Up With Them

SACRED SIX: PATIENCE MESSAGE

God Put Up With Them

Acts 13:18 – “For about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness.”

Paul is preaching in the synagogue in Antioch. In his message he runs through the history of the people of Israel all the way to John the Baptist. But what caught my attention is the one verse that is printed above as it says, “God put up with them…” God put up with Abraham’s lying, Jacob’s wrestling, Moses’ excuses, and a list so long that it would take several pages to list them all.

Did you ever ask yourself, “God, how long have you put up with me?” How long has God put up with our doubts, our lies, our jealousies, and again a list so long that it would take pages. But thanks be to God that he does “put up with us.” For it is through his gifts of gifts of forgiveness and mercy that you and I have the ability to come to him and he grants us another chance. So let’s give thanks this day and in the days to come as we thank God for putting up with us.

Let us pray: Ever patient Lord, thank you for putting up with me and all of my faults and shortcomings. Help me to live my life glad to be one of your children. Amen

God is good all the time. And all the time, God is good.

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

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Taste and See

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
Psalm 34:8 NIV

“I DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU!” Has anyone ever challenged you in such a way? Hopefully, it wasn’t anything too terribly risky. I’m a bit of a dare devil and have a competitive nature so as long as it isn’t insane challenge I will at least consider it.

I challenge you today to TASTE and SEE if the Lord is good! If you or someone you know struggles with having faith my charge to you is like the NIKE slogan…”JUST DO IT!” If things are spinning out of control in your life and nothing you’re doing seems to be working…..why not give the Lord a try? What would you have to lose? Just allow HIM the opportunity to prove himself and I promise you won’t be disappointed!

All it takes is having faith as small as a mustard seed to get started (Matthew 17:20, NIV) Your favorite dish is lying right before your eyes but unless you pick up the fork and take a bite you’re going to miss out!

GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME and ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD….

TASTE & SEE!

Have a Wonderful Thursday!

By HIS merciful hand,
Melanie Kern
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Sitting On The Circle of The Earth

“It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers.” Isaiah 40:22

Recently, our administrator used an illustration of each of us “sitting” on top of the facility and looking down at it from a higher level and being able to get a better view of ourselves. As she spoke of her role, our roles, and the importance of really seeing ourselves as we were, it gave me some thoughts with regards to God looking down on us.

When I think of God looking down upon us, I remember his statement in Psalm 139 “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” and also Matthew 6:26 when the Lord says “Are ye not much better than they?” (referencing the birds) The fact is, we are valuable to him, and yes, we are wonderfully made – we are his prized possession, he loves us!

Prayer: “I thank you for the comfort of knowing that we are never alone!”

Ronnie Case – Director of Spirituality
The Bridge at South Pittsburg
201 East 10 Street
South Pittsburg, TN 37380
(423) 837-7981
chaplain.southpittsburg@signaturehealthcarellc.com

Team Building

SACRED SIX: TEAMWORK
Team Building
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman

“…you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
Building a good team is key to the success of any enterprise. Jesus chose twelve unique individuals to build His world-changing enterprise. He intentionally chose several who had similar backgrounds—Peter, James, and John were fisherman. Matthew and Simon the Zealot came from opposing political views. Matthew came from an industry considered corrupt—he was a tax collector. It is clear Jesus chose those who had a skill set first, then changed the character of the individual. He mentored each one.
A good team needs to have team members with different viewpoints as well as those who are specialists in a particular area. It is noteworthy that Jesus chose someone expertise in handling money. Taking a team of twelve around the country required money and the ability to manage it. I’m sure Jesus spent a great deal of time with Matthew mentoring him on the proper use of money. He had to reshape his thinking about money.
Once the team was formed Jesus spent time molding His team into a cohesive unit to operate in unity. He corrected them when correction was needed. He taught them what it meant to love one another. He washed their feet. He taught and modeled servant leadership. Before you put a team together sit down and make a list of the skills you want represented on your team. Then recruit and invest spiritually into your team. Who knows, your team might just change the world, too!
“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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Feeling Like Picasso

SACRED SIX: POSITIVITY MESSAGE

Feeling Like Picasso

“This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118: 24

One day I’m gonna wake up, stand tall, put my hands on my hips and face the day like a Patton in North Africa.

One morning, I’m gonna spring out of bed and smile in the in the teeth of disaster.

Any day now, I’m gonna laugh at slights until my lungs are emptied.

I feel like that day could be any day now. Don’t you?

Today is my canvas . . . and I feel like Picasso.

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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Spilling Through My Fingers

SACRED SIX: INTEGRITY MESSAGE

Spilling Through My Fingers

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand . . . ? Isaiah 40:12

After I clumsily knocked over my glass on the restaurant counter, the spilled beverage began to cascade over the edge and onto the floor. Out of sheer embarrassment, I tried to catch the waterfall with cupped hands. My efforts were largely unsuccessful; most of my beverage rushed through my fingers. In the end, my upturned palms held little more than a meager tablespoon each, while my feet stood in puddles.
My life feels similar on many days. I find myself scrambling to solve problems, oversee details, and control circumstances. No matter how hard I try, my feeble hands are incapable of managing all the pieces and parts. Something invariably slips through my fingers and pools on the floor at my feet, leaving me feeling overwhelmed. No amount of contorting my hands or squeezing my fingers more tightly together makes me able to handle it all.
Help me, Lord, to trust my needs and concerns into Your perfect care.

Yet God can. Isaiah tells us that God can measure the globe’s waters—all the oceans and rivers and rain—in the hollow of His hands (40:12). Only His hands are large enough to hold them all. We needn’t try to hold more than the tablespoon He’s designed our hands to carry. When we feel overwhelmed, we can entrust our cares and concerns into His capable hands.

Help me, Lord, to stop trying to hold everything in my hands, but instead to trust my needs and concerns into Your perfect care.

Kirsten Holmberg, Our Daily Bread®, © 2017 by Our Daily Bread Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. www.odb.org

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Understanding the Source of Anger

Understanding the Source of Anger
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman

“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.” – Proverbs 29:11

The workplace can be a pressure-packed world. The demands that are often put on us can bring out things that we never knew were there. Sometimes we begin to think that the source of that pressure is to blame for our response to the pressure. It could be an event, a spouse, a boss, a client, a child, or even a driver who cuts us off in traffic.

I recall responding to a close friend one time, “If you had not done that, I would never have responded that way.” Later I learned that this response had little truth to it. We all choose to get angry. No one else is to blame for our anger.

“The circumstances of life, the events of life, and the people around me in life, do not make me the way I am, but reveal the way I am” [Dr. Sam Peeples].

This simple quote has had a profound impact on how I view my anger now. Anger only reveals what is inside of me. I can’t blame anyone but me for my response to a situation. I have learned that anger is only the symptom of something else that is going on inside of me. This quote now resides on my refrigerator door as a daily reminder of the truth about my response to life’s situations.

It has been said that anger is like the warning panel on the dash of your car. It is the light that tells us something is going on under the hood and we need to find out what is the source of the problem. I discovered that the source of anger is often unmet expectations or personal rights. We believe we are entitled to a particular outcome to a situation. When this doesn’t happen, it triggers something in us. At the core of this is fear, often a fear of failure or rejection, fear of what others think, fear of the unknown.

If you struggle with anger, ask God to reveal the source of that anger. Ask Him to heal you of any fears that may be the root of your anger. Ask God to help you take responsibility for your response to difficult situations.

“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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Patience

SACRED SIX: PATIENCE MESSAGE

“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
Psalm 27:14 NIV

“Patience is a virtue.” “You have the patience of JOB.” “You are all heart.” “You are so strong.” Have you ever had anyone make those comments to or about you? Where do you think those characteristics come from? Why do you think some people appear to have more strength, heart, and patience than others? Some may claim such person’s traits are learned behaviors while others claim they are innate. I would have to agree with latter group’s beliefs on this subject.

Psalm 139:14 (KJV) says,

14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Yes, God made us unique giving us separate talents but we need to knoweth right well within our souls we were knitted together in HIS image. We are HIS reflection.

If HE made us in HIS own image, for HIS purpose, don’t you think HE would give us HIS strength, HIS heart, and HIS patience? The only characteristic that sets us apart from truly believing those things is our faith.

Circumstances beyond our control occur and what we each encounter may set us apart in our experiences. These things may cause an appearance of differences for some people to have the patience of JOB, the strength of Samson, and the heart of David; but what did each of those people have in common? Christ was their center; their source of strength, their spring from which they drew water. HE gave them life.

Where does your strength from? Do you feel capable in handling your circumstances alone? Have you lost heart and the will the fight? Are you making flippant decisions selling yourself short of what God has to offer just because your too impatient to wait on HIM?

Be steadfast in your faith. Stand firm and hold on. Believe deep within your soul that you have everything it takes to get through whatever life has thrown at you. Be patient. HE isn’t on our time schedule; we are on HIS. Trust HIM with all your heart to breathe life back into you. With HIM you will overcome those weaknesses that have seemingly taken over.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

By HIS merciful hand,
Melanie Kern

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