Negative thoughts drain you of energy and keep you from being in the present moment. The more you give in to your negative thoughts, the stronger they become. I like the imagery of a small ball rolling along the ground, and as it rolls, it becomes bigger and faster. That’s what one small negative thought […]
Global warming is one of the many environmental issues that environmental advocates and the greens are up against. While there is a lot of agreement on the necessity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there is also some disagreement on how best to do this. Some environmentalists have called for a “territory-based” system, which would entail developing countries get financial support from developed nations in order to reduce their carbon footprints. Activists have called for major multinational companies to “Shift Gears” and help fund social organizations that are committed to combating the growing global warming crisis. Unfortunately, global warming and income inequality appear to be related.
There appears to be a link between the two issues. While it is not possible to state with certainty that global warming or its adverse effects directly caused income disparity, that income disparity continues to grow amid rising energy costs casts doubt on the validity of the argument. The internet revolution has provided people with more information and more ways to communicate than ever before. This explosion in communications has provided a medium through which they can discuss social issues. In the past, people were too disconnected to take part in the social conversations that were shaping social issues or they didn’t have the resources to engage in those conversations. Today, however, people can exchange ideas, information, and social strategies online in actual time.
The increasing complexity of the internet and how people interact have also increased the need to develop open-access social networks. These networks need to provide better tools for people to understand and take part in social discussions online. It is also important to provide social platforms that promote accountability and transparency in the processes and activities of social organizations. If they do not take these issues care of, then we are facing a future of widespread global warming and the attendant rise in poverty and social inequality.
“Why is salvation a gift?” That is the question most often asked by Christians. The quick answer is because God has chosen us to be saved from sin (there is no salvation outside of God except through his son Jesus Christ). However, there may be several underlying meanings to that question. I want to take the time today to explore some of those meanings.
First, salvation is not simply a gift. To the person who said it’s a gift, they were probably talking about being made by god among their fellow Christians. They felt special because they chose Christ as their savior. However, to the rest of us, that’s not necessarily the case.
While being made by god is certainly a wonderful gift, salvation as a gift is something that people who choose to accept it can have. Salvation is something that we each receive freely through the grace of God. It’s free and perfect. A perfect gift! If you go to church on Sunday and it does not wash you in the saving water, then you didn’t go to church to accept Christ. You shouldn’t be afraid to confess to God or ask for his grace to wash you clean.
This also means that no one has an entitlement to salvation. God is the one who gave us salvation. Everyone who ever walked the earth has choices. If someone is already a believer and has been selected to receive the good news, he or she has an entitlement to the salvation that he or she receives.
It means that we all have the same seed, the Christian. We’re all the same; and we have the same prospects, the Christian life. So if god gave you a gift of salvation, you’re a perfect Christian, you’re living in a perfect world, you’re enjoying what it has given to you. If god gave you a gift of faith, you’re anointed with the Holy Spirit, and you’re walking in the blessings and progress of the Holy Spirit.
If god gave you a gift of knowledge, you’re a perfect believer. If he gave you a gift of knowledge that you’re going to be prosperous and abundant, that it will fill your life with God and His love, that you’re going to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, you’re a perfect believer. If he gave you a gift of prophecy, you’re walking in the footsteps of Christ. If he gave you a gift of knowledge, you’re a perfect wife of Jesus. If he gave you a gift of healing, you’re walking in the footsteps of Jesus.
Every believer is unique, because we all come in different bodies. We all have unique talents, we all have unique gifts. Because we all come in bodies, our gifts and talents don’t match, and therefore we can’t claim to be perfect. But we are perfect, all perfect. In fact, we’re all more perfect than we can ever imagine, and therefore we should never expect or accept anything less than the God, the Father of our spirits and minds.