Sacredness

Romans 11:16
If the part of the dough offered as first fruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.

What makes something secular or sacred? Holy or unholy?

The culture around us likes to put everything into little boxes. We have religious boxes, government boxes, business boxes, family boxes, internet boxes, and so on and so on. Dependent on how religious or nonreligious we are, we also have boxes for what is secular and what is sacred.

Yet who or what determines if something is sacred or secular?

Is money sacred or secular? Is the beach sacred or secular? Is your automobile sacred or secular? Is your home secular or sacred? Are you secular or sacred?

Some like to think we determine which is which. But is that true? Because the government passes laws or decrees labeling something as sacred or secular, does it make it so? Because your aunt tells you what is sacred, does it make it so?  Or what your uncle believes makes it so?

What if I told you that everything is sacred because of who owns it and made it.

What makes something holy or secular is determined by its author. Whatever the Creator has made is an offshoot of His character. If the Creator is Holy, then His creation is holy.

However, when the original intent of His purpose is changed without His approval, then what is sacred may become polluted. In the eyes of an unbeliever, it becomes secular (separate from God’s purpose). Yet, through God’s eye, it is still redeemable. In God’s eyes it is still holy. But the holiness is lost through man’s eyes by his carnal desire to solely gratify himself.

For example, God created the earth, but mankind abuses the environment for his personal gain.

God created the social institutions of government, business, and education, but mankind disbar His authority for personal ambition and gain.

God created the sacredness of sex, but mankind perverts it for personal gain.

Everything God made and makes is holy and sacred. Whether or not we keep to His purpose and intent will determine whether or not its full purpose is being recognized and experienced.

So, until we stop separating everything between secular and sacred, and acknowledge the Triune God’s authority in everything around us, this wonderful world’s potential will never be fully realized.

O yes, that is why we look forward to when Jesus returns and a new age begins with Him leading world governments to participate in His original plans for his creation. Heaven on earth in its totality is coming!

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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Truth. Reality. God.

Zechariah 12:1
The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person…

In our sophomore year of college, I registered for a class in Ethics but was denied entrance because not enough students selected it as an elective course. Out of a 35,000-student body only 4 signed up for the class; not enough to justify paying for a teacher. In its place though, I took another philosophical course – Logic.

There we had enough students which allowed the administration to hire a teacher to expose us to the historical and known arts of reasoning, decision-making, and truth-finding. But again, there were less than one dozen students in the class.

I didn’t realize the ramifications of the event until some thirty years later. As we live and experience this post-modern culture, we witness every day the distortion of basic logic. Where truth is relative, decision-making is built upon feelings, and reasoning is sabotage with lies, opinions, and prejudices. How is one to journey through life surrounded by this maze of noise and illusions?

When the foundation of a society is without a compass, any direction will do. If someone is able to accidentally identify North, then their search for home becomes substantially easier. However, without a North directional bias, every direction looks as good as the next. From my early camping days, we would classify that as being lost.

If one is serious to discover the truth of a matter, one needs to have a good grasp of reality. Reality is built upon the foundational order of nature and universal laws that govern existence. Order and law require an order/law giver. In religious circles, this Law Giver is given the title God.

The closer one develops a relationship with this God, the closer one discovers His heart, mind, and character. From this and through various circumstances and situations one travels through life, one comes to know and be known by the Creator of Life. Of all the gods known by 21st century standards, the only one which makes the most logical, yet most misunderstood, is the Triune God: Father, Son, and Spirit. C. S. Lewis himself converted from atheism to Christianity because it made the most logical sense – like the sun rising each morning.

So, if truth of a matter is important to you, then acquire the knowledge of eternal facts, historical lessons, and scientific outcomes built upon the foundation of the Creator of reality. Then you will have a stronger foundation that will help you better withstand the corruption and distortion that will come your way each and every day.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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Measuring Your Self-Worth

Genesis 1:27 (NASB)

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

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How do you measure yourself? What standard do you use? What is the basis of your value?

For many people, their success in life is measured by their accomplishments. There achievements may include independent wealth, political fame, functional family, educational credentials, industry recognition, and the list is endless.

For some though, they have come to realize that all the achievements collected together in a lifetime is simply vanity blowing into the wind (Eccl. 1:2). Our real worth lies in Jesus Christ.

From being made in the image of God himself, mankind has the unique standing of having value not because of what or who he is, but because he was created by God himself. Humanity’s value is determined by God himself. He created us. He bestowed the gifts and abilities we possess. He birthed us in such a time as this. He is constantly disciplining and encouraging us as we journey through life.

Being redeemed by Christ, You and I have been purchased from Satan’s bondage and ushered into God’s royal chamber. You and I are God’s children being prepared for leadership and ministry (Rev. 5:10). All because of the work of Jesus Christ.

We are His workmanship being prepared for good works (Eph.2:10). Therefore, every person has value and deserves respect and honor. Our value is not determined by what we contribute to the whole. Instead our worth is measured by God’s faithfulness for us.

God loves us so much He gave us Himself in Jesus Christ. In Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself (Col. 1:20). Through Christ, we have a direct relationship with the Creator. Everything was made by Christ through Christ for Christ (Col.1:16) who shares everything with us.

You are valuable in Christ. You are highly esteemed in Christ. You are very important in Christ. Your value lies in Christ. You are worth more than you truly realize. But only because of Jesus Christ.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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30 is the Number

Proverbs 5:18 (NASB)

Let your fountain be blessed and rejoice in the wife of your youth.

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From the Bible we find examples of the number thirty. Rabbi Dr. Hillel ben David in his article “The Significance of the Number Thirty” demonstrates the significance and ways “thirty” is showcased in the Bible. They include:

  • Thirty represents reconciliation at a higher level
  • Thirty was the age of strength
  • Thirty was the age one began their mission
  • Thirty days is a period of mourning for someone special
  • Thirty days is the totality of the moon’s lunar cycle
  • Thirty is a time of transition

Whatever the significance of thirty may or may not represent, the lesson for us married men is to invest in our relationship each and every day. In today’s, fast paced, convenient culture, time to buildup each other and strengthen relationships are sometimes (if not most the time) given second fiddle in our orchestra. So, one good game plan to implement each and every day is take the number ‘thirty’ to a whole higher level.

What if we would invest at least thirty-minutes of prayer time with our Lord in the morning, plus a thirty-minute one-on-one talk with our spouse, followed with a thirty-second hug with her each day? What impact would that employ to keep your marriage alive and strong for the long term?

We all get busy at times and usually our relationships suffer. This may be a simple method for those of us who are super active and need the discipline to make time for the real important people in life. It has worked wonders for over thirty-five years with my marriage. And I’m sure it will for you.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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Which is the More Prudent Choice?

James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. ESV.

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What is the basis of your decision? When you have a choice to make, how much weight do you focus on the outcome? Is the basis of your decision dollars or righteousness? Do you involved God in the beginning of the process or simply ask Him to bless your final choice?

When confronted with multiple choices which is the best one?

Decisions are typically based on the values you consider most important. For most of us, our values are formed early in our childhood. We didn’t put a request of which values we wanted. They simple all arrived one day in a bundled package within you (after years of being formed in you without your consent). Then begins a lifelong process of evaluating and modifying your values. However, how do you know the values you choose are the best ones for you?

Now you may have discovered a different reason for studying the Bible. Within the pages of this Book, are gems of long standing proven values which generate positive and negative results. The Book is a historic compilation of defining what is good for humanity and what produces pain for the long term.

Sin may be a Biblical term. But sin simply outlines which values destroy relationships and prevents people from flourishing. God’s character on the other hand, demonstrates what values produce Shalom. Human flourishing, blessedness, and Shalom are key outcomes from making choices built on the eternal values of the Creator God.

When you begin to acquire this knowledge, gain understanding of its implications, and then apply these treasures in your life, you find God’s grace and generosity wherever you go. You begin to act from a position of confidence. You discover the real values which life fruitfully grows from in abundance.

These values are the seeds of choice. When decisions are built upon the eternal values of God, you are walking in alignment with the universal laws of the Creator. You are living life within HIS intrinsic character strength. You begin to view life and outcomes for the long term for the benefit of the entire community and not just one individual. Your choices and decisions become godlike.

It all begins by acknowledging and accepting and yielding to HIS involvement in your life. Ask HIM.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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Perception

Matthew 13:15 (NASB)

For the heart of this people has become dull, with their ears they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes, otherwise they would see with their eyes, hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and return, and I would heal them.’

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The other day there was money to be made trading the futures market. The volatility was lively and volume at extreme highs. Yet at the end of the day I didn’t even make one entry. After reviewing the day’s activity, the realization of my perceived blindness shocked me.

I spent the time seeking out one setup that has been very good for me during times of volatility. The setup this day never happened. However, in review I notice five other types of entries that I have successful profited in the past. Yet this day, I was blind to these opportunities.

Lesson learned.

How often do we walk through the day focused on one specific outcome and ignore all other opportunities?

Our perception is not reality. While trading, there was real money being made by those who were open to different possibilities. My perception never occurred; therefore, I didn’t monetarily benefit that day. Yet the fact is money was made by many others. Their perception aligned with what was truly happening that day.

When it comes to God, our perception is either align with Him or not. Ignorance blinds us from seeing or hearing what is actually happening. A narrow mind focused on a perceived idea may limit one from what is actually happening. A misunderstood word may blind one from what is actually happening. A dull ear may also limit one from fully knowing what is actually happening.

However, an open mind, heart, eye, and ear seeks the truth from all sources. Instead of viewing the situation from one single view, we entertain multiple perceptions for confirmation of reality.

Whether trading the futures market or walking with our heavenly Father, our perception is limited. However, when we are open-minded and realize there is more before us than we see and hear, then maybe we can begin to discover what is really happening before us.

Perception is not reality, but only one person’s opinion. Don’t confuse opinion with reality.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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Be a Blessing

Genesis 12:2

“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. NIV.

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You were created to be a blessing for God and others! Just like Abraham was blessed by God as His chosen vessel to fulfill His plans for humanity, God has chosen and blessed you to be a blessing for others.

Many of us spend most of our lives seeking to be blessed. We want God’s favor. We want riches, relationships, and respect. We want. We want. We want. Yet somewhere in our journey we will meet up with our true self and come to realize what a blind, ignorant, self-centered creature we have been.

We will eventually repent of our attitude and behavior. We will then begin to better hear God’s truth as He unfolds our story with His and begins to renovate our heart. The end result is a new creation patterned after Jesus Christ.

So why fight it any longer?

The sooner we come to realize we are all walking down a path which will eventually end in death makes us all realize what Paul wrote about in 1 Corinthians 15:26. The #1 enemy of all humanity is death.

However, the #1 solution has already arrived. His name is Jesus. He resolved our dilemma by living a perfect life and offering His life in exchange for ours. In the process He opened the door for us to begin exploring eternity.

When the realization hits you that God has a universal eternal plan that already includes you, me, and our neighbors, our typical response is “how do I join?”

When you join Him in His walk, He rubs off on you. His Character, Attitude, and Values become yours. You begin to see life through His eyes. You heart opens up for the success of others. You find ways to contribute your talents, gifts, and treasures for the betterment of others.

You come to realize you were created to be a blessing for God and others. Wherever you walk with God, you seek ways to uplift others, restore those who have been broken, and introduce everyone to the One who is the Center of Life. He is the source of everything good, the truth, and the way.

In other words, since you were created to be a blessing, who will you bless today?

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:

Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
Great Business Emulates a Good God
Be Radical…Follow Christ!
Simply The Messenger
Unequally Married

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