Whose Will Do YOU Do?

Not My Will, but Thine, be done. Luke 22:42

There is nothing in this world, in this universe, that God will ever ask us to do that can come close to what awaited Jesus when He uttered these words. The betrayal, the beatings, the rejection by popular vote of His people, the separation from His Father… all part of an event too obscene for words to even come close to adequately capturing for our mental reconstruction.

Knowing this, that He was facing the greatest test ever, Jesus asked for a way out. David vs Goliath, the Israelites vs Pharaoh’s Army, the three Hebrews vs Nebuchadnezzar… no other situation can touch what Jesus was facing; and He gave us a wonderful gift in His example of submission.

We’re in what appears to be an unprecedented age of worship of self. At every turn, there are appeals to ‘my will’. The Internet, in particular, has grown up into a sophisticated marketing platform that literally studies us so that the offers we receive to buy stuff are tailored to what appeals most to ‘my will’.

If there ever was an age that promoted self-interest as much as our world does, today, Noah and his family were the only ones who survived it.

Much of the problems that Christians face are the result of focusing on ‘what do I want’. When we satisfy the will of our own hearts, we aren’t sinning against ourselves and others as much as we’re sinning against God. Look at the declaration of Joseph, when he had opportunity to have his way with his master’s wife: “how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”

For the Christian, the answer to “whose will do you do?” is binary. Either your focus is on doing God’s Will or it’s not. His sheep serve Him. The goats (that is, everyone else) serve themselves, or money, or other people, or their government, or… We all have many ‘hats’, many roles and responsibilities. My plea with you, here, is: whatever role you happen to be filling at any given time, do your best work and let it be known that you perform excellently simply because it’s what God expects of you.

Do you have other Biblical examples to add? Share them in the comment section. Do you disagree with something I wrote? Please do me the favor of telling me all about it.

To Your Health and For His Glory!
Brother Tony O
THE Christian Internet Marketing Consultant

“The World Would Love His Own”

Jesus told us that the world will hate us...
Jesus told us that the world will hate us…

Now, what do you suppose it was that spurred this attack? Do you think I was bashing this ‘author’ over the head with pronouncements that he’d better repent? Was I picketing the funeral of his loved one who happened to be a sinner (like the rest of humanity)? Did I put up a replica of The Ten Commandments or a nativity scene where he would have to look at it? Did I threaten to remove his head for his stubborn refusal to bow before His Creator?

I could go on with these questions seemingly forever. While I do feel sorry for the person who typed that message, I wonder what has gone on in his life to poison his soul so. I didn’t reply because I saw that he was so settled in his thinking that reaching out to him would have potentially made him dangerous. Perhaps it was his alcoholism speaking. Who knows?

The ‘spark’ that (I imagine) connected with the fumes from his drink was an appeal to generosity. Huh? What? You ‘heard’ me correctly — GENEROSITY! We live in a selfish society. I am SO glad that Jesus freed me from that way of thinking. Below, I’m reproducing the exact message I sent out. His reaction, though unexpected, gives me a ‘warm and fuzzy’ feeling all over because of what Jesus said about hate. If sharing Biblical principles makes me a target for the hate of worldly folk, I have been paid the highest honor they can give!

From: Brother Tony O
Sent: Monday, July 20, 2015 10:46 AM
Subject: A Personal Appeal to Start a Conversation

Good morning,

I pray that all is well with you and yours.

I’ve developed a unique, Bible-based approach to business and I invite you to discuss it with me. The core is to be Rich Toward God (from the lesson of the rich fool in Luke 12). Whatever I earn that’s beyond my personal operational budget is to be invested in others.

I’d like to know what you think about the topic. Consider joining the ‘Rich Toward GOD’ LinkedIn group: http://bit.ly/b_RichTowardGOD

Either way, thanks for taking the time to read this message.

To Your Health and For His Glory!
Brother Tony O
THE Christian Internet Marketing Consultant

Beware! The Spirit of Rebellion is a Killer!

Embedded below is an appeal for unity made by Dan Jackson, President of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, as the church prepares for their General Conference Session (that takes place every five years). There is a major dispute taking place over the church’s refusal to ordain women as pastors. Just like so many other issues that divide the United States between “right wing” and “left wing”, this spirit of deep division has infected the church.

I just watched the video and it’s past midnight as I’m typing this. It could be that I didn’t hear every word spoken but I was struck by this message of love, passion, unity, and spirit/spirituality — not for what WAS said. Rather, it was what WASN’T.

Specifically, I speak of obedience. Since I was in diapers, I was made to understand that without obedience to The Will of God as revealed to us in His Word, all talk of “love” is just noise. There is balance in Scripture. When one chooses to only focus on certain statements from The Holy Bible and reject or simply ignore others that don’t fit comfortably into his/her agenda, he/she will fail to understand the “narrow path”. Worse, an opening is created for that first cunning ploy of the serpent — to make us question what God really said and, then, whether He really meant what He said.

There are too many examples of God’s children wandering off course trying to be like the world or doing what they think is right (like Uzzah) — even if God explicitly told them something contrary.

I don’t know Jackson well enough (yet) to have an opinion of him. I do, however, have an opinion of what he said in this video. I do not enjoy being lied to. He stated, “We are committed to our world church. We, as a division, that is, all of us, have demonstrated this faithful commitment to our church from the very beginning. By God’s Grace, we will remain faithful… The [NAD] has always demonstrated a spirit of cooperation with our world church. By God’s Grace, we will continue to cooperate.”

I watched this presentation (106 minutes long) last night that clearly shows the deadly spirit of rebellion, not “cooperation”, that is alive and possessing the NAD. President Jackson is either in denial or intentionally being “less than truthful” (as a politician might spin it).

  • Like Cain, who decided that God should accept whatever sacrifice he was willing to make and then was enraged to the point of murder when his way was rejected, we have those who are ready to fight anyone who dares to challenge their will.
  • Like the fools who built the Tower of Babel, we have those who’ve become too “smart” to be restrained by God’s Word.
  • Like the children of Israel who demanded a king, they’re too focused on the ways that “seemeth right” to people — but those ways lead to death.
  • Like Saul, who chose to disobey God and then wanted to offer the fruits of his disobedience to The One Whom he disobeyed, we have those who act as though their service to God is a favor they’re doing for Him (or as some of them say, “Her”).
  • And, like Lucifer, the father of discontentment himself, they cry “unfair!”

[Tweet “Let’s be frank about what’s REALLY #unfair: Jesus, Our Creator, had to die for our #sins.”]

It is our choice to focus on self rather than God, on our will rather than God’s Will that made His sacrifice necessary.

Three Hebrews in the Fiery Furnace from wikimedia (MO edited)

Whatever happens next month, this church is ALREADY split and events like this aren’t new (please note the point of “equality” raised by Korah’s gang in Numbers 16 — and the result). I didn’t intend to type so much but this appeal from my heart only scratches the surface. I conclude by pointing to, as is my custom, Hananiah; Mishael, and Azariah.

Like we see with Noah’s family, and Lot’s family (most of it anyway), it is only a tiny fraction that remain loyal to God when the situation gets hot (or wet). The majority reveal that they were never really God’s. Of all the Hebrews taken to Babylon, only three would not bow to the symbol of man’s power to be defiant.

The same deadly, defiant spirit that had the Israelites build the golden calf — right after witnessing the awesome Power of God in Egypt and being shaken by His Voice at Sinai — that same rebellious spirit is working more aggressively than ever, right now, among God’s people.

Crisis? There is no crisis that can touch those who cling to The Master’s Hand. The crisis is just a storm that swirls around them. I say “them” rather than “us” because I look at what happened to Peter (when he denied Christ thrice) and, as much as I insist, as sure as I believe I am, I just can’t know what I’ll do until the heat is applied.

To Your Health and For His Glory!
Brother Tony O
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Black Lives Really Don’t Matter… To Black People!

The latest incident to captivate the media is the Charleston Massacre and, once again, the immediate reaction is calls for action that have nothing to do with the real source of the evil.

This morning, I listened to demands that South Carolina take down the Confederate flag. Decades ago, when I used to listen to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, he used to preach about “symbolism over substance” and this certainly qualifies. The presence of the flag, I would argue, should be encouraged. Why? Because it serves as a reminder and, as we all have heard, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.

Further, on the flag issue, what do these people think the Stars and Stripes represent? Was this not the flag that has flown over slavery since the flag’s creation? Let’s forget about flags and discuss the real core issue: Black Lives Don’t Matter… Not Even to Blacks!

Black Lives Really Don't Matter - Not Even to Blacks! #TheRealIssue #BTO15 Click To Tweet

Does this shock you? It shouldn’t. If it does then you haven’t been paying attention to the increase in shootings taking place in America’s cities. I’m not talking about police shootings. I’m talking about blacks attacking other blacks. (Some attribute the increase to the fact that police, responding to protests aimed at them, have backed off and allowed criminals to roam more freely.)

This fact is not new. It’s raised often — as an offensive attack in debates with left-wing activists who want to blame others for oppressing them rather than take on the much bigger challenge of addressing those things they have the power to improve.

I had started to watch a Web site that reported the shootings in Baltimore — including the race & gender of shooter and victim — but, after a few days, it was clear that there really wasn’t much point to it. About 90% of the crimes were committed by African-American males.

I don’t believe this is ‘normal’. I also don’t believe the situation will get any better until those with some influence in the most effected neighborhoods decide that enough blood has been shed. In other words, black lives need to start mattering to black community leaders.

To Your Health and For His Glory,
Brother Tony O
THE Christian Internet Marketing Consultant

The Cost of a Foul Mouth

…be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
from 1 Timothy 4:12

There are a lot of gurus out there teaching the latest and greatest Internet marketing strategies and many (most?) of them wear profanity like some kind of badge of honor. They claim that if you don’t like hearing “real language” then you’re weak and they want to weed you out.

That’s just pure nonsense and I put up with it so that you don’t have to. That’s one of the main reasons that I make it clear up-front that I’m THE Christian Internet Marketing Consultant. That’s also why I rarely direct traffic to them. If I tell people to listen to them and they refuse to act professionally and respect their audience, their bad behavior reflects on me. It’s guilt by recommendation.

Soap in Mouth adapted from photo by https://www.flickr.com/photos/armydre2008/A very large portion of our population claims to be Christian and most Christians appreciate the Biblical principle of taming your tongue. For you (Christians that want to do business intelligently online), I’m here to help. I readily teach you what I learn from the foul-mouthed gurus.

If you can’t be interesting without profanity then let’s face it, you’re not that interesting.
says Michael Hyatt

This morning, I woke up to an email from one clean and upright Internet marketer that had the subject “How Much Business is Your Profanity Costing You?” His email caused me to type this post at this time. I could have or should have done it long ago because this topic has been eating at me, for years.

He argued that 1) profanity alienates people, 2) profanity hurts your brand, and 3) profanity doesn’t work. He points out that using profanity can pack a punch when it’s reserved for extreme situations but when it’s routinely used it desensitizes the audience.

He quoted Joel Comm as saying, “If you are disrespectful of your audience, the impact of your message is going to be diminished.” I totally agree. Don’t disrespect me like that, bro… or your mother (surely she taught you better).

And, I ask you, why would a marketer want to intentionally shrink his/her audience over something so easily controllable? Is opportunity cost forgotten?

If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
from James 3:2