“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
Connect with me now on LinkedIn if you believe in being “rich toward God”!

Building “Credit” on LinkedIn: Connect Your First Level Connections

What?

Your first level connections on LinkedIn are often not connected. You can introduce them.

Why?

By reviewing your first level connections carefully, you can uncover common interests and complimentary skills… in other words, you can identify people who might benefit from knowing each other. If new friendships are created among your close contacts, your bond with them will be strengthened.

More than that, you’re influence among those closest to you will increase as being helpful naturally triggers reciprocity.

How?

Contact both parties and let them know you want to introduce each to another close contact of yours. When they both reply positively, choose which one will receive the introduction and go to the profile of the other contact and…

  1. Select the “Share Profile” option from the down arrow next to the buttons in the header box.
  2. Enter both recipients’ names in the top box of the compose message page,
  3. Modify the message to explain how they could benefit from knowing each other, and
  4. Click “Send Message”.

The message will go to both and include contact information so the two members can connect to one another.

Further reading:
LinkedIn Help: Introducing Two Connections

Have You Found Your Purpose?

It’s my belief that one must have a goal before intelligent action can be undertaken but it’s even more important to have a firm reason why. I’ve believed this since I was in the fourth grade. Most of us are living out our lives in ways often described as “a rat race”, “a rut”, or merely “going with the flow” that require conformity not intelligence.

What happened to cause me to question the path that all Americans are expected to take? You know, go to school, get good grades, graduate, get a good job, be a loyal employee for at least four decades, retire (hoping you have enough money saved to live comfortably), and then die…

What happened to make me ask, at that early stage of life, the question so many ask at some point — “is this all there is… is there nothing more?”

Boredom happened.

I was able to grasp the material being taught in class the first time it was presented. Unfortunately, for me, most of class time was spent doing all that could be done to help the slowest learner catch up. I spent 90% (or more) of class time revving my mental engine, eagerly waiting for some new data to devour. Having all of that free time allowed me to critique the process and I never stopped.

I’ve found that a lack of direction is a problem but a lack of purpose is an even bigger problem. Leading a horse to water (direction/a specific goal/the “what”) is the element that most of our energy is expended on. But, we can’t make it drink because the horse hasn’t been convinced that he ought to do so. It is my contention that one has an obligation to fulfill one’s purpose and that can’t be done if one’s purpose remains unidentified. Most of us never identify it because we’re not looking… or should I say, we’ve stopped looking.

Children tend to go through an annoying “why” phase. This search for meaning, the inquisitive nature, seems to fade rather quickly. I’m guessing that it happens not long after the indoctrination begins in our schools.

Do you agree that fewer people fail because of a lack of focus on a specific goal than fail because of a lack of understanding the reason why they’re pursuing said goal?

Why have New Year’s resolutions like “I’m going to lose weight” become a running joke? Again, I say the lack of “stickiness” is due to the absence in the heart of a solid, cornerstone purpose.

Doing anything just because it’s expected of you or it sounds like a good idea is not a foundation for excellence. If you haven’t figured out your purpose, what are you waiting for? Your community, beginning in your home, is waiting for you to get on with it!

To emphasize the need for identifying one’s purpose, I created my real-world newsletter, B: on Purpose!. The first issue will be hitting mailboxes across the land very soon.