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Carl Carey, sports agent and college professor is editor of  www.biblelessonconnection.com

 

Carl Carey

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As we walk through our lives, there are times when we need to see the presence of God.  When we are in pain, conflicted, challenged, distressed, or overwhelmed, we need to know that our Friend is standing with us.  I have found that I feel most connected with God when I am doing His will and taking time out just to be alone in silence with Him.  Our days are so busy and our lives are so hectic that it becomes difficult to “hear Him”.  Take the time to appreciate His creation:  the sun, the moon, the stars, the seas, the sky, the trees, the air.  He created them all.  He created man and woman.  You see God in action when you see yourself.  He is there, but we must take the time to appreciate Him and the time to have meaningful communication with Him.  Sit in silence.  Enjoy His creation.  Talk with Him as you would talk with a confidante or best friend.  If you take the time to connect with God, you will, in effect, be nourishing your soul and I just know that you will feel empowered knowing that you have come in contact with the ruler of the universe.  With Him on your side, there will be nothing impossible for you…

Carl

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In our society today, most of us have enough issues and problems of our own to deal with.  Sometimes, because we are so consumed with our own situations, we forget to attend to others who are in need.  Our lesson for the week, The parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, reminds us that one of the most significant criteria upon which we are judged by God is how we respond to those in need.  The rich man saw Lazarus suffer daily and yet he did nothing to help him.  Later in the story, the rich man ends up in torment in hell, while Lazarus is in heaven.  All that the rich man had attained on Earth means nothing now.  Because he didn’t do what was right by Lazarus, he finds himself suffering eternally.  When we see those who are in need, let us give them our attention.  An encouraging word, listening to them, offering assistance of some kind are things that we can do to help others.  God is pleased when we take the time to assist others.  He is not pleased when we ignore them.  The Bible tells us that when we see someone in need, it’s like seeing Jesus in need.  What would you do if you saw our Lord in a situation in which He needed help?  Surely, you would be there for him.  Likewise, He asks that we be there for each other…

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Dear Father in Heaven,

You are an awesome God.  Lord, we know that you have a plan for the world that is beyond our understanding and we unequivocally trust you.  The tragic earthquake in Haiti has caused death, pain and sorrow for our neighbors on that island nation.  We know that in their time of need that they can lean on you.  Lord, help us all to gain whatever lessons you have for us in this human tragedy.  Spare the Haitians further harm.  Help them to garner the strength they need to make it through this.  Be with them.  Be their comforter.  Be their guide.  Be with the relief workers who are sacrificing themsleves to make things better for Haiti.  Grant the nation a great recovery from this devastating event.  Bring them back better, stronger, wiser.  Lord, we love you and we thank you and it is in your Son, Jesus, whose name we pray.  Amen.

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Often times, we have questions about why things are the way that they are.  Why is there so much pain in the world?  Why has sin taken over?  Why is this bad thing happening to me?  Why is this person acting this way?  Why are things like this?  Why do bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people?  Asking yourself, “Why?” is normal.  However, we must acknowledge to ourselves that there are some things that we will never understand.  Some things are just not meant for us to understand as mortal human beings.  God has a plan for the world.  If we submit to Him, He will direct our lives too.  God’s plan for the world is perfect (eventhough things in the world seem so less than perfect).  We must learn to trust that He really does know best.  He knows what’s at the end of the world.  He knows what’s at the end of our lives.  He has a big picture view of things… We, only, know what we are dealing with and seeing today.  We need to stop thinking so much about things that are out of our realm.  If you don’t understand it, maybe it’s not meant for you to…and that’s okay…because God knows what He’s doing.

Carl

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The other day, I was watching my daughters, ages 2 and 4, play together.  As usual, they both wanted the same toy and a kids kind of argument started.  While this happens at least weekly in our household, I watched them this time and made note of how after 5 minutes of being annoyed with each other they went back to playing, hugging and telling each other, “I love you.”  Oh…if we as adults could be so forgiving…what a wonderful world this would be.  What my daughters taught me was that conflict can be easily erased if both parties are willing to forgive and forget.  Yes, some of the things that we are in conflict with another person about are of a serious nature…but then there are those conflicts that are of a “silly-nature” and we should do our best to quickly forgive and continue our relationship with the person who has offended us in some way…particularly, if the relationship is important to you.  It amazes me how some strong friendships end over the most minor of disagreements.  I thank my 2-year old and 4-year old for reminding me that silly conflicts should be resolved quickly.  May all of us be reminded to do better in not letting the small stuff ruin our relationships with each other.

Carl

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Welcome to our new bible series entitled, “New Life Perspectives”.  My hope is that upon finishing the lessons in this series that one will truly gain a new perspective on life and thus be re-energized, more positive and better equipped to handle the challenges that life brings.  There is someone you know who could use a better outlook on their life.  I want to encourage you to invite them to our study by sending them the link to this website or by clicking Get Connected from our homepage and entering a friend’s email address.  I am confident that they will be blessed by studying God’s Word.  May the Lord bless this new series and all who will take part in it…

Carl

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In life, we often times desire to make some type of change in ourselves.  Unfortunately, we imagine the change, we dream about it, we hope for it…but we don’t do anything about it.  I want to encourage you to believe that a change is going to come in your life.  The thing that stands between us and change is often times FEAR.  We are afraid that we can’t do it…we are afraid that we will fail.  So many of us haven’t reached our potential because we just haven’t taken the necessary steps in our lives to achieve that which we desire.  Today, think about what it is that you really want for your life.  Maybe it’s a stronger relationship with God, or a new job, or better health or a closer relationship with loved ones–whatever it is take the first step and then take another and another until you have accomplished what you want for your life.

Carl

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I don’t know why it is, but for some of us, admitting that we have made a mistake is a very difficult thing to do.  While most of us would like to think that we are humble enough to admit when we are wrong, the reality is that our pride sometimes gets in the way.

In our relationship with God, He asks us to confess our faults to one another and pray for each other so that we may be healed.  I really do believe that when we acknowledge our wrongs that there is a healing that takes place.  No longer do we have to hide behind the veil of perfection.

Are you in a current situation where you know that you have made a mistake or are wrong about something?  Before you allow the conflict to continue by asserting your point of view and explaining how you’re right and someone else is wrong, take a deep breath and look introspectively.  Was there something you could have done differently?  Did you say something the wrong way or do something that you regret?  If so, acknowledge it, first, to yourself and then, if appropriate, acknowledge it to the person you are in conflict with.  There’s something powerful about saying, “I messed that one up.”  It frees you try again and expect more from yourself the next time around.

If we could only learn to admit when we make a mistake, it would help us improve our relationships and become better people too.

Carl

Carl Carey Jr

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If you are like most people, at some point in your life, you have felt discouraged.  Maybe you felt that emotion at a time when it seemed like not much was going right in your life.  Not long ago, I had somebody tell me that they felt as if they were getting bad news followed by more bad news followed by more…  We are human and when bombarded with discouraging events, we will tend to respond with the natural human emotion of feeling a lack of confidence and hope about the future.

In God’s Word, we often see the words, “Do not be discouraged”.  The Lord is trying to let us know that as His children we should feel uplifted and encouraged.  He wants us to realize that a better day is on the horizon.  Feeling that there is hope is so important.  We all know people who have allowed feelings of discouragement to send them into a painful depression.  When we feel optimistic because we know that God will make things better, it does a world of good for our mental and emotional state.  Whatever difficulty you are experiencing in your life now is temporary.  Trust me, the pain and disappointment you feel will end at some point.  Until then, you must find a way to be strengthened and encouraged!  Through God’s Word, we know that a closer relationship with Him is the source of our nourishment.  Grow closer to God and your perspective on your situation will get better.  Having been fed by God, you will then have the strength and courage you need to stand strong and face the challenges in your life with faith and hope.

Carl

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