Some Gave All

3:52 PM at 3:52 PM

I am inspired on Veterans Day by those who have given their lives to protect and preserve the freedoms and privileges we enjoy in this great nation.  As citizens of the greatest nation… the greatest society this world has ever seen, we cannot get away from the fact that there was a price that had to be paid for what you and I enjoy today.

The freedom for each one of you to come to your churches and worship without fear of punishment or persecution from a government or opposing sect is really a great thing.  The fact that we can crank up the volume in our worship services and sing our guts out… shout to our great God… is an amazing privilege.

But the fact is, there was a price… Some Gave It All… so that you and I can enjoy God’s blessings. I honor not only the veterans of our great country's militaries but also the veterans of our faith.

Those who sacrificed their lives for no earthly kingdom but for The Kingdom of God. There are countless “veterans of the cross” who gave up everything for the cause of Jesus Christ.  And through the sacrifices of called men and women of God, we stand today empowered by the message of Jesus Christ.

(Minucius Felix, The Octavius 37, c. 200) – “It's a beautiful thing to God when a Christian does battle with pain. When he faces threats, punishments, and tortures by mocking death and treading underfoot the horror of the executioner; when he raises up his freedom in Christ as a standard before kings and princes; when he yields to God alone and, triumphant and victorious, he tramples upon the very man who has pronounced sentence upon him. God finds all these things beautiful.”

The Hungry

11:25 AM at 11:25 AM

"When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed." - Mother Teresa

Job said, "Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food." (Job 23:12)

When talking about giving a hungry person something to eat, I always consider sharing the Words of God with them - to help their hungering souls find that Jesus Christ is everything they need.

Let's attempt to be aware of those around us who may be hungry for something more from God in their lives... in the workplace, at the grocery store, at your neighbor's house. We are His hands and feet. We are here to share His love with others.

MLM And "Direct Sales" Truths

8:59 AM at 8:59 AM

Recently I have been approached by an unusually high number of friends and acquaintances giving me "the pitch" on a new MLM scam... uh I mean Scheme (Freudian Slip).  This is to be expected I supposed in our current economic state.  Unemployment is at recent highs and even those who are gainfully employed are facing financial difficulties as a spouse may be unemployed or at the least haven't seen an increase in income in many years.

I try to be a good steward of the resources I feel that God has given me.  In my core value system, I feel the need to take great steps in research, and prayer prior to making a significant decision that will impact the finances of my family.  I must admit, that I always have been HIGHLY skeptical of all pyramid schemes and MLM "opportunities".  With the recent influx of solicitations, I decided to share some great resources with the few who will read this blog.

My first gut check reaction comes from the very basic laws of the universe that I learned very early in university studying Mechanical Engineering.  The law is the Conservation of Energy. It basically states you cannot get more "stuff" out of a "system" than that what is put in.  This has and always will apply to MLMs.  This in itself is enough to steer me away.  One look at how much money those top level recruiters are making and I am running in the opposite direction.  Others may look at that as a motivation to sign up, but I see it in a different light.

If top level recruiters (or distributors as they are called in many cases) are making that much money, then logic dictates that they are consuming a large amount of resources in the "system" and GREATLY reducing the chance for you to have a nibble of the pie.  At the very fundamental level, making money in a MLM is highly unlikely.

Beyond, my gut instincts, I have found a wealth of knowledge reinforcing my opinions on MLMs and how little of a chance there is to make money with them.  The website MLM-TheTruth.com stood out.  There are many articles and statistics on this website to help you understand the reality of MLM.  One particular article that stood out is, "How do the odds of profiting in MLM compare to gambling?".  Here's a hint, go to Vegas and have fun rather than signing up with that MLM.  Your chances of walking away with more cash rather than less cash are GREATER!