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We reap what we sow…

I first saw this on a friends blog: http://emphasisonmoms.blogspot.com/

And I seriously feel that ashamed to know this is so true. How could we ask God to leave our schools… eventually we’ve made it almost impossible to get to Him. We need to step back, teach our children as He would want us to, and get back to basics.

I look forward to sharing a journey with you, as I work on getting back to basics through a couple different “helps:”

  • Back to Basics 99 Biblical Principles… That Are Basic to Your Faith
    A book published by: 2006 Freeman-Smith, LLC. Nashville, TN 37202
    ISBN: 1-58334-389-X
  • Next Steps
    A 30-day guide for new believers. I am not a new believer, but I feel it never hurts to share something I’ve found and get back to the basics to further our relationship with Christ!

Introductions below…

Heavenly Father, 
I come to You, Praising You Father for your guidance and strength to walk this journey 
here on earth. I ask You to be with me Father as I journey through these "helps" of getting 
back to basics and help other's to see and build the relationship with You that You so want 
with each of us. I pray in Jesus' name, amen.
Back to Basics
  When it comes to your faith, it's always the right time to get back to basics... and this book 
can help. Here I will share the 99 principles that are, quite simply, the building blocks 
of the Christian faith. 
  God's Word has the power to lift your spirits and restore your confidence. It has the power 
to touch your heart and transorm your life. It offers you the message of God's Son and the 
promise of God's grace. The Bible is, indeed, the most powerful book ever penned. That's 
why, if you seek to follow in the footsteps of the One from Galilee, you should look to 
your Bible as the place to find God's answers to your questions. 
  This text offers a concise look inside God's Book. Using Bible verses, inspirational 
quotations, and timely tips, this little book can help you discover what God says about 
a wide range of topics. ... 
  So if you want to strengthen your faith - or if you simply want to start your day off right 
by spending a few quiet moments with God - get back to the basics that you find inside the 
covers of the God's Holy Word. It contains every answer you'll need today, tomorrow, and 
In the late 1960s, I had an experience that changed my life. The family business I had recently joined encountered some major problems -- the sudden death of my father, who had founded the company, and shortly after that, a fire that did incredible damage to our manufacturing facility. Before these traumatic events, I thought I could handle even the toughest challenges without help -- including God's help. But this young, self-assured MIT engineering graduate was now not so confident. I didn't have answers to these crushing setbacks ... just lots of questions. That's when I became a committed follower of Jesus Christ. Later I discovered He had actually made me for companionship with Himself. I was simply "coming home" to One who deeply loved and cared for me. That decision, when I yielded my life to Jesus, transformed me in ways I could not possibly have imagined. If I'm not mistaken, you have taken a similar step -- indicating a decision to follow Christ as a result of visiting one of several Internet websites that tell the message of God's love and present the way toward personal transformation. You're not alone. In fact, in a remarkable and recent development, tens of thousands of people are becoming believers in much the same way. One site in particular, http://www.lifesgreatestquestion.com/, tells my story. People have visited this site from all over the world, with over one in eight indicating a desire to follow Christ. Now, it's my great desire to help you from lessons I've learned to take the next steps. So surprise! This little guide for the next 30 days is called Next Steps, and it's designed for your personal use. Unless you indicate otherwise, we'll be sending you one installment each day for the next month. Toward the conclusion you will be given links to other material should you desire further study. I've observed this: While the Christian faith is being challenged from many directions, the search for reality and hunger for truth grow. You want to know the meaning of life. You want to understand who God is. You need hope. You're not content with "religion," but want to find a personal and fulfilling relationship -- an intimate bond with Jesus Christ Himself. So incredible is our Lord and the transformed life He offers that it is estimated there are more believers alive today than in all previous periods of human history combined! So welcome to a growing family!
Why are these next steps so important? Think of it this way. A person who is newly born spiritually can be compared with a newborn baby. Both are at risk. Both need help. Both require protection, care and nurture. Just as the young baby needs natural food, the person born spiritually needs the right kind of spiritual food. Jesus gave an illustration to help us understand the risks involved. He spoke about a farmer sowing seed -- an example that underscores the importance of the next 30 days. He said some seed is sown by the side of the road where it is consumed by birds before it ever takes root. Other seed falls where the soil is shallow. It has an initial burst of growth, but the roots never become well established. When the sun comes up, the seed is scorched and withers. Still other seed takes root, but soon thorns entangle and choke the life out of the new plant. Fortunately the parable doesn't end there. Jesus described another kind of soil as "good ground." Seed sown into this soil took root, grew and eventually multiplied many times over. (See Matthew 13:1-23 for the full parable) Wouldn't you like your spiritual roots to go into that kind of soil?  The "seed" in the parable represents the "gospel" -- or literally the "good news" that Jesus died on our behalf in order that we might be restored in our relationship with God and receive eternal life. You should make it your goal to go beyond an initial experience of yielding to Christ, and press on toward sustained viability, productivity and dynamic change. Studies indicate the critical importance of what happens in the days immediately following a new spiritual birth. If you get a good start, the benefits can sustain you the rest of your life. You want to understand what has happened and establish new ways of thinking and behaving in order to grow, become spiritually healthy and impact the lives of others.
I firmly believe that if you will make a modest investment of time to study the key concepts in this 30-day guide, you will see your roots go deeply into the good ground Jesus spoke about. You may not find it easy. All kinds of distractions will compete for your time and attention. But stick with it! Let seeds of truth and life take hold. God wants this for you and will make it possible. The rewards are infinitely great, while the potential loss of missing the opportunity is beyond measure. Your destiny is not to fail or see your vitality choked off by thorns, but rather to be a productive person who succeeds in every dimension of life. You were designed to be a joy-filled follower of Jesus Christ! This guide will help you become that person.
Copyright © 2006 by John D. Beckett

Shared with permission http://www.30daynextsteps.com/ – please visit me on this journey & leave your thoughts/comments here!


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