Christian or Chameleon

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Written By: Gentlebe N. Dunlap, II (my father)
Edited by: Dr. Deborah L. Dixon

 

Galatians 3:24-29 and *Romans 13:13-14
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Some of us will never forget our first day at our Military Basic Training Unit. My first day was in the US Army at Ft Dix, NJ in 1964. When we got off the bus at our Basic Training entrance station, we were stereotyped by our civilian attire. For example, if one had long hair, he was considered a hippie; if one wore a cowboy hat he may have been thought to be from Texas; if one was African American with long braids and thick gold chains, he may have been thought to be from the inner city; if one had on a three-piece suit, he may have been thought to be a professional man. Often nicknames were given to us upon our entrance and those nicknames remained with us throughout our training.  [NOTE: we were judged by what we looked like and what we wore.]  Continue reading Christian or Chameleon

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Our Delay Does Not Nullify God’s Word – Part II

2 Kings 5:1-15 – Full Scripture Lesson

 

 The following is a lesson I created and shared with an addictions group. It really hit home for me and for many members of the group. I went into the lesson seeing God’s healing, but through the group so many more important factors were brought to light. I decided to redo the lesson as a verse by verse breakdown and include “lessons learned” from the scripture.

 

Part II – 2 Kings 5:11-15

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Our Delay Does Not Nullify God’s Word – Part I

2 Kings 5:1-15 – Full Scripture Lesson

 

The following is a lesson I created and shared with an addictions group. It really hit home for me and for many members of the group. I went into the lesson seeing God’s healing, but through the group so many more important factors were brought to light. I decided to redo the lesson as a verse by verse breakdown and include “lessons learned” from the scripture.

 

Part I – 2 Kings 5:1-10 

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Are You Wrestling with God for Something He’s Already Given You?

Genesis 32:24-31; Matthew 26:41

Jacob wrestled or debated with the man, knowing that he needed to do something that he was not equipped to do. What is significant is that this was not a one-way interaction. Jacob and the man talked to each other. When you pray (talk to the Lord), do you also listen for His reply? The man did not walk away from Jacob and the Lord will not walk away from you either. Also, Jacob did not walk away. He persevered to obtain what he was asking for.

In v26, we see the man telling Jacob to let him go. In other words, ‘agree with me, so that I can leave. We’ve been going over this all night, it’s late, let me go.’ When you pray, do you say a quick prayer and get up and walk away? Or do you pour out your heart before the Lord?  Continue reading Are You Wrestling with God for Something He’s Already Given You?

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My Fitness Pal (MFP) Program

I know a lot of people who are watching their weight (go up and down), myself included. Many of us would like to lose weight or at least maintain a healthy weight. Years ago I found out about a program called myfitnesspal.com. It’s a free site and you can access it via your computer or the download the app onto your phone. What I like about it is that you log in and input what you eat, drink (including water), and what exercise you’ve done. Before you begin inputting your food intake, you set goals for yourself under your profile. The program will help you calculate how many calories you should take in each day.   Continue reading My Fitness Pal (MFP) Program

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Commit To What?

The question, “What do you want?” is usually asked when new people first meet each other, usually during the first date or during a phone call before the first date. Answers may vary, but most will say something like, “I want to be in a committed relationship.” During the date, the person’s true intentions may surface, causing one to ponder what they meant by “commit.” People say they’ll commit, my question is commit to what? Building a relationship with me, building a friendship and not seeing other people while getting to know me, to determine if they want to build a relationship with me, or to being physically intimate with only me?  Continue reading Commit To What?

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