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How to Be Happy in Your Work

I remember being at the airport early on one New Year’s Day. I had been in Nashville doing a seminar and was flying back home to be with my family.

There weren’t many people in the airport at 6:00 a.m. in the morning on that holiday. I went to get a newspaper and a bottle of water before boarding my flight. There was a lady working the kiosk, and even though it was really early, she was happy and singing.

I commented on her good mood so early in the morning and on a holiday at that. She said, “You know, I’ve learned something about life that’s made me happy.” She said, “I’ve worked, and I’ve not worked, and working is better! I’m happy to be working today even though it’s a holiday.”

I had a lot of respect for that lady. She had a great attitude and was just happy to have a job.

Second Thessalonians 3:10 says that if you don’t work, you don’t eat. God didn’t create Adam to just sit around in the garden all day eating grapes and drinking mango juice. God knows that work is a good thing. That’s why He gave Adam a job to cultivate and manage the garden.

There’s a time to work and a time to rest. You have to learn to balance both. Teach your kids to have a good work ethic. Nobody respects a lazy person, but they admire someone who works hard and has a good attitude.

The Take Away:

I remember being at the airport early on one New Year’s Day. I had been in Nashville doing a seminar and was flying back home to be with my family.

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Merry Christmas from Joe & Angel McGee

Merry Christmas to all of our friends and Partners!

We just wanted to send you a short video greeting to let you know how much we love and appreciate all of you.

God bless you and have a wonderful Christmas with our friends and family!

Love
Joe & Angel

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God’s Gift—Pure and Simple

“For it’s by God’s grace that you have been saved….”

“You receive it through faith. It was not our plan or our effort. It is God’s gift, pure and simple. You didn’t earn it, not one of us did, so don’t go around bragging that you must have done something amazing” (Ephesians 2:8-9 VOICE).

There are a lot of people who think God won’t accept them because they’re not good enough. They feel guilty because they know they can’t live up to the standard of goodness and holiness that they’ve been told God requires. They do bad things, say bad words, think bad thoughts and never think they could ever have a relationship with God because they’re “bad” people—sinners.

But that’s the very reason God sent Jesus—to save us from our sins (John 3:16). There’s nothing we can do in our own efforts to become righteous in God’s sight. Only a sinless, spotless sacrifice could make that happen, and Jesus became that sacrifice for us. There is no one on this planet that can stand before God clean, sanctified, holy, and righteous because of any works, good deeds, or self-sacrifices that they’ve done. There is only one sacrifice that could meet the requirements that sin demanded and pay the price in full to redeem us and make us righteous in God’s eyes. That sacrifice was Jesus Christ.

The beauty of the Gospel is that salvation is a free gift to anyone who will simply believe. You don’t get saved by working for it and earning enough “good deed” rewards points to get you into heaven. It’s God’s gift to anyone who will believe on Jesus Christ and receive it.

The Take Away:

Speaking of Jesus in Acts 4:12 (NIV), the Bible says, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Salvation is only possible through Jesus Christ. In order to go to heaven when you die, you have to believe in Him and accept Him as your Lord and Savior. There’s no other way, no alternative path that can save you and get you into heaven.

The good news is that God made it so easy for us to be saved! All it requires is faith—simply believing that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sin and that God raised Him from the dead and confessing Him as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-10).

If you’ve never been saved, you can be right now. Pray this prayer out loud: “Jesus Christ, I believe that You died on the cross for my sin. I know that there is nothing I can do to earn my salvation, but You give it as a free gift. I accept Your gift of salvation and confess You, Jesus Christ, as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank You for forgiving me and saving me!”

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Good Heart, No Head Knowledge

A great example of having a good heart but no knowledge is found in the story of King David when he brought the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem.

Because of disobedience, Israel’s enemy stole the Ark, and David wanted to bring it back. Everyone was excited, but in their excitement, they didn’t consult what God’s Word said about moving the Ark.

David loved God, and his heart, or intention, was good, but no one could touch the Ark. David lacked knowledge.

The Bible says, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). That means it’s up to us to get the proper knowledge we need. You have to get the instructions that come with what God made. The instructions are in His Word.

This principle applies to every area of your life, but we often talk most about this in the context of marriage. Your heart can be “right,” but you have to know what God’s Word says about marriage to be blessed. 

Don’t let ignorance stop you from being blessed in an area—and especially in your marriage. Make it a priority to read, study, and meditate on God’s Word today! 

The Take Away:

Don’t think that because your intentions are good that you’re doing everything you can. You need to read the instruction manual (God’s Word). 

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Friday Funny: Stealth Bomber

Ephesian 6:1-3 was written to children about being obedient to their parents…for their OWN good.

God promised kids that things would go well with them and He would give them long-life if they obey their parents. Listen as Joe shares how he grew up and how he dealt with his kids and being obedient. Some parents use the “I’m going to count to 10” or “I’m going to count to three” method. Listen as Joe explains how “I ain’t countin’ to nothin!”

The Take Away:

Gain new confidence in your role as a mom or dad. God knows how to raise your kids even if you don’t! With His help teach them who they are in Christ.

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Promises For Parents – Day 21

Children are born to believe. If they don’t hear the truth, they’ll believe a lie.

The only way to combat a lie is with the truth. As parents, it’s important that we tell our children the truth! We have to tell them who they are in Christ. When we do that we are getting the truth down deep in their heart.

Watch Day 21 – Promises For Parents

Keep Your Eye on our Blog for Day 22 of our series Promises For Parents!

The Cards:

Each card has a statement on the front and the scriptures that relate to that statement on the back. You can tell your child the truth and teach them how to study God’s Word at the same time.

Use one card per day or create your own schedule depending on the age of your child. Many parents are using these in their morning or evening routines.

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Don’t Let Negative Thoughts Come Out of Your Mouth

We’ve all had negative thoughts. They may be angry, they may be hurtful, they may be full of doubt—or they just may be stupid.

This is a pivotal moment. We have a choice whether or not we’re going to let that thought stay around, whether or not we rehearse that thought over and over, or and whether or not we let that thought start coming out of our mouth.

Life and death are in the power of the tongue.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverbs 18:21)

Stupid thoughts will come, but we don’t have to allow them to stay.

Here’s what you have to do—cast down imaginations.

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:5)

That means, instead of allowing negative thoughts to stay, we need to remind ourselves of what God’s Word says.

In order to replace those negative thoughts, we need to speak God’s Word and that means we need to know what God’s Word says.

The Take Away:

The next time you have a negative thought, stop yourself from talking about whatever problem it’s related to, and instead, say what God’s says!

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Teach Your Kids to Run to God

A lady called into our live radio program one day and said, “Mr. McGee, we love your program.”

“We have all of your teachings on parenting and marriage. They are so good. They have helped us as parents and have saved our family. But I’d like to ask a question: what are the three most important things you did as a parent that helped your children?”

I said, “Well, the greatest thing I think we ever taught our kids was about sin.”

That’s what we’re talking about today. We need to teach our children to run to God — especially when they have messed up.

The Take Away:

God doesn’t hold grudges when we sin, and He isn’t waiting for us to step out of line so that He can beat us over the head and punish us. He’s a good Father who loves us and wants us to run to Him, confess what we did wrong so that we can stay in fellowship with Him, and He can bless our lives.

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Friday Funny: Ignorant Stupid People

God didn’t send His Son Jesus to die for good people.

There were no “good” people!

Nowhere on earth was there anyone who deserved God’s gift of salvation!

Yes, we are supposed to act like Christians, and yes, we are supposed to reflect God in every thing that we do.  Joe shares how Salvation was a gift, given to ignorant, stupid people! Remember though, we cannot “earn” what God has done for us.

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The Take Away:

Remember though, we cannot “earn” what God has done for us. Yes, we are supposed to act like Christians, and yes, we are supposed to reflect God in every thing that we do.

 

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You Have to Speak the Blessing

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”(Proverbs 18:21 KJV).

Mom and Dad, know this truth and teach it to your kids—no blessing will ever come to you unless it comes out of your mouth. Complaining and griping won’t bring the blessing, but it will bring a whole lot of negativity into your life.

The Bible says death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Until you start saying good things about yourself and your family, God can’t move. God doesn’t move through negative words: “We’re never going to make it. We’ll never get out of debt. Our kids are crazy! We should never have had kids. I don’t know what I was thinking!”

Do you want to do something great for your family? Start speaking a blessing over them. I don’t care if you have step kids, foster kids, or grandkids living under your roof, you have the anointing to lay hands on them and speak a blessing over them. I don’t care what you see, hear, feel, or smell. “You’re blessed, you little knothead! Bless your heart. You’re a blessing! Yes, you are!”

Teach your kids to speak God’s word of blessing over themselves every day. God moves through His Word to perform it, and not through griping and complaining. So, let’s speak His Word and call in the blessing!

The Take Away:

If we want to see the blessing of God on our lives, we have to speak it over ourselves. Speak blessings over your children, and teach your kids to speak blessings over themselves. Have them write scriptures down like, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13), and “God’s favor surrounds me like a shield” (Psalm 5:12, paraphrased). Tape them to the bathroom mirror so they can speak them out loud as they’re getting ready in the morning. Develop that habit in them at a young age, and it’ll stick with them the rest of their life.

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