2003 Goals and Resolutions

Discussion in '2003 Archive' started by Acts 1:8, Dec 30, 2002.

  1. Acts 1:8

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    Greetings all,

    I usually take the time each year to develop a worthwhile project or a goal to accomplish. Many people in my life (mostly my grandfather) have taught me the joys of giving and how it truly is better to give than to recieve. One of the greatest gifts we have, second to salvation of course, is that of wealth and freedom. Anyone who has a home in the United States, a computer, and a baptist board account is doing pretty well for themselves. I make it point to always thank God for these things. Why? because a lot of the world lives in poverty. There's a whole other world out there that would count our lifestyles as being rich. We can't even imagine what its like, because we've never lived that way.

    Please feel free to post your thoughts, comments, suggestions, and of course your own goals and resolutions for 2003!

    -Chris

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    My goal is to continue to stand up for liberty and justice for all, whether they agree with me or not.
     
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    I think that is wonderful. I am not knocking your goals...but charity starts at home. In this I mean there are children who are in need right here in my town. I make it a point to have them in my life somehow whether by donations, or presents, or school supplies, or food, or a hug, etc. Also note; all that you do...do in the name of Jesus giving all glory and honor to God our Father. And give anonymously in His name.

    Sherrie [​IMG]
     
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    Amen to that...I wonder if I should take the names of contributors of the page? The Bible says to give in secret and not let the right hand know what the left is doing...

    The reason I chose to give to Worldvision is because they tend to help the poorest of the poor such as people living in grass huts, dirty water, no immunizations, ect. Checking out there webpage is worth the time.

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    Call me cautious, but your request for donations on your web site is sending up Red Flags with me big time.

    Why are you taking donations instead of asking us to send money directly to worldvision? Why are you duplicating what worldvision is doing? Your half page written bio didn't help any either. I have serious doubts about someone with 150 posts on this board, setting up this kind of request in a thread. I'm sending in a report of it to the administrators.
     
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    I for one consider it a wonderful thought. Maybe there may be some concerns, but compared to some things that are posted on here this does give the appearance of loving thoughts.

    yours, Jon.
     
  7. Jim1999

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    As a word of caution, the Baptistboard does not permit the solicitation of funds, as noble as the cause may be. It is a form of advertising and this should be requested through normal channels, namely, the owner of the site, the Webmaster.

    Thanks for your co-operation, and I wish you well in your personal endeavor.

    Cheers,

    Jim,

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    My goals would be to live for Christ better, to grow in my faith, to learn more, to definatly control my temper better! [​IMG] And with all my heart I want to see somone get saved. I think that would be the greatest blessing!
    Happy New Year everyone!
    ~Abby
     
  9. Acts 1:8

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    Quote:
    "Call me cautious, but your request for donations on your web site is sending up Red Flags with me big time.

    Why are you taking donations instead of asking us to send money directly to worldvision?"

    Post-it,

    It's not about me, and by all means do contribute directly to Worldvision. I encourage you if you feel more comfortable doing it that way. My goal here is to allow many people to give just a little and help those who have real needs. It seems like it would be an easier way to accomplish the goal. I assure you, my intentions are nothing short of simply trying to be the Christian that the Bible says to be. Why would ANYBODY in there right mind try to defraud the family of God?

    *edited...The Baptistboard does not endorse one organization or the other. This in no way reflects on each moderator's desire to support various worthy causes. The Baptistboard is a discussion forum, and that is all it is. Thank you*

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  10. Wisdom Seeker

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    My goal is to take one breath at a time, and then the next, and then the next...until I don't have to will myself to consciously decide to do that anymore. (paraphrased from Sleepless in Seatle)

    As far as what you said to illicite your desired response...I never liked the following quotes "I used to feel bad that I was lame, until I met a man with no feet" or " in the world of the blind, the one eyed man is king" I think it insights charity with the reason behind it being guilt. It's the same reasoning that keeps battered woman married..."You should be greatful to even have a husband" Is what you said true? Perhaps...but it shouldn't be said to manipulate a desired response.

    We can only do what we can do with the purist of motives for others...charity means love...charity done for any other motive is false.

    As for me... I will not boast of how I show charity...once public opinion or recognition is required...it deminishes it. I M O.

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  11. Acts 1:8

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    I agree with that

    No-one here is boasting. There's nothing wrong with gathering together brothers and sisters in Christ to help the less fortunate. It's not really inviting public opinion, after all Christians make up ONE body of Christ and in each of there lives the same ONE Holy Spirit. We are supposed to act as ONE, not a bunch of severed body parts.

    Acts 4:32
    All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.
     
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    Brother I wish you well in your endeavor, and may God richly bless all according to His perfect will and eternal love for His precious children.

    I have very little which I can give, but what I do give is usually anonymous and to those who support from a more local position.

    A servant of Christ,
    Drew
     
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    No-one here is boasting. There's nothing wrong with gathering together brothers and sisters in Christ to help the less fortunate.
    </font>[/QUOTE]I was referring to my person opinion...I was not judging others. I appologize if it sounded that way. If I were to be charitable and then speak of what I have done with anyone... I would consider that boasting...and deminishing as to my intent. To me...it is much better to be charitable without any recognition by other human beings. I would rather be annonymous...and keep my motives pure. Maybe others don't have a problem in this area...but I do. Once I get recognition for doing good...my motive turns into something else.

    I agree that sharing with others is a good thing. Again, I appologize if my post implied anything other than this opinion.
     
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    No offense taken [​IMG] Thanks for clarifying.
     
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    I understand both sides of what is being said. While WisdomSeeker is right about anonymity, sometimes it takes a great deal of organization to coordinate something larger than what one individual can do, and it's really hard to do that anonymously! The point is always the condition of the heart, which is what God judges.

    As far as I myself, and New Year's Resolutions, I resolved to give them up years ago! God always has something different for me than my own plans would have dictated. It's been a good lesson for me! Others are perhaps much more pliable, but I tend to be an organizer, so it has been very good for me to learn to trust God without organizing anything -- giving up the reins to Him. Then, when something comes my way He wants me to pay attention to, I am hopefully not too distracted by my own schedule and goals to pay attention and obey.

    I can look back and see I have come a long way, which is incredibly encouraging, because when I look at me now, I know I still have such a long way to go! So, perhaps, in line with Wisdom Seeker's idea of taking one breath at a time, I do have a bit of a goal of learning to listen and obey more closely, one bit at a time.
     
  16. Jim1999

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    Some organizations started out with noble ideas and goals. Over time, they have become huge costly ventures with very high administrative costs. They even go outside the Christian community to attract listeners and monies. In this sense, no organization is better than the local church for the distribution funds and help.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  17. Helen

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    I sure do agree with that one, Jim!

    We were part of Christian Children's Fund for a number of years and sponsored a number of children -- until we found out they backed birth control via sterilization and abortion in third world countries! We pulled out so fast we left dust then.

    On the bright side, one of the young ladies we sponsored in India ended up moving to the United States with her husband when she was all grown up and she looked us up! That was one of the most special things that has happened to us.

    What she told us was interesting, though -- the letters they write HAVE to be written saying certain things and in a certain way. More disappointment in that particular organization...

    Still, she had been given food and an education and is a Christian today.

    It gets hard. But yes, the local church is the best distribution center. I do wish, though, that more would get involved with the people themselves and not just distribute food. I would like to see childcare organized for those who cannot afford it but need to work, or education offered for those who need it in order to work. We have quite a few poor people in the hills here, and many churches which could do enormous good are hands-off everyone but the people who attend.
     

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