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					The Road to $UCCE$$

  How to be R. I. C. H.
    Relationships
      Relationship, Relationship,
             Relationship

• “If a man love me, he will keep my words:
  and my Father will love him, and we will
  come unto him, and make our abode with
  him (Jn 14:23).”
• “Pure religion and undefiled before God
  and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless
  and widows in their affliction (James
  1:27).”
Who Owns Your Heart ?
 Obstacles to Relationship with God
• “Jesus said unto him, … go [and] sell that thou hast, and
  give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven:
  and come [and] follow me. But when the young man heard
  that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great
  possessions… It is easier for a camel to go through the eye
  of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom
  of God (Mt 19:21-22,24).”
• “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also…
  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the
  one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and
  despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (Mt
  6:21,24).”
 Obstacles to Relationship with God

• “He also that received seed among the thorns is he
  that heareth the word; and the care of this world,
  and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word,
  and he becometh unfruitful (Mt 13:22).”
• “For many walk, of whom I have told you often,
  and now tell you even weeping, [that they are] the
  enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end [is]
  destruction, whose God [is their] belly, and
  [whose] glory [is] in their shame, who mind
  earthly things (Phi 3:18,19).”
               Pleasing God

1. Cultivate a intimate personal relationship with
   God.
2. Allow God to set the agenda for all aspects of
   your life (God‟s will).
   “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all
   in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to
   God and the Father by him (Col 3:17).”
3. Adopt a Godly view of success in life.
Who Owns Your Time ?
          Family Relationship
“Cat‟s in the Cradle”
• A sad song about a father who has good intentions
  toward his young son, but always finds himself
  making excuses.
  “When ya coming home, Dad?” “I don‟t know
  when, but we‟ll get together then, son. You know
  we‟ll have a good time then.” Despite the
  disappointments, the boy loves and admires his
  father. Again and again he says, “I‟m gonna be
  like you, Dad. Ya know I‟m gonna be like you.”
           Family Relationship
  “But time passes, and the boy becomes a young man. The
  father‟s priorities have changed now. He‟d like to visit
  with his grown-up son, but now it‟s the son‟s turn to offer
  excuses. “You see, my new job‟s a hassle, and the kids
  have the flu. But it‟s been nice talking to you, Dad.” As the
  father hangs up the phone, the tragedy hits him. “He‟d
  grown up just like me. My boy was just like me.”
Over-commitment
• Most common threat to family life.
• Too exhausted.
• Too little time.
        Family Relationships

• I wish…(essays by 10-year-olds)
“I wish my parents wouldn‟t fight.”
“I wish my father would come back.”
“I wish I would get straight „A‟s so my dad
  would love me.”
“I wish I had one mum and one dad. I have 3
  mums and 3 dads, and they mess up my
  life.”
         Family Relationships

• Much reference to the breakup of their families or
  conflicts at home.
• Emotional turmoil at home are devastating for
  children. It tends to follow them into their adult
  years, where it almost always gets passed onto the
  next generation.
• Have you ever heard anyone at their deathbed say:
  “I wish I‟d spent more time at the office.”
         Family Relationship
Quality Time:
• Quantity DOES matter.
• Cannot be scheduled as we please.
• Is a product of our rationalisation.

Downward mobility:
• Personal down-sizing.
            Time Management
• “For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we
  spend our years as a tale [that is told]. The days of
  our years [are] threescore years and ten; and if by
  reason of strength [they be] fourscore years, yet
  [is] their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon
  cut off, and we fly away... So teach [us] to number
  our days, that we may apply [our] hearts unto
  wisdom “Psa 90:,10,12).”
• “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools,
  but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days
  are evil (Eph 5:15,16).”
• Time and tide wait for no man.
      Man-to-Man Relationship

• “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in
  this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But
  if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that
  ye be not consumed one of another (Gal 5:14,15).”
• “Love not the world, neither the things [that are]
  in the world. If any man love the world, the love
  of the Father is not in him (1 John 2:15).”
• Net-working (Guang-xi)
            Respect of Persons
• “For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold
  ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man
  in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth
  the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good
  place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here
  under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves,
  and are become judges of evil thoughts? Hearken, my
  beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this
  world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath
  promised to them that love him? But ye have despised the
  poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before
  the judgment seats (James 2:2-6)?”
        Ambitions and Diligence

• “[Be] Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the
  Lord (Ro 12:11).”
• “He becometh poor that dealeth [with] a slack hand: but
  the hand of the diligent maketh rich (Prov 10:4).”
• “Servants, obey in all things [your] masters according to
  the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in
  singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do
  [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing
  that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the
  inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ (Col 3:22-24).”

				
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