The Glow Morning Show
GOOD MORNING TO YOU!!!
I count it a great privilege to be on the air every morning! I mean, let's face it, I've got a pretty important job to do each day here on the Glow Morning Show.....I've got to get you up!
Not only that, but I want to help you start your day the right way. I start with great music to inspire and encourage you. Then I get into God's Word and pray with you. We hit some great topics, give away amazing prizes and laugh at every opportunity!
Yes its a BIG job but somebody's got to do it...I'm just glad I get to!
VERSE, THOUGHT & PRAYER 9/21/18
Thoughts on Today's Verse...
Holy God and tender Father, you are my great delight. When all others fail, you are still God. You are my rock and fortress, you are my tender shepherd, and you are my solid mountain that cannot be shaken or moved. Your blessings and grace shower down upon me and fill me with joy. I can't wait for the day I get to see you face to face and delight in your presence forever. Until then, I will rejoice in anticipation. In Jesus' glorious name I pray. Amen.
“Forgiveness means saying, this person has sinned against me, and deserves to pay, but I will not take God's place as judge and executioner in this matter.” – Hayley Mullins
3 Ways to Overcome Even the Worst Criticisms - 9/20/18
Despite working in ministry and supposedly around Christians most of the time, pastors and church leaders can face almost constant criticism.
I’ll never forget a friend in the ministry saying, “People are broken and broken things cut.” Church leaders are constantly around broken people who will inevitably cut.
The critiques can range from the petty and pointless to the hurting and hateful. But church leaders often can’t do anything about the criticism. It will come regardless of how well you lead.
That’s the first truth to understand about criticism. You will be criticized regardless of how effectively you are leading or the outcomes you achieve.
Don’t judge yourself or your church based on the absence or presence of criticism. It will come. The only real question is how do you respond?
Here’s how you can take painful criticisms and turn them into useful challenges.
REMEMBER WHO’S SPEAKING.
It matters who is criticizing you. Don’t equate the loving rebuke of a close friend during an in-person conversation with the personal attacks of an anonymous online troll.
You shouldn’t dismiss any and all criticism based on who is giving it, but it can help you better evaluate the motives and inherent usefulness of their remarks.
To help you recognize what criticisms are most valid, surround yourself with individuals who will lovingly correct you when needed. When you get criticized, ask them if they think it’s something you should consider.
Christians who recognize the effect of sin and the fall should be prepared for criticism because we know other people can be hateful, but also because we know we can be wrong.
Once you’ve better determined who the critic is and what might be driving their criticisms of you and your ministry, you can take the next step.
LOOK FOR THE ACTIONABLE.
Even buried under the most irrational criticism can be a valid point that can be implemented and could improve your life or ministry.
This is where your honest group of friends and family can help you see what parts of others’ critiques can be useful.
If someone sends an angry email about being behind other churches at the local restaurant because the sermon went too long, the motivation behind the critique may be invalid, but maybe you could evaluate how effectively you are communicating to the congregation.
Maybe someone leaves your class complaining about not being made to feel welcome, even though multiple people spoke to the individual. Think about ways to be even friendlier to everyone who shows up for class.
Use complaints as a catalyst for improvement, not a justification for self-defense. Our tendency toward the latter may reveal some heart issues.
FIND YOUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST.
Ultimately, the most helpful thing about every bit of criticism is that it can teach us to find our identity solely in Christ—not in our ministry role, popular opinion, or personal success.
We can keep the criticism in the right place and evaluate it more clearly, when we remember to Whom we belong.
If we truly believe nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:35-39) and no one can snatch us out of His hand (John 10:28), then we can handle any and all critiques without them causing us to despair.
Criticism will come to everyone, but it doesn’t have to go to our heart and become part of our identity. We can allow Christ to use it to shape us into His image.
AARON EARLS (@WardrobeDoor) is online editor of Facts & Trends.
5 Common Ways Parents Neglect their Kids - 9/18/18 (allprodad.com)
I was recently in a local fast-food restaurant and sat directly behind a father and daughter at the table in front of me. I couldn’t help but notice that the only time the father talked to his little girl throughout their entire meal was when she started to reach for something under the table, and he snapped about how she should know better because of how dirty it was under there. Otherwise, he was on his phone or just stuffing his face and totally disconnected from this beautiful little girl right in front of him. Even her attempts to engage with him were unsuccessful. She turned around and looked at me multiple times. You could tell she was begging for someone to pay attention to her.
Sadly, I’ve seen this same scenario far too many times, and I’m often left asking myself the question – Are we raising a forgotten generation? Parents, we are falling captive to parental neglect of our kids without even realizing it. Here are 5 common ways that parents (and especially dads) neglect their children. Are you guilty of any of these?
This certainly ranks as one of the most common ways that parents are neglecting their kids. They have their eyes glued to a device in their hands rather than their kids right in front of them, to the point that they’re not just faced with the issue of distracted driving, but distracted parenting.
Solution: Put the devices down.
Do we really need one more picture, or do our kids really just need more of us?
And it’s certainly not only devices that are distracting parents from their kids, but many other sometimes well-meaning things like hobbies, television shows, and the busyness of everyday responsibilities.
Solution: Say no to the distractions.
Prioritize your priorities. Saying no now doesn’t mean you have to say no forever. Just make sure you get things in the right order. Your kids should come first.
3. To-Do Lists
We all have them, whether mentally or on paper. And there’s always a tension between the time we spend getting things done and the time we spend investing into our kids. Yet it’s still an easily justifiable way that we often neglect them.
Solution: Remember that the to-do list will never be the ‘done’ list.
No matter how much you get done, there will always still be more to do tomorrow. So don’t let those tedious things steal from you the most important things.
When time at work starts taking over or simply eating into our time at home, it’s usually our kids who take the greatest hit. We come home tired, short-fused, and on empty. And our kids not only get the left-overs of our time, but of us.
Solution: Leave work at work.
When it’s time to be home, be present. As best as possible, don’t take work home with you, and when you do have to, wait until those kid-free moments to do it.
Sadly, one of the most common reasons many parents neglect their kids is because they’re too afraid of maintaining their image, and of what other’s will think of them. They’re too busy ‘adulting’, and so they don’t get crazy, go all out, or make themselves vulnerable with their kids.
Solution: Forget what others think.
Dance with your daughter, run through the sprinkler with your son. Don’t let petty, prideful excuses rob you of memories with your kids that you’ll one day wish you’d have made.
They are only young for such a short time. So remember, your children are not an inconvenience, but a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
5 Reasons College Might Not Be the Right Choice for Your Child - 9/13/18
In 2018, some 3.6 million students received high school diplomas (National Center for Education Statistics). So, now what? In some families, going directly to college is an expectation loaded with pressure. In other families, advanced education isn’t an option at all. Regardless, a four-year degree is no longer an automatic ticket to a prosperous, successful life. Too often the sheepskin comes attached to crushing debt and an uncertain career path.
Earning a bachelor’s degree is a noteworthy achievement and a powerful life tool. Its value cannot be overstated. But college may not always be the best path at 18. The wisest choice may mean taking an alternate route right after high school. This actually increases your young adult’s options over the long haul. Here are six reasons college might not be the right college choice for your child.
1. There are thousands of skilled tech jobs going begging
The Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Labor Department confirm this phenomenon. Reporting in news outlets – including Forbes, NPR, CNN, Fox, and the New York Times – agrees. Tech industry, electrical, metalworking, plumbing, and other trades all face labor shortages. (see Forbes:13 High-Paying Tech Careers You Can Get Without a College Degree) Schools that offer training in specific career fields cost far less, are designed to work with enrollees work schedules, offer more on-the-job training, typically feed directly into the job market, and place a high percentage of graduates in full-time jobs.
2. Horrendous debt is not an attractive graduation gift
College grads often carry tens of thousands of dollars in debt. Advanced degree debt quickly climbs into three figures. Young people feel they will never escape the pressure.
3. A gap year (or two) may be the best college prep they can do
There are many reasons to wait a year or two: saving money, travel, volunteer work, military service, taking a breather after 13 years in a classroom, or a recharge on motivation. Students who take freshmen year in their early twenties tend to have a clearer sense of direction, better focus, and more motivation.
4. Maybe they should wait until they can pay for it?
College choice for some young people means waiting to pay their own way. These students fail fewer classes, tend to be more responsible, graduate with less debt, and tailor their classes to the job market.
5. College graduation does not guarantee a good job
An increasing number of college students move right back in with their parents after four years of school. The combination of debt and no clear career path leads to jobs paying less than livable wages. If this is the future you see then consider options 1-4 above!
WHY WE GATHER: 3 POINTS FOR SMALL GROUP SUCCESS - 9/12/18
Jesus intentionally formed the very first “small group,” as we call them today in the church. He called 12 disciples—a tiny band of diverse and, frankly, unimpressive followers.
Why? Because He wasn’t staging a coup or forming a cult. He was building a community. That was God’s plan.
When the church forms small groups today, we are following the pattern given to us by Jesus for building His community.
The uniqueness of the Christian small group is found when we gather in Jesus’ name. We must not gather for the sake of the church’s programming success or our own reputations. We don’t meet solely for social interaction or intellectual stimulation.
We gather for spiritual growth—vertical in our relationship with God and horizontal in our friendships with brothers and sisters in Christ. Small group success will be attained when this simple goal is met.
Here are three points to help set up and maintain a group being rooted in Christ:
In today’s individualistic culture, we must gently encourage people toward developing relationships with a purpose. Members must learn to trade their isolation for interaction, and their selfishness for serving one another.
Once members begin to meet and engage with one another, the next step toward building community is having an open exchange, where people can share their ideas and their struggles.
In decades past, the church was the one place you should not—and could not—express any spiritual doubt. Today, small groups inside the church should be a safe place to voice and process doubts and fears.
We all have them, and we must face them together if we’re to grow in our faith and experience God’s peace.
If a group can be honest about spiritual doubts and fears, the members are on their way to a great destination—depth. The shallowness of our society can be fought by sharing our struggles with one another.
Christ’s love allows us to live in honest and transparent community with other group members.
Paul told us faith without works is dead. What good is meeting regularly with a small group in Jesus’ name if the world never sees the results of the members’ growth?
Nothing will inspire and encourage us to pursue God’s will for our lives, as well as God’s plan for a lost world, more than the accountability and encouragement experienced in a healthy, mission-minded small group.
The true purpose of a small group is the changed lives of its members, impacting the world for Christ through their individual callings and collectively as members of the body of Christ.
TOP 10 Highest Paying Jobs (with Median Salaries) - 9/18/18
1. Physician – $195,800
2. Pharmacy manager – $146,400
3. Pharmacist – $127,1000
4. Enterprise architect – $115,900
5. Corporate counsel – $115,600
6. Software development manager – $108,900
7. Physician assistant – $108,800
8. Software engineering manager – $107,500
9. Nurse practitioner – $107,000
10. Software architect – $105,300