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Calling by Name

Calling by Name
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Friday, September 14 2012

“These were the chiefs among Esau’s descendants: The sons of Eliphaz the firstborn of Esau: Chiefs Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz.”Genesis 36:15

God is big on giving meaning to names. Names often are specific indicators of God’s plans and purposes for that individual. A young boy grew up as Moses’ servant. His Hebrew name, Hoshea, means “salvation.” As the lad grew, Moses could see that he had a “different spirit” from the rest of the Hebrew men. He was selected to be one of the 12 men whom Moses chose to spy out the land of Canaan. Before the expedition, Hoshea was given a new name by Moses-Joshua, which means “the Lord saves.” Joshua became the new leader of Israel who would lead them into the Promised Land. He would, in fact, save an entire nation.

In my own journey I had learned that God gave me a name that had something to do with my future call from Him. I was 44 years old and had just gone through two of the most difficult years of my life. During that time, God brought a man into my life who discipled me in areas where I had never been trained. I was discovering many new spiritual truths about myself and Christians in the workplace. I came to identify with the struggles of Esau and Joseph in their desire to understand their own birthrights. I began to write about these discoveries to help other workplace believers understand their own callings through business. One morning on a weekend getaway in the mountains, my friend looked at me and said, “Do you know the meaning of ‘Omar’?”

Omar is my first name. My real name is Omar Smallwood Hillman III. Dr. Smallwood had delivered my grandfather. No one, not even my mother, knew the origin of “Omar.” They put the “O” and the “S” together to call me “Os.” “You need to know the meaning of ‘Omar.’ It has something to do with your future,” said my friend.

Startled by his assertion, that night I looked up the name of “Omar” on a computer program. Here is what I found:

Arabic for “first son” and “disciple,” Hebrew for “gifted speaker,” and German for “famous.” Rooted in the Middle East, this name is rarely used in the West. Omar was the grandson of Esau. [http://www.babyhold.com/]

I was shocked. I had just completed 300 pages of material on the relationship of Christian businessmen to the life of Esau. My friend quickly concluded that God had called me to free Christian businessmen and women from the “Esau life.” And He had allowed me to receive a name that related to the person of Esau. It was the closest thing to a burning bush experience I’d ever had. Could the Lord be this personal with us? Yes, Matthew 10:30 tells us He knows the very hairs of our head.

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Federal court rules Wisconsin schools’ graduations in church were unconstitutional

Go Ahead and keep electing these judges …………….

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that two Wisconsin high schools violated the U.S. Constitution by holding graduations in a church — among the most recent decisions in a long-running debate about the separation of church and state.

A three-judge panel from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in September the schools did nothing wrong by hold graduation in Elmbrook Church, in the southeastern part of the state.

However, the full 7th Circuit reversed the panel, ruling Monday the ceremonies were unconstitutional and noting students were exposed to religious messages in the form of a giant cross that hung over the church’s sanctuary and religious pamphlets on middle school and high school ministries and hymnals in the pews.

The case against the schools was filed by a group of anonymous students and parents, arguing the ceremonies violated church-state separation.

“This decision upholds the separation of church and state, it upholds the Constitution. It ensures the students in Wisconsin will not be forced to enter an intensely religious environment as the price of attending their own high school graduation,” Alex Luchenitser, an attorney for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which filed the suit on behalf of the group, told brookfieldnow.com.

Earlier this month, a local school board in Connecticut voted to settle a lawsuit suit involving the American Civil Liberties Union dating back to May 2010 for holding high school graduations in church with religious icons on display.

Other such cases have occurred in Georgia, Maryland and New Jersey, where in 2006 a Muslim student sued the Newark public schools system. He argued he could not attend graduation in a church because it was against his religious beliefs to be inside a building with icons of a Christian God.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/23/fed-court-rules-wis-graduations-in-church-unconstitutional/?test=latestnews#ixzz21WTNXKGd

The Role of Spouses in Making Decisions

The Role of Spouses in Making Decisions
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
Sunday, July 01 2012

“The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice” (Proverbs 12:15).
When John Benson decided to make some financial investments in a new business venture, he was very excited about the possibilities for a handsome financial return. His business and financial background had served him well. John felt strongly that his wife Jenny would not understand the complexity of his investment, so he casually mentioned it to her. When she asked a few simple questions, John became defensive and justified his plans for investing in the venture.

A year later, after investing a large sum of money, John received a phone call from the investment company. All the investors who had put money in the company were going to lose their investment with no ability to recoup it.

This story could be retold repeatedly across the world. God’s principles for making decisions require input from both spouses, regardless of their level of expertise. If you are not married, make sure you seek wisdom from a few close associates you know and trust.

God has called married couples to be one. If we seek to make decisions independently, then we benefit from only 50% of the intended resource God has placed within our grasp. In marriage, this stewardship of decisions requires two people. God blesses this union by honoring the decisions made with the motive of glorifying God and relying on His Spirit to lead in our decision-making process.

Before you make a major decision, get confirmation for your decision from your spouse.

Why Does God Allow Evil?

Why Does God Allow Evil?
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
Tuesday, May 29 2012

“If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand” (Psalm 130:3).
One of the most common questions every person wrestles with in life is this: “God, if You are loving, just, and all-powerful, why do You allow good people to suffer?” Many choose not to believe in God because they cannot adequately explain this question. Evangelist Billy Graham addressed this question in his book Answers to Life’s Problems:

We do not know all the reasons why God permits evil. We need to remember, however, that he is not the cause of evil in this world and we should therefore not blame Him for it. Remember that God did not create evil, as some believe. God created the world perfect. Man chose to defy God and go his own way, and it is man’s fault that evil entered the world. Even so, God has provided the ultimate triumph of good over evil in Jesus Christ, who on the cross, defeated Satan and those who follow him. Christ is coming back and when He does, all evil will be ended forever and righteousness and justice will prevail.
Have you ever thought about what would happen if God suddenly eliminated all the evil in this world? Not one person would be left, because we are all guilty of sin.

Whenever we suffer, we should remember that the Son of God went before us, drinking the cup of suffering and death to the dregs. Because Christ is fully man and fully God, we know that God understands our fears, sorrows and suffering. He identifies with us. Most important of all, the Father has given us the gift of His Son so that we don’t have to die and suffer forever in eternity.
Because Jesus suffered and died for us, our suffering can be made like His -purposeful and meaningful. Evil, suffering and death came into the world when the first man and woman listened to Satan and committed the first sin. Evil was never part of the Garden of Eden. The moment Adam and Eve crossed the boundary of God’s command, evil became the terrible reality of this world.

There are some questions that will remain unresolved until we are able to meet face to face with our Creator in Heaven.

Zead Ramadan of Hamas-linked CAIR on state-run Iranian TV: “comments that are being made against Muslims are very eerily echoing the comments that were made against Jews by Nazis” – Jihad Watch

The THIRD Jihad ... The Third Jihad Kerfuffle ...
The THIRD Jihad … The Third Jihad Kerfuffle — CAIR wouldn’t even condemn bin Laden until more than two months after 9/11 (February 14, 2012 / 21 Shevat 5772) … (Photo credit: marsmet544)

Zead Ramadan of Hamas-linked CAIR on state-run Iranian TV: “comments that are being made against Muslims are very eerily echoing the comments that were made against Jews by Nazis” – Jihad Watch.

Zead Ramadan is thoroughly trained in Hamas-linked CAIR’s manipulative victimhood posturing and smearing of freedom fighters, as you can see here. He is by no stretch of the imagination an original thinker. As I have noted many times here, Leftists and Islamic supremacists tend to parrot the same talking points, as if they were all reading from the same script. I wouldn’t be surprised if they had a database somewhere of themes to sound and stock answers to questions, since they repeat themselves with such dreary regularity. Ramadan is repeating talking points that we have heard before from the likes of dhimmi Jeffrey Goldberg, Islamic supremacist pseudo-moderate Reza Aslan, Muslim Brotherhood-linked Congressman Keith Ellison, Canadian Muslim leader Syed Soharwardy, and Nicholas Kristof, among many others. “CAIR-NY President Zead Ramadan: Anti-Muslim Rhetoric in the US Echoes Nazi Rhetoric against the Jews,” from MEMRI, May 13 (thanks to David):Read More:

Against Obama, even a jailbird gets some votes | CNSNews.com

Against Obama, even a jailbird gets some votes | CNSNews.com.