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Look Before You Leap by Martin A. Cisneros, Guest Writer Thursday, August 27, 2009

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Esther 6:6

“So Haman came in, and the king asked him, ‘What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?’ Now Haman thought in his heart, ‘Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?'”

Look Before You Leap

Divers in Acapulco, Mexico, daily leap from the 87.5-foot-high La Quebrada cliff to the amazement of hundreds of gazing bystanders. In an extraordinary display of bravery, these daredevils risk death as they plunge into a rocky cove below only 12-feet deep. Their secret to success is that they carefully time their leap to coincide with incoming waves. When the waves are at their peak, they provide sufficient water to cushion the dive.

Haman could have profited from such an example before leaping to a conclusion that led to his humiliation. Eagerness to advance his own cause drove him to assume that it was he whom the king wanted to honor. Instead of receiving the privileges he proposed, however, he found himself honoring the man he hated the most, Mordecai.

The world is a dangerous place, especially for those prone to leap before they look. Scams abound even in religious circles. Too often miracle manipulators, financial swindlers and false prophets have operated under the banner of Christianity. Cultists prey on those who are rash or careless. No wonder Jesus warned his disciples, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matt. 10:16).

In every area of your life–physical, spiritual, financial, emotional–look carefully before you take a plunge. Compare the claims made by people or groups with what the Bible says. Never assume because they carry the name “Church” or “Christian” that they faithfully adhere to the teachings of God’s Word. Look before your leap. Be gentle, but by all means be wise!

The most dangerous leap is the leap to conclusions

Blessings,
Martin A. Cisneros

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Hold On by Yolanda Adams (Video)

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Lyrics to Hold On

You’ve Got dream and
you’ve got goals there’s a vision buring down in your soul
but hold on
theres nothing that you can’t do
You’ve gotta be driven,
motivated too
stir up the gift that God has placed in you
Hold on
the Futures looking bright for you

Chorus
No matter how hard it seem
never give always believe
hold on, hold on to your dreams
Though your facing adversities
you can still be all you wanna be
hold on, hold on to your dreams

Determination is the key
In this cold world, if your gonna successed
Hold On
theres nothing that you can’t do
Don’t be discouraged by the trials you face
Cause your beautiful mind would be a terrible thing to waste
hold on Hold on
the futures looking bright for you

Repeat Chorus

Bridge
Hold on, be strong (Never let noboby tell you can’t make it)
Hold your head up high, keep your eyes on the prize
(Your dreams are met for you to obtain)
And Your labor is not in vain

Repeat Chorus