Mark 1

Vs. 16-21 – He Invited, they Accepted. Christ called out and they followed. And today He calls out as well, but how do we respond? These men heard…  Our ears should be attentive to the Lord. They then made a quick and wise decision… We should not wait when we hear our Lord, we should obey right away. And they left their family and livelihood… We should not let anything be an excuse to hold us back. Serving Christ is the greatest thing we could do with our lives. When he calls, May we hear and obey immediately.

Mark 1

Vs. 7 – Unworthy John the Baptist claimed that he was not worthy to loose the shoes of Jesus. Do you have to be pretty unworthy to not be important enough to untie or tie shoes. But that was John the Baptist opinion of who he was. He preached with power, he was not even frayed to tell Herod about his wickedness of stealing his brothers wife… So John the Baptist was not a wimp. Yet John the Baptist realized that compared to Jesus, he was unworthy. Luke 17:10 tells us that even when we do all we are supposed to, we are still nothing more than unprofitable servant’s. Which Christians did not and should not expect to be treated a certain way, we are nothing more than servants. We are “unprofitable”, we are “unworthy”.

Never Eat Alone

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Never Eat Alone
By Tahl Raz and Keith Ferrazzi
Everyone has something that they can teach you.
Who we are is determined by who we decide to interact with.
Everything exists with relationships we cannot live in isolation.
Life is like a game and those that know the rules do the best.
You cannot get somewhere alone, or at least very far.
People who can create a network of relationships will be successful in any business.
Learning to connect is one of the most important qualities you can learn, because
people do business with and help those that they connect with.
Real networking is about making other people successful. Giving rather than getting.
None of us are a self-made person; all of us are made up of other people.
We need others – and that is not just sentiment, that is science.
One magazine put it like this: the key to health and happiness is having healthy and
Relationships are like muscles, the more you use them the stronger they become.
It's always better to give than to receive, and remember to never keep count.
Contribute – give your time, help and influence to others.
Set goals – have a plan A and a plan B to get there. Know what you want and a plan to
Never Eat Alone Personal notes by Jeffrey Bush
You will truly become popular if you can treat everyone that you meet with sincerity and
The great myth to networking is that you reach out to people when you need them; the
truth is that you reach out to them way before you ever need anything.
Become people's friends; do not just use them for networking or clientele.
Be nice to the gatekeeper – if someone is a secretary or the middleman to the person
you need to get to, you better remember that they can open or close the door.
Never forget the contact you gave you the contact.
Follow up with people.
Bump – intentionally bump into people to get to meet them.
Send a thank you letter, email or some form of contact after you meet someone.
The most important part in an email is the subject line.
Social media should be used with the mindset of how can I help people and what is
useful to others instead of just putting whatever's on your mind.
Before sending an email, check the grammar.
You must be distinct or you will become extinct.
Help other people and you will be helped.
Learn to ask people, you never know if you do not ask.
The key to life is your relationships that are in it.
The problem is not that we have to many people in our lives but that we have too few.
Life is about work. Work is about life. And both are about people.
Never Eat Alone Personal notes by Jeffrey Bush
There is nothing wrong with wanting to be the best in the world as long as you
remember that you should be the best for the world.

Mark 1

Vs. 1-3 – No Better Title. John the Baptist was called my messenger, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, a preparer.

A messenger is not an important person, is an individual that carries an important message. It’s all about the message.  A voice is nothing more then the vehicle that carries the subject that needs to be said. It comes from the brain or the heart. The voice is just an instrument.  A preparer is not the important person, we just prepares for what is to follow.

So how could how could we say John the Baptist has an important title if he did not hold the important position? He was a servant and he did his job well. That is exactly what we are. We do not need spotlight, we need to be instruments. It would do us good to realize that our title is important if we are serving the One that is important.

Jeremiah 40:4 – God’s Goodness

Jeremiah 40:4  I find it very interesting that when Nebuchadnezzar comes in and destroys the city, his captain of the army kills, burns, destroys and takes people away… but he doesn’t touch the prophet Jeremiah. In fact he tells Jeremiah that he can go to Babylon or stay. How can a wicked and mean man kill everyone but have kindness towards one man? The answer is easy. God is in charge. God’s favor, protection, blessing and goodness is above any man’s strength. Jeremiah was taken care of because Jeremiah pleased the right person, God. We would be wise to understand that pleasing God will get us further than the best contacts we can have, trying to please man, having money, living in the right area and having the best education. God’s goodness is greater than anything in the world… so aim to please God more than anything in this world.

Jeremiah 37

Jeremiah 37 Vs. 19 — “Where are now your prophets which prophesied unto you, saying, The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land?”

The false prophets have been saying there wouldn’t be war, the people would be fine… but where are they now. And we have people today say that we will never suffer, all will be perfect, etc., but when hard times come, their name will only be memories in the past.

Jeremiah 35

Jeremiah 35 Vs. 14 (&16) — “The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father’s commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me.”

It is sad that we will do what a man says but not what God says… and this happens more than we want to admit. Later, the Lord blesses their faithfulness (that’s a great quality), but He still uses it as an example to others that it is amazing how we are faithful to a person but not to God. We can be faithful to a sport, show, friend, hobby, etc., but be very lazy or lax when it comes to being faithful to the Lord.