Deflategate And Our Ethics

This week we learned about the inflation, deflation, and preparation of footballs used in NFL games, more than I bet any of us ever wanted to know.

We now know, that each team get to use its own footballs. Plus, the starting quarterback during the week leading up to the game is allowed to have the surface of the balls prepared to his specification.

We now know, that several hours before the game, the footballs prepared by both teams are inspected by the game officials. Part of the inspection includes a test to ensure that the balls are inflated to NFL standards.

We now know, that after inspection the footballs are returned and placed in the custody of the team; and it is then, their responsibility to care for the footballs during the course of the game.

Finally, we now know, for the first time a heretofore unkowned opportunity for cheating where the ethics of the game is pitted against an advantage that can help win the game.

Football is a sport where millions of dollars, along with fame and additional financial endorsements are at stake. This is a game where the smallest advantage can instantly turn a loss into a win.

Therefore, it is completely believable that a team “rouge” player or employee would do a little football deflating; to gain an advantage

However, the issue for me is not about Deflategate; of which I am certain will work itself out. Rather the issue for me, is how do we operate when there is an opportunity for comprised ethics? When advantages can be gained while the breach goes undetected.

We are all aware of the legendary ethical breaches like Watergate, Enron and Madoff. But what about the ethical breaches in our own lives?

  • The expense report that was “slightly” padded.
  • The Coke we got from the self-serve machine at McDonalds after we requested a cup for “water” only.
  • The “white lies” that we tell our family, friends, spouses and ourselves.

Speaking about the ethical situations we face daily, Pope John Paul II said: “Each time we commit an ethical violation and get away with it, especially when it goes unchecked, it becomes easier to violate an ethic again and again and again.”

Robert Williams, one of my earliest mentors, advised me to “make my word golden in the world.” The intent is to go beyond just being honest. Dr. Williams considered honesty as the daily minimal requirement. He wanted our entire lives to be reflected in a code of conduct underpinned by: decency, respect and ethics.

For many years, I failed at the noble notion of making my word golden in the world. Then, I invited Jesus into my heart. He gave me the power to make my word golden. I no longer operate by my word, because I live by His Word. And Jesus’ Word is always golden.

Therefore, I invite you to check out Jesus for yourself. Regardless of our high ethical standards, we are just one expense report, one coke, one lie or one deflated football away from not making our word golden in this world. However, with Jesus on our side we will always come out on top regardless of the inflation of the football or the score of the game. For as Jesus has told us in John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life.”

©Copyright 2015 Marben Bland

Marben Bland, Is a Born Again Christian and businessman who is determined to use God’s word to showcase how to be both great at loving Christ and great in business.

 

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When It Is All About Me

Let’s face it we all have egos, self-confidence and pride. When kept in check these things provide the prospective, determination and ability to do some amazing things.

However, when we make it all about ourselves; then, we lose the opportunities for joy, peace, love and service that only a life lived for Christ can bring.

Jesus in Luke 9:23-25, makes it clear when He said “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed?”

How different would my life be when it is no longer all about me?

When it is no longer all about me: Would I be gracious to that person who has tried my last nerve?

When it is no longer all about me: Would I go on that mission trip instead of a vacation?

When it is no longer all about me: Would I give more than my 10% tithes?

How different would my life be if I would take up my cross daily and follow Jesus?

I will sing in the church choir

I will pray for others

I will lead Bible study

And I will proclaim the grace, mercy and goodness of Jesus Christ

I will do all of this and more; because it is not all about me.

 

©Copyright 2015 Marben Bland │

Marben Bland is a born again Christian studying to become an ordained minister. The intent of these blogs is to spread the gospel in support of the Great Commission: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20

 

How To Become A Great Interviewer

Understanding how to assess talent is one of the essential requirements of a leader. Leaders who are great at interviewing are great at the critical skill of assessing talent.

Leaders that are great at interviewing are rarely born that way. They become great at interviewing; because they work at it. They recognize the importance of the interview and become committed to mastering the art.

I have been around some great interviewers and have coached leaders who have become great interviewers. Here are some tricks of the trade:

  1. Is the Preparation Stupid

Great interviewers know that preparing for the interview is key to making the right hiring decision. Helpful tips:

    • Fully understand the job: Read the job description completely. Seek out people that have been in that position; paying attention to their experiences and expectations. Find customers of the job and get their take regarding the needs of the position.
  • Research the candidate: Take the time to review the resume of each interview candidate. Do a social media search to uncover blog post, news articles, LinkedIn profiles and other important information.

 

  • Write interview questions: Jack Welch, the legendary CEO of General Electric always wrote 7-10 especially designed interview questions. Attention to detail was crucial in finding the quality of people Welch had on his GE team.
  1. Conduct Conversations Instead of Interviews

Brian Lamb the founder, executive chairman, and now retired CEO of the cable public affairs network C-SPAN, has been recognized as one of the best interviewers on Television.   He describes himself not as an interviewer; but, rather a conversationalist intent on having an informative dialog with his guest.   Along with the afore mention of the importance of preparation, Lamb’s style translates well from the studio to the office. Tips on making your interviews, information filled conversations.

  • Make the candidate shine: Understand that it is your job to provide the best climate possible to get the information needed in the interview. That can only happen when a candidate is relaxed and has trust in you.   At the beginning, layout the vision of your time together; along with the next steps after the interview.
  • Ditch the Desk:  Sure you have a nice desk; but, so did the principal when you got hauled into his office. Remove the symbol of intimidation by finding an informal setting. I often used our company café before or after lunch, it was nicely decorated along with the added bonus of refreshments.

 

  • Lose the Jargon: Our workplaces is filled with an internal language that the outside world does not know or understand. Therefore, unless you are willing to provide an interpreter; craft your questions in plain English.
  1. Don’t Forget The Postgame Show

Now that the interview is over, now comes the real work. Assessing the candidate and making a hire or no hire decision is all a part of what I call the postgame show. Tips for the show:

  • Make no decisions during the interview: Yes. This may seem impossible; as we are tempted to fall in or out of love with the candidate during the interview. However, despite the tendency, stay focused; keep asking the questions with the intent of evaluating when the interview is over.
  • Build in scheduled time of an assessment: I strongly recommend to my clients that they conduct a debrief session right after the interview is completed. Let me extend my sports analogy. Writers want access to players directly after the game is over; while recollections are still keen, and reactions are at their best. No postgame show is complete without a player interview, so include one in yours.

 

 

 

  • Make a decision now: In his bestselling book Blink, author Malcom Gladwell draws on examples from science, advertising, sales, medicine, and popular music to reinforce the idea that accurate decisions can be made without an abundance of information. If you have done all the steps outlined in this post you will have enough information to make a “hire or no hire” decision. Clearly, if the decision is to hire, a background check along with other quantifiers must be successfully completed before a formal offer is made. However, to get to that step a decision must be made. Trust your process and your gut; slay your inner Hamlet and make a decision and make it now.    

A Great Interviewer Is Within You

Preparation, conversation skills, matched with the wiliness to do an assessment that will lead to a decision is all that is needed. However, to become a great interviewer one additional element is needed. Barbara Walters, homed her famed interview skills by “interviewing” the performers at her father’s playhouse. Larry King, became a great interviewer through years of radio shows.   Practice will develop that great interviewer within you. Take on all the interviews you can at your company even if you are not the hiring manager or directly involved with the job. If that is not possible team with a college or a job placement group to conduct “mock” interviews. Regardless of the venue the practice will help produce one of the essential requirements of leadership; the ability to assess talent. Great assessors of talent are great interviewers.

 ©Copyright 2015 Marben Bland │

Marben Bland is a business strategist professional speaker and writer. Specializing in assisting business with the acquisition of human and financial capital along with the strategies required  to do well.

5 Difficult Conversations We Must Have In 2015

Two week ago in this space, the post Your Are That Man explored how God forgives; even when His chosen falls into temptation, adultery and murder.

I invite you to read II Samuel, Chapters 11 and 12; the story of David and Bathsheba covers every human desire a person can experience.   The dramatic climax occurs when God’s prophet Nathan confronts Israel’s most powerful man, King David with a difficult conversation. Nathan declares that David is “That Man!” What man? That man, who fell into temptation and sinned against God by committing adultery and murder.

Today, God is requiring us to have that same difficult conversation. We may not have the prophet Nathan to personally deliver the words of rebuke to us. However, we can use a spiritual mirror to reflect upon our own behavior; then, have that “difficult conversation” by asking ourselves the question, “Am I doing God’s will.”

This first month of the year is the perfect time to have those “difficult conversations.” In this post, I would like to suggest four “difficult conversations” that you and I may want to have as we work towards doing God’s will.

Difficult Conversation: # 1 Money

“He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 5:10

Money is a resource given to us by God; it affords us to do His will. As with any resource that God provides, it is not given in equal amounts to everyone. However, the amount of money that we are given, God requires us to be good stewards and use it for Kingdom building.

Dave Ramsey, like the Prophet Nathan, has become one of God’s messengers on the subject of money. His Financial Peace University teaches God’s way of handling money. Make some time, to check out his Financial Peace University website to start your difficult conversation about money.

The Difficult Conversation: How are you handling your money? Do you have a budget? Are there more months, weeks and days… than money? Are you at peace with your fiscal situation?

Difficult Conversation: # 2 Health

Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who comes from God and dwells inside of you? You do not own yourself. You have been purchased at a great price, so use your body to bring glory to God!  1 Corinthians 6:19-20The Voice     

For me, another the difficult conversation is health and lifestyle. How are we eating? How are we sleeping? Do we exercise? Do we check our health, regularly? The United States of America has the best health care system in the world. However, millions of Americans do not have access to health care; because they are without insurance. The Affordable Care Act, is a gateway to health care. If you are without insurance go to HealthCare.Gov to start the defense of your God given temple.

The Difficult Conversation: How are you taking care of God’s temple? Healthier eating, exercise and regular health examinations should be part of our daily lives.

Difficult Conversation: # 3 Career

“If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.”  2Thessalonians 3:10 ESV

Let’s examine how God instructions about us and work:

God created the concept of work – He worked!

  • In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
  • So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)
  • On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. (Genesis 2:2)

God ordained work – He hired the first worker!

  • The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. (Genesis 2:15)
  • And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. (Genesis 3:17)
  • And God said to Adam: All of your life you will sweat to produce food. (Genesis 3:19)

God sustained work – In the scriptures nearly all of God’s children worked

  • Noah – A boat maker
  • Moses – A sheep herder
  • Jesus – A carpenter

 When God created us, His intentions were for us to work.

The Difficult Conversation”: Are we doing the work that God created for us? Are we doing the work that God called us to do? Too many of God’s children, regardless of their religious beliefs, are not answering the call to work.

One of my missions has been to help God’s people find work. I have written extensively on ways to find work. I am pleased to recommend these posts to lend career help.

6 Moves To Turbocharge Your Career in 2015

The Worst Mistake A Job Seeker Can Make

5 Reasons Why You Are Still Unemployed

Another Difficult Conversation: Are we in the right job? Are we doing the work that God has ordained for us? Are we helping our neighbors find work?

Difficult Conversation: # 4 Relationships

“Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21-22

Without question, relationships are hard. It is not easy to “love our neighbor as ourselves”.   In the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 30-37) Jesus teaches us that “mercy” is the key to having good relationships.   Mercy is defined as “a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion; withholding of the punishment or judgment our sins deserve.”

Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:29 “No one hates his own body; but, lovingly cares for it”. Living Bible (TLB)  We show ourselves mercy when we care (or do not care) for our bodies; withholding the punishment and judgment we deserve when we sin.

Jesus is simply telling us to do the same in our relationships.

The Difficult Conversation: Are we giving others the same mercy that we show ourselves?

Difficult Conversation: # 5 Faith

“If your faith were only the size of a mustard seed,” Jesus answered, “it would be large enough to uproot that mulberry tree over there and send it hurtling into the sea!   Luke 17:6

While our faith does not have to be large to be effective, God clearly expects our faith to grow. Jesus in Mark 4:30-32 picks up on the mustard seed metaphor in describing the kingdom of heaven

Jesus asked, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story shall I use to illustrate it? It is like a tiny mustard seed! Though this is one of the smallest of seeds, yet it grows to become one of the largest of plants, with long branches where birds can build their nests and be sheltered.”

God wants us to take our mustard seed faith and grow it. Without a growing faith, “It is impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:6 “…..because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

However, we cannot grow our faith alone. Scripture is clear, in order to grow our faith we must first be in constant contact with God through prayer. Jesus gives us a guide for prayer in Matthew 6:5-14. Secondly, we can grow our faith reading the word of God. In Romans 10:17 Paul tells us that “faith comes by hearing; and hearing comes by the word of God”. Thirdly, faith comes by obeying the commandments of God. Jesus told us in Matthew 7:13-14 Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.   However, it is through prayer, and reading the Word that we can develop the obedience to find the narrow gate.

The Difficult Conversation: Where is our faith? Do we have the prayer life, and the scripture study required to generate the obedience required of the narrow gate?

The Goodness of the Difficult Conversation

The life of a Christian is a constant conversation with God about the state of our lives.   However, this conversation is not in support of selfish, personal goals. Rather, it is about our availability to do His will. It is my prayer that we will do the difficult and have the conversations about the items in this post; so we can serve Jesus. For He said: If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. John 12:26

©Copyright 2015 Marben Bland │

Marben Bland is a born again Christian studying to become an ordained minister. The intent of these blogs is to spread the gospel in support of the Great Commission: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20

 

 

 

 

When Trouble Comes

Make no mistake trouble will come in 2015. The year is barely two weeks old and we have seen more police shootings in New York, a shooting at a VA hospital in Texas, and a deadly terror attack in Paris.

We all know that trouble will come our way in the form of

  • A job lost
  • A romantic relationship gone south
  • A health failure

Therefore when trouble comes to us in ways small and large what should we do?

  • Hide our heads in the sand
  • Run to our brother or sister
  • Or go on social media

The profit Habakkuk offers sound counsel in his prayer to the Lord about the trouble that has come to the people of Judah:

“I have heard all about you, Lord. I am filled with awe by your amazing works.

In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by.” Habakkuk 3:2 New Living Translation (NLT)

“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines, even though the olive crop fails,  and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields,  and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord!   I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength!  He makes me as surefooted as a deer able to tread upon the heights.” Habakkuk 3:17-19 New Living Translation (NLT)

Habakkuk’s prayer makes it clear “The Sovereign Lord” is my strength.” And with Him we get the undisputable courage, conviction and certainty to face the problems that will come.

Make no mistake. Trouble will come in 2015, and when it comes like Habakkuk did we can go to the Lord for the surefootedness we need to overcome when trouble comes.

 

©Copyright 2015 Marben Bland │

Marben Bland is a born again Christian studying to become an ordained minister. The intent of these blogs is to spread the gospel in support of the Great Commission: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20

Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

January 2015Welcome to January! How are your New Year’s resolutions going? A recent Gallop survey indicates that nearly 90% of all New Year’s resolutions are broken by the end of January.

So, how do you make your resolutions stick? It may sound crazy; but, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Oprah Winfrey don’t make any resolutions. Instead they make goals.

Goals can transform those vague, often unattainable resolutions into solid actionable plans that become real and attainable.

The goal of this post is to build the case for goal making; enabling you to make those New Year’s Resolutions Stick.

The Case For Setting Goals

  1. Goals Makes Things Happen

Written goals with a target date for accomplishment is the catalyst for making things happen.

Resolution: I want to find a new job.

Goal: I will find a new job by September 1, 2015.

A written goal with an accomplishment date is an external representation of your inner desires. It is a constant reminder of what you need to accomplish.

 2, Goals Bring Focus to Dreams

Dreams are a powerful force in our lives. New Year’s Resolutions are a direct by product of our vision for a better future.

However, dreams and resolutions lack the focus needed to make them happen. Goals can bring that focus.

Dream/Resolution: “I want to find a new job.”

Goal: I will have a new job by September 1, 2015. The job will be within 40 miles of my current home and will pay at least 90K.

Notice how much more focused the goal statement is and it gives the dream a fighting chance to be accomplished.

  1. Goals Trump Failure  

Resolutions are normally an all or nothing proposition. Almost 90% of our sincere attempts at improvement ends in disappointment.

Goal setting provides a safety net against the mayhem that will accompany our efforts when we fail. By establishing a target it allows us opportunity to simply readjust, recommit and move on. A luxury that the all or nothing resolution cannot give us.

Look at the chart below. A goal and target date has been set. The chart shows how the resolution of finding a job is doing one month later.

Job Goal 1

Goal charting is an excellent way to stay on track and to readjust our goals when things go wrong.

  1. Goals Can Bring Help

Going solo is a big reason for the failure of many resolutions.

For example look at this resolution: “I will exercise more this year.” The nature of this resolution “I”, has the “go it alone” approach. This resolution is already doomed for failure.

Take a look at the next goal chart. We will take this one a few steps further. We have included others; which will increase the likelihood of accomplishing our goal.

Exercise Goal2

The simple act of taking the resolution and detailing the steps needed for accomplishment will provide the help we need.

  1. Goals Are S.M.A.R.T

The hardest part of converting a resolution into a goal is writing it. The most effective goals are SMART. A SMART goal is should be specific and measurable. It should also be attainable, relevant and time based. Click on this link to use the S.M.A.R.T chart as a way to get started in writing goals that will stick.

In 2015 Your Resolutions Will Stick!  

Henry David Thoreau said “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

Our resolutions are dreams. We imagine a better life than we are living now; but, it is up to us to successfully bring those images to existence. Get the confidence you need. Make your resolutions stick by turning them into goals that will be accomplished.

©Copyright 2015 Marben Bland

Note: This blog contains material form Marben’s new workshop: Goal Set Your Life!!! An action packed seminar designed to give you simple yet, effective tools to live the life you imagined.

Call Marben today at (608) 358-1309 to set up this or other informative seminars for your office, church or civic group.

Marben Bland is a certified project manager, steeped in Six Sigma and Lean methodologies. His unique background in the military, business and the faith community gives him the experience, plus the credibility to obtain results for you in a wide range of consulting, training and speaking assignments.

Contact Marben today (608) 358-1309, marben@marbenbland.com for a free assessment of your needs.

 

 

You Are That Man!

In 2nd Samuel, Chapters 11 and 12 we are presented with a story of temptation and lust; sex, lies, a cover up and ultimately a death. The story of David and Bathsheba covers every possible desire a human can experience. However, we also learn the consequences of those actions; and how it lead to contrition and then, forgiveness.

The scripture starts with David the powerful King of Israel at his palace in Jerusalem, where he was taking a rest from the ongoing battle with the Ammonites. It was a late spring afternoon and David had just awaken from a midday nap.

Walking on the roof of the palace, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty bathing. Querying the servants, David learned the name of the beautiful woman and the magnificence of its meaning. Her name was Bathsheba, “daughter of the oath” (in Hebrew).

Despite knowing that she was married David calls Bathsheba to the palace and willfully violates her oath of marriage by seducing her.

Time passes; Bathsheba sends word to David that she is pregnant with his child. Wanting to conceal his illicit affair, David calls for Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband; who is serving in David’s army fighting the Ammonites.

When Uriah arrives at the palace, twice with elaborate schemes, David attempts to get Uriah to go home to “spend time with his wife.” However, remaining loyal to his men that were still on the battlefield, Uriah tells King David:   

“The people of Israel and Judah and the covenant chest of the Lord are in tents; my general, Joab, and the king’s other servants are sleeping in the open fields. Do you think I would go to my home to eat and drink and sleep with my wife while everyone else suffers? As you live, good king, I will not do such a thing.” 2 Samuel 11:10-13

In Hebrew the name Uriah means “Yahweh or God is my light”. (Remember Bathsheba means daughter of oath.) Uriah, staying true to his name, demonstrated to David God’s light in his fidelity of keeping an oath.

Dismayed, but still obsessed with covering up the affair, David devised another plan. He ordered his General Joab to place Uriah in the frontline of the battle. The order was obeyed and Uriah was killed by the Ammonites troops.

After an acceptable time of morning David sent for Bathsheba and made her one his wives. Later, she gave birth to the son conceived on that spring evening.

God was not pleased with David’s behavior. So, the Lord sent the profit Nathan to David. As recorded in 2nd Samuel, Chapter 12:1-7, this was the conversation between David and Nathan. (Amplified Bible, The Voice):

Nathan: Two men lived in the same city. One was quite rich and the other quite poor; the rich man’s wealth included livestock with many flocks and herds, but the poor man owned only one little ewe lamb. He bought it and raised it in his family, with his children, like a pet. It used to eat what little food he had, drink from his meager cup, and snuggle against him. It was like a daughter to him.

Nathan:  Now, a traveler came to the city to visit the rich man. To offer a proper welcome, the rich man knew he needed to fix a meal, but he did not want to take one of the animals from his flocks and herds. So instead he stole the poor man’s ewe lamb and had it killed and cooked for his guest.

Narration: Nathan stood back, waiting for the king’s verdict.  David grew very angry at the rich man. It was his royal duty to protect the poor and establish justice.

David: As the Eternal One lives, the rich man who did this deserves to die.  At the least, he will restore that lamb four times over because he acted without pity.

Nathan:  You are that man!

  • David, the boy that was chosen by God to be King; because of the disobedience of Saul
  • David who slayed Gath, the Philistine giant
  • David the beautiful player of the harp and the writer of poignant Psalms David a man after God’s own heart was nothing more than an adulteress and a murderer. He was that man!

And while the seduction, the pregnancy and the murder was hidden from Israel it was not hidden from God.

And as we start a brand new year, perhaps, You are that man!  I know that I am that man.

-You are that rich man:  Who like me have stolen from the poor, despite the fact I have plenty.

-You are that fornicating man: Who like me have fallen to the temptation of sexual desire, despite the fact that I know I should not.

-You are that sinful man:  Who like me have committed all manner of sins against God under the asylum of darkness or hidden in the daylight of the cover-up.

You are that Man! I am that Man! Yet, we can both be forgiven!

In 2nd Samuel, Chapter 12:12, David confesses his guilt to God. Nathan replies: “Yes; but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin. “

The name David in Hebrew means “beloved” God so loves us that whatever sins we have committed He will forgive us. If we do three simple things:

1. Confess our sins to the Lord 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1st John 1-9

2. Ask for the Lord’s forgiveness

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14

3. Request the Lord’s help in our repentance so we will not commit that sin again.    

Psalm 51 was written by David to atone for his affair with Bathsheba. The 19 versus of this Psalm is a plea to God to forgive us of our sin and to provide us with His protection to keep us from committing the same sin again and again.

I hope you will join with me in using Psalm 51 as a prayer of forgiveness for the times we are “That Man!”

Psalm 51

For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, O God,     because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion,     blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt.     Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion;     it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;     I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say,     and your judgment against me is just For I was born a sinner—     yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. But you desire honesty from the womb,     teaching me wisdom even there.

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;     wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again;     you have broken me—     now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins.     Remove the stain of my guilt. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God.     Renew a loyal spirit within me. 11 Do not banish me from your presence,     and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,     and make me willing to obey you. 13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels,     and they will return to you. 14 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves;     then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. 15 Unseal my lips, O Lord,     that my mouth may praise you.

16 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.     You do not want a burnt offering. 17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.     You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. 18 Look with favor on Zion and help her;     rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit—     with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings.     Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.

 

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Marben Bland is a born again Christian studying to become an ordained minister. The intent of these blogs is to spread the gospel in support of the Great Commission: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20

 

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