I'm out of the loop, I can't do this anymore or like Michael Stipe, I might lose my religion if I listen to anymore of this "discerning" crap. I know our God, my family knows our God and with His help whoever I can reach will know our God.
So I bid adieu to Ken, Phil, Ingrid and all your watch poodle friends. You might not hear from me, but He'll hear me praying for you.
I'm out of the loop, I can't do this anymore or like Michael Stipe, I might lose my religion if I listen to anymore of this "discerning" crap. I know our God, my family knows our God and with His help whoever I can reach will know our God.
These prophets were telling the people of their "visions". They were preaching a message of peace that was not from the Lord and in their human weakness the Jewish people happily accepted this incredible lie.
We all want a rosy outlook but to gloss over the warnings of scripture and the seriousness of the Gospel is akin to the false prophets of old. We're turning Jesus into a social activist and our Lord into a benevolent grandfather that's waiting to leave you his fortune if you'll only visit him every once in a while in the nursing home. Come to our country club..er..church! Happy, happy, say a prayer, live forever and get rich. How can you not fill a church? People will preach about the bountiful blessings He wants to gloriously bestow on us and we gobble it up without looking around at the blessings we have already been given. I don't mean to be crude but we're the only country on earth whose poor are fat while 3/4 of the world is starving. Enough of the whitewashed wall.
Lord open my eyes to your love and gifts already given to me so I can stop asking for what I can get and concentrate on what I can do.
I couldn't see one verse to sit by itself here. God takes Ezekiel on a journey through Jerusalem. The purpose of which is to show all the evil happening in His city. Even "...in the inner court of the house of the Lord...were about twenty-five men. With their backs toward the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east, they were bowing down to the sun in the east."(v. 16)
This hit me as a great lesson in the impossiblity of hiding anything from the all-knowing God. Whatever you practice in darkness, He sees with His light. My old pastor, David Baxter, did a lesson on integrity. If you want to see what type of person you really are, just look at what you do when you think noone is watching.
Lord let me feel your presence when I'm alone and need your strength.
This is a great page to get all the "buzz" on the presidential race. The links below:
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Thanks to the "Reformed Chick" for the info....
The NCAA Football seasong kicks off today and what a way to start! Tonights game to watch is (2)LSU at Miss St. Some more great match-ups this weekend are:
Georgia Tech at Notre Dame
Oklahoma St. at (13)Georgia
Kansas St. at (18)Auburn
(15)Tenn at (12)Cal
(19)FSU at Clemson
Of course I'm interested in the Gators but playing W.Kentucky didn't quite meet the requirements for "great match-up".
Again, we see the difficulties facing us comfortable Americans and any affluent people around the world. We lie to ourselves believing we have acquired all of our material possessions on our own. We sit in our suburban caves, venturing out like a naked mole rat every once in a while to check the mail. Man do we have it made. The facade is there, we are happy, Christian families to the world. But we are also lazy, or "lukewarm", with our faith. It's stored inside us and rusting just as our earthly treasures will turn to rust. When Jesus says he's gonna spit us out, the taste of our Church is so bad that the Greek used here literally means vomit! Our arrogance, pride, selfishness, etc, etc, etc makes Jesus Christ, our Savior, want to puke.
Why can't I break this cycle! I'd like to say I'm not materialistic but just buying new shoes when the old ones still have the soles is too much. Driving down the road in my 9 year old Honda I continually find myself looking with lust at all the new cars around me. Heck, fertilizing my yard while killing the environment with run-off just so my grass is green is proof of the mental prison I'm in. I need to find one little habit at a time and break it, end this crap once and for all. I've been a captive of materialism and slave of creditors for too long.
Lord, empty me, break me, tear me down. Then please build be up and fill me with You.
Grabbed this little golden nugget off of Joe Thorn's blog:
In his book, Humility, C.J. Mahaney explains that, “Pride is when sinful human beings aspire to the status and position of God and refuse to acknowledge their dependence on him.”
He then goes on to quote Richard Mayo's sermon on "The Prevention and Cure of Spiritual Pride" in which Richard says when talking about pride:
“It is a big-bellied sin; most of the sins that are in the world are the offspring and issue of pride.”
A few of the examples of these sins sprouted from pride are:
Covetousness - because you believe you deserve something more than others.
Ungodly ambition - because you believe that you are most qualified, and the idea of someone else being preferred over you is an insult to your perceived worth.
Boasting - because everyone should know who you are and what you have accomplished.
Contention - because in picking fights you feel a sense of superiority over those who may (or may not) be in error.
Unthankfulness - because you deserve everything you get!
Selfishness - because others do not!
Self-deceit - because it’s easier to believe you are something, when in fact you are nothing.
A judgmental attitude - because you believe the errors of others are much more serious than your own.
Gossip - because you look so much better when telling others how awful someone else is. Mayo said that the proud “endeavor to build their own praise upon the ruins of others’ reputation.”
Complaining - because God should have consulted you before orchestrating the events of your day/life.
Hypocrisy - because you must hide the truth, your own failures, in order to avoid shame and accumulate praise.
I wonder if "Christ's pastor-teacher" has read this one.
If you haven't seen the work by this guy you have to check it out. He's got some pretty clever cartoons, like a spiritual versions of a political cartoonist.
This one kind of reminds me of a certain of the shoot and hide technique of a group of "discernment experts" who are called to be "Christ's pastor-teachers".
Check him out here ASBO
This is what some people out there call a "God thing". You know something comes along right when you need it, "Man, that was a God thing, right there!" Scrolling through my reader I found this post on Triablogue.
It's like Steve was writing in response to my Stained Glass Masquerade post!
God is here. I just need to shut my mouth sometimes to hear Him.
Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
In His message to the church at Ephesus, Jesus praised their steadfastness in testing anyone that comes in the name of the Lord and that they have indeed flushed out some false prophets. That's awesome, but then He chastises them for leaving their first love. In browbeating anyone and everyone proclaiming their allegiance to Christ they have lost the joy they had themselves when they first came to believe and were now bordering on a Pharisaical self-righteousness.
Jesus then goes on to mention the Nicolaitans in what at first seems to be a verse of no consequence. The thing is, this small nugget has as much weight as vs.2-4 when applied to todays church. The Nicolaitans were a heretical sect that taught that spiritual liberty gave them sufficient leeway to practice idolatry and immorality. This sounds like a lot of people today that grasp a hold of the "once saved, always saved" mindset and never stop to think about the stumbling blocks they are placing in front of new Christ followers or the hypocritical image they are presenting to the community.
So it looks like Ephesus had it's very own Apprising Ministries and Emergent Village!
For some reason I believe God wants us somewhere in the middle. We need to live as it is outlined for us in the bible without becoming legalistic in our missional life, while at the same time not losing ourselves in the sub-cultures we are trying to reach.
Lord, I pray that I'll be faithful in study and prayer so I'll know how to be a better follower of your Son and a shepherd to His flock.
To look the other way while those around us continue to live their lives seperated from God is sentencing them to death, and their blood is on our hands.
I can't be a spiritual dead end, basking in my personal salvation and selfishly keeping His gift for myself. It's my responsibility to take His message to everyone I come in contact with.
Lord, fill me with your love so that it can't help but overflow from me.
Searching around on Technorati I've found some other users of the Life Journal that we are using here a Journey and I thought I'd list them over on the left. Just thought it would be a great learning tool to see what other people are grasping in their daily readings.
Leave me a comment with anyone else you know of that's posting their entries!
When we see Him it will be such an amazing, beautiful and overwhelming sight that we won't be able to help but to fall face down at His feet. Like the shepherd He is His first thought will be to assure us and alleve our fear, reminding us who He is and will always be and that we are victors with Him over death.
We must focus! The path is narrow but we have to stay in line. I want this to be the scenario that plays out when I come face to face with Him and hear Him say, "Well done!"
In his post at IV Marks, How to Prepare Your Church For Discipline, Jonathan Leeman points out some aspects of Jesus' message that somehow get glossed over when teaching the Gospel:
- Christ came to purchase a people out of sin, so that we will sin no more.
- God calls his people to be holy because he is holy.
- We’ve been baptized into the death of Jesus so that the body of sin might be done away with.
- Through the new covenant, God actually changes people—he gives them new hearts and new desires.
- Christ calls his followers to repent and believe.
- A man cannot serve two masters.
- A house divided against itself will not stand.
- What good is salt that has lost its saltiness? It might as well be thrown out and trampled.
- Only he who perseveres to the end will be saved.
- If anyone says “I love God” but hates his brother, he is a liar.
- This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.
That, along with a discussion we had last week at our small group about how we can be sure if we are truly walking in His light and not in darkness, got my mind back on a subject that screws me up inside every once in a while. I know that I am far from perfect. We're taught that but when taken in context with the above quotes it seems that I'm falling far short of His expectations. When called to repent, that is a 180 degree turn around and sometimes I feel like I'm stuck at 90. I'm luke-warm when Jesus demands that I be hot or cold. I feel like I should be on the blunt end of the accusations Jesus hurled at the Pharisees.
How can I be a leader in church let alone a spiritual leader in my in my own household. I can talk the talk but .......
Does anyone else ever feel like this? I look around and everyone seems to have it all together while my faith seems child-like, my mind a scramble and my flesh as weak as it ever was. Am I alone? Sometimes I feel that I'm on a tightrope and that only my relationship with Sheri is keeping me from falling and there's no net. Check out the lyrics to the Casting Crowns - Stained Glass Masquerade:
Is there anyone that fails
Is there anyone that falls
Am I the only one in church today feelin’ so small
Cause when I take a look around
Everybody seems so strong
I know they’ll soon discover
That I don’t belong
So I tuck it all away, like everything’s okay
If I make them all believe it, maybe I’ll believe it too
So with a painted grin, I play the part again
So everyone will see me the way that I see them
Are we happy plastic people
Under shiny plastic steeples
With walls around our weakness
And smiles to hide our pain
But if the invitation’s open
To every heart that has been broken
Maybe then we close the curtain
On our stained glass masquerade
Is there anyone who’s been there
Are there any hands to raise
Am I the only one who’s traded
In the altar for a stage
The performance is convincing
And we know every line by heart
Only when no one is watching
Can we really fall apart
But would it set me free
If I dared to let you see
The truth behind the person
That you imagine me to be
Would your arms be open
Or would you walk away
Would the love of Jesus
Be enough to make you stay
We as the church need to preach the hard stuff. Make a decision, raise your hand, fill out a card and get the new believers bible? That's not gonna cut it. We also need to make sure we're not raising up a spiritual generation of hypocrites.
Sin is real, Hell is real.
Thank you Disney (never thought I'd say that)! HSM is awesome and my girls love it. Even my 3 yr. old son danced around the house with his basketball singing "Get Your Head in the Game. My wife and I are big Grease fans but I don't know, these kids got it goin on. One thing I realized after watching them both pretty recently is how raunchy Grease actually is. Nothing overly conspicuous but still. I love this review for HSM from Time magazine:
and from the Christian Post:
Great job, I hear there's a third coming to theaters next year. We'll all be there on opening night most likely.
Emmanuel Moody has picked the Gators over the Tarheels. This looks to be an awesome pick up and with his mandatory year off he'll have plenty of time to get Urban's system down. Among his accolades last year were the 2006 The Sporting News Freshman All-American honorable mention and also The Sporting News Pac-10 Offensive Freshman of the Year. A years a long time to wait but I think it will be worth it!
3 John 1:5-8
Wait a second! We didn't come up with anything new by being missional? Nope, just coined the phrase. By planting churches? Nope, just organized and networked it near to death. By growing disciples? Nope, just made it almost impossible for "initiates" to pass our own version of legalism that Jesus set out to banish. Here John is speaking with his friend Gaius and from what we read we can assume that he was a leader and teacher of Christ followers and rearing up disciples. Just as they were taken in, John says that Gaius should release them back into the world with good will so that all could work together for the truth, His Kingdom.
We have got to take discipleship more seriously. Sunday mornings can't just be a place for people to fraternize until the next "cool" church opens. It must be used to draw them to a deeper understanding and a road on which to lead them to higher purpose with instruction and encouragement. Likewise, this cannot be a dead end road. It should flow through our community and onward to others that need to hear His Gospel and be raised to be disciples.
All things in creation were made to glorify His name. When we come to Him in prayer we must be humbled before Him and seeking His glory through our blessings. If we pray in accordance to His will and spread His glory through our answered prayer there is nothing He doesn't want to give us. The key phrase here is "according to His will", or simply, if our request goes along with the plan He has for us.
Be bold in prayer for He can provide more than we can even imagine but also be humble and do not enter prayer with a greedy heart. And always, remember His blessings with thanksgiving. Prayer is a conversation with the Father, share your troubles, victories, doubts, joy, sorrow. It is not a trip to Santa's lap giving up our "wish list".
He who has the Son has the life; He who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
1 John 5:11
That is the whole shebang! No ifs, ands or buts. We can get into knock down, drag outs about issues of doctrine, paedo/credobaptism, faith alone/faith + works, modern worship/hymns, preservance of saints, blah, blah, etc, etc. That's all great and debate with our brothers will sharpen us all but it all comes down to - YOU MUST HAVE THE SON TO HAVE LIFE!
We can't lose sight of this simple truth. In all our discussions and theological wanderings don't let things get so complicated that Jesus' ulitimate sacrifice gets left out of the equation!
1 John 4:19,20
God's children, who he created in His image, are our responsibility. It's an extension of Jesus' command to Peter, "If you love Me then shepherd my lambs". If our love isn't flowing out of us for His creation, in turn we don't truly love Him.
We must see God in everyone around us, and love them as ourself. If we search our heart and can't find this unconditional love, how can we say we love Him?
Here's a shot of my bro Bob Marceaux, aka Marso, aka Crazy Bald Cajun, aka The Asian Cajun. He just recently took a hop across the pond to Tokyo, Japan where he will be living for the next year. His family will be following soon. After that they'll be in Singapore for 2 years! What an opportunity to discover another culture and take his love for Jesus "...to the ends of the Earth." We'll miss them all.
"I was part of what is now known as the Emerging Church Movement in its early days…. I had to distance myself, however, from one of many streams in the emerging church because of theological differences. Since the late 1990s, this stream has become known as Emergent. The emergent church is part of the Emerging Church Movement but does not embrace the dominant ideology of the movement. Rather, the emergent church is the latest version of liberalism. The only difference is that the old liberalism accommodated modernity and the new liberalism accommodates postmodernity" (p. 21).
Excerpt from Mark Driscoll's Confessions of a Reformission Rev. (Zondervan, 2006
1. You talk more about the Kingdom of God than you do your local church.
2. You are more in awe of the radical Jesus than you are the charisma of your pastor/preacher.
3. You feel a greater sense of community in the parking lot than in the pews.
4. You've oftened muttered leaving a 'church service', "there's got to be more to it than this".
5. You've often wondered why the church couldn't meet in the park or Starbucks once in a while.
6. You've cringed at the coldness and indifference of church people when someone shows up at our 'church service' that looks and smells different.
7. You've wondered why Christians only hang-out with Christians when Jesus seemingly never missed an opportunity to party with the riff-raff.
8. You've wondered what God does the other six days of the week.
9. You've had the urge to spill your guts to the next artificial inquiry, "I'm fine, how are you?".
10. You've had the compelling urge to join the preacher at the podium to present an alternative perspective.
11. You've wanted to fall to your knees while everyone stood for another happy-clappy song.
12. You've wanted to close a 'service' by shouting from your pew, "NOW WHAT?"
13. You sometimes find more spiritual depth and authenticity in the lives of those who do not go to church.
Thanks goes out to Larry Chouinard.
It almost comes across as an indictment against those in the video instead of a tribute to the Man in Black. Great song anyway. His voice, wow. I poached this one off of Think Christian
Does Christian radio (Blogdom) have more influence over your flock than you do?
Sola gratia, sola fide, sola scriptura,…sola radio (blog)? The following conversation is based on true events.
Church member: “Pastor, I’m very disturbed by something you said in your sermon yesterday.”
Pastor: “I’m glad you came to talk with me about it. What’s bothering you?”
Church member: “In the sermon you mentioned Erwin McManus.”
Pastor: “That’s right. I quoted something he said about church membership.”
Church member: “Well, I’m very disturbed that you would reference someone like him in a sermon? McManus is part of the emerging church, and I have serious problems with their theology based on what I’ve heard on the radio (read on a blog).”
Pastor: “You do know Erwin McManus is a Southern Baptist and I’m pretty sure his theology is quite orthodox. In fact, our denomination invited him to speak at our convention two years ago.”
Church member: “Yes, I know they did and I’m very bothered by that as well. McManus is part of the emerging church, and the emerging church is involved in all kinds of heresy.”
Pastor: “The label ‘emerging church’ is used to describe a lot of different things, and I know some emerging church leaders are pushing the envelope with their theology, but I don’t think Erwin McManus is one of them. To tell you the truth, I’ve never really considered McManus part of that movement. I think his books are just packaged and marketed to that crowd. I don’t think you have to worry about his theology. Have you ever read one of his books?”
Church member: “No, but I don’t have to. I listen to Chuck Coleson on the radio (read such and such blog) and he says the emerging church is very, very dangerous. It’s not something we should be messing around with, and the fact that you’d quote an emerging church pastor in your sermon is very alarming.”
Pastor: Well, I’d encourage you to read up on what McManus teaches and believes, and if you find something problematic let me know. I’d be happy to talk with you about it.
Church member: “I don’t think you heard me. Coleson said on the radio (They said on their blog) that the emerging church is full of heresy. It’s dangerous. Why would I read one of those books?”
Pastor: “I haven’t listened to Chuck Coleson’s program (read that particular blog), but I can assure you in my study I’ve found nothing wrong with Erwin McManus, and neither have the leaders of our denomination.”
Church member: “Yes, but Chuck Coleson is on the radio (this blog is on the internet). I’m just letting you know it really bothered me yesterday. I hope this isn’t the start of a trend. I don’t know what I would do if this church started becoming emerging.”
I’ve recapped this conversation for you because it jives with something Brian McLaren wrote a few years ago. He said:
I’ve had my share of confrontations with Christians that adhere to radio-orthodoxy (blogodoxy). I recognize they measure every sermon I preach against what is beamed through the airwaves (dsl connections). But I have yet to discover a pastoral way of handling their unquestioning faith in the disembodied voices (faceless words) they hear on the commute to work everyday (while surfing at work).
I’m not calling for a revolt against Christian radio stations (blogs) (although I don’t listen to them personally). I recognize that many people are blessed and encouraged by the programming offered through the radio (internet). However, the voices coming through the speakers (words on the screen) seem to be monotone. Without multiple perspectives and thoughtful dialogue around important issues facing the church (social, political, missional, or familial) listeners (readers) are left to believe the Christian position is cut and dry, black and white. And those who dare to question this perspective, as I did with my disturbed church member, are given a verbal lashing that ends with “thus saith the radio (blog)!” What is a radio-heretic (blogeretic) to do?
Does this ring any bells? Are alarms sounding off? Wake up Christendom!
Eurofighter Typhoon jets scrambled for the first time to intercept Russian nuclear bombers approaching British air space, the Ministry of Defence said yesterday.
As relations between Russia and Britain deteriorate, the number of incidents in which Russia's submarines have been found close to British shores or in contact with Royal Navy warships has also risen.
The incident comes as part of continued Russian sabre-rattling by President Vladimir Putin. In two incidents this summer Russian Tu-95 nuclear bombers were spotted heading towards British air space off Scotland and over the US-held territory of Guam.
Putin has already been outspoken on his desire to build Russia'a military strength back to what is had been in the past, and with their new oil riches this seems likely. His nationalist views are very scary and eerily reminiscent of Adolph Hitler. This is not the last we hear of Vlad!
Thanks to New Era, NY Yankees caps are now being offered in your choice of gang colors! They have the blue bandanna of the Crips, the red bandanna of the Bloods and the Gold Crown for the Latin Kings! Talk about marketing to a specific group. Kind of makes us being chastised for playing contemporary Christian rock music during worship seem a little less evil, huh? The first thing I thought of, and it is mentioned in the story, is this scenario. Say I have no idea what the insignia's mean. I like the hat, I buy it, I get mowed down in a spray of bullets because I unwittingly cross into a "rival" gangs territory. Bad enough they are glorifying this lifestyle, but innocent victims will pay for it. Here's the hats to stay clear of:
Desiring God has posted the videos from this years conference, looks like some great viewing to be had!
Here's the titles and speakers:
The Supremacy of Christ and Joy in a Postmodern World - John Piper
The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World - David Wells
The Supremacy of Christ and the Gospel in a Postmodern World - Tim Keller
The Supremacy of Christ and Love in a Postmodern World - D. A. Carson
The Supremacy of Christ and Truth in a Postmodern World - Voddie Baucham
The Supremacy of Christ and the Church in a Postmodern World - Mark Driscoll
A Conversation with the Pastors - Piper, Driscoll, Keller
Here's a response to my previous link to Leaven's pop quiz from CRN.Info
We're starting to see where the orthodoxy (right belief) gets in the way of the orthopraxis (right belief combined with the right practice.
Found a link to the ESV Bible Onlne over at 5 Pointers blog. He pointed out a nice feature when getting into some serious reading and studying. Under options you can turn off the headings, chapters, and verse numbers. Who knows, maybe all online bibles have this feature, but it's pretty cool and I think it will come in handy.
Here's a great site to get some traffic to your site. It let's you post your blog and then you review it yourself. Who better knows what your site is about then you? Follow this link to get yourself on the sonar, Blog Reviews.
Depends on the listener, see scientific case study below (no, not really):
An old farmer went to the city one weekend and attended the big city church. He came home and his wife asked him how it was.
"Well," said the farmer, "it was good. They did something different, however. They sang praise choruses instead of hymns."
"Praise choruses?" said his wife. "What are those?"
"Oh, they're OK. They are sort of like hymns, only different," said the farmer.
"Well, what's the difference?" asked his wife.
The farmer said, "Well, it's like this - If I were to say to you "Martha, the cows are in the corn"' - well, that would be a hymn. If on the other hand, I were to say to you:
Martha, Martha, Martha,
Oh Martha, MARTHA, MARTHA,
the cows, the big cows, the brown cows, the black cows
the white cows,
the black and white cows,
the COWS, COWS, COWS
are in the corn,
are in the corn, are in the corn, are in the corn,
the CORN, CORN, CORN.
Then, if I were to repeat the whole thing two or three times, well, that would be a praise chorus."
The next weekend, his nephew, a young, new Christian from the city came to visit and attended the local church of the small town. He went home and his mother asked him how it was.
"Well," said the young man, "it was good. They did something different however. They sang hymns instead of regular songs."
"Hymns?" asked his mother. "What are those?"
"Oh, they're OK. They are sort of like regular songs, only different," said the young man.
"Well, what's the difference?" asked his mother.
The young man said, "Well, it's like this - If I were to say to you 'Martha, the cows are in the corn' - well, that would be a regular song. If on the other hand, I were to say to you:
Oh Martha, dear Martha, hear thou my cry
Inclinest thine ear to the words of my mouth
Turn thou thy whole wondrous ear by and by
To the righteous, inimitable, glorious truth.
For the way of the animals who can explain
There in their heads is no shadow of sense
Hearkenest they in God's sun or His rain
Unless from the mild, tempting corn they are fenced.
Yea those cows in glad bovine, rebellious delight
Have broke free their shackles, their warm pens eschewed
Then goaded by minions of darkness and night
They all my mild Chilliwack sweet corn have chewed.
So look to the bright shining day by and by
Where all foul corruptions of earth are reborn
Where no vicious animals make my soul cry
And I no longer see those foul cows in the corn.'
Then if I were to do only verses one, three and four and do a key change on the last verse, well that would be a hymn.
Check out more Musings of an Old Pastor
"Well worship to me, in a sense, is really the Gospel. Because it's us dying to ourselves and really giving credit for life, and peace, and love, and everything that we have to God--and thanking Him for those things, and giving Him the credit that He deserves. There's a great scripture in Romans that says, "Brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God." It goes on to say that "this is your spiritual act of worship."
A lot of times within America, and within the church, we kind of feel like worship is music and lifting our hands and that's a great part of it, but worship is not just that. Worship is when we die to ourselves and we allow God to come into our lives and change us and live His life through us. That to me is worship."
That's it but if you'd like to hear Mac instead of reading this jump over to worship.net for the video!
I might have taken this a little too far in my amateur attempt at hermeneutics, but it makes sense to me. The Jews in Babylon were basically told to be fruitful and multiply. Take a wife, have some kids! God didn't want His people to disappear! He was punishing them, not destroying them. He also told them to seek peace and pray for the prosperity of Babylon so that they might live as good examples and in properity also.
Here's my take. We are all living in exile from Eden. Ever since that encounter with the "snake" we have been captives of this world instead of owners. Now, we haven't been wiped off the face of His creation but we are being punished for now we are all born sinners. Instead of wallowing in despair He wants us to remember our Father and come to Him for help. He wants us to be set free from the captivity of death. With our new found freedom He wants us to be fruitful and multiply, living our lives in such a way the we will be multiplying others to walk in the light with us, growing His family on Earth until it is time for Him to release us from this bondage and lead us home.
Some interpreters attribute Psalm 118 to the Jews after they are led out of exile in Babylon at the dedication of the second temple. It is a hymn of thanksgiving. The Lord has delivered the people from their enemies and they were praising him in song.
This is just as relevant now. I, and everyone saved by His grace and the sacrifice of His son, should raise our voices in praise and thankfulness for His wonderful gift. He has delivered us from our sins and protects us from our enemies. He has promised us a new Jerusalem. We stumble along in our lives not taking the time to see everything He has done for us. We should wake every morning with the words from v.24 on our lips, "This is the day that the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it."
My every breath is a blessing. Why am I so ungrateful. I need to take the time to see the blessings all around me and spend quiet time giving thanks to the One who makes it all possible. As a worship leader, I, and all my brothers and sisters in this ministry, need to take more time searching the lyrics of our songs for truth, making sure they are honoring Him and not showcasing us and not just the current "hit" song.
Below is the description a 28 year old stay at home mom gave for her blog Suburban Oblivion on Technorati.
28 year old stay at home mom from Alabama. Once dreamed of being a writer, now just dreams of peeing alone and finishing a meal in one sitting.
How many out there..hem..Sheri..can relate to this? Just substitute writer for whatever was given up for motherhood and voila!
This is a great response to the question above. It was given by Bob Kauflin at his blog WorshipMatters.
First, the idea that we should make "seekers" feel more comfortable in church begs for further clarification. We should make sure that unbelievers can understand what's going on in our meetings, and that we're not doing anything to make them feel unwelcome. But it's not our responsibility to make sure they're "comfortable." The church is different from the world. We've gathered to build each other up by rehearsing and celebrating the Gospel, calling to mind God's covenant promises, confess our sins, exercise spiritual gifts, and much more. "To each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good" (1 Cor. 12:7). I wouldn't expect someone who doesn't know the Savior to be totally comfortable in that setting. Our primary goal is to make sure that unbelievers have the opportunity to encounter in some way the grace and truth of God revealed in Jesus Christ, expressed through his church.
Read the rest at the link above! Thanks, Bob.
How's this for a day at the plate:
Garrett Anderson of the LA Angels was 4 for 6. Ok pretty good, but wait there's more.
Those 4 hits consisted of a Grand Slam, a 3-Run HR, a 2-run Double and a 1-run Double! Yes, you added correctly, that's 10 RBI's in one game! Somehow along the way he managed to leave 2 men on base. All this added up to a spanking off the NY Yankees 18-9.
The record is 12 RBI's shared by Jim Bottmoley in 1924 and Mark Whitten in 1993. Whitten accomplished this with 4 HR's against the Reds.
Still, this is one amazing display of hitting!
He's gonna blow!
Seems to be an atheist if you see the titles of his other videos but this one brings up some good, and humorous points.
So what's goin on over at Whitey's Fish Camp. Is this a weekend getaway for Klansmen? Another example of "The Man" exploiting catfish for monetary gain?
I'm sorry Whitey, I couldn't resist. It's actually a highly rated restaurant on the St. John's river. The review linked above says they're known for their "Famous All-U-Can Eat Catfish". I think I passed this place once on the back roads from Orlando to Deland. I know Sheri's mom would like to check it out.
Are you kidding me? This is a headline on tbo.com? A category 5 hurricane was about to wreak havoc on the Yucatian Peninsula and us spoiled Americans are ticked that their travel plans got screwed up. Here's a quote from Megan Kohut of State College, PA:
"I'm highly disappointed," said Kohut, who learned of the change only after she had flown in from Pittsburgh.
What happened, was her cruise cancelled? Nope it was rerouted and her itinerary was changed. Better put her on suicide watch.
We brag about our material gains on earth, using it as an excuse for not submitting fully to God. What's the point? I have everything I want, who needs Him.
The truth is we have everything because of Him whether we'd like to admit it or not. Without his blessings we'd have nothing and without our thankfulness one day He might turn his face from us and that's exactly what we'd end up with.
I have to come to fully realize this. In some ways I still believe I can do this myself and am proud at what I've done and what I have without thinking that if I didn't have these God given talents I couldn't have done anything! And without His grace I would have succeeded in screwing up my life a long time ago.
Peter here again shows his impulsiveness. When he heard it was Jesus on the shore he grabbed his clothes and took off! Right into the water he went, he wasn't going to wait a second longer, even though they were a hundred yards from shore. His Master who he loved dearly was back and he had to be with Him. After denying Him 3 times he was eager to be reinstated into His graces and 3 times Jesus would ask Peter if he loved Him (v.15-17) and gave him the task of tending his lambs.
To be on fire like that would be awesome. Every chance we have to give glory to Him or sacrifice ourselves for Him, we need to be ready to jump out of the boat, shouting "Yes, I love you Lord, what would you have me do?"
This one line says it all. God inpired these people 2000 years ago to record the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The time it took to write all this down and preserve it so it could be found so many years later is good clue as to it's importance. It was done so that we could read about it and through our reading, and with help from the Spirit, believe so that we'd have life.
We have to read this as more than just an historic narrative! This is the word of God breathed into life. Too many people that are smarter than their own good have read this and said, "Sure, it's a good message, who wouldn't listen to Jesus as a guide on how to live your life", missing the entire point!
I pulled this off of Night Owl's blog....Great analogy!
When I think of my mission here on earth, I am reminded of the term sacrifice as used in baseball. A batter bunts, (sacrifices themselves), in order for a runner to advance bases. In doing so, the batter is not only sacrificing themselves for the base runners, but for the team as a whole. Well now, there’s an interesting thought; when I sacrifice myself for one person, the team benefits. Should and must fit well in this example. The batter could say, “I should bunt” and then choose to just swing for the fence; and maybe get lucky. More than likely, they won’t get lucky; they will simply be an out with nothing to show for it. In the end, the team as a whole pays for the choice. One side thought here. When the coach says you “must” bunt and the player says “I should” bunt, there is going to be a price to pay for that choice. That price is going to be more than simply walking back to the dugout saying, “I ‘should’ have done what was asked of me”. Looking back, there has always been a price when I “should” have done what God asked of me but didn’t.
From the New York Times by way of Think Christian here's some interesting things we've learned from the Weekly World News:
Q.: What does God look like?
A.: God “has fiery green eyes, flowing brown hair and stands 9 feet tall.”
Q.: What does God sound like?
A.: “A hundred baritones and a symphony orchestra rolled into one,” as recorded by a Soviet space probe.
Q.: Where is heaven?
A.: Heaven is 28,000 light-years from Earth, according to another space probe.
Q.: Where is hell?
A.: Nine miles below the surface of Earth, according to Soviet engineers drilling in Siberia (the Soviets played a curiously large part in these discoveries). Weekly World News reassured readers that those engineers had capped the hole after smelling smoke and hearing the cries of the damned.
Q.: How do you get to heaven?
A.: Through the Bermuda Triangle — did you have to ask? This was attributed to a Dutch physicist, who also reported that the passage to heaven was open 16 times a year.
Interesting stuff, I can't believe I've never learned this in Sunday School!
In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness."
There are many names for God and Jesus but this one above is awesome! The Lord Our Righteousness! Think about that. God was saying through Jeremiah that He would send someone who, through His death, would save us from ourselves. All of that in that one title.
He will be called, "The Lord Our Righteousness". The only way we can be righteous is to be free from sin. That had already proven impossible. We could make some sacrifices here and there but the stain would never leave. He was going to make us white as snow. To do that He had to give himself, the perfect Son of God, as the perfect sacrificial lamb.
He is our LORD and he became our RIGHTEOUSNESS!
This is a great example of God's plan coming from where you'd least expect it. It's kind of humorous actually. Caiaphas actually believes he's the one that came up with the idea to put Jesus to His death. Do you think he knew how right he was when he said that it would be good if one man died for the people? He had no idea but it was the smartest, most prophetic statement he had aver made.
This one hit me as the double-edged sword that is a major cause of the lack of faith in this country. The rich are getting richer, but not with hard work, seems that's a thing of the past. See a new idea, buy it. Need some more profits, move your factory to Mexico. Want to retire, cash out the pension plan and disappear. Slow down production causing a false shortage, hire illegal aliens, doctor your taxes, write off your yachts, buy off your congressman, launder your cash where ever you can. That's the name of the game. Get more, doesn't matter the cost. Forget about all that religious crap! I did it all by myself. Check out my Benz and my mansion. Why do I need God.
End of sword - side one
Start sword - side two
How many millions of backs are being broken under the weight of just trying to stay alive? I'm not talking about people like me, I'm more like the first group than I'd care to admit. I mean the people that barely make enough to survive. Without them there wouldn't be us! How must they feel about a God than can let them live in this servitude? How strong must their faith be to believe there's a purpose for their life and they will receive their treasures elsewhere?
The meek shall inherit the earth, true, when the rich man's pride is broken and he's humbled to his knees before God and the poor are brought out of the shadows and given pride and dignity from those whose thumbs they are under.
I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of this world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one."
This world will hate us, the surge in atheist rhetoric being a great example. Be strong knowing that Jesus said we would be persecuted for speaking the truth. The persecution could get worse, but be joyful knowing it for God's glory.
We all have wondered why we aren't removed from this world but read further. Jesus didn't ask God to take us out of this world, but to extend His hand of protection over us as we continue on with the assignment we have been given.
I have to remember that derisive statements, feelings of insecurity, shyness when speaking of my faith, anger/hatred towards me and all out attacks on my character or person are all from the "evil one". Celebrate His victory when satan comes against you.
That is a beautiful image, fall foliage in the background, a mother and daughter together (I'm hoping) and a vivacious young woman making a heart with her fingers. Virginia is for lovers, of course.
So what's the problem? Why has this advertising been pulled? Well, it seems the heart symbol shown in their advertising is a hand gesture used by the "Gangster Disciples" aka "Black Gangster Disciples", a gang bases in Chicago know for their large scale crack-cocaine operations.
(and I really hope that's a mom and daughter or this campaign's problems aren't over yet! The whole concept looks like an add for an Indigo Girls concert.)
Alright, it's true I like these two guys. Reggae music is a beatifully simple art form with it's roots in a type of non-violent protest. They were singing about the oppression of their people by the government and the church. Jamaica in particular has been a case study of how a local citizenry can be exploited in the name of cash and tourism. In the early days they were exploited for their muscles and brought as slaves to work the cane industry.
Because of this, and maybe some "visions" from their ritualistic use of marijuana, a new religion was formed, Rastafarianism. They regard themselves as conforming to how Africans should live as if they had never been brought into slavery. They believe Haile Selassie 1, the former emperor of Ethiopia is God incarnate, whom they call Jah. The name Rastafari comes from: Ras-(head, or Duke in Ethiopian) and Tafari Makonnen-Haile Salassie's pre-coronation name. They believe that Jah, is the 225th in an unbroken line of Ethiopian monarchs descended from the offspring of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. This, they argue, gives him the right to the titles: King of King's, Lord of Lords's and conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
OK, there it is in a nutshell and there may be some errors, forgive me. My point of this whole blog is, yes, I like reggae music but............
...is going a little too far, dontcha think? True we play some secular music before services but never in our times of worship and praise! Added to the hymnal's? Again, another sign of taking the whole "reaching out to another culture" thing a little to far.
07.29.07 - Isaiah 57:11 - Death of the Righteous
07.30.07 - John 1:46 - Our Simple Instructions
07.31.07 - John 2:7,8 - Transformers
08.01.07 - Isaiah 65:8 - Lord, Spare Your Servant
08.02.07 - John 4:53 - The Man of the House
08.03.07 - John 5:43 - Open My Eyes
08.04.07 - John 6:44 - Salvation Through Prayer
08.05.07 - John 7:33,34 - A Hardened Heart
08.06.07 - Habakkuk 3:2 - A Prayer for Today
08.07.07 - Zephaniah 1:18 - The Haves and Have Nots
08.08.07 - John 10:11 - The World is His Flock
08.09.07 - Jeremiah 3:12-14 - I'll Take You Back, Always
08.10.07 - Jeremiah 6:16 - Learn from the Past
08.11.07 - Jeremiah 8:4,5 - Come On Back to Me
08.12.07 - John 14:12 - Faith Can Bring Miracles
08.13.07 - John 15:22 - Better Off Not Having Known
08.14.07 - Jeremiah 17:7,8 - Rooted in Jesus Christ
08.15.07 - John 17:14,15 - Revel in Persecution
08.16.07 - Jeremiah 22:13 - A Double-Edged Sword
08.17.07 - Jeremiah 23:5,6 - For Us
08.18.07 - John 20:31 - Inspired Word of God
08.19.07 - John 21:7,8 - Yes Lord, Just Name It!
08.20.07 - Jeremiah 49:4 - Check Out My Bling...
08.21.07 - Psalm 118:17 - My Purpose
08.22.07 - Jeremiah 29:4-7 - We're in Exile
08.23.07 - 1 John 4:19,20 - Brotherly Love
08.24.07 - 1 John 5:11 - Keep Your Eyes on the Target
08.25.07 - Psalm 79:9 - Ask and You Shall Receive?
08/26/07 - 3 John 1:5-8 - We Didn't Invent It?
08.27.07 - Refelation 1:17/18 - He is Awesome
08.28.07 - Revelation 2:2-4 - Ephesians and Nicolaitans
08.29.07 - Revelation 3:15,16 - The American Church of Laodicea
08.30.07 - Ezekiel 8 - He Sees You When You're Sleeping
08.31.07 - Ezekiel 13:10-12 - Light Weight Christianity
09.01.07 - Revelation 6:9-11 - Persecution of the Believers
09.02.07 - Ezekiel 18:30-32 - God Wants to Give You Life
09.03.07 - Ezekiel 20:42,43 - Battle of Old and New
09.04.07 - Revelation 9:4 - Sealed in Victory
09.05.07 - Revelation 10:9/10 - The Taste of Sin
09.06.07 - Ezekiel 31:14 - Our Patriotism is Sinful Pride
09.07.07 - Revelation 12:10-12 - Satan is Ticked Off!
09.08.07 - Revelation 13:11 - The Lamb with the Voice of a Dragon
09.09.07 - Lamentations 1:2 - God's Unconditional Love
09.10.07 - Lamentations 4:12 - Looking Back at 9/11
09.11.07 - Daniel 1:8 & 2:27,28,42,43 - Submit and He Will Answer
09.12.07 - Daniel 3:25 - Faith and the Furnace?
09.13.07 - Ezekiel 34:2 - Shepherd His Flock
09.14.07 - Revelation 19:11-13 - Glory Revealed
09.15.07 - Psalm 145:4-7 - Can I Get a Witness?
09.16.07 - Revelation 21:22-27 - The New Jerusalem
09.17.07 - Revelation 22:18,19 - Don't Mess with the Word!
09.18.07 - Luke 1:38,48,49 - Humble Servant
09.19.07 - Luke 2:34,35 - Pick Up Your Cross
09.20.07 - Psalm 130:5 - I Wait for the Lord
09.21.07 - Psalm 137:4 - Get Right with Him!
09.22.07 - Luke 5:4,5 - Blind Faith
09.23.07 - Luke 6:32-36 - Regifting is Biblical
09.24.07 - Luke 7:6,7 - The Centurion
09.25.07 - Luke 8:5-8 - A Time to Plant...
09.26.07 - Ezra 4:1-5 - Whoever's Not Against Us is For Us
09.27.07 - Haggai 1:9-11 - Too Busy Being Instead of Doing
09.28.07 - Luke 11:25 - Stay in the Word
09.29.07 - Luke 12:11,12 - Spirit, Give Me Speech
09.30.07 - Zechariah 8:23 - Drawn to Him, Through Us
10.01.07 - Luke 14:11 - Humble Servant
10.02.07 - Luke 15:22-24 - The Prodigal Son
10.03.07 - Luke 16:13 - Serving Two Masters
10.04.07 - Psalm 150 - Let Everything that has Breath Praise the Lord
10.05.07 - Esther 4:12-14 - Humble Contentment
10.06.07 - Luke 19:26 - An Investment of Faith
10.07.07 - Luke 20 15,16 - Tend His Vineyard
10.08.07 - Luke 21:18,19 - No Fear
10.09.07 - Psalm 133:1 - Brothers in Unity
10.10.07 - Luke 22:42,43 - I am a Thief
10.11.07 - Luke 24:5 - He is Risen
10.12.07 - Nehemiah 8:14 - Happy ReBirthday to Me!
10.13.07 - Acts 2:4 - Speaking of Tongues
10.14.07 - Acts 3:12 - Through Him
10.15.07 - Malachi 2:17 - U-Turn Ahead
10.16.07 - Acts 5:13 - 100%
10.17.07 - Job 1:21 & 2:9/10 - The Faith of Job
10.18.07 - Acts 8:30,31 - I Got Some Explaining to Do
10.19.07 - Acts 10:9:15 - Brother from Another Mother
10.20.07 - Job 7:11 - Bold in His Presence
10.21.07 - Job 9:2,3 - We've Got Our Umpire
10.22.07 - Acts 16:30,31 - A Father's Role
10.23.07 - Acts 17:11 - Discerning Bereans Want to Know
10.24.07 - Acts 19:9 - Plant and Move On
10.25.07 - Acts 23:11 - The Mountain of God
10.26.07 - Acts 26:6 - In, not of, this World
10.27.07 - Acts 27:22 - A Light in the Darkness
10.28.07 - Mark 1:31 - Serving with Joy!
10.29.07 - Mark 4:3-8 - Seeds Among Thorns
10.30.07 - Mark 5:7 - Satan's a Believer
10.31.07 - Mark 7:14,15 - Garbage In...
11.01.07 - Psalm 121 - Hidden Spirituality
11.02.07 - Mark 12:20 - I'm (trying to become) a Christian Hedonist
11.03.07 - Job 25:5,6 - With Friends Like These...
11.04.07 - Job 27:2-6 - Integrity is Integral
11.05.07 - Galations 1:12 - The Word Received from Him
11.06.07 - Galations 3:27-29 - Abraham's Son
11.07.07 - Job 32:6 - What's Your Spiritual Age?
11.08.07 - 1 Corinthians 1:10 - One Love, One Goal
11.09.07 - Job 34:23 - To Judge the Quick and the Dead
11.10.07 - 1 Corinthians 7:17 - Spiritual Gifts
11.11.07 - 1 Corinthians 10:13 - The Temptations aren't just a 70's Funk Band
11.12.07 - 1 Corinthians 12:26 - Our Family in Christ
11.13.07 - 1 Corinthians 13:2 - The Way of Love
11.14.07 - 1 Corinthians 15:9 - The Least of the Apostles
11.15.07 - 2 Corinthians 1:2 - Grace and Peace to You
11.16.07 - 2 Corinthians 5:20 - Christ's Ambassador
11.17.07 - 2 Corinthians 7:9 - Gotta be Cruel to be Kind
11.18.07 - Psalm 124:8 - My Hope is in You
11.19.07 - Matthew 2:12 - Just a Little Patience
11.20.07 - Matthew 7:26,27 - As the Foundation Crumbles
11.21.07 - Matthew 10:14 - No Time to Waste
11.22.07 - Matthew 13:47 - The Lord's Dragnet
11.23.07 - Matthew 16:2 - Sailor's Delight
11.24.07 - Matthew 17:5 - Shut Up and Listen
11.25.07 - Matthew 22:44 - Old Dogs, New Tricks
11.26.07 - Matthew 24:12 - Hope Floats
11.27.07 - Matthew 27:21,22 - Give Me Barrabas
11.28.07 - 1 Thessalonians 2:9 - I'm a Tentmaker
11.29.07 - 2 Thessalonians 1:11,12 - We're not Worthy
11.30.07 - Romans 3:20 - Hello Sin
12.01.07 - Romans 6:15 - Love God, Do What You Want
12.02.07 - Romans 11:17,18 - Deus lo Volt
12.03.07 - Romans 13:8 - Materialism, Shmearialism
12.04.07 - Ephesians 4:14 - Fad Resistance
12.05.07 - Ephesians 5:25 - I Love You Sheri
12.06.07 - Philippians 1:12,13- My Own Prison
12.07.07 - Colossians 1:28 - Job Description
12.08.07 - 1 Timothy 1:19 - The Message is Love
12.09.07 - Titus 1:16 - Somebody's Watching Me
12.10.07 - 2 Timothy 1:7 - I Got the Power
12.11.07 - Hebrews 3:13 - Account-a-billi-buddy
12.12.07 - Hebrews 7:12 - The New Covenant
12.13.07 - Hebrews 10:26 - My Hope is in You
12.14.07 - Hebrews 12:1 - No Pain, No Gain
12.15.07 - James 2:21 - Alternate Definition of Works
12.16.07 - 1 Peter 1:13 - Time for Action
12.17.07 - 2 Peter 1:5-8 - Be All That You Can Be
12.18.07 - John 2:18-22 - 24/7 Church
12.19.07 - John 5:6,7 - Do You Want to be Healed?
12.20.07 - Joyn 8:6-8 - Casting...stones?
12.21.07 - John 11:51,52 - Discerning His will, not mine
12.22.07 - John 12:10,11 - The Life Cycle of Sin
12.23.07 - John 15:1,2 - Pruning the Vine
12.24.07 - John 20:8,9 - Can I Get a BAM
12.25.07 - 1 John:1,2 - The Reason for the Season
12.26.07 - Psalm 117:2 - Thank Him for That
12.27.07 - Revelation 1:8 - My Beginning and End
12.28.07 - Revelation 7:17 - Our Tears Will Be Wiped Away
12.29.07 - Revelation 10:9,10 - Your Words are Sweet
12.30.07 - Revelation 15:2-4 - Pre, Post, Mid...???
12.31.07 - Revelation 21:22,23 - New Jerusalem Now!
01.01.08 - Genesis 2:18 - Lord, Thank You for My Eve
01.02.08 - Genesis 3:6 - The Fall
01.03.08 - Luke 3:8 - Fruit from the Vine
01.04.08 - Genesis 9:12,13 - I WANT MY RAINBOW BACK!
01.05.08 - Genesis 12:4, Luke 5:11,27-28 - Drop Everything
01.06.08 - Genesis 16:11,12 - The Nation of Ishmael
01.07.08 - Genesis 26:19 - Pillar of Salt
01.08.08 - Genesis 22:1-3 - Oh, for the faith of Abraham
01.09.08 - Luke 9:61,62 - Leave it Behind
01.10.08 - Genesis 25:31-33 - My Birthright for a Bowl of Soup?
01.11.08 - Psalm 4:4 - Despite All My Rage
01.12.08 - Luke 12:16-20 - A Steward's Mentality
01.13.08 - Luke 13:20,21 - The Kingdom of Heaven
01.14.08 - Luke 14:3 - Grace > Law
01.15.08 - Luke 15:3-6 - The One Lost Sheep
01.16.08 - Genesis 39:2 - Oh, for the Integrity of Joseph
01.17.08 - Genesis 42:2 - His Plan Plows Forward
01.18.08 - Luke 18:17 - Like a Child
01.19.08 - Luke 19:40 - Even the Rocks Cry Out
01.20.08 - Psalm 8:3,4 - Who Am I?
01.21.08 - Exodus 2:7 - His Chosen
01.22.08 - Exodus 4:11,12 - Teach Me to Speak
01.23.08 - Luke 23:26 - Can I Bear it?
01.24.08 - Exodus 11:9 - Pharaoh, Pharaoh, Oh baby, Let my people go!
01.25.08 - Psalm 21:1,2 - Sing the Psalms of David
01.26.08 - Acts 2:41 - Pray for a Modern Pentecost
01.27.08 - Exodus 17:2 - You put ME to the test?
01.28.08 - Exodus 22:21 - Strangers in a Strange Land
01.29.08 - Acts 5:1 - Take My Life
01.30.08 - Acts 6:10 - Power of His Word
01.31.08 - Acts 7:59,60 - Father Forgive Them...and me...
02.01.08 - Acts 8:4 - Jesus Take the Wheel
02.2.08 - Psalm 16:2 - God is Good, All Good is God
02.03.08 - Acts 10:1-3 - Yes Father, I am Here
02.04.08 - Psalm 19:7 - Law and Order
02.05.08 - Exodus 40:36,37 - Part Time God
02.06.08 - Leviticus 3:16,17 - A Constant Diet of Worship!
02.07.08 - Leviticus 6:12,13 - Extinguish the Flame
02.08.08 - Acts 15:8-11 - We're Free (so why don't we act like it)
02.09.08 - Acts 16:14,15 - Thank You for Our Women
02,10,08 - Leviticus 13:45,46 - Remove the "Cancer"
02.11.08 - Acts 18:1-3 - Workplace Ministry
02.12.08 - Psalm 13 - He's Dealt Bountifully With Me
02.13.08 - Acts 20:26,27 - Their Blood's On My Hands
02.14.08 - Psalm 24:3,4 - Give Us Clean Hands
02.15.08 - Psalm 25:4,5 - Guide Me in Truth
02.16.08 - Acts 23:3 - You're All Hypocrites
02.17.08 - Acts 24:16 - Man of Integrity
02.18.08 - Acts 25:11 - Stand with Confidence
02.19.08 - Numbers 6:24-26 - Aaron's Prayer
02.20.08 - Psalm 23:4 - The Lord is My Shepherd
02.21.08 - Numbers 8:19 - Y'all Come Back Now, Y'hear?
02.22.08 - Numbers 11:13 - Where's the Beef?
02.23.08 - Numbers 13:30,31 - With Arms Wide Open
02.24.08 - Numbers 14:9 - No Fear
02.25.08 - Mark 4:12 - Guide Me in Truth
02.26.08 - Numbers 20:10-12 - Glory Be to God
02.27.08 - Mark 6:5,6 - Hometown Zero?
02.28.08 - 1 Corinthians 13:12 - Simple Man
02.29.08 - Faker
03.01.08 - Mark 8:12 - More Brains than Faith
03.02.08 - Mark 9:28,29 - A Light Yoke
03.03.08 - Mark 10:21,22 - The Eye of a Needle
03.04.08 - Mark 11:9,10 - Can't Put God in a Box
01.27.10 - Exodus 17:12 - We All Need Somebody...
01.29.10 - Exodus 23:29,30 - Just a Little Patience...