...that I will be buying for my wife when she sees them! These babies will give you the old fashion comfort you remember from those old land lines when you're relaxing with your cell. We all know you can't do the old "tuck the phone between head and shoulder" with your Q!
You can get yours at Perpetual Kid for only 15 bucks!
A lot apparently. Check out this blog on:
"...doing whatever He has put before you with all your heart, regardless of whether it appears significant or not, you will find yourself benefited and strengthened, ready for next thing."
Hopefully I'll take some of this to heart when it comes to my daily grind. Read the entire post over at The Rebelution.
1 Corinthians 13:12
Paul knew his knowledge was limited to his earthly mind. He didn't have all the answers, but eventually, when he met Jesus face to face he would be perfected and everything will be known.
I know nothing. Really. Compared to the vastness of God's wonder I know nothing. I can make a quasi-educated guess based on my study with help from above but it's just a fraction of what I'll know then. I think this was tacked on to the "Love Chapter" to emphasize how we need to go about our mission. I need to be humbled enough in the understanding of my limited knowledge to let love take the lead. Bashing people over the head with doctrine and man-made rules that I don't even fully comprehend when they are just infants in Him will severely retard their growth. There will be a time for all of that but first I must let them know the love of the Father and Son.
Father, of everything I've thought I've figured out and put into words how much of it is correct? I'm just a simple man with a fraction of Your wisdom. I pray that I'd never lead anyone astray or give false impressions. All I'm doing, out of love for my brother and for You, is the best I can.
HOW TO MAKE A WOMAN HAPPY
It's not difficult to make a woman happy. A man only needs to be:
1. a friend
2. a companion
3. a lover
4. a brother
5. a father
6. a master
7. a chef
8. an electrician
9. a carpenter
10. a plumber
11. a mechanic
12. a decorator
13. a stylist
14. a sexologist
15. a gynecologist
16. a psychologist
17. a pest exterminator
18. a psychiatrist
19. a healer
20. a good listener
21. an organizer
22. a good father
23. very clean
Without forgetting to:
45. give her compliments regularly
46. love shopping
47. be honest
48. be very rich
49. not stress her out
50. not look at other girls
And at the same time, you must also:
51. give her lots of attention, but expect little yourself.
52. give her lots of time, especially time for herself.
53. give her lots of space, never worrying about where she goes
It is very important:
54. Never to forget: birthdays, anniversaries, or arrangements she makes.
HOW TO MAKE A MAN HAPPY
1. Show up naked
2. Bring beer
Homecoming! Victor's parade, proud family, banners proclaiming, "Nazareth's got our Savior, what's your town got?"
...wait...back up the truck...let's start again...
Homecoming! Who does this kid think he is? Savior? Yeah, right. Just the son of a carpenter. Brother? No idea who he is. Healer? I'm not so sure, I think I was already getting over this leprosy before he got here.
They didn't believe. How could they not believe? He was right there, they'd heard the stories and seen the proof. I'm only a bit better. Yes, I believe. But do I live out that belief? Do I live my life by faith stemming from that belief? Not hardly. Always trying to do it on my own. Not living the example of a joyous life in my freedom in Him. Not thankful for all His blessings. Not sacrificial in my giving to help expand His kingdom and lukewarm in sharing my faith. My faith is dead.
Father, stir up in me a revival. Remind me of the fire I had when You first rescued me. Kill me so that I can live.
OK, this'll be a quick one....here it is:
Marvelous Light - Charlie Hall
Live for You - Connersvine
East to the West - Casting Crowns
From the Inside Out - Hillsong
Your Love O Lord - Third Day
Glory of it All - DCB
See you next week......
......in two weeks be on the look out for a drummer on acoustic in a duet with Joe singing "If I Had a Million Dollars".......
At first, I saw God as my observer,
keeping track of the things I did wrong,
so as to know whether I merited heaven
or hell when I die.
He was out there sort of like a president.
I recognized His picture when I saw it,
but I really didn't know Him.
But later on
when I met Christ,
it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride,
but it was a tandem bike,
and I noticed that Christ
was in the back helping me pedal.
I don't know just when it was
that He suggested we change places,
but life has not been the same since.
When I had control,
I knew the way.
It was rather boring,
It was the shortest distance between two points.
But when He took the lead,
He knew delightful long cuts,
and through rocky places
at breakneck speeds,
it was all I could do to hang on!
Even though it looked like madness,
He said, "Pedal!"
I worried and was anxious
"Where are you taking me?"
He laughed and didn't answer,
and I started to learn to trust.
I forgot my boring life
and entered into the adventure.
And when I'd say, "I'm scared,"
He'd lean back and touch my hand.
He took me to people with gifts that I needed,
gifts of healing,
They gave me gifts to take on my journey,
my Lord's and mine.
And we were off again.
He said, "Give the gifts away;
they're extra baggage, too much weight."
So I did,
to the people we met,
and I found that in giving I received,
and still our burden was light.
I did not trust Him,
in control of my life.
I thought He'd wreck it;
but He knows bike secrets,
knows how to make t bend to take sharp corners,
knows how to jump to clear high rocks,
knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.
And I'm learning to shut up
in the strangest places,
and I'm beginning to enjoy the view
and the cool breeze on my face
with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.
And when I'm sure I just can't do anymore,
He just smiles and says... "Pedal."
- author unknown
HT - Neil Johnston
Moses veered from God's directions a little here with dire consequences. First, listen to his words, "shall WE bring water....", like Aaron and Moses could draw water from a rock. Second, what's with the theatrics of striking the rock twice? More showmanship, implying to the people that he, not God, was the source of their good fortune. Just a little bit of pride slipping into Moses cost him plenty, "...therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them."
Might look a little silly but in reality every breath we take is reason enough to get on our knees and point to the heavens like a pro football player after a touchdown. Everything I have is from Him. Everything I have that I am able to bless someone else with is from Him. Whenever I hear, "Hey, check Chris out, he's done alright for himself" (happens at least once a.........never, but if it did) I should shout back, "I've done nothing except receive gifts from Him!" Great family, glory be to God. Nice house, glory be to God. Awesome playing today, glory be to God.
Father, you are awesome. Help me not receive praise to myself but reflect it back to You.
The parable's were for His disciples. Jesus was there to explain them to them. The meanings were lost on those that hadn't made the commitment to Him.
I read the bible before I was saved. Great story but the depth and truth it contained escaped me. It wasn't until I accepted Him by faith that I began grasping the message. I had to receive the Holy Spirit to guide me through His word. Still, if I read now with my thoughts elsewhere I'm right back where I started.
Father, I come to You with a mind empty of me. Fill me with Your Spirit and guide me in truth.
My oldest has always said if she wins the lottery she wants a library in her house. This bed is the next best thing. It's a bed surrounded by an igloo made of books! How awesome!
For more pictures go here
Caleb's pleading with his people, telling them that God is with them, reminding them of His promises. The land is ours to take! It doesn't matter the size of our enemies. God has dominion over all and if He says we're to take the land then we take the land. He has lifted His protection from them.
If we find ourselves called by Him, whatever that calling might be, if we're assured of it's validity through prayer and study of scripture, positive that it's His will then we're bound to go for it! What do we have to fear? (yeah I know fear itself) Death? Jesus has already conquered death. Sustenance? He has promised to take care of our daily needs. Ridicule? The "world" hates us already. Ignoring His call only delays the blessings waiting us. All I know is I don't want to wander in the desert for 40 more years.......
Speak to me Lord, show me my calling. If I'm in the right place for now, well, Your will be done, not mine.
But the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us."
The chiefs from the tribes had returned from scouting the land promised to them. Although it was everything the Lord said it would be only Caleb had the faith in God's word and the confidence to go on. The rest (excluding Joshua) proved to be unfaithful cowards spreading fear throughout the camp.
Unfortunately I would have been in that group. I've often let opportunities given me by God pass by, lacking confidence and a false comfort, living out my "change is bad" philosophy. Believe me, my life is awesome but who knows where I'd be if I was more receptive to the chances I've been given. My biggest fear is passing off my "squatter" mentality to my children. Borrowing some wisdom from Scott Stapp of Creed, I hope they're not like me, I hope they understand, that they can greet the world with arms wide open.
Father, thank you for not giving up on me and instilling enough wisdom in my stubborn brain to act on the most important opportunity you ever gave me, a new life in You.
The Israelites, like ungrateful children, weren't satisfied with the blessings God put before them. It was always more, more, more! They had actually grown lazy in their captivity where all their daily needs were taken care of and they didn't have a drop of self sufficiency in them, let alone thankfulness.
I had grown lazy at my last church. I would complain about not being fed. "Where's the beef", I would whine. I expected to sit back and have all of the answers given to me. That's a lot of pressure I was putting on the pastor, who was in fact a mere mortal just like me. I don't know when it happened but one day it clicked. I have everything I need to feed myself and I was elevated to a new level of growth, understanding and maturity. I can listen to all the sermon's I want but nothing brings me closer or has greater rewards than personal time with Him.
Lord, thank you for Your Son, Your Word, and Your Spirit. They're all I need.
After this section on conscrating the Levites God throws this little warning in his blessing, "...that there may be no plague among the people of Israel when the people of Israel come near the sanctuary."
We're so far from His sanctuary in this country it's amazing we haven't been taken over by frogs. If we've learned anything from the OT is that God will let us sit in our own mistakes for a time until we come to our senses and turn back to Him. He's not gonna beg. We have to do the seeking, only we can repair our relationships with Him.
Father, Your patience is amazing, please forgive us even though we DO know what we do.
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
Imagery of God as our shepherd is awesome, especially here. The sheep are being led through a valley, the staff their guide, as His rod protects them from the wolves.
We are living in a world filled with evil. Sin, temptation and death are all around. Thank you Lord that we have you as our shepherd. Your staff, in the form of Your word and the Spirit that lives within me, is my guide. Your rod, used not only for protection but for discipline, leads me to righteousness and not into temptation. Your Son's life gave me the victory over sin and death. I am comforted, I will fear no evil.
Father, I pray that my life can help lead people to your green pastures and still waters with a restored soul.
What an awesome day. Journey celebrated our 1 year anniversary with an outstanding message, "Slavery equals Freedom", followed by a picnic on the schools grounds. Churchwell is truly turning out to be gift from God.
For the topic Joe led us in "Irony" by Jonny Diaz. If you haven't heard him, stop, go to iTunes, and by some of his songs now..................OK, you back? Great stuff isn't it.
Carrying on, here was the set....
Trading My Sorrow
Not to Us
Lord Reign in Me
Walk by Faith
Til next time...
God's blessing for Israel. That's some awesome encouragement, assurance and comfort. They had to know (at least for the moment, you know those crazy Israelites) that they would succeed.
That prayer is for all His people, including me! I'm claiming it. 2 Timothy says "All scripture..." not some scripture, that old stuff's just for the Jews. It's ours. He blesses us, shines upon us, gives us what we need and we can find rest in His arms. Doesn't get any better...
Father, thank you.
There goes Paul, showing off his integrity again. He's done nothing against the Jews, the Temple or Caesar and he knows it. He can confidently stand before his accusers and proclaim his innocence.
Could I stand at the final judgement with the same confidence of innocence? Could anybody? Unfortunately the bible tells me no, all men fall short of the Glory of God. Fortunately I can stand with the confidence that my discretions have been forgotten, my guilt will not be counted against me ONLY because of my faith in Jesus Christ and his atoning death.
Father I give my life to You for there would be no life if it wasn't for the gift of Your Son. I pray that I use this new life in You to it's max and am a fruitful servant.
Paul, for one, knew He couldn't hide anything from God. That's where the "do my best" comes in play. The importance as a missionary comes with being blameless before men.
Staying blameless for me isn't only important, but freeing. If I can do this I don't need a good memory. What did I say to them? What did I do yesterday? What excuse did I use last time? I must stay clean, honest and open. A man of integrity.
Lord, You know my faults. Help me overcome them and be blameless before men.
He points out the hypocrisy in this situation. At the same time, using the imagery once used by Jesus, he exposed them as righteous on the outside and old and rotting on the inside.
Troubling here is the fact that we Christians are seen in the same light. Everyone knows what we're against. Everyone knows we struggle. But we fail in letting everyone know the basics first. We all sin, Jesus saw this, He loved us enough to die for us and our sins are forever forgotten. The old cheesy slogan, "Not Perfect, Just Saved". We gotta do a better job with the latter and show our own forgiveness on the former.
Father, help us do a better job in spreading Your love and the Gospel of our wonderful gift.
David longed for God's guidance and was constantly learning from Him. Above all David was human and needed repeated lessons from Him to keep him on the path.
Thank You Lord You have left me Your Spirit with us to continue Your teaching. Just one caveat, if I don't open my ears and listen the knowledge is wasted on me!
Father, you are with me, I know this, I pray that I will take advantage of this as I continue growing closer to You.
Some lofty criteria for being priest. The near unrealistic-"ness" of it basically left them no choice but to live in the temple.
Lucky for us real world saints the qualifications are a bit more lax. Clean hands and pure hearts are the ultimate models to shoot for, I'm not saying that I can't do it so I won't try. Just that the only man who had these qualities has died for me and one day I get to meet Him.
Jesus, thank you.
Through all the persecutions, stonings, imprisonments, ship-wrecks, constant travels, etc., Paul spoke the Word of God. The whole word of God. He never minced any words. Never dumbed down the message. Never sweetened it up. And above all He never backed down. Worry about offending someone? Are you kidding me? He knew the message he was entrusted with was a matter of life and death and he spoke it. He also knew that he could go into His rest with a clean conscious, his part was done.
Can I say the same? I'm new at this mission so I haven't had many direct confrontations from anyone but how will I react? What would I say if a family member asked if I thought they were going to hell? A co-worker? A seeker at church? Could I handle the risk of alienating someone I love for ever by speaking the truth? I guess the answer is wrapped up in the question. If I love them how can I not?
Father, this is a tough one and I'll honestly say that I'm not looking forward to confrontations like this. Give me strength. I shouldn't allow them to ignorantly continue seperated from you anymore than I would let them jump off a bridge. Both lead to death and do I want their blood on my hands?
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How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and answer me, O LORD my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed over him,"
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.
David's obviously in a bad spot. He feels as though God has left him. His enemies are upon him and he fears death. He's begging for life and though he doubts for a moment he testifies at the end that God will hear, His love's neverending and will lead him to safety. He's always been bountiful to him so his faith is strong even in sorrow.
I need to remember this verse and David's response to his trouble. God is good, has always been good to me. Even when things didn't seem to work out right, in the end God's plan has always led to a conclusion where I could say, "So that's why You did that, or allowed that to happen".
Lord, I pray for the strength and faith of David. I will sing to You for You have always dealt bountifully with me. (And when I forget this, thank you for Sheri who's always there to remind me)
As I was driving back from Guitar Center where I picked up a new mic clip for my kit I stopped at Hardees for a bland double cheeseburger. No, that's not what I ordered, but now I know that I have to specify flavor. Anyway, I'm driving down Dale Mabry, with burger approaching my mouth, and I thought, "Hmmm, I'd better be careful, I don't want to make a........." Picture a small bit of onion floating gracefully in slow motion towards my shirt and me yelling a slow motion "NNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO" in my best Will Smith voice. Yes, though not very large, I now have a nice ketchup stain on my shirt. Sure, you might ask why I don't have any spare seltzer water in my glove compartment for such situations, but alas, me being of the XY chromosome, I don't.
Perfect for all us starving Americans that can't wait until we've actually stopped moving at 60 mph to chow down on our lunch. Seems I can pick one up for only $23.95 at AutoSport Automotive Outfitters purveyors of fine automobile accessories since 1971. For this "outside the box" thinking I give the Drib a:
HT - Gotta Get One
The entries on my blog for my Monday readings are done in a Life Group setting. We read our verses, jot down our thoughts and then share. Let me tell you, Leviticus 15 is a beautiful piece of scripture to share with your close friends.........not! Needless to say, there was a little Beavis and Butthead giggling going on last night. Read it for yourself!
After entering Corinth Paul ran into some believing Jews from Italy. They not only had their love for Jesus in common but also their trade. This put a depth into their relationship that made communing together that much easier.
This is a good verse to look at when I get that whole "stuck in my cubicle" feelin'. I'm surrounded by a group of people that already have one thing in common with me. No, not that they hate their job, well maybe, but that we are all in the same vocation. The first barrier to open communication has already been stripped away. I now just have to lead by example and stay receptive to opportunities to share my faith, the getting to know you part is done.
Father, thank You for trusting me with Your word. I know I'm a lousy verbal communicator but Your Spirit will instruct me when the time comes.
Yesterday was awesome! I love listening to Jason Herndon. He always seems to hit me with a message relevant to that exact time in my life.
Worship was great! Our attendance is growing and more people are actively moving closer to Him through this time and it's awesome!
Here's the set list:
Brave - Nicole Nordeman
Live for You - Connersvine
Better is One Day - Kutless
Everyday - Lincoln Brewster
East to the West - Casting Crowns
To the Only God - David Crowder (Glory Revealed)
See you next week, live in constant worship, it's a 24/7 thing..........
This person, deemed unfit to be a part of the society because of his infectious illness, is "sentenced" to live outside of the camp. Cruel punishment? Or is it a symbol of protecting the people as a whole?
I'm not sure. At first I was going to write about the cruelty of the situation and how it reflects on people we feel aren't worthy to be a part of "our" church. But then something else came to me. Maybe it's a warning for us. Some people will come along and for whatever reason won't mesh with our gathering. Not saying they aren't devout followers but differing opinions will lead to gossip and slander, finally leading to a cancer that can tear up a once harmonious group of believers. We need to recognize the "symptoms" and lead these people, not "outside the camp", but to a group where they can fulfill their purpose more constructively.
Lord, I know there is a place for all of you children in Your church. I pray that you will help me guide them to the perfect spot You have chosen for them.
Lydia's an awesome woman that doesn't get a lot of "media coverage". She was a godly woman and in the writings Luke doesn't mention the faith of her husband. The way the rest plays out I'll guess he wasn't a God-fearing man or at least not as strong as his wife. Her faith leads to her acceptance of Paul's message and this leads to not only her baptism but her entire family's.
If it's true that a majority of American men have stopped attending church then we have to look to our women as the anchor that has kept the church intact. My wife is THE reason my family has such an awesome relationship with God and women in general are the main reason many churches today can make it week after week. Because of the doctrines of a few major denominations they receive little or no recognition for this. It's a testament to their faith and trust in God's plan that they continue in this capacity letting all glory go to their Father.
Father, thank you for our women, they continue on knowing their reward is with You in eternity.
Do you question the will of God? Are you putting Him to the test? Peter's questions betray his disbelief in the Pharisees opinion about circumcision. God released the Holy Spirit onto these new Gentile believers but still they continued to try to put the "yoke" of the law onto them. Peter reminded them that no generation has been able to overcome this weight and now they had the grace of God through their faith in Him to release them.
We are free. Free in the knowledge and faith that God gave His son, Jesus Christ, to die for us, a perfect sacrifice, releasing us from the bondage of sin and death and that belief in Him and that only through Him we may know the Father and one day stand before Them and revel in the light of their Glory for eternity in Heaven. We can all agree on that, right? Then why do we continue in the Pharisaical fashion by putting the burden of our "laws" on believers? Contemporary's the way to go, Traditional's the only way to go, Catholicism's the only true church, Mega churches are most like heaven, home churches are most like the Acts church, only hymn's, drums are bad, Pelagian's, Calvin's, Arminian's, seeker sensitive's, liberals, conservatives, relevants, emergents, TULIP, doctrine's, creed's.... Let's take the yoke off of ourselves so we can be free to follow Him.
Father, we don't get it do we? Like Peter told the Pharisee's, we have Your grace through faith that You have released us. Why do we keep fighting to put the chains back on that through faith in You we have already been freed?
He was born in an obscure village…
He worked in a carpenter's shop until he was thirty…
And for three years He was an itinerant preacher…
He never held an office…
He never had a family or owned a house…
He didn’t go to college…
He had no credentials but Himself…
He was only 33 when the public turned against Him...
His friends ran away…
He was turned over to His enemies…
And went through the mockery of a trial…
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves…
While He was dying His executioners gambled for His clothing…
The only property He had on earth.
He was laid in a borrowed grave.
Twenty centuries have come and gone and today He is the central figure of the human race. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as much as that…
ONE SOLITARY LIFE.
I've added a few more Life Journallers to the listing on the left! That's OUTSTANDING! I love the fact that I can see multiple observations from multiple people on the same readings I've just finished. It's a world-wide, word for word bible study!
**Let me know if there are others out there!**
While keeping everyone affected by the recent violent storms in your hearts and prayers, here are two letters from Union University's Greg Thornbury and David Dockery to read. The college in Jackson, TN was hit hard, approximately $50 million in damages but by God's grace there were no fatalities even though there were 1,200 people on campus that night. Within their words are a story of the strength and faith the students there have and have exhibited over the past few days.....
To everyone who has thought of us, remembered us in prayer, or beseeched God on our behalf to spare the the lives of about 1,200 who were physically on campus last night, I want to thank you from the depths of my heart.
If you have been following the Union story through national news media outlets, you know that our campus sustained somewhere in the range of $50 million worth of damage yesterday. To get a sense of what we're going through, please do me the favor and take the time to check out the following slideshow.
More information can be found at uuemergency.blogspot.com & at uu.edu.
I arrived on campus with President Dockery as the tornado hit the ground last evening. One minute later, we felt transported into a scene from the London Blitzkrieg. Streams of students with bloody faces and limbs streamed past us as we walked toward the mountain of rubble that was once Watters Commons. 9 boys were trapped beneath the rubble. All of them made it out, by the grace of God. I spent least evening until 4 a.m. in the Trauma unit in my role as Campus Pastor as one by one they were brought in, and we prayed for mercy for them and their families.
All will, according to their doctors, and the Lord willing, recover normally.
Last night we had 86 injuries, 51 hospitalizations, and 7 in ICU. At the end of this evening we only have 3 still in the hospital.
The media coverage of the Union story has been amazing. Today, Good Morning America, CNN, Foxnews, MSNBC, and etc. have been interviewing David Dockery and our students today. These folks in the media have walked away saying that something is indeed very different about this university and these young people. I have been overwhelmed by their faithfulness and boldness.
Please do continue to pray for us.
* * *
Dear parents and friends of Union University:
At 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening, the Union University campus was devastated by serious tornadic activity, resulting in extensive damage to the facilities. Following a nearly five-hour emergency effort, all students — including the 13 who were trapped in the fallen rubble — were rescued. Fifty-one students were taken to the hospital, nine of whom suffered serious injury. By God’s providence, no lives were lost. Seventeen buildings received some kind of damage.
Approximately 40 percent of the dorms were destroyed, and another 40 percent were severely damaged. Additional damage has been observed in other academic and administrative buildings. The damage from this storm exceeds the impact of the 2002 tornado by 15-fold. Classes will not begin again before Feb. 18. We encourage all Union friends to stay in touch with us through the Union Web site at http://www.uu.edu.
We currently are working on a five-fold strategy:
1. Today is a day of assessment.
2. Initial efforts to help students return to their homes or to a safe place also have started today and will continue throughout the week.
3. A major clean-up project will start on Thursday.
4. An intermediate strategy to help us begin classes on Feb. 18 is underway.
5. Plans to regroup and rebuild the campus will help focus us for the future.
The rebuilding efforts will be lengthy and extensive. At this time, we want to thank everyone who has given help, provided service and offered ongoing prayer on behalf of Union University. We thank God for His providential care. With the help of God, we will move forward together. Finally, I want to offer highest commendations for our students and the Student Life Team, who have handled this challenge in amazing ways.
For your friendship, your support and your ongoing prayers for Union, we are most grateful.
David S. Dockery
The word that popped out at me was CONTINUALLY! The Israelites were in a never ending cycle of sin, offering, sin, offering, sin, offering...... The battle was constant and all they had was the hope of a future Savior to rescue them from this struggle.
But then that Savior came and they rejected him. What? Huh? After thousands of years of prayer, waiting, prophecy and hope the time arrives and God gives His Son to them and they're like, nope, don't believe it, can't be. But thank God that was His plan. The rejected stone became the cornerstone. His grace was passed on to the Gentiles and is the reason I'm sitting here typing this. It's the reason I can be assured of my future with Him. It's the reason I don't have a fire constantly burning to cleanse my sin. His blood washed me once and for all.
Father thank you for Your grace you continuously pour out on me. And for Your Son, who came to be my substitute, for He knew I could never meet Your righteousness, no matter how many bulls I laid before Him.
Looks like the Jewish people have something here. I know the New Testament puts an end to the dietary restrictions of Leviticus (it's was comes out not what goes in) but this one I should look into.
Everything we do for God is worship. Everything we give to God is worship. Now, I haven't figured out anything to motivate me to get into and stay in shape. I know it's horrible. You'd figure staying alive for my family would do the trick but for me and a million others it doesn't. I don't know why. Selfishness? Maybe giving my health over to Him would work. Imagine being so incredibly thankful for the gift of life He has given me I actually use my health and exercise as a form of worship? Bring my bad diet to the altar. Bring my lack of self control to the altar. Bring my laziness to the altar. And burn, baby, burn. The next step? Get on that treadmill with the iPod cranked and go to town, running in worship, sweating out thanksgiving...Good idea?
Father I abuse the earthly body you've given me. Let me praise you by honoring your temple.
...then I recognized the guys in the photo from their blogs I read. Sorry Steve and Joe, this pic and caption below was emailed to me along with a ton of other photos with humorous captions. Hey, if you can't laugh at yourself.....
Awesome stuff from In the Quiet:
"Experiencing the present purely is being empty and hollow; you catch grace as a man fills his cup under a waterfall. " Annie Dillard
I read this quote and I am just struck with a vision of a waterfall and me in it...smack dab in the middle of it with my cup extended trying to fill it and of course you can't. The force of the water is so overwhelming, the force of Your Grace the same.Trying to take just a cup of grace, just a cup of water from the falls ...and being drenched in the trying. There is no taking a little grace, in the trying your hand is drenched, your wrist, your arm, your body, your hair and face and neck...the power of the falls is overwhelming. The power of Your Grace....staggering.I am drenched but the cup is empty, nothing to take away. Nothing to take away, I have to stay smack dab in the middle of the fall, in the middle of your GRACE. Maybe if I do and become so drenched w/love and grace....I won't be able to stop giving it to others???So as I am feeling SAD today step into the falls...BE DRENCHED...So as I am feeling DOWN tomorrow step into the falls...BE DRENCHED...So as I am feeling angry or joyous or jealous or content the next or the next day...step into the falls...BE DRENCHED....
It's the attack of the killer MEME's............!!!!
Sean hit me up with this one:
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people. (Again, join in if you'd like.........no pressure)
Since I'm at work the only book I have within reach is my ESV Pocket Bible so here we go............
And the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing up a bad report about the land - the men who brought up a bad report of the land - died by plague before the Lord. Of those men who went to spy out the land, only Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive.
When Moses told these words to all the people of Israel, the people mourned greatly.
Wow, have I obeyed God today??????
Steve Forcum tagged me for a MEME.
Basic rules are to list 6 quirky facts about yourself
Link back to the person that tagged you
Tag 6 more people and link to their blogs (and post a comment on their blog letting them know about the MEME)
I'll leave the last part up to anyone that reads this. Join in if you feel like it, why leave it to only 6?
Here we go:
1. I'm a huge "BIG HAIR" 80's metal fan.
2. G-Strings on a guitar fear me.
3. I eat spaghetti with pickles and a glass of milk.
4. My wife loved me enough to marry me even though her name is now Sheri Carey.
5. My 20-year reunion is in June, I'm overweight and I don't care (because I'll have my hot wife with me)
6. I have an orange cichlid named Tebow but we think he's a she.
Well, I guess you now know all there is to know about Drummer Chris............!
I think God is getting sick of his little kids disobeying, unable to think for themselves and all together making a mess of everything. After giving instructions for tabernacle down to the minute details and placing competent people in the lead of it's construction He then decided to "reside" with them and guide them every step of the way. "OK, listen up, when the cloud goes up, move, when it doesn't, don't. Do you guys think you can handle that?"
Reading this I was wishing I had such simple guidelines to follow, then it hit me. I do, I just haven't been using them. I have His word, sure it takes time to dig into it, but am I going to get any help wasting time watching TV? I have prayer, sure I don't think I know how to do it correctly and I can't be sure when He's trying to speak to me, but again, I have to get away from my daily distractions and seriously spend time with Him. He isn't going to accept being my spare time God, called upon only if I have the time. Him and His word should be my priority, everthing can have the leftovers...
Father, I apologize, I've let the idols of this world keep me from you then I have the nerve to ask why you're not listening to me.
Not much really to add to that. This one fragment caught my eye and I realized the truth it contains. His orginal creation was 100% perfect, then we came along. The entire Old Testament is the story of a peoples ups and downs, as they struggle to fulfill the law on their own merit. If it were possible they might have reached that perfect place again.
We all know that is a pipe dream. Not one of us is without sin and lives up to His standards. I don't even have the capability to imagine what a society would look like if we all had a perfect record. What I do know is that we will one day see this place. I know this because He sent His Son to die for our transgression, our inability to comply, and because of His sacrifice we will be perfected before Him when the time comes and we will gain entrance into the garden.
Father, I pray that I don't let my sin and Your forgiveness of it be an excuse not to still strive towards perfection in Your eyes. It's the least I can do.
The yeast is rising! Of all the people God could chose to set His plan for the Gentiles into motion He picked this little known centurion in the Roman army. It was his job to contact Peter and bring him to his household. After Peter's recent vision's and the sight of this God-fearing family of gentiles, he knew that the Kingdom of God could never be held to just the Jews. His thought were confirmed when this family was overcome by the Holy Spirit and became the newest members of Jesus' following.
I don't understand God's thinking when it comes to His choosing of messengers but accounts like these give me hope when pondering my purpose. His choice fits His purpose exactly, right time, right place, right circumstances. He has a plan for me, His lowly draftsman, dad, husband, drummer, hack guitarist, fisherman. How can I not be excited as I wait to see what His plan is?
Yes Father, I'm here.
I have no good apart from you."
David's realization here is the basis for understanding our place on earth. We are nothing without Him. Everything good is Him. On the converse, everthing evil is a lack of Him. We are spiritual beings trapped in our carnal bodies. Left to our own devices no good can come of us. Our primitive minds couldn't have come up with our belief systems on our own. It's the Spirit that has put them there. Here's a great quote from the new show Eli Stone. When Eli states that he doesn't believe in God he's confronted with this statement;
God has given me purpose. He's given me a belief system, a moral system, a conscious and love. Without Him we'd be living in chaos. How can I get this across to an unbeliever? How can atheists not see this? Where do they think these feelings and systems come from? Left to our basic instinct, the fight for "numero uno" would destroy these good impulses as we all fought for our own gain.
God give me the wisdom (and patience) to enlighten those that can't see these simple facts. All that is good is You. Bottom line. All we need to know.
Yes, another drummer thinkin' he's a musician. I picked up this Yamaha yesterday as my Christmas present. I played just about everything in the store, in my price range at least, and to my highly trained ear this guitar, the FG700S, sounded the sweetest. Now, a little more drummer humor........after arriving home I brought out my tuner. Everything was going great until I got to the final string. As I was tightening the E, bit by bit, nothing seemed to be happening. So, bit by bit, I tightened it even more. Nothing. Little more, little more.....TWANG, there goes the G-String. Yes, everyone can roll on the floor laughing. I was tightening the wrong string........... =[
The persecution of the church goes into full effect. Saul takes the lead in the unforgiving slaughter of Christ's followers (no they're not called Christians, that comes later). So, did the Jews accomplish what they wanted? Just the opposite. The "scattered" took their message on the road. Christianity started it's world-wide travels. It's ironic to me, not to God, that the first place mentioned was Samaria. Philip arrived in the same place where Jesus had told His disciples about a field ripe for harvest.
I need to keep an eye out for these seemingly dead ends. Is God pointing me in a new direction? Is the next chapter in my life starting? Is there someone else out there that needs me to share my story and the Gospel with them? Whether in my evangelical mission, my career or my family life, I need to prayerfully study whether what first appears to be a dead end is actually God steering me on the path of His plan.
Father, thank you for being with me on my journey. Show me the path You would have me take. Give me the wisdom to see opportunity where there appears to be only obstacles.