Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
by Mark Buchanan
An excerpt from The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath
I made an astounding discovery several years back. It was one of those discoveries that, once made, you wonder why it took so long to make it. It was this: thankfulness is more than an act. It’s an orientation. It’s a way of seeing the world. Thankful people are thankful, not because they have more than others to be thankful for (in fact, people with much to be thankful for often go in the other direction, and become chronic complainers), but because they’ve chosen to be thankful. They choose to see their lives as a gift. They choose to see the transcendent in the ordinary. They choose to believe in a God who works all things together for the good of those who love him and are called to his purposes.
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Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
In the meantime, while you are enjoying office parties, school parties and doing your last minute shopping, don't forget to invite people to join us! Looking for an invitation to print to hand out or share via email? Here's one!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I love Mike Tomlin. Steelers RB Willie Parker made some comments after the game that the Steelers weren't running the ball enough. Tomlin handled it just right. "Every morning I come to work I walk past five Lombardis, not five rushing titles. The issue is winning." What can you say to that?
Reminded me of the story about Steve Spurrier when Florida was looking to hire a new coach a few years ago. Spurrier inquired about possibly coming back and the athletic director smugly told Spurrier that he'd have to submit a resume. The story goes that Spurrier told him to get up out of his chair, walk down the hall, and take a look at the trophy case. That's pretty good.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
* You can't always see what's most real. This is similar to the last one. We tend to think what's most real is what's most visible. The bible teaches that what's most real is actually what we can't see...yet. CS Lewis calls this world the "Shadowlands". The bird learned that lesson the hard way.
* Watch where you're going mister! OK, so I'm venting my driving pet peeves a little. People can't drive around here!
* We can get so focused on what we're looking for that we miss what's right in front of us and what is most important. (I can't see the forest for the trees kind-a-thing) I don't know what that bird was so focused on (maybe my pastrami sandwich) but he was on a mission to satisfy himself. Mission NOT accomplished! (pass the Advil)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Just like Moses was sent to Egypt to set the nation of Israel free from Egyptian slavery, Jesus was sent to set all people free from the slavery of sin.
Jesus means "The Lord saves." The angel said to Joseph, "She (Mary) will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." Matthew 1:21
How does that happen? First, somebody has to take the punishment for sin. Jesus did that on the cross where he died for my sin and yours. As a result, God the Father can now show mercy and forgive sinners who bank on what Jesus did on the cross for them. When I accept the infinitely gracious act of Jesus' death in my place, I become a child of God. I receive forgiveness and lose guilt. I am set free from sin and death!
And that's why we celebrate Christmas. Because the baby who was born to die came down. God himself putting on flesh; the Creator mingling among his creation to share this message of hope that leads to joy that changes everything.
May we embrace this joy and become ambassadors of joy to all people.
"I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10-11
Saturday, November 29, 2008
(Jesus said) "'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'"
Matthew 25:39-41 (in Context)
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Thankful for the Fleas
The barracks where Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsy were kept in the Nazi concentration camp Ravensbruck were terribly overcrowded and flea-infested.
They had been able to miraculously smuggle a Bible into the camp, and in that Bible they had read that in all things there were to give thanks, and that God can use anything for good.
Corrie’s sister Betsy decided that this meant thanking God for the fleas.
This was too much for Corrie, who said she could do no such thing. Betsy insisted, so Corrie gave in and prayed to God, thanking Him even for the fleas.
Over the next several months a wonderful, but curious, thing happened. They found that the guards never entered their barracks. This meant that women were not assaulted. It also meant that they were able to do the unthinkable, which was to hold open Bible studies and prayer meetings in the heart of a Nazi concentration camp.
Through this, countless numbers of women came to faith in Christ.
Only at the end did they discover why the guards had left them alone and would not enter into their barracks.
It was because of the fleas.
This Thanksgiving, give thanks to God for every good and perfect gift (James 1:17), but also thank Him for how He will use all things for good in the lives of those who trust Him (Romans 8:28).
In this time of falling stock prices and rising unemployment; in a time when many are facing physical and emotional challenges; there can be little doubt that such a trusting prayer of gratitude will be challenging to offer.
But then take a moment, and remember the fleas of Ravensbruck.
And thank God anyway. James Emery White
Sources: Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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Sunday, November 16, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Politics is not an event but a process. We sometimes lose the events but it never gives us the right to stop being faithful to our principles that enlisted us in the process. We shall live to fight another day.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Can God create a rock so big He can't lift it.
Yes, God can create a rock that's too big for Him to lift. And at the same time, it doesn't make Him impotent. In fact, He's already done it.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
"So many followed Christ that the church was necessary. How's that for church planting? The church was planted not to do evangelism, but because so much evangelism was happening!"
What do you think about that? Does that sound foreign or unusual to you? Why or why not?
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
It makes sense that increasing the frequency of time and energy spent in communication with God pays off in an increasingly intimate relationship with him. But what is more subtle, and perhaps more significant, is the increasing two-way nature of the relationship. It's not just talking to God that's important; it's also listening to God and receiving answers to prayer that is vital. It's not just reading the Bible that spurs spiritual growth; it is reflecting on the meaning of Scripture in a way that changes how a person thinks and lives that proves most significant.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
A blog (a contraction of the term "Web log") is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
How to write a blog post
Do it like this: Joel on Software.
An appropriate illustration,
A useful topic, easily broadened to be useful to a large number of readers,
Simple language with no useless jargon,
Not too long,
Focusing on something that people have previously taken for granted,
That initially creates emotional resistance,
Then causes a light bulb go go off
Causes the reader to look at the world differently all day long.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
It's easy to find articles today on how inwardly focused most churches are. The truth is that we tend to drift that way. However, outward focused churches can neglect legitimate needs within the church. Obviously we'd like to be balanced: caring for people inwardly and outwardly. Most of us don't want to intentionally neglect anybody.
So what's the answer? I think it comes down to this: Are you walking with Christ. If you are, you'll know when to focus outwardly and when to look inwardly. The truth is that we're probably supposed to live through seasons of inward focus and outward emphasis. The only way to know when to do what is to find yourself faithfully walking with Christ. Check this out:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Sitting in 13D, I uncovered something unsettling about myself. I don't really want a "relationship" with God. Here's what I want. I want to share with God all I feel, all I need, all that grieves me, all that makes me happy, the puzzling things, the fun things, and the hard things, but I would prefer that God keep his stuff to himself. I don't want to hear about his pain and share in his grief. I don't mind listening to God as long as I'm receiving solutions, answers, and advice. Maybe what I really want is a divine vending machine: pop in my prayer, press the button for my need, and I'm good to go. A professional live-in massage therapist and a Starbucks within walking distance would be nice too.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Fireproof - Trailer - Add movie showtimes to iGoogle
2hr 2min - Rated PG - Drama
Remember this location
Monday, October 20, 2008
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. --King Solomon, Ecclesiastes 7:14 NLT
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Other items that came with the trailer include puppets and stage, 7 rolling cabinets, tripod for projector, lots of preschool toys and equipment, & wide-screen TV & DVD.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
Have you ever wondered what the paramedics would do if they found you at the scene of an accident unconscious, without an ID (stolen?) but still with your cell phone? Perhaps they should call someone in your phone address book. But wait, if you're like me you have dozens of numbers. Your emergency contact is not obvious to an EMT. Who should they call?
Based on a recent email I received, let me recommend you create a new contact in you phone called 'ICE' (In Case of Emergency). I understand this is becoming standard operating procedure for many paramedics. Whether it is or not, if enough people do this many will think to check should the need arise.
For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc.
On a slightly related note, here is what came up when I googled "Incaseofemergency": http://www.readybooks.us
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Another view point that also makes a lot of sense. No wonder people don't know what's the best thing to do. Pray people. Pray! dg
by Mike Huckabee
I ask 2 things of you right now: [more]
Almost all the day’s news is focused on the economic turmoil and Washington’s reaction to President Bush’s proposed economic rescue package. You may have noticed that I am referring to the plan as a “rescue package” and not a bailout. I happen to agree with former General Electric CEO Jack Welch who said this morning that this is not a bailout, but a rescue plan – not for Wall Street – but for Main Street. Let me explain.
What the government is really doing is buying assets, not debts. Many of the “debt obligations” on Wall Street are mortgages in default. But there are real homes, physical assets attached to these mortgages or “debt obligations.” As the president said, the government can buy them now and sell them later, quite likely at a profit. Here are some excerpts of his remarks:
“…as markets have lost confidence in mortgage-backed securities, their prices have dropped sharply. Yet the value of many of these assets will likely be higher than their current price, because the vast majority of Americans will ultimately pay off their mortgages.
“The government is the one institution with the patience and resources to buy these assets at their current low prices and hold them until markets return to normal. And when that happens, money will flow back to the Treasury as these assets are sold. And we expect that much, if not all, of the tax dollars we invest will be paid back.”
Right now there are many Americans who are worried about their home values. In some cases, their mortgages are more than the current value of their homes. They look at this plan and don’t see how this helps them. (It is worth repeating here that the government passed a $300 billion housing relief bill in July.) Many people think all the money is going to fat cats on Wall Street. But the fact is a good bit of the American economy runs on what is called commercial paper.
Virtually any large enterprise – from the companies that make tractors used on farms and trucking companies to big grocery store chains – occasionally has a need for short term loans, often just overnight, to meet cash flow needs. Because of the toxic mortgages currently owned by banks and investment institutions, our credit system is locking up. It is being exacerbated by obscure accounting rules that force banks to devalue mortgage assets, thereby limiting their ability to loan money, as their ability to loan money is linked to the value of their assets. This has turned into a vicious cycle that is threatening to spiral out of control without immediate intervention.
Last week, experts in business and government that I talked to told me we were at one point less than an hour away from a total freeze of our entire credit system. If that happens, a tremendous amount of commerce in our country will grind to a halt. And that will impact you no matter what you do. If you are engaged in any kind of economic activity, you will be affected.
Let me repeat – this plan is not a bailout for Wall Street. It is a rescue plan for Main Street.
My friends, I am a capitalist. I despise Big Government. There is plenty of blame to go around and government deserves a lot of it. But every nation, like every family, occasionally has emergencies, and this is an emergency. We need solutions now. It is right for Congress to try to improve the president’s rescue package. It is right to demand transparency in the administration of this tremendous effort. But if partisanship ends up preventing this rescue from passing, the consequences will cost all of us far more than the current price tag.
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