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