The Choice is Yours

November 20th, 2014

Read Psalm 115. Here is a great Psalm with some powerful consequences about praise contrasted with idolatry. First the Psalmist comments on the serious trouble with idolatry. Primarily we become like the very thing, material or immaterial, we worship, v.8. Those idols are so powerful and subtle but they can’t even grunt, v.7. Wonder why we have passive Christians? Could it be that they have an idol problem that has left them idle?However, the Psalmist makes a break when realizing the powerful and loud declaration of God’s blessing and protection.  16 The heavens are the Lord’s heavens,    but the earth he has given to the children of man.17 The dead do not praise the Lord,    nor do any who go down into silence.18 But we will bless the Lord    from this time forth and forevermore.Praise the Lord

Winners

October 2nd, 2014

Everybody loves a winner. Just look around the sports landscape and listen to fans for a minute and you can tell if their team is winning or not. They are loud and heaping praise or criticism depending on the previous game or season. One can also follow the award shows and check out the popularity of the newest band or best actress as they begin to soar.

The scripture has something to say about victory, too. 1 Cor. 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

This win is over sin!

Look what I found!

August 6th, 2014

We had just returned from a mission trip when my oldest asked if I had seen the bomb. I asked what bomb and where and he mentioned how he had read about a bomb that had been found while preparing a foundation for a building in the exact city we had just been doing ministry in across the pond.

I was thinking about that later and considered a couple of options. One could ignore it and go ahead and build on top of it and around it. Another possibility could be to build close but not too close. And still another choice might be to carefully remove the bomb and then start building.

It became immediately clear that we do that with “bombs” in our hearts and lives. Maybe in a time of prayer or accountability we “find” a bomb, a thought or attitude that is clearly dangerous. What do we do? Similar options exist but only one will set us free. Ignoring it only prolongs the issue and potentially makes it much worse. Simply building somewhere else repeats the same mistake. The gospel response requires us to “move” it through confession and repentance. Thank God you found it now, with His help, do something to remove it.

Ugh, i forgot

March 17th, 2014

don’t you hate it when you forget something so obvious or repetitious like…wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day. It is SO obvious to everyone else that you are either dumb or stupidly forgot…or don’t care which is dumb because everyone else is doing it, right.

What is it about these meaningless mistakes that makes us feel so…?

Some of you have been planning your green outfit for months now, or red, or pink, or whatever day it is next week or month. You don’t count. But for others it really might not have even been on the radar. They are still wanting to know why you’re supposed to wear green? and Who says?

I think I have felt this way most often (no this is not about wearing or not wearing St. Patrick’s day green) when something happens and my first reaction is ugh, blaming or complaining and not…praying. Or worshiping! finally later in the day or the next morning I’m praying and feeling the Holy Spirit reveal one of (or several of) those moments and feeling so stupid again. I should know better and do better. Then, there is grace and the gospel and the urging of the Holy Spirit to keep on and keep up. I read we are to “walk” and that is a daily experience.

Lent, i give up

March 5th, 2014

here is an compilation of what twitter users are giving up for Lent. I couldn’t give up chocolate but maybe that means I need to.

Interesting list!

Great marriage conversation starter

November 21st, 2013

you may know the quirky video hit, What Does the Fox Say? Try it for marriage.

Les and Leslie Parrott work with couples and marriages and have written some great resources. This is a great devotional thought to get you two talking. What do you say?

http://www.lesandleslie.com/devotional/what-does-the-fox-say/

Picture of Jesus

October 8th, 2013

I just read an article about a school that was forced to take down a picture of Jesus in a school hall that contained other pictures of important historical figures. More than that the school is going to pay $95K to the ACLU and Freedom From Religion Foundation to offset their court costs! Here is a link to the article:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/07/ohio-school-district-agrees-to-keep-portrait-jesus-off-wall-pay-5g-fine/ 

The reasoning was that it is unconstitutional and causes “permanent and irreparable harm” to students. How do we know that? No one will conclusively say if movies, music, TV and violent video games have any relationship to recent violence but a painted picture of Jesus produces irreparable harm? Incredible! Let’s get those researchers studying the various forms of entertainment and see what they find out.

Could it be possible?

April 25th, 2013

I read an interesting article about the outdoors, animals and more. The article covered reverse extinction or de-extinction. In other words through technology and knowledge of genetics it may be possible to bring back species of flora and fauna that have been extinct for some time, http://www.fishgame.com/news/?p=18922 We can only wonder what will be possible in a few years and what will be wise

I brought it up last night with the fam sitting around before bedtime. We talked about what animals we would like to see alive…passenger pigeons, dodos and others (no unicorns! hmmm). Then we talked about Christianity, what would we like to see alive and thriving again in our world, church and lives. Someone mentioned a hunger for holiness, a hatred for hypocrisy, a church that explodes with growth, etc. We had a great time thinking and it seemed to strike everyone that there is within us, Jesus, Christ in you the hope of glory.

What would you like to see?

Silence

February 25th, 2013

I’ve been borrowing a car while mine gets repaired. As I drove around I kept feeling like something just didn’t seem right. A few miles down the road and I realized my sports talk radio wasn’t talking to me. I pushed the power button and the receiver read “Error.” So, I’ve been driving around in silence.

Along the road I’ve been reminded of how precious silence is. That time in the car has been filled with “blah, blah, blah” and the noise quiets other voices; some good and some bad. These past few days I’ve had conversations with God, myself and others. I’ve reflected, repented and rejoiced.

Don’t forget to practice silence for yourself. It is a great gift, Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that Iam God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in teh earth.” In your silence and stillness of a moving car, make the most of it and turn it off for a little while.

Looking around

December 12th, 2012

I was at a elementary school choir concert last night watching Corinne. Somewhere around the first or second song I noticed something almost every kid did, especially if they had a part speaking, singing or “moving.” After their part or sometimes right before they would look out and check to see if their parent/s were looking. Then, when they made eye contact with them there was a smile a mile long. It was incredible!

I watched as kid after kid stepped up to a microphone and searched the crowded cafeteria for their family. I could only imagine parents leaning forward, waving some whistled and as soon as the child realized they were ”seen” they seemed to glow. Parents have an incredible power and responsibility to encourage and affirm their children. It appeared as if the simple “look” was all that mattered, not the performance but their presence.

I began to think about our Heavenly Father looking down at us. I know he is constantly watching I just wonder if we are looking for Him.