Archive for December, 2007

Teach Your Children Well

December 22, 2007 1 comment

Make sure your kids are protected and are informed of this dreaded disease.

Categories: satire

There Are No Barriers

December 20, 2007 1 comment

Isa 40:3-5 (NLT)
Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting,”Clear the way through the wilderness for the Lord!Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God! Fill in the valleys,and level the mountains and hills. Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places. Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The Lord has spoken!”

I absolutely hate detours! I love being able to go where I need to without having any barriers to keep me from my destination. I cannot even recount the number of hours I have wasted in life simply waiting because my chosen path was “temporarily unavailable.”

It seems that life can be that way also. There may be a goal I am working toward, a task I need to complete, or a person who I really need to get in contact with, but inevitably it takes longer than expected. Something always happens that keeps me from accomplishing that task on my time table or when it is best for me.

Even though I may get frustrated with the barriers I come across in life it is a comfort to know that God has removed all barriers when it comes to having a relationship with Him. Regardless of my race, popularity, socioeconomic status, gender, or anything else that sets me apart from others God has proudly proclaimed that “His glory will be revealed” to all people. This statement gives me hope because I can no longer make any excuses for not knowing God. He is always ready and available to me if only I seek Him.

So what excuse have you been using? Is it your family, job, or busy work schedule? It really does not make a difference. God is here waiting for you if you will only remove the perceived barriers that you have in your life. Try Him out He will not disappoint.
Categories: Isaiah 40

Don’t Give Up

December 20, 2007 Leave a comment

2 Chronicles 16:9 (NLT)
” The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…”

Have you ever been tired? I mean so tired that all you really want to do is sleep all day. This does not happen to me all the time, but when it does I want to be left alone so that I can recover.

Have you ever been so busy for the Kingdom that you felt that you needed a break from it all? Could you imagine a week without “church” responsibilities? Could you use a month where you could just be served and not serve at all? Many people that fill the pews of churches never have the opportunity to get a break because they are so dedicated to the work that is going on. Some churches are so small that getting a break from teaching a class, visiting the sick, or doing studies with non-believers never comes around because they are lacking in the workforce.

I have often wondered where people get the strength to do all the good work that they do.
The book of Chronicles tells us that God is out searching for those in His Kingdom who are dedicated to His work. His purpose is to strengthen and encourage them so that they will not grow weary.

To all of you out there who are considering cutting back on the work you are doing or even considering giving up I encourage you to wait on God. God knows how much you are doing and knows the sacrifice you are making. His eyes are on you and He will not let you run out of steam. Even though you may not receive any encouragement from those you minister to, God is a great rewarder of those who serve Him. Put your hope and trust in Him and He will not fail you.

My Christmas Gifts

December 18, 2007 Leave a comment

Here are a few pictures of the girls we took on Saturday.
We hope you enjoy them.

We hope you all have a Merry Christmas!
Categories: Christmas, Family

Count It All Joy?

December 4, 2007 Leave a comment
James 1:1-4 (NIV):
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

I believe James teaches us three powerful lessons in this short passage of Scripture:

1) It is all about Jesus.

It is believed that James was the half brother of Jesus, yet he associates himself to Jesus by calling himself his servant. I am not sure about you, but if my older brother had the power to heal the sick, bring people back from the dead, change water into wine, and defeat the grave I would milk that fame for all its worth. James however realized that when it came down to it his earthly relationship to Jesus really was not that important. I believe that when each of us kills the part of us that desires fame and recognition for what we do we will be able to develop a mindset of giving all credit and glory to God. When everything becomes about Jesus then it becomes less about me.

2) Trials are an opportunity for growth.
From a worldly perspective this is really an ignorant statement. Who in their right mind is thinking about joy when they lose a job, going through a divorce, or been the victim of a violent crime. I believe James is trying to teach us that our mistakes or the negative situations that we go through can be a blessing in disguise. How could you ever comfort someone who is dealing with a disease if you have not experienced yourself? How could you talk to someone who just lost a child if you have not been through that situation already. James is not saying that it will be fun, but that we can gain so much if we focus on the blessing that is to come.

3) Maturity comes to those who do not give up when times get hard.
Have you ever had a goal that you gave up on too quickly because it got hard? Maybe it was a relationship. Maybe it was a degree you were working on. Maybe there was a language you attempted to learn. Maybe it was the diet you have stopped 100 times already. James simply tells us that we cannot be mature unless we endure. There are some things in our life that will be difficult and may be difficult for a long time, but if you do not give up God can make it a blessing for you.
So what do you think? What are some other things James may be trying to tell us in this passage?
Categories: James, James 1, Jesus, Joy, maturity, trials