April 2010

Funny Friday Quote: “God Speaks” Billboards

Funny Friday Quote: “God Speaks” Billboards

“God  Speaks” billboards are catching the eyes of highway commuters in Dallas. The billboards feature simple white text on a black background. No fine print or sponsoring organization is included. A list of all that have appeared to date:

  • Let’s meet at my house Sunday before the game–God.
  • C’mon over and bring the kids.–God.
  • What part of “Thou shalt not” didn’t you understand?–God
  • We need to talk–God.
  • Keep using my name in vain, I’ll make rush hour longer.–God
  • Loved the wedding, invite me to the marriage.–God
  • That “Love thy neighbor” thing? I meant it.–God
  • Will the road you’re on get you to my place?–God
  • Big bang theory, you’ve got to be kidding!–God
  • My way is the highway.–God
  • Need directions?–God
  • You think it’s hot here?–God
  • Have you read my No. 1 best seller? There will be a test.–God
  • Do you have any idea where you’re going?–God
  • Don’t make me come down there.–God

Bible verse of the day: Psalm 18:30 (NKJV)

“As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As I woke up today, I couldn’t help but worship You. Father, I lift my voice to You and I pray that what You hear is a sweet sound to Your ear. Thank You for breathing life into me and blessing me with a gift that has blessed me spiritually. Your Love is like no other and it sparks a flame deep within my soul to do Your Will and share with others how great You are. I love You Father and I am so grateful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

April 2010

Feeling Secure

Story of the day: Feeling Secure

Each night has become routine to ensure that all of the doors leading to the outside are locked. There is a sense of security in knowing that a small bolt can keep you safe and secure.

Feeling secure is a high priority in this unsafe, volatile world. A private investigation agency in Florida promises to “work diligently to restore the sense of security and safety that you and your family deserve.”

The psalmist found a “secret place, where he felt safe (Psalm 91:1). And we can rest secure in that same place. He described it with these phrases”

Under the shadow of the Almighty (v.1). Shadows provide protection from the direct heat of the sun. If the heat is severe, the shade reduces what we actually feel. When we’re under God’s shadow, we do not face the full heat of our difficulties.

A refuge and a fortress (v.2). God is the strongest protector we could ever have, and we can run to Him for help. Nothing can penetrate Him to get to us unless it’s part of His loving plan for our ultimate good.

Under His wings. (v.4). God is soft and tender like a caring mother bird. When troubles rage, He draws us close. We don’t need to fear that He will cast us out–we are His.

A dwelling place. (v.9). Our Father will be our home, our abiding place–now and forever.

True security can be found only in our Lord, who promises to save us and be near us (vv.15-16). [Cetas, Anne. Our Daily Bread: Secret Security. USA: Discovery House Publishers. 2005-2006. December 14.]

Quote of the day: Havergal

“No one is more secure than those who are in God’s hands.”

Bible verse of the day: Psalm 91:1 (NKJV)

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for being my refuge and fortress. You cover me with Your grace and because of this I can stand firm in all that I do. Father, as I am filled by Your Word today, direct my path according to Your Will so that the things that I do throughout my day, will bring You joy. I love You and I am thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen


April 2010

It’s Simple

Story of the day: It’s Simple

There are so many lizards here in New Mexico. They run to and fro, up and down, and inside and out of the house. I don’t mind lizards, I actually find them kind of interesting. One thing that I think is remarkable is how they can camouflage themselves to just about anything. If they are hiding on a brown house, then they turn brown. If their item that they are on is gray, then they turn gray. It is as if they become one with their surrounding, so much so that you can’t tell them apart from the object that they are trying to look like. Once they have camouflaged to their item, you don’t see the lizard anymore, you only see the object on which they have camouflaged to.  I think sometimes:

many of us are working hard at the Christian life. Many are doing overtime efforts; many are coming to church, reading their Bible, saying their prayers, and trying to do better, but they are failing. All THEIR efforts are not working. They’ve made promises, committed, and then recommitted. These Christians are sincere. They are honest. They are doing their best. The problem is that many Christians are often so focused on themselves that they are missing out on what God is really looking for. God’s goal for us is simple. He wants to conform us to the image of His Son. [Evans, Tony. Tony Evan’s Book of Illustrations. Chicago: Moody Publishers. 2009. pg.58.]

In other words, He wants us to camouflage ourselves to Christ.

Quote of the day: Christy Povolish

“If we are camouflaged in Christ, people looking at us the will see Christ and not us.  ”

Bible verse of the day: Romans 12:2 (NIV)

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank  You so much for Your Son. It is in His likeness that I want to be transformed. Father, I pray to be camouflaged into your likeness so that when others see me, they don’t see me, they see You. May Your love pour out of me and into those around me, providing encouragement and hope. Thank You for lifting me up when I need to be lifted, encouraging me when I need encouraging. It is Your Living Water that I drink and it fills me each and every day. I offer my day to You and whatever Your will is for this day, I pray to walk accordingly. I love You Father and I am thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen


April 2010

Funny Friday Quote (Prayed for a parking)

Funny Friday Quote: Prayed for a parking

An overweight gentleman decided it was time to shed some excess pounds. He took his new diet seriously, even changing his driving route to avoid his favorite bakery. One morning, however, he arrived at work carrying a gigantic coffee cake. Everyone scolded him, but he had an explanation.

“This is a very special coffee cake,” he said. “There was a detour so I had to drive by the bakery this morning. I felt it was no accident, so I prayed, ‘Lord, if you want me to enjoy a delicious coffee cake with my coworkers, open up a parking place in front of the bakery.'”

“Sure enough,” he said, “the 8th time around the block, there it was!” [Kraus, Jim. Bloopers, Blunders, Quips, Jokes, & Quotes. Carol Stream: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2005. pg. 28.]

Bible verse of the day: Psalm 149:6 (NIV)

“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today is the day that You have made and I will rejoice and be glad in it. I offer up to You my praises this morning and I sing a new song. Father may the joyful noise that I make bring glory and honor to Your name. Fill me today with Your Spirit and may the decisions that I make be with a Kingdom mindset. I love You Father, and I thank You for a beautiful day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

April 2010

Running on thin ice?

Story of the day: Running on thin ice?

There was a man one day whose wife was very ill. It was in the frontier days and he had to get to a pace that had medicine to save his wife’s life. The only problem was that it was wintertime and in order to get to the person with the medicine, he had to cross a lake. The lake had been iced over. His wife’s life depended upon it, so he had to get up and cross this cold lake that had now been covered with ice. He was terrified. He was concerned that the ice would break. Sacred to death but spurned on by love for his wife, he got down on his hands and knees and inched along, ever so carefully.

All of a sudden, he felt a rumbling on the ice. He was even more terrified. Maybe the ice was cracking. The rumbling got louder. It became thunderous. The man was living in terror. But as the noise got closer, he looked up behind him and saw a man driving a team of horses across the ice. The horses pulled a carriage that was loaded with a bunch of boxes and it just went thundering across the ice. All of a sudden, the man stood up, started walking, and then running. This man who was full of fear became a man full of confidence. He learned something about the ice. He learned that if it could hold a team o horses thundering across it, it could certainly hold him.

If you want to have more confidence in God, then hang around somebody who’s riding with God with a team of horses so that you’ll know He can carry you with whatever you are facing. Find somebody who’s been where you are and has experienced God’s deliverance. Their story of faith will encourage you. [Evans, Tony. Tony Evans’ Book of Illustrations. Chicago: Moody Publishers. 2009. pg. 99-100.]

Quote of the day: Hess

“Fear hinder faith, but trust kindles confidence.”

Bible verse of the day: 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Each and every day, I place my complete faith in You. It is my faith that keeps me grounded and provides peace that passes all understanding. I am thankful to You for showering me with grace and for always being there for me. I know that I can stand firm in You today and that Your strength will fill me to overflowing. I love You Father and I am thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

April 2010

God’s Grace Is Enough

Story of the day: God’s Grace Is Enough

Lillie Baltrip is a good bus driver. In fact, according to thee Fort Worth Star-Telegram of June 17, 1988, the Houston school district nominated her for a safe-driving award. Her colleagues even trusted her to drive a busload of them to an awards ceremony for safe drivers. Unfortunately, on the way to the ceremony, Lillie turned a corner too sharply and flipped the bus over, sending herself and sixteen others to the hospital for minor emergency treatment.

Did Lillie, accident free for the whole year, get her award anyway? No. Award committees rarely operate on the principle of grace. How fortunate we are that even when we don’t maintain a spotless life-record, our final reward depends on God’s grace, not on our performance! [Larson, Craig B. 750 Engaging Illustrations. Grand Rapids: Baker Books. 1998. pg.215.]

Quote of the day: Author Unknown

“The source of the Christian’s strength lies in God’s grace, not in exertions of will-power, or in efforts of discipline, or any other self-effort.”

Bible verse of the day: James 4:6 (NIV)

“But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Your grace is so sufficient for me and my life. Thank You that everything I do is based upon the Grace that you provide and not the works that I do. I pray that my life is humbled before You each day and that the things that I do bring honor and Glory to Your name. I love You and I am thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

April 2010

The Power Within

Story of the day: The Power Within

Do you remember Clark Kent, that mild-mannered newspaper reporter, of whom on one ever expected anything out of the ordinary? But whenever there was a sudden demand for action far beyond the ability of mortal men, Clark stepped into a closet, stripped off his conservative business suit, and emerged complete with bulging muscles and spectacular costume as–Superman! Superman, the one who could do what otherwise could not be done.

That is exactly what the Word of God is teaching us, although perhaps you have not seen it in those terms before. As we who are believers step into our identity in Christ, who we are, to whom we belong, and who is within us–we will find love, motivation, and power available so that we are able to do what otherwise we could not do. [Green, Michael P. 1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching. Grand Rapids, Baker Books. 1989. pg. 202.]

Quote of the day: Mortenson

“Go to the Bible for your protection, correction, and direction.”

Bible verse of the day: 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)

“All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness,”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You that Your Word provides clear direction, protection and training in the way that we should go. As I continue to step into the identity in which You created me for, I pray to be obedient to what You are asking of me and to be still and listen to You so that I can hear what You have to share with me. Thank You for teaching me how to find love, motivation, and the power within to do what I otherwise couldn’t have done. I love You and I am thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen