June 2008

Come

                                                                                                 Story of the day:  Come

   When a child has gotten hurt, he usually heads straight for the person that can comfort him at that moment.  A caretaker is there to place a bandage on the wound in order that the healing may start.  I have never seen a child run away and not want to get a kiss on the “booboo” or a bandage to mark the spot of the infamous “hurt”.  Instead, the child wants healing and love to comfort them and let them know that everything is going to be alright.  The child comes to the caretaker, because he feels safe and close to them.

   “There are none of us so close to Him but that we may be nearer, and the secret of our daily Christian life is all wrapped up in that one word, “come”.  Nearness is what we are to pursue, and that nearness is capable of indefinite increase.  We know not how close to his heart we can lay our aching heads.  We know not how near to his fullness we may bring our emptiness.  We have never reached the point beyond which no closer union is possible.” (Alexander Maclaren)

   ‘There’s a bumper sticker that says, “If you don’t feel close to God, guess who moved?”  God is always in pursuit of us, and yet we so seldom, “come” to Him.  Instead, it seems, we prefer to “go.”  We may go to church, go to Christian concerts, even go to seminars to hear the greatest Bible teachers.  All of this is fine–after we obey the most elemental instruction of Jesus:  “Come.”‘ (Charles Sheldon) 

Quote of the day:  Christy Povolish

“He is the best caretaker in your life and knows exactly where to place that bandage so that the healing can take place and you can start living.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 11:28

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

So many times, I want to be that person that wants to go, go, go, and You remind me how simplistic the instructions in Your Word are to just “come”.  Life is so much easier when I just “come” to You and hear the things that You are telling me as I lay my head on You for comfort.  Father it is great that You have gifted many in the ability to speak Your Word, but it does me no good, when I can’t even listen to greatest speaker of all, You.  Father, something great is about to happen in our nation, and across the world.  You are gearing up to do a move so great, that people won’t even understand and they will just want to worship.  Father, I am so excited about starting Your church in Texas.  It’s like our worship pastor’s CD is called, Now, but not yet.  I am ready now, but our time is not yet.  As you continue to prepare us and as we move forward with Your plans in the church, may we soak up all the things that You will have us to learn and equip us with people that are willing to serve for the Kingdom.  I thank You for this day and a hope of tomorrow!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 

 

  

Funny Friday Picks, June 2008

Funny Friday Quote

Funny Friday Quote:  Ron Dentinger

“These are tough times.  But I’m not the only one with problems.  My bank returned a sixty-five dollar check marked “INSUFFICIENT FUNDS.”  I can’t believe they don’t have sixty-five dollars.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 40:3

“He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I will continue to sing songs of praise to You everyday of my life.  Father as the move draws near and the things around me seem to be out of order, I will trust in You to give me the peace that I need to get through it.  As I look to You as my Ultimate source of strength, I will walk daily in knowing that You will be there to comfort and guide me in this new endeavour.  As I look to today with excitement, gearing up for all the adventures that the day may hold, I pray that You will use me to share Your wonderful News with others, that they may come to know You as their Lord and Savior, and have a personal relationship with You.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen 

June 2008

An Awesome Number

Story of the day:  An Awesome Number

   We use many words every day and the words that we use in our daily speaking come from the alphabet that we learned as children.  We would sing the ABC song many different times to memorize them, trace the letters in order to be experts in writing them, and put them together to formulate words.  The letters became more than just letters, they became tools for communication.

   And even if writing sentences wasn’t enough, we came up with books and journals, the list is endless.  “Can you imagine the number of words it took to write a thirty-volume set of the Encyclopedia Britannica?  It must be an awesome number, but an even more amazing thing is that even these books only took using the twenty-six different letters” that we learned as children to formulate the words.  “The authors did not have to go outside of the alphabet to assemble that massive collection of knowledge.  It provided them everything they needed for this one task.”

   And just as important as the alphabet is to formulating words in an Encyclopedia, Jesus Christ is “God’s everything” for all situations.  He is the Alpha and the Omega, and we do not have to go outside of Him for anything that we need.” (Robinson)

Quote of the day:  St. Bonaventure

“In all your deeds and words, you should look on Jesus as your model, whether you are keeping silence or speaking, whether you are alone or with others.”

Bible verse of the day:  Revelation 1:8

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come the Almighty.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for being Everything I need in this life.  And just as the words in an Encyclopedia are countless, You and the things You do for me are more than a set amount of words contained in a book.  The words that I use are gifts from You and I pray that I measure my words carefully so that I might be a good source of encouragement to those around me and those that I have yet to meet.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 

June 2008

The Tie that binds

Story of the day:  The Tie that binds

   Today was Jeff’s going away luncheon.  As I began to reflect over the past two years what Dayton, OH has brought to my family, I began to realize just how precious it has been while we have been here and the people that we have all gotten to know.  They have become a part of our family and though it is hard to say goodbye, the lasting memories that we have made, will be with me for a lifetime.  I also know that “Jesus is the Tie that binds” us all together.  And as sad as it may be, I know that we must move forward with the plan that God has set before us so that as a family, we can start to do the Will of our Father. 

   The friends that we have established, now part of our family, have been there to “work together, help each other, defend one another, and encourage each other.”  Any time that we needed something, they have been there to “support us, give us feedback and hold us accountable, to console and counsel us, and to direct us to God.”

   I am grateful that God created us to want to “have relationships, share His love with others, and not to keep it to ourselves.”  God Himself has promised “to be our friend” and because He has chosen this for us, we should remember that friendships are “gifts from Him and as such, we should receive His gifts with gratitude, and to remember that we too can be a gift to someone who needs a friend, and because He is the Tie that binds” (Weidemann) us together, we will maintain those friendships.

Quote of the day:  Loretta Girzartis

“If someone listens or stretches out a hand or whispers a word of encouragement or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.  For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.  But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for friends!  Thank You for bringing them into my life and for allowing me through them to see another part of You.  You have been so gracious in blessing us with such great friends and mentors that I hope to take all that I have learned from them and share it with others.  Father, if having friends means Heaven will be even a tiny bit like this, than I can only imagine what Heaven will be like.  I pray for blessings to each of them and for the friends that we have yet to meet.  I thank You especially for Your friendship and for always standing beside me and always encouraging me when I am discouraged.  Give us strength this day and peace to know that this move is for Your Will and another stepping stone to reach others in need of You.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

June 2008

No one wants to be chosen last!

Story of the day:  No one wants to be chosen last!

   After Jeff and I had painted one of the rooms in our home, we decided to go outside and enjoy some of the cooler weather that Dayton has been offering.  We were watching the neighborhood kids, which included our kiddos, playing kick ball.  As they prepared their teams, and the team captains started choosing players for each of their teams, it got me to thinking about when I was younger and when we would play ground games.  “The good players were chosen first, and no one wanted to be chosen last. 

   I think sometimes that we’re used to playing favorites.  Teachers have pets, bosses have fast-track employees, and just about everyone has a best friend.

   Considering our experience, we might assume that God acts the same way–that He favors certain people because of ability, personality, physical attributes, social standing, or some other identifying characteristic.  (Peter certainly felt that way–he was sure that the Gentiles were unclean.)  This assumption may lead us to wonder about God’s feelings toward us and perhaps, even to doubt our relationship with Him.

   But God revealed the truth to Peter:  God doesn’t act that way.  That is, “God doesn’t show partiality.  Instead He accepts people “in every nation”  The only qualification for acceptance is that they honor and revere Him and obey Him.

  Are you feeling rejected, put down, or alone?  Know that God accepts you, affirms you, and stands by you.  And through his Son, Jesus, He gives you eternal life, regardless of your height, beauty, weight, strength, gender, talent, ability, or nationality.  He has chosen and accepted you.” (veerman)

Quote of the day:  Oswald Chambers

“When we choose deliberately to obey Him, then He will tax the remotest star and the last grain of sand to assist us with all His almighty power.”

Bible verse of the day:  Acts 10:34

“Then Peter opened his mouth and said:  “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You that You don’t show any partiality towards people.  Thank You that You have chosen me and it was my choice to honor, revere, and obey You.  Father, I am so grateful to You for all that You have shown to me.  Let me not carry the attitude of arrogance for doing Your Will.  I pray for humility everyday and a humbling of my life in order that Your Will is carried out.  May people see You through me and those that don’t know You, may a spark be lit in each of them that they may have a relationship with You.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

June 2008

He is your Superhero!

                                                                                                                 Story of the day:  He is your Superhero

   Our youngest son loves to act out scenes from movies.  His favorite to act out always seem to be the superheros movies.  As we watch the movies together with him, and he stands next to the television, a 3D Joshua appears beside the screen, playing out each part that the superhero acts out, routine by routine. 

   So many times, “in comic strips and cartoons, masked superheros answer calls for help from those in distress.  They rush quickly to the rescue at the first sign of trouble.  We know, of course, that such characters exist only in fiction and in our imaginations.  But, at times, we want the cartoons to be true, especially when facing complex issues, giant problems, and difficult conflicts.  We want someone to hear our frantic cries and run to our side.”

   In Psalms 145:18-19 which says: The Lord is near to all who call upon Him; To all who call upon Him in truth.  He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and save them.  “David faced overwhelming obstacles and dangerous enemies many times in his life.  He learned to ask God for help.

   These passages in Psalms declare that, in fact, someone is listening.  Not an imaginary hero with superhuman powers, but a real person with all power a authority is standing near, ready to save.  And more than simply rescuing individuals from temporal plights, the Lord almighty, saves for all eternity.

   God knows your situation and your desires.  He stands close and ready to help.” (Veerman)  Let Him be your superhero!

Quote of the day:  Mary Jane Watson-Spiderman 2

“Isn’t it about time someone saved your life?”

Bible verse of the day:  Hebrews 4:16

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace in time of need.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for always standing by and ready for help.  Father, may I call on You as David did, relying on Your strength, for all areas in my life, not just the bad.  Continue to be my Superhero that I may share You with the world, so that they may know You as their Superhero as well.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 

Funny Friday Picks, June 2008

Funny Friday Quote

Funny Friday Quote:  Toni Sortor

   “Long, long ago an old Indian chief was about to die, so he called for Geronimo and Falling Rocks, the two bravest warriors in his tribe.  The chief instructed each to go out and collect buffalo skins.  Whoever returned with the most skins would be the new chief.

   About a month later, Geronimo came back with one hundred pelts, but Falling Rocks never returned.  Even today as you drive through the West you can see signs saying:  Watch out for Falling Rocks.”

Bible verse of the day:  John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the peace that You give to me.  It is the peace that helps me stay focused and my heart to not become troubled.  Father, I trust in You as You continue to show me Your ways and teach me Your paths.  Continue to lead me in Your truth that I may live a life that is pleasing to You.  Father, my heart goes out to those that don’t know You as their Lord and Savior.  May lives continue to be changed and souls saved. I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen 

 

June 2008

God shaped vacuum

                                                                                                             Story of the day:  God shaped vacuum

   The vacuum in our house has a detachable platic container that holds all of the dirt once it has been sucked up off of the ground.  The vacuum knows only what it is designed to do at the hands of it’s owner and that is to be filled  If I were to guess that if the vacuum had feelings, that it would desire a close relationship with it’s owner so that it can do what it was created to do.

   “Our God is a personal, knowable God who desires a close relationship with the people He created.  Each of us has been created with a God-shaped vacuum, an emptiness that only He can fill–a deep thirst for God. 

   We thirst for so many things–for significance, success, comfort, peace, wisdom.  But our real thirst is for a closeness to our Creator who alone can give wholeness and peace.  Only God can satisfy our deepest longings.  He offers us the water that can and will satisfy these things.  All we need to do is come and drink.”  Living Stone Corporation

Quote of the day:  J. I. Packer

“The fruit of wisdom is Christlikeness, peace, humility, and love.  And, the root of it is faith in Christ as the manifested wisdom of God.”

Bible verse of the day:  John 4:14

“but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.  But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for filling me with Your wholeness and peace that gets me through my day.  God, I pray to continually draw near to You and to seek You in my life.  I am grateful that You desire a close relationship with me and it is through our relationship that I am able to know that I am Your child and that Your love for me is greater than anything anyone else can ever offer.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

June 2008

We represent

                                                                                                                                           Story of the day:  We represent
 
“We are representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ…like hands fitting into a glove.  We are the glove.  He is the hand.  People see us.  They see our movement.  They see our impact.  They feel the squeeze of life, the warmth of the hand.  They can’t see Him through the glove.  And so the glove appears regularly on the surface of life.  And people spot it when there is peace in our lives, because there isn’t peace in our world.”  Ian Thomas
 
Quote of the day:  Oliver Goldsmith
 
“You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.”
 
Bible verse of the day:  James 3:13
 
“Who is wise and understanding among you?  Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.”
 
Prayer:
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
 
I pray to be a worthy example to those around me.  I pray that the words that I use and the actions in my life may be a gift to You and that while I am here on this Earth the things that I do please You.  Father, today I am going to think of the impact my example will have on those around me and will not take it for granted.  Give me the wisdom to live well, live wisely, and to live humbly.  I thank You for this day!
 
In Jesus Name I pray,
 

Amen

June 2008

Change

                                                                                                        Story of the day:  Change

   Change can sometimes be scary.  “Change defines our world.  Each day, a dazzling array of changes confronts us.  Governments fall, children grow and mature, friends move away, storms uproot trees, new buildings replace old ones, colors fade, summer turns into fall, and technological advances render modern appliances obsolete.  All these changes tend to undermine our feelings of security–we wonder what will last, what is solid, and who will be there.

   Then we turn to God’s Word, which proclaims the reassuring fact that our God does not change.  In truth, He is the same as He has always been–loving, forgiving, merciful, and just.  And, unlike the sources of many of our disappointments, God is reliable–He keeps His promises.  We can be sure that what He says, He will do.  We can know that He will be with us and for us in the future, forever, in fact, just as He is today.

   Feeling unsure or insecure as you face the continuous onslaught of change?  Plant your feet and your faith on a solid foundation–your unchanging Lord.”  (Livingstone)

Quote of the day:  Dale Galloway

“Karl Barth, famed theologian, was once asked, “What is the greatest thought you ever had?”  His answer:  “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”

Bible verse of the day:  Hebrews 13:8

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You that in the midst of change, I can count on Your character and Your promises to get me through the change.  You have proven Your faithfulness throughout time and because of Your faithfulness, I can rest assured that through any change, I will be okay.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen