Posts Tagged ‘church’

Funny Friday Quote: Glad he’s done! (Jim Kraus)

A woman named Gladys Dunn was new in town and decided to visit the church closest to her apartment.

She appreciated the pretty sanctuary and the music by the choir, but the sermon went on and on. Worse, it wasn’t very interesting. Glancing around, she saw many people in the congregation nodding off.

Finally it was over. After the service, she turned to a still sleepy-looking gentleman next to her, extended her hand, and said, “I’m Gladys Dunn.”

“You and me both!” he replied.

Bible verse of the day: Psalm 119:89 (NKJV)

“Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Your Word provides so much hope and gives direction for my life. May Your words from the Bible spark a flame inside of me that never dies.  I pray that no person or circumstances can take my eyes off of You and that everything that I do is petitioned before You so that the decisions that I make bring You honor and glory! I love You Father and I am thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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Story of the day:  Seasons change, Truth doesn’t

“Our challenge is to stay up with the time, to serve our generation, yet in no way alter the truths of His Word.  Styles and methods change and must be kept up to date.  But truth?  It is timeless.  Not subject to change… We are to be willing to leave the familiar without disturbing the essentials.  To minister effectively the church must wake up to what changes…and what doesn’t…The church that sits around frowning at the future, doing little more than polishing yesterday’s apples, will become a church lacking in relevance and excitement.  At the same time, the church that softens its stand theologically and alters Scripture to fit the future’s style, will lose its power.”  Charles Swindoll

Quote of the day:  Dorothy Sayers

“It is not the business of the church to adapt Christ to men, but men to Christ.”

Bible verse of the day:  Hebrews 13:8

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

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for not changing.  I thank You that Your truth is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  Father, our world is moving so fast and things are constantly changing, it is during these times that I pray for peace and rest in You.  Father, I also pray for unity within the church so that the outreach of the truth is reaching many more.  I pray to always be willing to follow the path that You place before me and not get stuck in my own ways.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Testing Limits

     While traveling around the country, bigger vehicles such as:  semi trucks, tractor trailers, and other wide load vehicles, always seem to catch my attention.  I especially notice them more in states where the roads aren’t very well taken care of.  Every pot hole that we hit, or bump that would catapult our car seemed to have been made by vehicles whose weight far extended the capacity of what the road was capable of handling, or what I thought it was capable of handling. 

     Most of “the large tractor-trailer trucks that travel the highways of the nation are subjected to a load limit.  This means that there is a limit as to how much weight each truck is allowed to carry.  There is a good reason for establishing such limits.  If the trucks were allowed to exceed their weight limit, the roads would eventually fall apart, because a given road is designed to support vehicles only up to a certain weight.

     Likewise, God knows how much we can bear when He allows us to be tested.  He has assigned a definite “load limit” to each of us and never exceeds it.” (Green)  In other words, He knows exactly how much our road can handle.

Quote of the day:  Leon Morris

“When the high seas are raging, it’s no time to change ships.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Corinthians 10:13

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You have said that You won’t give me more than I can handle, and for that I am grateful!  Father, I too, like the roads know that when tested, will hold up to what is brought my way.  Thank You for being faithful and for teaching me to remain strong even during the times that I might feel at my weakest.  I pray for those that may be experiencing some rough patches right now, and I ask in Your Son’s name that they too will see that what they are going through is just for a season.  As they go through it, I pray that You will radiate the brightest so that they can see You through what might seem like their darkest hour.  I thank You for this beautiful day and I look forward to heading to San Antonio this weekend, so that we can look at some places for Your church. 

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Yielding

     “Sometimes, when you enter a main highway or come to an intersection, you will see a sign with the word “YIELD” in large letters.  The sign means that the driver on one road is to yield the right to proceed to any driver on the other road.  The latter driver does not own the right of the way; rather , another driver yields it to him.

     This is an excellent picture of what Christian Liberty is all about.  We are to yield our rights so that others may go on to greater maturity.  No on can demand that another believer yield his rights; rather, as an act of maturity, he should see the need to give up his rights for the good of another.  Perhaps we should make yield signs and put them up in our homes and churches–because it is a Christian philosophy to yield, to give way to other believers.” Author Unknown

Quote of the day:  Bill Hybels

“If you want to be truly happy, you won’t find it on an endless quest for more stuff.   You’ll find it in receiving God’s generosity and then passing that generosity along.”

Bible verse of the day:  Proverbs 16:21

“The wise in heart will be called prudent, and sweetness of the lips increases learning.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

So many times in Your Word, I see Your humbleness.  You gave without a second thought and did so in a way that ministered to many, and continues to minister.  I thank You for painting this amazing picture of giving.  I pray to give of myself daily, yield my rights so that others can go on to be more mature than I.  Thank You for continually showing me the Grace and Love that You have for others, in hopes that I may continue to grow in this area.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Play on the one string we have

     Chuck Swindoll writes:  “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company…a church…a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past…We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude….I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how to react to it.  And so it is with you.  We are in charge of our attitudes.”

Quote of the day:  William J. Bennett

“There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ephesians 4:23

“and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

My attitude sets up the outcome of circumstances in my life.  Father,  I pray to have a good attitude towards things or people that I come across.  Soften my heart that I may treat others the way that You treat me.  Father, I know that I have the choice to either have a good attitude or a bad one, and I ask for wisdom in choosing the one that is good.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Descending like a dove

     As I was driving Christen to school today, we both saw a beautiful white dove.  It flew right past the car and landed in the park on a wooden fence.  We both looked at each other and with great excitement, said, “look, a dove!”  As it made it’s descent onto the wooden fence, I couldn’t help but think about the beauty that a dove radiates.  In the Bible, a dove usually means peace.  For example one may say that the dove that Noah sent out of the ark after the flood is a symbol of peace, “that the flood rains were over” (Genesis 8:10-11).  A dove may also represent the Holy Spirit.  In Matthew 3:16, Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist.  In this instance the three persons of the trinity are seen in one form or another. God’s voice is heard from Heaven, Jesus is being baptized, and the Holy Spirit (a.k.a. the Holy Ghost) is seen in the form of a dove.

      As Jeff and I have been moving forward with the next phase of this ministry, I began to feel a little overwhelmed about how everything is going to get done or be done.  I believe that God sent that little dove into my path, as a reminder that the Holy Spirit within me, is there as my helper, always encouraging me, watching over me and restoring the hope and faith in my life about what is to come.  God always supplies all the tools needed for His Work and often through the Power of the Holy Spirit.  That little dove this morning was a confirmation that we are doing what God is asking of us and that if we rest in that, then we will find peace. 

Quote of the day:  Michael P. Green

“When you see a man who is at work for God and producing results, recognize that it is the Holy Spirit working through him, not the man’s efforts that are giving results.  All he has to do–and all you have to do–is keep your hand on the handle.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 3:16

“When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the Heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for sending me a helper that not only recognizes when I need help, but is there to encourage me, restore me, and watch over me.  Father, sometimes I can get overwhelmed by thinking about all that needs to be done for Your church.  I pray to remember that You are in total control of that and I am but Your vessel to carry it out.  I am thankful that You know exactly what and when things need to be done and share it with me only when the time is right.  I can find rest and peace through that little dove that You placed right into my path today.  Something so small, as a dove, has so much meaning to me because of the timing of when You sent it.  That little dove is a gift from You to me in that it confirmed that we are moving in the right direction and that Your Will is going to be done.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  It’s our one year anniversary!!!

     God is so amazing!!  Quote of the day started out by being obedient to God, and God has been so faithful in providing every single day.  I remember in 2007 when God had placed the desire for me to write in my heart.  I struggled with the idea, since I wasn’t a writer at the time.  I continued to be obedient in writing daily for the few e-mail addresses that I had at the time, and in February of 2007 God had given me the vision of a website.  Kind of funny, because computers was my second weakness.  I didn’t take too many classes in school, I think I did the minimum required, but God always provides the tools needed to carry out His plan.  I shared with Jeff the vision that God had given me and I remember him clearly saying “yeah Christy, God hasn’t shared that with me yet:)”  On September 7, 2007, that’s the time I remember so vividly hearing God say this to me, “It’s time for you to launch Quote of the day via the website”.  I went to Jeff and before I could tell him, he already knew, I didn’t even have to say anything and he confirmed what God had shared with me back in February.  I prayed to God and asked what next?  God then placed a person named Mo on my mind and told me to call him.  Mo simply directed me to a site where Quote of the day was birthed.  On September 10, 2007, Quote of the day was launched via the website and God has been faithful every single bit of the way! 

     I can honestly say that with prayer, seeking God, and total obedience, viewers began with about 1,000 per month on the average and in one year God doubled that number to 2,000 per month, not to mention the regular e-mails that are sent out and now on two myspace accounts.  Quote of the day has reached many places across the globe and prayerfully many have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, all for the Glory of God.  I get so excited seeing all that God is doing and being a part of it, used as His vessel, which continues to light me on fire every single day.  

     As God begins to propel us into the phase of this ministry, which is the start of His new church, He already has begun the process, by planting the vision and putting the right people in our path at the right times.  I don’t know how everything is going to come about, but I do know that God shared with me that the church will be open in 2009.  I, just like the last time when He planted the vision of Quote of the day in my heart, can’t begin to understand how and when it’s going to happen, I just know that it is and until it happens, I will remain faithful and obedient to God in this next journey.  Thank you to all who have supported this ministry!

Quote of the day: Michael P. Greene 

“The desert is seemingly void of all life, but given a little rainfall, life springs into existence and beauty.  Life is there, but it is dormant.  Unbelief is like that.  It is the desert of ones being.  But the potential for life is there and needs only to be watered by faith to spring into existence and beauty.”

Bible verse of the dayHebrews 10:23

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for being so faithful in what You promise.  Father, Quote of the day started as a vision that You gave me.  I didn’t know what I was doing, I just knew that You planted that desire deep within my soul and now that vision has come to pass and is used for Your Glory to reach many people.  Father, I can’t even begin to understand how You do things, I just know that it always gets done and it gets done in a way that continually amazes me.  Father, my passion in life to serve others, has become so great.  My heart continues to grow daily for people and I thank You for that , for that was an answered prayer.  Father, I pray for protection over my family as I know Satan doesn’t like this one bit and wishes to only destroy that which is good.  I pray for my family to be a beacon of light to those that don’t know You, that they too can have a personal relationship with You.   I pray to be used as Your vessel spreading the Truth and sharing with others all that You have done for me.  I thank You for this website, for our future church, and for my life! 

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen