Monday, April 25, 2016

New Endings

"The worst sentence is this:

'It’s too late to work on my goals this year.'

January is for resolutions and goals. It’s when we buy calendars and running sneakers and kale. That’s the only time you can really focus on changing your life.

By April, you’ve missed your chance. Too much of the year is already gone. The moment of inspiration has passed.

That’s garbage."

The above is a quote from Jon Acuff, in one of his latest posts, "Don't Say This Sentence This Month".  Then, there's also our graphic illustration from the Gospel Coalition.

At this point, you might be wondering where we're going with this.  And you might be more incredulous if I added that this is actually a continuation from Pam Enderby's wonderful guest post, on Saturday.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Miracle We All Need

Recently, I read a post by Pam Enderby that resonated with some thoughts I'd been meditating on.  The context was a bit different, but the theme was similar.  So, I asked Pam for permission to reshare her post as one of our Saturday guest posts.

One of the greatest problems for the believer is faith.  Not the kind that carries us through our daily turmoil, but the faith that trusts God for more serious stuff, and things in other peoples' lives.  Somehow, our lack of understanding of someone else's relationship with God has a greater impact on our thinking than how big our God is.  Or how much what happens is all grace and all mercy, despite ourselves.

With all that in mind, let's see the insights God has given Pam.


Monday, April 18, 2016

Unity or Sinless Perfection?

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I have a date in mind for getting onto the mission field.  And I'm probably being overly optimistic. Mostly because of finances.  As a result, I've been thinking a lot about the prayer we know as the "Our Father".  Partly as an upcoming book project.  One of the things that caught my attention was the very first line of the prayer.  It speaks volumes.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

"Who Am I?" to "Who I Am..."

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We shared the four videos from our church's Easter series of drama/sermon combinations.  It's time we gave Todd Parsons a chance to bless us, again.  In today's thought, Todd takes us to the final moments on the Cross.  Let's take a look at the passage, then see what God is showing Todd.

Psalm 22:1-5   My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of My roaring?  O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You hear not; and in the night season, and am not silent.  But You are holy, O You that inhabits the Praises of Israel.  Our fathers trusted in You: they trusted, and You did deliver them.  They cried unto You, and were delivered: they trusted in You, and were not confounded.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Except Ye Be Converted

We try to share a portion from our one year devotional book, Breastplate Gems, monthly. So, it's time for one of the devotionals for April.

Our priorities change with having a relationship with God.  And our focus changes.  But that doesn't necessarily happen overnight.And that's the thought from our selected reading from April's section of Breastplate Gems that we'll explore.

What we see, today, is a turning, both toward and away from.  And we realize there's a flavor of repentance baked into conversion.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Alive: Follow Jesus and Be Surprised (Video)

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Our church, Greater Grace World Outreach, has been celebrating the Easter season with four dramas as part of our Sunday morning services. One drama each week for four weeks. We've been resharing those the following Saturday, along with the related sermon. I know. That makes this almost a week late in timing. But, perhaps, it'll stretch the Easter season a little longer. And it will prepare our hearts for the following Sunday service. Here's the fourth and last of the series.




Monday, April 4, 2016

We Gain the Life of Christ

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John 17:20-24  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

We're still looking at Christ's prayer in the garden of Gethsemane.  We looked at part of the passage in John 17:20-24, last week.  But, today, we're going to focus on one word.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Alive: God Speaks to Unbelief with the Reality of Heaven (Video)

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Our church, Greater Grace World Outreach, is celebrating the Easter season with four dramas as part of our Sunday morning services. One drama each week for four weeks. We're resharing those the following Saturday, along with the related sermon. I know. That makes this almost a week late in timing. And there's still one more.  But, perhaps, it'll stretch the Easter season a little longer. And it will prepare our hearts for the following Sunday service. Here's the third of the series.