Friday, March 16, 2012

His way


 

I recently watched the old classic movie, Ben Hur with my son. During the filming of Ben Hur, Charlton Heston had a terrible time learning to drive the chariot. When it came time to film the key sequence of the chariot race, Heston told the director Wyler, "I think I can drive the chariot, but I don't think I can win the race."

The director replied, "You just drive, and I'll see to it that you win."

Think about it - wouldn't it be great if we could be assured of victory in life? Wouldn't you like to know that, even though the circumstances don't always seem to be in our favor, the ultimate outcome would be positive?

Here is good news for all of us - the above principle does hold true in our life. Jesus is a winner and has won every battle He fought. Those of us who place our trust in Jesus Christ, and those who seek to follow His guidance and direction for living, can be sure of ultimate victory through eternal life.

Let's live our short life God's way. He assures us the ultimate victory.

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Countdown: 23 days till Easter.
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Proverbs Chapter 4


Since I have a 6:15 PM flight to catch, I decided to read Proverbs 4 this afternoon, and here's what I learned:

It says, "Get Wisdom at ANY cost.'
Starting Proverbs 3, I noticed Wisdom being refered to as - she.
In 4 it says, "she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you."
Even though it costs EVERYTHING I have - get wisdom.
I am supposed to hold on to instructions and not let it go - it's my life.
Guard my heart because everything I do, flows from it.
Pay attention to my eyes, mouth & feet and be steadfast in all my ways.

Read along

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Pride

 
C. S. Lewis once said, "The utmost evil is pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness etc., are mere flea bites in comparison. It was through pride that the Devil became the devil. It is the complete anti-God state of mind."

Lucifer was an anointed cherub of God, the very "seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty." Pride transformed Lucifer into Satan, the devil, the father of lies, the one for whom Hell itself was created. We're warned to guard our hearts against pride so that we don't fall into the same condemnation as the devil.

Pride is a feeling there is no need for God, considering yourself self-reliant. Pride is thinking more highly of ourselves than we should - feeling we are far better off than others on many aspects. Pride is a sin and both words 'pride' and 'sin' has the middle letter 'I'. Pride is all about 'me, myself and I.'

People filled with pride are under the influence of the devil himself. Pride is contagious and if we associate ourselves with those filled with pride, we inherit their qualities and thought process - slowly transforming us into one among them.

Pride will just love getting hold of us. Once it gets hold and establish possession, it will not be easy to get rid of. It will hang right on. It will own us and we will serve them. Pride will take over our calm, objective, healthy mind, impose it's own perverted, twisted thought patterns, and lead our mind into all kinds of foolishness.  It will warp and muddle our thought processes, impair our judgment, deceive us, trick us and ruin us. It will link up together with other sins and take us down roads we don't want to go - roads of despair.  They will destroy the most important possession we have: the healthy, well-balanced, properly functioning mind.

If we are infected with pride we won't see it. Only with the help of the Holy Spirit and viewing it from the perspective of a humble mind we can detect pride.

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Countdown: 24 days till Easter.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Proverbs Chapter 3


Here's what I learned from Proverbs 3 this evening:

Never let 2 things leave you - (a) Love and (b)Faithfulness.
Trust in the Lord 100%.
Wisdom is a blessing and is THE most valuable gift one can have.
Do good to others.
God blesses the house of the righteous.

Read along with me.

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Influence


 
Who has the greater influence on the other - you or the world? That is to say, has the world around you shaped you and made you what you are today, or have you changed the world around you by your influence on it?
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Here's a true story that Thomas Wheeler, CEO of the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, tells on himself. He and his wife were driving along an interstate highway when he noticed that their car was low on gas. Wheeler got off the highway at the next exit and soon found a rundown gas station with just one gas pump. He asked the attendant to fill the tank and check the oil, then went for a little walk around the station to stretch his legs.

As he was returning to the car, he noticed that the attendant and his wife were engaged in an animated conversation. The conversation stopped as he paid the attendant. But as he was getting back into the car, he saw the attendant wave and heard him say, “It was great talking to you.”

As they drove out of the station, Wheeler asked his wife if she knew the man. She said that she did. They had gone to high school together and had dated steadily for about a year. “Boy, were you lucky that I came along,” bragged Wheeler. “If you had married him, you’d be the wife of a gas station attendant instead of the wife of a chief executive officer.”

“My dear,” replied his wife, “if I had married him, he’d be the chief executive officer and you’d be the gas station attendant!”

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A Christian woman can be a wonderful inspiration and motivation to her husband with his career. God has blessed women with this amazing ability and potential to nurture and navigate her family in the right direction by being in a supportive role. She can steer the course of her family even by 180 degrees, using her God given blessings and influence.

We Christians are called by God not to be transformed by the world, but to be a trans-forming influence on the world. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus described our calling in this way: “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”(Matthew 5:13-16)

Make a decision today not to let the world pull you away from God. Rather determine to live in such a way that will draw the people around you closer to God.

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Countdown: 25 days till Easter.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Proverbs Chapter 2


Reading Proverbs 2 this evening, I learned the following:

Wisdom can be attained, by anyone who is thirsty for it.
Lord is the one who grants wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
Wisdom will protect us and keep us on paths of righteousness.

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Easter Story Cookies


To be made the evening before Easter.

Ingredients:
1 c. whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
Pinch salt
1 c. sugar
Zipper baggy
Wooden spoon
Tape
Bible

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F Place pecans in zipper baggy and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested the Roman soldiers beat him. Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1-tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1-c. sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read ISA.1: 18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matt. 27:57-60.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matt. 27:65-66.

GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matt. 28:1-9.

HE HAS RISEN!

Proverbs Chapter 1


As we wrap up the lenten season, I started reading the book of Proverbs.  Last night I started by reading chapter 1.

Key things in chapter 1 include:
- Fear the Lord
- Listen to Parents
- Stay away from bad company
- Embrace the call of wisdom

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My Savior


 
You ask me how I gave my heart to Christ, 
I do not know. 
There came a yearning for Him in my soul, 
So long ago. 
I found earth's flowerlets would fade and die, 
I wept for something that could satisfy; 
And then, and there - somehow I seemed to dare, 
To lift my broken heart to Him in prayer. 
I do not know, 
I cannot tell you how; 
I only know, 
He is my Savior.

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Countdown: 26 days till Easter.
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Monday, March 12, 2012

Mysterious Love



He loved from all eternity, 
Therefore He created me. 

He loved me after He had created me,  
Therefore He became man for me. 

He loved me after He became man for me,  
Therefore He suffered and died for me. 

He loved me after He died for me,  
Therefore He rose again for me. 

He loved me after He rose again for me,  
Therefore He went to prepare a place for me. 

He loved me after He prepared a place for me,  
Therefore He came back to me. 

He loved me after He came back to me, 
Therefore He must unite Himself to me, 

For this is the meaning of Holy Communion - 
It is the Mystery of His Love.


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Countdown: 27 days till Easter.
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Credits: Archbishop Goodier