Friday, July 30, 2010
It's God's Word.....not hate speech...that's good enough for me!
Love Fulfills God’s Requirements
Romans 13:8 Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. 9 For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.”[a] These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 10 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law. 11 This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. 13 Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. 14 Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.
Why don't we like to remember that "quarreling and jealousy" are listed right up there with immoral living and darkness?
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident?
Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones,
why don't You just keep the ones you have now?
I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that okay?
Thank you for my baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy.
Please send me a pony. I never asked for anything before.
You can look it up.
If we come back as something, please don't let me be
Jennifer Horton, because I hate her.
I think the stapler is one of your greatest inventions.
I bet it is very hard for you to love all the people in the
world. There are only four people in our family and I can never do it.
Of all the people who worked for you, I like Noah and David the best.
My brother told me about being born, but it doesn't sound
right. They are just kidding, aren't they?
We read Thomas Edison made light. But in Sunday School, we
learned that you did it. So I bet he stole your idea.
Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if
they had their own rooms. It works with my brother.
Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don't You just keep the ones You have? -Jane
If You watch me in church on Sunday, I'll show You my new shoes. -Mickey
I bet it is very hard for You to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it. -Nan
In school they told us what You do. Who does it when You are on vacation? -Jane
I read the Bible. What does "begat" mean? Nobody will tell me. -Love, Alison
Are You really invisible or is it just a trick? -Lucy
Is it true my father won't get in Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house? -Anita
Who draws the lines around the countries? -Nan
I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that okay? -Neil
What does it mean You are a Jealous God? I thought You had everything. -Jane
Did You really mean "do unto others as they do unto you"? Because if You did, then I'm going to fix my brother. -Darla
Thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy. -Joyce
It rained for our whole vacation and is my father mad! He said some things about You that people are not supposed to say, but I hope You will not hurt him anyway. Your friend, (But I am not going to tell You who I am)
Why is Sunday school on Sunday? I thought it was supposed to be our day of rest. -Tom
Please send me a pony. I never asked for anything before. You can look it up. -Bruce
If we come back as something - Please don't let me be Michelle Horton because I hate her. -Denise
If you give me a genie like Aladdin, I will give You anything You want, except my money or my chess set. -Raphael
I want to be just like my Daddy when I get big but not with so much hair all over. -Sam
You don't have to worry about me. I always look both ways. -Dean
I think the stapler is one of your greatest inventions. -Ruth M.
I think about You sometimes even when I'm not praying. -Elliott
Of all the people who work for You I like Noah and David the best. -Rob
I would like to live 900 years like the guy in the Bible. Love, Chris
The bad people laughed at Noah - "You made an ark on dry land you fool." But he was smart, he stuck with You. That's what I would do. -Eddie
I do not think anybody could be a better GOD. Well, I just want You to know but I am not just saying that because You are GOD already. -Charles
I didn't think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset You made on Tuesday. That was cool. -Eugene
I hope you enjoyed these thoughts from the little ones. I wonder myself what I might ask God if I had an audience with Him.
But wait....I do! So do you. He would love to hear from us too!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
When I first saw this years ago I cried...If you ever saw the episode "Blood Brothers" on MASH with Patrick Swayze...you'll remember why.
I want to tell you about two men. Each facing his own crisis. The first man you know rather well. The second is a patient here. Well, the first man thought he was facing a crisis. But what he was really doing was trying to impress someone. He was looking for recognition, encouragement, a pat on the back. And whenever that recognition seemed threatened he reacted rather childishly. Blamed everyone for his problems but himself because he was thinking only of himself. But the second man was confronted with the greatest crisis mortal man can face, the loss of his life. I think you will agree that the second man had every right to be selfish. But instead he chose to think not of himself, but of a brother. A brother! When the first man saw the dignity and the selflessness of the second man, he realized how petty and selfish he had...I....I...I had been. It made me see something more clearly than I've ever seen it before. God didn't put us here for that pat on the back. He created us so he could be here himself. So he could exist in the lives of those he created, in his image.
~Father Mulcahy M*A*S*H
Galatians 2:20 (The Message)
19-21What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn't work. So I quit being a "law man" so that I could be God's man. Christ's life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not "mine," but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.
Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God's grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
This is my profound thought of the day.....just made this up....want to hear it? Here it goes.....
I sure wish my brain could rest,
This whole darn life seems like a test! ;0)
Thank You, Thank you very much!
I normally sign the posts Just Thinkin'....clearly can't do that today!
So here's a great scripture.
Deuteronomy 13:3-4 (New International Version)
3 you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
If you are having difficulty loving or relating to an individual, take him to God. Bother the Lord with this person. Don't you be bothered with him - leave him at the throne.~Chuck Swindoll
I Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Great advice from a pastor and teacher who loves God, loves to laugh, loves to serve.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
"Captain Mom's" log...Stardate Every Summer!!!
Saturday morning in the kitchen: Fly buzzing around my head.
Me...."Why is the fly swatter not hanging in it's spot?"
Said fly continues annoying BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzing...and me... ducking, aimless swatting and mumbling, "I wish you would die already" under my breath.
So, I brew a nice pitcher of tea(iced tea on a hot muggy Oklahoma summer day makes things better)and go about my daily business.
Saturday noon back in the kitchen: Fly buzzing around my head. RRRGGGGGG!!! grumble@#$%&*!!!!!
Me..."Has anyone seen the fly swatter?"
Kids..."NOPE!" Hubby....."I never use 'em.....I roll up a towel or a paper and mid-air those suckers!"
Said fly...now smiling I believe....continues annoying BUZZZZZZZZZZZZzing. Me: still ducking, swatting and mumbling, "I wish you would die already" now out loud!
So, I add ice to the nice pitcher of tea and go about my daily business.
Saturday evening: Had fun at the grocery store with my husband. Came home to unload groceries in the kitchen. Fly buzzing around my head. RRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGG grumble@#$%^&*!!!!!!!!!! Me..."WHY DIDN"T WE BUY A FLY SWATTER AT THE STORE JUST NOW?"
I'll just sit down after dinner with Richard and a nice glass of iced tea in the other room, maybe the saddistc fly with leave me alone.
Made dinner (Jumbalaya mmmmm)while said fly continues his sociopathic behavior around my head. Me..."JUST DIE ALREADY!"
Cleaned up dishes, sat down to check emails and ministry blog and hear my daughter from the kitchen:
"Mom, I found it!"
Me...."THE FLY SWATTER?"
Daughter..."NOPE!" "THE FLY!"
Turns out it was a clinically depressed, suicidal fly...or at best a really bad swimmer.
Yep, Death by drowning....IN MY NICELY BREWED NEW PITCHER of ICED TEA!
Sometimes, we get exactly what we ask for....but it is not without sacrifice of something we really wanted.
Well I better go now...I need to brew some tea!
In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
God Has an Opinion About That!!
has an opinion on everything! We often get stuck arguing religion,
politics, science, health care, marriage and sex using our best
...Philosophy-legalese or CHRISTIANESE and forget…Ultimately the only
opinion that counts is GOD’S!
Scripture is the final authority on right or wrong, good and evil, heaven or hell and any other topic we may argue about.
If I say it…check my word against scripture.
If your pastor teaches it…check his words against scripture.
If a small group leader gives an opinion…check it against scripture.
If a new age “free thinker” gives you an opinion…check it against scripture.
If you just "FEEL" something is right…check it against scripture.
SEE: GOD HAS AN OPINION ABOUT EVERYTHING!
If HE said it...it is so!
This scripture is plain enough for anyone to remember (or rememberIZE as my youngest used to say):
For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
And if He didn't say it...it just "ain't" so!
(Hear that......there goes my English teacher doin' a spit take again~)
And by the way, God is funny you know: He speaks on every subject you can think of in His Word.
1)He spoke about Insurance---Where is the first mention of insurance in the Bible? When Adam and Eve needed more coverage.
2)He was the first Map Quest---How to get to Heaven? Go right…stay straight!
3)He has a favorite car---Honda, because all the Apostles were in one Accord!
4)He recommended Chiropractic Care… How do we know that Job went to a chiropractor?
Because Job16:12, 14, 16 says, "I had come to be at ease, but he
proceeded to shake me up: and he grabbed me by the back of the neck and
proceeded to smash me."
Spend time giggling with someone you love today.
Okay...She's funny no matter what your politics happen to be.
I Like her very much! She makes me giggle.
Monday, July 5, 2010
See...even Uncle Sam should stop pointing!
"Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself."
Why is that word...GENTLENESS...such a hard concept when we talk to one another if we disagree?
I have seen so many people offended by others that in their attempt to correct a trespass or even a Perceived trespass, they blow it by using SELF righteous methods and not the method prescribed by OUR LORD in this or other scripture. CAN YOU SAY "PRIDE"? Insecurity is on the same spectrum as Pride and both are ugly. Insecurity shows up defensively at times and makes us snap at people and point a finger (and at times even "the" finger).
It is not polite to Point, so pray and only point to God for a way to restore a brother/sister. He (God) is the only one at whom our actions or words should be pointing. Then HE in turn can POINT you/me in the right direction to handle a problem.
Yes...please note...I said me included,