Wednesday, September 18, 2013

GI Joe, weapons of mass destruction & the Bible?

     Okay so I'm now teaching the young adults class for Sunday school. Quit laughing. Hey, this was Gods doing so hush! He has a plan. He's not omniscient for nothing. My lesson this week is one that I had to stop and shake my head over. The lesson title "The Pressure of Words", lesson point "Fuel your words with wisdom and gentleness" my summary "Words are powerful, they build and destroy. Your words should glorify God, not destroy as satan."

 I know,

I hear ya,

Yes I'm teaching this!
   
    Think about it though. Who better to tell you how to protect your house from burglars than an expert ex-burglar. The man who taught us self-defense went to criminals to find out what they looked for in a target to know what to guard against. As I link myself with criminals to qualify myself for this lesson, . . . who better to teach on the power of the tongue then one who has abused that power.

     So the lesson is all of James 3. My study starts off with the question: "When does your mouth get you into trouble?" They're joking right? Um every time I open it! OK truth is not so much anymore but there was a time that that would have been not only the correct answer but the only answer. It ends with "Your tongue determines the direction of your life and the quality of your relationships." In the middle all of it I have this. Some of us were born to wield swords/words some of us not so much. I'm a talker, plain and simple. I do think this is how God created me HOWEVER he did not create me to wield my sword/words recklessly. I have an awesome weapon. I have skill in using it. With all great weapons comes great responsibilities. I have the choice to make, to use my weapon for good or evil, I can't use it for both. I can't praise God with my lips and then curse man with those same lips. I did, I do, I realize it, I work daily at changing that. I'm human, sinful, bent in this direction. Until Christ. Not just until finding Christ but until FOLLOWING Christ. So yes sometimes I'm a little careless with my sword/words and I nick those that are within reach but knowing is half the battle (yes I did just drop a GI Joe in there).

Knowing Christ.

Knowing my strength.

Knowing my weakness.

Knowing He gave me (and you) the owners manual on how to use our sword/words.

**Just a little something. Notice that the only difference between sword and words is where the s is?? Maybe that's where the S as in Son is? Just a thought.
    

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

When did we exchange Christ the King for Burger King?

When did we exchange our relationship with our Heavenly King for a Burger King relationship? As we began our summer bible study in youth tonight the very first thing out of the gate was Matthew 4:18-22. Jesus commanded Peter, Andrew, James & John to follow him. He didn't ask "Hey if you want, if it sounds like an ok thing to do, if you have nothing better going on, why don't you come with me. He commanded. "Follow me" "I will make you fishers of men". Now they had the choice to go or not but Jesus did not set out to persuade them or give them some options. He didn't say after you finish up fishing and drop off your catch, tell the folks good bye, you should join me. I'm going to walk around to a bunch of towns where some will think I'm crazy, others will hate me and want me dead (you too by the way) but it's all cool cause some will REALLY like us, follow us around and we can heal a few people here and there! So what do you think? Wanna hang with me?

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!

Christianity is NOT Burger King!
 You Can Not Have It Your Way!

Matt. 7:21-23 ESV
"Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.On that day many will say to me, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?"And then will I declare to them, "I never knew you;depart from me, you workers of lawlessness."

I really like the Message version
21-23 “Knowing the correct password—saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance—isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills. I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.

There will be a lot of BK Crown wearing Christians standing before the Only KING going
 "Say Whaaa?"

It really is very simple. A.B.C easy. "Follow Me"  It's his first command. A command requires obedience. A command is a law. A Christian will follow the law. "Follow Me" Those that don't well they might need to double check their membership card. Make sure it was stamped by the Heavenly King and not the burger king.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Fearful Mothers Create Fearful Children

     I had a great time this past weekend at an Extraordinary Women Conference! There were many great speakers who made many GREAT points leaving me with MANY thoughts. But one comment stuck with me but not in the way she probably intended. Her comment was Fearful mothers create fearful children. I couldn't help but think about this past weeks FCATS and some kids were really fretting about them because their moms were. Me, I wasn't nor have ever acted worried about my kids taking them. I've prayed they did well but before them nothing but full confidence. Because of this they have NEVER worried about them either. I know some parents who freak out about these things and their children are nervous wrecks the entire time.

     So yes "Fearful Mothers create Fearful Children" which in turn leads me to believe
 courageous mothers create courageous children, faithful mothers / faithful children,
truthful mothers / truthful children, church attending mothers/church attending children, bible reading mothers/bible reading children, Christ following mothers / Christ following children.

     BUT what do deceitful mothers create? How about lost mothers? Unrepentant mothers? Hateful mothers? Yelling mothers? Rude mothers? Abusive mothers?

     This is what had me thinking what kind of mother am I? What kind of children do I want to raise?  As I watch my oldest children grow and interact with the youngest (she's 6 & 9 yrs younger then them) I'm beginning to see what kind of mother I have been and what kind of children I've raised thus far. Me, I have a little work to do. I need to work on being more like my Heavenly Father so maybe I can do my part in helping my children become more Christ like.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Cross

Have you ever really thought about the cross?
Have you thought about what a very crude, simplistic creation it was.  Imagine the cross that was hew for Jesus and the thieves beside him. It would have been cut by hand.  No sawmill here.  Rough, jagged surface.  I really doubt anyone sanded it smooth or even knocked off the jagged pieces.  Full of large splinters. I don't even like to carry firewood without gloves.  A torture device all on it's own. Then you add the nails, the standing of it, the taunting, humiliation, agony.
 Yes I believe the cross has to be one of the ugliest things I know of.

Yet we glorify it today.

We design it with scrolls, swirls and flowers. We add gold, silver and jewels to it.

We have turned a vial torture device into artwork that we display on our walls.

Why?

Because my God is a redeemer.

He creates beauty from ashes.

He takes the vilest offenders and turns them into His most devoted defenders. (just look at Paul)

Now the cross is,. . .

Hope

Reconciliation

Life

Salvation

Sacrifice

Triumph

Glory

But more then all its LOVE.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Only God can take something so devastatingly ugly and make it truly beautiful.

What an amazing Love. What an amazing God.