Saturday, December 25, 2010
And she brougth forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in that same country shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the Angel said unto them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you, is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God, and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, "Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us."
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
As we know, that Babe grew up into a wonderful Man. A Man that spent His life on earth in perfect obedience to God. A Man who gave His life as a sacrifice to the Lord that His people might be redeemed, justified, and sanctified, that is, able to conquer sin and death.
By the grace of God, through the cleansing blood of Jesus, and the work of the Holy Spirit, God's people have life. We can know truth, we can love truth, we can walk in truth.
May you celebrate the truth this Christmas season. May God draw you closer to Him and send you out with that truth that He has used to change your life!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Ben Washer - one of the men behind the scenes with Reach Records and Reach Life Ministries recently shared this insight.
"The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied." Prov 13:4
"I often crave spiritual growth but don't pursue it with diligence. Random reading, sporadic praying, occasional serving - doesn't satisfy."
Thursday, December 16, 2010
So, I subscribed in google reader. I've already shared one post with you recently. Now, I'm sharing another one.
I just read it tonight and was very excited to see that it basically served as a great conclusion to the posts I made over the last few days.
Click here and enjoy!
(Mark 4:26-29 ESV)
And so it is, we may faithfully scatter the seed and thank the Lord when the harvest comes! The one who makes things grow on the earth is also making things grow in our hearts. Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Changing your crop can be for the better or for the worse. Unfortunately, if left to ourselves, we tend to change it for the worse.
For example, ignoring your alarm clock once one morning will almost always lead to a habitual pattern of ignoring it the next morning. Eventually you find yourself ignoring it longer and longer. The cycle will continue until you eventually decide you've got to start over. The alarm clock gets set even earlier to allow for time to ignore it. The long term result is the same - you are sleeping as long as you possibly can. You give up your quiet time with the Lord and possibly even good habits such as making your bed, having a decent breakfast, etc.
I can give other examples. We are all very good at slipping down the slope of irresponsibility. That's why self-help books sell so many copies. :)
Now, for a positive example.
Changing what you plant requires that you are proactive.
Let's say you do not like the amount of time you spend in God's Word. Perhaps you are spending very little or no time in the Word and you know this needs to change. So, you set a goal.
You will never reach that goal unless you PLAN the daily steps you will have to take (what you plant) to meet that goal (grow that crop of faithful time in the Word).
What will those seeds be?
*Plan WHEN to read.
*Plan HOW long to read or WHAT to read.
*Gather tools - Bible, pencil, notebook, commentary, dictionary, something to drink- whatever you'll need to make the most of the time.
*Clear the space - clear the clutter, turn off distractions, settle down and be with the Lord.
As you faithfully plant each seed each day you will eventually find that you have a healthy crop growing in your life. You will find that you are consistently spending time in the Word of the Lord and reaping the harvest of its truth in your life.
This is so simple. Yet, in our sin, we make it so complex. We grow complacent and find ourselves unsatisfied.
It all starts with a seed.
What seeds are you planting?
Where have they gotten you?
May we all plant seeds of truth that come from Christ and find joy in the Lord, the One who makes them grow!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Along the way he said something that stuck with me. It is something I want to remember.
He said, "If you want to change your crop, you've got to change what you're planting"!
This is so simple, so true, and so wise. This change in the planting begins today. No matter what area of your life you are concerned with, changing it is as simple as changing what you are planting.
Making changes today will lead to changed tomorrow. You may be surprised at how far a small change can take you.
What a blessing it was to redeem the waiting room time!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
In this short post, Mark reflects on something that John Newton wrote. The theme is that sin is finite and Jesus, the one who makes it possible for our sins to be forgiven is infinite.
Click here to check it out for yourself!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
A long time ago, I learned what took Dorothy so long to learn. From the time I was very little I have always had special places that I consider "home". It's what God teaches that has taken me longer to learn. That is, that this earth is not my home.
We say that all that time. But, really, stop and think about it. As much as you love your family, your house, your town - whatever makes "home" "home", it is not your home. You should not feel totally settled there. It should leave you longing for so much more.
In my time away I have not really missed "home". The 21st Century has aided me - I have been able to FB, e-mail, skype, write letters, and talk on the phone with anyone from home any time I want. My mom even saw to it that I continued to receive my little town's weekly newspaper! More than that though, God has kept me. I knew that if I got "homesick" I would not be making the most of my time away - so I began praying early on that God would keep me. He has kept me abiding in Christ and so focused on His Kindgom that I have not had the time or the desire to miss "mine".
As the time is drawing near for me to go "home", I have a new prayer. It is a prayer that God would continue to keep me. This time, I need Him to continue keeping me abiding in Christ that I would continue trusting Him with mine.
Everywhere I go, I find myself "at home". I find myself enjoying all that makes the place unique. I find myself not wanting to leave.
I didn't really want to leave home to come here. A few days before I came, I had almost talked myself out of coming.
Now that I am here, I don't really want to leave here to come home.
This struggle will continue until I leave this earth. It is good for me to grow content where God has me and go wherever He sends me. But, I must not get so settled that my I make wherever that is my "home".
This earth is not my home.
I have a home waiting for me. It is in heaven, with God. My life on this earth is all about preparing for that HOME I have in heaven. That is why we can leave father, mother, brother, sister, and friends to go wherever God sends us. This is a lesson I must continue to learn.
I must find my security in God, His plans for my life, and the HOME He has made for me in heaven. I must submit to Him in using my time on earth to make me fit for my eternity in heaven.
As I abide in Christ in the presence of God now, I will be practicing for abiding with Christ in the presence of God forever. That is HOME. That is why wherever I am on this earth I can have peace and security and not be homesick. Wherever God sends me is a glimpse of the HOME He has for me in heaven.
So, I do have a HOME. There IS no place like it. But, I can begin to enjoy it now!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
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need You Lord but my guilt has got me feeling so faithless; Help me see where grace is; take me back to the basics; help me find my joy in You and not people and places; my sin is ever before me I turned my back on You; Oh Father break and restore me to bring me back to You."
"Restore Your Joy in me; for You alone I live and die;
It’s You I Glorify cause You don’t want my sacrifice; You want me broken and contrite trusting in the Christ; I confess to You my sin and You show me mercy; I turn away from it demonstrating that You are worthy; over lust, over pride, over all sin; is my affection for Jesus who died for all them/ I was lost now I’m found I was tossed to the ground; My sin weighed on me heavy but I am no longer bound; As sure as Christ wears the crown; I know that grace will abound; And even when I feel lost I know in You I am found!"
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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Monday, May 10, 2010
- Yesterday was Mother's Day. The wind stopped and the sun was shining, so we enjoyed a game of badminton!
- This morning I'm in the mood for some homemade biscuits....We're out of milk so that will have to wait.
- I'll benefit from all of the gifts my Mom received yesterday.
- Tonight, we're gathering in the family room with a friend for a movie and milkshakes!!! I'm very excited about this.
- The sermon I heard on Sunday not only exhorted mothers and fathers to serve the Lord and train their children to do likewise, it also explained what it really means to HONOR something (especially mothers and fathers).
- God has brought me to a place where He's reminded me of what is really important and given me the insight to strive after those things.
- I don't really know much about this singer....but I recently discovered that I really like this song.
Friday, May 07, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,who publishes salvation,who says to Zion, 'Your God reigns.'"
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
This counter culture rapping
False Idol smashing
Tap a friend ask them, is this lion attacking
We're ready for action, break the cage we were trapped in
You might want watch out my dude
Get your L's up
Let me tell you about some lions who's running the streets
Pam is a podiatrist, yeah, she has beautiful feet
Raheem is a boxer, he's beaten the best
But the hardest fight is when he is daily fighting flesh
Marco is a trainer he's training Raheem
He teaching him to be a man in and out the ring
Joy is a young sister, singer by title
She's on her Paula Abdul, she left American idols
Yeah I know a doctor, his name is Jason
He prays the Lord keeps working on his patients (patience)
Yeah Yeah the saints up in the house
If you're repping in the jungle, give a big lion shout to
Ladies, Queens, Princesses, Trendsetters, Righteous, Virtuous Sisters, get your L's up
Lions, Lovers, Servants, hate sin, hate lies, Household of Faith get your L's up
So get your L's in the Air
Look at Sarah she's a beast with a comb and hairbrush
Yeah she does hair but she really knows the Heir
Who makes the flattops, wave, and the shiner
I guess its safe to say she knows her Designer
Carlos sells shoe like nikes, chucks, and timbos
So in many ways he used to save souls
Jimmy a fisherman he's got new purpose
he's fishin for souls yeah he's causing networking
Paul trades stocks and he keeps that money coming
When it's 99 cents he's trying to make it 100
But my man Paul's not defined by the dollar
He's clothed in righteousness whether white or blue collar
Ming works at a law firm out in Las Vegas
But his favorite thing to do is that cross examination
Ok, the saints up in the house
If you're repping in the jungle, give a big lion shout to
Ahmad writes for magazines English was his minor
When he walks in the spirit he has a ghost writer
Kiesha owns a bakery with her husband Ramon
They always tells their kids not to live off that bread alone
Keith plays basketball and everywhere he goes
He a defense for the faith, he stays in the zone
Theo is an officer, this might sound crazy
He's the only cop I know that wakes up to die daily
Dane teaches kids how to multiple and add
She knows that 3 equals 1 that's that biblical math
I know a Lion Steve who wears post office blue
Even on his off days he delivers Good News
My cousin at the IRS his name is Thomas
On many different levels he deals with false prophets (false profits)
Yes, Lord! The saints up in the house
If you're repping in the jungle, give a big lion shout to
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
The first project of 2010 released by Reach Records was the cd "Lions and Liars" by Sho Baraka.
*A series of posts encouraging all of God's people to master the arenas that He has placed them in for His glory.*
CHECK OUT THE POSTS IN THIS SERIES BY CLICKING ON THE LINKS BELOW:
Be a Lion pt. 1
Be a Lion pt. 2
Be a Lion pt. 3
Be a Lion pt. 4
Be a Lion Finale