Thursday, December 31, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Through Christmas past I remember long nights of assembling bicycles. My long tradition of minimal mechanical inclinations and unwillingness to read instructions probably contributed to the stress of those holiday seasons. A few years back, Lauren was into a set of plastic horses. Of course the horses came with dozens of accessories. One of those items was a barn for the horses. Carrying the box almost left me a broken man. As I unpacked the contents to begin Christmas Eve assembly, I found that the only thing I didn’t have to do was cut down the tree for the wooden materials of the barn. Considerable assembly was required. Hours later, it was finished and she was thrilled on Christmas morning.
If we are to really experience the true meaning of Christmas, there is at least one lesson we should remember from those “some assembly required” labels each Christmas. It is this: Follow the instructions and discover the main part. On the first Christmas the Bible says, “When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.” (Luke 2:15-16, NIV). Follow the instructions – seek after Christ – He is the main part. Have a blessed, Christ-filled Christmas.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
- We Care YTD has served 122 families paying out $38,810 for rent, utilities, insurance, and medical bills.
- The Food Pantry is serving about 70 families (about 300 people) per month
- Angel Tree assisted 60 families with over 500 gifts
- Food Baskets given for Thanksgiving and Christmas was over 200
We are blessed by God to be a blessing. Thank you First Baptist Church for these ministries and for all the things you do individually and as Bible Fellowship Groups throughout the year!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
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Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This video shares the work of Compassion in reaching out to the estimated 143 million orphans in the world with God's love and personal care and concern for their basic needs. At about the 3:45 mark of the video, you will see one of the most moving moments I have witnessed in a long, long time. You'll be blessed.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tho sorrows befall us and Satan oppose
God leads His dear children along.
Thru grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes
God leads His dear children along."
Friday, September 11, 2009
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Monday, August 24, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
It is also not deliberately designed to make readers feel really old!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
They ask him...
How do you keep from growing indifferent to the Bible when you're so familiar with it?
How do you approach the Bible?
How can we make time for the Bible?
How do you memorize Scripture?
Is the Bible easier for you to understand than for other people?
What would you say to someone who hasn't read their Bible in a long time?
Download the article to read his answers.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
While the producers of the series are not Christians (or do not claim to be Christians) and while the films were not meant to draw attention to God, as I watched them I was continually drawn to marvel in the greatness of the Lord. As the films provided a tour of so many beautiful locations and as they gave close-up shots of such incredible creatures, I saw the hand of a Creator. I saw it everywhere.
I’ve since often reflected on what I saw in the series and eventually wrote down a list of some of the things I learned about God through Planet Earth. And today I’ll share that list with you.
I learned that our God is…"
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
This isn’t evidence the Bible is true or something like that but it makes a good point. What holds our bodies together is laminin. The Bible in Colossians says that in Jesus “all things hold together.” This YouTube Video has Louie sharing the story.
Monday, July 13, 2009
"At the time Paul wrote this letter, there were heretics teaching that Jesus was not God, but merely a super-human created being. Those kinds of heretics are still around today; and one group of them is called Jehovah’s Witnesses. There’s a good chance that at some time, you’ve had a couple of these friendly people knock on your door. They call themselves Christians, and they want to teach you the “real truth” about Jesus, and even give you a copy of their translation of the Bible. But they are heretics, because they do not believe Jesus is God.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Today we continued our series of messages in Colossians. The conclusion was a prayer for God's blessings on America. Here are the things included in that prayer:
· God bless America with a conviction of our own sinfulness.
· God bless America with enough pain and difficulty to awaken our need for God.
· God bless America with a love for Jesus Christ and desire to be like Him in all things.
· God bless America with a compassionate heart for the spiritually lost, the financially challenged, the forgotten, forsaken, the last, the least, and the lonely.
· God bless America with a caring heart for the world…that is poor, uneducated, the hurting and helpless…diseased and downcast.
· God bless America with a love for the things that God cares about most rather than just what profits and benefits us.
· God bless America with a clear sense of stewardship of our many blessings and an openness to sharing our blessings rather than hoarding them.
· God bless America with a moral compass to know what is right and wrong before God and the personal integrity to do what is right.
· God bless America with another chance to be a nation where the cross is central, Christ is worshipped and the church is making a difference in our land and in our world.
· Dear God…not because we deserve it…not because we’ve earned it…but I pray that as our hearts as your people…called by your name…humble ourselves and pray and turn back fully toward you…in your grace…that you would heal our land…we ask as we join together today…may Christ be exalted in us.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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Thursday, June 25, 2009
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Great God, in public and private, in sanctuary and home,
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
· When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick. - George Burns
· I’m so old that when I order a three-minute egg, they ask for the money up front. - Milton Berle
· I don't feel old. I don't feel anything till noon. That's when it's time for my nap. - Bob Hope
· I’m so old that when I went to school they didn’t have history.
· You know you’re getting old when everything hurts and what doesn’t hurt doesn’t work.
· You know you’re getting old when you try to straighten out the wrinkles in your socks and discover you’re not wearing socks.
The Washington Post asked senior readers to address how different things were in their day. We’ve all heard the stories but maybe not these that were contest winners:
In my day, we couldn't afford shoes, so we went barefoot. In winter, we had to wrap our feet with barbed wire for traction.
In my day, we didn't have hand-held calculators. We had to do addition on our fingers. To subtract, we had to have some fingers amputated.
In my day, we didn't have water. We had to smash together our own hydrogen and oxygen atoms.
Back in my day, '60 Minutes' wasn't just a bunch of gray-haired, liberal 80-year-old guys. It was a bunch of gray-haired, liberal 50-year-old guys.
In my day, we didn't have video games. If a one-eyed razorback barbarian warrior was chasing you with an ax, you just had to hope you could outrun him.
Three older ladies were discussing the trials of getting older. One said, “Sometimes I catch myself with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand in front of the refrigerator and can’t remember whether I need to put it away, or start making a sandwich”. The second lady chimed in, “Yes, sometimes I find myself on the landing of the stairs and can’t remember whether I was on my way up or on my way down.” The third one responded, “Well, I’m glad I don’t have that problem; knock on wood,” as she rapped her knuckles on the table, then told them, “Someone’s at the door, I’ll get it.”
Speaking of aging, I came across a comedian’s take on aging that I really like. It says, “Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids. If you are less than ten years old you are so excited about aging that you think in fractions. How old are you? I’m four and a half. You are never 36½ . You are four and a half going on five. That’s the key. You get into your teens and now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number, even a few ahead. How old are you? I’m going to be 16 and you could be 13, but hey you are going to be 16. Then the greatest day of your life. You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. You become 21. Yes, but then you turn 30. Ooh, what happened there. Makes you sound like bad milk. He turned, we had to throw him out. There is no fun now, you just soured. What’s wrong? What’s changed? You become 21. You turn 30 and then you are pushing 40. Whoa, put on the brakes. It’s all slipping away. Before you know it you reach 50 and your dreams are gone. But wait, you make it to 60. You didn’t think you would, but you make it. So you become 21, turn 30, push 40, reach 50 and make it to 60. You built up so much speed now that you hit 70. After that it’s a day-to-day thing. You hit Wednesday. You get into your 80’s and every day is a complete cycle. You hit lunch. You turn 4:30. You reach bedtime. It doesn’t end there. Into the 90’s you start going backwards. I was just 92 and then a strange thing happens if you make it over 100 you become a little kid again. I’m 100½.”
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
A great article making a comparison between the Pacific Campaign of the Second World War and our own personal efforts at overcoming sin in our lives.