Nevertheless!

Nevertheless

Nevertheless

The definition of NEVERTHELESS is: in spite of that; notwithstanding; all the same.

Nobody really likes to be told what to do, especially as adults, even more so as professionals.  WE’VE GOT THIS!  In Luke 5:1-11 we read about Peter, Jesus told him to cast out into the deep and let out his nets.  Peter responded, we’be been fishing all night and caught nothing. NEVERTHELESS, I imagine at least in my head, in a sarcastic voice…ok NEVERTHELESS I’ll do it.

He got the haul of a lifetime!  HOW MUCH we should follow this lead…too many times we think, I’ve got this when we just need to not just hear God but JUST OBEY!  I thought I knew better God, NEVERTHELESS…

Have a GREAT day, bless someone today as you have been blessed!

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Do the Right thing for the Right Reason

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In Luke 4:1-13 satan tempted Jesus on 3 separate occasions.  The interesting part is that satan knew WHO Jesus was, WHO His protector was, and what He could do, but satan STILL tempted him by asking him to PROVE his divinity, to … Continue reading

What REALLY Excites You?

be-excitedWhat are the things that REALLY excite you!?  It could be any number of things, your kids/grandkids, sports, good grades, promotions, etc.  Maybe it’s knowing that God loves you unconditionally and that you’re going to heaven.  (if you don’t know that, let’s talk.)

What gets God excited?  Mark 2:1-12 shows us 3 things.

  1.  He loves to see our FAITH!
    Jesus was excited to see the paralytic’s friends’ belief that He could heal.  So much so that He DID heal him both Physically & Spiritually.
  2. God gets excited about sharing His forgiveness!
    Jesus’ favorite thing to say to anyone is, “Your sins are forgiven.”
  3. He loves to show His faithfulness!
    May we never forget that it cost Him His Son for Him to be faithful to His character and forgive us of our sins.

If YOU are forgiven and you KNOW it, you should get excited!

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Astronauts should NOT eat beans!

I haven’t posted in a while…I just saw this video, thought I’d share…have an AWESOME day!

Day 1 (November Thankfulness)

I’ve never done this little exercise before…let’s see how this goes…I’m only 7…er…8 days behind now 🙂

Day 1!  I’m thankful to Jesus Christ, God the Father, the Holy Spirit…all 3 in one…ah, yes, the trinity.

I’m thGod gave you 86,400 seconds todayankful for the grace of God, the death of Jesus Christ on the cross for ME because of my sins (quite humbling) and the resurrection 3 days later!  I’m thankful that I serve a God that is STILL alive.  And, as I said, the Holy Spirit who gives us power to make it in this life…

Just last week I was asked to tell about my experience with this.  Telling someone who has never experienced the baptism in the Holy Spirit is like trying to describe the wind to someone who has never been outside.  If you are curious about the power of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, you have to go to where the power of the Holy Spirit is moving and welcome!

Marooned Without a Compass Day?!?

CompassMarooned Without a Compass Day is celebrated on November 6th of each year.
Being marooned is not the best thing in the world that could happen to anyone.  According to Merriam Webster, to be marooned is to be put ashore on a desolate island or coast and leave to one’s fate OR to place or leave in isolation or without hope of ready escape.  Pirates were known to do this to crew who disobeyed orders.

We can only imagine that Marooned Without a Compass Day came from the question most people will be asked at least once in their life.  “If you were lost on a desert island, what would you want with you?”  This question has numerous variations, you can only select one item, you can select three items, or it can only be a person.

Go ahead and celebrate by asking all your friends what they would do if they were marooned without a compass.

As for me, it’s interesting…I thought about this…my Bible…I would want that with me…not a compass, I wouldn’t have a place to go on a desert island. Duh. There are so many people I’d want with me, but the ONE person that I KNOW would be there is my God…

Someone asked me about Him last week…it caused me over the past several days to re-think about God, Jesus, Savior, whatever you choose to call Him.  It’s a good practice to re-think or re-evaluate your God on occasion and your relationship with Him.  Good stuff, if you haven’t done that in a while…try it, sometime you’ll have to make some changes though…doesn’t mean your a bad person or doing bad things, just means you got a little of course and need to make a change here or there.

Be blessed today!

Keeping Your Heart – Biblical defining a fool

We did a Bible study the other evening, it was awesome…it really got me thinking about some junk going on in my life.  Junk, in this case is just circumstances…everybody has junk at one time or another, it’s unfortunate, but it happens…blah blah blah.

MensBibleStudySo the theme of the Bible study was “keeping your heart.”  It was an AWESOME study…and well timed.  As I re-read the scriptures brought forth and spent time in prayer.  God showed me some important things in my life and in His scripture.

Spending time with people who are where you want to be will help you get from where you are to where you need to be.  It’s called mentorship, it’s also called accountability.

Helping-MentorThe Bible is chock-full of excellent examples of mentoring relationships. See Moses learning from his father-in-law, Jethro in Exodus 18. Follow Moses mentoring of Joshua in Deuteronomy 3:28. It’s amazing to see spiritually hungry Elisha run past the other prophets to get to Elijah’s side 2 Kings 2:1-16, passionate about being mentored. Follow David’s growth as his mentor-peer, Jonathan, introduces him to political leadership. Other kings were mentored by their religious teachers.

In the New Testament our supreme model, Jesus Christ, mentored the Twelve and the Three. One of the three, Peter, in turn had some type of mentoring relationship with Barnabas ( Galatians 2:11-13 ).

This applies to ALL areas of our lives.

As a Christian, if you want to be a better Christian, a Godlier person, a person closer to God…you spend time with those people who are Godlier than you are.  You spend time with people that KNOW how to pray, people who are encouragers.

In the gym, if you want to be stronger, you train with people that are stronger than you are. Makes sense, sometimes I just need a reminder.

So, in MY life, that’s where I want to be.  A better Christian, a better preacher, a better father, husband, and better fit than I’ve ever been so that I can be a better example and serve God better than I ever have.

(If I’m to receive criticism here – this is where it’s going to come from) So, as it Walk-a-Mile-in-My-Shoes-criticismseems, as we press on toward the mark…Satan roars his ugly head.  It seems that sometime we have to endure things…junk…and sometime people that have been placed in our lives through no fault of our own.  It’s tough because I find myself battling with my self because I do not want to be judgmental…I’ve been judged by others and it’s NOT fun and biblically unsound.  At the same time we have to face situations and see the fruit for what it is.  The scripture that I ran into was Proverbs 23:9, one translation says Do not talk to a fool, and another says do not speak in the hearing of a fool.  That is what I needed to hear.  As I battle with people that appear to be fools…alas, the Word of God also says we should, aside from not being judgmental, we should not call someone a fool in Matthew 5:22.  I’m not calling anyone a fool, but I’m witnessing the biblical definition of a fool.

I had to go look up the definition of a fool:

1. One who is destitute of reason, or the common powers of understanding; an idiot. Some persons are born fools, and are called natural fools; others may become fools by some injury done to the brain.

2. In common language, a person who is somewhat deficient in intellect, but not an idiot; or a person who acts absurdly; one who does not exercise his reason; one who pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom.

3. In scripture, fool is often used for a wicked or depraved person; one who acts contrary to sound wisdom in his moral deportment; one who follows his own inclinations, who prefers trifling and temporary pleasures to the service of God and eternal happiness.

4. A weak christian; a godly person who has much remaining sin and unbelief.

5. A term of indignity and reproach.

So there’s my thoughts for this evening…I have been very careful to not name names or spread gossip.  These are my personal battles, as I strive to better myself, I find myself questioning myself.  As I study and write down my thoughts I can better analyze my thoughts and motives.  I hope that no one gets offended by my thoughts…on the contrary, I hope that someone gains something from my study.

As I wrap this up…YES, keep your heart – protect your heart as you encounter people and junk that you may not be able to control…you and only you with the power of the Holy Spirit can keep your own heart.

Flag Day

It’s been a while since I have written on the blog page here, however, what a great opportunity.  Today is Flag Day…I happen to think that we live in the greatest country in the world.  People tend to down our country a lot these days and while I agree most of the time that we’re headed down a bad path in so many different areas we still are blessed beyond measure to live in the best nation on the planet!  That being said, here is a quickie on FLAG DAY!  Be blessed…

Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th of each year.  It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.  The United States Army also 

FlagDay1celebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, though on June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day in the town of Rennerdale.  Title 36 of the United State Code, Subtitle I, Part A, Chapter 1 is the official statute on Flag Day; however, it is at the President’s discretion to officially proclaim the observance.

 

April 11, 2013 – Johnny Appleseed Day

Today is Johnny Appleseed day…Johnny Appleseed day is celebrated on March 11th of each year to celebrate to planting season.

John Chapman (September 26, 1774 – March 18, 1845), often called Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, including the northern counties of present day West Virginia. He became an American legend while still alive, due to his kind, generous ways, his leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples. He is also known for winning in several apple eating contests including the grand apple challenge of 1785. He was also a missionary for The New Church (Swedenborgian).

Johnny Appleseed

The popular image is of Johnny Appleseed spreading apple seeds randomly, everywhere he went. In fact, he planted nurseries rather than orchards, built fences around them to protect them from livestock, left the nurseries in the care of a neighbor who sold trees on shares, and returned every year or two to tend the nursery. Although apples grown from seed are rarely sweet or tasty, apple

 

orchards with sour apples were popular among the settlers because apples were mainly used for producing hard cider and apple jack. In some periods of the settle

ment of the Midwest, settlers were required by law to plant orchards of apples and pears in order to uphold the right to the claimed land. So Johnny

 

Appleseed planted orchards made for popular real estate on the frontier. His first nursery was planted on the bank of Brokenstraw Creek, South of Warren, Pennsylvania. Next, he seems to have moved to Venango County along the shore of French Creek, but many of these nurseries were located in the Mohican area of north-central Ohio. This area included the towns of Mansfield, Lucas,

Perrysville, and Loudonville.

The popular image is of Johnny Appleseed spreading apple seeds randomly, everywhere he went. In fact, he planted nurseries rather than orchards, built
fences around them to protect them from livestock, left the nurseries in the care of a neighbor who sold trees on shares, and returned every year or two to tend the nursery. Although apples grown from seed are rarely sweet or tasty, apple orchards with sour apples were popular among the settlers because apples were mainly used for producing hard cider and apple jack. In some periods of the settlement of the Midwest, settlers were required by law to plant orchards of apples and pears in order to uphold the right to the claimed land. So Johnny Appleseed planted orchards made for popular real estate on the frontier. His first nursery was planted on the bank of Brokenstraw Creek, South of Warren, Pennsylvania. Next, he seems to have moved to Venango County along the shore of French Creek, but many of these nurseries were located in the Mohican area of north-central Ohio. This area included the towns of Mansfield, Lucas, Perrysville, and Loudonville.

Monday Musings

I’m going to change up a little here on my blog…would like some feedback from those reading it…

amusingMonday Musings

musing  present participle of muse (Verb)

Verb
  1. Be absorbed in thought.
  2. Say to oneself in a thoughtful manner.

I’ve been absorbed in thought about a lot of things…lately it’s been in and about ministry, my role in ministry as well as my relationship with God and the others around me and their relationship with God.

A lot of times the first question that would pop into your head about me thinking about your relationship with God is it’s none of my business.  Perhaps directly maybe it’s not, but indirectly it certainly is.  My JOB is to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples. As a minister of the gospel, that’s our jobs is to minister…but NOT just ministers but as children of God we should be building the kingdom, enlarging Heaven.  The real question here is, how?

What does God want me to do?  What does God want you to do?  This is really where the musing part of this comes in.  Over the past few months, really probably longer than that, I’ve come across people who claim they don’t have to go to church or don’t want to because of the judgmental, Pharisaical, or hypocritical attitude of “the church.”

dear-god-why-are-the-most-judgemental-people-church-goers-popohardwearWHAT!?  The church is judgmental, Pharisaical, or hypocritical? Sadly alot of the time that IS true.  I think I can say that because I am the church…well, we are the church, but I’ve been guilty of that.  I say that in sadness, with regret.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not down on the church.  I love the church.  I think we need the church, we need accountability, we need to encouragement, and we need to encourage.  We need to celebrate victories one with another, and also to grieve together.

BUT, here’s the second part…the A-Musing part…okay not amusing…perhaps confusing.  A large majority of people who claim they don’t go to church because of the  judgmental, Pharisaical, or hypocritical are ones that also say they are Christians and they are doing the very same thing just in reverse order.

Instead of going to church trying not to be the people that they are claiming they don’t want to be, they are not going to church being the people that they are claiming that are keeping from church in the first place.  AMUSING isn’t it!?  Instead of not being the people in the church judging the people outside the church, they are the people outside the church judging the people inside the church…which one is better?

So, where do we go from here?  Do I go to church and hope I can keep from becoming the person that keeps others from coming to church?  Can I stay out of church and stay focused on God and His plan for my life? (me, probably not) Another musing question:  What is church really? Are you playing games with monopoly guychurch…not in the literal sense…I don’t think that you’re taking Monopoly to church and expecting to play games…I mean has it turned into a religious ritual in which you do to make yourself feel better, or to keep your husband or wife off your back, or just because that’s “what you’re supposed to do?”

Do you go to get your feel good on so you can make it another week, or do you take something away from your service that you can atcually use, that you can apply to your life that day or that week?

That’s all of my musings for my new Monday Musings…would love to hear your thoughts on my musings…anyone?