November 10th, 2006
Please read the following as a message of hope to those possessed by Satan and practicing mediumship, including the psychic John Edward.( Read more...Collapse )
October 14th, 2006
Please say a prayer for Sokeang, a co-worker . . . she's originally from Cambodia, 19 years old, and doesn't speak English very well. (I sometimes have a hard time understanding her.)
She's asked a question about Christianity (and I've prayed for her). I once gave her a coin with John 3:16 on it.
I pray and hope I'll be ready for any conversations in the future (like, next Saturday). Maybe you could pray that I'd be ready to share my faith in Christ. and Bold etc.
September 22nd, 2006
related to surrender . . .
You, God, created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created. Rev 4:11 NLT
God has planted (his people) like strong and graceful oaks for his own glory. Isa 61:3 LB
The Lord takes pleasure in his people. Psa 149:4 TEV
Because of his love God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his children--this was his pleasure and purpose. Eph 1:5 TEV
The Lord is pleased only with those who worship him and trust his love. Psa 147:11 CEV
Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you. 1 Kings 10:9 NIV
I will thank the Lord at all times. My mouth will always praise him. Psalm 34:1
True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. John 4:23 NIV
Go to the Lord for help; and worship him continually. Psalm 105:4 TEV
August 5th, 2006
Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain. Psalm 39:6
Imagine the following picture:
Overall, there is not much color. What seems to be a large medical complex looms in the background, shading a human crowd of positive dresses and suits coming and going from the building. Their faces reveal that they are on a mission and are quite oblivious to anyone else as they brush past each other. And then, just to the side of this monotonous activity,
August 1st, 2006
[A Psalm] of David.
UNTO YOU, O Lord, do I bring my life.
O my God, I trust, lean on, rely on, and am confident in You. Let me not be put to shame or [my hope in You] be disappointed; let not my enemies triumph over me.
Yes, let none who trust and wait hopefully and look for You be put to shame or be disappointed; let them be ashamed who forsake the right or deal treacherously without cause.
July 24th, 2006
Ironically, the less we try to control and manipulate our lives, the more God balances them in the way that He created us to be and to live. He whispers to our hearts not three-, five- or seven-step formulas, but rather, specifics that He would have us surrender, accept and change.
July 14th, 2006
In the 18 times that Scriptures mention "balances" (or "scales") the Hebrew word "mo'zen" is used.
If we want to be balanced women, then our life must be weighed against something else to check it's equilibrium. If we're using an honest scale, equilibrium is the result. We will find ourselves feeling more centered and stable. If our life is weighed on a dishonest scale, we will feel that something just isn't right, no matter how hard we try, our efforts never seem to add up. We might even be experiencing an illusion of equilibrium . . .or, possibly, be in denial that there's even a problem with our scale.
What might be some false scales?
Where might we find an honest scale against which we can measure our lives?
How does a life of humility compare with the world's ideal of balance and successful living?
What does God require of us?
July 13th, 2006
Let God weigh me in honest scales and he will know that I am blameless. Job 31:6
"Balanced describes a person who moderates all aspects of his or her life--physical, mental, social, and spiritual--and has found the perfect mix of all these attributes. Balance sounds like a characteristic of the Christian faith, like a goal to seek after or a quality worth cultivating. Balance sounds like a worthy ideal, a perfect description of a healthy follower of Christ. Beware of balance." Michael Yacconelli, Messy Spirituality
What words come to mind when you think of balance?
What makes you feel the most out of balance?
When does your life feel most balanced?
Against what or whom do we usually compare the state of our life (e.g. magazines, friends, TV . . .)?
July 12th, 2006
hi guys. I found this community off of a promo in another.
My name is Alex Headrick, 21 and married to an awesome man. I'm really interested in what this will be like. I've been the arguer and debater and the obnoxious know it all about christ. But just recently I've realized that the only way to truly follow Him is to surrender and live a life of love and obedience. I was constantly trying to show people how holy I was through theology and intellect and then I realized, that if I lived an obedient surrendered life, I wouldn't feel the need for "show."
I really like this idea of the community. Kudos to the creator.
Have a blessed week everyone.
July 11th, 2006
The society we live within is so quick to reward those who excel. Who are exceptional in what they do and who they are--in fact--for us Christians it can seem a worthy goal. I'm often tempted to want my children to receive honors and achieve success and even possibly, fame.
Please consider this statement:
"Balance is a dangerous, illusionary characteristic and a temptress. Disguised as normal and sensible, it is silently destructive, crushing the unbalance of giftedness, taming the extremes of passion, smothering the raging fire of a genuine relationship with Jesus." --Michael Yacconelli, "Messy Spirituality"(Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2002) p.80.