Thursday, January 30, 2014

Super Bowl!

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here!

Can I be truthful here (& hope I'm not alone) in saying I'm into the Super Bowl for the social aspect of being with friends & possibly seeing the really neat commercials.  I also get an inside kick seeing true fans sometimes jump up at a play, talk or yell to the screen - showing their great enthusiasm for their team.

I got to thinking about what is behind these plays that have fans in a frenzy.  It's the play from the play book, right?  


The book containing descriptions of all the plays & strategies used by a team, often with accompanying diagrams.  Surely the players were issued their plays to be studied & memorized before the season even began.

This book lead me to the thought of the great play book, the Bible. In this play book, Jesus gave the play-by-play.  He gave us His words so we might KNOW the play book for our life.  

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.  
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.  John 5:12-13 NIV


Though I am not a football fan, the play book still piques my interest because in the simplest of terms, a play book lets each of us KNOW what way to go in life.

And this is eternal life, that they may know, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.  John 17:3 NKJV

Football is such an American phenomena and yet the play book of your life is truly a greater event!   

Do you want to receive the play?  Seek Him with your heart, search for Him in His word and allow Him to direct you in the winning play!   The winning play is living out the full expression of YOU, through Him.

THAT YOU MAY KNOW!

Four words?  That YOU may KNOW!  No gray area here.  Do you know?  You can...don't wait another day :) 


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Sunday, January 26, 2014

ultimate ENERGY boost

Do you find yourself dragging as the morning gets going?   Perhaps you feel sluggish during the afternoon hours?  Does it feel like your battery is only partially charged? 




                                            Do you want a full battery charge?  

Here's an energy boost that will always give you a charge!  This is not just a pick-me-up boost, but a true life lifting boost!

One definition of energy is the capacity for vigorous activity; available power. 

What if there was something we could partake of that lasts - something that would substantially suuper-charge your day?  

Want this energy boost?  The ultimate energy boost is found in WORDS.  Yes words!  Not our spoken words but the words spoken by the One who created all things and gives life to each of us! 

We don't live by food alone, vitamins alone, sports drinks alone...we are not fueled by these alone.

It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.  Matthew 4:4 MSG

Would you like this boost?  If so, from your heart, ask the Lord to be the everything in your life & fill you with His word.  His word is life.  He will energize you with His LIFE, refreshing your soul so you can in turn pour out this life to others around you. 

For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12 AMP

Thursday, January 16, 2014

don't shoot the messenger!

"Shooting the messenger" is a phrase used to describe the act of lashing out at the (blameless) bearer of bad news.
One definition of shooting the messenger says that in earlier times, messages were usually delivered in person by a human messenger. Sometimes, as in war, for example, the messenger was sent from the enemy camp. An easily provoked combatant receiving such a proposal could more easily vent anger (or otherwise retaliate) on the deliverer of the unpopular message than on its author.

It is the messenger who suffers the consequences of the delivered bad news, not the author who sent the original message!

God has always chosen humans (that know Him) to be His messengers too!  Sometimes He sends encouragement and sometimes corrective messages, but always through love, for our sake.  I think this is a neat scrippy that reveals God sending a message.  

Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, spoke the Lord’s message to the people saying, I am with you, says the Lord  Haggai 1:13 AMP

Please permit me to be a messenger in this moment of time as well :)  

Remember, the messenger may be the one who receives the retaliation for the unwanted message.  It is important to also remember that there is an author of the message.  The author is the one who speaks/passes along the message to be heard.

God loved the world so much that He gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in Him will not die but will have eternal life.
God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world. He sent his Son to save the world through Him.  Anyone who believes in Him is not judged. But anyone who does not believe is judged already. He has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Here is the judgment. Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light. They loved darkness because what they did was evil.

Everyone who does evil things hates the light. They will not come into the light. They are afraid that what they do will be seen. But anyone who lives by the truth comes into the light. He does this so that it will be easy to see that what he has done is with God’s help.  John 3:16-21 NIRV


This is the message of a loving God to you.  The good news message is to every one of us.  Believe in Jesus, the one who paid the penalty for sin on the cross, while we yet did not even care who He was.  He loves us that much.  He paid the price for you.  He did this so you could be forgiven of the sin that separates you from a relationship of knowing the living God.  

Don't shoot the messenger!  This messenger is open to questions only because I know the one who has the Words of Life! :) 
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Friday, January 10, 2014

dead man walking

You may be asking, 'Why bring up death, just after we celebrated Christmas!"

Believe it or not, it is in line with the Spirit of Christmas that most of us just celebrated.  We celebrated Christ's birth, who was born to save the world from sin. 

He came to abolish death (the disconnect in our relationship to Him) and to provide the bridge to connect us back into the relationship He always had intended with each of us.

Do you think it is even possible that you may be walking about in this life, but yet dead?  The truth is, you are dead if you have not chosen to receive the life that is found in Christ Jesus.  


If we choose to live without Him, we choose to live outside of knowing the author and giver of our very life.
 
You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.
Colossians 2:13 NLT  

Have you ever considered death, in that it is more than our life ending here on earth.  Death is a separation, here and now, from the life that is found in God.  

No man is called a living man, but he who is in the way of truth in this world.----And a wicked man who does not go in the way of truth, is called, a dead man.  Unknown

The Word of God says tells us to LIVE!  The Word says to dead men (dead in spirit) to turn and live!  

At one time you were dead because of your sins.  You followed the sinful ways of the world and obeyed the leader of the power of darkness. He is the devil who is now working in the people who do not obey God.  At one time all of us lived to please our old selves. We gave in to what our bodies and minds wanted. We were sinful from birth like all other people and would suffer from the anger of God.  But God had so much loving-kindness. He loved us with such a great love. Even when we were dead because of our sins, He made us alive by what Christ did for us.  Ephesians 2:1-5 NLT

Salvation can be described as the blind receiving sight, the deaf receiving hearing, the dead receiving life; but we don't receive these blessings only - we receive Christ Jesus Himself.  
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