Month: May 2012

You are not a lost cause

I love the way Herbert plays the words in this video. Friends, until we can get heaven’s perspective on life and why we are here, our lives will resemble that of a person described in the first part of the video. You are not a lost cause and yes, you are different and can change the world!

Let the Lord do the Planning

Jeremiah 29 for those who think they can do a better job This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.”When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”—God’s Decree—”bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it. Jeremiah 29:10, 11, 12,

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus

Proverbs 3:5, 6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” I have been praying, waiting and trusting the Lord for something very important, but over the last two days, I have become increasingly anxious about it. So I decided to go to church and sing some old hymns. I thought, maybe that will help me snap out of my anxiousness. You know what, it worked. After singing a few of my favorite hymns, this one ministered more than the rest and  for practically the entire day, I couldn’t stop singing it. I can now say with confidence, I know that my God will take care of me. Let me sing it over you if you are feeling anxious today. I pray that you will find the grace to trust him more. I’m not too confident you will like my voice, or my playing, but just take it as a joyful ‘Noise’ of encouragement. Tis so sweet …

Let the Lord Settle You Down

Philippians 4 For  Anxious People Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute! Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Philippians 4:4-7 (The Message) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Photo via Etherealpanda

Big But

Seems we have all kinds of excuses not to do the things we ought to be doing. Simple truth of the matter is… we all have Big Buts that get in the way of us consistently living a sold-out life for Jesus. This comical look at the subject of excuses might just get you to agree that it’s time to “shrink the but”.

Long way home

My 9 year old daughter is usually not in a great mode in the morning. From the time her alarm goes off, to shower time, breakfast, bible reading and prayer to the moment we kiss goodby at school, you better tread carefully with her. But today was not like one of those days. She’s got a little cool thing…alarm/cd/radio in her room that she has set to her favorite christian radio station. So every morning she wakes up with christian songs blasting through the house. Like I said, she is not in a great mode every morning, but when she is, it results into days like today – singing, laughter, she even reads her portion of the scripture loud and clear and makes a comment about it. Today we drove to school singing one of her favorite songs – and I have been singing it all day today. Thought I share it with everyone!

Father of a Great son

I have known of a number of wealthy men who were not successes as fathers. They made money rapidly; their factories were marvels of organization; their money investments were sound and made with excellent judgment, and their contributions to public service were useful and willingly made. All this took time and thought. At the finish there was a fortune on the one hand, and a worthless and dissolute son on the other. WHY? Too much time spent in making money implies too little time spent with the boy. When these children were youngsters romping on the floor, if someone had come to any one of those fathers and offered him a million dollars for his lad he would have spurned the offer and kicked him out the door. Had someone offered him ten million dollars in cash for the privilege of making a drunkard out of his son, the answer would have been the same. Had someone offered to buy from him for a fortune the privilege of playing with the boy, of going on picnics …

What if a 404 Error Page was an Opportunity to Try Again?

I watch a TED Talk last night that Reeny Gleeson gave. He tried to show the audience through a slide show of creative and funny 404 pages how every error is really a chance to build a better relationship. Even though it is not really a big deal for me, I understand it can be frustrating for others. [Watch] During the presentation, one of the slides caught my attention. It was the one from the 404 error page of Coco-cola (see picture below). On this slide it reads, “Yes, this is an error page. But what if this error page was also an opportunity?” The question is an opportunity for what? An opportunity to go back to the beginning An opportunity for a fresh start An opportunity for a new day, a new page, a clean slate Now, I want you to take that online experience and translate it into your every day life. What if every disappointment was an opportunity to believe again? What if every failure was an opportunity to try again? What if every trial was …

Facts Not Opinions

“The way you say something can often be as important as what you are saying. There are ways to discuss criticisms in a judicious manner by qualifying or hedging your language (“It seems that something is the case,” “So-and-so appears to do something,” etc.). You want to avoid inflammatory language that deliberately provokes. Your choice of words matters. For instance, the word failure is more negatively charged than the expression “neglect.” Likewise, to say someone “completely missed” a piece evidence is more negative than noting that he or she “overlooked” or “did not sufficiently consider” some data. There are ways to communicate the same conclusion without overstating your case with an arrogant attitude. Give others the benefit of the doubt; remember the Golden Rule. The virtue of restraint will help you keep the focus on the evidence and avoid overstating your case. This will affect your choice of language and help you steer clear of logical fallacies. Never attribute to other people sinister motives or otherwise speculate about their motives. Even if you think you know what motivated …

The most important thing a Father can do!

The most important thing a father can do for this children is to love their mother Henry Ward Beecher Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that …