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A 100 Day Adventure September 9, 2011

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I’m on day 17 of my adventure into my 100 days of prayer and I have to say I look forward to hearing what the next day has for me.  The whole concept of this book is focused on the transforming power of actively waiting on God.  I’m not much of a waiting type of person, so it was very difficult for me to read just one day and not plow ahead to see what the next day or two offered.  I wisely concluded that this type of behavior is exactly why I need to read this book in the first place.

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In “Your 100 Day Prayer” John Snyder gives you a verse for the day, followed by a couple of paragraphs to describe the thought for the day, then guides you through an intentional prayer on how this days lesson moves you further into the reality of actively waiting on God.  Then at the close of each day there is a place for notes, reflection, and how God is meeting you in this process.  Waiting is not easy for me, but somehow it makes it feel a little more productive if I can glance back and see how God is moving and laying out His plans.  It’s in those times where we feel like nothing is “happening” that God is doing His most important work.

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Max on Life Review May 3, 2011

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Max on Life, ISBN 9780849948121, was the best book of his I’ve read in a while.  It was a fun, engaging, topical-based discussion.  Here Max includes 172 answers to questions he’s received over the years.  It’s nicely divided into 7 categories:

  • Hope
  • Hurt
  • Help
  • Him/Her
  • Home
  • Have/Have-Nots
  • Hereafter.

Through these categories he shares his answers to questions he’s received over the years.  The questions were much of what I have at times asked myself, have had others ask to me…and often struggled with the answers.  In Max On Life, Lucado answers them in a straight forward, easy to understand, easy to apply way.  It felt like I might have been sitting in the chair across from him and he is talking directly to me.  I fully intended to only read a few sections before I made up my mind if I liked it or not.  Instead I found myself turning page after page to discover what the next question would be.  Each question is a “stand alone” thought and takes only one page.  Quick and simple.  No long, drawn out chapters.  No big words and high tech theology.  Just easy to understand answers to some of life’s biggest questions.  It’s an incredibly effective way to catch attention and provide a way for the reader to go get exactly what they need for the moment.

This resource is perfect for a new Christian just beginning their journey.  It’s a perfect resource for someone who has turned away from God.  Lucado answers so many questions from people that have been disillusioned by faith; have had situations arise where they have turned away from God.  It’s a valuable tool for pastors everywhere to share in their counseling sessions.

There is a genuine concern and a heart-felt honesty that comes in his answers.  I never felt like I was being lectured, I’d done something wrong, I shouldn’t be thinking that way, but rather encouraged and always pointed back to the One who loved us beyond measure.  Well done.

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My Thoughts For You On Ash Wednesday March 9, 2011

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Ash Wednesday calls us back to the paths from which we have strayed.  It refocuses our attention on the way and the goal of our journey through life.  Ash Wednesday is about orienting our hearts one more time to the Word of God and allowing that message to work in us to make us new.  Ash Wednesday is our call to prayer, to worship, to the Christ who calls us to COME…

A devotional thought for your day:
“Rest in My radiant Presence.  The world around you seems to spin faster and faster, till everything is a blur.  Yet there is a cushion of calm at the center of your life, where you live in union with Me.  Return to this soothing Center as often as you can, for this is where you are energized:  filled with My Love, Joy and Peace.
The world is a needy place; do no go there for sustenance.  Instead, come to Me.  Learn to depend on Me alone, and your weakness will become saturated with My Power.  When you find your completeness in Me, you can help other people without using them to meet your own needs.  Live in the Light of my Presence, and your light will shine brightly into the lives of others.”
“No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”  1 John 4:12

Devotion from “Jesus Calling,” by Sarah Young

 

So, What Did Jesus Say About Priorities? January 25, 2011

At the beginning of each new year we all, with great intentions, make plans to take care of ourselves in better ways than we did the year before.  We make resolutions about eating healthier, visiting the gym on a more regular basis, keeping up with our daily Bible studies and the lists go on and on.  Often our lives skip from one urgent interruption to another.  All the while keeping us from what’s really important.  So how can we distinguish true priorities from what may appear to be a priority?  The Bible has a little to say on the subject:

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1.  Know what’s really important.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says “…Seek His will in all you do and He will direct your paths.”

Putting God first is the most important thing we can do.  If all your priorities focus on doing things for yourself they are misguided.

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2.  Set Priorities

God lays out a simple plan in Deuteronomy 10:12-13  “…What does the Lord your God require of you?  He requires you to fear Him, to live according to His will, to love and worship Him with all your heart and soul, and to obey the Lord’s commands.”

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Micah 6:8 “No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Seek God’s wisdom, listen to what He tells you and be intentional about setting your priorities.  Only then will your life have its fullest meaning.

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3.  What happens when we don’t set priorities?

When we fail to set priorities we begin to doubt our next steps…  Like it says in James 1:6 “…for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”

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There have been so many times I’ve felt tossed around by every word and action of others, doubtful of my next step.  While we may not know every step…and sometimes we may not even know our next step, we do know this…God is on our side.  “What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” Romans 8:31

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What priorities do you need to set for 2011?

 

My Peace… November 29, 2010

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Here’s a little something to kick start your first day back to work.

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“Let Me infuse My Peace into your innermost being.  As you sit quietly in the Light of My Presence, you can sense Peace growing within you.  This is not something that you accomplish through self-discipline and willpower; it is opening yourself to receive My blessing.

In this age of independence, people find it hard to acknowledge their neediness.  However, I have taken you along a path that has highlighted your need for Me: placing you in situations where your strengths were irrelevant and your weaknesses were glaringly evident.  Through the aridity of those desert marches, I have drawn you closer and closer to Myself.  You have discovered flowers of Peace blossoming in the most desolate places.  You have learned to thank Me for hard times and difficult journeys, trusting that through them I accomplish My best work. You have realized that needing Me is the key to knowing Me intimately, which is the gift above all gifts.”

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The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength.  Isaiah 58:11

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From the devotion “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young

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Like many of you, I’ve just returned to work from a full weekend with family and friends.  While it’s nice to spend extra time with people…sometimes it’s equally as nice to have everything back in the regular routine.  I’m speaking hypothetically of course.  None of that really happens in my world.

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In this Holiday season…how are you actively infusing Peace into your schedule?