Feature Friday— Where Change Takes Place

Good morning readers! Today is Feature Friday! There is a blog that I read almost everyday, and really enjoy it. It is written by Pastor Mike Farra of North Point Christian Church. Here is the link to his blog. Click here. He is the pastor at the church my wife grew up in. The following post is from Feb. 28, 2010.

Where change takes place

this is a good way to start today…

i saw that the kingdom must be interior before it can be exterior…that it is a kingdom of ideas and not one of brute force… that his rule is over hearts, not over places… that his victories must be inward before they can be outward…that he seeks to control spirits rather than bodies…that no triumph could satisfy him but a triumph that gains the heart…that in short, where god really reigns, the surrender must be in the interior of the convicted free man and not merely in the outward surrender of the conquered slave.   – hannah whitall smith

how’s that for truth?

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Wow.. What a powerful quote. Go check out Mike’s blog for more awesome posts like these.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Scripture Thursday — 1 Peter 4:12-13

Hello readers! Today is Scripture Thursday and we will be looking at a great verse today!

1 Peter 4:12-13 (NIV)

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”

Let’s look at different translations:

(ASV) Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial among you, which cometh upon you to prove you, as though a strange thing happened unto you:13 but insomuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory also ye may rejoice with exceeding joy.”

(The Message) “Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job.13 Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.”

(KJV) Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

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So what does this mean?

Right now I am going through some trials of my own. This verse really spoke to me, because when I go through these trials, I always think, ” Woe is me..” In retrospect, I really should be thankful that my trials aren’t as bad as Christ’s were. Christ suffered a whole lot more than anyone person has or ever will. I also have to think and know that God will pull me out of this.

What does this verse mean to you?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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News Wednesday — Wrong Number Saves the Day!

Good afternoon readers! Today is News Wednesday, and I have a story for you. Ever have someone call you and it was a wrong number, or you yourself dial a wrong number? It has happened to each and every one of us. What if that wrong number helped save a life though. Check out the story below originally found here.

Astonishing Coincidence Saves Baby from Abortion in Indianapolis

Commentary by David Bereit, National Coordinator, 40 Days for Life

March 9, 2010

I know you’re familiar with the old saying, “God works in mysterious ways.” Please sit down and read this whole story. Our God of mystery has outdone Himself this time!

A young woman in Indianapolis, Indiana — we’ll call her Erin — woke up, saw her kids off to school, dropped her preschoolers at a friend’s house … and noticed that she was late for an appointment …

… at Planned Parenthood …

… for an abortion.

So Erin picked up her phone and called to see if could still come in. She thought she was calling Planned Parenthood. In her haste, she dialed a wrong number.

Instead of Planned Parenthood, she got Joseph … who was answering the cell phone that’s being used by …

… get ready for this now …

… 40 Days for Life in Indianapolis!!!

Joseph took a deep breath and tried to be as calm as possible. He took Erin’s name and number and simply said that a counselor would call her back.

So Elizabeth, the counselor, called Erin. Elizabeth begged her not to hang up, and then explained that she had not reached Planned Parenthood. Asked if she was a Christian, Erin said “yes.” So Elizabeth told her that God’s grace was at work in this “wrong number” situation.

So what had led Erin to the abortion center? Simply put — desperation. She has four children, their father is in jail, she had lost her job, her electricity is about to be shut off, and she doesn’t have enough money to pay the rent.

Later, Erin arrived at Planned Parenthood with her aunt. The aunt told counselors she opposed the abortion, but Erin’s mother and sister insist it’s the best answer. They say Erin just can’t handle another child.

In the meantime, Elizabeth had spread the word about Erin’s situation. A volunteer offered to pay her electric bill. Ten others pooled their cash to pay her rent.

Eileen in Indianapolis says a local group is now working with Erin to help her find a job. “She has a lot of potential,” Eileen said, “but needs support since her mother and sister are still encouraging her to abort the baby.”

Erin has reacted with both joy and disbelief that strangers were helping her. She has called Planned Parenthood to cancel her appointment and request a refund.

Please keep Erin and her family — and all those helping her — in your prayers.

So, you see? God DOES work in mysterious ways. There are no coincidences … and in this case, no wrong numbers!

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So readers, was this an act of God or what? Have you ever experienced an event like this in your life?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Tech. Tuesday — The Bible and the Iphone

Good afternoon readers! Sorry about the late post, but it is Tech. Tuesday! Today we are going to look at the Bible and the Iphone. Ever since the Iphone came out, it has been considered the best  “smartphone” technology, and continues to be the best according to consumers. Several thousand applications have been developed to be used on the phone and itouch devices.

One of the most important applications I have on my phone is the Bible. Several different applications have been made for the Bible, but I use the application created by the folks over at YouVersion.com.

It gives you the capability to view many translations, see what others think about a verse, read a Bible plan, etc.; all from your phone screen. How cool is that?

So readers, do you think that the Bible applications are a necessity for a “smartphone” user? If you do, what application do you have? If not, why not?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Music Monday — Radio and You

Good afternoon readers! Today is Music Monday! What radio station do you listen to? What genre of music do you enjoy the most?

I have been asked these questions over the last week, so I thought I would make this a blog post for Music Monday.

Currently, I am tuned into Air 1. Here in Oklahoma City, it is 90.9, but it is broadcast in over 200 stations in North America, and online at Air1.com. If you aren’t familiar with Air 1, it is a Christian radio station that plays more Christian rock than any other form of Christian music.

Now when it comes to the genre of music that I like the most, I really don’t have one particular one. I like all sorts of music, and have a pretty big collection that contains a wide variety.

So readers, what do you like? What radio station is currently playing in your car?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Movie Saturday– The Human Experience

Good morning everyone! Today is great for Movie Saturday! We will be looking at a movie entitled The Human Experience. It is set to hit theaters April 9, 2010, and looks like a great film to see. Below is the synopsis from the movies website.

From Grassroots Films of Brooklyn, New York comes THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE – the story of a band of brothers who travel the world in search of the answers to the burning questions: Who am I? Who is Man? Why do we search for meaning? Their journey brings them into the middle of the lives of the homeless on the streets of New York City, the orphans and disabled children of Peru, and the abandoned lepers in the forests of Ghana, Africa. What the young men discover changes them forever. Through one on one interviews and real life encounters, the brothers are awakened to the beauty of the human person and the resilience of the human spirit.

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So readers, What is the meaning of life? Who are We? These are great questions to ask, and are asked by both Christians and the non-believer. All I can really say about this is that I believe these questions can be answered. The answers can be found in Christ Jesus!

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Feature Friday — Facebook Fan Pages for Pastors

Good afternoon readers! Today is Feature Friday! Today we are going to be featuring a post from a blog I read called Stuff Christian Culture Likes . It is by Stephanie Drury. Below is one of her recent posts.


#132 Facebook fan pages for pastors

Thursday February 25, 2010

What more relevant way to encourage and shepherd your flock than via fan page? Lots of these exist on Facebook. They are created either by members of their church or by the pastor himself masquerading as a member of the church.

Since there isn’t a Facebook fan page category for pastors, the fanatic-inspiring pastor is sometimes categorized as a “musician.” No one raises an eyebrow. Fan page? Sure. Musician? Why not? He’s a man of God!

Some of these pages have tens of thousands of fans. Said fans use the page to leave copious messages and pressing questions that the pastor could never respond to due to his mortaldom. But maybe they don’t see him as a mere mortal. Maybe once he’s fan-page-worthy he’s approaching the realm of exalted figurehead. This sort of mindset turns the pastor into an untouchable celebrity rather than a friend and companion in seeking God. Hi, conflict of interests.

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So what do you think readers? Should pastors have “Fan Pages”? Does this make it out to have them be some sort of idol? Is it taking away from what the pastor is all about?

Go check Stephanie’s blog! I am sure you will get a kick out of it.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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