Today.. Christ Died For Me.

Hello and Good Friday readers. I hope everyone is doing well today.

Well, as most Christians know, today is Good Friday. Today is the day that Christ died on a cross for our sins. He was a completely innocent man, but the world didn’t think so.

Even today, the majority of the world sees Jesus as just a man. Why is that?

All I know is that he is still my Savior, my Provider, my Lord. He still heals the sick, and forgives the sinner. He is still ALIVE!

I really don’t know much more to say right now.

Do you believe in Jesus? Is He your Savior?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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What Christmas Shouldn’t Be

Good EARLY morning readers. Was was up, so I thought I would post a blog. Christmas is three days away. Can you believe it?

I am re-posting a blog from last year for today’s post. I hope you don’t mind. I think it is still significant, so I wanted to hit on it again.

This was originally posted in a blog entry called Commercializing Christmas. I hope you enjoy. I would like to know your thoughts if you would like to give them.

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More and more each year, I see the world, specifically the United States, forgetting the true meaning of Christmas. I don’t know when the commercializing of Christmas really began, but as an adult I am able to open my eyes to it more than a small child.

Christmas shopping for some of us is a year round activity. We focus on what we are going to get one another throughout the whole year. Some people’s Christmas shopping begins the day after Thanksgiving on Black Friday. Commercializing Christmas has gotten so bad, that it even takes over the holiday of Thanksgiving all together. I first hand have seen people camping out at large retailers during their Thanksgiving holiday just to get the latest gadget for Christmas.

Also, have you ever noticed how people’s attitude changes during the Christmas season? People or more in a hurry, and seem to be more rude this time of year. People seem to want to give more to others in need. Most of the time I believe it is out of guilt, instead of out of wanting to actually help.

Oh, and another thing. People and businesses are more inclined to say Happy Holidays, instead of Merry Christmas in hopes that they don’t get sued. Yes I understand that it may be the ” politically correct ” thing to say, but I believe this contributes to the loss of the real meaning of Christmas.

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All this post is really meant to do is to open your eyes up to the true meaning of Christmas. It is to celebrate the life of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is also a time to spend time with family and create memories that will last for eternity.

So during this Christmas, remember what you are celebrating.

” Without the birth of Christ, there would be no Christmas. Without Christmas, there wouldn’t be a Christmas break, and winter would be really boring.— Shannon Fouts, wife of Pastor Rodney Fouts.

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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Feature Friday — Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Challenge

Good morning readers! Today is Feature Friday. Today we are going to be featuring a blog post from Brian Cromer. Brian is a friend of mine and also the Student Pastor at NorthChurch.tv. His Blog is BrianCromer.com. Below is the  post on his blog from Feb. 15, 2010.

(This blog post was originally posted on February 18,2009 )

I have subscribed to Sports Illustrated for years. As a subscriber to Sports Illustrated, the annual Swimsuit Edition (first published in 1964) gets sent to my house every February.

Here’s the cool part…

I have not seen one picture or one article from the Swimsuit Edition in years. Every year my incredible wife gets that particular issue, rolls her eyes at the super models who are not wearing their swimsuits, and immediately throws the issue in the garbage.

My 2010 issue came on Friday. It went in the trash on Friday and I never knew it came to the house.

I love that she does this for me. The raw, honest truth is that I probably do not have the strength to do it myself. Granted, I might throw it away but not without first taking a peak. (I care here you thinking “but you’re a minister!” Yeah, you are right, I am a honest and real minister.) I cherish the fact that my wife cares about my purity enough to help me succeed. She gets it. She makes me a better person. She makes me a better follower of Jesus.

Some people might think “who cares?” or “what’s the big deal?”

Here the truth…

I know I am not missing anything. My eyes have better things to look at. I have better thoughts to think about. I got a hottie that I am madly in love with and who loves me back. Who needs the Swimsuit Edition? I know I don’t.

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Here’s the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Challenge…

Follow my wife’s lead. If you get the Swimsuit Edition, throw it away. If your husband/son/brother/friend gets the Swimsuit Edition, take the initiative and throw it away for him (like me, he probably doesn’t have the strength to do it himself).

You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” – Jesus in Matthew 5:27-29 (NIV)

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I hope you like today’s Feature Friday. Go check out more at Brian’s blog. I know you will enjoy what you read.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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New Blog Schedule

Hello readers! I hope everyone’s Monday went well. I hope your Valentine’s Day was great as well.

I wanted to let you know of the direction my blog is going to go for a little bit. Right now, my time is really limited, so I will be scheduling blog posts in advance.

The following is the schedule I plan to keep to right now.

Monday: Music Monday.. An album review, song review, or anything related to Christian music

Tuesday: Tech. Tuesday.. Something related to technology and today’s Christian.

Wednesday: News Wednesday… Something interesting posted in the news from the current day or previous week.

Thursday: Scripture Thursday.. Thoughts on a verse or sermon I have read or heard from the current day or previous week.

Friday: Feature Friday.. Featured blog or Christian website

Saturday: Movie Saturday.. Upcoming movies and my thoughts about them.

Sunday.. Day of rest..

Well readers, that is what I think I will be doing for a little bit. I hope you like the changes.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Commercializing Christmas

Good morning readers. Today I wanted to  go outside our study of Job and bring up a topic that has been on my mind for the last couple days.

With Christmas being only four days away, I wanted to talk about Christmas.

More and more each year, I see the world, specifically the United States, forgetting the true meaning of Christmas. I don’t know when the commercializing of Christmas really began, but as an adult I am able to open my eyes to it more than a small child.

Christmas shopping for some of us is a year round activity. We focus on what we are going to get one another throughout the whole year. Some people’s Christmas shopping begins the day after Thanksgiving on Black Friday. Commercializing Christmas has gotten so bad, that it even takes over the holiday of Thanksgiving all together. I first hand have seen people camping out at large retailers during their Thanksgiving holiday just to get the latest gadget for Christmas.

Also, have you ever noticed how people’s attitude changes during the Christmas season? People or more in a hurry, and seem to be more rude this time of year. People seem to want to give more to others in need. Most of the time I believe it is out of guilt, instead of out of wanting to actually help.

Oh, and another thing. People and businesses are more inclined to say Happy Holidays, instead of Merry Christmas in hopes that they don’t get sued. Yes I understand that it may be the ” politically correct ” thing to say, but I believe this contributes to the loss of the real meaning of Christmas.

———————–

All this post is really meant to do is to open your eyes up to the true meaning of Christmas. It is to celebrate the life of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is also a time to spend time with family and create memories that will last for eternity.

So during this Christmas, remember what you are celebrating.

Without the birth of Christ, there would be no Christmas. Without Christmas, there wouldn’t be a Christmas break, and winter would be really boring.— Shannon Fouts, wife of Pastor Rodney Fouts.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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