Friday Night Date Night (4/24/2015)

pacman-2 It’s Friday readers! You know what that means! It’s DATE NIGHT!

Just like last Friday, today I will be featuring a randomly selected date idea from 52 Uncommon Dates: A Couple’s Adventure Guide For Praying, Playing, and Staying Together by Randy Southern.

Arcade Date

Jesus encourages us to bring childlike perspective to our walk with Him. Children are trusting, humble, dependent, and able to be shaped and molded. Being childlike occasionally will help our spiritual. emotional, and relational health.

1) Try and find an old-school arcade that has games from your youth.This will allow you to re-connect with your younger self. That is what this date is all about.

2) Help each other understand why those games meant something to you. Maybe share some stories about going to an arcade when you were younger.

3) Play games as a team or even against each other. Make sure both of you gets equal time playing.

AVOID BEING OVER COMPETITIVE! HAVE FUN AND DON’T TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY!

Before your date ends, involve a discussion about your faith.

Deeper Connection

What does it mean to have childlike faith?

What are some of the things that happen to people’s faith as they get older that Jesus wants us to avoid?

How can we encourage each other to maintain a childlike faith?

Check out the following scripture that talk about childlike perspective.

Psalm 8:2

Matthew 19:14

Mark 10:13-16

Well I hope you enjoy your date night!

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Words…

Hello readers! I have been away a while again, I know. I am sorry. I am going to start writing blog posts on Sundays and scheduling them to post throughout the week. This way, you will have some reading material awaiting you each day or so. Hopefully that is ok with you.

As some of you know, I own an iPhone. No I haven’t upgraded to the iPhone 4 yet, but I really want to. One of the most loved applications I have, and find really addicting, is Words With Friends. If you aren’t familiar with it, it is a Scrabble like game that you can play random people, or friends, all over the world. Through playing this game, I have learned some new words, and realized some words I thought were words, weren’t. Feel free to start a game with me if you have the application. My username is  OSUTom.

So I have been thinking lately. Do the words that come out of my mouth reflect Christ in me? In a world where communication is key, do I use my words wisely? Words can be used to build someone up, or knock them down. Words can have several meanings, so am I using them correctly?

The Bible states the following about words and how we should use them. It also talks about how we aren’t supposed to speak.

James 3:9-11 (The Message)

With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image.Curses and blessings out of the same mouth! My friends, this can’t go on. A spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and brackish the next, does it?

Psalms 34:13 (The Message)

Guard your tongue from profanity, and no more lying through your teeth.

Proverbs 11:9 (The Message)

The loose tongue of the godless spreads destruction; the common sense of the godly preserves them.

There are plenty more of examples, but they are too long to list.

Questions I would like to leave you with today:

1) Are your words mirroring Christ?

2) Do you think about what you say before you say it?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Feature Friday– Did You Know “Twitter” Is In The Bible?

Good Morning readers! Today is Feature Friday! We are featuring Scott Williams and his blog Big Is The New Small. He is the Campus Pastor for the Northwest Oklahoma City Campus of LifeChurch.tv. The following is an interesting post from Feb. 23, 2010.

Every once and awhile you will run across a nugget of information that makes you go “hmm!”  That’s what happened to me not long ago when my friend @mbstockdale shared this passage of scripture with me. Insomniac, I twitter away, mournful as a sparrow in the gutter.” Psalm 102:7 Message Version If you don’t believe me look to the left at the screen shot of my YouVersion Bible App on my iPhone.

That’s what you call taking “Twitter” to a whole nutha’ level and confirms my 5 Reasons To Twitter During Church.

Did you know the word “Twitter” was in the Bible?    Feel free to share any random useful/non-useful information that you may have come across.

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I hope you like today’s Feature Friday. Go check out more at Scott’s Blog. You will find very interesting blog posts there.

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Theology of the Holy Spirit 101 (part 3)

Hello again fellow classmates! Today will be the last time I can say that because this is the last posting of this series (Theology of the Holy Spirit 101).  Chapter 3 of Francis Chan’s Forgotten God has been absolutely amazing!

This post is going to cover the last few pages of Chapter 3. I really am just going type out what he highlights on pages 74-76, and then leave you with some questions to think about.

If the Holy Spirit dwells within you, a number of things should be a part of your life. Consider how each one is manifest in your life; and if it isn’t, spend some time asking God for that specific thing.

  • The Spirit helps us speak when we are in precarious situations and need to bear witness (Mark 13:11; Luke 12:12).
  • The Counselor teaches and reminds us of what we need to know and remember. He is our comforter, our adviser, our encourager, and our strength. He guides us in the way we should go (Ps. 143:10; John 14-16; Acts 9:31; 13:2; 15:28; 1 Cor. 2:9-10; 1 John 6:6-8).
  • From the Spirit we receive power to be God’s witnesses to the ends of the earth. It is the Spirit who draws people to the gospel, the Spirit who equips us with the strength we need to carry out God’s purposes. The Holy Spirit not only initially draws people to God, He also draws believers closer to Jesus (Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:26; Eph. 3:16-19).
  • By the power of the Spirit we put to death the misdeeds of the body. The Spirit sets us free from the sins we cannot get rid of on our own. This is a lifelong process we entered into, in partnership with the Spirit, when we first believed (e.g., Rom. 8:2).
  • Through the Spirit we have received a spirit of adoption as children, which leads us into intimacy with the Father, instead of a relationship based on fear and slavery. The Spirit bears witness to us tat we are His children (Rom. 8:15-16).
  • The Holy Spirit convicts people of sin. He does this both before we initially enter into right relationship with God and as we journey through this life as believers (John 16:7-11; 1 Thess. 1:5).
  • The Spirit brings us life and freedom. Where the Spirit is, there is freedom, not bondage or slavery. In our world that is plagued with death, this is a profound truth that points to real hope (Rom. 8:10-11; 2 Cor. 3:17).
  • By the power of the Holy Spirit we abound with hope because our god is a God of hope, who fills His children with all joy and peace (Rom. 15:13).
  • As members of God’s kingdom community, each of us is given a manifestation the Spirit in our lives for the purpose of the common good. We all have something to offer because of what the Spirit gives to us (1 Cor. 12:7).
  • The fruit of being led by the Spirit of God includes love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These attitudes and actions will characterize our lives as we allow ourselves to be grown and molded by the Spirit. The Spirit is our sanctifier (2 Cor. 3:18; Gal. 5:22-23).

Hopefully reading these truths about the Holy Spirit will lead you into a deeper relationship with and a greater reverence for the Spirit.

I also hope that these last three posts have made you think about your relationship with God and the Spirit. If you believe something isn’t right with it, do your best to fix it.

The questions I want to leave you with today are this:

  1. On a scale of 0-10, how much do you trust God in your daily life? If not God, who or what are you trusting?
  2. In what way can you change your relationship with God for the better?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Theology of the Holy Spirit 101 (part 2)

Good morning again class. I promise I will stop calling you that after this chapter is finished. Today’s post is going to continue where we left off in Chapter 3 of Francis Chan’s Forgotten God.

Before we continue though, I want to recap what we learned from the last post.

The Holy Spirit is a Person, is God, and has His own mind and prays. I don’t know about you, but that was a lot to think about. Did you come away a different person? If you would like, stop here and read the last post.

Here is some more about the Holy Spirit that will make you think as well.

The Holy Spirit has Emotions.

In the Bible, it tells us not to grieve the Holy Spirit (Isa. 63:10; Eph. 4:30). But what does that really mean?  God has feelings? When is the Spirit grieved?

God Himself created feelings. Feelings can be misused and abused, but the purpose of feelings came from God. Mr Chan poses a great question here. Since He created emotions, why is it difficult to believe that He Himself has emotions?

The Holy Spirit is grieved when there is a  break in relationship, whether it be relationship with God or relationship with other people. When we are dis-unified, unloving, hateful, jealous, etc., that is when we grieve the Spirit of God.

The Holy Spirit has His own desires and will.

In 1 Corinthians we read that the gifts of the Spirit are “empowered by one and and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills” (12:11) This reminds us that God is in control. It also should tell us that we don’t get to choose which gifts we are given, and we don’t get to choose what He intends for us or for the church. The Spirit is the one that has a plan for our lives, and a plan for the church. The church would include the one we attend and the worldwide body of Christ.

The Holy Spirit is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient.

What does that actually mean? Basically it means that the Spirit is all-powerful, present everywhere, and all-knowing. Examples of the above can be found in Zech. 4:6, Ps. 139:7-8, and 1 Cor. 2:10b

We are going to stop right there and let what I previously wrote sink in. This chapter is such and important chapter that I don’t want anything to be passed over. The next post will finish Chapter 3. It should be exciting so stay tuned.

Again, I want to leave you with some questions.

  1. Have you grieved the Holy Spirit lately? If so, how do you plan on making that situation better?
  2. Do you trust that the Holy Spirit is in control of your life? If not, why not?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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