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Someone shared these with me, so I wanted to share them with you!

  • Don't let your worries get the best of you; Remember, Moses started out as a basket case.

  • Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited, Until you try to sit in their pews.

  • Many folks want to serve God, But only as advisers.

  • It is easier to preach ten sermons Than it is to live one.

  • The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close.

  • When you get to your wit's end,You'll find God lives there.

  • People are funny; they want the front of the bus, Middle of the road, And back of the church.

  • Opportunity may knock once, But temptation bangs on the front door forever.

  • Quit griping about your church; If it was perfect, you couldn't belong.

  • If a church wants a better pastor, It only needs to pray for the one it has.

  • We're called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges.

  • God Himself doesn't propose to judge a man untilhe is dead. So why should you?

  • Some minds are like concrete Thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

  • Peace starts with a smile.

  • I don't know why some people change churches; What difference does it make which one you stay home from?

  • Be ye fishers of men. You catch 'em - He'll clean 'em.

  • Stop, Drop, and Roll won't work in Hell.

  • Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.

  • Don't put a question mark where God put a period.

  • Don't wait for 6 strong men to take you to church.

  • Forbidden fruits create many jams.

  • God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

  • God grades on the cross, not the curve.

  • God loves everyone, But probably prefers 'fruits of the spirit' over 'religious nuts!'

  • God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.

  • He who angers you, controls you!

  • If God is your Co-pilot, swap seats!

  • Prayer: Don't give God instructions, just report for duty!

  • The task ahead of us is never asgreat as the Power behind us.

  • The Will of God never takes you to where theGrace of God will not protect you.

  • We don't change the message,The message changes us.

  • You can tell how big a person isBy what it takes to discourage him/her.

  • The best mathematical equation I have ever seen:1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given.

If this blessed you in a profound way today, Share it with a few friends to bless them!
I bet someone else will LOVE it too.

There is no greater treasure than a good friend!
(Especially if that Friend is Jesus Christ!)
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So Randall Munroe drew a picture of the Saturn V, but labeled it using only the thousand most common words; the result is Up-Goer Five. Theo Sanderson created a text editor that uses that word list as its spellcheck, The Up-Goer Five Text Editor.

I tried to explain one of Aquinas's five proofs for the existence of God using that editor; here's the result!

because changes happen, God has to be real ) one translation of the Argument from Motion )
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And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

The antiphon for Evening Prayer on the 24th is concise: countless generations have waited for their Savior, countless generations have prayed, "Come and save us, O Lord our God!" and, at last, the Word has become flesh and has made his dwelling among us. And it's not just an appearance, or a pretense: the eternal Son of God has really, truly become flesh, really, truly taken on a human nature just like ours, become one of us, related to all of us as the son of our many-times-removed cousin Mary.

For nine months his 'dwelling' was Mary's body, where he was unseen by human eyes; now he can be seen. The Word by whom the universe was made can now have lullabies sung to him. "So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh; come, peasant, king, to own him! The King of Kings salvation brings; let loving hearts enthrone him! Raise, raise the song on high! The virgin sings her lullaby. Joy, joy, for Christ is born, the babe, the son of Mary!"

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As I explained on Monday, the seven evenings before Christmas Eve each have one of seven antiphons; since they all start with "O", they're the "O Antiphons". Monday's was "O Sapientia", Tuesday's was "O Adonai", Wednesday's was "O Radix Jesse", Thursday's was "O Clavis David", Friday's was "O Oriens", yesterday's was "O Rex Gentium", and today's is the seventh:

December 23 - O Emmanuel )
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As I explained on Monday, the seven evenings before Christmas Eve each have one of seven antiphons; since they all start with "O", they're the "O Antiphons". Monday's was "O Sapientia", Tuesday's was "O Adonai", Wednesday's was "O Radix Jesse", Thursday's was "O Clavis David", and yesterday's was "O Oriens". Here's today's:

December 22 - O Rex Gentium )


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As I explained on Monday, the seven evenings before Christmas Eve each have one of seven antiphons; since they all start with "O", they're the "O Antiphons". Monday's was "O Sapientia", Tuesday's was "O Adonai", Wednesday's was "O Radix Jesse", and yesterday's was "O Clavis David". Here's today's:

December 21 - O Oriens )

SARCO -- ?

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As I explained on Monday, the seven evenings before Christmas Eve each have one of seven antiphons; since they all start with "O", they're the "O Antiphons". Monday's was "O Sapientia", Tuesday's was "O Adonai", and yesterday's was "O Radix Jesse". Here's today's:

December 20 - O Clavis David )

SARC --- ?

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As I explained on Monday, the seven evenings before Christmas Eve each have one of seven antiphons; since they all start with "O", they're the "O Antiphons". Monday's was "O Sapientia", yesterday's was "O Adonai", and here's today's:

December 19 - O Radix Jesse )

SAR ---- ?

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As I explained yesterday, the seven evenings before Christmas Eve each have one of seven antiphons; since they all start with "O", they're the "O Antiphons".

Here's today's:

December 18 - O Adonai )

SA ----- ?

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So the Catholic Church has prayers for everything, right? There's Mass all but one day of the year, to begin with, but also morning and evening prayer for every day as well. The evening prayer always anticipates the next day, like Christmas Eve anticipating Christmas itself. Sometimes, though, a feast is anticipated or celebrated for longer than that, and Christmas is one of those.

The seven evenings before Christmas Eve each have a special antiphon; they all go together. They all start with "O", so they're the "O Antiphons"; each one addresses God by some title. You might already be familiar with them as the verses of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel".

I thought I'd share a little drawing of each of them as we get to them... but please feel free to draw and share in the comments!

December 17 - O Sapientia )

S ------ ?

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There are many people that believe all you have to do is say a sinner's prayer and you're in. However the Bible teaches differently. Repentance is a beautiful gift. We would not be able to stand before God washed without that ability. However, true salvation is truly turning away from your sin. If you are living a sinful lifestyle and using grace as excuse then you're wrong because the Bible says to be washed by the renewing and regeneration of the Holy Ghost. I have heard some say you can have sin in your life and still go to Heaven but this is not Biblical. I am sure most who believe this are sincere but the Word says no sin shall enter in. I am not saying that the Cross hasn't removed both our past and future sins. Surely He has! However the Word says to pick up your cross and follow Him. Paul said "I die daily." Repentance is to be taken advantage of daily! The Bible has always required a change in a believer's life.

After repentance, we should be willing to be baptized in Jesus' Name and not the titles. Most of Modern Christianity teaches it is not essential but it is! Jesus Himself told us to go ye therefore & teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost! As Christians, we recognize the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost is Jesus. (Read Isaiah 9:6, Col. 3:17 and John 14:8-9). The same Paul that wrote whosever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved also stated baptism is a circumcision made without hands (see Col. 2). The Word also states he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. It is not just a sign, it is to complete remission your sins. Yes, Paul wrote Romans 10:13 but he wrote to the church in Romans. He wrote this to a church who had already received a salvation experience. Please don't turn me off! Bear with me. Please! I understand people say you don't have to do all that. I know that the Bible says you for by grace are ye saved and not through works but remember the same book also says faith without works is dead. James said if you believe Jesus is God, thou doest well but even the devils believe that. We must find out what the Word says and be willing to be obedient!

In the house of Cornelius, after they received a gift from God, Peter asked "Should we forbid any man water that these should not be baptized? And straightway, he commanded them to be baptized." That wasn't a suggestion. It was a commandment. Jesus said to go and teach all nations and baptize. That wasn't a suggestion, it was commandment. Is it any coincidence that Jesus Himself was baptized by John? No, He was saying "Follow me." The Bible shows us clearly how to be saved. As a matter of fact, some asked the Peter how to be while they witnessed others speaking in tongues. "Men and brethern, what shall we do?" Acts 2:37 "And Peter said unto them Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For this promise is unto you and your children and to all that are afar off even as many as the Lord our God shall call." Acts 2:38 What was that gift? The gift was the Spirit of God moving upon them just as it had on the Apostles! Abraham received a promise that he would bear a nation and God gave that promise to him. Anything God promises in His Word, will be given to us! There are people that teach that speaking in tongues is not for today but the Word says this promise is to as many as the Lord our God shall call! Has the Lord stopped calling people?? Certainly not! I myself as well countless of others have experienced this Biblical phenomenon. It's still for us today. But don't take my word for it, find out for yourself according to God's Word. The Holy Ghost is not just for those that have done good enough or even for just a select few. It's a promise for everyone so we can receive power to be witnesses, to overcome the sin in our lives, to be rewashed and regenerated because we can't make it without God's presence! It is neither mass induced nor self induced as some teach, it the evidence of the power of God working in your life! If it wasn't real then why would God even have it in the Bible?

Okay, I'm going to hit on a few popular misconceptionsabout tongues. Paul was not misinterpeting when he said not all speak in tongues. He meant not all have the gift of prophecy through speaking in tongues. 1 Corinthians 12 has been used to point out that not everyone has to speak in tongues because of this verse. However, you have to realize what Paul was addressing. Paul was writing to a group of new found believers that didn't know how to have complete order in their church services. Wives were yelling to their husbands, "What does that part mean in the sermon?" when they should have been quiet during the sermon. People were even spontaneously speaking in tongues loudly while a preacher was speaking. Nothing wrong with speaking in tongues it's just there is a time to do it. Also, while someone was trying to prophecy, no one would know to be quiet! Historical evidence points out people were so focused on tongues that couldn't conduct church! It wasn't very orderly. The only way I can describe to you about the order of church services is explain what happens sometimes in my church.

In my church's services, there have been times where the Spirit has been moving so beautifully that God wants to speak a word to the church after a sermon is preached. The Spirit will move on a person or two and they will speak in tongues. If there are two or three people, they will speak in tongues one at a time while the whole congregation is silent. After that, God will gently send the interpretation of the message to another person. God's message will be given to the church in that fashion. Imagine if 1 Corinthians 12 had not been written! A church service like this would be confusing if we did not have the proper order laid out by God. This passage is also saying that not everyone has the gift of giving tongues for interpretation. Paul was addressing how church should occur in 1 Corinthians 12. He cleared up the confusion. Yes, Paul asked do all speak in tongues? But in the next few strokes of the pen he said I thank God I speak in tongues more than you all. He then went on to write, Forbid not to speak with tongues.

It helps to note is Paul's conversion. He was sent to Ananias after being on the road to Damascus. There, Ananias healed his blindness and baptized him in Jesus' name. Does it say he ever spoke in tongues? No, not in that passage of Scripture. However didn't Paul write that he thanked God that he spoke in tongues? It wasn't added because eventually he did. When people tell you that the Roman jailer or man in the chariot did not speak with tongues, it is important to remember the foundation of how the Apostles were saved. Remember Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are records of Jesus' ministry and Acts is the book that shows us how the church started! The rest of NT books are letters to those churches. Remember too that the disciples wrote that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Jews then to the Gentiles. This was the salvation experience of the early church! If you write a book, you shouldn't add the same thing over and over. It would be too redundant! They didn't add the speaking in tongues part all the time because they didn't have to. The disciples knew they would receive it. If the writers knew the foundation of salvation from the beginning of Acts, the authors didn't need to repeat how it happened over and over again. Make sense?

The salvation experience consists of:

1. Sincere repentance
2. Baptism in Jesus' Name
3. Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost through the evidence of speaking in other tongues.

Why the Holy Ghost part? Well in Acts 10, the Bible says that Cornelius was a devout man of God and his prayers came as a memorial before God. However, God had something more for Him. God sent an angel to Cornelius to tell him to wait for Peter. Peter came and the Holy Ghost fell on them. How did he know the Holy Ghost fell on them? Because Acts 10 states

" 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. 45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God."

What does it say? They heard them speak with tongues. 0After that, Peter commanded them to be baptized. The Lord saved Cornelius and his house because he was faithful and waited upon God. In Acts 19, Paul asked a group of John's baptism if they have received the Holy Ghost since they believed. They answered probably something like what you have said. "I haven't really heard whether there be any Holy Ghost." It says they gladly heard the Word and was baptized. Then Paul laid his hands on them and they received same experience the disciples experienced in Acts 2! This is the salvation experience of the early church! Why is it that can't we believe this same Jesus can do for us what He did for them? If you're a believer then you have a few promises if you're faithful!

                                                                        Mark 16:17-18 (KJV)

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Let me close with this question: Have you received the Holy Ghost since you have believed and accepted the Lord as your Savior? If you haven't my friend, I promise there's more God has for you. It's a beautiful experience. Just prayerfully consider this post. I know what I have written is controversial but it's not about what most religion teaches, it's about what the Bible teaches Again, it's about what the Bible teaches. If it's in there, don't doubt God's promises for you just because someone has told you you can't have it today. He said on the day you seek Him with your whole heart then on that day, you will find Him. As we all know, God never disappoints. He is always faithful.
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What are your favorite Christian-themed songs?  I'd like to put together a Spotify playlist of spiritual music.  The bands/musicians don't have to be in any kind of "Christian" genre (confession: I'm generally not a huge fan of "Christian contemporary music" XD  But if you have any favorites, feel free to share them).

I really like anything by Eden's Bridge and some of Bob Dylan's later albums.   
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What is weighing the most on your mind at the moment?
Have you taken the time to give it all to God?
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Are you doing 'stuff' that isn't bearing fruit? Is busyness stealing your peace?

I once heard of a guard who watched over a certain plot of ground at Buckingham Palace in England. For 100 years, 24 hours a day, that plot of land had been guarded.

Finally, someone asked, 'What are you guarding?' He didn't know and simply said it had been under guard for 100 years.
It turned out that 100 years ago, the queen had planted some rose bushes there and wanted to make sure they grew. Now, a century later, a guard stood where a rose bush once stood, guarding nothing.

Are there things you're doing but you don't know why you're doing them anymore? God never called us to be busy. He called us to be fruitful. Too much pointless activity doesn't bear fruit and only stresses us out.

I encourage you to take an inventory of what you do throughout the day. You might be doing something God's not asking you to do, or something He was asking you to do but isn't anymore. Let the Holy Spirit show you how to get rid of busyness and bear more fruit.

Prayer Starter: Holy Spirit, help me take an inventory of my life and cut out pointless activity. I don't want to be too busy. Show me how to live a more fruitful life.

Bible Verse:
For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.
~Ecclesiastes 5:3
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2 Peter 3:18 NIV
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Growth is the goal of the Christian. Maturity is mandatory. If a child ceased to develop, the parent would be concerned, right?

When a Christian stops growing, help is needed. If you are the same Christian you were a few months ago, be careful. You might be wise to get a checkup. Not on your body, but on your heart. Not a physical, but a spiritual.

May I suggest one?

Why don't you check your habits? ...Make these four habits regular activities and see what happens.

First, the habit of prayer.
Second, the habit of study.
Third, the habit of giving.
And last of all, the habit of fellowship.

-Max Lucado / When God Whispers Your Name
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As Christians, we should be generous people, giving whatever we can whenever we can. And that doesn't just mean money, we can give help, encouragement, time, talents and forgiveness.

This means we can't let selfishness get in the way. A lot of people are stingy, clinging to what they have and afraid to give it up. Others aren't stingy in their actions, but they are stingy in their hearts, giving because they feel obligated, not because they really want to.

But this isn't the way God calls us to give. Second Corinthians 9:7 tells us, "God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, 'prompt to do it') giver [whose heart is in his giving]."
If you think about it, when we give our lives to God, everything we have is His anyway, it no longer belongs to us. We should be givers, using our resources the way He wants us to.

Give cheerfully today. It pleases God, and those who give cheerfully are happy, fulfilled, and highly effective.

Prayer Starter: God, I make up my mind and purpose in my heart right now to be a cheerful giver. Show me how I can generously give to You and the people in my life today.

VERSE: 2 Corinthians 9:7
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.


Jul. 27th, 2012 01:14 pm
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How has your faith been lately? Stronger? Weaker?
Has anything affected your faith recently? For the good or for the worse?

Share your story with everyone. :)
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What method of prayer works best for you? Do you use the prayers of others? Do you write/say your own prayers? which senses do you use? What "props" do you use? Do you use your body when praying?
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When dealing with past hurts, we all know that it's right to forgive, even when it's difficult. However, few of us rarely take the next step that God wants us to take.

A common misconception is that all we have to do is make the decision to forgive and our job is finished, but Jesus also said, "Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God's blessing (favor) upon those who abuse you [who revile, reproach, disparage, and high-handedly misuse you]" (Luke 6:28 AMP). In addition, Romans 12:14 says that we are to bless the people who persecute us and treat us cruelly.

We are to actively bless our enemies. God calls us to extend mercy to people who do not deserve it. Why?

When you forgive, it opens a door for God to heal you, but honestly, it doesn't do much for the person who offended you. But when you bless them, you ask God to bring truth to them so they can repent and experience the real freedom He provides. Forgiveness sets you free...blessing your enemies sets them free.

Prayer Starter: God, I thank You for helping me walk in forgiveness, but I don't want to stop there. I ask You to bless those who have hurt me. In the same way that You have brought healing to my life, bring healing to them so they can experience Your goodness and walk in Your love.

VERSE: Romans 12:14:Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
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Through Christ Who Strengthens You

Philippians 4:13 is a very popular scripture that is often quoted out of context. It says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." That doesn't mean you can just do anything you decide to do because you want to do it. Paul was talking specifically about how he was able, through the power of Christ, to be content no matter what his circumstances were.

I do believe that, by God's grace, we can do whatever we need to do in life. I think that's a mindset we need to have. There's nothing that's too much for you if you're trusting God. You can handle whatever comes your way because God promises that He'll never put more on us than we can bear and deal with.

So keep a positive attitude no matter where you are right now, no matter what's going on in your life. Cheer up, God is on your side. Stop being upset about things you can't do anything about.

God wants you to know that He has an individual plan for your life, and He wants you to accept His unique plan for you and not compare your plan with anybody else's. You have to trust God knows more about what you need and what you can handle than you do. After all, He knows you better than you know yourself!

Prayer Starter: Lord, like Paul, I want my contentment to come from You, not my circumstances. Show me every day that Your plan for me is perfect and that I don't need to worry.
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