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Tuesday 12.18.12

Posted on 18. Dec, 2012 by in WOD with GOD

Do you judge others?  I think everyone is guilty of being judgmental, but it is really not our place.  We all have something in our life that someone could look at and say they would do it differently.  Unfortunately people often feel heavily criticized by the people that should love them the most, family, friends, church members, etc.  As Christians, we hold our self to a standard to set ourselves apart from the world.  Do we always do this successfully? No.  The only person that never failed was Jesus.  But even he was judged by others.  Jesus was criticized in the New Testament for eating with tax collectors and sinners in Matthew 9:10-11.  On hearing this Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  But go and learn what this means:  I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. 

I love how Jesus explains things so perfectly and says it not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick.  If you think you have no imperfections in your life, I would seriously re-evaluate.  While you are re-evaluating your life, try not to focus others problems.  Often we do that to escape our own issues.  Remember there is only one person that never made mistakes and it is not you or I.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  Matthew 7:1-3

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Monday 12.17.12

Posted on 17. Dec, 2012 by in WOD with GOD

The last few days have been unexplainable since the news about the shooting in Newtown.  This morning walking your children into school, did you think about it?  The reality is, it could happen anywhere.  Seeing the pictures of the children is unbearable when you think about how scared they must have been.  People have poured out in support across the country to comfort those who are grieving.  I heard Mike Huckabee say, that sometimes there are no words but just to be there for someone when they are grieving.  When you have lost someone close to you, just a hug can bring more comfort than any word.  Jesus wept when he heard Lazarus died.  I heard someone say once, One worthy of much love is also worthy of much grief.  There is nothing wrong with shedding a tear.  Don’t be so prideful that you don’t want anyone to see you cry.  When we are weak, God is strong.  Please pray for the families today as some were having their services today.  I can’t imagine what a nightmare the last few days have been or what the days to come will be like.
People have a hard time understanding tragedy and often blame God.  He did not intend for sin to be on earth but when Adam and Eve sinned, it changed this world forever.  His plan of salvation was to send a Son, holy and blameless.  One day he will come back and the bible says, and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away, Revelation 21:4.  There is a judgement day for all of us and the people that commit these horrible acts of violence will have to answer for what they have done.  But one day, there will be no death, no mourning, just rejoicing in heaven for eternity.

Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Matthew 19:13-14

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Friday 11.30.12

Posted on 30. Nov, 2012 by in WOD with GOD

The last few nights there has been a full moon.  The light at night is so bright it shines through the windows.  It illuminates the outside surroundings where normally you would have to turn on an outside light to see.  The bible tells us about the tribulation and that the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light.  Many people may or may not know or understand the tribulation.  The bible talks about this but here is a definition of what it means.  : distress or suffering resulting from oppression or persecution.  After Christ raptures the beleivers what is described following is the tribulation.

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thess, 4:16-18).

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality” (1 Cor. 15:51-53).

The word “rapture” comes from Paul’s “caught up” remark in verse 17. The words “caught up” are translated from the Greek word harpazo, which means “to carry off,” “snatch up,” or “grasp hastily.”  Jesus said, “Ye are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). When the believers are suddenly removed, the earth will be plunged into spiritual darkness. When this happens, the Antichrist will then be free to control the world.

Can you imagine  living on earth with no light.  There have been movies made to depict this event.  The best thing is to read what the Bible and what it says about it.  It scares many people to think about this and it should.  That is why we should not allow fear to keep us from knowing what is to come and we can tell others.  Many people probably have never even heard of the rapture or think it is the craziest thing they have ever heard of.  But one day, the Lord will descend from heaven to earth and it will be too late.

“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,  Mark 13:24

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Thursday 11.29.12

Posted on 29. Nov, 2012 by in WOD with GOD

We are entering the Christmas season at a rapid pace.  People have already hit the stores the day of Thanksgiving and caused many people to miss time with their families because employers are trying to pull their stores out of the red.  Shopping is something either you love or hate.  The idea of buying that gift for someone to show them how much you love them is awesome.  But, biting, kicking, knocking down people to save a few buck is a little absurd and not what this time of the year should be about.  We lose sight of the birth of Jesus Christ.  Who came to this earth to die for our sins so that we may have eternal life.  So if you want to get excited about something.  Tell someone there is a gift they can have, for free!!!  At no cost to them because Jesus paid the price on the cross.  No one can ever take it away from them.  Make an attempt to tell someone about Jesus at Christmas time.  Remember this is a season of love, not to push and shove!

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19

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Wednesday 11.28.12

Posted on 27. Nov, 2012 by in WOD with GOD

We recently watched the movie, Act of Valor.  The language in it is pretty rough, but the movie is wonderful.  We really have no clue what our men and women in the armed forces do for us and our freedom.  One thing I kept thinking about was every time they go out there is a chance they won’t come back.  You wonder are they scared to die or have they already made peace that if it happens it is their time.  They are putting themselves in danger to defend our freedom.  To prevent terrorist attacks.

Do you ever think, what if today was my last day on earth?  We never know what the next hour, day, or week holds.  Nobody really wants to think of death but God tells us that this is not our home.  When the day comes, will we be fearful or excited to enter into the kingdom of God.  One thing I know, nothing makes sense here on earth but when we see Jesus face to face it will all make sense.  The missing piece of the puzzle will be in place and all is well with our soul.  If you feel like your not sure about how you would feel then you need to find someone to talk to.   “And everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”  John 11:26

 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.  Romans 14:8

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Tuesday 11.27.12

Posted on 27. Nov, 2012 by in WOD with GOD

Do you feel encouraged or discouraged?  It seems like discouragement can hit us and lingers for awhile.  The only encouragement that lasts is the words we read from God’s love letter to us, The Bible.  We might get a kind word or a hug but are they enough to sustain us through the hard times?  God’s word does not return void.  We often take it for granted that we live in a country that the Bible is so accessible to us.  Many people don’t have this luxury in other parts of the world.  His word is living and will breathe truth into your life if you allow it.  A lot of times people are overwhelmed by the Bible.  Don’t let that keep you from opening it and starting your day off with it everyday.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.  2 Timothy 3:16-17

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Tuesday 11.13.12

Posted on 12. Nov, 2012 by in WOD with GOD

Our sermon was on doors being open and shut.  One day the door will be shut and time on earth will be no more.  People have this idea that they will have an option or they can designate their time to get right with the Lord.  In Genesis, when Noah was building the ark in 6:16, Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.  This door was place there to allow all the animals in and Noah’s family.  He told Noah that everything on earth would perish except for those safe in the ark.  In Genesis 7:16,  The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.   Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark, Genesis 7: 22,23.

Many of you felt the earthquake the other day.  It was too long ago we had an earthquake.  The bible talks about this in Matthew 24:7,8, There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.  If you have had a child you know what birth pains are.  The closer the contractions, mean the baby is getting closer to being born.  The closer the contractions are of Christ’s return means less time the door will be open.  Don’t let the door shut on you.

 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. 
Matthew 24:36-44

 

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Monday 11.12.12

Posted on 12. Nov, 2012 by in WOD with GOD

Today many people are home from work and kids home from school to honor Veterans Day.  The First World War (which was called the war to end all wars) ended at 11 AM on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. After the war ended, Congress declared November 11th an annual holiday and called it Armistice Day. Canada observes the same holiday, calling it Remembrance Day. About 1953, after the Second World War, the name was changed to Veterans Day but the holiday was kept on the same date, except for a brief period from 1971-1977.  We have been engaged in fighting for our freedom since then and men and women have lost their lives so we could have freedom.

 Shortly after the Japanese surrender aboard the battleship Missouri, General MacArthur made the following historic broadcast to the American nation:

 Today the guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended. A great victory has been won. The skies no longer rain death – the seas bear only commerce – men everywhere walk upright in the sunlight. The entire world is quietly at peace. The holy mission has been completed. And in reporting this to you, the people, I speak for the thousands of silent lips forever stilled among the jungles and the beaches and in the deep waters of the Pacific which marked the way. I speak for the unnamed brave millions homeward bound to take up the challenge of that future which they did so much to salvage from the brink of disaster.

 As I look back on the long, tortuous trail from those grim days of Bataan and Corregidor, when an entire world lived in fear, when democracy was on the defensive everywhere, when modern civilization trembled in the balance, I thank a merciful God that He has given us the faith, the courage and the power from which to mold victory. We have known the bitterness of defeat and the exultation of triumph, and from both we have learned there can be no turning back. We must go forward to preserve in peace what we won in war.

We have to teach our children why we celebrate this holiday and that we should never forget the sacrifice that has been made and people continue to make for us everyday.  Thank you to all the men and women who have served in the armed forces and continue to serve.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
    the people he chose for his inheritance.
 From heaven the Lord looks down
    and sees all mankind;
 from his dwelling place he watches
    all who live on earth—
 he who forms the hearts of all,
    who considers everything they do.
Psalm 33:12-15


 

 

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Sunday 11.4.12

Posted on 03. Nov, 2012 by in WOD with GOD

Our family loves the show Duck Dynasty.  It is hard to find a show anymore suitable for your whole family to watch together.  The thing I love the most is the end of every show, they are sitting at the table for dinner and the father prays.  For one things that is becoming a lost concept.  Families rarely are all home at the same time to eat dinner together.  I found this information about the Robertson family, the stars of the show and thought you might find interesting.

What drives them? You might be shocked to know that the motivating force is not fame and the money that comes with TV stardom. What drives them is a simple mission that began with the elder Robertson soon after his conversion to Christianity. They are focused on telling as many people as possible about the story of Jesus Christ and what he has done for sinful people, (that’s all of us..)
What Duck Dynasty and other family media has done is to open doors that could never have been opened any other way. Phil, Jase, Alan, and John have all the speaking opportunities they can handle and more. Even before Duck Dynasty Phil was booked up for about 3 years in advance. They speak at sports shows of all sorts, sports banquets at churches and other venues, and almost anywhere they can get an audience. What you might not know is that every speaking opportunity features a rugged looking outdoors type dude with duck calls in one hand and a Bible in the other. They almost never speak anywhere that they don’t preach the gospel. This family has preached the good news about Jesus to far more people in the last several years than many major ministries ever could. They walk the walk and talk the talk, for this I most respect what they do and who they are. (Grace Digest)

 


 

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Saturday 11.3.12

Posted on 03. Nov, 2012 by in WOD with GOD

A diving accident in 1967 left Joni Eareckson, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, unable to use her hands. After two years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations.
During her rehabilitation, Joni spent long months learning how to paint with a brush between her teeth. Her high-detail fine art paintings and prints are sought-after and collected.  Her best-selling autobiography “Joni” and the feature film of the same name have been translated into many languages, introducing her to people around the world. She also has visited more than 45 countries.  Her testimony is proof that we can emerge from earth shattering situations and triumphant in life with the help of the Lord.  Here is a wonderful quote from her,
“God is more concerned with conforming me to the likeness of His Son than leaving me in my comfort zones. God is more interested in inward qualities than outward circumstances – things like refining my faith, humbling my heart, cleaning up my thought life and strengthening my character.” ~Joni Eareckson Tada

I think people have a hard time understanding why bad things happen.  She also states, Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.  Unfortunately it is usually the hard times that redefine who we are and what it is important to us.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10


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