My Most Recent Preacher-Addiction

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last posted a blog!  I can tell you I think about posting what I’m learning all the time.  I remember Beth Moore saying that you’re a teacher if…. you want to share everything you learn!  That would be ME!

I REALLY LOVE the Bible!  I love READING it.  I love STUDYING it!  I love LISTENING to Pastors teach about it!  It is so amazing how the Old Testament predicts the coming of Jesus Christ and the New Testament confirms the awesome gift He gave us!

The stories of men and women who came before us that we can learn from their mistakes and be encouraged by God’s faithfulness, grace and mercy.

I have a few favorite Pastors I’ve enjoyed watching and/or listening to for a long time, but I recently found a new one!  Don’t misunderstand me, he’s not new to ministry; he’s new to me!  I was introduced to him by reading his in-depth commentary on the Book of Hebrews…which is amazing!

Next, my small group leaders had some books sitting out when we met last week and encouraged us to borrow whatever we wanted.  The following title caught my attention…

AND OH MY GOODNESS, WHAT A BOOK!!!!  I have been listening to a couple of sermons online and I have learned so much (some things more easier to “swallow” than others – for example, do you know the difference between a TRIAL and CONSEQUENCES?).  He is currently preaching a sermon series on the Bible and the messages are FABULOUS!

If you’re interested, I thought I would include a couple of his links ….

https://youtu.be/xuolhZkfU0c

http://www.jamesmacdonald.com/recently-preached/

I have a feeling I’ll be posting more in the near future….

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WHAT A DAY!

A couple of weeks ago, I changed the header on my blog page.  I totally forgot all about it.  As I sit down to draft this post, I am hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).  YET, I am reminded, there is ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR.  Thank you, Ann Voskamp, for the beautiful reminder!

Since this is MY blog, I’m still going to get a couple of things off my chest:

I was raised to believe in the justice system.  I’m not sure I can anymore.

I was raised to believe in the men in uniform protecting you.  I’m not sure I can anymore.

I was raised to believe everyone is treated fairly.  I’m not sure I can believe that anymore either.

AND….

Would someone please tell me WHY I have to pay a fortune for a Verizon charger to charge my cell phone?  I JUST purchased a new generic charger (I picked one up on sale AND was able to apply my “bucks” towards the purchase, resulting in a FABULOUS deal!) and within ONE DAY, my phone wouldn’t charge.  My phone literally told me I needed a Verizon charger!  WHAT ON EARTH?

I was raised by parents who grew up during the depression and experienced first hand what it meant to go without.  I don’t believe I suffered as a result, but I was taught to eliminate waste whenever possible and to comparison shop, factoring all variables into the equation.  I take pride in my ability to calculate the best deal and to save money.  So WHY do I have to purchase a Verizon charger?  BECAUSE IT’S A RACKET!

AND….

Please tell me why my car WON’T pass inspection if the air bag sensor isn’t working in the passenger seat of my car?  When I was growing up there was NO SUCH THING as an airbag!  Now that my children are grown, NO ONE EVEN SITS in the passenger seat of my car!  Yet the air bag sensor MUST WORK!  OH PLEASE!!!!  So I take my car to the electrical shop and PRAY it’s just a quick, cheap fix.  BUT NO!!!  I need a NEW SEAT in my 2008 Nissan Altima!!!!  Are you kidding me!?!?!?!?!  A USED SEAT is $500, PLUS an additional $100+ for the diagnostic test and process to arrive at the solution.

BUT at the end of the day, I was SO blessed.  I met a very nice lady while my car was getting inspected.  We had a nice long chat about knee surgery and the pains of growing old.

Then, at the electrician’s, I enter into a wonderful conversation with the office manager, who just so happens to be the electrician’s wife.  She was SUCH a blessing!

I told her on the way out the door, I was CONVINCED God placed her in my life today to be MY ONE.  My ONE to share God’s love with!  Afterall, THAT’s what REALLY matters in life!

 

Passion 2017, “Worthy of Your Name”

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Passion 2017, a Christian-based gathering of young adults typically ranging in age from 18 to 25. This is the 20th year for the conference, which grew out of a Bible study started in Texas two decades ago by Louie and Shelley Giglio as a way to reach college students and their leaders interested in a deeper understanding of Christianity and God.

The CD, recorded live at Passion 2017, features 11 songs and is titled “Worthy of Your Name.” The CD comes out on March 24 and I have ONE COPY to give away.

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Every person that attended Passion 2017 was given a FREE copy of The Jesus Bible!

 

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Tell me what you’ll do with this CD if you win!  A winner will be chosen next week!  Enter soon!

Pray for One

Last year our Church read a book by Bo Chancey entitled Pray for One.  Pray for One is more than just a book, it’s a movement to change the world.

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“Pray for One is a unified prayer that unleashes an exponential movement of God’s love. Praying God’s expressed will into your life will bring transformation to you and to every One that encounters God through you. See how a simple prayer can position individuals, families, and churches to impact eternity by effectively sharing God’s love One person at a time.”

We are reminded in Worship each week to ask God to bring “One” into our lives each day to share His love.  Most days, even though I do my best, I’m not sure if I made a difference in anyone’s life.  But today was different and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

I was presented with a somewhat uncomfortable situation at work:  an employee pending disciplinary action needed assistance.  Often times employees facing discipline come across to those addressing the behavior as condescending.  Maybe it’s because they think they won’t appear guilty or perhaps it’s because they’re scared to death.  Or maybe it’s a combination of both.  In these situations, it’s easy to think of yourself as superior, after all, you aren’t in “trouble.”  I’ve learned over the years to keep my focus on God and His unimaginable forgiveness and grace and show that same kindness and respect to every employee – no matter how they come across to me.  Today, after I did, the employee shared how appreciative he was.  He said I  was “a breath of fresh air” because I took the time to answer his questions and provided him a sense of peace about the situation.

Today, my sharing of God’s love made a difference!  And it feels so good!

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Link:   Pray for One website

GIVE AWAY, GIVE AWAY, GIVE AWAY

YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT…

(I can’t believe it myself!)

I HAVE A COPY OF KARI JOBE’S NEW CD

Scheduled to release this Friday, February 3, 2017

(actually, I have TWO COPIES – one for me and one for you!)

IF…… YOU’RE THE LUCKY WINNER!

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TO ENTER:  TELL ME WHY I SHOULD PICK YOU!!!!

WINNER ANNOUNCED FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD!