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"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?...Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;" 2 Cor 9:24-26

Ten Rules for Living

Posted by Emma on December 30, 2010 | Filed under: Christianity

As the New Year roles in many people will be making New Year’s resolutions. Some people will keep theirs all year but most will only keep them for a few weeks, a month or two at the most. New Year’s resolutions can be a good thing. I’ve made some different years, always ones I could keep, and they have improved my life. I was recently reading and came across this list of ten rules for living which Heinrich Bullinger gave his son, Henry, when he went to college. I am considering making this list my New Year’s resolutions for 2011. I am sure that if I strove to keep them all year I would not be sorry, but I know I can not keep them without God’s help.

Ten Rules for Living

  1. Fear God at all times, and remember that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.
  2. Humble yourself before God, and pray to him alone through Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate.
  3. Believe firmly that God has done all for our salvation through His Son.
  4. Pray above all things for a strong faith active in love.
  5. Pray that God may protect your good name and keep you from sin, sickness, and bad company.
  6. Pray for the fatherland, for your dear parents…for the spread of the Word of God.
  7. Be reticent, be always more willing to hear than to speak, and do not meddle with things you do not understand.
  8. Study diligently…Read daily three chapters of the Bible.
  9. Keep your body clean and unspotted, be neat in your dress, and avoid above all things intemperance in eating and drinking.
  10. Let your conversation be decent, cheerful, moderate.

Are you making New Year’s Resolutions? If so what?

Taken from the book On This Day in Christian History

2010 Year End Review

Posted by Emma on | Filed under: Random

As 2010 draws to a close I have spent time thinking over this past year. It has been a good year in many ways. God has worked out amazing experiences for me to have and opened the door for me to do many crazy things. Recently I made a list of all the crazy or new things I have done this year and could still remember. It is quite the list.

Crazy or New Things I’ve Done this Year:

  • Welcomed the year in with Ultimate Frisbee
  • Jumped in Lake Michigan on January 1st
  • Played over 24 hours of Ultimate Frisbee during the first week of the year
  • Got licensed as an EMT-Basic
  • Played Ultimate Frisbee on the ice and in snow many times
  • Hiked 20 miles, 10 of which where through pouring rain with the temperatures being in the low 50s.
  • Hike 40 miles in a day
  • Played Ultimate Frisbee the day after hiking 40 miles
  • Was the STEP Advanced Group Leader
  • Logged over 50 dives in a month
  • received 5 new dive certifications
  • Dove in 55 degree water in a missile silo
  • Got mild hypothermia
  • Saw God work in powerful ways as he enabled me to swim 400m in a faster time than I ever thought I could. (Considering I couldn’t swimming 400m prior to that any time would have been good with me.)
  • Went on a two day backpack trip with two of my brothers which ended up being one day.
  • Almost ran out of water on top of a mountain.
  • Ran into a thunderstorm on top of the same mountain
  • Came upon a forest fire on the other side of the mountain.
  • Was mistaken for being the wife of one of my younger brothers.
  • Hike 44 miles in a day
  • Worked registration for Family Camp (That was a blast)
  • Spent almost half the year in Texas
  • Ran a 5k
  • Wrote a book in a month
  • Shopped for 12 hours in a single day (from 3am to 3pm)
  • High-fived Bango at a Buck’s Game.

Yep, it has been a year of crazy and new experiences. I have enjoyed this year with all it’s craziness and I have seen God work in many ways. He has showed Himself to me in big ways and small ways. He gave me the strength to get through STEP Advanced and all the trials that came with it and He worked out seating and power needs on a train ride. He provided for my every need and brought me through many circumstances. I thank God for all that He has done for me this year. He is amazing and I am once again wowed by how small I am and how much He loves and cares about me.

What has your year looked like? What new experiences have you had? How has God shown Himself to you?

Thoughts from a Basketball Game

Posted by Emma on December 28, 2010 | Filed under: Christianity,Heroes of the Faith,Life's Race

I went to a Bucks game last night. For those of you who do not know, the Bucks are Milwaukee’s Basketball team. Several things struck me throughout the evening and one of them I decided to comment on.

As we were watching the players warm up, one of my brothers commented to me that Basketball players are some of the best played sports players.  This set my brain to thinking about how much professional athletes are paid. It’s a whole lot. As I was pondering this questions popper into my mind.

Why aren’t Christian “athlete’s” paid the same as professional athletes?

By Christian “athletes” I do not mean Christians who play basketball, football, baseball, etc. I mean Christians who are seriously running the race of life. Those would be your missionaries, pastors, and others in full time Christian service. They get paid next to nothing compared to secular athletes and yet they are playing for eternity.

How many Christians would pay 60+ dollars for a close seat at a missionary convention or to hear a preacher speak?

Not very many. Yet a lot of Christians are willing to pay that much for a good seat at a sports game. We are not willing to pay much to hear what these Christians are doing or listen/watch as they seek to draw us closer to God. It is shameful that most of us are not willing to pay that much to spend an evening drawing closer to God and being spiritual encouraged but we will pay to sit back and watch a sports event that will not count for anything a year from now, not to mention eternity.

How many Christians long to have an item that is signed or used by a missionary or pastor, or better yet Jesus Christ?

Maybe one in a thousand, at least of the Christians I know. Yet how many of us clamber for a baseball that flies into the stand or would give a lot to have a football signed by a great player on our favorite team? I think a lot of Christians would. We want the sports memorabilia. We are willing to pay to own hats and jerseys for our favorite team. I do not think I’ve ever seen anyone walking around wearing a shirt with the name of a missionary printed across the back of it or a hat that a pastor signed. I’m not necessarily advocating that we start doing this. I’m just wondering why we proclaim the names of these athletes who live less than honorable lives to the world but do not proclaim the names of Christians who live more than honorable lives. A question to ponder is how many Christians would take a Bible signed by Jesus over a football signed by their favorite big name player?

When do you hear Christians discuss the stats of their favorite missionaries?

Quite often we have conversations about how our favorite sports team or athlete are doing, what points they are scoring and so on, but rarely do people talk about what their favorite missionaries or pastors are doing or how many converts they have and so on. We should be able to talk about those important facts far more readily than sport facts. I think part of the problem with having those discussions is that Christians do not have a missionary or pastor they are routing for. If you do not know missionaries, get to know some. Find out what they are doing and know their stats so you can discuss them.

Why?

Why is this so? Why is the state of things as it is? Why can Christians pay to go to a game and not give a cent to missions?

Because our loves are mixed up. “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” Rev 2:4

We are focused on the things of this world and enjoying ourselves now and we have forgotten about the world to come and what matters then. We live in the now and do not give a thought for eternity. Brothers and sisters this is shameful and wrong. Our eyes should be looking heavenward. Our fist love must be the Lord Jesus Christ and not self and our personal entertainment during our short space on earth.

So I challenge you:

  • Next time you pay to go to a sports game give the same amount to a Christian who is ministering. I’m not against sports, I like them as well as the next guy but I think we need to keep them in their proper place.
  • Next time some one ask you to pay to go to a Christian function do so gladly knowing you pay to go the the games.
  • Get some missionaries and pastors to rout for.
  • Post there stats in your status and see what people say, if they even comment.
  • Next time you find yourself in a sports conversation turn it to missions and see what happens.

In simple, see to it that our Christian heros and “athletes” are treated as we treat the professional sports players and paid the same. The Christian “athletes” play for eternity, they deserve it.

The Butterfly Circus

Posted by Emma on December 8, 2010 | Filed under: Attitude,Media,Perspective,Video

One of the greatest teachers I have ever had said, “It’s all in your perspective.” That is so true and it extents to every area of life. This video is an example of that quote. It is worth the time to watch.

The Butterfly Circus – HD from The Butterfly Circus on Vimeo.

This film has won several film festivals. For more info about this film click here.

What is your perspective? Do you need to change it?

An Inspiring Book

Posted by Emma on December 7, 2010 | Filed under: Books,Christianity

Book Christian HistoryI recently finished reading, On This Day in Christian History. It is an interesting and inspiring book. For each day of the year there is a story from Christian history. I was introduced to incredible Christians I had never heard of before and also learned little known facts about Christianity’s history. This book contains stories that span the centuries. There are tales of Christians where were persecuted by Nero, stories of modern missionaries, and stories from every time in between. We have a great Christian legacy that has been handed down to us. This book captures that legacy and encouraged me to do my part in carry on the faith and courage that Christian men and women have been known for since the beginning of Christianity. The stories also inspired me to live a more dedicated life for the Lord and they also help me see why Christianity is where it is today. Sadly, some of the content is a bit on the graphic side and would not be appropriate for children.

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