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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

Truly Awesome Power

Posted by Emma on May 7, 2012 | Filed under: Christianity,Daily Thought

A moment ago, I stepped outside and witnessed one of the most amazing lightening displays I’ve seen in a long time. The lightening was flashing all around me. It was coming from behind the trees surrounding my house, silhouetting them with every flash. Some was flashing high up, lighting up the entire sky, showing the clouds and the magnificence up there. Others were flashing lower down, between the tree trunks and branches. It was unbelievably awesome!

As I stood out there, I was just overcome with the realization that my God has the power that controls this lightening. It is incredible power. Power that can destroy, that slashes through the air. And that is just a small glimpse of the greatness of God’s power. He is a consuming fire; a God to be feared. Yet, He used His power to come to earth, die on a cross, and rise again. The power of God that shatters the sky with lightening is the power of Jesus that burst the cords of death. That was a display hundreds of times more awesome than the lightening display I just witness.

That God, who flashes his lightening on the sky and burst the cords of death as He rises from the dead, is our God! That is an awesome thought. He loves us, and that is incomprehensible. Our God is an awesome God! Our Jesus is amazing! That power is available to us! I have just begun to see that power in my life.

Standing out there, watching the lightening. I was truly in awe at my Jesus. The only thing I could do was worship. Our God is powerful! Our Jesus is awesome! Our Lord has no limits! Worship Him!

Great Day Every Day by Max Lucado

Posted by Emma on April 18, 2012 | Filed under: Books,Christianity,Perspective

Some days are just amazing. Others are dismal failures. Wouldn’t it be nice to have great days every day of the week? In this book, Max Lucado explores concepts and ideas that can help us have a great day every day. Every day should have the chance to be great. Oftentimes what the day ends up being is base on our perspective. Max Lucado starts where we should start everyday, focused on God, His love, and forgiveness. From there, he goes on to talk about leaving our days in God’s hands and trusting Him with the events that happen. Finally, he talks about accepting what God has for us and making it great.

This book really showed me how your perspective effects the events in your life. It was also a very good reminder about surrendering our days to God and living with joy in what He gives us. As we focus on God and looking for what He has for us each day, the petty problems start disappearing and we see the love God shows to us. Perhaps the most challenging thing for me was to give every day a chance. Each day is a new day, without the mistakes of the previous day. Let that day live itself out and when something wrong happens, do not let it get you down. Stand up, smile and move on.

Great Day Every Day is definitely a good book to read. If you apply the principles in it, you will have a better day, draw closer to God, and be filled with joy.

This Will Be Told Everywhere…

Posted by Emma on April 5, 2012 | Filed under: Christianity,Holidays

“And while He was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as He was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask ad poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, ‘Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.’ And they scolded her. But Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” Mark 14:3-9

This story took place two days before Jesus’ death. This weekend we remember His death and resurrection. When I read this story yesterday, the words “wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her” stood out to me. Jesus is saying that this action was worthy of being told everywhere that He is preached, everywhere someone tells the gospel. Something significant must have happened at this event. All too often, I read this account and pass it by saying, “That’s nice,” or “Those disciples, can’t they ever learn” or something along those lines. But yesterday, I stopped. I thought what can this story teach us? If it is important enough to be shared everywhere the gospel is preached, we should be able to learn something from it. So I thought about it and examined it and these are the thoughts I had.

The woman was praised by Christ for doing a good deed for Him (ESV says beautiful thing) that was applying oil to his body for His burial. Obviously, doing a good deed for Him was of value. We should also do good deeds for Christ. We cannot do them to His physical body but we can to His spiritual body, the body of believers. (See 2 Cor 12:27) We can do them by taking time to be with Him, doing His work here on earth. There are many ways to do a good deed for Christ when you look for them.

The woman gave something of great value. One denarii was a day’s wage. She poured three hundred day’s worth of wages on Christ. Our deeds should involve some sacrifice, and not just a little. We should give what we can to Christ and beyond what we can. Sacrifice your dearest treasure, your most costly possession, or what you worked for years to acquire. Your sacrifice could be the best years of your life given in service to the Master, time out of your busy schedule to spend with Him or giving up an activity to help someone in the body. It is more worthwhile to give to Jesus than hoard for yourself. And if you really love Him it will be a small sacrifice. Love is what compelled this woman to pour her oil on Jesus. Love should be what compels us to do a good deed for Christ and give things of great value.

The woman did something even though it was ridiculed and likely she knew it would not be looked on with favor. We should be willing to give to Christ, do a good deed for HIm, serve Him no matter what others think or what they will say. People will often ridicule a person for living a life of truly devoted to Christ, a life compelled by love. It is easy to ridicule when someone is different, and giving sacrificially is different. People may ridicule you for giving to much to the Master’s work, for wasting the best years of your life in service to Him, helping someone in the body instead of doing a fun activity, or giving your dearest treasure to Jesus. Ridicule from people is alright when you have praise coming for the Messiah. He will smile at you when you give willing to Him out of love.

As we are in this season of remembering Christ’s death and resurrections, pour out of your time for Christ’s service; give money or other material things to His servants; expend energy to serve Him; make time to study His word and fellowship with Him. Do a good deed for the Master and let your love be so strong that nothing is to much to give Him.

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness…so they say

Posted by Emma on March 19, 2012 | Filed under: Christianity,Daily Thought

So, I’ve been cleaning house recently and this set me to thinking. If you came into our house it would probably not take you long to see that we were religious, and you could probably label that religion as Christianity. On a shelf in the living room are several Bibles, there is a hymnal on the piano, pictures with verses on them hang on the walls, and many christian books are on the bookshelves in various rooms. But how does the rest of the house align with those items?

Undoubtably, for most of you, someone could walk into your room and say that you are a Christian. At least if your room is anything like mine. A Bible is sitting on my desk, actually more than one; scripture verses are scattered throughout the room; Christian books are on the selves. My room reflects my interests, the biggest of which is God. That is how it should be.

Our rooms should reflect who we are, and we should reflect who God is. Which naturally begs the question how does my room reflect God? Does a few Bibles, some scripture verses, and a couple of Christian books reflect God? They can. They can say that the person who lives here is a “christian”. They can say that the person who lives here cares about God, even loves God. But what happens when my room is a disaster? When I have been so busy that I have not taken time to put things away or when I am lazy and scatter things all over the room? (Yes, this does happen at times.) How about when I have too much stuff so it does not fit neatly in my room?

Those were the questions that came into my head while I was cleaning and I came to the conclusion that it leaves a bad testimony on God. It says “here lives a lazy, irresponsible, uncaring person who has the outward trappings of a Christian”. Pretty harsh, I know, but that is the truth.

1 Corinthians 14:33 tells us that God is not a God of confusion, or disorder as one translation puts it. If God is not disorderly, He must be orderly. We are suppose to reflect Christ, who is God, so we should be people of order. Not hard logic. This should translate into every area of our lives including where we live.

As Christians we should be the most organized people on earth. Far to often, I find that Christians are average, if that. Young people are the worst for being organized. Most people recognize that. But what would happen, if Christian young people stood up and said, “I’m going to reflect God. I’m going to be organized.” I think parents, peers, and other people would stop and stare. Think of the testimony it could be! And think of the testimony you are giving when your room is in disorder.

So, next time you take a piece of clothing off and are tempting to just throw it on the floor, think again and reflect God. Next time you have a stack of stuff you do not know what to do with, don’t just leave it in a pile, reflect God. Next time you are in a hurry and want to just toss that book, or paper, or whatever on your desk, don’t do it, reflect God. Make sure your Christianity is not tainted by mess and disorder and make sure your testimony is not marred by the state of your room. Reflect God. 

Thoughts From Years Ago

Posted by Emma on March 15, 2012 | Filed under: Christianity,Daily Thought

It is interesting how things change or stay the same over the years. I was looking through a journal and found something I wrote six years ago. I still think the same thing today.

“We should never get ourselves tied down in one place, but we should always be ready to move no matter how old we are. Abraham was 75 before God told him to travel . Just think what would have happened if he had said, ‘I’m too old. I have a nice home, which I’ve worked all my life for. I can’t leave it.’ That would have been disastrous. We should always be ready to do whatever God tells us no matter what the cost.”


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