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If it hasn't happened to you already, it will. Some prominent Christian will be all over the news for saying something that, in your mind, is not even close to how you imagine God feels about whatever the topic is.
Happens to me all the time. I used to take great pains to distance myself from these people. To make sure my non-believing family and friends knew I wasn't "that kind of 'Christian'."
I slacked. I promised to post these types of lists once a week, but I slacked. I'm sorry. Maybe this is the week I get back on track!
If you're a collector of great quotes and Bible verses for your Facebook page or whatever, here are a few of MY faves from the past week:
"Be still...wait for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper, or fret about their wicked schemes." - Psalms 37:7
So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" - Hebrews 13:6
Automatic faucets that don't turn on for me are why I feel invisible. - Mike Couchman
You don't need to change your circumstances; you need to retrain your eyes to see the good things God has already given you. - Jud Wilhite
The tables have turned. We now live in a world where Christians (at least occasionally…be honest! ; ) look for reasons to avoid going to church. And where those who believe there is no God look for reasons to start churches.
Popping up in cites around the U.S. and U.K.: Atheist Churches. They’re structured perhaps a lot like your own church services. Singing. Teaching. Offerings.
Was just talking to a friend about my being nervous for a new adventure we are both part of. This is the week where the money that's needed will hopefully be raised for it. It's the "hopefully" part that makes me nervous!
But they pointed out two things:
1. "Any great call of God has three stages: impossible, difficult and done." That's a quote from Chris Tomlin. How often do so many of us want to skip that middle step? And, how many people in the Bible, when called by God, suddenly had cake walk lives? Almost none of them. Not Moses. Not Joseph. Not Paul. And certainly not Jesus.
How do you feel when you hear somebody, usually halfway around the world, has unearthed something that proves a Bible story is true? Those kinds of things used to be VERY exciting to me.
If that describes you too, you might like this nugget about science "proving" God is real.
Once a month or so, I'll sneak out and grab Five Guys. It's one of my too many fast food indulgences. And I KNOW better, but "the flesh is weak" sometimes.
So last week, I'm jumping back into my ride after swinging by Five Guys. And I heard some news report about making healthy eating choices.
For a moment, I felt guilty about my lunch. Then my head cooked up images of people in my life who take GREAT care of themselves. They eat right. They work out. Frequently. They make it known. Frequently. All I know about these people centers on their appearance, because that's all they seem to focus on. It comes off as one-dimensional and uninteresting to me.
It's no secret that I'm a Star Trek geek. Not in the "Trekkie" sense where I get costumed up and chase conventions (at least not yet...sounds fun though!). One of the things that's most fascinated me in many of the Trek movies and shows is the idea that space and time aren't as concrete as we think they are.
Without meaning to, that concept acknowledges our limitless God. He is never bound by the clock, never hindered by square footage, never kept at bay by the size of a checking account.
Lately I've experienced a few things that line up with a prayer I stopped praying years ago. I never stopped wanting what I had prayed for, nor did I give up on these things. I simpy got swept up in life and had to focus on other concerns.
Imagine walking into your church, and instead of seeing the Crucifixion Cross prominently displayed, your eyes are drawn to an electric chair near the altar. Picture the cover of your Bible, with The Cross replaced by "the chair."
The more you glance around, the more you notice the eponymous symbol for modern execution on display from every angle. All the crosses in your church have been replaced by electric chairs.
We are used to seeing the cross Christ hung on as a symbol of hope, salvation, forgiveness, and peace. We take comfort in what the Cross has come to represent.
In fact, I rarely associate the image of The Cross with the brutality of what took place on it, or leading up to the time Jesus spent on it.
Unless you're in one of those rare places where Daylight Saving Time isn't a thing, I figured you might want some help setting your clocks to the EXACT right time.
These links should come in handy, hopefully!