Bring the Rain

6 11 2009

Sure, it’s easy to praise God when things go well. But do you praise God when things get tough? Do you know that God will never allow you to suffer more than you can handle as long as you look to Him for your strength? God uses the difficulties in our lives to refine us, to make us more in His image. As Neal Jeffrey once said, “The difficulties in your life are an opportunity for you to show that Christ is sufficient.” Through all of the events in our lives, both good and bad, we give Him the praise and the glory. May God be magnified!





God With Us

5 11 2009

I was listening to Mercy Me this morning and this song started playing. It’s one of my favorite Mercy Me songs and I just needed to stop and praise God for all that He has done in my life. God is certainly good!!!





That’s My King

1 10 2009

Last night at AWANAs, the leader of HYPE showed this incredible video to the kids. The video was created from a sermon given by Dr. S.M.Lockridge. It’s hard to watch this video and not get goosebumps.

AMEN!





Shooting Stars, by Andrew Peterson

11 08 2009

Andrew Peterson (http://www.andrew-peterson.com/) is my favorite Christian music artist. I love his musical style and his verses really touch a chord with me. I was reviewing some old notes of mine from years past and I ran across an excerpt from Andrew’s blog that I had written down. Not sure exactly what was happening in my life at the time that caused me to write it down, but I’m sure I had a lot going on and needed a reminder of what’s really important. Here are his words:

shootingstar“Slowing down doesn’t mean a lack of activity, but a focus on the only activity that really matters at all. What I’m talking about is the heart. I’m talking about sinking into the good things, the noble things, the beautiful things that Christ has spoken into the world around us, and that we notice in our cluttered world only by trying to notice them. They are shooting stars that we’ll never see until we drive out to the country and lay down in a sleeping bag on a dewy slope to wait and watch for them.”





Barbers do not exist

29 07 2009

barber-shopI ran across an old e-mail that I received a while back about the existence of barbers. I thought it was worth sharing:

A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation. They talked about so many things and various subjects. When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said: “I don’t believe that God exists.”

“Why do you say that?” asked the customer.

“Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn’t exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can’t imagine a loving a God who would allow all of these things.”

The customer thought for a moment, but didn’t respond because he didn’t want to start an argument. The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop. Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and unkempt.

The customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and he said to the barber: “You know what? Barbers do not exist.”

“How can you say that?” asked the surprised barber. “I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!”

“No!” the customer exclaimed. “Barbers don’t exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside.”

“Ah, but barbers DO exist! What happens, is, people do not come to me.”

“Exactly!” affirmed the customer. “That’s the point! God, too, DOES exist! What happens, is, people don’t go to Him and do not look for Him. That’s why there’s so much pain and suffering in the world”





Intellectual Dishonesty

1 10 2008

I’ve recently heard some comments from some of my non-believing friends related to faith and commitment. These are smart and logical people who find it difficult to believe that one could have a relationship with God. In reviewing some quotes that I had written down from a previous reading of “Peace with God” by Billy Graham, a couple of them stood out to me in light of some of those comments:

“I have learned that when men and women of sound judgment reject Christ as their Lord and Master, they do it not because they find Christian doctrines intellectually distasteful, but because they seek to avoid the responsibilities and obligations that the Christian life demands. Their faint hearts rather than their brilliant minds stand between them and Christ. They are not willing to submit themselves and surrender everything to Christ.”

“It is interesting to note that the two men most used of God in the Bible (one in the old testament and one in the new testament) were also the best educated: Moses and Paul.”

“The Christian ideal certainly does not demand that a person renounce all interest in the affairs of this life; but rather that we seek God’s guidance in performing our daily work to the best of our ability, and that we keep both our work and our ambitions in subordination to the Lord at all times.”





Holding on to a penny

22 08 2008

A story from the book “Peace with God” by Billy Graham:

A little child playing one day with a very valuable vase put his hand into it and could not withdraw it. They were thinking of breaking the vase when the father said, “Now, my son, make one more try. Open your hand and hold your fingers out straight as you see me doing, and then pull.”

To their astonishment the little fellow said, “O no, father, I couldn’t put my fingers out like that, because if I did I would drop my penny.”

Many of us are like that little boy, so busy holding on to the world’s worthless penny that we cannot accept liberation. Let go, and let God have His way in your life.