Archive for November, 2010

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

November 30th, 2010

I am sure by now you heard about Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson’s reaction to dropping the winning touchdown pass on Sunday. If you have not, after dropping the winning touchdown pass, he later tweeted this:

“I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO…

Seriously!

My first reaction was like “What’s up with you man?”, but then I thought about how that’s just like all the rest of us. We are so much like football players with our praise- quick to thank God for the winning touchdowns and to blame him for the loss!

But I don’t think that’s the way we are to go about life – accepting the good, and discounting the bad and ugly and using it as a source of judgment. Take a look over in the book of Job. When really bad things descended on Job, and his wife says “Curse God and die!”, he responds with this:

10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” Job 2:10 (New International Version, ©2010)

So today, if you are have having the “Best day ever”, or your storage bin with all of your belongings has been sold off, or you wreck you vehicle, or you get stuck with a dirty job, or whatever does not go your way – remember to accept the trouble from God with praise – just like you would accept the good things!

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 ESV

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12 ESV

Oh and Happy Birthday to my sister-in-law – Lori!!

Cyber Monday – Free Shipping

November 29th, 2010

That’s right, today only Free Shipping on all orders from the Daily Buffet! Just enter JESUSSAVES at check out and you will get free shipping on all orders. (or just subscribe to the mailing list and you will get a free delivery everyday!)

Don’t you just love it. My inbox was overwhelmed this morning with tantalizing Cyber Monday deals. Nothing like the assumption that people will go back to work and shop all day in the office!

Anyway, with the arrival of Santa at Macy’s in New York and the excellent shopping of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Christmas season has descended upon us. As we look forward 26 days until Christmas, here is a quick reminder to remember what is coming on that day. – no no not Santa!

14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 (New International Version 1984, ©1984)

Enjoy the day, and shine your light towards Immanuel.

DoorBusters Galore

November 26th, 2010

Well, I missed them- the doorbusters that it is. I decided to stay in the warmth of my covers and listen to the rain instead of getting up and pushing through the crowds to save a few dollars on the doorbusters.

Actually, the more commercials and emails I have received this week about all of this great deals, the more anxious and nervous I was becoming. I have got to get out there I thought. I have got to save all this money. If I don’t, I will miss out. But miss out on what? I was almost convinced that I need to go buy something, but I resisted the call of Black Friday!

So, I have stayed home this morning, to rest and relax. If you are out there shopping, remember to keep focus and let your light shine, as always!

Happy Black Friday!

32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 (New International Version, ©2010)

Give Thanks

November 25th, 2010

It’s the day of thanks!  Make sure you spend a few minutes to look past the turkey, the Detroit Lions and the pumpkin pie to remember the things you are thankful for! And to remember where those blessings come from!

Psalm 100 (New International Version, ©2010)
A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Happy Birthday Daily Buffet

November 24th, 2010

Wow, with today’s post the Daily Buffet is one year old.  I hope that all you readers out there have been challenged to grow spiritually, have been directed toward the Christ and have been entertained throughout the year.  I know personally this little bit of literary fun has help me tremendously. I have even been asked recently to pull out a few fan favorites from the year and use them as conversation starters in a Wednesday night  men’s study in December. Just imagine that, an class on the Daily Buffet. What’s next a book? LOL! 🙂 So if you have favorites, let me know!

I expect that I will keep doing this into next year – until I run out of thoughts or I bore myself to death( or you!), or I finally actually give my complete self over to Christ.    Keep renewing yourself everyday, and continue to buffet your body ( both spiritually, mentally and physically) each day!

Thanks for reading, and thanks for your encouragement throughout the year!

And so here is the theme verse for this blog again.  Firsteth in oldeth Englisheth with lots of eth and thy’s and thou’s and things you don’t understandeth .  But this the version I remember from my youth.

23 And I do all things for the gospel’s sake, that I may be a joint partaker thereof.

24 Know ye not that they that run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so run; that ye may attain.

25 And every man that striveth in the games exerciseth self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

26 I therefore so run, as not uncertainly; so fight I, as not beating the air:

27 but I buffet my body, and bring it into bondage: lest by any means, after that I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected. (1 Corinthians 9:23-27, American Standard Version)

and then from something that may make more sense

19-23Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!

24-25You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally.

26-27I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself. (1 Corinthians 9:23-27, The Message)