Archive for October, 2012

Happy Halloween

October 31st, 2012

It’s Halloween so it’s seems appropriate to write something about mummies, the undead and demons.   And although I am tempted to write something about The Walking Dead, which I must say I started watching this week so I could understand what it was about, I probably should leave that for another time.

So how about some mummies,

14 So he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead

40 Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” 41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” 43 Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”  Luke 11 (NLT)

the undead,

50 Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, 52 and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead. Matthew 27 (NLT)

 

and demons.

19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror James 2:19 New Living Translation (NLT)

 

Wow, it’s pretty amazing that we follow a God that is in complete control of all of those things that we fear and use to symbolize the darkness.  That’s actually more than amazing, it’s just plain awesome!

Enjoy the fun of Halloween, but remember the reality of the darkness, and the power that God and his Son have over that darkness – and maybe pick a side!

 

 

An Awesome Source of Joy!

October 30th, 2012

Yesterday, I was reading some stuff about joy and having joy and was directed to this part of the Christ’s prayer. This is a section of one of his recorded prayers where he prays for us. Read closely what he says.

“Father, I want these people that you gave me to be with me where I am. I want them to see my glory, which you gave me because you loved me before the world was made. (John 17:24 NCV)

WOW!

The Son of God prayed that he wanted you in Heaven with him. Hmmm. That’s a source of Joy that transcend lots of troubles and triumphs!

Fear

October 29th, 2012

I am back, and the week ( sorry for Friday) of auto posts is over!  Hopefully the content picks up for you this week, although it is hard to beat a week of straight scripture.  I saw this tweet a few weeks ago and have finally got around to sharing it. It has taken some time, because I have been sort of stumped on the question.

Figure out what you’re most afraid of today, then ask God for the courage to decide you’re not anymore

Hm, this may not puzzle you has much as it has puzzled me, but regardless, it’s a great way to attack fear.  Oh, I have struggled with this because I have been really trying to see what I am really afraid of, and I am not talking about spiders, or heights, or clowns.  So, once you figure out what you are afraid of, turning it over to God turns it into a matter of trust and not a matter of fear.

And that may, for some of us, be the thing we fear the most!

18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 (New International Version)

Dagger John

October 25th, 2012

Here is an interesting story that I received in an email last week.  It is a historical story about the impact of transforming yourself to follow the Christ, and how obedience to him can really change your world.  Take a moment and read it.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 New International Version (©1984)

Peace

October 24th, 2012

You will keep in perfect peace

    those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.   Isaiah 26:3 New International Version (NIV)