Archive for March, 2016

Backup

March 31st, 2016

Someone deemed today World Backup Day.  So while you are placing your digital treasures in a secure location, remember the backup plan that we all have, in this little treasure!

For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;  2 Corinthians 4:5-9 (ESV)

Go and Tell

March 28th, 2016

The Easter weekend is over but remember this bit from the words the Angel spoke to the girls at the tomb,

“And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead…”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

As you go today, continue to make sure you are telling of the Christ in every way you can!

Greetings!

March 27th, 2016

“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.””

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Good Friday 

March 25th, 2016

On this Good Friday, here are two of my favorite verses in the whole story of the Bible.

Both of them speak of the gift of forgiveness, mercy and access that we have been giving through the events of this day!  

“At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭27:51‬ ‭NIV 

“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

‭‭John‬ ‭19:30‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The curtain and the completion.  They go together.  They show us that we, because of the Christ, have restored access to the Creator of the World.  This is good news and this makes this Friday good!

Two-Meter Rule

March 23rd, 2016

I often get the pleasure of teaching teenagers about life and the Christ. After the Paris attacks, they expressed their concern and fear and anger to me. The same emotions many of us are feeling again today. We spent some time looking at this chart for the Ecomomist.com and talking about how to respond

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I told them the response could not be based in fear, or anger.  The respond had to be based in love and that there is indeed something they can do about this stuff.  There’s something you can do as well.  I called it the two-meter rule.

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I have referenced it quite often since then with that group. Sometimes I just walk around the room carrying two meter sticks to remind them of the idea.  The concept is that you should focus on the people that you come in contact with, the people within two meters of you each and every day.  If you treat them right and impact their lives, they will, in fact, impact others. Bit by bit we can overcome.Spend time today observing all the people within two meters of you, and impact them for the good.

Spend time today observing all the people within two meters of you, and impact them for the good.

Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways—Haggai 1:5