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“If you had the microphone”’



Microphone, originally uploaded by hiddedevries.

So GOD hands you a microphone and says, “Go ahead, make my day, share what I have done for you. Those around you need to hear.”

What would you do? What would you say? They say the best sermon is a testimony…so you have something to say….you just have to be ready.

There is plenty of opportunity. That is never the problem. GOD is waiting to assign us “divine appointments” for us to work hand-in-hand with the Holy Spirit.

So, wherever you live, whatever you do…share what GOD has done in your life.

THANKSGIVING is a natural byproduct of this remembering…for us.
ENCOURAGING is the natural byproduct of this talking…for others.

Give it a try. Don’t get stage fright. GOD has the perfect match of your obedience, His inspiration and a friend in need.

To practice, just thank GOD tomorrow for all He has done for you, your family, your friends and the world at large.

BE BLESSED!

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The giving tree by Shel Silverstein

why-treeOnce there was a giving tree who loved a little boy.
And everyday the boy would come to play
Swinging from the branches, sleeping in the shade
Laughing all the summer’s hours away.
And so they love,
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

But soon the boy grew older and one day he came and said,
“Can you give me some money, tree, to buy something I’ve found?”
“I have no money,” said the tree, “Just apples, twigs and leaves.”
“But you can take my apples, boy, and sell them in the town.”
And so he did and
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

But soon again the boy came back and he said to the tree,
“I’m now a man and I must have a house that’s all my home.”
“I can’t give you a house” he said, “The forest is my house.”
“But you may cut my branches off and build yourself a home”
And so he did.
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

And time went by and the boy came back with sadness in his eyes.
“My life has turned so cold,” he says, “and I need sunny days.”
“I’ve nothing but my trunk,” he says, “But you can cut it down
And build yourself a boat and sail away.”
And so he did and
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

And after years the boy came back, both of them were old.
“I really cannot help you if you ask for another gift.”
“I’m nothing but an old stump now. I’m sorry but I’ve nothing more to give”
“I do not need very much now, just a quiet place to rest,”
The boy, he whispered, with a weary smile.
“Well”, said the tree, “An old stump is still good for that.”
“Come, boy”, he said, “Sit down, sit down and rest a while.”
And so he did and
Oh, the trees was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

So here is what I think…

Shel had a great insight into the seasons of life and the need for us to gain help from others in each season of our personal growth.  Sometimes we understand our need and sometime we think we don’t really need anyone to help us.  Sometimes we just think it is so much about us and others’ sacrifice really is not a concern.  In fact, sometimes we are blind to what others give up in order to give to us.


The picture above is entitled WHY?  It is a C28 graphic on a t-shirt I have.


In some regard, we cannot understand this at all.  Why would anyone sacrifice for another?


The greatest sacrifice is the one GOD gave when He sent His only Son, Jesus to die on a tree for our salvation.  GOD had to send Jesus into the no man’s land of sacrifice, even forsaking Him in silence as He alone carried our sin to the cross.  There is no greater “giving tree” than the one represented by the Cross of Christ.

In this Thanksgiving season and as we approach Christmas, we can only imagine that incredible sacrifice Jesus gave for us.

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How a man falls…

casting-crowns-teaching

As I grow older and my natural stamina decreases and my need for rest increases, I wonder if my spiritual stamina will go away as well.  When I look at many of the giants of the Bible, and those men of religious fame in this generation, I am concerned that I will compromise…yet, I know the only race worth running and winning is the one Paul encourages to run with endurance looking to the prize…

not only do I want to win the crown of winning the race, I know it is a crown of righteousness which belongs to Jesus alone and He deserves my consistency and completing what He has started in my life.

Then there is the legacy of the little eyes that are watching me as I lead the way.  Am I an example of walking and talking all that Jesus Christ has redeemed to to do?

…or will I be considered so much “hot air”?

copied below is an excerpt from a Casting Crowns interview that fits the message and answers these questions:

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on this law he meditates day and night….”

“The whole album funnels from this passage,” Hall says. “Imagine the man in this verse totally breaking down, but just a little at a time. First he’s walking, then standing, and eventually sitting, just slowly shutting down. He doesn’t crash suddenly—there’s no sudden crash in the Christian life. The ‘crash’ is just the fruit of a slow fade.”

He continues, “If we find ourselves ‘walking’ in the counsel of the wicked, it’s often supported by the things we’re listening to, the things we’re taking in, the things we’re watching and clicking on. Sooner or later, what we choose to put into our lives affects us and starts coming out of our lives. Then we’re not ‘walking’ anymore. Instead we become a walking contradiction. The way we live confuses the people around us, and that, to me, is how we find ourselves ‘standing’ in the way of sinners. If something doesn’t change and we don’t make a turn around, we’re eventually ‘sitting’ in the seat of the scoffers. We find ourselves in the back row of the church watching everybody with their hands in the air, and thinking, ‘Surely they don’t have anything I don’t have,’ when in fact they do. And we don’t even realize it, because the fade is so gradual.”

go to:  http://www.christianitytoday.com/music/artists/castingcrowns.html

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Miraculous Signs…

Miraculous Signs…, originally uploaded by orchardrise.

…what GOD has given us in the written word of the Bible is enough evidence to believe…He has said it is so.

…and if He has said it is so, and the evidence is there, then should we boldly reject what GOD our Father has provided for faith?

…it might be said He has given us no excuse for unbelief.

…if a judge says there is enough evidence to convict or acquit, would we be so brazen to reject the court’s statements and chose our own wisdom?

No, we take our culture as truth…but we often reject GOD…how wise is that?

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To The Ends of the Earth

Worship BG – Ends of the Earth, originally uploaded by bemky.

…what would happen if we took the message of the Gospel to the ends of the earth?

to every living being?

would Jesus return?

What about taking the Good News of Eternal Life to our family, our friends, our neighbors…to those who are hurting and need answers we have in our hearts…

Would that be a reason for Thanksgiving?

…for celebrating the birth of our Savior?

…for starting a new year, 2009?

…we have the time…let’s ask GOD for the assignments to take Jesus to the ends of the earth.

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Jesus Saves

In the background, do you see the cross and infinity sign?

GOD saves forever…infinity plus one…we are forgiven and have life with GOD forever…what an exchange this is!

We give GOD our sin, through repentance, in humility, and GOD gives us eternal life.

Thank you Jesus!

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unstoppable…

unstoppable, originally uploaded by 1exile08.

GOD”S love for you is truly unstoppable….

as Romans 8:31-38 tells us:

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:

They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.