Archive for July, 2008

July 31, 2008

Olympics heart warming story

There is a great story about a young man named lopez lomong.  He is currently on the USA Olympic team getting ready to compete in Beijing.  He has a great story about where he grew up in Sudan, then kidnapped and removed from his family and not seeing them for almost 15+ years.  To heading to the United States by the grace of God with a Catholic Church sponsored adoption.  You must read this story to truly appreciate it. I heard it on HBO’s sports segment they have once a month and Bryant Gumbel spoke on it.  I was truly touched by his personal story and must share this with you as it’s not a story to keep buried in the other slime news that is not as worthy for sure.

I can relate to his story because I know that I was lost and now found.  I hope that he Lopez will be more outspoken about his faith the older her gets and bring glory to Him for what he is and has now, as I sure do!

July 31, 2008

Chrysalis

I am sponsoring my nephew Jordan this weekend for his first Chrysalis experience.  I am really excited for him and hope that he will draw closer to Christ as well as the other youth do as well.  Please be in prayer for them y’all. 

He is a good young man, but has yet to really experience God in a way that can move him and I think this weekend will really give him a vivid and tangible way of seeing that.  That is my prayer and hope and ask for your prayers for all of them as well.

We’ll see how it went for him when I pick him up this Sunday.

Blessings!

July 29, 2008

do good

“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins”  James 4:17

Have you not done something that you knew you should have, that was right, but just didn’t?  I have too.  Did you know this scriptue exists?  Yeah, it does.  For me, I believe that what this word is saying is to do good all the time and especially when it counts.  The time of conviction will come upon you when you know something is write that you ought to do…the question is up to you…will you do it?

Let’s pray today that we do DO the good we ought to today and everyday, that we may bring Glory to our Father in Heaven.

July 25, 2008

best bumper sticker ever

Spend some time with God today.

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July 23, 2008

hurricane Dolly

Texas has had it’s first hurricane of the season touch ground today in Southern Texas.  It’s the first Hurricane to hit the US this year, I think, and seems to have made barely Category 1 status.  But, after just checking the latest news, it seems it made a bigger wallop with just over 100mph winds coming onshore.  Let’s hope this is the worst we get for the year. 

I have had flood insurance for the last couple of years, but I didn’t renew the policy this year.  Cost savings was about $300 in my pocket because I’m NOT in a flood zone.  I know it’s more expensive in other areas of Houston if your in a 50 or 100 year flood zone.  The cost seems minuscule in comparison to an actual flooding of my home, but let’s pray that never happens. 

The other issue with hurricanes is that if they enter the Gulf of Mexico, they tend to cause the offshore oil platforms to close down which in turn cause the price of oil to go up and we all know that’s not good news for anybody, especially in the $4/gallon price range we’re already currently paying with all the platforms running full throttle. 

I have always thought about purchasing a generator at my house, just in case, ya know…but never do.  Do you have one?  I guess now is not the time to purchase one, in the middle of hurricase season when they are more popular, but maybe next winter, huh?

Let’s hope this is the end to an already calm season so far of the 2008 Hurricane Season, but seriously we still have until early November…man that’s a long time.

July 23, 2008

good word for wednesday

Achieving Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.  Where there is hatred let me sow love.  Where there is injury, pardon.  Where there is doubt, faith.  Where there is despair, hope.  Where there is darkness, light.  And where there is sadness, joy.  Amen.

July 21, 2008

all have sinned

I was speaking to a guy here at work today, and we have had some conversations of church and family and life in the past.  It seems that he is a believer.  This morning when we were speaking he took the Lord’s name in vain by saying the 2 words that make my soul quiver.  For me, that is the epitome of anti-God and the 2 words that should Never ever be uttered from a believer’s mouth…ever! 

So, I continued and closed our conversation, but never mentioned it to him.  Not sure how to say anything or bring it up to him, but the concern is…are you really a believer.  I posted about this some time ago on saying those 2 words here.  

What saddens me is that those words are used in everyday language now and it disgusts me and makes me sad that we as a nation are taking His name in vain and not taking it holy as it should be.  TV/Movies are to blame partially for this, I believe, as it is almost everywhere and even on regular local TV.  The gradual move to secularism and tolerance(I posted about this too) seems to be on it’s continual incline without a thought of or to morality. 

I guess the “If it feels good it must be OK and right and justified” generation is being exploited everywhere as well.  If it feels right then you must accept what I think because i feel it.  Well feelings come and go and just because you think it’s OK doesn’t mean it’s ‘right’ or ‘good.’  Just like the package of hot dogs I bought this weekend made by Hebrew Nation state as their motto “We answer to a higher Authority”  Well, I do to and every word, act and deed will be looked upon by God Almighty and judged. 

“Every knee will bow and tongue confess that Jesus is Lord and all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

I am not perfect and I know that we all sin, but there are some things I will not do and refuse to do as a believer, including taking His name in vain or murder or some other things that won’t happen.  Control of self is definately important as taking responsibility over our actions is.

July 18, 2008

in a land of milk and honey

What is your faith and hope and trust in?  Is it money or an inanimate object that money can purchase?  I, along with many of you, have found that in these times of financial trouble, are you finding yourself asking similar questions?  Your 401(k) is going down the tubes and your investments are doing the same.  Are you worried?  Where is your hope and faith and trust placed currently?  If you are bothered and concerned about our economy, ask yourself why?  If you worried that God won’t take care of you?  Are you worried that you will have no money and lose everything?  

I’m focused on God and the promises he makes to me.  That he will provide and bless as I continue to be faithful to Him and place my hope, trust and faith in Him, not monetary or inanimate objects.  I will continue to do that in the good and bad times, for where my treasure is there my heart will be also. 

I am focused on my heavenly dwelling and the eventual location of my eternity, not my temporary concerns and the short life that I will live here on earth.  I will enjoy this day as long as it is called today, but I’m not worried about dying or where my final resting place will be because I know in whom I hope and trust-Jesus and His promises to all of us…his children.

where is your eternity going to be spent?

July 17, 2008

encouragement

This is taken from a real cool short book(if you can call it that) of quotes from great people in our history.  The book is ‘Staying Power’ by Van Crouch.

One of the many quotes I like, and I’ll share a few are these:

“There are no victories at bargain prices”  General Dwight D. Eisenhower

“You hit home runs not by chance, but by preparation”  Roger Maris

“Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes”  William James

“Leadership is not a right — it’s a responsibility”  John Maxwell

“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do”  Henry Ford

“There is only one you.  God wanted you to be you.  Don’t you dare change just because you’re outnumbered!” Charles(chuck) Swindoll

Have a Blessed Day!

July 15, 2008

Jesus is Lord

It is reckoned that the earliest and simplest of the Christian creeds comprised just three words; JESUS IS LORD.

Upon the strength of this straighforward confession believers were baptized and welcomed into the Christian community.  With this phrase they were making a statement about Jesus’ identity.  Lord(Kurios in Greek) was the word which the scholars used for God’s divine name(Yahweh) when they translated the Old Testament into Greek.

They knew LORD was a divine title, and they constantly employed it with reference to Jesus.  He was not the latest addition to the pantheon of Roman deities; He was unique in His birth, death and resurrection – and one day every knee would bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord!

Giving in to the pluralistic thinking that grants validity to every religion is false.  We are, if you like, stuck with the great New Testament affirmations of the uniqueness of Jesus.(Acts 4:12-Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.)

There is a myth gaining ground in our day – namely that the world religions(Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, etc) agree on the main things while disagreeing on only peripheral matters.  In fact the differences between them are profound.  The English poet Steve Turner makes this point well in his poem CREED:

“We believe that all religions are basically the same, at least the one that we read was, They all believe in love and goodness, They only differ on matters of creation, sin, heaven, hell, God and salvation”