The Lego I Don't Want For Christmas
Well, here's a Lego set I don't want, although it certainly gave me my laugh for the day.
Day by Day
Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.
Every day, the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He Whose Name is Counselor and Power;
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
"As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,"
This the pledge to me He made.
Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith's sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
Ever to take, as from a father's hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.
Now, if this is true, you and I have some really big things to do for the Lord and for our neighbor! We have a great responsibility. You see, secular newspapers and secular studies now tell us that over 113,000 unborn children are murdered in the United States through abortion every month. These unborn children are all our neighbors just like all our other neighbors are. If we are not concerned about the murder of the unborn, we are sinning against the Fifth Commandment. We are not defending the life of our neighbor. You see, it is often not so much what we do, but what we do not do that causes us to break and sin against God's commandments.....
God's law speaks to all of us, including those of us who have actively participated in this sinful act. But, it also includes those of us who have sinned passively, by knowing about the holocaust of the killing of the unborn, but have neither spoken up against it or have not prayed that God would intervene and save as many of the innocent unborn as possible....
God's Gospel not only assures us of forgiveness of our active or passive sins, but God's holy Gospel enables us to turn from our sin unto life and an attitude that protects our helpless neighbor and pleases God....
So, as we have said before and as we will continue to say many more times on this program, when you are troubled by what you have done or troubled by what you have not done, then turn again and again to the Scriptures. Yes, read regularly Psalm 51. With a repentant heart and expecting God's grace and mercy in Jesus Christ, say with the psalmist:
"Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy loving kindness; according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me. Against Thee, O Lord, Thee only have I sinned and done this evil in Thy sight. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. Hide Thy face from my sins and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me, O Lord, the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit."
Ole took a trip to Fargo, North Dakota. He was thirsty and stopped in one of the neighborhood bars. A Dane on the next stool spoke to Ole in a friendly manner. "Look," he said, "let's play a little game. I'll ask you a riddle. If you can answer it, I'll buy you a drink. If you can't answer it then you buy me a drink. Is it a deal?"
"Ya," says Ole, "dat sounds purty fair to me".
The Dane proceeded to ask Ole, "My father and mother had one child. It wasn't my brother and it wasn't my sister. Who was it?" Ole scratched his head and finally said, "I give up. Who vas it?"
"It was me," laughed the Dane. So Ole paid for the Dane's drink.
When Ole got back home to Minnesota he ran into Sven in a bar. "Sven," he says, "I got a game for you to play. If you can answer the question, I'll buy you a drink. If you can't, you have to buy me vun. Okay?" Sven agreed.
"Ok", says Ole, "My fadder and mudder had vun kid. It vasn't my brudder and it vasn't my sister. Who vas it?"
"Beats me," said Sven, "I give up, who vas it?"
Right away, Ole says, "It vas some Dane up der in Fargo, Nort Dakota."
6 cups riced or mashed russet potatoes
1 tsp. salt
3 T. margarine or butter
1 T. sugar
2 T. heavy cream or evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Combine all ingredients except flour; refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Add flour; mix well. Heat lefse or other griddle to 400 degrees. Form dough into long roll and cut into 12 sections. Form each section into a small ball. Roll out very thin with cloth-covered lefse or regular rolling pin on cloth-covered lefse board or other surface. Dust board with flour when turning lefse dough. Bake on ungreased griddle until brown spots appear. Turn and bake other side. Stack lefse between 2 towels to cool. Store in refrigerator in plastic bags. Can be frozen. Makes 12 lefse.
These three young men are confident in God's ability to save them, but they also know that there is something far more important than their personal comfort and safety. God's honor supersedes everything! They are going to live for him no matter what. "Even if God does not save us, we will serve him!"
That is the attitude and approach that you and I have to adopt. Let's make a firm decision that we are going to honor God and live for him and stand up for what he says is true no matter what the cost. God may in his grace turn our country around once again, but if he does not, we will remain true to him.
But "I know Whom I have believed
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I've committed
Unto Him against that day."
During the [Civil] war, Whittle lost his right arm, and ended up in a prisoner of war camp. Recovering from his wounds in the hospital, he looked for something to read, and found a New Testament. Though its words resonated with him, he was still not ready to accept Christ. Shortly after, a hospital orderly woke him and said a dying prisoner wanted someone to pray with him. Whittle demurred, but the orderly said, "But I thought you were a Christian; I have seen you reading your Bible." Whittle then agreed to go. He recorded what took place at the dying youth's bed side:
I dropped on my knees and held the boy's hand in mine. In a few broken words I confessed my sins and asked Christ to forgive me. I believed right there that He did forgive me. I then prayed earnestly for the boy. He became quiet and pressed my hand as I prayed and pleaded God's promises. When I arose from my knees, he was dead. A look of peace had come over his troubled face, and I cannot but believe that God who used him to bring me to the Savior, used me to lead him to trust Christ's precious blood and find pardon. I hope to meet him in heaven.
The Africa Inland Mission family is deeply saddened by news of the shooting deaths of two of our missionaries, Warren and Donna Pett, who served in Uganda.
On the evening of March 18th, 2004, Warren and Donna, American missionaries, serving with the Africa Inland Mission as technical school teachers, and members of the Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, were shot and killed. One student from the technical school where Warren and Donna served was also killed and another injured.
[Paul] describes the life of believers time and again from the double viewpoint of battling on the basis of victory and of gaining the victory on the basis of the battle.
The first viewpoint proceeds from the victory of Christ. Because Christ has died to sin, they are to live out of the consideration of faith that they too are dead to sin (as ruler), but live for God in Christ Jesus (Rom. 6:11). This living for God in Christ Jesus is now repeatedly described, however, in the terminology of a battle, which not only starts from the victory that lies behind (in Christ), but also extends toward the victory that lies before (in the life of believers).
....the Word of God is to come teaching the mind and reaching the heart; showing the truth of Christ and savoring the glory of Christ; expositing the Word of God and exulting in the God of the Word.
That is what preaching is. And that is why it is so prominent in worship. It is not a mere work of man. It is a gift and work of the Holy Spirit.
Thinking back to day you were born in Dayton, TN. I had been checking quite often to see if your folks had put the hanging moon in the window of the door of their trailer as a notice that your dad had taken your mom to the hospital. How exciting when it finally appeared.
She gave my friend hope and a way to look through terrible pain. They became friends of sorts and there is no way to explain that.
As you may or may not know, I am currently working on my MRRP (Ministry Related Research Project) to complete my Master of Arts in Christian Ministry with and emphasis in Youth and Family Ministry here, which is somewhat similar to a thesis....
....I am looking for Christian bloggers to fill out this survey. It will be in two parts, one to be answered first and then the other one to be answered not too long later, but neither should take you too terribly much time.