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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Facebook






Facebook and I have been friends for a few years.  It drew me in while we were in Papua New Guinea as a way to keep up with family and friends.  In the past I have been hacked with some awful stuff and have even thought about getting off of fb.  Then there are the times I have posted something by accident and reap misunderstanding from those I care deeply about .   I post a lot of Christian quotes that some tell me have encouraged their hearts  which makes all the hackers and misunderstanding worth it. 


Again this may not be your cup of tea in singing but it blesses my heart.  I like singing and messages to get right to the point being, God hates sin, He loves sinner, He sent His son to die for the sinners.  All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:21-23. 


Charles Spurgeon said:  Jesus died for sinners , cannot we live for sinners?  Where is our tenderness?  Where is our love for Christ if we do not seek His honor in the salvation of sinners? Oh that the Lord would saturate us through and through with an undying zeal for souls. 


These guys have the message and aren't afraid to sing it and thousands of believers have shared this small clip to encouraged.    It's the simple gospel message in simple singing, no frills, no instrument's to cover the kids and even the mistakes in the singing.  Funny I had to listen to it about 10 times before I heard the one spot they were flat.  What my heart heard was someone singing about my Lord who cares for every lost soul out here just as He did mine.  It challenged me...hope it does you to tell someone this week about Jesus before it's too late. 


             I would love to know, when did you get saved, born again , become a believer, a follower of Christ?



Friday, February 14, 2014

Frustration






You don't truly know someone until you see how they react to their bag of chips getting stuck in a vending machine.





I have been known to voice my frustration while kicking,  shaking the machine and trying to run my hand inside the machine to get my bag of chips  which tells you I really like chips and can become frustrated when a machine holds onto them. 


Frustration has been  building lately and not because my bag of chips is stuck in the machine.  It's because we have to move again, just when I was really getting settled.  After a few angry outburst  I realized I better start exercising some self control before I end up kicking someone or saying things I shouldn't.  A look at some familiar scriptures brings my frustration to a halt. 

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me (I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self sufficient in Christ's sufficiency.   AMP

We need to learn this scriptural principle that the Holy Spirit works in us to enable us to live lives pleasing to God.  He does not do the work for us; rather, He enables us to the do the work....As I depend on Him, He enables me to live a life pleasing to Him.  Jerry Bridges.

A frustrating life is not pleasing to Him because it reeks of not trusting Him in all things.  Moving for some may not hold frustration but for me it unsettles me and through the cracks of my feeling unsettled my flesh begins to seep through and spill onto anyone who is near.  Moving is such a small thing in light of issues others are dealing with but if I compare it only drives me deeper into the flesh where condemning self lives,  then I don't deal with my own sin and repent.     God does not look at my frustration over anything and condemn me.  I love the fact in all the versions I read on Philippines 4:13 they all use the words, "all thing."  Everything we become frustrated about fits into the "all things", everything, even that bag of stuck chips. 
 

What is your bag of chips today?