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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Share The Road Saturday

Share The Road Saturday

As we walk with our Savior, there are so many things we encounter on the "road" of our lives, so let's "Share The Road" with each other.

Let's take this day, at "Christian, Can We Talk", to share your testimony, your praises for the week, a trial you are going through, or a trial you went through and how God brought you through it! If you have a question and you don't know the answer, post it here...maybe someone will have an answer for you. Maybe you want to see if you can "stump" us, post a question and see how many of us get it right! This will be totally open, share whatever you want whether you are looking to uplift someone, or needing to be uplifted!




 


Stump 'em Question

What was the name of the queen who dissed King Ahasuerus?

AMY EDWARDS (MORGAN) WAS THE FIRST TO ANSWER CORRECTLY!  WAY TO GO! 






Do you have any praises you want to share or a testimony?  Put them in your comment box!  
A little "food " for thought.  When you think your plate is too full, God just increases the size of your plate!
Friday, February 5, 2010

Devotional Friday - "Do You Really Believe What you Believe is Really Real?" by Jeff Morgan

DEVOTIONAL FRIDAY
"Do You Really Believe What you Believe is Really Real?"
By Jeff Morgan from The Baptist Church of Northville and LifeSavers Ministry


This is one of the first questions you are hit with in the "Truth Project". (from Focus On The Family)
It's a thought provoking question.

I think to answer this you have to first ask yourself how real Jesus is to you.
In Matt. 14:22-23 Jesus walks on water out to His disciples. He had sent the disciples on ahead of him in the boat and He came walking on the sea to them. They were terrified, thinking He was a ghost. Jesus said to them "Take courage. Do not be afraid. It is I". How often do we feel fear when we see Jesus "coming towards us?" He calls us to go on a missions trip - we panic. He asks us to share our faith - we freeze. He comes disguised as a beggar - we pretend we don't notice.

Or maybe we're like Peter. When Peter heard it was Jesus he asked to come out to Him. But as he started out, he took his eyes off of Jesus and began to sink - until Jesus lifted him up.
Have you been asked to do something that you eagerly embrace - until you see the waves?

When Jesus got in the boat the disciples worshiped Him and said, "You are certainly God's Son."
We do the same. We wait for Jesus to "prove" Himself.
No other god  or man has ever walked on water or calmed a storm. Jesus does what no one else can. When we're in the middle of a storm, Jesus says to us the same thing He said to His disciples - "Do not be afraid. It is I".
Do we really believe that?

Just before this, recorded in Matt. 14:13-21, Jesus fed 5 thousand men - plus women and children, with just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. When everyone had eaten their fill there was more food left over than they started with. In America, few people know what real hunger is, yet we worry about our next meal. The God who provided for the 5,000 is more than able to provide for you. Do you believe this?

When God created the world, He put the earth exactly where it needed to be. If we were any closer to the sun, it would be too hot to sustain life. If we were any further from the sun, it would be too cold. Earth has just the right amount of water, just the right amount of land, and just the right amount of oxygen in order to sustain life. No other planet has this. Those who believe in evolution and the Big Bang Theory without Intelligent Design, have to have a lot more faith.
What are the chances that random chance could have produced our universe? 1 in 10 to the 20th power.

If God created the world, why do we doubt He is still in charge of it? Do we fear for the future or do we trust Him?

In John chapter 11 we read the account of Lazarus, who had been dead and in the tomb for 4 days. Yet, Jesus raised him. When Jesus was crucified, He raised Himself from the grave after 3 days. No other religion has a god like this.

In John chapter 14 Jesus tells us "Do not let your hearts be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And since I am going, I will come again, and take you there. So that where I am, you will also be." In verse 6, Jesus said to Thomas "I am THE Way, THE Truth, and THE Life. No one will come to the Father, except through Me."
Jesus is preparing a place for all believers to be with Him for all eternity. He will come back to take us with Him. And He is the only way to get there.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says "For by grace you have been saved, through faith, and not of yourselves, it is the Gift of God, not as a result of your works, so that no one can boast."

We can’t work our way into heaven. Jesus did it all.
No one has any "better" Truths than the Bible. In it we can be assured of the truth of Jesus’ fulfilled prophecies, miracles, raising of the dead, the gift of salvation, and eternal life. I

f we really believe this is really real, then we should be living by faith, obeying His call, and trusting Him, knowing we are a child of the King.

Are we living like we really believe what we believe is really real?
Thursday, February 4, 2010

Teen Thursday Hosted by Shelby - "Is There A Way To God's Will"

Hey Teen Team!'m a 15 year old Jesus freak and I'm here to host Teen Thursday.
I'm back again with a brand new " Hot Topic", questions, funny video clip and a poll.
I know we will have a good time.
Let's get to know Jesus better. You and me.




Verse of the Week: Jeremiah 29:13 "If you look for Me in earnest, you will find Me when you seek Me. 

                  


THIS WEEKS "HOT TOPIC" 
Jason just started his senior year of high school.  Since he was eight, he was sure he wanted to study biology - until he actually took biology, that is, and found he had to do dissections with one hand on the knife and the other holding his nose. 
Besides that discouraging experience, Jason keeps hearing about the poor job outlook for biologists and the high educational requirements to succeed in the field.   When his older sister lands a high-paying computer job straight out of technical school, Jason thinks about bypassing college all together.  And on top of every thing else, Jason wonders what God thinks of any of his plans for his life.
Jason faces some of the same choices you might face soon.  And he is asking the biggest question about his future: 
Where does God want me to head in life? 
"How can I know God's will?" is a question Christian leaders often hear from students.  Some talk about it.  Others worry about it.  Some even lose sleep over it.  These students burst with sincere, serious questions about God's will.  
Why is God's will such a big deal for people your age?  Because you face the three most important decisions of your life:
#1 You're deciding who will guide your life - your Master.  If you've  trusted  Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and intend to live your life according to His word, you're heading in the right direction.
#2  You're deciding if you will marry and whom you will marry - your mate.  A marriage decision is doubly difficult because it takes two to tie the knot.  You both have to see God's will the same way.  

#3  You're deciding what you will do with your life - your mission - and what preparation you need to accomplish your goals. 
God loves you and has a great plan for your life.  Jeremiah 29:11 declares, "'for I know the plans I have for you, ' says the Lord.  'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"  
God also promises, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you" (Psalm 32:8, NIV).
Even if you aren't yet wallowing in confusion about God's will, you can plan on facing some questions about how to spend your life.  You can also plan that God will be with you to figure out the answers.
(taken from Youth Devotions 2 by Josh McDowell)







SO LET'S CHAT!

What kind of plans does God have for your life?
Have you ever told God you want to do His will before you even know what it is?
  Now would be a great time to do that!
Start your comments.............NOW!
Also feel free to share any prayer requests with all of us. We need to be prayer warriors for each other.

If you have a hard time with getting a "profile" to publish your comment you can #1 set up a Google account..which is just your email addy and your password. It just allows you to have a profile to comment..nothing more. #2 you can choose to the "name/URL" profile. All you need is , again, your email addy, and a URL. You can get a URL by going to YOUR Profile page on Facebook...copy and paste the URL found at the top of the page...the "http:// blah blah blah...." and put that in where it asks for "URL". You will have to do that every time though, where getting a Google account will only be once..and it will recognize you every time.
 Don't forget to come back and check out all the comments. There is also a CONTEST going on. The contest is to see if we, the TEENS, can get more comments on THIS post than the adults got on any theirs.  Come on TEENS, we can do it...WE RULE!
LAUGH TILL MILK SHOOTS OUT YOUR NOSE!







Don't forget the POLL! It is over in the RIGHT side bar. Check out the results tomorrow. Monday is "Music For The Heart" day, where you can share your favorite video from YouTube.com. COME BACK next Thursday for more fun, another funny video, a new poll and the next "Hot Topic".
SEE YA!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Truth Wednesday - What is Truth? submitted by Anne Morgan from "The Truth Project"


Truth Wednesday - What is Truth? submitted by Anne Morgan from "The Truth Project"


In 1828 the Webster’s dictionary defined truth this way:
  TRUTH, n.
1. Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be.
The truth of history constitutes its whole value. We rely on the truth of the scriptural prophecies. “My mouth shall speak truth. Prov.8.; “Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth. John. 17. “

      2. True state of facts or things. The duty of a court of justice is to discover the truth.     “Witnesses are sworn to declare the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”

3. Conformity of words to thoughts, which is called moral truth. “Shall truth fail to keep her word?”

4. Veracity; purity from falsehood; practice of speaking truth; habitual disposition to speak truth; as when we say, a man is a man of truth.
5. Correct opinion.

6. Fidelity; constancy. “The thoughts of past pleasure and truth.“

7. Honesty; virtue. “It must appear that malice bears down truth.”

8. Exactness; conformity to rule. “Plows, to go true, depend much on the truth of the iron work.”

9. Real fact of just principle; real state of things. “There are innumerable truths with which we are not acquainted.”

10. Sincerity. “God is a spirit, and they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth. John 4.”

11. The truth of God, is his veracity and faithfulness or his revealed will. “I have walked in thy truth. http://www.facebook.com/l/864e5;Ps.26.”

12. Jesus Christ is called the truth. John 14.

13. It is sometimes used by way of concession. “She said, truth, Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crumbs-- Matt
15.”;”That is, it is a truth; what you have said, I admit to be true.” “In truth, in reality; in fact.”
Of a truth, in reality; certainly.
To do truth, is to practice what God commands. John 3
If you were to look up “truth” in Webster’s dictionary today, this is what you would find:
Truth
1. Noun
1. A fact that has been verified; "at last he knew the truth"; "the truth is he didn't want to do it".

2. Conformity to reality or actuality; "they debated the truth of the proposition"; "the situation brought home to us the blunt truth of the military threat"; "he was famous for the truth of his portraits"; "he turned to religion in his search for eternal verities".

3. A true statement; "he told the truth"; "he thought of answering with the truth but he knew they wouldn't believe it".

4. The quality of nearness to the truth or the true value; "he was beginning to doubt the accuracy of his compass"; "the lawyer questioned the truth of my account".

5. United States abolitionist and feminist who was freed from slavery and became a leading advocate of the abolition of slavery and for the rights of women (1797-1883).

The definition of truth has dramatically changed since the 1800's.  I’m sure you noticed that in today’s definition, scripture is not used as the exemplification.  In less then 200 years, God is no longer the Absolute Authority from whom we derive our truth.  No longer is His Word the bedrock of truth.  The only consistent definition between 1828 and now is “conformity to fact or reality.”
What has happened?  What changed?  The change that took place has happened to all of us to some degree.
 It’s “Common Insanity.”
Common Insanity occurs when we believe the lie is real.
In Isaiah 44 God reminds the people who they are and, even more important, who He is, and what He has done for them.  But then He talks about those who are building idols.  They go out into the woods (that God created), cut down a tree, use it’s wood to heat their homes, bake their bread, and then fashion an idol out of it and worship it.  They are WORSHIPING something THEY created.  This is insanity.  How can something WE create with our own hands be worth worshiping?  Yet they did it.  And we do it.

Before we condemn the Israelites too much, let’s look at our own insanity.
Have you worked to pay for a big screen TV, or internet access, or cable?  And then spent all your time in front of it, rather than in God’s Word?
Has the “Big Game” been more important then church?

Have you repeatedly worked on Sundays?

Have you allowed your children to schedule events on Sunday that kept them from church and Sunday School?

If you’ve ever done any of these things, then you’ve experienced Common Insanity.  You’ve allowed a lie to be real.  What’s the lie, you ask?  That God isn’t serious about the first and second commandments.  That IS at the heart of it.

Maybe none of these things are true in your life.  Let’s look a little deeper.
Have you ever felt that God has good things planned for other people but not you? (Jer. 29:11)

Have you ever felt that you, somehow, are in control and worry about...your spouse...your children...your life...your death? (Matt. 6:27)

Have you ever felt that you have to perform in order for God to love you more? (Eph. 2:8-9)

If you’re honest, you’ll admit to at least one of these, if not more.  And there are other, many other lies we choose to believe. We ALL suffer from Common Insanity.
Each time we believe a lie, no matter how small, Satan has achieved his goal - to chip away at the foundation of our Truth.

Isaiah 11:2 says that ALL wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge and the fear of the LORD, come from God.  There are more than 200 verses that speak of God as the Ultimate Source of Truth.   Do you believe He is?  To what degree?
This week’s challenge - Ask yourself “Do I really believe what I believe is really real?”  Is God Truth?  If so, live like you believe that.  Let us know how you do.
Last week’s challenge should have opened your eyes to the truth that “We are people of unclean lips.”   I personally encountered so many lies of Satan they are too numerous to list.  I’m sure you each saw the same.
Next week “Philosophical Truth”
Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Prayerful Tuesday


Prayerful Tuesday


I would like to share a prayer from the book "The Prayer That Changes Everything" by Stormie Omartian

"When I suffer great loss, disappointment or failure"

"Lord, I worship You this day. You are Lord over heaven and on earth and Lord over my life. I praise You, my precious Redeemer and King. I thank You that You are a God of redemption and restoration. I surrender to You all my grief or sadness over any loss, disappointment, or failure I have experienced and praise You in the midst of it. I thank You, Holy Spirit, that You are my Comforter. Lord, I thank You that You allow no suffering that is without purpose. I know that You are a good God and what You allow will be used for good. I surrender to You the pain, the disappointment, and sense of failure I feel with regard to (name specific situation). I draw close to You in praise and worship and look to You and not my circumstances. You know the deepest recesses of my soul. I put my hope in You, for with You there is mercy and redemption.
(Psalm 130:7)
I praise You and worship You, Lord. I love You and recognize that all I have is from You. Everything I have is Yours, and I surrender it all to You for Your glory. Therefore, whatever I have lost I release into Your hands. I praise You and thank You that this is the day You have made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it. Thank You for Your grace and mercy. Thank You that You love me the way You do. Thank You that You will bring good out of my situation. No matter what has happened or will happen in my life, as long as I am alive I will sing praises to You. (Psalm 146: 1-2)
Monday, February 1, 2010

Music For The Heart Monday


Music For The Heart Monday


There were some events that happened this weekend with my daughter and I immediately thought of this song. How many "plastic people" are in your church? I usually pick a song that shows the lyrics, but I thought the video made from this church, was completely too awesome and TRUTHFUL to not show it.




John says, "Just a good song to brighten your day, and to lift your spirits"




Shelby shares, "I love this song because it reminds me God is always with me and he wants me. And that makes me feel so special that God is walking with me."



Janice says, "This song lifts my spirit"
Sunday, January 31, 2010

Soulful Sunday - "Lies Women Believe" - About God part 2


Soulful Sunday "Lies Woman Believe"
by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

About God - Part 2

God Doesn't Love Me





Few of us would actually admit we think this. Truth is, many Christian women do believe this. Christian women know,in our mind ,we are suppose to be believe that God does loves us.

"For many women, there is a disconnection between what they know intellectually and what they feel to be true...We trust what we feel to be true, rather than what we know to be true."

We may sometimes feel that no one loves us..not even God. If He did love us then the loneliness we feel would not be there. "So the seed of a lie is planted in our minds; we dwell on the lie until we believe it to be true; sooner or later, our behavior reflects what we really believe; and we end up in bondage."

Read what one woman shared about her back ground:

"I come from a somewhat difficult and distant family, in which love was always conditional. As a result, it was very hard for me to believe God could really love e unconditionally. That brought undue condemnation whenever I would make mistake and sin - not that sin is anything to be overlooked - but I did not believe God would forgive me."

"It is no small matter to give in to the lie that "God doesn't love me." The implications are enormous and affect every other area of our lives and relationships. Tiny little seeds, allowed to take root in our minds, grow up to produce a great big harvest."

THE TRUTH IS: God does love us! Whether we feel it or we don't. Not because of what we we have done or who we are. He loves us because He is love. We do not deserve this love nor is there anything we could ever do to deserve it.
"According to the Bible, from the moment I was born, I was ungodly, a sinner, God's enemy, and deserving of His eternal wrath (Romans 5:6-10). In spite of my alienation from Him, He loved me and sent His Son to die for me. He loved me eternity past; He will love me for all of eternity future. There is nothing I could do to make Him love me any less; there is nothing I could do to make Him love me anymore."

Melana Moore, a breast cancer survivor, wrote this about how she has come to have a "deeper comprehension of the incredible love of God, through her husband's response to her double mastectomy":

"As we wept and trembled when he took my bandages off the first time, I was so ugly, scarred and bald. I was in intense grief that I could never be a whole wife to him again. Steve held me tightly and with hears in his eyes said , "Melana, I love you because that is who I am. I instantly recognized Christ in my husband. As His bride, we are also eaten up with cancer-sin-and are scarred, mutilated and ugly, but He loves us because that is who He is. No comeliness in us draws Christ's attention; it is only His essence that draws Him to us."

Hannah Whitall Smith tries to describe the greatness of God's love:
"Put together all the tenderest love you know of, the deepest you have ever felt, and the strongest that has ever been poured out upon you, and heap upon it all the love of all the loving human hearts in the world, and then multiply it by infinity, and you will begin, perhaps, to have some faith glimpse of what the love of God is."

Here are a few things to think about until next time:

How can you live within reality of God's love even on those days when you don't feel His love?

It has been said that if we could begin to grasp the greatness of God's love, our lives would be totally transformed. How would you think differently about God, about yourself, and about your circumstances if you truly understood how incredibly much God loves you?

What are some ways you can grow in your understanding of the love of God?

"Lord, I know that You love me. I admit that on some days I just don't feel it. Remind me at those times not to trust my feelings but to believe the truths I know from Your Word. Amen."

So Far This Week:

I have run across many people who are having a hard time commenting or finding where they are to comment on the posts. They want to share their prayer requests or music videos and can't. I am hoping this will be easier. From now on, I will add the new day and the new day's topic to the home page post. Just click on the word "HERE" and it will take you to the post with the comment box already up and you will be able to see comments other people have shared. I am praying this will be easier for everyone. If not, we can go back to the old way.

Soulful Sunday - "Lies Women Believe" - About Themselves-Part 2- I Need To Learn To Love Myself. To see this post, Click HERE

Music for the Heart and Soul - Come and share your favorite Christan music and listen to others as we worship God! To see this post, click HERE

Prayer Requests - "Shying Away From Greatness". Let's be prayer warriors for each other today. To see this post, click HERE

Let' Talk Truth- Adversity is the topic this week. To see this post, click HERE

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