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Saturday, February 13, 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"

This is going to be a tough one!

Which one of Job's "friends" said,  "According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity and those who sow trouble harvest it"?





Do you have any praises you want to share or a testimony? Put them in your comment box!







Food 4 Thought

When you are going through some adversity remember this:

"At times you must say aloud to yourself, 'I know that God has a purpose in this.  I know that He will bring me through this.  I know that He is  my good and loving Father and that He is doing a good and eternal work in my llife.'  If no one else speaks hope to you, then you need to speak it to yourself!"
(from Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Devotional Friday - "What is Important" by Pastor George Hopper


Devotional Friday

What is Important?

Matthew 6:21 reminds us very clearly that " ..where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." That verse tells us much about ourselves when we take stock of our lives. In WW2, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker was asked by the Secretary of War to inspect the various theaters of war where the United States was involved. Capt. Rickenbacker was the WW1 flying ace of the United States so he knew what he was doing. On a flight over the Pacific Ocean the crew was forced to make a landing at sea.. This was not a seaplane so these men drifted in a lifeboat for 24 days before they were rescued. Rickenbacker's response to this situation was, " let the moment come when nothing is left but life, and you will find that you do not hesitate over the fate of material possessions." The captain discovered what was really important. Things do not mean anything, but life does, and as a believer in JESUS CHRIST, our minds need to be set upon HIM. What we do for CHRIST is far more important than what we have or think we need.

 Where does your treasure lie?
Thursday, February 11, 2010

TEEN Thursday Hosted by Shelby Sharp "It's Not You, But What God Can Do Through You."


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: Phillippians 1:6 "God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again."












THIS WEEKS "HOT TOPIC"

Chang was a high-powered investment accounts manager for a bank.  People at his church figured he was a slam dunk for budget committee.  "He knows how to manage money, " they reasoned.  Not much later Chang joined the committee. 
Chang was disaster.  His smarts and money management turned out to be a gross weakness.  Relying on his financial training, he saw every church expenditure in terms of " the bottom line".  If a church program did not show a profit growth in numbers of people reached or dollars raised- he argured to ax it.  After a blunt but kind discussion with his pastor, Chang left the committee.
As Chang grew in faith, and let the Holy Spirit control his life, he had a new idea - that he'd like to volunteer in the junior-high ministry.  But he cared for kids that came from non-christian homes.  His wife Nikki felt the same burden. 
Chang and Nikki prayed- alot.  Then they met with the youth pastor.  " We don't know much about youth work," they confessed, "but we love these kids and want to learn.  If you can use us, we're available."  It turned out that kids flocked to Chang and Nikki because they felt genuinely loved and accepted by them.  And that  group has kept growing because of chang and Nikki's willlingness to let the Holy Spirit lead them someplace they never expected to go. 
Big Holy Spirit lesson:  When you allow the Spirit to empower your life and tell God you are willing to serve whereever he wants, you might be surprised where he plunks you.  god knows best how to make your competent, and he knows best where you'll fit.  Chang's story is a prime example of how to let God lead you.
Like everyone else, you have limitations.  Chang and Nikki - and youth leaders you know -  don't do ministry perfectly.   But we when you look at the people God uses, you notice that their real power comes from submitting to the Holy Spirit and asking God to equip them for ministry.  Like Chang found out, being an "expert" in an area gets in the way. 
God isn't limited by your age, weaknesses, or your lack of experiences.  Whoever you are and where ever you are in your Christian growth, you're most useful to God if you let His Spirit empower you daily.  Just watch what he can do through you when you give His Spirit control!



SO LET'S CHAT

What bold new things do you think God would like to do through you?  Pray and ask God to lead you where ever He wants you to go.


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 of theirs.  We won last week!  YEA!!!  Can we do it again.


LAUGH TILL MILK SHOOTS OUT YOUR NOSE





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 10, 2010

Truth Wednesday - "Philosophy " submitted by Anne Morgan from "The Truth Project"

Truth Wednesday
" Philosophy" submitted by Anne Morgan from "The Truth Project"

Philosophical Truth



Philosophy. We’ve all heard the term. Maybe even used it ourselves. But what is philosophy? Simply put it is the quest to discover ultimate reality.



But who decides what is the true ultimate reality.



Colossians 2:8 says "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."



For the Christian it would seem obvious that Christ IS the ultimate source of reality. Wouldn’t it? Before being quick to answer, remember, the book of Colossians was written by Paul to the CHURCH of Colossi. He was writing to fellow believers when he admonished them to be careful that THEY weren’t taken captive.



Captivity happens subtly. And it happens to us every day. The primary tool used is "assumptions". Assumptions are caught and bought without discerning the truth in the underlying statements. For example the images the media uses to sell products. They want to sell a car, so they use good looking, fit, models to display it. The "assumption" we make is that if we buy this car we’ll look good. Ever notice that magazines targeting teens always have acne free, skinny models on the covers? The assumption our teens make is that in order to be beautiful they have to be thin and blemish free.



The same is true when it comes to our theology. We hear a popular preacher say that "God wants you to be happy." And we believe it. It sounds good. God is a God of Love. Why wouldn’t He want us to be happy. So we buy into it, expecting to be happy all the time. And when life is hard and trials come, we wonder "Why is God doing this? He mustn’t love me." When the truth is God never promised happiness, He promised joy. There’s a difference.



It is God’s truth...about beauty, joy, trials, love, life, everything you can name...that give us the ability to live in the here and now. The philosophy of the world is hollow.



Leonardo DiVinci believed he could find the universal truths in math, science, and art. He wound up despondent and depressed because he couldn’t find the answers he was seeking.



God is the answer to all the questions we have. He has revealed Himself to us through His general revelation (through creation) and His specific revelation (His Word.) Do we listen to what He is telling us? Or are we tossed about by every wave of ear tickling doctrine we hear?



An extensive Christian poll recently discovered that only 9% of people that called themselves "born again believers" actually held a biblical world view - believing that what God says IS the FINAL authority. 91%, when asked specific questions, leaned towards the side of ethics, rather than God’s morality. Morality, does not change. It stands true to what is right and holy. Ethics, on the other hand, change with any situation. It shouldn’t be that way. God and His Word never change, but we’ve bought into the lie that we have to conform to this world.



What percentage do you fall in?



This week’s challenge - "Is an act right because God said it? Or is it right because God knew it was right and told us about it?" (This question was posed by Plato 400 years before Christ was born)



Last weeks challenge - I have to admit that several times I caught myself this week failing to live like I what I believe is really real. The biggest is in the area of self condemnation. When I mess up, I have a hard time forgiving myself. This is definitely an area I need to work on.



Next week - Anthropology - Who is Man?
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Prayerful Tuesday



Prayerful Tuesday

A great prayer from "The Prayer That Changes Everything" by Stormie Omartian
When I become sick, weak, or injured.........

"Lord, I worship you.  Almighty God, I praise you.  Jesus, I exalt and thank you that you are my Healer.  Thank you for dying for me on the cross, for bearing the consquences of my sin in your body.  You are greater than anything I face or suffer, and I thank You that in Your name I can find healing.  You are my strong tower, You are my strength.  Your power is unlimited.  I know that if You heal me, I will be healed completely.  Thank You that You will rise up with healing for those who fear Your name (Malachi 4:2).  "Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!  For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by" (Psalm 57:1).   "Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled" (Psalm 6:2). 
Lord, I praise You and thank You that You never change and my life in eternity with You is secure.  I lift up to You my affliction this day (name it before the Lord), and I ask You to take it away.  I know You are able to do this, and I know You are a God of mercy.  Have mercy upon me, Lord.  Thank You for Your grace and mercy toward me.  "I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up...O Lord my God, I cry out to You, and You healed me" (Psalm 30:1-2).  I know that it is Your will that shall be done, and I trust You in that too.  Should You decide not to heal me in the way and time I desire, I trust that You will bring good out of my suffering and that it will glorify You. "

I hope that if you are in this situation, that this prayer will encourage you.



Monday, February 8, 2010

Music For The Heart Monday

 

Music For The Heart Monday

I love music.  And there are so many awesome Christian songs out there for almost every walk of your life.  I love praising God through a song, feeling uplifted by the lyrics of a song that totally glorifies the Lord.  Come and share YOUR favorite!

Here is how you can do it!
Go to www.youtube.com and find your favorite song/video.  To the right of each song is the URL.  Highlight that URL and then right-click on the highlighted URL and click on "copy".  Scroll down to the "comment here" section.  Click in the comment box, right-click and "paste".  Add a little explanation to why you like the song you picked.  Click on "post comment" and  I will put your video on the post with your explanation.  
*****note***** You will need a "profile" to post comments.   "Comment as" is where you will pick your profile.  There are many choices to choose from.  The easiest is to set up a Google account, which only requires your email addy and a password, and then it sends a notification to your email that will need your attention.  Or you can do "anonymous"   and still put your name in your comment so I know who it came from. 


My song this week is a favorite since I first heard it.  The words...oh the words knock me to my knees with nothing buy love and praise and awe in my heart for the One who gave all He had for me.  


 







Shelby says, "I love this song because I can be me and not care what others see me as, Only how got sees me, and that God looks at my heart and says, ' You've got all that I seek.'"

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Soulful Sunday - "Lies Women Believe" - About God part 3

 

Soulful Sunday - "Lies Woman Believe" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
About God - part 3
"God is just like my father"




As women, our view of God is highly influenced by our fathers.  The way we see God can be positively or negatively shaped by them.

"If you have been wounded by a father - or another man you trusted - you may find it difficult to trust God.  You may even be afraid of Him or angry with Him.  You must believe me when I tell you that God is not like any man you have ever known.  The wisest, kindest, earthly father is but a pale reflection of our heavenly Father.  The God of the Bible is infinitely more wonderful and pure and loving that even the most wonderful father.  That is why it is so important that we not allow our view of God to be determined by other men, for at their very best they are flawed representations of God."

 
To really know what God is like you need to look in His Word.  

"The God of the Bible is a compassionate, tender, merciful Father.  That doesn't mean He givcesus everything we want - no wise father would give his children everything they want.  It doesn't mean we can always understand His decisions - He is far too great for that.    It doesn't mean He never allows us to suffer pain - in fact, at times, He actually inflicts pain and hardship upon us.  Why?  Because He loves us.  Because He cares about us.  Because He is committed to us.  Hebrews tells us, "God disciplines us fro our good, that we may share in his holiness" Hebrews (12:10)

Hannah Whitall Smith writes:
"Discomfort and unrest are impossible to souls who come to know that God is their Father.
...What a good earthly father would not do, God who is our Father would not do either; and what a good father ought to do, God who is our Father is absolutely sure to do.  
Christ has declared to us the name of the Father in order that we may discover that the Father loves us as He loves His Son.  If we believed this, could we ever have an anxious or rebellious thought again?  Would we not believe in every conceivable circumstance that the divine Father would care for us in the best possible way and meet our ever need ?"



HERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO THINK ABOUT UNTIL NEXT TIME:

 Even though you may know that God love you, you probably don't always feel that He does.  What are some of the things that can cause you to feel that no one really loves or cares about you?

Read Paul's prayer in Ephesians 3:14-19.  Personalize this prayer and pray it for yourself or for someone you know who has difficulty accepting the love of God:
"For this reason I  bow my knees before the Father,
 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,
 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,
 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God."

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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