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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Share The Road Saturday

 


Share the Road Saturdays


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!
 
 
 Today I thought I would share a recipe I found.  I was following a blog via Facebook and they posted across my wall a wonderful recipe or as she says  a "yummy, quick meal idea."

I liked this recipe for 2 reasons:
1. she gives a great idea on freezing chicken
2. sounds delicious and easy especially for those Sunday dinners after church.  

You can follow her blog via Blogspot.com or you can follow her via Facebook.





STUMP 'EM QUESTION



Who was called Belteshazzar?






FOOD 4 THOUGHT

Let's get YOU all involved.  YOU answer the question:
How do you handle this situation?

You are talking to someone who is excited about God, possibly a new Christian.   They are talking to you about sin.  They say, "Yeah, we aren't suppose to sin, but..... at least we have a God that forgives.  So I can just ask Him to forgive me each time I do.  I mean, He is a loving God and I can just ask when I do, and I got a clean slate.  So, it is almost like I can sin all I want, and God is loving and will forgive , so I am covered."

What do you say?
Friday, March 12, 2010

Devotional Friday - "Working Hard At Being Worthless"

Devotional Friday

"Working Hard At Being Worthless" by Pastor Rick Klueg from The Baptist Church of Northville

Working Hard At Being Worthless - Proverbs 16:27
 
 

A worthless man digs up evil,
While his words are like scorching fire.
Comments:
Perhaps one of the worst insults that might be given to a person is to call him worthless. Think of what it means when you hear it said of someone, “He/she is never going to amount to anything!” We are all created in God’s image, with a tremendous capacity to live a meaningful, productive life. This is why it means so much for people that their lives count for something. What a needless tragedy, then for any human life to amount to nothing. Worse yet to think that a person would work hard to end up a net negative, making the world a worse place instead of a better one!
The Hebrew phrase translated a worthless man is literally a man of worthlessness. The term indicates something that is useless and unproductive, and is even detrimental to the general good. Unfortunately, there are some people who fit this description. The first thing this proverb says is that such a person digs up evil. The word for “digging” is used elsewhere in the Old Testament of people who dig pits to make traps for innocent victims (e.g. Psalm 57:6). What strikes me is that the worthless man goes through such effort to dredge up the negative and the nasty. That same effort could be used to dig up good things, in which case his life would amount to something positive.

This proverb zeroes in on one aspect of the life of a worthless man. He makes the world around him a worse place because his words are like scorching fire. This reminds us of the warning given in James 3:6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. Evil speech devastates the speaker and ruins his own life, while at the same time wreaking havoc on those around him.

This proverb is not just making an observation, it is issuing a warning and giving a challenge. It is a warning to watch out for people like this. There are people in this world who are digging for evil, and may well use whatever they dig up to pull you down. It is also a challenge to not be this way yourself. David makes the commitment in another Psalm, The deeds of faithless men [same word in the Hebrew, worthless men] I hate; they will not cling to me (Psalm 101:3). Do not be a worthless man, but make your life count for something good!

Biblical Doctrine: Anthropology – Each of us has been created in God’s image and placed in this world to “amount to something” good.

My Responsibility: Amount to something good!

Question: Why do people invest so much effort to dig up evil?

Prayer: Lord, may I set before my eyes no unclean thing. Help me to hate the deeds of worthless men, that their deeds will not cling to me (cf. Psalm 101:3).
Thursday, March 11, 2010

Teen Thursday


The Teens have their own blog now!  Our Generation Seeking Him.  Every author is a teen seeking God and wanting to encourage other teens while sharing their experiences as Christians. So I thought that I would post part of one of their posts here every week.  Don't worry about missing Shelby, she is one of the authors!  


This post was put in the "Standing @ My Locker" section which is about Christian Teens in public school. 

I have been in public school since kindergarten, so I really don't know any different than what goes on there, and the struggles that I face being a Christian growing up in a public school. But one thing that any Christian in a public school setting would say is that, IT IS NOT EASY!!! There are "giants" to face around every single corner. To some people, the way that we live as a Christian is just ridiculous. They just don't understand the entirety of growing up the way that we have.

So, what I'm going to start out with is a few questions, just to get you thinking about different aspects of being a Christian in public school....

Q. What do you want people to think about you?

A. For me I want people to know that I am a Christian. I don't care what they have to say about it, they can think what they want. I don't want them to think that I am ashamed of my faith... What good will that do in reaching out to them?

Q. Do you get discouraged by your peers and teachers?

A. For me, the majority of my peers and teachers do not share my faith. They just don't understand the things that I believe. But, then there are the few that I know are Christians, and I can talk to them if I start to feel discouraged. From experience I can say that it isn't fun to be "alone" in school. It can feel like you are the only one that is following God's way and you can reach the point where you are asking yourself why God is putting you through this. Sometimes it just doesn't make sense to us, but in the end God has a plan for us, and a reason that we are in a public school. As long as you stick to your faith and lay your life, struggles, and problems at God's feet, then you will pull through, and be an example for those around you.



"Pile your troubles on God's shoulders- he'll carry your load, He'll help you out. He'll never let good people topple into ruin." ~Psalm 55:22~

Q. Are you willing to stand up for what you believe in?
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Truth Wednesday - Music

Truth Wednesday

"The Truth Project" is being put on hold for awhile, but Anne says she will be back.  So until then, I thought we could do some "truth" searching of our own.  I will pose a topic and we all can share the TRUTH we find in God's Word about the topic. 



Topic: MUSIC

There has been some debate on Facebook about music and what is "appropriate" for Christians to listen to, and the music that Christian bands/singers put out.

I feel, one woman's opinion, that not ALL music is good for Christians to listen to.  I also feel that there are GOOD songs, but that not ALL "good" songs glorify God.  For example, "ABC" is a GOOD song, but it doesn't put out the salvation message or even mention God.  I am NOT bothered so much by the genre of music as I am the lyrics of a song.  If someone loves listening to Metallica and other heavy metal bands, and they get saved, what are they to listen to now?  Do you think that person is really going to be satisfied with The Gaithers?  
Music is a very powerful tool that can be used to reach so many people for Christ.   It is also a very personal thing.  I know, for me, music touches my soul and heart like nothing short of hearing God's voice or the laughter of my kids can.  A song that worships and talks about God will give me goosebumps, tears, and an overwhelming heart to praise Him.  So back to music being personal, to the person who loves heavy metal, you don't want them going back to secular music to satisfy his music needs.  THAT is why I have no issues with the genre of music.  To each is own there.  BUT the songs should absolutely be clear that the purpose is to bring praise and salvation message or mentioning of God. 
I have gotten a lesson in Christian music lately with finding out how many artists, CHRISTIAN artists, do not use the opportunities on their albums to do that.  And what an opportunity they have!  How many have come to know Jesus as Savior due to the opening of the eyes or heart by a song professing His saving grace and undying love for them?  
I feel that Christians, have a God given order to bring as many people to Him as we can, to take every opportunity to do so.  Ok, do Christian artists get excluded from this?  Then I don't understand why a CHRISTIAN band or singer would rather record a song about bugs instead of one about God.  
I have heard the argument "Well, they recorded it because it will go out to secular radio stations and more people will be exposed to the song.  Then maybe they will want to hear more of their music and maybe buy the CD and then they will hear the songs about God."
I have some issues with this.  There are too many "Maybe's" for me.  MAYBE they will want to hear more from the artist, MAYBE they will buy the CD, and MAYBE they will bother to listen to the other songs on the CD.  To me, and remember this is ONE woman's opinion, it is just a way for the artists to gain popularity.  I know God gave them a talent to sing, then they need to use the talent that HE gave them to bring glory to HIM but sharing the salvation message and mentioning God's name, not bugs.  If these "bug" songs were not coming from CHRISTIAN artists, we as Christians, would not think twice.  Is the "bug" song bad....NO...does it have the salvation message or even mention God....NO...is it recorded by a Christian band/singer....YES.  sigh

The one verse that popped into my head was Phillipians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things."


So share with me some verses about music.  Tell me what you think about this topic.  I look forward to finding some TRUTH with you.




Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Prayerful Tuesday

 


Prayerful Tuesday

Direct My Steps

"Lord, is this one of those times when any choice is okay with you, as long as I stay in Your ways and wisdom?  Or is this really a fork in the road that has a blatant "of God" and "not of God" option?  Forgive me for not having communication with You and learning to hear the discerning voice of Your Spirit.
Please direct my feet, my mouth, my heart so that I follow in the way  that is right for me and for Your will.  I pray as Saul did.  Give me the right answer, Lord.
(from "One-Minute Prayers From The Bible")

Please share your prayer requests, you can do them anonymously, or leave them on the Fan Page on Facebook.  Let's be prayer warriors for each other today!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Music For The Heart Monday



Music For The Heart Monday



This song for me, is one of the most real songs about our walk with our Lord.  It goes along with this week's post on "Lies Women Believe" About God - God Should Fix My Problems.  No matter what we go through, God IS there, and He is holding us. 










Here's one to get you praising God today. I don't know how you can hear this song and not feel like shouting out "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah! He Reigns!"










Is Jesus everything to you? 











"How quickly I forget I'm yours!"









Come and share your favorite video with us, you can leave it as a comment on this post, or leave it in a comment on the Fan Page on Facebook.
Sunday, March 7, 2010

Soulful Sunday - "Lies Women Believe" About God part 6

 

Soulful Sunday - "Lies Women Believe" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
About God - Part 6
"God Should  Fix My Problems"

There are two problems with this train of thought. 
#1 - God is not some "cosmic genie who exists to please and serve us".  What this lie does is "set us up for disillusionment and disappointment with God". 

#2 - This lie "suggests that the goal in life is to be free from all problems".  Face it, we live in a society of  "fix it, and do it fast".  Think of all the commercials you see, they target the "problems" and give "solutions" to them because, heaven forbid, you have to live a life with any "problems".
Many people look to Christianity as a "fix" for their problems.  If I pray to God, he will fix my marriage, heal my friend of cancer, I will have friends, my kids will behave, my habits will be gone.  And if these things do not happen, then God didn't "come through for me". 
 This is very deceptive and leaves many Christian women feeling frustrated and disappointed.  Their thinking is if they "do" all the right things and live a good "Christian life", then there will be no problems.  Wrong.  Living a life of obedience does NOT guarantee a life of not problems or protects us from all problems.  A life of obedience "does spare us from many consequences of a life lived apart from  God and His ways".
Until Christ comes again and God makes a new heaven and a new earth, we are going to live in a sinful world.  Our bodies are earthly ones and prone to disease and ultimately death.  
But there is good news, God does not watch us from afar as we struggle.  He is with us always.  Psalm 46.1 tells us that God is " a very present help in trouble".  How awesome is that?  These "problems" we are going through is  being used to help mold and make us more Christ-like.  
We need to be more like Jesus, who
"learned obedience from what He suffered" Hebrews 5:8.


"We want God to fix all our problems.  God says instead, 'I have a purpose for your problems. I want to use your problems to change you and reveal My grace and power to the world.'  That is the truth - and the truth will set you free."

Some things to think about until next time:

Read 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.  What kind of problems was Paul facing? What do you think his motivation was in asking for it to be removed?  Do you think it was wrong to pray this way?

What difficulties are you facing today?  Are there problems and trials in your life that you've asked God to remove and He has not?

Why might God sometimes choose to not fix or remove some problems?  What greater goals might He have in mind?

What is the biggest problem you are facing right now?  What do you think God  may want to teach you through your current struggle?

If God never "fixed" that problem, how could He use this circumstance to change you to reveal His character through you?

Lord, I know that You want what is best for me.  You desire to help me become mature.  I understand that sometimes the only way I will grow is through pain.  In the difficulties that I am facing today, Lord, I pray that You will grant me peace and patience to accept Your perfect will in my life.  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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