Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Social Network Christmas

I saw this at Harvest Rolling Meadows. I thought it was great!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Keith & Kristyn Getty "In Christ Alone"

I have been away, hopefully growing a little in the Lord.
Somedays though, it seems like there is no gain.

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Faithful Midwives; Exodus 1

Have you heard the story of Shiphrah and Puah? They were the faithful ones who feared God..
They disobeyed the most powerful man on earth at the time (the King of Egypt) and saved Hebrew boys. God blessed them and the people of Israel because of their obedience.

May I be like Shiphrah and Puah...one who fears God and not man... one day to blessed by God with a household..

Exodus 1:
15Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other was named Puah;
 16and he said, "When you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live."
 17But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live.
 18So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, "Why have you done this thing, and let the boys live?"
 19The midwives said to Pharaoh, "Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them."
 20So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty.
 21Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them.

Friday, April 2, 2010

I Believe

Jewish Principles of Faith:  I am glad I believe the Messiah has already come!
Ani ma'amin,
Be'emuna shelema
Beviat hamashiach ani ma'amin
Beviat hamashiach, ma'amin
Beviat hamashiach ani ma'amin
Beviat hamashiach, ma'amin
Veaf al pi sheyitmahmeha
Im kol zeh, achake loh
Veaf al pi sheyitmahmeha
Im kol zeh, achake loh
Im kol zeh, im kol zeh, achake loh
Achake bechol yom sheyavoh
Im kol zeh, im kol zeh, achake loh
Achake bechol yom sheyavoh
Ani ma'amin

I believe with complete faith
In the coming of the Messiah, I believe

Believe in the coming of the Messiah
In the coming of the Messiah, I believe
Believe in the coming of the Messiah

And even though he may tarry
Nonetheless I will wait for him
And even though he may tarry
Nonetheless I will wait for him

Nonetheless, I will wait for him
I will wait every day for him to come
Nonetheless, I will wait for him
I will wait every day for him to come
I believe

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Words of Wisdom

I started a new book today and was quite blow away about what it says. In Chapter 1 of first Corithians
 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age?Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 

We think we are so wise and have all the answers... Man is a Fool... especially this woman.
22For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Monday, March 15, 2010

A Becoming Character Trait

I am reading through the Psalms and was struck agree on how it encourages me. Praise is BECOMING to the believer... It is an attractive, suitable, character trait and now is my prayer.
Psalm 33.
    1 Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
         Praise is becoming to the upright. 

that suits or gives a pleasing effect or attractive appearance, as to a person or thing: a becoming dress; a becoming hairdo.
suitable; appropriate; proper: a becoming sentiment.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

God IS


I remember when they sang this at Rolling Meadows. It was great.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Have I kept the whole law? What if I only want to keep part of it? The traditions, the holidays, the sabbath... I only want to keep the part of the law that is easy..

What about.... those not so easy laws; coveting, lust, adultery, loving your neighbor, loving your enemy (Matt 5:44), loving God with my whole heart; idolatry and the list goes on..

James 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 

This is me.... I am guilty... I stand guilty of not keeping the whole law..
Matt 5: 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. v48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Is there Hope for the Lost, the one who is judged a law breaker? 

 2 Cor 5: 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tough Week

Tired, discouraged, not feeling well, lonely, easily prone to sin and temptation, feeling at times quite overwhelmed with the consequences of decisions I have made, feeling trapped with no way out....waiting God... 'Help!" Sometimes... I contemplate the easy way out, give up on the race... do what the world and all around me say is okay. Take comfort in an easy way out... with sin.. ...it is pleasant for a season but does not fill the empty place in  the soul. "Help Lord!" this sinner.... to keep on the narrow path... the path that goes only one way...
 Hebrews 12
 1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
 4In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:
   "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline,
      and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
 6because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
      and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."[a]
 7Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. 9Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! 10Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
 12Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13"Make level paths for your feet,"[b] so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hebrews.... and this New Convenant!

I am reading through Hebrews and these verses really struck me tonight.. How great it is!

Chap 8

But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises.

 13By calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Holding back the Wind

Rev 7: 1After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree.

This kind of blew me away today.... the power of the Almighty! Judgment is coming to the earth...... How we are dependent on the one thing of many for life. Without the wind, no jet stream, no weather, no ocean currents, no life. I imagine life would slowly die out of starvation and drought. Yet, people would still not repent.. and probably blame it on global warming or George Bush. Come Quickly, Lord!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

What is Sin

When I look at my earlier post, I find the sin of denying God in my life as extremely easy. It is so easy to get distracted with my work, my problems, and my generally messed up life.  Is God in my daily life of science, nanotechnology, clean room, safety issues,  bureaucrats, capital purchases, big egos, and figuring out government speak? I wanted to throw the safety guys across the room today for telling me contradictory things today. It is easy to come to a conclusion that God is nowhere to be found in my life and my work. Does God care what goes on with me in my messed up private life? Is God really outthere?    Does He care what is going on in the mudane life of a nobody? His word says he does.... I find it easy though to have doubts...  God change my attitudes. Even on these many days when I speak to no other believers for days... keep reminding me... You are there.                

What is Sin

"And that is what sin is, at heart. Sin is my refusal to deal with reality — specifically, with the game-changing reality of God. Sin is my insistence on being self-defining (as if there were no God), self-ruling (as if there were no God), self-pleasing (as if there were no God). In fact, sin is living as if there were no God. It makes me the opposite of the real Jesus Christ; it makes me an anti-christ."


Pulled this out from a blog.  I struggled though this life and get discouraged quite a lot. A good part of me wants to deny the  reality of God and have some momentary pleasure of sin. I need to return to the reality of God in my life.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Distractions From Getting in Gods Word

How is it after a couple of good encouraging sermons of getting in the word from my Harvest Pastors it is so easy to get distracted. From work, to health issues, to news, taxes, studies, money, worry, anxiety  everything seems to get in the way.  The list is endless.

The news this weeks  reminded me of my own brush with moving earth and buildings that shake and sway. How afraid I was. Did it turn me to God.. or His word? No.. I had all I needed to get by. I did not need to depend on God but my own  strength.  Lord, remind me not to dwell on the past but to seek you in all things. You are the creator of both the Heaven and the Earth (yes... even the earth that sways).

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Heart

The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9

I have a question.. Does this still apply to the redeemed of the Lord? Can I trust my heart? What really is the heart? Is it my mind and emotions? or something else?

Figuring things out one day at a time.