Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Beauty Distorted

A friend sent this to me the other day. And we wonder why so many women think they don't measure up... They can't. No-one can...

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Orphans in America

Check out today's (8-19-07) post from friends of mine (Jake and Jessica) at it's some heavy duty stuff...

27 "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27


Grab Their Knees

I'm reading one of our church's missionary books "Africa's Soul Hope: The AIDS crisis and the church" by Ellen Decker and I came across a quote from Charles Spurgeon "If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for."

What a task we have...Grab their knees and don't let go.

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:16-20

Thursday, August 16, 2007

I was hungry...

I was hungry
and you formed a humanities group
to discuss my hunger.

I was imprisoned
and you crept off quietly to your chapel
and prayed for my release.

I was naked
and in your mind
you debated the morality of my appearance.

I was sick and
you knelt and thanked God for your health.

I was homeless and
you preached to me the spiritual love of God.

I was lonely
and you left me alone
to pray for me.

You seem so holy, so close to God,

But I am still very hungry --
and lonely --
and cold.

- found at the Oak Street House Exhibit at “San Diego ’89” Missions and Ministry Conference

The Sheep and the Goats

31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
37 "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
40 "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
41 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'
44 "They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'
45 "He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'
46 "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life." Matthew 25:37-46

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

What does God expect?


Some friends and I are discussing family as God would like it to be. Can you as a godly man, (if a woman is reading this, please share these questions with your husband - thanks) please answer these few questions for us as we strive to make our homes what God would like them to be? Thank You!


1. In your opinion, what does it mean to be the spiritual leader of the family?

2. What does it mean to be submissive as a wife? What does it mean to submissive as a husband?

3. List some of your ideas of what the husband/father should do to be effective as the spiritual leader of the family?

4. What do you think the wife should do to help her husband effectively serve as the spiritual leader of the family?

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Today's Prayer from Ephesians Four Ministries

This prayer is something we all need to consider and learn from as we walk along our journey of life... Robin

Prime Time with God
Today's Prayer August 11, 2007
Dear God, who created mankind in your image, you sure made a colorful world of people! As I stop and watch and reflect on the people I see, I notice how everyone is unique. Sometimes I'm frustrated by others' personalities and actions; other times I am blessed; still other times I am amused. The fact is, though we were made in your image, you gave us each a will of our own and instilled different gifts, personalities, and potential within us. How boring it would be if we were all just alike! The "spice" of life is made up of all those different people, with different ideas, and various contributions. Thank you for caring enough that we are not your puppets, but are unique individuals, each called to fill special places in your great plan for our lives. I pray that you will keep my eyes open, my mind alert, and my will in tune so that I will use all you have given me--gifts, personality, skills, desires--to the best of my ability, for the edification of the saints, reaching the lost, and glorifying you. Please forgive my past failures and empower me today for all you want to do through me. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

-taken from today's email (minor changes were made adding color and fonts)