Pause: Song of the Week #3

25 05 2010

Tear Down the Walls – Hillsong United

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What Faith is Not…

18 05 2010

1. Faith is Not a Feeling. Feelings come and go. Sometimes you get the joy of great feelings in Christ, sometime the feelings just aren’t there. Sometimes, we get hung up on wanting certain feelings, but our hope is in Christ and his sure foundation, not the shaky foundation of feelings. Doubt is not the opposite of faith. Unbelief is. The real question is what you do with your doubts. Instead of letting your doubts drive to discouragement, let them drive you to Jesus and the new discoveries He has to deepen your faith.

2. Faith is not a Contract.
Sometimes we make deals with God (maybe not not verbally or intentionally). We think if we pray, serve him, go to church, etc., He will open up doors and make things easy and wonderful for us. We’re often not asking for a lot, just one thing or two really important things that He could do for us. If He would just come through, we think we would be fine. And when it doesn’t happen when and how we want it, we feel let down by God. But God is God and we are not. If the only thing Christ gave us was forgiveness of our sins and eternity with Him, we would have enough to praise Him nonstop, 24-7 the rest of our lives.

3. Faith is Not About Us. We want God to be part of our story, but His plan is so much bigger. He wants us to be part of His story. It may seem like a subtle difference, but it’s huge. He sets the agenda and our job is to surrender all of ourselves to Him.

4. Faith is Trust. Simply put, faith is complete dependence on Christ and what He has done for you. Faith is following Him when you cannot see where He is taking you. Faith is holding on to the fact that Christ is holding on to you.





Pause: Epic Song of the Week

10 05 2010

Each week Epic is highlighting a song to reflect on personally and reconnect to Christ spiritually.  In a world that is constantly in Fast Forward Mode, maybe what we need most is NOT to move faster…maybe we need to do most of all is PAUSE.

This Weeks Song: Lead Me to the Cross, Hillsong United.

Lyrics:

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Stories from 30 Days with Jesus

6 05 2010

We asked all those who participated in the 30 Days with Jesus, “Through the 30 days, how has God spoken to you, encouraged you or moved in your life? What have you learned?” Here’s what you said…

– I am hungry to hear what God has to say to me each day. I anxiously waited for those early morning texts. They will be greatly missed

– It’s nice to wake up and have a message from God.  Makes me remember to put Him first everyday.

– Every scripture and prayer was exactly what I needed to face each day! I had the strength to deal with each situation successfully.

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Gungor is Amazing

29 04 2010

A good friend introduced me to a band called Gungor. They are simply amazing. Great Sounds, incredible deep lyrics! Beautiful Things has been ministering to me BIG TIME lately. Even more than I love the honesty, I love the hope. Enjoy!





Sometimes You Have to Say “Whatever!”

25 02 2010

The GenX Generation coined a one word phrase that summarized reluctant agreement and indifference…WHATEVER! If you were born between 1965 and 1980, you know like me the subtle difference between the valley girl “What-EVer!” and the under the breath begrudging compliance “whatever”.

Paul must have been a GenXer, because right between his teaching in Philippians 4 on how to have real peace and real contentment, he says “whatever” six times. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

What was his point? In the middle of any challenging situation, the real question is where are you focused. Are you focused on what what’s wrong or what’s right? Are you focused on what you don’t have or what you do have? Are you focused on your complaints or what Christ has given you?

God is still good. I will be thankful. I will focus on “the whatevers.”





REWIND: 7 Questions to Reflect on 2009

28 12 2009

“IN 2009, WHAT WAS…”

1. …Your best memory?
2. …Your biggest joy?
3. …Your biggest regret?
4. …Your biggest learning?
5. …Your new learning about Christ?
6. …Your best moment with Christ?
7. …The greatest risk you’ve taken for Christ?

BONUS: TWO MORE

8. How has Christ answered prayer in 2009?
9. How has Christ changed you in 2009?

Some people think prayer is reading off a laundry list of things you want God to do for you. Nothing could be further from the truth. Prayer is so much more than sharing your needs with God….it’s an ongoing conversation with Christ about your life. It involves confessing, reflecting and allowing the Almighty into your everyday experiences. So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2