To be continued….Those are arguably the most disappointing words on television. Especially at the end of a season. Before Netflix, you would actually need to wait until next week or longer for the conclusion of the matter. The most famous cliffhanger of them all was from the show Dallas, Who shot J.R? In the Christian life there are things to be continued, but contrary to the entertainment industry, the things to be continued are not discouraging or disappointing, but rather encouraging. Helping us not to quit! Everywhere you look, there are people quitting on everything. They quit jobs, they quit Continue reading The Ultimate Guide of Things to Continue
The difference in a contribution and total commitment is usually the difference in failure and success. A chicken and a hog were walking past a church building one day when they noticed the Sunday morning sermon posted on the outside bulletin board, “Helping the Poor. ” They walked a ways when the chicken suddenly came across with a suggestion. “Say, Brother Hog, why don’t we give all the poor people a nice breakfast of ham and eggs?” The hog thought a moment and replied, “That’s all right for you to say because for you it is only a contribution, but for me, it’s total commitment!”
The Lord is looking for some people to be committed. In Ezekiel 22 we find the Jewish people in exile to Babylon. Ezekiel’s message to them is focusing on the fall of Jerusalem and the cause of the fall. As we read Chapter 22, we see that the sins that they were guilty of included:
- Disrespect of Parents
- Sexual Perversion
- Contract Murder
- Forgetting the Lord
It is plain to see our society, Continue reading Are You Standing in the Gap?
A simple internet search for the term “Extreme Makeover” will net you 4.3 million results. That is a lot of results! You will see everything from weight loss programs to make up videos. There was a program on ABC titled Extreme Makeover and was about plastic surgery. My favorite, however, was Extreme Makeover Home Edition which also aired on ABC. In this show, they provided home improvements or complete replacements of homes for less fortunate families. They would send the family on a paid 7day vacation, while volunteers remodeled their home. The best part was always the great reveal at the end. All the volunteers would gather around with the family, the home is obscured by a big bus, and everyone would be yelling “move that bus!” revealing the finished home.
I work in the cleaning industry, and at times customers expect us to Continue reading Extreme Makeover
Read Genesis 32:9-12
Here we find the 1st recorded prayer in the Bible. Sure we have instances where Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and others have spoken to God, but this is the first recorded prayer, which makes this passage significant.
Any time in your Bible study that you come across the 1st instance of something; you should take note. Continue reading Get Serious About Prayer