Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
You Want to Put What Where?!
If you have any sort of income and you are not giving at least ten percent to the Lord your provider, then let me pass on a little nugget to mull over:
"Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me..."
The Lord requires your first and your best. It is as simple as it sounds. Do you trust the Lord your God to provide for you? Do you trust His words when He says that you will be taken care of? Or do you claim faith with your mouth and then preach control with your actions? The Lord says, "Test me on this, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it." [Malachi 3:10]
So I ask you, are you putting your first and your best in the hands of the Lord or in your own pocket? Are you putting you first fruits under the care and provision of God your provider or are you putting it under your own care and trust? Figure out where to put it.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Picture Me Rolling
I am the first to admit that I am guilty of forgetting a various many things throughout my daily life. I forget appointments. I forget birthdays. I forget anything that is not written out with specific instruction and pinned to my lapel. I am the proverbial school-boy who cannot be trusted with any sort of responsibility so the instructor is forced to call my mom/dad/fiance/caretaker to ensure that the required task will be somehow completed and hopefully near to the deadline. However, I will also be the first to hold others accountable for their forgetfulness. Let me clarify that I do not mean to say that I hold grudges over forgotten obligations or berate over unavoidable shortcomings. I simply mean to say that, as followers of a sovereign savior, we are called to remember, acknowledge, and profess the salvation we know and the process that unfolded to lead up to said salvation. Jesus' own disciples were confused at the resurrection of Jesus. His own people had forgotten that He must die and then rise. What and how much do you forget? Paul asserts that we must pay careful attention to the beautiful, unparalleled miracle that is our atonement so that we do not fade away. So, you are given a choice: Shape the frick up and focus or fade away.
Here's a user-made video for an awesome Cloud Cult song:
Thursday, April 7, 2011
What can I say, gang? It has been a turbulent turbulent last couple of weeks. Things are getting pretty hectic but I, much like Reba, am a survivor. In times of high stress and low relaxation, I tend to turn to a couple of things for comfort. (1) Scripture. There is no doubt that the written Word of the Lord is a living Word and has power beyond our human understanding. My refuge is in Him and His Word. (2) Explosions in the Sky. Something about their music just makes my heart fill to the brim with warm-fuzzies and cuddly bumps. Quick side note, I won't be going to see them in concert on Sunday night. I'm over it. (3) Taco Bell. Say what you will, that messy, grade-c food just makes my taste buds erupt with border-line-unhealthy pleasure. (4) [see below]
about 2 1/2 minutes in things get a little Matrixy