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Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Triumphal Entry

Found this quote compelling…..

The story of the triumphal entry is [....} the story of the King who came as a lowly servant on a donkey, not a prancing steed, not in royal robes, but on the clothes of the poor and humble. Jesus Christ comes not to conquer by force as earthly kings, but by love, grace, mercy, and His own sacrifice for His people. His is not a kingdom of armies and splendor, but of lowliness and servanthood. He conquers not nations, but hearts and minds. His message is one of peace with God, not of temporal peace. If Jesus has made a triumphal entry into our hearts, He reigns there in peace and love. As His followers, we exhibit those same qualities, and the world sees the true King living and reigning in triumph in us.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Christians Fat on the Bible Need to Start Moving in Obedience


God save me from this.

"We've created a church culture in America where we assume we do nothing until we hear a voice from Heaven. And so if I go to church on Sunday, the pastor's going to preach a sermon [and] we pretty much assume we're not going to do anything radical in response to it unless he gives a really great sermon and gives us steps right afterwards, or this or that or really, really, think that we hear a voice from the Lord." 

As a result many Christ followers live selfishly while listening to Bible teachings every Sunday, said the Crazy Love author. He writes that these Christians remind him of "the fattest people on earth" who have consumed so much food that they can no longer walk. "They are fed more and more knowledge every week. They attend church services, join small group Bible Studies, read Christian books, listen to podcasts and are convinced they still need more knowledge." Chan explained that continually listening to the Word without applying it has made Christians' ears dull to God's call

"That's the first thing I was taught in seminary before we even started classes: the president of the seminary said, 'look be careful because once you can hear the word of God and do nothing in response then the next time you hear it, it'll get easier, and the next time and pretty soon it becomes a habit and a pattern of you're able to hear the Word of God without a practical response,'" said Chan. 

"That's a very dangerous place to be and yet, man, that's happening. Every church across this nation, we've fallen into that pattern." The solution, Chan stated, is to act. "Why not assume action? Why do you hear a verse and assume I shouldn't do something in response to that unless the Lord is stopping you?"

Friday, February 27, 2015

Waseca Congregation Church: Stay Alert (Mark 13:32-37)

Sermon - Mark 13:32-37 - Stay Alert from C Meirose on Vimeo.

Nature's Wonders Follow the Plow


Fantastic imagery from A. W. Tozer about how the trials and sufferings in our lives work for our good.

"The fallow [or the unplanted] field is smug, contented, protected from the shock of the plow and the agitation of the harrow [or being broken up]. Such a field, as it lies year after year, becomes a familiar landmark to the crow and the blue jay. […] Safe and undisturbed, it sprawls lazily in the sunshine, the picture of sleepy contentment.

But it is paying a terrible price for its tranquility: never does it see the miracle of growth; never does it feel the motions of mounting life nor see the wonders of bursting seed nor the beauty of ripening grain. Fruit it can never know because it is afraid of the plow and the harrow. In direct opposite to this, the cultivated field has yielded itself to the adventure of living. The protecting fence has opened to admit the plow, and the plow has come as plows always come, practical, cruel, business-like and in a hurry.

Peace has been shattered by the shouting farmer and the rattle of machinery. The field has felt the travail of change; it has been upset, turned over, bruised and broken, but its rewards come hard upon its labors. The seed shoots up into the daylight its miracle of life, curious, exploring the new world above it. All over the field the hand of God is at work in the age-old and ever renewed service of creation. New things are born, to grow, mature, and consummate the grand prophecy latent in the seed when it entered the ground.

Nature's wonders follow the plow."

A. W. Tozer, quoted by Matt Chandler in his sermon "Trials and Temptations."

Thursday, February 19, 2015

10 Tips to Overcome the Weight Loss Plateau



Tips from the myfitnesspal blog....

1. Adjust your calorie intake.

2. Focus on quality.

3. Rotate your routine.

4. Beware of clean-up duty.

5. Know your numbers.

6. Sleep.

7. Keep a closer eye on your caloric needs.

8. Flush with fluids. .

9. Increase muscle mass.

10. Eat more protein.

Read the entire blog post here.
 

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