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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.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Link List - 7 Links You Might Like to Check Out

Masters Runners 10-Minute Strength Circuit (link)
New York Attorney General Targets Supplements at Major Retailers (link)
7 Secrets Top Athletes Can Teach You About Being The Best At Anything (link)

3 B’s Every Parent Must Know When Talking to a Son about Pornography (link)

Was Brian Williams a Victim of False Memory? (link)
More College Freshmen Report Having Felt Depressed (link)

What Sort of Reformed are You? (link)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

You Can Say No To Porn

From a blog post at Desiring God...
Not all sexual desire is lust. God made sexual desire. It has its good place and it can, in fact, become an act of worship in the temple of marriage. But lust is sexual desire gone wrong. Here’s my definition: 
Lust is a sexual desire that dishonors its object and disregards God. Disregards the promises and the warnings of having or losing the beauties of Christ. 
The lusted-after woman or man in your head, or on the screen, or on the street, is dishonored — not treated as a sacred, precious, eternal person made in the image of God, whose eternal destiny is always paramount, and whose holiness we either long for or ignore. And the only way this dishonor can be so daringly carried out is by disregarding God while we are in the sway of our lust — disregarding the promises and warnings of having or losing the beauties of Christ. So lust is a sexual desire that dishonors its object and disregards God.
Follow this link to read more on how You Can Say No to Porn.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I am a Carrier of the Name

I love this thing my wife Stephanie says. She will often tell our kids they don't just represent themselves at school or at sports or when they are with friends. Before they leave the house she will tell them, "Remember, you are representing the entire Balvin family today!"

It is a great reminder to our kids that they are part of something greater themselves, and that they have a responsibility to us as parents and to their siblings to live in a way that brings honor to all who carry the name Balvin.

You hear this same concept in sports. You might have even heard some variation of the phrase "It is the name on the front of the jersey not on the back that matters." While I was playing hockey at Bethel University we never had names on the backs of our jerseys for this very reason. We skated for Bethel, and as players we represented the entire University when we traveled and played. Many other sports teams from high school ranks all the way through the professional levels utilize this mindset.

I had a little talk with my kids yesterday while we were driving and I explained to them my desire to live in a way that brings Jesus honor and shows him thankfulness for dying on a cross for my sins. I told my kids that, although I fail, my goal is always to please Jesus with what I do, say, listen to, watch and how I act. As a Christian I have the responsibility to make the name of Jesus look good. I believe this because,

As a believer in Jesus I am adopted into His family and I become a carrier of His name!

There is this story in the Bible where Jesus tells someone, "You have to deny yourself, pick up your cross, and follow me." Essentially what Jesus is saying, is that to be a Christian, you must stop living for the name on the back of your jersey and start living for His name . When the Spirit of God lives in you, you voluntarily and joyfully set aside the pursuit of your own fame, and you live for the fame of Jesus name. As a child of God you get a new name and you become a carrier of that name!

Let me encourage myself, and also encourage you. Today, tomorrow and everyday after, remind yourself that you are a carrier of Jesus name. "Remember that you are representing the entire family of God today!" And then, for the sake of all your brothers and sisters in the faith, do your very best to live in a way that brings honor to Jesus name.

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