Sunday, August 26, 2012

2012 State Fair Highlights

Spending time with my parents
Watching the Sean Emery clown and comedy show
Eating a awesomely huge turkey leg (been wanting this for a few years)
Going through the Little Hands farm
Pizza on a stick from Green Mill
Andrew and Jacob hitting home runs in whiffle ball at Twins Territory
Izzy dancing with the robot
The whole family going down the Big Yellow Slide
Mini donuts, Cheese curds, Slushier/ Girl Scout cookies/ Peaches
Paper hats and visors with bees, antlers, and corn on them
The University of MN buildings
Giant sandbox
Walking through the bubbles
Perry and the Party Platy-bus (radio Disney)

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

5 Verses to Use in Your Battle Against Satan

Ephesians 6:17 says that the Bible is the 'sword of the Spirit.'  As Christians we are in a spiritual battle everyday with an enemy who wants to kill us.  The promises of God found in the Bible are the primary weapon we have for defeat in our enemy.  Below are five verses that Pastor John Piper has relied on in his battle against Satan.  Read more here.
1. "Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you.  I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (Isaiah 41:10)
I have slain more dragons in my soul with that sword than any other I think. It is a precious weapon to me. 
2. "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" (Romans 8:32). 
How many times I have been persuaded in the hour of trial by this verse that the reward of disobedience could never be greater than "all things." 
3. "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me . . . And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18, 20). 
How many times have I strengthened my sagging spirit with the assurance that the Lord of heaven and earth is just as much with me today as he was with the disciples on earth! 
4. "Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify me" (Psalm 50:15). 
What makes this weapon so compelling is that God’s helping me is made the occasion of my glorifying him. Amazing arrangement. I get the help, he gets the glory! 
5. "My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). 
The context is financial and material. But the principle is total. What we really need (not just want) will be granted. And what is need? Need is what we must have to do God’s will. What we must have to magnify our Savior. That is what we will be given as we trust him.

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