Archive for April, 2008

Not Ashamed

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

We are living in a time in which people stand up for a variety of causes. People stand up for everything imaginable, and in some cases, they are even willing to lay down their lives for what they believe. Although we may not agree with what they are saying in some cases, we have to admire their courage for believing in something so strongly that they are willing to risk their lives for it.

Isn’t it time that we, as Christians, stand up for what we believe? Romans 10:9 says that “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

What does it mean to confess the Lord Jesus? The very word confess gives us a clue. It is a word that means, “to be in agreement with.”

When I am confessing Jesus Christ, I am not merely acknowledging that He existed, nor am I just acknowledging that He is God. When I confess Jesus Christ before others, I am saying that I agree with Him.

It is not enough to simply acknowledge that He has power and that He is moving in the lives of certain people. There must be a personal acknowledgement that I have received Him as my own Savior and Lord.

In a day when so many are standing up for so many causes, it seems to me there are so many in the church who are not standing up for anything. Let’s be willing to stand up and confess Jesus Christ before others.

The Wiggles!!!

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

The girls went off to see The Wiggles live for Vienna’s 3rd Birthday present! Vienna was clueless as to why we were there until they came rolling out singing “Toot Toot, Chuga Chuga, Big Red Car!” And then she was overwhelmed and had little to no expression on her face except the odd giggle! They did a great show, with more energy then my 4 kids have in a day! It was amazing! They said happy birthday to Vienna on stage and she sat in her seat a little bewildered at why they were talking to her! We got to shake hands with Anthony and Murray came to stand right beside us and said hello to the girls!! Atlanta was thrilled and danced and sang on mommy’s lap the entire hour and a half! It was a great time and everyone was there, except Greg but Sam did an amazing job in is place!! So here are some pictures for all to enjoy as much as we did! Sorry about the bad photography, it was taken with a camera phone!!!!!

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Vienna’s 3rd Birthday

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Vienna’s birthday party was last Friday.

She came home from daycare to find the upstairs all decked out just for her and she was squesling with delight as soon as she got in the door.

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She even got a crown for her special day 😉

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Complete with a DQ Ice Cream Cake, that’s what she wanted… :)

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She got a Wiggles book with tickets to the Wiggles Live next weekend.  She didn’t understand it at the time, but she’ll get it next weekend when it’s finally time to go.

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And a Dora Dora case to hold her new bracklets and whatnot

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A Dora braclet…

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I was sitting it her bedroom where we had hidden his grand prize, a brand new bike!

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After that, mama took her to WalMart to use her Birthday giftcard from Ocean Gramma..to buy a helmet for her bike :)

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Half-Hearted Commitment

Monday, April 7th, 2008

” ‘I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, I will spit you out of my mouth!’ ” (Revelation 3:15–16).

Milk is great cold. There’s nothing quite like a cold glass of milk with some cookies. Milk is also good hot. With a little chocolate syrup, it’s great. But lukewarm milk? The thought of it is sickening. It just doesn’t cut it.

In Revelation 3, Jesus spoke of lukewarm individuals. He said, “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were one or the other!” (verse 15). It’s interesting that Jesus said He would prefer either hot or cold. You would think He would have said, “I would rather you be hot. But if lukewarm is all I can get, it’s better than nothing.”

You would think that lukewarm would be more acceptable to Him, because it is somewhat close to hot. But Jesus was saying, “I don’t want lukewarm. I don’t want half-hearted commitments. I want you to decide. I want you in or I would rather you were out.”

Here’s why. If you’re hot, you’re in. If you’re on fire, if you’re walking with God, then you’re where God wants you to be. But if you’re cold, hopefully you will at least realize you’re cold and one day realize your need for Christ and come to Him.

But the lukewarm person is in the worst state of all because he is self-deceived. The lukewarm person says, “I go to church. I read the Bible sometimes. I kind of believe in God–when it’s convenient.” That is the worst state of all. What is your spiritual temperature today?

Salt and Light

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? . . . You are the light of the world–like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see.” (Matthew 5:13–14)

I think that we Christians are sometimes tempted to isolate ourselves. We want to submerge ourselves in a Christian subculture of our own making and not get too involved in the world.

But Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth.” When He made that statement to His disciples so long ago, they understood the significance of what He was saying. It can be lost on us today because we don’t know it what it means.

In those days, salt was considered to be very valuable. In fact, the Romans considered salt more important than the sun itself. Roman soldiers would even be paid with salt.

So when Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth,” He was saying in a sense, “You’re valuable. You’re important. You’re significant. You can make a difference.”

Stop and think about salt. It really can do a lot. A little salt on a bland piece of meat can make all the difference. Have you ever had someone put salt in your water when you weren’t looking? You immediately noticed the change. A little pinch of salt can alter the flavor of something, just as one Christian in a situation can effect change.

Have you ever been in a dark room and someone turned on a flashlight? The light wasn’t hard to find, was it? In the same way, one believer who lets his or her light shine can really make a difference.

God has singled you out to make a difference–a strategic difference.