some thoughts on faith

What a total honor to share with my church family – can I just say that we have some of the coolest people in the world at our church?  Its rewarding to serve Jesus with them!  So on Sun, we talked about faith & I thought I’d share a few things you might want to consider in relation to faith:

Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.                        Blaise Pascal

 

Rom 5:1,  “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  NKJV

 

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.  ~J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Faith is putting all your eggs in God’s basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch.  ~Ramona C. Carroll

 

Rom 4:19-21,  “And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.    NKJV

 

In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.  ~Blaise Pascal

Faith enables persons to be persons because it lets God be God.  ~Carter Lindberg

 

Rom 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.         NKJV

 

Faith can move mountains, but don’t be surprised if God hands you a shovel.  Unk author

 

Heb 4:2,  “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.                     NKJV

 

Faith makes the discords of the present the harmonies of the future.  ~Robert Collyer

 

James 2:16-18,  “If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”  Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.        NIV

 

May your faith in God grow every day!

 

 

 

power tool follow up

As a quickie side note to the earlier forgiveness power tool blog – here’s a bit more food for thought.  My personal experience with this forgiveness stuff is that I usually sense God leading me to speak on this topic & then often a day or two before I’m going to speak on forgiveness, I have the opportunity to really practice what I’m planning to share related to forgiveness.  Often someone says or does something that really gets to me a day or so before I get to speak about forgiveness, thereby accomplishing a few things:  practice what I’m going to be speaking on, helps keep the message real & gritty on a personal level, etc.

skill_drillI’m saying all of this because I’m planning to share about forgiveness this upcoming Wed & as I’ve been thinking of it & my previous experiences, gees, this makes me jittery.  Unlike you, generally I don’t get really excited about the opportunity to work on forgiveness – wink.  So, I’m taking a deep breath & getting myself in the forgiveness mindset, rather than slipping into turtle mode & pulling into my protective shell. 

As for how this could relate to you, consider those occassions, situations, various people with whom you may interface that have a high potential forgiveness quotient & get yourself ready so that when the occassion comes up to forgive, you’re ready & not shocked & then having to make a sudden choice.

skil – more than a powertool

I talked w one of my friends recently & she had just finished putting in a doggie door, using power tools & feeling very empowered.  You could hear in her voice that she felt very fulfilled by this accomplishment – power to the people!  😉

Here’s a useful power tool for the holidays (family occassions, work parties, etc) – forgiveness & yes, this takes skill.  I say this because it takes work to get skilled in forgiveness & most of the time, we’d prefer to avoid this kind of work or skill development.  In Greek, the word for forgiveness also means to leave (or we would say, “drop it”), with the idea of not returning to whatever has been left behind.  Its easy, but not always constructive, to revisit past hurts (or to be reminded of them over the holidays).  Please be careful that such visits don’t trap you in the quagmire of unforgiveness.  The walls close in really fast when we make the quick & easy decision to not forgive.  This path is suffocating.  Make the choice to forgive & grow this skill.  Forgiveness is an essential powertool for life – may you have the power & wisdom to forgive through Jesus’ death & resurrection!

marching toward thanksgiving

Thankfully, this year, I’m not making a turkey & everyone says, “whew!”  So in all of my free time, here are a few things floating around – my food for thought:

  • listening to Reece discuss potential ski purchases
  • snuggling w Benji
  • passed my greek quiz tonight
  • some of my friends are really hurting – I feel this very deeply
  • looking forward to riding this week
  • I want to dream about Jesus tonight
  • computer frustrations I think I finally solved
  • began working on beatitudes book – takes me to great depths. 

Here’s a closing thought – be God’s child by imitating Him. 🙂

live beyond average

gmortensonI just finished a very powerful book – Three Cups of Tea  (Jolene loaned it to me).  Gees, what a read.  I’m still reeling from it & I’ve kind of dreamt about it over the last few nights.  This is a true life story about a guy who builds schools in VERY rural areas of Pakistan & Afghanistan, over the last 15 or so years.  His goal is to promote peace through building schools.  Some of the things that keep knocking me sideways are his findings about the importance of educating girls – lowering infant mortality rates, improving clean water usage & overall hygiene improvements, thereby improving quality of life, among many other things. 

The guy who does this, Greg Mortenson, isn’t some high power, sophisticated, ultra shiney & socially connected guy.  From the book, it sounds like he’s more comfy chillin in a rural Pakistani village than snuggling up w American comforts & social imperatives.  He’s made a MASSIVE difference – what a motivator.  Reading this book really pushes my heart into God to follow His lead in this life to make a difference. 

Have you read anything lately that calls you to greatness beyond yourself?  🙂

God applause

applauseIn an effort to help us give God some applause & to get in the thankful mode, let me give you a few things for which I’m thankful & then give you the opportunity to leave a comment with some things you’re thankful for.  I’m thankful for:

  • God’s love for me – this year has been thoroughly mind blowing in experiencing His love
  • getting to go to Ethiopia – a long-time dream come true;  this was a real honor for me
  • family – always keeping you on your toes or knees depending on what’s happening
  • encouragement & support – lots of folk saying & doing cool things
  • friends – this year has been somewhat of a long-needed breakthrough for me in this area
  • greek – how cool that I’ve had the opportunity to grow & learn in studying the Bible!
  • health – can I just tell you that I have biceps?  I couldn’t tell I had these until this year!  Health is also useful for:  snowboarding, travelling, keeping up w the kids, thinking & much more
  • prayer – what a majestic adventure

That’s a start for me.  What are some things you’re thankful for?  Maybe the rest of us could get some ideas from you! 🙂

could use a little prayer

Happy day to you!  Hope life is groovy & grand for you in this 24 hour gift.  🙂

Mom & I have tv taping today & it has the potential to be somewhat intense.  We’ll be talking about the end times, a topic mom is quite good at & I’m still in the “learning to bake chicken” phase of this topic (see the back in the kitchen post from last week).  So if that didn’t make any sense to you, let’s simplify & suffice it to say “please pray for us today for TV taping to go smoothly & have Jesus’ presence on it.” 

Gracias, vielen dank, spaceba, xie xie, merci, . . . .!