Tuesday, December 30, 2008

"10 Worst Work Stories of 2008"

It's no secret that 2008 is almost over. Where has this year gone? With 2009 around the corner, some of you... maybe most of you feel like this year was wasted away with your nose to the grindstone. Spending most of your days(or evenings) at your job.

Here's something that will lift your spirits (or your nose)!

These are the 10 worst and weirdest stories that happened in 2008.

To give you an example of some of these true stories:
1. Central Florida firefighters save dogs with mouth-to-mouth resusitation.
2. Man shot by friend so he could skip work.
. . .
5. DVD in firefighter's coat blocks bullet

These work stories are published by MSN Careers with Careerbuilders.com
Go here: 10 Worst (and Weirdest) Work Stories of 2008


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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Luke 2 (The Message):

"About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David's town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant.

While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.

There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and God's glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, "Don't be afraid. I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David's town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you're to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger."

At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God's praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.

As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. "Let's get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us." They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.

Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they'd been told!

When the eighth day arrived, the day of circumcision, the child was named Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived."

The name "Jesus": God Saves. Salvation
The name "Messiah": The Christ, The Anointed One.
The name "Immanuel": God with Us

Happy Birthday, Jesus!
Thank you for coming to Earth to rescue us from our eternal destination, Hell.

You are the REAL Gift-Giver. You have given us gifts of Love, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation.

Despite our selfishness, our rebellion- despite our sins... you still want a relationship with us. That's Grace!

We love you, Jesus!


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Friday, December 19, 2008

"The Christmas Story" Through A Child's Voice

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"The Christmas Story" told by a child.
Pure, Simple and True.

"I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." And He took the children in his arms, put His hands on them and blessed them." Mark 10:15-16 (NIV)

Do you see Jesus through the eyes of a child?
Child-like faith is full of wonder - full of hope - and full of promise.

Jesus came to this earth to save you. He wants to have an eternal relationship with you.

Pin all your trust on Him. This holiday season isn't about a decorated Christmas tree. It's about the tree, the cross that He decorated with forgiveness, love, and grace.


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Monday, December 15, 2008

"The Purpose of Christmas"

Have you ever asked yourself, "What is the real purpose of Christmas?"

A reporter from FOX Business interviews Pastor Rick Warren regarding the meaning of Christmas.

Pastor Rick shares about "getting back to the real purpose of Christmas".

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Pastor Rick's celebration of Christmas of 51 years is something we all should think about intigrating into our own homes.

Making new traditions:
* Hold a birthday party for Jesus
* Sing Christmas carols
* Read "The Christmas Story" (Matthew 1:18 - Matthew 2:23)
* Share what you are most thankful to God for - "Attitude of Gratitude".
* Gifts for Jesus: Share non-material things you have given to Jesus. Life, time, wisdom, commitment and service.
* Make/buy a birthday cake for Jesus and sing "Happy Birthday" to Him.
* The youngest in the family blows out the candle

These are radical ideas. Ideas that are against what our culture would say Christmas is all about. You will be getting rid of the "me" attitude and focusing on the "gratitude" of the real life gift-giver, Jesus Christ.

Make it about celebrating all the wonderful things Christ has done for you-- starting with His birth here on Earth.

Are you looking for answers to the true meaning of Christmas?
I am recommending a great book that will investigate those truths by Pastor Rick Warren.
567909: The Purpose of ChristmasThe Purpose of Christmas

By Rick Warren / Howard Books

Come back to the heart of Christmas. We know the story. It started in a manger in Palestine, but since that night the history of the world, and your life will never be the same. In The Purpose of Christmas, Rick Warren explains how Christmas is a time of celebration, salvation and reconciliation, and how you can accept the Gift of Christmas today!With presentation page and space for your personal greeting; full color photo illustrations, Scripture and focus on the Christ of Christmas; hardcover, 132 pages.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

"What Does Christmas Mean to You?" - Poll Results

Thank you for sharing what Christmas means to you.

Here are the results:

35% - Celebrating Jesus' birth
29% - Time with family and friends
17% - Shopping and deeper debts
14% - Christmas trees and decorations
3% - Dealing with In-laws
1% - Mistletoes and kissing

According to those following the blog, celebrating Jesus' birth is the most important reason for Christmas. Spending time with family and friends is a close 2nd. Thanks to JW, he has put mistletoes and kissing on the map!

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21 (NIV)

The name JESUS is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the LORD saves.


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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What's The Meaning of Christmas?

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This video is humorous but very real! A Christian guy suits up as a reporter. He gets the job done with humor and boldness as he asks the question, "What's the meaning of Christmas?" at a college campus.
The vast majority of these student's answers are the truth of what people in our country believes Christmas is all about.
Take time to cast your vote on "What Does Christmas Mean to You?" in the right column. . . or post a comment.



Sunday, December 7, 2008

"The Christmas Shoes"


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A classic song released in 2000, by the Christian music group called Newsong.

The Christmas Shoes is a story about a young boy who wants to purchase a pair of shoes for his dying mother. He understood the sacrifices his mother has made for him in his short life. The boy was overwhelmed by his mother' to

When faced with not enough money he turns to a man who is standing in line behind the him. The man reaches in his wallet and pays for the shoes. These aren't just ordinary shoes, these are shoes that are a token of the boy's love for all that his mom has done for him.

The boy understood the sacrifices his mother has made for him. She went without so he wouldn't have to.

The stranger who gave sacrificially to the boy understood the importance of family, helping others, and the feelings of sacrifice and love.

Why the shoes? The boy wanted his mom to look beautiful when she meets Jesus in Heaven.

What does Christmas mean to you?

It's about sacrifice - it's about loving God. It's understanding that giving is a greater gift than receiving. God's greatest sacrifice - His greatest gift was sending His Son for you.

Share this video message with your friends, family, and loved ones!


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Friday, December 5, 2008

Funny Humor for Friday IV


13. Staple papers in the middle of the page.
12. Forget the punchline to a long joke, but assure the listener it was a "real hoot."
11. Never make eye contact.
10. Never brake eye contact.
9. Sing the Batman theme incessantly. (Da-na-na-na-na...)
8. Invent nonsense computer jargon in conversations, and see if people play along to avoid the appearance of ignorance.
7. Seran wrap toilet seats. . .
6. Leave the copy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17 inch paper, 98 copies.
5. Reply to everything someone says with "That's what YOU think."
4. Drum on every available surface.
3. Follow a few paces behind someone, spraying Lysol on everything they touch.
2. Repeat everything someone says, as a question.

1. Be festive. Tie jingle bells to your shoes, belt and Santa's hat.
* Bonus: As you're walking past cubicles hum the song, "Jingle Bells".

HAPPY FRIDAY! Have a great weekend!


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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Washing Off The Dirt

"so He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him." John 13:4-5 (NIV)

Jesus demonstrated His love and eternal cleansing to His disciples by taking on the role of a lowly servant. Jesus wrapped a towel around His waist, got on His knees and washed His disciples' feet.

In the ancient East, the people's feet were the filthiest part of their body. They wore open-toed sandals as they walked miles through dirt and mud. What Jesus did was a deliberate act- a token of love - an example of what He was about to do, not only for His followers, but for the whole world.

You see, Jesus wanted to show His servitude. He wanted to let the disciples know, that if they allow Him, He is willing to cleanse the filthiest part of their body. Later, they will come to realize He is going to be the ultimate sacrifice for all their sins - cleansing their hearts.

Jesus did not come into the world to judge it, but rescue those who are lost.

When was the last time you put your feet in the basin of Jesus?

He wants to wash the grimiest parts of your life. Your heart may be a caked on mess of hurts, habits, and anger. He wants to give you a clean, new start.

First, you must admit that your heart is filthy, full of sin that has hurt God and those around you. You will never be cleansed until you confess you are dirty. There is forgiveness waiting for you!

Pray and talk to Jesus today! Acknowledge your heart is dirty and it's time to surrender it over to the basin of Jesus. His blood on the cross will cleanse you. He will take up your pain- your regrets- and give you a new life, a new path full of hope.

"That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

As the Scripture says, 'Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.' " Romans 10:9-11 (NIV)


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Saturday, November 29, 2008

What? No Paper Plates?

This is the first year we had Thanksgiving at our house. It was a big feat to do the turkey and a couple of sides. I am not just saying this, my wife made one of the most tender, juicest turkeys I have ever eaten. Her green bean casserole gets a blue ribbon in my book too!

We learned how hard it is to host a Thanksgiving dinner. Several piles of pots, pans, plates, cups, forks, knives, and spoons. Then, there are more plates and silverware from the desserts afterwards. Yes, I am having flash backs from the Big Event!

Maybe it's the 'man' or ol' bachelor in me. Looking at the process, (yes, losing focus of being thankful), I thought to myself, "Why couldn't we just use paper plates?"

Do you know how easy it would be to use paper plates-- or how about plasticware? Now, I don't want any blog comments from the "green" activists. P.S. They make plastic cups too! It would be so cool to have a paper and plastic Thanksgiving! (Now my wife would argue this point).

Paper plates are under-estimated. They aren't like they used to be 10-15 years ago. They aren't like the old, white, flimsy paper plates with ribbed rims- they are much more durable. They even have fancy floral patterns, which would match the thanksgiving motif. They even have faux silver or gold lining around the rim of the paper plates for the more "upscaley" gatherings.

You don't have to scrape off your leftover scraps. You don't have to wash them. When you are done eating; all you do is toss it in the trash. Same thing after dessert is served- just grab another paper plate, eat, and toss.

Paper plates are cheap and are easily disposed of. Nice porcelain plates or fine china are not so easily thrown into the trash.

How do you think people in our country feel today?

Do they feel like paper plates or fine china?
Do they feel valued, taken good care of, with their attributes being shown off to family and guests?

Or, do they feel cheapened, used, and tossed away?

There are so many people who feel like paper plates. They've been called names. They've been betrayed. Devalued. Maybe they feel cheapened because of their own poor choices of abusing their bodies with promiscuous sex, alcohol, or drugs. They want to give up on life. Maybe they feel so worthless inwardly and by those around them; they feel suicidal. There is hope for them!

Ask yourself this question: "Are you a paper plate or fine china?"

Let me answer that question for you. You are priceless, fine china. God doesn't make paper plates; He only makes masterpieces! You may not feel like it inside and when you look in the mirror, you may not see it. Allow God's words to convince you today!

You are special on the deepest molecular level.
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)

God thought you up. He dreamed about you. What you would look like- How beautiful your smile would be. He instilled in you gifts to glorify Him and to inspire those around you. God gave you a sense of humor and has filled your very being with love.

Verse 16 goes on to say, "your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."

The Bible says God planned out a fulfilling life for you before you were ever born! God, the Creator, thought you were so important that He breathed life into you- He brought you into existance.

Verse 17 and 18, "How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!

Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you."

He knows every inch of you- inside and out. He is wooed by you. God is happy with the way you are made. It is up to us to use the gifts He has given us and to find the purpose He has for our lives.

Like the Mastercard commercial:
Facelift: $10,000
Tummy tuck: $15,000
Realizing you are wonderfully and beautifully made: PRICELESS!

I Corinthians 6 says, "You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body."

Somewhere along the way you lost focus. You started believing the lies. You began to lower your standards to match what you were feeling inside.

You feel worthless because you have separated yourself from God. You have allowed the negative comments from those around you to control the lies in your mind. Jesus gave up everything, because He finds you priceless.

Honor God today! Tell Him, as hard as it may be, how thankful you are for all the great, silly and unique attributes He has formed in you - inwardly and outwardly.


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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks

Big, juicy turkey. Mashed potatoes with lots of butter. Green bean casserole; crispy and runny. Hot sweet potatoes and the cranberry that plops out exactly like the shape of the can that it was stored in. Oh, and don't forget the hot apple pie and tender pumpkin pie. What a feast!

I am thankful for this great tradition and scrumptious food, but there is more to Thanksgiving than tradition and great food. . . much more!

Did you know the word "thanksgiving" is written 29 times in the scriptures? (According to the KJV version.)

The words "give thanks" is written 48 times in the scriptures? (According to the KJV version.)

I was always told if God repeats His words 2 or more times, then He is really trying to tell me something important. Having "thanksgiving" and "give thanks" saturate the scriptures, God is telling us something very important and we need to listen.

A.) We first need to exalt God; giving Him thanks for who He is and how He cares for our needs.
"You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."
Psalm 118:28-29 (NIV)

It's easy to complain. It's easy to whine about the things we don't have. I guarantee if you sat down and made a list of all the things you can be thankful about, you could easily list 50 things to be thankful about. (That's filling the front and back of a notebook paper).

List the small things that you look passed because you are too busy or too selfish. Things you take for granted, like: a working car, a warm home, indoor plumbing, furniture to sit on, love, health, a job, your spouse, your kids-- God's creation: flowers, trees, your dog or cat, the cool breeze, snow, sunshine and puffy clouds. Whatever it may be, you have so much to be thankful for.

You are forgiven. You are saved by grace. God has put a joy in your heart.

B.) We need to show thanksgiving towards our fellow Christian brothers and sisters. Encouraging them. Upholding them in prayer. Realizing together we are one body in Christ Jesus.

Paul wrote this heart-felt letter to the leaders and deacons of the church in Philippi:
"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV)

Share the attitude of thanksgiving with those around you and you will become contagious. Let people be jealous about this wonderfully authentic joy you have in your life; drawing people to the realization that Jesus has transformed your heart and mind.

As verse 6 says, Jesus has started a new work in your heart and life. He is going to use you in great ways for His purpose. He is growing you. He is making you more and more like Him each day. That's something to be excited and thankful about!

"Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.

Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world." Isaiah 12:4-5 (NIV)

May today be a wonderful day of celebration with family and friends. Give thanks to the Lord today and forever more.



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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving - Fun Facts

Thanksgiving - Fun Facts

"In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. Congress finally made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1941."

"The National Turkey Federation estimated that 46 million turkeys—one fifth of the annual total of 235 million consumed in the United States in 2007—were eaten at Thanksgiving."

"The cranberry is one of only three fruits—the others are the blueberry and the Concord grape—that are entirely native to North American soil, according to the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association."

"More than 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving."

"Here's one of those funny Thanksgiving facts: Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead."

"According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds and measured just over 12 feet long. It was baked on October 8, 2005 by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio, and included 900 pounds of pumpkin, 62 gallons of evaporated milk, 155 dozen eggs, 300 pounds of sugar, 3.5 pounds of salt, 7 pounds of cinnamon, 2 pounds of pumpkin spice and 250 pounds of crust."

"Turkeys are known to spend the night in trees! (Maybe to escape the Thanksgiving table?)"

"The average person consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day. (Now that's a lot of turkey!)"

Courtesy of :
History.com "History Made Every Day"
Coolest-holiday-parties.com "Coolest Thanksgiving Facts, Traditions and History"

1-800-flower.com "Fun Thanksgiving Facts"


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Monday, November 24, 2008

The Bible - The Supporting Actor?

"Are God's consolations not enough for you, words spoken gently to you?" Job 15:11 (NIV)

There are many great Christian books out there. Everything from Christian growth - to uplifting compilations - to Christian-themed romance novels. Books on Jesus, books on God, books on marriage. . . you get the picture.

Paul shared his concerns to the believers of Corinth:"Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God." 2 Corinthians 2:17 (NIV)

Paul was speaking about preaching. Don't water down the words of God for personal and financial gain. I do believe, in this age, we are watering down the words of God through fancy words and simplified translations. . . all for money.

Wow, when was the last time you stepped in to a Christian bookstore? You will find 20 - 30 translations of the scriptures(at least!) It has become a commercialized industry. Fancy covers. Thousands of additional footnotes. More modern, simplified translations. There are literally millions of Christ-based books out there today.

I am not saying all translations are bad and all Christ-based, self help- spiritual growth books are unuseful. There are many great resources out there for us to use in order to improve our walk and life with Jesus.

A fellow Christian said to me, "I love to read! I read at least a (Christ-based) book every 2 weeks!"
His wife and friend boasts about how he is a 'reading machine' and can take in a lot of literature without much effort.

My question is, "How much of what you are reading are the actual words of God?"
It's good to read. It's good to read books that challenge you to have a deeper purpose with God, but are you getting actual meat directly from the word of God?

It's sad, but more and more I hear people share about things authors are saying instead of what God has been sharing with them. I remember the ol' days when there was excitement in a fellow believers voice, saying, "Wow, God shared with me in His word about this... or that."

Now it goes more like this, "I was reading a book by Lucado or Warren or Eldredge and they said this... or that." See the crucial difference? We are living our lives not through the Living Word, but through the words of those who have done all the research and discovering for us.

The Church has fallen more and more into the trap of publicity, marketing, and main-stream materials. How often the church spends thousands of dollars on bible studies based on the newest book. Buying into the dvd's, workbooks, study guides, and such; when a Pastor or a church leader could invest bible-time with God and put together a study course for FREE(minus printing cost on the copier). The word of God is relevant - it's alive - it's God Breathed! The Bible alone has the answer to every life's tough questions!

1 Corinthians 9:14 says, "In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel." (NIV)

The point here is, don't let your Bible be the supplement... the supporting actor... second string towards the reading of other authors. Alone time with God isn't reading someone else's words or discoveries about scripture. God never intended His Words to become secondary. God intentioned from the beginning to speak to you DIRECTLY; to have a one-on-one relationship with you.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ: To live it, you must know it!

Many believers today would much rather read more "exciting" - more "watered-down" illustrations of the scriptures than the real meat of it all. Don't take spiritual instructions solely from Christian authors, but by the One who is the Author and Creator of our lives.

The Bible must be your primary source of instruction and spiritual growth.

God wants to talk to you directly. The only way to do that is to turn up your Bible and see what He has to say to you. Don't let the Word of God be supplementary, it needs to be primary in your life if you want to succeed and have a fulfilling life with Him.

Don't settle for leftovers!

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Friday, November 21, 2008

"Family Movie Night"

One of the fun events we like to do in our home is "Family Movie Night". We either pick a Friday or Saturday night and tell our kids we will be watching a fun kid's movie. It's a big hit in our home!

Here are some ideas to make this an exciting time for you and your kids:
* Make popcorn (it can be microwave popcorn- just add extra melted butter).
* Theature candy (snow caps, twizzlers, good-n-plenty).
* Lay out blankets and pillows (Kids love sitting on the floor and snuggling up in a blanket).

Make it extra special and have your child choose the movie. Multiple kids? Each time you do this event, have your next child choose the movie.

"Family Movie Night" doesn't have to be every weekend, but make it a priority to do this event at least once a month. It's a great way for your whole family to be together. Your kids will love you for it!

Another option:
"Movie Date Night". If you are low on cash and can't afford a baby-sitter, then have a date night with your spouse.
* Put the kids to bed!
* Cuddle up on the couch with blankets.
* Make some hot chocolate
* Rent a fun romance/comedy or a really cool thriller.

Try it this weekend! Share in the experience and enjoy each other's company.

P.S. The worship song choice for the weekend is Chris Rice's "What If Cartoons Got Saved". A great song to get you excited about spending time with your kids! This song is unique and will definitely make you smile!


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Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Hands Tell a Story

What do your hands look like?

If you work in the office all day, typing away at the keyboard- you probably have nice fingers with calluses on the tips and carpal-tunnel of the wrists.

If you are a laborer by trade- construction, mechanic, carpenter. Your hands are rough, full of cuts with dirt under the nails.

If you are a surgeon, your hands are kept clean and free from risky sports that could injure those million dollar hands.

A mom's hands are articulate, strong and gentle. Mom can unclog a toilet, hem a shirt and mend your hurts all at the same time! The Bible says, "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3 (NIV). Jesus not only listens to our troubles, but if we give Him our hurts... our pains... then He will heal our brokenness.

If you were to look at Christ's hands, you would see strong, rugged hands from being a carpenter by trade. You would see hands that are gentle- reaching out to little children and the disabled. Loving hands that served those around Him. Powerful hands that healed the sick and raised the dead. You would see hands that are pierced from being nailed to the cross. He sacrificed His body and life for us- giving up everything so we can be free from hell.

"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!

See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;" Isaiah 49:15-16 (NIV)

Jesus is saying, "I love you! You will not be forgotten. You have asked Me into your heart and now you are a permanent tattoo on my hands. Nothing you do will change my mind. You are with me and I am with you eternally." That is great news!

Let the hands of God, who created the universe- who created me and you- heal us and save us from a life full of grief and pain. If you give all your burdens to Him, He will "heal your broken heart and bind up your wounds".

Don't miss out on a life of joy because you didn't let Jesus' hands heal you today!

"I have held many things in my hands, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess." Martin Luther


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Friday, November 14, 2008

Funny Humor for Friday III


A young married couple got up early one morning. The husband asked his wife to make some coffee. Reluctant and tired, she said "Sure".

When the coffee was ready, she poured her husband a nice cup of joe. The husband said, "Wow, I could really get used to you making me coffee every morning."

Irritated, his wife said, "I would like to, but the Bible specifically says YOU are to make the coffee for ME every morning. It's a rule and it's good to follow God's commands."

Her husband laughed and challenged her biblical insight, saying, "If you can open the Bible and show me where it says the MAN needs to make the coffee, I will make coffee every morning for you for the next 40 years of marriage."

With a big, peculiar smile on her face, she opened the Bible to the New Testament, "See, it says in big, bold letters 'HE- BREWS' !"


In kindergarten, two boys were sitting outside eating their lunch.

The one boy bites into his apple, stares at it for a moment, then says to his friend,
"Do you know what's worse than finding a worm in your apple?"

The friend replies, "No, what?"

Answering, "Finding HALF a worm in your apple!"


A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were excessively mischievous. They were always getting into trouble and their parents knew that, if any mischief occurred in their town, their sons were probably involved.

The boys' mother heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys. The clergyman agreed, but asked to see them individually. So the mother sent her 8-year-old first, in the morning, with the older boy to see the clergyman in the afternoon.

The clergyman, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly, "Where is God?”

The boy's mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there with his mouth hanging open, wide-eyed. So the clergyman repeated the question in an even sterner tone, "Where is God!!?"

Again the boy made no attempt to answer. So the clergyman raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face and bellowed, "WHERE IS GOD!?"

The boy screamed and bolted from the room, ran directly home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him.

When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked, "What happened?"

The youngest brother gasped for breath and replied, "We are in BIG trouble this time dude. God is missing and they think WE did it!"

Nothing like good laughter for the belly =)


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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Looking Backwards

"Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)

Yes, you've messed up, but your different now. You've asked for forgiveness, you've stopped doing what has harmed yourself and others. It's time to stop looking backwards!

It's time to stop looking back at your pain- your failure- your betrayal- your old life. God is wanting to give you something better; something new.

There is a new beginning waiting for you if you are willing to grab hold of it.
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

To amplify what God is saying to you in more modern words, read it from The Message: "Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history.

Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new.

It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is!
I'm making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands."

God's saying "I want to do a new thing- I want to start a new chapter in your life." In order to start a new chapter you must "forget the former things; do not dwell on the past." If you want a fresh beginning and start a new chapter, you must stop looking backwards.

God is speaking to you, "Let it go, give it over to me. Hurry, because what I have for you is springing up, it's bursting out! I will cleanse you of all the bad things you have done in your life. Bring me with you and I will give you springs of blessings."

God forgives you. . . it's time for you to forgive yourself.


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Friday, November 7, 2008

Your Hurts for Their Healing

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God."
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

Have you found victory in Jesus? Did you push through your season of hardship and pain?

Maybe you've conquered alcoholism for 9 months- Maybe you are finally healing and moving forward from the loss of a loved one- Maybe you are recovering from abuse... physical... sexual abuse.

Through the help of Jesus you can say that you've defeated depression, suicide, anger, resentment. . .


Your hurts can heal those around you. God can take your bad experiences and use them for His good. If you stop to think for a moment of someone who is facing similar struggles. . . at church. . . at home. . . at work- you can be a true inspiration to them!

There is nothing like learning from someone who has been there before. Someone who pushed through the trenches of hardship and despair. Your life experiences can mean the world for someone who is giving up on life. Ask God to show you someone you can touch- and share with them your victory through Jesus!

"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." James 5:16 (NIV)


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Sunday, November 2, 2008

"If We Are The Body" - Casting Crowns

"If We Are The Body" - Casting Crown

There are people who show up to church and feel disconnected by the clicks that are formed by our own self indulgences. We tend to ostracize those who are socially or personally different than us. Fellowship is not about status, race or popularity. Fellowship is about glorifying God and edifying one another. It is very easy to socialize with the same people every Sunday. How about reaching out to those that are standing alone, those that are a bit awkward socially. They are just as important as the rest of you. Fellowship with them. Let them know you care about what they have to say. Love them as Christ loves you!

The Bible says, " On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment.

But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it." 1 Corinthians 12:22-27 (NIV)

Take a moment to really see & hear this message. . .

We go to church every Sunday to learn about God. We read the bible to gain knowledge and wisdom. We invest time with other Christians. . . but what about the lost souls outside the church doors? God calls us to "Go! and make disciples of all nations." Jesus wants us to reach out, to provide comfort, and to give hope to the lost.

It is good to have a relationship with God- it is good to have great bible knowledge- but what about expressing it? What about sharing it to those who need it most?

Listen to what Jesus is saying to you. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’" Matthew 25:34-40 (NIV)

Here is a challenge for you:
Stop sitting in the same assigned seat or pew. Stop gathering with the same people. Search out someone new. Sit next to someone who is sitting alone. Search out someone after church who is lost in the crowd. Invest time with them- show them they are special and that you care about them!

"Love the unlovely. Care for the unfortunate. Yes, you may say, "They don't live up to my standards." Without God's grace, we don't live up to His standards. Through Jesus Christ, only because of Him, can we have complete fellowship with God." ~HLJ


Friday, October 31, 2008

Funny Humor for Friday II


There was a religious lady that had to do a lot of traveling for her business, so she did a lot of flying. Flying made her very, very nervous, so she always took her Bible along with her to read as it helped relax her on the long flights.

One time, she was sitting next to a man. When he saw her pull out her Bible, he gave a little chuckle and smirk and went back to what he was doing.

After awhile, he turned to her and asked, "You don't really believe all that stuff in there do you?"

The lady replied, "Of course I do. It is the Bible."

He said, "Well, what about that guy that was swallowed by that whale?"

She replied, "Oh, Jonah. Yes, I believe that, it is in the Bible."

He asked, "Well, how do you suppose he survived all that time inside the whale?"

The lady said, "Well, I don't really know. I guess when I get to heaven, I will ask him."

"What if he isn't in heaven?" the man asked sarcastically.

"Then you can ask him," replied the lady.


A kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they drew.
She would occasionally walk around to see each child's artwork. As she came to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.

The girl replied, "I'm drawing God."

The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like."

Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing the girl replied,. . . . "They will in a minute."

I am qualified to share this joke because I was raised Baptist =oP


A kindergarten teacher gave her class a "show and tell" assignment of bringing something to represent their religion.

The first boy got in front of the class and said, "My name is Benjamin and I am Jewish and this is the Star of David."

The second boy got in front of the class and said, "My name is Mary. I'm am Catholic and this is the Crucifix."

The third boy got in front of the class and said, "My name is Tommy and I am Baptist and this is a casserole."

Meet someone new in church on Sunday!

Have a great weekend!


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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

You Got Your Ear Pierced?

Ear piercing is a way of showing individuality and a level of "coolness". Teen and adult men walk around with silver studs, onyx studs. . . and the celebrity rappers wear a huge diamond stud. You may know someone who is going through a mid-life crisis and they get their ear pierced to show a level of youth and being hip.

Whatever the reason for getting your ear pierced. . . rebellion. . . "coolness". . . or self-expression. Let me share with you a document from around 1400 B.C. In the book of Exodus, it shares why ear piercing was performed.

"But if the servant declares, 'I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,' then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life." Exodus 21: 5-6 (NIV)

"Awl: a pointed tool for marking surfaces or piercing small holes."

Pretty cool! When a servant truly loved his master and wanted to serve him for life, he would get his ear pierced. Publicly letting everyone know he freely wants to live the rest of his life serving his master.

Hmmm, ear piercing... the new Christian revolution?! =0)


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Monday, October 27, 2008

Season of Change

"For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God." Romans 1:20 (NLT)

This weekend we met with some friends and headed over to a small, rustic town with great gift shops and food! What a joy it is to be with good friends! We really took in God's beautiful creation. Enjoying the crisp, cold breeze and seeing the leaves changing color.

It made me think about how God's impressions are all around us.

I think of the beauty of the fall season. Leaves changing from green to orange, red, yellow and brown. It's a glorious sight to see these trees illuminate in such array of colors! The sad part of fall- creation dies and goes into hybernation. This reminds me that winter is around the corner.

God's impression: Snow. It covers the ugly- it covers the dead. There are many references of Christ and His blood being represented as snow. He covers our filth, our dead selves with His blood.

Isaiah 1:18 says, "Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." (NIV)

Maybe your season has been filled with ugly habits. Your season has been full of regrets, turmoil, and heartache. Let the snow fall! Allow Christ's blood to cover your filth - your deadly sins. He will wash you and cleanse you- making you white as snow.

Your way isn't working. Everything around you seems to be falling apart- you are slowly dying inside. Jesus is giving you a chance to have a fresh, new start. Pin all your trust on Him and give your dying self over to Him and He will transform your life- your very soul.

Will you pray this prayer today?
"Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin." Psalm 51:2 (NIV)

Here is Jesus' promise to you!
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9 (NIV)


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Friday, October 24, 2008

Funny Humor For Friday

* Hey! It's my turn to sit in the front pew.
* I was so enthralled, I never noticed your sermon went 25 minutes over time.
* I love it when we sing hymns I've never heard before!
* Personally I find witnessing much more enjoyable than golf.
* I volunteer to be the permanent teacher for the Junior High Sunday School class.
* Pastor, we'd like to send you to this Bible seminar in the Bahamas.
* Nothing inspires me and strengthens my commitment like our annual stewardship campaign!

Three boys are in the schoolyard bragging about their fathers. The first boy says, "My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a poem, they give him $50."

The second boy says, "That's nothing. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a song, they give him $100."

The third boy says, "I got you both beat. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a sermon and it takes eight people to collect all the money!"

1. Your feet stick to the kitchen floor.....and you don't care.
2. When the kids are fighting, you threaten to lock them in a room together and not let them out until someone's bleeding.
3. You can't find your cordless phone, so you ask a friend to call you, and you run around the house madly, following the sound until you locate the phone downstairs in the laundry basket.
4. You spend an entire week wearing sweats.
5. Your idea of a good day is making it through without a child leaking bodily fluids on you.
6. Popsicle become a food staple.
7. Your favorite television show is a cartoon.
8. Peanut butter and jelly is eaten at least in one meal a day.
9. You're willing to kiss your child's boo-boo, regardless of what body part it happens to be on.
10. Your baby's pacifier falls on the floor and you give it back to her after you suck the dirt off of it because your too busy to wash it off.
11. Your kids make jokes about farting, burping, pooping, etc., and you think it's funny.
12. You're so desperate for adult conversation that you spill your guts to the telemarketer that calls and HE hangs up on YOU!
13. Spit is your number one cleaning agent.
14. You're up each night until 10 PM vacuuming, dusting, wiping, washing, drying, loading, unloading, shopping, cooking, driving, flushing, ironing, sweeping, picking up, changing sheets, changing diapers, bathing, helping with homework, paying bills, budgeting, clipping coupons, folding clothes, putting to bed, dragging out of bed, brushing, chasing, buckling, feeding (them, Not you), PLUS swinging, playing baseball, bike riding, pushing trucks, cuddling dolls, rollerblading, basketball, football, catch, bubbles, sprinklers, slides, nature walks, coloring, crafts, jumping rope, PLUS raking, trimming, planting, edging, mowing, gardening, painting, and walking the dog. You get up at 5:30 AM and you have no time to eat, sleep, drink or go to the bathroom, and yet ... you still managed to gain 10 pounds.
15. In your bathroom there is toothpaste on the light fixtures, water all over the floor, a dog drinking out of the toilet and body hair forming a union to protest unsafe working conditions.
16. You buy cereal with marshmallows in it.
17. The closest you get to gourmet cooking is making rice krispie bars.

Have a Great Weekend!

Just a reminder: Church is on Sunday =0)


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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

No one Loves You Like He Does

Jesus loves you more than the universe. He loves you so much that He gave up His life for you!

Mark 10:45 says, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (NIV)

What is ransom? Webster defines it as "a consideration paid or demanded for the release of someone or something from captivity."

You are being held hostage. You are a prisoner of sin. Sin is a term used to describe our thoughts and actions being an offense against God. Greed... lying... adultery... cheating... stealing... manipulating; these are just a few of the offenses (sins) we commit against God on a daily basis.

The Romans Road to recovery:

The Bible says in Romans 3:23, "For ALL have sinned and fallen short of His glory." Glory, the perfect splendor and beauty of God. None of us alone can be have a relationship with God, because perfection and sin do not mix.

On our own, no amount of great works or deeds will allow us into heaven or a relationship with our God. It says in scripture that the wage, the debt for our sin is DEATH. . .

The Bible continues to say in Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

There is a gift from God- His only son, Jesus.

You see, God is telling you, no matter how good we try to live our lives, no matter how much we give to people or good causes, it's not enough. Giving to non-profit organizations, churches, schools, feeding the hungry. . . these are all great and wonderful things and it can change our world, but it will not buy your way into a relationship with God. It's not the key to open the gates of heaven.

There is only one Key into heaven and that's believing in Jesus, the only Son of God. Believing He loves you so much that He died on the cross for you- rescuing you from your filth. You must first realize you cannot do it on your own. Good works won't get you there. Jesus says, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me"

Let's go back to that word ransom. Jesus came to pay the price, the ransom, that has kept you separated from God. Through Jesus' brutal death He became the substitute to take our hell and to pay our penalty- to cleanse us of our sins.

How do I have a deep relationship with God?
How do I secure a place in heaven?

Romans 10:9-10, "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (NIV)

"Lord, I've been doing my life my way, and I've sinned. I know that I have hurt you. My only hope of being forgiven - of ever getting to heaven, is You. I'm pinning all my trust on You, Lord Jesus, beginning right now."

Jesus has gone the distance- He came from heaven to earth- and ultimately, stretched out His arms on the cross to reach out to you with His incredible love. Don't make life's biggest mistake.

Give your sins, your bad habits over to Jesus. Let Him cleanse you and transform your heart and mind- your very soul. Experience forgiveness today. . . and start a new life with Him!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Being Attacked From All Sides

"All day long my enemies taunt me; those who rail against me use my name as a curse." Psalm 102:8 (NIV)

Old friends gossiping about you. Family members who thrive on cutting you down. Ex's looking to bash you and your character. How do you handle being attacked from all sides?

What should we do? Should we do anything at all?

As much hurt and anger there is towards your enemy, it isn't good to repay bad with bad. Remember the old saying, "If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say it at all"?

You are saying, "But I feel attacked. . . betrayed . . . I feel wronged!" You feel wronged, and it's your right to tell them off. This will only add fuel to the fire. It will make your world even more unbearable.

The Bible says, "Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else." 1 Thess. 5:15 (NIV)

Then, when do I confront them?
There are times where seasons need to pass by before ever confronting those who have hurt you. Wait on God to open a door of opportunity to intelligently and wisely talk to your offender. Asking God to cover you with truth and love. . . not out of personal hurt and anger. Time and forgiveness heals wounds, not playing their game by degrading one another.
Matthew 5:43-44 says, "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you"

Release your emotional turmoil to God. Ask Him to build you up with His promises and love. Just because someone calls you a name or falsely accuses you of something, it doesn't make it true.

I have come to realize your true friends and loved ones will ask you what is going on. They have your best interest in mind and want to know how they can help stop the pain. If they don't contact you and they are in the midst of the gossip- then you need to question if they have your best interest in mind.

It's okay to cut yourself off from these people for a time. Pray for forgiveness and restoration. If they still do not want to rebuild a relationship with you, then it is better to cut ties and surround yourself around those who will build you up and help you grow in the Lord.

Here is a powerful tool for you to use. It's the exact same song David sang out to God in praise. Remember King Saul had a bounty out on David. There were soldiers hunting him down to kill him. David ran and was in hiding.

Psalm 18
"For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

1 I love you, O LORD, my strength.
2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;

my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,

and I am saved from my enemies."
- Psalm 18:1-3 (NIV)

Cry out to God in celebration and adoration-- and He will carry you through.


Monday, October 13, 2008

"The Voice of Adventure"

"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?" Psalm 27:1

In my morning quiet time with God I read this exerpt from Max Lucado's He Still Moves Stones:

"Jesus says the options are clear. On one side there is the voice of safety. You can build a fire in the hearth, stay inside, and stay warm and dry for what you don't try, right? You can't fall if you don't take a stand, right? You can't lose your balance if you never climb, right? So don't try it. Take the safe route.

Or you can hear the voice of adventure- God's adventure. Instead of building a fire in your hearth, build a fire in your heart. Follow God's impulses. Adopt the child. Move overseas. Teach the class. Change careers. Run for office. Make a difference. Sure it isn't safe, but what is?"

God's voice tells us to be humble. . .wise in our decisions. . .pray until you receive an answer.

What if God is telling you to Make A Difference- to take a risk for His name's sake?

The gentle Shepard who leads our lives is also labeled as the Lion of Judah. Jesus took risks- He fought for God and for us. God calls us to take risks, to put ourselves in "risky" situations in order to fulfill God's purpose. We can't go through life feeling safe.

God is saying, "GO!" Our love for God needs to be an action word. Love needs to be expressed- it needs to be shared with others.

Yes, it's scary to take risks. It's the blindness of our future that holds us back. It's fear itself- the fear of not being good enough, the fear of our finances, the fear that we will fail at trying.

I have news for you. If God tells you to "GO!" and it is God's plan for your life. Don't you think He will carry you through?

Read God's promise for your life:
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

There are blessings waiting for you. Don't miss out on the adventure and treasures God has for you, because you were being too safe.

Go M.A.D. for God Today! (Make A Difference!)


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Friday, October 10, 2008


We are excited to announce our new blog features here on Heart Like Jesus!

On the right column, you will notice 3 new additions:
1.) There is a "Worship Today" section where you will hear new Worship music playing when you come and visit us.

2.) Start your mornings focused by visiting the "Daily Bible Verse" section. Be inspired and challenged from God's word.

3.) Need encouragement? Do you have days where you need some inspiration? Then visit our "Christian Quotes: Past and Present" section. Quotes from C.S. Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, Martin Luther, St. Augustine, and many more.


=> We have updated our "Spiritual Video Food" feed. Check out the new videos and sermons!

=> Please go and search the bottom of our blog. You will find "HLJ Worship Center". This section has been absolutely re-faced. I think it's pretty cool stuff and very user friendly. This is a compilation of some of the top Christian Artists and their songs. Go, listen, and praise God through worship!

THANK YOU for following us and checking out our posts!


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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

FUN TRIVIA - Poll Results

FUN TRIVIA: How Tall was Goliath?

0% - 7 Feet
25% - 8 Feet
75% - Over 9 Feet

1 Samuel 17:4 "And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span." (KJV)

1 Cubit = 18 inches
6 Cubits = 108 inches => 9 Feet

Christian Scholars have argued that a span is half the measurement of a Cubit, so Goliath would have been 9 Feet, 9 Inches Tall!


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Sunday, October 5, 2008

"Fascinating Love Facts"

The other day I came across some love statistics on MSN. I thought this article was intriguing and interesting... and down right silly. I pulled some of the more "PG" rated statistics for your enjoyment. =)

"25 Fascinating Love Facts"
Exerpt By Laura Schaefer - MSN Dating

"Love is mysterious, fascinating, and when you find it with the right person, there's nothing better. . .
Love is a many-splendored thing … and a very surprising thing, too. As if you needed proof of that, here are 25 funny little facts about love. Study them, scratch your head over them, and share them with someone you fancy.

* Men who kiss their wives in the morning live five years longer than those who don't.

*People are more likely to tilt their heads to the right when kissing instead of the left (65 percent of people go to the right!)

* Feminist women are more likely than other females to be in a romantic relationship.

* Two-thirds of people report that they fall in love with someone they've known for some time vs. someone that they just met.

* There's a reason why office romances occur: The single biggest predictor of love is proximity.

* Falling in love can induce a calming effect on the body and mind and raises levels of nerve growth factor for about a year, which helps to restore the nervous system and improves the lover's memory.

* Love can also exert the same stress on your body as deep fear. You see the same physiological responses — pupil dilation, sweaty palms, and increased heart rate.

* Brain scans show that people who view photos of a beloved experience an activation of the caudate — the part of the brain involving cravings.

* The women of the Tiwi tribe in the South Pacific are married at birth.

* The "Love Detector" service from Korean cell phone operator KTF uses technology that is supposed to analyze voice patterns to see if a lover is speaking honestly and with affection. Users later receive an analysis of the conversation delivered through text message that breaks down the amount of affection, surprise, concentration and honesty of the other speaker.
* Eleven percent of women have gone online and done research on a person they were dating or were about to meet, versus seven percent of men.

* Couples' personalities converge over time to make partners more and more similar.

* The oldest known love song was written 4,000 years ago and comes from an area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.

* The tradition of the diamond engagement ring comes from Archduke Maximillian of Austria who, in the 15th century, gave a diamond ring to his fiancée, Mary of Burgundy.

* Forty-three percent of women prefer their partners never sign "love" to a card unless they are ready for commitment.

* People who are newly in love produce decreased levels of the hormone serotonin — as low as levels seen in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Perhaps that's why it's so easy to feel obsessed when you're smitten.

* Philadelphia International Airport finished as the No. 1 best airport for making a love connection, according to an online survey.

* According to mathematical theory, we should date a dozen people before choosing a long-term partner; that provides the best chance that you'll make a love match.

* Every Valentine's Day, Verona, the Italian city where Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet took place, receives around 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.

* When we get dumped, for a period of time we love the person who rejected us even more, says Dr. Helen Fisher of Rutgers University and author of Why We Love. The brain regions that lit up when we were in a happy union continue to be active.

* People telling the story of how they fell in love overwhelmingly believe the process is out of their control.

* Familiarity breeds comfort and closeness … and romance.

* One in five long-term love relationships began with one or both partners being involved with others.

* OK, this one may not surprise you, but we had to share it: Having a romantic relationship makes both genders happier. The stronger the commitment, the greater the happiness!"

As simple or as complex- as crazy or as normal - as silly or as real-- Love is a wonderful thing!


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Four Friends & Faith

This is a great story about four friends who didn't give up... before the four branches of US Military were invented, they believed in "Leaving no man behind."

Four friends who were the legs and strength for their paralytic buddy. There were obstacles in the way. There were crowds of people literally busting out of the house. His friends were desperate for him to be healed by Jesus. They did whatever it took to bring him to Jesus.

When was the last time you helped a friend? A friend in need of your strength, your commitment, and your love.

Mark 2, starting at verse 1: "When Jesus entered Capernaum, the people heard that He had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, even outside the door, and He preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on." (NIV)

Can you imagine? Their determination was so strong- they were not going to let anything get in the way of their crippled friend and Jesus... not even a structure like a roof! They tore away at the shingles and they dug through the plaster. I am sure there were particles, dust, and pieces falling right beside Jesus. Jesus must have looked up and saw this pathetic man being lowered down from the ceiling.

That must have been a strange event then... and it would be a strange event now. Could you imagine sitting in church with people packed out to the brim of the church walls, and all of a sudden plaster, dust, and particles start to fall from the ceiling? Suddenly, you hear commotion with a visual of a man being lowered down from the ceiling in the middle of the service? What a humorous and alarming sight that would be!

Jesus knew these four were interceding for their friend. Jesus saw their faith and determination- and because of that, Jesus forgave and healed their crippled friend.

"We need to get him to Jesus- no matter the cost!"

When was the last time you interceded for a friend who was down? Who was spiritually crippled? A friend who lost the means of strength and determination and you interceded for him. Maybe there is a buddy or a loved one who needs you to carry him/her to the one true Hope- The one true Healer.

The true story goes on to say:
"When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are forgiven' ... He said to the paralytic, 'Get up, take your mat and go home.' He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this!" (NIV)

Is there a friend in your life right now that is saying, "I need Jesus. I want His healing on my life, but I don't have the strength to get there. There are too many obstacles... pains... regrets to get to Him by myself. Can you carry me? Can you help me to reach my Savior and Healer- Jesus Christ?"

Here was a man whose only hope was Jesus. There were all these people and obstacles between him and Jesus. His friends could have turned away, and this man would have never experienced the healing and the forgiving touch of Jesus Christ.

They didn't let the hindrances stop them. The man got to Jesus, no matter what it took, and he was healed. Be an ambassador for Jesus today. Represent Him by saying to your friend or loved one, "It's a hard road- but I will carry you. When we get there- I want to experience Christ's healing power and forgiveness with you."

Love at all cost. Love with reckless abandon and not even a building can stop you from entering into His presence.


"I'm falling apart, I'm barely breathing
with a broken heart that's still beating
In the pain there is healing
In your name I find meaning
So I'm holdin' on,
I'm holdin' on,
I'm holdin' on
I'm barely holdin' on to you" - LIFEHOUSE


Monday, September 29, 2008

"FIREPROOF" The Movie - A Must See!

"FIREPROOF" - Movie Review
"At work, inside burning buildings, Capt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter’s adage; never leave your partner behind. At home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules. After seven years of marriage, Caleb and Catherine Holt have drifted so far apart that Catherine wishes she had never married. As the couple prepares to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb’s father challenges his son to commit to a 40-day experimental he calls “The Love Dare”. When Caleb discovers the book’s daily challenges are tied into his parents’ newfound faith, his already limited interest is further dampened. Is it too late to fireproof his marriage? Caleb Holt’s job is to rescue others, but now he has to face his toughest job ever…rescuing his wife’s heart.(Samuel Goldwyn Films) " Courtesy of CNET

View the Trailer!

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My close friend and his wife saw the movie this past Saturday, and this is what he posted:
"I thought the movie was awesome! It was a great reminder, like your posts, to never stop pursuing and fighting for her... even when the things we do don't yield the outcome we expect - cuz it's not about us, it's about loving and leading our wives regardless, just as God loves us."


Fireproof has brought in over $6.5 Million at the box office!

Excerpt from Slashfilms
"The big surprise this weekend at the box office was a small budget ($500,000) limited release called Fireproof, which made over $6.5 million on only 839 screens. The film beat Spike Lee’s latest - Miracle at St. Anna! "

Please Read Peter T. Chattaway's review from "Christianity Today".

Order your copy Today! Fireproof, DVD

The latest theatrical blockbuster from the creators of Facing the Giants, Fireproof is an action-packed love story about a firefighter, his wife, and a marriage worth rescuing! At work, inside burning buildings, Capt. Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameron) lives by the old firefighter's adage: "Never leave your partner behind". Rated PG. Approx. 114 minutes.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Outlets Without Power

Last week, Northern Ohio got hit with a massive storm with high winds. Our home lost power for 5 days. No electricity meant- no fridge. Come day 2, I had to throw away everything in the fridge and freezer because, milk, meats, and parishables were spoiled. No stove and no microwave made it impossible to cook anything. No T.V.- I missed my DIY shows and comedy shows. (Because that's a priority!)

It was very hard to go 5 days without power. You feel confined and helpless.

In the dark with candles lit, it gave me time to really reflect on my relationship with God. I thought, "What good is an outlet if there isn't any power running through it?"

We are outlets for Jesus Christ. Many of us are struggling with a spiritual power failure. We don't know how to change the darkside of our hearts. We fail to conquer the baggage in our lives. We allow weakness to drain our power source. Isaiah 40:29 says, "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak." (NIV)

More so, we become so busy and involved in our life's tasks that we are not being the light that God intended us to be in the world. We become the walking dead. We can walk around with the right tools, but without a powersource we're ineffective. God's word says, "So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NLT). It is our duty as Christians to share the Good News with unbelievers.

Paul, an apostle of Christ, got it. He understood that Jesus is the Great Powersource for His life. This is what Paul proclaimed in 2 Corinthians 12:9, "But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." (NIV)

If you don't tap in to Christ's Power, you will be a spiritually dead outlet. You will feel confined, helpless and even useless in your life. You will feel the emotional and spiritual drain within you. Turn to Him "who is able to do immeasurably more than you can ask or imagine."

Plug in to the Power who created the universe. The Power that blew off the boulder of His grave and conquered death. "He is risen. He is risen indeed!"

Jeremiah 32:17 "Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you." (NIV)


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Wednesday, September 24, 2008


The Longest Verse In The Bible Is Found In Which Book(According to King James Version)?

33% - Deuteronomy
33% - Esther
16% - Psalms
16% - Hezekiah

Esther 8:9, which contains 90 words. By the way, Hezekiah is NOT one of the books of the Bible.

Esther 8:9 (King James Version)
"Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language."

Count it for yourself =)


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Monday, September 22, 2008

"Things Mama Taught Me" - Humor

"THINGS MAMA TAUGHT ME" - Author Unknown

"If you fall of that swing and break your neck, you can't go to the store with me."

"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."

"If you don't pass your spelling test, you are never going to get a good job."

"Put your sweater on, Don't you think I know when your cold?"

"What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you.Don't talk back to me."

"When the lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

"How do you think you got here?"

"You are just like your father."

"Do you think you were born in a barn?

"When you get to be my age, you will understand."

"Just wait until your father gets home."

"You are going to get it when we get home."

"One day you will have kids, and I hope they turn out just like YOU.....then you'll see what it's like."

What's so funny about this, it must be universal. I have heard many of these statements from my mom while growing up!

Have a great day in the Lord!


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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

"Whatever It Takes" with Passion - Part 2

It's not just about romantic love. It goes deeper than that--it's about passion! It's about what "wowed" your wife when you were first dating. How your focus, your words makes her feel #1 in your life. I agree that in time a more deeper, mature love is built. A stronger bond and a firmer foundation on Jesus Christ is stablished. Just like a diamond, a marriage has many facets (sides) that can be touched on.

This post is touching on one facet- "Exclusive, Passionate Love." The fact that somewhere along the way, men start to get too comfortable- taking for granted what your wife does on a daily basis. She was once looked at as a blessing, now she looked at as 'expectation'. The gratitude is gone.

I remember when my wife first tried her hand in the kitchen. She didn't have a mom that taught her how to cook. She worked hard and tried new things. I remember thinking, "She is trying so hard to make a special meal for me." She was expressing her love in a tangible way. I remember making a big fuss at how good the food was (which it was and still is!) and being so thankful for her loving hands making dinner for me... and now our kids. Somewhere along the way, I stopped being so thankful. I mean, our family would bless the food, scarf it down like wolves and give an empty, traditional "thank you" to my wife after we were done eating.

Doesn't she deserve more? Doesn't God want us to always remember how much time and love she puts in to our lives?

Not just in meals, but in other areas of her life, I need to be specific in how I thank her. "Honey, the pork chops came out so tender- they're great!" "Honey, thank you for always doing the loads and loads of never-ending laundry. I appreciate you doing that for me and the kids."

Ephesians 5:25-28: "Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ's love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They're really doing themselves a favor—since they're already "one" in marriage." (The Message)

My wife, just like a little girl who dances around in her pretty dress, is saying, "Look at me. I want to be noticed. See how lovely I am."

I was losing my wife to the fact that I stopped noticing. I stopped pursuing her. I stopped loving her the way I did when we were dating.
- The 5 second gaze and smile across the room to let her know I love her.
- Long conversations where I would just listen and not give her advice... just listen to her frustrations.
- To give her non-sexual touches. Kiss on the cheek. Reassuring hugs. Cuddling her on the couch or in bed.
- Coming home with flowers or leaving a special thank you card on the table.
- Tickling and laughing together.

If you don't continue to captivate your wife one of two things will happen:
1.) A long, empty life together. You will co-exist, but as Dr. Gary Chapman says, "Your love tanks will be empty."
2.) There will be bitterness, then resentment towards each other. Eventually, you will end in separation or divorce.

All I am saying is, as men there can be preventative medicine. The medicine is "Exclusive, passionate love." Growing and maturing together doesn't mean "child-like" passion or romance needs to fade away.

I would challenge any husband. If you started to do these things, you will find your wife coming back to you. Eventually, you will find her attitude and response towards you changing. The both of you will have a more secure love for each other. You will find her happier and wanting to do more for you, because you notice her- she feels loved and appreciated.

Mr. Webster(dictionary) defines the word 'Passion' as: intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction. From Latin pati; TO SUFFER.

Do you have intensified, driven love for your wife? Are you overwhelmed with emotion for your lover? Like Christ pursuing us with reckless abandon, we are told as husbands to do the same. Express your love with such conviction. Dazzle her with your words. Love her with such intensity that you will guard her and your marriage with your life- your whole being.

Pati; TO SUFFER. This means even when we don't feel like loving her or you don't think she deserves this kind of love- do it anyways! Fight for her. Bring her back to a place where there is Love and Respect in your marriage. Love her like no other and she will see a man worth respecting.

It's your calling by God to do "Whatever it takes"! The Passion of Christ has been to love us so greatly, to the point of emotionally and physically suffering on the cross. We don't deserve His love and many still reject Him and call Him names, but Jesus did it anyways! He took on brutality and pain-- ultimately, sacrificing His life because He loved us so deeply.

"Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ."


How Deep The Fathers Love For Us - Nichole Nordeman

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Monday, September 15, 2008

"Whatever It Takes"

Somewhere along the way we as men stop pursuing our wives. A woman's design is to be pursued. They want to be captured by your love. Since the day a girl is about 7, they want a prince to rescue them. They want to feel like a beautiful princess. They need to feel special and lovely. They want to be rescued, feeling secure in your love for her. She wants to know your heart is soley for her.

It's the hunt of the game. When we first date and want to get to know a girl, we do whatever it takes to show how much we love them. We send them flowers, give them a card with words that exactly explains how you feel about them.

Do you remember staying up until the wee hours of the morning just talking? The world around you stops and all you can do is focus on the beautiful creation in front of you. Even if she talks for hours straight, you engage her with your eyes. Even if the conversation isn't that interesting to you, you know it means everything to her that you are listening. You would hold her and encourage her with positive words of affirmation.

Down the road you get married. You got your prize and the 'hunt of the game' stops. Why not? You got what you wanted. Then, everything about you that she loves starts to fade away. You have her now and the passion you once had for her diminishes. Your eyes start to wander around the room when she talks, or you won't look up from the newspaper(or computer) when she is talking to you. You brush her off with an "Uh- hum" or give her a quick answer so you can go back to what you were doing.

The flowers that would absolutely make her day- stops. The special message in a card- stops. The loving eye contact- stops. Her world of feeling secure and loved- stops. The girl who once felt like a beautiful princess, now feels second rate. She feels ordinary and feels taken advantage of.

Somewhere along the way, this princess you would guard with your life has taken on the role of a mother. Disheartened, she continues to cook, clean, and wash your clothes. Her passion for you starts to fade too. You once were a prince, now you are another 'responsibility' in her daily chores. The luster you once had in your marriage has turned into a "honey do" list and a discussion for the week's agenda.

Your wife, your lover, is your biggest ally. She is the help-mate God designed and gave to you. Just like Adam, God thought up the perfect match for your life. She desires to love you to her fullest. But, if you treat her like a mother, expecting her to keep up with the daily chores and take away the passion and the special gifts that once made her feel exclusive and important-- then no wonder her heart hardens and she starts talking to you like your mother. She becomes bitter, snappy with her words, demanding, and complaining often. Why is that? She's unhappy and is slowly dying inside.

She wants her prince back in her life. Your wife craves to be pursued again. She wants to know that you don't just see her as a 'cleaning machine', rather as a "help-mate".

Men, maybe you feel desperate and worn out. Maybe you feel like she doesn't appreciate you anymore. All you can do is fix the damage that is already done- before it's too late. Look back and see how you've failed as a loving husband. Look back and remember how you were able to capture your wife when you were dating-- and start doing them again.

Start with forgiveness. Let her know you've failed her. Let her know how much you appreciate her and love her. Let her know you will pursue her. Fulfilling her needs.

Never stop pursuing your lover. Guard her, fight for her love. . . do "whatever it takes"!

Honey, forgive me for failing you. I love you, but I can love you more. I will do "whatever it takes to turn this around". I haven't been the best husband and you deserve more. I promise to continue to pursue you and make you feel like the beautiful princess that you are. I will not stop fighting for our marriage. Thank you for your patience and endless love. Thank you for loving me for who I am and who I am becoming.

" I'll do whatever it takes
To turn this around
I know what's at stake
I know that I've let you down
And if you give me a chance
And give me a break
I'll keep us together, I know you deserve much better"
"Whatever It Takes" - LIFEHOUSE


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