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Prayer for our Kids Day 13 – Purity

purity“Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let their purity of heart be
shown in their actions” (Psalm 51:10).

Purity is such an important issue as our kids grow. As a nation we are bombarded with images and ideas that encourage us to ignore pure
thoughts and give in to sin. Living a pure life will mean less heart ache, better and truer relationships and friendships. It will allow them to be closer to Father with less “gunk” filling their hearts.

A pure mind and heart will be shown through their actions. Ezekiel
17:8 is says, “It had been planted in good soil by abundant water so
that it would produce branches, bear fruit and become a splendid
vine.” If their hearts are getting filled with spiritual truths and
they are guarding their hearts and minds they will bear good fruit.
Let’s work on being more mindful in what we watch, say, wear, and
listen to in front of our kids to make sure that we are leading them
as a strong, pure example.

I love how each day, the previous days topic is needed to support the
current day’s topic. Our kids need courage in order to love out a life
of purity. They need courage to stand up to their peers. We really are
building a great foundation for our kids this month. Each spiritual
truth prayed over them stacks on top of the last and is building in
them in strength to live out each of these principles.

Guest post- Rachel Theobald

B90X- Genesis thoughts Pt. 2

Have ever driven down the same road over and over again thinking you know every pothole, every curve, and every sight along the way? Then one day you notice something you have never seen before and wonder how you missed it.   Whether it is a building, a feature to the terrain, art of some sort, or an old sign.

The same thing happens to me every time I read the Bible.  I have no idea how many times I have read through the scriptures.  Whether for a seminary class, preparing for a sermon, B90X, or just feeding my own soul.  Each and every time, there seems to be something that catches my attention I had never seen or had never cognitively ruminated.

point of interestToday’s Biblical “Roadside Point of Interest” is found in Genesis 41.  Joseph has been in prison a full two years.  Pharaoh has a dream, is puzzled by it, and needs it interpreted.  Pharaoh’s cupbearer recalls a young man who can interpret dreams and tells Pharaoh about him.  Pharaoh send for this dream interpreter.

One sentence that grabbed my imagination- “When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came to Pharaoh”  (NIV).  What did he look like?  Was he scraggly looking?  Was he dirty and where would he have cleaned up?   What did his clothes look like and where did he get a fresh set?

I digress.  The thought occurred to me on how we present our selves to others.  How we dress when we speak to a public official or stand in a position of authority?  Do we take the time to look neat and tiddy before others.  Did it matter?  The message is the message.  But yes, appearances do matter.  It is the first impression thing.  It was important for Joseph to look presentable as he had his moment in the presence of the Pharaoh.

I thought about the process of taking off and putting on that shows up in the Bible.  There is lots of imagery of taking of something lesser and putting on something greater.

“to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair”  (Is. 61:3).

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off the old self, … and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph 4:22-23).

“Put on the full armor of God” (Eph 6:13).

“So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Rom 13:12).

Colossians 3:14 tells us to “put on love.”

Let’s shave and put on a fresh set of outerwear.  Blessings.

 

B90X Day One

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There are lots of posts on Facebook of folks getting started with B90X and 21Days of Prayer and Fasting.  You can’t imagine how much this blesses my soul.

In regards to reading through the Bible cover to cover in 90 days, a few thoughts ruminated through my head.

1. Before you start reading each day, pray Psalm 119:18 out-loud before you start- “Father, open my eyes, that I may see the wonderful things in your law.”  Watch what Father does in your reading time as you see things you have never seen before!

2.  Stick to a version of the Bible you know you can read easily.  If you have never undertaken this challenge, grab something readable like the NIV, the Contemporary English Version, or The Message.  Those are written with the intent of the text flowing easily in thought for thought translations.

3.  Really try and read every word.  I know that it is tempting to skip some things.  However, the goal is to read every one of God’s words written to us in scripture.  They are all there for a reason.

4.  Just read.  Don’t stop.  I know it will be tempting to what to know about Abimelech, fight the temptation.  You can do that another time.  The idea now is to stay focused, stay on track, and not get behind.  Once you stray, it will take longer to read, you will fall behind, and get discouraged and stop.  Just read.  Discipline yourself to read through every day.  It will bless your soul, I promise.

5.  Regarding the above statement, I have chosen to read the Complete Jewish Bible.  Rather than read a version I have done before, I took the challenge one step further.  So far all the names in the OT are written out in Hebrew transliteration.  I love to try and pronounce each and every name, but I have to just run over it without stopping.  It is about completing the task in a timely and encouraging manner.

6. I will be praying for our CRBC family and friends believing you will finish the race.  No one will cut in on you.  No one will distract you.  No one or thing will get in the way.  If you find yourself struggling, please let me know personally, so I can pray for you by name specifically.

Lastly, this is not about a feather in the cap, a jewel in the crown, or a notch on handle, it is about knowing our Heavenly Father.  These are his words to us, so that we can know his nature and character better.

Shalom.  PM.

Marble’s Monday Menagerie 12.24.2012

A great article debunking some of the contemporary ideas about what makes a church grow.

Some folks find the Lord of the Rings movies hard to follow.  Here is some advice on how to watch and appreciate “The Hobbit.”

CRBC has a higher than average worship leader in Adam Pacheco.  Most churches are not as fortunate.

Before you get too excited about buying a lottery ticket to fix all your financial problems, consider this winner.  Or maybe he was a loser??

Some great historical information on jolly ol’ St. Nick.

For the theologians in the crowd who like to ruminate on the Trinity, here is a good one.

“God made flesh; dwelling among us.”

“The tremendous revelation of Christianity is not the Fatherhood of God, but the Babyhood of God – God became the weakest thing in His own creation, and in flesh and blood He levered it back to where it was intended to be. No one helped Him; it was done absolutely by God manifest in human flesh. God has undertaken not only to repair the damage, but in Jesus Christ the human race is put in a better condition than when it was originally designed.”

“Beware of posing as a profound person; God became a Baby.”

- Oswald Chambers