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Prayer for our Children Day 2

Prayer for our Children – Day 2 -

“I pray that they may grow in gracegrow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’” (2 Peter 3:18). The second half of this verse says, “To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”  While that isn’t something we can pray over our children I do think it is great to remember… he deserves all glory and our praise each and every moment of every day!
My goal for these 31 days is to speak each days verse out loud for my kids to hear. They pick up on so much and it is important for them to be hearing Father’s words and for me to be instilling his truths into their hearts and minds. Today specifically, I will be praying a little more in detail that I will be an example of Father’s grace to them. That my actions will represent the grace I am shown each day. Also, that I will learn how to teach them who Father is and that they will learn to love him and not just know of him. Also, I love how today’s verse ties into yesterday. Yesterday we prayed for salvation, today we pray that they “grow in knowledge of him”.
I am so thankful for this opportunity to pray as a community of believers for our children. Jesus bless you today!
Guest Post- Rachel Theobald, CRBC

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 12.31.12

It is easy to fall into “Christian-ese” using language only found within subcultures.  It can happen to writers too.  A new blog find.

Ten stupid things ministers should never do.  Hopefully I won’t fall into any of them.

When looking back on my life as a pastor, again like the above link, I hope that I never have any of these regrets.

A top ten list of theological stories from Trevin Wax.  He is one to bookmark for daily reading.

I guess you don’t mess with Chick-fil-A on moral issues.  They end breaking records.

For you photo lovers, a nature collection from 2012 from “The Big Picture.”

For all you soccer officianados, a collection of every goal Messi scored in 2012.  A world record too.

My take on Newtown

Do we really need one more opinion making its way out into the blogosphere?  Quite frankly, no.  However, there seems to always be a however, writing can solidify thoughts into tangible and succinct ideas which can change lives.  So here I go.

Is it really fair or appropriate to ask the question “Why did it happen?” Aren’t the number of factors involved in these kinds of incidents so vast and deep that to answer it would truly require us to return to Eden and solve why Cain killed his only brother Abel out of jealousy with  a stick or a rock?

Why did any of the plethora of mass murders by seemingly “normal” individuals take place?  Don’t you so love it when news outlets have to find the one neighbor who says, “I always thought he (or she) was so nice and sensible.  I would never have suspected it.”

Think about the list of mass killings that have just taken place since 2008, there are too many to list, literally.  My opinion is we have become a Godless, standardless, and individualistic society.

Father God has been debated right out of so many aspects of our lives. He created the first list of laws that encapsulated every aspect of life necessary to lead a peaceful and respectable existence.  The Ten Commandments form the perfect set of guidelines for reasonable community coordination.  Don’t murder people.  Plain and simple.  The problem that has accumulated with obeying such a simple thought is that the moral standard for mankind has been become circumstantial.  ”What works for you, doesn’t work for me.”  Gosh how many times have we heard that?

And have the social networks really done anything to draw any of us closer together for a more healthy society?  If anything, by seeing your post on Facebook about what your day was like, has provided an answer to the question, “How are you doing?” and made it so that we don’t call one another and ask or meet over coffee to talk about life.  And maybe the world wide web had made us more introverted.  I can get all the answers on how to tile or replace my roof from YouTube without having to ask my expert neighbor.  Heaven forbid I look like I don’t have it all together. ;)

Do we really need more gun law and control?  Yah, I have heard the stats on countries that have banned guns and the number of mass shootings there.  And how the USA should do the same.  Can we really expect all bad guys to turn in ALL of their guns?  So when folks say, we need more gun control, what kind are they talking about? The topic is broad.

I don’t want to minimize the incredible tragedy that occurred to so many families all at the same time in Connecticut.  Yet, each and every day all over our nation, gangs kill each other at the same rate at the one incident at Sandy Hook.  Daily and nightly in Long Beach, Oakland, Chicago, St. Louis, Washington D.C., and Houston, senseless murder takes place.  Those incidents don’t quite tug our heart strings like a  group of innocent seven year olds gunned down do.  When it is one thug killing off another, the rational by some is, well there is one less thug on the street.  Horrible justification for doing nothing to love and mentor some in difficult living conditions.

My viewpoint is a spiritual one and one based on the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  A spirit of repentance must flow in the hearts of humanity.  A continual self-reflection and dialogue with Father regarding where ones heart is inclined.  I am not suggesting a return to a time in the US idealized by the “Leave it to Beaver” family and cultural dynamics.  I recognize that times have changed in that regard.  I am suggesting a return to God, His word, and a love one for another.

As I expected…

I am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination.

Yet after posting a blog post on the “Jesus had a wife” Papyrus yesterday, this comes out today.

My reasons for posting was for those of you who follow archaeological matters, scholarly stuff, and just want to know more.

I liked this line from the article-

“It’s possible to get hold of an old bit of un-written on papyrus and write some new stuff on it,” Watson said. “There is a market for fake antiquities throughout the Middle East … I would guess that in this case the motivation might have been a financial one.”