Mar 06 2012

God is Faithful

God Will Never Give You More Than You Can Handle
Paul tells us: "God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength but with your testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it" (1 Corinthians 10:13). Over time that promise has become abbreviated to "God will never give you more than you can handle." Like many others, I've derived comfort from these words, though I know God does not "give" me loss, pain and grief.
Like most bumper-sticker theology, this promise appeals to my concerns about myself and my well-being. If I take Paul's words and God's faithfulness seriously, I must also look beyond my self-centeredness to the pain and severe testing others endure. What of the hungry, the abused, the victims of racism? What of the people of the world who have known no other life than a daily existence of war and terror? Could it be that God could use me to provide a "way out" for the hopeless? Could I help others handle life?

A better bumper sticker might be: "God is faithful."

 

Gas Buddy's Top 10 Fuel Saving Tips!

Well, it doesn't look like gas prices are going to be going down anytime soon, but we found this link to help you save at the pump!

Fuel Saving Tips

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Feb 27 2012

A Thousand Crutches

 

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 A thousand crutches. Crutches in the form of family, friends, familiar surroundings, local notoriety, title, predictable outcomes and more. Living alone in Indy, I have realized that most of what I have leaned on and called strength and confidence has been nothing more than a crutch. A bent, twisted, man made appendage for me to create the illusion that I am actually standing on my own. I've even called it God. But when you're alone, away from the familiar, that thing that you called God looks back at you and mischievously grins. It winks and whispers, "I got you. I fooled you. Again." 

And so, crutches removed; I fall. I tumble. I curse. I yell. I cry. I display all the behavior and character of that which I despise. I throw a tantrum until I'm exhausted. And then my Father whispers, "Are you ready to listen?" And I say, "Father. Daddy. Help me.  You know I love you. You know I do." And He says, "I know you do, son. Lean on me once again. Lean on me, boy. And if you choose to lean on something else. When that thing breaks, I'll be there to catch you."

 

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Feb 09 2012

Move a Mountain!

Hi!  Craig here.  If you find yourself dealing with a mountainous situation in your life, here's something I learned not too long ago that might help you out!

If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there', and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.  Most of us are quite familiar with those words of Christ and most likely have told many mountains to move in our lifetimes.  For ten years I told the mountain of clinical depression to move from me, and it just stared back and said "No." My problem could very well have been what Jesus told His disciples when they couldn't drive out the demon, 'you don't have enough faith'.  Frankly, all I knew was that I was sick and tired of being depressed and wanted this mountain gone.  Then one day the Holy Spirit whispered to me something that started the beginning of the end:  "Drag it into the presence of God." You see, according to Psalm 97:5 the mountains melt like wax in the presence of the Lord.  So, if that mountain you've been telling to move says 'no',  just grab it and drag it into the presence of God.  After all, He is with you always!  And as God is magnified over your circumstance, you simply get to watch that mountain melt like wax!

 

The Power of Words

 

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Feb 06 2012

Courageous

Courage!

With the movie Courageous and the popular song from Casting Crowns, courage has been on the mind of many.  I stumbled across the real meaning of courage and think it will surprise you! ~ Craig

The Definition of Courage – root word for courage is “cor” which is Latin for “heart”.  Today’s definition of courage has to do more with being heroic, but courage originally meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.”  It’s about vulnerability.

Are you willing to admit you don't know the answer at times?  That's courage.  Are you willing to say "I need help"?  That's courage.  Courage is being honest, vulnerable and authentic in a world that says otherwise.  Be courageous!

 

Embrace your 'toughness'

Came across this article about Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and found it applicable to our lives as Believers. Thought you might like it!

Eli's 'toughness' makes him an elite QB

"He buys time. He can make the most of every second." As believers we are told to buy up every opportunity.
 
"He’s at his best under pressure."  Since this is not our home, in a sense, we are always under pressure. So don’t be surprised if you feel that at times.  Some of the best moments in life come out of trying times.
 
"He completes passes most quarterbacks don’t attempt." God will call you to do that which others won't.  And it's always something that seems beyond you! 
 
"He welcomes contact."  Don’t care about getting hit in this life.  Expect it. 
 
"He always gets up." A righteous man falls 7 times and rises once more!


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