My Joy Is Contagious Make Sure You Catch It!

I always tell people that any day above ground is a good day! I hope your day is wonderful and blessed! Feel free to share your thoughts!
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Friday, August 19, 2011

Needs & Wants

God uses the most amazing ways to speak to us. If we're listening we can be certain, that we will always hear Him. I often get my needs and wants confused. Sometimes I even forget that ALL my needs have already been provided. God spoke to me by using a paper bag to illustrate that if He gave me everything I ever wanted all at once, I wouldn't be able to handle it! God gives me things over time,... because He alone, knows what I can truly handle!

I am constantly learning that I can do without EVERYTHING, I WANT, I can't live without the ONLY THING I NEED .... God!

The song playing in the background is Deneice Williams  "My Melody"

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Writing Out Loud: HUMOR

Humor Deep down, at one time or another, most of us have probably wondered if God has a sense of humor. At the end of the day, does God have the ability to laugh and be funny? The answer is yes, and we're given a glimpse of some heavenly humor here in Mark's gospel. The backdrop: Jesus sent His disciples to row across the Sea of Galilee without Him. As night fell, every sailor's nightmare was realized: a storm. This storm was so violent that they had been rowing all night and had only managed to get halfway across the sea. In a state of extreme exhaustion and stress, Jesus decides to drop in on them and ultimately rescue them. He walks towards them on the water, and this is where it gets very interesting. The sacred scriptures specifically tell us the Lord made like He was going to walk right past them! Read between the lines here: Jesus, God Almighty in the flesh, is having some fun with the disciples. He pretended to not see them and pass them by, knowing all the while they were scared beyond belief for their lives. Matthew's gospel tells us that when they saw Him they began shrieking like teenage girls at a slumber party. "It's a ghost! It's a ghost!" (Mathew 14:26). And there's Jesus, nonchalantly walking around like it's no big deal! There's something very comforting in this. It shows us a side of God we seldom associate with...His humor. But humor is an important part of who we are, and remember that God made us in His image. So it shouldn't surprise us that our sense of humor has a heavenly source. God made us in His image. So it shouldn't surprise us that our sense of humor has a heavenly source.
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make? What is my prayer for today?

 Pastor Bob Coy

Restoring Relationships: Talk To God

The first biblical step toward restoring a relationship is to talk to God before talking to the person. If you'll pray about the conflict first, instead of gossiping to a friend, you'll often discover that either God changes your heart or he changes the other person without your help. All your relationships would go smoother if you would just pray more about them. As David did with his Psalms, use prayer to ventilate vertically. Tell God your frustrations. Cry out to him. He's never surprised or upset by your anger, hurt, insecurity, or any other emotions. So tell him exactly how you feel. Most conflict is rooted in unmet needs and many of these needs can only be met by God. When you expect anyone - a friend, spouse, another pastor, or family member - to meet a need that only God can fulfill, you are setting yourself up for disappointment and bitterness. No one can meet all of your needs except God. The apostle James noted that many of our conflicts are caused by prayerlessness: "What causes fights and quarrels among you? You want something but don't get it. You do not have, because you do not ask God." (James 4:1-2 NIV) Instead of looking to God, we look to others to make us happy and then get angry when they fail us. God says, "Why don't you come to me first?"
Rick Warren
James 4:1-2