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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Getting Closer to the Top

Well guys, I haven't quite reached the top of the mountain yet, but I am getting closer. I have a lot more things under control here at work now, and I don't feel quite so frantic. So by Monday, God willing, I will be able to do a normal post. Today, I just wanted to share a little verse of encouragement from Luke 21:28,

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."

Jesus knew that before He returned things would get crazy. He knew about the stress men would face. He knew about the fears that would seize us. But He didn't just leave us to face these things alone. He gave us hope. Hope in the fact that He will return for us. Hope that when all seems lost, we have been redeemed by Him. Rest in that hope today!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

It's Been A Little Crazy

Well, I'm getting back into the swing of things here at work. I mean MAJORLY getting into the swing of things. Over the last couple of weeks ticket development has exploded, and I can barely see the light of day. So, I will post as I can, but right now I'm trying to climb out from under this mountain on my desk. I have affectionately named this mountain "The Mess that is Merona." Prayers for sanity would be appreciated! Hope to see you guys soon!

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Saving Bread

Well, I didn't get to post yesterday because work has been in a word, INSANE. But I promised that I would be posting about what the Bread of Life is to me, so I will keep my promise. So today, I will be discussing Christ as "The Saving Bread."
Now in my life, I don't really remember what a life-saving thing bread truly is. I mean it's always readily available to me. I've never spent a day where I went hungry (I could actually do with a few days like that probably!) But there are millions out there who have nothing to eat that see bread as a saving grace.
Way back in Genesis 41, there was a terrible famine. A famine that spread throughout all the land. But God in His mercy didn't just leave His people with no provision. He had forewarned the Pharoah of Egypt about the famine 7 years ahead of time. And he sent Joseph to make sure that Pharoah clearly understood His warning.
So all of Pharoah's people began to store up extra food for seven years, and when the famine came, they not only had food for themselves, but they had extra food to sell to those who came from lands around them.
Joseph's brothers came to buy bread from Egypt, and they were reunited with their brother. Most of us have heard the story of how Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery, and we've all thought about how awful they were. But God had a purpose, and through their evil ways, He showed Himself as the life-saving bread.
Now, the people of Israel would have perished if God had not provided bread for them during the time of famine. We would also perish if God had not provided the Bread of Life to us.
Look at these verses from John 6:32-33, "32Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
33For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world."

The Bread that gives life to the world. Think about that, this Bread could save every single soul if only every soul would come to Him. I don't know about you, but that thought just blows my mind. And it saddens me that some choose death over life when the Bread is so freely offered.
I am so thankful for that saving Bread today. Join me tomorrow as I talk about the Satisfying Bread!


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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Just Bread

I heard a message yesterday by Oliver Greene, and he was talking about the Scripture in John 6:35 where Jesus said, "I AM the Bread of Life." Now, I've heard this verse probably a million times in my life, but it hit me yesterday in a different way, because God is just awesome that way and gives you what you need just when you need it.
As I listened to the message I began to think about my niece. She's in that stage of life where she is pretty picky about eating. Sometimes she'll eat, other times she won't. A lot of times when we go to restraunts and my sister asks her what she wants she'll reply, "Just bread."
A nice and healthy diet for her. Carbs are apparently not her enemy. But when I started thinking about that statement in a spiritual sense, I realized Raegan has it pretty much dead on the money. When it comes to what we need, it's "Just Bread."
The problem with many people today is that they've decided to live their spiritual lives "Carb Free." They go through life without the Bread, and they are starving for Christ.
Over the next few days, I'm going to talk about what the Bread of Life is to me. In the meantime, make sure you aren't trying to live without the Bread you need!

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Monday, April 07, 2008

Some New Pictures, and an Actual (Somewhat) Thought Out Post

Okay, okay, I know. I need to get back to a normal schedule of posting. So I'm seeing this as a new week, a new beginning to the world of blogging if you will. So many things have been going on lately, and the thought will come to my mind, I really need to blog about that, and then things get hectic, and I never do. But as of today, I am resolving to post regularly about the stuff that comes to mind.
One thing that hit me a while back when my church had revival is what I want to post about today. The preacher said something that really hit me. He said, "It's time for us to stop worrying about being on the 'Whose Who' and start learning 'What's what'". The thought really made me think about not only my life, but Alaena's.
I mean, I'm new at this parenting thing, but I already hear myself planning. Wanting her to have a good future, to have a good education, to be happy in life. And there isn't anything wrong with those things, but they can't be my main priority. See, my goal as a parent isn't to make Alaena into some great public figure. My goal is to teach her about Christ. That's "What's what."
In light of eternity, it will never matter if Alaena is a great singer, or an amazing athlete, or a total genius. It will only matter that she knows Christ. That is a lesson I've been taught my entire life, and it's a lesson that I will strive daily to pass on to my daughter.
How about you? Are you focused on Whose Who or What's What?