Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Don't Build on Sand: 3 Steps to a Stable Life


I have nothing new to say to you, but Jesus has something to say, to help you build a stable life. I was reading Luke 6:46-49 for our Wednesday night study, & thought I would share with you this teaching of Jesus.
Luke 6:46–49 (ESV)

A great question: “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?"

Immediately I think of some celebrities who have called themselves "Christian" but lived an opposing life. Not As an example: The pastor of Westborough Baptist (the guy who holds the "God hates..." signs at funerals). Following that, I ask myself the question, "Do I call Jesus 'Lord' and do what He says? What does He say?"


"Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like:"

Here are the 3 steps-

1. Come to Jesus

2. Hear His words

3. Do what Jesus says to do


Here is a description, an illustration, a word-painting of what this person is like:

"He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.

But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

There are 2 types of people in this picture: they both come and hear. The difference is that the first man acts, the second does not act. The first does, the second doesn't. That is the only difference, but this one small decision to do or not to do is a major decision.

So, do you come, do you hear, do you do?

A lot of 'church-goers' are great at coming & hearing the preacher give his 'book report' and this is good. However, most of these miss the 3rd step. They don't APPLY Jesus to life.

A couple of verses that come to mind: James 1:19-25, Proverbs 3:5-6, Matthew 25:32-46, Ephesians 2:8-10

The steps are simply stated, and a joy to do. Don't be a mere hearer, be a doer. His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

Let's work on this together. Let me know how I can come alongside and help you.

Jeff

Monday, February 7, 2011

Growing up in Yesterday


No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us,

WE ARE AWESOME !!!!

OUR LIFE IS LIVING PROOF !!!!



To Those of Us Born

1924 - 1980



At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno.. If you don ' t read anything else, please

read what he said.


Very well stated, Mr. Leno.



TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE

1930 ' s, 40 ' s, 50 ' s,

60 ' s and 70 ' s!!


First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.



They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn ' t get tested for diabetes.


Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered

with bright colored lead-base paints..



We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes,

we had baseball caps

not helmets on our heads..



As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.



Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.


We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.



We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.


We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And, we weren ' t overweight.. WHY?


Because we were always outside playing...that ' s why!


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on..


No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were OKAY.



We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps

and then ride them down the hill,

only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem



We did not have Play stations, Nintendo ' s and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD ' s,

no surround-sound or CD ' s,

no cell phones,

no personal computers,

no Internet and no chat rooms.



WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!


We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.


We ate worms and mud pies

made from dirt, and

the worms did not live in us forever.


We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out very many eyes.


We rode bikes or walked to a friend ' s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.



Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team.

Those who didn ' t had to learn

to deal with disappointment.

Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!


These generations have produced some of the best

risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.


The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.


We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.



If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!


You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.



While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.


Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn ' t it ?