Hi. This week’s theme is “Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me”. The scripture for this week is Mark 8:27-38. I thought I would post a video of the song “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)” by Chris Tomlin. I hope you enjoy it and have a great weekend!
Great post by oneragamuffin! Great message for this Sunday!
I’ve prayed this prayer many times on many different occasions. Never once has God answered my prayer by changing my circumstances, i.e. making my life easier, taking away my difficulties, instantly transporting me to the other side of my trials. What He has done is reminded me ever so subtly that He will be with me as He always has during my dark road.
Peace isn’t always a feeling of contentment. Sometimes, the butterflies remain but so does the promise that God won’t forsake me. For me, a feeling of peace doesn’t always mean peace, nor does a lack of it indicate its absence. Try and work that one out and see if it makes sense.
After all, it is a peace that is beyond my utmost understanding. I don’t need a god who I can figure out and manage and understand. I need a God who is bigger than…
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From http://godvine.com. I think this is a good message for those that worry too much. Have a wonderful week!
The scripture this week is from John 6:1-15 and it discusses the miracle of Jesus feeding 5 thousand people with only a few loaves of bread and fish. There is a story about soup made from stones that is an old story but the lesson teaches us that if we work together we can multiply our gifts. I hope you get inspiration from it.
Stone Soup Story, The
by: Author Unknown, Source Unknown
Many years ago three soldiers, hungry and weary of battle, came upon a small village. The villagers, suffering a meager harvest and the many years of war, quickly hid what little they had to eat and met the three at the village square, wringing their hands and bemoaning the lack of anything to eat.
The soldiers spoke quietly among themselves and the first soldier then turned to the village elders. “Your tired fields have left you nothing to share, so we will share what little we have: the secret of how to make soup from stones.”
Naturally the villagers were intrigued and soon a fire was put to the town’s greatest kettle as the soldiers dropped in three smooth stones. “Now this will be a fine soup”, said the second soldier; “but a pinch of salt and some parsley would make it wonderful!” Up jumped a villager, crying “What luck! I’ve just remembered where some’s been left!” And off she ran, returning with an apronful of parsley and a turnip. As the kettle boiled on, the memory of the village improved: soon barley, carrots, beef and cream had found their way into the great pot, and a cask of wine was rolled into the square as all sat down to feast.
They ate and danced and sang well into the night, refreshed by the feast and their new-found friends. In the morning the three soldiers awoke to find the entire village standing before them. At their feet lay a satchel of the village’s best breads and cheese. “You have given us the greatest of gifts: the secret of how to make soup from stones”, said an elder, “and we shall never forget.” The third soldier turned to the crowd, and said: “There is no secret, but this is certain: it is only by sharing that we may make a feast”. And off the soldiers wandered, down the road.
David said to Saul, “Let no one’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 33 Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are just a boy, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father; and whenever a lion or a bear came, and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went after it and struck it down, rescuing the lamb from its mouth; and if it turned against me, I would catch it by the jaw, strike it down, and kill it. 36 Your servant has killed both lions and bears; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, since he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 David said, “The Lord, who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine.” So Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you!”
This past Sunday’s scripture is from I Samuel, chapter 17. This is the familiar story of David and Goliath. Most of us know the story and know that David helped the Israelites defeat the Philistines by killing Goliath with his slingshot. What some people may not know is that David was very young and Saul and others thought that David was not able to fight with the Israelites due to his age and stature. David could have been insecure about this but he decided to stand up for himself and show the Israelites and Saul, their king, what he could do.
In I Samuel 16 we read:
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
So God isn’t concerned about our appearance or our stature. He is more concerned about what is in our heart. What should we take from this? Have you ever been afraid to serve God because you don’t think you are qualified? I would challenge you to try it and you will be amazed what God can do through you.
This reminds me of the starfish story:
One day Bob was walking down the beach and he was throwing starfish into the water that were stuck on the beach. There were hundreds of starfish but he kept throwing them in as he walked along.
Dave saw what Bob was doing and asked him, “Why are you throwing the starfish into the water? It won’t make that much difference because you can’t save that many”.
Bob threw another starfish into the water and said, “Well, it made a difference to that one”.
Have a blessed week!
I am finding that as I do more blogging, that I am reaching out to people I never thought of. For example, I have been talking to Steven Bedard who is a Baptist Pastor, teacher and author. He has written several articles regarding our faith. I thought I would post a link to them and I would like to hear your thoughts about them. I feel Mr. Bedard is very kind to our faith and I like that he takes a scholarly look at us. I think it’s great that we can have conversations with people of other faiths and let them know about us. It is also encouraging that people are impressed with us.
I look forward to your comments!