What can I say. It’s Friday! Real time and watching the clock.
Today, I had the opportunity to help out someone who had run out of gas. I was off work or would be in minutes. It wasn’t my job. I thought, you know I’m out of gas, also. My truck was on empty. I punched the trip meter knowing I had about 15 miles left before I ran out of gas, also.
I picked up a can of gas from the shed and drove to help a lady in distress. She was stalled in the median of 410 during rush hour traffic. God opened up the lanes of traffic to let me get in behind her vehicle and I got her going. I felt good about the opportunity to help.
It makes me think. Why do we neglect helping people because of the inconvenience if it feels so good afterward?
Oh yeah. I had 5 miles left on the trip meter. Cora bought me some gas.
I’m on a quest. Maybe you will be interested? I am interested in creating a dialog about what would the perfect on-line high technology church look like? What principles of operation? What technology? Who’s already doing what? Etc.
If you have interest in this project, surf to: http://twitterit.wordpress.com/ to check out the format of dialog. If you’d like to contribute postings, log in as: myadvisor and password: gracepoint. I’ll keep this public as long as the text stays appropriate.
Thank you in advance for your time and help with this intriguing project. Let’s have some fun!
Easter worship was awesome! I know God showed up by an awareness of His Holy presence. Wasn’t worship a benchmark experience. The video was impactful and Pastor Jeff’s message was strong. How many times must we be told to set our bags down? I know I was freed of some baggage I hope never to pick back up.
But, you know what I prayed about many times Friday and Saturday? I prayed God would put a bubble of protection around the new flowers planted at the foyer entrance! I would have cried if the deer had eaten them, before you had a chance to enjoy them. Remember, the hundreds of flowers they ate a few months back?
God answers prayers! The flowers were in full bloom and enjoyed by all. Thank you for the ‘God Spot’, Lord!
I was thanking God for all the help He provided me this week at Grace Point Church in preparation for Easter. More than 60 people helped me in some way this week to prepare for this celebration. This got me thinking, what did I do this last week? Let me share a partial list:
- Shoveled gravel
- Shoveled asphault
- Repaired toilets
- Shampooed carpets
- Pulled ball moss
- Bagged ball moss
- Hauled garbage
- Dug up and replanted plants
- Watered plants
- Planted new flowers
- Worked on sprinkler system
- Set chairs for worship
- Ordered cleaning supplies
- Tore down play scape
- Demolished playground
- Scraped pea gravel
- Piled pea gravel for haul
- Washed cellphone in washing machine
- Moved sod to new area
- Unstopped toilets
- Removed stains on carpets
- Changed out ceiling tiles
- Made arrangements for a scissor lift
- Hauled off play scape
- Played with grand kids
- And kept Cori the main thing……
God is good! Not bad for an old man…..
This may sound a bit odd, but slow down. Take a deep breath and consider the possibility of God having completed a good work in you. We hear all the time ‘Be Patient. God is not through with me.’
What if God is done creating the person in you He wanted. Done. Finished. You are complete. Here is the question: What next? What will you do now that God has completed His work. Please think deep.
Consider the possibilities. Because you have been completed in His image, will God work through you to heal the sick or possibly make a blind man see? Will He send you to a beggar man to feed? Will he send you to orphans and widows to minister to? Will He have you proclaim the power of His name? Will you speak in some heavenly language?
Think on it. Then, imagine suppose you really were completed. Now what will you do with the rest of your life? Will it be just the same old stale stuff or will you be invigorated to consider God completing you?
If there any fault in just living as if God has completed His good work and you are fully equipped?
What do you want for your marriage? Want some peace? Want to feel close? Want to feel valued? Want to experience marriage the way God intended? Then why not try some….
Love and Respect?
The Love and Respect video series begins:
Julie and Tony Tibbit with Cora and Archie Rhines (I’m the cute one) will be leading the discussion. It is video based and is excellent in quality and content. Start adjusting your schedules and make this series a priority in your life.
There will be a Love and Respect open house to view the materials, chat about content and get to know each other. Plan to attend the open house March 16 – Sunday morning at 9:30. This will be a great opportunity to bless your marriage.
The material is designed for couples whether married or not. Also, singles or individual spouses are welcome. Everyone can benefit from the material regardless of age.
Workbooks are $12.00 ea. It is easiest for each attender to have a workbook, but don’t let the price keep you from coming. Something can be worked out with scholarships. We look forward to seeing you!
I swung by the local Whataburger this morning to pick up my traditional breakfast taco. Bacon and egg and no cheese. I spotted this sign on my way through the drive through. When is the last time you spotted a multi-million dollar business waving the American Flag and promoting it “Under God”. This has really become a unique message in today’s anti-everything “Under God” culture. We need to eat more Chickin and we need to eat more Whataburgers (without the bun for the diet conscious).
Four guys and gals were caught fasting 3 days this week.
They only had liquids and waited to see how God would show up. I have taken the liberty to post their dialog here, but for privacy have stripped their names from the text.
Prefast Guy One: Hey guys, only a few hours to go till it’s a liquid diet for three days. One question, did we qualify if coffee is in the mix? In my book, coffee is in, but the real question “Gal One” says is whether sugar/sweetner can be used? What do you all think?
Personally, I think sweetner (splenda) should be OK, but that’s just me talking. Let me know what ya think. See ya Wednesday morning at 6:00a.m.
Guy Two: God bless!
My thoughts are anything liquid is a go, but it is really a personal thing. The true Adkins says no caffeine. I’ve chosen to ditch caffeine in support of Guy Four ditching ‘DIP’. Anyway, enjoy the hunger. God will bless. I will be praying for each of you many times throughout the day.
Your partner in hunger,
Guy Four:Hello all!
We can each make this a personal thing as to what we do and don’t do. I wouldn’t worry about the details, just do what your heart tells you. I have to take medicine with food every morning. So I will have one piece of dry toast as opposed to the “full meal deal” each morning. I know in each heart is the desire to get closer to our God, and that is motivating each of us. I am happy to be in this with a really fine group of people. I believe that the focus on Him, the fasting, and the fellowship makes God smile.
Guy Two:Great thoughts! Yep! Got to nix the full meal deal. What’s for lunch? Got to get to work. I’ll catch you in Ezra. Keep running. You are setting a good pace.
Guy Three: God, I’m not sure what each of us are feeling as we step into this. Lord, my desire is that each of us will experience moments (maybe even hours!) of increased focus on you. You know what those things are in my life that most distract me and I’m asking You to help me lay them aside. Paul is always saying “…to know You better…’ and he was intimate with you! How close is close? How ready am I to know You beyond my present? Father, come meet us where we are and let us look back on this time as spiritually enriching beyond our expectations. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu7R7ZO2PVU&feature=related
Good job on the inspiration. I’ve been pondering what I should be praying for. Usually, when I have fasted I have had a burning need for something. This time it is more about closeness.
Guy One: Hello everyone, we are nearly 2/3 done with the three day food fast, yahoo! I can tell you that I am doing far better than I had imagined…I’ve gotten to a point where I don’t think much about eating (hard to believe I know). I can also tell you that my focus on God’s working in my life is sharp, and I guess it’s because of this fasting.
I pray that all of you are doing well also. I’m looking forward to the South Beach diet on Thursday (I know, some of us are doing the Atkins). Speedo swim suit here I come!!
Guy Three: Holding up well physically. Had some weak feelings at moments but fought through them. Amazing how conditioned we are to feeding ourselves (hungry or not). I’ve determined that I seldom experience anything close to hunger. I just eat when it’s time to. There is a freedom that comes in a fast, don’t you think? And you are right…a sharpness of focus. Your senses are just more pure. Fasting is such a core spiritual discipline that it’s amazing it is not a larger part of my life. Hmmm…good for me physically, emotionally, spiritually…no wonder I seldom do it…it works too well! Maybe I’ll change that.
Do they make Speedos in size 82?
Guy Three: Wow! It was actually the most difficult thing I’ve experienced in the last 3 days! Two freshly baked cookies, still warm, yelling out my name! I grabbed them and went and put them on ?????? desk! Get behind me, satan!
Guy Two: Awe Man! That was my cookie. I want it back. Tomorrow is another day. The hunger strike will be over. Just kidding about wanting it back. I can still smell the memory. Thanks for enjoying my warped humor.
Guy Four: That’s not funny. I just got home from cleaning, the whole church smelled like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies!!! But i could not find even one to snack on
Guy Two: I was thinking about …
I wonder what it was like to go into the Holy of Holies. The reverent fear of desiring to meet God, but knowing if you were hiding sin, you would die. Then, actually meeting God and retreating still alive. Can you imagine how charged you would be!
Guy Three: This thought helped me today…thanks, Guy Two:. The closer we get to the Light, the more we see the remaining dark spots in our lives. Awareness of sin is good because we do not have a God who condemns, shames and guilts us through our mistakes. He just invites us to clean up and draw closer to Him…to consider stepping toward the Holy of Holies.
Guy One:Are you ready for some chocolate chip cookies tomorrow?
Cracker Barrel has a double meat breakfast with my name on it!
Guy One: OMG, I love Cracker Barrel. Hmmm…grits, biscuits, eggs, and sausage – that’s got to be on my diet, it just has to be!!
Guy Two: Hi friends!
The fast was awesome! I have to confess that I was incredibly hungry the 3rd day at about 2:00. I had been smelling chocolate cookies all day and then went to Texas Hamburger Company …. I had water, but it smelt so good. I was faithful and survived.
My “God Spot” was the revelation about reverent fear experienced in the Holy of Holies. One day I hope to take that step of faith and survive the encounter.
Thank you friends for supporting me and being part of a bigger thing God is working on. We have established a uniqueness about our relationship. I look forward to seeing God’s hand at work.
May the Force be with you.
Your hunger bud,
Guy One: Talk about going into the fiery pit Guy Two. You survived going to the hamburger company, that’s courage my man!! Gal One: and I had a similar situation on Tuesday, we survived our home smelling like garlic as ????? was making pasta with garlic sauce (yummy!!).
It was an awesome adventure the past three days…and all in support of Guy Three. God is so good.
Have a great day y’all. See ya tonight (except for you Guy Three and Gal Three).
Gal Three: Way to go guys. Inspiring….we wives have fabulous men of God…..Thank you.
Guy Two: I actually blacked out and fell at the top of stairs this morning. God’s good! He gave me a new experience and a “God Spot” all at once. I woke up at the top of the stairs with Gal Two: saying, “are you ok?” I think it is time to eat.
I don’t know about you guys and gals, but this was really productive spiritually. I have fasted sunup to sundown before, but with specific purpose in mind. This time I just decided to look in the deep corners of my heart to see if any mold or mildew were growing. I found some. God revealed some problems I have with me and what a great opportunity to fix them! So this was productive for me.