I’m thinking about joining a gang!

Seriously now.  I’m thinking about joining a gang.  I understand the gang to be family.  Each member covers each other’s back.  You don’t have to wonder where you stand.  You are family.  You have a problem, you take it to the family. 
 
A cool thing about being a gang member, is you can hang out 24/7.  You don’t have to wait and get together once a week.  You get together all the time.  If you have 6-pack, you share it with the family.  What’s yours is theirs.  You are happy to share.  You just wish you had more to share for the less fortunate. 
 
Gangs even mark their territory.  I will know where it is safe to hang out.  I’ll always have friends to hang with.  A gang could really be a good thing.  A gang has colors so I can spot a family member, even if they are from “out of state”.  I don’t have to wonder if we are friends even though strangers.  We are family.
 
Oddly, this sounds a lot like the early church described in God’s book.  I wonder if a gang will ever evolve into meeting on Sunday and flipping a quarter in the offering plate?
 
Just thinkin…
Actually just kidding.  Just thinkin.. got me into trouble.  🙂
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Alfred E. Neuman likely knew God.

Looking back at my county jail experience, reminds me of the old MAD cartoon character, Alfred Neuman? His famous saying was, “What me worry?” I know it makes little sense, but I never worried about the God Spot I was in the middle of. I prayed a lot, but didn’t worry. I just operated believing God was at work in my life and the lives of those around me. Check out how David summed it up…

“You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: ” God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!”” ~David

Even as I looked up at an incredibly mean looking guy and acknowledged to God if he kicks me it is really going to hurt. I had no worry.

Whatever happened was God’s abundance in my life (the perfection of God’s will and purpose). I was ok with it, but I still let God know I preferred to have the guy chill out across the room and skip the pain part. God honored my request.

“Yes, because God’s your refuge,
the High God your very own home,
Evil can’t get close to you,
harm can’t get through the door.
He ordered his angels
to guard you wherever you go.
If you stumble, they’ll catch you;
their job is to keep you from falling.” ~David

I kinda figure the room was full of angels…

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Have you ever done anything really stupid?

stupid

Guest post by: Marianne

First there was Y2K.  I stocked up, waiting for the end of the world.  God told me not to worry, but I did not listen.  Then nothing happened, and I forgot about all the stuff in my storage shed.  About 5 years later, I went in and had to throw a lot of stuff out.

Then, I got an email back in October saying there was going to be another disaster,  so guess what i did.  I stocked up again, but this time it was my car that got stuffed.  I was waiting to get bombed by Russians or someone,  and I knew that when the tribulation started,  Jesus told his disciples to head for the hills.   So, I was going to do that too.  No clue where I was exactly going,  or how long I would be there.

Well, we have not been bombed yet.  My car is full of stuff. While most people go to their pantry to get a new item to open and use, I go to my car.

It is only a Toyota Corolla!

here is my inventory overview:

Fruit loops
Sugar – 10 bags
laundry detergent
eye liner
deodorant
canned meat
bar soap
shampoo
coffee supplies
mashed potatoes
toilet paper
pancake syrup
canned fruit
canned vegetables
apple sauce
oodles of noodles
baby powder
apple juice
drinking water
cat food
aluminum foil
underwear
sleep aid – I guess I have to sleep through the bombs
canned chinese
first aid stuff
tuna
chicken noodle soup
honey bunch cheerios
rice
paper towels.
toothpaste
tooth brushes

Well,  aren’t I silly?  It is a little strange.  I had to give a ride to some friends, and I had to move all the piles of food over, to give them a place to sit.  It is well organized, and a lot of it is boxed up.   My son wanted apple sauce to go with his pork chops, but I could not remember where the apple sauce was in the car, until I checked a while ago.  In box # 3!!!

Jesus told us to be prepared for his coming.  I bet he was not thinking of me when he said this.    🙂

Did I go to some crazy extreme?    Yes…….

But would I go to such a crazy extreme to prepare for Him to come as well?

definitely!    🙂

While the neighbors think I am nuts,  I am all too excited about the Lords’ return.  He told us to be ready.  He told us to have our lamps lit, and full of oil.  Well, I am ready.  You should see the back of my car!  I have oil lamp back there too! ( being Funny here)

Jesus told us that the kingdom of heaven is like  little children.  They just believe what they are told, and they get all excited about things,  and go to the extreme with childlike faith and enthusiasm.   That is how He wants us to be also.

We may not have to stuff our cars, but we should be very excited in our preparations for His return.    We should be on fire for Him, and not cold or lukewarm.