Tag Archive | John 3:16

Mud Puppies and God.

What is it?! (photo credit: Meg Johnson)

What is it?!

It’s a Mud Puppy Salamander, of course!  Cute, aint he?

God made him.

AND the water he’s floating in, and the rocks and plants around him. God made those, too

And God made you. Cute, ain’tcha?

God thinks so, too. See?…

“For God so loved the world (that means people, like you and me), that He sent His only begotten Son (sent Him to die for us), that whosoever (anybody, everybody. You and me) believeth in Him (Jesus, that is) should not perish (that means we don’t go to hell forever.), but have everlasting life. (forever and ever, with Jesus and God and the Holy Spirit and all the angels. Forever!) (John 3:16)

That’s one big everlasting party! Whoo -Hoo!

photo credit: Sassy Mamma. Click the pic to see source.

Now, God is a gracious host. He invites all people everywhere to come, but He doesn’t force anybody.

The invitation has been sent out to all, but no one HAS to accept it.

It’s in everybody’s mailbox, but only the ones who open it and say, “Yes, I will come.” will come.

How ’bout you? Have you checked your mail? The invitation is there. Will you come?

Jesus will be really happy to see you!

Click the pic to see how to join the party. Who knows? There may even be mud puppies there =] (photo credit: Meg Johnson)

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Faith when your tires are flat…

my husband and son changing a flat on a windy day.

Why doesn’t life behave itself?!

I mean, getting a flat on a bike ride isn’t bad enough. Sometimes, like today, you have to get two!  That’s what happened to my poor little Lance-Armstrong-wanna-be husband this morning when he was out riding in the country, far, far from home.

And, sometimes — even worse –good people die horrible, agonizing deaths.

And, sometimes — whether we like it or not — and no matter HOW HARD we try, we have a bad hair day.  (Hey!  You have your tragedies, I have mine.  Don’t judge.)

That’s life.

Bummer.

BUT, like Chip Ingram ** (a pastor) reminded me on the radio yesterday, “Life is hard, but God is good.”

And, like the song says, “If you can’t trust His hand, trust His heart.”

God has a gooooooood heart:

God IS love, the Bible says. (1 John 4:8)

And who does he love?

people.

I don’t why, but He does!

He does!!

He does!!!!

Stop, Drop, and Pray!

Let’s pray:

Oh, Father, you so loved us that you gave your only Son so that whoever would dare to believe in Him would not perish, but have eternal life with you.  (John 3:16)

You comfort us when we’re down, and, not only are you compassionate toward us, but the Bible says you are “The Father of Compassion”.  ( 2 Corinthians 1:3)

You stoop down to make us great. (Psalm 18:35)

He strengthens the weak ( Ephesians 3:16) and You love children (Mark 19:14).

may we “have power… to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of [You].” (Ephesians 3:18-19)

You are able to do way Way WAY more than we anything we could imagine! (Ephesians 3:20)  In Jesus’ mighty, powerful, loving name, AMEN!”

“..to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” ~Ephesians 3:21

Do you know Jesus? Click on the pic below to be introduced…

HE LOVES YOU A CHOCO-LOT!

**(click on Chip Ingram’s  name above to hear what I was listening to.  See the audio list? Click the second one, June 10th, 2010)

Spiritual Warfare: Noob-vs-Pro.

A warrior, or a spartan in Halo-talk, needs a powerful arsenal to defeat the enemy. 

You’re a spartan, Christian, in the spiritual realm, with a full arsenal of weapons at your fingertips.  Are you using them?

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”   2Corinthians 10:4

How many strongholds have you demolished lately? 

Your only offensive weapon is your sword, you know — “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.”  Ephesians 6:17   How sharp is yours? 

In other words, are you a noob or a pro?

My son and his friends play “Halo”.  It’s a fighting, killing computer game. 

Noobs (new players), invariably use the wrong weapons, and so are easily defeated.   tsk, tsk.

Are you defeated?  Have you been trying to defend your hill with only a pistol, like a noob?! (halo talk)  I mean, John 3:16 will get you just so far in the real world.

You might need to up your arsenal, spiritually,  by memorizing more verses.  Why?  Because the Word of God (our sword) is the truth.  It says so in our cheat code manual (the Bible). ..”The sum of Your Word is truth…”  in Psalm 119:160 and “…Your Word is truth.”  in John 17:17b.

 Our enemy hates the truth.  REALLY!  It’s like using a rocket launcher when you speak the truth to the devil.

So, listen to this “pro” — something noobs quickly learn to do in the game or die.  Memorize LOTS of scripture, so you’re not “poned” by the enemy! 

Click one of the Bible Memory links to the right on the home page to help you stay in the game!