when it’s good NOT to be a fan….

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Heard of this book?  Pastor Kyle Idleman is the author of a book that could  should change your life!  Even Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas, says,Not a Fan is truly a cutting edge message that will challenge even the most obedient Christians to re-look at their relationship with Christ…”

Pastor Kyle asks the question, “Are you a follower of Jesus?” 

Here is what Matthew 7:21-23 says in The Message: 21-23 “Knowing the correct password—saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance—isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills. I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.’

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Here is the definition of a fan….

It’s the guy who goes to the football game with no shirt and a painted chest.  He sits in the stands and cheers for his team.  He’s got a signed jersey hanging on his wall at home and multiple bumper stickers on the back of his car.  But he’s never in the game.  He never breaks a sweat or takes a hard hit in the open field.  He knows all about the players and can rattle off their latest stats, but he doesn’t know the players.  He yells and cheers, but nothing is really required of him.  There is no sacrifice he has to make.  And the truth is, as excited as he seems, if the team he’s cheering for starts to let him down and has a few off seasons, his passion will wane pretty quickly.  After several losing seasons you can expect him to jump off the fan wagon and begin cheering for some other team.  He is an enthusiastic admirer.”

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Ouch….pretty convicting, huh?  It’s one of the best books I have read in a long, long time.  As eye opening as Rick Warren’s, Purpose Driven Life.

Don’t confuse your knowledge for devotion.  Good intentions won’t work here, people.

You can find the book HERE or HERE.

You are officially challenged!!

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wait…..do this before you vote!!

Let’s say a quick prayer for America!!!!!

Please give us a president that loves this country and everything it stands for.
Please give us a president who respects you as the one true God.
Please give us a president who will, with your help, restore this nation to its former glory, the way you created her.
Please help us to respect what you have given to us and not take anything for granted ever again.
Please God weaken the evil and strengthen the good both without and within.
May our eyes be opened.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen
Thank you……….now, carry on………

say a little prayer…

My sister in law, Alicia, is 42 years old and rocks an extra chromosome.  She is scheduled on Monday, Oct 29, 2012 (tomorrow for those without a calendar) for a hip replacement.  There are many new types of hip replacement surgeries, however, she has osteoporosis and has to have the old-school kind.

It’s always frightening for surgery, and we are pleading for your prayers.  Specifically, for her dad (79 years old and takes care of her by himself, since mom passed away suddenly, four years ago).

She is in a lot of pain with her hip, now……..but we are hoping praying for a successful operation and a speedy recovery!

Please join me in prayer for one of the sweetest people I have the pleasure of knowing!  I will give an update as soon as I know something!  If you would like to leave a comment for her, I will read it to her in the hospital!  I am so thankful for my friends, my blogger friends whom I’ve never met, and for all my Facebook and Twitter fans!  God is good and she is in His Hands!!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

why am i still praying?

Throughout history we can see the fingerprint of God.  Sometimes His handiwork is obvious;  remember the parting of the Red Sea?  And other times His work is unnoticeable and behind the scenes.

In Matthew 7:7-8, God tells us to ask, to seek, to knock.  But if God is supreme … then why pray at all?  Why would God allow pain or suffering or the unspeakable to happen?

It is one of the most troublesome questions in all of theology.  But let me say this,  God is eternal, infinite, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.  We are human.  We are none of those things and can’t be expected to understand all of His ways.

Remember poor Job?  This was a man that lost everything but his wife and his life.  He lost his children, his home, his livestock, his servants and was covered in oozing boils.  Not to mention he had three so-called friends that lectured him on why he was getting what was due.

Finally, God speaks to Job and says what we all need to hear!  (Job 38:1-23)  First He asks Job questions and even emphasizes that HE is in control.  Then He speaks about the sea and its boundaries.  Who else can command the waves to start and stop?  Throughout the next chapters, God continues to speak to Job until finally Job has to say, “Ok…I got it”.

Job 42:1-2, “Then Job answered the Lord, and said, “I know that Thou canst do all things, And that no purpose of Thine can be thwarted.”

The Message says, “Job answered God: “I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything.”

Wow.  God is in control.  He sees the beginning and the end.  He has no limitations.  His plan can mean adversity or prosperity.  Tragedy or joy.  Even when we cannot fully fathom why, He knows.  He understands.  He rules.  He reigns.

His sovereignty should relieve us from our anxiety.  It might not take away all of your questions, but it will take away your fear!  And thankfully, He has freed us from having to explain or figure out what He is doing.  I can say, I don’t know why this happened.   I don’t know why my sweet little child had his handicap.   God knows and I don’t have to explain it.

Our part is to pray fervently, sincerely, and honestly, and bring our deepest concerns to the Lord. God’s part is to listen to our prayers and to graciously answer them in His own time, in His own way, according to His own will.

Joni Eareckson Tada has spent the last 45 years in a wheelchair.  She has inspired millions and had this to say about unanswered prayer:

“God is heaven -bent on making us more like Christ.  He can use anything – be it a broken neck, a broken heart, or a broken home.  Suffering has a way of uncomfortably revealing to us the things inside us that need to be transformed.  When I’m not in pain, I think I’m a very likeable individual.  But when pain continues to squeeze me, it’s like squeezing a lemon!  Out comes this sour attitude, this pessimistic anxiety, this fear of the future.  That’s when I have to realize that these are things God desires to change in me.  I think that what most people are hungry for is assurance that God is listening and that He cares.  We just want to know that He’s involved, that He’s compassionate.  What we need to know the most is Jesus Himself is the Answer.”

Don’t give up.  Continue to seek His Will and read His Word.  Don’t let your fast paced lifestyle demand so much of your time that you give up your intimacy with God.  Time spent in His Word will reap eternal benefits.

Trust.  Wait.  Pray. He loves you so very much…