the WHOLE serenity prayer…

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Did you know that there’s more to the Serenity Prayer?

Goodness knows who wrote it, since originally thought to be Protestant theologian, Rienhold Niebuhr.   However, the origin isn’t what this particular post is about.  I’m more interested in the second verse.

Yes!  There is a second verse!  I think the second verse is even more important than the first verse!!  It’s beautiful!!!

God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;

Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

Taking, as He did, this sinful world

As it is, not as I would have it;

Trusting that He will make all things right

If I surrender to His Will;

That I may be reasonably happy in this life

And supremely happy with Him

Forever in the next.

Amen.

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Fear…the dark room where negatives are made…

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Got phobias?

pho-bi-a: a persistent, abnormal or irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid the feared stimulus.

Probably the biggest fear of all is uncertainty and lately it seems we have a lot to fear.

It’s also been said that exposing ourselves to our biggest demons is the best way to move past them……..what do you think?

Check out this list to see what YOU’RE afraid of……

  • Animals?  Zoophobia
  • Ants?  Myrmecophobia
  • Beards?  Pogonophobia
  • Bees?  Apiphobia
  • Birds?  Ornithophobia
  • Blood?  Hematophobia
  • Choking?  Pnigophobia
  • Crossing bridges?  Gephyrophobia
  • Crowds?  Ochlophobia
  • Dirt?  Rupophobia
  • Dreams?  Oneirophobia
  • Flowers?  Anthohobia
  • Flying?  Aerophobia
  • Frogs?  Ranidaphobia
  • Garlic?  Alliumphobia
  • Germs?  Mysophobia
  • Haircuts?  Tonsurphobia
  • Height?  Acrophobia
  • Hospitals?  Nosocomephobia
  • Illness?  Nosemaphobia
  • Insects?  Entomophobia
  • Lakes?  Limnophobia
  • Long words?  Sesquipedalopphobia
  • Men?  Androphobia
  • Money?  Chrometophobia
  • Moths?  Mottephobia
  • Night, darkness?  Nyctophobia
  • Plants?  Batonophobia
  • Shadows?  Sciophobia
  • Snakes?  Ophidiophobia
  • Spiders?  Arachnophobia
  • Sun?  Heliophobia
  • Touch?  Haptophobia
  • Trees?  Dendrophobia
  • Vegetables?  Lachnaophobia
  • Water?  Hydrophobia
  • Women?  Gynophobia
  • Worms?  Scoleciphobia

On the flip side, here’s what the Bible says about fear:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).

“So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’” (Hebrews13:6).

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it’s not about the bunny….

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As a Christian, our faith rests on the fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

1 Cor. 15:13-14, 17 “But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.  And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty….And if Christ is not risen, your faith futile, you are still in your sins.”

For those of us who believe the Bible is an accurate account of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, then we have a lot to rejoice about!    HE ROSE FROM THE GRAVE!!!!  FOR YOU AND ME!!!! 

Watch this beautiful…yet difficult video about the crucifixion of our Lord and remember…..THIS is what Easter is all about.

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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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………