Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday Musings

This is the first wooden pulpit. Smileys

Here are a few tidbits from Sunday service at Hope Chapel:

God doesn't call you to church to sit on your hands. He calls you to church to raise your hands and lift Him up. Pastor Steve

When you think about cutting your tithe: "You looked for much, and behold, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? declares the LORD of hosts. Because of my house that lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house."  Haggai 1:9 (ESV)

"For most people, the disaster of life is that they give up just one effort too soon." Will Barclay 

When I cut myself, I run to get a bandaid. It hurts and I don't want to bleed. To give blood to someone else is not something I think about. Some people do give their blood by transfusion. To give all your blood, is to die. Jesus gave His all for all of us. An Elder(?) at Hope Chapel

Monday, January 2, 2012

Monday Musings

"To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.
Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one,
and calls them each by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,

Isaiah 40:25-26

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Sunday Snippits

I'm going to try and be a little better at blogging, if only a couple of days a week. One thing I'd like to do is share something I learned or liked from church services, whether from Hope Chapel or any church we may visit. So, to start the new year right, here are a few things from today's service at Hope Chapel.

When you decide to obey God, be prepared for three things to happen:
1)  DISCOURAGEMENT - This is the devil's greatest weapon. He knows our flesh is weak and uses that against us.
2)  DISTRACTIONS - You will find yourself rationalizing why you don't pray or read the Bible (for me, it's "I'll do it later" and I never did)
3)  DETRACTORS - People who make fun of you or laugh at you because of your faith. Don't let these people cause you to give up or hide. Continue to trust God.

So, I decided on a word for the year - EXPECTANT! (Marked by eager anticipation) 

Live EXPECTANTLY - expect God to work in ways you can't even imagine this year. Let Him work and quit trying to work for Him or tell Him how to work things out. God's way is always the right way. There is great security in obedience.

"You will never obey God and regret it." Pastor Zac Nazarian (not sure if this is his quote or someone else)