Thank You…

I thought about this today…

Psalm 23
A psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord



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Resolutions, NO! Plans, YES! ~REPOST~

~This is a repost~
We are one third of the way through the year, have you accomplished anything, worked on anything, moved toward anything???

The New Year is upon us.  Yes we are two days away from welcoming in a New Year.  2012 promises to be a year of new beginnings, of awakening, of empowerment, of no more business as usual.  2012 will be a year of doing things differently!  A year of NOT waiting for things to happen but of MAKING things happen!  And this is all just in my own life!

See, I am not big on resolutions because frankly once you make them you are pretty much destined to break them.  If you are making major changes in your life (or minor changes) why would you wait until the beginning of a New Year to put your plans into action??  It is totally unrealistic and absolutely asinine to think that you can only make changes to your life one time a year and that would be on January first!  Suppose mid-July you decide to return to school, or start a business, or learn a foreign language?  Do you have to wait until January first to do it??  NO!  So then why the big issue of writing some New Years resolutions??
What I will tell you is that as you sit and think about what you have done, and have accomplished, now may be a good time think about what you would like to do and would like to accomplish next.  As you are thinking about your next moves and goals you may want to start planning your route of attack.  Plan what you are going to do and how you are going to do it.  Because sitting and dreaming and doing nothing is a waste of time, energy, and brain power!  If you have dreamed the same dream for years or say to yourself, “I have wanted to do that all my life” and you are still not doing it, than you need to RE-EVALUATE your priorities, GET OFF your butt and MAKE IT HAPPEN!
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” -Albert Einstein
Write your plan, make it plain, and then PUT IT INTO ACTION.  But please think it through first, write it down.  An effective plan goes a long way.  The bible says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he who keeps the law — blessed is he” (Proverbs 29:18, Amplified).  So get your vision (PLAN), write it down, and then put it into action (DO IT!).  DO NOT waste another year, just sitting around and THINKING about what you are going to do ONE DAY!  Make THIS your BREAK THROUGH year!  Break through barriers, Break through problems, Break through finances, Break through doubt, Break through opposition, Break through stagnation!  JUST DO IT!  
“Be great in act, as you have been in thought. – William Shakespeare.  So do not just talk about it or think about BE ABOUT IT!  Or as my Mother and Grand-Mother used to say PISS OR GET OFF THE POT!
As we end 2011, do not meditate on the what ifs, what could haves, or what should haves, FOCUS on the WHAT’S NEXT!  
And as 2012 begins, so should you!


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From Invisible To Invincible, God Can, God Will!

Gladys Knight and The Pips “To Be Invisible”
To be invisible
Will be my claim to fame
A girl with no name
That way, I won’t have to feel the pain
Just a plain old human being
Today, don’t mean a thing
In a world that’s so mean
A world that seems not for me
So privately, I’ll be invisible
That way, I won’t have to explain a thing, if you know what I mean
I won’t even have to be here, on the scene
These are the opening lyrics to the song by Gladys Knight and the Pips off the Claudine soundtrack album.  And the song ends with this line… “So I’ll be invisible, invisible, invisible” as the song fades off.  If you think about this song in the context of today’s society, people are running around in a world oblivious to one another.  Some are overtly showboating for the world audience but then you have the ones who are almost invisible.  They go through their own little private lives, not causing a stir and if you do not focus on them they are almost invisible.  they do not cause trouble, the do not rock the boat, they do not cause ripples in the pond.  They are in essence, invisible.
This past Sunday, Pastor Derick Faison started a new series titled, “INVINCIBLE” and the sub-title was, “Make Your Life Undefeatable”.  In the context of the Pastor’s sermon INVINCIBLEwould be the opposite of INVISIBLE.  I sometimes wonder what lurks behind the vacant smiles and the pleasantries that are so generalized and given so quickly as people rush in and out of our lives. 

Are you an INVISIBLE CHRISTIAN??  Are you living a life that is a testimony to the Grace, Goodness, and Mercy of God?  Or are you just merely existing?  Do you think that your trials are greater than your triumphs??  Do you feel as if you have NO IDEA what your purpose is or that your life was, is, and will be wasted? If you feel that you are slipping away into obscurity or that you are invisible, let me share with you the scripture that my pastor shared with us.

“Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”
The three major points to the Pastor’s sermon were:
  1. God always sees the end from the beginning.
  2. God does not start anything he does not plan to finish.
  3. God gives every problem an expiration date!
God can take you from INVISIBLE to INVINCIBLE!

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing!

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My Imaginary Jesus – Book Review

“My Imaginary Jesus” 

Title – My Imaginary Jesus
Author – Matt Mikalatos
Publisher – Barna Books/Tyndale House Publishers
Date of publication – April 2012
Number of pages – 274
* Barna Books/Tyndale House Publishers have provided me with an advanced, complimentary copy of “My Imaginary Jesus” to read in order to write my honest review.*
About The Book:
Matt Mikalatos liked Jesus a lot.  In fact, he couldn’t believe how much they had in common.  They shared the same likes, dislikes, beliefs, and opinions.  (Though Jesus did have better hair.)  So imagine Matt’s astonishment when he finds out that the guy he knows as Jesus . . . isn’t.  He’s an Imaginary Jesus: a comfortable, convenient imitation Matt has created in his own image.  The real Jesus is still out there somewhere . . . and Matt is determined to find him.

About The Author:

Matt Mikalatos received his BA in writing from the University of California Riverside.  Like many future world leaders, he began his career as a clerk at a comic book store.  Having discovered that such work caused women to shun him, Matt took control of a high school classroom and taught American literature and drama (although he was best known for his riotous “study halls”).  Then Matt, in an unexpected move, joined Campus Crusade for Christ.  In a moment of weakness, his best friend, Krista, agreed to marry him.  He and Krista were briefly expatriated by Crusade to East Asia, where they ministered for three years.  Now back in the States, Matt provides leadership to the international ministries of Crusade’s northwest region.  Matt has published articles in Discipleship JournalThe Wittenburg DoorRelief, and Coach’s Midnight Diner. Matt and his wife live near Portland, Oregon. They have three beautiful daughters.
Now the good stuff, MY review!

I am trying to gather the words… this book was refreshing, engaging, and hilarious!  This is the best Fiction/Non-Fiction/Suspense/Thriller/SciFi/Theological/Self-help/Comedy/Drama that I have read in a long time!  The book was funny, sad, and enlightening all at the same time.  It was like reading C.S.Lewis/Rod Serling/Frank Peritti/Tim LaHaye all wrapped up in one book.  It has been a while since I actually laughed out loud while reading a book!  I love how I was able to picture the different Jesus’ throughout the book (AND sad that I actually knew whom they were)!  My favorite Jesus’ from the book were Magic 8 Ball Jesus and Televangelist Jesus (In my mind Steve Martin is the best picture of Televangelist Jesus but he has the voice of Bennie Hinn, which is creepy).  This book may make you re-examine something about your own relationships with Jesus.  My FAVORITE line of the entire book is in chapter 37, when Matt says,  “Not because of who he was once upon a time, but because of who he is today, and because of who he promises we can become”.  This line is the absolute TRUTH!
This book would be a good book for a book club, women reading group, men reading group, and for the churched and un-churched alike.  The book has a question and answer section which gives a good insight into the mind of the author Matt Mikalatos.  The book even has a discussion section that addresses key portions of all the chapters.  This book is a must read and on a scale of 1-10 I give it a solid 9.5!  I took away .5 points because I wanted to see a few pictures of the various Jesus’!
This is an AWESOME book! ENJOY!!

You can join Matt at!/mattmikalatos

Happy Reading!

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The Jesus We Missed – Book Review

Title – The Jesus We Missed: The Surprising Truth about the Humanity of Christ
Author – Patrick Henry Reardon
Publisher – Thomas Nelson
Date of publication – February, 2012
Number of pages – 229

**Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 ** 
About the book:
While taking special care not to minimize the Godhood of Christ, Patrick Henry Reardon helps readers come to grips with his real flesh-and-blood humanity—the confession of the Christian church for 2,000 years.  If we are to grow in our understanding of Christ, growing in appreciation of His humanity is key. 

About the author:
Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor of All Saints’ Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and a senior editor of Touchstone magazine.
Father Patrick was educated at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY), St. Anselm’s College (Rome), The Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome), and St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary (South Canaan, PA).
He has authored many books including Christ in the Psalms, Christ in His Saints, The Trial of Job: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Book of Job, Chronicles of History and Worship: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Books of Chronicles, and Creation and the Patriarchal Histories: Orthodox Reflections on the Book of Genesis.
As a Christian, I was very interested in reading “The Jesus We Missed” because of the topic.  We, as Christians often see or perceive the Deity in one way and that is as a supernatural being.  We see Jesus as the risen Savior, crucified, dead, and buried and risen again for our sake.  Even when we read that Jesus became flesh, He became man, birthed of a woman, He became like us, we still do not grasp the magnitude of that transition.  We do not understand that he really became like us!  We overlook or discount His humanity.
It was good to see a book that tackled the issue of Jesus, the person.  However, I believe that the title of the book is a little misleading.  There was no real surprising truths about Christ’s humanity.  The humanity of Jesus is a fact, and people choose to embrace it or ignore it

Some religious people have frowned upon seeing the Savior as a person because they think it tarnishes the image of His Godliness.  On the contrary, knowing that Jesus grew up in the flesh, knowing that he may have had many of the same feelings that we have experienced should inspire us.  Jesus ran and tripped like us, he got bloody noses, and scraped his knee like us, he woke up with morning breathe like us, He went to the bathroom like us, HE BECAME ONE OF US!  
Much like us Jesus had to come to a place where He realized exactly what his purpose was, a realization that He was destined for much, much more than he was.
This book is good a source for those seeking to see Jesus on a more personal level.  This book is also good for those who want another depth of studying into the Savior’s life.  Layman, theologians, clergy, and scholars alike can learn from and enjoy this book.  “The Jesus We Missed” is a good look at Jesus who was fully God and fully man.

I hope that you pick up this book and decide for yourself.  
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Divorce Your Spouse If They Have Alzheimers…

Some times people have very difficult questions and seek answers from “authorities” in the field. That would ordinarily be fine, however in this instance I DEFINITELY disagree with this “Authority”.
When you are offering advice you should “PREFACE” it by saying this is YOUR OPINION. What Pat Robertson said in answer to this Alzheimer question was Pat Robertson’s OPINION. No where IN MY bible does it say that Alzheimer is a form of death and therefore it is OK to divorce someone with it. Wedding vows state “Till DEATH do us part”. Now do not get me wrong I am NOT debating the fact of whether or not the person should get a divorce. That is between them and God. Many people, some of them are Christians get divorce. I am divorced, it happens and that is not my issue. My issue is that a supposed “Spiritual Authority” who is telling people that a person with Alzheimer’s is “GONE” and Alzheimer’s is like a type of “DEATH” therefore the person should divorce and start all over! NO WHERE does the bible say that if your spouse has Alzheimer’s they are like dead already so if you need companionship divorce them and start all over!!
As a “Spiritual Authority” if what you are saying cannot be backed up by scripture, than PLEASE PREFACE IT AS YOUR OPINION!

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Halloween By Any Other Name … Is It The Same?

Back in 2007 when I first started blogging my second blog post was short and sweet and too the point. It was simply about whether or not Christians should celebrate Halloween. The text of the post is included below:

Halloween …Yes or No?
Should Christians celebrate Halloween? If you do not celebrate Halloween is it OK to have another celebration on the same night but call it something else? For example on October 31st some churches have a Hallelujah Night, or a Harvest celebration. Does changing the name of your celebration change the impact of Halloween?

So here I am two years later asking the same questions.
If you DO NOT celebrate Halloween, do you think it is okay to have a celebration on the same night but give it a different name? If it is still on Halloween night, what is the significance of changing the name of your celebration? Do you call it a Halloween celebration, Hallelujah celebration or Harvest celebration? Why?

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