"We must remember throughout our lives that in God's sight there are no little people and no little places. Only one thing is important: to be consecrated persons in God's place for us, at each moment." Francis Schaeffer
When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better. God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He's more interested in what I am than what I do. That's why we're called human beings, not human doings.
I was sent that this past week and it came at a very good time.
Why do so many believers focus on the tasks of ministry versus being a minister?
I am determined that I will live my life more concerned about pleasing God than pleasing others an I want to be known as a man who knew God versus just doing things for God. (They go hand in hand, I get that but hopefully you get what I'm emphasizing.)
My favorite quote: "I'd be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge," says Bono. "It doesn't excuse my mistakes, but I'm holding out for Grace. I'm holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don't have to depend on my own religiosity."
Then the interviewer marvels, "The Son of God who takes away the sins of the world. I wish I could believe in that."
"The point of the death of Christ is that Christ took on the sins of the world, so that what we put out did not come back to us, and that our sinful nature does not reap the obvious death," replies Bono. "It's not our own good works that get us through the gates of Heaven."
Wouldn't it be great if our students could verbalize their faith as accurately as that?
The Church Theatrical Release is Back with a Bang!
It is all the vision of Cloud Ten’s Peter and Paul Lalonde, who believe that LEFT BEHIND: World at War offers the a once-in-a generation opportunity to revive and rebuild one of the great evangelistic outreaches of the 70’s and 80’s – The Church Theatrical Release. Although the days of the 16MM film rentals ended with the advent of VHS, those of us old enough to remember look back nostalgically at the nights of community outreach. Cloud Ten wants to revive that effective and entertaining outreach tool. And there is no better place to begin than with LEFT BEHIND: World at War – the third film in the wildly popular LEFT BEHIND film series. Read more at Left-Behind World At War.com
I believe in the Church of Baseball. I've tried all the major religions and most of the minor ones. And the only church that truly feeds the soul, day-in day-out, is the Church of Baseball.
Annie Savoy, in Bull Durham
There are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and 108 stitches in a baseball. When I heard that, I gave Jesus a chance.
Annie Savoy, in Bull Durham
I love baseball and especially The Red Sox. I haven't blogged about them in a while but the whole "Manny being Manny" thing is normal and didn't phase me. I still think they'll get to the playoffs and lately I'm actually thinking they'll win the AL East. We will see but I do love having NESN on the TV so I can watch most of the games versus just reading about them.
On a related note, I found this on the Internet for Christians Newsletter: Baseball, football, soccer, basketball, hockey--you name it and someone in our world loves it. But where does God enter theplaying field? Read The Grace of Sports by Mark Galli, managing editor of Christianity Today magazine. Galli muses, "If Christ can'tbe found in sports, He can't be found in the modern world." He speaks of two realities: (1) the corrupt, sinful human nature that "literally applies to modern athletics" and (2) "sports as 'a means of grace. . . despite its corruptions.'" Galli illustrates his premises with modern sports stories where "kairos" took place. What's "kairos"? Read the full article and find out!