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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Declaring the End from the Beginning

I heard a question and answer session recently that I took some notes on.
I thought I'd share something from Isaiah 46...and it can be comforting to know this after earthquakes and so many unusual things that have gone on lately.
"Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no one like Me,
Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, 'My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure';"...
I know that God will work things to serve His purpose. Even in events that seem terrible, He is likely to be working out something good in peoples hearts and lives who are still living.
Also, at the same time He shows mercy and love and His goodness to people...His character...and He can even use us!
Kind of a neat thought that God can use me even through prayer and sometimes giving through other Christians showing God's kindness.
So, whatever the reasons in earthquakes, recessions, blizzards, we know God's Hand will be accomplishing something good.
Sorry if I'm sounding like teaching. These are thoughts that have come to my mind, and also what I've listened to this week...besides the Olympics, etc.
God is sovereign!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Caring for the Lost

I started a thread on the Christian Forums Outreach section, and I've gotten quite a few interesting responses. I might have limited myself a bit on responding, but I did respond a little so far.
Please don't look much at the ads. I thought that it would give me a base as to the people I am communicating with...if I continue to post now and then.
There are a lot of people out there who believed they were Christians before who no longer acknowledge God. I think some people may be running from guilt who never were truly repentant and so never accepted/received forgiveness. I understand the doubts some have had, but it seems people want to run from the implications of a God that could have a ramification on their life. Some people were probably just going through the motions, and they were innoculated with just enough "religion" to harden their hearts. That's something I learned from a message online of a previous pastor...and I can fully understand how that can happen. People tune out, and it's normal to go through rebellious stages. Committed Christians will come back, and they will keep listening to the truth and do things to get back to their First Love. People who have no personal relationship with God will not have that commitment.
Anyway, that's my thoughts at the moment. I will have to carefully measure my responses, and then look for opportunities with those who are interested...and pray!
I really feel sorry for some of these people. They are so lost/wandering.
They can't understand what they are missing...Jesus' love, forgiveness, and real freedom. The freedom of knowing forgiveness, but the desire to want to please God for His and our own joy.
On a lighter note...Happy Valentine's Day ...Presidents Day tomorrow...and whatever else you might be celebrating this month!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Randy Stonehill Song For Sarah

Randy Stonehill from years ago! I went to maybe 4 concerts of his in my life. He's as talented and interesting in person as in recordings. While he really made some serious errors in his earlier Christian life, I believe over the years he became closer to God and more introspective. He was serious and funny both. I haven't heard too much lately to do with him, but those of us who grew up listening to him also think of him as his self titled "Uncle Rand."