Posts tagged ‘communication’

God’s Love & Peace to You

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Well, they say all good things must come to an end. I’ve been publishing this blog Monday-Friday for a year. But, the G3 Church is moving on with some new media and ways of communicating. Watch on the G3 Church website for more information as it becomes available. As for me, if I start another blog, you’ll catch me on Facebook and Twitter.

The goal of this blog was to connect our modern culture with the God of the Bible. On most days, I feel I successfully did that. Hope you thought so too.

There’s a song on The Beatles’ “White Album” called “Glass Onion.” In it John, not so subtly, reveals that the walrus (mentioned in the song “I Am a Walrus”) was Paul. He sings: “Well, here’s another clue for you all, the walrus was Paul.”

Well, here’s a couple of not so subtle clues for you, readers:

The gorilla was Bruce.

And, The savior of the world is Jesus.

There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. Acts 4

A Piece of the Peace

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Have you ever been in a situation you just hated? Detested? Everyday you get up and it’s the same and every night when you put your head on the pillow…it’s the same. You can’t seem to find a way to happiness again. To those sunny times.

When you think about it, you only have about three choices:

1. You can sulk.

2. You can change your situation.

3. You can change your attitude.

Maybe you’ve tried the first one. I have, and it never gets you anywhere. If things are really bad, you may go to the second choice. It might be drastic, but you may need drastic. The third choice is an inside change…changing how you think and feel.

This may be where you can use God’s help. Consider fusing your life with the life God offers. He promises you a special kind of peace in your life. One that’s beyond your human understanding. Doesn’t that sound like the change of attitude you crave in one of those horrid situations? Oh, and he keeps his promises.

God. Have you ever considered him? You can check him out for yourself in the Bible.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4

 

What Does LOVE Mean?

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A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year olds: “What does love mean?” (from an article by Ladan Lashkari).  Here are some of the answers:

1. “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.”   Rebecca – age 8

2. “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.”   Billy – age 4

3. “Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.”   Bobby – age 7 

4. “If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.”   Nikka – age 6

5. “Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.”   Chris – age 7

6. And the final one…

Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, “Nothing, I just helped him cry.”

No one loves you more than God who sent his own son into the world as a sacrifice for you.

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3

Did You Understand What I Said?!

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There are those days when you think you hear the one job the boss has for you to do. Did you hear it right? Yep. So, you don’t ask for clarification, you just do what you heard. BUT…you didn’t hear it right!

It’s difficult listening to what someone says to you and making sure you totally understand exactly what was said. Communication is not easy. It’s not just speaking and listening.

That’s why in the Bible, God tells you he loves you in so many ways. He says it. He demonstrates it. He tells you a story of how he does it. And, most importantly, he sent Jesus, just to make sure you fully and completely understood.

Don’t listen to others tell you what they think God is telling you. That’s second-hand information. Check it out for yourself. Find a Bible…or watch it on the History Channel!

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3

That Ugly, Green-Eyed Monster

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One of your good friend from high school just announced her engagement on Facebook. So, why don’t you feel happy for her? According to some recent research, it turns out that pouring over friends’ vacation photos, cute kid stories, gushing status updates, and all kinds of other successes is making people miserable.

In the study when asked how they felt while navigating the social networking platform, more than a third of the people reported negative feelings. However, it had nothing to do with Facebook’s advertisements or the constantly changing privacy policies…no, the source of most of the negativity was jealousy.

Does God have anything to say about Facebook? Well, sort of. He says you should be happy with those who are happy…and cry with those who are crying. That’s the opposite of the green-eyed monster. It’s being supportive. But, I’ve got to tell you: It’s not always easy. It’s a process. For me, it seems to be a work in progress.

Nothing good comes from jealousy. It can grow and ruin things in its path. Consider what God says…maybe try it. Perhaps, you can find contentment in who you are and what you have. Now that’s a peace worth pursuing.

Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Romans 12

Is Traditional Dating Dead?

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I read an online article recently about how dating has changed. “Traditional dating is dead,” it said, “in our world the art of offline dating has been lost.” Instead of going out on explicit dates, people test the romantic waters, move in and out of “gray areas,” and use technology to explore the various aspects of their connection “before putting labels or expectations on their relationship.” Perhaps, you’ve done some of these things yourself. Maybe you met someone. Maybe you even married the person.

Is the move away from traditional dating bad? No. It’s just different. It allows communication in a myriad of ways.

There’re a multitude of ways to build a relationship with God. Have you tried prayer? That’s the one everyone mentions first. Just good old conversation with God. And, prayer is also listening. God’s voice may not be audible, but you might sense an answer nonetheless.

God communicates with you through the Bible. If you’re reading it, he might direct you to a certain verse or a passage that connects you more closely with him.

You might have a Christian friend whom God moves your way. That friend might help in your building a relationship with God.

If you’re over 50, when you were younger, you probably built relationships with the opposite sex face-to-face or on the phone (that’s as in a “land-line, dialing, wired to the wall unit.”) There’s more than one way to build a relationship with God. It’s a relationship you’re going to love…keep working on it.

I tell you, you can pray for anything…. Mark 11

Be a Message

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You see people you know who are not doing well with life. Do you try to help them? Do you invite them to go to church with you? Do you tell them what God could do if he were in their lives? Do you show them uplifting passages in the Bible? That’s all good, but…

Some people are hurting so bad you have to do more than preach a message to them. You have to BE a message to them.

Maybe instead of telling someone how Jesus could be their friend, YOU could be that friend. You be Jesus to that person. You get right in there at the ground level of life and help that friend to live. Maybe you can provide a ride to an appointment, maybe you can babysit, maybe you can be a great listener. Whatever is needed, you can provide some of those things. It’s preaching Jesus by being Jesus.

Check out the Book of Acts in the Bible. There’re numerous times when a Jesus follower acts like Jesus to somebody. And, if the person is really, really hurting, they’ll listen to your actions much quicker than to just your words.

Take a chance tomorrow. Seek out that stressed person and act like Jesus.

Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. Acts 3

 

 

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