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
On the website Lifehack there’s an entry titled “10 Sentences That Can Change Your Life.” Here they are…with an 11th added.
1. People aren’t against you; they are for themselves.
2. Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.
3. You learn more from failure than from success; don’t let failure stop you.
4. The most dangerous risk of all—the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.
5. Go where you’re celebrated, not where you’re tolerated.
6. The person that you will spend the most time with in your life is yourself, so you better try to make yourself as interesting as possible.
7. If you accept your limitations, you go beyond them.
8. People often say that motivation doesn’t last, but then, neither does bathing…that’s why we recommend it daily.
9. Everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.
10. Comfort is the enemy of achievement.
And #11 is the most important of all…
God loved you so much he sent his only son to die for you so he might give you everlasting life…and so much more.
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
Recognize this famous photo?
V-J Day in Times Square is a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt that portrays George Mendoça, an American sailor kissing Greta Friedman, a woman in a white dress on Victory over Japan Day in Times Square, New York City, on August 14, 1945. I think I first saw it in an old Life Magazine my aunt had saved.
Look what the color does for it! It makes it seem more alive. Suddenly the lady just to right of Greta’s head becomes more visible. The buildings in the background become clearer. You begin to notice things like the woman’s face over George’s right shoulder.
Knowing about God is seeing him in black and white. Knowing God is seeing him in color. That comes from reading his Word, the Bible, for yourself. The background becomes more detailed and obvious. You see so much more.
With all the media we have nowadays to connect with the Bible, you should be able to find one that fits you. Book, computer, dvd, tv…something you like. Listening to what others say is just knowing about God. Don’t settle for the black and white photo. Go for the color!
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans 15
Have you ever thought that something couldn’t possibly be true because of who said it? In one of his essays George Orwell said: “Truth becomes untruth if uttered by your enemy.” Doesn’t that sum up the us and them mentality that we can so easily fall into?
This kind of thinking is especially prevalent in our American cross cultural society. However, listening and evaluating shouldn’t cease because you’re hearing the words of someone you don’t like. One of the strengths of our country is not only free speech, but the right to listen carefully and respond. It’s communication both ways that provides the biggest and best answers. Simply dismissing someone because you don’t like them…doesn’t get anyone anywhere.
Have you heard people say things about God, but believed them to be untrue because of who said them? A person with a good relationship with God should be willing to talk with you without harassing you, should be willing to listen to what you have to say. It should be a friendly discussion, not a debate.
Find that person. Look into God, and what he has to say…for yourself. If it’s true, it doesn’t matter who says it. It’s still true.
Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. John 17
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
Three years ago a waiter at a TGI Friday’s was clearing a table and found this napkin with these words written on it.
Are you, like me, wondering if the person who wrote this was trying to convince himself or herself? If they said it and wrote it enough, it would be true? Perhaps, it was meant as an encouragement for the next person who sat down. “I’m not afraid of tomorrow, you shouldn’t be either.”
It’s also possible this was a person connected to God, and, this is just a statement of faith.
Are you afraid of tomorrow?
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11