Yesterday I admitted to a large class of Middle and High School students, as I was preparing to speak on the story of Jacob, that sometimes I like to read children’s Bibles during my own devotional and study time, as well as to my kids before bed. (Right now we are reading The BFG together.)
He is Here
My favorite Children’s Bible ever is The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Loyd Jones, Illustrated by Jago. The illustrations are amazing and Sally does a masterful job at pointing toward the meta-narrative of scripture, which is why the subtitle of the book is Every story whispers his name.
This story Bible makes a GREAT Christmas present and fantastic devotional for you and your kids.
Will your prize be destroyed one day, or will your prize last forever? Listen to the words of the Apostle Paul.
I refuse to be disqualified!
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
What app has had the biggest (positive) impact on me this year? No, it’s not Angry Birds or Words with Friends! It’s You Versions FREE Bible App. It was the 33rd most downloaded free iPhone App and 100th most downloaded free app for the iPad. It has great features and interface. I will be reading through the entire Bible again this year, but I will be keeping track of my progress on this app. Why don’t you join me? What was your favorite app of 2011?
Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge Tim Tebow fan, but I was listening to some guy on the radio explain how big and amazing God is because The Denver Broncos have won a few games with Tebow at the helm. It made me think that something is really wrong with our God-perspective when winning a football game becomes a crucial indicator of how big God is. True, we give thanks to God for all good things, and football is one of them, but I am humbling submitting that we (me too) have lost a little perspective?
So, last night, while Rachel was out doing some late night shopping, and the kids were asleep, I put together some of NASA’s public domain images, from Hubble and the ISS, and made a little video (3:00). Com’-on you have 3 minutes, don’t you?
I hope this video will remind you today just how BIG God really is and that His grace and love for us is immeasurable. At least try to make it to the transition at minute 2:15 and see who shows up in the credits! If you like the video, please consider passing it around the web a little, thanks!
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:3
Special credit to NASA for making these images public domain for the world to experience. Also, thanks to Gungor for making amazing music that has brought many of us closer to God! Lastly, if you are curious how they get the color in these pictures check out this excellent article by Slate.com.
Help me out! I want to see by an ANONYMOUS poll how much parents are spending on their children’s presents this year. So, do me a favor and click the box that best describes you. If you’re a student, young adult, or an adult w/out children tell me how much you think your parents spend/spent on you. (questions 3&4)
Leave a comment if you feel like I haven’t asked the question right or need a clarification on something. Also, feel free to come back in a couple of days to help me synthesize the data! Fun!
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Well, this is the exact question that a group of four woman from Ohio asked each other one day while sitting around the kitchen table having a cup of coffee. What did they come up with? What words of encouragement and divine inspiration would the savior of the world share with us today?
Watch this video to find out.
Yep, you heard it correctly.
“I miss hearing hearing you saying Merry Christmas.”
These very sincere woman believe that God is pretty miffed that so many people, in order to be politically correct, are saying “happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” Now, again, don’t get me wrong. It’s a very nice sentiment, and you do have to admire the gumption of these woman for not just letting the momentum of their belief fizzle out. To their credit, they felt strongly enough about it that they had a billboard designed to convey this message, but I would respectfully disagree with them that, “I miss hearing you say Merry Christmas” would be Jesus’ message today.
What message do you think Jesus would have for the world today, that he might share with you over a cup of coffee? I would love to see a good conversation about this get started, so I can chime in too! Oh, and I almost forgot…..
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This is a pretty cool story. I have said for many years that the coffeehouse has a uniquely relational atmosphere to it, and is just an incredible place to care for people, in a non threatening way, wherever they are in life. I love the fact that the bride describes the Baristas as “family”, and that they took care of her with coffee and “powerfully kind words” while her fiance was deployed. True, this story is about a wedding, but it’s also about a lot more. It’s about caring, service and taking the time to hear the story that other people are living.
Think about who you can invite out to a cup of coffee this Christmas season. (Not in the the romantic sense, but in the caring to catch up with them sense.) This week, with whom do you need to find out “How life is going”? Who knows where the conversation may lead. Who knows how you may serve!
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A few weeks ago Sean Quigley was you average teenage student and aspiring musician. Today he is a YouTube viral superstar! Sean’s catchy rendition of The Little Drummer Boy is approaching 1 million views and should get there before Christmas.
What is equally amazing is that the Winnipeg teen plays all the instruments on the track, and shot/edited the video with the help of his sister and a Canon video camera!
We are living in a new era!
The catchy video also pays tribute to the song’s message about the true spirit of Christmas. That resonated deeply with Quigley, a Christian teen who plays drums in his local church.
“About a month ago I started thinking about this song,” said Quigley.
“It’s the story of a little boy going to find Jesus and not having any gifts to bring — he just plays his drum. That spoke to me so much,” he said.
Even the freshly fallen snow that covers Winnipeg’s streets seems made to order.
“God helped us out with the snow,” said Quigley. “The fact that it was perfect was a blessing.”
In 2011, Natwivity are is promoting ‘Dress Up December’ encouraging people of all ages to dress up as characters from the Christmas Story – at schools, churches, work places or even have a Dress Up December party!