Paul’s Strategy to Help Us Live for God Day by Day

Today’s message from Pastor was on Colossians 3:12-17. Last week Pastor spoke from the first part of chapter 3, but I was on band tour in San Diego and missed it. The focus, however, was our relationship with God.

This week the focus was on how we relate with each other. Our God-like virtues that we have that are found in verses 12 & 13.

The weapons for the battle which we find in verse 14 – 16.

And lastly “Let Christ govern EVERYTHING.” (verse 17)

I was looking at the notes in my Bible (Life Application Study Bible).

The author re-enforced Pastor’s message by breaking down these verses into 6 strategies to help us live our lives for God day by day:

  1. Imitate Christ’s compassionate, forgiving attitude (12-13)
  2. Let love guide your life (14)
  3. Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart (15)
  4. Always be thankful (15)
  5. Keep God’s word in you at all times (16)
  6. Live as Jesus Christ’s representative (17) or as Pastor said “Let God govern EVERYTHING”

Silencing the Crowd

Last Saturday was the annual Heart to Heart Brunch. Heart to Heart is a ladies’ discipleship program that is lead by my dear friend and birthday buddy, Gladys Wilson. Our speaker, Debbie Daniels, is married to the pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena. She made a very interesting point at the beginning of her message. She is always introduced as “the pastor’s wife.” She pointed out that no other women in the world is introduced that way, you don’t hear, “this is my plumber’s wife” or “this is the mailman’s wife.”

Needless to say, she was a very enjoyable speaker. One of the things she talked about was “silencing the crowd.” As a mother of four who is also involved in ministry she understands how hard it is to get away from everything and spend time alone with God. She reminded us several times, we have to silence the crowd. Not an easy task, but one well worth the investment.

The second thing that stuck was the reminder that God only gives us what we need today. Just like the people of Israel when they were in the wilderness, he supplied manna for that day. Afterwards, my discipleship girl, Susan and I were talking about that. (That’s her in the picture with me, in case you didn’t guess that) We can’t get all caught up in the future and whether or not this relationship will work out or the whatever that consumes our thoughts. One day at a time God gives us what we need. Something to that song… “One day at a time, Sweet Jesus”

Always learning

Today, I’m attending Microsoft Excel 2007 Level 3. Thankfully, unlike the Excel level 2 class most of these people have had the other sessions. But I stil feel like I know more than most. That’s ok, I suppose, I am still learning stuff. The instructor is pretty good. I learn as much about how to teach something as I do the topic

Basketball season is over for Mark. His team didn’t make the playoff. Big surprise! I think they won 3 games. At least Mark had fun and I saw a lot of improvement in his play. Next week we start baseball. He’s looking forward it. I hope he does well, I don’t expect him to be great, it would be nice if he just did ok.

Life has been busy to say the least. The “project” is taking all my time. It’s making me crazy. I do have a student worker now, Joe. He’s a great person and has been a good friend. I trust he’ll be a good employee as well. I’m working on getting at least a temp position that if he wants to step into he can. We’ll see what happens.
Easter is coming soon!! I have to finish getting my ideas out of my head and onto paper. I am looking forward to the Stations of the Cross coming up on the 20th and 21st. I think it will be a good experience for people. There are 8 stations starting with the Garden of Gethsamane to Christ being laid in the tomb. That’s the only station that we really don’t have a “good” visual for. We’ll find out on the 17th whether or not the idea we have will work.
Enough for now… I should probably stop being A.D.D. and pay attention to what’s being said.

What NOT To Give Her For Valentines Day


1. A box of chocolates, clumsily rearranged in an attempt to hide the fact you ate all the caramel ones.

2. Any food item with the words “diet,” “light,” or “high fiber” on the label.

3. Any video starring Sylvester Stallone or Jim Carrey.

4. Flowers from a hospital’s gift shop–or worse, a mortuary’s.

5. Any household appliance, power tool or other item from the harder side of Sears.

6. A gift certificate.

7. Cash.

8. Anything you could have bought at the gas station mini-mart on the way over, even if you didn’t.

9. An apologetic look and the words “That was today?”

One of my Favorite Websites

One of my favorite websites is http://www.heartlight.org/. Each day when I boot my computer for the first time I get prompted to download a new desktop picture and scripture verse. Each day in my mailbox I have an email titled, “Praying with Paul” where the authors take a passage from one of Paul’s writings and personalizes it into a prayer. Here’s today’s from Romans 6:12-18:

Dear Father, Master of my life,

Help me to yield myself to you as one who has been brought from death to life. Help me yield my members to you as instruments of righteousness.

Let not sin reign in my body, making me obey its passions. Let sin have no dominion over me, since I am not under law but grace.

I praise you, God, that whereas I was once a slave of sin, I became obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which I have committed. Thank you for setting me free from sin that

I might become a slave of righteousness.

In the name of Jesus I thank you for your wonderful grace and all your gifts.

Amen.

I wish I could say I pray these every day, but I shouldn’t be lying in my own blog.

They also offer prayer guides, one of them is called Embracing God’s Dream.

Delight in His Presence
Rest in His Grace
Expect His Guidance
Apply His Word to our lives
Minister with His Love

The website has a lot of other neat things that can encourage you. I think everything is free, but they do ask people to donate.

Dogs, socks, and old friends

What does a dog, a sock, and an old friend have in common? No, they don’t all stink! Actually, the dog and the sock are related and the old friend is a completely different thought.

But first, the story of the dog and the sock, which please keep in mind the story I’m about to tell you is indeed true.

Last Thursday night, our next door neighbor came over to our house in quite a tizzy. You see her rather large dog, JJ, had swallowed one of her little girl’s socks. (Her daughter who is about 2 years old, is the cutest baby in the world – next to mine of course). Jen had called the animal hospital and explained what had happened. They told her that she needed to get the dog to throw up and the best way to do that was to give him hydrogen peroxide. So she was at our door to see if we had any she could borrow. Amazingly enough we actually had some. A few minutes later she returned the bottle of hydrogen peroxide and reported it worked! We didn’t ask how she got the hydrogen peroxide down JJ. Just visualizing tiny Jen (who is this petite Asian girl) pouring anything down JJ, who is part lab and part moose, is hysterical!

As we were leaving for worship team practice, she was getting towels from the garage to clean up the mess. Which answered the question did where did she give him the hydrogen peroxide.

This past Saturday I got to catch up with an old friend from my college days. I hadn’t seen him since the 2006 band tour to Colorado Springs. He’s one of those friends that you can pick up with right where you left off the last time you were together. I was saddened to learn what he’s been through the past year and a half. However, his story and his attitude toward what has happened showed me that God is faithful in every situation.

Happy New Year!

Here it is January 4th 2008 and I haven’t made any New Year’s Resolutions! Can you believe it?

Why is it that when a new year rolls around we think that we’re going to loose 50 pounds or stop smoking or fill in the blank with your favorite.

Many of us make grand and glorious new year’s resolutions and by the middle of February we’ve forgotten them or at the very least we’re ignoring them. Why? Why do we do that to ourselves.

We think a new year we can start over, why don’t we (or at least me, maybe you’ve figured it out) realize that each day is a new day, a new start. We can start each day fresh because we have a God who loves us and has compassion on us.

From Lamentation 3 starting with verse 21: Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.

So my new years resolution, is to remember that every day is a new day and I need to live it to the fullest and not get down when I blow it. Tomorrow is a new day and great is His faithfulness.

Amen in Any Language

Tonight I went to the Inland Church in Pomona. It was a celebration of the ordination of a fellow student in the MAWL program. I think it was a really neat service. The only problem for me was almost the entire service was in Korean. Thankfully, AMEN is AMEN in Korean as well. So I knew when the prayer was over or when the preacher made a good point.

The music was good, they did provide the English words for “Here I Am to Worship” and “Majesty.”

Thankfully, Debbie Gin was there to sing. So I had someone to hang out with at the dinner afterwards. Which was REALLY good. Of course, all the garlic which is common in Korean food is getting me now! I was so impressed with myself when I was actually able to use the chopsticks.

Bill preached this morning. He did a good job as usual. He spoke from Joshua 1:6-8.
6″Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
7″Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.
8″This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

He reminded us that we are to be careful to do according to the law or to the Bible. We should not let it depart from our mouths, which means we have to get it there first! Bill spent a good deal of time talking about meditation. He wanted to make sure no one mistaked what he was saying. Meditating is not emptying our minds of everything, but actually filling our minds with the Word of God.

As it is with so much of scripture, there’s a promise, the word THEN. He brought out the point that the word success means “acts wisely.” The idea that if we mediate on the Word of God, know the Word, then we are going to act wisely.

Good thoughts as we go into a new year.

John’s Incredible Pizza


The only place I know of where you can get cheeseburger pizza or peanut butter pizza and for that I’m VERY grateful! We had lunch today with my sister-in-law and her family. It was a good time. Though, it was the busiest I think I’ve ever seen it. When we left there was a line out the door! Inside you had a line that wraps around like something you see at Disneyland. Which makes sense since the place not only has an arcade but it also has a couple of rides! Much to Mark’s disappointment we didn’t go to the arcade today. I would much rather come back on a day that isn’t quite so crazy.

Then we went next door to a “Crown Bookstore Outlet.” I didn’t find much that was exciting other than a dolphin calendar! Which, of course, I find very exciting!