Sunday, April 26, 2015

"This Too Shall Pass."

So I have been one to say the following quote from what I thought was a bible verse; "This too shall pass." but I have discovered that the exact phrase is not in the bible. 

According to Wikipedia the phrase seems to have originated in the writings of the medieval Persian Sufi poets (Click here to read the Wiki article). I think these poets had some of God's wisdom when and if they created the phrase. 
However the thought can also be found in the Word of God, just not in the exact format. 
In 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 we find the following: "17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal (For context read the whole chapter here). Paul is expressing that all we go through is just temporary (in regard to our faith and persecution because of it), that it will be over once we get to heaven when all is revealed. All that we go through on this earth as Christians shall pass, sometimes they pass while we are still here on earth, such as illness or job loss or other trials that we may go through. But ultimately in the end when we are lifted up to be with God forever none of these things will even be a memory. 

Another cool verse that basically gives us this promise is found in Romans 8:18 "18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." When we compare anything we are going through here on earth to what awaits us in heaven it (heaven) far outweighs it! That is a comfort. 

Another cool verse that says He will help us through anything is 1 Peter 1:6-7 "In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Again a promise that it (trials or illness or whatever you are going through) will not be forever but is just temporary. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Have you ever seen Christ in the flesh?

    Have you ever seen Jesus in the flesh? Has He ever appeared in front of you?

    Have you ever wished He would? Well I don't know about you but for me it would be nice to see Him from time to time just for affirmation that He is real and alive. I know what you are thinking; I am supposed to have faith and not need affirmation, but sometimes it would be cool just to know that He is out there, watching over me, watching over you and that things are not as bad as they seem...
    We all know that Jesus is alive and well, and that He is in control, and that He loves us and is taking care of things for us when we ask Him to and give them over to Him. In 2 Chronicles chapter 20 Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah was informed by some of his men that the armies of the Moabites, Ammonites and the Meunites were coming up to battle against him so he set his face to The Lord and commanded all in his Kingdom to do the same and God heard his prayer and fought the battle for him by telling King Jehoshaphat to go down and stand against them and that He would fight for them. And He did, those armies fought against each other and were defeated by themselves in what I can only call Holy confusion! 

    So have you ever seen Christ in the flesh?

    I can say that I have seen Christ in the flesh, every time I see someone helping a stranger load something heavy in their car or stopping to help a stranger who has a flat tire, or someone helping a stranger with directions, or those who give to help some stranger in another country hear the Gospel... Yup I call it the Good Samaritan Syndrome (See Luke 10:25-37) and I try to make sure I am infected with it every day. It is not always easy but as long as I trust God with my day and start with Him I find that it is easier and easier...How about you?


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Worship Matters Conference

Recently a few of us from church (River Ridge Neighborhood Church) Attended the Worship Matters West conference in Santa Ana, CA. To say it was a blessing is a gross understatement. It was one of the best conferences that I have been to and I learned a lot about serving for God.

One of the things that hit home for me was practicing what you do for the service. I personally run words (Power Point, Pro Presenter, Media Shout) and I do make mistakes from time to time. The speaker said not to practice where you are weak but to master the whole thing. That way you are a pro at all of what you do and not just some parts. This to me made great sense and I am going to master every aspect of Planning Center and Projector app (We use an iPad to run our service).

As I go through the materials I will post more on this topic. So stay tuned!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

What He did

Jesus, He:

Created, appeared, was prophesied about, hoped for, called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (And mightily lives up to all of those even today), was born, lived a human life, honored His mother and earthy father (and His real Father too), never killed, swore, had no other God before Him, never had or worshiped a carved image, never took His name or His Fathers name in vain, kept the sabbath day (As it was meant to be kept by God's rules and not man's), never committed adultery (He was never married, but He also never committed fornication), never stole anything, did not bear false witness against anyone, never coveted anything that belonged to someone else, worked with His hands, was called, baptized, baptized (once by water and then by the Holy Spirit), fasted, prayed, was tempted, called others to follow Him, made plain the teaching of God, upset the phonies, healed, loved, gave all of Himself, befriended sinners, longed for those lost, taught, lived what He taught, amazed many, commanded demons, entered Jerusalem on a colt, was stalked, betrayed, arrested, claimed He was that I AM, given an unfair trial, humiliated, mocked, crucified, laid in a tomb, RAISED TO LIFE, is still alive today, has a free gift of salvation, beat Satan, will come again on the clouds, take His children home, destroy sin, start a new world, live forever, give us everlasting life and He is real, really.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Steak Soup

I often search the WWW for good recipesWWW and when I find a good one I often make it and then I modify it to my liking. But sometimes I just come up with a good recipe using my own pea brain and it comes out pretty darn good. That is the case with this recipe, I wanted a good steak soup Steak graphicrecipe with everything that I love about getting a good steak dinner at a nice steak house. So I created this steak soup. I did a little research on the web and found that most steak soup recipes used stew meat. I did not have time to let the stew meat marinade nor did I want to cook it in the crockpot all day. So I used a good New York Steak. I cut it up into cubes and then dredged it in seasoned flour and my own steak rub (My steak rub is 1 tablespoons thyme, 1 tablespoons garlic powder, 2 tablespoons parsley flakes 1/4 tablespoon paprika, 1/4 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper and 1/2 tablespoon salt, grind all together in a coffee grinder). Then I seared it all together in two tablespoons of oil in a hot skillet until they were nicely browned on the outside then added them to the pot.Image 1. Image 2Image 3Image 4

Image 10Image 7large potImage 5Then I diced 1 half of a large yellow onion and about 1 cup of mushrooms and sautéed those until the onions were soft. I put a pot on the stove and put in 1 can of beef broth and 1/2 can of water into it. Then I added some veggies; a half bag of California blend which is carrots, broccoli and cauliflower. To that I added 1 can of green beans, drained and a cup and a half of chopped frozen spinach and 2 cloves of garlic minced. Next I diced up a medium potato and added that to the pan. Then I added the meat inImage 8

and added about a tablespoon of my Steak rub. I let the whole thing cook for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes were fork tender.  The soup was so good! Hope you try it and tell me what you think.

Tim’s Steak Soup:
1 Can beef broth
1 New York Steak chopped Into cubes
Half bag California Blend vegetables (Carrots, Broccoli and Cauliflower)
1 1/2 cup chopped frozen spinach
I medium potato cubed
1 1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced
Tim’s Steak Rub (See recipe above)
1 Large clove garlic, minced
*Note, the broth was a bit green from the spinach so next time I am going to rinse and drain the spinach first.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas, not Xmas.

The other day I wrote about Internet abbreviations, I know they are sometimes needed when people are in a hurry but I dislike them really. I use them though, but there is one that I really don't like: using xmas or Xmas instead of Christmas. My friend Darin made a really good point about that one to me a few weeks ago. He said that it was like deleting Christ from the celebration, you know the 'X' being a abbreviation for delete. That is sounded awful so for me I will always use Christmas. Just say'n.

OK so my other friend, Mike, sent the following definition from the Wiki:
"Xmas" is a common abbreviation of the word "Christmas". It is sometimes pronounced/ˈɛksməs/, but it, and variants such as "Xtemass", originated as handwriting abbreviations for the typical pronunciation /ˈkrɪsməs/. The "-mas" part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for "Mass",[1] while the "X" comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, translated as "Christ".[2]

There is a common misconception that the word Xmas is a secular attempt to remove the religious tradition from Christmas[3] by taking the "Christ" out of "Christmas".
So I stand in correction and humility. :)