Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Signs of the church

I wanted to share with you this that I found on Christianity Today's web site. You can use it to update your church signs.

PUT DOWN THE NEWSPAPER—Good News delivered here.

LONG-STANDING PROBLEMS? Get down on your knees.

EXERCISE DAILY—walk with God.

HAVING TRUTH DECAY? Brush up on your Bible.

WE'RE too blessed to be depressed.

THE MORE we thank God for what we have, the more we have to thank God for.

PEOPLE who look down on others live on a bluff.

WHY DIDN'T NOAH swat those two mosquitoes?

ADVICE IS FREE. Only the wise profit from it.

PUSH: Pray until something happens.

STOP WHINING about your church. If it were perfect, you couldn't belong.

ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE placed side by side as one in the church—God's patchwork of love.

TITHE if you love Jesus! Anyone can honk!

THERE ARE no amendments to the 10 commandments.

IF YOU WANT the rainbow, you've gotta put up with the rain.

THERE'S no shortcut to anywhere worth going.

MADNESS in the name of God is still madness.

EXPERIENCE is a hard teacher. It gives the test before the lesson.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.

CHILDREN learn more from models than from critics.
DON'T GIVE UP. Moses was once a basket case.

FORBIDDEN fruits make many jams.

IF YOU'RE HEADED in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns.

SIGN BROKEN; come inside for message.

GOD MENDS torn hearts.

THE DEVIL wants your soul to ruin; we want your soul to mend.

GOD GIVES the shoulder according to the burden.

A FRIEND WALKS in when the rest of the world walks out.

MUD THROWN is ground lost.

TALK only if you can improve the silence.

GOD GRADES on the Cross, not the curve.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Christ’s birthplace

Even though many know who Jesus is, Americans vary on what they believe about Bethlehem.
The RNS report said that only 26 percent of Americans know that Bethlehem is a Palestinian city within the Israeli-occupied West Bank, according to a survey
conducted by pollsters Zogby International for the group Open Bethlehem.
Nearly 60 percent of those polled thought Bethlehem was in Israel.
What do you know?

Thursday, January 04, 2007

New year, new you

That phrase you usually hear a lot this time of year. It brings a lot of questions to mind for me. Exactly how quickly do we expect change?
For many of us, especially as a spoiled American, we want things right now. Immediacy makes its mark on those of us who prove to be impatient — about everything. Even fast food is not fast enough any more. Why?
First Corinthians 4:5 says: “Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.”
First Thessalonians 5:14 says: “And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.”
God’s Word tells us to be patient, but oh, how sorry we are at this task. There’s been an increase in cases of road rage, school shootings, murder-suicides, etc.
Recently the International Christian Concern ranked the world’s worst persecutors as: North Korea, Iraq, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Iran, Eritrea, China, Vietnam, and Pakistan. The report was issued on the ICC web site www.persecution.org.
Please pray about those who are being persecuted. We have representatives in a lot of these places, people who risk their lives and their families sharing about Jesus.