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February 21, 2011

Laminin...

...held together by the cross! Doesn't matter if you are Christian, atheist or anything in between...the fact is, we are all held together by the cross...literally!! You know it, I know it, and there is even scientific proof!!! Check this out!!!
Laminins are major proteins in the basal lamina (formerly improperly called "basement membrane"), a protein network foundation for most cells and organs. The laminins are an important and biologically active part of the basal lamina, influencing cell differentiation, migration, adhesion as well as phenotype and survival.
OK, I'm not a physicist...no Newton, or Einstein, or Archimedes
So...in layman's terms, that means glue! Our bodies are glued together by millions of little crosses!! Personally, I think that is a "WOW" factor!!

Please, research this for yourself...just google Laminin! This picture is obviously a drawing, but the actual laminin photo looks like a cross! 

Really, isn't it incredible, if you  look through NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and observe the M51 Hubble Cross some 90 million miles out...from there to the very core of our being...we are held together by the cross!! Go ahead, try to argue that!!

 Colossians 1:17(NIV)
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Pastor Louie Giglio, founder of  The Passion Movement, has a DVD on this exact topic! Check it out, it may be the most enlightening 40 minutes of your life!! It truly puts into perspective just 
how "BIG" our God is...
how easy it really is for God to know the hairs on our head, our every thought,
our every prayer! 


February 18, 2011

PS...

When you pray, do you sometimes add a PS at the end? More often than not?

Pastor Cherry brought this up during his sermon last week. So, I’ve been thinking, what on earth could I possibly ask God for in a PS. If I have taken the time to say a sincere prayer from my heart, what’s left for the PS? Well, I took inventory and made a list of what I have, so I could figure out what it is that I need!

I have…
Land Í don’t use
Cars I don’t drive
Rooms I don’t sleep in
Furniture I don’t sit on
Food I don’t eat
Money I don’t spend
Clothes I don’t wear

And there’s more...
Horses I don't ride
Lawn mowers I don’t want
Tools I don’t need
Sheds full of stuff
Drawers with forgotten items
Cabinets with crazy gadgets

...and the list goes on and on! What on earth could I possibly need? Nothing! Oh, I’m human, so there are things I "want"…but nothing I “need”.

OK, maybe there is something I need...I "NEED" to spend more time in prayer…thanking the Lord for what he has given me, for what I have...starting with my salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. If I continue to take inventory of all he has done for me, maybe I can do away with my PS.

To repeat a phrase Pastor Cherry used last week…
It’s not about what God can do for us...
but, what God has done for us!

February 14, 2011

Personal Obedience

In John 21:15-23...We read about the pivotal point in Peter's Faith. Peter had to be broken in order to do God's will. Like many of us, Peter was his own person, he did what he wanted, he had his own plans...but God had other plans for Peter.
Is God's plans for us different than our own...I'll bet! You want to hear God laugh...then go ahead...tell Him your plans! Has God got our attention? What will it take? How many church activities are really benefiting us by; (a) equipping us to love others, (b) draw closer to God, (c) to do the will of God?

Do you want to know what God has planned for you?
Then "Seek to Know"...
Have you read the Bible
Do you read the Bible
Do you believe the Bible...If you do, then you must believe it all...It is the absolute guide to how we should live our lives...no exceptions!!

Matt 7:21-23 NIV 
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Jesus moves us into ACTION!!  It's very important...not only what we say...but what we do! Does it matter what our neighbors do? No! Only what we do!

We really can't submit to "Lordship" until we fully understand what it is.

1.) Do I accept God's complete Sovereignty?
2.) Am I ready today, to give account to God of the management of His possessions?
3.) Am I doing all I can that I know is right?
4.) Have I personally settled this Lordship issue?

Do you have a repentant heart? Then do it...repent...then you can grow and mature in your Faith!

It's not always about what God can do for us...but, what God has done for us!!

Sermon today by Pastor Cherry......post by KB

February 7, 2011

Be Afraid...Be Very Afraid!


video

All men should fear God!

Luke Vs-4,5 says; 4 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.(NIV)

How much time do we spend;
in Prayer...
reading our Bible...
sharing our Faith?
how about watching TV?

Rumor has it, the average person spends 5 hours a day watching TV! Wow, 5 hours...really?!  Just think of the person we could be if we spent 5 hours a day in the word!

(Pastor Cherry delivers the message on Sunday mornings...I have taken it upon myself to try and put his sermon into a blog story and share it with all of you. So please...don't hold Pastor Cherry accountable if I miss the point!)

The sermon title today... "Thoughts on Luke"  (Luke 12)

Prioritize...get our ducks in a row...know what's important in life so we are ready for "the after-life"!

Vs-15, He says; "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions".

Vs-34, He says; "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also".

Check our list, how does it read? Anything like this...
healthy bank account
nice house
new car
stocked pantry
full closet
watch "desperate house wives" on TV

Are those our priorities?

Shouldn't our list look more like this...
God first
prayer time
Bible reading
sharing the good news 
fellowship
giving

I know more than anyone how hard it is to prioritize...get my list right. It is a constant struggle. Living in the USA and being abundantly blessed doesn't help either.  All the niceties we have...who wants to give it all up?! I don't know that we have to give it all up, but I do believe that we can't put our material things ahead of our Faith. We need to know what's first in our lives, earthly possessions...or God. He knows what our priorities are, all of them and in the exact order, so don't even try to fake it! Know that all the material things in life won't last..but, our souls...are forever!!

Know the road you are on, know where you've been, know where you are going! Stay between the lines...get your list right!

Get your ducks lined up...be ready when God comes...don't be caught off guard!  Hell is a real place...very real! Do you want to spend your time there?!

Read Luke 12...study it, understand it. If you have questions, seek the wisdom of a trusted teacher to study and pray with.

Know just how Mighty God is!!