Monday, March 14, 2016

Are You a Puppy-Monkey-Baby Christian?

Superbowl commercials have been a cultural phenomenon for a long time. Some folks are more interested in the commercials than the football game!



This year, there was one commercial in particular that garnered a lot of attention. Not for how clever it was, but for how...weird? Strange? Kinda gross? Those of you who saw the Puppy-Monkey-Baby commercial know what I am talking about. There were even memes going around on social media about the strangeness of this advertisement.
But you know what is the most interesting thing about the Puppy-Monkey-Baby commercial? Everyone remembers the commercial, but almost NOBODY knows WHAT they were advertising.


I was recently listening to a sermon about how our lives as Christians should be a billboard for Jesus Christ. This sermon caused me to pause and question myself. I realized that I needed to ask the question, "Am I a Puppy-Monkey-Baby Christian?"


Even though I claim to be a Christian, even though I claim that my life is dedicated to Him, is that what my life really shows? Do people look at my life and see Christ and His character, or do they look at my life and think, 'what does that have to do with Jesus and the Bible?'

Then, I realized I needed to take it even further. What does my social media advertise? Does the 'me' people see on Facebook and Pinterest show a good advertisement for Christ? Or does what they see have nothing to do with Christianity and a Biblical life?


If the things I do, the things I post, the things I enjoy, the things I have a fascination with, don't reflect a Christ-like, Bible-based life, then I need to weed it out. I want my billboard to reflect Jesus Christ. I want to advertise His love, His righteousness, His forgiveness, His ability to change one's life.

Lord, please help me to show forth You in all that I do. Let me not be guilty of being a Puppy-Monkey-Baby Christian.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Where Amazing Happens



Today I'm blogging over at Stitches Thru Time with a devotional thought on hard times. Here's a preview.


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Have you ever had a day when you woke up and realized that your life is not where you'd wanted it to be? Or realized you'd made a terrible mistake you couldn't take back? Or somehow found yourself in the middle of a mess you can't get out of? One of those days when you'd give anything for one of those Southwest "Wanna Get Away" buttons?

I recently went through a period like this. Things weren't going the way that I wanted them to, and it seemed that no matter how hard I struggled forward, I always ended up back in the same place. A death march of circles that were getting me nowhere. I cried out to my Lord, and though I could sense His presence, I felt as if my prayers weren't having an impact. I had no clear answer or direction.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Oh say, can you see?

Happy National Anthem Day! There is such an amazing story behind these lyrics.
Have you ever seen all four verses for this beautiful song?
 
 

O say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation.
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: 'In God is our trust.'
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave![12]

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Garden Tomb and #giveaway

Today I am blogging over at the Heroes, Heroines & History blog and offering a giveaway of The Master's Calling! Click here to read the post and enter the giveaway.

With the new movie Risen coming out, and Easter drawing near, I thought I would take ya'll on a trip with me to visit the Garden Tomb in Israel.
The Garden Tomb
Out of all the sites that we visited during our trip to the Holy Land, this one tops them all. There are actually two places near Jerusalem that claim to be the place that Jesus was buried. There is the Catholic Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and then there is the Garden Tomb which was claimed by Protestants, which is where our tour took us. I found the facts about the Garden Tomb to be very interesting, and thought you might too.

The Garden Tomb is a beautiful place that simply takes your breath away. As you enter, you are met by plants, flowers and stone landscaping that transports you to the Biblical era. The site is very unique, and after hearing the guide's explanation, I too was led to believe that this might very well be the sepulchre of Joseph of Arimathea, which Jesus borrowed.
Click here to read the post and enter the giveaway.

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