Tags: Effective Christians, Happy Christians, Heaven, Tozer
“When the followers of Christ lose their interest in heaven they will no longer be happy Christians, and when they are no longer happy Christians they cannot be a powerful force in a sad and sinful world. It may be said with certainty that Christians who have lost their enthusiasm about the Savior’s promises of heaven-to-come have also stopped being effective in Christian life and witness in this world.” —A.W. Tozer
Tags: Alcorn, Christian experience, Spurgeon
“A Christian’s experience is like a rainbow, made up of drops of the griefs of Earth, and beams of the bliss of Heaven. It is a checkered scene, a garment of many colors. He is sometimes in the light and sometimes in the dark.” —Charles Spurgeon, quoted in We Shall See God (www.epm.org/wssg)
Tags: event, New Year's Eve, party
”A Night To Remember” New Year Eve Party
Saturday, Dec. 31, 7PM Denton Community Center 7115 Lancaster
Host: Jackie & Mark Noble and Lincoln Berean Singles
Dinner at 7 PM followed by a dance with Sam Ross as the DJ.
Tickets sold in advance are $10 or if purchased at the door are $15. You can
purchase tickets from Deb Stephens 402.314.0419, Joan Prince
402.217.4956, Linda Hartshorn 402.641.0555, Jill Saunders 402.540.2734,
and Jackie Noble 402.261.5049
In addition with tickets purchased in
advance you are eligible for the prizes to be given away throughout the
night. Donations for new mothers in need will be collected (diapers,
wipes, bibs, etc.)
“Laying down your life means making your own faith and doubt, hope and despair, joy and sadness, courage and fear available to others as ways of getting in touch with the Lord of life.
We are not healers, we are not the reconcilers, we are not the givers of life. We are sinful, broken, vulnerable people who need as much care as anyone we care for. The mystery of ministry is that we have been chosen to make our own limited and very conditional love the gateway for the unlimited and unconditional love of God.”
Tags: Beth Moore, stick pictures
How I love the way God works! Just when we decide He’s too complicated to comprehend, He draws stick pictures.
Tags: Nouwen, struggle, world
Many of my daily preoccupations suggest that I belong more to the world than to God. A little criticism make me angry, and a little rejection makes me depressed. A little praise raises my spirits, and a little success excites me. It takes very little to raise me up or thrust me down. Often I am like a small boat on the ocean, completely at the mercy of its waves. All the time and energy i spend in keeping some kind of balance and preventing myself from being tipped over and drowning shows that my life is mostly a struggle for survival: not a holy struggle, but an anxious struggle resulting from the mistaken idea that it is the world that defines me. . .As long as I keep looking for my true self in the world of conditional love, I will remain “hooked” to the world–trying, failing, and trying again. It is a world that fosters addictions because what it offers cannot satisfy the deepest craving of my heart.
Tags: Do It Anyway, Mother Theresa
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
Tags: photos, Singles
Do you take photos at our Singles’ Activities? If so, why not submit them for consideration to be used on this blog, in our newsletter or on Facebook. Submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tags: God, rest, Sin, Tripp
“This God whom we serve will not quit, will not rest, will not relent until sin has finally been defeated and we are living in peace, righteousness, and justice forever. The ultimate completion of this must await the Lord’s return, but in the meantime there is real work being done and real progress being made, as every life and every situation in creation is moving in the directions of Christ’s final victory. God is committed to producing in every one of his children on earth greater peace, greater love, greater justice, greater deliverance from temptation, and greater freedom from sin. I’ll say it again: he will not rest until every microbe of sin has been eradicated from every cell of the hearts of every one of his children. Revelation 21:5 captures God’s zeal with these words, “Behold, I am making all things new.”
God cannot and will not be satisfied with his works of redemption as long as the physical world suffers the effects of sin. God will not rest as long as government is corrupt and unjust. He will not rest while families are still shattered and people made in his image are broken by sin. He will not rest as long as poverty and disease exist. He will not rest as long as falsehood competes with truth for the hearts of people. He will not rest as long as there is an enemy who seduces people with plausible lies. He will not rest until everything is exactly as it was meant to be when he set his powerful hands to create it. God never stops working in opposition to sin and the effects of the Fall, and his working is always effective.
If God is dissatisfied, then I should be as well…”
Tags: blessing, Franciscan
May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.
May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.
May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really can make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.
(The Fourfold Franciscan Blessing)