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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Being Light vs. Needing Light

Perhaps you're like me.  Not only do I get the chance to teach my kids, but often times find myself learning from them.  Their imagination, creativity, and innocence constantly amaze me.

A few weeks ago, I had a "dad-week" with my two younger kids, both daughters.  Of course, the rules were a bit different when dad is alone in the house (sorry babe).  As the evening rolled around, and our night-time cuddle around that night's movie came to a close, my youngest asked about a Night Light.  It was a rather strange request at 7 years old, for she had never asked for one before.  (I smelled an agenda brewing, but thought I'd play this one out.)

I informed her that we didn't have a Night Light, but I could leave the hallway light on.  Then she made her request, while trying not to grin to big... "Could we get our own Night Light by putting some lightning bugs in a jar tonight."  While it was already past her bed time, she smiled at me with her big beautiful eyes and I agreed to her request.

Later, as I was tucking them in bed with their lightning bugs flickering in their glass jars, one of them dreamed aloud... "wouldn't it be great if we could make light, just like these fire-flies.  Then, no matter where we are, we could have light."  I have to admit, pretty cool concept.

In Jesus' most famous sermon (the Sermon on the Mount), he actually says we are that light.

 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let youlight shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16)

While the fire-flies lit up my daughter's life, we are told we are to be that light by what we do, so others can see our Heavenly Faith and praise Him.  

SO....... the Simple Challenge for the day... BE LIGHT!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dreams & Visions

God moves and works through our lives, and in a major way He activate His will through Dreams & Visions.  They are "God Thoughts" placed in your heart. So what has God placed in your heart?  What dreams and plans lay dormant inside you longing to be released. 


These visions are God's pictures of a preferable future.  They answer questions, solve problems, and bring God's grace and healing. Don't let them die or be drowned by the mundane.  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

5 Ideas to End the Summer Well

You don't have to spend lots of money in order to make lots of memories.  The summer is designed to be enjoyed with and around your family.  To maximize the last few weeks before school, here are 5 ideas we've enjoyed:

1. BBQ with the Kids Help:  kids love to help with chores they're normally not allowed to assist.  As you you prep the food this year, let your kids put their hands in the ground beef and mix it.  If they're old enough, let them do the actual grill work with your oversight.  
2. BonFire:  What kid (as well as adult) doesn't like playing with fire.  Get some marsh-mellows and cook them on the open flame.  There is a pyromaniac in all of us :)
3. Ride Your Bike Together:  Especially if you ride it someplace else rather than your house.  Take them to a trail and you'll have a blast.
4. Date Your Kids:  If you have multiple kids like we do, they absolutely love to have one on one time.  It could be for breakfast/lunch or just out to Starbucks or Sweet Frog frozen yogurt.
5. Stay Up Late One Night:  Something that never changes from generation to generation is kids love to stay up late. Depending on your kid(s) interest... you could watch the starts, watch a movie series (Rocky, Star Wars, Black Stallion, or Toy Story.

As parents, we have a lot to teach our kids.  One thing our kids can teach us is how to enjoy and laugh at life.  Having Summer fun together does both.  ENJOY!!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Getting UNSTUCK

This summer we have been studying the life of Moses and his relationship to the God of Israel.  This week we begin to see a turning point in chapter 7 & 8.  So you think care of Moses begin to grow to a point where God can use it.  For the 80 years prior Moses had remain stuck and frustrated wanting to fulfill God's will but never see me to make progress.

It is only as Moses ego, aspirations, self will, castle-building building, and pride in his miracles fall & Die that God is able to use him as the deliverer is Israel.  

It is hardly possible to over estimate the value of simple, unquestioning obedience in the growth of character and God's operation through our lives.  

Are you weary of a wavering, halfhearted walk with Christ? Are you willing to bring your life to his powerful searchlight? Are you willing to trust him without reservation, no matter what? Are you finally determined to do God's will, God's way?

If that's your decision, I must warn you: the path for you will be costly – more than you can ever imagine right now. But shunning that path will be more costly still.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Foreign Tragedies Hit the Assemblies of God

The below information was recently sent from the Assemblies of God Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri.  The tragedies you've been hearing on the news have personally affected our brothers and sisters in different Assemblies of God ministries abroad.  Below is what was reported.

**OVERSEAS AG MEMBERS SUFFER IN HEADLINE TRAGEDIES**


Over the last few days, Assemblies of God personnel have made several reports of AG families being caught in harm's way and tragedy resulting.

Late last week, AG workers in the Middle East reported two young brothers from the Lighthouse School in Gaza were killed when a missile from an F-16 jet fighter hit their home.

In Iraq, increasing chaos surrounds believers as a militant group known as the Islamic State (previously known as ISIS) tightens its grip in and around the city of Mosul. All Christians have been ordered to leave the city (leaving all of their property behind) or be executed.

Reports are that many fleeing families were stopped at checkpoints and stripped of money and personal possessions. It is believed most Christian families have now fled Mosul.

Then, over the weekend, Dutch officials released the names of passengers from the Netherlands who were aboard the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was reportedly shot down over the Ukraine, with no survivors.

Among the passengers were Arnoud Huizen, his wife, and their 2-year-old daughter. Arnoud was a former student at Azusa Theological Seminary in Amsterdam. He worked with Chi Alpha at Free University in Amsterdam and did an internship with Teen Challenge. 

Tim Southerland, area director of Northwestern Europe, states, "Arnoud was a diligent student who loved the Lord. His death is a great loss to the Dutch Assemblies of God and also among the missionary family who knew and loved him."

Two women from AG churches in Indonesia were also killed.  
"Our hearts go out to families and individuals who are suffering in the collateral damage of the civil conflicts taking place throughout the world," says AG General Superintendent George O. Wood. "These trying times afford a challenge to the church of Jesus Christ to offer comfort to the suffering and convey the compassion, love and message of Christ wherever we can."

To read the AG World Missions full report, see http://worldmissions.ag.org.