Thursday Reflections

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Jeff Hubbard’s Interview with John Dobbs

 

The above video was shot while Jeff Hubbard and the crew from Bay City were here. I think I could have done better if I had scripted answers! Jeff did a great job with the video and he showed it to the Nichols St. church in Bay City. He says it got a good reception and they are looking forward to coming back in July. Gary Kirkendall said they would show it at LaGrange as well. In case you’re like me and the video isn’t showing up, you can view it HERE.

We had a good number at the assembly last night. We went over our prayer list thoroughly. Then we watched Rob Bell’s video called RICH. Rob does such a great job with the Nooma videos. His book Velvet Elvis is also a great thought-stirrer. The videos¬†are great teaching opportunities as well as discussion starters. It was a very convicting video that talked about the fact that we are all rich and are called upon by God to share our money, time, talents, and love with those around us.

It’s a stormy windy day on the Coast. Today I plan to give blood, voluntarily. Loree Boswell does an outstanding job a couple of times a year running a blood drive for the American Red Cross. She started doing this when grandson Jimmy was diagnosed with leukemia. Though we praise God that Jimmy is cured and living a great kid’s life (after some pretty horrible treatments), we do recognize that the good being done through this effort was born in pain. I never tell them that I’m very squeamish about this, terrified of the needle, afraid I’ll cry, and certainly petrified that I may faint. I haven’t ever fainted, but I’ve watched some big dudes take the plunge. I just grin and act like it’s no big deal. And it’s usually not. Unless they have to stick you more than once!

I want to present a few ideas about fasting from Donald S. Whitney’s book Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Your continued discussion of the subject is of interest to me.

  • ¬†Christians in a gluttonous, denial-less, self-indulgent society may struggle to accept and to begin the practice of fasting. Few Disciplines go so radically against the flesh and the mainstream of culture as this one.
  • Fasting, rather than fleshly efforts, should be one of our first defenses against ‘persecution’ from family, schoolmates, neighbors, or coworkers because of our faith.

 

  • …Fasting itself is not humility before God, but should be an expression of humility.

 

  • Fasting can be an expression of finding your greatest pleasure and enjoyment in life from God. That’s the case when disciplining yourself to fast means that you love God more than food, that seeking Him is more important to you than eating. This honors God and is a means of worshiping Him as God.

 

  • One of the ways the Holy Spirit prompts us to fast is through a need in our lives.

 

Going to the prom…on a John Deere Tractor?

Judge lets thief go because he knew his Bible!

Angie asks, “What on Earth Am I Doing?” Christianity + Ecology = Honoring God’s Creation

The Parable of the Map by Ben Overby.

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Al Sturgeon John Edwards – oops, I think you’ve been outed bro

Jordan Sparks You’ll Walk Alone clip – um….I think it’s you’ll NEVER walk alone. And for the record it is JordIN … which I have yet to see anyone spell correctly!

Thanks for reading!

john

 

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