Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sermon Notes

Mostly  we live in a broken & fallen world
                Bad stuff happens - not always our specific fault But that's what I had to learn in business school is that it's always our fault - if we had anticipated better it could have been avoided.
                There is evil
                 Why not me?  True, but sometimes it seems like it is always me.
Sometimes God is testing or refining us   Yeah, I don't enjoy that.
                       God disciplines those that he loves
Always we have an option to grow (or not)
                What are we learning?
                Choose to grow up James 1:2-4
                Hold onto integrity Job 1:13-22,  Job 2:9

Ask God what am I learning about You? About myself? Am I more like Jesus 
is/through this? How do You want me to respond?
Matthew 5:14-16

Yes, this is the next one in the set.  It's Halloween so it goes with my black & orange Halloween shirt.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fish & Cross ring

This was a draft but I have nothing in the entry so I don't know what I originally was thinking.  So  we will go with yesterday and today's jewelry.
 
 
video

Thursday, October 24, 2013

God has an app for that

Another cheap bracelet that I don't even remember getting.  It's permanently twisted, but it matches my shirt.

God has an app for that

Relationships & marriage
Evidently, single me, tuned out at this point because I only remember the sermon in the vaguest terms.

Charmin app that tells where the cleanest restrooms are Couple I had both their kids in youth group.  Download this because there are very few restrooms ranked, and this could be very handy.

Everyone is a good or bad example

What good put together man can't tear apart - it's not God's will Outside perspective neutral Christian counselor define what it means to you Relationships require work Walk to Emmaus God in center Unified effort Ecc 4:1-2 Peter walking on water  Kara's sermon Time to start a new chapter experience matters but move on
Not a clue to what I was going for here.

1 Cor verse

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

3 ways I intend to share my faith


I feel my skin looks wierd in these photos.  Anyway, a few years ago, I bought a bunch of anklets that I still wear if the match my outfit.  They were very cheap Walmart bracelets so they aren't very long anyhow.  These are purple shells, that eventually the color will wear off, and a loop over a button closure.
This was a challenge in the sermon several months ago, so I'm putting them here to help hold me accountable.
3 ways I intend to share my faith
1). Look for opportunities to share with "Name"  A good friend who is very much not a Christian, but I'm going to not name her here.
2). When I volunteer, give the credit to God  I usually just say "You're Welcome"  However, I should find a way to give credit to God without sounding holier than thou.
3)  I'm not sure here.  Anyone have any suggestions?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Lies

If you know me you know I love Siberian Huskies, so this is my Italian Charm bracelet with the husky charms.  The first three I got at King's Island, and I ordered the other one when I was looking for some Alaska Charms.
Lies - So 10/20 Sermon, more recent with more current thoughts
2 Corinthians 10:3-4
We aren't to tell lies
We spend a lot of time arguing which lies are okay. I can't find a link but in this month's Fraud magazine there's an article that talks about being honest and ethical.  Say someone is going undercover are they lying and being ethical.  It was interesting to read coming so soon after this sermon.
If someone calls you a liar still a horrible name to call people  It really is something that is the way to get someone the most defensive.  Though I hear so many people exaggerate their story and that's still lying!!!
Others call us hypocrites as the reason to not believe and we allow it to continue. I've heard people say that before, and the only way to stop it is to not do it ourselves.  I think we need to hold others accountable as well, but I'm not sure how to do it in a non-jerky way.
Worse thing about being lied to is knowing you weren't worth the truth  I don't know if I ever thought of it that way, but yeah I can see it's the "Wow you really thought that little of me" reaction.
52% have Lies on our resumes. What does that mean about my situation. Going back to my blog the other day about my diploma.  This really bugs me because I know they assumed that I was part of this majority rather than checking with me to find the truth.
We don't think we are worthy enough to see if we can pass on our own.  When we cheat.  I think it's more the I want to win, and I will make sure that I do through any possible means which brings us to the next comment:
Reap the benefits without the sacrifice  Isn't that what we glorify in practice even if we say we believe this?
Ephesians 4:22-23
Colossians 3
Psalm 19:14 Rodney  "Let the meditations of my heart and of my lips be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord our rock and Redeemer."  The minister when I was little always ended his sermons with this, so I like it when I hear it.  Yeah, the current minister grew up in a different church but with the same minister so I bet the same thing is true.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Forgiveness

I want to start something a little new for this blog.  I went to a jewelry party the other night.  I have a lot of jewelry (okay cheap costume jewelry, but still) so I thought I'd start posting more of a what am I wearing things and telling a little about each item.
This is a stretch bracelet my aunt gave me a few years ago.  I think there were several more but the stretch elastic was so thin that they are gone now.  I'm wearing grey slacks and a white polo that has blue and black stitching on it, so this will hopefully tie them together.



Ourselves and others Need to forgive others so bitterness doesn't happen, and ourselves because it's human to make mistakes.
How's that working for you?  That's true of a lot of things, but until God is really clear there's nothing but to keep trying the best we can.
It's not that it isn't a big deal or wrong We justify sin a lot of ways but things are still wrong, and we have to look at our lives honestly.
Crucifixion not pretty. Not high off the ground and a T not a t.  I've always had a vision of Jesus being 10 or 20 foot in the air, but that's not true - it was way more personal and torturous.  
Romans 3:23-25
It's as much for us as for them it affects us more than them. Most people we don't forgive don't know it, and it doesn't bother them though it eats at us.
Forgiveness must flow though us. 
Do all you can to live in peace to those who have done evil to you. It is evil and you don't have to be bff. Just live in peace  I think it's how to live in peace when it is constantly in your face?
God will get revenge. It doesn't mean that God thinks then that it was no big deal.  However much it seems like that.
Embrace the forgiveness that God offers us.  Yeah, I have trouble with that.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Addiction

Addiction
These are more current sermon notes.  I'm trying to clear my notepad off on my phone.
It's not really hurting anyone. Pretty sure I've used that as a rationalization before - haven't we all?
1 John - be in the light, yeah  Okay, I have a long story about this book and that "In the Light" by DC Talk is my favorite song.  However, this is one of those things where if I haven't told the real life people that it involves, then let's just say I'm not going to spill here.  Maybe one I'll have the courage.
It's hurting you  I know I seldom admit it, and I think very few people look at it that way, and that it in turn affects everyone else.  
Image until its someone you know  We have a stereotype of an addict until it's someone we know.  I know someone who got hooked on a drug prescribed to him, and understanding a little bit of that made it so much easier to understand the slippery slope than just writing off "those people."
The addict has to be convinced and be willing to change.   Doesn't any change have to come from inside:
Some verses to consider
Romans 6:12-14 
Acts 3:19-20
Pulls us back from God
Romans 7:14-15
James 5:16
Accountability groups  IDK, I really think that people still are putting up a front there, and passing off responsibility on the group.
We hold back too whatever pieces. 
2 Corinthians 10:3-4
Read the Bible  When is that not the right answer?
Pray for your and others addictions  Probably again where we need to start & then to know when to take action, not just say "I'm praying about it."

Monday, October 14, 2013

Laura Ingalls Wilder play

I remember the farm maybe the one thing my parents not taught me was how to see through my mother's eyes 
manly had a cane during OTWH
Where's my eye candy?
Pa gave lap desk to write about her life
Rocks in their path until they moved to Rocky Ridge
Songs from Pa's fiddle project 

These were my notes during a play about Laura Ingalls Wilder that I saw last summer, and just found again.  I realized I had never written them up.
I thought it was a community play, and it was.  It was a community children's play.  My aunt and I were the only non-relatives there.  It's a little embarrassing, but really I've attended 2 conferences about her - everyone knows I'm a fangirl, I was just hoping I came across as more official than that.
Cap Garland was left out of the Long Winter trip, instead Almanzo and Charles made the trip.  I missed seeing a cute blonde boy.  The play, also, had Pa rather than Almanzo give Laura the lap desk.  I think they fell to the same thing that bothers me about the TV show.  They build Pa up so much, and often at Almanzo's expense.  It was given when they left for Missouri.  It was a 15-16 year old boy that played Almanzo, and he had a cane.  It made me realize how long he was crippled and how it occurred during his prime, which must have been difficult.
During intermission, songs were sang that I recognized having seen Pa's Fiddle Project!
I, also, liked how they portrayed Laura and Rose as different and having their difficulties, but still loving each other.  There was something more specific, but unfortunately I don't remember over a year later.

So there's my quick review of the play!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Shoes with holes

Shoes with holes
 Have holes but refuse to get rid of them 
For some reason I try to think I can save them if I don't wear them, which is rather stupid. I might as well get the enjoyment out of them while I can and then let them die
 
Yard work or no choice? Most things for me are the yard work variety.  I need to be more thankful about that.
Luke 5:27-28 Levi left the tax collector booth to follow Jesus. Fee to Romans to have booth. Beyond it was theirs usually corrupt and then Levi/Matthew was a traitor as a Jew to work with the Romans. He hosted the banquet with Jesus that so annoyed the Pharisees
It must have been so easy to cheat.  I wonder why the Romans made it so easy?
People filled with holes only Jesus can fill
Choked on a piece of cheese so I'm fighting the urge to cough Don't you love when you are trying to be quiet and it doesn't work?
 
Women with hair and perfume. Parable of forgiving debts. We become like the Pharisees Samaritan John 4:10 Women at the well Our holes aren't as bad as someone else's
 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Super Hero - Peter

Acts 2:29-42
Superheroes - Peter 
Miracles will happen
120 about our size were gathered and nervous. 
Why are we here today?
"Jesus you can't leave us" Peter
Jesus- You don't see God's plan
He's the one who just identified Jesus as the Messiah. Rock and then doubt
 My decision or God's decision
Provenient Grace. There before we knew we wanted/needed it. Emmaus 
Holy Spirit is within us doesn't mean we are choosing to live it. 
People to notice or because we want God to have the glory. 
Galatians 5:25. We have to make the conscious choice
Failing is not fatal. Except for me it is never possible to get back on track. 
Kids always invite people and talk about their faith. 

Another Sermon notes post.  This was from one of my favorite youth, who gave a sermon.  Now I think he went a little hard on Peter, but I think I've said that before.  Peter goes a step further than the other disciples and gets criticized for not going five steps.
I could tell my youth was so nervous, but according to my parents better than the last guest sermon.  I think he had someone help him, which was good because I've seen other people who think it's their one chance and decide to make 20 major points.  Yeah, bad idea.
He said that failure is not fatal.  I have a very hard time believing that because for me they just tend to go like dominoes and how many can you knock down before you can't get up?