The Power Of Reaching Out

Reblogged. Awesome post by Cavelle, please visit her blog at A Christian In Bloom and show some love!

A Christian In Bloom

Have you ever had the urge to reach out to someone you don’t know but feared that if you did that person would tell you to take a hike or perhaps even think you were crazy?

How many times have you had the opportunity to be a light in someone’s life but just couldn’t bring yourself to go there?

Many times, we miss the opportunities God puts in front of us simply because we are fearful of the outcome. We claim to trust God but when he puts us to the test, we run away with our tail between our legs.

This is normal in some ways I think. We are human after all. In the age of social media there can be instant backlash for standing up for something or someone you believe in.

Especially if it goes against the flavor of the week.

Serving God is not a…

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The Principle of Replacement

For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,

Romans 8.2-3

My pastor spoke today about what he referred to as the principle of replacement: God’s righteousness replaces our sinful nature.

How I wish for God’s love to replace our hate in today’s world. Continue reading The Principle of Replacement

First world problems

Today, I saw a news story about a motorcycle rider who was pronounced dead after an accident, and another about a man who died after being shot over a parking spot at Target. I wondered why Facebook did not have a “Praying” or “Prayers” reaction or something of the sort for sad news other than the “Sad” icon. No, I am obviously not as ingenious as Zuckerberg and his team of talented individuals who manage Facebook and keep it running with just about no glitches – but I think there ought to be a more appropriate reaction than “Like” or “Sad” for such sad news on Facebook. Continue reading First world problems

Jesus in the Workplace

Before I go on, I would like to give a quick shout to all my readers, followers, and subscribers by email. You all are awesome.

My guess is that many readers will be offended by my chosen title on first glance. While I have not put this up to offend anyone, I recognize and accept that I inevitably will. Then again, this is my blog, a sort of personal space.

And now, speaking of personal space, I must mention that I have a bit of a problem. Continue reading Jesus in the Workplace

Jonah’s Rage – Giving Up Control

But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” And the Lord said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”
Jonah 4:9-11

A quick background story: God had sent Jonah on a sort of ‘special op’ – into dangerous territory, to deliver a not-so-friendly message. Continue reading Jonah’s Rage – Giving Up Control

100 things I just learned #8

reflecting for understanding
Image credits: theatregrad

While there is a lot I am learning lately, this is the one lesson that stands out to me. It is one thing to know something, and another to understand what you know. Sometimes we can learn from the same experience over and over again. Our experiences help make and shape us. Looking forward is wonderful, but sometimes it is important to look in the rear mirror – not for regret, but for understanding.

JC ©2013

 

100 things I just learned #5

Actually, this is more something I’m learning than something I’ve learned; interestingly, a friend posted something along similar lines on Facebook earlier today.

Modus operandi: do not speak when you are angry. Continue reading 100 things I just learned #5