Tidbit # I lost count

So I know I said I would post the tidbit’s I send out at work here.. But I’ve been a little behind the eight ball with it… So I’ll slowly but surely catch up.. Here is this weeks though!

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:19-25

I wish I could just put the entire book of Hebrews in this tidbit, but that would be too long. So for those of you who have not read Hebrews, I challenge you to do it! It is a book all about who Jesus is and then what that means for us. It’s so good!

The above verses are kind of the shifting point in the book. Anytime you see a sentence that starts with the word therefore you should go back and see what it’s there for. This therefore is a big therefore in my opinion. I think it’s the writer taking a big breath after describing Jesus in depth and says because of everything I just said about who Jesus is this is what you should do.

Since I can’t put the whole book of Hebrews in this tidbit I’ll summarize a little of what the writer has said about Jesus. He starts out the book explaining that Jesus is his son, and is fully God. It states that Jesus is higher than everyone, or thing because it was created through Him. It talks about how God chose to speak through the prophets in the old days but in these days he chose to speak through His son. And because He chose to speak through his son, we better listen a little more carefully because Jesus is better than the prophets, better than Moses, and Joshua. Then he goes into how Jesus is a High Priest. And not a high priest from the line of Levi, but a high priest from a better order. It goes into how Jesus’ sacrifice was better than the rams and the bulls because those continually had to be offered for sins and Jesus’ sacrifice of his own body was once for all! The writer basically describes how Jesus is better in every respect than everything that has come before, and that the new covenant he established with his death and resurrection is so much better.

The writer says because of all that let us draw near to God with confidence, let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, and make sure we meet together and keep encouraging others.

So how do we do this? How do we practically live this out? I think we make sure we are spending time with the Lord, and when we pray we pray in confidence that He hears our prayers, and that He answers prayers. We remember that God is still in control, even when things seem like they are out of control, when things are so uncertain.

Instead of focusing on each other’s faults, or weaknesses, or the latest gossip, we focus on how to stir one another up to love and good works. Elsewhere in Hebrews it talks about how we should exhort one another every day, and that doesn’t leave much room for non-edifying talk. When we meet together let’s keep all the negativity out and lets focus on Jesus, and how to be more like him. Instead of tearing each other down let’s encourage each other.

My challenge this week is for us to pick two people a day and intentionally encourage them, or show them love, in some way. Whether you send an email, shoot a text, make a phone call, or say it face to face.

Jesus is better, so let’s strive to be like Him!

Likeness of God

For the third year in a row I committed to reading through the Bible in a year. Last year I failed miserably at staying with the plan. But this I’m determined to stay with it this year. But with reading through I want to make sure I’m reading it as if for the first time. I want the Lord to reveal to me new things in his word. Things I’ve never seen before, or things I’ve seen but not realized the depth of. As I come across these things I want to share them with you all. So here is the first of many to come.

So as with a lot of read through the Bible in a year plans part of my readings started in Genesis. There are two things so far in Genesis that I want to share.

First is in Genesis 1, which is the creation account. What stuck out to me when reading this is when God comes to create humans he says “let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”

This is not news to me. I wrote my advanced writing paper in college about being made in the image of God and what that means. But what was news to me this time is that the text itself emphasizes this. Previous to this verse are verses about God creating all the animals. And it says he creates them after its kind. It says that about all of them. But then he comes to make humans and it’s not after their own kind. It’s after his kind. When something is repeating in scripture and then the pattern breaks usually you should pay attention to what it’s saying when the pattern breaks. The text is drawing emphasis to it. I’ve never noticed that before.

The second is in Chapter 3, the fall of man. We all know the story. The serpent comes to the woman tempting her to eat the forbidden fruit. But what he says is what stuck out to me. He says “You will surely not die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (italics added by me).

Wait a minute… The woman was already like God. She was made in His likeness. She forgets all about this. She trades the truth of being in His likeness for whatever fake likeness she will get from the fruit. The crazy thing is, to this day we are trading the truth of God for the lies of sin.

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Before I Became Famous!

So this morning I watched this video about what celebrities did before they were famous… And it got me thinking what they would say about me if I ever became famous.

So let’s head on over to this imaginary world where I’m famous for a sec… Totally imaginary since I probably won’t ever be famous (not to mention I don’t want to be famous!)… Here are four things they would say I used to do before I came famous…

1. “She would climb mountains for fun.”

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2. “She golfed like a pro102_2253Yup that’s right, back in my day I was so pro… So pro I regularly had to dig my way out of a sand trap… Also I may have let the club fly out of my hands after connecting with the ball a time or two… What you aren’t supposed to see how far your club goes?? Oh…. But there was this one time I got a birdie on a par 3 hole! The hole even had a huge pond in front of the green that you had to avoid! Yup pro status right there!

3. “She practiced her modeling skills all the time”b6
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4. “She was a cannibal. “bathphoto2What can I say… You do some crazy stuff in college. (Just fyi I did not actually eat any of her ear, or any part of her for that matter)

If you became famous what would the critics say you used to do?

Thoughtful Thursday

Ok Ok… I know Thursday’s are deemed “Throwback Thursdays”… By who I don’t know… But they are…throwbackthursdayI don’t feel much like throwing back though…Today I have had many random thoughts. So just for this week I have deemed today “Thoughtful Thursday!”

So here goes… Some thoughts running through my head today…

1. Texas has a lot of good-looking guys… Just an observation.

2. Apparently everyone and their momma’s are going to Cali. Tons of bloggers that I read are either there or going there soon… Not to mention all my friends who still live there post all this cool stuff from Cali… It’s all combining to make me a little wish I was there… Or at least going for a visit this summer… But alas dear friends I am not… So I will just keep California Dreamin on my own.

3. It’s 7-11 and if I did not have VBS tonight I would seriously be considering driving the 100 miles or so to the closest 7-11 to get a free Slurpee today!

4. “God Gave Because He Loves Us, Loves Us Everyone, God Gave Because He Loves Us, God Gave His Son”…. This is a part of one of our VBS songs…

5. I am glad we got caught up on Dexter last night and watched both episodes… But I am really really tired today because of it… My mantra… It was worth it, It was worth it!

6. A grilled cheese and french fries sounds really good right now!!

So there you have it… Thoughtful Thursday! What are some of the thoughts running through your minds today??