Whatcha hungry for?

Posted: February 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

1.23 BILLION wings are eaten on Superbowl sunday.

According to the National Chicken Council (really)…that’s the equivalent of piling 572 wings on each seat of the NFL stadium. The average football fan will consume over 1200 calories and 50 grams of fat today…and that’s just for the “snacks”.

Speaking of snacks-Americans will crunch our way through 11.2 million pounds of potato chips, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips, 80 million pounds of guacamole, 4.3 million pounds of pretzels, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn, and 2.5 million pounds of nuts.

Dominoes and Pizza Hut are expected to sell over 29 MILLION slices of pizza…Superbowl is the 2nd largest food consumption day…right behind Thanksgiving.

We will spend $2.37 million on soda alone.

*As a result…stats report that 7 million workers call in sick on “Super Monday”

My point today is that you will be filled with whatever you consume.

Matthew 5:6 (NIV) 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Matthew 5:6 (MSG) 6 “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

What you eat is what you’ll be filled with. When you’re full…with whatever you’ve been eating/filling yourself with, you’re not able to take in anything else. On SuperBowl Sunday, there were athletes “hungering” for the Superbowl Vince Lombardi Trophy. Most likely, they weren’t hungry for anything else.

Mark Batterson, author of “All In” states it this way; “If you aren’t hungry for God, you are full of yourself.” So…what are you hungering for? What do you have the greatest appetite for? Relationships, social media, gossip?

You can count on this…as Christians living in today’s culture of compromise, we are called to be Christ to the world. Jesus won people with love. He only rejected those who were so “full of themselves” that they thought following a bunch rules would bring them closer to God. What Jesus taught and then lived out was perfect love for all people. What we have to learn is that we can truly love all people and not compromise the standards so clearly communicate in scripture. 

So…I ask again; what are you hungry for? Because it’s a safe bet that you will filled with that! 

Crosswalk-3

Posted: November 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

For the last few weeks, we’ve talked about what a CrossWalk is, the dangers of NOT using a CrossWalk and how Jesus is “THE ONLY” Cross or Bridge that we have to get to Father God.

So…the question this week is…why don’t we know Jesus?

Ever seen the game Frogger?

Frogger is an arcade game introduced in 1981. It was developed by Konami, and licensed for worldwide distribution by Sega/Gremlin. The object of the game is to direct frogs to their homes one by one. To do this, each frog must avoid cars while crossing a busy road and navigate a river full of hazards. Skillful players may obtain some bonuses along the way. The game is regarded as a classic from the golden age of video arcade games and was noted for its novel gameplay and theme.

In 1981, I was starting my 2nd semester at ICC…and I thought Frogger was AWESOME…and it was. But the entire game is based around a Frog trying to cross a busy street…without using a crosswalk. And the further you got, the faster the cars started coming, and the number of cars increased! Until, pretty soon, your Frog either made it across the street…or you died!

We just watched part of the episode of the popular 80’s-90’s TV show Seinfeld where George was trying to get an old Frogger video game console across a busy NYC street.

Last week we talked about if we live like the CrossWalk is foolish (the Amplified uses the word “sheer absurdity”)…then we may not really know the person of Jesus.

1 Corinthians 1:18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.

In the game of Frogger, it’s sheer absurdity to think that a Frog can safely cross a busy street full of traffic…not waiting on traffic lights, not using a CrossWalk. Now that’s “sheer absurdity”! Talking about Frogger made us think of the old “Why did the chicken cross the road” jokes. According to research performed and recorded by Goblerz.com, here are some other “absurd” items.

1. Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side

2. Why did the rooster cross the road? To cockadoodle dooo something

3. Why did the chicken cross the basketball court? He heard the referee calling fowls

4. Why did the turkey cross the road? To prove he wasn’t chicken

5. Why did the chicken cross the road, roll in the mud and cross the road again? Because he was a dirty double-crosser

6. Why didn’t the chicken skeleton cross the road? Because he didn’t have enough guts

7. Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the other slide

Why did the dinosaur cross the road? Because chickens hadn’t evolved yet.

9. Why did the turtle cross the road? To get to the shell station.

10. Why did the horse cross the road? Because the chicken needed a day off.

Let’s look at a definition of…

Absurd: utterly or obviously senseless; contrary to all reason or common sense.

Remember the phrase, “Christian Jaywalking”? When you an I try to get to the blessings, favor, mercy and forgiveness of God without going through Jesus…that’s Jaywalking….and that’s absurd! When all we have to do is come to the Son-Jesus Christ.

Sometimes we act as if we know better how to run our life than the One who gave life to us!

Isaiah 29:14-16 The wisdom of the wise will pass away, and the intelligence of the intelligent will disappear.” 15 What sorrow awaits those who try to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their evil deeds in the dark! “The Lord can’t see us,” they say. “He doesn’t know what’s going on!” 16 How foolish can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay! Should the created thing say of the one who made it, “He didn’t make me”? Does a jar ever say, “The potter who made me is stupid”?

We looked at that scripture last week from the Old Testament. But look at what Paul wrote to a church in the New Testament.

1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God.

Proverbs also has a lot to say about what is foolish in God’s eyes.

Proverbs 12:14-15                                                                                                                                                                                14 Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards. 15 Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.

Are you listening to other? Your parents? Teachers?

Proverbs 21:1-3 (GW) 1 The king’s heart is like streams of water. Both are under the Lord’s control. He turns them in any direction he chooses. 2 A person thinks everything he does is right, but the Lord weighs hearts. 3 Doing what is right and fair is more acceptable to the Lord than offering a sacrifice.

We may think that talking a short cut is no big deal. But, unless God is directing your life…taking a short cut IS A BIG DEAL!

The love of God NEVER ENDS toward you! If you look back at the Children of Israel, they took 40 years to travel what some scholars say should have taken them less than 4 years…with all the children, animals and belongings they carried.

It may seem like it’s taking forever for you to reach some of the things you want in life…you’re told that you’re “not old enough”, or “when I was your age, I didn’t have _______”. But whatever the reason, and wherever you are in life….it’s time to stop and see where you’re trying to Cross (are you trying to go around God to get what you want) and what is so appealing to you that you’re willing to Cross against what God wants for your life.

Just like the YIELD sign at the altar of our youth ministry, it’s time for you to YIELD your life to Jesus…The CrossWalk to God’s plan for you!

CrossWalk-2

Posted: September 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

Hey! We’re just getting started on our series called “CrossWalk”.  A CrossWalk is meant to keep us safe and help us get from one side of a street to the other. But, sometimes…it just seems to be inconvenient to use the crosswalk. Join us on our journey…as we learn to use the CrossWalk.

What did you want out of your summer?

What did you want to be different when you start school in the fall?

(or whatever you do)

Will you commit the next 10 weeks to getting to know Jesus better?

Will you consider asking Him to show you how He sees you?

Will you commit to taking a CrossWalk with Jesus this summer and fall?

When I say “cross”, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?

Do you think; “why would anyone hang on a cross and die for other people?”

1 Corinthians 1:18-19                                                                                                                                                     18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 19 As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.” 

Isaiah 29:13-16                                                                                                                                                                 13 And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote. 14 Because of this, I will once again astound these hypocrites with amazing wonders. The wisdom of the wise will pass away, and the intelligence of the intelligent will disappear.” 15 What sorrow awaits those who try to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their evil deeds in the dark! “The Lord can’t see us,” they say. “He doesn’t know what’s going on!” 16 How foolish can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay! Should the created thing say of the one who made it, “He didn’t make me”? Does a jar ever say, “The potter who made me is stupid”?

Last week we talked about a CrossWalk and what it is and some of the dangers of not crossing at the CrossWalk. We even used the phrase “Christian Jaywalking” was used. Did you understand that? What does that mean to you?

Stop for a minute and think about some examples of “Christian Jaywalking”.

Has there been a time when you wanted to cross the street to get to a store (or some other place you wanted to go) and your parents said you couldn’t “because it wasn’t at the CrossWalk? Did it seem a waste of time to go “all the way” to the CrossWalk…just to cross over and then have to walk “all the way” back toward your destination?

Look back at one of the verses we’re using for this series.

1 Corinthians 1:18-19                                                                                                                                                    18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 19 As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.” 

Think about some things you’ve done in the past (or recently) that you knew were foolish…and then some things you’ve done that you thought were wise but others (like parents and authority figures) helped you see were actually FOOLISH!

The New American Standard translation:

1 Corinthians 1:18-19   [ The Wisdom of God ] For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

So, what does that mean to you…“the message of the cross…”? What is the “message of the cross”?

John 3:16-21                                                                                                                                                                       16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. 18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. 19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.

Sounds a lot like Jesus being a “bridge” or a “CrossWalk” to get to Father God! Verse 19 talks about people loving “darkness more than the light”.

What is the light John is talking about here? Jesus!

Now, listen to what Jesus himself tells the disciples just after healing a man who had been blind since birth (and he did it by making a “spit/mud” pie).

John 9:4-5                                                                                                                                                                          4 We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. 5 But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”

What are most kids afraid of when they’re younger; light or dark?

Why? Think about that…think about when you were younger (or maybe even now)…

If Jesus refers to darkness as something we should not love; and that we should love light (JESUS) more than darkness; why do we resist getting closer to the light and allow Him (JESUS) to shine His loving light on our lives?

We need to ask the question; “Do we know Jesus?”

There will be times when all have doubts and questions. We’re not talking about that. Listen to Thomas (one of the disciples)

Even he doubted…

John 14:5-6                                                                                                                                                                        5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Now look at John 14 verse 7.

John 14:7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”

So…apparently “really knowing Jesus”, is not JUST a problem we face here in the 21st century.

Let’s pray that we all come to know the real Jesus and that knowing Him will radically, dramatically, change EVERYTHING about our lives.

Hey…why don’t you stop for a second (or 60) and make that a prayer..committing your life to do just that?

CrossWalk

Posted: July 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

Crosswalka designated point on a road at which some means are employed to assist pedestrians wishing to cross. They are designed to keep pedestrians together where they can be seen by motorists, and where they can cross most safely across the flow of traffic. 

 CROSS-central symbol of the Christian faith.

Cross-to move, pass, or extend from one side to the other side. Synonyms: traverse, span, bridge.

WALK-move by advancing the feet alternately so that there is always one foot on the ground in bipedal locomotion; to advance; to proceed through, over, or upon.

The entire basis of the Christian faith is that God sent His Son Jesus Christ to be the bridge (CROSS) between us and God the Father. I think that we have forgotten the importance of The Cross. 

 John 3:16 (NASB) 16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

 Look back at the definition of CROSSWALK. It’s a “designated point” to cross from one side to the other. Have you had a “designated point” when you decided that living for yourself wasn’t going to work any more and you “crossed over” from one side to the other? Have you “crossed over” and at some “designated point” you gave your life to Jesus Christ? What difference does Jesus make in your life today? Any?

2 Corinthians 5:17-18 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.

 Verse 18 says “…and all of this…”. All of what? Look at the verses that lead up to verse 17-18.

2 Corinthians 5:11-16 (NLT) 11 Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too. 12 Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart. 13 If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. 14 Either way, Christ’s love controls us.[c] Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.[d] 15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. 16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!

 Verse 13 sounds like if you really live for Christ, some people might think you’re crazy…just like crossing the street at the CROSSWALK instead of just crossing where it’s most convenient.

 According to popcenter.org (Center for Problem-Centered Policing), “unsafe pedestrian behavior is a major factor in pedestrian injuries and fatalities. In a recent study of 7,000 pedestrian-vehicle crashes in Florida, researchers discovered that pedestrians were at fault in 80 percent of these incidents.

Pedestrian jaywalking. Specifically, jaywalking is often cited as a poor pedestrian behavior that leads to pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Jaywalking is a general term for any form of illegal street-crossing by a pedestrian. There are several types of pedestrian behavior that qualify as jaywalking:

  • walking against a pedestrian walk signal,
  • crossing a street where there is no crosswalk 
  • crossing a street outside of a marked crosswalk where one is present
  • walking on a street along with the traffic flow (ignoring designated pedestrian pathways).”

 I think some of us here tonight are guilty of…Christian Jaywalking. We’ll try to get from one point in our life to another point by attempting to take every short cut we can think of…instead of just walking a few steps further…to cross at the CrossWalk!

Matthew 7:13-15 (NASB) 13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Matthew 7:13-15 (NLT) 13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

 When you think of a CrossWalk, it may seem like it’s out of the way and inconvenient to Cross…where you’re supposed to. In Matthew’s account of the Gospel, Jesus tells us that the “CrossWalk” or “Gateway to life” is narrow and not easy…

But if Jesus says that it’s the “way that leads to life”…I want to choose that way…even if it’s difficult. Some of you may be Christian Jaywalkers…maybe because you simply don’t trust that Jesus’ way is actually the best way to live your life.

 Our key verse for Echo is…

Ephesians 5:1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.

 As we learn to trust Jesus with our lives, we’ll WANT to imitate Him in everything He does. He made it through the CrossWalk…so can we…if we follow Him.

How have you enjoyed your pacifiers? Were any of you challenged to give up a “pacifier”? Let’s look back at a scripture.

Acts 17:24-25

24 “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, 25 and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need.

Why do you think a lot of us today live like we don’t believe that verse…“he satisfies every need”? Because we do not trust God.

Why don’t we trust God? Because we only have a shallow relationship with Him.

Some of us here tonight have stopped short of everything God has to offer us because we are happy with the “pacifier” of “salvation”. In other words, we are content to stay right where we are in life; just because we walked an aisle once, admitted that we needed Jesus Christ “IN” (but NOT LORD OVER) our life…and we committed (promised) to live our life for Jesus Christ. How may of you have an experience something like that?

Salvation is great! Knowing that you are going to spend forever in Heaven with God after you die is a great thing. Missing out on spending eternity in Hell…“priceless…

But if you stop at just knowing you’re going to Heaven, your life can end up like you’re living in Hell on Earth. If you or I stop at “just salvation”, and begin to believe “that’s all there is” to being a Christian”…we will be missing out on a lot of God’s promises for life here..right now.Some of you just heard; “yeah…but that’s not for me…”, or “no…I’ll just keep my current “pluggerdoodle”, that’s enough for me.

There was a couple about to be engaged, named Matt and Crystal. Matt wanted to come up with a really creative way to propose to Crystal. So he came up with a treasure map. When it came time to set his plan in motion, Matt had Crystal come to a certain location. When she got there, she found a clue. This clue was actually just a part of a series of clues Matt had set up for her follow. Like a step-by-step treasure map, each clue led her to a place that had been significant in their relationship. It didn’t take Crystal long to figure out what treasure was waiting for her at the end of the map! Of course, when she reached the last stop, there stood Matt, anxiously waiting for her to arrive. When she arrived, Matt dropped to one knee, asked Crystal to be his wife, and sealed the commitment by placing a beautiful ring on her finger. (The Great Divide-Guzzardo)

What does this sound like? Our relationship with God?

Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. (NLT)

Delight-a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; something that gives great pleasure. Antonym-disappointment.

Psalm 37:4 Do what the Lord wants, and he will give you your heart’s desire.

If Crystal would have stopped along the way because she enjoyed the moment and wanted to remember that part of their relationship, completely content to stay there…would she have the experience of the complete treasure…the total package? NO! But, she could have some good memories of their relationship up to that point…sacrificing the great memories of a life together with the man she loved!

We will often read (or hear about) one of God’s promises in the Bible and think that it should apply to us—even though we aren’t doing much (if anything) that God has told us.

How many of you have more than one Bible, including your app if you have a smartphone?

How many of you read it more than once a day? 

Only once a day? Once a week? Hardly ever? God’s word is not just a love letter to His family (us)! It’s a treasure map GIVEN to us BY GOD so that we can experience the most awesome life possible. And we choose NOT to even pick it up or open the app more often than we choose we open it!

We compare ourselves with other people and wonder why we don’t experience great things in life…some of which are God’s treasures, but we have NEVER taken the time to follow His map!

 Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. (NLT)

How does this look…in your life? To delight means you spend time with Him, make Him a priority, pursue Him value His direction!

Another scripture that goes along with this one… 

Matthew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Does this look more like a treasure map? Are you seeking Him first? Or the next “thing”?

Jesus is talking here in Matthew about how you and I will run around, acting crazy pursuing clothes, things, relationships… instead of just STOPPINGPRAYING…and ASKING God if this “thing” is even something He wants us to have. If it is….then we need to ask HIM what HIS plan is to obtain it!  And if it’s NOT HIS PLAN…now or maybe even ever…we have the opportunity to realize…

Psalm 84:11 The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.

From who…? FROM THOSE WHO DO WHAT IS RIGHT?

So…are there things right now in your life that feel is being “withheld from you”? 

Are you doing what is right? Easy question. Easy answer!

ALL of God’s promises are meant to be fulfilled. ALL OF THEM! BUT…we will not experience them unless we are willing to do what He says. We will demand God’s blessings without doing what Jesus tells us to! 

Mike Guzzardo-The Great Divide asks it this way. 

“Would we expect to experience a mountaintop view if we weren’t willing to climb the mountain?

Are we going to experience the rush of a live concert if we aren’t willing to purchase a ticket? Would we expect to enjoy the warmth of a hot shower if we weren’t willing to turn on the water? Like every other area of life, our experience of God requires certain things of us.”

Even John 3:16 backs this up. 

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (NASB)

 John 10:1-10 (MSG)

1-5 “Let me set this before you as plainly as I can. If a person climbs over or through the fence of a sheep pen instead of going through the gate, you know he’s up to no good—a sheep rustler! The shepherd walks right up to the gate. The gatekeeper opens the gate to him and the sheep recognize his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he gets them all out, he leads them and they follow because they are familiar with his voice. They won’t follow a stranger’s voice but will scatter because they aren’t used to the sound of it.” 6-10 Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

So…don’t be afraid to see what pacifier you’re holding on to. If it’s not Jesus and EVERYTHING He is…flush it! Really…get rid of it!

What’s your Pacifier?

Posted: June 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

When we get hurt, disappointed, angry, etc., we make choices that will either push us toward God or push us away from Him. It’s at that moment in our day, in our week…in our life that we will turn immediately to the thing that brings satisfaction! It’s at that precise moment in time that we will turn toward what is familiar and makes us feel better…even if it’s only for a little while. At that moment…we turn to…our PACIFIER!!! 

Pacify: to bring to state of peace; to calm; to soothe; to restore order.

Some of the top 160 names for a pacifier (according to babycenter.com) were things like; nummy-nunar, pluggerdoodle, teetock, wubby, and Mr. Chewy).

When you were nervous about a long car ride or needed to feel a little more secure that there was really nothing under your bed or in your closet, your pluggerdoodle brought with it a state of peace and soothed you. And that was ok…when you were an infant. But how many of you know that you would have some issues if you’re in middle school still using a wub-a-nub to restore order to your otherwise chaotic world.

So…we have some examples of what more mature people use for a  “teetock”, a “wubby” or a “Mr. Chewy”. Because a pacifier is nothing more than anything we turn to (other than God) when life gets a little hard to manage on our own. How about…shopping, computers, technology, gaming, phones, relationships, internet.  

The 3 BIG “Fs”: Facebook, Food and Fashion. Or…anything that prevents you from turning to God as your source of peace, comfort and order.

 

(from Babycenter.com)

Some pediatricians and speech experts say 12 months is a good time to wean your child from the pacifier because this marks the beginning of a dramatic speech development phase. If your child often has a pacifier in his mouth, he may be less likely to babble and practice talking, or the pacifier may distort his speech.But that’s not a hard and fast rule. Many children use a pacifier well into their toddler and even preschool years. For these kids, the pacifier may serve as a so-called transitional object – that is, something that relieves stress and helps them adjust to new or challenging situations, like starting daycare or taking a long car ride. If your child takes great comfort from his pacifier, you can let him continue to use it until he develops other coping mechanisms. Just be aware that there are some reasons to consider banishing the binky sooner rather than later. One, as mentioned above, is that pacifier use can interfere with speech development. Sucking on a pacifier locks a child’s mouth in an unnatural position, making it more difficult for him to develop his tongue and lip muscles normally, says Patricia Hamaguchi, a speech-language pathologist from Cupertino, California, and author of Childhood, Speech, Language, and Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know. Another reason to give up the pacifier is to help your child sleep on his own. If your child becomes dependent on a pacifier to fall asleep, you may have to get up and find it for him every time he wakes during the night.

So…let’s translate these studies into our current lives. Using a pacifier longer than we should can prevent us from speaking correctly or verbally communicating with others. Using a pacifier longer than natural can even affect our sleep, our rest. We need to develop other coping mechanisms! Remember…Pacify: to bring to state of peace; to calm; to soothe; to restore order.

When we continue to turn to things other than God for our comfort and peace, we end up with a bag full of pacifiers that were never meant to replace an actual experience of the Living God! 

Your relationship with God will only be as deep as your experience of God.

So, the problem may be that you have never had a real, legitimate experience of God that you can call your own. If you haven’t had a genuine experience of God…beyond just going forward at a meeting…you’ll never experience the depth of the promises of God contained throughout His word! And you’ll think that His promises are always for “someone else”…and never meant to be for you.

Psalm 107:8-9 8 Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. 9 For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

Acts 17:24-25 24 “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, 25 and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need.

So…the next time you’re thinking about turning to your “plugger doodle” because you feel like your life’s out of control…turn to God instead!

Efficient or Effective?

Posted: April 25, 2013 in general

If you were given the choice, which would you choose? To be efficient? Or to be effective? My beautiful wife and I attended a marriage conference a few weeks ago and that statement was made. Sometimes the thing that seems more efficient actually prevents us from being the most effective. I’m finding this to be true in relationships, business, ministry…life in general. We aren’t called to be efficient. As Christians, we are called to be effective. So the next time you are striving to be “efficient”, stop and ask yourself if it might be better to see if you could be more “effective” doing it differently.