Are you a control freak?

airplaneDo you ever have a hard time giving up control of something? Some of us are control freaks. For those of you that are, I feel sorry for you when you have to fly.

Whether you are on a small commuter plane, or a jumbo 747, only the pilots have control of our fate. When we step onto a plane, we are giving our lives over to an unknown individual.

Ever thought about that? Many people don’t think twice when boarding a plane. But it’s true that our lives are in the hands of someone else, and we trust them to protect us. It’s true that plane safety is much better than automobile safety, but it still doesn’t dismiss the fact that we are not in control when we fly.

Yet, when it comes to church, the first time some people hear about Jesus, they are hesitant to fully give over their life to Him. And for a safety record, who has a better record than Jesus? Sure, He gave His own life, but in the grand scheme of things, how many people did he already resurrect to life, and how many more has He Saved through His life on the cross?

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. – John 1:4

 

Answers to yesterday’s ARK focused trivia HERE

Trivia Questions 9-12 (Ark focused)

It’s all about the Ark today:

9. What mountain did Noah’s Ark come to rest upon?
a) Carmel
b) Sinai
c) Moriah
d) Ararat

10. How many people were on Noah’s Ark?
a) 2
b) 4
c) 6
d) 8

11. How many pair(s) of each animal were taken on Noah’s Ark?
a) 1
b) 2
c) 5
d) 7

12. How many months (approximately) passed with Noah and the animals on the Ark?
a) 8
b) 12
c) 17
d) 24

 

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Trivia Questions 5-8

Hopefully you got at least one right yesterday (check your answers HERE)….

5. Who was the 12th apostle, replacing Judas?
a) Bartholomew
b) Barnabas / Barsabas
c) Matthias
d) Justus

6. How much was Judas paid for betraying Christ?
a) 30 silver coins
b) 30 gold coins
c) 30 denarii
d) 50 denarii

7. After His resurrection, near what body of water did Jesus appear to His disciples?
a) Sea of Galilee
b) The Dead Sea
c) Sea of Tiberias
d) Jordan River

8. Which of the following plagues was not sent upon Egypt due to Pharoah’s hardened heart?
a) Frogs
b) Lice
c) Flies
d) Snakes

For those of you who made it this far, did you find the spelling mistake in the last blog? Actually, there were 2 mistakes, not just one. The first one “not that it’s correct spelling or grammer” – the second? “Oh, and if you don’t send this t0”

Check answers to yesterday’s trivia HERE

Trivia Questions 1-4

So you think you know the Bible pretty well?

Ok, let’s see….  No, this isn’t a Facebook quiz with 10 questions that you can post your result.  You’re not going to be graded a “Holier than thou” (not that it’s correct spelling or grammer anyway).

But here goes:

 

1) Which of the following animals were the Israelites forbidden to eat in the Old Testament?

a. Rabbit

b. Sheep

c. Ox

d. Goat

2) While in Joppa, whom did Paul “raise” from the dead?

a. Tabitha

b. Lazarus

c. Jairus’ daughter

d. Eutychus

3) What is the longest book in the Bible?

a. Psalms

b. Proverbs

c. Leviticus

d. Revelation

4) What is the name of Adam & Eve’s third son?

a. Judah

b. Seth

c. Ham

d. Japheth

 

Oh, and if you don’t send this t0 10 people in the next 10 minutes, you won’t win the lottery, and your dreams may not come true.  The good news is, even if you don’t send it, you’ll still be blessed, and your dreams may still come true.  I hate chain letters and any words like this at the end.

By the way – there was an INTENTIONAL spelling mistake in this blog – can you find it?

To boast or not to boast, that is the ?

1 I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it…. (2 Cor 12:1)

That’s right! . . . right there in the Bible, Paul is boasting, and says he will continue!

Of course, as you probably have imagined, this is taken out of context, let’s see what else he said:

I know a man in Christ who . . . .

On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast (2 Cor 12:2, 5a)

So, we see that Paul was not boasting of self, but of others.

In fact, let’s continue to see what else he said: 

but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses— though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor 12:5b-10)

So….

What should all these teach us?  To boast or not to boast?  The Bible clearly tells us not to be proud. However, I think when it comes to telling others about the glory of God in our lives, there may be a small exception.  🙂

80 vs 20, now what?

So, I’ve talked about being a “Christian.” For some of you, it goes without saying. In fact, that old 80/20 rule probably hits most people who are active in church (80% of the work is done by 20% of the people). If you are one of the active 20% in church, I applaud you!

Unfortunately, because of the 80/20 fact, it’s easy to get burned out (of course you probably know that).

Still, God wants us to be persistent in our work, doing good things, and following Him.

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. – Galatians 6:9

It’s easy to get knocked down by the world, by all the “things” in our lives, and even by our families and loved ones, but God is faithful and just to deliver us.

RUA Christian?

As some of you know, I’ve recently gone back to school (thankfully, NOT as a full time student). I’ve only been attending some night classes and a few day sessions to achieve a formal industrial certification in Project Management (my current work assignment).

Finally, after about 52 hours of training and a 4 hour test, I passed my test . . . I am “certifiable.”

I’m not sure that’s a word, but it made me think of an old Christian adage:

If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

Many people just laugh off this question, but it’s one that many of us should think more seriously about. When Jesus walked the earth, He was quick to point out legalists, accuse hypocrites, and condemn sinners that pointed to other’s sins. Yet, He also showed love to the unloved, healed the sick, and saved the lost. More than that, He showed us how to be a Christian, and told us “what to do.” But how many of us listen?

Are you guilty of being a Christian? Or are you guilty of just saying you are a Christian? What proof is there in your life? I challenge you not to think about it, but to write down the proof: for and against your pleading.

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ok, this is for you single people out there….

keeping on my kick of humor this week, I thought it would be appropriate to list some of the famous Christian pick up lines that are internet worthy:

Now I know why Solomon had 700 wives… Because he never met you.

Here’s my number… Call me if you need prayer.

How many times do I have to walk around you to make you fall for me?

I didn’t believe in predestination until tonight.

I’m no Joseph… perhaps you can help me interpreting the dreams I’ve been having about you?

So last night I was reading in the book of Numbers, and I realized… I don’t have yours!

You put the “stud” in bible study.

Is your name Faith? ‘Cause you’re the substance of things I’ve hoped for.

Did it hurt when you fell from Heaven?

Do you want to be “accountability” partners?

The word says to ‘Give drink to those who are thirsty, and feed the hungry’; So how about dinner tonight?

Disclaimer: these are not my own, and more than likely will get you no where. Be forewarned!  🙂