Monday, May 28, 2012

The Bible

I'm not a big fan of posting pictures of myself on the blog, but the one above I really like.  It's me reading the Bible and sharing from God's word.  I've really gained a love for the Bible.  It's a love that's been born out of spending time in it.  You can't really love someone if you don't spend time with them.  I believe it's the same of the Bible.  You can't really love it if you're not spending time in it.  And, what I've found is the more time I spend in it, the more I love spending time in it.  It's cool how God seems to work like that.

Yesterday I did a short study on Psalm 119.  Psalm 119 is the longest chapter of the Bible and is, ironically enough, all about God's word!  It's a psalm on the beauty of God's word and how it helps us stay pure and grow in our relationship with Him.  The short study I did was simply this ... I looked at Psalm 119 and underlined every way that God's word was described in the chapter.  Here are just a few of the descriptions I found from the Message paraphrase of Psalm 119:

  • The road revealed by God
  • His directions
  • The right way to live
  • The map of Your word
  • Road signs
  • Your promises
  • Morsel of wisdom
  • Your sayings on life
  • Your clear revelation
  • Words of wisdom
  • Your commandments
  • Your counsel
  • The trail You blazed
  • Your textbook
  • Truth from Your mouth
  • The advice You gave me
  • Your wise guidance
  • A miracle word
  • Your finest sayings
  • A beam of light
  • Your dictionary
  • The directions You gave
There were many, many more ... but as I read each one over and over again, I was struck by how the Creator of life wants us to know Him and His plan for our lives.  He doesn't leave us in the dark.  He wants to set us up for success ... success being becoming more like Jesus and embracing His way of life.  The way to do that is to spend time with Him.  We are always looking for short cuts, but when it comes to knowing God more, there aren't any. You pray.  You read the Bible.  You HAVE to do those things. Those things lead us to knowing God.  Knowing God leads us to trusting God.  Trusting God leads us to obeying God.  It's not enough just to know (to fill our heads with Bible knowledge).  Know should always lead to Grow.  Grow should always lead to Go.

If you're a follower of Jesus you have the very Spirit of God living in your life.  When you combine the Spirit of God with the words of God (the Bible) ... well, that's a winning combination.  If you haven't spent time with God lately, let me just say ... He misses you.  He'd love to hear from you again and would love for you to hear from Him again.  That only happens when you open up "His words of wisdom ... His wise guidance ... the truth from His mouth."

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Top 10

We're starting a new series at Grace Community this Sunday called the Top 10.  We'll be spending 10 weeks looking at the 10 Commandments and how they play out in our lives today.  Thinking about the 10 Commandments, though, got me thinking about this short clip from a Mel Brooks movie.  Not quite how the 10 Commandments came to be, but pretty funny nonetheless.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Star Wars Cake

This is a picture of the cake we had for our son's 5th birthday.  Lots of fun and he loved it!  It was done by a friend of ours at Layered Designs.  You can check them out right here.

One America 500 Festival Half Marathon

I finished my 3rd half marathon this past Saturday in Indianapolis with approximately 40,000 other runners.  I didn't quite make my goal time, but I did have my best time to date in a half marathon ... 2:13.  I finished 10,298th overall ... more towards the top than the bottom which does my ego good.  :) But, to keep me humble, I was passed by a guy pushing a wheel chair and also a lady that looked in her 60's. :)

The "Indi-Mini" as it's called is really an amazing experience.  Thousands and thousands of people, amazing volunteers, so well organized and ran, tons of people cheering you on along the way ... it really is a lot of fun.

It was a bit hotter than I was expecting.  Temps were in the 70's but humidity was 90%.  I was literally drenched by the end of mile 1 and knew that it was just going to feel hotter and hotter along the way.  But, my goal was to mentally stay positive the entire race.  I was able to do that, thankfully.  It's also fun to try to be an encouragement to other runners along the way, which I tried to do as well.  

Something else that was really cool ... lots of people from our church did this race.  I love that!  Our lead pastor is a runner and has set the tone for physical activity in our church and it has really worked it's way down into our people.  

Four years ago, our worship pastor's wife Marcie, encouraged me to run this same half marathon.  At the time I didn't think there was any way I could ever do it.  But, her small encouragement sent me on a journey that has stuck with me to this day.  And, what is really cool is that, since that time, she has also challenged many others to run the race and they've taken her up on her challenge and completed it.  Most people can do a half marathon.  Barring any physical limitations, most people can do one ... it's just a matter of deciding they want to do it and then putting the time in to make it happen.  It's not a matter of "can't" but of "won't."  So, you too can get on this journey if you simply decide too.  It's a fun ride!

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