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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sunday Verse

This is the passage that was preached from at the sunday message today. It really spoke out to me, and I thought I would post it here for everyone to be reminded of.


Romans 5:18-6:11 Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin- because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 

~Mark

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving

thanks·giv·ing
Pronunciation:
\thaŋ(k)s-ˈgi-viŋ also ˈthaŋ(k)s-ˌ\
Function: noun
Date: 1533
1: the act of giving thanks
2: a prayer expressing gratitude
3 a: a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness b: capitalized: Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day
Function: noun
Date: 1674
a day appointed for giving thanks for divine goodness: as
a: the fourth Thursday in November observed as a legal holiday in the United States
b: the second Monday in October observed as a legal holiday in Canada

So is this really the meaning of thanksgiving? Is it really all about getting together with family, watching the parades, being thankful for toothpaste, eating turkey and taking long naps? maybe...or maybe its about something else...something more important than who brought the potato salad or who burned the biscuits Is Thanksgiving only supposed to be expressed on one day of the year? God deserves, requires, and commands our thanks and praise EVERY DAY...not just the 4th thursday
Check out some of these verses about thanksgiving:

Ezra 3:11
With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD: "He is good; his love to Israel endures forever." And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.
Psalm 69:30
I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving

Psalm 100:4
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.


1 Corinthians 1:4
I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus

Psalm 95:2
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song


Jonah 2:9
But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD."

1 Corinthians 14:16
If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand say "Amen" to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying?

2 Corinthians 4:15
All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God

Now, THAT is what Thanksgiving is...with that said, Happy Thanksgiving! Praise God for another day!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Prayer Request(s)

Hey guys, I have 2 prayer requests although they're kindof about the same thing.
1. My manager Mr. James (greatest manager ever...the dad kind who will get mad if you do somethin stupid or pray with you when you're having a hard time) recently got a second job and by doing so cut his shifts down to two shifts a week...going from a previous five shifts a week. He feels that God has called him to this new job...but after two weeks, he thinks that it was the wrong timing. So right now he's in a position with a big decision...he really wants to come back to us but feels the need to stay at his new job because it is an "ungodly place" in his words. Pray for him in this difficult time.
2. Pray for me (selfish I know) I'm dealing with some character issues mostly at work. I'm also having a hard time dealing with Mr. James being gone and all the changes the management has made lately...hence the appearance of more character issues that need to be dealt with! (Praise God for bringing them to my attention!) Pray for patience and growth in knowing how to deal with frustrating situations and people.
Thanks you guys, I know how faithful you are in prayer! Love you guys hope you have an amazing week....I have another post coming soon.
Vaya con Dios - it means farwell in Spanish but translates literally into "Go with God" how amazing isn't it!?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Hope this link works!

Okay, we kind of had a hard time with the previous links...so I hope I did it right this time. :)



http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/ConferenceMessages/ByTitle/2699_The_Appearance_of_the_Unwasted_Life_Part_1/

And Part 2:

http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/ConferenceMessages/ByTitle/2700_The_Appearance_of_the_Unwasted_Life_Part_2/

Monday, November 17, 2008

Romans 8:28

That's all.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Thanks for Praying

Hey guys, I just wanted to wrap up a prayer request I had a while ago.


As you all know, several weeks ago one of my coworkers broke her elbow and wrist while working. Thanks so much for all your prayers, and by the grace of God there is no long term injury that she will have to deal with. She has pretty much completely healed, but she still has 1 more week to go until she can use her arm for lifting objects, etc. 

Thanks again!

~Mark

Friday, November 14, 2008

Don't Waste What?

I was listening to John Piper's message, The Appearance of the Unwasted Life, yesterday and was personally convicted. I would highly recommend it to you. It's in two parts and you can listen to or download them by clicking here: Part 1 , Part 2. After listening to the message, please post under the general topic of '"don't waste your..." - you fill in the blank. Some suggestions for specific topics would be 'don't waste your...youth, job, money, time, talent. I think this will help us to mutually encourage each other and to 'spur each other on to love and good deeds' Heb. 10:24.

~mee

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hi all.

Hello everyone. I'm Adam Davis.

Many of you may already know who I am, from the Elliotts (whom I only recently met) or the Grafs, who have been good friends of mine for a long time. I have even met a handful of you already (Morgan, Bethany, Nathan). I look forward to meeting you all someday soon. You give me the hope that maybe, just maybe, the next generation won't totally ruin the world.

Emily Elliott let me know it might be a good idea to introduce myself to those of you who don't fit into any of those categories and just plain have no idea who I am . I've never been great at introductions, but I'll do my best. I suppose the best way to go about it would be to do what I'd want someone to do if they were introduced to me. It's always nice to get the basics out of the way, so how about that first?

I'm 16 years old, and I'll be 17 on February 21. I'm in what is commonly labeled as the 11th grade. I'm 5'9", blonde hair blue eyes, blah blah blah.

I know none of that is interesting. It's all stuff that becomes immediately obvious when you meet someone in person. What always appeals to me is getting to know how people think; what makes them smile, what makes them laugh, what makes them cry, what they do when they're alone, what they're really afraid of, what they dream of. That's the kind of thing that can be hard to drag out of a person, because it's so personal. But I've always said that I'm one to put all the cards on the table, so here you are.

I smile when I am appreciated.

I laugh when a friend tells me a joke.

You would be hard-pressed to make me cry.

When I’m alone I hum music and pantomime a keyboard.

I’m really afraid of pain.

I dream of being an artist. Not being rich or famous. Just having the freedom to have my own lifestyle.

So, as an icebreaker, I’m challenging you with the same questions. What makes you smile? What makes you laugh? What makes you cry? What do you do when you’re alone? What are you afraid of? What do you dream of.

I look forward to getting to know you.