Friday, May 23, 2008

Happy Sabbath #6

Matthew 18:21-22
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?"
Jesus answered and said, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times."

How important is family to us? And friends? This evening, as we contemplate the week gone by and the arrival of the Sabbath, we need to ask ourselves: "Are we allowing past hurts and grudges to keep us from the ones we love? Have we grown tired of forgiving our brother?"
Jesus never grows tired of forgiving us our sins. Never, not once, has He lashed out at us or withdrawn His sacrifice due to our sinful nature. Yet we tend to be merciless and unforgiving to those who pierce us with their words and with their acts.
Here stands a challenge as we near the Sabbath hours: if you have anything against your brother, leave your sacrifice at the alter and hurry to him to resolve the matter. Then return and offer your offering of thanksgiving.

GENESIS 33:4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.

Monday, May 19, 2008

.love.is.all.we.need.


It is nearly time for mid-year exams.
With exams threatening to steal our thunder, it is often easy to forget about others and dwell on how much WE need to do and how stressed WE are. But that isn't the way Christ intended for it to be. He has always put emphasis on putting others first, and with that thought I'd like to present 10 ways to show someone you care (even when you're feeling like you really are more of a priority than your neighbour)...

How can you show love more often
Through compassionate deeds
By forgiving others
Through caring confrontation
By being loyal
With humor
In celebrations
By being creative
By honoring others
By really listening and trying not to dominate conversations
By teaching others to care

Take this challenge: Do one of these for the next ten days and really take interest in others.
God bless!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Supermom

The Busyness Thing
(To the tune - My Favorite Things)
By Glenn A. Hascall


Noses and diapers
And things that need wiping
PTA letters
And notes that need typing
Dishes are calling
And so are my friends
I move through the house like a hurricane wind

Sure there was Mary
But what about Martha
Scurry and hurry
Round her home and hearth, "Uh
Jesus tell Mary
To start helping out"
The Master's reply left little to doubt

Slow down and sit down
And stop all your rushing
Mary is quiet
Her spirit is hushing
Martha, dear Martha
You want what is best
Oh, come to the quiet and in My love rest.

Oh, so busy
In a tizzy
What am I to do?
Remember the story of Martha and Mare.
Then change your outlook too.

Read the script here.

Copyright Glenn A.Hascall, all rights reserved. This script may be used free of charge, provided no charge is made for entry. In return, the author would appreciate being notified of any performance. He may be contacted at glenn.hascallATgmail.com

Friday, May 9, 2008

Friendship

Better is open rebuke
Than love that is concealed.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.

Proverbs 27:5-6 New American Standard


Taken by Claudelle Photography

Friday, May 2, 2008

Happy Sabbath # 4 - Be the Difference

I have just completed making my list for my swap - 100 Things I would like to do before I die. I decided to search on this topic. I see many people have done their own list. There are even generic ones where you can just tick off (i have done a lot of things on those list).

In the process I started thinking about what can I do for others. I found this free e-book: 101 Ways to Change the World from Together We Can Change the World Publishers. In the book there is a link to a movie called Be The Difference.

I thought this was really some great stuff - some things listed are elementary (you are probably doing it already) but its sometimes good to get affirmation that what we are doing does make a difference.