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National Day of Prayer

Posted in Apps, Atheist, Bible, Celebration, Christian, Church, Community, Country, Culture, DC, Devotion, Digital, Election, Faith, Family, God, Government, HIstory, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2015 by BigPhatPastor

NDPThis year I am torn more than ever regarding the National Day of Prayer.  I know it is a huge nationwide event that brings out people and congregations in droves to events all over the nation.  I strongly encourage people and congregations to gather publically and pray for their friends, their families, their communities, and our nation and its leaders.  However, isn’t that what the body of Christ is supposed to do anyway?  And do it daily?

I am torn because some view the National Day of Prayer as the only day to engage in prayer.  Prayer is one of the most valuable assets that the body of Christ has today.  If that is true then shouldn’t the body of Christ be gathering together, even across denominational lines, to pray for people, communities, and our nation…regularly?

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for praying together and in public.  I  am just all for it more than just one day a year.  Why aren’t there monthly or quarterly prayer events going on across our nation on a regular basis?  Why is it usually when tragedy strikes that we see a call to prayer?  Why does it have to take a Tsunami, an earthquake, or a questionable action by a civil servant, or a city in mourning to bring the body of Christ together to pray?  I am not trying to be cynical, but perhaps if we held more prayer events than protests or more prayer events other than to pray against a politician all of our cities and our nation would be in better place.

As I write this, yes, I am trying and have tried to coordinate cross-denominational prayer events for the National Day of Prayer (for those who are wondering if I practice what I preach, lol).  And yes, I am aware that multiple congregations are already engaged in doing regular prayer events with their congregations and with other congregations across denominational lines.  But God help us, literally, if we ever get to a point where we feel like we are praying too much.  This year we are trying to add the following to our local prayer events and if possible perhaps you and your congregation can do the same if it is not being done already:

-Quarterly or regularly scheduled cross denominational pray events

-Public prayer events and prayer walks

That being said, what are you praying for and who will you be praying with for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday May 7th of this year?

Put A Bandaid On It…

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So a few months ago I pulled a tendon in my left arm.  It took forever to heal because I kept going right back out and doing the thing that caused the damage in the first place, #dagorhir (you’re going to have to Google it).  After weeks of it not healing I finally took a few weeks off from sparring and gym workouts to let it heal.  Then I gradually re-engaged in both #dagorhir  and gym workouts.  It took time but it healed. 

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So what do you think I did when I pulled a tendon in my right arm a few weeks later (this was after a pulled abdominal muscle and a few thumb smashes…#dagorhir)? I went right back at it without allowing time for healing.  Of course once I finally took a few weeks off it began to heal; I am still in that healing process.

I look at our nation now and I see a nation that needs to heal, from wounds of lost loved ones, from wounds of lost trust and confidence, and from wounds caused by hatred and bigotry. This nation, we make up this nation, need time to heal.

Over the Christmas weekend take some time to heal.  Step away from the keyboard.  Don’t respond to any flagrant posts or tweets. Ignore the rants and tirades and spend the weekend with family and loved ones.  We all need time to heal.  #merrychristmas.

Election Day!!!!

Posted in Christian, Church, Devotion, Election, Faith, God, Government, HIstory, Jesus Christ, Pastors, Real Talk, Taboo Topics, The Church, worship with tags , , , , , , on October 31, 2014 by BigPhatPastor

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Today as you are making final decisions to cast your vote in the upcoming elections please pray that we, as Christ followers, remember that when the United States declared its independence from Great Britain it was a unanimous decision based on knowing God as “Creator” and “Supreme Judge of the world” to whom we were accountable, and with the expectation of His “divine providence” in our success as an independent nation as was declared in the Declaration of Independence.  Pray that today and going forward we, as Christ followers, are united again in seeking the will of our Creator for His divine providence for our nation. #amen!

The First Un-Boxing

Posted in Bible, Celebration, Christian, Culture, Devotion, Digital, Electronics, Faith, Global, God, HIstory, Holiday, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Resurrection, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2014 by BigPhatPastor

Although many people have moved on from their Christmas gifts to focusing on other things I am still playing with and intrigued by some of my gifts.  As a self-proclaimed techno geek (no, I do not think more highly of myself than I ought) I love playing with gadgets and technical things, especially one gift in particular.  I saw a video of a backup battery case in operation and thought it looked good so I gave one to my daughter as a Christmas gift.  She enjoyed it so much so I used a few of my Christmas gift cards to purchase one for my smart phone.  The case has a built in battery so if the phone’s battery gets depleted the case itself becomes a charger and can provide about 191% of the battery power needed to fully charge the phone.

empty-tomb-of-jesusI was  intrigued by the device because of the un-boxing videos I’ve seen for this and similar products.  For those that do not know an un-boxing video is not a review.  It is literally watching a person open a boxed product and take stock of what is inside.  The video will usually shine some light on what the product is, what it is used for, what the contents are, and a slight hint of what their review will hold.  Every time I watch an actual un-boxing, where the product has not been opened before, I feel as if I am sharing in the surprise, hope, and joy of the person opening the box. It is almost like watching people open Christmas gifts all year long.

Each year as we come upon the season commemorating Resurrection Sunday, I get that same level of excitement, hope, and joy.  I think of the wonderment of Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome as they brought spices to the tomb of Jesus and found the tomb open, or un-boxed.  I think of the amazement, unbelief, and spark of hope as they entered the tomb and found not a body, but an angel sitting inside.  Mark chapter 16 records the women were trembling and that they were amazed.  Some translations use the word bewildered.  However, the Greek word used is a word where we derive our English word “ecstatic”.  These women weren’t confused; they were in a state of divine hope and delight beyond reasoning.

Luke records that Peter ran to the tomb upon hearing it was empty and was filled with wonder whilst John records that they saw it empty and believed.  Oddly enough, in the very next verse John confirms that they didn’t understand that Jesus had to rise from the dead, yet still they believed.  The empty tomb, the first un-boxing if you will, was God’s fulfillment of scripture.  But it was also a sign, a guarantee of who Jesus Christ was, the Savior, the Son of God and of the Spirit filled life that would be there for all those who believed.

In the days and weeks leading to this year’s Resurrection Sunday Celebration, God invites us all to search our hearts; to determine what the empty tomb represents to each of us and to determine who Jesus will be in our lives.  Will His resurrection be just a historical event or will it be the earth shattering act from the Creator of the universe to show humanity that He knows us, cares about us, and is able to give us a new life in and with Him?  Will Jesus be just a teacher and religious icon that sparks societal controversy or will He be God in the flesh who lived, died, and was resurrected so that nothing would separate us from the love of God and so that we might spend an eternity experiencing God’s goodness, grace, and love?

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