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Blessings in a Bottle

Posted in Apps, Bible, Christian, Devotion, Digital, Electronics, Faith, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Life, Pastors, Pittsburgh, Prayer, Real Talk with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2015 by BigPhatPastor

At the beginning of every year people are always trying to list out new things to try and do for the coming year.  I don’t do resolutions but I do try to implement things into my life that will make it better and make me a better person.  This year I saw a post regarding a jar of blessings.  It may have been around for a while but this is the 1st year I took notice of it.

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The idea is to take a jar and fill it with little notes about blessings that take place in your life; little things that happen throughout the day and big things that occur on certain days.  Well, since one of my wife’s motto’s is “Let’s not put things on display, they add to clutter.” I decided that instead of a jar of blessings I would keep an online notebook.  This way I have access to it no matter where I am and no matter which device is nearby.  I can also look at the blessings that occurred within a given week, month, or other specified time frame.

To date, I’ve filled it with some funny stuff, some light hearted stuff, tiny things about people I’ve met and other things God has blessed me with; some pretty huge.

If there was an app that would let me tweet these things out that would be even better; if anyone knows of one let me know.  Until then I will just have to keep blowing up my notebook because God is blessing my pants off.

How about you?  Anything special God is doing in your life?  And when He does do something do you share it with others?

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God’s “Like” Button

Posted in Christian, Fun, Global, God, Life, Sci Fi, Social Media, Superheroes, Vampires with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2010 by BigPhatPastor

I’m sure many of you have read the emails that used to float around saying that if God had a refrigerator your picture would be on it or if He had a wallet your picture would be in it.  While that does capture an aspect of God’s love for us, it doesn’t speak much about how God views our culture.  So…I was kind of wondering what it would look like if God had a “Like” button (of course all of the below are “in my humble opinion”).  I can already smell the controversial responses but…

Like – I honestly believe that God would “Like” the way social media has been used to connect people, help publicize the needs of people around the world, and allow global impact on responding to natural disasters and even just encouraging and uplifting one another.  There’s still nothing wrong with a good old fashioned face to face talk or cup of coffee, but definitely using social media to help others would be a huge like (I believe).

Like – I’m not saying that everyone or everything in Hollywood pleases God.  But I think the level of authenticity that is starting to appear in some movies, some actors and actresses, and even in some TV shows would please God.  Definitely still a long way to go but, yea, there’s a start.

Dislike – Not that it matters in the spiritual realm but a part of me wonders if God would dislike the lack of manliness in vampires and superheroes today.  Of course that one is up for debate…go!

Like – Granted our culture, our nation, and our planet have fallen on hard times.  But this has not stopped the desire of individuals, organizations, congregations, and even whole populations of townships, cities, and nations to reach out and help those in less fortunate situations.  One of the most powerful statements made by Jesus Christ is recorded in Mark 14:7 when He tells His followers that they can help the poor anytime they chose.

Dislike – Although there is a huge desire to help others around the globe, we as a culture seem to have a hard time treating those in our local circle of influence with genuine human good nature and respect.  Unfortunately, what many people experience in their work place, schools, communities, in their homes, and even in congregational places of worship are gossip, hatred, racial disharmony, natural distrust, and just a general lack of natural respect for each other.  From God’s viewpoint, we could reach out with more than our finances.  We could reach out with some old fashioned love of thy neighbor (Mark 12:33).

Like – I think God would be genuinely pleased with our cultures overall acceptance of the differences that we all share.  I’m not referring to differences that are not pleasing to God, but our acceptance of different races, cultures, creeds, religious, and political views.  God views every one of us as worthy of being in relationship with Him despite our differences, backgrounds, or experiences.  (2 Peter 3:9, John 3:16)

Dislike – Yet we still do not tolerate the God who created all the peoples of differing races, cultures, creeds, religious, and political views.  Not only do we not tolerate Him, but those who claim to follow Him tolerate and accept things opposed to Him rather than Him.  Unfortunately, even the churches that bear His name and are supposed to follow His teachings are teaching things that are in direct opposition to Him merely because they refuse to believe Him although they claim to believe IN Him.  Yea, I think this one needs a lot of work and would definitely be high on the dislike scale.

The C.R.E.W.

Posted in Christian, Community, God, Holy Spirit, Life, Ministry, Spiritual with tags , , , on August 9, 2010 by BigPhatPastor

I am often amazed at what a community can do when they see or acknowledge a need. Just recently, CNN posted an article about a local Twitterer from Pittsburgh who secretly was involved in doing random good deeds for people.  Several other members of the twitterverse are involved in using social media to help identify and pinpoint needs in their communities, gather human and financial resources, and focus on meeting the needs.

Several months ago another Burgh local started a community outreach program geared towards the community coming together to help meet the needs of others.  The C.R.E.W.  (which stands for The Community Ready Equipped and Willing) is a local volunteer based group that hopes to  inspire everyone in the community to help others.  The volunteers go into the homes of the elderly, disabled, or those with limited resources and helps with cleaning, painting, yard work, and/or light repairs and chores that will help make the homeowners life a little easier.  The C.R.E.W. does not do any work that would require a licensed professional.

Although The C.R.E.W.  is a ministry of CrossRoads Community Church any and all members of the community are encouraged to volunteer, regardless of religious or political affiliation, race, creed, color, or economic situation.  This organization is all about the entire community coming together to help the entire community.

Currently, The C.R.E.W. schedules their outings once per month and will cease operations for this season in October.  However, they are hoping to have enough financial and human resources to increase the number of monthly outings when they start back up again in April of 2011.  for more details email Judi at familyadvocacy@crossroadsofjeffersonhills.com

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