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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.

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Don’t Let Fear Steal Your Vote

Posted in Bible, Christian, Church, Country, Faith, God, Government, Jesus Christ, Leadership, Life, Pittsburgh, Political, Prayer, Real Talk, The Church with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2014 by BigPhatPastor

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Sadly, many people are going to go to the polls this week and vote based on fear: fear of decreasing income and/or fear of increased taxes; fear based on the race or gender of the individual voting and/or the race or gender of the candidate running; fear of a party losing political power or of a party gaining it.  Don’t let fear steal your vote!

I pray that we as Christ followers would go to the polls ready to vote based on faith, not fear: faith in the one who saved us, who provides for us, and who is able to, and has done, exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ask or imagine.  Praying that we as Christ followers would seek His face first and then vote according to the prompting of His Holy Spirit. #amen! #whomshallwefear

Before You Vote…

Posted in Bible, Christian, Community, Country, Culture, Digital, Family, God, Government, Life, Prayer, Real Talk, Spiritual, The Church, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2012 by BigPhatPastor

As you can probably tell many people are very distressed about the upcoming election.  I’m an independent but many people who are faithful to their party are literally up in arms.  If you are a Christ follower, regardless of your political affiliation, you have two responsibilities in this upcoming election: first and foremost to pray, and secondly, to vote.

But before you vote, there are 4 podcasts you definitely need to hear before entering the polls.  Because of the election, at CrossRoads we recently did a series called When In Rome: God’s Perspective on Political Hotspots.  The purpose was to let Christians know God’s perspective on many of the issues being raised by both parties in the upcoming election.   If you have time and the technical resources listen to these podcasts and pray like crazy before casting your vote.  Below is a highlight of each podcast topic and links to where you can get them in either audio or video format.

Podcast 1) When In Rome: God’s Perspective on Political Hotspots – This podcast laid out the fact that many of the issues being raised today have been faced before by people in other nations, specifically Rome, at the height of that nations place of power in history.

Podcast 2) When In Rome: Sexual Healing – In this podcast the topic of sexuality, whether heterosexual or homosexual, is looked at from God’s perspective.  Both parties claim to have the right perspective to how we should view sexual issues.  But before you vote, perhaps you should get God’s perspective.

Podcast 3) When In Rome: The Amazing Race – For obvious reasons, racism has become a huge factor in this election more than any other, including the one that put President Obama in the white house.  The issue is so strong that it is dividing our nation, homes, and even our congregations.  Again, if you are a Christ follower, whether you are dealing with the issue or just know someone who is, this podcast will help you immensely.

Podcast 4) When In Rome: God and Government – Each candidate and their party has a view of the role of government.  God has a view as well and I can guarantee you it differs from what you have heard from either party.

Access the podcasts by:

From iTunes – under podcasts, search for “At The CrossRoads” and look for the icon from this blog.

From our Website – Video and audio can be accessed or downloaded from our website at http://crossroadsofjeffersonhills.com/#/our-message

By email – If you are unable to access any of these features, send me an email and I will mail you an MP3 CD of all 4 podcasts, at no cost to you.

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