Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dallas Cowboys

Police found a 6 year old boy wandering the streets.  Officer offered to take the boy home.  The boy said no because his mom beats him.  The police asked about his father.  The boy replied he beats him too.  The police asked well where do you want to live?  The boy replied “WITH THE DALLAS COWBOYS BECAUSE THEY DONT BEAT NOBODY!”

A Christian

A Christian

Several years ago, a preacher from
 out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston , Texas . Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change.. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, 'You'd better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.' Then he thought, 'Oh, forget it, it's only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a 'gift from God' and keep quiet.' 

When his stop came, he paused momentarily at
 the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, 'Here,you gave me too much change ....'

The
driver, with a smile, replied, 'Aren't you the new preacher in town?'  


 

'Yes' he replied.

'Well, I have been thinking a lot lately
 about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I'll see you at church on Sunday.'

When the preacher stepped off of
  the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, 'Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter.'

Our lives are the only Bible some people
 will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test!  Always be on guard -- and remember -- You carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself  'Christian.'

Watch your thoughts ; they become
 words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
W atch
  your actions; they become habits..
Watch your habits; they
  become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your
  destiny. 


I'm glad a friend forwarded this to me as a  reminder. So, I choose to forward it to you - my friend.    God  bless you.


 If you don't pass this on to anybody, nothing  bad will happen; but, if you do, you will have ministered to  someone  today.

 

 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sin

Sermon yesterday was about being set free from sin.  I thought that was interesting because I had a conversation with a friend earlier in the week about that very thing.  They said that God hated homosexuals.  God doesnt hate us, he loves us.  If He didnt love us, He would not have sent Christ.  Its the sin God hates.  Then was asked, What about pedophiles?  Same thing.  Its the sin, not the person.  God hates ALL sin.  As for sexual sin, anything outside of marriage is a sin.  Not only is it a sin, but also a sin against yourself because you are defiling your body which God made.  Another thing, God didnt set the different levels of severity to sin, man did.  Sin cannot enter into heaven.  Why do you think God forsook Christ when he was on the cross?  Because all of our sin had been laid upon Him.  He became sin, who knew no sin.  When we think God has turned his back on us, it is us that has turned our back on God through our sin.  Repent means when you change direction and go back the way you came from.  In other words, do a u-turn Many times, when we sin, we ignore the voice of God telling us it is wrong.  Like any other parent, you tell your child so many times not to do something, eventually, you are going to quit telling them and let them suffer the consequences.  Why should God our Father be any different?  Oh, and God will not tempt us.  It is our own sinful nature that does that.  God will not tempt us with evil because God is not evil.  You dont tempt your kids with wrong things, do you?  It is a fallacy to say that God is tempting you.  Remember, God loves you and will not harm you.  Think about how you relate to your own children.  After thinking about that, why would God be any different to us, His children?  You love your child but dont necessarily like what they do, right?  This is just some food for thought.  Something to think about next time you think God hates you or that you have done something so wrong that there is not a way back to God.  He is our creator yet we expect less out of Him than we do our earthly parents That is the exact opposite of the way it is.  He is so much more than our earthly parents.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Green Saves Money

Looking at some the hacks that are out there, not only does hacking things save you money, but it also cuts down on the amount of trash we generate.  Not only do you get to be a steward of your money, you also get to be a steward of the Earth.

Swiffer Hack

I took the bottle of solution (once empty) and created a hole in the bottom.  Found screw to fit hole.  I now use a funnel to refill my Swiffer cleaning solution with my own mix of Pine-Sol and water.  Just saw a hack for the pads, use a washcloth in place of the pads.  Not only does this save you money, but also is a green way to do things. 

Saving Money

My husband and I have quit smoking.  My house is smelling better but our van smells like a guys locker room.  Plus, we installed an antenna and cancelled Dish.  Also found out, that on the AT&T family plan, if you have the unlimited family text for $30, unlimited internet on your phone is $10.  Then found out you can connect to your phones internet on your home computer via blue tooth.  Internet thru Dish aka Wild Blue was $70 with a bandwidth limit.  So cancelled that.  By cancelling both Dish and Wild blue, we saved about $135 a month. Add in the phones @ $50 we got a total monthly savings of about $421.

Going to work on getting items at home all on a main switch for each outlet.  Anything that has a light flashing or someting with an indicator even when it is turned off is still drawing power.  Going to see what going unplugged when not in use will do to our electric bill.

~$6 per pack * 7 days = $42
$42 * 2 people = $84 weekly
$84 * 4 weeks = $336 monthly
$85 cost saving of Dish and internet + $336 saved from smoking = $421 a month