DEFAULT, OR MY FAULT?

Written by Jeremy Pate. Posted in Blog.

Mindset

According to the dictionary, one of the definitions of the word “default” is, “a selection made usually automatically or without active consideration due to lack of a viable alternative.” For our purposes today, I’d like to talk about our “default” mindset, spiritually. To help us understand what this means, let’s ask a few questions of ourselves:

Of Pews & People

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Pews

This past Sunday, you may have noticed that several of our pews in the auditorium had been slashed, sliced, cut, or otherwise vandalized; there were nearly a dozen pews affected, and so far, no one knows anything about how it happened. No one has come forward to confess, and no one has any suspicions or theories about who might be responsible.

When it comes to who may have damaged the pews, it is currently a mystery; and it may remain a mystery, indefinitely. We may never know.

Little Debbie Religion

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Little-Debbie-Logo

If the list of products on their website is accurate, Little Debbie makes about 120 different kinds of snack cakes.

They have been selling Little Debbie snacks since 1960 and in those 50 years they have sold 157 billion Little Debbies.  If you lined up all of those snacks, end to end, it would cover over 9.9 million miles (enough to circle the earth almost 400 times!)  That’s also enough snack cakes to stretch to the moon and back 41 times!

The top sellers are the Swiss Cake Rolls, the Oatmeal Crème Pies and the Nutty Bars.  Little Debbie sells over 200 million cartons of these 3 products alone each year.

Little Debbie accounts for 1/3 of the snack cake market, making it the number 1 brand of snack cakes.

A&S Syndrome

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Ananias-and-Sapphira-Blog

From time to time in Scripture, God does something that most of us would consider to be extreme: He strikes people dead. He did this in the following instances throughout Scripture (this list is not exhaustive):

This Is Personal

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This-is-Personal-Blog

Before I begin, I would like to quote some Scripture:

-       “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you…” – Rom. 1:8

-       “I give thanks to my God always for you…” – I Cor. 1:4

-       “For I wrote to you…to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.” – 2 Cor. 2:4

-       “I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers…” – Eph. 1:16

-       “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy...I hold you in my heart…” – Ph. 1:3

-       “…my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown…” – Ph. 4:1

-       “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you…” – Col. 1:3

-       “We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Thess. 1:2-3

TRUST FAIL: 3 Simple Ways That Christians Miss Out on the Abundant Life

Written by Jeremy Pate. Posted in Blog.

Trust-Fall-1

I love being a Christian.

I have not always been faithful to God, but as I grow older and mature in my faith, I can honestly say that He has always been faithful to me. When I reflect on my status as one of God’s children, I am truly happy, and I truly enjoy my life.

So why are so many so-called “Christians” so unhappy? They manage to drag themselves to the church building once a week, but they’re not happy about it. They plunk their check into the collection plate every Sunday, but they’re not happy about it. They’ll even open their mouth and sing the words to “Sing and Be Happy”…but they’re still not happy about it. Why and how does this happen? Here is one possible answer…

"What Do Esau & Queen Elsa Have in Common?"

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Elsa-2

He’s the brother who traded his birthright for a bowl of soup. He was short-sighted and impulse-driven. 

He was also the man who got so angry with his own brother for stealing his blessing that he vowed to kill him. He was hot-tempered and violent. 

He was the husband who took a third wife, apparently as a last-ditch effort to get some kind of blessing from his father. He was rash and somewhat foolish.

"Let My People Go!!"

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Let-My-People-Go

This was the demand that God told Moses to proclaim in the presence of the Egyptian Pharaoh some 430 years after God’s people had entered Egypt.  They had become a nation of mistreated slaves. It wasn’t exactly what God had in mind for them.

"Do All Things Without WHAT?"

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Do-All-Things-Without-WHAT

A customer was bothering a waiter in a restaurant one evening.  First, he complained that he was too hot and that he wanted the air conditioner turned up.  Then he was too cold and he told the waiter to turn the air conditioner down.  This went on for about a half an hour as the waiter patiently walked back and forth to the back of the restaurant every time the customer asked him to.  He never even got angry.

Chaos in the Temple?

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Jesus-in-the-Temple

In Matthew 21:1-11, we read about the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. We are told that “most of the crowd” was very happy to see Him, and “spread their cloaks on the road” for Him as He passed into the city. They shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

But in verse 12, Jesus began His work, and His work involved some specific things:

The Option of Involvement?

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Involvement

 

Webster’s Dictionary defines the term “involved” as, “committed or engaged”. Whether it is politics, sports, relationships, or any other area of life, we all understand this concept of being involved. In fact, regardless of the specifics of what we might be involved in, there are a few basic ways to measure that involvement:

Garth WHO??

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Garth Brooks

As of May 2014, Garth Brooks is the best-selling album artist in the United States, having sold nearly 70 million copies of his albums. To put this into perspective, the Beatles are a close second place, selling just over 65 million. Of his 11 studio albums, 6 of them have reached Diamond status (which means that they have sold over 10 million copies each). His second album, “No Fences” (released in 1990) sold a staggering 17 million copies. His third album, “Ropin’ the Wind” (1991) had advance orders of 4 million copies before it was even released.

Are We Truly Thankful...or Do We Just Like Turkey?

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Thanksgiving

In Luke 17:11-19, we read the account of Jesus and the 10 lepers. When they saw Jesus passing by, they said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” Jesus then told them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests”, and as they went, they were all cleansed of their leprosy. As they realized that they were clean, 1 of the 10 turned back to express his thanks to Jesus.

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