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Prayer Meeting—Wednesday—February 5—6:00
More Like Jesus
I want to be more like Jesus.
I want to exhibit His many traits.
I want to show others that I care,
By sharing my belief and faith.
I want to walk the Christian way,
And to my Savior stay true.
For when He walked here on this earth,
He lived His life as I want to do.
I will try to think of others first,
And minister to their needs.
Jesus would want me to die to self
And follow His loving lead.
I will not worry about my plight
When others are suffering more.
Instead I’ll be more like Jesus,
I’ll reach out to the sick and poor.
Jesus was always compassionate.
I will strive to be more like Him.
I will be a lantern for my Lord,
Never letting His light grow dim.
When others can look at me and see,
My dear Savior’s love and grace,
I’ll know I’m finally following
His teachings, I’ve tried to embrace.
The Affluent Poor
You cannot save yourself. Not through the right rituals. Not through the right doctrine. Not through the right devotion. Not through the right goose bumps. Jesus is crystal clear. It is impossible for human beings to save themselves.
Jesus doesn’t say improbable. He doesn’t say unlikely. He doesn’t even say it will be tough. He says it is impossible to save yourself. No chance. No way. No loopholes. No hope. Impossible. It’s impossible to swim the Pacific. It’s impossible to go to the moon on the tail of a kite. You can’t climb Mount Everest with a picnic basket and a walking stick. And unless somebody does something, you don’t have a chance of going to heaven.
Does that strike you as cold? All your life you’ve been rewarded according to your performance. You get grades according to your study. You get commendations according to your success. You get money in response to your work. That’s why the rich young ruler thought heaven was just a payment away. It only made sense. You work hard, you pay your dues, and “zap” your account is credited as paid in full. Jesus says, “No way.” What you want costs far more than what you can pay. You don’t need a system, you need a Savior. You don’t need a resume, you need a Redeemer, for “what is impossible with men is possible with God” (Luke 18:27).
You see, it wasn’t the money that hindered the rich man; it was the self-sufficiency. It wasn’t the possessions; it was the pomp. It wasn’t the big bucks; it was the big head. “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:23). It’s not just the rich who have difficulty. So do the educated, the strong, the good-looking, the popular, the religious. So do you if you think your piety or power qualifies you as a kingdom candidate. You don’t impress the officials at NASA with a paper airplane. You don’t boast about your crayon sketches in the presence of Picasso. You don’t claim equality with Einstein because you can write “H2O.” And you don’t boast about your goodness in the presence of the Perfect. Max :Lucrado **************************************************************
It seems there is a small conflict on exactly what to title this years Super Bowl which will be held on Sunday, February 2nd, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Immediately following the NFL playoffs, it was noted and broadly proclaimed that this years bowl will be between teams in two different states that have legalized marijuana for personal use. That’s the Denver Broncos in Colorado and the Seattle Seahawks in Washington state.
I prefer to think of it as ‘The Christian Bowl’ since there is an interesting dichotomy in this year’s Super Bowl as both quarterback’s who will face off against each other are devout Christians. I’ll leave it to your decision whether the recent publicity concerning NFL star Tim Tebow is good or bad, right or wrong, but in its highlight, very few realize, he isn’t alone in his love for our Lord!
This year’s super bowl will be led by the brilliant NFL veteran of 16-years, Peyton Manning who was called the “most respected quarterback” in the NFL this year and arguably the “best ever” to play the game, who will be up against the young and talented Russel Wilson, who is only in his 2nd year in the NFL and who actually attended the “Payton Manning Passing Academy” when he was younger. While Peyton Manning, (37), stands at 6’5″, Wilson, (25), measures in at 5’11″. But there are similarities also that really matter, they are both devoted Christians.
It’s not hard to figure out where Russel Wilson is regarding his faith, “Jesus is everything, He’ll meet you right where you’re at, he said in a Gospel Herald interview. Manning’s heart for the Lord is no less passionate, just more personal and less obvious in public, according to a Christian Post report.
“Some players get more vocal about it and some point to Heaven after scoring a touchdown and praise God after games,” Peyton said in a book he co-wrote with his father, Archie, published back in 2001. “I have no problem with that. But I don’t do it, and don’t think it makes me any less a Christian.
Manning, who says he doesn’t pray for victory, but for the safety of the players on both sides, takes to heart some good advice given by his father, advice that many sports figures would do well to remember: ”Dad says it can take twenty years to make a reputation, and five minutes to ruin it,” writes Manning in the book. I want my reputation to be able to make it through whatever five-minute crises I run into. And I’m a lot more comfortable knowing where my help is.”
As for me, I already have the inside scoop on who shall triumph in this year’s bowl, whatever you decide to call it. In recent conversations, when I queried, “who shall win this year’s bowl?”, I received the response, “the team with the most points my son!” Rick Stambough
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