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Resurrection Sunday!

April 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Did you know that bunnies and eggs are NOT part of the original resurrection account in the Bible? They are nowhere to be found in the biblical account of the historical resurrection.

So where do chocolate eggs, bunnies, and even the word “Easter” come from? They have pagan origins. The word “Easter” even refers to a pagan goddess and pagan legends.

Centuries ago, Christians united with pagans for an Easter celebration. Today, we do not think anything of it but is it good to mix the sacred with the secular? Is it a distraction? Maybe it’s no big deal. Maybe it is.

Pagans worshipped fertility gods and celebrated with rabbits (who give birth to lots of rabbits – they multiply!) and eggs which are both symbols of fertility.

So, I’m not condemning you if you celebrate Easter (I prefer to call it “Resurrection Day”) or if you eat chocolate bunnies (I like them, too). I do not want to condemn – I merely want to tell you the truth in love so that you might consider these things.

Pure religion undefiled is to give to widows and orphans. It’s giving. Let’s make the holidays about giving to others and about serving Him and NOT about what we can receive because we’ve already received the greatest gift of all: eternal life!

Do some real research to see if these things are true. Find out the truth about this holiday. Most of all, read about the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the New Testament and get encouragement from Him.

I assure you of this. The resurrection of Jesus Christ has to do only with the power of God and no pagan traditions!

-Mark (celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ today – so thankful He died and was raised from the dead)

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God had bigger plans for Colt tonight… Watch the video

January 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Please take a minute and 26 seconds to watch the post game interview below of Texas Quarterback Colt McCoy.  Here is a young man who understands what is truly important.  “God is in control of my life, I never question Him.  If all else fails, I know I am still standing on the ROCK.”   What a perfect example of walking out 1 Peter 3:15  But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

 

To God be all the Glory (even from those who lose)

-Jason

But I will honor those who honor me, and I will despise those who think lightly of me.  (1 Samuel 2:30)

Thankful: doesn’t come from us…

November 25, 2009 2 comments

Remember back when you were young…  An adult blessed you with something, maybe your favorite toy, a good book, or some clothes.  What were the first words out of your mouth?  WOW, COOL, NEAT….  For most of us, it wouldn’t be hard for you to imagine what your parents words were to you… WHAT DID YOU SAY?  “Uh thank you…”  We aren’t taught how to be selfish.  We become prodigys of that nature all by ourselves.  As I grow older, I still find myself having to battle against being focused only on me.

What is the solution?

The Bible says that every good and perfect gift is from the LORD.  As you celebrate Thanksgiving this week with your loved ones, ask the LORD to reignite your heart of Thankfulness.  Spend the day thanking Him for all the amazing blesssings in your life.  Take time out to remember, if you are thankful, it’s only because of Him.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7

-Jason

 

A challenging song

July 10, 2008 Leave a comment
An older gentleman in my church congregation read me this old song when I visited him a few days ago. It convicted me personally so I thought I would “blog” it for you to read. It made me think. See if it challenges you, too!
 
 
 
 
 

 

IF JESUS CAME TO YOUR HOUSE

 

If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two

If He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you’d do.

Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room to such an honored guest,

And all the food you’d serve to Him would be the very best,

And you would keep assuring Him you’re glad to have Him there

That serving Him in your own home is joy beyond compare.

 

But — when you saw Him coming, would you meet Him at the door

With arms outstretched in welcome to your heavenly visitor?

Or would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in?

Or hide some magazine and put the Bible where they’d been?

Would you turn off the radio and hope He hadn’t heard?

And wished you hadn’t uttered that last, loud, hasty word?

 

Would you hide your worldly music and put some hymn books out?

Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about?

And I wonder — if the Savior spent a day or two with you,

Would you go right on doing the things you always do?

Would you go right on saying the things you always say?

Would life for you continue as it does from day to day?

 

Would your family conversation keep up its usual pace?

And would you find it hard each meal to say a table grace?

Would you sing the songs you always sing, and read the books you read,

And let Him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed?

Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you’d planned to go?

Or would you, maybe, change your plans for just a day or so?

 

Would you be glad to have Him meet your very closest friends?

Or would you hope they’d stay away until His visit ends?

Would you be glad to have Him stay forever on and on?

Or would you sigh with great relief when He at last was gone?

It might be interesting to know the things that you would do

If Jesus Christ in person came to spend some time with you.

 

 

LISTEN TO THE SONG HERE!

 

 

-Mark (striving to live a transparent and authentic life before my loving and forgiving Savior)
 
 
 
 
 

 

If two are better than one, then what about Three?

June 5, 2008 1 comment
Ecc. 4:9-12 states: “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.“**
             The strength of our TIL model comes from the Lord’s wisdom that “a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” We love working in teams of two to do the work of ministry because it is powerful! We are seeing results daily when we work together. I’m sure you know it to be true in your life. For example, when a married couple is united, they can be far more effective to do what God has called them to do than a married couple who function as though they are roommates and independent of one another.
             Adding to our strength of two persons is the additional (and most important) Person in our biblical counseling approach: the Lord Jesus Christ. He calls us to do this work and we know that He will be leading us and “partnering” with us in the session AS LONG AS we honor His Word and yield ourselves to the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the BEST part about our ministry for all of us – getting to see Christ work in the hearts and lives of those hurting souls we are privileged to serve! What an amazing God we have!
               Let me encourage you today. You don’t have to have a Ph.D. or seminary degree to help someone else. Don’t let the enemy steal away your gift of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit by telling you that you cannot “disciple/biblically counsel” someone else. You can IF you yield yourself to the Spirit and speak the truth of God’s Word to the hurting person you desire to help. Be sure you wrap the truth in love so that the other person can receive your counsel.
           2 Corinthians 1:3-4 states: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”** These verses tell Christians that we go through struggles with a PURPOSE – to learn how to comfort others with the same comfort that the Lord has given us through our struggles! You and I struggle for a good PURPOSE not senselessly. We are not needlessly suffering.
            God has a plan and purpose for our suffering. We are to partner with the great Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to help others! Join us in this endeavor at TIL.
          
-Mark (partnering with King Jesus to do the work of ministry that He has set before me to do)
           ** -The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (electronic ed.) Good News Publishers: Wheaton.

A Biblical “Memorial” Day

May 26, 2008 Leave a comment

In the United States, Memorial Day is the time when we remember those in our military who have given their lives in the line of duty. I thank God for our strong military and the freedoms we enjoy as a result.

What message could we send out to all the families of those who have lost loved ones in this time of war? To those who are remembering the loss of someone who gave ALL in service of our country we would say this:

“Please know that we appreciate what your famliy member and/or loved one has sacrificed for our country and other countries in order for us to remain free.” 

In like manner, today is an opportunity to also remember the One person, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave His ALL as a ransom for our sins! And the freedom we Christians now enjoy as a result of HIS laying down of His life is eternal. We are free from the punishment of our sins. We are free from the power of our sins to rule in our mortal bodies. And one day, when our bodies are resurrected in the new heavens and the new earth, God will grant us freedom from the practice of our sin — which means NO MORE SIN! Praise the LORD! What a day of rejoicing that will be!

Be thankful with us at TIL for the great freedoms we all are experiencing by the grace of God,

-Mark Shaw

TIL – A Revolutionary Model for Biblical Counseling

May 24, 2008 1 comment

The Great Commission is known by serious Christians as an important mandate given to the followers of Christ. It is found in Matthew 28:18-20: “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age (ESV).”

 

Thankfully, biblical counselors all over the United States take very seriously this Great Commission to go and make disciples of Christ “teaching them to observe” all that Jesus taught His disciples. The field of biblical counseling is fulfilling the Great Commission well, yet I see room for improvement and thus developed the model for TIL from Luke 10:1: “After this the Lord appointed sevent-two others and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every town and place where He was about to go (NIV).”

 

TIL is a unique model that is NOT widely employed because it requires two persons to do the work of discipleship and biblical counseling. The model requires double the time and double the effort but it is based upon Christ’s model from Luke 10:1. Christ Jesus (as a Man) was pioneering a way to conduct ministry and it offers many benefits to Christians who choose to be a part of it. TIL is a team approach to biblical counseling under the authority of the local church. It is based on Ephesians 4:15: “…speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, Christ.”

 

“While it is much easier to remain silent when others around us are harming themselves or others with a sinful pattern, it is not the loving thing to do.”** The counseling and teaching model for Truth in Love Ministries has been uniquely designed to most effectively speak the truth in love and multiply disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. Luke 10:1 tells us how Jesus appointed a group other than His twelve disciples and sent them ahead of Himself to do, what I would term, “lay ministry” in pairs or teams. So, just as Jesus sent them out two by two, Truth in Love Ministries will send two biblical counselors to each and every biblical counseling session. This team approach to counseling is unique yet offers a balanced and effective way to “speak the truth in love.”

 

The model for Truth in Love Ministries is a co-counseling model. The benefits of this team approach to ministry are manifold. Here is just one of the benefits. First, with two counselors, wisdom, experience, and insight are doubled for the person(s) being counseled. When surgery is required on the human body, no surgeon goes into the operating room alone. If the surgery is serious, often there will be another surgeon with the primary surgeon, along with numerous other support staff, acknowledging the seriousness of the situation. Likewise, this standard will be upheld for the Christian counselors of Truth in Love Ministries, who will be dealing with the human heart and very serious spiritual matters.

 

Stay tuned for more of the benefits of this model in future blogging sessions!

 

-Mark Shaw (thankful for Christ)

 

P.S. Our team of biblical counselors LOVE the co-counseling model! To God be the Glory!


**Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002), 146.