The African Cheetah is an incredible animal. As the fastest land animal on the planet it can reach a top speed of 70 MPH in just 3 seconds. However, it can only maintain that speed for short spurts. It seems the problem has something to do with the animals inability to cool his blood down enough from the extra work of creating such speed before it returns to the brain. The cheetah can reach total exhaustion rather quickly. A BBC news article reported that four Kenyan tribesmen actually were able to outrun a cheetah in a four mile race. They had good motivation. It all started because a cheetah was regularly feeding on the village goats. Continue reading Just Like a Cheetah
A Lesson From William Carey
William Carey was born in 1761, son of a weaver and shoemaker and became a forerunner, some consider him the father of modern missions. He was an intelligent individual, self-taught. As he worked in the families shoemakers shop he taught himself the languages of Hebrew, Italian, Dutch and French. Continue reading A Lesson From William Carey
Jesus’ Kind of Community
Founded in 1912, the St. Olaf Choir has a 75 voice choir that is a standard in choral excellence. A few reasons for their success starts in their selection process. Each member is not just chosen on how they sound alone, but also on how they sound within the group. They are also asked to commit to a very rigorous rehearsal schedule that must be their number one priority. Continue reading Jesus’ Kind of Community
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV)
This is one of, if not, my favorite verses in Scripture. I believe that God inspired his people to put His wishes down for us to have and treasure. In this
passage I’m reminded just how His Words work in my life. Continue reading 2 Timothy 3:16-17
What’s Your Temperature
9 Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. (NIV)
God offers us a warning so that we may be careful to guard our spiritual health, pay close attention to it, nurture it, grow it and never forget our spiritual experiences. This is a warning that I have not always paid any attention to and discovered through much personal loss of the truth it holds.
To preserve my spiritual health I have found it important to spend time in God’s Word with regular reading as well as time of in depth study and discovery of just what God has for me. A Continue reading What’s Your Temperature
Do You Believe?
I like the story of Charles Blondin who in the late 1800’s strung a tight rope across Niagara Falls and then before ten thousand screaming people he inched his way across from the Canadian side to the US side.
When he got across they began to shout his name, Blondin, Blondin, Blondin! Now that must be neat to have ten thousand people chanting your name. Blondin quiets the crowd and says, “I am Blondin, do you believe in me?” And the crowd chants back, “We believe, we believe, we believe!” He quiets the crowds again and says, “I’m going back across the tight rope, but this time I’m taking someone with me on my shoulders. Do you believe I can do that?” and the crowd chants, “We believe, we believe, we believe.” He quiets the crowd again and asks, “Which of you will be that human being?” The crowd went dead. Suddenly out of the crowd came one guy. It turned out to be his manager. He saw a good thing going bad here and figured he needed to step up. So he climbed on Blondin’s shoulders and for the next 3 ½ hours Blondin inched his way back to the Canadian side of the falls.
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Shake It Up!
We wake up the same time each day, probably pray the same time each day and we go about our routines throughout the weeks. But our Christian life can become dull, boring and eventually to routine to mean much. I think we need to make an effort to keep it fresh, different and exciting. Here are some ideas to avoid the ruts and shake up our daily faith patterns.