Thursday, October 16, 2008

Size Matters?

I have noticed that the product sizes we buy are becoming smaller. We use to buy granola bars in a 10 oz. box with 10 bars in the package; then the box had 8.9 oz. and the most recent box was 7.4 oz. Of course the boxes are approximately the same size and have the same number of bars, so it is difficult to tell the difference.  Only by checking the labels and remembering the old amounts can we tell the difference.  The price is usually slightly more as well. So you are getting less for more.

God is always the same. As times get more difficult He doesn't reduce the size of his grace.  He will always be there, He will always answer our prayers (though not necessarily the way or at the time we want them answered).  In a unstable world He is always there always the same size!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My Son's Blog : Make Disciples

The following is from my son's blog:
But, being a Christian is more than just believing. Jesus calls us all to be his disciples. At the end of each Gospel, Jesus charges us to follow him and take up his ministry.

Matthew ends with Jesus saying, "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" (Matthew 28:19 - 20)

Mark ends with Jesus saying, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16: 18 - 20)

Luke ends with Jesus saying, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. (Luke 21: 46-49)"

John ends with Jesus telling his disciples "Feed my lambs." ... "Tend my sheep." ... "Feed my sheep" ... "Follow me!" (John 21: 15 - 24)

The society that we live in discourages us from sharing our faith with others; it is not cool or politically correct to feel that our faith is better than others.

However it is a directive from our Savior to do so. If there is a more politically incorrect or uncool standard bearer it is Jesus. He associated with sinners & tax collectors; he was hated by the politically correct Pharisees & political establishment; he was crucified for us.

In Bible study this week we covered Matt 22:15-22 (render unto Caesar what is Caesar"s);  it was pointed out that everything is from God so we owe all to Him.  So shouldn't we make disciples of all, even though it is uncomfortable?