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Great Boldness

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I’ve been taking a fresh look at the Book of Acts.

The great boldness displayed by the early followers of Christ really kind of blows my mind.

Take Peter and John for example. In Acts 3, these guys go to the temple, heal a man along the way, and then start telling the onlookers about Jesus Christ. On the surface that might not seem all that bold. But keep in mind, they are doing all of this right in front of the religious leaders that had just orchestrated the horrific torture and crucifixion of their leader, Jesus Christ.

The religious leaders threatened Peter and John and ordered them to stop. And this is how Peter and John responded……….

But Peter and John spoke right back, “Whether it’s right in God’s eyes to listen to you rather than to God, you decide. As for us, there’s no question-we can’t keep quiet about what we’ve seen and heard.” Acts 4:19-20

This is a great boldness that was not seen in Peter just a short time before on the night that Jesus was arrested. Peter had denied Christ….disowned Him. And now he stood with great boldness, risking his life, because of what he had seen and heard.

Written by Aaron

May 13, 2008 at 8:35 am

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Wanna Get Away?

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From time to time, we all need to get away from the…

  • noise
  • busyness
  • pressure
  • stress
  • chores
  • distractions

of life.

Jesus modeled this behavior for us…..

Then Jesus went with them to a garden called Gethsemane and told his disciples, “Stay here while I go over there and pray.” Matthew 26:36 (MSG)

While it was still night, way before dawn, he got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed. Mark 1:35 (MSG)

As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer. Luke 5:16 (MSG)

Where do you go to get away?

My favorite place to get away……Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

Written by Aaron

May 9, 2008 at 11:24 am

Heaven

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At church and in my small group we have been studying heaven.

Before we started, honestly, I didn’t understand the importance of doing a deep study on heaven.

After all, it is a perfect place in the presence of God and it lasts forever…..and I am going there someday. That was good enough for me.

Several weeks into this study, I am beginning to understand why God provides glimpses of heaven in His Word.

Here is what I am learning…….

  • Focusing on the eternal nature of heaven allows me to more clearly see the temporal nature of this world and all the stuff in it.
  • Focusing on the perfection of heaven allows me to more clearly see the brokenness of this world and everyone in it (including me).
  • Focusing on the magnificence of heaven allows me to more clearly see the insignificance of my possessions in this world.
  • Focusing on heaven allows me to more clearly see that I need to live differently.

Written by Aaron

May 2, 2008 at 8:17 am

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$2.84 Billion and 110 Million and 38%

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$2.84 Billion = Revenue generated from U.S. porn websites in 2006

110 Million = Number of active users worldwide on Myspace

38% = Percentage of Protestant churches in America in 2007 without a church website

info from TechCrunch & Jeremiah Owyang & The Barna Group

Written by Aaron

April 29, 2008 at 10:41 pm

ID: The True You

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Loved Mark Batterson’s In a Pit With a Lion On a Snowy Day.

So I have been wanting to give his first book, ID: The True You, a read.

Finally popped it open tonight. Great so far.

I noticed something in both of his books. He is great at packing wisdom into simple 1 liners.

Here are a few from my reading tonight:

If anything is going to undermine your reliance upon God and become a source of pride in your life it’s going to be your gift.

Here’s the problem with worshipping yourself. If you’re anything like me, you run out of stuff to worship real quick.

And so it is in our relationship with God: the more we grow the bigger God gets!

The significance of uniqueness is this: no one else can worship God like you.

All of us start out as one-of-a-kind originals. Too often we end up carbon copies of someone else.

You need to come to terms with who you’re not, but don’t let what you can’t do keep you from doing what you can!

You need to know that God does not call the qualified. He qualifies the called.

Everything God allows in your life today is preparation for something He wants to do in your life tomorrow!

What you need to understand is that preparation for the frontlines of life usually happens on the backside of life.

Who you are is more important than what you do because what you do will ultimately be a reflection of who you are.

Written by Aaron

March 26, 2008 at 10:43 pm

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Happy Easter

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I love Easter.

You don’t have the shopping, parties, and traveling like Christmas.

You don’t have the big meals like Thanksgiving.

You don’t have the candy, costumes, and trick-or-treating like Halloween.

You don’t have the picnics, parties, and fireworks like the 4th of July.

Just a big bunny, an egg hunt, and time to focus on the following timeline.

Friday, 9:00am

They nailed him up at nine o’clock in the morning. The charge against him-the king of the jews-was printed on a poster. Mark 15:25-26 (MSG)

Friday, noon

At noon the sky became extremely dark. The darkness lasted three hours. Mark 15:33-34 (MSG)

Friday, 3:00pm

At three o’clock, Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Mark 15:34 (MSG)

Friday, 3:00pm +

Jesus, with a loud cry, gave his last breath. At that moment the Temple curtain ripped right down the middle. Mark 15:37-38 (MSG)

Friday, late afternoon

Having already purchased a linen shroud, Joseph took him down, wrapped him in the shroud, placed him in a tomb that had been cut into the rock, and rolled a large stone across the opening. Mary Magdalene and Mary, mother of Joses, watched the burial. Mark 15:46-47 (MSG)

Sunday, early morning

Very early on Sunday morning, as the sun rose, they went to the tomb. They worried out loud to each other, “Who will roll back the stone from the tomb for us?” Then they looked up, saw that it had been rolled back—it was a huge stone—and walked right in. They saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed all in white. They were completely taken aback, astonished. He said, “Don’t be afraid. I know you’re looking for Jesus the Nazarene, the One they nailed on the cross. He’s been raised up; he’s here no longer. You can see for yourselves that the place is empty. Mark 16:2-6 (MSG)

Written by Aaron

March 21, 2008 at 8:31 am

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