OORAH!

Soldier Praying

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I came across this video this morning. It lifted my spirit and caused me to praise the Lord. This video shows a room filled with U.S. Marines praising God! It’s powerful, and is a great reminder that we are supposed to be spiritual Marines!

Matthew 16:18 [Full Chapter]

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

Enjoy!

J. B. Sisam

I AM…

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I listened to the story of Moses in Exodus 3 this morning on my way into the office. I was captivated by the story. Here are my thoughts and takeaways.

Here was a man, broken, a fugitive and a murderer standing before Almighty God at the burning bush. What’s amazing is how he sounds just like us when God asks something of us. Moses whined and made excuses.

How many times do we make the same in our daily lives? Our boss, parents, spouse ask something of us, and all we do is make excuses why we can’t step it up. What’s our reasoning? Is it because of fear of failure? Is it because of the feeling of inadequacy? What holds us back?

Thought for Today!

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/hands-on-page-of-bible-close-up-high-res-stock-photography/993275-001I journal in a wonderful app called, Day One. It can be purchased in the Apple Store. I have it on my Macbook Pro and the Android clone called Day Journal. I recommend Day One, as a daily journaling app — they have it for both iPhone, iPad and any Mac computer. I’ll write about how I journal another time… .but here’s an expert from my journal.

*What did I read/listen to today?*

I read the story in Mark 5:21 where Jairus comes to Jesus to seek healing for his daughter. While on there way a woman secretly touches Jesus’ garment and is healed. Both act out their faith in different ways. One is openly seeking Jesus, and the other is secretly seeking Jesus. As you read the woman who secretly sought Jesus eventually came forward.

Sovereignty of God

Listened to Chuck Swindoll this morning on KTIS AM 900. HIs message was on the Sovereignty of God, and how we take it for granted. In everything that happens in life, whether or not is in God’s will, always works according to His will. And, nothing happens without God fist knowing about it.

He asked a question, “If I preach the gospel to one individual and God has predestined them to get saved, they will–but if I preach the gospel to an individual and they are not predestined to be saved, no matter how much preaching I do, they will never be saved. What’s wrong with this picture?”

Right or Left Brained

Right or Left Brained

I found this on a blog as I was surfing the web and I think you’ll enjoy. Take a look at this picture.

Which way is she spinning? If she’s spinning clockwise you are more right brained.

If she’s spinning counter-clockwise, you are more left brained.

I have found that I only see her moving clockwise and my dad and my wife see her spinning counter-clockwise, but then she changes to clockwise then back again. What do you think that means, and do you have the same perspective?

I found this list on the blog I visited:

Without Faith

Without Faith

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“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believes that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

Hebrews 11:6

Where is your faith today? We live in a scary world, a world where people are crying out for safety and salvation. When we take the time to seek the face of the Lord, we are asking Him to move in our lives. When God moves, people see.

Our lives should be living testimonies of what Christ has done. If we want to see the rewards of God in our daily life, we have to seek Him with our whole heart. It takes commitment and time. But, if we stick with it and see it through, we’ll find His blessings ever present in our lives.

David was a man after God’s own heart – should God expect any less from us?

Choose today to be a person who diligently seeks to be more like Christ, each and every day.

Being Faithful

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In this past year, we’ve seen more Bible based movies than I ever remember. Some have been really good (God’s Not Dead) and others have been a dismal failure (Noah). What is it with Hollywood messing up a story?

Take Noah for instance – we have fallen angels as rock giants helping Noah build the Ark. What about the Biblical narrative? This is how YOU are to build the ark…” Gen. 6:15 What part of YOU don’t the movie makers understand? And what about Tubal-Cain being in the ark during the flood? What does the Bible say? “And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood.” Gen. 7:7.  Only 8 people were in the ark. What about Noah trying to kill his grandchild? “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become…. ‘for I am grieved that I have made them.’ BUT Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord…. Noah was a RIGHTEOUS man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.” Gen. 6:5-9

The movie got nothing right!

Lifetime Movie Network did a mini-series based on the best selling book, The Red Tent. The story focused on Dinah, Jacob’s only daughter. The premise of the series was to tell her story, what happened to her and why do we never really hear of her again in the Bible after Genesis 34.

My Lips Shall Praise

I have, on my phone, the Bible App from Lifechurch.tv. It’s the best Bible app available on both iPhone and Android. I set their daily verse widget on my phone. It’s a great source of encouragement for daily life.

Psalm 63:3-4; “Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.”

When we praise God in our daily lives, our spirit man is lifted up and rejoices in the salvation God has given us through Jesus Christ. Set today as the day you choose to rejoice in the Lord. Bless His name with your lips. Don’t do just lip service, let it become a lifestyle.

Thanks through Praise!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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As I woke up this morning, I realized that 2014 is nearing its end. We are excited when each year begins, because it creates a new and fresh start for us. By the time we get to Thanksgiving, people are already in a frenzy over the latest Frozen Doll that’s out of stock at Target. They don’t care about giving thanks, they want the next big deal to go on sale mid-day Thanksgiving.

Have we come so far in the past 20-30 years that we cannot spend even one day with our family, not going out, not thinking about shopping – just being a family?

God has called us to praise Him in everything–no matter where we are at or how we are feeling.

King David in Psalm 150 says this; “Praise the Lord.” This is how he chose to open his song. This tells us it doesn’t matter what life throws our way, we praise. It doesn’t matter if our family has abused us, we praise. It doesn’t matter if we have a boss/supervisor who does what they can to get at our last nerve, we praise. It doesn’t matter if we forgot the cranberries, we praise.

God is calling His people to be people of praise. It is in our praise that we can truly be thankful for the blessings He has given us. We can be thankful for our job, our family, our spouse, our children, our church family, and the list goes on and on. We are called to praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise Him for His acts of power, praise Him with… dancing.

It doesn’t matter how we choose to praise, we are called to praise the Lord. This Thanksgiving, don’t worry about the turkey being too dry, the stuffing being too soggy or the green bean hotdish not having enough crispy onions. Don’t worry about getting the latest Frozen item from Target. Don’t worry about getting in line at your favorite Apple Store when you should be spending that time with your loved ones.

We are called to praise, and this Thanksgiving praise the Lord and thank Him for his many blessings.

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

“PRAISE THE LORD!”

Using a Plot Board to Plot Your Novel

Every second Monday of the month the Minnesota Christian Writers Guild meets. We had a panel of guests; Michelle Griep, Jill Elizabeth Nelson and Erica Vetsch. Each had great ideas on being either a pantser or plotter, or somewhere inbetween. Erica shared what she does in utilizing Plot Boards and I love the idea. So, take a read, tell me what you think, and I think I’m going to give this a try!

 

Writing for Him,

J. B. Sisam

 

Using a Plot Board to Plot Your Novel.