Tuesday, December 23, 2014

"Knowing what to do means nothing
if we don't actually do it."

True peace...

"True peace of heart is found in resisting passions, not in satisfying them. There is no peace is the carnal man, in the man given to vain attractions, but there is peace in the fervent and spiritual man."

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jesus and I

"I cannot do it alone;
The waves surge fast and high,
And the fogs close all around,
The light goes out in the sky;
But I know that we two
Will win in the end,
Jesus and I.

Cowardly, wayward, and weak,
I change with the changing sky;
Today so eager and bright,
Tomorrow too weak to try;
But He never gives in,
So we two will win,
Jesus and I.

I could not guide it myself,
My boat on life’s wild sea;
There’s One who sits by my side,
Who pulls and steers with me.
And I know that we two
Will safe enter port,
Jesus and I."

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

100 unsaved men...

OF 100 UNSAVED MEN
ONE MIGHT READ THE BIBLE
BUT THE OTHER 99
WILL READ THE CHRISTIAN

@JEFFERSONBETHKE

Friday, December 12, 2014

God didn't promise...

God didn't promise 
Days without rain 
Laughter without sorrow
Sun without rain 

But he did promise
Strength for the day
Comfort for the tears
and Light for the Way

@Anonymous

The Good and Beautiful Echoes

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness..." Matthew 6:33
Who are you?
I'm a child of God, indwelt by Christ.
Where are you?
Living in the Kingdom of God.


Be like Jesus
Learn his stories
Study his parables
Live like he did, prayer time, moments of solitude, slow down, live in the present moment.


Butterfly Metamorphosis.
Transform your soul
from a Caterpillar into a Butterfly.





Transform your narratives to be in line with Jesus's narrative.


From that time Jesus began to preach, saying,
“Repent, for the kingdom of
heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 4:17
In other words:

"Change the way you have been thinking,
a life of intimacy and interaction with God is in your midst."


Soul Training exercises:
1. Get 8 hours of sleep
2. 5 minutes of solitude every day
3. Count your Blessings
4. Memorize Psalm 23
5. Lectio Divina Matthew 9:12-13
6. Margins
7. Read entire Gospel of John
8. Solitude
9. Slow Down



God is good, all the time, God is good


The Lord's prayer:
God is Present, Pure, Powerful, Provides, Pardons, and Protects.

Our Father in Heaven [GOD IS PRESENT]
Hallowed be your name [GOD IS PURE]
Your kingdom Come your will be done [GOD IS POWERFUL]
On earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread [GOD PROVIDES]
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors [GOD PARDONS]
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil [GOD PROTECTS]




Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Choice

Do you want to live in the world for yourself and die?
or
Do you want to seek the Kingdom of God and live forever?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The 2 Keys To Every Successful Marriage


"I am" -God

God is Holy
God is Perfect
God is Good
God is Faultless
God is Pure
God is a Hedonist
God is Love
God is Present
God is Powerful
God is the Provider
God is the Protector
God is the Pardoner

Therefore we can trust God

God deserves our obedience

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Alley Echoes


Jesus is in the drivers seat.

No sin is greater than the power of the Cross.

We lack focus.

Be killing sin or it will be killing you every day of your life.

Let the Bible blow your mind.

People don't drift toward Holy.

Temptation comes from our own desires which entice us and drag us away
These desires give birth to sinful actions and when sin is allowed to grow it gives birth to death

Make decisions today that will affect the outcome of tomorrow

We are a helpless people but we are a hopeful people

We are not the hero, but we have a tremendous one.
 In our helplessness is hope

Beware of the idols of your world

Everything will fail you except Jesus.

Every home is a dwelling place for God.

Real love is knowing someone completely and loving them completely

Comparison is the thief of Joy.

Plead with God to give you a love that swallows your fears and a gratitude for the cross that forever banishes the sin of indifference.

Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy your children.

Respond to evil with love.

My life's calling is to make much of God

Doesn't matter which choice you choose, but choose the one that glorifies God more.

He became sin for us

For thy joy set before him, Jesus suffered on the cross.

Paying the price for humanities sin.

Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much!

Not forgiving is the poison you take thinking its going to kill somebody else.

Love those who show no love.

God didnt promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain.
But he did promise Strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

Let Jesus capture every negative thought.

Why are we so afraid if the victory we know is so powerful!?

Grieve. But grieve with hope, for we know the end of the story!

Monday, September 1, 2014

FITBITS!

We recently bought two fitbit pedometers, one for each of us. Its amazing what a little pedometer can do to your lives.
We finally figured what works for us. For the spring/summer/fall months Corinne set a goal of walking 20k steps a day and I set mine at 15k steps. I have a slightly larger stride so naturally I don't get as many steps as she does when we walk the same distance together. We are also attempting to walk together everyday at 6am no matter what. Truthfully this has been very difficult to maintain during the winter months due to sickness and days where the weather is terrible like 34 and raining. Why can't it just snow then! Anyway we're serious no matter what we are trying to walk everyday at 6am. 


Moderate exercise is the way to go! We have never been more healthier in our lives, walking is the key. walk as much as you can. Walking gives you time to reflect, time to enjoy God's creation, time for communication with God and Spouse. it removes all distractions and creates time for the Lord and your wife. the two most important treasures in every married man's life. God and your spouse. 

Ed speaking: Walk with your wife as much as possible! I'm sorry but if you don't enjoy doing the same kinds of activities together you really don't belong together. You are one flesh when you get married! I walk golf courses with my wife. We don't keep score we walk and golf. I play tennis with my wife. I go bowling with my wife. I'm in a band with my wife, we write music together. We sing together, we do everything together. We get jealous if we choose something or somebody else. Its like the relationship with God that we are supposed to have we are to be with them and constantly glorifying them. I never get sick of her, I never avoid her even when we are fighting because I said or did something stupid I cherish her and want her to always forgive me. I ask God to help me with that and he helps me get in good standing with her. He takes care of my number two! You have to go to number one to get help with number 2!