Find Rest on Labor Day and Every Day

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Find Rest on Labor Day and Every Day – Photo Courtesy of seksuwat/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Want to know how to find rest on Labor Day, and every day?

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Jesus of Nazareth – Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV)

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Third Day – Move – What Have You Got to Lose?

Third Day - Move - What Have You Got to Lose? - Thinking by Elyor Sherkulov from 500px
Third Day – Move – What Have You Got to Lose? – Thinking by Elyor Sherkulov from 500px

This is the 8th in a series of blog posts based on the song titles from one of my favorite CD’s, “Move” by Third Day.  If you haven’t read about why I’m doing a series based on this CD, you can read about it here.

In this 8th song, Mac Powell asks a simple question that I’d like to shout to everyone, “What Have You Got to Lose?”

Unfortunately, for so many people that don’t know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, the problem is not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of intent, decision, and commitment.

In the U.S. and other democracies around the world where there is religious freedom and the Bible and the Gospel message is readily available, pretty much everyone knows the essence of what Christianity is all about.  They know the basic facts of Jesus’ life and resurrection and may even believe those historical facts to be true.
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These 3 Things Happened to Me When I was Born Again

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Third Day – Move – Gone – Untitled by jean vaneli from 500px

This is the 7th in a series of blog posts based on the song titles from one of my favorite CD’s, “Move” by Third Day.  If you haven’t read about why I’m doing a series based on this CD, you can read about it here.

When we saw Third Day play in concert recently, Mac Powell joked about how when they play outside the South, like in the midwest, their fans pronounce things differently, and this song in particular.  I grew up in Wisconsin but have been in the south for over 10 years so I could relate to how I might have pronounced “Gone” a decade ago.

When I first heard this song, I thought about how my life has changed since I got saved.  Of course, my life has changed in so many ways, all for the better, but what I was thinking of in particular was how the list of people in my life has changed.

When I was born again on Father’s Day, 2005, I began to look at life differently and look at the people in my life differently.  Prior to that, I mostly looked at people in terms of what they could do for me.  After that, I began to look at people in heavenly Continue reading “These 3 Things Happened to Me When I was Born Again”

Do These Two Things When You’re Lost

Third Day - Move - Surrender - Untitled by Leroy Skalstad from 500px
Third Day – Move – Surrender – Untitled by Leroy Skalstad from 500px

This is the 4th in a series of blog posts based on the song titles from one of my favorite CD’s, “Move” by Third Day.  If you haven’t read about why I’m doing a series based on this CD, you can read about it here.

One of the reasons I like Third Day is because some of their songs are directed to those who are lost and hurting.

At the lowest points in my life, I could have really used the encouraging words from songs like “Surrender“.  In those introspective moments, like those described in this song, before I went to sleep at night and just after I woke up, I would beat myself up for the poor choices I had made and the mess and lack of purpose that defined my life.

Instead of just having feelings of self-defeat and condemnation, I could have surrendered to my Abba Father, to the One and only One who could lift me up and make me new.

I like how in the refrain to this song, they say “hands up” and “fall to the ground”.
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Focus on These 6 Rituals for a Healthy Marriage

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The Rituals of a Healthy Marriage – Part 1 – Love by Marcos Proenca from 500px

When I started this blog, I listed the priorities I wanted to guide the posts and content moving forward.  3rd on the list was marriage.

It occurred to me after a very meaningful sermon in church last Sunday that I have not made a post specifically devoted to this topic yet and that it was time to do so.

If you can, I recommend you take the time to watch this message, entitled, “The Rituals of a Healthy Marriage”, which was based on Philippians 2:2-5. (note I originally had a link to this teaching but I’m not currently finding that link, you can try to find it).

I’m going to use the 6 rituals mentioned in the message as the basis for this post and add my own two cents on each ritual.
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Two Ways Make Your Move Has Changed How I Look at Others

Third Day - Move - Make Your Move - Persuasion by Piotr Hajduga from 500px
Third Day – Move – Make Your Move – Persuasion by Piotr Hajduga from 500px

This is the 2nd in a series of posts based on the song titles from one of my favorite CD’s, “Move” by Third Day.  If you haven’t read about why I’m doing a series based on this CD, you can read about it here.

This is one of my favorite songs by Third Day.  The song is sung from the perspective of an unbeliever to a believer.  In essence, they’re saying “I’m hurting, I need to hear the good news of Jesus Christ, I’m willing to listen to you, but it’s up to you to step up and “make your move”.

Since getting to know this song, I’ve begun to look at everyone I come across a little differently.  Whether it’s a co-worker, the person at the cash register at Wal-mart, or another person working out at the Y.
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Three Reasons I’m blogging about Third Day and Lift Up Your Face

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Third Day – Move – Lift Up Your Face – * by Vlad Petrovsky from 500px

This is the first in a series of blog posts based on title songs from one of my favorite CD’s, “Move” by Third Day.  This post, I’m focusing on the song “Lift Up Your Face“.

I’m doing this for several reasons.  First of all, I really like this CD.  My wife and I recently went to a Third Day concert and it was fabulous.

Second, Third Day’s song titles and song lyrics are very meaningful to me.  They speak truths for the believer and for the lost in a way that really touches, inspires and motivates me, so much so that I’ve purchased three extra copies of their CD and given them as gifts, and probably will do so again in the future.  As a bonus, unlike a lot of groups, you can actually understand what Mac Powell is saying.

Third, frankly, I thought it would be a great source of ideas for posting.  I’ve really enjoyed writing since I started this blog, but haven’t been as consistent as I’ve wanted to.  I’d like to get to where I’m posting once a day.  Hopefully this will help keep my creative juices flowing.
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The Very Best Way to Deal With Flashing Blue Lights

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Divine Peace Despite a Flashing Blue Light – Polizia by Federico Surace from 500px

Are you sometimes frustrated with your spiritual walk? Are there days when you feel sorry for yourself, self centered, like you’re not living in victory, like you’re not reaping much from what you’ve been sowing?

I’ve found that when I get into a funk like this, God seems to throw me a curve ball in my direction that reminds me how good my life is and how much it’s worth it to be seeking after Him and not after the world.

One subtle curve ball I received recently was on the way to the store.

I looked in my rear view mirror and saw a flashing blue light from a police car coming up behind me.  It suddenly hit me that this was probably the first time in my life when I had seen a flashing blue light without my heart rate taking off.  I had a sense of divine peace in that brief storm just before the police car drove around me to pursue someone else.

This may seem more insignificant than subtle to you, and I myself am not convinced this was God speaking to me as much as it was more of an ah-hah moment.  At any rate, it got me thinking about how this was a very small example of how blessed my life was and how most of the things that really made life a treat, made it really worth living, didn’t start manifesting themselves in my life until I was born again and started letting Him change my life, my actions, my focus, my attitude, my friends, my relationships, my finances, my health…my everything.
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