Monthly Archives: August 2013

Shout! Praise! Rejoice!

English: Waterfall near Lepena, Slovenia Slove...

English: Waterfall near Lepena, Slovenia Slovenščina: Slap, Lepena, Slovenija (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shout for joy to the Lord,

all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness;

come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is he who made us and we are his;

we are his people,

the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving

and his courts with praise,

give thanks to him

and praise his name.

For the Lord is good

and his love endures forever;

his faithfulness continues

through all generations.

–Psalm 100

Sometimes when I read a passage of Scripture, I see a lesson. Sometimes it’s a story. Or it may reveal an aspect of God’s character.

Psalm 100?

It’s the verbs.

Shout for joy. Worship. Come before Him. Know. Enter. Give thanks. Praise.

These are all part of a response, but to what? The psalmist has saved the best for last: “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” 

No matter who you are or what your week has held, God’s love for you endures, and He is faithful.

Whether you need to turn to Him, confessing some sin, or cling to Him, confessing your need, He is faithful.

Whether you are shouting with joy right now or sighing in sorrow, He is faithful.

So shout, or worship, or come before Him. Know Him, give thanks, sing praise.

Because a God so wonderful, so loving, so good, calls forth a response.

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Thursday Intermission

Hey, there!

I know it’s Thursday, and you came here expecting something like this dance-off at a Russian wedding …

… or even a pug with a contagious smile …

But the truth is that this song has been on my mind lately, and I want to share it with you. Enjoy.

May your day be filled with celebration, with smiles … and with wonder at the love and the holiness of God.

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Giving Your Joy

My mom and my sister knit for charity.

One friend plays guitar and sings at nursing homes.

Another enjoys writing notes of encouragement for others.

Another loves to cook and to share the delicious fruits of her labors.

Whether it’s riding a motorcycle to raise money for charity or donating your gifts of carpentry to Habitat for Humanity, when you share your passion, you’re doing more than that. You’re sharing your joy. And joy shared is joy that grows.

Just a quick reminder today: Share your gifts. Share your talents. Share your joy.

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Thursday Intermission

Is it Thursday already? Apparently it is. And we all know what that means …

First up is your daily dose of “Awww” as a baby panda meets her mother. They had been kept in separate enclosures for the first month.

That reminded me of this video about why pandas are black and white. (Disclaimer: This is an ad for a French children’s TV show. But since this isn’t a French-language blog, I’m going to assume that’s not a problem.)

Of course, there are red pandas, too. (I wouldn’t want you to think I’m some sort of panda racist!) Watch this video … and think cool thoughts.

May your day be aww-some and colored by God’s presence!

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Thursday Intermission

Happy Thursday!

If you ever read articles on creativity, you know that very often you’re encouraged to take something familiar and tweak it a bit. Well, that’s what these musicians have done. Igudesman & Joo have been friends and collaborators since they met at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England when they were 12. Here they play Mozart … in their own style.

May your day and your weekend be filled with fun and creativity!

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Comforting and Comforted

This …

Reminded me of this:

All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.

—Second Corinthians 1:3-4, The Message

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Giving What You’ve Got

As the church, we’re called on to help the poor, to bless the needy. Sometimes we wonder how we can do that. Our funds are limited, our time is limited.

Or perhaps it’s our imaginations that are limited?

This week I ran across a news story of a boy who used a hand-me-down harmonica to make a difference in people’s lives. He didn’t start out to make a difference; but when he received his first tips, he realized he didn’t need anything and decided to donate to a cause he had recently heard of: fighting intestinal parasites for children in Africa.

Here’s Aiden’s story.

Our God is a creative God. He calls us to bless others; why would He not give us ways to do just that?

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