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Thursday Intermission

Happy Thursday!

In case you’re the type who likes a nice jack-o-lantern, I thought I’d share a more interesting way to finish them than the conventional carving knife. You may not want to try this at home!

Of course, the technique works on more than just pumpkins, as Mr. Bean so helpfully shows us.

I do apologize for the late posting today. However, posting later has enabled me to include this fun movie allusion by Improv Everywhere, filmed near the Met Life Clock Tower in Manhattan.

May your day explode with the knowledge of God’s care for you!

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Supersize the Lord with Me! [Repost]

Earth from Space

Earth from Space (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”

– Psalm 34:3

“Magnify the Lord.”

It’s such a biblical-sounding term, isn’t it? We don’t often talk about magnifying things. Instead, we maximize, or enlarge, or expand or … supersize.

Somehow, “Supersize the Lord with me” just doesn’t sound as spiritual, does it?

But that’s what this verse is talking about. We need to somehow make the Lord bigger. Not in reality, of course, since He isn’t changing in size; but we need to enlarge our perception of Him. We need to see Him as the great and mighty God.

He’s bigger than those physical problems.

Greater than the mortgage.

Mightier than that job search.

Larger than that argument.

More powerful than those problems with the kids, or your spouse, or your parents.

Bigger, higher, greater than all of those seemingly insurmountable troubles.

We know He’s bigger … we just don’t always act that way. You know why?

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Thursday Intermission

Welcome to Thursday Intermission! Thanks for joining me.

Kid Snippets are usually lots of fun, and this video is no exception. They feature conversations by kids, acted out by adults. This one is “Pest Control.”

I like the bit at the end that shows the kids. The boy’s going on and on about bugs, while the girl just looks bored. Clearly, not everyone in this shot is a budding entomologist.

In case you hadn’t realized, Halloween is coming up. No matter your stance on the holiday, you have to agree this costume is adorable–and made more so by the physics of toddler running.

Finally, my husband objected to last week’s Intermission. I had shown him two cats-on-the-counter clips, but only used one (not wanting to overdo the idea). He also liked the alternative, which I present now, as keeping my husband happy is important to me.

Also, my younger son pointed out that if you hit “7”  you can rewatch the relevant part over and over … in case backwards-flying cats are something you enjoy.

May your day be blessed with smiles and laughter. 🙂

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More Than Enough

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He is the image of God, the invisible one,

The firstborn of all creation.

For in him all things were created,

in the heavens and here on the earth.

Things we can see and things we cannot,

–thrones and lordships and rulers and powers—

All were created both through him and for him.

 

And he is ahead, prior to all else

and in him all things hold together;

And he himself is supreme, the head

over the body, the church.

 

He is the start of it all,

            Firstborn from realms of the dead;

            So in all things he might be the chief.

For in him all the Fullness was glad to dwell

            And through him to reconcile all to himself,

            Making peace through the blood of his cross,

Through him—yes, things in the earth,

            and also the things in the heavens.

–Colossians 1:15-20, N.T. Wright’s translation

If you ask people what Christianity is about, you’ll get a variety of answers: It’s a moral code. It’s a religion.  It’s a means to heaven. It’s a tradition. It’s a source of hope. It provides security.

But if you asked Paul what Christianity was about, you’d get a succinct reply: It’s about Jesus Christ.

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Thursday Intermission

Happy Thursday!

We have two cats, one of whom we adopted when she was about 12 years old. She came to us with a few bad habits ingrained in her fuzzy little psyche. Although she’s been learning to do better, she still occasionally jumps onto our counter. The Internet, of course, has some help for that.

I love how the other cat follows along. You can almost hear her saying, “Hey! You’ve got something on your foot!” (We haven’t tried this, by the way; we wouldn’t want L.C. to be hurt if she tried to jump down too quickly.)

Our calico Lucy, while she tends to stay off the counters, also stays off of laps. However, when I played this video on full screen, she sat on my lap and watched it. Watercolor fish must be something she can appreciate.

May your day be filled with the kinds of good things you can appreciate–like friends, laughter and peace.

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Proving the Existence of God

Darkness vs. light

Darkness vs. light (Photo credit: kool_skatkat)

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

–Colossians 1:13-14

The alcoholic whose life is transformed when he meets God knows a secret.

So does the diagnosed anorexic who is instantaneously healed when she comes to Christ. (And the one whose brush with Christ impels her to seek medical aid and counseling.)

The person whose life used to be bounded by anger, but has been set free after an experience with Christ? He knows it too.

And what about the wife who prays for her unsaved husband, showing him the love of Jesus; the believing parents of the rebellious teen; the praying friend of the chronic workaholic? They all know it too.

So does the person weighed down by anxiety, fear, guilt or shame who allows Christ to shoulder that particular burden.

These aren’t just “for instances”; they’re friends, people that I know. More importantly, they’re all people God knows—and they know Him.

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Thursday Intermission

Happy Thursday! Looking for your weekly break? You’ve come to the right place.

This week two renditions of the same song have caught my attention. Whether it’s played quietly and creatively in a forest …

Or as a celebration complete with symphony orchestra and choirs in Som Sabadell, Spain …

… the joy and excitement shine through.

Henry van Dyke set his words to the “Ode to Joy” melody of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, Hail Thee as the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed,
Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, all who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the mighty chorus, which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us, brother love binds man to man. 
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward in the triumph song of life.

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