You may be singing ‘Holy, holy, holy,’ but if you aren’t thinking about God while singing it, you are not worshiping.
The Beginning Of A New Phase
Things are going to be quiet around JeffRandleman.com for the remainder of the week, and I would appreciate your prayers during this time.
We are facing a new challenge as a family, one that is not unexpected, but one could be more difficult then expected too. Our oldest daughter graduated from high school in May, and she is moving to college this weekend. It’s not a great distance away, only a couple of hours from our home, but for the first time, one of our kids will be living somewhere else. That’s a hard realization for me to accept.
We have raised, and still are raising our kids the best we can, and I am confident that college will be an excellent new page in my daughter’s life. But that doesn’t make it any easier for my wife and I. We will be packing and loading the vehicles, and then moving her to Joplin, Missouri, where she will attend Ozark Christian College.
Because of that, we will be pretty busy this week, spending as much time with her as we can fit in before heading out of town, and all my posts and articles will pause until after the weekend. Thanks for your understanding, and for your prayers!
On this day in history: In 1248, the rebuilding of the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, began after being destroyed by fire. In 1848, the Oregon Territory was established. In 1880, the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany was completed after 632 years of rebuilding. And in 1888, a patent for the electric meter was granted to Oliver B. Shallenberger.
Coffee Socks Cloth Filters – These reusable filters may just change the way you make your coffee. I need to try one.
10 Tips To Safely Take Style Risks – Men, here are a few ideas to step up your style game a bit, without going overboard or breaking your wallet.
Giant Snowballs Have Appeared On The Siberian Coast – Miss winter? Miss the snow? This should help you. These are perfectly rounded snowballs created by a rare coastal phenomenon, found in Siberia.
Norway In 4K – This country has long been on my bucket list to visit. One day, I will. Until then, there are videos like this one. Full screen it, and enjoy!
Suffering because of our faith is never pleasant, and no one enjoys it, although we can find joy through the experience. However, it is definitely better than the alternative. Take a look at this week’s passage in 1 Peter 4:17-18.
Pater has spent a large majority of this chapter discussing the suffering and persecution that believers experience because of their faith in Christ. In these last verses of chapter four, he gives a comparison to those who do not believe.
There is a judgment coming, and Peter tells us it will begin with the family of God, or more literally, the house of God, the church. He used the same imagery back in chapter 2, verse 5, when he stated that we are being built into a spiritual house.
Many believe that he is referring here to the end of the present suffering that his readers were facing. Others take this to mean the final judgment to come when Christ returns. I don’t think it is an either/or statement, and is much more likely to be a both/and reference, pointing out that the believers were being purified by their suffering, and hinting that there was a greater judgment to come eventually.
If we do not abide in prayer, we will abide in temptation.
Our physical lives last just a short time in the broad span of eternity, and keeping that in mind helps us to keep our priorities straight. And striving to do that is another way to have the Heart of a Champion.
Developing a heart like Paul’s is a worthy endeavor, whether you are in a leadership position or not. While these characteristics are especially true for those who lead, the simple fact of the matter is that they are equally applicable for all who seek to serve and follow Christ closely.
In 2 Corinthians 5:10-11, we can how Paul reveals another characteristic of such a person. One who has the heart of a champion seeks to please God, knowing full well that one day he will stand before Him. Take a look:
Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Let’s look at his passage in two different ways. First of all, Paul says that our ambition should be to be pleasing to God. The Greek terms he uses here are ones that describe one who loves honor and seeks to achieve some level of civic recognition. It is used widely outside of the New Testament in Koine Greek. Within the New Testament however, this terminology is only used two more times, and it takes a higher, more pure view of aspiration and ambition.
On this day in history: In 1782, George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart. In 1888, Theophilus Van Kannel received a patent for the revolving door. And in 1928, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a new bill that was one third smaller than the previous U.S. bills.
Seven Things You Should Never Order In A Coffee Shop – This made me laugh. Literally. Because I hear so many of these things in some of the coffee shops I frequent. So stop it. And also, stop going to chain coffee shops and think you can get a good specialty coffee (okay, rant over).
How The Man Cave Took Over America’s Basement – This is an interesting look at the American phenomenon of the man cave. It’s pretty enlightening, and some of the picture might make you envious.
10 Internet Safety Rules To Teach Children Before They Go Online – This list may seem like common sense to many, but many of our kids may not realize just how dangerous the Internet can be. This may be a good resource to go over with your kids.
How High Can You Count On Your Fingers? – The immediate answer to that question is ten. But is that the correct answer? You may be surprised at how high you can actually count using your hands.