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You Must Deny Yourself And Take Up Your Cross

Mark 8:34 happens to be one of my favorite Bible verses.  This verse popped up at me before I was even a Christian while working on my adventure blog ‘The Adventurist”.  A few years ago I wrote an article about a man who decided to take this verse literally.  He built a large wooden cross and decided to carry it around the world.  He would walk with this life-sized cross and preach to those that would listen.  I am not sure that this was completely what was in mind when this verse was written, but God has still used this man to spread his word through the use of a single verse from the Bible.

This past week I put up an update on Facebook that simply said:

What does this mean?? “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34

This has lead to an in-depth study and discussion on this very intriguing verse.  We were all in agreement that “he must deny himself” means that we have to walk away from our own selfishness in order to follow Christ.  What does it mean to “take up his cross”?

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God is Good. God is Great.

This is the beginning to a very simple prayer that I learned as a child.  It went something like this:  “God is good.  God is great.  Thank-you Lord for this plate.  Amen.”  We use to start every meal with this simple prayer.  I bring up this old memory because it was brought up to me just the other day.  Cassie and I were sitting around the dinner table.  We were getting ready to chow down.  Elizabeth, the middle child, spoke up and said that we needed to pray before we eat.  She is five.  Her prayer was a little different, but not much.  She said:  “God is good.  God is great.  Thank-you lord for this dinner.  Amen.”

It is funny how something so simple can be a huge SIGN for what we need to do.  With those simple words, she refreshed my memory of things that I remembered doing as a child.  I mentioned that my family is ‘new’ to the Christian faith in a previous post.  Elizabeth busted out this simple little message and totally took my breathe away.  She is 5.  She took the initiative to stop everyone from what they were doing, straightened her back, and said those words.  She didn’t care who was listening.  She just wanted to thank God for what lay before us.  I think many of us could learn a lesson here.  Sometimes the simplest of things can provide the most reward.

Elizabeth was thankful for her food.  We are thankful that now our family will be praying before each and every meal.  She planted a seed that will be growing for years to come.  Tonight she made all of us proud.  Thank-you Lizabee for letting God work wonders through you and opening up the eyes of all of us!  Praise God!

A Leap of Faith

I have been contemplating the start of a weekly Bible study for about a month now.  I have really felt led by God to do this.  I grew up in a christian family (my father is a preacher) and have recently renewed my own faith.  Cassie is absolutely new to all of this and feels a bit intimidated or inadequate.  She is a new believer and probably feels the way most new believers do.  “Where do I begin?”

I thought a good way to introduce her to some of the concepts and beliefs of Christianity would be to start a Bible study with her.   The question then became “Will she do this with me?” and “What kind of Bible study do we need?”

While walking through our local Salvation Army last week.  I felt some books just jumping out at me.  One of these books was “A Handbook for Christian Maturity” by Bill Bright.  I thought that this would be a simple read-through book on how to expand my personal faith.  When I got the book home and finally flipped through it, I discovered that this book was exactly the type of thing I was looking for.

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BMOH Joins Christian Bloggers Network On Facebook

Brief Moments of Happiness is now a proud member of the Christian Bloggers Network on Facebook.  We now join over 1,000 christian bloggers (wow!) from all over the world who are trying to spread the message of Jesus Christ and the life we lead.  This could open up some opportunities to some great content, collaborations, and introductions to some really great Christian Bloggers.  I have added a badge to the right sidebar to express this new membership.  If you are a Christian blogger, I urge you to please do the same.  I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with this great Facebook group in the future.

Chilean Miners’ T-Shirts Spread Faith Worldwide During Chilean Mine Rescue

It was absolutely fantastic to see the Chilean mine workers being rescued this past week.  Thirty-three of them had spent a total of 70 days trapped inside the Chilean coal mine 2,000 feet below the surface.  Many people were asking how they all survived in those conditions for so long.  One thing that quickly became evident during this past week’s rescue was how much faith, hope, and love played a role in their survival. These men were physically rescued by an army of individuals working 24 hours a day.  Spiritually, they were rescued by One.

The CNN Belief blog, a blog reporting on faith roles happening in today’s news, has posted a great article about the absolute faith these miner’s shared.  The trapped Chilean coal miners would hold two prayer services a day.  They also had access to audio versions of the JESUS film and The New Testament.  The T-shirts the rescued Chilean coal miner’s came out wearing featured emblems for The Jesus Film Project, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International.  The shirts featured a front logo stating “Gracias Senor” or “Thank-You, Lord” and on the back was printed Psalms 95:4.  The shirts were a gift from Campus Crusade for Christ, Chile.

 

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Ask, Seek, Knock

 

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One of my favorite passages from The Bible revolves around Mathew 7:7-8:

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

We are told to ask, seek, and knock, for those things that we need.  When we accepted Christ in our hearts as Lord and Savior–we had to SEEK a different way of life, KNOCK on Heaven’s door hoping that Christ would answer, and then ASK him for total forgiveness of our sins and for a new way of life.  These aren’t merely words to inspire.  These are words that hold certain truths not only in Christ, but in everyday life.

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Brief Moment #53

God’s opportunities.  I recently prayed for the Lord to bless my family with opportunities.  We had a water leak in our basement for the last month.  I was afraid to tell our landlord about the situation because we were a little behind on rent.  The water had been leaking for so long that there had gotten to be a few inches of water on our basement floor.  When I woke up yesterday morning, I decided to go downstairs and see what I could figure out about the leak and the mess that the leak caused.  The leak was coming from a back room copper pipe that had split cracked.  I was going through my head on hat could be done to fix the problem.  It was dark.  I decided to get a light and look at it better.  I took the light, looked at the crack, and was thinking, when I just happened to glance around the pipe and notice a shut-off valve on the exact same piece of pipe in question.  I turned it.  I discovered that the only place this water lead was to the outside faucet on the house.  Haha.  I turned it off and the problem was fixed.  Thank-you, Jesus!  No money lost.

The second problem was the water on the floor.  Both drains in the basement were ABOVE the water level.  How would I get all of this water out?  I friend from work suggested renting a shop vac.  That sounded like a good idea.  I came home and told Cassie that I was going to call the tool rental place in town and get a shop vac.  It shouldn’t be more than a few dollars.  She asked me “What for?”.  I told her that she deserved to have a dry basement for doing the laundry in.  She told me that the water had DISAPPEARED!  This water had been on the basement floor for well over a month.  The water level was below the drains so it would just sit and get a little deeper.  God truly blessed my family.  I will never know how this water left my basement, but it is completely dry and yet again, I didn’t have to spend a dime.

I am talking a little about money.  We have been struggling a bit of late.  Not really sinking, but staying steady without much to spare.  We are a couple of weeks behind on rent.  After the basement issue yesterday, my work called and asked if I could come in early.  I didn’t really feel like working and taking time away from my family.  I declined.   An hour later, I had a thought that I had just asked God for opportunities, and then when one was presented, I shunned away.  I was being selfish.  I called my work and got the extra hours.  This put me very close to 40 for the week.  We also got our new schedules for next week.  Before I had the chance to see mine, our General Manager told me that he was sorry about the schedule.  I asked him ‘What for?’  He told me that he had to schedule me EVERY DAY next week to make up for a few vacations that were going on.  I said ‘Why do you appologize?  I need the money and will gladly work the hours!”  Next week I am working 7 days, still have my Sunday schedule for church in tact, and am being blessed with extra hours to help me take care of my family.  Many people are having a hard time finding work.  In the last few weeks, my schedule has gotten better.  Once again, Thank-you Jesus!

It gets better:

After all of this, another manager said that she needed to talk to me.  She said that her and my GM had a discussion about me and that they both agreed that I was the person with the best attitude and work ethics that they had.  She told me to keep working hard, that people are noticing things, and that I might have a great future within the company in short time.  I am not sure what that means, but I am hoping that it will be a blessing in my life.

Yesterday was such a cool day for me!  I could actually see my prayers in action and working.  I decided to take every opportunity that was given my way and see what would happen.  Each of them was a blessing and an answer to my prayers.  I think many times God is wanting the best for us, but we are to selfish to take the opportunities presented.  I am learning to open my eyes and jump, trusting God’s intention for my life.  If we don’t follow through, how do we know what the true blessing will be??  Being a Christian takes some work, but it is suppose too.  Heaven isn’t free, and not everyone will achieve the reward.  It takes patience, perseverance, and a whole lot of trust to walk with God.  I am hoping that I am on the tight track and am finally realizing God’s Will in my life.