When I’m writing, I must have a plot before I start. The main reason for this is that if I don’t have a plot, my story will drift along aimlessly. But guess what. With God in control of our lives, we’ll never be drifting along aimlessly. He has a plan in mind, and we can always trust him to guide us in the right direction to help him achieve his amazing story.
Nope. This isn’t going to be a Sherlock Holmes The Sign of the Four (or Three, for you BBC fans). Sorry.
Tony Stark: JARVIS, have you heard the tale of Jonah?
Jarvis: I wouldn’t consider him a role model.
[Iron Man flies through a Leviathan]
Have you heard of the sign of Jonah? In Matthew 12:40, Jesus says: “For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.”
Jesus was predicting his death and resurrection, and relating it back to Jonah. He was telling the Pharisees that this would be the sign that he would give them. (Matthew 12:38-39)
Jesus predicted his death and his resurrection. Don’t harden your heart like the Pharisees did. Believe.
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
• The first moment-the very first nanosecond-of your life determined whether you would be a boy or a girl.
• In the first hours of your life, your eye color, hair color, and other features were decided.
• When your heart began beating, you were so small you would have fit on your mother or dad’s fingernail-with room to spare!
• Before your mother even knew you were growing inside of her, you could hear and could even perform full flips inside her womb!
• About seven months before you were born, your fingers and toes looked much like they did at birth, though you were only two inches long!
• You started to grow hair in your fourth month of life (before birth) and may have even sucked your thumb!
• You first heard your mother’s voice-and began kicking and stretching-three or four months before you were born!
• In the final two months before your birth, your weight tripled, you began sleeping and waking, and you used four of your five senses: sight, sound, taste, and touch-all before your mother went into labor.
You were a baby when you were first conceived. It’s a baby.
“And yet our opponents tell us not to interfere with abortion. They tell us not to impose our morality on those who wish to allow or participate in the taking of the life of infants before birth. Yet no one calls it imposing morality to prohibit the taking of life after a child is born. We’re told about a woman’s right to control her own body. But doesn’t the unborn child have a higher right, and that is to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?”
List taken from Josh.org’s youth devotional.
Caution: There may be a few spoilers in this post, or, if you’re like Sherlock Holmes, you could deduce spoilers from things I say in this post. Just sayin’.
Have you ever noticed that it’s impossible to believe that people are actually dead in superhero movies?
I’ll admit that the same problem occurs in other movies, too, and in books fairly often. Or is that just my imagination? It’s not.
Sherlock Holmes, for example. He “died” in the books, and he “died” on the BBC Sherlock show (Which I have not watched, but I know quite a bit about thanks to a few friends. *wink* And a past post I reblogged.)
And then, of course, there’s all those minor characters in the superhero movies that supposedly die but don’t. Sometimes main characters, too, like Captain America, although we know that something’s up from the beginning of the movie. You can almost never believe that people are actually dead in those movies.
But you know what’s cool? That’s happened in real life before, too! All those people that are raised from the dead, like Lazarus. (We don’t know the names of most of them.) But the best coming-back-to-life episode? Jesus.
Unlike in superhero movies, Jesus really died. And then he came back to life. He conquered our sin by suffering the worst death the Romans could invent, and then he rose again, conquering death itself. He love us that much.
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
Do you live by the truth? Do you come into the light?
To rid of whatever is impure or undesirable; cleanse; purify.
As Christians we need to purge the sin from our lives. We need to completely reject that sin, cleanse ourselves from what is undesirable to God. We must purify our hearts from… impurities.
Here’s the bad news.
You can’t do it.
No matter how hard you try, there is no way that you can completely rid yourself of your sin. It will simpy lay dormant and wait for the right time to come back and attack you. It’s impossible to do.
The good news?
Our God conquers the impossible.
On our own, it is impossible, but with God, all things are possible. He can completely cleanse and purify you. Ask Him to do it today.
Challenge: Ask God to purge you from your sin. He will give you His strength.
“The greatest news any of your friends could ever hear is that God loves them more than they love themselves, and he wants them to have everlasting life. Can you do anything to let them know this good news today?”
(Taken from the 1 Minute Bible 4 Students with applications by Doug Fields)
A poker chip. A pair of dice. A screwdriver. A rock. All hidden in an old, rotten box shoved in an old, rotten tree.
The collection wasn’t much. Just a boy’s favorite treasures, dirty and smudged. The woman traced the A. H. carved on the lid of the box. A tear slipped down her cheek as she fondled each f her son’s precious memoirs.
“Goodbye, Alex,” she whispered softly, stroking the smooth rock. “I’ll take care of your treasures, and I’ll see you again in heaven someday.”
The little girl next to her looked down into the box.” I hope he’s got better treasures in heaven than he left us down here.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
Three things I believe in my heart to be true:
- Jesus died on the cross, was resurrected, and was truly the Son of God.
- Jesus is coming back to take believers with him to Heaven.
- I am loved beyond a shadow of a doubt, and I am never alone, for I have Jesus in my heart.
Three things I believe in my heart to be false:
- I will never live up to be the person God wants me to be.
- I am alone and unloved.
- There’s nothing I can do to change the world.