Me and Trees

Yesterday, my daughter was asking about carbon dioxide and oxygen. She wanted to know how the trees made oxygen. Is carbon dioxide poisonous? How long would we live if there were no trees? As I was driving, I kept thinking about the process. Truthfully, I had no strong answers for all these questions.

And then I decided to answer my daughter. All I could come up with was this,

“That is how God made it.” She seemed to be content with that answer.

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The real answer is Photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the name of the process by which plants turn sunlight into food. The byproduct of that process is oxygen. Good, now we can continue to breath!

The Word – workmanship

The Worth – God made trees. He made the plants as well. These living and green organisms are essential to life for us. I love it that God was detailed in His workmanship of this world.

I find it extremely difficult to think that our world and all of the creatures and plants that inhabit it are here by accident or evolution.

God made it all. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

You know what else is considered God’s workmanship?

Me. And you.

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

The word handiwork or workmanship, could also be replaced with masterpiece. In this verse, the word created is the verb. God created us to be His masterpiece!

I am a masterpiece!

Not a piece of junk.

Not second-rate.

Not an after thought.

No, I am fantastic and wonderful in my creation. God designed me perfectly.

The Work – Who am I? I am God’s workmanship. A product of His hands.

So now I get to go out into my world and do the good works that Jesus has for me to do.

This is how I will bring glory to God, by being who I am; His workmanship.

Last thought: What if the Mona Lisa was stashed away in a cellar somewhere?

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The world would be missing a masterpiece.

Is your world missing its masterpiece?

 

 

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For all you men out there!

This is the creed I wrote (more like adapted from the Army’s Airborne Creed) for our church. If I ask the question, Who Am I?, I could answer Heirborn! There is great joy and excitement to be a part of something that is living and active. This is the start of the ministry to men at our church. We need God!

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I AM HEIRBORN!

I jump by Faith into the fight. I have chosen to do it, knowing well the hazards of my choice.

I serve a Divine Creator who goes before me and follows behind me. It is my pledge to uphold His honor and prestige in all that I am and all I do.

I am an elite trooper; a Praying trooper, a Worshipping trooper, a Word-wielding trooper. I blaze the way to far-flung goals, all behind, before, and above the foe’s front line.

I know that the fight will last until the return of Christ, my Captain. Therefore, I keep mind and body always fit to do my part in any HEIRBORN task. I fight hard and excel in every art and artifice of war.

I never fail a fellow trooper. I cherish as a sacred trust the lives of brothers with whom I serve. Leaders have my fullest loyalty, and those I lead will never find me lacking.

In peace, I do not shrink the dullest of duty nor protest the toughest training. My weapons and equipment are always combat ready.

In battle, I fear no foe’s ability, nor underestimate his prowess, power and guile. I fight him with Prayer, Worship and the Word of God.

I belong to a proud and glorious team; the HEIRBORN, Central Church, and the global Church. I am its chosen vessel to fight where others may not or cannot go, to serve them well until the final victory.

In peace and war I never fail. Anywhere, anytime, in anything,

I AM HEIRBORN!

 

The Word – Heirborn

The Worth – Because of Christ, I have an inheritance awaiting me in heaven. I also have the power of God in me right now. This is so I can live like the man I was created to be!

The Work – Because God’s power resides in me, I have a duty. I should not go to heaven by myself! My world can be influenced for God because of God in me. Because I am Heirborn, God can flow through me to win my world!

All it took was a cross.

Who Am I? That question will likely be repeated many times this year. I will try to answer that question with my posting. This blog, in essence, is my journal.

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As I discover my identity in Christ, I will write in my journal (this blog).

You, as the reader, will hopefully be challenged, enlightened, or whatever God gives you, when you read each post. I also want to encourage you to comment. There might be something you write about that another reader might be thinking.

Above all, it is my hope and prayer that this post will bring glory to God. Sure, I like when people “like”, comment, or even follow me but all of that is icing on the cake.

God gets all the praise and honor. After all, He did say that if “I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me,” John 12:32


Remember 2017? My posts all had the same format.

The Word. The Worth. The Work.

This structure helped me to explain my thoughts and hopefully, communicate them clearly. I will use the same organization for the Who Am I? posts.


The Word – Colossians 2:13-15

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The Worth – I am alive because of Christ and all it took was the cross.

I was dead in sins. There was no life because of my sinful nature.

But God made me alive! He forgave my sins! Even more, he took the power away from my enemy and nailed it to that cross!!! It is finished!!!

The Work – Who Am I? I am alive! I know that based on what I read in Colossians.

So now, because I am alive, I can start living. No more dead man walking stuff.

I guess this means Jesus nailed it!

 

Scrabble and 2018

Zombies…Zenith…Zealous…

These were my choices, at least the ones I thought of for today.

Honestly, all three of them had potential in them to wrote about.

And then it struck me. Z is the last letter. The end of the alphabet. The last one.

It is the letter that comes after all the other letters are spoken. A to Z.

And now for you Scrabble geeks…

The Word – Zee (The letter Z is spelled Zee)

The WorthRevelation 1:8 says it all, “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

God is the beginning (Alpha) and the end (Omega).

Omega is the last letter of the greek alphabet

Everything started with Him and everything will end with Him.

My years here on this earth are just a short blip on the radar of all time.

He knew me before I ever drew a breath. My life is in His hands.

If you read the rest of Revelation, crazy things will happen.

But at the end of it all, God will be left standing.

And we can stand with Him!

I find great comfort in that truth.

The Work – We can get caught up in making resolutions and goals for 2018. The slate is clean so we try not to get it dirty again. That is great and all but it seems that it is just a matter of time before we fall back, break resolutions, or make a mistake.

But God is in the end! So let’s try to live with the end in mind.

Put your hope, faith, trust in who God is and live for Him. That is how 2018 is going to be the best year of our lives!

Thank you friends for taking two minutes out of your day to read these posts.

I am trusting God for amazing things in 2018, see you next year!

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25 out of 26

It was almost one year ago when I started this series. Now that I am nearing the end, I am both happy and sad.

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I am pleased because I set a goal and I will accomplish it. That is, if I post about Z tomorrow. No problem.

There is also a little let down because I have enjoyed writing about each letter.

Who knows what next year will hold? I guess you will need to come back and find out!

And now, for the 25th letter of our alphabet…Y

The Word – yearn

The Worth – This word is more than a desire for something. It means an intense longing. More so if you have been separated from that object or person.

“How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”

These are the first 2 verses from Psalm 84. The author was intense in his desire to be with God. He wanted that relationship. God also wants that relationship with us.

What do you yearn for? What is your intense longing for?

The Work – Based on those last two questions, I will end with one more question.

What are you going to do about it?