No fancy video today friends, but this one is soooooo important. I really struggle with a critical spirit. It is a part of my gifting, to discern …and speak truth; but it often manifests as a critical spirit. It is so easy for me to see how “others” could IMPROVE. To my family I am afraid it must sound like I am always critiquing others…or to put it plainly “fault-finding” However a part of my “new song” this year, is to avoid that critical spirit. So, as the prophet Thumper says, “keep it zipped unless you are saying something that will build others up.” You have heard of the bucket challenge, but I wonder how many of you will join me and take the Thumper Pleadge in 2019. The Chinese Calendar declares it the Year of the Pig, but let’s make it the Year of The Rabbit. If we do slip and say something “helpfully” critical of anyone else lets work hard to come up with two sincere compliments, for that person, and speak them aloud. If you have a buddy in this challenge, ask them to hold you to this rule.
Here I will include the text from The Message. I normally like to encourage you to grab your Bibles, and look up the verses, but this is so good.
Let me know if you will join me in the pledge and please share any comments, suggestions, or ask a Bible question.
PS- Shout out to my friend Bernard Lloyd who is following from England and from friends in Canada, Swaziland, and Ireland. Post a note, so I can welcome you aboard. Share PastorJim.com so we can sprinkle the Web with God’s Word. …it can’t hurt, right? : )
Ephesians 4:29-32 The Message (MSG)
29 Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.
30 Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted.
31-32 Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.
Hey folks. Happy Lord’s Day. Hope you had a great week. This is week two of PastorJim.com. Man the learning curve is steep. I am still struggling with text editors and video editors, video time limits, and improving quality.
In spite of all the challenges I am trying to do what I believe I am uniquely created to do, share and discuss Scripture. It’s what “lights me up”. It is what I am passionate about. So, each day, when I post I am simply sharing insight on the Word that God has given me.
Secondly I have chosen to share these insights on the web, in this format because I believe the internet has become our present-day marketplace and community. Bringing God’s Word into “the conversation” should always add light and encouragement.
We do a lot in life. Faithful first responders do important things each day to keep us safe and well. Unseen mothers, fathers, grannies, and single moms do important things each day to care for individual families. Some important people like Steve Jobs have made things that have changed our world. But regardless of the significance or apparent insignificance of your contribution the Bible assures us that only one thing will last forever and that is the Word of God. The prophet Isaiah shares this important reminder with us in the book that bears his name.
Steve Jobs has been laid to rest and one day iPhones will be stacked up in bins in second-hand stores like so many type-writers and eight-tracks. Keep this in mind as you start out the new year. Incorporate God’s living Word into everything you say and do. Read it, meditate on it, pray it, share it with others, memorize it, and “post it”.
This is what I will be focused upon on this website. Each day (that I possibly can) I will post one idea, and one verse in a post that one can read or watch in 3-5 minutes. I’m not sure how I will measure “success” in this endeavor, but if I make it my aim to do this I am confident it will have a good return. Make the Bible a part of your daily focus and meditation and you will see a difference, and share in the same promised blessing, as the year unfolds.
No post today. I heard this song at a Christian High School basketball game. It made me smile, and then I wanted to share that with you because a merry heart does you good…like good medicine. So..SMILE. I guess it’s a few years old…but I missed it. I love all the smiles. Enjoy. Happy Weekend, -PJ
At the end Kirk says, “I don’t just want you to be happy. I want you to have joy…because no one can take that away from you.” Happiness is a feeling that is dependent upon circumstances. Joy is God-given and makes one feel “well”, peaceful, and even giddy, in spite of our circumstances. Oh…and like its evil twin “the funk (we will talk about that later) joy is contagious. Pass it on.