Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mother's Day Card


With Mother's Day approaching, you might want to consider this unique card.

Some mothers' only children are in heaven, and Mother's Day leaves them feeling left out and inadequate. This card reminds them that they are loved, and it might be the only Mother's Day they will ever receive.

Some mothers have children on earth and in heaven; they will cherish the card from their children, but I can promise you they still think about their child in heaven. This card will complete her Mother's Day since she will be honored by all her children.


The card says:


"You had plans for me that didn't work out, 
You had dreams that didn't come true; 
I know you love me without a doubt 
Because you cried when I left you.

Now I'm asleep in heaven's nursery, 
But there's something I want to say. 
Even if no one else will tell you, 
Happy Mothers Day."


These cards are only a dollar, or they are free with the purchase of Asleep in Heaven's Nursery in any format (now through Mother's Day). Offer only valid here.



Tuesday, April 23, 2013

New Earth Day




As Earth is celebrating its special day, I am also in a festive mood. I have been accused of being an Earth Day party pooper in the past, but the same thing happens on New Year’s Eve too. I just don’t get the point.

I tried to celebrate Earth Day a few years ago with a wienie roast and S’mores, but people told me I had a sick sense of humor. I guess the people that destroy the planet with bon fires the night after Earth Day are better than me. 

I have long been a person who held to the crazy idea that man does not supersede God, and that He will destroy the earth Himself after the Great Tribulation.

If you are like me, then that idea can give way to a new Earth Day—or more literally, a New Earth Day. The Bibles teaches that one day a new heaven and a new earth will come down from heaven, and this new earth will be free from the curse of sin.

It will be on this new earth that we will live eternally, just as God originally intended for us to do on this current earth. So instead of celebrating this fallen, cursed, decaying planet, I will celebrate a New Earth Day as I look forward to the day when every tear will be wiped away from our eyes, where there will be no more sickness or death, and where there will be no curse.

That will be a truly happy day. A happy New Earth Day. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

When Does a Seed Become a Plant?



Over the last few years I have really enjoyed gardening, and this was going to be a big year. For weeks I had seeds from 10 different vegetables growing in soil in our house, waiting for the threat of frost to retreat with the winter. In the meantime I dug and tilled a 10x10 plot for the new garden, and eventually I moved the plants outside, making rows of 6 of each plant.

These plants were still very small and barely sticking up from the ground when it happened. As I was working in another part of the yard I heard my wife say, “Reagan, are you helping Daddy dig a garden?”

I turned around, and sure enough, our 3-year-old daughter was “helping” by standing in the garden and dragging her rake across my future harvest. By the time I got to where she was, she has raked the life right out of the garden.

When I realized what had been done, I nonchalantly shrugged my shoulders and said, “Oh well. It was just a potential garden.”

It wasn’t really zucchini. It was just a clump of cells.

A seed is a far cry from a beanstalk. They don’t even look alike!

I’m sure you don’t believe any of that because what was growing in my garden was a garden. The seeds were plants, just in their smallest form. The sprouts were signs of life, not signs of future, potential life. And when my daughter terminated the garden, she put a definite, permanent stop to what I was expecting.

I’ve never met a gardener who didn’t value each seed he plants or each shoot that emerges from the ground. He understands that the seed is life. As foolish as it is to think otherwise, that is precisely the analogy that abortion supporters use.

“Crushing an acorn is not the same thing as cutting down an oak tree.”

Of course it isn’t; they require different actions with different amounts of effort. But yet they accomplish the same end. Look outside your window and gaze at a mighty tree. Then imagine you went back in time a hundred years and crushed the accord that was planted. Now back in the present, that tree is no longer outside your window.

Crushing the acorn was the same as cutting down the oak. Both resulted in the loss of a tree.

Aborting a baby is not the same as murdering an adult because they require different weapons, but they result in the same thing: the loss of a human life. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Dehydration




I recently read these 6 intriguing facts about water:

1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

3. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.

4. Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

5. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

6. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory.

Even worse, though, is the fact that many are spiritually dehydrated. In John 7:37 Jesus gives this invitation: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.”

1. It is probably fair to guess that 75% of Americans are spiritually thirsty.

2. Once spiritual dehydration begins to occur, we think we are “hungry” and we look for things that will satisfy our cravings.

3. A refreshing glass of Jesus’ Living Water will end the cravings for 100% of His followers.

4. Spiritual dehydration makes you spiritually fatigued; you won’t feel like doing your work in the Great Commission.

5. Living Water can ease the pain and suffering when our hearts get broken.

6. It also contributes to memory loss as forgiveness occurs. We can forget those things that are behind and press on towards the mark.

No one is promising you an easy life, but when you can say like David “my cup runneth over,” then life is easier. Having Jesus in your life is the best way to live. Do you need Him to refill your cup?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Define Good (Google Image Series)



How can you define good without God?

What if I think it is good to rape, as long as it makes me happy? What if I think it is good to steal if I am starving? What if I think it is good to kill someone who stands in the way of my success? What if I think it is good to lie to get out of a jam?

If you tell me I can’t do those things, then I would ask, “Says who?”

These things are wrong because God says they are. Without God there is no final authority, no real standard of right and wrong. That little voice in your head that tells you something is wrong? That is called your conscience, which is a gift from our good God. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Tip Card--A Way to Leave Real Change




A great place to spread the gospel is a restaurant. By the end of your meal you can develop a rapport with your server, which will make them more interested in your faith.

Be sure to leave a good tip, and along with the cash leave this card, which reads:

Thank you for your service. I wanted to leave you more than just a tip, though. I want you to know that Jesus Christ loves you more than anyone in this world does. Just like you served me today, Jesus made an act of service for you when He died on the cross. He wants you to begin a relationship with Him today if you do not already have one. If you want to know more please contact our church or check us out online.

Remember, don’t send your food back three times and yell at your waitress before you leave this card! Don’t leave an even 15% either; lost people leave more than that sometimes. Show love, and leave a generous tip.

If you want to see real change, leave more than just your loose change.

Tip cards are available here, and can be customized to with your church name and website.