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The two faces of January and the two faced God “Janis”

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Typically the week between Christmas and New Years are a week of reflection and vision casting for me.

So right now I am in reflection mode reading my past blogs since 2008.

As I get closer to the new year I will shift into vision mode.

I love reading about ancient Greek and Roman mythology.

January is named after the Roman god Janus who was unusual because he had two faces.

The mythical god had two faces, one looking forward and one looking backward, which symbolised that he had the gift to see both past and future.

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“January”

The two faces of January and the two faced God “Janis”
This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. 22 Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:21-23

Luke 24:8
“Then they remembered His words.”

James 1:26 “we look into a mirror and forget what we look like.”

THREE SIMPLE FORGET ME NOTS GOD WANT YOU TO REMEMBER .
1. REMEMBER YOU ARE REDEEMED.

Duet 15:15 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you.
2. REMEMBER LOTS WIFE.

Luke 17 32 Remember Lot’s wife!
33 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.
3. REMEMBER HE DOESN’T REMEMBER.

Hebrews 8:12 For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.
Improving one’s memory is not all that difficult. Most of us simply don’t expend the time or effort required. “The true art of memory,” wrote an English historian, “is the art of attention.” We can improve our memories by simply putting our minds to it and by following a few simple rules: 1) Remember to remember. Telling yourself that you want to remember this or that fact and concentrating on it will improve your memory immediately. We remember what we WANT to remember. 2) Sharpen your observation. Pay close attention to what you see and hear. Use images. Shut your eyes and try to SEE it. Notice details. really LOOK at things. Few people actually do. 3) Practice recall. Forgetting is most rapid soon after learning. It helps, therefore, to make a deliberate effort to repeat and review immediately. Repetition will help fix the fact or image in our minds. 4) Concentrate. Eliminate distractions. The mind is at its best when it is centered on one thing at a time. Avoid such things as fatigue, noise, and competing visual images during the time you are trying to learn.
Sometimes we as Christians need to stop along life’s road and look back. Although it might have been winding and steep, we can see how God directed us by His faithfulness. Here’s how F.E. Marsh described what the Christian can see when he looks back:

The deliverances the Lord has wrought (Deut. 5:15).
The way He has led (Deut. 8:2)
The blessings He has bestowed (Deut. 32:7-12).
The victories He has won (Deut. ll:2-7).
The encouragements He has given (Josh. 23:14).
When we face difficulties, we sometimes forget God’s past faithfulness. We see only the detours and the dangerous path. But look back and you will also see the joy of victory, the challenge of the climb, and the presence of your traveling Companion who has promised never to leave you nor forsake you.

I am Looking forward to looking back and forward this week.

Reflecting on 14 – looking forward to 15.

Steve

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A Still Small Voice

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“There is something in everyone of us that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine.

It is the only true guide you will ever have.

And if you cannot hear it, you will spend all of your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.” – Bike Magazine

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– listening this morning in a secret and quiet place.

Steve

 

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MARRIAGE ON THE ROCKS – THE RED ROCKS

Brenda and I are really excited about our Sedona, Arizona Marriage weekend next February 2012.

We are working with the Red Agave Resort in the scenic red rock country of  Sedona.

http://www.redagaveresort.com/

This weekend will prove to NOT be just another marriage conference but a weekend adventure to build couples for a lifetime in all aspects of life together.

Start to plan a weekend with us a year from now …you won’t be disappointed.

Details and dates will be posted soon.

Steve and Brenda

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ROAD TRIP – “Narrow Road Ahead”

I am looking forward to our last message in a  series called ROAD TRIP this Sunday at Prescott First Assembly.

This Sunday at 10:00 AM we will be looking at the narrow road that is ahead of us.

Unfortunately, Map Quest.com does not provide directions to the narrow road. Only Jesus can provide the necessary directions.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. – Matthew 7:13,14 NIV

I’m  loving the study of Jesus words….They never bore me.

Pastor Steve

Lead Pastor

Prescott First Assembly

 

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What Was I Thinking?

I just wanted t do a blog about our thoughts.

The scripture has tons to say about our thought life.

Random Thoughts About Were Thoughts Come From

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7 (nkjv)

1. OUR THOUGHTS CAUSE FEELINGS.
Job 21:6 When I think about this, I am terrified;  trembling seizes my body.

2. OUR THOUGHTS CAUSE ACTIONS.
Ephesians 4:17-19 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.

3. OUR THOUGHTS HAVE CONSEQUENCES.
Matthew 15:17-20 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean.’ ”

4. WE CHOOSE OUR THOUGHTS
1 Corinthians 14:20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.

What are we to do with our thoughts

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Albert Einstein said, “I want to know God’s thoughts”.

Just something to think about 🙂

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the TIPPING point

Can’t wait to start our new series at Prescott First Assembly this weekend called the TIPPING point.
There is something about the story of Paul Revere’s ride as an historical example of a word-of-mouth epidemic – a piece of extraordinary news that traveled a long distance in a very short time! Or how a yawn in a room can start a ripple effect of yawns to others in the room.
There are trend setters, fashion forecasters and things that for just some reason take off like wildfire.
As the church we need to know what the difference between just living life and creating a future that changes everything.
The right thought, plus the right people, in the right environment, at the right time, for the right reason, always produces the right result.
The difference is the TIPPING point.
See you Sunday.

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NIGHT VISION

Tonight I took my single speed mountian bike through one of my all time favoite sections of Prescott’s amazing trails.

Part of it takes you through a long tunnel that is under a rail road bed.

It is very dark in the middle of the tunnel you just have to keep looking to the exit for the way out.

Here is a picture of what it looks like biking through to the other side.

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Night vision is really a key if you are going to make it through to the other side.

I was reading through Bob Gass’s daily devotional and he writes about having night vision so perfectly I just had to share it on my blog.

 Night vision

Sometimes God doesn’t tell us why because He wants us to know who. In Psalm 23, David goes from talking about God, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” to talking with Him, “Thou art with me.” What happened in between? David learned that no matter how dark the way is, the Lord is there to guide us. He discovered that it’s better to walk through the valley with God than stand on the mountaintop alone. God doesn’t always light the path in advance, but He promises, “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee” (Isa 43:2). When you feel like you’re out of your depth or in over your head, claim the promise! Job had many unanswered questions, but when he began to understand the difference between reason and relationship, he told God, “I…heard about you before, but now I have seen you” (Job 42:5 TLB). When you can’t find the reason, trust the relationship. God won’t fail you.

Contrary to what you may think, darkness isn’t always the work of the enemy. Sometimes it’s one of God’s best teaching tools. “About the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea…And when they saw Him…they were greatly amazed…beyond measure, and marveled” (Mk 6:48-51 NKJV). You get to know the Lord by going through storms with Him. The Psalmist said, “To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you” (Ps 139:12 NLT). So instead of running from your problems, ask God to develop your night vision, to show you “the treasures of darkness…hidden in secret places” (NRS).

“I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness.” Isaiah 45:3 NLT

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