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  1. One of my favorite sermons of all time relates to this... 10 shekels and a shirt by Paris Reidhead. I love the old school guys and I would highly encourage anyone to listen to this wonderful and passionate sermon about the differences between our desires and His desires. It's all about HIM! https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=10180222445 I would also be doing a disservice if I failed to mention how I came upon this great sermon in the first place... it was after hearing a portion of it in the "Revival Hymn" that a friend shared with me so many years ago. I would also recommend taking the 30 minutes or so to watch it:
  2. This one as well... Revelation 1:12-20 (ESV) 12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. 19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
  3. For those interested, here are the specific references from Isaiah, Ezekiel, and John in Revelation that I referenced in the devo: Isaiah 6:1-5 (ESV) 1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” 4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” Ezekiel 1:4-14 (ESV) 4 As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming metal. 5 And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had a human likeness, 6 but each had four faces, and each of them had four wings. 7 Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf’s foot. And they sparkled like burnished bronze. 8 Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus: 9 their wings touched one another. Each one of them went straight forward, without turning as they went. 10 As for the likeness of their faces, each had a human face. The four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle. 11 Such were their faces. And their wings were spread out above. Each creature had two wings, each of which touched the wing of another, while two covered their bodies. 12 And each went straight forward. Wherever the spirit would go, they went, without turning as they went. 13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches moving to and fro among the living creatures. And the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. 14 And the living creatures darted to and fro, like the appearance of a flash of lightning. Revelation 4:1-11 (ESV) 1 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. 3 And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, 6 and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal. And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: 7 the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. 8 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” 9 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
  4. Heaven 4K Christian Gaming Devotional 9/9/2019 We get a few glimpses of heaven in the Scriptures from the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel, as well as the Apostle John. The best view that they give us is that of the throne room of Almighty God. What a picture it is! There are things going on in this room that are beyond comprehension, but yet God felt it important to give us these examples. I think it is important that we take notice and really take account of just how great and powerful our Father truly is. Revelation 4:1-11 (ESV)1 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. 3 And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, 6 and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal. And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: 7 the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. 8 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” 9 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” There was a time in my life when I really struggled with prayer and maintaining a devotional attitude towards it. It was at this time that God chose to elevate the importance of these men’s views of heaven into my own view of Him. I began to focus on the images that we are given as I would begin to approach Him with my prayers. What a humbling time and experience this was for me. To think of His majesty and glory as it is described makes it very hard to not cower in His presence and humbly approach His throne. The amazing truth that we are invited to do this and encouraged to make it a regular practice. This is similar to the transition John experienced in the beginning of Revelation when he first saw the Glorified Christ. He fell down as if he were dead as he was completely overwhelmed. It was at that point that Jesus told him to not be afraid. Visualizing this image of heaven and the throne room of God gave me exactly what I needed to jump start my prayer life and time of devotion to Him. We aren’t told much about heaven in the Scriptures, but we are given some great pictures of what it will be like. Heaven should not be our goal, God’s glory should always occupy that role. What we know about heaven can certainly be used as a tool in our lives now as we look forward to one day spending all of eternity there with the rest of the saints and especially the Triune God Himself.
  5. Suffering 4K Devotional 8/26/2019 Suffering is common to all You don’t have to look too long or go too far to find suffering in this life or in the Scriptures. It happened to the prophets and people of Israel in the Old Testament as well as the apostles in the New Testament. And to the greatest extent, suffering was brought upon our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. Why then, do we think that somehow our life should be devoid of suffering or that God has somehow forgotten us when these times of testing come to our lives? Job was a righteous man who seemed to be living his life in a way that was very pleasing and honoring to God, but yet satan gains permission to bring all kinds of suffering upon him and his family. Job 1:1 (ESV) 1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. Job 1:6-12 (ESV) 6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. 7 The LORD said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” 8 And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” 9 Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” 12 And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. Joy in suffering Job never got a direct answer from God as to why he was allowed to suffer and we may not either. We can be certain though that there is purpose in the suffering and it is never wasted in God’s economy. James, the brother of Jesus, reminds us to even count it as joy when we have trials in life. James 1:2-4 (ESV) 2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. I can certainly attest to suffering in my own life these last several months and I also know that it isn’t always easy to count it as joy. There are many times when I get so caught up in the actual trial that is causing the suffering in my life that I become more focused on that then the work that is being done in me through the suffering. I always try to remember that each day as I wake up and have my morning prayer time. Focus is so important and what we focus on usually leads to what we say and do. If we give in to the suffering, then it most certainly will overtake us and leave us feeling hopeless. I tell you from experience though, that if we focus on the Scriptures and the One they point to (Christ) then we will be full of hope and joy. We can know that His work is being fulfilled in us through this trial and suffering and that Godly attributes are being sharpened and honed within this temple. Paul even takes it one step further and gives us the perspective that we are also able to “share in the sufferings of Christ”! Oh my!!! I’m sure there are several other things that most of us would put on the list of things we want to share with Christ well ahead of sufferings, but Paul reminds us that it is this that can make us like Him and help us to know Him and the power of His resurrection. What an amazing thing that is to say! What an outstanding promise to us in the Scriptures! This is a verse that should be committed to memory and recited every time that we find ourselves slinking away and feeling beaten down by whatever suffering the day has brought. Philippians 3:10 (ESV) 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, My dear brothers and sisters in Christ… I speak to you not from a place that is far off from this topic, but from a life that is currently in the midst of one of the greatest times of prolonged suffering I have ever had to deal with. This is where we truly become His disciples. We share in His sufferings and we do it with joy! We do this with the encouragement and the promises that we have in the Scriptures and in our fellowship with one another and with Christ Himself.
  6. Epic Games is currently offering "For Honor" and "Alan Wake" for free.... https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/collection/free-games-collection
  7. There is a bottling plant here in Speedway, Indiana as well. @XxBuggzBunniexx @CaptAMERICA1611
  8. Thank you so much for this beautiful picture painted with words.
  9. Let me add this as well.... I am by no means arguing that Google will come in and take over... I’m only advocating that they deserve to be in the conversation. Everyone has made very good points. I will be buying a PS5 for sure and will consider the others. I have had both PlayStation and Xbox through the last 2 generations
  10. Yes, but this will only be an issue for a limited amount of people... and most of them are already affected by bandwidth regardless of what platform they are on. A large portion of these issues will be resolved in the near future by 5G and possibly SpaceX
  11. I don’t disagree... but what will the price point be? You can literally start playing Google stadia without spending a dime on any equipment. The max investment is $129 for the controller and Chromecast
  12. I think it’s a mistake to leave Google out of this conversation. They have the money and infrastructure to compete immediately AND they are first to market with cloud gaming that can compete already with next gen specs. All at a very limited entry point price.
  13. Peace of God Peace… that word can be used in so many different ways, but as followers of Christ we need to do our best to understand it from God’s perspective as it is revealed to us in the Scriptures. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:7 that “the peace of God” transcends understanding. So how can we understand something that is beyond all understanding? The key is more in the experience of His peace, then in an intellectual understanding or knowledge. I think that is what Paul is conveying here. This is what we need in our most dire of times. We NEED a peace that we can’t understand. That is what will carry us through times and situations that seem too big for us to grasp. Paul is saying that only God can give that kind of peace and it comes in the form of Christ Jesus! Praise God for this wonderful truth! I know that this has become a passage of Scripture that I cry out again and again when I find myself overwhelmed by circumstances that are beyond my control. As most of you know, my wife is going through a battle with thyroid cancer at the moment. Hearing that word in relation to a personal diagnosis can send your life spiraling out of control. That is exactly where we would be if we didn’t know and understand this glorious truth. Where does our strength come from? Where does our peace come from? How can we even have peace in a time like this? His name is Jesus and He is the answer to all of these questions and so much more. We can have a peace that transcends our understanding if we will only ask and receive it from Christ Jesus! We have had our ups and downs over these last few months, but Christ has remained rock solid and when we ask for it and accept His peace… it is there in an instant. Of course we would love to have had a miraculous healing for my wife, but that was not in God’s will for this circumstance. What we do have is His peace and that is something we can always count on. I would encourage you today to remember that this is something we can all count on… and so much more! Stay in the Scriptures so that when trials come, these truths are what will flow out of you in response to the circumstances… whatever they may be!
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