Are You a Weekend Warrior?

God isn’t happy with a weekend warrior. He wants you full time. He wants you to be totally dedicated to Him. Why should you be? He created you, He cares for you, He offers you a place in His eternal Kingdom.

Being a Christian is not as easy as just reciting a  prayer the preacher tells you. It doesn’t stop at ‘asking Jesus into your heart’. You have to make a life change in that you live to please Jesus. So many Christians today think that by saying they are Christians, going to church once a week and doing good deeds every now and again, that they are fulfilling their ‘duty’ to God. There is so much more to it

Watch this video and see if you are truly dedicated to Him or are you just a weekend warrior?

 

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Connecting the Dots

Do you believe in the Rapture? Do you believe it is VERY close? Will all ‘Christians’ go in the Rapture? Or is there a chance only those watching and waiting will go while the rest are left to endure Tribulation?

Are you more interested in your car, job, kids’ baseball game than a supposed Rapture? Do you claim to be saved but is things in your life taking more of your time than YOU leading souls to Christ?

TIME IS SHORT!!!
CONNECT THE DOTS with this video.

I pray that you take the time to watch this, pray about it… be ready.
Will Jesus say well done to you… or go away, I don’t know you?

Maranatha!

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Flower Tales

God made flowers in all shapes and sizes.  This year, with the drought, we didn’t have many flowers and the ones we did have didn’t last long. So, for those of you that love flowers, here is a small flower bookmark. It’s not big, it’s not fancy, just a simple, little flower to hold your place. Hope you enjoy. (=

Materials Needed:

Small amount of WW Yarn
US “E” Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle

ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
sl st = slip stitch
fo =  fasten off

Different size hooks will produce different size hearts / bookmarks.  Adjust bookmark tail to your hook size if needed.
Work in round without joining.

Flower:
Rnd 1: 10 sc in magic circle.  (change yarn here for a 2 colored flower if desired)
Rnd 2: (sl st into next st, ch 3, tr and dc both into next st) repeat around ending by slipping into last st.

Note: (for an even smaller, flatter flower, you can substitute ch 2, dc, hdc in the place of ch 3, tr, dc)

Do not cut yarn… continue with bookmark:

Bookmark:
ch 70, 3 sc in 2nd ch st from hook, 3 sc in next 14 ch st, sl st to next ch st. fo.

Using yarn needle, draw yarn tail down through center of curly bookmark tail to conceal. Use yarn needle to hide yarn tail from magic ring. Voila! you are finished with your Flower Tales Bookmark. :)

© 2011 Stephanie Osborne  Please do not sell or distribute this pattern; instead just post a  link to the original, (http://rockin4god.com/2011/07/flower-tales-bookmark)   I don’t mind you using the items you make however you wish but please give credit to me as the pattern designer. I would love to see your photos when you make your own Flower Tales Bookmark.  Please use your own photos when posting your work. Feel free to leave comments. Thank you and God bless.

 

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A Horse With No Name

Dan Peek is singing before God today! Dan is famous for his rock band America and the #1 hit, “A Horse With No Name”. Today, Dan went to be with the Lord yesterday, July 26th. I have enjoyed his music for years but it wasn’t until today that I realized he gave his life to Jesus. He has a great testimony that I would like to share with you.

Please say a prayer for his family, that God comforts them. It’s so hard to lose a loved one, even when you know they are rejoicing in Heaven. I pray that his life will continue to touch people and bring souls to God. RIP Dan. We’ll miss you until we get there.

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What about September?

So much is going on in the news and things happening in the world. The crazy weather patterns. The crazy way people act. The crazy comet, Elenin, heading towards earth. The crazy riots in the Mideast.  The crazy defaulting debt and economy. What does it all mean? Why is it all pointing to September?

This message gave me goosebumps!!! This guy is a great speaker and explains why and how Jesus’ return is very soon… sooner than you may think. Take a minute to listen, it gets really, really good towards the end. (besides, he’s funny) :)

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Could September 2011 be a significant month as it relates to Bible Prophecy? Pastor JD looks at several prophecies, all of which point to a most interesting month in September of this year.

The only thing I would add is… don’t prepare for it to happen in September. We should live each day serving God and doing our best to live like Jesus wants too… we never know when we will get to meet Him in person.

Maranatha and God bless!

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The Belief of Jesus’ Return

I believe in the Rapture or the return of Jesus Christ with all my heart. I believe it’s very soon. Much more soon than many will admit. I find other’s reaction to it when mentioned very interesting. Today, a pastor stopped by my house to see if there were any children that would like to go to vacation Bible school. My mom and this minister got into a discussion. She asked him if he believed in the rapture. He said, “The Rapture?… Some what…. er… the Rapture… well.. yeah… um.. yes, I do.” I was astonished to see a minister hem haw around such an important event. If you read the Bible, it tells of this blessed event and that we, as Christians are to be watching and waiting for it.

However, lately, the Rapture has came under a lot of criticism and mocking. This would be expected from unbelievers but much of it is coming from some claiming to be Christians. I have never seen “Christians” get so hateful as those that try to put down a pre-tribulation Rapture. It’s like the fangs and claws come out on them. We live in an age when people’s beliefs are upside down. Wrong is right, right is wrong. The respect our ancestors had for God and fellow mankind, much less themselves, is missing. Now, people live for today. They refuse to think about tomorrow so you can forget about getting them to think about a Rapture and where their souls will spend eternity. They refuse to see or serve a God that cannot abide sin and will cast sinners into hell for eternity. This would make them have to take a long hard look at their lives, how they are living. They do not want to be held accountable… so they deny it. They deny that there is a Rapture, they deny what the Bible calls tribulation, they deny the fact that they will be held accountable for how they live and whether they accept the gift of salvation and many even deny the existence of  Jesus Christ and God.

A high school friend wrote the following in response to a discussion on facebook. It’s very good so I would like to share it with you.

The Belief of Jesus’ Return

The belief that Christ would return in one’s lifetime has been held by faithful Christians since New Testament times (in 2 Thessalonians Paul actually counters the belief that Christ had already returned). This belief rises from the nature of the language used by both Christ Himself and other New Testament authors. In Acts 2:17 Peter explains that what they were witnessing was what Joel prophesied concerning the ‘last days.’ In Revelation 1:3 John tells us that ‘the time is near.’ Throughout the New Testament we have language which speaks of the imminent return of Christ, admonishing us to be watchful, anticipating His return when He comes to judge sin and save those who trust in Him.

In Matthew 24 Jesus gives His disciples the parable of the fig tree, teaching them to recognize the signs preceding His return, just as one anticipates figs soon after he see the leaves on the tree. Although we cannot know the day or the hour, Jesus tells us that believers should know when it is approaching. Noah did not know the day in which God would send the waters on the earth, but he knew it was imminent when he had the animals in the ark and God closed the door. The unbelievers, however, continued on with life as normal until they were swept away by the flood waters. Jesus said this is how His coming would be.

Given Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 24:45-51,the prudent action for the follower of Jesus is to live as if Christ will return at any moment. It does not work out well for the evil slave when he decides his master’s return is far off (v48-51), only to be caught unprepared at his unexpected return. Judgment, not salvation, awaits him.

Since judgment awaits the unbeliever at Christ’s return, it seems only loving to warn of the impending judgment and the coming wrath of God against sin. We do not do this to scare people into believing, but because we understand that God is ‘not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance’ (2 Pet. 3:9). He has called us to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ which must include the certainty of sin and punishment for the unbeliever. There’s no good news without the bad news; we can’t fully understand the love of God until we understand His wrath toward our sin. Once we understand that God’s wrath toward believer’s sins was poured out on Christ at the cross, the depth of His love comes full into view. So we call sinners to repentance because ‘now is the acceptable time…now is the day of salvation’ (2 Cor. 6:2).

It is interesting that Jesus’ final words in all of Scripture call us to expect His return at any moment: “Yes, I am coming quickly” (Rev. 22:20).

With the Apostle John we say ‘Come, Lord Jesus.’

Certainly the truth of Christ is what should be held forth; Paul says it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Rom 1:16). False teachings and false prophecy have no place in evangelism. In reading what you wrote, I think what you are referring to is not so much false prophecy as incorrectly interpreting current events as fulfilled prophecy. Make no mistake, there are many bible prophecies remaining to be fulfilled, and we are wise to understand what has been prophesied so that, should it come to pass in our lifetime, we will not be caught off guard. However, much damage has been done to the cause of Christ in the past 50-60 years by those who claim every world event is a fulfillment of prophecy. The claims are always premature, and time always exposes the error. Its a vicious cycle, and I’ve listened to several men repeatedly claim ‘This is it!’ only to be proven wrong. I believe some, but not all, of this interpreting of events is done simply for profit. The problem is, these men cry wolf so often that the church has lost any credibility it may have had in the eyes of the world.

Scripture clearly teaches we are living in the last days (i.e. Acts 2:17) but that language speaks more of an era or a period of time. They are called the last days (or end times) because the next major event in redemption’s history is the return of Christ, when our salvation becomes complete.

One reason we in the Western world sometimes have difficulty living in anticipation of Christ’s return is that we have become too comfortable in this world. Titus referred to the appearing of the Lord as the blessed hope (2:13) because it meant an end to the persecution of the people of God, when everything would be set right, and the enemies of God would be finally and forever defeated. When all our needs and most of our wants are met, we hope very little. But our persecuted brothers and sisters around the globe (and there are many of them) hope greatly in the return of Christ, waiting with the rest of creation for ‘our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body’ (Rom. 8:23-25).

I hope that I don’t come off sounding like I have it all together; I don’t. I struggle with being too comfortable in this world like most other believers. As CS Lewis said, the problem with man is not that God finds our desires too great, but too small. We are to easily satisfied. I pray that all believers everywhere become increasingly dissatisfied with the things of this world. I pray that we become like Abraham, who was looking for ‘the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God (Heb. 11:10), and that discontentment with this world will leave us longing passionately for the one to come.

Salvation in Jesus Christ entails so much more that forgiveness of sin. God has taken us, His enemies, and made us co-heirs with His Son! The truth of the gospel cannot end with the forgiveness of sin, but it must surely begin there. The truth of God’s judgment of sin must be clearly communicated, but so must the riches of His glorious grace! To neglect either is to preach an incomplete gospel.

By Scott Guthrie

I truly belief this return of Jesus is very, very soon. Some see it coming… some are watching and waiting for it. Most refuse to think about it as it would mean they would need to take a long look at how they are living. I pray that you are ready when Jesus does come. The tribulation that will follow is going to be literally a type of hell on earth. Pray for your unsaved loved ones and friends. Above all… be ready yourself and be watching and waiting as the Bible instructs us. Jesus could come at any moment… be ready!

I have another website that goes more into the Rapture and tribulation. Visit www.SomebodysComing.com for more info on the Rapture and Tribulation.

 

 

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Turtle Tales Bookmark

I like turtles. :)  I like live turtles, plush turtles, turtle nick nacks even crochted turtles!  :) I’m so glad Noah didn’t forget the turtles and the tortoises when he was loading that ark! This turtle bookmark is great for the guys in your life that might think a heart bookmark is a bit too sappy. :P It’s worked in one piece. Enjoy. :)

Materials Needed:

Small amount of WW Yarn
US “E” Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
fo =  fasten off
inc = increase (2 stitches in one stitch)
st = stitch

Different size hooks will produce different size turtles / bookmarks. Adjust bookmark tail length desired if needed.

Special stitch: 6 dc popcorn over next 2 stitches = 3 dc in first st, 3 dc in second st, take your hook out of  loop, insert hook into first dc, insert hook back into loop and pull through combining all 6 dc into one popcorn stitch.

Turtle:
In magic circle:

Rnd 1:  9 sc (9)
Rnd 2:  inc in each st around. (18)
Rnd 3:  (sc in next st, inc in next st, sl st into next st, ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st into beginning sc) x2, sc in next st, inc in next st,  6 dc popcorn over next 2 stitches, (sc in next st, inc in next st, sl st into next st, ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st into beginning sc) x2, sc in next 2 st, sl st into next st. do not cut yarn… continue with bookmark:

Bookmark:
ch 70, 3 sc in 2nd ch st from hook, 3 sc in next 14 ch st, sl st to next ch st. fo.

Using yarn needle, draw yarn tail down through center of curly bookmark tail to conceal. Use yarn needle to hide yarn tail from magic ring. Enjoy your Turtle Tales Bookmark. :)

 

© 2011 Stephanie Osborne  Please do not sell or distribute this pattern; instead just post a  link to the original, (http://rockin4god.com/2011/07/turtle-tales-bookmark)   I don’t mind you using the items you make however you wish but please give credit to me as the pattern designer. I would love to see your photos when you make your own Turtle Tales Bookmark.  Please use your own photos when posting your work. Feel free to leave comments. Thank you and God bless.

 

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Homesick

Today is my anniversary. I am so thankful to have been blessed with not only the best husband a girl could ask for but also my very best friend. We shared more love in our time together than most people have in twice as many years. I love him and miss him terribly but I have God’s promise of eternity with him. I am truly blessed. If you’ve lost a loved one, may the video below bless you as it has me.

“Homesick”

You’re in a better place, I’ve heard a thousand times
And at least a thousand times I’ve rejoiced for you
But the reason why I’m broken, the reason why I cry
Is how long must I wait to be with you.

I close my eyes and I see your face.
If home’s where my heart is then I’m out of place.
Lord, won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow,
I’ve never been more homesick than now.

Help me Lord cause I don’t understand your ways,
The reason why I wonder if I’ll ever know.
But, even if you showed me, the hurt would be the same
Cause I’m still here so far away from home.

I close my eyes and I see your face.
If home’s where my heart is then I’m out of place.
Lord, won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow,
I’ve never been more homesick than now.

In Christ, there are no goodbyes
And in Christ, there is no end
So I’ll hold onto Jesus with all that I have
To see you again
To see you again

And I close my eyes and I see your face
If home’s where my heart is then I’m out of place
Lord, won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow

I’ve never been more homesick than now.

If you are missing someone, hold on to Jesus. His grace is sufficient for each day.

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Heart Tales Bookmark

The world needs more love. People are so self involved these days that they forget about those around them. One of God’s most important commandments is love your neighbor as yourself. You’re also supposed to love your enemies. If there were more love, there would be less hate. I designed a cute heart bookmark for you to give to those you love. :)  The heart is quite simple, well… truly, the entire bookmark is simple to make but it can definitely warm someone’s heart when given. They are perfect for Bibles, novels or any other book. I know in this age less people are reading actual books but some of us are still old fashioned and prefer print and paper to electronics. ;)


For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Materials Needed:

Small amount of WW Yarn
US “E” Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle

ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
sl st = slip stitch
fo =  fasten off

Different size hooks will produce different size hearts / bookmarks. Adjust bookmark tail to your hook size if needed.

In magic circle:

Heart:
3 hdc, 1 dc, 5 tr, sl st inside ring, 5 tr, 1 dc, 3 hdc, <now, slowly close the magic ring. do it slowly as it will be tight>,  join by sl st to 1st hdc.  Do not cut yarn… continue with bookmark:

Bookmark:
ch 70, 3 sc in 2nd ch st from hook, 3 sc in next 14 ch st, sl st to next ch st. fo.

Using yarn needle, draw yarn tail down through center of curly bookmark tail to conceal. Use yarn needle to hide yarn tail from magic ring. Voila! you are finished with your Heart Tales Bookmark. :)

© 2011 Stephanie Osborne  Please do not sell or distribute this pattern; instead just post a  link to the original, (http://rockin4god.com/2011/07/heart-tales-bookmark)   I don’t mind you using the items you make however you wish but please give credit to me as the pattern designer. I would love to see your photos when you make your own Heart Tales Bookmark.  Please use your own photos when posting your work. Feel free to leave comments. Thank you and God bless.

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Blessed with friends

Lately, I have been blessed with some wonderful new friends. After picking up an old craft my grandma taught me, crocheting, I found a crochet forum and joined. I have never met a nicer group of people than over at Crochetville. They are like a family over there. Knowing that July is a hard month for me with my anniversary on the 4th and Pat going to Heaven on the 20th, a couple of my friends have sent me surprises to make me smile. It surely worked! I was very surprised and not only did it give me a smile, it gave me a wonderful feeling to know that someone cared and was thinking of me.

First I received a package from Mary Jo in Florida. She made me a couple of beautiful hook cases and filled them with goodies. I have one that I can organize all my hooks in and one I can take with me for on the go projects. They are just perfect! Thank you so much, Mary Jo! :)

Then, Sue gives away one of her fabulous totes each month. We call it Turtle’s TLC Tote Club. Well… guess who gets to be July 2011 Turtle’s TLC Tote Lady??? Yep! Me!!! I was so happy when my daughter came home from the mail with another package from Florida. This one has a beautiful felted tote. I have never seen a felted crocheted item and it’s just gorgeous. Thank you, Sue for inviting me to the club! :D

On top of being spoilt by Sue and Mary Jo, I was also in a swap at the ‘Ville. Nicole was my partner and she spoiled me rotten with my package from her. I got a purse, a very cool black/white tote, some yarn, a crocheted wash cloth and an Edgerydoo with material to make baby blankets for charity.  Nicole is the hockey fan partner that I made the Hockey Puck Purse for. :) Thanks Nicole for the very cool swap package. :)

 

I am very honored to have such wonderful friends and I thank God each and every day for them. Even though July is a sad month for me, they gave me reasons to smile. God has blessed me and continues to be with me every day.

 

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