26Nov

Giving Tuesday

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Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, Cyber-Monday, and now Giving Tuesday? These are the names of some well-known (and little known) shopping holidays following Thanksgiving and heading into the Christmas crush. Like it or not, our society is driven by the need to get the best deals and the drive to out give each other on December 25th.

In the midst of the shopping chaos — I’m not going to complain about a day set aside for charitable giving. A little known day called Giving Tuesday. I am so thankful for the fine folks who have supported NewLife FM all throughout the year — many of them giving sacrificially. Thank all y’all!!!

Heading into Giving Tuesday, I was encouraged by a letter NewLife FM received recently from Cedar Rock Church in Jackson. I’d like to share it with you.

Dear Sir:

Our Congregation chooses a faith-based group to send our church tithes to each month. Your organization was chosen for September.

Many of us listen to you regularly and receive many blessings from your broadcasts.

Please use these funds to continue the spreading of God’s word to places and in ways that we cannot.

In Christ,

The Congregation of Cedar Rock Church

WOW! NewLife FM is grateful for your support Cedar Rock! And I’d like to take this time to highlight a point they made in the letter “continue the spreading of God’s word to places and in ways that we cannot.” NewLife FM is not here to replace the church. We are here to help the church in their mission. NewLife FM is an extension of the church and of many individuals and organizations who are engaging in the Great Commission!

Will you consider supporting NewLife FM on Giving Tuesday? And perhaps even throughout the coming New Year? We could not fulfill our duty if it was not for the support of many individuals and organizations who share the common goal of reaching people for Christ.

More information on how you can support us is available online at www.NewLife.FM or by calling 770-229-2020 during business hours (9 am – 5 pm…Monday-Friday). And remember, each gift is tax-deductible for 2012 if donated before December 31st! God Bless!

20Nov

Are you a Mary or Martha?

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Apart from NewLife Praise — one of the programs I host on Sunday nights from 6:30-8:30 pm is called Front Porch Bluegrass Revival. Recently we added new songs from a group called Nu-Blu (which came out with their first all gospel bluegrass album). The project called Nail by Nail only has seven songs, but these songs are oh so powerful — my favorite being Martha and Mary.

We find the story about these two women in Luke 10:38-42. Most of us are familear with the story. One day Jesus decides to have dinner with their family, Martha freaks out about having everything just so in the house and on the dinner table (sound familear around the holiday season?) and Mary puts all that aside to sit at the feet of Jesus and show her thankfulness by listening to his teachings.

We all have a little Mary and Martha in each and everyone of us. The question is — what is the dominate personality? When the holidays approach do we let Martha take over and stress about the decorations, the meal, or the clean house? Or do we let Mary take over and put aside the stress of the season in order to truly thank Jesus for his blessings and make sure we have time for true one on one worship with Him?

Each of us have so much to be thankful for this year despite our circumstances. I hope that this holiday season we will make room for some one on one time with our Saviour. Let’s resolve to “declutter” the holidays and spend some time at His feet. And don’t worry if the dinner rolls don’t come out perfect.

Listen to Nu-Blu — Martha and Mary!

09Nov

Being thankful

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Being thankful isn’t something that comes natural to many of us. In this day and age of social media it’s even more tempting to take to the web to air your current frustration or worry. That is why I am excited about a new trend on Facebook during the month of November.

Many Facebook users are using their status updates each day of the month to tell their followers what they are thankful for that day. Now I know that this is in conjunction with Thanksgiving on the 22nd, but at least for a few weeks we can see some positive posts, right? But what if we were thankful for our blessings not just on Facebook during November, but in our lives 365 days out of the year?

Psalm 30:11-12 (NAS) Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; Thou hast loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness; That [my] soul may sing praise to Thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to Thee forever.

To me, thankfulness isn’t dictated by our current circumstance — it is a mindset that must be exercised much like an athlete must exercise each and every day. It’s way too easy to just sit in your arm chair and complain. That is our nature. But what if we made the choice that despite our current situation we would find at least one thing in which we could give praise and thanks to God. Even if the only thing you can think of is your salvation.

Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the LORD.”

Now to be thankful in all circumstances is not to be in denial of your surroundings — but it is to be mindful of God and reflective of what He has done for you in the past and knowing He will be here in the present and the future!

Why should we be thankful that the Lord is God?
It is He that answers prayer.
It is He that protects.
It is He that forgives and gives eternal life through His Son.
It is He that says “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”

No matter what goes wrong in your life today, the Lord is God!
No matter who is in the White House, the Kremlin, or Buckingham Palace, the Lord is God!
No matter how you feel the Lord is God!
He is always in control.
He is sovereign.
Nothing gets by Him.
Nothing takes Him by surprise!

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