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Posted by Tim :: Ministry News

So the first round in verse wars has been waged. Two things I noticed: 1) Too many people had to down jalapeños. 2) People enjoyed the jalapeños way too much.

Therefore, we will up the price to be paid for failing to perfectly memorize the Word of God. I'm contacting the Entomology department today. (Note: please remember this is all in good fun)

The topic of the verses for 1/30 deals with our identity in Christ. If we are God's children, then why didn't God just rapture us to heaven immediately upon conversion? He's done that in the past with those he loved (Enoch, Elijah), so why not us? The answer lies more in who God has called us to be than in what God has called us to do (although they are intertwined).

Feast on the verses below or feast on ants and grasshoppers. The choice is yours.

Acts 1:8 "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
We tried to sing this song at a leader’s time. Not many knew it. Now is our chance to correct that. This verse is the actual words of Christ that speaks of our power source and our life(style).

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 "For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again."
This verse carries with it not only the proper motivation for the way we live (love), but how we are to do it (by dieing to our selfish interests and living for God's purposes). It fits our Friday Rock messages for the next two weeks as well.

2 Corinthians 5:20 "We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God."
Oh how I love this verse! I can feel the seriousness and emotion behind Paul's words. May we follow him as he followed Christ.

1 Peter 2:9 "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."
Let this truth sink in and you will live differently. Wow! This is mind-boggling stuff. And notice that all that we are in Christ is not so that we might lay back and keep it to ourselves, but so that we would "declare" (or announce, proclaim, say publicly) "the praises" (or what it is about Christ that makes Him unique and essential) "of him who called you...".

I consider it a double blessing personally. I am a new creation in Christ and I have something to live for that's noble and lasts forever... the eternal salvation of people who are enslaved to sin and lost in a fallen world. As Mark Darling put it, "Making a life for other people."


Those are great verses, Tim. I find those to be amazing, as well.

We have been given power. We are driven by love. We have diplomatic immunity.

That I Peter verse is really amazing. We are not only the priests, we are the temple as well. It's like we carry the Old Testament temple in our hearts all day long. And imagine a NATION of priests. That was God's will for ancient Israel, to plop them down in the midst of the ungodly nations as a witness. That's what we are, or are supposed to be.

Posted by: Dan Benson at January 18, 2005 09:59 AM

Tim, I definitely ate the jalepeno's for fun

Posted by: Mike at January 18, 2005 03:24 PM

Tim, I definately only had a glass of milk :)


Posted by: nate at January 18, 2005 03:50 PM

Tim, One Word.


Posted by: Tom B. at January 18, 2005 04:23 PM

Hey Tim. I appreciate the zeal for which you are pursuing this matter. I hope it stays hot all semester. :) Thanks for leading!


Posted by: Michael T. Riley at January 18, 2005 04:34 PM

Tim- I think some people just enjoy jalapenos. I didn't have either jalapenos or milk, although milk did sound good. Pure Spiritual Milk that is!!!!!! Keep up the awesome work, Tim.

Posted by: Nina James at January 18, 2005 10:27 PM

I love memorizing verses, and destroying people in verse wars. But I have to say that I might enjoy eating insects more, just for the novelty of it.

LIVE meal worms and/or goldfish now, THAT would be motivation.

Posted by: Matt at January 20, 2005 02:37 PM
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