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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Monday, October 12, 2009

Challenged

When was the last time that you felt challenged by a message that you heard? I just have heard two challenging messages in a twenty-four hour time period. First one was yesterday when we were visiting McLean Bible Church in VA where Lon Solomon is the senior pastor. We were visiting my in-laws for the weekend. Lon talked about the importance of witnessing and how we need to ask God for opportunities to share Him with others. He used the story of Lazarus and the beggar. He tries to make the most of every opportunity so that when he is in heaven he will not have somebody see him from hell, and say, "Why didn't you tell me?" Very thought provoking and convicting as well.

This morning I listened to a message from Lysa TerKeurst, president of Proverbs 31 Ministry. Her message is entitled "The Most Important Two Word Prayer". If you are interested in seeing it, check out her blog today: http://www.lysaterkeurst.blogspot.com/
Essentially the two word prayer that we should pray is "Thank God". When was the last time that you stopped and thanked God for what was happening in your life - the good and the bad? I also have been reading Nancy Leigh DeMoss's new book entitled Choosing Gratitude. There are recurring themes in both of these.

When were you last challenged by God's word, to change and be different? Perhaps today is a good day to dig in the Bible and see what God has for you. Also, read a copy of Lysa's new book called Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl. Ask God to help you grow in new ways today.

2 comments:

Lysa TerKeurst said...

Wow Jodie.... thank you from the bottom of my heart.

... and the top of my heart.

... and the middle too.

Smiles~

Zoe Elmore said...

Hey Jodie,

It's always a treat to read your posts here and on my blog. I'm grateful you posted the verses you did. Thanks for always being such a great encourager. Hope you are well. :0)