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Thanks for following! I’m a huge believer in making your social media match what you sell! As a social media manager for a large company, that does freelance social media work on the side, I love the model of IKEA and the comparison to an online presence! Let me know if you’d like to chat about some social media stuff in the future, and thanks for the message!
8 Things Christ Is Victorious Over…
I know what you’re thinking, and I agree…the Creator and Sustainer is victorious over all things. Yes, I know this. I’m giving you 8 things that have been revealed to me in my years of walking with God. 8 Things that Christ is victorious over. Want to share what you’re glad He’s victorious over? Leave a message below:
God, in creating everything, became victorious over creation. So much so that He had to take a day to rest. I’m so glad that His dominance over creation is apparent in this world every day! Also, in naming us (man and woman) He sets his victory and ownership over mankind.
He’s seated on high and is the God of Heaven and Earth! Even the angels were created to give praise to the Lord on the throne of Heaven. All of Heaven and earth will praise His name. He is victorious over Heaven because He reigns as King!
Folks, the battle is fought and the war is won! Our Salvation is the victorious warrior over the fallen angel and will someday soon set up His kingdom on earth! He is victorious over Hell and Satan.
- Our Trouble
He stepped out onto the ocean, walked on the troubled waters, and calmed the raging sea that was set to topple the disciples! He is the King of Mercy who knows and cares for your hurt…and He is victorious over those very things that hurt!
- Kings and Kingdoms
Christ our King is victorious over all kings and kingdoms on this earth. There is no dominion that can measure up to the Kingdom of God. He’s proven time and time again that when nations challenge God, God retaliates and rules with swift justice!
Christ was perfection on earth. He did not sin in His entire stay with us. In completing a life that was sinless and dying a pure sacrifice, He defeated sin and thus became the FINAL sacrifice needed for salvation!
He was beaten, broken, and placed on a cross for our sins! He died and was then placed in a tomb where they placed a stone and guards. Three days later, Christ is risen and in rising from death He defeated it. This is our hope, this is our atonement, this is our salvation!
I’ve given my life to Christ and try my best to walk closely in His footsteps. I’ve accepted the free gift that He’s given to me…eternal life. He came to the earth He created and conquered death and sin so that I may live forever. He has bought me!
Got some things to add to the list?
My Son, ZR, The Wrestler…
My son is SERIOUSLY into professional wrestling (the entertainment kind…WWE). I can’t do anything to help this fascination and it’s taking over his every thought and action. We’ve discussed how it’s fake, how it’s like a “show” that you watch, and that ‘you can’t practice on your friends or the dog’, but he’s still intent on being WWE’s biggest (little) fan.
Recently, though, I’ve realized that my goal as a dad should be to encourage and uplift. Let me give you an example.
In his crazed fascination, my son told me one night that his wrestling name is ZR. He was undeniably as serious as a 6 year-old could ever be. My wife, accidentally, let out a small chuckle. It was less funny and more TOTALLY adorable. He did not like the laugh. In fact, he climbed in my arms and wept thinking that mommy was making fun of him.
Now, don’t go hating on my wife. What she did was harmless and done out of human nature. I’m sharing this story to give you an insight of a 6 year-old. To him, being ZR is a reachable task. It’s where he’s placed his passion and, for all intents and purposes, this is what he’s striving to become. I for one am all for supporting and nurturing the dreams of my son, just like my parents did for me!…So, I give to you:
Justification Is The Enemy Of Repentance!
I’m a 28 year-old man. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned about human nature it’s this: It’s easier for us to justify our wrong doings than to simply apologize and repent!
I have a wife, and like most couples we have times that are trying for our relationship. I call them “growth spurts”. I have noticed a trend, though, not just in my relationship with my wife, but in any circumstance that garners an apologetic stance, that we’re quick to defend our actions and slow to change them.
I’m not perfect. I’m at fault in this deception as well. I’m merely pointing to the fact that if repentance is the call to action to turn from sin, and we spend all of our time defending the issue instead of fixing it, it will never be resolved.
From this moment on, in my life, I will be open and honest when it comes to dealing with my problems! Instead of finding fault in others or finding justification of my actions…I’ll admit my faults so that I can turn away from them. Justification IS the enemy of repentance and when we find this we’re healed of our stubbornness!
High tech…WHERE’S MY STUPID HOVERBOARD!?!?!?
In 1985 a young Michael J. Fox took to the screens alongside the amazing Christopher Lloyd to produce a movie that would change the world…Back to the Future! It brought dreams of a brighter future into our view and put possibilities of self-drying jackets, hoverboards, and flying cars into our 2015! Folks, that’s three years!
However far off we are from flying cars, Google HAS started putting these fancy videos on Youtube about products that probably won’t make it to market: PROJECT GLASS
Let’s look at technology in the 80’s…just for fun…to see how far we’ve come! lol
Personal Computers -
Graphical User Interface -
Compact Discs -
Video Game Systems -
Cable Television -
Answering Machines -
Cell Phones -
Fax Machines -
Why “Good” Friday?…
His body broken and beaten. The crown of thorns crushing his skull. The horrendous death that was witnessed in which our Savior, Jesus Christ, was placed upon a cross to die of multiple causes while being mocked and ridiculed. These are the images in my mind when thinking about the death of Christ. These images make me furious and deeply angered. He is innocent! He is perfection on earth! He is our Salvation in flesh and bone!!!
So why is this “good” again?
I’ve always been confused on why we call it “Good Friday”. The more I view the events of the death and resurrection of Christ I’m beginning to notice what is good about His death.
It marks the significance of the “final sacrifice”. Once and for all Yahweh has opened up salvation that doesn’t require good works or sacrifice. It requires a belief and faith. That is good.
It connects the gap between sinners and saints, heaven and earth, death and life. We were once dead in our sins and now the crucified Lamb has come to save us! That is good.
It marks the beginning of the triumphant Jesus conquering death so that we might live forever with him. He loved us so much that He was willing to battle death for us. His death signifies a struggle that He was willing to do out of a passionate and ruthless love for you and me. That is good.
Good Friday is indeed good! What is the point of mourning the loss of someone who is not dead? It’s like giving my grandma a baby shower for my mom’s birth. Or setting up a party tomorrow to bask in the awesomeness of taking my first steps. It’s nonsensical! Let’s stop mourning over Jesus’ death and start proclaiming His victorious that was fought and won there on the cross!
Things I LOVED about the 80s…
One look at my Spotify playlist and you’ll see that I love 80s pop music. Sorry, its a flaw of my nature that I’m not ready to relinquish. I listen to 80s music because a) Sometimes I need a break from today’s atrocities that are on the airwaves b) This is what I grew up on. I have listed below, though, some other things about the 80s that stick out to me. You should, however, listen to this: 80s PLAYLIST whilst browsing this list. Thanks
Let’s start with Hammer Pants. This might be MC Hammer’s greatest gift to humanity.
Which brings up memories of actually watching music videos on MTV…huh.
Do you remember the commercials for Dominos pizza? Do you also remember The Noid?
Oh, Lite Brite, you’re so frustrating! It just looks like a bunch of multicolored lights bunched up together.
Same with Etch-a-Sketch! UGH!!! “Oh, that’s nice dear. Is that a flower?”…”IT’S A DRAGON, MOM!”
Now, Mouse Trap…THAT was a game I could get into! It taught me that mice, no matter how cute, are vicious creatures that must be stopped at all cost!
I remember creepy ol’ Teddy Ruxpin. Guys, I use to think he was really alive, just awfully quiet and soul-less.
Gordon Shumway was a riot in the 80s. Oh, you knew him by his anglo saxon name, Alf?
Let’s talk New Kids On The Block for a second. A brief second. They were around in the 80s.
What goes better with an 80s boy band than Jellies? Nothing
The Smurfs were a community of blue “little people” striving to survive Gargomel’s attacks. Simple
The original Nintendo. If it doesn’t work just blow in the cartridge. A solution so simple for a problem SO INFURIATING!
Cast your cares away, worries for another day, let the music play…down in Fraggle Rock. Amen!
The Reebok Pumps are now back in style. America, you depress me.
You were too cool for school if you had a Trapper Keeper. I had one with a convertible on it. AWESOME!
I admit it, watching Hulk Hogan dominate 1980s WWF action was an amazing thing to witness!
Uncoordinated young men, accurately describing me in the 80s, found solace in the one deceptively easy “leg toy”. I was the Skip-It king!
The California Raisins. It’s raisins singing Motown…how is that NOT the greatest thing ever in history?
Finally, The Goonies. Have you ever wondered why nobody’s taken a stab at a remake of this film? I’ll tell you why…it’s already the best film of all time. EVER.
What’s your fondest memory of the 80’s?
I Am Judas
I’m a sinner by nature. I’m a sinner whose concern more often than I’d care to admit is trying to worship something other than God. Money, praise, fame…etc. We all, everyone of us, are born with two natures: a) a sinner b) a worshiper. When we’re sinners and worshipers, without Christ’s redemption, we then become the very reason Christ had to be on a cross in the first place.
During this Easter season, as we see the broken and bruised Savior, who’s now risen victoriously, let’s not forget our need for Him and what He’s done for us! Before the atonement for our sins we were all “Judas”. We all gave more praise to dollars, superstars, and material things above the love of God.
The good news? Since the holy and righteous Lamb has died for you and me, and has defeated death once and for all, we don’t have to remain the same! We have the right, as children of the One Most High God, to be forever changed.
I’m thanking God, this season, for the fact that His death and resurrection means that I can claim grace for my “Judas” ways.