Tuesday Tiny Tips

  • Faith Tip- Billboard For Jesus!

    Question: Where does the highway I-75 start and end? Doesn’t it run all the way from Northern Michigan to Florida?

    Answer: At its north end, I-75 starts on the Canada/U.S. border at the top of Michigan at Sault Ste. Marie. It heads south to Naples in Florida, where it abruptly bends east and runs across to Miami. This last section through the Everglades is called “Alligator Alley.”

    This is an unusual way to start one of my Tips with a Q & A from a Google search.

    However, I was thinking that along I-75 (which we live near in Michigan) there are signs all along the way south through Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida, put up by people wanting to share the news that Jesus is alive. From crosses to pictures, statues and writing on the sides of business buildings, people are proclaiming their faith.

    Now I have to admit in my younger days I poked fun at these statements and rolled my eyes at these public displays of affection.

    Not so much now that I’m older.

    I think it’s pretty cool, thinking that some of my brothers and sisters of the faith just want to get the news out to the passersby on the highway that God’s love is out there for them. I imagine most of them (not all of them) but most have good intentions. I’ve often judged them in my heart for their bold expressions, but I just don’t do that anymore.

    Brett Ray are you a billboard for God’s love in your life or do you hide away your faith afraid of what people will think of you if they were to find out you are a follower of Christ?

    Are you ashamed of Jesus or so proud you would be willing to be a neon sign in the dark pointing the way to the Son of God?

    Something for me to think about.

    How about you?

    Let our outward expressions come from a deep inward thankfulness for all Christ has done for us in our lives.

    (The Photographer of the picture of Jesus “Are You On The Right Road: Dixie Baptist” is Greg McDonough who is one of my all-time favorite photographers- Thank you, Greg)

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  • Faith Tip- The Holy Spirit Lives Where? In you!

    I know some of you are new followers of Christ and I want to share this awesome truth with you. Also for some of you seasoned veterans, this may be a good reminder.

    The Bible teaches us the Holy Spirit of God actually lives in us when we become Christians.
    Come again?

    The Bible teaches us the Holy Spirit of God actually lives in us when we become Christians.

    If we really believe this it will radically change our lives.
    This is incredible news!

    The Bible spells out to us that the Holy Spirit:
    Guides us to His Father and to the Son our Lord Jesus,
    Teaches us with great wisdom,
    Comforts us during our pain and suffering,
    Correct us when we are going astray,
    And He gives us a deep peace that can only come from Him.

    And this is just the start.

    The God who created the universe who we love and worship wants to know us so intimately that He has taken up residence in us.

    Think about it. What if we have someone who is perfect who is always right with us? Who is always willing to direct us into truth and right living and at the same time, giving us purpose and reason?

    Too good to be true? Nope. The Holy Spirit of the One True God who we worship and love and commit our lives to lives in us.

    Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
    1 Corinthians 6:19 (NIV)

    Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV)

    Keep in Mind 3 Things
    1) Because the Spirit of God actually lives in us, our sin can hurt or grieve the Holy Spirit. So it is very important that we take care of sin immediately when we fall. We need to confess our sin and God is always faithful with His forgiveness.

    And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30 (NIV)
    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:19 (NIV)

    2) The Holy Spirit does not force us to do anything. We have a choice every day whether or not to allow God’s Spirit to guide and direct us or to do our own thing.

    3) People have shared with me, “Well I can’t feel Him so He must not be in me.” But always remember the Holy Spirit is not a feeling. He is God and He is the Truth. He is not a feeling.

    If you are a Christian. He is right with you living in you.
    It doesn’t matter how long or short you have been a Christian. Will you take a minute now and thank Him for living in you. He is right with you.

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  • Marriage Tip- Planting Seeds of Divorce

    Never plant Seeds of Divorce in your marriage.

    Seeds of Divorce are those lines that are said when one is hurt or angry with their spouse.

    “Well, I think you just married the wrong person!”

    “I don’t think this is going to work out!”

    “I can’t see any way this can last!”

    My wife Carol and I made a bond with each other when we were engaged that we would never plant Seeds of Divorce.

    We’ve never broken that no matter how hurt or upset we have gotten.

    Also, Carol and I joke about everything.

    I mean everything.

    We never joke about divorce.

    Consider apologizing and making a change to stop planting Seeds of Divorce.

    Put a stake in the ground today. Make a bond. From this day forward…

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  • Faith Tip- Listen To His Voice

    If you have a voice in your head telling you that you are worthless, that voice is not God speaking.

    Listen to God’s voice:

    You are my treasure.

    You are my child.

    You are so very precious to me.

    I am holding you in my arms.

    Nothing and I mean nothing can separate you from my love.

    I love you so much I gave everything for you so I could make you mine.

    I love you.

    For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

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