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Friday, December 31, 2010

Daily Read December 31, 2010

Hebrews 4:14-16 (New International Version, ©2010)

  14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Daily Read December 30, 2010

Hebrews 4:12 (New International Version, ©2010)

 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Daily Read December 28, 2010

Philippians 4:7-8 (New International Version, ©2010)

7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.


Monday, December 27, 2010

Daily Read December 27, 2010

Philippians 2:5-11 (New International Version, ©2010)

 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
 6 Who, being in very nature God,
   did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
   by taking the very nature of a servant,
   being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
   he humbled himself
   by becoming obedient to death—
      even death on a cross!
 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
   and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
   in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
   to the glory of God the Father.


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Bible reading tools


This morning at North Terrace, I preached about the importance of having a regular Bible reading habit. 

It's amazing that in the midst of technological world in which the Bible is so readily available that we as Christians spend so little time reading God's Word. 

For centuries, Christians longed to have their own copy of the Holy Scriptures.  But they couldn't have them.  One, because they weren't available but also because the church leadership didn't think they could handle them.

We live in a different world. 
You can readily get a copy of the Scriptures. 
You can find multiple tools to help you. 

That's where this blog post is coming from. 
Of all the tools for Bible reading, there are two that I would recommend... from the same source.

YouVersion is the place to go. 
First, their online tool is amazing!  (YouVersion online) They have a ton of translations... including the popular ones like the New International Version and New Living Translation.  They have a ton of reading plans... plans for beginners... plans for experts... plans that read chronologically... plans that read straight through.  Plenty to choose from.





The second tool follows along with this, YouVersion has a mobile app that is top-notch.  It's free to download for a variety of different platforms... including iPods/Touch/Phone.  (Check it out HERE in the iTunes store)  This syncs up with the online tool to help you keep up with your reading plan.  Plus, they are adding new features all the time.

If you are looking for a couple of tools to help keep you on track for Bible reading in the new year, this is a great place to start!!!

Jim


Daily Read December 26, 2010

Matthew 2:1-11 (New International Version, ©2010)

  1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”  3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
 6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
   are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
   who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
 7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
 9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Daily Read December 25, 2010

Luke 2:8-20 (New International Version, ©2010)

 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.


Friday, December 24, 2010

Daily Read December 24, 2010

Luke 2:6-7 (New International Version, ©2010)

6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Eve at North Terrace!!!

I am looking forward to Christmas Eve tomorrow night.  And not just because it's Christmas Eve.

For the last several years, Jackie and I haven't been home (where we're living) on Christmas Eve or Christmas.

Tomorrow night: We will be at the Christmas Eve service at North Terrace.  In five years living in Illinois, unfortunately we were never home... always on the road to Ohio or Pennsylvania.  This year, we'll be home!

And I'm really excited!!! Christmas Eve services are at 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm!  Come and join us!

(By the way: Danny was interviewed for the Times Recorder the other day.  You can check out the story HERE!  Great interview Danny!!!!) 

I'm looking forward to waking up in my own bed on Christmas morning.

Then I preach on the 26th!!! So don't get so overdosed with presents that you don't make it to church.

Jim

Daily Read December 23, 2010

Luke 2:1-5 (New International Version, ©2010)

1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.  4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Daily Read December 22, 2010

Matthew 1:18-25 (New International Version, ©2010)

  18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.  20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
 24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Santa Went Down to Georgia- Rockband



Another fabulous North Point video...

Enjoy!

Jim

Check it out HERE!



Daily Read December 21, 2010

Luke 1:46-55 (New International Version, ©2010)

Mary’s Song
 46 And Mary said:    “My soul glorifies the Lord
 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
   of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
   holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
   from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
   he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
   but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
   but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
   remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
   just as he promised our ancestors.”


Monday, December 20, 2010

THE DIGITAL STORY OF THE NATIVITY




Love this!!!
We showed it last night at Awake!!!

Such fun!

Jim

Check it out HERE!


Daily Read December 20, 2010

Luke 1:26-38 (New International Version, ©2010)

  26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”  29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Free TobyMac!!

Do you like free music??
Do you like TobyMac???

If both answers were 'yes,' then hurry over HERE and pick up Toby's Christmas song for FREE!!!

Enjoy!
Merry Christmas!!!


Daily Read December 18, 2010

Colossians 3:15-17 (New International Version, ©2010)

 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


Friday, December 17, 2010

Daily Read December 17, 2010

Colossians 3:1-3 (New International Version, ©2010)

1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Daily Read December 16, 2010

Colossians 2:13-15 (New International Version, ©2010)

 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Straight No Chaser - 12 Days of Christmas




A fun non-traditional take on a Christmas classic... or a couple...

Jim

Check it out HERE!


Baby Mackenson - Hands and Feet Project, Haiti - "Build Us Back"



An amazing video from Mark Stuart (Audio Adrenaline) and the Hands and Feet Project in Haiti!!! Amazing!

Jim

Check it out HERE



Daily Read December 15, 2010

Colossians 2:8-10 (New International Version, ©2010)

 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Daily Read December 14, 2010

Colossians 1:15-17 (New International Version, ©2010)

  15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Daily Read December 12, 2010

Romans 12:9-13 (New International Version, ©2010)

  9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Daily Read December 11, 2010

Romans 12:1-2 (New International Version, ©2010)

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Daily Read December 10, 2010

Romans 8:37-39 (New International Version, ©2010)

 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 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.


Thursday, December 09, 2010

Transformers 3 Official Movie Trailer Teaser [Full HD] Dark of the Moon



The original video that I posted was pulled off YouTube for some reason.

So HERE's another!

Jim

Can't wait!!!



Daily Read December 9, 2010

Romans 6:23 (New International Version, ©2010)

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Star Wars meets The Princess Bride - The Chatty Duelists




Pretty fun!!!

JC


North Point's iBand



This is great!!!

Jim

Check it out HERE!




Daily Read December 8, 2010

Romans 5:6-8 (New International Version, ©2010)

 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Daily Read December 7, 2010

2 Corinthians 4:7-10 (New International Version, ©2010)

 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.


Monday, December 06, 2010

Daily Read December 6, 2010

2 Corinthians 2:14-17 (New International Version, ©2010)

 14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? 17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.


Sunday, December 05, 2010

New 5k PR!!!

I have a new PR in the 5k!!!

Saturday was my latest 5k race.  Additionally, it was Jackie's first.  I was shooting for two goals.  First, I was hoping to set a new PR (personal record).  Second, I was hoping to win the Clydesdale division, since it was the first time that I had ever entered as a Clydesdale (over 200 pounds).

I succeeded at the first:  My previous PR was 24m 48s.  My new PR is 24m 27s!!!  Which is pretty great... to shave off almost 30 seconds.  I'm happy.  Although, honestly, I would have liked to have seen something like 22m.  But I'll take it.

I don't know for sure about the second goal... I don't think they got enough Clydesdale runners to record that... since they never said anything about it when sharing who won each division.  But had they, I would have failed because I know another runner who registered Clydesdale and he beat me by about a minute.  So I wouldn't have won it.

But it wasn't a bad race.  Set a new PR.  Ran my first 5k race with my Mrs (she won her age group!!!!)!  Ran with a student and coworker!!! I had a bad week of training leading up... But I'll take it!!

HERE'S the official link to the news coverage of it. 

Keep running!

Jim


Daily Read December 5, 2010

1 Corinthians 15:54-57 (New International Version, ©2010)

54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
 55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
   Where, O death, is your sting?”

 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.


Saturday, December 04, 2010

Daily Read December 4, 2010

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (New International Version, ©2010)

 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.


Friday, December 03, 2010

The lobby at North Terrace has...






... been transformed!!!






It has taken on a Christmasy feel.  Hope you enjoy it this weekend!!!



























Jim


Official Trailer -The Chronicles Of Narnia - Voyage Of The Dawn Treader ...




Looks amazing!!!!
Can't wait to see it with the students during the Christmas party in a couple of weeks!!!

Jim

Check it out HERE!



Daily Read December 3, 2010

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (New International Version, ©2010)

 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.


A sad day for Cubs fans... Ron Santo passed away...

It's a sad day for Cubs fans in particular and baseball fans in general. 

Ron Santo... 16 year baseball star and Cubs announcer has passed away. 

(Picture courtesy of NBC Chicago... Story HERE)

Since moving to Chicago several years ago, I have become a pretty hardcore Chicago Cubs fan (my office is currently painted Cubs colors).  I watched many games... caught several at Wrigley (always an amazing experience)... and listened to many, many games on the radio.

I would mow the yard... and listen to the game on the radio.  Go for a walk... listen to the game on teh radio.  Drive home from work, a meeting or small group... listen to the game.  Ron Santo was the Cubs for me.  He and Pat always had an amazing time calling the game and actually, I would many times prefer the the radio to the TV.  I have the MLB app for my iPhone, which allows me to listen to the games over the Internet and since moving to Ohio... I still listen to many, many games. 

It will be difficult to imagine listening to a Cubs baseball game without hearing Ron say... "Oh Jeez!!! Come on!!!" or listening to him sing the 7th inning stretch, as he did many times. 

He will truly be missed!

It's amazing to me that, even though I've never met Ron because I listened to him so much on the radio, I feel like I've lost a friend today. 

Rest in Peace my friend Ron!!!

Jim


Thursday, December 02, 2010

Daily Read December 2, 2010

1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (New International Version, ©2010)

 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.


Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Daily Read December 1, 2010

1 Corinthians 10:31 (New International Version, ©2010)

 31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.


December 1st...


It never ceases to amaze me how the seasons change. 

This morning is December 1st. 

I walked out the door this morning to snow slowly drifting down on a car that was cold and snowy (thankfully for getting to work not as snowy as this picture).  I received a text message from my wife encouraging me that I could start listening to Christmas music.  So, right now I'm listening to one of my favorite Christmas albums (and someone should write this down because I really don't like to listen to Christmas music that) Third Day's Christmas Offerings.  As I look out my office window, I see a bit of snow falling onto the cars in the parking lot. 

I'm not really sure there is a well defined point here... but I guess I just enjoy the seasons.  While I may growl at an occasional disruption to my running schedule, I do enjoy the different seasons... especially snow. 

Happy December 1st! 
Jim

The Amazing Grace Christmas Light House - Official Version




Looks like fun to me!!!
Jim

Check it out HERE