Jazz Hands Anyone?

This is a pretty useless post–unless you have the same sense of humor I do and need a chuckle. Chuckle chuckle. That’s a really weird word.

So jazz hands…what in this great world is better than that shimmery motion? Nothing! Except maybe the thrill of wearing khakis with white kicks. That’s a rush.

I love jazz hands. It’s a guaranteed smile. Any dance that incorporates clap bursts and double dream hands cannot be bad for your soul.

I’ve always known Gary Busey had it in him. His smile is infectious.

Happy weekend!

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*Thanks to BooMama for the inspiration of a Jazz Hands post

**In case you are wondering, the jazz hands instructor is John Jacobson, and I really love him. Here’s his website.  #doubledreamhandsforlife

Naomi’s Village

Here is a new ministry in Africa that has just come to my attention. It’s called Naomi’s Village, a children’s home for orphans. Bob & Julie Mendonsa are normal people who gave up their full time jobs and answered a call to serve. They began this home from scratch and are now caring for over 40 children (some are newborns). Here’s a video from their website explaining their work. Wow!

A Really Good Question

“What is the church? Is it a building? Is it a people? Is it an institution?” This is the question Zach Hunt asked today on his blog, The American Jesus. It’s a great question and one my church proudly answers with a resounding “PEOPLE!”

But there are few questions in the Christian faith that are easily answered. Few. As in, maybe none! So I am not easily persuaded by one word answers. Something Scripture refers to as the Bride of Christ needs a little further explanation.

Today’s Friday Faves consist of one article. Are you ready?

Blogmatics: The Church

Happy Friday folks!

Friday Faves

Nothing Hidden in D&X: “The controversy surrounding D&X is not like other abortion debates, because D&X is no ordinary abortion. One strains to be able to understand the procedure in civilized terms. Partial-birth abortion make irrefutable what has been obvious to so many for a long time.”

When a Church Loves a Woman: “No one comes into church perfect and polished, deserving of God’s love. Indeed, I was far from it. I was in a sinful relationship, my work was my idol, and I frequently put myself and my comforts above others.”

Hemingway, Hounded by the Feds: Hemingway killed himself on July 2, 1961. This is a well-written, although sad, article about the end of his life. I believe his story is very relevant today.

8 Ways Satan Convinces You to Question Your Salvation: This post is very helpful even if you are not questioning your salvation. “We have all things in Christ. Christ is all things to a Christian. If we are sick, Jesus is a physician. If we thirst, Jesus is a fountain. If our sins trouble us, Jesus is our righteousness. If we stand in need of help, Jesus is mighty to save. If we fear death, Jesus is life. If we are in darkness, Jesus is light. If we are weak, Jesus is strength. If we are in poverty, Jesus is plenty. If we desire heaven, Jesus is the way. The soul cannot say, ‘this I would have, and that I would have.’ But having Jesus, he has all he needs—eminently, perfectly, eternally” (Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices, Thomas Brooks).

One day I’ll post my own content again…today is not that day.

Happy Friday, friends!

Friday Faves–A Little on the Heavy Side

Should We Stop Saying, “The Church Hurt Me?”: “I hear the statement quite often. Usually it’s raised in discussions of church membership. People want to know how to help a wounded friend or family member re-engage the church. Or, they’re the ones who have been hurt and they’re wrestling with whether church is worth it. Some want to be convinced to join a church and others want to be told it’s okay to leave…”

Pastor: Fix My Helicopter And God Will Give You A Car: Speaking of church hurt…if you attend a church like this, a broken heart and an empty bank account are in your near future.

Confession of a Pregnant Teenager: This is an EXCELLENT post! Friends, how we treat people, especially our own families, will influence the years to come. Our judgement never leads to their repentance.

Am I Reformed?: “Be honest – if you find out someone disagrees with you on something you deem critical, do you find it harder to embrace them relationally?  Do you tend to caricature their views and even demonize them personally?”

Kind of heavy this week. Even still, Happy Friday!

A Bad Case of “Individualitis”

Below you will find a 40 minute message given by Andrew Wilson. I’ve never heard of him, but he just punched me right in the gut. A nasty habit of thought, that is seemingly rooted very deeply in my heart, has come crashing to the surface. It’s called “individualitis,” and here’s how it looks in my life:

I am scared to death I will amount to nothing in this world and my name will be forgotten. I’ll even Christianize it for you…I am scared I will not make huge strides for God’s Kingdom.  I am drowning in my own head because of this anti-community, self-absorbed way of thinking. I’m suffocating under this pressure to change my surrounding world. Change it!

Simply put, ordinary is failure. I can’t be ordinary–what can God do with that?

Arrogance, pride, unbiblical understanding of God, his church, my identity, my role…these are just a few problems that result from individualitis.  I will contemplate these things for many months ahead. But now I strongly encourage you to take 40 minutes and listen to this message. It’s the best I’ve ever heard…but maybe because I needed to hear it so badly.

Friday Faves

Dying Well: One Woman’s Extraordinary Story: This story is so wonderfully simple. No glamour or glory. Just a simple woman who wrote about her struggle with faith in Jesus.

Why We Need More Women In Ministry: You may or may not agree with her egalitarian standpoint, but Jenny Rae Armstrong lays it down in this article. I love it!

273 Freed In IJM’s Second-Largest Anti-Slavery Operation Ever: I need to pray more for this organization! They are helping so many people around the world and literally setting them free. Look over their website and see the amazing things they do. Here is an another example of their work. 

Happy Friday Everyone!