In 2017, my first cup of coffee, first Bible verse and my first item to share

 

My first cup of coffee in 2017.
My first cup of coffee in 2017.

 

 

The first thing I usually reach for in the morning is a cup of coffee.  We have a collection of coffee mugs, including several from Starbuck shops around the world.  Today, I chose this one that I got at a Promise Keepers event more than a decade ago.  For most of that time I kept pens and pencils in it.  Now I'm putting it back into circulation as a coffee mug.  I need to be reminded about who I choose to serve everyday.

 

My Psalm for 2017.
This is the first Psalm and Bible verses I read in 2017.

 

In this coming year, it seems like uncertainty will reign at all levels, on a personal level, state, national and international.  There seems to no guarantees for anything.  Psalm 23 is a direct promise from God.  He's a protector and a guide and somebody who looks out for my best interest.  These are the first Bible verses I read this year.  I need to drill them into my heart everyday.

 

The best thing I could share.
You can forget me this coming year, but don't forget Jesus.

 

Will the divisions in our country and the world continue this year?  It's an age where people so easily trash talk each other with the ultimate threat of "unfriending" you.  You can unfriend me, but I urge you to not unfriend Jesus.  He's the only thing that makes sense in this world and the only one who provides real hope.


Great quote from Kara Tippetts who wrote "The Hardest Peace, Expecting Grace In The Midst of Life's Hard

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I just found a great reason to share your story about what you're experiencing in life and about how you have faced it.  Kara Tippetts who writes the blog Mundane Faithfullness and who recently wrote the book, "The Hardes Peace, Expecting Grace In The Midst Of Life's Hard."

She wrote:

I have this story, I have this one story to live and to share. It’s my great privilege to share the grace I know. It is my honor to share who Jesus is with anyone who will listen. But I’m no hero.

Everybody has a story and this is a great reason to share it.


Quote: Will the gospel soon be banned as hate speech?

Are we heading in the direction of banning mention of the gospel of Jesus Christ because it will be regarded as hate speech?  Here's what Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham says:

“I believe that a time is fast approaching–I think it will be in my lifetime–when the preaching of the Gospel is referred to as hate speech.”


Quotes: Influencing your world, turning to Bible and valuable advice for Republicans

One of the most important sources of news for me is Twitter.  I go to its feed several times a day to look for latest happenings from a wide-variety of individuals, groups and geographic areas.  Most tweets contain valuable link.

Some are from people who are in the midst of a major news happening and they might include a photo or a video clip.  

As a former speech writer, I'm always looking for good quotes.  Here are three that caught my eye from recent Twitter feeds:

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This is great quote on taking time to ask God to share what's on his heart and how I can plug into it in my life today.

2Many try to portray Rand Paul as an right-wing extremist who is so out there that he meets the left.  This quote makes great sense.  Think about all those 2,000 page bills that no member of Congress has most likely ever read.

3It's so easy to be distracted away from the Bible.  For me today, it's the New York Times and the Drudge Report to find out about why U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor lost his primary election.  The Bible is God speaking directly to us and to me.  What else do I need.