Team Lift Your Voice Hits GSN’s American Bible Challenge

Hey Friends! I’m excited to announce to you that earlier this week, GSN’s American Bible Challenge trivia show announced their teams for the upcoming season… and team Lift Your Voice is one of those teams! WOOHOO!

My husband, Matt is on the far right in the purple shirt; my brother-in-law, David, is in the center, and then,there’s me.

The Voices

 

We are so thrilled to take part in this exciting game show hosted by Jeff Foxworthy with worship led/provided by Kirk Franklin!!

Team #LiftYourVoice represents our charity, the National MPS Society, and we can’t wait for the season to begin on May 22, 8/7c!

Don’t worry- I’ll remind you on my social media channels, just be sure you are following! You can check out all of them in the top right sidebar or for the most frequently used, click on the following:

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But for now, can you give us a big shout-out to let us know you’re rooting for us? Use the social media links above and below this post to let all your friends know about this incredible, generous show and our opportunity to be a part! For more information, head over to the American Bible Challenge.  And PS: Hashtag #liftyourvoice :)

Thank you and much love!!

Rachel

 

When Spring Seems Tardy & Whimsical Wednesday Blogger Linkup

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Sometimes I question God’s choice of weather. I know, I know. I shouldn’t be so negative. He is Almighty and Holy and I love Him with all my heart. But when the daffodils are covered by snow and the temperatures dip back down to their winter standbys, I can’t help but think that maybe one of the angels was late to clock in or the heavenly calendar wasn’t checked before the weather order was placed. You know, a mistake of some sort just HAD to happen. Or so I think in my humanity…you know, when spring seems tardy.

Then I read a passage like Isaiah 42. Gulp.

“Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: vs. 5

He created the world. And the weather. And spring. He gives me breath.

And I dare to question his timing?

I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, vs. 6

He calls for me. He holds my hand. And without him, I have no promise in life. No hope.

And yet my humanity makes inquiry of circumstances in my life?

to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. v. 7

He opened my eyes when I couldn’t see a shred of light. He brought me from prisons of my own making, prisons others pushed me in, prisons dark and desperate.

And this is the thanks I give for my rescue?

I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. v. 8

Suddenly, through the words of Isaiah, my heart has been lifted. Praise is all I can give. The Lord deserves my glory and praise whether snow lies on the daffodils… or life circumstances seem unfair.

Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” v. 9

New things. New things like daffodils who whisper “Spring is coming.”  even underneath their thin blanket of snow. New life and the redemption that only God can give are declared for me. And you.

He makes beautiful things out of dust.

Even when spring seems tardy.

And I’d love your answer to this: How have you witnessed God’s power when things didn’t go in the order you anticipated?

Rachel

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Bloggers, so glad to have you link up for Whimsical Wednesday! Hard to believe it is here once again, but let’s move on with the party, shall we? Be sure to encourage another blogger or two as you link up your posts full of 100% Christian encouragement!



What Religion Did to Jesus & Whimsical Wednesday

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I’ve been reading the Gospel accounts of the Easter story. I find it so interesting to think of each author’s writing slant as the Holy Spirit whispered words to their hearts to be scribbled down. Matthew, the tax collector, certainly provided details. Mark was a little more of a straight-forward kind of guy. With Luke’s medical background, his perspective is unique from the other three. And John gives an eyewitness account of the love of Christ in action.

But this season as I’ve been reading, while I’ve always read the terms “scribes and Pharisees” and “religious leaders of the day” associated with the crucifixion, one reflective line of thinking has seemed to permeate my mind.

There is no doubt sin is what nailed Jesus to the cross.

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Rom. 5:8

Yes, God sent his son to this world to pay the price for our sin. John 3:16

But the thought that continues to twist and turn about in my mind is this:

Those who carried out the act of killing Jesus weren’t the typical murderers of the day.

Those who boldly insisted, indeed, paid for Jesus to be crucified- they were not thieves who pretended to be homeless. They didn’t come from the lower levels of economic society nor were they uneducated or unemployed. Any labels of a negative sort would have long been stripped from their shoulders as they proudly walked the streets.

And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. Matthew 6:5

The crucifixion of Jesus, King of the Jews, resulted from the position of those in charge of religious affairs. The very people who should have known that Jesus was indeed the Son of God- those who worshiped in the temple and had a very religious family upbringing. The scholars and temple big wigs and the ones who had every law memorized- they were the ones who brought Jesus to the attention of Roman officials via their confidante, Judas. They were the ones who would not stop shouting to Pilate, “Crucify him!”

And all the while they felt they were doing the right thing. They strongly believed in their pious and pompous acts of upholding the law. They were so focused on shooting their religious arrows that they completely missed the target- the coming of the Messiah. He stood in their presence and they hated him to the point of pushing for his death.

Pride can hide behind many masks; the one that frightens me the most is religion.

If it were so easy for the religious leaders of Jesus’ day to prefer their lawful duties over the love of God, how can I possibly think that I’m exempt from the same trap?

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 17:17

For more food for thought, read the Easter account in each of the Gospels:

Matt. 28:1-20

Mark 16:1-20

Luke 24:1-29

John 20:1-21:25

Which mask of pride is prominent to you? I’d love to read your comments today!

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Bloggers, Whimsical Wednesday is here and it’s time for our weekly link-up party of 100% Christian encouragement!! Thanks for linking up each week and I look forward to checking out your posts!

Rachel