WHY Are We Here? GOING PUBLIC, SHINE (say it with music -NEWSBOYS)

Jesus said,

“Let me tell you why you are here. 

You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth.

 If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness?  You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. 

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.

 God is not a secret to be kept. 

We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.

 If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? 

I’m putting you on a light stand. 

Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! 

Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:13‭-‬16 MSG

http://bible.com/97/mat.5.13-16.MSG

The band “Newsboys” has gained recent popularity but have been around since the 80’s.

I’ve always admired how they stand true to the gospel and share Christ with as many as possible.

Here are 2 songs that came to my mind as I read the above Bible verses…

“Going Public” https://youtu.be/_iEkj8JU5MQ

“Shine” https://youtu.be/XtBcjJL8ra4

Eye of The Tiger and The Untamed Tongue

This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue

—it’s never been done.

 The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. 

With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. 

Curses and blessings out of the same mouth! 

My friends, this can’t go on. 

A spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and brackish the next, does it? 

Apple trees don’t bear strawberries, do they? 

Raspberry bushes don’t bear apples, do they? 

You’re not going to dip into a polluted mud hole and get a cup of clear, cool water, are you?
James 3:7‭-‬10‭, ‬10‭-‬12 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jas.3.7-12.MSG

Under His command, Beetle 

Why I Wrote

My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God’s Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion. And how bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he’s listening. And if we’re confident that he’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours.
1 John 5:13‭-‬15 MSG

http://bible.com/97/1jn.5.13-15.MSG

I am still amazed when I hold in my hand words inspired by God, like a love letter from Him to us. I’ll continue to read it & share it as long as I live.

In Christ, Beetle 

Where Are We Heading?

While He was here on earth Jesus  prayed, 

Father, I want those you gave me To be with me, right where I am, So they can see my glory, the splendor you gave me, Having loved me Long before there ever was a world. 

Righteous Father, the world has never known you, But I have known you, and these disciples know That you sent me on this mission. 

I have made your very being known to them— Who you are and what you do— And continue to make it known, So that your love for me Might be in them Exactly as I am in them.
John 17:24‭-‬26 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jhn.17.24-26.MSG

I believe God hears & heard that prayer His Son offered.

May we let Him live & work in us & know Him, walk with & in Him now and for all eternity.

Amen, Beetle 

Samson Internal Battle

Never Too Late

Samson was purposed by God to do something phenomenal for God’s people, and he had two big things going for him: (1) a huge calling on his life, and (2) an incredible power on his life. Within that potential, Samson did some amazing things. He killed a lion with his bare hands. He killed thirty men by himself. How many people do you know who can face thirty-to-one odds and come out the winner?

But there was something about Samson that would take him down time after time. In addition to his unusual power and calling from God, a huge internal battle raged within the man—a struggle with women. Outwardly, God’s favor is on Samson and God still uses him. But internally, a hurricane is brewing.

(Remember God has one eye on the sparrow, the other in the eye of a hurricane)

This internal hurricane ultimately led him into the arms of Delilah, who betrayed him to Israel’s enemy, the Philistines. Samson crashed big-time. He had been called by God and set aside by God from birth to lead his people during a time of great need, but at the end of his life, Samson was blind, imprisoned, and powering the Philistines’ grain mill. The internal engine that drove him into illicit relationships with women time after time finally broke him.

The consequences of sin were very real for Samson. He was blinded and condemned to be a slave. But God is always greater than any consequences. 

The story of God’s redemption is for everyone who puts their trust in Jesus for life and for salvation. 

Satan can knock us down, but we will rise. The real story is that Satan’s going down, ultimately and eternally.

Samson’s story finishes in Dagon’s temple. There the former judge of Israel said, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them” (Judges 16:26).

The temple was packed, and there were an extra three thousand spectators on the roof for this major event.

 Yes, the situation had gone off the rails for Samson. 

Yes, he had abandoned God’s calling on his life and faced the consequences, but he acknowledged that God was still sovereign and still able to make something amazing of his life.

In Dagon’s temple, Samson prayed. And what a prayer it was! 

“Sovereign Lord, remember me. (Judges 16:28). 

Isn’t that exactly what the thief on the cross prayed in his comeback story? 

“Remember me.”

In Samson’s last gasp, God’s power came back to him. The deliverance of all Israel started the day of Samson’s swansong comeback. 

What he had not done in his lifetime, he did in his death, because our God is the God of the comeback.

Our God is the God of the comeback.

That’s the lesson for us. It’s never too late.

 We’re never too far gone. 

We haven’t strayed too far. 

God is always good, and he always remembers us.

 Our prayer isn’t to get revenge on a group of people, but it’s to be strengthened once more so we might live for God’s glory. 

We push with all our might on whatever stone pillars are keeping us bound. 

With God’s strength renewed in us, the walls of our prisons come toppling down.

YOU Respond

What got in the way of Samson fulfilling all the things God had in store for him? 

How did Samson gradually allow temptation to take him down and out?

In what ways does the enemy use temptation to take us farther and farther down the wrong path? 

Why is this such an effective tactic?

What was Samson’s smashing comeback? 

What does his story reveal about God’s mercy and grace in spite of our faults?

These are all warning markers— danger !—in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel—they at the beginning, we at the end—and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence. No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.

1 Corinthians 10:11‭-‬13 MSG

http://bible.com/97/1co.10.11-13.MSG

This was taken from 

day 5 of the @YouVersion Plan “The Comeback: It’s Not Too Late And You’re Never Too Far.”  Check it out here: 

http://bible.com/r/VK

What can be done for fun.

I’ve shared a video with you from Glide http://share.glide.me/tombeetle/2w7l584d

I plan on adding videos here & on YouTube of my children doing this type comedy with their own expression…this one was sent to try and inspire them to laugh.

http://share.glide.me/tombeetle/7gdhwkct

It seems to be the simple things that make us strong and laugh again & again. 

There is a lot to be said about just being a little silly sometimes. 

Be wise yet seem foolish.

Be childlike without being childish.

It is so important to know age appropriate behavior in order to relate to all ages.

I’m still learning as I play and my very own children are teaching me.

Here is a video of my 3 youngest being a little silly:


Enjoy the simple small things that can bring big laughs.

With fun & love, Beetle 

Just Stand There! Don’t Just Fight.

That title may sound backwards. We are so use to hearing, “Don’t just stand there Fight!” But flip it with me for a second thought…Just Stand There! Don’t Just Fight.

Although the we do need to fight the good fight it really Christ who fought & continues to fight for us, we just take a stand in faith.

This morning I broke down these verses…Ephesians 6:14‭-‬20 NIV

Stand firm then, 

with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, 

with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 

and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 

Take the helmet of salvation 

and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.

 With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 

Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains.

 Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Ephesians 6:14‭-‬20 NIV

http://bible.com/111/eph.6.14-20.NIV

Just STAND

Here is a perfect visual illustration of how we need to turn our backs on the evil dragon, keep our eyes fixed on Christ and trust Him in truth & righteousness. His gospel we can depend on. Always be ready to apply & use it & just stand steady while He fires the conquering blow.

In Christ, Beetle 

Just STAND

Extra –

I found these verses several weeks later and they fit so well I wanted to include them:                             Control yourselves and be careful! The devil, your enemy, goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to eat. Refuse to give in to him, by standing strong in your faith. You know that your Christian family all over the world is having the same kinds of suffering. And after you suffer for a short time, God, who gives all grace, will make everything right. He will make you strong and support you and keep you from falling. He called you to share in his glory in Christ, a glory that will continue forever. All power is his forever and ever. Amen. I wrote this short letter with the help of Silas, who I know is a faithful brother in Christ. I wrote to encourage you and to tell you that this is the true grace of God. Stand strong in that grace. 1 Peter 5:8‭-‬12 NCV

http://bible.com/105/1pe.5.8-12.NCV