The Finishing Move

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Growing up I was a huge fan of professional wrestling. My grandfather got me hooked and to this day I still get entertained by this sport that is always packed with drama to entertain the masses. As a kid I would dial in each week to see what was going to happen between some of my favorites ongoing battles and just as one battle would begin another one would pop up and start again.  But what I like most was the chance to see them use their “finishing” moves. I can still remember watching

Junkyard Dawg do the THUMP. (front facing scoop up power-slam) 

Diamond Dallas Page “DDP” do the DIAMOND CUTTER from the top rope.

The Original Sting do the STINGER SPLASH right into the SCORPION DEATH DROP.

The Sandman (Hardcore Hak) end the match with the kendo stick to the throat known as WHITE RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP

Ultimate Warrior do the  ULTIMATE SPLASH (running and diving onto a facedown opponent)

and Goldberg use the SPEAR and JACKHAMMER (vertical duplex power-slam) on everyone. 

As a kid I would get super excited to see my favorite do what they did best but sometimes even the best would fall short of victory. As a Christian we are God’s favorite in a ongoing battle with evil, sometimes we come out victorious and sometimes we fail and fall short of victory. We all have a finishing move, the move that God waits for us to use. That move is called PRAYER.  God wants us to use this move as much as we can.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 says Never stop praying.

1 Chronicles 16:11 says Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.

Philippians 4:6 says Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

How often do we go through “battles” or wrestling matches in life where we choose to not use our FINISHING move? We know that we can overcome evil but we try to in our own strength.  We have the power to finish it and give it over to God the One who can finish it off, but we have to believe and have faith in our FINISHING MOVE called PRAYER.

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Epic Opportunity

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This past Sunday was Easter Sunday. Our church’s theme for the day was how Easter changes everything. Because of Christ’s resurrection everything has changed and because of what He did for us on the cross our lives can be changed as well.

I absolutely loved being a part of this celebration and had the opportunity to do something I have always thought in my head that I would love to do, Paint a picture of Jesus. I have had many request to see the fast, upside down painting in its entirety so this past week’s Mr. Ben Jammin’ does something random video is the whole thing.

Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own. 2 Corinthians 5:14 (MSG)

 

New Journey: Ideas Needed!

help ideaRecently I polled 50 – 5th and 6th graders with this question:

 When you’re not at school what is the thing you like to do most?

Surprisingly over half answered watch YouTube.

This really challenged me to tap into that resource a little more and with the help of our creative team in our children’s ministry I am going to give them something to look forward to, Ladies and Gentlemen I give you….

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Mr. Ben Jammin doing something random“!  This is where I need your help. Give me some of your best and most random ideas. In order to be entertaining I am needing outside minds, comment below and help me give these kids something positive and entertaining to look forward to. Thank you for your help!

Paper Towel Correctness

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I recently came across this TED Talk about the correct way to use a paper towel. Not only has this saved on paper towel purchases in our home but it really is a conversation starter at the sink in the bathroom.  Try it out…

You use paper towels to dry your hands every day, but chances are, you’re doing it wrong. In this enlightening and funny short talk, Joe Smith reveals the trick to perfect paper towel technique.