Question of the Week | Surrender

Wednesdays here at the 2|42 blog are officially “Question Day”.

We will be posting a question for you all to debate.

Our goal is to use this space to foster conversation among our community about things that matter.

Want to answer next week’s question on the 2|42 blog? Let us know!

Q:

What is one thing that you are unwilling or too afraid to hold with an open hand, possibly even giving it away, and it is stealing your joy?  How might you actually come to know joy were you to share this with another?

 

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Question of the Week | Legacy

Wednesdays here at the 2|42 blog are officially “Question Day”.

We will be posting a question for you all to debate.

Our goal is to use this space to foster conversation among our community about things that matter.

Want to answer next week’s question on the 2|42 blog? Let us know!

Q:

What does it mean to finish well in death? What do you want your legacy to be? What decisions can you make today to set the trajectory of your life in that direction?

 

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Point to Ponder | Character

No man is born either naturally or supernaturally with character, he has to make character. Nor are we born with habits; we have to form habits on the basis of the new life God has put into us. We are not meant to be illuminated versions, but the common stuff of ordinary life exhibiting the marvel of the grace of God. Drudgery is the touchstone of character.

Oswald Chambers

 

{What does this mean to you? How have you seen drudgery influence your character? Post to the comments and let us know!}

Question of the Week | Imagination

Wednesdays here at the 2|42 blog are officially “Question Day”.

We will be posting a question for you all to debate.

Our goal is to use this space to foster conversation among our community about things that matter.

Want to answer next week’s question on the 2|42 blog? Let us know!

Q:

What are you currently doing to expand the imaginations of others as to what God has done, is doing and longs to do with humanity?

 

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The Apple | Bumper Sticker Awards 2009

The Christian Bumper Sticker Awards were held last night in Peoria, KS. Tensions were high as popular favorite “My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter” went up against newbie “Do You Follow Jesus This Close?” for ‘Evangelistic Marketing Tool of the Year’.

The award went to “My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter” for the 8th year in a row.

Representative for the “Do You Follow Jesus This Close” team commented, “Ya know, you win some you lose some. We’re just going to have to work really hard next year to find an expression that tops the Jewish Carpenter one. I mean, they really struck gold on that one. Its been a tough act to follow for 8 years now. The important thing is that we keep our focus on creative expression…i mean, Jesus. Yeah, on Jesus.”

“God Please Make me the Kind Of Person My Dog Thinks I Am” won the award for ‘Most Likely to Sell to a Non-Believer’, while “Fight Truth Decay” took home the award for ‘Most Industry-Specific’.

Other notable awards went to:

  • “God Wants Spiritual Fruit, Not Religious Nuts” for ‘Best Use of Comparison’
  • “Honk if You Love Jesus” for this year’s ‘Must Have of 2009’
  • “Don’t Let this Car Fool You, My Real Treasure is in Heaven” for ‘Best Reminder of Humilty’
  • “God Allows You Turns” for ‘Most Godly Pun’
  • “Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder” for ‘Best Youth Appeal’
  • “After the Rapture, Give this Car to My Mother in Law” for ‘Kirk Cameron’s pick of 2009’

One can only anticipate more creativity, focus and excitement from the Christian Bumper Sticker Circuit in 2010.

The Apple

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Apple. Our satirical response to issues, news and events that effect our community.

Please feel free to write in questions or topics you would like to see explored by The Apple writers.

For our first edition, we explore an all-too-well known relationship: THE GREY ZONE

 

Top Ten Reasons to Stay in the Grey Zone

  • 1. Boundaries are no fun
  • 2. Why ask a girl out when you can test drive her in group settings?
  • 3. Settling is the new commitment
  • 4. Guarding your heart is SO 2008
  • 5. Chances are, he’ll eventually decide he wants to date you
  • 6. Getting 60% of your needs met is better than nothing, right?
  • 7. You will still be open to other relationship opportunities i swear
  • 8. 3 hour phone conversation where you share all of your deepest secrets and heart’s desires? You do that with all your friends.
  • 9. There’s nothing more attractive than being totally available
  • 10. All healthy relationships start with a little confusion and a lot of angst

Point to Ponder | Decisions

{Proverbs 27:12}The prudent see danger and take refuge,
       but the simple keep going and suffer for it.

{Proverbs 3:5-6} Trust in the LORD with all your heart
       and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

How do these two verses influence the ways in which you make decisions?