Monthly Archives: February 2010

Ben Eige Warning-This is a shameless plug! (Click anyway!)

Okay, came across this search tool yesterday at a reputable tech blog and almost dismissed it. Then I realized if I earned enough “swagbucks” I could get 1 or more $50 REI gift card(s) or $50 Southwest Airlines gift cards. Either of these would help me on my trip to climb Mt. Shasta this summer. However I can help that I’m in! Of course as with all these things, get friends on board you earn more….It uses Google and Ask.com and I’ve been using it for the last 2 days and it produces the search results you’d expect, and every once in a while you get awarded some “swagbucks.” So sign up and use it to search and earn you (AND ME!) swagbucks that will definitely be put to use helping pay for my trip to Mt. Shasta. Help a brother out by clicking the banner below and getting started. Shameless plug complete..almost…

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God Gives a Swift Kick…

Acts 12:7-9

7 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands. 8 And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” 9 And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. (ESV)

For some reason I really enjoyed reading this verse. The angel “strikes” Peter in the side. No peaceful nudge and whisper in the ear with a glow over the angel’s head (a la Touched By An Angel). Peter wasn’t touched, he was struck! Couple things come to mind. 1) It was time to go. No sense in waiting around for the right “moment.” Get up Peter and go! 2) People were praying. This is an awesome testimony to gathered, corporate prayer. The answer to pray was an angel coming in to Peter’s cell and kicking him in the side to get going. 3) We all need a swift kick every now and then. I almost wonder if Peter was in a place of self-pity. Feeling so sorry for himself he was inconsolable even when the angel showed up, so the angel kicked him in the side. “Get a hold of yourself man! God has sent me to rescue you! Let’s go, work to be done…”

Do you need a swift kick to get moving on what God is ready to do in your life? I often do. First-pray, pray hard and pray with others…that reminds me, February 25th we’re gathering to pray together as a church. 2-Don’t get so self-absorbed that you become non-functional. God may be ready to move in your life, but you’re too busy wallowing in self-pity. 3-Go! If God is kicking you in the side, you better move!

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