Saturday, February 1, 2014

Real Truth Real Quick Biblical Answers to Everyday Questions

Do you have questions about life, our culture in America, parenting, the Bible, leadership, God, faith etc? Your good questions have good answers.
A new 5 minute weekly podcast called Real Truth Real Quick provides just such a resource for you.

Get quick and insightful Biblically based answers for topics you are discussing at home, in the office, with your friends or at school. Ask anything that is on your mind. There are no wrong questions. 

Watermark Community Church produces the podcasts. Senior Pastor Todd Wagner answers your questions one topic at a time. Their website states:
"On Real Truth Real Quick we're committed to answering your questions not based on people's opinions, but from God's Word"

In the inaugural podcast,Todd Wagner's prays for this endeavor and it's audience including the following 2 quotes: 

..."Be noble minded and listen to it objectively and then study God's word to see if it is so….hold it up to the test of reality. Does this fit?
Is it congruent with the world that I really live in?"....Todd Wagner

"If it ain't in The Word you forget what you heard" -Todd Wagner

Prior Podcast Topics have included:
Can I Lose My Salvation? 

Submit YOUR Questions at Real Truth Real Quick or via Twitter @RealTruthRQ Facebook or email.

Subscribe on iTunes to the weekly 5 minutes podcast. 
Learn more at their website.

Learn about The Bible and great Bible Resources

BLOG and Further Resources
Real Truth Real Quick also has a Blog so you can dig further into these topics.
You will find Notes from each podcast and Links to Resouces for your further study.

We believe the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, as well as the final authority in doctrine and practice.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; John 17:17)"

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To God Be The Glory- Julie

Friday, December 20, 2013

Top 10 Christmas Bible Verses and the Christmas Story

Celebrate and cherish the birth of Jesus. 
The Messiah.  King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Immanuel.

Enjoy these Bible verses, a few of my favorites, to commemorate the birth of Jesus.

I pray these verses bless you and that you may know the source of all true Peace, Love and Joy-- JESUS

1) For God so LOVED the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have Eternal life. 
-John 3:16 

2) 
 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son,
and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with Us”).
-Matthew 1:23,
 fulfilling Isaiah's prophesy- see Isaiah 7:14 

3) But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.
You will conceive and give birth to a son,
and you are to call him JESUS.
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.
-Luke 1:30-32,  see also Luke 1:35

4) And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby,
keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news
that will cause great JOY for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to You;
he is the Messiah, the Lord.
-Luke 2:8-11

5) And suddenly there was with the angel a great multitude of the heavenly host,
praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, 
and on earth PEACE among those with whom he is pleased.”
- Luke 2:13-14

6) For to Us a child is born, to Us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
-Isaiah 9:6 

7) She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name JESUS,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
-Matthew 1:21
(note - Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the Lord saves.

8) This is how God showed his LOVE among us:
He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might Live through Him.
This is Love: not that we loved God, but that He Loved Us
and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
-1 John 4:9-10

9) Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God.
-John 1:12

10) The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you
and be gracious to you:
the Lord turn his face forward you 
and give you peace.
-Numbers 6:24-26

Additional Bible verses

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son,
born of woman, born under the law,
to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,
crying, “Abba! Father!”
-Galatians 4:4-6

May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace 
as you trust in Him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
-Romans 15:13

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no one’s heart has imagined
all the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.”

-1 Corinthians 2:9

And this is the testimony:
God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
-1 John 5:11

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind….
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son,
who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 
-John 1:1-4, 14

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory.
-1 Timothy 3:16

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what He has done.
-Psalm 105:1

And being found in human form, he humbled himself 
by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him
the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
-Philippians 2:8-10

Do you not know? Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God.
the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary,
and increases the power of the weak.
-Isaiah 40:28-29

You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with JOY in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
-Psalm 16:11

If you don't know Jesus but you are ready to learn more
or
If you desire to have a relationship with him but you don't know  where to begin,
then read

View the JESUS FILM 

THE CHRISTMAS STORY

The story of Jesus birth, the Christmas story, can be found Luke 2:1-21 and again in Matthew 1:18-25, both typed below. 
Read this to your children, study it for yourself. May God bless the reading of His Word. 

Luke 2:1-21
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Matthew 1:18-25
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about : His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son.
And he gave him the name Jesus.

THE BIBLE
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
--2 Timothy 3:16-17

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
-2 Peter 1:21

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth- John 17:17

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

AmazonSmile for CHRISTIAN Charities

Shop and benefit others. Amazon via it's AmazonSmile program offers an easy way to donate 0.5% of your purchases to support your favorite charity. On Black Friday and with Cyber Monday and Holiday shopping fast approaching, plan ahead to take advantage of this worthwhile program. Helping others in this manner is a small, but important way to redeem both your shopping time and money for Kingdom purposes.

God calls each of us to be a good steward of the time,talents and financial resources He has given us. Shopping online can be both time efficient and economical and now you can use it to make a positive difference in the lives of others.  

Year round you can automatically donate to your favorite Christian charity, or other cause, when you shop at smile.amazon.com. 

There is no cost to you. It is easy -here's how it works. 


  • Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your *eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice - nearly 1 millions choices- (Yikes and Hurray!)
  • Begin your shopping on the AmazonSmile website not amazon.com
  • Tell your Church or ministry, to Register at org.amazon.com to participate in receiving donations. (501©(3) organizations only)
  • How do you select your charity to support? On your first visit to the AmazonSmile website, select a charity before you begin shopping. The website remembers your choice.
  • You can change your choice of charities at any time. (I tell you how at the end of this post)
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices for everyone.
  • Amazon Prime - same Amazon Prime benefits if you are a Prime member


Financial Stewardship
If this is a new concept to you, learn what God says in the Bible.
A few of the verses are 1 Chronicles 29:11, Psalm 50:10-12, Genesis 1:1, Psalm 24:1-2

"Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all"
-1 Chronicles 29:11


Some of my favorite Christian Charities for you to consider:
Samaritans Purse
World Vision
Focus on the Family
E3 Partners  (I am Second)
East-West Ministries, International
International Justice Mission -Human rights,slavery..
Living Water -Water wells and projects in S.American, Africa...
Alarm Inc -working in Africa
Livada Orphan Care

(for my friends- both Schools our boys attend are registered with this program.

Amazon Smile APP- As the date of this post, for shoppers on the go, there is no Mobile APP for AmazonSmile
bookmarked their site on all devices for easy access via mobile phone, iPad or computer. *On my iPhone after opening up the site in my browser,
I added it to my Home Screen so its easy access just like an APP.

How To Change your Charity
1- Log in to your AmazonSmile account.
2- Next to their logo, click on Supporting -a Pop Up Box appears.
3- Click on Change your charity. 
4) Use the Search Box to find the charity

Questions? - Learn more about AmazonSmile
  • *Note- only products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail page receive donations. Amazon states "tens of millions of products" are eligible
source: Amazon.com

Friday, September 27, 2013

An Ode to Big Tex

I can be sentimental about certain things, especially family traditions, one of which is attending the State Fair of Texas.  Big Tex, the icon of the State Fair, has greeted me every year of my life since I can remember. This year beloved Big Tex has been "reborn" and is a new creation, after having burned to a crisp a year ago unable to be saved.

As a native Texan, I am partial to my home state and it's uniqueness. Many may think all the hoopla about Big Tex is silly and I have to agree. In the scheme of things and definitely from an eternal perspective, Big Tex biting the dust is trivial.
Nothing in this world will last or has eternal significance apart from God and Jesus.

For auld lang syne"I take my hat off to the "old" Big Tex in this sappy, light hearted post. He has been a fun part of the culture in Texas and will live on in our hearts and minds. Try to imagine His famous voice  (Jim Lowe version), if you were lucky enough to experience it. 
It was a blue bird day when I took this photo Sept 28, 2012

BIG TEX on Fire October 19, 2012

Big Tex I miss you
That Crazy happy face
Deep booming voice
SLOW Texas drawl

"H-O-W-D-Y
I'm Big Tex,
W-e-l-c-o-m-e
To the State Fair of Texas"

Memories of the old days
His magical moving mouth
Delighted by our animatronic Cowboy
A Charlie McCarthy on steroids

With his Giant Hand of Texas hospitality
"Meet you at Big Tex" always the plan
Photos by the white picket fence
Big Tex towering behind

Iconic figure to millions
Loved by all
No second fiddle
To Cotton Candy or Corny Dogs (Fletcher's that is)

Yet the things of this world are temporal 
Big Tex, betrayed by your boots
Up in flames
A fiery last show

At least a few perennial favorites remain:
"Fried Everything" Fair food,
The Midway, the Auto Show and Bumper Cars
And our magical 1914 Dentzel Carousel

Big Tex, you have joined the old Ferris wheel,
The Comet, our 1947 giant wooden roller coaster and the Sky Ride
Replaced with a new model
Yet your story will live on without you

Thanks for the memories Big Tex!

We all have our own story, including Big Tex, who was originally a giant Santa,
had seven voices (Jim Lowe my favorite), numerous outfits and other so called "improvements".
But remember the most significant story for us all, is of God's great love for you and for me- the children he created.
He desires to have an everlasting relationship with us which comes only through the work of Jesus on the Cross for our behalf. "For God so love the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not persist but have eternal life." -John 3:16

If you don't know this story or you don't fully understand it or you don't believe it- your good questions have good answers.  
You owe it to yourself to investigate. Your eternal destiny is at stake.
See Resources at the end of this post. 


I like this quote from Dr. Charles Stanley:
"Deep down, there's a place within each of us that is made for one thing-- a relationship with God.  NO matter how hard we try to cover it up or fill it with something else, we will never be satisfied.
Our hearts will remain restless until they find their home with God.
That deep, hidden part of you is there, even if you haven't realized it until now..."

Perhaps it is a big leap to go from a nostalgic silly story about Big Tex to a discussion of your eternal destiny; however, God calls all Christians to be His ambassadors, loving others by telling them about Jesus, Savior. This blog is my humble attempt to be such an ambassador.

Below are some of my favorite personal photos of the State Fair over the years.

To God be the Glory!  -Julie

         
           




 




       








Fried "Everything" Fair Food
My son's Fried Oreo's


 
RESOURCES

A good website is "Got Questions"

Click here for more from Dr. Stanley about GOD.

Read my posts -"How to Receive Eternal Salvation" ,  God is Love and  "the Bible".

On the right side of this blog you can explore Links to God's Work 

For the history of Big Tex click here

(I thank all those folks who worked so hard to "re-imagine and replace" Big Tex. His story will continue thanks to you.)

Photos-
All by Julie Brice Beiersdorf except:
Comet Roller Coaster by Ric Turner
Burning Big Tex- Dallas Morning News

Thursday, September 19, 2013

North Texas Giving Day -What Does God Say About Giving and Generosity

Today is North Texas Giving Day. Your donations are MATCHED on a pro-rated basis by 
The Communities Foundation of Texas. Minimum donation is $25.
Anyone from anywhere can donate with a credit card and access to the internet.
In 2012 donations came from all 50 states and 16 countries including Canada, Australia, China, India & Germany nad 929 nonprofits received donations. 
It is a wonderful opportunity to let your generosity shine. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Joy in Your Presence

Heavenly Father, I have Joy in your presence

The morning breeze wafts over me 
The waterfall softly calms  
The sounds of the summer birds so peaceful
Be still my mind, listen

The flowers gently rustle
A gecko steals across the stone
A bee buzzes in the bush
Be still my mind, listen

A butterfly alights upon a rose
The sunlight plays upon the shimmering water 
The tree tops sway as if to whisper
Be still my mind, listen

The dragonflies dance across the sky
A cardinal's song so playful  
The music of creation awakening  
Be still my mind, listen

Listen for the voice of God!

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"Be still and know that I am God..."Psalm 46:10

You have made known to me the path of life:
you fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand Psalm 16:11

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control... - Galatians 5:22-23

To God be the glory
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
Revelation 4:11

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Prayer is Talking to God

Talking to God brings me peace
like the serenity of sitting by a babbling brook
the majesty of hiking in the highest mountains

Talking to God brings a smile to my face
like the warmth of a ray of sunshine
a rainbow in a cloud filled sky
a cotton tail bunny hopping through the garden

Talking to God is pure joy
like a gentle kiss
sweet and loving  

Talking to God fills me with wonder
  at the splendor of a flower filled meadow 
the beauty of a sunset
the skill of dolphins dancing above the sea
the vastness of His creation
the depth of His love

Talking to God creates a thankful heart
at His mercy for the sinner that I am
the grace He extends me
His countless blessings
my salvation through Jesus Christ

Talking to God brings me comfort
like the caress of my husband
the hugs of my boys

Talking to God brings hope
of following His desires

Prayer is talking to God 


Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything, 
but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
-Philippians 4:4-7

But I trust in you, Lord;
I say, "You are my God."
-Psalm 31:14

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
-Colossians 4:2


Backstory- I wrote this post last year. The heartfelt words burst forth with ease. A joy I only occasionally experience. As is my custom I saved the post as a draft.  I am very careful to pray for God to give me His words. Honoring God and being a vessel through which He accomplishes His purposes is my deep desire yet an often daunting responsibility.


I need a sense of His peace before I "put it out there".
Today upon returning from church after a great sermon by Jonathan Pokluda on prayer I searched my drafts for this post. Joyfully finding it, upon review and prayer, I added 2 verses, notes & backstory - so here you go-
I was talking with God and listening to His will. 
To God be the glory! - Julie

Notes about "Prayer"


I have seen Prayer referred to as talking to God and also as talking with God. I wanted to know a bit more about what the Bible says in relation to this question so I did a quick research of the topic to understand the issue better.

Thomas L. Constable, Th.D. in his Book on prayer, Talking to God: What the Bible Teaches about Prayer states "there is no verse in the Bible that give us a definition of prayer per se. 
Consequently we must discover what it is by examining the prayers and references to prayer in the Bible if we want a biblical definition.
Essentially prayer is talking to God."
He further writes "moreover the Bible limits prayer to human speech godward." and he writes
"Furthermore the work always refers to our words to God. His words to us are something other than prayer: revelation, answer, response, etc."
He also explains that several different Hebrew and Greek words, (OT and NT) ...translate to "prayer" in our English versions.
"They refer to general or specific types of speech directed to God. Generally "prayer" refers to any and every expression of our thoughts and feelings to God, audible or inaudible. Specifically the word refers to petitions or requests of God (James 5:13-18). 

We find both uses of the word in Scripture." 
Dr. Constable writes "we can divide all prayers into two groups. 
"We ask God for something for ourselves or for others ("intercessory") 
or We tell Him something."  These can be questions of God or statements to God.

To read more on this topic click here

Thomas L. Constable, Th.D. ia a professor at Dallas Theologic Seminary