Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
I recieved a book in the mail the other day called Tortured for Christ. It was written in 1967 by Richard Wurmbrand. I'm sure some of you have read or heard of this book. Richard is a Jew from Romania that was tortured, beaten, and brainwashed all because he preached the word of God to the Russians. He is a Romanian pastor who tried to give the Message of Christ to the Communists who were atheists. He was an atheist himself as a young man because his parents were taken prisoner becuase of their beliefs when he was a little boy. He grew up in an orphanage and in the home of adults who were against God. Amazingly, God changed his life despite his hard heart and he became the "voice" of the Underground Church in Romania. He tells many stories of the Russians he had witnessed to. One story really struck me. Wurmbrand met a Russian couple who were both sculptors and atheists who were forced to follow the teaching of Stalin and Marx. They told him they had once worked on a sculptor of Stalin and during their work the wife asked the husband, "How about the thumb? If we did not have an opposing thumb--if our fingers were like our toes--we could not hold a hammer, mallet, book, or piece of bread. Human life would be impossible without this little thumb. Now, who made the thumb?" Her husband became angry because no one was permitted to talk about such things and he called her stupid. But the wife went on to say, "This is an even greater wonder. If in heaven there is an Almighty God, in whom in stupidity our forefathers believed, it would then be only natural that we should have thumbs. An almighty God can do everything, so He can make a thumb too. But if in heaven there is nobody, I will worship with all of my heart the 'Nobody' who has made the thumb." So, the wife and husband both came to worship the 'Nobody' who made them. They were so excited to find out from Wurmbrand that that they were right in worshipping the One who made them! He was able to share that God loves them so much he sent his son to die for their sins. He helped them take one step further in their faith and accept God's salvation. Wow!
What struck me was the fact that they knew nothing about God and yet they knew that "Someone" created their thumbs. They believed that there had to be a powerful, mighty 'Nobody' that created such a little but necessary part of their body. God can reach ANYONE! That's what we've been talking about in KidZone. Nobody is unreachable, even people who don't know anything about God or were never taught about His love. God is amazingly above any barriers we think might come in the way of someone giving their life to Him. I 'm so glad I worship that God.
You can get a free copy of this book by going to this website and filling out some information:
Monday, May 11, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Since it's Mother's Day this Sunday I just wanted to tell everyone how much my mom means to me. I am in awe of everything my mom has done for my brother and me. Growing up my mom was always there to support me in everything I did and she was not afraid to tell me how proud of me she was. My mom and dad both gave me the confindence to try new things and even if I messed up my mom would still be proud of me for trying. She always instilled in me that nothing is impossible with God and she showed me that personal time with God is very important. As I get older, our relationship has reached a new level of friendship that I cherish every day. She is always available for any questions or concerns I have about my kids or if I just need prayer for something. She is my prayer warrior. I am so grateful and blessed to have her in my life and I hope that I can be half the mom she is to my kids. I love you mom! Happy Mother's Day!
Posted by Tonya at 7:30 AM
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Do you ever have one of those days that you feel really good about because you get a lot done, but then at the end of the day you are completely spent? That was my day today. I had a great time of study and I started my checklist for Mega Sports Camp this summer. When I was reading over the information about Mega Sports Camp I got this fluttery feeling in my chest because it occured to me that kids are going to be giving their life to God this August. How exciting to be a part of that process! This program is one of the best that I've been involved in that give kids the message of Christ while reaching them through sports. I am super excited for the summer to get here!
Posted by Tonya at 6:13 PM