What We Wear...
Whatcha wearing today? Did you dress casual, business casual, sporty or formal? The truth is, we put quite a
bit of thought into the attire we wear. (I know some of you need to put a little more brain cells into your
wardrobe!) How we dress tells a lot about us. It really does. What we wear shows that we have thought through
the day, who we are going to meet and the activities that we will engage in.

God is concerned about our clothing too. No, not if you are wearing a high priced designer label, but if you are
wearing high value God clothing. What? You didn't know God has a clothing line too? You can find it in
Colossians  3:12,

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness,
humility, gentleness and patience."

God wants us to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Look how
nicely each piece matches the other. You can't wear compassion if you are not wearing kindness. Don't put on
humility if you are not wearing gentleness. And it will be a God fashion faux pas if patience isn't a part of the
package. You can't purchase this ensemble, but you can ask for it...from the Designer Himself! And by the way,
these clothes never go out of style!
Thanksgiving...
11/28/09/ Prayer...
Excerpts from Messages From Pastor Todd, First Altamonte Church, Orlando, FL:
Click here for: An Essay on Christianity by Trista Snyder - excellent!
I am amazed at how often I forget to recognize and rehearse the goodness of God in my life. To say "thank you" to
God starts with an acknowledgement of His goodness to me. Old time southern preacher Vance Havner put it best
when he said, "The whole Christian life is one big "thank you," the living expression of our gratitude to God for His
goodness. But we take Him for granted and what we take for granted we never take seriously."

"Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways."  Psalm 25:8
"Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him." Psalm 34:8
"For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations." Psalm
100:5
We live in a get it done, do-it-yourself world. There is a certain pride and sense of accomplishment to getting to
where we are in life and by getting there on our own merits and strength. The thought of being labeled a free
loader is nauseating to you and to be in debt to someone else for their help to you is difficult to swallow. So, where
does prayer come in? Let me give you a few verses on prayer to chew on,

"Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found..."  Psalm 32:6
"The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him."  Proverbs 15:8
"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."  Matthew 21:22
"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."  Matthew 26:41

There are so many temptations facing us this holiday season. One of the biggest temptations is to go through this
season on our own; trying to find the money for presents on our own, putting food on the table on our own, and
skating along with relationship hurts on our own. God tells us to watch. Evaluate your life. Look into you and what
do you see? Perhaps someone trying to do life by themselves? After watching, God tells us to pray. Pray that we
don't fall into the temptation to do everything by ourselves and on our own.

I don't know what your personal needs are this Christmas season, but I know they are not bigger than God's ability
to provide. But you have got to ask. James 4:2 puts it very plainly, "You do not have, because you do not ask
God."  Asking God for things you need doesn't devalue you as provider, it hyper-values Him as provider. Let Him
do His job in your life this holiday season!
Have you ever put on a shirt or a blouse only to find a small stain on it? It is pretty weird, but the stain that you
failed to see prior to putting on the garment is now the only thing you can see! Your eyes gravitate to the impurity.
That one little spot changes your whole outlook on the article of clothing! I wonder what our lives would be like if
we employed this same mentality to the stains on our lives that sin produces? David had a stain on his soul that he
looked at for nine months. He did nothing about it. He records his situation in Psalms 32: 3-4,

"When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was
heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Selah"

David was physically, emotionally and spiritually affected because of his refusal to clean the stain on his soul.
Eventually David manned up and got things right with the Lord. Look at his response to his sin in verse five,

"Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to
the LORD "— and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah"

Live the blessed life today! Live the clean life that forgiveness produces. You'll be happy you did.
The Burden of Stain...
I love the “God signs” you see scattered across the country. I read one that said, “Don’t worry about tomorrow. I’m
already there.” What a powerful, comforting thought! Worry is one of those activities with zero benefit. It has been
rightly said that worry is like a rocking chair, it uses up your energy without getting you anywhere. The National
Institute on Mental Health reports 19 million Americans are affected by anxiety disorders. Listen to God's
instructions about worry,

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its
own trouble." Matthew 6:34

"Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." 1Peter 5:7


The emotional strain of worry affects us physically. The American Psychological Association tells us 48% of
Americans overeat or choose unhealthy “comfort” food to handle worry. Another 18% drink and 16% smoke to
deal with worry.
( OUR TAKE ON WORRY: Nonconstructive Worry = Negative Energy. Pray to figure out the fix. If you can't
constructively fix the problem, pray and ask God to take over. Prayer = Positive Energy.)
Worry...
This week I am focusing on God doing extraordinary things in your life. I want to expand your vision of what God
wants to do in your life. Have you ever wondered why God uses people like you and me? Think about it. Wouldn't
God be better served to use superstar believers? You know, those cats that have more talent in their pinky finger
than we have in our whole body. There are those who things just come so naturally to them and they glide through
life without breaking a sweat. Why does God use ordinary folk to do extraordinary things? The answer I believe is
in 1 Corinthians 1: 26-29,

"For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble,
are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the
weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the
things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,
that no flesh should glory in His presence."
Ordinary Folks...
This week I am focusing on God doing extraordinary things in your life. I want to expand your vision of what God
wants to do in your life. Have you ever wondered why God uses people like you and me? Think about it. Wouldn't
God be better served to use superstar believers? You know, those cats that have more talent in their pinky finger
than we have in our whole body. There are those who things just come so naturally to them and they glide through
life without breaking a sweat. Why does God use ordinary folk to do extraordinary things? The answer I believe is
in 1 Corinthians 1: 26-29,

"For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble,
are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the
weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the
things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,
that no flesh should glory in His presence."
Laughter...
Jesus said in John 14:6,

"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, but through me."   

if I follow Jesus' leading in my life I will always be in the center of God's will. I will never go off course. Never.

(OUR TAKE ON JESUS: We believe Jesus is not just a NAME but a WAY. He was sent to show us how to overcome
our base, bestial, and instinctual greedy nature and how to live a perfect life. If he hadn't gone through the
degradations, the temptations, the betrayals, the tortures and still shown compassion and forgiveness, we would
always justify our anger at our own situation by saying "Well, he didn't have to deal with this or that!" He showed us
the Way that we might reach for perfection. )
The Way...
Have you ever read a verse and just shook your head, not grasping the full impact of the verse? That is what I am
doing with the verse found in Philippians 1:29,

"For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him."

Trusting in Christ certainly is a privilege, but suffering for Him? The last time I checked suffering was never put into
the privilege column in my life. Suffering has always been something I endure, but never something I should embrace.
And here is the cherry on top, we are to count it a privilege to suffer for Him! Put yourself out there for Christ. Be
willing to take some risks so that Christ's name may be glorified in you. Don't be afraid of potential ridicule because
you are a Christ follower.
Suffering...
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