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Feb. 15th, 2010

Pocahontas 03

haven't been on here in forever...

and that's not about to change... new blog:

http://tonichelle.blogspot.com

Jan. 1st, 2010

Sleeping Beauty 05

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Apr. 14th, 2009

Jesus Christ 01

No Other Name By Which We Are Saved...

This past weekend we celebrated Easter. In most families it was one day filled with candy and painted eggs and ham, lamb, and some type of fowl on the table.

Monday came and it was the talk of the office, what did we eat... were we with family. Then the conversation turned to - "kids these days expect a lot of gifts and candy but they don't know the reason we celebrate Easter." I agreed, but then I heard my coworkers go into a more secular ideal of what Easter is. It's about Spring and new life.

New life. Yes, Easter is about New Life... but not the green fragrant kind or baby bunnies and chicks. New Life. That's what Jesus offered us when he offered his body - his perfect sinless self - to be brutalized and murdered on a cross - a punishment for the truly wicked in society - so that we could have a New Life.

New Life - it seems so weird to think about. How do you have a "new life?" What IS a new "life?" So many people think "Come To Jesus" means you have to give up the fun part of life... well, I can't see why one would think that.

Ask yourself this - did Jesus ask you to give up anything when he put Himself in the position to suffer and die for you? No, He didn't. And He still doesn't. It's not how good or bad you are that determines what level of salvation you earn. There aren't any LEVELS. There's a Heaven and a Hell and there is no inbetween. There isn't any special place for the 'kinda good' or the 'kinda bad'. And Jesus knew that. He knew that each and every one of us would need a way to come to the Father. To be saved.

From the Hitlers to the Mother Theresas - whether they accept Him or not He still gave His life for theirs.




For me - Easter starts on Good Friday. Really, it starts on Christmas. Because without Christmas = Easter doesn't happen... and without Easter Christmas means nothing. Because if Easter didn't happen teh way the Bible says then the baby in the manger is just another kid born in a stable. And if Christmas didn't happen the way the Bible tells then Jesus was nothing more than a liar and deserved that cross.

But there's nothing that proves that Jesus isn't exactly who He said. And to just call Him a good person or a good teacher denies the very Identity of who Christ was and is. If He were just a good person and not God then His lie is probably as horrific as any lie the tyrants of the modern world ever were. His lie - like theirs - saw (and sees) hundreds of lives lost in His name. If Jesus is not the Son of God - if he's just a good person - then he is the lowest possible person. He can't be both. He wasn't both.

Jesus came to save that which was lost... He came to save all of us. He didn't just pick and choose. He extended and extends this offer of love to all. But in order to receive the gift we have to ACCEPT the gift. Just like Haille Rae had to accept the gift we gave her at Easter in her basket - we have to accept Christ's gift of salvation.


Sing; I need you Jesus!
To come in and save me...
Where else can I go?
There's no other name by
Which we are saved!

....

This world has nothing for me...

This world has nothing for me...

This world has nothing for me...

So I need you Jesus...

Mar. 10th, 2009

Jesus Christ 01

If Only God Would Show Me He Loved Me.

Isn't it funny how we like to tell God what He can and cannot do?

On the way home from work I was struck by something that was said on the radio. People often say they would come to Christ if only God would show them that He loved them.

Apparently the cross wasn't a big enough sign (I'm sure Jesus would say it was BIG ENOUGH).

It got me thinking of they old saying "Wanna hear God laugh? Tell Him your plans." It amazes me how many people think they can run things better than God. Telling God that his rules don't work for today's culture, or that HE DOESN'T KNOW what is really going on in the World much less some one's personal life.

God is either God of all or He's not much of a God. People want to put Him in a box and bring him out on special occasions. And normally those occasions are filled with bunnies or twinkle lights. It's inconvenient to think that we aren't number one in the grand scheme of things. We blame God for all of the problems, and yet when someone says take those problems to God we make every excuse to prove He's not powerful enough.

The God who created the universe, the earth, and every 'act of God' known to man (or blamed by man) is also the God of little itty bitty ol' you and me. He's been there, done that, got the nail scars to prove it.

Some of us - arguably most of us - are doubting Thomases. We have to put our hands in the nail scarred hands. But to say God has never shown how much He loved you is just not true. God Himself came down as a Man and died on a cross for sins of which he was blameless. He didn't just do it for kicks, and he sure as heck didn't do it because he deserved it or didn't want to. He didn't HAVE to do any of it. But because He loved EVERYONE He did it.

It doesn't end there. There's a catch - in order to GET a GIFT you have to receive and ACCEPT it. It's not just "God loves good people." Yes, God loves good people... but He also loves the not so good. Do you realize Jesus died for people like Osama Bin Laden and Hitler? He knew those acts of hate and terror would happen, and He still extended the gift.

Do you realize there's not spiritual difference between me and the men mentioned above? The only difference is I've received the gift, I've repented and turned and am looking at Christ. That's the difference.

God's love is extended and given to all. He wants his forgiveness to be the same, but you have to ask for it. You have to be willing to sacrifice yourself for it. You have to show God you mean it.

You don't get into Heaven for the good you do. You get to Heaven based on belief... the good stuff you do as a believer isn't to rack up points, it's BECAUSE you are working to be MORE LIKE CHRIST... again, not for goodies on earth or in Heaven... but because you want to share Christ's love with all.

That's what the Love of God is - selfless...



again just the ramblings in my head...

Jan. 9th, 2009

TENG 01

DISNEY! DISNEY! DISNEY!



I'm going to pack up my computer tonight after I get off in a couple of hours, so this is my last post on this journal until I get back (Jan. 22 - AT THE EARLIEST). I am planning to check in online occassionally tomorrow on facebook and email, but from my aunt's computer. I am so excited it isn't even funny, as you can imagine.

Anyway, I will have net access most days when I'm down at Disney but I cannot promise any sort of chat or email exchange. We're basically going to get online to update our journal which can be found here - http://wdwbaby.insanejournal.com - and you don't have to be a member to read it (but friend us anyway!).

It would be really awesome of people following US Nationals could email me with results of Dance and Mens... but most IMPORTANTLY JUNIOR MENS... I want to know how Keegan is doing, and since I don't have text messaging email is the best way to go *HINT*.

So I hope everyone has a wonderful two weeks. I will see you when I get back! *hugs* I'm going to miss the Nationals gang... but I'll make it up eventually (I have gotten guilt trips from several people and Spokane has been calling... *sigh*).

TTFN - Ta Ta For Now!
-Toni

Now... bring me that horizon.

Nov. 9th, 2008

Pirates of Alaska

Oh the Humor

reading the Passporter Boards apparently on the second parade for the party on Halloween night "Jack Sparrow" was rumored by CMs to be none other than Jack himself (aka Johnny Depp).

Now, I don't know if it's true or not, but these people are all "well a CM said it, and they're not allowed to lie". Um, aren't they doing that every day they dress up as a character? That chick in the Cindy dress isn't really Cinderella! ;)

But seriously. CMs can hear and spread rumors just as easily as the rest of us. But since they all cheered really loud for Jack she just knows that it was for real... *sigh*

Nov. 4th, 2008

Jesus Christ 01

Let me say it, while I still can...

I love Jesus. I'm a Christ-follower. It's all in His hands.

The bible says those who believe, turn, and follow Christ will be saved. Those that don't will suffer eternal damnation in Hell. That's not my rules, those are His! There is no door number three, there aren't post-mortem negotiations, and God doesn't care what denomination or political affiliation you hold.

I'm saying this now, while I can. Agree or not, it's not me who said it. I'm just passing it on.

Sep. 20th, 2008

Cinderella 01

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Jul. 16th, 2008

Sleeping Beauty 05

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Jun. 29th, 2008

Sleeping Beauty 05

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