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Monthly Archives: April 2018

BONUS DAY #22

“Faith with out works is dead,”  According to James chapter 2.  “Dead” (nekros) as James uses it means a dead corpse–which was in his Jewish tradition a HUGE consequential issue in the context he uses it.  The Jews bury as fast as possible–the Old Testament response to Samuel’s death:  Samuel died, they mourned, they buried him.  When James says faith if not backed up with “works”  (ergon) or better relayed “effort,” it is the same thing as making a change as expeditiously as the burial process.  Further, James says faith and effort work together to bring about the best result.  Yes, we can say, “your walk and your talk need to match…”  AND/OR “put some feet to your prayers…”  BUT the best way to think in terms of faith and effort working together is the idea that even though our total reliance upon Christ (faith) is our center, it has to accompany effort–as in if you are sick you pray but also go to your Doctor.  If you have a financial need you believe God but also work hard and save your money.  Faith is still the center, but you back up your total reliance upon Christ with “effort.”  James teaches us that a life built upon faith and combined with effort is a balanced life.  Balance is essential in every aspect of life.

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #21

I grabbed my “Holy Land Bible”–the one I use to study and read for our trips to the Holy Land, reviewing constantly the teaching/application of the 30 Holy Christian Sites we enjoy taking people to visit.  Today, (Bonus Day 21), found me reviewing our visit to Gideon Springs.  Judges 7:2 provides us with a valuable insight into God–“The Lord said to Gideon, You have too many men.  I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, (My OWN STRENGTH has saved me).”

The insight into God is–HE SURE TAKES OUR DEPENDENCY ON HIM SERIOUSLY!  He doesn’t want us ever to think we have enough strength, enough talent, enough skill, or even enough resources (money) to go it on our own!  God even takes this to the next level…creating the concept that to think in terms of “me having enough” is a threat AGAINST God.

“God is enough…”  (We have been saying that a lot recently).  “God is enough.”

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

 

 

 

 

BONUS DAY #20

These Bonus Days I am enjoying aren’t with out a level of “new normal.”  The Cardiologist told Marceil at his post Cath Lab consultation–“No sodium, no fat, no meat, and NO CANDY.”  Fifty eight years of a powerful “sweet tooth” had to come to a screeching halt!  After all, I am the guy who ordered and ate his dessert first!  (I know….I know…..no wonder I had a 100% blocked LAD.  The “bonus” on the Bonus Day was the anticipation of heading to the little store around the corner with a small, quality, and EXPENSIVE produce section.  I thought about a Honey Crisp apple all morning long and headed to the little store to buy some.  Two dollars and fifty cents later I was sinking my teeth into a big juicy one.  I enjoyed every bite.  It reminded me that on Bonus Days you enjoy every bite, every step, every ache, every pain, every conversation……YOU ENJOY EVERY SINGLE MOMENT.

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #19

Watching different Easter sermons and reading posts this post-Easter Monday while on the road, “Father forgive them, they know not what they do” became a thread that ran through everything.  “Forgiving and being forgiven” is the thread that runs through the entire message of the Gospel–the teachings of Christ.  What do I need to be forgiven of?  Who/what do I need to forgive?  Both of these questions are essential parts of our “daily inventory” of application in our lives.  Forgiveness–is that thing we can all do.  It is that thing we must do.

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #18

There is nothing quite like your Bonus Day being Easter Sunday.  The reminder of Jesus’ resurrection power combining it with Jesus’ miraculous intervention in my own life, puts the experience into new territory for me! Today I was reminded about how important it is–no matter how gifted, talented, or creative you are, you have to be completely dependent upon the Holy Spirit.  The only way for a person to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit that God can use in the life of others is to become completely empty of self and then filled with the Holy Spirit (dependent upon the Holy Spirit).  There is nothing wrong with doing your best for God, but it is misdirected to do your best for your own regard.  Further, if you are talented and gifted it is a spiritual trap to lean on your own abilities.  People who lean on their own gifts, don’t need God–and sadly, people don’t experience God.  (They might experience “something” and even in a spectacular way).  They will “feel” something great–but if it isn’t the Spirit of Christ, it is a fleeting moment that exalts the flesh.  Flesh gives birth to the flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to eternal life.

Every day is a Bonus Day–especially if it is a celebration of the Resurrection!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #17

Today our son, Pastor Mitch Royer, attempted AND succeeded in breaking a Guinness Book of World Records at an outreach event for his children’s ministry.  (The number of children dressed in bunny costumes at one time).  The Good News of Jesus was presented in a special way.  The highlight for me on this Bonus Day was actually earlier in the day–When we came into their home in Austin, Texas around 9:30 AM on this day before Easter in 2018, Mitch was sharing an egg carton called the “Resurrection Eggs” with his two children.  The “eggs” are the hallow kind with the story of Jesus’ final week inside each egg.  I was deeply moved by his initiative and leadership “living it out” with his own family sharing the story of Jesus with his own.  I was deeply moved, AND very proud listening to a father share Jesus with his own children.  (Later in the day that same Dad broke a Guinness Book of World Records).

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #16

Played all day with two of my grandchildren.  No greater bonus–very thankful.

Every day is a bonus day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #15

We all have that category in our lives called “if I had it to do over again.”  Because I transitioned out as a Lead Pastor in my early 50’s I have been able to reflect almost every day about what I would do if I had it to all over again in being the Lead in a Church Ministry.  It is interesting that no one has ever asked me–“What would you do differently if had a do-over?”  There are actually a bunch of things in this category for me, but none that anyone would ever be able to track.  The things in my “what I would do differently” if I knew what I know now, are mostly just personal mental frame work.  One of these things emerged in my thinking today, the Thursday of Holy Week.  If I had it to do over again, I think I would ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF THE PREPARATION FOR EASTER SERVICES, OUTREACHES, AND FOLLOW UP.  Rather than the stress of preparation, I would celebrate the preparation as part of our worship of His resurrection.  I would change the intensity into the celebration.  Every prayer over a service would never be “Lord, help everything go right so that people will not feel uncomfortable,”  INSTEAD, “Lord, THANK YOU!  Help us point people to you.”

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc