Bitterroot Christian Bookstore opened its doors in 2002. It has been a huge blessing to be a part of this community. I have been working here for a year in November. Time flies when your having fun!
Are my two hands really enough to change the world especially since there are only 24 hours in a day?
Are you worn out? Do you feel like you can't do any more? Well, you are not alone. If you have ever competed in any athletics on any level I'm sure you have heard, "Suck it up," or "Whatever doesn't kill you will make you stronger." I bring this mentality to the Christian walk to do the things that God has called me to.
Jesus said, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." This is a far cry from the "Whatever doesn't kill you will make you stronger," mentality. Jesus states that I must die to even live. It is impossible to be completely spent for the cause of Christ with the "suck it up" mentality. This only brings burn out and disappointment that I can't do what God has called me to do.
The fact of the matter is that what God calls me to do cannot be done. God calls me to the impossible so that He may be glorified. If my prayer is any less than, "God, I can't do this without you. I pray for the strength to do the things you call me to today," I am either doing too little or headed toward disaster because I can't do it myself.
I must set aside this rugged individualism that plagues this country and be completely dependent on the strength of God to do what I know He as called me to do.
I have two hands and twenty-four hours to do all that God has called me to do. I know these alone are not enough. But as a usable tool in the hand of God I know that these two hands with twenty-four hours can change the world one day at a time.
"If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead." –1 John 3:14
Love is a reoccurring theme from Genesis to Revelation. But what makes the Bible (and Christianity) any different than some other religion that says, "It's all about love." It would be easy to go in to the Greek and talk about the different kinds of love and what that all means, but is that really practical? Besides we only use one word in English (with a whole lot of adjectives).
There is a time and a place for Greek, but we don't need to muddy the waters with it today go get to the point. Love is one of the hardest words to define. This can be evidenced by the lengthy entries in both modern and antiquated dictionaries. With all this hoop-la how can we know what true love really is?
True love is more than a definition. Besides, in my opinion, the only way true love can be defined is by experience. It is no accident that God wants us to use our senses and faculties while in His presence. He says, "Taste and see that the Lord is good," and "Come, let us reason together."
Simply put, we know true love when we see it. There are an infinite number of qualities that a person can express when they are exhibiting true love. That is the beauty of it!
There is no formula that we can apply to, "prove that we have passed from death to life." It is a matter of the Holy Spirit working in and through us in such a way the the love of God is manifest in our live... And people know it!
You might be asking, "If I can't do it then how can I be saved?" Well, the disciples asked the same thing in Mark 10:26, "The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, 'Who then can be saved?'" But Jesus reassured them saying, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."
Salvation is impossible without God. Love is impossible without God. Come to think of it, life is impossible without God. Is it any wonder that we gladly throw all of our crowns at His feet? We wouldn't have them without Him anyway!
I want to encourage you to walk by faith, radically trusting in God, because none of it would be possible without Him anyway.
April is tomorrow. There are so many fond memories of spring aren't there? Right now my wife and I are expecting a baby in July. It has been an amazing experience as we have been able to hear the hearbeat, watch her grow in each ultrasound, and decorate her room imagining what it will be like to watch her sleep in her new crib.
With this being only three months away the reality begins to set it. So what does that have to do with spring? Or what does this even have to do with Bitterroot Christian Bookstore?
Well, with spring there is new life. Isn't it obvious when we see trees that are getting greener or flowers that are beginning to bloom? But more than that I see the excitement of a pregnant church.
Silly huh? Well, I think that it is more important than ever! Ministry abounds in this valley. The question is: are you involved? Are you active in reaching your world for Christ? Paul refered to ministry in relation to labor pains. That was no accident.
If we want to see revival in this valley it is oh so important that we do the preparation that is required during pregnancy and do the work of labor. People are hurting and they need more than a "be warmed and filled" response. They need discipleship.
So what does a new baby on the way and a church or bookstore have in common? I think that question has a little clearer answer, but I would like to add one more thing: urgency. Nine months is all you get between when you find out there IS and baby and when that baby changes your life. Times are tough, times are changing, and time is not on our side.
Here is the video trailer for our book of the month. Remember, anyone who has signed up for our book club receives this book at 50% OFF!
Awarding winning, debut author C.J Darlington does a great job with this work. Check it out for yourselves and let us know what you think.
Time flies, or so I have heard it said. At 24 I have not felt the full effect of time with wings. However, with a baby on the way, another birthday that has come and gone, and a new year that is about three months in has got me thinking.
It has made me think about the verse, "But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." With that one can't help but think that it won't be long before our Lord comes back, "like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved and the earth works that are done on it will be exposed."
So, I wonder, has it been "2 days" for Christ since he left this earth or has it been 7 billion? This seems like a silly question because we all know that God is outside of time so the question seems like a moot point, but since my life seems to be on the runway to begin flying by I thought that it might be something worth knowing? In between these two verses I really saw the heart of the Lord.
"The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as you count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." Putting aside the fact that God is outside of time He has waited, yearning, for 2000+ years for peoples that He is calling to come to Himself! And if we take the other side of this equation of days vs. years, and go back to Creation, God has been waiting an innumerable amount of time for all people to come to Him!
So, the perspective that this gives me on my time is very humbling. If I count just from the time of Christ, God has been waiting over 7,000,000,000 (that is 7 billion) days just to call me His son. His Bride. His co-heir. So do I have time to waste? Absolutely not! He has called me in to battle to fight against principalities and powers so that some - no - all may come to Him. If I have the heart of Christ can I sluff off the responsibility of intercession and sacrifice for those who God Himself as waited 2 millennium for?
There are two great concerts coming up that might be worth a look. One is right here in Missoula, and the other is in Spokane.
Shec is hosting the Love & War tour. BarlowGirl, stellar kart, and Vota will be there. Prices are $18.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door for general admission. You can also get the VIP package for $26.00. This includes early admission, meet & greet, a Q & A with BarlowGirl, a VIP badge with lanyard, and reserved front row seating!
If you want to go for the group rate it is $15.00 a ticket and you have to have 10 or more people and get them in advance. Family pack is a pack of 4 general admission tickets and they will be $52.00. If you have any questions you can call us here at the Bitterroot Christian Bookstore.
Also, MercyMe, a "very special guest", Family Force 5, Francesca Battistelli, Fee, Remedy Drive, and Sidewalk Prophets will be at the Spokane Arena on March 28, 2010. It will be $10.00 at the door and there will be no tickets required. It is all general admission seating. If you have any questions you can call (509) 279-7000. You can also visit their website at therockandworhsiproadshow.com.
We would love to hear how you guys liked this concerts and if there is anything we can do to help, again feel free to call us here at the bookstore!
Poverty. A failing marriage. Old age. Lost dreams. A failing business. An unsure future. to the residents of Orange Beach, Alabama, these desperations are dead ends. Hopeless, barren places with no chance of change.
But to an old drifter named Jones with a gift for seeing what others miss, there is no such thing as a dead end. It only takes a little "perspective," he says, to recognize the miracles in our moments, the seeds of greatness tucked into our struggles.
As Jones mysteriously makes his way through this coastal town and into the searching hearts of its residents, he offers simple wisdom and sound hope.
"My contention is that you are right where you are supposed to be. This may look like barren sand to you, but nothing could be further from the truth. I say to you that ass you lay your head down tonight, you are sleeping on fertile ground. Think, learn, pray, plan, dream. For soon... you will become."
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