He is PRESENT, are you?

BE HERE NOW from blaine hogan on Vimeo.

When am I not fully present? When am I not intentional? In what instances do I let my now not become my then?


The Most Powerful Images of 2011 - What is your response?

I recently came across the 45 most powerful images of 2011.  I was blown away at each of these.  I felt something very different as I looked at each of these and you should too.

#'s 6, 7, 11, 16, 22, 24, 25, 31, 34, 35, 39, 42, and 44 all display someone wanting freedom, finally getting freedom or sure fighting hard for something they believe in.  

#'s 2, 3, 8, 10, 13, 15 17, 18, 22, 26, 27, 29, 32, 33 and 43 all display the fury of the earth, destruction and the devastation of pain that people feel when they lose everything.

#1 displays something I hope I never have to feel yet so many parents do.

#4 displays the heart of leaders.  Leadership can be a difficult, energizing, scary, rewarding type of position.  The weight leaders feel is huge.  

#12 intrigues me.

There are so many other pictures.  To see them, look HERE 

This brings up a few questions for each of us to ask ourselves:
1.  What is your role in this world?
2.  How are you responding to others?
3.  What freedoms are you taking for granted?
4.  How do you respond, pray for, respect your leaders?  Whether political, in your organization or at home?  How do you react when you don't agree with them or their leadership?

Christ calls us to be the Salt and the Light; are you?

Matthew 5:13-16

English Standard Version (ESV)
Salt and Light
 13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.  14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.