I have subscribed to this dailybide recently. It's written by an experience youth worker who connects today's story with God's story with our story and their story. I really enjoyed reading it everyday. Today's topic is very interesting. Initially when i read about this roller coaster and our walk with God, i can't really put two together. Then as i continue to read, the mental image of seat belt, that keeps us from falling when we are on a rolle coaster becomes clearer. Indeed, staying close to God keep us from falling. This illustration of roller coaster is so creative and relevant. Enjoy !
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28 Jun, 2007
Taking any wild rides this summer?
Fastest? Longest? Tallest?
Ask Duane Marden, the king of roller coaster math. Check out his rankings on the top U.S. thrill ridesWhen MSN City Guides went trolling for record-setting amusement park rides, we found ourselves on the fast track to a fairly humble-looking Web site called Roller Coaster Database ( www.rcdb.com). Drill into the site, and you'll find stats and photos on more than 1,900 coasters worldwide, all vetted by one very dedicated volunteer.
Amusement parks, you see, can be prone to a wee bit of exaggeration when it comes to speed and size, so RCDB founder Marden combs through submissions from some 100 coaster fanatics from around the world and tries to pin down the facts. He checks in with ride manufacturers and has even gleaned enough about coaster physics to know when claims might be stretching the truth.
"I call it amusement park math. At one time, every roller coaster at every Six Flags park did at least 65 mph"—or so they said, according to Marden. "At least I can look at a claim and say, '110-foot drop and 80 mph. That's not physically possible.'"
His own favorite rides? Among steel coasters, it's Millennium Force at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. "It's a big roller coaster, but it's not the tallest. It's very long, and it's very fast for most of the ride," he says. "When you get off that, y! ! ou know you've been on a roller coaster."
Jude 1:24-25 (NLT)
Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. 25 All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.
According to today's God's Story scripture, why can we trust God to keep us from "falling"?
God's Spirit gave Jude the words to write in this letter. God wants us to know that we don't have to be afraid of falling prey to false spiritual teachers if we trust Him and keep connected to Jesus (abiding in Christ - John 15).
Jude wrote to people like you and me - they were vulnerable to false "religious" ideas and to temptations to live an immoral lifestyle. Think about our culture. Every which way we look, we are bombarded with spirituality, most of which is from Satan, our enemy, not from God's Holy Word.
The basic philosophy of the secular world is that you should believe anything you want to believe about God, regardless of truth. If your belief is true for you and feels good to you, then you will be happy. If there is life after death, your chances are good.
That sounds like a thrill ride that guarantees you a fall that lasts forever.
Following Jesus every day can be a wild ride but you can be assured that God won't let you fall from His grace. When you receive His forgiveness through Christ's death and resurrection you become one of His children. The Father takes care of His kids!
As we abide in Christ, He empowers us to remain faithful no matter the temptations and false teachings that the enemy throws at us. The real thrill of this Christian life ride comes at the end - when we come into Christ's presence
How can you connect today's God's Story scripture to your own life?
- Stay buckled up in "the belt of truth" (Ephesians 6:14). God keeps us from "falling" as we remain in Christ. We remain in Christ by knowing and obeying His Truth - God's Holy Word. Is your time in God's Word sort of hit and miss? You need His "seat belt of truth" all the time. If you're spending time with Jesus in His Word every other week, try for weekly. If once a week, try three times a week. Soon, it will be every day, because Jesus knows your struggle and will help you.
- Pray right now for Jesus to help you. Confess any way in which you have recently been trying to "ride" life's ups and downs on your own rather than with Jesus.
- If you go on a ride at an amusement park this summer and find yourself spinning around, let Jesus take that moment to remind you of the scriptural truth we looked at today. God won't let you fall!
- Read the book of Jude (it's short) for a deeper understanding of today's scripture.
How can you connect today's story and God's Story and your story to others?
- You could go to an amusement park and hang out (but don't fall). Seriously, if you've been having any kind of spiritual discussions with someone and you go on a thrill ride together - it would be pretty natural for you to use this as an illustration to share more of your faith story with them.
- Make abiding in Christ (John 15) your constant discipline. As you stay buckled in the seat with Jesus, then connecting to theirsStory will be natural, because Jesus is in control of the ride.
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