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March 2016

Slinging Sin!

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Have you ever heard someone say they had “heard from God”? Or maybe someone say “I’m sharing this message from God”? Did you doubt their sincerity? I must confess I have. However, I’m going to share how I was convicted over that doubt this week.

As I lay awake struggling with decisions about an upcoming Mission Trip, the question arose, why me, who am I to go, I was letting doubt in… and honestly it was winning. So I tried to change my mindset and moved onto another subject, God had other plans. This question came to me without hesitation; do you really believe what you say you believe? If you believe the bible is the true word of God, and the bible says God created the heavens and earth, that he created us in his likeness, and that all gifts come from him, then wouldn’t my ideas, my inspirations, my writings come from him as messages sent straight out of heaven itself?

Now, here’s where the immediate conflict comes in, if you’re like me, and let doubt creep in, then you may say things like; he just wants a follower, a like, a share, to go viral, or a mired of other doubts. Oh friend, I struggled with the same question, however Gods words from the bible became crystal clear, do not let the devils schemes keep you from sharing my name & message with the world. (Ephesians 6:11)

So, this imperfect, good-ol-boy from Georgia is opening his heart and sharing the message and idea I received from God himself; not for my own glorification, but to be obedient and to submit to God’s authority so that all the glory be to God and his kingdom! If only one person reads this and receives a blessing, deeper understanding or even better, comes to know Christ, the bible says all the angels of heaven would rejoice over even one. (Luke 15:10)

The bible is full of parables. I chuckled as God gave me this one; me trying to hide my sins from God is like trying to hide a bowling ball behind a piece of thread! It’s impossible, and as my Pastor reminded me, God knows the sins we’ll commit even five years from now. You can try to wrap the thread around the bowling ball until it’s completely covered, however you’re still left with the weight of a bowling ball (sin). GOD’S GRACE IS WHAT COVERS SIN!

I thought about chunking or slinging a bowling bowl and how liberating that is sometimes to just chunk it as hard as you can down the lane, it’s the same way with sin, once we confess it, it’s gone, just like that bowling ball down the lane! (1 John 1:9)

Hence the title of the post, Slinging Sin and the preceding game idea for small groups, bible studies, date nights, etc. I downloaded a bowling score-sheet in excel and altered it to include a spot for participants to record not only their score, but also to record a confessed sin.

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Here’s how it works. At the start of each frame the player will pick up their bowling ball, turn to their group, confess a sin then SLING THAT SUCKER!

Facilitators: share examples of sin that may be preventing a deeper relationship with Christ. Sin is sin in any form, however in order to have participants feel safe, start off with surface sins, sins we encounter on a daily basis; anger, fear, un-forgiveness, idolatry etc. As the game progresses participants may feel comfortable enough to confess deeper sins and/or reach out to you in more private setting.

The ultimate goal is to release ourselves from the weight of sin and live a life eternal with Christ. (Romans 6:23)

Enjoy the game, and remember all gifts are from God and to him goes all the glory!

Written by: Gene Williams

Hard Work, Pays Off!

Here’s the scorecard for download in excel or PDF formats;

Slinging Sin Scorecard xls

Slinging Sin Score Card pdf

 

 

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Open Source


The World Wide Web has blossomed into an invaluable resource since its original launch date in 1991. A quick search for project ideas yields thousands of results.

Projects that would’ve taken countless hours of research, hundreds of dollars spent on training and expensive software, now may be accomplished for much less, or even FREE!

The open source movement has allowed users to download (for FREE) software that mimics name brand software, allowing end users to use their products without expensive licensing agreements. This is especially useful for anyone bootstrapping a new business!

Inkscape is one such software I’ve personally downloaded and used with great success. I used Inkscape to design this Superman themed wall hanging for my grandson Skyler. 

Once the design was completed to my satisfaction, it was printed on regular printer paper, then a projector was used to increase the size by transferring the design onto white freezer paper (non waxed side). I used spray adhesive to adhere the design to the MDF project board and cut the design out using a jigsaw.  

Once all the peices were cut, I removed the paper, beveled the edges with a 1/4″ bevel router bit, and sanded it all smooth. After insuring the finish was satisfactory, all parts were cleaned, primed & ready for paint.


Final colors were sprayed on using high gloss enamel paint for an extra shiny finish.


The blue border was then hand painted using a lettering quil from my Dad’s sign painting kit. (That’ll be a story in of itself!)

After the border was dry, the parts were assembled using double stick tape and silicone.   This is just one example of the possibilities with open source software. Name brand design software cost hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars, sidelining your project before it ever gets past the “design” phase.

What could you create knowing there are open source software programs at your disposal? Get started today; being creative only cost you time, whereas not doing so will leave you saying “WHAT IF” to your dreams of creativity!

Share your projects/ideas with us!

Remember: Hard Work, Pays Off!

Written by: Gene Williams

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