The 1st Plague of Egypt is in my Applesauce

Snack time was interesting the other day. My kids had strawberry applesauce with the “smore goldfish” combo. Our 4yr old son put his goldfish inside of his applesauce. I was walking around picking things up when he said, “it’s like Moses.” What is like Moses? So in a couple of seconds he told me how his inventive snack combination was like the first plague upon Egypt:

Sydney: Well Mommy, Moses turned the water to blood like my applesauce. 

Me: Why yes, he did. Then before I could say anything else.


Everyone laughed.

Then they devoured the Plague of Egypt and snack time was over.



Tim Tebow-a Man of Valor!

Tim Tebow has been the rave for quite a while now. People from all over are hearing whispers of the man on his knees. ESPN, The Washington Post, NFL news, and many other media outlets are creating a religious stir in our country. But to be honest, they are all missing one thing and that is why I have decided to write this article.

David was a shepherd boy who knew how to praise God. He is most often called, “a man after God’s own heart” because of his fervent dedication to the Lord. He was not ashamed to praise God in front of people or alone with his sheep. An example of this can be found in 2 Samuel 6:14-16.

 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the LORD with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.

 As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart.

You see this passage tells us that David danced before the Lord with all his might and even though others despised him such as Michal, he continued to praise God. He understood the importance of worshiping with all he had. Tim Tebow is similar to David in this respect. A comparable story could be written about Tim Tebow.

Wearing shoulder pads and a jersey, Tim would kneel before the Lord with all his might, while he and all the Broncos celebrate their victory over the opposing team.

As the ball was passing through the end zone, many fans watched from the stands. And when they saw Tim Tebow fall to his knee to give thanks to God for this victory, some despised him in their heart.

You see Tim Tebow is a lot like David and David is a lot like Tim Tebow:

“David said to the whole assembly, “Praise the LORD your God.” So they all praised the LORD, the God of their fathers; they bowed low and fell prostrate before the LORD and the king (1 Chronicles 29:20).”

It looks like the whole assembly of Israel was Tebowing that day.

Keep reading, it gets better. The final passage I want to use to parallel Tebow to David is this:

“One of Jesse’s sons (David) from Bethlehem is a talented harp player. Not only that–he is a brave warrior, a man of war, and has good judgment. He is also a fine-looking young man, and the LORD is with him (1Samuel 16:18).”

It is clear that they are similar in many ways. We can replace Tebow’s name once again in this passage and it would read like this:

One of Robert Tebow’s sons from Jacksonville, Florida is a talented quarterback. Not only that—he is a leader, a man of encouragement, and has good judgment. He is also a fine-looking young man, and the Lord is with him.

Get on twitter and type in @TimTebow and you will see around four tweets a second depending on the time of day. These tweets range from words of praise, to words of hate, and lastly, to words of flatter.

Tim Tebow is a man of valor just like David was and both are very similar in character. But the most important thing they have in common is the fact that they love God so much that they are willing to proclaim it with their words and actions. Tim Tebow is in the spotlight because God put him there.

It does not matter if the Broncos lose or win because Tebow is first and foremost on God’s team and God always wins and so will Tebow! But the question is not about Tebow but about you. Whose team are you on? Will you be defeated or dominate in the 4th Quarter of your life?

Author: Rehana Allsup


What will you give Jesus for His birthday?

A Conversation with my 5yr old, Madilyn Allsup: 

Madilyn: I want to go to Jesus’ birthday.

Me: Absolutely! We will have it here.

Madilyn: Oh, I need to get him a gift. (she ponders for a second)

Madilyn: I know! I will give him ME!

Me: Madilyn, that is the best gift of all.

Madilyn: I’ll have to wait until I die though.

Me: You can give Him your gift of yourself every day. Isn’t that amazing?

Madilyn: That is so amazing. Will Noni (her grandmother) be here?

Me: Not for Christmas, she will be in Texas.

Madilyn: She needs to have Jesus’ birthday there then.

Me: Yes, that would be nice. You should ask her.


What will you be giving Jesus this year? Will it be your time, money, or addiction? We all have something to give and the greatest gift is the gift of yourself like my daughter said. If you think about the reason for the Christmas season, it is so that God can give YOU His greatest gift in the form of himself–Jesus Christ.

I urge you dear readers to think about the gift exchange between God and you. Are you going to except His gift of Jesus Christ this year? Are you going to give something back to God? What type of gift exchange will surround your family this year?

**I read a blog recently where someone had left a comment and I thought it was a great idea so I will share with you. They said that they buy a white stocking and write their gift to God on it and then next year they get it out and see if they truly gave God that gift during the year. We, the Allsup family, are going to do that this year and we urge others to utilize this great idea.

Merry Christmas from the Allsups!

God chose Ezra for Spiritual Reform but why?

Question #2

Why did God choose Ezra to bring Spiritual Reform to the people of Israel?

My Answer:

Whether you are a pastor, a teacher, or lay person, God has called every one of us to devote our time to studying God’s word, observing the Law through practice in our lives, and then teaching or passing down our knowledge to others. Ezra understood that it was not enough to strictly be “spiritual” in the comfort of his own home, but he needed to start with himself and end with the teaching of his family, his neighbors, and ultimately the community he dwelled within.

In the article, The Ezra Experience, the author parallels the teaching model with that of Solomon’s teaching model described in Proverbs 2. The author says, “Solomon reminds us that students must choose to learn and be motivated to receive the transmitted message(s) (p 10)” which makes me ponder about that theory in relation to Ezra’s experience. The Israelites or students of Ezra’s teaching were motivated and ready to learn. Did Ezra know this or did he go in it hoping they would be. I am confident that Ezra did not have to hope because of the fact that he prepared. Preparation is the key to godly success and we clearly see this in the story of Rehoboam. The Bible says that he did evil in the sight of the Lord because he chose not to prepare his heart towards the Lord.

We know that God chose Ezra for the job because he knew he prepared his heart for the tasks God had for him. I think because of the man Ezra was, we can conclude that Ezra prayed over the Israelites many times before he even spoke to them and felt confident that God was going to open their eyes, ears, and hearts for change. So in wrapping this up, God chose Ezra to bring Spiritual Reform to the people of Israel because Ezra prepared, prayed and performed his God given task. Ezra was a man devoted to God and the things of God at a much deeper level than most. Can God count on you like he counted on Ezra?

Your Answers: Leave in the Comment Area

Motivating people for the Great Commission

Question #1

Discuss the role of the leader’s character for motivating his people for the Great Commission. What should be his personal evangelism practices in fulfilling this role as the leader?

My Answer

First, let us define the great commission as it is described in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Secondly, who is the verse speaking to? Jesus was speaking to the disciples at that moment encouraging them to what? Well, to make more disciples, which means that Jesus would indirectly be speaking to anyone who has chosen to “follow” Christ—you and me included.

So, when discussing the role of the leader’s character we need to understand that everyone is called to motivate people for the Great Commission. Now, this gets tricky because not everyone devotes their time and energy to God daily. Some are holiday worshipers, some are surface worshipers, and yet others dive deep into their relationship with God like Ezra did when fulfilling his call to lead a Spiritual Reform in Israel. So, the role of the leader is to first recognize if the people are prepared to GO, MAKE DISCIPLES, and then lead them to be BAPTIZED. If they aren’t prepared, then the leader must begin by feeding milk to them as they get ready for solid food.

It is a process that must be endured. Why do you think that Jesus waited to give the Great Commission to the disciples until the end, because they were not ready and Jesus was not ready either. He prepared them while he was alive so that when the time was ready, he could encourage them on their journey they were about to endure. A leader needs to be patient and prayerful to work wisely during the growth process. When the time is ready, the leader will be able to execute his disciples towards the Great Commission knowing they will in turn create more disciples to do the same.

The leader’s personal evangelism practices should be to pray for the lost people he knows and those God will bring him. He should also make a point to get his hands and feet working in the community to get to know more people. The leader needs to be prepared and always planning to fulfill the tasks of God. With all this being said, a great leader will focus on God, create teams to follow in the command of Matthew 18:19, and passionately love people. Basically, the way I see it, are leaders returning to the essentials? The Great Commission will only be successful when leaders from around the globe have a burden for the things of God. What did Jesus weep and mourn over? Who did our Lord and savior laugh with? Are our eyes focused on the things God is focused on?

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Part I: Reputation of Man

Part I: Reputation of Man

Every one at some time or another has felt abandoned by the ones that care for them the most. How many of you have done something for your reputation to crumble? How many of you have done nothing but people attack your reputation anyways? I am feeling this way today. My heart cries out for the truth of God to be known to the nations. I make every attempt to stand up for the things of God and hate that which comes against His will.

In doing so, I have cast some against me. Proverbs 23:9 says, “Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.” In doing so, I have hurt myself and my reputation. Proverbs 9:7 says, “Whoever corrects a mocker receives abuse. Whoever warns a wicked person gets hurt.” Does that mean that I should stop committing myself to God daily? Does that mean that I should step back and allow the enemy to defeat me with his lies?

It hurts when you seek to do right and yet people throw lies about you at others. People that you care about trample you with their gossip. Today, my heart felt crushed by those I love. But then it hit me. The God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob loves His creation more than I could ever love those who hurt me. So, as I was crying out to God, I realized that His reputation is crushed daily.

The reputation of God, the character of God is crushed by those who choose not to open their eyes to His truth. His reputation is being twisted by false teachers. God’s character is torn into pieces second by second and for what, our own pleasures. I want to encourage each one of us to think about how we talk about God, how we talk about ourselves, and how we talk about others. The reputation of man should reflect the reputation of that which he serves. As for the Allsup household, we choose to serve the Lord.

A 5 year olds thoughts on idols, Madilyn Allsup

The kids and I were watching the animated version of “The Ten Commandments” and I occasionally stop the movie to explain what is happening. It was at the part where Moses was gone for 40 days and when he came back the Israelites had built a golden calf and was worshiping it.

I began to explain to our kids what was happening and our 5yr old daughter said with a dumbfounded look, “but it’s a deer.” lol, It did look like a deer with horns, but the point is that even a 5yr old can see no value in giving praise and our prayers to an animal.

Are you giving your life over to something that is not real? Today can be your day to turn from that falsehood and give your life to a God that is alive!! Jesus was sent to shed his blood for yours and my wrongdoings against God the father. He then became our mediator between man and God. If we believe in Him, we will not perish but have everlasting life. That is amazing and I urge you to consider your life today and where you will be when you die.

John 3:16 explains Gods love for us all, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Philippians 3:9 tells us, “not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.”

Be encouraged readers. Your life is not a mistake, you mean so much to God that he died for you! Celebrate today by accepting that promise.

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