Grace Creates

I recently learned an interesting fact regarding the history of the Omega Seamaster collection. The Seamaster and Seamaster Planet Oceans that we know today are hardy tool watches suitable for diving, James Bond, and overall feeling like high-function instruments that is made really well. You'd think these pieces started out as serious dive watches. That isn't the case actually. When the first Seamaster watches came out, Omega had other pieces in its collection that were more focused on sport. The Seamaster was meant to be a fashionable watch that one could wear up in the Hamptons while playing with their kids and not worry if it got splashed on. It was meant to be a luxury watch from day one. Overtime the Seamaster became an icon and important watch www.attrinity.com for Omega - especially as the brand continued to focus on a range of important high-intensity activities from racing to diving, and everything else where sturdy and reliable watches were needed (not to mention space travel). Flash-forward to now and we have an incredibly wide range of Seamaster watches, and its higher-end cousin the Seamaster Planet Ocean. For review I am checking out two 2011 Seamaster Planet Ocean Co-Axial Chronometer watches which well represent where the collection and brand are at today. In short the Seamaster Planet Ocean Co-Axial Chronometer of today comes in over 20 references, is available in 42mm wide or 45.5mm wide cases, and is available with blue or black dials with various color differences. Inside is an in-house made Omega movement, and it is a comfortable beauty on the wrist. The "Co-Axial Chronometer" part of the watch name replica omega Seamaster separates these Planet Ocean watches from others that do not contain the Omega produced caliber 8500 movements. The other new Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean watches with in-house made movements are the Seamaster Planet Ocean Co-Axial Chronometer Chronograph watches that contain Omega's caliber 9300 automatic chronograph movements. Those are excellent pieces, with fantastic movements, but I personally like my dive watches three-handed. For a super chrono, Omega has the Speedmaster which now also comes with the 9300 movement. I got to visit Omega and see the caliber 8500 movements being produced. Debuted in 2007, these large diameter movements are made for big watches and are amazing instruments that come from one of the most sophisticated timepiece movement assembly lines ever created. The need for such a production line is due to the fact that Omega must (relatively speaking) mass produce these - but with a very high quality output. They use a very cool automated assembly line that combines mostly human labor with robots that help with precision tasks. It takes about a full day to assemble and test just one 8500 movement. The movements are then sent to COSC for Chronometer testing, which takes another three weeks.

Take Deliberate Action Toward Loving Your Neighbor

Posted on: March 22nd, 2013 by Jon Walker |

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 (NIV)

The Bible teaches that you should take deliberate action toward loving your neighbor—in the same way you want to be loved by your neighbor.

Yet, God knows this is an impossible assignment unless you have his Spirit working within you, guiding and transforming you. It’s hard enough to love yourself, let alone the contrary (my polite Southern way of saying disagreeable) neighbor down the street.

You will be empowered to love your neighbor as you allow God to empower you; as you trust and obey (for there’s no other way) God’s leading in your life; as you purposefully give your whole being—heart, soul, strength, and mind—to God.

This brings you daily to the door of dependence upon God, a threshold you step through acknowledging that you need him to work through you. In doing this, you’re able to draw upon God’s strength and love; he becomes the power, the infinite love, within you to love others as yourself.

They may waste your love; they may discount your love; they may react angrily to your love; they may never understand your love, yet, your other-centered love demonstrates the depth and breadth of God’s love for us: “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 NIV).

Truth says God is transforming you from self-centered to other-centered, and that frees you to love without expecting anything in return.

Jon Walker is the author of Breakfast with Bonhoeffer, Costly Grace, and Growing with Purpose. He is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope devotionals. This devotional is copyrighted 2013 by Jon Walker. Used by permission.

Author: Jon Walker

Jon Walker is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals and a contributing editor at pastors.com. © Copyright 2013 Jon Walker. Used by permission.

Love Jesus? Do What He Says

Posted on: March 21st, 2013 by Jon Walker |

“If you love me, you will obey what I command.” John 14:15 (NIV)

Jesus said you show your love for him when you do what he tells you to do.

This doesn’t mean your love for him is an obligation. That’s the quickest way to destroy love; besides, love is not demanding (1 Corinthians 13:5 NLT).

It means, because you love Jesus, you care about the things that matter to him. You become one with the will of Jesus, and his will is to always do what the Father tells him to do. In this way, you become one with Jesus and one with your heavenly Father.

This oneness is reinforced by the Holy Spirit working within us, connecting us to God and to other believers. You, then, love God “with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind” (Luke 10:27 CEV).

The more you obey God in the details of your life, the more real he becomes to you. You begin to see, day in and day out, that God faithfully levels the path before you and covers the path you leave behind.

Jon Walker is the author of Breakfast with Bonhoeffer, Costly Grace, and Growing with Purpose. He is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope devotionals. This devotional is copyrighted 2013 by Jon Walker. Used by permission.

Author: Jon Walker

Jon Walker is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals and a contributing editor at pastors.com. © Copyright 2013 Jon Walker. Used by permission.

Love God By Learning the Way He Thinks

Posted on: March 20th, 2013 by Jon Walker |

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27 (NIV)

To love God with your whole mind requires you to think like God.

Impossible? Of course, unless you’re connected to God through the Holy Spirit within. This connection initiates the renewing of your mind, directing you to think upon the things above and not the things below, to set your mind on the things of God as you abandon self-absorbed thinking.

This doesn’t mean you become a mindless robot, rather it means your thoughts start to match God’s thoughts and you’re perspective about people and situations start to match God’s perspective.

Thinking like God means:

  • You trust his guidance and no longer rely on your own understanding.
  • You allow God to interpret the facts, since he knows the whole truth.
  • You measure your thoughts against God’s Word and God’s character.
  • You take ungodly thoughts captive and bring them before King Jesus.

You will not be able to change the way you think without God’s help, but this dependence on him brings you to a place of strength, not weakness. Do you consider Jesus weak when he explained he only says and does what the Father tells him to do and say? We have Jesus-life within, transforming us into portraits of Jesus. How can we be Jesus-like if we remain independent of God in our thoughts and their resulting actions?

Start asking yourself, “What would Jesus think?” If you want to develop the mind of Christ, you need to begin thinking like Jesus. His thoughts were focused on the Father; he was in constant conversation with the Father. Jesus was self-forgetful, thinking more of others than himself.

Jon Walker is the author of Breakfast with Bonhoeffer, Costly Grace, and Growing with Purpose. He is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope devotionals. This devotional is copyrighted 2013 by Jon Walker. Used by permission.

Author: Jon Walker

Jon Walker is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals and a contributing editor at pastors.com. © Copyright 2013 Jon Walker. Used by permission.

Love God With All Your Strength by Admitting You Are Weak

Posted on: March 19th, 2013 by Jon Walker |

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” Luke 10:27 (NIV)

No doubt it sounds strange, but in order to love God with all your strength, you have to admit you are weak.

By doing this, you acknowledge God is the true source of your strength and that in your weakness he is strong. You become strong as you become totally dependent upon him, allowing his strength to work through you.

As God shows his strength through you, you’ll find yourself doing things you never thought possible. God promises you can do all things through him as he gives you his strength (Philippians 4:13). You’ll take steps of faith you never thought possible, and you’ll love others in a way you never imagined as God supplies you with supernatural strength and energy.

Tell God you need his strength and really mean it this time. When you try to love and serve others with just your strength, you’ll inevitably fail. And that’s okay, because God wants you to fail in your own strength so you’ll start to rely upon his strength.

Then, love God with all his strength. God knows you won’t be able to love him with all your strength until you become dependent upon his strength to do so. You simply can’t do it through your own energy or strength. God knows you’ll come to realize this yourself and, at that point, you’ll be faced with a very clear, but difficult choice: keep-on keeping-on in your own strength, wondering why this abundant-life thing just doesn’t work, or take the Nestea plunge into a deep-end dependence on God’s strength.

Jon Walker is the author of Breakfast with Bonhoeffer, Costly Grace, and Growing with Purpose. He is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope devotionals. This devotional is copyrighted 2013 by Jon Walker. Used by permission.

Author: Jon Walker

Jon Walker is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals and a contributing editor at pastors.com. © Copyright 2013 Jon Walker. Used by permission.

God Wants Your Heart to Beat in Rhythm With His

Posted on: March 18th, 2013 by Jon Walker |

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27 (NIV)

Jesus matched his heart with the Father’s heart, obeying everything the Father told him to do. His heart beat so closely with the Father’s that he did nothing without the Father’s direction and blessing. King David was called a man after God’s own heart because he cared about the things that mattered most to God and because he did what God told him to do.

God wants your heart to beat in such perfect rhythm with his own that your passions merge with his passions. God wants you to love others as if your heart were one with his heart.

Your heart can beat as one with God’s. That’s his design, and he wouldn’t set you up for failure or ask you to do something he’s unwilling to support. He is working toward bringing your heart into rhythm with his.

You can love with whole-hearted God-love. The Holy Spirit connects you to God’s love, and it will flow through you to others.

Jon Walker is the author of Breakfast with Bonhoeffer, Costly Grace, and Growing with Purpose. He is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope devotionals. This devotional is copyrighted 2013 by Jon Walker. Used by permission.

Author: Jon Walker

Jon Walker is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals and a contributing editor at pastors.com. © Copyright 2013 Jon Walker. Used by permission.

We’re free to live free and without fear

Posted on: March 13th, 2013 by Jon Walker |

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

Making our way down a list of rules appeals to our pride; it nurtures the notion we can earn God’s favor through our own efforts.

The thing about following lists is they keep a bit of fear in the room even as God is chasing this anti-faith out the door with his perfect love.

By tightly embracing God’s grace, we’re free to live free and without fear. The spirit God places within us is one of God-courage and uncommon boldness. It is not a spirit of timidity.

Timidity is based on the false belief that terrible things will happen if we make a mistake. It is a fear that God is not big enough to conquer our failures, whether they be sinfully deliberate or simply accidental.

It is a sin rooted in a passive legalism that proclaims we’ve got to do the right things in the right way at the right time, perfectly every time, or we will be in trouble with God; and that he, like some overbearing father, will keep us from going to the ball because we smudged soot on our Cinder-dress.

That is a lie with the smell of hell all over it because Jesus paid for every one of our mistakes and now there is no fear in love. God’s perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. Those who remain fearful are not made perfect in love; they still fear the punishment (1 John 4:18).

Jon Walker is the author of Breakfast with Bonhoeffer, Costly Grace, and Growing with Purpose. He is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope devotionals. This devotional is copyrighted 2013 by Jon Walker. Used by permission.

Author: Jon Walker

Jon Walker is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals and a contributing editor at pastors.com. © Copyright 2013 Jon Walker. Used by permission.

How does Jesus show compassion?

Posted on: March 12th, 2013 by Jon Walker |

When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Then he went up and touched the coffin . . . . He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. Luke 7:13–15 (NIV, emphasis added)

Looking at Luke 7 (above):

  • What action does Jesus take to show compassion?
  • Ask God to show you how to make this kind of compassion practical in your life.

Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and . . . they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. Matthew 20:30–34 (NIV, emphasis added)

  • What action does Jesus take to show compassion?
  • Ask God to show you how to make this kind of compassion practical in your life.

A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured. Mark 1:40–42 (NIV, emphasis added)

  • What action does Jesus take to show compassion?
  • Ask God to show you how to make this kind of compassion practical in your life.

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. Mark 6:34 (NIV, emphasis added)

  • What action does Jesus take to show compassion?
  • Ask God to show you how to make this kind of compassion practical in your life.

Jon Walker is the author of Breakfast with Bonhoeffer, Costly Grace, and Growing with Purpose. He is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope devotionals. This devotional is copyrighted 2013 by Jon Walker. Used by permission.

Author: Jon Walker

Jon Walker is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals and a contributing editor at pastors.com. © Copyright 2013 Jon Walker. Used by permission.

Blocking Access to Heaven

Posted on: March 11th, 2013 by Jon Walker |

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.” Matthew 23:13 (NIV)

Here’s a quirky snapshot to help you remember why Jesus felt such grief over the Pharisees.

Imagine you’re heading into a hotel on the invitation of the owner, who wants to get to know you. But when you get to the entrance, you find an official-looking group of men sifting through piles of files. In fact, there are so many files, they’ve had file cabinets delivered which now block the entrance to the hotel.

You tell the men you want to enter the hotel and they begin to list off a dozen or so requirements in order for you to do that. Their list is highly specific and painstakingly technical and you quickly see how difficult it will be to meet these requirements.

But the men appear to have official status so you start doing what they say. Your focus is no longer to meet with the owner, or even to gain entrance to the hotel; you’re just trying to meet all the regulations and requirements.

Suddenly, the owner appears, genuinely concerned about you, thinking something bad must have happened to make you so late. He looks at the file cabinets, the men with piles of files, and you struggling to hold the pile of files they’ve given you.

Then, he turns to the “file-pilers,” and says:

“You hypocrites! You’ve blocked the door to my hotel! You’ve made it so you can’t get in and neither can anyone else.

“If you’re concerned about requirements, let me sum them up for you: Love God, love your neighbor, love yourself, and admit that you gain entrance to the hotel through my loving generosity and not your miserly methods.”

“I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?” (Galatians 3:2 NIV).

Author: Jon Walker

Jon Walker is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals and a contributing editor at pastors.com. © Copyright 2013 Jon Walker. Used by permission.

The problem is we won’t forgive ourselves

Posted on: March 7th, 2013 by Jon Walker |

Then he said to him, “Follow me!” John 21:19 (NIV)

We believe God will forgive us; the problem, though, is we won’t forgive ourselves.

Peter knew the feeling; he’d failed Jesus, so he went back to fishing. He’d set a high standard of loyalty and love to his Lord, only to perform a belly flop off the high dive, not once, not twice, but three times.

And so it was that he’d gone back to fishing, feeling lower than a bottom fish in the Sea of Galilee.

How could Jesus forgive him, when he couldn’t even forgive himself?

But then Jesus, resurrected, yelled ahoy from the shore, and Peter, in his excitement, abandoned the boat for the speed of swimming to shore. No shout of, “If it’s you, command me to walk across the water, Lord.” Peter figured he’d have to do it on his own because he’d blown his chance for sainthood.

They ate breakfast and Peter was probably hanging back a bit with a sense of shame that lied to him, telling him he wasn’t worthy to even sit in the presence of Jesus.

Yet, Jesus, showing sweet sensitivity, reached out to Peter, knowing he was hurting and humiliated, but also knowing he’d been humbled into the “I can’t” stance.

Jesus reminded Peter that the sentence doesn’t stop at “I can’t”; it moved onto “God can.”

Standing at the Sea of Galilee, on the shore where Jesus first promised to make Peter a fisher of men, the Lord offered one more lesson: Through God’s mercy and grace—because Jesus died but was now standing alive, resurrected, before Peter—there could be forgiveness of sins and peace with God.

Jesus once again said to Peter, “Follow me!” (John 21:19 NIV).

Jon Walker is the author of Breakfast with Bonhoeffer, Costly Grace, and Growing with Purpose. He is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope devotionals. This devotional is copyrighted 2013 by Jon Walker. Used by permission.

Author: Jon Walker

Jon Walker is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals and a contributing editor at pastors.com. © Copyright 2013 Jon Walker. Used by permission.

Can’t You Get a Real Job?

Posted on: March 6th, 2013 by Jon Walker |

For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Habakkuk 2:3 (NKJV)

Perhaps the most powerful aspect of vision is that it changes your way of thinking, which, in turns, changes the way you live.

One day I was talking to two brothers. The oldest had just turned thirty; the youngest wasn’t far behind. Neither of them had a steady job, both still lived with their parents, and they relied on the hand-outs of others to keep it all together.

And they had some pretty expensive stereo gear.

You’re probably already forming an opinion about these guys. Why don’t they get real jobs? Why haven’t they moved out of mom and dad’s home? How can they take hand-outs from others when they seem capable of supporting themselves?

All good questions, and, as it turned out, they were asking those same questions of themselves.

But they had a vision.

The two brothers were Christian musicians, and they were working off a vision God placed before them, to spread the gospel through their songs. And their songs were of extraordinary depth and quality.

They didn’t have real jobs because they were constantly touring; they lived with mom and dad because their parents were supportive of the vision and they all agreed it would be the best cost-saving strategy; the hand-outs they took were actually donations from others who believed in their ministry; and their expensive stereo gear included the tools of their trade—amps, mixers, speakers.

The power of the vision they had, one they were convinced came from God, sustained them as they got older and all their friends were settling down, getting married, and making something of their lives.

But “the vision is yet for an appointed time,” and two years after my conversation with these brothers, they were nominated for a Dove award for their music (Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV).

Jon Walker is the author of Breakfast with Bonhoeffer, Costly Grace, and Growing with Purpose. He is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope devotionals. This devotional is copyrighted 2013 by Jon Walker. Used by permission.

Author: Jon Walker

Jon Walker is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals and a contributing editor at pastors.com. © Copyright 2013 Jon Walker. Used by permission.

About Jon

Jon Walker has worked closely with Rick Warren for many years, first as a writer/editor, later as vice president of communications at Purpose Driven Ministries, and then as a pastor at Saddleback Church.

He's also served as editor-in-chief of LifeWay's HomeLife magazine and founding editor of Rick Warren's Ministry Toolbox.

He is the author of Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship. His articles have appeared in publications and websites around the world. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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