Apologies for the delay in getting to part 3. I've been dealing with some health issues. To a degree, I still am. But I also don't want to delay this part of the series any longer than absolutely necessary. So, here we go. As with the rest of the series, there's our exposed mango tree at the top. And that's probably a good place to start.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Saturday, July 16, 2016
That's an evening panorama of Nice, France a much nicer image than the slaughter by truck of several days ago. We have a military coup in Turkey. There were the police killed in Dallas. Katie Perry previewed her Olympic anthem with a comment that the world needs to unite. Which had me wondering if she was talking about unity or one world.
So, we've decided to delay the third part of our series on Dallas. There's enough of the end times unfolding before our eyes that I thought we could better spend the weekend with prayer.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Last time, we began with a quote from Pastor Jason Moore. And we talked about the root system and leaves, in terms of nutrition and growth. But, even though part of the ground has pulled away from the mango tree in our series illustration, it's pretty obvious that that the root structure handles one more. The root system keeps the tree or plant upright.
The same is true with how we feed ourselves, mentally and spiritually. Martin Luther King put it this way: "Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him." We've gotten away from that with some movements, leading to less stability. Let's take a look.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
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The "Root" of things is never "flesh-and-blood" it is always principalities and Powers and tactics of darkness. Prayer exposes and tears down the "Root". Prayer will change our nation. Our Authority is in prayer! Ephesians 6:10-13.
That's a quote from my friend, Pastor Jason Moore. And it fits today's thoughts. As does our illustration. That's a mango tree, I'm not quite sure how the roots got exposed. With a plant or tree, water and nutrients are taken in through the root system, while sunlight is absorbed through the leaves to create the conversion process so the plant can use the water and nutrients.
Our own growth, physically, mentally, and spiritually, works in much the same way. We are a product of what we take in and how we convert it. And that speaks to what happened in Dallas, too.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
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When I got my first Android phone, I discovered two Bible widgets and a sequence for reading them that almost always gave me a blessed meditation. I say almost always because there were rare times when both widgets showed the same verse. And there were occasions where I wasn't getting anything from the combination of verses. But, mostly, God gave me things to "chew on" for the rest of the day, coming back for more at random intervals.