Thursday, September 29, 2011

I Am Only One

Before we get into today’s thought, a request.  A lot of you have been praying for those on our prayer list page.  You’ve noticed that Olivia is at the top of the list.  For those who didn’t read the original post when I added her, she’s now only a month and a half old.  When she was born there was a tumorous growth pushing on her liver.  Olivia has since been through batteries of tests and procedures to figure out what was happening.  They finally determined that it was a form of cancer. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Spiritual Light, Part 2


In Part 1, we talked about that there are 272 times that light is mentioned in the Bible.  Most of those speaking of God being light or giving light.  A couple of verses as refresher.  “O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.”, is what Psalm 43:3 says.  The Psalmist wants God to send spiritual light to guide and lead.  Psalm 36:9  reads, “For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.”  In the light that is God and from God we will see spiritual light in our lives.  Which brings us to the third major way the Bible speaks of light.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Spiritual Light, Part 1


The picture at the top just kind of grabbed me as I saw the light streaming from the heavens down to the life in the valley and on the hillsides.  The trees and the grasses and the flowers need the light to process the nutrients taken in from the soil.  It’s said that a person can become depressed and morose by depriving them of light for a long enough period.  Light is important to life.  And, as I was looking at the picture, I thought of how true that is spiritually, too.  Let me explain.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Honor and Success

Romans 13:7  Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

The key is rendering what's due, honor to those who deserve honor.  I’m in the process of changing my blogs’ layout a little bit.  I’m adding a copyright notice that shows on all pages.  I’m also adding a Copyright page for notices about items included from other sources.  If you check the copyright laws, that really is no longer needed.  But here’s the law and my thinking on what I’m doing:

Monday, September 19, 2011

Come Unto Me….

Today’s post is a poetic thought of sorts from Todd Parsons.  Think about it and enjoy:

The Lord said, "Adam, where are you?"
Jesus said, "Come unto me..."
Then He addressed the adulteress woman, "Where are your accusers? Neither do I condemn thee..."
Did not Adam & Eve adulterate their relationship to the Lord? 
Can we hear the Lord speak these words to Adam & Eve?
How about to you & I?  "Oh how the Lord loves you & me..."

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Perspective Does Make A Difference.

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The above photograph is titled “I Think We’re Alone Now””, taken by Lotus Carroll at the Hearst Mining building at the University of California, Berkeley.  All rights belong to Ms. Carroll.  I borrowed this from her Flickr site under the provisions allowed there.  I first saw this when she posted it on Google+.  I then reshared it with the comment that created today’s title.

Take a look at the picture.  The lights, the floors, the railings all form straight lines contrasting with the arches on either side and overhead.  Those straight lines compel you to focus on the three doors at the other end of the room.  You just sense that there’s something important behind one or more of those doors.  And what that might be is still a mystery.  That evokes a series of possibilities of stories coming out of that picture.  But suppose Lotus had taken this picture from a different vantage point.  How would that affect how the picture speaks to the viewer?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

God's First Love, The Other Trees

Here's a guest mini-post from Todd Parsons:

When I consider Adam and Eve and the garden, I often first think of the tree of knowledge of good and evil as the only tree that was in the garden... "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat", says the Lord to Adam in Gen.2:16.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Lone Blossom In The Desert

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Isaiah 35:1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

I saw the above picture, taken by Varina Patel, and just knew there was something spiritually special there.  And the verse for today’s thought says it all. 

Many people spend their entire lives in a spiritual desert.  Not watered by the Word.  No seeds of edification planted into their lives.  No proper tending by the Husbandman.  No opportunity to reach toward the light.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

In The World

I know!  If you read my comment on one of the social networking sites, I was taking a little reprieve from writing.  But that’s kind of like saying I’m going to stop breathing.  It’s part of who God made me to be.  Having said that, let’s get to today’s thought.

John 13:1  Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

John 15:19  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Recently, I had several online conversations that made me think about the full meaning of those verses.  In one where I summarized a bit, I was talking about one of my pet peeves.  And the conversation kind of shifted because of the use of the term “necking”.  Here’s what I said:

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Truth or Consequences

Matthew 7:1-2  Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and the measure which ye give, shall be measured to you again. 

Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things. 

Decades ago, when Bob Barker and I were both young, he was hosting multiple game shows, along with "The Price is Right".  One of them was "Truth or Consequences".  The premise for the show was that the contestants answered questions.  If they answered correctly, they got a prize.  If they answered incorrectly, they perform a challenging and often embarrassing task to entertain the audience.  Sometimes the consequence was a ruse for some reunion of people who might not otherwise have that opportunity for a long time.  And remembering that show got me thinking about how we live and think in relation to God.