Saturday, July 30, 2011

It’s Friday….

No, Rebecca Black is not going to do a guest post.  But her celebration of Friday made me think of how often our celebrations are usually about what we’re getting away from rather than what we’re looking forward to.  And, yes, this is getting posted on Saturday, not Friday, but let’s get back to the previous statement.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Go Ye….

Mat 22:37-40  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.   This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Why Would You Say That? Part 2

“God made man in His own image  Man, as a grateful being, returned the favor.”

The quote is what got this whole train of thought going, the title is based on the result of the thought patterns we’ve discussed.  Remember that the thought pattern starts with an original premise, goes through a chain of logic, and arrives at a conclusion.  With that in mind, take a look at the quote.  If man “returns the favor” by assuming that God can be coerced or flattered into doing something for them will conclude that the end result of prayer is always earthly blessings.  As if they controlled God’s actions, instead of Him controlling our situation.  Likewise, if the original premise is that God has double standards like we do in some cases, then the conclusion will be that He’ll wink at our pet “minor indiscretions”.  And the person who understands God as sovereign and as totally just will have a hard time fathoming those previous conclusions because his original premise is so different that his conclusions have to be different, too.  Proverbs 23:7 tells us, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:”.  The basis of his thinking will force his conclusions.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Why Would You Say That? Part 1

"God made man in His own image  Man, being a grateful soul, returned the favor."

The above quote is one I’ve used for years.  And it was used in a post on Wednesday about people’s attitude toward  God and their expectations.  As I was meditating on that, there were several other tweets on Thursday with related links.  And a whole picture came together that I’d like to share today.

Rachel Held Evans shared “The always-insightful Richard Beck on how theological conversations can be like a chess game: experimentaltheology.blogspot.com/2011/07/pawn-t…”  When you have time, follow the link. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Is Your Joy Forever?

“Wow God says in His Word "be joyful always" 1Thess5:16...learning this is only possible if I commune with Him continually...no matter what I'm gonna love Him cuz He knows the worst & loves me the most...wow that's something to be joyful always for...yay God!!” – Marian Monti Frankenhauser

That quote, posted originally on Facebook, is just one of the examples of Marian’s spirit because she truly knows our God.  I look forward to hanging out with people like that.  And her excitement in those statements just made me want to explore more what she said.  Let’s look at the verse.  1 Thessalonians 5:16  “Rejoice evermore.”  Not yesterday, not today, not tomorrow, but forever.  And that’s not a suggestion, it’s a command.  The word for “rejoice” is unique, too.  Part of the meaning of the word is “to relax”.  I think God used the Greeks to show us that there’s relaxation in rejoicing and you can’t fully rejoice if you’re not relaxed in the Lord.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Decently? In Good Order?

1Corinthians 14:40  Let all things be done decently and in order.

The last week or so has been “interesting” (quote marks intentional).  The above verse has specific meaning, in context.  But it can cover a lot of  areas in application.  And we’ll get to several of those momentarily.  And, yes, today is one of those miscellany days.  So, here goes….

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I Wish I Knew Then….

The following is a guest post from my friend, Juan Rivera.  Lots of food for thought!

I wish I knew then that:
I didn’t have to be perfect, Christ makes me perfect. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Are You Too Connected?

Exodus 20:3  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Deuteronomy 6:14  Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;

Col 3:23  And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

OK.  I’m done.  that’s my whole thought in a nutshell.  Seriously, what’s said in those verses applies to a lot of things.  What made me think about this is my own connections.  I’m on Facebook, have multiple Twitter accounts, am part of a Whatsapp group, I’m in several Blackberry Messaging groups (admin for two), I’ve just joined (by invitation) Google+, I talk to people on the phone both for my job and my ministry functions, plus whatever connections occur in person.  When I think about it, I just say, “Wow!”  But something has to give.


Friday, July 8, 2011

For Sale

“If they’ve put a price on it, they’ve already made a decision that it’s for sale. And, by putting a price on it, they’re saying, ‘That’s what I want for it.’ But, somewhere in the back of their mind, they already have a lower price they’ll take for it.”

I’m blessed to be under a Pastor who uses all kinds of techniques to help his flock to better understand and know the Word. One of the things he likes to do, sometimes even in a church service, is pause for the congregation to discuss among themselves what’s just been preached. Then, he'll continue. The subject of one of our lunch gatherings was “selling” (or not) our spiritual heritage. When Pastor Schaller had us discuss the subject, the quote that started this post was the first thought that came to my mind and out of my mouth. I’m not sure if the subject falls into the area of psychology or Bible Truth, but let’s look at it some more.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

My Plan is No Plan, Part 2

Colossians 3:23  And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

1 Peter 4:11  If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

When I was growing up, I was certain in my late teens that I was going to write the next “great American novel”.  Somehow, my life diverted from that goal.  But not necessarily by much.  Everything I did required communication skills.  From being a broadcaster to buying and expediting specialized parts to preaching at Bible studies.  There were degrees from secular college and Bible college to back that up.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My Plan is No Plan, Part 1

Proverbs 2:10  When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;

If you’ve seen the ads for the upcoming premier of the Big Brother House reality show, you might remember the model saying that her plan for the game is having no plan.  That kind of reminded me of my electronic footprint on the web.  And, since I’ve been asked, off and on, how and why I do what I do, here’s an explanation of sorts.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Independence?

Freedom is not avoiding submission, it's the capability of saying "Yes." to submitting to God, even though He doesn't make us do that.

John 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

For those of us here in the US, Happy Independence Day!  It’s considerations of freedom and independence that caused me to tweet the statement at the top of today’s post.  Which brought the verse reference to mind.

If we look at the strong gods of most ancient societies, we see beings who are very human in all their qualities.  Some may have been partly animal of some sort.  But the thinking, emotions, reactions and actions were all super exaggerations of what we’re like.  Including  the insecurity that mandates unswerving, unquestioning obedience.  Sounds more like a dictatorship, doesn’t it?