Sunday, October 30, 2011

How Do I Measure...?

Here's another awesome guest minipost from Todd Parsons:

How do I measure myself today?  Maybe I haven't been too unkind to anyone or maybe not?  Maybe what I've done seems better than most or maybe not?  Maybe circumstances are flowing smoothly or maybe not? Here is the way to really measure myself.  With a ruler, a standard, a plumb line... 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Scrambled Interference

Revelation 3:22  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

An ear to hear.  Awhile back, we mentioned an audio trick used in noisy environments that uses white noise to deaden the impact of the environmental noise, lessening the possibility of strain, errors and accidents caused by the noisy environment.  There’s a related principle in something called a signal to noise ratio.  I first learned about it in regard to radio signals.  But it also relates to audio, light, colors, optics and pretty much anything you can think of.  Including spirituality.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Are We Together in Heavenly Places?

Ephesians 2:4-6  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Chill Out!

Philippians 4:7  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
 
We hear that verse often enough.  Usually in application, out of context.  There’s nothing wrong with that, except I think we really miss the full impact of what God is telling us.  More often than not, that verse gets abused by drawing us into thinking that either it’s some magical state that we might fall into or that it’s something we need to strive for.  Until we study it in context.  Take a look.
 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Grace Is Sufficient, Part 2

Matthew 18:23-35 is the passage we focused on in our last post.  The debtor forgiven by his king of a huge debt.  When I shared how that one fit me, it was before my pastor spoke on that very same passage, Sunday morning.  Which makes me think that parable is very much on God’s heart, right now.  My pastor shared some great insights and I’ve seen a few more things.  They’re worth thinking about.  We all need to grow.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Grace Is Sufficient, Part 1

2Co 12:8-9 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
 
We all know about Paul’s “thorn in the flesh”.  There are different theories about the exact nature of Paul’s tribulation.  But it’s pretty clear that God’s plan was to keep Paul focused on Him instead of thinking that Paul could credit himself for some of the things God was working in and through him.  I recently had an experience that brought this home to me.  Let me share it with you.
 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Train Up a Child....

Once again, a guest mini-post from Todd Parsons.  Some thoughts expressed in prayer:

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it, Pr.22:6. Father in heaven I am your child... Train me to follow You, that when I am old or having experience(being young or old), that I would not depart from You, but that I would remain Your child relying on and thirsting for You, my Father in heaven, "all the more" and follow Your lead, Your truth, and not create mine own reality that is apart from who You are. There would I be deceiving myself with the deception from the father of lies, that I could maintain my life without You... Life is not life without Your presence my Father, but is death and hell...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Well Done And Done Well

Today must be Miscellany Monday.  We haven't done a miscellany post in awhile.  We have a couple of different items, today.  A service for churches that could help them be able to do more.  And a question for our readers.


Friday, October 7, 2011

Hard Knocks?

We talked about Saul in our last post and we’re not quite done with him.  One of the pastors I work with told me that there have been times when he’s gone to God and gotten no answer.  He took that as his answer.  Compare that to Saul’s reaction that drove him to the spiritualist. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Far Off Goal

Cut Off

This is another one of those gems that I found on Google+.  Thanks to Neil Kremer for permission to use it here.  The Queen Mary is permanently docked in California.  This is the dock across the harbor.  When I first saw the picture, I was online on a small screen netbook and I missed the expanded platform at the end of the dock.  But even with that, there’s still a sense of the Queen Mary being the goal and this was a bridge that was never completed to get there.  Sure, you could swim from here, but you’d never reach the goal in any shape to take full advantage of it.  And I thought it was a great description of life, on several levels.