Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Honoring Each Other

Last night, I had a wonderful evening watching the Kennedy Center honors.  This year Meryl Streep, Barbara Cook, Sonny Rollins, Neil Diamond and Yo Yo Ma were honored.  Each was very gracious and appreciative of the honor and the performances highlighting their expertise.  But I saw something that directly contrasted with an experience earlier in the day.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

What About Mercy?

Galatians 1:3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

When you go to the beginning of each of Paul’s epistles, you’ll find this phrase. But there are three epistles where it varies. Both letters to Timothy and the one to Titus. Each mentions those persons by name and adds mercy to the list. If you think about it, the reasoning is pretty easy to figure out.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

To You Is Born Today...

Luke 2:11 For to you is born today, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

In this Christmas season, we hear that verse often. It’s interesting that the human mind tends to create blocks of thought, categories. And, come December, we think of all the ramifications of that verse and separate it from the rest of Christ’s earthly existence, as if that’s actually possible in reality. My pastor shared some things in a recent service that highlighted that fact for me. And got me to do a little more research.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Grace Be To You

1Corinthians 1:3-4 Grace be to you, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf for the grace of God given you in Jesus Christ,

I love that thought. Some variation of verse 3 is repeated toward the very beginning of all of Paul’s epistles. Paul was always wishing the best for those around him. Have you ever wondered why he says those words so often? I’ve thought about it. And here’s what I see.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

In the Moment

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James 4:14b For what is your life? For it is a vapor, which appears for a little time, and then disappears.

When I saw that picture by Luke Griffin, the first thing I noticed was the clouds.  They look like they’re rushing towards the horizon.  It made me think of that point in future history when everything moves from time into eternity.  We never know when that will be, but all of time is rushing toward it.  That needs to be kept in mind.  And it highlights a precious reality.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Attend to Wisdom

Pro 2:1-2  My son, if you will receive my words and hide my commandments with you, so that you attend to wisdom, you shall extend your heart to understanding;

Wisdom and understanding.  There are some interesting things about those two things.
  • they temper your response,
  • they give you proper response,
  • they give you confidence to properly respond,
  • they take your response to new levels not otherwise possible.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Sufficient

2Co 12:9  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.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the thought behind that verse.  Between discussions, thoughts shared and experiences, the principle is actively working in my life and heart.  In our last post, I talked about resistance.  But it strikes me that the greatest resistance to our moving forward with God is our own thought life and preconceptions.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Abide in No Greater Love‏

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

I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing...Jn.15:5.

This past Saturday I had the priviledge of knocking on doors in Springfield, Ma. with Pr. Don Benoit and Allen Columbe. This illustration came to mind as we spoke to those who opened their doors. Having plants in the house there is something we do repeatedly for them and that is we water them. If not they wither up. I likened it to our faith, belief, and trust.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Resist the Resistance

1Thessalonians 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

I recently got into an online discussion with someone about that verse.  His statement was that we really aren’t supposed to be thankful for our trials, but the fact that God is present with us.  I responded that I didn’t think that God expected us to look forward to trials, but that He did want us to look for Him in the trials.  What I never realized was that we were both saying the same thing in different ways.  And, worse, how narrow and limited that statement is in human viewpoint.  Take a look at what I mean.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

On My Own–Part 5

The Dark Traveler

Mar 4:24  And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.


We said , last time, that there was a way to avoid being run aground in spiritual shallows.  We’ve spent quite a bit of time dealing with how not to remain spiritually safe.  Now it’s time to look at how to safely navigate life.  The verse that starts the last post and this one summarizes it all.  But it's more detailed than that.  So, let's take a look.