Monday, January 30, 2012

Being Close

I was having a hard time deciding how to start approaching this part of the series.  There are so many facets to connecting with myself.  All important.  In the early chapters of Genesis, we see God creating man fully ready to be in charge of his surroundings.  It didn’t take too long for that to change, once there was more than one and they started taking input from sources other than God.  We frequently hear people say that God created man as perfect until he sinned.  But here’s a thought.  If man were truly perfect, like God, he couldn’t sin.  So, God really created man almost perfect – a being who couldn’t stay out of trouble without relating to God.  And, of course, God knew that.  But, how about after that?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Being Conversational

The last several posts, we’ve discussed the Word, its trustworthiness and its spiritually nourishing qualities.  Ezekiel 3:1-3 used a similar analogy when it talked about eating the roll (of parchment).  Consider, once again, the quote that began our last post.  "Paul was devoted to a Person, not a cause." -- Oswald Chambers.  When we have a relationship with someone, no matter how minimal, there’s some form of conversation.  The Bible is part of God’s side of the conversation.  But there’s more.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Being Fed

"Paul was devoted to a Person, not a cause." -- Oswald Chambers

Last time, we looked at some of the reasons why we can trust the veracity of God's Word.  That was important because it's God's first line of communication to His creation.  And the place where we get to find out what Oswald Chambers meant by that quote we started this post with.  Which makes it important to understand how best to read and study it.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Being God Taught

The premise of everything I write here is that there is a God, He is knowable, He loves us, He and His thoughts are priority, and we need to be connected with Him.  And the last is our first step in this series.  There are three ways to do that and we need all three.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Who Is My God?

The most recent post on the blog spoke of our various relationships.  That got me thinking more about each and I decided to cover each separately, starting with this post.  In the meantime, Pastor Greg Laurie wrote a post titled “Do-It-Yourself Divinity”.  In the post he cited an article that saw Americans customizing their faith to the point that it was more like 310 million religions instead of one Christianity.  So, if you missed Pastor Greg’s post at WND Commentary, it can be found here: http://bit.ly/xHYvk9.  We're going to touch on it today, as we continue in this series.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Connections

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I found that on one of the social networking sites, shared it on another, but I don’t recall who originally posted it.  I include it here because it indirectly points toward our thought for the day.  Pastor Tom Schaller (my pastor) shared a two part message this past Sunday about Jonathan and David.  When the morning service was over, the one word that summarized my thoughts was “relationship”.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Alabaster Box

This past Sunday, Pastor Mark Minichiello gave an interesting illustration for the offering.  He described a situation where he was out to dinner with some business people, in a very fancy restaurant.  A homeless woman kept tapping on the window.  Finally, someone waved her in, got her a table and made sure she had something to eat.  Pastor Mark commented on how uncomfortable many were with having a street person being served in this fine restaurant.  And he compared it to the woman with the alabaster box, in the passage starting in Luke 7:36.  The Pharisees had to be uncomfortable with this woman being in the house.  And uncomfortable with her gift.  But it was what she had.  Here are some thoughts.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

On the Mountaintop?

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This is another of those images that evokes interesting thought trains.  It’s Scotts Bluff, in Nebraska.  And the fog has set in.  I looked at this and immediately my mind leapt to the various concepts people create of our relationships with God.  Many create a mental image of God sitting on the mountaintop, aloof from what goes on down here, undisturbed by the fog because He isn’t interested in our circumstances, and wants to keep a distance and mystery in our experience of Him.  But is that myth or reality?


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

His Wonderful Works

Once again, another sweet meditation from Todd Parsons:

Free volition is God's first gift to man. The ability to be sovereign over my own life's existence. To demand what I will for my own life. Yet my life did not come from or is of itself... Therefore, though for a moment in time it can do whatever of its own accord, beyond time my life falls into the will and sovereignty of the One Who created me, for all eternity.