Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It’s Not Just Fear Not, But Trust!

We have just a final thought on fear in disasters.  Then a quick thought or two on the latest political push. I’m actually writing this a couple of days early and may publish it a day early, to make sure it goes public.  Hurricane Sandy is aiming right for the area of the Midatlantic region where I live.  So, who knows if I’ll continue to have power?  So far, on Monday morning, the winds are picking up but steady at maybe 20 miles an hour.  Tonight and tomorrow could prove more interesting.  And that leads to more thoughts on fear.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fear Not

Luke 12:7 (KJV)  But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
 
That verse obviously was spoken to disciples.  But it (along with our weather for the next several days) got me thinking about some things.  We have hurricane Sandy moving toward our area, there’s also a rainy cold front coming our way.  The predictions say that the storm itself isn’t going to be that bad.  But that cold front is expected to merge with Sandy, creating Noreaster of interesting proportions.  Yet, I’m not complacent, but confident.  Why?

Friday, October 26, 2012

Maryland Election 2012

Friday is now normally our guest post day.  But early voting has already started in some places.  And it begins in Maryland on October 27, 2012.  I don’t usually write about political stuff, but there are a few thoughts I wanted to share.  Mostly about some local issues.  There are some things that are worth considering before casting your vote.  Take a look at what I mean:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What’s the Source of Your Plan?

“Trust that your soul has a plan, and even if you can’t see it completely know that everything will unfold as it is meant to…” – Deepak Chopra

That’s an interesting statement.  The Bible tells us God is in control and everything will go as planned.  If we don’t pay close attention, we can miss that Chopra actually removes God from the equation.  Remember Matthew 17:20 from our last post?  It reads, “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. “.  Very little faith in God can move mountains.  Are we willing to put that kind of faith in our own soul?


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Step Out and Up

Faith demands we step out of our comfort zone. Playing it safe, all but Simon Peter stayed in the boat. Peter walked on water. Step out & up – Michael Catt

There’s even more to Peter’s venture onto the water.  It’s exciting how it speaks volumes about God’s economy and where we are in it.  God’s expectations of us differ from our own.  Let’s examine Peter’s jaunt on the water.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Encouragement

Blair Warner shared something on Google+ that he received from a friend. When you read the comment you'll understand why I'm resharing it "as is", no explanation needed, and no other material with it.  It's worth spending time meditating on.  Here's Blair's introduction line and his friend's statement that just blew me away:

From a friend of mine who just lost her young husband of ~ 35, and is left with 3 young boys.

"I'm reminded today that God does not make His decisions based on me -- what I think I'm strong enough to withstand or what I'm too weak to handle. His decisions come from His perfect understanding and sovereignty in what was, what is and whatever will be. To accept WHATEVER comes from His hand is to accept my own greatest good."

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

You Hang Out With Who?!?

“The world says be strong and Jesus says be weak and I will be your strength.
The world says look at the outward and Jesus says I look at the heart.
The world tells us you have to be good and Jesus tells us, if you make your bed in hell I will be there.
The world tells you, you have to pay for your mistakes and Jesus tells us, I've already paid for them. You are free, live in guilt no more.
Etc etc have a good day world.” – Sonny McDonald

Last time, we spoke about forgiveness and unforgiveness.  And the things unforgiveness can do to us.  I reshared a related quote on Twitter that fits another aspect of forgiving: "I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive." Henry Ward Beecher.  In the world, that and Sonny’s comments go together.  Take a look:

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Forgiven, Forgotten, Gone…

I think if you're walking around judging and not forgiving people, you're deluding yourself if you expect to hear 'well done, My good and faithful servant'. It doesn't matter if you've led a thousand souls into Heaven, if you don't forgive, it profits you nothing. – Joshua JJ Anderson

Let's be blind and deaf today. Blind to people's shortcomings. Deaf to criticism and accusations. Put on love today and see only the opportunities to be a blessing to people who cross your path. – Lize van Wyck

Those two statements come from friends on Facebook and both are in my church.  They highlight today’s thoughts.  I was originally going to start with something from Phil McGraw, known on TV as Dr. Phil.  Dr. Phil isn’t what I consider the last word on mental and spiritual healing, simply because he doesn’t deal with the spiritual component of issues.  Which gives only a partial solution to many things.  But he made a statement on a recent show that highlights a real problem.  He told a young lady that, by not forgiving someone, she was putting herself in the same emotional jail cell.  That’s almost right.  Take a look at what I mean:

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Negative Always Connects to a Positive

Back in what some may consider prehistoric times, I started in Bible college.  It was a a time of huge growth.  I needed huge growth.  My Bible college years were precious.  Not only in how I grew, but in the people who God placed in my life.  People who loved me where I was at, despite all the quirks in thinking.  One of those was Judy Tamilio Mabardy.  And, recently, she shared a couple of thoughts on Facebook that I think are worth considering.

We all go through dark times, seeing no light.  Or think we have nothing left in us to deal with life's onslaught.  But is that true?  Check out and meditate on Judy's thoughts on that:

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Anchor Your Prayer

Prayer is the open admission that without Christ we can do nothing…..Prayer humbles us as needy and exalts God as wealthy. -- John Piper

That’s actually two ends of the complete statement.  I shared those recently on twitter.  And I thought they fit well as a good starting point for today’s post.  Sunday’s morning message from my pastor came down to three things: our anchor, our assurance, and tradition.  It strikes me that those all apply to prayer – if we do pray, why we pray, how we pray.  Let’s take a look.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Prayer – In Jesus' Words:

Besides His own example, Jesus shared a lot about prayer with His followers.  I’ve left out some things that I thought were basically the same ideas given here, taught in different circumstances.  And I doubt my explanations would say anything clearer, in this case, than the teachings of Jesus Himself.  So, here’s what He says about prayer:

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Into the Wilderness

Luke 5:16 (KJV)  And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

When we look through the Gospels at Jesus’ prayer life, there are some things that pop right out at us.  It didn’t matter whether an event was good or bad, Jesus prayed before it.  Forty days of temptation in the desert, begin with prayer.  Rescue the disciples from a demonic storm at sea, pray first.  Select the twelve apostles, pray first.  Teach or show the disciples more about who He was, pray first.  You get the picture.