Friday, November 30, 2012

Only God Is Big Enough

This was shared on Facebook by Dakota Hobbie.  And it may be the shortest post we've had.  Great thoughts don't always require lots of words.  Read and be blessed:

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During his darkest moments Jeremiah wrote, "Let us search and try our ways and turn again to the Lord. Let us lift our heart in our hands unto God in the heavens."(Lamentations 3:40-41).  John wrote, "For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things."(1John 3:20).  My heart is too small to be my god. Only God is big enough to rule my heart.  Only God is big enough to be my God.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Too Little, Too Often

The danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark. –Michaelangelo

That quote was recently posted by one of the people I follow on Twitter.  Taken at face value, it speaks about our work ethic.  But it goes beyond that.  What does it tell us about what can happen to the way we live our lives?  How does it relate to our walk with God?  Let’s find out, after the break.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Pierced

Lord, let Your words pierce my flesh and settle deep in my heart in such a way that I would die if it is ever removed.

@Bill - this morning during prayer, I had this image of an arrow that was so strategically placed that removing it would bring death to the person. God then told me that His word must be like that to us! He is just AWESOME! Have a blessed day - David

Great imagery, @David. If I can stretch that a little further, your description took me directly to the crucifixion and the spear that pierced Jesus' side. It helped take life from His human body, but it helped give life to the Body of Christ.

That’s a couple of lines from a Facebook thread started by that first line from David Volmer.   David has a prison ministry and started an online community called The God Standard.  That last comment is mine.  The conversation got me thinking about some other things.  Let’s explore those together, a bit.

Friday, November 23, 2012

A Conversation With God

This was originally shared on Google+  by Mani Mittal.  She got a firestorm of responses ranging from the situations weren’t serious enough to there is no God.  So, as we read this, let’s remove our “I’m a serious person” hats and look at the underlying Truth.  Let’s remember that no detail of our lives is too trivial for God.  And we have a lot to be thankful for.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Big Things?

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. -John Wooden

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things. - Robert Brault

There are a couple of graphics I reshared online that really speak to some things I’ve been considering, recently.  I can’t seem to find one of them, but it said something to the effect that we shouldn’t be disappointed that God didn’t do something we might have asked for in prayer.  Instead, appreciate all the things He has done without our asking.  Think about that.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

What You See Isn’t Always What You Get

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The image illustrating today’s post is by Dru Stefan Stone.  When you get a chance, hop over to Google+ and check out her work.  As for this picture,  I’ll say more about it as we go along.  But let me add that it illustrates today’s thought very well.  Think about this as we begin:

1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV)  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Friday, November 16, 2012

This We Believe

A friend of mine, Doug Pearson, is a missionary in Mumbai, India.  Like many other missionaries and ministries, he’s found Facebook to be a great communication tool with friends all over the world and, sometimes, to share things that have touched him.  With permission, we’re sharing one of those moments in eternity:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Meddle Not

Proverbs 24:21 (KJV)  My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:

Malachi 3:6 (KJV)  For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Two different verses, in two different books of the Bible, written by two different writers.  Yet, they belong together when we consider the subject of change.  Here’s why:

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veterans’ Day 2012

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The image was shared on Facebook by “A Friend Of Humanity”.  It’s Veterans’ Day.  Let’s remember not only those who served their country, but their families as well.  All of those have sacrificed for the good of the country.

And, while we’re at it, let’s consider the battle of spiritual warfare.  We’ll begin with this:

2 Timothy 2:3-4 (KJV)  Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Friday, November 9, 2012

After the Election (2012)

Matthew 6:33 (KJV)  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
 
Yup.  I had to throw that in.  That verse is the basis of just about all my thinking.  When I’m focused on God, everything else comes into proper perspective.  If I’m not focused on God, well….  Which brings me to some final thoughts about this year’s elections, after the break.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Where is the Encouragement?

Today, we get blessed with some thoughts from a proposed book by Pastor Tom Sliva.  This is a more personal insight.  Consider the following verse as you read:

Ephesians 4:29 (KJV)  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

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Brow-beaten children do not develop, as half of their brain has stopped working.  A child neglected is a child rejected. Growing up, I started a lot of stuff and then quit. I started boy-scouts and quit, I started football and quit. Quitters are born and quitters are formed. When I quit stuff, I usually got yelled at.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Ruint for the Ordinary

The title phrase came up in a conversation with a new friend.  And I was told the first word had to be spelled that way to get the proper midwest accent.  My dearly departed mother would kill me for such an improper spelling, but that’s a story for another time.  If we’ve truly latched onto what God has for us through our pastors, through our personal study of the Word, and through our experience of God in our lives, that’s what we are – ruined for the ordinary.  Let’s explore that a bit and see what God has done for us.