Friday, August 30, 2013

Cancerous Consequences

This post is a little late, today.  And I'm suspecting will be less doctrinally steeped than most of my posts.  Yesterday, I had nothing in mind to write here.  There were some things that I could expand on, but nothing was coming.  So, I did what came naturally.  I went to bed, planning to tackle this post early in the morning.  As I was falling asleep, all kinds of topics started to flow, but none enough to get up and either write down a note or to start this post.  And none stuck enough to come to the forefront of my mind when I got up.  But there are lessons in the process of giving life to this post.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

To Hear the Secret of the Lord

It's Wednesday.  Here's another great Todd Parsons devotional.

The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning, Ps 25:14. AMP 

For the froward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous(them that received His gift of righteousness), Prov 3:32. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Randomness for August 2013

We haven’t done a random thoughts post in awhile.  It seems like we do one every other year.  Sometimes, it just seems like we have a few things we want to say, but none is long enough for a full post.  So, let’s get to it.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Going My Way?

We spend a lot more time thinking about our failures than God does…. Quit memorizing who you used to be. – Bob Goff

We’ve all met people who regale us with proud stories from a past they say they’ve vacated.  You know the type.  They assure everyone they have a new focus in life, then joyfully share how much fun they had when they were living an ungodly lifestyle.

Then, we’ve met the person who accepted salvation, but can’t get past seeing themselves in their old sins.  Instead of latching onto the joy of salvation, the spiritual mirror they use reflects only their past.  So, they wallow in the guilt of their past actions.

Two interesting pictures, but neither depicts the reality of who we are in Christ.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hell Is Real, But So Is Jesus

As I mentioned in Monday's post on hell, it was inspired by what our pastor preached Sunday morning.  I thought it would be a great idea if you could all hear that message.  There's a lot I never touched on.  See for yourself how much more there really is.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Alone or in Solitary Confinement?

Sunday seemed like any other, until my pastor preached at our 11am service.  Much of what he said was about hell.  We’ve all heard most of it, probably often enough that the descriptions register but no longer make much of an impression.  Unless some things come together like they did for me.

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Thinking Chair

The Maxwell Daily Reader, in the August 16th reading, quotes poet James Joyce as saying, “Your mind will give back to you exactly what you put into it.”.  Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?  We’ve all heard the computer acronym GIGO: garbage in, garbage out.  And this starts to look like a well worn topic headed down a worn out path.  But John Maxwell took it in a different direction.  And we’re going to follow, then veer off some more.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Revived, Quickened to the Lord's Reality

It's been a few weeks since we've been blessed by one of Todd Parsons' devotionals.  But the wait is over!:

The Lord reigns, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.  Your throne is established of old: You are from everlasting, Ps 93:1-2. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

From Eden to Negativity and Back

Several of my recent posts have been about Christians living in negativity.  It’s a problem that goes all the way back to Adam and Eve.  And, like Adam and Eve, it can drag others along.  They actually walked in the garden of Eden with God, getting to know Him, learning from Him.  They were with the most perfect being in existence, in the most perfect environment one could find on earth.  Yet they succumbed to Satan’s, “hath God said …?”.  We could easily point fingers at them for their choices, or we could blame ourselves for living in the results of those choices, or down ourselves for our own choices.  But what good is all that if we don’t recognize the problem and work toward the solution?

Friday, August 9, 2013

That Secret Place

God enters by a private door into each individual. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Revelation 3:20 (KJV)  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Matthew 7:7 (KJV)  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Most of us are familiar with the verse in Revelation.  It’s used a lot for evangelism.  But, when we add Matthew 7:7 and the Emerson quote, we get a very interesting picture.  And lately, I’m wondering more and more whether that picture is of what is or of what ought to be.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Grace, Baffling and Beautiful

Monday, we mentioned a sermon our head youth pastor preached at the early service.  That doesn't seem to have been recorded.  This is what he preached at our 11 am service.  Related, but not the same sermon and this is one I consider a hallmark message.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Leadership or Christian Normalcy?

Recently, I had an online discussion with someone about a supposed shortcoming I had.  That idea was corrected.  But several thoughts came up in the conversation that create what’s termed a teachable moment.  So, let’s take a look.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Living at a New Level in Praise

Earlier this week, we shared some things about prayer.  Those came from the heart, responding to someone’s need to understand God’s thoughts on prayer.  In that context, it was as complete as it needed to be.  But there’s more.  We often hear the phrase “prayer and praise”.  But are the two separate or are they both part of the same thing?