Monday, September 30, 2013

How’s Your Crib?

Proverbs 14:4 (KJV)  Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

OK.  A show of hands.  How many have gotten that verse in a sermon as applying to work, ministry, evangelism, etc.?  Me too.  And that’s a proper application.  But the verse took my meditation in a different direction, based on the rest of the proverb and my own recent spiritual explorations, here.  Let’s see where that took me.

Friday, September 27, 2013

About That Window of the Soul….

A bit of “business”, first.  As you may have noticed, there’s a new badge added to our sites.  Besides being part of the Christian Bloggers community on Google+, we’re now also a part of the Fellowship of Christian Bloggers.  We’re looking forward to the possibilities of what that might do for the blog.

Defenestration.  For some reason, that word has been on my mind.  Some of you are laughing when you see that word.  Others are looking at the word and wondering, “What the heck does that mean?”.  It’s a big word with a simple definition.  And it highlights a spiritual principle.  Take a look.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Engrafted and Graffed

A beautiful flower.  That was taken during the summer of last year, in my back yard.  I was playing with the camera in the phone I had at the time.  I was trying to see how close I could get and still capture a clear picture.  I ran across it again as I was looking at some other pictures I took of Baltimore’s celebration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812.  Seeing the picture got me thinking of some gardening techniques that apply to our spiritual life.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Let Me Repeat

Matthew 6:7 (KJV)  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
That’s a verse that continually reminds me of how little I know.  I grew up a Roman Catholic, later moved over to the evangelical part of the spectrum of Christianity.  The two sides have been battling like siblings for centuries over some aspects of doctrinal understanding, but each determined the other was no longer a sibling.  Having seen both sides, there are things that I have to admit that neither side makes a compelling enough argument to convince me they’re 100% right.  Take a look at what I mean.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

You Judge and Eat of the Tree of Life‏

If you missed the news in our previous post, we’ve added some code to the site so that merely mousing over a Scripture reference will allow a tooltip box to display the actual verse.  So, even if we only include just the reference, you’ll be able to see the entire passage.

Once again, here’s one of our favorites.  It’s another Todd Parsons devotional:

Monday, September 16, 2013

Desert Quiet

yucca-sunsetPsalm 28:4 (KJV)  Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.
The image came from Flikr, under a creative commons license.  Unfortunately, no photographer was listed, so I can’t give credit where credit is due.  And one other technical note.  We now have a new feature here that will bring up a box with verse text when you mouse over the verse reference.  A light tap on the reference on your tablet will do the same.  The references now show (like links) in blue.  So, you may see more instances where I just share the reference, knowing you can get the verse displayed.

I actually didn’t have a verse in mind to go with the picture.  But this one is closer to what I had in mind than any of the other desert verses.  But this image took my meditation in some interesting directions.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Leading to Value

Wednesday, we published a post on our Other Stuff blog that was the second part of a two part series about writer’s tools.  I made the point that the particular tools and how they are used is very personal to each writer.  It made me think of how we handle leadership, our jobs, and our relationships.  Let’s explore that a little.

Monday, September 9, 2013

In the House

Psalm 27:4 (KJV)  One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.

That’s King David’s thoughts on having a relationship with God.  A real God, described by God inspired Scripture.  And that verse says so much more than its surface interpretation.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Has Your Understanding Become Your Calf?

Proverbs 3:5 (KJV)  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
That verse has been coming to mind quite a bit recently.  Mostly because of some personal experiences, recently  One’s a little more personal, the other is something more spiritually foundational and some of the results bring things I wrestle with.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Labor Day 2013

Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV)  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 

The Bible talks about rest for the weary, have a time of rest, being wearied from work, burdens, etc. Today is Labor Day in the United States.  It's a holiday honoring workers and set aside for rest. Keeping both of those thoughts in mind, we'll be back on Wednesday with whatever.  In the meantime, we're going to be resting in the Lord, catching up on some other things.  Here's hoping your days of rest are as joyous and productive as I expect mine to be.