Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Made Partakers of His Inheritance‏

Todd Parsons joins us with another devotional, based on Colossians 1.  Let's see where God takes us through the insights He's given Todd, this time.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Are You REALLY, REALLY Sure?

2013-10-12 Sunrise - John Vincent 
If you’ve been following our last several posts, we started with this sunrise.  We pointed out that there was only few ways to be sure whether this was a sunrise or sunset.  Then photographer could tell us which it was, we could know the direction he was facing to take the picture, or we could be there and see whether the sun was rising or setting.  That’s true of determining spiritual truth, as well.  Let’s explore that.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Are You REALLY Sure?

2013-10-12 Sunrise - John Vincent
1 Thessalonians 5:21 (KJV)  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

That picture and verse were part of Monday’s post.  We talked quite a bit about tongues.  As an example of our main subject.  We could as easily have spoken of baptismal regeneration or one of the other doctrines that creates some controversy.  But the varying views of the doctrine of tongues seem to get more focus than any of the others.

Doctrines are important, They’re a way to describe our understanding of God.  But the issue is less a matter of doctrine than how we arrive at those conclusions.  Take a look with me.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Are You Sure?

2013-10-12 Sunrise - John Vincent
That’s a picture that John Vincent, a friend of mine, shared with me.  It reminded me of something that had been running through my mind that relates to our recent posts about thinking and focus.  So, as we head toward the break, look at John’s picture and see if you can tell if it’s a sunrise or a sunset.  We’ll tell you after the break whether you’re right or not.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Walk Not….

You know what makes a good loser? Practice. – Ernest Hemingway
 
That sounds really glum.  But it highlights a spiritual truth that we’ll explore today.  Not because it’s an inevitability, but because the solution is so easy.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Why?



Chris Esty posted that picture with a commentary about how he wasn't sure why he took it.  It's titled "Why?".  My comment, one of a number of others, was that I saw a story.  The picture reminds me of some terrain I'd seen in other pictures.  The recognition brought to mind a scene and a short piece of fiction.

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It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  In this case, about 850.  The story is in Biblical times and I'll warn you now that, for the sake of the story, I've played a little loosely with some details.

Friday, October 11, 2013

All Things


When we decide to buy a new car, there are lots of factors that go into deciding. We check newspaper and TV ads for what looks good and seems to have good features and what seems to fit our budget.  And we'll check out car magazines and websites to see which cars we like and have good reviews. Once we've picked a couple of models that we like the feature sets and we've decided we can afford them, we start checking out dealers.  We'll very often pick out two or three, based on price, reputation for honesty, and willingness to fix issues.  The whole process can get pretty detailed.  But there's a particular part of the process that got my attention.  Because there's a spiritual analogy.

Shawn Mullin wrote a recent blog post titled "Embracing Adversity".  I'll post a link at the end of this post.  But it got me thinking about how our understanding grows.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Home Front, Part 4 -- Fences

Our pastor has been doing a Sunday morning series based on different parts of the home.  This past Sunday, the subject was fences.  We all need boundaries.  Take a look at the full sermon and be blessed.


Monday, October 7, 2013

Full of Faith?

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Faithfulness.  The condition of being faithful.  It’s an interesting subject.  And it’s my “homework” for this month.  Let me explain.

I belong to a Google Plus community of Christian bloggers.  The link badge is top left, next to this post, if you want to see some of the great stuff I get to read daily.  Anyway, periodically, we have challenges – the last one was for our women bloggers.  I didn’t participate for obvious reasons.  This month’s challenge is on the subject of faithfulness.  I wouldn’t mention the community or the challenge, except that they fit the topic.  Kind of.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Trade Ins

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It costs something to be a true Christian. It will cost us our sins, our self-righteousness, our ease and our worldliness. J.C. Ryle

We trade in a lot of things.  Old TVs, old cars, electronics, etc.  All with the intent of replacing it with something shinier, newer, better, more up to date.  Following Jesus works much the same way.