Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

We're taking a few days off for the US Thanksgiving week.  We're hoping all have a blessed holiday.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (AMP)  Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

TYGFBMMMTID

There's a graphic going a round that says, "Thank You, God, for blessing me much more than I deserve.".  No the title of this post isn't garble, it's the initials for that saying.  The idea sounds so humble and so right.  I even +1ed it and reshared it.  But, as I was going to sleep that night, I realized how wrong it really was, in some ways.  Think with me and you'll see what I mean.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Concentration on the Living Word

Here's another thought worth considering from Todd Parsons:

"Concentration on the Word of God is the highest form of worship". This is a quote from my late Pastor Stevens and I am still to this day taught this very principle. That I would give the Lord my undivided attention to hear the Lord speak with His still small voice to the inner man. 


Monday, November 18, 2013

Ask Amiss

                                      cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Jan Smith

In our last post, Calling 911!, we talked about attitude change to cure a natural avoidance of prayer. We included a number of verses for meditation.  But why would we avoid prayer?


Friday, November 15, 2013

Calling 911!

The picture on the right is  an old antique wall phone.  Those were even before there was such a thing as 911.  It was thinking about 911 that brought that old phone to mind.

When we think of 911, we have contact with the operator and the emergency service representative that shows up at our door. We realize how smoothly it normally works, but we never consider that there's a lot  more behind it all.

There are the equipment manufacturers and their service people to install and repair the complex electronics that make it all happen. And, of course the operators and other staff manning the 911 center.  Plus all the emergency services personnel.  Even in a small rural locale, it's a large undertaking.

Because we know how well it works, we have no problem calling 911 when there's a need.  And that old phone represents a contrast to that.  The antique phone picture is creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by ajmexico: http://flickr.com/photos/ajmexico/7565309158/.    The contrast is important in our lives and we'll discuss it right after the break.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Our Identity In Grace

This is a continuation of my Pastor's series on legalism.  As usual, he shares a unique perspective and depth with us.  The introduction is by Pastor Renaldo Brown, a church planter in Africa.  And one of the people I was privileged to attend Bible college with.  Enjoy the video.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Knocking on Heaven's Door

From Lisa Buffaloe:

“When we seek God for answers, we must persevere in prayer, letting it build up day after day until the force of it becomes a mighty tide pushing over all obstacles.” ~ Jim Cymbala (page 102 Fresh Faith)

The image is "Remember Me" by Sgt. Shawn Cassatt.  That was a third place winner in the 2010 Army Digital Photography Contest.  Since today is Memorial Day in the US, Remembrance Day in other countries, the combination of the picture and the quote spoke volumes to me.

Friday, November 8, 2013

What Are You Doing?!?

Angry jesus
The picture is supposed to be an angry Jesus.  We know that He shed the quiet, gentle, loving demeanor when appropriate.  He wasn’t too thrilled with the Pharisees or the Scribes.  And we saw Him go after the moneychangers in the temple.  By Jesus’ example, there is such a thing as righteous anger.  I can picture Him angrily asking, “What are you doing?!?”.  What got me thinking about this?  One of the nicest spiritual experiences I’ve had in some time. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

His Thoughts

We began the spiritual part of last Friday’s post with this:

Genesis 8:21 (KJV)  And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
 
And our pastor preached on this one, yesterday:
 
Isaiah 55:8 (KJV)  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
 
That was also central to last Monday’s post.  I love it when God  confirms His thoughts by communicating them through several people.  Anyway, the combination of those two verses brought some interesting thoughts to my mind.  Let’s explore those together.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Fragrance of Memories

A rose is as good a symbol as any to depict our title. "Fragrance of Memories" is a phrase used by our founding pastor in several of his sermons.  He was referring to how fond memories can be much like the pleasant scent of a flower.

As we get into that thought, it's also a way of sliding a little technical news into an otherwise spiritual post. We've changed the commenting system, here on the blog.  We had started with the native commenting system, which worked well.  

More recently, it became possible to use posts and comments from Google+.  We did that in the hopes of seeding more discussion, here on the blog.  That varied, over time, in how it worked and required a Google+ ID. That left two choices. Don't comment or leave the blog to create a G+ ID, then return to comment. Both are very counterproductive to stimulating discussion.  Most people wouldn't come back to comment, others don't want to sign up for Google+.  So, we needed a good alternative. which we'll share, after the break.