Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Seek the LORD, He's Not "Off Duty", Now

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It's Wednesday and time for a guest post.  Here's another insight from Todd Parsons.  Along with that, it's the last day of April.  We're busily finishing up our new Kindle devotional for May.  That should be available, later today.  It's titled "Garnet's Fire", subtitled "Aflame for God".  At the latest, it should be out by tomorrow afternoon.  In the meantime, enjoy Todd's foray into the reality of God's nature and love.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Eternal And Complete Love

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We decided to do something different, today.  We're sharing another devotional from one of our Kindle books.  Each of our devotional books is 14 days long.  The daily devotionals can be read through once or twice, during the month they're written for. Or they can be read when the overall topic is needed for life's events.  They're intended to build up and fortify our souls.

Each day has a closing prayer section. Understanding each devotional is useless if it only creates intellectual knowledge.  It needs to build our communication and relationship with God.  So, the prayer isn't a formula, but a series of "take aways" to spur the reader to pray in his or her own words and thoughts.  We wanted the prayer to be personal to each reader.

Today's reading comes from "Love's Red Sardius: a Time to Experience God's Love".  That was our second devotional, intended for February.  On day 3, we looked at John 3:16, probably the most familiar Bible verse in the world.  And yet, there's more to consider.

Friday, April 25, 2014

How Does My Garden Grow?‏

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Wednesday, we had the last in our three part series on the Xperia Z Ultra and accessories.  That's on our Other Stuff blog.  Having spent the last three Wednesdays on that, with nothing new from any of our guest posters, we thought we'd give Todd Parsons our Friday slot, this week.

The picture to the right is a Chilean vineyard.  It may not be what we would think of when we talk about a garden.  But the look of it gives us a mindset toward farming and gardening.  This week Todd Parsons shares with us some thoughts on spiritual gardening.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Jerusalem Strong

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Today is Patriots' Day in Boston.  There's a marathon being run, one year after the terrible bombing at last year's race. There are lots of heroic stories of the resilience of the victims of the bombing.  The race has a history.  That picture to the left is from the 1910 Boston Marathon.  And the term "Boston Strong" represents people overcoming the physical and emotional toll of the results of last year's bombing. As we go through the day,  let's think and pray for those effected by that bombing. Especially those who continue to overcome.  But there's a different kind of marathon that we, as Christians, celebrated yesterday.  Let's take a look.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Freedom of the Cross

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Slaves of righteousness are free people who have been forever granted the perfection of Jesus so they no longer have to fend for themselves. -- Pastor Tullian Tchividjian

The picture to the right is the cross from the memorial for the first responders of the 9/11 catastrophe. Atheists are angry that it may remain as part of the 9/11 memorial.  The quote is a recent tweet. The two highlight something we've started to look at in our previous new post and this week's rewind.

The overall theme that came about was really brought into focus when I was thinking about some recent online happenings.  I had been quite pleased that my public postings on multiple social media hadn't attracted the usual gathering of atheistic commenters to harass and argue.  It seemed as if no sooner did I think that than there were several atheists and a pagan commenting on a graphic I reshared.  

What started out as an attack ended as a pretty interesting discussion between myself and one of the other people.  Which led to my being invited into another similar conversation where I was the only Christian.  That was on a Friday and I left when it was time to get ready to have some real life fun.  But God kept me from arguing in that discussion, too.  Those conversations gave me a couple of insights in understanding Easter time from a brand new viewpoint.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cheers and Jeers

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The Easter season, as described in the Bible, gives us a really startling picture in how it matches up with modern Christianity.  There are a number of ministries that emphasize what the worshipper can get by being connected to God.  And a number who spend more time fanning the flames of emotion instead of drawing people closer to God via getting deeper in the Word.

The problem isn't being emotionally involved in worship, praising God and raising hands.  The issue begins with emotion being the foundation of that worship.  Take a look at what I mean.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Three Crosses

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Romans 6:4 (KJV)  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

We're approaching Easter, when we think about the Cross and the Resurrection. To go along with that, I decided on the image at the right for today's illustration.  As important as the Cross and the Resurrection are, thanks to an unrelated conversation on Google+, I got thinking about the other two crosses.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Coal or Diamond - Part 21

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There are only so many ways you can discuss coal and diamonds, so many ways they can be used as analogies to the spiritual life.  And, maybe more important, there are so many times one can say things about coal and diamonds before the reader starts thinking, "Oh, no. Not another coal and diamond post.". There are a few things that still need to be covered in our series.  We got as far as my decision to walk with God.  But there are some important principles we need to discuss about spiritual growth.


Friday, April 4, 2014

The Waters of Marah

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Just a reminder that "Saved in Amber", our 14 day April devotional is available here: http://amzn.to/1sdduXi.

Every once in awhile, we like to switch things up a bit. Yes, we will be getting back to the end of the "Coal or Diamond" series.  But, from time to time, something crosses my path that just screams at me, "Share me now!".  This was one of those times.

The Pastor of one of our affiliated churches has been seriously ill, recently.  That's Pastor Duke Horton, in York, PA.  Another of the multitude of great people I've been in Bible college with. Without Pastor Duke as a friend, my life would be much poorer.  I'm not the only one who feels that way.  Our whole church, in Baltimore and other locations, has been praying for Pastor Duke.  And Pastor Duke wrote an open letter to all of us praying for him.  I thought it was worth sharing. And don't forget to add Pastor Duke to your prayer list.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Covenant Mercy, Eternal Inheritance [Video]

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There are some messages (sermons) that just need to be reshared.  This is one I think deserves that treatment.  This was one of those.  In our ministry, this might be termed a "Hallmark Message".  Not because it's necessarily preached so well (which it is), but because the content is so enlightening.  Pastor Schaller really shares great insightr.  For me, it created tons of seed thoughts and a special insight into some things I hadn't studied as much.  I hope it blesses you as much as it blessed me.