Monday, February 2, 2015

Face to Face is Our Way of Escape

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This is already turning into one of those weeks, coming out of a busy weekend.  Last week had a lot of good things happen behind the scenes.  We won't bore you with the details, but that went right into Saturday.  Yesterday, I had a chance to visit with a Pastor I hadn't seen in almost three years, hear him preach again, and meet the local pastor of that church (a friend of a friend).  That was followed by an excellent, but long lunch with some great friends.  And, of course, it was Super Bowl Sunday. So, we're going to flip our posting week and start the week with a long overdue devotional from Todd Parsons.  We'll take over Saturday's slot, this week.

First of all, congratulations to the New England Patriots on their fourth Super Bowl win.  As much as I was rooting for the new kid on the block, it was hard fought and interesting.  This was about the best Super Bowl I've seen in a long time.  Even though the final plays were triggered by one of the worst play decisions in the history of football.

As a Christian, I want to throw out a special (and huge) thanks to Katy Perry for her halftime show. While I think it was a little over the top, there was nothing prurient, it was completely family friendly, and it was entertaining.  Well done, Katy!

So, some thoughts from Todd Parsons:

Eph 5:15  See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise...

     In the first two chapters of the book of Proverbs, (the book of wisdom), there are noted two ways that man can walk. Suffice to say, "with my eyes on myself or with my eyes on the LORD". Where do I choose to put the attention of my heart? Walking circumspectly has a lot more to do with where I choose to place my eyes vs where I choose to put my feet, thus, "the singleness of eye"... If my eyes are on the LORD, He will be the one that does not cause my feet to stumble, (Prov. 3:23, 26). "Be not wise in your own eyes, fear the LORD, and depart from evil.", (Prov. 3:7)...

Prov 1:33  But whoso hearkeneth unto Me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

Prov 2:5-8  Then shall you understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.  For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.  He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: He is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.  He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of His saints.

1 Cor 10:12-13  So that he who is thinking to stand — let him observe, lest he fall.  No temptation hath taken you — except human; and God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above what ye are able, but He will make, with the temptation, also the outlet, for your being able to bear [it]. (Youngs Literal Translation)

Prov 2:20-21  That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

Prov 27:19  As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.

     Of So Great Love, we are, tjp

1 comment:

  1. Think of what we could accomplish if we could consistently "See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise..."

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