Monday, June 29, 2015

A Far Off Goal (Revisit)

That image on our left led to another two parter, although each post was titled differently.  It's another one of those gems that I found on Google+.  Thanks again to Neil Kremer for permission to use it.  

The Queen Mary is permanently docked in California.  This is the dock across the harbor.  When I first saw the picture, I was online on a small screen netbook and I missed the expanded platform at the end of the dock.  But even with that, there’s still a sense of the Queen Mary being the goal and this was a bridge that was never completed to get there.  Sure, you could swim from here, but you’d never reach the goal in any shape to take full advantage of it.  And I thought it was a great description of life, on several levels.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Spiritual Light, Part 2 (Revisit)

We continue in our series of revisits to posts that were directly inspired by images created by some amazing photographers on Google+.  In this case, Jay Patel took me to a topic that took two posts to fully discuss..  Again, that image is fully copyrighted and owned by Jay Patel, used here with permission.  This is the second part Jay inspired.

In Part 1, we talked about that there are 272 times that light is mentioned in the Bible.  Most of those speaking of God being light or giving light.  A couple of verses as refresher.  “O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.”, is what Psalm 43:3 says.  The Psalmist wants God to send spiritual light to guide and lead.  Psalm 36:9  reads, “For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.”  In the light that is God and from God we will see spiritual light in our lives.  Which brings us to the third major way the Bible speaks of light.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Spiritual Light, Part 1 (Revisit)

We've already reshared "Perspective Does Make a Difference", based on an interior shot by Lotus Carroll.  That was the second image to grab my spiritual attention.  The third is by Jay Patel, Varina's husband.  And, yes, they do teach together and go on photo taking trips together.  But that's not the point of this revisit.  Let's start be soaking in Jay Patel's image.  Which is fully copyrighted by him and used with permission.

That picture to the top left just kind of grabbed me as I saw the light streaming from the heavens down to the life in the valley and on the hillsides.  The trees and the grasses and the flowers need the light to process the nutrients taken in from the soil.  It’s said that a person can become depressed and morose by depriving them of light for a long enough period.  Light is important to life.  And, as I was looking at the picture, I thought of how true that is spiritually, too.  Let me explain.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

In Pain, Feeling Loss, Hit By Prejudice

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I know I said we'd spend the summer resharing some of the things inspired by Google+ photographers.  But real life has given us a situation where I'd be remiss if I ignored it and didn't say anything. Wednesday evening, the Emanuel AME church in Charleton, SC held its usual midweek Bible study.  A young man visited that Bible study, stayed for an hour, then started shooting.  He killed nine.

That's the church to the right.  In the light of day and more peaceful times, it certainly doesn't look like it should be the scene of a massacre.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Lone Blossom in the Desert (Revisit)

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It's summer and, unlike what I'd expect, my schedule has gotten busier, instead of quieter.  And I considered my options to ease my schedule and bless you at the same time.  I thought about a season, a few years ago, where I had a number of posts that were directly inspired by photographs that were shared on Google+.  Each time, I asked the photographer for permission to use the image that inspired what I'd written.  And, each time, it was granted.  So, I thought reposting some of them would bless us both, over the next few Mondays.  And it's also an opportunity to reshare some very artistic photographic talent.  Let's start with the verse today's photo brought to mind.

Isaiah 35:1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

I saw the above picture, taken by Varina Patel, and just knew there was something spiritually special there.  And the verse for today’s thought says it all. 

Many people spend their entire lives in a spiritual desert.  Not watered by the Word.  No seeds of edification planted into their lives.  No proper tending by the Husbandman.  No opportunity to reach toward the light.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Concentrate on Him & Worship Him‏

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Once again, it's our friend Todd Parsons blessing us with his insights.  If you ask Todd, they're not his insights.  Rather the things God has shown him after gifting him with a sensitivity to recognize what God is saying.  The insights are from God, along with the ability to understand them.  Gifts that rely on the Giver, not the receiver.  It becomes obvious who we should concentrate on and who we should worship

Monday, June 8, 2015

For This Cause

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We like to share, once a month, from our devotional booklet for the month.  The Kindle devotional book for June is Emerald's Life: June - A Season of Growth and Life.

June is the beginning of Summer in many areas of the world. The heat of Summer is beginning, yet there are still thoughts of growth and life. Biblically, the color green represents exactly that, growth and life. Many crops actually continue their growth in Summer, despite the heat and dryness. And there’s hope in the growth process.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Missions: Hearing The Cry Of The Lost - Part 2 (Video)

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Monday, we included a verse shared by our pastor in the early Sunday morning service.  And the focus was missions. That's true of today's video, too.  It's the later service from that same morning.  Our missions director, Pastor Steve Scibelli talks about missions, followed by Pastor Gary Groenewold talking about faith giving to missions.

Just to put things in perspective, Pastor Scibelli has spent a lot of time in Africa.  Now, he still visits there a lot.  But he also gets to visit our pastors and missionaries in other parts of the world.  And Pastor Gary, as he mentioned, was a missionary in Germany for 12 years.  I think you'll be blessed.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Superhero or Feet of Clay?

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"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you." Thomas Jefferson

One of the people I follow on Twitter is John Sykes.  Much of his content is more politically oriented than Bible teaching.  There's nothing wrong with that.  It's sound thinking for a conservative Christian outlook.  Just not as openly Bible oriented as some of the others I follow.  He's the one who shared the quote we started with.

Jefferson's statement certainly can be applied to the political and secular arenas.  But what first struck me was how much it speaks to the reality of our Christianity.  Come see what I mean.