Monday, November 30, 2015

Forgiving by the Forgiven

That's a very real truth stated in today's graphic illustration.  Let's get right to a verse.

Luke 6:37   Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

Many jump to the first two parts of that verse, most often as a way to excuse their lifestyle, to avoid accountability. That kind of works in their minds because there's no context.  

Like everything else in the Bible, this verse says much more because there is a context.  Sometimes context is based on other verses on the same subject.  Other times, the context comes from surrounding verses.  We'll look at a few highlights of the passage this is in.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

O' So Sweet

We''ll finish this morning's post with a short thought from Todd Parsons.  But this is a little more than just a guest post.  Some of it fits our random thoughts category.  Let's get to the first.

You may notice that we didn't use our usual "guest post" graphic.  We "borrowed" that verse graphic from our friend, Theresa Wolmart.  Here in the US, we're on a holiday weekend that started on Thursday with Thanksgiving, a day where we remember that the pilgrims' first act when they landed in the New World and were given food by the native Americans was to have a feast together with those native people to honor and thank God for the blessings they had. Our graphic highlights that thought, the heart of the verse referenced.

1 Thessalonians 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

I love that it says "in everything".  Not just when we feel blessed, not just when things go the way we want them to.  Everything we experience is allowed to be included by God for our spiritual growth.  That's a great thing.  But it strikes me that our thanks in and for everything has a time element.  It also becomes "at all times".  Our gratitude is expected to go beyond the holidays where we experience the things that allow our flesh to generate an emotional sense of gratitude.  So, we begin our random thoughts with thankfulness.  Not late for the holiday, but stretching the one day a year to 365.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Heavenly Immigration Policy

Our illustration was taken by a Romanian who goes by the online handle of Nick Nice.  He was testing the camera on his Nexus 6 and produced that gorgeous image.  Serendipity for both of us. Finding something pleasant or of value that we weren't looking for.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

To Stay Has Deep Roots

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Once again, Todd Parsons.  He has a thought I believe fits in with several of our recent posts.

Monday, November 16, 2015

God of the Fresh Start

Our starting graphic is one of several that I found on the site mentioned at the bottom of the graphic, thanks to another from there being shared to my social media stream.  Much of it seems like humanism.  At the same time, there are things some of these slogans say that has pure Biblical foundation.  Like today's illustration.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Wednesday PM Service 10/28/2015 (Video)

Today we get to be blessed by a full service, including the music, etc.  And by our Missions Director, Pastor Steve Scibelli.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Breastplate Gems - A November Excerpt

It's getting closer to midway through November and it's about time for an excerpt from our one year devotional book Breastplate Gems (paperback).   That's also available in ebook format,  Breastplate Gems (Kindle). The book sales will help us finance a mission trip to Latin America, which may turn into a move onto the missionfield.

What's more important is what the devotional can do for you, the reader. It's easy to find devotionals that are full of "feel good" thoughts.  Those are good, but they don't necessarily give us tools to protect our souls. Our goal was to allow God to feed us content that might make us feel good, but definitely strengthen our faith.  With the holidays rapidly approaching, this would be a great gift for almost anyone.

Today's post is one example from the November chapter.  The prayer thought is just that -- a starting point for your own prayer, based on the devotional principle.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Return.9

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I know, that's a pretty unique title.  But it's a pretty unique guest post, getting into the nitty gritty of some things that we ought to consider.  Charlie Lyon wrote it a few weeks ago and it's a topic I thought we all need to pay attention to.  Our "illustration" comes from the original post.  How it applies will become evident as you read.  Or not.  At any rate, I asked Charlie if we could reshare this, so here it is.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Spiritual Seeking

“If you’re not confident in the authority of the Scriptures, you will be a slave to what sounds right.” -- Matt Chandler

Christina Reid, one of my online friends, shared that one.  Besides recognizing the truth in it, I felt that tug on the creative soul that this was a starting point for my next blog post.  But, all day, nothing was coming together to do that.

There's a picture stream on Facebook that's titled "Places to See Before You Die", kind of a scenic bucket list.  I had my own train of thought about them.  It dawned on me that the two ideas might be tied together. The result is this post.  Our illustration is part of the discussion, which we'll get to shortly.