Monday, September 28, 2015

Seeking the Goal

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Matthew 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

I try to live by that verse.  And, when I need a verse to guide me through situations, it pops up for me, more than any other verse.  And it's part of what brought this series into existence.  This is actually the fourth post in a set that's been here and our Other Stuff blog.  The series began two Saturdays ago, with a catch up discussion of where I was with the tech side of my life.  I closed that post talking about the fact that I was planning and there's a spiritual aspect to that.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Followers of God

If you read our tech post on Saturday (here: http://bit.ly/1KlYaOD), you know I've been aiming toward downsizing.  But there's more than just getting rid of excess and overload. 

Many of you know I have my sights set on the Costa Rican mission field. Certainly a move there would require losing some excess.  But there's also a contrast between what many there have for possessions and what we have, here. That brought some interesting thoughts to mind.  Our illustration fits those thoughts.  It;s a famous painting called "The Sleeping Gypsy", painted by Henri Rousseau in 1897.  Follow my train of thought on this one.

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Greatest of These Is Love

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photo by Howard Arnoff, from Flickr
Wow!  And, again, wow!  I'll explain that reaction.  Although this is posted near the Fall, part of it was written in the week or so after the church shooting in Charleston, SC.  I'm not going to be supporting my thoughts with a lot of appropriate verses.  This isn't a Biblically scholarly piece. It's heart to heart writing. From God's heart to mine and from my heart to yours.  Do you remember what Joseph said to his brothers, when they came to Egypt seeking food?


Genesis 50:20 (KJV)  But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Dylann Roof intended evil with what he did in Charleston.  And yet, there's so much more that can come out of this.  Some already has.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

What You See Isn’t Always What You Get (Revisit)

The image illustrating today’s post is by Dru Stefan Stone.  When you get a chance, hop over to Google+ and check out her work.  As for this picture,  I’ll say more about it as we go along, but we're glad we had permission to use it for this post, the first time we shared it.  It illustrates today’s thought very well.  Think about this as we begin:


Monday, September 7, 2015

My Peace I Give Unto You…. (Revisit)


That’s Saturna Island, British Columbia, Canada, taken by Hamel Tailor. Taken with his Blackberry.  The scene looks so very peaceful.  It made me think about how peaceful our lives can be when we’re one with God.  Even in the midst of turmoil.  What the Word says about peace is worth considering.



Saturday, September 5, 2015

Let Him Pray.... (Revisit)

A friend of mine posted that on Facebook, awhile back.  And others have shared it more recently.  As we've pointed out before, prayer is close to God’s heart.  How we pray, what we get out of prayer, what our prayer says about our relationship to Him.  It mirrors our thinking in good times and bad.

James 5:13 (KJV)  Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

Prayer and praise.  James' recommended prescription for getting through life.  And we have a prime example of that.  In a conversation I was having with someone about their marriage, the person mentioned that Christ prayed often.  And that thought piqued my curiosity.  What were the circumstances?  How often?  What was behind His prayer?