Monday, January 25, 2016

Never Leaving, Never Forsaking

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Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV)  Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)  Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." 

We're used to the verse in Hebrews, but most of us never think about that promise going all the way back to the Torah, in the book of Deuteronomy.  But the two highlight different suggested responses.  Let's think about that.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Walk In The Spirit

Today, we have a guest post we're resharing from Google+.  My friend Jim Cassidy wrote an interesting post on walking in the Spirit.  It blessed me.  I thought it would bless you, too.  Some may have read this before.  That gives you a chance to relearn it.  For the rest, here's another shot at getting closer to God.

Monday, January 18, 2016

In This Will I Be Confident‏

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God always does something wonderful through my friend Todd Parsons.  This one's titled "In This Will I Be Confident‏"  And it gives us lots to be confident in.

Philippians 3:3b   ...worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Psalm 27:3-4  Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.  One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in His temple.

Friday, January 15, 2016

A New Thing?

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Isaiah 43:19 (NKJV)  Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

I feel like that verse applies to my life at this very moment.  As you read this, I'm probably finishing breakfast in the city to the left --  San Jose, Costa Rica.  As you can see, it's a mix of old and the world's idea of new.  But our starting verse isn't talking about new as the world thinks of it.  It's talking about God doing new things.  And that's why I'm here.

My path getting to San Jose had a spiritual foundation, but a more literal prod.  Some of it because of decisions in my past that have had physical repercussions.  The result is that, where I live now, cold weather makes going out less pleasant than I'm usually willing to deal with, unless necessary.  The result is evangelism and discipleship via the written word instead of verbal, in person.  But now, God is nudging me to look for places where the climate will allow one on one interaction much more regularly.  And, besides my own thoughts, there's a brief devotional thought that Minister Kenneth Tamara shared recently that I believe speaks to part of why I'm here.

Monday, January 11, 2016

About That Secret Place....

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We've been discussing the ins and outs of Micah 6:8 (NKJV), "He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?".  More specifically, putting that into action.  Or not.  And it's based on having a relationship with God and trusting Him.

Some have all that down pat.  Others aren't even close to either.  Most are somewhere in between.  Unless we're in that first group, we could use an assist in that.  And who better to do that than God Himself?  We've said before that God doesn't make it difficult to get close to Him.  He gave us a whole Bible to learn from.  But, today, let's look at one specific part.  And look at hiding out with God, in plain sight.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Steps to Spiritual Healing

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Titus 2:11-12 (NKJV)  For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

We closed our last post with that verse.  Those are the things that eliminate all the problems we discussed previously.  It also is how our illustration becomes true.  Because it's our relationship with God that creates that inner peace.  Mr Becker is actually quoting Elizabeth Gilbert from her book Eat, Pray, Love.  Live life, connect to God, love both God and people.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Four Reasons People Are Offended

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The year 2015 could be called "the year of the offended".  Think about what we said in "My Idol", last Monday.  We named a number of groups who've placed their opinions, conclusions, deductions, and ideas as idols on the altar of life.  All feel strongly about their views.  But none, except for ISIS and similar groups, are willing to kill to support the supposed veracity of those views.  At least not yet.

What seems to have happened is that no one is really comfortable enough with their own viewpoint to accept that other outlooks can safely coexist, whether they agree with them or not.  Instead, insecurity runs rampant.

Our illustration is one depicting what scientists in the 1800s decided was a look of terror.  Is it significant that it came up in a search for a picture of a person looking offended?  Maybe.  But it relates to an underlying issue.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Lot in Sodom

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This is a guest post, courtesy of our friend, Kenneth Tamara.  In the previous post, we looked at replacing God with pretty much anything, making the replacement an idol.  Often, that's a behavior that's learned rather than built in.  It's interesting that a search for today's illustration almost completely turned up pictures of Lot and his family fleeing Sodom.  Yet, as Minister Tamara shows us, his problem stemmed from being comfortable staying there.  Take a look.