Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial to No Offense

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Today is Memorial Day in the US.  It's the day we annually remember  those who lost their lives defending our country.  Other countries have other dates reserved for their own fallen heroes.  It's one thing we can all share in, no matter what the date or which country.  And more.

Pastor Peter Sheff, visiting from Maine, preached the main sermon in our 9am service.  He started by talking about John the Baptist, in jail, trying to find out if Jesus was the Christ.  John sent messengers to Jesus, asking Him.  And Jesus replied.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Blind Spots and the Joy of the Lord (Video)

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We talk about them in a variety of contexts.  Blind spots, that is.  It's why we have a blind spot monitor on our rear view mirror.  It's why we go to others for advice about some relationships, because we just might be too emotionally invested to see things clearly.  And there's our own spiritual life.  Oh, how easy it is to recognize everyone else's faults while not seeing our own.!

Pastor Tom Schaller gave a sermon about that, several Wednesdays ago.  Let's take a look.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Breastplate Gems - Life's Turbulence

It's still May and we'll share another reading from this month's section of our devotional book, Breastplate Gems. Or there's the Kindle edition.  I approached it like I do my blog posts.  I made a deal with God.  He supplied the content, I wrote it down.  As I said when I last shared one of the devotionals, I can reread Breastplate Gems and be blessed by what God has for me, too.

Our founding pastor was adamant that we needed Truth, not fluff and, if we were to make it our own, we needed repetition.  So, my devotional has 14 readings each month, to be read through twice.  Except for February, that still leaves 2-3 days to either have your own devotional reading or go back and do a third reading of some of the month's readings that particularly spoke to you.

All my books, including Breastplate Gems, are intended to help support my move to the mission field.  Or, right now, also some medical stuff.  So, if God leads you in that way, this is one way to make it happen.  But let's get to some thoughts on going through life.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Theantric Action

Our founding pastor sometimes came up with his own terminology for certain things, either borrowing from earlier students of the Word or combining several Biblical words to properly describe a concept, when nothing else properly fit.  The title of today's guest post is one of the latter.  Pastor Chris McFarland joins us, today, with some great insights.  And yes, he'll be back.  Having said that, let's take a look at theantric action.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Smoke Screens

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Romans 8:38-39  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We know that passage because Paul talks about his confidence in God's protection.  But it also highlights the the flipside of that confidence.  The demonic influences are after man because of God's love.  There's a reality that Satan doesn't like us much.  And it means that demonic activity is focused on keeping the unsaved that way and the saved miserable.  Not a pretty picture.

That's where it gets interesting.  Satan never seems to like a full frontal attack.  Instead, he's like a magician using smoke and mirrors.  Or, actually, like a military strategist using tactical  smoke screens.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mary, Did She Know...?

Between some health things and Mother's Day, our posting schedule got shifted a bit.  So, even though it's Tuesday, make believe it's Monday.  Wait!! Do we really want to do that?!?  LOL

Sorry.  I couldn't resist.  But let's get serious. Sunday I shared a LifeNote about Mary, for Mother's Day.  And, while I gave the two most common overviews of how Christianity views her, I also expressed some doubts that either had it fully right.  That led to an brief online discussion with one gentleman who threw in some a passage that I really feel is a prime example of a place where interpretation went wrong.  

Today, let's look at it all and, maybe some more, to see why I come to my conclusions.  That's not an "I'm right and you're wrong" study we want.  I could very well be wrong.  But here's a chance to think and meditiate on it, pray about it, and discuss it. At worst, it'll give us more to meditate on, at best I might get some misconceptions clarified and corrected.  And, hopefully, we'll draw closer to God.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Breastplate Gems - Learning Self

It's May and we'll share a reading from this month's section of our devotional book, Breastplate Gems.  Or there's the Kindle edition.  The book was an interesting project.  I approached it like I do my blog posts.  I made a deal with God.  He supplied the content, I wrote it down.  As a result, I can reread Breastplate Gems and be blessed by what God has for me, too.

The founding pastor of our ministry had a principle he taught that I incorporated into this book.  He was adamant that we needed Truth, not fluff and, if we were to make it our own, we needed repetition.  So, our devotional has 14 readings each month, to be read through twice.  Except for February, that still leaves 2-3 days to either have your own devotional reading or go back and do a third reading of some of the month's readings that particularly spoke to you.

All my books, including Breastplate Gems, are intended to help support my move to the mission field.  So, if God leads you in that way, this is one way to make it happen.  But let's get to today's reading.