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World Peace

Posted on November 16, 2018 with 0 comments
I saw the 100 yr memorial event in France at the Arc de Triomphe in France on Armistice Da/Veterans Day where 70 countries were represented in a gathering to reflect on the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. Then I thought of the deeper issue of world peace, and what we as humans believe it ought to look like. With my faith being in Jesus Christ as God who became flesh to save all of humanity, and His role as creator, I began to ponder how unatainable the idea of world peace is without Jesus being the one to bring it. The scriptures that teach these things about Jesus are:
-Hebrews 1:1 & 2-“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.”  -Colossians 1:15-17 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven [...]
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The Beauty of Falling

Posted on January 11, 2015 with 0 comments
One of the greatest blessings I’ve had is to be allowed to reap the consequences of my sin in a less-than-full manner than what is deserved.  I pray for the daily visibility of my inadequacy so that I don’t harm those around me.  In 1 Chronicles 4:9-10, Jabez asks that the Lord bless him to escape the specter of the meaning of his name, “pain”.  Similarly, it is for this reason that I desire God’s blessing of the food, warmth, and relationships that sustain me, but particularly His Holy Spirit’s filling when I am in lack so that I don’t cause other’s pain or harm to His church and those who would come to know him.  I’m sharing this because I don’t view the sorrow over my sin this way consistently.  I often question, “Why am I not seeing the fruit of the Holy Spirit in my life?  I don’t FEEL like I’m loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, or self-controlled.” [...]
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Position of the Heart

Posted on October 15, 2014 with 0 comments
There are many instructions in the Bible on how to act/the do’s and don’ts.  So often we lose sight of the fact that it is a position of the heart that God is interested in.  One example of this is the passage in Matthew 6:3-4 “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.  And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”  We could easily take this to mean that simply keeping what we give a secret will result in blessings and God’s favor.  So, if I don’t even ask for a receipt so that I can get a tax deduction, He’ll really be impressed! Right?!  I don’t believe this is what the Lord Jesus was getting at, and here’s why.  Notice that Jesus says "do not let YOUR left hand know what YOUR right hand is doing", and not "do not let your NEIGHBOR know what you are doing".  He is making it an issue of attitude and [...]
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No Longer a Child

Posted on August 20, 2012 with 0 comments
I realized recently that a scripture passage I have been reading has been taken out of context (at least by me) for as long as I can remember.  In verse 13 of this chapter it reads, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”  Seems pretty simple – this passage is telling me to cease being a child, to take on adult responsibilities, to endure difficulties with a stiff upper lip.  But look at what chapter this is in – the love chapter, I Corinthians 13.  Just before this verse, Paul speaks of understanding very little in this life, and that it is not until we enter the Kingdom of Heaven after this life is over that we understand fully.  Further, this verse about growing up is followed by a description of seeing everything unclearly (“as through a mirror dimly” or “with a poor reflection”) and in part, but when that which [...]
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Can't Forgive Myself

Posted on July 10, 2012 with 0 comments
Have you said, or heard someone else say, "I know God has forgiven me, but I can't forgive myself."?  For those in Christ, it is understood (or should be) that there "is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" Romans 8:1.  Our feelings of guilt and shame don't always seem to follow what we know/believe to be true in our heads.  So, I've come up with an exercise to hopefully help bring some perspective to unforgiveness we may harbor for ourselves. . . .  Picture yourself standing before Jesus as he is dying on the cross.  Look into his dimming eyes as his breath shallows.  His back is in ribbons and bloody from his lashing and now rubs against a rough splintered beam.  His hands and feet are spiked to the wood holding him suspended between heaven and earth.  Say to Him, "I'm sorry Jesus, I know that You have paid for my sin, but this isn't enough for me to forgive myself."  Does this help?  Hopefully it does help bring the [...]
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