Thursday, April 21, 2011
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~ Proverbs 26:20, GNT
One thing I have a bad habit of doing is fueling the fires of gossip.
I Wish I could say I've improved, but I suspect I still have a long
ways to go. This is one area of my life that I pray that will change.
Gossip is interesting; sometimes harmless, but almost always none of
my business. Gossip feels like twitter in a way. I feel like I have to
share the latest information with everyone in ear shot. But, gossip
should have no place in my life.
I think about an episode of Veggie Tales with the Rumor Weed. It
starts off as a small weed but with the town's gossip it grows into
this huge out-of-control monster weed. It isn't until the truth is
spread that the weed shrinks and eventually goes away.
God asks me to not even allow the weed to have a chance to grow. The
weed is also more than what we think gossip is—gossip can also be
truth. Just because it is a fact that the boss came to work drunk
doesn't mean we are to share this information with everyone.
God calls me to a higher standard, and that standard is to not add
fuel to gossip fires. I am to be a firefighter and stop gossip before
it spreads. This is easier written than done, but with God's grace I
can do it.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
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Saturday, April 9, 2011
~ 2 Timothy 3:16
It has taken me years to fully embrace this particular verse. Over the past 15 years I have to admit I've enjoyed the bible ala carte. I find myself challenged almost daily to what is written in God's word. In my life I find that it takes faith to believe the bible is truly God-breathed and inspired.
I used to listen to The BJ Shea Morning Experience on 99.9 KISW. It always struck me as interesting how he would go off on Christians, and in particular Catholics, because of his upbringing. To my ears it irritated me to no end. However, when Christians would call up and spout scripture to a person who doesn't believe in the bible I also thought that was dumb.
You see, NO ONE can prove without a shadow of a doubt the bible is true. No human can. Believing that the bible is indeed the word of God takes faith—something that cannot be proven. This notion brought me to a new understanding of my faith in Christ. It made me realize that I can't just say, "Because the bible says so," to someone who either doesn't believe in the bible or understand it's life giving wisdom.
I don't find myself denying the teachings of the bible when talking to non-Christians. I now look at it as an opportunity to lay the foundation to get a person to that point where they are willing to be open-minded to the possibilities and opportunities God offers in his word. In a way it's like I'm telling them, "You're not ready—that is you're heart is not ready—for the glory of God to transform your life."
It is at that moment that a person is ready to learn about God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit that mountains can be moved and lives can be changed. Until a person is willing to be open to the mysteries of God's wonderful word, they just won't understand.
This thinking will offend people. They will think they have every right to open a bible and read it—and they are correct. But if their heart is not ready to "hear" what God wants to reveal to them in those pages, reading the bible will be like reading a foreign language. God desires all to understand his word. You have to decide if you're ready to accept God's grace for the opportunity to read his life instruction manual—a manual of hope, despair, redemption forgiveness, salavation and the eternal promise.
Are you open to God's word?
Friday, April 8, 2011
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and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!
~ Psalm 14:1, NLT
openly proclaim they don't believe in God actually are offended that
an "old book" would call them on the carpet for their beliefs. I
always find it funny that atheists and agnostics get upset over this
You see, if it's not real or a big deal then simply ignore it. But
verses like this one convict their heart. They don't want to admit it.
It's easier to be the "master of their universe" then to rely on a
higher being. If science can't prove it, then they won't believe it.
This is not to say these people are murderers, thieves or pedophiles.
Quite the contrary. The few people I know who don't believe in God are
nice people. Pay their taxes, give to charity and help little old
ladies across the street. Yet, it's such a tragedy that these good
people turn their backs on the One who created the heavens and the
By denying the existence of God, the Enemy has won their souls. When
the day of judgement comes and they stand before God and plead their
case, the Lord will say He never knew them. They will be condemned to
the fires of Hell for eternity. It's not a matter of what's fair, it's
a call to obedience and trust in God. They turn their backs on God; he
will turn his back on them.
But hey, if it's all just a fairy tale you shouldn't have anything to
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
~ 2 Timothy 1:9, NLT
Our family is reading through the bible in chronological order. Needless to say Leviticus and Numbers almost caused us to stick our heads into a furnace to offer up our sanity. However, one thing I came away from those books of the bible was all the rituals and sacrifices that God required of the Jews to remain or become clean again. It's no wonder St. Paul points out in Acts that we were predestined to fail with so many rules.
I could not begin to image how many sheep and goats I would need
around the house to cleanse me of all of my unrighteousness. That's
where Christ's work on the cross by shedding his blood washed away the
old law. Through Christ we have a direct connection to God to ask for
cleansing and forgiveness. Thank God he loves me enough to not give me
what I truly deserve.
Lord, I'm a sinner. Please don't give up on me. It's by your grace I
am saved and by no work of my own doing. I am called to live a holy
life. I will struggle and occasionally fail. I'm thankful you love me
enough to see me as a work in progress, and not as a lost cause. Amen.
Monday, March 28, 2011
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Saturday, March 26, 2011
~ Psalm 97:11
One of the coolest things I've ever seen is the beginnings of a lawn. When we lived in Port Orchard 10 years ago, we got the keys to our brand new house. A house that we helped build--invested our blood, sweat and tears into that house. Yet, with a new house came no grass.
Part of the deal was we laid out the topsoil over some pretty rocky soil. This was included in the final price along with the initial spraying of seed and fertilizer on top of the newly spread out soil. After the first day we had no grass. I know, grass doesn't grow after the first day but here we were with a "green" front yard but no grass.
Over the next week we started to see the beginnings of little blades of grass. Again, I needed a magnifying glass but the grass was there! By the third week we had a full fledged lawn daycare--little baby blades of grass. But then doubt set in.
The grass seemed to hit a plateau. Was it not getting enough water? Did it need more fertilizer? Where the dang birds eating up the seedlings? I was concerned for the grass and thought it would never grow. But it did. It grew into one of the nicest lawns in our neighborhood.
You see, when it comes to joy in the Lord it takes time. In my experiences I have been "filled" with the Holy Spirit only to realize the seed was planted, but I didn't have the patience to nurture and let that faith grow. My heart was not good soil and I quickly would stray away. It wasn't until my life topsoil was almost completely
sucked dry of nutrients before God showed me how to tend to and nurture those joy-seeds.
I may have my days where I struggled to tend my joy garden. But God has shown me to have patience, feed my soul with His goodness and allow the Holy Spirit to continue to grow my faith. There will be a day when my joy seeds will become one of the nicest faith gardens ever.