Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

The Word of God

December 2, 2009

The Bible is the word of God.

The Bible contains God’s word for us.

These are two widely prevalent views of the Bible.  At first glance these two statements might seem to be synonymous.  There is, however, a significant difference.  In the first statement, we accept the Bible as God’s Word.  All of it.  We seek to understand it.  In the second view, the Bible contains God’s word…mixed in with the words of men.  The goal is to discern what is the Word of God, and what are the words of men.  In the first view we recognize that our lives will be judged by the Word, and in the second view, we spend our lives, judging the word.

I believe that the Bible is the Word of God. 

I seek to understand it.

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Daily Bread

December 1, 2009

A few years ago, a young woman in our church wrote a poem that she called “Our Daily Jesus”.  It was about our need for Christ to be present in our lives each day.  “Give us this day our daily bread.” as prayed in the Lord’s Prayer, takes on a new meaning as we remember that Jesus said that he was the bread of life which came down from heaven.   Not only do we need our daily food requirements, but we also need a daily dose of Jesus.  Actually, our desire is for Him to fill our lives to overflowing, so that people will see His nature in us.

Focus

November 17, 2009

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.”  Philippians 4:8 NKJ

There is a lot wrong with this world. For many of us, there are a lot of problems and challenges that we face each day.  The simple message of this mornings post is to remind us all to look for, and focus on, the positive things in life.  There are always bad things, wrong things, etc.  but there are also always good things.

Look for the good and  focus on that.  Especially at the end of the day, when you are lying in bed, before sleep; instead of wrestling again with the problems of the day, thank God for the blessings.

Peace Lily

November 16, 2009

I have a peace lily at my church office.  It is a very large one that was a memorial at my father’s funeral.  It is doing very well, which is unusual for me, because I have not had the best luck with houseplants over the years.  This plant has been the exception.  It had so many blossoms this past spring and summer that I stopped counting. 

It sits in a south window and needs lots of water.  This past Sunday, I opened my office door and it was seriously drooping.  I had not watered it for two days.  That was all it took for it to go from looking great, to looking sad. 

A few cups of water, and by that evening, it was looking much better.

How often do our lives resemble my peace lily?  Flourishing for a while, but wilted and close to death in short order? 

I recommend plenty of water; living water that is.

Our daily devotional time is very important if we expect our lives to flourish.  The time that we spend in the Word and in prayer, will sustain us through the heat of the day.  Without we will quickly wilt.

Community of Believers

November 4, 2009

Community is not necessarily uniformity.

For people who believe in Jesus as the Son of God, Savior and Lord; there is a range of expression of that faith.  The Bible is read, interpreted and applied.  It is understandable that we will have some variation in that process of applying Scripture to  our lives.  God works in our lives at different rates, and in different ways.  Who are we to judge another man’s servant?

Believe in Jesus.

Love God.

Love one another.

Yet, the scripture tells us that if we love God, we will keep His commandments.  It is appropriate to interact with each other over the application of the Word.  There are serious consequences for behaviour or beliefs that go too far in the wrong direction.  Dialogue with individuals with whom we disagree, can bring change either to ourselves, or to them, if each other’s position is honestly considered.

Ultimately God is the judge.  May God guide our thoughts, words and deeds, so that they may be pleasing and acceptable in His sight.