Friday, May 31, 2013
But it's not the American way!
That's a mouthful!
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Thought for today
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Can you say deception?
In other words, we can be God! Genesis 3 all over again...
Lord! Deliver us from idolatry and false gods!
Monday, May 27, 2013
Count the cost
Can anyone say "Idolatry!"???? Far too often, I fear, when we say we are thankful that so-and-so got better, we aren't so much thankful to God as to medical science. That's a slap in the face to God...
Lord! Forgive our idolatry and set us free! Open our eyes to the ways we have allowed culture to dictate our way of life instead of your Holy Spirit!
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Thought for today
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The power of addiction
More evidence for no cult of the dead...
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The wrong questions
Aren't we always asking the wrong questions, though?
What of the dead
But that doesn't keep it from being repeated!
Monday, May 20, 2013
Thought for today
The power of a blessing
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Some good stuff
We'll have them all ready to go by the middle of next week, but it's been a bit hectic in the meantime. In fact, I should be doing other things right now! : )
Anyway, some good stuff that I just now took the time to read:
Alan Knox has a good series on the love problem. The first post has a link to them all. Here's a good appetizer:
ately, whenever I’ve talked about this “love problem,” I’m often met with reasons, excuses, justifications, conditions, and finger pointing. This has happened several times. I’ve rarely been met with this answer: “You’re right… we’re not very loving.”Yep!
This is a problem. It’s a problem we must own up to. It’s a problem we must address.
And, Roger Olson has a good post on the Bible. Here's the heart of it:
First, speaking only for myself, and realizing I will sound like a fundamentalist here, I don’t think the Bible is all that unclear if read and studied properly, that is, reasonably–recognizing the Bible for what it is (now I’ll stop sounding like a fundamentalist)–not a source book of propositional answers to curious questions but a complex narrative written and compiled by human authors led by but not over ridden by the Holy Spirit.<idle musing>
Second, still speaking only for myself, in my opinion, everything we need to know to have a sound relationship with God and to become whole and holy persons is clear in Scripture.
Third, just because people disagree about what a text means does not mean it isn’t clear. There are all kinds of reasons why people don’t “see” what is clear. They approach scripture with preconceived interpretive frameworks that don’t really fit all of scripture or they are morally challenged and don’t want the Bible to contradict their lifestyle or vested interests or they are looking for harmony beyond what the Bible offers or was intended to offer. There are many conceivable reasons why people disagree about what the Bible says.
About sums it up, doesn't it? My experience tells me that the most common problem is the first one: a source book for everything. Folks, it ain't! It's designed to bring us to Christ, who is the source of everything!
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Yep! And they do : (
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Final excerpt from Hannah Whitall Smith's book
A different perspective
Hadn't thought of that angle before...what would that mean for the extended separation for a girl baby, then?
Thought for today
Monday, May 13, 2013
Over the last decade, however, as anthropology has turned more directly toward cultural phenomena, the perception of “magical” practices in Old Testament studies has changed (Cryer 1991; Jeffers 1996; Schmitt 2004), as it has also in studies of the ancient Near East (for example, Thomsen 1987; Abusch 2002; and Schwemer 2007) and Egypt (for example, Assmann 1991 and Ritner 1993). Magic and divination have come to be seen more as performative acts and comprising the more integral part of religion and the entire symbolic system of a culture. Accordingly, magic in the Old Testament, as in the ancient Near Eastern world, was not so much a manipulation of matter and beings through the use of dynamistic or animistic powers as it was the result of a belief in the absolute power of the divine. The absolute divinity was the final or sole authority able to intervene by supernatural force in the human realm. Magic as a descriptive term denotes ritual practices that were intended to effect particular results through rituals or acts performed in anticipation of divine intervention (see Schmitt 2004: 92–93). Thus, the rites and rituals of family religion—as well as the rituals of official cults—were strategies of ritual behavior that must be seen as genuine expressions of religion, regardless of differences in socioreligious settings.—Family and Household Religion in Ancient Israel and the Levant, page 388
Same results, though. Man trying to control God!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Just like today, eh? We adapt/alter God to make him into our needs...
Thought (Praise!) for the day
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Thought for today
Theology of Proverbs
Monday, May 06, 2013
Too far to go to Jerusalem—but not too far to Dan!?
On quenching the Spirit
The Hebrew is backwards! I haven't been able to figure out why. When I copy it from the PDF, it is correct, but when I paste it in here it reverses : ( I suspect it is because there is a buried command in the PDF that doesn't get transferred...
Saturday, May 04, 2013
That is a sad commentary on a person. Lord, don't ever allow me to degenerate to that level!
By the way, this book is an excellent parenting manual. If you only ever read one book on parenting, this little children's story should be it. Best part is that it is available online here (in multiple formats, too).
Friday, May 03, 2013
Thursday, May 02, 2013
The presence of God
The best defense is...a god
May 2nd thoughts
I especially will pray for the church, for us in Jesus, that we will let our light shine in the darkness. That we might bear and live out his love, a love for all. That we might be known as followers of Jesus. And I will pray myself, even if I don’t pray it out loud that the unholy alliance between church and state will be broken. That we will be the bold witness who really finally can speak truth to power. A truth that will cut to the heart against any agenda of America be it Democrat, Republican, libertarian, etc. The truth of the kingdom of God come in Jesus and the shalom that comes with that, to be seen in the church in and through Jesus, weak and immature in its stage as it now may be. Together in the mission of Jesus for the world.<idle musing>
Amen! Lord, set your church free, that we might shine for you and you alone!
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Excerpt From: MacDonald, George. “A Double Story." (Also known as "The Lost Princess" or "The Wise Woman"). A truly delightful tale...