Just Thinking…

Keep thinking about things above, not things on the earth, for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:2–3 NET‘ There are a lot of things in life to think about.  From the time I get out of bed in each morning until I finally drift off to sleep at night I am always thinking.  As I read this verse today I could not help think some more.  I thought to myself I wonder how many of my thoughts are actually heavenly thoughts?  I started thinking about the things I had thought about today and realized that many of my thoughts were indeed not focused on eternity but earth instead. If you take time to consider the scope of your daily thoughts I bet you too will be surprised at how few of your thoughts are actually significant in the context of eternity. Do your best for the remainder of today to think only on the things above not the things on earth, you will be amazed at how different your day will be, I know I was.

Persistant Prayer (Day Seventeen Luke 18:1)

“Then Jesus told them a parable to show them they should always pray and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1 NET) Remaining persistent in prayer over any period of time can be extremely difficult. Too frequently we treat prayer as if it were the most simple of disciplines in the Christian faith.  We casually enter into our times of prayer with grand expectations of seeing, hearing, or feeling something from our creator.  We long to see our prayers answered and thus confirm that they have been heard by our Lord, yet far too often I find that my prayers are not answered at the moment of my initial request.  Perhaps I will linger in prayer over the next few hours or even days concerning the issue at hand, but then with time my fervor in these prayers fades.  This verse is unique because it is one of the rare occasions where Jesus gives the answer prior to laying out the parable.  This shows me how important prayer is, and not just that I participate in this amazing privilege but that I would remain there and never give up or lose heart.   1 Thessalonians 5:17 urges us to “constantly pray” to our father in heaven.  Prayer should never become an event in our day, instead it is a part of our lives as believers.  Consider some of the prayers you have given up on in the past.  Revisit them and once again ask God for the desires of your heart, whatever you do never give up or lose hope when it comes to prayer. Tips: If you really want to be a person who constantly prays, and never loses heart consider the following tips. Write your […]

One Freaky Fellow (Day Fourteen Luke 7:14–15 NET )

14 Then he came up and touched the bier, and those who carried it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 So the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. (Luke 7:14–15 NET ) While I find it extremely cool that Jesus can do amazing things like bring people back from the dead, I have to consider how I might have felt witnessing such a thing in person.  To be honest I would have been a bit freaked out over something like this happening right before my eyes.  Of course I would have rejoiced with the others had this been my loved one, but really a person who was dead sitting up and talking, that is just a bit freaky.  Jesus touched the bier, which was the stretcher that dead bodies where carried on to their tombs.  He did not even touch the body itself, he just reached out and touched the bier the man was laying on, then he said get up and the dead guy sat up and began to speak.  Clearly Jesus was right when he said in Matthew 19:26 that nothing was impossible for God.  So I ask the question, what is dead in your life?  Is it your faith, your prayer time, your relationship with a spouse or child?  Perhaps it’s your passion for the Bible, or desire to work.  Maybe your appetite for life itself has died and you wonder why you are still here.  Jesus can do some real freaky stuff, so I would encourage you to seek him out and see if he might touch your situation in the same way he […]

Teresa of Avila

Have you ever heard of this lady? I had not before reading 131 Christians Everyone Should Know. She seems to have lead a very interesting life, I love her story because she came to know Christ later in life and still made a big difference in the Kingdom. I thought you might like to read her bio from 131 Christians Everyone Should Know. I have posted it below. Teresa of Avila CARMELITE MYSTIC AND FEISTY ADMINISTRATOR “Whoever has not begun the practice of prayer, I beg for the love of the Lord not to go without so great a good. There is nothing here to fear but only something to desire.” The first 40 years of Teresa’s life gave no clue to the rich depth and productivity of the second half of her life. Born Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada in central Spain, she spent her early years with her family, giving herself to the duties of extended family life. At age 21, against her father’s wishes, she professed vows as a Carmelite at the Spanish Convent of the Incarnation in Avila. Still, according to her own account, she waffled spiritually. The convent was known for its leniency, for example, permitting relationships with those outside the convent and allowing worldly possessions within. Teresa, enjoying the convent’s indulgences, waned in her devotion. Then a serious, prolonged illness (and partial paralysis from an attempted cure) forced her to spend three years in relative quiet, during which time she read books on the spiritual life. When she recovered and returned to the convent she resumed what to her later seemed only a half-hearted spirituality. Of these years, she wrote in her Autobiography, “I voyaged on this tempestuous sea […]

I will pay for it…

The challenge for September 1 in The Living Lamp  reads: So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me. If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. (Philemon 1:17–18 ESV)  Paul and Philemon had a previous relationship that likely started through Paul leading Philemon to Christ during his ministry in Ephesus.  Philemon was a wealthy man whose house was the home of the church for a period of time according to the second verse of this letter. He was also the owner of at least one slave, which is the reason for Paul’s letter to Philemon. For Onesimus had fled his master’s house and ended up in Rome.  There is no way to know for certain how Paul and Onesimus ran into each other in Rome but it is clear that Onesimus’ life was changed dramatically for the better through Paul’s ministry.  The name Onesimus means “useful” which Paul so eloquently states with a play on words in verse 11. This former slave had become so dear to Paul, that he offered not only encouragement to Philemon, but for forgiveness on behalf of Onesimus. He also offered to personally pay for anything that Philemon might be owed.   Onesimus’ flight to Rome, and escape and abandonment of the service of Philemon, would have been offensive enough, but it seems possible that he may have also stolen from Philemon in order to finance his escape. What would you have done if you were Philemon?  What would you have done if you were Paul?  Do you see the challenge for yourself in these verses?  John MacArthur states it so well in his commentary below.  This […]

2 Questions…

 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. Colossians 1:9–12 NIV This passage of scripture leads me to ask you two questions regarding your prayer life.  First, have you prayed for someone today?  Second, have you prayed with someone today?  Paul was a powerful prayer warrior.  As you read the prayer above his passion and purpose for prayer is vivid and virtually unquestionable as he prays for these fellow believers.  We should never compare ourselves or our prayers to those of others, prayer is not a competition to see who can pray longer, better, or more eloquently.  Rather the goal is to worship and please our father as we pour our hearts out in prayer.  We are good at doing this for ourselves but frequently fail to do it for others.  Again I ask have you prayed for another today? If you look at the prayer life of Paul as it is recorded in scripture, you will notice that he rarely prays alone.  Paul brought others into his personal prayer life.  It is amazing to see how many […]

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Grace and Truth

Hey i just wanted to try something new today. I wanted to save our secretary some time in editing my stuff today. She is blessed with enough on her plate this week. Amen for good work. hope you enjoy a change in pace. let me know if you couldn’t see it. Scotty

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