Friday, April 30, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
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Friday, April 16, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
" Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him."
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.
Science fiction novels and movies like to explore what it would be like to have powers and senses that go beyond our five natural senses. Superman can see through walls and hear a cry for help miles away (not to mention the ability to fly and to bend steel). Other stories deal with traveling across time or being transformed from normal human appearance to that of the powerful "Hulk". I suppose science fiction intrigues us as we consider our limitations and think about expanding our experience. Paul discusses this in 1 Corinthians, chapters one and two. He talks about how the world has not been able to find God through its own wisdom and how God has provided the "6th sense" we need that can truly carry us beyond the limits of this life. That extra sense is the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit. Apparently we only find God, understand God and obey God through the activity of the Holy Spirit in our lives and through our response to this Spirit. As we saw in the passage quoted above, there are things God has prepared for us that are impossible to see, to hear or to even imagine in our own ability. God must reveal these things to us or we well not find them. He has revealed them through His Spirit. It is as though we have been living a separate kind of existence all our lives, thinking all we can know is received through the portals of our senses and our natural minds. Then, wondrously, we grasp God's great love for us...the personal meaning of His Son's mission to Earth, death and resurrection, and as we open our heart to welcome Him, the Lord then moves into our lives in the form of His Spirit. Verse 12 tells us why the Spirit comes to us: 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. An entire new existence opens us as the Spirit reveals insights directly from God. We would have continued in darkness, but with the Holy Spirit we can actually be connected to the mind of God. Verse 16 really caps it off: 16 For "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ. Certainly this explains the greatness of our personal walk with the Lord...that we might grasp the ways of God with the help of His Son as His mind guides our own!
Monday, April 12, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
work is the talk of the town.
Be glad, good people! Fly to God!
Good-hearted people, make praise your habit.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
looking for signs of spring,
Looking for buds about to burst into flower,
anticipating readiness, ripeness.
Before I knew it my heart was raptured,
carried away by lofty thoughts!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
Friday, April 2, 2010
And in all these things is the life of my spirit;
So You will restore me and make me live.
17 Indeed it was for my own peace
That I had great bitterness;
But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption,
For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.