Don’t let your worries get the best of you; Remember, Moses started out as a basket case.
What is disharmony besides the opposite of harmony? It is the state of being deranged or lacking in orderliness. It is also conflict, strife, warfare,disunity or dissension.
If Heaven has only harmony, then could it be much of man’s difficulties come from disharmony?
We have constant disconnects, confusion, and cry over lack as if there is no abundance when God makes it clear he has plenty of everything to go around. (Philippians 4:19) He created the earth with more provisions than man would ever need for every person who will ever inhabit it until the end of the age. That being said, man in his selfish habits and greed once again manage to “muck it all up.”
You may argue the point there is an evil enemy who lurks around like a roaring lion wishing to devour any and all of us. (1 Peter 5:8) However, if we humans would have figured out from the start and by that I mean Adam and Eve we could have extinguished, eradicated, slaughtered and completely wiped him out; yeah. It would have worked. But we didn’t. So to make it easier on ourselves we will just blame Adam and Eve especially since they are no longer around to defend themselves.
God keeps his promises which give us no way out of this mess except through him. As common sensed as that sounds, many have no clue to pursue him.
Why does he tell us to seek him?
Could it be if we did we would find an inner understanding and knowledge from God to explain in simple terms how to deal with life’s troubles and problems? (Matthew 11: 28-30)
If we will allow God to reveal his processes by going to him first, he will walk us through every moment in perfect harmony.
Isn’t that “Heaven on Earth?”
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The Bible never ceases to amaze me. How anyone can think it is dull must not be reading the same one I read. Just when I begin to pat myself on the back for all I have learned (LOL) God reveals one verse unknown to my list of classroom unchartered territories.
Whoa. He might find someone else to add as a reference on his resume.
Researching him, very little is found. There are other references to an “Alexander” in the NT who all came from Ephesus. Whether these 3 are 1 in the same is questionable. However the determination that 2 of them resided in Ephesus within the period of time Paul wrote 1Timothy and 2nd Timothy so it is highly possible at least 2 of them were the same Alexander. To be clear, there were other “Alexander’s” mentioned in the NT but evidence doesn’t speak to them as being this particular person.
1 Timothy 4 goes into some detail of Paul’s instructions to Timothy before his “departure.” He outlines instructions of how to act, what to do and to “keep his head” in all situations.
Sounds almost like Timothy didn’t have both oars in the water? Or not?
Why was Paul warning him?
He goes on to explain how many would:
Turn away from sound doctrine
Cater to their own selfish desires
Listen to only what they want to hear
Surround themselves with those who believe as they did
Turn away from the truth
Accept myths as the truth
How did Paul know his words written toward the end of the 1st Century (time?) would describe exactly the 21st Century?
Paul continues to inform Timothy, all his friends deserted him except Luke. He asks Timothy to get Mark and bring him because he is a great support in ministry. He also asks Timothy to bring with him some items he forgot such as his cloak and scrolls.
Now why is that in the Bible? Was Paul forgetful? Scatter brained?
Paul prepares Timothy for his possible meeting with this metal maker, “Alexander.”
My take on this “Alexander” fellow reminds me of some big time names I won’t name. He sounds like a modern day politician who indoctrinates others to his way of thinking or at least tries to.
He was not to be trusted and was quite vocal about his stance against the Gospels.
He refused the message Paul gave; may have done personal harm to the Apostle and could have been labeled “evil.” Sound familiar?
And if I am not mistaken Paul refers to him as a “lion” in verse 17.
This Alexander guy was hardly mentioned but made such an impact on Paul he made sure Timothy was on his guard around this man.
Paul also clearly defined God saved him from the “Lions mouth” giving Timothy the assurance of protection and strength.
So….we should be able to take a lesson from our dear, old Paul…..
“Alexander’s” may be standing right in front of us, but what Alexander doesn’t see in between us will stop him.
You wonder how you got where you are.
It wasn’t anything you asked for; it was forced upon you like a ton of boulders falling from a cliff.
You had no way to stop it or so you thought. Now, you’re on a ledge waiting to be found.
The darkness is like a black hole. And it smells like death.
You’ve lost count of how long this “abyss” has lasted.
Where are all those people who supposedly cared? Why don’t they rescue you?
And where is God? Why hasn’t he shown up?
All alone and forgotten, climbing out isn’t an option. There are no escape routes or steps.
So far from everything and everyone, crying or screaming is futile. God must be deaf or simply not listening.
If this is hell, then why are you there? Didn’t you accept Christ as your Savior?
Thinking out loud always helped.
This can’t be hell; it isn’t hot. Musty, dirty with some rabid creatures running around, but it isn’t even warm…….what is this place?
The depths of misery show up in different sizes, forms and have no time clock. Seasons pass as you lose all awareness of life. It can’t get any worse. You were taught to never give up but at this moment hope is lost. So what is the point?
Do you see it? Is it what you think it is? Don’t take your eyes off of it or it might go away….
Where did it come from? Has it been there all this time?
IT IS A LIGHT! A DIM GLIMMER, BUT A LIGHT AT THE END OF THIS TUNNEL!
Focus on the flicker, the glow and maybe it will shine brighter or get closer.
Does this mean there is hope? This deep chasm is finally ending?
If you have experienced the agony of an enduring pain or the equivalent to the “Gehenna,” then a glimmer of hope becomes your lifeline. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, around the corner of tormented nothingness is a flame that won’t burn out.
That distinct moment you choose to give it all up, the flame becomes a bright light. Reaching for the polished radiance the light becomes a guide out of the depths of grief and affliction.
Directing your path is the one who is the way, the truth and the life. (John 14:6)
Shepherding is his job.
Protection of his sheep down to the last one is his goal.
He is the Chief Shepherd. (1Peter 5:4)
The Door. (John 10:7
Overseer. (1Peter 2:25)
He is the One True Light (John 1:9)
And yes, he was there all along.
“On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And expedience comes along and asks the question, is it political? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor polite, nor popular— but one must take it because it’s right,” said Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.
His argument stated that it didn’t matter if they were being lied to. Believe them because it is a betrayal of their heritage to do otherwise.
I wonder if he would come speak at our church.
We all need this lesson.
God’s truth is the truth, no matter what.
Reading the story of Paul yesterday, he was a man placed in the court of public opinion before and after a true judicial bench, just like George Zimmerman.
Paul or Saul was born a Roman citizen but a Jewish Pharisee also. Maneuvering his way through the “sect of the Nazarene’s” to kill anyone who followed this man named “Jesus” he succeeded only to become one himself. It had to be a God, thing.
Yet, his life became a “man on the run” due to his heritage that he betrayed for the Son of God.
Paul’s circle of educated hypocrites couldn’t accept he had forsaken his birthright to follow an imposter of the Messiah.
Paul stood in front of his accusers speaking of his lineage as a Pharisee and his hope in the resurrection. (Romans 23:6-8) The next day some of those very Jews plotted to kill him. (Romans 23: 12-15)
He was sent to the Governor. He ended up in prison for 2 years waiting to be tried. (Romans 24) Even King Agrippa could not find charges reasonable enough to put him to death.
Many today believe loyalty trumps the truth even when it is wrong. Not much different than in Paul’s era.
Reverend Ken Hutcherson and the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. got it right. Both men followed the course of action as the Apostle Paul did.
They have taken the “Stand your Ground” law to a whole new level of allegiance to the Creator of the Universe instead of the court of public opinion.
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I often imagine what other people say about what I’m doing and it’s always the people who don’t really like me. I mentally argue with them until I’ve finally proven I’m not who I used to be. I’ll spend hours inside my own head explaining my side of the story and why you need to know I’m not a bad guy and that I’m sorry for the person I was before.
Seriously. Hours. I can’t seem to do a single good thing without the strangling voice of condemnation cutting into my head. It squeezes the value of any good I could do. Even when I win the argument in my angry fantasies, I’m not at peace; I’m more mad than when I started. It’s terribly exhausting.
When someone aims a harmless joke at me, I repeat that phrase in my head over and over, rotating it like a dirty…
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The following is a re-blog of a post I wrote July 19, 2012. Today, July 19, 2013 is our daughter’s 25th birthday. In honor of her and the blessing God brought through her I am re-posting it.
Finding Faith in Strange Places
God is beyond faithful. He often surprises us with positive answers to our prayers, even when he knows the outcome may not be all we expected it to be. I have found in spending much time alone with God over the years that he even gives me the smallest details of my prayers. That is not to say that sometimes he says no simply because God knows the whole picture and what is ahead. In this case I could not have been more blessed. (Matthew 6:33, “Your heavenly father knows your needs and he will give you all you need from day to day…
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Genesis 1: 11-13 “Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.”