Tuesday, November 21, 2017

LGLO

Mark 12

28 One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. 

He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, 

"Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"



  29 Jesus replied, 

"The most important commandment is this: 

'Listen, O Israel! The LORDour God is the one and only LORD.

30 And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, 

all your soul, 

all your mind, 

and all your strength.'

31 The second is equally important: 

'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

 No other commandment is greater than these."



There you have it...

Jesus just melted the who thing down to 4 words.

Love God, love others.

LGLO


Maybe if we simply did what Jesus said, this world of ours & our "Christian" reputation wouldn't be in the crapper.


Just a thought...

Monday, November 20, 2017

word

Who needs to hold on to this verse this morning, besides me?



Don't throw away this confident trust in the Lord,

no matter what happens.

Remember the great reward it brings you!

Patient endurance is what you need now,

so you will continue to do God's will.

Then you will receive all that He has promised.

Hebrews 10:35-36

Sunday, November 19, 2017

simplifiy

Mark 10

13 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. 

But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.



  14 When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. 

He said to them, 

"Let the children come to me. 

Don't stop them! 

For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.

15 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn't receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it."

16 Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.



Maybe we should remember those words I underlined whenever we make being a follower of Jesus so unnecessarily complicated or too complicated for others.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

some verses

Here's some verses that roll around inside of me these days.

Some have been there longer than others.



As for me, I am poor & needy, 

but the Lord is thinking about me right now. 

Psalm 40:17



You both precede & follow me. Psalm 139:5



I will never leave you or forsake you. Hebrews 13:5



Don't be afraid or discouraged,

for the Lord is the One Who goes before you.

He will be with you.

He will neither fail you or forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:8



If you cling to your life, you will lose it;

but if you give it up for me, you will find it.

Matthew 10:39



Jesus said, "Come to Me, 

all of you who are weary & carry heavy burdens,

& I will give you rest."

Matthew 11:28



For the word of God is full of living power.

It is sharper than the sharpest knife,

cutting deep into our innermost thoughts & desires.

It exposes us for what we really are.

Hebrews 4:12



You didn't choose Me.

I chose you.

I appointed you to go & produce fruit that will last...

John 15:16



And those are just a few of the dozens & dozens that roll around inside of me at any given time.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Jesus lays it out

Mark 8

34 Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, (Jesus) said, 

"If any of you wants to be my follower, 

you must turn from your selfish ways, 

take up your cross, 

and follow me.

35 If you try to hang on to your life, 

you will lose it. 

But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, 

you will save it.

36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?

37 Is anything worth more than your soul?

38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, 

the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."



Jesus just lays it out here.

No mention of the American Dream as part of a life of discipleship.

Success is not touched on, either.

It is mentioned that if we try to hold on to the plans we have made, we will lose the whole kit & caboodle.

It is only when we let go of all that we hold dear will we find the life God dreamed for us a gajillion years ago.

And we have the classic statement of what good does it do if we become multi-billionaires but don't take care to establish a relationship with God.

This is BIG stuff - Jesus must have really rolled down their socks with these statements n- if they wore socks back then! ;-) LOL

We've become so impervious to truth & reason these days, I'm not sure we can absorb this now.

In our "anything goes" world, where truth is made out to be "fake news" & lies are trumpeted as the truth, I just don't get the feeling that the eternal truth that Jesus states here in such a straighforward manner can be listened to in a culture who now twists the truth is such bazaar & terrible ways.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

RTBEDWF

RTBEDWF

Read the Bible, every day, without fail!


If I was sitting with a bunch of 20somethings & was asked what piece of advice or "words of wisdom" I could offer, I could answer easily...

Read the Bible, every day, without fail!


If I was going to speak to a joint session of Congress or the U. N. General assembly, I would tell them the same thing...

Read the Bible, every day, without fail!


If I was asked to give the commencement address at any high school, college, or university, I would share with them this paramount thought...

Read the Bible, every day, without fail!


If I was going to get a tattoo, I believe the first one would read...

Read the Bible, every day, without fail!


I'm going to be cremated & have my ashes scatter, but if I was going to have a grave site with a tombstone, it would read...

Read the Bible, every day, without fail!


If I was given a chance to sit & chat over a cup of coffee with any world leader alive today, I would say the same thing...

Read the Bible, every day, without fail!



Why?



God has given us an unspeakably, unimaginable gift in the Bible.

It is Him, the God of the universes, speaking directly to us, individually.

No matter what the question or situation, the answer can be found within its pages.


Often I heard people people say they can't seem to ever get God to speak to them.

I usually wonder if that person reads the Bible every day.

Because since I started reading the Bible every day, I can't get Him to shut up!

;-)



If you never take to heart any other thing I ever say again, take this best piece of advice I have...

Read the Bible, every day, without fail!



Now, if you do, God will mess with you.

The very LAST thing you want Him to put His finger on, THAT will be the very FIRST thing He will speak to you about.

He won't let you go until you address it with Him.



The more you read the Bible, the more your perception of the world around you will be altered.

When you compare what is written there, juxtaposed with the way things are today, the clearer things with become.



God many times will alter the direction of your life, often in 90 degrees to 180 degrees.

Course changes often happen abruptly, in directions you would NEVER consider going.



And there will come a richness to your life that is unimaginable.

Because God will speaking intimately & lovingly directly to you.

How in the world can you beat that?!



How do I know all this?

I've been reading the Bible every day without fail since January, 2003.

I've experienced it, day in, day out, for almost 15 years.



Read the Bible, every day, without fail!


please...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

yearly verses

"Don't be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord is the One who goes before you. He will be with you. He will neither fail you or forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:8


This is Moses talking to the Jews as they entered Canaan, the Promised Land, to make it their new home.

It's also one of the verses I believe God gave me for 2017.


Each year since the end of 2002 I've asked God to give me a verse to carry with me into the new year.

Some years He's given me just 1 verse; other years He's given me more than 1.

But each year it has been uncanny how those verses have helped me many, many times as I've lived each day of that year.

Sometimes those verses helped me hold on for another day; other days they kept me from losing all hope & falling into despair.


So, I'd like to encourage you, challenge you to ask God for a verse to hold on to for 2018.

Just ask Him for one.

Then keep reading the Bible every day without fail ;-)

And trust me on this, He will give you a verse.

Just throw away your preconceived ideas.

Whatever feels like the verse He's giving you may not make any sense.

Trust me - as you walk into the year, it will become more & more obvious why you were given it.

How will you know what verse or verses are the ones?

All I can tell you is that you will know.

If you know how to listen out for God, or think you do, you'll just get a leading in your spirit.

That's how it works for me - I just get this sense in my spirit.

I quit trying to figure out why this or that verse has come my way - during the year I saw why.


Anyway, think about it - you've got 6 more weeks - ask Him - just brace yourself - ya never know what He may use to speak to you during next year.