by Joseph Franks
I recognize the good law of God. It comes from his glorious character and attributes. It is written on my heart. Clearly it is presented in the sacred scriptures. It has been taught and preached to me all of my days. Yes, I know God’s law, and it expresses to me God’s divine standard and sacred will. And in God’s law I learn of the holy, healthy, and happy consequences that follow perfect obedience.
Fall arrived on the calendar, yet the air remained warm. Trees with their still-green leaves swayed in the wind. Mesmerized, I sat under a tall oak tree and breathed deep of the beauty of God’s nature. The gentle waving motion of the trees beckoned to bring focus up to the sky and up to God.
I wonder, how many times does God wave hope, joy, life, peace, and glory from the heavens to those of us living on planet earth? How often do we miss God’s tender love? Flowers wave their petals at passers-by, birds wing and wave, the waves wave against the shore, and God reveals His glory. Stars twinkle in the night, winking and waving at the world.
By Dave McCarty
Proclaiming the Gospel today, requires a different approach than in Paul’s day. Seems to me. Why? Two thousand years of people all over the world, hearing about Christians and Christianity, with many negative opinions formed about us, most with justification. What worked for Paul, doesn’t work today, with most audiences. If Paul were here today, I think he would understand his audience of pre-believers, just like he did in Athens.
Last week, September 23rd was my graduation (yay!), an end to a four-year journey. Previously I wrote about the early days of my university life with all the bumps, the days of spending a semester in Germany, and I think it’s only fair to write one more as my days of learning came to an end.
For the past few days, I’ve been reflecting on everything that, by God’s grace, I’d been enabled to do and found myself keep adding to what an already long list.
I was only reminded to do so a couple days ago as I was in a car and passed through a road that was oddly familiar — one filled with memories of laughter, traffic jam, and utter fatigue.
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To whom do I give My inheritance?
When I can’t call you son…
Though you claimed to know Me,
All I can say is, “I never knew you”
Depart from me you worker of iniquity,
Though the world affirms you religious,
Doing all… Just so self be glorified,
When My glory is for Me and alone.
Seriously did he? To listen to ourselves and others there is some serious doubt as to those things that God has told us how he sees us.
Today we look at some of the things that God has said and how they may change our lives.
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