Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Probably the hardest hitting section of this book is found in the 8th chapter where the author, speaking of God's provision of a ram in stead of Issac on the mountain, writes:
Abraham's problem and God's solution were coming up the same mountain, but the problem couldn't be see the solution until it paid the price to reach the top.... Only God could see both sides of the mountain. (p. 147)
I have been blessed to have read so many thought provoking and challenging books that I can recommend to those who are serious about deepening their relationship with Christ. God's Eye View is another one of those books.
(Even if you do not read God's Eye View let me encourage you trust the One who sees both sides of the mountain you are climbing.)
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
"Be yourself, everyone else is taken."
-- Author unknown (to me anyway)
I came across this quote months ago and it has really been weighing on me. Where would the world be today if some of the great thinkers of the past had not been who they were?
America's founding fathers…
The truth is that everyone has a sense of what they want others to do and be. But in the end, we must all submit to the leading of the Lord in our lives and not make apologies for it.
To put it another way:
I have a very, very clear vision for my children. There are things I would like them to achieve. But I can not allow my vision… my idea of what the Johnson kids should be and do to cloud the vision Jesus has for them.
Trust me… His vision is better.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
My youngest daughter is getting chunky... that is a good thing. Doctors (generally) say that babies should drink whole milk. Apparently, the high fat content is good for her developing brain and the chunkiness shouldn't be too big a deal due to her high metabolism. (babies have a higher metabolism adults do)
This is nothing new. We have been down this road three times before. It dawned on me this morning though that while a higher fat diet is essential for a baby... it can be fatal (or at least problematic) in adults. So what's the difference? The Apostle Peter writes:
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation...
1 Peter 2:2-3
A baby's body is designed to digest milk. In fact, a newborn can not ate anything else. Today we have baby formula, which is a great attempt at trying to duplicate breast-milk.
So how long should my baby drink ONLY milk?
Consider the words of the author to the Hebrews:
In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
Izzy just cut her first set of teeth and she is sporting them well. (Imagine Sunny from A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS... only darker.) Even though she has some serious toothage she can not handle a steak. Which is good. Did you know that she would actually be malnourished if she ate what you and I ate? It's true. Her body is not designed for it, it has yet to mature to the point be needing other foods.
Likewise, you and I would be in serious trouble if we ONLY ate what babies eat.
So what's the point?
Paul, in writing to a once disobedient church in Corinth, says:
Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.
1 Corinthians 3:1-2
Let me say this as frankly as I can:
If you want to grow in your relationship with Jesus... you MUST move past the simple milk of the Word.
I have met Christians that have been babes in Christ for years (even decades!). There are also folks out there that are not content with staying babes and mature rather quickly.
The point is not to compare one another... the point is to grow. And rest assured that Gos is pleased when we mature in Christ.
Remember that all Scripture is profitable... even the milk.
(Sent from a mobile device... sorry about the spelling.)
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
I came across this quote the other day.
There are some folks that NEED trouble in there lives. They have no peace... not because Christ is not willing to grant it, but they are not willing to recieve it.
No news to to is not good news for them.
Jesus has triumphed over death, hell, and Satan. He ever lives to make intercession for us.
If you find that you are restless, find your rest in Him.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
- When Daniela and I got married, we did not have much. By the grace of God we were not lacking much, but we certainly did not have a house full of feasting. Life was simple and we were content.
- I have also been in homes where there was abundance... but no joy.