Monthly Archives: July 2016

Job on knowing better than God…

At the end (well, almost the end) of one of literature’s great conversations, we see an apt reminder for us during those moments when we think we know better than God.

“Then Job answered the Lord and said: “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’ I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.””‭‭Job‬ ‭42:1-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/job.42.1-6.esv

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37 years

37 Years ago today I was blessed by  God with my Sweet Anna. I give glory to God for these 37 years. There is no doubt that we owe our 37 years to His grace (she is married to me after all – imagine that burden to bear). And His grace continues, for each passing year with Anna is more blessed. 

This was an incredibly blessed moment on my Three Score Day with Wyatt, Alexander and William. Filled with gratitude to God for all that we have.

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no room for fear in the house of the Lord

Then:
“And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.”‭‭1 Kings‬ ‭8:10-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/1ki.8.10-11.esv

Now:

“What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭6:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/2co.6.16.esv

The time for looking at buildings and places as God’s house is over. 

He is with us, the Spirit is in us, through the finished work of Christ. We are the church, His body.

There is no room for fear when we are filled with Christ’s Spirit.

Fear not what the world may bring.

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African refugees

I was deeply moved by this PBS report from the water between Africa and Italy. CLICK HERE

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Here are true promises of comfort…

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:2-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/2co.1.2-11.esv

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do you think you are an evangelical?

“In the primaries, some evidence suggested that ‘evangelicals’ who did not attend church were more likely to support Trump!” – Thomas Kidd contributing to TCG

Read more here.

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Rejoice in what God has done!

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, … ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭61:10‬ ‭ESV
“Let the righteous one rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him! Let all the upright in heart exult!”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭64:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:21-26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/rom.3.21-26.esv

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