The Sabbath Rest in God’s Temple

Immortality Road

We become the temple of God when the Spirit of God begins to dwell in us. Things happen, and after our initial conversion, we may not feel it sometimes. We might be going through a trial that tells our mind something that is against the truth of His word that said, You are the body of Christ, the temple of the Holy Spirit, Yah’s dwelling place.

Speaking of trials—they are for the purification of our faith. Peter says that these “fiery trials” burn out the dross of our faith, which he likens to gold. It operates in a cycle. Revelatory truth comes flooding over us, and we exult in the thrill of getting a little closer to God. But then the thrill is gone for a while. It is like low tide and high tide—ebb and flow. And then the fog lifts, and our hunger for truth returns, and we…

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August 16 – Don’t Take My Word For It

Lord may I draw closer to You over the years to come with experiences that show You are always in control. Amen

THE RIVER WALK

You are reasonable people. Decide for yourselves if what I am saying is true. (1 Corinthians 10:15)

Read: Nehemiah 11:1-12:26, 1 Corinthians 10:14-33, Psalm 34:11-22, Proverbs 21:14-16 

Relate: The greatest theologian of the twentieth century was Karl Barth. Some might argue this. Personally, my favorite was Dietrich Bonhoeffer, but that has more to do with his life and death than it does with his theology (which I also mostly do love). Some people might say the greatest theologian would be Paul Tillich or Rudolph Bultmann. Others who focus more on practics and less on theory might instead throw out names like AW Tozer or CS Lewis. Nope. These are worthy minds but Karl Barth was head and shoulders above them all. This is not my biased opinion. It is just the facts.

Near the end of his life, Barth wrote a book that comes fairly close to an autobiography. It…

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climbing the tree of life

Dear Lord, help us to reach for the heights with You. Amen

Grandpa's Stories for Young Boys

There was once a little squirrel named Brownie who had finished school for the summer. He had really nothing planned.  His mother told him; “You may spend the day in the forest, but remember to be careful and be back early.

Brownie decided to go as far as he could……so he packed a bag full of nuts; Who knows what he would find , or how hungry he would get?

He bounced (as squirrels do) straight into the forest seeing more huge trees than ever. Each one beckoned him to climb aboard… but no there was always one taller just beyond. Until suddenly a voice sounded from deep inside one huge tree that said; “Brownie, If you climb clear to the top, I will give you the best gift you have ever received .” While Brownie could not even see the top, he shook his tail excitedly and was instantly…

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Nuggets – In a Moment

In a Moment
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

This is one of the greatest promises in the Bible, assuring us that “we” (i.e., all believers, whether dead or living when Christ returns) shall suddenly be changed, with our dead or dying bodies instantly transformed into incorruptible, immortal bodies, which can never die again.

This great change, when it finally occurs, will take place “in a moment.” The Greek here is en atomo, “in an atom of time.” This word, implying the smallest entity conceivable by the Greeks, is used only this one time in the New Testament. It is further described by “the twinkling of an eye,” where “twinkling” is the Greek rhipe, also used only this once. Evidently there is nothing else in this present world comparable in rapidity to this miraculous change that will be called forth when “the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God” (1 Thessalonians 4:16).

The great shout (probably uttered by Christ Himself as at the tomb of Lazarus) will instantly create new bodies for both dead and living believers. “The dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

Our new bodies will be like Christ’s resurrection body. He “shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:21).

Christ is able thus to create new bodies for us in a moment, just as when He created all things in the beginning: “He spake, and it was done” (Psalm 33:9). HMM

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Nuggets – Shun Babblings

Shun Babblings
“But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus.” (2 Timothy 2:16-17)

Paul’s earlier warning about “word fights” (2 Timothy 2:14) is strengthened in the text above with a different emphasis. Word fights are “picky” debates started by quarrelsome people. They are useless and divisive. They create conflicts and schisms.

Profane and vain babblings, however, are worldly and valueless “noise.” Less obvious and more subtle than fighting, they have the effect of destroying godliness. “But refuse profane [ungodly] and old wives’ fables [myths, baseless stories], and exercise thyself rather unto godliness” (1 Timothy 4:7).

Because “godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:8), Paul strongly urged Timothy to “keep [guard] that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: which some professing have erred concerning the faith” (1 Timothy 6:20-21).

The “oppositions” spoken of are the “antithesis”—the conflict, the stand against knowledge. Paul calls this anti-knowledge a pseudonumos—a false name. It sounds like knowledge but is not true.

The results of these “babblings” are not good. Ungodliness will increase. Error will eat away at spiritual health and truth like gangrene. The two church leaders that Paul mentions, Hymenaeus and Philetus, are listed as examples of such a cancer. They taught that the resurrection had already occurred for the saints.

Peter’s warning is very similar: “Beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness” (2 Peter 3:17). HMM III

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Desperate Psalms

“The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.”

That proclamation of comfort and assurance from Psalm 23 is probably the most familiar verse of scripture from any of the 150 Psalms.

Much less quoted are the Psalms of lament that cry out …

“How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?” (Ps. 13:1)

While hearing the struggling voices of God’s faithful servants can be a little uncomfortable to read at times, I do love that the Bible is so honest. Instead of always presenting an overly rosy picture of a life of faith, many of the people in the familiar stories grappled with the same issues that I have. Even God’s most committed followers often fought to overcome familiar and all too common hesitations and questions. I can relate well to those emotions, but I’m also grateful that the writers didn’t leave us to drown in our uncertainties when things don’t go according to our desires. If we look a little more deeply, the Psalms do more than just echo our inner anxieties; they help us move beyond our doubt-inducing questions and to lean on God Who gives us sure footing during our seasons of discontent.

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Nuggets – He That Is Spiritual

He That Is Spiritual
“But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.” (1 Corinthians 2:15)

The word rendered “spiritual” is the Greek word pneumatikos, from which theologians have coined the term “pneumatology,” the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Thus, a “spiritual” person is one who is not only born again spiritually through faith in Christ and the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit, but also tries diligently to follow the leading of the indwelling Spirit and to understand and obey the precepts of the Bible inspired by Him.

A spiritual person will have “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16), able to judge all things by spiritual standards and biblical revelation. He or she will “walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit,” knowing that “to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Romans 8:4, 6). As such, spiritual believers prayerfully make decisions seeking God’s will; they are “led by the Spirit of God” (Romans 8:14). And since they “walk in the Spirit,” they “shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).

They will often and repeatedly be “filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18) for Christian service. Furthermore, they will manifest “the fruit of the Spirit” in their lives and personalities—that is, “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Galatians 5:22-23).

Yet, while “he that is spiritual” is thereby able to discern and evaluate all things by such divine standards, he will find himself often misunderstood by unsaved relatives and acquaintances, for “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: . . . because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Nevertheless, “he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Galatians 6:8). HMM

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TELLING IT LIKE IT COULD BE

Always say it like it could be.

Grandpa's Stories for Young Boys

It was the first day of school. Eli  had a big breakfast of bacon and eggs, brushed his teeth, and had put on his new shirt, compliments of grandma, then strapped on his empty backpack. Soon it would be full of books and tablets, and pencils, and things he probably never use. but a full backpack is a good one, he mused.

He thought, secretly,’ It’s about time’;  for summer had run it’s course. Off he went to catch the bus full of exited middle schooler’s with new shirts and equally empty backpacks.

He had been reminded by his mom  “to smile, say yes mam, and thank you. And, don’t take anything at lunch that you are not going to eat”.  That had certainly been his plan ever since he was born……she should know that,  but she had been his mom ever since he was little ; and, she had…

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Nuggets – Things We Ought to Do

Things We Ought to Do
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.” (Matthew 23:23)

This sharp rebuke by Jesus to the legalists of His day should also be taken seriously by us today. Although we are saved by grace alone, there are many things we ought to do, not as a matter of credit towardsalvation, but as gratitude for our salvation. Surely judgment, mercy, and faithfulness are high on such a list.

Other “oughts” of the born-again Christian life would include the following incomplete listing:

1. Prayer: “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1).

2. Obedience to God as Priority: “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

3. Working and Sharing: “So labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

4. Gracious in Speech: “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man” (Colossians 4:6).

5. Walking with God: “As ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more” (1 Thessalonians 4:1).

6. Heeding God’s Word: “We ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip” (Hebrews 2:1).

7. Sanctified Behavior: “What manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness” (2 Peter 3:11).

HMM

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