ATB 43 GPS

Recently I was on the way to a meeting.  It was in an unfamiliar part of my home town.  Not really being sure where I was going, I decided that it would be best to at least have some idea as to getting there.

Now I will openly admit to not being quite up to speed when it comes to technology.  A major part of me is still stuck in the past.  And for the record there will always be that part of me that will not progress into this new age of technology.

At least for this occasion I did decide to try something new.  New for me let me add.   I actually used my GPS to lead me to my meeting.  GPS of course stands for Global Positioning System.  I have to admit; using the GPS did in fact get me to my destination.  I was truthfully hesitant at first to try something new.  A part of me as well was inclined to believe that it would not work and that I could just go about the business of doing it my way.

Certainly this era of technology is one that is seemingly making things in our lives easier.  As much as anything what I am finding at this point in my life is that it is important to come to terms with the fact that in life it is better to work smarter than it is to work harder.

With all that we have at our finger tips via this age of technology, we can in fact find ourselves in a position in our day to day living to be able to make life much better for us as well as making our lives easier.  It has been said that while progress is enviable, the acceptance and embracement of it is up to each individual.

As I continue to slowly come of age with technology I found myself thinking about the concept of GPS in a different manor.  My thoughts turned to thinking about GPS from the aspect of our Christian lives.  What would our GPS be within our daily lives as Christians?

My immediate thoughts turned to what might GPS stand for?  I have thought about GPS as follows:  God’s Preferred System.

The very first thing that we would plug into with God’s GPS would of course be the bible.  Psalms 119:105 declares that his word is a lamp unto our feet, a light unto our path.   Each day that we go forth into the world we will face many different challenges.  Our daily journey will indeed find us following paths that will at times find us unsure of what or where we are heading.  But knowing that we can look to the Lord’s word that shines a light directing us, we then can be assured that we indeed are on the right road.

As we follow this light via our heavenly father’s GPS we do so with a commitment to trust in Him, knowing to lean not on our understanding.  I am reminded of those lyrics from that old gospel classic.  “Lead me; guide me, along the way.  For if you lead me I cannot stray.”

God’s GPS, his preferred system is flawless.  It is not so complicated that it would be beyond the reach of any of us.  Access to our heavenly father’s GPS is such that if we are willing to seek him while he can be found, and then to call upon him while he is near, then ours will be a path following in the footprints of righteousness.   His nearness it has been said is merely a prayer away.

The GPS of God is such that be it past, present or future those who chose to have the Lord to order their steps will find that though the road at times may appear to be narrow, and perhaps may seem to be a road less traveled, we know that we know that because of who God is, and who we place our trust and faith in, we have that blessed assurance that where he leads, yes, we will follow, and we will follow him all the way.

GPS…God’s Preferred System:  Who greater is there than He who is from everlasting to everlasting, what a privilege it is to know that in God we can trust Him to lead and guide us on this road of our Christian journey.

To God be the Glory

Alan T. Black

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Nuggets – Separate and Sensual

“But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.” (Jude 1:17-19)

Jude had previous contact with the apostle Peter and was aware of Peter’s observation “that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts” (2 Peter 3:3). Peter describes the lusts of these scoffers by pointing out that their derision is focused on the second coming of our Lord Jesus—they deny the very possibility of the creation itself and, therefore, the omnipotent and omniscient authority of God Himself (2 Peter 3:4-6).

Jude, however, focuses on the core character of these mockers, noting that they “separate themselves” and are “sensual.” They are “soulish” (the Greek word is the adjective form of the noun for soul). That is, these kinds of people are driven by their “natural man” and cannot receive “the things of the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:14). James is even more intense: These people are “earthly, sensual, devilish” (James 3:15).

Furthermore, they consciously separate themselves from the godly. The apostle John speaks to this phenomenon: “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us” (1 John 2:19). Jesus simply notes that “every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved” (John 3:20).

It is therefore an absolute—these people do not have the Spirit of God dwelling in them. “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Romans 8:9). HMM III

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The Perfect Word: Psalm 19

I yearn for all You have prepared for me Lord. Help me accept Your love and care despite my misunderstanding. Help me trust Your Words which are true n perfect for me. Amen.

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Today’s reading: Psalms 17-20.

“It was necessary for our salvation that there be a knowledge revealed by God, besides philosophical science built up by human reason. Firstly, indeed, because the human being is directed to God, as to an end that surpasses the grasp of his reason. ‘The eye hath not seen, O God, besides Thee, what things Thou hast prepared for them that wait for Thee’ (Isaiah 64:4). But the end must first be known by men who are to direct their thoughts and actions to the end. Hence it was necessary for the salvation of man that certain truths which exceed human reason should be made known to him by divine revelation.” – Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas promoted the concepts of general and special revelation, also referred to as natural and divine revelation. We grasp God by our reason with general revelation, reasoning from the created world that there…

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The Path of Life: Psalm 16

I want to and need to follow You only. Help me Lord to see You ahead.

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Today’s reading: Psalms 9-16.

There are circles in life – the cycle of the seasons, the circle of water from sea to cloud and back – but when it comes to people I think God much prefers the line to the circle. Our lives have a path, a direction, a trajectory, a beginning and end. God believes in new beginnings where grace enters through humility and forgiveness to set us back on the right path, but it is the same path. There are no Groundhog Day do-overs and no reincarnations. Time is moving without fail from the beginning of creation to the final day when God judges us all and brings time to an end. This is the only life, the only path, we have.

I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me. Because he…

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So many stars: Psalm 8

My wonderful Lord, I love You.

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Today’s reading: Psalms 1-8.

How many stars can you see in the sky? Under ideal conditions, about 2500. Almost every one of those stars lives in our own neighborhood, the Milky Way Galaxy. But it’s a huge neighborhood. The Milky Way Galaxy stretches out over 120,000 light years in diameter. It contains about 200 billion stars. And it’s only one of an estimated 170 billion galaxies in the visible universe. David didn’t know the number of stars when he wrote Psalm 8, but he was still awed by them (and I bet he saw many more stars in the dark skies of his time).

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than…

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Repentance and restoration: Job 42

Lord, forgive us our ignorance that You want us to be drawn closer to You whether we are high or low in life. Thank You for Your mercy and grace. Amen.

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Today’s reading: Job 40-42.

Prosperity is a painted window which shuts out much of the clear light of God and only when the blue and the crimson and the golden tinge are removed is the glass restored to its full transparency. Adversity thus takes away tinge and color and dimness and we see our God far better than before—if our eyes are prepared for the light. The Lord had taken everything away from Job, and this paved the way to His giving him more of Himself. In the absence of other goods the good God is the better seen. In prosperity God is heard and that is a blessing. But in adversity God is seen and that is a greater blessing.  – Charles Spurgeon, Job Among the Ashes

Job’s suffering led him to the presence of God, and when he saw God he said, “I despise myself and repent in dust…

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Questions with no answer: Job 38

To know You more and to trust You more is all i ask when i do not understand . Help Thou my unbelief.

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Today’s reading: Job 38-39.

“Everyone – pantheist, atheist, skeptic, polytheist – has to answer these questions: ‘Where did I come from? What is life’s meaning? How do I define right from wrong and what happens to me when I die?’ Those are the fulcrum points of our existence.” – Ravi Zacharias

We’ve all got questions. “How I am I going to handle _____?” Why can’t I ______?” “What was ______ all about?” Job has been questioning God ever since his suffering began, begging for him to show up and give him answers, and finally the LORD appears. But instead of giving Job answers, God starts asking his own questions.

Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew? From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens  when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep…

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Does God care about me? Job 35

O God you are so awesome and yet you care for us. Forgive us for the times when we forget and have railed against your seeming silence. Help us know our humble place in You. Amen.

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Today’s reading: Job 35-37.

James complained about the person whose mouth spoke praises to God while cursing his fellow-man. “My brothers and sisters,” he said, “this should not be.” Maybe he had Job’s counselors in mind when he wrote those words. Elihu fits his description all too well. He praises the greatness of God while cursing the wickedness of Job.

“I would like to reply to you and to your friends with you. Look up at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you. If you sin, how does that affect him? If your sins are many, what does that do to him? If you are righteous, what do you give to him, or what does he receive from your hand? Your wickedness affects only a man like yourself, and your righteousness only the sons of men. Job 35:4-8

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Nuggets – The Way and the Glory

“Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.” (Exodus 33:13)

“Moses the man of God” (Deuteronomy 33:1) was surely one of the greatest men who ever lived. He was the leader of a great nation, he received the tablets of the law from God, and he compiled and wrote the Pentateuch. It was said that “there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face” (Deuteronomy 34:10). Yet, “the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3).

It was such a man as this who made two remarkable requests of God. The first was, as above: “Shew me now thy way.” The second, just a moment later, was: “Shew me thy glory” (Exodus 33:18).

These were not selfish requests. Moses desired the way of the Lord on behalf of his people. God answered this request with the gracious promise: “My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest” (Exodus 33:14).

But then he also asked to see the glory of God. So God placed Moses “in a clift of the rock,” covering him with His hand as His glory passed by, allowing him to see the remnants of His glory, as it were (Exodus 33:22-23), since he could not have endured any more. With such a vision of God’s glory, Moses was then able to lead the Israelite multitude for 40 years in a terrible wilderness, transforming them from a mob of slaves into God’s chosen nation, ready to bring God’s Word, and God’s Son, into the world.

We also can see His way and His glory. Jesus said: “I am the way” (John 14:6). Then He prayed: “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory” (John 17:24). HMM

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In Defense of Paul the Apostle as an Advocate for Women

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I told a colleague of mine one time that I greatly admired Paul of Tarsus as a writer. This sent her on an anti-Pauline rant. “He is against women,” she finally concluded.

“How is he against women?” I asked.

“He commands wives to be in subjection to their husbands.” I wanted to rationally converse about this, but the atmosphere was turgid and would be unproductive. Of course, I found out later that her ex-husband was a macho Middle Easterner who undoubtedly lorded it over her in their failed marriage.

I wanted to tell my fellow English teacher that women’s major problems stem from insensitive, self-centered, egotistical, and selfish men. But that would have angered her even more, seeing as how men were not an integral part of her life. I wanted to inform her that she really needed in all fairness to take Paul’s words in context. I never got…

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