Christian Flash Weekly: “Learning to See”

Help us see dear Lord what You would have us see – through our short-sightedness and temporary egoistic blindness. Use us as Your channel of blessing from Your perspective. Thank You Lord. Amen.

The Artistic Christian

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“Learning to See”

As morning light seeped into my bedroom window, I felt its warmth upon my face. For one glorious moment, I could have sworn I saw brilliant color dancing before me. My heart leaped for joy…

Then I opened my eyes.

Like every morning before this one, I found myself overwhelmed by utter darkness. Engulfed in a lonely sense of not knowing – not seeing, I moaned.

As was my morning routine, I slammed my fist against the wall and screamed for a long, long time. “Why?” The sound was bloodcurdling, which comforted me somehow.

The neighbors really seemed to enjoy this part.

After thirty years of groping in darkness, I was operating out of mere habit. But this morning was different. This time, Someone answered.

A Voice, pure as water and tender as fine silk, spoke from the black void.

“Why, you ask? Because Henry, you’ve inspired…

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Nuggets – The Peace of Thy Children

The Peace of Thy Children
“And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.” (Isaiah 54:13)

This prophetic verse has its primary fulfillment still in the future. Nevertheless, it states a basic principle that is always valid and that is especially relevant on Father’s Day. The greatest honor that children can bestow on a father is a solid Christian character of their own, but that must first be his own gift to them. Before sons and daughters can experience real peace of soul, they must first be taught of the Lord themselves, and the heavenly Father has delegated this responsibility first of all to human fathers.

The classic example is Abraham, “the father of all them that believe” (Romans 4:11). God’s testimony concerning Abraham was this: “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment” (Genesis 18:19). This is the first reference in Scripture to the training of children, and it is significant that it stresses paternal instruction in the things of God. Furthermore, the instruction should be diligent and continual: “When thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deuteronomy 6:7).

The classic New Testament teaching on child training has the same message: “Ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

Not wrath, but peace, as our text suggests. Great shall be the peace of our children when they know the Lord and keep His ways. Great, also, is the joy of a godly father when he can see the blessing of the Lord on his children and then on his grandchildren. “Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers” (Proverbs 17:6). HMM

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Dreaming Bigger

O Lord please help us to dream big with You, Help us attempt them and let You accomplish great things through us. Amen.

The Artistic Christian

The other day I was with my four-year-old son in the yard when we noticed an airplane zooming overhead.

“If you could fly anywhere in the whole world, where would you go?” I asked.

Without hesitating, he cried gleefully, “McDonald’s!”

I laughed, but realized that because of his limited experiences, that probably was the greatest vacation destination he could imagine at the time.

And then I began to re-evaluate my own dreams.

Does God shake His head and laugh when I tell him about the dreams I’m clinging to? To me they sound thrilling, sure, but to Him, do they sound as exciting as a trip to McDonald’s?

Ephesians 3:20 says that God is able to do “far beyond anything we could ask or even dream of.” That tells me that He has plans for us that are infinitely greater than anything we can fathom…and here we are whining about…

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He did not come to be an Apprentice…

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He is The Bread from Heaven…” For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”  John 6:33

Bread of Life CommunionMy Devotion:  John 6:22-68

 

22 On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His disciples had entered,[c] and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone— 23 however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks— 24 when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. 25 And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi…

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Nuggets – Reasonable Service

Reasonable Service
“I beseech you therefore . . . by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)

For those who would know God’s will for their lives, these verses provide the definitive answer. The key is sacrifice, not conformity. It is paradoxical, but wonderfully true, that real living is dying—dying to the world and living unto Christ! This great theme is emphasized repeatedly throughout the New Testament (Galatians 2:20, etc.).

Whether paradoxical or not, the principle of sacrificial living for Christ is eminently reasonable service! “Reasonable” is the Greek logikos, from which we derive our word “logical.” “Service” is the Greek latreian, referring to service as a priest. We have been made “an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5). It is perfectly logical that we render such lifelong service to the great Friend who laid down His life for us in order to take away our sins and give us everlasting life with Him in the ages to come.

It is also logical that we should not conform our lives to the standards of this present evil world. Why should we imitate this world’s materialism or humanism, in dress or music or morals or anything else? We have far higher and more lasting standards, guided by the Word of God and by minds renewed in Christ.

Our minds once were “blinded” by “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4), but now they can be guided by “the mind of the Lord” (Romans 11:34; 1 Corinthians 2:16). Here is the key to knowing that good and acceptable and perfect will of God! HMM

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All God’s people – Love lifted me!

All God’s people have experienced His lifting us out of the miry clay of sin. Praise God.

 

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LB 35…The Miracle Of Birth

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Jim once asked an atheist if he had ever wrestled, even for a few moments, with the thought that maybe God does exist.

“Absolutely!” the atheist said, to Jim’s surprise. “Years ago when our first child was born I almost became a believer in God.

“As I looked down at that miniature-but perfect little human being in the crib, as I watched the flexing of those tiny fingers and saw the dawning of recognition in those little eyes, I went through a period of several months during which I almost ceased to be an atheist. Looking at that child almost convinced me there had to be a God.”

From “Discover: We Can Believe In God”, by The Voice of Prophecy

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All God’s people – God wants to hear you sing

It is action in confidence – in God we trust – when you sing through the storm and hopeless situations. So sing ! It is about God not you!

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TT53  A Tagalog Devotional: Jesus Said, “Take Care of my Sheep”

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Basahin: John 21:16

Isa ka bang pintor na nais maglingkod para sa mga tupa (at naliligaw) na mga tupa ng Diyos? O isa ka bang manunulat na may ganito ring pananaw?

“Ingatan mo ang aking mga tupa,” iyan ang bilin ni Jesus kay Simon Pedro. Biling maaari nating gawing personal kahit hindi man tayo mga pastol ng iglesia.

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Coloring Outside the Lines

It is so easy to point out other’s mistakes. So difficult to apologise for our mistakes. May the Lord help us learn from our mistakes.

The Artistic Christian

Though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.” – Psalm 37:24




Mistakes. Oh, how we hate to get caught making mistakes! The mere thought of it used to paralyze me. (Yes, I was that kid standing in the candy aisle for hours, terrified of making the wrong choice!)

Of course, as we grow older the cold, hard truth begins to settle in: mistakes are inevitable. No matter how hard we strive for perfection, we willslip up from time to time.

The reality of this has greatly humbled me of late. I won’t always teach perfect lessons, preach perfect sermons, or handle every situation at home the way Mr. Cleaver would have approved of.

And that’s okay.

To relieve stress, my wife and I have dove into the trendy world of adult coloring. As I work on my little masterpieces, the stress…

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