Thursday, May 25, 2006
Civic Pride is a form of stewardship. We're given dominion over the created world, but alas, many take that and abuse it by being careless with natural resources, or by literally abusing other creatures or even plants. F'rinstance, the vandalizing of people's gardens. I was greatly influenced by a Disney cartoon with a forest ranger and a bunch of funny bears, and a song about "litter bug, litter bug, shame on you". It angers me to see litter, to see people littering, especially when there is a waste receptacle nearby. My front yard is a frequent recipient of bits of trash left by students who finish their snacks just around our house. Even my own kids have been careless at times. I HOPE as adults they're more conscientious! God made the natural world so beautiful...shame upon us if we do not take care of it!
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
"God is in control" as Twila Paris sings - when my own plans seem to come to naught, I can rest assured that HIS are still in place. And while I do try to seek to know His will and move therein, I may misstep, get the timing wrong. But He gives us examples like Jonah. I'll never forget the devotional given by Rick Fineout,the principal at New Covenant shcool while I was there, about Jonah. He pointed out that if God was able to accomplish His purposes through Jonah even when the prophet was doing his utmost to AVOID doing HIs will, how much more can He accomplish His will through us when we DESIRE and SEEK to obey? He understands our frame, that we are finite, we are dust. But He has a better vantage point, and can direct things quite well even DESPITE us. And so I can say when things fall through, GOD IS SOVEREIGN - He reigns! Thank God for that!
Monday, May 22, 2006
Jesus taught us not only to pray asking for foregiveness but exhorted us to forgive, giving us examples in the parable of the wicked servant who did not forgive his fellow who owed him little after he had been forgiven an unpayable debt by his master.
"I owed a debt I could not pay, He paid a debt He did not owe". If I, with all my shortcomings (euphemism for sin!) can expect that my Pather will forgive me because of the precious blood of Jesus, shall I not also extend forgiveness to those who've inconvenienced me?
Self forgiveness is also necessary. We need to value and believe God's word that He HAS forgiven us in Christ. If by Christ's death on the cross my sins were atoned, when I was not even born to commit them, how can I think that the future ones are not under the blood? While in this earthly tent I'll be struggling against the issues of the flesh. I may lose an occasional battle - but the war itself has already been won thru the cross. Halleluiah!
Sunday, May 21, 2006
I remember in the days of being a Missionette leader of the Primroses, we spoke about being good STEWARDS...of time, talent and money.
I've been having a problem with one young believer who is lacking in maturity, and hasn't learned this lesson yet. I think I know how the apostle Paul felt when John Mark backed out of the journey with Paul and Barnabbas. What bothers me more than her renigging on the trip, though, is the failure to communicate with me - I found out thru someone else. Had she told me sooner I could have acted sooner on the ticket I purchased for her. Well, I have to call the travel agency and see if I can just switch it over to myself and go again NEXT year so that I won't be out the $1200! So...here I go!
Friday, May 19, 2006
getting together with other believers to talk about experiences in the Lord, and even just to talk about STUFF..it's a time of being knit together, of enjoying one another. How's that Bill Gaither song go? Something like..."Going together, enjoying the trip, getting used to the family I'll spend eternity with.Learning to love you, how easy it is getting used to the family of God" I appreciate the "e-church" fellowship through Spark...and I treasure the local family of Shepherd's Heart. I'm so glad Ron and Sue will be at Koinonia this weekend...it's such a cross section of the Body of Christ. "HOw beautiful the Radiant Bride who looks at her Groom with His light in her eyes..."How beautiful is the Body of Christ.But I've got to avoid putting so many unnecessary calories in THIS body!
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