Okay, not really. I actually get along really well with my boss and we work together nicely. Sometimes, though he gets bored and wants to have fun. I also tend to concentrate really hard when I think and forget what my face is doing. Apparently he stalked me all day to put together THIS winning combination, which he immediately sent via text to our entire region.
Periodically for my evening posts, I am going to do something a bit different, starting now. I would like to introduce readers to the Phillips family, recently called missionaries to France. Our church is not the sending church, that would be Calvary Baptist Church in Orlando Florida.
What makes brother Anthony and his family special is that he was brought up in our church and will always be family to many there. He went on after his time at our place to pastor a church in Arkansas, the on to Orlando where he has been the Pastor of Calvary Baptist church until he was called by The Lord to go to France.
Here is the link to their website: The Phillips Family Missionaries to France
Meet the Family
In his day, John the Baptist was what we might call a “big deal.” This man living in the desert, wearing clothes made from skins and living on locusts and wild honey was something special. We know he was because God’s Word tells us he was; any person called by God for a mission is something special. He must have been special, because the crowds thronged to the Jordan river to hear his message of repentance and to be baptized. He was a big enough deal that the Pharisees came out to harass and question him; John was a big enough deal to make them nervous.
John the Baptist, of course, understood just who he was and what his mission was. He was to “make straight the paths of the Lord.” When Jesus showed up this day, John immediately recognized and affirmed just exactly who Jesus was, “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” In another gospel account, John the Baptist even said he, as big a deal as he was, was not even worthy to tie the shoe laces of Jesus.
How does the world react to Jesus today? Like John, we have seen the revelation of Him; we can all see it in the created world, and we can all read it in Scripture. We even have more than John the Baptist; we have history from the past and changed lives from today to testify of Jesus.
But, no, the world doesn’t react that way at all. “What sin?” we scream. “I don’t need some God to run MY life!” we yell. None of this matters. We have all sinned, and whether we own up to it or not matters not even a little bit. Jesus IS the lamb of God, come to take away the sins of the world, and each of us individually. Believe on Him today, and He will take away yours as well.
Hi All. Well I got my outlines in for my upcoming Devotional writing assignment! They send the outlines to the actual lesson writer, the writers for the commentary, and the Daily Devotional writers. We get the lesson outlines and the chosen devotional Scriptures, and off we go!
I have 8 weeks to turn in my manuscripts, and they will actually not publish until the Fall Quarter of 2018. I guess putting together lesson curricula is a long term sort of thing. So, I have 8 weeks to prepare 28 devotionals. It’s a semi large project, because in 28 days a lot of Scripture is covered, so much reading and studying to do before I even begin.
So, I’m going to dive into that pretty full force for a few weeks, and my posting will be semi random. If something just pops in my head as I study, I will chuck it on here. Maybe it won’t be as random as I think. Mostly I am going to release myself from the standing obligation to post things 4 times a day; I may very well still do it, but I am going to release myself from the pressure I feel to do so.
Finally, I am going to reorganize a bit a work and get myself to the point where I only leave home 5 days a week. I’ll still be on call, but not going anywhere makes a huge time difference.
Mostly, I am just staying loose and seeing what God unfolds here.
We may think God is not aware of what we are going through, but He always is
As we see this great sermon by Joshua to the people of Israel things were changing for the people. Moses had died, and now Joshua was in charge of the Israelites as they prepared to enter the promised land. His purpose here was to encourage them as they prepared to do this. Millions of words have been written on this, so mine are not significant or especially new, but just the vague thoughts in my mind as I read this verse, which I do often as it is one of my favorites.
Joshua was openly firm and committed to his position. He was, after all, speaking to the entire nation. No one listening could have possible been unclear about exactly where their leader stood in this issue. He did not waffle, or seek approval; he simply stated precisely where he stood.
Joshua was intentional. He said: “We will.” That status of Joshua and those he was personally responsible for was going to be no accident. He was planning the future based on the faith and obedience of those he was responsible for on a personal level.
Joshua set the tone and direction for his family. He never said, “They can decide,” or “They can sort it out for themselves and let me know.” Joshua declared with no shame the direction his family would go. He clearly stated his intention of taking them that way, and their obedience or lack of would be their own decision ultimately, but he was at least going to make his direction and leadership firmly known.
Joshua did not care what anyone else decided to do; he and his were going with God. He basically said, “You can all do whatever YOU want, but WE are going God’s way.” He did not seek the approval of the nation, or they vote or anything else. Joshua didn’t care what the rest of the nation did.
How many of us are like that? If we are the leaders of OUR families are we setting the tone and direction, or are we just letting them go whichever way the wind of culture and society blow them?
Today truly is the day of Salvation! Good stuff from Beholding Him Ministries. Comments closed here; blessings and enjoy!
7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,
“Today, if you hear His voice,
8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
on the day of testing in the wilderness,
9 where your fathers put me to the test
and saw my works for forty years.
10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation,
and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart;
they have not known My ways.’
11 As I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest.’”
On yesterday, the Lord established that when we read the Holy Bible that it is God Himself who is speaking and that every man must make a choice to believe this truth or not. Now, He speaks to tell us when that choice should be made- TODAY!
It was a Word in due season when Hebrews was written and it is a Word…
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