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A Blogging Sabbatical

Hello friends. After 5 years of great fun, fellowship and learning it is time to take a break and step away from the blog so to speak.

As you all know, I am really, really busy. School, work, writing for the Bogard Press, and attempting to have a home life keep me going full speed.

In 3 months, provided this semester goes well, school will ramp up to a whole new level. We also have a new church home and have assumed some teaching responsibilities and community outreach and ministries.

Finally, my recent physical has enlightened me to the fact that I am no longer a young man. I really need to remove some stressors from my life or possibly pay some consequences.

So, its break time, and it will likely be a long one. I’ll still read my favorite bloggers and comment when I can, though.

Peace and great blogging to all!

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Some 5th Sunday Singing

Every time there is a 5th Sunday in the month, we do Sunday service a bit differently than usual. It’s pretty traditional around here, and lots of places do the same. We have regular morning service, have an awesome potluck in the fellowship hall, and then come back in for some singing. Then, we all go nap for the rest of the day! We have lots of congregational songs, and folks bless us with some special mucic too. Here you go!

It Gets Sweeter

I’m Blessed

Back to God

 

Precious Lord Take My Hand

Precious Memories

A HUGE Spider!

What a perfect illustration this was! Thanks, Mike.

New Hope for Dry Bones

I saw a HUGE spider yesterday. then i stepped back and saw he was tiny next to my house. We should place the huge spiders in our life before God so we can see how small they really are.

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Bible Verses about Walking With God

Thanks for another great collection of Bible Verses, Heather!

Heather C. King - Room to Breathe

  • Genesis 5:22-24 ESV
    Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. 24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not,[b] for God took him.
  • Genesis 6:9 ESV
    These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.
  • Genesis 13:17 ESV
    Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.”
  • Genesis 17:1 ESV
    When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless,
  • Leviticus 26:12 ESV
    And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.
  • Deuteronomy 5:33 ESV
    You shall walk in all the way that the Lord your…

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I John 3:14-16

This is part of an expository series on 1 John by brother Roland Ledoux. Love, love….it’s the only way people know who we are. Great stuff, Roland, thanks for your work on it.

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

1 John 3:14-16, “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”

John goes on to tell us that because of the fact that we love the brethren, our brothers and sisters, we have passed from that spiritual death and darkness into life. This “manifestation” is an essence, a characteristic of Christianity. Love is the catalyst of life as selfishness and self-centeredness is the catalyst of death. This is a spiritual condition. Selfishness, self-centeredness is spiritual death, but also a spiritual condition. It is a darkness of the deepest parts…

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Seven Letters to Seven Churches-Ephesus Part 13

Revelation 2:1-7

“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” Revelation 2:4

Hello friend! Again, I apologize for the temporary lag in posting in this series. Time in the day is limited, and sometimes other things have to take priority.

As readers may recall, we have been in verse 4 of the letter to the church at Ephesus, and have been discussing what it might mean that they had lost, or abandoned, their first love. In the first post on that, we discussed the loss of this love as sort of a fading of fervor such as married couples sometimes experience in the later years of their relationship. Next, we discussed how perhaps our love for doctrine, while important, might actually have taken the place of love for one another and for the love of Jesus and our personal relationship with Him.

I want to lead with a comment from ourladyofblahblahblah, on a previous post in this series. Incidentally, I think that wins the prize for blog name of the century. Anyway she had this to say:

“Im not entirely sure i would agree that the first love that they lost was their love for the Lord. Out of curiosity, I checked a Greek interlinear for the word we render as “love” in the english translation – it is *agapen*, which suggests charitable love, service towards one another, and that suggests to me that it refers to the brotherly love they once had for each other (which Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians mentions they are well known for). This fits – they’ve got their doctrine down, they work tirelessly, they do all the things that would seem to indicate that their love for the Lord is alive and well…but perhaps they are not loving each other particularly well. (As a member of a church body known for its concern for purity of doctrine, i can tell you i have seen how concern for doctrine, when put above love for neighbour, can tear a church apart. When doctrine is being used like a hammer to crush those beneath it…well, something has gone terribly wrong.)”

I have no problem with the above statement at all. We certainly can’t say dogmatically what the “first love,” really was; that is precisely why we are poking around in various possibilities. It could be one of them, some of them, or all of them. I agree with what my dear friend said, and want to expand on it a bit.

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up” 1 Corinthians 13:4

I include that because follows next is an excerpt from a series I wrote on 1 Corinthians 13. It’s actually most of the entire post:

“I am going to stir up a spot of trouble right away today. I am a King James Bible guy. After you all throw things at me, please hear me out. I also like lots of other translations and find them useful. I have numerous translations as well as numerous Study Bibles by different Bible teachers. It’s all good. I, however, do all of my reading from the King James Bible and that is what I use in this Blog. The main reason I do that is simple: those King James translators knew how to use some English! King James English is often difficult, but it is also often very accurately descriptive as well. We have a great case of that descriptiveness in the verses above.

1 Corinthians 13 and 1 John 4 are the two biggest descriptions of love found in the Bible and a verse from each is included in this article.  See anything that arouses your interest? Of course, you do! In  1 John the translators consistently used the word “love” to describe love; it is used some 27 times. In 1 Corinthians, the translators used the word “charity” to describe love; there it is used 9 times.  What we have to understand is that the original word in all cases is some form of “agape

Sometimes when we read 1 Corinthians 13, we tend to dismiss the word used by simply saying, “Oh, that just means love there.” Is it possible that there is more meaning there? Let’s look at that quickly. The King James translators were not stupid, they surely knew they could have just used our word “love” in each case; they didn’t just become confused. Additionally, language translation is sometimes both art and science and word for word translations do not always work. Translators sometimes have to look at the original intent of meaning they see in the original language and put the  same meaning in the new language.

Let’s look briefly at the English language usage of the words, “Love” and “Charity.” I think in most of our minds a difference would come to mind immediately; it does in mine. The use of the word “Charity” seems to imply an action; it seems to apply that something is happening versus something simply being felt. Does that sound familiar?”

So, this church was busy; this church nailed doctrine. Had they forgotten another reason our Lord formed the church as a local, called out assembly? Friends, love is far more than just a mushy feeling; I would maintain that in some ways, feelings don’t even matter. Putting actions behind our profession of love is what really matters. I can’t will myself to love the unloveable, but I can will myself to put my supposed impression in action and take care of the unloveable. That action, propelled by the power of the Holy Spirit to change me, will result in real love, every time.

Are we so wrapped up in “doing,” and doctrine that we forget that we are a body composed of real people, with real issues and real needs? If we have, then we may have abandoned our first love.

 

 

 

 

 

Bible Verses about Drawing Near to God

Drawing near to God is our solution to every problem! This is a great collection of Bible verses to remind us. Thanks, Heather.

Heather C. King - Room to Breathe

  • Psalm 65:4 ESV
    Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,
        to dwell in your courts!
    We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
        the holiness of your temple!
  • Psalm 73:28 ESV
    But for me it is good to be near God;
        I have made the Lord God my refuge,
        that I may tell of all your works.
  • Psalm 145:18 ESV
    The Lord is near to all who call on him,
        to all who call on him in truth.
  • Isaiah 55:1-3 ESV
    “Come, everyone who thirsts,
        come to the waters;
    and he who has no money,
        come, buy and eat!
    Come, buy wine and milk
        without money and without price.
    Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
        and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
    Listen diligently to me, and eat…

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Bleh

Has anybody ever had a hard time writing? I don’t mean you fiction writer types; I can see that as a problem for sure. If you don’t have the inspiration, then you just don’t. That makes sense.

I don’t write fiction; I write devotional Bible lessons mostly. I even have TWO series that are not even close to done.  I even have ideas in my head. I actually have several posts practically written in my head.

I was off yesterday, so I had plenty of time.

Yet, I can’t seem to put anything on paper, so to speak.

Bleh.

Monday chuckles

I need a double dose of funny today. Here is one from Bluebird of Bitterness. Enjoy!

bluebird of bitterness

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