clarity

ClarityI listened to part of a powerful sermon the other day. The message seemed to be reflective of scripture although no obvious reference to scripture was given.

This seems to be a trend in preaching today. A preacher becomes enamored with an idea they have picked up from the Word and after reflecting on the meaning of the scripture they have read or studied, a sermon is born.

Nothing wrong with that, right?

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remembering mom again...

The Nightingale AliceSlonaker
by Vivian Ross

My beautiful Mother, my Angel
Precious nightingale,
you are now free in Heaven
to sing and praise our Lord
without a worldly care.

I hope that GOD in all His Might
will in a dream let me see
how HE now in His arms
holds and fills you with
Eternal Joy and Peace.

To see you laugh
and hear you sing
in God’s presence
is my dream.

 

 

Remembering my Mom, who passed away on September 18, 1996. I love and miss you, Mom.


myst

 

I have only been a novice video game player.  I've owned a couple of game consoles (Atari, Game Boy, NintendoDS, Playstation, etc.) and we've had fun playing games like those Mario racing games and others.

But in 1993 (or soon after), I started reading about this game which relied upon the player to be part of the game - in fact the game revolved around the player being the catalyst of resolving the problems in the game itself.

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bad news

BadNews"[As a believer], you ought not to be afraid of the arrival of bad news; because if you are distressed by such, you are no different from other men. They do not have your God to run to; they have never proved His faithfulness as you have done, and it is no wonder if they are bowed down with alarm and cowed with fear. But you profess to be of another spirit; you have been born again to a living hope, and your heart lives in heaven and not on earthly things. If you are seen to be distracted as other men, what is the value of that grace that you profess to have received? Where is the dignity of that new nature that you claim to possess?

Moreover, unconverted men often run to wrong means in order to escape from difficulties, and you will be sure to do the same if your mind yields to the present pressure. Trust in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Your wisest course is to do what Moses did at the Red Sea: 'Stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD.' (Exodus 14:13) For if you give way to fear when you hear bad news, you will be unable to meet the trouble with that calm composure that prepares for duty and sustains in adversity."

- Morning and Evening, Charles Spurgeon (updated by Alistair Begg)


mickey mouse club

TBTA new Mickey Mouse Club was introduced this week. Bill is not very happy with the result.

I was too young to see the original series. It only ran for four years and so all I was able to see were reruns which started in 1962 - 1968. It along with Walt Disney's "World of Color" - and the animated features, of course - were what captured my imagination.

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the upside of loneliness

Yes, yes - I've heard lots of things about singleness and how lonely it all is. Quotes, pictures, advice, instruction. Some of it good. Some of it tiresome.

But solitude does have it's advantages. I'm guessing people are so conditioned to thinking that "normal" means you are always with someone that they rarely consider the upside of being alone.

Maybe some need to take time to "count their blessings" and among them - they are single - consider the advantages that come from a solitary life.

Loneliness


never forget

I was in the Millenium Hotel that lay at the base of the Towers. My room was about 10 stories off the ground and faced the courtyard between the Towers. I can still remember looking out the window and up and seeing the Towers shrouded in fog one morning so that the tops of the Towers could not be seen.

Seven months later, the Towers would collapse...

Never forget the lives lost so tragically and senselessly.

 


Toussaint

Another of the great professors I encountered at Dallas Theological Seminary has passed away.

Dr. Toussaint was passionate about the Word of God, but he also deeply cared for the students who sat in his classes. He was firm but fair. He knew the Word and it was a challenge just to hear him speak with such deep familiarity of and love for what God has given me in the pages of my Bible.

I know I shall never attain to levels of spiritual life or Christian influence that men such as Dr. Toussaint achieved. But I am so very glad I had the opportunity to witness real godliness in so many men and women of God - both at Dallas Seminary and at Washington Bible College. 

 


consider this...

As I was driving home from FCP (the First Church of Panera), the Lord had me consider something.

It's interesting that as the country was dealing with waves of national hatred and an idiotic mindset that considers memorial statues as objects of racism and "white supremacy" (along with associated violence and destruction), God decided to bring about "the storm of a century".  In a matter of days, destruction and flooding in one of the nation's largest cities caused the nation to turn from foolishness to a determination of what really matters -- caring for one another.

Harvey HelpHouston
Sometimes God goes to great lengths to get our attention.

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)


hello, september

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The golden-rod is yellow;

The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.

The gentian's bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.

The sedges flaunt their harvest,
In every meadow nook;
And asters by the brook-side
Make asters in the brook.

From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes' sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer's best of weather,
And autumn's best of cheer.

But none of all this beauty
Which floods the earth and air
Is unto me the secret
Which makes September fair.

'Tis a thing which I remember;
To name it thrills me yet:
One day of one September
I never can forget.

- Hellen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885)
 

hallowedness

Hallow

This earnest longing after Jesus has a blessing attending it: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness" (Matthew 5:6) and therefore, supremely blessed are those who thirst for the Righteous One. Blessed is that hunger, since it comes from God. If I do not experience the blessedness of being filled, I will come again in my emptiness and eagerness until I am filled with Christ. If I do not yet feed on Jesus, I will continue to hunger and thirst after Him. There is hallowedness about that hunger, since it sparkles among the beatitudes of our Lord. But the blessing involves a promise. These hungry ones "shall be satisfied" with what they desire. If in this way Christ causes us to long after Him, He will certainly satisfy those longings; and when He does come to us, as come He will, how sweet it will be!

 - Alaister Begg, Truth for Life


night shining

 

Learning new words by seeing examples of new words is always fun. At least I think it is. When I viewed this video, I did not know what "noctilucent" meant. Now I do...

FYI - Noctilucent roughly means night shining in Latin. They are clouds most commonly observed in the summer months at latitudes between 50° and 70° north and south of the equator.


circumstances

Our circumstances are what we make them.

If they be not by faith kept under our feet, they will by unbelief become our masters. Change

Our song of praise can never be checked unless we rejoice in Circumstances, and in things around us more than in God Himself.

It is to our shame that we are easily wrought upon by shifting Circumstances.  How good for us that we have an unchangeable God to rest in!

The natural man is the slave of Circumstances.

Never let me be compelled to say, “I have driven my stakes so deep into the earth that I cannot pull them up; but rather let me so pitch my tent that in a moment I may strike it at the bidding of the Lord. (Numbers 9: 15-23)

All things are working together for good to them that love God; albeit sometimes in the way of chastening and judgment.

If we honor God in the little matters of our daily life, He will prepare great occasions for our faith, and so put honor on the obedience that was little know to any but Himself. Abraham had so dealt with God about all the daily little matters of tent and household, that when the great occasion comes (Genesis 22) the man of faith shines forth.

God orders our steps in our natural state (the guilt of our sins our own) to further us in His service after regeneration. (Galatians 1:15)

It matters little what our Circumstances, if in the spirit of our mind we be before God offering up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to Him by Jesus Christ.  To faith all Circumstances are opportunities of pleasing God and serving Christ.

- Robert Chapman, Choice Sayings