Fellowship – We're Meant to Share Life

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[F]ollowing Jesus’ direction to “seek first the kingdom of God” is challenging.  Our flesh cries out that THIS world is the most important.  We want security, we want significance, we want to be loved no matter how we behave.

It’s surprising to some people to find that all these are things God gives us and yet we reject Him and rebel against Him because to enjoy these things that He gives us we must also humble ourselves (Proverbs 3:34, James 4:6).  We don’t like that we must humble ourselves before God.

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Wisdom: Who Said What Now?

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[I]f you want to be wise, think before you speak!

 

Some people make cutting remarks,
but the words of the wise bring healing.
Proverbs 12:18, NLT

 

Our words are gifted with the power to praise the living God who created the universe or to curse people who are made in His image.

… no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!
James 3:8 – 10, NLT

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Wisdom: Choose Your Counselors Wisely

 

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Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king. And as soon as Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it (for he was still in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), then Jeroboam returned from Egypt. And they sent and called him, and Jeroboam and all the assembly of Israel came and said to Rehoboam, “Your father made our yoke heavy. Now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke on us, and we will serve you.” He said to them, “Go away for three days, then come again to me.” So the people went away.

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A Legacy of Humility

[W]hile reading through Ruth I was struck by several things about Ruth’s story and a parallel between her and her best-known great grandson, King David.

 

 

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Physical Beauty

Firstly, Ruth was not noted for her beauty.  That’s not to say she was homely but when Ruth asked Boaz why she’d found favor with him he answered that it was “All that you have done for your mother-in-law ….

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Fruit Inaction?

[J]oy, peace and patience.

 

Fruit collage

 

In a recent small group session we discussed ways we can see how David fit into God’s greater plan, including some of David’s Psalms.  King David is credited with over 70 psalms, almost half of the psalms in the Bible.  In one of his first, Psalm 59, David tucks a clause in that struck me.

 

O my Strength, I will watch for you, for you, O God, are my fortress.
Psalm 59:9 ESV

 

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God is a Jealous God

A Bible study from me related to why I see God as jealous of His people (both those of Jewish heritage and those children of Abraham through faith).

 

Then Moses climbed up the mountain, and the cloud covered it. And the glory of the LORD settled down on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day the LORD called to Moses from inside the cloud. To the Israelites at the foot of the mountain, the glory of the LORD appeared at the summit like a consuming fire. - Exodus 24:15-17 NLT
Then Moses climbed up the mountain, and the cloud covered it. And the glory of the LORD settled down on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day the LORD called to Moses from inside the cloud. To the Israelites at the foot of the mountain, the glory of the LORD appeared at the summit like a consuming fire. – Exodus 24:15-17 NLT

 

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My Weakness But God's Strength

But [God] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

 

Sometimes I’m tired.  Sometimes I want to blog, to write something encouraging; my heart wants to express things but I get tired from the mental work and the things that pull at me and chip at me.  None of it is overwhelming, individually, but collectively it can be wit-dulling and energy-sapping.

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Stay Focused In The Fight

“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.”
Luke 21:34 ESV

Jesus’ admonition for His disciples is important for us today.

 

Prepare for Battle
Prepare for Battle

 

We are locked in battle with being more powerful and knowledgeable than we.  Their experience is many lifetimes longer than ours and yet it is through the power of Jesus’ name and His Holy Spirit that we fight.  We encourage one another with testimony, telling of what He promises and how He delivers.  It is through prayer and walking in the Spirit that we endure and work for His kingdom.

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Honoring the Gift of Parenthood in God's Image

Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from Him.
Psalm 127:3 NLT

 

We adopt concepts and principles of educating children that were articulated by Charlotte Mason such as respecting a child as a born person, teaching them habits, valuing relationships and the affirmation and commitment “I am, I can, I ought and I will.”

Charlotte Mason, painted by Frederic Yates, 1902
Charlotte Mason, painted by Frederic Yates, 1902

 

I am a child of God
I ought to do His will
I can do what He tells me
And by His grace I will
SBA Elementary motto

 

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Prayer – Intercession

The Principle: Standing in the Gap

“I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one.”
Ezekiel 22:30 NLT

 

Praying Woman
Praying Woman

 

God does not need anything from humans.  He doesn’t need help with things, He doesn’t need praise from us; He doesn’t need our money in the offering plate.

He allows us to join Him as He brings about His plan.

 

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