Godly Professionals

Woman injecting emergency epinephrine into her leg

 

We took one of our kids to an allergist this week after two anaphylactic episodes in two weeks.

We tested for environmental allergies a few years ago and found some with simple avoidance reducing allergic reactions at that time.

This time our pediatrician referred us to Dr Susan Raschal’s practice, Covenant Allergy and Asthma Care.  We are thankful and joyfully praising God.

Not only did the professionals at this practice efficiently find two allergens, they treated us to the most God-honoring experience throughout our time in their care.

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God’s Love – [Minute Message]

 

God’s love for you is amazing.  He loves you when you’re seeking Him and even when you’re not.

You can do nothing to lessen or increase His love for you!

Turn to Him and enjoy Him today; He delights in you as you learn who He is and find joy in knowing and serving Him.

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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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Peter Urges Growth

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,
and virtue with knowledge,
and knowledge with self-control,
and self-control with steadfastness,
and steadfastness with godliness,
and godliness with brotherly affection,
and brotherly affection with love.

For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5-8 ESV

If you wonder “For what very reason?” join the club.

In verse 3 Peter tells us

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness ….
2 Peter 1:3 ESV

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The Purpose of Paul's Salvation

1 Timothy

 

I’ve made the mistake of thinking my salvation is primarily about me.  To be sure, God’s love is for me but a deeper reason He saves is for His purposes and to bring glory to Himself.

In my myopic existence I don’t focus my attention on Jesus.  I often consider my benefits and blessings, which are truly benefits and blessings and I should recognize them as such and thank God for them but His purpose goes beyond just saving me; He saves me as a testimony to His faithfulness, His grace, His love, His patience and His sovereignty.  His desire is to see all people choose Him and enter into an eternal relationship with Him but in Paul’s case, specifically:

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God Is Always Available

The Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded,
and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin:
The LORD is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.
For a long time Israel was without the true God, and without a teaching priest and without law,
but when in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them.
2 Chronicles 15:1-4 ESV

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Our Definitions May Differ

Dictionary definition of the word faith.

 

I believe in a personal, engaged, all-powerful, God who is alive, aware and refers to Himself within His creation.  I believe the garden of Eden was His first example and  Judaism was another.  I believe He is and has been demonstrating that we, humans, as His creation will chose sinfulness rather than Him that no matter what options He gives us; we will choose to turn our backs on Him and reject Him.

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Jehovah is the only God

“Now this is the commandment–the statutes and the rules–that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it,
that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long.
Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Deuteronomy 6:1-5 ESV

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Translating Opportunities; Does It Matter

1 Timothy

 

God’s word, the Bible, is powerful.  Both the Jewish Testament and the New Testament tell us that God’s word is profitable.

Sometimes, however, English translations have subtle differences from the original texts.  Take for example a passage from Paul’s first letter to Timothy.

The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.
1 Timothy 1:5 NLT

 

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Who's Language Barrier?

As a person given to pride, too often my focus is on myself.  I’m at the center of the stories I create in my head.  Upon reading the Bible, however, I learned (and continue to learn) that everything is about God.

I’m made to love, worship, glorify and commune with Him (as is everything else that’s created).

 

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