Since you are all set apart by God, made holy and dearly loved Colossians 3:12a I've been chewing over these words since Monday. Made holy. Dearly loved. Holy and beloved. I started thinking about how they work together. I know I am loved by God. I know I am precious in His sight, engraved on His … Continue reading Hand in Hand
What if instead of saying I should be holy I said I could be? What if instead of saying I should be praying I said I could be? What if instead of saying I should be kinder I said I could be? I wonder if you hear the difference or if it is just me? I was thinking … Continue reading How About Could?
These are the people who chase after Him; [like Jacob, they look for the face of God] Psalm 24:6 These people, that the psalmist refers to, are people of integrity and honesty before God. They are able to come into His presence, to 'ascend the hill of the Lord'. Ears to listen, eyes to see— … Continue reading What Are You Looking For?
8 Therefore, now no condemnation awaits those who are living in Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King, Romans 8:1 This must be one of the most quoted, most cherished, most encouraging verses in the Bible. Paul has clearly laid out our problem at the end of chapter 7 - we can't help ourselves. We want to do … Continue reading Therefore…
Silver is purified in the crucible, gold in the furnace, but motives of the heart are judged by the Eternal. Proverbs 17:3 Refining is another word for purification. We hear of people wth refined manners - ones that have been tested and tried and shown to be at a higher level than most people. Sometimes … Continue reading Shinily Reflective
My readings are deep into Leviticus now; chapter after chapter of rules and regulations with one purpose: to enable the Israelites to fulfill God's command You must be holy, for I, the Eternal One, am holy, and I have chosen you from all the people of the world to be My people. Leviticus 20:26 From … Continue reading Transfigured, Transformed and Translated
23 ... the Eternal One’s glory appeared to all the people. 24 Then flames erupted from the presence of the Eternal One and devoured the burnt offering and all the fat on the altar. At the sight of this, everyone cried out and fell on their faces. 10 Nadab and Abihu, two of Aaron’s sons, took censers and filled … Continue reading Strange Fire
Why is it that when we are told to not do something we have to do that exact thing? I'm certain we've all done that at least once or twice. A wet paint sign so we pop a finger down. Don't walk on the grass so we step on it. No dogs allowed but we … Continue reading Long Term Planning
They say holiday times are the worst for family relationships. More arguments, fights, divorces and estrangements occur during these periods of 'relaxation' and 'celebration' than at any other. I can understand that - we are under such incredible pressure to have fun, to be nice, to enjoy ourselves that it's no wonder we explode. But … Continue reading Under Pressure
Just as water reflects a person’s true face, so the human heart reflects a person’s true character. Proverbs 27:19 Actions speak louder than words - what we do is who we really are because what we do springs from how we really feel, what we really think. We can say the nicest, kindest, most proper … Continue reading First Response