Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
he thunders with his majestic voice.
When his voice resounds,
he holds nothing back.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
1 Corinthians 2:9
However, as it is written:
"No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him"
Friday, June 22, 2007
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the LORD,
And to inquire in His temple.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
8 "And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;
13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
8 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. (Consider the worship of money and power)
11 "You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. (Consider the rampant abuse of the Lord's name in popular media)
12 "Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the LORD your God has commanded you. (Consider the lack of spiritual rest and focused reflection on the Lord)
16 "Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you. (Consider the breakdown of the family such that about one third of American children don't have a father in the home)
17 "You shall not murder. (But we do...and we hear about it daily)
18 "You shall not commit adultery. (But we do...and we have made it acceptable in the movies and on T.V.)
19 "You shall not steal. (But we do...from back alleys to corporate boardrooms)
20 "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. (But we do...in the courts and halls of government)
21 "You shall not covet your neighbor's wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor's house or land, his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor." (But we do....if fact we foster a culture of envy, where we want others to wish they had what we do)
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
"I will go," she said.
"He is my master," the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Almost every major issue in America is tested by public opinion polls. Opinions on war, economics, marriage, parenting and just about every matter of significant interest is evaluated by surveys and polls. The results are generally assumed to indicate the will of the American people and it is implied that we ought to honor the majority opinion. We put a lot of stock in the will of the people. Our country is ruled by the people and not by a monarch. But we need to remember that though the majority may rule, the majority may not always be right. This came home to me when reading the story of the spies who were sent to investigate the promised land before the Israelites attempted to move in. The spies came back after 40 days of evaluating the conditions of the land and its inhabitants. Ten of the twelve spies complained of giants and fortresses and protested that the dangers were too great. Two of the spies (Joshua and Caleb) acknowledged the dangers but spoke out with confidence that the Lord was fully able of giving victory over the challenges. Numbers chapter 14 records the response of the people. They chose to follow the message of fear given by the majority of the spies, rather the message of faith delivered by two. The thought today is to make sure you are not following the crowd, particularly the crowd that opts for shrinking back in fear. The right way may well be proclaimed by a few, who have learned to look past fear and grasp, in faith, the strength in God's arms. Remember, as believers, we each have direct access to our Lord!
1 That night all the people of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. 2 All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, "If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! 3 Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn't it be better for us to go back to Egypt?" 4 And they said to each other, "We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt."
5 Then Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there. 6 Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to the entire Israelite assembly, "The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. 8 If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. 9 Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them."
10 But the whole assembly talked about stoning them. Then the glory of the LORD appeared at the Tent of Meeting to all the Israelites. 11 The LORD said to Moses, "How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them? 12 I will strike them down with a plague and destroy them, but I will make you into a nation greater and stronger than they."
blessings (and Happy Fathers's Day),
Saturday, June 16, 2007
4 At once the LORD said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, "Come out to the Tent of Meeting, all three of you." So the three of them came out. 5 Then the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud; he stood at the entrance to the Tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When both of them stepped forward, 6 he said, "Listen to my words:
"When a prophet of the LORD is among you,
I reveal myself to him in visions,
I speak to him in dreams.
7 But this is not true of my servant Moses;
he is faithful in all my house.
8 With him I speak face to face,
clearly and not in riddles;
he sees the form of the LORD.
Why then were you not afraid
to speak against my servant Moses?"
9 The anger of the LORD burned against them, and he left them.
The thought that strikes me is that we have the same privilege Moses had of knowing God face to face. This was purchased for us by Jesus and available for us by faith. Why should we let any petty problems or trivial ambitions prevent us from the high-quality face to face relationship the God intends us to have with Him?
Friday, June 15, 2007
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes
and has them inherit a throne of honor.
"For the foundations of the earth are the LORD's;
upon them he has set the world.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Friday, June 8, 2007
O.K., everybody, time to get into the pool!
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
everything that these people call conspiracy;
do not fear what they fear,
and do not dread it.
The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,
he is the one you are to fear,
he is the one you are to dread,
and he will be a sanctuary;"
Fear the Lord and fear nothing else!
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Saturday, June 2, 2007
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
He remembers that we are dust.