Only one adequate plan has ever appeared in the world, and that is the Christian dispensation.
John Jay - First US Supreme Court Chief Justice
Wednesday's Word: February 2011

Wednesday's Word

Welcome friends, feel free to look around, make comments and whatnot. I'll try and keep this thing updated with interesting pics, stories and other odds & ends. Feel free to criticize, but please share the 'truth in love'. No reason to be purposefully offensive. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

From Emotionold to Emotionew

Emotionold is all too ready to let somebody know when they've crossed the line.
Emotionew reflects on the Grace shown to you and is therefore more ready to reason and forgive.
Emotionold requires others to take note and appreciate the things you do for them.
Emotionew realizes that you'd rather have The Father who sees in secret to keep track of your sacrifices.
Emotionold responds with jealousy when someone else gets that good thing instead of you.
Emotionew rejoices with those who rejoice.
Emotionold reacts from past hurts, lashes out, shuts down, and blames.
Emotionew chooses healing, repentance, and reconciliation to get passed the past.
Emotionold complains about worries and cares.
Emotionew prays for wisdom and contentment in the mean time.
Emotionold is discouraged when it can't see a way.
Emotionew trusts that because He is The Way, there is a way.
Emotionold just wants to be liked.
Emotionew knows there are good reasons to be hated.
Emotionold pushes expectations, and what people ought to do
Emotionew offers praise and encouragement and grace is helpful too.
Emotionold wants what it wants, when it wants
Emotionew is patient and okay with waiting for "His time."
Emotionold gives up when "I can't do it alone."
Emotionew gives praises knowing "I can't do it alone."

Here's the Word:

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.

Your mind is that place where you process the input of life and react according to your individual personality and moral convictions. Sometimes, due to the chaotic nature of life, there seems to be no processing to it - emotions just grab the wheel of your direction and let the chips fall where they may.
But praise be to God and the power of His Word - It has the power to renew your mind and to coin a phrase from the six-million dollar man - make you; Better, Stronger, Faster!
Go ahead study what God's Word has to say about your mind. Passages not limited to, but including Philippians 3:16, Colossians 3:12, Titus 1:15 And meditate on it.
And ask yourself, am I way too Emotionold? or am I using God's word to affect my mind to remake me: To become Emotionew!

In Him,

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Wednesday's Word - How Much Do You Weigh?

Hello All,
Not quite ‘funny’ how certain questions give us that initial feeling of
hesitation. I guess sometimes its simply because some questions feel
more like accusations rather than curious investigation. But also,
there are times where I think the source of discomfort comes from the
immediate recognition of how we see ourselves. Well in case you pulling
a Rip Van Winkle for the last millennia or so, you know that THIS is
one of those questions. And on this occasion, I’ll admit that I’m not
asking for curious investigation. But I’m also not accusing anyone
either. Hopefully, once you’ve gotten a hold of the context, the
question will lead you to ponder introspectively to resolve within
yourself “Hmmm…. How much DO I weigh?” Most of us who call ourselves
Christians will be quick to humbly admit that we’re not doing as much
as we can or should. But even in that, we don’t see ourselves as being
really that bad either. It’s not hard to see and accept the truth in
both statements. Like I eluded to before “There is now therefore no
condemnation…. At least not from me. But an honorable part of our job
is to spur one another on to good works (Hebrews 10:25)– and even
though I myself am not doing all I should, this is the reasoning behind
Wednesday’s Word.
The thought for today is; Have we bought into the “easy believe-ism”
that’s prevalent in our culture today? Have we made the idea of impact
so personal that not only do we rarely push ourselves, but the idea of
pushing someone else is a “bad” thing?

Here’s the Word:

Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye
pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier
matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have
done, and not to leave the other undone.

Now don’t get it twisted. I’m not preaching works-based salvation. Far
from it. Ephesians 2:8 is also one of my all-time favorites “For by
grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the
gift of God:” and rest assured that we are not under the LAW the way
the Pharisees were. But Jesus is making a point to tell them that
they’ve gone rather far to make sure that they parted out their herbs
and spices but when it came down to heavier issues that make a real
impact, they didn’t give those issues much weight. So consider this to
be my encouragement to myself and to you. Now I’ve never looked down my
nose at anybody for their ‘Jesus is my co-pilot’ bumper sticker, or
their ‘Too Blessed to be Stressed’ tee-shirt but when it comes to those
things like mercy, faith and justice. How much do you weigh?

In Him,

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Wednesday’s Word – The Christ is Right

Hello All,

Are you one of those people who often come across topics in the Bible and you think to yourself- “Why didn’t God speak more about this?” Okay, maybe it’s just me(...sometimes). But just how much “more” should the Bible contain – better information on Physics? More clarification on whether six literal days meant six literal days or rather six ‘epochs’ of time? Was that really Samuel or did the witch bring up a demonic impersonator? Now granted, these may not be the sort of questions that you ponder. The bigger questions for us tend to flow with how well, or how “not well” we’re doing - So like the Arid commercial – let’s get a little closer: Is my current state of suffering the results of my own doing and really not having a positive effect on my Christ-likeness? or is this in fact God re-making me through enduring? How does God get any glory out of my painful childhood memory when all I see is it causing me to mistrust and sabotage my current relationships? Now these are answers to questions inquiring minds want to know. And I’d be lying if I said that the answer to these questions are clearly set out in Scripture – some answers are not clear at all but that doesn’t mean that there’s no hope and no answers.

Here’s the Word:
John 4:25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.

Recalling the story involving Samuel’s ghost mentioned a moment ago, Saul was looking for answers – but according to Deuteronomy 18:9 and following – Saul should’ve known better than to look “there” for answers, but for him, in his situation, his suffering lead him to look for answers in the wrong place. Also, there’s the story of the rich man who lifted up his eyes in Hell. His suffering sought to send somebody from the dead to warn his brothers –but the answer was “They have the law and the prophets”, anything more is not necessary.
So yeah, I kinda got myself in over my head, because I don’t have answers for your suffering(or mine for that matter), or a way to ensure you that you’re suffering for the right reason. But I’m here to point you to the right Answer and would encourage you to seek to immerse yourself in what He has to say through prayer and reading His Word. Cause when all is said and done – I believe that He is The Way, The Truth and The Life, and no answer from anywhere else can compare. The Christ is RIGHT!

In Him, (patiently waiting for my answers)