Mind Over (earthly) Matters

 

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Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Philippians 4:8 (ESV)


Life is not always kind, or even “fair”.  When external stress and pressures build up, it can be oh-so-tempting to  sink into an pattern of pessimistic thinking that only serves to pull us farther into a pit of depression.

It is true that some earthly situations are not easily resolved.  And others may never be exactly “right”, according to our own estimation.  But that does not mean there is no hope of a better future for the Christian…if not here, then when we enter eternity, for sure.

We can always choose for our thoughts to dwell in either our temporary sorrows or on the promise of a blessed forever home in God’s presence.

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When All Else Fails….Shift the Blame?

 

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 When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the LORD.

Proverbs 19:3 (ESV)


I’m afraid I don’t know who to credit with regard to the “original” observation.  But scripture validates the sentiment.

Far too often, human beings invent our own version of truth, and then become angry at those who do not cooperate with our ill-conceived effort to make that particular dream a reality.

When things eventually fall apart, we can even choose to tell ourselves that God is somehow to blame for the outcome of our own wrong choices. 😦

 

In Pursuit of Happiness

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Matthew 6:31-34 (ESV)

31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
This passage is what came to mind when I saw the quote…then realized that whoever shared the meme on FB had the same thought

A Savior Is Born (4)

 

 

A musical celebration of the Advent of the Christ

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews:  For we have come to worship Him.”

Matthew 2:1-2 (ESV)

Thoughts on Christian Culture 4: Testify

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Image property of Grammarly.  I’m borrowing it for non-profit, educational purposes 🙂

John 4:6-7, 28-29 (ESV)
(Please read omitted verses for essential context)

Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”

28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people,
29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?


We all tend to talk freely and excitedly about the things that are most appealing to our hearts and minds.

Over time, I have become ever more convinced that “sharing Christ” should not be a learned, forced methodical activity.  Introducing others to our Savior should not feel like a burden, but a privilege. As we get to know Him better, offering His love to others should become more and more of a “natural” impulse, in the same way that a spring of fresh water simply flows down a mountainside.

Of course, there are times when some are not open to hearing, and God’s Spirit may direct you to keep silent rather than try to force-feed someone who does not believe (s)he is hungry.

But this type of restraint is subject to His discretion, rather than our own fear of rejection.

For God So Loved That He Gave…(John 3:16) (3)

 

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (ESV)
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

 

I believe that all matters of “human” wisdom derive their source from our Creator.  But in order to be true, any popular, pithy statement must be found compatible with scripture.  It is only within the context of God’s revealed truth that such observations can be considered valid. 

A Savior Is Born (3)

A musical celebration of the Advent of the Christ.

Yes, I am aware that there is debate over whether it is appropriate for Christians to participate in the “traditional” December festivities.  I have personally spent much time examining and praying over this issue, and have come to the realization that there really is not a WRONG time of year to recognize Jesus of Nazareth as the gift of Deliverance we were promised so very long ago.

I did offer a few related thoughts last year.  Hopefully, before the month is out, I will be able to share a bit more of my perspective on this topic 🙂

I truly do appreciate the focus of this song.  May God bless your soul as you listen;  and as you seek to hear His voice during this very busy time of year.