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Battle

How broad a view do you have of what is happening around you and in the world at large? You can take the position that time is rolling along and random things continue to happen that cannot be tied together; that there is no activity beyond human activity and no sources beyond man that has influence on this world. That would be a dangerous way to think. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians located in today's Greece about spiritual powers that have influence. He said, "For we wanted to come to you – certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan stopped us." (1 Thessalonians 2:18) He was not calling a human being by this name who was physically stopping them but was referring to a spiritual being, Satan. He is also mentioned as appearing before God in heaven to discuss the righteousness of Job who was a contemporary of Abraham around 2,000 B.C.. (Job 1:6; 2:1) From the words "Satan stopped us" we can glean three insights: This indicates the existence of an e…

Work

I passed by the field of a lazy person and later passed by the vineyard of a man who was unwise and saw thorns everywhere on their properties. In fact the ground was covered in weeds and their fences were fallen down. I thought on this for a long time and concluded the lesson to learn was, "A little sleep, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man." (Proverbs 24:30-34) This paragraph is an interpretation of the passage as well as a direct quote. It helps us to understand the nature of work. A person cannot float downstream in life even though the natural tendencies within us cause us to stagnate. Exampled by many before us and in present day, we must have an active life. We must be engaged and driven. Time, talent and opportunities are to be taken advantage of not allowed to slip through our fingers. The result of an unproductive life is thorns, weeds and broken down boundaries. It is perpetual failure wh…

Unreliable Bow

What makes a bow unreliable? First, let's understand that the bow and arrow are among the oldest of projectile weapons, only predated by the spear and darts. Second, let's identify the parts of a bow. They are composed of the upper and lower elastic limbs and the riser which joins them, made up of the grip and rest, plus the string that is connected to the nock at the end of each limb. Third, let's understand the dynamics of a bow. It is a flexible arc with a string attached to both ends. When the ends of the arc are drawn back, via the attached string in the archer's hand, and the string is released, the bow is able to propel an arrow forward a distance based on how far it is drawn back, the response of the type of string and arc, and the design of the arrow. The Psalmist refers to the bow when he says, "Like their fathers they were disloyal and faithless, as unreliable as a faulty bow." (Psalm 78:57) He is speaking of Israel's previous leaders who had …

Clothing

Kohl's, Penney's, Sears, Macy's, and Old Navy are popular places to purchase shirts and blouses, pants and a multitude of other types of clothing. We buy and wear, color matching a variety of endless coordinations. All to make us presentable to others. Paul spoke of a different kind of "clothing" that we should be wearing as we present ourselves to others. He said, "clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." (Colossians 3:12-14) Here's what this clothing looks like: Compassion: tender affections of the heartKindness: a gentle, gracious dispositionHumility: a humble opinion of one's self, modesty of the mindGentleness: temper of spirit, accepting God's dealings with us as goodPatie…

The Question

There are many questions in life that when asked cause us to stop and think but none is so powerful a question as this one: "What god is so great as our God?" (Psalm 77:13) When we consider the act of creation accomplished by our God in six days can any god match that? The diversity, uniqueness of man, animals, insects, fowl, fish, growth of seed to full plant, vegetables, minerals, fruits are seen and then there is that which is not seen, i.e. gravity, energy and more. They all reveal God and true science becomes an uncovering of the work of God in nature. It is not Father God and Mother Earth, it is just Father God. When we consider the act of redemption accomplished by our God through the life, death and resurrection of Christ, there is no match, no god that comes close. Christ comes to earth in an appointed time, at an appointed place. Old Testament prophesies abound that are fulfilled in him. He does the miraculous in human lives and hearts. His wisdom in addressing th…