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Timing

If your car is going to act right, the car engine must be timed. This is a process of syncing up the electrical charges with the piston chambers so that each will fire when the chamber is full of a mixture of air and fuel. A car "running smoothly" is a sign that the timing is perfect. A car "running roughly" means the timing is off. There are points in our life when we can evidence the timing that is right. Everything that we are doing seems to be syncing up. Like the feathers on the body of a bird, there is overlap and smoothness to all that is going on. God is never early and never late. His timing concerning us is always "running smoothly." Abraham is promised a son by Sarah at a certain time, which is way past the physical ability of Abraham and Sarah to provide that son. But, "at the very time God had promised him" Isaac was born to Sarah. (Genesis 21:2) God sends His son to earth at the right time. "When the time had fully come, God se…

Reciprocity

There is in human nature the hesitancy to do something for someone else before they do something for you. We wait for the other to act first therefore bring good will to a halt because of our need to insure that we will not be shorted on the back side. Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) encouraged several actions and discouraged several others. He spoke of giving, praying, forgiving, fasting and not worrying or judging and summed it all up with the statement, "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you…" (Matthew 7:12) He did not say "do to others as they do to you," he said "do to others what you would have them do to you." There is no promise here that they will do what you want them to do to you but Jesus is suggesting that that is not to impede your actions on other's behalf. You are to act first, not expecting in return. We are often more disappointed by our expectations than by the reality. Reciprocity is defined …

The Fear of the Lord

How do I develop a fear of the Lord? The word we use here has a sense in it of actual fear, as we use that word today, but also a greater sense of respect and reverence. This is an intimate part of our connection to the Almighty God. Solomon helps us on our journey when he says, "If you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then, you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God." (Proverbs 2:1-5) Receiving, internalizing, listening, reflecting on, asking for insight, seeking and searching for hidden treasure in the Scriptures brings understanding to our fear of the Lord. However, all of this depends on us reading and studying the Bible. Mary Queen of Scots was a Catholic and closely tied to France. Her sister, Queen Elizabeth I, wa…

Rejecting Wisdom

There are many stories coming out of the category-4 tornado that cut a destructive path through Garland and Rowlett, Texas, just after Christmas day last year, but this one is very instructive. It was shared with me while I was manning  the Disaster Relief Counter at our church. A homeowner notified his insurance agent just a week before Christmas that he had paid off his home loan and since he did not now have a mortgage to protect, he was going to cancel his home insurance. The agent counseled him to keep the insurance on the house, even keep it with another agency if he was not satisfied with his service. The man rejected that advice, cancelled the policy, and then the storm came. His home was totally destroyed and he was left with no way to recoup his loss. There was no going back and reinstating him in his policy. Wisdom is a combination of knowledge and experience uniting to address an issue at just the right time. It's better to gain by the shared wisdom of others than to lear…

The Water of Life - Life Series #3

We all know that without water we cannot exist. The human body is more than 60% water and breaking it down even further, blood is 92% water, brain and muscles are 75% water, and bones are about 22% water. A human can survive for just over a month without food, but just over a week without water. But what about spiritual life, does it have a "water" that is essential for it? Yes, and that "water" is available from God. Jesus at noon sat down beside Jacob's well near the city of Sychar as a woman came to draw water. He struck up a conversation with her by asking, "Will you give me a drink?" She said, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (Jews and Samaritans did not associate together.) He said, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water…Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks …

The Book of Life - Life Series #2

God has written books and has His own library. The inspired sixty-six books of the Bible are there which includes history, genealogy, architectural plans, wisdom, worship requirements, poetry and prophecy, biography (four books on Jesus), plus encouragement and more. There is another book called the Book of Life that is a part of His library. It is mentioned in Psalms: "May they be blotted out of the Book of Life and not be listed with the righteous." (Ps. 68:28) This reveals the Book of Life as a listing of only the righteous on earth. This is accented further by Paul when he says, "help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life." (Philippians 4:3) They too are a part of the "righteous." Outside of these two references to the Book of Life the rest are noted in the book of Revelation. First, of some in the church at Sardis, "you have a …