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Wondrous Book

When you get to Luke 3 in your reading of the Bible and you are faced with the lineage of Mary, Joseph's wife who gives birth to Jesus, are you tempted to skip over it and move on to chapter 4? All these "the son of" statements are boring and serve no purpose, right? If you turn the page and move on, then you miss some very important history. Famous fathers mentioned in this listing include Seth, Adam's son born after Cain killed Abel. Enoch who "walked with God." Noah who built the ark and saved his family and the animals of the world. His son Shem who is the forbearer of Terah, Abraham's father. Isaac, Jacob and Judah then appear and later Boaz who married Ruth a Moabite. And, David who was the son of Jesse who was the grandson of Boaz and Ruth. All of them have powerful stories that are documented for us in the early books of the Bible. Here's another thing that helps us better to understand what happened after the ark of Noah landed on the mounta…

Evangelism

We all have different thoughts about this word. For some it means collaring a stranger and sharing the gospel. For others it means bringing a friend to church. But let's take an example from Jesus' young life and see his idea of this word. At twelve years old, Jesus returned to Jerusalem with his parents and many relatives. They were there for a festival so when it had concluded they all headed home to Nazareth. It took Mary and Joseph a day to realize that Jesus was not with the crowd of children and women or with the crowd of men at the back of their group. So they hustled back to Jerusalem, anxious and fearful about what might have happened to him. The Scriptures take it from here, “After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.” (Luke 2:46) They were so relieved that he was okay, and also so amazed that at his young age he was interacting with the scribes and priests at the Temple. We can see th…

Strength

We understand logically that the physical body has many weak points and this may be one of the reasons we push to make ourselves stronger, to overcome our weaknesses, but in the end an arrow, bullet, explosion or some other instrument can tear it apart. The human body is unable to sustain itself when greater forces attack it. David was newly married to Saul's daughter, Michal, when her father sent men to watch David at their house. He knew he had to get away and she helped him escape through a window. (1 Samuel 19:12-14) David penned Psalm 59 after this incident and focused his praise on his God. He said, "O my Strength, I watch for you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.” (Psalm 59:9-10, 17) MY MY MY what an powerful sentence. His strength is felt in us when we recognize our strength is not enough and that “His strength is made perfect in our weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) In danger His protection is afforded to us when we run into His fortress. His love is enjoyed b…

Purpose - Powerful Word Series #3

In the middle of the movie Hugo, Hugo Cabret , played by Asa Butterfield, searches for his purpose in life. Orphaned and living with his uncle in a Paris train station, Hugo ends up working his uncle's job after he disappears. Hugo is searching for his purpose and even says this in the movie. He knows it is not to fix the clock and merely exist. He does find it and all ends well, as most movies do. You can find out for yourself by watching this well-made movie. The search for purpose in life is experienced by all of us. Some are serious about it, some float on the issue, and others never think about it at all except possibly in a quiet and dark moment. Finding purpose for a believer has always been linked to their relationship with God. Paul in repeating the history of the Jewish nation stated of King David, "For when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep." (Acts 13:36) David writing in Psalm 138:8 stated this when he said, "The Lor…

Care Casting

There is a sense in which most of us live an independent life and that includes independence from God. We make a living at a job and use that money to "fund" our lives. Even when we are emotionally struggling we try to "suck it up" or "deal with it" or "forget about it." But there is a more successful and spiritual way to live life. David speaks to this and we know he struggled much against Saul's desire to kill him, Absalom's takeover of his throne, and the whole incident with Bathsheba and Uriah. He was not one that lived a Cinderella life. He says, "Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall." (Psalm 55:22) This verse seems to be reflected by Peter in the New Testament statement, "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7) David was not identifying these "cares" so much as a burden as he was saying, "whatever is given you; you…