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Trinity

The Trinity is a hard concept to understand. The word is never used in Scripture but that does not prohibit the reality of the three persons of the Godhead operating and being revealed as a Trinity. There are a number of places where one or two of the members of the Trinity are connected in verses and a few places where all three persons of the Trinity are captured together, such as, in Matthew 28:19, where Jesus commands the disciples to "go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." In Ephesians 1:17; 3:14-17, "that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation"
In Hebrews 9:14, "How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God [the Father],"
And, Hebrews 10:29, "have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as i…

Heaven

Driving home yesterday I was feeling a little different. Looking around at Texas' clear skies and cool weather got me a little melancholy. I began to think, "How different will it be in heaven?" Now I don't think about this much but I am at the end of a year of reading and Revelation with its pictures of heaven might have inspired my thoughts. Anyway, immediately in contrast, my mind was filled with ideas about life on earth…feelings, traffic jams, hunger, temperature, sunlight, clothing, threats of war, threats of lone-wolf bombers, medications, house payments, money, entertainment, seasons, aging, and I could go on and on about what my life is full of and I'm sure yours too, but in reality it's all very temporary. James asked the question, "How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it's here a little while, then it's gone." (James 4:14) It's a vapor, a moment in time, a midst. Well, that got …

Harmony

We often think of this in relationship to music. We have a melody and then harmonious other notes that walk along with the melody and expand the greatness of it. We can also view it as a virtue in the life of a family, a city, a nation or a church. Harmony keeps things growing, moving, brings a sense of pride, and makes it easier to get things done. King David understood the value of and the blessing of harmony. He had been king for seven years after the death of Saul before the house of Saul submitted to his leadership and the nation became united under him. He wrote a short psalm to example what harmony was like. "How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!" (Psalm 133:1) Then David identifies it "as precious as the anointing oil" and "as refreshing as the dew of Mount Hermon." (133:2-3) The anointing oil was poured over the head of the High Priest and flowed down on his beard and the sacred garments he was wearing unifying th…

The Law of Humility

"Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor." (Proverbs 29:23) This is better translated, "the lowly in spirit shall lay hold on honor." Consider the life of Mordecai in the book of Esther. Mordecai sat at the gate of the king and was despised by Haman who delighted in position and sought to kill him and his people. But honor was eventually proclaimed to the humble Mordecai while Haman when confronted with the truth of his evil actions was taken out from sitting at the dinner table of King Xerxes and Queen Esther and hanged. (Esther 7 & 8) Other verses confirm this process: "You [God] rescue the humble, but you humiliate the proud." (Psalm 18:27) "Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (Matthew 23:12) There is pride exhibited in those with high position, extreme talent, or with any supposed superiority over others but the humble eventually are honored. "I will bless those who ha…