This article compares the basic “commands” Jesus gave to His disciples with the four basic “commands” we give to our horses. Read on a bit further and you’ll begin to realize that rarely will these four be used in a commanding manner.
Numerous historical sources recount the activity and death of a man named Jesus from Nazareth. His family is known. His friends are known. A continual record spanning two millennia has consistently carried the story forward. Have you met Jesus?
Some might consider that a silly question – or worse. If such a man lived it was long before your oldest known ancestor breathed his last. How could you have met the Man?
When you finally discover that the answer to a question or dilemma you’ve puzzled or fretted over for years was embarrassingly simple was your response “Awright!” followed by a victorious imaginary high-five or “What an idiot” followed by a brief indulgent moment of self-disgust?
Everyone knows the necessity of a proper warm up. Who would suggest that core strength isn’t a requirement of athletic in any sport? Would anyone disagree that balance is a good thing? I knew about warm-up, core training, and balance. What I didn’t know is that I had great conceptual knowledge about all of them but a less-than-stellar history of application.
“For everyone who asks receives.” (Matthew 7:8)
“You ask and you do not receive, because you ask amiss.” (James 4:3)
The essence of my discovery may be found in these two short statements. Both are true, but don’t they present just a little challenge when you compare them? If you ask you will receive. Okay, that’s a good simple concept. But do you always get what you ask for?
God does not call us to celebrate Christmas. God calls us to love His Son.
As mature trees gradually exchange their lush green mantles of summer for autumn masterpieces of red, purple, and gold the tenor of the world begins to change. The clamor over back-to-school shopping, the World Series, Texas high school football, and the irritants of cultural, economic, and political discourse begin to recede as the sounds, smells, and rhythms of the Holiday Season consume both days and dollars once more.
The spiritual remnants of Christmas…
Enough is as good as a feast…
The offense of Christmas…
Unchanging and Unchangeable…
The Promise Fulfilled.
The most complex computer is child’s play compared to the least of God’s creations. The most powerful electron microscope exceeds the limits of imagination of most men who walked the earth in any age. Examine one grain of sand with this fantastic machine and the extent of God’s creativity is revealed in something so small we can’t see it with normal sight.
The featured image that begins this post is that of sand under an electron microscope. It looks like a combination of art glass, pottery, sea shells, and sports an amazing palette of color. Not bad for simple sand, eh?
Have you noticed that the world is becoming a place of us vs. them? Have you given up watching the evening news because it is so distasteful or incredulous?
“Oh the clamour of these days! Everyone is clamouring -for what? For the Son of God to be put to death.” – My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers (1874 – 1917)
It’s far easier to get folks to agree about spirituality when it’s linked to “God” or some “Higher Power.” What happens the moment you narrow the discussion of Spirit to Jesus Christ?
What happens is you lose fellowship, friendliness, and political and social good will. You become the enemy of all but those who also seek relationship with Christ.
Quotations are fun, engaging, educational, and sometimes communicate a particular concept perfectly without having to think up something pithy myself. Some days are pithy days, some days just aren’t.
I’ve been thinking a lot about wisdom lately. The idea of adding a quotation to what I’d already written about wisdom in a new book led me to the Brainy Quotes website to select just the right one. I found a quote that seamlessly knitted my thoughts with one of Aldous Huxley’s.
To me, quotes are like a buffet of my favorite foods. As I browsed the offering today I found a great comment by Confucius that applies perfectly to horse training – so I shared it on social media. As I continued to taste the quote fare I found this somewhat disturbing one. It struck me as being just a bit off – like a mayonnaise based salad left under the buffet lights a bit too long.
Jesus tells His disciples in John 15:12 that “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” In case there is any misunderstanding, John 15:17 emphasises the point – “These things I command you, that you love one another.” What exactly does “loving one another” look like? Should we be more polite, increase our donations, open our homes, or just smile more often? How do we work out loving one another as He loved us?
Will our beloved pets share eternity with us? It’s a question near and dear to my heart as well as millions of other folks. I have two manuscripts going on the topic but neither has been “cleared” yet for takeoff. There are numerous scriptures that must be considered when searching for an answer to the question of animals in heaven.