Encouragement for Fellow Bloggers

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Isaiah 55:11[S]o is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (NIV 1984)

My Musing – As a blogger, it is easy to become discouraged at times.  You write a blog that you feel particularly good about and receive no comments, likes or shares and very few views.  You begin to ask yourself, why am I doing this?  This is a question we should continually ask ourselves.  If we are doing it for the comments, likes, shares or number of views, then perhaps we are doing it for the wrong reason (perhaps our own glory?).  But if we are doing solely for the glory of God (soli Deo Gloria), statistics are not the point.

If God has called us to the ministry of blogging, He merely calls us to be faithful.  Being faithful does not always mean being “successful.”  At least in terms of statistics. Jesus had a mere twelve followers and lost one, but look what happened. When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13, NIV 1984)

But if the words we are blogging are in reality going out from the “mouth” of God (we should be so blessed), then they will not return empty, but will accomplish whatever He desires.  As a blogger, I may never actually see the results, and the results can never really be measured by comments, likes, shares or views.  But if He uses any blog of mine to accomplish just one of His purposes, that will be statistic enough.

My Advice – Blog on, soli Deo gloria!

Engages With The Church

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Romans 12:5In Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (NIV 1978)

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My Musings – While not the only reasons, some believers have forsaken the church because they feel it is full of hypocrites or they believe they can worship at anyplace or anytime. It is true that there is Continue reading “Engages With The Church”

Inconsistent Profession

Ezekiel 33:32 – “My people come to me, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Our profession of faith in Jesus Christ needs to result in changed lives and changed behavior. We must not profess devotion with our lips and then act (or fail to act) in a manner that is inconsistent with our profession.

My Advice – Make sure that your actions are consistent with your profession.

Blowing Bubbles In Your Milk?

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Hebrews 6:1 – Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity.  (NIV 1984)

My Musings – How can you tell when a Christian officially becomes a “grown-up” (mature)?  Is it when they finish being “schooled” in the faith (whenever that is)? Is it when they have spiritual “kids” (led another to Christ or discipled someone who is now capable of discipling another) of their own?

To help myself, and others, grapple with these and other questions, I wrote Continue reading “Blowing Bubbles In Your Milk?”

You Can Take It With You

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Job 1:21 – “Naked I came from my mother’s womb,  and naked I will depart.  The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” (NIV 1984)

My Musing – In reality, you can take it with you.  Not the possessions you might accumulate in this life of course.  You might actually die with these things possessing you instead of you possessing them.  Whichever is the case, you must relinquish them as you pass into eternity – whatever your final destination.  But there are some things that you can take with you.

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. (2 Peter 1:3-7)

What He has given us is not measured by the abundance of our possession or the wealth that we may happen to accumulate over a lifetime.  These may not even last our lifetime, and we certainly cannot take them with us.  But the above qualities can be ours, and we will take them with us into eternity.  How much the measure increases (1 Peter 3:8) in this lifetime, and how much we carry into the next life, is entirely up to us.  You see, “it’s not how much you [possess] but what you do with what you have [been given].”  So how full have you packed your suitcase?

 

 

 

 

Vain Labors

Psalms 127:1Unless the Lord builds the house, its builder labors in vain. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – There are so many things that we build in life without God’s involvement. How much better they would turn out if we included Him.

My Advice – As you build a career, family and relationships, make sure you include the Lord every step of the way. All of these are much too important to leave God out of them.