Fixed Eyes

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Hebrews 12:1,2Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Entanglement happens without effort, but it takes effort to throw it off. But not as much as we might think, if we allow the Holy Spirit to empower us with His strength.

My Advice – Don’t allow anything in your life that would hinder your walk with Christ. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, so you don’t begin to sink like Peter did.

Driftwood

Hebrews 2:1We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – It is easier to drift away if we do not pay attention.

My Advice – Pay attention to your life in Christ and to developing your relationship in Him. Keep your spiritual focus so you do not drift away.

Milestones

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I Have Something To Say – My first blog was August 12, 2017.  Since then, I have written 591 musings.  This weekend, I got my 10,000th hit.  While the U.S. has over 90% of the hits (naturally), my site has been visited by individuals in 57 countries covering six continents (still waiting for Antarctica).  Other than the U.S., my top viewers are (in order of frequency) from India, Ireland, Canada, Indonesia, United Kingdom, South Africa, China, South Korea, Nigeria and Hong Kong.  Most of the other countries (like Australia, Fiji, Iraq, Myanmar, Qatar, Vietnam,  and Zambia) had only one hit.  At any rate, people in countries from A to Z have been shared The Word at least once.  Trusting that I really did have something to say, and that it was God who really sent it, it will not return without accomplishment.  Maybe I’ll get to meet most of you on the “other side” one day.  Many of you I know already know, (like my mom who probably has 8.999 hits – just kidding, kind of).  Thanks to all of you, especially my “frequent flyers.”

While these stats might seem like a lot to some, they are pretty modest compared to many other blogs I’ve seen and are following (they are an inspiration). But, they are encouraging enough that I will keep blogging “for the Kingdom.” For a bit longer at any rate.  My biggest disappointment so far is the lack of comments from those that read my blogs.  I have had a few, but I was looking forward to a bit of “iron sharpening iron” as comments go back and forth.

Thanks again, and I leave you with a re-blog of the one that started it all.

You Are Free

Genesis 2:16And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – Freedom (“you are free”), responsibility (“you must not eat”), choice (“when you eat”) and consequences (“you will surely die“). A complete package, all present from the beginning.

Freedom is not a license to act outside the will of God. While we may choose to do so, there will inevitably be consequences if we do.

My Advice – Be responsible in how you exercise the freedom that God gives you. Make wise choices that are consistent with God’s moral laws. This way you can avoid the consequences of wrong choices.

The Devolution of Man (The Termination of the Species)

 

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Who Are You Following?

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1 Corinthians 1:10-13I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul? (NIV 1984)
My Musing – It can be a dangerous thing to do, to get so wrapped up in a leader, that you lose sight of who it is that you were following in the first place.  We’ve gotten a taste of that in recent weeks and months as certain high-profile ministry leaders have “fallen,” or at least stumbled.  Where does that leave the faithful flock?  Or the “replacement” shepherd that must carry on?
We also see it on occasion, when there are changes in leadership due to retirement, pastors moving on to a new flock, or other such changes in a Church.  Some followers, leave the flock to follow the past leader to their new “pasture,” never giving the new shepherd a chance.  Others simply fall out of the flock altogether, so tied to the former shepherd to continue on anywhere.  Still others remain as “baaad” sheep, criticizing the new shepherd (“our old shepherd never did it that way”) or otherwise causing quarrels and creating divisions amongst the rest of the flock that is trying to remain faithful.  Then, there is that last group.  Staying faithful throughout the changes, some of which might be hard, uncomfortable or involve a shepherding (worship?) style they really don’t prefer, all for the sake of the rest of the flock and the shepherd they really have been following all along – the Good Shepherd.
My Advice – When changes come (some that may personally disappoint), and they will, stay faithful to the flock and to Christ.  Paul, Apollos and Cephas were all good shepherds of the flock.  But all were following Christ.  Eventually, they passed the torch to others. Paul was martyred and left his calling to people like Timothy, John Mark and Luke, also all good shepherds.   And the Church survived.   After all, who was it that was really crucified for the Church?  For you? Soli Deo Gloria!

Fleeting Shadows, Enduring Impact

Job 14:1 – “Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We feel so self-important at times, but there have been many people throughout history of greater worth. Yet their time is gone. Like us they spring up and wither away. The difference is in the impact they made while they were here. We will not endure, but we should try to live a life that leaves an impact and that endures long after we are gone.

My Advice – Make the most of the time that you have. When you are young, with your whole life ahead of you, it may seem like you have all the time in the world. When you are older, looking back, you wonder where the years went. Be able to look back with few regrets of moments that were lost or wasted.

Even If I Perish

Esther 4:16 – “When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – As harsh as it may sound, this should be our attitude when responding to God’s call. If it costs us everything we must still be willing to answer the call. This is not being fatalistic. It is being faithful to the One who sent His Son to die for our sins. We can never pay back that debt, but we can make down payments.

My Advice – Be devoted to God and obedient to His call. The cost will usually not be this high. He is more interested in the willingness than He is in the execution.

When Faith Becomes Faithful

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FROM THE MIND OF WEBSTER

Faith – something that is believed, especially with strong conviction, even when there is no proof.

Faithful – having or showing true and constant support or loyalty, keeping your promises or doing what you are supposed to do.

BACKSTORY – DANIEL AND HIS THREE AMIGOS Continue reading “When Faith Becomes Faithful”