FROM THE MIND OF WEBSTER
• Even Though – Used as a stronger way to say “though” or “although.” In spite of the fact.
• Obeyed – To follow the commands or guidance.
• Not Know – Not in possession of knowledge or information.
• Past – Beyond the capacity, range, or sphere of.
• Enabled – To make possible.
• Promise – A declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something.
• Tested – An ordeal required as proof of conformity with a set of beliefs. Continue reading “When Faith Does Not Know Where, How, When or Why”
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 – Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words. (NIV 1984)
My Musing – We have a “cloud-based” theology. We download from the “cloud” when we study God’s Word and pray. Someday, those who have Jesus Christ as their Savior will be “caught up together with [our loved loves who have preceded us in death] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words “
Reunited with our loved ones, and united with Christ forever. What an encouragement! But, the encouragement is not just for that future hope. It is also encouragement for here and now. In the meantime we should not wander aimlessly with our head in the “clouds.” For when He does return for us, we don’t want Him to find us idle or involved in things we should not be. We do not want to be ashamed at His appearing. I hope to see you there!
From the Mind of Webster
• Warn – to give notice beforehand of danger or evil.
• Holy Fear – reverential awe having a divine quality.
• Condemned – adjudged unfit.
• Heir – one who inherits or is entitled to succeed.
• Righteousness – morally right or justifiable.
[T]he LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time [full of violence and corrupt]. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain … “I am grieved that I have made them.”
But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So, make yourself an ark … I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you.” Noah did everything just as God commanded him. The LORD then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.” Continue reading “When Faith Seems Foolish”
Hebrews 10:25 – Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the day approaching. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – When I was young, my family’s social life revolved around the church and its gatherings. If the doors were open, we were there. At a minimum, this meant Sunday school, morning worship, Sunday evening services and Wednesday prayer meeting. Our church also had one to two week “revivals” in the fall and spring. If we missed, Continue reading “Estranged Fellowship”
How Full Is Your Glass?
Tom Cheney, The New Yorker magazine, October 10, 2016.
Amusing Musings – The following quips, while amusing, can also get us to thinking about how full our lives really are.
- Some see a glass half empty. Others, a glass half full. I just see that someone forgot to put his glass into the dishwasher upside down and we’ve talked about this, [Steven].” – “Tim Siedell (@badbanana)
- “Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.― George Carlin
My Musing – How full is your glass? Does it really make a difference whether it is half-empty or half-full, or how you put it in the dishwasher? In each case, Continue reading “How Full Is Your Glass?”
Galatians 1:6-9 – I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! (NIV 1984)
Other People’s Musings – All the salvation with half the guilt! It’s what some people call “Christianity lite.” Continue reading “No Gospel At All”
When Faith Offers Less Than Best
This Sunday’s Amusing
FROM THE MIND OF WEBSTER
• Better – more attractive, favorable, or commendable.
• Sacrifice – destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else.
• Offering – something offered as an act of worship or devotion.
Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor (Genesis 4:2-5). Continue reading “When Faith Offers Less Than Best”