Show and Tell

Reblog from April 8, 2009. It’s been said that everything we ever really needed to learn we learned in kindergarten and the sandbox. While that is a bit simplistic, there were some valuable lessons learned there. Show and tell is a particularly fond memory for, something that excited us and something we looked forward to. I wonder what changed as we grew older and “wiser.”

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Philemon 6I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Witnessing is more than just how we “show” our faith by how we live our lives. It is also about how we “share” our faith in words. People need evidence (show) and testimony (share) in order to reach a verdict about accepting Christ.

My Advice – Don’t be afraid to share your faith with others. Some will reject, some will ridicule, some will hate. But none of this is directed at you. And remember, some will accept Christ, and that is a great thing to be a part of.

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Fight or Flight, As Long As I Am Right?

Original “amusings” from April 7, 2019. It’s okay to disagree. But this doesn’t mean we have to be disagreeable.

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Romans 12:9-10Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Romans 12:14-16Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. (NIV 1984)

Romans 12:17-18Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (NIV 1984)
Romans 12:21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (NIV 1984)
Colossians 4:6Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that…

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While We Wait

Original musing April 4, 2019. We’re doing a lot of waiting here lately, hoping for an end to the pandemic. As great a hope as that is, it is nothing compared to the blessed hope.

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Titus 2:11-12For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and Godly lives in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope-the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Some would say that grace gives us the freedom to live our lives in any way we see fit, whether worldly or Godly, because we are no longer under the law. Yes, we are no longer under the law, but God’s grace not only saves us (where the law could not), it teaches us to live Godly lives and say no to behavior that the law condemns (which the law could not).

My Advice – Allow God’s grace to not only save you (which it has) but to lead…

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Active Denial

Original musing from April 3, 2019. Now, more than ever, is the time for “affirmative actions” that support our claims of being His children.

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Titus 1:16They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – How sad that so many Christians live their daily lives in manner that denies their relationship with Christ.

My Advice – Live your life and conduct yourself in a manner that affirms that you are a believer.

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The Time Is Now

Original blog date was April 2, 2019. What we want to hear, it not always the truth. What sounds right is sometimes wrong. The way we’d like things to be is not necessarily the way things should be.

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2 Timothy 4:3-5For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – The time is now. It describes not only the world, but many churches today.

My Advice – There will be many times that you face such “doctrines.” Keep your head. Remember what you were taught, and the truth that you have believed. Keep your ears tuned to the truth and you will be able to distinguish the myths.

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Hollow Promises?

This re-blog was originally posted on April 1, 2018, which also happened to be Easter Sunday. Celebration of Easter this year will be a bit different, but the Easter message will not be different. He is risen! He’s also coming back someday. Indeed!

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1 Corinthians 15:55-57“Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV 1984)

My Musing – Originally I had “dyer’s” block with respect to today’s musing.  It is, after all, Easter morning and how does one do an amusing on such an important topic without seeming sacrilegious?  Without participating in the diversion and dilution of the message of this Holy day that modern culture has been so successful in perpetuating?

I’ll start by recounting a memory from my early childhood.  My first memory

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A Powerful Weakness

Originally posted to my blogsite August 8, 2019. We are not only weak in the face or the coronavirus, we are to a large degree at its mercy. We can do what is prudent (social distancing, sheltering in place, 20 second hand washing and sanitizing surfaces), and God would expect us to be wise. But at the end of the day, we still rely on His all sufficient grace, even if things go “south” for us.

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My Musings – When we are covered by 1) God’s grace, through 2) His Son, we are plugged in to an awesome power base, 3) the Holy Spirit.  But sometimes, (many times) we get in the way of that power by relying on our own strengths, which in reality are weaknesses.  Once we acknowledge that, God’s power is perfected in our weaknesses.

Now for the understatement: “My grace is sufficient” (enough to meet the needs of a situation, adequate).  Enough and adequate, hardly seem impressive.  But the point is, no matter how small or how big the “situation,” God’s power will always be enough.  God’s power is all we will ever need.

My Advice – Admit your own insufficiencies (weaknesses), let go and let God.

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