Posts Tagged ‘understanding’

  

“Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” (Luke‬ ‭24:27‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

The Liber Linteus is an ancient text that dates back to the days of the Etruscans, a culture that flourished in Italy in the years prior to the rise of the Roman Empire. Wildly enough, this manuscript was once the wrappings on a mummy. Most of the Liber Linteus writings, which were removed from a female Egyptian mummy and later made into a book in the 19th century, can’t be translated because they were written in the little-understood Etruscan language. But what little scholars can understand reveals it to be some sort of ritual calendar.

While there are many works that exist in the world, both new and ancient, that are indecipherable, the Bible was never meant to be one of them. For that very reason, the Lord sent the Holy Spirit to help us understand who we worship, how we are to live, and even to make sense of futuristic prophetic writings. 

As you come to church today, know that God does not want to be an unsolved mystery in your life! Just as Jesus appeared to men on the way to Emmaus, He will make Himself known to you today too! Worship what you know by getting to know who you are worshipping! You are loved today! 

  

“They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.” (1 Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ NIV)

In 2011,the Baltimore Sun ran a syndicated piece about atheists in the military that desired to become Athiest Chaplains. According to the writer, Captain Ryan Jean was “one of about a dozen military atheists that see the recognition of lay leaders as a step toward the appointment of ‘nonbelieving chaplains’, who would be responsible — like the priests, ministers, rabbis and imams now in uniform — for responding to the spiritual needs of service members.” Huh?!

As Paul wrote this verse, he was dealing with “religious leaders” who had no clue what they were talking about. Simply put, just because we have religious opinions does not mean we are scholars on the subject. Yet, many are fooled into false beliefs on the basis that someone makes a good argument. The Bible proves itself to be an authority because it’s been tested for years against the authenticity of history, doctrine, and practice. Yet many fall because of a desire for slick packaging over time-tested truth. 

One day there probably will be Athiest Chaplains and Athiest Churches, a misnomer that would leave us torn between despair and humor. People will get for themselves what they want, no matter how ridiculous it may sound. Come to church today and find out what God desires: The Truth that will set you free! You are loved today! Believe that!

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They stood there amazed and perplexed. ‘What can this mean?” they asked each other.” (Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭2‬:‭12‬ NLT)

For years, the Nazca lines have baffled the world of science. They are composed of ancient hieroglyphs in the Nazca desert in Peru. There are various designs, some encompassing very large areas. They feature animal-like designs, human figures, geometric figures and other designs. There are also no specific or known reasons for the significance of each design. For years the lines were preserved due to the dry and windless weather in the state. These lines were first spotted in 1553. To this day, the purpose of these lines baffles many.

When Man comes in contact with the supernatural, he can’t explain it, even though he feels he needs to. But there’s no way God can be explained in our own terms. That’s why faith is so necessary. It’s not whimsical wishing, but a genuine belief and a trust in a Savior that exists all around us.

The Nazca lines are simply one of the mysterious phenomenons of this world that we’ll never understand. But God shouldn’t be! Accept God and His ways on His terms and according to how He describes Himself in the Bible, and His ways will begin to make more sense. You are loved!

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Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew‬ ‭1‬:‭20‬ NLT)

For parents, trying to get your children to trust your judgment is a continuous cycle of frustration. We have a standing rule in our house: You have to actually TRY a food before you can say you don’t like it. I, personally, detest green bean casserole, but I have also tried it. But when my kids were little and extremely squeamish, anything not resembling a french fry or chicken nugget was horrible! What we knew, and they didn’t, was that if they would simply TRY it, they might actually like it.

Joseph was having to trust God when his fiancée turned up pregnant. Yea, that was a new one for the history books. There’s much about what God does that doesn’t make sense to us, and that’s okay. We also can’t see the outcomes of where those decisions lie. By trusting God when things don’t make sense, we are admitting that God knows better and isn’t trying to destroy our life.

If God leads you to a place like this, don’t panic! Everything He does is ALWAYS wrapped around a brilliant plan. Like Joseph, trust that it will make sense eventually. If God isn’t panicking, then neither should we! You are loved today!

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You light a lamp for me. The LORD, my God, lights up my darkness.” (Psalms‬ ‭18‬:‭28‬ NLT)

I can’t help but shake my head as the morning news/talk show reports about Apple’s CEO “coming out” with his sexual preferences. Seriously?! The whole world REALLY needs to know his intimacy preferences? With every other issue we face in our nation and world, the news sometimes amazes me by what they think is important.

The reason this is disturbing is because it shapes how people think and what they will view as important. Pop culture is like a Twinkie, good every now and then but not for a steady diet! And when the culture we are being fed celebrates what God cannot condone, it shapes a generation to choose their view over God’s, which is a losing proposition everytime.

As you live your day, ask God to enlighten your world as to what is important to Him. Even when the world says that God approves, always go back to His word for yourself. His light of knowledge cuts through the murky darkness of unstable disinformation. Be enlightened by His words today! You are loved!

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Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” (Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬ NLT)

In the heartland of England lies a place as treacherous as the Bermuda Triangle. Known as the Peak District near Derbyshire, this mountain range is responsible for at least 122 military aircraft crashes during WWII. According to warhistoryonline.com, when the fog rolled in, things got treacherous. Just take a stroll through the hills and you are guaranteed to find wreckage among the rocks.

Life can get just as foggy as the Peak District mountains; when panic sets in, bad things happen. As the biblical writer states, we must remember that God is in control and simply follow where He leads. Getting anxious and jumping abruptly often leads to hurtful places outside of God’s will. But God will never lead you where His grace cannot keep you!

As you go about your week, guard against being reactionary. While our own understanding works occasionally, it is often at odds with God’s direction. Let the Holy Spirit be your compass instead, placing your trust in the hands of Him who sees through life’s fog! You are loved today!

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Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry?” (Luke‬ ‭6‬:‭3‬ NLT)

I sat in the meeting with my Pastor just shaking my head. He informed me, with a smirk, that a woman had complained about me. Nothing new, some folks just can’t be pleased, particularly when they believe they could do it better because they’ve sat in a pew for 40 years. But when you make a biblical accusation, shouldn’t it at least be in the Bible?!

All of us deal with some level of biblical ignorance, especially in regards to very deep, specific issues. But we’ll never please God if our main learnings stem from how we feel or what we’ve heard others say. To know God means to be in His word. Period. To use any other method to know God is unwise when the Bible is so accessible and time-tested.

My reputation wound up being safe. Apparently her Bible study material included the National Enquirer. Ask God to help you fall in love with His words. In them is your hope, your work, and even your destiny! You are loved! Study on!