Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Deeply Theological Discussion of Revelation!


Well here we are at the last 2 days of our reading through the Bible in 90 days. Who doesn’t love to read about beasts with 7 heads, 10 horns and crowns on each? Or what about a beast that speaks like a dragon? Okay, not so much!

Let me then give you my deeply theological analysis of the book of Revelation. Here we go.

1. There were seven churches that needed some cleaning up. All were admonished to get their acts together

2. There will be a battle, a really BIG battle, it will get ugly, lots of death and destruction

3. Satan and all who follow him end up burning for eternity, they lose

4. Our Savior Jesus Christ wins the battle and He reigns supreme!

That is it. Some final thoughts tomorrow on the entire reading.

In Christ Alone,

Jill

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Very Hard Saying Day 86


There are times when God’s Spirit tells one of the writers something that is very difficult to follow. Today we find ourselves in one of those situations.

Let’s look at the scripture first and then meditate on what John is saying.

Do Not Love the World

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

1 John 2:15-17 (ESV)

I have been blessed to travel this land from the north to the south and the east to the west and I have to say we have many beautiful places in our country. I love the mountains and I love the oceans. I have so appreciated the beauty that God created for us to enjoy.

Nature is not what John is talking about though. He describes not the world itself but what is in it. The desires of the flesh, desire of the eyes, and pride in possessions is a whole different story.

None of these are from God, not one! Our world screams at us each and every day, more, more and some more. In the next few weeks we will be looking at practical ways to honor God with our lives. Would you meditate on this passage with me?

In Christ Alone,

Jill

"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up"

Gratituesday March 29th


Good morning Ladies. Today is Gratituesday. The day where we pause to thank the LORD for his goodness in our life.

This week my precious hubby got a break. Our folks came and got him and took him down to Tennessee. The trip was rough for him but he made it. He went to his folks congregation and met so many people who have been praying for him.

This gave my hubby an opportunity to get out of the basement apartment we live in. It has been a very long winter for us. The four walls were closing in on him and this was an opportunity to get out.

I am so blessed to have folks who can stand in the gap and help out. It is a win-win for all of us.

Thank you Father for a time of refreshment.

In Christ Alone,

JIll

Taming the Tongue Day 86

Good morning to each of you. We are in the book of James today and I have to say that this book is one of the more practical ones in the Canon.

Remember the little ditty we sang as kids called “Oh Be Careful Little tongue?” I have always loved the truth in that silly little song. Over and over again we are warned to be careful. It is so easy to say things that we will later regret.

The old adage, “sticks and stones will break my bones and names will never hurt me” is not true. Words said in anger feel like a hot iron on the skin. I am certain you remember something you were told as a child that you will never forget. It was something probably painful.

Listen to what James says about the tongue;

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

James 3:5-10 (ESV)

I would like to encourage you and me to stop and listen before we speak. God gave us one tongue and 2 ears for a reason.

Till tomorrow

Jill

"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up"

Monday, March 28, 2011

Running the Race Day 85


I will never forget the day. The air was crisp; the sun was blue and not a cloud in the sky. I had trained for months. I got up each morning at 4:45 a.m. and got dressed for my workout. I was so faithful. I never let anything get in the way of my training. In fact, I was very single focused. I wanted to do so well at my first triathlon.

The first part of a triathlon is the swimming. I am a fish so that was a piece of cake. I quickly jumped out of the pool and threw on my biking shorts and shirt over the dripping swimsuit. I had been biking indoors all winter and had finally gotten my bike just 2 weeks before the race. It felt amazing to get on the bike and spin my little heart out. Faster and faster I pushed to keep up with more seasoned riders. The exhilaration of the wind in my face and excitement was pushing me faster.

I was going so fast and failed to slow down at the spot where you drop your bike and put on your running shoes that I slid on the pavement. Graceful as a doe? Don’t I wish! I quickly dusted myself off and threw on my tennis shoes and started off on the last leg of the race.

Now I am a lousy runner. I sound like an elephant trying to run the race. I had also trained for months running indoors. However, I learned a valuable lesson, training indoors for running is not a suitable substitute. I was quickly introduced to hills and valleys that I had not trained for.

I plugged along moving my body forward. My body was screaming and I just wanted to finish. About ¼ of a mile from the finish line there were my children on the side of the road, cheering me on. As I looked toward the finish line my entire family (including my brother who drove from Saint Louis to be with me) was clapping and calling my name. I ran as fast as my tired body would take me, right into the arms of my husband where I promptly balled my eyes out.

I was overwhelmed with emotion. I had finished the race. I kept my eyes focused in front of me always remembering the goal was the finish line. I was tickled pink that day.

Our lives are one big race. Here is what the writer of Hebrews says;

Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Heb 12:1-2 (ESV)

How is your training going this week. Do you have the right tools to win the race? Never, ever grow weary precious sister. We know how the story ends.

Till tomorrow may God’s grace be upon you.

In Christ Alone,

Jill