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Thursday, April 28, 2016

The snake on the pole Numbers 21 John 3 The bronze serpent and mercy

I share this post, because it is so right on!

superb job Erin Davis.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

When is it MY turn?

I am grateful for the friends God puts into our lives at different seasons.  I am grateful that His grace has done a heart exchange and this arrogant heart is now teachable.  I am grateful that God speaks of a total work being done, all at once, but we see it "played out" little by little.  Ezekiel 36:26 "And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh."

A friend pointed out to me a "truth" in marriage, that when I am submitted to and doing something for my wife, I am doing it for myself, because we are ONE now and in reality there is no "myself" after we say "I do."  That thought was an imperishable seed of God's truth planted in my heart, and this morning it broke through the ground and into the light.

I took a vacation day and turned my three day weekend into a five day weekend.  I may not have the opportunity to do that the rest of the year, so in my mind, I was thinking, "Yes, yes, yes, part of this weekend is going to be "me time", I will work on the little book I have been 'writing' for a long time, I will take the dog for long slow walks, I will read or listen to whatever I want..."  Well the weekend was over half over and I was still looking for some 'me time' when God's mercy woke me up with this thought.  When you are doing something that helps take the pressure off of her, and helps her accomplish her goals, or blesses your kids in a way that she can not do (doing taxes) that is "me time" because the two of you are one, now.  Check back with her in about a year to make sure the weeds do not grow up and choke the life out of that truth, but by the grace of God it is real to me.

Friday, April 1, 2016

The prophetic word that illuminates the current political situation

Speech about God, speech that is daringly human and embarrassingly particular, regularly sounds themes that demand attention and require a revisioning of the human process. I should like to identify five such themes that are characteristic of the prophets, though many others might be cited.

1. Out of God’s unaccommodating holiness, the prophetic word is against idols, and consequently against self-serving, self-deceiving ideology. Idolatry and its twin, ideology, always want to absolutize some arrangement of power and knowledge so that we may bow down to the work of our hands. Against such an absolutizing pretension, the holiness of God critiques, exposes, and assaults every phony absolute since all such absolutes of nation, race, party, or sex will end in death.

Like Fire in the Bones
Walter Brueggemann