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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Falling in Love with God's Word

As I stated in my vision, my greatest desire is to help myself and my readers to fall in love with God and His Word. 

Often, as I’m reading through God’s Word, one verse or another will hit me between the eyes.  The following verses describe how & why that happens…

"There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us."

"For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires."

"What a God! His road
stretches straight and smooth.

Every God-direction is road-tested.
Everyone who runs toward him

Makes it."

When I’m reminded of the usefulness, training, power, piercing ability, & truthfulness of God’s Word, I’m a little mind-boggled that I don’t make time every single day to take in deep draughts of it.  And then, I know why.  It is because we have a crafty enemy who has a thousand tricks up his sleeve to keep us from this Power.  Sometimes it takes sheer discipline and will to carve out the time.   When I do, I experience the free life, and it’s wonderful.

2 Timothy 3:15b-17 MSG, Hebrews 4:12 NLT, Psalm 18:30 MSG

Psalm 42:1-3 MSG, 1 Peter 5:8-9 NLT, James 1:25 MSG

Saturday, October 26, 2013

My Vision

My vision, as I write this blog, is threefold.

 First, my greatest desire is to help myself and my readers to fall in love with God and His Word.  On a 38 year journey, God has taught me much about Himself and how He has ordered the universe.  I delight in sharing what I’ve learned, offering chunks of Scripture that “say so much”… and all the while exploring & finding more & more evidence that underscores that God is Who he says he is!

Secondly, I long to equip myself & whoever I come into contact with so that our lives become more full in purpose, joy, peace, and satisfying communion with God and with others.  I’m excited to share truths I’ve learned, whether they come from the Bible, present-day fellow sojourners in this walk of faith, or saints through the ages.  There are so many great resources out there!

Thirdly, I’ve seen far too often that people do not have safe friends and family.  They do not have a place to go where they can share their deepest fears and questions; where they can safely explore the terrain of what they’re going through.  We all need safe, wise people in our lives!  Safe people love and support others, helping them to be the best God made them to be.  I want to share with you what I've learned in how to cultivate safe places.

Two verses, when conjoined, sum up my vision:
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.  John 8:32
My (Jesus’) purpose is to give [you] a rich and satisfying life.  John 10:10

 I hope, in the upcoming months and years, to establish a rich dialogue with many of you.  My prayer is that as I continue to seek God and love Him with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind (Luke 10:27) that you will join me in that pursuit.  In the end, may we all become complete and whole - as God made us to be.