Apr 102019
 

Some of you may be interested in checking out some of these links to further your understanding of God, Scripture and our intended role(s) as Believers. The links for the apologists’ (“apologia” is greek for “defense” by the way, not for “apology”) sites are awesome for finding answers to questions/concerns you may have in/about your faith and beliefs, or for finding answers to questions other people pose to you for which you have no confident response. I hope you find them helpful.

Apologetics and evidence for faith:

https://www.reasonablefaith.org

http://multiplymovement.com

https://www.reasons.org

https://www.str.org

https://crossexamined.org

https://coldcasechristianity.com

https://www.johnlennox.org

Bible studies & commentaries:

https://enduringword.com

https://www.versebyverseministry.org

https://jesusonline.com/resources/free-bible-studies/

Feb 182019
 

Hello again. Here is my amalgamation of 1 Peter 1:15, Mark 9:24 and my own requests for spiritual improvement and relational growth with the Lord.

Please forgive me for my lack, and for my failures. Unveil my faults and rid me of them. Prevent my neglect. Cure my unbelief. Help me wait for You, putting my hope confidently in Your word. Help me be holy in all my behaviors in imitation of You, the Perfect One who called me. Imbue in me Your goals. Include me in Your work, and support my success. Create in me a fervent and unwavering spirit; a faithful, pure and devoted heart. Set in my being an unquenchable passion for You and Your ways. Give me all Your promises, for You are the God of my Life.

Know that the Lord Goes Before You.

 Uncategorized  Comments Off on Know that the Lord Goes Before You.
Dec 172018
 

Since my current work in progress is greatly stifled by writer’s block, 🙁 I’m inclined to post some Bible verses and prayers that resonate with me. Perhaps you might also enjoy them? Here’s the first, a mash-up from Deuteronomy 31:8 and 1 Chronicles 28:20 :

Know that the Lord is the One who goes before You. He will be with you. He will not fail you nor forsake You. Never fear or be dismayed for His work is always perfect. All His ways are consummate. He is the God of faithfulness and power, devoid of injustice. Faultless and upright is He.

Nov 272014
 

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

The glory of the Lord: the visible token of the presence of the God. A white shining cloud of intolerable brightness, known among the Jews as the Shechinah. It was observed in Moses’ burning bush, in the pillar of fire and cloud which guided the Israelites out of Egypt and as they wandered in the desert, and also witnessed in the tabernacle in the Temple in Jerusalem. It shone round Jesus during the Transfiguration. It robed Him when, risen, He appeared to the Pharisee Saul outside Damascus. The occasional presence of this visible glory was exceedingly precious to the Jews. The terror felt by the shepherds was the natural awe felt by man when brought into visible communion with heavenly beings.

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.” 15 

It should be considered significant this message was announced to shepherds. Historical evidence indicates they were social outcasts, rough characters on the fringe of Jewish society, and considered among the lowest class. (That they were not allowed to give testimony in court is one indication of their low cultural status.) As a group, they have no discernible qualifications for the distinction of being the first to hear of the Savior’s birth —especially when delivered in such a manner. But this could be the very reason they were selected: as a practical illustration of what Christianity often exemplifies: “the exaltation of the humble and meek” as opposed to the further exaltation of persons held in high regard or power. This seems to reflect Mary‘s words in the Magnificat: “He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.”[15]

May you, too, be lifted up with joy and uncountable blessings throughout this Christmas and holiday season. Go forth and make merry!

Passages and commentary excerpted from:

http://biblehub.com/commentaries/pulpit/luke/2.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annunciation_to_the_shepherds

http://www.aleteia.org/en/religion/news/why-did-angels-appear-to-the-shepherds-42031

http://www.whychristmas.com/story/birth.shtml