Monthly Archives: June 2008

May the Mind Of Christ, My Savior

Standard

May the mind of Christ, my Savior,
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and power controlling
All I do and say.

May the Word of God dwell richly
In my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph
Only through His power.

May the peace of God my Father
Rule my life in everything,
That I may be calm to comfort
Sick and sorrowing.

May the love of Jesus fill me
As the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self abasing,
This is victory.

May I run the race before me,
Strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus
As I onward go.

May His beauty rest upon me,
As I seek the lost to win,
And may they forget the channel,
Seeing only Him.

 

Words: Kate B. Wil­kin­son, be­fore 1913; ap­peared in Gold­en Bells (Lon­don: Child­ren’s Spe­cial Ser­vice Miss­ion, 1925).

Music: St. Le­o­nards. From Cyber Hymnal

This would be an excellent prayer; may the Word, the power, the mind, love and peace of Christ be with me ever. Amen

Kristina

Advertisements

Dream Thoughts….and Pictures

Standard

What if?

What if an angel of death or an angel of light takes us to our eternal home when we die?

~~~

What if…

We said:

I love the Lord my God more than…

…I need this job

Or

I love the Lord my God more than…

… I love this relationship

& this job/love/relationship would hinder that love.

~~~

What if…

God knows all and is in control of our lives,

then He permits suicide?

What if….

a botched suicide is Gods will and a completed suicide is Gods will?

~~~

Should we say….

I will go do this or that

or

this or that terrible thing has happened & “God can do good with it.”

Or should we say…

God has known and willed this to happen & He already has done His good will?

(meaning we shouldn’t just ‘do’ and expect God to do the clean-up PR work)

~~~

If He knows what we are gonna do, can we ever step out of His will for our lives?

~~~

I was dreaming all this with the cast of Scrubs. Yeah, weird, I know. I didn’t even watch Scrubs before I went to sleep.

!?!?!

 

 

 

 

Enjoy! Kristina

Its too hot to do anything but sit here by the fan. Even the dog is just laying on the floor.

Musings on Isaiah 40:12

Standard

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,

 

 

or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?

 

 

 Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,

 

 

or weighed the mountains on the scales
 

 

 and the hills in a balance?
 

From Isaiah 40:12

Answer:

28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31

Blessings on your day!

Left Ahead

Standard

“In this world you will have trouble.”  John 16.33

The fact that God is good does not mean that he will insulate us from all suffering.  Rather, it means that he will be with us in our suffering and accomplish good through it (Isa. 43:2-3)… J.I. Packer writes, “We see that he leaves us in a world of sin to be tried, tested, belaboured by troubles that threaten to crush us–in order that we may glorify him by our patience under suffering, and in order that he may display the riches of his grace and call forth new praises from us as he constantly upholds and delivers us.”

Taken from  The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) p. 63

Food for Thought

Imagine this scenario:  Jesus is ascending back to heaven as his disciples are looking on and he tells them, “I’ve got to go now.  Hang in there, and best of luck.”  Sound ludicrous?  It would be almost impossible to continue following someone who left you like that.  Even those of us who have blood type D (duty) would eventually need a transfusion of something; something to give us hope in this broken world.  If that had been the case, then Jesus would have truly left us behind.  But that’s not how the story goes.

He left us ahead; he told us what it was going to be like, no surprises (John, chapters 14-16):

  • The world will hate you.
  • They will persecute you.
  • They will put you out of the synagogue.
  • They will think that killing you is a service to God.

And he told us right where he would be:

  • I will be with you.

As we suffer conflicts, insults, and other hardships, we must remember that Christ is our Emmanuel–God with us!  We press on through those valleys of the shadow of death, but we don’t press on alone; no, we have the presence of the living Christ guiding, encouraging, refining, strengthening, and protecting us all along the way.  And as our faith matures, God does more and more of what God loves to do–display the riches of his grace and call forth new praises from us as he constantly upholds and delivers us.

We are learning about how to handle ourselves in suffering and afflictions in 1 and 2 Peter. This is just a great reminder, He has not left us alone. He will give, no, He has, given us all we need.

Blessings, Kristina

 

Musings on ….. The Sign of Jonah

Standard
Matthew 16:1-4 – [Verse 1 in Original Greek]
1 The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 But He replied to them, “When  it is evening, you say, ‘{It will be} fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 “And  in the morning, ‘{There will be} a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance  of the sky, but cannot {discern} the signs of the times? 4 “An  evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign;  and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” And He left them and went away.

Luke 11:29-36 – [Verse 29 in Original Greek]

29 As the crowds were increasing, He began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it seeks  for a sign,  and {yet} no sign  will be given to it but the sign of Jonah. 30 “For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.

Matthew 12:38-45 – [Verse 39 in Original Greek]
38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” 39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and {yet} no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; 40 for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 “The  men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something  greater than Jonah is here.

Jonah1:17 – [In Context|Original Hebrew]

And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.

From Robertsons Word Pictures

But the sign of Jonah (ei mh to shmeion Iwna).
Luke does not give here the burial and resurrection of Jesus of which Jonah’s experience in the big fish was a type (Matthew 12:39), but that is really implied (Plummer argues) by the use here of “shall be given” (dothsetai) and “shall be” (estai), for the resurrection of Jesus is still future. The preaching of Jesus ought to have been sign enough as in the case of Jonah, but the resurrection will be given. Luke’s report is much briefer and omits what is in Matthew 12:41.

From Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Matthew 16 Verse 4
A wickedand adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.

wicked
12:39,40; Mark 8:12,38; Acts 2:40
but
Jonah 1:17; Luke 11:29,30
And he
15:14; Genesis 6:3; Hosea 4:17; 9:12; Mark 5:17,18; Acts 18:6
 

From Matthew Henry Concise

Verses 38-45 Though Christ is always ready to hear and answer holy desires and prayers, yet those who ask amiss, ask and have not. Signs were granted to those who desired them to confirm their faith, as Abraham and Gideon; but denied to those who demanded them to excuse their unbelief. The resurrection of Christ from the dead by his own power, called here the sign of the prophet Jonah, was the great proof of Christ’s being the Messiah. As Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale, and then came out again alive, thus Christ would be so long in the grave, and then rise again.

The Ninevites would shame the Jews for not repenting; the queen of Sheba, for not believing in Christ. And we have no such cares to hinder us, we come not to Christ upon such uncertainties. This parable represents the case of the Jewish church and nation. It is also applicable to all those who hear the word of God, and are in part reformed, but not truly converted. The unclean spirit leaves for a time, but when he returns, he finds Christ is not there to shut him out; the heart is swept by outward reformation, but garnished by preparation to comply with evil suggestions, and the man becomes a more decided enemy of the truth.

 Every heart is the residence of unclean spirits, except those which are temples of the Holy Ghost, by faith in Christ.

From 1599 Geneva Study Bible

12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and fadulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

(f) Bastard, who fell from Abraham’s faith or forsook the true worship of God.                                                   

~From Coffman Commentary on Matthew 12 and Matthew 16

I do realize the gist of these verses was Jesus berating the ‘law keepers’ about wanting signs/miracles, but I received a phone call from someone asking what the sign of Jonah meant.

Frankly, I could not tell him and told him to call the pastor. Then when I read the cross references, I about roundhouse kicked myself in the face so being so stupid and not remembering that the reference was to Jesus being 3 days in the earth.

Musings by me

 

 

Musings on …. Old Adages or Every Day Sayings

Standard

Son and I were sitting on the front porch last week and were looking up at the clouds, they were lined from underneath with brillant reddish pink and orange. I asked Jesse “What is that saying about the red sky?”

He says:“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning”

Then as I was looking up something else, I read this:Matthew 16:1-4 – [Verse 1 in Original Greek] 1 The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign FFrom heaven. 2 But He replied to them, “When  it is evening, you say, ‘{It will be} fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 “And in the morning, ‘{There will be} a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot {discern} the signs of the times? 4 “An  evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” And He left them and went away.

Since I’m a new Christian and was not raised with faith, it often surprises me of the sayings ‘old adages’ we earthlings use that come from the Bible. Now those of you who do not believe in the inerrancy of the Word or even believe in God’s Word probably won’t agree with me, but still it’s interesting.

I’m assuming if I looked online I could find someone who already listed all of these ‘old adages’ or everyday sayings. Here goes:

From this site:

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Famous Proverb
“An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” Famous Proverb
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Famous Proverb
“April showers bring May flowers.” Famous Proverb
“Ask me no questions, I’ll tell you no lies.” Famous Proverb
“As you sow, so shall you reap.” Famous Proverb
“A watched kettle never boils.” Famous Proverb
“A woman’s work is never done.” Famous Proverb

And Everyday Mysteries Site (neat site, might be good for students)

Or this

 

” Cut off your nose to spite your face “

 

or Here at Top Word, all that glitters is not gold, or All’s well that ends well.

But I ask you, reader, what are some everyday sayings that you know and use then read it in the bible?

 Kristina AKA Home Engineer