Insights


These insights come from different issues of Our Daily Bread magazines and make good pondering.

The actual words and thoughts of God are revealed in the Bible. Don’t just read them and repeat them; think them, feel them, ask the Lord to clarify them, to make them a part of your experience and teach you.

Second Timothy  3:16 and Peter 1:19-21 are two key passages that tell us the Bible is the inspired Word of God. The human writers of the Bible were not afraid to acknowledge that what they spoke or wrote was given to them by God (Ex. 34:27; Acts 3:18; Heb. 1:1) through the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). The Lord Jesus affirmed that it is the Spirit who is the author of Scripture (Matt.22:43; Mark 12:36).

Happy Sunday.

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A Rainbow Apology


It is evening time on August 13th and I am looking at a beautiful rainbow as I write this. It reminds me of a time when I gave a book of children’s Bible stories to a little girl many years ago.

The child saw the story of Noah’s Ark and the accompanying picture of people, including children, drowning in the great flood of Genesis 7. This story had a devastating effect on the little girl and I’m sure turned her mind totally away from anything to do with God.

Unfortunately, the story was never satisfactorily explained to her nor the meaning of the rainbow that followed in Genesis 9:13, I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 

This was God’s promise to Noah, and all of us, that He would never again do such a destructive thing to His people.

I’ve never been sure whether the flood story is allegory or not, but one thing I am sure of is that it’s effect on one little girl has haunted me since the day I was made aware of her great fear and apprehension.

Just as the rainbow of thousands of years ago was meant to be an apology from God to His people, this evening’s rainbow reminds me that because of a cruelly depicted story, a young child may have grown up to be an unbeliever…and for this I am truly sorry.

I pray that there has been enough evidence over the years of a God who loves her unconditionally and will continue to do so for the rest of her life.

This is my rainbow apology to that little girl.

Rainbow over a small sunlit island, Masuria district, Poland Stock Photo - 16198246

 

I Love Spending Time With You


I know a lady whose husband often spoke those words to her, “I love spending time with you.”

It made me think of how God longs to hear those words from us.

Can we bring ourselves to not only say those words to Him and mean them, but also spend some time with Him every day? Happy Sunday.

Isaiah 30:18 New Living Translation (NLT)

Blessings for the Lord’s People

18 So the Lord must wait for you to come to him
    so he can show you his love and compassion.
For the Lord is a faithful God.
    Blessed are those who wait for his help.

 

 

Praise the Lord and Ride Your Bike


This is a tribute to yet another of our St. Andrew’s members who took up residence in Heaven a week ago today.

Barbara was a quiet, unassuming lady in her early seventies who loved to praise the Lord and ride her bike. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall would see her pedaling away whether to Church, Bible study, supermarket, or wherever a need would take her.

Barbara loved her Lord with all her heart and would never let an opportunity go by without striking up a conversation about Him with someone, stranger or not. She was not eloquent by any means but humbly shared the Gospel with whoever would take time to lend her an ear…and many did. And she knew her stuff. Her Bible was a well-worn Gideon of years gone by and I’m sure she knew most of it by heart.

What we’ll miss mostly about Barbara is her fervent, “Praise The Lord” whenever our choir closed the final chords of a Sunday anthem. Some were not in favor of her outbursts but most of us considered where they came from…a heart filled with passion for her Jesus. I for one was happy that our anthems could move her to render outspoken praise. But perhaps she was moved even more by Psalm 134:2 – Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD. 

Whether or not Barbara is pedaling away on Heaven’s gold-paved streets or resting in the arms of her dearly departed husband, George, I just want to say, “Barbara, continue to Praise the Lord and ride your bike.” And have a happy Saturday.

The Worth of Wisdom


If wisdom is worth thinking about, it is worth having. Wisdom goes beyond being smart, intellectual, and/or knowledgeable. Wisdom is the sum total of all of these and yet is only available to those who recognize this fact. The following was gleaned from Psychology Today online:

Wise people generally share an optimism that life’s problems can be solved and experience a certain amount of calm in facing difficult decisions. Intelligence—if only anyone could figure out exactly what it is—may be necessary for wisdom, but it definitely isn’t sufficient; an ability to see the big picture, a sense of proportion, and considerable introspection also contribute to its development.

The Bible speaks often and well of wisdom:

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1;5 NIV

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, Proverbs 3:13

Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; Proverbs 4:5

Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. Proverbs 13:10

For wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 8:11

 

And then there is the age old adage: Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. Whether or not you place much stock in this verse, it is wise to consider the worth of wisdom.

 

A Father and His Son


Here is a photo I cannot resist posting. It is my nephew reading the Bible to his three-and-a-half-month-old son. Just as the son of God learned everything from His Father, this little one is off to a good start learning from his daddy. It is among the top most precious photos to come my way recently. On this Good Friday, let’s remember the teachings of our Father and His Son as well as what a picture like this can teach us.

 

 

 

 

 

On Being Afraid


How many of us suffer from fear on a daily basis or even just occasionally? My last bout of fear was in 2005 while waiting for confirmation of a cancer diagnosis. It was a mind and body numbing fear until the verdict came in and I had to face it…the fear and the cancer.

Here are a few things the Bible has to say about being afraid along with that delightful song, “Whistle a Happy Tune” from the 1956 movie, The King and I.

Do not be afraid for I am with you. Genesis 26:24 NIV

The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 NIV

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. Hebrews 13:6

When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Proverbs 3:24

Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 1:8 

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

“Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:36

These are a few teachings from scripture that have helped me as well as others overcome fear at one time or another.

And now…go ahead…whistle a happy tune.