Do you sometimes relive your childhood? Does it make you feel glad or sad? How do we reconnect to that childhood? Here is one way gleaned from the Internet:
Start by deciding to abandon caution and to give this a try. Start by identifying the qualities of children you’d like to emulate: curiosity, play, living in the moment, abandoning worries, imagination, creativity, pure joy. Observe children. Watch how they play, how they live, how they create, how they ask questions.
And here is some of what the Bible says about children:
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3
“And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:16
Job 8:21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
This scripture prompted me to post some Sunday humor:
Haircuts and Walking
A young boy had just gotten his driver’s permit and asked his father if he could now use the car. His father made him a deal. “You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, get your hair cut and we’ll talk about the car.” The boy agreed and six weeks later his father said to him, “Son, I’m real proud. You brought your grades up and I’ve seen that you’ve been studying your Bible but I’m disappointed that you haven’t gotten your hair cut.” The son responded, “You know, Dad, I’ve noticed that in the Bible Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair and even Jesus had long hair,” to which his father replied, “Did you also notice they all walked everywhere they went?”
Someone called me last night to find out where in the Bible did a mountain move.
I couldn’t think of the answer because I’m not sure that a mountain physically moved, but I did tell her about having a faith strong enough to move mountains.
If you have faith the size of a mustard seed you will say to this mountain move from here to there and it will move and nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20
Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. Mark 11:23
If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2
The fact that the earth is round is said to have come from such scholars as Aristotle (385BC), Pythagoras (570BC), Eratosthenes (276BC) and maybe others. However the fact is that the prophet Isaiah (740BC) wrote in the Bible: He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth…(Isaiah 40:22)
I once confessed that the Bible is one of my favourite books to read and this is the reason why. I learn so much from it. Happy reading.
My life is lived by faith…not blind faith, but supernatural faith. It works for me. Faith means much to many people and means nothing to others.
There are many examples of faith throughout the Bible and chapter one of Hebrews is a great example.
This came to me from the book, Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard:
“Faith has nothing to do with intellectual belief. Faith is obedience. Faith and abandonment to God’s will and power are inseparable. Faith is willingness to do God’s will. Unwillingness to abandon one’s own will and to obey God is unbelief.”
It came up in a Bible study…”What does the word ‘glory’ mean to you? I wasn’t there, but when told about the question my mind immediately went into overdrive about this word ‘glory’.
My first thought was that glory is a word of profound beauty…as in the morning glory flowers that adorn so many garden arbors. That led me to think of the term, “Give God the glory”. It is a phrase used when something wonderful and beautiful takes place and in Christian parlance we refer it back to God.
When I think of God and blooming morning glories, adoration comes to mind. I adore them both…God more so.
I’ll leave you to ponder this word and the glory it brings to mind. Have a glorious day. Happy Sunday.
For the last three Sundays, our church, St. Andrew’s Scarborough, has had the privilege of meeting Biblical folk practically face to face.
First it was Peter. He stepped out of the pages of the Bible and spoke to us through Pastor Duncan. He told of his life as a disciple of Jesus and what it was like to be in the company of this amazing man for the three years of his ministry on earth.
The following Sunday we met Mary Magdalene, speaking to us through Pastor Monica. She also told us about how much she had learned and profited from knowing Jesus.
Then, we met Lazarus. What a story he had to tell…what it was like to die and then be called back to life by his best friend, this very same Jesus.
Today we meet the High Priest, Caiaphas. Caiaphas presided over the Sanhedrin, the highest court of the Jewish people, and organized the plot to kill Jesus. I’m looking forward to hearing what he has to say for himself. Happy Sunday