Until Lambs Become Lions

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There is a line in the movie, Robin Hood (2010), starring Russell Crowe (as Robin Longstride a.k.a. Robin Hood) and Cate Blanchett (as Lady Marion) that is etched in Robin’s memory from childhood. Thinking that his father had deserted him as a very young child, he comes to learn as the movie unfolds that the line was said by his father, who also etched it into a stone. Eventually Robin comes to learn from one of his father’s now elderly friends, Sir Walter Loxley (father-in-law to Lady Marion) that his father was actually beheaded when Robin was a lad of about six years old. This scene is available on YouTube at the following link. In the clip, Robin learns that his father was not only a stonemason, but a visionary, who believed that “kings have a need of their subjects, no less than subjects have…

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Tisha B’Av 5775 (2015)

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Tisha B’Av (the 9th of Av on the Jewish calendar) falls on Saturday, July 25, 2015, on our Western calendar this year. It officially starts at sundown on Friday, July 24th; however, since it is falling on the Sabbath this year, it will be observed starting at sundown on Saturday, July 25th (when the Sabbath officially ends), and ending at sundown on Sunday, July 26th. I have written about Tisha B’ Av” (reblogging the original post) for the past three years, and I decided to repost it again today (see below). It is customary to read from the books of Lamentations and Job in the Old Testament on this day known as an “official day of mourning and fasting” due to a series of catastrophes (listed below) that occurred on this exact same day over a period of centuries including the destruction of the First…

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Motive Is All Important

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motives2Motives . . . we all have them, and, in fact, they run our lives on a regular basis. Vocabulary.com defines a motive as “your reason for doing something” (quote source here). Google defines it as “a reason for doing something, especially one that is hidden or not obvious” (quote source here). And, of course, an ulterior motive, as defined by Dictionary.com, is a motive that is beingbeyondwhatisseenoravowed;intentionallykeptconcealed.” Synonyms include “hidden, covert,undisclosed,undivulged” (quote source here).

In answer to the question, What does the Bible say about motives?”, GotQuestions?org gives the following statement:

The Bible has a lot to say about our motives. A motive is the underlying reason for any action. Proverbs 16:2 says, “All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD.” Because…

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A Humble Heart

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Here is another message from Sara that will force you to search your own heart . . .

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A humble heart . . . it’s not easy to acquire (and it has to be acquired as we come out of the womb wanting our own way) or to keep. FreeDictionary.com defines humble as (1) marked by meekness or modesty in behavior,attitude, or spirit;notarrogant or prideful; and (2) showingdeferential or submissiverespect (quote source here). Unfortunately, most of those attributes are in rather short supply in our society today. We are more into branding ourselves and taking selfies and splashing them all over social media than deferring to others or showing much respect to others. And, as a current airline commercial tells us over and over again, It’s All About You” (as in “us”). Humility is not often one of our strong points.

However, humility is one of the key ingredients of Micah 6:8. The

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Understanding Grace

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The bedrock of our salvation as Christians is found in God’s grace given to us through His Son, Jesus Christ. One of the classic passages of Scripture on the subject of grace is given by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:1-10 in his letter to the Christians in Ephesus:

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even…

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Pressing On

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Here is another excellent post from Sara. I hope it ministers to you.

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PrintLast evening I started writing a blog post but it wasn’t coming together so I gave up on it a bit after midnight. Usually, I write my blog posts over several hours in one sitting. Actually, they write themselves as I never know what the topic is going to be or even the direction the post is going to take as I am writing it. In other words, I am “compelled” to write them. I suppose some writers might attribute it to a “muse” of sorts. I call it an unction of sorts.

It is now 3:30 a.m. and I couldn’t sleep. Well, I almost fell asleep, but this feeling kept gnawing at me so I finally got out of bed and turned on the laptop. So here I am, in the middle of the night, writing again. Fortunately, most of the time it is in the morning or early afternoon…

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Study No. 4: An Overview of the Bible

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Holy Bible It is important, in any subject, to gain a clear perspective from which to view the subject in more detail, and we need to be sure that our perspective is the most helpful one.

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