Speaking Life

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the way the truth the life jesusSometimes a song comes along that just says what needs to be said at this particular moment in time. I found that song last night while trying to write a blog post that just wasn’t working out (sometimes that happens). I trashed the post but kept the song. Before I introduce the song, which is titled, Speak Life,” and is sung by TobyMac, I’d like to share a few words about what this “life” is all about.

And it is about Jesus Christ. . . .

John 3:16-18 states:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in…

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Onward To The Future

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pressing onwardWhen I was a kid I attended a nondenominational church that predominantly hired Baptist pastors, so I was raised with a strong Baptist background. I memorized a lot of Bible verses as a child that have stayed with me all of these years. Back then, the only version of the Bible that was available was the King James Version (KJV) and the poetic language (think “Shakespeare”) of King James English (the time period in which the King James Bible was originally commissioned in 1604 and translated into English) made the memorization process easier, at least for me. While I rarely read that version today–my most favorite version is the New International Version (NIV, 1984, 2011), and also the New King James Version (NKJV) which was commissioned in 1975 by Thomas Nelson Publishersthose verses I memorized way back then come flooding back to my mind…

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After The Rain

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rainbow and boatA few days ago I wrote a blog post titled, Before The Rain,” using the story of Noah and the Ark (Genesis 5:32-10:1). The story of Noah details the destruction of the entire earth by a flood back in Noah’s day; however, the real story behind the flood has to do with obedience (as in Noah’s obedience to God to build the ark–see Genesis 6:22), and the lack thereof (as in obedience to God in general) in the rest of the human race (see Genesis 6:5; 6:11-12; 8:21). Obedience to God has never been popular among humans starting with the first humans (Adam and Eve) in the Garden of Eden (see Genesis 2-3) and continuing right on through to today. And God stated in Genesis 8:21 that “every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood” so that…

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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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