Redeeming Valentine’s Day: There’s Only One Shade of White

12 Feb

I couldn’t have said it as well or as beautifully! Thank you. To Him who makes us whiter than snow be glory forever!!

Barren to Beautiful

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Thousands will flock to theaters this weekend to watch the pornographic book-turned-movie Fifty Shades of Grey. And while news-feeds of both Christians and atheists light up with blog posts and articles written by lovers and haters of this movie and book series, it’s begging one big question: What is this all about?

Well, I’m not here to answer that question. (And in fact, I actually advise you not to dig too deep. “Curiosity” is what’s been drawing the masses to it, and keeping them there. “Curiosity” is also what introduces and entices people to porn. There’s a reason we’re warned to “not even speak of what the disobedient do in secret.” Ephesians 5:12)

But while I hate everything this movie stands for, the bigger question stirring in my heart is: What do I do about it?

Of course there are the faithful few who will be picketing at the…

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Yom Kippur: Where do we find atonement for our sins if we have no Temple?

3 Oct

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

A beautiful painting of a Jewish priest blowing the shofar (ram's horn) for Yom Kippur. A beautiful painting of a Jewish priest blowing the shofar (ram’s horn) for Yom Kippur.

It is almost sundown here in Israel, and we are about to begin Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

In the Scriptures, the Israelites were commanded by the Lord to fast and pray and bring their sacrifices to the Temple in Jerusalem, and then to ask for the Lord’s forgiveness for all the sins they and their nation had committed that year.

Only the sacrifice of a perfect animal, done with a humble, repentant heart, and with faith in God’s mercy and grace, would bring about forgiveness of sins.

  • “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” (Leviticus 17:11)

This Hebrew Bible precept was later underscored in the New Testament.

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Nigeria’s Cry

29 May

Nigeria's Cry.

Sofia and the Light

4 May

Sofie and bone

Sofia and Rainy her stuffed Reindeer toy

Sofia and Rainy her stuffed Reindeer toy

My sister Laurie has an 11 year old Portugeuse water dog named Sofia. She is a joy in her life and certainly in mine.  Sofia is hardly ever without one of her toys in her mouth. They are her “blankie”, they keep her from barking and carrying something in her mouth is pretty natural for her breed.

Sofia and I have formed an unexpected and delightful bond.  One of the joys in our relationship is our chasing “the light”, (a red laser pointer) game.  As the sun sets and leaves the sky in dark, Sofia knows that it is going to be time for the light.  She doesn’t know that it is still early and bedtime is a long time away.  She just knows it is going to come and she can’t wait.  Even in the long days of summer, when she gets tired she assumes it must be “light” time and begins hanging by my every move. When I  say something about “light” I see her turn from a tired old dog, to the puppy she used to be as she realizes I finally got the hint.  She  waits exceptantly for me to get the light with not a little patience.

And this old dog, who thinks she is still a puppy will chase this light for hours if I let her.  However, I know her old bones, her lungs and muscles will pay dearly the next day if I let her go too  long.  Back and forth she goes following the light the length of the house.  Delighted in the running and in the chasing of the bright light she follows, she anticipates and goes ahead where it went so many times before.  She thinks it will always be there for her to find. Sometimes surprised in a new place, she goes again.  Often she finds it in the usual place just delayed and she delights in “finding it”

I got to thinking about her complete absorbtion and joy in the light this morning as I played briefly with her to make up for missing it last night.  Here are some of my thoughts….Do I love and follow my Light as much and well as Sofia does hers?

The Bible has so many passages where Jesus is portrayed as the light of the world, John 1:3 says that  “in him (Jesus) was life and that life was the light of men/women.”  It also says that the Word (Jesus) was God (v 1) and was made flesh (Jesus) and dwelt among us (v 14) . Psalm 119:105 “Thy Word is a lamp onto my feet and a light unto my path.”

On and on you find references and examples that say that God is the light (Psalm 56:13 & 27:1), we need to follow the light (Isaiah 2:5), we are the light to others (Matthew 5:16), that the Bible, his word is the light to follow (Psalms 119:130, Isaiah 2:5) and so many more.

Here and some points that I’ve been thinking about and I ask you to ponder:

  •  Sofie actually can’t wait to spend time with her light. How much do you anticipate spending time with the Light and await His return in daily life choices?
  • There is never enough light for Sofia. Doesn’t matter if we already played today, she’s good to go again and again. Is one time prayer and Bible reading/study enough or more than enough for you? Or are we drawn again again again to our Light?
  •  She has followed the light so many times that she knows what it can do and where it will and will not go. Have you spent so much time in God’s word that you know where to go, what to do and what not to go or do?
  • Sofia anticipates light and runs ahead.  I see this in two different aspects. First of all its good to look ahead and be so familiar with what is in the Word and what is true to God’s character that we are somewhat comfortable knowing what is coming and what He expects and what we expected to do.  Experience in life teaches us this as well.  However, just like Sofia, we think we know what the light is going to do and sometimes we run ahead in front of light.  Knowing His word and the concepts in it is the best way to live. Sometimes, I think however, I have a tendancy to, like Sofia, run ahead of the light. Sometimes I even try to lead the light where I want it to go.

Well, I could go on with so many more, but my time is up so I’ve got to go.  Thanks for reading.

A Life Worth Saving

24 Nov

A Life Worth Saving.

 

I give thanks with a greatful heart!

More than a “Should”

1 Nov

More than a “Should”.

 

Please read this blog by cassiemarie and be challenge as I was!

My Anchor Holds Within the Veil

29 Oct

My Anchor Holds Within the Veil.

Please go to this link and be refreshed and encourage.