Saturday, February 11, 2017

Better

One of the things I love doing during my bible reading and copying is study a particular word. Whenever a word stands out, I love seeing its use from Genesis to Revelation. The word that stood out for me today was, “Better.” A small word but with some very big contrasts and truths. Here are a few from Psalms, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.

Psa. 37:16 Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked;

Psa. 84:10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

Psa. 118:8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.  9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.

Prov. 8:19 My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.

Prov. 12:9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.

Prov. 15:16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.  17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.

Prov. 16:8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.

Prov. 16:16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!

Prov. 16:19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.

Prov. 16:32 Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.

Prov. 17:1   Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.

Prov. 19:22 What a man desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.

Prov. 21:9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

Prov. 21:19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.

Prov. 22:1   A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Prov. 25:24 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

Prov. 27:5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

Eccl. 2:13 I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness.

Eccl. 2:24   A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God,

Eccl. 4:6 Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.

Eccl. 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:

Eccl. 4:13   Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to take warning.

Eccl. 7:1   A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.  2 It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.

Eccl. 7:5 It is better to heed a wise man’s rebuke than to listen to the song of fools.

So many of these stood out for me and helped me narrow my focus and pursuits. Which ones were helpful to you?

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

This year, 2015, has been a year like no other. This year, Debbie and I celebrated 40 years of marriage and ministry together. This year, we welcomed our 12th grand baby, Courage Chad Alan, into the world. It was a year of healing. It was a year of, "TruClarity." It was a year of opportunity to do four rounds of (7) at Buckhead, Gwinnett, Brownsbridge and North Point. It was a year to take (7) on the road to SC, VA, MN, UT, CO, AZ, and CA. 

I am so thankful for NPM producing and exporting (7) which gave me the platform and opportunity to take these questions to the world. I am so humbled and honored as I reflect on these things.

This year made me realize that, there are good years and hard years and the Lord is in the middle of all of them. Whether you had a good year or hard year, we can always give thanks for the following:

1. God, being an amazing Father, a loving Savior, and a faithful friend and Helper in times of need.
2. A beautiful and glorious Creator of the heavens and earth and every thing we see and enjoy.
3. His amazing Word, the Bible, which is able to make us wise in this life and the next.
4. Family and friends and relationships that make us better people.
5. And so much more...

What are you thankful for this year?

1Chr. 16:34 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. 

Psa. 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 

Col. 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 

1Th. 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 

Thursday, July 02, 2015

What I'm Thinking About These Days

In light of the ruling by the US Supreme Court re: same sex marriage on June 26,2015, people have asked what do I think or believe? These are some things I think:

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:
Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
The third day he rose again from the dead:
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
From there he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
I believe in the Holy Ghost:
I believe in the holy catholic(universal) church: the communion of saints:
The forgiveness of sins:
The resurrection of the body:
And the life everlasting. Amen.

These are some of the things I'm thinking about and believe these days 
What about you? What are you thinking these days?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Deut.17.18-20 Copy/Scroll/Transcribe the Scriptures

In December of 2010, I was having lunch with a friend and great young leader, John Ott. At lunch he asked me if I had ever seen these verses from Deuteronomy17:18-20?   

"When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites.  19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees 20 and not consider himself better than his brothers and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel."

I was confident that I had read them in the past, but upon seeing them that day, I did not remember them. John said that he was going to try this practice and copy Deuteronomy. I said,"I'm not." But I was starting a study in Romans and I thought, "Let's give this a try." Well, 4.5 years later, I have copied Romans through Jude, including Proverbs. This practice has changed and saved my life.

So...here are a few ideas:

1. Pick a small book in the New Testament to begin. (Philippians, Colossians, James)
2. Pray this simple prayer:" Heavenly Father, would you please teach me, speak to me today by Your Word and Spirit, in Jesus Name. Amen."
3. Get a good notebook, "Moleskin" and pen.
4. Begin copying word for word. Slow down. Make space for God to speak.
5. Write down any thoughts, questions, ideas, observations that come to mind. You may also want to draw or illustrate what you are writing and seeing.
6. If you can, try to capture the "Big Idea" that stood out for you that day. Ideally, if you can put that in a memorable phrase that sticks with you...that would be extra credit. :-)
7. Get ready for this to change your life.

The goal is not to copy Scripture by any certain date, but to slow down and let the Word of God speak to you in very personal ways. Enjoy and let me know how this goes for you.

Heb. 4:12   For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.