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Psalms Saturday #14 – Psalms 1 – Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked

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Psalms Saturday #14 – Psalms 1 – Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked – 05/07/2016

Psalms 1:1 (ESV) Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Thanks for looking at our Psalms Saturday article; I plan to go through this Psalm verse by verse starting in verse one…

V1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

To look at this appropriately we have to look at the Hebrew word “esher” which is the Hebrew word for “Blessed” and that talks mainly of happiness and contentment. Gives a much fuller meaning to the text don’t you think? If we replaced the word “blessed” with fulfilled or contentment then you will see what the Psalmist is driving at. I say that having read this Psalm many times and not bothered to dig any deeper than the words on the page. We see three things that make a man happy and content…

  • He walks not in the counsel of the wicked – The company you keep is important as you will modify your behavior to match the ones that you are trying to impress. When I became a Christian I slowly lost the friends that I had clung onto in my wilderness years because they did not want to do what I wanted to.

    Conversely now I take great delight in a Wednesday morning meeting I have at a local coffee house with likeminded believers as we sharpen each other and keep each other accountable. Finding friends like that is vital as you progress through your Christian life. The counsel you keep affects the way you think.

  • Nor stands in the way of sinners – Not just the counsel you keep but if you are living your life in the way of sinners then you will do what they do. The friends you have affect the way you behave. If you have trouble with alcohol will you still go to the bar rooms 4 times a week?
  • Nor sits in the seats of scoffers – If you dwell with the scoffers and mockers you will become just like them, you will start to belong there and it will erode your Christianity. How can you be happy and blessed in your Christian walk if you are always criticizing or tearing down (and often times this can be fellow Christians)

Like most Jewish poetry the Psalmist offers a contrast in the next verse and does not stop with what we should not be, but continues in what we should be. We see that “his delight is in the law of the LORD” that he is happy in the whole counsel of God, not just the first five books, that the word of God is a delight in his life and if you are not happy or excited to study the word of God then you may need to take a barometer of where you are as a Christian. Is there a hunger, a desire or even a willingness to get in the word regardless (and in some cases especially) of the circumstances?

This hunger us that real that “on his law he meditates day and night.” And that puts me to shame personally and that is something I want to do always, I do however ponder the word of God and a lot of thought and prayer goes into personal study as well as the articles here and I know that the crux of what he is saying is that we ponder it, understand it and commit it to our hearts and lives. I just wished that I did it day and night!

V3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

We see with the correct application of scripture the Psalmist uses the picture of a tree that if it is planted next to a place that will allow it to be fed, then it will continue in strength and it prospers and the application here would be that with that correct grounded knowledge of the word of God that has been meditated we will continue to grow and thrive in our Christian walk. Paul makes the same comparison in the letter to the Galatian church…

Galatians 5:19 (ESV) Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

The fruit comes naturally from the tree because of what is going into the tree (streams of water) and I would ask would the same tree be as strong in say a desert where the water supply was a bit sparse? Or would it be more like a tree that is all withered and dead? Then you have to examine what type of Christianity you have, is it a by the cool streams or is it a desert Christianity? How strong is your tree? Will it withstand a few storms or will it break in the first sign of trouble?

V4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Again we see an example of the opposite. Have a look at this passage in Jude…

Jude 1:12 (ESV) These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; 13 wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.

As strong as the tree is, the wicked are not strong. To understand what chaff is it is the shell that has to be removed before the grain is useable for the purpose intended, traditionally one of the ways of removing chaff from grain was to allow the air to go through and it separates on its own. I am convinced that this was not used in accident as it is the polar opposite and a good reminder that although we are in the world we are not of the world.

V5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

And we are concluding with these remarks and the Psalmist uses terms that we are familiar with from the book of Daniel when he spoke to King Belshazzar…

Daniel 5:13 (ESV) Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king answered and said to Daniel, “You are that Daniel, one of the exiles of Judah, whom the king my father brought from Judah. 14 I have heard of you that the spirit of the gods is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you. 15 Now the wise men, the enchanters, have been brought in before me to read this writing and make known to me its interpretation, but they could not show the interpretation of the matter. 16 But I have heard that you can give interpretations and solve problems. Now if you can read the writing and make known to me its interpretation, you shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around your neck and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.” 17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, “Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards to another. Nevertheless, I will read the writing to the king and make known to him the interpretation. 18 O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father kingship and greatness and glory and majesty. 19 And because of the greatness that he gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. Whom he would, he killed, and whom he would, he kept alive; whom he would, he raised up, and whom he would, he humbled. 20 But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was brought down from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him. 21 He was driven from among the children of mankind, and his mind was made like that of a beast, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. He was fed grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, until he knew that the Most High God rules the kingdom of mankind and sets over it whom he will. 22 And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, 23 but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored. 24 “Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed. 25 And this is the writing that was inscribed: Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin. 26 This is the interpretation of the matter: Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; 27 Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; 28 Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.” 29 Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed with purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made about him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. 30 That very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed.

Scary stuff huh? How is your relationship with God? Have you taken up his free gift of salvation so you are not found wanting? We see that the Psalmist talks about sinners in “the congregation of the righteous” and we will see the ones who persist in their sins and do not wish to change their lives peel off from our church congregations in the short term, however I do also believe that we will be surprised with some of the folks that we thought we would see in glory who were as religious as religious could be and did not know Jesus as their savior, that is scarier stuff!

V6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

I have peace like a river that I am being guided by the creator of heaven. I know that whatever befalls me in this life and however I am chosen to be removed from it that I have a loving father waiting to welcome me home with the words I long to hear “Well done my good and faithful servant” but I do lament for those who are my neighbors, in my streets and in my city and the cities that are close by me who tonight are dying in their sins. One thing is assured is that you have that choice to choose heaven or to reject God and deal with those consequences for all of eternity. My prayer is that if you have not done so then please contact me and I would love to talk to you.

Lord willing, in our next article in Psalms we will look at Psalms 13 looks at the sorrow of David and trusting in the Lord through trials. I pray that you are able to join us as we go through the bible, line by line and precept by precept.

God bless and I pray this was a blessing and please feel free to like, share or comment on here or whatever social media platforms you use as the Lord leads you to, as always I love questions about this or any other article so please feel free to fill in the form below, all comments are moderated to avoid profanity.
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Genesis One – Day Five – God makes the birds, the sea creatures and every living creature that moves – Genesis 1:20-23

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Genesis One – Day Five – God makes the birds, the sea creatures and every living creature that moves – Genesis 1:20-23 – 01/26/2016

Genesis 1:20 (ESV) And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

This article is designed to be a slightly more in depth article than I did in the “creation series” elsewhere on this website, Lord willing I hope to look at the full creation week and examine the case for a Biblical creation from the mindset that the bible is accurate and a honest and truthful source of history in how we came to be here. I am not here to attack other mindsets as I appreciate that not everyone shares my view of a biblical history and I do welcome lively debate on the subject regardless of your thoughts or beliefs on how the earth was made.

In order to look at this from a biblical context we must first look at the text in question starting in verse twenty…

V20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.”

I love the rich wording here when it says “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures” which shows the fullness that was created with just a few words. Think of the rich diversity you have when you go underwater, fish are in all shapes, all sizes all colors and the variety is tremendous. It shows a creator God who had limitless possibilities and just as a small demonstration of who he is as God he created such richness that has been summed up in eight small words.

God’s word is at odds with an evolutionary belief that creatures evolved from a single cell organism and evolved into the animals in the sea, the ones on land, the ones in the air and then at the pinnacle of evolution you have the “homo erectus” the human. God’s word states that was not the case, it does agree that humans came after the animals but it states quite clearly that God did it and they were created so that they could survive, so these were fully grown animals and not eggs or tadpoles.

V21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Again God created them “according to their kinds” and there was plenty of variation within fish and water dwelling mammals, you just have to go into your local pet store to have a small sampling of just how much variety there is. If I was to walk into my local PetSmart and say “can I have a fish please?” I could want a guppy but be handed a goldfish because the understanding would be different.

They are all according to their kinds, the fish don’t transform into birds and the birds don’t turn into dogs, the birds were created according to the bird kind, the eagle, the raven, the dove are exactly that all birds but all different. Another example is in my front room where I have a Labrador and a Queensland dog, they are two dogs and if the male Labrador was to mate with the Queensland then they would make …(wait for it)… A DOG! That would be a process known as macro evolution or a variation within kinds which has a solid scientific footing, but if you were to suggest that if they mated generation upon generation and suddenly they made another animal say a horse then that would be preposterous, however that is what you are asking me to swallow when you are saying that a fish landed on the land, sprouted legs and became a land dweller and through series of changes became a monkey and then a human. That process where two mate and it forms an intermediate species is called “macro-evolution” and that does not come from “micro-evolution”.

If this was the case then the fossil record would be littered with intermediate species bones and fragments that would blow the case for creation completely out of the water it is not there and if anything we have more fossils that show a worldwide flood where animals have been enveloped while eating others, not exactly millions of years there?

We have to come to one of three conclusions…

• Evolution happened slowly, creating billions of years of changes that the scientific evidence does not support
• The changes came in huge steps such as a lion mated or an elephant mated and created say a Rhino
• It was exactly as the bible said it happened and the earth is in fact younger than they think it is.

Obviously I have issues with the first two as to believe in either of those outcomes would require faith that I do not have. God continues his population control plan in verse twenty two…

V22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

God commands them to be fruitful and multiply, the earth was created to be populated and again the bible flies in the face of man’s logic that complains that there are too many people on earth. God created the earth to be inhabited and even with today’s numbers there is still plenty of room to be inhabited. Even in the USA there are vast lands that have no-one living on them for literally miles, and many other countries are like that also. Even in densely populated cities in the UK like Glasgow or London if you drive 20-30 miles out you see rural countryside, so we are hardly living on top of one another.

You have to remember, the land animals are not here yet! We just have the water borne and airborne animals thus far! There is no land dwelling creatures or man as of yet. Perhaps that is where evolution and the bible stop agreeing that man arrived last.

V23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

And if we needed more confirmation, God names the day a day and calls it the fifth day, a literal day that was not to be interpreted any other way. LORD willing, next time we look at Genesis we will look at day six where God creates the land animals and makes man in their own image, I pray that you can make the next article and please check out Epistles page for our collection of bible studies on this and other books.

God bless and I pray this was a blessing and please feel free to like, share or comment on here or whatever social media platforms you use as the Lord leads you to, as always I love questions about this or any other article so please feel free to fill in the form below, all comments are moderated to avoid profanity.
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The LORD’s prayer – Part 3 – Give us this day our daily bread 

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The LORD’s prayer – Part 3 – Give us this day our daily bread 

Matthew 6:11 (KJV) Give us this day our daily bread.

Be honest now dear Christian! How many times has this come up in your prayer life? “God please send me money” sometimes it will be for things that we need such as the gas bill that is about to be shut off, other times it will be for things that may not be regarded as a “need” as such. Yes we are all commanded to be good stewards of the finances that God has blessed us with. (Yes that’s right, we need to start with the attitude that it is not our money it is God’s and we simply are the managers of that money)

And that is all we are, we are simply custodians of what is in our bank account but think about how much you stress out about money and the lack of it and the dreams that you selfishly want to accomplish but in all reality it is all going to burn at the end of the day. Once you are posthumous you are not going to give a jot about anything that is going on in the life you have just finished living. The key here is to leave it in God’s hands, trust him with the very thing that you are reluctant to let go of and watch him do miracles that you didn’t even know were possible. It takes REAL FAITH to tithe or give an offering when you do not have enough to cover your bills. This is real life and that is allowing God to work and show himself as a testimony in your life, will you let him?

If you have been following on the last few days you will see that we have spoken about the desire of God to have his children talk to him, to lay themselves bare at his feet, to be honest and go all in declaring that they are on the same team as God, that they want his will be done and that in that spirit of honest transparency then it is only natural that we should let our needs be known to God. We should do this freely and in the full knowledge that God can see inside our hearts and knows where we sin, where we error and knows what to trust us with and what not.

We are not literally asking for bread, but if that is your need then cry out for deliverance. Jesus was speaking of food and daily provisions but in a greater sense the needs will not always be of a nourishment nature, it maybe financial, it may be for the needs of that day, I could open this out and request testimonies of people who have had provision from God when they were in dire straits, similar to the way that God provided food for the children of Israel on a daily basis he provided for the needs of his people and those who stored food away and showed lack of faith found out when the food was bad that God was ready to provide, but provide in his own time.

Do not think for a second that God is not interested in your everyday life, he cares for YOU! He emotional turmoil you are facing, the thoughts running through your mind, the sins you have committed today he cares about it all, he is grieved when you go further away from him and is blessed when you commune with him, that is why we are praying for our “daily bread” God is not an estranged father, someone who wished partial custody, he wants you and wants you to give thanks to whom all blessings flow.

Here is a word for the greedy and the health, wealth and prosperity teachers out there and this should be no surprise that I address this here. God is not a huge piggy bank wishing to feed some bratty kids with Mercedes Benz cars, Nike shoes, Ralph Lauren clothes and Gucci shoes, these are all wants that form out of the heart, if you have been blessed out of your abundance and you feel right with the LORD then by all means have those nice things.

God knows the desires of your heart and knows that if you are asking for that lottery win and declaring that the first thing you will do is tithe to the local church, that is admirable but God also knows what you would do if you suddenly had millions of dollars in the bank. My first thing I would do is make sure all debt of any kind for my wife and I was paid off the second that the check was cleared. I would make sure we did tithe and make sure we had a decent home and reliable cars and the rest is the rest, to be used how God wills it.

We can’t get rich off God! We will not become more affluent by following God and if that is your goal and that has happened, it is not typical and any preacher that promises you wealth or a great return if you donate to his ministry then that is a lie from the pit of hell. My personal favorite was “Whatever you give God, he will give you ten times back” that feeds into the poor and the downtrodden that think if they send all their money that God will rain pennies from the sky. Would this really be the necessities of “daily bread”?

I pray that this article has been educational, challenging, convicting and exhorting, I pray that you received it well and please feel free to like, share and comment on whatever social media you wish as the LORD leads you too.
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Praying for Scotland on “Independence Day”

Praying for Scotland on “Independence Day”

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The timing of this article is deliberate as to publish as the polls open on “Independence Day”. Please feel free to comment below this article regardless of your political leanings.

This is a hard article for me to write and remain somewhat impartial so unlike the British mainstream media I am going to declare my allegiances up front and will advise that had I been in Scotland and registered to vote I would have been voting for the partition of the United Kingdom. Those of you who know me know that I am in favour of the pro-Independence stance of the Scottish National Party and have also campaigned for this party in elections past when I lived in Scotland.

The reason it is hard is to remainobjective whilst giving a commentary and an appeal to the people of Scotland. My appeal is not, as one would expect for you all to vote “yes” but simply to vote. The bible states that your yes should be yes and your no should be no and I tend to agree.

Whether you choose to stay with the Union or whether you choose that Scotland would be better as an independent nation is truly a decision for you, your conscience and the arguments that have been presented to you, in many cases in a biased format by those we expected better of. Should the Yes side prevail it would be in the face of the most blatant propaganda machine that has ever been Government endorsed since the days of Goering and German National Socialism. The people of Scotland have been denied the facts, had unbalanced coverage, had programs edited to remove keynote Yes speakers, had applause muted by yes supporters in debates and manipulated coverage of the referendum to tell a story that was not balanced.

If you were to look at the evidence at the author of this article I am a prime candidate to vote no. I am a former serviceman of the Royal Engineers; my maternal grandfather figure was a staunch Labour supporter, Union spokesperson for the National Union of Railwaymen and political activist in the days of Neil Kinnock. My own father was a Union rep and I lived in a staunch Labour area for most of my life. So why am I supporting Yes?

I began to look into Scottish independence after helping Labour (I know, I know) get elected in 1997, under the Tony Blair “things can only get better campaign” as I was attracted by the promise of Scottish Devolution and the possibility of a Parliament in Edinburgh for the first time since 1707. Soon I realized how “London-centric” New Labour were and I decided not to renew my party membership in 1999.

I still classified myself as a “Labour voter” even although I was not pounding the streets in support of the campaign. It was not until 2002 that I properly looked into the SNP and their policies. I found their policies regarding Scottish self-determination were in line with where I wanted to see my country headed and I joined the SNP. I canvassed/leafleted and campaigned for the Lloyd Quinlan campaign in Motherwell when he stood against Lord Jack McConnell for the MSP seat.

I fell out of love with politics and held no party affiliation and I didn’t actually vote again until 2007 when I lived in the Glasgow Hillhead constituency. I did not campaign but voted SNP. Beyond my wildest dreams the SNP won power in the Hollyrood parliament.

Follow this up with an overall majority in 2011 and we were firmly on the journey we are on now, with probably the most astute First Minister that Scotland has ever seen, holding court against the most inept leader of Scottish Labour I have ever seen and an astute smart Tory leader with no back up in Scotland due to the way her party is remembered in the eighties and current policies by David Cameron leaves her and the Liberal Democrats with very little friends up here. He (Salmond) really has very little opposition.

Now I am a Yes voter as a guy who supported devolution, supported the new parliament, supported the Scottish Government in both Red and yellow formats and know that the Scots ARE genetically programmed to make political decisions. (Unlike what Mrs. Lamont says)

Personally and from my point of view, independence makes sense, both financially and from a decision making standpoint. I believe that decisions made in Edinburgh will have a greater opportunity to directly benefit Scottish voters than a remote parliament who is only concerned with the South West of England.

I also believe that it would help the “No true Scotsman” image that my countrymen have, where Scotland invented all the finer things in life and England is blamed for all of Scotland’s ills. The “Anti-English” chip on the shoulder that is perceived to be the case would slowly but surely cease to exist as Scotland would come of age in its own right. (For a fuller explanation of what I am meaning please see my blog “The Jacobite experiment“)

Should separation happen, I have no problem in wishing our neighbours to the south a “fare ye well” and a “fond farewell” as a joint entity. I have many cross border friends that would suddenly be in a “different country” but I doubt that it would change as far as citizenship goes. I have no “Anti-English chip on the shoulder” I just believe that we as a country can run our own affairs more beneficial to the people within our borders.

Should separation not happen, my countrymen would have the distinction of being the first country to turn down independence when it was able to be selected of one’s free will. (With no shots fired) Imagine if our cousins in Ireland in 1922 and America in 1776 could say likewise? Look at how these two countries have grown since separation from the UK. In the words of the Bard “Rabbie” Burns in the case of a No vote going through “Forward tho I canna see, I guess and fear”.

I am also praying for a resurgence in Christianity in Scotland regardless of the vote. My country has a fine tradition of following Christ and I pray for fervent revival in my land and have my land healed of its troubles. As much as I would love an independent Scotland free to run its own affairs, I would love it more to have a Scotland that was on fire for Jesus Christ living in a society where the love of Christ came down, where we love and serve one another, preferring the other before ourselves. Imagine that land? Rich in oil and God’s blessings.

God bless and I pray this was a blessing, as usual please share, comment or like below
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The millennium day

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The millennium day

2 Peter 3:8 (ESV) But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

I know I say this a lot, but I love the letters of Peter, Peter is the one disciple that I identify with most for a few reasons:

1) His foot was never out of his mouth
2) He was also known with two names
3) He took forever to grow, but when he grew, HE GREW
4) He overthought things and his speech was often inappropriate
5) When someone he cared about was in danger, he came out swinging first (admittedly a sword of a soldier’s ear)

What this passage does NOT mean

I love this passage but it has been pulled in ways it never was meant to in order to suit certain agenda’s. The Gap theory people and old earth people have this claim as a banner flag to show that the creation account may well have been 6,000 years as opposed to 6 literal days.

This is not the case as the word for “day” in Genesis is “yom” which means “literal day” and not “a millennia”

What it does mean

God is beyond space and time, he can be literally everywhere at the same time and can be in all periods of history at the same time. When we read that “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” we get a glimpse of the expanse of God. (we serve a BIG GOD!) It also gives me a glimpse of what heaven is like. Reminds me of the great words of that hymn “Amazing Grace”

“When we have been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun
We have no less days, to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun”

This verse to me talks about our patience (or lack of) in dealing with issues that God is working out “in his time”. I am the worst at this, in my time I have tried to hurry God, Counsel God, coax God into giving me my way when God was working all things to the good in his time. This verse also uses similar phraseology as Psalm 90:4.

I liken this to telling my daughter that we are going somewhere, at the time of writing she is a beautiful 5 year old girl, but when this blog posts I will be on a family vacation to San Diego. But from the moment I told her we were going on vacation then she has asked when it would happen. Like the child’s expectation that time would elapse quicker, such is the same between us and God.

Likewise, we got a monetary gift as a blessing recently, it came through the mail, but God taught us all about his timing in that he made us wait until it was in his time. Something that would normally take a week took nearly three and my faith that God would provide was at an all-time low. Amazing what lessons you learn when you are tested huh?

Which leads us to what Peter says next “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness” This is where faith and patience come in. We read that he will fulfill his promise, if he has said he will, then he will that is a cast iron guarantee from the one who cannot lie. Remember how long Abram waited for his son.

God is longsuffering, he loves to give man more than enough time to repent, to get right with him, and he waited nearly 10 years for me to get my head on straight. God is compassionate, he is faithful and will do things in the correct time for God, I choose to trust the one who can see all time, can see how things pan out and has a reason for doing what is done. We get a glimpse of this when we look in retrospect and see how things clicked into place, God sees this going backwards and forwards.

And here is the reason “but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” this speaks for itself and kind of flies in the face of a doctrine that states that God has “pre-destined” or “pre-elected” his chosen amount of people. God is compassionate and desires that none may perish but join his in eternal glory. Trust me, God has made plenty room for everyone.

My prayer is that if you have not made a commitment that you could join us in heaven, there is plenty room for you and I would love to stand next to you as I praise my saviour in his glorious majesty. Please get in contact should you wish to know more about securing your eternal destiny in heaven.

God bless and I pray this was a blessing, please share, comment and like as the LORD leads
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Happy Father’s day from TTE

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Dad and I, building a fence, 2014

Happy Father’s day from TTE

3 John 1:4 (ESV) I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

As i begin to write this, I have to state that I am not the perfect father. I am not even a Catholic Priest (It’s a joke!) However, I do know where I have learned from, what I am still learning and hurdles I have yet to get over. My heart in this is to serve would be fathers, current fathers and prospective fathers in a Bible study on what the Bible has to say about a small part of fatherhood.

If I was to write an article on fatherhood what covered all that the Bible had said with quotes from wise Christian men, comments I have made (note I do not put myself in the former category) and a word by word study giving each word the respect and honor that each words deserve, it would be a volume that Britannica would be proud of.

I put this verse as the title verse is that I have a desire that my daughter (and any other children that the LORD blesses us with) know that they are loved, unconditionally, the same way that I am loved by God. And when my daughter sings Christian songs or “teaches me” (not really but she lets me know what she had learned either in home school or Sunday school) recent Bible verses learned, it swells my heart up in a way that is difficult to describe.

But my one desire for my daughter, is that she grows up knowing the truth about the Bible, (I fail in this area as far as regular Bible study goes with my daughter) that it is the living word of God and that it’s life changing pages are the best gift that has value far beyond the temporary things that we hold dear. Jesus said in the book of Matthew:

Matthew 7:9 (ESV) Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

We have to always do well by our kids, that is not to say if they ask for candy every day they get it, but we have to be guardians for them, give them good gifts, feed them up both spiritually and physically. The beauty is, we get a new chance every day that the LORD trusts us with our children. We have to be faithful custodians.

We have signed my daughter up for dance and soccer, I want my daughter to be healthy and have all the opportunities she can have, we are also in the process of Foster/Adopt in order to try to give a child that has not had the chances our daughter has had, an opportunity to be part of a family.

I get my perspective on fatherhood based on the fatherhood I see from God the father and how loving, how faithful he is to his children, regardless of whether they love or care about his love, he is always there. We have to make the choice whether to follow him or not.

Joshua 24:15 (ESV) And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

This is a verse that is on my wall in my home and as head of the home it is my job to fortify my walls against attacks. It is my responsibility to teach my daughter, disciple her and love her and show her the real Jesus. I have to keep learning what it is and how God wants me to use my life and be a living testimony that this is for real.

We should always love our kids, shouldn’t provoke them to rebel against us.

Col 3:21 (ESV) Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Ephesians 6:4 (ESV) Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

We should instill discipline (some of us need to learn it first) and instruct them in good doctrine and good theology, we must have compassion a real heart wrenching love for them that states you would do anything for them, I am tested in this when my kid won’t go to bed and it is late!

Psalm 103:13 (ESV) As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.

Here we have to learn from the father, love as the father loved us.

Proverbs 20:7 (ESV) The righteous who walks in his integrity—blessed are his children after him!

That is my goal for my life, walking in integrity; I want blessings for my children and my children’s children.

I hope this was a blessing for you
God bless and TGBTG
TTE

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation

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Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation

2 Cor 6:1 (ESV) We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For He says: ​​“In an acceptable time I have heard you, ​​And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 3 We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. 4 But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, 5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; 6 by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, 7 by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Paul gives a very prominent and poignant lesson here; he displays to the Corinthian church the urgency of the gospel. (Isaiah 49:8) The Corinthian church gets a bad rap from the modern day Bible study teachers as being a very carnal culture and that it was infecting the believers in that area with behaviors creeping into the fellowship.

Here is the deal; today we are looking at a “Corinthian culture” that makes that “Corinthian culture” look like a Sunday school picnic. These words were written 2000 years ago to a worldly culture but are more relevant and more now than today’s newspaper.

You don’t get more urgent than the title of this article huh? It reminds me of our frailty of our mortality. We only have a finite time on this earth to make a decision about our eternity. As Christians we have a great responsibility under the “Great Commission” to take the word our and make disciples. (This blog is part of what I try to do to get the word of God out there)

Paul talks about the grace of God and receiving it in vain. This is very important in our time as we tend to be very grace focused in that our heart wants us to “cut corners” and create “grey areas” because if it is sin God will forgive us regardless. We cannot be looking to sin to get forgiveness and must be looking to go through a day by day journey for holiness. Grace will come to you from God regardless of whether you deserve it or not, but I would rather do my best for God.

After our justification we need to begin our process of sanctification. This journey is a marathon rather than a sprint. I am a knucklehead and need to learn many lessons many times over before it sets in my memory. If you ask my wife about my memory, she will tell you that there are times that she is surprised at the way my brain functions at times and the frequency on how I forget how to do simple everyday things. I am no different in my spiritual life, I have grown but sometimes it is not at the rate you would have expected.

It is about time that we realized our own comfort should not be center stage. When we are chasing the bigger salary, the bigger house, the nicer car, the hot tub, the pool, the large ministry, the big bank balance, fame, notoriety, good fortune, land, the nicest electronic gadgets whatever the desire of your heart is instead of Gods plan in your life, it always leads the same way.

1) Temporary gratification
2) Unfulfillment

I listen to “the Dave Ramsey show” on financial advice and he signs off every hour with the slogan “The only true way to financial peace is through the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ” and that principle can be allied to so many areas of our lives. When we allow other things to come into our lives and feed our selfishness gene (we all have one, even the most humble of us) then the work of the LORD is inhibited. God knows this and makes provision for you, but I wish (for me at least) that I was less selfish.

I am not suggesting giving up your iPhone/iPad/Xbox whatever you do for fun, however it is all about balance, if it is impacting your effectiveness for Christ and overtaking your life then it may be a problem. If you are married it is a cause for arguments in your relationship?

Here is the deal! These other things whilst it makes you comfortable, it has no eternal value, it will all burn in the end! We should chase after the things of God.

God bless and I hope this was a blessing and remember that “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation”
TTE