Rock of Wisdom

October 16, 2017

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall. Matthew 7:24-27

(Teacher: Chris Tiegreen)

“Perhaps we have come to assume too much about the character of Jesus.  We ask, ‘What would Jesus do?’ envisioning the pre-modern Man of peace who walked around Galilee so many years ago, just as the movies portray.  We wonder how much relevance He has for a world of corporate takeovers and global communications.  We wonder how much of His voice is our own psychology and how much of it is really His.

That’s a flaw of human nature: We have difficulty distinguishing between our God-given but distorted consciences and the pure, convicting voice of our Lord.  The Spirit of God dwells within us, but so do all sorts of misconceptions, anxieties, phobias, hang-ups, and habits.  When we think we hear His voice, is it a matter of revelation or psychosis?  In our discernment, there is a fine line between the two.  In the reality of His kingdom, there is an unbridgeable division between them.  We must learn how to tell the difference.

That is why a strict adherence to God’s Word is paramount.  We are not to make His words our occasion for petty divisions, but we are to hear His voice clearly.  And Jesus offers it clearly.  He has instructed us thoroughly.  He has shed His light on the Old Testament–it is all summed up in Him–and He has shined His light into the New–things will always be summed up in Him.

As our minds go through this renewal process–the transformation from old, worldly ways of thinking to grasping and embodying the deep mysteries of the now-revealed Kingdom of God–we must saturate them in His words.  His teaching must become the first set of criteria used in our decision making.  His wisdom must become the fire that melts us and the mold that shapes us.  We must define truth by Him and define all that is outside of Him as untruth.  We must build all our houses on the solid, unshakable foundation of His Kingdom.”

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Letter To The Church

October 15, 2017

(Teacher: Lawrence O. Richards)

“Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians is one of the most helpful of the New Testament epistles for moderns.  On the one hand, it reminds us not to idealize the early church.  Living together as Christ’s people has always been a challenge, and even the most committed of God’s people have found it a difficult, continuing struggle.

No church will be ideal, yet we are called to work toward the ideal of people living and growing together in harmony.  In fact it is because we all struggle that this letter is so valuable.  In it Paul gives the Corinthians, and us, problem-solving principles that apply in any age, and in any congregation.”


Evolution 

October 14, 2017


True Freedom

October 13, 2017

(Teacher: Charles Stanley)

Citizens in many countries believe they are free because their governments allow them to worship, speak, and travel as they desire. Yet despite the liberties a constitution may guarantee, countless people from those lands live in bondage. That’s because true freedom isn’t something that can be legislated. Rather, it is the ability to live a righteous life in the mercy, grace, goodness, and power of God.

True freedom means:

Through Jesus, we are redeemed from bondage to sin and its consequences. God has adopted us into His family, and we are able to walk with Him in truth.

Our hope is secure. When a child feels safe in his parents’ love and provision, he will thrive. We, too, can live with joy and confidence since we trust the Lord to care for us today and through all of eternity.

God has enabled us to become all that He intended. He’s opened the door for us to release bitterness, low self-esteem, and other impediments that once had a grip on us. Furthermore, His Holy Spirit guides and enables so we can do all that He desires.

Through grace, Christ has freed us to relate to one another in a godly fashion. We can love and forgive in God’s strength because we have experienced the same from Him.

Is anything hindering God’s work in your life or interfering with your peace and contentment? Understand that the Christian life is a paradox: We are set free from bondage to sin yet choose to be bondslaves of Jesus. Only when we fully surrender and sacrifice to Him can we truly live in freedom.


Gentle and Quiet Spirit

October 12, 2017

After so many years of being sometimes gentle and rarely quiet, my 60th birthday wish for myself (back in August) was to be “precious to God” in this way. The Holy Spirit is my great Helper/Teacher, but old habits die hard…I’m grateful that God is longsuffering.


A Clean Slate

October 11, 2017

Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. (Ezekiel 18:30)


Storms

October 9, 2017

We live in a small camper trailer, so have concerns about the wind. We’ve been full-time for 3 months, and so far-so good, but today’s weather forecast says 38-52 mph gusts, continuing overnight. 

My husband and I are grateful to have God on our side during any type of storm in our lives, physical or emotional. Thank You, LORD, for loving us and hearing our prayers.

Here’s a link to some Bible verses about storms we all deal with.


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