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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Charity

Interesting that as I signed on our Daily Bible verse, on the site said, "Charity shall cover the multitude of sins."- 1 Peter iv. 8. First what interested me is the fact that it said "Charity" when I have always heard this verse as "Love covers a multitude of sins", but that was really just a hmmm moment. What really amazed me was that I was signing on to post about exactly that Generosity, or Charity as the verse reminded me. All that to say that I believe God led me back to post tonight........so here goes.

Several years ago when Lee was in a near fatal car accident we were the privileged recipients of Christian charity. My parents and I had been attending a small cell group and had only begun to get to know some of the groups members when the accident occurred. Several of the individuals in this group extended tremendous charity toward us, in multiple ways, during and after this traumatic event. I often whisper prayers for them to this day as I think back on the way their selflessness touched our lives.

Thinking about that recently has led me to ask a few questions. What has happened to such acts of kindness and charity? Why are they so few and far between even among christian brothers and sisters, and why do they seem to be reserved for the most traumatic of situations?We seldom find individuals cooking meals for one another or providing a financial gift unless someone is seriously ill or worse. In fact, I find that we rarely find ourselves opening our homes to one another......why? We truly live our lives in a non communal way and I'm not sure that we are able to fully embrace the life that Father wants for his children as such.

Well, I guess I have spewed forth my thoughts for long enough......now it's your turn. What do you think? Are we missing something? Why? Is there a remedy? Do we need an intentional move to enact "random acts of kindness" or to "pay it forward"?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Faith to Live in Faith

Wow, Time sure flies doesn't it. I am hoping that with the arrival of summer we will all have a bit more time to post. In our lapse of time however; I hope that we can all say we have been living faithfully. My family has been enjoying a season of blessings and we are ever thankful to the Lord for this time. I pray you can say the same. Now, for the topic....

Let's talk about faith once again. It's interesting to me that there are several ways of defining faith, at least as far as humanity dictates. For example, when some speak of their faith they are really speaking of their religion. When others speak of their faith they are speaking of things they place their hope in, not necessarily conjoined with God, ie I have faith in our health care system etc. Others however; realize that faith is the very essence of your relationship with God. It is the means by which a true christian survives and even more, lives while surviving. Which brings me to our focus on faith this post. I have come to realize that faith is far more than existing while embracing a system of beliefs. Real faith is living out of those beliefs, but here is where I think we drop the ball. Living out of our beliefs has come to mean, for many, following the rules. For example maybe when weighing how well you are doing living out your faith you think well, I do this....I don't do that.....I'm doing o.k. I say that scale is flawed. What if living out our beliefs means taking on challenges that are so big we cannot see how they could be accomplished....apart from God. Stepping up to a problem and saying I will live through this not just with grace and dignity, but with power and might because I have faith and I am going to exercise it.

So what do you think is the true measure of faith and how can we live so that our faith is not only evident, but increasing. How can we bring ourselves to the point where we are actually allowing our faith to change us. Can we have the faith to be changed by our faith?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Got Faith?

Wow, so it's been almost a month since I put up a new post. My goal was to try and post topics around twice a month, but that just didn't happen in February. Oh well, what's past is past so let's just move on. Here it is.......

What about faith? The bible gives us many example of how faith was required in the life of the believer in order for God/Jesus to work. For example, in the book of Matthew chapter 9 beginning in verse 18 there are a few stories of healing in which Jesus says things like, "your faith has healed you", and rest assured this is not the only place. In fact, there are several stories within the gospels of situations in which Jesus credited an individuals faith to results. Now, if your like me, you probably have lots of thoughts on this subject and some things that you haven't quite worked out or resolved yourself to yet. At the same time, if we will allow, God will do the working out as necessary. The sure thing though, is that faith is often a prerequisite to the moving of God in your life and the lives of others. It also seems that God has ordained circumstances to often require our faith in order for Him to be free to work/move. Don't get me wrong God can do what He wants and he doesn't have to have our faith and prayers, He just chose to. So here's the question.......how connected do you believe your faith is to the working of God in and around you? Is it necessary for you to believe in God for the things that you are asking of Him? Do you, and are you living and stepping into things that are so big that only God can do them or do you lack the faith to do so? and finally, what about the balance between praying the will of God in order to see fruition of prayers versus the need to believe in God for what you are asking?

Remember, this is a safe place so let's be honest. If you doubt, question or just don't know how you feel or if you accept something say so. If your working it out and have some thoughts, but don't feel as though you can say it is definite....say so. We aren't here to promote our ideals or denominations or anything other than to talk and allow God to enlighten. So..........what teaching/thoughts do you have for this chapter of, The Now Testament?

Monday, February 16, 2009

Free to choose, yet chosen

Several events over the past few days, weeks even, have led me to do some contemplating on the balance between our free will and the fact that God ordains events and intervenes in our lives. I thought..........what better place to seek some insights than from those Christians I know who are willing to take the time to share their thoughts. So here I am posting a new blog topic.

What are your thoughts on free will, divine intervention, ordination of events and predestination? Remember, this is not a place for arguement but rather a place for sharing our thoughts and ideals/inputs. That in mind I'm not sure this has a "right/wrong" type answer.....more of a how are you working these things out in your belief. So have at it........

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Miracles in Everyday

Hello all,
Well I was hoping a few more would catch on to the posting and chatting aspect of the blog before we moved on, but it's been a few weeks and I say we forge forward. This time I am going to post the topic and allow you time to share before I do. So, here goes.....

In the study Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby, he says that "God is always at work around you" and that you must keep your eyes open to the works that are going on. So tell us, where have you seen the hand of God lately? What or how is He at work?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

So What's Your Story?

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Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.1 Peter 3:15 NIV

There is an old Hymn that says, "I love to tell the story" and another that says, "This is my story, this is my song [...]" so let's begin our journey together by sharing how it is that we have come to be where we are today in Christ. We will, of course, have lots of opportunities throughout our time of blogging together to discuss many aspects of our lives (present and past), to share specific acts of God in and around our lives, and even to share our thoughts on topics or events but for this first topic let's simply share our stories.

I'll begin....