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Marble’s Monday Menagerie 03.26.12

Pretty awe inspiring time lapse video of Yosemite.

I have heard it said that no other game can draw out the true character of a person than golf. This writer seems to agree.

A fun article on scribes of the bible and the additional notes they scribbled in the margins of the text.

In the vein and of the ilk of Clive Staples Lewis, a poignant writ about how to destroy a pastor.

Immature Christ followers get confused about temptation and sin.  Unless it is thought through, the former can be confused with the latter.

I almost wrote this article a while back.  When should a leader shut something down? How does one deal with sacred cows?

The epitome of dry humor.

“What I must do today.”

A good reminder of what is truly urgent.  Nice post from Tom Rainer today from his blog.  Original found here.

I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35, HCSB)

I have incredible vision to see the faults of others. I can tell you quickly what’s wrong with someone who is close to me or someone who is a critic of me.

My problem is that I don’t look in the mirror enough. I don’t see the plank in my own eyes because I’m so busy seeing the splinters in others’ eyes.

My plan for this year is to read the four Gospels repeatedly. Today I read John 13. Today God broke my heart.

The text above is so clear. The primary way that others will know of my faith is how I treat fellow believers. The love I demonstrate to others will be the test of my witness to the world.

I have a long way to go.

May I share with you what God said to me through these two verses? I have enumerated them into five “I must” statements.

  1. I must demonstrate love to all Christians. The “one another” passage is clear. There is no exception clause. There are no qualifying descriptors that allow any believer to be exempt from my demonstration of love.
  2. I must demonstrate love even to those who do not show love to me. This statement is a corollary of the first. It’s easy to love those who always have my back, who are some of my closest friends, and who would never say a critical word about me. But I must love the unloving, the critical, and the hurtful as well.
  3. I must ask God to work on me before I seek to examine the faults in others. If I truly follow this command, I need work first in my own life. I must repent of my sometimes loveless attitude toward others. I cannot demonstrate real love toward some people in my own power. But God can work through me. He reminds to love others as He first loves me. And He loved me so much that He died for me.
  4. I must demonstrate love to my family. Sometimes my actions or lack of actions communicate lack of love to those closest to me. Sometimes my priorities tell my family members that I really don’t love them as I should.
  5. I must realize that one of my most potentially powerful acts of evangelism is to show love to other believers. I asked my barber once what he thought of Christians. He said without malice that he knew what we were against, but he didn’t know what we were for. That stung. I often lament the woeful state of evangelism among believers and churches. And then I realize with conviction how many times I have likely hurt the cause of evangelism with my own lack of love toward other believers. The world is watching me. And though it pains me to admit it, what the world has seen in me is not often a pretty sight. I know I have at times been a hindrance to the Great Commission.

It is amazing to see the power of God’s Word. And it is amazing to see the power of God’s Word convicting my own life.

I came away from my Bible study today with a message from God to me. It was a clear and convicting word.

This one thing I must do.

I must love others.

B90X Jan. 5, 2012 “Randomness and Names”

You are probably just getting to the place where you say, “Man the Bible is awesome!”  And you are probably just to the place where you are saying, “Man how do I keep up this pace of reading?”  Stay at it.  You can do it.  So many have before you. Trust me, you will develop habits and patterns which will help in the discipline of reading everyday.

Here we are friends, just about half way through Genesis.  Wasn’t it so cool reading all of Job after starting Genesis?  I loved that.  I can’t wait to see how it works out through the rest of the books.

One thing I noticed today as I was reading was randomness.  There would be a flow in a story and boom, from out of nowhere, there is a shift in thought or action that seems so out of place.  One of those places was Genesis 36:24.  Nearly all of Chapter 36 is a genealogy of Esau’s kin.  The sons of Zibeon are listed with one of them being Anah.  Then just out of nowhere in an attempt to clarify which Anah the author is referring, Anah is described.  ”This is the Anah who discovered the hot springs in the desert while he was grazing the donkeys of his father Zibeon.”

Now, as you may well know, after reading this, I stopped to think about what I just read, and came up with all sorts of questions.  Do you ever do that?  Do you find something and ruminate on it?  It is sort of a restless inquisitiveness of mine.   Anyways, I digress.  Here is a smattering of some of the things I was thinking of:

Where are these hot springs?
How hot are they?
Did anyone ever visit there before Anah discovered them?
What were the surroundings like? Lush? Dry and sandy?
Was he alone when he was herding his donkeys?
Did he jump in as he discovered them?
Did this become a destination for others?
Did it turn into a resort?
Are they there today and what do they look like?

Then there was the flow of names.  The endless list of names.  All the begat-ting, all the genealogies, all the lineage.  I have to be honest, there have been times in the past when I would come to a list of names and just skip over them.  Come on, I know you have done it too.  This time through, I decided to do something different, read them all.  Really try to pronounce the name.  Try to get a feel for what that persons name would sound like for a mother or father to say it several times a day.

Isn’t it cool how someone was named based on the circumstances of the moment? If a man was in a tight spot, he would name his kid Tight Spot.  Another may be ‘band of raiders’ or ‘he provides justice.’  Nearly all names have a form of the Lord’s name embedded in it.  Constant reminders every time the person’s name is breathed, who it is which is behind all of human life.

I have to admit there are some pretty funny sounding names.  And for a family to have two names of children so close in sound to each other side by side.  It makes me chuckle.  Like Ishvah and Ishvi (Gen 46:17).  Or Muppim and Huppim (46:21), I wonder what those mean?  One of the funniest names has to be Oholibamah.  For some reason the face of a contemporary flashes through my mental faculties every time I read it.

Have a great day.  Grace and peace.

Day 74 of 90 (Lu10:1- 20:19)

Wow we are now 82% of the way through the entire Bible.  Admirable of you to stick with it so faithfully.  Good work.

If ‘promise’ is a key word for the entire Old Testament, ‘fulfillment’ is a key word for the New Testament.  We read promise after promise by Father towards his people and the world.  Promises to Adam, Noah, Abraham, David, Solomon, and others.  Those promises are all fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the key figure in the New Testament.

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day fifty-five b90x jeremiah (10.14-23.8)

Hi friends~ 

Jeremiah by Repin

 We are now in the thick of the warnings and woes of the prophetic call.  I used to think that these guys said the same things over and over to the same people.  It seemed kind of redundant and way over the top.  What I found out was that they were on a preaching tour around the country and that these words were shared with different groups of folks.  So what may sound familiar was that the prophet was repeating himself as he moved around.  He would just find a different way to say the same thing over and over.  Hence the appearance to us that it is so monotonous.  There are very few markers that tell us that it is a new group or a new town. Continue reading