The WORD Wednesday, Aug 20 2014 

Psalm 119 tells us the benefits and attributes of the WORD.

In Genesis one God “said,” “Let there be light.” The WORD was there at that very moment. It tells us so in John one.

For each letter in the alphabet there is a section in Psalm 119.

Each section expounds on the character of God that is the WORD.

In the very first section we learn that happiness comes from obeying and keeping His laws and statutes and from seeking Him with all of your heart.

There are mighty purposes of the WORD including Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. God uses the WORD to keep us from sinning.

It is like a chemical reaction; we memorize the WORD and at just the right time the Holy Spirit in us brings it to our remembrance. The WORD becomes like the yeast of our faith. It helps it to grow.

This process creates a delight or joy that abounds beyond the bounds of our heart and bubbles over into our mouth and out our lips. So the second section ends with, “I will not neglect your WORD.” This is like a prophecy that comes true as you are reading. The more you are in the WORD the more the WORD is in you.

It becomes like a snowball rolling down a hill that just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

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Centripetal Force Sunday, Aug 17 2014 

Centripetal force (from Latin centrum “center” and petere “to seek”[1]) is a force that makes a body follow a curved path: its direction is always orthogonal to the velocity of the body, toward the fixed point of the instantaneous center of curvature of the path. Centripetal force is generally the cause of circular motion.

In simple terms, centripetal force is defined as a force which keeps a body moving with a uniform speed along a circular path and is directed along the radius towards the centre.

God’s love is a centripetal force.

True Horizons Wednesday, Aug 6 2014 

Yesterday we learned about the lessons of dirt where layers of soil were called horizons. Today I’d like to bring to light the true horizons. That place where the earth and sky appear to meet. When you see the sunrise each morning it is a reminder to keep the light of Jesus on your life.

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Matthew 5:16 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

On the surface we can see where we are going. We have the promises of scripture to stand on.

19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    he enables me to tread on the heights.

A true horizon is the limit or range of perception, knowledge, or the like. When we live as he lived we can grow to know him more and more. We are no longer blinded by sin but instead we are given a new perspective. We see things in a new light. Our horizons are broadened. The journey to heaven is paved with peace.

When we abide in him, we are more than conquerors.

Yes, there will be storms and challenges, but through it all He will never leave us nor forsake us.

We are admonished in the book of Ephesians 5:7-9New International Version (NIV)

Therefore do not be partners with them.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth).

We live in the kingdom of light:

Colossians 1:11-13New International Version (NIV)

11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[a] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

This makes my heart want to rejoice. The true horizons are such a wonderful promise.

We are children of the light.

1 Thessalonians 5:4-6New International Version (NIV)

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.

1 John 1:

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.

He is the Father of lights. He has no turning.

Lessons from Dirt Tuesday, Aug 5 2014 

If we can see the lessons from dirt it will help us to be more compassionate with others.

You may or may not know that soil comes in layers called horizons. Each horizon has a letter associated with it. O-humus A-topsoil E-eluviation B-subsoil C-regolith R-bedrock.

These are very similar to the path to hell whether figurative or real. When a person gets dirty by sinning it starts out small. (humus is made up of debris such as leaves) This layer is sparse or thin and if the person keeps going down they soon find themselves in “topsoil”.  This is where the sinner thinks he is immune to the consequences of his choices. He can get “down and dirty” without hurting anyone. He justifies his actions with excuses. I deserve it. It’s only a little fun. Nobody will know. The topsoil is full of bugs (problems). Because once you lie you have to tell another lie to cover up the first lie. So you go even deeper. What happens is the topsoil is washed even deeper into the eluviation layer by water (rain). This is where the person convinces himself that he has come this far he may as well “go all the way”. Jump in. Get his feet wet. Test the waters. The water represents our emotions. The deeper you go into sin the harder it is to get out. This is when you are literally in “deep water”.

You may feel emotions of sorrow, grief, despair, depression, or regret. You may begin to panic and lose your sense of direction. And spiral even further downward into the subsoil. The subsoil is where all the “low life’s” live. You start hanging out with other people who are doing the same types of sins you are doing. It feels comfortable there because no one there will judge you for your actions. But remember that the prefix “sub” means “beneath” where you are suppose to be. This is not where God pictures you. It is not his plan for your life.

Remember the emotions are still running over you from above in all the layers you have been through. There is no rest for the wicked. By now there is a constant dripping, (feeling of guilt) because of what you are doing. You know it isn’t good for you. You are sure that your mother wouldn’t be proud of you for it. This is your conscience doing what it was designed to do, which is to make you feel uncomfortable in sin. So the battle rages between your desire to do what you know is right and your addiction to doing what is wrong. The further down you go into sin the denser the soil gets. By the time you hit the subsoil you may find yourself doing some pretty stupid things. Putting down others for not “enjoying” the activity with you. Judging the righteous as “holier than thou.” You begin to draw away from all of your old friends and spend more and more time with those who are “subpar”. This is “par” for the course. The direction you are going is downhill.

Before you know it, REGOLITH!

Regolith is  the layer of loose material covering the bedrock of the earth and moon, etc, comprising soil, sand, rock fragments, volcanic ash, glacial drift, etc.

This is a place of “loose morals.” This is like quicksand. You drift downward almost without knowing it. Pulling yourself out is more and more difficult nigh impossible. The sin is chuck full of vileness, harsh words, broken relationships, hard heartedness, cold mean spirited backlashes. It is a very thin layer just above the bedrock. You can’t treat people like this forever and get away with it. They will stop caring because you don’t care anymore. They will get tired of being abused by you. They will see you for what you have become, deep down dirty cold brutal mean. You may be feeling God forsaken.

Regolith is also called “mantle rock”. A mantle is a place where you are on your own. You will have to take responsibility for what you have done. But it will seem impossible because by now you will feel as if your hands are tied. You may even feel convinced that you will die if you give up your sin. You are blinded to the truth. You can’t see your way. You are bound by sin. It has it’s hold on you. It controls your every move. You wake up thinking about when you can have your next “fix” because “deep down you know you are broken”.

Then comes “bedrock”. The top of the bedrock is known as rockhead. It symbolizes how stubborn you are at this point. You become “stuck in your ways.” You keep on sinning more and more. If you’ve ever tried to dig a hole and hit bedrock you know that you’ve hit “rock bottom”. It is more difficult to pass through than any other layer. You are convinced that this is your lot in life. You may become “stone cold,” and unremorseful. There is a hardness of heart that is very difficult to penetrate.

The bible tells us that the wages of sin is death. And if you keep digging you will eventually come upon the core of the earth which is molten rock which symbolizes “hell.”

There is a lesson in all of this rock talk. Every person who takes this route ends up in the same place. The weight of each layer covers them to the point that it becomes difficult to pull themselves out of the muck and mire. (sin). Each day you make a choice about what you will do. Will you do right or will you do wrong? The choice is yours. Life or death. Righteousness or sin.

As for me and my house, we will trust the LORD.