My Peace Wednesday, Jan 10 2018 

Today’s verse can be found in the book of John chapter 14 verse 27: 27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

This may be one of the most precious gifts God gives us. Do we fully understand how this gift works in our lives? When Jesus instructed his disciples he told them, “Freely you received, freely give.” In those same instructions he said, “As you enter the [n]house, give it your [o]greeting. 13 If the house is worthy, [p]give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, [q]take back your blessing of peace.” 

This peace is so precious that He does not want it wasted on the unworthy. When you give your peace to others it is multiplied within your own life. “Not as the world gives,” he said. In the world when you give something to someone else it means that you no longer have it. But peace multiplies in the giving. You never know how many people will benefit from the peace you share with others. It is like a “ripple effect” that spreads when you throw a pebble into a pond. It spreads out around over and over.

In Psalm 29:11 it says: 11 [a]The Lord will give strength to His people;
[b]The Lord will bless His people with peace.

God has a plan in giving you His peace: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all [a]comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

God has a purpose in giving you His peace: 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off [a]have been brought near [b]by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the [c]barrier of the dividing wall, 15 [d]by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might [e]make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace…

God has a reason to give you His peace: 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

He Himself is our peace so we will abound in hope.

 

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God’s Economy Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 

Until very recently, I worked all of my life as a tax accountant. In that profession, you are called upon to provide detailed reports for hundreds of entities to federal and state taxing authorities. The rules for these reports are codified in thousands of pages of law. In addition to these there are standards codified by the states to which you are held accountable and permitted to practice by certification and license.

When an error is made you are allowed to amend returns to correct the error and of course pay any additional tax that would be required.

In God’s economy when an error is made we are called to repent. We are led to that repentance by God’s kindness.

Romans 2:4 God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

What God gives us, we are called to give to others in need.

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

Whatever we give will be given back to us.

Luke 6:38 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

We are called upon to remember God’s economy is a free flowing economy.

2 Corinthians 9:6-11

Generosity Encouraged

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
    their righteousness endures forever.”[a]

10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

The world’s economy and God’s economy are incomparable; but in the Word they intersect.

Proverbs 11:24 24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more;
    another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

 

My Brother Sunday, Jan 15 2017 

I have two brothers, one older and one younger. I also have three sisters, two older and one younger. Growing up, we were the epitome of sibling rivalry. My oldest sister could bake like a baker and the other older sister could sew like a tailor. My oldest brother was skilled at bikes and cars. I was the perennial student. My youngest brother was a lover of dogs and a consummate hair puller. My youngest sister was happier and cuter than all of the rest of us put together.

There are two all important questions we must ask ourselves: the first is “Who is my brother?”, and the second is “Am I my brother’s keeper?”.

When Jesus was teaching one of the things he said was, Matthew 12: 48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

The answer to the second question comes from the book of Genesis 4: And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?

This is what God did: 10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood cries unto me from the ground.

11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;

12 When thou tills the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

13 And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that finds me shall slay me.

15 And the Lord said unto him, Therefore, whosoever slays Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

16 And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

So, Cain became the first nomad, the first “wandering Jew.”

Another place that tells us we are all brothers is in Malachi 2: 10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?

The Word of God Saturday, Nov 26 2016 

The Word of God

The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.

Psalm 19:7-9

The Gift That Keeps on Giving Saturday, Dec 27 2014 

Now that Christmas is over, (I still need to take down the tree.) We can come together to talk about the Gift that keeps on giving.

When Christ was crucified, He shed his blood for our sins. His blood, once shed, began giving life to all who believe. From the very first time you said, “I accept Jesus as my Savior,” the Holy Spirit has through grace administered the gift of Christ. This atonement is an ongoing process that brings us from glory to glory. We are His handiwork. As we allow Christ to live in us and through us, we live the life of Christ. The more we listen to the Spirit of God, the more like Christ we become. The Holy Spirit dwells in us and through Him we become partakers in the life of Christ. Through Him we are able to live godly lives. We are able to walk in the Spirit.

When the Spirit prompts you to do God’s will with regards to your calling, then the gift in you is shed abroad, like the blood of Christ on Calvary. It too gives life to those who receive it. Perhaps you are called in a moment of need to use the gift of “helps” to assist a brother or a sister in their calling. The more blood the more healing. In this giving of ourselves to live for the benefit of others is God’s love flowing forth just like the blood that flowed on Calvary.

The joy of the LORD is our strength.

We see the work of the blood in our own lives first, but then a miracle happens and God allows us, through the Holy Spirit in us to see His blood at work in the lives of those we help. ( I use the gift of helps only as an example here.) You may be using the gift of healing, or exhortation, or encouragement, etc.

That is how the power of God works in us.

So it is Christ in us, the hope of glory, that is the gift that keeps on giving. It is the life blood of Christ flowing through-out all eternity.