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Looking for conversations with God.

A post from my friend Pastor Jon Swanson, which I found helpful this week. Maybe you will, too.

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We talk about prayer as conversations with God. Sometimes we wish that we could hear both sides of the conversation, instead of just our own. One way that we can understand these conversations a little better is to read the accounts of others. There are a few of these conversations in the Old Testament. And, assuming that prayer is talking with God and that Jesus is God, every time there is a conversation between Jesus and one of the disciples, or the Pharisees, or some person that Jesus is healing, we have a picture of prayer.

So, for example, if you are looking for something to read while sitting in your chair ready to read something from the Bible, consider one of these conversations:

  • Moses had several conversations with God. They start in Exodus (See, for example, the burning bush story in Exodus 3-4) and are also found in…

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“Where is God?”

June 25, 2013

June 25, 2013

It’s been Lucy’s plaintive question nearly every day recently. “Where IS God? Is He up in heaven?”

He’s everywhere, Lucy. He’s here with us now.

“But Mama, I don’t SEE anyone else here. ”

God is invisible, Lucy. He is so great, He isn’t limited to just one place–if He had a body, He would be. God can be everywhere at once.

I draw a breath, ready to launch into a discussion of the fourth dimension, and the fact that God is eternal.

“…I still don’t see Him,” says Lucy.

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When Adults Sound Like Preschoolers, Nobody Wins

temper tantrum goodLucy, the three-and-a-half year old granddaughter whom we are raising, has entered another willful phase. She tests (“NO!”), she wheedles “PLEEEEZ?”), and she whines (“MA-ma, I want a COOK-ie”).  It is exhausting to be her parent right now, but we see progress, and we know that the goal of forming her character is worth the inconvenience of disciplining her on the spot.

Impulse control is hard for preschoolers. Disappointment is tough for them to handle. They say what they think without editing. They lash out in anger when they are thwarted. I understand that–it’s partly the age, and partly raw human nature which simply needs to be tamed and taught.

But what is only to be expected in a three-year-old is singularly unattractive in a twenty-something. I found that out this week. Continue reading

Increasing and Decreasing

cross shadowAs my faith grows, my anxiety should lessen. (Philippians 4:4-7)

As my hope is strengthened, my discouragement will diminish. (Isaiah 40:31)

My self-absorption is gradually replaced by a focus on others.  (Philippians 2:3-4)

My critical spirit yields to compassion, empathy and  love for all I meet.
(John 13:34-35)

–the old, sin-deadened I– must decrease. Christ in me must increase: 

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Five Forgotten Founders

1776Thomas Kidd’s July 3rd blog post over at Kuyperian Commentary is entitled “The Top Five Forgotten Founders.” In reading it,  I was pleased that I had actually heard of two of these men, even though my knowledge comes exclusively from the excellent Broadway musical, 1776. Since the other three men were entirely unfamiliar to me, I thought perhaps that my Sunday readers would find the list to be worthwhile, too.  Continue reading

The Hobbit 2: A Desolation of Tolkien

Smaug 1111I couldn’t put it off forever, I suppose.

Regardless of how thoroughly I enjoyed Tolkien’s books (or maybe BECAUSE of it), I’ve dreaded the thought of viewing the second Hobbit movie…,

…especially considering my well-documented feelings on the first installment.

Since a good friend offered to screen it for several of us in 3-D in his home theater, this seemed the least painful way to experience what would undoubtedly be another travesty of page-to-film corruption.

**From this point on, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. Thus, “read at your own risk”… even though I was likely one of the last persons on the planet who had NOT already seen this movie.** 

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A Single Eye: Reflecting on Spiritual Sight

Open BibleI have been meditating on a verse of Scripture for the past few days…or not exactly meditating–more like, revelling in it:

 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness.   (Luke 11:34  ESV)

Some translations read single or sound or clear, instead of ‘healthy’…all of them have seemed appropriate to me recently, since for at least two years I had definitely NOT had two eyes which were sound and clear. Continue reading

Weight, not Volume

marshmallowsIt is a truism that things are often not what they seem. I was struck recently by a verse of scripture which suggests that volume (the apparent size of something) is far less important than weight (its true value). 

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We’ve all done it: we open a package–it’s a big box, suitably heavy. But what’s inside looks so much smaller than the outer wrapping promised. We are hard-pressed not to feel disappointed.  Why does size excite us so? Our Let’s Make a Deal impulse is to take whatever looks bigger: Do you want what’s in the box? No, let’s choose what’s behind the curtain! Continue reading