Things of this world

1 Corinthians 7:31

[paraphrasing] This age will pass away but use the things of this world “lightly”, do not put your trust in them but trust God.

Advertising is meant to grab and hold the human attention; and usually works very well. Which is why advertisers continue, endlessly with their ads.

Buy this. Do that. You can’t live without this!  Be happy, spend money.

Amongst many of the ‘worldly pulls,’ Christians are to live ‘apart’ from worldly things — Ideas, religions, philosophies, societal rituals. . .  Holiday traditions, family traditions, and the notion, “When in Rome do as Romans do”. . .  Cars, airplanes, other physical items too numerous to mention.

 

The things of this world help us in our daily living

And teach us realities of Heaven

Of God, and Christ and the Holy Spirit

But they are not Heaven

They are symbols, and are transient

-Jeff

Purifying and the Yardstick

James: 4:8  “purify your hearts” (ease your double mindedness)
Mark 4:24  be careful how you measure — what you use in measuring

What is the criteria you use when measuring yourself?

When you take stock in who you are, or “judge” yourself, be mindful of the standard you are using and choose the Standard God would have for you.

Put Others First

But can you truly, always put others ahead of yourself?

Philippians 2:3

This passage reveals a mindset we are to nurture: place other people higher than yourself.

An intriguing principle, and a virtue residing in the arena of a “matured” Faith, carrying a high degree of difficulty because to achieve God’s standard, you attach reigns to yourself.

But can you truly, always rank others ahead of yourself?

 

Loving, Thanking, & Assuming

These 3 aspects of the Christian faith have been on my mind recently.  So I will help us to be mindful about all 3.

We need to check ourselves every now and then to make sure what we are saying and doing have perception as loving acts.  Sometimes in the way we treat other people we say things or do things and the other people don’t see, may not perceive this as a caring act.  We can mean well but they may not take it that way.

To be thankful for everything is an overwhelming aspect of the Christian Faith.  It’s difficult to be thankful when things are not going, or at least you perceive they’re not going well.  In this world we suffer losses and setbacks, heart aches and failures, but move your attitude to a place where thankfulness arises.

And the third item, this morning: assuming, can catch us off guard.  We know that other people think differently than I / we think: have different terminology, define words differently.  But it is fairly easy for me to go through my daily life thinking that other people, since they’re doing the same things — get out of bed, eat breakfast, go to work, buy groceries, meet with friends or family, go to church, watch a movie, read a book — are gathering the same ideas that I am gathering.  And as such, are forming the same opinions and attitudes as myself.  But there is a good chance they are shaped differently by these same experiences.

Be mindful.

-Jeff

Make “My Monet”

. . .is the pic you made, making, yet to make.

The title could be “Make Your Monet”, but I wanted you to think personally about yourself.

As Monet, amongst the world’s best painters of art from long ago, created masterpieces to capture the world for thought and reflection: inspiration and drive, to spark memories and taunt us to re-order our mental dispositions — make your personal marks, that is brushstrokes, for and with God.

I say for God and with God because your are working to showcase God’s working in you, yet not alone for God has taken up residence in you:

∞ Prods
∞                   Illuminates                                Initiates
∞         Follows                                        Precedes
∞    Guides                                                                           Waits to see
∞                                 Can’t wait to see what you do
∞      Shows His Love                         Undergirds

 

Your “Monet” is how you “paint” God’s “colors”, or influences in your life. Continue reading “Make “My Monet””

Outside In or Inside Out

Does True Faith come from within?

We (Christians) teach other

We also notice the beauty in nature

shape and texture of the mountains
dirt beneath our feet
people around us
the sun shining — cloud-showers to water the planet)

Parents, family, and educators who ground our life

 

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Yet before the birth of Jesus
God let spill
He would place inside us the capability for humans for saturationintimately know His mind and heart

To “know”
the creator of the universe
designer and protector of Earth
maker of you and me

Jeremiah 31:33 and John 14:16-17a & 26

The Fullness Thereof

 

Earth.  Lord.  Fullness. = Nice.

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Earth
sharing God’s character
reveling in God’s ways
our existence
breath

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I see ripples of this fullness
weaving through our daily lives. . .

 

Psalm 24: 1  “The Earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof. . .”

אֶרֶץ – Earth (pronounced eh’-rets)
יְהוָֹה – the LORD (Jehovah)
מְלא – Fills, fullness, multitude (Mel-o’)
[The other English words: the, is, and, thereof – are for clarity in the English language.]

 

Earth.  Lord.  Fullness. = Nice.

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Earth
sharing God’s character
reveling in God’s ways
our existence
breath

Continue reading “The Fullness Thereof”