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Monday, September 26, 2016

Lord Bless You

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“The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)

            This passage is special to me. Back in high school, I heard the choral club sing these words as a closing to their programs. I loved hearing it.

            In the Old Testament, God gave these words to Moses to pass on to Aaron and his sons. My Bible carries the heading of The Priestly Blessing

            The Lord bless you and keep you” We all, as God’s children, desire to receive God’s blessings. In addition, we want Him to keep us, and all we hold dear away from harm and illness.

            the Lord make his face shine upon you” We like it when God looks at each one of us and guides us through our days.

            and be gracious to you;” We ask for God to work for us out of His grace for us as well as for those for whom we pray.

            the Lord turn his face toward you Our desire is for God to look upon us and smile. Although, we have times when we feel He has turned His back on us, we intuitively know He has not.

            and give you peace” This phrase tells me God will reward us. He sees us as His children and He delights in us. I love this ending to this blessing. I have shared it with those whom we visited in the hospital and the nursing homes. It gives me peace in sharing it. Even in this day, I find myself f responding to a store clerk’s “Have a nice day,” with “The Lord bless you.” Some other times I tell the clerks, “Be blessed.”

            Are there any passages of scripture that you share with others? Would you like to share them here?

Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Review: Awaken by Terry Nance

Subtitle: Letters of a Spiritual Father to This Generation

               Pastor Terry Nance has penned 13 letters to the generation who will very soon lead the church for the Lord. Although he speaks to younger Christians, I found the messages relevant to those of my generation who desire to serve God.

               I especially liked an observation Terry made; “If all you do is complain about your circumstances, then all you will have is more circumstances to complain about,” This touched me in my heart.

               Pastor Nance writes from his heart. In the preface, he says he is going to be very real in these letters. In them, he deals with such topics as what is the definition of leadership. God took him to Hebrews 11:32-38. He states that after he read it, “The Holy Spirit stopped me, and said, ‘You asked Me for My definition of leadership. There it is—men and women ‘of whom the world [is] not worthy.’” (Hebrews 11:38.
               Another feature of his book is the way he sets important points apart from the general text. When I saw the set-apart sections, I knew he had something important to tell his readers.

               I recommend this book to any mentoring pastor who has a congregant who believes God has called them to His service. I also recommend it to anyone who wants to grow closer to the LORD.

               I received this book free of charge from Whitaker House publishers through the Book Club Network. All they asked of me was that I give an unbiased review.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Look to the Interests of Others

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“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit,
 but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
 Each of you should look not only to your own interests,
 but also to the interests of others.” Phil. 2:3-4 (NIV)

               This passage, written by Paul, speaks of attitudes God’s children display as they go through life on earth. The Apostle lists attitudes that he must have seen in people of his time.

               “selfish ambition” Ambition can be good—as long as we do not put ourselves ahead of the others around us.

               “vain conceit” As a teenager, I heard of kids saying that someone was conceited. It was an observation told about the attitude of another person.  When someone used this word it was an evaluation of the other person’s make-up that told of some selfishness seen in their lives.

               “humility” When we learn that we have habits that are viewed as not liked by God and we admit we have them and strive to eliminate them, we become humble in His eyes.

               “own interests, interests of others.” I once heard an older woman state an acrostic for the word joy: Jesus, Others, Yourself. Our own wants, likes, and dislikes are to come last.

               What do we see in the 21st Century? I see people striving to live for God; however, I also see people acting in selfish ways. Yes, conceit is still around.

               What can we do to live how God wants us to live?