Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Summertime Around Our Home

Our venture into growing wild flowers in our back yard,

Trying to attract humming birds and butterflies

In our side yard,Sunflowers turned out to be tall ones.
A squirrel cut off the head of the tallest one and had a meal on the seeds.

The plants around the Community Garden sign.
 I see the sign and the garden each time I go out our front door,
I thought these were Clematis but,close up they look like Hollyhocks.

Beautiful Hisbiscus 
The subjects in the bottom three pictures are the work of one of our neighbors. The purple flowers and the Hibiscus are in their front yard.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Be Earnest

“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.
 So be earnest and repent.”
Revelation 3:19 (NIV)

               God speaks these words to the church at Laodicea through John. Earlier in the passage, He tells this church that is lukewarm—“neither hot nor cold.” God explains he will react to their deeds by “spitting you out of my mouth.”

               The people don’t understand their condition of being wretched, pitiful, poor, and naked. The heavenly Father advises the church to partake of good things He has to offer in order to “hide (their) shamefulness and to heal their spiritual blindness.

               Next, He speaks the words of our focus verse. What does He say? He explains that He rebukes those He loves. To rebuke another person, one criticizes sharply or reprimands.  When a person administers discipline, he or she uses the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience. It would seem to me that the use of reprimands and the training of people go hand in hand.

               God continues to tell the people of Laodicea what actions they can take to get back right with God. He simply tells them to be honest about how they have displeased Him and then tells them to turn away from those practices.
               Jesus told the woman He saved from stoning to “Go and sin no more.” I believe that is what God is saying to the church at Laodicea and to us today.

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