WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM…(The Bible’s Impact on the Academy – Education) [Sept 13]


Ever wondered what it was all about? Ever wondered what type of class might give you insight into what faith is about? Ever gone through a class and came out the other side not catching the reality of what it was about? Ever wondered what the difference is between the various Christian denominations? Growing up with a family that went to an Anglican church gave me one perspective. Going to church with friends usually meant I was going to a french Catholic church. Moving and then finding a church that seemed to feel good and was teaching and preaching from the Bible has struck home and is where I am to this day. Ever wondered what christians believe? Ever wonder what churches believe? Ever checked out to see if a church has a statement of faith? The church I go to has a “What we believe” page that speaks of the 16 fundamental truths that the Assemblies of God believe. It still amazes me to this day that in all my years prior to finding my current church home that I missed the memo that it was all about having a relationship with Jesus. It was more than just rituals and routines, it was more than structure and schedule, it is all about inviting Jesus into your heart and living out each day in relationship with Him. He is with me every step of every day and is there to talk to no matter what comes my way. WOW! That is such an incredible revelation and how the Holy Spirit is able to speak into my very situation when I am stuck, I am questioning, I am needing wisdom or guidance or both. He is there! God will never leave me and never forsake me. God is for me and not against me. God is comforter and my guide. WOW! It makes such an incredible difference to know that this is the day that the Lord has made and so I get to rejoice and be glad in it. It makes such an incredible different to know that I am not going through this on my own and by myself. So how about you? Where are you at? Today’s reading comes to us from Ezekiel 22 which reads…
Israel’s Shedding of Blood 1And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2″And you, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Then declare to her all her abominations. 3You shall say, Thus says the Lord God: A city that sheds blood in her midst, so that her time may come, and that makes idols to defile herself! 4You have become guilty by the blood that you have shed, and defiled by the idols that you have made, and you have brought your days near, the appointed time of your years has come. Therefore I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all the countries. 5Those who are near and those who are far from you will mock you; your name is defiled; you are full of tumult.
6″Behold, the princes of Israel in you, every one according to his power, have been bent on shedding blood. 7Father and mother are treated with contempt in you; the sojourner suffers extortion in your midst; the fatherless and the widow are wronged in you. 8You have despised my holy things and profaned my Sabbaths. 9There are men in you who slander to shed blood, and people in you who eat on the mountains; they commit lewdness in your midst. 10In you men uncover their fathers’ nakedness; in you they violate women who are unclean in their menstrual impurity. 11One commits abomination with his neighbor’s wife; another lewdly defiles his daughter-in-law; another in you violates his sister, his father’s daughter. 12In you they take bribes to shed blood; you take interest and profit and make gain of your neighbors by extortion; but me you have forgotten, declares the Lord God.
13″Behold, I strike my hand at the dishonest gain that you have made, and at the blood that has been in your midst. 14Can your courage endure, or can your hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with you? I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it. 15I will scatter you among the nations and disperse you through the countries, and I will consume your uncleanness out of you. 16And you shall be profaned by your own doing in the sight of the nations, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
17And the word of the Lord came to me: 18″Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to me; all of them are bronze and tin and iron and lead in the furnace; they are dross of silver. 19Therefore thus says the Lord God: Because you have all become dross, therefore, behold, I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem. 20As one gathers silver and bronze and iron and lead and tin into a furnace, to blow the fire on it in order to melt it, so I will gather you in my anger and in my wrath, and I will put you in and melt you. 21I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of my wrath, and you shall be melted in the midst of it. 22As silver is melted in a furnace, so you shall be melted in the midst of it, and you shall know that I am the Lord; I have poured out my wrath upon you.”
23And the word of the Lord came to me: 24″Son of man, say to her, You are a land that is not cleansed or rained upon in the day of indignation. 25The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured human lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst. 26Her priests have done violence to my law and have profaned my holy things. They have made no distinction between the holy and the common, neither have they taught the difference between the unclean and the clean, and they have disregarded my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. 27Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, shedding blood, destroying lives to get dishonest gain. 28And her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord has not spoken. 29The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the sojourner without justice. 30And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. 31Therefore I have poured out my indignation upon them. I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath. I have returned their way upon their heads, declares the Lord God.” –Ezekiel 22

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Education or Academy on the subject of Westminster Shorter Catechism and the impact of Ezekiel 22:26 on it. We learn that this means going over a shortened version of the Westminster Confession of Faith, a training manual to provide instruction based on the basics of the faith. We learn how it was drafted by a council of Scottish and English theologians at Westminster with the intent to help unify the Presbyterian churches of England and Scotland through a common doctrinal basis. We learn how this was approved by Parliament in 1648 but lost its official status when the monarchy was restored under King Charles II who was Catholic. We learn how other Presbyterian churches as well as Congregationalists and Baptists picked this up with adaptations. (they mentioned particularly in the US) So what is a catechism you may ask? It is a set of questions and answers to help people better understand the faith – explaining doctrines and include specific Bible content. We learn in today’s devotional how question 61 focuses on the topic of the Sabbath and how it is supported by today’s reading from Ezekiel 22:26.

Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
Westminster Shorter Catechism 
Question 61

Q: What is forbidden in the fourth commandment? 
A: The fourth commandment forbiddeth the omission or careless performance of the duties required,
1 and the profaning the day by idleness, or doing that which is in itself sinful,2 or by unnecessary thoughts, words, or works, about our worldly employments or recreations.3

Ezekiel 22:26. Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. 
Malachi 1:13. Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD. 
Amos 8:5. Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?
Ezekiel 23:38. Moreover this they have done unto me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths.
Isaiah 58:13. If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words. 
Jeremiah 17:24, 27. And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me, saith the LORD, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein. . . But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project |
 WSC Question 61 
So where are you at today? Have you been going through the motions? Have you been going through the routine? Have you been trying to follow the rules? Or have you had a heart transformation? Have you started a relationship with Jesus? Have you invited Him into your heart?  So let’s pray
the-lords-prayer
Let’s pray…
Prayer of Salvation Example
For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.
Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for everything that is in it. I thank You Lord that I don’t walk into any situation without you or on my own. I thank You Lord that You will never leave me nor abandon me and will even prod me back on track when I try to go it my own way and get off track. Help me today Lord as I prepare for this day. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear so that I can bring Your truth, Your hope, Your light, and Your love into every situation. Help me to accomplish all that You prepared in advance for me to do. Give me opportunities and the boldness and courage to take them so that in and through it all, You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

JOHN ADAMS AND THE STAMP ACT…(The Bible’s Impact on Trade and Taxes [June 25])


Do you realize that God wants everyone to know? Do you realize that He desires for everyone to know His love? His טוּב also known as good, goodness, and prosperity? God’s desires are that He was known and He calls us to make Him known.  From heaven, we see how God has tried to promote and make widely known liberty, peace, and good-will to man.

We read in today’s word from Luke 2 this very thing in verse 14 which says…

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

–from Luke 2:14

Today’s reading from Luke 2 for full context goes like this…

The Birth of Jesus Christ

1In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

8And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
21And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
Jesus Presented at the Temple
22And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”

33And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35(and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
36And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
The Return to Nazareth
39And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

41Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. 43And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, 44but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, 45and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. 46After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” 49And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. 51And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.
52And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.

from Luke 2

So it is very interesting that today’s devotional pulls from this truth as we read in The Global Impact Bible on the subject of the Bible’s impact on Trade and Taxes with today’s subject relating to John Adams the second president of the United States and the Stamp Act.

The Stamp Act was a law that required all colonial residents to pay a stamp tax on virtually every printed paper including legal documents, bills of sale, contracts, wills, advertising, pamphlets, almanacs, and even playing cards and dice. The tax affected every resident especially lawyers who were increasingly in a position of power.  The act was passed in May and was scheduled to take effect November 1st, 1765. Many colonists thought the tax was unfair and had almost a year to show their discontent through peaceful and violent protests.

–see What was the Stamp Act? for more details

John Adams responded to this unfair tax with a series of articles criticizing the law in the Boston Gazette. They have come to be known as A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law. So will you take hold of these God-given rights? These unalienable rights? Will you believe that they are yours, given by God and not able to be taken away by man? Have you take time to read about the Bill of Rights?

So how will you choose to live your life? Will you prepare your heart so that you can produce the fruit of the Spirit?

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

–from Galatians 5:22-23

Let’s pray…

Sample Sinners Prayer

For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.


Heavenly Father,
Today is the day that You have made, so I will rejoice and be glad in it. I give this day and all the plans and purposes that will go into it up into Your hands asking Lord for Your wisdom and discernment for every conversation, every decision, and every action that will need to be taken. Grant me eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to respond and courage to obey so that in and through everything that comes my way that You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

The Heidelberg Catechism and Its Impact on Holland’s Culture…(The Bible’s Impact on Trade and Taxes [June 23])


What is motivating the way you are living out your life? What is driving your decisions and actions? What is directing your steps, your thoughts, yours words, and your actions? Is there anything that has changed the way you live? Is there anything that has intersected your life and turned it around? Do you know what you believe? Do you know the impact?

Today’s reading comes from Malachi 1

1The oracle of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.

The Lord’s Love for Israel

2″I have loved you,” says the Lord. But you say, “How have you loved us?” “Is not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob 3but Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.” 4If Edom says, “We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins,” the Lord of hosts says, “They may build, but I will tear down, and they will be called ‘the wicked country,’ and ‘the people with whom the Lord is angry forever.'” 5Your own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, “Great is the Lord beyond the border of Israel!”

The Priests’ Polluted Offerings

6″A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’ 7By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, ‘How have we polluted you?’ By saying that the Lord’s table may be despised. 8When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the Lord of hosts. 9And now entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. With such a gift from your hand, will he show favor to any of you? says the Lord of hosts. 10Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hand. 11For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts. 12But you profane it when you say that the Lord’s table is polluted, and its fruit, that is, its food may be despised. 13But you say, ‘What a weariness this is,’ and you snort at it, says the Lord of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the Lord.14Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished. For I am a great King, says the Lord of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations.

from Malachi 1

Consider the condition of your heart. Consider how you are living. Consider your motivation. Consider what your words and actions speak to those who are watching you. Consider how you are living. Are you living in alignment with God and God’s will and way and purpose for your life? How will you consider changing the way you live and the fruit you produce?

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible speaks to us about the impact of the Bible on Trade and Taxes. We learn today about the Heidelberg Catechism and its impact on the culture of Holland. Today’s devotional points to how Malachi 1:13-14 condemns stealing and reprises the biblical theme of “You shall not steal” from the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20:15. Let’s take a look at these two scripture references…

‘But you say, ‘What a weariness this is,’ and you snort at it, says the Lord of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the Lord . Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished. For I am a great King, says the Lord of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations. ‘ — Malachi 1:13-14

and

‘”You shall not steal. ‘ — Exodus 20:15

We learn how the explanation of this in the Heidelberg Catechism had a significant impact on the Dutch culture. Wondering what a catechism is? The Heidelberg Catechism was written in Heidelberg and in 1566 translated into Dutch and soon became read and used for teaching purposes in churches in the Netherlands. It impacted the Dutch people and culture to work hard and to give to God’s work. Many of these biblical roots still impact the Netherlands today even though religious affiliations in the country has declined.

So do you know what you believe? Is the Bible your source of truth? How is it impacting you and the way you live your life?


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. I thank You for time to make sure things are ready and prepared. I thank You for time to be with my kids. I thank You for time with my family. I thank You for time to be in Your Word. I thank You for allowing my days to start with You. Lord, help me today to live out this day in a way that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

ROBERT DOYLE ENDEAVORS TO SPREAD CHRISTIANITY…(The Bible’s Impact on Trade and Taxes [June 21])


We all get to choose because we have freewill. So what will you choose? Will you choose to run to or run from God? Will you pursue God or wander out of your comfort and freedom? Will you trust God or trust man? How will you present yourself? How will you be redeemed or find redemption if you don’t choose Jesus? What is the standard by which you live so that you know right from wrong? Are you being sensitive to the moving and speaking of the Holy Spirit? Are you allowing the Spirit to bear fruit in and through your life? Are you choosing to bear the fruit of the Spirit or the fruit of the flesh? How will you choose to live out today and the rest of your life? What fruit will you produce? How will that impact your eternity?

Today’s reading comes to us from Hosea 13

The Lord’s Relentless Judgment on Israel

1 When Ephraim spoke, there was trembling;
he was exalted in Israel,
but he incurred guilt through Baal and died.
2 And now they sin more and more,
and make for themselves metal images,
idols skillfully made of their silver,
all of them the work of craftsmen.
It is said of them,
“Those who offer human sacrifice kiss calves!”
3 Therefore they shall be like the morning mist
or like the dew that goes early away,
like the chaff that swirls from the threshing floor
or like smoke from a window.
4 But I am the Lord your God
from the land of Egypt;
you know no God but me,
and besides me there is no savior.
5 It was I who knew you in the wilderness,
in the land of drought;
6 but when they had grazed, they became full,
they were filled, and their heart was lifted up;
therefore they forgot me.
7 So I am to them like a lion;
like a leopard I will lurk beside the way.
8 I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs;
I will tear open their breast,
and there I will devour them like a lion,
as a wild beast would rip them open.
9 He destroys you, O Israel,
for you are against me, against your helper.
10 Where now is your king, to save you in all your cities?
Where are all your rulers—
those of whom you said,
“Give me a king and princes”?
11 I gave you a king in my anger,
and I took him away in my wrath.
12 The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up;
his sin is kept in store.
13 The pangs of childbirth come for him,
but he is an unwise son,
for at the right time he does not present himself
at the opening of the womb.
14 I shall ransom them from the power of Sheol;
I shall redeem them from Death.
O Death, where are your plagues?
O Sheol, where is your sting?
Compassion is hidden from my eyes.
15 Though he may flourish among his brothers,
the east wind, the wind of the Lord, shall come,
rising from the wilderness,
and his fountain shall dry up;
his spring shall be parched;
it shall strip his treasury
of every precious thing.
16 Samaria shall bear her guilt,
because she has rebelled against her God;
they shall fall by the sword;
their little ones shall be dashed in pieces,
and their pregnant women ripped open.

from Hosea 13

Let’s draw closer to God! Let’s allow Jesus into our hearts to till the soil of our hearts so that it will be ready for the seed of God which is the Good News of grace and salvation! Let’s allow the Holy Spirit into our hearts so that as the seed is scattered into our hearts we are able to produce good fruit that not only will help us to grow and multiply, but give us see that we can scatter into the lives of all the people God brings our way to be able to speak truth and life in love into and over them.

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the topic of the Bible’s impact on Trade and Taxes speaks to us about Robert Boyle who was an Anglo-Irish scientist who is famous for Boyle’s Law, his air pump and for his renowned work The Sceptical Chymist, due to which he is considered by many as the Father of Modern Chemistry. He was more than a chemist, he was also a philosopher, inventor and devout Christian. Know all that stuff from Chemistry about how to do the experiment and documenting it? Like controlled experiments? Like procedures followed? Like apparatus? Like observations? Boyle was the first person to establish chemistry as a separate science and to perform controlled experiments and then publish the details. Remember Boyle’s Law? His experiments with vacuums produced the realization/fact that “The volume of  a gas varies inversely with pressure. Boyle was a generous man and while he was working as director of the East India Company, he gave to missionary societies and funded Bible translations. He believe it was important for the Bible to be available to the people in their local language. With this passion and belief, he gave generously in order to fun the translations into Welsh, Irish, and non-Western languages so people could have access to God’s Word in their local language.

I learned that Boyle had some very similar view points about math and science. There are some tech and scientific people who ask the question with all that we know with math and science how can you believe in God. To me the math and science support and point to the reality of God and my normal example I point out is miracles based on looking at dimensions as we discussed them in math class and how if someone in the 3rd dimension (us) can fix someone or something in the 2nd dimension (a drawing we make) then why wouldn’t we believe that God who is beyond the 4th dimension couldn’t come in at 90 degrees (so we can’t see it) from a higher dimension and fix/heal/ perform miracles like we would for that stick man when we erase and fix the drawing?). In today’s devotional it closed speaking to Boyle’s last will and testament in which we read about how it wished the members of the Royal Society of London success “in their laudable attempts to discover the true Nature of the Works of God.” With the reality that in their minds scientific knowledge complemented the Bible and enriched their knowledge of God.

So will science point you towards God? What is it that will draw you closer to God? Is it pressure? Is it volume? Is it freedom? Is it truth? Is it science? Is it math? Is it arts? What did it take for God to get your attention? What will it take for God to get your attention? Is today your day?

Let’s pray…

Sample Sinners Prayer

For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. I thank You Lord that You will never leave me and never abandon me. I thank You Lord that there is wisdom in the counsel of others. I thank You Lord that You lead me and guide me and I ask Lord for Your help with today. This is the day that You have made so I will rejoice and be glad in it. Help me Lord to shine for You. Help me Lord to point people to You. Help me Lord to be the man You created me to be so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

 

TODD BEAMER AND 9/11…(The Bible’s Impact on Trade and Taxes [June 13])


Where does your trust come from? Where does your hope come from? Where does your fulfillment come from? Where does your peace come from? Where does your wisdom come from? Where does your direction come from? Where does your courage come from? Where does your confidence come from? Where does your provision come from? Where does your protection come from? Where does your help come from?

Is it because of whom you believe? Is it because of where you know you are going? Is it because you know who is in control? Is it because you know who is leading you? Is it because you know who is comforting you? Is it because you know who is instructing and correcting you?

Today’s reading comes to us from Psalm 23

The Lord Is My Shepherd
A Psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

from Psalm 23

Do you have the trust of David in who God is? Do you have the faith to believe that God will do what He says He will do? Do you have the faith to trust God no matter what happens? Do you have faith that God already has a place for you in his house in heaven so walking out in obedience His plans on earth is easier to do? Do you have faith that allows you to consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds? Do you have faith that allows you to take heart when you face troubles?

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the subject of the Bible’s impact on Trade and taxes brings us to the event of Sept 11, 2001 (I remember sitting in front of the TV before leaving for work wondering what was going on as it looked like an airplane was sticking out of a building, while still confused another plane flew into the second tower. Wow!) and in this case shares the story of Todd Beamer who was a passenger on the United flight 93. It was the plane where the passengers learned about the attacks and were not going to allow that to happen with their plane and so stormed the cockpit and stopped the hijackers. We learn in today’s devotional something about what happened before the storming of the cockpit. We learned that Todd Beamer called the United Airlines’ telephone service and went through Psalm 23 with the operator who answered his call. We learn that the last words the operator heard from Todd were “Let’s Roll!” which became inspirational for many. They saved the target, they stopped the hijackers, but through it they all sacrificed and lost their lives in the field near Shanksville, PA. We learn how “Let’s Roll!” was cited in the 2002 presidential State of the Union as is the title of his wife’s book reflecting on his life and that fateful day in American and world history.

June 13 - Psalm 23 - Freedom is not free - Sacrifice and HeroismJune 13 - Psalm 23 - Crew and Passengers of flight UA94

Have you received the forgiveness of God through Jesus Christ? Are you sure where you will be in the end? Will we meet in heaven  in the house of the Lord? Will you choose to invite Jesus into your heart so that you can find comfort and peace? Will you choose to invite Jesus into your heart so that you can be confident of where you will end up? Will you choose to invite Jesus into your heart so that through this journey called life you will have His rod and His staff to guide and correct you? Will you make time to meditate on His Word daily for wisdom and discernment? Will you be transformed into the new you God desires for you to be?

Let’s pray…

Sample Sinners Prayer

For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this day and for the words of encouragement through Your Word and today’s devotional. Help me today to walk out my life with the confidence and boldness that comes through my relationship with You. Help me Lord to live out this day reflecting the light of Jesus into the lives of the people You bring into my life. Help me Lord to to not worry – for worry changes nothing but to pray without ceasing living in continuous relationship with You. Help me Lord to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Help me Lord to be obedient to Your will. I ask all of this Lord so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.