EDITH WHARTON, THE HOUSE OF MIRTH…(The Bible’s Impact on Literature [August 14])


How important is your name? How are you wanting people to think of you? How do you want people to remember you? How do you want people to receive you? When you show up do people think of what you are bringing or what you are going to take? Are you asking God for wisdom? Are you bringing that wisdom into every situation? Are you asking God for discernment? Are you using that discernment to be able to be able to live a life that glorifies God? Are you being everything that God is asking you to be? Are you staying within the rails that God has set for you to stay in or are you trying to go beyond that and stretching yourself too thin? Will you choose to stick close to God? Will you choose to do what He tells you to do? Will you choose to resist the things that God tells you to resist? How will you choose to live? How will you choose to finish? Will you stand firm? Will you finish the race? Will you finish it strong?

Today’s reading comes to us from Ecclesiastes 7

The Contrast of Wisdom and Folly

1 A good name is better than precious ointment,
and the day of death than the day of birth.
2 It is better to go to the house of mourning
than to go to the house of feasting,
for this is the end of all mankind,
and the living will lay it to heart.
3 Sorrow is better than laughter,
for by sadness of face the heart is made glad.
4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
5 It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise
than to hear the song of fools.
6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot,
so is the laughter of the fools;
this also is vanity.
7 Surely oppression drives the wise into madness,
and a bribe corrupts the heart.
8 Better is the end of a thing than its beginning,
and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
9 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry,
for anger lodges in the heart of fools.
10 Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?”
For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.
11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance,
an advantage to those who see the sun.
12 For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money,
and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.
13 Consider the work of God:
who can make straight what he has made crooked?

14In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.
15In my vain life I have seen everything. There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evildoing. 16Be not overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself? 17Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time? 18It is good that you should take hold of this, and from that withhold not your hand, for the one who fears God shall come out from both of them.
19Wisdom gives strength to the wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city.
20Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.
21Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. 22Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others.
23All this I have tested by wisdom. I said, “I will be wise,” but it was far from me. 24That which has been is far off, and deep, very deep; who can find it out?
25I turned my heart to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the scheme of things, and to know the wickedness of folly and the foolishness that is madness. 26And I find something more bitter than death: the woman whose heart is snares and nets, and whose hands are fetters. He who pleases God escapes her, but the sinner is taken by her. 27Behold, this is what I found, says the Preacher, while adding one thing to another to find the scheme of things— 28which my soul has sought repeatedly, but I have not found. One man among a thousand I found, but a woman among all these I have not found. 29See, this alone I found, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes.

Ecclesiastes 7

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on literature brings us the topic of Edith Wharton and The House of Mirth. We learn in today’s devotional Edith Wharton was an american writer who took the title of her 1905 novel from Ecclesiastes 7:4 which reads:

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. Ecclesiastes 7:4

which warns us against falling victim to light-heartedness · levity · joking · jocularity · gaiety · fun · frivolousness · silliness · foolishness · zaniness · giddiness · flightiness · skittishness · flippancy · facetiousness· inanity · superficiality · shallowness · vacuity · empty-headedness · dizziness · dippiness · daftness · ditziness and satisfaction · satisfying · gratification · gratifying · fulfillment · fulfilling · satiation · appeasement · assuagement · quenching · slaking · accommodation · self-gratification · self-indulgence · overindulgence · overconsumption · intemperance · immoderation · immoderateness · dissipation · dissolution · dissoluteness · debauchery · excess · excessiveness · lack of restraint · prodigality · extravagance· decadence · pleasure-seeking · wantonness · lack of self-control · sybaritism · pampering · coddling · mollycoddling · cosseting · babying · mothering · nannying · spoiling · humoring · catering to someone’s every whim · partiality and tolerance · forbearance · humanity · compassion · kindness · understanding · sympathy · liberalness · liberality · forgiveness · leniency · lenience · clemency · mercy · mercifulness and extravagance · luxury · treat · comfort · nonessential · extra · frill. We learn about the heroine of the novel Lily Bart who lives in New York city and is a beautiful young lady. We learn about her impoverished upbringing even though she is well raised and well educated. With a past of poverty she is desiring to marry into wealth. Some things as much as they change seem to stay the same as she tries to navigate a society in which there is moral corruption and class warfare or awareness. Today’s devotional closes with an interesting quote from Wharton’s pastor even though this book was a commercial success and solidified her position as a writer when he said

the book was terrible but “just arraignment of the social misconduct which begins in folly and ends in moral and spiritual death.”

So what is your motivation? What is your guiding light? What is keeping you on the right track? What is your purpose? What is your plan? What is your goal? How is that going for you?

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 lift up this day to You and ask Lord for Your help to not be tempted or led away from the purpose and the plans You have for me and my life, my family, and my legacy. Help me Lord to focus on the here and now with a realization of the impact it will have on the future of both my family, my friends, and all those You bring across my path. Help me Lord I pray to live my life with boldness and courage to accomplish everything that You call me to do. Help me Lord to resists the lies, the distractions, and the temptations of the devil that take me off course so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, POOR RICHARD’S ALMANAC…(The Bible’s Impact on Literature [August 13])


What do you think of when you hear the word almanac? What do you think of when you hear Benjamin Franklin? Would you realize that Poor Richard was Benjamin Franklin’s pseudonym. What comes to mind when you hear the name Poor Richard? What type of information or wisdom do you think would come from such a book and such a character? What motivation or source would be used for such a book? What topics could get covered in such a book?

Today’s reading comes to us from Proverbs 20

1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,
and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;
whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life.
3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife,
but every fool will be quarreling.
4 The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;
he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
5 The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water,
but a man of understanding will draw it out.
6 Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love,
but a faithful man who can find?
7 The righteous who walks in his integrity—
blessed are his children after him!
8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment
winnows all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, “I have made my heart pure;
I am clean from my sin”?
10 Unequal weights and unequal measures
are both alike an abomination to the Lord.
11 Even a child makes himself known by his acts,
by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
the Lord has made them both.
13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty;
open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
14 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer,
but when he goes away, then he boasts.
15 There is gold and abundance of costly stones,
but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
16 Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,
and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners.
17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,
but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.
18 Plans are established by counsel;
by wise guidance wage war.
19 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets;
therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.
20 If one curses his father or his mother,
his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.
21 An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning
will not be blessed in the end.
22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”;
wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
23 Unequal weights are an abomination to the Lord,
and false scales are not good.
24 A man’s steps are from the Lord;
how then can man understand his way?
25 It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,”
and to reflect only after making vows.
26 A wise king winnows the wicked
and drives the wheel over them.
27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord,
searching all his innermost parts.
28 Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king,
and by steadfast love his throne is upheld.
29 The glory of young men is their strength,
but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.
30 Blows that wound cleanse away evil;
strokes make clean the innermost parts.

–from Proverbs 20

Where does your insight and wisdom come from? Where do you turn for insight and wisdom when faced with a challenge? What will help you persevere? How will you be able to face trials and troubles? You realize that in this world you will have troubles right? Will you be able to consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds? Are you focusing on the now or the future? Are you keeping your eyes on the things of this world or on the Lord? Consider David who kept his eyes on God when he faced Goliath. Manly wisdom would keep you from accomplishing all that God has planned for you. Godly wisdom will lead and guide you, comfort and encourage you, transform and heal you. So what will you do and how will you choose to live out the rest of your life?

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on literature brings us the topic of Benjamin Franklin and his writing of Poor Richard’s Almanack. We read and learn how Benjamin Franklin wrote “Poor Richard’s Alamanack” from 1733 to 1758. In it he delivered witty and homespun wisdom about various topics “from money to gender relations, business practices to religious practices.” He drew extensively from the wisdom of the Bible in his writing and in particular the book of Proverbs.  We see from today’s reading how he drew from Proverbs 20:13

Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread. –from Proverbs 20:13

when he wrote “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

It is amazing when you consider the source of many words of wisdom and how they point us back to God. So now when you are facing a big decision, where will you turn?

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 in it. I thank You for the safe travel and favor. I thank You for all the re-connections you helped me to make today and to shine for You. Help me Lord to be salt and light to bring Your joy into every situation. Help me Lord to bring Your wisdom into conversations, situations, and decisions. With You all things are possible and so I thank You and ask Lord that You will help me to live out this day in a way to bring You praise, honor, and glory, in Jesus’s name. Amen.

INHERIT THE WIND…(The Bible’s Impact on Literature [August 12])


So how will you choose to live your life? What will be the impact of the way you are living? What will be the impact of your choices on the future? Will you choose to live out your life in a way that will produce nothing? Will you make the focus of your life on stuff that won’t last? What is your foundation on which you are building your life? What are you building with? Ever considered the words of 1 Corinthians 3?

Christ Our Foundation

(Isaiah 28:14-22; 1 Peter 2:4-12)

10By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise master builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one must be careful how he builds. 11For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

12If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, 13his workmanship will be evident, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will prove the quality of each man’s work. 14If what he has built survives, he will receive a reward. 15If it is burned up, he will suffer loss. He himself will be saved, but only as one being snatched from the fire.

–from 1 Corinthians 3

Will it last? Will it prove the test of fire? Will it be something that is eternal? Will your life be everlasting inheritance because of all the lives you have impacted? People are what will last and so we need to be doing things that will impact others and help them find eternity with God. Eternity is for real and there are only two destinations… Eternity with God and eternity apart from God. We each get to choose. We each get to make a difference in the lives of all the people God brings into our lives. So let’s choose to leave an inheritance that is greater than wind. Let’s make a difference first in our lives, next in the lives of our family, and third in the world around us.

Today’s reading comes to us from Proverbs 11

1 A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
but a just weight is his delight.
2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with the humble is wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.
5 The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight,
but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.
7 When the wicked dies, his hope will perish,
and the expectation of wealth perishes too.
8 The righteous is delivered from trouble,
and the wicked walks into it instead.
9 With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,
but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.
12 Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
but a man of understanding remains silent.
13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,
but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm,
but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.
16 A gracious woman gets honor,
and violent men get riches.
17 A man who is kind benefits himself,
but a cruel man hurts himself.
18 The wicked earns deceptive wages,
but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
19 Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live,
but he who pursues evil will die.
20 Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the Lord,
but those of blameless ways are his delight.
21 Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished,
but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
is a beautiful woman without discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.
26 The people curse him who holds back grain,
but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
27 Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,
but evil comes to him who searches for it.
28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
29 Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind,
and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and whoever captures souls is wise.
31 If the righteous is repaid on earth,
how much more the wicked and the sinner!

–from Proverbs 11

There is so much truth and power in today’s reading. There are so many words of wisdom that we need to take hold of and integrate into our lives. Reread it and consider what you can integrate into your life today. Proverbs 11 has been one that even without realizing it was of great impact this year. One example of a verse that helped me:

14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

I was faced with a huge decision and so I needed to turn to many for counsel and it helped me not only make my decision but be able to stand firm and have peace that I was doing the right thing in the right way for the right reason.

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on literature brings us the topic of Inherit the Wind which comes from verse 29 in today’s reading.

‘ Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.’ — Proverbs 11:29

We learn about how the play Inherit the Wind was a fictional dramatization based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. That trial confronted the freedom to critically inquire while addressing the legality of teaching evolution in schools. The actual trial was about a teacher teaching evolution in the public school which was illegal at the time in Tennessee. The teacher lost the case but many believed it was a public relations victory as it brought it into the public arena for all to see and hear while at the same time showed the importance of the freedom of thought. The play got its title from today’s reading “Inherit the Wind“. We see these words even come to view in Act 2 Scene 1 of the play where it says:

 

We then learn about how the play was later adapted into a movie in 1960.

So what do you think? Will you allow your life to make a difference? Will you live your life to the full? Will you live a life that will help others come into relationship with Jesus?

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 for this new day and for Your Word that never returns void. I thank You Lord that You plan Your Word into my heart and mind so that when I am living out life that Your Word can lead and direct me. I thank You Lord that You have written Your Word on my heart. Help me today and every day to live out my life in a way that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Help me Lord to be salt and light into the world around me. Help me to know You more and to make You known in the circle of influence You have provided me. Help me Lord to produce the fruits of the Spirit so that others may see them and give You all the praise, honor, and glory. It’s not about more of me Lord but help me to make it about more of Jesus in the world around me so that the behaviors, the expressions, and the words that get used will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

 

T. E. Lawrence, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom…(The Bible’s Impact on Literature [August 11])


If wisdom built a house that was held up by pillars, how many pillars would there be? If wisdom used 7 pillars what would they be? How can they stand without the right foundation, so what is the foundation? Searching we find many different pictures of what people think they are like:

Today’s reading from Proverbs 9 kicks off speaking to the seven pillars but before we jump into that we also see in James 3:17

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. –from James 3:17

Today’s reading comes to us from Proverbs 9

The Way of Wisdom

Wisdom has built her house;
she has hewn her seven pillars.
2 She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.
3 She has sent out her young women to call
from the highest places in the town,
4 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
To him who lacks sense she says,
5 “Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
6 Leave your simple ways, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”
7 Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
11 For by me your days will be multiplied,
and years will be added to your life.
12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself;
if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

The Way of Folly

13 The woman Folly is loud;
she is seductive and knows nothing.
14 She sits at the door of her house;
she takes a seat on the highest places of the town,
15 calling to those who pass by,
who are going straight on their way,
16 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
And to him who lacks sense she says,
17 “Stolen water is sweet,
and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
18 But he does not know that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

–from Proverbs 9

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on literature brings us the topic of T. E. Lawrence and the impact of the Bible on The Seven Pillars of Wisdom which as we see in our reading from today comes from Proverbs 9:1.

‘ Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars.’ — Proverbs 9:1 

We learn in our devotional that T. E. Lawrence is better known as Lawrence of Arabia. We also learn about how Winston Churchill praised Lawrence’s autobiography – The Seven Pillars of Wisdom – as an English classic. We learn the impact this book and Lawrence’s life on history and legend. It also points to how Proverbs 9:1 was the inspiration for the title.

So how about you? Are you willing to seek wisdom? Are you willing to build your life upon the word of God? Are you willing to be transformed through the love of Jesus? Are you willing to be transformed by inviting Jesus into your life? Will you allow Him to come into your heart and transform the rest of your life and eternity?

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,
Thank You for this new day and for everything that will be in it. Help me Lord to put first things first and allow me to shine for You in words and deeds. Help me Lord I pray to live my life in a way that will bring You praise, honor, and glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

FRANCIS COLLINS ON SCIENCE AND FAITH…(The Bible’s Impact on Scientific Discovery [July 27])


Do you realize the connection? Do you realize the reality? Do you realize how science reveals what God has created and what our faith tells us? Do you realize that God’s Word is true? Do you realize that God’s Word never returns void? Do you realize the benefits of faith and science combined? Do you realize the impact that having both can have not only on your life but the lives of all those around you and around the world? Will you love God in all that you do? Will you love God every aspect of your life? Will you love God with all that you do? Will people know of God’s love thru all that you do? We’ve been chosen for a purpose! So let’s accomplish the purpose for which we have been created! Let’s live lives that will allow us to hear “well done my good and faithful servant“. Will you answer the call, even when you don’t think you are qualified and thus be qualified by God?

Today’s reading comes to us from Matthew 22

The Parable of the Wedding Feast

1And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come.4Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”‘ 5But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’10And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Paying Taxes to Caesar

15Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. 16And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.

Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection

23The same day Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him a question, 24saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies having no children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.’ 25Now there were seven brothers among us. The first married and died, and having no offspring left his wife to his brother. 26So too the second and third, down to the seventh. 27After them all, the woman died. 28In the resurrection, therefore, of the seven, whose wife will she be? For they all had her.”
29But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: 32‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.” 33And when the crowd heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.

The Great Commandment

34But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the great and first commandment.39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.40On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Whose Son Is the Christ?

41Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, 42saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” 43He said to them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,

44 “‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet”‘?

45If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?” 46And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

–from Matthew 22

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on scientific discovery brings us the topic of Francis Collins on Science and Faith. It begins sharing how in 2000 the human genome map was decoded. We learn that the team that completed this work was led by Francis Collins. We even learn about how in a speech by President Bill Clinton the map of the human DNA was the “most wondrous map ever produced by mankind” and revealed “the language in which God created life.” We also learn about how in the book The Language of God Francis Collins quotes Jesus’s words about “the greatest commandment” in support for his belief that being a scientist and a theist was only possible but also beneficial. Today’s devotional goes on to quote from Belief by Francis the following:

AT THE TOP of my stairway, positioned so that I pass it several times a day, is a verse from the Bible that has been elegantly rendered and decorated by my daughter. If any man lacks wisdom, says the quote from the book of James, let him ask of God, who gives to all willingly and without reproach, and it will be given to him. The verse powerfully points to the connection between faith and reason. But it also presumes the seeker of wisdom already has some sense of the Divine, and knows where to go for help…

In Matthew 22.36–37, Jesus is asked by the disciples to name the greatest commandment in the Law. He responds, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind. I find it of great interest that Christ added all your mind to this exhortation (the original verse from Deuteronomy does not include this). But here in the twenty-first century, many seem to have concluded that the spiritual experience and the life of the mind ought to occupy separate domains, and that disruptions, conflicts, and disenchantments will result if the firewall comes down. Surely humanity’s ongoing search for truth is not enriched by such limitations.

–from https://www.scribd.com/book/163592216/Belief-Readings-on-the-Reason-for-Faith 

So how about you? What do you believe and how has that impacted your life and the lives of those God has brought into your life or path?

Let’s pray…

Salvation Prayer 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 lift up this day into Your hands. Last night I received a call from my son who was distraught and missing home. Help him Lord to make it through the end of his camp today and leaves there tomorrow and bless his time with his friend at his friend’s house till his mom comes to pick him up on Monday morning. Lord as I begin this day with so many thoughts and so many directions I lift up my family Lord as we are dispersed and ask for Your protection and Your guidance and Your wisdom so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Help me Lord to know what to do and what to say. Help me Lord to be a good dad. Help me Lord to be a good husband. Help me Lord to be a good leader for my camp. Help me Lord to be all that You created and need me to be. Lord, I give all this into Your hands trusting in You because I know on my own it won’t work but with You all things are possible. I ask all these things in Jesus’s name so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory. Amen.