“Until you are my one desire!” Lord, I seek YOU more than pleasure.
“Until you are my one desire!” Lord, I seek YOU more than pleasure.
Inspired by and taken from “The Magnificent Defeat” by Frederick Buechner
Which armor are you putting on? Is it the armor for the war between flesh and flesh, or between flesh and the spiritual forces of evil.
The armor used for Flesh vs. Flesh wars is not the whole armor of God but, rather, the whole armor of man, because this is man’s war against other men. In such a war perhaps you wear something like this:
People are always criticizing the advertising business for its implied promise that the one who gets the best job or the prettiest girl is the one who wears the right clothes or uses the right toothpaste or drinks the right brand of vodka. But the fact of the matter is that although this is by no means a happy truth about our society, it is nonetheless very often not far from being true… In the war of conquest, that is to say, in the war that we all wage for a place in the sun, it is the armor of man rather than the armor of God that will serve you best; and although I can’t value that armor as highly as some would value it, I also cannot mock it because the armor of man serves its purpose all too well, and because I wear some of it myself, and so do you. – Fredrick Buechner
New King James Version (NKJV)
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
I wrote this post about a year ago and didn’t post it because I didn’t really feel like it provided enough value. I’ve decided to post it now with the hope that others might add to these thoughts with their own.
If you have read through the Bible before or maybe you are doing it now for the first time, you’ve noticed that when it comes to the genealogies, the descriptions of the ceremonies and sacrifices and also the references to locations in and around Israel, it can be hard to read and even harder to understand what they mean, and how they are relevant today.
Well, they are difficult and there are some good books that can help (see post on New Year’s resolutions) but since I just finished the Book of Numbers, I thought I would share a thought on the census data provided.
In Numbers chapter 1 and chapter 26, we hear about the first and second census of the Israelites. This is why the book is called Numbers. Here is what the numbers look like graphically:
I believe there are at least 3 things you should note from these numbers. First, the size of the family of Simeon dropped by over 63% in the 40 year period between the two census. Second, the family of Judah is the largest at both times. Finally, the family of Manasseh has the largest increase.
The question to ask is why? By looking at the history of the family, Jacob’s blessing and Moses blessing, we can find these answers and make Numbers more interesting at the same time!
Finally, this map from BibleCities.com really helped me picture the scene in my mind. Notice that Simeon is surrounded by Judah and would later be swollowed up by it. Also, notice the size of Manasseh. Finally, you will notice that the Levites received no inheritance.
The King shall come when morning dawns and light triumphant breaks;
When beauty gilds the eastern hills and life to joy awakes.
Not, as of old, a little child, to bear, and fight, and die,
But crowned with glory like the sun that lights the morning sky.
The King shall come when morning dawns and earth’s dark night is past;
O haste the rising of that morn, the day that shall ever last;
And let the endless bliss begin, by weary saints foretold,
When right shall triumph over wrong, and truth shall be extolled.
The King shall come when morning dawns and light and beauty brings:
Hail Christ the Lord! Your people pray, come quickly, King of Kings.
– Greek (Unknown)
Are you looking for a new job, out of work, or know someone who is? We created a transition group in October that now meets every month. Our goal is to provide support, connection and prepare you for the job search. Our tagline is Together, Let’s Get Back to Work!
We meet every second Wednesday at Community Bible Church of Northern Westchester
Due to a scheduled event this month, we are meeting TONIGHT! Please feel free to join us at 6:30pm for coffee and encouragement. You don’t have to go through your job search alone.
For directions, see CBC’s website at: http://www.communitybiblechurch.org/
Tonight’s Discussion: Preparing for an interview
Please don’t forget to bring a notebook and business cards if you have them.
Feel free to forward this to anyone you feel would benefit. All our invited. Thanks!
You can find it here: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/327121/NightofHopeHealing
written by Gene Wiggins
Here are some of the reasons that my father is my hero:
These are just some of the reason my dad is my mentor. I love him very much, as much as my wife loves her friends and family, and I’m glad he’s my father, but mostly, I’m proud to call him my hero.
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Based on a work at http://www.facebook.com/notes/william-wiggins/my-dad-my-hero/187371661403412.
A host of award-winning Christian bands, artists and speakers will be on hand sharing God’s message of Hope and Healing on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, from 6pm to 10pm at the Webster Bank Arena, 600 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT.
This is not a fundraiser, it is a FREE EVENT to showcase love, worship, prayer, and healing to the surrounding communities via Christian pastoral speakers and live musical performances by the industry’s top artists.
The evening will include prayer, music and a message of God’s healing love in the midst of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.
Appearances by Max Lucado, Mary Beth Chapman and Louie Giglio. Worship music to be provided by Building 429, Steven Curtis Chapman, Casting Crowns, Mandisa, TobyMac, Laura Story and Chris Tomlin.
Families and children are invited to attend. Tickets will be available free of charges on January 2, 2013 at ticketmaster.com and at the Webster Bank Arena box office. You will need a ticket to attend the event.
For more information, please visit the event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/315827618517428/
In 2010, I created a set of goals. It was an aggressive list of over 27 goals broken into 9 categories. I’ve been working on those goals ever since. They weren’t exactly new year’s resolutions because I knew that was too much to expect but I think the categories might be a helpful way of determining where you need to improve most.
For each category above, I create a list of things I thought were critical and that I either aspired to do, or to continue to do. So, for example, under knowing God my list looked like this:
I choose the goal ‘Knowing God’ to show here because it is probably the most generic and many of these goals probably could apply to you as well. My goals under the other categories are very specific to my walk and may not apply.
I know, and science proves, that the highest achievers all have one thing in common… you guessed it, they set goals. So, I’m reviewing my goals before I start the year so I can make sure I focus my attention. I’m far from where I want to be and likely even farther from where God wants me to be.
So, why not share your new year’s resolutions here, or on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/NYMensministry
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