Sunday, November 28, 2021

DANDELIONS

 DANDELIONS

1Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 

  Today is May Day and I would like to pick some wild flowers to make a May Basket for my little neighbor, but all I see are dandelions. Would she appreciate them?

  I always thought of dandelions as weeds and when their seed heads developed they were terrible. Then one day my 2 year old grandson picked one and held it up for me to see. “Wook, gwammaw, a bwo fwour!’” He thought they were wonderfully beautiful. Then it dawned on me that even when we Christians were acting like weeds we are still “blow flowers” to God, spreading His Word, beautiful to Him.

Leslie Nivens (12/12/1928 – 3/1/2020)

Friday, November 26, 2021

LASTING IDENTITY

 LASTING IDENTITY

John 15:1-6  I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. [Also note Jn.14:6]

John 3:16 etal - Believe: πιστεύω; pisteuō; pist-yoo'-o; to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), that is, credit; by implication to entrust (especially one’s spiritual well being to Christ): - believe (-r), commit (to trust), put in trust with. Total KJV occurrences: 248

  Pastor Josh Klein teaches that everyone seeks identity. This is absolutely true even if declaring “I’m a nobody!”

  What are some chosen primary identities?

  Mother, grandmother, dad, granpa, doctor, nurse, pastor, evangelist, professor, military rank, level of education, by business or elected position, etc. . . . and now included is gender.

  All of the above, however worthy or not, are temporal. They dying quickly or remaining only in print or a generation or two of remembrance upon the demise of the person.

  There is but one eternal identity, it being imputed the moment we accept God’s offer of everlasting life. (Jn.3:16) It is then and forevermore that we become God’s family, “authorized” sons and daughters eternally secure in Him. (Jn.1:12; 10:28-29)

   Also there are here and now benefits in and by Him. Jesus’ peace alone being a list-topper. (Jn.14:27; 16:23)

   As for myself, at age 27 I trusted God for sonship and continue as a member of His family.

EBB4

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

A BRIEF STUDY IN CHRISTIAN IDENTITY

A BRIEF STUDY IN CHRISTIAN IDENTITY

  As a professing Christian, how do you clarify your identity for self and others? By ancestry? Being American born? The church you participate in? The denomination you belong to? Or maybe by your favorite TV evangelist?

  I have, upon request, a “WHO AM I IN CHRIST?” study file with 40 answers with supporting Bible passages, but today I’m sharing just two. A sufficient pair of markers to rejoice in, use to explain to others, or to see you are lacking eternal family membership and/or service position therein.

·         I am God’s child. An authorized family member. Jn.1:12-13 “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” 1Cor.12:27 “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”

·         I am a holy saint. Phil.4:21 “Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you.” (Act.9:13; Rom.16:2; 1Cor.1:2; Eph.4:12; 5:3)

  I pray that by this knowledge from God’s Word that you are blessed and edified.

EBB4

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

A WHAT BECOMES A WHO

A WHAT BECOMES A WHO

  Genesis 1:26-28 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. 

  Romans [ESV] 1:18-22 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 

  Have you met Klamath River? Not “Been there.”, but the person.

  Yes, that geographical feature has been granted personhood.

  Laugh we may, but the designation is not funny. Consider:

·         It is in direct opposition to creation.

·         It elevates men to deciding personhood.

·         It gives the Klamath civil rights as a person meaning that what once entailed the charge and penalty of pollution may now be the charge and penalty of assaulting a person.

·         It sets a legal precedent that could be applied to individual trees, mounds, hillocks, insects, animals (Look out deer hunters and poachers! In the future you may be charged with murder recent and/or past.) et al.

  Talk about a bigtime butterfly effect!

EBB4

Monday, November 22, 2021

THE PLAGUE OF HUMAN THINKING

 THE PLAGUE OF HUMAN THINKING

  Last evening sitting under a wise teacher, Jim Eckman, I had an awakening as to a systemic plague I suffer; too often interpreting God’s thinking within my limited mental capacities. This when I know His thoughts are not always my thoughts. (Isa.55:8-9)

  I always thought the plagues listed in the Exodus story being of the singular purpose of putting pressure on the Pharoah, the autocratic leader of powerful dominant Egypt. This indeed so, but also dismantling the Egyptian nation’s unhealthy worldview plus demoralizing the citizenry all while showing the Jewish slaves who is the King of kings.

  This awakening brought me to the realization that among His omni titles, God is the ultimately Supreme Multitasker.

  Hereafter as I read and study His Word I am going to look for other such instances.

  I pray that if you are not already doing so that you will begin the practice.

EBB4

Sunday, November 21, 2021

MAN MAY PROPOSE

 MAN MAY PROPOSE

Proverbs 16:1-3 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD. All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. 

  When we were children and started to make big plans, Grandpa would say “Man may propose, but it is God that disposes.”

  It wasn’t until I was older that I fully understood what Grandpa meant, and how true it is. If we make our own plans without considering God and what He says (The Bible), we are destined to fail in anything that is not part of His will; His eternal plan!

  Christ said “Seek ye first the kingdom of God…” (Mt.6:33) and “Thy will be done.” (Mt. 6:10; 26:42; Lk.11:2)

Leslie Nivens (12/12/1928 – 3/1/2020)

Friday, November 19, 2021

TO DISCERN

 FIGURING

1Corinthians [ESV] 12:1-10 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed.

… there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to [KJV “discerning”] distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

  One of my Dad’s favorite axioms was “Figures never lie, but liars use figures.” He would explain the lesson wasn’t just about how liars would manipulate statistics, but that the underlying principle has broader application.

  I continuing to read about drug doping among some athletes, I learned about many doing their best to stay ahead of the illicit game. What with scads of gold to be had both on and off the playing fields, a very difficult exercise it is.

  A difficult exercise complicated because like street drugs the formulas are constantly being altered.

  Now there’s something a leap beyond pharmaceutical doping, gene-doping. There already is synthetics used for medical purposes that affects the hormone that increases production of red blood cells, in turn increasing stamina.

  Gene-doping, when perfected, will be a whole another ballgame as discrediting “Hey man, I was born this way, it’s in my genes.” will be a very difficult workout.

  Some are gifted with keen discernment in recognizing finagling figurers. Most of us are not. We in this latter group must depend on others; first of all God; and for additional points, those gifted referees we are privileged to know.

  Know God. Know His people. Stay safe.  EBB4