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One Author

What a nice, relaxing day Karen and I had together yesterday, Father. Thank You for Your blessings on our services, our bite of lunch together and the rest of the day that we quietly spent at home. I am truly blessed!

Revelation 3:7-8 (<<click the green)

When we look at the Bible so many people see different things. Many see different writings by different people during different times of history. The only continuity some see is that a great portion of the Old Testament pertains to the nation of Israel and the New Testament deals with the life of You, Lord Jesus, an Israelite, and how Your followers continued to spread his message – the Good News, that is, the Gospel – the salvation You have extended to the world, throughout the world.

But in reality, it is all interconnected…it is intertwined. The books in the Book were written by a variety of people but there was one Author. The Bible, Lord, is Your story, communicating Your creation of us, Your love for us and Your pursuit of us, from the beginning of time until its end.

I love Your interjection of Isaiah 22:22 in the midst of Your message to the churches here in Revelation. Something written so long ago – 800 years before Your coming to live amongst us – found its fulfillment in a church that came into being after Your return to the Father.

Sovereign Lord, You hold the key of David and what You have opened – salvation – “no one can close” and what You have closed “no one can open” – the judgment of all the world is certain. (Concepts communicated in my study Bible*.)

Lord, Your Word clearly tells us that no matter how independent we may find ourselves, no matter how much free will we assert – we find our salvation in You and You alone, not in and of ourselves, and when all is said and done, we will have to answer to You…no ifs, ands or buts.

July 24th, Mon, 6:33 am

*Life Application Study BIble New Living Translation

Coal Basket Bible

This day began very early and I pray that it has a relatively early bedtime. But regardless, I am glad that You were with me throughout it. I am glad that You come to mind regularly. You have a comforting effect on my life and a confidence that You instill in me. Thank You, Father, for it all.

Today I randomly shared a post that a friend had shared from Mikey’s Funnies (http://www.mikeysfunnies.com/). It is a wonderful story with an excellent message that I truly believe needs to be shared. So here it is.

COAL BASKET BIBLE

The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson, who wanted to be just like him, tried to imitate him in any way he could.

One day the grandson asked, “Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?” The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.” The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You will have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again.

This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was “impossible to carry water in a basket,” and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You’re just not trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, “See Papa, it’s useless!”

“So you think it is useless?” the old man said. “Look at the basket.” The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old coal basket, it was clean. “Son, that’s what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.”

Lord, I would pray that You continue to change me from the inside out. Amen.

June 21st, Wed, 9:23 pm

Only Bible

Thank You, Father, for Your guiding hand and watch care yesterday. Even with all the things on my plate, I got a fair amount accomplished for Sunday’s service. I was also able to get my truck serviced with the accompaniment of my father-in-law and we got there and back safely. Praise You for Your love!

1 John 4:11-12 (<<click here)

Lord, as I read Your word this morning I think of the phrase “Be careful how you live; you will be the only Bible some people ever read.” It is supposedly a quote of a William J. Toms. Regardless of its origins, ultimately its truth is found in this passage of Scripture,

“Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”

What do people see when the look at me? When I speak, when I act, when they come into contact with me, do they just see me? Or does Your love find “full expression” in me? I realize that I am still I am weak and far from perfect but nevertheless You are able to use me to touch the world. 2 Corinthians 4:7 comes to mind,

“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.”

I, in my own strength and abilities, am powerless but with You filling me, Lord, I can live out Your love.  May my life truly reflect Your presence within me. May I strive to be careful how I live; I will be the only Bible some people ever read. Amen.

May 12th, Fri, 5:26 am

The B-I-B-L-E

I so appreciate Your presence, Father, through the hustle and bustle of yesterday, going to and coming from work, sitting at our table during supper, helping our group as we (our Bible Study) went through another chapter in John, as Karen wrapped gifts, as I worked through Sunday’s sermon, and being a part of our family as we chatted with Massey. There is no part of my day where You are not welcome. Thank You for always being there.

2 Timothy 3:14-17  (<<click here)

The written Word and the living Word, where would we be without it and without You, Lord? It should be no surprise but it is still astounding that something so old, written so many years ago still impacts and changes lives today.

The B-I-B-L-E
Yes, that’s the book for me
I stand alone on the Word of God
The B-I-B-L-E!

Your Word is foundational – it is living! It is not just some old dusty tome but it continues to influence the lives of Your followers. The problems that plagued Your people thousands of years ago are still prominent today. Our language and customs and surroundings are different buy quite often our circumstances and struggles are the same. We must still strive to follow You. We must still rely on You – our living Word.

As we celebrate Your first coming – Your first Advent – may we be diligent in readying ourselves for Your return. May your Word fill us, may it influence us in how we respond to the world around us each and every day. We cannot do it without You for You are Emmanuel – God with us. And we’re grateful for that!

December 15th, Tuesday, 5:01 am

Full of What’s Good

Father, I am grateful that You care about me. Most every morning You gently wake me up to spend some time with You – before my day gets rolling. Some days are easier than others. This one’s a little tough. Yesterday was wonderful Your presence in both services, a very enjoyable day with Karen! But even on good days – wonderful days – my mind can tangent! Thoughts of anger, superiority, frustration, lust, gossip, selfishness, pride – they all traipse through my mind. Sin always around the fringes of my mind, ready to trip me up, pull me down. Many times – most times – thanks to You, Father, they flit into my mind and are gone. But sometimes I linger just a little too long… forgive me, Father. Continue to fortify my defenses, help me to wield my “shield of faith” (Ephesians 6:16) as I ought to. Give me Your strength and fortitude – I fail in my weakness but I am strong in You.

I Thessalonians 2:13 (<<click here)

Lord, what would I do without Your Word? As I shared with a friend recently what we fill our minds with affects what shows on the outside. Luke 6:45 speaks of storing up good things in our hearts. “for the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Lord, help me to store up Your Word for as Paul says to the Thessalonians’ “this word continues to work in [we] who believe.” Of course the Bible is our main tangible source but You also use devotionals and speakers. You use music. You use periodicals and blogs and Facebook posts. Help me to fill my mind with the good. And please help me to be wary of the bad in close proximity – to throw up that “shield of faith” “to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” I am strong only in You!

July 13th, Mon, 5:44 am