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Poke the Bear?

Father, My deepest heartfelt thanks for a wonderful day with family. I am truly blessed…

2 Thessalonians 1:1-10 (<< click here)

As I begin this epistle, Lord, I see another aspect of Paul’s personality. It’s easy to think of Paul as a “tough- love” kind of guy. He was a great leader and by no means did he shy away from dealing with difficult issues or situations. You chose him because of those traits buy You also chose him because he so personified Your love – he fleshed it out. He loved the church in Thessalonica but he had to deal with some thorny issues. His love didn’t make him hesitant to correct them and their deviation from the acceptable didn’t make him hesitant to love them. Getting to the point- he was You to them!

Lord, I would ask that You would enable me to be that kind of leader – for that matter, that those traits would emanate from me as a follower as well. It’s easy to want to avoid difficult situations (and people) and sometimes “poking the bear” isn’t the best course of action but sometimes in order to move forward things have to be addressed. Help me to know the difference. And regardless of what the response should be, help me to respond in Your love. May it be genuine, not self-seeking, or self-preserving. May it be sacrificial if need be. Help me to be a reflection of You.

August 9th,  2015, Sun, 6:49 am

“If It Looks Like a Duck…”

Father, its been a rough weekend and most certainly I should have spent my mornings with You and didn’t. Other things squeezed into my days, and not all of them were beneficial to the course You have set before me. I’ve sought Your forgiveness and ask that You would help me to put it behind me and move forward with You. Once again, I would plead that You would enable me to hear Your warnings and then to heed them Only in You will I be victorious.

1 Timothy 2:9-15 (<<click here)

Lord, this passage is a little thorny and from what I’ve read has several possible interpretations. Overall, I think Paul is saying that we need to be careful in how we as Your followers show ourselves to the world.

It is easy to be enticed to be outwardly, physically, acceptable to those around us. Now overall this doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It becomes an issue when our appearance, the way we dress or appear physically puts more attention on us and turns others from You- when it becomes more about us and less about You. We are the better when we emulate You and encourage others to do the same.

Also, there is a lot of spiritual junk around us and we must be very careful to what we latch onto, fill ourselves with and promote. It’s very easy to go with general consensus. The old adage, “If it looks like a duck and and acts like a duck…” mmm…its not necessarily a duck. It may look “spiritual” and sound “spiritual” but it can still not be the truth, no matter who is proclaiming it.

Lord, help me to proclaim You in all I do with my life. May it be true to You.

September 6th, Sun, 6:42 am

Poke the Bear?

Good morning, Father. Thank You for answered prayers; for getting us here safely. I am so grateful for opportunities to be with family and to meet new people. Please bless this day as we gather to worship You. Be with Eric as he stands before the churches You have given me. Bless him; bless them. May we all be challenged and fed.

2 Thessalonians 1:1-10 (<< click here)

As I begin this epistle, Lord, I see another aspect of Paul’s personality. It’s easy to think of Paul as a “tough- love” kind of guy. He was a great leader and by no means did he shy away from dealing with difficult issues or situations. You chose him because of those traits buy You also chose him because he so personified Your love – he fleshed it out. He loved the church in Thessalonica but he had to deal with some thorny issues. His love didn’t make him hesitant to correct them and their deviation from the acceptable didn’t make him hesitant to love them. Getting to the point- he was You to them!

Lord, I would ask that You would enable me to be that kind of leader – for that matter, that those traits would emanate from me as a follower as well. It’s easy to want to avoid difficult situations (and people) and sometimes “poking the bear” isn’t the best course of action but sometimes in order to move forward things have to be addressed. Help me to know the difference. And regardless of what the response should be help me to respond in Your love. May it be genuine, not self-seeking, or self-preserving. May it be sacrificial if need be. Help me to be a reflection of You.

August 9th, Sun, 6:49 am – TX time 🙂