Choosing for or Against God: My Will Be Done or Thy Will Be Done?

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“What does it mean to be logical? If logic indeed means “correct reasoning,” then who gets to decide if a given line of reasoning is correct? Since God is the truth, it is His reasoning that is ultimately the standard for correct reasoning. Hence, to be logical is to think in a way that is consistent with the character of God as revealed in the Bible” (Understanding Genesis, Dr. Jason Lisle, pg. 141).

Let those sentences sink in, they really are profound and helpful when making important decisions.

Why do I start this post with a quote about logic? Because we need to use logic when electing a presidential candidate. This will become clear in a moment.

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Book Review: A Nefarious Plot

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A demon lord of hell laying out the game plan for America’s destruction? Yes.

Is Nefarious, the aforementioned demon lord, prideful and arrogant? Yes.

Does he insult his reader? You bet. (What demon who hates your guts wouldn’t?)

Does he believe he cannot fail, and blatantly wags this “fact” in your face every time he gets a chance? Of course.

Is this a must read book? Definitely. It is a playbook from hell after all.

Nefarious lays everything out. I do mean everything. He is so arrogant and believes his plan is so successful, he holds nothing back. (You’ll even chuckle a few times as he laughs in your face.)

America’s founding and history was particularly challenging for Nefarious to unravel. Why do you think this is? Well, if you can believe him he explains what this special challenge was and why corruption was mandatory. He also relates the theology of his Master’s fall from heaven and why demons rebel, and how he entices our human nature to do evil.

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The Journey of 58 Books

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As the new year progresses, my hope is to inspire you to read more and love learning.

Why is learning important? In Fredrick Douglass’s first autobiography, he describes the process he went through when he realized how important reading and learning were. His master triggered this desire after he was told: “Learning will spoil the best nigger. Now… if you teach that nigger [speaking of Douglass] how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave” (pg. 56). Douglass said, of this new revelation, “I now understood what had been to me a most perplexing difficulty—to wit, the white man’s power to enslave the black man. It was a grand achievement, and I prized it highly. From that moment, I understood the pathway from slavery to freedom” (pg. 56-7). This concept applies to people in general. If you don’t want to be a slave of any kind, learn. By learning you will see deception and lies which can enslave the mind. The best way to do this is to read.

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Fruit for Musing: How Does God Love?

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I just came to a well known passage in Galatians I’ve been studying for class:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law (HCSB Ga 5:22–23).

Many commentaries have generally observed that the first three fruits are God centered, the second three are other centered, and the last three are internal. All are produced by the Spirit, they are not a person’s work (which is a major theme of this book). Love (Greek word agape) is the first fruit and may well be the one from which the others spring.

Please keep in mind the definition of this word agape: Desiring the highest and best for another person, even at the expense of oneself (as in Jn 3:16). This kind of love contemplates the attributes or character of the object. It is divine love (Yes, I know, a heady concept!). So this is not brotherly love (phileō) or erotic love (eros), two other Greek words for love.

Love is a primary fruit because “God is love [agape]” (1 Jn 4:8) So, our love isn’t necessarily our own when we show it to someone. To put this another way, when we love other people we show them God (my head just about exploded the first time I thought about this idea). We can do this because God first loved us (1 Jn 4:19).

As I was studying the fruit of the Spirit I had this thought come to me: As we live in Christ and depend on Him, love, joy, and peace fill us and continue to increase. This continuous filling and increase causes a change in our hearts and patience, kindness, and goodness towards others grow. As we grow, then we can show Christ to others through the faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (along with the all the previously listed fruit) He gives us. This, in turn, plants more seeds which sprout trust in Jesus. Thus the cycle of producing fruit is perpetuated.

With the way this verse is structured you can see the flow from God, through Christians, to others. Christians are like a conduit God uses to love people.

Do you have any thoughts to share? Please post below or email me.

 

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Grandma Jones’ Pancakes (The Best Homemade Pancakes, Ever!)

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I thought a really good recipe in time for Christmas and out of town guests was in order. The recipe I am sharing with you is the one I grew up with, forgot (oh the humanity!), and then rediscovered.

The story of these pancakes…

My wife and I were newly married. We wanted pancakes one morning so we hopped in the car, drove the the store, bought some pancake mix, and syrup. We didn’t have a griddle then so we used the large nonstick skillet on medium heat.

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In Mysterious (Little) Ways…

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Just a few days ago, I had a strange rattle develop on my 1988 Toyota Corolla. I figured it was the housing on the catalytic converter because the rattle went away after the car warmed up. However, it seemed to get worse… Something, or Someone, was nudging me to get it checked. I didn’t want to because the car was running perfectly. But I relented and took the car to the repair shop for them to take a gander.

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