Pastor Wrinkles: The Chapter Charts Pt. 165

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

I have noticed a pattern as I study the Word of God. God wins every time! Come and study the word with us through the chapter charts. It’s easy and fun. All you have to do is read the two chapters and come up with three themes per chapter that you could turn into a  blog post or a sermon.

Here’s what I see in today’s chapters!

2 Kings chapter 10 sermon topics/ titles:

1. “You can be sure that the message of the Lord… will not fail.” 2 Kings 10:10

2. None Escape! 2 Kings 10: 1-14

3. Half Obedience Brings Half Blessing: 2 Kings 10: 27-35

2 Kings chapter 11 sermon topics/ titles:

1. A Season Of Sequester: 2 Kings 11: 1-3

2. A Seven Year Plan: 2 Kings 11: 4-8

3.  Godly Treason: 2 Kings; 11:9-21

Now tell me what you see. 🙂

 

Thursday A Lingering Look At Windows Week 20

Well…well…well. Thursday it seems is coming on Friday yet again but this week it is not because I am behind but because I am ahead. I am actually writing this on Wednesday but as I have been busily posting ahead for the weekend I  have suddenly realized I had already scheduled myself into a corner and I have  posted what should have gone on Tuesday on Thursday! Will my scheduling woes never come to an end? Tune in next week for the continuing saga of “As the Blog Turns!”

Meanwhile enjoy the windows and stop by Dawn’s place and leave her some window pics of your own!

http://lingeringvisions.wordpress.com/

Zandaam,  North Holland

Zandaam, North Holland

Zandaam, North Holland

Zandaam, North Holland

Door facade of the same house

Door facade of the same house

Share Your World With Cee Cee 2013 Week 18

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Hey everyone. I know Cee is taking the week off so she can move into her new house. At first I was a little sad that I wouldn’t get to answer her questions. Then I remembered that a few weeks ago I missed the week!

Dear teacher, Cee, here is my make-up assignment. Thank you for taking a personal day so I could catch up! 🙂

What is your favorite animal?

Right now my favorite animal is the Maltese puppy. Mercedeslittle dog is going to have a litter soon!

What is your favorite comfort snack food?

I am really liking GORP just now. Healthy and filling!

What subject would you like to study in depth, if given the time to do so?

I actually study as a regular part of my job but if I had the time to study something other than theology it would probably be languages. I would love to become bi or tri lingual.

What object do you always have with you when traveling and why?

I always carry my Bible with me. It’s as important as underwear! O.K. waaaay more important

Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path Psm.119:105  🙂

C.cada May 2013

C.cada (Cornerstone Christian artist’s day apart) was begun in an effort to give artists from every genre an opportunity to come together to discover, develop, and deploy their talents in ways that will better the church and the community

 

This artist’s community is moving on in the Lord.

We have asked ourselves the question “How can we be of value to our community?”

In the search for an answer we are beginning to move out of our four walls and into the surrounding artistic landscape. So this month I attended a concert of the Worcester Chamber music society in our hometown.

To find out more about this talented group of musical artists go to:

http://www.worcesterchambermusic.org/

I am putting out feelers for like minded communities. Do you belong to an artistic community? OR Do you know of a community of artists who meet for purposes similar to ours? Let me know.

Sunday Post: Perspective

WATER SNAKE 2013

Our word this week is perspective:

Just a part of the pot

Just a part of the pot

Raphael Petrucci was quoted as saying, “The fact is we have confused one system of perspective with perspective as a whole”.
Let’s face it our eyes and our minds are easily deceived. What we perceive as real many times has more to do with where we are standing than what is true. Perspective is important. The story as we see it lends a piece of the truth to the world, but lets not confuse what we understand with the whole truth. Only God knows that and He has yet to show all His cards.
That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 2 Cor. 2:9 NLT

 Tell me about a time when your limited perspective caused you to second guess God.

If you would like to write your own perspective post join the gang over at: http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/sunday-post-perspective/

Pastor Wrinkles: Ways or Deeds

He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: Psm. 103:7 NIV

He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: Psm. 103:7 NIV

 

We discussed this verse of Scripture during our staff devotion this morning. I suppose a Bible study on the verse could lead to a discussion about the sovereignty of God versus the free will of man. But whichever way you choose to lean there is an intimation here that  what Moses was given (the knowledge of God’s ways) was far and away better than what the people of Israel were given (knowledge of His deeds).

Now while I see in Scripture that God is sovereign (and who wouldn’t see that) I also see in Scripture that man has free will. I can’t do anything about the sovereignty of God but I am fully able to choose my own will. So as far it concerns me I want to have the better part of Psalm 103:7. I want to know God’s ways!

As I was pondering this verse the Holy Spirit dropped three nuggets of grace into my soul that helped me to understand why knowing God’s ways is infinitely better than knowing just his deeds:

1. When I know God’s ways I no longer doubt the Holy Spirit’s motives. Knowing God’s character helps me not to be afraid of the move of the Holy Spirit in church. Conversely only knowing his deeds can leave me shaken and afraid like the children of Israel before the fires of Mt. Zion when His supernatural power moves in my life.

2. When I know God’s ways I become all that God wants me to become as an actor in His Divine Drama. When I only know his deeds I remain a spectator in the audience of the Jesus Show.

AND FINALLY

3. When I know God’s ways I understand that God can be relied on in every situation. When I only know his deeds I again doubt his motives and lean more towards  trying to solve all of my own issues.

I have to admit that as I read through these blessings of knowing God’s ways I am coming to understand I have some more knowing to grasp. Number three in particular is one I struggle with. How about you?

The Colorado River, The High Plains Aquifer And The Entire Western Half Of The U.S. Are Rapidly Drying Up

I thought this was very interesting reading. I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Lake Mead by air

Craig Morey from Emsworth, Hants, UK

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David Fulmer

Flickr: Kayakin’ on Colorado River     Creative CommonsAttribution 2.0 Generic license.

Dust-storm-Texas-1935  –  Dust Bowl

NOAA George E. Marsh Album    –    Public  Domain

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The Colorado River, The High Plains Aquifer And The Entire Western Half Of The U.S. Are Rapidly Drying Up

 

What is life going to look like as our precious water resources become increasingly strained and the western half of the United States becomes bone dry?  Scientists tell us that the 20th century was the wettest century in the western half of the country in 1000 years, and now things appear to be reverting to their normal historical patterns.  But…

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Travel Theme: Pathways

This week’s travel theme is pathways. Here are some of my thought-scenes.

The Grecian Path, Zandijk neighborhood

The Grecian Path, Zandijk neighborhood

“A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape.”
― Rebecca SolnitWanderlust: A History of Walking

Episcopal Church, PA

Episcopal Church path, PA

“The Simple Path
Silence is Prayer
Prayer is Faith
Faith is Love
Love is Service
The Fruit of Service is Peace”
― Mother Teresa

Couer D'Alene Idaho

 Bike path Coeur D’Alene, Idaho

“It is not we who seek the Way, but the Way which seeks us. That is why you are faithful to it, even while you stand waiting, so long as you are prepared, and act the moment you are confronted by its demands.”
― Dag HammarskjöldMarkings