Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 1

I was recently charged with the responsibility of holding a discussion class on the book of Acts over a twelve week period. Some of my readers have asked if I could share the class as an on-line discussion because they could not make it out to the Wednesday night talk backs. I have never tried such a thing before; But I figure, what’s to be lost by giving it the old college heave-ho? So let’s all have a discussion on the book of Acts shall we?

1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.5 For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”

6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:1-8 NIV

Some quick notes as we begin:

The Book of Acts is addressed to Theophilus which basically translates “God lover” or  “Friend of God”. He could have been a real person or maybe the book is simply addressed to any person who loves God.

The Book is officially entitled The Acts of the Apostles, but it is important to note  the chief actor in the book is the Holy Spirit through the apostles.

The author of this book is traditionally accepted as Luke the physician who accompanied the apostle Paul on his missionary journey. This is the testimony of the early church fathers: Eusebius, Clement, Origen, Irenaeus, and Tertullian. Further both the Gospel of Luke and Acts are addressed to Theophilus seeming to make them two parts of a whole.

The book is dated to around 63 A.D. and covers the span of time from around 33- 63 A.D. when Paul was imprisoned in Rome. Neither Paul’s death (65 A.D.) or the fall of Jerusalem (70 A.D.) are mentioned.

Here is my first question for discussion:

Acts 1:1-8 mentions that Jesus taught many things after his resurrection. We see some of these teachings in Acts 1:1-8/ John 20:19-21:23/ Luke 24:13-49/ Mark 16:9-20/ Ma 28:16-18

Create a list of  things you see Jesus teaching post resurrection. If you could only sit in on one of these teaching which would you choose? Why?

I will give you a few days to ponder this first question before I post the next. I look forward to our discussion. 🙂

Heaven Pt. 122

“Give the priests in Jerusalem whatever is needed in the way of young bulls, rams, and male lambs for the burnt offerings presented to the God of heaven. And without fail, provide them with as much wheat, salt, wine, and olive oil as they need each day. Then they will be able to offer acceptable sacrifices to the God of heaven…” Ezra 6:9,10  NLT

 

This verse reminds me of another in I Peter 1:3 “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.”

So many times God gives me a direction, a command or a purpose and  as I look to its accomplishment I can only say , “God this is impossible!”

Ezra and his followers were in a similar situation. After the utter destruction of their home and temple, 70 years of slavery and the loss of all their national wealth the idea of rebuilding the temple of God must have seemed impossible. Beyond that even if the temple could be built, raising the herds required for  national sacrifice and consecration of the new temple would have taken generations for a people who had become for the most part city dwellers. Like I said “impossible”!

I have learned though when God gives an impossible command He makes an impossible way. We serve a God who began this whole shootin’- match by making something out of nothing.

“The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” Ge. 1:2,3 NLT

It was His first lesson. It is the one He is continually hammering home. So do not be discouraged when the God of Heaven sets you an impossible task. It just means He is going to provide what you currently lack… as long as you ask! Ahh! and there’s the rub! When He gives you a tough road He expects to hear from you a request to move the mountains out of the way. He does not expect you to tackle Everest under your own power.

So allow me to ask, “What difficulties are you trying to figure out on your own rather than bringing them to God?”

Share Your World With Cee Cee 2013 Week 25

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If you could choose between Wisdom and Luck, which one would you pick?

I would definitely choose wisdom. As Proverbs 8 says, “For wisdom [is] better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”

 

What is success for me?

Success for me is living for Jesus according to His plan and purpose that will lead me into eternity! He has granted me this success through the power of his cross. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10 

I count myself blessed because while I could never succeed on my own, God has helped me and caused me to become what He desired!

What is your biggest fear or phobia?

People. I struggle continually with the fear of man. God helps me daily!

What physical attribute do you like about yourself?  Can be anywhere from beauty to heart to physical strength.

I like my goatee!

For more Sharing of the world go to: http://www.ceephotography.com/2013/07/29/share-your-world-2013-week-25/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

This week’s challenge  from http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/out-of-this-world/ is to depict with photography the word MASTERPIECE.

The Tomb of William of Orange, Delft Netherlands

The Tomb of William of Orange, Delft Netherlands

He wants to live on through something-and in his case, his masterpiece is his son. all of us want that, and it gets more poignant as we get more anonymous in this world.

Arthur Miller

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In the reflection of running waters, a memory exists of the delicately balanced masterpiece that is our world. The Creator has spoken forth His holy portrait and we all are no more nor less than splendid echoes bouncing off the canvas of His pièce de résistance. -JE Lillie

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“We are, not metaphorically but in very truth, a Divine work of art, something that God is making, and therefore something with which He will not be satisfied until it has a certain character. Here again we come up against what I have called the “intolerable compliment.” Over a sketch made idly to amuse a child, an artist may not take much trouble: he may be content to let it go even though it is not exactly as he meant it to be. But over the great picture of his life—the work which he loves, though in a different fashion, as intensely as a man loves a woman or a mother a child—he will take endless trouble—and would doubtless, thereby give endless trouble to the picture if it were sentient. One can imagine a sentient picture, after being rubbed and scraped and re-commenced for the tenth time, wishing that it were only a thumb-nail sketch whose making was over in a minute. In the same way, it is natural for us to wish that God had designed for us a less glorious and less arduous destiny; but then we are wishing not for more love but for less.” 
― C.S. LewisThe Problem of Pain

Weekly Travel Theme: Sweet

Hey Ho! This week’s weekly travel challenge from Ailsa concerns all things sweet. Check it out at: http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/07/26/travel-theme-sweet/

Now here are a few “sweet” pictures!

100_2282I was in Holland just before the coronation of The Netherlands new king, Willem- Alexander. In honor of the Family of Orange all the stores were selling these sweet cakes.

But as Ailsa says,  “Sweet is more than a flavor.”

Soooo here are a few more sweet things. 🙂

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”  ― Joseph Addison

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”
― Joseph Addison

The Calliope man, Wormerveer, Holland

The Calliope, Wormerveer, Holland
Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.
Ronald Reagan

Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.

Ronald Reagan

Friday Fictioneers: 7-26-13

Copyright - Douglas M. MacIlroy

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”-Henry David Thoureau

So this week I decided to try a ride with the Friday Fictioneers! You can find out more about them by going to http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/26-july-2013-2/

Here is my 100 word story!

The Hyangadi Tide

I watched as the Hyangadi Tide made its way across the Dead Mountains. . This thick band of mist that spanned the poles of our desert planet had come again as it had every two months since we had arrived here twenty years ago.

            My frown deepened until I could feel it scratch the dry cracked corners of my mouth.

The moisture gatherer at my side,our only salvation, sat quiet like the rest of the sleeping village below.  I pressed the ignition once more. Nothing.

We were all in God’s hands now.

A Word A Week Challenge: Roof

This week’s word a week  from http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/a-word-a-week-challenge-roof/ is the word ROOF.

Here are my thoughts!

The rooftops of Amsterdam from the Vrie Universiteit

The rooftops of Amsterdam from the Vrie Universiteit

Delft from the rooftop of the Nieuwe Kerk

Delft from the rooftop of the Nieuwe Kerk

“Rooftops”

Here I am before You, falling in love and seeking Your truth
Knowing that Your perfect grace has brought me to this place
Because of You I freely live, my life to You, oh God, I give
So I stand before You, God
I lift my voice cause You set me freeSo I shout out Your name, from the rooftops I proclaim
That I am Yours, I am Yours

All the good You’ve done for me, I lift up my hands for all to see
You’re the only one who brings me to my knees
To share this love across the earth, the beauty of Your holy worth
So I kneel before You, God
I lift my hands cause You set me free

So I shout out Your name, from the rooftops I proclaim
That I am Yours, I am Yours
All that I am, I place into Your loving hands
And I am Yours, I am Yours

Here I am, I stand, with arms wide open
To the One, the Son, the Everlasting God

written by:

 Ben Williams,  Jonathan Berlin, Lindsey Sweet

Here are rooftops from some other contributors:

http://shootngo.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/a-word-a-week-challenge-roof/

http://elizabethkrallphotos.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/a-word-a-week-challenge-roof/

http://itsinthepicture365.com/2013/07/26/word-a-week-photo-challenge-roof/

http://travelwithintent.com/2013/07/25/rooftops-of-marseille/

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/a-word-a-week-photo-challenge-roof/

The Day That Turns Your Life Around

This was a great article about deciding…or not.

How Leaders Manage

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Jim Rohn once told the story of a little girl scout who came to his door selling cookies.  He was a young man, just started a family, had a full time job and should have been in a good financial position.  The little girl gave him the presentation and politely asked him to buy.  At that time the cookies were only two dollars.  The big problem was he didn’t have two dollars and he was embarrassed.  There he was a grown man and couldn’t afford girl scout cookies.  So instead of telling her, he did what he thought was the next best thing.  He lied to her.  “Look, I’ve already bought a bunch of cookies and we still have some left over.” The little girl thanked him for his previous purchase and left.  He felt discussed.  How low do you have to be to lie to a girl scout?  Right…

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C.cada Meeting July 20th 2013

Twenty Two people made it out to C.cada this month! Praise God!

Some of our artists are taking a little breather from painting and are trying their hand at writing.

During our devotion time we spoke about the nature of conflict and resolution in artwork. God allows for conflict in life and in art so that He can display His glory in bringing resolution…victory. Their can be no resolution without conflict…no victory without battle. If art immitates life why do we think bringing our artwork to completion should be conflict free? To all you artists out there do not give up when the way gets hard. Trust God. Press through. Finish the work which God Himself would call out of you!

 

After lunch we worked on a group art project for our upcoming show. I think we are going to call it Cornerstone Wax works.