The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:1-12a
Anywhere you go on the face of the Earth you are going to be confronted with the heat or the light of the sun. In some places it is warmer. In some places it’s light lasts longer but wherever you go it is always there.
Likewise the Word of the Lord is inescapable. Even those who have never been exposed to it somehow know the core of it and are convicted of the depths of their own sin.
Paul says it this way: “
what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,7 in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things…28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do bwhat ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” Rom. 1:18-32
For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them Rom. 2:12-15
We can pretend it isn’t so. we can cover our eyes and say “I can’t see the light.”
We can close our ears to the gospel and say “I can’t hear you!”
But in the end there are two things everyone will have to attest to: The sun shone on our lives and the gospel message was true!
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.12Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Phil. 2:9-13
Dear reader let me encourage you to give your life to Jesus today! Choose Him as your only God.
A word about our healing!
Our family has been going through a trying time as a beloved sister is in the final stages of cancer. Like anyone else, I wonder why God sometimes heals immediately and completely and at other times does not. I know He can heal and I know He does heal and I know He wants to heal.
So why is my sister-in-law dying?
Sickness and death entered the world when Adam and Eve sinned. Our perfect bodies and our perfect environment began to die and decay. Everyone but Enoch and Elijah would die a physical death. They would be taken directly into God’s presence. While not as prominent as healing miracles in the New Testament, there were miracles of healing in the Old Testament. Elisha raised a child to life (2 Kings 4:35), healed Naaman of leprosy (2 Kings 5:10), and raised another man from the dead (2 Kings 13:21). Elijah…
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This post was created in response to Rochelle’s post: Friday Fictioneers.
Read some great flash fiction tied to the prompt below by travelling here:
Here is our weekly photo prompt
Copyright- Bjorn Rudberg
Opa waved me over from his seat at the edge of the dining room.
I rolled my eyes as I swallowed the last of my cognac to steel myself for the ordeal.
He handed me the guitar as I sat down beside him. He took up his mandolin.
“Play.” He croaked.
I began in E. I think he thought it was G. Our mismatched keys were echoed by cheers of patrons, throughout the bar, who had known his musicianship.
He was gone the next morning and for months after I couldn’t bear the sound of beautiful music.
This post was created in response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: SHADOWS
Find more about shadows here:
In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.
When walking through the ‘valley of shadows,’ remember, a shadow is cast by a Light.
So here we are again sharing our worlds, allowing them to collide gently into each other. It is an awesome privilege to be able to know people half way across the globe through Cee’s weekly questions. When you have finished learning a little bit more about me hop on over to Cee’s place and learn more about her and those who join in the “SYW” fun.
Here are this week’s questions:
How many places have you lived? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities. I grew up in Winchendon MA. Shortly after I married my wife and I moved to Phoenixville PA (home of the cult classic “The Blob”) and then back to Winchendon. We spent twenty years in Gardner MA and now I live back in the house I grew up in. What type of music relaxes you the most? I love instrumental piano and strings.
If you could instantly become fluent in another language, what would that language be and why? Oh gosh! I love languages. This is a hard one but I think maybe one of the tonal languages like Mandarin would be fun as long as I didn’t have to work at it.
If you could fly or breathe under water what would you prefer? I choose breathe underwater. How fun would that be to be able to explore the ocean depths without ever having to come up for air!
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I am grateful for our Good Friday and Easter services this last weekend and that I finally got over my post Easter bout with the flu (explaining why I haven’t posted in two days). I am really looking forward to our meeting with C.cada this weekend. I hope to have a good chunk of my painting done by then!
We are stronger than we know.
Why do we find it so hard to ask for help from people, never mind asking for help from God? Could it be that we think we have to be independent with everything? Otherwise we might be considered weak to certain people.
God wants us to know that in our weakness we are made strong.
He states in His word;
9 …. “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 10… For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NLT).
Growing up, I can’t tell you how many times I heard, “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.” As a kid, I did not know exactly why my mother would always come back to that statement. I used to think, ‘Enough already, I get it!’. Only after going through my own tests and trials did I realized she was…
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