Weekly Photo Challenge: Coming Back On the Grid

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Grid.”

Check out other grids by clicking the link above. My grids are below.

A wall at trinity College Dublin

A wall at trinity College Dublin

Walking on the grid in Derry

Walking on the grid in Derry

the Gossamer Grid Above Amsterdam

the Gossamer Grid Above Amsterdam

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Grid.”

Check out other grids by clicking the link above. My grids are below.

Cee’s B&W Challenge: Public Transportation

It’s time to transport yourself over to Cee’s blog to see how her B&W contributors have displayed public transport. But before you get on the bus by clicking the underlined link take a peek at my photos.

The Zaanhopper is a little touring boat that takes passengers from Wormerveer to Zaandam down the Zaan river.

The Zaanhopper is a little touring boat that takes passengers from Womerveer to Zaandam down the Zaan river.

The canals of North Holland are filled with touring boats. I caught sight of this one in the city of Haarlem.

The canals of North Holland are filled with touring boats. I caught sight of this one in the city of Haarlem.

One way to get around the city of Dublin is to rent a hansom. These ones stood just outside of the Guiness factory waiting for fares

One way to get around the city of Dublin is to rent a hansom. These ones stood just outside of the Guiness factory waiting for fares

And of course no public transport system would be complete in any land of lakes and rivers without the bridge. This is the Peace bridge in Derry

And of course no public transport system would be complete in any land of lakes and rivers without the bridge. This is the Peace bridge in Derry

From the most ancient to the most modern. This is how I bridged the distance between me and Europe.

From the most ancient to the most modern. This is how I bridged the distance between me and Europe.

Travel Theme: Angles

I am finally getting back to blogging on a regular schedule and while I am still a little behind at least I am arranging to blog daily again. That has been a challenge for months and now I think I have figured out how to make it happen. 🙂

Anyway this week’s travel theme is ANGLES. Hop on over to Ailsa’s place when you’re done here and check out some of the other angles bloggers have taken from around the world.

Here are mine:

The Mohawk Trail Massachusetts

The Mohawk Trail Massachusetts

Inside Gould's Maple House, Mohawk Trail

Inside Gould’s Maple House, Mohawk Trail

Oars to the water! Womerveer

Oars to the water! Womerveer

Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans

He Is Wisdom’s Cry! Let Him Shout!

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“The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,[c][d]
    before his deeds of old;
23 I was formed long ages ago,
    at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
24 When there were no watery depths, I was given birth,
    when there were no springs overflowing with water;
25 before the mountains were settled in place,
    before the hills, I was given birth,
26 before he made the world or its fields
    or any of the dust of the earth.
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
    when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above
    and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 when he gave the sea its boundary
    so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
30     Then I was constantly[e] at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
    rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world
    and delighting in mankind.

32 “Now then, my children, listen to me;
    blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
    do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me,
    watching daily at my doors,
    waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life
    and receive favor from the Lord.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
    all who hate me love death.”

Who is wisdom?

Jesus is wisdom as the first of God’s works brought forth. As the one who was with the Father when the world was formed. (Prov. 8: 22-31)

Listen to the New Testament parallel speaking of Jesus!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it. John 1:1-4

Jesus is wisdom as the one who blesses those who obey His word.

(Prov. 8: 34)

Listen again to this New Testament parallel

Jesus said…”Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” Matthew 7:24

Jesus is wisdom as the one who blesses those who are ever watchful.

(Prov. 8:34)

Again a New Testament parallel

Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36

Jesus is wisdom as He is the source of life and favor.

(Prov. 8:35)

From the New Testament

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

Finally Jesus is wisdom because those perishing hate Him.

(Prov. 8:36)

Final parallel

18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;

the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”c

20Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles I Cor. 1:18-23

If Jesus is wisdom. Then His ways are wise. If He is wisdom’s cry then it behooves every culture to let His voice be heard. Where Christ is shut out folly and ruination will surely follow. The wisdom of man apart from Jesus will not stand.

We must let the voice of Christ shout over our nation again!

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Fun Foto Challenge: Sense Of Hearing

This week’s challenge is to depict sound through photos. BANG! CRASH! BOOM! I love it!

My sounds in sight are below.  CLANK AND SWISH your way over to Cee’s place after making some noise here and raise your voice to congratulate all her other contributors about the beautiful sounds they display.

The barking of a dog in the surf

The barking of a dog in the surf

An airplane overhead

An airplane overhead

A train leaves the station

A train leaves the station

Guys with guitars

Guys with guitars

Blow the trumpet in Zion

Blow the trumpet in Zion

Share Your World 2015 Week 37

We are 37 weeks into sharing the year with each other using Cee’s wonderful site and weekly questions.

I have answered her questions and shared my world below. After you have read my thoughts click the underlined link above and see what Cee’s other contributors have shared.

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If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be?

Wishes are tricky things you see. I thought about wishing the mistakes of my past undone but some of those mistakes while painful had unintended good consequences. Undoing them would remove the good as well as the bad. So I would not wish away my mistakes. I guess I could wish for money but I don’t know that I could handle it. So I wouldn’t wish for money. Fame? Nah!

I think I would wish for godliness with contentment.

I would wish for the fruit of the Spirit to multiply in my life.

I would wish for the ability to forgive as completely as God forgives.

What is the most incredible natural venue that you’ve ever seen in person?

Oh boy this is a hard one. I think the Grand Canyon was an incredible view. The Grand Tetons were also amazing. The Great Plains actually struck me dumb. The Irish Coast was amazing as was Killarney. I think the world is the most amazing natural venue I have seen in person. Each place has a beauty all its own.

Is your hair short (total neck and ear showing), medium (covering ears and neck), long (below shoulders) or extra long (at least halfway down your back)?

Short, but I do have a tendency to let it grow to medium length between cuts simply because I don’t have enough time to get to the barber.

List some of your favorite blogs.

Ceenphotography.com . This is a great photography blog everyone check it out. 🙂

anotherredletterday.com  Prolific author Ben Nelson shares the red-letter words of Jesus and other Scriptural truths

jsparkblog.com  Pastor J.S. shares thoughts and advice on navigating church life in the 21st Century.

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 Rose Hall Media signed me to a book contract on Saturday. Here is a picture of my editor Tracy and my publisher Ken.

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This week I am looking forward to sharing the gospel in music at Wachusett Manor Nursing Home and at the Gardner Visiting Nursing Association Dayhab. I am also looking forward to preaching at Cornerstone Church on Sunday.

The Whole Counsel Of God

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Prove. 9:10

“Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for, through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.” Prov. 16:6

“For God so loved the world he gave His only son that whoever believes in him should ot perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

For it is by grace you have been saved through faith- and this not from yourselves it is the gift of God- not of works so that no man can boast.

” Eph. 2:8

A young preacher recently preached a real old-fashioned barn-burner of a sermon at our church. You know one of those messages that called the people not just to confess their sins and ask Jesus for forgiveness but a message about how it was necessary to let God change you… to repent.

I had someone approach me afterwards a little upset that we felt the need to address people in their sins and tell them that they had to get the problems “fixed”. I was reminded that the Christian life is all about grace and God’s love and that we ought to focus on pointing people to Jesus rather than pointing out people’s sins.

A few weeks before this I sat with a couple who lamented that preaching about sin had left our pulpits and that Christianity had become a “feel good faith” rather than one that produced actual healing.

WHO’S RIGHT?

Ah and there you find the conundrum that confronts pastor’s everyday.

The battle of whom to listen to about what should be preached from the pulpit is an impossible one to win if you are considering what people want to hear. Pastor’s aren’t called to preach what people want to hear. They are called to preach what people need to hear. ..The whole counsel of God as it is revealed in Scripture.

This is not a popularity contest we are competing in. It is a battle for souls and communities of souls at that. We can no more preach just the love of God than we can preach just the judgment of God. Every congregation is comprised of people who need the tenderest touch of God’s mercy and of people who need the hardest kick in the pants the   Holy Spirit can deliver.

The fear of God needs to be preached and it needs to be lived. The mercy of God needs to be preached and it needs to be received.

If your preacher is not preaching both the fear of the Lord and the mercy of the Lord then you are getting short-changed. Conversely if you are not living in both the fear of the Lord and the mercy of the Lord you are short-changing your church and the Lord.

Folks this is not about our preferences or what we like. It is about truth and balance and serving a God who died for us!

IT’S TIME TO STOP RUNNING AND DO THAT “HARD” THING

We need to get this folks!

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IT’S TIME TO STOP RUNNING AND DO THAT “HARD” THING

IT'STIME TO STOP RUNNING!“IT’S TIME TO STOP RUNNING!”

(Jonah, chapters 1-3)

God gave the Prophet Jonah an assignment. He told Jonah to go to Ninevah and prophesy against it, but Jonah did not like the assignment .

Has God-given you an assignment that you want no part of?

Has He told you to do something that seems hard, taxing, and that will cost you what you are not prepared to sacrifice…..perhaps time, energy, resources, or maybe even your ego and pride?

Has He told you to do something and you, “just don’t feel like going through all of that”?

Instead of obeying God, Jonah decided to flee from the presence of the Lord and go by ship down to Tarsish.

Are you running from an assignment God gave you?

Are you running from the thing you know He is asking you to do?

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