“In the Beginning”

Genesis 1

Genesis 1:1-2 (RSV) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.
I am not sure I know why but I have been stuck in Genesis 1 for a very long time, however, this word came to me this morning as I was doing my daily walk.
In the beginning of you and me, we were formless and void in our mother’s womb and I believe that God was moving over the deep of who He was creating us to be. King David in the book of Psalms, writes, Thy eyes beheld my unformed substance;” .  Even before we were formed into existence, He knew us. In His book, all was written, the days formed for us before yet there were any of them. Since this Creator God lives outside of time, (a very difficult concept to wrap one’s mind around) He has seen what He has prepared for us and all the days we will go through to get us there. No, He has not predestined us, but He has seen where we are at this moment and either how far off course we have taken ourselves or how close we are to what He had planned for us.
We must remember that it says in 1 Timothy 6:16 who alone has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. This God has the very best in store for those who will want to at least look at the plans He has for us and see the beautiful ending of each of our lives. Doom and gloom only comes from turning away from that Light in which He dwells. He wants us to spend an eternity in joy and peace and all the experiences He has for us if we will just give Him the opportunity to reveal His goodness to us.
There is so much more that He has revealed to me today but this is enough to chew on for now. Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts.
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“On the Merry-go-round”

Jerusalem-96-0418

Psalm 150 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!

As I live in this wonderful God ordained country, I am constantly aware of the awesome privilege I have to live here. My present dwelling place within this city is between the hustle and bustle of the downtown area and the absolute quietness of the country. It is a quiet suburb I guess you could call it. Because I am a temporary resident, there are certain things that must be maintained in order to live life as a continuous flow. Those uncertain things sometimes get out of order and then it feels like I am on a merry-go-round. That is what this photo reminded me of as I was out for my morning jaunt through the neighborhood. There seems to always be something that doesn’t quite fit into the scheme of things to keep this life in constant near chaos. I would not change a thing for this wonderful experience of living in the city of the Great King.
Thank you Lord.

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“Eternal Beauty”

Isaiah 40:6-8

Isaiah 40:6-8 “All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.”

Do we really realize just how fragile we are? I am reminded of a story by C. S. Lewis called, Pilgrims Regress where he describes a child in the first year of life who can see “the island” across the street and through the trees but as teachings invade that life, starts to lose sight of it as the bushes of doctrine get in the way until it is no longer visible. That is when he has to clear away some of the doctrinal debris that has been taught so that the “island” can become visible again. It sometimes is a long way back to when we were children and able to see clearly the beauty of an unspoiled life. One must erase the doctrines of men in order to see the reality of where we came from and what the Creator God had in mind for our lives when we were just a seed in the ground of humanity.

Luke 18:15-17 Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”  I believe we must return to Gods Word and reject the doctrine of men or face a very dark eternity.

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