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hallowedness

Hallow

This earnest longing after Jesus has a blessing attending it: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness" (Matthew 5:6) and therefore, supremely blessed are those who thirst for the Righteous One. Blessed is that hunger, since it comes from God. If I do not experience the blessedness of being filled, I will come again in my emptiness and eagerness until I am filled with Christ. If I do not yet feed on Jesus, I will continue to hunger and thirst after Him. There is hallowedness about that hunger, since it sparkles among the beatitudes of our Lord. But the blessing involves a promise. These hungry ones "shall be satisfied" with what they desire. If in this way Christ causes us to long after Him, He will certainly satisfy those longings; and when He does come to us, as come He will, how sweet it will be!

 - Alaister Begg, Truth for Life


night shining

 

Learning new words by seeing examples of new words is always fun. At least I think it is. When I viewed this video, I did not know what "noctilucent" meant. Now I do...

FYI - Noctilucent roughly means night shining in Latin. They are clouds most commonly observed in the summer months at latitudes between 50° and 70° north and south of the equator.


circumstances

Our circumstances are what we make them.

If they be not by faith kept under our feet, they will by unbelief become our masters. Change

Our song of praise can never be checked unless we rejoice in Circumstances, and in things around us more than in God Himself.

It is to our shame that we are easily wrought upon by shifting Circumstances.  How good for us that we have an unchangeable God to rest in!

The natural man is the slave of Circumstances.

Never let me be compelled to say, “I have driven my stakes so deep into the earth that I cannot pull them up; but rather let me so pitch my tent that in a moment I may strike it at the bidding of the Lord. (Numbers 9: 15-23)

All things are working together for good to them that love God; albeit sometimes in the way of chastening and judgment.

If we honor God in the little matters of our daily life, He will prepare great occasions for our faith, and so put honor on the obedience that was little know to any but Himself. Abraham had so dealt with God about all the daily little matters of tent and household, that when the great occasion comes (Genesis 22) the man of faith shines forth.

God orders our steps in our natural state (the guilt of our sins our own) to further us in His service after regeneration. (Galatians 1:15)

It matters little what our Circumstances, if in the spirit of our mind we be before God offering up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to Him by Jesus Christ.  To faith all Circumstances are opportunities of pleasing God and serving Christ.

- Robert Chapman, Choice Sayings


one true God

As the United States prepares to witness the glorious dance of our sun and moon across our skies, I keep thinking how amazing God is showing us His glory and power in such obvious ways. He truly is one true God, and I love Him.

Jesus said to them, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by me." (John 14:6)

 


a long obedience

TBTWhen I was downsizing my library last summer, I made it a point to keep books that had become an important part of my life.

One in particular I kept. It's worn, it's spine is broken, it has loose pages, is dog-eared, and highlighted, and underlined. I did more than just read it. I absorbed it.

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson has been more than just a book. It has been a life-long inspiration.

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No. 91

It's one of those small paperback books you pick up and think, "I could have done this..."

Only you know it is so clever, you never could have pulled everything together and made it understandable.

The premise is taking ideas of things God can NOT do, and prove them using scripture. It's like trying to see something positive by understanding its negative.  In other words, I read the thought and consider the associated scripture, and smile realizing it's absolutely true.

I like that...

No.91