Multiplication

Mark 4: 13-20:  Who can understand a parable?  I imagine that if you told the parable of the Sower,  to one who lives in a city and has never seen a farm; they might be OK, whatever.  However, if we told it in terms they can understand then perhaps they will mature in Christ.  Wait a second, you aren’t supposed to change the word of God.

That is how you do it.  First you read the scripture and then you explain it in the language of the listener.  When we do this, we are increasing our audience, our sphere of influence for Christ.

Say my audience was a group of inter-city youths.  I would have to find out what is important to them.  And it would depend on a few things such as:

  • Are they targets for gangs or gang recruitment?
  • Are they interested in education?
  • Are they interested in the military?
  • Do they expected to be trapped in the intercity?
  • Are they part of the culture that believes going to jail is a right of passage?

I am sure there are many more comparisons and we have to understand that some may fall into more than one category. Giving us more ways to reach them. We figure out how to explain the message in their language.  This is not changing God’s word.  Think of it this way, do you feel that the NIV has changed the Word?  If we could all understand the Old KJV, then other translations wouldn’t be necessarry. Since we all come from different backgrounds different examples of parables are required.

My favorite is most likely to be shared with women who like to bake.

To make bread, you need flour, yeast, milk or water, and salt.

If you don’t mix in the yeast well enough then your bread rises unevenly, it may still be eaten but no one is going to like the heavy part.

If you don’t put in enough yeast, then your dough doesn’t rise it is useless.

If you put in too much yeast, then it becomes too airy and the outside bakes before the inside.

If you put in the right amount of your ingredients, and knead the yeast into the dough without over kneading then you get wonderful bread and everyone wants it.

Explanation: Every wants bread sometimes the baker doesn’t make good bread- the seed that  is sowed in shallow or thorny soil and they lose interest in the baker.

Some times the baker forgets the yeast and it is flat and tough (and your audience is not predominately Jewish) this is the seed that lands in the hard ground.

But the baker that mixes everything just right, ingredients, kneading; this is the seed is in the fertile soil.  Everyone wants it. (it being the message of God) See when we bake our bread just right, everyone wants it, our profits multiple.  The word about us is spread.  Translation to Christianity, the Good news that Jesus is our savior is spread.  The good baker (person that spreads the Good news about Jesus) knows how to knead enough yeast just right.  The person that fruitfully spreads the Word of God; listens to the Holy Spirit, so they are more effective.

When we tell the word of God to fit the audience, then our efforts are multiplied.  More people hear and understand; more people are duplicating the efforts and sharing the word of God.   Multiplication

13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 14 The farmer sows the word.15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

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Proverbs Challenge Day 14 Helping Others

soup kitchen     31   Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,    but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

 

It can be hard to determine who are needy.  A few years ago in our town, there was a man that made it hard for anyone that might really be needy.  He stood at a corner day after day panhandling. Finally the news did a story. He had a nice home and truck.  He didn’t have a job, but he took advantage of people’s generosity. Does that mean that we should stop giving? Or stop helping others? No, the truth is most people that ask for help need help.  More often than not people don’t ask for help. Sometimes help is just a small hand.  Anyone want to help me get my yard cleaned? I have some volunteer trees that need to go.

 

Proverbs Challenge Day 8

Sorry this is a day late.  Yesterday was a prime example of how The Evil one can push and pull to take you away from what is important.  God and seeking His wisdom.  I apologize.

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Proverbs 8: 1: Does not wisdom call out?  Does not understanding raise her voice?

Wisdom is there for the finding we just have to seek it.  It is on the path  in front of our feet.  That is one thing I learned about God long ago, He wants us to seek Him. It requires stillness.  I know what you are thinking, I barely have time to read the word, let alone still and be still thinking nothing or Okay God.  I started the same way I get back on track with reading His word, a verse a day, or a minute a day.  Then gradually increasing how much I read, or in this case; how long I stay still and listen for God to guide me.  On some occasions God guides me immediately.  On other occasions, I have to wait days even weeks to hear His Guidance. It depends on how quickly I need to know.

Day 2 Proverbs 2

Proverbs 2:7-8: He holds success in store for the upright,  he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just  and protects the way of his faithful ones.

What does it mean to be blameless?  Colossians 1:22 tells us that once we accept Salvation from Jesus, we become blameless.

22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you  holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.

Ephesians 1:4:  tells us that He chose us to be Holy and Blameless in His sight.

We are Chosen to follow Christ and therefore we are blameless

But what exactly does Blameless mean? Well the dictionary definition means to not be guilty of wrong doing. Which of course brings up the fact, “All have sinned…” So how can I be innocent?  on your own, you can’t but by accepting Christ as your savior you become blameless.  Does that mean we can do what ever we want? No because to be good witnesses for Christ we have to strive to do what is right. Which is what the Proverb is trying to say.  We trust in the Lord to guide us and show us the right path. When we work towards following God, he will protect us.

 

Proverbs Challenge Day 1

Here it is August first, 2018; I promised my #Proverbs#Challenge would begin today.

Reading Proverbs is easy, the chapters are short. 

  • Please be sure to leave a comment especially if you read a chapter and don’t understand something.  

I want to share this verse:

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Wisdom is out there, we just have to look for it.  The Bible is full of Wisdom.

 

Finding your path

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Trust

Trust means depending on something that we can’t see.  But we can feel.  The more we depend on God, the easier it is to feel his presence.  Sometimes, I take time away from actually studying the word.  Reading a scripture here and there is not the same as studying the word.  Oh sure reading a verse here and there is better than not reading at all. But to feel  God requires studying the Word. John 1 reminds us that God is the word and the word is God. We need to immerse ourselves in the word.  Feel the word of God.  Then our paths become easier to see.  For God is the lamp and the better we learn about God the easier it is to see the light.  Do you feel as if you don’t have time to study the word? Try this, read for 5 minutes a day.  Do it for two weeks.  Then every two weeks add five minutes.  It doesn’t have to be all at one time.  Five minutes at the beginning of the day and five minutes at the end of the day.  You can find five minutes here and there a couple of times a day can’t you?  Next try reading for five minutes during your lunch.  See where I am going with this.  You don’t have to sit down and read for a full 30 minutes at a time, not at first.  If you can’t manage five minutes, try three minutes at a time.  Deuteronomy  4, much of Proverbs, teaches that seeking wisdom is better than seeking money; and the best wisdom comes from God.  if you want to feel God’s direction in your life, read the Word. It is the easiest way.  It only takes a few minutes of your day.  The easiest way to get started, download several Bible apps.  Each one has the verse of the day and about a minute to read give yourself a couple of minutes to digest and fully appreciate the verse.  Repeat for each app before you know it, you will want to spend time reading the word. As you read the word, you will increase your understanding.

Creation is knowing how, important?

The big question is not did God create the world, He did. It is not the question is it six of our days, or six of God’s day.  It is not the question of how who knows. The question is why are there so many theories, why are so many trying to prove that Genesis is wrong. I think the answer is we want the story of creation to fit in a box, and until we discovered dinosaur fossils and learned how to date those fossils; it did fit into a box. Before then, it was so much easier to just accept the Bible.  I still accept the Bible, I just think outside of the box so I can answer questions in a logical manner.  Still it can cause arguments. Which is where I drop it.  To me it is much more important that you believe that God created the earth.  It is much more important that you believe He sent His son to die for us. That the only way to heaven is through Jesus than to press my point.

There are several scientific theories concerning how the world began, with a couple suggesting that life began in the water. There are even some that believe in a creator.

We are here because we believe in God, the creator. I do find it interesting that some of the more well-known theories all start with life in the water, because according to Genesis 1:1 it did.

Genesis 1:1

 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

Notice that God creates and then says it is good. When we think that God’s time is not our time and thinking about dinosaurs. We don’t read about them in the creation story, a logical mind has to wonder where they came into creation and perhaps that is why scientist are constantly seeking and answer for creation.  We have discovered evidence of other life before man. Proof of dinosaurs but no proof that man existed while dinosaurs walked the earth. But did God intend for us to wonder? Accepting that God is the creator based on scientific evidence requires faith. Are there things in creation that are there because faith is required? I think so. I also believe that given that God’s time is not our time. Psalms 90:4, and 2 Peter 3:8 a thousand years is like a blink of an eye. It is possible that six of God’s days took more time than we can to imagine. Yet through our faith, we believe that God created the world. And if someone is sure that six days is six human days; then I am reminded of Romans 14: 13-23, not causing someone to stumble, because it is not worth the argument. All the debate six of our days, six our God’s days, is not the most important issue.  The most important thing is God created the world, and He said it is good.  It is most important that you accept Jesus as the savior-much more important than how was the world created.

 

God my BFF and being Holy

1 Peter 1:13-15:

 

What exactly does it mean to be holy?  I mean, on my own, I am not holy. I mess up every day. Today, I lost my temper.  I felt justified, but I really wasn’t.  Let’s face it; it is hard to be good all the time. We sin all the time. We don’t mean to sin; it just happens.  We think an impure thought, have a twinge of jealousy or fear, maybe it is gluttony, or self-pity.  We are after all, human, full of faults.  The great thing is there is forgiveness.  Jesus died for our sins giving us forgiveness.   Forgiveness does not give us a license to sin; no, it gives us the responsibility to strive towards perfection.  Even though we will not achieve it, we are called to be holy.  To live a life as honorably as we possibly can.

The catch, we have to remember that accepting Jesus as our savior, we are made holy.  Being holy does not mean being perfect. It means that we follow, that we try, and we do our best to be a light for the world. We share the LOVE of Jesus with everyone that crosses our path.  Losing our temper is bad because we lose an opportunity to share God’s love. Being holy means that we strive to use every opportunity.

Being Holy means that we accept that Christ is the Messiah, the savior, the Lord of all.

Moreover, it means that we accept Christ as our BFF.  Because that is the relationship, God wants with us.  He wants to be our BFF to talk to him the same way we would our BFF. To honor him as we would a BFF. We also need to acknowledge that God is more; we are supposed to follow him. Following and obeying God makes us holy.

 

13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

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