Sunday, January 21, 2007


Scintillate, scintillate, globule vivific,
Fain would I fathom thy nature specific.
Loftily placed in the ether capacious,
Strongly resembling a gem carbonaceous.

(A.P. Gibbs uses this as an example of how unproductive it is to use big words and unnecessary phraseology in his book The Preacher and His Preaching.)

Oh, what does it mean? It's just another way of saying "Twinkle, twinkle, little star..."

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Lesson on Faith and God's Provision

"...they tested the LORD, saying, 'Is the LORD among us or not?'"
Exodus 17:7

Of course the Lord was with them. They but had to remember that they use to be slaved in Egypt; that they walked through the Red Sea; that God gave them water at Marah; that He provided manna every day so they would not die.

All they had to do was remember, and they would see the Lord was with them. Instead, they lived in the present, forgetting what God did for them. They wanted their needs met NOW, but God wanted them to learn to trust Him. He had not yet put them in circumstances that He did not deliver them from. But they were too focused on themselves to remember that.

May the Lord help us also, lest we forget all that He has done. God doesn’t overlap His provision: ——
He separates them: ——— ____
In this, at the end of the first provision, He is testing us, to see if we will question Him or trust Him. If we walk in His presence, this separation of provision will keep us trusting Him, dependent on Him for our lives, glorifying Him.

Written March 5, 2005

Saturday, January 13, 2007

How? By Faith

In all areas of life I find myself more frequently asking "how?" How do I set goals? How do I achieve a goal? How do I fit in time for Bible study, devotions, prayer, family, work, and e-mail and the Rebelution Forum?

I keep returning to two principles:
  • "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Cor. 12:9)
  • "And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God" (Gal. 2:20)
2 Corinthians 12:9 is the principle contained in the song Grace: "
Your will cannot lead me where your grace cannot keep me." No matter what the circumstances may be, God has allowed them and given His grace so that we can pass through. But such grace-filled passage is only attained when we put our faith in that promise. "Live by faith" is not an abstract concept, but utterly practical! Faith is founded on fact: "My grace is sufficient for thee."

So there is the answer to all the "how" questions I have: "How? By faith in the Son of God."

How much easier is that life entrusted to God in every daily detail!