We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Old Testament Picnic

Did you ever consider how difficult it was to travel long distances in Old Testament times? They didn’t have watering and feed stations every few miles as we do. To travel long distances required a lot of preparation.  Often they would have to take their flocks with them, using them for food and sacrifices. Today we travel with our dog or cat or we catch a flight or drive to our destination with countless food choices and espressos on every corner. This truly is a day of abundance and ease.

But with all of our comforts and ease, we’re missing something very important-community.  In I Chronicles 12 we read that mighty men-men skilled in warfare with their weapons of war-from the 12 tribes of Israel, came to anoint David king. At first glance this doesn’t seem to be problematic, but who’s going to feed these 350,000 hungry men who are traveling miles to this inaugural event?

Going to war required much more than moving military equipment. Going to war required families and extended families and friends to support the effort. 1st Chronicles 12:39 reports that these 350,000 soldiers were feasting with David for three days. Feasting on what?The text continues, “for their brothers had made preparation for them. And also their relatives . . . came bringing food on donkeys and on camels and on mules and on oxen, abundant provisions of flour, cakes of figs, clusters of raisins, and wine and oil, oxen and sheep, for there was joy in Israel.”

Wow! Can you imagine bringing all of this to your next family reunion? Perhaps there’s something here that God would teach us. Many of Christ’s soldiers are battling the enemy on the front lines. They are short on provisions. Is God calling you with your abundance to come alongside and support the troops?

Published in: on July 29, 2011 at 6:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

If there is righteousness in the heart,

there will be beauty in the character.

If there be beauty in the character,

there will be harmony in the home.

If there is harmony in the home,

there will be order in the nation.

When there is order in the nation,

there will be peace in the world.

Published in: on July 29, 2011 at 3:20 am  Leave a Comment  

Today I was reminded that God is good and in Him is no darkness at all. First I need to give you a little background. For the past two years I have been using mushroom soil for my garden. Since mid June until mid July I have had over 100 zucchini’s and now mid July I can’t keep up with the tomato’s and cucumbers! Other than the incredible growth in size and numbers, today is a day that left an indelible mark upon my taste buds! With an heirloom tomato, fresh cucumber, fresh homegrown basil and thyme, on fresh baked Italian bread with a spread of Caesar’s salad dressing…and salt and pepper…after the first bite I thought I had died and gone to heaven! What kind of God creates textures and tastes that bring such deep satisfaction to the soul? A good and gracious God is He…a God who desires for us to enjoy Him as much as He desires to enjoy us.  2nd Peter 1 is an excellent chapter that parallels these thoughts.

Published in: on July 28, 2011 at 5:16 am  Leave a Comment