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Granbury, Texas, United States
I love God and His people; starting with Yvette, my wife since '77, our family, congregation, community, state, nation, and continuing around the world.

Monday, April 15, 2019

THE BENEFITS OF BIBLICAL MEDITATION


   Unlike many of today’s so called popular meditation methods, meditating on Holy Scripture does not involve attempting to empty one’s own mind while mindlessly making monosyllabic sounds and sitting uncomfortably on floor mats.
   Biblical meditation includes taking time to regularly fill our minds with good things from Scripture while reading the Bible and thinking about what is being read.  This can be accompanied by praying often with a mindset of humility and a willingness to repent; while.. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

PRIDE IS NOT A GOOD GUIDE (S. O. A. P. Meditation)

    Last week’s Devotional sought to demonstrate how one can benefit from meditating on the Scriptures by using a simple and prayerful 4-part approach to Journaling called SOAP; which is an acrostic for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer.
    Beginning and ending with prayer and praying at every step, this easy discipline involves one’s own Bible, a notebook and a pen.  Once again, here is an attempt to share how this can easily work for any believer wanting to enjoy life-changing Bible reading.

THE SUPREME PRIORITY OF GOD GIVEN RIGHTEOUSNESS


A Bible Meditation Using The SOAP Approach            .     .         

In last week’s Devotional, we mentioned how beneficial it can be to read our Bibles, pray and write down our thoughts gleaned while doing so.  In more detail, a 4-part approach was shared for meditating on God’s Word, called SOAP.  Forming an acrostic, these four letters stand for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer.

In the following is an example of how this life-changing practice often works.

S. O. A. P. - A Way To Meditate On Scripture


    Reading the Bible can show us how God thinks and what His will is for our lives.  Thinking and meditating on His Word, i. e. inspired Scripture can change the way we think and live.  Such a practice will transform our thinking, our attitudes, and actions for the better. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

SURRENDERING OURSELVES TO THE LORD


LUKE 9:23-24   
“If anyone desires to come after Me,
let him deny himself, 
and take up his cross daily, 
and follow Me.  
For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, 
but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. 

 Jesus’ followers are called to leave self-centered ways in pursuit of Him and His will on a daily basis. Living like this is never easy but it will be blessed - eventually - in this life and the one to come. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

PRIORITIES

First Things First
A CALL TO WISDOM

PROVERBS 24:27
Prepare your outside work,
make it fit for yourself in the field;
and afterward build your house.

     If paraphrased, this verse might read, “Prioritize your life by putting first things first, like developing a career and preparing for the future; after which, begin focusing on what comes next, such as starting a family and acquiring a personal household; because then it is a good time to do so.”

KNOWING MORE MEANS SPEAKING LESS

PROVERBS 17:27-28
”He that has knowledge
spares his words:
and a man of understanding
is of an excellent spirit.
28) Even a fool,
when he holds his peace,
is counted wise: 
and he that shuts his lips
is esteemed a man of understanding.

    An amplified paraphrase of this verse might say something like, “It is smart to not talk too much because we have so much to learn.  Knowing that our perspective is limited, it is always best to exercise self control and be quiet, no matter how an issue may look or make us feel.  Even simpletons are thought of favorably when they keep quiet.” 

HOW TO BE MEMORABLE

“A false witness shall perish:
but the man that hears
speaks constantly.”
PROVERBS 21:28

     An amplified paraphrase of this verse might read, “The influence of liars will eventually die because their lies cannot last for long in the light of truth; but those who listen - more than they speak - will have long lasting impact and their words will live onward, far past their lifetime.” 
     Contemplating on this statement reminds us that our having two ears and one mouth is an indication of how we should live; pointing to our need to listen twice as often as we speak.  Living like this could help ensure that our words really matter.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

HYPOCRITES

   Awhile back, I took MegaBus to visit parents in Atlanta.  It was inexpensive so I boarded a blue double-decker, in time to get a front seat up top.       
   With my water and snacks, their WiFi and electricity, our long - out of the ordinary - journey began. 
   Five hours later, after stopping in Texarkana, we headed onward.  About an hour from Memphis,     I was invited into an unforgettable conversation with a few fellow travelers.
   “What do you think preacher?” someone said, “We want to know what you think.”
   Turning around to face them, I replied, “About what?”

PARADOXES

   Dictionary.com defines the word paradox to mean “a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd, but in reality can express a possible truth.”
    The Biblical view of God appears to include paradoxes; e. g. He is first and last, and one yet three, a consuming fire and loving Father, etc.      
    Paradoxically, Jesus was a suffering servant and is our soon returning King.  He was our sacrificial offering and is our merciful High Priest.  He is the lion and the lamb, Who died (temporarily) so we can live (eternally).