Bless You

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.
May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory
and lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.

Psalm 20: 1-5

New International Version (NIV)
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The Power Of Nothing

A while back I had to write a short paper for a college writing class on the subject of my choosing, and I couldn’t think of anything to write. I searched for inspiration and came up with nothing. So I thought, since I can think of nothing to write about, I’ll write about nothing….

Have you ever thought about nothing? Have you ever said nothing? Have you ever done nothing? Have you ever seen nothing? If you have, then you may have come to recognize the power of nothing, as I have.

For instance, I have found that doing nothing can be very tiring. Whenever I am doing something, especially something that is productive in some way, I usually seem to find the energy to keep doing something. But it seems the more I do nothing, the less I actually want to do anything. Doing nothing drains my energy faster than working.

Nothing can be a powerful tool of logic. “From nothing, nothing comes” is a basic principle which implies that something must have made the universe, because nothing produces only nothing. It’s also powerful in mathematics. Multiply zero by any number, and you’ll end up with nothing.

God also uses the power of nothing. When Jesus sent out the twelve disciples, He told them to take nothing for their journey. In this way, He taught them to have faith in God, and tested the generosity of those whom they would meet.

Some people use nothing to make a living and seek power. Politicians are famous for this. They have made an art of speaking and saying nothing at the same time. One famous comedian made his living for several years from a TV show that he created and which he called “the show about nothing”.

Most everyone has seen, done, or said nothing at some point in their life, but few of us think about the many ways which nothing affects us. Nothing does not live up to its name. The power of nothing can be very influential for something as insignificant as its name suggests.

 

 

 

 

© 2017 David Robert Fuller

 

Just Sayin

​I don’t want to read about praying. I want to talk to God.

I don’t want to read about seeking Him. I want to know Him.

I don’t want to read about how to know God’s will. I want to know God’s will because I know God.

I don’t want to take your word for it. I would like to ask God myself. The Bible says I can. And it contains a crowd of witnesses who say He will answer.

I don’t want you to take my word for it. See for yourself. You don’t have to go anywhere or do anything. God is wherever you are, and He has all the time in the world.

I don’t want to read about what it means to know Jesus. I want to learn what it means to know Jesus.

I don’t want to ask, “What do I think Jesus would do?”. I want to ask Jesus what to do.

Incidentally, His answer frequently differs from mine.

I don’t want a religion with you. I want a relationship with Him.

And, hopefully, with you as well.

I don’t want to wonder if He’s real, any more than I wonder if you are.

I don’t want to be left in the dark. I want to see clearly.

I don’t want to be loyal because I fear punishment. I want to be loyal because I love.

I don’t want to worship. I want to adore.

I want The Rapture to happen to my heart right now.

I want to love so much, to love any more would tear me apart at the seams, but that wouldn’t stop me.

I don’t want to be filled with the Spirit. I want God to flow through me like a fountain, and get everyone else wet. Sometimes people get upset when that happens.

Love Re-Interpreted

I Corinthians 13:4-7, the famous Love passage, as seen through the lens of 1 John 4:8, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

God is patient, God is kind. He does not envy, He does not brag, He is not proud. He is not rude, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in injustice, but celebrates the truth. He always protects, always believes in you, always hopes, and He never gives up on you. God never fails.

 

 

Hebrews 13:5

God Himself has said, “I will never leave you, I will never abandon you.”

In other words,

He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!”

Amplified Bible (AMP)

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Psalm 119:130

The fruits of another brother’s research….hope you don’t mind, bro!

Pilgrim's Light for the Path

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“The opening of your words gives light, it imparts understanding to the simple.” -Psalm 119:130

פֵּתַח דְּבָרֶיךָ יָאִיר מֵבִין פְּתָיִֽים׃

This is the verse I chose to be the verse of this ministry when I first started Pilgrim’s Light Ministries. I chose it because in English it conveys the meaning of anyone can understand the Bible.  While this is true the verse has much more to say than that. What follows is a word-by-word breakdown of the verse:

פֵּתַח

Pay-tach, Pey-Tav-Chet.

The wordpeytach (פֵּתַח) means: to open. That is to open in the sense of opening a door. As such the word is also translated as entrance. Some have used unfolding as a translation and it is a good term and rather poetic, however opening seems to be the most accurate choice. In this sense it would be like unfolding a card by opening it to read the inside.

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On The Origin of Humanity

The foundation of all religion being laid in our relation to God as our Creator, it was fit that the book of divine revelations which was intended to be the guide, support, and rule, of religion in the world, should begin, as it does, with a plain and full account of the creation of the world—in answer to that first enquiry of a good conscience, “Where is God my Maker?” (Job 35:10). Concerning this the pagan philosophers wretchedly blundered, and became vain in their imaginations, some asserting the world’s eternity and self-existence, others ascribing it to a fortuitous concourse of atoms: thus “the world by wisdom knew not God,” but took a great deal of pains to lose him. The holy scripture therefore, designing by revealed religion to maintain and improve natural religion, to repair the decays of it and supply the defects of it, since the fall, for the reviving of the precepts of the law of nature, lays down, at first, this principle of the unclouded light of nature, That this world was, in the beginning of time, created by a Being of infinite wisdom and power, who was himself before all time and all worlds. The entrance into God’s word gives this light, Ps. 119:130. The Gen. 1:1 of the Bible gives us a surer and better, a more satisfying and useful, knowledge of the origin of the universe, than all the volumes of the philosophers. The lively faith of humble Christians understands this matter better than the elevated fancy of the greatest wits, Heb. 11:3.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary

https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/matthew-henry/Gen.1.1-Gen.1.31

Counsel for Christians in the New Age

6-7 My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.

8-10 Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in Christ Jesus, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything.

11-15 Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve. It’s not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws. No, you’re already in—insiders—not through some secretive initiation rite but rather through what Christ has already gone through for you, destroying the power of sin. If it’s an initiation ritual you’re after, you’ve already been through it by submitting to baptism. Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross. He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.

16-17 So don’t put up with anyone pressuring you in details of diet, worship services, or holy days. All those things are mere shadows cast before what was to come; the substance is Christ.

18-19 Don’t tolerate people who try to run your life, ordering you to bow and scrape, insisting that you join their obsession with angels and that you seek out visions. They’re a lot of hot air, that’s all they are. They’re completely out of touch with the source of life, Christ, who puts us together in one piece, whose very breath and blood flow through us. He is the Head and we are the body. We can grow up healthy in God only as he nourishes us.

20-23 So, then, if with Christ you’ve put all that pretentious and infantile religion behind you, why do you let yourselves be bullied by it? “Don’t touch this! Don’t taste that! Don’t go near this!” Do you think things that are here today and gone tomorrow are worth that kind of attention? Such things sound impressive if said in a deep enough voice. They even give the illusion of being pious and humble and ascetic. But they’re just another way of showing off, making yourselves look important.

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

Www.biblegateway.com

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians+2&version=MSG

If you follow the link above, you can read the above passage in, I think, every translation that exists. (Seriously)