Foreword:

Ever wonder what God might have to say to YOU today? Here are things to ponder, and things to receive into your heart. If you have a question, put it in the comments. I respond as much as I can.

A note for all my readers: I've been experimenting with YouTube videos for Bible teaching for a while, and I'm working through Revelation here. My YouTube videos are currently short studies in Matthew, and at present I'm posting videos on Revelation as well. Both appear on the blog, which is turning into a Vlog. I encourage you to subscribe to my YouTube channel for better coverage.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thankfully...

Thankfully, you woke up today.  You have life, and breath, at least for a short time; you have enough hope to stop your life and read this.  You have time away from work to do the same.  You have enough money to get on the internet, and use it.
The sun rose this morning, as it always does, and it was preceded by night, which it always is.  Where I live, the weather is wonderful--maybe not so much where you live, but there is a beauty in all weather--whether the stark cold of winter, the heat of summer, the beauty of spring and fall, or just today. You probably had something to drink or eat when you got up, and I hope you looked outside to see what's there.
These are all things that God provides.  Breath, life, sunshine, rain, snow, and the opportunity to make our way in life--and the help to gain those things, and live life.  Thankfulness (to God) for the simplest of things is a sure sign of a grateful heart--and a grateful heart makes for a happy life. The writer of Proverbs (in the Bible) says,  "A merry heart does good like a medicine;" and so does a thankful heart.
The old adage that says, "count your blessings" is true--so stop and look outside of yourself for a moment today (and if you want to be happy, every day)--think of the simplest of things that you get to experience, and be thankful for them.  The sunrise.  The sounds of morning.  The change in temperature.  A friendly smile from a loved one. The sound of children laughing and playing (or even fighting--if they fight, they can't be too sick, right?). Shopping malls filled with eager people (they are seeking something better than they have; that can't be all bad, right?); the cup of coffee or tea in your hand; the memories of family.  You have something for which to be thankful. Find it.  Thank God for it. Your heart will relax, and release its poisons, and the medicine of merriment will take hold.
Who could be ungrateful in the presence of such beauty--it's just a tree, but there are all the colors of fall, right outside the window!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Anyone....

In John's Gospel, Jesus often meets individuals--He says to the woman at the well (John 4), "If you had known, you would have asked, and [I] would have given YOU living water; He comes to the sick man at the pool of Bethesda, and says, "do YOU want to be well?" (John 5) He talks to the woman who was caught in adultery, and says, "YOUR sins are forgiven..." (John 8), but in John 7:37, He says, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink."
Anyone is anyone--without exception.
Anyone is anyone--without limitation.
Anyone is anyone--without restriction.
Anyone. Anyone. Anyone.
That includes YOU, but it does not exclude anyone else.
If anyone can come, then there's room for you.
If anyone can come, then it doesn't matter what your sins are.
If anyone can come, then it doesn't matter how messed up your life is.
If anyone can come, then your politics don't matter.
If anyone can come, then your age doesn't matter.
If anyone can come, then your marital status doesn't matter.
If anyone can come, then your social position doesn't matter (King? Slave? Poor? Rich?)
If anyone can come, then your wealth or poverty doesn't matter.
If anyone can come, then anyone can come!
This is an all-encompassing promise to whoever wants to drink of the water that springs up into eternal life, bringing with it a life in the presence of the Spirit of God, and bringing with it a life in which the Spirit of God lives in you and fills you with satisfaction and overflows to others around you.
When you come and drink, you meet the Father, and the Father meets you, and puts His strong arms around you, and fills you with His presence; when you come and drink, the Father and Son come to be with you forever. When you come and drink, your spirit loses the ability to perish. "You will live, even if you die," and when you come and drink, in reality, "you will never die--" the part of you that matters, the part that makes you, YOU will live with the Father and the Son.
In other words, when you come and drink, you cannot die spiritually. CANNOT. You have passed "from death into life."
At the moment (and especially if you are unfamiliar with the teachings of the Bible), this may sound strange, or fantastic, or even crazy--but what I'm writing today is the absolutely clear teaching of the Christian Bible--
Come! Drink! Fill your life with God!
Come! Drink! Live forever!
Want to know more about this?? Read the Gospel by John. It's the fourth book in the New Testament, and this book says the same thing in every language.