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Zeus on Moriah

23 May

Zeus on Moriah…

Zeus, the chief god of the Greeks comes from the Indian Sanskrit “Dyaus” which means, “The Bright Sky,” or the “Brightness of the Day.” He is also called “Dyaus Pita”, or “Zeus Pater” (Jupiter), which means, “Father of the Day.”

In ancient times, a Greek general even set up a statue of Zeus in the Temple of Jerusalem, thus making the Temple desolate and defiled. The Feast of Chanukah is all about the cleansing of the Temple, and the smashing of Zeus. Zeus was an imitation of God.

He came as the “brightness of the day,” just as the enemy comes as an angel of light. Zeus teaches us something important: beware of imitations. The enemy will gladly offer you a wide selection.

 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. 3 John 11

You only have room for one God in your heart. Make sure it’s the Real One. Your life only has room to follow one course, make sure it’s God’s best. There’s only one Light. Reject Zeus. Choose God. And your days will be filled with brightness.

What “imitation” or substitute has replaced the joy of God in your life? Tear it down, get rid of it today. Choose God instead. Replace it with God’s presence.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

What If – Share the Message (5/23)

23 May

Share The Message…

What If…

When I was younger, we used to play a game of what if. What if animals could talk, what would they tell us? What if this or what if that. There are plenty of what if’s in the world today and I am sure they all contain some special message, but what if it really happened?

Grandfather once told me a story about a great man that walked the earth. This man could do anything, heal people, talk to the animals and have them do as he asked, and clear the heavens of stormy clouds with a wave of his hand.

Grandfather was so enamored over this man that he invited him to have dinner with us one evening. He hurried home to make the best dinner he could and had us all clean up for our special guest.

We waited until late when there was knock on the door, when he opened the door there was a beggar there looking for something to eat so Grandfather fed him and sent him on his way.

A little later there was a knock on the door and when Grandfather opened it there was a poor lady wondering if we had any clothing she could have to stay warm. Grandfather gave her warm clothes and blankets. A little later a young man came with a bad cut on his arm, which Grandfather treated and bandaged.

The great man never showed until the next morning. Grandfather asked why he was so late and the man said when I was hungry you gave me food, when I was cold you clothed me and gave me blankets and when I was hurt you treated my wounds so how can you say I am late.

Grandfather tells this story because, as he said, you never know who you are helping and it is always best to give your all when helping a neighbor or stranger in need.

So now we’re back to the what if game, what if God was here today with you what would you say to Him? Theologians would tell you it is impossible, but how would we know? For one, with God, nothing is impossible so He may be walking next to you and you would never know it.

The moral is God is everywhere, He is our life and we exist because of Him. If He were to sit down with me today, I would thank Him for my life and all He has done for me. I would ask Him if we will ever have world peace and why we, as a people, have such a hard time forgiving others. I would also ask why He used a colony of ants to show us how we are to love and work together. I know He has the answers and would be happy to share them.

In truth, He talks to us everyday sometimes through our prayers and other times during our day, but we do not always listen because we are too busy trying to run our own life or we just don’t want to hear His opinion. I have learned never to question His wisdom and that He always has my best interest at heart. He has never let me down.

 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

So, what if God came up to you tomorrow morning and said let’s have coffee, we need to talk, what would you have to say?

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Price

22 May

The Price…

William Tyndale lived in England in the 1500s. At that time, according to one source of the 308 clergy in one diocese, 40 did not know the Lord’s prayer and 168 did not know the Ten Commandments.

Tyndale approached the Bishop of London for permission to translate the Bible into English. He was denied permission. Tyndale then left for Germany where he began working on a translation of the New Testament into English.

He finished and published it in 1525. He smuggled it into England, the first printed edition of the New Testament in the English language. The authorities burned it, but it still spread, Sometime later, Tyndale was arrested and burned at the stake. The same people leading the church were the very ones forbidding and then burning Bibles.

Now think about it…if others were willing to give up their lives so that we could have the Word of God, how much more must we treasure it, read it, apply it, live it?

All the more, it is for us now, to give our lives to the receiving and to the giving of this same Word, for which the saints before us so willingly shed their blood.

Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. Acts 8:30

Think of an activity that you can give up for today and replace it with the reading of God’s Word. Read it as if for the first time.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Guest Who Leaves In The Morning

19 May

The Guest Who Leaves In The Morning…

Have you ever had overnight guests? Usually they lodge for one night and take off the next day. What if your guests decided to stay permanently and become part of your family? Do you call the police and have them removed from the premises?

In Psalm 30 says “Weeping endures for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” In the original Hebrew, weeping doesn’t endure for the night, it lun for the night. Lun means to lodge, only for the night.

What does that tell you? Weeping or sorrow will sometimes show up at your door and enter. To pretend that it doesn’t show up in life is not real.

But the good news is that if you’re a born again child of God, then when weeping turns up at your door, no sorrow is permanent for God promises to work all things in your life together for good.

That weeping, sadness, or anger you’re going through is only temporary. It has no right to stay with you or you with it – for weeping is never more than an overnight lodger. And you can rejoice in that.

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever. Psalm 30:11-12

No matter what you’re dealing with, a problem, a challenge, a difficulty, encourage yourself with these words “Joy will come in the morning.”

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Respecting Your Lion

18 May

Respecting Your Lion…

The Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament, describe God as a lion. A lion is strong, wild and ferocious. You don’t mess around with it or try to make it adjust to your way. You adjust your way around it.

Every true house of worship is a Lion’s House. It houses the presence of God. Much of religion is lion-less. Too many churches are without any sign of the lion, the ferociously real presence of God.

They’ve got the lion’s trail – they know where he once was and what he once did. But He’s long gone. A lion isn’t predictable, but much of our religion is. A lion isn’t systematic, but much of our theology is. A lion isn’t dull, but much of our services are.

Everything functions safely. There’s no roar left. If you want God to be real in your life then let Him have His way and not yours. Stop trying to conform Him around your life and yield your life to be conformed to His.

Break out the religiousness of your life, your systematic, predictable, and safe way of relating to God and encounter the God who is real, awesome, and un-tame-able.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. … Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

Let God be God in your life today. Don’t bend His Word to fit into your life – but let your life be conformed and changed to His Word and presence.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Bread You Don’t Have

17 May

The Bread You Don’t Have…

There’s something strange in the Lord’s Prayer: “Give us this day our daily bread.” The Lord is telling us to pray for bread every day. What’s strange about it is that most likely you already have bread.

So if you’re keeping your bread, and you already have it, then how can you pray “Give us this day our daily bread?” Most believers ignore this contradiction.

But the contradiction is everything. If you have bread in your house and yet if God tells you to ask Him for bread everyday, what does it mean?

It means that every day you have to start out by acknowledging that all the bread you have even though you bought it, you don’t really own it.

Everything you have in this life, you don’t own. It’s all God’s. Whether you’re rich or poor, you’re still told to pray that prayer and ask God for your bread each day.

Let go of all you own today, and all your burdens with it. And when you wake up tomorrow morning, receive all your blessings afresh and new from God… along with your daily bread.

Give us today our daily bread. Matthew 6:11

Today, seek to receive everything as a blessing in your life as new – as if receiving it for the first time.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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When Titles Change

16 May

When Titles Change…

Bible publishers are especially careful to guard against typographical errors, but occasionally, errors have slipped through. The ‘Printers’ Bible,’ so named because the word ‘princes’ is rendered ‘printers.’ The result in Psalm 119, David says, ‘Printers have persecuted me without cause.’ Worse than this is the so-called ‘Wicked Bible.’

The word ‘not’ was accidentally omitted from the seventh commandment; the result, ‘Thou shalt commit adultery,’ instead of ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery.’ Even one small change of God’s Word can turn something holy into something wicked.

Your responsibility too is great. God has given you His word. Read it. Treasure it. Receive it. Believe it. Hold to it. Proclaim it. Do it. Don’t change it. Don’t mold it to match your life. Don’t soften it to match your ideas, your ways, your actions.

If you change it, even by one letter, you turn something holy into something wicked. Instead of changing the word to meet your life, change your life to match the Word, turning something wicked into something holy. Take the word as it is, let it change your life; anything else… and you end up with a ‘Wicked Bible.’

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

As you read the Word of God today, let it really shine and soak into your heart, into an area of your life you know has to be changed.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Mark Of An Ox

15 May

The Mark Of An Ox…

It is written in Proverbs that when the ox is in the stall, there’s a mess, but much increase comes by the strength of the ox. You say, “I don’t have an ox, nor do I have a stall.” So, what does it have to do with me?’

Everything. The principle is: what has life and is alive, will produce a mess. But much good will come of it. Let’s apply it to ‘marriage,’ and translate the ox-in-the-stall principle this way: ‘Where there’s marriage, the house will be messy, but much increase comes from marriage.’

Marriage is a living thing – messy but alive. So if you want a living marriage you have to deal with messes. Real marriage brings out things: two living, breathing, snoring, clothes-dropping people together in one stall. Want an easy, no-mess, no-problems-to-deal-with marriage?

Fine, just don’t involve another person. You want the blessings of marriage? Then you’ll have to accept the messes. But it’s worth it. For with a living marriage, comes much blessing. So joyfully embrace your ox, and the mess he or she makes. For when the ox is in the stall, there is much increase.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Let it be your prayer today. Today make it a special mission to especially love those people God has put in your stall, and be a blessing and be blessed.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Living The Message (5/16)

14 May

Living The Message – Our Weapons Of Grace…

John 13:34 – “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

Simple and straightforward right? Then why is it we, as Christians, have so much trouble finding in our hearts to love one another?

Grandfather would always remind us that when Jesus walked the earth He never had a problem loving people or sharing love with anyone. That brings us to the theme of a Christian life – Love and Respect.

We are always going to find something or someone to disagree with and often we tend to get a tad judgemental when they look, talk and think differently than we do.

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12

If we treat everyone as we would like to be treated, we are showing respect for them as individuals to have their thoughts and beliefs as we would like them to respect ours.

Grandfather always preached the golden rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated. Respect others and they will respect you. Then he added this statement: No matter what you do or no matter what you say, love isn’t love until you give it away.

So that brings us to our weapons of grace.. Love and Respect. We are commanded to go out into the world to share His message and light our lights so others can see Him and open their hearts to Him. We do this through grace using love and respect.

Our job is to lift others up and shine our lights, not tell them how wrong they are. We are living examples of Jesus, so we need to live our life as He did.

1 Peter 4:8: Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Ephesians 5:21: Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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I Know The Plans

13 May

I Know The Plans…

Okay, you feel you have to plan your life. Well, it’s good to plan, if you’re planning to do God’s will. But, if you believe that your life is in your hands, and if you don’t worry about it, no one else will… consider this, did you plan this life in the first place?

When you sat in your mother’s womb, how many of you had a little planner book? You didn’t plan your life because it’s not your life. It was given as a gift from God.

Life is important, because it’s from God. And it does have a plan. But you don’t come up with it. It is written in the Psalms that when you were still in your mother’s womb, God had a book with all your days in them, before any had come.

So, relax… stop worrying. Your life isn’t your life. It’s God’s life. It’s not your worry. It’s His. And He’s got the plan. Stop worrying, and give it all to Him today.

Put your plans on hold, and seek His plan, for the day, the week, the month, the year, your life. You’ve got your plan. He’s got His. And His are better!

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Make it your plan today to relax and spend time in the joy of God’s presence – let God accomplish the good plans He has for your life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed