Monthly Archives: January 2013

It’s Not About Me

Having finished Carter Conlon’s book, I picked up another one that I had purchased some months ago but have never gotten around to finishing. It’s another delightful, little, book and if you’ve struggled with pride, feeling superior, or that everything should go YOUR way, this one is for you. Entitled “It’s Not About Me” by Max Lucado, the message is hard hitting. Here’s a tiny morsel from pages 5-6

When God looks at the center of the universe, he doesn’t look at you. When heaven’s stagehands direct the spotlight toward the star of the show, I need no sunglasses. No light falls on me.

Lesser orbs, that’s us. Appreciated. Valued. Loved dearly. But central? Essential? Pivotal? Nope…Contrary to the Ptolemy within us, the world does not revolve around us. Our comfort is not God’s priority. If it is, something’s gone awry. If we are the marquee event, how do we explain…challenges like death, disease, slumping economies, or earthquakes? If God exists to please us, then shouldn’t we always be pleased?

God does not exist to make a big deal out of us. We exist to make a big deal out of him. It’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s all about him.

Well, at the risk of directly transcribing the whole book, I need to stop. There’s another excerpt coming tomorrow but do yourself a favor and buy the book. It really is that good.

EJ

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A Quote For Today

God wants us to humbly surrender ourselvs. I like the hymn “Channels Only.” We’re not reservoirs, but channels. We’re not power plants, but transmission lines. God has the power, God is the reservoir, and we should surrender ourselves to Him so He can work through us.
From page 198 of “The Adventure of Discipling Others”

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An excerpt from ‘Fear Not’

When we abandon the cross and all that it requires of us, refusing to take it up daily and follow Jesus as He followed His Father, we end up with an illusion of victory

Reading Carter Conlon’s lovely little fear squelcher, appropriately titled Fear Not, I lit upon this line and it blessed me. How many times do attempt to do things by ourselves and deceive ourselves thinking that we will succeed? We only end up with a fleeting glimpse of victory and often frustration.

EJ

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Love…A Practical Sacrifice

The love for God in the first commandment is made ‘practical’ in the love for our neighbors in the second commandment.
True love is all about ‘sacrifice’ for the sake of the ones you love.

Ah, the feeling of being back in the saddle, of books, studies, and homework. Last night, I was reading for the class Discipleship in the Local Church and these two statements attracted my attention. I think the two key words are practical and sacrifice. Put the two together and you have ‘practical sacrifice’. I like that idea. Love can expressed in a grand fashion and with deep emotion; however, in daily life, it is most often expressed in the idea of ‘practical sacrifice’. A giving up in a practical sense; I lay down my ideas in favor for someone else’s ideas. A visible expression of charity.

Blessings,

EJ

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Here’s something a bit different. I’m reblogging this from danielbwallace.com. I’ve read KJV for many years and still enjoy the literary weight of the KJV text. Recently, I have switched to the ESV for a lot of my reading. I find the ESV to be easier to read. When you read 20-30 chapters at a time like I have done for class assignments, that easier reading goes a long way. My thanks to Daniel for the article.

Daniel B. Wallace

  1. Perhaps the number one myth about Bible translation is that a word-for-word translation is the best kind. Anyone who is conversant in more than one language recognizes that a word-for-word translation is simply not possible if one is going to communicate in an understandable way in the receptor language. Yet, ironically, even some biblical scholars who should know better continue to tout word-for-word translations as though they were the best. Perhaps the most word-for-word translation of the Bible in English is Wycliffe’s, done in the 1380s. Although translated from the Latin Vulgate, it was a slavishly literal translation to that text. And precisely because of this, it was hardly English.
  2. Similar to the first point is that a literal translation is the best version. In fact, this is sometimes just a spin on the first notion. For example, the Greek New Testament has about 138,000–140,000 words, depending on which…

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Hello 2013

Today is January 1. It feels like a normal day. Yesterday’s snow is still on the ground. The clouds still hang heavy. New Years Day did not come in with a bang, eighty degree temps and sunny skies. No, January 1 of 2013 is quite the opposite. Snow lies over the ground, the needle hovers around 25 degrees and a stiff wind blows.

The year 2012 was a busy one for myself. A year ago, I was in the South American country of Paraguay. My job was being a maintenance man at a clinic for the two years previous. The work was stretching but enjoyable. In May, I returned home to Ohio. In that sense, 2012 was closure; wrapping up a long term assignment and coming home. However, 3 months later in August, I began studies at FB. This opened up a new chapter on my journey; one that I have thoroughly enjoyed so far. So 2012 was also a beginning.

Now, on the verge of winter break coming to a close, I look ahead. I’m ready to get back to school. This break has been relaxing but I’m becoming restless. It’s time to move forward; time to move ahead. Today, at the beginning of 2013, I’m looking ahead. What will 2013 be like? Will I enjoy it? What new things will I discover? What will be my regrets when, in a year, I look back on 2013? So many questions…

One book I highly anticipate reading is Aubrey Andelin’s book Man of Steel & Velvet. This book had ranked high on my book wish list for a number of year but mistakenly, I thought it was no longer in print. I had forgot about searching for it online. I discovered it in one of the libraries of my professors and promptly borrowed it  from him. My intention was to read it over winter break but that never materialized. But in the weeks prior to Christmas, I was shopping for gifts and thought about searching for the book. Of course, it appeared and I promptly added it to my cart. Now, I have it and I’m looking forward to reading it in the coming weeks. It promises to be a good read.

2013…welcome!

EJ

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