on praise and worhip
Running to Win
February 19, 2018
Multiple parts follow.
God permits what he hates to accomplish what he loves.
And ‘the accomplishing’ might be through his followers.
31 important Christian words
1. Meditate Psalm 119:15-16
2. Righteousness Proverbs 21:21
3. Shalom/peace I Peter 4:13
4. Submit Job 22:21
5. Endures Isaiah 40:8
6. Stronghold Psalm 62:1-2
7. Perfected II Corinthians 12:9
8. Humble I Peter 5:6
9. Authority Luke 9:1-2
10. Treasured Luke 2:19
11. Hope Psalm 42:5
12. Protect Psalm 91:11
13. Rejoice I Peter 4:13
14. Blessed Ephesians 1:3
15. Futile I Samuel 12:21
16. Fulfillment Luke 1:45
17. Delight II Corinthians 12:9-10
18. Dignity Proverbs 31:25
19. Harmony Romans 12:15
20. Might Zechariah 4:6
21. Hiding Place Psalm 32:7
22. Enriched II Corinthians 9:11
23. Power Colossians 1:29
24. Complete Colossians 2:10
25. Grace Titus 2:11
26. Give Luke 6:38
27. Consider Romans 6:11
28. Justifies Romans 4:5
29. Love John 3:16
30. Press On Philippians 3:14
31. Forgive Matthew 6:14-15
by Crawford Loritts (2 parts)
‘Joy’ appears in Philippians 14 times.
In verses 1 and 2 is one mind. Throughout the book ‘mind,’ thinking and decision-making, is emphasized. Also, will and choice.
Four Characteristics of People who Choose Joy in Their Relationships (#intentionality)
(1) If you are headstrong (my way or the highway) will destroy unity. Unity is sustained and nurtured by Humility
Humility (humble yourself)
“in humility count others more significant than yourselves”
A few comments on our politicians.
The 2016 presidential election was a life-time low. Neither party was able to put up a viable candidate. I did not support either candidate.
Historically it is interesting (but sad) as to why Donald Trump won.
For myself, I do not put myself in either (any) camp politically.
I’m naturally conservative and like it when we are good stewards of money and resources, but I also believe we need to administer to the less fortunate, feed the hungry, help the needy, and lend a hand.
I’m hoping that in the next presidential election we can find someone who is:
“As a parting shot” here’s an (ugh) article titled, The First Porn President.
Let’s all hope that things get better.
I learned to appreciate James Garfield listening to Play the Man by Mark Batterson on RightNow Media.
Born in a log cabin in Ohio.
Only ordained preacher to become US President. (our 20th)
Only president that didn’t run for president.
The 1880 Republican National Convention, they were deadlocked after 35 ballots. They nominated James A Garfield, who hadn’t been running and had not been previously nominated. We was chosen as the Republican nominee and went on to win. Inaugurated in March 1881.
Was shot in his first year as president. After a extended illness (and infections) he died some 200 days after holding office.
I mean to make myself a man, and if I succeed in that, I shall succeed in everything else. James A. Garfield
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/james_a_garfield_150413
He was a teacher, preacher, college president, officer in the Civil War, scholar, politician, proponent of education for all, and family man. (and a hard worker, because of all that he did)
He was left-handed. As a teenager pulled canal boats along the canal in Ohio. Out-going. Friendly. Moderate Republican.
Last, but certainly not least, he found a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem. The Pythagorean Theorem can be proven in scores of ways and we’ve had it since the Greeks, but it is significant that Garfield found new, cogent proof in 1876.
He’s an inspiration.
2-hour plus excellent video from CSpan: Life Portrait of James Garfield
LibroVox has a reading of his “Presidential Farewell and Last Addresses,” which, sadly, was his Inaugural address.
I heard this song this Christmas. It’s a good one.
Much can be learned from the story of Ruth. Joe Stowell has an excellent 3-Part message.
(These notes are not organized. Sorry.)
Boaz was the kinsman redeemer. Jesus is our kinsman redeemer.
God has Hesed love. This Hebrew word is powerful and often used in the Bible (OT, I believe; in NT, Agape is commonly used). Commonly translated as “loving-kindness.” A common term in the Bible for describing God’s love for mankind. RC Sproul (in https://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-hesed/) says:
There may be no more significant Old Testament description of how God relates to His people than this Hebrew word hesed. I argue that the best translation of this term would be “loyal love.” God loves His people genuinely, immutably, loyally. Both the love and the loyalty are, of course, tightly bound together. That is, just as one cannot love capriciously so one cannot be loyal without love. God is for His people, and will never cease to be for them.
The two great commandments are strongly tied to each other.
God’s care for people is throughout the Bible.
Boaz is a hero. We need to be willing to be a hero.
Interesting Trivia: Sodom – In Ezekiel 16:49 we read that Sodom sinned (among other sins) by not aiding the poor and needy.
Disciples of John the Baptist ask Jesus if he is the Messiah. Jesus’ reply (Matt 11:4-5) is report what you see, I make the blind see, the lame walk, poor are told the good news. Jesus came to show us many things. One of the primary things is God’s hesed love for the people, the poor and needy.
Understanding the Will of God – Taking God’s Heart into our Hands – 6 steps of a pattern of life:
For God’s sake be a superman for someone.
I saw online someone suggesting that people should contribute quick (to NCTM, in this case).
Yes, we should contribute to NCTM’s Trust. However, I think “charitable deductions will be treated very differently in the coming year,” is misleading. It is my understanding, with the new tax bill, that charitable deductions can still be itemized as they have been. The ‘argument’ that has been put out (by the media also) is that with a higher *standard deduction* there will be some who won’t be ‘motivated’ to give to charitable groups, because they aren’t going to itemize deductions. Ugh! People need to give to NCTM, the Salvation Army, churches, etc. because it’s the right thing to do — now out of greed of what they’ll save on taxes.
IN FACT, with the government giving less and less to schools, communities, and social services it is MORE important that people to make charitable donations.
Charles Spurgeon – English preacher 19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892
Whatever subject I preach, I do not stop until I reach the Savior, the Lord Jesus, for in Him are all things.
Infinite, and an infant. Eternal, and yet born of a woman. Almighty, and yet hanging on a woman’s breast. Supporting a universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother’s arms. King of angels, and yet the reputed son of Joseph. Heir of all things, and yet the carpenter’s despised son.
Preach Christ or nothing: don’t dispute or discuss except with your eye on the cross.
In the Calvin commentary on Micah he includes this prayer. (I have the Calvin app.)
It is broad and far-reaching, in the same way that Micah 6:8 is broad and far-reaching.
We live between the 1st and 2nd Comings of Christ. Our calling is to follow Jesus’ commandments. That is, to love.
J.C.Ryle wrote a nice piece on this.