Thursday, October 23, 2014

Exiguous (Mark 12:38-41)

Good morning ladies,

The word of the day is “exiguous.”  I really enjoy this passage because it is at the end of a chapter filled with stories of JC and all of the big dawgs of the day.  Right now, we are in the middle of election season, and I continue to see and hear politicians give their opponents beat-downs; it seems that the better a candidate can slander his or her opposition, the more they feel it will help their own campaign.  Well, the Pharisees figured that if they could slander JC enough, or give him enough hard situations, that he would eventually slip up.  The verses here are following Jesus having to deal with the Pharisees.

As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.” ~Mk 12:38-40


My question is: what are the things that you give to God in your life?  Does he get the best, or what is left over, or even nothing at all?  Although this woman in the above passage gave out of her exiguous status, what she gave was much more than all of those rich guys put together.  While the Pharisees and other teachers of law were busy in their own self-righteousness and trying to catch Jesus in some kind of lie, this woman humbly brought everything she had and gave it to God.  My prayer is that you take the lead from this woman, and think of one place in your life where you could maybe give God just a bit more.

Praying for you,


mo

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pavonine (2 Chronicles 2:3-10)

Good morning ladies,

The word of the day is “pavonine.”  We see that in the building of the Old Testatment Temple that a ton of creativity was needed.  There was a group of people called the Phoenicians who were known all over the entire world for all of the cool stuff that they made, and were kind of the interior and exterior decorators of the time.  King Solomon, in building God’s temple, reached out to them to help work with his main guy to make the most incredible and luxurious Temple possible.

“Now send me a skilled man to work in gold, silver, brass and iron, and in purple, crimson and violet fabrics, and who knows how to make engravings, to work with the skilled men bwhom I have in Judah and Jerusalem, whom David my father provided.” ~2 Chron. 2:7


My question is: what are the gifts and strengths that you bring to the table?  There is something inside of you that God would like to use to help others be better.  And just as the Phoenicians were called in to use their masterful skill of pavonine, or peacock-like, coloring scheme for the building of God’s temple, so do you have a ton to offer to the building of His people.  Allow God to work within you today to glorify him through your strengths and skills.

Praying for you,


MO

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Realpolitik (Matthew 23:12-14)

Good morning ladies,

THe word of the day is “realpolitik.”  Self-righteousness has been going on since, and even before, the Bible was recorded.  Some peeps just like to get up in other people’s business and tell them how to live.  Unfortunately, most of us have enough hang-ups to keep ourselves busy, and do not really need to worry about others and the way that they are living life.  The Pharisees were these kind of dudes back in the New Testament.  JC really had it up to here with the way that they were living, and judging others...

"Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.13"But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. 14"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.… ~Matt 23:12-14


My question is: what do you spend most of your time and energy on?  Some peeps are so consumed with the business of judging others that they do not take time to look in the mirror.  My prayer is that each of you takes a moment and self-reflects upon the things in your own life that God would like to work on.  If we spend more time working out our own issues, we will have less time to try to run other peeps’ lives.  Live in grace today, and give others the same benefit that God would… an accepting heart.

Praying for you,

MO

Monday, October 20, 2014

Addendum (Revelation 22:12-21)

Good morning ladies,

The word of the day is “addendum.”  I remember the first time that I read the book of Revelation in the Bible.  It was a pretty scary endeavor.  Luckily though, I had one of my small group leaders help me through it.  I was only in high school.  It was me and a couple other guys.  We thought we would be courageous and try to learn and understand what that book was all about.  We soon realized that understanding everything in that particular work of John was going to be a much longer process than just reading through it once.  But, I do remember one of the verses that stuck out in my head, and still does even to this day…

“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.” ~Rev. 22:18


That is some crazy stuff.  My question is: do you believe that God’s word is good enough the way that it is?  What John is saying right here is that nothing should be added to the Bible… there is no addendum needed.  God took care of all of the stuff he needed to say, and would be sending his son back soon to get us.  My prayer is that you live and the hope that God’s words are true and accurate.  Whenever life gets you down, always remember that God is right beside you fighting the war.  And although you might lose a battle or two, you have been given the victory in God’s perfect Word, in its totality.

Praying for you,


MO

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Deiform (2 Corinthians 3:7-18)

Good morning ladies,

The word of the day is “deiform.”  I remember back in high school when I was in Latin class for my second language.  It was actually a lot of fun.  When we got into the honors program the last couple of years, we started to read stuff in Latin a lot to translate.  Some of that stuff was Greek mythology.  It was funny to read about how all of the gods used to fight and because of that bad things happened to humans down on earth as a consequence.  They were really full of themselves.  Well, lucky for us, we have a true God who makes us in his perfect image…

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” ~2 Cor 3:18


My question is: how do people perceive your image?  The good thing is, if you give God a chance, you have the ability to live and reflect his glory.  He gives you the opportunity, and you just have to respond.  My prayer is that you respond favorably today.  As we continually receive his ever-increasing glory, remember that we will one day solidify our deiform nature when we meet him face-to-face.

Praying for you,


MO

Friday, October 17, 2014

Duple (Hebrews 4:1-12)

Good morning ladies,

The word of the day is “duple.” I was a camp counselor for a number of years growing up in ministry. My favorite song is based on today’s verse.  I used to love singing more than the kids. When the dude up front started with a song that I like, which was all of them… me and all the kids in my cabin would go crazy.  It was a lot of fun.  And that was what I tried to teach the boys in my cabin.  They knew that learning about God and the Bible could be a lot of fun.  I was had fun.  And, God's word was always so powerful that we didn't really have to do much except for decide whether or not to follow.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” ~Heb 4:12


My question is: what are the things that pierce your heart?  I know that reading averse like the one above gives me hope that God will continue to decipher the things in my life that need to be changed or accepted.  My prayer is that each of you allows the word of God to penetrate your heart with its duple effect.  Allow God to make changes in your life today where needed.  He is always ready to move in your life.

Praying for you,


MO

Thursday, October 16, 2014

R2D2 (Joshua 1:1-10)

Good morning ladies,

The word of the day is “R2D2.”  Do I need to explain?  It’s probably only the coolest robot in history.  If you watched any of the Star Wars movies, this little guy has pretty much stolen the show numerous times.  But did you also know that this is a term for fighter pilots, as they use it for their RIOs (Radio Intercept Officer)?  That’s the fighter pilot’s flying companion, his partner that makes sure he can see everything that the pilot cannot.  Pretty cool, huh?  I remember watching the movie Top Gun back from the early 1980s, with Tom Cruise.  His character was named “Maverick,” and his RIO was named “Goose.”  Again, one of the best movies of all time!  Well, the cool thing about your life and God is that he will never leave you.  It’s almost like he’s your everyday RIO.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ~Josh 1:9


My question is: what would it take for you to give God a chance to be a part of your everyday life?  Sounds like a little bit of a silly question, I know.  The way that I see it, I am lucky that God wants to be so intricately and intimately involved with my life.  But, he does.  My prayer is that each of you thinks about your life in terms of the journey.  You have a couple of options.  You can either do stuff on your own, or you can have the best R2D2 the world… God.  A little bit of a crazy analogy, but fitting for sure.

Praying for you,


MO