There are too many features to list. Can’t focus on just one. The oceans, the heavens, the moon and the stars all show God’s handiwork (Psalm 19:1): http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2011/01/14/the-awesome-ruler-of-sea-and-sky/
We ourselves are a part of God’s handiwork (Ephesians 2:10 AMP) for we (like the hummingbird) are wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14): http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2007/03/15/the-amazing-hummingbird/
No question about it – our God is indeed awesome! http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2008/07/25/our-awesome-god/
When I think of an action and a reaction, I immediately think of Galations 6:7-8 (NKJV), where Paul states:
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”
If we engage [sow] in the immoral vices of this world, i.e., “the flesh” (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galations 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-5; 1 Timothy 1:9-10), we will not inherit the blessings of eternity (1 Corinthians 6:10; Galations 5:21; Ephesians 5:5). But, if we choose to follow [sow to ourselves] the teachings of the Bible that the Holy Spirit has provided for us, i.e., “the Spirit,” we will reap or inherit those eternal blessings that God has promised all of those who love Him (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Note the action of sowing and the reaction of reaping in this principle.
To go along with Galations 6:7-8, Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NKJV) regarding our giving:
“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”
The same principle of sowing and reaping (action and reaction) holds true in our giving. If we sow sparingly, we will reap sparingly. If we sow bountifully, we will reap bountifully (cf. 2 Corinthians 8).
God’s principle of sowing and reaping (action and reaction) is simple. It’s putting the principle into practice that is difficult for many folks, including those in the Lord’s church.
The personal development truth that I chose is: “There’s no such thing as ‘risk free.’ Everything you do or don’t do has an inherent risk.”
There’s even a “risk” in being a disciple of Christ: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2006/01/09/the-risk-of-being-a-disciple-of-christ/
The question is, Are we willing to take the “risk”?
My favorite cartoon is Garfield the cat: http://www.garfield.com/comics/todayscomic.html
A close runner up is Dilbert: http://www.dilbert.com/
I’m wondering if anyone in The Fellowship Room has ever heard of the “Restoration Christian Church”? I’ve heard of the Christian Church, but not the “Restoration Christian Church.” The following link comes from a Twitter posting: http://www.faithfulpreaching.com/index.html
I don’t use many commentaries, but the one volume commentary I use the most is Adam Clarke. The one volume commentary by Jamieson Fausset and Brown is a pretty good one-volume commentary as well.
The Bible is about the coming of Jesus as our Savior, His teachings, & our necessary obedience to those teachings in order to attain heaven.
In my view, the most “colorful” (key word) historical figure of all time would have to be Will Rogers, the Oklahoma cowboy whose creed was, “I never met a man I didn’t like”: http://www.willrogers.org/wrbio.html
See also: http://www.notablebiographies.com/Ro-Sc/Rogers-Will.html and Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Rogers
Will Rogers catches my attention because of his “down-to-earth” common sense philosophies and his love of the common man, a characteristic which our present-day politicians need to emulate.
Here’s some of the wisdom of Will Rogers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR_VAirKE9I
When I think of responsibility, I immediately think of our responsibility to lost souls: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2010/10/01/why-should-we-seek-the-lost/
“Go ye” means “Go me” (Matthew 28:19; cf. Isaiah 6:8).
To me, the most striking phrase of Jesus is, “Have ye not read?” (Matthew 12:3,5; Matthew 19:4; Matthew 22:31; Mark 12:10,26; Luke 6:3).
The religious leaders of Christ’s day had indeed “read” the Old Testament passages that Jesus’ referred to in the above passages, but were more interested in upholding their own “traditions” rather than upholding God’s word (Matthew 15:3,6; Mark 7:8-9,13).
As a result, the Lord called these religious leaders “hypocrites” (Matthew 15:7-8 ; cf. Isaiah 29:13).
Today, our society would call them “reading-challenged.”
“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?”
An important distinction in my life has been the distinction between good and evil. Many people in our society are woefully ignorant of that distinction (Isaiah 5:20). That distinction can only come about by a daily and habitual study of God’s word (Acts 17:11; Hebrews 5:13-14; 2 Timothy 2:15), as well as an application of it (Psalm 119:33-34).
Like Ron, I still use the “pen to paper” motto as well. I use a 3×5 sheet of folded paper to write my grocery lists on; write my list of songs that I lead on the Lord’s Day; write the library class schedule down when I substitute in the public school libraries; jot down ideas and thoughts for future blog articles.
Here’s a thought-provoking “what-if” question: What if the preacher stayed home? http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2011/02/14/what-if-the-preacher-stayed-home/
My favorite road is the Million Dollar Highway from Ouray to SIlverton, Colorado, because of the beautiful scenery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQu2aeCGk-E
Spiritually speaking, my favorite road is the road less traveled: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2009/12/27/choosing-the-road-less-traveled/