What is it?

I’m not a horticulturist or even a nurseryman, but I have spent a whole lot of time in the woods. During that time I’ve seen a lot of neat things and a lot of weird things. Today I saw a new thing that made me say, “What is that?”

So I ask you, “What is it?” Continue reading

#pictures, #plants, #question

Now there’s a book, chapter and verse for ;) :( and :p

The Bible’s newest translation is in emojis and emoticons according to this story. In the story you’ll read that, “The authors of the new translation say that about 10 to 15 percent of the translation is in emoticon speak while the remainder is in boring, old alphabet characters.”

The amazing thing to me is that the goal of the “translation” (which is based on the KJV for obvious copyright purposes) is supposed to be a serious one. It’s supposed to be Scripture for Millennials; the creators also said, “that they created the translation program to draw new readers to the word of God”.

I don’t know if the app is one that must be paid for…I haven’t checked it out myself, but if you have an Apple device, the app is available in Apple’s App Store so you can check it out if you choose.

So what do you think? Is this “translation” a good move? Or do you think it’s better left for the digital recycling bin as you LOL at it?

#bible-reading, #bible-translations, #emojis-and-emoticons, #kjv, #millienials, #question

Who was Mary of Bethany that dried the Lord's feet with her hair?

Who was she, that Mary spoken of in the scriptures as anointing the Lord’s feet and wiping them with her hair? Is she the only one who did this? In our ladies Bible class book tonight it said “Mary of Bethany might have been the sinful woman who anointed Christ’s feet and dried them with their hair…” John records Mary of Bethany was Lazarus’ sister. She loved Jesus and sat at His feet while Martha was busy preparing food. I find it hard to accept Mary, Martha’s sister, as being a sinful woman. What do you think?


The Toughest Question

The toughest question I was ever asked, was by an elder in the church before I became a Christian. He asked me, “Have you thought about your soul?”: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2008/10/05/have-you-thought-about-your-soul/

I was 15 years old at the time, and I had never been asked that question. For some time, my grandmother had been urging me to obey the gospel. After pondering this question in light of Scripture, I came to the conclusion that my soul was indeed in great jeopardy of being eternally lost.

I quickly decided that my soul was far more important than anything else I could imagine. There was no rational reason whatsoever to delay my obeying the Lord in baptism any longer, and thus I was baptized on January 1, 1960.

I’ve never regretted the decision.

#ask, #christian, #church, #elder, #eternal, #gospel, #jeopardy, #obey, #ponder, #question, #soul, #thought, #toughest, #urge

What If The Preacher Stayed Home?

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/

#home, #preacher, #provoking, #question, #stay, #thought

I never learn anything talking. I only l…

I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.

Lou Holtz

#ask, #learn, #question, #talk, #things

A question for God

Last night a friend called and in our conversation she mentioned a question she has for God. I thought about our nudge for the day. “God, what about homosexuals? Are they born that way or do they just develop into that way of life?” She said she knew it was a sin, but she wanted to ask God that question.

#nudge, #question, #sinful

A Recent Question For God

My question for God is the same as Jeremiah’s question for God: “Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?” (Jeremiah 12:1).

God’s answer can only be found “in the sanctuary” (Psalm 73:17), “a place of meditation on God and His word. A spiritual place of prayer and worship, where one comes to understand who God is” (see below Southside commentary).

The answer is that the wicked won’t prosper very long – theirs is a temporary state. In fact, “those who are far from You [God] shall perish” (Psalm 73:27) – they are presently walking on “slippery places” (Psalm 73:18), and they will have an end (Psalm 73:19,27).

God will render judgment on these folks in His time (Romans 12:19), thus patience on our part is required, totally trusting in God, and being guided by God’s counsel (Psalm 73:22-24).

The Southside church provides additional commentary on the above listed texts http://www.southsidechurchofchrist.com/bible-articles/jeremiahs-burden.html

#counsel, #deal, #end, #happy, #prayer, #prosper, #question, #sanctuary, #slippery, #treacherously, #trust, #understand, #wicked, #worship

Keeping My Struggles

There’s no question that I would keep the struggles I presently have, because acquiring a different set would most likely result in a worse case scenario. The grass always looks greener on the other side until you get there. 🙂

#acquire, #different, #grass, #green, #question, #scenario, #set, #struggle, #worse

There is a point at which everything bec…

There is a point at which everything becomes simple and there is no longer any question of choice, because all you have staked will be lost if you look back. Life’s point of no return.

Dag Hammarskjold, Swedish diplomat, U.N. Secretary General (1905-1961)

#choice, #everything, #look, #lost, #point, #question, #return, #simple, #staked

A Person I’d Like To Get To Know?

The answer to this question is the obvious one. I’d like to personally meet and get to know each one of you brethren on TFR. You have a standing invitation – If you are ever out El Paso way, know that my wife and I have a bed and a fold-out couch for you to sleep on. And I promise that our little dachshund dog, Abbie won’t bother you! 🙂

#answer, #bed, #brethren, #couch, #personal, #question, #sleep

Catching up on some Daily Nudges

Who is my best friend? Out side of my wife, which is family I don’t really have one that is as close to me or me to them as my wife. The closest friend I have is my preacher friend that The good Lord, myself and 300 plus congregations and individuals have been helping financially to get a liver transplant. He considers that he owes me his life, but no, he owes his life to God and a lot of other people.

As for what question made the biggest difference in my life, I would have to say, “Now what will you do’? This question was asked after a very thorough Bible study. It’s like the question asked Peter in Acts 2:37, “What shall we do”? There are only two choices to these questions. One either walks away and let’s the choice bother them all the rest of their lives. Or they choose to do what God wants all of us to do by being baptized into Christ for the remission of our sins.

#friend, #question

The question that’s made the biggest di…

The question that’s made the biggest difference to me is in a hymn, entitled, “What will your answer be?” The way to salvation has already been paved by the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Jesus’ blood, designed to be the atonement for my sin, has already been shed. The church has already been built. The only thing left is for me to give an answer to the most important question I’ll ever face: “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” I believe with all my heart that when I stand on the other side of eternity, that answer will be what has made the biggest difference to me.



The question that’s made the biggest difference in my life is “Why?” And why is that, you ask?
It applies everywhere and at all times!
E.g., Why do I believe in God? Why do I follow the New Testament? Why am I alive? Why am I living in Illinois right now? Why am I preaching? Why am I on the computer when I’ve got some other things to tend to?…

[my wife keeps asking this one: Why hasn’t this baby been born yet? :)]

#nudge, #question, #why

The question that made the biggest diffe…

The question that made the biggest difference to me? “Do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife?”

#difference, #question, #wedded, #wife, #woman