From today’s UPLift motivational email:
MOMENT — a minute portion of time; an instant. The Hebrew word translated as “moment” means “a wink” or “a blink” (Ex. 33:5; Job 7:18). The Greek word translated as “moment” literally means “a pricking” or “a point.” When Christ returns, “We shall all be changed in a moment [in a flash; NIV, REB], in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Cor. 15:52).
—Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
That’s the phrase I used, as I asked the Lord “for joy in time.” I think I know what I meant. (If not, you might recommend a good head doctor for me.)
How might this phrase be read, and what might we ask the Lord for, by the use of this phrase?
Your ideas are most welcome.
Here are five interesting scripture references in the book of Jeremiah from the NKJV where the word “time” is used: Continue reading
No decade saw greater changes in my life than the 1950s. When the decade started I was a seventh grader in Junior High School in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. When the decade ended I was a few months into my second full-time ministry with a congregation of the Lord’s people! As the old saying goes, a lot of water went over the dam during those ten years.
When the decade began Harry Truman was president of the United States. When it ended Dwight D. Eisenhower was president. Truman and Ike were our only presidents from the time I was seven years old until I was twenty-three years old! The Korean War occurred in the early years of the decade of the 50s, and Elvis burst on the scene in the middle of the decade. Elvis’ stage gyrations were thought to be sexually suggestive, but compared to what showed up in the 60s and later, Elvis was tame! Plus, Elvis could sing, while many of those who followed only knew how to scream and holler! Pat Boone, then a member of the church of Christ, also came on the scene in the 1950sa clean-cut crooner with a milky smooth voice. Continue reading
If I’m flying solo, I can mow our lawn in about 40 minutes.
If I have a “co-pilot” (my daughter), the same job takes me about an hour.
I think the extra 20 minutes will yield plenty of compound interest as I use it to create memories that will last the rest of my child’s life.
Time is the most valuable thing a parent can spend on his or her child. While our culture is currently stressing to the max the importance of investing in/saving up for a child’s future education, I still believe, due to the fact that we cannot get it back, the simplest investment, when it comes to our children, is the most important one that affects the right now – our time!
For us mortals, our time can start getting spread pretty thin if we’re not careful. There are only so many hours in a day after-all. And because of this, often times our children end up getting the short end of the stick … or maybe I should say the sort-hand on the clock, when it comes to the time we have available. I’m sure parents with multiple children and multiple obligations understand this very well. But the fact that we’re mortals stresses the importance even more so when it comes prioritizing the things we do in life; especially when it comes to the way we spend our time, and who we invest it in.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
#children, #family, #parenting, #time
A political writer thinks that sports might be the solution to keep the USA from falling apart. LeBron the savior. More likely, the sports industry is part of the problem, or a manifestation of the American ailment, at least. Sports figures can’t even provide a proper model for children, must less can sports serve as a unifier.
Used to, sports was touted as a means of helping youth learn self-discipline and positive values.That was before the screaming parents, I suppose, ready to abuse coaches and sponsors of teams. In spiritual terms, youth do need self-discipline, now more than ever, but with athletes resorting to doping, that doesn’t seem to work out so well. Continue reading
Where do we put most of our time, energies, and money?
Do we talk mostly to ourselves? Is our preaching, teaching, and writing directed largely to the saved? Do our offerings get spent on keeping the saints secure and, perhaps, comfortable?
Yes, we must edify the brethren. But if our time, energies, and monies were easily measurable, would we discover that they are devoted more to ourselves than to the lost?
Some even doubt the need to evangelize. Not a few are willing to let the rest of the world enter perdition with no effort to save them. Others have little sense of the church’s Main Mission.
God wants to save everyone. Nothing is clearer in Scripture than this. Equally clear is that he has put his people in the world to proclaim his salvation to all. That is their task.
God does not do what he has given us to do. He may raise up a faithful people to do it. His providence is still at work. But we are right that he will not appear in visions or dreams to preach the gospel.
God has give us the task of mission, and he fully expects — and equips — us to do it.
Mostly, the church of America dabbles in missions. Will the Lord of the harvest not hold his people accountable for their failure?