7P: False word from God

1. Got the Bible lesson for tonight at the gym printed out with fill-in-the-blanks. People seem to like that. Not my style, but if it works for most, go with it.

2. Need to get the blinds up for my office window. Afternoon sun makes it almost impossible to work.

3. Hard to find stuff after the cleaning lady rearranges my office. I spent no little time looking for books that had been on my desk. Now …

4. Time to pull out another box or two of books from the containers. Getting slow on putting them on the shelves.

5. The reason the old prophet from Bethel told the young man of God he had a message from the Lord was selfish. (See 1 Kings 13.) People make up divine communications because it’s about them.

6. An original verse: God gives his order, waits for man to obey; / In matters of faith the obedient has no say.

7. A Bible verse: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” Lk 6.36.

7P: One of the gravest sins of all

  1. One website lists hundreds of sins mentioned in the Bible. One is refusal to be baptized, Lk 7.29-30. I know some people committing that sin.

  2. When a good deed turns out not so good? Just keep going forward.

  3. The abstract mind struggles to get specific. God’s Word helps greatly with that problem, among so many others.

  4. The brotherhood, in some places, is now into titles and degrees. They are flaunted to impress. Before long, insistence on calling them doctors and reverends will follow.

  5. Ladder to new home office was just installed this morning. Now to move in my books from the old office.

  6. An original verse: Work with joy, and give the task your best; / At day’s end, you can truly rest.

  7. A Bible verse: “The Lord stands aloof from the wicked, but he listens to the prayer of the righteous” Prov 15.29 REB.

Can you ‘share’ the gospel?

  1. Is it wrong to speak of sharing the gospel with someone? Paul didn’t think so, 1 Thes 2.8. (Most versions translate metadidōmi as “share.”)

  2. With God’s acceptance, we can face all our warts and shortcomings and work by his power to perfect holiness.

  3. One writer says we can only “try” to be Christians. Point that it’s a process is well taken, but that doesn’t mean we are less than saints, less than God’s holy people.

  4. I often pray that God will give us growth in all areas: numbers, spirit, good works, generosity, love, in knowledge and certainty of truth. What am I missing?

  5. Every night, before laying your head upon your pillow, zero out all anger, irritation, resentment, and bitterness. You’ll rest well and rise refreshed.

  6. A verse of mine: My view, beyond my desk, of light and palm, / Refreshes the mind and brings the spirit calm.


7. A Bible verse: “For this reason Christ died and returned to life, so that he may be the Lord of both the dead and the living” Romans 14.9.

7P: Reader of headlines

  1. I confess: I’m a reader of headlines. There’s not enough time to read it all. Many people are like me. Alert to publishers: Make headlines descriptive; quit the sensationalism and teasers.

  2. Now using my home office full-time. Still have to buy chair for the desk and other items, as well as unpack most of my books and papers. But it’s getting there. This is the place.

  3. Ed Mathews wrote in today’s devotional: “The first missionaries were refugees.” Persecution for God’s people is a given.

  4. The dividing line is drawn between those who want to love God by faithful obedience and those who want to redefine love in their own terms.

  5. Long holiday weekend sees travelers to the coast frustrated over closed Tamoios highway with several landslides due to heavy rains.

  6. A verse of mine: “God gives all his children the power to stand, / For nothing can remove them from his hand.

  7. A Bible verse: “To you, O Lord, I call out for help, for fire has burned up the pastures of the wilderness, flames have razed all the trees in the fields” Joel 1.19.

Shelving done

First to go in, Bibles. This is one section of three in the back part, where the old varanda was. Inside the old bedroom, to the left, is the major part of the library. More later. (Still lacking baseboards.)

Now shopping for desk and comfortable chair.

Photos of outside of home office

Here are some first images of the outside of my home office in the back yard. We closed in the back porch, removed the door from a bedroom on to the porch, and will use the bedroom and porch area for the home office. Still work to do, but it’s getting there.