The Author

Communication. Don’t leave home without it!
There are two types of communication – verbal and nonverbal. Let us put that another
way. Spoken and unspoken. They both, in their own right, are very powerful and can
leave a lasting impression. Put a string of words together and add behavior, attitude,
tone of voice, intonation ect… and you have something that has impact. The most im-
portant thing though is the context in which this takes place. What do you have in the
end? Expression. How a person expresses themselves leaves a lasting picture in the mind
on the other person. We are expressive people and as humans were created to be expres-
sive in our interactions with others. Heck, if you do not have relationships and someone
sees you walking down the street making all these gyrations, talking to they don’t
know who, then they would think that you do not have all your marbles up there.

The question then becomes what does this say about God, our creator, in whose image we
were made. God is very expressive and if one wants proof then all one has to do is look a-
round them. He is the Master of expression and what it means. The Grand Canyon, the planets,
etc… The O T, starting with the Book of Genesis. Creation, spoken into existence. The
spoken word. I picture Him speaking with power and authority as He ushers in – like the M Cee
who introduces his guests to the stage or how a matre’d takes his patrons to their reserved seats
at his restaurant – each aspect of creation. His expression is on display for all to see. Cre-
ation is an expression of God’s love for us and how honored we should be to have been created
like Him. Then you have the Great Flood of Noah’s time, the fall of the walls of Jericho,  Sodom
and Gomorrah. Then you have the Garden of Eden and Paradise, with all their colors. The reds,
yellows, blues, oranges, greens, purples etc… I can’t wait to see what it looks like with all
its beauty.

I was talking with someone the other day about a book and its author(which was consequently made
into a major motion picture)about how their expression of ideas gave insight into his beliefs and
values. The three characters that represented the Holy Trinity with God being a black woman who
also cooked the meals, to which there was a southern flare. Jesus was portrayed as a cowboy, the
Holy Spirit was portrayed by an oriental woman in which one of her roles was tending the flower
garden with its vast array of colors and shades. My imagination was engaged as I read the book
but it was laid out for you in the movie.  The book’s author did a great job expressing the vision of what
heaven was like to them through the scenery, the intricate detail and the content of the interaction
and conversation between the three of them. The author came from a family of missionaries and
he also had experience as a missionary. The person I was talking to made the comment “He must not
be a Christian.”

I think it is really sad when Christians will not let other Christians use their God-given skills and
talents that they have been given to build and encourage the Body of Christ. In fact, it is a sin to not
let them do so. Paul himself says in Romans 5 “If anyone has the gift of teaching, let him teach.
If anyone has the gift of giving then let him give generously…” and doing so not only enhances the ef-
fectiveness of the Body of Christ but it empowers the individual to want to be a part of that community and
accept Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior.

One of God’s least talked about attributes is His expressiveness. To be as such, one has to be vibrant.
The vibrancy of God includes His emotions. He was angry about the use of the temple being used as a
place of extortion, He cried at the tomb of Lazarus, He showed compassion to the prostitute, He rebuked
the disciples about the children seeing Him and the list goes on. To be vibrant adds color and emotion
to our expressive nature as humans and that is what God wants for us. Why, because He is expressive and
and not unidimensional or stoic. He is a God who wants us to see how compassionate and loving He can be.
He wants us to open our eyes and attune our ears to what He has to say and to build His kingdom. We as
Christians, get to one day see that expressiveness in heaven for eternity or a time which is endless and
not be bored. When we learn how to express our God-given human nature we will reflect more accurately to
the world His nature which is around us. Then, as Christ-followers, we will be anything but dispassionate.
As Christian, we are responsible to carry the flag of God’s vibrancy and expressiveness to the world.

Christian Response

What does the Bible have to teach us about how we should respond to violence, threats, and terrorism in our world today? It exists – it definitely exists. The effects of the OTHER christian religions in the Middle East and its surrounding countries is absolutely felt in other countries – especially the US because we as a leader in the global world and in many facets our culture. That though is precisely why we are hated and despised so much. It is our culture and belief system. The Great Commission of Mt 28:20 says that He will be with us to the very end. Again, the Beattitudes (Mt 5:11) list the behaviors we should have and display to others as Christians. We must understand the Christian World View and be united in Christ as one body and show that unity as we operate from a Christ centered attitude. This is spiritual warfare and He has given us armor to wear for that purpose.

Jesus called the Pharisees hypocrites for they whitewashed the tombstone and cleaned the outside of the vessel but left the inside unclean. Mt 15:3-20 talks about what comes out of the mouth. Not only must we tend to matters of the heart but we must get to the heart of the matter. That is – aggressions come from the heart.

Examples of encouragement in the Bible are many. There is a plethora of this found in the OT, in particular in Exodus, Joshua(1:5, 9 – No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you…..for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go). What is going on in Israel, God is allowing to happen to His chosen people but no one is able to eradicate them from the face of the earth. The Book of Job is a book of suffering. God and Satan strike up a deal about targeting Job but God limits how far Satan can go. The Book of Exodus is about God causing and allowing violence(the Plagues) to take place so that His people can reach the promised land. The Book of Genesis with Sodom and Gomorrah and its destruction. Peter calls the Hebrews “a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a chosen people set apart…”

The church in was taken up (protected) by God when the city of Jerusalem fell.The Book of Revelation is about a warning to the churches, the coming destruction and “The New Jerusalem”, a city coming down from heaven taking its place on earth. It is a book written by a sufferer – John in exile on Patamos – to those suffering. He tells about a situation “what is” and explains his revelation “what shall be”. When the focus is on the “what is” and not the “what shall be” then one does not see God’s handywork. Now, when the focus is on the revelation and not the situation, there is a different perspective. The “what shall be” cancels out the “what is”.

confronting sin

Some people – like the Pharisees – see themselves as free when they are actually shackled to sin and evil.  Their sin needs to be confronted to save them rather then be condemned.  This begs the question ‘How do I confront the sin of others in my life?’  Once upon receiving the grace of God we are freed from the shackles of sin, so that the effects of that grace and love should just bubble over and want to come out.  Those who reject Jesus in this life have no hope after death.

The life that came to this world in the person  of Jesus is the inauguration of God’s plan of redemption.  Our sins are not written in the sand but rather in the Book of LIFE.

Great Opportunity

We were wonderfully and intrinsically made for times such as these. In spite of all the challenges, obstacles, and hurdles to jump in the world today what a great opportunity we have to worship the one true living God.

Our Nation needs Prayer

Ask the Lord to pour out a spirit of repentance on our nation, that we might become a nation committed to following His ways (“You will seek me nd find me when you seek me with all your heart”  Jeremiah 29:13)

Pray for truth to become valued again in American society. (“Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free”  –  John 8:32)   (“These are the things that you shall do; speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgements that are true and make for peace”  –  Zechariah 8:16)

Pray that our nation will increasingly see that God is our refuge in the midst of the troubles of this world.(“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble  –  Ps 46:1)

 Pray that a holy fear of God will sweep the nation, leading us back to a place of wisdom and walking in the Lord.(Who among you

Context is key

How does the Holy Spirit help God’s children?  He convicts them of their sin and helps them overcome.
It is always good for us to remember verses but we need to know the context from which they came.  One of they many reasons for memorizing a verse is it convicts us or persecutes us  and causes us to confess sin that was buried deep down.  True confession must profess Christ and the results of confession can hurt.  To trust in Christ is to abide in Him.  Abiding in Christ reflects His character.  Reflecting Christ does not mean we are like Him.  No one drifts into Christ likeness.  It is an end of a means.  What is the means to that end?  Prayer.  Along the way of developing Christ likeness we begin to develop fruit.  The fruit of the Spirit.  Bearing fruit begins with progressively becoming like Jesus.  An idea is to make that a prayer request.  .
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A Response

Language. There are hundreds of different languages out there. They all have one thing in common. They all have an alphabet. All of them have letters that when scrambled form words. All of those words, when put together form sentences. All of those sentences tell a story. Why am I telling you all this which you already know? WORDS evoke a response. In order for them to have an impact they have to be picked up by the sensory nerves and be taken to that part of the brain which registers comprehension. John 1:1-2 says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God”. The very quintessence of Jesus’ being is intricately interwoven into the very fabric of the creation story and how creation came into existence. It was spoken into existence. The power of words. Each aspect of creation came into being by God speaking them into existence. The sun and the moon and the division between night and day; land; water; vegetation; birds of the air; fish of the sea; land animals, etc…Last but not least, came man and then woman. It was all by the power of words that creation came into existence, spoken by God. Taking all of this into account, who then determines one’s value and the worth of a person’s life? Certainly not man even though we try to set boundaries and limits on peoples lives. No, it is God! So when we submit to Jesus – Lord, King, Savior of my life – there is a value, a worth to our life that only God could have of us by this submission to Jesus making us accountable to Him. Each person has a MORAL responsibility to know and acknowledge his Creator. Theology. What is it? It is defined in many different ways. Dictionary.com defines it as the field of study and analysis that treats of God and of God’s attributes and relations to the universe; study of the divine things or religious truths; divinity. Wikipedia defines it as the critical study of the nature of the divine. As a noun, theology is the critical study of concepts of God and of the nature of religious ideas. “Augustine of Hippo defined its Latin equivalent, theological, as “reasoning or discussion concerning the Deity”; Richard Hooker defined it as the science of things divine. Merriam Webster defines theology as “the study of religious faith, practice, and experience; the study of God and God’s relation to the world”. These are just a few of the definitions out there but there is one more worth mentioning. A.H. Strong describes it as “The science of God and of the relat