Growing together in the Spirit of Jesus Christ...

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Monday, September 30, 2013

ladder of success...

ladder of success

"The ladder of success
is best climbed by stepping
on the rungs of opportunity."

- Ayn Rand

Sunday, September 29, 2013

bonsai...

bonsai

"There are no borders in bonsai.
The dove of peace flies to palace
as to humble house,
to young as to old, to rich and poor.
So does the spirit of bonsai."

- John Yoshio Naka

Saturday, September 28, 2013

a large garden...


a large garden

"I never had any other desire so strong,
and so like to covetousness,
as that one which I have had always,
that I might be master at last
of a small house and a large Garden."

- Abraham Cowley


Friday, September 27, 2013

a light of meaning...

a light of meaning

"As far as we can discern,
the sole purpose of human existence
is to kindle a light of meaning
in the darkness of mere being."

- Carl Jung

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Heart

Heart

"Heart in Scripture is used in various ways.
Sometimes it means our reason or understanding,
sometimes our affections and emotion,
and sometimes our will.
Generally it denotes the whole soul of man
and all its faculties, not individually,
but as they all work together
in doing good or evil.
The mind as it reasons, discerns, and judges;
the emotions as they like or dislike;
the conscience as it determines and warns;
and the will as it chooses or refuses –
are all together called the heart."

- Jerry Bridges

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Power or Strength

Power or Strength

The seventh pillar of wisdom

"There is no point in understanding a problem,
if there is no power to implement the solution.
The solution is simple...
the seventh pillar of strength comes from
attaining the previous six pillars.
If you have attained the first six pillars
then the seventh pillar of strength
comes naturally to you.

The man with godly wisdom
is truly strong and fortified.
Put in another way,
if a man or woman has attained prudence,
knowledge of sagacious things,
fears God, gives and receives counsel,
has sound wisdom in his or her behaviour,
and has attained understanding
then that person truly has power and strength.
He or she is truly fortified
against the evils of this world
and is a true servant of God."

- Bridge to the Bible

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Understanding

Understanding 

The sixth pillar of wisdom

"To understand we must do three things:

a.  To understand we need to firstly know
the source of all wisdom.
We must understand that all wisdom
comes from only one source
and that of course is our Heavenly Father.

b.  To understand we must secondly
receive instruction from that source
we call the Bible.
It requires not casual detached study
but disciplined study and learning.
Knowledge and learning
are the keys to being wise in the truth.


c.  And lastly, to understand,
we must discern wisely.
Like Solomon we need to be able
to discern between good and evil."

- Bridge to the Bible 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sound wisdom

Sound Wisdom

The fifth pillar of wisdom

"Sound wisdom goes back to
the Hebrew word of tushiyah (too-shee-yaw)
which means in a general sense, wise behaviour.
In other words, it is talking about practical wisdom.
How we put wisdom into use
in our day to day behaviour.
Some people may ask
how can we be wise in our day to day behaviour?
What must we do
to be wise in our daily behaviour?
Well, wise behaviour is more clearly defined
in the words 'Righteousness, justice and equity'.
These are the ways that we
can be wise in our daily behaviour.
These are the great prophetic themes.
The emphasis here is on action
rather than on casual armchair religion:

  • Righteousness means in the Hebrew
    to be right or straight.
    It is to act or live in an upright manner.

  • Justice is the ability to come to a proper
    understanding of things through observation.

  • Equity means a way of thought
    and conduct that is honest.
    It means fairness and impartiality.


So sound wisdom means behaving each day
with these three great themes
being the basis of your behaviour."

- Bridge to the Bible

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Counsel

Counsel
The fourth pillar of wisdom



"Counsel means to give good advice,
to give wise guidance.
It also means to listen to counsel.
To depend on one’s own judgment,
even in private matters,
is the height of foolishness.
Even the wisest and godliest
have made errors in discerning things.
We must seek counsel instead.
And we can do this
by weighing up a matter
in the presence of God
through prayer and also through
inviting counsel from
other experienced believers."

- Bridge to the Bible

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fear of God

Fear of God
The third pillar of wisdom

"True wisdom is firmly grounded
in a fear of God and is free
of the faults of worldly wisdom.
We must be committed to God’s purpose.
This means serving, worshipping,
obeying and loving him.
It also means turning from evil
and hating evil."

- Bridge to the Bible


"For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless."

- Psalm 84:11 NIV

Friday, September 20, 2013

knowledge and discretion...

Knowledge and Discretion

The second pillar of wisdom


"Knowing what is going on about you
so that you can wisely plan for the future
and avoid any potential dangers or evils."

- Bridge to the Bible

Thursday, September 19, 2013

prudence...

Prudence
(wisdom in conduct)

The first pillar of wisdom


"As we go through life we gain knowledge
and we do this so that we can avoid
the pitfalls in the path of life.
And this is main reason why we need prudence,
so that we can discriminate
between truth and error.
We need to be as wise as serpents
and harmless as doves.
We cannot afford to be naive."

- Bridge to the Bible

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

trust...

trust

"We're never so vulnerable
than when we trust someone -
but paradoxically, if we cannot trust,
neither can we find love or joy."

- Walter Anderson

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

secure comfort...

secure comfort

"Life is made up,
not of great sacrifices or duties,
but of little things,
in which smiles, and kindnesses,
and small obligations, given habitually,
are what win and preserve
the heart and secure comfort."

- Humphrey Davy

Monday, September 16, 2013

fellowship...

fellowship

"We are all called to initiate
involvement in each other’s lives…
We covenant together
to work and pray for unity,
to walk together in love,
to exercise care
and watchfulness over each other,
to faithfully admonish
and entreat one another
as occasion may require,
to assemble together,
to pray for each other,
to rejoice and to bear with each other,
and to pray for God’s help in all this."

- Mark Dever

Sunday, September 15, 2013

die to one life...

die to one life
photo by Ronnie Benner

"All changes,
even the most longed for,
have their melancholy;
for what we leave behind us
is a part of ourselves;
we must die to one life
before we can enter another."

- Anatole France

Saturday, September 14, 2013

summer falls silent...

summer falls silent

"Now constantly there is the sound,
quieter than rain of the leaves falling...
the life of summer falls silent,
and the nights grow."

- Wendell Berry

Friday, September 13, 2013

desire to be...

desire to be

"It is not what you are
nor what you have been
that God sees
with His all-merciful eyes,
but what you desire to be."

- William Johnston

Thursday, September 12, 2013

to the unseen...

to the unseen

"There is a desire deep within the soul
which drives man from the seen to the unseen,
to philosophy and to the divine."

- Kahlil Gibran

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

satisfaction...

satisfaction
photo by Erin Doyle

'Curiosity killed the cat,' Fesgao remarked,
his dark eyes unreadable.
Aly rolled her eyes.
Why did everyone say that to her?
'People always forget
the rest of the saying,' she complained.
'And satisfaction brought it back.'”

- Tamora Pierce

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

a turkey...

a turkey

You are not a turkey,
slang for inept, a failure,
as long as you keep trying.



"The men who try to do something and fail
are infinitely better than those
who try to do nothing and succeed."

- Lloyd Jones

Monday, September 9, 2013

colorful feeling...

colorful feeling


When you have a rainbow
deep down in your heart,
your smile will shine bright.
You know you're a part of that
colorful, magical, feeling you'll find,
when you have a rainbow inside.”

- Author Unknown

Sunday, September 8, 2013

darkest moments...

darkest moments

"It is during our darkest moments
that we must focus to see the light."

- Aristotle Onassis

Saturday, September 7, 2013

golden days...

golden days
photo by Erin Doyle

"I know not how the Spirit moves,
Convincing us of sin,
Revealing Jesus through the Word,
Creating faith in Him.

I know not what of good or ill
May be reserved for me,
Of weary ways or golden days,
Before His face I see.


But I know Whom I have believ├Ęd,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day."

- from: I Know Whom I Have Believed
lyrics by – Daniel W. Whittle

Friday, September 6, 2013

joyfully and peacefully...

joyfully and peacefully
photo by Lee Keefer

"Work joyfully and peacefully,
knowing that right thoughts and right efforts
will inevitably bring about right results."

- James Allen

Thursday, September 5, 2013

relaxing on a glider...

relaxing on a glider

"Work is not always required.
There is such a thing as sacred idleness.”

- George MacDonald


"God didn't do it all in one day.
What makes me think I can?”

- Author Unknown

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

agreeable friends...

agreeable friends

"Animals are such agreeable friends -
they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms."

- George Eliot

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

royalty...

vain pomp?

"Royalty consists not in vain pomp,
but in great virtues."

- Agesilaus

Monday, September 2, 2013

Labor Day...

Labor Day

"Heaven is blessed with perfect rest
but the blessing of earth is toil.”

- Henry van Dyke

Sunday, September 1, 2013

cultivate success...

cultivate success

"Be careful what you water your dreams with.
Water them with worry and fear
and you will produce weeds
that choke the life from your dream.
Water them with optimism and solutions
and you will cultivate success.
Always be on the lookout for ways
to turn a problem into an opportunity for success.
Always be on the lookout for ways
to nurture your dream."

- Loa Tzu