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Wayne Davies skriver en blog på sin webside, som han kalder God Wrote The Book.

I går, påskesøndag, den 27.03, 2016, læste jeg et af hans blogindlæg: Got Religion? How To Know From James 1:27.

Han indleder med denne test: “Do you engage in the following activities on a regular basis: prayer; Bible reading; church services in which you sing hymns, contribute financially, and take communion. If so, you are what the Bible calls “religious.”

Derefter går han videre og nævner Jakobs Brev 1:26-27:

“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
James 1:26-27″

Jakob 1:26
“Den, der mener at dyrke Gud, men ikke tøjler sin tunge, fører sig selv bag lyset: hans gudsdyrkelse er intet værd.”
Jakob 1:27
“En ren og ægte gudsdyrkelse er, for Gud, vor Fader, at tage sig af faderløse og enker i deres nød og bevare sig selv uplettet for verden.”

Wayne gør opmærksom på, at Jakob faktisk fortæller os, hvad der er falsk og hvad der er ægte religion.

“James tells us, in no uncertain terms, how to evaluate your religion. He gives us three tests of true Christianity: 1) control of the tongue; 2) meeting the needs of the needy; and 3) moral purity.”

Yderligere drager Wayne 2 Korintherbrev 13:5 ind i sagen og råder os med Paulus ord igen til at undersøge os selv:

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?”

2 Kor 13:5
“Ransag jer selv, om I er i troen! Prøv jer selv! Ved i ikke, at Jesus Kristus er i jer? Ellers står I ikke jeres prøve.”

Og han råder os til at stille os selv nogle ransagende spørgsmål:

“We should regularly take a spiritual inventory, asking ourselves questions like “How did I talk to people today? Did I make encouraging, uplifting comments, or was I mostly negative and critical? And how is my thought life? Did I have a day of lustful, greedy, prideful thinking, or was my mind focused on God’s Word throughout the day?”

“And how are you doing when it comes to meeting the needs of the needy? Are you personally involved in the lives of those less fortunate than yourself? Or have you created a lifestyle of comfort and ease that maintains a safe distance from people who have little if any hope to experience the kind of physical security you may take for granted?”

Disse sidste spørgsmål knytter Wayne til Mattæusevangeliet 25:31-36 Verdensdommen, hvor Jesus skiller fårene fra bukkene.

“These two groups are characterized by certain behaviors. The sheep exhibited compassion on the hungry (by feeding them), the thirsty (by giving them a drink), the stranger (by welcoming them), the naked (by clothing them), the prisoners (by coming to see them), and the sick (by visiting them).

In contrast, the goats did not do any of these acts of kindness, which Jesus summarizes with the word “minister“, which can also be translated as “take care of” or “serve”.

Jesus is saying that true believers meet the physical needs of the needy. We reach out to them and provide food, drink, clothing and a place to live. This, then, is the meaning of the word “visit” in James 1:27,”

Mattæus 25:40-41
“Alt, hvad I har gjort mod en af disse mine mindste brødre, har I gjort mod mig”
Mattæus 25:45-46
“Alt, hvad I ikke har gjort mod en af disse mindste, har I heller ikke gjort mod mig!”

Det var mange ting at tage i betragtning, hvis vi ønsker at kunne synge med Gianna Jessen: “It Is Well With My Soul”.

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul.)

Refrain:
It is well, (it is well),
With my soul, (with my soul)
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

O Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so it is well with my soul.

Og hvad er så bedeemnet til dette indlæg?

At Gud vil velsigne Danmark på en sådan måde, at alle danskere og alle der kommer til vores land, af Ham lærer at elske af hele vores hjerte, hele vores sjæl og hele vores sind både Ham og også vores næste som os selv.
Mattæus 22:37-39

Så kan vi sammen synge “It is Well With My Soul”.

“We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit.” A.W. Tozer

Det citat har jeg fra Wayne Davies Twitter side.

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The 30-Day Love Language Minute Devotional, Volume One

The 30-Day Love Language Minute Devotional

This book is written by Gary Chapman who is known for other books about the 5 Love Languages.

Today I read the first Devotional in his 30-Day Love Language Minute Devotional: Communicating Love.

Every Devotional starts with a Bible verse.

The Bible verse for Day 1 is:

“Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love. Let love be your highest goal. The Holy Bible, New Living Translation.

“And now abideth faith, hope and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” The Holy Bible. King James Version. (My addition).

Then comes the devotional that you can see via the link at the top of the page.

Each devotional ends with a prayer. The below prayer is for Day 1:

“Lord, thank you for creating each of us so differently. Keep me from assuming that my partner thinks and feels the way I do. Please give me the patience to find out how I can most effectively communicate love to my spouse.”

Via the link you can also read the introduction chapter where Gary Chapman tells about himself. He is a marriage counsellor and has counselled married couples for 30 years.

Find out more here: Gary Chapman books

 

 

 

 

 

What I Learned About Christmas from Martha and Mary.

Dear Darlene.

I love this “Quieting Your Heart” study.

There is so much I would like to tell you, but I am running short of time, so here is what I found to be most noticeable.

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Jesus said to Martha: “But one thing is needful” and I wondered what words I could put on that needful thing. And the answer was this: “But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

I think it is not that Martha is buzy and occupied with so many things, it is that she is cumbered, as it says in Luke 10:40. And the cumberness makes her speak demanding and with irritation to Jesus.

I know my own Martha and my own Mary and it seems to me that God is teaching me how to help my Martha go to Him before, during and after all of her business and worries, so that she invites God into all aspects of her life and thus remains in His love and kindness whatever task is upon her.

I know Joanna Weaver has written 2 books: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World and Having a Mary Spirit. Some day I might be able to read them.

But now I am here, graeful to God for you, dear Darlene and all that you give and all that I learn from you and those who follow you. Thankyou so much.

PS. The above is a comment to  Darlene Schacht´s post on her website: “Time-Warp Wife, Keeping Christ at the Center of Marriage.”

Darlene´s post is called “What I Learned About Christmas from Martha and Mary.” Her post is a part of a 30 day study called “Quieting Your Heart for the Holidays” that started on the 22nd on November.

Here is Darlenes post:

http://timewarpwife.com/what-i-learned-about-christmas-from-mary-and-martha/

Advent, a Season of Presence

I so love to read the words of Isaiah 11:1-10.

Especially verse 9 stands out to me: “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the earth” .

I am so comforted as I am also when I read Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

This night I was reminded of a Danish psalm that I know from my childhood, especially the first verse, that I can by heart and it always gives me a very special feeling of awe, joy and hope when I think of it and/or sing it.

Precisely that Danish psalm came to me, and I had to find my psalm book and sing it. So late in the evening I sat alone in my kitchen singing the Advent month in.

Translating it is a bit difficult, but the first verse goes something like this: “Make the door high, make the door wide, the King of glory is coming nigh.”

The author of the Danish psalm was inspired by Psalm 24:7 “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in”.

Advent is here.

A Fight For Faith: Esther 1-10.

… for such a time as this? Esther 4:14

http://www.ifequip.com/author/amyb/page/50

There is so much to be learned from Esther´s book, I think.

Disobedience versus obedience, contempt versus respectfulness, pride versus humility, egotism versus unselfishness, corruption versus justice, falsehood versus faithfulness, manipulation versus truthfulness, wilfulness versus wisdom, impatience versus gentleness, prideful beauty versus beauty that comes from the heart, worthlessness versus worthiness, fearfulness versus courage, hatred versus love.

The queen Vashti and Haman´s wife Zeresh represent the perverted woman and Esther shows us the true and virteous woman. Haman represents the perverted man and Mordecai the wise one.

Esther, the true queen, who instead of feasting had fasted as had her people for 3 days, respectfully and in her royal apparal placed herself near Ahasverus the king whom noone could approach without being called and he favoured her and listened to her and promised to fulfil all her requests even to the half of the kingdom.

Esther although at first fearing for her life, took courage and heeded Mordecai´s words: “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father´s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

May we all be sent words of wisdom and heed them as it is our turn to no longer hold our peace when we are needed for “such a time as this”.

Kinsman Redeemer.

Kinsman Redeemer

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You´re my kinsman redeemer, I lay at your feet and uncover the promises you made me

Flesh of my flesh, you became like me, so I could be redeemed

You´re my kinsman redeemer, you answered my plea, the garment of your mercy is spread over me

You grafted me in to your family tree, so I could be redeemed

I was an alien and fully aware that I didn´t belong in your land, yet you gave me an inheritance

I should have been rejected as your enemy, yet you noticed me

You´re my kinsman redeemer, I lay at your feet and uncover the promises you made me

Flesh of my flesh, You became like me, so I could be redeemed

You redeemed me, You redeemed my circumstances, when my life was in shambles, you´re the God of second chances

I don´t need to know, where I´d be if you hadn´t intervened, all I need to know is, I can come to your feet and be redeemed

Your my kinsman redeemer, I will stand by your side, not as a reaper but as your cherished bride

You grafted me in to your family tree, so I could be redeemed, so I could be redeemed, so I could be redeemed

Written, composed and sung by Hannah Kallio/ Fluent Listening

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