Philippians Three

I was spending some time with the Lord today and I thought He might have been leading me to Phil., chapter three.

Paul starts out reminding us to rejoice in the Lord. When horrible things are happening, it may feel hard to rejoice, yet Paul wrote Philippians while in prison.

One of my favorite sections of Scripture is Phil. 3:12-14.

Php 3:12, (KJV),  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Php 3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

How often I need to let go of the things in the past! Just lately I got thinking of something I wish I hadn’t said, and this Scripture reminded me to let it go. I confessed it to the Lord, it didn’t cause any damage. Sometimes it’s important to leave things alone and consider that we are not perfect yet. When other people lament over their parenting practices from years past, I often tell them, “You did the best you could at the time.”

These are people I know, people that cared about their children.

People that continually try to improve their parenting skills and their own characters may need to cry out to God for help as they interact with their children, but after the fact, if they goofed and they apologized to their child and tried to keep from repeating their wrong behavior, I say, with Paul, leave it in the past.

It does no good to beat ourselves up. If we’re stuck in a mode that is harming our family members, we’d better get help and remove ourselves from the situation if things are escalating.

That’s why I don’t believe in Evolution. Men and women are not animals; we are human beings not subject to instincts. We can make choices. Humans reason and worship God. Animals do not. Humans can control themselves and seek to know God.

Well, if you haven’t read Philippians, it is a great book of the New Testament. The Bible is a book that never grows old. The more I read it, the more I see things I never saw before.

May God bless you.

Titles

What’s in a title? I’ve read writing books claiming a title can make all the difference in the world.

I’ve been taking out children’s books on earthworms for research. I ordered them on the library computer from inter-library loan. One of the books is written for adults called The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms by Amy Stewart published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, copyrighted in 2004.

On the back flap by Amy Stewart’s photograph, it says she “lives in northern California with her husband, two cats, and several thousand worms.”

If that sentence doesn’t intrigue someone interested in gardening and earthworms, I don’t know what would.

Different book titles of these aforementioned tomes are: Earthworms (Backyard Animals) by Anita Yasuda, The Life Cycle of an Earthworm, by Bobbie Kalman, We Dig Worms – a toon book written and illustrated by Kevin Mc Closkey, and Yucky Worms by Vivian French.

The adult book, The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms, Amy Stewart quotes Darwin and mentions Mother Nature’s creatures. I haven’t read beyond the first page but in the introductory pages she thanks many experts – biologists, botanists, taxonomists and lumps them all together with the word oligochaetologists – to whom she gives the credit for correct terminology and helping to clarify technical information about worms.

I don’t know if they are all evolutionists or not. According to the DVD, “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” from 2008, Ben Stein interviews some scientific professors of Judeo/Christian faith who don’t believe in evolution and have lost their jobs in secular American Universities. Top notch published professors fired because they believe in the Creator of all things.

“Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” now there’s a title that grabs attention.

God says to do our work heartily as unto the Lord rather than for men in Col. 3:23. In Col. 3:24 (NIV), it says, “knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”

That gave me some thoughts. What might you be thinking?

God bless!

People Need People

I remember hearing a Barbara Streisand song with the words, “People who need people, they’re the luckiest people in the world.”
She sang so beautifully. I agreed with the lyrics.

I’ve been getting some comments and likes on my site, so I’ve been visiting the blogs of those that communicated with me. There are some incredibly interesting people in the world. The interests vary as much as the individuality of their faces and their names.

One person said he wished God didn’t give him free choice since he was incapable of making the right decision.

I’m married to a pastor so I picked his brain over that comment. This is what I got thinking as I stewed over the idea of this young man’s decision.

One thing my husband preaches is that Genesis tells the true story of Creation. When people interpret the Bible according to their desires and don’t check it out according to legitimate sources, false interpretations take over. The science of evolution doesn’t add up and that’s why Darwin recanted the theory before he died.

If people believe God created them, they would know that they are not a highly evolved animal. That way, they may realize they can make choices in an intelligent manner and that is why God gave them free choice to follow him or not. If I were God, and the whole world can thank God that I am not God, as imperfect as I am, I would want my creations, my children to love me. I wouldn’t want a bunch of robots that showed enthusiasm because they were programmed to do so. I would want people to love me because they saw something lovable about me.

The Scripture says in the (KJV), Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

If Scripture is true, mankind was created for God’s pleasure. People need people
because Jesus said we have an enemy that seeks to destroy us. The devil doesn’t want us to know we are God’s kids and/or he doesn’t want us to know that we have power to resist his schemes through Jesus Christ.

A college professor I knew laughed at the idea that the devil may be real. That suits his purposes perfectly. God is good, yet awful things happen all the time. People make awful choices sometimes on their own, but many make horrendous choices under the influence of the evil one. Just look at Charles Manson’s eyes sometime, even through a television camera lens, his eyes hold an unholy light.

People need people to remind them of good things and help them if they think they’ll try something that is self-destructive. We need each other.