Bible study today:Mark 11:12 - 12:12
Jesus found nothing but leaves. That fig tree was not building on the progress that it started ~Joshua
A thoroughfare: from the supermarket, here they came with shopping bags straight through the temple...for that had become a shortcut! This was the shortest way to the bus station.
You could buy this pigeon for one dollar out there, but in here it costs ten dollars.
Isaiah 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
Jeremiah 7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the Lord.
Some years our locust tree blooms gloriously, other years it does not. But today does it ever bloom!
Read the article on the The Imaginative Conservative about examining the corrosive effects of prejudice, which is at heart a failure of the virtue prudence. The classical tradition considered prudence to be the leader or "charioteer" of the other virtues, setting their rule and measure...HERE
We scoured our upcoming summer schedule and in light of past summer time consumers, eliminated a lot of imprudent activities, regaining hours, days, weeks and, 'gasp' MONTHS!
We watched the PBS Frontline Documentary - Two American Families and discussed how quickly life tends to happen and why it is so very important to get off the 70mph life-train and think, look ahead and most importantly ask the question: "How has this worked out for me in the past, how am I doing now and where am I going, exactly." Proverbs 22:3 " A prudent man forseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished."
...Many came to faith in Christ and began to learn the world of God for the first time in their lives. The local priests would have none of this and obtained a law to stop the evangelists. They waited to fall upon the preachers when the travelers entered a town. But the people often sided with the preachers, forming a strong ring around them to protect them form harm....
"They burned his bones to ashes and cast them into the Swift, a neighboring brook running hard by. Thus the brook carried his ashes into the Avon, the Avon into the Severn, the Severn into the narrow seas and they into the main ocean. And so like his ashes the message of Wyclif has spread throughout the world."
The type of sermon that would get most pastors handed their heads on a
platter. Richard Baxter has this to say on the subject of Christian
modesty in dress: "And though it be their sin and vanity that is the
cause, it is nevertheless your sin to be the unnecessary occasion, For
you must consider that you live among diseased souls! And you must not
lay a stumbling-block in their way, nor blow up the fire of their lust,
nor make your ornaments their snares; but you must walk among sinful
persons as you would do with a candle among straw or gunpowder; or else
you may see the flame which you would not foresee, when it is too late
to quench it."
This evening we spent the day watching a christian die: A whirlwind of a life that jumped into faith with no reservations. How a community of Christians walk together and disciple others, live together, love one another and seek out the lost. This is how a christian lives and dies. Tomorrow we will watch the life of Princess Diana as she lived and died. One was dead before he died and the other was dead while yet, she lived. Lord, teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Both died young, yet in one there seems to be boundless hope, and in the other, heart wrenching despair.
Grandfather Thomas from The Little Britches series by Ralph Moody: The Fields of Home: a man who let rage and foolish anger destroy precious relationships with brothers, nephews and housekeepers whom he desperately needed and loved.
James 1:19-20, Eph 4:26-31, Proverbs 2911, Proverbs 19:11, Ecclesiastes 7:9, Proverbs 15:18, Colossians 3:8, Proverbs 16:32, Proverbs 22:24.
Ralph Moody learns to deal with a wrathful, difficult relative... The Fields of Home in which the ever swearing grandpa aggravates Ralph calling him a “tarnal
fool boy” as uncle Levi tries to keep the peace. Grandpa also does not like new
inventions which he calls “tarnal contraptions” as they must not outdo him.
Actually, nobody is allowed to out-anything, grandpa. Millie the cook has had
it, no more victuals and real dynamite is flying. Ralph who does not like to be called Ralphy is agitated but he must must stir his stivers for times are a flying!