Bullet Points

Mar. 7, 2018

This is a list of my favorite quotes so far. Some of them are from Scripture, some from general sources, real people, or fictional characters…  and some of them come from my own thoughts and experiences.

*There are some things in life that ought to be questioned. Then there are other things not worth getting in a stew about that need not be questioned. Being wise is being able to tell the difference. ~Blaise~

*The root of all mankind’s problems is separation from God and the fact that we exist in a fallen realm in need of receiving its redemption which has been provided in Christ Jesus. ~ Blaise.

*One does well to check and see that the bridge you’re crossing doesn’t lead you out of the frying pan into the fire. ~ Blaise

*Truth matters. ~ Blaise

*Paintings are stories written with colors. ~ Blaise

*A curious glitch in communications often occurs when people are answering a question according to the filters in their head, rather than actually hearing what one is asking. ~ Blaise

*We have been redeemed from darkness, the devil, and deception – freed from it by the blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore, “Coexist” does not exist! Never did. Doesn’t now. Never will. The thoughts and ways of darkness can never co-exist with the Light of Christ.  ~ Blaise

*Remember, only real musicians know how to spell A Cappella!
~ Blaise

*”This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” ~ John 17:3

*A thought to consider: Each day holds a challenge, but within that challenge lies a blessing. Just as surely as Christ was hidden in a manger and Redemption within the Cross, you will find it if you look for it. Seek it and it will reveal itself to you. ~ Blaise

*”But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” ~ John 14:26

*If it works, don’t fix it. ~ Author unknown

*The enemy of good is better. ~ Author unknown

*”Lies, damn lies, and statistics.” ~ Mark Twain

*”What object is served by this circle of misery and violence and fear? It must tend to some end, or else our universe is ruled by chance, which is unthinkable.” ~ Sherlock Holmes

*”I confess that I have been blind as a mole, but it is better to learn wisdom late than never to learn it at all.” ~ Sherlock Holmes

Feb. 28, 2018

“Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.” Song of Songs 2:15 (KJV)

Tender grapes are fruit in its developing stages (as are the blossoms or blooms spoken of in other Bible translations), if you let the symbolism reveal itself. Specifically the fruit of the Spirit. And from where does this fruit come within the follower of Christ Jesus, except from abiding in the vine, abiding in Him? 

The little foxes might be the little overlooked and subtle things whose demonic or humanistic mandate is to destroy the connection between Vine and branches. Thus the little foxes must be seen and recognized for what they are, taken, seized, and eliminated from the vineyard. 

Much of entertainment couched as humor these days does this. It demoralizes traditional values and godly roles by making respectable people and godly wisdom appear as something to be laughed at and mocked. Characters in these shows are presented as buffoons to be made fun of (especially dads, elders, and other authority figures in general). And they are rated as “safe” for kids to watch. Certainly there may be no bad language or vulgar displays, but the message of disrespect that is sent makes its way into little minds through the disarming feature of so called humor. 

There are other subtle trends as well that have crept into the vineyard of families, the churches, and society in general. Can you think of other “little foxes” that you have observed, or that you have uncovered in your own life, which were spoiling your connection to the Vine? We should always be very diligently on guard and prayerful, asking for God’s discernment and wisdom in recognizing what the little foxes look like and how to get them out of the vineyard.

Feb. 26, 2018

Kentucky, Arizona, and several other states have passed bills in recent years allowing public schools to teach "Bible classes." This of course will be watch dogged with secular oversight to make sure nobody actually gets a "religious" eduction.

Not sure I'd want my kid learning Holy Scripture based on the dictates of the ACLU (Anti Christian Liberties Union) in some public school by some teacher who might be an atheist anyway.

What a screwed up mess this world has become. When public schools first began, the Bible was what kids learned to read from. However -

Jesus reminds us that Scripture is not for private interpretation, but a witness pointing to Him! He even chides religious leaders for their slant on Scripture in John 5:39, 40 - "You pore over the Scriptures because you presume that by them you possess eternal life. These are the very words that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have life." (Berean Study Bible)

Maybe we should listen to the One revealed by the Bible, as to its uses.

 

Jan. 26, 2018

John 3:30 

“He must increase, but I must decrease."

Many things - situations which appear to be no win scenarios - are bringing us to the end of ourself. Could this be our 21st century "wilderness," where we decrease, that He may increase? 

Jan. 4, 2018

Gardens. Eden. Gethsemane. It's kind of interesting when you think about it. Man through the "1st Adam" made his departure from God through a garden. And man by way of the "2nd Adam", Jesus Christ, finds his return to God through a garden.

"I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses..."