inside the mind

Many are using great technologies to study the mind. TED talks, a local company, and more are noticing the parts of the brain that function for certain topics or don’t function with certain diseases.

It also has me pondering what it really means to have the mind of Christ.

The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for,

“Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:14-16

Do you think it’s important to evaluate our thoughts and consider how Christ would think?

One part of digging a little deeper was Matthew Henry’s commentary. I was glad to see I am not alone in writing with many question marks!

In short, he who founds all his knowledge upon principles of science, and the mere light of reason, can never be a judge of the truth or falsehood of what is received by revelation. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him (1 Cor. 2:16), that is, the spiritual man? Who can enter so far into the mind of God as to instruct him who has the Spirit of God, and is under his inspiration? He only is the person to whom God immediately communicates the knowledge of his will. And who can inform or instruct him in the mind of God who is so immediately under the conduct of his own Spirit? Very few have known any thing of the mind of God by a natural power. But, adds the apostle, we have the mind of Christ; and the mind of Christ is the mind of God. He is God, and the principal messenger and prophet of God. And the apostles were empowered by his Spirit to make known his mind to us. And in the holy scriptures the mind of Christ, and the mind of God in Christ, are fully revealed to us. Observe, It is the great privilege of Christians that they have the mind of Christ revealed to them by his Spirit.

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shower of blessings

Shower of Blessings: Are you open to receive?

Shower of Blessings:
Are you open to receive?

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:28-31

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me — just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
John 10:9-11, 14-16

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hand off

Aren’t you glad as God brings me challenging questions, I pass them along to you?

hand up

hand up

I frequently hear the words “freely you have received; freely give” but the beginning of that verse is usually bypassed. Jesus was handing off his work to the disciples…

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. Matthew 10:8

The “received” part is often seen as grace, love, or mercy; maybe money, food, or clothing.

Those are simpler things to freely give compared to healing the sick or raising the dead. Leprosy doesn’t seem an issue around here and do we even recognize when demons are around?

God’s Word is full of overlooked areas. We concentrate on the comfortable.

If it challenges you, does it make it untrue?
Are we called to be believers or to be disciples?
What did a follower of Jesus look like then?
Should we look like that now?

Thanks for reading along as I process a bit out here.

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your hand

A few years ago I was showing up to a blank page as part of my morning devotions. Not with pen, but with a paint brush to see how God would guide my hand. After doing this for two weeks, my final paint sketch was a hand. As that came to the paper, I knew I was to do some paintings of hands.

closed hand

closed hand

A closed hand,
not open to receiving.
A tight fist,
not ready for giving.
Fingers clenched,
holding in anger.
Tensed and tight,
seeking to control.

Even if we are trying to protect a treasure, we should hold it loosely.

I saw a beautiful drawing today of a small child with a little bear who didn’t want to release it to Jesus who was next to her. Behind His back was a bigger bear He wanted to bless her with.

How do your hands look?

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His mighty hand

His Hand

His Hand

Within your temple, O God,
we meditate on your unfailing love.
Like your name, O God,
your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;
your right hand is filled with righteousness.
Psalm 48:9-10

On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me.
Psalm 63:6-8

Then I thought,
“To this I will appeal:
the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.
I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.”
Psalm 77:10-11

Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous:
The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
Psalm 118:15

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in His hand

His Hand

His Hand

You make your saving help my shield,
and your right hand sustains me;
your help has made me great.
Psalm 18:35

Now this I know:
The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
with the victorious power of his right hand.
Psalm 20:6

It was not by their sword that they won the land,
nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand, your arm,
and the light of your face,
for you loved them.
Psalm 44:3

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His right hand

His Hand

His Hand

It’s project time!
Last year I started this painting during worship. It is a larger canvas, I think 24×36 and otherwise not too impressive. In my own opinion.

As I was working on it I also looked up verses about God’s hand, specifically His right hand.

You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psalm 16:11

You stretch out your right hand,
and the earth swallows your enemies.
In your unfailing love you will lead
the people you have redeemed.
In your strength you will guide them
to your holy dwelling.
Exodus 15:12-13

The painting is displayed at church and more will come with the project. I will share as that unfolds but until then, more of the verses that will be a part of it.

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Ordinary Heroes {we’re surrounded}


I have been listening to Debby’s heart for years and was blessed to meet her in person and see the SA Center where these HEROES found new purpose and life…

Originally posted on livingingraceland:

This week my series on people has been about people who are ordinary heroes. People who are living their ordinary lives in extraordinary ways. Bearing grief on a daily basis. Battling the disease of addiction and winning one day at a time. Keeping a marriage together. Choosing change over comfort.

It’s easy to be disgusted at people today. Listen to the news, click on Facebook, read the newspaper and we quickly hear about the latest despicable act, a heinous crime, moral failure. We live in a broken world. And in the midst of our brokenness we are surrounded by heroes.

Jeff and Geoff aka Gee'-Off

Jeff and Geoff aka Gee’-Off

Jeff M

Jeff M

Carlos M

Carlos M

Jeff was, literally, living under a bridge 4 1/2 years ago. But for the last 1900+ days he hasn’t had a drink or taken a drug. He is employed and taking college classes. He gives back by carrying the message of…

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words of worship

On Wednesday nights I host a small group to worship, pray, and dig into the Word of God.

We were also discussing some of the worship songs and what we were really speaking.

“I surrender”
“I want to know You more”
“Speak to me now”
“Lord have your way”
“like a mighty storm, stir within my soul”

Do we really mean the words we sing?

Can we expect these things to happen?

Our discussions will be in Romans 8 and Ephesians 1. Both are very deep and challenging chapters.
Great to dig in with others. Here’s a good one to ponder…

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. Romans 8:9

What questions come to your mind?

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attention attention

Leaf II

Leaf II

Many “things” beg for and distract our attention.

Social media replaces many in-person conversations and some are not the best encouragements.

It might seem like “no big deal” to many but…

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4

Has “this age” been blinding us too?

How do we share the light if we are only with our BFFs…in our safe circles?

What NEW (or renewed) ways can we reach out to others?

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18

Are we being like Jesus or Moses?
This glory isn’t just for our comfort…it’s for His purposes.

Let’s step out and shine on!

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