Naomi finds Ruth!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Moab was the son born from the incestuous relationship between Lot and his daughter.  She got her father drunk to lay with her in order to produce progeny. Lot was the son of Abraham’s brother. They fled from Sodom and Gomorrah because God’s wrath was on that place, the homosexual perversions ran rampant. The Moabites  ran hot and cold, taking care of David’s parents when he fled from Saul – then cursing the Israelites when the King of Moab hired a nasty Seer. Naomi, her husband Elimelek and two sons Mahlon and Kilion moved from Bethlehem to Moab because of a famine.  We have the advantage of hindsight to see the good that came out of this mish-mash of events. Her sons met and married Moabite women –  Mahlon married Ruth and Kilion married Orpah. Then her husband died and in turn each son died leaving them all without help or protection. She went into Moab with a full house and came out almost empty. Naomi told her daughter in laws to go back to their families because she would be unable to provide for them. Orpah went home with a heavy heart. Ruth refused to leave her.

16 But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you!
Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.
17 Where you die, I will die— there will I be buried. May the Lord do thus and so to me, and more as well, if even death parts me from you!” Ruth1:16-17
Advertisements

!!!!!!!!! Wise Men !!!!!!!!!

Wise Men 1

“Being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.”     Matthew 2:12

The trip took at the very least months four months one way! With a change in plan and a new route back, because they were obedient to a God they didn’t know, but whose Son they had just met, they went home a different way. After giving the Lord their gifts; gold to worship Christ the King; frankincense to honor His Holy Priesthood; and myrrh to acknowledge Christ’s suffering and death on the cross for us, the Magi also gave Him the gift of their time – 8 months of travel!

How wisely do we spend our time? – television takes away from prayer and meditation.

 

Psalm of the Day!

MItree.JPG

Psalm 1:1-6

Oh, the joys of those who do not
    follow the advice of the wicked,
    or stand around with sinners,
    or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the Lord,
    meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
    bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
    and they prosper in all they do.

But not the wicked!
    They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
    Sinners will have no place among the godly.
For the Lord watches over the path of the godly,
    but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.

We live on a river so this Psalm runs through my mind often. The image of a tree with it’s roots so close to the water’s easily accessible nourishment and how plentiful the water is, is a  reminder to me of God’s generosity and His cleansing goodness. We have a neighbor who reminds me of one of the Apostles, a fisherman but that’s another story….

 

 

Pastor Bob’s Questions ???

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 In Bible study, specifically at the Church on the Arroyo, we were asked last Wednesday night, what is God’s purpose for us as a species…then IS THERE one task for everyone? History seemed like a good place to begin discovering our purpose. The best history book, the Bible, of course! “The Bible will always be relevant”, a comment made by Beverly S., thank you, we Christians know the answer is there. Where to begin? – At the beginning, Genesis!

Genesis 1:26  …  Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;”

Genesis 1:28 … “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

God made us in His image. God gave us dominion over every living thing! If we have dominion over all of creation, God then must have dominion over us! He made us so we belong to Him. All man did was name the creatures God made.

Then I checked out the Prophets, they were God’s chosen loudspeakers. They did God’s will and voiced His concerns. They weren’t a bunch of fortune tellers, they were truth tellers. The truth they told were messages from God, the messages weren’t always popular and often not obeyed. Prophets teach us about listening to God and obeying Him. They also teach us the pitfalls of not obeying Him. To fulfill our purpose we must listen to God.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3. God made us because He loves us. We are His creation. He doesn’t need us, He wasn’t lonesome. God is the Perfect Trinity keeping themselves filled to the brim and overflowing with love, which is where we come into existence! The overflowing, everlasting, before we were knit in our mothers womb love! Everlasting love, it can’t get any better! That seems, to me, to be the WHY.

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:11 This is clear enough, we were created for God’s pleasure. So what do we owe Him? My answer is everything! When you know how to use an object it becomes a true tool. The spoon works great for shoveling soup into our mouths. A spoon for digging out a foundation would be a stupid use for the spoon. We know we were made by God out of His creativity and love, for His pleasure. So the next question is what is His pleasure for us?

During BSF in McAllen this past week we studied the book of Psalms related to King David, where I learned “Psalms” has the answers to all of life’s questions. I’m going to avail myself of that new piece of information. Psalms shall be my go-to place whenever I need an answer.

Psalm 57:2 says, “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.” This explains that God indeed does have a purpose for us individually. And He fulfills it in us!

Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” God’s word brings light to paths that otherwise seem dark. In the Bible you learn how to live wisely in God’s world, which is a step toward finding your purpose.

Psalm 23:2-3 says, “He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” He places us where He needs us to be. We are not here by accident, wherever ‘here’ is for you.

Galatians 5:22 says”But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,… God produces what He desires us to have. When we were young our mother prepared us for school each day. Made certain we ate breakfast, had proper clothing, brushed our teeth and had our homework with us. God makes certain we have the gift from the Holy Spirit, that He put us in the right place and doesn’t leave us at the door to go out alone. He comes with us where ever we go.

Proverbs 11:14 says, “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” In other words, one of the main ways God will help you find your purpose is through others. To stay the course God teaches us to surround ourselves with Christ followers. Go to BSF, join the church choir, go to Wednesday night Bible study, and most importantly go to church and read the Word of God, the Bible!

 

 

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” …John 3:16

img_0056

Every Christian learns this quote. It’s a trinity quote. It encompasses the Father who loves us, the Son who died for us and the Holy Spirit who comes to us when we believe. The part you may want to take special notice of is the “whoever” which includes every one of us with no exclusions. He comes into your heart and you are placed in His!!!