Talk About Two Beautiful Bridges!

Jesus is the “bridge” between God and humanity.

  • “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5)

(Talk about bridging the gap!  And an infinite one at that.)

The Bible is the “bridge” between Jesus and humanity, between Him and us.  Because it’s by the Bible we learn about and (literally) come to know Him in a very personal, real, tangible way.

How would we know about His amazing-beyond-comprehension-much-less-human-description humility but for the Bible?  (Philippians 2:3-11)

How would we know about His heart for the Father and humanity, His genuine love for people, but for the Bible?  (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John – you can leaf to literally any  page and you’ll see this on clear display)

How would we know about His immaculate conception, remarkable birth (in a manger, an animal feeding trough; a singing heavenly host of angels; magi; trying to be killed by the king of the land)?  And perfect, sin-free, flawless life?  And excruciating but infinitely propitiating death on the cross and subsequent resurrection from the dead and seating at the right hand of the Father in heaven and sending of the Holy Spirit so we wouldn’t be stuck with the unwinnable, lose-lose battle versus sin and the flesh and the evil one?

The Bible is the greatest tangible gift, tangible thing in the universe.  And the most powerful by far.  What a gift… yet how many of us take it for granted?

If there were a well of water which, when drunk from, made the drinker look ten or twenty years younger or pounds lighter, who among us wouldn’t be PANTING FOR AND LAPPING UP THAT WATER each and every day?!

  • “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for Thee, O God.” (Psalm 42:1)

But it’s even more amazing than that, because God didn’t just give us such a well (the Bible), He gave us such a well in our home, right where we live, such that virtually ANYONE can access that life-giving, health-enhancing, righteousness-restoring well:  it’s no mistake, rather, it’s an unmistakable  demonstration of God’s grace that the Bible is THE MOST prolific and easily-accessible book in human history.

Yet, sadly, many of us take it for granted.  Such power, such life-yielding and health-wielding capacity there for the receiving, yet somehow we time-to-time take it for granted.

May those times of laxity and spiritual lethargy end today, at this very moment… or at least be fewer and farther between (as we used to say as children) “startinnnnnnnnnng NOW!”

Our life will be so enriched by that.  Spiritually but also physically.  In the next life but also the present one.

  • “… godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8)
  • “For they [the “my words” of verse 20, i.e., God’s words, i.e., the Bible] are life to those who find them, and health to all their whole body.” (Proverbs 4:22)

Like I penned at the end of the previous post:  May we drink daily – and diligently – from that cup.

What a gift!  What a remarkable, indescribable, gigantic gift of God’s grace.  The precious Bible.

(Indeed, only something so  sweet could motivate such a sorry sinner as I to memorize  its every verse, chapter, and book!)

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Quick Thought:  De-fense!  De-fense!  De-fense!

I just watched a basketball game and noticed how many times a team played stellar, suffocating defense which invariably lead to a fast break and easy bucket for them.  A dunk, lay-up, or uncontested three-pointer.

And it hit me that this is EXACTLY how it is in the Christian life!

Personal righteousness, personal purity, spiritual growth, spiritual maturity – i.e., “offense” – begins with strong DEFENSE!

The Word of God, the Bible, in general and Bible memory in specific is a great place to start!  A fantastic, powerful spiritual tool, a wonderful weapon.

  • “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17)

Because “by it”, the Bible, comes  spiritual growth.

  • “like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word [i.e., the Bible], that by it you may grow in respect to salvation” (1 Peter 2:2)

I strongly encourage you to add it to your daily spiritual arsenal, and you’ll see stellar de-fense, de-fense, de-fense turn into productive, unstoppable of-fense, of-fense, of-fense before your very eyes.

And those “easy buckets” are usually what spur us on to further growth, to keep  growing, to not  grow weary in our spiritual journey.  Just like a basketball player who scores a dunk or (in my case 🙂 ) lay-up or three-pointer which remarkably re-energizes and re-motivates all over again, like when the game started.

And it all begins with the Bible.

Always.

May we drink daily from that cup.  May we long for that magnificent, miraculous “milk” of the Word which garners growth.

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Speaking of Brushing Teeth…

Just yesterday I published the previous post and discussed brushing one’s teeth (and brain) and just  now, the very next morning, after doing just that I ate a handful of blueberries and have two further thoughts/verses to share with you which I think you’ll find not only very interesting but also extremely helpful and useful and applicable in your everyday life.

The first thought is that blueberries are soooo good.  Downright delicious in the opinion of my own taste buds but not just good  but, as a matter of scientific fact, good for you.  They are one of if not THE best, most healthy food one can eat.  Ever since leaving my job to follow God’s calling to full-time spiritual, Bible-based ministry, I haven’t been able to afford this nutritious and delicious but usually-expensive  food very often, but with summer’s arriving that changed and I’ve been eating them all week… and loving every minute of that (well, almost every minute – more on that in a minute).  The first thought/verse which came to mind was how the Bible, when directly addressing the topic of food, says that they’re all good (due to Who created them) but my lifelong experience with blueberries makes clear that some are even better than others.

  • “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude” (1 Timothy 4:4)

The second thought is one of THE MOST IMPORTANT and useful and beneficial and powerful principles in life, and that’s this:  timing is everything!

And that truth was reaffirmed for the zillionth time in my life this morning when I ate the aforementioned handful of blueberries this morning shortly after brushing my teeth.  And it brought to mind one of my all-time most applied Bible verses:

  • “He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning, it will be reckoned a curse to him.” (Proverbs 27:14)

TIMING is EVERYTHING!  And can single-handedly turn what would otherwise be a great  thing into a horrific  thing.

Everyone will agree that it’s a terrific thing to bless someone.  And all the more if that someone is a friend.  And all the more still if it’s done loudly and noticeably than, say, in a whisper which maybe or maybe not the friend but certainly nobody else would be able to hear.  What a blessing, right?  NOT IF THE TIMING IS BAD.  Bad timing turns a terrific thing into a terrible thing, a blessing into a curse.

As I often say, “It’s not just what you do, it’s when  you do it!

I strongly encourage you to consider this anytime you decide to do anything which involves others.  Don’t just ask yourself if the action is right/wise but also if the timing is.  I know for sure you’ll be very, very glad that you started applying this principle in your daily life.

Bringing that full circle for the purposes of this post, eating blueberries is terrific… unless it’s right after brushing one’s teeth as I found out the hard/distasteful way this morning.

Those were the two thoughts/verses I wanted to share with you in follow-up to the previous post published yesterday, but I’ll add and leave you for now with a third, overarching, non-blueberry-related thought:  one of the (incalculable, immeasurable) results/benefits of Bible memory on a regular, systematic basis – which is both the purpose and goal of BibleMemory.ORG – one of the countless results is that one who memorizes, who ingests  the Bible will begin to see God and the Bible in everything.  (In pop culture terms, like “the Seinfeld of Christianity” as it were. 🙂 )  Every day if not hour if not minute.  All day every day.  I’ve seen this firsthand after I started memorizing entire books of the Bible, and it’s a wonderful way to wind through life in joy-filled, fun fashion.  Just like the Bible self-testifies:

  • “The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart” (Psalm 19:8)

Amen!

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Quick Thought:  Brush Your Brain

Every few years or so I get a kick out of pulling up TV commercials from the 1950’s and 70’s and 90’s to see just how much society has changed… like this:

… and it immediately hit me that Bible memory on a regular, systematic basis is like brushing one’s spiritual  breath.

And speaking of brushing, we wouldn’t even THINK about (that reminds me of a funny street sign I once saw which read, “Don’t even THINK about parking here”) starting or ending a day WITHOUT brushing our teeth; how much even more important is it to brush our brain, our mind, with the water of the Word.

Every day.  Every night.

  • “… meditate on it [the Bible] day and night…” (Joshua 1:8)
  • “… mediates [on the Bible] day and night…” (Psalm 1:2)

(At a minimum… preferably many times in between, too.)

  • “O how I love Thy law! [the Bible]  It is my meditation all the day.” (Psalm 119:97)

“Brush your breath with Dentyne” is cute… “Brush your brain  with the Bible” is crucial.

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Quick Thought:  Number One Wish

My number one wish in life, my foremost desire by far is simply to be like Christ.  I.e., to exhibit…

Compassion  (for all – 1 Thessalonians 3:12; Colossians 3:12)
Heart  (for the lost, for His children, for our heavenly Father and for His Word – the entire Bible 🙂 )
Righteousness  (via the working of the Word within and Holy Spirit – John 17:17, Psalm 19:7; Titus 3:5, Galatians 5:22-23)
Integrity  (in everything, big and small – Hebrews 13:18)
Selflessness/Self-sacrifice (best described in Philippians 2:3-11)
Truth  (John 14:6)

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Not For Nothin’!

I’ve never been a supplement kind of guy, opting instead to get my nutrition via a balanced diet, from the food I eat – but even I know that they’re not called “daily vitamins” for nothin’!

It’s because for maximum effectiveness they should be consumed daily.  And that’s exactly  how it is with the Bible, too!

For maximum effectiveness, it should be consumed every single day.

Why?  Because the “default setting” for fallen flesh is sinfulness.  Those who haven’t yet been redeemed and come to a saving knowledge of Christ are “dead” spiritually…

  • “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1)

… but even for believers it’s like going up the down  escalator:  our not-yet-transformed flesh is constantly trying to “pull down” our new inner man, our spirit, and even the greatest Christian of all time in my opinion, the Apostle Paul, struggled with and often lost the battle even though the war was won years before thanks to a certain occupied cross and empty tomb.

  • “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the wishing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.  For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish.” (Romans 7:18-19)

And make no mistake about it, it is indeed an all-out war.

  • “For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to [at enmity with] one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. [Which harkens back perfectly to the just-cited Romans 7:18-19]” (Galatians 5:17)

A war which has indeed been won, yes, but – as discussed in-depth in a prior post – the Bible is crystal clear that what separates true believers (which Jesus famously referred to as “wheat”) and false ones (“chaff”) is whether a person practices righteousness or sin, so seems like a good idea to fight the battles versus “resting on one’s laurels” because it’s that consistent over-time demonstrated goodness which grants us much confidence in our salvation, that it’s genuine, which produces a strong sense of eternal security within.

So if we want to conquer the constant down-direction-by-default escalator called life, it’s a good idea to take one’s spiritual vitamins DAILY, too, for maximum effectiveness.  And those are, of course, the 31,102 verses in the Bible.  The “my words” of Proverbs 4:20, of which it’s revealed and confirmed just two verses later (also discussed in-depth in a prior post):

  • “they are life to those who find them, and health to all their whole body.” (Proverbs 4:22)

And while it’s healthy and good to read it, it’s even better to study it… and best of all to memorize, to truly ingest  it, to get it within you so it can stick around for a long, long time.

  • “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you” (Colossians 3:16) (note that it doesn’t say “dwell” but “RICHLY dwell”… and not in a vacuum or cupboard or drawer but “WITHIN you”)

Because that’s what’s most conducive for steady meditation.  And as I often say, in a tweak of the well-known Reader’s Digest section, meditation  is the best medication.

  • “This book of the law [i.e., the Bible] shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” (Joshua 1:8)

Indeed, Bible memory is the epitome of preventative  medicine.

  • “Thy word have I hidden in my heart, so that I may not sin against Thee.” (Psalm 119:11)

(Infinitely better than “an apple” but at least they got it right in the second half of that famous adage!)

Our great “daily vitamin”!  Our perfect “pill”!  May we not fail to take  it.

Every day.

  • “O how I love Thy law!  It is my meditation all the day.” (Psalm 119:97)

Amen to that!

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In = Out

I remember my very first day in high school computer class.  The teacher started with an overview, by stating the overarching principle which regulates computers and programming…

“Garbage in, garbage out.”

He was of course referring to the fact that a computer’s (hardware) or program’s (software) output is only as good as the input.  What flows out is only as good as what was put in.

We understand this fully and immediately when it comes to computers but that’s also EXACTLY how it is with the human mind!

Like the famous public health ad campaign from yesteryear said, “You are what you eat!”  That’s not an untrue statement in terms of physical health but truer still is this:  “You are what you think!”  (We aren’t always what we think we are… but what we think, we are.)

  • “As a man thinks within himself, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7)

Which is why it’s so important, so utterly crucial that we properly manage what we think.

Every day.

Every hour.

Indeed, every minute.

For centuries, good parents have kept repeating the phrase to their children, “Mind your manners.”  That’s excellent advice… but this is even better:  Mind your mind!

Doing just that one thing throughout one’s life will guarantee a successful one.  Because literally everything in life flows from that, flows from one’s mind.

  • “Watch over [lit., guard] your mind with all  diligence, [why?] for from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23 – NASB)
  • “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23 – NKJV)

And in this case the New International Version probably puts it most plainly:

  • “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23 – NIV)

The fact that all we do and indeed all we are flows out of our mind single-handedly makes this continual command crucial to heed.  But wait, there’s more!

You see, that would be enough on its own, but the Bible makes another aspect of this matter crystal clear:  not only does our mind determine and indeed dictate our results and outcome in life, but it’s elevated to an even higher level since our mind is inherently, by default (another computer term… not surprising, since the human mind is the greatest of any computer ever created) evil and wicked and unhealthy…

  • “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9 – NKJV)
  • “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9 – NASB)

… and thus deserves to be at the very top of one’s “to do” list in life.

All of this is just one more benefit and reason that Bible memory, accordingly, should reside at the very top of that same list… because that’s HOW one properly and effectively “guards” one’s heart, one’s mind, one’s soul.  That’s how  mere mortals like you and me can overcome, overpower, conquer, vanquish the sin which initially controls our mind from birth, and to go even further and turn our mind into an unstoppable weapon  for good!  To transform something so “evil” and “wicked” and “sick” into something that’s wise and insightful and spiritual and happy (which collectively, as I often put it, is everybody’s W.I.S.H. in life) – just like the Bible guarantees will be the case for anyone and everyone who simply ingests  (memorizes) Scripture, who simply puts it into  oneself via Bible memory.

  • “The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.  The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.” (Psalm 19:7-8)

After having done that firsthand to the tune of six entire books of the Bible en route to all 66, I can confirm that this is true.  And with each book memorized, the Bible has continued to reveal more and more to my mind’s eye a very specific memory method, indeed an entirely different way of thinking, of learning, of processing information… it’s as though memorizing the Bible is “cracking the code of the human mind” so as to unleash its full power and potential [if you have any doubt about this, just take a look at my Videos page (BibleMemory.org/videos) or YouTube Channel (YouTube.com/BibleMemory) and you’ll see what I mean!] – and I can hardly wait for it to complete  that ongoing work (by book #10? #15? #20?  #66?) so I can share it with all of you, with the entire human race.  I already know that it will be an absolute and glorious game-changer.  Like few things in human history heretofore.

Stay tuned.

Quick Thought:  All-Sufficient

I walked by the branch of a small local bank the other day and a large sign in the front window said this:

Large enough to know how,
Small enough to know you.

That’s one of the better corporate slogans I’ve seen in a while and it immediately occurred to me, that’s exactly how it is with God, and specifically His omniscience:  “macro” enough to know all, “micro” enough to know us!

I can’t decide which of the two is more impressive:  it’s downright amazing that He knows literally everything… and it’s downright amazing that He cares so much that He desires, that He yearns  to know each and every one of us, personally, on an individual basis.

In Him we have it all, the best of both worlds:  His attributes extend to the “macro” such that He is infinitely able to protect and provide, yet they also extend to the “micro” such that He is infinitely able and willing and ready to protect and provide for us.

How great Thou art, O God!  How great Thou art – from the “macro” to the “micro” and everything in between… You are indeed all I need.

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About Burdens

As discussed in a past post, a year or two ago I sold my only vehicle so I could finish building this website entirely out of my own pocket when the original programmer bailed unexpectedly and without notice, so out with the car and in with walking and biking literally everywhere I go.

It was one of the best decisions and self-sacrifices of my life.  Z-E-R-O regrets.  (Though don’t ask my legs and feet, because at times they would probably give a different answer.)

All kidding aside, the extra exercise is good for my temporary temple of the Holy Spirit, my body, my soul’s house as it were, so I almost always love and embrace the anticipation of especially the extended  exercising, those three-to-five-days-a-week long walks or bike rides, often to the grocery store or post office or other errand destinations (Ephesians 5:16!).

I said “almost  always” because there are two exceptions:  one which I just discussed a few posts ago, and the second (as promised) is when I have to return  an item purchased a day or week before.

Thankfully that’s a very rare, very infrequent need.  But when such occurs I almost (almost) dread even the notion, even the concept, even the idea of having to carry a (usually) heavy or bulky item at the onset of that journey, versus just one-way, just on the way back  from the store.  (Just like that funny traffic sign I first saw when I was a kid:  instead of the standard “No Parking” it read “Don’t even THINK about parking here.”)

Yes, my beloved brothers and sisters, just that one factor singlehandedly flips the equation of the pending trek from elation to near-dread.  Leaving my home with my hands free of any items so I can just walk and jog unabated?  A-W-E-S-O-M-E!  I LOVE that thought and anticipation and activity.  Leaving my home with my hands full of, with having to be burdened by carrying some items?  Not so much.

And that’s exactly how it is in the Christian life!  The “walk” is so much more enjoyable without  a load, sans  burdens.  Which is why it’s so very crucial to divest ourselves of any and all burdens each and every day.  And hour… and minute  for that matter.  To reaffirm anew that we live not for ourselves but for the Lord, not for our own interests but for His.  And secondly, under  that overarching umbrella, the interests of others.  To realize – actively realize, to be actively aware – that we are no longer our own.  And that includes not just one’s body but also one’s burdens.  Not just one’s potential anxieties but also the prospective and perspective root cause of any anxiety.  What a great way to go through life!  No worries.  No anxiety.  No negativity needed.

And that, my friends, is (one aspect and application of) the power of the Bible ingested.  Via Bible memory  and recitation/meditation on a regular, systematic basis!

  • “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” (Matthew 11:28,30)
  • “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)  (… by…)
  • “casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)  (… because…)
  • “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)  (… and anyway/besides…)
  • “… which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life’s span?” (Matthew 6:27)

Just like those long walks I take to do my errands after having sold my car a year or two ago, so also in the Christian walk:  much more merry and fun and yes easy (Jesus’s word) and anticipation-abounding and exceedingly enjoyable when carrying no burdens.

God has made clear that He’s not just willing but eager to take them, so it’s a no-brainer for us to indeed “cast” (literally, throw) onto Him not only our every anxiety but even the roots  of potential  anxieties which sprout in our lives from time to time.  (Job 5:7 proclaims the reality… 1 Peter 5:7 provides the remedy!)

New Shoe, Part Two

By experience, not design, this post is a follow-up to the previous one.

I made my maiden voyage in the aforementioned new sneakers today (a five-mile walk/jog combo) and OUCH, my feet and legs are KILLING me!

Blisters on left and right, feeling a new muscle in my calves I never knew was there… I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.

Well it turns out that the new pair of shoes I had just worn for the first time were defective.  Defectively made.  Factory error.  Two, in fact:  they had an exaggerated flat-footed effect since the cushion inside was far too thin, and secondly it wasn’t secured such that is slipped around like a well-oiled eel while I was walking, thus causing the blisters while the former caused the new and very unwelcome sensation in my feet and calves.

And that’s when it hit me, this glorious thought, this tremendous truth:  thankfully God never makes a mistake when creating each of us!

No.  Factory.  Errors.  With.  God.  He makes us exactly  as intended.  Which sometimes seems “defective” from a human perspective but is actually and absolutely perfect and precious in God’s view, in reality.  On which even Republicans and Democrats alike can agree, and indeed have.  Like Sarah Palin who famously had her fifth and final child despite knowing in advance that he had Down Syndrome.  And like the Kennedy family who even far more famously have fought fiercely for five decades on behalf of those which some people might (wrongly) view as “defective” in mind or body but whom they (very rightly) have viewed as preciously, perfectly-made people whose minds or bodies are just different than most but no worse, no less weighty, no less valuable.

And it’s this fact that each and every person has been created exactly as God intended and in His very image which makes it so self-destructive to view others – to view anyone – as “less than” or “inferior” or “defective” or anything but worthy of respect and love and care and kindness.  Not because of them so much as Who made  them.  Not because of a person’s beautiful outward physical image but rather that they were created in the image of God Himself.

The logical, intellectually-honest result of maintaining this perspective is enormous love and respect for others… as well as for oneself – i.e., genuine, sturdy, steady self-esteem.

  • “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness’ … And God created man in His own image” (Genesis 1:26-27)
  • “For Thou [i.e., God] didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb.  I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from Thee, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.  Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.” (Psalm 139:13-16)

Yes, my friend, as I found out the uncomfortable way this week, shoe manufacturers make mistakes and errors and defects.  Thankfully – and infinitely more importantly – God never does.  So let us love and look out for others as much or even more than we do for ourselves…

  • “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:11)
  • “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4) …

and let us accept and love ourselves since God does…

  • “We love, because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
  • “God so loved the world…” (John 3:16) …

in view of the fact that we are indeed “wonderfully made”… if the righteous, holy, perfect God can accept and love a sinner like me, then a sinner like me can and must accept and love others.  And that’s a very easy task when one is aware of Whose wonderful image in which they were created.  I.e., when looking at our fellow man, may we see the handiwork and indeed very image of God, and treat them accordingly.

  • “and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all  men, just as we also do for you; so that He may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.” (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13)

Not out of political correctness but rather spiritual correctness.

Not because society says to but because God does.

Not because people are inherently worthy but because God is.

Not because people don’t make (a lot of) mistakes (I put myself at the top of that list) but rather because God doesn’t.

No.  Factory.  Errors.  With.  God.

Unlike a certain shoe manufacturer.

Quick Thought:  There’s a price.  But it’s worth it!

No sooner had I written the previous post that, yep, you guessed it, on the very next walk one of my shoes sprang a leak, developed “a hole in the sole” as that previously-published post put it.  So I just bought a new pair.  And it hit me that I always  have the exact same conundrum when replacing my shoes:  even though I usually wear the old ones down to the nitty-gritty, thus making it absolutely necessary to replace them, I still hate the notion of putting on the new pair that very first time – because I know that they’ll no longer be sparkling clean.  (Nor smell brand new. 🙁 ).  I know that just the act of wearing them is going to get them dirty, to kick off that unavoidable process.

But just as quickly as that initial thought hits me each time I replace my sneakers, this one immediately follows and even more strongly:  because walking or biking is my only means/mode of transportation since selling my only vehicle a year or two ago so I could finish building this website so anyone anywhere can track my progress each step of the way in memorizing the entire Bible, the follow-on thought each time is that I won’t be able to accomplish the things I need to – the things the Lord wants me to – unless  I replace the tattered old pair of shoes with new ones.

And that’s exactly the principle perfectly and precisely and picturesquely painted in Proverbs 14:4!

  • “Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, but much increase comes by the strength of the ox.”

New and shiny is good.  But used and productive is even better.

Holes in Soles

I love to exercise.  My mind (as you can probably tell right away when viewing the Videos page) and also my body – the temple He has handed out to house His Holy Spirit within me for now.

I look forward to those benefit-packed sweat sessions – especially the every-two-or-three-days extended, multi-hour ones – with great anticipation and enthusiasm.  With two exceptions.

I’ll elaborate on the second soon in a separate post but the first such exception is when my shoes have developed holes in their soles.

Having sold my only vehicle a year or two ago mainly to finish building this website, that happens a lot.  Since I walk so much now.  Literally everywhere I go, it’s either by foot or bike, and I usually opt for the former so my shoes develop holes much more quickly than most people’s pair of a pedestrian’s best friend.

And that happens so quickly, those holes appear seemingly out of nowhere and without notice – i.e., the bottom of the shoes look just fine and then, wham, next thing I know, I feel a spike of pain when my foot lands squarely on a rock in the road or path and I look at the bottom of my shoes and surely enough, there’s suddenly a hole newly staring back at me.

Due to how much walking and jogging I do, this happens every few months, and when it does, I can honestly say that I definitely don’t look forward to the next walk to the store since I know it’ll likely involve some pain.

And that’s exactly how it is in the Christian life!  In one’s walk  with the Lord as it were:  it’s much better when one doesn’t have holes in their souls.

One automatic, guaranteed result of Bible memory on a regular, systematic basis is that it opens one’s eyes to a lot of things (“enlightening the eyes”, Psalm 19:7-8) but perhaps none more so than just how righteous and holy God is… and humanity isn’t.  Perhaps none more so than just how “prone to wander” into sin we are as the hymnist famously put it in that wonderful and much-beloved song, just how easily and naturally our flesh still sins – our fallen flesh which (unfortunately) still envelops our “new man” within, our new spirit, our new nature (2 Corinthians 5:17) such that even the most spiritually-mature person in non-deitic  human history (i.e., not including Jesus), the Apostle Paul himself, concluded and confirmed that “nothing good dwells in” any of us humans, “that is, in [our fallen] flesh” and that “the good that [we] wish, [we far too often] do not do; but [we] practice the very evil that [we] do not wish” because of the “sin which [still] dwells in [us]”, because “of the law of sin which is [still] in [our] members”, in our bodies, “waging war” against our minds (Romans 7:14-25), all of which is why Hebrews 12:1 specifically and explicitly mentions “sin which so easily  entangles us.”

“Prone to wander”, indeed.

But I have good news!  God has graciously given us a (spiritual) “pill” as it were, a most-effective, miraculous “medicine” which is so powerful (but without any negative side effects!) that it can and does rid one even of something so dastardly and indeed default-status as sin!  And that “pill”, that mighty “medicine” is, yep, the Bible.  The Bible in general and Bible memory  in specific.

What a wonderful weapon in our spiritual arsenal!  And all we have to do is pick up that “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” – the Bible! (Ephesians 6:17)

One does so by ingesting  it, by putting the Bible into one’s mind, “[from which] flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

Yes, my friend, it’s foolish for a frequent walker or jogger to have holes in their soles.

It’s infinitely worse for people to have holes in their souls.

Memorizing and reciting Scripture is like buying a new pair of shoes.

Quick Thought:  May It Never Be!

We take air for granted.  Or at least before the current pandemic occurred, a bit less so now but still in large part, e.g., when you’re in your home you don’t even think about air, about breathing, you just do it automatically so even now we continue to take air for granted.  Why?  Because it’s so common, so abundant, so aplenty.

We take water for granted.  Why?  Because it’s so common, so abundant, so aplenty.

And nothing pains my heart more than the fact that we take the Bible for granted.  Because it’s so common, so abundant, so aplenty, so ubiquitous, so accessible like no book in the history of humanity.

Taking the Bible for granted… may it never be!

Rather, may we go forward from this day on with the active realization that the Bible is literally God’s Word, the very words of God Almighty Himself to us, the objects of His eternal, undying love and compassion and mercy and grace.

But let us purpose to not just maintain that day-to-day realization but to go a step further, to the next level.

It is horrific and egregious to take God’s Word, the Bible, for granted as far too many of us have done for far too long.

It is far better to maintain an active appreciation and indeed affection for God’s Word, the Bible.

It is best of all to respect it so utterly that our regular response to it is to tremble.

  • “But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.” (Isaiah 66:2b)

My heart’s prayer when it comes to the Bible:  that we would increasingly and unrelentingly love it, learn it, live it.

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Quick Thought:  “Continue”

It’s not how one starts, it’s how one finishes  that counts.

Just ask ancient Israel, of whom Hebrews 8:9 testifies, “for they did not CONTINUE in My covenant, and I did not care for them, says the Lord.”

GREAT start.  Leaving behind the bitter, brutal bonds of slavery in Egypt.  Being rescued by literally watching the Red Sea part before them and passing through it as though on dry land (Hebrews 11:29; the entire account is found in Exodus 14-15).  Literally being “fed and led” DIRECTLY BY GOD HIMSELF via manna from heaven, a water-providing rock to help wash it down, and a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night.

Great finish?  NOT SO MUCH.  As in tens of thousands being struck dead by God at one time (1 Corinthians 10:8).  As in FORTY YEARS of wayward wandering in the wilderness.

Just ask Demas, who was among one of the Apostle Paul’s closest “fellow workers” and friends and confidants, in his inner circle (Philemon 1:24 and Colossians 4:14) but ended up desiring the world and deserting Paul (2 Timothy 4:10) (or as I often call that too-common phenomenon, “flirting then deserting”).  From “hero” to “zero”… great start, bad finish (with an end result to match).

That’s why Colossians 1:22-23 says in such simple and straightforward, can’t-miss-it fashion, “yet He has now reconciled you in His [i.e., Jesus’s] fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach – if indeed you CONTINUE in the faith firmly established and steadfast…”

And the Lord Jesus Himself was every bit as blunt about the matter in Matthew 24:13 – “But he who endures [i.e., CONTINUES] to the end shall be saved.”

So don’t worry about or get emotionally “bogged down” by your past, by things you may have done at a previous point in time; rather, focus on the present and future.

Because… it’s not how you START your walk with Christ, it’s how (whether) you FINISH!

Quick Thought:  100%

God is 100% deserving for 100% of the population to be 100% focused on Him 100% of the time.

He literally deserves no less.

Yet He doesn’t demand that.  In His grace and omniscience He is fully aware that such is impossible in the finite, fallen-flesh “suits” we wear throughout our entire life.

The sad part is that undoubtedly not even 10% of the population is even 10% focused on Him even 10% of the time.

Maybe not even 1%.

Let’s commit to actively focus on Him far more than we do.  Not just every day but every hour.  We won’t ever reach 100% on this side of eternity but we can certainly do much better than we currently are, we have so much room for improvement in this area.

I know I do.

He is worthy.  100%.

I find that just being reminded, just being aware  of this is 90% of the battle.

Until the next time I forget, until the next time it slips my mind again.

Then when I come to realize it anew, I can only contritely cower in confession and cry out, “Wretched man that I am!” (Romans 7:24)

And yet He persists in His grace and understanding and patience and kindness and love, and gladly receives even the crumbs  of focus and worship and gratitude we give Him.  To Him who gives us not just grace but “grace upon  grace.” (John 1:16)

“Thanks be to God” indeed. (Romans 7:25)

I don’t know why He puts up with the mere morsels meagerly meted out to Him by man, but am so glad He does, am so glad He’s truly pleased with anything  we give back to Him.

Yes, we can certainly do so much better in that regard.  May it be so.

Starting with me.

Quick Thought:  My Perpetual Three-Pronged Prayer Request

Lord Jesus, give me the dependence and trustfulness and humility of a child, the wisdom of a serpent, and the innocence of a dove.

  • “And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, ‘Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'” (Matthew 18:2-4)
  • “… be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)
  • “… be wise in what is good, and innocent in what is evil.” (Romans 16:19)

How to KNOW You’re Truly Saved and going to Heaven:  It’s all about “PRACTICE”

When it comes to stocks and bonds, the market continually makes the trader/investor an offer.

If you say no, it just comes right back with another  offer.

If you say no again, it just comes right back with yet another one, and so on, and so on, ad infinitum.

And that’s EXACTLY how it is with temptation/trials for a Christian.

Our flesh (James 1:14) “offers” us a temptation, an opportunity to sin (i.e., to choose SIN and the Devil OVER Christ and the cross in that moment).

If we say no, it just comes back with another offer.

If we say no again, it just comes back with yet another one, and so on, and so on, ad infinitum – UNTIL we leave this world and are in heaven with Christ, “where neither moth nor rust destroys” (Matthew 6:19-20).

The key is to KEEP RESISTING (1 Peter 5:9), knowing – and being motivated by the fact – that “the one who ENDURES TO THE END, he shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13)

To end where we began with an analogy to the stock market… that’s why an overall “chart” of DECREASING sin, INCREASING righteousness is indeed one of the biblical PROOFS of genuine salvation, that someone is truly saved and not only “knows” the Lord but (infinitely more importantly) IS KNOWN BY the Lord.

  • “But now that you have come to know God, or rather to BE KNOWN BY God…” (Galatians 4:9)
  • “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice [the key word here; note that He DOESN’T use the word “commit”] lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:22-23)
  • “And by THIS we KNOW that we have come to know Him [i.e., be known by Him], if we KEEP [i.e., practice!] HIS COMMANDMENTS.  The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does NOT keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is NOT in him; BUT WHOEVER keeps [i.e., practices!] His word, in him the love of God has TRULY been perfected.  By this we KNOW that we are in Him:  the one who says he abides in Him out himself to walk [practice!] in the same manner as He walked.” (1 John 2:3-6)
  • “EVERYONE who PRACTICES [there’s that word/concept again!] sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.  And you know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.  No one who abides in Him sins [i.e., PRACTICES sin]; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him  Little children, let no one deceive you; the one who practices [there’s that word yet again!] righteousness IS righteous, JUST AS He is righteous [more on this in a minute]; the one who practices [there’s that word yet again!] sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning.  The Son of God [i.e., Jesus] appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil.  NO ONE who is born of God PRACTICES sin [there’s that word yet again!  He couldn’t have been and the Bible couldn’t be ANY CLEARER in the matter!], BECAUSE His seed abides in him; and he CANNOT [practice] sin, BECAUSE he is born of God.  By this the children of God [i.e., saved] and the children of the devil [i.e., unsaved] are OBVIOUS:  anyone who does not practice [told ya that’s the key word =] righteousness is not of God…” (1 John 3:4-10)

Yes, the KEY word is “practice”, but in “second place” would be “because” and praise the Lord He included that word, too.  You see, it totally takes away any “pressure” to perform in the Christian life because THAT is and can ONLY be accomplished BY CHRIST, as clearly explained in one of my “life verse” couplets which I’ll leave you with for now:  “Therefore, if ANY man [i.e., person] IS in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things [i.e., practices, habits, affections, perspectives] have come.  He [God the Father] made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, THAT we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:17,21)  And THAT, my friends, perfectly explains 1 John 3:5-10.

What a blessing and help and comfort and confidence that God graciously gave us in the Bible, which serves as a MIRROR for us to look into and see our TRUE spiritual state (James 1:22-27) so that we needn’t go through life with ANY DOUBT about whether or not we are truly saved.  We DON’T have to wait until the next life (eternity) to find out (good thing, because then it’s TOO LATE) – no, we can KNOW with TOTAL AND COMPLETE CONFIDENCE in THIS life exactly where we’ll be spending the next, where we’ll be spending all eternity.  This is THE MOST IMPORTANT MATTER IN ALL OF LIFE, nothing else EVEN COMES CLOSE.  Which is why the Bible urges us to REGULARLY LOOK into that mirror, to MAKE SURE.

  • “TEST YOURSELVES to SEE if you are in the faith; EXAMINE YOURSELVES!” (2 Corinthians 13:5)
  • “Therefore, brethren, be ALL THE MORE DILIGENT to MAKE CERTAIN about His calling and choosing you [i.e., your salvation]; for as long as you practice [there’s that word YET AGAIN, amazing!] these things, you will never stumble” (2 Peter 1:10)

God, via the Bible – and by extension, I – DON’T say that to cause anyone to doubt but JUST THE OPPOSITE, to REMOVE any and all doubt about it.

Eternity demands nothing less.

I have ZERO power or ability to save anyone (including myself).  None.  Nada.  Zip.  Zilch.  Because that’s ENTIRELY the work of the Holy Spirit through the Bible, the Gospel, the “message concerning Christ” as Romans 10:17 puts it.  But you know what I CAN do?  I can make as many people as possible AWARE of this pressing, most-crucial-of-them-all-by-far matter.  While I’d personally LOVE for as many people as possible to join me and Christians throughout the ages in Heaven some day, to spend all eternity there with our precious and victorious Lord, the aforementioned Matthew 7:13-23 makes it crystal clear that the majority of people won’t, but I at least don’t want them to leave this life and slip into eternity without opening their eyes widely about this matter, and if they reject the truth then sobeit, that’s between them and God, that’s not just “above my pay grade” it’s out of my realm altogether, but making them AWARE of this truth is not, and indeed I’ve committed the rest of my earthly life to that very thing, under the umbrella and rubric of the work and ministry of the Bible in general and Bible memory in specific.

In other words, I’d prefer that every person accepted the truth and thus received all of the related and indescribable benefits and reward, but I at least want – and have the ability – to make them AWARE of that option.  Because the saddest and scariest thought of them all is how many millions and indeed billions of people have indeed NOT REALIZED these things until it was too late, until they had already entered a fiery and tortuous eternity which will know no end or respite or reversal.

No, THIS LIFE is the time to resolve one’s eternal destiny.  Or as 2 Corinthians 6:2 puts is, “NOW is ‘the acceptable time,’ behold, NOW is ‘the day of salvation.'”

May it be so.

It’s very true that I can’t save anyone, but I CAN and would be thrilled to provide whatever information you might seek in this matter, simply use the form below but instead of entering “not spam” in the filter box, please enter “salvation” and any questions or comments you might have then click that red button and it’ll be my honor to respond just as quickly as possible.

Because NOTHING in this  life is so important as resolving one’s destiny vis-a-vis the life to come.  And my goal is to help as many people as possible remove all doubt.  For the rest of their lives.

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Quick Thought:  To Honk or Not to Honk?

I live in the city.  And thoroughly enjoy it.  Not that I wouldn’t also enjoy living by the ocean (beach!) or in a suburb or near mountains, but for now, the Lord has placed me in the city.

And I live right by a major highway and hear the hum of vehicles driving by all the time.  (Only when I open a window but that’s pretty much all the time since I love fresh air and the outdoors and, yes, that constant hum of vehicles, because I know that they’re being driven by people and I love people.  All people.  Men and women, old and young, rich and poor, red and yellow, black and white, I love them all.  Along with my memory, many people say that a love for people and a joy for life are my most defining qualities.)

Literally just seconds  after publishing the previous post and enjoying that hum of traffic just outside my window, one of those drivers felt the need to lay and stay  on his or her horn, for what seemed like a minute but was probably more like twenty seconds but that’s a long time to be blowing one’s horn.

Maybe the driver in front of them did something really – to use a word very fresh in my mind thanks to that previous post – galling.  But even then  how much better it would’ve been for that driver NOT to have honked the horn for so long.  It was obviously out of anger – justified anger perhaps, but why not “let it go”?  Why not show mercy, knowing that you and I make mistakes regularly, too, and would appreciate not being called out or “punished” for every one of them, every time, so why not extend that courtesy to others?

No, far better than laying on our horn when someone wrongs us on the road – or any other part of life – is to show mercy.

Much easier said than done… but I find that this verse is a huge help in providing the perspective and patience and self-control essential to do just that:

  • “For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2:13)

“That is so GALLING!”

I have to admit that 99.9% of Bible passages make me happy.  No, thrilled.  They literally breathe new life  into me.

But there is a stark exception:  Luke 17:11-19

Jesus healed ten lepers.

Leprosy is like no other disease.  It was so bad that those stricken by it were forced to dwell outside  of the city, on the outskirts of town, and had to depend on the merciful, pity-filled alms of others just to survive.

I won’t go into the medical specifics of that disease because, well, frankly, I just ate and don’t want to, um, exhume my dinner but trust me, it was a gross, hideous disease, and those who suffered from it had perhaps the worst  ”quality of life” except for death itself… and I’m not sure even THAT was a step down, I think many lepers would deem death itself as a step up, as an improvement, and one of the few types of people who probably greeted “the Grim Reaper” with a hug and kiss.

Now imagine for a minute that you were born with no arms, no legs, no eyes, and no ears.  And one day a doctor discovered a cure and freely gave it to you and, bam, you suddenly had all of your limbs and eyes and ears and were as good as new, what would you say to that doctor, how would you react?

Well, in Luke 17:11-19 the Bible tells us that Jesus came across ten lepers and healed them.

Good as new!

After living their entire life – which was really no life at all, no quality of life whatsoever – in such a horrific condition, you and I would think, would just assume that those ten lepers couldn’t thank Jesus enough  for healing them and totally transforming their lives, right?

Yeah, but we’d be wrong.  Can you believe that just ONE of those lepers took the time to THANK Jesus?

Man, that is so GALLING!  It’s vexing even just thinking  about those other nine lepers.  Infuriating, really, that anyone ‭ could be THAT ungrateful!  Grrrrr.

But no sooner did that thought hit me a few minutes ago that a second, quite different thought immediately followed:

How often do I  thank the Lord for my spiritual salvation that permitted and produced the greatest transformation of all, one of literally infinite, eternal proportions?

How often do YOU?

Color me embarrassed.  Color me convicted.  Because even though I do thank Him for that every day or two, it’s not nearly, nearly, nearly, nearly, nearly, nearly enough.  You better believe that if a human doctor cured me of leprosy or cancer or any other life-altering disease, I’d be showing up at his or her office at least three times a day for the first month or two and thereafter would do so via email for the rest of my life.

How much more, then, does God, the great Healer and Miracle-doer, deserve our constant gratitude for curing us of an eternal disease?

Let’s commit and strive to be like that one leper, not  the nine.

How fitting that these two thoughts hit me on Thanksgiving Eve.

Happy Thanksgiving indeed!

But every  day should be Thanksgiving for those of us who’ve been healed by the Lord every bit as tangibly and infinitely more consequentially than those lepers.

May it be so.

Quick Thought:  Predictive Indeed

I went for a walk yesterday.  After a stretch of glorious autumn weather, the forecast was calling for the remnants of another hurricane from the Gulf Coast to make its way up to my neck of the woods, but I was hoping to get my errand in before that happened.

As I was walking, the (heinous) humidity here was as high as I’ve ever felt it.  (The word “sauna” sprang squarely to mind.)  And I was reminded of what many of us learned in grade school:

Humidity is predictive.

And a truth I learned in Sunday  school also immediately hit me:

Humility is predictive.

  • “For everyone [i.e., NO exceptions!] who exalts himself shall [not ‘might’] be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.” (Luke 14:11; virtually identical to Matthew 23:12)

But unlike the weather, this second truth entails 100% odds.  Bank on it.  Whichever path we choose, the Scripturally-stated subsequence is absolutely guaranteed to follow.  Definitely eventually, usually immediately.  While the unbreakable, never-veering verity averred in this verse serves as a warning, it is also a massive blessing:  the determinative difference lies only in which  path one walks along while in this world.

May we choose wisely.  May we walk wisely.  May we opt for humility in our daily lives.  Like that Porsche TV ad tagline of yesteryear puts it:  there is no substitute.  It’s a no-brainer.  Not necessarily easy  for our fallen flesh to fathom much less fulfill, but let us find firsthand that the Bible unleashes the Holy Spirit to produce and grow this guaranteed-golden trait within us, such that it eventually becomes automatic, one’s default setting in life.  And remains such as long as we don’t touch, as long as we keep our grubby hands off of the wheel and let the Bible and Holy Spirit drive us and do their thing, to perform the work as promised (1 Thessalonians 2:13).