Would the Holy Spirit anoint contentious disciples? According to Peter, disharmony hinders prayer. He tells husbands: “Live with your wives in an understanding… Do this so nothing will stop your prayers” (I Peter 3:7.) Waiting on God means working through conflicts, forgiving offenses, resolving disputes, resolving disputes, “Always keep yourself united in the Holy Spirit, and bind your-selves together in peace” (Ephesians 4:3.)
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Our family just got back from a day of hiking some trails. I truly believe that the area we live in is one of the most beautiful places in the world. We have so many opportunities to enjoy nature, from canoeing and fishing on the New River, to biking on the New River Trail, to hiking through many of the numerous state parks and national forests in the surrounding area. We are truly blessed to see such beauty on a regular basis.
On our recent hiking trip, we were able to able to hike to the top of Hanging Rock. The hike to the top is a little over a mile, but it is listed as a moderate hike and can be steep in places. It was challenging, but not too hard for our kids. After getting back to the real world, I decided to share a few lessons from the hike.
firstly: Enjoy the Journey
I’m a fast hiker. I don’t like to stop and I especially don’t like going slow. It’s always a challenge to see how fast I can reach the destination. While hiking, my wife and kids are constantly reminding me to slow down. My kids don’t mind letting me know that my legs are longer and that I need to stop and enjoy the scenery. They remind me to enjoy the journey. I hate to admit it, but my family is right. There is joy in the journey.
For me, hiking is a metaphor for my life as well. I’m constantly going somewhere and it seems like I stay way too busy. Sometimes we are in such a hurry to get to where we are going, that we miss God given opportunities along the way. Our society has conditioned us to constantly stay busy. Our families operate like a taxi service transporting the kids to all their activities and our churches aren’t much slower. Almost every night of the week there are practices, meetings, and studies. In Scripture, we see that Jesus withdrew from the crowds and spent time alone. Jesus also saw opportunities that the disciples missed. As they traveled from town to town, we see Jesus talking, sharing, healing, and loving the people he met. We need to do the same.
Secondly: We Can’t Stay on the Mountaintop
After resting and soaking in the views from the top of the mountain for a while, I reluctantly decided that I had to get back to the real world and hike back down. I was reminded of the story of Jesus and Peter, James, and John at the Transfiguration. All three of the synoptic gospels share this story about a mountaintop experience (you can read it in Matthew 17, Mark 9, and Luke 9) After they had an incredible experience in which they saw Jesus literally transformed and glorified on the mountaintop, they didn’t want to leave. In fact they wanted to build an alter so they wouldn’t forget what happened. But Jesus didn’t let them stay on the mountaintop. While we are refreshed and encouraged while we are on top of the world, we have to re-enter the real world. There is work to be done, and it’s our job to do it.
Sometimes our life seems like a mountaintop. The view is incredible and everything seems to be going our way. However, as most of you have experienced, there are points in our life when we are far from the mountaintop, when life is not what we expected. It’s in those times we are in the valley that we must look up to God and rely on Him. Billy Graham once said that it’s while we are on the mountaintops that we need to be praying the most, because we can be sure that a valley is coming.
Let me just challenge you in your thinking. Our joy and contentment is not based on whether we are on a mountaintop or in a valley. We need to remember that there is joy in the journey.
do not really have faith in ‘doomsday talks,’ due to the fact of that “world without end’ = KJV [ cannot say what the angle of this style of writing is in reality ] YES, the world is messy, man messed it up; but how do we humans not consider that maybe, JUST MAY BE, all these calamities are not a truer sign of the idea of NOW’S THE TIME… JUST AS BETTER THAN YESTERDAY, OF HIM COMING TO GIVE BELIEVERS THE TICKET TO AN EVERLASTING ETERNITY? in the quote of my favorite rector, now in Richmond, VA., as apposed to Charlotte, WHERE WE MET over twenty+ years ago so over however that event seems like a yesterday to me. getting back subject:
August 23, 2o20 1:06.03 PM – dig – madd.org – Ska is punk-reggae. combines Caribbean mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues. It is characterized by a walking bass line [RJ], accented guitar [JS] or piano rhythms on the offbeat.
In the early 1960s, ska was the dominant musical genre of JamaicA, and it was also popular with Britishs mods. Music historians typically divide the history of ska into three periods: the original Jamaican ska scene of the 1960s, the 2! Tone ska revival that started in England in the late 1970s, and the third wave ska movement, which started in the 1980s; much less 1991.
So much is so devising in the FALSE News/media drug, a drug that so many in America are addicted to. truth be told: AMERICA DOES LOVE IT’S IDIOT- BOX. A KEY KNIFE CARVING THE U.S. CITIZENS WHO ARE JUST DOING U.S. NO GOOD BY BEING SHEEP ALMOST RUNNING TO THE SLAUGHTER THAT THEY KNOW IS AWAITING THEM. not sure, why a slam-dunk END OF LIFE is so appealing. appealing to the quitter mentality. suppose they think, but i shall not go that direction, since it is not for me to decide what all those not not for me to either berate, even chastise the last truly free citizenship; on a our speck of galactic dust known as Earth; our island home. this is not, at all a condemnation for those who disagree with David. without decent there is no wiggle-room. facts do coincide with truth. ‘m nothing better than any of you. ‘m only a man; with foibles and disappointments like some others. it is not my way to think there is anything more opportunity towards grace our True Father provides all, some more than an others yet it’s just those who do realize it that find Him.
BUT! the scene is this: President Donald J. Trump will win a second term in his office. the sheer promotion of just how impaired a demoncrat opponent is will foster enough concern, even to the dolt’s who have the idea that in so ruining their party’s credit assuming their hijacking the supposition: being democrats IN a democracy. wasn’t it Franklin who replied, yes, “A Republic, Madam, if you can keep it.” . . To borrow Abraham Lincoln‘s phrase from the Gettysburg Address: And so, back to Benjamin Franklin’s words: “We have a Republic – if we can keep it. note: my style, only if by fault, my writing commands consideration, thinking, returning to previous words or phrases to find the gist of my intended convoy; of thought; from this brain to yours.
she’s a liar who tattles on herself, liar’s do; if one gives them enough rope…
she is not black, Afro-American; she’s Indian (not American) dig it: TRUTH
the folly sin always creates distemper in one’s, (You and i,) soul. irregardless the real gravity of where you or i disobeyed God, sin is sin. it is a welcoming of death. that whole concept was not considered; not at all, by David Buckle. and what did that avoidance cost? it cost me my life, ability, talents, gone; if everyone takes a not imperative look at a life given to us. all thinking all our daily routine is cemented. what needs to be considered is that all, e v e r y t h i n g we think is ours can be gone sooner than even half a split second.
Did He hear the prayer of His son? Yes; enough to send an Angel. Did God spare His son from death? No. The Glory of God outranked the comfort of Christ. So Christ suffered and God‘s grace was displayed and deployed.
For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. Matthew 25:35
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