H.E.L.P.

Do you remember this movie?

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It was a Pixar movie that came out in 2008. Here is a link to Pixar’s website about the movie.

I put this one in my top 5 animated movies of all time.

But it was not until I had watched it several times that I realized the name, Wall-E, was an acrostic.

A quote from Pixar’s website proclaims, “WALL•E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) is the last robot left on Earth, programmed to clean up the planet, one trash cube at a time. However, after 700 years, he’s developed one little glitch…”

I want to share another acrostic with you. H.E.L.P.

As in, God has help available for you and I but it comes in various forms. I took the liberty to use the word HELP and made an acrostic.

Last week’s post, Consider the Source, will give more context as to why I am writing about help.

I would recommend reading that one so what follows will make more sense. Click here.

When God helps us, He does not always use the same methods. If you read the Old Testament, God was super-creative in how He would spare the children of Israel.

For us, that same supernatural creativity has not been exhausted.

The first Help He gives is the Holy Spirit.

Here is verse 7 from John 16: “7But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” NIV

Let’s focus on that word, Advocate. If we look a little deeper, we can get a grasp on its meaning.

In a broad sense, think helper, aide, or assistant. The Holy Spirit would replace Jesus. It was his role to lead the apostles (and us-by extension) into a deeper knowledge of God and His truth, and also to provide divine strength when undergoing temptations or persecution.

Trials and tribulations were never meant to be removed but endured. God would not allow us to go up against something alone. He knew we are only frail humans.

But with His help, the Holy Spirit, we can be over-comers! Romans 8 gives us that title.

Volumes upon volumes have been written about the Holy Spirit. Various doctrines center around the third person of the Trinity.

I am not writing on behalf of a specific church or denomination.

I am trying to interpret God’s Word accurately.

And if I am correct, which, by the way, I am confident that I am, the Holy Spirit is right beside me every step along this journey of life.

He is also right by your side.

Let’s continue to walk in stride with Him.

H – Holy Spirit

E –

L –

P –

Call on Him today and enjoy this first Help of God. Good night!

The Letter ‘S’

I am a big fan of desserts. Chocolate…mint…cream…fruit…donuts! I like just about any thing from the dessert menu. Here is just one tasty looking morsel…

Top 20 No-Bake Desserts | i am baker

If you remove one letter from dessert, you get desert. This picture will not be as appealing,

Desert Precipitation, Plant, and Animal Life

Which one would be more to your liking?

Connection between dessert and desert? You bet there is.

While in church this past week, I had this thought:

Sometimes, you have to go through the desert before you can have the dessert.

Our society and culture is focused on the instant. The now is vastly more important than later.

Ultimately, heaven is the final dessert. For now, we are here on earth living our days.

But this principle of “Now and Not Later” has invaded everything we do. Including, I dare say, our faith.

Food – we use microwaves rather ovens (I am not anti-oven, just so you know)

Money – casinos vs hard work

Sex – instant gratification over building a loving relationship with your spouse

Knowledge – Google search is easier than research or study

Power – strength over temptation without memorizing the Word

Jesus fasted for 40 days before he started his ministry. He was often found praying before the sun came up. He knew the value of going through the “desert”. Now he sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven eating his “dessert”!

God wants our hearts. That takes time. Building an intimate relationship with our Lord can sometimes feel like the desert. Good thing that relationship is based on faith and not feelings!

But God is always worth whatever desert we have to get past to find Him.

There is no shortcut to holiness.

Be encouraged today. God sees where you are. Look to Him.

God bless! See you next week!

Where to begin…October 1.

Hello Reader. I hope your day is running smoothly. Perhaps you have just woken up. Maybe sleep is coming very soon.

Whatever time of day it is for you, enjoy it.

For me, there are many things in my life right now that can be looked at as negative. I won’t even list them because they are not negative things.

If I choose to look at a circumstance or situation and be depressed, that is my choice.

If I see the joy in the chaos, that is also my choice.

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Today starts a campaign if you will.

No, I am not running for public office. However, I am out to make a change.

Not a change in you but a change in me.

I want God’s best in me. Writing this blog is more for me than you, the reader.

So for October, I am posting every night.

This will allow me to see my journey. It is almost as if the words that are typed out are a signpost of where I have been.

The plan is to keep looking forward; progressing.

Looking back only serves to slow things down or worse, cause an accident.

If you choose to read along every day, I am cool with that decision.

If not, no worries because, again, this is really for me.

May God grant you grace and mercy today in ways you have never seen before!

See you tomorrow!

Lent, pt. 21

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,” NIV I Peter 1:3-4

These verses were on my mind today.

I am going to put Lent aside for a while.

Day-to-day living can be so many things.

Today was pretty good. My students were lively and entertaining today. We seemed to accomplish much in the way of learning.

I went to Smart Cow with my wife and daughter after dinner.

smart cow

Some days, life is good. This reminds me of the inheritance that is spoken of by Peter in those verses above.

Heaven will be completely fantastic. Nothing on earth can compare.

But it is days like these that I get a small glimpse of what it will be like.

Thank you Lord for making a place for me.

Crowd or Committed?

“I just wanted to slap them upside the head!”

At least that was the thought going through my mind a few days ago.

My wife and I had a chance to catch a movie. In the theater with popcorn. It is certainly a nice but rare occasion for us.

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In the row right in front of us were some teenage girls. And they talked. LOUDLY!!!

After getting shushed at a number of times, they finally left. My wife said later that she would like to see that movie again because she missed parts due to the noise.

Those girls paid the admission price just as my wife and I did. They had a right to be in the movie. Popcorn was available for them as well.

But their attitude and mindset were very different from ours. Travel with me back to our story in Joshua 3.

Here are the first 4 verses to catch you up in case you missed my last few posts.

1Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over. 2After three days the officers went throughout the camp, 3giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. 4Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubitsa between you and the ark; do not go near it.”” 

So here they are, just east of the Jordan river. How were they going to cross over?

The three ideas we have explored so far from Joshua 3. Click each for a new window.

Let go and let God be in control.

Trust God.

Put God first.

What is the next step?

Verse 5 explains exactly what that next step is for the Israelites:

5Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”

One verse with two parts. Part two is for next time.

But I will speak to the first part. Joshua (relaying what God had already told him), told the people to “Consecrate yourselves…”

Consecrate…?

The hebrew transliteration is qadash, which is pronounced kaw-dash’.

This word is a verb. God wanted the people to consecrate themselves.

They had action to take. They were to set themselves apart from the world.

The word simply means set apart. Set apart for a specific purpose.

Think about the million or so people waiting to cross the Jordan. Were they ready for this message? Which ones were committed to serving Jehovah? We don’t really get those details but I am sure that there are some who were just part of the crowd.

Just part of the crowd. Am I part of the crowd? I think those girls at the movie the other night would have been “just part of the crowd.”

For me, I want to be counted in the committed.

Set apart for a specific purpose. Yep, that sounds better than just hanging out in a crowd.

crowd

Are you committed? Or are you part of the crowd?

If we let go, trust God and put Him first, then being committed is easy.

Start today. Wherever you are with God, start there. He has not moved.

And just a little encouragement to take with you:

That huge river you see in front of you? God created it. And it’s not too big for Him.

jordan river