Information is Everywhere

I am reading about information and the methods that people use to get the information they need. More than learning what information is I am discovering that there are all sorts of ways that people use to get the information that they want. Most of us tend to ask our family when we need to know something. If your family is like mine, they are not always a reliable source. Ask five family members the same question you will get five different answers. Our next go to source is the internet which is sketchy unless we know exactly where to look and exactly what we are looking for in exact terms.

Where we look for information depends on the type of data we need. If we need a recipe we may go to grandma, a cookbook, or the food network. If we need medical information we would go to our doctor, or my favorite, Web Md. Where we look is dictated by what we are looking for.

So what is the best source for information? The answer is easy, there is not one best source for information, unless you are looking for God. The Westminster Shorter Catechism’s definition of God is merely an enumeration of his attributes: “God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.” The best source for finding information about God is the Bible. Sure church is a good place to start and a priest is even better, but to really know God, get to know Him from God Himself. The primary source is God’s word. You can learn all you need to know about God from the book He wrote.

God is Love 1Jo 4:16, Spirit Jhn 4:24, Holy One Psa 16:10, I Am Jhn 8:58, The Alpha & Omega, The Beginning & End Rev 1:8, Almighty Exd 6:3, The Creator of the World Jhn 1:3, Infinite 1Ki 8:27, All Powerful Jer 32:17,27, All Knowing 1Jo 3:20,Ever Present Psa 139:1, 13,Unchangeable Num 23:19 and this is just a short list of the attributes of God. There are many many more.

I challenge you to get to know the One True God right from the source.

Books, Books, Books, and God

I have books, 810 to be exact. I have classics, romance, mystery, biblical commentaries, histories, non fiction and 14 Bibles. I believe that the Bible is the word of God. I know that men wrote it, but God gave them the words to write. I believe it to be accurate and I take what the Bible contains on faith.

What if God was not finished sending His words to humans? Can or does God instruct, guide or influence people to write His words now? Would God’s words written now be valuable for the faithful to read? Why should we think that we are not as useful as the 40 men who wrote the Bible? Can’t God use us too? Why would what we write now be of any less importance, if it is inspired and instructed by God for us to write?How would we know if God sent His words to a writer?

I can hear the groans for those who say, “No, not possible . God’s word is His word. No you nor anyone else can add to God’s word.” I am not saying add to the Bible. I am not saying that the Bible or any other sacred writing should be messed with or is less sacred. All I am saying is that if God can give men His words to write to create the Bible, He could very well give people words to write now and He has throughout history. I believe that there are texts out there that are God inspired and God given.

What other books are out there that have been found or will be found that God caused to come in to existence? I would be so excited if there was some sort of archaeological finding was to surface of a sacred text that stuns the world. I am certain that we have not discovered all of God’s words that He intended. I am sure that there were several writings that did not make it to us because they did not survive being destroyed in some way. If some other text was found, it would prove my point that God has more to say.

Why should be assumed that God gave all His words to humnas and  he is not doing that any longer? Makes no sense to me at all. God is certainly capable for doing whatever He wants. If what He desires is for someone to write His words there is nothing humanly possible for us to do to stop Him

It could happen, think about it. Could God use you to write some significant truth? I believe He can and still does use writers.

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Here are some facts about the Bible. I found this on a very interesting site and I thought you would like it too.

1– The Writing of the  Bible

The Bible was written over a 1600 year period by approximately 40 men. The  time of the writing was from 1500 BC to AD 100.

2 – The Divisions of the  Bible

While the Bible is 1 book, it contain 66 smaller books. The books of the Old  Testament were written before the birth of Jesus Christ and the New Testament  covers the life of Christ and beyond.

3 – Chapters and  Verses

Each of the books, except 5, are divided into chapters and verses.  The 5 which aren’t divided by chapters are Obadiah, Philemon, 2 John, 3 John,  and Jude. These are short books which only have verse divisions.

Chapters were introduced to the Bible in 1238 by Cardinal Hugo de S. Caro.  Verse divisions were not added until 1551 by Robertus Stephanus.

4 – The Longest and Shortest of  the Bible

The longest chapter if the Bible is Psalm 119 with 176 verses. The shortest  chapter is Psalm 117 with only 2 verses. Incidentally, the middle chapter of the  Bible is Psalm 118.

The longest book of the Bible is Psalms  with 150 chapters, or psalms. It contains 43,743 words. The shortest book is 3  John with only 1 chapter and 299 words.

The longest verse in the Bible is Esther 8:9 with 90 words. The shortest  verse is John 11:35 with only 2 words, “Jesus wept.”

Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/10-amazing-bible-facts/#ixzz24qTI932o

The Gospel of Damascus By Omar Imady

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a very difficult time getting in to The Gospel of Damascus. It was weird
mix of super natural and mysticism. I think the story would have been better
with more reality thrown in.  This book is not for a casual Sunday afternoon
read. There were a few spelling and grammatical errors that were distracting to
me, but the story was just too far-fetched for me. The characters were not
believable.I may go back and read it again to see if it was just the fact that
the story was a heavy read and maybe I missed some of the plot elements.

The Language of Flowers By Vanessa Diffenbaugh

In The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh spins a spellbinding story that
I was like a sweet and painful look at a girl who was deeply scarred. She
thought no one loved her when she was deeply loved. I fell in love with the
story and with Victoria too Victoria communicates through flowers. She’s a
natural florist and weaves spells through the use of them. She feels that she is
not worthy of being a real person after years of abuse in the foster care system.
Eventually she accepts that she can be loved. I absolutely recommend this book to
everyone.

The Storm is Coming

As I sit here watching the tropics and preparing for Issac to possibly knock on my door for a visit,  I am perplexed at how so many people do not take nature seriously. I mean there is a storm coming and maybe you should consider getting prepared if you live somewhere along the path it is taking. The attitude among those I spoke to today is more of a “Who cares?!” than a “Let’s get ready.”  As one who has lived on the Gulf Coast for a long time. I am not going to play with nature when it send a hurricane my way. When a storm comes I am going to prepare for the worst, do what I can to be safe, and pray that God steers it in a different direction.

In the same way we prepare for the natural storms, we can prepare for the other storms in life. We can’t stop the storms coming  into our lives, but there are things we can, must prepare for while we watch for signs of the storms as they blow into our world. For instance, we should prepare for financial difficulty, illness, or even death, ours or a loved one. We can not go through life with a “Who Cares?” attitude. I am not saying don’t trust God, of course we trust Him. I am saying to use the good sense God gave you to prepare for what you can. God does not promise us a carefree life. The storms will come and they will blow our trees round. We need to know how to batten down the hatches and arm ourselves for the wind we can’t control. If we go through life with no regard to the storms, we will be tossed and battered.

God offers us the answers we need to weather through the storms. God’s word can be our lantern for the times the wind howls and our electricity is knocked out. It can be the bucket we use when the roof of our life starts to leak from the pouring rain. It can even be our shields on the windows to our hearts,  when the full force hurricane gusts blow us down.

We can not predict when the storms in life will hit like the weather experts can predict the hurricanes, but the storms will come. We can not know how hard the winds will blow or how difficult the aftermath clean up will be. We can be prepared by studying God’s word and trusting that if we do as He asks, He will protect us. God will see us through the storms. Be prepared.

How Brave Are You?

Mark 10:21  (ESV)21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

I wonder if the disciples were scared to follow Jesus? Where they scared when He said “You lack one thing: go,  sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have  treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” How intimidating was that command to the disciples? How did they go home and explain to their families? Did they say,

“Hey there is this prophet and he says he is the son of God, yeah I think he is the real deal so I am selling all my stuff and leaving today to follow Him. No, I have no idea where we are going.”

I can’t imagine the fear and excitement that they must have felt. They must have lost a lot of friends and family members who thought they were completely nuts over what they did.

But following Jesus was strange and exciting then, and you know what? Following Jesus is strange and exciting now. How many of you have said any thing like that to your family, friends and employers? “I can’t come to work today because I am going to sell all I have and go follow Jesus.” or how about this, “Hey I joined a church the other day and I am going to go serve the Lord. Don’t know when I will be back, where I will sleep or what I will eat but I am going anyway.”

I know, I haven’t done that either. I have stayed in my safe little life to scared to change and do anything but the same old get up go to work and live my comfortable life, thank you very much.

Christianity takes a radical change. It takes courage and strength to follow Jesus and do what He commands. It takes giving Him your all. I wonder what would happen to Christianity in this country or the world if we all did just what Jesus commanded the disciples to do? How different life would be for everyone.

Oh I hear the nay sayers, “But he wasn’t talking to us he was talking to his twelve top guys.” Actually He was talking to ALL of the people who plan to follow Him. He wants Us to give everything we have to Him. All of it! Our lives, our possessions, our hearts, everything. Thant my friend is a scary proposition. Look at it this way, if we all could find the courage to follow Jesus we would be in very good Company.

Busy & Confused

I was so busy at work today. I had no less than 149 emails, 86 phone messages and 48 visitors! I am so tired. I was so busy today that I didn’t talk to God all day. Ok, that isn’t entirely true I prayed before I left home and said small little “Help Me” prayers through out the day.

Isn’t it terrible that even though I prayed I still feel like I did not hear God all day? The distractions of this life are loud and demanding. They pull our attention this way and that way. Before we know it we are off on our own somewhere without the voice of God. I really don’t like that place. The thing is we don’t realize where we are untill we stop and look up or away from what has distracted us. Then we say, “Wait, how did I get here?”

1 Cor 14:33 “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.”

Busy and then confused. That is the perfect description of my day.

Lord,

Please take away the things that distract me from you, from hearing your voce and feeling your love.

Amen