The FBEer


10
Dec 2015

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”  -Matthew 5:8 Hey FBE-ers!!! Sören Kierkegaard wrote a book entitled, “Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing.”  He nailed it in the title!  Perhaps he didn’t even need to write the rest of the book.  🙂 By this definition, “almost pure” is a paradoxical adjective.  “Almost Pure”?  Is that sort of like, “Kind of Pregnant”? Back in my youth group days I saw a Christian skit duo called. “The Skit Guys,” do a skit to teach this concept. One guy......

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01
Jan 1970

Don’t pretend your problems are smaller than they are… Just allow God to be how big He really is.   Though I cannot remember every hearing it before, this what I woke up thinking this morning.  Weird, right!?  I mean, how often to you wake up with some bumpersticker-ready proverb on your lips?  While I was still half asleep with this ante meridiem motto in my head, I half dreamed of a father and daughter receiving the proverb as a prophecy.  They embraced in fear of what problem was prophesied, but they......

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01
Jan 1970

Peter’s impulsiveness got him into some trouble.  He was scolded by Jesus (Jesus actually called him Satan!), and he made a goober of himself in front of the Father, Son, Elijah, and Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration. But he was also compelled to confess Jesus as the Christ.  And he stepped out of the boat onto the water.  (post resurrection he dove into the water to reach Christ!) I think that the Holy Spirit, too, is impulsive… but with purpose. And when we follow the impulse of the Holy Spirit, we......

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01
Jan 1970

Hey FBE-ers! We kicked off our series on the Home last Sunday – Imitating Home.  Every home’s purpose is to represent God to the world – every home should be an Imitating Home.  That was the original design when God created mankind in His own likeness – in His own image – male and female, He created them. This is why a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined together with his wife, and the two shall become one flesh… because the unity between male and female is the......

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01
Jan 1970

I stumbled upon this while studying.  I had forgotten I wrote it.  I still mean it all. the journey It happened to mealong the way. I never noticed before.  “Never noticed what?” You may ask… but that’s just it… some time earlier… a while before… I just simply, “never noticed.” I was stuck in default.  I was living obliviously on auto-pilot.  I was locked in demo-mode. I never noticed I was along the way. I was safe from depression and lasting pain.  Ignorant assumptions have a way of guarding our hearts from......

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01
Jan 1970

Hey FBE-ers! I recently conducted a graveside service for the family of Edward Lee Atwood.  He and his wife, Nita, were long term members of FBE, beginning in the ’40s.   Edward was a hard-working farmer, and I was grateful that God gave me this message for Edward’s service.  I love it so much, I wanted to share it with the church. Time’s Three Trees It is times like this – times of remembering our loved ones who have passed away – that we are reminded of the depths of what we......

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01
Jan 1970

Hey FBE-ers! I’ve come to believe that forgiveness is a weird thing. Sometimes it rolls right off the tongue,“Of course I forgive you.” Sometimes it hides from us in the open wounds of our heart,“I wish I could forgive him!” Sometimes we chain it up in a dark corner of our soul,“You don’t deserve to be forgiven!” But I think there is one very simple truth that can help make forgiveness a part of the healing process for our hearts and a light for our souls. Here is this simple and powerful......

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01
Jan 1970

I have no idea where the following piece came from.  I found it in my backed up files.  I don’t know if it is something I wrote back in the day, or if I am now plagiarizing someone’s work… If you wrote this, then I’m sorry… and thanks!!!  Because It is awesome! “Living People to Christ” The Rule:  Sincerity.  Jesus does not need or desire salesmen and saleswomen.  He desires children… coworkers in the process of redemption… joint heirs living in The Kingdom.  And by living in The Kingdom in everyday life,......

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01
Jan 1970

One of the few positive statements of the author of Ecclesiastes.  Even in a literary work exposing the futility of all of life, something good can be said of COMMUNITY!  (my translation below, with footnotes) 7 Again I saw emptiness under the sun: 8 There was someone who had no one –                     Not even a son or brother! He never slowed down his drudgery, though his eyes were never satisfied with wealth. “Whose laborer am I?  All this toil yet I deprive my being from what is truly good?!”                    ......

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