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Reflecting on Scripture with Colin Redmond

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Reflecting on Scripture with Colin Redmond

Growing up as a child, I had the distinct privilege of visiting my grandparents’ wheat ranch in eastern Washington and observing how life is lived in an environment where water was precious and the nearest neighbor lived a mile away. Quoting the scripture, Whoever gives even a cup of cold water in my name will by no means lose his reward. –Matthew 10:42 …my grandmother would shut off the TV and offer a glass of cold water to a visiting neighbor, relative, or friend. Reflecting on scripture, I wonder: What reward does one receive for giving a glass of water? What reward does one receive for giving a soccer ball? How does engaging with giving change our lives? Colin Redmond, an 11 year old boy from Northbrook, a suburb north of Chicago, Illinois,...

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Reflecting on Scripture with the Armor of the Lord

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Reflecting on Scripture with the Armor of the Lord

What is the armor of the Lord? Is it for warfare or for priesthood? Reflecting on scripture by comparing Ephesians chapter six with Leviticus chapter eight, as well as the description of the armor of the Lord with the garments worn by the priests, reveals that they are one and the same. Growing up as a child, I was taught the passage in Ephesians chapter six was referring to Roman armor, as that would be a common point of reference in Paul’s day. However, when comparing this passage with descriptions of the attire of a priest, the similarities are obvious. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against...

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Success: Reflecting on Scripture

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Success: Reflecting on Scripture

How do we define success? Is there a formula for success? What does it mean to be successful? Reflecting on scripture, we see in Psalm chapter one that an individual is successful when: he/she does not walk in the counsel of the wicked he/she does not stand in the way of sinners he/she does not sit in the seat of scorners Conversely, we could also say that an individual is successful when: he/she walks in the counsel of the righteous he/she stands in the way of saints he/she sits in the seat of the respectful In either case, these express action as well as progression, which reminds me of an expression I have coined: The more you do something, the more capacity you have to do it. In other words, once you start down the path with an individual who is of a...

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Spiritual Abundance: Reflecting on Scripture

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Spiritual Abundance: Reflecting on Scripture

What does the scripture say about the idea that there is enough? What does Ephesians say about sufficiency? Can we clarify these thoughts with the Word of God? Reflecting on scripture and relating these ideas to Ephesians, we see Paul opening the first chapter in verse three with, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua (Jesus) Messiah, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Messiah.” This sense of bounty continues throughout the first chapter, which is replete with references to abundance: verse six, which He freely bestowed on us verse seven, according to the riches of His grace verse eight, which He lavished on us verse eleven, we have obtained an inheritance verse eighteen, the riches of the glory of His...

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Empty Vessels: Reflecting on Scripture

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Empty Vessels: Reflecting on Scripture

Do you see the universe as having more than an abundant supply? The truth is that the universe is abundant in every aspect. We experience lack because we see the bottom of the pot. There is always more where that came from, provided we are open to seeing it that way. When there is not enough it is because we believed there was an end. Reflecting on scripture, my favorite story that has to do with lack and abundance is about the widow woman with two sons who was so poor that her creditors were threatening to take her sons into slavery as payment for her debts. “Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the LORD, but the creditor has come to take my two children to...

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Thoughts are Things: Reflecting on Scripture

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Thoughts are Things: Reflecting on Scripture

The word devar in Hebrew is translated “things” as well as “word.” In other words, in Hebrew, words and things are the same word. The book of Deuteronomy starts with, “These are the words,” or devarim, which is the plural of devar. Reflecting on scripture, we see that Paul encouraged us to “think on these things.” Because thoughts are things and words create, what we think about becomes the words we speak, creating our life as a result. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and...

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