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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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Reflecting on Scripture: the Rest of God

»Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Reflecting on Scripture: the Rest of God

What does it mean to rest in God? Is it possible to have rest in a restless world? Does rest in God refer to this lifetime or to our eternal rest? Reflecting on scripture in attempting to understand the rest of God, I have often meditated on Hebrews chapter 4:1-11. Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest,’” although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he has somewhere...

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Developing Character with Ruth

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Developing Character with Ruth

What do you spend your time thinking about? Where does your mind wander? What are the predominant emotions that flavor your days? The Bible is replete with stories of individuals who changed their destiny because they changed their thinking. Developing character with Ruth, we see how she was encouraged by Naomi, her mother-in-law, to return to her mother’s house after the death of her husband, but refused and stuck with Naomi instead: But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following after you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from...

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