Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WORDful Wednesday: Galatians

I have been reading the book of Galatians this month. I have been looking for something new to do for my Bible reading and decided to do what John MacArthur suggests, which is read an entire book of the Bible for an entire month. I decided to read my way through the General Electric Power Company books (that's Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians). I read it through a couple of times without really stopping and doing any real studying. Then I read it through in my study Bible a few times, reading the notes, and writing down what I found interesting. Now I am reading it in several different versions. There is a lot packed in this little book, including: the fruit of the Spirit, Paul telling off Peter, the verse about being crucified with Christ, and the comparison between Hagar and Sarah.

The central theme of the book is righteousness by faith, not the law. This is something I am so thankful for. I don't have to live under the rules and regulations of the Old Testament. I don't have to live under the rules and regulations of some person who thinks the are God's mouth piece, and can tell people what to do. I live in the freedom of the grace of God under the blood of Christ.

My favorite verse in Galatians is 3:26-27: "For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes." I love that picture of coming up out of the water after baptism all clean and ready for a new life.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

WORDful Wednesday: Who is God? Part Two

Here is the rest of the "who is God" list:

God is Holy and Righteous ~ 1 John 1:5
God is Love ~ Romans 5:8
God is Faithful ~ Hebrews 10:23
God is Unchangeable ~ Malachi 3:6

If you are interested in learning more about who God is and what he is like, I would recommend reading On Who is God: A Book You'll Actually Read by Mark Driscoll. It's very short, but really packed with information. There are several books in this series, but this is the only one I have read. If you read it, let me know what you think.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Velma is Very Quotable

Some people judge a book by it's cover. I judge a book by its opening lines. Last night I started a book that a had a great opening line. It made me want to get to know the main character, and see what she had to say.

Here is the opening line of Velma Still Cooks in Leeway by Vanita Hampton Wright:

"When I was a young girl, strange fevers would fall upon me. All of a sudden my temperature would rise and carry me away."

As the grandfather in Princess Bride would say, "Isn't that a wonderful beginning?"

Thankful Thursday

~ belly laughs around the table
~ unexpected money
~ beautiful weather
~ new faucets
~ something costing a lot less than it was supposed to

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wordful Wednesday: Who is God?

I got a great reminder of who God is recently in my devotions. I enjoyed relearning His attributes and seeing how big he is. Here are a few of God's personality traits and the scriptures where they can be found.

God is the Creator ~ Gen. 1:1, Ps. 1:27
God is eternal ~ Ps. 90:2
God is everywhere ~ Jer. 23:24
God is almighty ~ Dan. 4:35
God is all-knowing ~ Luke 12:7, Gen 16:13

Just a few mind boggling things to think about. I will share the rest of the list later. Feel free to share any othe attributes and/or scripture you think of in the comments.