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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family. This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.


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Will Wonders Never Cease? No, Never.

The literal answer to this age old expression is, “No, a thousand times NO!”  God’s wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, an answered prayer, a second chance, and the togetherness of a family.  God’s wonders take us to new heights if the one in the middle of the wondrous decides to catch the kite string and soar into the spiritual.

God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family.  This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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This summer, my husband and I saw many wondrous things in our month long road trip and I would love to share some of my best pictures with you.  Psalm 148 just seems to fit.

God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family. This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family. This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family.  This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family.  This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family.  This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family. This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family. This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family.  This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family. This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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This excerpt from The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones  captures the childlike simplicity of creation and its response to wonder.

And when God saw them He  was like a new dad.  “You look just like me,” He said.  “You’re the most beautiful thing I’ve ever made!”  God loved them with all of His heart.  And they were lovely because He loved them.  And Adam and Eve joined in the song of the stars and the streams and the wind in the trees, the wonderful song of love to the one who made them. 

This post is just a reminder to join the song.

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Pictures:  1)  glacial ice seen on our Alaskan cruise, 2)  hummingbird perched on a branch near her nest in my California son’s yard, 3)  California beach, 4) Oregon coastline,  5) View from a train in Skagway Alaska, 6) More Alaskan beauty, 7) It was a surprise to find Washington Lake Wanapun in the middle of such barren country, 8) My family’s Montana ranch, my favorite place, 9)  Ranch sunset on our last day.  The sky was especially beautiful.  10)  Ranch sunrise  on our last day.  The sky was especially beautiful.

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There is pretty good evidence in scripture of a pattern that shows that by the third generation a spiritual forgetfulness has emerged. Most turn from their parent's God to worship the gods of sensuality. I am making plans to do everything I can to thwart this cycle.


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The Lost Generation

There is pretty good evidence in scripture of a pattern that shows that by the third generation a spiritual forgetfulness has emerged.  First a person, or a group of people, are called out from unbelief to belief, many times due to suffering.  This first generation is thrilled and genuinely grateful to know God.  The second generation, is caught up in the zeal of their parents, but suffer less conviction, because they experience God in a different way, by second-hand news.  The third generation is disconnected from the original story, treating their grandparent’s beliefs as inconsequential and myth-like.  They lack their own identity and most turn from God to worship the gods of sensuality.   Now re-read this paragraph  in context of 2016.

I heard a Bible scholar refer to this phenomenon as the law of the third generation.

There is pretty good evidence in scripture of a pattern that shows that by the third generation a spiritual forgetfulness has emerged.  Most turn from their parent's God to worship the gods of sensuality. I am making plans to do everything I can to thwart this cycle.

The cycle moves as such:  DESERTION OF GOD – SUFFERING – FAITH – PEACE – DISCONTENTMENT – DESERTION OF GOD  and so on.

Tragically, based on Biblical evidence, humanity seems to  lose our next generations during the peaceful times.  Do we talk less about God during these times?  Do we cry out to Him less when life is smooth sailing?  Do we fail to remember the family stories of deliverance, and that peace comes out of struggle?  Do we remain silent before our children to spare them, when in reality we damage them?

I personally have a gory history that I would love to spare  my granddaughter, but which I won’t.  When she is old enough, she will hear from an eyewitness (me) about the graciousness of God and the faithfulness of my mother.  I will explain how hard it was to forgive by showing her my heart and the aftermath of confronting evil.  She will hear the countless struggles I have had with my faith, and she will be shown how God has been compassionate to me and all those I love.

I plan to accomplish these goals by leaving behind my journals to the generations to come, and by adding to my gratitude corner so each answered prayer of anguish and trust will become part of our family history.  And, most importantly, as long as I have breath, I plan to speak the name of my faithful Father, worship the Son with enthusiasm,  and be a living example of keeping in step with the Spirit, even when it’s hard.  The important idea is to not let the generations to come fall into the desertion cycle.  I reject this thought.

A perfect example in scripture comes from Deuteronomy 11.  Moses points out to the people, the first generation,  that their children did not see the wonders and miracles. The second generation did not see how the Lord cared for His people in the wilderness,  but that THEY have seen these things with their own eyes.  vs. 1-7   Moses warns the first generation to be careful because consequences will follow those who forget Him.  vs. 16-17  Moses explains the ONLY way to keep our children faithful…

There is pretty good evidence in scripture of a pattern that shows that by the third generation a spiritual forgetfulness has emerged. Most turn from their parent's God to worship the gods of sensuality. I am making plans to do everything I can to thwart this cycle.

“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.”  Deuteronomy 11:18-20 NLT

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Finding the Jewish Messiah in the historical setting of the day is like finding out you have been grasping a handful of gold instead of the vast treasure that was meant for you. It's time to dive into SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright.


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Good Book: SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright

Finding the Jewish Messiah in the historical setting of the day is like finding out you have been grasping a handful of gold instead of the vast treasure that was meant for you. It's time to dive into SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright.

Who he was, what he did, why it matters

The more I understand scripture, the more the Holy Spirit sends me to the Jews… to the Old Testament…to the history behind it all.  How else can I truly understand the sacrifice Jesus made until I understand the sacrificial system he lived under at the time.

I am corresponding with a very kind atheist who lets me share scripture with her.  The gospel message is not just a literal death on a cross.  I can’t say,  “Jesus died for your sins”…that just doesn’t make sense to someone from another country who is struggling to understand this Jesus person.  “How exactly does God dying save people?”  she might wonder.  We are very proficient in telling His  story, but not so well in conveying the symbolism behind it all.  We are guilty of dumbing it down for our children too.   Basically we tell them, “Just trust me, He died and rose.”  Then they grow up reciting, but not really understanding the immense beauty and richness of what exactly God did for His chosen people.     Maybe it’s time you delve into the history and prophesy of the Jews and develop a complete picture of the  Messiah.  If you are ready to be schooled by a professor of the New Testament and Early Christianity, then this is the book for you.

This book is full of imagery and metaphorical pictures, not just from scriptures, but from Wright too by using the analogy of a storm throughout the book.    We meet the Roman and Jewish people through the eyes of the culture of the time.  Wondered what happened in between the books of Malachi and Matthew?  We are introduced to the men who “could have been” the Messiah, but only disappointed in the end:  Judah Maccabee, Simon the Star, Herod the Great, and Simon bar-Giora.  We discover fascinating meanings behind what Jesus said and did, hidden to those of us who have been skimming the surface of scriptures, staying safely within the confines of the New Testament.   Wright uses the seven themes of the Exodus:  tyrant, leader, divine victory, sacrifice, vocation, divine presence, and promised inheritance to compare with the coming, the life, death and reign of the King of the Jews.  Finally Professor Wright discusses the enthroned Jesus and how he works with the church today through the Spirit.

I won’t kid you y’all, this is not an easy book to read, but SO worth your time and energy.  Here is how Tom Wright organizes his book:

Finding the Jewish Messiah in the historical setting of the day is like finding out you have been grasping a handful of gold instead of the vast treasure that was meant for you. It's time to dive into SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright.

 

I am including a quote from Professor Wright on heaven and earth.

“They (heaven and earth) are not merely contagious, like two next-door houses.  Heaven permeates earth.  If Jesus is now in ‘heaven’, he is present to every place on earth.  Had he remained on earth, he wouldn’t have been present anywhere except the one place where he was.  The ascension enables him to be present everywhere.

Tom Wright also writes under the name of N.T. Wright.  There are many videos of his discussions on YouTube.   Get your boots on y’all, he goes deep!

 

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Have you been raised in the church and have never heard the explicit gospel of Christ? Matt Chandler, in his book THE EXPLICIT GOSPEL, says this happens more than you would think.


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Good Book: The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler

Have you been raised in the church and have never heard the explicit gospel of Christ? Matt Chandler, in his book THE EXPLICIT GOSPEL, says this happens more than you would think.

The Explicit Gospel came about after Chandler realized some who have been raised in the church, raised to believe in Christ, had never heard the gospel, explicitly.  Here is how he organizes his thoughts.

Have you been raised in the church and have never heard the explicit gospel of Christ? Matt Chandler, in his book THE EXPLICIT GOSPEL, says this happens more than you would think.

From “The Gospel on the Ground”

A close personal look at Who God is and how exactly He and His Son saved mankind.  Chandler spells out what our response should be.

This means, for instance, that nobody can really 
attend church as though it is a hobby.

The moralism that passes for Christian faith today 
is a devastating hobby if you have no intention of 
committing your life fully to God and chasing Him 
in Christ.

From “The Gospel in the Air”

This is a section filled with deep discussions on evolution and creation concerning the fall and reconciliation.  Some of the information here was new to me, all of it was challenging and highly intelligent.  I love this kind of mental exercise.    It occurs to me that this high level material  comes from a brain ravished by cancer.  (he discusses his cancer in this section)  It is quite obvious to me that the enemy was very vested in destroying Matt’s ability to think and reason.  Praise God that his mind has been spared because he definitely has something to say worth hearing.

From “Implications and Applications”

One of the many tidbits that I found very interesting was pointed out by Chandler in the last section.

Over and over he (Paul) proclaims the gospel to those 
who already know the gospel
Why does he do that?  He tells us the answer in 
1 Corinthians 15:1-2 'Now I would remind you brothers, 
of the gospel I have preached to you, which you have 
received (past tense), in which you stand (present tense), 
and by which you are being saved (future tense).'

So the gospel not only saves us but, it sustains us.

 

Have you been raised in the church and have never heard the explicit gospel of Christ? Matt Chandler, in his book THE EXPLICIT GOSPEL, says this happens more than you would think.

Here is Matt discussing discussing The Explicit Gospel.

 

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IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE, a Bible study meant to lead you closer to the Father by Mary A. Kassian.


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Exploring a Relationship with the Father

Bible Study: In My Father’s House by Mary A. Kassian

I LOVE studying with an author who will teach me the Bible.  I originally picked up this little Bible study because of Ms. Kassian’s credentials.  At the time she was working on her doctorate in systematic theology, and I hoped she would offer me some moments of  connection with the scripture and with God.  I used this as a personal Bible study, not with a group, even though a leadership section is provided if you so desired.

Another reason I decided to give this study a closer look was because of the title.  Being such a visual person, I struggle with my relationship with our invisible Father.    This study gave me much to think about.

Contents consist of:

Week 1 The Father-Daughter Relationship

Week 2:  Our Relational Father God

Week 3:  Our Devoted Father God

Week 4   Our Caring Father God

Week 5:  Clearing the Barriers to Relationship

Week 6:  In My Father’s House.

Each week you are led to the scriptures with encouragement to deepen your walk with Yahweh.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from Mary A. Kassian’s Bible study..

We understand that God is ultimately Spirit and encompasses both the masculine and feminine in His character.  However, when choosing the best, most accurate word to reveal His relationship to us, God chose the word Father. ~Mary A. Kassian~

The whole section on God’s protection answers a lot of questions, and.

IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE, a Bible study meant to lead you closer to the Father by Mary A. Kassian.

James encourages Christians to “count it all joy” (1:2) There is much joy in endurance when we know our pain has purpose.  God has a plan! ~Mary A. Kassian~

IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE, a Bible study meant to lead you closer to the Father by Mary A. Kassian.

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