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The story Jesus tells us in Matthew emphasizes the importance of building our lives on a solid foundation and obeying. The wise man is the one who hears Jesus’ words – and puts them into practice.

Matthew 7:24-27

English Standard Version (ESV)

Build Your House on the Rock

24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

photograph taken along the north coast of Oahu

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Share the Bounty. Finding God’s Grace Through the Spirit of Hospitality.

Benita Long

2012

pages 208

Share the Bounty : Finding God's Grace through the Spirit of Hospitality, Benita Long

Book Description

When people come into your home, what do they see? Have you prepared for their visit? Are your gatherings imbued with the sweet spirit of charity? Whether you’re celebrating a joyous occasion with your dearest friends and family, welcoming overnight guests, or comforting someone in need, your home can be a sanctuary of Christian fellowship. Discover the scriptural basis for hospitality through this compilation of menus, each designed to complement life’s most important occasions with the people you cherish.

This is a very large size book  (12″x 9″). It includes menus and recipes, full page photographs, quotes, and bible verses. It could be a coffee table book in addition to a cookbook. And if I liked it, it could be a kind gift for a generous host/hostess. However I didn’t like this book and here are my reasons.

First, the photographs mostly depict scenes and table settings that are upscale and not what the average hostess would offer. This comes across cold and stuffy. Next, the writing style I find to be awkward. In an attempt to be eloquent perhaps, the vocabulary choices make the reading difficult when it could have been more relaxed and down to earth. And the biggest reason I don’t recommend this book is because of many of the quotes. Shockingly many are from secular people (Yoko Ono, Lionel Richie, Led Zeppelin, and others). There is a sprinkling of bible verses but this book is not completely scriptural or Christian guided.

(Additionally, I noticed what I believe is an error omission in the Potatoes Annette recipe. The directions say to peel and cook the potatoes but it never says to slice them before combining them with the other ingredients. I don’t think I’d mix 3 lbs. of whole potatoes into a casserole.)

Disclosure of Material Connection: This book was provided, by Booksneeze, in exchange for an honest opinion. No other compensation was received.

 

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Sometimes storm clouds come

It is no longer a good day for playing golf

And clothes that are drying outside are now the farthest from being dry

Be Content

I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. – Philippians 4:11

O Lord, give me the grace to be

Content with what You give to me,

No, more than that, let me rejoice

In all You send, for it’s Your choice!

– Anonymous

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This September sunset held my attention as it changed from warm

to cool in less than five minutes.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1

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a few pics on a cloudy morning

In the C.S. Lewis story, an iron bar was thrown into Narnia by the witch and Aslan turned it into the lamp post.

In the book of Genesis, Joseph demonstrated the right attitude when faced with many trials. He knew God was in control and trusted Him. Joseph prospered as God turned that which was meant for evil into good.

 “you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good” Genesis 50:20

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God writes the Gospel not in the Bible

alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars

– Martin Luther

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I had this little drawing for awhile.

Don’t know where it came from. Love how it reads.

CLICK ON IT

I’d like to thank Bernie Webb for sharing the following:

The God without circumference

Posted on July 20, 2011

Ran across this insightful quote on twitter today …

‘God’s center is everywhere, His circumference nowhere.’ 
-Thomas Watson

Can I challenge you to take a minute to think about that?

Do you grasp its meaning?

Reading a few definitions of the word ‘circumference’ might help:

  • The size of something as given by the distance around it
  • The boundary line encompassing an area or object
  • The length of the closed curve of a circle

So since God is without circumference, God is unlimited in size, God is without borders and boundaries, and God is not enclosed by any limitations.

That’s the truth … that is the reality of God!

Now … that’s not to say that man does not attempt to box God in.  In fact, that is frequently one of our favorite pastimes … limiting God.

But understand we don’t limit God … we limit ourselves and our relationship and life with and IN God … with and IN Christ Jesus.

We may decide, ‘God really needs to be a priority in my life’.

Or maybe we subscribe to the pie chart theory and say ‘God really needs to be a greater percentage of my life.’

All those things say … I am god and He is not.

One of the greatest challenges for men is to realize, as Paul wrote in Colossians 3:11:

‘Christ is ALL, and IN ALL.’

ALL … without limit … without circumference … the center … ALL encompassing!

Our goal is not to see how we can make Jesus fit in our lives …

Our goal is to realize that we are called to fit IN the life of Christ Jesus!

Let’s close by considering these words of Paul found in the first chapter of Colossians.  Pay close attention to the use of the word ‘all’.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of ALL creation. For by him ALL things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—ALL things were created through him and for him. And he is before ALL things, and IN him ALL things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For IN him ALL the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself ALL things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Abide IN the Center without circumference …

Abide IN Christ Jesus my friends!

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