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5 minute friday-For Megan

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Hey, y’all ! It’s Friday, and every Friday I hook up with another blogger, named Lisa Jo, from South Africa, to do a fun little exercise called 5 minute friday. Anyone is welcome to chime in, just add your post to the link above or click on the button on my sidebar. The rules are simple: write for five minutes without stopping to check it on the word that she gives you, link it up to her blog, and visit the link before yours and leave a nice comment.
This week, I wanted to do something different for my post. There is a couple I know, in Texas, whom I have known since I was a little girl. I just found out today, that their 15-year-old daughter is sick with a pancreatic disease and has been in the hospital. Her name is Megan, and I want to dedicate this post to her. So, here we go:
Ache.
Go.
You have been aching a lot lately but not for naught. You might still be aching but the aching makes you stronger. When you were little, you may have had a toothache or a headache. Maybe you even had an ear infection. That aches really bad. Even though it aches, the next time you ache, you will be stronger and better able to deal with it.
As you get older, you will ache again. At some point, you will experience heartache but your experience with this illness has helped you build up defenses, that will help you through. At some point, a boy will break your heart but when you’re older and your children break your heart, you will have the experience and strength to get through.
God knows what He is doing when He sends us aches and pains. He is getting us ready for things to come and we grow closer to Him if we lean on Him.
Get well, sweet one and tell your parents that they will be OK! Too.
Stop.
Well, time’s up. Do you have any thoughts on Aching? If so, click my button and add them to my comment box, if you like. Any prayers for Megan King would still be appreciated. Thanks.

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Ecclesiastes Chapter 3

The next chapter in Ecclesiastes is famous because of the song written by the Birds in the 1960’s, called “Turn, Turn, Turn”. This is perhaps the most difficult chapter because it is so well-known, making me nervous about living up to its potential.
The wise man begins the chapter by stating the first line of the song, without the word, “turn”.
Vs 1-“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” (more…)

Stress: A Biblical View

The sources of stress:
Matt. 6:25
Luke 10:41-42
Some stress is self-imposed. The idea of imagining trouble when you don’t know what will happen.
Matt. 6:34-“Do not be anxious about tomorrow. Will take care of itself, each day has its own trouble.
vs 25-34-Jesus is teaching about an action-worry. Worry is the action and stress is the outcome. It may not be healthy, but is common to have stress.
Do we have modern stress?
Was life easier 100 years ago or last few 100 years. In Bible times?
They had stress, too. Water-source-well or stream-had to fetch it-it could go bad-daily-for hot water-build a fire
Farming-water-pests-weather-illness-could lead to serious illness and even death
Keys to managing stress
-A relationship with God as Creator and Father-helps us to cope
-The right priorities-seek first Kingdom-when we zone in on God and His kingdom-it releases us from our stress
-Realizing your limits in ability and time
What about modern stress?
Unique stresses to modern living
-Social isolation -you can fill up your car, get groceries without communicating with one human being
we are not near family, to get to burial places of grandparents
We are social creatures, can create anxiety, despair
-Barriers to nature-live in man-made
-Moral relativism-decide for yourself what is right-last 150 years-like traveling without landmarks-when you remove the truth that there is right and wrong-like a fog
-fast pace of information

Bible’s answer to modern stress:
Fellowship with God and His people

Look to the created world

Learn the unchangeable truth already revealed

A Look At The Possible Author Of Ecclesiastes

I have started a series of posts on Ecclesiastes to get a deeper look at the book but I wanted to talk about the writer, or supposed writer. If the writer was Solomon and you are not familiar with his story, I’ll go over it.
I have listed some quotes from verses of the story:
1 Kings 3:5-“In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, “Ask what you wish me to give you.”
Vs 7-“And now, O Lord my God, Thou hast made thy servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.”
Vs 8-“And Thy servant is in the midst of Thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people who cannot be numbered or counted for multitude.”
Vs 9-“So give Thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Thine?”
In other words, God was pleased with Solomon’s good behavior (earlier in the book, it says that he loved God like his father, David), soon after he became king and came to him in a dream, offering him whatever he wanted. Solomon asked for wisdom. We know he was young but we dont know how old he was-not old enough to have gained wisdom. Back to the verses:
Vs 10-“And it was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.”
Vs 11-“And God said to him, ‘Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have you asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice,”
Vs12-“behold, I have done according to your words. Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you.”
Vs 13-“And I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the kings like you all your days.”
Vs 14-“And if you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father, David walked, then I will prolong your days.’ ”
God was pleased with Solomon’s request, taking note that he did not ask for revenge or wealth. In addition, God gives him wealth and a long life. This can show us that if we ask for the right things, not selfish things, God will reward us. He will give us what we ask, if it is His will, plus more, sometimes. I’m not saying every time. Have you ever been going along in your life and something good happens that you wanted but did not ask for? How had you been behaving, lately? We’re you trying to follow God’s commands? I we live like we should, God blesses us, not just materially, but helps our stress, takes care of a problem, steers us in the right way in a confusing time, or in a time where we need to make a decision fast. God blesses us in so many ways, I cannot even list them right now.
Anyway, back on the subject, Solomon was given great wisdom and wealth, which he uses to his advantage, to find out everything he possibly can about life.
Whether or not the author of Ecclesiastes is Solomon, he had a lot of wisdom and had tried everything in life, only to find it vain. How many celebrities can say the same thing, having tried just as many things, and how many ended up putting a gun to their head because they had no hope of heaven. They did not have God in their lives. We can learn from the wise man and from the hopelessness of these celebrities.

Ecclesiastes Shows Us Reality-Overview

In class on Sunday morning, we’ve been studying the book of Ecclesiastes. It used to be my favorite book, because of the poetry in it-things like, “Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil stink,” and phrases like, “under the sun”, and “striving after the wind”.
I don’t know what it is, maybe because Stephanie has gone to college but I’ve been in a real depression. The kind that makes your body hurt and makes you sick, and Ecclesiastes hit home with me. It even made things worse. The thing is, you have to get to the end of the book to see the positive ending.
The whole message of the book: Life stinks and then you die. Pretty encouraging, isn’t it? It sounds familiar, doesn’t it? We say that in today’s world. Who would have thought it was in the Bible, too?
The message at the end of the book, life stinks, but enjoy it anyway because what you do in this life matters. God is in control of the whole thing, no matter how crazy it may be and He is working in everybody’s lives. If we just hang on, there is something better at the end, in another place.
The writer of the book is believed to be Solomon. Personally, I can’t imagine it being anybody else, since he says he is the king of Israel and the son of David. He also talks about wisdom that he has and how he was richer than any king in the world.
Solomon was David’s son and was king of Israel. In his youth, God came to him and was pleased with his behavior and attitude and offered him anything he wanted but we’ll talk more about that in the next post. Anyway, what God ends up giving him is wisdom and more riches than any king who came before or after him. So, this does sound like Solomon to me, but since he doesn’t say, “I, Solomon”, we cannot say for sure.
Our preacher, Phillip, said that if you can get somebody in the Bible at all, just to get them to look at one thing, show them the book of Ecclesiastes, and they’ll end up saying, “Yeah, I know exactly what he’s talking about.”

The Significance Of Every Person

“What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying out to Me from the ground.”
Genesis 4:10
What is the significance of blood in the Bible? It sounds like God thinks blood is very significant. In fact, blood is used throughout the Bible with the same importance, no matter who or what is shedding it.
This quote is from the story of Cain and Abel after Cain killed his brother. God asked Cain the whereabouts of his brother and he claimed to not know but he knew very well where his brother was. He also asks the famous question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
God then replies in verse 10 with the above quote and makes note of his brother’s blood. Notice he does not say, “Your brother is crying out to me,” or “Your brother’s blood,” but “The voice of your brother’s blood is crying out to Me”.
Did you know blood had a voice? None of us have ever heard the voice of blood but God can hear it. If someone is murdered in secret and the murderer thinks no one knows, God will hear the voice of the victim’s blood and that person-the murderer-will come to justice, whether in this life or the next.
Cain evidently thought that no one would know if he killed his brother or did not think about that fact before committing this evil act. We do not know what he was thinking but we can bet that Cain was not aware that God would hear the voice of his brother’s blood and that information came as a shock to him. It is shocking to realize that.
We often think about the poor victim and how they might have suffered or how they lost their life but God places importance on the fact that blood was spilled. He considers the blood of every individual important.
Have you ever sat down to watch the news and heard about murder after murder and thought, “How terrible!” and then you get up from your seat and not think about it again. How many murders do we hear about every day? How many murders does God deal with every day? How does He go on with every day, knowing that someone will kill someone today? That has to take a lot of strength, love and forgiveness.
Some murders become famous-Sharon Tate, the Whitchapel murders, Lacy Peterson and her son, Connor, Andrea Yates’ kids, Caylee Anthony and countless others. Others are only heard about locally on the news but many others happen that we do not even hear about. Can you imagine knowing about those every day? Can you imagine knowing they are going to happen before they happen?
I am not saying we need to sit and cry over all of the murder victims and get depressed. I am only saying that God takes care of a lot of things in this life-things we do not even know about. Things we may not care about. He takes care of things all over the world every day. He is in control of every life that breathes air does not breathe air. He is in control of everything that walks, crawls, flies, swims and anything else I forgot. (It’s a good thing I’m not God. 🙂 )
Sometimes me may forget how big He is and how He controls the seas, the weather, our health, our safety. And then there is little me, who stops to ask Him for something in my life or to thank Him for something. Does He listen to little me? (And I don’t mean my size 🙂 ). Yes, He does. He counts every person just as important as the next. I know we teach our kids this fact in Bible class but when was the last time you really stopped and thought about it? Maybe we should take a minute, today and praise Him for ALL that He does on a daily basis.

Upcoming Meeting

9 – 11 – 01

What we learned…What we should not forget

Sunday, Sept 11, 10:30 message

This is the first of four lessons this fall about “Getting The Bible Where We Live”.
The lessons are designed to help our friends, family, and neighbors see how helpful the Bible can be for daily living.
Come join us if you are in the Northern Virginia area at the Dulles Church of Christ.
I’d love to see you!

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