It’s Not A Small World, After All

Today is Friday, August 11, 2017. Day 21,701. Only eight more days until S’s and J’s birthday!!

Quote of the Day

“A motion to adjourn is always in order.” ~ Robert Heinlein, Lazarus Long: Time Enough For Love
The Quotations Page

Word of the Day

Nimbus, a noun, meaning, “a cloud, aura, atmosphere, etc., surrounding a person or thing.”

Today is Play In the Sand Day. Oh, how I would love to do that!!

It’s finally Friday! It seems like this week has dragged on. Of course, it has been the same length as any other week, hasn’t it? I’m not sure if the floor people will finish today or tomorrow. They have about 3/4 of our bedroom and the study to finish. The most challenging part will probably be moving our bed. Everything is looking very nice, though. We are very happy with the choice we made for the new floor.

R & J are coming over Sunday, so we can celebrate J’s birthday this weekend. Next weekend, for S’s birthday, we will be traveling to Mineral Wells on Saturday, spending the night, and attending church with Grandma on Sunday. It’s what S wants to do, so that’s what we will do.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

(From The Divine Hours)

Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel, and whose power is in the skies. 
Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!

Psalm 68:34-35
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! 
And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!

Psalm 139:23-24
Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!
Psalm 80:3
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. 
Psalm 119:15
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. 
You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 
The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 
for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Matthew 12:33-37

(From Practice Resurrection)

Moving into chapter 3, “God and His Glory: Ephesians 1:3-14.”

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love . . . [this] is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 1:3-4, 14

“What’s lost is nothing to what’s found, and all the death that ever was, set next to life, would scarcely fill a cup.” ~ Frederich Buechner, Godric

In the original Greek text, the “201 words beginning with ‘blessed’ (1:3) and ending with ‘glory’ (v. 14)” comprise a single sentence! One scholar even referred to it as “the most monstrous sentence conglomeration . . . I have ever met in the Greek language” (Markus Barth, Ephesians 1-3, The Anchor Bible). But Peterson says, “Paul is playful, extravagant, and totally engaging as he tells us what is going on in this God-created, Christ-saved, Spirit-blessed world into which we have been born and are now growing up.”

Somehow, in our little lives, we have managed to reduce the world into nice, comfy places in which we feel cozy. “Sin shrinks our imaginations.” But we truly cannot afford to allow this to happen if we are going to really grow up in Christ. Our world is massive, and “If we calculate the nature of the world by what we can manage or explain, we end up living in a very small world.” (Cue Disney music.)

Hah! I know what you’re going to be humming all day, now!

As Eugene Peterson describes Ephesians in language that only he can muster, he says, “Ephesians plunges us into ocean deeps, and we come up gasping for air.” I love this.

Father, take me into your depths as I continue to read this book. Expand my imagination, that truly has been shrunken by both sin and laziness. Open my eyes, my heart, and my soul to see the vast expanse of the world in which I live, that I might truly understand its nature, and more importantly, the nature of this thing we call “church.”
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

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