Archive | June 2009

Camping Essentials 101: shelter

camping2My son, Andy, left for camp yesterday.  He packed all the essentials: his santa hat (?), stereo speakers for his ipod-thingy, his candy stash, change for vending machines… And he packed some extras, too, like toothpaste, soap, clothes, and stuff.

We’re all campers, I think.  The Bible says we’re just visiting this campsite called earth.  Our permanent home is somewhere else; either in heaven, or, God forbid…  

And like any camping trip,  it’s important to pack some necessities.  The next 5 posts will provide an inventory list for the successful camper from the Official Camper’s Guide, the Bible.

For starters, in case of inclement weather, every camper should have a tent

 — or some form of shelter…

Here’s some suggestions from the Camper’s Guide for a sturdy shelter:

 “I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of you wings.” Psalm 61:4

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the Shadow of the Almighty.”  Psalm 91:1

Maybe a tower is more your style ~

“The name of the Lord is a strong  tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”   Proverbs 18:10

“For you [Lord] have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.”  Psalm 61:3

Do you have shelter?  Somewhere to hide in a storm?  God has provided a tent.  No purchase necessary.  According to the Camper’s Guide, He’s already paid the bill.  Tent

Gettin’ Milk? VI

wesley 2Gettin’ Milk?! “like newborn babies, long for the pure MILK of the Word, so that by it you may grow in respect to your salvation…”  1 Peter 2:2

Take a big “gulp” of saving grace…

“But God, being rich in mercy…

…because of His great love with which He loved us…

…even when we were dead in our transgressions…

…made us alive together with Christ…

 …by grace you have been saved…”  Ephesians 2:4-9

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, {it is} the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9

GRACEGod’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.”  Corinthians 8:9

Need grace?  click here

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14

**Ben Washburn’s photo  edited by author. In otherwords, I added the milk!

Gettin’ Milk? V

Black_Labrador_Retriever_portraitGettin’ Milk?  The milk of the Word, that is ~ ” like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the Word, so that by it you may grow in respect to your salvation…” 1 Peter 2:2

Take a big gulp of friendship…

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” Proverbs 17:17

“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24

Jesus said to His disciples ~”Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”  John 15:13

And then Jesus said, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”  John 15:15

And then He said to His friends, “Love each other.”  John 15:17

Are you one of Jesus’ friends?  If you really don’t know for sure, or if you’re sure you aren’t, follow this link to find out how you can start a friendship with Someone Who really is man’s best friend ~

Gettin’ Milk? IV

4674_98595524602_768064602_2810329_6117856_n   Gettin’ milk?  “like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation…” 1 Peter 2:2

Yesterday we took a big gulp God’s love for us.  Today, take a big gulp of our love, love for one another…

“…do not plot evil against your neighbor, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the Lord.”  Zechariah 8:17

     “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”  Luke 6:27-28

“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.  If you love those who love you, what credit is {that} to you?  For even sinners do the same….But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return… Be merciful just as your Father is merciful. “  Luke 6:31-32, :35-36

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”   John 13:34

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

“…love one another.”  John 15:17b

“…put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.  Beyond all these things {put on} love, which is the perfect bond of unity.”  Colossians 3:12b-14

Gettin’ Milk? III

2008 & 2009 055Gettin’ Milk?  “…like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation…”   1 Peter 2:2

Take a big gulp of LOVE:  right click here , open in new tab/window to listen to Fernando Ortega as you read…

“We know love by this that He laid down His life for us…”  1 John 3:16

“God is love…” 1 John 4:16

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believe in Him shall never perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8

“Since you are precious in My sight, {Since} you are honored and I love you…do not fear..” Isaiah 43:4-5

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” Jeremiah 31:3b

Now sing along with Fernando Ortega:  “Come and see.  Look on this mystery, the Lord of the universe nailed to a tree.

Christ our God, spilling His holy blood, bowing in anguish His sacred head.

Sing to Jesus, Lord of our shame; Lord of our sinful hearts.  He is our great Redeemer…

Sing to Jesus.  Honor His name.  Sing of His faithfulness, pouring His life out unto death.

Come you weary and He will give you rest.

Come you who mourn.  Lay on His breast; Christ who died, risen in paradise, Giver of mercies, Giver of life.

Sing to Jesus.  His is the throne.  Now and forever, He is the King of heaven.

Sing to Jesus.  We are His own, now and forever.  Sing for the love our God has shown..”

Gettin’ Milk? II

Gettin’ Milk?  The milk of the Word, that is Emos andy pic 2“…like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation..”   1Peter 2:2 NASB

Get ready to take a big gulp of forgiveness

Have you ever felt this way? ~” For I am ready to fall, and my sorrow is continually before me…I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin…”   Psalm 38:17-18

Do you feel like you’ve gone too far?  Done too much to be forgiven?  Jesus says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus understands you.  He’s not an ogre.  He sympathizes.  ~ “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One (Jesus) who has been tempted in all things as {we are, yet} without sin.  Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Hebrews 4:15-16

So, come to the throne of grace and mercy ~ “….if you confess with your mouth Jesus {as} Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;  for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.  For the scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”  Hebrews 10:9-10

Do you need forgiveness?  Ask Him.  Do you believe in Him?  Tell Him.

If you have any questions, click here for answers.

Gettin’ milk?

4073Gettin Milk?  “…long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to your salvation.”  1 Peter 2:2

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.  How blessed is the man that takes refuge in Him.”  Psalm 34:8

“Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance.   Incline your ear and come to Me.  Listen, that you may live;  and I will make an everlasting covenant with you…”   Isaiah 55:1-3