Sunday Showcase of Truth: January 13, 2013

Matthew 25:34

Blueletterbible.com (direct link :))  has an easy to use research tool, called Strong’s Number Concordance which allows us to look up original meaning in the Old Testament in Hebrew or in Greek with the New Testament. It will give a “transliteration,” which is the English translation of the Hebrew of Greek original word. To look up the original meaning adds depth and understanding to the verse. I love to do that with verses God highlights!

Today, I looked up “kingdom” in the original Greek meaning. The English transliteration is “basileia.” Lexicon Results: Strong’s G932. It means royal power, kingship, dominion, rule: not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom. We are to inherit “kingship” and dominion to rule.

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Special Dedication: Birthday! It Only Takes a little fluff to sweeten our communion!

To my dear brother- in -law, Don. I wish him blessings, today and always. I’d like to share a very private moment in our Blog here. . .Don is married to my dear Lu, Lucie, my sister. Who was 14 years old when I was born. (Yes I was a “surprise”). I had two sets of “parents” in that my brother was sixteen when I was born. Hi TOBY!

Anyway, back to Don. Don has been so good to my sister and our whole family. Years ago now, Don was very sick and in the hospital. I flew to be with them after his surgery. Lucie, had left the room to get a nurse, and I stood at his bedside.

I remember praying, “Dear God, I don’t understand the power and mystery of prayer. I know you hear me right now. I can see my brother-in-law struggling for healing. Here I stand healthy and such love for this dear man in my sister’s life. Surely, I can offer him, part of my life, my health, my strength. Take from me now what can give him a edge over this fight for life. I willingly give to Don what he needs.” My head bowed in silent prayer, earnest hope for God to transfer some spark of my life to this dear man.

I did not feel anything. I trusted God could use my love to move his life. I felt contented that my offering would be used in the Hand’s of a God that uses all things, in us, for good. I’ve never shared this before, with anyone. It will be new for Lu and Don as well.

There is a time to hold and wait and then to is a time to share with open, humble hands.. To move the prayer of our lives from the closet to the dinner table as communion. So I offer this moment with Don and Lu as communion at a table where we “CELEBRATE HIS LIFE!”

Our friend, and brother-in-law, Don. . .we celebrate how very special you are to all of us, and especially to me 🙂
Happy, Happy Birthday! Thank you for who you are in our family and in my life! “Ding Dong” I’m at the threshold of your life, miles away, hands full of “goodies!” . . ..Including to Lu’s dismay, a dozen jars of marshmallow creme for our peanut and butter and marshmallow sandwiches!

 

Lu, go buy this man some “fluff” for his birthday! Make a grilled sandwich (real butter!), with peanut butter, fluff, sliced bananas and chocolate chips
“and this sprinkle, “love”  powdered sugar on top! We love you, our Don! 🙂

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Friendship From a Different Country

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In friendship, we are all from “different countries!”
It’s not about “where” we live. (Hi UK readers!)
We all speak different languages that are as unique as our perspectives.
“What would your friendships “look like” If:
1.You entered each and every friendship conversation excited about learning a new “life language?”
2. You listened (listen more than you speak!) for their unique language?
I mean really listen, without assumptions of their intent?
(Our Lord refers to these “assumptions, as “vain imaginings” 2 Corinthians 10:5)
3. Ask open ended, non-judgemental questions like. . . “Help me understand? Can you tell me more?”
4.Expect misunderstandings will occur between the two of you because your languages are different. Do not take it personally. Seek clarity, not offense.
5.Accept no one will ever reflect your “love language” in friendship. There is only one you.
6.Learn the “heart language of another” and enrich your Kingdom preparation for your Lord and your life travels on the map of friendship.
The Holy Trinity: Father God/Jesus/Holy Spirit. Three distinct “personalities” with perfect friendship unity. I suspect their “languages of love” are “from different countries.”
Imagine:
God, “Misunderstanding worked against Adam and Eve after they brought sin into My Garden of Perfection.”
Jesus, “I worked hands on for thirty-three years to unite beyond the law with a heart of love.”
“Holy Spirit, “I’m always on the move in ebbs and flows in relationships: life-giving counsel and understanding prompts in Truth.”

The Destiny of Misunderstanding is Intimacy.
P.S. Do I, practice any of these things? On a good day, I’ll get one of them into God’s hands. 😉