index:BIBLEREADPLAN1 May3 The building of the temple and the signal of it's end. kjv@1Kings:6:11-12 and kjv@Luke:23:27-30 frame today's readings, how it wasn't so much about a temple of a nation as it was the temple of the people's hearts. Much had transpired between there and here and we see that the people for so much of the time had it wrong. Having every good intention and the reality of what we actually do are two different things. The temple, whether of the heart or of the nation is the place where the presence of God dwells among us. If we don't allow Him to dwell of what use is such a temple? Jesus replies "cry for yourselves".
index:BIBLEREADPLAN1 May13 Spreading the word without and within. This morning my thoughts of this reading are on how God spreads His seed and waters it without and within. Foreigners no doubt observe His strength yet are emboldened against Him/us. They carry the seeds of His choosing like thorns in their socks to far distant reaches. Their zeal against is used as masterfully by Him as our zeal for. We are often poor envoys of His seed. We mistakenly reduce our field of vision to our own limited abilities and resources, we fail to step out to spread His word for fear of our meager grasp of who He is and what He is doing. Critics do the same. One might ask how the spread of the Gospel will ever reach the remote Islands of the Pacific? They are limiting God's power down to man's feeble abilities. You might be asking how are you going to reach that stubborn friend of yours? What have we learned today?
This morning I spent my devotional outside for the first time this spring. It is finally warm enough! I was praying about the seed of God's word spreading to a mental list I had of acquaintances. Later, when I was contemplating what I had just finished reading, I was looking back into the eastern sun and noticed all the cotton from the neighborhood cottonwood trees blowing in the breeze, a lot, much more than I had ever noticed due to the angle of the sun. I realized that there is so much going on around us that we are barely ever aware of. Once shown a glimpse, we stand in awe. And like the wind the our spirit knows not where it came nor where it goes, likely which seeds will take hold.
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