MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Supreme Court Selection

July 10th, 2018 Viewed 66 times, 4 so far today

So last night, President Trump announced his selection to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Everyone knew it was going to be a show, because we have a President who used to run a reality television show and knows how to play the media. A few observations.

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Inner Beauty – 1 Timothy 2:8-10, 1 Peter 3:3-4

July 9th, 2018 Viewed 62 times, 1 so far today

Where Does Paul and Peter Derive Their Instruction about the Modesty?

Peter appeals to Sarah and Abraham—how Sarah shows her godliness through her inward attitude and how she addressed her husband. The Proverbs 31 woman would be an inspiration here.

What are the commands in these passages?

  • Women should be wearing respectable, modest apparel, not seeking to draw attention to their wealth.
  • Proper clothing for women is good works.
  • Women should be known for their inner beauty—and that should be the focus.
  • Inner beauty consists of a gentle and quiet spirit.

From these passages, what does God care about what we wear?

God cares about what we show through our clothing more than what is our clothing. The emphasis in these two passages is not on “causing a brother to stumble” or the like, but on what attitude is on display from what is worn. You see both Paul and Peter speaking out against an outward show of wealth (something we could also get from James) as well as recommending that women make sure they spend their time fostering a meek and gentle spirit. In both of these passages, these commands flow right into the idea that women should be submissive and respectful.

How do the different contexts of the two passages apply?

We Need to Be Faithful in the Wilderness

July 6th, 2018 Viewed 66 times, 2 so far today

As the children of Israel were poised to enter the promised land, God charged Joshua in what he should do in the process of retaking the land. This would not be one battle and done, as there were many city states within the area and he would have to defeat one after the other, but God commanded him to get moving and before telling him to be strong and courageous he told him that he needed to meditate day and night in the word of the Lord so that he could do according to what was written in it.

We need to be faithful in the wilderness so that when the time comes we will be mighty when we are called to action!

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Christian Growth Happens in the Mundane

July 5th, 2018 Viewed 80 times, 2 so far today

Dr. Jim Berg wrote that stress shows our true character, like a tea bag placed in hot water.

I would like to add that the mundane also shows our character, because it is itself stressful. The Bible teaches that it often takes time to see God’s will for our life.

Abraham waited 25 years between the time that God promised Abraham to be a great nation and when Isaac was born. Moses took 40 years in the wilderness before he was ready to lead the children of Israel, at the age of 80. Joseph spent a long time as a slave of Potiphar and then in Pharaoh’s prison before seeing the vision he had come true.

It was 400 years from Malachi to John the Baptist!

Jesus waited 30+ years before starting his ministry. He has left, and will one-day return, but it has been close to 2000 years!

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Righteousness is Tested in the Mundane

July 4th, 2018 Viewed 74 times, 1 so far today

From the moment they left Goshen to the time when they first got to the Promised Land and sent the spies in was over a year. I don’t know that I can even fathom taking a trip where the destination was a year away!

God provided abundantly for their clothes did not wear out, and their shoes did not wear out. Yet even with this provision, time hurt their testimony.

Exodus 16 – 2 months and 15 days have passed

It has been that long since the plagues and the deliverance through the Red Sea. The Red Sea was firmly in the rear-view mirror, the supplies that they had brought out of Egypt were low, and there were many people to feed. The children of Israel started to grumble (vs 2)

God hears the complaints and offers a solution. He provides manna in the morning and quail at night, with the condition that they only pick up enough for a day. They would always have all they could want/need. Yet some still fail by gathering too much.

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Life is Lived in the Mundane

July 3rd, 2018 Viewed 69 times, 2 so far today

Exodus 12:40-41 – The Israelites had spent years in 430 years in Egypt. From the time of Joseph to the time of Moses, while the Pharaoh knew Joseph, the children of Israel were treated fairly, but then they were treated as slaves.

Think again through 400 years…

If the average person lives to 70, that is almost 6 generations that lived in Egypt. Each of these generations lived, married, had children, worked in Egypt doing shepherding and then working as slaves! How easy would it be to forget God, the promised land, or the promises made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?

This was before the law, before the feasts and Passover. The only decree was circumcision, and they knew to keep their line pure (which would have been helped by Egyptian distain of them).

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Authority and Responsibility – Galatians 3:28, Ephesians 5:22-33, 1 Peter 3:1-7

July 2nd, 2018 Viewed 154 times, 1 so far today

Where Does Peter and Paul Derive Their Instruction about the Submission?

Paul states that marriage shows the relationship between Christ and the church. He also appeals to the fact that in Genesis two were said to become one flesh. Peter appeals to Abraham and Sarah as a model for submission in a family.

What are the commands in these passages?

  • In Christ, there is no male or female.
  • The husband is to love the wife like Christ loves the church—self-sacrificially.
  • The husband is to instruct the wife and to help her to grow spiritually.
  • The wife is to submit to her husband’s leading.
  • The wife is to respect her husband.
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This Week’s Verses are Matthew 5:16 and Matthew 6:33 #VersesForTheWeek

July 2nd, 2018 Viewed 76 times, 1 so far today

Here they are in KJV:

Matthew 5:16 – Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 6:33 -But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

And ESV:

Matthew 5:16 -In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 6:33 – But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Through the Wilderness

July 1st, 2018 Viewed 73 times, 1 so far today

Vietnam, Korea, Kennedy Assassination, Watergate, Challenger, 9/11. Every generation lives through events that mark them. Where people remember where they were and what was going on. The colors are vivid, the emotions real, and they have dramatic impact on our lives.

Yet someday, these events will find their way into history books that our children or grandchildren will read about and it will be reduced to the key facts, some dates, and a high-level interpretation spun by whomever is writing the text book.

I believe that we often approach the history books of the Bible in a sanitized way—thinking of them as facts and figures, highlighting the high points and low points, and seeing things that occurred over longer periods of time happening over short periods of time because of their proximity on the page. It makes us lose sight of the fact that life was lived and causes us to judge people differently than if we had lived through the same thing.

Journey back with me to the Old Testament, as we go Through the Wilderness and see how what the children of Israel endured and did reflects our own patterns and behaviors today.

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Light out of Darkness – Conclusion

June 30th, 2018 Viewed 88 times, 1 so far today

Conclusion

As we walk away from these first few verses of the book of John’s Gospel, let us marvel anew about who Jesus is. He is God, who came in the flesh to dwell among us. He is God, the one who Created all things. He is God, the light that came into the darkness and lights the way to salvation.

May we be worthy to carry that light into the darkest places, the places where the truth needs to be heard, and to share that light so others may see and glorify Him.

photo by: Kevin M. Gill

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.