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To Glorify God — Post by Michael J. Findley

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Westminster Shorter Catechism: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.”

Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:14

Let your light shine before people in such a way that they will see your good actions and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Every believer I know agrees that every thought and action should glorify God; many with a shrug. because it should go without saying. But many who call themselves believers simply are not living this way.

However, when the woman saw that the tree produced good food, was attractive in appearance, and was desirable for making one wise, she took of its fruit and ate it. Then she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate some, too. As a result, they both understood what they had done, and they became aware that they were naked. Genesis 3:6,7

“If you think it’s the wrong thing for you to serve the Lord [Wrong; certainly not. Inconvenient at times. It’s just that serving the Lord isn’t always the thing I want to do.], then choose for yourselves today whom you will serve—the gods whom your ancestors served on the other side of the Euphrates River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose territories you are living. (Certainly not. My gods were only invented a few years ago.) But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

There will be suffering and anguish for every human being who practices doing evil, for Jews first and for Greeks as well. But there will be glory, honor, and peace for everyone who practices doing good. Romans 2:9,10

Who are you to tell me that doing what I enjoy is evil?

I therefore urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercies, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices that are holy and pleasing to God, for this is the reasonable way for you to worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but continuously be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may be able to determine what God’s will is—what is proper, pleasing, and perfect. Romans 12:1,2

To the messenger of the church in Laodicea, write:
‘The Amen, the witness who is faithful and true, the originator of God’s creation, says this:

‘I know your actions, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot. Since you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I am going to spit you out of my mouth. You say, “I am rich. I have become wealthy. I don’t need anything.” Yet you don’t realize that you are miserable, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. Therefore, I advise you to buy from me gold purified in fire so you may be rich, white clothes to wear so your shameful nakedness won’t show, and ointment to put on your eyes so you may see. I correct and discipline those whom I love, so be serious and repent! Look! I am standing at the door and knocking. If anyone listens to my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he will eat with me. I will give a place to sit with me on my throne to the one who overcomes, just as I have overcome and have sat down with my Father on his throne. Revelation 3:14-21

All Scriptures are from the International Standard Version (ISV)

Public domain image from a painting by  John Rogers Herbert

 

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THE POWER IN A WATERMELON SEED Guest Blog by Ada Brownell


Daddy grew watermelons in his garden—Black Diamond Watermelons— gorilla sized, not the striped tabby-kitty varieties we see in stores now.

A watermelon is a wondrous thing—a vegetable, experts say.

Daddy plopped seeds about the size of my pinky fingernail into the ground and then irrigated the rows.

Botanists tell me when you plant a watermelon,  a sprout comes to life and consumes nourishment from within the seed. (Wow. Isn’t God super?) The sprout grows and like a new chick escaping the shell, the seed shell bursts and a shoot forces its way out. Soon it emerges into the sun. Leaves unfold and photosynthesis provides food.

The seedling’s hairy roots push down into the soil to anchor the plant and absorb water and minerals.

The vine soon stretches itself over a large area. Yellow blossoms appear; then little green things about the size of a walnut. The roots suck nourishment and water from the earth through their hairy systems, pump it up through the stem and to the melons. The teensy watermelons grow from that small black seed, but now we have fresh dessert—green on the outside, white next to the peel, and an abundance of sweet red meat filled with more seeds that will make dozens more watermelons!

Watermelons are 92 percent water. Ancient travelers brought them along as a convenient source of water. But one large watermelon also can feed a big bunch.

Guinness lists the heaviest watermelon ever grown as the one planted by Lloyd Bright of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, that weighed 268.8 pounds.

Imagine. Almost 270 pounds from a tiny seed where life burst forth.

Can you grasp the wonder in a package of watermelon seeds? The energy comes from life—and life originates with God.

Jesus likened our faith to a seed, because it has the potential to grow and do great things.

We’re told resurrection is similar to seeds. “Someone will say, ‘How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?’ Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. But God gives it a body as he pleases, and to each seed its own body….

“So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.  It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body….

“Behold I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed….

“For this mortal shall put on immorality. Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory”

(Selected from 1 Corinthians 35-59NKJ).

Like a simple watermelon seed, that’s the way God’s power will work in us!

©Ada Brownell 2012

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Swallowed by Life—KINDLE VERSION FREE ON AMAZON May 18-20

By Ada Brownell

Do you know you are more than a physical body? Evidence shows our body is constantly dying and being renewed cell by cell and about every seven years is totally rebuilt – even our bones. We start as an egg about the size of a dust mite, yet we were the same person in the womb we are today. We may lose limbs, gain and lose weight, have vital organs removed and mechanical or transplanted parts inserted and we’re still the same person. Inside us is life, and a soul and spirit which were designed by God to live forever.

Swallowed by LIFE is subtitled “Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal.” The book speaks about this mystery; how you know what to believe; the wonder of life with all its electrical systems; the awesome truth about cell death and regeneration; brain death, and other mysteries of the change from mortal to immortal; where we go when our body dies; resurrection; a glimpse at what we will do in heaven; God’s mercy  after man’s rebellion when He promised a Redeemer way back in Genesis to deliver us from death; and leaving a legacy here.

Questions and answers are included for study groups.

Ada’s Blog:http://www.inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com/

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