What a wonderful day as Life on the Vine joined together with Trinity Bible Fellowship. The praise band, Pastor Tim Hambrick"s message, our friends from Trinity, the wonderful fellowship meal afterwards, some children from the neighborhood, etc. was a blessing beyond all expectation. Thanks be to God!!!
These words which I command you today ... you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the smallest New Testament in the world can fit on your fingertip. It can be read with a powerful magnifying glass and is designed to be worn as a pendant or lapel pin.
There's nothing wrong with wearing our witness or having lapel pins to spark conversations about Christ. But the Bible isn't a talisman. The words the Bible contains are what make it special. The Lord told the Israelites to teach the Scriptures to their children, to wear them as a sign on their foreheads, and to write them on the doorposts of their homes. It was God's way of reminding them to keep Scripture close and accessible. Some turned this into a ritual and began wearing phylacteries, little leather boxes containing a verse from the Law.
It's all right to have verses at our fingertips, and there are great ways to display our love for Scripture. But remember, the best place for the Word of God is in our hearts and minds. It's not about a ritual but a relationship.
If we understood what happens when we use the Word of God, we would use it oftener.
Great day of worship!! So blessed by the music and our children in the morning service!!!
My times are in Your hand.
James 5:7-12 The first American ever arrested for speeding was Jacob German, 26, a taxi driver for the Electric Vehicle Company of New York City. On May 20, 1899, he was hauled off to jail for bolting down Lexington Street in Manhattan, at 12 miles an hour in an 8 mph zone.
What would Jacob German think now? Compared with 1899, the pace of life has advanced to science fiction levels. We bolt through every hour until the days become a blur and the years fly by like a movie stuck on fast-forward.
Sometimes in our rush, we grow impatient with the Lord because He doesn't hurry as we do. Our times are in His hands; and His clocks operate at a different speed, for a day to Him is like a thousand years, and vice versa (2 Peter 3:8). Perhaps you want the Lord to answer your prayer now, to resolve your problem now, to provide deliverance this instant. But when we put God on our timetables it often brings disappointment. Learn to wait on the Lord and let Him work at His speed. He has a perfect sense of timing.
His method is sublime, His heart profoundly kind; God never is before His time, and never is behind.
From an old anonymous hymn