Outline Formatting and Such

I noticed last week’s outline was published with an “odd” formatting: there was some colored text and inconsistent paragraphing and things of that nature. Unfortunately the formatting from Word doesn’t seem to carry over to the blog here, whether I am coping and pasting or uploading from Word, it doesn’t seem to matter. When I have time (and remember) I like to have it all nice and neatly formatted but that just isn’t the case always so I apologize in advance for any “funky” looking outlines. Perhaps there is a way to accomplish this without having to reformat everything, but I’ve yet to discover it. So, tomorrow’s blog will likely be odd (I’m warning you now), too. I hope that this doesn’t discourage you from engaging in and/or using the outlines; they are best suiting probably to copying and customizing them to your needs anyway.

Another note I’ve been meaning to mention: If you would like the actual Word file, or the companion Power Point presentation, to any of the outlines just leave me a note in the comments of the blog post you are interested in with an email address I can reach you at and I’ll be happy to send it to you as soon as I can.

John 1:14, 16, 17

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:14, 16, 17 ESV)

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Learning Our Craft

Have you ever watched a little boy learning to use a hammer? The lad grasps the hammer near the head of the shaft and is merely able to go “tap, tap, tap,” hardly working the nail into the wood. He has the right tool but no power. Compare the craftsman carpenter as he holds his hammer down at the bottom of the shaft gaining all the leverage he can. His arm goes “bam, bam, bam,” driving nails home using a few swift hard strokes without damaging the surface of the wood. He holds the tool to get the power. And the craftsman continues to grow in strength and skill with each passing year that he remains active in his craft.

This is a good depiction of the Christian’s life: beginning as a babe and progressing toward Christ-like perfection. As we begin our walk of faith our “skill” and knowledge is limited but, as long as we walk faithfully, we become stronger in our faith and knowledge of God and His Word until we reach our reward: seeing Him face to face.

iFast

Last week my iPhone crashed out on me. There was no warning, no “signs”, it just stopped working. Luckily I had backed it up only a day or so earlier while working on a Power Point presentation for our Youth Church service. But I was smart phone-less for several very long days. During that time I realized just how dependent I am on this wonder-gadget. Last fall I went on an intentional iFast while we were in the mountains with another couple from church. But while I was there I still was able to use it for my daily devotional reading and a few other tasks. This time around I couldn’t do any thing with it.

We are blessed to be the first generation to have such unfettered access to God’s Word; I have an entire study library on my phone! Any place we can access the Internet we can read multiple translations of the Bible, search dictionaries and concordances, and read many different commentaries and articles. Today almost everyone has web-enabled device and even more have home web access. And yet we are among the most biblically ignorant, biblically illiterate (US citizens) people on the earth. And we are, by and large, much less biblically knowledgeable than our parents and grandparents. Pitiful…

We have tools that were never before available, communication methods not even dreamed of in my grandparents time, and the most wonderful and important message in history to share, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and yet there are so many who don’t know Him.

When it comes to God’s Word, we stand without excuse for not putting in the time and effort it takes to know it. We have the tools but lack the love for Him that He has for us. That’s truly pitiful.

From The Pastor’s Corner

This week I received an email about some interesting Bible facts. Did you know that Psalms 117 is the shortest chapter in the Bible and that Psalms 119 is the longest? Psalms 118 sets between the shortest and longest chapter and it is the center chapter in the Bible. There are 594 Chapter before and after Psalms 118 and if you add them together they come to a total of 1188. Within Psalms 118 you find the center verse in the Bible Psalms 118:8. Psalms 118:8 says that “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man”. All of this sounded very good, but according to my research it was not totally correct about the center chapter and verse. If it were completely true would it make Psalms 118:8 more important that other verses? To me, the location of a verse is not what’s significant about God’s word; the significance comes from God himself. In other words, putting your finger on the center of God’s word does not even compare to the importance of putting God’s word at the center of your life.

Pastor Danny Daily