Hoist The Mainsail

A ship is safest in the harbor, but that is not what it is built for. Salt From my Attic, John A Shedd

It’s better to get out and do the things you want to do, or the things you need to do, than to sit and rot and do nothing. Getting out of your comfort zone is key to broadening your horizons.and taking the risks that help you grow as person; to achieving your goals and doing the things you’ve always wanted to. And even if you fall short, you will have done something and learned something in the process.

Weigh anchor today.

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The Encouter

One encounter with Jesus Christ is enough to change you, instantly, forever.    Luis Palau

Saul of Tarsus was a highly respected Pharisee and persecutor of “The Way” (early Christians).  Until he had an encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus.  Today he is best known as the Apostle Paul, first century saint, Church planter, and author of many of the epistles that make up the New Testament. 

Your rendezvous with Christ may not be as dramatic as the Damascus Road one, but it is no less important to our Lord and Savior.  Or to you.

Heads up.

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Listen Up

What does God have to do to get your attention?  If the Spirit of God brings to your mind a word of the Lord that hurts you, you can be sure that there is something in you that He wants to hurt to the point of its death.

God’s plan for your life will be advanced when you surrender your sin to its necessary death.  Trust in Him that more joy will unfold with the death of that something.

Adapted from My Utmost For His Highest, Oswald Chambers

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On Purpose

Living on purpose, for a purpose, and with purpose.

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Zinn And The Purpose And Value Of Scripture

So, the Tour de France is over and WhatNow2Do is in race withdrawal. A good moment to stop and consider Scriptural Truth.

Here is God’s view of scripture from 2 Timothy 3. For fullness, we include it in the NLT translation and the MSG paraphrase.

Talk amongst yourselves:

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT

Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 MSG

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Rest

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NASB

On this Sabbath rest day, let us focus on God’s ultimate rest.

Our Savior has invited all that labor and are heavy-laden, to come unto Him. In some sense all men are so. In Jesus’s time people were oppressed by the burden of religious legalism imposed by the scribes and Pharisees. In the today’s world, we burden ourselves with worldly pursuits of power, pleasure, possessions and prestige. Simply put, sin is the burden and we desperately need ‘rest for our souls.’ We recognize the irony of suggesting Sabbath observance as a remedy from the burden of religious law, but the 4th commandment (remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy) given through Moses was not intended to be a burden. Try it.

Our prayer:  Father, today I take up Your yoke.  I accept the rest that only You can provide.  I will free myself of worldly distractions and rest in Your Sabbath.

Shabbat shalom

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Cure Leukemia: Le Tour Meets Character

Ready for another good news story from the 2021 Tour de France?

The Cure Leukemia peloton set out with two goals. Complete the entire Tour route of some 2,200 miles in 21 days – the same as the pro cyclists.  And raise £1-million ($1.4 million) for leukemia research in the United Kingdom, specifically for the Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP). The Cure Leukemia team is not composed of trained cyclists. It is made up of men and women of varying ages (some older than 60), and of varying athletic ability.   Many riders are cancer survivors. 

The Cure Leukemia Team was successful on all fronts.  They surpassed their financial goal.  And they completed the ride in 21 days.   Can you say “knackered”?  Imagine the impact on cancer research these 18 amateur cyclists have had.  

Geoff Thomas, the leader and a driving force for the entire endeavor, survived chronic myeloid leukemia 18 years ago.  A year earlier, Thomas had retired from a distinguished career as an English football player.   Given only three months to live he defied the odds, thanks to an experimental TAP’s treatment and transplant from his sister.   This marks Geoff’s fifth time riding the tour route. Just before the 2021 Cure Leukemia ride began, the Queen awarded Geoff the prestigious MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).

Cure Leukemia is a UK-based charitable organization and an official partner of the Tour de France.

Once again ordinary people with a common purpose triumph.

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Today’s Choice

Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! Moses, ~1405 BC, Deuteronomy 30:19 NLT

We were created by God and given free will, the exercise of which has eternal consequences. The decision for you today is precisely the same as for the Israelite in 1405 BC. Oh that you would choose life.

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Fitting The Pieces Together

I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. Psalm 119:15–16 ASV

Are you a 350 piece jigsaw person? Or are you a serious jigsaw-puzzler and nothing less than 1,000 pieces will do?

Putting together hundreds of funny-shaped little pieces of cardboard is impossible without all the puzzle pieces facing up. And without careful study of the picture on the cover of the box.

The Bible is, in some ways, a glorious jigsaw puzzle. It can seem like bits and pieces with no meaning in themselves. That’s why we need the Holy Spirit. He turns over the puzzle pieces one by one until they come together and we see Jesus.

In John 16:13, Jesus said the Holy Spirit would “guide you into all truth.”  As you read your Bible, ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. The pieces will fit together.   The complexity of God’s Word will be revealed and understood as we patiently assemble the full picture and story.

Adapted from Fixing My Eyes On Jesus, Anne Graham Lotz

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I Have Good News And Bad News

Moses on the good news and bad news of God’s commandments: “The good news: I kept him down to ten. The bad news: adultery stays.

No Joke: Making Jewish Humor, Ruth Wise [Paraphrased]

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