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Monday, June 4, 2018
Note: This week we will have a four part series based upon four characteristics demonstrated by Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.
Message summary: May God give us resolve and strength like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah to have uncompromising convictions!
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Our personal convictions are based upon Scriptural truth and applied to our individual life. They provide boundaries to live a godly life.
These were four Hebrew young men who had been removed from their homeland during the exile and taken to Babylon.
the book bearing his name and the rest of Scripture, although the
Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, insisted on calling him Belteshazzar.
"But Daniel resolved not to defile himself" (NIV)
"But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself" (NASB)
Here are three essential points in regard to developing and maintaining our personal convictions:
May God give us resolve and strength like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah to have uncompromising convictions!
Daily prayer: Father, it was faithful Joshua who issued this challenge to the Israelites: "Choose this day whom you will serve." He reminded them that their fathers, before crossing over the Red Sea, lived among those who worshiped heathen gods in Egypt just as they now lived among the Amorites who worshiped heathen gods. This passage serves as an example to those of us currently experiencing the results of a pluralistic society where God our Creator is being viewed as just one of the gods we might be devoted to. But we, with uncompromising conviction, hold steady to the words of Scripture, "that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other." Like the followers in Scripture, "We want our hearts therefore to be wholly true to the Lord our God, walking in His statutes and keeping His commandments.” If it requires that we lay down our life for You, may we do so willingly, knowing that full obedience to You on this side brings great reward in the eternal dwelling that follows. In Christ's name we pray. Amen.
I found these points regarding convictions online:
Biblical Convictions (Essential/ Objective) Without these biblical truths, Christianity and the ability to glorify God no longer exists.
Personal Convictions (Situational/Subjective) How does God want me to live in the gray areas of life that are not specifically spelled out in Scripture?
Biblical Beliefs (Non-essential/Objective) True believers in Christ may disagree on these theological beliefs or systems of belief.
Personal preferences (Autonomous/Subjective) What do I like, and want, and choose?
Saturday afternoon we attended a funeral service for Raymond Herr, who had a tremendous testimony of overcoming. He was critically injured as a young man in a collision with a train. After a very lengthy recovery he was able to return to his work as a mechanic. His 1932 Chevrolet, which he periodically drove to church, was parked in front of the church during the service! Raymond lived 89 years, 10 months and 28 days. He and his wife Miriam just celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on May 18.
We dedicate this song to Raymond's family:
"Hello After Goodbye" Video Legacy Five
I took this photo in June 2013 of Raymond and his wife Miriam leaving from a church service.
(Interestingly, their daughter Kay is seen through the window.)
More greenhouse wisdom
We saw this homemade sign Friday in a small Amish-owned greenhouse in southern Lancaster County
Good repurposing of old shoes!
And an old boot.
We think old pianos look neat wherever we find them, including in a greenhouse.
Tomorrow we will share an old piano story
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"No Compromise" Video Keith Green This is a great song and was on an album with one of my all-time favorite album covers. Set in an Old Testament period the people are required to bow before the passing king. But one brave soul, true to his convictions, remains standing in obedient defiance. A soldier on a horse is pointing him out. We are left wondering what consequence he faced for doing the right thing in the eyes of the One True King.
We took today's lead photo in southern Lancaster County on Friday morning. The Safe Harbor trestle is where two railroad lines had shared space along the Susquehanna River. The upper line, formerly known as the low grade, is being converted into a recreational path. The lower line is still heavily used by the Norfolk Southern. Here's a photo I found of a train crossing the trestle in the 1980's.
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