Learning

As I begin this today for Tuesday morning publishing, I think I am addressing people of Saving Faith, people already born again into the Body of CHRIST. 

John 4.

Verse 1
When Yeshua learned that the P’rushim had heard he was making and immersing more talmidim than Yochanan  source 

When Yeshua learned.
And that is where I want to hang out today with you.

When Jesus learned. 1learning

What can WE learn from this record of Yeshua and His ministry here as the GODMAN?
Think about this with me. 
Jesus went from knowing all things, having all knowledge in eternity past to LEARNING here on the earth in a flesh and bone body. And may I add, He did that so He could do the work of saving you and me from our sins and give us eternal life? 

Okay.  Verse 1. Read it again. 
When Yeshua learned that the P’rushim had heard he was making and immersing more talmidim than Yochanan  source 
When through the course of time in His ministry it was told to Him and in my mind confirmed to Him by Holy Spirit, He took action. 
Can we wrap our minds around this: Jesus didn’t know everything
(in His flesh and bone body). 

I am suggesting to us that everything Jesus knew while He was here performing His Saving Mission, He knew by His five senses: hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, touching, AND as Holy Spirit revealed the validity of that information to Him. 

Wouldn’t it be pleasing to The Father for you and me to operate the same way?
I mean for us to move through the day yielded to Holy Spirit as He critiques the information we gain by our five senses, so we can take proper actions? 
We could practice operating like Jesus!

Would or would not that please Father?

Think on the GODMAN today. 
Think about all that you know already that He did for you when He left HEAVEN and came to this earth for YOU. 

Are you willing to make a list — at least a mental list? learning2

Love, Kathie 

With a Capital A

GOD is love.
We hear it and hear it.

It’s about all we do hear about GOD.

And yet hearing only GOD is love, instead of drawing people to Him, I believe, has emboldened people to sin without remorse and indeed not repentance.
No, remorse and repentance are not synonymous.

The preaching of GOD is love alone has given the world a license to sin, not only a license to sin but to applaud and flaunt their sins and the sins of their peers.
There is no fear of GOD preached and most people in and out of professing Christianity are not afraid to practice sin.

I can tell you, I did not come to GOD for salvation because I heard GOD is love.
I came because I didn’t want to go to hell and I heard He would save me from it – if I turned from my sin TO HIM.
And, of course, that meant He loved me — why else would He save me, other than loving me?

What am I saying?
That we must preach the truth  — He is love but He is Angry with a capital A.
Yes, angry.
There was a sermon preached on July 8, 1741, by Johnathan Edwards.
Ever heard of it?

Allow me to offer you (in part) a modern-day opinion of this sermon written by Josh Moody:

“On this day in history, Jonathan Edwards started a sermon that he did not finish. Such was the impact of his preaching that the people listening shrieked and cried out, and the crying and weeping became so loud that Edwards was forced to discontinue the sermon. Instead, the pastors went down among the people and prayed with them in groups. Many came to a saving knowledge of Christ that day.

What can we learn from Edwards’s preaching of “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God?”

We Should Not Be Afraid to Preach Hell

Edwards is unfairly tarnished as only a hell-fire preacher. Read Charity and Its Fruits. Read many of his other sermons that discourse upon the beauty of Christ. Preaching on hell was not unusual in 18th-century New England. What made Edwards’s sermon impactful was not that he preached on hell, but how he preached on hell. By contrast, we rarely (if ever) even mention hell from our pulpits today. Surely in the future, the church will look back on our age and recount it as the strangest fashion that we preached on God’s love without preaching God’s justice or wrath. There is little biblical balance in our preaching today.”     Josh Moody. (2018)

https://www.crossway.org/articles/this-day-in-history-jonathan-edwards-preaches-sinners-in-the-hands-of-an-angry-god/

Now, if you want to read the preserved sermon, here are two links:

https://enfieldhistoricalsociety.org/old-town-hall/jonathan-edwards-and-sinners-in-the-hands-of-an-angry-god/

https://www.blueletterbible.org/study/he_is_risen/jonathan_edwards/sinners.cfm

Yes, GOD is love.
Not that He loves but He Himself IS love.

Because He is love, He has no alternative but to be Angry, at all that falls short of LOVE.

Click HERE for some verses about this Wrath of GOD. 

What does that mean?
It means we must be perfect like GOD is perfect. Matthew 5:48

Are you saying, You can’t do it?
Neither can I.

BUT JESUS DID!

Yes. Love and anger go hand in hand.

08ab3b9e01210f8ab815e1ac8329c080GOD is indeed love but do not be deceived, He is also perfectly and justly angry.

How fortunate for us that He is slow to pour out his anger and is patient and is not willing that anyone perish. 


But obviously, people do perish EVERY DAY so . . . 

We got to preach this! 

Love, Kathie

A Fine Privilege

Would you classify yourself as an avid reader?70ea7e3860ac448144cfac9e721a03ce--reading-posters-reading-books

I have more books on my list to read than I will get read in 2 years, much less this year of 2023.

How many minutes a day do you allot for reading? Or do you not have a daily allotment dedicated to exploring books?

Do you prefer paper and ink in hand or is digital reading your preference?
Of course, I do the on-screen reading every day but I prefer a paper and ink book in my hand.

What was the best book you read last year? 
Do you read a variety of genres of books or have you pretty much found your reading niche?

I didn’t read as much in 2022 as I should have and I plan, LORD willing, to read much more this year. reading1
Do you have reading recommendations for me?  I have received 2 title suggestions so far and have both of them on order — they should arrive soon.

What’s my point with this unusual type of post for me?
Just a little conversation.  Just an effort to hear from you from the other side of this screen.

Please consider with me how highly favored we are to be able to read. There are yet people in this world who do not have this fine privilege.
And consider with me that GOD has enabled us to be well-read.
Let us not waste it.

Daniel 1: 17 To these four boys God had given knowledge and skill in every aspect of learning and wisdom; moreover, Dani’el could understand all kinds of visions and dreams.  source 

Perhaps you will read Daniel 1 and discover the place and time of these young men who were indeed well-read.

Introduce your children to reading early — preferably while they are still in the womb. reading

Love, Kathie