Look at the section heading and keep in mind, what is impossible with men is possible with God.


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Biblecation School = Vacation Bible School (Maura)

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While I was reading the Bible this morning I was distracted by a morning bird’s call.

It sung: Sol Mi Do.

Not an amazing discovery, really, but it caught my attention this morning for some reason.

So I continue my reading and when the bird sings my ear, of course, drags my mind with it to the sound of the bird. This time it sings its pleasant descending arpeggio but it doesn’t stop there. It adds a a tone a half step up from Do (I’m not a Kodaly person, so I don’t know the solfege name of that note).

Now I’m curious. Will that bird sing next in a new key or repeat the tonal pattern as before?

I confess to being a little disappointed that the bird did not sing in a new key, but sang the original tonal pattern. However, because I listened a little more closely I noticed that Mi was not really in tune. It sounded a little sharp. I listened again and I confirmed that Mi was a bit sharp, but that it vacillated between in tune and sharp. And the bird did not always add the additional tone at the end that seemed to be asking the question: am I in the right key, this morning?

Needless to say, I had to ask God to forgive me for being so distracted during my Bible reading this morning. Here are a couple of quotes from the passages I read:

Isaiah 35:4 ESV

Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”

1 Peter 1:3-5 ESV

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

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Who among you didn’t want to be a Jedi when you grew up? Of course, most of us didn’t wait until we grew up to become Jedi, we immediately launched our Jedi careers upon our first discovery of the magical entity called The Force. So what if you were only 10 years old and master Jedi Yoda was over several hundred years old, we thought we could grasp all of the intricate details of being a Jedi master, too.

Well, I grew up (for the most part) and never did discover the ability to move objects with my mind. What I did discover was the real Force behind the universe that not only binds things together but also created all of those things in the first place (and it happens to also start with J): Jesus Christ

Read what John says at the opening I’d his testimony to the life and power of Jesus, the Son of God. John 1:1-18 ESV:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 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. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.'”) And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

If you’ve never learned about Jesus, may I implore you to meet Him and get to know Him. It may not be as cool as becoming a Jedi, but it will be infinitely more important.

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The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)

I am not a Hebrew scholar so I can’t tell you much about the meaning of the Hebrew word used for fear, but this phrase from Proverbs (found elsewhere, too) has always made sense to me.

Fear does imply being afraid. If you stop to think about what a holy and perfect and righteous God is like, and then compare it to your own life, then you ought to be afraid. Nothing you do can live up to that. Thanks be to Jesus Christ, because He has done what you cannot. Praise God!

Fear does imply reverence not necessarily motivated by being afraid. A respect, perhaps. God, who created all things, is certainly worthy of our respect.

This fear also implies the kind of fear of disappointment. If you think of God as a father, then you should want to please Him and not disappoint Him.

Fear God and you have the beginning of wisdom and knowledge.

Jesus tells us that even a little faith in Him can move mountains:

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20 ESV)

This terrifying earthquake has moved an entire island:

The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis.

And Paul reiterates the power of faith in Jesus:

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.(1 Corinthians 13:2 ESV)

If moving an island isn’t enough, how about moving the entire planet:

Reports from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy estimated the 8.9-magnitude quake shifted the planet on its axis by nearly 4 inches (10 centimeters).

I’m not suggesting that a group of faithful Christians caused this earthquake or that the people of Japan somehow deserved this terrible force of nature, but I do think it would be wise to tremble at the power of our God and praise Him for His mercy, especially the mercy found in His grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

News report from CNN

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Ecclesiastes 10:2 ESV

A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left.

I couldn’t resist.

(Disclaimer: while I do believe that biblical authority should have influence in how we view contemporary politics, I am not suggesting that it actually favors one political party over another.)

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