Purpose of Moore To Ponder

Scripture References;

4For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4 KJV

4 For whatever was written before was written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we may have hope. Romans 15:4 HCSB

It is my hope that all who read the entries of this blog will either discover or be reminded that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that they need to know Him as their personal Savior, Lord, and Guide, and that He delights in making Himself known to all who seek to know Him.

It is also my hope to encourage people who might be a little afraid to seek the Lord, because they possibly have been given descriptions of both Jesus and Christians that are not accurate. The Bible teaches that Jesus is more patient, kind, forgiving, dependable, and loving than words can even express.  It is my hope that they will come to really appreciate that truth, and that they will also come to really understand that Christians are people of faith, but their faith is in Jesus, and not in themselves; that they are not perfect and still sin, but they are enabled to love much because they are loved much.  This blog is for many different types of readers (I have described some different types of readers below.), and most of the entries can be read in five minutes or less.

First there is the reader who has never received the Lord as their personal Savior. Not only can they learn about Him, they can also learn how simple it truly is to receive Him and His precious gift of eternal life. If they click on About Salvation/Very Important Words out in the left margin they will find the plan of salvation explained in the simplest terms. Then they might begin to read some of the entries and find some information that might be of benefit to them.

Next there is the reader who might have received the Lord as their personal Savior, but hasn’t studied very much, and is not as close in their relationship with the Lord as they would like to be. Each of these entries addresses one or more topics and lists a few Bible verses or passages that speak about them. The reader might read them for a short devotion, or go further and search the Bible themselves to see what else the Bible might have to say.  They might even be inspired to seek the Lord more often in prayer and move into a closer relationship with the Lord.

Then there is the reader who already has a fairly close relationship with the Lord and a considerable amount of Bible knowledge. Perhaps this person is used to really extensive Bible studies, but is just needing to be refreshed by some of the simple but sweet truths that caused them to Love Jesus in the first place. We sometimes in our zeal to learn, and to serve forget how to rest. Resting is important. They might look at these entries as “mini retreats”.

Although the main purpose of my blog is stated above I do have two additional categories.  The parent category Homeschooling and the Relaxed Homeschooling category will contain  posts about homeschooling, but also some of my devotional posts that have a perspective that if applied can enhance the homeschooling experience and hopefully help homeschooling parents to “relax” a little. In the Bible we are told to cast our cares on the Lord…this includes all of our homeschooling concerns.  🙂

I want to encourage the readers to share what is on their hearts. Their comments and/or questions will most likely lead to wonderful discoveries for themselves, others, and for me. They may click on the  phrase Leave a Comment at the bottom of each entry to do so. I will try to respond to all of the comments the readers make, even if it is just to say “I don’t know.”

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please click on “Very Important Words” on the left margin of this page and make sure.

Do you have a Bible? If you don’t have one, you need not worry. Just go to http://www.biblegateway.com. They have many versions and translations of the Bible that you can read. Some of the best things in life are free!

Transitions (Part 2…A Time to Wait)

Originally posted on February 11,2010 at 8:07 p.m.

 

Scripture References;

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.  Ecclesiastes 3:1  KJV

What does the worker gain from his struggles? I have seen the task that God has given people to keep them occupied. He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but man cannot discover the work God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and enjoy the good life. It is also the gift of God whenever anyone eats, drinks, and enjoys all his efforts. I know that all God does will last forever; there is no adding to it or taking from it. God works so that people will be in awe of Him. Whatever is, has already been, and whatever will be, already is. God repeats what has passed.   Ecclesiastes 3:9-15 HCSB

9What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?10I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.11He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.12I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.13And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.14I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.15That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past. Ecclesiastes 3:9-15 KJV

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  James 1:17 KJV

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:10  NIV

2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. Psalm 23:2 KJV

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.  Psalm 25:5  KJV

Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically,  as something done for the Lord and not for men,  knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord—you serve the Lord Christ.  Colossians 3:23-24  HCSB

Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.  Matthew 7:1-2 KJV

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.  Jeremiah 17:9-10 KJV

LORD, You have searched me and known me.   You know when I sit down and when I stand up; You understand my thoughts from far away.  You observe my travels and my rest;  You are aware of all my ways.   Before a word is on my tongue, You know all about it, LORD.  You have encircled me; You have placed Your hand on me. [This] extraordinary knowledge is beyond me.It is lofty; I am unable to [reach] it.  Psalm 139:1-6 HCSB

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.  See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.  Psalm 139:23-24 HCSB


Well, I listed an awful lot of scripture for this entry, but I believe they truly are worthy of our attention.  Like I said in “Transitions (Part One), I am having to learn to wait on many things.  Below are some thoughts I have about what I am learning from the Bible today, as I wait on some things… After all, “learning” and “doing” are two things that can take place while “waiting”.

There are so many beautiful truths concerning what man does and what God does. I am thinking about several facts.

I am thinking about the fact that it says in the Bible that man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart (1Samuel 16:7). This is not just about how we see others, but how we see ourselves. We can look at the outward appearance of ourselves ( our lives), and feel either conceited or condemned (Both are bad things.).

I am also thinking about the fact that we cannot know all that is in our hearts, much less what is in the hearts of others. The Lord will reveal some of the heart’s contents to us here during this life we are living on the earth, but not all at once. The Lord alone is acquainted with “all” our ways (Jeremiah 17:9-10, Psalm 139:1-6, & 23-24).  That is why we are to ask “the Lord” to search our hearts.  Does this mean that I am saying that the verses below are not true?

” Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits.  Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? ( Matthew 7 :15-16)”

No, that is not what I am saying.  The passage is true, but it is often misunderstood and misapplied. It can take awhile before fruit shows up. If we are patient and seek the Lord He will help us to make sound judgments. Yes, the Bible does teach us that we will have to make judgments, but it is filled with warnings that tell us to not be quick to judge, and that much of the time we should be more careful “NOT” to judge (Matthew 7:1-2).

I am also thinking about the fact that scripture teaches us to be still and know that He is God, and to wait patiently upon the Lord, but that does not mean we are to go sit on the front porch gazing at the sky until we either die or are raptured (LOL Please do not take that as being irreverent or flippant.).  He has given us both work to do and rests to take  and the important thing is that we do them as unto the Lord, as if He is the one for whom we are working, and He also is the one who commands us to rest. Psalm 23:2 say’s “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.”

I am also thinking about the fact that much of what we do that we think has eternal value (will be considered when the Lord gives out rewards to Christians at the judgment seat of Christ) will burn up, and it will be the good works that we did that we never even realized we were doing that will most likely be of the most eternal value and will not be burned up.

Finally I am thinking…No, I am not just thinking, but pausing to marvel at how amazing it is, how it gladdens my heart, that God has an unchanging nature and that all He does will last forever (this applies to James 1:17 and to Ecclesiastes 3:14-15)….and what does God do?  A lot.  One thing He does is the work of Salvation (He saves us.)!  He prepared a place for us in Heaven!  He loves us!  He puts us in his care!…He does so many things.

Just the little bit I shared above only scratches the surface, when it comes to all we can learn from that passage in Ecclesiastes.

I hope I didn’t get too carried away. He promises to show us all so much in His word; all he requires is a seeking heart.  He will show you things that he did not show me, because he knows just what each one of us needs on any given day.

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please click on “Very Important Words” on the left margin of this page and make sure.

Do you have a Bible? If you don’t have one, you need not worry. Just go to http://www.biblegateway.com. They have many versions and translations of the Bible that you can read. Some of the best things in life are free!

The Lord’s Timely Words


Originally posted on January 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Scripture References;


I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6 KJV

At dawn He went to the temple complex again, and all the people were coming to Him.  He sat down and began to teach them.

Then the scribes and the Pharisees  brought a woman caught in adultery,  making her stand in the center.  “Teacher,” they said to Him, “this woman was caught in the act of committing adultery.  In the law Moses  commanded us to stone such women.  So what do You say?”  They asked this to trap Him,  in order that they might have evidence to accuse Him.

Jesus stooped down and started writing on the ground with His finger.  When they persisted in questioning Him, He stood up and said to them, “The one without sin  among you  should be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Then He stooped down again and continued writing on the ground.  When they heard this, they left one by one, starting with the older men. Only He was left, with the woman in the center.  When Jesus stood up, He said to her, ” Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”“No one, Lord,”  she answered. “Neither do I condemn you,” said Jesus. “Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”  John 8:2-11 HCSB


I am thinking about the Lord’s words. He said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

I am also thinking  that in spite of that fact, Jesus did not always speak. There were times when he was spoken to and questioned, but he did not reply. His timing was always perfect.
I wish my timing was perfect like His. Sometimes we can say and do the right thing at the wrong time, but that is because we are human and prone to err, but the Lord understands. David said that the Lord was acquainted with all of his ways in Psalm 139.  David was also a man who had lusted, committed adultery, and even arranged the murder of a loyal man who had done him no wrong.  Yet the Lord loved and forgave him.
I love PSALM 139. Here are verses 1-6:

1O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.

2Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

3Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways

4For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

5Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.


Yes, such knowledge is too wonderful; His children are enabled to know it, but only in part. But one day we will see Him as He is.

Then again there are times when we act or speak in a certain way, and others will respond negatively. Others might disagree, and you might even suffer as a result, but that doesn’t mean you were wrong. The Lord was crucified, and many of his followers were persecuted or even killed. The Lord told them ahead of time that it would be like that.

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please click on “Very Important Words” on the left margin of this page and make sure.

Do you have a Bible? If you don’t have one, you need not worry. Just go to http://www.biblegateway.com. They have many versions and translations of the Bible that you can read. Some of the best things in life are free!

About My Blogroll

Originally posted on May 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm

There are so many devotional blogs out there, and the writers of each had something in mind when they began their blogs. I also, had something in mind.   I have some Bible verses that I would like to share with you.  Here they are below.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.  Psalm 119:105

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.  2 Timothy 3:16-17

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.  Romans 15:4

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  James 3:17

Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.  1 Corinthians 3:18-23

My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.  O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.  I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.  They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. Psalm 34:2-5

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.  1Corinthians 13:8-13

I love Christ my Savior.  I also love the Bible. I believe all of the words in it are true. Do I fully understand all of them?  No. I have come to understand many of them but not all.  If you meet someone who does claim to fully understand all of them…I would advise you to make a hasty exit!  I have read both simple blogs and blogs that speak in terms that I just do not understand. I have read fancy blogs and plain blogs. They all have their place. My advice to you, no matter which type you prefer, is to ask yourself these questions as  you read:

“Does the entry I’m reading help me to remember that the Lord is faithful, hopeful, and charitable (loving), or does it cause me to forget that?  Does the entry I am reading help me to remember that if I am a Christian  I have been given faith, hope, and charity (love), or does it cause me to forget that?  Does the entry I am reading help me to remember that the words I speak should help others to remember what the Lord is like and what we have if we are His children?…does faith, hope, and charity (love) truly dwell there?

Are the thoughts expressed in this entry pure, peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy?  Although I find much said in the Bible about God and man, the Creator and the creature, Is God the one being ‘Magnified’? Does the author understand that God is the ‘only’ one to be ‘Magnified’? Does the entry I’m reading magnify God or a theologian (both ancient and contemporary), God  or man, God or a group of people, God or ‘a movement’, the Bible or a doctrinal statement, the Mind of Christ, or the thinking of a particular hemisphere, The Holy Bible, or a ‘particular’ version or translation of the Bible, The Gospel or eloquent words?”

I enjoy reading blogs.  Occasionally there will be blogs that I visit that will bless me so much that I will return to see what else they have written. I have not read every entry at these blogs, and I might not always agree with every single thing that they say, but I have read enough entries by these authors that have comforted and inspired me, that I put them in a  special category of blogs that in my opinion, “magnify the Lord”. These blogs are listed in my blogroll located in the left margin of the page. Now over time it is possible that they might drift from magnifying the Lord alone to magnifying  “mixtures”. It is possible that I might slip and do this myself, and for that reason I have made it my endeavor to only post “after” I have spent time with the Lord. Therefore, I make no promises regarding how often I will post. I do not hold tomorrow.  It has been quite awhile since I last read from some of the authors on my blogroll. Consider the date of this post as you read any of theirs (or mine for that matter).

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please click on “Very Important Words” on the left margin of this page and make sure.

Do you have a Bible? If you don’t have one, you need not worry. Just go to http://www.biblegateway.com. They have many versions and translations of the Bible that you can read. Some of the best things in life are free!

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