Friday, 6/18/21 – Father’s Day, Fathers’ Day or Fathers Day?

Father’s Day, Fathers’ Day or Fathers Day?

Grammatically the apostrophe denotes ownership by the person/s, place/s, or thing/s named immediately preceding it. E.g. The cat’s fur is shedding, refers to one cat, but, The cats’ fur is shedding, would refer to the fur of several cats. The words cat and cats in my previous sentence refer to singular and plural of the word only, not possession.

The term Father’s Day, with the apostrophe before the “s,” thus means the day that you may be celebrating for one particular dad – a day for that father (singular). Fathers’ Day, however, with the apostrophe after the “s,” refers to the broader celebration shared alike among all dads – a day for all fathers (plural).

Thankfully, when it comes to our Heavenly Father, things are a lot less complicated! With God there is only ONE Father

“Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me.’” / “I am the Lord, and there is none else.” (Isa. 44:6; 45:18).
Jesus answered, ‘The foremost is, “Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord”’” (Mark 12:29).
“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven… ‘” (Matt. 6:9).
“But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.” (Matt. 23:8-10).
“There is… one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” (Eph. 4:4a, 6).

Father’s Day emerged back in 1910 just shortly after the establishment of Mother’s Day. It was officially dubbed “Father’s Day,” with apostrophe before the “s,” back in 1913 to align it with other annual special days. But our Heavenly Father’s Day existed from creation (Gen. 2:2).

52 times a year, on Sunday, Christians world-wide celebrate Our Heavenly Father’s Day! We gather at His House, bring spiritual “gifts” of ministry before Him, we sing to Him… we praise His Goodness, give thanks for His workings and mercies, and worship Him.

In all your celebrations this weekend give fathers their deserving honor, but never neglect the honor due the Heavenly Father. All earthly fathers will fade. Our Heavenly Father is Eternal!

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Friday, 6/11/21 – Where do you find the Trinity of God in the Bible?

Where do you find the Trinity of God in the Bible?

Skeptics of the doctrine the Trinity often point to the fact that the word “Trinity” does not appear anywhere in scripture. Further ‘evidence,’ they say, that the doctrine is merely man-made. They are correct that the term does not appear in scripture, but neither do the words omniscient, omnipotent, or omnipresent appear. These words, and the word ‘Trinity,’ are words created for convenience to capsulate a doctrine found throughout the Word of God.

Do you believe God is all-knowing? That is omniscience (omni = all + science = knowledge). Do you believe God is all-powerful? That is omnipotence (omni = all + potent = power). Do you believe God is present everywhere? That is omnipresence (omni = all + present = in that place). Likewise ‘Trinity’ is a man-made word capsulizing the truth that God is tri-une (tri = three + unity = one), three Persons, one God. ‘Universe’ is a similarly constructed word (unity = one + diversity = many different), one system, many varied components.

So, where in scripture do we find thus tri-unity of God indicated? Here are some examples…

Jesus’ baptism: Voice of the Father, Son baptized, Spirit descending like a dove.

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’” (Matt. 3:16-17).

Salvation: Chosen by the Father, sanctified by the Spirit, sprinkled with the blood of Jesus.

…who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood“ (1 Pet. 1:2).

Sanctification: Grace of the Lord Jesus, love of God, fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. “ (2 Cor. 13:14).

Baptism: Baptized in one name, yet three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

“…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit“ (Matt. 28:19).

Prayer: Strengthened by his Spirit, know the love of Christ, filled with fullness of God.

“…I kneel before the Father, … strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.“ (Eph. 3:14-17).

Christian Growth: Chosen by God, loved by the Lord, sanctified by the Spirit.

But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.“ (2 Thess. 2:13).

Add to this the many scriptures which state there is only one God…

For e.g.

“To you it was shown that you might know that the Lord, He is God; there is no other besides Him.” (Deut. 4:35).

Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!” (Deut. 6:4).

For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5).

You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.” (James 2:19).

…and we understand that God is ONE God, eternally existent in THREE Persons.

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Friday, 6/4/21 – Why are people so Cruel?

Why are people so Cruel?

Thirty-two years ago on this date, June 4, 1989, Chinese troops stormed through Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing, killing and arresting thousands of pro-democracy protesters. In the month previous close to a million primarily young Chinese students had gathered in the Square to demand democracy and the resignations of their repressive Communist leaders. Three weeks into the protests the government had had enough! Chinese troops and security police stormed through Tiananmen Square, firing indiscriminately into the crowds. Reports estimated at least 300, possibly thousands, were killed in the slaughter and as many as 10,000 arrested.

History.com

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev stated he was saddened by these events and hoped the Chinese government would work to democratize their political system. Members of U.S. Congress denounced the massacre and voted to impose economic sanctions against the People’s Republic of China.*

Cruelty often results when the power of a man is magnified, and cruelty breeds quickly when once set loose! It deceives us. We play with it, and even introduce it to our children.

Cruella de Ville, is a witch-like character whose name is a clever dress-up of ‘cruel’ and ‘devil’ subliminally describing her. She first appeared in the 1956 novel by Dodie Smith, The Hundred and One Dalmatians, then in Disney movies by the same or similar names. The latest installment, “Cruella,” is now showing in theatres.

 Why? Why are we so cruel… and why so blind to it?

“…the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty” observed the psalmist (Ps. 74:20). Apart from Christ the human heart is a very dark place indeed. Jesus said “If your eye is bad (evil), your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matt. 6:23). What is an “evil” eye? It is an eye that is blind to the Grace and graces of God, an eye that is un-illumined by the agapé love of God, an eye that thinks only of itself. John writes, “Jesus …knew all people. …he knew what was in each person.” (John 2: 24,25). The prophet Jeremiah pinned it perfectly “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9). The very darkness within us blinds us to its presence.

Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” (John 9:39). Jesus turns up the contrast, He removes spiritual cataracts, and by His brilliance blinds the wicked.

Spiritual sight : Spiritual blindness — Which it will be is up to you.

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*SOURCE: Retrieved June 2, 2021 from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/tiananmen-square-massacre-takes-place. – Originally pub Nov. 13, 2009

Friday, 5/28/21 – What is Nihilism?

What is Nihilism?

Nihilism is defined as “the rejection of all religious and moral principles, in the belief that life is meaningless.” It is a belief of much negativity, cynicism, pessimism, and most certainly unbelief in a loving God, a purposeful Creator, an afterlife of restoration. Nihilist believe that life has no meaning.

When King David neared his death he appointed his son Solomon to be the next king. Daunted by the task before him, Solomon confessed to God, “…I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. …give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (1 Kings 3:7,9). God was pleased by this request and gave Solomon wisdom above all others – “so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be” (v. 12).

But Solomon forgot his God. Instead his heart chased after many foreign women, power, possessions, and idolatry. Having removed God from His life, Solomon too embraced.. indeed defined… nihilism: The book of Ecclesiastes chronicles his search for meaning “under the sun” and opens with his conclusion:

“’Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.’ What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. …What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun…. No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.” (Eccl. 1:2-4,9,11).

Solomon and Nihilists seem correct in their assessment as far as considering life “under the sun.” But they are wrong in their conclusion because they neglect to include all the data. They have turned their backs on God.

Nihilists make nothing out of something. (But the Christian knows God made everything out of nothing!). Nihilists feel life is pointless because 100 years from now no one will know them or what they have done. (Of course, we don’t know the people who will live 100 years from now or what they will do either!). The answers are found beyond ourselves.

Jesus asks. “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (Mark 8:36). Jesus agrees with the nihilist that apart from God, life has nothing to offer, for apart from God this world and everything in it is perishing. But there is another world, another kingdom, His eternal kingdom. If anyone reading this is thinking all is meaningless under the sun, I urge you to look a little higher. Consider the heavens. God is waiting for you there.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” (Ps. 8:3-4).

Yet, He does…

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).

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Friday, 5/21/21 – Who am I?

Who am I?

This morning as I did my morning exercises I listened to CBC Radio’s “Ideas.” The episode discussed the 1971 two-act play “Hayavadana” (Horse face) written by Girish Karnad. The play tells the story of three friends caught in a love triangle that leads to an intense identity crises after the heads of two of them are switched!

As the play opens the audience meets Hayavadana a character with a man’s body and a horse’s head. He pleads with the narrator Bhagavata to help him become a complete man, but nothing can be done.

As Hayavadana seeks completion throughout the play we learn of the love triangle between best friends Devadatta and Kapila, and the woman they love, Padmini.

Devadatta tells Kapila that he will sacrifice himself to the goddess Kali if he can marry Padmini. The goddess grants Devadatta his wish but when he suspects the relationship between his wife and Kapila Devadatta visits Kali and cuts off his head. When Kapila discovers what Devadatta has done he also decides to cut off his head!

Padmini, now pregnant, begs Kali to help. Kali agrees and instructs Padmini to place the heads back on the bodies and press a sword to their necks. She does, and the characters are restored, BUT Padmini has mixed up the heads!

Kapila and Devadatta think this funny at first until they try to determine which of them is married to Padmini? “Whose wife is she?” asks Kapila. “This is the hand that accepted her at the wedding. This, the body she’s lived with all these months. And the child she’s carrying is the seed of this body.”

The question really is: Who is the true person: head, or body? In other words, “Who am I?” “Where is my ‘self’?”

Scripture tells us the answer to this question. We are, each one of us, a living soul. We live currently In these temporal bodies, but soon, like all mortal things, they will pass away. But the soul shall never die.

Jesus warns us of the folly of mixing these things up. He asks us to think logically about this. He asks, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (Mark 8:36-37). He urges, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matt. 10:28).

Your soul is you! Your most important task in this life is that you give that soul to Christ.

Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’” (Luke 23:46).

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Link to the “Ideas” audio here.

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Friday, 5/14/21 – Answers in the back of the Book…

Answers in the back of the Book…

A poster I once saw read, “Teachers have all The answers – as long as they ask all the questions.”

That statement may or may not be true of teachers, but it is generally true of human nature that we like to feel we know a thing or two. But when it comes to questions spiritual in nature we must agree with Christian television host and pastor Rod Hembree who cautioned “Never try to solve problems concerning spiritual needs with human answers.” Sometimes the best answer is simply “I don’t know.”

Scripture tells us plainly what we must do: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5). The Chriatian has an added help, the Holy Spirit of God resident within. Jesus promised: “…the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26). And when God gives answers one can know truth with ultimate certainty!

What is 123 x 123? You don’t at this moment know, do you? Well… go ahead now… get out your calculator and work it out… I’ll wait…

[BREAK]

If you did this, you will have found the answer to “What is 123 x 123?” is “15,129.” It will not matter if someone disagrees with you or after having tried to work it out in their head believes the answer to be something else. You know the true answer: It is 15,129… and always will be. As a character in one of C.S. Lewis’s books summarizes, “There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there’s never more than one.” [C. S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength, 1945]

God speaks to us directly to our souls. Some answers are intellectually unfathomable, yet adequate and enriching to the deeper longing of the soul. Consider for example Job. God answered none of Job’s many questions yet by personal and magnificent revelation God satisfied Job’s need in abundance. “Computers are useless,” said Picasso, “They can only give you answers.”

Sometimes the answer is “Wait.” (John 16:12; Acts 1:4-7). Sometimes it is “None of your business.” (John 21:22; Acts 1:7). Sometimes the answer is simply beyond our present comprehension (Judges 13:18; 1 Cor. 13:12).

It is in our fallen nature to grow impatient. Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) likened Christians to schoolboys who want to look up the answers in the back of the book rather than figure them out. But what says the scripture?

“…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Phil. 2:12-13).

God has good purpose in all our unanswered questions. Richard J. Foster adds “…often the correct answers are a hindrance to listening, for we become more anxious to give the answer than to hear.” (Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth, 1988)

One day all will be clear to us. God will wipe away all tears and we will find it true that “Heaven is full of answers to prayers for which no one ever bothered to ask.” – Billy Graham

it’s true! We Win! You can read about it — it’s in the back of the Book!

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Friday, 5/7/21 – Friday Tough Question: Answers and Winners!

Answers and Winners!

As promised, here are the answers to last Friday’s Blog 700 puzzle:

Blog # 634 – What challenge is discussed in this blog? = EVANGELISM

Blog # 547 – How many things is this blog about? = ONE

Blog # 491 – What sort of squad is mentioned here?  = BALM

Blog # 498 – in addition to Day, what else is discussed here? = NIGHT

Blog # 147 – This blog is about the WHAT? of Christ? = RETURN

Blog # 368 – What kind of folk are unashamed? = KINFOLK

First letter of each answer: E – O – B – N – R – K

Unscrambled six letter word answer: B – R – O – K – E – N

And the winner is…

I know I said I would randomly select one winner from all the correct responses, but with only two correct answers received it seemed best to me to acknowledge both — And these folk figured out the correct answer before I noticed and corrected a wrong Blog # link in the clues! 😁

CONGRATULATIONS to both:

Brenda Baird and Barbara Nichols

Yaaay! – and thanks for celebrating blog 700 with me!

I want to thank also the many readers and followers and sharers of this blog. It’s always great to hear from you or get feedback of any kind. God bless you.

“…in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Pet. 3:15).

“…he who wins souls is wise.” (Prov. 11:30).

And remember this:

Jumbled pieces from one’s past when given to God to rearrange, become something new, with no piece wasted.

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Friday, 4/30/21 – Friday Tough Question: Blog 700!

Blog 700!

Today we are just going to have some fun!

Today I am turning the tables. Instead of answering a question from you, I have some questions for you!

Celebrate with me this 700th Blog here at thebrokenrunner!

Here’s the plan…

  1. Open the MENU and click on LINKS. (Depending on your device the MENU may be open already or found via a link to it at the top of the page)
  2. Under the list of All Blogs scroll to the Blog number given in the questions below.
  3. Jump to the blog post, find the one word answer to the given question and jot it down.
  4. Write down the first letter of each answer word.
  5. Arrange the letters to form an appropriate six-letter word.
  6. Go back to the MENU and use the Contact link to send me your six-letter word answer.
  7. From the correct answers received I will randomly pick a winner!

Here are the questions…

Blog # 634 – What challenge is discussed in this blog?

Blog # 547 – How many things is this blog about?

Blog # 491 – What sort of squad is mentioned here?

Blog # 498 – in addition to Day, what else is discussed here?

Blog # 147 – This blog is about the WHAT? of Christ?

Blog # 368 – What kind of folk are unashamed?

The correct answer, and winner’s name* will be announced in NEXT Friday’s blog. 😁

Have fun, and…

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 *Please indicate with your reply if you would prefer NOT to have your name mentioned if selected. 👍🏼

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Friday, 4/23/21 – How do I know Truth (When F-A-K-E is half F-A-C-T)?

How do I know Truth (When F-A-K-E is half F-A-C-T)?

Type “It’s a fa” in your Google search window and see what suggested completions appear in the drop down list. Among them no doubt will be “It’s a fact” and “It’s a fake.” Two very similar looking eight letter statements yet asserting conclusions as different as night and day.

Therein is the problem in sorting out truth and error. Seldom is that which is fake entirely so. F-A-K-E is most often half F-A-C-T.

Consider the very first bit of falsehood to enter the world. It came of course from the devil, of whom Jesus later said “there is no truth in him… he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44). What were the tempter’s words?

Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Gen. 1:1). Eve corrects the misquote – already slipping some, for she has engaged the tempter in dialogue! “You will not certainly die,” he challenges. A direct lie! Then adds “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” The devil challenges God’s goodness, suggests God has ulterior motives and is withholding from her something good. In short, he suggests she doesn’t really know God at all.

Of all the disciples John was perhaps the one who knew and loved Christ most. He was called ”the beloved disciple.” or “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23). He knew Christ intimately and in that knowing John knew Truth. He writes, “We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.” (1 John 4:6). We know the Truth, what is Fact and not Fake, by knowing Christ… learning His Voice, receiving His Spirit, obeying Him.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).
…a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” (John 10:5)
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.” (John 16:13-14).
Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.” (John 7:17).

We live by FAITH as we walk this Christian Way. And there’s a lesson in that word too. God gives just enough FAct to show FAith is reasonable, but the rest we must choose for ourselves.

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Friday, 4/16/21 – Friday Question: Does “Pray” mean more than “Ask”?

Does “Pray” mean more than “Ask”?

“We go to God as we send a boy to a grocery store with a long written list,” notes A. W. Tower. “But I think God is disappointed because we make Him to be no more than a source of what we want.” Indeed, God as Santa Claus is a travesty of the gospel!

Tozer goes on…

“Even our Lord Jesus is presented too often much as ‘Someone who will meet your need.’ That’s the throbbing heart of modern evangelism. You’re in need and Jesus will meet your need. He’s the Need-meeter. Well, He is that indeed; but, ah, He’s infinitely more than that.” – A. W. Tozer

I mean, have you ever known a friend like that? — Someone who comes ‘round only when they want something? It has wryly been said of such a person, “If someone borrows $20 from you and then you never see that person again it was worth the investment!” Thing is, you really do want to help the person… you love them… but you sure wish they loved you enough to just want to be with you… tell you about their day… their successes, failures, ambitions and loves. Or to simply say ‘thank you.’

People flocked around Jesus for all sorts of reasons when He walked among us. None of them fooled Him though. “He knew all people… He knew what was in each person.” (John 2:24,25). “You are looking for me,” He said “…because you ate the loaves and had your fill.” (John 6:26). He knew what it was to go thankless. “Where are the nine?” He asked the one returning grateful leper of the ten he had healed (Luke 17:11-19).

I wonder, if we are really honest with ourselves, for what sort of reason do we most often seek Jesus? What is “prayer” to you? Is it merely another word for “asking”? Or is is truly a time of “conversing” — of just wanting to be with Christ… of telling Him about your day… your successes, failures, ambitions and loves, or simply a time of saying ‘thank you’ — and a time of listening?

Wise men seek Jesus simply to see Him… to bring Him gifts… to express to Him the praise that is His due (Matt. 2:1-12). He is a Great King. He is the Lord — and He invites us to pray.

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