It has been
a busy week after being away for a couple days for Thanksgiving. I enjoyed a special time with friend Keith and his
family, coming home several pounds heavier after enjoying some fantastic meals
with them. It is always a joy to get
together with the family there.
reading the books of Acts and Romans and am working my way through Corinthians
presently. It is interesting to see how
the Apostle Paul ministered with all kinds of corrupting pressures around him
but through the power of the Holy Spirit was able to keep from being influenced
by those pressures, while at the same time making a BIG impact. Corinth was notorious for immorality, Athens
for polytheism and Ephesus for idolatry but in spite of the influences around
him, Paul kept his focus and left behind young churches in both Corinth and
It is easy
today to look at the world around us and get discouraged, but I suspect that is
just what the enemy desires. I have been
listening to Chip Ingram as he has been focusing on the Holy Spirit recently, and
recognizing how easy it is for me to pursue my plans and desires ahead of “tuning
in” to the Holy Spirit. I am reminded of Paul’s warning to the Ephesians; “So
be careful how you live. Don’t live like
fools, but like those who are wise. Make
the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what
the Lord wants you to do.” (Ephesians
5:15-17) To accomplish that we sure need
to know His Word and be in tune with His Holy Spirit!
The weather forecast
for Saturday is great, so I plan to wrap up my outside/yard work, clean up the
last of the leaves, drain the irrigation system and what I anticipate will be
the final mowing for this year. Our
rainfall has dramatically diminished this fall so the grass has slowed growing,
which hopefully will mean that I can slide through the month of December
without another cutting.
I trust that
you each have a wonderful weekend!