05.07.15 Quiet Time

12 I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.13 But when He, (R)the Spirit of truth, comes, He will (S)guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 He will (T)glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. 15 (U)All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.” – John 16:12-15 (NASB)

The Holy Spirit is a Christian’s personal guide in regard to the specific will of God in that individual’s life.  He speaks to the Christian on behalf of God, so there is no reason to doubt or fear his message.  His sole purpose is to glorify God the Father and God the Son, at all times.

Learning to discern, interpret, and implement the wishes of the Holy Spirit is crucial for any follower of Christ to be effective in his discipleship.

01.19.15 Quiet Time

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?”15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.

Book Review: The Complete Husband (Lou Priolo)

I am a man who strives everyday to hold to the teachings of Jesus.  After my relationship with God, my 2nd priority is my relationship with my wife.

In January we will celebrate our 8th Wedding Anniversary (time really does fly).  Between three children, career changes, health challenges, we have been through some stuff during that time.  I credit our faith in The Lord for bringing us this far.

I have recently finished reading The Complete Husband by Christian Counselor and Author Lou Priolo.  In it Priolo digs deep into the Bible to define the true purpose of marriage and being a husband, from the perspective of the creator of this most basic institution: God’s perspective.  Priolo pours over virtually all of the scriptures in the Bible that call husbands to fulfill the roles given to us by God himself.

It was a challenging read because while reading I was constantly reminded of the areas that I fall short in (more dates and foot rubs!).  But Priolo also does a great job not only convicting us husbands, but inspiring us to be better and use the scriptures as our motivation.  This volume is not for the feint of heart, as you will be tested and made to really evaluate where you are in your marriage in regard to God’s standard.  Not a quick read, The chapters are chock full of verses and well laid out examples.  They are deep, but never too heavy.

Whether your marriage is on the rocks, stale, or humming along nicely, I recommend this book for any husband who want to take their union to the next level.

08.31.14 Quiet Time

Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. (Daniel‬ ‭2‬:‭17-19‬ ESV)

Daniel told the King’s servant that His Majesty’s request would be fulfilled before he even prayed to God about it. This is how much he trusted. The Lord will always hear and answer the prayers of the faithful.