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Top Commenters For January 2012

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January came and went in a flash for me… unbelievable that it’s February 1. I wrote 15 posts last month, 6 of them in the post series The Hydrologic Cycle And Your Heart. Moving forward for the next few months, God willing, the blog material should return to the usual diverse mix of my daily adventure.

I’m very thankful for the folks who stop by and share here at I’m Just Thinkin’. In recognition of the most frequent visitors who are leaving comments I’m sending the following books out to the top 3 this month:

Here’s a list of the top 10:

Carol Peterson (14)
Dan Black (11)
Christine Niles (5)
Arny Sanchez (3)
Traci B (3)
Adam (2)
Michael Galloway (2)
Tracy Krauss (2)
Adam Collings (1)
Chris Henderson (1)

Onward to February my friends 🙂


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Exegesis, Eisegesis & Use Of The Word

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"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God" 1 John 3:1

This is big boy church lingo that many people have never heard. I hadn’t, and as someone who is not a theologian I’m not sure I ever would have except for reading it in Chan’s Forgotten God.

It’s the two ways or schools of thought on applying material from the Bible…

Exegesis – Seek first the true meaning of the text and then figuring out how to apply it in our daily life.

Eisegesis – The subjective “drawing in,” or reading into the text our own ideas. Chan describes this as “you start with an idea or conviction, and search for Bible verses to prove your point.”

There is so much information in the Bible, and in many circumstances we can find verses that even seem to conflict. I have to make sure to keep the information within its proper context.

How?

  • Do I go there seeking wisdom? I have questions and need to find answers. This can be trouble if we are looking to make a point… I need to be mindful of trying to improve me when seeking wisdom, and by using wisdom to help others in a positive way. Continually seeking wisdom is a good thing… I need to keep learning.
  • Do I go there seeking enrichment? This reminds me of an organized reading plan, like reading through the Bible in a year. “Living By The Book,” by Dr. Howard G. and William D. Hendricks is an excellent resource to find out more about reading and learning from the Bible.

I think we do both… seek wisdom and enrichment… when we are healthy believers looking to grow in our faith.

How do you read the Bible?

Do you have a specific study guide that you use to help you learn His Word?


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The Biblical Characters of Gilligan’s Island

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Andy Andrews got me started on this train of thought… wondering which Biblical personality each character from Gilligan’s Island most resembled. I woke up last night and… shazam!!… I finally nailed these matches down:

Surely Skipper and Professor could have put one of these together, right?

Gilligan is Jonah – Yes, “Little Buddy” is the one most likely to be swallowed by the whale. Additionally, he is continually in the mindset of avoidance. Here’s what I really love about Gilligan: He was humble… he didn’t particularly want to be stranded on the desert isle… however, he was content… plus, he is redeemed for God’s glory… did you know that Gilligan actually saved the Skipper by pushing him away from a loose depth charge while they were both serving in the U.S. Navy? I’m guessing Gilligan has a Popeye tattoo on his right shoulder… along with an anchor inscribed with “A Fisher Of Men!” on the left.

Skipper would be Noah – No brainer with that one. However, for the sake of saving the cast and crew, Skipper needs to get busy building a new ark to take them all home… instead of filling the TV network’s coffers and milking the series for another season as a castaway. Interesting trivia… did you know the character “Skipper’s” name in the series was Captain Jonas Grumby? No wonder they just called him Skipper!

Professor. I’m guessing the prof. would have been a prophet. The Professor was mild-mannered… and brilliant. Uber smart. Gismo’s galore. Always had the right answer. Got a question? Ask the Professor. Ok, so he was also just collecting a paycheck on this island… a guy that smart surely could have come up with a successful exit strategy. I am pretty gullible but you can’t fool me that Skipper and Professor couldn’t have built a boat. Hmmm, a prophet… but which one? I’m going with Elisha because this prophet had a heart to serve. The Professor was a ready resource for all stranded on the island… all, that is, that could figure out what this geeky scientist was saying.

Ginger is The Woman At The Well – For some reason I can’t get it out of my mind… the episode when Ginger is seducing the Professor. btw, I never really envisioned the woman at the well as being attractive, but I guess she must have been to be the seductress who was married 5 times.

Mary Ann is simply Mary. Mary Ann was sweet… nice… real… everything a Godly man could ever ask for. I like Mary Ann (does it show?). Show me a Mary Ann and I’m ready in a flash to shove off to the nearest deserted tropical island… with Mary Ann, that is!

Mrs. Howell. I’ve always wondered why Mrs. Howell had so much material packed onboard the S.S. Minnow for just a 3-hour tour. I’m pretty sure her trinkets were just a smattering in comparison to her jewelry box… er, treasure chest at home. But who in the Bible? Clue: Thurston called her “lovey.” Her real character name? Get this… Eunice. Eunice was Timothy’s mother in the Bible. It is believed that Eunice’s strong faith influenced Timothy to greatness. I’m thankful for “Lovey” Eunice.

Thurston Howell III is… well.. wealthy. Dripping in Rich-ness. In the worldly way, even his palmetto hut had an air of extravagance. If you can get over the Mr. Magoo thing, stay with me as I’m liking Mr. Howell to Zacchaeus. Remember, Zacchaeus was the short, wealthy man in the Book of Luke… a lost man who Jesus, in His typical style, hung out with and changed…

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10… that includes you and me… in addition to every Thurston Howell III who ever lived… and believed.

… and so the lost castaways were found…

The end.

Do any of these Gilligan’s Island characters remind you of someone in the Bible?


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The Hydrologic Cycle And Your Heart: Focus and Runoff

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The Hydrologic Cycle And Your Heart is a 6-post series about some of the choices we make and how they affect our heart.Please check out the other posts in this series here…

Focus and runoff…

What is my focus? We can think of focusing in the right direction as mind over matter. If you manage your environment and are intentional about your focus, you can make the best of ANY situation or circumstance.

Remember the fertile soil that God found in Paul’s heart? That verse…

“Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!”

… and the exclamation point…

there’s more to this story and how Paul directed his focus…

Paul continues…

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable… if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:4-9 (bold added for emphasis)

Focusing on the good stuff…

that which is true…

noble…

right…

pure…

lovely…

and admirable…

think about such things…

and there you will find peace…

and the heart filled with love that God wants for you.

And what about the rest?

Runoff... just a waste? Ummm, not all of it!

Runoff.

Whenever the soil becomes saturated, reaching it’s capacity to allow additional water to infiltrate, or when the soil has low permeability, the remaining rainwater becomes runoff.

Runoff requires a little mojo…

did someone mention a lower-case o-word?

Overcoming “the Neins” or negative murky runoff with optimism…

I came up with 2 choices…

  • My first choice is to overcome The Neins with goodness. Yep, that’s using your mojo… and it’s our motto… this is possible and likely in many scenario’s… bingo… or Bravo Echo Foxtrot Tango… dress it up with love like a flamingo… top it off with a glowing halo… disguise it all incognito… make it silly giggle as in jello… spice it up with oregano… or a delicious warm bowl of Spaghetti O’s (ooops, I mean o’s)…

be patient, and if that doesn’t work…

  • Reduce, or, if necessary, Eliminate some of it… tune it out (lower the audio)… remove it from close proximity (relo)… that’s correct, an embargo… send it down the Congo… pronto…

However, if neither choice works, you’ve pretty much run out of options… but be at peace and don’t let it drive you loco… like the entire WWW must think of me after reading this one 🙂

In this chapter we focused on an F-word… and touched on forgiveness. If we manage our environment and aim our focus… the rest is a mend… and you’ll be living the best that your heart has to offer!

You just finished reading part 6 of 6 in the post series The Hydrologic Cycle And Your Heart. I would love to hear your feedback on this series… you can post comments or contact me here. Thank you I really appreciate it!


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The Hydrologic Cycle And Your Heart: Groundwater/Storage

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Well... it is a pretty deep subject!

The Hydrologic Cycle And Your Heart is a 6-post series about some of the choices we make and how they affect our heart.Please check out the other posts in this series here…

It’s one thing to just let something or another into your heart… and quite another to store it in there.

The word “storage” to me has a tone of permanence. Rainwater infiltrating into the ground to create recharge or storage in the form of groundwater. Groundwater flows… typically very slowly under natural conditions. The underground rivers that make up storage in the form of groundwater are epic… they are often considered resources, abundant in quantity and quality that can benefit us. At the same time, as we are learning in Northeast Florida, this resource (ours is call the Floridan Aquifer) is finite. The same is true of all the groundwater resources present throughout the world. Some of the world’s greatest aquifers include the Great Artesian Basin in Australia, the Guarani Aquifer in South America, and the Ogallala Aquifer in the central U.S. Renewable resources, when we consider mass balance and use them at a rate no greater than mother nature can replenish. And when we use the resources at a rate greater than recharge, we can rest assured that one day storage will run out… and we then have to turn to alternative resources to help supply our needs.

… and so it goes with the love muscle buried within our chest… well, to some degree, that is. Adding water to the underground river is like adding the fruit of the spirit to your heart… the abundant overflow is an outpouring of His great love.

Brewing goodness in the heart conditions it to function in the warm, loving way that God intended. This goes very deeply into our focus.

The baseflow…

of our heart is…

the vibe we resonate…

How to keep it in tune with goodness?

Guard – Don’t let bad stuff in there in the first place. Think surroundings/environment. Remember, you make the choice! Pastor Tom Bary of Neptune Baptist Church once said… “If you hang out in the barber shop long enough sooner or later you’re going to get your hair cut.” So true, Tom. The same is true about my peanut butter. Yep, I can handle it… well, not really. So why keep it around? That’s a part of guarding your heart. Just do it. You’ll be glad you did. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an aquiclude… but at least be wise and put up an aquitard.

Flush – Let go of the bad… retain the good stuff. A little bad water splashing over or through the aquitard doesn’t mean you have to keep it in there. Sure, we all make mistakes… Live, Love, Learn, Leave a Legacy, right? I want to learn from every experience, and just hold on to the good stuff. Flush the rest. How? Forgiveness… if it involves someone who’s hurt you. Forgiveness is the biggest word in maintaining the good condition of your heart. More on that one later… Also, don’t hang on to evil wicked badness. Let it go through by adjusting your focus…

Focus – Doing good adds goodness. Be intentional about this one. Remember what the fruit of the spirit is… that’s goodness. Focus on doing good, a good environment, and good thoughts. We’re going big and bold with this F-word tomorrow… that’s Focus… until then, keep smiling and being great!!

How do you guard… flush… and focus?


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