Architecture

To speak or not to speak

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What you say and what you don’t say are both important.  Proper speech is not only saying the right words at the right time, but controlling your desire to say what you shouldn’t.  Examples of wrongly using the tongue include gossiping, putting others down, bragging, manipulating, false teaching, exaggerating, complaining, flattery, and lying.  Before you speak, ask, “Is it true, is it necessary, and is it kind?”

Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional New Testament, November 11.  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.  2003.

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Thursday Doors

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Hopefully they are reconstructing this building and not demolishing it :-/

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I hope this building will be saved-originally it was a Female College.  This is the rear of the building.  

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An old school nearby.

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An old Firehouse.  All of these are in the same area/neighborhood, near downtown Montgomery, AL.  The Firehouse and many other very old buildings nearby are being refurbished and will be part of a growing entertainment district.  But there are many that are structurally sound and amazing architecturally that are not being remodeled but hopefully will be along with the others.

About my vision

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In case it hasn’t come across in this blog, my vision from the beginning for the images I post here is for them to be posted large-scale, for example on a billboard or painted on the side of a building or a house.  The image I post today with this blog is one example.  It may not be a perfect example, for the verse, but most of my images are not perfect.  Rarely can I get everything to line up perfectly for the spiritual truth I am trying to reflect with the image.  It’s only one example.  It doesn’t necessarily need to be perfect, because God’s word stands on its own.  I do try to do the best that I can to do justice to God’s word though.

Maybe it’s a crazy idea.  However, the basis behind the vision/idea is this: if we can have billboards and graffiti of everything else imaginable, why not God’s word?  I rarely see it displayed.  Yes, anyone can open a Bible and read it.  But what is the harm in the words of God being displayed for someone to see and for God to in turn use to reach someone’s heart if He wishes?

The other reason I would like for the images to be displayed is that to me, the words of the Bible are the highest wisdom I have ever read or heard.  I read a lot, and I read a lot of different topics-anything that benefits my life and my mind at least.  I also read what others post in various social media contexts.  Rarely do I read anything that anyone has written or said that comes across as profound wisdom.  It happens less and less actually, in my opinion.  I guess there is a reason why everyone is quoting individuals that left us a long time ago.  The point here is that maybe we could use more sound wisdom in this world-and it doesn’t need to be only in a book.

Anyone can do what I’m doing.  Take a picture, put text on it.  Done.  Many others do the same thing that I do in their blogs, and I am grateful for them.  I don’t want to be the only one.  If anyone reading this is interested in taking photos and adding Bible text and painting them on the side of a building or having a billboard sign made, please DON’T be afraid to do so!  You never know how God will use it to change someone’s life, thereby changing others’ lives through them, or using it to save a soul.  We do not know what God will do, we are not like Him.  Although, I do know that He can do anything.

Have a wonderful week everyone 🙂

Our Unmet Needs

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God has promised to supply all our needs, yet fulfillment is sometimes slow in coming.  What could be the problem?  Perhaps we are.

When our Father fails to meet our expectations, we generally look outside ourselves for the reason.  But while God’s love is unconditional, many of His promises are not.  For example, Philippians 4:19 is a “family promise” – it can be claimed only by those who rightly call the Sovereign of the universe “Father.”  His unlimited resources are not available to men and women who reject salvation through Jesus Christ.  Moreover, when we look at the whole framework of Scripture, we see that the Lord makes obedience a condition for fulfilling our needs.  (See Ps. 81:10-12.)  He will not condone sin by blessing us while we rebel against Him.

Think of yourself as part of an army at war – which is what you are, in a spiritual sense.  A top military priority is to keep the supply line open, as victory is impossible if the soldiers are weaponless, cold, and starving.  Our willful disobedience allows Satan to cut our supply line from the Lord.  Restoring that connection is a matter of repentance.  Those who walk in God’s way are protected, provided for, and satisfied (Ps. 81:13-16).

Taking a promise out of its biblical context is very dangerous.  And expecting God to keep a conditional pledge when we aren’t meeting its requirements is even more unwise.  The heavenly Father keeps His word but rightfully expects us to do our part.  Thankfully, His expectations of us are not burdensome but reasonable:  What He requires is that we simply love, honor, and obey Him.

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch Devotional, July 7, 2017.

Take the actual steps laid out in God’s word to be nearer to the Lord-He wants to meet our needs.  Taking any other steps are no steps at all.