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Jesus and Nicodemus

“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night …” – John 3:1-2

Many focus on the Bible’s most famous passage, John 3:16, where Jesus tells a man he must be born again, but few ask why that man was there in the first place.

What would make a highly educated, deeply religious, upper class man risk his reputation to visit a supposed uneducated street preacher?

An itch.

Something in Nicodemus needed relief. Itches are like that, they have nothing to do with social class, race, creed, or gender. They can be ignored a while but must be satisfied to achieve any rest.

God’s call is like that, too. It has nothing to do with social class, race, creed, or gender. It can be ignored a while but it, too, must be satisfied for any lasting peace.

Jesus had a public ministry to all — but saved his best for those who had a holy itch.

Sound Bite: God heals itchy people.
Prayer:“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee..” — St. Augustine (November 13, 354 – August 28, 430)

— fritz

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David Russel Classical Guitarist

“The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn” — David Russel, Scottish classical Guitarist-

Decision to make?

The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful. – Colossians 3:15 (Good News Translation)

God is the only one who knows the future, ask him to give peace for the right choice (and/or discomfort for the wrong).

— fritz@langgang.com

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Behold, the hour cometh … that ye … shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. – John 16:32

Jesus in his most difficult hour took comfort from the Psalms.

I am praying through the 23rd Psalm, and seeing how Jesus took it literally in his time of need encourages me to do the same through the things (so minor compared to his or even to others) that I face.

“… I will fear no evil: for thou art with me” – Psalm 23:4

Knowing he is, actually, with me means I can be at peace through life’s bumps and bruises.

— fritz@langgang.com

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Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. – 1st Timothy 4:15

Meditation has beneficial effects on the mind and body – not eastern meditation but Biblical meditation.

Hebrew’s (the language of the Old Testament) word for “Meditation” literally means ” to mutter, speak, or muse (think)”.  It’s not emptying the mind while sitting in a strange position and saying something that has no meaning.  It is filling the mind with godly thoughts and words chock full of meaning!

“I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. – Psalm 77:12

The Greek (language of the New Testament) is similar.   “Meditate” literally means “to resolve in the mind, imagine”

Overcome worry and stress not by blanking out the mind but by pushing stress out with something peaceful.

Psalm 23 is a perfect candidate for Biblical meditation.   When enemies of peace stir around, think the imagery and repeat the words:

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. – Psalm 23:5;

In your mind see the table and God preparing it for a blessing your enemies can’t prevent, pouring oil of blessing upon your head, giving you more than you can hold.

Try that a while and tell me what you think.

– fritz

Related Post: Time with God Now – August 23, 2010

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He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. – Matthew 19:8

Jesus turned specific questions into life principles. That’s one reason the Bible is so applicable today, the issues may change but the principles don’t.

The religious leaders of Jesus day came to trip him up with the hot topic of what circumstances allowed divorce but Jesus pointed to the broader principle of God’s intent.

My kids pull this on me all the time – what will dad allow me to get away with? In contrast, my wife is interested in what I want, I love that about her!

Peace with God is like that. It only occurs when we act upon what God wants, not what he will allow.

We can start today, now, regardless of our past.

Prayer: Lord, help me to follow what you really desire for my life, not just what you will allow me to get away with. Amen.

Sound Bite: “God’s intent is better than his concession”

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“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” – Matthew 5:9

We think of peacemakers as those as who try to get people to stop fighting.

But what if it is something else?


Scot McKnight tells us in his book One.Life

[P]eace is a result and not a goal.

Peace is the result of years in a good relationship. Marriages shaped by love result in peace. Instead of focusing on having a good marriage, a husband and a wife who focus on loving one another will have a marriage of peace.

Societies that are shaped by justice and love become societies marked by peace

People who love find peace, whether they think about it or not.

Maybe being a peacemaker means choosing to do loving acts in an unloving situation. Maybe those are the ones who will be called the children of God

– fritz

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