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Tom Scott

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  1. Tom Scott

    Trust!

    Trust Ponder: Psalms 37:3, “Trust in the Lord…” Opening my laptop, writing the words trust in the Lord, brought me to a familiar place. It is here that I put myself day after day. Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord will all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” This is hard for me to do. Where do you place your trust today? Do you trust in our government, or our economy, or our military? Some of all three? Do you have a feeling of peace and joy in your life, undergirded by your trust, or is your life, like mine, sometimes knotted with a
  2. Do we not need courage for these times? Ponder: In Joshua 1, God told Joshua to be courageous four times! This is easy to understand since Joshua was trying to fit into Moses’ shoes, leading Israel. Duet. 31:6 “... Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” 1 Chron. 22:13 “…Courage! Take charge! Don’t be timid; don’t hold back.” I am sensing a
  3. John 17: 24 “I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” (NIV) Ponder: “I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity…” Jesus is telling us that because God lives in him and we believe in him, then God is living in us, too. The God of the universe resides in you! Honestly, I cannot comprehend this on any level, other than just accepting it. We know humans are unique but how many of us recognize the presence of God within eac
  4. Discipline is not negative! Embrace spiritual disciplines and your life WILL be better. In Part One, I quoted Dallas Willard in his insightful book The Spirit of the Disciplines, Understanding How God Changes Lives. He states, “A discipline for the spiritual life is when the dust of history is blown away, nothing but an activity undertaken to bring us into more effective cooperation with Christ and his Kingdom.” We looked at the practices and benefits of meditation, silence, prayer, simplicity, and solitude disciplines. (Did you try these and if you did, are you not a
  5. Spiritual Disciplines, Part 1 Dallas Willard, in his book The Spirit of the Disciplines—Understanding How God Changes Lives states, “A discipline for the spiritual life is, when the dust of history is blown away, nothing but an activity undertaken to bring us into more effective cooperation with Christ and his Kingdom.” Common disciplines include meditation, silence, prayer, fasting, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, worship, confession, and, celebration. There are several excellent books on this subject; Dr. Willard’s book referenced above and Rich
  6. The Easter experience is the joyful celebration and understanding that our sins have been forgiven. Jesus has gone to the Father and we are reconciled to Him. But there is more! The New Testament supplies additional information about our lives, not only are our sins forgiven, but it also speaks of a new life in Jesus. Jesus speaks of us having an abundant life. What does that mean? How do we obtain it? Salvation means a different life—not just the forgiveness of sins. Christ died on the cross so that we can be reconciled to God. This means our si
  7. I would too, but I'd discard the fish.
  8. Tom Scott

    How To Love

    COVID fear has tainted human relations with acidity. Add to this the generally accepted practice of “me first”, and results are anger, loathing, and hateful behavior toward one another. Today I called to make tee-times for my wife and me at our favorite golf course. We are going for our anniversary and want it to be memorable. We had a special request for which courses we wanted to play; they have three. The person we spoke with was less than helpful and downright rude. My first reaction was to respond in a like manner. Fortunately, my desire to hang up was quicker than my sharp retort an
  9. How to focus your life on Jesus. We’ve read the instruction to lead a Christ-centered life, but what exactly does that mean? I do think about Jesus at times during the day, but I cannot say that I feel I am leading a Christ-centered life. I still struggle with the same un-Christlike behaviors I’ve always had. What I long for is that awareness, that sensation of closeness, that impactful clarity of knowing and achieving what God wants me to do. My wife says she is reminded of God in nature, keeping His presence as a guiding source for her throughout the day. I have come upo
  10. Have you had enough? Have you had enough? Are you ready---more than ready, to change your life from suffering the ill-effects of your behaviors? A life of sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasures, worshiping the idols of our culture, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, the feeling that everyone is wrong except your little group, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, all will cause the most miserable consequences. You may have experienced the results of one or more of the above activities and wished you hadn’t. You may have vo
  11. jonjovi, I am sorry it has taken so long to respond to your comment! Thank you so much for reading my post and your thoughtful comments. It took me a long time to understand the love of God and I hope others will discover it at a much earlier age.
  12. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall have everlasting life.” (NKJV)” Ponder: “For God so loved the world…” In the beginning, God created the heavens, the earth, and man. God’s plan was for man to enjoy His creation. God loved man. God did not want man to be an automaton, living a life which God had programmed; God wanted man to enjoy His creations and be thankful to God for his place in God’s world. God was pleased with the world. Personalize: Life can be most del
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