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Who am I? – Creative Tuesdays

Who Am I? – Creative Tuesdays

The prompt this week at Creative Tuesdays is Meet Me. I will try to show you the answer to “Who Am I?”

Who Am I?

Meet Me – Watercolour Pencil – 2016

The idea here is to list a few items you like and dislike or some variation thereof (by Creative Tuesdays).

I struggled with this one for the last two weeks and finally worked on it yesterday under the title, Who Am I? I don’t like portraits and doing a self-portrait was even harder. I used a micron pen 01 and watercolour pencil and a light weight paper. Next time I would use heavier paper.

That of course reminded me of Jesus asking the disciples, “who am I?”,

“Who do people say I am?” …

[And then], “Who do you say I am (Mark 8:27-29, NIV)?”

As I have been reading through the scriptures for this time of Lent, this question keeps coming up. Who is Jesus? The religious leaders are trying to discredit Jesus. They want to keep the status quo. They want to keep their power. So they ask Jesus all sorts of questions to trap Him. Here are two cases.

Case One:

On Saturday at Word of God Speak we looked at Mark 11:27-33

The religious leaders are trying to trap Jesus. They really are asking Who He is:

“By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”

Case Two:

On Sunday at church we looked at Mark 12:13-17.

Here they are trying to trap Jesus again by asking about whether the Jewish people should pay tax to Caesar.

Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”

In the first case Jesus will not give an answer because the leaders couldn’t answer His question.

Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”

In the second case Jesus gave a divinely inspired answer.

Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

I find it interesting that the leaders of the Jewish people couldn’t see Jesus as God’s Son – the Christ. They were blinded by their arrogance and their wish for power and control.

Sometimes I forget that I have let Jesus be in control of my life and I try to wrestle control back from Him. Thank goodness I study His Word every day to remind me that He is in control.

Pastor Thiemke said on Sunday:

We must give to God what is rightfully His – our entire life. (tweet this)

If you haven’t met my Jesus I would love to tell you more about Him. Email me anytime and we can talk.

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I Believe – If you can. I can

I Believe – If you can. I can

We are looking at the first Scripture in our Lenten 2016 study. You can download a PDF of the scriptures. I Believe Scriptures to Study for Lent – 2016 Today’s scripture has to do with “I believe”.

I Believe - If you can. I can.

From Buffer – Pablo

S – Say the passage out loud. Check other versions.

 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes (Mark 9:23, NIV).”

The whole Scripture today comes from Mark 9:14-29.

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes (NLT).”

 Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen (The Message).”

I – Interpret the passage – check footnotes, references, and commentaries. Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?

Crowds were around the returning disciples. The teachers of the law were arguing with them. The disciples had not been able to heal a boy. Even more crowds were arriving. Then this discussion took place. Jesus said, “you unbelieving generation.”

Read: Matthew 21:21; Mark 11:23; John 11:40

They all talk about there being no limit to what God can accomplish. The fig tree is an example of someone dried up, not producing any fruit.

M – Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.

A poem came to me:

Stronger study
Stronger prayer
Makes belief
I become aware
God is here
God is now
I believe.

This will be my first study week in Lent. I hadn’t decided what to take on or what to give up – until today. I am giving up CONTROL of my hubby. Yes, I tend to take charge. For 40 days I am going to try to let go. Whew – big breath for me.

My thoughts go back to my spiritual growth over the past 16 years. Now I don’t only have head knowledge of God but heart knowledge too.

I watch
I see
I listen
I hear

I believe. God speaks. God shows. I see revival. (tweet this)

People are crying out for a Saviour. Some are looking in all the wrong places. They don’t know that they are seeking Jesus. But Jesus is here. Just ask Him.

P – Pray – After all your thoughts are expended – take time to talk to God and then to LISTEN to Him.

L – Life Application – Write down what you heard God speak (no matter how different from your own thoughts previously).

I am grateful that I know in my heart that I believe and I know the truth of Jesus.

I believe. Do you believe?

If I can help you in any way with your questions please email Janis.

E – Exit with a written prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.

Lord, thank You  for opening my mind, eyes, ears and heart to know You are God’s Son. Thank You for increasing my ability to believe day by day, minute by minutes. In the stillness You are near – Thank You that You are in the bumps and the valleys; in the calm rivers and on high mountain peaks. I praise You, forever. In Your Name, Jesus. Amen.

Featured Post this week is by Michele Morin.

Michele tells us a little about Kevin deYoung’s book, Taking God at His Word. He uses the acronym SCAN to help us understand why we need to read God’s Word. I Believe - Word of God Speak Feature

I believe - Taking God at His Word

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Lenten Thoughts Who is this Jesus?

Lenten Thoughts  Who is this Jesus?

Yesterday was the start of Lent. It is called Ash Wednesday. Ashes are a sign of repentance and “lent” means springtime. I need to take time for Lenten Thoughts.

I believe lent is a time for thinking.

Lenten Thoughts

Photo taken by Ruth Pinkus

 

My minister sent his Lenten thoughts in his yearly Lenten Letter and it is exactly how I have been thinking. I am sure you will enjoy it.

Harry Morgan – Haliburton Pastoral Charge – Lenten Letter 2016

For Lent you might feel called to to set something aside that might be overpowering your focus on God or you might want to give up something as a reminder to you of the suffering of Jesus.

You could look at something that you know is hard to give up; or some attitude or habit you feel needs changing; or something you want to add to your life to make it fuller and more alive.

Some people say that we shouldn’t tell what we are “giving up” or “taking on” as a remembrance during Lent. However if we are not doing the telling as a sign of outward holiness then speaking about what we are doing may be a good talking point with others.

Here are a few ideas of what to add to your life:

For Bible study:

Add memorizing Scripture
Choose to get up earlier to meet with God
Study a verse a day

For your health:

Plan to do 15 more minutes a day walking.
Cut back on sugar.
Stretch before any active sport.

Each week of Lent I will be studying the following Scriptures in Word of God Speak. If you want to study with me please do. I have made a PDF with these scriptures so you can print them off. I found my ideas for this study from a post in Gospel Coalition. They also give a Free 40 day study called Journey to the Cross. I hope to have time to do some of it as well.

Scriptures to Study for Lent – 2016 PDF

Mark 9:14-29
Mark 10:32-34
Mark 11:27-33
Mark 12:41-44
Mark 14:1-9
Mark 14:66-72

Today I will look at Mark 8:27-30 to get us started on our thinking:

Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”

 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

My Lenten Thoughts – Who Do You Say I am?

That was the question which I struggled with. “Who are you, Jesus?”

Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do others say I am?”

That was my problem. I listened to others.

When I entered university my faith was semi-solid. I had been confirmed in our church. I had said the words, “I believe in Jesus, the risen Lord.”

My head knowledge felt secure. My heart knowledge was empty. (tweet this)

University courses, particularly anthropology, made me start questioning creation (now Creations Ministries International helps me sort out my thoughts and questions).

I wrote about the Creation Story back in 2012. (which WordPress decided to publish Tuesday and I thought I was just updating)   This helped me believe.

Lenten Thoughts - believe - Bumblebee

Bumblebee by Janis Cox

The people around me did activities that did not conform to my upbringing or faith. I did my studies, forgot church and grew empty. Relationships formed my life. My family held me strong in their love. But I developed a crusty character as I tried to be in control all the time.

Fast forward to 2000 – God drew me to a church where Christ and the Bible were preached every Sunday. God led me to Christian sisters who had a heart for God and desired to learn more (as I did). I joined them.

But still I asked, “Who are you, Jesus?”

Finally after studying both God’s Word and good scripture based, faith-filled books, I knew I wanted to know this Jesus. My friend suggested, “Ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you.”

I did ask Jesus to reveal Himself. Jesus did. Now I could say like Peter, “You are the Christ”.

This meant to me that I knew Jesus is the Son of the living God. It meant I believed. (see my faith story)

If you are still seeking –  Ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you. (tweet this)

I guarantee He will.

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