Dear Students of God’s Word,
Who am I to be proud of you but I am. I’m not trying to sound like a Paul who states that he is proud of the Philippians because in the day of the Lord, he did not run in vain or labor in vain. But as a simple brother, I am so blessed to see dear Christians serious enough about God’s Scripture to incorporate it into their hearts. That’s why I feel ever close to you. I cannot adequately convey how dear you are to me. We are a close knit group with even some of us connecting in prayer. I have devoted most of my attention in Connect to memorization and prayer. I want to keep up with that and regarding the other threads, I can only offer an occasional post as there is so much discussed.
Having said the above, I am feeling bold enough today to put forth my hair brain idea that I was afraid to post last week. Here goes (Gulp!!!)
My wife and I have run a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota for 39 years. You can look it up at <naniboujou.com>. There you can see my family and I think, my 22 grandchildren. However, that is not the reason for having you peek at the site. My crazy idea is this. I will be in the Philippines all of April and until mid-May. How about from after Memorial weekend until, say June 10th, where we’d choose 2 or 3 days that we could be here together and put you up at our lodge - lodging and meals - for 2-3 nights, with you being responsible for getting here? At this point, we still have opening then. Some singles may have to room with another but have their own bed. We could pray, get to know each other while you could also hike and explore the area? It’s asking a lot of you, I know. But I am a visual person who really appreciates seeing who I am dealing with. It’s like talking to someone on the phone for a long time and then, some day, you actually meet them and they look and seem so different than you had pictured.
I’m not attempting to make us an exclusive group, but when we are memorizing the same verses and praying for each other, it is special. So to know that Kelly is praying for 2 of my children and that Joyce adds a comment on the scripture for the week that gives me a new outlook on that verse, I just want to get to know you more.
Let me add this before posting the week’s verses. I am involved in Connect but my wife Nancy is not. However, I talk to her about you and discuss comments etc. She is in agreement with meeting you etc. So my intention is purely for the glory of Jesus and not some strange “emotional adultery” attempt. I know, as I have been convicted of that before so I am on guard. But this would be to meet each other so that when we post, we know who we are dealing with. What do you think? Crazy? Impossible? Don’t want to? Let me know what you think. It’s far enough away to go back and forth with.
OK, on to the reason for the post. Here it is:
Philippians 3:15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.
Philippians 3:16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained. (NIV)
Philippians 3:15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.
Philippians 3:16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
Philippians 3:15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.
Philippians 3: 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind. (NKJV)
Just a comment on these verses; I was amazed in putting these 3 versions side-by-side, how much more wordy the NKJV is or verse 16. I’m also touched by the fact that it seems to say in verse 15 that if we are unclear in our thinking, God will make it clear to us. It seems that the way He does that best is if we are considering His Word rather than just having it leap out of nowhere.
Thus ends my “Epistle to the Connectors”.