Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/30//15

Shade  Tree  Wisdom 9/30/15
          Remember the occasion when Jesus was a guest in the home of Mary and Martha, Good hostess Martha is bustling about being sure the guests needs were met, while Mary is sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to his talk. Martha is bustling about making sure her guests needs are met. She says to Jesus, “ask Mary to help gets thing ready. And Jesus calm reply to Martha was:
“Mary has chosen
The good portion
Which will not be
Taken away from her.
Luke 10,42
          Just what does the Lord refer to? Why, the word which is the Light of the world.  Because Jesus is teaching about dying and rising again to be Savior and Mary is hearing, learning and believing, just as we are right now. Listen to Him to be saved.
          God bless the hearing.
GPD 9/30/15

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom /9/915

St Shade Tree Wisdom 9/29/15
. Matthew reports that when Jesus was calling His disciples their action is reported so:
“and He called them.
Immediately they
Left the boat
And their father.
And followed Him.”
St. Matthew 4,21.22
          No hesitation, no debate, no ‘let’s talk about this for a while’, nor did they ask for time before they made the decision to follow the Lord.
If that had been the case I imagine some would have been talked out of it. “Look”, they’d say. “You just got started and it looks as if it will be a success. Make some money first and then we’ll see how it goes.
          Sound reasonable? It happens frequently, and often leaves us out, not doing anything.
          And the Lord is inviting, “The fields are white to the harvest”
          Our response should always, “Let us then be up and doing”.
GPD 9/29/15

Monday, September 28, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/18/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/18/15
          All of us, I am sure, we all spend time in prayer. Here is something a hymn verse says rather well when we do pray. Remember  to Whom we pray.
“Thou art coming to a King,\
Large petitions with thee bring;
For His grace and power are such,
None can ever ask too much.
LSB 779,2
GPD 7/28/15


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/27/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/27/15
          We had a brief power outage   here the at the village, so
That’s my message this morning, we are in all kinds of hands no matter our circumstances, but what comfort to know we are ever in th hands of God.

\GPD 9/27/15

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/26/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/26/15
          Here is some sound and rather up-to-date advice from the Book of Proverbs.
“Two things I  ask
Of You: deny them not for
Me before I die;
Remove far from me falsehood
and lying;
Give me neither poverty
Nor riches;
Feed me with food
That is needful
For me,
Lest I be full
And deny you and say
Who is the Lord?
or lest I be poor and steal
and profane the name of
of my God.”
Proverbs 30,7-9.

GPD 9/26/15

Friday, September 25, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/25/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/25/15
          Just a reminder,
“The Lord is
My  shall not want.”
Psalm 23,1.
          What more is there for us to live under Him.

GPD 9/25/15

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/24/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/24/15
          Toward the end f the Book of Hebews we read this:
“Therefore , since we are
 surrounded on every side
 by a great cloud of witnesses let us also
lay aside every weight, and the
sin clings so closely,
and let us run with endurance
 the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus
the Founder and
Perfecto of our faith.”
Hebrews l2, l-2a.
          The letter to the Hebrews simply sets for the reason why we should and do claim Jesus Christ is our Savior from sin and our Savior.

GPD 9/24/15

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/23/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/23/15
          The letter to the Hebrews begins with these informative and enlightening words:

“Long ago, at many times
And in many ways,
God spoke to us
By the prophets,
But in these last days
He has spoken to us by His Son
Whom He appointed
The heir of all things,
Through Who also He created the world.
He is the radiance of the
Glory of God,
And the exact imprint of His nature.”
Hebrews 1, 1-3a.
In short, this letter is the story of Jesus Christ as Lord, more than angels, above any power except God, for Jesus is co-creator.
          And the letter makes very clear in is message that Jesus Christ I the Savior of this sin-filled word.

GPD 9/23/15

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/22/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/22/15
          The Book of Hebrews has these words for us today:
“Today if you hear
His voice, do not
Harden your hearts
As in the days of rebellion”.
          Those days he is talking about are the days we are living in. So his suggestion is, “Listen to the Word, and never neglect hearing it.” There’s always good things to learn.
GPD 9/22/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/22/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/22/15
          The Book of Hebrews has these words for us today:
“Today if you hear
His voice, do not
Harden your hearts
As in the days of rebellion”.
          Those days he is talking about are the days we are ;living in. So his suggestion is, “Listen to the Word, and never neglect hearing it.” There’s always good things to learn.
GPD 9/22/15

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/20/15

Shade Tree Wisdom m 9/20/15
          Here is a good word from God’s Holy Book for your meditations in odd moments this Sunday, the 20th, for the nonce.
“Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel
Of the wicked,
Nor stands in
The way of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat
Of scoffers;
But his delight is in
The law of the Lord,
And on His law
he meditates
Day and night.
Psalm 1, 1.2
          Those words  open the Book of Psalms. You’ve probably read them often, even talked about what they mean. But did you spend time really Meditating on the real meaning? Blessed, refers to the state of spiritual mind, What do I think? How does the Lord it into your daily plans? Have you ever really ‘meditated’ any time? Why not this day, the 20th,do so. ? it is a healthy thing fir our spiritual life.
Why not today?
GPD 9/20/15


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/18/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 9,18/15
          When he reached 120 years of age, in his farewell to his people, Israel, Moses said, to encourage them, for the years ahead:
“Be strong and courageous.
Do not fear or be
In dread of them ,
For it is the  Lord your
God who goes with you.
He will not leave you.
Or forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 3l,6.
          We can and should find encouragement for our daily walk, knowing that “the Lord your God who goes with you.” It is heartening to know God is ever here with us in our daily life.
          Take comfort and strength to face each day, please.
GPD 9/18/15


Friday, September 18, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/18/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/18/15
          In his letter to the church  St. James writes
“And pray for one another
That you may be healed”
James 5,16
          He puts his finger on a weak spot in many lives. This praying for the other, friend or foe, is a task we often take lightly or forget altogether.
          I dare to ask, does your prayer life contain others, either friend or foe, in your list of people you regularly,  and fervently, pray for?
          St. James ads something else.He writes first,
“And confess your sins to one another, that
You may be healed.”
          That ads an important demission to his words, does it not.
We do well to listen to  this venerable Church Father, St. James.
GPD 9/18/15

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/17/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/17/15
          Yesterday reminded me there are maybe other favorite states to sight-see or vacation in. How about  Tennessee with Nashville and the grand old opera house.  Or Kentucky with its horse farms and Churchill
Downs, and the Derby, or  Georgia with peaches, or  South Dakota and  Mount Rushmore.
 Or how about Instate. Houston with its ship Chanel and Dome, Dallas with its billion  dollar Football Stadium, the Big Bend country with its observatory, west Texas with its open places, The Big Thicker in East Texas Killeen with Ft. Hood. (And the busiest Wal Mart in the system).
          Your choose.
GPD 9/17/15

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/16/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/16/15
          Have you heard of the “Best for last” club? It comes from North Dakota, which seems to be the last state  people visit. Alaska is far
Distant, but Alaskan cruises are very popular right now, Hawaii folks tend to use as an anniversary gift for themselves.
          New York of course with its twin towers and sate of liberty. Washington DC and the white house. Florida, California, Texas, of course.
Then there are the gems often overlooked, Wisconsin and the Dells, Michigan and the Mackinaw bridge, built, I am told, with any fatality and maintained 24/7, and Frankenmuth.
          Each of us probably has a favorite spot to vacation or spend family time.
          So, what’s your favorite. Ever been to North Dakota?

GPD 9/16/15

Monday, September 14, 2015

Shad Tree Wisdom 9/14/14

Shade Tree Wisdom9/14/15
          In his fist letter St. John writes:
“My little children, I am writing
these things to you that you sin not.
But if anyone does sin, we have an
Adv0cate with the Father
Jesus Christ, the righteous.
He is the
Propitiating for our sins.
But not for ours only,
But also for the sins of the whole world.”
1 John 2, 1-4
          So in these words the Apostle touches on the universal problem of sin and offers the solution for that urgent problem, God’s forgiveness in Christ.
Wonderful comfort, that.
GPD 9/14/15

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/13/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/13/15
        Just this quick, but timely, reminder from St. James:
“You do not have.
Because you do not ask.”
James 4,2.
        And Shakespeare had king John intone:
“More things are
Are wrought
By prayer
Than this
World dreams of”
        Indeed, our Lord Jesus Himself taught us to pray for our needs.
GPD 9/13/15

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/12/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/12/15
          St. Paul in his letter t the Ephesians writes this word:
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against
                     the schemes of the devil. . .  
take the sw0rd if the Spirit
which is the Word of God.”
Ephesians 6,11.17.
          St. Paul is handing us the one bit of armor that is always effective against our enemy in this world, the devil, who is always at work trying to tear us away from the faith in Jesus Christ, our Savior. His most used tool is his always effective question, “Yea, hath God said”?  Best to pay attention to this word of warning.
GPD 9/12/15

Friday, September 11, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/11/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/11/15
          Yesterday we remembered being kind one to one another, a very familiar passage. But remember St. Paul slips in another word, the word’ tenderhearted’ finds its way into his message. A word we seldom hear and probably don’t even know what it means.
          But think for a moment, tenderhearted means having a feeling for the way another person feels or hears what we are saying. Being tenderhearted really means we feel deeply how our speech or action affects him.
          So being tenderhearted  really means our totl behavior all the time, doen’snt it?
GPD 9/11/15

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/10/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/10/15
        Gleaned from the message board of the village at gleanlock farms, my home, this:
“You will not ever
Regret being kind”
        Which calls to mind St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (4,32)
   “Be kind to one another,

Forgiving one another,
As God, in Christ,
Has forgiven you”
        Which in turn calls forth this from Shade Tree”
Being kind means your living will be much more pleasant, being kind  builds character, and being kind will astonish some.

GPD 9/10/15

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Shade Tree vWisdom 9/9/15

Shade Tree  Wisdom 9/9/15
          Here is a bit of wisdom picked up from the message board of The Village at Gleannlock Farms, my present home.
“Faith tells me that
No matter what lies
Ahead of me,
Is already there”

GPD 9/9/15

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/8/15

          Aha, and you thought nobody noticed?
“A man’s ways are before the eyes
Of the Lord, and He ponders
All his paths.”
Proverbs 5,21

          And here’s some advice from American poet Robert Frost.
(From Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening.)
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep
and miles to go before I sleep.”

GPD 9/8/15

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/6/15

          Here is a word it is well for us to remember daily, spoken by Moses in his farewell speech to the children of Israel:       
Be strong and courageous,
Do not be in fear of them or dread them
For it the Lord our God who
Goes with you.
He will not leave you or forsake you”.
Deuteronomy 31,6

GPD 9/6/15

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/5/15

          So, how do you see yourself, competent, honorable, a good companion, filled with choice words and advice for others, and others are always glad to have your company? Then listen to this word from God:
“ The plans of the heart
Belong to man, but
The answer of the tongue
Belongs to the Lord.”
Proverbs 16,l

GPD 9/5/15

Friday, September 4, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/4/15

          The fear of the lord, holding God in awe, giving Him attentive honor, is the basic for this proverb.
“The fear of the Lord is
Instruction in wisdom,
And humility comes
Before honor.”
Proverbs l5,33.

GPD 9/4/15


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/3/15

          Is your meal time a pleasant time like the wisdom of the Proverbs suggests?
“Better is a dinner with herbs
where love is
than a fattened ox
 with hatred therewith.”
Proverbs 15.17.

GPD 9/3/15

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/2/15

Here is a choice bit of wisdom we can all profit from:
“A soft answer turns away wrath; but
A harsh word stirs
up anger.”
Proverbs 15,1

GPD 9/2/15

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 9/1/15

          Here is, I think, a Psalm that speaks a good word for a new month:
“I will instruct and teach
You in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with
My eye upon you.”
Psalm 32,9.

          Maybe our walk would be smoother if we did just that.

GPD 9/1/15