Redeem the Time

March is the month where daylight savings time ends.  There are many reasons some practical and others not so practical for having daylight savings time.  The idea is to allow for more time during the hours when the daylight would be the most beneficial.  It was first proposed in 1895 but was not used for the first time until World War I. There have been times in our country since where daylight savings was used and periods when it was not utilized.  There are even two states that do not use daylight saving time.

It seems a little odd to me to think of the term itself, daylight savings time.  We are not actually saving day light, the idea is that we are shifting around the hours to make more favorable use of the daylight.  We are not getting any more daylight than if we had not used daylight savings time.  It is our management of time that is of the issue, not really the daylight.  So what do we do with the time we have?

Although we may not be able to actually save the time, Paul in his letter to the church of Ephesus gives instruction to “Redeem the time”.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Wherefore be ye not        unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Ephesians 5:15-20 (KJV)

As Paul notes there are many distractions that done to excess can destroy our lives.  Paul’s challenge is to be wise and redeem the time and make use of it to glorify God.  The days and times we may be living in are filled with all kinds of difficulty and evil, but time itself is not evil or good.  So we must look at how others use their time in wastefulness, in destruction, or self-destruction, these are things that are not honoring God.

Redeem the time by being filled with the Spirit, and in worship of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, making melody in your heart to the Lord.  A melody, that comes not from the outward expression but the inner devotion to Christ.  It is when this melody joins the worship melody of other believers producing a great choir of witnesses in harmony for the Lord.

God Bless you as you seek to redeem the time.

From Flood Waters to Baptism Waters-Feb. 26, 2012-Series Lent 1

Covenant Connection Series Lent 1-From Flood Waters to Baptism Waters-February 26, 2012:

In Genesis 9:8-17 is the covenant that God makes with humanity not to cover the whole earth again with a flood.  The background for this text is that by chapter 6 of Genesis things had gotten really bad and so God instructs Noah to build a giant boat known as an Ark.  In the ark were Noah and his family and two by two the animals of the earth one of each gender.  God chose Noah and made a promise to him that the earth would not be completely flooded again and the sign of that covenant is the rainbow.

Water like many of the things in creation were meant for good in their proper order.  Water has the potential to quench our thirst and keep us hydrated and at the same time has the potential for destruction and death like the flood.  It is at this point that water is neither good or bad itself but has the power to do both harm or good.

Mark 1:9-15 is the story of Jesus baptism.  His baptism was accompanied by the descending of the Spirit and the acknowledgement of Jesus as God’s Son.  In this potentially hazardous water, we find an example of new life emerging from the waters of death.  As we consider the symbolism of the ordinance of baptism, it is one of being buried and dying in Christ to rise up out of these waters of new birth to begin our new life in Him.  Many times in a baptismal service we will say buried with Christ in His death and raised to walk with Him in the newness of life.

It is in this very water we do find death, but we also find that these same waters are the birth of a new life in Christ.  We are also pleased to have one of our older children present themselves as a candidate for baptism.  We thank God for this young life given over to Christ, may He bless her as she walks with Him.

Covenant Connections: A Series for Lent

Through the next 5 weeks we will be looking at texts from the Old and New Testaments (also called covenants) and the connections that bring the reality of God’s promises to life.  The word covenant means to be bound to, connected, or shackled to, will each of us be shackled to the promises of God?  We can trust that the Word of God is true and we can hold on to the promises of God for everyday living.  The culmination of these promises which we will find in the New Covenant in the blood of Christ that saves and redeems us.  The Series will begin Sunday, February 26, 2012.