Tuesday, August 6, 2013

ELUL 1, 7 AUG 2013: DAY 2 OF REPENTANCE: REMEMBER

Following is a small portion from Skip Moen's Today's Word from March.
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"Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you, and will remove your lampstand out of its place – unless you repent. Revelation 2:5 NASB

Remember – Do you remember those days, the days when you first experienced the joy of fellowship with Him, the days when that burden you carried was lifted away, the days when you knew His presence as clearly as you knew your own being?

The man in the rowboat remembers God’s markers in his past because his course is true. He looks back to see that he has not drifted away, he has not changed direction. That is the purpose of remembering – to stay aligned with God’s handiwork in your life. But sometimes when we remember, we see something else. We see the shame of a life busy with everything except the true course God intended. Sometimes when we remember we see a time that is no longer part of our present reality, a time that we long to recapture but seems always out of reach. Sometimes when we remember, we are humiliated by our neglect of devotion and obedience. We used to have passion for the Master. Now we struggle to pray. We used to rush to His Word. Now we can’t find the time. We know His calling but we knew His love."

The Once and Future King
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 | Author: Skip Moen


eXtreme Weeding
By Tzvi Freema

There was a time when people would sit and ponder their sins, their faults and just everything wrong, bad and crummy about themselves. They would cry and sob from their hearts, fall asleep weeping, and then they would get up the next morning with a pure soul to serve their Maker.

Nowadays, when someone ponders his failures, it almost inevitably leads to depression. When pondering a past sin, he usually remembers what a geshmak it was and ends up doing more.

So what happened? Quite simply, the darkness got thicker. When you're surrounded by light, it's okay to stick your nose into a few dark corners--maybe you'll find something valuable you lost in there. But when you live in a world with the lights dimmed and all the blinds pulled down, dark corners become bottomless, John Wheeler black holes.

That's why repentance is so darn dangerous nowadays. When someone calls me up and says, "Rabbi, I messed up! How do I repent?"--I tell them, "Repentance? Stay away from that stuff! It's hazardous!"
eXtreme Weeding- By Tzvi Freeman

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