The Journey Thoughts

October 12, 2016

What will you prepare to eat today? Will it be some of the same old food, or
do you prepare your meals with the thought that because of your faith, you
will not eat certain foods?  I know some believers do not believe in eating
certain foods that are still considered dirty, Spiritually.  Yet, let's take
a look at the vision Peter had when he was in Joppa, staying with Simon, a
leather tanner.  He saw a vision in which an object resembling a large sheet
was coming down from heaven. In it there were all kinds of animals and
reptiles and birds. Let's pick it up here: "Then a voice said to him, 'Get
up, Peter, kill and eat!' 'No, Lord!' Peter said, 'For I have never eaten
anything common and ritually unclean!'Again, a second time, a voice said to
him, 'What God has made clean, you must not call common.' This happened
three times, and then the object was taken up into heaven." Acts 10:13-16
We know that reading on, God used this vision to present to Peter, that he
would go visit a gentile, and he and his family would be saved.  The object
lesson was for Peter, who previously thought gentiles were unclean, yet God
was telling Peter that "What God has made clean, you must not call common!"
He would understand that when he was called to Caesarea to the house of a
God-fearing gentile named Cornelius. The Spirit used animals and reptiles
and birds, to tell Peter that things had changed.  Peter must have seen in
that sheet, a large number of animals that he wouldn't eat, and that he
couldn't eat, because he always had adhered to the Jewish laws of eating
only certain "clean" foods.  Yet here was the Lord, speaking through the
Spirit, to kill and eat, because God had taken away the need to adhere to
the law, and start to trust in Him.   Yet, today we still have believers who
adhere to A law of not eating certain foods.  Are they not truly believers,
or not trusting God?  Paul would tell the church at Rome: "Accept anyone who
is weak in faith, but don't argue about doubtful issues. One person believes
he may eat anything, but one who is weak eats only vegetables. One who eats
must not look down on one who does not eat, and one who does not eat must
not criticize one who does, because God has accepted him." Romans 14:1-3
It's ok if you have your own spiritual observance of eating only certain
type of foods, and not eating others.  That's ok, but we are not to
criticize or look down on the one who does not follow our food plan.  And
the opposite is also true. If we believe that what God has made clean is not
unclean, then we can have a freedom to eat whatever we want, but we are not
to look down on the one who still observes the abstinence of certain foods.
The purpose is to accept those who God has called, and not to criticize or
judge, if the Lord allows them to do things that we don't do. God has a
plan, and even though we are ONE in Christ, we also are different in our
makeup.  So think about it, my friend, the word of God has much to say to us
today.  He wants our focus to be on Him, and the love that we have for each
other, even if we are a little different.  Imagine a church so filled with
individuals who are so different, yet they love, because of the unity of the
Spirit that keeps them praying together, and eating together, and caring for
each other. God has a wonderful plan, and it goes beyond Salvation, and
teaches us how to live together in hope and harmony.  Next time you are in
church, and sitting next to someone, that you have not spoken to, let them
know how much you care. Greet them in the name of the Lord, and learn how to
love the neighbor, that might be a little different than you, on issues that
just don't matter.

Pastor Andy

Heavenly Father, Lord, thank you for our differences, and thank you for our
sameness.  We love that You have given us a heart for each other, so that we
can live in peace with each other, and teach the world how to do the same.
I want to lift up Eva, who broke her leg yesterday.  She will have surgery
this morning. I pray that You give her peace and comfort during this time.
I pray for: Pastor Berkey and June, Jerry, Nancy, Don, Dwight, Ramona,
Loren, Robbie, Kathy, Terri, Becky, Montella, Carolyn, Charlie, Kim, Nada,
Angie, Isabel, Terry and his father, Tim and his mother, Shelly and her
mother, Julissa and her friend, Richard and his father, Pam and her son,
Kelly and her son, Ellen's friend, Kristena, Abby, Vanessa, Malachi, Corbin,
Mike S., Ryan, Olivia, Jeremiah, Joanna, Tom, Evelyn, Joy, Ruth, Ada, JV,
Bj, Ida, Betty H., Briggs church, Ben, Jackie Ann, Tonia, Todd, Liam, Aiden,
Alan, Fisher, Tuly, Betsy, Michelle, Trevor, Maria, Choya, Alex, Ken, Eric,
Sandy, Andrea, Shannon, Robert, Pat, Ryan, Tyson, Wendy, Joyce, Betty,
David, Phyllis, Devon, Cindy, Barbara, Marliana, Cynthia, Bill, Barry,
Johnny, Annette, Kim, Gary, Gavin, Shawn, Laurie, Heather, Codi, Ron, Deane,
Dan, Rheba, Pam, Mike, Austin, Harriet, Fred, Dotty, James, Scott, April,
Craig, Hunter, Betty, Asher, Lynette, Kathy, Jennifer, Patrick, Abe,
Candace, Trent, Garret, Mayeaux, Ben, Jason, Ashley, Marc, Macy, Jade, Bob,
Tracy, Abraham, Elijah, Japheth, Matt, Liz, Matt, Bethany, Jeff, Laura,
Mike, Megan. I pray for my wife and myself, and we would surrender once
again all that we are and all that we have to You, Father, and I pray in
Jesus name. Amen

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