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What You Look For, You Will Find

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At least 5 days a week I walk the Sacramento River Trail. If you’ve been reading very long you know this. These walks are my time with God. I learn a lot on The Trail.

Where the trail crosses behind the Elk’s Lodge there’s a beautiful place to sit and look out at the river. I’m sitting there now, writing this blog post from my iPhone using the WordPress Application I recently mentioned in another post.

I also mentioned a Bible Application provided by LifeChurch.tv for iPhone users. Since it was released I’ve incorporated it into my morning walking routine. I sit right here on this bench, stare out at the river, read a few passages, think about them a bit while watching the boats pass by and repeat that process until I’ve read through at least one chapter, often more. The computer nerd in me really loves being able to read multiple versions of the Bible on my iPhone.

This morning I’ve read through 3 chapters of John and found an answer to one of my never ending questions. I’ve read this chapter many times before, but I guess the time is just right today because it finally sank in.

In my blog post to “Carrie the Atheist” awhile back, you might recall that I voiced several of my concerns and questions with the Bible. One of those questions has to do with the ability of the writers of scripture to recall what Jesus said to them. Few of us can remember word for word the conversations we had just hours ago, yet the writers of the Bible are trusted to recall conversations with Jesus from decades before they were written down?

Here’s what I found this morning:

In John chapter 14 verse 26 Jesus is quoted as telling his disciples that when he is gone, the Comforter that he will send will, amongst other things, “bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

The Donny in me would bring up objections on how using this verse to prove its accuracy is pure circular reasoning. But the Comforter and I converse quite a bit on this trail, and on this day I believe this answer was meant for me to find. I choose to accept it.

What you look for you will find.

Next on my list? Those men who met in the fourth century to decide which books to include in our Bibles and which to toss aside… I’d like to believe they made the right decision. Dear God, please shed some light on this for me.

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28 thoughts on “What You Look For, You Will Find

  1. There is NO knowledge without faith…
    Great post.
    Bill

  2. There is NO knowledge without faith…
    Great post.
    Bill

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  5. Thank you for that read.

  6. Thank you for that read.

  7. Sooooo glad to read this entry!! Why can’t the same answer apply to the Bible book gatherers?

    What a beautiful way to read the Word, meditate, and enjoy the glories of God! Wow!

    XOXOXO

  8. Sooooo glad to read this entry!! Why can’t the same answer apply to the Bible book gatherers?

    What a beautiful way to read the Word, meditate, and enjoy the glories of God! Wow!

    XOXOXO

  9. Jean,

    I figured you’d like this post.

    As for the canonization of the Bible… I think my main question exists due to the fact that at least half of the religious leaders of the time did not agree with the decisions that were made.

    I’m confident that an answer will be found. I’m not sure whether or not you have heard me talk about the weeks leading up to September 25th, 2006, the day I surrendered to God, but here’s a recap:

    Two weeks before that day, I was ready to get out, but didn’t want to become a Christian until God answered some of my questions. God didn’t answer. But on September 25th I felt as if I needed to surrender and trust Him. After doing so, He began answering in numerous ways. One of the most interesting, in my opinion, is a dream I had where (in the dream) I was in a store looking at Hallmark cards, my dad and step-mom were at the counter paying for something, and God started whispering answers into my ear. The funny thing is, the questions He was answering in my dream were questions I really had in real life.

    Over time, more questions have been answered. Yesterday was another one of those days. I’m sure the rest will come. I am quite confident of it.

  10. Jean,

    I figured you’d like this post.

    As for the canonization of the Bible… I think my main question exists due to the fact that at least half of the religious leaders of the time did not agree with the decisions that were made.

    I’m confident that an answer will be found. I’m not sure whether or not you have heard me talk about the weeks leading up to September 25th, 2006, the day I surrendered to God, but here’s a recap:

    Two weeks before that day, I was ready to get out, but didn’t want to become a Christian until God answered some of my questions. God didn’t answer. But on September 25th I felt as if I needed to surrender and trust Him. After doing so, He began answering in numerous ways. One of the most interesting, in my opinion, is a dream I had where (in the dream) I was in a store looking at Hallmark cards, my dad and step-mom were at the counter paying for something, and God started whispering answers into my ear. The funny thing is, the questions He was answering in my dream were questions I really had in real life.

    Over time, more questions have been answered. Yesterday was another one of those days. I’m sure the rest will come. I am quite confident of it.

  11. When I got your email, and then read this blog post, I felt a leap of joy in my spirit.
    God’s hand is certainly on your life.

    Speaking of circular reasoning- in Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses- ‘I AM THAT I AM.”

  12. When I got your email, and then read this blog post, I felt a leap of joy in my spirit.
    God’s hand is certainly on your life.

    Speaking of circular reasoning- in Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses- ‘I AM THAT I AM.”

  13. This is something I’ve similarly struggled with, and this is a really reassuring answer. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  14. This is something I’ve similarly struggled with, and this is a really reassuring answer. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  15. Donny, I so agree with Nancy above, but even before I knew her thoughts, you have impressed me with your decisions, and I know the Spirit of God is upon you! We may not ever get ALL the answers in this life, but you can count on getting the answers God wants you to have.

    I like what maxgrace said about all knowledge requires faith!

    XOXOX

  16. Donny, I so agree with Nancy above, but even before I knew her thoughts, you have impressed me with your decisions, and I know the Spirit of God is upon you! We may not ever get ALL the answers in this life, but you can count on getting the answers God wants you to have.

    I like what maxgrace said about all knowledge requires faith!

    XOXOX

  17. Jean,

    I have confidence that God will answer. He’s been great about doing so thus far.

    Questions such as these, when left unanswered, are frustrating to some. I believe that in the future I’ll be able to share my experiences with those who share the same doubts and questions I’ve had. God doesn’t back away from questions, He welcomes them. Of this I am certain. 🙂

  18. Jean,

    I have confidence that God will answer. He’s been great about doing so thus far.

    Questions such as these, when left unanswered, are frustrating to some. I believe that in the future I’ll be able to share my experiences with those who share the same doubts and questions I’ve had. God doesn’t back away from questions, He welcomes them. Of this I am certain. 🙂

  19. This really WAS an answer to prayer… it’s that deeply peaceful spirit you had when the answer came to you that most proves it’s validity, IMHO…. nothing can bring more clarity than a touch of the Holy Spirit! Really good post, Donny.

    ~m~

  20. This really WAS an answer to prayer… it’s that deeply peaceful spirit you had when the answer came to you that most proves it’s validity, IMHO…. nothing can bring more clarity than a touch of the Holy Spirit! Really good post, Donny.

    ~m~

  21. Hi Donny,

    I commented on a previous post about the Church council of 325; I’m not sure if you saw it or not. But the idea of the council deciding the canon is a myth. It’s not true. The Council of Nicaea discussed and disputed upon the nature of the Son in relation to the Father (Trinity), not the biblical canon.

    Here are several links that you may find useful:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgISCRXECSw (the relevant discussion is found at the 7:29 mark)

    http://aomin.org/aoblog/index.php?itemid=2729

    http://www.bible.org/page.php?page_id=4005 (read the subheading “The Formation of the New Testament Canon”)

    Please try to read through each one carefully. Even an inkling of knowledge on Church History is better than nothing and can go a long way in giving “a defense for the hope that is within us.” (1 Peter 3:15)

  22. Hi Donny,

    I commented on a previous post about the Church council of 325; I’m not sure if you saw it or not. But the idea of the council deciding the canon is a myth. It’s not true. The Council of Nicaea discussed and disputed upon the nature of the Son in relation to the Father (Trinity), not the biblical canon.

    Here are several links that you may find useful:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgISCRXECSw (the relevant discussion is found at the 7:29 mark)

    http://aomin.org/aoblog/index.php?itemid=2729

    http://www.bible.org/page.php?page_id=4005 (read the subheading “The Formation of the New Testament Canon”)

    Please try to read through each one carefully. Even an inkling of knowledge on Church History is better than nothing and can go a long way in giving “a defense for the hope that is within us.” (1 Peter 3:15)

  23. Donny,

    Not sure why my comment no longer appears but I really do hope that you took the time to review the links I posted.

    JP

  24. Donny,

    Not sure why my comment no longer appears but I really do hope that you took the time to review the links I posted.

    JP

  25. JP,

    Have you read Elaine Pagels? Check out her wikipedia page. At the moment I have to prepare to run a few errands and don’t have the time to read through the articles you linked, but I will do so later.

  26. JP,

    Have you read Elaine Pagels? Check out her wikipedia page. At the moment I have to prepare to run a few errands and don’t have the time to read through the articles you linked, but I will do so later.

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