Loving God with Our Mind

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by Graham Mol

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength,” (Mark 12:30). This statement by Jesus was the focus of the sermon I preached on Sunday. Following the service I had someone asking about resources or courses they could make use of as they seek to “love Jesus with their mind”.

I thought that I would share some options here for the benefit of anyone reading this blog. These are just some of the resources that I have found helpful in growing my knowledge of the Lord and His word.

Bible Thinker – website: https://biblethinker.org/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7u2HaYBKDaLPcWmldxgGEA

Bible Thinker is a website and YouTube channel run by Pastor Mike Winger. I came across Mike’s videos a few years ago and have found his careful study and teaching to be of great value. He has covered a wide range of topics from indepth Bible studies, tough theological debates and Q&A sessions. This is a very good place to start in growing your Biblical knowledge.

Renewing Your Mind https://renewingyourmind.org/

Renewing Your Mind is “an outreach of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian discipleship organization founded in 1971 by Dr. R.C. Sproul.” It comprises of a daily audio recording/podcast of about 20-30 minutes of Biblical teaching that is presented in a way that the average person can understand. Many of the teachings are by the late R.C. Sproul who had such a warm and engaging way of teaching the truth of God’s word.

Got Questionshttps://www.gotquestions.org/

Got Questions is a great quick reference resource for finding answers on Biblical questions. The content is well researched and the writers have a commitment to providing Biblically sound answers. If you are researching a particular topic this is often quite a good place to start looking.

I hope that you find these resources useful as you seek to love the Lord with all your mind.

God Bless

Graham

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At the Well

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by Graham Mol

Today I would like to use this blog to share with you a song that our Church music director, Themba, recently wrote. The past year has been a difficult time for him with many struggles and yet, through all of that the Lord has been drawing Themba into closer relationship with Him. Just under two weeks ago Themba shared this song with us that he had written based on an account in John 4. Both Candice were really moved by it as he played on our (out-of-tune) piano and sang (very much in tune).

Themba went on to sing the song in the service that Sunday. He and I made a plan in the following week to do a recording of the song that Themba could put on his YouTube channel so that he could share it with others. It is this recording that I want to share with you now. May you be blessed by it, just as I have been.

Graham

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Lean On Me

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by Graham Mol

This morning the song Lean On Me by Bill Withers was going through my head. We used to sing the song in our primary school hymn singing. Although not a hymn itself, it does speak of the Christian quality of loving and supporting one another; about being there for each other. Something that we are called to do as the body of Christ, as brothers and sisters in Christ.

Here are the lyrics to the song:

Lean On Me

Sometimes in our lives
We all have pain, we all have sorrow.
But if we are wise,
We know that there’s always tomorrow.

Lean on me when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.

Please swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
That you won’t let show.

You just call on me, brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on.
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand,
We all need somebody to lean on.

Lean on me when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on

You just call on me, brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on.
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand,
We all need somebody to lean on.

If there is a load
You have to bear
That you can’t carry
I’m right up the road
I’ll share your load
If you just call me.

There is such wisdom in these lyrics. It reminds me of the wisdom we find in the book of Eccelesiastes:

Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. 10 For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm? 12 And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

Both the song lyrics, and the verses from the Bible highlight the importance of being able to “lean on” each other. When you are weak, you can lean on that friend, and receive their support, they can lift you up when you fall. Likewise, when the situation is reversed and that friend is the one who is strong, you can be that person for them to lean on. This is why “two are better than one”.

Life can get tough and we’re not always able to handle or carry the load. As the song states: “We all need somebody to lean on”. It is also important that we ask for help. You have to “swallow your pride… for no one can fill those of your needs that you won’t let show.” So many go it alone because they don’t want to admit that they need help. We justify this by saying that we don’t want to burden others, but what we are in fact doing is depriving others of the opportunity to be that friend, to be that brother or sister in Christ, who exercises the love of God through helpfulness and care.

I have personally been reminded of what a blessing it is to be able to “lean on” others when you’re not strong. Just as I know what a privilege it is to help another who is in need. And so let me end this blog with one final chorus:

Lean on me when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.

 

God Bless

Graham

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The Word of the Lord Remains Forever

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by Graham Mol

Today on the Google home page the “Google Doodle”, that is the little picture above the box where you type in your search request, is in honour of “Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the movable type printing press. German-born Gutenberg’s invention in the 1400s is credited with bringing about the printing revolution in Renaissance Europe. Google has chosen to celebrate Gutenberg on 14 April, because on that date in 2000 the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany, launched an exhibition to honour him in celebration of its 100th anniversary.” (Source the Independent)

A Copy of the Gutenberg Bible

Gutenberg’s masterpiece is the world’s first printed Bible, known as the Gutenberg Bible. Only 180 copies were made and today there are only 49 of them left. If you happen to have a copy in your garage, you could be very, very rich as a complete copy could go for at least $35 Million! Since Gutenberg’s Bible there have been many, many more printed. The Guinness Book of Records estimates that over 5 billion Bibles have been printed so far, it is by far the most sold book in history.

These stats shouldn’t surprise us for the Lord has said that His word will remain forever:

35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:8)

“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

And this word is the good news that was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:24-25)

Although the Gutenberg prints of the Bible are worth millions, their worth pales in comparison to the precious word of God that has transformed the lives of millions of people. Whether through quiet personal reading, or reading out loud in a group, whether sung or preached, God uses His recorded word to speak into our lives today and forevermore.

 

God Bless

Graham

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