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Ok, this is purely for my own fun….

I like words.  I like alliterating audacious adjectives, adroitly. Every once in a while, however, I want to use a word … that is not a word.  You can’t find it in the dictionary.  For example, if something can be redundant, doesn’t that imply it could originally just be dundant?   Makes sense to me, but no such word.

And what about words that sound like opposites, but mean the same thing?  For example, if you look up refurbish in the dictionary, you get the same definition as for the word furbish.  Should that be?  Let’s burn one of those words.  But if we do, we’ll discover the ‘burned word’ to be both flammable and inflammable, simultaneously.  Yep, flammable and inflammable mean the exact same thing!  (Now that seems redundant to me!).

What about how words are spelled?   Is “phonetic” really the best way to spell phonetic?  Wouldn’t it make more sense to spell it fonetik?  Who thought of that?

Then there are those head-scratcher words: What word has 4 vowels but just 1 consonant?  (answer is below).

Another puzzler:  What word has 2 definitions that are exact opposites?  (see below, also).

I guess I could go on and on, but that would be superfluous.  Instead, I’ll be just a little bit fluous.  Hey, don’t look that word up!  It’s gotta be in the dictionary.

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Answers to puzzles:

1.  The 4-vowel/1-consonant word is: eerie.  Which begs the question: “Isn’t it eerie that eerie has more vowels in it than Lake Erie has fish in it?  I think so.

2.  The word that has 2 exactly opposite definitions is cleave.  def: (1) to split or sever, as a butcher would cleave meat.  (2) adhere strongly to/stick fast to, as in Genesis 2:24, “A man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

Ok, English 101 is now in session.

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Saturated With Jesus

After yesterday’s post, I picked up my Bible again and read to experience Jesus.  I found Him in the tiny book of Philemon.

Just 25 verses long, the apostle Paul references Jesus 9 or 11 times (depending on how you interpret the words “the Lord” in verses 16 and 20).

Paul is preoccupied with Jesus.  Paul is saturated with Jesus.  Paul is drenched in Jesus.  Paul is awash in Jesus.  Jesus finds a home in almost all of his sentences.

Am I so preoccupied with Jesus?  Am I saturated with Him? Drenched in Him?  Awash in Him?  Does Jesus find a home in almost every sentence from my lips?

Lord Jesus, make me like your child Paul, who referred to himself as a “prisoner of Christ Jesus.” Well, I’m not in prison (at the moment), but I can be your indentured servant (a slave by my own choice).  Ok, ok.  “Dan, an indentured servant of Christ Jesus.” That is my identity.

What about you?

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Arnold Palmer ——————-> Tiger Woods

Bugs Bunny ———————-> South Park

Little House on Prairie ——-> Sex in the City

Husband and Wife ————-> Husband and Husband

Lady Diana ————————> Lady Gaga

The Culture has changed, dramatically.  It would be difficult to argue that the changes have been beneficial, though there are always some who enjoy polluted water to fresh.

Sadly, the Culture’s freefall has a parallel Plunger.  Us.  Those who claim to be followers of Christ.  We now have a stunning image problem in the US.  I think you already know that.   But the twist is, part of our reputation may be deserved.  And that is troubling.  Our behavior belies our beliefs.

What will we do to turn this around?  I’ve got an idea.  How about you and I spend some time with Jesus in His Bible today?  We can’t pass along to our culture what we do not possess.  They need the True Jesus, in all His Courageous Glory.  We can’t bring the True Jesus to our culture if we don’t know/experience/be overwhelmed by the True Jesus.

I’d best be ending this, to spend some additional time with Him, in His Word.  Care to join me?  He’s waiting.

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I love the story of Joseph in Genesis 39-40.  Sold into slavery by his older brothers, he becomes a servant in the home of Potipher, an Egyptian high official.  While there, Joseph’s integrity shines through.  God prospers him, so much so that Potipher puts him in charge of everything he owns.

Falsely accused and convicted of making an advance toward Potipher’s wife, Joseph is thrown in prison.  But again, his integrity causes everything around him to flourish.

Joseph has learned to “bloom where you’re planted.”

A friend of mine, years ago, had a son playing on the High School football team.  Being a big kid, the coach decided to play him at tight end, though the youngster had other desires.  The father’s wise counsel still remains with me:  “Son, where you play is up to the coach.  How you play is up to you!”

Bloom where you’re planted.

I dare you to consider this idea:  God is in charge of where you play, not you.  You tend to how you play: your conduct, your growth in righteousness, your faithfulness in the little things, your resolute honesty, your love and concern for those around you.  In other words, “Bloom where you’re planted.”  And if God wants to transplant you to another garden of His choosing, that is up to Him.  Not you.

And, by the way, if you are intent on getting yourself into that ‘new position’, that new garden, beware!  It may turn out to be a field of weeds, in disguise.

Play it straight.  Play it like Joseph.  You’ll need to trust God.  He won’t disappoint you.

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