His bow

I was driving towards a rain storm the other day and as soon as I turned on to the highway ramp my eyes beheld the most vibrant rainbow I’ve ever seen. You know what they say, pictures don’t do it justice… but here are a few anyway.

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It reminded me of the covenant between God and the earth, and mankind, talked about in the Bible (Genesis 9). This moment driving on the highway became worship as I admired the rainbow and the Creator of this art…. while listening to this song:

It was a moment, to say the least!

-Out of the Wilderness

What the Bible says about the coronavirus, sort of not really

Who knew something in the Bible would still be applicable thousands of years later 🙂 But please note, these verses have been taken way out of context. For the full meaning, open up your Bible and check them out. Or just go to BibleGateway.com.


HOW TO AVOID GETTING THE CORONAVIRUS…

Wash your hands, you sinners (James 4: 8)

Cover your face (Ezekiel 12:6)

I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands (Genesis 20:5)


SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR…

His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him (Exodus 2:4)

They stayed at a distance (Exodus 20:18)

The people remained at a distance (Exodus 20:21)

You are to worship at a distance (Exodus 24:1)

my hand will not touch you (1 Sam 24:12)

do not touch anyone (Ezekiel 9:6)

spread out (Isaiah 54:3)


SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE IT ALREADY…

my body burns with fever (Job 30:30)

The boy sneezed seven times (2 Kings 4:35)


IF ANYONE HAS SYMPTOMS…

isolate the affected person for seven days (Leviticus 13:4)

isolate them for another seven days (Leviticus 13:5)


HOW STATES HAVE HANDLED IT… 

governors placed a heavy burden on the people (Nehemiah 5:15)


2020 IN A NUTSHELL…

disaster or disease may come (1 Kings 8:37)


That last one… uhhhhh yep! 2021 can’t get here soon enough! Thanks for stopping by and feel free to comment below with any additions.

-Out of the Wilderness

…and I’m still in awe of You

Hebrews 3:3 “…just as the builder has more honor than the house.”

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This part of Hebrews chapter 3 stuck with me after I read it. It connects with how I feel about walking through a forest, standing on the ocean shore, even watching my dogs dig. You see, I am often enamored with nature. Most of it, even the scary things, fascinate me. I’m sure I’m not alone in this because for one thing, the Weather Channel exists. If people weren’t also fascinated by our environment, a channel about weather wouldn’t exist. It’s important, though, to not let our enchantment end with these “products.” Let the love we have go all the way through to the producer of these amazing things.

That’s what this verse in Hebrews means to me. Have a super day! Get out there and honor the house (whatever it is for you), but give even more honor to the builder.

-Out of the Wilderness

A Bible verse exposing the “glass half empty” personality

I read this verse in Jeremiah and it struck a chord with me. Please, please, please don’t read this as me coming off as judgmental because this can apply to any of us at any point in our lives. I’ve for sure been a Debbie Downer in certain situations but as I read this Bible verse below, I couldn’t help but think of a friend of mine who is virtually always negative about everything. 

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“This is what the Lord says: The man who trusts in mankind, who makes human flesh his strength and turns his heart from the Lord is cursed. He will be like a juniper in the Arabah; he cannot see when good comes but dwells in the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land where no one lives.”

My friend is definitely a “glass is half empty” type of person. On the positive side, though, if you win the lottery and need someone to tell you why that sucks, he’s your man. 🙂 All joking aside, he really can find something to complain about in almost any scenario. So when I read the verse in Jeremiah, I thought of him. I don’t think my friend is a Christian, so the part that reads, “he cannot see when good comes but dwells in the parched places…” really had me thinking. But just to be very real, this could apply to Christians, also. Sometimes it’s just human nature to not really see the good when it comes our way. But in this context, the words are just devastatingly real. Without God, life is the Arabah… a desert. You may be a tree (the Juniper), but you’re in a dry land and you’re alone. As I’m just thinking out loud, I’m remembering the reference to Christ-followers being like a tree planted by the water. How vivid is that imagery given this picture from Jeremiah of the lone tree in the desert? Interesting.  

My friend can, and will, find fault in the most full glass– it’s not the right flavor or it’s too full or he didn’t even ask for a glass full of anything– maybe that’s just his personality, I don’t know. But I hurt for him sometimes. I just wish he’d see the good things he has going on… and better yet, find the Living Water 😉

-Out of the Wilderness

Man Known For Being Only Christian Who Hasn’t Listened To Kanye West Album Speaks Out

Omaha, Nebraska — Kanye West’s new album “Jesus Is King” has listeners all over the globe in a full trot with excitement, and it’s topping nearly every chart, even debuting at #1 on the US Billboard 200.

Christians have been very vocal about their support of Kanye’s gospel album. A quick check on Twitter or Facebook and you’ll quickly realize there is nothing but Psalm-like praise for the entirety of the record, from the east coast to the west coast and every coast in between. Well, almost every coast.

“I’ve never really been a rap guy.” This kind of statement is taboo in Christian circles since the release of “Jesus Is King,” but a Nebraska man known as the only Christian who hasn’t listened to, and loved, Kanye West’s new album is ready to face his critics.

Meet Trevor Gaines. “Kanye seems like a nice enough guy. I can’t say whether I’d vote for him in 2020, or 2024, you know?” Mr. Gaines is, of course, referring to news that broke this morning of Kanye West’s plans to run for US President in 2024.

“Politics aside, I’ve gotten a lot of backlash for not checking out [Kanye’s] new music. In fact, last Sunday when I went to drop my offering in the plate, I was told to stop, to instead use that money to download ‘Jesus Is King’. I think I heard someone whisper ‘WWJD.’ Well, I don’t know exactly what Jesus would do, you know? Does he like rap music? Look what’s in the Bible. Psalms is basically the journal of a struggling singer/songwriter… and that’s in the Bible.”

At the time of publication, Trevor has yet to listen to a single track from “Jesus Is King.” Friends and family, as well as church-goers in his community, are praying for him and urging him to repent.

-Out of the Wilderness News