Original Posting At https://fromthepewblog.com/2017/07/16/ponderings-fromthe-pew/
There are weeks that subjects to write about just don’t come easy. I usually look for something in my devotionals, other reading materials or sometimes I find some topic in current news. There are times I feel led by the spirit to write about something. “From The Pew.. A layman’s View of The Gospel” is in fact just that. All of us who sit in the pew have many ways of expressing our faith and being in church is one of those ways. Many of us seek Christian activities, friendships, projects and such because they allow us to grow in the faith and let’s be honest, not feel marginalized by those who do not share our belief. It is not a form of snobbery or a sense of religious superiority that drives us to do this. I believe it is our desire to remain close to the precepts of our faith, to make them an everyday occurrence and to keep that “Sunday Church” feeling all week long. While most won’t admit it that “Sunday” feeling makes us comfortable, loved and renews in us, regardless of our circumstances a hope for tomorrow through the loving, caring mercies of the God we serve. If you are growing confused as to where this is going…well your not alone.
Many times when I feel lost as to subject or direction I go to my Bible. Now this I share because I did not expect to find help here. Here, being Goggle, of all places. Goggle what your thinking and then look for the path or direction you wish to go. For me today it was of all things some information about the Bible that I found interesting. I am never reluctant to share another’s work or expand on it as long as they are given proper credit in my writings. That being the case I will post a link at the end of this blog that led me to this subject. “…Each of the books, except 5, are divided into chapters and verses. The 5 which aren’t divided by chapters are Obadiah, Philemon, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude. These are short books which only have verse divisions.”
(Chapters were introduced to the Bible in 1238 by Cardinal Hugo de S. Caro. Verse divisions were not added until 1551 by Robertus Stephanus.)
No big deal but I found this to be interesting. I don’t think many of us in the pew have thought about this or could even name the books. Now I don’t make light of this or of those people, after all I am one of those. Five books, who would have thought that might lead us somewhere. I found it interesting because some time ago I wrote a blog about Philemon, “The Little Letter With a Big Message”. Now look! How about this, I have four weeks of something to share with you “From The Pew….”!
Back in the day I once did some research on the phrase, “the family of God.” It was an interesting wake-up and one that opened other doors of study to me. As I sit here writing today it comes home to me even more. I now go to another church but I never left my “family” behind, they came with me in my heart and mind. Wherever we go we are among “family”. When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior we were then adopted into the “family of God”, with the full inheritance as promised by God to his people, through Jesus Christ His son. There are people whom I love and respect within the “family” that today are suffering illnesses, lost loved ones and at this very moment have begun their journey home; it is amazing but so true, God knows their every need.
Well, if you have read this far thank you for enduring this blog. I really drew a blank, some say writers block. To be brief and to the point, I just didn’t have anything to write about. When you can’t pray, just be still and let the groaning of the Spirit pray for you. Today I just shared what was on my heart, I hope you enjoyed you time in the pew. Oh yes before I forget. Those five books…there are still four left. Join me in the pew next week and we will take a look at one of those. Check out the link below.