Daily Discipleship, Day 8: Song of Solomon 1-3

Who doesn’t love some good, steamy, sexually charged literature, huh?

Welcome to the Song of Solomon.

The debate has raged over the centuries about what this book symbolizes, and what he imagery represents. I am not of the opinion that it is a romantic Poem from God’s perspective to his people. Mostly because the language isn’t just lovey-dovey; it’s downright spicy!

No, the Song of Solomon is a story of committed and faithful love between Solomon and (presumably) his first wife. He started put so well…

And so in the first three chapters I saw this verse, repeated twice verbatim:

I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the does of the field, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.
The Song of Solomon 2:7 ESV

Awakening love

So here, in this book all about the joy of love (and love-making), Solomon’s bride implores other women to not “awaken love before the time is right” (NLT).

It seems everything in our culture wants to “awaken love.” From earlier and eaier ages, kids are being taught about sexuakity in schools, and being exposed to alluring material.

Even for adults, the waters can be tough to navigate with the proliferation of portable pornography, the crazy successes of franchises like 50 Shades of Gray, and numerous magazines like Maxim and Cosmo, which seem to focus only on sex.

People who strive to “not awaken love” are certainly swimming upstream against the forces of culture.

Yet here, Solomon’s bride relishes in the fact that “I am my  beloved’s and he is mine” (2:16). The joy can be seen through the book, and it is mutually experienxed from him and her.

Give it time, and those who call you crazy for your otments to protecting your heart will be tje ones who have had the worse relationships and the most regrets.

Do not awaken love until the time is appropriate, and then let loose and you’ll really be able to enjoy it.

God bless!

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This post is meaningless! Daily Discipleship Weekend Podcast

This weekend, I thought I would shake things up. Here is a brief message (audio only) of what I learned as I walked through Ecclesiastes the last three days.

Enjoy.


This post is part of a series called “Daily Discipleship: One year (or less) through the Bible.” For the previous post, click here, and for the whole project in one place, click here.

 

Daily Discipleship, Day 4: Acts 24-28

Who doesn’t love book ends?

Bookends are great, and make awesome decorative accents.

Whether they are bookends designed to look like books, or like the “B” bookends my wife and I had for years because that’s our last initial, bookends always come in pairs.

Literary bookends are the same way. They frame what lies between as a clue to the reader what takeaways are important. Continue reading

Heaven IS For Real! (but not because a Toddler says so!)

With the release of a movie recently, many, many people are talking about Heaven. That’s a good thing, right?

Maybe.

Heaven Is For Real, a movie produced by mega-church pastor TD Jakes, and a book about a 4-year-old view who allegedly “visited Heaven” when he died on an operating table, has taken the nation by storm. Over and over, I have the same conversation. Someone will know that I’m a pastor and so must LOVE this enterprise, says, “I saw Heaven Is For Real last night. SUCH a good movie! I totally believe it!”

Then my face, which I imagine looks a bit like a boy being pinned down by his older sister and her friends for a “makeover,” launches us into a different discussion. Continue reading

Poolside Purity & Bikini Battles

Here we go again. It’s summer time, which means at any given time, in any number of churches nationwide, pastors, youth pastors and leaders are giving their kids (read: their female students) the “one-piece” talk.

A few years back at our church, some students actually petitioned our pastor to include Tankinis. It was a big win for preteens everywhere. I imagine they sat by the pool that summer in their tankinis and drank virgin daiquiris to celebrate. Continue reading

How Do I Become “Saved?”

[This week’s posts will be a continuation of a recent sermon at Adventure Christian Church, based on questions members submitted to our leaders. Some answers were not addressed from the stage and will be covered here as a supplement. Check out the live answers here.]

It happens all over our country, in many different contexts. Pastors who have a genuine heart for reaching the lost tell their audience or congregation to be saved by simply “accepting Christ into their hearts.” Continue reading

Go Fish!

Have you ever watched one of those fishing shows on TV? Not the super boring ones with a guy, alone on a lake with his cameraman, pulling in one little fish at a time. I’m talking about the real fishing shows. The ones with the career fishermen, who are gone for weeks at a time on a boat. The shows where they face terrible storms and risk life and limb to bring in the biggest haul they can manage. Have you seen those shows?

Every episode has a scene where the fishermen hit the motherload. As they bring their nets on board, hundreds—if not thousands— of fish pour out onto the deck of the boat. 

That is real man’s fishing. 

And I think it’s what Jesus had in mind when he called Peter, Andrew, James and John to be “fishers of men.” Here’s the passage from Matthew 4: Continue reading