As They Were Moved- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

In Second Peter, the Word Of God intimates to us that the Holy Bible is ‘inspired, breathed upon by the Holy Spirit Himself. The Word of God is not some human contrivance!

KJV 2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

NAS 2 Peter 1:20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation,

KJV 2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

NAS 2 Peter 1:21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

As they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Moved 5342 fe,rw phero {fer’-o}

Meaning:  1) to carry 1a) to carry some burden 1a1) to bear with one’s self 1b) to move by bearing; move or, to be conveyed or borne, with the suggestion of force or speed 1b1) of persons borne in a ship over the sea

The word moved in the text is figuratively the image of a sailboat on the water with thee sail catching the wind and carrying the boat along wherever it pleases. The wind to the sailboat is what the Holy Spirit was to the men who wrote the Scripture. Dr Tony Evans stated it this way:

“The image of the Spirit, who is Himself the wind or the breath of God, moving the biblical writers to record what God wanted fits well with the idea of Scripture coming from God’s mouth as His very breath”.

In these words the apostle lays down another argument to prove the truth and reality of the gospel, and intimates that this second proof is more strong and convincing than the former, and more unanswerably makes out that the doctrine of the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ is not a mere fable or cunning contrivance of men, but the wise and wonderful counsel of the holy and gracious God. For this is foretold by the prophets and penmen of the Old Testament, who spoke and wrote under the influence and according to the direction of the Spirit of God.

Forgiveness- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

Forgiveness by Boyace Van Harlan Jr. PhD

Jesus was asked once, “How many times should I forgive? The questioner answered his own question as many of us do by saying, Seven times? It was his futile attempt to stay with the Law. We all want to stay conventional, to remain status quo. When is enough, enough? Jesus answered seven times seventy. He gave His questioner the Law and Grace. We should forgive as many times as we are hurt, abused, trampled on. Why? It is true that our forgiveness is giving the other guy the leg up, but it’s first and foremost gift is to us the forgiver. It frees us! Elizabeth Brown was right. “Injuring your enemy puts you below your enemy; revenging an enemy makes you even; forgiving him sets you above.”

The Uncaused Cause- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

ImageOf old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. Psalm 102:25

God has no origin. Everything else has an origin. Origin is a creature word. It belongs to creation. When you come back to God, you come back to the one who has no origin. He is the cause of all things. The Uncaused Cause! Job 38: 4-7 declares that the angels and morning stars rejoiced when God laid the foundation of the earth!

Practicing “The Presence of God”- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

Practicing the Presence of God- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (c. 1614 – 12 February 1691) served as a lay brother in a Carmelite monastery in Paris. Christians commonly remember him for the intimacy he expressed concerning his relationship to God as recorded in a book compiled after his death, the classic Christian text, The Practice of the Presence of God.
He was assigned to the monastery kitchen where, amidst the tedious chores of cooking and cleaning at the constant bidding of his superiors, he developed his rule of spirituality and work. In his Maxims, Lawrence writes, “Men invent means and methods of coming at God’s love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love, and it seems like a world of trouble to bring oneself into the consciousness of God’s presence. Yet it might be so simple. Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of him?”
For Brother Lawrence, “common business,” no matter how mundane or routine, could be a medium of God’s love. The sacredness or worldly status of a task mattered less than motivation behind it. “Nor is it needful that we should have great things to do. . . We can do little things for God; I turn the cake that is frying on the pan for love of him, and that done, if there is nothing else to call me, I prostrate myself in worship before him, who has given me grace to work; afterwards I rise happier than a king. It is enough for me to pick up but a straw from the ground for the love of God.”
During my meditation on this Wednesday evening I happened upon a quote from A. Z. Tozer in reference to “Practicing the Presence o God”. A former pastor of mine Perry Gaspard used to always in courage us to “practice the presence of God”. Listen how A. Z. Tozer defines this process for us while telling us what it is not.
“The practice of the presence of God consists not in the projecting an imaginary object from within his own mind and then seeking to realize His presence; is rather to recognize the real presence of the One whom all sound theology declares to be already there, an objective entity, existing apart from any apprehension of Him on the part of His creatures. The resultant experience is not visionary but real!”

Having Problems with a Micromanager?- Boyace Van Harlan, PhD

I just finished reading an interesting article by Harry Chambers on how to handle a micromanager. I had many take-a- ways from this article but one that stood out the most was the fact that there are a variety of strategies for dealing with a micromanager and none of them are about “fixing” him. Instead, it is important to defuse his disruptive behaviors. Harry Chambers says:
• Find out his agenda.
Everyone has an agenda, especially the micromanager. Figure out what’s really important to him, then work with him–not against him.
• Take the information initiative.
The micromanager is driven to know what’s going on. Don’t wait to be asked for information. Find out what he needs to feel confident and comfortable, then get it to him–ahead of time.
• Practice the “art” of communication.
No one fears inertia more than the micromanager. Show that you’re in motion on priority projects by communicating in three specific terms– awareness, reassurance, and timelines.
• Stay clear on expectations.
Confusion runs high with the micromanager–turning expectations into a fast-moving target. Clarify your conversations and agreements in a trail of memos and e-mails.
• Renegotiate priorities.
The micromanager is notorious for piling it on. Come up with a simple, straightforward method–such as a numerical or color-coded system– for renegotiating the ever-shifting priorities.
• Be preemptive on deadlines.
The micromanager loves to impose and even distort deadlines. Be the first to talk–offering a timeline for when you can do a task (not when you can’t).
• Play by the rules.
The micromanager enjoys catching people in the act. Avoid being an easy target and play by the rules–particularly on policies regarding time and technology.
• Learn from the “best practices” of others.
The micromanager backs off with some more than others. Watch them closely to learn the secrets of their success.
• Pick your battles.
The micromanager will go to war on every issue. Don’t try to match him. Instead, pick the battles that are most important to you.
Taking the “I” out of micromanager
And what if you are a micromanager? You can overcome your own “micro” tendencies if you’re willing to confront and change them–before they compromise your career. Figure out what you’re afraid of. Seek 360 degree feedback. And get a coach to develop some new “replacement” behaviors.
I also learned that 1 out of 3 employees leave their jobs because of micromanagers. That the truth of the matter is that there is no way to totally escape them. They are everywhere! Chances are you might be a micromanager yourself. The Bible says in Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding. Understanding the micromanager will give you power!

Fear- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

‘What are fears but voices airy?_ Whispering harm where harm is not’_ Wordsworth

Someone once said that all emotions emanate from two. Fear and Love. When we are not operating in Love we are operating in Fear. Fear truly is false evidence appearing to be real. God’s continual admonition to the people of God is the command Fear not! Be not afraid!

Holy- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.Isaiah 6:2,3The word ‘holy is more than an adjective saying that God is a holy God. It is an blissful ascription of glory to the Triune God!

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