At this point, this WordPress blog is primarily a holding place. I have been blogging over the past several years at Xanga…
I’ve not done much at all here on WordPress until recently. Because of some changes at Xanga, I’ve recently imported the last two blogs above to Word Press:
Now, leaving behind those preliminaries…
I think something in my post “Greetings from WordPress” (found on my Xanga blog here) summarizes it well:
When I began blogging here [February 2007], I chose the name Naphtali since we’d studied through the book of Genesis in BSF the previous year, and the name Naphtali stood out to me. I explained why in my very first post here:
So why Naphtali? Some of you may be wondering, “What’s that all about?” Others may be familiar with the name. Naphtali was one of the sons of Jacob (Israel). In Bible Study Fellowship last year we studied the blessings Jacob gave his sons at the end of Genesis. The blessing to Naphtali popped out at me: “Naphtali is a deer let loose; he uses beautiful words” (NKJV, Genesis 49:21). In the months prior to that time I could see God beginning to loosen me from many things that were keeping me from worshipping and serving Him as He desired (and that, of course, is His continuing work in me). The phrase “he uses beautiful words” hit me since so often I have used my tongue in ways to harm others rather than to encourage and edify them, and it is God’s desire for our words to honor and glorify Him (see James 3:10). My prayer is that this blog glorifies Him and encourages fellow believers in the Body of Christ.
For His Glory,
On the header section of my blog here at Xanga, I’ve had the description:
Beautiful words/the deer set free (Genesis 49:21)
But, for my WP blog, I edited that to
beautiful words / the deer set free / satisfied with Christ’s favor…
because in God’s merciful kindness to me, He has seen fit to pour out upon me grace upon grace through the Lord Jesus Christ, to bless me with an increasing sense of His presence and favor beyond what I could have imagined (Ephesians 3:14-21!), which I wrote about in this post, and is described in Moses’ blessing of Naphtali found in Deuteronomy 33:
Deuteronomy 33:23a And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the LORD… (KJV)
On such love, my soul, still ponder,
Love, so great, so rich, so free;
Say, while lost in holy wonder,
Why, O Lord, such love to me?
Grace shall reign eternally!
Grace shall reign eternally!
“Sov’reign Grace o’er Sin Abounding”
by John Kent (1766-1843)
My prayer is that you might open your mouth wider and wider, and let the LORD fill it with HIMSELF (Psalm 81:10; Luke 11:13), rather than seeking in vain to be filled with the trinkets and triumphs and trivia and treasures of this world which will never satisfy…
Isaiah 55 (ESV)
1 Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee.” ~ Augustine
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My prayer is that God might be pleased to use my blogging to help you find Jesus Christ to be your exceeding Joy and all-surpassing Delight… because when we do begin to experience the sense of Him being our all in all (think of Jonathan Edwards’ making the distinction between our having an opinion or a rational judgment vs. our having the sense… see Edwards’ “A Divine & Supernatural Light”), we cannot help but overflow with living water to all the nations:
Psalm 87:7 Singers and dancers alike say, “All my springs are in you.”
Psalm 45:1 My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;
I address my verses to the king;
my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
John 7:37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
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By the grace of God, seeking to blog to the glory of God, for the joy of the elect,
Religion never was designed,
To make our pleasures less…
(Isaac Watts’ “We’re Marching to Zion”)