John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.

2 Corinthians 3:4-6 

December 11, 2018

Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

When I write with pen and ink or keyboard, it is delible. Easily! When the Spirit writes it is indelible. Totally! I write on paper or with bytes electronically, all very transient. The Spirit writes on the hearts of man with words of transformation into the image of Christ, completely intransient.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 5

Mid-day: 119:137-144

Evening: Psalm 80

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2 Corinthians 3:2-3 

December 10, 2018

You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

Can I point to various individuals and claim that they are my letter of recommendation, written upon their transformed hearts by the Spirit of the living God? Is it essential that I know? Whose letter of recommendation am I? Should I make an effort to tell them? Wouldn't it be an encouragement to them to know of the part they played in my journey to a relationship with the LORD, God, the Almighty?

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 4

Mid-day: 119:129-136

Evening: Psalm 79

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Psalm 119:160

December 9, 2018

The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

There is no expiration date, no sunset clause in any of Your righteous rules. The same yesterday, the same today, the same tomorrow.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 3

Mid-day: 119:121-128

Evening: Psalm 78

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2 Corinthians 1:21-22 

December 8, 2018

And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

39 years since I began to listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Oh, He had been there, lurking in the background until I was willing to listen to the direction being offered. What a ride it has been as I refuse the advice and often pay the penalty or acceptance His leading and revel in the joy of the reward. Not earthly rewards, though He has been faithful to provide for my needs, the reward of a life lived in the righteousness, peace, and joy of the Kingdom of Heaven in the here and now.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 2

Mid-day: 119:113-120

Evening: Psalm 77

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1 Corinthians 14:1-4 

December 7, 2018

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.

Would seeking the gift of prophecy over the gift of tongues be an act of agape love in action. Are the gifts an either or? But I do think that I should pursue all to the extent needed to enable me to do my part in building up the church.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 1

Mid-day: 119:105-112

Evening: Psalm 76

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For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

Or as I frequently paraphrase this passage, Jews or Greeks, inmates or volunteers. I wonder what Paul would have to say about today's proliferation of denominations? Would not be complementary and might make 1 Cor. sound laudatory.

I often think about those 21 young Copts who gave their lives for the Gospel; what a joy it will be to meet them. I have been made to drink of the same Spirit as they have. Hallelujah!

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 150

Mid-day: 119:97-104

Evening: Psalm 75

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For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

Isn't this precious? We are one body with Christ. All who name Jesus the Christ as Lord and Savior and who believe that He was resurrected from the dead are one with Him and with each other Jesus'n'Body are one entity.

I cannot; no must not refuse the love and outreach of another member of the Body—we are one. How is Lord's heart must break at the schisms and separations that exist within the Body? How would I feel if two of my grandchildren would not even sit at my table and share a meal together?

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 149

Mid-day: 119:89-96

Evening: Psalm 74

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All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

It is so easy for me to look in envy at the ministries of various brothers. They are doing great and marvelous works within the Body of Christ. Some things with national recognition and even worldwide impact as they labor for the Lord.

What did I say? Did I admit that the recognition of the world is more important to me than hearing my Lord say, "Well done, good and faithful servant?" Yes, forgive me, Lord, and continue an obviously unfinished work in me. Your Spirit has provided me with every gift that is needed for me to complete the work apportioned to me. It does not matter whether I have 1 or 1000 talents, it only matters how I use what I've been given.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 148

Mid-day: 119:81-88

Evening: Psalm 73

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Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however, you were led. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

I thought it would be good to post the entire passage to maintain the context as I continue through this compelling description of the work of the Holy Spirit.

Wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues; all powerful and essential to the growth of the Body. Is one more important to this goal than an another? No; no more than a car's engine is more critical than a tire to the utility of an automobile.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 147

Mid-day: 119:73-80

Evening: Psalm 72

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Psalm 119:147

December 2, 2018

I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words.

We are now at that time of year where rising before dawn is getting easier and easier. This is a time without distractions from the outside, there is nothing that can be seen, and all is quiet before the bustle of the day begins. But soon, slowly the world will begin to be revealed, and I will need to be ready for it. The opening, the revealing of Your creation each morning is a story in itself, a story of how You come to us and show Yourself as the loving, Creator God, coming to draw us unto Yourself and provide for Your people. Praise You, my Lord and Master.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 146

Mid-day: 119:65-72

Evening: Psalm 71

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For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit,

Has anyone had the experience of dealing with someone who has a considerable fund of knowledge, knows everything but cannot apply it to life? Contrast that person with one who has little learning in a worldly sense but lives a Godly life in the fear of the LORD. Is that not a demonstration of the accuracy of Proverbs 1:7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction and Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;

Wisdom is the Godly application of knowledge. Both are gifts of the spirit; sometimes manifested in the same individual.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 145

Mid-day: 119:57-64

Evening: Psalm 70

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1 Corinthians 12:7  (3)

November 30, 2018

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

"The manifestation of the Spirit for the common good," not my good. To the extent and in the fashion that the Spirit is manifested in me, it is for the good of the Body. It is not a Tommy Tucker phenomenon, no good boy pronouncements or displays of tasty plums. I must strive to serve the Body with humility and in modesty. Work to be done!

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 144

Mid-day: 119:49-56

Evening: Psalm 69

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