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 Thessalonians 2:13 

January 26, 2019

But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.

A cooperative venture between Ford and Volkswagen was reported by Reuters this morning, estimated to save both companies billions of dollars. Chump change compared to the value of the project supervised by the Holy Spirit and assisted by me. The Spirit provides the leadership in the process of sanctification, and I'm responsible for implementation through the Belief cycle. To believe is to trust, to trust is to commit, to commit is to obey, to obey is to be faithful, to be faithful is to believe and on and on we go.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 51

Mid-day: 119:153-160

Evening: Psalm 127

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1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 

January 24, 2019

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

There are many passages throughout Paul's letters which detail the various behaviors that are offensive to the LORD, God, the Almighty, perhaps the most complete list is in Romans 1. For someone who claims to be a Christian to knowingly and deliberately participate in one of these sins is offensive to the Godhead. It is expected, even definitive, for those outside the pale. How can I claim to love and honor my LORD if I cherrypick my way through His commandments? John 14:23 speaks directly to this point.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 49

Mid-day: 119:137-144

Evening: Psalm 125most

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1 Thessalonians 1:6-7

January 23, 2019

And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.

I have never read this passage and noted that Paul uses "affliction" to describe the challenges faced by the saints in Thessalonica. I checked Strongs, and yes, all variations of the Greek word carry a note of stress, even persecution being given as a possible alternative. How can that be? They didn't have to deal with Facebook or a political system driven by innuendo and lies. Or did they face a culture that was as intolerant to the Faith given once for all (Jude 1:3) as we face today?

I suspect the answer is yes and the solution is the same. They received the Word...with the joy of the Holy Spirit. May I do the same.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 48

Mid-day: 119:129-136

Evening: Psalm 124

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1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 

January 22, 2019

For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.

Does all my preaching, teaching, and conversation reflect the power, the full conviction that comes only from the Holy Spirit? Are there times when I temporize and tone the message down because I'm too unsure of how the message will be received? I need always to remember that the LORD did not give me a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and sound judgment (2 Tim. 1:7, paraphrased)

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 47

Mid-day: 119:121-128

Evening: Psalm 123

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Colossians 1:7-9

January 21, 2019

just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit. And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

Two elements of this passage jumped out to me. The first is the faithfulness of Epaphras in letting others know that the congregation in Colossi is an obedient congregation and expresses the love of the LORD to others. Do I take Epaphras as an example and spread the examples of others to those who need to know that their witness has borne fruit?

Secondly, as I hear these stories from others, am I faithful in lifting up those congregations in praise and thanksgiving? I need to be a Barnabas, especially in prayer.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 46

Mid-day: 119:113-120

Evening: Psalm 122

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Psalm 119:26 Day 100

January 20, 2019

When I told of my ways, you answered me; teach me your statutes!

This is an exciting sequence, Lord. The first step is for me to recognize and confess the error of my ways. Then, once I am fully comprehending my need, You will answer through Your statutes, Your Word to instruct and lead me. Give me an understanding of my need for forgiveness and teaching.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 38

Mid-day: 119:49-56

Evening: Psalm 113

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Philippians 3:3 

January 19, 2019

For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of Godand glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh—

My worship must be guided by the Spirit, not, as is so prevalent in many churches, by what is attractive and will suck an audience in. I must remember that Worship of the LORD, God, the Almighty must be directed from me to Him. Thanksgivings have an essential place in a time of Worship but in a position behind a time of acknowledging the worth of the LORD, acknowledging who He is and reciting His infinite values. A time of confession is often overlooked in popular church services, at best replaced by a public confession. What has happened to a time of falling on our knees, publicly confessing that we have sinned against the LORD in word and deed?

Then a time of thanksgivings, sharing the many ways the LORD has blessed us in every aspect of our lives, appropriately placed after praise and confession.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 37I

Mid-day: 119:41-48

Evening: Psalm 112

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Philippians 2:1-2 

January 18, 2019

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

Again, this passage as others looked at before, focuses on the centrality of the Spirit between the LORD, God, the Almighty and His Bride in the yet to be raptured. For example, anytime another saint and I are not of one mind on an issue or a course of action; the Holy Spirit needs to be approached for direction. His counsel needs to be sought in agape, not in an attitude of "Lord, show my brother where he is wrong."

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 36

Mid-day: 119:33-40

Evening: Psalm 111

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Philippians 1:18-22a

January 17, 2019

What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christthis will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For, to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me.

It is most interesting that Paul links the prayers of the saints through the power of the Holy Spirit in a life or death situation. There is no hint of the self-centered Saul of Tarsus, a Hebrew of the Hebrews. No, he comes to the saints of Phillipi to lift him up for the strength to continue his witness in either outcome.

One of the lessons to me is to be open and willing to seek the support of the congregation with whom I worship. If the Apostle Paul needs to ask for support, what makes me think I can manage on my own?

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 35

Mid-day: 119:25-32

Evening: Psalm 110

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Ephesians 6:13-18 

January 16, 2019

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

Two significant occurrences of 'all.' "At all times" and "with all prayer and supplication;" summarizing 1 Thess. 5:16-18 and Phil. 4:4-7 with an exhortation to rejoice always thrown in for good measure. If the Holy Spirit guides my prayer, I will always start with rejoicing and glorifying the LORD, God, the Almighty. There's plenty of time for my anxieties and supplications.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 34

Mid-day: 119:17-244

Evening: Psalm 109

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Ephesians 6:13-18 

January 15, 2019

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

What is a sword? A weapon. Offensive, defensive or both, a broad variety of designs from claymore to rapier. One universal characteristic is that each type needs the hands of a skilled swordsman to be effective. The Word, the sword of the Spirit, is sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb 4:12), but is useless, if I am not intimately familiar with it. I need to study my weapon, to know when to use the smashing power of the claymore or the delicate piercing of the rapier.

Praise the LORD. The Spirit is a powerful teacher and coach.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 33

Mid-day: 119:9-16

Evening: Psalm 108

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Ephesians 5:15-21 

January 14, 2019

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

I wonder if this entire passage depends upon my being filled with the Spirit? The Spirit is going to guide me into the best use of my time as I make wise decisions. My life will be formed by the Psalms, by hymns, by spiritual songs, by an attitude with is one of thanksgiving and praise. My relationships with other saints will be shaped by submission to them as an act of reverence to Christ.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 32

Mid-day: 119:1-8

Evening: Psalm 107

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