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A Plumbline

I have been asked why I chose the title "PlumbLine" for this blog.  It is really quite simple - God's word is a "measuring" tool that serves to give us proper positioning in life.  It creates a sense of foundation that allows all else that is built within our lives to be upright and strong - able to endure whatever storms may come.

In terms of being "plumb", there are several examples of the use of a "plumbline" that describe what I hope to accomplish through the use of this blog:

  1. In nautical uses, a plumbline was used to determine the depth of the water - in looking at this from the view that God's word is a plumbline, we could say that it is what helps to determine the depth of our spiritual walk.  It acts as an instrument to "sound" the depth of our growth in Christ.
  2. In architectural uses, a plumbline was used to determine the vertical and horizontal alignment of the building - in looking at this from the view that God's word is a plumbline, we could easily say that God's word is what brings into alignment the attitudes of our heart that are not rightly related to foundation of our lives - Christ Jesus. 
It is the determination of our "vertical" direction in life that gives us foundation.  When we are rightly related to Christ - meaning that he is at the center of all we do, think and believe - then we are aligned in a vertical sense to that which makes us "plumb".  If our vertical alignment is correct, it impacts our horizontal alignment, as well.

So, in our daily study of the word of God, we will explore some of the truths that God has for us that will help us to be both vertically plumb (rightly related to God) and horizontally plumb (rightly related to our fellow man).  In turn, we will have lives built upon a strong foundation.  These lives will be strong defenses against the things in this world that would want to tear us down or make ruin of our lives.  In the end, we will become living temples built for the glory of our God.

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