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Monday, August 25, 2014

WHAT’S IN A NUMBER?





 

Psalms 90:12  KJV 
So teach us to Number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom
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Ten Years ago, where I worked they were downsizing the staff and their plan was to offer a “Golden Handshake;” if enough employees would retire as a group.  Their proposal appealed to me as I was ready to quit, but retiring sounded even better. 

Papers were filled out and we were called to a meeting to describe how the “Golden Handshake” would be applied to each person.  They explained that an annuity was to be set up with an Insurance company, for each retiree, and would be dispensed monthly separate from our pension.  

The life expectancy of each employee was taken into consideration, and I was told that their prediction for me was; my life continuance to be fourteen years. 

Ten years has gone by and with aging comes body changes and my thoughts are to count my days wisely. 

According to their projection, I have FOUR years left to live.  That does not worry me, but it does cause serious thinking to make some preparations besides those already made. 

The Bible states that God uses math and He counts with numbers.  He knows the number of hairs on our heads, and also takes notice when one of his sparrows fall. 

God knows the number of days on this earth that he has allotted to each one of us and those days fly by more quickly the older we get. 

Not one of us has the promise of tomorrow, let alone four years or ten or twenty years.  Every single day must be lived to glorify our Lord.  

My prayer is that our fleeting days will be renewed and quickened with strength and energy to live out our life with joy serving Jesus Christ our Messiah.

Psalms 39:4  New Living Translation
"LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered--how fleeting my life is.



 

 
 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Confession is Good for the Soul


Who Do Men Say That I Am?
 
Gleaning from Sunday's sermon as Pastor Jerry read from Matthew 16:13:20, and began to recount how Peter and his brother Andrew were in the fishing business with their father. 
 
One day Jesus passed by and said, “Follow Me and I will make you Fishers of Men.”

Without hesitation they dropped everything leaving their parents, home and their business to abide with Jesus as He gathered others to make up his twelve disciples.

Matthew 16: 13-16 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Peter was always slow to understand and quick to speak.  This time Jesus was pleased with Peter’s answer but He urged them all not to tell anyone that He was the Messiah.

Jesus was accepted by the people but not the religious leaders.  He did not back down when the leaders accused him of being a false prophet and working with the devil. 

Jesus was quick to tell them that their hands were clean from their many rituals, but their hearts were dark.

The question Jesus asked his disciples is still an important one today. No matter what your denomination, or your position in leadership, the question remains;  Who do YOU say Jesus is?

1. What does your worship mean to you, both private and in a group setting?

2. Is your service to God a ritual or does your service come from your heart?

3. Does your giving in time and money measure up to your answer to the question?

Jesus told Peter  verse 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Did Jesus mean the keys were only given to one person?  No, He was speaking of keys that would unlock truth and authority regarding heaven and earth. 

Often we get tied up in social pot-luck gatherings and bazaars which have their place, but we must realize that WE hold the keys to the Kingdom and we can use them to reach out and become fishers of men. 

God is still speaking and he will speak through us as we share with others the wonderful answer to the question that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God.


This post is shared at Charlotte’s Spiritual Sundays

 
 
 

Twelve Things God is to Me Guest Post Roy Lessin


Twelve Things God is to Me… Courtesy of  Roy Lessin

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God is…
My Tower that never crumbles,

My Light that never flickers,

My Hiding Place that never closes,
 
My Shield that has no flaws or weaknesses,

My Guide who never gets lost on the trail,
 
My Guardian who doesn’t take naps,

My Eternal King whose banner I joyously wave,

My Ocean of Love that never has a low tide,

My Provider whose shelves are never empty,

My Physician who still makes house calls,

My Father who is never too busy to be with His child,

My Creator who knew what He was doing when He made me.

O God, Your ways are holy.
Is there any god as mighty as You?
You are the God of great wonders! Psalm 77:13-14 NLT

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

LIVE A CAREFREE LIFE



LIVE  A  CAREFREE  LIFE

Enjoy these few words by Pastor Jeff Jones


"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God: and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7, NKJV
Did you know that it's possible, and even biblical, to live a carefree life...a life devoid of worry and anxiety, a life of absolute peace and joy in every situation you face. It is possible, but only by faith. You have to believe these two verses, and put them into practice, and that's where faith comes in.

The Amplified Bible translates that verse this way: "Do not fret or have anxiety about anything….”

God wouldn't tell us not to worry or fret unless it was possible. First He tells us it's possible, and then He gives us the four things necessary to live this carefree life.

Do you see them? They are right there in the verse—prayer, supplication, thanksgiving, and requests.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Jesus Changes His Mind



The Canaanite Woman

After reading from  Matthew 15:21-28 New International Version, Pastor Jerry began his sermon with the illustration of a determined mother, Joyce Milgaard. 

She was a gritty strong-minded mother who fought for 20 years to secure her son David’s release from prison after he was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder.  After so long a time, new technology and DNA proved that her son, David was not guilty and he was eventually set free. 

Today we consider a woman in the Bible who loved her demon possessed daughter unconditionally and with persistence she cried to Jesus for help.

Jesus spent a good deal of his ministry in Galilee, but he was tired and needed to get away where he hoped he was not so well known.  Jesus knew his time was drawing close so He and his disciples ventured into Canaan where no respecting Jew would go. 

There he was recognized by a Gentile mother who shouted and screamed for mercy, because she needed a miracle for her demon possessed daughter.  

Jesus ignored the woman and would not answer her.  Finally Jesus almost rudely stated that he was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.

In desperation the woman came and knelt before him, “Lord help me, because my daughter suffers terribly,” she cried.

Jesus replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

“Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

Pastor asked, “What are we make of this?”

1.     The woman symbolizes missions endeavor because God desires the entire world to be saved.

2.     This was a TEST.  A test of faith in the face of a hopeless situation.

3.     There was a refusal to give up and to NOT "let be what will be."

4.     It was a time of awakening and a time to receive answers.

Jesus changed his mind and became open to consider the women and heal her daughter.

God still does the impossible and the Holy Spirit supports us with His presence.

Jesus changed His mind and wonderful things happened.

We may be set in our ways and perhaps we should consider our future and what is God asking of us as a people.  Perhaps we should change our mindset and reach out in new areas and new ways.

Is God asking us to consider others who may not be like us, or even smell like us?

When our minds become transformed (changed) then Jesus can do marvelous things as He works and moves along side us.


 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Are You Afraid this Plane Will Crash 2


Today I am sharing a chapter from my Book,
Rescue the Stories Book Three.
 

 
 
Many years ago, we had moved to Oklahoma to attend Bible School, and it was necessary for me to fly back to California to attend a court hearing.  One of our customers did not want to pay their bill for their new roof so it was necessary to take them to court.   
 
I made my reservation and off I went.

“Are you scared that this plane might go down?” asked the young lady sitting beside me.

“Oh, there is nothing to worry about. This plane will arrive safely at its destination,” I told her. 
 
“Why do you say that?” she asked. 
 
I replied, “I am on this plane and I have prayed for a safe trip, and God hears and answers (most of) my prayers.  We might have a few bumps, but just like on a highway there are ruts in the road at times.  Don’t worry!  We will get there on time, and all in one piece.”

I did not try to convert her, or quote scriptures or use the “Roman Road” technique because many times we are only led to speak a few sentences, and that is all that God requires.

It has been my habit to speak certain words as I enter an airplane.  I remember well the day that I heard a minister tell about his airplane adventures.  He reminded us of the story of Jesus getting into the boat with His disciples. 
 
As Jesus stepped up to enter the boat he spoke these positive words, “Let us go over to the other side.” 

His words were bold and optimistic, and they did not include fear that the boat might sink; as the waves were to soon roll over the boat and nearly collapse it into the deep.

Jesus fully expected to arrive at the “other side” unharmed, and safe and sound!!

“Let us go over to the other side!”  Just a simple statement! 

Now I use those words when I step up onto an airplane.  You can those words when you open your car door even to drive to work or to town. 

You can even apply these words to your jogging, or your walk in the park.

Expect safety, and expect to arrive at your destination worry free, under the careful protection of the Angels who are always watching over you. 

Every one of us is daily, coming closer to arriving at our final destination. 

There are only two ultimate final locations.  One I would not wish for anyone to go there! The other place is Heaven. 

Inviting Jesus into your heart will give you safe access into heaven.  If you have not already done so, it is a simple statement of faith.  It is simple and just say with your mouth - -

“I believe you died on the cross for my salvation, that you rose from the dead and are alive today, Jesus, come into my heart and I will live my life for you all of my days.”  

Following Jesus will lead you safely to the other side.

May the God of peace watch over us every one and carry us safely over to “the other side” to Glory.

 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Scriptural Meditation



Considering Whether This Be True !

Years ago, I had a friend who while attending the college at Berkley, California, joined a cult that taught her how to meditate. 

Each afternoon at 3:00 pm she would excuse herself and empty her mind of all thoughts and allow her guide to come to her.  Eventually she lost her home, her savings and her mind.

Sorry to say this type of meditation as well as other forms taught by Yoga and others tend to lead to spiritual experiences that are NOT of God. 

There is a Scriptural Meditation that God approves of.
 
I believe you will enjoy this short study as you ponder and consider these few words taken from Gloria Coleman's book  "Scriptural Meditation."
 
 
Scriptural Meditation

(Excerpt from Gloria Coleman’s book
“Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation

 
What Is Scripture Meditation? The Bible tells us in Psalm 1: 2-3 that the person who delights in God’s Word and meditates on that word day and night will be ever green all year round and whatever that person does will prosper.
 
You may be asking the question, – What is scripture meditation?

 One of the Hebrew words used in the bible for meditate is “hagah” and it means to murmur (in pleasure or anger); to ponder, mutter, roar, speak, study, talk, utter. Scripture meditation therefore is when you speak God’s Word to yourself over and over again, think on it, pray it and mutter it.

 
Allow God’s Word to fill your heart and mind. Think on the scripture you have chosen to meditate on and ponder it in your heart. Soon the Holy Spirit will bring you revelation on that Word and make that Word effectual in your life.

 
As you continue to meditate (on the Scripture), faith will rise up in your heart because you will keep on hearing (yourself murmur) the Word.

Suddenly the Word will become life to you and health to all your flesh.