Ephesians 5:19, 20 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Through the night we enjoyed
a light soaking rain, but what we viewed the next morning came as a complete
giant oak tree next to our mobile home, had toppled over and hit our propane
it did no permanent damage, only moving it a few inches off its base.
the tree had fallen the other way, perhaps the roof of our home would have been
victim of its destruction.
shallow roots of our tree were dead and the tree had no stability.The damp ground simply gave away allowing it
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reminded that in life it is important to be rooted and grounded in Christ
central importance is allowing our Spiritual roots to sink deep into the Word
of God.Also it is necessary to become
one with Christ by an intimate personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
is the significance to align ourselves with a BibleBelievingChurch where we can
gather and receive support.A place
where we can set down our roots of community with other believers of like
Ephesians_3:17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by
faith; that ye, being rooted
and grounded in love,
Colossians _2:7Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye
have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Enjoy these Exerts from God's
Perhaps the best-known
example Jesus gave is the parable of the sower and the seed. Once again we see
the importance of our connection with the Lord himself-how we need to be rooted
securely in him to sustain life and bear fruit:
the seed landed on rocky ground where it had little soil; it sprouted
immediately because the soil had no depth. Then, when the sun rose and scorched
it, it began to wither for lack of roots" (Mark 4:5-6).
These seeds put down roots,
and the roots struggled to find anchorage, but the soil was rocky. Finally the
plant withered and died, because the roots found no source of water and
As Jesus explained, "Those sown on rocky ground are people who on
listening to the word accept it joyfully at the outset. Being rootless, they
last only a while. When some pressure or persecution overtakes them because of
the word, they falter" (Mark 4:16-17). Thus we see how important it
is that we strike root deep in the Lord, being anchored firmly in faith, and
sustained by our fellowship with him.
One of the most effective
ways we can be rooted in Christ is to immerse ourselves in his word. When you
read and study Scripture, remember that it is a lifeline with the Lord. You are
striking your roots deeper and deeper into good life-giving soil and drinking
from the living waters: "Happy the man who...
delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on his law day and night. He is
like a tree planted near running water, that yields its fruit in due season,
whose leaves never fade" (Psalm 1:1, 2-3).
My brother was a quiet child and
kept to himself most of the time.
The boys at school would
bully him regularly so one day my dad decided to take action.
“We are going to teach Allen
how to fight,” said my dad.
“Come here, Hazel and put up
I always obeyed my dad, so I
did as I was told.
“Okay, Allen get over here
and let’s practice boxing.”
I wasn’t about to suffer getting hit by
my brother, so I hauled off and smacked him a hard one, right on his nose,
which began to profusely bleed.
The fight was over for that
day, and I was never called back into fight duty after that.
I think my mother must have
had a talk with Dad because a stop was put on the fight lessons.
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In life there are times when
you must “Put up your dukes.”Yes, even
times when to protect yourself and your family you must fight.Usually it is a fight of words, or a letter,
or a legal battle in court.
In our Spiritual walk, we
must also learn to fight our spiritual enemy old Satan, for he comes to lie,
steal, destroy and even kill if he can.
Put on your spiritual armor,
and especially the head gear, because the toughest battles are in your
Cover those negative thoughts
with the blood of Jesus and replace them with praise that God is already at
work on your behalf.
Watch yourself that you do
not try to fight fire with fire, because pay back will only make things
Let God come along side of
you and bring Wisdom with Him for you.
God will avenge you in ways
that you have not thought of, so expect to be surprised when He steps up to
fight for you.
2 Chronicles20:17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.
I was taking notes on the Sunday sermon as Pastor Jerry was
reading from the 25th Chapter of Matthew about the parable of the
Talents; Three slaves given, Five, Two and One talent apiece.
Matthew 25:24 “Then
he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in
the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ 30And he commanded to cast the unprofitable
servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
The perplexing thing with the third slave was his fear and
the terror of outer darkness.
Jesus gave this story as a metaphor about the Kingdom of God and spiritual gifts.
Each of the Master’s talent was valued at about two year’s
wages, and the responsibility placed upon the servants was great.The Master trusted his slaves to invest his
money wisely.Two servants doubled the
Master’s money, but the third to be save, hid his because he was afraid.
In today’s economy we place our trust in our bank, pension
systems, Social Security and our Government.Yet the stock markets plummet, and banks fail leaving us with fear.
The disciples of Jesus had fears just to survive with no
thought of pension plans.
Pastor told a story about a little girl asking her
grandmother, “When bad people die do they go to the place where there is
weeping and gnashing of teeth? GM said, “Yes.”The girl said, “What if they don’t have any teeth?GM said, “God will give them new teeth to
The Jewish people had many fears and Jesus often commanded
them to fear not and do not be afraid.
The Spiritual leaders were afraid of Jesus and his large
This Gospel text is about fears and using your talents.
The generous master entrusted his wealth to his slaves.God is our Master and he has given us talents
or gifts, to some one or two and to others a larger amount.He trusts us to use our talents to serve His
Jesus talks a lot about money, and we have strong fears
about money especially when we are asked to part with some of our hard earned
In 1999 there was great fear about the year turning over to
2000 and what would happen to the computers, but we heaved a sigh when nothing
Two years after there was a huge financial spin in Asia and the biggest bank in the world closed.
The word ability and gift is the same word as talent.Why do we fear?
God entrusts each of us with precious gifts.Sometimes throughout life there is a change
and we have different gifts.There are
many Spiritual gifts and some take more “RISK” than others.
Our hope is in Jesus and he expects us to use what He has
given us.We never know when we will be
called to accountancy.
We are often worry and are afraid. We’re afraid that we will offend. We’re afraid
that we may be laughed at; yet we have the promise that
Jesus is there with us as we use our gifts.
So worry warts, do not be afraid – let us go forth and use
our talents for God.Be willing to take
a risk for God is over all.
Sing, O barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst
into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor. —Isaiah 54:1
Isaiah could say that about one who longed for a special
touch, a breakthrough, or vindication, and that's God's word for you. Do not be
afraid. You will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace. You will not be
My friend had an angry look
on her face in fact she was hopping mad.
She vented at me, “I don’t
see why those girl friends of mine are having babies and I can’t seem to get
pregnant for the life of me. I hate them!”
My friend had been married
for several years, and desiring a child was not a secret she kept with in her
As I stared blankly at her,
the Lord spoke to me a simple “message” to say to her.
With trepidation I spoke up
and said with a calm voice, “You are just going to have to forgive your
She grabbed her stomach as if
I had given her a gut punch.Then she
“You are right, but I guess I
didn’t realize I was harboring such hostility toward them.”
My friend never did get
pregnant, but when her marriage failed, she later married a widower who had
three young girls.
His daughters knew he was
lonely and they suggested he join a dating service, which he did.
The way they met was not the method
I would suggest, but it worked out great for both of them.
Last time I heard from her,
our barren women is now a grandmother.
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In life as we look at
ourselves, are we unhappy because others are thinner than me, married and I am
still single, drive a nicer car, are richer than me?
If we are embracing similar
unpleasant thoughts, perhaps we need to do some forgiving of others, and then
give thanks for what we do have.
Philippians 4:11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever
state I am, therewith to be content.
Hebrews_13:5Let your conversation be without covetousness;
and be content with
such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake
about 6 weeks, you can reinforce your child's biological rhythms by
establishing a regular bedtime routine.
At about the same time every night, for
instance, give him a warm bath, read him a book, and then feed him before putting
him to bed. (For more ideas, see the article on bedtime routines.) Try to get your baby up at around the same time
every morning and put him down for naps
at the same point in the day.
genuinely need a close warm loved one to help them make the transition to
But many parents
neglect to allow their own habits to change as their babies develop. They
continue to hold their babies as they fall asleep, never even giving them a
chance to begin to learn how to sleep on their own.
holding, rocking, or feeding a baby while he falls asleep, the baby—guaranteed—will
wake up again later that night after you sneak away. He will need you to come
back and resume holding, rocking, or whatever to ease him back to sleep.
The concept here
is “independent sleep associations,” referring to the kinds of things we’re
used to having around as cues to help us fall asleep. It would be very hard for
most of us to fall asleep without a pillow—because we’re used to having a
pillow when we fall asleep. And if someone were to steal your pillow in the
middle of the night, you can bet you’d wake up quick.
If your baby depends on
you as a sleep association, she will not stay asleep if you leave the room.
You’ve got to camp out all night. Maybe that’s what you want to do.
you’d like to have your own nighttime for yourself and your spouse, you cannot
be a sleep association for your baby.
I’ll make it
simple with some good rules of thumb: by two months of age, you should sometimes
be putting your baby down when awake; by four months of age, you should usually
be putting your baby down awake; by six months of age, always put your
baby down while awake. If you never try, it will never work. It does not get
easier to start working on these independent sleep associations as babies get
So what do you
do when your baby isn’t falling asleep on her own? Follow the plan, and keep it
simple. Put your baby down with confidence and no apologies. Say “Good night,
honey, I will see you tomorrow.” Then leave.
Do not go and
check every few minutes—that teaches your baby that hysterics will bring mommy
in running. The lesson here is: it is night, you are in your bed. It is time
for sleep. This is the way it is. Now, you cannot make a child sleep—but you
can control your own reactions.
When Junior learns that this is the way it is, the
crying stops, and the sleeping begins. Keep in mind that the older your baby is
when you start this, the more stubborn she will be, and the longer she will
genuinely times when tough love is needed.
9:38-41 Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not
follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does
not follow us.”
Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can
soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against
us is on our side.
Many years ago, when our son told me he was
planning to marry the girl, I said, “You know that we do not believe like they
do, but I must say they are family oriented.”
He replied, "yes, and the girls are chaise."
To please her parents, our
son was obligated to join their LDS/Mormon church and be baptized.
It has been 21 years since
they married, and now their handsome 19 year old son has signed up for a two
When our LDS grandson was 12
and preparing to be baptized in water, I asked him if he understood all that
this meant.Then I proceeded to explain
to him, the spiritual application; how we are buried with Christ and are raised in
newness of life to live always for Jesus.
In his teen years our
grandson began getting in with the wrong crowd, and the LDS church leaders took
him aside and gave him a solemn talk.What ever they told him, it caused an about face.
Our young boy still in high
school; found a job and began to save his money.He changed his friends, and before long he
was attending local classes to prepare for a mission.
Last Christmas he announced
to our family about his plans after High school graduation; a two year mission.
As he left our home that
Christmas, I told him, “I know you love your church, but always focus on Jesus
and put Him first in your life.”
Our grandson made a special
trip to visit us before he left for Utah
to the training center.We asked him a
lot of questions most were simple and not deep probing interrogations.
He told us that mostly they
were going to find people who needed help and offer assistance and also tell
them who they were.
We told him we will pray for
his safety and that what ever he does that he will be acting as Jesus would
Were we happy about this
Probably not, but as my
husband so aptly put it, “Things could be a lot worse.”
Jerry was reading from Joshua 24:1-3, 14-25.God had chosen Joshua to be the new leader and to take the children of Israel into the
their long journey the people had been rebellious and at times would worship
foreign gods.Some had even brought with
them idols of the Egyptian gods. As far as The Lord God Jehovah, their worship was
merely lip service.
called the people together and gave them an ultimatum.
must make a choice because God is a jealous God and he does not want a rival.
people needed to make a covenant to serve God only and to put
away their false gods.
ground was ahead as it is for us in our lives.
For each of us there is an uncharted future ahead.Our journey may seem strange, and it is time to make a solid
we allowing tradition and religious ceremony to become our god or will we
choose to have a personal relationship with the True and Living God?
Joshua 24:14-15 “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth,
and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River
and in Egypt.
Serve the Lord! And if it
seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for
yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers
served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the
Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve
choice was not to be made lightly but in all sincerity.
pointed the people in the right direction by recounting all that God had done
for them;Their escape from Egypt, and how God
had fed and protected them on their long journey with the large congregation
and all their livestock.
had good reason to trust the Lord and serve Him with faithfulness.
Pastor reminded us of Joseph
and Mary who took a journey with the baby Jesus into Egypt to escape the wicked King.
Apostle Paul, and others took long missionary journeys as they proclaimed the Gospel of
mark time on our journey and there are always decisions.We can say yes, or we can say no.
gave an illustration of two frogs seated at a banquet table.One frog said to the other frog, “I truly
miss eating flies.”
we like the frogs and sometimes want to eat flies?But then Kings and Queens
do not eat flies !!
the old country dirt roads, there often are ruts from rain, mud and previous
vehicles.It is easier to travel if you
place your tire in the rut and allow it to take you on your journey; but the
truth is the rut might take you to where you don’t want to go.
to serve The Lord God for serving Him helps you to choose relationships, work,
career, friends and blessings along the way. Serving God makes a difference in
your life. Do
we choose God’s path or demand to have our own path?
to serve God and eliminate many heart aches and troubles.