Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Compassion and Living Water



Treat for the Workers
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 Before I retired from my job, there were times when my husband Robert, would surprise our team and cook up a big breakfast.

Usually there were co-workers from other departments who would venture into the upstairs kitchen, so Robert began to bring larger amounts. 
 
Fried potatoes, sausage patties, scrambled eggs were the usual menu.  Robert used large aluminum baking pans to bring his treat.

One day the sausage pan dripped some grease on the kitchen floor.  Grabbing some paper towels I wiped it up, but not quite good enough. 

Carol skipped into the kitchen, hoping to find some food left; she stepped on a speck of the grease, slid and fell down and hit her knee. 

Holding back tears, she managed to pull herself up and over to a chair.  That day she was wearing a dress instead of her usual pants suit, and I could see her knee was beginning to swell.

Suddenly compassion flooded my being, along with guilt for having been partially the cause of the accident - - and I reached out my hand and covered her knee with my palm. Softly I said, “Jesus we need your help.”

Instantly her red knee returned to a normal color, and the swelling receded.  Carol exclaimed, “It doesn’t hurt any more.”

God was good, and although miracles are not an everyday occurrence, there are times when God will place his hand over our hurting flesh and with compassion remove the pain, bringing back the normal.

As I read online a Charisma Magazine devotional by Rod Parsley,  he reminded us that God can use even the least of his children to do his bidding.  It is important to not only be willing and ready but to be prepared spiritually.

He said in part: “We are God's agents in the earth, and He desires to manifest His miracle-working power through us. But in order to be used, you must not only be willing to be used, you must also be ready to be used.

Don't wait until you need a miracle to start polishing your vessel. Prepare your vessel by keeping your spirit strong in the Word, in prayer, and in fellowship with your Father.

Pour into me, O Lord, Your living waters.
I am ready to receive today all that You
desire to pour into me and out of me.
Amen.”


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Goals Ever Changing

 
 
Reaching the Goal
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My goal was to enter college and get a degree,
Then I met a man, a Godly man,
He wanted to marry me!
 
 
My plans for college went astray,
Quickly a change of goals,
Instead we were married on a December day.
 
 
New plans, new goals together,
Days, weeks and months passed,
It seemed I was to become a Mother.
 
 
Goals for living, goals for life,
Hard times, getting by,
No time for strife!
 
 
Goals to lead my family to know God,
Their personal choice and decision,
Out of my hands, their own path to trod!
 
 
God’s goals; His desire that all may seek Him,
To come of a free will,
To choose wisely and not on a whim!
 
 
Do make it your goal to reach God in Heaven,
Receive the Loving Savior,
Be warned to avoid the leaven.
 
 
Setting Spiritual Goals at any age,
Will place you on the upward path,
In God’s Book your name is written on His Holy page!

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Wired for Electricity


Pray Believing
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Taking notes as Pastor Jerry ministered on Prayer, he read from Matthew 21:22 Whatever you ask for in prayer ask with faith, and you will receive

God is not concerned with our physical position in prayer, as some will kneel, some will stand, or walk, and many send up small bursts of prayer during the day as they go about their work. 
 
It is with our spirit that we reach out and touch God.

Our Need:  The practice of prayer is the conduit to God.  Failure to pray is a loss of connection with God’s presence.  

Prayer is an action Verb, whatsoever you ask when you pray “Believe,” Jesus told us to ask in his name and we would receive.

We pray to forgive and often healing comes through a prayer of forgiveness.

Come To Me:  Tradition is that we have a need to know God.  Let us bow down before our maker.  In our hearts we reverence Christ as Lord.

Some bewail the fact that they did not receive.  If we come doubting as we approach God and if we are asking amiss, or frivolously, we may go away with nothing.

Thank You:  There are prayers of gratitude and praise.  “Oh give thanks and tell of all His wonderful works.

Forgive Me:  Have mercy on me.  Forgive us our debts as we forgive others.  This prayer does more than just clear away our guilt.  It scrapes our perfectionalistic, judgmentalism, off our windshield.   Balance is the reality that we all are imperfect/

Help Me:  The Simplification is that we are beyond self sufficiency.  We can’t do it alone.  We need help.

Pastor J confessed that he worries, and we all must be reminded of the scripture, “Do not worry about anything, but bring it before the Lord with praise and supplication.

Some pray for big things, like “World Peace,” and feel guilty when they ask God for small things in their life, such as a raise in their income, or finding something that is lost.

Go With Me:  We pray about our future goals; personal needs and as a church.  “With you O Lord is the fountain of life.” 

“We receive from God because we keep his commandments and seek to please him.”

Pastor gave us a story of a child reciting her bedtime prayers.  As she finished her list, she said, “And NOW, Jesus is there anything that I can do for YOU?”

As we pray, let us be careful what we pray for, because we just might be the answer to someone else’s prayer.

 
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Friday, July 26, 2013

Don't Stone the Messenger


I Don't Want to Hear It !!
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I don’t want to hear it!!  I’ll do as I please!  Don’t tell me what to do! 

This is the way some people act when the messenger brings something they do not want to accept.

Young children should be instructed to listen to their elders, but when they are older, they often decide to go against what they have been taught. 
 
It is just plain old fashioned rebellion and stubbornness which is in the heart of many of us at times.

The Prophets and messengers in the Bible were often censured and criticized, and sometimes stoned and killed. 

The people did not always appreciate the words “REPENT; Turn from your wicked ways and serve the Lord." 
 
They had planned to sin, and no one was going to mess with their decisions or their lifestyle.

As a young lad, Joseph had dreams of grandeur that were opposed by his brothers.  In fact his dreams caused much family friction, and the brothers hated Joseph.  One ill-fated day, his brothers decided to kill him because of his message. 

Joseph’s brothers declared; “Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.”

In the book of Numbers, Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb, tore their clothes because the people would not receive their message - - - The people in the congregation were so angry with their words that they challenged everyone to pick up rocks and to stone Joshua and Caleb to death.   God stopped their foolishness by appearing as the “Glory of the LORD” in the tabernacle before all the children of Israel.

I am reminded that at church not all the messages preached by the minister are received by everyone.  Some of the congregation will listen and receive, while others are not willing to hear, and are not ready to apply the ministry lesson to their lives.

Not all words from God are heard or read at church. 
 
God has many methods to get his point across.   Some messages are coming at us through the gate of the ear or eye and they cut across the grain, and pull up the hairs on the back of our necks.  Ouch!

In today’s world we do not stone the messenger, or kill them, but we can stop up our ears and not pay attention.   Some will say, La, La, La, I can’t hear you!!

If some of these Words from the Lord are coming your way by what ever means, and the Holy Spirit is urging you to make some changes, please do not hesitate to hear His Voice. 

Listen carefully and then by all means obey.

Proverbs 29:1The man that with a stiff neck despises him that reproves him, shall suddenly be destroyed: and health shall not follow him.

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Apple Betty a Favorite


Apple Crisp
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Finally we are getting some apples from our formerly barren trees. 

We washed, peeled and sliced a bowl full of the lovely fruit and poured them into a buttered glass baking dish. 

Here is my mother’s favorite recipe for Apple Betty or as known by some, as Apple Crisp.

Apple Betty

4 to 6 cups sliced apples
 
3/4 cup quick oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup soft butter

Optional:  add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I love the nuts in this)

Slice the apples into a 10 x 13  baking dish.  If they are tart, sprinkle a bit of sugar over the apples.  Mix the other ingredients in a separate bowl and sprinkle over the apples.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes.  Serve hot or cold.  It is also good with some ice cream.

If you don’t have an apple tree I do suggest you purchase some nice baking apples and try this delicious and favorite recipe.

It will become your favorite method to serve apples.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Stories With a Message


The cute photo of Hazel at 3 years old
is worth the  cost of the book!
 
Most everyone enjoys hearing or reading a story.  Even better yet if it is a true story.

I can remember in grammar school, after lunch, our teacher would read to us a chapter from a book.  Usually it was Winnie the Pooh Bear, or Aesop’s Fables where there always was a moral to the story.

Jesus is our example and He told stories to illustrate his messages. 

Matthew 13:34-35  Jesus used stories when he spoke to the people.  In fact, Jesus did not tell the people anything without using stories.  
 
So God's promise came true, just as the prophet had said, "I will use stories to speak my message and to explain things that have been hidden since the creation of the world."

Every Sunday as a child, I looked forward to hearing Bible stories, some exciting, others terrifying and some with happy endings.  Again we were to learn something from these chronicles to relate to our own lives.

Usually when I write a personal story about things that have happened to me, a message is included that can be applied to a life – yours, mine or to someone that you know.

My books, “Rescue The Stories, Book One” and Book Two, and Three do just that.  What a wonderful gift my books would be for someone you love, as a Christmas or a Birthday gift - - or a thank you gift. 
 
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Gifted Pianist



Arthur Rubinstein
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It is funny how a long ago memory will be triggered by something happening, such as this e-mail that a friend sent me. Washington Conservatory at TEDMED 2013 - YouTube  
 
My Friend said, "This video of piano playing will put a smile on your face.  Enjoy."  

CLICK HERE to view and listen.  Be sure turn up your sound

As I listened and watched with a smile on my face, I was reminded of a time when in High School, my girl friend invited me to attend with her, a life performance of the pianist Arthur Rubinstein.

My friend was a gifted pianist herself and she was very interested in this musical presentation, and in the artist himself. 

From Wikipedia   Arthur Rubinstein, KBE (January 28, 1887 – December 20, 1982) was a Polish-American classical pianist who received international acclaim for his performances of the music written by a variety of composers; many regard him as the greatest Chopin interpreter of his time.  He is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century, and played in public for eight decades.

My friend’s parents picked me up and transported us to the Municipal Auditorium theatre where the concert was to be held.

The music was outstanding, but I was not used to such a long performance and soon grew tired, but remained polite until the end.

Again my friend’s parents met us and drove me home.  On the way, the girl’s mother asked me how I enjoyed the concert.  Without much enthusiasm, I answered, “It was nice.”

Then the mother turned to her husband, and said, “Oh how I would have loved to have been there.” 

My friend's Dad looked at his wife, and whispered, “Please be quiet.”

Then I realized the terrible truth.  - -
 
My friend’s mother was supposed to take her daughter to the concert, and I had used her ticket and she had missed out.

There was no way to back up and replay the evening, and my friend was so happy that I had been with her.

Thinking about heaven, and joy of all joys, no one can use your ticket, each person must have their own. 
 
When you come to Jesus and receive him, there is no problem, for he has already made the purchase, so he writes your name down, and your place is then secure.

 
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   A Performance by Arthur Rubinstein: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enmJ5PwxD7o

 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Follow is a Keystone to Connecting with God


Girder for Ceiling
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This post is a digest from Pastor Jerry’s Sunday sermon, as he taught about Connecting with God.

Ephesians 2:20  And we are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.

Engineers will tell you the importance of having a header or large girder from which the building is supported and held together.  Follow is the Keystone verb to connect with God.

Pastor gave an illustration.  Parents desiring to send their daughter to a prestigious college were filling out a questionnaire.  One question was, “Is your daughter a Leader?”  The father thought for awhile and decided to answer thus, “She is an excellent follower.”  The daughter was accepted with this notation; In a school where we have all leaders it is refreshing to have at least one follower.

Leadership is essential for success in a business, but it is interesting to note that Jesus did not ask us to be leaders, but to be a follower.   He used the word ‘follow’ many times including this well know statement, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”

Jesus trained a team of followers; “Come to me; abide in me; take my yoke upon you and follow me.”  Follow was the keystone to make Disciples and to develop a relationship with Jesus.

In some ways it is easier NOT to follow, but life falls apart when we choose our own stubborn way.

In a Church congregation – membership is not enough.  Leaders often have projects and work of the church to be done, that causes us to become tired and worn out. 
 
We can get so involved in “Church work,” that we are not sitting at Jesus feet.  We can fall into the trap of being too busy about many things.

The Hebrew children needed to gather fresh manna each morning.  If they waited too long it would melt, and if they gathered too much it would mildew. 
 
We too must daily come to the feet of Jesus and partake of the fresh manna he offers us.

We can have knowledge about a lot of things, such as Scripture memorization, how to lose weight, proper diet, and how to exercise, but knowing is not enough - - we must put into action what we know to do. 
 
Belief is often opinion, while Faith is absolute and doing.

There is some risk in following Jesus, because He will ask us to give up our own way and personal desires, and surrender to His will.

The Key Stone is to follow, and to follow willingly.  This is the connecting factor to God.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Baby Escape


Toddler and Mother
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Driving slowly was something we always did, because our neighborhood was full of  children playing and this was a day with surprises. 

What was that up ahead??

Bare footed, and clothed only with a diaper, a young toddler was escaping down the hot sidewalk.

The babe was running very fast and apparently had "Get away flight," on his little mind. 

Or perhaps the pavement was burning his tiny bare feet !!

I told my husband to pull over and see if we could find where this little one belonged.

Catching up with him, I spoke softly and said, “Where is your mommy?  Here take my hand and let's see if we can find her.”

Willingly he took my extended hand, and we turned around and retraced his steps. 
 
I was looking for a house with a door that might still be opened.

Yes, there it was, and soon there appeared a frantic young mother who had finally noticed her baby was gone.

 Quickly they were re-united and the mother wiped her tears and hugged her sweet baby.

I was reminded of the Good Shepherd who searched until he found his lost sheep. 

Perhaps the lamb was enjoying his time of escape, until he fell upon hard times and was caught in the tangled bushes.

If we have strayed off the path, may we quickly allow the Shepherd to find us, and clothe our naked body with his robe and apply his ointment on our bruised and swollen feet.
 
John 10:11  I am the good shepherd: the good  shepherd gives his life for the sheep.

Psalms 51:7  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Butter the Real Thing



Vintage Butter Churn
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Holding up a pint glass mason jar before the first grade class, our teacher poured it half full of whipping cream.

She was giving us a learning experience that we would all participate in and then profit therewith.

Her instructions were for us to take turns shaking the jar, and then pass it on to the child next to us.

She had been teaching us about the farm, and all the animals found there. 
 
Naturally a cow was one of the important members of the farm and the cow produced milk which many of us drank at least a glass a day. 

Most of us were only familiar with the glass bottles of milk left on our porch by the milk man, and on this day we were going to learn about butter.

Each student faithfully shook the jar and we watched carefully as small curds began to form at the bottom of the glass bottle.

Finally our teacher informed us that we had made butter from the cream and now we were all going to enjoy a reward for our labor.

She produced a tray where she had carefully set out, small crackers, one for each member of our class.

Carefully our teacher took a small knife, and spreading a little dab on each cracker, she then passed them around to each of our class mates.

I remember thinking how good real butter tasted, because up to then, at our house we were only served margarine, a butter substitute.

Today my thoughts are about the real thing, be it faith, hope, love, or even religion.

Although I realize Christians must walk by faith, there are many times when I want to see and feel and know the real Jesus. 

I do not want to settle for a substitute faith in the false be it an idol, king, ruler, or even another god of some sort.

How can we know truth and the real from the false?  Not always, but often it is by an experience. 

We have participated in seeking, learning, and maybe shaking the jar a bit.

Then there is the taste.  Oh that sweet taste, when we enjoy the real and we know - - that we know it is real.

Psalms 4:8  O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Hungry ??


Homeless French Bull Dog
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Saving money especially when grocery shopping, is a priority with me.  About once a week I stop at our local Thrift Market to scope out what is interesting and a good buy.

While shopping there, one must watch the pull dates; lest you end up with something that will later need to be tossed.

The other day, I visited the Thrift Market, and viewed a good brand of canned dog food. 

It was plastic wrapped in small cases of 12 cans each and the price was $4.00 per case or three cases for $10.00.  If you can do the math, that is approximately 33 cents a can or less.

The pull date was a few days past, but the cans still looked salvageable and I placed six cartons in my basket to make my three dogs very happy.

Then I needed to go to Grocery Outlet for a few other items, also at a bargain.

As I left the Grocery Outlet parking lot, a woman walking with a small bull dog, crossed my path.  I stopped to let her pass on by.

I could see she was carrying a cardboard sign, and she was headed for the grass where often people sit hoping for money. 
 
I noted her sign which said, “Homeless and in Need.”

Now, I don’t usually give out money as some will do, but my heart went out to that small dog. 

Exiting my van, I opened the back and started to pull away the plastic and remove one can of dog food, but instead the Lord said, give her the entire carton of 12 cans, which I did.

She seemed happy to receive the cans of Turkey with brown rice with a convenient pull top lid. 
 
Her dog also knew there was something in that can for her, because that tail began to wiggle violently. 

The woman proceeded to open the can and use the lid to feed her puppy.

Honesty, that can of dog food looked good enough for human consumption, and it is a safe bet that some of it might end up that way.

I am reminded of the prodigal son, who was so hungry that he ate from the pig slop that he was paid to feed the pigs. 

Fortunately he came to his senses and decided to return home to his father where there was a bountiful supply!

So many today are eating Religious Slop that they are finding here and there instead of going to the Father and reading from His Book – The Bible. 

Opinions are everywhere but they will not satisfy the hunger that is in aching hearts. 
 
Only God’s Word, full of Holy truth will fill that need. 

The Good news is that Jesus is the Answer to all of our needs, and he is the Bread of Life to satisfy hunger, and he is the Living water that quenches our thirst.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Repent – Winning is Not Enough!


Repentence is surrender to God's Will
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Gleaning from Sunday’s sermon as Pastor Jerry is getting the congregation ready for some serious get together talks, about the future of our church in a few weeks.

Courteous communication at such a meeting with not just ideas, but action is needed.

In previous meetings, proposals were neatly printed and handed out and then cast aside and ignored, because people wanted to keep doing as they had done in the past. 

Repent means to be willing to turn around and go in a new direction.  A change may be in order, in our thinking and in our hearts.

A small church is less than 50, a midsize church 51 to 300 (usually 200) a large church perhaps 300 to 1000 and a Mega church 2000 or more. 

Our church was a midsize church but our senior citizen members are passing on to heaven and we are at present a small church.  We only have but one or two single young people, and no children.  There is a need to invest in people and to adjust to the times.

Pastor did some research on old reports on this problem, finding them usually ignored, as members seem to be in denial.  Pastor said that for a church to grow there is a need to have young couples with children in the membership.
Pastor told a story of some farmers and their race horses.  One farmer hired a professional jockey to ride his horse in the coming race.  His jockey and another rider collided, and both horses and riders fell to the ground.  The professional jockey jumped back on the horse and won the race, but the farmer was extremely angry, because the jockey had jumped back on the wrong horse.

It is sort of like going to the wrong bank to draw out your money, because the teller says no money for you because your bank is across the street.

Before growth in a church can begin, there must be a change in the hearts of each member of the congregation.   Paul said it was needful to become a new person, a totally new thing.

We must be willing to turn away from personal opinion and seek God’s direction.

Recognizing our faults and making a heart change are actually two different things.
 
Change can come not by our own power, but by insight given by God, and by his grace.

May we ask the question, “Who am I now, and of what do I need to repent?”


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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Whew it is Warm in Here


Making a Visit
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Our church encouraged volunteers to visit the new people, so I asked my teen age daughter Nancy to go with me to visit the school teacher and his wife, Inger. 

Nancy was in his history class in high school, so she was pleased to go with me.

We knocked on their apartment door, and when Inger saw it was us, she threw the door wide open and welcomed us in.

Up to then, all was well, but it was a hot evening, and sometimes when it is just you and your spouse, you can dress or undress how ever you like.

Art was reading the news paper while he sat comfortably in his easy chair in his tee shirt and boxer shorts!

Immediately he exclaimed loudly to his wife, the impropriety of opening the door so quickly while he was in his present situation.  He also shouted, “This was one of his students,” and it was quite embarrassing to him.
 
We understood, and stepped back out into the hall while proper clothing was applied.

Now you might not know that Inger was from Denmark, and culture is quite different there.  She though nothing of wearing less on a hot evening and in front of company – what was the big deal?

Within a few minutes all was fine, and we had a nice visit,  I believe that short awkward visit endeared them to us and us to them. 

One thing we learned about our visit is that it is wise to phone ahead and let the people know that in about an hour you will be in their neighborhood and will stop by for a short visit.

When it was time to leave, we gave them one of the church weekly magazines, and encouraged them to come early next Sunday for the Sunday school classes.

In a church if only the worship service is attended, it is difficult to make friends with the people.  The small groups of Sunday school classes, was a place for questions, discussion and encouragement as we studied the Bible and prayed together.

As I think back about that rather small church, there were many friends made there, and we still keep in touch with many by e-mail or letter.

Some of our old friends have already gone to glory, even Art has left this earth. 

However we expect to be reunited with a large host at the heavenly fellowship hall one of these days.

 
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Power in Agreement


Praying a Prayer of Agreement
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Years ago, one of our local High school History teachers, a proclaimed Jewish Atheist, was taking the summer off to travel to Europe.

Before he left on his trip, one of his History students handed him a small Gospel of John and suggested that he might enjoy reading it for history’s sake.

What happened was our professor, became marvelously born again sometime into the reading of this anointed Word from God.

Why he and his wife Inger, selected our church to begin their spiritual journey I am not certain, but we did have several young people in our church, who were his students including our daughter Nancy.

Soon, our pastor requested Art to give a short testimony about his conversion - - afterwards a group of us stood outside the church before returning home.

One of our gentlemen friends make an off the cuff remark to me about our new member, “He won’t last!”

“What do you mean, He won’t last,” I asked the gentleman.

“He will soon backslide and go back to his old ways of thinking,” said our friend.

Well that riled me up a bit, as I did not like that kind of prophecy, so I spoke up and said - - -
 
“NOT if YOU and I have anything to do with it! 
 
You and I are going to build a wall around him, and He will stand and do exploits for Jesus, if you are willing to agree.”

My friend was caught off guard by my protest, and I continued.  “What time in the morning is good for you? 

How about 7:00 am each morning, you and I will agree to say a one minute prayer to cover Art’s thoughts and his walk with Jesus for that day?

We will pray something like this:  “Lord, I bring Art before you today and ask that you will surround him with your angels, and keep his feet from falling.  Give him strength to stand and to place deep roots into his new found faith.”

My friend had opened his mouth, and now he needed to commit and so reluctantly he did.  We agreed that 7:00 am was a good time for a one minute prayer, so we continued all that month and into the next. 
 
Each week, I asked him, “Are you still agreeing?” and Yes was his answer.”
 
Later our new friend Art, became a fiery evangelist, and won many souls to the Lord. 
 
Was it our prayers? 
 
I'm not certain that we could take credit for Art standing true, but my negative friend learned a good lesson and so did I.

 Deuteronomy 32:30 a
How should one put a thousand to flight, and two put ten thousand to flight - -


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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Talking Dash

  
1985 Ninty Eight Regency Oldsmobile in Blue
 
When I forget to turn off my car lights, or remove my keys from the ignition there is a warning bell that alerts me that I have forgotten something.

The other day, I was reading about security systems, and Alarms, when something caused me to remember a car we once had with a talking dash. 

It was a Wine colored 1985 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency Sedan, a really cool car, roomy and better on gas than our previous vehicle.

"Your keys are in the ignition, your lights are on, your door is not shut,” are the words that came forth to remind us to fix it.

One thing that it did not say, was “Good Morning, or Have a nice day. 

As I thought more about a devise that reminds us to correct an error in judgment, I considered that we all have that silent alarm within us, that when it is heeded will save us a lot of trouble.

If you are like me, you probably speak first and repent later, but I am still learning.

 Psalms 141:3  Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.


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