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My family could use prayers


My dear blogging friends,

This morning my dear, sweet father James Craig went to be with the Lord.

He was 88 and a wonderful, loving father and devoted husband.

Our daughter and I will be traveling this week to be with my family and the funeral.

Truly it is amazing that I am at peace right now. However I knew last week it was coming as God spoke to me about it  and it is only God’s love within me holding me together.

Any prayers would be appreciated.

 

Thank you


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Catch that Fear


 

Most people have at one time or another been caught completely off guard.

You get dumped. By a text message. Or Email. But still dumped.

The phone call came you weren’t expecting.dumped

The pink slip was in your mailbox.

The doctor’s diagnosis isn’t what you wanted to hear.

How many times can one take the SAT? The Bar exam?

When these moments occur how do we usually respond or react?

The list of adjectives could be long, vile and/or rated R. We could weep, throw things or move to another country. Some might actually answer those texts/emails with “I am dumping you.”

Others could get a 2nd opinion. Take the tests over and get a prescription for Lexapro.

 Isaiah 41: 10 “Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

 But, what if, yes, what if you were right in the middle of getting caught completely off guard your perception of what you see or hear in the natural all of a sudden becomes a supernatural revelation of wisdom that what you are being told isn’t true?

What if you spiritually see a word in front of your eyes that is indicative of your present circumstance?  The word is flashed before you almost as a blinking light.

What if in the moment you are stuck in a firestorm of fear being thrown at you and a thought of your next move comes out of your mouth that you had no idea you were going to say?

And what about that “dumping” or pink slip you just received? Maybe it is a sign something better is out there?

Psalm 34:4 “I sought (inquired of) the Lord and required Him [of necessity and on the authority of His Word], and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

God goes beyond our 5 senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste by allowing those who closely follow him into the spiritual world he lives in.5-senses-cards

The enemy is blasting us with fear.

He shows up when we are alone, kicks us while we are already down and sets up “fear” assaults to distract us, stop us and move us away from God.

His “fear” attacks come in all forms such as threats, flattery, gossip, wrong diagnosis, job loss, poverty, illness, confusion.

The latter, confusion has become a satanic drop shot. Busyness and coordinated efforts to fill our lives with useless activities, people and wrong direction has unleashed disorder and misunderstandings leaving even the closest of friends as enemies.

Get and stay close to God. Learn to hear him or how he speaks. Understand he doesn’t do anything the usual way. Look beyond your senses and perceive him supernaturally.

You might find yourself catching the fear before it catches you.


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What are you watching? Listening to? Reading?


 

In a recent edition of “Decision” magazine, Franklin Graham wrote an outspoken article on the entertainment industry in America titled,

“Hollywood: Entertaining ourselves to death?”

After living many years in the hometown of the Graham’s, Franklin remains a household name.  I worked with a man for 12 years who was in the same class as Franklin growing up.

Not only him, but many others who knew the “rebel” he was saw him giving his parents a hard time as a teenager into his early 20’s. However, he is now using that “rebellious overtone” to speak bluntly and candidly about issues facing our nation his father preached against for decades.

Like, Franklin I remember when there was no cussing, sex and very little violence except for a few John Wayne shootouts and The Rifleman. Good always won over evil but nothing was ever an embarrassment to watch with anyone else.

Trying to explain that to the generation of young people today is like helping them understand how we lived without cell phones and computers most of our lives. It is incomprehensible.

In the article he quoted Michael Landon who died many years ago after his efforts to keep TV/movies clean and child accessible.

“Let’s face it, television is an invention where you’re entertained in your living room by people you wouldn’t have in your house!”

Landon, speaking at a roast for Dean Martin was applauded with shameful grins.

There is no need to exacerbate the unlimited vulgarities played out on the screens today because we all know them.  As garbage goes in, garbage goes out. In the process it filters through our brains leaving trash sloshing around for the enemy to use. And we wonder why we have nightmares.

The ill -fated, sick delusion of Hollywood has laid upon our nation a reputation certain leaders in other countries want no part of.  Christian artist Natalie Grant walked out of the Grammy’s due to the Gay/LGBT community takeover of this awards show. Mandisa didn’t attend and won two awards. Threaded with the Gay implications and nuances throughout the show was a huge maneuver of control by this group.

A number of well-known actors such as Kevin Sorbo, Kirk Cameron and Gary Sinise have made their stance clear against homosexuality. An addition to the Gay agenda are any actors speaking out against the Obama administration. The latest fatality has been James Wood. He spoke that he now believes he will never get another acting job due to his conviction. And he is not alone in the “black list of fallen actors.”  Kevin Sorbo recently revealed the number of offers for him has greatly diminished.  So much for being qualified.

(An interesting side note about James Wood. He has an IQ of 186; higher than Einstein. And he has a story about flying on a plane a month before 9/11 in which there were 4 Middle Eastern men who he later found out were planning the attack; 2 of which were on the planes that evil day.)

The “Decision” magazine also had an article about the Ugandan President who signed an Anti-Homosexuality bill on 2/24. President Yoweri Museveni has been outspoken about the split his Ugandan church made from the Anglican Church of Canada 10 years ago over this issue. An Ugandan Archbishop stated, “homosexuality is incompatible with scripture.”

President Museveni has been criticized from Western leaders such as President Obama over certain remarks he has made and I quote:

“We have been disappointed by the conduct of the west, the way you conduct yourselves there. “

Having been told the Ugandan’s must abide by this stance he answered unequivocally,

“That’ where we say no.”

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President of Uganda

 

President Museveni was interviewed by a CNN reporter who asked him if he personally dislikes homosexuals. His answer,

“Of course. They’re disgusting. What sort of people are they?”


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Jesus Christ is not a myth


It was Friday, but now it’s Sunday.

It’s over. The tomb is empty. No one can find his body.

Where is it?  Has it been taken? And if so, why? Who would do such a thing?

Stories are fabricated.  Lies are decreed. One of the greatest deceptions in all
of history has been born out of the greatest truth that will ever exist.

 

Questions of many have been handed down through the centuries.

Do you believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Do you believe he died and rose again from the dead?

Do you believe his death and resurrection gave those who follow him
forgiveness and eternal life?

Do you believe this act of God’s love defeated Satan and ended his reign of evil?

 

You either believe it all or you don’t.

If you don’t believe it, then none of the Bible is true.

Adam and Eve are a fairy tale. Noah never built a boat. Solomon was ignorant.

The disciples were “just fishermen.” John the Baptist was a joke. And Paul couldn’t be
a missionary because there was nothing to tell.

If you don’t believe it then there is no need for accountability, vision or a reason to live.

Human life would amount to chaos, destruction and death.

The Abyss would eventually become our eternal hell.

 

If you do believe, then every letter, number, word, sentence, paragraph, chapter of God’s word
is 100% true and accurate.

There is no gray area. No contradictions or mistakes. Fence sitting is not an option.
Wishy-washiness is not applicable. Rejection is not accepted.

Every detail and verse was written by human hands: Holy Spirit inspired.

Moses saw the only burning bush that didn’t burn. Daniel survived a lion’s den.
Jonah enjoyed 3 days in a whale’s stomach. Peter’s shadow healed people.
And John wrote the Book of Revelation on the Island of Patmos of the future of God’s plans.

Believing will alter your actions. Change your attitude.
Re-arrange your thinking until you ask yourself,
“Who was that person so many years ago? It wasn’t who I am now.”

There is no turning back because the desire is gone. Lost. A delusion of your past.
Moving forward becomes an obsession because you heart is wrapped around
the truth and love of Jesus.

The Cross of Christ is the ultimate sacrifice.
The Resurrection is the center of all that lives.

It was Friday. But today is Sunday.

And he lives.untitled (2)


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Faithless


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The night before Jesus died he dined with his best friends. His cohorts. His apprentices. 

The table was set; candles were lit. The room’s aroma was that of freshly baked bread.

Wine was the servant’s beverage. After all; this was a special dinner. At least it was to Jesus.

In the past 3 years how often had they feasted together? Indulged a buffet together? “Broken bread together?”

Countless meals. Great conversation. They were buddies, companion’s, allies in the war on Satan.

Little did they know how this meal would go down in history as a deal breaker; a masterpiece wall-painting or the most notable betrayal ever witnessed.

How could they understand? What was the Messiah talking about?

“Take this bread. It is my body given for you.THE BIBLE tv series

“This wine is my blood of the New Covenant offered to you.”

Peter would never deny him. Judas would never sell anyone out for a few pieces of silver?

These were Jesus’ closest associates. His support system. His family.

The mission was over. Their classes had ended. And dinner had ended.

24 hours later they would question it all.

How could this happen? What does it mean?

We gave up everything near and dear to us and lost even more.

And for this? To watch him die?

Not just die; he was beaten, flogged, whipped, spit upon and crucified until he was unrecognizable.

We should have stopped it. Done something; anything to end the Roman’s illegal execution of the King of the Jews.

But…what do we do now? He is gone. Dead. In a tomb.

And with his demise went our faith. Did we dream these last 3 years?

Did he really turn water into wine? Did he heal the paralyzed man? And…

What about the woman caught in adultery? Did Jesus truly have the right to forgive…anyone?

It’s Saturday now. He’s been dead 24 hours.

What are we really supposed to believe?

Either this was the greatest practical joke played on the world or it really happened just as he said it would.

And..if it is true…..


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“Passover” Armor


 

I listened to a 3 minute video yesterday by Rick Warren. No matter what you may think of this man, his family endured the worst year of their life in 2013. Their 27 year old son Matthew who had suffered mental illness most of his life decided it was over. After committing suicide the Warren’s took a 3 month hiatus. The video is a significant tribute of how God held him together. His appearance was remarkably charismatic. He smiled and spoke with confidence and grace. He was a father who misses his son, but a man who knew how and where to go for the help he needed to deal with such a tragedy.

Ephesians 6:11 “Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. (Amplified)

We all need each other at different times in our lives and especially when our hearts are broken.
But no one can give us what God can.

The “Passover” is one of the best examples of God giving a prevention method to his people before the enemy hit. Those who listened and acted were spared the horrors of the “Angel of Death.”

As Pastor Warren spoke he told of how his family had given every possible medical and psychological attention to their son for many years. Supportive prayer was the ultimate therapy. But Matthew chose to wear the armor of someone else instead of his own.

King David was evidently a small guy; Saul the King of Israel was a big man.  Before David took it upon himself to kill the “Giant” Saul offered him his armor.  Sorry, but that would be like my husband giving me his clothes to wear.

1 Samuel 17:38 “Then Saul clothed David with his armor; he put a bronze helmet on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail.” (Amplified)

We are not meant to wear another person’s armor. David knew this because he knew the Holy Spirit was with him long before he faced the Philistine.  He knew he should follow God’s leading, not wear armor that would fall off of him.

As we fast approach Easter, the Passover is like a shield of covering to all of us. The protection God gave in Passover was settled at Easter.

Understanding this awesome gift is only done by going through our own crucifixion based on Jesus’ death and resurrection. Surrendering sin, confessing our hearts desire to be more like Jesus allows the Holy Spirit to take up residence within us. God never meant for him to be a guest.

Once done the Resurrection life of Easter should enter and occupy every area of our lives. Then God will be able to fill us with his holiness.

Does your armor fit?

If it doesn’t then you must have the wrong designer.

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