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Frantic or Panicked? (Part 2)


Psalm 93: 1”The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty and splendor;throne

The Lord has clothed and encircled Himself with strength;
the world is firmly established, it cannot be moved.”

This verse is so relevant to our nature of fear and panic. Why?

Because so many, especially Christians are wondering who replaced Him.

Did He leave, move on or just quit?

2 Chronicles 16:9 “The eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.”panic

God hasn’t “flown the coop.”

He has never said, “Bye, bye.”

In fact He is still very much reigning from the only throne that matters.

According to 2 Chronicles 16:9 God is here on earth with us. I have read or heard that 3 AM is His hour to show up. Now that may or may not be true but I am comforted thinking it.

Why wouldn’t He be here?

He created this planet.

He birthed all of us.

He is the reason the earth still exists.

It’s not His problem that we think He isn’t around. It’s ours. And just like His words say, “you have done a foolish thing” which may be that we left Him. We kicked Him out of schools. We threw Him out of the White House. We abandoned Him for the foolish things of this world.

No wonder people feel lost, lonely and confused.charlie brown

No wonder evil has flourished.

No wonder it feels like one pandemic of fear and trepidation after another.

Believe me, He is still on His Throne.

In order for any of us to understand that, we must get and stay close to Him.

Why? Because evil wants us to think He was conquered, stopped or jolted by some immense battle He couldn’t win.

Evil was defeated once and for all on the Cross of Christ.

Reading His word, praying and spending time with God resets our minds. In the course of this process we regain faith, hope and courage.

The more we focus on Him, the more we realize He is not only still around, He is in Charge!

Can I get an AMEN here!peace

To be continued….

 

 

 

 


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You know that Bridge over Troubled Water?


Reading a recent article about Art Garfunkel, I was saddened by his words.

The year was 1970. The hit song, “A Bridge over Troubled Water” rang through the air waves internationally. The lyrics and music along with Garfunkel’s angelic voice gave it recognition, he and Paul Simon didn’t see coming. Instantaneous fame became their way of life. Even those with a crow’s voice like mine were heard trying to sing it.

I remember hearing it over and over with tears falling from my eyes. The words were so profound one couldn’t ignore their touch.

When you’re wearysimon-and-garfunkel
Feeling small
When tears are in your eyes
I will dry them all

I’m on your side

When times get rough
And friends just can’t be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you

I’ll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on Silver Girl,
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way

See how they shine
If you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

Who would have thought 45 years later the two musical geniuses, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel would remain apart by the very song that was meant to “bridge” people together.

According to the article and Garfunkel’s side of the story, he received the glory and recognition because he sang it; Paul Simon wrote it and was left out of the limelight for his talent and gifting.

The two became bitter, resentful and angry. Simon supposedly broke the two up. Garfunkel became a Math Teacher. Simon went his own way.

Growing up in the same place, they were in high school together. Simon who is a mere 5”2 inches tall and Garfunkel at 6 feet tall became friends as Art felt sorry for the short Paul Simon and became his body guard against bullying and ridicule for his height. I can relate although I didn’t have Art Garfunkel to back me up.

It was during this time the two began what would eventually become one of the greatest musical duos in modern history only to be halted by greed and jealousy.

This division is so relevant today it has become mainline.

People are fighting over the ridiculous.

People are angry over words that appear offensive even when they know it’s a lie.

America is divided by its own greed and jealousy to a point the bridge is almost broken in half.

Reading Paul Simon’s lyrics bring to heart a friendship of backbone, strength and courage to be there for one another in times of pain, darkness and when down and out.

But that is hard to find in these days. Humans have no way of bridging the needs of others without the bridge that is already built.

In 1970 I would have thought his words resonated any best friend a person could have humanly speaking. That may be true to a certain extent, but no one person or persons can fill that gap; not even close.

The bridge is Jesus Christ.

The connector is the Cross of Christ as the redemption for our sins.

He is the one who dry’s our tears, shines his light and eases our pain. He is the dream maker who sails beside us, in front of us and behind us.

Jesus Christ is the bridge upon which the foundation of the world is saved.

He is the bridge who laid down his life for every troubled water we may swim in.

And he is the only bridge that gets us across to the other side in victory.


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Oh, Woe is me….


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This will be my last post for a while.

My Dell laptop is sick. She has been through home testing with Dell agents and the decision was made she needs a hospital visit.

My hope was a new adapter would aid in the charge recovering to 100% but of course that didn’t happen. Now the doctor believes the motherboard is suffering and may need surgery.

As soon as I received this heartbreaking news, WITHDRAWAL SET IN LIKE MAXI POUNCING ON A MOUSE.

My beloved laptop is sitting on my lap as I type this post. The people at Dell have no idea what it will be like for us to be apart; and possibly a few weeks. Besides the many uses she offers I simply cannot write/blog on my phone or Mark’s ipad. At least they are substitutes to some degree until she returns.

I don’t believe in coincidences but after not feeling like writing this book I am supposing to be writing for the last year, I began to do so a week  or so ago. And then…..that was when I noticed it wasn’t charging completely. Hhhhhhhmmmmmmmm……….

However there may be a slight silver lining. God may be allowing us to be apart to break my addiction?

What is the saying, “you never know what you miss until you don’t have it?”

In that line of thinking I impose the great writer, the Apostle Paul.

I have had a picture in my mind of him sitting at an ancient desk in the middle of a prison writing the gospels. With his parchment paper, quill pen and ink jar he wrote some of the greatest books ever written.

He didn’t know what computers were. Nor pens and paper as we have today. Forget erasers or whiteout; he didn’t even have electricity for lighting. God supplied what he needed to pursue writing words that have survived centuries.

He probably didn’t miss what he never had. How can one miss what doesn’t exist?

Yet he managed to compose the Holy Spirit’s words in the simplest forms. I wonder if he had any idea of the magnitude of his prison sentence.

What appeared to be horrible conditions kept him in one place, under one roof without distractions to perform God’s will on earth. And without a Dell.

“I will be back.”


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It’s not just any weekend…..


This time of year is like none other. For me personally Easter weekend many years ago played a major part in the basis for my journey.

Reading in My Utmost for His Highest the other day it said,

“It’s not what you do, but who you are.”

Isn’t that at the core of the crucifixion?

Isn’t that the result of the Resurrection?

It is who we are in Christ.

Jesus Christ; after the fact is life.

If you allow yourself to ponder, think and truly recognize all He did for us on the cross, all the other stuff is mute.

 

 


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Intimacy with Jesus rids a life of fear and loneliness.  Readjustment from needing sympathy is thrown out.
You will no longer live in the depths of pathetic unworthiness.

Remaining so closely knit to his presence removes self. Ultimately what others will see is Jesus.
No other stamp of influence will show up as his character is having his way.

True sanity is the description of those who treasure intimacy with Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

 


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Scraps, Crumbs and Fragments


At any year’s end it is a positive to shed (pounds) of residue from our lives. Some may actually join a gym or begin a regiment of exercise. Equally beneficial are ridding our imperfections from the “remains” we were born with, attained or attached ourselves to over the years.

God is always seeking those who will allow him to remove the stains of pain and wounds. He yearns to eradicate the ills and deceptions causing us to sin. He pursues the heart so terribly broken to seize the smallest pieces leftover which resonate from past cruel recollections.scraps

We are not born perfect.

Tragic are the people of God who depend on that very instinctive nature to serve him.  If God didn’t ordain it, we shouldn’t be doing it. We are not all called to keep the nursery, teach or follow in the footsteps of our ancestors. Anything unplanned by God cannot be fulfilled by unintentional birthrights.

Our natural qualities will never come close to filling the desires of Christ. We were not created to be managed, altered or reformed.

Genesis 1: 26 “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness.”

We are to trade in our scraps of emotional misery for the peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:7”

The merciful “Counselor (Isaiah 9:6) will take each crumb we have made of ourselves and replace them one by one with the intrinsic nature of Christ resurrected.

If we voluntarily give the fragments of our pathetic lives to the great “Physician” (Luke 4:23) he will form them, one piece at a time into the likeness of the Savior. (Luke 2:11)

In 2014, why not join the “Jesus Gym?”

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Reasoning Will


The larger than life questions are often not answered to those who quickly turn to reason.

In this realm lie the hearts of those who may seek to do God’s will. When no reply surfaces as they deem fit, walking the other way appears to be the only recourse.

Impatient leanings result in a follower who doesn’t know God for who he really is. He needs time and space to work things out for our benefit.

When the choice arises that one cannot wait to find out his will, then spend that precious time getting closer to God. Get to know him on a level not found yet.

The mysteries of this world can remain that way as long as his saints continue a personal, close relationship with Jesus. (“King of Saints” Revelation 15:3)

 

The person of Christ is the knowledge of all questions answered. 

 

→Theology is a diploma on the nearest wall.

→Christian Education is a lineup of Bible classes on Sunday morning.

→A religious zealot is a modern day politician with vanity as their agenda.

 

Jesus held no degrees, diplomas or teaching certificates. He never needed to be educated.

The disciples were not schooled in Biblical studies.Bible-Jesus-Disciples-Mary-Magdalene-History-Channel

Peter, Andrew James and John were all fishermen.  

Simon the Zealot was a political activist.

Matthew was a tax collector and Judas Iscariot was involved in monetary matters. (Luke 6:13-16)

It has been said the others were types of tradesmen, but no direct reference is made in the Bible of their prior careers.

These men were not schooled in the rabbinical studies nor were they unintelligent. 

Jesus mentored them; taught them his sermons and prayed with them.

 Observing his daily example gave them the skills, courage and know-how to live the obedient life. (Acts 4:13-14)

It was evident by their actions, behaviors and their loving charisma they had been with Jesus.

Getting to know the “Anointed One (Psalm 2:2) on a personal level satisfies the soul of many inquiries. Trust is a “given” when a heart is full of the “RIGHTEOUS ONE” (1 John 2:1)

It is known as God’s secret wisdom.
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Law? What Law? (Part 5) Grace, Grace and more Grace


Antipas has captured, beaten and chained “John the Baptist” to a pole in a smelly, dusty dungeon. Fearing competition, Antipas wants information about this “Messiah” John has been preaching about.

He approaches him as a scathing mocker about to bully his enemy. Antipas asked this “forerunner of the Messiah,”Jesus-baptism

“So where is this Messiah coming from? When is he coming?”

John looks up at this son of Herod and with a smirk on his face replies,

“He’s already here.”

Yes. He is. Some 2000 years ago John spoke those words and today they are as true as they were then.

Jesus is alive; breathing the Holy Spirit of grace to each and every one who follows him.

His birth was the beginning of the transformation from the Old Covenant of Laws to the New Testament Covenant of the blood of Jesus.

2 Corinthians 3: 6 “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Grace was born when Jesus was resurrected.

The unmerited favor of God; his divine assistance or kindness given to us as a gift. We have done nothing to deserve it. Grace is favor with God through his son Jesus.

If you are like I was, the term “grace” wasn’t in my daily vocabulary. Not because I didn’t like the word, but understanding its true meaning had not been on my to-do list.

But once it is understood, humility takes on a whole new meaning.

The feeling is indescribable. Smallness becomes reality with a covering of unearned affection. Truth becomes a shield through the helplessness we suffer daily. Acceptance releases the strings tied to our sin. Independence is once and for all a thing of the past.

Grace is taking that walk down the Via Dolorosa.

Grace is following his blood stained steps as he carried his own cross.

Grace is believing Jesus did what no one else could ever do.

Grace is the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:2-4)

We are no longer judged by the law. We are viewed by the “Eternal God” our “Everlasting Father” through the pain and sweat of the one he sent to redeem us, past, present and future.

Grace is an overwhelming love that God established in each of us through Christ. He is rooted and established in our hearts through faith giving us power and strength from Heaven above. (Ephesians 3:14-19)

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The law no longer applies.

The law could never fulfill what we needed.

Grace did and won.

“It is Finished.”

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Law? What Law? (Part 4) “The Rulers of this Age”


Psalm 19:7 “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy making wise the simple.”law or grace

Perfect words written by an imperfect man. A man who became King and messed up big time.

The lineage of David would bring about the Messiah, “The Lamb of God.” His coming was prophesied more than once in the Old Testament.

The birth of Jesus came along at a specific time and place as God ordained. How he came up with the schedule is anyone’s guess.
However with it came the writing of the New Testament.

The event marked history bringing with it correction of the Old Testament laws. God ushered in through Jesus the only way evil could be defeated.

For many doubters understanding God came down from Heaven and became a man through a virgin birth is ludicrous. But the blood had to be “holy and pure” and that could only come from God himself.

1 Corinthians 2:8 speaks of how the “rulers of this age” didn’t understood the wisdom of God. If they had they would never have crucified him. In a word God “duped” the enemy.

Many today believe everyone is under God’s wrath or judgment. If that were true Jesus would be dying over and over for our sins even for those who have accepted him.

Romans 8:7 “The sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law nor can it do so.”

Those who reject God also reject his laws which is where his wrath and judgment appear.

Romans 8:1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

History completely changed when Christ was born. 33 years later his death and resurrection became the focal point of our existence.

The depth of what Christ did for us is unseen by many which is tragic. Not only did he save us from “hell” he gave us himself.

What does it mean “he gave us himself?”Christ is the end of the law

To be continued……

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Law? What Law? (Part 3) So, what now?


Christmas.

Years pass by and the meaning changes. Well, hopefully.

The idea of Santa falling down chimneys has been questionable, but what child wouldn’t come up with a better answer than most adults?

Why is it so easy to believe in this jolly red soul than Jesus?

They are both good guys.santa-going-down-chimney-2

Loving children is their joy.

Bringing gifts is part of the plan.

They may look quite different but their hearts are in the right place.

However Santa could never do what Jesus did. No one else can either.

The Old Testament law must have been strange to children.

Why do we have to sacrifice animal’s “ma”? Isn’t that cruel?

Why can’t we eat bacon “ma”?

I don’t want to rest on the Sabbath “ma”. Do we have to?

The line of “I don’t know son, just do what God says” could have been the best answer “ma” could come up with at the time. But it didn’t do much for little Ezekiel or Levi.

Would it or is it easier to explain Jesus?

If the disarray of the world is a result, then no. From the divisions occurring in many arenas clarifying who Jesus is, what he did and where he is now may be much more difficult.

For Christians, the Old Testament laws do not apply today. And this is where it gets sticky.

After researching the difference in the two testaments, it became clear what God did.

The idea we are still facing judgment as Christians is not Biblical. However those who are not followers of Christ, those who have not confessed their sins and invited Jesus into their life as Lord and Savior are facing judgment until they do. The fact many are non-believers, God’s judgment is active around those who are saved which can result in hurting innocent people.

Here in Romans 1:18 Paul says,

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.”

The law of the old covenant could not accomplish what God intended. But it did do this:

Romans 3:20 “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather through the law we become conscious of sin.”

For example: A thief who steals and gets caught may go to jail for his crime. He is made aware of his crime/sin but going to jail won’t necessarily stop him from doing it again once released. So it is with the old covenant.

It could temporarily save the people of God, but only through fear of the law.

Romans 2: 2” Now we know God’s judgment against people who do those things is based on the truth.”

So what happened?

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