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Existential Nihilism and God’s Never Ending Story

I was reading a book and came across this word, nihilism; I don’t know everything, so I had to look it up. Isn’t that wisdom? Then my mind drifted off to a movie I watched ages ago- The NeverEnding Story, therefore incoming thoughts. (TYHS)

Movie Summary- The boy Bastian misses his mother, who has died, and is bullied at school by three bullies. One day, he is running away from the three boys and hides in a bookstore, where the owner shows him a book that he has never read called “The NeverEnding Story”. Bastian does not resist and shoplifts the book, leaving a note telling that he will return the book after he reads it. He goes to the school attic and anxiously reads the book that tells the story of the magic kingdom of Fantasia that is doomed to destruction, unless the boy Atreyu can save it. But he needs the help of an Earthling boy to avoid that The Nothing destroys his world.

 

Courtesy of Wiki, Webster, and Roget
Existential nihilism is the philosophical theory that life has no intrinsic meaning or value. With respect to the universe, existential nihilism posits that a single human or even the entire human species is insignificant, without purpose and unlikely to change in the totality of existence. According to the theory, each individual is an isolated being born into the universe, barred from knowing “why”, yet compelled to invent meaning. The inherent meaninglessness of life is largely explored in the philosophical school of existentialism, where one can potentially create his or her own subjective “meaning” or “purpose”. Of all types of nihilism, existential nihilism gets the most literary and philosophical attention.
The idea that meaning and values are without foundation is a form of nihilism and the existential response to that idea is noting that meaning is not “a matter of contemplative theory,” but instead, “a consequence of engagement and commitment.”
nihilism, n. 1. Nothingness; nihility. 2. The doctrine that nothing can be known; scepticism as to all knowledge and all reality. [1913 Webster]
Roget Thesaurus – inexistence, nonexistence, nonsubsistence, nonentity, nil, negativeness, nullity, nihility, nihilism, tabula rasa, blank, abeyance, absence, no such thing, nonbeing, nothingness, oblivion,

 

Wow! Then I thought about the words of King Solomon. Ecclesiastes 3

And then, I thought about the words of God. Hold on to your nose! With the help of the Holy Spirit, I am going to drown this “philosophical theory that life has no intrinsic (basic) meaning or value.”

In the Beginning- Gen 1:26-28

Intrinsic Meaning of Life Breakdown-
  • Made in the image and likeness of God
  • Have dominion over every living thing, the fish of the sea; fowl of the air; cattle; over all the earth; every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth
  • Be fruitful, multiply, replenish and subdue the earth
Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
John 3:16- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life
Read (note verses 6-8) Hebrews 2

 

Now, as far as I know, neither humans, nor animals can live on any other planet without having supplied oxygen from earth. He/she/it cannot walk around, nor live in space without wearing protective clothing or head gear, right? There is no space sustenance available to those who travel out in space unless one purpose is to live off of dust, heat, and the cold. Any sustenance needed for them to live a certain period of time, comes from and is sent from earth. Did God say men have dominion in space? Now, swim back up and read Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7 again.

Back to the movie- It is my opinion that “The Nothing” in the movie was a strong force of wind destroying whatever was in its way. But here is what I found on Wikia: The Nothing

When watching the movie I wondered why they called the wind “The Nothing.” I suppose it was because it was unseen, only the damage it caused could be seen. What was “The Nothing’s purpose? I suppose it was to destroy a kingdom of its original existence. But then, it was only a movie. However, according to God’s word, this earthly kingdom is doomed to destruction. This earthly kingdom has fallen out of alignment with God’s original will and purpose for mankind.  (Reference- Book of Revelation and News Headlines)

Tire Cover (2)Man exists because of God. We did not evolve from slime, monkeys, or troglodytes. I see an intrinsic meaning or value in those verses alone. If you do not understand or see, please ask the Holy Spirit for clarity. I admit, sometimes I do not understand why the Holy Spirit sends messages to me via certain words, until after I have spent time with Him. Last April, the words “In the beginning” tugged at my heart, so I had a tire cover made as a reminder of who I am to God. I am significant in His heart. He did not create things and people without a purpose. Even mankind creates gadgets and beliefs to suit their purpose.

 

 

True, some of us have to search deep to know what the human purpose is. My soul has innumerable worth to God- for when I die this fleshly death, my soul returns to Him for a reason. That’s no fantasy.

However, fantasy is indeed a never ending story which many live in atheism. For those who believe in and on the word of God know that “The idea that meaning and values are without foundation…” is a drowning ship.

Everything and everyone has a purpose and the foundation of that purpose is God.

drowningIn the beginning ….Genesis 1:1 ; Genesis 1:26-28 and John 1:1( Sink 1)

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.(John 14:6) (Sink 2)

According to God each individual is NOT “an isolated being born into the universe, barred from knowing “why”, yet compelled to invent meaning.” John 3:16 proves you are not insignificant.(Sink 3) Theory drowned! (TYHS)

 

 

I could go on, but will end it here. How and why do you get up every morning? Can you really imagine the world continuing as it is, knowing and believing God’s plan of salvation and eternal life for humankind? It really is a never ending story about God’s grace and mercy. highfiveanimated

Thinking

Immaterial Things and Situations(sit ye a-tions)and Reprobate Minds

Read with Caution!

Whoa! Put down your whips and put away your nerf gun. I ain’t having it. In the last 3 or 4 months, we have seen some REAL manifestations of the working of spiritual wickedness in rather high places, don’t ya think? From the white house to the outhouse or vice versa as the saying goes.

Read Romans 1

Why do people associate themselves with immaterial things? Yep, you got it, a flag, the Supreme Court rulings, and all other things that are manmade profanations, not God intended. The rainbow is God’s symbol being misused. Somebody dun gon and turnt it into an Asherah symbol.(Quiet!, no talking back or grumbling)

Why let an immaterial thing as a flag declare who you are? (Ecclesiastes 3:20 (KJV) All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.)

Why let the decisions of man change your personal belief in God’s plan?

Why hate another because of their skin hue?

Why does a person pretend to be of another ethnicity?

Why shoot a man in the back that is running away from you?

Why does blue and yellow make green?

Why are there still in existence segregated churches that believe in God as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit?

Why is suiting the need used as a defense for a pilferer, a hypocrite, and a dog when there is a separation of church and state? Sit ye a-tions… Huh?

Thar She Flows!

Thar She Flows!

These are not things that make you go hmmm?…Sin is SIN. Whatever is going on with government and personal beliefs -we tend to forget the rulers that we are wrestling against. There are evil spirits wandering around to devour us- waiting to  take control of our spirit while at the same time moving us further away from the ONE and ONLY Maker.  Meanwhile, “back at the Bat cave”, fear is running rampant. When we lose focus on Who God Is, Why Jesus Came, Departed, and will Return, and What the Holy Spirit’ job is, we are fighting a losing battle against those fleshless principalities and powers. Hear ye, hear ye! God will win.

Just because we don’t see them, we see their actions. Every time I read about stuff on the net, I just lift my hands and heart to God and say, Father, God, have mercy on us all. Quite a few Americans hate to admit it – hate is ruling in their lives. Most hide behind and pledge allegiance to a flag (immaterial object) and cling to the words God Bless America when their sin is shining brightly for all to see.  God does not bless sins. God’s kingdom will be the Only place that will be the land of the free and the home of the brave.

At the rate America is going now, this is not a picture Michelangelo would want to paint and put on display in today’s newspapers and art galleries; nor a painting a kindergartener would put on the family fridge. Has anyone sat down with kids to ask them what they think about all the stuff that is going on in the “land of the free?” I have, and believe me, it’s not a pretty picture of their thoughts. Here is the thing….those who are in Christ will wait on the Lord.  There will be an ending to all this sinful madness, thus saith the Lord.

With that being said, let us remember the teachings of Paul in Ephesians 6:10-18 to understand that these happenings are immaterial to the Kingdom of God. Christians need to :

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Awakening- Immaterial things cause us to lose sight of God working on behalf of His children. Do not ever forget that YOU as a child of God have dominion over the Devil. I know it is hard to fathom but we need to remember this in Genesis 50:20 (KJV)- But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Beloved, we can preach and listen to sermons all day long, go to church every day, read the bible every day, and pretend to be a Christian when it suits our need,  protest that we have freedom or the right to do this or be this, but if we don’t put on the whole armour of God, as a Christian, and love one another, we are “living the dream” of those rulers of darkness of this world.

While most are walking around here with blindchitis (relative to bronchitis) as all of this is going on,  at least recognize  “ain’t nobody got time for that” as Sweet Brown would say. It’s evident that some are being given over to a reprobate mind. God has bigger plans and a better place for His children. Be attentive, keep your focus on Jesus.

 

 

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Faith Fruit Fact – Not Facts

Great Saturday afternoon to you beloved fruits! Let’s get it started!

The most important verse about what Faith is can be found in Hebrew 11:1. My intent is to share with you my deeper insight of what the Holy Spirit has shared with me when listening to a sermon on Galatians 5:22 -23 about the fruit of the Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

Most know that the fruit of the Spirit have many types of fruit, yet is not referred to in the bible as fruits of the Spirit. Although the sermon focused on love, my mind wandered towards the words faith and fruit and why the words are not used in a plural form. I prayed for a deeper understanding of this communication.  Most who know me, know that I have  a pet peeve about the lack of communication when it comes to relationships in Christ and getting “stuff” done. Sooo… I was led by the Holy Spirit to look up a few synonyms for the word fruit because I’ve never thought of this word as having synonyms. I am a very visual being, so let’s get visual about this to see the evidence of the not seen! :-P

Synonyms: pod, ovary, capsule, fruitlet, berry, produce, etc.

POD-WIKI

 

 

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Pomegranate-A Fruit with Inner Significance

Pomegranate-A Fruit with Inner Significance

I’m roving somewhere with this…hold on to your reins. It’s going to be a heart opener and the sweetest fruit to those who feel deeply about knowing the intricacies of God. God does not hide everything from us. Most lack a spiritual understanding of simple words and actions in the bible. This is when the Holy Spirit hovers within, indwelling you with things not seen by others. I began to think about the word faith being used throughout many events in the bible….no synonyms needed here. Did you notice that each one of the synonyms is singular? What do these things have in common? They are one fruit or one thing that has many seeds or substances inside, yet remains as A Fruit, not fruits. (TYHS) The Lord Our God is ONE, yet most view Him as a Triune Being? The Lord our God is with us everywhere we go. Still roving with me?

Now let me share with you a breakdown of Hebrews 11:1- Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.(TYHS)

  • Substance- the inner significance or central meaning of something written or said: syn.- ingredient, element, body, matter, stuff, material, crux
  • Things – whatever is apprehended as having actual, distinct, and demonstrable existence; anything that is or may become an object of thought: syn.- belongings, possessions, effect, stuff, substance
  • Hoped – to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence; to believe, desire, or trust: syn.-anticipated, yearned, expected, wished, trusted, wanted
  • Evidence – that which tends to prove or disprove something; ground for belief; something that makes things plain or clear: syn.-proof, confirmation, indication, sign, data
  • Not – is the general declarative form of “no” indicating a negation of a related statement which it usually precedes
  • Seen – past participle of see; perceived with the eyes; looked at
  • For(preposition)- a —used as a function word to indicate purpose; b —used as a function word to indicate an intended goal c —used as a function word to indicate the object or recipient of a perception, desire, or activity syn.- aimed at, on behalf of, being, as long as
  • The- (definite article) used to indicate a person or thing that has already been mentioned or seen or is clearly understood from the situation
  • Is- present 3d singular of be: be(verb/intransitive) —used to indicate the identity of a person or thing ;used to describe the qualities of a person or thing; used to indicate the condition of a person or thing –

Now wasn’t that stimulatingly deep? Sometimes we do not understand clearly the meaning of what is said because we let simple words like not, for, is, and the, fly unrefined over our heads. Admit it! Many of us study faith for the wrong reason. Many bypass its truth and do not exercise it daily in life. Wisdom Works!

Roving complete: Faith Fruit Fact- There is but ONE FAITH, ONE FRUIT- Jesus the Christ, our Lord and Savior. He is the Substance, He is the great Hope, He is the Evidence. He is the POD, the Ovary, the Capsule, the Fruitlet, the Berry, and the Sole Produce of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. Remember The Shema.

The deeper insight is that we all need to understand what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is really about. Do you have a deeper understanding now? I do. (Hint- Galatians 5:22-23) Thank you Holy Spirit!   May you join me in giving all praise and glory to The Lord, our God, our Faith, and our Fruit.

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When Speaking About the Dead … No Corrupt Communication, Please

I had to speak at a funeral for a relative this past weekend. I don’t like sad funerals, even though it is a sad occasion. I believe a funeral should portray the heart of the person when they were living.

As I was meditating and studying God’s word today, it really dawned on me that the dead can do nothing about what is said about them at a funeral. However, most people do avoid saying something negative.  De mortuis nil nisi bene [dicendum] (“Of the dead, nothing [spoken] unless good.”), comes to mind.

I began to ponder when did the tradition of speaking no ill will of the dead begin? Then I began to think about evil people like Hitler, Idi Amin, Yakubu Gowon, Pol Pot, Isabella I of Spain, Ilse Koch, and others. What good could have been said at their funeral? I still did not have an answer until I was preparing a newsletter about the fire power of the tongue. Isn’t the Holy Spirit amazing? Here’s the answer received-

James 4:11-12 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

ministering graceDo you know what else the Holy Spirit revealed to me? Ephesians 4:29Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. In other words beloved, the dead cannot hear what anyone says about them. Therefore it is in the best interest of the speaker to edify those hearers in attendance. Why take a chance on running off those that need to hear about God’s saving grace? Sometimes attending a funeral is the only time some step foot inside a church.

The moment I began speaking, the Holy Spirit guided my speech. Luke 12:12 comes to mind- “For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.” Grace was ministered to those in hearing distance of my voice. To my surprise, the opening scriptures and prayer by the first pastor and the eulogy delivered by another pastor fell in line with the scriptures and words I had used. This confirmed to me, that the Holy Spirit was in control. The pastor that delivered the eulogy told me after the funeral -“You opened it up for the Spirit to minister to those not saved, brought some peace to the family. You preached well about his character. You really put laughter into the hearts of many, and you brought me on out to bring home the message while the Holy Spirit closed it on out. You brought it out! That’s all God.”

I shared this not to brag on self, nor others, but to brag on the Holy Spirit working through us all to deliver one message. No corrupt communication, please. Corrupt communication does not edify its hearers nor does it glorify God. (TYHS) Let me tell, you, there is no greater feeling than knowing that God is glorified through the things we say about others and that others lost learn about God’s saving grace. Allow me to share with you my closing words for the hearers:

We have lost a brother, though he had problems; was still a strong-willed and VERY intelligent person. We all have problems. A brother who was unable to deal with those problems- because of crouching sin-but you know what God told Cain in Genesis 4:7- “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Sin is crouching at everyone’s door, that’s a problem for each and everyone in this world, everyone in these pews and on this platform so don’t ever think one soul is holier than the other. _________ was unable to rule over that crouching sin, But God knew his heart and his struggles. There is nothing in our lives that is hidden from God. From here on, God is in control of ____ rest. We have the memories.
To everyone within the range of my voice, hear what the Holy Spirit says- never become blind or deaf to those that need the Lord; that need your help; that need your prayers. Contrary to what we may think, or what we think we know, everybody doesn’t know how to or know when to call upon the Lord. That’s when the children of God step in for the Lord to do His will. We stop letting mammon’s (cars, money, houses, jobs) rule over our life. God did not breathe life into us for us to worship things, nor to let things rule over us. We are here to serve the Lord and the Lord only. (ok, so it got quiet when I said that… so quiet that you would have been able to hear the church mouse eating cheese back in the fellowship hall)  :-)dora awkward silence
Be that light for those you see hurting, especially those who are quietly hurting that need your help. Serving the Lord comes first. Christians have been given authority to teach others to obey what Jesus has commanded. That means serving and helping those who are lost, those who are struggling with addictions, sickness, with financial or mental issues. Sin is crouching at your door too. No thing and no one can replace a loved one that no longer breathes in our midst. There is nothing anyone living can do for the dead, no one but the Lord.
And for those who have not given themselves to Christ, now is the time for you to come to Him. It’s not enough just to be labeled a “good person” or even think yourself as a “good person.” Death and sin have no preferences. Death and sin DOES NOT care whether you are good, broken, rich, poor, pretty or ugly. Jesus does care- giving over your life to Jesus will guarantee eternal life in His kingdom-that’s God’s preference. Come to him, because He will be coming at any moment for you too. Prepare yourself, for He will be with you always even when death and sin is crouching at your door.
My brother, may he rest in peace. Lord, have mercy on his soul. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Amen

Thank you for stopping by and may you be blessed.

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Got Questions? – God Has Answers.

 

Habakkuk (NIV)

Aside from the book of Job, this book of the Old Testament is a great book to read if one wants to confirm that God answers when one asks. Through experiences in our lives and in the lives of those in the bible, we learn at least four things when God’s answers- we may not receive the answer we were expecting; we may receive answers that we don’t understand; we wait patiently for His will to be done; and we sometimes ignore Him when He speaks(admit it!) :-P

Like Habakkuk, we as God’s chosen people wonder why He allows so much oppression and proliferating evil. Most know what the outcome will be upon Christ’s return. Regardless of all the end time concepts and beliefs, NO ONE knows when Christ will return, not even him. (Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”

In the book of Revelation, we are told that this is what would happen. Violence is on the rise as it was in the days of Habakkuk. Our problem is that most are neither waiting patiently, nor hearing, nor seeing God move. If you look deep enough with discerning eyes and ears, you’d discover that history is repeating itself.

Ecclesiastes 1:9- The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Matthew 24:37- As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

We see it daily on the internet, on television, in newspapers and magazines, and we hear about it on the radio. You think tablets are new? Moses had tablets.

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Paraphrased Quote

These are the same questions we ask today. Let’s look at the questions Habakkuk asked God:

  1. How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?
  2. Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save?
  3. Why do you make me look at injustice?
  4. Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?

God Answers

“Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people,…” God goes on to describe the inclusive movements and behaviors of the Babylonians. Don’t miss this point in verse 11(TYHS) “guilty people, whose own strength is their god.”

 

Habakkuk asks more questions because he was not expecting nor did he understand God’s answer:

  1. Lord, are you not from everlasting?
  2. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?
  3. Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?
  4. Is he to keep on emptying his(“the wicked foe”) net, destroying nations without mercy?

God Answers (Read Ch. 2) I want to point out a few things that stood out to me in the following verses that goes on today(TYHS)

(3)- “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”

The Lord explains his answer concerning the wicked Babylonians:

(4)- “See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright—but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness…”

(7)-“Will not your creditors suddenly arise? Will they not wake up and make you tremble? Then you will become their prey.”

(13)- “Has not the Lord Almighty determined that the people’s labor is only fuel for the fire, that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing?”

(14) – “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

(16)- “The cup from the Lord’s right hand is coming around to you, and disgrace will cover your glory.” (This is what will happen to ALL wicked enemies of God’s chosen people  – “the big payback”)

And now to end this…in chapter 3, you will notice that even though Habakkuk did not understand God’s answers, he had faith, and he offered a song and praise to the Lord. He even tells the Lord… “Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us.” Have you given praise today to God for your calamities and those calamities that are about to come on the enemy? Job  praised Him for his calamities- “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” (Job 13:15) Will you wait patiently for the Lord?

God answers

 

In my study of this book, I discovered that there is one main point that sums up God’s answers for us- It will be as it was before- justice will come about for His chosen people. It will come in God’s due time no matter how many times we ask him ‘when.’

 

Thou Unbelief – Our Compassionate God Understands

Mark 9:24- And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

As I was studying this verse this morning, trying me was to understand belief and unbelief in one sentence made by this man. I understand. (TYHS) Have you been there, to believe in something or someone, and still have unbelief? The fork in the road- it is where? Conflicting emotions? It happens a lot to all humans when faced with decisions, judgments, and tribulations. For example, we can be strong in faith, but like Peter when the eyes wander because of some wind passing over, we start sinking and start being “thou of little faith” water walkers. Peter’s unbelief- God understood.

I believe that as parents, the strongest and weakest time for belief and unbelief comes when dealing with our children, regardless of their age. Our beliefs are tested when things don’t happen. I also believe that at some point, the aggrieved child must have some belief. The son in this story must have believed. As bad and as long as that demon was inside, it could have kept the son from being near Jesus. His belief, however small it was, willed him to be in Jesus’ presence. (That’s just my behind the scenes thoughts)

So I was pondering and noticed that the man said a curse word- “if.” One that I’m sure we are all familiar with when it comes to many sit actions (situations) in our lives. A lot of times we try to just sit it out. Get this! Jesus used it as a bless word. “If” came after the father asked Jesus to “…have compassion on us and help us…” Being of a compassionate nature and being tuned into this father’s sorrow of what the disciples didn’t do- nothing- which helped the father’s belief turn into unbelief. This is what goes on in the church of the day, no sense of compassion neither for a fellow Christian nor for others who are aggrieved. I believe this is one reason why most Christian’s belief turn into unbelief. Then, the real belief – Jesus alone has to step in. Sorry, to say it, but that is the way it is. That’s the WORD.

One cannot preach about or speak on being compassionate and in the same voice, say that “everyone is going through something; it’s not just about you.” I heard that three times in one week as I was listening to various sermons, and immediately thought, how uncompassionate. Two things beloved- (1) Christians, people in general, who are going through something don’t need to hear such words, especially from the pulpit, nor from others in the church. (2) They KNOW that they are not the only ones going through something. This man knew others around him were “going through something.” Did Jesus talk down to this father? No, he used compassionate communication. Did Jesus group this father’s “something” into a group with others? No, he used a compassionate behavior. Using these two graces, compassionate communication and a compassionate behavior, Jesus helped this father’s “unbelief.”

Commission Break- Perhaps you need to attend one of my seminars on learning how to have both, compassionate communication and a compassionate behavior. :-)

Lesson For Today

Don’t hang all your belief on what didn’t happen. Hang it on what will happen in Jesus name.

It happens to all… we question what we believe while in the same mind we believe what we question. Conflicting emotions, yep! I know that sounds confusing, but get this, let this sink in. A person could be dealing with something that has been going on for years. This man, who approached Jesus, had been dealing with something since the boy was a child, i.e. for years. If no one else is compassionate enough to understand what you are going through…Thou Unbelief- Our Compassionate God Understands

 

Compassion Quote

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Lessons From King David- Psalm 37

 

Psalm 37 KJV

A friend of mine had an interesting and encouraging idea. My friend thinks that we should go through the book of Psalms and handwrite them as we study them. We were in agreement, that a lot of children and young adults have forgotten how to use pencil and paper because of video games and computers.  I handwrite mostly everything, because the Holy Spirit doesn’t carry a computer at all times when He is consulting with me.

 

Beneath My Gene Tree

Beneath My Gene Tree

 

So this evening I sat outside lounging, reading and writing from Psalm 37 as I enjoyed my backyard and seeing God’s work.  The more I soaked into the Lord’s presence, the more I noticed that David was sharing some great advice along with its promises from God. He remembered his sins (mistakes) while learning from them. I want to highlight something important mentioned in verses 23-24 about Our Heavenly Father :The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and He delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

Beautiful Sky

Beautiful Sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tis the lessons:

  1. Fret not thyself because of evildoers (vs. 1)
  2. Neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity (vs. 1)
  3. Trust in the Lord, and do good (vs. 3)
  4.  Delight thyself also in the Lord (vs. 4)
  5. Commit thy way unto the Lord (vs. 5)
  6. Trust also in Him (vs. 5)
  7. Rest in the Lord (vs.7)
  8. Wait patiently for Him (vs. 7)
  9. Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way (vs.7)
  10. Cease from anger (vs. 8) 
  11. Forsake wrath (vs. 8)
  12. Fret not thyself in any wise to do evil (vs. 8)
  13. Depart from evil, and do good (vs. 27)
  14. Wait on the Lord, and keep His way (vs. 34)
  15. Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright (vs. 37)

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Plain and Simple – God’s Message Is!

Great Saturday Morning Beloved Ones! I’m not sure why this song (lyrics below) was laid on my heart this morning. For some reason I started humming it as I was walking out the church doors as I was leaving our  Pray Without Ceasing Ministry at church. Lord have mercy!  The Holy Spirit have some simply fun messages for me. I’m sure there is a message here, outside of my life being “pretty plain”- and just now I  received a message.(TYHS) The video shows a little girl wanting to fit in. We all need a place to fit in. The message is really plain and simple- God wants His people to love one another, to be worthy of fitting in His kingdom. No excuses! See below and shout!  :-P
Romans 1:17-20For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,  since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  
 

No Rain

By Blind Melon

All I can say is that my life is pretty plain,
I like watchin’ the puddles gather rain
And all I can do is just pour some tea for two
And speak my point of view but it’s not sane
It’s not sane

I just want someone to say to me, oh, oh, oh
I’ll always be there when you wake, yeah
Ya know I’d like to keep my cheeks dry today
So stay with me and I’ll have it made

And I don’t understand why sleep all day
And I start to complain that there’s no rain
And all I can do is read a book to stay awake,
And it rips my life away but it’s a great escape
Escape, escape, escape

All I can say is that my life is pretty plain,
Ya don’t like my point of view,
Ya think that I’m insane
It’s not sane, it’s not sane

I just want someone to say to me, oh, oh, oh
I’ll always be there when you wake, yeah
Ya know I’d like to keep my cheeks dry today

So stay with me and I’ll have it made
I really wanna really gonna have it made

I’ll have it made, I’ll have it made
Oh oh oh

 

What Is Your Nail?

 

 

Today is my 3 year anniversary here. Yahoo! All praise belong to my Heavenly Father.  I came across the following last evening and I wanted to share it with you wonderful people that visit this blog. If you know who penned/nailed this, let me know. :-P

There was once an insurance salesman who would go door to door selling insurance. Well one day he happened upon an old farmer. As he approached the farmer to make his sales pitch he noticed an old hound dog laying on the porch to the right of the farmer. As the salesman began to speak the hound dog bellied out as if something were wrong. The salesman at first ignored the dog, but every time he tried to say something to the old farmer the dog moaned out louder and louder. Finally the salesman asks the old farmer.

“Sir what is wrong with your dog”

The old farmer replied

“He is laying on a nail”

To which the the salesman responded

“Why doesn’t he just move to get off the nail”

and the farmer said

“I guess the nail does not hurt bad enough for him to move yet”

The Point: We all have our own nail that we may complain about on a daily basis. Your nail could be financial issues, employment problems, spiritual confusion, family drama, relationship woes, etc. Whatever your nail is KNOW that you will not move until the hurt is bad enough to make you move. Thing is you don’t have to wait til the pain gets unbearable.

I read up on nails here.—–> Nails

Bible Verses about the significance of nails:

The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.-Ecclesiastes 12:11

 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.-John 20:25

Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; – Colossians 2:14

 

nail bed torture

Thank God today for not allowing you to be nailed to that cross. In Jesus name, let us get rid of our nails (issues/relationships) that are hurting us, making the pain “unbearable.” Amen. God gave us time for a reason. Stop wasting God’s time. Get off of the nail bed. Get Up!

 

 

Shake off those nails…Listen

 

 

 

 

When an enemy does not understand you

ThinkingChamber:

Present Your Case to the Lord- Go For It!

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2 Kings Bible Background

05.17.2015 Old Testament: 2Ki 18.17–25

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Kings 18–19 on May 17,In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

The king of the brutal Assyrians (they were the ISIS of Hezekiah’s day), approached Jerusalem, and sent his leaders and a great army against Jerusalem, and a message to King Hezekiah and to the Jews,

Then the king of Assyria sent the Tartan, the Rabsaris, and the Rabshakeh from Lachish, with a great army against Jerusalem, to King Hezekiah…And when they had called to the king, Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came out to them. Then the Rabshakeh said to them, “…What confidence is this in which you trust? You speak of having plans and power for war; but they are mere words. And in…

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