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Open our ears…

 

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Dear 16 year old me in the abortion clinic…

June 18, 2015 | Posted in: Abortions, Forgiveness

Dear 16 year old me. It’s 28 years, almost to the day, from where you are sitting right now. I see you there. I see you in your white paper gown that you’ve struggled with all afternoon, trying to prevent it from opening and exposing your bare self. I see you sitting there, even in the gown, still bare.

A part of me feels like you can hear me. Or, at least, you sense me. I can see it in your eyes. You’re looking around the room, searching for something, but you can’t find it. It’s me. You’re searching for your voice. I know you want to get up and run. I know you are afraid. I know you feel alone. I know you know what to do but you’re too afraid to do it.

I know deep down you don’t want to do this. I understand.

You are going to wake up soon and you will be in a tremendous amount of pain. You will physically hurt. You will hurt a lot. Oh, how I wish you could hear my voice right now. Because the physical pain pales in comparison to the heart and emotional pain you will carry with you.

I see you waking up. I see you crying. I see you holding your tummy. Yes. Yes, you did it. No. No, it isn’t there anymore. It’s gone.

I want so badly to hold you. I know no one is holding you. I know no one is going to hold you. I’m sorry you’re alone. I’m sorry you feel alone. But you’re not. I’m there. God’s there. You don’t know it… but we are.

You need to know that you’re going to have a very tough journey. You’re going to be very mad at yourself. The amount of shame will feel heavier than anything you’ve ever felt before. You will hurt in ways that you will never understand.

You will think about this day forever. You will find yourself rubbing your tummy, crying, wondering…

You will have triggers. You will have reminders. It will never go away.

Can you hear me? Why can’t you hear me? I want so badly for you to hear me.

You can’t see it now, you don’t want to… I know, but your life is going to get better. Though the memory of that day will never, ever, go away. You’re going to relive the day you spent in that white gown. You’re going to relive it often. It will always be a part of who you are.

But one day you will learn about grace and forgiveness. One day you will learn about true love. Hold onto that. Tuck that away in your heart, because there will be days when the hope of that moment will be all you have.

Tam, you need to know that I forgive you. And I will forgive you when you’re back in that gown next year, too. I understand why you’re doing this. You really believe you have no other option. Why can’t you hear me…

I will be here waiting for you, and you will soon see that forgiveness and redemption will hold your heart and you won’t be alone any longer. You will find that one day, the choice that you are making now, will somehow help another young girl not make the same decision. And though that doesn’t make what you’re about to do right, it will at least give those little ones a beautiful legacy.

But still, I wish you could hear me…

 

June 20, 2015 Posted by | call to action, encouragement | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Lord Hears and Sees…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome

Revelation 20:4

 Then [I saw] the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received [his] mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

Job 24:12

The dying groan in the city, And the souls of the wounded cry out; Yet God does not charge [them] with wrong.

It is time to read and understand. Because God does not yet charge the oppressor for their crimes against humanity and those who bear the name of the Lord does not mean He is unaware. As Job learned, we do not question the Creator; we accept His will knowing He keeps the souls of His people; they rise to meet Him and are placed with Christ. Yes there is groaning, the souls cry out for mercy and vengeance and they will receive it. The eyes of the Lord are upon them and the oppressor. There is coming a judgment. Let us who are blessed and remain raise our voice to heaven for our brothers and sisters. Let us sit with them before the throne, weep with them in their pain. We are one in the spirit, we are one in the Lord.

 

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord,

And we pray that all unity will one day be restored.

They’ll know we are Christians by our love,

Yeah, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

 

We will walk with each other we will walk hand in hand

We will walk with each other we will walk hand in hand

And together we will spread the news that God is in our land

They’ll know we are Christians by our love,

Yeah, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

 

 

We will work with each other, we will work side by side,

And we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride.

They’ll know we are Christians by our love,

Yeah, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

 

 

All praise to the Father,

From whom all things come,

And all praise to Christ Jesus

His only Son,

And all praise to the Spirit

Who makes us one.

John 13:35 

 “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Isaiah 59:1

1 Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.

Numbers 23:19

19 “God [is] not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

 

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The blood of the people of God fills the land. The light of God’s Son exposes the evil. The souls rise to meet Him.

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Daniel 2:20, 22

20 Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. … 22 He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what [is] in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.

 

Attributes of God we can count on… Not only does He see the atrocities, the evil; He sees those who take action against it and those who sit silently by, turning their head not to see, blocking the news, investing only in their own life, piece of ground, piece of action. We cannot sit silently, ignoring, hoping it will go away or SOMEBODY will do SOMETHING so it won’t come here. Pray without ceasing…listen for the voice of God giving direction…and do not be silent!

 

 

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June 12, 2015 Posted by | bible study, call to action, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let Us Raise Our Collective Voice…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome

Psalm 28

 

Adonai, I am calling to you;

My Rock, don’t be deaf to my cry.

For if you answer me with silence,

I will be like those who fall in a pit.

Hear the sound of my prayers

When I cry to you,

When I lift my hands

Toward your holy sanctuary.

 

Don’t drag me off with the wicked,

With those whose deeds are evil;

They speak words of peace to their fellow man,

But evil is in their hearts.

Pay them back for their deeds,

As befits their evil acts;

Repay them for what they have done,

Give them what they deserve.

For they don’t understand the deeds of Adonai

Or what he has done.

He will break them down;

He will not build them up.

Blessed be Adonai,

For he heard my prayers as I prayed for mercy.

Adonai is my strength and my shield;

In him my heart trusted, and I have been helped.

Therefore my heart is filled with joy,

And I will sing praises to him.

 

Adonai is strength for [his people],

A stronghold of salvation to his anointed.

Save your people! Bless your heritage!

Shepherd them, and carry them forever!

 

Matthew 7:12

 

Always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that sums up the teaching of the Torah and the Prophets.

 

David calls for protection and describes the acts of God toward humanity. Jesus tells us how to be with one another, echoing David. For when we are trusted with one another God’s blessings follow.

 

Evil calls to evil, good will prevail. God hears our prayers. Let us lift our voices to Him first and then let our collective voice be heard in the land. Let it lift the name of God and not be deterred from giving Him praise. Let our collective voice call for justice and action against those who would destroy what has brought blessings to our nation. Let us not be silent.

 

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June 11, 2015 Posted by | bible study, call to action, The Word in our lives | 1 Comment

The Voice of Adonai is not silent…….

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome

Psalm 29

 

Give Adonai his due, you who are godly;

Give Adonai his due of glory and strength;

Give Adonai the glory due his name;

Worship Adonai in holy splendor.

 

The voice of Adonai is over the waters;

The God of glory thunders,

Adonai over rushing waters,

The voice of Adonai is power,

The voice of Adonai in splendor.

 

The voice of Adonai cracks the cedars;

Adonai splinters the cedars of Lebanon

And makes the L’vanon skip like a calf,

Siryon like a young wild ox.

 

The voice of Adonai flashes fiery flames;

The voice of Adonai rocks the desert,

Adonai convulses the Kadesh desert.

The voice of Adonai causes deer to give birth

And strips the forests bare–

While in his temple, all cry, “Glory!”

Adonai sits enthroned above the flood!

Adonai sits enthroned as king forever!

May Adonai give strength to his people!

May Adonai bless his people with Shalom!

 

Matthew 7:13

Go in through the narrow gate, for the gate that leads to destruction is wide and the road broad, and many travel it; but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

 

We hear Adonai in the turbulent, violent wind. Who of us can create such a force? Even the man-made destruction uses materials already formed by our Creator! David gives voice to the largeness and power of God and Jesus tells us in response to David’s praise and blessings that many will find a broad path–no hurdles here–and few the narrow path that is hard and gives training in strength building. Those in the temple cry ‘glory!’ for they have overcome, gained strength and life with peace.

Our body is the temple of the Lord God Almighty:

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It is good to remember our purpose is always to give praise to God; in the difficult, painful times as well as the good, peaceful times. Job stated; ‘the Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’ A recent letter from Saeed praises God and tells us that he prays for America! This is the narrow way. This is strength building. This is overcoming. Can we do any less…

 

It is time to raise our voice; our collective voice. We will raise it to praise and glorify our God no matter who cries ‘offense!’, or threatens violence if we speak. We will raise it to decry the evil in the land and call for action to restore the righteous laws that bring peace. We will raise it to defend the innocent, combat the oppressor and free the oppressed. The oppressor uses today’s technology to spread terror. Let us use it to spread peace, call for justice and action to free the prisoners of evil. We join with the voice of God to condemn the evil in our land!

 

An update on Saeed:

Urgent Update on Saeed:

It is truly heartbreaking to know that one day after I spoke in front of our congress Saeed was beaten by fellow prisoners. Saeed’s father was not able to see Saeed last week because of a holiday in Iran, but today he was truly shaken to learn of the beating that Saeed had endured. Saeed’s father was also treated horribly and harassed by the prison guards and staff and could only visit Saeed for a short time…

As I shared in front of our congress last week, the Iranian government might turn up the heat in the furnace (as in Daniel 3), but Saeed refuses to deny his faith in Jesus Christ and continues to be a witness in that dark prison. Jesus is with Saeed in that fiery furnace. Saeed wants you to know that he has felt your prayers in his darkest moments. Thank you.

Please continue to keep our family in your prayers during this very difficult time.

God Bless.

Naghmeh

 

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June 10, 2015 Posted by | bible study, call to action, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Break the silence….

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Genesis 42:21

21 Then they said to one another, “Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us.”

 

Do we honestly think we are immune?  It is time to break the silence…Germany paid dearly for their silence…

Luke 10:29-37

 

29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain [man] went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded [him], and departed, leaving [him] half dead.

31 “Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

32 “Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.

33 “But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.

34 “So he went to [him] and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

35 “On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave [them] to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’

36 “So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”

37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

 

The following excerpt is included because it is a battle cry to action.   

 

“God specifically tells us:

“When you happen on someone who’s in trouble or needs help . . . don’t look the other way pretending you don’t see him – don’t keep a tight grip on your purse. No. Look at him; open your purse; lend whatever and as much as he needs. . . . Give freely and spontaneously. Don’t have a stingy heart. The way you handle matters like this triggers God’s blessing in everything you do – all your work and ventures. . . .” Deuteronomy 15:9-11The Message (MSG

First they came for the Coptic Christians but I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t Coptic.

Then they came for the Homosexual and stoned them to death, but I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t homosexual.

Then they sold the Kurdish women and children in to slavery but I wasn’t a 9 year old Kurd so I didn’t say anything.

Then they came for the Muslim who wasn’t Muslim enough and the Christian that wouldn’t convert but I didn’t say anything because I didn’t think it involved me and I didn’t think I could do anything anyway.

Eventually they will come for you, and there will be no one left to speak out for you.

Not to speak is to speak, not to stand is to stand. God will not hold us blameless.”– Glen Beck

 

Not to speak is to speak.

Not to stand is to stand.

Not to vote is to vote.

Not to act is to act.

Each of us can be a Samaritan in some way to our neighbors suffering violence whether it be at the hands of ISIS or angry protestors or the scalpel of an abortionist.  Violence is done to the innocent.  We can no longer look away as children and women are enslaved and trafficked to a customer base that includes the US of A.   It doesn’t go away because we close our eyes.  It remains and grows.

God’s people are the salt and light of the earth.  Salt enhances flavor but also burns the wounds and destroys the soil.  Light brings understanding but also exposes the acts done in darkness.  We are the salt and light.  We have a voice.  We must raise the voice of the Samaritan and bind the wounds, bring relief, spread the message of love to counter the voices of hate.  Note that the religious leaders avoided the confrontation.  Let’s not turn away or go to the other side of the road. Let’s engage in this fight against evil. Let’s raise our voice…

Remember this?

“The Sound Of Silence”

Hello darkness my old friend.

I’ve come to talk with you again.

Because a vision softly creeping

Left its seeds while I was sleeping

And the vision that was planted in my brain

Still remains

Within the sound of silence.

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In restless dreams I walked alone

Narrow streets of cobblestone

‘neath the halo of a street lamp

I turned my collar to the cold and damp

When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light

That split the night and touched the sound of silence.

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And in the naked light I saw ten thousand people, maybe more.

People talking without speaking,

People hearing without listening.

People writing songs that voices never shared

No one dared, disturb the sound of silence

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“Fools,” said I, “you do not know,

Silence like a cancer grows.

Hear my words that I might teach you,

Take my arms that I might reach you.”

But my words like silent raindrops fell and echoed

In the wells of silence.

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And the people bowed and prayed

To the neon god they made

And the sign flashed out its warning in the words that it was forming.

And the sign said, “the words of the prophets

Are written on the subway walls and tenement halls

And whispered in the sound of silence.

© 1964 Words and Music by Paul Simon

 

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June 9, 2015 Posted by | bible study, call to action, Encouragement from the Word | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

from bad fruit to good fruit…it IS possible…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 30

 

I will exalt you, Adonai,

Because you draw me up;

You didn’t let my enemies

Rejoice over me.

Adonai, my God, I cried out to you,

And you provided healing for me.

Adonai, you lifted me up from Sh’ol;

You kept me alive when I was sinking into a pit.

 

Sing praises to Adonai, you faithful of his;

And give thanks on recalling his holiness.

For his anger is momentary,

But his favor lasts a lifetime.

Tears may linger for the night,

But with dawn comes cries of joy.

 

Once I was prosperous and used to say

That nothing could ever shake me–

When you showed me favor, Adonai,

I was firm as a mighty mountain.

But when you hid your face,

I was struck with terror.

I called to you, Adonai;

To Adonai I pleaded for mercy;

What advantage is there in my death?

In my going down to the pit?

Can the dust praise you?

Can it proclaim your truth?

Hear me, Adonai, and show me your favor!

Adonai, be my helper!

 

You turned my mourning into dancing!

You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

So that my well-being can praise you and not be silent;

Adonai, my God, I will thank you forever!

 

 

 

Matthew 7:15-

 

Beware of the false prophets! They come to you wearing sheep’s clothing, but underneath they are hungry wolves! You will recognize them by their fruit. Can people pick grapes from thorn bushes? Or figs from thistles? Likewise, every healthy tree produces good fruit, but a poor tree produces bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, or a poor tree good fruit. Any tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown in the fire! So you will recognize them by their fruit.

 

Who is our salvation, from our own error and others? Who gives us strength and health? None but God. And we can look into ourselves and see if the fruit is good or bad. We can prune the branches not producing healthy fruit. Where does dissatisfaction come from? The irritation? The ill-will? That is not good fruit and stems from selfish attitudes. It can be removed by God, it can be revealed by the Holy Spirit. We can take responsibility and cut the driving force behind those attitudes from our selves beginning with awareness and moving to elimination. We can be trees planted by His water and bearing good fruit.

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But Lord!…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 31

 

In you, Adonai, I take refuge;

Let me never be put to shame;

In your justice, save me!

Turn your ear toward,

Come quickly to my rescue,

Be for me a rock of strength,

A fortress to keep me safe.

Since you are my rock and fortress,

Lead me and guide me for your name’s sake.

Free me from the net they have hidden to catch me,

Because you are my strength.

Into your hand I commit my spirit;

You will redeem me, Adonai, God of truth.

 

This passage above would be a great prayer to pray for Saeed and the Christians under siege in the Mid-east.

 

I hate those who serve worthless idols;

As for me, I trust in Adonai.

I will rejoice and be glad in your grace,

For you see my affliction,

You know how distressed I am.

You did not hand me over to the enemy;

You set my feet where I can move freely.

 

Show me favor, Adonai, for I am in trouble.

My eyes grow dim with anger,

My soul and body as well.

For my life is worn out with sorrow

And my years with sighing;

My strength gives out under my guilt,

And my bones are wasting away.

 

I am scorned by all my adversaries,

And even more by my neighbors;

Even to my acquaintances

I am an object of fear–

When they see me in the street,

They turn away from me.

Like a dead man, I have passed from their minds;

I have become like a broken pot.

All I hear is whispering,

Terror is all around me;

They plot together against me,

Scheming to take my life.

 

But I, I trust in you Adonai;

I say, ‘You are my God.’

My times are in your hand;

Rescue me from my enemies’ power,

From those who persecute me.

 

Make your face shine on your servant,

In your grace, save me.

Adonai, don’t let me be put to shame,

For I have called on you;

Let the wicked be put to shame,

Let them be silenced in Sh’ol.

May lying lips be struck dumb

That speak insolently against the righteous

With such pride and contempt.

 

But oh, how great is your goodness,

Which you have stored up for those who fear you,

Which you do for those who take refuge in you,

Before people’s very eyes!

In the shelter of your presence

You hide them from human plots,

You conceal them in your shelter,

Safe from contentious tongues.

 

Blessed be Adonai!

For he has shown me his amazing grace

When I was in a city under siege.

As for me, in my alarm, I said,

‘I have been cut off from your sight!’

Nevertheless you heard my pleas

When I cried out to you.

 

Love Adonai, you faithful of his.

Adonai preserves the loyal,

But the proud he repays in full.

Be strong, and fill your hearts with courage,

All of you who hope in Adonai.

 

Matthew 7:21-

 

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, only those who do what my Father in Heaven wants. On that Day, many will say to me ‘Lord, Lord! Didn’t we prophesy in your name? Didn’t we expel demons in your name? Didn’t we perform many miracles in your name? Then I will tell them to their faces, ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!

 

Taking refuge in God is by the mind, emotions, will, our soul, our spirit. This cannot be a physical refuge but a guarding of the mind especially. A guarding of the heart…out of the heart, the mouth speaks. We experience constant attack and bids for our minds, our heart. Immersed in God’s Word, immersed in him and by His Spirit we are kept true to him. Then, in that Day, we will be known by him, we will enter into his kingdom, we will not be sent away. We cannot work for our salvation, but we can work to keep our focus on him alone. David tells of his fears, his depressions, his attacks but always keeps his focus on the One who created him, can protect and provide for him. For this he was rewarded with exactly that. He made known his fears and God covered them, he made known his attacks and God fought for and with him. We have the same promise. In this relationship we know Him and He knows us. We need have no fear of being turned away in that Day.

 

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Rock and sand…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

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Matthew 7:24-27

 

So, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on bedrock. The rain fell, the rivers flooded, the winds blew and beat against that house, but it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand. The rains fell, the rivers flooded, the wind blew and beat against that house, and it collapsed–and its collapse was horrendous. – Jesus

 

Are we building our ‘houses’ on rock or sand? Are we investing our time, money and the future of our children on rock or sand? Jesus says anyone who hears his words and acts on them is building on rock. Storms of life, lifestyles, manners of behaviour will not prevail. As a nation, are we building futures on rock, or sand which is soft and erodes out from under bringing a collapse. Sand comes from rock, but the rock has been broken…think on that…we cannot build anything of value or stability on that which is broken…it will collapse. Small children learn this young with their experimental building… Yet we as adults are no better, often, and have forgotten the wisdom of time before– we embrace the ‘new improved revelation’ which is often deception wrapped in a pretty package.

 

So we turn from the eternal, the strong which has weathered storms to a new concept and now we see an imminent collapse. From a natural, inborn desire for life to people who only care for self and even go beyond to a disregard for any life, embracing death.

 

The spirits of despair, fear, and destruction run rampant among God’s creation. It is time to resist, to embrace God and His Word, to tear down that which will collapse and rebuild on the Rock, the Rock of our Salvation.

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San Antonio:  Mission Concepcion, dedicated in 1755. Built on bedrock and never lost its roof or integrity. Colonial Spanish design. These Franciscans were active, not contemplative.

Mission built on bedrock

 

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June 1, 2015 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

In the Moment

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Worthy of your time…take time…reflect…meditate…selah

Originally posted on somebodylovesmeblog:

This morning I saw something that troubled me greatly, and I feel compelled to share my experience to maybe open some eyes to the sneaky ways Satan slithers into our lives.  For he is the master of deception.

My daily commute usually includes a stop at Panera’s.   As I was making my way out of the restaurant after purchasing my coffee this morning, a thirty something year old man pushed out of the door ahead of me and went over to his car.  I was parked next to him, and was surprised to hear him talking with his little son (about two years old) who had been left alone in the back seat, strapped into his car seat.  It concerned me that this son was left in the car while his dad went in to get coffee.  Then, to my surprise, he again left his son in the back seat, closed and locked the door, and went back into the restaurant. …

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June 1, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Praying for the Mid-east conflicts

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 1 How  blessed are those who reject the advice of the wicked, don’t stand in the way of those who practice evil, don’t sit where scoffers sit!  Instead, their delight is in Adonai’s commands.  They meditate day and night on His word, not the word of humanity.  They are like trees that are planted by streams— they bear their fruit in season, their leaves never wither, and everything they do succeeds. This is our promise and we ask it for the believers in the Mid- east at this time. Not so the wicked, who are like chaff that is driven by the wind.  For this reason the wicked won’t stand up to the judgment, nor will those who practice evil stand at the gathering of the righteous.  For Adonai watches over the way of the righteous,  whose righteousness is in Christ Jesus, but the way of the one who practices evil is doomed. And do by your Word, Lord, we stand against the actions of the practicers of evil in the Mid-east today.  We call on your Spirit to do Your Will in that place; releasing the captives, protecting the innocent and avenging the oppressed.

the pain of the innocent

the pain of the innocent

Matthew 4:4,7,10,17 and 20 “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of Adonai.”  “Do not put Adonai your God to the test.” “Worship Adonai your God, and serve only him.”  “Turn from your sins to God, for the Kingdom of God is near!” “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 5:3,4 “How blessed are the poor in spirit! for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.  How blessed are those who mourn! for they will be comforted.   Words to meditate upon.  Words to keep when rising up, going down, at home, in the way, on the hand, on the forehead, on the doorway…immersed completely in his word.  These words can be applied to the events all around us that are contrary to God’s word in prayer and His power will be released as we continue to pray.  As Aaron and Hur held up the hands of Moses and the battle was to the people of God so let us raise the plight of believers and the innocent before the throne. The battle is not only physical, but also spiritual.  Let us not be weary to pray and the victory will be the Lord’s.   If you’ve been to the cross… See you at the throne…

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