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 15:4

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14 Do all things without murmuring and arguing, 

15 so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world. 

How do we present to others?  Social media has been an effective magnifier of who we are when we leave that place of being centered on Christ.  We are to be blameless in the middle of a crooked and perverse generation which in itself will have us shining like stars in the darkness that surrounds us.  Too often I  find we have become like the darkness and there is no perceivable difference between us and others but for the differences in affiliations or politics.  Hmmm.

Does the following describe our actions and words?

14 Do all things without murmuring and arguing, 

To be able to engage others without murmuring and arguing requires centering in Christ.  Directly above this passage we are told:

13 for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

God is at work in us. Our speech, written and spoken, will reflect His will, will accomplish His work through us and in us.  All for His pleasure when we have our minds centered upon Him.  Would our posts and comments on social media look and sound differently if we truly were centered in His will?  How can that be?

Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, 

I can only be obedient to that which I know…reflect on that a bit…

So what do I know?  I know a lot about what is being presented outside of Christ.  There is abundant exposure to the mindset outside of Christ through the internet allowing access to social media and news media and advertising…How do I know the mind of Christ?  My mind can be filled with the knowledge of who He is and what He does, how He loves and what He loves…He has shared that with us in scripture and in holy fellowship with other believers.  I can know what pleases Him, I can know what I can be obedient to.  This is centering on Christ not on the mindset of those outside of Christ.

Therefore, I can be a light in the darkness. I can shine like the stars in a dark sky.  My writings and my comments can be a reflection of what I find in the shared words of God, they can reflect the place my mind has found in Him.

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Faith or Fear?

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
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Faith over Fear

Pandemic Reflections

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

8:45 AM

Today began with time spent listening to Candace Owens put all that has been happening together into one concise piece.  It resonated with me in that much of what she said I too have listened, watched and drawn conclusions about.  God blessed us with discernment, wisdom and intelligence.  We can use the gifts or cave to fear.  I for one do not want my life led by fear.  I also ask for wisdom. I have often been blessed with discernment.  God’s word is full of wisdom, wisdom that is for our use and benefit. I thank Him for those gifts and give Him the glory for the answers to prayer that permits me to continue to have faith in His work on this planet. That said, I then shared a time of devotions with my husband and this is what we were presented with.


Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

[Ecc 3:1-8 RSV] 1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

There is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.  The devotional continued with a focus on the autumnal season; a time of great beauty but also decrease into apparent death.  The point was made that the apparent death held life in the form of seeds being planted to come forth at a later season with new; new life, new possibilities, new creation… Keeping that in mind, then read what Parker Palmer had to say in “Let Your Life Speak; Listening For the Voice of Vocation. Pp. 98-99.

“Autumn is a season of great beauty, but it is also a season of decline: the days grow shorter, the light is suffused, and summer’s abundance decays toward winter’s death…

In my own experience of autumn, I am rarely aware that seeds are being planted…

But as I explore autumn’s paradox of dying and seeding, I feel the power of metaphor.  In the autumnal events of my own experience, I am easily fixated on surface appearances–on the decline of meaning, the decay of relationships, the death of a work.  And yet if I look more deeply, I may see the myriad possibilities being planted to bear fruit in some season yet to come.

In retrospect, I can see in my own life what I could not see at the time–how the job I lost helped me find work I needed to do, how the “road closed” sign turned me toward terrain I needed to travel, how losses that felt irredeemable forced me to discern meanings I needed to know.  On the surface it seemed that life was lessening, but silently and lavishly the seeds of new life were always being sown.”


That last line especially can be applied to events we are experiencing today.  “it seemed that life was lessening…” does it feel that way for you? “but silently and lavishly the seeds of new life were always being sown.”  are you searching for alternatives, new ways of doing, new information and understandings?  I see the emergence of new personalities who have potential for leading in healthy directions, I see the exposure of those in leadership who do not seem to have the best interest of humanity at heart, rather there is a strong element of self-interest at heart.

We will have the opportunity, Lord willing, to use what is being made clear to us to inform our choices in the days ahead. Will we function under the strong arm of fear or will we allow our faith in God to direct us in new paths according to His word?  Can we remember the words of Paul,

[Phl 1:21 RSV] 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Believers, there should be no fear of death.  Our future is sealed.  Our actions should give hope to those who do not yet know life that is found in Christ, given to us by God, lived by the Holy Spirit.  We can act with wisdom, but also without fear.

The devotional left us with a question:  “What ‘road closed’ sign is before you today that may be God’s way of redirecting you to something new?”

Take on the day and live in peace, not the peace the world offers but the peace that God gives in the midst of turmoil.  Confusion is not of God, he is a God of order.  Seek His face in today’s events.

The link to Candace Owens’ video:

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Go…make disciples…

Matthew  28:19,20. Therefore go and make people from all nations into disciples, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost,  and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.

A well-known scripture for most Christians? One that is used to mobilize believers and leaders to ‘win souls for Christ ‘.  But it appears some parts of the verses are ignored. Addressing that situation is a prophetic speaker in a recent blog…

I Went to Hell and was Stunned by What I Saw; JeremiahJohnson

In what he shared is the following:

“Because those that worked miracles, prophesied and cast out demons never preached the full gospel of Jesus Christ which is the message of repentance.  They were so in love with the gifts that I had given them that people became trophies and souvenirs to them. When my power would manifest in their ministries, they would tell people that I loved them, but never that they needed to repent for their sins. I tell you that a great deception will sweep over the signs and wonders movement in the earth. ”

What is the full gospel of Jesus Christ? What is the Good News? The disciples shared the message Jesus gave them.  It includes “how then shall we live…” Repentance and holiness go hand-in-hand with forgiveness, love and salvation. What is forgiven if not what is repented of and that by definition means change; no longer doing what has been forgiven…!

Should we take the warning given? The scripture referenced for the warning is also found in Matthew…the words of Jesus; “depart from me, I never knew you. ” Is part of the knowing obedience to His words, all of them?


Scripture from CJB version. Complete post by Jeremiah Johnson found on his Facebook page.

Encouraging or Hindering?

A recent post encouraged the reader to be their own cheerleader. The intent on inquiry was to encourage the reader, lift them up. This sounds good but on closer inspection it is a subtle way of turning the recipient away from the Lord and toward self.  Scripture does not tell us to boast of ourselves. In fact, it states the opposite. Psalm 34:2 I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart. We receive the ability to love our neighbors when we become the new creature in Him. Jeremiah 9:24, But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone; that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord.  In Romans 15:18 we read,  Yet I dare not boast about anything except what Christ has done through me.  And finally in 1Corinthians 1:31 it states therefore as the Scriptures say, if you want to boast, boast only about the Lord. We should be careful to always direct each other toward Christ not self. Our present day society has a love affair with self going on. Church, don’t be guilty of joining that mentality. Rather have and seek the mind of Christ.

The greater truth…

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

The desire to deceive does not come from God.  The father of lies is the enemy of humanity’s souls.  Propaganda, fake news, false reporting all meant to manipulate come from one source, the father of lies.  There is truth in today’s world.  There is truth in this generation’s society; that is that most information spread about is made of lies intended to deceive.  There is truth today to combat the lie; this One sent from God is light and truth.  His coming is celebrated by some at this time; ignored by others through the ‘worship’ of material gain.  The lie is not greater; for “You, children, are from God and have overcome the false prophets, because he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.


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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…


Larry’s Post

This is a post by a fellow writer and believer.  I found it to be of interest.  The harvest is now,  are we getting the word out, the Word of God?

Status Update

By Larry Grecu

THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES DECISION, OR LACK THEREOF, ON GAY MARRIAGE HAS TREASURED UP WRATH FOR OUR COUNTRY, AND THE JUDGMENT OF GOD IS COMING TO THE UNITED STATES AS A WHOLE! GOD’S WARNING TO ME THIS MORNING AS I WAS AWAKING OCTOBER 7, 2014 This morning as I was waking up, I heard the words “treasuring up,” and I immediately knew that it was referring to something that is being stored up by the United States that is not good. In Romans 2 and the first part of Romans 3, the apostle Paul lays out the seven principles by which God will judge people (individuals) at the end of the millennium. One of these principles is that of “accumulated guilt,” and that principle is based on the truth that the individual will have despised – or deemed as nothing of value – the RICHES of God’s goodness and forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God is meant and was meant to lead each individual to repentance. When the individual does not treasure, value, or esteem the RICHES of God – His goodness, His forbearance, His longsuffering – the heart of the individual becomes hard and impenitent (refusing to repent and turn to God) and TREASURES UP for itself WRATH in the day of wrath and revelation from Heaven of the righteous judgment of God. This hardness of heart means that the person’s conscience cannot be pricked, no matter how forcefully or sharply God applies the pressure. There is no compunction, no feeling. The same applies to the United States. The Lord has been applying the goads or pricks to our national conscience, but we have refused His warnings. He has used His goodness and forbearance, and He has been longsuffering. But, we have turned our backs to Him, and now the day of wrath is upon us, and we are racing to judgment. How can I say this? Because these same principles of judgment that are applied to individuals can and will be applied to nations, including the United States of America. God is no respecter of persons (another principle of God’s judgment), and the United States is not going to escape God’s wrath just because people think it will, based upon our past performance. HERE IS THE WARNING OF WHAT IS COMING AND WHY. As most of you are aware, yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) declined to hear appeals from five states – Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin – seeking to uphold same-sex marriage bans, thus paving the way for legislation in six other states and setting a course for legislation in a majority of states in the union. As a result of this decision, the judges on the Supreme Court of the United States unknowingly or knowingly added to the Treasury of the United States a sum that will affect every citizen of our country in the not-to-distant future. This Treasury of the United States is not the treasury you might be thinking of. This treasury is not the substantial income that vendors might be thinking they are going to derive by performing homosexual weddings or providing for receptions and honeymoons. The treasures that have now been added to the coffers of the United States by SCOTUS are “the treasures of wrath” reserved for the day of wrath that will shortly be poured out upon the United States. God has continuously been warning our country with smaller judgments in diverse locations, but the day is coming and now is that there is a judgment coming that will affect THE ENTIRE NATION at once. We have gone along in our dream world thinking that God does not see, God does not care, or maybe even thinking that God is dead. I have news for you: He is alive and well, as we will all find that out soon, whether we want to believe it or not. The Word of God warns, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil” (Ecclesiastes 8:11). There is a place that either the individual or the nation can reach where they come to believe that God is not watching. The judgment has not fallen, the sentence has not been executed, and God has apparently remained silent. But this is all part of the forbearance and longsuffering of Almighty God – what I have described above as the “riches” of God. We have scorned these riches of God’s goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering and have instead chosen to treasure up for ourselves the wrath of God that will be poured out in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God. God will be known in one of two ways: either He will be known in His goodness or He will be known in His severity. Apparently, there are those who have decided that as a nation we want to know Him in His severity. “The Lord is known by the judgment which he executes: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah. The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God (Psalms 9:16-17). Although the nation will be judged as a whole, I do want you to remember that God’s ultimate judgment will be on the individual at the Great White Throne judgment. There will be NO second chances! Now is the acceptable time of salvation. If you do not know that Jesus Christ died for you while you were yet a sinner, while you were yet ungodly, while you were yet an enemy of God, and while you were yet without strength (to save yourself), then NOW is the time to ask Him to forgive you of your sins. He has paid the price you cannot and could not pay. Now is the time to look to the Cross where Jesus Christ became the Sin-Bearer for your sins, died in your place for your sins and was raised again for your justification (acquittal). God is not willing that any should perish but that all would come to the saving-knowledge of Jesus Christ, our soon-coming King and Judge. You do not have to fear the coming judgment on the United States or the Great White Throne Judgment IF you have made the life-changing decision to believe God for your righteousness. Those who have made this decision have only to look forward to glory, honor, and incorruptibility, life eternal. Beloved, do not delay to make this decision. There is an urgency in my heart that the time is short, and we cannot afford to waste another second of our time. NOW IS THE ACCEPTABLE TIME OF SALVATION! NOW IS THE TIME TO REPENT AND TURN TO GOD, the God who declares righteous the ungodly who believe on Him. He has done for you what you cannot do for yourself. While you were yet a sinner, Christ died for you. You cannot work your own justification (acquittal). It has already been obtained for you. No matter how bad you have been, Christ died for you. Turn to Him. Place your faith and hope in Him, and He will do exceedingly , abundantly above all that you could ask or think!


In all things give thanks…

Sadness floods my being at the loss of a church family. Perceived friendships have cooled, with a few exceptions no real intimate relationships have developed in the year and a half attending and serving there because church and the relationships developed there are confined to a building. This statement is based upon the facts that quite a few live but blocks from us, some just a mile away. Our door has always been open, we have led Bible studies both in the church and in the home. And now it seems we are viewed with suspicion; implications made that we may not be of God. Hurts that come from brothers and sisters go the deepest. Jesus suffered as much and more. From his own people and left to suffer alone by those closest to Him. Out of this event in the journey with God comes the sure knowledge that there is One who remains. He calls me friend. He is the lover of my soul. Thank you Lord.


The take away from this event is to maintain our focus on the Lord and Him alone. If others join our walk with Him we can rejoice. Be sure to keep the eyes of the soul and spirit upon Him alone. Then when the parting of ways comes although it is bittersweet there is peace in the shelter of His wings. It is wise to know that the enemy of our soul delights in causing division, pain, doubts, anyway he can. Scripture states that we are to “…Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour….” [1 Peter 5:8 NIV]   If he can use us to deceive ourselves or use us to come against one another he has been successful only when we allow that event to separate us from the will and love of God. In all things give thanks, God’s Word says. We can be thankful that we are His and counted worthy to suffer in even small ways as Christ suffered.

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The Rib

Re posting this from morningstoryanddilbert.

The Rib

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
September 17, 1997

When I created the heavens and the earth, I spoke them into being. When I created man, I formed him and breathed life into his nostrils.

But you woman, I fashioned after I breathed the breath of life into man because your nostrils are too delicate. I allowed a deep sleep to come over him so I could patiently and perfectly fashion you.

Man was put to sleep so that he could not interfere with the creativity. From one bone I fashioned you. I chose the bone that protects man’s life.

I chose the rib, which protects his heart and lungs and supports him, as you are meant to do. Around this one bone I shaped you. I modeled you. I created you perfectly and beautifully.

Your characteristics are as the rib, strong yet delicate and fragile. You provide protection for the most delicate organ in man, his heart.

His heart is the center of his being; his lungs hold the breath of life. The rib cage will allow itself to be broken before it will allow damage to the heart. Support man as the rib cage supports the body.

You were not taken from his feet, to be under him, nor were you taken from his head, to be above him. You were taken from his side, to stand beside him and be held close to his side.

You are my perfect angel. You are my beautiful little girl. You have grown to be a splendid woman of excellence, and my eyes fill when I see the virtue in your heart. Your eyes – don’t change them. Your lips – how lovely when they part in prayer. Your nose so perfect in form your hands so gentle to touch. I’ve caressed your face in your deepest sleep; I’ve held your heart close to mine.

Of all that lives and breathes, you are the most like me. Adam walked with me in the cool of the day and yet he was lonely. He could not see me or touch me. He could only feel me. So everything I wanted Adam to share and experience with me, I fashioned in you: my holiness, my strength, my purity, my love, my protection and support. You are special because you are the extension of me.

Man represents my image – woman, my emotions. Together, you represent totality of God. So man – treat woman well. Love her, respect her, for she is fragile. In hurting her, you hurt me.

What you do to her, you do to me. In crushing her, you only damage your own heart, the heart of your Father and the heart of her Father.

Woman, support man. In humility, show him the power of emotion I have given you. In gentle quietness show your strength. In love, show him that you are the rib that protects his inner self.

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My Parents Were at the Circus When I Was Born

A message  of hope…

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by Marissa Cope | Washington, DC | | 8/19/13 4:48 PM

My parents were at the circus when I was born. I’m sure they were having a great time celebrating my brother’s sixth birthday, but I was at the hospital, being born.

I was adopted at birth.

Everything was arranged before I was born, and when I was just five days old, my brother, Jeremy, carried me out with the caseworker to present me to my parents and bring me home. I had spiky hair and I was delivered with forceps, which temporarily pinched a nerve and made my mouth hang down on one side so I had a crooked smile. But when my brother carried me out in his six year old arms, he presented me to my parents and said, “Isn’t she pretty? Doesn’t she look just like me?!”

There are times when God intervenes in our lives in nearly flagrant ways. He interrupts the logical order of things, and turns everything upside down in the best way possible. In my case, He took me from being an unplanned pregnancy, to a pined-after, “chosen child” in a family where I have been inordinately loved.

And there’s the Gospel – things were going along one way, but God intervened, and changed everything, not because of anything I deserved as a crooked faced baby with a dent in my head, but because He’s God and He’s good and He’s sovereign.

As I’ve grown up, I have come to bear a striking physical resemblance to my family, and once again, I see the Gospel on display. It’s exactly what God does when he adopts us into his family.  Christ came to save us and bring us to the Father, and when Jesus, our elder brother, presents us to His Father He says, “Isn’t she pretty, doesn’t she look just like me?”  Our Father who loves and accepts us because of what Christ has done on our behalf, begins to see to it that we grow in His grace to look just like our elder brother.

This theme of adoption has become a part of my daily professional life. Having been adopted, I’ve always assumed I survived a near-miss, in that my biological parents may have considered the choice not to continue with the pregnancy.

As I learned more about the circumstances surrounding many unplanned pregnancies, and the seemingly hopeless nature of many of those situations, I felt called to share with women about hopeful alternatives. God faithfully provided an outlet for me to do just that through my work at Heroic Media.

I was born out of what at times may have felt like a hopeless situation, but because of God’s providence in giving my biological parents the courage to give me life, I have had a life defined by hope. I want other people to have that, to see the picture of redemption and hope that is played out in all of our lives as we are adopted by God in Christ.

LifeNews Note: Marissa Cope is a pro-life advocate who blogs here. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her uber-talented husband and works in a nonprofit organization that uses mass media to connect women facing unexpected pregnancies with life-affirming pregnancy resource centers.