30 November 2012

What do YOU think?

I found myself, after a fairly busy week, trying to catch up on my 'reader'.  185 unread items.  "Sheesh!" I thought, "I'll be here all day!"

As I flipped through the unread items on Google Reader, I realized that I was flipping more than I was reading.  Hold on.

I am really not much of a reader.  Most of these blogs are on here because it was a way of keeping up with people while in Haiti OR keeping up with the latest news, etc., while abroad.

I am neither in Haiti, nor abroad.  Most of these people are not doing the same things anymore or writing about the same things anymore and really, I've just lost interest.  OK. Edit the reader.

17 unread items.


So, it got me to thinking about my own blog.  What do I want to read about?  I like short posts, inspirational posts and funny posts.  And videos are great.  So, that's what I should be posting too.  I think.

You see I know that there are people who read the blog, but they never give me any feedback.

So, if you would be so kind as to comment here or on Facebook or Twitter, I'd appreciate it.

Meanwhile, I have a couple of books that I have started reading that I will be working on also.

Stay tuned.  Always exciting things happening.

23 November 2012

Friday Fix

I always enjoy my sister's cooking on Thanksgiving.  She always does a great job!  Fanciful soup, Flavor-basted Turkeys, vegetables, potatoes, stuffing and desserts!  What I always miss on Thanksgiving is the leftovers!

This Friday Fix?  I need a fix of a fresh turkey sandwich and a smidgen of cold stuffing.

21 November 2012

Happy Birthday Elijah!

Today, Elijah is 11!  I am very proud of the little man he is becoming.  Pray for him to continue growing well.

My prayer for you is God's promise to me.  May your peace be great!

And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
Isaiah 54:13 KJV

20 November 2012

Tuesday Teachings - Repentance

Hebrews 6:1 & 2 mentions two very basic and foundational truths; repentance (from dead works) and faith (towards God).

Repentance is the first step in building a successful foundation in your new life as a believer. Faith towards God is what the Christian walk is all about.

First, God commands that man repent. There are no 'if's 'and's or 'but's about it.

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:Acts 17:30
Repentance and Faith are both gifts given to us by God so that we may turn from our ways and follow His Way. Repentance and Faith are not one time deals, either. they are something that we practice throughout our Christian walk. You may have repented before God when you were saved. You will need to repent again as the Holy Spirit reveals the need to you. You may have had faith to receive Christ when you were saved. You will need faith to believe on Him more. Repentance and Faith work actively throughout your walk and sanctification.

Repentance means a "change of mind"; a change of heart or attitude. It means to have a radical change in one's own heart toward sin and the things of God. It involves a conscious moral decision to forsake sin and enter into fellowship with God.

Repentance is commanded by God (Acts 17:30)
Repentance is essential for salvation (Mark 1:15)

It is a gift from God.

He must correct his opponents with courtesy and gentleness, in the hope that God may grant that they will repent and come to know the Truth [that they will perceive and recognize and become accurately acquainted with and acknowledge it], 2 Timothy 2:25 AMP

God desires it for all men.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

19 November 2012

Evolution Proven!

Well sort of.

Without getting into a whole lesson on the theory of evolution,  let's just say that basically the belief is that all living things evolved - or came from - the same self-replicating molecule.

From Wikipedia's page on evolution:

Origin of life
Highly energetic chemistry is thought to have produced a self-replicating molecule around 4 billion years ago, and half a billion years later the last common ancestor of all lifeexisted.  The current scientific consensus is that the complex biochemistry that makes up life came from simpler chemical reactions.  The beginning of life may have included self-replicating molecules such as RNA and the assembly of simple cells.

I have finally found the proof that they have been looking for that all things came from no things!

The other day in my study time, I saw this:

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 
Genesis 1:20 & 24 KJV
So, God said for the waters to "bring forth" and they did.  He said for the earth to "bring forth" and it did!

Well then.  There ya have it!

Oh, wait.  Putting God in the mix actually kind of ruins the whole theory of evolution doesn't it?  Oh well.  I'll stick with God's version.

It requires less faith than evolution.

17 November 2012

Say Something

The truth is, you can say to this mountain, 'Go, mountain, fall into the sea.' And if you have no doubts in your mind and believe that what you say will happen, then God will do it for you. 
Mark 11:23 ERV

Here is an excerpt from Kenneth E Hagin's book The Believer's Authority:

Once in England Smith Wigglesworth was standing on a street corner waiting for a bus. A woman came out of an apartment house, and a little dog ran out behind her. She said, “Honey, you’re going to have to go back.” The dog didn’t pay any attention to her. He just wagged his tail and rubbed up against her affectionately. She said, “Now, dear, you can’t go.” The little dog wagged his tail and rubbed up against her again. About that time, the bus arrived. The woman stomped her foot and yelled, “Get!” The dog tucked his tail between his legs and took off. Wigglesworth said he hollered out loud without even thinking, “That’s the way you’ve got to do with the devil!"

Hagin, Kenneth E. (2010-06-14). Believers Authority- Legacy Edition (Kindle Locations 586-592). Faith Library Publications.
Many times we just go about our lives without ever saying anything.  We have read the bible, studied the scripture and memorized the verses.  We could list the promises of God for our lives, our children, our household, our businesses and even our pets!  But when it comes down to it, none of that really matters, if we are not using the authority that we have been given.  We must say something.

Recently in our family, we were going over some scripture in Genesis.  Before I went into the scripture, I asked my son what he could tell me about how God created the different things he created.  His reply was, "He said it."

If I want to create, prosperity, health and well-being; if I want the promises of God that I know so well to manifest in my life, I must say it.  That is the exercising of my authority.

When we were in Haiti, we experienced many traffic jams or 'blokus' as they call them.  Many times the blokus was caused by the movement of the abundant amount of UN vehicles in the capital.  They would just have some uniformed and armed guys out in the street holding up all vehicles for their own trucks and transports to enter the roadway.  No one got out of their vehicles to tell them they couldn't do it.  They would just wait until the vehicles finished and then we would move on.  (I know, sometimes, it didn't go so smoothly, but it's Haiti for crying out loud!)

My point is this: The UN soldiers, of themselves, have no right to hold up traffic.  Their physical strength could not stop even a motorcycle.  It was their authority that got the job done.

We have been given authority over the enemy.  Let's use it.  Let's get the job done.

Weekend Worship

The Insyderz - He Has Made Me Glad from drfong1 on GodTube.

16 November 2012

Fridays With Francis Chan

Which One?

God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
Genesis 1:4 NASB

One of the simplest lessons on how to live holy is given to us by God in the very beginning. 

He told us from the start. 

In Second Corinthians, Paul reminds us that light and darkness have no fellowship with each other.  Do I mean they can't exist together.  Not exactly.  They don't exist together.  That's even more being said, then.

If I were to tell you that they can't exist together, that may imply that you could at least attempt it.  But the fact is that they simply do not exist together.  Each morning as the earth turns on its axis and your place on this spinning globe meets the point where the sun's light is shining, the previous darkness flees; disappears; ceases to exist.

Likewise as you spin into the absence of the sun's light, the darkness encroaches once again.

They do not exist together.

Likewise, then in our own lives.  That which is light can not exist with that which is darkness.

OK. So, which is which?

Jesus said that he is the light of the world.  In Genesis 1:4, God said that the light was good.  Having established the impossibility of light and darkness existing together, that would indicate that darkness is then, inherently, bad.

So, what is it in our own lives that is light or darkness?  Who is it?  Where is it?

It is not that God can not exist in my life together with sin when it is present, it is simply that He does not.

When I sense that there is a lack of God; His Presence, His anointing, I wonder if there is something I am not doing.  More frequently though, it is because of something I am doing - and that being fellowshipping with darkness.  

Whether sin be by action, thought or deed.  It all bears darkness, not light.  

For He is the light.

He is good.

He has been separated from the darkness.

The question is: Have we?