GETTING ALONG WITHOUT A BODY PART

We were recently visiting our son and his family. They have a sweet cat named Ally, who loves to roam the woods behind their house.

When we arrived, our son told us that Ally had just returned home after having been missed for three days. The family searched for her, but she was not to be found. They thought she might be dead since she has such a routine about coming and going.

When Ally returned home, it was obvious she had been in a fight. Her eye was swollen and running, and she had a wound on her leg. In fact, you couldn’t see her eye for the swelling. Of course, that meant a trip to the vet.

The vet kept her overnight, began antibiotics, and watched for signs of infection. He sent her home with medicine and instructions to continue the antibiotics and to bring her back when the swelling went down. At home, she received a warm welcome—lots of love and the offer of plenty of food.

After we returned home, we learned what I knew, but didn’t want to admit. Ally had lost her eye! For some reason, I’ve really had a hard time with that. She loves the outside, and she loves her freedom. She now seems a little afraid to be out roaming like she used to. She just isn’t the same without all her body parts.

This incident has made me think about my church family. What happens when we (the church) lose a body part? How do we feel? What do we do?

It starts out with a Christian brother or sister missing a service. Eventually, they are no longer regular in their attendance. When they do come, they often don’t sing or participate in the worship. They leave immediately after the service without speaking to anyone.

In just a short time, they stop attending at all. Where are they? Why did they stop attending? The most important question of all is, does anyone know why?

An animal will compensate for the loss of a body part. Ally will learn to depend on her other eye. She will eventually roam the woods again, and she will probably get into fights.

Unfortunately, I think we do the same thing. We pick up the slack from our brother or sister. We find someone else to do his or her job. Someone will take his or her seat in the worship service. Soon, that person will be forgotten; and we will go on with our worship services, our programs, and our fellowships.

Jesus said in Mark 8:36-37Mark 8:36-37
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36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  

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, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?” Knowing the importance Jesus placed on the soul, how can we not go in search of a lost “body part”?

What causes someone to leave the church? One reason is because they are in physical need, something we may or may not know.

In the first century church, we read about the dedication they had for one another. “Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need” (Acts 4:32, 34-35Acts 4:32, 34-35
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32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. 34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35 And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.  

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In Acts 6, the Grecian widows were being neglected. When they brought this to the attention of the apostles, the apostles immediately had the people choose men they trusted to handle the situation. Their physical needs were met.

Another reason someone might leave is they have been hurt by another member. He or she has an obligation as a Christian to settle differences, but we know that people often just take themselves out of the situation.

Jesus gave the disciples some instructions about how this situation should be handled. He said, “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector” (Matthew 18:15-17Matthew 18:15-17
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15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.  

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Sometimes a member leaves because they think no one cares. We need to care about all of the “body parts,” and we need to let them know we care. Jesus said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:12-13John 15:12-13
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12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  

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We did everything we could for Ally. It wasn’t enough. She lost a body part. Sometimes that happens in the church. We do everything we can, and we still lose a member. We should not stop trying!

I think about a sweet lady that is now an active member of our congregation. She had attended worship with us for years, and one Sunday she just wasn’t there. At first she said it was her work and it was. Then she missed so much she seemed to be ashamed to come back.

We kept praying for her, sending her cards, and encouraging her in any way we could. One Sunday, she just appeared in her usual seat. It wasn’t long before she confessed her sin of neglect, and now she is active serving the Lord wherever she can.

Loving persistence is the key. With that attitude, you could save a soul.

Sandra Oliver

 

“THE GOD WHO WASN’T THERE”

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world (1 Peter 5:8-91 Peter 5:8-9
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8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.  

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Sometimes Christians become complacent and start thinking that because they will not watch such movies, as “The God Who Wasn’t There,” that nobody else will either, or they think their own families will not be affected by such an attack.  Believe me; we have witnessed quite a few “strong” Christian families falling apart because they thought they were impervious to such attacks.  We need to have answers for those who attack our faith (1 Pet. 3:151 Pet. 3:15
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15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: fear: or, reverence  

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).  This is partly why I write some of the ladies’ lesson series—so that we can build faith in the word of God.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_God_Who_Wasn%27t_There

The Christian who sent this link to me made the following comments:

One of the best responses I know would be Jesus’ response to the Pharisees when they attacked his credentials (John 5:31-36John 5:31-36
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31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. 32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. 33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. 34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. 35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. 36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.  

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—especially verse 36).  Jesus simply referred them to the miracles he had done!  What can anyone say?  Nicodemus understood that miracles testified Jesus was from God (John 3:2John 3:2
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2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.  

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).  The unbelieving Jews knew exactly what the miracles meant (John 6:2John 6:2
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2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.  

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).  The Jews silenced the Pharisees with the same evidence that they themselves had seen (John 7:31John 7:31
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31 And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done?  

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).  The blind man silenced the Pharisees with the same obvious evidence (John 9:16John 9:16
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16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.  

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).  The Chief Priests themselves along with the Pharisees acknowledged that they were helpless against such evidence.  Peter reminded them of the fact the God gave Jesus His witness that not one Jew could deny (Acts 2:22Acts 2:22
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22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:  

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).  Hebrews 2:2-3Hebrews 2:2-3
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2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;  

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reminds us in a very succinct way of God’s witness to Jesus as well as the apostles.

Then, 2,000 years later, men, who are not in any way witnesses, and who offer no witness whatsoever, question the undeniable evidence?

Nevertheless, the Lord prophesied that he would blind the Jews’ eyes and harden their hearts in Isaiah 53:1Isaiah 53:1
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53 1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? report: or, doctrine?: Heb. hearing?  

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and points to that prophecy in John 12:37-38John 12:37-38
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37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: 38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?  

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, and more forcefully again in Isaiah 6:9-10Isaiah 6:9-10
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9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. indeed, but understand: or, without ceasing, etc: Heb. in hearing, etc 10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.  

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and points to that prophecy many times (Matt. 13:13-15Matt. 13:13-15
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13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.  

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; Mark 4:11-12Mark 4:11-12
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11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.  

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; Acts 28:25-27Acts 28:25-27
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25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, 26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: 27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.  

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; Rom. 11:8-11Rom. 11:8-11
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8 unto this day. slumber: or, remorse 9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: 10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. 11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.  

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, etc. and etc.).

He points to these times in 1 Timothy 4:1-2; 21 Timothy 4:1-2; 2
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4 1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 2 1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; exhort: or, desire 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. authority: or, eminent place 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. to...: or, a testimony 7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. 8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; broided: or, plaited 10 But with good works. 11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.  

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Timothy 3:1-5; 2 Timothy 4:3-42 Timothy 4:3-4
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3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.  

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, etc., so that we should not be surprised.  In fact, he warns us that there will be many false teachers even among his own children (2 Pet. 2:1-32 Pet. 2:1-3
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2 1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. pernicious ways: or, lascivious ways, as some copies read 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.  

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) and warns us that the majority (many, as opposed to the few who will be saved) will follow the false teachers rather than the true teachers.

“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor. 10:121 Cor. 10:12
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12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.  

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–Beth Johnson

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A young lady of my acquaintance insists that she does not like being around old people.

 

October already! One of the distinguishing marks of autumn is the aging plants, with their browning edges and “age spots” on the leaves. They show the marks of survivorhood, but no one admires these badges of courage. The bug-bitten missing chunks of leaves, the dry, bent stems, and the faded blooms are never met with appreciation for what the poor plant may have gone through.

Inside each of these seemingly ugly old specimens is a story of its life in the garden. Sometimes it also holds a seed, bulb, or rhizome of a new plant that will strike wonder in our hearts next spring. We rarely look beyond the homely surface, though.

A few of my irises developed a disease and had to undergo “surgery” to remove the diseased parts. They were then left to dry completely. A couple weeks ago, I found some of the dried-out roots and planted them in pots. I then almost mistook them for “empty” pots before I suddenly saw the sad little iris root near the top of the soil.

As with the elderly, these shriveled roots hold a beautiful life within, but they sure don’t exhibit this at first glance.

A young lady of my acquaintance insists that she does not like being around old people.

“They smell.”

“They look strange.”

“They dress weird.”

Those flamingo pink polyester elastic-waist pants paired with the teal shirt may not make it onto the cover of “Vogue,” but underneath that peculiar exterior may reside a soul that has grown from her fashion-plate days to this.

She may have now adopted the notion that economizing on clothing is a good way to save money for mission works. How could we guess this, unless we ask her about her younger years?

The man with the strange odor may have contracted “jungle rot” fungus in the swamps of Southeast Asia, as he served in our military forces. How can we thank him properly if we are so repulsed by that “old person smell” that we won’t get near enough to know his story?

“A hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the ways of righteousness” (Proverbs 16:31Proverbs 16:31
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31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.  

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One friend tells me that, at the time of her dear husband’s passing, her daughter, granddaughters and their children made a commitment to have lunch with her once a week. This gives Mrs. McLemore something wonderful to look forward to and brightens her days.

How do we honor the “hoary head?” It’s not as easy when dementia or Alzheimer’s takes over, causing them to say things that would never pass their lips in an earlier time.

This condition is the cruelest trick of all. It makes them even harder to love. But really, it’s just a disguise! Don’t let that gruff exterior make you forget the precious person that it houses.

Nursing homes should post a picture of each resident on his or her door. Not a current picture — but one taken while they were young and in their prime.

It would be a great reminder to the caregivers and family that this person was not always the cantankerous or withdrawn person that houses his or her soul. No, this elderly resident had quite a different life before being relegated to a warehouse for distributing pills and sponge baths.

They are every bit as full of life inside as my dried-out iris rhizomes.

“You shall rise up before the gray-headed and honor the aged, and you shall revere your God; I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:32Leviticus 19:32
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32 Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.  

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Christine (Tina) Berglund

 

Divine Partnership

Looking over some articles this morning I came across this.  It is a very encouraging piece for the saved. When we are faced with trials, be it family, job, congregations, business or school, as long as we are in a righteous relationship with Him, He is with us.

The author believed God was for him, that He was taking his part.  In the struggle between right and wrong, surely God is not neutral.  His very nature dictates that He be on the side of right.  Accordingly, if we are on the side of righteousness, then God is for us – this is how simple the matter of Divine partnership is.  God is no respecter of persons, but He is a respecter of faith, trust, obedience, uprightness and worship.  As stated in Psalms, these are the reasons the God of Goodness was for this confident man:

“I believed.”   Psalms 116:10Psalms 116:10
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10 I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:  

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“In Thee do I put my trust.”   Psalms 7:1Psalms 7:1
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7 Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite. words: or, business 1 O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:  

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“For I have kept the ways of the Lord.”      Psalms 18:21Psalms 18:21
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21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.  

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“I was also upright before Him.”   Psalms 18:23Psalms 18:23
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23 I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity. before: Heb. with  

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“I will worship toward Thy holy temple.”    Psalms 138:2Psalms 138:2
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2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.  

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“It simply comes down to this:  God is on the side of him who is on His side.  So a timely, soul-searching question is, ‘Who is on the Lord’s side?’”     ~ Leroy Brownlow

“When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies turn back:  this I know; for God is for me.”     Psalms 56:9Psalms 56:9
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9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.  

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“What shall we say then say to these things?  If God be for us, who can be against us?”  Roman 8:31man 8:31
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Izbrano poglavje ne obstaja!

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“The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.”      Psalms 34:15Psalms 34:15
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15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.  

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“Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:  For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:  but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”          Proverbs 24:15-16Proverbs 24:15-16
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15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: 16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.  

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In the preceding verses, the wicked fail but God is with His child.  He hears them when they cry.  We believe God has forgotten us when troubles come, but for the faithful child of God, He is there in the midst of the storm and sees us through.  We do not come from conversion with a guaranteed freedom from trials, tribulations, sickness, setbacks and many other things that befall men, and it is the case for some that this realization can wound their faith when tribulations come.  But we have the most precious gift given to those who are His children, and it is prayer.  There we can petition our Father for help and comfort in time of need, and in time of rejoicing, to be ever grateful for His bountiful blessings bestowed upon us each day, and for help in time of trouble.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”   Psalms 46:1Psalms 46:1
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46 To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. for: or, of 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  

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“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:  for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:  but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”     Romans 8:26-27Romans 8:26-27
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26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. because: or, that  

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“Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s side?  let him come unto me. . . . .”      Exodus 32:26Exodus 32:26
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26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD'S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.  

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Are you on the Lord’s side?  This is a question we should all ask ourselves.

“I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right.  But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord’s side.”   A . Lincoln

Eileen Light

 

 

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Termites

Nothing has done more harm to the cause of Christ than the “little things” we do each day of which we take little notice.  Termites do the same, but you don’t see the extensive damage until later, for they work their destruction underneath.  Little by little.  And this is how destructive our influence is when we do “little things” which we believe no one will take notice.

“The little things?  The little moments? – They aren’t little.”      ~ Unknown

“For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.”     Zechariah 4:10Zechariah 4:10
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10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth. for they...: or, since the seven eyes of the LORD shall rejoice plummet: Heb. stone of tin  

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“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much:  and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”    Luke 16:10Luke 16:10
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10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.  

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We are to teach others the Gospel, but if we allow our everyday lives to be lived as the world, how effective can we be in teaching?  There are more ways to teach than we know, and some are through the example and/or the conversation of our lives.

Most people are not going to sit down and study the Bible with us, not these days of distractions.  But……they will look at how you live your life even though you may not want them peering into it. Don’t you do the same?  Do you not look at others and draw your own conclusions?  If we are going to “talk the talk” we had better be “walking the walk.”  Teaching is one thing, but if our lives do not reflect His Word in the treatment of others, then no amount of teaching, no amount of lectureships, no amount of retreats, and no amount of talking will do any good.  As the saying goes. “I had rather see a sermon than hear one.”  And as Johnny Ramsey used to say, “You may be the only Gospel some people read.”

“Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles:  that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

I Peter 2:12

“For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:  As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.  Honour all men.  Love the brotherhood.  Fear God.  Honour the king.”   I Peter 2:15-17

If our speech is ugly.  If we dress as the world.  If we are dishonest with people.  If we don’t pay our bills.  If we are unkind, easily angered, malicious, impatient, stern, lying, bearing false witness, unloving, bearing grudges against our fellow Christians or others, if we are spiteful, if we are hateful, if we murmur and complain, if we are not understanding of our fellow Christian, or fellowman, if we sulk and pout when we don’t get our way, if we are mean spirited with our families and others, if we are not easily entreated, if we run with the worldy crowd, if we work “off the books” to gain an advantage, “false weights and balances,” and many other things of like nature, be warned, the world does see, and the world does take note.  They may never tell you.  You may never know.  But God sees, and the world does as well.  Word gets around, make no mistake, and normally at your local coffee shop, where the Christian is roasted as well.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”       Galatians 5:22-24Galatians 5:22-24
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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. affections: or, passions  

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How effective can we be in teaching if we have not “Salt and Light” (Mt.5:13-16), and if we blend so well with the world, the world sees no difference in the way we live as opposed to how they live?  The world chooses to bring us to its level.  It makes them feel better if they can point a finger and say they are just as good as the Christian.

“Salt is good:  but if the salt have lost his saltiness, wherewith will ye season it?  Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.”     Mark 9:50Mark 9:50
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50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.  

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“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”         Matthew 5:16Matthew 5:16
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16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  

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There was a man who lived not far from me.  He was in the same business we were in.  He was an elder in the Lord’s church, but many times, and even now, though he has passed on to his reward, people remind me how he “worked off the books” and did not turn in but a bare minimum of what he earned.  I cringe every time I hear the statement, for a seemingly “little thing” has brought reflection upon the Lord’s church.  I never have an answer for them other than, he knew from Scripture what was right, but chose to do wrong.

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to Him it is sin.”    James 4:17James 4:17
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17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.  

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“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:  Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”   Revelation 14:13Revelation 14:13
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13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. from henceforth...: or, from henceforth saith the Spirit, Yea  

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“Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck leads the flock to fly and follow.”       ~ Chinese Proverb

Eileen Light

I WONDER HOW THEY FELT, CONTINUED

Last week we looked at several people who were present during the trials of Jesus. This week, I want us to continue our study with those who were present at His sentencing and His death.

One of the women mentioned in recounting of these events is Pilate’s wife. Only one verse describes her part in this event, but it would surely have stuck with her for the rest of her life.

She sent word to her husband, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream” (Matthew 27:19Matthew 27:19
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19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.  

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). Can’t you just see her recalling the dream and the message to Pilate?

Simon of Cyrene was just passing by (Mark 15:21Mark 15:21
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21 And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.  

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), when he was compelled to carry Jesus’ cross. He was a father of two sons. Would he have felt the pain and grief being expressed by the friends and family of Jesus? Would he have looked at Jesus and felt compassion for Him, or did he just bear the cross to Golgotha, drop his load, and hastily leave?

Doubtless Simon would have a story to tell when he returned home. How could he possibly forget the anger of the crowd and the bloody Man that fell under the weight of the cross?

Hanging on either side of Jesus were two thieves. They had been tried and convicted of their own crimes. Death was eminent.

One of the men, Luke says, railed at Jesus. He said, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” (Luke 23:39Luke 23:39
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39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.  

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40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?  

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I wonder what each of these men thought in their last hours on this earth as they waited for death. One had confessed that Jesus was guilty of nothing, and the other had mocked Him. One was to be with Jesus in Paradise, while the other would have been headed for a place of torments in the Hadean Realm.

Finally, we look at Mary, the mother of Jesus, and John, the disciple. John had been there through most of these events. He had probably followed the procession to Golgotha, and there he watched the Lord being nailed to the cross.

Mary was there as well, and when Jesus looked down from the cross He saw both John and his mother, probably weeping. In His final time on earth, He gave John a great responsibility. He told John, “Behold, your mother!” (John 19:27John 19:27
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27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.  

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I suspect that John felt a responsibility to care for this woman. Mary’s other children did not believe in Jesus as the Messiah until after the resurrection. Maybe that is why Jesus gave John the responsibility of caring for His mother.

And then there is the Christian today. We have only the record of Jesus’ life, death, burial, and resurrection. Yet every first day of the week, Christians are commanded to partake of the Lord’s Supper, remember the suffering of our Savior and His resurrection (Acts 20:7Acts 20:7
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7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.  

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Do we remember, as those mentioned in Hebrews 6:6Hebrews 6:6
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6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.  

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, that we have done things to “crucify once again the Son of God and hold him up to contempt”? If so, we know that as Christians we can pray to God for the forgiveness of our sins. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9John 1:9
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9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.  

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May we never forget the suffering of our Savior and the price He paid for our sins.

Sandra Oliver

 

 

 

ZEAL BRAINSTORM Part 2

We are to be a “peculiar people zealous of good works”, which is fruit.  Our zeal for the Lord (or lack thereof) is infectious, and we will have to give an account for our effect on others Do we want a millstone hung about our necks for offending one of the little ones?

  • 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, andthat he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
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    42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.  

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    And whosoever shall offend one ofthese little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
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    2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.  

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    It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

Consider how Moses reproved Reuben, Gad, and half tribe of Manasseh in Num 32:5-7Num 32:5-7
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5 Wherefore, said they, if we have found grace in thy sight, let this land be given unto thy servants for a possession, and bring us not over Jordan. 6 And Moses said unto the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here? 7 And wherefore discourage ye the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the LORD hath given them? discourage: Heb. break  

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. Wherefore, said they, if we have found grace in thy sight, let this land be given unto thy servants for a possession, and bring us not over Jordan. 6 And Moses said unto the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here? 7 And wherefore discourage ye the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the LORD hath given them?…

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14 And, behold, ye are risen up in your fathers' stead, an increase of sinful men, to augment yet the fierce anger of the LORD toward Israel. 15 For if ye turn away from after him, he will yet again leave them in the wilderness; and ye shall destroy all this people.  

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And, behold, ye are risen up in your fathers’ stead, an increase of sinful men, to augment yet the fierce anger of the LORD toward Israel. 15 For if ye turn away from after him, he will yet again leave them in the wilderness; and ye shall destroy all this people. …

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20 And Moses said unto them, If ye will do this thing, if ye will go armed before the LORD to war, 21 And will go all of you armed over Jordan before the LORD, until he hath driven out his enemies from before him, 22 And the land be subdued before the LORD: then afterward ye shall return, and be guiltless before the LORD, and before Israel; and this land shall be your possession before the LORD. 23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.  

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And Moses said unto them, If ye will do this thing, if ye will go armed before the LORD to war, 21 And will go all of you armed over Jordan before the LORD, until he hath driven out his enemies from before him, 22 And the land be subdued before the LORD: then afterward ye shall return, and be guiltless before the LORD, and before Israel; and this land shall be your possession before the LORD. 23  But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

We can see from this, it is a SIN to discourage others through our lack of encouraging by working with them.  If the Lord had provided for those tribes, then technically they didn’t need to go fight in Canaan with their brethren – they  already had their inheritance. Let the others fight for their own, right? But God expected them to consider their brethren before their own needs, and their encouragement was ESSENTIAL, indespensable, even mandatory.

Every single person is necessary in the body in every good work, even those who are not eyes or hands (1 Cor. 12). Many folks think their particular lives are so hard, maybe the Lord wouldn’t expect them to kill themselves to be at every assembly or in every good work, especially since they’re so tired, and “it’s not all that encouraging anyway.”

People who think their presence is unnecessary, that it’s not important to always be at every “minor” meeting such as ladies’ class or mid-week Bible studies, or even to participate in some good work together, are discouraging the hearts of others, and will be judged for their own actions (lack of zeal and good fruit) AS WELL AS for the EFFECT their actions had on others of the Lord’s Body. We needn’t think our actions are just to ourselves. We are commanded to consider others better than ourselves and look not on our own things, but on the things of others. How is forsaking the assembly considering others? It isn’t.  It’s purely selfish laziness.

We must never forget that we are to be building together in one another with God. Are we slothful, one-talent stewards who don’t think God could possibly expect that much of us?

1 Cor 3:10-171 Cor 3:10-17
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10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. it shall be: Gr. it is 14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. defile: or, destroy  

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According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

In contrast, our zeal and love for the Lord can have excellent effects on others.

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9 1 For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you: 2 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.  

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For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you: 2 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.

Those of us who feel that we are “lesser” members and have no impact need to realize that the smallest of gestures of the least member may have a huge impact on the work of the Lord, even for the strongest of members.

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14 Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven days: and so we went toward Rome. 15 And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.  

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Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven days: and so we went toward Rome. 15 And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.

We should consider God’s value of those who encourage others in righteousness.  Mal 2:4-7Mal 2:4-7
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4 And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. 5 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name. 6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. 7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.  

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And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. 5 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name. 6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. 7 For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

(We are priests today. Note the rest of the chapter to see what God thinks of priests who are not doing their job.)

Timothy was a great encouragement to Paul, by his naturally caring for others’ estates, and actively working WITH Paul, not forsaking him like Demas.

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122 A Song of degrees of David. 1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.  

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A Song of degrees of David. I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

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134 A Song of degrees. 1 Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.  

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A Song of degrees. Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.

–Beth Johnson

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God blesses honesty

My friend worked for a major food chain for 43 years.  Today when he came back from Walmart he was upset.  When I asked why, he told me they were raising the prices without actually raising the prices by lessening the product in the can.  It’s legal, but what is legal may not necessarily be honest.  It is true we must look at the label to see the weight, but sometimes as in the case of fast food, they will have false bottoms on cups whether it is soup, beans or drinks.  And if you have noticed lately a large burger looks more like a medium sized burger; french fries are lessened as well.  This is how companies raise prices.  They know the customer will be angry with a price increase so they use the back door method of raising the price by giving less.

We see this same problem with cars.  Once you were able to get a spare, a true spare tire.  Now, along with a hefty price in cars or trucks, they give you a tire which would fit a bicycle more than a car.  It is legal, but is it ethical to treat the customer this way?  It is a way of getting more money from the customer.

I went to the eye doctor; unknown to me, I had pink eye.  She prescribed a medication.  When I called the pharmacy, they told me the price was two hundred dollars without insurance and seven dollars with insurance.

No matter which way one slices or dices any of these stories, and I am sure you can add to the number.  It may be legal but not ethical.

God does not like false weights and balances.

“A false balance is abomination to the Lord:  but a just weight is His delight.”    (Proverbs 11:1Proverbs 11:1
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“Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord; and a false balance is not good.”     (Proverbs 20:23Proverbs 20:23
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“Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?”   (Micah 6:11Micah 6:11
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God blesses honesty. So long as there is no extortion, bribery or deceit.  Always be honest in your dealings with your fellowman.

“When I was a boy working in my father’s store we weighed many items at the time of purchase:  beans, sugar, etc.  One day my father observed that I was trying to guess the exact amount before putting the bag on the scales.  Later he suggested, “Son, don’t do it that way.  Seldom if ever will you guess it exactly.  Half the time you will have too little and half the time you will have too much.  When you have too much and have to take out some, the customer will say to himself, “You tightwad, why didn’t you leave it in there?”  Be sure you don’t have enough and then take the scoop and keep pouring until you bring it to the mark.  That way you create the impression the customer gets everything coming to him.  We want that reputation.”

The reputation for honesty is no empty echo in the community; it sounds and sounds and sounds, and the people listen.  Though your reputation is not necessarily what you are, only what people think you are, still it is to be sought.

Business can’t thrive where honesty is questioned.  Integrity is the absolute essential of every worthwhile endeavor.

Indeed, honesty is more than the best policy, it is the manifestation of you – the real you.

“Feathering your own nest at the expense of dishonestly plucking the feathers of others turns soft feathers into prickly thorns that will pierce you.”    ~ Leroy Brownlow

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them:  for this is the law and the prophets.”     (Matthew 7:12Matthew 7:12
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Eileen Light

 

 

Women are the backbone of U. S. Christian churches

From reading what God has to say about women in Scripture, and reading former and current years of statistics regarding women today, we exert a powerful influence over our homes and the church.  We also have influence in our nation.  Ladies, we have a God given ability to help make our country a better place.  We get our strength from God by listening to His Word and following His pattern for the home.

“Women are the backbone of U. S. Christian churches.  They are more likely than men to comprise the ranks of churchgoers, volunteers and Sunday school teachers.”   
~ Barna – 2012

“It will come as no surprise to most that the U. S. population has been consistently loosening its ties with church over the past few decades.  In the early 1990’s, only 30% of adults were unchurched, and that number steadily increased over the next decade, rising to 33% in 2003.  The decade in our immediate hindsight shows an even larger increase – today, 45% of adults are unchurched in the U. S. and the trend shows no indication of slowing.”     ~ Barna – 2016

Even more alarming are current statistics and trends.  In the past men were less likely than women to regularly attend services.

“Just over a decade ago, the gender gap was three men for every two unchurched women. Fully 60% of unchurched people were men.  Today, only 54% of the unchurched people are men.  In other words, the gender gap has narrowed from 20 points to just 8 points in the last ten years.”      ~ Barna – 2016

According to Barna, several women have decided “church is no longer for them.”  How alarming and very sad for children to be brought up in homes without correct spiritual guidance.  When women were asked how important it was for them to attend services, over 50% claimed it isn’t important nor a priority in their lives.  If we will look at the date “2016,” this should be a wakeup call not only to women but men as well.  Asked where their priorities were now, “68% ranked family relationships as their top priority.  Church and religious activities came in second – but a distant second, 11%.”

Our nation sorely needs the influence of women in the home.  What kind of job, and how much money could you possibly make, which would be worth losing the influence of helping shape and mold future generations and setting young feet on the path of righteousness?  For “as the home goes, so goes the nation.”  “As the home goes, so goes the church.”  Women have the power to turn the statistics around for the better.  God has given us this power if we will use it wisely.

Women in Scripture had powerful and righteous influences over their children.

Mary the mother of Jesus –  “And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee:  blessed art thou among women.”    Luke 1:28Luke 1:28
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“When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple standing by, whom He loved, He saith unto His mother, Woman, behold thy Son!  Then saith He to the disciple, Behold thy mother!  And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.”    John 19:27John 19:27
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27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.  

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Eunice and Lois –  “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

Hannah:  “For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of Him:  Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord.  And he worshipped the Lord there.”    I Samuel 1:27-28    The child’s name was Samuel.

Esther:  “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed:  and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?  Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three day, night or day:  I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law:  and if I perish, I perish.

These women had great faith in God, and though they have gone to their reward, we too as faithful Christian women can turn our faces to God and again serve Him and place Him as the top priority in our lives.  When He is first, all else will fall into their respective places.

“O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself:  it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”    Jeremiah 10:23Jeremiah 10:23
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May God give us strength, courage and resolve to turn these alarming statistics around and save our families, communities, state and nation.

“Our generation is in need of Christian women who are willing to rise up and show the culture the powerful influence a God-Defined woman can have.”    ~ Unknown

“She always leaned to watch for us,
Anxious if we were late,
In winter by the window,
In summer by the gate;

And though we mocked her tenderly,
Who had such foolish care,
The long way home would seem more safe
Because she waited there . . . . ”       ~ Excerpt by Margaret Widdemer

Eileen Light

 

Let’s Bloom

Death Valley National Park is the hottest and driest place in North America.  You would think nothing would have a chance to bloom in these harsh conditions, but some of the most beautiful wildflowers can be seen there.  Some years there might just be a few, but about once a decade the blooms will be overflowing.  For this to happen the wildflowers need significant nourishment from the rainfall, plenty of warmth from the sun, and an absence of drying wind.  If these needs are not provided, the wildflower will remain dormant as seeds.  The definition of dormant is to be alive, but not actively growing.  Are we physically alive, but not growing spiritually?

To help us grow spiritually we need to seek nourishment from God’s word.  Psalm 119:97Psalm 119:97
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MEM. 97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.  

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states, “O how I love Your law!  It is my mediation all the day.”  Just like the wildflowers need well-spaced rainfall, we need to study God’s word daily.  By doing this we can hide it or treasure it in our hearts (Psalm 119:11Psalm 119:11
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11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.  

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), which will equip us for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-172 Timothy 3:16-17
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16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. throughly...: or, perfected  

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).  By memorizing God’s word, we have it quickly available to help us escape sin and remain pure (Psalm 119:9Psalm 119:9
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BETH. 9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.  

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Psalm 119:105Psalm 119:105
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NUN. 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. lamp: or, candle  

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tells us, “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” This light, God’s word, will help us to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord (Colossians 1:10Colossians 1:10
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10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;  

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).  In John 8:12John 8:12
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12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  

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Jesus says, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life.”  Wildflowers need the sun’s light, just as we need The Light to help us thrive.

Protection from the “winds” in our life is promised from God.  Psalm 119:11Psalm 119:11
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11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.  

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4 states, “You are my hiding place and my shield…”  Jesus cares so much for us that we can hand our anxieties over to Him (1 Peter 5:71 Peter 5:7
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7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  

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), and He will strengthen and help us (Isaiah 41:10Isaiah 41:10
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10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  

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).  The wildflowers are strengthened when the drying winds are not present.  God strengthens and protects us from the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:32 Thessalonians 3:3
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3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.  

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Bloom means to come into or be in full beauty or health.  Are we blooming OR are we struggling to stay alive spiritually?  We will flourish IF we provide ourselves with the nourishment of God’s word, seek The Light that helps us to overcome darkness, and remember that God is with us (Matthew 1:23Matthew 1:23
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23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. they...: or, his name shall be called  

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).  Let’s make up our minds to bloom!

Renee Hunter

Scripture taken from NASB (2012)

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