Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Wonderful Problem - A Vine

I have a wonderful problem. I look at things at my life as symbols. I don't know. I do. I may attach more to my world than what is due.

I have a vine. Yes, this is my Madagascar Jasmine. It is growing like crazy. I do not know how to care for a vine. However, my plan is to train it to go all around my kitchen, maybe through my whole home if I can figure out how to do it. The vine is a symbol for the productivity of Christ. Not mine. His. All I do is keep a clean heart. He does the rest.

This vine is showing some very smart behaviour. It is grabbing on to all sorts of things on my counter. Today, it is grabbing on to my dish detergent. It wants to climb up. It wants to cover my kitchen. This is very different than the play "Don't Feed the Plant" which feeds off man. This vine is enhancing, decorating, seeking light and places to grab on.

I do not know enough about vines. I will be doing Internet research for how I can best nurture this vine. If and when it does produce flowers, it is exotic. It fills the house with extremely beautiful aromas. This is the plant Lucius used to jump through. It began to grow like crazy about a month ago.

In the sermon a few weeks ago, Scott talked about Jesus cooking up new recipes in our kitchen. I think that's what he said. I am looking forward to the transformation of my kitchen. I do not know what is going to happen, but I await some changes with anticipation. What is going to happen here? How wonderful will it be?

The vine today is 9 feet beyond it's plant container. It is beautiful. I love all the baby leaves and tendrils which grasp. I love babies. I love baby plants too. It's great. Each new leaf is a baby seeking out light to grow into a mature leaf. My heart is full of gladness as I see the vine grow.

If I were willing to wait for 40 minutes, let's say the time I pray, I bet the vine would grab my finger. That would be a cool experiment. I might try. It would be cool to see if a vine could grab onto my finger.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Isaiah 43 - Israel's Only Saviour Jesus

Here, I will highlight the words I have jump out.

Isaiah 43

New International Version (NIV)

Israel’s Only Savior

43 But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.

For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
    Cush[a] and Seba in your stead.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
    and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
    nations in exchange for your life.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
    I will bring your children from the east
    and gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
    and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
    and my daughters from the ends of the earth
everyone who is called by my name,
    whom I created for my glory,
    whom I formed and made.
Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,
    who have ears but are deaf.
All the nations gather together
    and the peoples assemble.
Which of their gods foretold this
    and proclaimed to us the former things?
Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right,
    so that others may hear and say, “It is true.”
10 “You are my witnesses, ” declares the Lord,
    “and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
    and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
    nor will there be one after me.
11 I, even I, am the Lord,
    and apart from me there is no savior.

12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
    I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are my witnesses, ” declares the Lord, “that I am God.
13     Yes, and from ancient days I am he.
No one can deliver out of my hand.
    When I act, who can reverse it?”

God’s Mercy and Israel’s Unfaithfulness

14 This is what the Lord says—
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“For your sake I will send to Babylon
    and bring down as fugitives all the Babylonians,[b]
    in the ships in which they took pride.
15 I am the Lord, your Holy One,
    Israel’s Creator, your King.
16 This is what the Lord says—
    he who made a way through the sea,
    a path through the mighty waters,
17 who drew out the chariots and horses,
    the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
    extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:

18 “Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.
20 The wild animals honor me,
    the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
21     the people I formed for myself
    that they may proclaim my praise.
22 “Yet you have not called on me, Jacob,
    you have not wearied yourselves for[c] me, Israel.
23 You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings,
    nor honored me with your sacrifices.
I have not burdened you with grain offerings
    nor wearied you with demands for incense.
24 You have not bought any fragrant calamus for me,
    or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices.
But you have burdened me with your sins
    and wearied me with your offenses.
25 “I, even I, am he who blots out
    your transgressions, for my own sake,
    and remembers your sins no more.
26 Review the past for me,
    let us argue the matter together;
    state the case for your innocence.
27 Your first father sinned;
    those I sent to teach you rebelled against me.
28 So I disgraced the dignitaries of your temple;
    I consigned Jacob to destruction[d]
    and Israel to scorn.
Footnotes:
  1. Isaiah 43:3 That is, the upper Nile region
  2. Isaiah 43:14 Or Chaldeans
  3. Isaiah 43:22 Or Jacob; / surely you have grown weary of
  4. Isaiah 43:28 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.

Donna's afternote: If you want to worship God, come to church. There, your praise offering will join with other saints, and please Him. This invitation was extended to all mankind. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the one true God. He is the Creator of mankind. He is our Father.

God the Father sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross, so all man could come to Him. We were created to praise Him. He will create waters in the wilderness and restore the wasteland created by the Great Tribulation in which mankind and earth will be greatly destroyed. He will restore earth. He will restore man.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Call Upon the Lord Who Hisses and Calls All to Him

I read portions of Isaiah tonight. For this post, read Isaiah 1-12. Some text here is direct from the bible. Some is my interpretation.

Psalm 23 goes "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. Thy rod and they staff, they comfort me." Faith carries one through adversity. I see a parallel to Isaiah 9:2.  The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined."

Though we commonly associate this with grief and death and loss of loved ones, this is related to the tribulation. Those who come through shall fear at the glory of the Lord, at the great power of His judgement on the earth. Any that are left shall be called holy.

Isaiah 7. God asked King Ahaz to request a sign of Him. He refused. In turn, God said, "I will give you a sign anyways".

Then, God told of the coming of Christ as a child born of a virgin. He shall eat butter and honey that he will know to refuse evil and choose good.

Only those who grab onto His hand shall be once again in a land flowing with milk and honey. One thing is in common between these two foods. God provides them. We collect them, but God provides them. Eating both, we should think of the abundance of God. The land of milk and honey is the promised land. (Paraphrase).

In the day the Lord is come, He shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. And they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys, and in the holds of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all bushes....And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give he shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is left in the land.

Jesus will feed the hungry masses like He did when He fed the 10,000.

What I see here is a valley of desolation being turned into a valley of abundance by Jesus calling for the pollinators to come, to fulfill their part of His task in making the earth abundant once more.

Read Chapter 4 of Isaiah.

As with the ancient Israelites, so again, God will dwell in a presence of fire by night and cloud and smoke by day  (Read Numbers 14-15). The eternal promise is Numbers 14:8. God will have washed Israel during the future tribulation with the spirit of judgement and that of burning. What is left will have been cleansed like people in a holy crucible. When the census is done, all shall have faith. The presence of God will be seen around a tabernacle - a tent in common terms for us. This quick sprung shelter will be a shelter to those who have faith. They will come there as refuge from the heat of the sun, from storms, and from rain. I am thinking this is the first habitation following destruction.

In the past, the Israelites were restored from slavery to freedom coming from Egypt to Israel. In the future, humanity will be restored from satanic oppression and slavery, their yokes to sin will be shed, and all humanity left will be restored. A branch or a stick will bud, as Aaron's stick budded, and it will produce fruit. Humanity will be restored.

Read Chapter 5 of Isaiah.

The mean man will be defeated. The mighty and lofty man will be humbled.  Lambs shall feed after their manner. Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope. Set your life straight. Open a door of faith, so you will withstand the coming struggle.

Jesus holds up an ensign (a sign, a shield?) and hisses. All man from all over earth come, like the animals to the ark, and none shall grow weary or lose strength, nor shall their clothes wear out. Heard this before? The Israelites who were being led to the promised land.

There is a parallel to holding up an ensign with the Israelites. Either Moses or Aaron (I have to check) held up an ensign to heal people. I read it in Numbers, I believe. I will have to data check here. Then, I will update the post. I think it was a symbol of a snake.

 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it. Verse 29. (I think these lions are the mighty men who battle with the Lord. There's a prey that needs some killing.) These men along with all people will merge to see the Lord.

Isaiah 10: 17-19. In this day, the trees shall be few, so few a child could number them (less than one hundred?) The whole earth tree population will have to begin again.

Isaiah 10: 27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off their shoulder, and his yoke off their neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. Switch bible versions to see this context. The NIV does not seem to carry the concept of anointing.

Isaiah 11: 16 And there shall be a highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

("He" I think means Jesus. Jesus was a baby when His family went to Egypt, right? Do you recall King Herod killed all the two year olds to prevent the coming of the foretold king?  Jesus came back to Israel on a road with his parents when God advised them they were safe to return.)

For a little side story here,
 Jesus came back to Israel on this road.

Isaiah 12. A hymn of thanksgiving. Verse 6. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

I would love to hear the day Jesus hisses and calls the bees and flies to Him to bring restoral to a world of devastation. I would love to be among the masses who come to meet Christ when He hisses to call man to Himself.

Isaiah 11. From then on, man will live with Jesus as their teacher. He will teach them all His ways. The government of the world will rest upon His shoulders. Note, Jesus government supports humanity. He does not oppress humanity. Jesus will restore humanity. When the Prince of Peace comes, man's pride will be subdued to give birth to a new community.

Reflection: Did anyone know Jesus would hiss for the pollinators to come restore the earth? I did not recall this. When Jesus hisses, He launches a Holy call to come to Him. The bees and flies know His hiss. Do you know His voice? Would you hear His hiss? Are you ready to come? Say, "Jesus, come in." Then, hear His voice.

I wonder if Jesus hisses to call animals to upper grounds in catastrophe. That's just a thought. They obey Him. Like Crocodile Dundee's call to the animals, I bet Jesus's hiss is pretty cool. The beginning of this community development is a world wide siren, a hiss of Christ, calling all man to blessing. The first meal of man united with Christ following tribulation will be butter and honey.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What is MANA? Why is it important?

Mana is heaven's bread. It is the food of angels. When the Israelites were travelling about in the wilderness, God poured mana from the heavens down to feed them. They did not grow it. It was like a grain. They treated it like a grain, and used it to make bread.

The Israelites were not satisfied with mana. God have them a highly proficient meal replacement. They did not recognize God's good will. They asked for meat instead. They complained.

The key is like on Oprah who had a hairdresser who always complained, we are not supposed to complain. It sets up a grumbling heart. It's not pretty. It's not satisfied. It breeds an outlook. It cannot see hope.

I need work here. I need to cut short the complaint spirit. I am working to improve. How will I do this? I will pray for help. I will, when required, tell my body/mind to submit to Christ.

Wasn't it cool when Oprah's hairdresser worked on reducing his complaints? He was still working on it when he had the update on the show. He was progressing. He was on the show twice.

Forgive me if I err near you. As I become self-aware of my spirit sometimes after I already spoke the words, I have to seek God. I tell Him I am sorry. I do the same thing one would do with an emitted foul word. I ask for forgiveness. I carry on.

Were you my friend, cohort, colleague, I would accept the gentle reminder. Many people angels are around me. They are all very good people.

Why is it important to our future? When the church is raptured, they go to a safe zone. Would it not be a catastrophe if the church, like the Israelites, complained about their mana? They will need to rely on God's provision. They will have escaped miraculously, like the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. They will have had the earth opened up to swallow the flood Satan sent after them. At that time, I would like to stand with whoever God appoints as the community leader. I don't want to complain. I don't want to rebel. I would like to be able to hear and know the voice of God, so that I would not need a budding stick to know His chosen leader. When all Hell is breaking loose on earth, at least where the Christian church is gathered, I would hope we would not create strife as the raptured church, and create any more grief to the heart of God.

This refers back to the situation in my previous Numbers post on rebellion among the Israelites.

The Priestly Blessing

This was the blessing pronounced upon me at the end of my wedding. It is often used at the end of sermons to end a Sunday gathering. It feels great walking out having been blessed as a couple and as a congregation.

Numbers 6:22-27 New International Version (NIV)

The Priestly Blessing

22 The Lord said to Moses, 23 “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
24 “‘“The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace. ”’
27 “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”

After verse 26, my pastor said, "Amen." His hands were out toward us. It was a great blessing.

I figure most priests should have this memorized. What do you think?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Do You Feel Torment?

Here is a poem about torment felt here on earth. There is a lie about solving problems with suicide. What follows is Hell where there is no rest. If you are suffering any manner of torment, it is time to be released. The poem is about the state before knowing hope or rather embracing hope for your life. The solution is to embrace Jesus. Hope is a hand. It is Jesus' hand. He will pull you out of darkness.

Torment


            I swallow
In the darkness
            I'm silent
In the darkness
            I slit my throat
In the darkness

The light from the parking lot
Makes a dagger on my wall
Centered in my view
Shadows engulf every object
Except for the bright red 10:50

            I spit
In the darkness
            I sweat
In the darkness
            I swirl
In the darkness

Is it rain, snow, or hail
The dampness outside
Reflects so much
The smattering of events in life
The cycle follows through
To the end

            I seize
In the darkness
            I strain
In the darkness
            I sleep
In the darkness.          

Pellirojos Writing, A Long Time Ago

In school, I studied literature, so symbols are predominant in my writing. The red writing on the wall of the time can be two things: 1. redemption in Jesus blood 2. consideration of my own life blood - the gift of God. The time can be the indicator it is time for change. Noone has to live forever in darkness.

The sleep at the end - getting sleep - is a sign of hope. To follow through a moment of extreme sadness to come to sleep is relief and restoral. Sleep is our everyday restoral for the body.

I have advice for those who find themself in torment. Yes, say, "Jesus, come in." Jesus is instant relief for your soul. You will find peace. Jesus is like an emotional pain killer. He is medicine. Last December, I had the occasion to feel extreme pain. I was waiting for the pharmacist to prepare the prescription. I told the pharmacist if he did not work quickly to prepare my pain killer, I was fearful I would pull him across the counter to get the dose of the pill I needed to cut the pain. I was desperate. I could feel pain. I needed relief. This is what you need. This is how you need it. You need Jesus as much as I needed that pain killer. Grab on now. Say, "Jesus, I'm yours." Next, come to church. As you enter the door on a Sunday to come to a service, the first thing you will see inside the door is a person. They will give you their hand. This is your first step toward healthy connection.

Depression and suicide come from lack of hope. Lack of strategies and education. Lack of parental involvement. Lack of interest. If you come to church, you tell us of your struggle, and in the context of a healing body, you will be transformed. You will find education to teach you how to cope, you will find people interested in you. You will find loving parental involvement from Christian family. You will find people willing to listen to you and assist you in self-reflection which will help you assess your life and make good decisions. There is no need for depression. When you have Jesus, the darkness is erased from your soul. Jesus saves. He does it all along the way. He starts with the moment you reach out. You feel instantly different. You have hope. Your soul dances in the light.

Space Garbage Poem

This poem is about taking earth for granted. I believe God could step in and restore earth whenever He chooses. Left to man's own abilities, we sometimes run our opportunity in earth like a company with a wrecking ball and a building to destroy. Left to technology alone, we create complications for our world. Left to politics, we create war. We have a home. We belong here. I mean no disrespect to any space missions. I would love to join one. This is irony about the places man puts his hope.

Pellirojos Writing, A Long Time Ago.

Space Garbage

Astronaut, call me from space
Deliver me from this dismal place
Find us new worlds
And let us know what you find
So we can claim it for man
And say that "it's mine".

Astronaut, call me from space
Make new ships to carry us far
From this huge world of rot
With oceans polluted so
Fish no longer swim
Shores are covered by black oil
Life choked from sewage
Lush lands charred in slash and burn
Common debris choking
This world for restoral.

Astronaut, call me from space
This egg we call earth
The yolk and the white
Has been laid bare
To cosmic delight
The once fine-grained shell
Of like produce like
Is cracked
Is aborted
To worldwide dismay
And now life is frying
In Teflon disgrace
Life cut, uterus shed like the clouds
We are suffocating and gasping
In maternal entrails.

Astronaut, call me from space
Find us new life on this universe's shores
And let us know who you find
In case they per chance cause us strife
And let us know who you find
So we can finally unite
Forget hating each other
And we can fight the star wars

Astronaut, call me from space
Deliver me from this dismal place
Find us a new place and deliver this Lot
So we can start afresh
On a brand new plot.
Take me to a good place
And not replace my earth home
With hope in space garbage.

Young Forever

Young Forever


Those who are happily married
Are young forever
They see not the greying hair
They see you at your first glance
They stay through infirmity
They know and love your afflicted soul.

Their love transcends
Time from beginning to end
Their commitment begins
Sending down grass roots
To stay till your harvest.

Their love is tested
Through tumultuous storm
Their faithfulness will ne'er
Receive joyous recognition
From the world
Except within your hearts.

They are true
To self and to you
The reward increases
As the eyes dim
And remaining is their love
That knows and keeps your youth.

Their love increases bountifully
In wisdom and knowledge
For time and forever
Your love is sealed
By the blessing of the Father above
Who has given you the gift of love

"What God has joined
May no one put asunder".
Note: I pulled a previous writing to share. I hope you enjoy it.

Missions Driving - Car Flight

There was a second time in my life I did a Duke's of Hazzard jump. I was in a car with Don. We were 5. We were in a South American country. The driving rules were quite different there. We came upon a set of semi-trucks where one was passing the other. There was no room for us. The semi-truck was heading for us dead on and there was no time. Don pulled off the road, like I did once before. He made this driving call as his choice. We flew. 5 in the car. My head hit the roof. I am sure I was not the only one. We landed in either dirt or grass or a mix. (Shall I guess 30-50 ft.?)

We were fine. Noone was hurt. The car was fine. He drove back up on the road and we carried on our travelling.

That was another time I could have been scared. Somehow, I was far less so. The faith around me and trust God had the situation under control was solid. I enjoyed being with missionaries. They had a God vision in much of what they did. They were great to know.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

See God in the Behaviour of a Bee

A bee comes in your room through an open window
In faith, you pray God will direct the bee back outside
The bee goes back through the drapes, to the two inch gap, and leaves.

Praise God!

Try this, then praise God.

Trust me, it works. I have done this repeatedly through my life. I can afford to be gentle to critters. He helps a lot. He answers every time. Use Jesus name. That's critical. Close, In Jesus name, Amen. The next time you see a bee come into your room, pray and be amazed.

20 Reasons To Believe The Bible Is Truth?

Okay, I have a friend who has worked this out for himself. I have thought on this topic. I have books that help me work through this. I have life experience. I have the world around me.

Where do you stand? Can you explain your 20 reasons for believing the bible is truth? Here's mine.

Create your 20 reasons. Use these in your testimony.

1. Archealogy proves the bible data.

2. The person of Christ revealed in the bible lived a life of personal ethical perfection.

3. The bible was written over 1500 years by 40+ authors and it breathes interconnectiveness, like it was breathed by God Almighty. (God used a series of people to transmit His message, but you can see His voice through the whole.)

4. There's 600+ prophesies in the bible which have come true. The bible will not cease to fulfill this purpose in showing truth through the ages till one day in our future - it would not necessarily be needed and then it will be inscribed into our hearts.

5. The day Christ died, the earth went dark and the Holy veil of the Holy of Holies ripped in two. What if the anger of God had prevailed towards man that day for his sin of rejecting Christ that day? What if God would have ripped apart the veil of oxygen which houses the earth and let us all cease to breathe? The veils are parallel. Veil of Earth's atmosphere. Veil of Holy of Holies. Thank God for His mercy.

6. The day Christ arose, just like we are witnessing today with people who have witnessed Heaven and Hell, there were a bunch of people brought back to life who were previously dead and buried. They walked and witnessed to others.

7. Men filled with the Holy Spirit and who were the witness to God's presence and desire to be in connection with man all performed miraculous deeds which yes could be performed by magic, but God constantly showed the magicians up, with his snake eating theirs, and his fire burning up all the false prophets who represented the pit.

8. God shows himself to people as tactile impression and in dreams. We can hear his voice as we keep a status of sanctity before him.

9. God gifts people miraculously to be witnesses for him: today's youtube praise miracles, people who love him sing miraculously well, people spoke in other languages at Pentecost, and so on. God sometimes gifts people to prophesy and pray over others. A key for me is when you are with Christians - you don't need to state your needs verbally - and they will pray over your needs hidden in your heart - and they through the Spirit will speak to private issues you never revealed to anyone.

10. I experienced healings from God's touch. Men, this is for you. My husband prays for me. He is the family priest. Sometimes, I am healed just from his prayer.  Also, we request prayer at church. This may be accompanied with oil. I am healed. When I was younger, an unknown situation happened, and I could not walk for a long time. I prayed. We prayed. I was anointed and prayed for by a pastor. The next day, my husband was rubbing cream on my feet, when he felt a sliver. He got the tweezers and pulled out a piece of glass from feet which had been making it impossible for me to walk any distances. My walking was restored.

11. As a Christian, God always knows the exact right page to turn the bible to whenever I open it. Everything is pertinant to that very time. I can use it as a user guide to every life circumstance. The day I opened scripture to read it to my grandmother, I know he took me to the right page.

12. When I memorize scripture, God uses it over and over to bring me wisdom. He brings it back in the right circumstance to assist me in whatever I am dealing with.

13. Like Mary and Joseph who both received messages from God, God will give both man and wife of the same couple the same message. They are to look toward each other for confirmation.

14. I have been assisted by angels. I have been assisted by people angels.

15. I have benefited from the Holy Spirit's preparation for family death.

16. At people's conversions, I witnessed the arrival of the Holy Spirit as wind.

17. The bible passes rules of historical rigor.

18. Pray a prayer in a group of 2-3 people who believe in God, and ask for the request in the name of Jesus, and you will see like me, that God answers prayer. I've seen prayers of import answered for people in small groups.

19. The flood happened on a worldwide scale.

20. The stars and sky speak to the presence of our Creator God.

21. God poured onto me a language gifting for a missionary purpose. I went on a short missions trip. I had not spoken the language for 2 years. I studied like I do, for 4-5 days previous (cramming) and on the plane. I am that way. Not with the scripture, but with other stuff. I am intense. However, beyond my ability, He gave me a miraculous grasp of Spanish. So much so, the people I met said, "If she is from Canada, why does she speak such excellent Spanish?" Others said, "She speaks better than our fellow S. American countrymen." I was fully able to converse for the purpose of evangelizing. I could interject in conversations fluidly. It felt unreal. It was easy.  It served its purpose. Many people came to Christ. I fulfilled my roles. I believe whenever God's purposes are fulfilled and a Godly group surround you, you will perform well. All through the trip, I was supported in prayer. This prayer was a key factor in our ministry's success and in having this language gifting which persisted to complete these tasks.

This is a sort of merged list. The Bible is the voice of God. God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit are all three persons evidenced in the scriptures. When you know one's voice, you know Him, right? With the bible, the more you know the bible, the more you hear His voice. The more you feel able to be in right relationship, and the more you will want this for others. When evangelizing, I witnessed the power of God set on people.

A friend of mine challenged me to write this out today. I would like to have heard all of his. He gave me 4-5 of his to get started. Use this topic to generate conversations among your family, friends, and connections to see what they have experienced as truth in the bible.

I challenge you now to write out your 20 reasons why you believe the bible is true.

I am going to follow this post with a bit about what goes on in the Holy of Holies. I am going to talk about the mercy seat. I will be returning to the set of posts on Numbers. I have not forgotten.

First Alliance Service - New Song Launch

Visitors, go to my First Alliance link to see the Sunday 11 am service.

Highlights of the sermon for me were:

1. We had an analysis of Goliath. He had his game down. He was successful. He fell. Why?
2. Men who move into leadership can fall and go into personal downspins - when they get too confident and forget God. When we become filled with pride, we act out of egotism and selfishness, disregarding other's rights. We mess up.
3. Today, Jason launched an amazing new song with orchestra to boot. Please join us for a new praise song launch.
4. Visitors, in our sermons, scriptures are now tied into the music. Why do I love this? As a teacher, I know when we tie things we need to know to music, we cement concepts into our memory using multiple inputs - we are laying the sensory recall. For example, say we all smelled Frankincense as we listened to scripture. When we smell the same smell, the verse comes back to us. I like the strategies. These are nice passive ways to pull scripture into our body and mind.
5. We have an acting element today. Just to not be confused, all the actors are imitating a person who is full of pride and being in that position, leave themselves open to failure.

In the visions and testimonies of Hell, there is a story of Goliath. One of the people who went there saw him in torment in the pool of souls. I have read a lot of these stories by now. Some of the details are mixed in with a lot of others which are not pertinent. I found this reference on a page ending in NDE.

I don't know about you, but I am very sorry for these people.  I love these people. I grieve for them. Misled. Misguided. Mistaught. They misunderstood. They misappropriated power. They worshiped the wrong gods. They may have received spiritual revelations, but they were from the pit and not from God.

I welcome you to check out our service. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Mana Sports Pastor Testimony


This post is a transcript of:

Erlyn Barraez - Have Faith in God

My name is Erlyn Barraez. I am a student in Troi Rivières, Québec. Thanks to God and thanks to my coordinator Lucia who's helping me, right, I am going to talk to you about something near to my heart. It is Faith. Teaching the word "Faith", Faith is seeing without touching. This is something people in this city have a problem with understanding. Today, we can call on a divine being who's called Jesus who you can call on no matter what situation you are in. Everyone who has faith can call on Him, you can have faith to continue in your studies, faith to continue your marriage, faith to continue your business, faith you have say when you are sick, and say you have cancer. I have something to tell you. This afternoon, I have to tell you this.  Call on God with faith and that which is asked for in faith will be done. Thanks Lucia. Chow.

Sermon Index Introduction

I would like to introduce my readers to the sermon index. It is a whole lot of sermons online. I am going to read the links and troubleshoot the quality of the material I refer to. I may post a bit of similar reflections I've had which correlate to the sermon.

Here is the first one. I like reading sermons as text as it is faster. You can skim read. If you don't have time right then, you can give it a glance and come back when you do have time. When you are ready to get into and study it, you make yourself a page of links. What I recommend for Office Users is to make yourself a Word file or a Notebooks file for the sermon links I give you. If you want to use this as your bible study for the week, for personal growth, you read the selection, select the piece(s) that resonnate to you, copy and paste them in your Reflecton Journal, and then, I will post a few questions. You can think on these questions or write a reader response to what you have read.  I now see there is a reader option for viewing the sermon as .pdf and the sermon comes up in a readable font in black. That's better. Look for that button.

The first speaker is Art Kratz. He preaches on A Plea for Serious Consideration for God.

So, when you are viewing this sermon which is a .pdf, please increase your page view to 135%. This is to account for aging eyes. The font boosts to about a nice 14 or 16 size font which is easier to read online. If the font still gives you problems, copy and paste the text into Word, and then change the font color to Black. Adjust the font to 14 or 16 according to your vision requirements, then read the text.

I am going to first post the scripture references in this sermon. On Biblegateway, click on the context or whole chapter according to your interest. I would probably read all Psalm 46.

Psalm 46:10
Psalm 46:8
Psalm 51:4
Romans 3:4
John 7:17
Lamentations 3:27-29
Psalm 46:1

To use these verses, copy the text and paste it into the bible widget available from this site.

Reflection Questions:

Have you spent some time still before God? This includes prayer led into by scripture. If you have not managed to, what factors held you back? (Do a time and context analysis.)

How can you use lull time in your schedule to bring your heart before the Lord? You answer for yourself. I do have a few ideas. You extend these. You know your commitments and schedule. On the bus, you can read a bible on your digital device. If you are on the bus an enduring time, you can practice soul singing and prayer. You may be busy, but you can do some very strong spiritual practices. When you sing, though it is not outward, you can sing with the same mind care as if you were to sing aloud.  I've read somewhere that people who repeatedly think in their mind about excercising a particular muscle actually increase in strength in that muscle. This is sort of what I mean. When your schedule gets busy, your mind stays with God. Find where God may be invited in.