Wednesday, July 29, 2009
>>Weatherman's Hymn..........There Shall Be Showers of Blessings
>>Contractor's Hymn..............The Church's One Foundation
>>Tailor's Hymn.......................Holy, Holy, Holy
>>Golfer's Hymn......................There's a Green Hill Far Away
>>Politician's Hymn................Standing on the Promises
>>Optometrist's Hymn............Open My Eyes That I Might See
>>IRS Agent's Hymn................I Surrender All
>>Gossip's Hymn........................Pass It On
>>Electrician's Hymn...............Send The Light
>>Shopper's Hymn...................Sweet Bye and Bye
>>Realtor's Hymn.....................I've Got a Mansion, Just Over the Hilltop
>>Massage Therapists Hymn....He Touched Me
>>Doctor's Hymn......................The Great Physician
>>And for those who speed on the highway - a few hymns:
>>45 mph........................................God Will Take Care of You
>>65 mph........................................Nearer My God To Thee
>>85 mph........................................This World Is Not My Home
>>95 mph........................................Lord, I'm Coming Home
>>100 mph......................................Precious Memories
>>Give me a sense of humor, Lord
>>Give me the grace to see a joke,
>>To get some humor out of life,
>>And pass it on to other folk.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday School July 26th By Bro. DeVall
"Laws" By Brother DeVall
"Gods Enablement and Barefooted Leadership." By Bro. DeVall
Bro. DeVall works in the prisons down south, and his testimony is awesome. The last message really spoke to me about what I could and should be doing. As he was preaching God laid several things on my heart, and LORDwilling I will be acting upon my convictions. I am praying about starting a study with a friend. This next school year will be her first year homeschooling(she went to a Christian school), and I would like to start spending more time with her, and encouraging her.
This message is also about getting rid of your pride. I am ashamed to say that I need to do this! By "taking your shoes off" you are giving your pride up!
*Just a side note. I was not in the area when this was being discussed, but after church on Sunday I was told that someone noticed that we young ladies/ little girls had our shoes off(we were playing and running and flip flops don't go!) and jokingly told Bro. DeVall that we were taking his message seriously. =P I hope and pray that we really were!!
The Last one is one we purchased From S.M. Davis out in Illinois. It is called
"The Sin of Silence"
This message really spoke to me since I often have a problem with not speaking out. I reccomend all of these messages to someone who is really open to what God wants!!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
*I believe God created the Earth in six days, and rested on the seventh day.
* I believe the Bible is the inerrant, inspired Word of God. I believe the King James Bible is the only true Bible for the English-speaking people, and that all modern versions are counterfeit.
* I believe Jesus Christ is the only way to get to heaven.
* I believe Jesus was born of a virgin and is the Christ, the son of God.
* I believe Jesus died for our sins at Calvary, and that he can wash them away and make us a new person.
* I believe Jesus Christ was beaten, crucified, and rose again in three days.
* I believe in the Trinity.
* I believe you must repent of your sins and be born again to get to heaven.
* I believe in unconditional eternal security. If you don’t show fruit, you were never saved.
* I believe each human being has free will and may choose to follow or not follow God, obey or not obey God.
* I believe in believer's baptism which is a picture of dying to sin, and becoming washed in the blood of the land.
* Christians are to be separate from the world, and not to be a friend of it or love it, because if we we love the world we are then an enemy of God. (1 John 2:16-17, John 15:18-20, James 4:4)
* I believe feminism is of Satan and is the opposite of God's will.
* I believe that Christian women(and men!) are to dress modestly.
* I believe that women are to wear skirts/dresses only and that men are to wear pants only. If a man wears the womans clothes (dresses/skirts) or a woman the mans (pants) they are an abomination unto God. (Deuteronomy 22:5)
* I believe women are to have long hair, it is a glory to them, but men are to keep theirs cut short. (1 Corinthians 11:14-15)
* I believe that all married women are to be keepers at home (homemakers) and I believe that the young ladies are to be trained to be homemakers. (Titus 2:5)
* I believe in betrothal instead of courtship or dating.
* I do not believe in sending Christian children to public school but I believe in homeschooling them.
* I believe that families are to let God control the amount of children they have.
* I believe that Christians are to listen to Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs. Any music that is not that caters to the flesh, and is wrong!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Praise God that someone is not ashamed to Stand up and say the truth!!
Our gracious Heavenly Father, we come before You today because we have nowhere else to go. For You are the true and living God. You are the Maker of Heaven and Earth. You are the sustainer of man and all that we are or ever will be. You are the only real HOPE for our nation and our commonwealth. We come before You in this grand hall, before the important and the powerful, in complete humility and brokenness because Your holiness consumes our failings, reveals our iniquities and lays bare all of our unrighteousness.
We come to ask Your forgiveness and seek Your help and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good," but that's exactly what we've done. We have ignored Your spiritual compass and have tried to guide our paths with our own values, desires and indulgences.
§ We confess that we have mocked the absolute truth of Your Word and called it relativism.
§ We have worshipped other gods, failing to acknowledge You alone and called it multi-culturalism.
§ We have exploited the poor and naïve; and called it the lottery.
§ We have made excuses for the law breaker and called it tolerance.
§ We have demeaned the law keepers and called it politically correct.
§ We have neglected our neighbor and called it self-preservation.
§ We have rewarded laziness, irresponsibility and called it welfare.
§ We have killed our unborn and called it a choice.
§ We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
§ We have neglected to discipline our children and called it releasing their creativity.
§ We have abused power, been party to back room dealing and even hoped for our colleagues down fall and called it political savvy.
§ We have squandered our resources and paid back favors with taxpayer’s funds and called it a stimulus.
§ We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
Search us O God and know our hearts today; try us and see if there be some wicked way in us; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
Guide and bless these men and women, who have been sent here by the people of Pennsylvania, and who Your Holy Word calls, ordained ministers of peace, to govern this great commonwealth.
Grant them your wisdom to rule and may their decisions direct us to the center of your will. May they choose today to be servants of You, Almighty God, and then prosper their steps for their obedience. May we live in reverent fear of your greatness in comparison to our insignificance.
I ask it, in the name of your son, our living savior and Master, Jesus the Christ. Amen.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
July 6th, 2009
Outside my window…
Sunny and cloudy. At times its dark, but sometimes its nice and sunny! :P
I am thinking…
Of all the wonderful things God provides!
I am thankful for…
Friends who understand!
I am wearing…
Jean skirt, blue Mexico t-shirt.
I am reading…
1Kings, Proverbs, (KJB);
I am creating…
A post at the moment! :P
One of my favorite things…
sweet cherries! They are sooo good! We went and picked 18lb this morning. We *might* go again tomorrow.
For education this week…
Whatever I find. I will probably be reading through the new History books we got for 10th and 11th grade!
A keeper at home skill I am using/learning…
Fitting everything in!
A spiritual lesson I'm learning...
A godly character trait I plan to work on…
Charity... suffereth long, is kind, envieth not, vaunteth not itself,
isn't puffed up, behaveth not unseemly, seeketh not her own,
is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, rejoiceth not in iniquity,
rejoiceth in truth, beareth all things, believeth all things,
hopeth all things, endureth all things, and never faileth!
Scripture I am memorizing…
Reviewing James Chapters 1-2 and beginning 3.
I am praying for…
The lady who has cancer.
Family that isn’t living right.
My great grandma. She is 86, and her heart only works 20%. They told her she probably will not live more than a year, but possibly only a month.
A friend who just got saved.
A friend who is only 21 or so, and has a lot of health problems.
For the rest of the week…
??? Sewing, hopefully, church, working in the house, editing pictures, park ministry on Friday, 4-H Fair ???,
Saturday, July 4, 2009
The most important thing to me,
Is how accepted, I can be.
The truth of God, matters not:
Look at all the friends, I've got.
My friends accept me socially,
This lost world, speaks well of me.
If I should stand for truth today;
All my friends would go away.
I am a man of cloth, you see;
A friend to all, I must be.
To be accepted by the youth;
I must water down the truth.
Leave your Bible on the table;
So I can spin another fable.
Now I can say, that all is well;
And can teach, there is no hell.
Our music leans to rock and roll;
It's hard today to reach a soul.
In this way, we reach the teens;
For the end, justifies the means.
So stand not back, and criticize;
Me for telling, all those lies.
Success comes not, from God's wonders;
But is measured, by our numbers.
Friday, July 3, 2009
In the days before the flood;
Men were sinful, shedding blood.
At Noah's preaching, they did frown;
Not believing, they could drown.
One hundred years, came and went.
But those men, would not repent.
To God's word, they would not harken;
So the skies began to darken.
When eight people got on board;
The door was shut, by the Lord.
Men outside, began to cry;
It was time, for them to die.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
2. A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.
3.Colt: The original point and click interface.
4. Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.
5. If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?
6. If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.
7. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
8. If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.
9. Those who trade liberty for security have neither.
10. The United States Constitution (c) 1791. All Rights Reserved.
11. What part of 'shall not be infringed' do you not understand?
12. The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.
13. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
14. Guns only have two enemies; rust and politicians.
15. Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.
16. You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
17. 911: Government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.
18. Assault is a behavior, not a device.
19. Criminals love gun control; it makes their jobs safer.
20. If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.
21. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.
22. You have only the rights you are willing to fight for.
23. Enforce the gun control laws we ALREADY have; don't make more.
24. When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.
25. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.
I found this posted at Hannah's Blog
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The flock refuses now to hear,
From the pulpit, Godly teaching.
They tell God's man to scratch the ear,
And to water down the preaching.
They went in debt, built a church;
Took their mind off God that day,
Told the preacher, "settle down"
If you expect, this debt to pay.
Now the flock has things their way:
They hear not, the things of old.
The preacher, now, has no say;
The truth, no longer, can be told.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress
And the way grows weary and long?
Oh yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.
Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?
Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?
Does Jesus care when I’ve said “goodbye”
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks,
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?
This song is one of my favorite. I have had many chances to realize the truth that Jesus really cares! Even when it seems like others don't!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain—
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
’Tis mystery all: th’Immortal dies:
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;
Let angel minds inquire no more.
He left His Father’s throne above
So free, so infinite His grace—
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!
Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
Still the small inward voice I hear,
That whispers all my sins forgiven;
Still the atoning blood is near,
That quenched the wrath of hostile Heaven.
I feel the life His wounds impart;
I feel the Savior in my heart.
I feel the life His wounds impart;
I feel the Savior in my heart.
No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!!
Well, my afternoon today is kinda empty. Yes, I know there is lots I could be doing, but when it feels like its a hundred degrees, and you are dripping sweat, in your church clothes, you want as LITTLE movement as possible!! It looks as if we are in for yet another storm. One of the lovely assets of living in the great North! :P Not!
I just found out about a new photo site! Our Pastor is now selling his verse photos, great for decorating your house! Visit it HERE! We have a few of them, and they are beautiful! Such a treasure!
Well, I'm off to finish my list of things to do on the computer before my brother kicks me off! Just kidding, he would never do that, though I probably deserve it sometimes!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
This was so cute, I just had to share it. It was actually an email, but it works here!
You are My Sunshine, My only Sunshine'
(Be prepared to get watery eyes!)
Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael, prepare for a new sibling. They found out that the new baby was going be a girl, and day after day, night after night, Michael sang to his sister in mommy's tummy. He was building a bond of love with his little sister before he even met her.
The pregnancy progressed normally for Karen, an active member of the Panther Creek United Methodist Church in Morristown , Tennessee. In time, the labor pains came. Soon it was every five minutes, every three, every minute. But serious complications arose during delivery and Karen found herself in hours of labor.
Would a C-section be required? Finally, after a long struggle, Michael's little sister was born. But she was in very serious condition. With a siren howling in the night, the ambulance rushed the infant to the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Mary's Hospital, Knoxville, Tennessee. The days inched by. The little girl got worse. The pediatrician had to tell the parents there is very little hope. Be prepared for the worst. Karen and her husband contacted a local cemetery about a burial plot.
They had fixed up a special room in their house for their new baby but now they found themselves having to plan for a funeral. Michael, however, kept begging his parents to let him see his sister. I want to sing to her, he kept saying.
Week two in intensive care looked as if a funeral would come before the week was over.
Michael kept nagging about singing to his sister, but kids are never allowed in Intensive Care. Karen decided to take Michael whether they liked it or not.
If he didn't see his sister right then, he may never see her alive. She dressed him in an oversized scrub suit and marched him into ICU. He looked like a walking laundry basket.
The head nurse recognized him as a child and bellowed, 'Get that kid out of here now. No children are allowed.' The mother rose up strong in Karen, and the usually mild-mannered lady glared steel-eyed right into the head nurse's face, her lips a firm line. 'He is not leaving until he sings to his sister' she stated.
Then Karen towed Michael to his sister's bedside. He gazed at the tiny infant losing the battle to live. After a moment, he began to sing. In the pure-hearted voice of a 3-year-old, Michael sang:
'You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,
you make me happy when skies are gray.'
Instantly the baby girl seemed to respond.
The pulse rate began to calm down and become steady.
'Keep on singing, Michael,' encouraged Karen with tears in her eyes.
'You never know, dear, how much I love you,
please don't take my sunshine away.'
As Michael sang to his sister, the baby's ragged, strained breathing became as smooth as a kitten's purr.
'Keep on singing, sweetheart.'
'The other night, dear, as I lay sleeping,
I dreamed I held you in my arms'
Michael's little sister began to relax as rest,
healing rest, seemed to sweep over her.
'Keep on singing, Michael.'
Tears had now conquered the face of the bossy head nurse.
'You are my sunshine, my only sunshine..
Please don't take my sunshine away.'
The next day...the very next day the little girl was well enough to go home.
Woman's Day Magazine called it The Miracle of a Brother's Song.
The medical staff just called it a miracle.
Karen called it a miracle of God's love.
NEVER GIVE UP ON THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE.
LOVE IS SO INCREDIBLY POWERFUL.
Life is good.
Have a Wonderful Day!
Just send this to (4) people and see what happens.
Do not break this, please There is no cost, but lots of rewards.
In God We Trust!
'The evidence of God's presence far outweighs the proof of His absence.'
Friday, April 17, 2009
but while we are executing any work,
we are preparing and qualifying ourselves,
to undertake another.
I pray you all have a WONDERFUL day!
Monday, April 13, 2009
- A lady opened her refrigerator
- and saw a rabbit sitting on one of the shelves.
- "What are you doing in there?"
- she asked.
- The rabbit replied:
- "This is a Westinghouse, isn't it?",
- to which the lady replied
- "Well," the rabbit said,
- "I'm westing."
- Have a Wonderful Easter.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Hope You all have a WONDERFUL day!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Do you realize how early Easter is this year and
why? IT\'S MARCH 23RD! As you may or may not know, Easter is
always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the
Spring Equinox (which is March 20).
This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that
Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it
moves around in date on our Roman based calendar.
Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier
(March 22) but that is pretty rare. Here's the interesting
info. This year (2008) is the earliest Easter any of us will
ever see for the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly
of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old
or above!). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a
HERE ARE THE FACTS:
1) The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will
be the year 2160 (152 years from now).
2) The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you're
95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for
3) The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will
be in the year 2285 (277 years from now).
4) The last time it was on March 22 was 1818.
_SO, NO ONE ALIVE TODAY HAS__,__ OR WILL EVER SEE IT ANY
EARLIER THAN THIS YEAR! AND, BY THE WAY, THE LATEST DATE
THAT EASTER CAN FALL IS APRIL 25TH. THE LAST TIME THAT
OCCURRED WAS 1943 AND IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN IN 2038, SO IT IS
MORE COMMON FOR A LATE RATHER THAN AN EARLY EASTER DATE._
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I just read this, and it is very good!
From The Destiny of One
Ambassador of… What?
By Sarah H.
“Have you met Tracy?” Rachel asked one of the five girls standing in a little huddle in the fellowship hall.
“Tracy who?” Karen asked
“Tracy Smith,” Rachel replied.
“I think I have,” Hannah responded. “Isn’t she the one that is always wearing the really low cut dresses?”
“That’s the one,” Rachel responded.
“Oh, so she was the girl sitting in front of me who couldn’t keep her hands off her boyfriend. Didn’t that girl hear the pastor’s sermon on purity last week?” Karen asked, shaking her head.
“Well, she does go to public school,” Emily said with a knowing tone. Emily looked over at Bethany, who remained silent with her arms crossed.
“Public school is ruining that girl,” Karen agreed. “Did you see her this morning? She had on so much make-up I don’t think you could see her face.” This brought giggling from all the girls; all that is, except Bethany, who sat just listening.
“I sat behind her two weeks ago, and she kept talking through the whole service. She has a horrible mouth. Well, she didn’t say that many bad words, but she was disrespectful to her mom and she was criticizing every one,” Hannah said.
“Oh, I know it,” Rachel said with a nod. “My mom says that she is a manipulator and can get her mom to do anything.”
“Maybe her mom needs to learn who is in control,” Emily interjected. “Why, if Tracy were my child she would be leaning a few of life’s hard lessons right now.”
“That girl needs to be out of the public school system and in her home or she will end up getting her self in jail or something,” Karen remarked.
“I don’t think Tracy would …” Bethany started to say but was interrupted.
“And to think that she signed that pledge of abstinence a year ago,” Rachel said shaking her head.
“It is sad, but she is running her life,” Hannah said. All the other girls agreed, and there was a pause for a moment.
“Excuse me, girls, but whose ambassadors are we?” Bethany asked, and four sets of eyes turned to her with questioning looks. “I mean, listen to yourselves! You are all going on and on about how bad Tracy is and what she needs to do, but not one of you is even close to fixing the problem.”
Hannah, Rachel, Emily and Karen looked blankly at Bethany. Bethany sighed.
“It would seem from this conversation that Tracy’s crime is that her parents have not chosen to home school her and that her greatest issue in life is that she has chosen to date. But is that her real issue? The four of you are so busy looking at her make up, low cut dresses, and her boy friend that not one of you sees the real problem.
“Rachel, whose ambassador are you? Or for what? Homeschooling? What about you, Hannah? Are you now the official advocate for modesty? How about you, Emily? Are you now part of the purity police force? And you, Karen, when did you begin to listen to what was going on behind you instead of the sermon?
“Really, you girls you ought to be ashamed. Whose ambassador are we supposed to be? Homeschooling’s? Courtship’s? “Respect’s? Well, I don’t know about you, but I am not an ambassador for homeschooling, courtship, honoring your parents, or even the pastor. I am not even the advocate of abstinence, prayer in schools, modesty, or any of the other things that you have mentioned. I am an ambassador for my lord Jesus Christ, and nothing else, I hope.
“You guys, Tracy has issues, I know. But you are talking about masking symptoms of a disease, not finding a way to cure it. Tracy’s problem is not that she is going to public school, or that she is dating, nor even that she is wearing revealing clothes. Tracy’s problem, Tracy’s disease is that she doesn’t have God.
“Which one of you has tried to be her friend? Which one of you has tried to love her and show her the way to God? Until you lead her to the point were she is broken at the feet of the cross, nothing will change Tracy. It isn’t that homeschooling isn’t a good thing. It’s not even that I wouldn’t like to see her stop dating and start having godly relationships. Rather, it’s that until you give her God it won’t make any difference.
“We have been sent to this earth to bring salt and light to a world that desperately needs it. We have been called to live radically different lives to be a witness to a country that is going downhill. But if we start preaching step sixteen before we have even said anything about step one, they are going to be confused and not listen to us any more.
“Have we forgotten that we are the privileged few? Not many kids are raised in radical churches and radical homes. We have been given much but we must remember that to whom much is given, much is expected. God did bless us with believing, homeschooling parents, not so that we would walk around with a holier-then-thou attitude. He gave it to us so that we could be his lights in a dark room.
“Tracy does not need to hear a sermon from you on how to dress; she needs to know that there is a white robe waiting for her in heaven if she will believe in Jesus. She doesn’t need us to tell her about how she is being brainwashed in school; she needs us to tell her that there is a God willing to wash her sins away and make them white as snow. She doesn’t need to be told that her love life is wrong; she needs to be told that there is a God that loves her and will fill the emptiness that is obviously in her heart.
“We will have many Tracys in our lives, girls, and they need us to be ambassadors from God to them. In order for us to do that, though, we have to deicide whose ambassador we are. I am my Lord and Savior’s, for even though I have never been ‘as bad as most,’ I killed Jesus with my sins, and he spilled his blood for me as much as he did for the murderer and the adulteress. It will be hard, I know. I don’t like Tracy and girls like her, but Christ spilled his blood for them, and he wants her to know that. Can I despise one to whom God extends his love?
“Let us decide today, girls, for whom or for what we are ambassadors.”
Would you like to share this with your readers? You my copy this to your blog as long as it still has my name on it and a link back to my blog.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown
aside like the grave clothes.
The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin
was neatly folded, and was placed separate from the grave clothes.
Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary
Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone
had been rolled away from the entrance.
She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the
one whom Jesus loved. She said,
"They have taken the Lord's body out of the
tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!"
Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The
other disciple outran Peter and got there first
He stopped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there,
but he didn't go in.
Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed
the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered
Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side.
Was that important? Absolutely!
Is it really significant? Yes!
In order to understand the significance of the folded
napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew
tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the
Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.
When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he
made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.
The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant
would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating,
and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master
Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the
table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad
up that napkin and toss it onto the table.
The servant would then know to clear the table.. For in
those days, the wadded napkin meant, 'I'm done'.
But if the master got up from the table, and folded his
napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would
not dare touch the table, because..........
The folded napkin meant, "I'm coming back!"
He is Coming Back!
Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?
What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we flipped through it several times a day?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we could ' t live without it?
What if we gave it to Kids as gifts?
What if we used it when we traveled?
What if we used it in case of emergency?
This is something to make you go....hmm...where is my Bible?
Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don ' t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.
Makes you stop and think, where are my priorities? And no dropped calls!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt
should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and
controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome
become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public
Cicero - 55 BC
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I guess I will tell you why I did the poll. A few years ago around Christmas time I was standing outside talking with 2 of my friends, and my brother(no, miraculously for MI it wasn't cold, in fact, we weren't wearing coats even!). Some how we got onto the subject of coffee. Well, my brother, and one of my friends like coffee, and the other one and I don't. At the time I was 12, and he was 15, so we added our ages together, and the other 2 added their ages together, 27 and 29. So then, because my friend and I wanted to win, we started adding our familys ages in too. My dad doesn't like coffee, but his does, my mom likes coffee, and so on. Well, no matter who we added, there was always another person for the other side:P
Anyways, that is why I did it! Just for fun.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Lately I have been thinking a lot about a missions trip I went on with my family a few years ago. We went to
About 6 years ago my grandpa married a lady from
About a year later we switched churches. We had been going to a liberal sit-back type of church, and we started attending a good, independent, fundamental,
His son was a Missionary to
Then the LORD allowed us to meet them when they came home for a short furlough for CHIRSTmas. It was like the LORD was saying “Hurry up, Go! Just GO!!!!!!!!!!!”
My dad has the whole summer off since he is a teacher, so we started planning the trip. As were looking at plane tickets, and talking to others who had been down to visit them, we were going “this is so expensive its not worth only going for a week or two.” So we went for 4. We had a wonderful time. I will re-tell it as best as I can remember.
My Grandpa lives in MA, so we visited him like we normally did each summer, and flew out from
We stayed in a hotel in
We set 5 alarms for the next morning. We set the cell-phone, the alarm on the clock, 2 watches and we had them call our room at 3:30am. I woke up to none of them, and they let me sleep for another half hour.
We made it to the airport on time, and we eventually boarded our plane. It was the first time any of us kids had flown. Thankfully I didn’t get sick!
We were met at the airport by the entire family(they had 5 children at the time and she was expecting another.) We had a great 3 hour ride to the church where we stayed, then back to their house.
One of the weeks we were there we had a day camp for the children who went to church. One day we went to the Pyramids. That was awesome. It was scarey being up soooo high, but it was fun- except for the fact that I tripped and skinned my knee.
It was sweltering hot that day, and noone had thought to bring any water, so by the time we got to the last one, we were all crawling along, dying of thirst! Then Jeremy, the missionary, went and got a box of water bottles. Each of us were allotted half of a bottle. That half was hard not to exceed!
One day we went to a zoo. It was fun, but we only got to see part of it that day because there were so many of us.
The following week we went to a childrens museum in
The whole long trip ended too quickly for all of us, and before we were ready it was time to head home. We ate Dominoes pizza at the air port, but it was VERY different. There was absolutely NO Tomato Sauce on any of it. Imagine that! Pizza without sauce! Nevertheless, it was a ton better than some of the native food we had eaten. :P
We flew back into
On the way home I slept on the floor of the van because all of our stuff was on the seats.
And that is all the details I can remember by myself. I Praise the LORD I had the chance to go on this trip. It has been a great blessing and reminder that I could have been born in some other country where they don’t have everything as well as we do in the
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Ha! Ha! Whew, I am glad its not that cold here!
By the way most of our snow is all melted! (Yipee!) It is very warm, It feels like Spring! It is so nice to be able to get out in the fresh air!
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
1 Corinthians 15:58
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I am awarding;
Alexandra ~ I met just recently in cyberspace.
~ I just recently found her blog.
~I found her blog about a year ago.
~ I found her blog recently
Kevin and Anna
~ Missionary friends. I am close friends with Kevins sister.
~ A friend from earth:P
Some of you(that I awarded) may not know me very well, but your blogs have been such a blessing to me! It seems like I've met you, we all have so much in common.
“These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”
Friday, January 16, 2009
As I have watched many blogs I have noticed that many of them encourage Young Ladies to wear modest, and feminine clothing. But they say to do it to be feminine, to feel feminine. They give no Biblical reasoning, though, so what reason should we do it other than to feel good?
Deuteronomy 22:5 (KJV) says,
“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.”
I am not sure why they don’t base it on the Bible, but I know I dress modestly because the Bible says to, not just to feel good. It does feel good to dress femininely, but because I know it is what is right, and it is right based on the Bible.
If a man is daring enough now days to wear a dress in public, people grimace and say “What a shame.” Or (this is me!!) “Gross.”(actually this is also getting unpopular to hear) That is getting out of hand today too; the sodomites are becoming more and more open and popular. Well that is another subject that I will try to LORD-willing hit on some other time.
So a man wears a woman’s garment and it is considered an abomination, but women regularly wear men’s clothing (pants are a mans garment!) and it is not considered bad or wrong. Why not? Our society is getting run down and wicked. Noone wants anything to do with God, or what is pure and right.
A woman who wears a long, full, modest skirt is looked upon as a stuck-up religious fanatic, and a man who does is totally gross (this isn’t even what most people think now). But a man who wears pants is normal, and a woman who wears pants is just normal? I don’t think so!
I have been called many things by others, even family members, they think we are legalistic; we take the BIBLE to seriously! Excuse me, but what exactly is the BIBLE for?
The BIBLE says
“For the word of God[The BIBLE] is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow and is the discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
It is to lead us in the path that God has for us. To lead us in the way HE wants us to go. If the BIBLE says something, then we need to obey it. It is our guidebook, and we need to follow the whole thing, not just part of it.
I may be called a religious fanatic-I’m not – I only do what I think and believe is right. I may be called a legalist- I’m not- I [try to] do EXACTLY what the BIBLE says.
“And what concord hath CHRIST with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with and infidel?
And what agreement hath the
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”
2 Corinthians 6:15-17
We as Christians need to be separated from the world and follow the LORD, not the worldly fashions and styles of the infidels(non Christians in the world today). We need to look different- because we are different. Most “Christians” of today aren’t any different than the world. If you ask the average person if they are a Christian, they will most likely say “Yes, of course.” But you would not be able to tell that by just looking at them!
I have compiled a list of standards I use for dress. If you don’t dress this way- it doesn’t mean you are not a Christian, It only means your standards are different. There are not any set standards in the Bible for dress. We use these standards to veer away from lust, as well as stay feminine. You can be immodest (attracting the eyes/lust of men) in a skirt, just like you can be immodest in pants. But what does the BIBLE say?
“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, for all that do so are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.” (Deuteronomy 22:5, KJV)
So we don’t wear pants, because that would be an abomination the LORD. But we need to dress modestly as well, as it is an abomination to the LORD to attract lust.
*NOTE: Boys proceed at your own risk with caution!!*
This is the standards I use to know whether something is modest or not. You will not find anywhere in the BIBLE a set of rules or standards, that is something that you will be held accountable for, someday before God.
I will start with skirts, as that seems to be one of the biggest problems.
1. Is it long enough?
It must be long enough to drape 3 inches over your knee when sitting down. If you cross your legs, it is best that it will still drape 3 inches below the knees with your legs crossed
2. Is it to tight?
8inch ease, on one side, at the thighs. To measure this; hold the material in your hand and twist it around your hand- you should be able to turn your hand totally around(without stretching the material) and the material should wrap around your WHOLE hand.
3. Why is it still to tight, even though I have enough ease?
You should be careful to stay away from fabrics that stick to you, I realize sometimes the material will stick because of static, but that is not what I mean. There are sleezy fabrics that no matter how full of a skirt you make out of it, you can still see every line of your body.
Now I shall address shirts.
Button-up “dress shirts”(blouses)
1. Is it long enough? Does the shirt “stay down”(cover your belly) when I lift my arms above my head? If it doesn’t; don’t wear it, or wear a t-shirt under it.
2. Does the neck come high enough? This question is very hard to answer. I normally wear my top button un-buttoned, but if it comes more than an inch below my collar bone, I will wear a t-shirt under it.
3. Are the buttons to far apart? If you stand in front of the mirror, can you see between the buttons to what is underneath? This can be fixed by a t-shirt, but it is probably to small, unless the buttons are really far apart.
4. Can you see the lines of your ahem- “undershirt”? If you can it is probably too tight.
5. Can you see its outline? Especially if you are not wearing white underneath, it is easy to see more. Make sure the color is not visible!
This I think covers most of my standards. If you have any questions, please contact me and I will clarify.
Once again, this is not found in Gods word, these standards are how the Lord has convicted me to dress. I will not be held accountable, before God, for the way you dress, you will, so I ask you to Pray and consult the BIBLE, and the LORD will show you the way to go.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
A few days ago I was thinking about what I had read on another blog recently. And as I was thinking my sister brought up the fact that in 9 months I can learn how to drive. When she mentioned this suddenly I was turning to the right, off of my Blogger Dashboard, and heading to Miss Serenity’s Blog, thinking about a post I had just read on her blog.
Then I backtracked to my “Blogs I Follow”, and went straight ahead to pay a visit to Miss Jocelyn at A Pondering Heart. Then I was turning left to drop a note to my dear friend Kristy at Misty Kristy Designs.
I thought it was kind of funny how I put the two things together. Now when I am on my blog I think about which way I am turning.
Just a funny happening.
A few months ago a few men in our church sent their papers in to get approved to visit a jail, so they could start a jail ministry. A few days later a lady called our church, and talked to our Pastor. She was wondering if there was a mess up because three of the men’s middle names were “F”. Just “F”. So she thought there was something wrong. Upon asking around it was found that all three men held the same middle name. “F”. Just plain old “F”.