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God’s provision

Yesterday evening, after our teen activity, Chelli was taking one of the girls home.  During the return trip something “slipped” in the front end of our car.  Chelli, then took the rest of the girls home, but as she was leaving our drive, the front end made a terrible clunking sound.  She then came and picked up the rest of the boys and myself from the church.  I very carefully drove home, deciding to take a look at it in the morning light.  

bushingI went out to look into the issue the next morning to find that the lower A-frame bushing had worked it’s way out and the A-frame pin was free of the constraint that the bushing provides in the bracket.  There was no chance I was going to be driving it any further.  The chance that the other end would work it’s way out of the it’s bracket was just too risky.

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Blessings and Blessings

For my birthday Chelli and the kids invited friends and acquaintances to surprise me that Sunday morning.  It was great!  I thoroughly enjoyed preaching to a full house of guests, many of which have never been to a service and normally wouldn’t come to church. 

Two weeks later, at our annual teen meeting one of the young people was still commenting on the sermon from that week.  The Theme of the teen meeting was “Discernment – How to make good decisions” focusing on God’s leadership. 

There was a lot of good feed back such as; “that was really good”, “spot on”, “I really needed that”, and ”I will be back!”  Tonight one of those teens is bringing a guest.  The parents of the young teen that was so impressed with the sermon on my birthday are bringing him and his sister from a neighboring city.

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Legislated "Grace" Eliminates the Basis of Grace

The words of Christ are the mantra of those who graciously give.

Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

They are the bases of the Gospel. Christ gave so that we might live and know His name is above all names. He was not forced to give.  He gave willingly. It was his offering for us. The Father elevated His name due to this voluntary sacrifice.  Therefore, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Him.

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Glorify God by Being a Blessing!

Blessing others is our role as believers.  Christ called the disciples to feed the thousands in order to teach them the principle of being good stewards of the untold riches of God’s grace.  How can you be a good steward? 

The steward is often unbiblically characterized as one who wisely withholds and saves.  This is the antithesis of biblical stewardship.  The evil steward was judged for this very action. 

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To Be, or To Do?

Following Christ is being, not doing.

1 Peter 1:15-16
“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

One can "do good" and still not be a follower of Christ. A true follower of Christ does good because of his being like Christ. The result is automatic.

 

Be doers, not just hearers

891b car fiat multipla 2We just finished the book of Hebrews and are starting James.  Our people are excited about what they are learning.  More exciting is that they are not just listening, but it is changing their everyday interactions with friends and family.

Hebrews stressed an enduring faith that withstands every down setting.   Such faith is not dependent upon present results and miracles, rather on the promise of eternity.  During this series my prayer was, “God grow me in faith”.

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What You Have…

It is the simple things that we overlook which God chooses to use.

“And the Loʀᴅ said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.” Ex. 4,2

This verse reminds us that God uses simple things to facilitate his will.  The question is, are we available and faithful to allow God to use what is in our hand. 

We are forever striving to be more effective; searching for the next open door or opportunity.

As a child watching Westerns, playing Cowboys and Indians, the art of knot tying was fascinating.  Sitting down one afternoon, without instruction, the urge to learn how to tie a noose like the ones so often observed in the classic Westerns became overwhelming.  Naturally, my parents were not so impressed with this newly acquired knowledge, but I was hooked.  No pun intended.

Twice a year we build our Festival stand and it requires several different knots.  Chelli has even bought books to feed my appetite for new knots.

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Star Knot


I made this for my mother. It is made of 4 mm black para-cord, 2 mm blue para-cord and black beads. The knot are as follows from top to bottom: English Whipping knot to bind the necklace strand, an improvised Double Hangman's knot secured with two Overhand Stopper knots, a Six Pointed Star knot with improvisations and four Single Strand Diamond stopper knots to secure the beads.

The necklace is full of symbols. Blue is the royal and heavenly color. The star is comprised of two triangles illustrating the trinity of God and man converging in the one and only mediator of the two, Jesus Christ the Lord.

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Vested Talents

We all have talents.  Some, are yet undiscovered.  God, who gave us those talents, is the key to their discovery and use.  Making ourselves available to His use is the first step.  Why would He divulge hidden potential to those who would abuse and misuse it for selfish goals?  It is interesting to note that the reason the “Steward” lost his talent was because he hoarded it. Those who were rewarded, were rewarded for their surrender to the master’s purpose for the talents given.

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