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Where will we go?
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No one else will ever offer the words of life.
My old friend came in and sat down. It seemed like a morning for remembering the past. It turned out to be a morning for looking to the future. Somehow though, there are always more important things to consider than those that are most obvious. We talk about life as we know it, but larger truths lie waiting to be appropriated. Our conversation was interrupted a time or two by customers, come to replenish their supply of guitar picks, or banjo strings. Then she came in lugging a case that could only hold a trombone. I remembered the young ladyfrom her visitjust days ago. “I did what you suggested. I brought it by to be sure it's not going to be a bad horn for my son. Do you mind taking a look at it?” I didn't mind. It was a good horn and I told her so, suggesting a few...
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Torture, crying and changing rooms
Joyce Ferguson+   ()
The trials of clothing changing rooms.
At first I thought I was day dreaming then I thought I was experiencing a strange sensation in my ears but then I realised I was without meaning to I was hearing the changing room antics of the woman in the cubicle next to my mothers. Now im not sure if you have ever stood outside a changing room and listened to what went on behind that locked flimsy door but I can tell you it can be a real eye opener. You could be forgiven for believing you were listening to someone getting their teeth drilled without being frozen up or having a limb removed without anesthetic. You may even think you have been transported back to drop off day in pre school from the amount of sniffles and tears that can emerge from the cubicle. "Maybe if I lose a few pounds it will fit" , "Maybe the blue...
deepaanne
Learning to accept the nature of the creator and the creation
Deepa N+   ()
It is a blessing to be able to accept
I feel there isn't any single nature of God which has not been called out in the Psalms of David. If I sit back and think about, is there anything new that I can write about describing the nature of God, which is not written in Psalm, I dont think I will get anything. Psalm so much about the Lord, His Majesty, His Love, His Wrath and anger, His Expectations, His Kindness, His Mercy. Most interesting verse where King David says "so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge" (Psalm 51:4). It is a real Blessing to be able to accept whole heartedly when He is saying "You are wrong", to humbly submit before Him and say "God.. You are right in your verdict". When He punishes me say Him that "You are Justfied when you judge me". The...
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Art imitates life
Paul Phillips+   ()
Beautiful music is made on defective instruments.
“I just want to look at your guitars for a few minutes.” The old fellow wandered through the doorway of the music shop the other day. I looked up from my stooped-over position at the work bench and nodded a greeting to him. The owner of the guitar on my bench was standing beside me watching my progress, so I continued with the repair. The old guy - okay, he's actually my age - moved out of sight into the guitar section of the building, the L-shaped design of the room acting as a natural divider. I could hear him gently plucking strings on the instruments hanging on the wall. It didn't take long. The fellow stopped at one instrument. I didn't see him do it. I could just hear that the sound of the strings being strummed had gone from varying tonality to a uniform...
doneuntotheleast
The frailty of life
Les B+   ()
Honoring A True Voice For God
Psa. 16:11 - "You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever." (NASB) On Friday August 19th, our lead female worship leader left her substitute teaching position at a local elementary school. Saying to the person she co-taught the class, she was "not feeling well." Jennifer intended to go home and rest and clean house over the weekend. She looked forward to seeing everyone Monday morning. Having met and spoken with her several times, the joy and grace made all around feel welcome. Never hearing her speak or complain of struggles faced. Not even aware of her diagnosis from two years earlier ... Lupus. This autoimmune disorder causes the system to become over active and produce excessive...
doneuntotheleast
Living a detested life?
Les B+   ()
Despite waits those Living Kingdom Love and Righteousness.
John 15:18 - "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you." (NASB) A friend asked me to read and mediate on John 15 last week. For days the passage from verse 18 to 25 opened my heart to penetrating questions of the Spirit. First examining the original Greek word, "hate" most clear meaning is to detest. Now questioned, does anyone come to mind detesting me? Not from being "preachy," taking loud outspoken positions on bathrooms, non-biblical unions, or lifestyles contrary to correct scriptural teaching. Instead like Jesus, crossing the sea to Gadarenes for one purpose. In love, purity, and to further His Father's Kingdom, Christ freed a captive from demons. (Matt. 8) Sending into a group of pigs, who destroyed themselves....
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The whispers of ptsd
Shani Matthews+   ()
In the lead up to world suicide prevention day.
Sept 10 is world suicide prevention day so thought I would do a quick awareness blog about some of my mental health issues and some things which we need to shed some more light on. My psychologist has/is helping me work through PTSD and developmental trauma. This blog isn't spiritual/religous or full of theology but is more of an insight into a dark place. These are the things no one tells you about trauma: You become someone who has a before and after. You become someone who has been unmistakably altered. You become fluent in a different kind of language, one that you picked up somewhere you didn't mean to go. It replaces your mother tongue. It falls on deaf ears. The syllables collapse and die in your mouth, a beginning and an ending wrapped in one. You learn that words have a...
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My concerns over modern translations/revisions
John Knox+   ()
SOME CONCERNS FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT BOTHER ME
I will come straight out with a vision that has been bothering me all week for this is a blog that I was reluctant to write. My concern is this 'Why are we inundated with new so called modern Bible translations/revisions?' To me the translation that we have seen adequate enough and more than enough convey the good news to today's generation. Recently we have the English Standard Version 2001; The Message 2002; Holman Christian Standard Bible 2004; New English Translation 2005; The Living Bible 2005. As you can sense, although this was a burning pang in my heart I was not keen to write on this subject for various reasons. So much 'agro' can ensure when this subject is raised for we all can fight doggedly to defend our translation resulting in hatred and division within...
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How much should i be thankful to the people who guided me through..
Deepa N+   ()
I needed support every step..
Starting from the time when I realized that I broke my foot, till today and going further till I am able to walk with my feet, I have come across multiple people who supported me and helped me heal. With no immediate family near me, it would have been a night mare without them. The first person I am really thankful to is the Orthopedic Doctor who is treating my broken bones. The first visit he told me "YOU WILL BE HEALED". For some reason I always felt he makes sure that I am safe and making sure that I don't stress and strain myself into pain. Everyday when I walk with my Boot and the crutches, people who look at me think I am having a hard time. But I explain to them, that these are hard, heavy and tough but I am not walking in pain. I have read people who come out of the...
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Sacred and profane
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Only the Creator can change the heart.
The little towhead stood at the curb, library book in hand, looking first up one way and then down the other. Seeing no cars, he trotted across the blacktop on the naked soles of his bare feet. Once safely across the street, the scruffy boy wandered, aimlessly some would have thought, along the row of citrus trees. It wasn't aimless. He had a target in mind, one specific tree with the sweetest fruit in the little orchard. Three trees from the end, he stopped and ducked under the low-hanging limbs, heavy with brightly colored oranges. No low-hanging fruit for him. This kid had a spot in mind - one in which he could spend the next couple of hours in his quiet and private pursuit of two of his favorite activities: Reading and eating oranges. Of course, he knew he shouldn't eat...
We are mirrors, we are windows.
Hans Warnke+   ()
A window to heaven. The journey
We are Mirrors, we are Windows! The Journey. Part 2 I like to think that the Blog ( Knowing vs. Believing) reflects my behavior after I have experienced and understood Knowledge. In this Blog I act like an open window to air out knowledge. To understand you must open your window and make sure the curtains don't obstruct the flow. I was about five years old. My favorite part of going to Church was singing. I enjoyed how singing made me feel. It felt like giving Mom a hug before going to bed. My loud, off key melody and off rhythm la la la's evoked a mixed bag of responses from the congregation. There were smiles and there were frowns. At the time I really had no care in the world, who did or did not appreciate my “Singing” . I was loving God and Jesus! Besides, Mom was...
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Footloose and fancy-free?
Paul Phillips+   ()
With joy-filled hearts and often tear-filled eyes we follow
I'll admit it. I was a little jealous as the old sandy-haired fellow said the words. Just a little. “Both she and I have a little of the gypsy in us, you know.” I nodded my head thoughtfully, as if I did know, but I didn't. I still don't. Explaining why he was standing at my sales counter attempting to interest me inseveral pieces of musical equipment, the fellow had describedselling the family's home and moving into a very nice travel trailer - arolling palace, really - with all the luxuries of home, but none of the responsibilities of being a homeowner. I was. I listened to him speak, and I was becoming more jealous by the minute. There are days when the shackles of responsibility become heavy and irksome. The hardship and realities of life are brought...
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A fuller exclamation of the truth concerning adoption
John Knox+   ()
DO WE HAVE TO EARN THE RIGHT TO BE SONS/DAUGHTERS?
This blog flows out of my last blog on sonship/daughtership with the thread of adoption that the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to weave into the story of our redemption. This blog can been seen as contentious, but I ask that you 'hang in' there with me to the end as I outline a truth that I believe the Holy Spirit has recently revealed to me. Before we start I need to introduce this verse from John 1:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God- To those who believed in the name of Jesus God gave them the right to be called his children. This is our salvation experience when we were born again for in that instant we are grafted into the family of God and have the right to be his child. Unfortunately the KJV has, in...
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Cherishing the gift of friendship
K Reynolds+   ()
It is worth more than we can ever imagine.
I visited the grave of a dear friend today. I miss him and I miss the sparkle in his wife's eyes. I will not pretend to say I know how she feels because I don't. However, I do understand that she has been ripped in two. When God says we become one flesh with our spouse, He means it. When I was at the cemetery, I found myself recalling the first time my husband and I had visited our friends. It had been a beautiful time of fellowship that came to an end all to quickly. It was time for us to go home. My friend, a much better writer than me, wrote about that August day in 2009 entitled Looking Forward To Never Having To Say Good-Bye. He said it well. As I said in the beginning, I grieve over the fact that when I drive up to the house of my friend, he is not there to greet me. It...
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Message from a hypcritical fake
Paul Phillips+   ()
Life is horribly messy horribly.
It's kind of hard for Mom to see the road when she has tears in her eyes. Our house guests had been gone not even an hour when the text arrived on my phone. I laughed. And then, I wiped the tears from myown eyes. As we hugged and said our goodbyes that morning, the girls' mom mentioned how sad it had been for her to be packing. I understood. Their days had been full of old friends and swimming, of family gatherings and sleep-overs. They were leaving to go hundreds of miles away. It is sad. But, I have to tell you - it's also joyful. It's what happens when we love people. The homecomings are all laughter and excitement, the separation, tears and sadness. In between, the sweet times of fellowship are a delight; the distance of disagreement - heartbreak. Love keeps us coming...
kreynolds
It was impossible
K Reynolds+   ()
It simply could not be done and yet...
I shook my head that night after we had left the home of our friends who were hosting a small group on managing your finances. The first step involved doing what you could to quickly establish a $1,000 emergency fund before tackling your debt. While that might be a small feat for some people, it definitely was not for us. Poormanagement of our money, hadplunged us into high interest debt that was rising with each passing day but that was not the only problem. Serious health issues had left me with permanent side-effects which left me unable to continue to work and my long-term disability insurance claims were still pending. Since my job had provided more than half of our household income, this was a pretty significant cut. When we slashed our budget down to the bare essentials, we still...
deepaanne
Time when all my sufferings will come to an end..
Deepa N+   ()
When I am united in the Glory of the LORD
Everyday as I walk with my Boot and my crutches, I come across so many people who speak to me about their experiences of fracture, a few of colleagues, number of cab drivers speak to me about their injuries. It is really feels so blessed to be able to share their pains. Today I came across a colleague who told me that he had fourteen fractures in his foot, back in India a truck come over his foot and the doctors had to literally put his feet togather. Yesterday my cab driver in the morning she told me that her daugther has had fractured her leg three times being in sports. The cab driver in the evening told me that she had two fractures last year one in hand and the other in leg. I was so amazed by two things, one being the fact that people share these with me and the other thing is so...
kreynolds
Follow the signs!
K Reynolds+   ()
Are you following what someone says or reading God's sig
I had to go to the St. Louis airport early this morning. Since I had never been there before, I carefully followed the signs to the parking ramp. When I arrived at the entrance however, there was a road block and a sign which said the ramp was full. Hmm... Several ramp employees were standing next to the sign so I pulled up and asked them where I could park. One of the men told me I could park in the other ramp. Other ramp? I told him I was from out-of-state and had no idea where this "other ramp" was located. Could he please direct me to it? Sure! He then proceeded to tell me to go down this road, curve around and then go over here but when I did, I needed to get in that lane over there, not the one I had been on before and then go up and over, stand on my head, turn around,...
paulphil
Hold on loosely
Paul Phillips+   ()
We are called to better things than what is in our past.
Go, bid the hero who has run Thro' fields of death to gather fame,Go, bid him lay his laurels down, And all his well-earn'd praise disclaim. (from The Captive Ribband Robert Burns Scottish poet 1759-1796) Late one recent night, fallen prey to a short-lived spasm ofconscience brought on bytoo much time spent in front of one screen or another, I took up a volume of Robert Burns' poetry and determined to wade through it. Or, at least a portion of it. My resolve - along withmy guilty conscience - was in the final stages of relenting when I came across the jewel which contains the passage quoted above. I had slogged through too many lines of the bewilderingScots dialect, but it took only a lineor two for me to grasp the poet's meaning here. Mr. Burns speaks of a single ribbon...
paulphil
Count it all what?
Paul Phillips+   ()
The trials we face and overcome make us better people.
The morose lad leaned against the doorway to the kitchen. Arms folded across his chest defiantly, he delivered his message to anyone who would listen. “Apparently, we can't stay for dessert.” With that, he turned and stalked out of the room. We tried not to. We didn't want to embarrass the boy. Still, it was pretty funny. No. More like hilarious. To us anyway. The laughter started quietly and swelled from there. I'm sure he heard us. It didn't make him any happier. Dessert is an important event at Grandma's house. It would be a sore trial for him to miss it. Learning to live with disappointment is a hard lesson for a nine-year-old. Count it all joy, my brothers... A friend of mine complained publicly the other day. She was playing a game of Scrabble and...
deepaanne
God gimme the patience to wait for your time..
Deepa N+   ()
The time of Transition.. The transformation..
By God's Grace I have slowly started partial weight bearing with my Boots and Crutches. Slowly the swelling in my foot is reducing, the muscular movement is increasing. But still a couple of weeks to go, till I can start total weight bearing on my feet. It is like the Olympian crossing the finish line, as we get closer and closer it gets harder and harder, trying to pull in the most strength possible to make it to the finish line. It is hard and tough to pull out our own strength, when we are in our weakest moments. God knows we are at our weakest that is why He is asking us to love Him with all our Strength. He knows I am weak, but still He knows that He is the Strength inside me. HE makes His dwelling inside me and transforms into my strength. Sometimes what God does in our lives,...
doneuntotheleast
Let all pride go
Les B+   ()
Patience and Humility in God are always Victorious!
II Cor. 6:8 - And, "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." (NASB) You stop and think what good am I? 'Look at my state Lord,' please let me hide. Life, body, and mind of use to no one, Oh God Most High, no place left to run. Have I not called you children of mine? Royal Priests The King, drawing nigh. Instead you listen and believe a lie, 'Nothing remains to give,' you think inside. Spirit, soul, and body beaten through, Partially right, only through Christ is life anew! You say, 'I cannot hear you Lord,' Yet knowing I speak, while pain and enemy steal and keep. Though heart and flesh in weakness fail, The Lord God Almighty, rips apart the veil! Living around many but still alone, No, still not called to...
watchmanjohn
Chosen, adopted and accepted into gods family
John Knox+   ()
THOUGHTS FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT BASED ON EPHESIANS ONE
I have been thinking a lot of late about the truth that we all belong to the family of God. The Bible speaks of 'sonship' and by implication 'daughertship.' This concept first introduced by Jesus which has been recorded in John's gospel. This radical theme was taken up by Paul in a number of his letters and I have been intrigued of late that we are not orphan spirits. It is remarkable that this revealed truth was not released by the Father until Jesus walked this earth for I believe we cannot belong to the family of God unless we are born again and heave been sealed by the spirit which is our certificate of co-heirs with the Son. As I was meditating on this glorious truth I was lead to Ephesians chapter one. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to...
Diary of a new soul: january
Evie White+   ()
Inspired by MacDonald's Diary of An Old Soul
These poems are inspired by George McDonald's collection, the Diary of an Old Soul. He was one of C.S. Lewis' favorite writers. At the beginning of his book, MacDonald invites readers to write their own poems as they read each one of his. These are the poems inspired by his collection for January - each one is a memory of God's faithfulness through the journey I have shared with you. Writing these brought me great comfort, hope and joy. Some of these have been posted before, but 22 - 31 are new. The last is my favorite. May your soul be blessed! With Love, Evie 1. Oh Lord, let me behold the dream Of who you made me to be. Old in soul, But new and bold in courage on your own behalf. A truer image of your likeness Reflected on my finished self, Not careless with youthful...
watchmanjohn
Behold i have laid these two stones
John Knox+   ()
Love and forgiveness are the foundations of your temple
The Holy Spirit is saying to me: 'Be quick to forgive, in fact quicker than quick for unforgiveness laying in your heart will expel my love from your heart. For it is through the Fathers love that you will learn to love others with His forgiveness. For our hears are forgiving hearts for we do not dwell on the wrongs done against us.' Our hearts long for restoration, our hearts long for reconciliation, our hearts long for peace among all peoples. I know that it is not easy for you to forgive the wrongs committed against you for your hearts are still under the power of darkness. But do not allow this to be an excuse for I have sanctified your heart and set you apart for the Fathers work based on Jesus sacrifice.' Surrender your heart and soul to me and I will teach you, for I am...
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