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bethy
Living in fear.
Joyce Ferguson+   ()
There are days when I despair at us.
Its been a strange old week in the news. I have trawled through the daily papers wondered to myself if we are doomed as a compassionate and fearless race. Let me give you an example or three. I knew my week in the news would start of badly when I read how a man followed a woman into the ladies bathroom because in his view she looked like a bloke . She in turn thought she was about to be slaughtered by some deranged woman hating, drug taking, power crazy guy. Turns out he has been so hyped up about this bathroom gender nonsense that he had turned to fear as his safety net. May be yesterday would be better but no not at all. Cue a photograph of a twelve year old child in a migrant camp and the headline "genuine refugee or future killing machine". So again the fear kicked in and...
doneuntotheleast
He sends messengers
Les B+   ()
In Our Time He Ensures We Hear No Matter How Deafening
II Cor. 6: 9, 10 - "known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything." (NIV) The past weeks some of the most intense spiritual warfare occurred in decades. When we battle in earthly terms screams, explosions, gunfire, etc. become so loud, hearing the Spirit' still small is often drowned. Combat included prayers in the spirit, pleading the blood of Jesus, and binding spirits in Christ name. Hands laid on in prayer, meditating on scripture and repeating over and over to stand on His word. The roar continuing with immense pain and a sense of isolation ... despairing. God however never leaves us without ensuring His word personally is...
watchmanjohn
Meditate on what i am teaching you
John Knox+   ()
Stand firm and do not loose focus
The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'Take a moment to reflect on the truths that I am teaching you, for in the midst of the battle it is easy to forget my lessons. Meditate on what I have told you so that you can write these truths into your heart. Reflect on these truths for I am teaching you new things that you must climb into and reminding you of past truths that have slipped your memory, that you must recall and make yours again.' 'Stand firm on my promises for they are yours in Christ; refuse to allow the ferocity of the battle to confuse you so that you loose your focus to stand firm on my word. For in standing firm on my promises which are Yes and Amen in Christ's blood, you are wielding your sword. Remember that I have not given you a spirit of fear but of power, love...
kreynolds
Guarding your heart
K Reynolds+   ()
We must take heed and guard our heart.
Saul and a servant had traveled through the entire land of Benjamin looking for his father's donkeys but to no avail. As a last resort, Saul's servant suggests that they seek the advice of the prophet Samuel who lived in the nearby town. Saul is initially reluctant to do so because he has nothing, not even food, to offer the prophet. His servant has a small piece of silver and essentially tells Saul it is at least worth a try and Saul agrees. As they pass through the gates, they encounter Samuel who had been told by God the day before that Saul was coming and that he would be the man that Samuel was to annoint king. When Saul approaches Samuel and asks him for directions to the house of the prophet, Samuel identifies himself and tells Saul to go up on the hill to the place of...
deepaanne
How will this world be with no rules
Deepa N+   ()
Laws make our lives better, but Christ's Love makes it w
As I was looking through the streets, the traffic and the street light, I was thinking how chaotic this our daily life will be with out the rules. If there is no traffic signals to direct the vehilcles in every direction and people are all trying to go in their own way, our every morning would be a nightmare, we dont know who will come and hit us. People when they intially start driving they sometime break the rules, but when they pay the fines on breaking rules, they start stopping them selves from doing the sin any more. I was feeling so thankful to God and Mosses who brought into our lives the disciplines into our lives. When Moses brought in the laws and sin offerings into the lives of Israelites, it might have been difficult for the people to start following it, but when the time...
watchmanjohn
Walk as children before me
John Knox+   ()
Keep your walk simple in child-like trust and obedience
The Holy Spirit is saying to me. 'Redemption is my gift to you given freely without reservation for my love is greater than you can comprehend. You may pontificate on the enormity of the sacrifice but this gift is freely given for I long for you to be my children. Therefore throw away your theological debates and be a child before me for no one who walks with me as a child will not experience the Kingdom. All I ask of you my child is to love me in obedience and trust.' 'I ask that you keep your walk with me simple and free from encumbrances that entangle your simplicity with me for the enemy will sow complications that undermine your obedience and trust as a child. For as you call me Father and this if right and proper; remember that you are my redeemed children and must...
The destruction of marijuana
Isaiah Dillard+   ()
A Refutation Blog for Ohio Christian University EN2000
The article in refute is written by novelist J.J. Colagrande, titled, "Should Medical Marijuana Be Legal in Florida?"A perspective is learned froma pro-legalistic usage of marijuana, in an area that is well known for usage of this drug, illegally. The article is written with more opinionated thoughts than evidential facts. Now of course there will be opinions formed, but there should be logistical context that can form the theories. I am writing from a perspective that in my lifetime has been both pro and no marijuana, so I also can provide a witness perspective. The author tends to lean on the side of it not being dangerous and assumptive statements that it's more helpful instead of harmful to people. “Almost everyone I know smokes marijuana. The drug serves purposes,...
watchmanjohn
Forgiveness is a weapon use it.
John Knox+   ()
WHERE THERE IS FORGIVENESS THERE WILL BE GODS LOVE
The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'Forgiveness is at the very centre and heart of God's love. I encourage you to step into my forgiveness and live and walk in this powerful aspect of my love. Learn to forgive as I forgive. Learn from me that your forgiveness must be at the very being of your love. Without forgiveness you do not have my love.' 'Walk in my love and you will learn how to forgive as I have shown forgiveness to you. For the measure that you forgive will be the measure that I will forgive you and show my glory to you. Learn from me that you must quickly forgive those that hurt you, even those that torment you. Not only to forgive those who have despised you but to repent from the spirit of unforgiveness. Remember I see into your heart and I am sorrowed when I see...
kreynolds
The music box
K Reynolds+   ()
A reminder of my father's love.
When I was a little girl, my father gave me a music box for Christmas like the one pictured here. I later found out that my mother had initially objected to his giving me this gift simply because she believed it was too delicate for a child my age and I would break it. She urged him to wait until I was older but my dad was adamant. He wanted to give this gift to his little daughter for Christmas. I can understand my mother's reservations. I was a clumsy and often careless child. I would race from one thing to another giving little thought to properly putting things away and would only do so when it was brought to my attention. What can I say. I liked having things uh... handy and if truth be told, I still do though I am far more disciplined nowadays. The music box my father gave me...
bibleguy64
Is jesus sitting or standing in heaven?
Kenneth Figurelli+   ()
A study of Stephen's vision in Acts 7:55-56.
Steven's Vision of Jesus Standing In Acts 6 and 7, we read about a disciple named Stephen who was falsely accused of blasphemy. Men from a group called the Synagogue of the Freedmen dragged him before the Sanhedrin, who were the Jewish religious leaders, and accused him of these crimes. “So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin.” Acts 6:12 (NIV) While on trial, Stephen criticized the members of the Sanhedrin by saying things such as: “You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did.” Acts 7:52 (NAS) These men became very angry. At this point Stephen experienced the following...
kreynolds
All my hope and stay
K Reynolds+   ()
Though all gives way, Christ is my hope and stay.
When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay. --Edward Mote I typed the above words yesterday and stopped, not returning to them again until this moment, more than 24 hours later. Just before typing those words, I had been seated at my piano, singing them over and over again. As I sang them, my voice would tremble at the first part for at the moment it did seem as if everything around me had been giving way not just for days but for months and even years. Every step forward seemed to result in two or more steps backward and life seemed to be a continual crisis for either myself, my family and dear friends. Sometimes everyone seemed to be getting hit at the same time. I tried to remember the promises of God but more and more often I would find myself crying out,...
veronicaphilips
Who am i?
Veronica Philips+   ()
Part One In The Series, "I'm A Christian, Now What?
Ironically, my greatest Eureka moment did not come the day I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, but the day I completed an assessment into my gifts as a Christian. I wrote an article titled, "Empaths, God's Superhero's On Earth" and posted it to Facebook where it was received to great accolades, and great criticism. The criticism suprised me. I was accused of Apostacy, as I wrote that my formost gift as a Christian was the gift of Empathy. "EMPATH" they said, "Thats the same as admitting you're a witch!". Wow, I didn't know that. Addressing the criticism, I countered that the Worldview of my gift was indeed labeled as Empathy, but the Christian View, was DISCERNMENT. I just don't understand why we can't relate to both worlds. I did...
bethy
The craziness of a life
Joyce Ferguson+   ()
Sometimes its not always rosy for someone else.
I was having a conversation with a friend last night and we were discussing where we are in life at the moment. I thought I would give you a rund down of where I am today. My daughter is ill and heading to hospital next week for further tests, my mother is after thirty three years, choosing a headstone for my fathers grave and every time i see her she is crying. Those of you who know me know that I do not do crying. My other daughter is trying to get a full time job, and as she has the same amount of patience as her Mother has you can imagine how short her fuse is. My son is sitting his A levels ( terribly important exams here in the Uk), I had to change my beloved car for it had the cheek to up and die on me, The fridge has blown in the caravan , and the dog keeps wandering off whenever...
watchmanjohn
Redeemed for discipline to overcome the demonic
John Knox+   ()
STAND FIRM IN THE FULL ARMOUR
The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'I have redeemed you from out of darkness so that I can discipline and correct you to obey my word for no soldier on active duty are un disciplined. Therefore do not surprised when what is bothering you does not disappear despite your faith and prayers. Do not loose your faith which is so precious to me, for those whom I call I love and those I love I discipline for you are my children.' 'I have not called you to your idea of supernatural living, for that is the enemies' deception. I have called you to walk the narrow pathway, for in this world you will have trouble, but rejoice for I have overcome the world. Therefore do not shrink back for you will become over comers through my discipline; for we wrestle against the powers of darkness and...
watchmanjohn
Walk out your deliverance from the demonic
John Knox+   ()
WE MUST KNOW OUR POSITION AND AUTHORITY IN CHRIST
The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'I have delivered you from darkness into my Fathers presence, and therefore walk as if you have been delivered; for you have been rescued, signed, sealed and placed in the heavenlies through the blood of Jesus. The victory over the enemy has been completed, therefore do not believe the lies he tells you that you are to struggle and fight against him.' 'The word of my Father states emphatically that you are redeemed, sanctified, made holy, set apart, healed, delivered, and placed on the right hand of his son Jesus. Therefore choose to walk in this victory and do allow the circumstances of life to bother you for you must walk above them.' 'Do not allow the little foxes to spoil your salvation, for you need to stand back and see where you...
doneuntotheleast
Grasshoppers and pride
Les B+   ()
Laying Down Pride To Allow Meeting Needs Of Others
Isa. 40:22 - "He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in." (NIV) Over the past week, God's Spirit spoke to me of pride. One night reading a passage from scripture as a family, our 13 year old son thought it funny to open and read "where the Lord placed his finger." We read the final portion of Isaiah 40 and the Spirit certainly spoke from God's word. Though Benjamin focused on the more well-known and memorized Isa. 40:31: "but those who hope in the Lord, will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (NIV) The Holy Spirit drew my...
deepaanne
Love your god and love your neighbors
Deepa N+   ()
Killing and Sucide : Breaking God's commandment of Love
God did not give us pain to punish us He gave us pain so that we can learn and stop hurting others. God created us with the Joy of Love and the Pain of Suffering. The instict of sucide and instinct of taking someone's life, is not alien to a human being. Judas who betrayed Jesus is the most prominent example in Bible for the Suicide. He took His own life, He sold Jesus Christ for few silver coins, and He killed His own life. Neither did He love God the Creator nor did he have any value for God's creation. He sold God for a few silver coins and He destroyed his own life. He did not love His God. Bible teaches us to love your God and do not consider anything more than your God. Judas considered money more than Jesus Christ. Satan filled him with the instinct of Suicide that He took...
deepaanne
First breakup in history happened between man and god
Deepa N+   ()
We face breakups more than what we expect
In today's world with people having contradicting ideas, thoughts and goals, breakup has become an inevitable part of our life. When I look at my parents, by God's grace they have been married for more than 35yrs, though there have been conflicts they chose to be with each other due to various reasons. But today when I look at my life and the lives of people around me, people feel breakup is a better option than choosing to stay together. When I look at my life and the lives of people around me, life has become so fast paced and dynamic that change is the way of life. People change their jobs, their locations, their projects, their homes, their cars, their cell phones, more frequently. Change is more accessibile and has become a way of life. People feel compromising is more...
kreynolds
Give all that you have
K Reynolds+   ()
When we give ourselves completely, something happens.
“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” John 6:9 (NIV) I don't know about you but I tend to accumulate and carry around a lot of baggage. Some of the baggage is stuff that I really do not like. It is junk in my life that is unpleasant and I would really like to get rid of it but I drag it around with me anyway. Other stuff though, well, if I am honest with myself, I sort of like it. Perhaps I think it is pretty or valuable so I don't want to let go of it. Perhaps I have become comfortable lugging it around or everyone else around me has it so I think I must have it as well. Then there is the stuff that I think I might need so I hang onto it, just in case. It is not bad stuff but it leaves me with full...
watchmanjohn
Today is the moment of restoration
John Knox+   ()
IF YOU WILL HUMBLE YOURSELF
The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'My word to you this day is that I will restore the harvest that the grasshopper and locust has taken from you. Today is the time of restoration when I will replace seven fold that which you have been robbed. If you humble yourself before me I will pour out my blessing from heaven and restore your place in my house.' 'Come before with an open heart and see if I will not pour my life into your heart and soul, so that once again you can walk in my ways without any fear. Turn your face to me and confess your un righteousness so that I can clothe you in my rob of many colours, the rob of my favoured children. See I have planted a tree beside my house a tree of life and love whose fruit I long to share with you. Come and partake of my fruit of the...
bethy
Tramping your heels
Joyce Ferguson+   ()
may the dust of your rabbi be ever on you
I love my dog, I really do but there are times when she really gets on my wick. Assoon as I pull into the drive she starts to howl and scream , as soon as I take her off her chain she hares around the garden running and thumping into anything that is in her way. Her worst habit though is tripping me up. I can't turn around but that dog is right up tight against my heels. She tries to use me as a skittle by charging into me full blast whenever we are out for a walk and has no concept of personal space. She likes me.. she wants to be beside me. That works most of the time but when I am having a shower and she is outside the door howling like The hound of the Baskervilles i would rather she were not so attached. She wants to sleep in my bed ( so not happening) , she wants to eat my food...
watchmanjohn
The gift many believers wish to ignore
John Knox+   ()
GODLY SORROW BRINGS REPENTANCE THAT LEADS
The Holy Spirit is saying to me, 'Repentance is the heart of the gospel. Without repentance you cannot experience my gospel. Nor can you walk in my grace if you do not show a willingness to repent. A stubborn heart I abhor, a haughty spirit repels me, a heart of stone does not belong to a disciple of mine.' 'Watch out for those false prophets who promise you salvation but do not mention repentance for they have not been sent from me. They have not been to my well and drank of my living water; for my living water will soften your heart and led you to repentance. 'Do not be deceived for without repentance you cannot enter into my kingdom and sit at Christ's right hand. Beware of those false prophets who hyper stress grace and mercy but down play the gift of repentance....
serveonlyhim
Something about me and the word of god.
Steve Hurt+   ()
40 some years of living and study.
Many years ago (40 some years) I sat in Church listening to the sermon and thought there must be more. The lessons seemed to only go so far and stop. The Preaching, though good, seemed to leave questions. Why did the writer say that? What's the reference for that phrase? How come the Preacher stopped at that verse and not read the following two to make his point? When I began asking questions, well, things got uncomfortable after awhile. During this time I attended a small local Bible school and got to speak in every Denomination. My early lessons came from Nuns to Holy rollers, Southern Baptist to Pentecostal. I suppose only right I may of had some confusion. Still the core of my growing in Christ in those early years was from a few Mature Brothers and Sisters that helped keep my...
deepaanne
Searching for his face lost in darkness
Deepa N+   ()
Reading Gospel brings His face back to Life in our Lives
Roaming around in the wilderness of life, we have lost the Face of the Lord. Like the Israelites who were in the leading a life of Exile in Egypt, then in Wilderness, then they had the Babylonean and assyrian exile. As the went through all these troubles, they almost forgot the face of the Lord who loved them. They only remembered the face of the Lord who punished them for all their sins. They no longer remembered the Lord's Covenant with Moses or His convenant with David. They were completly immersed in their sinful life. The Prophets at that time were filled with the Wrath or Fury of Lord, and they were seeing the Face of the Lord filled with Fury and Wrath. They totally forgot the kind, loving and caring face of God, except for the Promise of the coming Messaih. Jesus Christ the...
blessings2you
A few thoughts about the world, the church and christians
Kirk M+   ()
Now is the time ro step up and do what God wants done
Somewhere buried in the depths of the deepest sea is what is left of sanity, both politically as well as spiritually. What I have witnessed over the past few weeks and months are things I never expected to see in my lifetime. It is as if a huge tide came ashore and took every last bit of rational and considerate thinking out to sea. With each passing day, fewer and fewer people are in a “good mood” . With each passing day, the pressures being applied to people in the financial and social realms are crushing. Although most keep valiantly try to hang on, it is as if they are fighting a losing battle against forces unseen yet far more powerful than them. I fully understand and am thankful to know that the Bible clearly states that in the last days before Christ's return, the...


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