Daily Bible Verse
Zephaniah 3:17 (peshitta)
The LORD your God in the midst of you is a mighty Saviour; he will make you to rejoice with gladness; he will renew you with his love, he will make you joyful with a praise as in the day of a feast.
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Not as I do

joyce+
published . 2 min read
It is almost two twenty in the afternoon here in school and up to now it has been a rather nice day.  The kids have so far been behaving themselves and the Library is cosy and warm despite the best intentions of this winter storm trying to upset my bodys central heating.  When I say that the kids have been behaving I need to clarify that most of them have been behaving.  One boy whom I had not encountered before due to not being in senior school has been sent here for the duration of the junior internal exams .  For one reason or the other he is not sitting them now. So I have him for an entire week and he.. he has me !   Im not saying we have gotten off on the wrong foot but what i shall say is that he very nearly was on the end of said foot earlier.  Twice I moved him from......

Birthday my kirkus, birthday.

Beth+
published . 3 min read
Oh my Love, Oh my Love, So much has happened. So much. I do not recognize the person I am. I would have thought that God would have helped me become a better person. He has not. I still cannot hear him most of the time. You were my man of God. You heard him so well. I can't do this on my own. I don't know how to get close to God again. You made everything so easy for me. You even made my spiritual life easy. So this person I have become. I used to be really nice. At least most of the time. Now I don't care. People tell me their problems and I don't care. Really I don't care. Where has the empathy gone? Died with you. Where has the compassion gone? Died with you. Thought maybe the Lord allowed you to die so I would learn to stand spiritually on my own two feet. Well, if......

Not by might

K Reynolds+
published . 1 min read
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 (KJV) As I read the CB Daily Bible Verse once again this evening, I could not help but think about how often I completely disregard these words. Sometimes I am motivated by pride. I tell myself, "I'm a big girl so I can handle it!" The dirty little secret is I am not big enough to handle it. Not by a long-shot. In fact, usually the moment I attempt to take things into my own hands, I find myself flat on my back with the problem lying on top of me. Oops! Sometimes I am motivated by fear. I know I am not big enough, strong enough or smart enough to handle things but I forget that God is.......

A new legacy

K Reynolds+
published . 2 min read
My maternal grandfather had little memory of his parents. When he was five years old he left a small town in Upstate New York and along with his older half-sister, they were taken to New York City by their parents. Their parents relinquished the children to the Children's Aid Society and returned home. The children were separated. A few months later, along with some other children, he boarded a train bound for the Upper Midwest and was eventually adopted. He never saw his parents or sister again. As I understand it, there was at least one point in time when he seriously considered trying to locate his parents. He knew what his birth name was as he had taken it as his middle name. He also had the adoption paperwork as well as various correspondence with the agent who had placed......

When there are no words

Les B+
published . 2 min read
Eph. 5:16 - making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (NIV) This past week at our men's group, an individual shared of great heartbreak and grief. My second time around him, 'Bill' always wore a smile and is quick with kind words. I shared a situation where I felt greatly abandoned. Speaking I gained clarity not expected and needed to speak with the others. Too not allow it to become an item big item but failed. I must confront and repent. My time completed the group and 'Randy' spoke of additional challenges. He needs the Holy Spirit to guide him in forgiving a man who tried to kill him. Suffering brain damage, no longer able to recall things clearly or express ideas in speech. 'Bill" then spoke up telling of two years ago his wife......

Satan challenges our faith

deepa+
published . 1 min read
Starting from the very beginning of our creation, Satan keeps challenging us about our Faith in God's Love for us. Jesus Christ taught us to look back into the eyes of Satan when he questions us of our Faith, to look straight into his eyes and say that my faith is not built on my strength, but by the strength of the my Lord Jesus Christ who died on the cross. And Satan already knows the answer to that by the victory on the cross which is eternal, everlasting, unchallengable and unquestionable for someone who believes in Jesus Christ. In the old, He used to put us to shame and guilt by questioning the Faith based on our own strength and he used to be victorious and have his say in our hearts and our mind, making us feel terrible, hurt, lonely and helpless. But now, through the......

Time is short

John Knox+
published . 2 min read
As I have come into the Lords presence with thanksgiving and praise upon my lips ever so grateful for his love and mercy I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit repeat repeatedly The time is short.  This phrase has been in my spirit day and night; the time is short.  I sense that there is a real compassion, tenderness and urgency coming from the throne of God.  The time is short; there is not a great amount of time left.  The shutters are about to be drawn across the windows of Gods patience, for he is not going to contend with us for ever. Now is the day to prepare ourselves for the testing and temptation that is about to released in the grace and mercy of our Father.  We cannot leave this any longer.  The time is short says the Lord to clean out your house of the detestable things......

Depending on God

Les B+
published . 1 min read
Psa. 62:5 - Yes, my soul, find rest in God my hope comes from Him. (NIV) Dependence upon the Lord is being reinforced in life. To the extent God desires everything or all encountered brought before Him. It becomes easy after years of walking with the Lord or being around His ways; to be conditioned to respond in situations without consulting God. After all, this situation has been encountered before and we are familiar with the scriptural guidelines in dealing with the matter. What the Spirit emphasized is a new encounter involves different people. He wants to deal with and tailor in sensitivity to each person individually. The letter kills while the Spirit gives life. The Spirit leads through prayer, word and truth. Becoming so dependent in Him ensures all hearts are specifically......

Shelter - a testimony

Kristen Gray+
published . 2 min read
Recently, in my prayer time with the Father, the Holy Spirit gave me one word of knowledge that unfolded into greater understanding and revelation.   The one word was SHELTER .  Immediately, I began to battle negative thinking in my mind. These thoughts were trying to establish wrong thinking by tempting me to believe that something negative was going to happen to me.  I resisted these thoughts with the truth that Jesus loves me and He wants to share something important with me ( ¦Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7).  You see, we are not to be ignorant of Satan s tactics (2Cor. 2:11). He attempted to deceive me, and mentally torment me with fear. As I meditated on the word, shelter, I decided to review its meaning.  In the Greek translation, a shelter is......

There is an end. which is beautiful because of Jesus

deepa+
published . 1 min read
There is an end to everything that begins. There is an end to every task that we do, there is an end to every day we start, there is an end to every Journey, there is an end to every relationship, there is an end to our human thought and dream. Jesus Christ makes this end Victorious by His blood and the victory He won on the cross. With the end of everyday, He makes our Sleep filled with Promise that our mourning will turn into dancing. With the end of every task, He makes our task end in victory, but making us the head and not the tail, by the wisdom and the Spirit He blesses us with. With the end of our every Journey, He makes us be filled with Joy and Peace, through His saving Grace and Loving care. With the end of every relationship, He makes us filled with Hope of everlasting......

2018 and the great but

John Knox+
published . 2 min read
Well the New Year is under way, and I did not stay up to celebrate with the rest of the world to be enthralled with the spectacular firework displays and revelry.  No, I went to bed and was tucked in snuggly well before 11pm.  Hence the new year held no great excitement for me; just another ho-hum new year. Reading this you may well concede that I am not overly excited by 2018.  Far from it.  For it is only when I read and hear the prophetic words of MEGA and metamorphosis, realignments, re positioning s and such like that my spirit is quickened.  In the kingdom of God, we are in for a cracker year with his mercy and love displayed as never before.  We are in for a spectacular display of Gods fireworks as the heavens will be lit up with visions, dreams, angelic visitations,......

The bubble has popped - the widow m on her birthday

Beth+
published . 3 min read
The Bubble Has Popped Today is my Birthday. Not just any birthday. The Big One. I said Good-Bye to my fifties last night and said Hello to the Big Six-Oh. I am not ready for this. But not at all for the reasons you presume. I care not a whit about getting older. I wish I were turning 99. I was 58 when Kirk died. And he was 63. Five years between us. And now there are only three. For you see, I am getting older but he is not. He should be here. He should be here for my 60th. He always made my birthdays so very special for me. Not with gifts bought with money. But with a homemade dinner of a filet (between raw and rare, thank you very much) and crab legs (2 pounds of butter please) and asparagus with homemade Hollandaise sauce. And to think he couldn't boil water when we first got......

Are you really a christian?

Abela+
published . 3 min read
Christianity What is it that describes that word? It is a matter of Romans 10:9? if you will confess with your mouth our Lord Jesus and will believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. Or what about Acts 16:31? And they said to him, Believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, and both you and your household will be saved. Or maybe Matthew 10:32: Everyone therefore who will acknowledge me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. Or maybe as some within Christendom believe, the answer is in Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace that you are saved through faith There are also those who claim that Acts 2:38 holds the answer to this question: Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of the Lord Jesus for the remission of sins, so that......

Lessons from the looney bin

Shani+
published . 6 min read
When people hear, I ve been admitted to the looney bin, their automatic response is usually to stutter, change the subject or frown apologetically. It isn t exactly typical water fountain conversation. The problem with this response is that it would usually trigger shame in someone.    I ll let you in on a little secret.   I am not ashamed of being in the mental hospital. (Anymore)    When I entered here, I expected to fight the monsters inside my mind, but what I didn t expect was to fight alongside the bravest and most genuine people I ve ever come across.   I awake to the sounds of chattering nurses, high-pitched beeping machinery and rolling wheels against the grainy carpeting. Time for vitals! I hear as I will my eyes to open to the nightmare that is my reality.    Another......

Written in my heart end time harvest of souls-dream 1

Dorothy von Lehe+
published . 2 min read
  Written In My Heart: End Time Harvest of Souls Dream 1  (#19)   As promised, I will discuss specific end time dreams God chose for me to receive. In my previous writing titled Written In My Heart: End Time Dreams with Messages, I shared the four dreams I had that carried with them a spoken message from the Holy Spirit.The first dream from God: Experienced during the early morning hours of Monday, February 19, 2002Dream with MessageThroughout the early morning hours I had this on-going dream that involved soul after soul after soul going through the process of becoming saved, repenting of their sins and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I woke up three times during the night. The first two times I was still in the midst of this same dream. The third time I woke up, the Holy......

3 things I have learned more about God the older I've gotten

joyce+
published . 1 min read
I remember myself as the young christian, constantly running around doing things for God and trying to split myself in two simply to please Him. I would like to have the opportunity to go back and tell my foolish self these things I have over the years come to realise and learn. My darling you do not have to work to gain God's Love.  You do not have to work at every organisation there is. You do not have to be the last out the door.  You do not have to beat yourself up if you dont read your scriptures every day.  You see my little one God loves you simply because he chose to love you. 1 John 4 :19 tells me that we love God because he first loved us.   Don't strive for love that is already yours.  Sweetheart, you spend so much time hiding who you really are that you are......

3 things I have learned more about God the older I've gotten

Abela+
published . 2 min read
  As we grow older we hopefully grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Below are three ways that I have learned more about God the older that I have gotten. What matters, matters, ignore everything else. An older and great man of God that I once knew used to love saying "If the Bible makes it clear, we know the answer, if the Bible does not make it clear, we should not care." He was one of those rare few that when it came time to talk about the more, well, hot topic side of Christendom, rarely had much to say, because he understood that if there are things in this life that we as Christians should spend time focusing on, then those are those things that the Holy Text makes clear and focus on. The rest of the stuff is probably stuff that most of us should probably......

Perfectly imperfect perfection

Nancy+
published . 4 min read
Our two older kids have birthdays in September and October, just a few weeks apart. For many years we have had separate birthday parties with both family and friends. As they have gotten older we found this to be very hectic and expensive, to say the least. If you have ever held a kid s sleep-over type birthday party, you know that most plans and activities typically go out the window real quick, and at least a few of the kids end up bickering about something silly. So this year, we decided that instead of having all these sperate gatherings, we would let each kid pick one friend, and we would take them on a mini weekend vacation. A little Great America, some swimming in a hotel pool, and some good outlet mall shopping. Sounds perfect, doesn t it? A win-win for all! I thought so! As we......