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I’ve confessed that I have slight prepping tendencies.

I happened upon these videos which I think are a great introduction to preparing for different disaster scenarios.

The biggest disaster is to live with the weight of sin. But it is the easiest disaster to avoid, because we don’t have to do anything about it. It was all done for us. Jesus took the weight of our sin with him on the cross. He paid the penalty for our sin. And all we have to do is accept that he did and receive the forgiveness that only He can offer. It is simple really.

Engineer775  mentions that the US is not mentioned in Bible prophecies. I’d like to think that it is because most of the country will be raptured. Those that put their faith in Jesus will be one of those raptured. I wouldn’t want to be LEFT BEHIND.

Have you found your dreamboat?

Pastor Barry talks about keeping the fire burning. Listen to his message using Song of Solomon Chapter 1 presented the Sunday before Valentine’s Day.

Years ago Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins wrote the Left Behind series which, at the time, became the bestselling series of all times.

Why would that be?

People were intrigued by the end times(apocalypse type stuff–now zombies seem to be the thing), but I also believe people read the novels in search of answers.

“What about me? How will it affect me?”

Maybe you’re asking yourself those questions.

On January 20, 2013 my Pastor preached on the subject. The title of his sermon was “The Fulfillment of all the Signs of His Coming.” If you’re one of those with questions, I urge you to listen to find out if we’re living on the edge of destruction?

 

By the way, my son came home after the sermon and said, “That was his best sermon yet.”  (My son says that just about every Sunday–I’m glad he’s listening).

The gremlins in the computer took away the right video for this post, and I can’t seem to get it fixed. So, here is the link. You’ll have to click over to youtube to view it. My apologies.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGzSWCdWMiI&list=TLkLusgFdoxdk”

(You’ll need to take away the quotes from the above web address to get to the right video)

Happy Birthday, Grandma.

Our founding fathers thought it so important that we, the people, should be able to defend ourselves that they wrote an amendment to the constitution giving us the right to own guns.

But did you know that Jesus supported the right to bear arms?

What? The man who said, “turn the other cheek” wouldn’t support owning guns.

Despite reading the New Testament many times somehow I had overlooked something he had told his disciples before he was arrested.

This passage is from Luke 22 and begins by Peter declaring his willingness to do anything for Jesus.

33 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”

34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

35 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?”

“Nothing,” they answered.

36 He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. 37 It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’[b]; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”

38 The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.”

“That is enough,” he replied.

We know that Peter complied with Jesus’s command, because later, when Jesus was arrested, Peter drew his sword and used it.

John 18:10
New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)

Jesus’s response was to reattach the ear(miracle) because the time wasn’t right. Jesus was still with them and he knew he must go to the cross.

Do I believe we should have the right to bear arms?

Absolutely.

Do I believe tougher guns laws would prevent tragedies like what happened in Connecticut?

No.

Do I believe a person who took no thought to killing innocent children would obey a gun law?

No.

But I’ve read,

Luke 12:4-5
New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
4 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.

Arm yourself.

Ephesians 6:16-18
New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

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My son made his trumpet debut at the “See You at the Pole” rally Sunday night with Standing in Chairs, the youth band at my church.

He gave me permission to post the video on my blog but not on facebook.

I asked him, “Why am I able to post it to my blog but not facebook?”

And he said, “Because no one reads your blog.”

Truer words were never spoken.

Encourage your children to attend “See You at the Pole”  on Wednesday to pray for our schools, our nation and for friends that don’t know the freedom found in a relationship with Jesus.

My video is a little grainy. Apparently, my little camera doesn’t do zoom very well.

Sometimes it pays to procrastinate.

Last year I put off pulling the weeds growing in my flower bed, and when I finally started the dreaded task I discovered a baby crape myrtle or at least I thought it was a crape myrtle.

I compared its tiny leaves with the big bush we planted after we built our house.

They looked similar enough for me to save it from a weed’s fate.

Last week, I pulled into the driveway and saw the little tree had a nice dark pink bloom. I was ecstatic and shared the good news with my husband.

I don’t know much about dendrology(my new word for the week) so I searched the Internet for information.

The great mystery is that my original bush was supposed to have been a dwarf tree, instead it is huge–well over the 6 feet AND it has WHITE blooms– not pink like the little tree that seems to have been planted by God.

 

Luke 12:26-28
New King James Version (NKJV)
26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?

DichotoME

I am at war with my own self.

You see, on the Myers-Briggs test I am an introvert. This means I am drained around people and am re-charged by alone time.

BUT . . .

My Love Language is “Quality Time” which means I feel loved by knowing someone wants to spend time with me. And I don’t need my loved ones underfoot to feel loved, I need them to be there.

Do you see the problem?

These natures are at war with one another.

So, how do I manage them?

My favorite time is early morning when my husband and son are sleeping. The house is quiet, and the boys in my life are nearby. The perfect setting to satisfy my two natures.

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I would like for my life verse to be something good like,

Philippians 4:12

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

or

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

But more often than not, the verse that fits me is

Romans 7: 19 —

For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing.

Am I the only one who identifies with Paul as he writes those words? Sometimes I think I must be the only one.

You see, I have all these goals or things I want to accomplish:

  • Bible Study and prayer
  • Post my Pastor’s sermons
  • write novels with evangelistic messages
  • volunteer work to help needy people

But instead of doing those things of far greater value, I watch TV or daydream or worry about what someone else has.

Verse 24 of  Romans 7 asks the question, Who will rescue me from the body of death?

Paul doesn’t leave us hanging with the answer.

Verse 25 says Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord!

He is always the answer.

24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!

I recorded Kirk Cameron’s film, Monumental, last night, watched it this morning and wanted to see the opposing viewpoints written about it.

The Huffington Post  writer had this response: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-rodda/kirk-cameron-david-barton_b_1372061.html

The video within the article contains a clip from the movie which states that Congress funded the first Bible printed in America.

The author disputed that fact, so I wanted to find out for myself.

Google Books is an excellent site for finding old documents/manuscripts/books that are available for public viewing, and I found the Journals of the Continental Congress volume 23

Page 572 begins the discussion and page 574 gives the Congressional resolution about the Aitken Bible.

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Congress didn’t pay for it, but they did recommend it. But don’t take my word for it, read the document for yourself:

http://books.google.com/books?id=bRVOAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA573&lpg=PA573&dq=continental+congress+september+1782+bible&source=bl&ots=dKmPYzOym0&sig=7K225U6H46ZuB8sfFoWiJVKdpUk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XCwEUJOoG4ba0QHns6SkBw&ved=0CGwQ6AEwCTgK#v=onepage&q=continental%20congress%20september%201782%20bible&f=false

The title of my post was “What are they afraid of?”

It’s just a book, right? Harmless.

If it were so harmless, then why are “they” so against it being handed out? Or read? Or studied as art as the Continental Congress mentioned?

Because it is not just a book. Nor is it harmless. Because it has very real consequences.

That very book makes claims such as this:

Hebrews 4:12
God’s word is alive and working and is sharper than a double-edged sword. It cuts all the way into us, where the soul and the spirit are joined, to the center of our joints and bones. And it judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts.

I can see why some are uncomfortable with it.

I don’t expect to convince the author of the Huffington Post article to be swayed in any way by my words. Nor will I be swayed by hers.

But I am swayed by the words in that Powerful, Holy, Living Book (whether or not our forefathers approved of it).

Call me crazy if you must.

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