World Religions picSpiritual Division

I can not understand how someone can be a true follower of Jesus and throw out half of what He said. Isn’t that like someone nodding their head and saying, “Uh-huh.” When you know their not really listening.

 This kind of behavior can leave a person thinking that the other person is unwilling to engage in meaningful conversation. Or… Just blatantly ignoring you and too self absorbed in themselves to listen.

 So many times, I talk to people about the Sabbath really being on Saturday, or of the importance of studying the Old Testament to have a balance diet to feed on scriptural understanding. I usually get a predictable response.

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A Wooden Bucket A Wooden Bucket Collage

Now, don’t think that I have fallen off of my rocker; but, I was bellyaching to the Lord that I “needed” an old wooden bucket. My whiny prayers were for a wood bucket befitting my beautiful roses.

Properly cared for roses require a lot of deadheading and pruning to keep them healthy and productive. All of this foliage must be kept separate from all other compost since roses are susceptible to a myriad of diseases.

I had been collecting all of these cuttings into a small used black plastic plant container, weighted down with a rock in the bottom to keep it from blowing over or away. I would then empty these each time I threw out the household trash.

I was bellyaching in prayer that I “needed” a bucket, when in reality, I “wanted” an old wooden bucket to pair up with my beautiful tea roses. [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Fishing at SunsetConvenient Christian

“Honey, Let’s go fishing today.” Ted called to his wife. Hoping that she would answer with her usual and emphatic response, “I thought you’d never ask.”

 

Instead Mandy answered, “I’m feeling a little under the weather. I don’t think I would be very good company today.” Mandy sensed Ted’s disappointment and knew his protective nature. She quickly followed her rejection with, “Why don’t you ask Chase to tag along with you. Besides, I could use some quite time to myself with a bowl of chicken soup anyway.”

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Running with JosephJoseph & Potiphar'sWife

In 1545, William Turner wrote a version of the expression, “Birds of a feather flock together” in the Rescuing of Romish Fox: “Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together.” This old saying is still just as true today.

 

American laws will prosecute people for being an accessory to a crime. It is a way of holding everyone accountable for the laws of the land; even those who stand idly by and let their friends, family, spouse, peers, and neighbors do what is wrong in the sight of mans laws.

 

This is guilt by association as an accessory by condoning those negligent actions; Compromising that which they know to be wrong.

 

I propose to you; Think of how much more God will hold you and I accountable for compromise. Compromise is the vehicle by which we have joined in on the sin by acceptance of the sins around us. We should not hesitate to do the right thing.

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On the fence pic.Spiritual Fences

For several ‘unmentioned’ reasons I was forced to rebuild my fence. While in the midst of this laborious task my mind kept racing down several deer trails of why we want or sometimes “must” build fences. Even to the thoughts of those fences which demand destruction.

 

My mind ran wild running down deer trail after deer trail until: I caught hold of the truths the Lord would have us know. I will not bore you, and run you “too” down every length of deer trail I eagerly sailed. Instead, I will serve you up some venison stew. Filled with the tasty morsels I gathered to feed your spiritual walk.

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Wealth of WisdomWisdom Pic

I get really ”sick and tired” of all the false doctrines; teaching the ‘name it and claim it’ prosperity bandwagon of 21st century ‘religions’.

 

I agree completely with everything the whole bible teaches as long as the word is rightly divided in truth. (2 Timothy 2:15) Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

Satan is Hell Bent on perverting God’s Word! This ‘name it and claim it’ perverted false doctrine comes from (James 4:2). Taught simply as, “You have not because you ask not.” This abridged version is Satan’s half truth, which equals a whole lie. This false teaching lures Believers into selfish secular desires of worldly things. Verses 3 through 8 get completely thrown out the window.

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Rose Hip FruitFruits of the Rose

I was deadheading some rose bushes so that they would use their growth energy to produce more flowers. If the spent blossoms are not deadheaded (cut off) the rose bush will use energy to reproduce in the form of seeds. This seed pod on a rose bush is also its fruit.

 

The rose’s fruit is called a hip that contains the seeds known as achenes. Rose hips are very rich in vitamin C, plus they contain vitamins D & E, contain essential fatty acids, and antioxidants. Many vitamin and herbal supplements contain rose hips. Rose hips are traditionally collected and used to make tea, jam, jelly, pies, oil and bread.

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Dropped AnchorAncient Anchor

As much as I hate to admit it…. I forgot the boat anchor when my wife and I went fishing. Talk about a struggle to stay atop a school of fish, ‘and fish’ with a hand steered trolling motor! Whew!

 

You can just forget about stationary drop shotting. Needless to say, I found myself at the mercy of the wind and currents. Drifting about like a leaf on top of the water.

 

My mind was quickened to the fact that thousands of people are adrift in their lives without an anchor to hold them steadfast and on track to do God’s will.

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Instant Gratification Bisquick PictureInstant Gratification

I can ‘personally’ remember televisions without remote controls. Back in a time, when the term couch potato didn’t even exist. In this current modern world of my forty ninth year living in it; I have seen all kinds of gadgets and technology come and go.

 

Today; I sit and write this article on an awesome laptop that sure beats my first computer with a DOS only operating system and 5¼-inch FDD (floppy disk drive).

 

These huge advances in technology are likened to a two edged sword. Technology has made the world and life efficient and effective. Yet! The flip side is that, it has created a world society addicted to lusting after instant gratification.

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Same Song Different VerseSing a New Song pic

The End is trending bigger than ever within our Churches today. Everyone seems to be caught up in the whole end times of bible prophecy. The trouble with too much focus on the End is that; the central core focus of the bible, is left waning leaving it devoid of its fundamental teachings.

 

Fine! I get it, and I agreed; the human race is running out of time. Yes, I can safely say that we are living in the end times. And yes, that is the Same Song Different Verse that the prophets, Jesus, and the disciples were singing too! (Matthew 24:44), (2 Peter 3:3-4), (Matthew 24:42), (Matthew 24:14), (2 Timothy 3:1-5), I could go on and on, et cetera et cetera.

 

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