...and Glen Campbell, I uploaded a Thanksgiving song for him today. He is right about how we go from Halloween straight into Christmas and too often overlook Thanksgiving. Driving home from church tonight, I was amazed at how many homes were decorated with lights and Halloween decorations. It's a bit spooky out there to say the least, it's terribly satanic out there to say the most. I'll try not to be too judgmental because I've eaten more than my share of Halloween candy through the years, but I do find myself looking forward to Thanksgiving. (Also the young man who now lives in a dorm but still doesn't want to be blogged about will be coming home for the holiday.) Yes, I am thankful.
Hurricane Harvey - 08-25-2017 - "While some dishonor and desecrate her, APPD Ofc. Jack McCarty will stop at nothing to honor and save her." - Aransas Pass Police Department Texas
John 8:36 New International Version (NIV)
36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Hebrews 13:14 English Standard Version (ESV)
14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.
This past weekend I was putting together a Youtube video and found this image of a police officer saving our flag during Hurricane Harvey. Since NFL football and our president had most of the country thinking about our flag, this picture made me pause. I don't have any issue with those who take a knee instead of standing during the playing of the National Anthem, since the flag represents our right to do either; and if one cares enough to stand or kneel, such passion demonstrates patriotism and freedom. As for me, I will stand; I will always stand for my country. As for me, I will also kneel; but I will always, only kneel for my God. True freedom comes through Christ alone.
Eye of the Storm (feat. Gabe Real) - Ryan Stevenson
2 Corinthians 5:17 New International Version (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!
Luke 15:7 New International Version (NIV)
7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
I've always enjoyed baptismal services, so when an unexpected one was announced from church this morning, that a hospice patient, a brand new brother in Christ, needed baptizing tonight, I was ready to be a witness. And it was such a privilege to see this man, a babe in Christ, with the help of his grown sons step into the waters of baptism. Then as somewhere in the church the piano chords where played, "This is my story, this is my song," he was followed into the water by a precious grandson. I told my husband afterwards, "I think we were sitting with the angels."
6 [a] “You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.
I'm pretty sure there's no one in America who doesn't know a solar eclipse is coming tomorrow. I won't be looking, though, because I don't have the glasses! That's okay, I'm sure I'll see the coverage of it. I wonder what God thinks of all the excitement over one star in his creation. I pray that we will be considering the Creator tomorrow as well as his creation. Dominion and awe belong to Him.
34 “But be on your guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day close down upon you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will overtake all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 But stay alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that must happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Revelation 19:6-9 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
8 it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
9 And the angel said[a] to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”
What will be left on earth after Christ calls His Bride, the church, to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb? That thought was the inspiration for my latest Youtube upload. Christ will return. Are you ready?
Ephesians 3:18-19 New English Translation (NET Bible)
18 you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
33 I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage—I have conquered the world.”
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 New English Translation (NET Bible)
57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! 58 So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Romans 8:37 New English Translation (NET Bible)
37 No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us!
Philippians 4:13New English Translation (NET Bible)
13 I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.
I had to go to physical therapy again today. I don't like to think of myself as a weenie but weenie I am. I needed some overcoming Bible verses and thankfully God supplies. It's a big mountain but God is bigger.
I truly love my house of the level path and remain grateful for it; however, today I would have loved it more if it had air conditioning. We're having a heat wave here and post surgical recovery means too much time in a very warm home. So I uploaded a song that reminded me that I've escaped my chains through Christ and am as free as a bird on a wing. Thank you, Rend Collective, for your many songs of celebration. My soul if not my body is soaring, and the wind cools my spirit.
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Proverbs 3:5-6 New English Translation (NET Bible)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding.
6 Acknowledge him in all your ways,
and he will make your paths straight.
Isaiah 40:31 New English Translation (NET Bible)
31 But those who wait for the Lord’s help find renewed strength;
they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings,
they run without growing weary,
they walk without getting tired.
I can tell my creeping age when a common point of discussions is, "What hurts more, a hip replacement or a knee replacement?" (Although I'm pretty sure right now it has to be a knee replacement.) Just because I'm no longer a young warrior, doesn't mean I'm not still a warrior. Physical therapy is tough! It hurts! And I've come to realize that physical therapy, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia don't play well together. So I pray for strength to carry on. I've got miles to go and pounds to lose before I'm done.
6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
It's another Sunday spent recovering from knee replacement surgery. God remains with me and remains good. I've been filling probably too much of my time watching home improvement, fixer-upper TV shows. Maybe it's because I'm still a fixer-upper. I thought I'd further along in my recovery, but surprise! God must have his reasons. I'm not yet where I can spend a full day at a computer terminal, a full half-hour maybe, but not even close to a full day; so, I'm inclined to worry because my sick leave won't last forever and I do need to return to work. Another surprise came this week with an audit of my pay leading to some extra funds in my pay slip. Yes, God remains good even to an impatient, worrier warrior. Still all prayers on my behalf would be greatly appreciated.
15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.
Galatians 2:20 New English Translation (NET Bible)
20 I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
A woman in China receiving her copy of the Scripture
John 1:1-2 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.
Because my mother kept it, I still have my first Bible, coverless but with the presentation page intact. It was given to me on my 11th birthday. It once had a black zipper cover and my name embossed in gold. At least I think it did. Because it seems now like I've always had a Bible my memory may be flawed. In church this morning, I read from my Bible app on my phone. I've been blessed. This photo of the woman in China moves my heart to cherish the Holy Word of God, a most precious gift, the very breath of God.