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The Son is the radiance of God’s glory

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature, upholding all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

Hebrews 1:3

Hebrew –  Hillsong Stronger / Ata Gadol – Sarah Liberman

Bless you…Zoey

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God Bless America ~ Happy 4th of July!

 

Our nation was founded as an experiment in human liberty. Its institutions reflect the belief of our founders that men had their origin and destiny in God; that they were endowed by Him with inalienable rights and had duties prescribed by moral law, and that human institutions ought primarily to help men develop their God-given possibilities.  ~  John Foster Dulles

 

 

That’s what it takes to be an American!

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Proclaim the Good News of the Gospel

Jesus came to Proclaim the love of the Father for mankind.  His name is Beautiful, Wonderful and Counselor. In the Bible we read “Now that you have known me,” he said to them, “you will know my Father also, Jesus told the crowds. [John 14:7]

When we engage with a person who is lacking the knowledge of the Good News, we should do as Jesus did…Proclaim.    

Let’s try to Proclaim the Gospel of Good News before we say what is claimed by Christianity.  

We are not a “group” to join as a membership at a big box store.  We are asked by the Son of God to listen to Him tell you of the Good News of the Father God who loves you and me. So, we should do the same, for example, right?  [Mark7:14] 

The bible is for instruction. We use it to gain His wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. It’s like this, you read the instruction manual for operating a device correctly, right?  Well, it’s basically the same principle. We all turn on our smartphones or computers but we still need the manual to operate it correctly and to be productive. So, open the Word/bible and flip YOUR switch ON. Light up with the power of the Spirit! Go, Go, Go! (little humor). 

It’s easy to do, try this the next time you engage someone to talk with you about Christ Jesus. Let’s proclaim more and apologize less for the Good News of the Gospel.  Sometimes, we can get deeper (intellectually) than the message that we are sharing with someone (overly defending the logic of our faith). [Mark 10:27] 

No worries, remember your first encounter when you came to the understanding of the Gospel?  Just take it simplistically…He will do the rest. Trust Him. Share your story of His Grace in your life. Sometimes we are sent to break up the fallow ground, so others can plant, nurture and harvest. [Hosea 10:12]   We are a family of believers, let’s join as one who belongs to God our Heavenly Father…not a subscription or membership. His ways are easy and light. [Matt.11:30]   

As I watched this very inspiring video (link below) of this young man sharing his faith to his community’s local downtown area, it was a real eye-opener.  In his case, it has one very exceptional distinction…he is lives in Jerusalem. Give a listen, it is amazing!  

 

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father,

may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”  Ephesians 1:17

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To Honor the Brave ~ Happy Memorial Day!

“I trust in thy word.” 

Psalm 119:42

 

I will wait and see what good God will do to me by it, assured He will do it” 

Thus we shall bear an honorable testimony before the world, and thus we shall strengthen the hands of others. 

George Mueller

 

 

Thank you for your service

God watch over you

and Bless you!

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!

May I share again my Mama’s Bible poem in honor of her this Mother’s Day.  God Bless you!  Zoey ~

peonies_2015Mama’s Bible
by Zoey

I found my mama’s bible

in the things of hers
I went through today.

The bookmarked pages hold
the place where
God had touched her
heart as she
read His word that day.

And in my heart I can hear
Mama telling me:
“Keep God’s words close,
pray for His guidance,
don’t lose faith,
He will always
keep you in His care.”

There is no stronger force
than a mama’s prayers to
the throne of God.

And I believe,
No foe can conquer
No trial defeat
No evil befall against
His children- big or small.

“For Thy will be done,

on earth
as in Heaven,”

my heart does

hear my mama pray,
as she marked
another page in her bible
where God touched
her heart that day.

(5/13/07)

“That My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full”   John 15:11

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The Holy Spirit is God’s Reminder

My Devotion today is I Corinthians 13:12   “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”  God Bless you, Zoey.

The time in our days can so easily be filled with the craziness of our culture.  We walk around with this “craziness” like it is the norm, until something changes our thinking.  There is a scripture in the bible that says in Rev. 3:15:  “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot.”

Do we, as individuals bring our thinking to a point of acceptance of our environment?  In my early adulthood, I believed that man is a product of his environment.  My personal philosophy hasn’t changed over these 40 plus years.  What has developed before me is different from what has developed before you and vice-versa, right?  I am reminded in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters; Either he will hate the one and love the other or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.”  You cannot serve both God and money.  This is the modern day challenge to our culture.

Look around you today, as you wake up in the morning and then going through your entire day till night.  A full 24 hrs.  Make a list of what you observe.  Ask yourself questions about what you are perceiving in your mind, first.   Maybe your list has several items or only a few observations worth noting.  To bring a little light on the matter…this is the 24 view you will also be giving to God. Thinking about what I said earlier, how a man is a product of his environment, you can now see the reality of this concept.  We live in confusion and it is not getting any better.  We read in James 1:8, “I double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”  It’s makes us take a hard look at ourselves, right?  By first, thinking about our perception of how we are living before the Lord and secondly, it helps also to bring the transparency for God’s Light to shine through the “darkness’ that besets us. In other words, our personal issues are making us dig down deep into our hearts with a more honest view.  (My fav: “Please be patient with me, God is not finished with me yet.”)

Another verse in the bible states in I Corinthians 13:12: For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”   God knows us better then we know ourselves.  We do have a choice each day to better the “reflection” we mirror back to others and in our walk of faith.  But you might say something like…”I don’t have any control over things, let alone people!”  I understand this thinking, totally!  Although, we feel this way, the fact is we don’t have to stay in the messes or our difficult environment, right.   The answer is with the Lord, He enables us to take it on little by little and day by day.  The battle is the Lord’s and we can give our list to him daily.  You can start today…right now.  He is faithful to teach us how to handle the stressors, disappointment, long suffering and difficult circumstances that make up our “personal environment”.  Each day will be filled with His tender mercies and His loving kindness. His Spirit is like a invisible reminder and will show up in your daily moments to bring hope and grace.

“My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.” [Proverbs 23:26].  God is not Santa Clause…his list is not complied from “naughty or nice” behavior.  His list is his word.  In this passage in Proverbs 23, He says to give your heart to him and our responsibility is to watch Him work it out for our good.  He is a good God and he does good things for us.  He is Good.  Believe He is on it and in it for your good.  He loves you, he asked for your heart, right.  He asks for our heart so he can abide in Love with us.  He will remind us first of his love for us…it was great enough to send his only Son so that we could be with Him in His Heavenly place.  Think about that.  Believe and trust him with all the levels of your day, your moment and your heart.  I pray this message of promise found in Jeremiah 31:3: …The Lord says… “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” And in John 6:4, Jesus says…”No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.”  Amen