Trees Planted Along A River

Background

Our pastor was able to get together a few of us to visit our local Jail on Tuesday evening.

It was a very good service with hymn singing and a pastoral word from him.

Though only six of us went from our Church, but as other churches were invited and stayed behind for the entirety of our time, we were received in the fullness of he who gathered and sent his Church.

 

Trees Planted Along A Riverbank

Jeremiah 17:8

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Psalm 1-3

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Isaiah 61:3

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Numbers 24:5-6

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Ezekiel 47:12

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Ezekiel 19:10

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Hosea 14:5

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Job 29:19

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The River and the Tree of Life, Revelations 22:1-6

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References

  1. pInterest
    • Trees Planted Along A Riverbank
      Link
  2. Rev. Jeremy F. Simons | Bryn Athyn College
    • He Shall Be as a Tree Planted by the Water
      Link

Spirit of Heaviness….

 

Scriptures

  1. Isaiah
    • Isaiah 61:3
      • To provide for them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
        Link
  2. Psalm
    • Psalm 92:10
      • But You have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.
        • King David
  3. Ezekiel
    • Ezekiel 29:21
      • In that day will I cause the horn of the house of Israel to bud forth, and I will give thee the opening of the mouth in the midst of them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
  4. Joel
    • Joel 2:32
      • And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
  5. 1 Timothy
    • 1 Timothy 4:1-2
      • The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
        Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.
  6. 2 Samuel
    • 2 Samuel 3:39
      • And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me: the LORD shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.
  7. John
    • John 6:63
      • It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
  8. Hebrews
    • Hebrews 4:12-13 King James Version (KJV)
      • For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

 

Videos

  1. Derek Prince
    • Demons are as Real as you are and this is what you Need To Know about them
      Profile :- Demons have a personality just like you and me and different demons work in different ways. They are extremely dangerous unless one knows about their existence and their goal is just to destroy Gods’ creation and hinder us from worshiping him but they are no match for Jesus that will set us free! – Pastor Derek Prince
      Channel :- A & Ω Productions
      Published on :- 2018-Sept-15th
      Link
  2. Perry Stone
    • What the Anointing Can and Cannot Do | Episode 804
      Channel :- Perry Stone
      Published on :- 2016-March-4th
      Link

Words Said

Background

There has been so much said in the last few days.

Sometimes it is not quite topical.

It is really just people hijacking issues and wanting something to say.

Whether it is school shooting or whatever else is trending, it really does not matter.

People are angry, frustrated and just wanting to let off.

 

Friendships & Ties

Not having friends, associates, and ties to communities sometimes allows and excuses us to paint with bigger brushes than we otherwise would have.

When we are among friends we sometimes take the liberties we otherwise wouldn’t.

Physical spaces affords us that intimacy, but now sometimes now it is Web Communities.

 

Almost Naivete

We are probably at that point where speaking against someone that people look up to, will cause a bit of rancor.

In as much possible, just don’t to do it.

The stakes are high and will likely only get higher.

 

Words do matter

Words do matter.

  1. Miranda Rights
    •  You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.
  2. Good Book
    • Gossips
      • Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. ( Proverbs 17: 9 )
      • Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. ( Ephesians 4:29 )
      • But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one. ( Matthew 5: 37 )
      • But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
        For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. ( Matthew 12:36-37 )
    • Uncareness
      • Whoever does not gather with me scatters. ( Matthew 12:33 )
    • Anger
      • …Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are members of one another.
        Be angry, yet do not sin.” Do not let the sun set upon your anger,
        and do not give the devil a foothold.…
      • Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. ( Psalm 4:4 )
      • for man’s anger does not bring about the righteousness that God desires. ( James 1:2 )
    • Walk
      • Act worldly of your calling ( Ephesians 4:1 )
    • Heart
      • Out of the abundance of the heart, the mind speaks ( Luke 6:45 )
    •  Doubt
      • an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute ( Hebrew 6:16 )

Public Spaces

With difficulties and sometimes headstrongness we come into our public spaces.

And, think that if we say things a certain way, we might make our points.

We sometimes riddle the other side.

 

Gaps

The truth of the matter is that we have gaps.

Some are obvious.

Parenting Gaps

We are experiencing a parenting gap.

And, it translates to economic gap, and within a generation or two into education deficits.

Uncorrected we feel and get comfortable with being who we are, where we live, what we do, and the words we use.

Peoples read into words and and take the viewpoint that “If you don’t care about me, reading from how you speak to or about me, why should I care about you“.

It is vitally important to our conduct how we dissect how much care about us.

If read wrong, our conduct is a bit forced or withdrawn.

 

Role Modeling

I think it is important to step in and help these young men as they are role models, whether they are ill prepared or not.

In too many cases they are all we have.

 

Affords

I hope that life affords you the opportunities to take some words back.  But, more so to care where you did not as much.

To re-arrange things and if unable to, to pray and hope God sends those more able.

 

Work to do….

Just the other day, one young man said

I still have a lot of work to do….

Don’t we all.

There is just too much to do that we ought not to waste “put downs“.

Undeserved put-downs are sometimes just what one needs.

Things said sometimes acts as great reminder and reasons to work harder.

 

Dedicated

Dedicating to Colicchie

Come Back Home
Link

Barricaded, but I see you shoving hard
And, if you fuck her, it will not cover the scars

You never run your mouth, and that’s a great quality
you never talking __ that’s something that you never see
Any issue, you just speak about yourself
do you understand all the people that you have helped

Tim Keller Tweets

Balance

Tim Keller continues to impress me with his ability to balance theology with the burdens of Little Joe and beaten down Johanna.

Scripture

  1. Damon Thompon
    • Faith for a Kairos Moment
      • Model that those that been forgiven much, love much [ Segment 20 ]
        • Therefore, I tell you, . her many sins have been forgiven — as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little( Luke 7:47 )
      • Without Faith it is impossible to please God
        • By faith Enoch was taken up so that he did not see death. He could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
          And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who approaches Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. ( Hebrews 11:5-6 )
      • I got to know God in the Land of The Living
        • The Lord is My Salvation
          …Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.
          I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
          Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.… ( Psalm 27:12-4 )

 

Twitter

Link

Here are some of his recent tweets.

Jan 2018

  1. The security of Jesus’ love enables you to need less, and to love more.
  2. The God of the Bible is a God of grace, who is faithful to us even when we are unfaithful to him.
  3. Fastest way to become a Pharisee is to hate Pharisees.
  4. How much doctrinal unity you need to partner with someone depends on what you are partnering with them for.
  5. The only flaws that can enslave you are the ones that you are blind to. Ps. 19
  6. Before we can answer “Who am I?” we must first ask, “Whom or what do I love?” and “Who loves me?”
  7. Our problem is not so much the unanswered questions but the unquestioned answers out there.
  8. Everyone in the world is an evangelist. Even telling someone they can’t proselytise is a form of proselytising.
  9. What is Religion? A set of beliefs that explain what life is all about, who we are and how we should spend our time.
  10. Both secularism and devout faith are growing. What’s going away is the mushy middle of religiosity.
  11. Having a sense of being loved deeply by Christ allows us to forgive when someone wrongs us because we can afford to be generous.
  12. Don’t let success go to your head. Don’t let failure go to your heart.
  13. What does your life say to others about what you believe?
  14. Does the quality of your work become the measure of your worth?
  15. It is one thing to believe in God but it is quite another thing to trust God.
  16. We are always the last to see our own self-absorption.
  17. In the presence of beauty you cease to be the hero in your own story. It is no longer all about you.
  18. Most leading urbanologists estimate that by 2050 the number of people living in cities will exceed 75% worldwide. The Church has not moved into cities at the same rate.
  19. True gospel-humility means I stop connecting every experience, every conversation, with myself.
  20. Living the mission of Jesus means taking your faith into your work and your life and praying for it to change people’s hearts toward God.
  21. This is an important conversation that doesn’t have any easy answers. Good article.
    • Referencing
      • The Atlantic
        • Low-Income Communities Are Struggling to Support Churches
          Link
  22. The most fulfilling life you can have? Stop living to fulfill your own desires and start living to fulfill the needs of your neighbor.
  23. If you care about social justice, you’ll be concerned with those on the margins of society not those with the most social media followers.
  24. If you have money, power, and status today, it is largely due to the century and place in which you were born, to your talents and capacities and health, none of which you earned. In short, all your resources are in the end the gift of God.
  25. Jesus did not abandon us despite all his own suffering. Do you think he would abandon you now in the midst of yours?
  26. Lack of cultural awareness leads to distorted Christian living.
  27. Condemning others while also excusing ourselves is what allows us to hang onto both our self-righteousness AND our sin.
  28. The number one lie Satan tells us is that we can prove ourselves.
  29. “To be loved but not known is superficial. To be known and not loved is our great fear — but to be known and loved, that transforms you.” – @timkellernyc
  30. Our beliefs are formed not only through reason and argument but also through social conditioning. The only way, therefore, to be as thoughtful, balanced, and unprejudiced as possible is to be highly aware of your cultural biases. Are you aware where your beliefs come from?
  31. The more you see your own flaws and sins, the more precious, electrifying, and amazing God’s grace appears to you.
  32. Jesus came not to accrue power. He came to give power up.

Spiritually Receivedth

 

Thanks for our time yesterday
A nice planned dinner at your favorite, Benihana

The table was set so well…

From the couple right besides with their young daughter
To the young couple that just moved here from Sweden after spending a couple of years in Denmark

 

And, the men sited on another table, that we chatted with as we waited on a packed dineout Saturday evening
I couldn’t help it, as they were decently dressed in matching European Apparel
Later find out they are were Irish Men

 

I know it is a good dinner when the complaints is not about the food itself
But, my old dented car that was waiting for us outside as we emptied the restaurant
You affectionately reminded me
how more than anything you will like for me to get a new one

 

I am so very sorry that Instagram and text messages had to ruin our evening for us

Took the charge for a 2 Star sleep in, it is the Valley.

 

 

As a boy couldn’t wait to get to the physical
But, passed on the holding and caressing thereafter
Ended up as far as I could on the other side of the bed

 

I know I should have been the first to say sorry on waking up this morning
Gave me an opportunity to say so when you reminded me that I had all night to hold you, as I returned for a return affair this morning

 

But, pride forever gets in the way
Shallow only see things from one side

 

If I was a masseuse, I would try to untie you in all the knotted knobs
But, never been good at taking time
And, so I raced to God to bail me out

 

As I prayed to see what I am dealing with
And, what walls and hallways I was permitted to
God reminded me it wasn’t really you
But, I that needed accepting

 

There are things we know
There are things we are given
But, unable to accept in the present Life we live

 

Those things that only prayer into his being
Into his presence can be availed to us

 

Thanks for allowing me to receive those things that are sometimes physically there,
yet can only be spiritually received

In some ways the one left holding the bag, is the one who hoped or gave the most.

Coincidentally it is same that has to hid for the shame of having giving up so much.

 

Gone so far, I am Monica
Came back in the morning hoping you did not notice

When things didn’t go my way
Raced to God with a list of all things that is wrong
Thanks goodness, he has a short list
Actually a one liner
Had my name on it

Read you came to him
And, you and he and have already worked it out
And, you already fessed to me, as well

So what does Johnny come lately get
Not a lot

I just sometimes wonder about these guys who get to have a long conversation with him
All I ever get is quick rebuke
And, told to go my way

 

Cornerstone Verses

Romans 4:6-8
just as David proclaims the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

“Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, whose sins are covered;
Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.”…

Psalm 32:1-2
Blessed is He who is Forgiven

How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered!
How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit!…

Psalm 130:3-4
If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?

But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.…

… For with the LORD there is lovingkindness ( Psalm 130:7 )

 

Habakkuk 2:4
Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

 

Sermons

  1. #4 Romans by Chuck Missler
    • Videos
      • YouTube
        • Channel :- NarrowPathMatt714
          Published On :- 2014-August-17th
          Link

Microsoft – Brad Smith – Community

 

Bill Gates

Those who have used email prior to 2000 or so, will remember how much Bill Gates used to be vilified.

With his Giving Pledge ( Link ) and work with United Nations it is likely that the angst might be receding a bit.

 

Microsoft

I was effused with the same relieve, enthusiasm, and hope upon reading this blog posting by Microsoft’s General Counsel, Brad Smith.

 

Proposal calls for case-by-case exception process for law-abiding visa holders with pressing needs
Link

In last Friday’s executive order, the President expressly gave to the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security the authority to grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis, consistent with the national interest, to issue visas and other immigration benefits. Today Microsoft is filing a formal request asking these cabinet officers to create a process to grant exceptions that will permit “Responsible Known Travelers with Pressing Needs” to re-enter the country while protecting the nation’s security. The important details for this proposal are included in our formal request and are outlined below.

At the outset, we recognize that this proposal will not and should not end the broader debate and deliberations regarding last week’s executive order. Our company is one among many that has expressed its views, and we will continue to participate energetically and constructively in the public discussions that help define our democratic processes.

But even amidst these debates, there is an opportunity under the executive order to address the pressing needs of real people. There currently are law-abiding visa holders who are parents that were outside the United States last Friday and therefore cannot re-enter the country. These parents are stranded and separated from their children. Other individuals are confronting genuine family emergencies such as the need to visit a critically ill parent.

At Microsoft we have seen these needs first-hand through some of our 76 employees who are impacted by last week’s order and, together with their 41 dependents, have nonimmigrant visas to live in the United States. These needs almost certainly are not unique to our employees and their families. We believe that limited but important steps to help all such individuals can be taken by the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security, consistent with national security and the authority that the President expressly gave to them.

As we explain in our formal request, U.S. immigration authorities already have a wide range of personal information about individuals in the visa categories that we have proposed. This includes individuals’ occupation, place of residence, place of work, family members, state identification/driver’s license information, and the existence of any criminal history. In short, these individuals are “known quantities” in their communities: their character, personalities, conduct, and behavior is understood by their colleagues, employers, friends, and neighbors.

Many of these individuals also fill critical roles in the organizations that employ them, whether they are doctors, scientists, engineers, medical technicians, software developers, or any number of other highly skilled professionals. They are deeply valued contributors to the innovation, research and business acumen of our nation, and they serve critical roles in the successful operations of U.S. companies.

We also believe it is appropriate to consider the needs of impacted foreign students pursuing their studies at our nation’s universities. It would be tragic for a student to be faced with the need to forfeit a dream of completing one’s education in the United States to tend to family needs that are entirely outside of one’s control.

In sum, we believe there is a clear opportunity for limited and important action under last week’s executive order.

We know that we do not have all the answers; in publishing this proposal, we hope that others will improve upon our ideas. Nor does this request attempt to address all the important immigration questions currently before the nation. But we believe there is a need and opportunity, amidst the broader debate, for immediate action under the executive order to help real people address pressing needs.

Bible Quotes

  1. Most Important Commandments
    • One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”
      Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
      The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’
      And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

      “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!
      ( Luke 10:25-28 )
  2. Good Samaritan
    • “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.
      The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
      Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
      ( Luke 10:36-37 )
  3. Justice
    • The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.
    • To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror ( Psalm 10:18 )
    • He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing. ( Deuteronomy 10:18 )
  4. Eldership
    • Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them. ( Ezekiel 34:4 )
    • But Jesus called them aside and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their superiors exercise authority over them”. ( Matthew 20:25, Mark 10:42, Luke 22:25 )

 

Quotes

  1. Andre Agassi
    • You think to yourself : Am I making him do something special, or am I letting him get away with something ? I think I made him earn it. I made him play the big shot at crucial times, and he came through , so that’s just full credit to him – Andre Agassi – On losing to Mark Philippoussis in the British Open 2003 ( here )
    • First of all, let me say, 1:15 in the morning, for 20,000 people to still be here, I wasn’t the winner, tennis was. That’s awesome. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt so good here before.  ( Link )
    • Sex doesn’t interfere with your tennis; it’s staying out all night trying to find it that affects your tennis.
    • Tennis was always sort of a – a learning. It was a vehicle for me to discover a lot about myself.
      And the things that I sort of discovered at times I not only didn’t want to see it for myself but I certainly didn’t want millions of people to see it
  2. Warren Buffett
    • My wealth has come from a combination of living in America, some lucky genes, and compound interest. Both my children and I won what I call the ovarian lottery. (For starters, the odds against my 1930 birth taking place in the U.S. were at least 30 to 1. My being male and white also removed huge obstacles that a majority of Americans then faced.) My luck was accentuated by my living in a market system that sometimes produces distorted results, though overall it serves our country well. I’ve worked in an economy that rewards someone who saves the lives of others on a battlefield with a medal, rewards a great teacher with thank-you notes from parents, but rewards those who can detect the mispricing of securities with sums reaching into the billions. In short, fate’s distribution of long straws is wildly capricious – Warren Buffett
  3. George B. Kaiser
    • I suppose I arrived at my charitable commitment largely through guilt. I recognized early on, that my good fortune was not due to superior personal character or initiative so much as it was to dumb luck.
      I was blessed to be born in an advanced society with caring parents. So, I had the advantage of both genetics (winning the “ovarian lottery”) and upbringing.
      As I looked around at those who did not have these advantages, it became clear to me that I had a moral obligation to direct my resources to help right that balance.America’s “social contract” is equal opportunity.
      It is the most fundamental principle in our founding documents and it is what originally distinguished us from the old Europe.
      Yet, we have failed in achieving that seminal goal; in fact, we have lost ground in recent years.
      Another distinctly American principle is a shared partnership between the public and private sectors to foster the public good.
      So, if the democratically-directed public sector is shirking, to some degree, its responsibility to level the playing field, more of that role must shift to the private sector – George B. Kaiser

Seeing Things as they were

Brad Smith joined Microsoft 1in 1993.

He worked internally and with outside counsel through what many adversaries judged was anti-competitive.

In its early years, it was a small company that barely had a face in Washington.

I am old enough to sense that people’s opinion and tagging does not always change.

Pride

Personally, today is one of those days that I am proud to have invested in Microsoft tools and products for a while here.

And, even more importantly, to belong to a group that is closely aligned with the stewardess of what is best and the only thing that will last in all of us.

 

Closing

And, in closing “Rejoice in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality” ( Romans 12:12-13 ).

I hope your religion, but more intimately your proximity to God, allows you to enjoin yourself and others to him in love.

One wise man once  said “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

Peter wrote to the elders:

Be shepherds of God’s flock that is among you, watching over them not out of compulsion, but because it is God’s will; not out of greed, but out of eagerness; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.…

As that is what is son came and laid on the cross for.

As prophesied in the Psalms:

The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

Sermons – 2016/July

Sermons

  1. Pat Schatzline
    • Saving Private You
      Link
    • Pat Schatzline at Summer Ramp 2013 “The Simeon Cry”
      Link
    • I Am Remnant National Conference – Pat Schatzline
      Link
  2. Damon Thompson
    • Damon Thompson- Finding Focus in the Storm
      Sermon
    • Damon Thompson – Carolina Revival 12/14/14
      Sermon
    • Damon Thompson – Carrier of Revival
      Sermon
      At High Praise Panama City Fl. 2010
  3. John Piper
    • The Baptism of The Spirit ,Pastor John Piper

 

In-Depth

Pat Schatzline

Saving Private You

  1. Preached @ Trinity Church, Cedar Hill, TX
  2. Published on Sept 26th, 2012
  3. 911 came flashing
  4. Quotes – Bible
    • Psalm 91:1-4
      My Refuge and My FortressHe who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
      I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!”…
      Surely he will save you
      from the fowler’s snare
      and from the deadly pestilence.He will cover you with his feathers,
      and under his wings you will find refuge;
      his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
    • Ephesians 3:20
      Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us
    • Psalm 51:6
      Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
      you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
    • Matthew 5:6
      Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
    • Malachi 3:16
      The Book of Remembrance
      ‘So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape.'”
      Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name.
      “They will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”…
    • 1st Corinthians 4:1-5
      This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
      Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.
      But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.
      For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.
      Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.
    • Joel 2:15-17
      Between Sanctuary entrance and altar,

          let the priests, God’s servants, weep tears of repentance.
      Let them intercede: “Have mercy, God, on your people!
          Don’t abandon your heritage to contempt.
      Don’t let the pagans take over and rule them
          and sneer, ‘And so where is this God of theirs?’”
    • 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
      The Rescue
      All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.
    • Hebrew 4
      When the Promises Are Mixed with Faith
      For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting. But not if we don’t have faith
    • Luke 4:23
      The Rejection at Nazareth
      Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.'”
    • Psalm 68:9
      You shed abroad a plentiful rain, O God; You confirmed Your inheritance when it was parched.

      Your creatures settled in it; You provided in Your goodness for the poor, O God.…
  5. Quotes
    • It is easy to be public and not protect your private Life
  6. Quotes – Donald Rumsfeld – Adrift in Life
    • Rumsfeld learned this lesson while in naval flight training.  “If you are lost,” Rumsfeld writes, “climb, conserve and confess.”  This is the lesson as Rumsfeld describes it.“Climb meant that the pilot should gain altitude so that he could see a greater distance, get his bearings, and if necessary, glide without power to a safe landing.”  Conserve meant reducing airspeed and leaning out the fuel and have more time to figure out where he is.  And confess meant getting on the radio promptly and announcing to all who might be listening , ‘I’m lost and I need help.’” ( Link )
  7. Quotes – Smith Wigglesworth
    • If you do not have a secret place, your Life will be full of secrets
  8. Quotes – Malcolm Forbes
    • When you cease to dream, you cease to live
  9. Remarks
    • Looking In
      • In Revelation 3, Laodicea Church, Jesus is standing outside the door, knocking, Looking In
      • How did Jesus get outside the door?
        • May be we love our gifts more than we love him
    • Knowing Him
      • Knowing him is my ability to eat and to go after him
      • What good is it to feed everybody else, if I am thirsting myself
    • Whoever carries the Flag in battle, get shot first
    • My destiny is determined by my desire to know him
    • How many my brothers have been killed in Battle. They should have been great
      • Malachi said that he is still writing the scroll of their lives ( Malachi 3:15-17 )
    • Pray for your elders
      • The priest lay in the doorpost making intercession ( Joel 2:17 )
    • Jesus get me a boat, the people are pushing on me
    • Come to me, and say you need counseling, I will say pray
    • God does not hide, the frailty of his people
    • If you can not separate into his Presence, the hard time will separate you from him
    • At a conference approached by someone
      • The person drew three circles
      • One circle for Mental, the other for Spiritual, and the next for Physical
      • Been told, you are doing good Spiritually, but not so mentally nor physically
      • If you were a car, the car will be on the side of the highway broken down
    • Chick-Fil-a
      • Ticked off, if I fly into Atlanta, Chick-Fil-a will not be opened
      • As it is Sunday
      • And, Chick-Fil-a’s founder thinks people should rest on Sunday
      • Hebrew 4
    • Physician heal thyself