Poem of Life

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Although the Author of this is unknown, it was shared on Facebook by my friend and Sister-in-Christ, Christiana Giannotti and most likely shared from the private Facebook group, Out of the Ashes, which is a members only group. Credit certainly goes to both these for sharing such a wonderful poem! Thank you, God Bless AND enjoy!

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You O Lord Are A Shield

There is one thing that a Child of God can always rely upon with their Heavenly Father; HOPE and ASSURANCE! His plans for the world may appear to be harsh, yet He is always thinking of ONLY the best for those Whom He calls by name! Remember that when you look around at the situations in the world then realize and remember, our Home is NOT of this world!

Psalm 3_3-6

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Jesus I’m An Open Book – Dallas Holm

Listen to this cry that should be upon the lips of everyone of God’s Children!

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Bless The Lord – Matt Redman

With all that is going on around us, let us, the Church, remember to ALWAYS worship and Bless the Lord!

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Born of Water And Spirit

Water Drops Splashing On Acoustic Membrane. A Lot Of Drops In Ai

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Born of The Spirit

John 3:5-7, “Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.'”

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Zeal: Striving For Spirit-Led Passion

*Pastor’s Note: This is another short article I wrote in the late 90s along with some others for the Church section of the local newspaper where we lived in Globe, Arizona. I thought it might interest my readers and I HAVE updated some of the Scriptures references. All in all, it is pretty much as it was published in the Church editorial of the newspaper. The pictures were added for this posting.

It’s said that confession is good for the soul and I admit that it’s true. Something that I have had to battle with from time to time is temper; you know, anger, blowing up. Oh, I’m not proud of it by any means, but don’t get me wrong, I don’t get mad at the drop of a hat. Usually, it takes something fairly wrong for my temper to display itself. I’ve told people in the past it’s because I have a real passion for what is right.

That isn’t an excuse I know. The Bible says in Galatians 5:20 that “outburts of anger,” the King James Bible calls it wrath, are deeds of the flesh, something that is in direct opposition to the Spirit. In verse 24, Paul says, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with it’s passions and desires.” The original Greek word for passion means emotion, typically something that influences your actions. In other words, we are to crucify that which would control us other than the Spirit.

I’ve had well meaning Christians tell me that it’s okay to get mad from time to time; after all, Jesus Himself got mad and threw the moneychangers out of the temple in Jerusalem. The problem is, a lot of people use that scripture in John 2:13-17 to justify temper or anger. Anger, though, is not the central principle in that scripture, but zeal is. His disciples remembered from scripture, Psalms 69:9, that zeal, not anger, was one of Christ’s character traits prophesied by the Psalmist, King David. I’ve said it many times before, scripture does not contradict itself.

letting off steam - anger

The real key then is to take Christ’s example and develop zeal within our character. Now this is not a word that is thrown around in conversation much today, but maybe as Christians we need to bring it back. Simply put, zeal is a fervent devotion to a cause, and fervency means to have an intensity of feeling.

Sounds a lot like passion, doesn’t it? Very close. The difference though can be found throughout scripture. Zeal is always in conjunction with righteousness and good deeds. If you remember the significance of the temple, and all that it stood for, then you can get a picture of what motivated Christ in the incident recorded in John 2. Zeal was the motive and not anger.

I believe zeal is something, that as Christians, we need to cultivate back into our lifestyles. A very good friend, also a pastor, with whom I visit a lot was explaining to me his concerns for the apparent lack of “zeal” in many of our churches today. Our walk in the Lord should be exciting. It should have an intensity of feeling. Our living everyday should be filled with intense devotion to God, our Father. If the Lord is to be number one in our lives, we should be zealous towards Him. If the zeal is lacking in your lives, it’s easy to get hold of again. It’s a simple act of bending our knees before the Lord and asking.

In His message to the Church of Laodicea in Revelation 3, the Lord says in verse 19, “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; be zealous therefore, and repent.” For myself, I repent of angry outbursts, of which I have been guilty of plenty in the past. I would much rather strive to attain a greater amount of Spirit-led zeal.

God Bless,
Pastor Roland Ledoux
Oasis Bible Ministry

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Paul Harvey Writes

It’s hard to believe that some may not know of Paul Harvey’s illustrious journalistic career, but here is a brief synopsis from Wikipedia:

Paul Harvey*Paul Harvey Aurandt (September 4, 1918 – February 28, 2009), better known as Paul Harvey, was a conservative American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. He broadcast News and Comment on weekday mornings and mid-days and at noon on Saturdays, as well as his famous The Rest of the Story segments. From 1952 through 2008, his programs reached as many as 24 million people a week. Paul Harvey News was carried on 1,200 radio stations, 400 American Forces Network stations, and 300 newspapers.

The following are articles, very prophetic in nature, that he penned and spoke in 1964, 1996, and 1999.

We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse. For my grandchildren, I’d like better.

I’d really like for them to know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches. I really would.

I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated.

I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car. And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen.

It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your old dog put to sleep.

I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in.

I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother/sister. And it’s all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he’s scared, I hope you let him.

When you want to see a movie and your little brother/sister wants to tag along, I hope you’ll let him/her.

I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.

On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don’t ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won’t be seen riding with someone as un-cool as your Mom.

If you want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one.

I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books.

When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head.

I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a boy\girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like.

May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole.

I don’t care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don’t like it. And if a friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your friend.

I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandma/Grandpa and go fishing with your Uncle.

May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays.

I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor’s window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Hanukkah/Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.

These things I wish for you – tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me, it’s the only way to appreciate life.

Written with a pen. Sealed with a kiss. I’m here for you. And if I die before you do, I’ll go to heaven and wait for you.

If I Were The Devil, 1964, 1996, 1999

1964 Newspaper Version

If I were the Prince of Darkness I would want to engulf the whole earth in darkness.

I’d have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree.

So I should set about however necessary, to take over the United States.

I would begin with a campaign of whispers.

With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whispers to you as I whispered to Eve, “Do as you please.”

To the young I would whisper “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that “man created God,” instead of the other way around. I would confide that “what is bad is good and what is good is square.”

In the ears of the young married I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be “extreme” in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct.

And the old I would teach to pray — to say after me — “Our father which are in Washington.” Then I’d get organized.

I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull, uninteresting.

I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies, and vice-versa.

I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing, less work. Idle hands usually work for me.

I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could, I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction, I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

If I were the Devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions; let those run wild.

I’d designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts and I’d get preachers to say, “She’s right.”

With flattery and promises of power I would get the courts to vote against God and in favor of pornography.

Thus I would evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, then from the Houses of Congress.

Then in his own churches I’d substitute psychology for religion and deify science.

If I were Satan I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg,

And the symbol of Christmas a bottle.

If I were the Devil I’d take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. Then my police state would force everybody back to work.

Then I would separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines and objectors in slave-labor camps.

If I were Satan I’d just keep doing what I’m doing and the whole world go to hell as sure as the Devil.

1996 Newspaper Version

If I were the prince of darkness, I would want to engulf the whole world in darkness.

I’d have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — thee.

So, I would set about however necessary to take over the United States.

I’d subvert the churches first, and I would begin with a campaign of whispers.

With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.”

To the young, I would whisper that the Bible is a myth. I would convince the children that man created God instead of the other way around. I’d confide that what’s bad is good and what’s good is square.

And the old, I would teach to pray after me, “Our Father, which are in Washington …”

Then, I’d get organized, I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting.

I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

If I were the devil, I’d soon have families at war with themselves, churches at war with themselves and nations at war with themselves until each, in its turn, was consumed.

And with promises of higher ratings, I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames.

If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellect but neglect to discipline emotions. I’d tell teachers to let those students run wild. And before you knew it, you’d have drug-sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.

Within a decade, I’d have prisons overflowing and judges promoting pornography. Soon, I would evict God from the courthouse and the schoolhouse and them from the houses of Congress.

In his own churches, I would substitute psychology for religion and deify science. I’d lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls and church money.

If I were the devil, I’d take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious.

What’ll you bet I couldn’t get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich?

I’d convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun and that what you see on television is the way to be.

And thus, I could undress you in public and lure you into bed with diseases for which there are no cures.

In other words, if I were the devil, I’d just keep right on doing what he’s doing.

1999 Internet Version

If I were the devil:

I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;

I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man’s effort, instead of God’s blessings;

I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people;

I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;

I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership;

I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;

I would make it socially acceptable to take one’s own life, and invent machines to make it convenient;

I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more than human beings;

I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His Name was grounds for a law suit;

I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I would get sports heroes to advertise them;

I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the mind of every family member for my agenda;

I would attack the family, the backbone of any nation. I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so does the nation;

I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and I would call it art;

I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that their lifestyle should be accepted and marveled at;

I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically correct;

I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, and the Bible is for the naive;

I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional;

I guess I would leave things pretty much the way they are.

You see the dates that Mr. Harvey wrote these articles and the evolution of them over that time period; the only question I have to ask right now is – what has changed?

*Wikipedia web address: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Harvey

God save america

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Patience – Necessary

Jeremiah 25:11, “‘This whole land will be a desolation and a horror, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years.'”

2 Timothy 2:24-26, “The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.”

Not Done Quickly

Counseling Luther to move more temperately, Erasmus judged that ancient institutions could not be quickly changed and would yield more easily to persuasion than condemnation. We can agree that Luther, not Erasmus, “understood the times,” and still appreciate the truth Erasmus stated.

Benjamin Rush disgustedly resigned after he repeatedly failed to get needed medical reforms through Congress for the Revolutionary Army. John Adams begged him to stay and fight the abuses from within. “Patience! Patience! Patience!” Adams said. “The first, the last, and the middle virtues of a politician.” Wasn’t the wicked Iago correct when he said, “How poor are they that have not patience. What wound did ever heal but by degrees?”

By it’s very nature, success in spiritual work is as elusive as the missing link. Workers feel they may as well plough the seas as to plant gospel seed in human hearts. The work of integrating faith and practice demands such firm, dogged efforts that many seek easier toil elsewhere. Spiritual work takes time – fast-profit entrepreneurs need not apply.

Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Applicable Quotations

A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains. – Dutch Proverb

Adopt the secret of nature: her secret is patience. – Emerson

He that can have patience can have what he will. – Franklin

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. – Rousseau

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Praise The Lord – Imperials

With all that is going on in the nation AND in the world today, this song from the late 70’s is every bit as relevant today as it was back then. I hope you enjoy this rendition with Russ Taft leading the vocals.

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