American Spiritual Life

As I stated in another recent post, it seems the theme the Holy Spirit has laid on my heart this week has been one on the Spiritual Life. It has been speaking to me, not just in my meditation and thoughts, but in my prayers this week as well.

With that in mind, I offer a few quotes to contemplate from some American Patriots from our past:

Without some moral and spiritual awakening, we will awaken some morning to find ourselves disappearing in the dust of an atomic explosion. — Dwight Eisenhower

The sum of the whole matter is this: If our civilization is to survive materially, it must be redeemed spiritually. — Woodrow Wilson

The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous. — Frederick Douglass

Love your country. Your country is the land where your parents sleep, where is spoken that language in which the chosen of your heart, blushing, whispered the first word of love; it is the home that God has given you that by striving to perfect yourselves therein you may prepare to ascend to him. — Giuseppe Mazzini

Some Scriptures to contemplate when praying for America:

1 Timothy 2:1-4, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

2 Chronicles 7:13-15 “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.”

Proverbs 11:10-11, “When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation. By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.”

Psalm 75:6-7, “For exaltation comes neither from the east Nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: He puts down one, And exalts another.”

Daniel 2:20-22, “Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.”

Malachi 4:5-6, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

America is blessed only as much as God’s children continue to walk spiritually following the leading of the Comforter and Counselor that He promised to send so as to lead and guide us. Since “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust,” (Matthew 5:45b), let us remember that America is blessed when we follow after Him because the blessings He bestows upon His children flow to those around them!

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Depressurize ~

The theme this week seems to be the Spiritual Life and Sister Deborah Ann caught an essence of that in this wonderful poem. Be inspired, be encouraged AND instructed in this and above all, be blessed!

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

When I feel the need,
to depressurize . . .
I shut my mouth
and close my eyes.

For when I am still,
I can decompress
and think about why
I’m so very blessed.

When I feel the need,
to completely unwind
I open up my heart
and shut down my mind.

For when I’m at rest,
God can release
into my soul
His perfect peace.

When I feel the need,
to depressurize . . .
it’s so God’s calm in me
He can internalize!


Colossians 3:15

And let the peace of God
rule in your hearts,
to the which also ye are
called in one body;
and be ye thankful.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

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Spiritual Life – Real, If Different

Deuteronomy 3:23-24, “I also pleaded with the LORD at that time, saying, ‘O Lord GOD, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand; for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours?'”

Acts 17:32, “Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some began to sneer, but others said, “We shall hear you again concerning this.”

A Different Life

Coronado’s men explored the Great Plains from the south. Zebulon Pike explored them from the east. They all labeled those million of acres “The Great American Desert.” It was an illusion, of course, for they seethed and swarmed with a staggering multiplicity of life. Numerous grasses sustained fifty million buffalo and millions of other wild creatures, and nomadic peoples lived well on the limitless vistas. The critics did not comprehend what they were seeing.

Likewise, the secular mind cannot comprehend the Spirit-filled life. It sees faith as a compensatory hallucination of those who are unwilling to compete in life. How poorly the Christian life is understood, especially its two greatest implications: forgiveness and eternal life. In Christ, all faith is credited to and no sin is charged against our account. When life is over, an eternal life of activity in ceaseless rest begins, of labor in ceaseless ease.

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

The truest end of life is to know the Life that never ends. — William Penn

The spiritual life… means the ever more perfect and willing association of the invisible human spirit with the invisible divine Spirit for all purposes. — Evelyn Underhill

I count all that part of my life lost which I spent not in communion with God, or in doing good. — Donne

The whole aim of the science of perfection in Christ is to instruct men how to remove the hindrances in the way of the action of the Holy Spirit, and how to cultivate those virtues which are most favorable to His solicitations and inspirations. Thus the sum of spiritual life consists in observing and yielding to the movements of the Spirit of God in our soul, employing for this purpose all the exercises of prayer, spiritual reading, the practice of virtues, and good works. — Isaac T. Hecker

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It’s a Dog’s Life, Plus!



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The Threshold of Change

I follow my brother in Christ, Wally Fry daily. He’s well-rounded and no I don’t mean obese! He’s serious when he has to be, funny when he doesn’t and he is a man of God who knows how to love.

How do I know having never met face-to-face? Simple: Luke 6:45, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

In this day and age of texting and writing in Blogs like ours, I like to paraphrase that spiritual principle by saying, “from the abundance of the heart, the hand writes (or types as the case may be!).

If you haven’t had the pleasure of his daily inspiration, then you my friends are missing out on something grand in the Kingdom!

Truth in Palmyra

Okay, I admit it. I am a Dr. Phil fan. Sure, he is a showman out to make a buck. Sure, his theology pretty much is the pits. On the other hand, he is entertaining and full of good common sense. But, I digress, as none of that is the point.

I listen to stuff, and I am usually thinking in the back of my mind what something actually means. Usually if your meaning is whacked, I will catch it. In his show lead-in, he has all of these cool little snippets of the show, and all sorts of supposedly pithy, meaningful quotes. Now, I actually hate most meaningful quotes, as most times they actually have no meaning, but are just words strung together to sound fancy and smart.

He has one on his lead-in for this season that just makes me NUTS! Here it is:

I’m going to lead…

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Blogs I Follow – Updated

I wanted to let everyone know that since last November, 2018 when I had my kidney surgery, during and after recovery and over the time since then I have found inspiration and encouragement in several other blogs on WordPress. I say this because in the past, within a week or so of following I would usually put a link to the new (at least for me) site on the page, “Blogs Followed” and inform the site owner of that fact.

Needless to say, many months have went by and I have added MANY new sites that I have found inspiration, encouragement and instructive. Yet, I have neglected (or forgotten) to add them to my “Blogs Followed” page, at least until the last few days. I have spent the last three days separating the new sites from the ones I have already followed so that I may inform site owners. I’m am happy to say it is finished and up to date.

The reason I do this is explained on the “Blogs Followed” page, but to recap, I believe it is important to encourage others within the Body of Christ to utilize their gifts no matter whether they feel it is a pastime, a hobby or just maybe practice. Every one is a gift from the Lord through His Holy Spirit if it lifts up (edifies) a believer, whether it be writing, poetry, art, photos or even highlighting Scriptures to remind us of the LIFE found within the Word of God!

I am passionate about this and the avenue and the medium in which is available to everyone today. That is why I try to do my best to encourage others to share what they have learned or what they have been gifted in! The Body of Christ is rich in inspiration of ALL types and that is why even with sites that are no longer being updated, yet still active online, there are wonderful treasures to find. I just hope my small part can help others to maybe see some inspiration where they might not have ventured!

IF you are one of the new site owners that I have listed and have been following the last several months, I will be coming to your site to notify you of the fact there is a link on my site page pointing to yours. I expect not a thing in return. This is part of my ministry (service) to you and to others in the Lord! I am blessed to be able to contribute even in a small way.

As with all things relating to others, the choice is yours to let the link remain. If for whatever reason, you wish not to allow a link on my site (no matter the reason) feel free to ask me to remove it, no questions asked and I will do it immediately!

To others who are always interested in sites they may not have visited, besides those who visit YOUR pages (which you can follow up with), there are others who post links as well. It is a wealth of information and if you enjoy reading or looking for inspiration elsewhere, God’s resources are unlimited!

I pray for the ministries of each site and it’s owners. I pray that God continues to bless their creativity and their heart for service with both abundant and very rich blessings! The Kingdom of God is not far off and because of that, we need each other and we need to spread the Word of Christ’s love in any way He has gifted us to do that!

God bless you all so very much in Jesus’ Precious Name! Amen and AMEN!! – Pastor Roland

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God Looks For Availability

This is from another long-time Online Ministry friend whom I have known for about twenty years. He’s still teaching and preaching and very active in his church ministry at Faith Chapel Of Steubenville, Ohio. He is also very active on Facebook spreading the Living Word of God and shining the Light of Jesus Christ to all!

Enjoy this treasure on God’s willingness to use ANY who remain available to Him! Be blessed!

You can also visit Pastor Herman Tranter’s Facebook page here: Herman Tranter Facebook

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God Looks For Availability

Luke 2:24 “And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”

The Old Testament passage being quoted is from Leviticus 12:6-8. There the Lord commanded a lamb and a young pigeon or a turtledove as the prescribed sacrifice. If the woman was unable to offer a lamb, then two young pigeons or two turtledoves were acceptable. Mary would not have offered the lesser offering if it had been in her power to provide the lamb.

This reveals that Joseph and Mary were not well off financially, yet the Lord chose them to be the earthly parents of His only begotten Son.

The Lord doesn’t choose the way man chooses. Man looks on the outward appearance but God looks on the heart, 1 Samuel 16:7.

Mary and Joseph were chosen when…

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This is from one of my long-time internet friends, Russ Hall. One of the first I ever made when first entering Online Ministry. He had started his own ministry on one of the Yahoo! Groups, Ready For Him, and I met several Christian friends there, some who even now twenty years later, I still keep in touch with. I come back from time to time to a blog he doesn’t write for now, but still has some great hidden treasures. This post, I couldn’t ignore for we all from time to time are looking for our “legacy etched in stone,” yet our true legacy is resting in the Heavenly Father and the Redeemer in whom we serve!!

I pray you enjoy this treasure nugget and be extremely blessed by it! You can see some of the other “nuggets” if you visit his site.

You can also visit Russ Hall’s Facebook page here: Russ Hall Facebook

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When Ptolemy decided to build the Pharos lighthouse in the second century, he chose Sostratus to design that mammoth structure, which later became one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Ptolemy insisted that the building should bear his inscription as a personal memorial; however, Sostratus didn’t think the king should get all the credit for his work. He therefore put the title of Ptolemy on the front of the lighthouse in a thick plaster, which would be eye-catching at first but later would be worn away by the elements. Secretly he had cut his own name in the granite underneath. For decades the sea dashed against the inscription and gradually eroded the plaster facade. Though it lasted the lifetime of that earthly monarch, it was finally obliterated, leaving the name “Sostratus” standing in bold relief! In like manner, worldly fame often disappears before the relentless waves of time…

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How Great Thou Art

As a thank you for finally becoming ad-free, AND now able to do something I haven’t been able to do under the free plan, I offer this video of one of my favorite hymns, How Great Thou Art by the a-cappella group, Home Free. Tell me what you think in the comments below; would you appreciate seeing more from time to time?

Enjoy and be blessed – Pastor Roland

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