A Psalm for All…

This is one of my favorite Psalms. It has something that applies to everyone, everywhere at sometime in their Life. If you have not yet faced any of the situations, circumstances or trails listed in these passages… just hold on, your time is coming!

God is faithful and He uses all the sad times, bad times and glad times that Life is made up of, to prove His love and His faithfulness to his children…

You are one of His children…  If you do not know that yet, let me be the first to tell you!

You may be away from home right now or you may deliberately be heading in the opposite direction from your destination, but you are still His child and He wants you to know that…

Please don’t be one who has to keep silent in the end; be one who shouts praises to the love, graciousness and faithfulness of Our Father…

Love in Him! 

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~ Psalm 107~

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
3 those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.

4 Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle.
5 They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away.
6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
7 He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle.
8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

10 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains,
11 because they rebelled against God’s commands and despised the plans of the Most High.
12 So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help.
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.
15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
16 for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.

17 Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities.
18 They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death.
19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
20 He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
22 Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.

23 Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters.
24 They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep.
25 For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves.
26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end.

28 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.
31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
32 Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders.

33 He turned rivers into a desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground,
34 and fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the wickedness of those who lived there.
35 He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs;
36 there he brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle.
37 They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest; 38 he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and he did not let their herds diminish.

39 Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow;
40 he who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste.

41 But he lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks.
42 The upright see and rejoice, but all the wicked shut their mouths.

43 Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.

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The End or The Beginning?

You decide

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Rude, Crude, Shrewd and Blessed?

 …Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’

“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’

“So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’

“‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied.

“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’

“Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’

“‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied.

“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’

“The Master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

–Luke 16:1-8 (NIV)–

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I must admit, I have struggled with this parable through most of my Christian Life. .. Why? …It just seems contradictory to what we have been taught about the way Christians should behave, and do business and yet in the end it appears this rude, crud and shrewd manager is commended or congratulated for his actions… Does the confuse you too?

I am going to leave the dilemma of the parable for you to solve with your own imaginations.. however I would like to suggest a few things that may help add meaning to this mystery of “money management” as it is commonly taught today in modern preaching…

My first suggestion is that you attempt to clear your mind of everything you have ever heard about this teaching of Jesus that has to do with money, stewardship, finances or fund-raising! ..I understand this will be difficult because it takes much more effort for us to forget than it does to remember… “think about that a minute if you will?”

My second suggestion is that you attempt to fill your mind with Love, Mercy, Forgiveness and debt reduction… for us all.. including unjust managers, those who cook the books, embezzlers, swindlers and the like… just sinners like the rest of us would be a good description I think.. how about you?

Now lastly, I would suggest that you See the Master in this Parable as Jesus Himself and not some earthly CEO or CFO of the banking industry eagerly looking for flaws within their cooperation’s accounts or accountants … but as a Loving and Forgiving Monarch intently looking for qualities to include INTO His Heavenly Kingdom on earth..??

Can you see it yet?? …Take some time. I know it is difficult, but when it becomes clear to you… I think you may have a different perspective of this unjust manager and of his Just and Righteous Master who searches for Good reasons to include and never bad reasons to exclude…

As I have said many times.. I cannot change how you think or what you believe.. and that is not my intentions at all.    My reasons for blogging is simply to address doctrines, dogma, rituals, traditions, misinterpretations, mistranslations and such..  We must remember when we read the scriptures that there is an eternal truth behind ever parable and teaching in the Bible and the Truth is never quite so apparent as the principles and or instructions we use in this world and it’s ways of doing business. …Anytime we try to apply Kingdom Truth to Earthly systems of business and finance we will get the wrong message.. entirely!

We must learn to read, study and understand God’s Word through the Eyes of The Word of God in the Flesh… Jesus Christ!! …It should always be with the lens of love, forgiveness, mercy, grace and all the characteristics that describe Jesus, The Just Master .. He is the Word of God.. and His answer to the kitty’s question and to yours and mine is always the same to every scoundrel and sinner ..unjust as we are. His answer is “Yes I can..”

….You may protest by saying the Unjust Steward did not ask to be forgiven and this is quite true.. He did not? 

As this parable shows us .. Jesus is not looking for reasons to condemn but is looking for ways to commend, congratulate and say “Welcome, come in, My good and faithful steward servant…”

I have gone on much further than I intended to go.. I hope I have not taken away your chance to draw your own conclusions… It does not have to be the same as mine.. You may see it differently than I do… and that’s OK too!!

Love In Him!

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9 Learn some lessons from this crooked but clever asset manager. Realize that the purpose of money is to strengthen friendships, to provide opportunities for being generous and kind. Eventually money will be useless to you—but if you use it generously to serve others, you will be welcomed joyfully into your eternal destination.

10 If you’re faithful in small-scale matters, you’ll be faithful with far bigger responsibilities. If you’re crooked in small responsibilities, you’ll be no different in bigger things. 11 If you can’t even handle a small thing like money, who’s going to entrust you with spiritual riches that really matter? 12 If you don’t manage well someone else’s assets that are entrusted to you, who’s going to give over to you important spiritual and personal relationships to manage?

13 Imagine you’re a servant and you have two masters giving you orders. What are you going to do when they have conflicting demands? You can’t serve both, so you’ll either hate the first and love the second, or you’ll faithfully serve the first and despise the second. One master is God and the other is money. You can’t serve them both.

14 The Pharisees overheard all this, and they started mocking Jesus because they really loved money.

     __ Luke 16: 9-14 (VOICE)__


Sin in the House?

 

~Wisdom from Oswald Chambers~
God engineers circumstances to see what we will do. Will we be the children of our Father in heaven, or will we go back again to the meaner, common-sense attitude? Will we stake all and stand true to Him? “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” The crown of life means I shall see that my Lord has got the victory after all, even in me.
The Highest Good—The Pilgrim’s Song Book, 530 L

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sin.kills

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I still hear a lot of preaching going on today about sin… Do you?   I must say it takes quite sometime for some of us to get over being a sinner, especially when we are being reminded of it from the pulpit all the time.   I am not saying we are not sinners while we are in this physical world where sin abounds..    I am saying, the Power of Sin over us as been conquered and “Sin” holds no claims on God’s children any longer.   ..Does this idea sound strange to you??

There are many verses in the Scriptures that tell us, the power of sin has been destroyed.   Why we don’t hear them more often than we do, I cannot answer… Can you?   Maybe it’s because we just do not understand what happened that Day as Jesus hung on the “Cross“.. You may want to follow the link and get new perspectives on the cross, that most Christians are not aware of…??  

Let’s just “explore” a few verses…  There are many more and I hope you will be curious enough to look for them on your own!!

So there is now no condemnation awaiting those who belong to Christ Jesus. For the power of the life-giving Spirit—and this power is mine through Christ Jesus—has freed me from the vicious circle of sin and death. We aren’t saved from sin’s grasp by knowing the commandments of God because we can’t and don’t keep them, but God put into effect a different plan to save us. He sent his own Son in a human body like ours—except that ours are sinful—and destroyed sin’s control over us by giving himself as a sacrifice for our sins.

Romans 8:1-3 –Living Bible (TLB)

Now, let me say this again and make sure you understand..  I am not saying we are not sinners. These verses above are not saying we are not sinners.  Verse 3 even says; We can’t and don’t keep God’s commandments even though we know them…  Isn’t that true?   What I am saying and what I want you to know is this: “God knows we cannot keep His commandment too!”  God never intended for us to “keep” the commandments…

What???? you say..

The Bible tells us very plainly that the Law was given to show us we are sinners… not for us to keep the Law so we would not be sinners!! …We are sinners, God knew this from the beginning and from the beginning and IN the beginning God had a remedy, a cure for our sin problem..!  He made Himself a body, a body like ours … but without sin.   Do you see that in verse 3..?   Remember.. the Word was with God in the beginning..   ref.  John 1:1-14.??

OK, …Time for you to “Explore” on your own…   Sorry, I have learned that unless you get it for yourself, you do not get it at all..!  “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word Of God” not my words, God’s Word and His name is Jesus… Hear Him…

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 You see, the only Power sin ever had over us was to condemn us and tell us we were/are not worthy to be Loved by Our Father… God came to us in the Body of His Son Jesus… and proved that, “that was A LIE”… Jesus took on Himself every sin ever committed by every man, woman and child ever born under the LAW and who will ever be born on this fallen earth!!! …and He died just like the LAW required… “BUT” .. Jesus did not stay Dead… No, the “Penalty of Death” required by the Law could NOT keep Him in the GRAVE, and my friends… It cannot keep you in the GRAVE either once you understand THE LOVE and FORGIVENESS that really happened at the Cross and at the RESURRECTION

I love the Bible, I love the Scriptures.. but sometimes we spend way too much time on some of them …and far TOO little time on others.

My prayer TODAY is that you will become curious and courageous enough to dive into the Scriptures for yourself and discover just how LOVED and FORGIVEN we all really are! …forever and ever…. Amen!

Love in Him!    

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We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient. And patients develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Then, when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

When we were utterly helpless, with no way of escape, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners who had no use for him. Even if we were good, we really wouldn’t expect anyone to die for us, though, of course, that might be barely possible. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since by his blood he did all this for us as sinners, how much more will he do for us now that he has declared us NOT guilty? Now he will save us from all of God’s wrath to come. 10 And since, when we were his enemies, we were brought back to God by the death of his Son, what blessings he must have for us now that we are his friends and he is living within us!

Romans 5:3-10