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Five Minute Friday blog posts

Determination

Ecc 9:1, 17 For I have taken all this to my heart and explain it that righteous men, wise men, and their deeds are in the hand of God. The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.

Ecc. 4, 10, If the ruler’s temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure allays great offenses. If the ax is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success. (Know God’s word, sharpen your wit by it).

Last two verses of Ecclesiastes: Fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment (Light), everything which is hidden whether it is good or evil.

Determine in your heart which way you will go. Be not distracted by loud voices that name call, bully and try to deceive. The church’s purpose is the salvation of the lost, it is an eternal matter.

To remain faithful in following after Jesus will require determination and intentionality. It will not happen by accident or casually. (Joanne Viola)
Determine to be faithful no matter the situation you are in. (Daniel/Spacious Living)
Do not mourn the loss of day not spent with God, enjoy each day as you spend with Him. (Andrew)
Don't get hung up in priorties, planning, preparing, missing what is important. (Best laid plans). 

Importance of God’s Word

In Chapter one of Zechariah, the Jews are returning from Babylon to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. God reminds them of the importance of repentance by saying don’t be like the previous generation that ignored the prophets when they could have stopped the temple from being destroyed. Learn from your fathers, learn from what your fathers did wrong. 

Charles L Feinberg wrote in his book, God Remembers, A Study of Zechariah: “The fulfillments of the threatenings were so patent that Israel had to admit after consideration that God’s Word was true, even though it was to their discomfiture. Proof that the fathers recognized the Lord’s hand and their judgment.” 

Times are so disruptive today that the importance of knowing the season we are in is imperative. If we must repent, repent. If we don’t understand the signs of our time, study God’s Word. Measure truth by His Word. Don’t be deceived by lying spirits. God’s Word is living and active. 

Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” … If we are lacking in knowledge of God’s Word, we will struggle to fight against the enemy.

Friends

Ecc 9:1, 17 For I have taken all this to my heart and explain it that righteous men, wise men, and their deeds are in the hand of God. The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.

Ecc. 4, 10, If the ruler’s temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure allays great offenses. If the ax is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success. (Know God’s word, sharpen your wit by it).

Last two verses of Ecclesiastes: Fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment (Light), everything which is hidden whether it is good or evil.

Announced, Anticipated, Abandoned, or Accepted

The Jews waited for their Messiah to come.
Some believed, and some did not.
Some could see the beauty of his arrival
and used scriptures to attest and authenticate.
We are waiting today for his return.
Some believe He is coming, and some do not.

We see the convergence of scriptures- Israel exists today. Words from the prophets of old come to life with current events. Mysteries once hidden are revealed. Scriptures are used to authenticate and test God’s promises. Sadly, only for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

The rapture ends the church age and ushers in the next set of events-foretold. Some will believe, and some will not. But they have the scriptures to test and authenticate Truth.

Just like the first sliver of light on the horizon brings the bird’s morning song, so Jesus sings for the world to hear. His song shatters the mournful tones of despair and dispels the cloak of darkness.

Echoes of joy ring
The songless world yearns to hear.
The troubadour’s song.

The morning light sings.
Hope shines through hate and despair.
The reframe repeats. 

His coming was announced

His return for the church anticipated

The Second coming foretold. Some will accept Him and some will not.

Behold Him

Behold the Baby in the Manager.
Behold the lamb and shepherds.
Behold, Simeon’s prayer fulfilled.
Behold the gifts of gold, frankincense, myrrh.
Behold the wise men from the East present gifts to the King of Kings.
Behold the amazement of the Temple priest of a twelve-year-old.
Behold the Dove descending on a baptism.
Behold the Father’s voice.
Behold the twelve disciples.
Behold miracles of water into wine, the lame walk, blind healed.
Behold, men’s hearts restored, promised fulfilled.

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Behold the accusation, the persecution, condemnation.
Behold the death of a King, a sacrificial lamb.
Behold broken hearts, loss, misunderstanding.
Behold death, darkness, and dementia.

Behold His Resurrection.

Behold promised fulfilled and promises yet fulfilled.
Behold the ministry of the church.
Behold the restoration of the nation of Israel.
Behold Christ’s return for the church.
Behold Revelations to come
Behold the Second Coming and every knee bowed.
Behold LIFE, LIGHT, and LOVE.
BEHOLD HIM, JESUS, the King of Kings.

Behold Him, Mission House,

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus.

High Hopes/ Expectations

High hopes, youthful dreams, and expectations come true with planning and hard work. Dreams without feet are balloons that float away or go pop. Youthful dreams need honing, just like our thinking needs honing.

Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron so does one man sharpen another. God calls us to train each generation.

WE NEED strong leaders in our church. We need men to be the spiritual leaders at home, at the church, in the community, and in our government. OMGosh, I think of our Founding Fathers who form our Consitution on biblical principles. These men weren’t alone. Women took a stand too. They argued, worked, and honed this document as a construct for all people to live. America was the country that ended slavery and the country that was the catalyst for ending it worldwide.

Perfection may be a goal usually unattainable but a goal to work towards.

I heard a true story once about the African Elephant. Men hunted for the big bull elephant, which had a devastating effect on the herd. The young bulls went wild, attacking the herd, villages, etc., and had to be put down. The big bulls were gone to train them. Today, I see young bulls (young men and women) running around without purpose or directions. Some find causes to fight for, and others fight self-serving avenues but most get into trouble. God designed the family with a man and a woman to train their children. Remember, the family was established as the basic unit in society from which the community grows.

The Jews waited for their Messiah to come.
Some believed and some did not.
Some could see the beauty of his arrival,
scriptures to attest and authenticate.
We wait today for his return.
Some believe, and some do not.
Our expected hope is in Jesus.

I remember this song as a child. The ant doesn’t work alone. Hard work and determination lead to success. Train up a child and they will find their way- through life’s problems. I believe God’s Word is true.

Just what makes that little old ant
Think he'll move that rubber tree plant
Anyone knows an ant, can't
Move a rubber tree plant

But he's got high hopes, he's got high hopes
He's got high apple pie, in the sky hopes

So any time your gettin' low
'Stead of lettin' go
Just remember that ant
Oops there goes another rubber tree plant

When troubles call, and your back's to the wall
There a lot to be learned, that wall could fall

All problems just a toy balloon
They'll be bursted soon
They're just bound to go pop
Oops there goes another problem kerplop
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Gratitude Nourishes the Heart

As gratefulness flows from your heart and touches the lives around you, it becomes a blessing.

Flip a switch, and there is light. Turn a knob for warm water, cold water, drinkable sweet water. Simple blessings, luxuries that millions do not have.

Not one day is like the other. Each day is a gift to appreciate. With our eyes, we see the world. With our hearts, we feel life’s vibrations. A life filled with gratitude is a sweet awareness of the day’s blessing.

Don’t let hate, disappointment, or a grandiose sense of self-importance steal your joy. Do not covet what others have, be thankful for who you are.

Piglet noted that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude. A. A. Milne.

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord so walk in Him, having been firlmy rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith,... and overflowing with gratitude. Colossians 2:7

Country Living/V Sharp
I am greatly blessed
I am highly favoured
I am deeply loved
And so grateful.
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Hide

My first thought was of how I’m hidden in God’s hand. In heaven and on the earth, God is present and is near. I’m am enclosed both behind and before. Things I cannot see or understand are clear to Him. Darkness and light are the same to Him. His sight is like an eagle by day and an owl by night.

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Psalms 139 applies both to my earthly body and also to my soul. God knows me like parents know their child. Children are playing in the backyard, and one child cries, and the mother gets up. Parents can interpret a baby’s cry by saying he’s fussy, or hungry, or lonely.

As we grow in the Lord, he gives us hind feet and makes us walk in high places. (Hab 3:19) He encloses us both before and behind and goes before us. Jesus said to come and rest when your burdens are heavy. Let me teach you for, I am gentle at heart and will give you rest. (Matt 11: 28-30)

He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock
That shadows a dry, thirsty land
He hideth my life in the depths of his love
And covers me there with his hand
And covers me there with his hand

When our work on this earth is done, we will be with the true rock of ages, the cornerstone of our salvation. I’ve hidden my soul in the cleft of his hand

Habakkuk 3:19 The Lord is my strength And He has made my feet like hind’s feet. And

Psalms 139: 5 Thou hast enclosed me behind and before. And laid Thy hand upon me.

Wander

Veteran’s Day is a day to say- I see you.

To wander is to move about aimlessly or to stray or get lost. We ought to look and see how our veterans wander and are at a loss for words by pulling out in Afghanistan. The 13 soldiers who died, Americans left behind, supplying the enemy with the ammunition used to kill our citizens who were left behind.

It takes time to look and see the tangible sacrifices that veteran families endure daily. The effects of war on military families are vast, varying, and lasting. We enjoy the liberties today at a cost we are unaware of paid by others who serve to protect our freedoms.

Wondering where to start, look a little deeper to find a veteran that you can support and encourage. Pray daily for honor and peace over our nation’s military, our brothers and sister who are on the frontlines, keeping the peace.

This is how we remember and how we heal. To really stop and say I see you and will listen to your stories.

Veteran/D-Day
My Step-Dad: S E Pierce

For my brother, Marcus Bronte, and James Willis Bronte (my Dad-Korean war), Charles Riley, Thomas Ballard, Donald Beel.

Prayer

One of the hardest things about prayer is trusting your prayers, trusting God to answer your prayers, trusting God’s Word is true for you too, not just for the Bible greats.

Prayer is your weapon. Like the soil loves the tree and gives life to the tree so does prayer give life to your soul. Prayer cradles life whether answered here or there (heaven). (Work in Progress)

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ABOVE the Fray

What type of movies do you watch? I don’t watch horror movies, R-rated movies, movies filled with foul language or nudity. Besides, who wants to pay 20 bucks to be cursed at and insulted. How often have you said something and someone’s snickers because of an inappropriate reference that you are unaware of?

How do you live above the fray?

God said I can no longer strive with man to Noah and commanded him to build an Ark. God said to Moses, ‘I will destroy these people and make a nation with you.’ Moses prayed for God to change his mind. Those people didn’t enter the promised land. They wander in the wilderness for forty years. God would have saved a whole city for ten righteous but found none, so He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. How did Lot live above the fray in such a city?

I pray for the end of drug and sex trafficking because of what little I see. My husband commented on the underbelly of illicit activities. When he said that, I envisioned a black mass with tentacles stretching out, sucking the life out of people, hidden in the darkness. But today, people are flaunting their actions as if it is their right. A vast and black underbelly of sin flipped over for all to see.

God the Father turned as God the Son took the weight and depth of sin upon Himself.

I think of the line in the movie Blind Side, when asked how did he make it through. He replied, “I close my eyes.”

How do you love people, love the sinner, hate the sin and live above the fray? We are to close our eyes to sinful acts because of how it affects the soul. Joseph had his robe torn off him running away. Proverbs 1:15 Do not walk in the with the sinner, Keep your feet from their path. v. 30.

Proverbs 2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom, discover the knowledge of God and wisdom will enter your heart.

Jesus is the name above every name and through Him, peace will come.

by Bobby Pancake