CS Monroe Tech Spring Plant Sale
Drone video by ChristopherMar
The Spring Plant Sale at Monroe Technology Center in Leesburg, Virginia is on! There is a great assortment of annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, small fruits and fruit trees, aquatic plants and fish; over 500 hanging baskets; and 1200+ tomato plants to choose from. But what makes this sale especially exciting is the new kiosk of air plants, many of which are displayed in colorful 3Dprinter jellyfish and other unique designs by Christopher Mar! So stop in and see it all. You will find students and volunteers in bright orange T-shirts by CustomInk ready to assist. Sale days and times are Wednesday, April 27 from 10-8pm; Thursday, April 28 from 10-6pm and Friday, April 29 from 10-5pm.
Holy Spirit, You are welcome in my home?
“To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables; in order that “they may indeed look, but not perceive, and may indeed listen, but not understand.”- Mark 4:11-12 (NRSV)
Do you ever read scripture and feel perplexed? I do. And, this scripture happens to be one of those. What do you do at times like this? I often start talking with the scripture. In talking with this scripture I tend to hear; “communication for you is totally impossible with either the you or the those.” First, am I a you or a those? I hope I am a YOU! Therefore, I know and understand the secrets of God’s kingdom. Now, how do I identify the those? Seemly, anyone outside the Kingdom of God. They sure have a comprehensible problem wouldn’t you say?
Pondering my thoughts!
I have a few question concerning this popular unity rule. (See scripture rule below)
1) Am I to be filled with the Spirit before I speak? 2) Or, do I speak and thereby become filled with the Spirit?
“Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.” – Ephesians 5:18-19 (NIV)
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Psalm 43:1 “Vindicate me, my God. And plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked.” I find these words biting fighting words. My mind goes into a hail storm. Bounce, bounce, yes, no, and how could this be in such a nation as mine, the world’s greatest? I turn on the fighting arrogant news against almost every Bibical imaginable precept, concept and eternal truths recorded from God’s point of view and the hail storm returns to my head. The news anchors read and quote from the source fed to them like rat poison and they read on and think they are clever and deep thinkers. If anyone disagrees with their point of view they go into angry rage while their pride and arrogance looks like the reverse tail of Einsteins out of control hair.
What must one do? Read on, follow the perfect pattern of Psalm 43:2-5 God can be our stronghold, a safe shelter. In trying to navigate through this brutal Presidential election in my nation I sure need a stronghold. A safe shelter.
The other night I read a chapter in a book called Tozer: Mystery of the Holy Spirit by A.W. Tozer. This book is a collection of his sermons preached over 60 years ago. I think they are very relevant for today and particularly food for thought for this Easter season. The chapter I read and would like to share thoughts from is entitled, “The Dove of Noah’s Ark”. In it he contrast the hearts of the two different birds that Noah sent out of the ark at different times to illustrate to the church he was apparently preaching the sermon to why they were not filled with the Holy Spirit.🕊
Tozer writes that God in His kindness had to judge mankind because of their total depravity. So he sent a flood on the earth in Noah’s day to destroy, sparing only a few so that all the human race would not perish. In describing the scene of this judgement, Tozer paints a picture of the ‘devastation’ of this judgement that the raven that Noah sent out when the ark finally came to rest on Ararat, encountered. This desolation was not something I had really thought on before, a vast sea filled with floating, rotting corpses of all kinds of creatures. The raven, Tozer says, had a ‘dark heart’ and “felt at home there for he was a flesh eater”. What should or would have repulsed others did not have the same effect on the raven. The raven was very happy to go out into this sea of horror, loving it as he feasted on the dead flesh because that was who he was. Tozer writes, “Something in his dark heart loved it because he lived on it.” That raven never even wanted to come back to the ark. As I read on in the chapter, I saw that Tozer compared this illustration of the raven with man’s love of and comfortableness with sin. God has sent His judgement on humanity but man isn’t affected by it …man is right at home in this world just like the raven, loving it. He warns that “unless we repent, we shall all perish and all the nations of the world shall be turned into hell.”
Then Tozer contrasts the illustration of the raven with the dove that Noah sent out, a type of the Holy Spirit. This pure dove hated what she saw and did not even want to look at the filth, so she came back to Noah and the ark. She did not want to put her feet on anything dirty. What a vivid contrast of two types of birds, two types of loves and two types of hearts. Much to think on. 💜
As I understood it, Tozer sums it by referring to the Holy Spirit and indicating how He wants to come down into men’s hearts and lives but because of “plain sins which nobody can deny…” (and that God hates)…”the dove will not come down”.🕊