Mary Grace Henry

We have lost one of our writers. MG was with us from conception and was faithful to the end.  She will surely be missed. 

http://www.novacremate.com/obituary/Mary-Grace-Henry/Leesburg-Virginia/1751484

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Benefits of the Righteous

Read Psalm 92:6-15

[The righteous] will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”- Psalm 92:12, 14-15 (NIV)

I have many questions that stream through my mind about many things. I visited a home recently that specializes in dementia. I left with questions. I still have questions. ❓❓❓

I would like to share a story about a man in his late 80’s still in his home named; Archie. I was told  he was diagnosed with Alzheimers. I spoke with him a few times and he did seem rather confused. His wife a younger woman being his caretaker became ill and died shortly thereafter. Later in conversation he was driving again and going out on his own. He has minimum care in his home as he continues to live there and enjoy his family, friends and church.

I asked him, what happened? He said; “I prayed 🙏🏻to be better and God heard.”

I still have many questions as I ponder how to pray for those older and suffering with dementia. But, if I pause and meditate on this scripture I read, “the righteous.”

Integrity

A Psalm of David. (101 ESV)
”A I will sing of steadfast love and justice;
to you, O LORD, I will make music.
I will ponder the way that is blameless.
Oh when will you come to me?
I will walk with integrity of heart
within my house;
I will not set before my eyes
anything that is worthless.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
it shall not cling to me.
A perverse heart shall be far from me;
I will know nothing of evil.
Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly
I will destroy.
Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart
I will not endure.
I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,
that they may dwell with me;
he who walks in the way that is blameless
shall minister to me.
No one who practices deceit
shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.
Morning by morning I will destroy
all the wicked in the land,
cutting off all the evildoers
from the city of the LORD.”

As my Nation, USA, traverse through a stinging political presidential cycle my reading,  “no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes” gives me a lot of thought. I hear some calling one of our candidates “a liar”.  May be true, I don’t know. But, I do know that at times some at my social table setting that so pridefully proclaimed this theory lies themselves many times before the meal is over. Therefore, my question is if this Psalm applies to us today and we have a candidate lying and their opponents being the average voter while accusing  the candidate join in by lying  about their basic activities of the day,  have we built our house on the sand?

 

Mystery of Holy Spirit

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”.🕊

Jealousy and Envy

Have you ever experienced envy and jealousy either from yourself to others or others to you? In reading these (7) seven Bibical scriptures, if be true, it seems to be war!  What should one do if they find themselves a victim of another(s) envy and jealousy? Or, if you find yourself trying to harm others because of your envy and jealousy? It seems to be one harms them selves greatly when they are jealous and envious of others.

Please help me break down these verses one by one into life changing for individuals, and groups of people.

“Song of Solomon 8:6 – Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LORD.

1 Corinthians 13:4 – Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.

Philippians 2:3 – Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

James 3:14-15 – But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

Psalm 37:1-3 – Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

James 3:16 – For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

Proverbs 14:30 – A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.”

 

Information in conflict

FullSizeRender“The Lord says, “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.” – Isaiah 66:13 (NRSV)

It seems each day brings a basketful of decision making chores. Things that one thinks should be so simple seems like a load to heavy to carry when placed in a mind. My brother as he looked near death in the face would so often say to me, “too much information.” I began to label all information, both incoming and outgoing, either TMI (too much information) or NEI (not enough information).

Granted, I, hopefully, knew and know the difference between withholding valuable information. Timely information. Wrong information. But, there seems to be a lot of information I’m not sure what to do with and why I even have it. As well as information others withhold and handle so untimely and even giving untruthful and/or distorted information. This information gig has fighting red horns! This brings me to the reason I choose for my meditative thoughts this scripture found in Isaiah, the Lord will comfort me and you just like a loving Mother comforts her child.

Let us think about the many times in our lives when God has comforted us with love and grace in moments of hurt and uncertainty. These memories bring us comfort and peace as well as gratitude and humility that God would intervene in our life on this intimate personal level. Each day may bring, TMI or NEI and information may feel like an emotional whip but loving arms are always open to hug away our tears.

My summary on why I think dealing with information to be so difficult; “lack of love.” What info do you have to offer?

Throne of God Revelation 4

It seems to me lately that when I am talking to church folks I hear lots of lies about things that are not even important to say, let alone lie about. I am thinking have they (us) lied so much that we are a lie. Really, no truth can come from them (us)?

Psalms 24:3-5 “Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood. And has not sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the LORD And righteousness from the God of his salvation.…”

Pulpit Commentary says on this…”Verse 4. – He that hath clean hands. He whose hands are free from acts of sin (comp. Psalm 15:2-5), and not only so, but he who hath also a pure heart, since the heart is the source of all evil (Matthew 15:19, 20), and wrongful words and wicked acts are the necessary results of the heart being impure.”

Look and think on these and others passages as you research lies and liars from the Bible; Psalm 101:7 “I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house, and liars will not stay in my presence.”

Revelation 21:26-27 The New Jerusalem “…and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

I want to be part of The New Jerusalem, don’t you? Hopefully, we will do as much about dieting our lies as our calories. Let’s help one another to be truthful! We have a warning to do this from; Hebrews 3:13 (NLT) “You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.”

Let’s make 2015 our best as we enter into “The Throne Room of God” while it is open season.