“Deliver us from Evil”

“Give us this day our daily bread” Matthew 6:11
“Do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34 NKJV
Now same verse from the message:
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the times comes.”
“Exhort one another DAILY, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13

We all have watched and heard the unfolding of the tragedy that has taken place at Virginia Tech. We are watching daily the loss of lives that happen almost daily in Iraq on behalf of our Nation and other Nations. Our communities are losing young men and women both in war zones and at home. Hebrews 3:15 says, “Today, please listen, don’t turn a deaf ear…”

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Faith and Obedience when Facing Death

Daniel chapter 3 clearly shows faith and obedience to our Lord. King Nebuchadnezzar was a very powerful king of Babylon. He was so powerful he built a golden statue ninety feet tall and ninety feet wide and commanded everyone to bow down to this enormous statue when they heard the musical instruments. King Nebuchadnezzar commanded his people to serve his gods. If anyone refused to obey his commands they would be thrown in the blazing furnace. Everyone obeyed King Nebuchadnezzar. With fearful hearts his people bowed downed before the statue and worshiped a false god. Three Jewish men refused to bow down to the statue. When King Nebuchadnezzar heard of this disobedience he was furious. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were bought before the King. King Nebuchadnezzar gave them one last chance to bow down.
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I Bent Low to The Lord

While going through some old journals recently I found this poem, which I wrote in 2003. This poem from my heart was inspired by Sara’s teachings, workshops and retreats from her writings on the ‘Dance of Healing.’ Even after this experience in 2003, I again went through her retreat in 2006 on ‘The Dance of Healing’ with a different creative group, different state but the teachings from the heart of God taught and led by Sara. I have and would and will continue to search and seek Sara’s writings and teachings by making an appointment with God to schedule, travel and to walk through this teaching and others that Sara brings to us through her creative work. Sara has the art of communication and as she has taught and shown us many times without communication our creative work will fail to develop or succeed.

I hope that many will know that they are worth the WAIT. I can only write this because He waited on me.

I bent low to the Lord
when I was but a child
I knew he was here
I heard his voice in the Word
and I believed.
Oh how I loved Jesus
I loved the flowers
the sky and trees–
His handiwork, my creator
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THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS

True peace and love can only be achieved through forgiveness–
forgiveness of oneself and everyone else.

what is forgiveness?

To forgive means to express understanding for what happened —
what was done or not done to you. Forgiveness involves letting go of
the suffering and pain, the hurt and fear. It involves releasing the
other person from our hold on them and their hold on us.

We often think that by not forgiving people that we will teach
them a lesson, punishing them for their wicked ways. This is not
so. The only person who suffers is the one who holds the grudge and
allows the blame, shame, hatred, bitterness or revenge to fill them
up and poison the mind and body.

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The Crystal Cross

I received many wonderful, beautiful and thoughtful Christmas Gifts this Christmas. But, I would like to share one very special gift I received from my son, Jon. It is crystal and a CROSS. My son purchased this in Prague and travelled with it in his hand Christmas Day for ten hours on a train ride. A day later he flew nine more hours with this crystal cross in hand across the Atlantic.

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WOW, my cross made it without a break or even a crack. This was the first time ever Jon had not been home for Christmas. Things change, time shows how our children grow up. Time shows the wrinkles in our face and many other things that bring both joy and sorrow. But, one thing remains so steady and that is LOVE and The CROSS.

Why, because Jesus is Love and Jesus is The Cross. He is the Son of God and He is The Savior of The World. I have found a very special place in my home for my new crystal cross and you can be assured I will never forget this special Christmas and the love given to me by my son. I have also found a special place in my heart for Jesus who made the cross possible for you and me and all that choose to embrace His Cross.
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A Look Ahead

I spent part of Christmas Day and Eve reading Josh McDowell’s The Last Christian Generation. “The Crisis is Real. The Responsibility is Ours.” This was a Christmas gift to Gary from Rena and family. I sure enjoyed the gift as Gary and I shared this important subject together.

Josh gives many studies that one only has to look around them or in their own homes to realize the studies are fact and as he says on the cover of his book, the responsibility is ours, the crisis is real. Let me give you a glimpse of some studies from the first few pages of this book. A survey from youth show:

  • 65% want a close relationship with God
  • 49% want to make a difference in the world
  • 79% consider having close personal friends as a high-priority goal for their future

Yet, they just believe they have a different view than their parents or other generations. Here are a few for starters:

  • 63% don’t believe Jesus is the Son of the one true God
  • 58% believe all faiths teach equally valid truths
  • 51% don’t believe Jesus rose from the dead
  • 68% don’t believe the Holy Spirit is a real entity.

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