Sunday, August 27, 2017

Thy Testimonies

Psalms 93:1-5 KJV
1 The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. 2 Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting. 3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. 4 The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea. 5 Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever.


Friday, August 25, 2017

Good Fruit

Matthew 7:15-20 KJV 1
5 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

The nature of Satan is to deceive and he will use people to try to deceive us. We need to be on our guard and keep an eye out for those who try to get us to stray from God's way. How can we know? We need to examine their fruit.

Christ tells us that an evil person can not produce good fruit. It may look good, but it won't be good. We need to make sure that we don't just take their "fruit" at face value, but examine it and see if it continues to produce good fruit.

People can say "good" things, but we need to remember that actions/fruit speak louder than words.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Throw Back Thursday-Garden Time

It's the time of year when those who plant gardens are harvesting. My girls were just saying earlier this week that we haven't had veggie pizza in a while and wondered if we could have it again. That got me thinking to my blog post about the veggie pizza I make as well as a soup using garden goodies. Check it out here!


If I use this recipe again (for the veggie pizza), I will have to adapt it to our current dietary needs. I will probably use coconut sugar instead of evaporated cane juice crystals and a blend of garbanzo bean flour and tapioca starch with guar gum instead of the gluten free flour mix and coconut oil instead of grapeseed oil.

For those who follow Trim Healthy Mama, I just found this recipe and will try it for myself when I make the other for the children.



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Which Gate?

Matthew 7:13-14 KJV
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

In life, we have choices to make. Usually one way is easy and the other more difficult. Most people will choose the easy way; however, that is often the least wise way as well. The best way is often more difficult, but it will lead to greater rewards. We must not just follow the crowd (wide gate), but choose the right way (narrow gate).

I have always wondered if Robert Frost had this scripture in mind when he penned, The Road Not Taken.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Keep A Quiet Heart

I have been reading, Keep A Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot. I have enjoyed everything I have read so far. I have shared a few quotes from the book over the last weeks, but I wanted to share one entry in it's entirety.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The God of Hosts

Amos 4:13 KJV
For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.

I truly believe that sometimes people forget who God really is. They forget the power He has in just His spoken word. They forget that He created all things. They forget His majesty.

He is the sovereign Lord. He is in control of all things. He created the heaven and the earth and all within them.

We can not stand before such an awesome God. He is the one and only true God and we must remember His power, His majesty, His wisdom, and remember that His judgement will be just and pure.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sermons

I had trouble getting last week's sermon to upload to my computer, but I was finally able to get it to work! Here are the links to last week's sermon as well as this past week's sermon.

video
7-30-17 Sermon


video
8-6-17 Sermon

Monday, August 7, 2017

Stand Alone if Needed

1 Kings 22:1-39
John 6:38 KJV 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

When I finish a study and God has not told me which study to do next, I just pray that God will lead me to what I need to read to either encourage or convict myself or others. I then open my Bible to wherever God has placed my hands.

One day, God had me open to 1 Kings 22 where I read about the prophet Macaiah. Micaiah was not afraid to stand for God. While 400 prophets said what King Ahab wanted to hear, Micaiah spoke the truth. Her was not afraid to stand alone for God.

The next day, God led me to John 6. There I read about Christ and how He came, "not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me."

I see these past two days as days of encouragement. Often I have to stand against the crowd (especially in the current atmosphere). I don't need to focus on following the crowd, but instead, I need to speak the truth. I don't need to worry about pleasing others, but doing God's will.

In recent years, the suffering that Christians in America truly endure has become more and more real. We must continue to speak truth just as Macaiah did despite what everyone else around us is saying. We must do the will of Him who saved us and will save others if they believe on Him.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Today is Mine

How often to we miss out on the joy of what is happening right in front of us because we are worried about what might happen tomorrow? Scripture tells us not to be anxious,

Matthew 6:34 KJV Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
 However, we often do worry about the future. Why? If we have truly given our lives to God, then it isn't our business. We will miss something today by focusing on the future.
Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now. ~Elisabeth Elliot
I'm not saying it is easy to not worry about the future, but it is something that we need to strive towards. We need to ask God what He has for us today and get busy with that. He will tell us what we need to know at the time we need to know it.