Starry Eyed


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Psalm 139:17-18
“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them.  If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand…”

A team of astronomers has estimated that our universe contains about 70 sextillion (1 followed by 21 zeros) stars that can be seen through telescopes, with sextillions more too far away to be counted.[*] What is more amazing is that there are more stars in the heavens than all the grains of sand on our world’s deserts and beaches!

David could not have counted the grains of sand nor the stars in the heavens, yet he tells us that our God thinks of us more times than that. By all means then we have a 24-7 life-time guaranteed Caretaker. Unthinkable! How awesome!

Our God is great and greatly to be praised. His might and majesty are unsearchable. How wondrous and awesome is our Creator, full of goodness and righteousness.

“Be gracious unto us, our merciful God and Father. Blessed be Thy name forever. Amen.”

*[The calculation was made by a team led by astronomer Dr. Simon Driver of the Australian National University in Canberra and announced this week at the 25th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Sydney.]

Bushwhacked

 

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I hate sneaky people, things or animals. They just give me the creeps; you just can’t trust them. They’re usually up to no good.  It had been meandering around my bedroom for weeks probably, since I had last deep-cleaned the room: down from the ceiling, across to the bed lamp, behind the bed table, in-and-out of the headboard railings, ending up in that little quiet dark corner under the chest-o-drawers.

“Aha, there you are!” I hollered and the spider was soon in nether land.

How did I know it was there? How did I find its whereabouts? It left its mark. Those feeble, almost invisible, thin threads were the telltale signs; they were the dead giveaway to its secretive presence.

So too God knows and sees our dark wanderings. He knows the telltale signs: using loose language, lingering over some new juicy gossip, lying, resentment against others and other web tracks of ungodly character.  “Aha, there you are!”

Let’s not walk in darkness, living for those moments in obscure, murky corners. Paul succors us with these words to the Philippians:

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

“Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded. And if in any thing you be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, where we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule. Let us mind the same thing. Brethren, be followers together of me and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an example.”

Phil. 3:13-17

Hey Pete, Johnny, Tom . . .

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A farmer who was out plowing with one mule kept yelling at it, “Giddap, Pete! Giddap, Barney! Giddap, Johnny! Giddap, Tom!“

A stranger, observing this, finally asked, “How many names does that mule have?”

“Only one,” answered the farmer. “His name is Pete, but he doesn’t know his own strength, so I put blinders on him. Then I yell the other names at him, and he thinks three other mules are helping him!”

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In a serious sense, we sometimes feel we have blinders on when trying to plead our cause before the Lord. “We know not how to pray.”  

Reaching out to others not only strengthens us but deepens our zeal. There is nothing like prayer to bring hope to the downcast, peace to the anxious, or healing to the sick.

James 5:17b “The prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

~Shalom

Trouble in River City?


Trouble in River City?

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What a beautiful day today! The sky is blue, the breeze is cooling, the birds are singing and all is well…

No–not really. Just look around you; read the newspaper; watch the television news. There’s trouble in “River City” and it starts with “T:” “T” for trials, tribulation, turmoil, tension, and trepidation. Somedays we are so overwhelmed with the struggles of living, we darn near give up. Well, DON’T!

Have you a heart that’s weary
Tending a load of care
Are you a soul that’s seeking rest
From the burden you bear?

Do you know my Jesus
Do you know my friend
Have you heard he loves you
And that he will abide till the end?

— Instrumental —

Who knows your disappointments
Who hears each time you cry
Who understands your heartaches
Who drys the tears from your eyes.

Do you know my Jesus
Do you know my friend
Have you heard he loves you
And that he will abide till the end?

Have you heard he loves you
And that he will abide till the end?…
~Skeeter Davis

Did you know that Jesus sees your every teardrop? Did you know that Jesus knows your pain? Did you know that Jesus is the best friend you’ll ever have?

“Why?” you say.

Because he loves you with a love you’ve never known. It’s a heavenly love. It came down from heaven, and, for over 2,000 years, has spread all over this earth. It comes free of charge, is non-judgmental, is yours for the asking, and you can’t out give it ever. It lasts forever too, just like you.

Jesus loves you so much he wanted you to be loved like God created you to be loved. Once you tell him you want his love, he will come into your heart and stay there forever. Each day of your life will be wrapped in his love, protection, joy, and comfort. The world may deal you hardship, but within your spirit is One who can buffer that with such sweet relief. He’ll go with you through the valleys and up those mountaintops. He is truly the best friend you’ll ever know.

Begin today to know this special person, this superhuman Savior, this wonderful Comforter. Get out your Bible and read about him. Did you know that as you read the Bible, you are being taught by the Holy Spirit? Yes, you are guided and led by the Holy Spirit to the truths that God’s Word reveals to anyone that is thirsty and hungry for true love and eternal security.

Ask Jesus to come into your heart.
Seek to know him.
Knock on the door of his heart and he will let you in.

He’s really there, waiting for you, ready to love and comfort you. As a little child, open your heart and let him in. Make this the best day of your life.

“Have you heard he loves you…?” Yes, you have.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

Are You Learning?

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Haggai 2:4 “Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work…for I am with you, saith the Lord.” (KJV)

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Be strong, all the people of the land, says the Lord.” This is something we need to take personally. Write our own names here and REST in the Lord’s promise, “I am with you.”

Are you lying in a bed of pain and woe? Do you groan because you no longer are able to drive yourself here and there? Do you need someone to help you get dressed in the morning and undressed at night? “What is the sense?” you ask. Because the Lord says, “I am with YOU!” You may be unable to do many things, but you can always sing and pray. And that, dear women, is your REST.

When Samuel Rutherford lay in Aberdeen prison, Scotland, ages ago, he wrote at the top of his letters, “God’s Palace, Aberdeen.”

When Madam Guyon was imprisoned in the castle at Vincennes, France, she said, “It seems as though I were a little bird whom the Lord has placed in a cage, and that I have nothing now to do but sing.  And prisons shall palaces prove, if Jesus abides with me there.”

~from Mrs. Charles E. Cowman’s “Springs in the Valley”

The past few years I have been at rest, thankfully in my own home and with family. A muscle disease has overburdened me with pain, depression and many devastating side effects from the medication. All through this, I have had this mighty ally, yet lost sight of Him off and on due to my missing the target of hope. Instead I focused on tomorrow, the next day, and the next day. And the day after that. I lost sight of my Lord. Many a time. Patience is a hard virtue to master; faith can be an elusive routine to secure.

“I’m learning, Lord!”

Have Mercy on Me

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Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, sat
Beside the Jericho road,
Crying out to those passing him by
For alms to lighten his load.

One day a great crowd swarmed on past
He inquired, “Who goes there?”
When told that it was Jesus the Christ,
He shouted into the air:

Chorus:
“Son of David, have mercy on me!
Oh, please have mercy on me!”
Some of the crowd tried to quiet him
But he still cried out his plea.

Jesus heard him and looking around
Commanded, “Bring forth that man!”
Bartimaeus rose and dropped his cloak
And grasped for the Master’s hand.

Jesus asked, “What do you want of me?”
“Oh my Lord, that I might see!”
Jesus replied, “Then go your way;
Your faith has set you free!”

Chorus:
“Son of David, have mercy on me!
The Lord had mercy on me!
I once was blind but now I see;
Christ Jesus has set me free!”

Are you stuck by your Jericho road,
Tired of your life full of sin?
Cry out to Jesus; He is the door.
Open it and walk right in.

The crowds may tell you it’s all in vain:
“Be quiet; let Him go by!”
But open your heart and pray out loud;
The Master will hear your cry.

Chorus:
“Son of David, have mercy on me!
The Lord had mercy on me!
Oh, what joy is ours, what peace divine
When Christ Jesus sets us free!”

Based on Matt. 20:30-34

(I have written the score for this song also.)

Mirror Mirror on the Wall


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“The self-seeking soul is a robber, for he steals from God that which belongs to Him and takes for himself that which belongs to others. Not only does self-seeking carry on its devilish work out in the world but also in the gatherings of religious people, in the house of the righteous, even in the hearts of those who desire to follow the unselfish Jesus. It is self-seeking when one desires to appear more pious than others, to pray more beautifully than others, when one always wants to have the advantage for oneself. But the scriptures say, “Cursed be the deceiver.”  Malachi 1:14 K.J.V.   ~G. Steinberger from Footprints

 

After reading and deeply gleaning from old Malachi, I must admit I have been and still am at times, A DECEIVER! Meditate on Malachi 1:6-14 and see what you find within your spirit. Are you a deceiver? Think about that.

You’d think I would have gotten over my self by now, being a Christian for over half a century. Are you over your self now, my Christian friend? Let me warn you; it’s all too easy to answer, “Yes.”

I ploughed through my motive file and polished it up with all the honesty I could muster… and saw the real ME. I was shocked and ashamed, for SELF had deceived me. My motives were the clear indicators, the defining marks. I realize I need some soul therapy, some deep-down soul cleansing. Like that old song, “I’m gonna wash that man right outta my hair…” Well, I’m gonna wash that self right outta my soul.

Oops, wrong again. I can’t rid my spirit of selfishness, but I know who can: Jesus Christ, my Lord and King. There’s a tiny bit of selfishness in this article I’m writing right now. I know it. I feel it. I have no need to boast, except in the Lord Jesus. In Him I will live and breathe throughout all eternity.

Shalom

(photo from Hackernoon.com)