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In a Tent

In another post, we thought together about a promise that sounds too good to be true.

The Blessing1 that was to be pronounced by Aaron and his sons on the family of Israel, with implications for us2, was authorized by God even after Aaron had lied about a golden calf that mysteriously jumped out of the fire.3,4

The details are in the backstory. The Aaronic scandal was unfolding at the base of Camp Sinai while, on top of the mountain, the God of the Ten Commandments was telling Moses that (his brother) Aaron was to be The Priest of Israel at a Bedouin-like tent that (in the book of Numbers) is dedicated on the heels of The Blessing. 5

Those of us who have tried to read through the Bible know that the simplicity of The Aaronic Blessing stands in stark contrast to the detail given to the Tent. 6

In addition to the simplicity of the blessing, the unlikely priesthood of Aaron and Sons, and all of the detail surrounding The Tent—there is so much here to think about.  Why would the God who fills the universe 7 leave the impression that he lives with his people in a tent

1(Numbers 6:22-27), 2(Psalm 67:1-7), 3(Exodus 32:3-4), 4(Exodus 32:22-24) 5(Numbers 7:1), 6(Exodus 25:8), 7(Isaiah 66:1-2), 8(John 2:19-21), (1Corinthians 3:16)

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230 Responses to “In a Tent”

  1. SFDBWV says:

    No matter what else I may get into in the morning at 7am I send in the weather data I have gathered to the National Weather Service and record it into a log book. The data is sent to a web site within the NWS data bank.

    As such after doing so I look in once again on BTA to see if there is a change or anything new since 4:30 or 5 am when I first set down with the computer with some coffee.

    This morning I am very pleased to see a new subject to “think” about and comment on. “In a Tent” has, like so many of Mart’s thoughts, a deep and very diverse subject matter that can take me on many abstract threads.

    Of course the simple and fast answer to Mart’s question is that all of the physical creation in God’s creation, especially man, is temporary.

    Like a tent is meant to be a temporary dwelling place until a permanent structure is established. So is the body a temporary dwelling place for man and God alike.

    Until that time when creation is restored to its proper intent and man the body and man the spirit are remade eternal. No longer temporary, but rather permanent.

    Of course God is always present in all of His creation. Because all of creation cannot exist without God.

    55 degrees very windy after overnight rains.


  2. jeff1 says:

    Romans 8:19-23

    For the creation awaits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope, that he creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of he children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.

  3. Beloved says:

    Why a tent? Christ in you, the hope of glory- comes to mind. Plural “you”. It’s all mystical to me. Temporary and eternal. The whole earth is filled with His glory.

  4. Beloved says:

    Thinking also of Christ’s Perfect sacrifice made in a body to redeem us all. Aching, crumbling human flesh devoured to take-away the sins of the world. It could not be done any other way. Thanks Mart, this makes more sense to me now.

  5. jeff1 says:

    Guide me, O Thou great redeemer,
    Pilgrim through this barren land;
    I am weak, but Thou art mighty,
    Hold me with Thy powerful hand;
    Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven,
    Feed me till I want no more;
    Feed me till I want no more.

    Open now the crystal fountain
    Whence the healing stream doth flow;
    Let the fire and cloudy pillar
    Lead me all my journey through:
    Strong deliverer, strong deliverer;
    Be Thou still my strength and shield;
    Be Thou still my strength and shield.

    When I tread the verge of Jordan,
    Bid my anxious fears subside;
    Death of death, and hell’s destruction
    Land me safe on Canaan’s side:
    Songs of praises, songs of praises,
    I will ever give to Thee;
    I will ever give to Thee.

  6. street says:

    in a tent or behind the vale
    Why would the God who fills the universe 7 leave the impression that he lives with his people in a tent?

    “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord has declared: Are you the one to build a house for me to live in?6 I have never lived in a house, from the day I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until this very day. I have always moved from one place to another with a tent and a Tabernacle as my dwelling.

    12 For when you die and are buried with your ancestors, I will raise up one of your descendants, your own offspring, and I will make his kingdom strong. 13 He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for my name. And I will secure his royal throne forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. If he sins, I will correct and discipline him with the rod, like any father would do.

    5 “But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking where I am going. 6 Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you. 7 But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. 9 The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. 10 Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. 11 Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.

    17 Now therefore, O Lord, the God of Israel, let Your word be confirmed which You have spoken to Your servant David.

    18 “But will God indeed dwell with mankind on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You; how much less this house which I have built. 19 Yet have regard to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to listen to the cry and to the prayer which Your servant prays before You;

    16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another [b]Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

    18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 [c]After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. 20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) *said to Him, “Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.

    3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will [a]dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them[b], 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

    5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” 6 Then He said to me, “[c]It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. 7 He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.

    16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things [h]for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

    17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.

    18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and [i]from the holy city, which are written in this book.

    20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

    21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with [j]all. Amen.

  7. street says:

    “I have heard your prayer eand have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, 14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. 16 For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.

  8. SFDBWV says:

    From my earliest memory my mother always seen that I went to Sunday school and church. The emphasis at that time being Sunday school.

    The theme in those earliest days of indoctrination into Christianity was that Jesus loves all the little children.

    The only memory I have of lessons from the Old Testament at that level of Sunday school was the story of creation, The Garden of Eden and the forbidden fruit, Noah’s Ark, Jacob’s ladder, The Exodus from Egypt with all of the plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, Moses and the Ten Commandments, the golden calf, Joshua at the battle of Jericho, Samson and Delilah, David and Goliath, Solomon’s wisdom and in the New Testament John the Baptist.

    Everything seen through the eyes of a child. And taught as such.

    Any attempt to read, especially using the King James Bible, any of the Books of the Torah in depth was confusing and at best a blur of babble I couldn’t understand.

    Of course there are no shortage of people who are willing to not only tell you what all of that stuff means, but will argue with you that their understanding of it is the only true understanding of it.

    Leaving you either more confused or under the influence of another’s thinking.

    After all, all I needed to know was that Jesus loves me and believe it.

    Enter the age of adulthood and at a time God was calling me to Himself. Once that I realized God was calling me then for the first time ever, reading completely through all of the Bible, everything became clearer, and I actually understood the steps from one thing to the other as well as why all of these labored confusing additions to the Torah were necessary.

    They all explain and lay a foundation for Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth all the way from Genesis to Malachi.

    The matter then becomes one of we who are just wayfaring strangers traveling through a world of woe on our way home. Home where there are mansions awaiting our dwelling.

    Why a tent for God? Well at that time the Hebrew were a nomadic people, what else other than a “Tabernacle” could they have, until they had a country to build a temple in?


  9. street says:

    the pattern of what was shown to you.
    22 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them,

    24 The Lord bless you and keep you;
    25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
    26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
    27 “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”

    Of course there are no shortage of people who are willing to not only tell you what all of that stuff means, but will argue with you that their understanding of it is the only true understanding of it.

    Leaving you either more confused or under the influence of another’s thinking.

    “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”

    thinking Christ puts His name on us as seen from the pattern of the Old Testament, and God blesses us.

    i have not seen this verse tacked on at the end before today. i was thinking how difficult it is to live next door to the Temple. the Holiness had a tendency to come out of the Temple and burn up those in close proximity. i think David got it right when He asked who can dwell in your Temple? not live next door to it.
    Psalm 27:4
    One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord And to meditate in His temple.
    Psalm 65:4
    How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You To dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple.

    Jesus has made this possible too.

    Walk about Zion and go around her;
    Count her towers;
    Consider her ramparts;
    Go through her palaces,
    That you may tell it to the next generation.
    For such is God,
    Our God forever and ever;
    He will guide us until death.

    Enter His gates with thanksgiving
    And His courts with praise.
    Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
    For the Lord is good;
    His lovingkindness is everlasting
    And His faithfulness to all generations.

  10. street says:

    Why a tent?
    10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings. 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying,

    “I will proclaim Your name to My brethren,
    In the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praise.”

    Romans 9:26
    “And it shall be that in the place where it was said to them, ‘you are not My people,’ There they shall be called sons of the living God.”

    28 Jonathan then answered Saul, “David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem, 29 for he said, ‘Please let me go, since our family has a sacrifice in the city, and my brother has commanded me to attend. And now, if I have found favor in your sight, please let me get away that I may see my brothers.’ For this reason he has not come to the king’s table.”
    30 Then Saul’s anger burned against Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse, rebellious woman! Do I not know that you are choosing the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness?

  11. Beloved says:

    Shame, brought a tear to my eye. Oh how unsearchable are His ways. Romans 11:33.

  12. foreverblessed says:

    Steve, thank you very much for your childtime story.
    How great that you had the normal Sunday school version of the bible, all about Jesus who loves children.
    I have had a very different upbringing, a childrens bible with lots of the Old Testament stories, lots and lots, and hardly any of the New Testament.
    As a young child I would do bible studies, also in the Old Testament.
    And the story of how much Jesus loved us was a bit far away, so I have seen a God who gives commandments, but I was so convinced that God gave these Old Testament com,andments out of love, and that I out of love would follow them.

    The whole idea of living in faith in Jesus, and follow as He directs, as His cloud would move over my personal life, is something I had to learn later.

    But God is always good, He is the One Who has the last say, as long as we have an earnest longing for Him

  13. foreverblessed says:

    When I saw all the scriptures Street put in a row, on Feb 15, 2.33 pm, it brought tears to my eyes!
    Yes, that is the deep meaning of all these Old Testament bible verses, if we take them too literally, as I did, we miss the deeper meaning:
    Jesus wants to dwell in our hearts.
    We are an earthly tent.

    An abode for Him, to walk through the Streets right now, and be a blessing for the ones God puts on ouur path.

    May God bless us, today, so we will be a blessing to those around us.

  14. foreverblessed says:

    Yesterday I was in Amsterdam, and visited several family members. When I was back home, I had to battle against feelings of …. despair, or depression.
    The thought: How on earht are these people ever going to be saved if they do not want to hear anything about Jesus.
    I could not talk about Jesus, or even mention His name. While my family members need Him so badly.

    Last night, on my bed, I was struggling,

    fighting depression.

    fighting despair,

    calling for Jesus, that when I am close to Him all is well with my soul.

    Clost to Jesus, making my heart a tent for His abode.

    And praying intercessory prayers for my family members!

    And intercessory prayers for the city! For the whole country.

    Oh Lord, may the christians be one, and so show Your love on earth. And be a light to the World!

    That God living in a tent, a spiritual abode, a construction of christians, who believe in the One God sent.
    Of all sorts of denominations: One in Christ.

    John 17:20-26
    That is where Jesus can live.
    That is where the Holy Spirit can work.

  15. foreverblessed says:

    Dear Jeff, then I also started to sing:

    What a Friend we have in Jesus
    all our sins and grieves to bear
    What a privilage to carry, everything to God in prayer

    Sunday, we will sing that song in Church!

  16. jeff1 says:

    I am finding that the more I see my need of God then the more He reveals Himself not just in my life but in the world at large which is what a personal relationship is, me, getting to know God.

    Jesus did as His father directed and as followers then so to are we.

    As a child and right up into adulthood I believed it was about me finding favour with God and so I did not have an easy relationship with God and I was lacking in so many ways that it seemed useless to even try.

    Listening to others was what I was doing and all this time I noticed my dad had a very different relationship with God and I can see now that nothing disturbed my dad’s faith because he was focused on Christ and his responses to my questions proved it and my dad’s reward was to walk in the light while I was wandering in the dark.

    In a wayward world God wants us to stay close to Him so that He can reveals truths to us and keeps us safe and that gives us confidence with others who do not trust or believe God as if I am not looking to God but leaning on my own understanding then I begin to despair and God wants me to be grounded in Him because this world is complex and I need His direction.

    I become anxious and despair when I loose sight of God but what I find is that God knows where to find me which says that God is faithful throughout.

    When I can find prayer difficult I do not find praising God difficult and nothing lifts my mood like singing in church with others or listening to gospel music and so I seem to have come full circle because as a child my mum would send me to the gospel hall on a Sunday and this was on top of Sunday School and I did not always want to go but now it is where I find peace and rest and encouragement and a God who hasn’t changed.

    I change God, because I don’t know Him, because, it is in knowing God that I trust Him as He reveals Himself to me and all else pales into insignificance.

    Precious Lord, take my hand
    Lead me on, let me stand
    I’m tired, I’m weak, I’m alone

    Through the storm, through the night
    Lead me on to the light
    Take my hand, precious Lord
    Lead me home

    When my way grows drear
    Precious Lord, linger near
    When my light is almost gone
    Hear my cry, hear my call

    Hold my hand, lest I fall
    Take my hand precious Lord
    Lead me home

    When the darkness appears
    And the night draws near
    And the day is past and gone
    At the river, I stand

    Guide my feet, hold my hand
    Take my hand precious Lord
    Lead me home

    Precious Lord, take my hand
    Lead me on, let me stand
    I’m tired, I’m weak, I’m alone

    Through the storm, through the night
    Lead me on to the light
    Take me hand precious Lord
    Lead me home

  17. foreverblessed says:

    Another beautiful song Jeff!
    If I just can have the words sink in to my heart, deeper and deeper.
    We can be like little children trusting God.
    Even in a wayward world.
    That was what I was struggling with, last night and today. Yes God IS the King of my heart.

    God is working on this world. And we have a part in it too!

    I was thinking that everybody has a part, some parts are very well visible, others are hidden!
    Just now a Dutch girl, Esmee, won a golden meddle on 5 kilometer ice-skating. But I saw there was a story behind it: The Dutch girl who was before her, set a time that was higher than Esmee thought she could skate. So when Esmee was at the start of her race, she determined to skate faster than originally planned, to be sure to go over it.
    She then set a very high standard, that the girls who came after her, the all winning star form the last 11 years, a Czech girl, (I was a fan of hers, I really respect people from the former Eastern Europe part, who have been in “prison” 40b years more after the WW 2). But the girl from Czech couldn’t keep up that fast pace, and got silver.
    So Esmee won gold, but hadn’t her forerunner not skated so fast, she would never have won the gold!

    There will be a time, when we will see, who has gone before us. Maybe christians who lived before us, and have prayed for our country, and our country, and we benefit from their prayers,
    We pray, and others who come after us will reap that what we have sown with our prayers.

    Meaning to say, that we may pray a lot, and we do not see any difference, but the prayers are collected, and held together, till the time is ripe, and they will be poured out

  18. foreverblessed says:

    Prayed for my country, and your country

    Intercessory prayer

  19. Beloved says:

    Corinthians 3:16 (ESV)
    16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? Such a powerful perspective in this verse. To think that I am God’s temple as a part of the Body of Christ and how all the parts – however comely or not- have their chosen place and particular use is astounding. Thinking how even the differences within blog regulars enlighten and encourage in their various ways. Quite a temple God has when you think of the diversity of culture, experience, age, social placement etc. To think that in the beginning with Abraham’s culture-Jewish what it has morphed into since the final sacrifice is us!! All of us are God’s temple. Fixing my eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

  20. SFDBWV says:

    When in Acts 15:28, 29 KJV the Council in Jerusalem decreed that the Gentile Christian was under no other burden than that of eating the meat of things offered to idols, the blood or things strangled, and from fornication.

    So of what matter to the child of Christ is all of the structure and ritual of the Jewish religion?

    In truth the things forbade from the Council in Jerusalem referred actually to the rituals of Idol worship practiced in the Greek and so Roman cultures.

    I ask this, are the rituals and ornate consecration of the Sons of Aaron to become priests relevant to an unbeliever who comes to accept the Gospel and so becomes a Christian?

    What I believe is that written into all of these pages of structure and rituals are the exposure of the person of Jesus Christ.

    The creation of the people Israel was to reintroduce the one True God to a world who had forgotten Him and through them bring salvation to all nations.

    This was accomplished by and through Jesus of Nazareth the Christ.

    The very structure of the encampment of the tribes of Israel in the wilderness with the Tabernacle at its core is in the shape of a cross.

    The reason God visited Israel in a tent is explained in Jesus Christ and the testimony of the New Testament.

    Whereas it is important to remember our roots, it is also important not to get too lost in them and lose sight of our purpose and what lay ahead for us out of the wilderness across the river and into the Promised Land of being a child of God.

    25 degrees cloudy with the continued threat of snow…June 1st is coming and the snows of winter will be forgotten when we bask in the warmth of summer.


  21. Beloved says:

    Marts “insight” on Our Daily Bread is so helpful for getting past the nitty gritty of tents and sacrifices. I love God’s perspective. Moving on not as a wanderer but as a true follower offers hope and help in time of need.

  22. street says:

    Why would the God who fills the universe leave the impression that he lives with his people in a tent?
    that He could be approachable?

    When Moses saw it, he marveled at the sight; and as he approached to look more closely, there came the voice of the Lord:

    yet we find He is close to broken and down cast or rejected.

    25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. 26 Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.

    Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your loving kindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.

    The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

    For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.

    “For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord. “But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.

    But they have not become contrite even to this day, nor have they feared nor walked in My law or My statutes, which I have set before you and before your fathers.”’

    To whom shall I speak and give warning That they may hear? Behold, their ears are closed And they cannot listen. Behold, the word of the Lord has become a reproach to them; They have no delight in it.

    thinking of the relationship between fear and love.

  23. SFDBWV says:

    I have often said that whatever it is you look for is what you find.

    I don’t want to leave the impression that studying in detail all of the excruciating details of the Books of the Torah is a waste of time. No please don’t think that is what I am trying to say.

    I will say that unless you are a very serious student of such you are going to have a tough time unless the Holy Spirt opens up Scripture revelation knowledge to you.

    I believe whether or not such knowledge is given to you depends on why you are searching and perhaps what your intention is in finding answers.

    I have books shelves filled with books written by people who truly believe they have unlocked hidden knowledge secretly coded into Scripture by God.

    So what is the purpose then of finding hidden secret knowledge? Is it to bring glory to God, Illumination to Jesus, does it instruct the “Church” in some form?

    Is the purpose rather to expose some secret hidden doubts in us as we look for “proof” in order to bolster our faith?

    Sometimes Bible study is expert at exposing our inner thoughts more than God’s secrets.

    Make sure you know why you search for answers.

    Prayer always works before you pick up the Bible.

    30 degrees after a snowy mixture of sleet, rain, ice and a slushy icy mess to plow. With a smile as always.


  24. jeff1 says:

    Some beautiful songs from Sunday morning reflections.

    Hope for All Nations

    The world is so hungry, but we hold the bread of life.
    Surrounded by darkness, but we know the name of the Light.
    In a day so divided, we know the love that unites, Jesus, Jesus, He is…

    Hope, Hope, Hope for all nations.
    Hope, hope for every need.
    Hope, hope for the life that’s been broken.
    He’s always been, forever He’ll be.
    Hope, Hope, Hope for all nations.
    Hope, hope for every need.
    Hope, hope for the life that’s been broken.
    He’s always been, forever He’ll be.

    Grace that can mend the marriage that’s too far gone.
    The arms that are bringing the prodigal hearts back home.
    The truth for the lonely, that you are never alone.
    Jesus, Jesus, He is….

    Hope, Hope, Hope for all nations.
    Hope, hope for every need.
    Hope, hope for the life that’s been broken.
    He’s always been, forever He’ll be.
    The same great power that raised Him from the dead is living within us.
    The Church will rise with Kingdom dreams again.
    Nothing can stop us.
    The same great power that raised Him from the dead is living within us.
    The Church will rise with Kingdom dreams again.
    Nothing can stop us.

    We are declaring…
    Hope, Hope, Hope for all nations.
    Hope, hope for every need.
    Hope, hope for the life that’s been broken.
    He’s always been, forever He’ll be.

    Hope, Hope, Hope for all nations.
    Hope, hope for every need.
    Hope, hope for the life that’s been broken.
    He’s always been, forever He’ll be.
    Our Hope.

  25. Beloved says:

    Matt 7:21-23 KJV. comes to mind Steve and Viv. If it were me I’d get rid of everything that exalts itself above the name of Jesus. I’ve actually had to do housecleanings a few times to remove “foreign” (pagan) items to rid the air of dark spiritual forces, workers of iniquity.

  26. Beloved says:

    May every thought be taken captive to obedience to Jesus Christ.

  27. street says:

    house cleaning is a daily thing and then there is a Sabbath. thank God for the Sabbath in Christ Jesus!

  28. street says:

    Those of us who have tried to read through the Bible know that the simplicity of The Aaronic Blessing stands in stark contrast to the detail given to the Tent.

    I will bless you!

    “Fear not, for you will not be put to shame; And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; But you will forget the shame of your youth, And the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.

    But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter; And I did not know that they had devised plots against me, saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, And let us cut him off from the land of the living, That his name be remembered no more.”

    “For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And I will remember their sins no more.”

    “And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

    Jesus kingdom is near. His servants do follow. He still speaks. He is coming back with Salvation.

  29. street says:

    I have often said that whatever it is you look for is what you find. yes this is true for the Bible. i remember mart saying as we read the Bible the Bible reads us. happy is the man who has the Holy Spirit to guide him in all Truth. praying to the Author and looking for the Author in the book is a fruitful endeavor and happy are those who find Him. there are requirements to find Him. a pure heart, seeking Him first, seeking with all your heart, becoming like a child, denying your yourself- bias prejudges, taking up your cross, listening, and obedience. we have many examples of people in the Bible to follow, and yet they did it with less than what we have been given. this grace is…… simple and extravagant, touching everything.

  30. street says:

    Those of us who have tried to read through the Bible know that the simplicity of The Aaronic Blessing stands in stark contrast to the detail given to the Tent. 6

    learning to trust God’s Word.

    it’s easier when Matthew 12:29
    Or how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.

  31. foreverblessed says:

    Street, I am pondering on whatever you write, maybe you could go on writing down what you have been thinking.
    -Binding the strong man-, what does this have to do with the topic? I ask this in all humility, as I do not see the connection.
    Many times I do see the connection, when you put different bible verses in a sequence. Thanks

  32. foreverblessed says:

    The God who fills the universe:

    And God placed all things under His (Jesus) feet, and appointed Him to be head over everything, for the church,
    Which is His Body
    the fulness of Him who fills everything in every way.

    Ephesians 1:22-23

    And if you lack power today, read
    Eph 1:15-23

    Yesterday, we had a sermon about this, Jesus filling the church, Jesus living in us, lets just relax, and trust that He fills is.

    Faith in Jesus!

  33. jeff1 says:

    Why is it that I do not feel God’s power when faced with situations that overwhelm me?

    On Saturday I was in the Charity shop and as I arrived the other woman said to me that she was watching that the man outside did not fall through the glass door. He was very drunk and his forehead was cut and bleeding where he must have fallen.

    The woman in the shop had been listening to him talking to a man outside waiting on the bus and she said he was telling this man that he was just out of prison and she was telling me that the pub with room above are now letting people stay there who have just gotten out of prison.

    Later in the afternoon another young girl who works in the shop told me that she used to frequent the pub but has stopped as because of these ex prisoners drinking there.

    She explained how this is a stopping gap for them to be housed and now many are housed and how the police are having trouble with them as they are now doing drugs.

    Even this very young girl could see that letting ex prisoners stay in a pub was not a good idea in the light that these men were drinking too much and being difficult to handle so why would the authorities whom I thought were into rehabilitating think it could to put them into such places.

    This man left on a bus after the owner of the pub put him out and so he is wandering homeless from towns and cities and he is not getting the professional help he needs to rehabilitate him into society.

    We may well ask what our governments are doing when we see this happening as we are being told very different to what we see happening on the ground.

    When I worked for the military they had a very good strategy for housing their solders. Those with children they housed together and the couples they housed together and this was because it was more likely that the ones without children would have house parties and they did not want it to effect those with families.

    I often wonder do those in authority not know how to govern or do they not care that much or are there too many regulations that limit them.

    I know that years ago this man would have been taken to a local hospital where there was a unit to rehabilitate him so we are not going forward but backwards to when it is the survival of the fittest and where does that leave the most vulnerable in our society.

    Jesus, come soon, because from what I see, the blind are leading the blind.

  34. Beloved says:

    Ephesians 2:11-22 was for me a good reminder of why and how we as the body of Christ function. Its all by His spirit. Viv how I feel makes no difference. Gods power came by the weakness of God on the cross. Stay humble God works best through humility. Jesus said in the world there would be troubles, but to take heart because He has overcome the world. Think of it! The world and all its troubles is overcome, powerless to change but for the grace of God in the world. Keep on being the overcomer in your little corner of the world. :-)

  35. Beloved says:

    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me

  36. Beloved says:

    Viv the other day I decided to just pray Gods blessing on a neighbor who is kind of difficult to spend a lot of time with. Later she told me how she had gone to the grocery store for one item then ran into her granddaughter who told her to fill up her cart as she was paying!!! She was so blessed and happy, and she blessed us all by her joy at receiving this unexpected undeserved gift! Oh its so good to watch God at work in the world!

  37. Beloved says:

    I think Gods joy is in blessing those who know they don’t deserve to be blessed.

  38. SFDBWV says:

    I am reminded this morning of Psalms 139:7, 8, 9 KJV whereby It is said that there is nowhere in creation that God isn’t there.

    Equally I am reminded of 2 Peter 3:10 KJV and Revelation 21:1, 5 KJV

    Everything in all of creation is temporary and will be made new. God dwells in all of His creation.

    Creation as we know it is only a temporary dwelling place for God and as it turns out for us as well.

    Our souls and God’s Spirit dwelling in temporary houses…Tent’s.

    36 degrees with rain, icy earlier this morning.


  39. jeff1 says:

    Thinking of this song Beloved.

    Why should I feel discouraged
    Why should the shadows come
    Why should my heart feel lonely
    And long for heaven and home

    When Jesus is my portion
    A constant friend is He
    His eye is on the sparrow
    And I know He watches over me
    His eye is on the sparrow
    And I know He watches me

    I sing because I’m happy
    I sing because I’m free
    His eye is on the sparrow
    And I know He watches over me

  40. narrowpathseeker says:

    Good Afternoon Dear Friends.. I just wanted to say hello with well wishes of abundant Blessings to all. I have no thoughts on this subject other than agreeing with Steve that pretty much everything is temporary. Sometimes my thoughts just don’t go too deep and sometimes I am just digging into a study that doesn’t coincide very well with the subject at hand…the latter being the case today. :-)

  41. street says:

    In a tent
    it’s easier when Matthew 12:29
    Or how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.

    17 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,18
    “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
    Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
    He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
    And recovery of sight to the blind,
    To set free those who are oppressed,
    To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”

    Ephesians 4:8
    Therefore it says, “When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, And He gave gifts to men.”

    Colossians 2:8
    See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.

    2 Timothy 2:25-26
    25 with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

    12 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

    2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love

    when we think back on our former life and on it’s influences in the present. we get the idea that our former head was not looking after us and led us around in loneliness guilt frustration emptiness. alone with abandonment. not so in Christ. Jesus plundered the house of evil at the cross by revealing a steadfast love and faithfulness that is stronger and more binding than sin and death. the light shining out of great darkness. the present and future hold greater promise in Christ Jesus than the past. eternal life. the bond of love, captivity, in Christ Jesus can not be broken. learning to love and stay away from darkness for He is the good Shepard. 23
    i usually hear the 23 at funerals. He’s for the living not the dead. we are witness “to” Him. the emphasis is to not for. two becoming won. raise His Banner.

  42. Beloved says:

    Nailed it street. Col 2:8 is not always easy to discern.

  43. Beloved says:

    the present and future hold greater promise in Christ Jesus than the past. (Street)

    I was thinking about Jesus the temple 8. Since we are actually in the future since the resurrection why is the present so loathsome? I’m trying to blend yesterday today and forever our Savior in a way that’s easier to understand. Thanks

  44. street says:

    1 Corinthians 6:13
    Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body.

    For He says, “The two shall become one flesh.”

    1 Corinthians 6:20
    For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

    1 Corinthians 15:43-45
    43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

    Ephesians 6:23-24
    23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love.

    1 Corinthians 15:41-43
    41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

    42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;

    Romans 8:21
    that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

    Galatians 6:8
    For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

    2 Peter 1:4
    For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

    10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; 11 you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God.

    1 Corinthians 3:7
    So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.

  45. foreverblessed says:

    Thanks Street!!

    Thank you very very much for putting all these verses in line.

    They give such a powerful message!

    Jesus came and bound the strong man, the strong man that held us captive, and now we are free, and can walk out of that terrible house and follow Jesus, free to do His will!

    Oh what a beautiful message that is!
    Oh, what an awesome statement that is!
    That we would believe that!

    And then Beloved asks:

    “I was thinking about Jesus the temple 8. Since we are actually in the future since the resurrection why is the present so loathsome? I’m trying to blend yesterday today and forever our Savior in a way that’s easier to understand. Thanks”

  46. foreverblessed says:

    He who overcomes
    Revelation 2:11

    Overcoming is fighting and keep fighting on the anxiety, fear, depression or any other ailment that makes us miserable.
    For years and years and years Do not give up!

    “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. ”
    Col 3:1-2

    Keep believing that Jesus is Lord over your heart!
    Even if you feel miserable. Even if anxiety, fear, depression still haunting you.
    Do not give up on your faith in Christ. Praise Him as the Lord of your heart, and some day, yes some day all these evil things that keep us captive will have to leave us.

    And we will sing out of joy because of our deliverance. And that will happen in this life on earth. And then we will be powerfu;l in helping others being set free.
    There are christians who say: When we accepted Chrsit as our Lord, all evil had to leave us.
    Well, if that were so, all of us christians would be wonderful and free.

    But it is a struggle. And we have to hold on to Jesus till the victory is there.

    There is even a greater step we can do: Start singing and praising God IN the setback.
    Like Paul and Silas did in the prison.
    They felt wonderful, despite the setback!

    Ephesians 5:18-20
    ” 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    But, that is a disciplinary thing, it is not there in a moment. I still have to praise God form the heart, while having these headproblems. Praising GOd nonetheless, but my mind goes over and over back to the terrible feelings I have while being sick. It is hard to praise.

    God is molding us, training us, He never lets go of us. Even if there are setbacks.

  47. foreverblessed says:

    It reminds me of something that happened to me last year. One night the head prblems came back, I thought it was over, and then it came back. I was so down, and asked God at night: Did You now forget me?

    It started to snow that night ( sometimes I believe a change in wheather is one of the triggers, especially when snow for the first time is coming)
    The next morning I felt a little better, and went outside, I wanted to clear the pathway from snow, in front of the house.
    I came out of the house and looked at the pathway, and lo and behold:

    and on the left and on the right, there was snow, but in front of our own house!!!

    And it was as if I heard a voice:

    You see, I did not forget you

    It was not a voice, it was a knowing in my heart.
    Even when I was feeling terrible, God was with me.
    He must know why that terrible head problem is still there,
    I could say: He could clean the path of snow, He can also clean my mind of anything that does not belong there.

    He will do that some time, and I no for sure that is BEFORE I leave this earth.

  48. foreverblessed says:

    I do know for sure that it will be in this life

  49. foreverblessed says:

    Mark 9:14-32
    Matthew 17:14-22

  50. foreverblessed says:

    I was always thinking: Why would in the passage of Mark 9 and Matth 17, Jesus say at the end that the Son of Man would be killed and raised to life?
    Matt 17:22-23, Mark 9:29-32
    Because in this way He would bind the strong man, so that people could be freed from all of these captivities.

  51. foreverblessed says:

    In saying that I do believe that in this life I will be freed of this head problem, then I do not want anybody to feel guilty that they do believe different about their own personal problem!

  52. Beloved says:

    Feelings of powerlessness, hurt and anger from long long ago are rumbling about in this tent today. The only hope I have is in the God who created me for good works here on earth, glorifying Him. Salvation belongs to Him alone, our shelter in a time of storm. Putting one foot in front of the other today, like a good soldier. Whether I feel like it or not.

  53. Beloved says:

    Whatever my lot, thou has taught me to say- even so, it is well with my soul.

  54. Beloved says:

    Sorry to bring such a depressing note here today but I’m sure our desert forbears had their days of sadness also. We are all more alike than different, especially under the same tent with Jesus!

  55. Beloved says:

    Spiritual healing is the highest form of healing. Thinking of the 10 lepers in Jesus’s parable. They based their healing on what they wanted and most failed. There is great responsibility that comes with healing, it’s called devotion to the great healer, yet most aren’t healed in the physical sense. That is where great grace is given. Grace is the greatest healing.

  56. Beloved says:

    God told Paul His grace was sufficient. Is sufficient enough? Of course it is.

  57. street says:

    11 I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you. 12 I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. 13 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.

  58. street says:

    40 “‘But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors—their unfaithfulness and their hostility toward me, 41 which made me hostile toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies—then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin, 42 I will remember my covenant with Jacob and my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land. 43 For the land will be deserted by them and will enjoy its sabbaths while it lies desolate without them. They will pay for their sins because they rejected my laws and abhorred my decrees. 44 Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them or abhor them so as to destroy them completely, breaking my covenant with them. I am the Lord their God. 45 But for their sake I will remember the covenant with their ancestors whom I brought out of Egypt in the sight of the nations to be their God. I am the Lord.’”

    46 These are the decrees, the laws and the regulations that the Lord established at Mount Sinai between himself and the Israelites through Moses.

  59. street says:

    living in a tent
    the old habits of the past die hard
    learning to live in the Spirit is an adventure
    a bold venture that takes us places we knew nothing about
    taking us to a place we can live abundantly

    thinking of new wine skins with new wine. both are preserved. thinking of david pouring out water from the well from bethlehem.

  60. jeff1 says:

    That is something I struggle in my mind with, Forever, as to why I have so much doubts in that I feel either completely connected to God and on the other hand I feel very distant.

    It is inconsistency that I struggle with and it is of the mind more than of the heart.

    In my heart I know I can trust God but the mind is weak in doing so.

    It is why I see such a difference in my own life and my dad’s as my dad had stability of mind and it showed through in his walk with God as he was consistent in his understanding God’s will while I am one way or the other as it is either as clear as crystal or dark as night to me.

    I cannot trust my own mind and that is not a good place to be but having said that it was what brought me closer to God and so why, Forever, unlike you I do not think that in this life I will be freed of this head problem and also there is the history of my mum and my brother who where not freed from their’s.

    God works in mysterious ways too and that I know He works is what matters to me as I see a world that is so needy of it.

    He’s got the whole world in His hands
    He’s got the whole wide world in His hands
    He’s got the whole wide world in His hands
    He’s got the whole world in His hands

    He’s got the little bitty baby in His hands
    He’s got the little bitty baby in His hands
    He’s got the little bitty baby in His hands…

    He’s got me and you brother in His hands
    He’s got me and you sister in His hands
    He’s got me and you brother in His hands
    He’s got the whole world in His hands
    he’s got the whole world in His hands
    He’s got the whole world in His hands…

    He’s got everybody here in His hands
    He’s got everybody here in His hands
    He’s got everybody here in His hands
    He’s got the whole world in His hands
    He’s got the whole world in His hands
    He’s got you and me brother…
    He’s got the whole world in His hands…

  61. Beloved says:

    Thank you street. I’ve spent my whole life trying to manage my symptoms it seems to me. Its good to ask forgiveness for my sins AND the sins of my ancestors. I’ve been playing god by thinking if I forgave then people would be saved. Trying to be the mediator between God and evil is IMPOSSIBLE!! Perhaps I can forgive myself.

  62. Beloved says:

    Freedom in Christ, yes forgiveness is very possible.

  63. street says:

    the scandal of God living in a tent
    the scandal of God eating with tax collectors and harlots.
    the scandal of God living with a redeemed sinner.

    On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

    the call continues.

  64. street says:

    1 Peter 4:17-19
    17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner? 19 Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.

    1 Corinthians 11:30-32
    30 For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. 31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world.

    Faithful & Good Shepard of sojourners in tents.

  65. jeff1 says:

    I am thinking of when my child (who is now an adult but still very much behaving like a child) is going wrong and I don’t seem to be getting through to him as that is often where I find myself and it has been prayer that another prayed for him that was effective in his life.

    I seem to spend more time anxious in my mind because I know I am failing but God steps in and I see He has disciplined my son His way.

    I am asking myself how do I feel about that and I believe I may feel cheated as a mum who puts in all the effort in daily looking after him and suffers the consequences of his problems to find that God has the influence over him and not I.

    In my head I feel it is just one failure after another as my illness meant I lost my job and my marriage failed and now I am failing as a mother and I am not dealing well with it as that is exactly how I feel like one big failure in life.

    If I feel I cannot do right for doing wrong then I am stuck at doing anything as others get it right with no effort what I fail at daily.

    I seem to be failing at life and unsure of how that can fit in with God’s plan for me!

    Everyone has strengths and weaknesses but what happens if you find you have only weaknesses which do not fit in with life in this world.

    I’ve come too far to look back again
    There is nothing behind me
    All the treasures I used to love
    Have all faded from view
    There’s a new day ahead for me
    All my heartache is over you see
    For I left it at Calvary
    Where my new life began

    I’ve come too far to look back
    My feet have walked through the valley
    I’ve climbed mountains, crossed rivers
    Dessert places I’ve known
    But I’m nearing the home shore
    The redeemed are rejoicing
    Heaven’s angels are singing
    I’ve gone too far to look back

    Look around, there’s no happiness
    There’s no reason for living
    Life will give you a broken dream
    Full of sorrow and fear
    Turn around, don’t look back again
    Face the new day before you
    Place your heartache in Jesus’s hand
    He can mend broken dreams

    I’ve come too far to look back again
    My feet have walked through the valley
    I’ve climbed mountains, crossed rivers
    Dessert places I’ve known
    But I’m nearing the home shore
    The redeemed are rejoicing
    Heaven’s angels are singing
    I’ve gone too far to look back

    Heaven’s angels are singing
    I’ve gone to far to look back

  66. jeff1 says:

    What God is telling me is that I am not in control of my children’s lives anymore than I am my own and it is I who is trying to hold on to what never was mine as we are all His children and He knows best the path He has chosen for us and in my heart I know that is true so, though, my head, says one thing, my heart, says another, and since I don’t trust my head then my heart wins the day in leaving things in His hands because that is what He is telling me that they always have been in His hands and that when I get out of His way then I will see that it is so.

  67. Beloved says:

    Viv thinking of life in a tent I remember when God told the Israelites they would not enter His rest. How devastated some must have felt, but now we have Jesus who is our rest and as you always say a shelter in the time of storm. I too have many regrets but have to rely on God’s faithfulness when I fail. So glad to hear you have a friend that can pray for you and your son. Blessings, Joyce

  68. Beloved says:

    Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD. Jeremiah 17:7

  69. Beloved says:

    Life under the Tent is so different from life outside. Always learning how to be comfortable amidst the shockingly scandalous ways of our sovereign king Jesus, His tent the Kingdom.

  70. foreverblessed says:

    The weather was nice and quiet, and so I did an evening walk, and the sun was almost going down, it was a big red sun, huge it was. And going down.

    And in the sky the moon was there, the side facing the sun being white!

    It was a beautiful sight! And I had to think of Billy Graham who has died, he has left the earth….

    What a great legacy he has left behind, a great example, and no big misstep!
    We ought to discipline and train ourselves in the Holy Spirit, ( by surrendering to Jesus)
    And so be a temple where God can live,
    As Street has given all these Bible verses already, I am just repeating in my own words.
    Not that we seek acceptance by God, but out of love for God, so that we are shiny representations of Jesus, just as the moon reflects the sun.

    God bless you all, and I pray for you Beloved, and Jeff.

    Pray for my son, if you get a prayer, his girlfriend ended the relation.
    ( For some reason I got many prayers for the girl, so I keep praying them as long as I get them: that Jesus may fill her heart, and my sons heart too.

  71. street says:

    in a tent

    Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, 2 saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. 3 There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’

    But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.

    More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,

    This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.

    we do suffer lose and we do put our hope in Christ to supply our need for the things He has entrusted to our care. He is the faithful Son and builder of the the home of God. making things new while occupied.
    suffering lose of all things that I may gain Christ. to take hold of Him as He has taken hold of me. He first loved me in creation and then redemption then in glory.made in His likeness for His Glory. in a tent

  72. jeff1 says:

    I know that God sends a friend or a helper to me when I am distraught and unable to pray and it makes me feel so much better to have that support.

    I hope that you to have support, Forever, for yourself and family and this poem by Helen Steiner Rice speaks of love and so I pray that this love is with you and yours.

    Where There Is Love

    Where there is love
    the heart is light,
    Where there is love
    the day is bright,
    Where there is love
    there is a song
    To help when things
    are going wrong,
    Where there is love
    there is a smile
    To make all things
    seem more worthwhile,
    Where there is love
    there’s quiet peace,
    A tranquil place
    where turmoils cease-
    Love changes darkness into light
    And makes the heart
    take “wingless flight”
    Oh, blest are they
    who walk in love,
    They also walk
    with God above-
    And when man walks
    with God again,
    There shall be peace
    on earth for men.

  73. foreverblessed says:

    Thank you very very much Jeff!!
    That does good to my heart.

    And thank you Street for giving these Bible verses!
    I want to drink them in!

  74. foreverblessed says:

    I just saw the Gaither movie on the life of Billy Graham!
    I just have to cry!

    Who is going to replace you asked his son.
    They had a conference of 30.000 evangelists, in Amsterdam(!) Billy said: They, they are going to replace me!

    Some good coming out of Amsterdam!
    I forgot the year that was, maybe 2000.

  75. foreverblessed says:

    Good morning everyone!
    It is a lovely morning here: the sun is shining, frost.
    I hope you are doing fine Steve!
    I am praying for you and Matt and Glenna!

    Jeff, be encouraged, God is with you!
    Thanks for your encouragement, the song of LOVE

  76. foreverblessed says:

    Billy Graham was 99 years.
    It makes me smile: God has humour, even in his death God has a message:

    I will leave the 99 to go after the 1.

  77. jeff1 says:

    The Legend of the Raindrop

    The legend of the raindrop
    Has a lesson for us all
    As it trembled in the heavens…
    Questioning whether it should fall-
    For the glistening raindrop argued
    To the genie of the sky
    I am beautiful and lovely
    As I sparkle here on high,
    And hanging here I will become
    Part of the rainbow’s hue
    And I’ll shimmer like a diamond
    For all the world to view”…
    But the genie told the raindrop,
    “Do not hesitate to go,
    For you will be more beautiful
    If you fall to earth below,
    For you will sink into the soil
    And be lost a while from sight,
    But when you reappear on earth,
    You’ll be looked on with delight;
    For you will be the raindrop
    That quenched the thirsty ground
    And helped the lovely flowers
    To blossom all around,
    And in your resurrection
    You’ll appear in queenly clothes
    With the beauty of the lily
    And the fragrance of the rose;
    Then, when you wilt and wither,
    You’ll become part of the earth
    And make the soil more fertile
    And give new flowers birth”…
    For there is nothing ever lost
    Or eternally neglected,
    For everything God ever made
    Is always resurrected;
    So trust God’s all-wise wisdom
    And doubt the Father never,
    For in His Heavenly Kingdom
    There is nothing lost forever.

  78. Beloved says:

    I like the poem Viv.

    Forever it was during a Billy Graham crusade televised on a hot summer day while my little ones were napping I knelt and prayed the sinners prayer. Thankful the local network interrupted my usual afternoon of soaps or I would not have heard and followed the Way of becoming a Christian. My life focus changed drastically after that, even though I had no idea where I was going or doing! That was nearly 40 years ago now and I would not want it any different. I’d rather have Jesus, as Bev Shea sang is so true. Still learning but ever seeking. Thank you God for your faithful preachers of the Word.

  79. jeff1 says:

    Yes, Beloved, I just love Helen Steiner Rice’s poetry and we get sympathy cards here with the most beautiful verses. It is a delight to read her poetry.

  80. foreverblessed says:

    That of the raindrop, great.
    It also reminds me of Paul, saying: I am be about to be poured out….

    Like a waterdrop that will make the ground d fertile.
    How the death of martyrs makes the ground fertile is a mystery to me, but God will make that clear some day!

  81. foreverblessed says:

    Wow Beloved, so Billy’s preaching touched you, and you knelt down. Of course it is God speaking through him, he was anointed by God. I really am impressed by the man. He was very very humble, and those that had criticism about him, he faced in humility, he wanted to talk with them and learn from their points.

    I did not know that he was so against segregation: black and white with no line between them: we are all children of God.

  82. street says:

    And I will put enmity
    Between you and the woman,
    And between your seed and her seed;
    He shall bruise you on the head,
    And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

  83. street says:

    an enmity that revealed the love of God to sinful man. between you, satan, and the woman, church/bride
    between your spirit and His Spirit in her
    He ,Jesus, shall bruise your headship and you, satan, shall bruise Jesus heel.

    in a tent.

    the perishable must put on imperishable, Christ

    what ever you did to the least of my brethren you did to me. Blessing stands in stark contrast to the detail given to the Tent

  84. SFDBWV says:

    It has been a tough busy week with lots of life things going on. I look in every morning and sometimes in the afternoon to see where the thread of conversation is going.

    Jesus in our thoughts, Jesus in our actions; we the living witnesses for Jesus.

    When I was a young boy my mother took me and my sister to the theater to see Cecil B Di Mill’s movie rendition of “The Ten Commandments”. It was a very big deal to her and my first real impression of the story of the Exodus.

    There have been other movies that tried to be less cinema-graphic as well as less Hollywood, but I was surprised to learn many years later that, that particular movie version stayed closer to the Bible as well as Josephus in its historical drama.

    I still find it amusing how to this day scientists try and produce a way that the Red Sea was able to “part”. I have never read where one also attributed that the very sea bottom was dry when the Hebrew people crossed over.

    Looking at this subject of the Tabernacle and our wondering why God chose to “live” in a tent, one has to go back to the beginning and revisit the entire story. Not just of the Exodus, but from Genesis throughout the full text to see just where it appears God does “live”.

    Just as the Psalmist says God is everywhere His creation is. He is the life in every living thing and the power that holds everything together.

    We must sound pretty silly trying to explain God. Instead we should bow in reverence and thanksgiving and show our appreciation by believing what it is He has said and especially what He has promised.

    Life may swirl around us in seeming chaotic troubles, but they are only a temporary time until that hour when God’s promises become a reality to each and every one of us.

    Viv I am sure has the song…”Trust and Obey”, yes there is indeed ‘no other way”.

    50 degrees with a promise of rain today from the “Weather Channel”. Someday I hope they report about the man to whom even the weather has to obey.


  85. jeff1 says:

    On My Father’s Side

    Just a young boy in the temple one day
    Shared with the doctor’s they were so amazed
    Never had they seen one so young speak so swift
    They ask him many questions the conversation went like this

    What’s you name son
    On my mothers’s side my name is Jesus
    But on my father’s side they call me Emmanuel

    How old are you
    On my mother’s side I’m twelve years
    But on my father’s side I’ve just always been

    Where you from
    On my mother’s side I’m from Bethlehem
    But on my father’s side its New Jerusalem

    What’s your plan
    On my mothers’s side I’ll be crucified
    But on my father’s side in three days Ill arise
    And Ill sit by my fathers side

    He was the Son of God yet the son of man
    And I can’t help wonder how Joseph must have felt
    Through an open door that day he heard his son reply
    You see I’m the King of Kings that’s on my father’s side

    What’s your name son
    On my mother’s side my name is Jesus
    But on my father’s side they call me Emmanuel

    How old are you
    On my mother’s side I’m twelve years
    But on my father’s side I’ve just always been

    Where you from
    On my mother’s side I’m from Bethlehem
    But on my Father’s side its New Jerusalem

    What’s your plan
    On my mother’s side Ill be crucified
    But on my father’s side in three day Ill arise
    And Ill sit by my father’s side

  86. street says:

    the garden
    time began in a garden
    the Fathers plan and purpose put into action
    we are told the Father would visit man in the cool of the day. till that day we lost our way
    we are told the Father is the vine dresser
    He planted a new vine and uprooted the old one.
    grafted in to the new vine and dressed by the Fathers loving care. we are told the growth is from the vine not the branches. grown in selflessness and truth. this is where it get cloudy. different parts made for future assembly, yet each part complete. the Father’s plan and purpose continue unabated. watching and waiting in a tent. made for blessing to be recieved

  87. Beloved says:

    the Father’s plan and purpose continue unabated.

    Zechariah 8:13
    His tent,
    his plan
    His way.

  88. Beloved says:

    Life in a tent…

    It occurs to me that no matter if I fail- adding to the cloudiness- there seems to be a blessing no failures can change. I think God is above, below, and still in the midst of the great cloud, of witnesses! Resting is good. Resting trusting and abiding in hope and faith with love. Being in “the pit” is always good also.

    Sorry I’ve been so whiney lately, complaining never gets me anywhere good.

  89. jeff1 says:

    I have found, Beloved, that my whining has become more pining for God and that is where I have found the most comfort. Rather than getting upset when I don’t understand I become overcome with sadness and that makes me feel closer to God than anything else.

    Feeling sad has strengthened me although I am not seeing clearer or understanding more.

  90. street says:

    15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.
    16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.

  91. jeff1 says:

    This song from Sunday Morning Reflections cheered my heart this morning.

    As a child I became hooked on gospel music sang by Elvis and he has had a place in my heart ever since. There is a phrase used at his concerts to disperse his lingering audiences which is “Elvis has left the building.”

    Any confusion in my head does not change what I know in my heart “God has not left His throne” and my connection to that gospel has been enriched by listening to singers like Elvis, the gathers, the hoppers etc. as music touches my soul in a way that nothing else can.

    I’m using my Bible for a road map
    The Commandments they tell me what to do
    The twelve disciples are my road signs
    And Jesus will take me safely through

    There’ll be no detours in heaven
    No rough roads along the way
    I’m using my Bible for a roadmap
    My last stop is heaven some sweet day

    I’m using my Bible for a road map
    The children of Israel used it too
    They crossed the Red Sea of Destruction
    For God was there to see them through

    There’ll be no detours in heaven
    No rough roads along the way
    I’m using my Bible for a roadmap
    My last stop is heaven some sweet day

  92. Beloved says:

    Praising God for the good consolation this morning. New mercy has revealed to me more freedom. I am loved! Then I received this email of John Piper:

    You Are Greatly Loved
    Among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:3–5)

    Would you not love to hear the angel Gabriel say to you, “You are greatly loved”?

    Three times this happened to Daniel.

    “At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved” (Daniel 9:23)
    “O Daniel, man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you” (Daniel 10:11)
    “And he said, ‘O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage” (Daniel 10:19).
    Take heart. If you have faith in Jesus, God himself says to you, “You are greatly loved.”

    We were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ . . . For by grace you have been saved through faith. (Ephesians 2:3–5, 8).

    This is better than an angel’s voice. If you are “alive,” you are greatly loved.

  93. Beloved says:

    Psalm 4 English Standard Version (ESV)
    Answer Me When I Call
    To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.
    1 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
    You have given me relief when I was in distress.
    Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

    2 O men,[a] how long shall my honor be turned into shame?
    How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah
    3 But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself;
    the Lord hears when I call to him.

    4 Be angry,[b] and do not sin;
    ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah
    5 Offer right sacrifices,
    and put your trust in the Lord.

    6 There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?
    Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!”
    7 You have put more joy in my heart
    than they have when their grain and wine abound.

    8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
    for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety

  94. street says:

    Those of us who have tried to read through the Bible know that the simplicity of The Aaronic Blessing stands in stark contrast to the detail given to the Tent. 6

    thinking of the predawn wrestling match prior to his reunion with his twin brother. he insisted that he be blessed prior to His leaving. we live in a world that is filled with His Glory, which can be difficult to discern at times, leading us to trust in the One we can not see for now. He said it was better that He go away and promised to send another helper and that He would return. the blessing

  95. SFDBWV says:

    How many times have you and I felt abandoned by God?

    Yes if you are honest with yourself there are times when you feel God doesn’t care or isn’t there.

    You may feel scared and alone, even lost.

    Somewhere though there is the recesses of you mind and heart is a small thread of hope that in those darker hours you hold on to that always sees you through the dark and stormy night until joy comes once again.

    The people who made up the Hebrew nation had witnessed amazing miracles to allow them to leave slavery out of Egypt, but just as a mazing each time there was a small or large problem, they soon forgot the God of miracles that had brought them there.

    So it was that in the cloud, in the tent, in the pillars of smoke and fire they could see and know their God was with them.

    It is to be remembered that these were also a people who lived among the Egyptians and were acquainted with the idea there may be more than one god. They needed the evidence of seeing God was with them in their training in their wilderness.

    It had been 400 years since their ancestors, Jacob and his sons had come to Egypt with the story of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s encounters and promises from God.

    400 years of silence.

    It is that even now when we weaken, God shows Himself to us, and when He does His Spirit within us recognizes and bears witness of Himself and once again we are encouraged and strengthened.

    Maybe it is to be remembered that in those times of God’s silence a great and wonderful miracle awaits us and our worry and suffering soon forgotten.

    Hold on to what you have.

    37 degrees and cloudy.


  96. jeff1 says:

    I say never go by feelings as they are temporary and forgotten as a mother gives birth and forgets the pain of it.

    As you say Steve I often feel abandoned by God but it is my beliefs that carry me through that God will never abandon me and within me the Spirit strengthens me and so my doubts are temporary.

    That is my personal experience but in this world many are not seeking God which means this world is alien to what I know to be true and so I am like an alien in a strange land in relation to the world.

    I know now that I cannot influence others to believe in God nor does God ask me too so I have to reconcile living in a wayward world which is why I need the Bible to understand what it was like for my ancestors as their example shows what it may cost to remain faithful to God.

    It is the Bible’s truths that stand the test of time and not our interpretations which are personal to my/our walks.

    God is still in control and that I feel distant or disconnected at times is my personal journey and when I feel this way it is gospel music and poetry that draws me near to God because it speaks to the heart and the mystery is that God’s word whether it be from the Bible or transformed in song connects us in all our diversity to the God of the universe and that is the miraculous work of God at work in our lives as we seek Him to console us in a strange world.

  97. Beloved says:

    He said it was better that He go away and promised to send another helper and that He would return. the blessing.

    Blessings indeed! Waiting for Jesus’s return is better than life itself. Though the waiting gets hard the great Revealing when the flesh with all it’s failings falls away will also reveal how we have blessed and encouraged others in this hard life. We can bless others with what God has taught us. We’re never alone when we live under the Big Top.

  98. Beloved says:

    Pearl something you said a while back really hit home for me. It had to do with avoiding punishment when you were raising your children. It’s helping me with a sin I struggle with as well as a biblical teaching about addiction on YouTube. Thank you for your presence here.

  99. bubbles says:

    Three times there have been sore trials in my life.And in those times I have never felt so alone. It angers me and yet I am thankful that God didn’t strike me dead due to the anger. I don’t understand it. I know God is there and that He cares, it just doesn’t feel like it. Being alone when things are really bad is a horrible feeling.

  100. Beloved says:

    A prof in college asked if it was a sin to get angry with God as we were studying the minor prophet Jonah. At that point in my life I was angry with God about a life event that made no sense to me. Jonah always makes me smile, I get him and learned about the loving patience
    and higher purposes of God in those difficult times when He doesn’t make sense. Things for me got worse actually sending me adrift and lonely for a few years. I prayed many many times for a companion but God said no. Found out there was so much more I needed to learn about Him. Good things rather than the evil I had attributed to Him thinking I was too bad to be truly loved. He’s good and He’s patient, all those words in I Cor13 are describing God!! The good seems to outweigh the bad, something I’m still learning in the tent.

  101. bubbles says:

    I was angry with God this last mess. I was angry before but not directed at anyone in particular. My mother died when I was 8 years old. My grandmother was killed in a car crash 7 years later. A cousin dropped dead at 32 years old from a heart issue. I have been blessed, but those losses are life defining events. I was hurt about my mother’s death and just angry about my grandmother getting killed. I wasn’t angry at anyone, just angry it happened. She wasn’t saved. I worry about the young man in the other vehicle and hope he is all right. I hope he did not suffer because of the accident. It was not his fault. It’s like I am angered when I see children killed at school and animals hurt and abused. It angers me.

    I am thankful that God is merciful and has not struck me dead.

    I KNOW God is in control. I KNOW God is always good. I KNOW all things work together for good. I KNOW His ways and thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Knowing it and feeling it are different. I am thankful for God’s mercy, again.

    I am just tired of all of this.

    Things could be much, much worse. God is so good; I am thankful for all the good things God brings out of bad. “I will live and declare the works of the Lord.” Ps. 118:17

  102. Beloved says:

    I too get angry over injustice and abuse. Habakkuk’s “How long, oh LORD? ” Rings in my ears.

  103. Beloved says:

    But “Count it all joy” helps me to redirect my anger to Gods wrath on the cross. “It is finished”. Feelings come and go, just wish the bad ones wouldn’t stay so long sometimes.

  104. foreverblessed says:

    Thanks all, Steve, who wrote, even in the darkest hours there is still this knowing, but God is there!
    And thanks Bubbles that you hold on to God.
    I keep on praying, because at some point the fulness of God will be shown in our lives, and I believe that can be possible before Jesus comes back, like Stephan who was stoned, and yet saw the throne of God before him… and it seemed as if the whole trial did not get to his soul and spirit.

  105. foreverblessed says:

    Mart was saying that the instructions of the Tent were manifold, but the instruction to bless very simple!

    It reminds me of the work of the Holy Spirit that is done in us, after we accept Jesus as Lord.

    “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    1 Thess 5:23-24

    the process of sanctifiaction is extensive, but mecessary. And that when we are cleansed, and all aligned to the will of God, we are automatically directly joined to the power of the Holy Sprit.

    jeff has been saying that there is a difference in christians, the ones that are really really close to Jesus, and others, who are saved, but yet struglling with totally being surrendered to Jesus, and then of course to the Holy Spirit.

    I sort of think that too, not all chrisians are used by the Spirit in the same way, not all christians say:
    LORD use me as YOU want it, I am all willing to lay myself down for YOU, so to save as many souls as you put in my path.

    Not wanting to say anything offensive to anyone. But maybe there are differences is types of christians.

    Like the apostle Paul, who wrote, I have lost everything so to win Christ.

    And that is thne process of sanctification, some come very close to the Holy Spirit, and everything they ask, is in-line with what God wants Himself, and the blessing we bestow on others is that what God does.
    I see these blessings ans spiritual blessings:
    Dear LORD, save the soul of so and so,
    And then I KNOW that God will do everything He can to save that soul, as He did to the Saul, who finally became Paul.
    As God did to Jacob, who finally, at Pniel, bowed down to God, and surrendered his will to HIM.

  106. foreverblessed says:

    Tabernacle Human being
    outer court body
    holy soul
    holy of holies spirit

    (1 Thess 5:23-24, Exodus 40, Ezekiel 40:1-Ez 44:31, Ez 44:27

    extensive work that has to be done in our Tents, as in sanctification, adn cleansing, before we can be useful to God.

    It is a work of the Holy Spirit in us. Nothing that we can be proud of, but only in surrendering to Jesus more and more, can the Spirit work in us more and more…

  107. foreverblessed says:

    in posting this, the open spaces disappear:
    outer court stands for ….. body
    tabernacle, the tent stands for … soul
    the holy of holies stands for…… spirit

  108. jeff1 says:

    Forever, I say it because I am finding the struggle for myself and I therefore identify it in others while it is easy to spot those like my dad who just are surrendered as they make it look easy when it requires great discipline in listening to God and humbleness in obeying.

    I would have to disagree that it is all God’s work as God gives us free will and there has to be a determination in bringing your mind into submission and I believe that is where stability of mind matters in surrendering to Christ as my instability causes me to wander in my thoughts and disturbs that requirement for surrendering.

    It was Pooh, who said Salvation seems to be enough for some and she is right as it has to be for me because I loose my focus and concentration too easily to be surrendered but I trust that God loves me no less and so taking refuge in Christ is a safe haven for me.

    There is a green hill far away,
    Without a city wall,
    Where the dear Lord was crucified,
    who died to save us all.

    Oh, dearly, dearly has He loved,
    And died our sins to bear;
    We trust in His redeeming blood,
    And life eternal share.

    We may not know, we cannot tell,
    What pains He had to bear;
    But we believe it was for us
    He hung and suffered there.

    He died that we might be forgiven.
    He died to make us good,
    That we might from our sins be freed.
    Saved by His precious blood.

    There was no other good enough
    To pay the price of sin,
    He only could divine life give
    And dwell Himself within.

  109. Beloved says:

    In a tent
    I Cor 3:16

    When God Becomes 100% for Us, John Piper

    Among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. (Ephesians 2:3)

    All of God’s wrath, all of the condemnation we deserve, was poured out on Jesus. All of God’s demands for perfect righteousness were fulfilled by Christ. The moment we see (by grace!) this Treasure and receive him in this way his death counts as our death and his condemnation as our condemnation and his righteousness as our righteousness, and God becomes 100% irrevocably for us forever in that instant.

    Isn’t that a great grace to be able to dwell with Christ in His Kingdom!!? Jesus bless us all today, Joyce

  110. jeff1 says:

    This is the prayer that concludes our Church service.

    May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all now and evermore. Amen.

    This is the heart of the gospel which says it is finished in Christ, I can rest in this truth.

  111. jeff1 says:

    Life is easy, when you’re up on the mountain
    And you’ve got peace of mind, like you’ve never known
    But things change when you’re down in the valley
    Don’t loose faith, for you’re never alone

    For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley
    When things go wrong, he’ll make them right
    And the God of the good times, is still God in the bad times
    The God of the day, is still God in the night
    We talk of faith way up on the mountain
    But talk comes easy, when lifes at its best
    Now its down in the valleys, trials and temptations
    Thats where faith is really put to the test

    For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley,
    When things go wrong he’ll make them right
    And the God in the good times is still God in the bad times
    The God of the day, is still God in the night
    The God of the day, is still God in the night

  112. foreverblessed says:

    Jeff, that prayer that is prayed out loud in church, when we part, that is the bible verse of
    2 Cor 13:14.

  113. foreverblessed says:

    When Mart came up with this new subject I did a study on Num 6:22-27.
    On the biblehub site you can read all the bible commentaries on these verses.
    All of these commentaries linked
    Num 6:22-27 with 2 Cor 13:14

    1-the LORD bless you and keep you
    2-the LORD make His face shine upon you
    . . . . and be gracious to you
    3-the LORD turn His face towards you
    . . . . and give you peace

    1-May the Grace of Jesus Christ
    2- and the Love of God
    3- and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
    . . . . be with you all

  114. foreverblessed says:

    What the commentaries also did is talking about the name used for the LORD

    For the first time used in the bible in Genesis 2:4

    THe name of God in the first chapter of the bible in Genesis 1 is: Elohim, plural for the word EL. Gods.
    THe name of God, the Creator, the Beginning, ALmighty.

    With the description of the creation of all that is made.

    But then in Gen 2:4 starts the story again of the creation, but this time God is used
    JHVH Elohim

    When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.

    And then you can read all the commentaries about JHVH.

    Manyb of them link it to:
    Exodus 3:13-14, I AM WHO I AM
    Revelation 1:8 WHO IS, WHO WAS, and WHO IS TO COME

    Revelation 1:18 I AM THE LIVING ONE, I WAS DEAD, and behold I AM ALIVE

    That it is clear that the meaning of the name JHVH is a mystry, so there is one commentator who says:
    It is in the USE of the name JVHV that we can see what it means:
    It is used in connection with man, that has gone lost, and needs to be saved, brought back to God.


    Matthew 1:21
    She (Mary) will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name JESUS:


  115. foreverblessed says:

    Now, how is that sotry, with God, who is the one who saves connected to us, giving a blessing to our fellow man.

    That is the very interesting question for me personally: How do I connect with the work of God, saving mankind? Now today, in my personal life?

  116. foreverblessed says:

    how is that story: Of God who saves
    connected to my life today?

    the name of JHVH is a mystery

  117. foreverblessed says:

    I was doing that study on the name JHVH, and lo and behold, a Jehova witness rings at the door. He was alone, usually they are in two’s. And I started a talk with him.
    At some point I asked him if he had accepted Jesus as Lord in his heart, and he said: Yes.
    He also said, that without Jesus we cannot come to God. We need Jesus so as to have our sins forgiven.

    I said that I was very glad that he had accepted Jesus in his heart.

    And then he started to ask me a question: Do you know who JHVH, Jehovah in the Old Testament is?
    It was clear that he in his own mind had already the answer:
    It was God the Father.

    Jehovah witnesses want to reveal the Jehovah to the people, meaning: GOD the Father.

    And then I said to him, you have got to do some more study on that point, I will keep on praying for you all.

    And when I closed the door, the thought came into my mind:
    Without knowing it yet, they are witnesses for Jehovah, meaning :

    Jesus, God who saves

  118. SFDBWV says:

    Foreverblessed, I only have a few minutes, but your Bible study and comments have prodded me to comment.

    I too did a quick look at the back story to Mart’s subject of the tent and started in Exodus. It just soon became too much to try and write about as it is a lot of information and I always get lost in the details of the tent, the priestly vestments and such.

    If I can’t center on a subject and too distracted I usually just don’t say anything.

    I have a lifetime relationship with the Watchtower Society as well as the Mormons.

    I always make them feel welcome when they come knocking at my door and if they want I have prayer with them. However polite I am with them, they have come to not want to discuss Bible study with me as I won’t budge on my fundamental beliefs.

    They can’t come to terms with how Jesus the Son can also be God the Father and if we get off on other smaller thoughts such as the Rapture or life after death then they usually just would rather leave or send their “elders” back for further discussion. Which they never do.

    Jesus stung the Levite Priests to fury when He implied He was the Great I Am and for it they plotted against Him to have Him killed.

    It appeared that all of the details given in the Torah that can confuse the best of us also hid the identity of Christ from them when He stood right in front of them.

    Ironic isn’t it? Or was it just the way God wanted things done?

    Thank you Foreverblessed for pushing me a little into taking the time to write. I must go for now as duty is always calling me.

    I see England is having a bit of bad snow storms, I hope the weather there in the Netherlands is still spring like.


  119. foreverblessed says:

    Thanks Steve!!!
    God the Father God the Son, God the Holy Spirit!!!

    Sooo difficult. I had a hard time with it, when I was young, but GOd loved me anyway, and He made a way to find me. So will He with them, as they are sincere seekers of God.

    Oh no, it is really cold now, the winter thought: I have not done very much yet, I will give them all at the last bit!
    ha ha, if the winter could think….

    But it is the cold from Russia we have too, just as the British.
    only we have not had much snow yet. But the ice is growing on the canals, and little ponds. Very very dry weather, and fereezing. Today will be the coldest day they have promised. And I am going on my bike to town. Visiting a person who is ill, and having a lot of pain, and who is alone. I will pray for her:
    God, please find her!

    Because she does not know very well, that Jesus wants to be close in her heart:
    God wants to live in us.

    The Tent is a difficult subject, with many many layers. But God wants to live in our hearts, in us personally, but also in us collectively,
    The Bride of Christ.

  120. jeff1 says:

    Forever, I fear that the secular world is not seeking to be saved as science and technology are their God today and I say this as I have sons whom I took to Sunday school and Church and they both have turned away from their faith today.

    Our Church is getting less and less numbers and I am told by other denominations that this is the trend today.

    While there are many who are hearing the gospel what can we do for those who do not believe it other than continue to hope and pray for them.

    There is apathy in our churches today and it is not going away as religions are not drawing a younger generation to Christ.

    Suicides in Northern Ireland among young people are higher than anywhere else in the UK and that has to be a worrying trend in a Christian country like this one.

  121. street says:

    dear steve i also enjoy chatting with other groups of faith. i have found being inquisitive and sincere in approaching both individuals. i genuine concern for their well being. not boasting in knowledge/ must fight against. i understand one is the trainer and the other the trainee. it doesn’t matter which is which in a discussion. the elephant in the room is always, how is sin removed from a soul that they could have peace with God. let them answer this question after the small talk. their answer should lead you to the next question which involves justice. the questions and answers are not as a important as the need for the Holy Spirit to speak to their conscious/heart to convict. the trinity the Holy Spirit and the things of God, even followers have difficulty with let alone the world. God bless you and keep you in His love. in a tent
    Matthew 13:52
    And Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”

  122. foreverblessed says:

    Thanks Street, I feel I am like that scribe, I have studied the scriptures, especially the OT, from my youth.
    Now I can see them and see the New!

    But the meaning of all the Tent requirements, are difficult.

    Whatever I found, however, is that the spiritual meaning of -Tent- is just as complicated as that
    -God is One-
    God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.

    A mystery

    How can Jesus be the Son, and yet also be the Father?

    And yet scripture says so:
    For to us a child is born,
    For us a Son is given…
    And He will be called… Everlasting Father!

    (I will give some scriptures I found on Tent and Temple, to show it is too a mystery, but I will have to get to my computer)

  123. SFDBWV says:

    When my mother lay dying, over and over I read to her from John 14:1-2 KJV

    With as heavy a heart as ever I had known, those words, meant to encourage, ended up encouraging me.

    When she died I felt her leave, I knew she was gone. Though there in her bed was the body that had carried her all of her days. A body that at that moment showed all of the pain and suffering she went through up until her death, I knew she was no longer with us.

    There in John 1:1 KJV Jesus clearly says He and the Father are one. Here in John 14:6-7 KJV Jesus reaffirms that He and the Father are one.

    He goes to prepare a place for us, not a temporary tent, but a mansion. A marvelous wonderful permanent place with Him.

    How do I know this is true? Because He said so.

    And I believe Him.


  124. jeff1 says:

    I think it is more than a belief, Steve, I was in a very bad place when my mother was dying as during my pregnancy she was very ill and though she did have a short remission where she got to spend some time with her grandson it got to the stage that when she was in hospital I could not take him to see her because of infection.

    On one of my last visits she had fallen and was black and blue all over and I was angry with God as to why this could happen her.

    Then on a visit which was coming near her end I found my mum staring out of the window into the heavens and I looked into her eyes and I knew by the look in her eyes that God was drawing her to Himself because there was a calmness in her that was not there on my other visits and I knew God had touched my mum and she was no longer anxious or afraid and I sensed my mum had found peace with God and as she had a difficult life she was never much at peace in this world and that encouraged my faith more than any Preacher, Church or Bible.

    God is present in our lives but our life experiences effect our relationship with Him. It is God who draws us to Himself and I seen that with my mum.

    I had a dad who knew God as in that he was brought up in a Christian home and he believed he should keep God’s commands and so everything he did was carefully thought through and my dad would not go along with it if he believed it was against God’s will. That meant when both sides were fighting hear he didn’t take sides but remained on God’s side.

    He fought in the second world war, served in the Palestine Police and put on the uniform of the Ulster Special Constabulary (B-Specials) in defence of his country yet he was a true peace maker.

    It seems to me that it is those who have been up close and personal in war that are the best peace makers because they know only too well the blood, sweat and tears that is shed in the pursuit of peace.

    The pursuit of peace can be costly but Christ died for a better world and not a worse one and so while we are in these tents it should still be our goal.

  125. Beloved says:

    Why would the God who fills the universe 7 leave the impression that he lives with his people in a tent?8

    Up close and personal comes to mind. Emmanuel, God with us. A God who knows our infirmities strengths and weaknesses, our sorrows and our delights. When my sorrows are given to Him He responds with delight. Pleasing God is my delight and my passion now and forever!

  126. bubbles says:

    I have been private about my whereabouts until now. Please pray for West Virginia. This is getting to be a mess. Thank you.

  127. foreverblessed says:

    What is that about in WV, Bubbles? I tried to look on the news, BBC, nothing mentioned.

    Psalm 73:25-26
    Yes, Beloved, That is my desire too! Forever!

    Isa 66:1
    “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be?
    Has not My hand made all these things, and so they cam into being? declares the Lord.
    This is the one I esteem, he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.
    John 14:23
    Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

    Yes, that God wants to live in us.

    Many have already written that we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit.

    I got accross these verses, they were given in my Bible as references to Romans 14:11

    As surely as I live says the Lord, “every knee will bow before me, every tongue will confess to God”

    Isaiah 49:18

    As surely as I live declares the Lord,

    “You will wear them all as ornaments, you will put them on as a bride”

    and Isaiah 45:23

    God wants to live in us, put us on like a brides robe?

    So we are the Tent.

    But then at the end of the Bible, it says

    Revelation 21:22

    I did not see a Temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.

    So then in the end God says: God the Father nad the Lamb are the temple.

    We are the Temple, God-in-One is the Temple.

    That sounds like a mystery to me.

    This is a profound mystery, but I am talking about Christ and the church.

    Johm 17:21 that they all may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. That they may also be in us….

  128. foreverblessed says:

    tonight will be the coldest night here in my country, England is having trouble with cold and snow.
    A stron wind out of the east, we get the cold from Russia!
    We should send warmth in return, ha ha, if we could.
    But: Prayers that is.
    And I will pray for West Virginia, Bubbles!
    Sending warm prayers, with love.

  129. Beloved says:

    Teachers strike in W V. Praying bubbles.

  130. street says:

    forever said,”But the meaning of all the Tent requirements, are difficult.”
    thinking yes they are. but it is in a tent the Lord has chosen to reveal Himself. Moses gave us the law and the requirements to live by. Moses also was told to build the tent after the pattern he was shown on the mountain. Moses solemnly charged Israel that One would come after Him and they must listen to Him not Moses. i think of the judges the kings and the prophets that followed, all the checker history of this chosen Nation. yes they followed after Moses. people did listen and a remnant was preserved and found faithful! finally God has spoken through His Son, the One Whom the pattern pointed too. the judges the kings and the prophets too. no longer a pattern but God Himself. Father like Son, no! Father One with the Son.
    Hebrews 1: 1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
    not only is he superior to angles He is superior to the pattern and tent/law that was set aside. the law could not save you nor could the blood of bulls and goat clean your conscious from sin. only the obedient death of a faithful blameless Son of God. yes i am disturbed at this, yet i know He lives and gives a great hope to save. a hope that will not disappoint because He is faithful while i am not. Romans 7.

  131. jeff1 says:

    Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
    There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
    Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
    As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

    Great is Thy faithfulness!
    Great is Thy faithfulness!

    Morning by morning new mercies I see.
    All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
    Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
    Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
    Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
    Join with all nature in manifold witness
    To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

    Great is Thy faithfulness!
    Great is Thy faithfulness!

    Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
    Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
    Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
    Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

    Great is Thy faithfulness!
    Great is Thy faithfulness!

  132. bubbles says:

    Counties have closed. I want to work but cannot since they are closed. Do not see how a resolution can happen.

  133. street says:

    in a tent
    thinking of the activities that occur in the Holy Place. there were three pieces of furniture that needed attending to. the candles, the table of bread, and the alter. the candles for light to walk by and abide in. the bread from heaven, also bread of obedience. the alter to offer up adoration confession thanksgiving and supplication. indeed a Holy Place. R.S.V.P.

  134. Beloved says:

    Hebrews9 offers a detailed explanation of the workings of the modus operandi of the great Tent Master first on earth then to heaven. I’m amazed that such an event of sacrifice/worship on earth still compels today. Praise God for His Holy Spirit that still reaches and teaches today.

  135. Beloved says:

    Oops forgot to remove ‘of the workings’ when I edited.

  136. jeff1 says:

    Faith, hope and love and the greatest is love for those who walk in love walk with God in heaven above.

    Love divine, all loves excelling,
    joy of heav’n, to earth come down,
    fix in us Thy humble dwelling;
    all Thy faithful mercies crown.
    Jesus, Thou art all compassion;
    pure, unbounded love Thou art;
    visit us with Thy salvation;
    enter every trembling heart.

    Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit
    into ev’ry troubled breast:
    let us all in Thee inherit;
    let us find the promised rest.
    Take away the love of sinning;
    Alpha and Omega be;
    end of faith, as its beginning,
    set our hearts at liberty.

  137. SFDBWV says:

    Well for the traditionalist among us I would have to say that meteorologically March has come in like a lion.

    In my 24 hour reporting period we had it all, fog, and drizzle, heavy rain, snow and high winds.

    Of course like the groundhog when March is over we will know if it goes out like a lamb.

    Certainly Bubbles is right the financial climate in West Virginia is bad and after 8 years of a war on coal from Obama, it comes down to how to make ends meet.

    It isn’t just about teachers, it is all state employees, their pay and especially their insurance benefits that are at issue. It looks as if Governor Jim Justice will be a one term Governor.

    Not as much as his mishandling of the crisis as much as his comments and demeanor regarding the matter.

    Justice forgot the first rules of being Christian; be compassionate and always considerate in dealing with others. Never forgetting advice from proverbs, that a kind word turns away anger.

    Of course then there is the legislature whose majority of members are only concerned with being re-elected.

    Once again, as bubbles stated, it is a mess.


  138. SFDBWV says:

    The daily devotional that Pearl sent Matthew for Christmas is written by Charles Spurgeon and Matthew reads it with me once every day. Though he picks it up all day off and on and looks at it. Sometimes getting a heads up for the next day’s reading.

    Recently the tone of Spurgeon’s thoughts are certainly aligned with mine in that he says once we give ourselves over to God, He will use us as He wants, not as we may want, but exactly in the way that He wants.

    He even goes as far as to say we at that point don’t really have a choice we are simply being used for God’s purposes and should pray thankfully in that attitude of being fully in His will.

    My great grandmother, Phoebe, always gave whatever she could to the hobo’s that traveled along the railroad that runs through town here.

    Her/our home was soon “marked” as a place they could get a meal. She fully believed it was our responsibility to help any others who had less than her and along the way also believed that angels came as strangers to our door.

    There is a chilling story I will share again another time about when she died of bone cancer. Today I will talk about her next door neighbor, whom even I remember with fondness, Cleo Blizzard who led my great grandmother to accept the Lord.

    Nothing worldly special about Mrs. Blizzard, a wife and mother to several children. But she was a Saint in her behavior and example. A good friend, neighbor and member of our community.

    What was her purpose for God? She raised good children who in their own ways emulated her Christian behavior as well as grand children who are much like their grandmother. And I know for sure she is credited with leading Phoebe Williams to the Lord. How many others, I would have no way of knowing.

    What I have learned though is that Cleo Blizzard’s purpose for God was to be the best Cleo Blizzard she could be and leave the rest to God.

    I may not be qualified to give advice, but my opinion is for any of us to just be the best we can be at being us and leave the rest to God.


  139. Beloved says:

    Life in a tent leaving the rest to God because in His rule Hes no doubt still in control of events yesterday, today and forever. Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. As God appointed and used Pharaoh, Judas, Herod, back then the keepers of the money today are all being used by God to point people to Jesus who is the only way, truth and life. Life in a tent. May those in W Virginia find their life hope and strength in Him.

  140. Beloved says:

    I need this reminder sometimes,

    1 Timothy 2:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
    Pray for All Men
    2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,

  141. street says:

    you are right steve about God’s freedom in dealing with His children. i think of the moen song of love finding a away when there is no way. we need to follow even when it looks like the red sea. the watching and waiting can be difficult when faced with blizzards. it will be interesting to see what her new name is going to be. eternity has a way of leaving a mark on the hearts of mankind. so can we. the blood can remove the deepest stain caused by pain. the pain of self. love is why paul chose the way he did. no other reason. love and hate are unreasonable in a tent. if you can measure it your not dealing with love or hate. only love comes from God. witnesses to God. learning to love. we have to live according to the faith the Lord has given us.
    Ephesians 4:12-14
    12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

    14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.

    we can not give what we have not received. intersession the prayer of a saint on behave of others. paul, the pattern, learned this from Jesus. Shalom

  142. street says:

    we thought together about a promise that sounds too good to be true.

    23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

  143. jeff1 says:

    The Promise

    I never said that I would give you silver or gold
    Or that you would never feel the fire or shiver in the cold
    But I did say you’d never walk through this world alone
    And I did say, don’t make this world your home

    I never said that fear wouldn’t find you in the night
    Or that loneliness was something you’d never have to fight
    But I did say I’d be right there by your side
    And I did say I’d always help you fight

    ‘Cause you know I made a promise that I intend to keep
    My grace will be sufficient in every time of need
    My love will be the anchor that you can hold onto
    This is the promise, this is the promise I made to you

    I never said that friends wouldn’t turn their backs on you
    Or that the world around you wouldn’t see you as a fool
    But I did say like me, you’ll surely be despised
    And I did say my ways confound the wise

    I didn’t say you’d never taste the bitter taste of death
    Or have to walk through chilly Jordan to enter into rest
    But I did say, I’d be walking right on the other side (yeah, yeah)
    And I did say I’ll dry every tear you cry

    ‘Cause you know I made a promise that I’ve prepared a place
    And some day sooner than you think you’ll see me face to face
    And you’ll sing with the angels and a countless multitude
    This is the promise, this is the promise I’ve made to you

    So just keep on walkin’, don’t turn to the left or right
    And in the midst of darkness, let this be your light
    That hell can’t separate us and you’re gonna make it through
    This is the promise, this is the promise I made to you, oh
    This is the promise, this is the promise I made to you

  144. foreverblessed says:

    Aren’t these words comforting Jeff?!
    Yesterday I had posted, but I see if nowhere…
    I wanted to say thank you Jeff for telling about your mother, how she had received the calmness from God at the end. It really touched my heart.

    Everything that is good and lovely comes from God, who gives them to us, when we accept Jesus, and ask in humility, seek knock ask…

    And I really appreciated the story of Steve’s grandmother, or great grandmother.
    What are hobo’s?

    I was just thinking, maybe the western countries are blessed because of all the faithful prayers of our believing ancestors.
    We should not give up on intercessory prayer for our country either, the next generation will benefit!!!

    !!! Three
    In the name of the Father Son and Spirit

  145. SFDBWV says:

    Good morning Foreverblessed, A quick note to answer your questions. It was my great grandmother and “Hobo’s” were America’s homeless men who traveled along the railroad lines riding from city to city or town to town by hopping on freight cars on the trains during the 30’s of the “Great Depression”.

    Hope that clears up your questions.


  146. Beloved says:

    The One who calls is faithful and He will do it.

    I dreamed last night that someone was trying to kill me- its been a while since I’ve had that kind of dream. But when I awoke I immediately thought about the long journey through life for the Israelites in Sinai and us today that is often fraught with dangers yet because of Gods sovereignty we -the people of God- are not destroyed. I grew up under constant threats of death from my own father! Yet those traumas are what drew me to God! Isn’t He wonderful! Then I opened up email and read this from Bible Gateway
    Isaiah 55:8-9
    New Living Translation

    “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

    So are we who live in a ‘tent of meeting’ still blessed today? Why yes, yes we are! Same God same blessing same promise that we are more than conquerors through Christ our LORD.

  147. SFDBWV says:

    My dad liked to take me camping with him when I was a boy and I will forever be grateful that he did.

    My first memory of our camping was with a WWII wall tent he got at some surplus outlet. He was so pleased with himself at getting it because he never had a real tent before.

    It was quite nice, but as he soon learned weighing in at around 90 pounds it was quite a lot to pack on his back and walk to our camping site. We also had to take food and other supplies and I wasn’t yet hardly big enough to pack it all though I am sure I thought I was and tried.

    We soon returned to his and what became my favorite, a simple water proof canvas tarp that we made a lean-to out of.

    It faced the camp fire and until time to sleep we could always leave the flap up and lay and stare at the stars that filled the sky. Sometimes watching a satellite cross from horizon to horizon in amazement.

    Of course seeing and sometimes hearing shooting stars (meteorites) burn across the night sky was and remains a thrill.

    Anyone who has ever slept out under the stars knows that soon after dark a wet blanket of dew begins to form on everything, so in under our lean-to we were able to stay nice and dry all night long.

    Sometimes day or night we would get caught in some fast moving thunder storms, complete with hard driving rain, lightening and gale force winds.

    We would just hunker down in under our lean-to as the storm raged around us.

    I don’t know if I have answered completely why God may have given the impression He lives in a tent in my other comments here, but looking back He was always there with me and my dad in under our little simple lean-to all those years ago.

    Blessing to all today. 28 degrees and sunny.


  148. street says:

    had and interesting thought today

    a Lion in a tent.

  149. jeff1 says:

    Yes, Forever that is a beautiful song and its songs that give me such hope when I am feeling despondent. I am glad you enjoyed reading about my mum as I too like to listen to others talk of when they felt God’s presence or seen Him work in their loved ones life.

    It amazes me to think that God is so much closer than it seems and particularly in difficult times when I can feel distant from Him.

    I am thinking of what you say about intercessory prayer and I was telling my hairdresser of my son’s girlfriend’s health condition and she responded saying I will say a prayer for her and it did me so much good to hear this.

    Prayer gives us hope for better days to come for ourselves, our families and our countries and we need to have hope as it is what keeps us going on in the difficult times.

    When I think of the difficulties of our ancestors my difficulties fail in comparison and that helps me see the world from a clearer perspective which is what God wants me to see rather than my limited one.

    I must keep an open mind for God to fill it with other possibilities.

  150. saled says:

    Street, I love C.S.Lewis. Is this an actual quote from his chronicles of Narnia, a Lion in a tent? If not, then I agree, interesting thought!

    Steve, your description of camping with your Dad changes my opinion of this ‘in a tent’ idea. A humble tent can be so comforting and wonderful, like you describe. It seems we are always looking for that mansion in the future, but it would be sad to miss the charm of the tent. One lesson that I believe God is teaching me is to love the imperfect, the broken, that is here and now. When younger, I was satisfied with nothing, gave my approval to nothing as it was not good enough, not what it should be. Now older, I am learning to love what is here and now, and while we wait for the redemption of creation, enjoy the tent that shelters us.

  151. SFDBWV says:

    Saled I hope the “Nor’easter” that just went up through your neck of the woods did not cause you any real trouble.

    The “Weather Channel” seems always to make a mountain out of a mole hill and unless you live in Boston or New York the rest of us get little attention.

    You are so right. The experience of life changes not only how we look at things, but has a way of changing our priorities as well.

    Isn’t it a shame that the young of every generation won’t listen to their elders, but have to find everything out for themselves the hard way.

    I too was young once and speak from experience not from just an opinion. Which always makes me wonder, what mistakes am I making now.


  152. Beloved says:

    I was greatly encouraged just now by a song by Chris Tomlin called “Whom Shall I fear?” Seems to me that life in a tent with God is very secure no matter what persecution comes. Psalm 46:7 New Living Translation (NLT)
    7 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
    the God of Israel[a] is our fortress.

    Yet, when I am weak, then I am strong.

  153. jeff1 says:

    Our Rector published some quotes from Billy Graham in the Parish News this month and this one caught my attention as I believe we all do it in our efforts to please God.

    Quit beating yourself up. We all live under grace and do the best we can.

    Weary souls, who wander wide
    From the central point of bliss,
    Turn to Jesus crucified,
    Fly to those dear wounds of His:
    Sink into the purple flood;
    Rise into the life of God.

    Find in Christ the way of peace,
    Peace unspeakable, unknown;
    By His pain He gives you ease,
    Life by His expiring groan:
    Rise exalted by His fall,
    Find in Christ your all in all.

    O believe the record true,
    God to you His son hath given;
    Ye may now be happy, too,
    Find on earth the life of Heaven:
    Live the life of heaven above,
    All the life of glorious love.

    This the universal bliss,
    Bliss for every soul designed;
    God’s primeval promise this,
    God’s great gift to all mankind:
    Blest in Chirst this moment be,
    Blest to all eternity!

  154. street says:

    thinking of the brokenness and failings of the human heart. we are very much aware of this from coming to terms with the law. the law can leave you and orphan, but deep in the law, past the failure is the promise of hope. the very law that condemns us is the very law that saves us. the Word or Law made flesh and dwelt among us. offering it’s self, “I” as a substitute sacrifice to those who trust in Him. yes it’s looks really bad, totally hopeless apart from the Word made Flesh. traveling in a tent is difficult, especially when the tent is wearing out. My grace is sufficient comes to mind. they were not following a tent, they were following a cloud. the cloud has come very near in His Son followed by the Holy Spirit. in a tent

  155. street says:

    One lesson that I believe God is teaching me is to love the imperfect, the broken, that is here and now.

    the whole earth is filled with His Glory.
    great or small,
    ill or healthy,
    alive or dead,

    till all are conformed to the image of His Son.

    9 (Now this expression, “He ascended,” what [a]does it mean except that He also [b]had descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.) 11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

    20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

    8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

    9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[a] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,

  156. Beloved says:

    I’ve been thinking about this tent that is wearing thin, weak and headed for decay (as all tents do). But one of my favorite pictures of Jesus is the one portrayed in
    Revelation 19:11-16
    The Rider on a White Horse
    11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in[a] blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule[b] them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

    I find this thrilling! Comforter and King! Oh what a Savior!

  157. foreverblessed says:

    That you like this Beloved, I always found this a hard Bible verse, because of the fury, and because of the following verses Rev 19:17-21

    I had said this once in my housegroup, and someone asked me: Did you notice the fury of God on your own life, just before you were called?
    And I had to think, yes, I have felt God’s lovingkindness when He showed me the error of my ways. That He showed me that I was list without Him.

    The sharp sword that comes out of His mouth is loving, it burns away everything that is wrong in us.

    Everybody who faces the fact that they are lost without Christ will benefit from that sword.

    I also noticed now:
    And His name is: The Word of God.

    The sermon last week in my church, was about that Jesus is the Living Word of God.
    We are to eat that Bread from heaven, and live in Faith in His Life.
    It was always God’s intention that we should live through the Life of Jesus, in worship, knowing He knows all and we can trust Him

    Ex 9:1
    Let my people go, so they can worship Me.

    But when the people came to the mountain in the desert, they got afraid of God
    Exodus 20:18-21
    They said to Moses, you be the mediator, and we will listen to you.

    Now, when Jesus had descended down to earth, to save us, and ascended, and has given us the Holy Spirit, so each one of us can worship God, and hear Him speak to us personally.
    To each one specific, that still small voice, as Steve says so often.

  158. foreverblessed says:

    Last night I was so thrilled when I read
    Ephesians 4:9
    He that ascended.

    He is the One that is the Highest, as you Beloved are thrilled about Rev 19:11-16
    Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of Lords!

    There is none one more powerful than He is.
    For nobody, for nothing we need to be afraid, He is our King and our Savior!

    Yes, He descended from heaven to come down to earth to save us.
    And He ascended to give gifts to men, through the Holy Spirit!

    God be praised forever and ever!

  159. jeff1 says:

    When I Get To The End Of The Way

    The sands have been washed in the footprints Of the stranger on Galilee’s shore,
    And the voice that subdued the rough billows,
    Will be heard in Judea no more.
    But the path of that lone Galilean,
    With joy I will follow today;
    And the toils of the road will seem nothing,
    When I get to the end of the way.
    There are so many hills to climb upward,
    I often am longing for rest,
    But He who appoints me my pathway
    Knows just what is needful and best.
    I know in His word He hath promised
    That my strength, “it shall be as my day”,
    And the toils of the road will seem nothing,
    When I get to the end of the way.
    He loves me too well to forsake me,
    Or give me a trial too much;
    And His people have been dearly purchased,
    And Satan can never claim such.
    By and by I shall see Him and praise Him,
    In the city of unending day;
    And the toils of the road will seem nothing,
    When I get to the end of the way.
    When the last, feeble step has been taken,
    And the gates of that city appear,
    And the beautiful songs of the angels
    Float out on my listening ear;
    When all that now seems so mysterious
    Will be bright and clear as the day,
    Then the toils of the road will seem nothing,
    When I get to the end of the way.

  160. SFDBWV says:

    I watched a tribute to Billy Graham last evening on TV. It touched on all of the highlights of his life and nothing of news to me. I had read most all of what was given, but seeing it all put together made me weep for some reason.

    He always had the same message and no matter who he faced, he boldly acclaimed Jesus Christ as the only way to salvation.

    Quoting him, every word of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation revealed Jesus Christ to be the savior of mankind. Reminding everyone that “all” had fell short of glory and in need of Jesus Christ to save them and transform them.

    I heard him preach many sermons and he often quoted Scripture to make a point, but I never heard him nitpick about the meaning of Scripture, only that it all led to Christ.

    Interesting that at an early age and stage in his Christian education, the very Word of God, the Bible was under scrutiny by the upper crust of Christian educators and thought not to be accurate or even the authoritive “Word” of God.

    This rocked the very foundation of His belief, but after much prayer he decided to stick with the Bible as the authority of God’s Word and so then stayed true to what God said, not what educators would rather the Bible said.

    He believed the Bible literally. And so do I. Not because Billy Graham did, but because the Bible has always spoke to me as if God was speaking to me.

    Which as a way of explanation, why I reject so many new translations given today.

    Was all of creation formed in 6 days, yes, was there a worldwide flood, yes, did Lot’s wife turn to salt, yes. Did Jesus of Nazareth rise from the tomb, yes.

    Is Jesus the Son of God, yes.

    Is it through and by Jesus that all of mankind is saved, yes.

    A low of 16 this morning under clear skies. Some Robins returned about a week or more ago, spring is coming.


  161. Beloved says:

    Forever I think the reason I like the picture of Christ in Revelation is because it depicts the final destruct of evil. I hate hate hate evil, I have since I was about 5 I remember. I’ve seen it in all forms and truly despise it. To be overcome by grace is truly amazing. A tent of shelter in every storm.

    Steve to have such a great evangelist lay in state is truly a tribute to the life giving power of God still moving on earth today, a hope for all nation’s!

  162. foreverblessed says:

    The same thing happened to me, I had to cry when I saw the Gaither tribute on Billy Graham.
    And I had to keep crying, everytime K thought back on it!
    His message was do simple.
    ( Yet Steve, the Christianity Today decided some time ago not to be do negative about evolution anymore
    I do not want to let you waver in your faith, so believe as you want. Bug without God nothing was made that was made, only exactly HOW He did it, is really Genesis 1 and 2 meant to explain it? Believe as you want, I have heard the soft small voice of the Spirit telling me, and I am comforted: God is the Creator, and nobody else.
    Without Him nothing is made that was made. But His aim is to have a Bride.)

  163. jeff1 says:

    The church’s one Foundation
    is Jesus Christ her Lord;
    She is His new creation,
    by water and the Word;
    from heav’n He came and sought her
    to be His holy bride;
    with His own blood He bought her,
    and for her life He died.

    Elect from ev’ry nation,
    yet one o’er all the earth,
    her charter of salvation,
    one Lord, one faith, one birth;
    one holy Name she blesses,
    partakes one holy food,
    and to one hope she presses,
    with ev’ry grace endued.

    Tho’ with a scornful wonder,
    men see her sore oppressed,
    by schisms rent asunder,
    by heresies distressed,
    yet saints their watch are keeping,
    their cry goes up, “How long?”
    And soon the night of weeping
    shall be the morn of song.

    The church shall never perish!
    Her dear Lord, to defend,
    to guide, sustain, and cherish,
    is with her to the end;
    tho’ there be those that hate her
    and false sons in her pale,
    against the foe or traitor
    she ever shall prevail.

    Mid’ toil and tribulation,
    the tumult of her war,
    she waits the consummation
    of peace for evermore;
    till with the vision glorious
    her longing eyes are blest,
    and the great church victorious
    shall be the church at rest.

    Yet she on earth hath union
    with God the Three in One,
    and mystic sweet communion
    with those whose rest is won.
    O happy ones and holy!
    Lord, give us grace that we,
    like them, the meek and lowly,
    on high may dwell with Thee.

  164. Beloved says:

    Psalm 18:17
    He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.

    Deliverer, healer, Savior! Life in a tent is good.

  165. street says:

    In a Tent

    In the unheard yet unmistakeable whisper of Jesus, he lets us know…when its time to stop, stay, and go.

    As people of the New Covenant, I’m wondering how this shows up when we replace Moses with Jesus. What is the repetition— day in and day out— that we find in him? What— in the Name of “God with us”— will enable us to sense the glory and wonder of what he wants to do in, with, and through us again today?

    2 Peter 1:4
    For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

    the emptying self or selling off everything to gain Christ, a collaboration with God. a King with His vassal, by Covenant of promise.

  166. jeff1 says:

    When I Must Leave You (Poem by Helen Steiner Rice)

    When I must leave you
    for a little while,
    Please do not grieve
    and shed wild tears
    And hug your sorrow
    to you through the years,
    But start out bravely
    with a gallant smile;
    And for my sake
    and in my Name
    Live on and do
    all things the same,
    Feed not your loneliness
    on empty days,
    But fill each waking hour
    in useful ways,
    Reach out your hand
    in comfort and in cheer
    And I in turn will comfort you
    and hold you near;
    And never, never
    be afraid to die,
    For I am waiting
    for you in the sky!

  167. Beloved says:

    And there you have it, a promise fulfilled but not completely.

  168. foreverblessed says:

    Beloved, you asked, what is the whisper of Jesus?

    1- listening to Moses: If you lisen to Moses, it is easy, you just follow the 10 commandments. And then you ask the Holy Spirit to help you keep them. It is still me myself who is in charge. That is how I lived the first part of my life as a christian. You only need Jesus when you have sinned, for grace, the forgiveness of sins. But if you are strick in keeping the law, you do not need the cross.
    The trouble starts that you also can follow some more rules from the the Torah, Gen-Deut, do you keep the food laws? What about Hygienic rules (they are quite good, so evehn without the bible, people who are sensible take care of the hygienic rules. I was reading a book about them, that in the 14th century, when the pest broke out, people had no idea about bacteria who needed to be washed away. It is unbelievable when you read it. Also a few hundred years later, in hospitals, washing of hands by the physicians before and after they have helped patients, was hard to get through to the heads of leading people).
    But you foolow these rules because it is wise, not because the rules are holy. Just as it is wise to rest a day a week, rest from your work. But keeping a day holy has a different meaning: THe Holy Day was a shadow of thins to come: and that was Jesus, now that Jesus has come, we live in faith in Jesus

    -1 Following Jesus
    I have had such a hard time in understanding what that meant. I know that as a child, I was asking God: What do you mean with 2 Peter 3:18
    But grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

    I also have problems with taking bible verses literal, I did htat with the Sabbath command, take it literal. While the meaning of the Sabbath is a spiritual meaning, and that was lost to me.

    What if you take this verse literal:
    1 Timothy 2:11-14
    A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, she must be silent.

    If that verse is taken literal, I should not even comment here, I should keep quiet. (And what about a woman like Corrie ten Boom, an evangelist, who was sent all over the world by the Holy Spirit?)

    So taking bible verse literal is something I am very cautious about.
    The Holy Spirit should enlighten my heart, and show me what is meant; Gods Word is the Living Word of God, the message that is printed in literal words should be made alive in a spiritual meaning.

    So as a child I have asked God to teach me what is meant in growing in Grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    And it is the same question: What is it to follow the soft voice of Jesus in my life?

    If I do not hear a clear voice of Jesus talking to me, do this or do that, I just do my daily chores, and my daily tasks, and I learn to do them in a state of thankfulness.That anything that I do is done to Jesus.
    I used to hate doing household chores, the cleaning, the wash of dirty clothes, and it always comes back again and again: All clothes are washed, after one day, there are new dirty clothes in the laundry.
    And the dust in the house. take the dust away, vacuum cleaning the floor, and lo and behold: the dust returns.

    Lately, I have come to the conclusion that the Work of Jesus Christ is the same as a household cleaner: cleaning up the dirt that all people make, day in day out. Jesus absorbs all the sins and shortcomings of everybody, in faith of the Cross.

    And I take that work of Jesus on the Cross, literal, and also spiritual: the sin is absorbed on the Cross, and gone it is completely, when we accept in faith what Jesus has done for us.

    That is also a mystery to me, but I believe it.

    And not only that: we LIVE in faith in Jesus Christ:
    We live and move and have our being in Christ, we cannot do anything in the Spirit sense without being connected to Jesus. We can do a lot of things on the natural plane, but it does not last for eternity.

    I am the vine, you are the branches John 15:5

    Studying the Gospels is a very great tool in growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

  169. SFDBWV says:

    In 2 Samuel 7:13 KJV God says that the descendant of David will build a house for God’s name and establish his kingdom forever.

    In 1 Kings 5:5 KJV Solomon says he plans to build that house.

    In fact Solomon did build the temple in Jerusalem. My question is did God tell David or Solomon to build Him a house? Or give instructions as to how he wanted it built, as He did the “tent”? Not that I have found.

    God did appear to Solomon once the temple was built (1Kings 9:3 KJV) and blessed it, but a warning was then applied to Solomon (1 Kings 6:11-14 KJV) (1 Kings 9:6-9 KJV).

    In 2 Samuel 7:13 KJV is God speaking of Solomon or of Jesus?

    When I was a teenager President Kennedy was assassinated, I am 70 and the matter is still unresolved in the hearts and minds of many who lived during the time. From it came a plethora of conspiracy theories.

    Since then there have been pieces of fiction in literature that present conspiracy theories about everything from the Declaration of Independence to the inscriptions on money to even and especially the Bible.

    Everything has become questioned as having some other meaning.

    Interesting that no other book is questioned as much as the Bible for having hidden meanings behind every written word. Even and especially by those who believe it to be the inspired Word of God Himself.

    Jesus is recorded as saying that the foxes have their holes and birds their nests, but He not where to lay His head (Luke 9:58). A way of saying no “house” of His own?

    By what standard do we decide whether what is written is literal or carries another meaning? If we are not sure, do we stick with what is written or choose something that just sounds better or makes sense to “us”?

    I personally have found that the Holy Spirit will provide another person to bear witness of any disclosure you or I may have discerned from Scripture, without which leaves it open to uncertainty.

    27 degrees and partially cloudy.


  170. jeff1 says:

    Forever, I do not have a head for studying, never had, I am much more hands on person as it was my dad who was heady.

    My chemical in the brain activity causes me too much confusion so I believe Jesus speaks to my heart and He is not telling me to grow in grace but that I have His grace and that it covers me now and forever as it is a gift and I do not need to have a head to study as He will never withdraw His grace as He loves me too much.

    God works differently in His children because we are different and this is why God asks us to trust Him and not on our own understanding because our understanding of the gospel will be different to another’s depending on our journey and why it is Christ that unites us as Christians as in Him we see the fulfilment of the gospel irrespective of the fact that we come to that belief in very different ways.

    My dad knew God much better than my mum because he had been brought up in a christian home and had the teaching and my mum was not seeking God as she would what we would say here was dragged up by an unmarried mother who did not have a clue about Christianity and yet on my mum’s deathbed I seen God drawing my mother to Himself, before that she was not in a good place, and I was there by her hospital bed and seen her looking out of the window up into the heavens and seen the change in her, first, I seen it in her eyes which to me are the mirror of the soul, and then, the peace and calmness that I seen in her was miraculous and this is the mysterious work of God and why I trust in God today.

    I had a christian upbringing on my dad’s side while my mum did not participate. It was on my dad’s side I learned the gospel but it was on my mum’s side I witnessed God in action.

    I may have confusion in my head while living in this world but I am perfectly rational when I say I trust God not just as the Saviour of the world but deliverer too.

    Some days you may lead me through green pastures
    My heart sinks in deep the waters sweet
    And some days you may lead me through the desert
    Even then you’re still the reason
    I can say

    I am blessed beyond measure
    So far beyond what’s gained through earthly treasures

    Whatever comes my way
    Still my soul will say
    I am blessed.
    I am blessed.

    Through the troubled pain and dissapointments
    When it seems that I have nothing left
    You will never leave me or forsake me
    I will testify until my dying breath

    I am blessed beyond measure
    So far beyond what’s gained from earthly treasures

    Whatever comes my way
    Still my soul will say
    I am blessed
    I am blessed.

    You alone are my reward
    With you I want for nothing more
    And because your goodness follows me all of my days

    I am blessed beyond measure
    So far what’s gained through earthly treasures
    O whatever comes my way

    Still my soul will say
    I am blessed
    I am blessed
    I am blessed
    I am blessed
    I am blessed Thank you Jesus

  171. jeff1 says:

    Sorry, Forever, I do not mean to say that you should not study but rather that you must be open to the reality that others like myself have not had that same teaching and that my faith in God has come about from life rather than from reading the bible.

  172. Beloved says:

    foreverblessed says:
    March 6, 2018 at 3:01 am
    Beloved, you asked, what is the whisper of Jesus?

    Hello forever! I do not remember asking that question, but the whisper of Jesus is that still small voice that tells me when to stop stay and go. I hear it audibly (rarely) and in a loving gesture from a friend or enemy, in the trees, through music and poetry and yes of course from Genesis to Revelation. I listen to others’ experiences with God like Henri Nouwen and Spurgeon who’s walks are different from mine, but the same God! Even Jeff who has not studied scripture but listens attentively to the whisper shares what the Voice is telling her, and I am encouraged. Does the Voice speak through the KJV still? Absolutely! God is not limited by either our ability to exegete or our inability to focus and comprehend. He’s that big! And His whisper can cut through the loudest tempest or the quietest stream. Oh He’s wonderful, as you know already! He’s grand in the whole scheme of things. I’m so glad you know Him as well as the rest here. Blessings to you from above all day long and through the night.

  173. jeff1 says:

    I believe my dad knew God better than the Christians that I hung around with who were studying their bible to argue their point rather than getting to know God and that is why I say that my dad had the heart for God which reflected in the way he led his life and why I see that there is a difference in interpretation of scripture because not all read scripture to know God but more often to prove their point which is not to my way of thinking what God intended and is that which causes confusion and leads to division into denominations because many are more concerned with being right than they are getting to know God.

    Men are changing the gospel to fit their beliefs while men like my dad changed his beliefs to fit the gospel because he walked in the light of God’s truth and not his own interpretation of what he believed was the truth.

    A gift from God, I believe so, because God rewards obedience and whatever weaknesses my dad had discipline was not one of them.

  174. Beloved says:

    Jeremiah 31:34

    King James Bible
    And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

  175. Beloved says:

    27 “and this will be my covenant with them

    nwhen I take away their sins.”

    28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now5 receive mercy. 32 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.

  176. street says:

    Psalm 27:5
    For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.

    17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

    thinking of the construction process.

    Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?

    For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

    but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,

    For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

    For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you.

    I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

    3 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?

    Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

    May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

    This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.

    Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.

    The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk.

    This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength……..

    “Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go to the gardens,
    Following one in the center,
    Who eat swine’s flesh, detestable things and mice,
    Will come to an end altogether,” declares the Lord.

  177. street says:

    Jesus was referring to the childlike characteristics that ready us to receive Christ—joy and wonder, but also simplicity, dependence, trust, and humility.

    Childlike wonder and joy (and more) open our hearts to be more receptive to Him. He is waiting for us to run into His arms. Our Daily Bread 3/6/2018

    unless you become like a child you will not enter the Kingdom of God. my feet get dirty every day. thank you Father for providing for me, protecting me, and most of all loving me in Christ Jesus.

  178. jeff1 says:

    Before You Can Dry Another’s Tears You Too Must Weep!

    Let me not live a life that’s free
    From “the things” that draw me close to thee-
    For how can I ever hope to heal
    The wounds of others I do not feel-
    If my eyes are dry and I never weep,
    How do I know when the hurt is deep-
    If my heart is cold and it never bleeds,
    How can I tell what my brother needs-
    For when ears are deaf to the beggar’s plea
    And we close our eyes and refuse to see,
    And we steel our hearts and harden our mind,
    And we count it a weakness whenever we’re kind,
    We are no longer following the Father’s Way
    Or seeking His guidance from day to day-
    For, without “crosses to carry” and “burdens to bear,”
    We dance through a life that is frothy and fair,
    And “chasing the rainbow” we have no desire
    For “roads that are rough” and “realms that are higher”-
    So spare me no heartache or sorrow, dear Lord,
    For the heart that is hurt reaps the richest reward,
    And God enters the heart that is broken with sorrow
    As He open the door to a brighter tomorrow,
    For only through tears can we recognise
    The suffering that lies in another’s eyes.

  179. Beloved says:

    Thinking about dirty feet I remember how dear Peter recoiled at the thought yet Jesus wanted His agenda made clear, especially to the one that would carry the weight of the church on his shoulders. Wow what responsibility he was given. Yet Jesus knew he had child like faith that needed tweaking as we all do, sanctification. The coming to Christ is humbling and I think can only be done through the work of the Holy Spirit. I think also of Saul/Paul encountering Jesus on the road. What if he had said, Who do you think you are challenging me, do you not know who I am?!! No, he humbled himself and received his sight and walking papers… And here we are today centuries later because of the work of the HS and the obedience of the saints, us. Washed by the word of God, messy but always good, as God is.

  180. street says:

    Those of us who have tried to read through the Bible know that the simplicity of The Aaronic Blessing stands in stark contrast to the detail given to the Tent.

    Abraham believed/trusted God
    God blessed him.

  181. jeff1 says:

    When I was younger my expectations of God were very different to what my dad’s were but in time I have learned that my dad’s expectations were right and mine were wrong.

    I tried to change God to my expectations and my dad knew this but he was an intelligent man and knew I was not seeing what he seen.

    I can see now that my dad knew all his life what it took me a lifetime to learn and proof that some are quicker learners than others.

    There is a big difference in trusting God and playing God and it was my dad who taught me that as I was very much doing the latter.

    God wants me to trust Him above all else and it is what Abraham and my dad did and that to my thinking brings its own reward.

    I am thinking that belief is enough for me because my mind is tired and confused and when I think of the foolishness of me trying to play God then I get more upset as I don’t seem to recall how I have gotten into the mess I am in.

    If trusting God brings reward then I have to ask myself has my foolishness brought me pain and suffering and do I get what I deserve while I am in this tent!

    How can I know that God is not punishing me for doubting Him is what I am asking?

  182. poohpity says:

    Viv, you asked, “How can I know that God is not punishing me for doubting Him is what I am asking?” The answer to that is found in the book you are hell bent on not reading which is NO He does not punish us for doubting. God works with us through those times of doubt to help us learn to trust. There were many in scripture that had times of doubt but God did not give up on or punish them but showed how faithful He is to the unfaithful. When we doubt the consequences of not trusting are in and of themselves hard enough to deal with without the added act of punishment.

    God was so concerned with every detail of the Tent of Meeting just as He is so concerned with every detail of our lives. While the Israelite’s made the tent their focus was on God and following all that He commanded them. A place where He would come down in the form of a cloud and speak to those who wanted to hear from Him and were not afraid to do so. Most of the Israelite’s at the foot of Mount Sinai made the choice for God to speak through Moses because God’s voice terrified them so they chose to have an intercessor. Every part of the Tabernacle or Tent represented a facet of God and His Holiness as well as what it took to come before Him through the sacrifices which eventually were fulfilled in Christ when the curtain that separated the holy place from the Holy of Holies was torn from top to bottom which showed that we now have access to God through Jesus.

    Back in the day of the Tent of Meeting only the designated High Priest could enter but Jesus is now our High Priest and has opened the way for us to enter into God’s presence. Every detail fulfilled and every sacrifice finished no more need for those because Jesus did it all forever, the temporary was completed by the eternal. Now the Lord comes down and dwells within the heart of those who believe, we are now covered in that cloud that reveals God’s presence in us, to us.

    Now we are the Royal Priesthood of God to tell about His virtues, love and mercy, not our own but God’s. We are the recipients not the givers but we do give out of what we have received. 1 Peter 2:9-10 NLT

  183. Beloved says:

    Good day Viv! I received this in email then read your post. I think it answers your question well. Blessings all day to you.
    John Piper
    God Regards the Lowly
    The eternal God is your dwelling place and underneath are the everlasting arms. (Deuteronomy 33:27)

    You may be going through things right now that are painfully preparing you for some precious service to Jesus and to his people. When a person strikes rock bottom with a sense of nothingness or helplessness, he may find that he has struck the Rock of Ages.

    I remember a delicious sentence from Psalm 138 that we read at our breakfast devotions last Saturday: “Though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly.”

    You cannot sink so low in despairing of your own resources that God does not see and care. In fact, he is at the bottom waiting to catch you. As Moses says, “The eternal God is your dwelling place and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27).

    Yes, he sees you trembling and slipping. He could (and often did) grab you before you hit bottom. But this time he has some new lessons to teach.

    The psalmist said in Psalm 119:71, “It was good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.” He does not say it was easy or fun or pleasant. In retrospect, he simply says, “It was good for me.”

    Last week I was reading a book by a Scottish minister named James Stewart. He said, “In love’s service, only the wounded soldiers can serve.” That’s why I believe some of you are being prepared right now for some precious service of love. Because you are being wounded.

    Do not think that your wound has come to you apart from God’s gracious design. Remember his word: “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god besides me . . . I wound and I heal” (Deuteronomy 32:39).

    May God grant a special grace to you who are groaning under some burden. Look eagerly for the new tenderness of love God is imparting to you even now.

  184. Beloved says:

    Jesus was punished for our sins, past present and future. Confess, repent, obey. Everyday all day if needed.

  185. Beloved says:

    This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength……..

  186. jeff1 says:

    Pooh, thank you for responding to my post and I am not hell bent in not reading my Bible but you would have to be inside my head to understand how big a task that seems for me whereas I can listen to preachers and songs but I cannot get my head around understanding.

    It is however kind of you to quote me the bible to put my mind at ease as I do get fretful that I have made God angry.

    Thank you, also, Beloved, these are such beautiful verses you have given me and I need to hear them today.

  187. street says:

    thinking about gifts in a tent.
    each tent is different, but made according to God’s own choice and plan. each made in the image of God.
    some never learn to read. some never have access to scripture. i understand Moses Isaiah and the prophets could read and write. could the woman at the well read and write? maybe. how about the blind man outside of Jericho. not likely. a man of faith like the woman at the well, yes. God is way bigger than my heart and mind. been thinking about how a cool wip bowl is emptied out and sometimes the small remnants are enjoyed by the cook with the swipe of the finger. yet for the cool wip bowl to be useful again it must be cleaned completely and filled.
    20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

    Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

    21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

  188. street says:

    I am thinking that belief is enough for me because my mind is tired and confused and when I think of the foolishness of me trying to play God then I get more upset as I don’t seem to recall how I have gotten into the mess I am in.

    If trusting God brings reward then I have to ask myself has my foolishness brought me pain and suffering and do I get what I deserve while I am in this tent!

    we are born foolish and sinful, very few, John the Baptist, were born with the Holy Spirit. Jesus said of all men born of a woman none is greater than John……John called us to repentance Jesus calls us to rest. the cross gives us rest. Paul spoke of taking up the cross with joy. i say joy because who could take up such a cross apart from joy? what is this joy that Paul found? could it be grace and mercy in the love God has given to mankind? to share in His suffering and be conformed to His image. Hebrews speaks of discipline from the our parents and a discipline from God. not fun when we go through it, but profitable, for us, when it is from God. sometimes there can be confusion between discipline and testing. King Hezekiah was mentioned in the Bible about doing everything right! the very next verse, 2 Chronicles 32:1 Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah. prior to this Hezekiah prepared the people the Temple and the Nation. for testing. even after the test seemed to be over it was not. thinking of Elijah at Mount Carmel and the test before and after. both of these men reacted differently after the test and both found grace and mercy afterwards. like Job their prayers were heard and they found themselves closer to God than the had ever been before. pilgrims on a journey of hope surprised by joy.

  189. bubbles says:

    Just re read Mart’s post. Thinking about God WANTING to dwell with US, US, who are dirty with sin. . . who mess up, who fail him. . . I am continually thankful and humbled that God looks on His children and sees the blood of Jesus and forgives us and has mercy on us. It’s amazing because why would God “want” us? I don’t know. He does not forget about us and throw us off. He doesn’t forsake us, even though He did His perfect Son, and that brings me to tears.

  190. Beloved says:

    Bubbles thank you for saying that because I just learned recently that not only does God want us but He actively pursues us! I’ve never been pursued except to be abused. God is about healing and reconciliation and yes I too am thrilled by this revelation.

  191. Beloved says:

    I used to think God loved me only because he had to because of Jesus sacrifice. Twisted I know but when you feel as worthless as I felt because of what I’ve been told my whole life by christians and non christians or rather what I perceived as their disappointment in my behavior that’s what you’re left with. I know now that Jesus and and God the Father are parts of the whole yet the same One. Being human really limits my understanding as has been brought up here recently about the mystery of the Triune. We know how it functions as best we can from scripture reading through our experience as mortals. Takes a great leap of faith to really believe the magnitude of the love of God, so many facets to it. Joyous it is and makes joyful living possible. Wanted and pursued! Amazing His grace is.

  192. street says:

    Why would the God who fills the universe 7 leave the impression that he lives with his people in a tent? 8

    why would God take on flesh and blood and offer Himself as a sacrifice for sin?

    why would God the Father hid Himself in His Son?

    could it be there was no other way to restore fallen man, made in His image, to a relationship that upholds the Holiness, Justice, and Righteousness of God. Preserving sanctity, integrity, and value of a man. Thinking of the question God asked Job,” can your right hand save you?” all of this, revealing the great love of God, in the face of our accuser. the penalty of sin has been removed in Christ Jesus and the accuser still speaks day and night.

    This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength,

    Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

    if i remember right it is a slow process but successful each time. Paul spoke of dying daily, yet found strength, joy, to be a living sacrifice.
    35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

    36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

    looking for the gifts that last. Love Joy Peace Patience Kindness Goodness Faithfulness Gentleness Self Control Compassion Wisdom Holiness Righteousness Justice Mercy Grace Eternal Life A City Who’s Architect and Builder is God. His Kingdom is near and the King is coming back.
    Acts 3:
    18 But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. 19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; 20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, 21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren; to Him you shall give heed to everything He says to you. 23 And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’ 24 And likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days. 25 It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ 26 For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.”

    1 Timothy 1:17
    Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

  193. Beloved says:

    Imago deo, now that makes sense to me suddenly. LORD make me worthy.

  194. Beloved says:

    26 oh how blessed I am!

  195. jeff1 says:

    I can’t unfeel your pain
    I can’t undo what’s done
    I can’t send back the rain
    But if I could I would
    My love, my arms are open
    So when you feel you can’t take another round of being broken
    My arms are open
    And when you’re losing faith and every door around you keeps on closing
    My arms are open
    I can’t uncry your tears
    I can’t rewind the time
    I can’t unsay what’s said
    In your crazy life
    My love, my arms are open
    Ooh, and when your cursing at the sky
    And thinking, “Lord you must be joking”
    My arms are open
    And, when you’re looking in the mirror
    Thinking “Damn my life is over”
    My arms are open
    My arms are open
    My arms are open
    My arms are open
    My arms are open
    My arms are open
    So let me do to you
    What you’ve always done for me
    And let me be the ground
    Underneath your feet
    I can’t unfeel your pain
    I can’t undo what’s done
    I can’t send back the rain
    But if I could I would
    My love, my arms are open, arms are open
    So when you feel like you can’t take another round of being broken
    My arms are open
    Oh, and when your losing faith and every door around you keeps on closing
    My arms are open
    My arms are open
    My arms are open
    My arms are open
    My arms are open
    (My arms are open)
    I will be standing here
    I will be by your side
    (My arms are open)
    You’ll see me loud and clear
    With my arms open wide
    (My arms are open)
    I will be standing here
    I will be by your side
    (My arms are open)
    You’ll see me loud and clear
    With my arms open wide
    My arms are open

  196. foreverblessed says:

    Maybe I cannot, and we cannot….

    But Jesus can!!!

    No more tears, no more sorrow, the old things have passed away…

    Rev 21:3-5
    Now the dwellingplace of God is with men,
    and He will live with them.

    They will be His people,
    and God Himself will be with them and be their God.

    Thanks Street, there indeed must be no other wat
    to save us

  197. foreverblessed says:

    No other way to save us, then through the Cross

  198. jeff1 says:

    Years I spent in vanity and pride,
    Caring not my Lord was crucified,
    Knowing not it was for me He died
    At Calvary
    By Gods word at last my sin I learned,
    Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
    Til my guilty soul imploring turned;
    to Calvary

    There your mercy and your grace was free,
    there you’re pardon multiplied to me,
    there my burdened soul found liberty;
    at Calvary

    Now I’ve given Jesus everything,
    now I gladly own Him as my king,
    now my raptured soul can only sing,
    at Calvary

    there youre mercy and youre grace was free,
    there your pardon multiplied to me,
    there my burdened soul found liberty
    at Calvary
    at Calvary
    oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
    Oh, that grace that brought it down to man!
    Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span;
    at Calvary
    there youre mercy and youre grace was free,
    there your pardon multiplied to me,
    there my burdened soul found liberty
    at Calvary
    there youre mercy and youre grace was free,
    there youre pardon multiplied to me,
    there my burdened soul found liberty
    at Calvary
    there youre mercy and youre grace was free,
    there youre pardon multiplied to me,
    there my burdened soul found liberty
    at Calvary
    there my burdened soul found liberty
    at Calvary

  199. poohpity says:

    Luke 12:6-7 NLT

  200. Beloved says:

    Viv thanks I haven’t heard that song for many years but still love it. It brings such joy!

  201. Beloved says:

    God is sovereign whether inside or outside the tent.
    Isaiah 26:7
    7 The path of the righteous is level;
    you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.
    8 Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws,[a]
    we wait for you;
    your name and renown
    are the desire of our hearts.
    9 My soul yearns for you in the night;
    in the morning my spirit longs for you.
    When your judgments come upon the earth,
    the people of the world learn righteousness.
    10 But when grace is shown to the wicked,
    they do not learn righteousness;
    even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil
    and do not regard the majesty of the Lord.

  202. SFDBWV says:

    Yesterday was something of a surprise. 9 ½ inches of snow as of this morning.

    That calculates into a lot of work.

    Last year in March we had snow and very deep cold weather for over two weeks. It killed some robins. I know as I picked up their dead little bodies in the snow.

    I talked with a fellow day before yesterday when he delivered Matthew’s new wheel chair. He was telling me a preacher friend of his was telling him when ask about something in Revelation, that he didn’t have to worry about that as the Book of Revelation isn’t about us.

    This fellow also agreed with me that we are in the last days.

    I hope Mart don’t leave us in the tent, some fresh air right now would feel nice.

    19 degrees and snowing.


  203. poohpity says:

    What part of the bible is about us? It would seem it is all about God not us but is a means for Him to speak to us and the book of Revelation is no different it speaks to us about the things to come because God never seemed to want us to be in the dark but to be prepared for all things.

  204. poohpity says:

    And to be grounded in the truth.

  205. poohpity says:

    Although there are parts that speak regarding future believers which is us and so we will not be lead astray by every word spoken by many who often lead many down the wrong path, so we have something to compare their words to as to not be caught off guard by the deceivers.

  206. Beloved says:

    Fresh air indeed! Glad to hear of Matt’s new chair, is it motorized?

  207. SFDBWV says:

    Good evening Joyce. No Matt’s new wheelchair is not a motorized one. I have to be able to fold up his wheel chair and put it in the trunk of our car so a motorized one is out of the equation for us.

    The process has taken almost a year to get accomplished and wouldn’t you know it the back of the chair needs to be about 2 inches higher. So the people we got it from are working on a solution.

    Thank you for asking.

    Truth is that for the now almost 19 years I have treated everything as if it is temporary, believing with all my faith Matt would still rise from this able to walk and take care of himself.

    In spite of the evidence to the contrary, I will never give up hope and remember the words God spoke to me all these years ago, “he will be fine”.

    Today was one of those days that tested all of his and my patience and all leaning heavily on his love for me to get to the place where we could finally relax somewhat.

    Anyone who thinks that life is easy for anyone needs only to walk in their shoes for a time to realize we all need each other for comfort and compassion.

    Hope Joyce your day has been a good one.


  208. narrowpathseeker says:

    Thanks for the smile Steve…I have checked in frequently hoping to be out of the tent, as well. I too am still believing for Matt to get up and walk one day soon. I believe “Teach me to Pray” devotional for several days, has focused on the importance of being persistent in prayer as well as in our struggles to do better. I will continue to pray and believe. <3

  209. Beloved says:

    Steve yes I do understand all about stress and struggle and completely agree we need more comfort and compassion which when I come on here and read attacks it makes my stomach churn!! Last night I agonized with God in prayer for those of us that struggle daily, reminding Him that we are a bunch of older believers trying to get through one day at a time and needing a place to share our journey in peace! After my rant and supplication I was gently reminded we are not Home yet and the ruler of this world though really powerless is still annoyingly up to no good trying to upset the peace. Fixing my eyes on Jesus still remains the only Way while traveling in this tent. And remembering that all the good we do is storing up treasures for our future home. Matt will one day rise from his chair to fall into Jesus’s arms, what a day that will be!!

  210. jeff1 says:

    You have made me think of this song Beloved!

    There is coming a day,
    When no heartaches shall come,
    No more clouds in the sky,
    No more tears to dim the eye,
    All is peace for evermore,
    On that happy golden shore,
    What a day, glorious day that will be.

    What a day that will be,
    When my Jesus I shall see,
    And I look upon His face,
    The One who saved me by His grace;
    When He takes me by the hand,
    And leads me through the Promised Land,
    What a day, glorious day that will be.

    There’ll be no sorrow there,
    No more burdens to bear,
    No more sickness, no pain,
    No more parting over there;
    And forever I will be,
    With the One who died for me,
    What a day, glorious day that will be.

    What a day that will be,
    When my Jesus I shall see,
    And I look upon His face,
    The one who saved me by His grace;
    When He takes me by the hand,
    And leads me through the Promised Land,
    What a day, glorious day that will be.

  211. Beloved says:

    Lovely song Viv, thank you.

  212. Beloved says:

    Steve I took care of a man paralyzed from his voice box down 12 hour shifts by myself for over a year. Did everything for him, it was frustrating because he loved to watch porn. I never prayed so much in my life! But I loved helping him and he would let me share the Bible with him. I know God honored my prayers.

  213. SFDBWV says:

    If we look we can always find comparisons in life from the Bible in some way.

    Being Mayor for now over 45 years I know the language of budget talk, and I was greatly amused at listening to an interview the other evening with the Governor of West Virginia concerning the teacher strike and paying for the 5% pay raise given all state employees.

    Whereby he very cavalier stated “it was only 10 million dollars and just a line item on the budget”.

    Budget predictions are fixing a cost with money yet collected. In fact the expected income is just as much a guess as actually knowing it will materialize.

    So the entire budget is a best guess scenario, but it has to balance. You can’t spend more than you expect to earn.

    My connection to Bible lessons is this; Aaron gave in to pressure from the loud and boisterous Hebrews. He knew better, but it was easier to give in to their demands than to stand firm on the truth.

    His failure to remain true to God, led to a lie and feeble excuses for being a coward.

    Yet God still remained true to His convictions and assigned to Aaron and his sons the duty of being His priests.

    God seen something in Aarons nature He would need a couple thousand years later, when the Levite priests gave in to pressure and had Jesus turned over to the Romans for execution.

    Pleased when the loud and unruly mod called for Jesus’ crucifixion.

    Please don’t misunderstand, I am in great agreement that the teachers in West Virginia are way underpaid and unappreciated, but the money has to be there in order to pay the bill. And in order to balance the budget, that 10 million dollars has to come off of another “line item”. So someone’s gain is someone else’s loss.

    Aaron could have stood firm, but he gave in to pressure.

    Jim Justice and the ruling house and senate could have stood firm, but gave in to pressure.

    Not making a political statement, just drawing a Biblical comparison.

    07 degrees under a slice of moon and stars with a blanket of snow everywhere. I enjoyed watching a robin eat bird seed with the rest of my little friends yesterday.


  214. poohpity says:

    Blame steps in when personal responsibility steps out.

  215. poohpity says:

    Fear Is a Liar
    Zach Williams

    When he told you you’re not good enough
    When he told you you’re not right
    When he told you you’re not strong enough
    To put up a good fight
    When he told you you’re not worthy
    When he told you you’re not loved
    When he told you you’re not beautiful
    That you’ll never be enough

    Fear, he is a liar
    He will take your breath
    Stop you in your steps
    Fear he is a liar
    He will rob your rest
    Steal your happiness
    Cast your fear in the fire
    ‘Cause fear he is a liar

    When he told you were troubled
    You’ll forever be alone
    When he told you you should run away
    You’ll never find a home
    When he told you you were dirty
    And you should be ashamed
    When he told you you could be the one
    That grace could never change

    Fear he is a liar
    He will take your breath
    Stop you in your steps
    Fear he is a liar

    He will rob your rest
    Steal your happiness
    Cast your fear in the fire
    ‘Cause fear he is a liar

    Let Your fire fall and cast out all my fears
    Let Your fire fall Your love is all I feel

    Let Your fire fall and cast out all my fears
    Let Your fire fall Your love is all I feel

    Let Your fire fall and cast out all my fears
    Let Your fire fall Your love is all I feel

    Oh, let Your fire fall and cast out all my fears
    Let Your fire fall Your love is all I feel

    Oh, fear he is a liar
    He will take your breath
    Stop you in your steps
    Fear he is a liar
    He will rob your rest
    Steal your happiness
    Cast your fear in the fire
    ‘Cause fear he is a liar

    ‘Cause fear he is a liar

  216. poohpity says:

    Chain Breaker
    Zach Williams

    If you’ve been walking the same old road for miles and miles
    If you’ve been hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies
    If you’re trying to feel the same old holes inside
    There’s a better life
    There’s a better life

    If you’ve got pain
    He’s a pain taker
    If you feel lost
    He’s a way maker
    If you need freedom or saving
    He’s a prison-shaking Savior
    If you’ve got chains
    He’s a chain breaker

    We’ve all search for the light of day in the dead of night
    We’ve all found ourselves worn out from the same old fight
    We’ve all run to things we know just ain’t right
    And there’s a better life
    There’s a better life

    If you’ve got pain
    He’s a pain taker
    If you feel lost
    He’s a way maker
    If you need freedom or saving
    He’s a prison-shaking Savior
    If you’ve got chains
    He’s a chain breaker

    If you believe it
    If you receive it
    If you can feel it
    Somebody testify

    If you believe it
    If you receive it
    If you can feel it
    Somebody testify, testify

    If you believe it
    If you receive it
    If you can feel it
    Somebody testify

    If you’ve got pain
    He’s a pain taker
    If you feel lost
    He’s a way maker
    If you need freedom or saving
    He’s a prison-shaking Savior
    If you’ve got chains
    He’s a chain breaker

    If you need freedom or saving
    He’s a prison-shaking Savior
    If you’ve got chains
    He’s a chain breaker

  217. poohpity says:

    Old Church Choir
    Zach Williams

    There’s revival, and it’s spreading
    Like a wildfire in my heart
    Sunday morning, Hallelujah
    And it’s lasting all week long

    Can you hear it?
    Can you feel it?
    It’s the rhythm of a gospel song
    Oh, once you choose it, you can lose it
    There ain’t nothing, there ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy

    I got an Old Church Choir singing in my soul
    I got a sweet salvation and it’s beautiful
    I’ve got a heart overflowing ’cause I’ve been restored
    There ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy
    No, there ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy

    When the valleys that I wander
    Turn to mountains that I can climb
    Oh, you are with me, never leave me
    Oh, ’cause there ain’t nothing, there ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy

    I got an Old Church Choir singing in my soul
    I got a sweet salvation and it’s beautiful
    I’ve got a heart overflowing ’cause I’ve been restored
    There ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy
    No, there ain’t nothing gonna steel my joy

    Clap your hands and stomp your feet
    Till you find that gospel beat
    ‘Cause it’s all you’ll ever need, all you’ll ever need
    Clap your hands and stomp your feet
    Till you find that gospel beat
    ‘Cause it’s all you’ll ever need
    All you’ll ever need

    I’ve got an old church choir, singing in my soul
    I got a sweet salvation, and it’s beautiful

    I got an Old Church Choir singing in my soul
    I got a sweet salvation and it’s beautiful

    I’ve got a heart overflowing ’cause I’ve been restored
    There ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy
    No, there ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy
    Oh, there ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy

  218. jeff1 says:

    Isn’t it so that it is the characters in the Bible that give us hope for ourselves because I know my weaknesses and it is seeing that God still used those with great weaknesses that helps me see that I am not beyond God’s mercy.

    My dad was strong in this country when I was weak and there were more like me than my dad as he was very much in the minority and men like him were looked on as traitors by their own communities.

    Time as taught me that my dad was walking in the light because he put God first and I was very much in the dark.

    If I had listened to my dad my head would not be in the mess it is in today.

    My Rector and I were talking and agreed that living the past has been unhealthy for our communities and we need to start living in the present and put the past where it belongs as dredging up past hurts means the present generation cannot move on.

    History repeats itself because we don’t do what we should at the time and it is God who turns it around for the better because it is what God does cleans up our messes.

    When I look at the characters in the Bible I realise when they wandered from God’s ways things went wrong and it is no different for us we stray and we suffer the consequences and it is God to the rescue every time.

    We can be thankful that it is God who doesn’t change His ways to our ways as He knows our weaknesses too well and also He has given us His Son to be our refuge when I find I am overwhelmed by life and need rest in a weary world.

    God’s goodness and mercy is forever and I can take His word for that because I can relate to the characters in the Bible and I have Jesus as my Saviour and I only have to look at my own mess and the mess of the world to see how much I and others are in need of that Salvation.

  219. Beloved says:

    I watched Ligonier 2018 Orlando on FB yesterday and hoping there’s more today. Mart and street I’m praying a time of refreshing for you if you are there also. Blessings to all involved and am so grateful for the ministry leaders here and elsewhere who teach the truth of the word of God.

  220. Beloved says:

    Yes Steve I agree human nature doesn’t change and life was hard then as it is now. Before I became a Christian I was teaching middle schoolers about OT prophets and how to model our lives after their good characters. Not really different from new age teaching on self building and being your best self. It was far from God and His righteousness and the purpose of prophets which was to proclaim God to a broken world and draw them under the living Tent of Jesus for help hope and direction. I love living in Christ.

    Hibbing Mn has just removed the ten commandments plaque from their courthouse in favor of separation of church and state. What a mistake. The world so needs Christ.

  221. Beloved says:

    Yet the spirit of God is not stopped by the removal or even the breaking of the tablet, is He. Yahoo!

  222. remarutho says:

    Good Morning All —

    Took time to read through the 218 comments here just now. Much Scripture, songs and confessions of faith. Thanks BTA.

    Agreeing that learning to smile at Jonah’s pouting as well as my own is to allow the light of God’s face to penetrate my fear and confusion. The Almighty found a use for Aaron even after he fell down on the job while Moses was away. Jesus’ sacrifice can wash even me clean.

    It is puzzling that the various furnishing of the tabernacle were surrounded by all sorts of procedures with different types of offerings and sacrifices. And yet God’s blessing through His priests (Numbers 6:24-26) is so divinely simple.

    Got to hear a Bible teacher a few weeks ago give a lecture. It was at a conference, not at the school. He has a wonderful way of explaining the things of God. At one point, he told us that he had recently had a stroke. He admitted that his thinking has slowed since that event. And, his memory is not as good as it was before.

    We were saddened to hear his words, but he concluded with a witness that made us all feel welcome and included in the fellowship of our Triune God — with Jesus — no matter where we are in our journey.

    Dr. Johnson says it is God’s good pleasure to draw us into fellowship with Him, no matter our attainments or our losses. “…for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13) Even when we cannot fathom the depths of the Creator God, He can by abundant grace draw us to Himself. God doesn’t care about knowledge, but about love.

    Blessings all day,

    0C/31F here — cold and clear at sunrise Remember, if Daylight Savings is used in your area, spring forward tonight!

  223. cbrown says:

    Good morning all!Mary, I just caught up on reading the comments as well. They are an encouragement as yours are also.Love in Christ, Chris

  224. bubbles says:

    I did not care about the raise. All I wanted was my insurance fixed. It was Big Brother. In January the insurance wanted us to buy a FitBit or use our iPhone and synch it to the insurance company. They were going to track how many steps we took each day. Those were worth so many points. If we joined a gym, so many points. But it had to be gyms the insurance company approved. YMCA not being an approved gym, but an acupuncture and yoga place was. There are counties here that do not have gyms, so that would be an hour drive one way for some. If we donated blood, we’d get points. We were asked very personal questions, stress level, amongst other things. They wanted to know how many servings of fruit and vegetables we ate each day. The Fitbit would also let the insurance company know how many hours of sleep we got each night. This was in addition to us needing to report cholesterol, blood glucose, waist circumference, weight, and blood pressure to them. By the way, FitBits cost $149. I don’t have one. This new initiative is what caused people to become upset in January. This is why the strike began to take root. Additionally, if a teacher or service personnel members were married, then their insurance was going to skyrocket. If a teacher had a second job, that was going to make their insurance premiums increase. If you did not have enough points each year, premiums would go up. If you did not participate in this program, deductibles and premiums were going to skyrocket. This is why teachers, state law enforcement, and others were upset at the beginning of this. The “raise” that was to be given was originally like 1%, and the premium increase took that down to .5%. And for married people, it was a pay cut, which was like a slap in the face. Again, I didn’t care about the raise. I am with those who voted against it and kept us out of school for nine days. Now we are losing summer time and possibly spring break due to this walkout. We started at the end of July and the year seems unending, especially with the health issues that have gone on here. It just won’t end.

  225. Beloved says:

    Psalm 61 The Message (MSG)
    A David Psalm
    61 1-2 God, listen to me shout,
    bend an ear to my prayer.
    When I’m far from anywhere,
    down to my last gasp,
    I call out, “Guide me
    up High Rock Mountain!”

    3-5 You’ve always given me breathing room,
    a place to get away from it all,
    A lifetime pass to your safe-house,
    an open invitation as your guest.
    You’ve always taken me seriously, God,
    made me welcome among those who know and love you.

    6-8 Let the days of the king add up
    to years and years of good rule.
    Set his throne in the full light of God;
    post Steady Love and Good Faith as lookouts,
    And I’ll be the poet who sings your glory—
    and live what I sing every day.

  226. street says:

    bubbles praying for you. seem like ceaser is making another grab for control again. Jesus reminds us to give to ceaser what belongs to ceaser and to God what belongs to God. if the cosmos is made from nothing even what ceaser claims as his own amounts to nothing. even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him. we have been give much in Christ Jesus, life, spiritual life, truth, light faith hope and love that does not disappoint. sure life has disappointment and set backs. do not give up what has been given to you, hold on to it. i think of the American revolution in that the people did not want to give up what was entrusted to them. the American experiment continues as long as we hold onto our God. we know no nation ever survives turning away from God. let it not happen in our generation. Lord revive your people, wake us up from sleep. we are filled with life when we worship God in Spirit and Truth.

    James 1:5
    If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

  227. jeff1 says:

    From Sunday morning reflections.

    Come outside the sun is shining
    And the sky is endless blue
    The leaves will sigh the winds reminding
    That this life was lent to you
    Say goodbye to all the bad days
    Silver lined those clouds roll through
    May you find what makes you happy
    In this life that’s lent to you
    In everyone’s heart there will be sadness
    For some of the choices that we make
    But the river of time flows behind us
    And softens the edge of our mistakes
    So come outside and walk this garden
    Drink the light like roses do
    Gentle heart don’t ever harden
    In this life that’s lent to you
    In this life that’s lent to you

  228. street says:

    When you know what to look for, you see it everywhere.
    An exaggeration to make a point?
    Yes or no, the idea implies its opposite.

    the idea of co-equals, good and evil, the idea evil is equal to good or privation of good is a good thing. the reverse that evil is good or laws are evil. the blame game continues. yes we live in tents to be sure, but i am reminded that if we can not be trusted with that which is not wealth who will entrust you with true wealth? even then we fail and look to One Who can save us and help us in time of need, which is all the time. hope prevails

    this good and evil can be traced back in the Bible to a Creator and creatures with choice. co-equal think not.

    But at verse 10, the song evolves into a self-centered nationalistic celebration— seen through the eyes of Jewish history. just like the animals that were skinned for a temporary covering. not only cloths, but a shedding of blood as a pattern of grace where none was expected or looked for. yes it is hard to see in the darkness and times of great adversity and troubles. we are told to look, the Lord may leave a Blessing. hope to soon be reality. the accusing accusation and accounts will be settled. even now we are are told of blessing and peace! Grace and Peace with God, here, now!

  229. street says:

    thinking of how small children are scared to death of old guy with white beard when first introduced to him. how much better, when Jesus introduces us to the Ancient of Days.

    because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

    free from self
    free to love
    love is from God

  230. street says:

    in a tent

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