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Inexpressible

On the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, it looked as if a cheering crowd had found what it was looking for (Matthew 21:4).

Years later, the Apostle Paul wrote under the influence of what happened in the week that followed. Because his readers had heard the story, he didn’t take the time to retell it. Instead, he urged them, and us, to join him in a life shaped by “the mercies of God” (Romans 12:1-2).

Those 4 words seem to be Paul’s way of summing up the story that changed his life (Romans 11:32).

Who could have known that in the mercy of God there is something far greater than what prompted an enthusiastic crowd to throw their clothes and palm branches in the path of Jesus’s donkey (Romans 11:33-36)?


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  1. Mart DeHaan says:

    Am copying Steve’s early morning comment to the last string here.

    SFDBWV says:
    March 25, 2018 at 5:13 am (Edit)

    I am not going to copy out here all of the Scripture verses that tell us to recognize sin for what it is nor how then to relate what we discern in relationships with people.

    You simply cannot observe people around you without making a judgement call as to their behavior. To think we are not allowed to is just absurd.

    The whole of the Biblical stories are about people and their failures. We see their failures as judgements between right and wrong. Everyone needs a Savior, a Redeemer, forgiveness, everyone.

    And so we have Jesus.

    Satan is a liar, a deceiver and a thief. I have judged him as such because of what I have learned from Scripture. Am I then guilty of judging another?

    Satan twists the truth and uses deception as a means of stealing your joy and disrupting your peace.

    Stand fast on the Rock of our salvation, the Word of God and do not let another twist Scripture in order to tell you how to think.

    The relationship we seek is between us and God, not between us and those who tell us not to judge as they judge us for believing we do so.

    18 degrees under a starry sky.

    Steve

  2. SFDBWV says:

    Thank you Mart.

    The Book of Romans, I have read, are the letters of Paul’s that led Constantine to accept Jesus as Christ and with an epiphany of seeing the cross before a battle so become a believer and Christian.

    The Book of Romans for me is a powerfully comforting letter filled with the nitty gritty of God’s Truth.

    Even as I write now, “Inexpressable” is as good an explanation as any in how my relationship with Jesus is.

    Thanks again Mart.

    Steve

  3. poohpity says:

    Let’s compare what God says to what Steve says; Steve says, “You simply cannot observe people around you without making a judgement call as to their behavior. To think we are not allowed to is just absurd.” but God says, “Do not judge, or you will be judged. For with the same judgment you pronounce, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” One says judgement is part of our make-up and we are allowed to do it compared to God who says yes go ahead and judge but you will be judged the same way you judge others but by God and He sees more in you than you can see yourself so be warned when you judge.

    Then God goes on to say you have enough things in your own life that deserve judgement so why look at others. I have shown you mercy why not show others that same mercy as well.

  4. poohpity says:

    Another place in scripture as the people brought before Jesus a woman caught in adultery as the crowd had judged and condemned her to stoning as the law required Jesus simply said, “those without sin cast the first stone” which led to everyone throwing their stones down because there is no one without sin except Jesus. Then Jesus said, ““Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?” THEN ““No one, Lord.” she answered. “Then neither do I condemn you.” Jesus declared.” So yes we can judge but as God can see the true heart of mankind He sees the sins that many think they can hide from others but He sees it all, down deep inside our very souls. So would you want God to judge you they same way you judge others, I sure don’t.

  5. poohpity says:

    Knowing what lies deep down inside me or us all then one realizes how “Inexpressible” His mercies really are. I know within myself what God has shown me by grace, mercy and forgiveness no words can express the gratitude I feel for getting what I so do not deserve in anyway, whatsoever.

  6. poohpity says:

    Enjoy this Palm Sunday everyone in remembrance.

  7. Beloved says:

    Who could have known that in the mercy of God there is something far greater..

    Open the eyes of my heart LORD, I want to see you, see you high and lifted up, shining in the light of your glory, show us your power and love, we cry Holy Holy Holy, Holy Holy Holy.

  8. Beloved says:

    The Authority of Jesus Challenged

    23 And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

  9. remarutho says:

    Good Morning BTA Friends —

    There is much more in the sign of the parade into Jerusalem than there appeared to be in the Hosanna! cry of the people.

    History and tradition taught the people to cry out in praise of the son of David coming to reign. It may have been that some in the crowd understood who Jesus was/is/will be.

    But, Paul looks at Messiah with an eye to much more than the fulfillment of prophecy:

    “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” (v 36)

    We may sing the praise song,

    “You are my strength when I am weak.
    You are the treasure that I seek.
    You are my all in all,”

    as we re-member the day Jesus rode in on the humble donkey to receive His coronation and throne (thorns and a cross) — to meet and wed the daughter of Zion — to receive His Father’s gift to Him (all authority in heaven and on earth).

    Praise and worship are required — then bowing before Him in silence because we cannot express in words our thanks for the Life He gives.

    Joy and Palms all day!
    Maru

    2C/36F here with rain.

  10. jeff1 says:

    Does God judge me as I deserve or does He judge me as He sees fit? Thankfully I believe it is as He sees fit.

    Just men like Steve (Steve, I hope you don’t mind me saying) and my dad are in my opinion not making judgements but are being lead by the Holy Spirit which may seem like judgement in their mind because it is telling them “do not do as that person is doing as it will get you into all types of trouble”. My dad’s thinking would also be that the person needs correcting by whatever kind of rehabilitation is necessary for the good of the person or as the case may be their victims.

    That person is putting God first and therefor is in the light as God is in the light. He dosen’t need anyone to tell him what is right because God is lighting his pathway.

    My dad did not question suffering his own or anyone else’s because he knew it was the consequences of a fallen world where no one is perfect but where those who are in Christ are to be an example for those who are straying.

    A person like that will not stand back and ignore your transgressions because they know it is wrong in God’s eyes to do so.

    When I was straying from God I knew my dad did not approve of what I was saying but I was full of hatred for my enemies and blinded myself to my own sin.

    My dad did not shout, roar or scream at me when I was in the midst of waywardness but spoke gently and firmly and continued to be an example himself which is why today I know he knew Christ and he did so by obedience to the indwelling Holy Spirit and though he had many of human failing I have never known another who knew God as well as he did and he was a member of a congregation of believers in a Christ focused Church and why I believe he did it so well as it was very much part of his teaching.

    Many Churches today are not Christ focused and that speaks of the times we live in when many will wander from the truth of the Gospel.

    The Good News is that God hasn’t changed but without the correct leadership which has to be Spirit driven men/women then many will wander from the truth of the Gospel because the consequences of not having Spirit driven men is waywardness from God.

    The blind leading the blind just makes Satan’s day.

  11. swwagner says:

    It occurs to me that judgement is “both/and” truth. There are times when we are wrong to judge and their are times that we are allowed to judge. We are to separate ourselves from those who are “wolves in sheep’s clothing” by using God given discernment. We are not to put ourselves above others by being haughty or acting superior. We are allowed to be wise and not “throw pearls before swine” and we are allowed to discontinue fellowship in certain situations. We are to always show humility and mercy even to those who do wrong to us.

  12. jeff1 says:

    The reality of how I behave does not rely on a list of do’s and don’ts but whether I am staying close to Jesus or not because it is only by staying close to Him will I have Godly discernment.

    Its easy to say we are always to show humility and mercy even to those who do wrong to us but it is quite a different thing to act on it.

    If I put myself in the position of victims of the clergy’s abuse case that is being tried in the UK today and see no remorse from the offenders will I truly feel humility and mercy towards them or will I more likely want to forget the ordeal and leave the offenders in God’s hands and I believe the latter will be what I would realistically do.

    I need to know when to let go and allow God to intervene for both my own sake and those who have wronged me.

  13. Beloved says:

    36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen

    What are “all things”? Could they be the very attributes of God such as mercy, grace love justice forgiveness patience goodness kindness etc? It occurs to me that these “things” are more than enough to dispel or push away the darkness of dissention, distrust, envy, lust murder strife and failings in my own heart then maybe I can show the love of God to my friends enemies neighbors prisoners prostitutes and derelicts alike! With man these things are impossible but with God ALL things are possible and profitable. Store your treasures/riches of God’s mercy in heaven. Good days are coming! I see the faint shadow of a cross ahead.

  14. Beloved says:

    I think Jeff when we judge others for their sins against the weak that’s righteous judgement and we are told to pray for them that they would receive God’s mercy before they die in their sin. Do we have to forgive the priests and others in authority who abuse? No it’s not our call, it’s the burden of the victim to forgive for their own good. I think Jesus on the cross released the power to forgive and bring ultimate justice for His enemies and mine. Sinners in the hands of an angry God. God’s wrath put on Himself for us all. Crucified.

  15. bubbles says:

    Ohh, those verses in Romans 11:33-36 are beautiful. I am an continue to be touched by God’s mercy. I am thankful to the point of tears for His mercy. Mercy and love go hand in hand; they work together. I am thankful for both.

  16. street says:

    “the mercies of God”
    i don’t even know where to begin.
    there is something far greater than what prompted an enthusiastic crowd to throw their clothes and palm branches in the path of Jesus’s donkey
    the crowd cheering, Jesus openly weeping for Jerusalem, the town that kills the prophets and the servants of God.
    the Greatest Servant of all, drinking the cup, His Father gives Him, in order that we may dink from the cup of blessing, that Jesus gives in His presents. that we may know the blessing and goodness of God forever. being still, watching and waiting for Jesus. knowing full well the destruction of the world comes prior to His return.
    Matthew 18:20
    For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” wow

  17. street says:

    On the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, it looked as if a cheering crowd had found what it was looking for (Matthew 21:4)

    Matthew 21:10
    When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?”

  18. street says:

    How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
    not for a box, for a human heart mind soul and strength.

    Matthew 4:4
    Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

  19. narrowpathseeker says:

    Good Evening All….In regard to judging…we ALL do it everyday…EVERY solitary day. ESPECIALLY in this day and age, if we didn’t, we would probably be penniless/homeless/hungry fast as we are enveloped in dishonesty, greed and lack of concern for others. We have people claiming to be homeless, hungry, needing money for gas, needing money for medication, about every 3 or 4 miles apart down here…we do our best to judge which are in need and which are con artists. When some guy runs out of gas 3 or 4 times a week in the same place…we pretty much write him off as a con. HOWEVER, we do pray for them ALL and of course asking for mercy for all has become a major part of prayer time.

    When we cry about people judging others when we ourselves are doing more judging than anybody we are pointing at, it is in ignorance that we do so…GOD knows EVERYTHING. Lord have mercy on us all!!

  20. poohpity says:

    God’s judgement is totally righteous, right and point on ours however is often mingled with prejudices, presumptions, biases and often a lack of information on the true condition of the heart of another so that is why God says it is best to stay away from it. However in 1 Cor 5 it speaks about not judging those outside the church but to judge the evil found in the church. Paul was writing because in the church at that time there was a man having sexual relations with his step mother and no one put these people out for a time but tolerated that sin within the church.

    Ya know I think people confuse when someone speaks about judgement as if it is the person saying it rather that it being something God wanted us to learn about in His Inexpressible mercy, grace and forgiveness especially when we look at the condition of our own hearts and the work that God needs to there and then by His power that is what He works on because we can not change others when we can not even change ourselves.

  21. jeff1 says:

    That is very true Narrow as the number of charities these days are insurmountable and so it is best to give to local ones where at least you have an idea that they are going to the right source.

    We have food banks here so when you go to the supermarket you can buy imperishable and put it into a trolley marked for it.

    Yes, we do make judgements every day on others and that is why we are in need of God’s mercy as much as those we pray for because in a world such as this one it is not easy to discern whether we are making good judgements or bad ones.

    We have been warned here about buying products at markets which will have the name brand on it but will not be the original and could contain substances that are not safe and the proceeds is going to drug gangs.

    Who can we trust these days as the world is not the world I grew up in and I do not envy the younger generation who have to.

  22. Beloved says:

    Inexpressible for certain. Sit in silence before the bloody image hanging on the cross soaking in the magnificence of Gods justice and mercy. Bubbles you spoke well and blessed my soul today.

  23. SFDBWV says:

    Yes yesterday was Palm Sunday and it strikes me that then just like now people hail Jesus as what they expect Him to be for them.

    I wonder how many along the way who threw palm leaves down for Him only a few days later would call for His execution. As he didn’t fulfill their expectations.

    The whole matter makes me think how many of us today choose Jesus in order to get something. Not because He is our Creator deserving of our worship, but rather so that we can gain something for ourselves.

    Jesus, the example of God the Father, shown us His personality, His demeanor, His desires for us. He shown us the face of God.

    What example are we demonstrating as we live and interact with others? Whose face do we show?

    For those who don’t care what others think of them, if they call themselves Christian it isn’t their face they discredit but Christ’s.

    When people encounter you do they go away glad they did, or do they go away thinking you to be someone they don’t want to be around ever again?

    The answer may be in whose face you project, yours or His.

    Others will judge you, whether you like it or not. Don’t blame the judge if they see more of the world in you and little or none of the Christ.

    Pray that His light shines forth from you as the rising of the sun.

    28 degrees under a starry dark frosty morning.

    Steve

  24. poohpity says:

    Look at those who judged Christ, one day calling Him the King of the Jews and a week later yelling crucify because He wasn’t the kind of King that they anticipated. They wanted the kind of King that would break the Roman rule not the kind that would die for them to break the rule of sin in their lives and that would ask them to love their enemies, to be kind to those who are mean and persecute them. The kind of King that would require them to put aside anger and hate to love those who would not love them back, to forgive those who never say sorry and to show grace to those who do not deserve it, that is what Christ looks like in others.

    People of the world, speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them. They also usually reject the word of God because it is a foreign language they do not recognize when it is spoken. That seems to be the reason, that as Mart indicated, people are conformed to the patterns of this world and need to have their minds transformed to hear God’s language. Romans 12:2 NLT

  25. SFDBWV says:

    1 Corinthians 6:1-3 KJV, we Christians are to judge the world and angels.

    1 Corinthians 6:9-10 KJV, God already has judged, we are to recognize (discern) good from bad as judged by Him.

    Galatians 5:16-26 KJV, given here are the examples of your behavior. Just where do you think you fit in? Others will see it clearly in their observational judgements of you.

    Matthew 12:37 KJV, “For by thy words thou shall be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”

    Steve

  26. Beloved says:

    Guilty as charged, but
    11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

  27. Beloved says:

    Nothing in my hands I bring,
    Only to the cross I cling.

  28. jeff1 says:

    My older son turned away from his faith as it had upset him to see, after serving in Afghanistan, the conditions they lived in and the words he used were they have absolutely nothing but the clothes they stand up in.

    He doesn’t understand how the world is so unevenly divided and he blames God while I blame humanity.

    I spoke to a friend who is Roman Catholic and he said to me after all the revelations of abuse many of their younger people are not attending mass either and the priest told him that when parents mention it to him he tells them to be patient and to continue to be an example themselves as it will make a difference to how the younger ones eventually see God.

    We are to be a light in a dark world and if we don’t understand that by now then we are not listening or understanding our purpose.

    If I want to follow Christ then it is about me sacrificing irrespective of what my family member or neighbour is doing as I am the one proclaiming to know God and therefore has to be the one to reflect Godly behaviour and when I don’t I fail Jesus whether I see it that way or not.

    If I am staying focused on Jesus then I will get on with it and be less critical of others.

    I agree with the priest as my dad remained a shining example in my own life and as someone with the mental health I have I needed that example.

    Steve this poem resonates with what you say.

    My God Is No Stranger

    I’ve never seen God,
    but I know how I feel,
    It’s people like you
    who make Him “so real” . . .
    My god is no stranger,
    He’s friendly and gay
    And He doesn’t ask me
    to weep when I pray . . .
    It seems that I pass Him
    so often each day
    In the faces of people
    I meet on the way . . .
    He’s the stars in the heaven,
    a smile on some face,
    A leaf on a tree
    or a rose in a vase . . .
    He’s winter and autumn
    and summers and spring,
    In short, God is every
    real, wonderful thing . . .
    I wish I might meet Him
    much more than I do,
    I would if there were
    more people like you.

  29. poohpity says:

    Steve, if left in the context in which it was meant and hearing with a transformed mind then one would realize what Paul was saying in 1 Cor 6 was not to bring disputes among believers to a lawsuit to be settled in the courts of man rather than settling them among other believers. That is the problem with pulling scripture out to prove your point and not what God is teaching. If you are bent on justifying judgement of others that is the same way God will judge you for everything you do. That should set a fear in anyone who reveres God since He said with the same measure you use to judge it will be how He judges you. Those who judge the nations and angels it will only be done once they are in the Lord’s presence in heaven not before while they are held captive by the flesh.

    The Galatians passage shows the difference in living by the flesh or by the Spirit for an individual to see which they themselves are living not to measure another. Living by witch craft which is also superstitions, hatred, heresies(false teaching), idolizing people are works of the flesh. One has to ask their selves do I do those things? Or is my life more like; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance?

    The Matthew verse is also pulled out of context which seems to be saying that we all will stand before the righteous Judge (God) and give an account of every empty word that we speak. So it would be better to read it within Matt 12:33-37 rather than trying to prove your point let God teach us what His point is when He says not to judge. Matt 7:1-5 NLT; Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2For you will be treated as you treat others. Or For God will judge you as you judge others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. Or The measure you give will be the measure you get back.
    3“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye (Greek your brother’s eye); when you have a log in your own? 4How can you think of saying to your friend, (Greek your brother). ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

  30. poohpity says:

    I know when I find myself judging someone God is always faithful to bring to my mind ALL the things that He has forgiven me for that in His judgement were wrong. Often that leads me to reconsider my judgement and ask myself do I want to be judged in the same way I am judging others? The answer to that without fail is NO. Do I want to be shown mercy? Yes oh Yes I do. If that is true then I will show mercy rather than judgement.

  31. Beloved says:

    This discussion between moralism and Grace has shown me just how much judgement has effected my walk with the LORD. Like the Galations I too needed a wake up call. Let those shackles fall! Yay!

  32. phpatato says:

    Good morning

    Steve, you have given me food for thought this morning…..”how many of us today choose Jesus in order to get something.”

    As I sit here, drinking my hot late morning coffee, I was struck by that. Why did I choose Jesus?

    I was a young girl of 11 years old when I stood up during an alter call at church service one morning. It was then that I trusted Jesus to become my Lord, my Saviour, my Friend. Was I thinking that I could get something from Him for doing that? No. As I sit here inwardly searching that question, the only thing I thought to get from Him was His gift of eternal life…and in my young mind, THAT gift was too large in scope to even hold onto.

    Many decades and many dead-end, futile, wayward paths later, here I sit. Why did I choose Jesus?? Older now and sadly without that simple innocent child-like view I once had, I see that my life, without me putting Him first, was/is a cold lonely bleak existence….the harshest of all those years being the 15th year deep within a dark bottomless pit labelled clinical depression. It was right inside hell itself that He stood one day waiting for me with His hand reaching out for mine. I clung to Him for I had all but drowned. He rescued me from the torment I called life.

    As a young 11 year old girl, I GAVE something to Jesus. I gave Him my innocent child-like trust. As an older and not so innocent woman, I GOT something from Jesus. I got not only His promised gift of eternal life in the not-so-distant future, but another chance at air-breathing physical life, in the here and now.

    What I chose to give Him, saved me. What He so lovingly and mercifully gave back to me, saved me.

    I am forever grateful to You, My Jesus, My Saviour, My Friend.

    xoxo Pat

  33. SFDBWV says:

    That is a beautiful testimony Pat. I think you are right on with the idea that as children when we gave our heart to Jesus we did so innocently without thought of getting something in return.

    Steve

  34. SFDBWV says:

    We just instinctively knew it was the right thing to do.

    Sreve

  35. street says:

    34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

    storing up? poured out? consuming fire?

    we really do need extra oil found in the Parable of Ten Virgins

    9 Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”

  36. street says:

    the duty to believe every Word that proceeds from the Mouth of God. leading captivity captive. raise His banner of Victory!

  37. Beloved says:

    John Piper shares this today-
    Forever Satisfied

    “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)

    This text points to the fact that believing in Jesus is a feeding and drinking from all that Jesus is. It goes so far as to say that our soul-thirst is satisfied with Jesus, so that we don’t thirst anymore.

    He is the end of our quest for satisfaction.

    When we trust Jesus the way John intends for us to, the presence and promise of Jesus is so satisfying that we are not dominated by the alluring pleasures of sin (see Romans 6:14). This accounts for why such faith in Jesus nullifies the power of sin and enables obedience.

    John 4:14 points in the same direction: “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” In accord with John 6:35, saving faith is spoken of here as a drinking of water that satisfies the deepest longings of the soul.

    It’s the same in John 7:37–38: “Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

    Through faith, Christ becomes in us an inexhaustible fountain of satisfying life that lasts forever and leads us to heaven. This he does by sending us his Spirit (John 7:38–39

  38. street says:

    some lamps are giving light today. keep them trimmed and filled each day. by the Spirit of God

    “A bruised reed He will not break
    And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish;
    He will faithfully bring forth justice.
    4
    “He will not be disheartened or crushed
    Until He has established justice in the earth;
    And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His “law”.”

    law=rule/ Kingdom

    32
    Then I will punish their transgression with the rod
    And their iniquity with stripes.
    33
    “But I will not break off My lovingkindness from him,
    Nor deal falsely in My faithfulness.
    34
    “My covenant I will not violate,
    Nor will I alter the utterance of My lips.

    thank you Father and Son

    i remember James speaking of how a small ember can burn down a great forest or how yeast permeates the whole lump of dough. to God, be the Glory, Great thing He has done! light and life in Him. learning to love

  39. street says:

    thinking of judgment
    we where made to judge!
    the only problem is we do it so poorly.

    Psalm 76:9
    When God arose to judgment, To save all the humble of the earth. Selah.

    The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him,
    The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
    The spirit of counsel and strength,
    The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
    3
    And He will delight in the fear of the Lord,
    And He will not judge by what His eyes see,
    Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;
    4
    But with righteousness He will judge the poor,
    And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth;
    And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
    And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.

  40. street says:

    emphasis

    And He will not judge by what His eyes see,
    Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;

    thinking 7 Spirits here..

    be still…….i fear at the thought of God asking me to speak. like when He did with Job. Job chose to remain silent……then round two began.

    Inexpressible Sovereignty of God

  41. poohpity says:

    As a child I accepted Christ because I wanted forgiveness for my sins but knew nothing about having a personal relationship with Him since the Lutheran Church did not teach that or if they did I did not understand that until I started my relationship with the Lord at 35.

    I have however always knew that God wanted me to treat others the way I want to be treated, not the way they treated me but how I wanted to be treated.

    After my time of 21 years doing things my way, I finally went to my knees and asked God for help. I knew I did not deserve His help let alone the grace I was shown. It was Inexpressible the experience I had when it was fully realized and still till this day it still is to me because I know my true heart condition and my love for Him just grows the more I realize the extent of that grace and His unfailing love. Luke 7:47 NLT

    Everyone who comes to Jesus wants something and after they receive it they then want to learn more about the One who gave His life for them. Just like any one who loves another wants to know all they can about that person, not satisfied with a shallow relationship but want a deep one. I did not know that God pursues people but I often heard His call and His tug on my heart.

  42. jeff1 says:

    As a child I was more afraid of God and believed I had to please Him or I would make Him angry. Then I got distracted by the war here and so I was still of the opinion that God must be an angry God.

    I wasn’t well informed other than I should keep the commandments and worship God.

    I wasn’t doing so well at keeping the commandments so I distanced myself from God as I decided He was a difficult God to please.

    It wasn’t until I became ill that I became aware that God cared for me and though the voices in my head were still telling me otherwise I knew God was with me in my heart because God always finds away to connect and that’s why I trust Him today not just with my life but with my family, friends and even my enemies because He understands them personally as He does me and though I have no understanding of how that can be I know that it is and that’s all I need to know.

    The voices in my head may never leave but God has my heart strings and I know He won’t let go of them and at long last I can see that God is not an angry God anymore and that He never was but I just happened to be brought up in a country of angry people.

  43. street says:

    I wonder how many along the way who threw palm leaves down for Him only a few days later would call for His execution. As he didn’t fulfill their expectations. steve

    John 10:12
    He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.

    Zechariah 13:7
    “Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, And against the man, My Associate,” Declares the Lord of hosts. “Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered; And I will turn My hand against the little ones.

    Matthew 26:31
    Then Jesus *said to them, “You will all fall away because of Me this night, for it is written, ‘I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered.’

    Mark 14:27
    And Jesus *said to them, “You will all fall away, because it is written, ‘I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.’

  44. street says:

    Jesus boar the cross alone.
    another time He is alone, is treading the wine press of the wrath of God.
    He also sits on the Throne of God with His Father alone, yet not alone. never again. just thinking

  45. Beloved says:

    Very encouraging street.

  46. Beloved says:

    I’ve been thinking about Peter today, his denial of knowing Christ 3 times (definitely a crowd follower and fearful of death). Then reading his epistles, especially 2 Peter, I’m struck by the changes in him. His words about persecution and growth in grace reveal a man who knew Christ intimately but was still “accepted” despite his early failures. And used by God. However large or small the audience we may have the message of the cross carries on, with the help of the Holy Spirit. Some are called to lonely, obscure places. Thinking also about Jesus trip to Jacobs well, alone, to meet the Samaritan woman. (Jews did not speak to women of other ethnicities). Out of the way, obscure we find Jesus there. Oh He’s grand!

  47. Beloved says:

    “the mercies of God” Psalm69
    16 Answer me, LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me. 17 Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble. 18 Come near and rescue me; deliver me because of my foes. 19 You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all my enemies are before you. 20 Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I found none. 21 They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst. 22 May the table set before them become a snare; may it become retribution and a trap. 23 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever. 24 Pour out your wrath on them; let your fierce anger overtake them. 25 May their place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in their tents. 26 For they persecute those you wound and talk about the pain of those you hurt. 27 Charge them with crime upon crime; do not let them share in your salvation. 28 May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous. 29 But as for me, afflicted and in pain— may your salvation, God, protect me. 30 I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. 31 This will please the LORD more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hooves. 32 The poor will see and be glad— you who seek God, may your hearts live! 33 The LORD hears the needy and does not despise his captive people. 34 Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and all that move in them, 35 for God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah. Then people will settle there and possess it; 36 the children of his servants will inherit it, and those who love his name will dwell there.

  48. street says:

    thinking of Peter
    Peter is our Jacob or Big Bird!
    we can easily identify with them.
    and God is most glorified by saving them.

    yes i am a big bird saved by God’s Grace in Christ Jesus. i wish i could say i am as innocent as the character of Big Bird, but i am not.

    Isaiah 60:21
    “Then all your people will be righteous; They will possess the land forever, The branch of My planting, The work of My hands, That I may be glorified.

  49. street says:

    His Right Hand does save! upholding righteousness and justice. His Thrown will be established forever.

    2 Samuel 7:13
    He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

    Psalm 89

    Psalm 118:22
    The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone.

    Matthew 21:42
    Jesus *said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘The stone which the builders rejected, This became the chief corner stone; This came about from the Lord, And it is marvelous in our eyes’?

    3 if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.
    4 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

    7 This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve,

    “The stone which the builders rejected,
    This became the very corner stone,”

    8 and,

    “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”;

    for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.
    9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

  50. foreverblessed says:

    Isaiah 53:4-5
    But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities,
    the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him…

    The Truth of these words is tremendous.
    If I could only let the value of them sink into my head, and heart!

  51. foreverblessed says:

    And all these verses Mart gave, and all of you guys ( mostly girls, ha ha)

    As Bubbles wrote:
    Romans 11:33-36
    How unsearchable His judgments..

  52. foreverblessed says:

    This truth means that I take everything that is wrong in me to the Cross! Everything that hinders me, that worries me, I take it to the Cross.
    Jesus has taken it up, it is gone, as far as east is from the west. ( That in itself is a miracle).
    I can believe the truth of that!!!
    ! One for the Father
    ! One for the Son
    ! One for the Holy Spirit.

    The Holy Spirit is in us,and at work in us. Only it takes time!
    Lots of time!
    It took 20 years to train Jacob to let go of his schemes.
    Till he surrendered at Pniel.

    The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!
    That is my God

  53. Beloved says:

    I agree Forever, we learn truth from the Word of God-Jesus and the Holy Spirit gives light and life. Listening to people’s worldly wisdom is to go away from Truth, no matter how good and pleasing it sounds to our flesh. I’ve learned because of Christ in me to never lean on my own understanding. To follow Him is to make enemies with the world as Peter found out and succombed. But only for a time until He had one more encounter with Jesus that changed him forever! Do you love me? Jesus asked 3 times. Oh He knows us so well but His mercy endures forever! Taste and see that the LORD is good, blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

  54. Beloved says:

    and God is most glorified by saving them.

    New Living Translation Luke 5:32
    I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”

  55. jeff1 says:

    John 16:33

    I have told you all this so that you will have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, I have overcome the world.

    Romans 8:38-39

    For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    This Is 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 in 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’ll 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 would never turn their back on you
    Or that the world around you wouldn’t see you as a fool
    But I did say like me you’d surely be despised
    And I did say my ways confound the wise

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

    ‘Cause you know I’ve made a promise that I’ve prepared a place
    And some day sooner that 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

  56. foreverblessed says:

    I want to tell Pat thanks for her beautiful testimony.
    Your decision as a young child is still a very good example:
    I am striving for that childlike faith!

    If God says that Jesus carried all our sorrows (Isa. 53:4)
    then that is so.
    The more childlike, as in trusting, I am in that faith, the better!

    And Jeff, hold on to the Word of God, and not to those voices.
    Evil has to flee eventually, in face of good. Evil cannot bear good.
    So God’s love is all conquering!

  57. Beloved says:

    Prayers needed for dealing with disappointment regarding my children and their inability to love me. Thank you.

  58. Beloved says:

    Acts 9:16 received. But the hurting doesn’t stop. Oh Christ, thank you that you have called me and I heard your voice and you have made me willing to follow you. I love you LORD.

  59. street says:

    Instead, he urged them, and us, to join him in a life shaped by “the mercies of God” (Romans 12:1-2).

    12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

    in view of God’s, love faithfulness patients kindness goodness gentleness humility meekness power light Spirit and Promises, present your bodies to life light truth love, instead of darkness deception deceit and wickedness. He has removed the punishment of sin that we may receive all the benefits of His love grace and mercy. a restored relationship with God our Father through Jesus His Son. Sealed by the Spirit of Truth in mortal flesh. Emanuel.
    we believe because He has revealed Himself to our hearts through faithful witness. we were beggars of mercy because of our own sin, which He took on Himself so that we could receive the Truth, His love faithfulness and forgiveness in return.

    thinking of work and sweat and the difficulties of the curse associated with it.
    thinking of love and the difficulties that come with love. love is a different kind of work with the promise of suffering. yet no law or curse against it. Job, a righteous man, believed God for nothing. trusting in God means we believe in His Goodness and Word to the contrary of our circumstance. sacrifice is not easy, being a living one, nor is love easy in that the death of self, pride. the devil said if we disobey that we would not die and we see that we do indeed die. yet Jesus says if you believe in Him as the Word says you will never die. John 11:26
    and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

    Jesus also said come to Me you who are burden and heavy laden and “I, Jesus, will give you rest.”

    the sacrifice,cross, and rest continue in His Love.
    we love because He first loved us.
    love One and other as I have loved you.

  60. jeff1 says:

    Today, Forever, I surround myself with familiar faces from my church and other churches within my community and I stay clear of angry people who can upset my thought process.

    I get peace of mind from like minded people as my mind is tired of all the anger and violence of the past.

    I do my best to live in the present and enjoy my charity work, church work and family and I stay connected to God’s word by listening to my Rector (whom I trust) and my poetry and music.

    Songs always make me feel close to God and so does taking the Holy Sacrament which in our church is celebrated monthly.

    On Maundy Thursday our celebration of the Holy Sacrament will be accompanied with a Passover meal, this has been introduced by our Rector within the last few years and many from the community attend making it a very heart warming Service.

    Beloved, I pray that your children have a change of heart.
    When I think of the times I disappointed my parents and now I see things so differently so just be an example to them as my children often disappoint me but just as God doesn’t give up on us then it is for us not to give up on them.

    My sons suffered with my mental and marriage breakup and so when I think back to what it was like living with my mother and brother who had both mental illness I realise how fragile our minds can be.

    Just think of how God is with you in your struggle and and feel strengthened today.

    My dad kept this poem on the wall in his bedroom.

    One night I dreamed a dream.
    As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
    Across the dark sky flashed scenes form my life.
    For each scene . I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
    One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

    After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
    I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
    I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
    especially at he very lowest and saddest times,
    there was only one set of footprints.

    This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
    “Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
    You’d walk with me all the way.
    But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
    there was only one set of footprints.
    I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

    He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
    Never, ever during your trials and testings.
    When you saw only one set of footprints,
    It was then that I carried you.”

  61. Beloved says:

    Surrounding myself in the mercies of God.

    Thank you for the encouragement and prayers. Viv my coffee cup has that on it, it was my daughters favorite when she was a child living through divorce and abuse. The mercies of God are that even though my two remaining children are high functioning successful sociopaths their mother still prays. Why should I expect anything in return even though my heart says how can this be?, but God says share the mercy you’ve been given. Jesus suffered great pain to acquire our redemption hanging alone on the cross with onlookers weeping with personal loss at the foremost of their thoughts I’m guessing. The weeping continues for personal loss but Jesus looks on at my sorrow and grief with great care. Mercies new every morning. His yoke is easier I’ve found.

  62. jeff1 says:

    To Swift the Way! To Short the Day!

    In this fast-moving world of turmoil and tension,
    With problems and troubles, too many too mention,
    Our days are so crowded and our hours are so few,
    There’s so little time and so much to do . . .
    We are pressured and pushed until we are “dizzy,”
    There’s never a minute we’re not “crazily busy,”
    And sometimes we wonder as we rush through the day-
    Does God really want us to hurry this way?
    Why are we impatient and continually vexed,
    And often bewildered, disturbed and perplexed?
    Perhaps we’re too busy with our own selfish seeking
    To hear the dear Lord when He’s tenderly speaking . . .
    We are working so tensely in our self-centred way,
    We’ve no time for listening to what God has to say,
    And hard as we work, at the end of the day
    We know in our hearts we did not “pay our way” . . .
    But God in His mercy looks down on us all,
    And though what we’ve done is so pitifully small,
    He makes us feel welcome to kneel down and pray
    For the chance to do better as we start a new day,
    And life would be better if we learned to rely
    On our Father in heaven without asking “why” . . .
    And if we’d remember as we rush through the day,
    “The Lord is our Shepherd and He’ll lead the way” . . .
    So don’t rush ahead in reckless endeavour,
    Remember “He leadeth”
    and “Time is forever”!

  63. jeff1 says:

    As we approach Easter I want to share this extract from our Parish News.

    Dear friends,

    ‘For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (John 3:16)

    This verse has been described as ‘the greatest verse in the Bible’, as it enables us to understand the events of Good Friday and Easter Day.

    God’s love is unconditional: God demonstrated the extent of His love by sending His Son into this world, to show us what it looks like: ‘God with skin on’! God graciously loves us, as none of us deserves it. ‘There is nothing we can do to make God love us more. There is nothing we can do to make God love us less.’ (Philip Yancey).

    God’s love is sacrificial: The cross is the supreme demonstration of God’s love, as Jesus identifies with a fallen, suffering world. He died for our sins, removing the barrier between us and God, giving access into God’s presence and release from the power of sin and death.
    God’s love is accessible: Jesus’ resurrection makes His eternal life available to all who put their trust in Him. It’s an offer of life with purpose, in which we can know God personally, both now and for eternity.

    Bobby Moore described receiving the World Cup from the Queen in 1966 as terrifying: ‘I noticed that the Queen was wearing some beautiful white gloves. I looked down at my hands and they were completely covered with mud’!
    Although we approach God with dirty hands and spoilt lives, by the cross and resurrection, we can shake hands with a holy God.

    Your Minister and friend.

  64. poohpity says:

    Viv, that was so spot on. Thank you for sharing the Gospel.

  65. poohpity says:

    Jesus did not come to judge or condemn but He was judged, condemned and crucified for my sins so that I could be saved and spend eternity with Him. How can we express the inexpressible gratitude? By showing His grace, mercy and forgiveness to others that shows our gratefulness for what He did for me/us. Actions speak much louder than words.

  66. jeff1 says:

    I think I am a lot like Bobby Moore who admits he was terrified to meet the Queen and God is much more awesome.

    I don’t think its about us showing grace, mercy and forgiveness to others as those who are not seeking God don’t believe they need it.

    God draws others to Himself as He did me and I cannot know when that will be so it is about me being patient and being an example myself.

    What did I learn from my dad’s example, that he knew God and his life reflected he did, but I did not see that at the time as I didn’t want to see it but since God has drawn me to Him I now see what my dad was trying to tell me all those years ago.

    I think we express gratitude to God by being patient with others as that is what is needed in a world like today’s where so many are falling away.

    You cannot give someone something if they do not believe they need to receive it and those who do not believe God exists don’t see a need.

    That is my thinking, but I have forgiven others but mostly so that I could get on with my own life as those concerned were not even aware of their offence.

    I think we show our gratitude to God by our worship and our treatment of others who are different than us and that’s were there is room for improvement as despite my attempts to do so I often slip and fall when it comes to understanding others whose ways seem alien to me.

  67. poohpity says:

    All I can say Viv is God showed grace, mercy and forgiveness to me before I even knew I needed it as He did with all mankind and if it is good enough for Him then I should strive to do the same. If it was any other way people would think in some way they deserve or can earn it, when they don’t. That is what draws people to God and how we reflect Christ-likeness. It is all about God not us but it shows what we believe in how we treat others.

  68. jeff1 says:

    God draws people to Himself, Pooh, my dad was drawn to God long before I was, and yes, I believed God existed but I struggled a long time with my faith before I truly felt a connection to God and it was when I made that connection that I seen the truth’s my dad had told me and it was like a light going on in my brain.

    The world is filled with all sorts of beliefs from cults to the occult because people want to do their own ruling from what I can see of this world

    We can trust God because of our own beliefs but we cannot speak for mankind and God doesn’t ask us to and why He warns us of tribulation and sorrow in this world.

    As for believing I can earn it, I have tried that when I was a child trying to keep the 10 commandments and failed miserably and give up on God deciding he was too hard to please.

    I believe I can be an example of what a Christian should look like by how I treat others but I do not see that drawing others to God because I believe God draws people to Himself when the time is right.

    It is when I am near to God that I begin to see how much I need changed myself.

    Its God’s presence that changes me as I begin to see from His eyes and not my own and that is when I begin to reflect Christ as I no longer need to understand others but rather want to help them instead.

  69. street says:

    Years later, the Apostle Paul wrote under the influence of what happened in the week that followed. Because his readers had heard the story, he didn’t take the time to retell it. Instead, he urged them, and us, to join him in a life shaped by “the mercies of God” (Romans 12:1-2).

    Paul wrote under the influence of what happened in the week that followed? thinking our memory and abilities to weak to hold on to truth. God sent His Spirit, Truth, into our hearts to take hold of us. looting the strong mans house. we are encouraged to not go back. to present ourselves to God and experience this love, faithfulness, and joy in suffering because of the mercy of God. to love in Spirit and Truth. thinking we are going to suffer anyway might as well abide with the One Who is not lying to us all the time. i have to admit His will is strange sometimes, like a cross, but it is good. He did beat death like a step child to make us sons and daughters in love instead of -in-law. thinking of Paul speaking about this Great Power that is at work in the Saints. God bless you and your loved ones this passion week, because of His great love in which He loves us. the ebb and flow continue, God remains the same.

  70. Beloved says:

    Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…

    I think its marvelous how God brings about renewal of the mind. This Lenten season I’m experiencing some good changes in my thinking and it’s all Gods doing. All praise and glory to the Living God who lives and reigns forever!

  71. poohpity says:

    Viv, I know it is God that draws people to Himself but we get to share His story or what good would it be to go and make disciples which is the commission given to all of us? They will not know unless they hear. (Romans 10:14 NLT) So I will tell of God’s mercy, grace and forgiveness.

    “Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

    Part of that teaching is forgiving as we have been forgiven (Col 3:12-13 NLT) I can not survive on the faith of my parents or their example because I know they were not perfect in their faith as they were honest with me about that so I would not put them on a pedestal but on the example of Christ or else I would be putting them before God.

  72. SFDBWV says:

    Pat, Matthew says for me to thank you for the birthday card. And I thank you for remembering.

    Matt turns 40 today. Never in all my years could I have thought that at 40 Matt would still be in the condition he is. It will be 19 years this June since his accident and in so many ways it just seems like yesterday to me.

    He had a very rough Tuesday as he developed a urinary tract infection almost all at once. I took him to the doctors and got a prescription and it has just as quickly began to clear up.

    That night at bed time he had a very bad “seizure”, I call it that though the specialists say he don’t have seizures. He bit his tongue and it is still sore this morning.

    He had another episode last evening just after supper.

    When they show up he usually has about 3 or 4 of them then they disappear again for sometimes months before showing up again.

    I will take him out to Burger King later today for His birthday meal (his decision) and later go get some ice cream, something he has been craving for a while.

    Yesterday morning around 3 am we lost our power, I got up and got the generator going, and so no one else here at the house even noticed, except for the purring of our generator.

    The power came back on at 7 and then off again at 9:30 and finally back on around 11:30 and has stayed since.

    The return of Christ is described in two ways in Scripture. First, life will be going on just like it does every day when suddenly we are “snatched “away. And then after the great Tribulation when Jesus returns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords with us His clouds of witnesses to rule and reign for a thousand years.

    Matt and Glenna and I would love to be snatched away today, to be taken up together forever to be with the Lord and away from the trials and pain of this world.

    But until that happens I will do all I can to give Matt a pleasant day and a happy 40th year of life.

    50 degrees and light drizzle

    Steve

  73. jeff1 says:

    My dad never said he was perfect in his faith as a matter of fact he was much too humble to say anything other than why shouldn’t we suffer ‘Jesus suffered’.

    A relative of mine said to me the other day and he had no need to as he didn’t get on with my dad that well but his words were ‘I could see your dad was the type of man who put others before himself’ so even someone who didn’t know or get on with him that well could see that side of him.

    I am much more selfish and therefore struggle more in my faith than my dad did. I want to do things my way and why I get into all kinds of trouble.

    I am simply seeing now how my dad’s obedience to God kept him away from messing up and he made good choices while I was making bad ones.

    I had a mum who wasn’t brought up with faith at all and believed she was cursed and would tell me so and if it hadn’t been for my dad assuring me that my mum’s beliefs were untrue and only in her mind then I wouldn’t have known God at all.

    It was because of my dad I seen the inside of a church as my mum wasn’t even baptised.

    I worship God, Pooh, because I trust Him, but I trust Him better than I know Him while I truly belief my dad knew God better.

    I am being honest before God because I find that God is the one that I can be honest with while others believe of me what they want to and there is nothing I can do about that.

    I’m too broken myself to be of use in this world as my mind was effected my my mothers consistent belief’s that she was cursed and my brother and I both suffered schizophrenia disorder as a consequence.

    Keeping my mind on God through songs and worship are how I keep my mind from getting sick today and that in itself is struggle enough.

    When madness is your companion you soon find out who your friends are and I could count them on one hand as all others will give you a wide berth.

    Everybody needs a little help sometime
    No one stands alone
    Makes no difference if you’re just a child like me
    Or a King upon a throne
    For there are no exceptions
    We all stand in the line
    Everybody needs a friend
    Let met tell you of mine

    CHORUS:
    He’s my forever friend
    My leave-me-never friend
    From darkest night to rainbow’s end
    He’s my forever friend

    Even when I turn away He care for me
    His love no one can shake
    Even as I walk away He’s by my side
    With every breath I take
    And sometimes I forget Him
    My halo fails to shine
    Sometimes I’m not His friend
    But He is always mine

    REPEAT CHORUS:
    If you still don’t know the one I’m talking of
    I think its time you knew
    Long ago and far away upon a cross
    My friend died for you
    So if you’d like to meet Him
    And don’t know what to do
    Ask my friend into your heart
    And He’ll be your friend too

    CHORUS:
    He’s my forever friend
    My leave-me-never friend
    From darkest night to rainbow’s end
    He’s my forever friend
    He’s my forever friend

  74. jeff1 says:

    Steve, I used to have a boss who had a daughter (suffered brain damage as a result of oxygen loss at childbirth) who needed the care your Matthew does.

    I met Wendy when I attended his funeral and I seen then how it was a 24 hours of caring left to his wife. My brother-in-law who came from the same town said that she had good family support which would be of great help to her and we also have a good welfare care system here.

    You both have taken care of Matthew for so long that you want to go together and I think I can understand that as the years you have put in caring has bonded you together for life.

    You’re a good, good father and the world could do with more of them.

    Good Good Father

    I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like
    But I’ve heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night
    And you tell me that you’re pleased
    And that I’m never alone

    You’re a good good father
    It’s who you are, its who you are, its who you are
    And I’m loved by you
    It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

    I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
    But I know we’re all searching
    For answers only you provide
    ‘Cause you know just what we need
    Before we say a word

    You’re a good good father
    It’s who you are, it’s who you are, its who you are
    And I’m loved by you
    It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

    Because you are perfect in all of your ways
    You are perfect in all of your ways
    You are perfect in all of your ways to us

    You are perfect in all of your ways
    You are perfect in all of your ways
    You are perfect in all of your ways to us

    Oh, it’s love so undeniable
    I, I can hardly speak
    Peace so unexplainable
    I, I can hardly think
    As you call me deeper still
    As you call me deeper still
    As you call me deeper still
    Into, love, love, love

    You’re a good good father
    It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
    And I’m loved by you
    It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

    You’re a good good father
    It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
    And I’m loved by you
    It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
    You’re a good good father

    It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
    And I’m loved by you
    It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
    You’re a good good father

    You are perfect in all of your ways
    It’s who you are, it’s who you are, its who you are
    And I’m loved by you
    You are perfect in all of your ways
    It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

  75. poohpity says:

    All I was simply saying is there is not one person alive who does not mess up and God loves each person for their uniqueness. The only thing we have to give or bring to God is our brokenness(Psalm 51:17 NIV; Psalm 34:18; Isaiah 57:15 NLT) and He in return gives us His love, mercy and forgiveness. Comparing ourselves with others is what causes our minds to be confused and often either think more highly or less of ourselves. Gal 6:4-5 NLT

  76. poohpity says:

    Steve, Happy Birthday to Matt and hopes of having a very fun day in celebration of his birth. If something happens to you and Glenna who will take care of Matt?

  77. Beloved says:

    Inexpressible? Understatement.

    Luke22
    The Last Supper
    7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”

    9 “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.

    10 He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11 and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.”

    13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

    14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

    17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

    19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

    20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.[a] 21 But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. 22 The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!” 23 They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.

    24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

  78. Beloved says:

    The mercies of God

    “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.

  79. Beloved says:

    Pooh I’m thinking your question to Steve is too personal for a response on a public forum. Boundaries.

  80. Beloved says:

    Besides being an emotion charged subject. Have mercy.

  81. poohpity says:

    Beloved, when Steve said, “Matt and Glenna and I would love to be snatched away today, to be taken up together forever to be with the Lord and away from the trials and pain of this world.” My first read of it I did not notice or overlooked that Matt had been mentioned hence my question, so I was mistaken about Matt being left when I wrote my comment. As far as your scolding I am not your child and if Steve found issue with what I said I would take his rebuff but I can see you may have a problem with boundaries as well since I was not speaking to you so it was not your business. I happen to care very much for his family having known them for over 10 years and if I would have read it properly the first time before I spoke I would not have asked that question.

  82. Beloved says:

    (((Pooh)))

    We all know that Steve is not speaking to or reading your comments. Boundaries. No matter how much you say you care and respect someone it doesn’t mean they have to be your friend. Respecting Steve would be to listen to what he says, and caring enough to let him go. God will supply your needs for friendship in Christ Jesus. I care about everyone here. Blessings from Above.

  83. street says:

    Inexpressible
    like silence

  84. narrowpathseeker says:

    STEVE….. I am soooo sorry ..PLEASE tell Matthew Happy 40th Birthday and give him a big hug from me!! I pray that he has a super Blessed day and that this will be a year of Blessings galore for all of you! ALSO….could you take videos of Matt having a seizure and show it to the doctors?…if they ALL say it is not a seizure I think I would try another group of doctors…it sure sounds like a seizure to me.

  85. poohpity says:

    <<<>>Just because someone is not friendly towards me doesn’t mean I can not be their friend anyway from my side.

  86. Beloved says:

    I have a friend that has seizures but nothing shows up in tests. The Drs call them stress seizures. They look like absence seizures though a leg or arm may extend. Happy Birthday Matt! Your life matters to God!

  87. Beloved says:

    (((Hugs)))

  88. SFDBWV says:

    Thank you all for your well wishes for Matt. He had a phone call yesterday from his friend Mere (Meredith) she and Matt’s other friend Jennifer are planning on coming around 4pm to take him out to eat today.

    He and I went as planned to Burger King yesterday and then to get some ice cream. All went pretty well, but then later in the evening he developed a stuffy head and when Bubbles called him to wish him a happy birthday he wasn’t in much of a talkative mood. Thanks Bubbles.

    Last night neither he nor I slept at all, he was tossing and turning and went through an entire box of tissues. Yes I gave him some medication, but it had no effect.

    He got up at 3 and got into his big chair, where he is sleeping now. I should also, but there are always things I have to get done.

    When I remembered that today is “Good Friday” it occurred to me just how Jesus spent Thursday night awake and in torment knowing what lay ahead for Him today.

    Wherever any of you are today, I pray that it is for “all” of you indeed a “Good Friday”.

    Steve

  89. poohpity says:

    Yes Jesus spent the first part of the night having His last Supper with His disciples, washing their feet, praying for that cup to be taken from Him as He sweat great drops of blood in anguish for what lied ahead the next day and feeling the hurt of betrayal. Then the later half getting arrested by 600 soldiers, healing an ear that had been cut off, dragged around in chains, punched and slapped in the face, spit on, questioned repeatedly and then beat until His flesh was unrecognizable has human flesh. To be able to sleep through all that sure would have been a miracle. The fullest expression of love that any man could ever show to people who rejected, even hated Him and did not understand who He was doing it for.

  90. poohpity says:

    Then around 9 am He was hanging from the Cross and the first words He spoke was “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”.

    Romans 5
    For at just the right time, while we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7It is rare indeed for anyone to die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.…

    Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
    That saved a wretch; like me!
    I once was lost, but now am found,
    Was blind, but now I see.
    2
    ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
    And grace my fears relieved;
    How precious did that grace appear
    The hour I first believed!
    3
    The Lord hath promised good to me,
    His word my hope secures;
    He will my shield and portion be
    As long as life endures.
    4
    When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
    Bright shining as the sun,
    We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
    Than when we first begun.

  91. Beloved says:

    From John Piper today…this is wonderful!

    As Sure As His Son
    He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)

    God strips every pain of destructive power. You must believe this or you will not thrive, or perhaps even survive as a Christian, in the pressures and temptations of modern life.

    There is so much pain, so many setbacks and discouragements, so many controversies and pressures. I do not know where I would turn if I did not believe that almighty God is taking every setback and every discouragement and every controversy and every pressure and every pain, and stripping it of its destructive power, and making it work for the enlargement of my joy in God.

    The world is ours. Life is ours. Death is ours. God reigns so supremely on behalf of his elect that everything which faces us in a lifetime of obedience and ministry will be subdued by the mighty hand of God and made the servant of our holiness and our everlasting joy in God.

    If God is for us, and if God is God, then it is true that nothing can succeed against us. He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will infallibly and freely with him give us all things — all things — the world, life, death, and God himself.

    Romans 8:32 is a precious friend. The promise of God’s future grace is overwhelming. But all-important is the foundation. Here is a place to stand against all obstacles. God did not spare his own Son! How much more, then, will he spare no effort to give me all that Christ died to purchase — all things, all good?

    It is as sure as the certainty that he loved his Son!

  92. Beloved says:

    Friends: John 15:15

  93. street says:

    He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)

    7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says,

    “When He ascended on high,
    He led captive a host of captives,
    And He gave gifts to men.”

    9 (Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also 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.)

    And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,

    thinking Jesus descended into the lower part of the earth. we are made of earth and His Spirit enters our hearts past our sins and makes us alive, when we were dead. the clean-up and restoration continue, Emanuel.
    I live for His name sake because, My Savior Lives. learning to love.

  94. Beloved says:

    I listened twice to Gerstners teaching on the ten virgins. Learning to love indeed! Very sobering. The value of love/loving is priceless and most important. Earth brought to life by His Spirit. Love is possible. I was just reading Jesus’s instructions to his disciples in Luke 9:57-62 about the cost of following Jesus. Learning to love by closely following Jesus and his instructions is the Way. Its a daily thing I believe, as daily as the skin is on my face. Inexpressible but possible.

    I just got my new giant print bible in the mail, its awesome! He gives us ALL things, yes!

  95. jeff1 says:

    A hymn from our Good Friday Service of hymns and readings.

    Beneath the Cross of Jesus

    Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand,
    The shadow of a mighty rock within a weary land;
    A home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way,
    From the burning of the noontide heat, and the burden of the day.

    Upon that cross of Jesus mine eyes at times can see
    The very dying form of One Who suffered there for me;
    And from my stricken heart with tears two wonders I confess;
    The wonders of redeeming love and my unworthiness.

    I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place;
    I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face;
    Content to let the world go by to know no gain or loss,
    My sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross.

  96. street says:

    The value of love/loving is priceless and most important. Earth brought to life by His Spirit. Love is possible.

    i think you are right that love is possible since we were made in the image of God. sin got in the way and it was removed in Christ at the cross. new life, by the Spirit, He gives to those, the Father gives to Him. He loses none. a Spirit of Truth, a Spirit of Love putting away the deeds of the flesh. selfless faithful obedient….did i mention Grace and Mercy? Paul was right to boast in nothing but Christ and Him crucified. not only that, Paul crucified and the world crucified to Paul. the death of sinful flesh, alone and alienated, from God and others, dead. made alive by the blood of Christ, new Spirit, new life, new affection, new motives, new hope, new difficulties. thinking a new voice to listen to too. thinking of the woman that was told by the Prophet that she would have a son and she demanded that he not deceive her. she held him to it. trusting on His word even in the face of death. then there’s the 5 foolish virgins. could be for a very long night. seems to me even though they all fell asleep 5 were ready before hand. before we fall asleep make your offering, living sacrifice, and store up treasure in heaven.

  97. street says:

    32 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.

    9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

    thinking
    to know good and evil…..and never want to return.

    i remember some talk about all being saved. this is not the case at the end of the age when the sheep and goats are separated. it could be a long night for some. light still removes darkness.

  98. street says:

    36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

    thinking this is where love comes from.
    unworthy servants that only did our duty.
    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    blessed are the pure in heart,
    Blessed are the peacemakers…Matthew 5

  99. street says:

    one of the things Jesus said on the cross was, ” I thirst”

    connect this verse with the verse below.

    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

    just and righteous in all things. we live in dangerous or very blessed time.

    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.

    20 In that day there will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “HOLY TO THE LORD.” And the cooking pots in the Lord’s house will be like the bowls before the altar. 21 Every cooking pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to the Lord of hosts; and all who sacrifice will come and take of them and boil in them. And there will no longer be a merchant in the house of the Lord of hosts in that day.

  100. jeff1 says:

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

    Here is love vast as the ocean

    Here is love, vast as the ocean,
    Loving kindness as the flood,
    When the Prince of Life, our ransom,
    Shed for us His precious blood.
    Who His love will not remember?
    Who can cease to sing His praise?
    He can never be forgotten,
    Throughout Heaven’s eternal days.

    On the mount of crucifixion,
    Fountains opened deep and wide;
    Through the floodgates of God’s mercy
    Flowed a vast and gracious tide.
    Grace and love, like mighty rivers,
    Poured incessant from above,
    And Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice
    Kissed a guilty world in love.

    Let me all Thy love accepting,
    Love Thee, ever all my days;
    Let me seek Thy Kingdom only
    And my life to be Thy praise;
    Thou alone shalt be my glory,
    Nothing in the world I see.
    Thou has cleansed and sanctified me,
    Thou Thyself has set me free.

  101. street says:

    3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

    4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

    5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

    6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

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