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Prelude to a Standing Offer

Yesterday, as the shudders of a global pandemic turned more dire, a close friend sent me a Youtube website that offers a visually calming voicing of reassuring promises of God, faith, and strength in Christ.

When I tried to access the link again this morning, the site was unresponsive. May have been a problem with my computer. But if not, a temporary overload and crash would be understandable.

It’s also understandable that we’d be looking for reassurance. Together. In a lonely kind of way. Vulnerable to false hopes.

So I’ve been trying to come to terms with the times, places, and persons for which the promises and reassurances of God were intended.

Seems to me that down through the ages words of comfort, hope, and reassurance were spoken and written as our God lovingly and realistically allowed people like us to be brought to the end of themselves and to a necessary loss of confidence in our idols.

So unexpectedly— and yet probably so predictably —this all seems so mercifully painful and personally, nationally, and globally humbling— as a prelude to the offer of comfort that remains.


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  1. Beloved says:

    Interesting, I had decided last evening no more news for me for a while as I’m even getting emails from favorite restaurants about their cleaning measures hoping to retain patrons when many are avoiding them. Even our apt coffee room has been nearly empty this week. Yet I’m so thankful that God has given me an apt with everything I need! Being thankful mostly for His loving care of me no matter what’s going on around me. May all here be blessed with the knowledge of His presence as I pray for opportunities to share Christ with my enemies, friends and neighbors. Be always watchful; the harvest is plenty but the workers are few. Praying the LORD of the harvest will send more workers at this time. Praying also for our president (who is a germaphobe reportedly) that He will seek Jesus. And for Ireland and the Netherlands and especially Italy also. Lord Jesus have mercy.

  2. poohpity says:

    It is totally humbling yet amazing how many idols I have put my faith in and placed my dependence on that the spread of this virus has opened my eyes to.

    A little tiny microscopic bug can cause such a disruption in how one is used to living their lives and showing what one can hold so dear.

    What God has allowed maybe to show me where exactly my faith is and what is important.

  3. Beloved says:

    Oh I know! Me too I just finished repenting of idols in my life and thanking God for the squeeze of trials. I’ll never be as Christ-like as I desire but because of His mercies I go on one day at a time.

  4. jeff1 says:

    I tend to believe that wisdom comes with age and maybe that is because in my youth I was such a foolish person.

    Yet, it seems that God learns me something new everyday and so learning with Him is very much a process and sometimes I seem to resist Him because my head isn’t in sync with my heart but He finds a way to show me that I can trust Him above all other and since I spent my youth trusting all the wrong people it seems I have come to seeing that I always could trust Him and so it is blindness on my own part when I fail to do it.

    Without Him

    Without Him I could do nothing
    Without Him I?d surely fail
    Without Him I would be drifting
    Like a ship without a sail

    Without Him I would be dying
    Without Him I?d be enslaved
    Without Him life would be worthless
    But with Jesus thank God I’m saved

    Oh Jesus, oh Jesus
    Do you know Him today
    Please don’t turn Him away
    Oh Jesus, my Jesus
    Without Him how lost I would be
    Without Him how lost I would be

  5. foreverblessed says:

    Without Him how lost I would be

    First thing in the morning, when I open my eyes, then I want to look up to Jesus, saying love to Him.
    But guess what? how often I don’t…
    I could grow in love enormously.
    And in trust in Jesus too!

    Yesterday I saw some very encouraging news:
    A plane had landed in Italy, full of medical personel who are specialised in this new virus, and not only that: also with tons of medical supply.
    You could see them walk out of the plane.
    And watching that gave me such a warm feeling!
    These chinese people know the agony the hospital personel are going through, coping with too many IC patients…
    And they come to help.

    God bless them!

  6. Beloved says:

    this all seems so mercifully painful and personally, nationally, and globally humbling— as a prelude to the offer of comfort that remains.

    This song was running through my mind as I awoke this morning-

    This is my Fathers world
    And may I ne’er forget-
    That tho the wrong
    Seems oft so strong
    God is the ruler yet!

    Oh what a wonderful comfort He is all day everyday!

  7. poohpity says:

    Yes forever, it seems that the whole globe is dependent on China for medicine and medical equipment because they produce more than 70% of all those goods. The very place where this virus came from in the first place is who we are dependent on.

  8. foreverblessed says:

    The helpfullness, the offering of to assist hospitals in Italy, by the Chinese doctors and medical people, that really touched me.

  9. foreverblessed says:

    God so loved the world….

    That still stands

    That He gave His only begotten Son
    that whoso believeth in Him…

  10. poohpity says:

    Yes God can use anyone even those who do not know Him to reach out to others especially when Italy’s own EU failed to do so.

  11. foreverblessed says:

    May God bless Pooh, may He forgive the accusive tone of her remark. May God forgive Trump for his accusive tone. May he see how hurting he was. May God bless him much as he needs it, lots of it.

  12. foreverblessed says:

    I saw the help from China totally different: the people that had gotten expertise how to handle this new virus, where nobody in the world had knowhow about, these people came to assist.

  13. bratimus says:

    President Trump did call for a national prayer day today, I don’t think prayer is hurtful, actually might be very helpful. Even the Kings of Babylon listen to the men of God and a woman, so the Bible says. WE have what WE have to work with lets try and make the best out of it. I have hope for many people.

    In Christ Jesus name
    WE who walk in the Spirit

    Bratimus

  14. jeff1 says:

    We prayed this prayer at Communion Service today and will be repeating it daily.

    Almighty and All-loving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we pray to you through Christ the Healer for those who suffer from the Coronavirus Covid-19 in Ireland and across the world. We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss of each and every person who had died as a result of contracting the disease. Give wisdom to policymakers, skill to healthcare professionals and researchers, comfort to everyone in distress and a sense of calm to all in these days of uncertainty and distress. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord who showed compassion to the outcast, acceptance to the rejected and love to those to whom no love was shown. Amen.

  15. street says:

    “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. 23 People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them.

    7 “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 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.’”

    5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

    “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

    5
    Therefore I told you these things long ago;
    before they happened I announced them to you
    so that you could not say,
    ‘My images brought them about;
    my wooden image and metal god ordained them.’
    6
    You have heard these things; look at them all.
    Will you not admit them?

    “From now on I will tell you of new things,
    of hidden things unknown to you.
    7
    They are created now, and not long ago;
    you have not heard of them before today.
    So you cannot say,
    ‘Yes, I knew of them.’
    6
    Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
    Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
    7
    A thousand may fall at your side
    And ten thousand at your right hand,
    But it shall not approach you.
    8
    You will only look on with your eyes
    And see the recompense of the wicked.

    14
    “Why should I take my flesh in my teeth
    And put my life in my hands?
    15
    “Though He slay me,
    I will hope in Him.
    Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.
    16
    “This also will be my salvation,
    For a godless man may not come before His presence.

    5
    “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear;
    But now my eye sees You;
    6
    Therefore I retract,
    And I repent in dust and ashes.”

    15 He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

    7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” 8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

    9 Then he *said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’”

  16. street says:

    7
    Lift up your heads, O gates,
    And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
    That the King of glory may come in!
    8
    Who is the King of glory?
    The Lord strong and mighty,
    The Lord mighty in battle.
    9
    Lift up your heads, O gates,
    And lift them up, O ancient doors,
    That the King of glory may come in!

  17. Beloved says:

    Scripture Union was so good today

  18. poohpity says:

    forever, who is it that is being accusatory? Father thank you for forgiving our friend when she points her finger at others often when she assumes and jumps to conclusions. First you have no idea what my tone was when I mentioned facts about China nor did I say anything to indicate that what China did was not kind in fact I thought I did say that it was.

  19. poohpity says:

    Often people’s perspective is different than what the reality is. A person’s perspective comes from the condition of their own heart.

  20. street says:

    Proverbs 12:10
    A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.

  21. jeff1 says:

    Psalm 19:14 14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

  22. street says:

    jeff your response reminds me of a story my son told me.
    during the korean war, a battle ship set of shore with two destroyer escorts. an artillery battery, onshore, fired at the battle ship and scratch some paint on the ship. the captain responded with all the large guns firing together. one gun would have been sufficient. one of the destroyers sent a two word message to the battle ship, “temper temper.”

  23. street says:

    Wisdom From Oswald Chambers

    We are all based on a conception of importance, either our own importance, or the importance of someone else; Jesus tells us to go and teach based on the revelation of His importance. “All power is given unto Me.… Go ye therefore ….” So Send I You, 1325 R

  24. street says:

    people where i live are really scared. we are discouraged from assembles. where will you go for help when the foundations crumble? i think people understand it is the elderly that are at most risk. restraint for others. a time to seek truth. a time for good news.

  25. foreverblessed says:

    “Temper temper”

    That’s great!

  26. foreverblessed says:

    A day of national prayer on coming Wednesday is organised in our country.
    The bible text that accompanies this call is 2 Tim 1:7

    For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of selfdiscipline.

    We still fans have fear inside, even when we havd become believers:
    Fight fear, with praising God, singing hymns and spiritual songs
    No matter what, having our eyes fixed on Jesus.

    Who is Jesus for me: my Rock and my salvation. No sickness can seperate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Rom 8:38-39

    Dear Pooh, you could also react like this: “o sorry, I did not want to hurt. But tell me, how did I hurt, that I may change my ways.”
    Since you lash back, I leave you with God, our merciful Father. You are His beloved child.

  27. foreverblessed says:

    We still fans have fear inside, even when we havd become believers

    We still can have fear inside, even when we have become believers

    Fight fear with love of God, love for God…
    I have done that years ago, and the instructions of Joyce Meyer helped me with all bible scriptures on:
    The battle of the mind.

  28. poohpity says:

    Oh my gosh forever I did not lash back. I am sorry you took what I said in a wrong way please forgive me for your misunderstanding.

  29. street says:

    Prelude to a Standing Offer

    but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

    6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

    As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.

    17 If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;

    22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

    born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

    “All flesh is like grass,
    And all its glory like the flower of grass.
    The grass withers,
    And the flower falls off,
    But the word of the Lord endures forever.”

    imperishable and living Word, the hope of Glory.

  30. Beloved says:

    These are great times to be on the lookout for where God is working. At coffee everyone was complaining how bored they are so someone asked if I would bring my iPhone and share something. I asked for a favorite song I could play on YouTube and wow! They all wanted gospel songs so we sang and enjoyed encouragement from the LORD! One I have been witnessing to for a couple years now seems very interested but I saw her get angry when the gospel was shared on YouTube so prayer and fasting I think is called for here. Please pray for this group, thank you.

  31. jeff1 says:

    You have been my strength,
    Everlasting Father.
    You were there to cradle me and soothe my infant cry.
    Now that I am old,
    Gripped by growing weakness,
    Hold me ever closer, O my joy, my hope, my song,
    God, my joy, my song!

    In the face of fear,
    With this body failing,
    I am growing stronger as I trust You need by need.
    Fill each day with praise!
    Flood them all with singing!
    May my every word and deed be always only You,
    Always, only You!

    Everlasting God,
    Faithful, ever faithful,
    Grace and truth and tenderness are always who You are.
    You are all my hope,
    You, my living promise:
    Soon this seed will blossom into everlasting life,
    Rich and endless life.

  32. Beloved says:

    Good song thank you Viv.

    ************** ************* ************

    Thinking of Steve and praying for strength with the extra mayoral duties because of the virus. Praying for safety for all there. May God bless you with rest and the consolation of music you love. Psalm23

  33. foreverblessed says:

    I couldn’t reach this site today, till late afternoon ( local time) this is what I had written this morning:

    Everything is ok here.
    Beloved, thanks for asking to pray, I am praying!

    Street, these bible verses spoke directly to my heart, thanks.

    Pooh, thanks for saying sorry!
    The accusive tone of Trump was last Wednesday, when he announced that the border with Europe would be closed.
    Instead of just making that announcement, which would have been enough:
    He said: Europe has failed to contain the virus.

    And so did Pooh, instead of just saying how wonderful the help from China was, she added:
    …as the european countries have failed to help…

    Thanks for that song too, Jeff, and thanks for your blessing!

  34. jeff1 says:

    Thank you Beloved for explaining why Steve is absent as I had wondered why he wasn’t posting and I remember now he has public as well as family duties to meet. Thank God for leaders in these difficult times.

  35. Beloved says:

    I just heard that Steve’s state has no virus reported yet. Let’s pray it stays that way!

  36. poohpity says:

    forever, our country is closing off borders so that those countries with high levels of the virus or hot spots do not spread it further so he is protecting this population and I do not see that as being rude or harsh nor do I think I can guess what his intent is other than protecting our country but that does not mean help is not delivered from this nation to others so keep your perspective of people to yourself please! It is in no way kind to assume what another’s intent is! My intent for mentioning what I did was just to share the facts which was not meant in a accusatory manner either just the facts. I for one like having facts so that I do not base my emotions on fear devoid of facts and based on hearsay.

    In fact just last month there was a tornado in Tennessee and he wrote out checks from his personal account to help those people now instead of waiting for the bureaucracy of government monetary help that can take a while but you do not see those kind of things in the news. They only share the vitriol as you did against him.

    Samaritan’s Purse has sent over their DC-10 planes with set-ups for field hospitals and equipment to set up extra help but the news does not share what the faith communities are doing just as they do not share the kind things our President does.

  37. poohpity says:

    To me it is never right, kind of loving to offer an opinion of anyone because I know that I have such a limited view of them, ONLY God knows them thoroughly. Why do you think when people tell me their opinion of me on here I always ask, “Do you want my opinion of you?” but I do not give it because it would only be based on what I know of everyone on here who writes things and that is just very limited and often it would be very biased.

  38. poohpity says:

    Just like “Thumper” on the movie “Bambi” says, “If you can’t say sumpthing nice do not say sumpthing at all”. In other words it always best practice to keep our opinions to ourselves because they are like backends and that is why they are always covered up, lol!

  39. Beloved says:

    A good reminder from Scripture Union

    THEREFORE… BE HOLY!
    Opening Prayer
    Lord, I eagerly await Your return.

    Scripture Reference
    1 PETER 1:13–21
    13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”[a]

    17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
    Footnotes:
    a 1 Peter 1:16 Lev. 11:44,45; 19:2

    Consider
    “Take my life, and let it be / consecrated, Lord, to thee” (Frances Ridley Havergal, 1836–1879).

    Think Further
    The use of the word “therefore” (13) is significant: Peter calls for a response in his readers to what God has already done in Jesus. (Paul uses “therefore” in Romans very effectively, too; e.g., Rom. 2:1; 5:1; 8:1; 12:1.) This order of action—God’s work and then our response—makes it clear that living holy lives does not mean earning our salvation. We are chosen, yes, and we need to respond to God’s call, but living God’s way takes commitment and effort. In verse 2 Peter reminds his readers that the sanctifying is done by the Spirit. Our part is to allow him to do his purifying work as children characterized by obedience (14).

    Maintain your traditional values. This is how a displaced person prepares to move back home. Each of the words used by Peter for the people he is addressing (translated variously in English as “foreigners,” “strangers,” “sojourners” or “exiles”) has a slightly different connotation, but all point to a situation that is temporary. This is the sense in which we are “foreigners” (17). The reference here and previously to “heaven” (4) does not imply that the sojourner should try to escape from this present world to some ethereal location. This world was created “good” (Gen. 1:26–31) for us to care for and enjoy. Jesus will return to complete its restoration under his divine rule (Rev. 21:1–4). Rather, “heaven” is the realm of God, who guarantees and keeps safe the ultimate expression of our salvation.

    However, sojourners often have different values from the society in which they live, and, in preparing for home, they should not lose those original values. So, while waiting, Christians are to prepare for this glorious future by living as citizens of God’s kingly realm— chosen, purified, set apart for this very purpose—in other words holy, like the King.

    Apply
    God’s purifying work may be painful. Take comfort that he has chosen you for this very season of your life and intends something beautiful to come out of it.

    Closing Prayer
    Lord, although Your people are sojourners down here, we refuse to lose sight of our ultimate destination as we draw closer to it every day.

  40. jeff1 says:

    You are greater than my words,
    Sweeter than my songs,
    Higher than my struggling faith can see.
    You are far beyond my praises
    And deeper than my needs,
    And You are here, You are here,
    You are here, my God!

    You are faithful when I fail,
    Strong when I am weak,
    Patient when my heart has lost its way.
    You are more than I could long for.
    You’re holy now in me!
    Yes, You are here, You are here,
    You are here, my God!

    Holy Jesus, God in me,
    Breath of Life through eternity!

    You are greater than my words,
    Sweeter than my songs,
    Higher than my struggling faith can see.
    You are far beyond my praises
    And deeper than my needs,
    And You are here, You are here,
    You are here, my God!

  41. foreverblessed says:

    What a beautiful song Jeff, if I sing it with meditation on each line, wonderful truth enters!

    Beloved, the Utmost of today says something similar.
    I am Jesus’.

    With Him I live and do and write here.

    Pooh,
    Let me try to explain the difference between a fact and adding a fact with an accusive tone.

    Suppose you have got the virus, and you lay in the hospital.
    A friend calls you and says:
    You failed to protect yourself from the virus, now I will not visit you.

    Or he says:
    O dear, what happened to you?! I cannot visit you now.

    Which one do you prefer?

    Let me say it another way: I found it very hurtful that Trump ADDS the accusation:
    You failed to protect yourself.

    Fact: the virus has spread.
    Was it because of failure to prevent the spreading
    Or..
    Was it because the virus is really very contagious.

  42. foreverblessed says:

    Today is a day of national prayer in our country, organised by the different churches (oecumenical).

    At 9 am a livestream, and at 12, and at 15.00. the last one at 19.00

    Praying for seeing God first of all,praying for our people.

    Praying for others, seeing where God talks to me to act on which of the need of others.

  43. foreverblessed says:

    Robins

    Something different:
    The picture of the birds that Mart had added,
    are these robins?
    Are those the ones that Steve always talks about?
    Last week, I was going to ask Steve about the robins. And lo and behold, a few days later, Mart gives this picture.
    The reason I was thinking about the robins, is because I found out last week, that the national bird of England is: The Robin.
    The bird that is often pictured in aquarel.
    Beatrice Potter for instance has done that.

    A cute little bird, that is almost always solitary, with big eys, and a red breast.
    The robins Steve always talked about do not sound like that robin.
    Happily we have wikipedia now,
    and what is the case, there are different robins:
    the European Robin
    the American robin
    and many others

    The American robin is a thrush…

    Anyway, it occurs to me now that the birds you in America have around you are a little different from the birds we have here.

  44. jeff1 says:

    It isn’t always what one says but how they say it that offends.

    Words are like weapons but unfortunately people do not take that literally.

    Stick and stones may break my bones but names can never hurt me or so they say but I wouldn’t agree with it since I lived in a country where mud slinging would prove otherwise.

    My dad was of the mindset that the least said the easiest mended and I can see now his wisdom in adhering to it.

  45. poohpity says:

    In your scenario of 4:39am forever I offer you a way of taking personal responsibility in the matter and if a friend called and wanted to visit me in the hospital; I would say now is not a good time and I do not want to spread the virus I have because it is very contagious, so you calling me is a good enough show of how much you care and telling them not now shows how much I care for them.

    As a matter of fact I have had the flu for the last couple of weeks and I have not even gone to church or the doctor or any place else that I have to have a close encounter with other people because I am terrified that I will share this whatever I have with someone else so I have self quarantined. I buy my groceries through a pick-up at the stores if they still have any food I eat because people are hoarding which leaves not much for others, I go through the drive-ins, I wash my hands often and cover my mouth when I cough or sneeze but more than anything else I stay away from other people but I still will go and pick up things for my neighbors because they do not have a car but follow instructions to keep them safe from me.

    So assuming that you know what the intentions of Pres Trump’s words are reveals the intentions of your own heart not his because I am guessing that you do not know the man personally so therefore you have no room to judge his motivation or intent. The whole scenario you presented is totally illogical but it is a window to see what your heart condition is like. Then you blamed God when you said, “With Him I live and do and write here.” but I do not see a reflection of God in what you write but a reflection of worldly thinking and self.

  46. foreverblessed says:

    I am not assuming anything,
    I am only saying this:

    I find it hurtful, when I was laying in the hospital with the virus and someone would say to me:
    “You have failed to protect yourself”

  47. Beloved says:

    Dear Forever, I’m so glad to know you! You are a loving, kind and blessing person. You are you! I pray as you go about your day and especially during these trying times that God will protect and make you a blessing to all both here and at home. May the peace of Christ rest upon you. And may the wisdom of God encourage your soul. I love who you are!

  48. Beloved says:

    Least said the easiest mended. True Viv. Arguing with a narcissistic personality will never end in peace. The gulf between two opposites is too large.

  49. bratimus says:

    James chapter one

    I live in California and the little town I live is in a tri-county and all three of those counties are in a lock down or a shelter in place. It is the close thing to a police state that I have ever seen.

    Thoughts and prayers for Steve and his family have not read any post from him lately.

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  50. Beloved says:

    Bill Crowder just had a live stream on FB which is very encouraging! They are putting on their ODB page.

    Bratimus yes everything here in northern Minnesota is shutting down also. So far we have no cases but being rural and only about 15,000 population scattered every precaution is being made. Schools closed etc. I was just thinking wondering if crime is down with this happening. I had to drive to urgent care yesterday and the streets were like on a Sunday afternoon- eerie. Biggest problems here are people are hoarding goods terribly putting more worries on those that can’t even find essentials. And the elderly are very scared as Street mentioned where he lives- not sure where he is. Praying fervently for all and my neighbors.

  51. jeff1 says:

    Same problems here as people panic buy and since this is a small community and there have been cases of coronavirus many are self isolating.

    Our church services have had to be cancelled and schools closed today so grim times for all.

    Yes, Beloved, prayers are needed for all.

  52. foreverblessed says:

    I hope you had a Happy St. Patrick day, Jeff!
    This morning I got a mail from Keith and Kristyn Getty, they had a singing moment on March 17.
    Do you know them? They are from Ireland, but have moved to Nashville a few years ago.
    They have a website: gettymusic with a com.
    Christians singing and praying together.
    Our national prayer day yesterday was magnificent. A sort of great peace came over me. Thanks to God’s grace.

  53. foreverblessed says:

    Dear dear Pooh, your lashing back on me use getting ver weird, you even accuse me of blaming God.
    I find this all getting so unreal, that in amazement, I lay all that you say to me before the throne of God!
    He knows everything, the deepest part of each heart, 💓
    And He is a loving God.

    And lo and behold, last night there was a artiest on tv, The Loudest Voice.
    About the rise and fall of Roger Ailes.
    I did some reading on wiki about him.

    And this now is dawning on me : the spreading of this virus is a grave situation, but the spreading of paranoia, giving facts with an evil twist, this reign of lying spirits is a much darker situation.

    It shows me, that we as christians pray more together, maybe singing songs first.
    How do we get unity with those whose minds have been poisoned?

    “Dear Lord, look on us, look at the lying spirits going around in christians, have mercy on us. Christ has overcome the darkness, we look up to Him! Save us!”

  54. jeff1 says:

    Forever, the grim news on the Coronavirus meant all parades here was cancelled and St Patrick’s day passed very quietly.

    Yes, they are from Northern Ireland as is C.S. Lewis though he left at 12 years old and has a longer association with Oxford, England.

    I see many poisoned minds in this country due to political and religious differences that as plagued Northern Ireland.

    Why does it take an epidemic like the Coronavirus to get our leaders behaving responsibly.

    God help us all for such messes we get ourselves into.

  55. Beloved says:

    Gods help for us all

    Spurgeon

    Ruth 2:14
    Whenever we are privileged to eat the bread that Jesus gives, we are, like Ruth, satisfied with a full and sweet provision. When Jesus is the host, no guest goes empty from the table. Our head is satisfied with the precious truth that Christ reveals; our heart is content with Jesus as the altogether lovely object of affection; our hope is satisfied, for who do we have in heaven but Jesus? And our desire is fulfilled, for what more can we wish for than to “gain Christ and be found in him”?1 Jesus fills our conscience until it is at perfect peace, our judgment with persuasion of the certainty of His teachings, our memory with recollections of what He has done, and our imagination with the prospects of what He is still to do.

    As Ruth was “satisfied,” so is it with us. We have drunk deeply; we have thought that we could take in all of Christ; but when we have done our best, we have had to leave a vast remainder. We have sat at the table of the Lord’s love and said, “Nothing but the infinite can ever satisfy me; I am such a great sinner that I must have infinite merit to wash my sin away.” But we have had our sin removed and found that there was merit to spare; we have had our hunger relieved at the feast of sacred love and found that there was an abundance of spiritual food remaining. There are certain sweet things in the Word of God that we have not enjoyed yet, and that we are obliged to leave for a while; for we are like the disciples to whom Jesus said, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.”2

    Yes, there are graces to which we have not attained, places of fellowship nearer to Christ that we have not reached, and heights of communion that our feet have not climbed. At every banquet of love there are many baskets left.

    1) Philippians 3:9
    2) John 16:12

  56. jeff1 says:

    These are truly inspiring verses, thank you for sharing Beloved.

    The first victim of CV in Northern Ireland has died today so really needed to hear these verses so thank you.

  57. Beloved says:

    Matthew 6:25-32 NIV
    25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.

    Are you not much more valuable than they?

  58. jeff1 says:

    One pair of hands formed the mountains
    One pair of hands formed the sea
    One pair of hands made
    the sun and the moon
    Every bird every flower every tree
    One pair of hands formed the valleys
    The ocean the rivers and the sand
    Those hands are so strong
    so when life goes wrong
    Put your faith into one pair of hands
    ….
    One pair of hands healed the sick
    One pair of hands raised the dead
    One pair of hands
    calmed the raging storm
    And thousands of people were fed
    One pair of hands said I love you
    And those hands were nailed to a tree
    Those hands are so strong
    so when life goes wrong
    Put your faith into one pair of hands
    ….
    Those hands are so strong
    so when life goes wrong
    Put your faith into one pair of hands
    Put your faith into one pair of hands

  59. Beloved says:

    Hello peeps! This is appropriate to today’s crisis, may God bless you wherever you abide.

    KINGDOM CITIZENS
    Opening Prayer
    Lord, teach me submission to You first, then to the government.

    Scripture Reference
    1 PETER 2:11–17
    Read
    Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society
    11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

    13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

    Meditate
    Consider
    Reflect on the country where God has stationed you. Give thanks for its blessings. Spend time praying for its people and government.

  60. foreverblessed says:

    Thanks for the scriptures Beloved, and for the song Jeff.

    I was still meditating on that study on Ruth 2:14, you posted March 19, 8.26 am.

    What a wonderful truth, Jesus gives us more than enough, more than we can absorb.
    We could always receive more of Him, and we can always give more of our burdens to Jesus.
    I could be much more like a little child, giving all my misgivings to Jesus, and leave them there. And then open my hands to receive some the food that He gives me. (some of the food- meaning to say, that as with Ruth, she was given more than she could eat.)

  61. poohpity says:

    Yes coming to the realization of how much grace and mercy I have been shown overflows outward to others. I know that everything the Lord blesses me with is meant to overflow outward toward others.

    But it seems that those who do not understand the full amount of grace and mercy they have been shown think that others must earn their grace, mercy and forgiveness. Luke 7:47

  62. foreverblessed says:

    So sorry that first death, Jeff.
    What can I say?
    And then there is this thought coming: Pray!
    Yes, I pray for your country too, Jeff

    And for your country Beloved, and all other fellow bloggers!, I pray too!
    And above all, for Italy!

  63. Regina says:

    Good Morning, All! :-)
    Wow… It seems like it has been ages since we last chatted. Had my nose to the grind stone on a preety high level. And the corona virus, as terrible as it is, brought some measure of reprieve. My coworkers and I were sent home (indefinitely). So, now I have plenty of time to pray for my country and the world. I pray that all is well in your lives, and I will write more in a few minutes. My boss just texted something about a prayer chain.

    54 degrees (high temp) and rainy in my neck of the woods…

    LOVE to all,
    Regina

  64. jeff1 says:

    Forever, I am praying the daily prayer I posted and thank you for yours.

    When you walk through a storm
    Hold your head up high
    And don’t be afraid of the dark
    At the end of the storm
    There’s a golden sky
    And the sweet silver song of the lark

    [Pre-Chorus]
    Walk on through the wind
    Walk on through the rain
    Though your dreams be tossed and blown

    [Chorus]
    Walk on, walk on
    With hope in your heart
    And you’ll never walk alone
    You’ll never walk alone

    [Verse 2]
    When you walk through a storm
    Hold your head up high
    And don’t be afraid of the dark
    At the end of the storm
    There’s a golden sky
    And the sweet silver song of the lark

    [Pre-Chorus]
    Walk on through the wind
    Walk on through the rain
    Though your dreams be tossed and blown

    [Chorus]
    Walk on, walk on
    With hope in your heart
    And you’ll never walk alone
    You’ll never walk
    You’ll never walk
    You’ll never walk alone

  65. poohpity says:

    “’The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”‘

    1. The Lord bless you…
    The word “bless” means to “provide favor or benefit.” Father, we pray that for our children. You are the Eternal God. Please place Your great kindness and advantage on those we love. May they be approved and favored by You.

    2. and keep you…
    The Hebrew word “keep” means to “watch, guard, defend.” This is a prayer for protection. Father, my children are not perfect. They are going to make mistakes. But please watch over them and guard them again mistakes of youth that are unalterable. Please defend them against temptation. Protect them against Satan who desires to devour them.

    3. the LORD make his face shine upon you…
    This is a request for God’s presence. Father, as a parent I know that I can’t be with my children all the time, but You can. Just like they feel the warmth of the sun shining on them, please allow them to experience Your presence. Thank You for being with them wherever they go.

    4. and be gracious to you…
    Grace is God’s undeserved favor. He gives us what we don’t deserve. Father, thank You for Your gift of grace. I pray that gift to be poured out on my children. Following that great gift of salvation, please show them your kindness and love in all the endeavors of their lives.

    5. the Lord turn his face toward you…
    Here is a request for God’s fellowship. Father, thank You, that because of their trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit lives in my children. Please walk with them in a powerful way. Enable them to submit to the Spirit’s control day by day and moment by moment.

    6. and give you peace.
    The Hebrew word for peace used here is “shalom.” It means “completeness, wholeness, and contentment.” Lord, please calm my children’s fears; soothe their anxious souls. Keep them complete and whole in their thinking, emotions, desires, and actions.

    7. So they will put my name on ___________ (the name of your child/children).
    This is a request of identification. Lord, please place Your holy mark on my children. Set them apart to be used by You. I love them but You love them more. You love them with an everlasting love. May they represent You well on their earthly journey. And when their journey is completed, welcome them home to live forever with You.

  66. Beloved says:

    Thinking of you, street. Faith holding?

  67. street says:

    i am still here. exploring 1 peter and thinking about life with no public worship. i find it interesting churches cancelled many or all activities, yet restaurants still make food to go only. institutions are no substitute for time with God, as david wondered when he could come and see the LORD, yet we are called to come to Him.

    “All flesh is like grass
    and all its glory like the flower of grass.
    The grass withers,
    and the flower falls,
    25
    but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

    His loving kindness is everlasting.

    i like the idea He has a better hold on me than i have on Him.

    After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”

  68. foreverblessed says:

    Thanks for the encouragement Street,
    “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”

    I was still on Ruth 2:14
    From McLaren’s Expositions on:
    John 16:12

    ‘I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.’ Now in an earlier portion of these great discourses, we have our Lord asserting that ‘all things whatsoever He had heard of the Father He had made known’ John 15:15, unto His servants. How do these two representations harmonise? Is it possible to make them agree? Surely, yes. There is a difference between the germ and the unfolded flower. There is a difference between principles and the complete development of these. I suppose you may say that all Euclid is in the axioms and definitions. I suppose you may also say that when you have learned the axioms and definitions, there are many things yet to be said, of which you have not grown to the apprehension. And so our Lord, as far as His frankness was concerned, and as far as the fundamental and seminal principles of all religious truth were concerned, had even then declared all that He had heard of the Father. But yet, in so far as the unfolding of these was concerned, the tracing of their consequences, the exhibition of their harmonies, the weaving of them into an ordered whole in which a man’s understanding could lodge, there were many things yet to be said, which that handful of men were not able to bear. And so our Lord Himself here declares that His words spoken on earth are not His completed revelation.

  69. foreverblessed says:

    To be taught by the Holy Spirit…
    This is a time of solitude, that we could use to be alone withe the Lord.

    And sit still to wait and hear what the Spirit says,
    But in order to be able to do that we must silence the voice of earthly things, of worries, of fear, frustration, anxiety.
    I pray that we can lay them at the feet of the Cross.

    And then sit still, and wait and hear.

  70. jeff1 says:

    ‘Tis my happiness below
    Not to live without the cross,
    But the Saviour’s power to know,
    Sanctifying every loss:
    Trials must and will befall;
    But with humble faith to see
    Love inscribed upon them all,-
    This is happiness to me.

    God in Israel sows the seeds
    Of affliction, pain and toil:
    These spring up and choke the weeds
    Which would else o’erspread the soil:
    Trials make the promise sweet;
    Trials give new life to prayer;
    Trials bring me to his feet,
    Lay me low, and keep me there.

  71. Beloved says:

    I also find it interesting that church services have closed. Thinking of the solace millions could find in their desperation right now. Would it be “too much to bear” to hear the voice of God in this wilderness of affliction? Sitting six feet apart in the sanctuary seems like it would be cause for less distraction of the world. For me anyway. (We introverts love this.)

    Last evening James Banks prayed us through Psalm 23 on ODB on FB. It was WONDERFUL and blessed me greatly. I think you can still find it if you need a time of getting away from all the troubles.

    Thanks for reminding me about Ruth again and how the LORD took care of her- and Boaz! The kinsman Redeemer, and of our LORD Jesus who cares for us so deeply! Every need supplied at every turn! Yes, the One that holds on to us while the storms rage all around us. Beautiful Saviour- King of all nations!

  72. Beloved says:

    Worship

    A large Lutheran church in town is holding car side services in their parking lot with car radios tuned into a local station that broadcasts services every Sunday. I just may go to be with other worshippers. It’s comforting isn’t it to be together worshiping even in a metal “ pew”.

  73. jeff1 says:

    Sunday morning reflections is returning to our radios and so will bring comfort and encouragement in these difficult times.

    God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
    He came to love, heal and forgive
    He lived and died to buy my pardon
    An empty grave is there to prove my savior lives

    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
    Because He lives, all fear is gone
    Because I know He holds the future
    And life is worth the living, just because He lives

    How sweet to hold a newborn baby
    And feel the pride and joy He gives
    But greater still the calm assurance
    This child can face uncertain day, because He lives

    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
    Because He lives, all fear is gone
    Because I know He holds the future
    And life is worth the living, just because He lives

    And then one day, I’ll cross the river
    I’ll fight life’s final war with pain
    And then, as death gives way to victory
    I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He reigns

    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
    Because He lives, all fear is gone
    Because I know He holds the future
    And life is worth the living, just because He lives

    I can face tomorrow
    Because He lives, all fear is gone
    Because I know He holds the future
    And life is worth the living, just because He lives

  74. poohpity says:

    Psalm 91

    1
    Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
    2
    This I declare about the Lord:
    He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
    3
    For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
    4
    He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
    5
    Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies in the day.
    6
    Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
    nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
    7
    Though a thousand fall at your side,
    though ten thousand are dying around you,
    these evils will not touch you.
    8
    Just open your eyes,
    and see how the wicked are punished.

    9
    If you make the Lord your refuge,
    if you make the Most High your shelter,
    10
    no evil will conquer you;
    no plague will come near your home.
    11
    For he will order his angels
    to protect you wherever you go.
    12
    They will hold you up with their hands
    so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
    13
    You will trample upon lions and cobras;
    you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

    14
    The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
    I will protect those who trust in my name.
    15
    When they call on me, I will answer;
    I will be with them in trouble.
    I will rescue and honor them.
    16
    I will reward them with a long life
    and give them my salvation.”

  75. plumbape says:

    Hi everyone, okay you to Mart lol!! It’s your charming and delightful Plumbape. Been missin you guys!!! forever blessed, Poohpity and the whole lot of BTA group. I know I can get off the subject but we’ve got personal before I’ll try to summarize Quickly.
    I’ll try to catch you up with what’s going in the ape’s life. My wife {Sharon} had a stroke 7 years ago and it took about 7 months for the whole rehab and therapy to get her straightened her up :>). She’ll never walk again. I had eventually, only recently put her in the nursing permanently. About 2 months ago and we’ve had many wonderful nurses and nurses aids over the years.
    My prayer request; I’ve been doing everything by myself for over 2 months now I mean the whole 9. Please drop a prayer me!

  76. poohpity says:

    I would be more than blessed to do so Michael! Care giving is the very act of servant-hood displaying the hands of Jesus.

    “With the church doors shutting across America, it is time for us to show that church has never been about the building.”

  77. bratimus says:

    Always in prayer for everyone!!! And I do mean everyone.

    In Christ Jesus name

    WE who walk in the Spirit

    Bratimus

    James chapter two

  78. Beloved says:

    King Jesus reigns, enthroned on high!
    We lift our voice and glorify
    His Majesty, his power and grace,
    And his high sovereignty embrace.

    Though kings usurp and proud men try
    Their pompous selves to deify,
    Adoring praise shall never cease
    For Christ, Redeemer, Prince of Peace!

    King Jesus rules upon his throne
    And does the wealth of nations own;
    While fading things to Caesar bring,
    Ourselves we render to our King.

    While pharaohs, kings, and emperors boast,
    The King of kings leads out his host;
    The proud, one day, shall bow the knee
    When Christ in triumph sets us free!

    King Jesus wears his worthy crown,
    Though envious men and nations frown,
    And we, by grace, on eagle’s wings,
    Uphold the Crown rights of our King!

    His holy nation, chosen ones,
    We joyful bow, and with our tongues
    We hymn allegiance high and sing,
    “Hail Jesus! Sovereign Lord our King!”

    Douglas Bond, Copyright, March 12, 2008

  79. 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.

    2 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.

    3 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.

    4 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.

    5 ‘Mid toil and tribulation,
    and 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.

    6 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.

  80. Beloved says:

    I just found out my son. 43, has been struggling with flu symptoms for several weeks. He has asthma and is having to use nebulizer treatments The doctors don’t know what he has. They are wondering if it’s Covid19 but no tests are available yet. Please pray for him and his family with 3 young children. Thank you

  81. jeff1 says:

    May God sustain you and your family and make your son well in this distressful time.

  82. Beloved says:

    Thank you I appreciate the prayer. It’s a very stressful time- I don’t know if I could cope without Jesus. Sometimes I feel like I’m hanging on by my toenails yet I know He won’t let me go! It’s very hard for those of us with anxiety/depression ptsd.

    I just saw a news report from Steve’s state governor. They are at higher risk than most states because of the high elderly population and low resources.

    Steve if you are reading please know you are being prayed for here and missed greatly.

  83. foreverblessed says:

    Dear Beloved, I pray for you and your family.
    I pray especially for you, that God will give you peace of mind.
    Fight fear! With all power, with God’s power!
    Fight it!

    I pray that we hold our ground, the Rock on which we stand: Jesus,
    Our Lord and Savior

  84. foreverblessed says:

    Why am I saying this, that fighting of fear:
    I went to my back neighbors, their garden is connected to ours, I talked while they were in the middle of their garden, so we were wide apart. They were working and overseeing their plants. But there was no “life-joy”
    But they were really tight, no smile, none of that, they were really stressed. It was terrible to observe. And I started praying for them, and I still do, that God will be merciful to them.
    They did not want to talk to me.

    But when I pray, I am convinced that God will be with them

    I gave them some green, young new leaves on a curling willow, used for Easter green. And I pray they will get the Easter message!
    ( I told them I had cut it with new gloves on)

    But the thing is: how wasted the time is of panic! They do not have the virus as yet. But this moment is already lost for them.

    I phoned my mother, and I complimented her for her high spirit. How lovely that is!
    She also works in her garden, with a cheerful and thankful heart.
    How well used her time is now!
    She says: if it is my time to go, then it is my time to go.

    Remembering Esther:
    Fast for three days, night and day..
    And if I perish, I perish
    Esther 4:16

    But for a father with young kids, Lord have mercy!
    I pray reconciliation will be the result of this ordeal.

    God, have mercy, give peace of mind, give rest in the souls.
    Open hearts for Jesus!

  85. bratimus says:

    James chapter three

    Maybe this is why I don’t like long draw out conversations, and I don’t say much. Interesting!

    Anyway prayer of safety, prayers of healing and prayers of peace

    In Christ Jesus name
    Bratimus

  86. foreverblessed says:

    The spirit in which I write this, to fight against fear, is as the Israelites held up the arms of Moses, his hands in praying to the Lord, to give the victory over the enemy that attacks us.
    In the spirit of encouragement and cheering: hold on to Jesus, He will not fail you!

  87. Beloved says:

    A different perspective on prayer

    Truth For Life (Spurgeon)
    March 22

    Competing Prayers
    Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am.

    John 17:24
    O death! Why do you touch the tree beneath whose spreading branches weariness finds rest? Why do you snatch away the excellent of the earth, in whom is all our delight? If you must use your axe, use it upon the trees that yield no fruit; then you may be thanked. But why will you chop down the best trees? Hold your axe, and spare the righteous.

    But no, it must not be; death strikes the best of our friends: the most generous, the most prayerful, the most holy, the most devoted must die. And why? It is through Jesus’ prevailing prayer—”Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am.”

    It is that which bears them on eagle’s wings to heaven. Every time a believer moves from this earth to paradise, it is an answer to Christ’s prayer. A good old divine remarks, “Many times Jesus and His people pull against one another in prayer. You bend your knee in prayer and say ‘Father, I desire that Your saints be with me where I am’; Christ says, ‘Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am.'”

    In this way the disciple is at cross-purposes with his Lord. The soul cannot be in both places: The beloved one cannot be with Christ and with you too. Now, which of the two who plead shall win the day? If you had your choice, if the King should step from His throne and say, “Here are two supplicants praying in opposition to one another,” which shall be answered? Oh, I am sure, though it were agony, you would jump to your feet and say, “Jesus, not my will, but Yours be done.” You would give up your prayer for your loved one’s life, if you could realize the thoughts that Christ is praying in the opposite direction—”Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am.”

    Lord, You shall have them. By faith we let them go.

  88. jeff1 says:

    Heavenly Father, please strengthen our hearts, and remind us to encourage one another when the troubles of life start to overwhelm us. Please guard our hearts from depression. Give us the strength up to rise up each day and fight against the struggles which seek to weigh us down. Amen.

  89. poohpity says:

    Father,

    May we who are merely inconvenienced, remember those who’s lives are at stake.

    May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.

    May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or paying their rent.

    May we who have the flexibility to care for our children at home when the schools are closed remember those with no options.

    May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no place to go.

    May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.

    May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.

    As fear grips our country let us choose love.

    During this time when we can not physically wrap our arms around each other; let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

    In His loving name, Amen

  90. jeff1 says:

    Keep us strong in faith
    And sweet in spirit.
    May our words be hope,
    Our lives be love.
    Give a spring of peace
    And holy purpose.
    Keep us strong, O Lord, in You.

  91. street says:

    by My Spirit says the LORD.

    Spirit of Truth Power Love Light Wisdom Faithfulness Mercy Grace Joy Peace….

    The Sovereign One.

    The Eternal

    The Unchanging

    The Hope of man.

  92. Beloved says:

    by My Spirit says the LORD

    Psalm73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

  93. foreverblessed says:

    Beloved, may God bless you and sustain you.

    Plumbape, good to hear form you, so sorry about your wife. May God bless you and keep you and your wife, may He strengthen you!

  94. foreverblessed says:

    the video of the bird, praising God,
    You can also do a search in youtube with the title:

    I come before You today to say thank you Lord,
    posted by Ester Nzisa

  95. jeff1 says:

    God moves in a mysterious way
    His wonders to perform
    He plants His footsteps in the sea
    And rides upon the storm
    Deep in His dark and hidden mines
    With never-failing skill
    He fashions all His bright designs
    And works His sovereign will

    CHORUS 1
    So God we trust in You
    O God we trust in You

    VERSE 2
    O fearful saints new courage take
    The clouds that you now dread
    Are big with mercy and will break
    In blessings on your head
    Judge not the Lord by feeble sense
    But trust Him for His grace
    Behind a frowning providence
    He hides a smiling face

    CHORUS 2
    So God we trust in You
    O God we trust in You
    When tears are great
    And comforts few
    We hope in mercies ever new
    We trust in You

    VERSE 3
    God’s purposes will ripen fast
    Unfolding every hour
    The bud may have a bitter taste
    But sweet will be the flower
    Blind unbelief is sure to err
    And scan His work in vain
    God is His own interpreter
    And He will make it plain

  96. bratimus says:

    AS always prayers for everyone.

    James chapter four

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  97. jeff1 says:

    I have just heard there is a 2nd death from CV in a village that is just 13 miles from me and many from my own village know the lady that has fallen victim.

    I understand the husband is in self isolation and is not able to attend the funeral.

    Very distressing for him and thinking of him and may God comfort him today.

  98. Beloved says:

    Hymn: “Day by Day” by Carolina Sandell Berg
    March 23, 2020
    Day By Day

    Day by day, and with each passing moment,
    Strength I find to meet my trials here;
    Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
    I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
    He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure,
    Gives unto each day what He deems best,
    Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure,
    Mingling toil with peace and rest.

    Every day the Lord Himself is near me,
    With a special mercy for each hour;
    All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,
    He whose name is Counsellor and Pow’r.
    The protection of His child and treasure
    Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
    “As your days, your strength shall be in measure,”
    This the pledge to me He made.

    Help me then, in every tribulation,
    So to trust Your promises, O Lord,
    That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
    Offered me within Your holy Word.
    Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
    E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
    One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
    Till I reach the promised land.

  99. poohpity says:

    Mart wrote; “Seems to me that down through the ages words of comfort, hope, and reassurance were spoken and written as our God lovingly and realistically allowed people like us to be brought to the end of themselves and to a necessary loss of confidence in our idols.”

    During this time I sure have been able to identify the idols in my life, the things I depend on rather than on God to give me peace, safety, security and protection. I have found that sometimes it takes everything coming to a stop to see the very things I have been so dependent on when all along I thought it was God. Very eye opening, soul searching and necessary to get closer to God.

  100. poohpity says:

    Jesus taught in many parables to reveal to the person their own heart condition and gave us an invitation to come to Him to be the heart healer.

  101. street says:

    prayer request
    a member of my household has a fever of 100.5, fahrenheit.
    the quarantine is on. at least we have the possibility of being out of quarantine by Easter. hope the peace that surpass all understanding guards your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

  102. street says:

    13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect

  103. street says:

    Prelude to a Standing Offer

    He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

    a new way to live.

  104. Beloved says:

    Praying street God bless you as He keeps you and your household.

  105. jeff1 says:

    Day be day, dear Lord, of these three things I pray: to see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow thee more nearly, day by day.

  106. Beloved says:

    Prelude to a standing offer

    His mercies never end,
    they are new every morning.
    Great is thy faithfulness oh LORD.

  107. bratimus says:

    So I’m just going to put this out there, not pointed anywhere or at anyone.

    Some might be asking or saying why has God allowed this virus to happen.

    Here is a question we should be asking,

    “How many times has God saved us from something like this in our past?” How many, some might be really surprise by the number of time God has!!!

    In Christ Jesus name
    WE who walk in the Spirit

    Bratimus

    It just had to be put out there.

  108. bratimus says:

    Oops,

    I’m reading and reflecting on James chapter five today.

    Bratimus

  109. jeff1 says:

    Why me Lord, what have I ever done
    To deserve even one
    Of the blessings I’ve known
    Why me Lord, what did I ever do
    That was worth love from you
    And the kindness you’ve shown

    Lord help me Jesus, I’ve wasted it so
    Help me Jesus I know what I am
    Now that I know that I’ve needed you so
    Help me Jesus, my soul’s in your hand

    Try me Lord, if you think there’s a way
    That I can try to repay
    All I’ve taken from you
    Maybe Lord, I can show someone else
    What I’ve been through myself
    On my way back to you

    Lord help me Jesus, I’ve wasted it so
    Help me Jesus I know what I am
    Now that I know that I’ve needed you so
    Help me Jesus, my soul’s in your hand

  110. bratimus says:

    Prayers for you and yours Mr. street

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  111. street says:

    this may seem harsh but every time a body wears out, God’s Word is upheld. the only body i know of that did not under go decay is the body of our LORD. think about that. an inheritance reserved in heaven incorruptible and unfading. God lives in perfection. He counts those in Christ Righteous and He Justifies them too. soon to be Glorified. a hope better than our current circumstance. i could see how a person who has this hope would strive against the things of the flesh and world. if not for His grace and mercy we would have become like Sodom and Gomorrah. the family members temperature is in the normal range a few hours later. thanks for praying. hyper sensitive….i think not.

  112. bratimus says:

    Sometimes as WE are refined it might get a little hot for the family, for the members of the body of Christ. A little Metaphorically speaking there. You all should get what I mean.

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  113. Beloved says:

    Romans 12:15

  114. Beloved says:

    He leadeth me! O blessed thought

    1
    He leadeth me! O blessed thought,
    O words with heav’nly comfort fraught;
    Whate’er I do, where’er I be,
    Still ’tis Christ’s hand that leadeth me.
    He leadeth me! He leadeth me!
    By His own hand He leadeth me;
    His faithful follower I would be,
    For by His hand He leadeth me.
    2
    Sometimes ’mid scenes of deepest gloom,
    Sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom,
    By waters still, o’er troubled sea,
    Still ’tis His hand that leadeth me.
    3
    Lord, I would clasp Thy hand in mine,
    Nor ever murmur or repine;
    Content, whatever lot I see,
    Since it is Thou that leadest me.
    4
    And when my task on earth is done,
    When, by Thy grace, the vict’ry’s won,
    E’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,
    Since Thou in triumph leadest me.

  115. Beloved says:

    Ephesians 2:10 English Standard Version (ESV)

    10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

    We are HIS! Yes we are.

  116. SFDBWV says:

    Good morning BTA friends, the story of what has transpired to our family here since March the 7th is very involved and I will explain later.

    My word processor is having some difficulty and I will need to get it up and running before I attempt to go into detail.

    Our prayers to all.

    Foreverblessed the bird in the picture is, I believe a “Ruby Throated Grosbeak” not a Robin.

    Perhaps at another time Mart may provide a picture of a “Red Breasted Robin” for your benefit.

    Steve

  117. jeff1 says:

    Our God, our help in ages past,
    Our hope for years to come,
    Our shelter from the stormy blast,
    And our eternal home.

    Under the shadow of Thy throne
    Still may we dwell secure;
    Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
    And our defence is sure.

    Before the hills in order stood,
    Or earth received her frame,
    From everlasting Thou art God,
    To endless years the same.

    Thy Word commands our flesh to dust,
    Return, ye sons of men:
    All nations rose from earth at first,
    And turn to earth again.
    A thousand ages in Thy sight
    Are like an evening gone;
    Short as the watch that ends the night
    Before the rising sun.

    The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
    With all their lives and cares,
    Are carried downwards by the flood,
    And lost in following years.
    Time, like an ever rolling stream,
    Bears all its sons away;
    They fly, forgotten, as a dream
    Dies at the opening day.

    Like flowery fields the nations stand
    Pleased with the morning light;
    The flowers beneath the mower’s hand
    Lie withering ere ‘tis night.
    Our God, our help in ages past,
    Our hope for years to come,
    Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
    And our eternal home.

  118. SFDBWV says:

    Friday February the 28th Glenna had to be taken by ambulance to the ER and admitted with double pneumonia, I brought her home Monday March the 2nd.

    Thursday March the 5th Matt and I went to the grocery store and stocked up on everything he and we eat. Friday the 6th Matt and I went and got haircuts.

    Saturday morning, March the 7th, around 2:15 am Matt awoke with stomach pain.

    I called for an ambulance which took quite a while getting here and he and I left in the ambulance together, during light snow to the ER.

    After 12 hours in the ER it was determined that Matt had a blockage in his bowels and a transfer to the University hospital in Morgantown WV was on tap (around an hour and a half away). I went with him in the ambulance.

    We arrived at Ruby Memorial Hospital late afternoon and around 8pm he went into surgery where he had around 20 centimeters of his lower intestine removed.

    The hospital let me stay with him in the ICU unit as well as the stepdown unit for 17 days. I never left his side.

    At first he could have outside visitors and my brother brought my med’s and some clothing for me, but that soon changed to no visitors except me.

    They twice made special exception for me to be able to remain with him and we were able to leave yesterday afternoon for home.

    I hope that may explain why I have not been here. There are a lot more to say, but I am trying to keep it simple.

    Foreverblessed after a second look at the bird I think it more likely to be a “Pine Grosbeak” which has a more yellow throat then it’s relative the Ruby Throated Grosbeak.

    Steve

  119. street says:

    welcome back steve

    been thinking about mercy.

    those who love mercy shall find mercy.

    God said, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”

  120. jeff1 says:

    Good to have you back, Steve, may God comfort you all in your distress.

  121. Beloved says:

    Yes good to see you back Steve. Praying as always for the health of your whole family. May God bless you and make His face to shine on you and yours and give you His peace.

    Let the weak say I am strong
    Let the poor say I am rich
    Because of all the LORD has done
    For me. Amen

  122. poohpity says:

    wow Steve, that was sure an ordeal! I am so glad that everyone is home safe and recovering. You were certainly missed and good to hear from you but sad about the reasons you were gone.

  123. Regina says:

    Hello All
    I pray that all is well with yall today. Well, today is my birthday! And I’m grateful to still be in the land of the living! Welcome back Steve! I agree with all the others on this blog that you were sorely missed. And, again, I love the way you take care of your family. I meant to chat with you all earlier, but I was distracted by how quiet it is in my neck of the woods, if thay makes any sense. Everything is shut down except for grocery stores and take out at retaurants. I had to go to the grocery store today to pick up a few items, and I sorely miss being able to go in the store and buy exactly what I need. There was no toilet paper or cleaning supplies left, and barely any canned goods left. And customers were instructed by management to stay at least 6 feet away from other customers… it’s referred to as social distancing. It’s a very “lonely” surrounding, but I understand that that’s what’s needed right now. Well, I’m grateful to have lived to see another 🎂 birthday. Especially, in the days of this devastating COVID virus.

    76 degrees and clear in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  124. Regina says:

    Hello All
    I pray that all is well with yall today. Well, today is my birthday! And I’m grateful to still be in the land of the living! Welcome back Steve! I agree with all the others on this blog that you were sorely missed. And, again, I love the way you take care of your family. I meant to chat with you all earlier, but I was distracted by how quiet it is in my neck of the woods, if thay makes any sense. Everything is shut down except for grocery stores and take out at retaurants. I had to go to the grocery store today to pick up a few items, and I sorely miss being able to go in the store and buy exactly what I need. There was no toilet paper or cleaning supplies left, and barely any canned goods left. And customers were instructed by management to stay at least 6 feet away from other customers… it’s referred to as social distancing. It’s a very “lonely” surrounding, but I understand that that’s what’s needed right now. Well, I’m grateful to have lived to see another 🎂 birthday. Especially, in the days of this devastating COVID virus.

    76 degrees and clear in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  125. Regina says:

    Hello All
    I pray that all is well with yall today. Well, today is my birthday! And I’m grateful to still be in the land of the living! Welcome back Steve! I agree with all the others on this blog that you were sorely missed. And, again, I love the way you take care of your family. I meant to chat with you all earlier, but I was distracted by how quiet it is in my neck of the woods, if thay makes any sense. Everything is shut down except for grocery stores and take out at retaurants. I had to go to the grocery store today to pick up a few items, and I sorely miss being able to go in the store and buy exactly what I need. There was no toilet paper or cleaning supplies left, and barely any canned goods left. And customers were instructed by management to stay at least 6 feet away from other customers… it’s referred to as social distancing. It’s a very “lonely” surrounding, but I understand that that’s what’s needed right now. Well, I’m grateful to have lived to see another 🎂 birthday. Especially, in the days of this devastating COVID virus.

    76 degrees and clear in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  126. Regina says:

    Hello All
    I pray that all is well with yall today. Well, today is my birthday! And I’m grateful to still be in the land of the living! Welcome back Steve! I agree with all the others on this blog that you were sorely missed. And, again, I love the way you take care of your family. I meant to chat with you all earlier, but I was distracted by how quiet it is in my neck of the woods, if thay makes any sense. Everything is shut down except for grocery stores and take out at retaurants. I had to go to the grocery store today to pick up a few items, and I sorely miss being able to go in the store and buy exactly what I need. There was no toilet paper or cleaning supplies left, and barely any canned goods left. And customers were instructed by management to stay at least 6 feet away from other customers… it’s referred to as social distancing. It’s a very “lonely” surrounding, but I understand that that’s what’s needed right now. Well, I’m grateful to have lived to see another 🎂 birthday. Especially, in the days of this devastating COVID virus.

    76 degrees and clear in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  127. SFDBWV says:

    If I have learned anything over my life it is that God is more clearly seen in the mix of things after they have occurred.

    This is where trust comes into play.

    I can’t help but wonder if the actions of today are either a prelude into the darkness of the tribulation or the beginning of it.

    Either way because God will not disclose the exact hour, He has given us “signs” to look for as that hour comes near. And what are we to do? Keep looking up, keep looking for Christ Jesus and in so doing we keep our hearts and minds on Him and trust that the darker things around us are held in check under His control.

    I wonder what the world thought of the influenza epidemic that killed so many in the early years of 1900. My grandfather’s brother Kenneth being one who succumbed to it as a Marine in the US Navy Yard at New York City.

    Being that Matt and I were in the hospital several days ahead of the heightened virus action I was able to listen to the various opinions of hospital staff concerning it. As well as observing how things changed and attitudes with it.

    If I wasn’t so sure I would think that there is nothing else going on in the world except this pandemic as there is nothing else talked about in the news.

    The front line people defending us being our governments, medical science and the congealing of humanity working together to combat the virus.

    President Trump did I believe proclaim a National Day of prayer, aside from that little is said about trusting God in the midst of the matter as I have at least seen or heard in the news.

    The actions of our Government taking away all of our freedoms in order to save us seems or sounds like something else is afoot here. Or maybe seen as an opportunity to have more control of our lives as a result of it.

    I honestly don’t understand how the idea that there is a timeline in which everything returns to normal can be expected.

    Matt is very tired and weak and says so, but we are back home, still together and able to function. Exercises at his earlier pace is off the menu for now.

    Be at peace friends, trust God and keep looking up.

    30 degrees and partly cloudy.

    Steve

  128. bratimus says:

    It is good to hear from you Steve,

    I pray that the Lord gives you strength and comfort to you and your family through these trying times WE find yourselves in.

    I live in California it was one of the first places that went into this shelter in place thing. So I have just been going on faith in Christ day by day.

    The picture of birds, reminds me of a painting my grandmother had in her living room, I was a;ways at peace at my grandmothers house.

    May God through Christ Jesus strengthen and comfort all

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

    P.S. had trouble getting on yesterday I read and reflected on 1 Peter 1, today I’ll read 1 Peter 2

  129. poohpity says:

    Last night when Sen McConnell announced that the Senate voted unanimously for the relief bill he said that they, Congress, has watched how American’s have pulled together working with one and another for various actions to help was a witness to the Congress to stop the partisan politics and get something done themselves. That is a miracle all in and of itself we’ll see how that goes today.

    With the church buildings closed we can see how the church is still working not only in this country but around the world. Praise The Lord!

  130. poohpity says:

    Regina, Happy Birthday! May it be filled with loads of love and fun. Love you, Deb

  131. Beloved says:

    Happy Birthday Regina- May God bless you today in a special way!

    Thinking of Matthew, Steve. Is he able to eat normally yet? Everything working properly? Must have been very painful. And Glenna also; hope she is healed from the pneumonia.
    A favorite verse is, When the enemy comes in like a flood. God will raise up a standard against him. Thanking God for His strong arm around you all.

  132. jeff1 says:

    BIND US TOGETHER, Lord, Bind us together
    With cords that cannot be broken.
    Bind us together, Lord,
    Bind us together,
    Bind us together with love.

    There is only one God,
    There is only one King;
    There is only one Body,
    That is why we sing:

    Refrain
    Made for the glory of God,
    Purchased by His precious Son;
    Born with the right to be clean,
    For Jesus the victory has won.

    Refrain
    You are the family of God,
    You are the promise divine;
    You are God’s chosen desire,
    You are the glorious new wine.

  133. Beloved says:

    Thinking about the altar of stone pic I looked up the first altar in the Bible,

    Idolatry Forbidden
    (1 Corinthians 10:14-22)
    22Then the LORD said to Moses, “This is what you are to tell the Israelites: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven. 23You are not to make any gods alongside Me; you are not to make for yourselves gods of silver or gold.

    24You are to make for Me an altar of earth, and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and peace offerings, your sheep and goats and cattle. In every place where I cause My name to be remembered, I will come to you and bless you.

    25Now if you make an altar of stones for Me, you must not build it with stones shaped by tools; for if you use a chisel on it, you will defile it. 26And you must not go up to My altar on steps, lest your nakedness be exposed on it.’’’

    There’s so much in these verses, yet it seems God has not changed. What catches my attention is when God says “In every place where I cause my name to be remembered I will come to you and bless you.” A sure prelude to a standing offer! Jesus the blessing we were all waiting for 🙏😀❤️

  134. street says:

    24You are to make for Me an altar of earth, and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and peace offerings, your sheep and goats and cattle. In every place where I cause My name to be remembered, I will come to you and bless you.

    1 Thessalonians 5:23
    Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you [a]are blessed. And do not fear their [b]intimidation, and do not be troubled, 15 but [c]sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a [d]defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and [e]reverence; 16 [f]and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.

  135. bratimus says:

    Matthew 24:3-8, Mark 13: 3-8 and Luke 21:7-11

    With these passages there isn’t a time line how long or how short they will be or even how many or how few there will be. For the faithful we are not to be worried or trouble by this, but be prayerful in everything.

    I always keep say once you figure out the prophecy is at hand, your usually right in the middle of it.

    I was going to bring up some toilet paper humor, I decide not to.

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  136. poohpity says:

    Bratimus, I so enjoy the toilet paper humor because I still can not figure out WHY people are so obsessed with hoarding it. On facebook there are so many posts on the humor about it that I so enjoy for a good laugh.

  137. poohpity says:

    As far as the end times many have said we are in the end times for thousands of years since Jesus left this earth to go to His Kingdom. To me the signs in the heavens I have yet to see but several signs on earth but I bet there will be no question about that time when it comes. I got extra oil for my lamp, lol.

  138. Beloved says:

    Gotta love Facebook lol. Someone decided since today is 26th of year 2020 they should post Isaiah 26:20 Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by.

    Not as funny as the tp memes but a good reminder to hide- away in Christ until the storm passes. A shelter in a time of storm or of peace.

  139. jeff1 says:

    Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning.
    Give me oil in my lamp, I pray.
    Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning.
    Keep me burning till the break of day.

    Refrain:
    Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
    sing hosanna to the King of kings!
    Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
    sing hosanna to the King!

    2 Give me love in my heart, keep me sharing.
    Give me love in my heart, I pray.
    Give me love in my heart, keep me sharing.
    Keep me sharing till the break of day. (Refrain)

    3 Give me joy in my heart, keep me singing.
    Give me joy in my heart, I pray.
    Give me joy in my heart, keep me singing.
    Keep me singing till the break of day. (Refrain)

    4 Give me faith in my heart, keep me praying.
    Give me faith in my heart, I pray.
    Give me faith in my heart, keep me praying.
    Keep me praying till the break of day. (Refrain)

  140. SFDBWV says:

    I have been told that during the plague that ravished Europe that many people sought refuge in churches, which helped to spread the infection to others.

    I would suppose that is one reason that during this event church doors are closed until further notice.

    Odd that during a time when people need to come together in prayer, the very act of being together puts them in danger of the very thing they are praying for God to remove from their midst.

    God sent several plagues on Egypt in order to show His power and to force the release of His people.

    Over the ages since, the various plagues that mankind has suffered perhaps were seen as punishment from God by some, perhaps not by others.

    The thing is that everything in existence is under the authority of God.

    And it is God whom we need to trust our wellbeing to. I am reminded of the Centurion who said to Jesus that He need not come to his house, only say the word and his servant would be healed.

    Jesus blessed and applauded such faith.

    Matthew continues to heal daily and gain a little more strength each day, Glenna too.

    The Lord is our provider, protector, our place of refuge, our healer and all we need.

    I am reminded of how the Hebrew gathering must have felt as they stood with the sea to their back as the Egyptian army raced towards them, only to witness God’s power as the sea parted leaving them with a dry pathway through it only to then drown their enemy beneath their very escape route.

    If God be for us what or who can stand against us.

    49 degrees with a mix of sun and clouds.

    Where are you Foreverblessed?

    Steve

  141. foreverblessed says:

    Thanks for your concern, Steve, happy to hear you are OK, I am praying for Matt and Glenna, one thing to be thankful about is that this happened before the hospitals are overloaded.
    I was not feeling well, still am feeble, sore throat is bothering me.
    It started with a dry cough, and then the migraine hit hard, at night it started, and it was hard to be positive, very worried thoughts kept entering, these many suffering people, and o dear the economy.
    I had a very hard time fighting these thoughts, in my feeble attempt I started to praise God, and looked for spiritual songs. Only a few words came,

    But the text from Psalms came up loud and clear:
    If You would not have on our side we would have been consumed a long time ago (in my own words, from memory)

    How much has God not protected us? As Bratimus said too.
    The ears virus died out, I would say, that was a miracle.

    Whatever keep our eyes fixed on Jesus!

    Thanks for the birds answers. Do you know the European Robin? It is a cute little bird, with big eyes, and a red breast, it is solitary, one comes in our garden.

    But if someone has a prayer for me, thanks.

  142. foreverblessed says:

    Ears virus= sars virus

    If God would not have been on our side, we would have been consumed a long time ago.

    I found this one:
    Psalm 124:1-8

    If the Lord had not been on our side—
    let Israel say—
    2
    if the Lord had not been on our side
    when people attacked us,
    3
    they would have swallowed us alive
    when their anger flared against us;
    4
    the flood would have engulfed us,
    the torrent would have swept over us,
    5
    the raging waters
    would have swept us away.

    6
    Praise be to the Lord,
    who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
    7
    We have escaped like a bird
    from the fowler’s snare;
    the snare has been broken,
    and we have escaped.
    8
    Our help is in the name of the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

    This one is from Lamentation 3:22
    Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion never fail.

  143. bratimus says:

    Always prayers foreverblessed for everyone, even those I don’t know.

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  144. bratimus says:

    Reading 1 Peter 3 today

  145. Beloved says:

    Praying Forever for full recovery. You too are going through a tough time; almost seems like the norm for most of us. However God is our strength and our joy forever! A very present help in these times of trouble. I too feel the pain of those without work, income and struggling with having to quarantine at home with children. Praying helps to give my feelings to God because I know He cares. My OT bible study leader texted to recall how God brought Israel safely through the Red Sea. Miraculous! I love His ways❤️
    Praying also for the many doctors medical professionals emergency personnel at this time.

  146. Regina says:

    Hello All
    It was SO awesome to chat with you all the other day, and I pray that all is well in your lives. I also pray, in the mighty name of Jesus, that anointed and highly skilled doctors will be able to find a cure for this horrible virus, but, on the bright side of things, it is forcing us to stay home….. and rest.

    Isn’t it ironic that we’re getting rejuvenated in the midst of a pandemic? And wouldn’t it be phenomenal if it brought thousands… or even millions of people to the saving knowledge of who Jesus really is? Thank you, beloved, pooh and all who sent me happy b-day wishes! It’s not a small thing to look back on how the Lord sustained me for an entire year plus 52 more! Steve, I know the Lord is with you and your family because you all have gone through so much adversity, and yet yall are still standing! I pray that all is well with you, Matt and Glenna and that you’re all feeling the virtue of the Lord from the crown of your head to the souls of your feet. I remember you mentioning awhile back, Steve, that Glenna was caring for her mother, and I’m curious about how she’s doing? Let me know if you need prayer regarding anything, and that goes for all who love, feel apart of and visit this blog site.

    I think it was bratimus who was wondering why people are hoarding toilet paper, and I’m wondering the same thing. And it’s not just toilet paper… it’s sanitary wipes and cleaning supplies too. The shelves (for those products) in some of the stores are completely empty. They’re also hoarding food staples (e.g. meat, poultry, pasta, rice, beans, soup, etc.). But thousands, maybe even millions, of kids are at home now. So, maybe that’s why? I have a friend (the husband of a good friend) who works at Walmart. And, his wife knew that I went to Target the other day looking for toilet paper, and they were completely sold out. So, when a new shipment came in at Walmart, my friend saved twelve rolls for me. :-) And he didn’t charge me anything for it! I would’ve gladly paid him for it.

    Today’s ODB was good yall, and I’ll share a Bible passage and a verse that spoke to my heart here…

    Psalm 116:12, KJV
    What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me?

    What shall I return to the Lord for all His goodness to me? (NIV)

    What can I give back to God for the blessings He’s poured out on me? (MSG)

    This song came to mind…
    What– shall— I render, Lord?
    What– shall— I give?
    What– shall— I render, Lord?
    What— shall— I give?

    1 Peter 2:4-6, NIV
    As you come to Him, the living Stone–
    rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to Him– you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in scripture it says:

    “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.”

    80 degrees and cloudy in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  147. bratimus says:

    Regina,

    I said I wasn’t going to do toilet paper humor in here.

    They say people are hoarding toilet paper and other things, it is a way for them to control something in the this moment of time we are in.

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  148. jeff1 says:

    We fix our eyes on Jesus Christ,
    Our brother and our Lord,
    Our Great High Priest and sacrifice,
    Our captain, shield, and sword.
    He laid aside His majesty,
    Was born to serve and die.
    Now reigning at the Father’s right,
    The Son is lifted high!

    Surrounded by His witnesses,
    With Christ before our eyes,
    We throw aside what weighs us down
    And run to gain the prize.
    What joy is ours in Jesus Christ!
    We feast on Living Bread!
    His light is shining all around!
    His face is just ahead!

    We fix our eyes on Jesus Christ
    And gladly share His cross.
    We set our faith and hope on Him,
    Enduring every loss.
    O Living Lord, our Light, our Strength,
    Our Hope and Morning Star,
    We stand and greet eternity
    Complete in all You are!

  149. poohpity says:

    My church stays in contact with each other through emails, facebook, phone calls and sermons on line. People reaching out to see if anyone is in need because a majority of our body is elderly, 50 and above, to go shopping or anything we need at this point. Prayers are going up all ways for personal and at large. I have to say however I sure do miss all the hugs immensely.

    Similar to what I do for people in my apartment complex, pick-up things from the store for them or run errands. Also do some one on one talking with those who are frightened to offer some hope. We just lost one neighbor to the virus on Tuesday.

    Fixing our eyes on Jesus then the overflow of His love outwards even virtually.

  150. jeff1 says:

    As I listen to news and hear how our towns and cities are like ghost towns I see that people are listening and adhering to the advice of Government in helping to get this epidemic under control.

    Though our churches are also doing sermons on facebook as I don’t do it I tend to listen to radio and television broadcasts alongside my gospel music.

    My neighbour and I are looking out for each other as is most people I know are doing.

    While most are doing their best the reality of a fallen world is never far of as the news this week was of a man going up to two policemen in Belfast and coughing into their faces proclaiming he had the virus.

    For many on the front line the dangers are all too real and so I think of them today as they put their own lives at risk in their dedication to keep us all safe from harms way.

    May God strengthen and protect them in their efforts.

  151. poohpity says:

    Yes adhering to the guidelines that the government puts out is safety for all. Everyone has to go to the grocery store so when I go or another who does not have a car needs something it is nice to pick things up for them especially since many do not have cars of their own or are at higher risk because of ill health. There are always ways to help and still follow the government guidelines. When there is a will there is a way.

    Viv, there has been people here that are coughing in people’s faces on purpose too. Evil will find a way no matter where we live.

  152. jeff1 says:

    Onward, Christian Soldiers

    Onward Christian soldiers
    Marching as to war
    With the cross of Jesus
    Going on before

    Christ the royal master
    Leads against the foe
    Forward into battle
    See his banners go

    Onward Christian soldiers
    Marching as to war
    With the cross of Jesus
    Going on before

    Like a mighty army
    Moves the church of god
    Brothers we a treading
    Where the Saints have trod

    We are not divided
    All one body we
    One in hope and doctrine
    One in charity

    Onward Christian soldiers
    Marching as to war
    With the cross of Jesus
    Going on before

    With the cross of Jesus
    Going on before

    Going on before

  153. Beloved says:

    Bratimus you mentioned control. I was reading Job and thinking about this:

    The Lord Speaks
    38 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:

    2 “Who is this that obscures my plans
    with words without knowledge?
    3 Brace yourself like a man;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.
    4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?

    The sovereignty of God is something to rest in in troubled times as these. With our Captain Jesus Christ at the helm of Gods mercy grace and love we can live in this moment given to us by God and for Gods glory.

    Blessings to you this day!
    Beloved of God

  154. bratimus says:

    Reading 1 Peter 4

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  155. bratimus says:

    Yes the most essential thing I need when sitting upon my throne is no where to be found.

    This kind of shows you how worthless the kingdoms of man actually are.

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  156. Beloved says:

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

    Courage to change the things I can change

    And wisdom to know the difference

    I love this little prayer, it says and does so much. Jesus, a shelter in the time of storm. Always

  157. poohpity says:

    Beloved, here is the full version of that prayer;

    God, grant me the Serenity
    To accept the things I cannot change…
    Courage to change the things I can,
    And Wisdom to know the difference.

    Living one day at a time,
    Enjoying one moment at a time,
    Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.
    Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,
    Not as I would have it.
    Trusting that He will make all things right
    if I surrender to His will.
    That I may be reasonably happy in this life,
    And supremely happy with Him forever in the next.
    Amen.

  158. SFDBWV says:

    When Matt was being checked in at the Hospital they ask me if he had a living will or directives and I said no. They then ask me if I wanted them to resuscitate. Automatically I said yes.

    Then every day many times a day as I sat beside him holding on to his arm I could see on his wrist band the letters CPR.

    I wondered if I had did the right thing.

    He certainly would have rather they did not.

    The matter haunted me all the while we were there, and still does.

    Over the years too many times I have heard Matt say to me “Let me go dad.”

    I came to realize long ago in this nightmare that it was selfish of me to ask God to not take him from me. As his being with me is enough for me, and even though he love me very much he would rather have this nightmare over.

    Today is Matthew’s birthday he is 42 years old and he has now lived in this situation as long as he had not over his 42 years.

    I pray every day that if this be the hour of God’s rapture to call us up together.

    Love is a painful thing when the thought of loss is concerned. No wonder God did all He could to bring us home to Him.

    Steve

  159. jeff1 says:

    My heart goes out to you today, Steve.

    Why do we mourn departed friends,
    Or shake at death’s alarms?
    ‘Tis but the voice that Jesus sends
    To call them to His arms.

    Are we not tending upward too
    As fast as time can move?
    Nor should we wish the hours more slow
    To keep us from our Love.

    The graves of all His saints He blessed
    And softened every bed:
    Where should the dying members rest
    But with their dying Head?

  160. Beloved says:

    Thank you yes I know the whole thing Pooh. Sometimes the fewer the words the better😀

    Steve my heart goes out to you, I’d often wished my son had lived through his ordeal though living with burns and lung damage would have been hard to watch him deal with even though I knew I would never leave his side while he suffered. I just missed seeing his body leave the hospital, I did see the gurney with blood soaked sheets in the garage though and found out he was on the way to the city for autopsy. In desperation I chased down the hearse on the highway and made it pull over. The mortician literally jumped out and on the side of the roadway begged me not to make him show me his body. I knew then it was real. This guy was a friend of mine. I could see the pain in his eyes- something I will never forget. The sadness and grief never goes away. Yet when I saw him in a casket I knew he was gone. I said, “ he’s not there”, he’s gone to be with Jesus, I thought.

    When I was a hospice worker I learned that people would hang on until they had heard from loved ones it was ok they let go, the family having the worst time of it usually with all kinds of guilt and regrets to deal with. Along with sadness of loss. Your son is begging you to let him go it sounds like. He wants you to have peace because he loves you so much. Like Jesus loved us all. Yet we are not without hope, every funeral reminds us its only the beginning for life filled with joy everlasting. Like I said, my heart goes out to you Steve. God bless you and your family.
    Love, Joyce

  161. SFDBWV says:

    Thank you Joyce for sharing what has to be a painful memory. In life one of the many things I have learned is that no one escapes a sad story in their lives, no one.

    When I was a very young teenager (14-15 years old) I was out with some friends one night in a car with an older fellow who along with us were drinking beer and having a wild time of it.

    An ambulance passed us on a winding twisted road and so we followed the ambulance to see what might be going on.

    We arrived at an automobile wreck where 4 young boys were all 4 killed, the oldest the driver only 13.

    The State police were already there and since the driver had no driver’s license he ask if I and another young girl who had stopped as well may have known who he was.

    So Pam and I got up in the ambulance to see if we could identify him. She did indeed know him.

    While standing there at the wreck scene another car came pulling up and a very intoxicated woman got out saying “Oh boy a wreck I wonder if there is any blood?”

    When she saw the car, a horrible realization sank in, all 4 boys were her sons.

    They had taken the car while she was out drinking with a male friend and they left alone at home.

    Such screaming and wailing I have never seen again.

    But the lessons of that night were forever burned into my memory and a piece of the fabric that is who I am today.

    I am sorry for your loss and the horror of the memory of it.

    Steve

  162. Beloved says:

    Thank you for sharing your horrific memory. Those events change us for sure. I’ve often wondered who I was really meant to be before all the abuse in my life. Probably good I don’t know- then I thought of all the horror God has witnessed through the years and how He could stand it? Love seems better than we can imagine. But He loved us enough to have His one and only Son suffer in the hands of those who know how to cause suffering best- us. All of us. The degree of suffering does not matter, one day we will all see and feel who we were meant to be; Images of God in a happy kingdom! I’m sorry to sermonize but He’s all I’ve got and He’s plenty to get me through each day. No matter what comes😀

  163. SFDBWV says:

    Just returned from our closest “big” town where there is a Burger King. Today being Matt’s birthday he wanted his regular birthday dinner from BK.

    So I went over and through the drive through and got it.

    He has thanked me a dozen times, worried he may not have not only gotten it because of the panic surrounding the virus, but only a few days ago not even sure he would be home for his birthday.

    Our God is an awesome God…

    Steve

  164. Beloved says:

    Steve I’ve been thinking about how our traumas changed us and how we live on earth. Yours gave you compassion for hurting mothers and sons and mine gave me compassion for people with mental illness.(My dad) My sister became a teacher so she could give abused kids a loving experience while at school (Ist grade) during the day if not at home. This tells me God is in our broken world that Bratimus mentioned always working to draw us to Himself. Always. In ways we could have never imagined without His loving Spirit throughout. I’m proud to know you, Steve.

  165. Beloved says:

    Happy Birthday to Matt!

  166. jeff1 says:

    Through It All

    I’ve had many tears and sorrows,
    I’ve had questions for tomorrow,
    there’s been times I didn’t know right from wrong.
    But in every situation,
    God gave me blessed consolation,
    that my trials come to only make me strong.

    Through it all,
    through it all,
    I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,
    I’ve learned to trust in God.

    Through it all,
    through it all,
    I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.

    I’ve been to lots of places,
    I’ve seen a lot of faces,
    there’s been times I felt so all alone.
    But in my lonely hours,
    yes, those precious lonely hours,
    Jesus lets me know that I was His own

    Through it all,
    through it all,
    I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,
    I’ve learned to trust in God.

    Through it all,
    through it all,
    I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.

    I thank God for the mountains,
    and I thank Him for the valleys,
    I thank Him for the storms He brought me through.
    For if I’d never had a problem,
    I wouldn’t know God could solve them,
    I’d never know what faith in God could do.

  167. street says:

    thinking of the conversation martha had with Jesus. about being the resurrection and the life. earlier Jesue spoke of being the gate were we could come in and go out. to find comfort and strength to preserver, even praise, like a Psalm. some were accused by Jesus of preventing people from doing this, even not going in themselves. stumbling stones. steve you server with distinction and are aware of your own wishes might be contrary to others. that is ok, just as long as they are not contrary to your Master Who has saw fit to put you into service. you know He can call you out of service or change it at anytime. i pray for your joy and peace in your faithful service of love and obedience. Romans 8:28.

  168. street says:

    “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
    wisdom and power are his.
    21
    He changes times and seasons;
    he deposes kings and raises up others.
    He gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to the discerning.
    22
    He reveals deep and hidden things;
    he knows what lies in darkness,
    and light dwells with him.
    23
    I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors:
    You have given me wisdom and power,
    you have made known to me what we asked of you,
    you have made known to us the dream of the king.”

  169. street says:

    “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.

  170. street says:

    34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

  171. street says:

    Isaiah 5:16
    But the Lord Almighty will be exalted by his justice, and the holy God will be proved holy by his righteous acts.

    Acts 5:31
    God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins.

    17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring[a] all nations on earth will be blessed,[b] because you have obeyed me.”

  172. street says:

    O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty;
    Nor do I involve myself in great matters,
    Or in things too difficult for me.
    2
    Surely I have composed and quieted my soul;
    Like a weaned child rests against his mother,
    My soul is like a weaned child within me.
    3
    O Israel, hope in the Lord
    From this time forth and forever.

    8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may [d]be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will [e]have success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

    Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

  173. street says:

    You have put gladness in my heart, More than when their grain and new wine abound.

    17 rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, 18 to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’

    19 “So, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision,

    who are chosen 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.

  174. foreverblessed says:

    Happy Birthday Matt, and Regina, ( sorry, Regina,I forgot about that the other day, when I was not feeling well)

    I was really impressed by the message of Utmost today. About bring a worshipper of God, and an intercessor.
    With being grounded as we are in this situation, how much the more can I pray.

    I am feeling better now, thanks for your prayers. Hopefully I have had the milder version of the virus.

    Street, what a deep message all these Bible verses have.
    David was not afraid as a young man.
    He was convinced that God was on his side.
    “The God, who saved me from the 🦁 mouth, will save me from this Goliath)
    The 🦁, lion appeared while typing, lol)

    Trust, calm trusts in God. That is what we need: the God, Who has helped us so far will help still.

    I am lifting up in prayers those who come to my knowledge, who panic about the crisis. Many do.

    (A finance minister in a federal state of Germany has committed suicide, they think because of the fear of the financial consequences of the crisis.
    Lots of people will be hurt by this news here, and suffer, worry, anxiety and panic attacks)

    Lord I lift them up in prayer to You:
    You are our Lord and Savior! And theirs too, I hope, with the hope of the Spirit.

    (Is it possible for you to give the biblebook and chapter when you post a Bible verse. I like to read it in my own Bible.
    Thanks, Street)

  175. Beloved says:

    Forever I’m glad to hear you are feeling better. I’m up early because pain would not let me sleep but it’s ok because it puts me in the Word. I’ve been reading Lamentations and recognizing some things we deal with today but then our hope is in the birth death and resurrection of our LORD Jesus isn’t it. It was sin that caused their downfall and no doubt sin is the downfall of us all. But as you say we are not without hope. And our part is intercession prayer, yes.

    Suicide has been on my mind because of the poverty and drug use where I live. The native population here is extremely difficult to reach with the gospel but perhaps as God has His ways and His timing it will bring hope and help to them.

    Praying often for our leaders all over the globe more. Such an unprecedented event in our time! It’s brought the world to its knees yet we know Who is always in control! Blessed be the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ! May His kingdom spread throughout our neighborhoods and countries. May He reveal more of Himself in and to our hearts.

  176. SFDBWV says:

    Street I too enjoy the Book of Daniel as so much spiritual truth and prophesy is given there.

    Interesting as well as how God brought plagues upon the Hebrew in the wilderness for disobedience. Allowing for the death of many before prayers of intervention and atonement ended them.

    I like going to BBC news for what is going on in the world, as here in the USA it’s all about here and the politics of dealing with this crisis.

    Remembering I have no control of anything going on, only the personal ability to trust in God and leave it there.

    Blessings to all.

    Steve

  177. poohpity says:

    Romans 8: And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

  178. poohpity says:

    It seems to be just human nature to pray for the suffering to go away but is that really what is best? How many things do we learn in the midst of suffering? I would say the most beneficial things we learn during times of suffering or affliction is to trust in God and not ourselves. So if we think we know how to intercede on behalf of another do we want our will or God’s?

  179. jeff1 says:

    I cannot see the light, my Lord;
    I only feel the fear;
    And yet I know that You are God
    When nothing else is clear.

    I have no strength to lift myself,
    But Lord, I lift my need.
    I spread before You all my fears.
    Come take my hand and lead.

    When all my joys have turned to pain
    And hopes have fallen through,
    I raise my eyes and fix my heart:
    My only hope is You.

    My God, my God, my hope, my joy,
    You’re with me in this place!
    So in Your presence, in Your peace,
    I trust, rejoice, and wait.

  180. Beloved says:

    Romans 12: 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

  181. Beloved says:

    “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” ~ 3 John 1:2

  182. bratimus says:

    Since I have been living in a place that had one of the earliest shelter in place and social distancing orders go out. The project that I had going on around the place I dwell I’m a head of the schedule I set for my self in getting the work done. So much so that I actually took the day off from doing any work around the property, little boring but a day of rest. I’m just seeing a little joyful humor in that.

    In Christ Jesus name
    Bratimus

  183. Regina says:

    Good Morning All
    I pray all is well in your lives. I was trying to chat with yall yesterday, but I got distracted by the news and ended up falling asleep. Thank you, forever, for the happy b-day wishes. And I’m also glad that you’re feeling better. I’m truly thankful to be alive and healthy… though my heart is burdened (which leads me to prayer) for what’s going on in the world right now. Thank you, Bratimus, for the explanation of what you were saying in your comment.

    Steve, it’s good to hear from you. Your comments are so well written (as are others comments on this blog), and they’re usually a fresh reminder of the brevity of life and/or very thought provoking. I also want to say, “Happy belated Birthday, Matt! :-) I hope it was one of your happiest, and I’m ((SO)) glad you’re healthy enough to go to a your favorite fast food restaurant and enjoy your favorite (or one of your favorite) birthday meal.”

    Well, I hope to write more later on… getting ready to do my morning hygiene and devotional.

    53 degrees and cloudy in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  184. SFDBWV says:

    Good morning Regina, the weather here started out with peeks of starlight between clouds, but as dawn approached it became totally overcast.

    Yesterday was a beautiful spring day complete with blue skies and the budding of some shrubbery and trees.

    I was somewhat surprised as time has elapsed that folks here haven’t been as talkative as sometimes they are, given that we are all supposed to be staying at home.

    Yesterday I had a little scare as when Matt and I went to transfer from his big chair to his wheelchair we fell. We bumped heads and I had a very tiny cut on the bridge of my nose.

    Very small, but after 7 hours of trying to get it to stop bleeding it still poured blood like water out of a boot with the instructions on the heel.

    So after I got Matt to bed at 9 I went to the hospital ER closest to us in Oakland MD.

    The hospital was like a war zone they met me just inside the door and rushed me through the triage nurse and into a room where after a good look by nurses and vitals a ER doctor came in and had quite a time using 3 vials of “super glue to finally get the teeny tiny little bitty pin hole to stop bleeding.

    Then quickly got me out of there.

    The drive over and back was surreal as there was nearly no one in sight nor nearly any other vehicles on the road.

    Glenna and Matt were glad to see me home and after taking care of a few things for Matt I called it a night around 12:30 am.

    Matt and I got back up again just after three and another day is underway.

    I pray that you and all others here today have a very blessed day.

    Steve

  185. jeff1 says:

    It is in the midst of uncertainty and distress that I am much more the doubting Thomas and perhaps why I miss my dad’s certainty in seeing from God’s perspective in times like these.

    My dad was one to see the hand of God in everything without it effecting his sight or purpose because he knew God used suffering to achieve His goals.

    I was forever asking him why there has to be so much suffering and his answer was always the same ‘Christ Suffered’.

    In other words I had no right asking the question in the first place which speaks of a man who knew God in ways I have not yet discovered.

    Walk with me, Lord, walk with me
    Walk with me, Lord, walk with me
    While I’m on this tedious journey, Lord
    Walk with me, Lord, walk with me, Lord
    Yeah

    Hold my hand, Lord, hold my hand, yes
    Hold my hand, Lord, hold my hand
    While I’m on this, while I’m on this tedious journey, Lord
    I want you to hold my hand, Lord, hold my hand, yeah
    Hold my hand, Lord, yeah

    Walk with me, Lord, walk with me, yeah
    Walk with me, Lord, walk with me, yes
    While I’m on this, while I’m on this tedious journey, Lord
    Walk with me, Lord, walk with me, yeah

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
    Oh yeah

    Don’t leave me alone, Lord, no
    Don’t you leave me alone
    I need you to hold my hand, Lord
    Hold my hand, Lord
    Yeah, yeah, yeah
    Hold my hand, Lord

  186. poohpity says:

    I wish I was as quick to thank God for His blessings as I am to blame Him for suffering. I also wish I could learn things easier without pain as I do with it but I don’t. To be content in every circumstance seems at times a hard goal to reach or to rejoice in the Lord always not my circumstances but in Him also seems elusive at best. It seems that I have not learned yet that suffering is just as much a part of life as is everything else we experience but it started when the very first people decided they knew better than God and rebelled against His ways and will as we still do till this day.

    So I come away more often than not saying, “I believe, help my unbelief.”

  187. bratimus says:

    Isaiah 42:5-9

    1 Peter 4

    Sometimes for me it is easier to let the Word of God do the speaking over my own words.

    In Christ Jesus name
    May the Holy Spirit Bless everyone

    Bratimus

  188. jeff1 says:

    It is not that I blame God for suffering but I must understand that He allows it for his purpose.

    It is God who turns it around as C. S. Lewis puts it:

    Suffering is part of life—and it has a purpose.

    C.S. Lewis once wrote in a letter to a good friend, “I could well believe that it is God’s intention, since we have refused milder remedies, to compel us into unity, by persecution even and hardship. Satan is without doubt nothing else than a hammer in the hand of a benevolent and severe God. For all, either willingly or unwillingly, do the will of God: Judas and Satan as tools or instruments, John and Peter as sons.”

    We are all born into a world that is facing the consequences of sin, and we ourselves are not exempt. God is not the author of suffering and evil, but He does allow it. The question we ask ourselves is, Why?

    Remember the waters of Marah from the Old Testament. When the people of God came to the waters of Marah, they were dying of thirst and yet the water was bitter. But when God told Moses to put the piece of wood—representing Christ and the cross—into the water, it instantly became sweet! When the Lord enters into our suffering, we are changed from the inside and He helps us to see the situation from His perspective.

    We learn that lesson again and again as we look at the lives of people like Joseph, Daniel, Moses and so many others.

    God uses our suffering to make us more like Him and to make us a blessing to others.

    In his popular book, God in the Dock, C.S. Lewis says, “If we find man giving pleasure it is for us to prove (if we criticise him) that his action is wrong. But if we find a man inflicting pain it is for him to prove that his action is right. If he cannot, he is a wicked man.”

    What Lewis is saying is that since God is good (His very nature is love), His actions also have to be good—even if those actions cause pain. Because of this, we must conclude that suffering has some beneficial meaning and purpose for us.

    Suffering is like a piece of metal that is put into the fire. To an untrained eye, through the process of heating and melting it appears as though the metal is being destroyed. Yet in the end, it comes out as a most precious and beautiful creation. Similarly, suffering has the unique ability to change us on the inside. Kindness, sympathy and empathy for others can all be formed in the furnace of suffering.

  189. poohpity says:

    Steve boy your day started off in chaos but it sounds as if a long nap is in order this afternoon. Praying this day is better than yesterday. Love Deb

  190. poohpity says:

    It is hard coming to the realization that these older bodies just are not made to do what they did even 10 years ago so we have to adjust to our new limitations and find different ways to do things just as we are having to adjust to the changes this virus has brought to our lives.

  191. bratimus says:

    It is my belief that as WE are Spirit filled people that sometimes we are directed or steered to go where the Spirit might be needed to work most. Not all choose to be Spirit filled.

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  192. jeff1 says:

    I believe that it is that some are more sensitive to the Spirit while others are not but that is just an observation on my part.

    God delights in having very different children.

  193. Regina says:

    Wow, Steve (sigh)! Again, the Holy Spirit has to be with you (as He is with all of us) in your daily… or should I say “moment by moment” living! And I can tell, by what you write, that you’re not a panicky person, which also tells me that you either learned how not to be through the “school of hard knocks” or you’ve always been that way (even when you were a child). Either way, you’re definitely a “rock” for your family, and maybe even for your extended family members. Can even see your neighbors depending on you for certain needs.
    I was thinking about Bruce C. the other day… That’s interesting to me because I don’t even know what he looked like, but his name came to my mind.

    A thought came to me today, BTA friends, I was thinking about my country, America and her sisters Canada, Mexico, China, Australia, Africa, Europe, and, I’ll name one more, South America. I pictured America well dressed in all of her fine clothing (e.g. beautiful hair and dress, diamond earrings, diamond necklace, beautiful stilettos, beautifully manicured finger and toe nails) and holding a high society glass of sparkling apple cider ;-)! Then, I pictured America and her sisters laying in their sick beds with matted, disheveled hair, unwashed faces, soiled clothing (with a bed pan next to their body), and a vomit bucket next to their bed. They’re all really sick now, and all of them need God on a major level. Some of them, America and a few others, recognize their need for God on a higher level than the rest. But they all need God, and it’s only a matter of time before all of them will come to an even greater knowledge of how much they actually need Him (2 Chronicles 7:14)…

    Utmost… was really good today! Here are a few of my take-a-ways…

    I want to share the Bible passage that was included in the devo because it’s so POWERFUL… It reminded me of the necessity of prayer! You should also read this passage in the MSG translation because it provides more detail…

    1 John 5:16-17, NLT
    16) If you see a fellow believer sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it. 17) All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death.

    Further, I found these words (by O.C.) to be very thought-provoking and soul searching…

    “If we are not heedful and pay no attention to the way the Spirit of God works in us, we will become spiritual hypocrites. We see where other people are failing, and then we take our discernment and turn it into comments of ridicule and criticism, instead of turning it into intercession on their behalf.” ~Oswald Chambers

    59 degrees and cloudy in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  194. Beloved says:

    Ezekiel 2:1-3:15

    Meditate
    Consider
    Ask the Holy Spirit to challenge, encourage and shape you as you read today’s passage.

    Think Further
    The descriptions here of the Israelites as rebellious, obstinate, and stubborn (2:3,4,7; 3:9) are among the saddest in the Old Testament. Even now in exile they remain incorrigible in their attitudes and behavior. Disloyal, defiant, and unwilling to heed God’s words, they are stony-faced and hard-hearted. Their collective attitude is reflected in the words “your forehead like hardest stone” (3:9), referring to where the Law would normally have been physically tied as a symbol of obedience.

    Faced with these awful truths, Ezekiel is given a mission. We know it was overwhelming, evoking a deep emotional response (3:14,15), and, as we see from God’s reassurances to Ezekiel, it is a very daunting prospect. As we read on over the coming days, we shall see just how tough an assignment he is handed. However, one of the distinctive features of this book is the strengthening and equipping role of the Spirit of God in Ezekiel’s life. It is the Spirit that enters him, lifts him to his feet, enables him to hear God’s commission, and moves him from one place to another. He is not alone; God’s words are literally fed to him; strength and protection are promised and delivered to him.

    We read that he was bitterly angry as he was led away (3:14). Whatever the cause—identification with God’s righteous anger, profound resentment at being singled out for such a task, or a mix of both—Ezekiel knows that the “strong hand of the Lord [is upon] him” (3:14). Eventually, he will be vindicated and acknowledged as a true prophet (2:5) by the very people to whom he must carry a devastating message.

    Apply
    Pray for church leaders in their “speaking truth to power” in church and nation, that God will strengthen them by his Spirit with his courage and wisdom.

    Closing Prayer
    Lord, we understand that those around us are not interested in our message, but we trust that through Your grace we can deliver the message faithfully.

  195. foreverblessed says:

    Regina, I too was really instructed about intercession, Utmost messages from March 30, 31, April 1

    “Throwing Bible verses in their face”

    The comments on today’s utmost are that of repentance. “Yes, that’s what I did, Lord forgive”

    That message about Ezekiel 3:11, threw me of a bit, compared to the message Rom 8:34

    But that is maybe because in my childhood church, they did a lot with the prophets, like Ezekiel, without the deep message of intimacy with Jesus.
    Who of us has the order from God like that of Ezekiel?
    To me, only those who have been long trained by the HS, those who have died to self, who have grown to see their fellow man through the eyes of Jesus.
    Otherwise we will become like those “who throw the message in their face”

    Not trying to diminish that message Beloved, but having the wisdom to use it, or not….
    That is what I pray for
    In love

    This is from utmost of today, more in comparison with how we cope in crisis, and take hold of Jesus first and foremost:

    Do we need any more arguments than these to become intercessors– that Christ “always lives to make intercession” (Hebrews 7:25), and that the Holy Spirit “makes intercession for the saints”? Are we living in such a relationship with others that we do the work of intercession as a result of being the children of God who are taught by His Spirit? We should take a look at our current circumstances. Do crises which affect us or others in our home, business, country, or elsewhere, seem to be crushing in on us? Are we being pushed out of the presence of God and left with no time for worship? …

  196. jeff1 says:

    Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

  197. poohpity says:

    In Moments Like These

    In moments like these I sing out a song
    I sing out a love song to Jesus
    In moments like these I lift up my hands
    I lift up my hands to the Lord

    Singing I love You, Lord
    Singing I love You, Lord
    Singing I love You, Lord
    I love You

    In moments like these I sing out a song
    I sing out a love song to Jesus
    In moments like these I lift up my hands
    I lift up my hands to the Lord

    Singing I love You, Lord
    Singing I love You, Lord
    Singing I love You, Lord
    I love You

    Singing I love You, Lord
    Singing I love You, Lord
    Singing I love You, Lord
    I love You

  198. Beloved says:

    I know this probably sounds strange but the tougher the circumstances the closer I feel to God….
    Singing I love you LORD!

  199. Beloved says:

    Dear Forever, I don’t know what happened to you in the church you grew up in but it must have hurt you deeply. My heart goes out to you as I also have felt the trauma of religious people using Gods word to steal peace, kill joy, and destroy faith in a loving God. Yet you have the spirit of God giving you new life peace joy and hope that God is love after all. You are so precious to God and to me as I know you here. I’m thankful that God revealed Himself to you and to me also. He’s that personal as you know!

    I pray you and your family/friends stay well at this time. Love and blessings,
    Joyce

  200. jeff1 says:

    Yes, Beloved that does sound strange but then a lot of things seem strange and I believe that is because I have little understanding of God other than I know He is their and He cares.

    That seems to be enough for me to know as I am not sure how much more my head could take saying as I feel mentally challenged at the best of times.

  201. street says:

    5 And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious people—they will know that a prophet has been among them. 6 And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions.

    14 Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 2 For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries. 3 But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation.

    1 Corinthians 13:8
    Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.

    job spoke correctly.

    13 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

    Jesus loves

    to be conformed to His image.

  202. poohpity says:

    street, what did Job say correctly?

  203. SFDBWV says:

    Not sure if it is a blessing or a curse that it seems I can look at things around me and begin to question things that just don’t seem to add up.

    Here we all are caught up in what the news media and our government is calling a pandemic. An out of control virus that has the potential of killing millions worldwide before a remedy can be found.

    Social distancing meaning no church services, no home church groups, nor bible study groups, no prayer vigils together.

    Anyone dong otherwise considered to be an enemy of the people and an ally in spreading the disease.

    Where do you see God’s will in this matter?

    One word from Jesus and this disease could forever be erased from the face of the earth.

    So should we expect God to come to our defense in this age of grace and restore the world to a pre coronavirus status or could this scourge upon us all have a place in the will of God. That is to our thinking.

    Several people in the news have said this all seems like a movie. It should as there are several apocalyptic movies out there and a few concerning the tribulation period that all make this familiar to us from that view.

    We are to help one another, but keep our distance.

    Placing us in a situation of keeping social through this means of internet connection.

    Yesterday I seen on the internet where that Putin is sending military planes from Russia to help the USA with needed medical supplies. But last night I seen no mention of it on the news nor was there any in today’s morning paper.

    Today I see a story about China sending a million masks, and The Philippine president ordering anyone in violation of the lockdown order to be shot to death.

    Is something else afoot here? A world acting as if there is no God and dependence on themselves alone to stem the spread of death by virus.

    No man knows the hour of His return, but I pray it is soon.

    Steve

  204. poohpity says:

    Steve is it any different now for you since you did not attend church before the pandemic so what is different now?

    I look around and see the body of Christ busy at work everywhere. I see them shopping and bringing groceries to the home bound, making masks, giving financially to others in need, praying, singing, setting up field hospitals in areas that need help, listening to those who are freighted even if it is 6 feet away and bringing them comfort by letting them know they are not alone in this, neighbors helping neighbors far and near, restaurants providing meals for the first responders whether it be doctors and nurses and police, EMTs, etc.. The church still being the church even if the buildings are not full the body still works.

    I frankly find it disturbing that the very people who did not inform the world that the virus had begun are now furnishing medical equipment and medicine when they could have prevented the spread in the first place. They started a fire and now are offering to help put it out so that people are dependent on them. Makes me wonder if that was not their plan all along??

  205. poohpity says:

    The virus started in the Wuhan province in China which just so happens to have three bio-chemical plants, now that is strange to me everything else is in reaction to that and that could have been prevented by sending out early warning signs.

  206. bratimus says:

    The moment in time we are in is different then anything I have ever seen on a scale as this.

    As I look at the news headlines, I gave up on TV news years ago and just use the internet for headlines. With this pandemic, all I see is coronavirus in the headlines. So now I’m going to a lot of different site to find any other news. I came a cross some world death stats, with this virus taking up all the news you think it would top the list it doesn’t, the flu still is leading in deaths and as are other things that we have been dealing with for years.

    I do agree with Steve with this virus some things are not adding up.

    So I’m putting my faith and trust in The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Whole God of the Heavens. Maybe God will add it up for me.

    I’m sure glad for the last year God has been teaching me how to live through the social distancing rule/order

    Read 1 Peter 5 today

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  207. poohpity says:

    They knew just how fast and contagious this virus was by using it on their own people in October of last year then allowing them to travel to various countries so they could share, then want to be the savior by having the medical supplies they produce along with the different medicines they have in their stock piles that all the nations have depended on in the past.

    So questioning the goodness and love of God because He does not stop it seems rather indifferent. That is like blaming God for the evil in the world so He could save us which is a totally wrong notion of what God is like and how evil comes about but seems to be the thoughts of those who do not know Him very well will do.

  208. poohpity says:

    The difference in this virus and the flu is how contagious it is and how fast it can spread also the medicine and vaccines to treat and prevent the flu they do not work on this virus. I get my flu shot vaccine twice a year and as well as pneumonia vaccines. There is nothing yet known that prevents this virus or to treat it but they are working on it. I pray that they will find something soon with the help of God.

  209. poohpity says:

    bratimus there is also Iran in the news attacking our troups in Iraq.

  210. bratimus says:

    I’m pretty sure when this virus hit in China and China learned about it. That China played the numbers game, as far as populations go and let people travel in and out before speaking of the virus to the globe. And yes now China is using it to boost their world leadership. Yeah God knows all about that. As far as the U.S. getting masks from China I read the U.S. paid for them and that those masks were supposed to go to France, and read Russia was sending a plane but nothing else about that plane.

    What I will say is this people should be ready, and don’t go into denial that things are the way things have always been. I’m pretty sure God has had it with all the crap of the world!!!

    In Christ Jesus name
    WE who walk in the Spirit

    Bratimus

  211. Beloved says:

    Seems everyone has a bit of the news but the One that knows the whole story is still sovereign and LORD of all. Thinking of the Israelites in Eqypt and the gossip and rumors flying around- yes what we call “fake” news today. I’m trying to avoid negative spin myself but to keep my eyes set on things above not here below. Remembering the point of Marts post that Jesus gave a standing offer of redemption that’s good today still. Hoping and praying that all who are the elect will heed the Call. Blessings to all this fine day that the LORD has made, rejoice and be glad in it!

    Street is you household well?

  212. Beloved says:

    Did anyone else hear during one of the presidents press conferences the other day his friend speak briefly about how God is calling people to Himself through this pandemic? He’s the maker of the “MyPillow” in Minnesota and his testimony is awesome. He was a former drug dealer turned Christian who eventually started his own business. Who would think a man like that would be speaking with the presidents blessing to the world! It surprised trump though (who’s newer in the faith). He said “I didn’t know he was going to say that! God has his ways- He’s always at work for our good. Romans 8:28

  213. Beloved says:

    He’s now making face masks for health care personnel instead of pillows.

  214. jeff1 says:

    As I have learned this week that a man I used to work with and his wife are now in hospital (both in their 80’s) suffering from the virus and with field hospitals being set up in both major cities it brings this virus closer to home every day and my thoughts and prayers are for those and their families who are suffering as this deadly disease takes hold.

    I would agree, Pooh, it is important to see the efforts made by all those on the front line who are battling to combat this disease and indeed not just on the front line but behind the scenes rather than focusing on the politics going on behind it.

    Most of us are old enough to know the murky world of politics and I am focusing on a higher power as it makes sense to do so especially in times like these.

  215. street says:

    7 After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.

    8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

    20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 He said,

    “Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
    And naked I shall return there.
    The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.
    Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

    22 Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.

    5
    “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear;
    But now my eye sees You;
    6
    Therefore I retract,
    And I repent in dust and ashes.”

    forty chapters of the the righteous and the unrighteous being contrasted in the presents of God.

    when Gods Word doesn’t bring joy to us, something is seriously wrong.

    He restores my soul;

  216. Regina says:

    Good Morning, All

    I pray that you all are well…

    Well, there’s much debate going on in Washington regarding how to handle the issues, circumstances and problems that are happening all over the world due to the Corona Pandemic. We all need to pray for the scientists, doctors and nurses as they are working tirelessly in their effort to beat this horrible COVID-19 virus into submission. And all that comes to my mind is that the world needs the Lord’s help and intervention in order to be able to handle this serious situation. ~2 Chronicles 7:14

    Utmost… is good today! I’ll share one of the wisdom pearls that really blessed me…

    “The lasting characteristic of a spiritual man is the ability to understand correctly the meaning of the Lord Jesus Christ in his life, and the ability to explain the purposes of God to others. The overruling passion of his life is Jesus Christ. Whenever you see this quality in a person, you get the feeling that he is truly a man after God’s own heart.”

    Thank you, forever, for sharing your thoughts on spiritual discernment.

    66 degrees and cloudy (with a good chance for rain) in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  217. poohpity says:

    street, you put in between verses of the love chapter “job spoke correctly” which what he said had nothing to do with the greatest of these gifts is love. So I still do not see that “job spoke correctly” anything about love. Or did I again get confused as to YOUR point?

  218. jeff1 says:

    Sharing what has been shared with me.

    A family in lockdown

    40 days, 40 nights in the Ark.
    There were no windows, no balconies, no terraces,
    no internet, no phone, no Youtube, Facebook or Netflix.
    They only heard the rain. They spent their time praying, loving each other and caring for animals.
    God the Father took care of them as Noah was a man of faith and obeyed His word.
    Remember even though there is out there an ocean of viruses and life seems like a stormy ride, our God is watching over us! Don’t be afraid!
    Be faithful to Him and wait patiently. The rain will stop one day. A rainbow will shine and all will be well again.

  219. Beloved says:

    Count it all joy!

    James 1:2-4 English Standard Version (ESV)

    Testing of Your Faith
    2 Count it all joy, my brothers,[a] when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

  220. street says:

    2 Like a sharpened razor,
    your tongue devises destruction,
    working treachery.
    3 You love evil instead of good,
    lying instead of speaking truthfully.Selah
    4 You love any words that destroy,
    you treacherous tongue!
    Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head—Christ.
    1 Peter 4:11 If anyone speaks, it should be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, it should be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

  221. street says:

    Thanks Jeff for the reminder Noah had it harder than we do.

  222. street says:

    Thinking of Jonah Posting with I-pad. Have to be careful with forever’s favorite auto correct. Good to hear from you. Yes beloved we are doing well. Woman at church lost her bother mom and dad to cor-19. Another is still fighting. Taking quarantine more seriously. Thinking of Jesus meeting a leporouse person. He reach out His hand and touch him. God is not hindered by the tangable, sin or death. Some day we will see all under His rule and peace. Even more fun when raised up and restored.

  223. jeff1 says:

    Yes, Street, I was glad to be reminded too as it makes me more thankful for what I do have.

  224. jeff1 says:

    His Hand in Mine

    You may ask me how I know my Lord is real (my Lord is real)
    You may doubt the things I say and doubt the way I feel (the way I feel)
    But I know He’s real today, He’ll always be (He’ll always be)
    I can feel His hand in mine and that’s enough for me

    I will never walk alone, He holds my hand (He holds my hand)
    He will guide each step I take
    And if I fall I know He’ll understand
    Till the day He tells me why He loves me so (He loves me so)
    I can feel His hand in mine
    That’s all I need to know

    I will never walk alone, He holds my hand (He holds my hand)
    He will guide each step I take
    And if I fall I know He’ll understand
    Till the day He tells me why He loves me so (He loves me so)
    I can feel His hand in mine
    That’s all I need to know

    I can feel His hand in mine
    That’s all I need to know

    I can feel His hand in mine
    That’s all I need to know

  225. jeff1 says:

    street says:
    April 2, 2020 at 11:17 am

    when Gods Word doesn’t bring joy to us, something is seriously wrong.

    Thinking I am not sure whether it is the voices in my head telling me I am unworthy of His love or my faith is not what it should be.

    I am so much the doubting Thomas always looking for another’s faith to strengthen my own.

    God put them in my life but He has since taken them away and my head says my faith is not strong enough and perhaps why the joy you speak of so often eludes me.

  226. Beloved says:

    God Moves In A Mysterious Way
    William Cowper

    God moves in a mysterious way
    His wonders to perform
    He plants HIs footsteps in the sea
    And rides upon the storm
    Deep in unsearchable mines
    Of never failing skill
    He treasures up His bright designs
    And works HIs sovereign will
    Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take
    The clouds you so much dread
    Are big with mercy and shall break
    In blessings, in blessings
    In blessings on your head
    Judge not the Lord by feeble sense
    But trust Him for His grace
    Behind a frowning providence
    He hides a smiling face
    His purposes will ripen fast
    Unfolding every hour
    The bud may have a bitter taste
    But sweet will be the flower
    Blind unbelief is sure to err
    And scan His work in vain
    God is His own interpreter
    And He will make it plain
    In His own time
    In His own way…

  227. SFDBWV says:

    Have to be careful in what I may say as in an attempt to share thoughts and be both encouraging comforting and realistic at the same time. Not wanting to either rile anyone or sound negative.

    In a time when we are to stay apart from one another in order to not spread the virus, not speaking to one another also can have the same effect.

    Nimrod is still very much alive in believing we can out maneuver God. Believing that we can accomplish anything we put our efforts together in order to do was also warned of in that same story in Genesis 11:6-7 KJV.

    My entire life I have strained to see God in every part of my life. Sometimes He is very obvious and sometimes He must be looked for, but He has always been there.

    This is the key for hope and for encouragement, knowing That God is God and nothing can prevent Him from accomplishing His will.

    A beautiful spring day 45 degrees.

    Steve

  228. street says:

    poo said, street, you put in between verses of the love chapter “job spoke correctly” which what he said had nothing to do with the greatest of these gifts is love. So I still do not see that “job spoke correctly” anything about love. Or did I again get confused as to YOUR point?

    Luke 15:11-31

  229. jeff1 says:

    Steve, I take what you are saying as you have drawn near to God and He has drawn near to you.

    I would say my dad had that relationship with God also but I have not had that kind of relationship and I believe it is because I have mental difficulties that my dad never knew because he was very stable of mind which is why I miss him as I do not have that consistency of mind.

    This is my weakness and I have learned to live with it but it wearies me and disturbs the peace I so often crave.

    I don’t expect others to understand it as I have little understanding myself but I hope someday I will understand that God’s love is greater than my weakness.

  230. poohpity says:

    oh yes street that clears it up for me. (sarcasm) What has those Luke verses got to do with anything you said. No need to answer that because your thinking is waaaay over my head for me to make any sense of it.

  231. Beloved says:

    Scripture explains itself as it is the whole of the Word of God. The message of God to us is love through sacrifice pain and the ultimate redemption.

  232. SFDBWV says:

    Beloved friend Viv, just remember Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV and be at peace.

    “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
    “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy path.”

    Your friend
    Steve

  233. poohpity says:

    Turn your eyes upon Jesus
    Look full in His wonderful face
    And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
    In the light of His glory and grace

    Oh soul are you weary and troubled?
    No light in the darkness you see?
    There’s light for a look at the Savior
    And life more abundant and free

    Through death into life everlasting
    He passed and we follow Him there
    O’er us sin no more hath dominion
    For more than conquerors we are

    Oh, turn your eyes upon Jesus
    Look full in His wonderful face
    And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
    In the light of His glory and grace

    His word shall not fail you, He promised
    Believe Him and all will be well
    Then go to a world that is dying
    His perfect salvation to tell

    Oh, turn your eyes upon Jesus
    Look full in His wonderful face
    Oh, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim
    In the light of His glory and grace
    Oh, turn your, oh, turn your
    Oh, turn your eyes upon Jesus
    Oh, turn your, hey, oh, turn your
    Oh, turn your eyes upon Jesus
    Oh, turn your, oh, turn your
    Oh, turn your eyes upon Jesus
    Oh, turn your, oh, turn your
    Oh, turn your eyes upon Jesus
    Oh, turn your, oh, turn your
    Oh, turn your eyes upon Jesus

    street, I also wanted to let you know that there are many things in God’s word I do not find joy in and I do not think there is anything seriously wrong with that at all. If anyone knows God’s word at all there are many areas no one would find joy in them.

  234. jeff1 says:

    Steve, thank you for the verse and I shall meditate on it and it will comfort me.

    You are a true friend and thank you for sharing.

  235. bratimus says:

    Like Steve I’m being very careful as to what I post in here.

    During this crisis I’m going with 100% faith in God the Father trough Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit and a little common sense on my part.

    Today I’m reading 1 John 1

    May God bless and comfort all
    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  236. street says:

    those verses have to do with the heart of a Father. many get lost with the sons short comings. you see the Father is the owner/Father of the children, not a hired hand. He saved / Redeemed the son for His own Name sake. God is In the Son / sent to redeem the elect / mankind. Father/Son the same, Hebrews 1.

    i am thinking about sorrow and suffering, but not as much as the shear futility of the present world. thinking love actually makes it worthwhile, yet difficult, Glory!

  237. Beloved says:

    Philippians is all about joy.

  238. Beloved says:

    I treated myself to Key Lime Pie today! An earthly joy😀

  239. foreverblessed says:

    “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…” Proverbs 3:5
    In all your ways acknowledge Him
    Prov 3:6

    It is a discipline to give everything I carry, worries,fears, drama, especially now in this trying time, to Jesus.
    Lay it at the foot of the Cross.

    It appears to me, for the first time, that this Proverb is directly linked to Matthew 11:28
    Come to Me, all you who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest!

    I am praying for the woman in your church,Street, who lost her father, mother and brother to the virus!
    Lord have mercy.
    Kyrie eleison

    Yesterday a traumahelikopter landed nearby. Today somebody from my church text me, to pray for a little boy of 5, he was hit by a van, he only breathes and gives further no signs.
    Please pray with us.

  240. SFDBWV says:

    Prayers for the little boy.

    Children heal quickly and I pray this little fellow recovers soon and returned to his parents.

    Being in a hospital at this time is a very traumatic experience as family members are not allowed in with their loved one.

    Worsening the pain of the matter by being separated from one another.

    Steve

  241. jeff1 says:

    1 Corinthians 15:35-58 New International Version (NIV)
    The Resurrection Body
    35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39 Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.

    42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 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 it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”[a]; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we[b] bear the image of the heavenly man.

    50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”[c]

    55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”[d]

    56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

  242. Beloved says:

    This is my Fathers world, and may I never forget…
    That though the WRONG seems oft so STRONG
    God is the Ruler,
    yet.

  243. poohpity says:

    C.S. Lewis 1942

    Satan: “I will cause anxiety, fear and panic. I will shut down businesses, schools, places of worship and sports events. I will cause economic turmoil.”

    Jesus: “I will bring together neighbors, restore family the unit, I will bring dinner back to the kitchen table. I will help people slow down their lives and appreciate what really matters. I will teach my children to rely on me and not the world. I will teach my children to trust me and not their money and material resources.”

  244. bratimus says:

    Reading, right after I post it, 1 John 2, and what I’m reading I’m not reflecting in my comments or post. Just post what I read on the off chance that someone might want to read it also, some where to start maybe or just something to read.

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  245. Beloved says:

    I Peter 3:10 For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;

    Colossian3:2-3 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

  246. Beloved says:

    Truth For Life
    April 4
    An Exploit of Climbing
    Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord.

    Isaiah 2:3
    It is exceedingly beneficial to our souls to rise above this present evil world to something nobler and better. The cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches are apt to choke everything good within us, and we grow fretful, desponding, perhaps proud and carnal. It is good for us to cut down these thorns and briers, because heavenly seed sown among them is not likely to yield a harvest.

    Where will we find a better scythe with which to cut them down than communion with God and the things of the kingdom? There are places in the world where the lowlands are a breeding ground for sickness. Doctors will often suggest that their patients head for the mountains where they can breathe the clear, fresh air. Heeding such advice, the valley dwellers leave their homes among the marshes and the fever mists to inhale the bracing elements upon the hills.

    It is to such an exploit of climbing that I invite you this evening. May the Spirit of God assist us to leave the mists of fear and the fevers of anxiety and all the ills that gather in this valley of earth, and to ascend the mountains of anticipated joy and blessedness. May God the Holy Spirit cut the cords that keep us here below and enable us to climb! We are too often like chained eagles fastened to the perch, and even worse, unlike the eagle, we begin to love our chain and might even, if it came to the test, be loath to have it snapped.

    May God now grant us grace, if we cannot escape from the chain as to our flesh, yet to do so as to our spirits; and leaving the body, like a servant, at the foot of the hill, may our soul, like Abraham, reach the top of the mountain, so that we can enjoy communion with the Most High.

  247. foreverblessed says:

    May the Spirit of God assist us to leave the mists of fear and the fevers of anxiety and all the ills that gather in this valley of earth, and to ascend the mountains of anticipated joy and blessedness. May God the Holy Spirit cut the cords that keep us here below and enable us to climb!

    Isa 2:3

    This reminds me of one of the Song of Ascents
    Psalm 122:1-9
    I rejoiced with those who said to me: “Let us go up to the house of the Lord”

    Go up…. leave the things of earth behind

    “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

    Colossians then tells us what to leave behind, “kill it”
    Col 3:5-9

    And what “to put on”
    “..and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator” Col 3:10.
    (The Creator of the new self)

    “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience…
    ..15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…
    And be thankful”
    Col 3:12-17

    Thanks for the prayers for that little boy, and his family, no update.
    I am so thankful that you have prayed!

  248. bratimus says:

    Going to read 1 John 3

  249. jeff1 says:

    1 He leadeth me: O blessed thought!
    O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
    Whate’er I do, where’er I be,
    still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

    Refrain:
    He leadeth me, he leadeth me;
    by his own hand he leadeth me:
    his faithful follower I would be,
    for by his hand he leadeth me.

    2 Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom,
    sometimes where Eden’s flowers bloom,
    by waters calm, o’er troubled sea,
    still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me. Refrain

    3 Lord, I would clasp thy hand in mine,
    nor ever murmur nor repine;
    content, whatever lot I see,
    since ’tis my God that leadeth me. Refrain

    4 And when my task on earth is done,
    when, by thy grace, the victory’s won,
    e’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,
    since God through Jordan leadeth me. Refrain

  250. jeff1 says:

    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, 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

    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, 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

    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, it’s 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

  251. poohpity says:

    Our Daily Bread ministries has put out a series called; “In Pursuit of Jesus” during this season celebrating the Savior of the world. Jesus pursued us relentlessly so how much time have you put into pursuing Him?

  252. Beloved says:

    I ordered several booklets and have been giving them to my neighbors. One was so glad to get it! She’s Catholic!

  253. street says:

    Psalm 48:1 Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise,
    in the city of our God, his holy mountain.

    God is praised where He dwells

    28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

    KING of Kings and LORD of Lords

    20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”

    faith the key that turns you to God and away from self. faith in God’s Word, not faith in self.

    Jesus the gate/door to the sheep.

    10 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

    i pray you all draw near to Christ as we remembers this week what Christ has done for us and will do for us. abundant life.

    thinking about what o.c. post 4/5/20

    never thought about how Jesus encountered gethsemane as God and man. as One.

    Prelude to a Standing Offer

  254. jeff1 says:

    Hear a child demand his freedom,
    Grasping for life,
    Careless with his greatest treasure:
    All his Father’s love.

    Through the years of waste and wandering
    So far from home,
    Still a waiting heart is watching
    With a Father’s love.

    How the Father runs to meet him!
    See their embrace!
    Sin is turned to joy and promise
    By a Father’s love.

    Still a waiting heart is calling
    All far from home.
    Come and know this sweet forgiveness.
    Find your Father’s love.

  255. street says:

    I found Psalm 48, Scripture Union Encounter with God, it encourages us to investigate the things that made for our security and share them with others.

  256. Beloved says:

    “Brothers and sisters, our affliction is God’s infirmary to heal us from the disease of worldliness and to fit us to marvel at Christ when he comes.”
    John Piper

  257. foreverblessed says:

    Psalm 48,
    What a beautiful Psalm.

    That is what I have heard a christian say:
    This is a time that God will purify His children.

    That we may go in our inner rooms
    Isaiah 26:20
    And seek His face
    (Someone send me this verse this morning:

    One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:
    That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
    to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek Him in His holy temple.

    Psalm 27:4

    In our inner rooms, very near to our hearts,as we are the temple of the Holy Spirit

    Thank you for the Bible verses Street,
    “The Kingdom of God is within you.”

    Go to your inner room, and seek His face.

    What better way to seek His face, than studying the life of Jesus. I find the series”in pursuit of Jesus” on discovertheeord, wonderful too.
    (In my Bible I had written with Isaiah 26:1-4
    Psalm 48, the city of our God)

  258. jeff1 says:

    We all need a path of life to walk along
    And someone to show the way and right from wrong
    Sometimes the life we made will let us stray
    And that’s where we need a hand to show us the way

    We need Love, Hope and Faith, to build our lives on
    We need Love, Hope and Faith, together as one
    And with Love, Hope and Faith, the way will be shown
    When you got Love, Hope and Faith, we’re never alone

    The gift of Love is there for all mankind
    It’s in our hearts, it’s there for us to find
    And even when we feel that Hope has gone
    It’s our loving Faith that helps us carry on

    We need Love, Hope and Faith, to build our lives on
    We need Love, Hope and Faith, together as one
    And with Love, Hope and Faith, the way will be shown
    When you got Love, Hope and Faith, we’re never alone

    We need Love, Hope and Faith, to build our lives on
    We need Love, Hope and Faith, together as one
    And with Love, Hope and Faith, the way will be shown
    When you got Love, Hope and Faith, we’re never alone

  259. jeff1 says:

    We call on Him whenever storm clouds gather
    We call on Him to light our darkest day
    Why must it be that only when we’re lonely
    And hopes are dim, we call on Him

    Why don’t we call on Him before we lose our way
    To count our blessings and thank Him while we may

    We call on Him when no one else will answer
    We ask of Him a reason to go on
    When our cup of joy becomes a cup of sorrow
    Filled to the brim, we call on Him

    Why don’t we call on Him before we lose our way
    To count our blessings and thank Him while we may

  260. SFDBWV says:

    Matthew and I have been living a nightmare for over 20 years, and now the world at large have begun to live a nightmare as well.

    Fear, panic and mass hysteria reign as people look to their governments and science to save them.

    If you don’t feed into the panic along with them you are singled out as not grasping the seriousness of the situation and lining up with all the other “sheep”.

    During the holiest time of Christian religion the only mention of Palm Sunday and the week of Easter are the stories of “rogue” pastors who defy the call of the medical world to isolate and conduct church service.

    Putting them into that posture of being problematic religious zealots. Or even putting Christian religion in a place of mystical unrealistic fantasy as seen by a world relying on themselves to “save” them.

    If and I specify “if” we were stepping into the beginning of the “Tribulation” what or who could stop it?

    If we are not and all of this situation is just coincidental to some of the events described as going on during Tribulation, then it too will pass and life continue on as usual except perhaps attitudes about a great many things will change worldwide.

    I found it very interesting that Psalms 42:5 KJV and Psalms 43:5 KJV are almost identical.

    Stay strong in our faith and hold onto Christ Jesus.

    Steve

  261. saled says:

    Hello from Maine. Since Mart put this post up on March 13, I have found hope, especially in his last two paragraphs.

    Two days before, on March 11, life seemed relatively normal, in spite of the alarming news. That day I took my 4 year old granddaughter to visit my sister-in-law with a cake to celebrate her 75th birthday. That night sports events continued at the small school where I work.

    On March 12, the first case was diagnosed here in Maine. Officials called our school that morning and said that kids were to only fist bump, not high five, as they played basketball, and not to touch the refs. Then they called back and said no fist bumping either. Later that day all sport events for the rest of the year were cancelled. Just an example of the process authorities went through while making the tough decisions. On Monday the 17th our students were in school for their last half day. Learning is continuing, but in a different form. My job is still evolving, but right now I have one student that I connect with through the internet to continue the services I gave before. Other plans are still being worked out, but I am thankful for that small bit of normallcy.

    Steve, in you last post you mention that you and Matthew have been living a nightmare for 20 years. And now the world at large is also. This pandemic seems to me like everyone in the world has been given a cancer diagnosis, and some of us will live and some will die. From when my Dad was diagnosed, I remember feeling a similar burden, like an actual weight, as I do now.

    Mart’s words give me hope. I realize that even good things, like health care, can be idols. Mart says that down through the ages God has lovingly allowed people like us to be brought to the end of ourselves. Personally, nationally, and globally humbling. A prelude to the offer of comfort.

    As a character in C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe says, in reguards to Aslan the Lion, ” He is not safe, but he is good.” We will hope in Him.

  262. SFDBWV says:

    Good to see or rather hear from you Saled.

    No one living has ever witnessed anything like we are living through right now. We have no model to copy after or instruction manual to follow.

    I did read where the Netherlands have a different approach to dealing with being shut in and apart. Whereas they thing a limited larger number of gatherings in support of larger numbers of people becoming immune to the virus as the weak die off.

    One of my policemen needs heart surgery, but they will not put him in the hospital nor perform surgery while this panic drives every decision the medical world makes.

    Don’t come to the doctors nor make any old appointments.

    If we live we live if not at least we are not contributing to the still unrealized over spill of virus patients. Hard as it is for the news media to understand every city and town in America is not New York City.

    I realize there is a great deal I don’t know, but I learned a lifetime go that our government is not nor have they ever been prepared for any large scale disaster.

    Red tape and petty minded bureaucrats stifle and clog up the works.

    Already the democrats are blaming Trump for wrecking the economy and if they were in charge everything would be better.

    Politics as usual from petty little people.

    As I have stated before, history proves man’s inability to govern himself and science proves the existence of God.

    Hold on to our faith as it is the only real thing we have.

    Steve

  263. poohpity says:

    “Everyday is a gift that is why they call it the present” as per Charlie Brown.

    I guess it all comes down to perspective! I have so much to be grateful for as does everybody else, we are just blinded by what we do not have and choose to complain and grumble rather than being thankful for all of our blessings.

    “God truly gives us so many blessings each and every single day. Some may even be so small that we might overlook them. The classic hymn ‘Count Your Blessings’ truly reminds us to stop and give thanks for all God has done in our lives. This is definitely a pause we all need to take. Amen!”

    When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
    When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
    Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
    And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

    Refrain:
    Count your blessings, name them one by one;
    Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
    Count your blessings, name them one by one;
    Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

    Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
    Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
    Count your many blessings, ev’ry doubt will fly,
    And you will be singing as the days go by. (Refrain)

    When you look at others with their lands and gold,
    Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
    Count your many blessings, money cannot buy
    Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high. (Refrain)

    So, amid the conflict, whether great or small,
    Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
    Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
    Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end. (Refrain)

  264. jeff1 says:

    To everything (turn, turn, turn)
    There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
    And a time to every purpose, under heaven

    A time to be born, a time to die
    A time to plant, a time to reap
    A time to kill, a time to heal
    A time to laugh, a time to weep

    To everything (turn, turn, turn)
    There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
    And a time to every purpose, under heaven

    A time to build up, a time to break down
    A time to dance, a time to mourn
    A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

    To everything (turn, turn, turn)
    There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
    And a time to every purpose, under heaven

    A time of love, a time of hate
    A time of war, a time of peace
    A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing

    To everything (turn, turn, turn)
    There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
    And a time to every purpose, under heaven

    A time to gain, a time to lose
    A time to rend, a time to sew
    A time for love, a time for hate
    A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late

  265. jeff1 says:

    I have just seen on the news that the Prime Minister of the UK has been admitted to intensive care.

  266. Beloved says:

    Thinking about the events leading to Easter today. Thinking about Jesus suffering as God and Man is hard to wrap my head around. That fully God fully human thing which is mystery to us humans. Today O C reminds us that Jesus/Gods reason for coming was to die.

    I Timothy 3:16 Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit,was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

    2 Corinthians 5:21
    For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

    That’s amazing, something only God could do.

  267. Beloved says:

    Prelude to a standing offer. While there’s still time to accept it.

  268. Regina says:

    Hello All
    I pray that you all are healthy, heedful, happy and hopeful! jeff1, what’s the name of the song you shared (In Every Season, Turn,Turn…) That song was played a lot on a popular tv show in the U.S.(“The Wonder Years”). So sorry to hear about the dire condition of the Prime Minister of the UK. I pray that the Lord will send His healing virtue to his body and bring every organ, muscle, cell, limb, nerve, tissue and the rest into alignment with His Word in Isa.53:5. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

    Apologies for any/all typos in this comment… I’m using my cell phone for this comment, and I can’t see all of the words while I’m typing. I haven’t read the recent comments on this blog topic because I hurriedly dropped by to share a little humor…

    Just for a Laugh

    “Omg, I’m so mad! I was just in CVS (five & dime) store, and I saw a man whose cart was FILLED to the brim with hand sanitizer, toilet paper, clorox wipes and baby wipes! And I aaid. And I said, “Sir, what you’re doing is adding to the reason why everything is out of stock everywhere! It’s because people won’t stop stockpiling!!! Then, I called him selfish, and I really gave him the low down on the fact that so many others needed sanitary products! I told him that he should be freaking ashamed of himself! And he said, “Are you done? Because I really need to get back to restocking the shelves now.”😮

    70 degrees and cloudy in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  269. Regina says:

    Hello All
    I pray that you all are healthy, heedful, happy and hopeful! jeff1, what’s the name of the song you shared (In Every Season, Turn,Turn…) That song was played a lot on a popular tv show in the U.S.(“The Wonder Years”). So sorry to hear about the dire condition of the Prime Minister of the UK. I pray that the Lord will send His healing virtue to his body and bring every organ, muscle, cell, limb, nerve, tissue and the rest into alignment with His Word in Isa.53:5. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

    Apologies for any/all typos in this comment… I’m using my cell phone for this comment, and I can’t see all of the words while I’m typing. I haven’t read the recent comments on this blog topic because I hurriedly dropped by to share a little humor…

    Just for a Laugh

    “Omg, I’m so mad! I was just in CVS (five & dime) store, and I saw a man whose cart was FILLED to the brim with hand sanitizer, toilet paper, clorox wipes and baby wipes! And I aaid. And I said, “Sir, what you’re doing is adding to the reason why everything is out of stock everywhere! It’s because people won’t stop stockpiling!!! Then, I called him selfish, and I really gave him the low down on the fact that so many others needed sanitary products! I told him that he should be freaking ashamed of himself! And he said, “Are you done? Because I really need to get back to restocking the shelves now.”😮

    70 degrees and cloudy in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  270. Beloved says:

    Covid19 latest news for my town says the peak for cases is May with decreases the end of August. It’s going to be a tough summer for this summer vacation area with all restaurants parks and non essential businesses closed. Got to start wearing/making face masks now. I’m so thankful that God is in control! I can handle anything I’ve already been through the worst and yes He was always faithful😀

  271. foreverblessed says:

    Count your blessings, name them one by one, see what God has done.

    Good to hear from you Saled!
    All these teachers, I was thinking about them, many are worn out because of the heavy load
    But missing the children in their classrooms is ….ehh, what shall I say… a goods time to rejuvinate.

    Steve, what you said about the Netherlands is news from a month ago. The epidemical centre of our country, that advices the government, had that in mind: group immunity.
    But how to get that is a different part.
    They advised not to close schools, but the school boards thought differently. They had meetings with the Government, and the epidemical centre, and it was decided that schools would be closed, that was from March 16.
    So we have the same measures more of less than countries around us, To be able to have enough IC places for all who need it.
    About older people, real old people, who need help to live, they talk about the IC, how heavy that is, three weeks and then the damage to the lungs. And most real old people will die anyway. So they talk about it, and most older people decide not to go on ventilators. ( Older, like 80 plus)

    You talked about Matt, with a band of CPR on his wrist.
    I talked to my mother about it, if she had thought about going to IC
    But she hadn’t, neither does she want to think about it. “When the time comes I will decide”,she said.
    But my mother is living on her own, she can take care about herself.
    Last week she decided to take the offer of her neighbors to do the shopping for her.

    Then she asked me, if I had thought about it, IC.
    That made me think: if their are enough places I’ll do it. But if not: let a younger person have it. I will not take a place of a younger person.

    This time is precious to me, much more relaxed. Slower pace of living.
    If I can kill all the anxious thoughts, about how this will evolve.

    Live today, as Steve said, in faith in Jesus, the One who created everything, the One who sustains everything.
    If God would take away the power of His Word, nothing would exist, creation would fall apart,

    The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word…

    For this Easter period
    ..After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

    Hebrews 1:3

  272. Mart DeHaan says:

    Friends, thank you for using this space to tell your stories and to encourage one another in these difficult tests of our faith, hope, and love.

  273. SFDBWV says:

    Regina that was hilarious. I can only imagine how embarrassed you were. Thank you for the laugh.

    Foreverblessed I had read of the story concerning the Netherlands on the BBC homepage news. I have a cautious mistrust of all news I read especially here on the internet and so try to diversify where I get my news from.

    I would much rather hear about how your country is dealing with this virus crisis from you then any other source. Thank you for sharing.

    A very long time ago in Cumberland MD (About an hour and 15 minutes from here) there used to be a Catholic run hospital that served the city and outlying communities. It went out of business about 15 years or more ago.

    The matter that still stays with me concerning that hospital was the fact that their policy was that if there were a decision to be made concerning which patient to save during childbirth that the baby take precedence over the mother.

    In essence the mother would knowingly sacrifice her life for the baby.

    The issue created a sharp division among young women as some would quickly and gladly give up their lives for their child where others simply would not.

    Foreverblessed it is sad that you and your mother have to face thinking about such a matter as dying in order to save another, but such a decision is what makes us better people, not just survivors.

    I love you dear friend and pray that such a decision never has to be made.

    Steve

  274. SFDBWV says:

    Good morning Mart, viewed Ricks message earlier and can easily see the family resemblance in him.

    Thank you for the message and just as you pray for us we pray for you as well.

    Stay strong.

    Steve

  275. jeff1 says:

    Thank you, Regina, for praying for our Prime Minister as this is a very anxious time for all of us here in the UK.

    He has a baby on the way, please God for his speedy recovery.

  276. jeff1 says:

    1 For the beauty of the earth,
    for the glory of the skies,
    for the love which from our birth
    over and around us lies.

    Refrain:
    Christ, our Lord, to you we raise
    this, our hymn of grateful praise.

    2 For the wonder of each hour
    of the day and of the night,
    hill and vale and tree and flower,
    sun and moon and stars of light, [Refrain ]

    3 For the joy of human love,
    brother, sister, parent, child,
    friends on earth, and friends above,
    for all gentle thoughts and mild, [Refrain]

    4 For yourself, best gift divine,
    to the world so freely given,
    agent of God’s grand design:
    peace on earth and joy in heaven. [Refrain]

  277. Beloved says:

    Counting my blessings yes Forever!

    I am so thankful my children are still able to work. My sons’ business is rock crushing for road builders (essential) his wife is president and along with her Insurance company she can work at home but with homeschooling her 3 girls says it’s getting tougher. My daughter works in local government (taxes) and is able to do mostly from home now, her husband in farm machinery so he’s busy also. To not have to worry about them is huge for me; an amazing blessing!

    For those of us on disability and retirement aren’t we thankful for that check that comes every month! Even though our health may be frail God’s still on His throne and Jesus is still LORD of all. Yes thank you also Mart for a place of encouragement, training in righteousness and learning to love as Jesus loved us. God bless you and your family! Joyce

  278. Regina says:

    Good Morning, All

    I still haven’t read the comments before my comment on yesterday, but I will read them as soon as I finish this comment.

    You’re welcome, Mart re: sharing spiritual truths and the goings-on in my life on this blog! :-) This blog has become a part of my life, and the friends who join me here are, indeed, my spiritual family (along with disciples of Jesus all over the world) and are also my cyber family. There’s something about this blog site that I absolutely LOVE!

    Lol, Steve! The laugh I shared didn’t happen to me. It happened to someone who lives in my neighborhood, and she shared it on our neighborhood blog site. I copied her words and put them on the BTA blog. I forgot to share that I read it on another blog site.

    You’re welcome, jeff1, we could all benefit from prayer right now! And I know if I were in his situation, I would want someone to be willing to pray for me. Well, I’m gonna read the rest of the comments now, and I hope to have more time to chat later.

    73 degrees and partly cloudly in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  279. bratimus says:

    1 John 4

  280. phpatato says:

    Good morning everyone!

    My daughter works for a large city in Ontario and was told yesterday that their predictions show that she may be off work until July 2. She was told to go home and stay put. That was the Friday afternoon before March break. She works in recreation and all community centers were closed. City run pools were drained and the ice was removed from all the arenas. All of her staff has been laid off now with that announcement yesterday. Upon receiving the news (she had a 15 minute heads up yesterday before this July 2 date went to press), she texted me saying she was on a long walk and was crying for her staff and their families and the impact this will have on them. She finished by saying this is a scary world and questioned how we will ever recover from it.

    In my encouragement to her the last stanza of This Is My Father’s World, came to mind:

    This is my Father’s world:
    Oh, let me ne’er forget
    That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
    God is the ruler yet.
    This is my Father’s world,
    The battle is not done:
    Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
    And earth and Heav’n be one.

    As we grapple with what we hear in the news and try to come to terms with it all, it is easy to be drawn into it to become consumed with fear and anxiety. When you find yourself in that moment of darkness, remember, this IS our Father’s world. He is in control of e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.

    His promise to us, is real. He will not forsake us in this hour of uncertainty and fear. He is working behind the scenes and He goes before us, and however, whenever we see it, there WILL BE a rainbow after this storm.

    Keep the faith! Continue in hope. Be courageous. Keep calm.
    My prayer for each of you.

    Pat xo

  281. jeff1 says:

    Over the Rainbow

    Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
    There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby
    Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
    And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true

    Someday I’ll wish upon a star
    And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
    Where troubles melt like lemon drops
    Away above the chimney tops
    That’s where you’ll find me

    Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly
    Birds fly over the rainbow
    Why, then
    Oh, why can’t I?

    If happy little bluebirds fly
    Beyond the rainbow
    Why, oh, why can’t I?

  282. Beloved says:

    Beautifully said Pat. Prayers for your daughter.

  283. Beloved says:

    Father, for all those going through the darkest times in their lives I pray they will one day rise from the ashes in triumph being as gold and silver in Your eyes. Amen

  284. street says:

    If happy little bluebirds fly
    Beyond the rainbow
    Why, oh, why can’t I?

    He who was revealed in the flesh,
    Was vindicated in the Spirit,
    Seen by angels,
    Proclaimed among the nations,
    Believed on in the world,
    Taken up in glory.

    seems like He is not finished with us,
    yet, Glory assured in Christ Jesus.

  285. poohpity says:

    Oooh Pat, so sad to hear of your daughter’s circumstances and those of her fellow workers. I am not aware of how the Canadian government was helping those they tell they can not work.

    My older son is able to work from home since his work for the state is mostly done on the computer and his wife is a BSN so the hospitals are of course still open. Their combined earnings are over 75 thousand so they will not receive any help from the government but my younger son who was furloughed for the first two weeks and paid for 5.5 hours a day for his job but was able to keep his insurance but as of last Tuesday he was laid off and he was also attending college two days a week but that also has been stopped yet he will receive the $1200 from the government and unemployment income. I do not know what he would do without the help. Things are certainly changing in the world around us.

    Just recently Max Lucado put out a new study for this time called, “Anxious for Nothing” it sure has helped me look at everything happening a lot differently and get closer to God. You can sign up and do it over the internet. There are so many people reaching out in the name of Jesus to bring hope, encouragement and comfort.

  286. phpatato says:

    Pooh My daughter still has her job. She is working at home, in preparation for, should she get back to work July 2, being able to hit the ground running for what may be left of the summer holidays for school-aged kids. She develops and runs day camps during the summer and for March break at various community centers in her zone of the city. She’ll have to hire her staff back first thing and because she is a Red Cross first-aid instructor trainer, she will have to run a first-aid course to get them all re-certified. It will be a …this has to be done, like yesterday, because if the city gets back to work, it could well be that the lock down/stay home restriction has been lifted and others in the workforce are also back at their jobs…situation for her. Parents will be dropping their kids off at her camps before they themselves go to work.

    The Canadian government has established the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The CERB would cover Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures. The CERB would apply to wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).

    Additionally, workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19, would also qualify for the CERB. This would help businesses keep their employees as they navigate these difficult times, while ensuring they preserve the ability to quickly resume operations as soon as it becomes possible.

    Our Prime Minister has a bad habit of giving millions and millions of dollars away. It is about time that he took something from Trump and has, in this case, put Canadians first. And I say that lightly. I’m sure he would have been able to do much more than what he has offered had he not been so generous with our tax money in the first place. He’s a United Nations puppet. A UN Wannabe. He eyes a seat on that council and will sell the farm to get it.

  287. Beloved says:

    The Loud Absence: Where Is God In The Midst Of Suffering

    Look it up on YouTube. It’s by Dr John Lennox who came from Northern Ireland to Oxford and speaks of religious wars and how God thinks about it. It’s very good.

  288. foreverblessed says:

    I get many messages from Christians, that when we keep the Passover, the angel of death will pass us by.

    I do wholeheartedly agree, that is we take the Lord’s Supper, seriously,
    “A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup”
    1 Kor 11:28
    If we confess our own sins, and take of the Lord’s Supper, what a difference that would make.

    And how the power of Jesus Resurrection Life flows through us when we in faith partake of the bread and the wine.

    Faith in Jesus

  289. foreverblessed says:

    Welcome back, Phpatato!
    Thanks for sharing.
    I wrote a long piece about Europe, and the money that is needed to help. But it got lost..in cyberspace.

    Europe is a mixture of iron and clay.

    Thanks Beloved, I want to watch that video of John Lennox.
    Where is God?

    I picture Him as the description Jesus gave:
    Matthew 23:37
    How often have I longed to gather your children together,
    As a hen who gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing

    God is crying about that..

  290. SFDBWV says:

    I love old adages as they use less words to say much more.

    “A camel is a horse that a committee designed.”

    I so enjoyed Pat’s explanation of benefits the Canadians are to receive. Does it sound anything like the “Stimulus package” congress has cooked up for American’s, no it does not.

    Often I find the most amazing statements hidden in the dialog of movies and books. This one comes from “Men in Black” the first one.

    “A person is smart, but people are panicky.”

    Taking a lesson from Exodus when the people collectively decided that Moses must have died up on the mountain they panicked and forced Aaron to build the golden calf on their behalf and to return to Egypt.

    It was a democratic decision made out of fear and lack of faith. An attempt to remedy their situation using their own ideas and understanding in order to do so.

    How many times in your life has there been a line drawn in the sand and you given the simple choice of which side of the line you are on?

    As for me and my household we will serve the Lord.

    Thunderstorms and rain this morning.

    Steve

  291. jeff1 says:

    foreverblessed says:
    April 8, 2020 at 3:24 am

    I am not one to go to church regularly and yet I always feel the need to go to Communion Sunday which is monthly in our church.

    For me the partaking of Communion makes me feel closer to God as firstly we confess our sins:

    Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
    we have sinned in thought and word and deed,
    and in what we have left undone.
    We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
    For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ,
    have mercy on us and forgive us,
    that we may walk in newness of life
    to the glory of your name. Amen.

    The presiding minister pronounces the absolution:

    Almighty God,
    who forgives all who truly repent,
    have mercy on you,
    pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
    confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
    and keep you in eternal life;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Prior to the Communion we say the Prayer of Humble Access.

    We do not presume to come to this your table,
    merciful Lord,
    trusting in our own righteousness
    but in your manifold and great mercies.
    We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table.
    But you are the same Lord,
    whose nature is always to have mercy.
    Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord,
    so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ,
    and to drink his blood,
    that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body,
    and our souls washed through his most precious blood,
    and that we may evermore dwell in him and he in us. Amen.

    It is for myself that I feel cleansed of my sins when I take Communion and why I feel forgiven, renewed and strengthened in my faith.

    For me it is a time for remorse as I unburden myself in faith and trust in God for absolution.

    It is for me the cleansing of my sins and I take that very seriously for communion with God.

  292. bratimus says:

    Yes, I’m afraid that the U.S. stimulus package will overlook some U.S. citizens, I think I seen a number of over 9 million plus could be overlooked. Some will be actually getting more money for not work then if they they were working. It is funny how thing work out in some of these packages.

    This passage comes to mind 3 John 1:9-12

    I’m not doing this, but if you replaced the word Church with another group or country in the passage above it works. I’m not adding or taking away just pointing something out.

    Reading 1 John 5

    In Christ Jesus name
    Bratimus

  293. poohpity says:

    The unworthy manner Paul was speaking of in taking the Lord’s supper was not about our sinfulness but about using it as a meal and a way to get drunk. He tells them eat and drink before or after but not using the elements for that reason.

    1 Cor 11: When you meet together, you are not really interested in the Lord’s Supper. 21 For some of you hurry to eat your own meal without sharing with others. As a result, some go hungry while others get drunk. 22 What? Don’t you have your own homes for eating and drinking? Or do you really want to disgrace God’s church and shame the poor? What am I supposed to say? Do you want me to praise you? Well, I certainly will not praise you for this!

    23 For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread 24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.

    27 So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. 29 For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.

    31 But if we would examine ourselves, we would not be judged by God in this way. 32 Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world.

    33 So, my dear brothers and sisters, when you gather for the Lord’s Supper, wait for each other. 34 If you are really hungry, eat at home so you won’t bring judgment upon yourselves when you meet together. I’ll give you instructions about the other matters after I arrive.

  294. poohpity says:

    Pat, that is very much like how our government is doing except it is $1200 per person but what I do not understand is people like me who lives off of SS gets that money too. This virus did not interfere with my income so I do not know why they are giving us that money which will just put our country more in debt. It should only to go to those that are effected financially as in job loss, business loss, etc.. but that is just my opinion.

  295. Beloved says:

    The purpose of a stimulus is not to stimulate ourselves but to stimulate the economy by spending therefore helping businesses and other people. It is more blessed to give, than to receive.

  296. jeff1 says:

    poohpity says:
    April 8, 2020 at 8:22 am

    If it is not about our sinfulness then why do we approach God with the Prayer of Humble Access?

    We do not presume to come to this your table,
    merciful Lord,
    trusting in our own righteousness
    but in your manifold and great mercies.
    We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table.
    But you are the same Lord,
    whose nature is always to have mercy.
    Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord,
    so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ,
    and to drink his blood,
    that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body,
    and our souls washed through his most precious blood,
    and that we may evermore dwell in him and he in us. Amen.

  297. poohpity says:

    What the people in Corinth were doing was not focused on the Lord but on their own stomachs. Those elements are not what makes our bodies or our souls clean, it was what Jesus did that does that, but religious traditions focus on the elements but not on the ONE they represent. Sort of like idol worship. Read again what is written in 1 Cor 11 those elements are to remind us of what Jesus has done, they are a remembrance not the reason or the means.

  298. poohpity says:

    Admitting our sin is something that is a daily confession sort of like clearing the books and the humility involved in that confession we grasp more clearly what Jesus did for us. Sharing communion is to remind us exactly what Jesus did because sometimes people can be become so self righteous that they forget it was by Jesus giving His body on our behalf and shedding His blood that we have been cleansed and covered in the New Covenant, the old is gone the new has come.

  299. poohpity says:

    There is no spiritual power in the elements themselves but who they represent. It is Jesus who has the power and the more often we remember that the closer we get to abiding, depending and trusting in Him alone.

  300. jeff1 says:

    Pooh, when you take Holy Communion do you approach God as a sinner?

  301. poohpity says:

    I approach God everyday, not just when I take communion, as His child who still struggles with sin. If it were possible for me to never sin again I guess I would take what Jesus did with less awe, wonder or gratitude. On this journey I am more aware everyday just how much I fall short but that just makes me more aware of how totally amazing His grace truly is.

  302. poohpity says:

    When I take communion it is with a grateful heart full of thanksgiving.

  303. poohpity says:

    copied from facebook:

    After the President’s news conference was over, one of the reporters made the observation that for the first time in our nation’s history we won’t be celebrating Easter. Well let me tell you one thing, he’s dead wrong. We might not celebrate what Easter has become in that there may be no new clothes bought for that Sunday. We might not hide and hunt eggs in mass quantities. We may not travel home to attend church with our family. We might not see some folks at our worship services that we haven’t seen since Christmas, but we’re going to Celebrate Easter. As a matter of fact, every Sunday is Easter Sunday. Every time we assemble for worship we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Pilate couldn’t kill a Him and the grave couldn’t hold Him. You think the Coronavirus is going to stop Easter. More people this year will hear the gospel than any other Easter before!

    Easter is not just about special programs, although we will still have them at our church. It’s not about the trumpet call or the mass crowds. It’s the fact that we serve a living Savior who is still transforming lives today. Easter is not only about His resurrection, but our ability to rise with Him. Easter is about the hope of tomorrow and the gift of everlasting life. Yes indeed, we will celebrate. We’ll celebrate what God did for all of us at Calvary. How? By remembering Him. By loving Him. By worshipping Him. By praising Him. Easter for us is everyday. Let the celebration begin. Sing with me:

    I serve a risen Saviour, He’s in the world today
    I know that He is living, whatever men may say
    I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer
    And just the time I need Him He’s always near
    He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Christ Jesus lives today
    He walks with me and talks with me
    Along life’s narrow way
    He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Salvation to impart
    You ask me how I know He lives?

  304. jeff1 says:

    Whereas when I take Communion it is with a heart full of remorse and thanksgiving.

    I Know Jesus lives because I feel His forgiveness and it brings me peace in a world that needs it as much as I do whether they see it that way or not.

    A garden in the night,
    A soul in tortured prayer;
    Engulfed in sorrow all alone,
    Our Savior struggles there.

    He knows His hour has come
    To bear the price of love.
    He reaches out, His spirit drowned
    In agony and blood.

    “My Father, let it pass,
    This darkness now begun.
    But here I am, Your sacrifice,
    So let Your will be done.”

    Lord, help us watch and pray,
    Your burden gladly bear
    That we may live and die like You,
    Our lives a holy prayer.

  305. phpatato says:

    “……He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Salvation to impart
    You ask me how I know He lives?…..”

    He lives within my heart.

    That is the last line of that chorus.

  306. street says:

    our daily bread speaks of how we come to God in communion. if we start with ourselves we end with ourselves.
    when we start with God we end with God.

    Revelation 1:8
    “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

  307. jeff1 says:

    A thankful heart, a thankful heart,
    Lord, grow in me a thankful heart.
    So many gifts You give each day!
    I ask one more: a thankful heart.

    A simple faith, a simple faith,
    For every need, a simple faith.
    Father, You hold me in Your arms,
    So give Your child a simple faith.

    A life of love, a life of love,
    In Jesus Christ a life of love.
    Lord, as I live and breathe in You,
    This wealth is mine: a life of love.

    A thankful heart, a simple faith,
    A life of love in You each day
    Till we are one and face to face
    And all is joy and endless praise!

  308. Beloved says:

    Reading Psalm42-50 and this seemed appropriate for today’s news affecting the whole world.

    Psalm 50
    God Himself Is Judge
    A Psalm of Asaph.
    50:1 The Mighty One, God the Lord,
    speaks and summons the earth
    from the rising of the sun to its setting.
    2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
    God shines forth.

    3 Our God comes; he does not keep silence;
    before him is a devouring fire,
    around him a mighty tempest.
    4 He calls to the heavens above
    and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
    5 “Gather to me my faithful ones,
    who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
    6 The heavens declare his righteousness,
    for God himself is judge! Selah

    7 “Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
    O Israel, I will testify against you.
    I am God, your God.
    8 Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
    your burnt offerings are continually before me.
    9 I will not accept a bull from your house
    or goats from your folds.
    10 For every beast of the forest is mine,
    the cattle on a thousand hills.
    11 I know all the birds of the hills,
    and all that moves in the field is mine.

    12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
    for the world and its fullness are mine.
    13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls
    or drink the blood of goats?
    14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,
    and perform your vows to the Most High,
    15 and call upon me in the day of trouble;
    I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

    16 But to the wicked God says:
    “What right have you to recite my statutes
    or take my covenant on your lips?
    17 For you hate discipline,
    and you cast my words behind you.
    18 If you see a thief, you are pleased with him,
    and you keep company with adulterers.

    19 “You give your mouth free rein for evil,
    and your tongue frames deceit.
    20 You sit and speak against your brother;
    you slander your own mother’s son.
    21 These things you have done, and I have been silent;
    you thought that I was one like yourself.
    But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.

    22 “Mark this, then, you who forget God,
    lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!
    23 The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
    to one who orders his way rightly
    I will show the salvation of God!”

  309. Beloved says:

    Psalm 42:8 American Standard Version
    Yet Jehovah will command his lovingkindness in the day-time; And in the night his song shall be with me, Even a prayer unto the God of my life.

  310. SFDBWV says:

    I see you are up early this morning Joyce. I’ve been awake since about 2:30. Thunderstorms again this morning.

    They have passed and moved on east of by now.

    I love the mornings, it seems I can spend some uninterrupted time with God in the darkness of the morning sky that feels different then later after the sun is up.

    Starry, rainy, cloudy, snowy or just ice cold it is all the same to me. A good time for personal time with God.

    I hope you experience the same this morning and He comfort you and give you strength.

    Steve

  311. foreverblessed says:

    Communion- start with God and end with God

    Thanks. I was raised in a church that emphasized the self examination if you are serious enough, if you recognise the body of the Lord when you eat and drink the Lord’s Supper, 1 For 11:28-29.

    So much that I hardly could accept His sacrifice for me,vand feel the freedom that His Cross gives.
    We are bought with a price, we are free! If we accept it in faith in Jesus Christ.

    I was like that pilgrim in Pilgrim’s Progress, from Bunyan. That was carrying the load of his sons on his back. It took quite a while before he could dump it at the Cross, and leave his load there.

    Free!!!!

  312. foreverblessed says:

    The load of his sins, not sons.

    All though I do feel a load for my sons, that do not yet SEE who Jesus is for them, and what He has done for them.

    I try to learn to may that load toe, at the Cross.

    The utmost of the last several days give a deep explanation on what Jesus did for us on the Cross. As Beloved mentioned, the Son of Man and the Son of God.

    Of April 6

    The heart of salvation is the Cross of Christ. The reason salvation is so easy to obtain is that it cost God so much. The Cross was the place where God and sinful man merged with a tremendous collision and where the way to life was opened. But all the cost and pain of the collision was absorbed by the heart of God.

    Absorbed- like the movie the Mask, the Mask eats up the bomb and it explodes in his stomach
    Gone forever….
    There is nothing going wrrong in this world that God cannot absorb on the Cross. He already did.
    If we accept that in faith in Him.

  313. foreverblessed says:

    May the peace of Christ that you meet at night accompany you through the day, Steve, in all your chores, may God be with you.

    So whether you eat of drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God
    1 Cor 10:31

  314. foreverblessed says:

    And Steve, thanks for your hearty concern. But in our country, everybody who wants to go on a ventilator can do so. There is still enough. And Germany has taken about 40 plus in IC. (Germany has had an overload of IC for a long time, which is now a great pro!)
    May God be with us all, and thanks you all for your encouraging comments, and Bible verses.

  315. jeff1 says:

    foreverblessed says:
    April 9, 2020 at 5:02 am

    The load of his sins, not sons.

    All though I do feel a load for my sons, that do not yet SEE who Jesus is for them, and what He has done for them.

    I try to learn to may that load toe, at the Cross.

    My thinking on this is that religions has turned peoples heads and Christ says:

    “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

  316. SFDBWV says:

    An interesting read this morning in the news. Some doctors believe that the ventilators are killing as many patients as may be helping.

    One doctor made a make shift ventilator out of $100 dollars’ worth of hardware supplies.

    It seems that this “epidemic” is teaching as much as it is healing about how to deal with such matters.

    A political cartoon this morning depicts a church with a mask over it.

    No doubt about it Christianity is under attack by the media. I don’t see cartoons or articles in a negative spin about Islam or any other religion. Just Christianity.

    It seems clear to me the face of the anti-christ in the front pages of this “pandemic”.

    Talking to a fellow yesterday who ask me how many people died today of drug overdose, or cancer, or heart attack or even from murder? Seeing how the only news is about what the media has decided is news.

    I am not saying that this new virus isn’t a serious matter, but we seem to be throwing the baby out with the wash water.

    I even read this week where this virus that was once only seen in bats may have always been in humans, just not recognized as such.

    Misinformation, conflicting information, misleading information, confusion all during a time for elections. From people who want to control how you think and especially how you vote.

    I even read this morning of fears that this virus may mean the end of the European Union.

    Please don’t let fear and panic drive your thoughts and actions.

    What does the Holy Spirit say to your inner being?

    Hold tight to your faith, God is in control, no one else.

    Steve

  317. jeff1 says:

    Sailing the waves in the darkness,
    Suddenly caught in a storm,
    Our Lord is so peacefully sleeping,
    All cuddled safe and warm.
    Yes, God is there.
    Everything’s all right!

    Peter is all in a panic,
    Oar and a pail in each hand.
    The twelve are so fearfully frantic,
    They just don’t understand
    That God is there.
    Everything’s all right!

    So when your sailing is stormy,
    Seems like you won’t stay afloat,
    Before you go drowning in worry,
    Just look who’s in your boat!
    If God is there,
    Everything’s all right!
    If God is there,
    Everything’s all right!

  318. poohpity says:

    I heard 182 countries are dealing with the CoVid 19 virus and I bet that not all of them are in a time of elections. Surely elections will not play a part in the dealings with this virus but obviously politicians will use it as a means to sneak different items in bills to get money for their pet projects as was done with the CARES Act because it certainly was not a clean bill with no ear marks or pork as they call it but that was the only way one side would allow it to pass so soon but because of the additions it held the bill up for a week as it was.

    During this time you can certainly see what is in the heart of people. I see people all over doing what is in the best interest of others and that is what love is all about. Neighbor helping neighbor, businesses changing what they make to make what the medical community needs, thinking of new ways to teach, bringing food to the home bound or those who have health issues and should not go out, all kinds of random acts of kindness. This seems to be happening globally. Humanity helping humanity now if that is not a small reflection of God I do not know what is.

  319. street says:

    Prelude to a Standing Offer

    EZEKIEL 37:14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”

    Psalm 50:14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,
    and perform your vows to the Most High,
    15 and call upon me in the day of trouble;
    I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

    thinking of pilgrim progress, where he goes through the wicket gate and up the hill to the cross. his load of burden falls from his shoulder and rolls down the hill into the sepulcher never to be seen again. he as been made alive to God, restored, abundant life. God, faithful in love.

    EZEKIEL 37:14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”

  320. jeff1 says:

    While I would agree with you Pooh that we see a good reflection of God in humanity helping humanity it still troubles me that it takes a ‘crisis’ to move us to unity while the words of this song tends to represent a more accurate view of the world when not seen to be in crisis.

    What’s wrong with the world, mama?
    People livin’ like they ain’t got no mamas
    I think the whole world addicted to the drama
    Only attracted to things that’ll bring the trauma
    Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
    But we still got terrorists here livin’
    In the usa, the big CIA
    The Bloods and the Crips and the KK
    But if you only have love for your own race
    Then you only leave space to discriminate
    And to discriminate only generates hate
    And when you hate then you’re bound to get irate, yeah
    Madness is what you demonstrate
    And that’s exactly how anger works and operates
    Now, you gotta have love this’ll set us straight
    Take control of your mind and meditate
    Let your soul gravitate to the love, y’all, y’all

    People killin’, people dyin’
    Children hurt and you hear them cryin’
    Can you practice what you preach?
    And would you turn the other cheek?

    Father, father, father help us
    Send us some guidance from above
    ‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
    Where is the love? (Love)

    Where is the love? (The love)
    Where is the love? (The love)
    Where is the love?
    The love, the love

    It just ain’t the same, old ways have changed
    New days are strange, is the world insane?
    If love and peace is so strong
    Why are there pieces of love that don’t belong
    Nations droppin’ bombs
    Chemical gasses fillin’ lungs of little ones
    With the ongoin’ sufferin’ as the youth die young
    So ask yourself, is the lovin’ really gone?
    So I can ask myself really what is goin’ wrong
    In this world that we livin’ in people keep on givin’ in
    Makin’ wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
    Not respectin’ each other, deny thy brother
    A war is goin’ on but the reason’s undercover
    The truth is kept secret, it’s swept under the rug
    If you never know truth then you never know love
    Where’s the love, y’all? Come on (i don’t know)
    Where’s the truth, y’all? Come on (i don’t know)
    Where’s the love, y’all? (Come on yeah)

    People killin’, people dyin’
    Children hurt and you hear them cryin’
    Can you practice what you preach?
    And would you turn the other cheek?

    Father, father, father help us
    Send us some guidance from above
    ‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
    Where is the love? (Love)

    Where is the love? (The love)
    Where is the love? (The love)
    Where is the love? (The love)
    Where is the love? (Love)

    Where is the love? (The love)
    Where is the love? (The love)
    Where is the love?
    The love, the love

    I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
    As I’m gettin’ older, y’all, people gets colder
    Most of us only care about money makin’
    Selfishness got us followin’ the wrong direction
    Wrong information always shown by the media
    Negative images, it’s the main criteria
    Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
    Kids want to act like what they see in the cinema
    Yo, whatever happened to the values of humanity?
    Whatever happened to the fairness in equality?
    Instead in spreading love we’re spreading animosity
    Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity
    That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ under
    That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ down
    There’s no wonder why sometimes I’m feelin’ under
    Gotta keep my faith alive ’til love is found now ask yourself

    Where is the love?
    Where is the love?
    Where is the love?
    Where is the love?

    Father, father, father help us
    Send us some guidance from above
    ‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
    Where is the love? (Love)

    Sing with me, y’all

    (One world, one world)
    We only got (one world, one world)
    That’s all we got (one world, one world)
    And something’s wrong with it (yeah)
    And something’s wrong with it (yeah)
    And something’s wrong with the w-w-world yeah
    We only got (one world, one world)
    That’s all we got (one world, one world)

  321. poohpity says:

    I guess love starts with one person at a time and rather than looking around we need to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, “will you be a person that shares that love that we are given by the Lord or one that spreads the hate and evil in the world?” Romans 12:21

  322. jeff1 says:

    So we shouldn’t be troubled by the wrong in the world!

  323. bratimus says:

    I read a few News articles about how they are reporting deaths could have an * by it. The question is did the Coronavirus cause there death or was it the other health issue they had cause the death they not really investigating they are just marking it as a coronavirus death. I also read an article on the ventilator, the percentage of those not coming off is really high some doctors are saying. I also read that some experts say the whole shelter in place is just going to prolong the pandemic. I take all news I read with a grain of salt.

    reading 2 John 1

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  324. jeff1 says:

    That seems to me like burying your head in the sand and being in denial at the state of the world.

    In this world there will be tribulation but ‘Jesus’ has overcome the world which means that faith is still very much the key to trusting God in whatever circumstances we find ourselves in.

  325. Beloved says:

    Speaking of the news Bratimus,
    I was aghast watching an interview of a state senator who is also a doctor stating that he was given a directive from the governor saying that if an elderly person dies of lung illness and has not been tested but has been in contact with a person with covid19 they are to put covid as the cause of death on death certificate. He said he consulted with other doctors who agreed that standard protocol was to put the facts of death only and not possible causes. When asked why he thought the government was doing this he said “fear mongering”. He wrote an article about this in one of the largest papers in the state also. It really makes you crazy trying to get the truth these days, but I’d rather err on the side of caution and trust God for the outcome as always. It’s a crazy world out there…but then it serves a crazy evil ruler.

    The fields “world” are ripe for harvest, praying the LORD of the harvest will send more workers (that are unafraid of what the world thinks of them) to bring Good News!

  326. Beloved says:

    Steve my internal clock is late nights and late morning. Lately I’ve been waking up and unable to fall back asleep so I get up read scripture and even check up on blog activity; then I go back to bed a little later and get up about 8 or 9. I do need a certain amount of sleep to be able to function or my fibromyalgia pretty much cripples me for the day. Nothing compared to what you have to deal with. I guess we’re all given strength for what we have to deal with in life. Yes He is a wonderful comfort any time of day or night!

  327. poohpity says:

    Viv, you stated, “So we shouldn’t be troubled by the wrong in the world!”

    I do not know how anyone with a heart of compassion would not be troubled by the wrong in the world. I can not tell you how many times a day I cry when I see the reality of what is going on all around us north, south, east or west. Things that are so horrible in each country that I have no idea how a human being can do those things to others human beings but I do not need to be part of the problem instead I want to be part of the solution and do love.

  328. poohpity says:

    I have cried and prayed over the last 10 years for Steve knowing that he is getting older and is still lifting his son who weighs twice as much he does and is not supposed to be lifting but still does. I am troubled about what happens to Matt when Steve is no longer able to physically care for him.

    I cry and pray over you Viv, knowing that what you have shared about your mind and how troubling that is for you.

    I cry and pray over Beloved, hearing her cries for love and acceptance that she is willing to flatter or do whatever so others will like her.

    I cry and pray over forever, knowing how hard she tries to do what she thinks is right to please God but alienates others by such high standards she demands from them.

    I cry and pray over street because he seems so confused and grasping to gain knowledge about God yet over thinks so much that is so simple.

  329. Beloved says:

    Cast all your cares on Him, for He’s cares for you.

  330. Beloved says:

    There is a way that seems right to man, but the end thereof is death. Seek peace and pursue it. Blessed are the poor in spirit, they shall see God.

  331. Beloved says:

    Thinking, does God see my tears when I am judging others? I think we all know the answer. Judge not or you will be judged by the same measure. Pooh I know you can’t help yourself which is evident through years of reading your complaints dressed in Christianese language. Best to leave alone.

  332. Beloved says:

    Dear friends,
    Do not give the devil a foothold. But rejoice that your names are written in heaven! His kingdom has come and His will be done in each and every one of our lives.
    In Jesus’ Name. Amen

  333. street says:

    was sitting hear listening to some music and thinking this is too good not to share! Acapeldridge one guy singing all four parts of a quartet. he records the old hymns and loves singing them as much as i like listening to them. guess you will never see this done live, but it is beautiful to sing along. i discovered 3 or 4 i have never heard before, like i said too good not to share. believe his name is Michael Eldridge. hope you enjoy it as much as i do. street sorry mart off topic, but on target.

  334. jeff1 says:

    poohpity says:
    April 9, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    I do not need to be part of the problem instead I want to be part of the solution and do love.

    I cannot see myself as anything other than part of the problem as 30 years of violence learned me to hate and I didn’t think I had it in me but it just shows how wrong you can be.

    I was a naive 15 year old who soon discovered that people who do love are also prepared to do violence in other to prove that love.

    Much blood was spilled in this small part of the world that I live in because many put the love of their country before their love of God.

    It always comes back to man wanting control and so not surprisingly the writer of the song asks ‘Where is the Love’as I believe there is a big difference in God’s love and our efforts to imitate it.

  335. poohpity says:

    For many years I believed love was a feeling until the Lord taught me it is actions. God so loved the world HE GAVE, forgave, showed mercy and Created such beauty for mankind to enjoy. Love is seeking the highest good for another.

    I do not have to like or trust someone to show them love. If I see someone I consider an enemy I would never make them go hungry or thirsty or naked but I would do what I am able to do for them and have found in extending kindness I have grown to like them. I do not know how that happens but it does for me.

    Love for inanimate objects or material things can cause anyone to do evil and to treat people terrible. 1 John 2:15-16 NLT says “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.” It is a lesson worth learning. I may not do it perfectly but I attempt to in the power of the Lord to work at it.

  336. Beloved says:

    Chris I’ve been thinking of you and wondering if you are still going into prison? It sounds more dangerous than ever.

    Street your friend in jail.. is he safe? We need to remember to pray for those incarcerated during this pandemic.

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