R-E-S-T-R-A-I-N-T

Our Word Picture for Today:  “R-E-S-T-R-A-I-N-T

Let’s get this right from the start.

Too often Life just “A-I-N-T” what you had wanted or expected.

Instead of the “R-E-S-T”  of peace and quiet, you get the stress and

S-T-R-A-I-N”  But “R-E-S-T-R-A-I-N-T” is  Good for protection and safety, i.e. like a car seat belt, boots and snow tires for winter weather….. even an umbrella for the sudden cloudburst to keep you from getting drenched running to your car from where you were caught in a deluge of “R-A-I-N”……. But  “R-A-I-N” is Good if watering of crops does not cause flooding and restraints & controls as storm sewers, ponds creeks, rivers & lakes to take the water away in a planned controlled way. ….. even an umbrella for the sudden cloudburst helps you from getting drenched running to your car from where you seemed to have been caught. But there is the gentle  “R-A-I-N” that is great for a walk listening to “Singin’ I-N the R-A-I-N”.

We really need to “R-E-S-T” with Him  and find His favor
I-N” which we experience as His overflowing Grace.

Then there’s the spiritual Restraint in which the Lord will
T-R-A-I-N us to avoid the dangers of temptation & foolishness.

It “A-I-N-T” so bad becoming more Christ-like “I-N”praise to His Name.  Jesus Help Us.  Amen

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? IS IT GOOD ENOUGH?

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Our WORD PICTURE for Today: “W-H-A-T-E-V-E-R?

….at least I think it is, but you know… I’m not sure because it has

become a common word or expression in our language; maybe it is

meant to be W-H-A-T-E-V-E-Ryou want it to be (?) The

choices are: “I don’t care W-H-A-T you say or do; it’s OK,” it’s

W-H-A-T-E-V-E-R…you want…. or W-H-A-T-E-V-E-R

you do, I will always (?) love you; never forsake you to the end (?).

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W-H-A-Tis the question: W-H-A-Tmakes the guys (mainly

the youth) wear a H-A-Tbackwards, i.e. the visor to the rear or

cockeyed to the side or are trying to say? ….I do W-H-A-TI

wish ….because whatever “feels good” or W-H-A-Tthey think

looks good……is OK.

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But it’s that same free choice that Looked Good to E-V-Ein the

Garden of Eden…….just ATa time when she was fooled in

thinking of doing W-H-A-Tseemed to be the right thing to do,

she A-T-Efrom the tree she was told not to, but enjoy it now

and never thought it would E-V-E-Rturn out as bad as it did.

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With God’s Plan: ATjust the right time, He sent His Son, Jesus

to save all of mankind from Adam’s & Eve’s prototypical sin.

And God said: Because I H-A-T-Esin, nevertheless, I will love

you forever and E-V-E-R………and not forsake you…… only

because of W-H-A-TGOD, the Son Jesus did on the Cross.

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Father, whatever attitude we may have that doesn’t recognize Your

love and mercy through the Son, Jesus, let Your Holy Spirit not

only comfort us, but enlighten us to proclaim Your glory to others.

For is through Him we always pray…. Jesus, Help us. Amen.

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1/3/2009

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4-Y-E-A-S-T-E-R 2014

Our Word Picture for Today: “Y-E-A-S-T-E-R

? Why? Because Easter this year means so many different things……… and
so much to us ……….but unfortunately nothing to some people.

This festive time comes to us as “Eastre” from the Latin and the Greek, for “astēr” means “star” from fertility goddesses of mythology that signal spring to be celebrated on the day of the Vernal Equinox. Because of its pagan origin (whatever? Who cares?), why not instill our own bias to get the truth by expanding E-A-S-T-E-R>>> to YEASTER? With Good Reason, why not add “Y” in front of E-A-S-T-E-Rto get “YEASTER”? (Literary license allows all to enjoy New Life via E-A-S-T-E-R)

For many, E-A-S-T-E-Roffers a special Hope: And wasn’t it a “Star” over Bethlehem that first heralded the Good News that God came to Earth, born of a virgin ASa lowly babe …….. to dwell with us?

First, look at and toward the E-A-S-T……ASthat’s where the sun rises each day (the Lord willing) ASHe so designed?……. but isn’t it Y-E-A-S-Tthat makes bread rise? …… Isn’t He “The Bread of Life?” Jesus, The SON of God who did “rise” on that first E-A-S-T-E-R” Morning, giving us Hope that He as the “first-fruit” promises us that we too will one day rise for an eternal Spring that we will enjoy? Y not every day?

And didn’t Jesus say: “I Am The Bread of Life” that no one should hunger; he that eats of this Bread shall live for ever.” (John 6:53-58)

Rather than just another day to celebrate, E-A-S-T-E-Rit should be “raised” to its greatest reason to celebrate “YEASTER” ASthe introduction and “Finished work” of Jesus on the Cross as God’s Redemptive Act for all of mankind. Not nay, but rather …….YEA, verily…..YEA!

Father, we have much to celebrate, too much for one day remembered once a year; whereas your “G-I-F-T” is to be celebrated every day in Praise and Thanksgiving. Thru the Son, we always pray, Jesus Help us. Amen.

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A-W-E-S-O-M-E

Our Word for the Day is      A-W-E-S-O-M-E

It is a commonly used word of teenagers (and others who wished they were) when

someone is S-O impressed or just can’t find a better word to describe A-W-E of the

excitement.  S-O what do W-E do?  W-E merely substitute “A-W-E-S-O-M-Ewhich

is a great example of undermining its real import.  Admit it, not just S-O-M-E of us

do it but that includes M-E as well; rather than shortchanging who is listening, stop

and consider where and when “A”W-E-S-O-M-E

Might this be another case where a word gets overused and it sticks, e.g. extremely

shocking; horrific: however, awful, bloody images is its correct use,   “She is awful

pretty (?)” can be confusing and contradictory.  It’s sometimes tough to find the

right word because A-W-E  should carry the feeling of “reverence” and “respect”

mixed with “fear” and “wonder.”  “Fear of the Lord” is the beginning of wisdom and

Jesus is said to have performed many miracles or “signs and wonders” as a way of

reflecting his deity.  Therefore, Jesus is A-W-E-S-O-M-E because He is The Author:

Creation is A-W-E-S-O-M-E  because it is endless and beyond comprehension; what

is truly A-W-E-S-O-M-E should be reserved for Creation’s Creator, The Son of GOD.

Father, what a privilege W-E have in bringing our prayer into your A-W-E-S-O-M-E  Presence seeking your wisdom and mercy.  As a child needs to listen, we are blessed and experience your grace.  Through the Son, we pray: Jesus Help Us.

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L-I-S-T-E-N

Our WORD PICTURE for Today: “L-I-S-T-E-N”

 

Ask yourself the question: To whom do  “I” need to  “LISTEN” ?

 When you are young, I would hope that it  “IS” your parents, Dad and Mom.

 Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a  “L-I-S-T” to help you decide when to

 “LISTEN” to friends (?)..the news (?)…and anybody else?  Well, there “IS”

 Look at the last three (3) letters of “LISTEN”… yes, like “TEN” in “TEN”

 Commandments.  But that is just the beginning because when God spoke

 through the prophets to the people, God told them to say: “LISTEN”to the

 Word of God…..who is Jesus…..and God continues even today to speak to

 us through His written Word, the Bible’s Scriptures.


Our Father, when you showed your Glory through the Son (Jesus) on the mount of Transfiguration, you clearly told the Apostles, Peter, James and John……… and all of us: “This is My Son….. “LISTEN” to Him.”  Help us to see, hear and obey your Word each day so that we might Listen Wisely and grow in understanding.   Through your Son, The Word, Jesus, Help us.

                                                                                                  “OK”  FGT -2/27/09

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E-V-E-R-L-A-S-T-I-N-G

OUR WORD for TodayE-V-E-R-L-A-S-T-I-N-G

 

God created Adam and E-V-E as man and woman; then placed them I-N the Garden of Eden or Paradise so that they might have Fellowship with God.  They didn’t know but did they E-V-E-R think how long this idyllic situation would ………L-A-S-T

 

A-S God’s Plan started to enfold…… temptation and Sin crept into Adam and Eve’s lives; that would eventually lead to a physical Death;

the same is true for all of us because we all have that same Sin nature…

…..and lose our place with God.  Sad, but true, there’s nothing or any  amount of good we ourselves can do to escape the  S-T-I-N-G ……of Death…….. only the Cross and Blood of Jesus can bring us back and restore us to E-V-E-R-L-A-S-T-I-N-G  life.

Nothing we do would be enough to pay for or redeem us from……… S-t-I-N….but the Cross of Jesus took on the S-T-I-N-G  of  S-t-I-N so we can trust and ask; OK Sin, O Death where is your

S-T-I-N-G?

we where we will no longer E-V-E-R experience the penalty and pain of death for a time E-V-E-R-L-A-S-T-I-N-G.

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Our Heavenly Father, your Son, Jesus died once for all, whoever puts their trust in Him can rely on His “finished work”….that it will be  “everlasting” a reminder for those saved by your Grace.  Jesus, help us.

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G-O-O-D

Our Word For Today:  GOOD

 Let’s begin and know that GOD is GOOD and let’s look very closely what He gives us.

 Water is necessary for Life and the chemical symbol for a Water molecule is H2O.  This tells

 us that it takes two (2) Hydrogen atoms and one (1) Oxygen atom to make Water.

 And you should know that the air we breathe is 21% Oxygen and about 79% Nitrogen.

 H2O is the symbol for a Water molecule.  Oxygen by itself has a symbol, (O2) which tells us that the Oxygen molecule has two (2) Oxygen atoms…….just as GOD gives the air (O2) we breathe and the water (H2O) we drink, both are needed for us to live and survive.

 Now, when we again look at  GOOD…….. and do you see the O O in  GOOD ?

 So let’s re-write GOOD.   We know that O is Oxygen and the Oxygen molecule is (O2)

 Knowing all GOOD like the air (O2) we breathe comes from GOD, let’s re-write GOOD

as  G O2Dgiving GOD all the credit for providing all that is necessary for life.


And what if we “make a bigger deal” of how GOD is so veryGOOOD, we might re-write

 GOOOD as GO3D in the same way we re-wrote GOOD or G O2D O3  is different

 from Oxygen (which has 2 Oxygen or (O2).   (O3) with 3 Oxygen is called Ozone.  It provides

a “Protective Layer” in the atmosphere to filter or take out the harmful effects of too much sun. 

Without the Ozone or  (O3)  Layer, people would get too much sun and develop skin cancer.

 Now we are able “to see” and understand how GOD is GO2D  to give us life with the help of Oxygen in air we breathe and how GOD is  GO3D to protect us from the harmful effects of the sun.  But the most generous GIFT from GOD, better than GOOD or GOOOD, is His Best GIFT……..His SON, Jesus, whose Blood covers us and protects us from the harmful effects of S(k)IN cancer of the world(sun) as this SON (Jesus) breathes a new G O2D life into us by His Holy Spirit…. Guaranteeing us eternal safety from the debt (and death itself) of sin.

 

Let us pray: Dear GOD, how “GOOD” and so very “GOOOD” is Your Love and Protection

as You have shown to Your children through Jesus.  Amen.

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