11 Things God is able to do



Originally posted on Refining theological understanding. Sharpening ethical rigor. Heightening devotional intensity.:

Ephesians 3:20

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.

The word “Able” is translated from the word dunatos (in turn from dunamai) which refers to the power one has by virtue of inherent ability and resources. “Able” describes that which has sufficient or necessary power, means, skill, or resources to accomplish an objective.

I am completely persuaded that God is Able

God is able to create something out of nothing

God is able from these stones to raise up children.. Matthew 3:9

God is able to make all grace abound to you

God is able to make all grace abound to you… having all-sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

God is able to deliver

God whom we serve is able to deliver…

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TODAY’S WORD FOR YOU, 11-23-15 The Two BUT’S of Solomon


 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.  (Mt 19:30)

Are there ‘BUT’S’ in your life keeping you from trusting and obeying God fully?

It is better to start off bad and end up good than the other way around.  The Biblical case in point is the life of King Solomon who had everything going for him.  He had a good start in a big way, which really meant nothing because of his bad ending, and how he was dethroned by God.  The wisest king of the world’s empire in his time ended up as the most foolish king of all time, who left a poor legacy for the nation of Israel to the present day.  His two ‘BUT’S’:

BUT SOLOMON was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.”  (1Kings 7:1)

BUT king Solomon (defiantly) loved many foreign women: the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites (1Kings 11:1) . . .He had 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines; and his wives turned away his heart from God.” (AMP vs 2-3)

SEE ‘HOW GOD FEELS ABOUT US’, AN ANGRY GOD- Conclusion Chapter 9, Shofar eBook  Read ‘FAILING GOD- Solomon’s Two Big ‘BUTS’



Dancing With the Devil in Paris

Source: Dancing With the Devil in Paris

Teenage Vegan- Newest Blogger in Family


My beautiful granddaughter, Tay.

Last summer she paddled with a canoe club.  In her senior year in school she’s involved with Bible study and music ministry playing the guitar and leading in singing,  and Tay dances worship hula.  Her special hula halau/troupe is busy performing for special events and holiday concerts.  This active 17 year old, soon turning 18,  became a vegan a few months ago and chronicles her experiences learning how to eat and live healthier.   She shares her dairy on food prep, recipes and photos of her meals, weight loss, among other things.   Half of our family members are vegetarians and now two are vegan.  See her blogsite at:




One man’s journey away from contemporary Christian music.

SURE, why not include a hymn or two in your church worship?!

Source: One man’s journey away from contemporary Christian music.

God’s Timing is Perfect

A wonderful story from the Bible!

Source: God’s Timing is Perfect



“Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord.”  (Jeremiah 23:1)

They have forgotten what they’re supposed to do, forgotten who the Head of the church is, and what their responsibilities are to the flock of God as noted in Ephesians chapter 4.  How the heart of God is grieved!

  “. . .walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,”  (vs 1)

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:


SEE MY ‘SOUNDING THE SHOFAR’ FACEBOOK PAGE regarding recent mega church scandals:




TRUST GOD.  ‘. . . Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest’.


Have you been troubled by what you see happening in the world and about you, or have you, had a recent dose of trials, afflictions, attacks from Satan?  Whatever it is you’re going through-  WELCOME to earth’s club!

God’s Word to us today:

 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.   Col 3:2

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  John 16:33

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.   John 14:1-3

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  1Cor 2:9



Nice one Steve



Reposted from one of my favorite writers who knows how to poke around at the human brain.

Originally posted on ColorStorm:

Just a little play time here like the otter, and no offense intended, but perhaps you will agree that this is a bit humorous.  Esteemed in many circles, Stephen Hawking said recently that artificial intelligence could wipe out humanity. Beep, I’m sorry, wrong answer. However, He does get a few points for agreeing with God that men will ‘increase in learning, but not able to come to the knowledge of the truth.’

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Stephen H. is worried about the rise of the robots, that they could supersede humans. Ha, the meebots have quite a head start on the robots, no worries.

Newsflash Stevo. A mind that rejects the One who fashioned the brain with the innate ability to think thoughts such as this, is already operating on fumes, and has long been a vendor of artificial intelligence.

The human brain in its weakest moment can outdo any computer in the area…

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Over the past few days I thought whether or not I should post my reaction to mass killings, then decided that I would, since I already had written this on my Sounding the Shofar’ Facebook.  In the meantime I had taught a women’s group about the battle between good and evil, and between God and Satan for the souls of men and women, boys and girls.  I presented many scriptures on the strategy and devices of Satan, his MO, modus operandi and how to recognize his evil work and resist him.  Then my good Christian blogger friend Gordon King published his post,  ‘The Spiritual World Is Alive’ which I have posted on my blog. I was convinced in my own mind that I should share the following with all of my viewers:

HOT TOPIC!  (from my Facebook ‘Sounding the Shofar’, 10-3-15)

‘The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence’. (Gen 6:ll)

‘Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves’. (Mt 10:16)

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (Jas 4:7)

The recent mass killings in an Oregon community college and Christian persecution was the topic of discussion at our Bible study recently. What would you do if you were asked by a gunman, “Are you a Christian?!” There is no time to pray and ask God, “What shall I do?”, or no time to think, “Is this what it means to take a stand for Christ?”

This is what I plan to do: I will warn my family members and everyone I know that ‘no lowlife, deranged person is worth obliging’!  It is shear stupidity to lay your life on the line for someone bent on shedding the blood of innocent people just to make his mark in the annals of history and the news media in his home town, state, nation and the world.

It makes no difference to a mass killer whether you are a professed Christian or not; he doesn’t really care about Christians, but has singled them out to vent his pent up frustrations and failures as a human person, i.e., you, personally, mean nothing to him! He is only looking to blow away innocent people with a big noise and see their blood splattered. A mass murderer is a person full of the devil and being used by Satan whose modus operandi/MO is ‘to steal, kill, and destroy’. He really doesn’t care who he’s going to kill, but he is driven to violence and murder and that, he will do, whether you are Christian or not.  Don’t throw away your life of serving God on someone who has lost all senses of reason and is irrational!

BUT, the case is way different in the face of obeying or disobeying CIVIL AUTHORITIES, those individuals who have the rule over you/us. Enforcing laws against what they perceive are crimes of non-compliance for example, may result in some Christians taking a personal stand on their religious convictions regarding their freedom and individual rights. But, if and when they do, they may have to suffer the consequences of non-compliance, which may be fines and/or jail time. This is where we are today as the face of society is changing with the passing of new laws that are being challenged by professing Christians, especially in the public marketplace/business arena, educational institutions, and with some religious groups in America.

CHECK OUT THE SCRIPTURES- No one was persecuted or martyred for their faith by responding to a crazed madman or idiot.

So, “Are you a Christian?”   It depends… “WHO is asking?”


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