If you have just a little extra time on your hands you can draw and paint. In fact, if I can, you can. I don’t remember ever drawing anything from my youth to adulthood. But now as a retiree I found a relaxing, satisfying and therapeutic way to stir up my creative juices! Check out my gallery and find links to online art forums and free or inexpensive lessons to help you get started drawing and painting!
It’s a good time to be a false teacher and to espouse deadly doctrine. It seems that today’s most brazen heretic will be granted a hearing and, in all likelihood, a book deal. Novelty is appealing, orthodoxy boring. It’s the ones who sound the warning and issue the challenge that bear the risk—the risk of being […]
There are the true believers and make believers, wheat and tares, sheep and goats in the ‘body of Christ’. Galatians 1:8 -9 states, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” How important is Paul’s warning that he repeats himself! Do not compromise the gospel!
by Mike Ratliff
25 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25 (NASB)
We live in an evil time. There are large numbers of “Christian” leaders who claim to be ministers of God, but prove by their words and actions to have thrown off the authority of God. They do what is right in their own eyes while claiming that they are only following the leading of the Holy Spirit. The fact that what they say or do is unbiblical seems to trouble very few. When some point out the truth to them, they claim that God has lead them to do what they do so it must be okay and those who protest are just legalistic.
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In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1
And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:9-10
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Psalm 19:1
O GIVE THANKS
O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth forever.
To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him that stretched out the earth above the waters; for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:
The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever.
The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 136:3-9
As Creator God, the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY is worthy of our praise. We are His people who were created to praise HIM and HIM alone.
This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD. (Psalms 102:18)
Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. (Psalms 150:6)
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Rev 4:11)
There is no other god in all the world who is worthy to be praised and worshipped! Only GOD ALMIGHTY, Creator of heaven and earth is worthy of that honor.
For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods. (Psalms 97:9)
For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. (Psalms 96:5)
God has always been LORD of all the universe, even before He formed the earth.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. (Psalms 90:2)
God commands us to worship HIM, and not idols.
Thou shalt have none other gods before me. Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, . . .(Deut 5:7-9; Exodus 20:3-5)
This is what Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-40:
“. . .Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Choose today who you will worship. Choose the Almighty God and Creator of heaven and earth, Jehovah God who is our Lord and Savior, and Soon Coming King!
(Joshua said) “. . .choose you this day whom ye will serve. . .but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)
I changed the title heading because it has always meant
‘TODAY’S WORD FOR YOU (AND ME)’.
This new year let us draw closer to God so that He can reveal Himself as our Abba Father, El Shaddai, the All Sufficient One in our lives. Who is God in our lives and how well do we really know Him?
In David’s ‘Song of Thanksgiving’, David extols God (2 Samuel chapter 22).
AND DAVID spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivererd him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul: (vs 1)
This is who God was in David’s life:
And he said, The LORD is
- my rock
- my fortress
- my deliverer
- my shield
- the horn of my salvation
- my high tower
- my refuge
- my savior
- my lamp
- a buckler
- my strength and power
- the rock of my salvation
- the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.
God delivered David from calamitous situations for this reason in 1 Sam 22:20:
. . .he delivered me, because he delighted in me. (22:20)
Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight. (22:25)
This is what the apostle Paul said regarding David,
‘. . .he (God) raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will’.
Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus: (Acts 13:22-23)
May we know our God, and like David, seek after the heart of God to fulfill His will, His plan and purpose for our lives. AMEN.
ARE YOU A JOYFUL PERSON? Or is joy elusive and not a big part of your life? Where can one find JOY, if it can be found?
If JOY is equated with happiness, then what can help people experience happiness? Speaking as a middle-class American, these are my thoughts. The younger set like my grandchildren are happy to be on holiday break from their mountains of school homework; they are overjoyed to meet friends at the mall, to go to the beach or movies, and just hang out together. The older youth and young adults may be fortunate to find joy in academic success, good jobs, and to date and get married to their perfect mate. Many mature adults are content with stable jobs to be able to raise and provide well for their families, fill their refrigerators and pantries with food, pack their closets with clothes, and furnish their comfortable homes with the necessities and luxuries of life and living. Then there’s some healthy retired folks, of whom are my friends and family members who drive the latest model Infinity or SUV and go on world cruises twice a year, not counting the vacations in between. Such is a brief picture of what makes some people happy or joyful.
BUT, the reality of JOY, however, is too difficult to experience for the masses of humanity, not only in 3rd world countries, but also in America. How can these multitudes fathom happiness and peace when faced with living with the threat of unemployment and/or homelessness and house less ness like here in Hawaii where there is very little affordable housing for rent or purchase. How can one feel any JOY when faced with mounting problems of personal and family crisis of every kind; desperate needs for finances, food and shelter; major health issues, and life threatening adversities.
REAL LASTING JOY, sorry to say, is not attainable as long as we live on this earth because there will always be adversities (John 16:33), and there is nothing that is of tangible or of any permanent value. It is futile to pursue after worldly things and riches because the new things can get old, wear out, or damaged; what you want to hang on to can get lost, become unfashionable or no longer ‘trendy’; and worse, thieves can break into your home and steal your ‘precious’ possessions, or snatch your purse or wallet and then go on a spending spree with your credit cards. All of this has happened to me and maybe to some of you, too. And we are living not only in troubled/perilous times, but also on borrowed time.
This is what the Bible says about our treasures, the fragility of life, and about REAL JOY:
TREASURES– Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break though and steal. But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal; For where your treasure is there will your heart be also. (Mt 6:19-21 AMP)
LIFE-(Yet) you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappeared [into thin air]. (James 4:14 AMP)
REAL JOY– The source of REAL JOY comes from placing our faith and Trust in God and His Word. REAL JOY comes from God our Heavenly Father; REAL JOY is to know Him as our LORD and SAVIOR.
And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold. (Nehemiah 8:10b)
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. (1John 1:4)
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. (Psalms 51:12)
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. (Habakkuk 3:18)
IN 2017 I CHOOSE TO BE JOYFUL IN THE LORD. WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO?
I plan to work on my relationship with God, my family and others, and make the time spent with God and others quality time.
I want to live in God’s JOY every day, rejoice in the JOY of my salvation and with JOY look with anticipation for the SOON COMING of my Lord and Savior, JESUS CHRIST. AMEN!
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GOD LOVES YOU!
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