I heard the Lord say: 12/20/14

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“This is your last Christmas “.

IT WASN’T. It is funny how you can be sure you have heard His voice, and have misunderstood, miss heard, don’t understand the time frame. Well I am not sure which I did, but I have lived through an other Christmas.

If you are Interested, this is the post that was supposed to follow my departure.

If you are reading this, that was a word from the Lord. As I write, It is now April of 2015, I feel alot better than I  did in December.  But I  woke up this morning  with the thought to get my house in order.

Today I tune a couple of pianos for Gail Ebron.  What a treasure she and Gene have been.  God fearing customers since I started in business, along with the Tunnels probably my most steady customers for 20 years.  Thank you.

I  do have a very small life insurance policy,  but I am afraid my trust is in God to take care of Bette and Celeste. I am sure He will do a better job without the help I’ve given Him the last 30 years.

My 2 girls have been my biggest blessing,  they have given me love and joy that I  have not deserved.  I am so proud of them both.  It is just God, that I ended up with such a wonderful family.

I failed  to be the miracle working man of God I desired to be.  I tried to Submit to God and Resist the Devil.  I wanted to be a useful vessel.  A man God could trust, rely on, depend on, to walk with Jesus.

Some days I almost am.  Others I am out in the puker brush doing my own thing.  God forgive me.  I ‘m not anything but a sinner saved by His Grace.

Work wise I have a few pianos I wish I had never seen.  Work that I failed, never should have attempted.   I gave every job my best, on some my lack of knowledge, experience led me down the garden path.  Thank God I  gained the knowledge and experience to see fewer of these each year.

Other than family, this blog has given me a reason to go on.  It has been a blessing to share whatever insights I’ve received from the Lord. I  pray it has caused some to get a little closer to our Saviour.

I may add more to this as time goes by.

12/16/15
Get your house in order….I have failed at that also. Will I die before Christmas? Some days I think so. Others I feel fine, till I don’t.

I need to finish getting the piano parts ready for Bette to sell, same with the train things. There is so much stuff I should throw away, before I go away.

More importantly, Celeste graduated from UNCW, with a gold cord…so proud, Lord, please bless her with work she enjoys and is financially satisfying.

Taylor is a good kid, bless them both please Lord. If they marry, may he be a better husband, father and provider then I have been.

I worry about Bette, lots of low sugars lately…Lord, please guide and protect her….Thank You for her, she is a blessing.

Lord, thank you for this blog and the people who have read, followed and liked my writing. I pray You have been Glorified as I have been satisfied. I do hope You have used it to touch hearts.

I look at this, (the blog), as all I have to leave my girls, and they don’t even read it. I had hoped a book would be the result of some posts…..lol.

Jesus, thanks for allowing me to teach your Word at FMUMC. I pray they walk closer to You because of what they have learned.

The choir has been a blessing also. Thanks.

Bless our extended families. I trust You will take care of my girls. I love You.
Blessings

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I am obviously alive, it doesn’t change my feelings of failure, regret, and satisfaction. Our lives don’t run in a straight line, we weave and bob, zig and zag.

We do our best to be the people we dream to be. Faithful, loving, selfless, forgiving, helpful, joyful, peaceful, Christ like.

Well, there’s always next year.
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Blessings to all. May the Lord, help us to see Him as we look at our reflections in the eyes of others. Change our hearts O Lord. . . .

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all the trees of the field : -The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Isaiah 55:12
King James Version (KJV)
“For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

Back when I was traveling as an Evangelist,  one of my favorite and first things I would do, was to teach this song and how to clap to it.  It always brought  smiles of joy as the Lord touched those who participated.

It opened the door for the sharing of the Word. The problem was, I wasn’t a very good preacher back then.  I didn’t understand how to feed His sheep. 

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How long, ye simple ones?

Proverbs 1:22a,25a
” How long, ye simple ones?

But ye have set at nought all my counsel, “

I must be the simplist  of the simple. 

After 20 some odd years, you would think I would learn. 

When someone asks your professional  advice, then they do not  follow your council.

The only smart thing to do is to leave them, stay away, run as fast as you can.  If you stay…..

It doesn’t matter what you do to try to rectify their error. They will always blame you, when what they expected  doesn’t work as they wanted.

If they won’t listen, leave.

The Wisdom of a discouraged simpleton.

Please pray that I will have wisdom and grace, favour with God and man.

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Isaiah 59:18
” So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”

How do you read this verse?   In the KJV it reads:
   ” the enemy shall come in like a flood, “

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The enemy is overwhelming, defeating, drowning us. 

We are overpowered, then the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.

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Was Jesus?

Did Jesus Exist?

By:  Norton Herbst

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Could it be that Jesus never existed? Has everyone who believes in him been deceived?

There are few things more disappointing than finding out something or someone you believed in—like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy—doesn’t exist. But eventually we grow up and figure it all out.

Yet we still wonder: Are there other tall tales I’ve blindly believed? Who else never even existed?

In 1921 the Washburn Crosby Company, an American flour company, recognized the benefit of responding personally to questions about their products. So the company created a “warm and friendly” name, used a signature from a contest-winning employee, and voilà: Betty Crocker as we know her was born.1

Of course, discovering Betty Crocker was not a real person has little bearing on our everyday lives. But what about one of the most famous people in history, Jesus of Nazareth? Is it possible that he never existed, that everyone who believes in him has been deceived?

Of course, almost anything is possible. Yet the important question in this case is not “Is it possible?” but “Is it probable?” Let’s look at the evidence.

Classical and Jewish Works

There is a long list of references to Jesus as a historical person in ancient records. Scholars suggest that Jesus was born in about 4 BCE and died around 30 CE. Below is a brief chronological catalog of some of these references.2

    • In 55 CE, the historian Thallus explained the darkness that fell at midday when Jesus was crucified to have been an eclipse, not a miracle. Thallus’s original work is lost, but thetext survives through quotations by later historians.
    • Shortly after 73 CE, Mara bar Serapion, a Stoic with little known background, wrote a letter to his son describing how the Jews had killed “their wise king.”
    • In the 90s CE, the Jewish historian Josephus wrote his second major work, Antiquities of the Jews
      . In it, he described the death of the apostle James, “the brother of Jesus called Christ.”3
       But consider what his book says before that:

    About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who wrought surprising feats and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Messiah. When Pilate, upon hearing him accused by men of the highest standing amongst us, had condemned him to be crucified, those who had in the first place come to love him did not give up their affection for him. On the third day he appeared to them restored to life, for the prophets of God had prophesied these and countless other marvellous things about him. And the tribe of Christians, so called after him, has still to this day not disappeared.4

      • In 111 CE, the Roman governor Pliny the Younger wrote to Emperor Trajan regarding administrative matters. His preserved letters represent the largest administrative correspondence to survive from Roman times. In one letter, he asked about the treatment of Christians who are on trial. He derogatorily mentioned Christ three times, and his description of Christian behavior and worship patterns matches much of what we know from the New Testament.5
      • In 116 CE, Tacitus, a well-known Roman historian, published the Annals
        , a year-by-year history of several Roman emperors. When describing the great fire in Rome in 64 CE, he noted the popular theory that the “Chrestians” started the fire. In light ofthe popular misspelling, he set the record straight: “Christus, the founder of the name, had undergone the death penalty in the reign of Tiberius, by sentence of the procurator Pontius Pilate.”6
         After this historical footnote, Tacitus continued to deride the Christian movement as a “pernicious superstition.”

      There are other references: Suetonius (120 CE), Lucian of Samosata (165 CE), Celsus (175 CE), and Jewish rabbinic literature (after 200 CE). What makes this initial list so significant is that none of these writers were Christians; they had no reason to propagate a myth that, in reality, threatened their own interests.

      The New Testament

      As would be expected, numerous Christian authors in the first and second centuries—such as Clement of Rome, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Justin Martyr, and Tertullian—wrote about Jesus as well. But the largest body of evidence for Jesus’ existence is found in the New Testament itself.

      Four different books written before 100 CE—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—stand as biographies that chronicle Jesus’ life. These biographies do not claim to be neutral. They were written by followers of Jesus with a specific purpose. As one writer put it, these reports were recorded so “that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”7

      This fact does not necessarily call the texts’ reliability into question. No historian is entirely neutral; complete objectivity is unattainable. Moreover, the best historians often have a vested interest in their subjects.

      For example, who most cares about documenting the Holocaust, exposing what truly happened, and preserving its memory so that humanity never allows it to happen again? Jewish historians. And no one would—or should—challenge their competency and passion to “get it right.” The gospel writers are no different when it comes to Jesus.

      Other New Testament authors like Paul and James wrote letters even before the Gospels were composed and circulated. They tell the same general story of a Jewish man named Jesus whose teachings were astounding, whose death was sacrificial, and whose resurrection changed everything.

      The World

      To be sure, perhaps the strongest evidence for Jesus’ existence is the effect he had on the world. If Jesus never existed, why did so many people claim to follow him and then die telling others about him?

      How did a story about a simple Jewish carpenter from the backwoods of Galilee on the edge of the Roman Empire make it into the greatest history books of the Empire? And how did the accounts written by his followers become more widely copied and circulated than those written by Tacitus himself?

      Michael Grant was one of the foremost ancient historians of the twentieth century. In fact, his translation of Tacitus’s Annals remains a standard in the field. As an open atheist, he studied Jesus extensively and wrote a book called Jesus: An Historian’s Review of the Gospels. Consider his conclusion:

      To sum up, modern critical methods fail to support the Christ-myth theory [that Jesus never existed]. It has “again and again been answered and annihilated by first rank scholars.” In recent years, “no serious scholar has ventured to postulate the non-historicity of Jesus” or at any rate very few, and they have not succeeded in disposing of the much stronger, indeed very abundant, evidence to the contrary.8


        • For more details on all of these references, see the extremely comprehensive discussions in Robert E. Van Voorst, Jesus Outside the New Testament: An Introduction to the Ancient Evidence
           (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2000).
        • Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, 
          20.9.
        • Antiquities
           18.3.3 §63–64. There has been much debate about this passage. Some suggest that the positive language about Jesus reveals that this is a Christian addition, not Josephus’s original text. The manuscript evidence suggests that it is possible the passage was embellished later, but most scholars agree that the basic details of the passage about Jesus’ life are original. For a full explanation, see Van Voors, Jesus Outside the New Testament
          , 81–104.
        • Pliny the Younger, Letters, 
          10.96–97.
        • Tacitus, Annals, 
          15.44.
        • The Holy Bible
          , New International Version © 2011, John 20:31.
        • Michael Grant, Jesus: An Historian’s Review of the Gospels 
          (New York: Scribner, 1977), 200.

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        Turn ye unto me, – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

        The most constant cry of the Lord: ” Turn ye unto me, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the Lord of hosts.”

        The Lords greatest desire, His plan from the Garden.  To walk with man, to have a personal, all encompassing relationship with You and Me, both of us individually.

        We read of John, leaning on the breast of Jesus;  the only Apostle to die a natural death.  Do we think he is the only one Jesus loved?  No;   I am here to tell you, the breast of Jesus is available to us all.

        He was the one. Abraham, was the one. Noah, was the one.  Enoch, was the one. Billy Graham is the one.  Are you the one?

        How well you know and how close you walk with Him is up to you.  You are the one who chooses to accept the offer of His presence, His person, in your life.

        Are you obedient?  Are you repentant?  Are you trustworthy?  Humble, teachable, moldable, flexible and thankful for His Grace?

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        Lord, I  long to be one of the ones who have chosen to rest on Your breast.  To take up Your Yoke and to walk in Obedience and Faithfulness in Your Love.

        One whom You can trust.  Whom You can Annoint,  to do Your work…to lead whosoever will to Salvation.  To heal the sick, give sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, make the lame walk. 

        Lord, I need to serve a God of Power.  Please Lord,  may I be the one?  Lord, mold me, make me, use me, please.

        When did Jesus receive power?

        When did Jesus receive Power?

        I would hazard a guess, that most people think Jesus was powerful from birth, I don’t believe so.

        He told His Disciples:
        “You will receive power after the Holy Ghost shall come upon you.”

        I believe the same held true for Jesus.  You remind me of the water into wine.?  Remember the response Jesus gave:

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        What God wants: -The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

        Why was man created?  How do we explain Gods love for us?  How do we make people understand Gods plan of Salvation and love?

        I  have been asking this question to myself for years.  I have seen many ministries try to teach people how to lead folks to the Lord.  The Roman Road…is one I’ve got on this sight under the “Salvation Way”.

        Unless people are halfway to belief, this is really useless.   What’s wrong with my life?  Who are you to say I’m a sinner?  Who made you God?

        If they don’t know why man was created, I believe they will have a hard time accepting our “Judgement ” of their lives.

        So, why did God create man?

        I believe the answer is:  To walk with Him, in the cool of the day.  God simply wanted a people with a Freewill to choose to Love, Honer and Obey Him.  Adam failed.

        Enoch chose the way we need to follow.  “Enoch walked with God and was not, because God took him.”

        The thing The Lord requires of us is to learn to Love, Honer and Obey, to walk with Him.

        A more lengthy explanation to follow.

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        Directions for pleasing God: -The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

        Psalm 37:23-24
        King James Version (KJV)
        “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.”

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        Psalm 37 tells us how to please God:

           :1. Fret not thyself
        Fret not, is mentioned 3 times in this Psalm :  “because of evildoers, fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.”
        In short, worry about your own walk with God first.  Get your life straight and leave others alone.  God will take care of the rest.”
           :2.  Trust in the Lord,
        Trust in the Lord:  ” and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.  trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
           :3.  Delight thyself also in the Lord:
        Delight in the Lord:  ” and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  he (The Lord ) delighteth in his (your) way.”
           :4.  Commit thy way unto the Lord;
        Commit thy way unto the Lord:  ” trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”  Commitment doesn’t mean much if not joined with Trust.
           :5.  Rest in the Lord,
        Rest in the Lord:  ” and wait patiently for him: fret not ”  Rest, Wait, Fret not all in one, this comes from commitment and trust.
           :6.  Cease from anger,
        Cease from anger: (now He’s meddling )  ” and forsake wrath: fret not ” again building one from another, all  relie on the others.
           :7.  Depart from evil, and do good
        Depart from evil: ” and do good; and dwell for evermore. For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.”
           :8.  Wait on the Lord, and keep his way,
        Wait on the Lord:  ” Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.”
           :9.  Mark the perfect man,
        Mark the perfect man:  ” and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.”

        Are you wondering how to improve your walk with the Lord?  The directions are right here:

        “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.”

        Now Lord, help us to walk in them.

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        Professing themselves to be wise – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

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        they became fools,

        Is it hate to disagree with and protest the direction and moral decline of our country.  No;  but the left will claim we are hate filled because we agree with the Word of God.

        It is foolish to think this country can continue to be blessed by God when we accept sin as normal. 

        As a Christian,  I call for all who love God, to stand fast, act like a man and stand against a government that doesn’t act in the best interest of her people.

        Pray for Godly leaders, who are not afraid to stand for the truth.  Who will fight for that we hold dear. 

        ” Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,”

        We have fools in places of power. ….God save us.

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        as many as touched him were made whole. – The Fix-it Shop – Filling Station

        Mark 6 is a chapter all about perception, the people. thought Jesus was doing mighty works.  He said He could do no mighty works because of their unbelief

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        He could only heal a few sick.  He was doing the work of His Father.  Being His Father’s  hands.

        He fed 5,000, walked on the water with Peter, calmed the storm.  The desiples were astonished.

        When they landed on the other side.

        ” And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.

        And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.”

        Do people run around the villages to bring the sick to your Sunday or weekday services?

        When we learn to touch Him, maybe He can then use us to touch others.

        Lord, help me to be a vessel for Your love, healing and
        Salvation.  May Your Spirit reign in my life.

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        Now I know: The Fix-it Shop, Filling Station

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        We all know the symbol of the light bulb.  A brilliant idea.  Eureka!!!

        Now, I  know!!!

        Six times in Scripture we find this phrase.  Sometimes it is just a statement of fact.

        Abram tells Sarai, Now, I know you are a beautiful woman, say you are my sister.  (Genesis 12:11)

        Moses father in law, after hearing of the plagues in Egypt :
        Exodus 18:11
        Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods: “

        Naaman, after being told to go wash in the Jordan 7 times, to be clean of Leprosy.
        2 Kings 5:15
        ” Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: “

        Peter, after the angel released him from prison :
        Acts 12:11
        Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, “

        The one that really opened my eyes was in the story of. Abraham and Isaac, when the Lord said:
        Genesis 22:12

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        “And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.”

        The Lord himself said :  “Now I know ”   is it possible that the Lord who is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient  just found out something? Or was it a statement of fact. 

        Like with Job, the Lord knew all along the faithfulness of Abraham,  He needed Abraham to do the unthinkable to prove to Abraham, that he, himself, would be faithful to God.

        So we come to our own lives.  What do we know.  If we are Christians, we know Jesus is real and a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.  Do we know it all?

        1 Corinthians 13:12
        ” For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

        We don’t understand yet, the importance of learning to take up the Yoke of Christ, of learning to walk with, not before or behind.  Elijah knew what the Lord wanted of him when he first approached Ahab.  He didn’t hear the Lords  voice, till after the message was delivered.

        Levi and Simeon were obedient to the Lords will, and they said: “Should he treat our sister as a harlot? ”

        Moses was obedient to the Lords will, when he murdered the Egyptian.   Phinious,  in his zeal for the Lord, killed the man and woman and stopped The Lords plague.

        These men knew the Lords will and did it, before getting instructions from the Lord.  They all, walked with God, in obedience and faithfulness.

        I dought the Lord calls people to murder today but I am sure He wants us to quit mudering defenceless babies, stop wilful and outright disobedience and learn to live within the parameters outlined in His Word.

        Simply stated:  “LOVE GOD AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBORS AS YOURSELF”

        A small thing, that is the whole of the Law and Prophets.   Lord, please help us to this place.

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        deliver us only, we pray thee, – The Fix-it Shop, Filling Station

        And the children of Israel said unto the Lord, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.
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        Here we go again.   Lord, I know I have this problem because I did that thing I shouldn’t have.  So Lord, help me out of this today, please.

        We have a loving God so help comes.  Repeat.

        What we fail to understand is He helps, saves us so we might to serve Him.  Spend time with Him, love and obey Him.   If we did, we would find a peace in the midst of the worst storms of our lives.

        Lord, help us to love, honer, obey to walk in Your yoke…..with You every day of our lifes.  Don’t let us wait, until it’s too late.

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        He said, He said : The Filling Station

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        Two boats, both come alive when in the water, they are very much the same, though different.

        For years, (over thirty), when I would read the Old Testament,  the Lord God was the Father God, one member of the Trinity.

        I have since come to the conclusion that they are separate members of the  Trinity.  I am going to show you some He said, He saids.  Please let me know what you think.

        Before flood:

        The Lord speaking to Noah:
        Genesis 6:3,7
        King James Version (KJV)
        “And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”
        “And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.”

        God speaking to Noah:
        Genesis 6:13,14a
        King James Version (KJV)
        “And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
        Make thee an ark of gopher wood;”

        After flood:

        The Lord:
        Genesis 8:21
        King James Version (KJV)
        “And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.”

        God:
        Genesis 9:16-18
        King James Version (KJV)
        “And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.  And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.”

        Before the Exodus:

        God:
        Exodus 2:23-25
        King James Version (KJV)
        “And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.  And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.  And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.”

        Genesis 3:4-6

        “And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.  And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.  Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.”

        The Lord :

        Genesis 3:7,8

        “And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
        And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; “

        Please let me know what you think.  If you are interested, I will show more examples.

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        Revelation Knowledge? Available today? – The Filling Station

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        Revelation

        an uncovering, a bringing to light of that which had been previously wholly hidden or only obscurely seen. God has been pleased in various ways and at different times (Heb. 1:1) to make a supernatural revelation of himself and his purposes and plans, which, under the guidance of his Spirit, has been committed to writing.  (Bible – The Word of God )  (Eastons Bible Dictionary)

        Word of God

        (Heb. 4:12, etc.). The Bible so called because the writers of its several books were God’s organs in communicating his will to men. It is his “word,” because he speaks to us in its sacred pages. Whatever the inspired writers here declare to be true and binding upon us, God declares to be true and binding. This word is infallible, because written under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and therefore free from all error of fact or doctrine or precept.  (Eastons Bible Dictionary)

        Everyone that studies the Word of God is eligible to receive Revelation. The first Revelation the Christian receives is the knowledge of sin, the need for repentance, the joy of discovering forgiveness and love, through the blood of Jesus Christ.

        Unfortunately, too many quit searching there.  They don’t recognize the ability to find comfort, peace, the fulfillment of needs and desires, that Christ offers us.

        Many search elsewhere,  writings, gurus, false prophets or angels.   Wading through the Bible is too hard, it’s not in order, those Biblical names and places are too difficult  to pronounce, or remember.

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        The Lord will fill us with the Spirit of God, a Spirit  of wisdom, understanding, knowledge and skill to build His Church.  The Gifts of the Spirit are available to whosoever will.  Most won’t.  Most seem to hold Church Doctrine or Rituals higher than the Word of God.

        It is not.  We must know the Word. We must walk in that knowledge. When we do, we will receive Revelation Knowledge, we will understand how to Walk with God.   Jesus told us:
        Matthew 11:28-30
        King James Version (KJV)
        “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
        Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

        The way we learn of the Lord is through His Word.  Martin Luther was a good Catholic, the Wesley brothers were good Episcopalians.  Then they studied the Word.

        “Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other. My conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.”

        –Martin Luther.   Quote Originally posted on The Isaiah 53:5 Project:   thanks.

        I   pray I have the faith and strength to stand on the Word also.  Amen.

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        now we see through a glass, darkly; – The Fix-it Shop

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        Now we see through a glass, darkly;

        Revelation came in a flash of light, to Martin Luther,  the Wesley brothers, to the founders of many Denominations.   To the men and women in many successful businesses.

        An idea, a way of doing things,  a brand new product, an understanding of the Word of God, that has suddenly jumped off the page, opened your mind and heart.

        You are  never able to view it, in the old understanding again.

        When someone has a new understanding of a passage or verse from the Bible, we need to study to find out if it is the truth or a lie.

        Does it line up with the rest of the Word?    Are there two or more Witnesses in the Word?

        First, we must make sure we check it against the Word and not the Doctrine of our Church.   Martin Luther found the Word in disagreement with the Catholic Church Doctrine.    A new movement was born.

        The Revelation I wish to share should not cause a problem, but build up the body of the Church.

        The source for my study is the Bible,  I start with KJV, and check my understanding with other versions.   First the scriptures:

        Matthew 25:14-31
        ” For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

        And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.”

        The Parable of the talents, how often have I heard: “you should be playing piano at this  or that church, you have buried  your talents”?

        I often wondered why it was only the piano player that did this?  How about the guy who knew how to make money?  The carpenter or plumber, electrician? Artist?

        We seem to have a very limited view of this scripture. It’s either about money or physical talent.

        A man is going away, he leaves something with his servants.   According to their ability to handle this thing.

        ” Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

        And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.  But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.”

        The one that received the most, (the one with the right attitude, and skills),  used these talents to increase.

        The one who received two, according to his ability also increased his.

        The one who received but one, hid the one, so, no increase at all.

        ” After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.”

        You know the story, the two that increased received praise and more responsibility.  They heard: ” Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

        Not so for the other:  ” Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

        Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

        Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

        For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.”

        I believe the Lord used money and not piano playing for a reason, (pianos weren’t invented yet),  increase in cash is easy to visualize.

        The problem with us is we treat this story as a Parable,  when in reality it is a Prophesy.

        Jesus is Proclaiming His Death and Resurrection.

        He is telling us, He is leaving something in our care that we must increase.   What could it be?

        Money, skill with a paint brush or hammer?

        NO, HE LEFT US THE SPIRIT.  The Spirit also, gave us gifts, they sit on the shelf, waiting to be acknowledged.  They are available to whosoever will.

        To teach, guide, direct and protect us.  To lead us to all truth.   We have hid the Spirit in our Churches. Buried it, are afraid of it.

        We must seek God, ask for the Wisdom we need to increase that which He has given us.

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        the need for Godly leaders – The Fix-it Shop

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        Like this old tractor, the church is dead, the framework is still intact but it can’t seem to go
        anywhere.

        We wonder why?
               *  There is sickness
               *  There is little power
               *  There is strife, rebellious people
               *  There is no repentance, holiness
        There is sin, unbelief, idolatry in the body.

        What is sin and  idolatry today?

        Colossians 3:5
        King James Version (KJV)
        Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

        Getting ready to finish teaching on the book of Joshua and start teaching  the book of Judges,  I am reminded once again that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.  Unfortunately, so are we.

        The Hebrew peoples followed the Lord all the days of Joshua and the elders that saw the miracles of Egypt.  Then they fell away into sin and idolatry which leads to unbelief.

        ” the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim:  they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.  Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for evil, ”  (selected verses from Judges 2)

        This is the church,  we Worship our order of Worship.  Don’t you dare change anything.   We allow sin to abound, believe the Church Doctrine more than the Word.  Gay marriage, abortion, covetousness. ..

        We do evil in the sight of the Lord, reject holiness, reject true praise and worship.  Then we wonder why things don’t work as we plan.

        The Church needs to dig up the Talents the Master left us,  (Matthew 25 ).  He left us the Gifts of the Spirit,  we don’t believe they are for us, now.  We have the written word of God, we have no need of Words of Wisdom or Knowledge,  the Gift of Faith, the Working of Miracles.

        Gifts of Healing,  Prophesy, Discerning of Spirits, heaven forbid tongues and interpretation.

        We have buried the gifts, we will not hear.  “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

        Our leaders and teachers, Pastors need to learn to use and teach the Church what is available to whosoever will but they won’t believe in, never mind ask for and use the Gifts.

        The Church today is no different than the Hebrews in Judges.  We need the Spiritual gifts to bring people to and keep them in the love and grace of God.

        ” the people lifted up their voice, and wept.”

        This is what the Hebrews did in Egypt and through out the book of Judges.  The Lord answered these prayers.

        ” And when the Lord raised them up judges, then the Lord was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the Lord because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.”

        The Lord hears and answers our cries but when we cry out, it must be effectual, fervent prayer. ..this only happens when it comes from our innermost parts.

        Our pretty, public Church prayers are not that.

        We have temptations, evil, sin all around us for a reason.

        ” That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the Lord to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.”

        Lord, help me to walk with You, to love, obey and share Your love.  May I learn to increase the Gifts of the Spirit in my life and the life of Your Church .
        Amen

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        the works that I do, shall he do also; The Fix-it Shop

        “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.   And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

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        The Words of Jesus from John 14.  Is the Father glorified in the Son in your life?  Your Church? Your Walk with God?

        Jesus said: “ whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

        Is that true?  Are there any conditions?

        We must believe : 

        James  2:23
        “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.”

        We believe the Lord for Salvation, why?

        For me it was the weight of my sins being lifted from my Sprint, I asked for forgiveness and felt forgiven.  The presence of the Lord became real within me.

        Jesus  continually said:
        “If you believe ”
        Only believe ”
        “If you can only believe ”
        “Believe  only”

        James gives a good reason our prayers aren’t answered.

        James 4:3
        “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

        Are our hearts wrong when we ask for healings, provision, comfort or peace? 

        Why can we not believe, even when it is right in front of us? 

        ” Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. ”    My reason :

        I am not worthy.   I am saved, sanctified, holy ghost filled and water baptized but not trustworthy.  

        I can get a big head quickly and believe He used me because I am special; instead of available.   He has tried me and He found me wanting.

        Lord, I long to be a vessel of use for You.  Humble, obedient, reliable.  I ask You to forgive my failures and create in me a heart that is true to You.  A mind and Spirit that hungers and thirsts for Your Righteousness.  Make me a useful vessel.

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        All men seek for Thee.

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        Do all men seek Him?  I don’t believe they know it, but yes.  Looking constantly in the wrong places,  for the feelings, emotions,  help, wealth or happiness.

        It is too simple, even silly to believe a God died for me.  Why would a God demand sacrifices, worship, praise. ….what does He think He is?  God?

        What is a Creator,  Supreme Ruler, Lord….?    In our minds, “We are”.

        The problem explained.

        We don’t look up and see the Majesty of God.  We can see pretty pictures in color on our TV’S or Tablets.  Trees, lakes, waves, insects, no big deal it a evolved.  A big mistake. Climate Change is what we need to worry about. 

        We are destroying,  what just happened, by accident. …things have just lived and died the strong survive, until now.  We must not let it continue, save the whales….kill the babies.

        Up is down, right is wrong, God is dead.

        All men seek Thee.  Yes, He healed the sick, gave comfort to the brokenhearted, they found,  peace, joy, love.

        We need to give these things.   The Lord gave us the Holy Spirit to comfort, guide, direct and correct us.  We let Him comfort and forget the rest.

        All men will seek Him, when those who believe,  become like Him.

        Amen

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        Not sure who you are?

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        We try on many masks, put on many personalities.  Hide our true feelings, hurts, troubles.

        We pretend to be someone or something stronger, better, smarter, more compassionate, giving, thoughtful, then we are.

        The truth?

        We are man….helpless, lost and alone.  There is nothing good within.  Our Righteousness is as filthy rags.

        We seek but do not accept the truth. 

        There is only one way to perfect peace.  Only one who gives joy unspeakable.

        Put on Christ,  accept Him as Lord and Savior.  Follow Him, allow Him to correct, direct and protect you.

        As He shines through, the masks we wear fall away.
        Love overcomes all else.  Love never fails.

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