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James 2:26

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. (James 2:26 ESV)

How we live reveals what we believe.

“By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers’”

Faith is the soul of works, and works the embodiment of faith

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Happy New Year 2013

New-Year-2013

Lord Jesus, thank You for 2012.  It’s been a year of blessings – memories to cherish, trials and victories through You. May we walk close to You and thank You every day of our lives.

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Ministry Highlight – Jabez Blanket Ministry International

Jabez Blanket Ministry International – Backpacks of Hope

I have blogged about this ministry in the past – here – I just want to bring more attention to this ministry and the efforts of so many who have made it a successful ministry to orphans worldwide – of course giving the Glory to God!

This poem is such a well articulated summary of what this ministry does and what they are about – I felt it needed to be shared. ** I did NOT write this – I give full credit to Sharon James, Co-founder of Jabez Blanket Ministry International “Backpacks of Hope” **

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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My Father…

Loves me… John 3:16  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Cares for me… Matthew 6:26 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?

Forgives me… Psalm 103:12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Is compassionate... Psalm 103:4-5 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Is giving… Romans 8:32  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Is understanding… Psalm 139:1-2 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

Is accepting… Psalm 139:1-6 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Satisfies… Psalm 107:9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

Persistently persues me… Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.

is Reason… Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

Pardons… Psalm 103:3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,

Heals… Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Redeems… Job 19:25 I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.

is Loving-kindness… Psalm 86:15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

Renews… Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Is Righteous… Jeremiah 9:23-24 This is what the Lord says “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.

Is Gracious… Ephesians 1:7-8  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the richesof God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,

Is Sovereign… Psalm 103:19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The Magnolias

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(this story is from an email I received)
 
I was getting ready for my daughter Patsy’s June wedding which was taking place in a church about forty miles away. I felt loaded with responsibilities as I watched my budget dwindle. So many details, so many bills, and so little time.
 
My son Jack said he would walk his younger sister down the aisle, taking the place of his dad who had died a few years before. He teased Patsy, saying he’d wanted to give her away since she was about three years old!
To save money, I gathered blossoms from several friends who had large magnolia trees. Their luscious, creamy-white blooms and slick green leaves would make beautiful arrangements against the rich dark wood inside the church.
The big day arrived – the busiest day of my life – and while her bridesmaids helped Patsy to dress, her fiance Tim walked with me to the sanctuary to do a final check.
 
When we opened the door and felt a rush of hot air, I almost fainted; and then I saw them – all the beautiful white flowers were black. Funeral black. An electrical storm during the night had knocked out the airconditioning system, and on that hot summer day, the flowers had wilted and died.
I panicked, knowing I didn’t have time to drive back to our hometown, gather more flowers, and return in time for the wedding and I certainly didn’t have extra money to buy a new set from the florist in town.
Tim turned to me. ‘Edna, can you get more flowers? I’ll throw away these dead ones and put fresh flowers in these arrangements.’
 
I mumbled, ‘Sure,’ as he be-bopped down the hall to put on his cuff links.
Alone in the large sanctuary, I looked up at the dark wooden beams in the arched ceiling.
‘Lord,’ I prayed, ‘please help me. I don’t know anyone in this town. Help me find someone willing to give me flowers – in a hurry!’ 
 
I scurried out praying for the blessing of white magnolias.
As I left the church, I saw magnolia trees in the distance. I approached a house…No dog in sight.. Knocked on the door and an older man answered. So far so good. No shotgun.

When I stated my plea the man beamed, ‘I’d be happy to!’


He climbed a stepladder and cut large boughs and handed them down to me. Minutes later, as I lifted the last armload into my car trunk, I said, ‘Sir, you’ve made the mother of a bride happy today.’
No, Ma’am,’ he said. ‘You don’t understand what’s happening here.’
‘What?’ I asked. 
‘You see, my wife of sixty-seven years died on Monday. On Tuesday, I received friends at the funeral home, and on Wednesday… He paused. I saw tears welling up in his eyes.

‘On Wednesday I buried her.’ He looked away. ‘On Thursday most of my out-of-town relatives went back home, and on Friday – yesterday – my children left.’ 

I nodded. ‘This morning,’ he continued, ‘I was sitting in my den crying out loud. I miss her so much. For the last sixteen years, as her health got worse, she needed me. But now nobody needs me. 

‘This morning I cried, ‘Who needs an eighty-six-year-old worn-out man? Nobody!’ I began to cry louder. ‘Nobody needs me!’ 

 
About that time, you knocked, and said, ‘Sir, I need you.’  
 
I stood with my mouth open. He asked, ‘Are you an angel? I assured him I was no angel.  

He smiled. ‘Do you know what I was thinking when I handed you those magnolias?’  
 
‘No.’ 
 
‘I decided I’m needed. My flowers are needed. Why, I might have a flower ministry!  I could give them to everyone! Some caskets at the funeral home have no flowers. People need flowers at times like that and I have lots of them. They’re all over the backyard! I can give them to hospitals, churches – all sorts of places. 

‘You know what I’m going to do? I’m going to serve the Lord until the day He calls me home!’

I drove back to the church, filled with wonder. On Patsy’s wedding day, if anyone had asked me to encourage someone who was hurting, I would have said, ‘Forget it! It’s my only daughter’s wedding, for goodness’ sake! There is no way I can minister to anyone today.’ 
But God found a way. Through dead flowers. 
 
‘Life is not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.’
 
 
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Posted by on March 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Dear Lord….

(by: Anonymous)

Dear Lord, I thank you for this day.

I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning.

I’m blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God.

You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me.

Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you.

I ask now for Your forgiveness

Please keep me safe from all danger and harm.

Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude.

Let me make the best of each day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You.

Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over.

Let me continue to see sin through God’s eyes and acknowledge it as evil.

And when I sin, let me repent, and confess with my mouth my wrongdoing, and receive the forgiveness of God.

And when this world closes in on me, let me remember Jesus’ example — to slip away and find a quiet place to pray.

It’s the best response when I’m pushed beyond my limits.

I know that when I can’t pray, You listen to my heart.

Continue to use me to do Your will.

Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others.

Keep me strong that I may help the weak..

Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those who are lost and can’t find their way.

I pray for those who are misjudged and misunderstood.

I pray for those who don’t know You intimately.

I pray for those who don’t believe. But I thank you that I believe.

I believe that God changes people and God changes things.

I pray for all my sisters and brothers.

For every family member in their households.

I pray for peace, love and joy in their homes that they are out of debt and all their needs are met.

I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God.

Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight.

I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every mouth that confesses them willingly..

This is my

prayer.
In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

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Posted by on March 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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According to His Will

I know what I want and I want it to be God’s will. Is it? Only God knows.

What do I want?

I want healing for my 35 year old cousin who is a daughter, sister, wife and mother of 3 young girls.

Stomach cancer. Spread significantly.

Words that we all dread.

A young woman.

A born again Christian.

What can one say? How should one pray?

I believe that nothing is impossible with God, nothing is impossible for God.  — “Behold, I AM the Lord…is anything too difficult for me?” – Jeremiah 32:27

I know and believe that God CAN heal her – God can do anything.

I am praying for her, for her family, her husband, children, mother and father and siblings. Her support system. Her loved ones.

I am praying that God will give them all strength to face whatever lies ahead in the coming days and weeks.

I really don’t know what to pray.

I can confidently rely on the Spirit of God in prayer.

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” – Romans 8:26, 27 

I pray that they will feel His presence with them as they walk through this difficult time together as a family. I believe that God is able.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” — 1 John 5:14, 15

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Posted by on January 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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