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Operating on God’s Time Table

    We are introduced to Noah in when he is 500 years old as God shared with him his intentions and his instructions. Genesis 6:13-14 “I have decided to put an end to every creature, for the earth is filled with wickedness … Make yourself an ark of gopher wood.”  (CSB) Notice in Genesis 6 – 8, Noah must operate on God’s time table. God gives verbal commands “Build,” “Enter,” and “Exit.”  Noah must wait on God for further instructions. Perhaps the construction project took 100 years!  They entered the ark and waited 7 days before the rain started. …

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Seeking Jesus in Genesis

  Someone suggested that when studying books of the Bible, we should look for Jesus.  Can we find Jesus in Genesis?  How are we introduced to Jesus? (Just some examples as we have studied Genesis this month) Example #1 Genesis 1:1-2 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.” Genesis 1:28 We can use the creation …

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God Still Offers Grace

      Recently, during a Genesis Bible Study, the group was asked to identify key characteristics of those who walked with God.  Since we had just come through the Christmas season, the answers came readily as we could see similarities among the key individuals from the Christmas story. Luke 1:6 (Zechariah and Elizabeth)  “Both were righteous in God’s sight, living without blame according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord.” (CSB) Luke 1:28-30 (Mary) “And the angel came to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you. But she was deeply troubled by this …

Faith

There have been seasons in my life when time seemed to stand still. Anxious to see a situation turn around, yet all was quiet from God. But I pressed on. I trusted Him in everything. Things may not have happened in my timing and that’s ok. My God is a God of miracles. I’ve seen it before and I know I’ll see them again. Faith is so important because it is the means by which we have a relationship with God. Having faith in Jesus Christ means relying completely on Him—trusting in His infinite power, intelligence, and love. It includes …

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What We Deserve

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Ephesians 2:8-9 “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift – not from works, so that no one can boast.” Have you ever been in a store and seen this sign: “You break it – You buy it?” Well, here’s a true story!  My husband and I were in an antiques/flea market/consignment shop just browsing around.  My husband collects railroad memorabilia. So he was attracted to a decorative …

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You’re No Conditional Winner With Christ

    Sometimes I sign up to win stuff. LOL Especially if it’s something that gives a prize that is useful. Like a pickup truck or a vacation. There was one I was looking at that had prizes from our state, so I was especially interested. I clicked the link and then the form to fill out. So far so good. Then I saw that you had to “join” to submit your entry. Okay, it was a good cause for sure. But you also had to pay a membership fee to enter. Okay, the fees go for a great cause …

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We Shouldn’t Be Alive

We were watching an episode of “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” last night. A young couple had decided to rent a lodge and go on a hike in the rain forest. They chose the longest hike and began by following the signs along the way. But they got so caught up in the scenery and wildlife of the area that they didn’t notice when they left the trail. Then to add insult to injury, they made the decision to travel by compass even farther away from the lodge. They ended up spending several nights in the treacherous jungle staying on course …

A Work of Beauty

  It is amazing how a skilled sculptor can take a lump of lifeless ugly clay and form it into something of stunning beauty. Having tried this myself, taking clay into my hands, kneading it like bread dough, throwing it onto a wheel and forming it into a beautiful work of art or even an object of usefulness, this particular skill most certainly eludes me.  I have no talent when it comes to this form of art. My sister, on the other hand, shapes the clay with her hands, imagines what it will become and gently shapes and molds the …

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The Broken Pot

I read this story about 18 years ago, I don’t know who wrote it but it immediately became a big part of my testimony as I could totally relate to it. Once upon a time there were 2 clay pots. These were no ordinary pots for they could talk. One was beautiful and exquisite and the other had several major cracks in it. The beautiful pot would taunt the broken pot every day. It said things like “I don’t know why they keep you around here. You are ugly and broken and can’t even do what a pot is supposed …

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A New Beginning

  Pentecost always reminds me of a “new beginning” when the Holy Spirit comes upon the disciples as they prayed, that’s when they saw the glory of God rest upon themselves and readied their hearts for the journey ahead. Now if you follow Christ you know that the Holy Spirit renews you when you are born again because that gift is given to you to lead and guide you along. The Holy Spirit is a treasure that no one can explain in their spirit but that person- the joy is personal the love is overwhelming and meets you where you …

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One Day Closer

One day closer. Those are the three words I heard one morning recently. One day closer. It’s a good word from the Lord for us. It’s a positive rather than a negative statement. I know this event we are going through can be a pessimist’s daydream. But we aren’t pessimists because God isn’t. Oh beloved, you are one day closer. To that answer to prayer. To being released from social distancing. To seeing your loved one again. To gaining access to heaven. One day closer to whatever it is that is the longing of your heart. Most of all you …

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Sheet Changing Day

We’ve all found comfort in daily busy-ness. But now God is calling us to find our comfort in Him alone.    Yesterday was sheet changing day. That meant the pillow cases as well. So that meant that all the pillows were in the floor without cases. When I went to put the fresh sheets on the bed I also put pillow cases on all the pillows and placed them back in their spots. I evidently got the right pillows on hubby’s side of the bed. He slept fine. But I must have picked the wrong pillows for my side. I …