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Sword of the Spirit – Old Manna #1009

Sword of the Spirit

SWORD OF THE SPIRIT                                                                                                  1009

“Old Manna”

Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Gather of it, each one of you, as much as he can eat…And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it over till the morning.” But they did not listen to Moses. Some left part of it till the morning, and it bred worms and stank… (Exodus 16:15-20)

Why did they disobey what the Lord commanded concerning the manna? The root cause of their disobedience was their lack of trust that God would continue to provide for them. In much the same manner this root cause of distrust drives our disobedience today as well.

They hoarded the manna. How many of us hoard God’s provision for us today and disobey His command to care for our…

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Het rommelt…. 

De natuur roept de mens dikwijls tot de orde, maar erg genoeg hebben de meeste mensen er geen zin in om er naar te luisteren.
Ook hebben veel mensen er geen zin in om over bepaalde dingen meer te weten. Het geestelijke is iets dat hun verder afschrikt. Liefst zoeken zij hun toevlucht in moderne gadgets die hun kunnen plezieren en afwenden van de meer ernstige zaken.

Weinigen beseffen dat zij zelf de balans in eigen handen hebben. Indien zij ook meer oog zouden hebben voor wat er rondom hen gebeurt en meer besef zouden willen hebben omtrent anderen zou vrede veel dichter bij kunnen liggen dan zij denken.

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Ter herinnering

  • grootste gerommel = tussen westen + oosten.
  • natuur laat ons zien wat wij op individueel vlak kunnen leren waardoor we inzicht kunnen krijgen. 
  • vast houden aan de macht positie > Ego denkt daar zijn vrijheid in te vinden.
  • Onwetendheid  grootste bondgenoot van meneer angst.. 

 

Life through Cat's eyes

Het rommelt en dat is zacht uitgedrukt, als ik om mij heen kijk zie ik niet anders. Het grootste gerommel is toch tussen het westen en het oosten. Als je goed kijkt verschilt het niet veel met ieders persoonlijke niveau van zijn, vind je ook niet.. ? De natuur is er op dit moment niet echt mee eens, stormen, orkanen, tornado’s, water, vuur.. Dit symboliseert ons ten voeten uit.. De natuur laat ons zien wat wij op individueel vlak kunnen leren waardoor we inzicht kunnen krijgen.


Het maar willen vast houden aan de macht positie omdat het Ego denkt daar zijn vrijheid in te vinden. Oude koeien van een ver verleden door onwetendheid van toen, nu nog steeds als de ware kennis en waarheid te ervaren.. Niet een omslag willen en durven maken, verlies, door de knieën gaan, geen optie is voor Egolandia. Denkend dat dit geassocieerd zal worden met…

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Preach

Too many people who call themselves Christian do forget who Jesus really was and which tasks he had given to his followers. Today true Christians still should follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and should proclaim the hopeful message of the coming Kingdom.

Real Christians should be heralds of the Gospel, eager to tell the people about the Good News, of salvation and about the hope for mankind given by the Grace of God.

As forerunner or herald Christians should be portent or indicators of something important or calamitous about to occur, perhaps an omen in the eyes of many, but for others an insurmountable event to look forward even when it might bring lots of suffering and an incredible violence. therefore we should warn the people of that last and third world war which is insuperable.

By sharing the agape love and bringing more people to see that Jesus is the way to God and the way to life, the Christian herald shall be able to make many stronger and secured against the coming disaster. Out of love for others we should tell others about the love of God, about what Jesus has done, but also about the return of Jesus and what to expect of that time of his return.

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To remember

  • Greek word most often translated as ‘preach’ is κηρύσσω – kérussó (Strong’s 2784) = Koine = ‘to be or act like a herald’ or ‘to proclaim’.
  • role of a herald or Old French heraut from Frankish via herewald, literally ‘war-ruler’, > martial or commander > 3 distinct contemporary meanings:
  1. A messenger
  2. A harbinger
  3. A steward (of heraldry -a rank/position at the College of Arms)
  •  ‘preacher’ of the Gospel, = entrusted (stewardship) with a message of coming of the Kingdom of God.
  • ‘to herald’ =  ‘sing the praises of’
  • idea that a Christian should ‘preach the Gospel’= frowned upon. >  conjures images of street corner evangelists ranting at passing ‘sinners’
  • Christian organisations involved in social action ministry > running night shelters, to discourage volunteers from speaking about Jesus – some even require a signed commitment to not proactively mention the Gospel.

What has gone wrong?  To paraphrase Peter (Acts 5:3), how has Satan so filled the hearts of Christians?  How is it that Christians feel confident enough to defy God and disobey the Great Commission?

Go into all the world and proclaim (kérussó) the gospel to the whole creation. (Mark 16:15)

‘preach’ is not:

  • convicting people of their sin and telling them they are bound for hell
  • talking down to people from a position of self-righteousness
  • a slick presentation, a hectoring declamation or a well-honed argument.

Preaching = heralding = speaking joyfully of Jesus, singing his praises; telling people of how people are transformed in Christ, and how they can be also, through faith.

best witnesses to Christ = demonstrate love +  speak of its origin, which is Jesus; perhaps the Great Commission was given as command because Jesus knew that it would be challenging.

If witness speaks from love about hope + declares that Jesus = source of hope => herald will have done his work faithfully.

 

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Additional reading

  1. Two new encyclopaedic articles
  2. Breathing to teach
  3. “I Die Daily”
  4. To create a great journey

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Related

 

  1. What is meant by awareness, or witnessing?
  2. Witnessing the Destruction of Nature around the Planet.
  3. Man I sure wish I would’ve had one of my witnessing cards just now to send with a man.
  4. A witnessing prayer
  5. Witnessing the Secret Creator
  6. ” Witnessing “
  7. As the clock strikes 12…
  8. Hope is an anchor
  9. Reject And Correct Christian propaganda
  10. Families embrace their community for the gospel
  11. Bold to Witness
  12. Being a One Talent Church
  13. Come and see…
  14. Hold Up The Light
  15. Are You An Ambassador For Christ?
  16. Are You Ready for the Harvest?
  17. First Things First
  18. Talking About Jesus
  19. You Are Ready To Go – By Laurence Torr
  20. Christianity’s Most Essential Verse

God Breathed Words

raffaello-sanzio-da-urbino-st-paul-preaching-at-athens-cartoon-for-the-sistine-chapel.jpg Raphael’s depiction of Paul preaching in Athens

Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.  (1 Thessalonians 2:9)

The Greek word that is most often translated as ‘preach’ is κηρύσσω – kérussó (Strong’s 2784).  The word in the Koine

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God is our Refuge

Looking at today’s Bible reading we come to sayings which should motivate us to go  in the footsteps of King David, though he knew he had done certain things wrong, he also knew he could count on his God.

These days there are lots of things which can frighten us, like loosing our job, having financial difficulties,  being at places where terrorists frighten so many, etc.. But we should know we do not have to be afraid of what man can do to us. It is better to fear the Creator or Maker of everything Who allows things to happen because man had thrown doubt upon God’s righteousness.

Today’s guestspeaker is some one who is on a  journey of self examination.

Our guestwriter knows

All of us have those times when it just seems like life is getting to be too much, and at our house this is starting to seem like one of those times.

…  Of course there are those times when you might have some rough news about family members with serious health problems… very serious health problems. Scary stuff… {Taking Refuge}

Sometimes it feels like certain bad things happen only to us, but be sure you are not alone who has bad things coming over him or her.

everybody has streaks like this where the phone rings, you hear the latest and all you can say is something like… “the hits just keep on coming!” {Taking Refuge}

And others just would say

Shit happens!

Often we dare to forget it

only seems like ‘enemies’ are after us, the truth is that things just aren’t going my way at the moment, but God’s refuge, his comfort and empowerment are very real indeed. {Taking Refuge}

We may not forget that we have a place prepared by Christ, who shows us the way to his heavenly Father, The God Who is One and Who is there for all who want to find Him.

It is Him in Who we should come to dwell to find peace in our heart, by resting in the shadow of the Most Almighty. We should trust in the one Jesus showed to us, namely his heavenly Father the Only One True God.

“ He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High {1 } Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. {1) Or That abideth…Almighty; Even I etc } I will say of Jehovah, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in whom I trust.” (Ps 91:1-2 ASV)

We better look for the best place to be safe.

In modern life, people seek shelter and refuge in many places, for instance many seek it in money and possessions.  Others might seek it in a relationship with a loved one, while others might seek it in their careers or professions… Some might even try to find refuge in drugs or drink.

None of these can really protect us from much, for the things of men will perish after a season.  In spite of this grim reality, shelter and refuge are available for anyone who seeks them; we need only to seek them in the right place.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 91:1-2 {Finding Shelter}

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Additional reading

  1. Look for your Refuge by God
  2. Memorizing wonderfully 17 Psalm 121 Help from Jehovah God
  3. God Our Refuge
  4. Jehovah steep rock and fortress, source of insight
  5. I Am Not Alone

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Further reading

  1. Psalm 46
  2. Psalm 46 (by One Journey home)
  3. psalm 46 (by Minus the cynic)
  4. Psalm 46:1-3
  5. God Is Our Refuge and Strength (Psalms 46:1-3)
  6. God is my Refuge & Strength (Prayer & Proclamation inspired by Psalm 46)
  7. Psalms: Psalm 46 by W. Robert Godfrey
  8. Our Confidence—our Refuge and Strength
  9. Preaching the Word of the Lord – Psalm 46:1-11
  10. Saturday Prayer: A Prayer from Psalm 46
  11. Psalm 46–A Mighty Fortress
  12. Be Still and Move Forward
  13. Sure And Fearless
  14. Help when I need it….

The Life Project

I think we all have times when it seems that our world has been turned topsy-turvy.  I think we all have times when we aren’t quite sure which way to go or how best to proceed…

We might cry out to God and wonder where He has gone or why He is letting things be so crazy, but then we remember that God hasn’t left our side even for a minute. He is always there for us to lean on, for us to draw strength and courage from… and then we look directly at Him and things become more clear.

God is our refuge and strength, 
    an ever-present help in trouble. 
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way 
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 
 though its waters roar and foam 
    and the mountains quake with their surging. 

Psalm 46:1-3

Take heart, for God is near!  Even though we can’t…

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Not Your Own

Redbird's Roost

helper
It is sharing and caring,
Giving and forgiving,
Loving and being loved,
Walking hand in hand,
Talking heart to heart,
Seeing through each other’s eyes,
Laughing together,
Weeping together,
And always trusting and believing
And thanking God for each other…
For love that is shared
is a beautiful thing —
It enriches the soul
and makes the heart sing.
Helen Steiner Rice – “A Touch of Joy”

Never say: “It is nobody’s business but my own what I do with my life.” It is not true. Your life is put in your hands as a trust, for many others beside yourself. If you use it well, it will make many others happy; if you abuse it, it will harm many others beside yourself.
James M. Pullman

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Live by Faith

In our capitalist world lots of people have forgotten Who is behind all that what we see around us. Lots of people also have forgotten the way to that Originator of Life. They also have forgotten how we now have a mediator, someone to speak for us. Most people have also forgotten how that man of flesh and blood lived according the wishes of the Only One true God and was prepared to put his own will aside to do the Will of that One true God and to give himself as a ransom for the faults or sins of all people.

In that master teacher who was born about 2022 years ago we should believe and put our hope, but also have an example how to construct our own life.

Let us not hesitate to try to become like Christ Jesus. Having us all becoming as brothers and sisters in Christ, all unified and working to be one in Christ like Jesus is one with his heavenly father and we too should be one with God.

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Preceding articles

Christians remaining hidden not sharing the gospel

Mass Media’s Deception Causing Division

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Additional reading

  1. 2020 years ago, the road was opened
  2. The saviour Jesus his godly side
  3. When having found faith through the study of the Bible we do need to do works of faith

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Related

  1. Love And Mercy
  2. Josiah’s Story of Accepting Jesus
  3. Accepting Jesus Into Your Heart
  4. Where do I Belong?
  5. Unexpected Belief
  6. Willing
  7. God’s Emissary

Strength in Grace

We all only have one life, but we get to decide how to live it.
Jumanji

Yep…I just put a quote from Jumanji, on my blog, that’s about Jesus.  But it’s a good quote, and it led me to see something I’ve never quite noticed in a verse that I’ve read several times.

I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galations 2:20

Every time I’ve ever read this scripture, I’ve always focused mainly on the first two sentences.  And I don’t mean to dismiss that part in any way.  It is very important in our Christian walk.  Once we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, our “old self” should…

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January Night

Reflections by Doc Arnett

I hear the wind
high and hard above the trees in the back yard,
feel its stony edge hammer through
the thin legs of my dress pants.

It pounds along the ground,
refreezing the thawed mush of the earth.

It pushes through
the seams of woods and brush,
shoving up against the cold brick and rock
in an indifferent rush against the house.

I step into the unlit porch,
welcoming the warmth inside the darkness.

On such a night as this,
it is good to have a place
beyond the wind’s lancet,
a place where love is strong.

I climb the stairs,
still hearing the wind beyond the walls and roof.

I lie down in warm blankets,
close to the one I love,
grateful, kept, held,
knowing and being known.

Together, we sink into sleep
in the keeping of Him who sends both wind and fire.

H. Arnett
1/26/10

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A Reminder of Hope and Light on a January Morning

Reflections by Doc Arnett

In the dry heart of winter,
the cold splinters around us,
shards of light cut through
night’s thinning darkness.

A teasing sun rises to the south
of what we believe is east,
bringing an illusion of heat
to leafless limbs and bare branches.

On other days,
a gray heaviness hovers around us,
hazy shadows shift slowly
in frozen passings.

Even through this mist of clouds,
a touch of Light still moves within,
easing clenched fist into outstretched hand,
whispering hope into a land of doubt:

“You live yet
and God still works within you.”

H. Arnett
1/8/18

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Photo Monday – Cold

Deux souriceaux

Someone told me it wasn’t that cold out so I skipped the snow pants when I went out to Prospect Park to catch the last of the day’s light. Mistake #1.

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Someone (the same someone) told me it wasn’t windy so I figured zipping my jacket all the way up would suffice. I skipped the scarf. Mistake #2.

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(See the the white powdery stuff in the air? That’s blowing snow. Snow that the wind picks up from the ground and blows around on this totally not windy day.)

It wasn’t as cold as the day I went in the woods but I felt it so much more without the protection of the trees. I checked on the ducks and geese. They weren’t even huddling that much. Huh. I still bet they wished they’d gone further South for the Winter…

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The park was pretty empty except for a few families staying…

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Middle of the Bridge

Schibolet

The bus drives slowly

On the bridge over the river

Frozen since long time

Life moves slowly in the cold

But it moves even in the most

Adversarial conditions the strife to survive

Slowly the evolution takes place one winter

At the time, breaking down what can’t hide

From the Eternal cold in this northern town

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