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2017 Commentaries

11/5/2017

 

Letter to a Man of God

 

We honored a wonderful man and his family today.  Our worship leader is moving on to a new church that he and others are planting.  He will be an associate pastor. 

 

It was a bitter sweet day with the missions day and his going away party. 

 

Yesterday I received a message from another pastor at a church in Chester, IL.  I only know the church because I knew the previous pastor.  This was a message through Facebook that I never expected. 

 

Because of all the changes going on with our church and with our worship leaders new endeavors, I thought it was worth sharing as it may help you if you are at a point to move on. 

 

Keep in mind this is God’s Word that came to this pastor which was followed up with actual scripture that matched the “Word”. 

 

God’s Word for 11-04-2017
“KEEP YOUR EYES ON ME, not only for direction but also for empowerment. I never lead you to do something without equipping you for the task. That is why it’s so important to seek My will in everything you do. There are many burned-out Christians who think more is always better, who deem it unspiritual to say no.
“In order to know My will, spend time with Me—enjoying My Presence. This is not an onerous task but a delightful privilege. I will show you the path of Life; in My Presence is fullness of Joy; at My Right Hand there are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 141:8; 16:11 NKJV). 

 

August 22, 2017   Eclipse was spectacular!  They predicted bad weather in Marissa but the skies were clear. I saw everything except the moment of the sun burst as shown below.  I was afraid to look at it without my glasses and when I did, I looked away quickly because I didn't want to go blind. 

 

Just a little thought for anyone who read my last commentary on the 14th.  My first intentions were to draw your attention to what the Bible says.  While I was re-reading a couple of the sights I posted and connected to other sights within, I came across this article about who the woman was.  Everyone has their opinion, however unless you study the Bible you will not fully understand everything.  The Vigin of Revelation is Israel.  The child is Jesus.

 

Please study the Bible carefully.  The Bible will reveal itself, you just have to know where to look.  As far as September 23, 2017.  Who knows, maybe it is the last revival before the rapture and before the Day of the Lord.   If you have not accepted that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and raised from the dead, then it would be best you did because you don't want to see the Day of the Lord. 

 

There are many prophecies already fullfilled and some  prophecis happening now.  The scattered tribes of Israel are returning to Israel.  One of the prophecies written before the rapture is the building of the 3rd temple.  Israel is planning for this temple now.  They are also planning for a great rail system that will be taking thousands of people from Tel Aviv to the wailing wall and the new temple.  When these things happen, the days are very near.  

August 14, 2017

 

Eclipse of the Sun falls on August 21, 2017

I am not a gloom and doom person, nor am I a conspiracy theorist.  I do read my Bible and believe everything in it.  I also know Jesus spoke of The End of the Age in Matthew 24:3-14; The Great Tribulation in Matthew 24:15-28 and of the Coming of the Son of Man. Matthew 24:29-51 

Here are a couple of sites I think you would be interested in.   Another eclipse on April 8, 2024 (7 years later)  Curiously crosses the August 21 eclipse in Southern Illinois.  The Great American Solar Eclipse of August 21—A Fulfillment of Bible Prophecy? | theTrumpet.com

 

The site about Israel on September 23rd may be very interesting to those of faith. However, I do not have the resources to prove that no other time was the planet Jupiter, the constellations Virgo and Leo cycling as it will on September 23rd, 2017.    The Bible does talk of the Virgin clothed in the sun and the moon at her feet with a garland of 12 stars on her head.  It also talks of the fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns and 7 diadems taking away 1/3 of the stars of heaven and throwing it to the earth.  Comet Nibiru? (Nibiru is said to have gasses coming off of it that make it appear to look like horns.)  What will happen 23rd of September 2017? Get Ready The Revelation 12 Sign 23rd of September 2017 - YouTube 

 

Jesus said of the 2nd coming of the Son of Man Mathew 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. “  Jesus gave his disciples parables explaining how to recognize the day and to be prepared.    Accept that His Son Jesus died on the cross for our sins, love and obey Him and keep His commandments.   Ask for forgiveness of your sins and be baptised to wash your sins away in a watery grave as Jesus died and rose up from the grave and was resurrected.    Study the Bible, find a Bible believing church and you will notice you will no longer be desiring the things that hurt you and not want to hang out with those who keep you from the good things God wants for you. 

 

Are you tired of the same ol’ same ol’?  Are you wondering why did I drink so much last night?  Why did I say those terrible things to my wife/husband/child?  Why can’t I just stop taking those drugs?  Why can’t I find peace?  Why can’t I get away from all the hate, killing, beatings  ……….                  

 

When you can’t do it anymore or feel like there is no more for you here on earth, remember that “God so loved the world (including you) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.   This is a free gift from God to you.  All you have to do is lay your burdens down and give them back to God to take care of.  He will take care of  the rest. 

 

Disclaimer:  The following message was an after thought message I received after visiting 3 churches, all of which were small in attendance.  One of which I was led to share out loud that the church is dying and it was not about that particular church but all the churches in general who have been quinching the Holy Spirit. If a person is gifted in an area they should be able to use that gift.   A woman came up to me after the service and confirmed that this indeed happened in the church she was in to the point that you could feel it when you walked in.  This message was addressed to all churches who were experiencing this.  He who has an ear, let him hear.....

 

 

God help! My Church is Dying!

Romans 12:1              

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” 

 

We have a church with God leading.  Each individual had a pulling and decision to stay with a church because there was a need in that church that God knew that individual could fill.  It is so satisfying to be part of the service you can give for a need that is already gifted in your heart from God.  With God knowing all things, seeing all things and creator of all things, He knows exactly which individual needs to go to which church that has a need in that department.  Like a clock maker oiling the gears of a perfectly working clock. 

 

I find that many churches are quenching the Holy Spirit by taking away the very job the individual is gifted to do.  It causes hurt and bewilderment of why God has given them a gift that they can’t give back to God.  It squelches the spirit of trying to serve anymore.  Before you know it members of the body have no joy in serving at all and are no longer there.  The church begins to die.

 

Romans 12:3-8

 

“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.   For as we have many member in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them:  if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;  or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching, he who exhorts , in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.  .”

 

So here we have a church body with many members.   Let us say the Head is God that includes the Father, Son & Holy Spirit.  Holy Spirit has done some of His work by inspiring individuals with their gifts that can benefit the church or has a need themselves that other members can help them with. Let’s say   A mouth would be the Pastor - preaching the word of God and the Heart is the Worship team and so on.

We have ears, nose, hands, feet, legs all working according to God’s plan. 

 

Then one day the right hand being a helper decides the left hand needs more help.  Before you know it the right hand is doing both the work of his own and the left hand.  Then the foot needs help with the toes so the right hand helps out there and decides that things need to be changed in this department so the toes can help the foot walk better. 

 

The Right Hand kept volunteering in all the parts of the body.  It was great for the extra help at first until the Right Hand changed the direction the Holy Spirit instilled in that parts heart to do.  This caused all the other parts of the body to feel unappreciated, unneeded and no longer able to give back to God.  The blessings He bestowed upon them before when they served the church made the church thrive and grow and feel like home.  All were taken away.  Now there is a church with a body of a Head, Heart, Right hand and only one Leg to stand on. 

 

Moral of the Story – Know your part and Let God take care of all the rest. 

 

 

 

 

January 14th, 2017

 

There was an ice storm going on last couple days.  Many of us went into town during the melt before the next freeze.  I have been dividing my studio into two seperate medias to illiminate confusion.  Or should I say "To allow more focus".  I put all my jewelry into my main floor office.  Put my office into my painting studio as I only pay bills once a month.  While I had some down time to rest because I am getting older and I have to pace myself, I checked into my facebook.  An old friend from grade school wrote  a memory that triggard my own memory.  Even though I agreed with everything she shared with the members, it triggard a memory of my own that I would like to share.  .............   My memories of French Village (E. St. Louis, IL) were riding my bicycle  over and over in the yard, because mom didn't want us be out of sight.  I pretended that each fruit tree was a store and I paid with leaves for the apples, pears and cherries that grew in our back yard.  My bicycle was my car and I had playing cards attached to the wheel to make it sound like the motor was running.  We had a wonderful maple tree in the front yard that had wonderful orange and yellow leaves in the fall.  Almost everyone fell from it from one time to another and it knocked the wind out of us.   I had wonderful friend that went to Orv's IGA  with me and we got Bazooka Bubble gum with  baseball players picture card in it. When I was growing up, we used to be able to watch the movies from our back yard and on 4th of July French Village Drive Inn would have a fire work display and all our family would come over for a picnic with their lounge chairs to watch.  We knew not to whine or cry because dad would say "I'll give you something to cry about!"  We always respected our elders and as they say "Kids were meant to be seen and not heard."  Sam's BBQ the favorite "Pay Day" dinner along with Ham Hocks and Beans, Meat Loaf, Spaghetti, fried chicken or Mrs. Moggio's Sloppy Joes was a delight.  Only Mom and Dad had an air conditioner in the Living room with a blanket to separate it from the dinning room.  (They slept on a mattress on the Living Room Floor).  We had the doors unlocked back then.  When someone visited we all gathered around them (kids with dirt smudged on their faces from playing outside and hair disheveled.  Life was simpler.  A treasure in time.  Memories of yesterday past. 

 

 

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