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July 27, 2014


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SCRIPTURE

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

~Hebrews 12:1, NASB

QUOTE

It is the singing of your heart that will make you forget your sorrow.

~Mrs. Charles Cowen

my two cents worth.

 

This word cloud in the above text is nephos  and this is the only place it is found in the bible. It is not the white cloud that has shape. Our granddaughter Josie loves to study the clouds and determine what their shapes appear as, but nephos is more like a fog. It is the heavy cloud that obscures the sun and you cannot see its shape because it is so close. It is a cloud that envelops and surrounds. Because clouds are always above us, many have interpreted this verse {Heb. 12:1} to mean that we have a grandstand filled with departed saints that are watching us here on earth and cheering us on. If they can see us, they can also hear us. We are always thinking about how wonderful it is going to be to hear the angels sing but have you considered what it might be like for angels and the saints in heaven to hear us sing? I do not know if our love ones hear us sing or not but I do know this, we will never have REVIVAL in our churches until we begin to sing from our hearts with all our hearts. I can’t forget what I heard a North Korean pastor say some years ago, “The biggest shock I faced in coming to America was the fact Christians here do not sing with all their heart.” Our singing or lack thereof is shocking. Why don’t you make a commitment to sing from your heart and will all of your heart today? It could be the first step to REVIVAL.

 

Sam-GunTOTING

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  • Got engrossed in study yesterday and lost track of time: did not do phone message but we have a full schedule today beginning at 8:00 with Deacons Prayer Meeting.
  • I forgot to add in yesterday blog that Kerri Callahan did a back flip off the cliff and it was as good as the boys. I didn’t even climb the cliff.
  • Today is CHILDRENS CHEWABLE MULTI-VITAMIN day. Try to say it without stopping; not easy to do. Say it three times is a row as fast as you can. You can’t!
  • OK, so you did it,  I yield but I got you to do something you didn’t really want to do, right!
  • Shohn and children leave in the morning for camp. Joe David and Team leave Thursday for Guatemala.

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LIFE CHANGING BIBLE STUDY

Food for thought as we deal with a difficult passage, especially the first two verses…For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority—whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right. Although he incited a revolution, Martin Luther hated rebellion and thought it to be the greatest of all sins or at least the root. Our very nation was born out of rebellion. Were our forefathers wrong to rebel against the crown? Revolution is not a light undertaking and neither is civil disobedience but there are times when it is justified. The Hebrew mid-wives ignored Pharaoh’s orders to kill the male babies. The Hebrew boys defied the pagan king Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel was thrown into a lion’s den for civil disobedience. John the Baptist was imprisoned for criticizing Herod. Peter and John defied the ruling of the Sanhedrin.

When a civil authority asks or commands us to violate our conscience or the word of God, we are not obligated to obey that authority. Killing babies is morally wrong which makes abortion a horrible law that no true believer can support. When they ask us to deny the clear teaching of God’s word on homosexuality, we are to stand firm. There is one thing about civil disobedience that separates us from outlaws and rebels: we must be willing to suffer the consequence gracefully and give our life if necessary.

By the way, the colonist were split but not down the middle. About 20% remained loyal to the crown. That would be 500,000 roughly. After the war 15% of them fled to other British holding in the Americas. This means 80% were supporters of the war for Independence.

The Sheeps Highway, Ireland {want to go there someday}

The Sheeps Highway, Ireland {want to go there someday}

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