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Little things can be so annoying. Insects fly in my face. Smoke gets in my eyes. Sand gets in my shoes. My husband puts an empty box back in the pantry. I open it expecting to find something inside; instead, it is empty!

Mary and the other women expected to find Jesus in a borrowed tomb; instead, it was empty. “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus (Luke 24:1-3 NIV).”

Seekers found an empty grave; they were not annoyed, they were confused. “While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen (Luke 24:4-6a N.I.V)!”

Jesus had risen; he conquered death and the grave! Miracles can be so captivating. A farmer plants a little seed in the ground and it grows into a bumper crop. Severe storms destroy everything in their path and a little bird sits perched on a branch. A little boy offered his meager meal to Jesus and the Master used it to feed multitudes. Jesus touches a life once filled with sin, empties it and pours in his Spirit!

 
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Power Struggle

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Does that make you wince after reading?

Power struggles happen; it’s that simple yet stressful.

We find ourselves in the midst of conflicts at work, home, in civic clubs and sadly even in many churches.

‘Government gridlock’ is nothing more than a politically correct catch phrase for power struggles.

Are you aware that Jesus reprimanded his disciples when a power struggle surfaced?

“Now came an argument among them as to which of them would be greatest [in the coming kingdom]! But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he stood a little child beside him and said to them, ‘Anyone who takes care of a little child like this is caring for me! And whoever cares for me is caring for God who sent me. Your care for others is the measure of your greatness (Luke 9:46-48 Living Bible).”

 

Unspoken Prayer Requests

 

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Any unspoken requests?

Hands and seeking hearts go up throughout the sanctuary. Some things are just too personal or painful to voice aloud. There may come a time when we feel led by God to share them publicly;  for the present, we label them unspoken prayer requests.

The LORD hears our hearts as well as our lips. Hannah’s prayer serves as an excellent example.

Making a vow, she pleaded, LORD of Hosts, if You will take notice of Your servant’s affliction, remember and not forget me, and give Your servant a son, I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and his hair will never be cut (1 Samuel 1:11 HCS).”

Hannah prayed in the temple area without voicing a word to anyone else.

“While she was praying in the LORD’S presence, Eli watched her lips. Hannah was speaking to herself, and although her lips were moving, her voice could not be heard. Eli thought she was drunk and scolded her (1 Samuel 1:12-14a HCS).”

The Priest, Eli,  could not hear the prayer request of Hannah. He who answered her prayer with a gift of  a son heard every word.

Proverbial Pin

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stock-photo-hand-lens-that-magnifies-a-needle-in-a-haystack-173361524I can nearly hear the sound of the proverbial pin dropping….

The Israel nation had waited with great expectations for their promised Messiah; religious leaders and scribes thought they had envisioned His persona and discerned His purpose.   

One day, an unassuming local entered their synagogue worship service and took them by surprise.

 “And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book, and found the place where it was written.  

THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE DOWNTRODDEN, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD (Luke 4:17-19 NAS).”

After finishing His text, He closed the book, returned it to the attendant and sat down. Synagogue worshipers gave Him close attention. (Verse 20)

“And He began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing (Luke 4:21 NAS).”

The pin dropped; to this day, scoffers search for it in haystacks and needle his followers.

 

 

Antie

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“This stage in my life’s not all bad.”

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 “Antie, are you talking to yourself again?”

 “Yeah, just thinkin,’ I’m not alone. This daily routine is full of others just as busy as me.”

 “Why so discouraged?”

 “Goes with the territory, I guess. I’m in a mid-life crisis;  staying busy does help to keep me focused. Yet, I’m not convinced the retirement plans are such a good idea. Maybe, if I work extra hard the supervisor will see how I’m useful to the industry.”

“Okay, let’s go with that. What do you think you do best?”

“You should know!  I’m always trying to fix things. I look for problems  in the structure and try to repair it. If the foundation breaks down the entire unit suffers.”

“O Antie, lighten up! Don’t try to do everything yourself; leave some work for others to do.”

“Wish I could, at times I feel like a combination waitress- sanitation engineer! Why does life have to revolve around food? I deliver the food and I’m expected to carry off the garbage.”

“You are so right, Antie! You ready to go after groceries?”

“If I can work up the courage, I might not survive the trip. Predators are everywhere. I live in constant fear of being eaten alive or being ground into the dust!”

Such is the mid life crisis for the typical female ant in her colony. Only the oldest leave the ant beds seeking food, and usually do not survive the expedition.

 “The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer (Proverbs 30:25 NKJ).”

I have much to learn from ants. Though fictional, and with negative emotions, Antie teaches me to be industrious in kingdom work. My Father is looking for willing workers to build upon the foundation of His Son, Jesus. I can carry the bread of life to those who hunger and warn of impending danger. Satan lurks in the shadows but Jesus reigns victorious!

 


God’s Young-ens

 

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The body ages, the memory wanes; yet, we are forever God’s young-ens.’ He holds us accountable for our attitudes and actions. As Father, he corrects, warns and disciplines. When we rebel against his authority, we pay the consequences.

 “Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commendeth all men everywhere to repent (Acts17:29-30 KJV).”

 His young-ens’ learn why. “Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead (Acts 17:29-31 KJV).” He lives!

 

 

Name-tags

PAM CROPPED 2013                         How do you feel about name-tags?

I attended a high school reunion last summer; I had not seen my classmates since the mid 1960’s.  To my disappointment, organizers did not hand out name-tags. I was able to recognize a few people with the help of faces that I’d seen on facebook, but name-tags would have made the mingling much easier.

Mom pinned my first name-tag onto my cardigan sweater before sending me off for my fist day of kindergarten. I guess she wasn’t confident that I knew my own name!       3-1-blog

 Insert your name in the following scripture passage each time you read the word, “you.”

“May the LORD bless you and keep you.

May the LORD smile down on you

And show you his kindness.

May the LORD answer your prayers

And give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26 ERV).”