Threefold Cord

A BOG ROPE                                                  NOT QUICKLY BROKEN

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“And though a man might prevail against him who is alone, two will withstand him. A threefold cord is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12 Amplified Bible).”

Good things come ‘in threes!’

“…Grace (spiritual blessing and favor), mercy, and [heart] peace [be yours] from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord (1 Timothy 1:2b Amplified Bible).”

PROTRACTED MEETING

Have ya’ ever  PAM CROPPED 2013 been a member of a church  congregation during a protracted meeting? 

It was ‘long’…            A CLOCK

How ‘long’ was it?

A CONGREGATION

The Old Testament Book of Nehemiah details a protracted meeting. (Nehemiah 8:1-12)

“So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month. Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law (Nehemiah 8:2-3 NKJ).”

Crop Analogies

A BLOG CORNI don’t believe I have a gardening bone in my body.

PAM CROPPED 2013Somehow, the DNA inherited from my parents mutated; I lost innate interest or desire for digging in the dirt. I’m happily home-bound in the ARK-LA-MS Delta dreamland.

The LORD has crammed farming illustrations throughout Scripture. Jesus often used references to planting and harvesting of crops in His  many parables. The Apostle Paul sensed spiritual gold mines in crop analogies.

“So, what is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the Lord has given. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. Now the one who plants and the one who waters are equal, and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s co-workers. You are God’s field, God’s building (1 Corinthians 3:5-9 HCS).”

Churches are Abuzz!

A BLOG CHURCH

 

Churches are abuzz with a factual phrase…                            PAM CROPPED 2013

“It’s not about us; it’s all about Him!”

The sooner we get that through our thick heads and hardened hearts the better off we’ll all be.

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen (Romans 11:36 NAS).”

Seeing the Potential!

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Most of us wear the same clothes very often, even PAM CROPPED 2013though we fill our closets with many more choices. Similarly, we seem to have favorite words and phrases.

Just off the top of my head,  I can come up with two of my husband Norm’s words used in repetition, ‘stuff’ and ‘potential.’  The first annoys me; the latter challenges me.

He sees the potential while I see the problem.

Abraham, when pressured with problems, saw potential in impossibilities!

“He believed in God, who gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist. Against hope, with hope he believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what had been spoken: So will your descendants be (Romans 4:17b-18 HCS).”

Painful Probing

A BLOG SPLINTER              It is not logical.

 

How could such a minute speck of PAM CROPPED 2013dust or an eyelash under my eyelid be so painful? A splinter in my hand, so small that I need a magnifying glass to see it, can cause throbbing pain.

 
The unwelcome guests cause irritation; the probing to find and remove them goes beyond irritation to pain.

My removal process is in itself painstaking. If my eye is the problem area, I have to stand extremely close before a lit up mirror. Old age is robbing me of close-up vision. Once I find the culprit, I use a cotton swab in the delicate removal process. If the intruder is a splinter in my right hand, I have a major dilemma.

Being right handed, the wielding of a sterilized needle in my left hand for probing and extraction is haphazard. My sin is not easy to detect with the naked eye; the Holy Spirit shines His light on it, using conviction and the sword of the Spirit as instruments, He brings the transgression to the surface.

“For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as to divide soul, spirit, joints, and marrow; it is judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart. No creature is hidden from Him but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account (Hebrews 4:12-13 HCS).”

 

Blindsided on a Blind Date

A BRIGHT LIGHT

Ever been blindsided on a bind date?

In my teen PAM CROPPED 2013years, I had many dates that fell under the blind date category. Two or three of the boys I paired off with were what in my day were popularly labeled losers.

On the brighter side, I am in the blessed state of wedlock with my last blind date. We will celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary in three years.

Saul, in his blind date trauma trusted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, becoming the Apostle Paul. (Acts 9:1-18)

A bright heavenly light blinded his eyes. God sent a reluctant messenger to restore his sight. (Acts 9:10-18)

“Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized (Acts 9:18 NKJ).”