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Sunday, July 27, 2014

More Seeds and Weeds

Mustard seed grows to become a tree for shelter

Pastor Jerry continued his message of Jesus and his parables regarding "The Kingdom of God."  He was reading from Matthew 13:31-33, 42-52.
31 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, 32 which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

The farmers understood about land and seeds and also weeds. 

The first story was the tiny Mustard seed that grows and becomes like a tree sheltering those to come to find rest.

Perhaps it is like unto a small church that reaches out and takes in the lost where they can discover “hope, love and peace.”

Today’s church bulletin had an interesting quote: “We can become so comfortable with our inner landscape that we consistently uproot the “new life” God is trying to nurture in us.  Growing into God means learning new discernment and some times being slower to weed our spiritual gardens.”

This is a strange and alien world we live in.  We ask “what is this world coming to?” as we scan the news and view the media.  There is much suffering and heart ache.

All events in history are defined as either BC (before Christ) or AD (After his death and resurrection)  In AD God came into the world as flesh in His Son Jesus.  Jesus ushered in a new age and the future begins NOW because He has promised us eternal life and He is preparing many “rooms” for us in heaven.

Jesus continued his stories with leaven, a lost gold coin, a treasure in a field, a pearl of great price and a drag net of fishes, all likened to the Kingdom of God. 

Then He asked his disciples if they understood and they replied, “YES.”

Jesus encouraged his disciples to seek and find and to search the scriptures for in them you find life. 

For the most part they realized there was a deeper meaning to these parables and knew that even in small things, God will bless and cause growth to come.

Jesus said, The Kingdom of God is within you !!

May we realize that God is not discouraged with the size of the seed, but He does expect it to grow.

Pastor asked, “Do you get it?’  May we answer “YES, we understand.” 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Broken Bones

A couple of days ago, our Boy Scout Grandson Max and his troop went on an excursion that turned out to be an unexpected digression from the anticipated good time.

A terrible accident occurred and Max broke his femur bone in his leg.  They rushed him to Children’s Hospital where x-rays were taken and surgery was scheduled. 

The Doctor was optimistic and said the surgery to place a pin to hold the bone in place, should take about an hour. 

Three hours later the anxious parents were informed that all went well and Max would soon be an expert with new crutches.   Max asked for something to eat which was a good sign and his parents were relieved.
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Many years ago, our foster daughter’s brother, did not fare so well with a similar break.  When his broken leg healed, he was left with one leg shorter than the other. 

Let me tell you what God did for Richard.  When we lived in Oakland, there were times when “Healing Evangelists” would come to hold meetings. 

Oral Roberts, Kathryn Kuhlman, Benny Hinn to name a few, but I believe this was a “Morris Cerullo” meeting and miracles were happening without the evangelist even touching the people. 

There was a pray line and Richard requested a prayer card and found a place in line.  Upon receiving prayer, Richard felt a warm feeling going through his leg and the next day he visited his doctor where x-rays were taken.

The doctor could not explain why there was new bone filling in a two inch space and Richard’s legs were now both the same length.

I believe we are going to see more real miracles – some big and some small. 

Not necessarily from large meetings with big name evangelists but by God using people from the pews.

Yes, Christian laymen who are willing to believe not just for broken bones, but for God to mend broken lives as well.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hearing God Speak

Praying for a Girl - with Jesus Close By

Hearing God Speak

 I tilted my head so that I could hear,
But the voice came from deep inside me!
“I have sent you to teach
So others may reach,
Those suffering in pain
That they might gain - -
Hope, peace and rest in body and soul,
For my goal is that many be made whole.

Be ready to speak my words for I shall reveal
‘HOW’ - - so they too will move with me,
A small army sent forth with my sword and shield,
Anointed by power and sent by my will.

Out to the streets, not performed in a temple,
But reaching their world as they follow by example.
Seek and find those in need,
and results will happen indeed!

Let them come to you my army, as they come to me,
and you will see
God’s power materialize
before your very eyes.

Be not afraid, but boldly speak out in faith,

Say, “Are you hurting today?”
“Let me pray for you and pain will be taken away.
Are you troubled and concerned?
God will bring you hope and peace by his Son.

Often you will immediately know results,
But other times the outcome may occur slowly
Be amazed at the domino effect,
For even the lowly
Will do exploits in my name.”


Heavenly Father, I ask that your healing power will flow to this person, and all pain will be removed.
Also I ask for their troubled spirit to be calmed and that the peace of God shall reign in their soul.  I ask this in Jesus Name.  Amen


However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. John 16:13

This post is shared at Charlotte’s Spiritual Sundays


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Laughter is Good for your Health

Healthy Laughter is Good for You !!
When my children were small, they often watched cartoons, but one day they were watching The Three Stooges on TV and my sister-in-law was visiting.  She said, she did not allow her children to watch that show because “The show teaches children to hit each other and think it is funny.”
As I thought about it, I realized she was right, so that program became off limits. 
The cartoons of goofy Duck being hurt was not the same as real people in pain. 
I do not like the videos of people banging themselves up while others laugh.  As long as it isn’t us getting hurt – many think it is funny, but seriously it is NOT funny.
What does make us laugh?  Robert and I enjoy a good clean joke, and many movies and TV shows are truly funny.  We also laugh out loud at some of the cartoons in the newspaper.  Mr. Pickles is our favorite.
Actually a good belly laugh is good for your health and there is much good humor available.
The Bible instructs us to have a cheerful and happy heart and to rejoice.
Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
The Benefits of Laughter (taken from HelpGuide.Org)
Physical Health Benefits:
  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heart disease
   Mental Health Benefits:
  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience
     Social Benefits:
  • Strengthens relationships
  • Attracts others to us
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Helps defuse conflict
  • Promotes group bonding
Did you know that even God laughs? 
The Bible says, when people plot against God and his plans, he just doubles up with laughter and boos in derision at them.
Psalms 2:4  He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.
Psalms 37:13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.
This one made me laugh and then I praised God for I believe it is true!  God is protecting Israel and He is probably chuckling too!
Overheard - -Gaza Hamas were Complaining, 'Their God Changes The Paths Of Our Rockets In Mid-Air'.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Divine Agriculture

Each Sunday, I usually post a digested sermon by our Pastor Jerry.  Today my post will be brief due to unfortunate circumstances.

On Saturday there was a wedding at our church and the sound system was changed for the wedding, but was not put back as it should have been.  When our Sunday service began there was harsh feedback and regrettably I was not able to hear most of the sermon.  Fortunately I had the bulletin.

When it was time for the Joys, I had been impressed to share my story about the California Water situation and how we should speak to the rocks to bring forth water as Moses was told to do.

As the service progressed, one of our ladies was asked to read a Scripture from the Psalms, and I was amazed because this particular selection was a confirmation to my sharing.

Psalm 65:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
You visit the earth and water it,
You greatly enrich it;

The river of God is full of water;
You provide their grain,
For so You have prepared it.
You water its ridges abundantly,
You settle its furrows;
You make it soft with showers,
You bless its growth.

The bulletin contained the Sermon Title and the scripture and thus I present the digested subject from Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43.  DIVINE AGRICULTURE

Jesus came preaching the Kingdom of God and he often spoke in parables.  On one occasion, He spoke about a man who went forth to sow good seed, but soon weeds sprang up.   

The servants asked if they should pull up the weeds. 

The tares will be gathered and burnt
The man said, no an enemy has sowed the weeds; just allow them to grow together until the harvest and then the weeds shall be set aside and burnt and the good grain will be placed in my barn.
His disciples asked Jesus to explain the story and briefly this is what He said.

1.The sower is the Son of Man (Jesus.)
2. The field is the world.
3. The good seeds are the sons of the kingdom.
4. The weeds are the sons of the wicked one.
5. The enemy is the devil.
6. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.

Pastor encouraged us to understand that good and evil happens to us all.

Tragedy, sickness, and death touch many of our lives, but we have a choice to decide the way we will turn.  We are free to make good decisions and we are also free to choose the wrong path.
We are free to serve and trust God through it all.  Our hope is in Christ Jesus.


Friday, July 18, 2014

The Headlines Read – Wells Drying Up

Water from a Rock

Our Lake Oroville, the main water source for Southern California is very low.  A sobering thought is that there was not sufficient rain and a good snow pack to fill it.

A couple months ago, I suggested NOT to pray for rain, but to speak to the rain clouds to come and bring rain.  Yes God did send some rain, but not enough.  Then we all relaxed.  Many are thinking "maybe next year will be a better season."

The alarm and cries of the media and newspapers are; “We are in a draught – the crops will fail, we need water for our animals and for the people.
I am reminded when Jesus told his disciples to SAY (not pray) - Mark 11:23

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

Consider another scripture story about Moses - - - God gave him specific instructions to SPEAK and sadly he did not obey and SAY as he was told.

Numbers 20:7, 8  Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together.  Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.”

Just for a moment let us expand our thinking and our believing and understand that God does cause water to flow out of rocks.  This is evidenced by tiny springs that bubble up from rocks and turn into creeks and by huge water falls that cascade into rivers.  It is a fact that water does come from rocks.

May I suggest not to pray for rain, but to SAY to the ROCKS in our mountains to crack open and pour out water to fill our lake.

What I am asking is for you to open your mouth and with your voice to speak to the mountain rocks to rip open and to flow forth water.

To some this may seem silly or foolish, but I am reminded that Jesus did many things that seemed irrational, and he was called all sorts of crazy names. 

If you are embarrassed to SAY in public, just SAY with me now, and continue to SAY:  “Rocks split open and gush out water into our Lake.” 

Not prayen but just SAYEN !! 

"If two or three agree as touching anything on earth, it shall be done."


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Tricks for Old Dogs

Old Hound Dog Still Running
Apple Cider Vinegar has been publicized for many purposes including marinating meat over night before cooking it, to unclogging drains, killing weeds and even beauty aids such as a hair rinse. 
A popular use is to drink a tablespoon full in a glass of water daily to help with joint pain.  My brother and also brother in law both claim this helps their arthritis pain and is a simple and inexpensive aid for their health.

I have been giving my dog Bragg ACV with the Mother.

From reading the labels I discovered that the Heinz quart size is the real apple cider vinegar and is the most reasonable in price.  Heinz also puts out a larger bottle, but it is flavored and not the real apple cider vinegar.

I said all that to say this:  Our old hound dog has been limping and for months we have been giving him a baby aspirin morning and night.  It did seem to help, but I wanted to try something else.

 He gets 1/2 can of dog food and a cup of dry crunch morning and night, so I began to add a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to the wet food and mixing it in well. 

After a few days, I am amazed that he eats his food with no objections and is walking better than ever.

In addition I ordered some Joint soft chews from Entirely Pets  
“Joint MAX: Chewable Tablets pet joint supplement, containing Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, EPA, DHA, Creatine, Zinc, Manganese, Vitamin C and N-acetyl-cysteine in one tasty, chewable tablet.”

Also I ordered some capsules of Bromelain from Swanson Vitamin Company and I break open a capsule and give him 1/2 twice a day stirred in the wet food.  Bromelain is from pineapple and helps with pain and also digestion.

I believe that the most help is coming from the Natural Apple Cider Vinegar, and if your dog is limping from time to time, Vinegar might be something you would want to add to his food.