Monday, June 4, 2018

One Day Soon (poem)

One day soon
The trumpet shall blast,
We'll gather together-
Going home at last.
The Shepherd will come
To bring his sheep in;
He'll sheer from their lives
The effects of their sin.
One Day Soon!

One day soon
Our tears will dry,
No grief to bear,
No need to cry,
No dread of fear,
All pain will cease-
He'll wrap his lambs
In robes of peace.
One Day Soon!


-Pat Gowdy

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Ooey Gooey Cake recipe

1 1/5 cup flour
2 cups almond flour
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 TBS baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
12 TBS melted butter

Preheat oven to 350*. Spray a 9X13 pan with non stick spray and lightly dust with sugar.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, almond flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together well.
Add in the eggs, vanilla, and butter (making sure that the butter is not too hot).
You want to mix this together well and then press it into the bottom of your pan.

8 oz cream cheese
3 large eggs
2 cups powdered sugar
1 stick butter
1 tsp vanilla

In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese down some then add in the egg, vanilla, and butter.
Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula making sure to get all the lumps out.
Add in the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. If you're doing this by hand just get it as smooth as possible.
Pour this over the mixture that you pressed into the bottom of the 9X13 pan.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. The top will look a little brown and puffed up, but it should be a little jiggly when done.
Remove from oven and let set for at least 3 hours before cutting it.

Friday, June 1, 2018

If I Were A Rich Man

“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.” (I Tim. 6:17)
He used the term “uncertain riches” indicating that riches themselves are not as great as they appear. Yet most people live under the impression that all of life’s troubles would be fixed if only they had a million dollars. That’s why the lottery and those big-money game shows on television are so popular.
People think riches are like a magic wand. They think that life is magically made all the better if one can just get his hands on a lot of money. According to the Bible, that isn’t true. That notion is a magic wand from the devil, and it cannot be trusted.
Consider the lives of some of these people who won the lottery . . .
Evelyn Adams is a two time winner of the New Jersey state lottery, in 1985 and 1986. In all, she’s won over $5 million . But she says, “Winning the lottery isn't always what it's cracked up to be.” Today, her money is all gone and she lives in a trailer.
William "Bud" Post won $16.2 million in the Pennsylvania lottery in 1988 but now lives on his Social Security.
In 1993, Suzanne Mullins won $4.2 million in the Virginia lottery. She used the promised yearly lottery payments as collateral for a loan and is in terrible debt today.
Ken Proxmire once won $1 million in the Michigan lottery. Within five years, he had filed for bankruptcy.
Willie Hurt of Lansing, Michigan, won $3.1 million in 1989. Two years later he was divorced, broke, a cocaine addict, and charged with murder.
Charles Riddle of Belleville, Mich., won $1 million in 1975. Afterward, he got divorced, faced several lawsuits and was indicted for selling cocaine.
The magic wand didn’t work for them. Satan and his salesmen told them it would work wonders in their lives, and they believed it, but it only left them worse than it found them.
Friend, if you think money is the answer—the thing that makes life so enjoyable and fulfilling—then I suggest you spend some time around wealthy people. You’ll see that most of them aren’t happy, they don’t have close and happy families and marriages, and they have very few real friends.
There’s an old proverb that says the wise man carries his possessions with him. That is, his real wealth is on the inside, not on the outside.
Do you have the character to stay in a marriage and make it work? If so, you have some wealth. Do you have the character to train your children up in the ways of God and firmly correct them when they need it? If so, then you have even more wealth. Do you have the character to be an active member of a Bible-believing church—to labor in its ministry and to sit under the straight teaching and preaching of the word of God week after week without getting offended and leaving? If so, you are rich, my friend, very rich indeed. You have something that Bill Gates and Warren Buffet do not have, and they couldn’t buy it with all the money that they do have. They have a defective magic wand. You have the “true riches” of Luke 16:11.
Material wealth is coveted by people in all walks of life, but it doesn’t work the magical wonders that that folks expect. It amounts to defective merchandise promoted by Satan’s salesman. Don’t buy it. Don’t be the devil’s fool. If riches increase, okay, but don’t set your heart upon them (Psa. 62:10). They simply cannot be trusted.
- James L Melton

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Kingdom Divided- Israel (Part 23)

When God split the kingdom under Solomon's reign, Jeroboam took 10 of the tribes to rule over. He was the first king to turn from the Lord God Almighty to worshiping idols. The kings of Israel after him have followed his example in this wickedness. Israel hasn't had a king that served the Lord during the entire time they've been a nation.
And God was fed up with their idolatry!
II Kings 17:1-2- In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the son of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, but not as the kings of Israel that were before him. 
The next king to ascend the throne would follow in this tradition of idolatry. God was going to make an end of the nation of Israel.
II Kings 17:3-6- Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and gave him presents. And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea: for he had sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and brought no present to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year: therefore the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison. Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
The Lord allowed the king of Assyria to come back. At first, all the king of Assyria wanted was for Hoshea to pledge his allegiance and send gifts to him. But, Hoshea decided that he didn't want to do that, so he tried to make an alliance with the king of Egypt.
The king of Assyria took Hoshea and locked him in a dungeon, and then he waged war on the capitol city of Samaria for three years. When the city was finally taken, the people were brought into Assyria as slaves.
Why would God allow this to happen to His people?
II Kings 17:7-8, 12-14, 18- For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods, And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made. For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets. Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God. Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.
God allowed this to happen because they kept sinning. God tried to show them that they were sinning. He sent prophets to tell them to turn back to God. He sent enemies to encourage them to turn to back to God. He sent famine and disease and troubles in hopes that they would turn to God during these times. But, they wouldn't listen.
And, God is only longsuffering for so long.
II Kings 17:20- And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight.
II Kings 18:12- Because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded, and would not hear them, nor do them.
What happened to the land of Israel, and the city of Samaria?
II Kings 17:24- And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof.
The king of Assyria took men from the different places that he ruled and relocated them to the city of Samaria.
These men were just as wicked as the children of Israel had been, so the Lord decided to teach them a lesson.
II Kings 17:25-27- And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which slew some of them. Wherefore they spake to the king of Assyria, saying, The nations which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land: therefore he hath sent lions among them, and, behold, they slay them, because they know not the manner of the God of the land. Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of the priests whom ye brought from thence; and let them go and dwell there, and let him teach them the manner of the God of the land.
God sent lions into the land of Israel. These lions caused trouble for the new inhabitants; so much so, that the king of Assyria  commanded that an Israelite priest be sent back to Samaria to teach the people the laws of God.
II Kings 17:28-29, 33- Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the LORD. Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, and put them in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made, every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt. They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.
These people's learned the laws of God, but they wouldn't stop worshiping their false idols. They thought that they could serve both the Lord God Almighty and false images.
But, God doesn't want half of your worship. He isn't satisfied with half of your heart.
Deuteronomy 6:5, 14-15- And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you; (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.

Deuteronomy 8:19- And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.
He told the children of Israel what He expected way back under Moses. And, He hasn't changed!
Matthew 6:24- No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Jesus said that you can't serve God and the things of the world. You will start to love one for what you perceive it gives you, and hate the other for what you perceive it takes from you.
The Gentiles who came in to dwell in the land of Samaria thought they could do both, and that's what their descendants did.
II Kings 17:41- So these nations feared the LORD, and served their graven images, both their children, and their children's children: as did their fathers, so do they unto this day.
The Jews who were in the land of Israel were taken away in the Assyrian captivity because they wouldn't obey the Lord. In time, the Lord allowed them to come back to their land, but they never became the great nation they had been before.
The people who returned married the Gentiles who lived there, and became known as the Samaritans- half Jew, half Gentile. These Samaritans were treated badly by both the Jews and the Gentiles for years to come!
It wasn't until the Messiah came, the Lord Jesus Christ, that the Samaritans were looked at as anything other than a curse.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A Kingdom Divided- Israel (Part 22)

Israel has had many wicked kings during their time as a nation. Almost every time the Lord destroyed a reigning family for wickedness, the next leaders were just as wicked.
II Kings 14:23-24- In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel began to reign in Samaria, and reigned forty and one years. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.
Jeroboam was the third king in the line of Jehu. God had promised Jehu that his sons to the fourth generation would sit on the throne because he obeyed what God told him to do. But, none of these kings tried to do right in God's sight. They all worshiped the false idols that Solomon's servant had set up so long ago when he began to reign over Israel after the nation was split in two.
God was allowing so much war and devastation to come upon Israel in the hopes that it would turn their heart back to serving Him. But, God was also merciful and helped them to win battles and end the oppression of the wicked, and yet they still wouldn't do right.
II Kings 14:25-27- He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was of Gathhepher. For the LORD saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel. And the LORD said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.
Not only did God send good times and bad times, but He also sent prophets, like Jonah, to tell the Israelites of their wrong doings and encourage them to repent, but they wouldn't listen.
So, God was going to keep his promise to let four generations sit on the throne, and then He was going to severely punish Israel.
II Kings 14:28-29 - Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, and all that he did, and his might, how he warred, and how he recovered Damascus, and Hamath, which belonged to Judah, for Israel, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? And Jeroboam slept with his fathers, even with the kings of Israel; and Zachariah his son reigned in his stead.
God was fed up with all this evil. He sent Isaiah the prophet to prophesy of the end of the nation of Israel.
 Isaiah 8:1-4- Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man's pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz. And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah. And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz. For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.
God told Isaiah to name his son that would be born Mahershalalhashbaz, because the son would still be a little child when the Lord sent the nation of Israel into captivity.
So, Jeroboam died, and his son, Zachariah, became the fourth king of the line of Jehu to sit on the throne. But, he wasn't going to be king for long.
II Kings 15:8-12- In the thirty and eighth year of Azariah king of Judah did Zachariah the son of Jeroboam reign over Israel in Samaria six months. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as his fathers had done: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin. And Shallum the son of Jabesh conspired against him, and smote him before the people, and slew him, and reigned in his stead. And the rest of the acts of Zachariah, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. This was the word of the LORD which he spake unto Jehu, saying, Thy sons shall sit on the throne of Israel unto the fourth generation. And so it came to pass.
Zachariah only rule for half a year, and Shallum killed him and took the throne for his own. The entire land of Israel was going to be in a tumult. Their new king, Shallum would have a shorter rule than the man he murdered.
II Kings 15:13-15- Shallum the son of Jabesh began to reign in the nine and thirtieth year of Uzziah king of Judah; and he reigned a full month in Samaria. For Menahem the son of Gadi went up from Tirzah, and came to Samaria, and smote Shallum the son of Jabesh in Samaria, and slew him, and reigned in his stead. And the rest of the acts of Shallum, and his conspiracy which he made, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.
Shallum only reigned for one month and then he was murdered.
What do you think the citizens of Israel were thinking? Do you suppose that maybe they thought about asking God to guide them? They didn't. They sinned even more by asking counsel of witches.
Isaiah 8:19-22 - And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward. And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.
These people were so far gone in the darkness of their sin that God was going to allow them to be led into slavery. They would soon live in darkness.
II Kings 15:17-20- In the nine and thirtieth year of Azariah king of Judah began Menahem the son of Gadi to reign over Israel, and reigned ten years in Samaria. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not all his days from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin. And Pul the king of Assyria came against the land: and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, that his hand might be with him to confirm the kingdom in his hand. And Menahem exacted the money of Israel, even of all the mighty men of wealth, of each man fifty shekels of silver, to give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned back, and stayed not there in the land.
Menahem took the throne from Shallum, and he reigned 10 years. He was just as wicked as the rest of them. And, God sent the king of Assyria against Menahem.
Menahem thought that he could persuade the king of Assyria to leave his kingdom alone by paying him a lot of money. He taxed his people to raise this money and paid the king of Assyria to leave.
The king of Assyria did go away. Perhaps, Menahem thought that he could get away from the prophesy of Isaiah. But, God's Word always comes to pass. Isaiah said that the king of Assyria would come into the land while his son was still a child, and he did. But, the king of Assyria would be back, and he would lead the people of Israel into captivity, just like Isaiah said.
II Kings 15:21-24- And the rest of the acts of Menahem, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? And Menahem slept with his fathers; and Pekahiah his son reigned in his stead. In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekahiah the son of Menahem began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned two years. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.
After Menahem, his son Pekahiah took the throne. And, just like his father, and many of the evil kings before them he worshiped false idols. His reign only lasted 2 years.
II Kings 15:25-26- But Pekah the son of Remaliah, a captain of his, conspired against him, and smote him in Samaria, in the palace of the king's house, with Argob and Arieh, and with him fifty men of the Gileadites: and he killed him, and reigned in his room. And the rest of the acts of Pekahiah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.
Pekahiah was murdered by Pekah, one of the leaders of his army. Pekah took the throne and ruled, but he also was an evil man who worshiped the golden calves that had caused Israel to be detested by God.
II Kings 15:27-29- In the two and fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekah the son of Remaliah began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned twenty years. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin. In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abelbethmaachah, and Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria.
This was the beginning of the end of the nation of Israel. The king of Assyria came back and took some of the people into captivity. This was just the beginning.
II Kings 15:30-31- And Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and smote him, and slew him, and reigned in his stead, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah. And the rest of the acts of Pekah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

Israel's sentence was nearing it's completion. The nation has gone through six different kings in just 23 years! They saw the prophecy of Isaiah come to pass, and they still didn't turn to God. And, God was about to wipe their nation off the map!