Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What's The Big Deal About The KJV? (part 1)

Those of you who have been reading my blog have figured out by now that I only use the King James Version. I think it's about time that I give you the background to why. It has always aggravated me so when my mother would tell me "You'll understand when you're older". I like to know the "why" behind the scenario. So, here's the first part of the "why".

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Happy Father's Day!


Proverbs 17:6- Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Healthy Minute- Rescue Remedy

A man named Dr. Bach compiled a list of 38 different flowers which he used to treat certain ailments. My favorite of these compositions is called "Rescue Remedy".
Dr. Bach found that if he combined 5 of these certain flowers that it would give the user a quick calm during stress, anxiety, or when dealing with sudden bad news. The blend is available in tincture form, spray form, and pastilles, gum, and pearl form.
I will tell you 2 certain instances where this has been a blessing!
The first was during a Hurricane. My friend was heading North to get away from the path of the storm. She stopped by my home for a few hours to contact her family and plan her route.
Her dog had a leash on, but was in their vehicle with the windows cracked. Unbeknownst to them, their son had rolled one of the windows half-way down. The dog had tangled the leash on something in the car, jumped out the window, and was strangling herself. We don't know how long she was like that, but she was panting and frantic when we found her.
We brought her inside, but she wouldn't calm down. Her breathing was rapid and she just wanted to fight us. I put a dropper full of the tincture in her mouth to see if that would help. My friend was upset because she had the dog since she and her husband had been married, and it was like one of their children.
Within about 30 minutes, the dog calmed down and we were able to help her. She lived for years after that terrifying event!
The next was when my friend was pregnant and over at my house. She got a call that her father had a heart attack. I didn't want her to panic, so I gave her a dose of Rescue Remedy (which is safe for pregnant women). A few moments later, there was a call that her father had died from the heart attack and there was nothing anyone could do. She started shaking and crying, and I was very fearful for the baby after such sudden and shocking news.
However, the Rescue Remedy kicked in a few moments later, and she was able to calmly sit down and make the necessary preparations for her mom and the funeral. The baby was born on time with no complications!
The last thing I will say about this product is that it is a homeschooling mother's miracle! When you're stressed to the max and they're just wasting time, you take a dose in your tea (yeah, it's the British in me!) and 30 minutes later you can calmly resume your day and deal with the little darlings!
Rescue Remedy is available in certain health food stores and online.
 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Surviving The Battle (book review)

This book is written by a man who has served the Lord in the United States and on the mission field. This book is really not for a new Christian, but it will be a blessing to those who are in the ministry or who are thinking of entering the ministry.
Surviving The Battle is a book written by Joe Melvin, who has been through some amazing things. Mr. Melvin was a missionary to Scotland. Though it's not a third world country, it has a very different society. He went through many trials and hardships, and the lessons he learned would be a great benefit to anyone who is trying to serve the Lord.
The book is sectioned off into 3 parts. The first is for Missionaries. It would give you a good idea of what deputation will be like, and what to expect when you enter another country. It also gives a few helpful hints in dealing with other Christians along the journey.
The next part is for pastors and laity. Many times, the church members don't understand that the questions they ask are inappropriate, and even damaging, to a missionary and his family. There is a way to be a blessing to the missionary as he's passing through, and there is also a way to be a hindrance and a burden.
The last part is just a bit of advice from his own personal experience. Think of it as a chance to learn without going thru the hardships. A chance to be a blessing without destroying someone's hope and scarring their family.
You can purchase this book thru the author, Joe Melvin. There is a copy available on Amazon, but you'll have to email me if you want to learn how to obtain a more copies.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Funny Happenings- Mischievous Boys

Two little boys, ages 8 and 10, are excessively mischievous.  They are always getting into trouble and their parents know all about it.  If any mischief occurs in their town, the two boys are probably involved.
The boys' mother heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys.  The clergyman agreed, but he asked to see them individually.  So the mother sent the 8 year old first, in the morning, with the older boy to see the clergyman in the afternoon.

The clergyman, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly, "Do you know where God is, son?"  The boy's mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there wide-eyed with his mouth hanging open.  So the clergyman repeated the question in an even sterner tone, "Where is God?!"  Again, the boy made no attempt to answer.  The preacher raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face and bellowed, "Where is God?!"  The boy screamed and bolted from the room, ran directly home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him.  When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked, "what happened?"  The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, "We are in BIG trouble this time dude.  GOD is missing, and they think we did it!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Double Minded (video sermon)

You can be a rock who depends on God no matter what is going on in your life. Or you can be like a boat on the waves, getting thrown around by all the different waves coming at you. What's the end of both? Living like a rock will help you to be willing to lose your life; living like the boat will make you fear everything around you and change to preserve the life you have. What does God want? What kind of man is God looking for? And what is the end of both of these kinds of life?



 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Zuppa Toscana recipe

1 lb Italian sausage
1/4 cup bacon
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves minced garlic
2 cups chicken stock
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup Kale, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook sausage in a soup pot. Remove and set aside.
Cook bacon in the same pot until crunchy. Remove and place with sausage.
Add onions and garlic and sauté in bacon grease. (Sometimes I like to add a little orange and red bell pepper, diced, to give this a lovely color).
When transleucent, add potatoes and Chicken stock (I use chicken bone broth).
Cook until potatoes are tender. Add bacon and sausage back into pan and simmer for 10 minutes.
Turn heat to low and add heavy cream and kale.
Heat until warm all the thru and serve.

Options: You can omit the sausage and kale and use clams for a wonderful clam chowder!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Believer's Heritage- George Muller

George Muller was the son of a Prussian tax collector, born in 1805 in Germany. George was far from a model child. He used his money selfishly, but in a way his parents wouldn't find out. And he even stole government money that was in his father's possession.
His teen years were spend in school, playing cards, and visiting the local taverns. His mother died when he was 14, and his father gave him very little supervision. He was a very terrible teenager who drank and lived as he pleased. This even got him thrown into jail!
To look at George you never would have thought that he could amount to anything but a selfish old drunk! His life was very much the same until one day he went to a Christian meeting at a friend's house. George something very strange that day that would forever alter his course of life.
The scene of Christians on their knees praying was one that George couldn't rival with all his travels. It was something he had really never encountered. George asked Christ to be his Savior, and at the age of 20 he became a new creature. He found the desire and the strength to change.
George wanted to become a missionary to the Jews. He applied to a society in London and moved there. A German by birth, he became fluent in the English language. Because of his health, George travelled to the country and met Henry Craik, the Silas to his Paul, or so he would find out!
He married a woman 5 years older than himself and together they began a journey of not asking people for help, but solely depending on God for supplying their needs.
After the Lord has tried our faith, he, in the love of His heart, gives us an abundance. For the glory of His name and for trial of our faith, He allows us to be poor and then graciously supplies our needs.”  
In 1832, he and Craik moved to Bristol, England, where they spent the rest of their lives in service to the Lord. Cholera broke out in their village and many people lost their lives. For some time, George had been thinking of starting an orphanage in Bristol.
His life was spent in giving many children the father they needed and the faith that would carry them through. George always relied on God to supply his needs, and thru his faithfulness he saw orphans raised, tracts and Bibles sent out, missionaries supported, and  all his godly desires met.
The end of his life was spent on worldwide evangelism. He preached in 42 different countries, and was said to read his Bible completely through over 200 times. And saw specific answers to prayer, which he estimated to be around 50,000. Over 3,000 of his 10,024 orphans came to know Christ as their Savior, and he even influenced the lives of missionaries around the world.
Money is really worth no more than as it can be used to accomplish the Lord's work. Life is worth as much as it is spent for the Lord's service.”  
At his death in 1898, tens of thousands were said to have lined the streets of Bristol. He is remembered as a father of many who gave his life for the glory of God, and the man who built his ministry through faith and prayer.
 
 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Great I AM Still Is (song)

Some times, we forget that the God of the Old Testament is still the same God today. The Lord that wrought wonders in Egypt, the same God that went to battle with the Israelites, and the same Creator that sent fire from heaven when called on by Elijah is the same God that we serve today.

Monday, June 3, 2013

A Father's Job (poem)

When in the garden Adam sinned,
The father's toil then did begin.
To learn the lesson to let go
Abraham's broken heart did know.
To worry of his children's wrong
Was constantly Job's morning song.
The heart-ache of the wayward one
Was felt by the father of the Prodigal Son.
To lose your child to that devil foe,
This pain did Judas' father know.
God the Father, himself has cried,
When Christ, his Son, was crucified.
A father's job knows many pains-
The soul of a child to lose or gain.
This precious soul is yours to mold,
His fragile future in your hands, you hold.
And when before God you stand in heaven,
An account will be made of the tie given.
The example of a Christian One
Will earn the blessed words, "Well Done"!
 
-JCT

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Abraham

There are a lot of figures in the Bible that we like to look at and learn from. The best part about the Bible's characters is that they are real: they sin, they get confused, they get angry!
I was reading about Abraham when some things popped out to me.
Genesis 12:1-4- Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Here, Abraham is given a promise by God. But, there is something about Abraham's preson that we need to notice. Abraham is called Abram here. He is 75 years old with a different name when God promises a blessing to him, but just like all of God's dealings there were a few things that needed fixed in Abram's life.
God told Abram to leave his father's house, yet he takes Lot- his nephew. God called Abram to leave his past behind, and yet, like us, Abram tries to hold onto something in his past that he feels is precious. But God's promise wan't given to Abram thru Lot. God had other plans, and Abram had to leave Lot behind first.
Genesis 16:1-2- Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.  And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
Way back in chapter 11, Abram made a mistake and went into Egypt. He had a run in with the Pharoah, and left with riches and servants. But God didn't want Abram in Egypt, and 4 chapters later we see this caused some problems.
Sarai was the one whom God promised to bring children thru. But she was impatient, and I'm thinking Abram was, too. So, they decided to use a product of Egypt to get what their hearts desired.
Now, Egypt in the Bible is a picture of the world. When you go to the world to get your desires met, you're letting Satan give you the desires of your heart! I can't tell you how many people I know that couldn't wait for God and had to let the world fill their desires.
Hagar had a son- Ishmael. It is now about 4,500 years later and the promised seed is still be persecuted by the product of Abram filling his fleshly desires thru the world. Is it worth it to find what you want in the world? It wasn't then, and it isn't now. There's a huge cost!
In the end, Abram had to let Ishmael go. I'm sure this was really hard on Abram. He loved that boy! But, to obey God and get his blessing, we have to let go of what we love that is worldy. We cannot get the blessing of God while holding onto the world.
Genesis 17:1,4-6 - And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.  And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
So, we see that Abram had to give up his family, his home, and his desires to obtain God's blessing. But there was one other thing- time. Abram had to wait for God's time.
When God gave the promise to Abram, he was 75. When Abram was finally ready to receive the promise in God's eyes, he was 99. God had to take the time to mould Abram into Abraham. Time is what was needed to make this man into the Father of Many Nations that would teach his children to walk after God.
No where, do we see that Ishmael was taught to obey and fear God. Ishmael found his own god!
It took 15 years of God working on Abram's heart to get a man who could teach Isaac to serve God. 
Sometimes, we like to have things now. We go to our family, or the world, to get what we want when we want. The cost is much more than you want to pay! God will give you what is best for you in His time. And if you wait, you won't have the consequences to deal with that Abraham and his lineage did. If you don't wait, you may still get the blessing- but it'll take years of God getting the world out of your life, and it will hurt from now til, well, maybe eternity. And it's always possible that you'll miss out on the blessings of God because you can't let go of what's hindering God from blessing you.