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Sometimes the devil doesn't tempt us with evil; sometimes he allures us with good, distracts us with obligations, confuses us with compromise, or hinders us with business to keep us from that which is best- service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Remember, the devil always offers his best, before Christ will offer His will for your life.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Life and Diary of David Brainerd book review

By almost every standard known to modern missionary boards, David Brainerd would have been rejected as a missionary candidate. He was tubercular — died of that disease at twenty-nine — and from his youth was frail and sickly. He never finished college, being expelled from Yale for criticizing a professor and for his interest and attendance in meetings of the "New Lights," a religious organization. He was prone to be melancholy and despondent.

Yet this young man, who would have been considered a real risk by any present-day mission board, became a missionary to the American Indians and, in the most real sense, "the pioneer of modern missionary work." Brainerd began his ministry with the Indians in April, 1743, at Kannameek, New York, then ministered in Crossweeksung and Cranberry (near Newark), New Jersey.

Brainerd's first journey to the Forks of the Delaware to reach that ferocious tribe resulted in a miracle of God that preserved his life and revered him among the Indians as a "Prophet of God." Encamped at the outskirts of the Indian settlement, Brainerd planned to enter the Indian community the next morning to preach to them the Gospel of Christ. Unknown to him, his every move was being watched by warriors who had been sent out to kill him. F.W. Boreham recorded the incident:

But when the braves drew closer to Brainerd's tent, they saw the paleface on his knees. And as he prayed, suddenly a rattlesnake slipped to his side, lifted up its ugly head to strike, flicked its forked tongue almost in his face, and then without any apparent reason, glided swiftly away into the brushwood. "The Great Spirit is with the paleface!" the Indians said; and thus they accorded him a prophet's welcome.
That incident in Brainerd's ministry illustrates more than the many Divine interventions of God in his life — it also illustrates the importance and intensity of prayer in Brainerd's life. Believe it — Brainerd prayed!

Brainerd died in 1747 in the home of Jonathan Edwards. His ministry to the Indians was contemporary with Wesley, Whitefield and Edwards as they ministered to the English-speaking people during the period called in English and American history, the "Great Awakening." Brainerd's centuries-spanning influence for revival is positive proof God can and will use any vessel, no matter how fragile and frail, if it is only sold out to souls and the Saviour!

The Life and Diary of David Brainerd ought to be read — and read often — by God's people. It will do something for you spiritually.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Motherhood (poem)

I have a poem here called "Motherhood," showing two sides of the question. The author is unknown, so I'm sorry I can't give credit. The one side says this:

It's such a waste of time to cook.
I'm just a walking cookery book.
I make and bake the morning through,
The favorite pies and pudding, too.
And then in half an hour or less,
My toil has gone to nothingness.
It's a waste of time to dust the stairs,
To clean the brass and polish chairs,
To sweep and pick up bits of fluff,
For nothing's ever clean enough.
Five minutes after I have done,
Someone is sure to romp and run,
Kick out the stair rods, flick the mats,
Slam the doors and scare the cats.
Some sticky hand is sure to press
The brasses from their sprightliness.
I tidy up and do the dusting,
But all the while my wings are rusting.
Then washing day it seems to me
Is just a waste of energy.
What use to stand before a tub
And soak and rinse and blue and rub?

I guess we know that this poem must have been written a long time ago. I think modern housewives haven't a clue what bluing is. But I remember it.

What use to stand before a tub
And soak and rinse and blue and rub?
Next week the selfsame garment's stain
Will come into my hands again.
It's such a waste of time to mend.
One has no sooner reached the end
Of last week's pile then, need you ask it,
This week's filled up the mending basket.
The stockings, which were hale and hearty,
Return from each picnicking party,
Weak and worn and wanly show
Great gaping holes in heel and toe,
While buttons have a cantankerous way
Of disappearing every day.
Sponging off the spots and ironing creases,
Between it all I'm worn to pieces.
Woman, from cradle to grave,
Is nothing but a galley slave.

Now there is a lot of truth in that side, isn't there? But there's another side.

I've done an angel's work today.
Yes, such an honor came my way.
Real angel's work. Lest you doubt it,
I'm going to tell you all about it.
Well, first I cooked. It was so nice
To plan the pies, stewed fruit and rice.
God sent His angel once to make
Cakes for a poor wayfarer's sake.
Just today He honored me
And sent the task my way, you see.
Then while I tidied up the place,
Gave every knob a radiant face,
Back of my mind this thought would lurk--
That I was still at angel's work.
Putting away coats and dresses
And moving small, unsightly messes,
For oh, 'tis such a lovesome thing,
Just straightening out and freshening.
And after that, I washed a few
Small woolly garments, old, not new,
Things I had rubbed and rinsed before,
Quite forty times or even more.
And as I hung them on the line,
I thought what Godlike work was mine--
To cleanse, ah me, to wash out stains
Till not a single speck remains.
So later in the day, 'twas sweet
To sit and rest my tired feet,
Mending the clothes and plan out, too,
How to make old things into new.
For surely it is an angel's way
To put things right from day to day,
To find thin places and repair
The glad rags and the sturdy wear.
Since wear and tear must surely be
On this side of eternity,
I'm feeling very proud to say
I've done an angel's work today.

This poem certainly expresses two very different attitudes toward what has always been called women's work. I define women's work as the kind of work that nobody notices, as long as you do it, but the whole world is going to notice if you don't do it.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Mustard Tree

Matthew 13:31,32- Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
Here, the parable is used for the Kingom of heaven, however, in Luke it is used for the Kingdom of God.
Luke 13:18,19- Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.
These two kingdoms are different. The kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom. The kingdom of heaven is a literal, physical kingdom. When Christ was present on the earth, so were both kingdoms.
Notice that in Matthew the seed is sown in the field, and in Luke it is sown in a garden- showing once again that careful attention to the words of God will show a difference between the two kingdoms!
A mustard seed is associated with faith.
Matthew 17:20- And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
The field is the world.
Matthew 13:38- The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
This man has misplaced his faith. He put it in the things of the world. And, when sight fails and things go badly, as they so often do, then his faith will waiver because it was never in something that would last!
Luke 18:8- I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? This makes it clear that there will be little of true faith on the earth at the coming of Christ.
True faith as a grain of mustard seed, is classified as an herb. But, the mustard seed in this parable grows wild until it is no longer an herb, but it becomes a tree. Birds don't roost in mustard plants, they set up their homes in trees. Birds (unclean spirits) lodging in the branches shows that it is a bad tree- Ezekiel 31.
The standard interpretation is that the tree is the church, offering a haven of rest for all. It is the exact opposite. In fact, if coupled with the next parable, it is the Roman Catholic monstrosity, which offers a worldly faith which is "for the birds".
Revelation 18:1,2- And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
A side note: the graven images, known as saints, which are in Catholic churches worldwide are placed in settings called Niches. The root of "niche" is Latin- nidus' meaning "Nest".
What about Luke 13?
Song Of Solomon 5:1- I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.
Song Of Solomon 6:2- My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
The church is likened to a garden (see also Song Of Solomon 4). Christ and the church have a fellowship in the garden. It is delicate and fragile (Song of Solomon 5:1-7).
Our garden can be a sweet place of fellowship and blessing, but it can also be the place where we tell Christ "no". It was in a garden that man's fellowship with God was first broken. The twelve disciples forsook Christ in a garden after sleeping instead of praying(while men slept, his enemy came- Matthew 13:25).
Christ's borrowed tomb was in a garden. Christ chose the setting of a garden as the place to show the world that He triumphed over death.
Your garden can become your resting place, your triumphant place, or even your forsaking place. Be very careful not only where you plant your seed of faith, but also how you cultivate it!

Friday, June 30, 2017

God Chooses A Man- Part 5

Years passed, and  Abraham watched his son grow into a young man. I'm sure there were plenty of trials and troubles that they went thru as a family. But, the one that was about to hit them, was going to be a big one.
Genesis 23:1-2- And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah. And Sarah died in Kirjatharba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.
Sarah had Isaac when she was 90. She died when she was 127. That makes Isaac 37 years old.
We don't know how long Abraham and Sarah were married, but I'm sure it was a long time! Poor Abraham!
Genesis 23:2-4- And Sarah died in Kirjatharba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her. And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying, I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a buryingplace with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.
Abraham was a sojourner in this country. That means he didn't own any property there. He was about to purchase his first land, and it was to make a cemetary for his family.
Genesis 23:7-9- And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth. And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and intreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,  That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the end of his field; for as much money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a buryingplace amongst you.
Abraham asked for a specific place- The cave of Machpelah. This cave would become the burial ground for the beginning of the Jewish people. A people that God said would number more than he stars of heaven and the sands of the sea.
Genesis 23:14-15- And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him, My lord, hearken unto me: the land[is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.
We are looking at the first recorded real estate sale. Abraham bought a cave for 400 pieces of silver.
Genesis 23:19- And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan.
Now that Abraham had taken care of Sarah, he had one more little bit of business to attend to. You see, Abraham wanted to make sure than his son Isaac found a good wife. And, he was going find her where he had found his precious Sarah- back in his old home town.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

God Chooses A Man- Part 4

So, after 15 years of Abraham trying and failing, and trying again, God finally fulfilled his promise to Abraham.
Genesis 21:1-3, 5- And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.
Can you imagine the joy of these two people. Abraham had waited so long for a son, and now he was able to hold a beautiful little baby boy. And Sarah! How do you think she felt?
We all know that God knows what will happen in our lives, and he gives us the strength to go through what we do. But there are times when God allows things to happens so that we can see what is in our own hearts. And God let this happen to Abraham.
Genesis 22:1-2- And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
This must have been very hard for Abraham to hear. Even God acknowledged that Abraham loved his son. The heathen around Abraham were known for the sacrifice of their children to their false gods. Do you think Abraham wondered why God would ask this of him?
Genesis 22:3- And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
Abraham was willing to obey God! Did you know that God wants you to obey even when you don't understand? God has made some promises to you and you should obey him by faith even when you don't understand. Abraham had faith and he rested on God's promises.
Hebrews 11:17, 19- By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
Abraham remembered that God promised to give him children as the stars of heaven and as the sands on the sea shore. And that promise was made about Isaac. Abraham rested in the promise and believed that God would raise Isaac from the dead to fulfill that promise because he knew that God never lies.
Genesis 22:5- And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
He told the servants to stay put and that both he and Isaac would come back. He knew God would keep his promise, so he would obey God no matter the cost!
Genesis 22:6-8- And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
The words of God are very important. God's words to Abraham promised that Isaac would have children. And the words that Abraham spoke that God put in the Bible are very important. Abraham said that God would provide himself a lamb. Do you know what that means? Abraham was prophesying that God would become the sacrifice for the sin of the world. He was saying that Jesus Christ was the Son of God!
Genesis 22:9- And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
We know that Abraham was an old man. And Isaac was a child. Isaac could have easily run away when Abraham tried to bind him and put him on the altar. But Isaac allowed his father to bind him. Not only was Abraham willing to obey God, but so was Isaac. Isaac was willing to die on the altar. Just like Christ was willing to die for us!
Genesis 22:10-12- And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
Now, both Abraham and God knew what they meant to each other. God knew that Abraham would obey Him no matter the cost. And Abraham knew that God would bless him and keep his promises!
Genesis 22:13-14- And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.
Abraham named the place "It shall be seen". Do you know what that means? Again, Abraham was prophesying about Christ. He was saying that in the future Christ would be the substitute sacrifice. Abraham sacricficed a ram instead of Isaac, not a lamb! The Lamb of God would come some years later.
Genesis 22:15-19- And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
This story teaches us that if we obey God, no matter how hard it is, that we will be blessed! God said because thou has obeyed my voice. Do you wonder what would have happened had Abraham said, "No! I love my son more than I love you!"
Many times we like to tell God, "No! It's my life and I'll live it like I want to!" And we not only throw away the blessings of God, but we bring God's chastening on us.
Deuteronomy 30:19- I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Would you rather obey God and be blessed, or disobey God and be cursed?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

God Chooses A Man- Part 3

Many times God's way requires patience. It's hard to wait. And during that waiting period, the devil will offer many suggestions. If you aren't strong in the Lord, you will accept these suggestions as God's will when they are the devil's distractions.
Gensis 16:1- Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
Sarai was getting impatient waiting for God to give them a child. Perhaps she thought it was hopeless. But then the devil gave her an idea.
I want to point out first where she could have known that she was being decieved. Hagar was an Egyptian. Remember when Abram went to Egypt and lied? He got servants from Pharoah! But God didn't say that the promise of a son would come from Egypt. Can you guess why the promis wouldn't come from Egypt? Because Egypt, in the Bible, is a type of the world.
Only the devil offers you something worldly to use in place of God's promise. You can't go into the world, or even worldly churches, and find God's promises fulfilled with anything in them! They are all distractions from the devil, and they will cause trouble in the end- Sarai will find that out too late!
Genesis 16:2- 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.
Sarai wanted a child so badly that she would accept someone else's child as her own. But God didn't promise her someone else's child. He promised her a child of her own!
Genesis 16:5- And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.
Uh oh! Sarai realized that she was wrong, but instead of repenting, she blamed Abram! Why is it that we always blame someone else for our mistakes? Adam did it. Eve did it. In fact, if you look through the Bible, there are very few people who repent of their mistakes without blaming someone else first.
Sarai started treating Hagar badly. So badly, that Hagar ran away!
Genesis 16:7-8- And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.
God sends an angel to talk with Hagar. The angel tells her some important things about her child.
Genesis 16:9-12- And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
First, the angel tells her to go obey. It's always important to obey those who have the rule over us- parents, teachers, and most importantly, God!
Next, the angel tells her that she will have a son, Ishmael, and that he will be a wild man. He's going to fight against everybody, and everybody will fight against him! That doesn't sound too good!
Genesis 21:9- And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.
Time had passed, and Ishmael was now 14 years old. What the angel said about him was true. He would fight with anyone! Even a toddler! This made Sarah mad.
Genesis 21:10, 12, 14- Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.
Abraham told them to leave. The Lord's promise wasn't through them. It was through God's choice. And Abraham had to let go of the choices he made in the world!
But, you know what's the great thing about God? He takes our feelings into account. Abraham loved Ishmael, so God saw to it that Ishmael was taken care of.
Genesis 16:17,18, 20- And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.
Even today, there are descendants of Ishmael living all over the world. But, even today God's words are true. Ishmael's descendants are still fighting with everyone, especially the Jews. This one little mistake made by an impatient woman has cost the lives of untold people, and has troubled Sarah's descendants for 4,000 plus years!
You see, it's always a good idea to wait for God's will. It may be a few weeks or it may be a few years, but God's way is best. And if you're patient, there'll be a whole lot less fighting and troubles and consequences that you'll have to reap.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

God Chooses A Man- Part 2

When God called Abram to go to Caanan, he was told to leave his country and kindred.
Genesis 12:1- 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:
But, like most people today, Abram decided to obey God his way. He took his nephew, Lot, with him. But, as it always is, doing things our way brings consequences and complications.
Genesis 13:5-7- And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
First, Abram and Lot's servants started to fight! This caused so many problems that Abram realized they needed to separate. It's funny how people have to go through fights and problems before they realize God's way was the best way! Sometimes, we can't fix what we've done- and Abram had to watch Lot go through more because of his selfish decision.
Genesis 13:8-9, 12- And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
So, Abram and Lot separated. Lot decided to go toward Sodom. But, Lot made a mistake. You see, the people we hang around are the ones we become like. If we hang around people who spend money foolishly, we will be tempted to spend our money foolishly. If we hang around people who talk baldy, we will be tempted to talk badly.
The Bible says in Proverbs 27:17- Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Genesis 13:13- But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
Lot started hanging around with wicked men. Pretty soon, he was living in the city of Sodom. And he was around their wicked ways every day!
Genesis 18:20-21- And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.
Sodom was so wicked, that the Lord decided to go see what was going on. He told Abram that he going to destroy Sodom if it was truly that wicked.
Abram knew that Lot had moved into Sodom, and he was afraid Lot would be destroyed with the city. So, Abram pleaded with God to spare the city if there were some righteous people in it.
Genesis 18:32-33- And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake. And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.
Abraham asked God to spare the city if 50 were righteous in it, and then wittled it down to 10! Just 10 righteous people! Surely, Lot had witnessed to someone!
Genesis 19:1- And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
Lot met the angels the Lord sent and invited them home with him. But, the men of the city tried to attack them! The Lord saw that the city was wicked, and he knew he had to destroy it. But, the Lord was merciful to Abraham, and he decided to save Lot and his family!
Genesis 19:12-13- And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.
Lot tried to gather up his children so they wouldn't be destroyed. But, like the verse above said, they became like their friends.
Genesis 19:14-And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.
His daughters and sons in law thought he had gone crazy! They liked sinning. They didn't want to repent. They didn't want to leave their friends. And so, they had to face the judgement of God!
Genesis 19:15- And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
Lot didn't want to leave because he had family and friends here. But the Lord was merciful to him,because of Abraham, and the angels dragged him, his wife, and his 2 daughters that lived at home out of the city.
Genesis 19:29, 16-17- And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt. And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
Genesis 19:23-25- The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
God destroyed everything that Lot had. Remember, he was a rich man with cattle and servants. He lost it all when God destroyed Sodom!
But, the most heart-breaking thing he lost was his wife. You see, his wife was feeling bad about what she was losing. Perhaps it was her children that she left behind, or maybe it was her friends or her posessions. I'm not sure what it was she missed, but...
Genesis 19:26- But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
God's judgement came on Lot's wife. She escaped the destruction of Sodom, only to be turned into a pillar of salt!
Christ warned people, while he was on the earth not to try to hold onto the world.
Luke 17:31-33- In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot's wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
If you try to keep your worldy life, you will lose your life just like Lot's wife. But, if you're willing to obey God and give up your worldy life, you will find blessing of the Lord that are worth more than what you gave up!

Monday, June 26, 2017

God Chooses A Man- Part 1

After many people were spread out across the earth, God took notice of a family again.
Genesis 11:31-32- And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there. And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.
We don't know why Terah moved his family away from Ur of the Chaldees. All we do know is that God took notice of this. God was watching one man in this family, and his name was Abram.
Genesis 12:1-3- 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: 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.
How would you feel if someone told you to move away from your friends and family, but didn't tell you where to move? God told him to go to a land that I will show thee- he hadn't shown him yet. What would you have done? Do you know what Abram did?
Genesis 12:45-- 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 Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
Abram was 75 years old when God asked him to move. He must have had a lot of friends and family. But, Abram obeyed God! Perhaps his grandfather told stories of a man named Noah who obeyed God and his family was saved when the rest of the world was destroyed.
Genesis 12:7- And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
God spoke to Abram. Not only did He speak to him, but He gave Abram a promise. He promised to give the land to Abram's children. This might not seem like a big deal to you, but Abram was 75 years old and he had no children!
Do you know any 75 year olds who have little children? Not many do!
Do you think Abram was a perfect man? Do you think it was because he was so good that God promised him something? He wasn't.
Genesis 12:10-13- And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land. And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon: Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive. Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.
He asked his wife to lie. He thought that because she was pretty, the people of the land would kill him so that they could marry her. Abram didn't have much faith that God would protect him. Do you think maybe it was because God didn't want him in Egypt?
There are many times that we worry that bad things are going to happen. Some times it's because we're doing wrong and we know there are going to be consequences for our actions. Maybe that's why Abram was afraid.
Genesis 12:14-16- And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house. And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.
Well, Abram was right about these people thinking his wife was beautiful. She was so pretty that Pharoah wanted to marry her. Pharoah even gave Abram gifts so that he could take her and marry her. I wonder what Abram was thinking. Was he worried?
Even when we do wrong, God is watching. And sometimes, God will step in and take care of the mess we've made.
Genesis 12:17- And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.
Gos protected Sarai. I believe it was because she obeyed her husband. The Lord tells wives in Ephesians 5:22- Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
God wasn't going to let anything happen to Sarai because she didn't do anything wrong! When you do what the Lord tells you to, He will protect you.
Genesis 12:18-20- And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife? Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way. And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.
Abram realized that God was going to take care of them. So, he went back to where God wanted him to be- the Land of Caanan.
Genesis 13:1- And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
Now, Abram was back where God wanted him to be. But there were a few things that God needed to get out of Abram's life before He could use him.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Healthy Minute: Skin Care 101

Your skin is an amazing organism. It protects everything inside your body from the environment outside. It helps to remove toxins. And it works to keep your body warm or cool no matter the weather.
But, our skin is not invulnerable. Your skin does absorb whatever you put onto it. It will not just absorb it into itself, but will transfer it to your blood stream. I heard of a doctor before who said he would rather drink dirty water than bathe in it. That says something!
Many times the skin can tell us that there is a problem going on in our body. And, unfortunately, that happens a lot on our faces.
When that happens, we run to the store and get something that promises to help or hide. The problem is that the skin Care and Make Up Industry is not well regulated. Because of this, there are terrible chemicals in many of the beauty products out there.
It takes less than a minute for your amazing skin to absorb these chemicals and transfer them to the blood stream. That's scary!
When we go to take care of our skin, there are a few things that we need to keep in mind before selecting a product. What type of skin do you have? Is it dry? Oily? Combination of both? Is there redness, irritation, or sensitivity? What products or regimen have you been using?
Some times the problem lies in our lifestyle- are we constantly stressing over deadlines, or other things? Occasionally the problem lies with our hormones- are we at the teenage years with too many flying through? Or, are we at the ebbing of those hormones in our later years? What's going on with our diet? Do we eat a lot of processed, chemically laden foods? Do we take time to drink enough water? Perhaps there's a problem with our health that's showing itself in our skin. Or maybe it's being triggered by our environment- dry climate, way too much humidity?
Ask yourself the above questions.
Dry skin is thin, the pores are tight and almost invisible; you can faintly see the veins under it.
Oily skin has very large pores and thicker skin, and you usually get "shiny" throughout the day.
Combination skin has the characteristics of dry skin everywhere but the T-zone, which looks like it has the oily skin characteristics. Then there's sensitive, acne prone skin which is highly reactive to different products, and the environment. It has redness and/or inflammation and sometimes is warm or hot to the touch.
We want something that will balance the skin; moisturize the dry skin, lessen the production of the oily skin, and tame the irritation of the sensitive, acne prone skin.
I like using LimeLight by Alcone skin care products because of their ingredients and how much care goes into combining them and getting everything just right. Their main ingredient is aloe. But, they use a high quality freeze-dried type that is used on burn victims to help heal and repair scarring. In fact, all of their skin care products are free of chemicals, parabens, and other harmful ingredients. They use only 100% all-natural, and mostly certified organic plant extracts and oils.
Here are my suggestions.
For Dry skin that gets dry during the end of the day, or those who consider their skin Normal, I recommend Quench Cleanse- a mild cleanser that will hydrate your skin. I would also recommend this to anyone who used a ton of chemicals or steroids on their skin. You may need to start with this cleanser to fix the dryness that those products produced and then move to the cleanser for the oily skin.
I would also suggest One Drop Wonder. This stuff is amazing for every skin type! It's healing, nourishing, brings down irritation, reduces redness, kills bacteria, and stops sun damage.
If you feel that you need a moisturizer, I suggest Skin Therapist. It hydrates the skin immediately, while restoring dry, aged, or inflamed skin cells.
If by the end of the day your skin feels like it's too dry, I suggest mixing Must Dew with your Skin Therapist. Must Dew is great for a night cream for dry skin.
Must Dew can also be mixed with LimeLight by Alcone foundation to create a sheer finish.
If you think you need to exfoliate, then I recommend Skin Polish- though dry skin should never exfoliate more than once a week. And less than that if you find that there's redness or irritation.
For Oily Skin, I recommend Dream Clean. This removes makeup and pollutants on your face, it takes care of the bacteria without removing all the oil. Remember, you will never get rid of all the oil! You just need to help your skin achieve a balance so that you stop over-producing the oil.
If you over-dry the skin it will go into hyperdrive producing oil because it thinks it needs to protect itself. You can add in a light-weight moisturizer, Calm Balm, which will help to calm irritated skin while restoring and hydrating.
Like I said, One Drop Wonder is good for all skin types, and will help your body to quickly absorb the minerals, plus it's a natural UV protectant.
If you feel the need to exfoliate, which a person with oily skin can do two to three times a week, you should use Skin Polish. Many times the oil in our pores acts like glue trapping dead skin cells and other pollutants inside the pore, this makes the pore open larger to try to breathe around the debris. This vicious cycle is what causes blackheads and acne. You want to gently scrub that glue away.
Masque of Zen is a wonderful product that draws impurities to the surface of the skin to help the face heal. If you are dealing with a lot of acne, I suggest using this as a spot treatment first to clear up existing acne. If you use it as a full facial mask it will draw everything to the skin's surface causing a terrible break-out all over! It does work amazingly well on bug bites.
Sensitive, acne prone skin must be the most careful when dealing with their skin. I would suggest Dream Clean and One Drop Wonder to begin with. If you believe that this is too drying on your skin then you can switch over to Quench Cleanse and One Drop Wonder.
If you find that the skin seems to be dry during the end of the day, you  can add in Skin Therapist. If your skin goes to more oily at the end of the day, then try Calm Balm.
Combination Skin people that I've read or watched say that they find their skin reacts best when you mix the two cleansers together- Dream Clean and Quench Cleanse- with both the morning and the evening face regimen.
Skin Polish can be used whenever you feel the need to exfoliate. It's so gentle that you could leave it on as a mask.
Skin Therapist is the moisturizer that you'll want to go with. It will help  maintain your skin's balance with vitamins and minerals while hydrating and maintaining the moisture levels.
For those  with mature skin, use the combination skin regimen above, but add in Sotoks and One Drop Wonder. These together will lift sagging skin, and eliminate dark spots. It smooths wrinkles while brightening the skin. Many refer to it as the miracle combination! Together they stimulate collagen in the skin and will add the volume back to mature skin. It can even help eczema; the combination can be used on all skin types and all age groups with amazing results.
None of these products contain SPF because it is a chemical.
For special concerns. Forty Cure Cream, Creme of the Crop and One Drop Wonder can be used in conjunction with each other to help eczema, rosacea, dry, cracked, and callused skin, psoriasis,acne scars,  and even yeast related spots. They've been used by mothers on diaper rashes with great results.
One Drop Wonder is a star in it's own right. It can cure cold sore, treat fungus (combine with 1 drop of tea tree oil), and will helps the topical application of antibiotics penetrate the skin for faster results against staph, shingles, and ulcers.
Please be aware of the chart below for those who have allergies to certain things. If there isn't a check mark by it you shouldn't use it.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Adventures of the Northwoods book review

This series follows a girl named Kate when she moves from Minnesota to Wisconsin after the death of her father, and her mother's remarriage. What mysteries will she encounter? How will she like the people who will become her new friends? Will she fit in to her new home?
It's exciting, and reminiscent of the Little House series, set in the early 1900's, and the history is pretty accurate. It's not full of a ton of romance, but there is some friendship and interest.
This series has some characters that encourage your child in their faith, and show what happens when God answers your prayers- even if it's not in the way you thought it would be.
It is written by Lois Walfrid Johnson and is a great read for boys and girls alike.

Friday, June 2, 2017

One More Day's Work For Jesus (poem)

One more day’s work for Jesus,
One less of life for me!
But Heav’n is nearer, and Christ is clearer
Than yesterday, to me.
His love and light fill all my soul tonight.

One more day’s work for Jesus!
How sweet the work has been,
To tell the story, to show the glory,
Where Christ’s flock enters in!
How it did shine in this poor heart of mine.

One more day’s work for Jesus!
O yes, a weary day;
But Heav’n shines clearer, and rest comes nearer,
At each step of the way;
And Christ in all, before His face I fall.

O blessed work for Jesus!
O rest at Jesus’ feet!
There toil seems pleasure, my wants are treasure,
And pain for Him is sweet.
Lord, if I may, I’ll serve another day!

-Anna Bartlett Warner

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Reprobate Silver

Jeremiah 6:30- Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the LORD hath rejected them.
God is rejecting someone here who is called reprobate silver. This is very interesting to me because of two words- reprobate and silver.
First, silver is a precious metal. It can be used for many things from jewelry to dinnerware to medicinal purposes. But, in the Bible silver is something very precious.
Psalms 12:6-7- The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
Silver represents the pure words of God, Scripture. 
So, how can something pure be considered reprobate? Because someone took and soiled it.
Don't think that I'm saying that we can soil God's pure Word; the Bible will always be pure. But, man soils the use of God's Word when he twists it for his own purpose.
Titus 1:16- They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
Romans 1:25- Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
There are professing Christians out there who change the truth of God into a lie. They worship things in creation rather than the Creator. They preach Christ for their own personal gain. They become reprobate! And they make the Word of God a mockery to lost souls by how they use it.
Isaiah 1:22- Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water: 
Ezekiel 22:18- Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver.
Christ wants to purify us into something that can be used by Him, and when we sully His Words for our own personal, political, monetary gain, we become the impurity that is suppose to be melted off. We start mixing the silver with other things- brass, tin, iron, or lead.
Brass is a mingled metal of copper and zinc. It's sort of the color of gold, and you can shine it up really pretty; but it's not worth the value of gold. It's a cheap imitation that looks good from a distance. I find it interesting that the giants that David and his men faced wore armor made of brass.
Brass, it seems, is an imitation of gold (which is faith- I Peter 1:7). It's a faith in something that isn't what it appears.
Jeremiah 6:28- They are all grievous revolters, walking with slanders: they are brass and iron; they are all corrupters.
II Chronicles 12:9-10- So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king's house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which Solomon had made. Instead of which king Rehoboam made shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the chief of the guard, that kept the entrance of the king's house.
Tin is a soft, pliable metal. It's used to coat things to make them last longer, or it's mixed with other metals.  When tin gets too cold, though, it changes to a powder. It appears to help things out, to make things better, but when the going gets tough, it crumbles.
God wants someone that will stand for what's right, even when there are troubles and trials around!
Isaiah 1:25-26- And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin: And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.
Iron is a doozy in the Bible. It's strong and hard and mostly representative of wickedness or evil. In Daniel's interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar's dream, the iron was part of the Roman Empire, which gives way for the AntiChrist. And, It's almost always mentioned with brass. 
Iron is like an evil worldly strength used for oppression, and it coincides with a false faith. 
Deuteronomy 3:11- For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man. 
Judges 4:3- And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel. 
1 Kings 8:51- For they be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of iron:
Lead is a metal that is resistant to corrosives and easy to use. but it can accumulate in the human body and become toxic. Lead is a false religion that defiles the gospel of Christ. When lead is mention in Zechariah, it's associated with women who have stork wings (Catholic depictions of angels) who take this lead ephah to the land of Shinar (Babylon) to establish it. Yep, lead is congruent to Mystery Babylon.  
Zechariah 5:5-11- Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth. And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth. And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof. Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven. Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah? And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.
Jeremiah 6:29- The bellows are burned, the lead is consumed of the fire; the founder melteth in vain: for the wicked are not plucked away. 
Do you think that God wants this stuff mixing with His pure Words? Do you know who would want to mix these things with God's Word?
Ezekiel 22:20- As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you. 
God wants to get it out; burn it with fire and melt it away; purge it. 
If you don't allow God to purge them from you, when you stand before Christ at the judgment your life's work will go up in smoke and ashes while you stand there knowing who you derailed and destroyed for your own personal gain. These things will follow you for eternity! If you want to be used of God you have to let Him rid you of these things, or you will be no better than reprobate silver.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Flood: Part 7

When Noah stepped off the ark, everyone that was left on earth loved God. But, that didn't mean they weren't sinners anymore. In fact, it didn't take long for things to start getting rough again.
Noah's children had children, and pretty soon there were a lot of people around. When people get together, they always look for someone to lead them. Sometimes, the leader is good. But sometimes, the leader is bad.
Genesis 10:8-9- And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
Do you remember the men of renown before the flood? They wanted to be worshipped as a god. Nimrod was kind of like those men. He began to be a mighty one in the earth. He set himself up like a king. And he started to build a kingdom.
Genesis 10:10- And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
It is important to remember that only one family was on the ark- Noah's family. And, like most families, they all spoke the same language. You speak the language your parents speak. Everyone on the earth spoke the same language. So, it was easy for them to get together and come up with a plan for their newly formed kingdom.
Genesis 11:1,3-4- And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
First, I want to point out that God put rulers and kings on this earth to teach us to do right and to punish those who do not obey the laws. It is very important to do what the government says! Paul even tells us that a Christian should obey the law.
Romans 13:1,7- Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
It isn't a Christian's job to overthrow the government. They can vote. They can help in government positions. But, they are suppose to uphold the laws of the land. When a government starts doing wrong, who's job is it to correct the government? God's job!
Nimrod's kingdom planned to do something wrong. They planned to build a tower to reach unto heaven. Perhaps they thought they could find God and take control. We only know that they didn't want to be separated.
But what was God's plan? Did he want all the people of the earth to live in just one spot? No! He made the whole earth full of beautiful wonders for us to see. He meant for people to live all over the world!
Genesis 11:5- And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
God came down to see what these people were doing. But God didn't stop watching them afterwards. He is still watching what people are doing today. And, just like back then, He will judge them and even punish them if He has to.
Genesis 11:6- And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
God gave people the ability to figure out problems. We have the imagination to design amazing works of art, and beautiful buildings, delicious meals, and even lovely landscapes. God wanted us to create things. But, sometimes the creative ability of people can be used to create bad things, like weapons. And God knew that what the people of earth were trying to create in this kingdom was not for the good of mankind.
Genesis 11:7- Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
Imagine! One minute your asking your friend for a hammer, and the next he's speaking Spanish! The man shakes his head and asks again, but still, he doesn't understand his friend. SO he asks the lady walking by if she understand his friend. She replies back to him in Chinese! That must have been confusing!
There are hundreds of languages around the world today. And we have even found languages written out that no one speaks anymore. Since people couldn't understand each other, they couldn't work together to get things done.
Genesis 11:8-9- So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
They called the city Babel. That's what we say a baby does when he speaks baby talk. It was called Babel because to each other, they were babbeling and not speaking correctly.
There are many nations across the earth because of this. And not all of them have heard about the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm sure many of them wonder where they came from, or what they are on earth to do, or perhaps they are wondering why people speak different languages. God watches over all the people around the world. He died for everyone! Wouldn't it be nice if someone learned their language and told them?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Flood: Part 6

Genesis 7:11, 24 -In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.
Noah and his family were in the ark for 150 days! Can you imagine how the ark smelled after that long? Think of all those animals! Have you ever been to a farm and passed the pig pen? I bet it must have stunk!
Genesis 8:1-4- And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged; The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained; And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
The ark had floated around until the water got low enough for it to touch earth again. The ark set down on top of a mountain! This Mount Ararat is in a country we now call Turkey. But, just because the ark set down, didn't mean that it was time for Noah to get out of the ark.
Genesis 8:5- And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.
It took three months before the tops of the mountains could be seen. I bet the ground was still mushy and soggy! But you know Noah needed to find out? He needed to find out if there were plants growing again. You see, they needed to be able to get food for themselves and all those animals. So Noah decided to do a test.
Genesis 8:6-7 -And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
First Noah sent out a raven. A raven is a black bird. But the raven eats meat from dead animals. The raven saw plenty of food and wasn't interested in coming back to Noah.
So Noah sent out a dove.
Genesis 8:8, 9- Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
A dove is a white or grey bird. The dove didn't want to land on dead bodies. It could only fly so far before it started to get tired. So it flew back to Noah and the boat.
Noah could see the tops of the mountains, so he knew the waters were drying up. He waited a little bit and tried it again.
Genesis 8:10, 11- And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
This time the dove was gone all day! She could find a place to rest among some of the trees that had started to bud again. And she brought Noah back a present. She brought an olive leaf to show Noah that the trees had started to grow leaves again. That was a very promising sign to Noah!
Genesis 8:12- And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
This time the dove didn't come back. Noah knew that meant the dove had found what she needed to build a nest, eat, and survive outside of the ark.
Genesis 8:13, 14- And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry. And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.
Noah took the top off the ark and looked around. He could see that the ground around the ark was dry. The grass was probably growing and the flowers were probably blooming. I can see Noah taking a deep breath of fresh air and enjoying the sunshine hitting his face!
Genesis 8:15-17- And God spake unto Noah, saying, Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee. Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.
God told Noah that it was now safe to leave the ark. The earth would be able to feed them and give them a place to build thier homes.
I'm sure it was an amazing site to see all those animals run off the ark. I can see them running around in the open space and playing- there's not much room to play around on a boat! Now, they had ground to run around on, the sun to bask in, and fresh air to breathe. I believe they were very happy and in their own animal way they were praising the Lord!
Noah also wanted to praise the Lord. But how? He would praise God the way God had shown Adam and Eve to do so long ago.
Genesis 8:20- And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
Do you think that Noah's offering pleased God? Let's see what the Bible says.
Genesis 8:21-22- And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
God was very pleased with Noah's offering. So pleased, in fact, that he made a promise. He promised to never again flood the entire world. He promised there would always bee summer and winter, spring and fall, and day and night. And then to make sure that no one would ever forget his promise, he put something special in the sky to remind us of his promise. Do you know what it was?
Genesis 9:11-13- And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
God made a rainbow! So whenever you're going through a storm and it's dark and scary outside. Remember that God has promised never to flood the entire world again. And when the storm has passed, if your parents say you can, go look in the sky for the sign of the promise that God left!

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Flood: Part 5

Noah had never seen rain. No one had ever seen rain. That was a new word with an unknown meaning to them. You see, it didn't rain in Noah's days.
Genesis 2:6- But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
When Noah started telling people that drops of water were going to fall from the sky in such abundance that it would cover everything on Earth, people probably thought he was going crazy!
But, God had told Noah what He was going to do, and He told Noah to prepare an ark to save his family and two of every kind of land animal. And Noah believed God and obeyed Him!
Genesis 7:1-4- And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
How do you suppose that all those animals got to the ark? Do you think Noah had to go hunt them down, capture them, and carry them back to the ark? I think that God told the animals to go the ark.
Genesis 7:9- There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
You see, everything obeys God- the wind, the seas, even animals. Only man disobeys God. And remember, every time we disobey God there are consequences.
Genesis 7:5- And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.
Noah and his family were saved because Noah obeyed God! Do you think God would have saved Noah if the ark never got built? Do you think God would've said, "Oh well, I guess I'll make Noah float!" I don't know what would've happened, but I'm sure glad that Noah obeyed!
Now, the boat was all ready. There was food inside for the long journey ahead. All the animals were tucked neatly into place. Noah and his family were on board. What next?
Genesis 7:16- And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
The Lord closed the door of the ark. When the Lord closes a door no one can open it, and when the Lord opens a door no one can shut it. Noah had preached to the people of the coming flood for 120 years! No one listened or obeyed, so God shut the ark up tight and wouldn't let anyone else in.
Genesis 7:6, 11, 12- And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
I wonder how the people felt when the first drops of water began to fall. Perhaps they felt it hit their faces, and looked over at the ark. The door was shut. They had been told for a long time what would happen and yet they didn't listen. Now, they were doomed! God always gives us time to see our sins and to ask for forgiveness and stop sinning. But, when we don't listen He has to punish us. And sometimes, it's too late to do right anymore!
Genesis 7:17, 19-22- And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
That's so sad! Everyone had the opportunity to be saved, yet only 8 people took the offer! God will always provide a way out, but it's up to us to take it!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Flood: Part 4

It didn't take long for sin to make the world a terrible place to live. Everywhere God looked sin prevailed.
Genesis 6:11-13- The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
The earth had gotten so filled with evil that God could only see one way of helping it out. God was going to wipe out all flesh- all land animals, and all mankind.
But, God is a just God. He always gives man a chance to ask for forgiveness. If a man does wrong, and asks God to forgive him, God will forgive his sins and won't punish him as harshly.
Genesis 6:14- Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
God told Noah to build a big boat. Do you know why?
Hebrews 11:7- By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
God told Noah that he was going to do something that no one had ever seen before. You see, God had made a mist to come up from the earth to water the plants. There had never been rain before! God was going to send rain to destroy all the living things. But how?
Genesis 6:17- And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
God was going to send so much rain that the earth was going to flood. It would be so much that it would cover even the tallest mountain! That's a lot of water!!
But, wait. Was God going to kill everyone? What about his promise to Adam and Eve? Oh, God is so much smarter than that. He had a plan- just like he always does.
Genesis 6:15-16- And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
God told Noah to make a 3 story high boat! He was very specific in how to make it. Do you know why Noah needed such a big boat?
Genesis 6:10,18-21- And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
God's plan was for Noah's family to take 2 of every creature onto the ark- A boy and a girl. He would also take food for him, his family, and all the animals. Have you ever been to a zoo? Can you imagine all those animals in a boat!?! That's what Noah had- a floating zoo!
But, do you know the main reason God saved Noah and his family?
Genesis 6:22- Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
God spared Noah because Noah was obedient to what God told him. God would rather have us obey him than give him all our money. God wants us to what he tells us rather than what we think we would like to do. God is pleased when we put his choices for our life before our desires for our life. That's how you get God's blessing! And that's how Noah escaped the judgement of God that destroyed the rest of the world!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Flood: Part 3

After so many people were born on this earth things began to get ugly.
Genesis 6:1,2,4- And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
The angels in heaven began to fall. They came to the earth and got wives and had children. But angels are different from humans, and so their babies were mutants. The Bible says they were giants and calls them might men of renown. Do you know what that means? Let's see what the Bible says.
Joshua 24:14- Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
Joshua said that they were worshipped as gods. Not only did the people worship false gods, but they starting doing very wicked things.
Genesis 6:5- And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
I wonder if the people of Earth thought that God wasn't watching them anymore? But God saw it all. He knew what they were doing and thinking even if they were trying to hide it.
God hates sin. He has to punish sin. He punished Adam and Eve when they sinned. He punished Cain when he sinned. But now, God was going to have to punish all the people of the world.
Genesis 6:6-7- And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
God was so upset by all the wickedness that he was going to destroy all people and land animals on the entire Earth! But God made man for a reason! Was there anyone whom God didn't have to destroy? Do you know?
Genesis 6:8-9- But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
Noah was spared by God for 2 reasons. First, he was perfect in his generations- that means that none of his parents were married to angels, they were all humans. Second, Noah was a just man who walked with God- that means he tried to always do what pleased God.
Do you remember Enoch? Well, Noah was Enoch's great grandson. And guess what else! Noah was a preacher!
II Peter 2:5- And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
Noah was a preacher of righteousness. I'm sure he was warning the people that God was upset with their sins. But the people didn't want to listen. People like to sin. They don't like people to tell them they're doing wrong. You don't like it when your mom or your teacher tells you that you're wrong, do you? No one liked that Noah told them they were doing wrong. So they ignored him and went about their business.
But, Noah was right. God had prepared the consequences for their sin. But, he had also prepared a way for Noah and his family to be saved from those consequences.

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Flood: Part 2

After Cain's banishment, Adam and Eve had more kids.
Genesis 4:27-28- And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.
So, Adam and Eve had more children, and their children had children, until there were a lot of people on the face of the earth. These people began to call on the name of the LORD. Probably offering sacrifices and praying.
Seven generations down, a man named Enoch was born. It's very important to know about him, because something special happened to him that only happened to one other man.
Genesis 5:21-23- And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
Boy! Did they live a long time! In fact, when the earth was new people lived much longer than they do today. Do you know how old the oldest person was when he died? Methuselah, Enoch's son, lived to be 969 years old.
But, we are talking about Enoch. What do you think made Enoch different from the other people that were living on the earth?
The Bible tells us in Genesis 5:24a- And Enoch walked with God:
Enoch and God were friends! I bet Enoch talked to God about everything! God likes to hear from his children.
Philippians 4:6- Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Psalm 86:5- For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
So, what's the special thing that happened to Enoch?
Genesis 5:24- And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Enoch didn't die!
Hebrews 11:5- By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Enoch was such a friend to God that God decided to take him straight to paradise.
Did you know that? Do you know the one other person that God took straight to paradise? Elijah!
But, did you know that it's all going to happen again?
I Corinthians 15:51-52- Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
I Thessalonians 4:16-18- For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
One day, all the saved will be caught up into the air and will go to heaven to live with God! Some people won't have to die! Do you think you'll be one of them?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Flood: Part 1

After they were kicked out of the garden, Adam and Eve had to learn to live in a world that wasn't perfect anymore. They had to learn to live with a spouse that wasn't perfect anymore. And they had to learn to raise children who wouldn't be perfect.
Genesis 4:1-2- And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
Adam and Eve had twins! The very first children on the earth. Can you imagine? I wonder how Adam and Eve felt when they started fighting, or when they cut themselves and hurt themselves, or when they were untruthful. I'm sure it was a little sting to them every time their children committed a sin.
Not only did Adam and Eve have to learn to live in this new world, but so did their children. Abel and Cain seemed to be two totally different people. Cain liked the dirt. He loved to plant seeds and watch them grow. He enjoyed harvesting the fruit of his labor. Abel liked the animals. He was a keeper of sheep. He spent his days protecting them, guiding them, making sure they had enough to eat. Totally different!
Not only were they different in their professions, but they were different in their approach to God.
Genesis 4:3-4a- And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof.
Here they both bring an offering to the Lord. The Bible doesn't tell us if Adam and Eve offered to the Lord, but their boys learned from somewhere how to do this. But God has his own way of doing things, and He has his own rules that He goes by.
Genesis 4:4b-5- And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
God had shown Adam and Eve in the garden that a sacrifice of blood was required to cover their sin- remember the lamb? God had a certain way for man to ask for forgiveness, and He expected his way to be followed. This made Cain very mad!
Genesis 4:6-7- And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
God didn't want Cain to get mad! God wanted Cain to learn from his mistake so he would grow- it was another life test! God told Cain that there was a proper way for Cain to ask for forgiveness. But, he also warned Cain that there was a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. You see, when we sin we get the consequences of sin laid on us, and they don't go away. They get into every area of our lives and slowly ruin us until either we repent or we die.
What was God's way of asking for forgiveness?
Leviticus 17:11- For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
You see, the blood that flows through our veins gives us life. If we lose too much blood we can die. The only way to cover sin is with blood- blood gives life. That's why Christ had to die for us. He had to shed his blood so we could get our sins covered and receive life.
God told Cain all he had to do was bring blood and he would be accepted. Do you think Cain listened?
Genesis 4:8- And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
I wonder what Cain and Abel talked about. It always makes me curious- was it peace talks, was it about the exchange of goods, what was it that made Cain so mad? I don't know. But, I do know that Cain got so upset that he killed his brother.
This was the first human death in the Bible. A brother killing his twin. And guess who knew? God! God sees everything, remember?
Genesis 4:9- And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
Did God really lose track of Abel? Nope. Again, God was giving Cain the chance to confess his sin, just like he did with Adam and Eve. But Cain hadn't learned that lesson either.
Genesis 4:10-12- And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
Oh no! The consequences of sin. The punishment of sin. Cain lost what he loved. He liked dirt, planting, growing things. Now, the earth wouldn't grow things for him. He also had to leave his parents. He lost everything!
Do you think he knew he would lose everything? Probably not. We don't always know what the consequences of our sin will be until we start reaping the punishment. I can guarantee you this- sin always costs us more than we want to pay. It destroys our lives. It destroys others lives!
Think of poor Adam and Eve! They lost both their sons! Abel was dead and Cain was a fugitive. I bet they didn't think they'd have to pay that much for disobeying God. But they did. Sin always hurts us for a long time!
Oh, now Cain was sorry! He was afraid of the consequences.
Genesis 4:13-14- And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
God's punishment for Cain was for him to live with the guilt of what he had done. He had to learn a lesson. And it would be a very hard lesson to learn!
Genesis 4:15-16- And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
God put a mark on Cain. It was a mark that everyone could see, and that everyone would know what it meant! What do you think it was? Many people think God turned his skin black- like a birth mark. The Bible never tells us what the mark was, but I do know that it was on him the rest of his life. How do I know? Because that's how long the consequences of sin can effect us!