An old hymn that so many, both Churches & unChurched know but how wonderful to know more because of the old rugged cross.
On a hill far away,
An old hymn that so many, both Churches & unChurched know but how wonderful to know more because of the old rugged cross.
On a hill far away,
7:10am Sunday 12/27/15
Start with musical part:
old, now classic:
Music video by Geoff Moore And The Distance performing “The Vow”.
Music video by Geoff Moore And The Distance performing “The Vow”
i’ ve made commitments before, i’ve made pledges, i’ve signed vows and agreements and i’ve broken them all.
One thing i have renewed and God has taken much further than I ever could & that is my vow to love & serve Him.
For now we see through a glass dimly but some day we will see clearly.
As hard as it is to understand God’s Sovereignty we know by faith He is in control, He has complete control of everything. We can trust Him fully that what may seem unfair or even cruel to us is part of His divine plans.
Remember, no matter what you have gone thru or are going thru or will go thru God’s got a plan & purpose.
If you haven’t already invite Him in, deeper.
He that is in you is greater than this world!
We are more than conquerors in Him.
He works all things out for the good for those who love Him.
Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.
Acts of the Apostles 16:25 NLT
God has always done some AMAZING THINGS!
As we turn our thoughts on Him how can we help but sing, pray, share (directly or indirectly).
Look at this verse again…
Here is a lil’ personal note, i suppose imposed that scripture over a pic. i took.
It is a picture of my floor at my home (in St. Augustine, Fl)
When the sun comes in the Window the shadow of the blinds made the floor, where I laid in back pain, look like a prison cell.
When we pulled the blinds open, all the way, the window pane would cast a shadow of a cross.
Here is that pic.
Remember, where there is a shadow there is a light.
Under The Son,
This post was written with the intention of the reader to listen to “DeGarmo and Key: Preacher, I’ll need a friend… Live AUDIO ” on YouTube while reading:
A young man comes to a preacher at night after over hearing the noise coming from the tent meeting.
He says, “I’ve got some questions for you. I’m not asking for me I’m asking for a friend. Getting into heaven sounds like the places I’ve been… I’ll need a friend to get in.”
“Yes you will.” said the preacher, “that Friend is Jesus. HE wants to not only get you in there…” The preacher said as he pointed up, “He wants to get in there…” He smiled as he pointed to the kids heart.
In John Chapter 3 we hear about a man that comes to Jesus at night, after over hearing things about Him & His ministry, lifestyle & messages…as well as some miracles He had done.
🔸 Observations: Nicodemus’ private meeting John 3:1-21
🔦”Nico” was an elite member of the Jewish rulers.
🔦He comes by night, not wanting to be seen.
🔦 He recognizes Jesus has been sent by God. (the miracles)
🔦He is confronted with his need of a second birth, in order to get to heaven, inherit eternal life.
🔦 He does not understand how that is possible.
🔦Kingdom entrance (eternal life) requires a physical and spiritual birth.
🔦Jesus is surprised that a “teacher” of Israel does not comprehend this truth.
🔦 Jesus reveals His origin and teaching are from heaven.
🔦Jesus predicts His death and its benefit, as a parallel to Moses and the serpent (which ‘Nico’ would understand )
🔦Jesus promises eternal life to whoever believes.
🔦Jesus came to rescue not condemn the world.
🔦Jesus reveals why some refuse to believe.
I would encourage everyone to
👉Play Audio 6👈 from a series by Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge…(✳see below for more info✳)
What does it mean to be born again?
📖 (audio goes deeper than just theses questions but these notes help greatly in personal Bible study & group discussions)📖
What does John Chapter 3 ______mean_______ ? (Interpretation)
🔸Questions to consider: To understand John 3
🔦Why did Nicodemus want to talk with Jesus? (had some idea thar Christ may be the Messiah, wanted to know more but)…
🔦Why at night? (fear of earthly authorities)
🔸What does it mean to be “born again?”
🔦Why does Jesus lead with this challenge to a moral, good, religious leader? (Because it takes a new life in Christ, not religion but a birth experience where God becomes your Heavenly Father & He gains full access to your will)
🔦Why was Jesus surprised that Nicodemus did not understand his need for a spiritual
birth? (see Ezekiel 36:25-27)
God doesn’t care how good you are morally, He doesn’t care how religious you are. He cares about you, your soul and how your relationship with Him is.
The moral structure & growth comes after He comes in.
I feel like to many time some preachers try to convict & convince people to ‘get saved’ but the reality is men & women can not do it, we must be born of His Spirit. Until that is allow BY EACH AND ANY individual (Whosoever) they will not be forgiven, inherit all the fruit of the Spirit (love. Joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, goodness, gentleness and self control), and eternal life in the future.
You come to Him & He comes on in.
He is that Friend, that lover, that will never leave you.
Go with God.
It is always good to ask questions if your truly seeking God & to know Him better.
It is always great when you can go to a chaplain, a pastor, a preacher or a friend.
Even better when that person is all the above and above & beyond all else, he is truly a friend, born again, living in an active relationship with Christ.
Hunt down the truth for yourself .
✳For more resources, go to LivingontheEdge.org
Copyright © 2015 Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge ✳
To God the commander & Chief, Christ my Commanding Officer & the ever presence of The Holy Spirit my friendly living drill Sargeant.
To the ✴pricks✴ that get under my skin, those who cause me to pray for mercy just a little more, whose opposition causes me to see opportunities in Christ
(See “Kicking Against The Picks” in main menu of my blog click here for index).
To my family, blood related & those under the blood, especially my mom who actually made a ‘basket’ for me this Easter that had the green army men used for pic.s in the blog post…
ALL PRAISE HONOR & GLORY TO GOD
FOR THE ARMOUR HE GIVES TO PROTECT US FROM THE DEVILS ‘SHOT’ AND FRIENDLY FIRE
Watch “Matthew West – Strong Enough” on YouTube
The Apostle Paul, who was at one point known as “Saul the Christian killer”, prayed & prayed & prayed again (three times or more specifically) that the thorn (difficulties/messenger of satan) would be removed from him in Jesus name & for Christ sake.
Then He heard God say to him,
MY GRACE IS ENOUGH!
(2 Corinthians 12:5-10)
That is how Paul, a reformed, re-difined, regenerated person humble before Christ was able to say,
“I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength!”
So, i also say,
Rejoice, rejoice & again i say rejoice (Philippians 4:4).
2 Corinthians 12:5-10:
I will boast about a man like that, (see verse 1-5)
but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.
Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth.
But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations.
Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me,
“My grace is sufficient (enough) for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:5-10 NIV
I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me.
Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for
I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
I can do all this through HIM who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:10-13 NIV
Play this song by Sting
Consider with me, “How fragile we are.” Play the song as you read this post…
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ESV
Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.
Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.
1 Peter 1:17-22 NIV
For since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable,
through the living and abiding word of God;
for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
1 Peter 1:23-25 ESV
Therefore we do not lose heart.
Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV
I passed on to you what I received, which is of the greatest importance:
that Christ died for our sins, as written in the Scriptures; that he was buried and that he was raised to life three days later, as written in the Scriptures;
But by God’s grace I am what I am, and the grace that he gave me was not without effect.
On the contrary, I have worked harder than any of the other apostles, although it was not really my own doing, but God’s grace working with me.
So then, whether it came from me or from them, this is what we all preach, and this is what you believe.
Now, since our message is that Christ has been raised from death, how can some of you say that the dead will not be raised to life?
(That is “sad you see.”)
If that is true, it means that Christ was not raised; and if Christ has not been raised from death, then we have nothing to preach and you have nothing to believe.
More than that, we are shown to be lying about God, because we said that he raised Christ from death — but if it is true that the dead are not raised to life, then he did not raise Christ. For if the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is a delusion and you are still lost in your sins.
It would also mean that the believers in Christ who have died are lost.
If our hope in Christ is good for this life only and no more, then we deserve more pity than anyone else in all the world.
But the truth is that Christ has been raised from death, as the guarantee that those who sleep in death will also be raised.
For just as death came by means of a man, in the same way the rising from death comes by means of a man.
For just as all people die because of their union with Adam, in the same way all will be raised to life because of their union with Christ.
But each one will be raised in the right order: Christ, first of all; then, at the time of his coming, those who belong to him.
Then the end will come; Christ will overcome all spiritual rulers, authorities, and powers, and will hand over the Kingdom to God the Father.
For Christ must rule until God defeats all enemies and puts them under his feet. The last enemy to be defeated will be death.
“when the Son begins to reign!”
Someone will ask, “How can the dead be raised to life?
What kind of body will they have?” You fool! When you sow a seed in the ground, it does not sprout to life unless it dies. And what you sow is a bare seed, perhaps a grain of wheat or some other grain,
not the full-bodied plant that will later grow up.
God provides that seed with the body he wishes; he gives each seed its own proper body. And the flesh of living beings is not all the same kind of flesh;
🔸human beings have one kind of flesh,
🔸birds another, and
And there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies; the beauty that belongs to heavenly bodies is different from the beauty that belongs to earthly bodies.
🌞The sun has its own beauty,
🌙the moon another beauty, and 🌟the stars a different beauty; and even among stars there are different kinds of beauty.
This is how it will be when the dead are raised to life. When the body is buried, it is mortal; when raised, it will be immortal. When buried, it is ugly and weak; when raised, it will be beautiful and strong. When buried, it is a physical body; when raised, it will be a spiritual body.
There is, of course, a physical body, so there has to be a spiritual body.
For the scripture says, “The first man, Adam, was created a living being”; but the last Adam is the life-giving Spirit.
It is not the spiritual that comes first, but the physical, and then the spiritual.
The first Adam, made of earth, came from the earth; the second Adam came from heaven. Those who belong to the earth are like the one who was made of earth; those who are of heaven are like the one who came from heaven.
Just as we wear the likeness of the man made of earth, so we will wear the likeness of the Man from heaven. What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that what is made of flesh and blood cannot share in God’s Kingdom, and what is mortal cannot possess immortality.
Listen to this secret truth: we shall not all die, but when the last trumpet sounds, we shall all be changed in an instant, as quickly as the blinking of an eye.
For when the trumpet sounds, the dead will be raised, never to die again, and we shall all be changed. For what is mortal must be changed into what is immortal; what will die must be changed into what cannot die.
So when this takes place, and the mortal has been changed into the immortal, then the scripture will come true:
“Death is destroyed; victory is complete!” “Where, Death, is your victory? Where, Death, is your power to hurt?”
Death gets its power to hurt from sin, and sin gets its power from the Law.
But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
So then, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and steady. Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord’s service is ever useless.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 10-26, 35-58 GNB
Enjoy the time you have with each other.
I was looking for an arrangement of this Song that I really liked, to bad I can’t do one right now, so I guess we’ll stick with the original, but first,
I’VE ALWAYS BEEN A BIG SHIELA WALSH FAN:
In the morning as i wake, try to wake, i start with,
Thank you Father
Here is some imagery. . .
My joy is in Him, not based on how well things are going, what the weather is like or how I ‘feel’.
All Glory, Honor & Praise to God The Father, God The Son and God The Spirit whom by His love, grace & mercy gives me reason & purpose to rejoice.
Something i’v been working on while sitting here to keep me busy while I wait awkwardly for the show to start:
Sanctified, meaning to be set aside, is most often used in reference to a being that has been set apart from this world due to ones dedication to a life ever after.
Its beautiful really, this concept of leaving the world behind even before death,
yet the reality is that no matter how far away your soul gets still you are tied to this side of eternity by our flesh;
Until death do us part.
You begin to smell the rotting meat you walk in weighing you down, smelling in resemblance to the stench of hospital stink.
Temptation sweats from your brow making its way down the side of your pale face while the habits you have left behind linger in your nostril, only a figment.
There is a difference between missing something and considering it, this is the fine line that defines a relapse or the lack there of, while simultaneously preventing insanity from creeping its way back into your life.
Faith can be described as long suffering and rightfully so as the confusion of disorder has your brain tearing like a muscle, no pain no gain I suppose.
While, in love, I trust Him the way I never thought I would be able to
again I am not perfect and it shows in my doubt, this is the suffering; the faith.
For more from my son Alexx go to “Pressing Words”