Beyond Compare

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20‭-‬21 NIV  http://bible.com/111/eph.3.20-21.NIV

For me life is all about Christ in us, working from the inside out. When dealing with what we can’t see, our souls, supernatural healing and all things beyond our physical realm & dimension we must rely on Him.


I must rely on Him.

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!

Ephesians 3:20‭-‬21 MSG

http://bible.com/97/eph.3.20-21.MSG

In Christ, Beetle 


Hey Jude, and a few others

From: Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James,

To: To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: 

 Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. 

 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. 

For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. 

They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. 

 Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.

 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion.

 They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

 In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 

 Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct—as irrational animals do—will destroy them. Woe to them! 

They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.

 These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. 

They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. 

They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever. 

 Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 

 These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.”

 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.

 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. 

 Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.

 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Jude 1:1‭-‬25 NIV

http://bible.com/111/jud.1.1-25.NIV

Amen

Jeremiah 29 Part 1 (God’s Plans)

Many are familiar with this Bible verse…

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

http://bible.com/111/jer.29.11.NIV

Let’s look at it in context to where it falls into the culture, history & relationship between God and His people. 

This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. 

(This was after King Jehoiachin and the queen mother, the court officials and the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the skilled workers and the artisans had gone into exile from Jerusalem.

He entrusted the letter to Elasah son of Shaphan and to Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to King Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. It said:

  This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 

“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease.

Jeremiah 29:1‭-‬6 NIV

Note- in other word, even in captivity & under a different government, LIVE. 

Read on…

Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

 Yes, this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have. They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them,” declares the Lord . 

 This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord , “and will bring you back from captivity. 

I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord , 

“and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” 

 You may say, “The Lord has raised up prophets for us in Babylon,” but this is what the Lord says about the king who sits on David’s throne and all the people who remain in this city, your fellow citizens who did not go with you into exile— yes, this is what the Lord Almighty says: “I will send the sword, famine and plague against them and I will make them like figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten. I will pursue them with the sword, famine and plague and will make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth, a curse and an object of horror, of scorn and reproach, among all the nations where I drive them. 

For they have not listened to my words,” declares the Lord ,

 “words that I sent to them again and again by my servants the prophets. And you exiles have not listened either,” declares the Lord . 

Therefore, hear the word of the Lord , all you exiles whom I have sent away from Jerusalem to Babylon. This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says about Ahab son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah, who are prophesying lies to you in my name:

 “I will deliver them into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will put them to death before your very eyes. 

Because of them, all the exiles from Judah who are in Babylon will use this curse: ‘May the Lord treat you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon burned in the fire.’ For they have done outrageous things in Israel; they have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives, and in my name they have uttered lies—which I did not authorize. I know it and am a witness to it,” declares the Lord .
Jeremiah 29:7‭-‬23 NIV

http://bible.com/111/jer.29.7-23.NIV

Stop, seek, pray, listen to The Lord so that He will listen to our cries.

In Christ ,  Beetle 

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Jeremiah 27 & 28 (Yoke -straps & crossbars)

Once again we read about dark tines, hard times, confessing times in Jeremiah’s day.

Imagine not only being told that your nation is going to be taken over by another nation but that you will serve them and all your priests and prophets are liers.

To clarify thing God sends Word to Jeremiah… HERE IS WHAT Jeremiah wrote,

This is what the Lord said to me: “Make a yoke out of straps and crossbars and put it on your neck. 

Then send word to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre and Sidon through the envoys who have come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah. 

Give them a message for their masters and say, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 

“Tell this to your masters: With my great power and outstretched arm I made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it, and I give it to anyone I please. Now I will give all your countries into the hands of my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; I will make even the wild animals subject to him.

(Note: could this be? God allowing someone else to rule for a time & purpose ?  Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon? -read on)

 All nations will serve him and his son and his grandson until the time for his land comes; then many nations and great kings will subjugate him. “ ‘ 

“If, however, any nation or kingdom will not serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon or bow its neck under his yoke, I will punish that nation with the sword, famine and plague, declares the Lord , until I destroy it by his hand. 

So do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your interpreters of dreams, your mediums or your sorcerers who tell you, ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon.’ They prophesy lies to you that will only serve to remove you far from your lands; I will banish you and you will perish.

 But if any nation will bow its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will let that nation remain in its own land to till it and to live there, declares the Lord .” ’

(Note- how The Lord turns the tables on us at certain times in life & in history, yet, in the bigger picture when we trust Him He works it all out. Read on as it is repeated at this point & time in history what the Lord was doing…)

 ” I gave the same message to Zedekiah king of Judah. I said, “Bow your neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon; serve him and his people, and you will live. Why will you and your people die by the sword, famine and plague with which the Lord has threatened any nation that will not serve the king of Babylon? 

Do not listen to the words of the prophets who say to you, ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon,’ for they are prophesying lies to you. ‘I have not sent them,’ declares the Lord . ‘They are prophesying lies in my name. 

Therefore, I will banish you and you will perish, both you and the prophets who prophesy to you.’ ”

 Then I said to the priests and all these people, “This is what the Lord says: Do not listen to the prophets who say, ‘Very soon now the articles from the Lord ’s house will be brought back from Babylon.’ They are prophesying lies to you. 

Do not listen to them. 

Serve the king of Babylon, and you will live.

 Why should this city become a ruin? 

If they are prophets and have the word of the Lord , let them plead with the Lord Almighty that the articles remaining in the house of the Lord and in the palace of the king of Judah and in Jerusalem not be taken to Babylon. For this is what the Lord Almighty says about the pillars, the bronze Sea, the movable stands and the other articles that are left in this city, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon did not take away when he carried Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, along with all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem— yes, this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says about the things that are left in the house of the Lord and in the palace of the king of Judah and in Jerusalem: 

They will be taken to Babylon and there they will remain until the day I come for them,’ declares the Lord . 

‘Then I will bring them back and restore them to this place.’ ”
Jeremiah 27:2‭-‬22 NIV

http://bible.com/111/jer.27.2-22.NIV

It is not up to us to question God but to follow Him. 

At each point and time in history He has made it clear what we should & shouldn’t be doing and one thing that is always clear, not matter how confessing things get, we are to seek Him, follow Him and trust Him.

May we learn from history and trust God, letting Him be in control.

Now, reading on, what happened next in Jeremiah’s time period…

In the fifth month of that same year, the fourth year, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur, who was from Gibeon, said to me in the house of the Lord in the presence of the priests and all the people: 

“This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon. Within two years I will bring back to this place all the articles of the Lord ’s house that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon removed from here and took to Babylon. I will also bring back to this place Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and all the other exiles from Judah who went to Babylon,’ declares the Lord , ‘for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.’ ”  

Then the prophet Jeremiah replied to the prophet Hananiah before the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord . He said, “Amen! May the Lord do so! May the Lord fulfill the words you have prophesied by bringing the articles of the Lord ’s house and all the exiles back to this place from Babylon. Nevertheless, listen to what I have to say in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people: From early times the prophets who preceded you and me have prophesied war, disaster and plague against many countries and great kingdoms. But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true.”  

Then the prophet Hananiah took the yoke off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah and broke it, and he said before all the people, “This is what the Lord says: ‘In the same way I will break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon off the neck of all the nations within two years.’ ” 

At this, the prophet Jeremiah went on his way.  After the prophet Hananiah had broken the yoke off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “Go and tell Hananiah, ‘This is what the Lord says: You have broken a wooden yoke, but in its place you will get a yoke of iron. This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will put an iron yoke on the necks of all these nations to make them serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and they will serve him. I will even give him control over the wild animals.’ ” 

 Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies. Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. 

This very year you are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the Lord .’ ” 

 In the seventh month of that same year, Hananiah the prophet died.

Jeremiah 28:1‭-‬17 NIV

http://bible.com/111/jer.28.1-17.NIV

God’s will will not be tampered with.

In Christ, Beetle 

Music Challenge – Live on, Be The Light even at midnight

I shared on Facebook a song I liked while listening to Pandora. I realize that when you click on it the link takes you to that station, not necessarily that song.

So I asked those on FB who see my feed to follow it and comment what song comes on for them.  The results were a real blessing for me, as I hope they were for them. I looked into the songs and artist and even found some deeper meanings that the artist may never have intended.

I followed the link a few times myself to see what song came on for me and what significance I may find.

This was one of them…

“Midnight Sun” by Phillip Phillips 

When I’ve seen myself as the darkest shadow others have told me they are still able to see Christ’s light in me.
I am weak but He is strong.

In Christ, Beetle 

Music Challenge -Brave

I shared on Facebook a song I liked while listening to Pandora. I realize that when you click on it the link takes you to that station, not necessarily that song.


So I asked those on FB who see my feed to follow it and comment what song comes on for them.  The results were a real blessing for me, as I hope they were for them. I looked into the songs and artist and even found some deeper meanings that the artist may never have intended.

I followed the link a few times myself to see what song came on for me and what significance I may find.

This was one of them…


“You can be the outcast or the backlash of somebody’s lack of love”

“Nothing’s going to hurt you the way that words do and they settle ‘neath your skin.”

“Kept on the inside and no sunlight sometimes the Shadows going to win”

BUT we can speak up, we can be brave and say what we want to say.

Recently I was reading Jeremiah and the verse that has  always  stood out to me while considering Jeremiah facing opposition while  trying to share what The Lord layed on his heart is:

But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. Jeremiah 20:9 NIV

http://bible.com/111/jer.20.9.NIV

I can’t hold it in either. 

In Christ ,  Beetle 

🎥EXTRAS🎬

Unless you are a street performer or making a video it’s very unusual to just express yourself by dancing in puplic and it takes some serious courage, ya gotta be brave. Here is 
Sara Bareilles’  official video of her song “Brave” 

 https://youtu.be/QUQsqBqxoR4

LOL as you hear the last few word spoken by a bystander at the end.

Music Challenge -Which you and me matters

I shared on Facebook a song I liked while listening to Pandora. I realize that when you click on it the link takes you to that station, not necessarily that song.


So I asked those on FB who see my feed to follow it and comment what song comes on for them.  The results were a real blessing for me, as I hope they were for them. I looked into the songs and artist and even found some deeper meanings that the artist may never have intended.

Here is the song one my best friends got…

After listening to this song I thought about how you don’t know me and I don’t know you. Others attempt and presume to know us but they can not see our hearts. As important as we all are to each other there is only one relationship that really matters, our relationship with our maker.

I am truly troubled when  self proclaiming “street evangelist” or door to door “witnesses” meet face to face with me and don’t accept the fact that I am already born again and in Christ’s care. It is as if unless I attend their Church I am still considered lost and they insist I read their material and agree with them in order to be at peace with God. 

Without going off into a raving rage on this subject I want to share one perfect example…

My daughter and I were walking downtown St. Augustine. An organized Church group  was gathered to supposedly share the good news of Jesus Christ with people. As we walked by one of them said to my adult daughter, ” It’s hot out here today isn’t it?” She replied, ” yes it sure is.” He replied to her, “wait to you see how hot it is in hell!” she looked at me appalled. We couldn’t believe it. I just shook my head and told her to ignore him.  Shortly thereafter she expressed to me how sad it was that he just assumed she was going to hell not knowing what was really in her heart. It’s my hope that those people have Christ in their heart but when they make judgment calls like that and they become the judge they are no longer Christ like. It is up to each and every individual to develop a personal relationship with Him and then He makes us like Him but we need to still let Him be Him.

The, “you” this song talks about is Christ. The more I focus on Him, not others, the better off I am.

No one knows me like my Heavenly Father.

Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy. Proverbs 14:10 NIV http://bible.com/111/pro.14.10.NIV

There is a friend that is closer than a brother and greater is He that is within me than he that is in this world.

In Christ, Beetle 

Way Out

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:12‭-‬13 NIV

http://bible.com/111/1co.10.12-13.NIV

I read a devotional on Samson this morning and how he abandoned his calling and payed a price for it. Then after suffering he made a come back and called out to God, 

Remember me!

The same words cried out by the thief on the cross next to Jesus.

I went to the book of Judges and read Samson’s final words.

Then Samson prayed to the Lord , “Sovereign Lord , remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.  

Then his brothers and his father’s whole family went down to get him.

 They brought him back and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. He had led Israel twenty years.

Judges 16:28‭-‬31 NIV

http://bible.com/111/jdg.16.28-31.NIV

The hope and faith we have is that God, in His great mercy, Grace & compassion is with us to the end and as we remember Him He will also remember us.

In Christ, Beetle 

Music Challenge  Christ -The Groom, Church -The Bride

I shared on Facebook a song I liked while listening to Pandora. I realize that when you click on it the link takes you to that station, not necessarily that song.


So I asked those on FB who see my feed to follow it and comment what song comes on for them.  The results were a real blessing for me, as I hope they were for them. I looked into the songs and artist and even found some deeper meanings that the artist may never have intended.

When one long time friend, who’s name is also “Ben” got Ben Rector’s song “When I’m With You” I looked up the song on YouTube.  I found that many people have used it at weddings. The lyrics are so clear I didn’t need them printed on the screen. 

As you watch the video I selected of Ben Rector’s “When I’m With You”.  I hope it stirs you to consider what Christ meant when He said He is the groom and He longs for us as His Bride.

Here is another video, more wedding than song but I couldn’t resist including it and hope you’ll enjoy it as your own….

His bride, Beetle 

Music Challenge  “American Authors – Best Day Of My Life”

I shared on Facebook a song I liked while listening to Pandora. I realize that when you click on it the link takes you to that station, not necessarily that song.


So I asked those on FB who see my feed to follow it and comment what song comes on for them.  The results were a real blessing for me, as I hope they were for them. I looked into the songs and artist and even found some deeper meanings that the artist may never have intended.

A dear friend of mine that I went to Clearwater High School with and Church (he was the pastor’s son –Andy Gilliam) got this one…

Watch “American Authors – Best Day Of My Life” on YouTube

Good times.

Praise God, Beetle