LIVING IN DEPENDENCEVILLE

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20‭-‬21 NLT
http://bible.com/116/eph.3.20-21.NLT

Think on that verse alone for a few moments.

There are too many times when I forget God’s sovereignty. I find myself thinking I am in control or troubled when things happen reminding me I am not in control.

Recently my parents were in a serious car accident. My mom got bruised up bad and my dad fractured his C2 (in his Neck) after being hurled off the side of a mountain in N.C. as the brakes in their car would not work.

I am so thankful they survived.

May we remember that bad things happen to good people, the difference is how we react to those things, who we go to for help and the complete dependence we have on God regardless of what happens.

God’s got everything thing under control. Even in the worse situation we know that in Him & Him in us we are destine to win.

I did a post on F.R.O.G. (fully rely on God) and how we need to be a “Resting Frog” – a look at Psalm 23. As we face each day it becomes more & more apparent how we must rely & depend on God. Give Him glory for every breath.

Jesus reminds us,

Included here is a link to a book from a young man I’ve known since his teens. He is an amazing musician but also very blessed by God with the ability to share his writing & testimony. In a short intro. to his book Living In Dependenceville Caleb Hyers says, “You can never become more dependent on God than you are right now, you only become more aware of your dependence on Him.”

GO TO:LIVING IN DEPENDENCEVILLE (A BOOK BY CALEB HYERS)

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Here is an excerpt from Caleb’s book:

“I want to introduce you to a place. I want to introduce you to a way of life, a way of more than existing and surviving but a way to thrive. I want to introduce you to a city called “Dependenceville.” There are those who already take up residence here and call it home but I would like to speak to those who have yet to step inside the city limits. I would like to speak to those who have yet to see such a place as possible. I would also like to speak to everyone who has heard of this place as dangerous and uninhabitable. Those who have been told by others that to hope for such a place is foolishness at best. I am not speaking of a far off utopian society where there is nothing wrong and nobody gets hurt. I am speaking of a very tangible reality where free people dwell in harmony and holy conflict. A place where there is a realization of one’s total dependence upon God. This is a place where the people are true believers in The Word. Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” ( John 15:5 )

You might have heard this is a desolate land where the foolish go to languish for the sake of being seen as “hyper-spiritual.” A place for those who want to be viewed as “Holy” by their family and friends living in “true comfort” on the other side. I am here to tell you there is no true peace, there is no true joy and there is nothing like being in the arms of true provision like this. Even the desolate lands become waterways and the fruitless gardens blossom with unexpected diversity and delight. When the children of the King let their voices cry out from the depths of their broken and desolate dwellings, they see the one who has defeated death and the grave coming to their rescue. They see the Father of all creation forcing back the cold winds, bringing clouds for shade and laying new foundations under their feet. They gaze upon His majesty as their dirty and broken down homes become palaces of laughter and beauty. They praise His name as he cleans house, and moves excellence back into the neighborhood. All the while they do not forget where they were and how far He has brought them. They remember their need of Him and watch as their existence becomes a home, a safe haven, a beacon of light for all men. This is Dependenceville.”

GO TO: Living In Dependenceville to check out more about Caleb Hyers and his book.

In Christ, Beetle

“STORY TIME” on YouTube

I finally stopped making excuses and mustered up the courage to record the reading of several of my stories on YouTube.

For a list of other stories go to: https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/stories-poems-and-art/

Here is a playlist of the stories I’ve recorded so far:

STORY TIME: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnjQOVtw61eiFv27rv2rhA3-8U8EyDXya

These stories or parts thereof may not be reproduced in any form, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by any means – electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwise – without prior written permission of the publisher.

They are a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, or businesses in practice, are purely coincidental. The views expressed here are my own, as are whatever factual errors exist in the text.

My deepest thanks to my wife Rhonda for her patience with me.

Also, to all of my dear children who help come up with a lot of the imaginative images: Kyri, Alexx, Olivia, Madi, Abbey, Christopher and Carol-Ann, as well as, my whole family and friends for all their love, care and prayers I am truly grateful.

Here is a short description of some I have written and hope to record some day:

“The Park” – a short story about 3 boys who sneak into an abandoned amusement park and discover that it has a mind of its own.

Online publication of “The Park”: https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/the-park-editing/

Fair Science” – a short story of a weird, crazy but brilliant scientist who invites three children into his mansion and his mind.

Online publication of “Fair Science”: https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/the-story-fair-science/

A bit more serious and more of a Sci-fi thriller drama is the story “Bite To The Bone” -a short story about a scientist who discovers that mixing spider webs with tiny glass beads create some new material used to grow and repair human bones.

Online publication of “Bite To The Bone” https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/story-bite-to-the-bone-editing-needed/

The Chief Physician” –4 short stories combined that are allegorical illustrations and metaphorical in nature.

Online publication at https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/story-the-chief-physician/

The Everlasting Wonka” —This is my attempt to take the writings of Roald Dahl and continue on with an idea of what might take place following his “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”and “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.”

Online publication at https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/story-the-everlasting-wonka/

The Soul of Dr. Rooosha” –The main character from the story, “FAIR SCIENCE” goes soul searching with his friends and employees.

Online publication at https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/story-the-soul-of-dr-rooosha-entire-storyediting-needed/

SEASON OF JAIL

and the sequel

SEASON OF PRISON

is now complete and in 1st edit form – A novel about a man living out his faith during a season of incarceration.

Online publication at https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/edit-seasonedch-1-15/

And

https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2016/09/16/entire-story-season-of-prison-entire-1st-edit/

Thanks for reading, Beetle

STORY – Toy Town (editing needed)

Toy Town – a short story about a curious cottage in a small town and what mysteries it holds.

This was, by far, the hardest story I’ve tried to complete thus far. Originally written back in 2007, I’ve tried once again to bring it to life and make it what I know it can be. In an attempt to just get it out there I spend years, months, weeks, days & hours trying to just get though it. Rather than just scrapping it I’ve persisted in trying to finalize it. Ironically, the whole story is about trying to endure life’s situation and pressing on, learning as we go.

Many of the metaphors in this story reflect on my real life conflicts, mental health issues and the imaginary world I find myself in somewhere between here, reality and hopes of going onto a heavenly home some day.


Continue reading “STORY – Toy Town (editing needed)”

Worthy Read part 1

For me reading something one time is not enough for my comprehension level to fully grasp it. 

Hearing it read helps a lot, also marking it really seals it for me.

So, below is a portion of God’s Word that I am taking in this morning:

So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.

Listen! 

I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you. 

I’ll say it again. 

If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses. 

For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace. 

But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. 

For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love. 

You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? 

It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. 

This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough! 

I am trusting the Lord to keep you from believing false teachings. God will judge that person, whoever he is, who has been confusing you. 

Dear brothers and sisters, if I were still preaching that you must be circumcised—as some say I do—why am I still being persecuted?

 If I were no longer preaching salvation through the cross of Christ, no one would be offended. I just wish that those troublemakers who want to mutilate you by circumcision would mutilate themselves. For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.

 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. 

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. 

These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses. 

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. 

Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 

Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

Galatians 5:1‭-‬26 NLT

http://bible.com/116/gal.5.1-26.NLT

In Christ, Beetle 

Worthy Read part 2

Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. 

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. 

For we are each responsible for our own conduct. Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them.

 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 

Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good.

 At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 

Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. 

Notice what large letters I use as I write these closing words in my own handwriting. 

Those who are trying to force you to be circumcised want to look good to others. They don’t want to be persecuted for teaching that the cross of Christ alone can save. And even those who advocate circumcision don’t keep the whole law themselves. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast about it and claim you as their disciples

As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. 

It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. 

May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God. 

From now on, don’t let anyone trouble me with these things. For I bear on my body the scars that show I belong to Jesus. 

Dear brothers and sisters, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
Galatians 6:1‭-‬18 NLT

http://bible.com/116/gal.6.1-18.NLT

In Christ and for His sake I share His Word, Beetle 

When The Story Is About You

Jesus told another story to the people:

 “A man planted a vineyard.

 He handed it over to farmhands and went off on a trip.

 He was gone a long time.

 In time he sent a servant back to the farmhands to collect the profits, but they beat him up and sent him off empty-handed.

 He decided to try again and sent another servant. 

That one they beat black-and-blue, and sent him off empty-handed.

 He tried a third time. They worked that servant over from head to foot and dumped him in the street.

 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘I know what I’ll do: I’ll send my beloved son. They’re bound to respect my son.’ 

“But when the farmhands saw him coming, they quickly put their heads together. ‘This is our chance—this is the heir! Let’s kill him and have it all to ourselves.’

They killed him and threw him over the fence. 

“What do you think the owner of the vineyard will do?

 Right. He’ll come and clean house. Then he’ll assign the care of the vineyard to others.” 

Those who were listening said, “Oh, no! He’d never do that!” But Jesus didn’t back down. “Why, then, do you think this was written:

 That stone the masons threw out— It’s now the cornerstone!? “Anyone falling over that stone will break every bone in his body; if the stone falls on anyone, it will be a total smashup.” 

The religion scholars and high priests wanted to lynch him on the spot, but they were intimidated by public opinion. 

They knew the story was about them.
Taken from Luke 20:9‭-‬15‭, ‬15‭-‬19 MSG

http://bible.com/97/luk.20.9-19.MSG

 Just as when people of the Old Testament heard the prophets and people living in New Testament times heard Jesus, when you’re reading God’s Word now, and God speaks to your heart, you can reject Him or accept Him.

How amazing it is that God sent His son and that He is coming back again. 

As we read Revelation we see that hearts become so hard that even when experiencing direct bowls of punishment from the heavens people still don’t turn to God for help.

In my opinion that’s why preaching ‘turn or burn, hail fire & brimstone’ sermons doesn’t work. People may accept God as a type of ‘fire insurance’ but not develop a relationship out of His love for them & their love for Him. 

Now is the time to know how great God’s love & forgiveness is and accept Him so that after all the opportunities  we aren’t left with His last resort, destroying this world & bringing on a new heaven and new earth.

It may seem so confusing and believers who are earnestly concerned go to great lengths to win others over to Him but many times forget that some hearts are just too hard and won’t believe,  won’t accept The Messiah. 

We need to always remember that God knows everyone’s heart & He is the judge, not us. 

As we share His love it’s up to each person to let it speak to them, go deep & grow. 

It is not the believer’s job or task to convict anyone of sin, that’s God’s job. 

We just plant & water, God causes the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:6 NLT, “

I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.”


I go back to Matthew 13:  

  •              When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.  
  • The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.  But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.  
  • The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.  
  • But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Matthew 13:19‭-‬23 NIV

http://bible.com/111/mat.13.19-23.NIV

And I question constantly, “Why do we have church goers who are like weeds?”

Again I go to Matthew 13:               Jesus told them another parable: 

“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.  But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.  When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.    “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’    “ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.   “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’    “ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ ”

Matthew 13:24‭-‬30 NIV

http://bible.com/111/mat.13.24-30.NIV

We live in strange times where the Old Testament prophets are only read about & Jesus’s Words are recorded in little red words but we don’t see Him in the flesh.

That is why it is time for true believers to have Christ’s Holy Spirit living in them (Acts chapter 2) & for us to be more & more like Jesus so that through our humility and obedience  (dedication to Him) others might come to know Him & accept Him too.

So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For HE will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.

1 Corinthians 4:5 NLT

http://bible.com/116/1co.4.5.NLT

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 1:9 NLT

http://bible.com/116/2ti.1.9.NLT

In Christ,  Beetle 

Relay 

You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did—Jesus crucified. I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate—I was scared to death, if you want the truth of it—

and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the Message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.

1 Corinthians 2:1‭-‬5 MSG

http://bible.com/97/1co.2.1-5.MSG

We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it’s not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. That’s why we have this Scripture text: No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it— What God has arranged for those who love him. But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you. The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along. Who ever knows what you’re thinking and planning except you yourself? The same with God—except that he not only knows what he’s thinking, but he lets us in on it. God offers a full report on the gifts of life and salvation that he is giving us. We don’t have to rely on the world’s guesses and opinions. We didn’t learn this by reading books or going to school; we learned it from God, who taught us person-to-person through Jesus, and we’re passing it on to you in the same firsthand, personal way.
1 Corinthians 2:6‭-‬10 MSG

http://bible.com/97/1co.2.6-10.MSG

The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing, and can’t be judged by unspiritual critics. Isaiah’s question, “Is there anyone around who knows God’s Spirit, anyone who knows what he is doing?” has been answered: Christ knows, and we have Christ’s Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:14‭-‬16 MSG

http://bible.com/97/1co.2.14-16.MSG

Plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did.

Constantly getting to know Christ…

In Christ, Beetle