Elfie -New Kitten Brings Joy (Video post of our cat)

 

 

Born “Elfabba” on 12/8/17 and adopted on 3/10/18 from “Wags & Whiskers” animal shelter via Petco in St. Augustine, Florida we brought home our new bundle of joy and changed her name to “Elfie”.

Right away I started getting video footage and, just like a proud owner does, began posting & sharing all the pic.s & vid.s I could.

I’m sure people following my social media feeds grew tierd of all the shots but I couldn’t help but share this new friend & companion with anyone willing to look & listen.

That is the way it is when you’re really in love & feel passionate about something or someone, those who know you or get to know you quickly find out what interests you and you impulsively bring up the subject.

I realize that this can be annoying to others, unless they share the same interests or the things you are sharing are appealing.

One of my nieces (Shelly) said she is more of a dog person, so am I really, but this little girl kitten made her want to get a cat. My other nieces (Andrea & Alyee) always had family pets growning up & now as adults they have their own. 3 of my nephews (Matt, Mike & Tom) are grown now & live at a distance but I recall them always enjoying their family pets. My youngest nephew (Cody) is almost middle aged and recently married. They have 2 dogs right now and one of their dogs only has 3 legs!

My wife (Rhonda) and I had a cat together before.
Pic. below of “Lily” aka Lily Bell” –

but she became ill and we had to take her to an animal hospital/vet. She never returned.

Between my wife & I we have 7 children. Her 2 are adults now (Christopher & Carol-Ann). They have a family dog that is older and needs geriatric care. My oldest and only son (Alexx) died at age 22 and his Sister Kyri is almost middle aged. Alexx had 3 cats. Kyri took two in when he died and she already had one. His mother took the 3rd one.

I have 3 other daughters, my “3 lil’ girls” as I call them. As I write this the youngest is 10 yrs. old (Abbey), 12 yrs. old (Madi) and 14 yrs. old (Olivia). They always had pets growing up and now one of my 4 daughters (Olivia) finally got a cat after asking, improving her behavior & grades then asking  & begging even more. In addition to Olivia’s cat they have 2 guinea pigs & a dog. Although we keep in touch regularly with our children, none of them live with us so a fur baby was the next best thing.

Pets are important parts of families for adults & children.

When I was growing up my oldest sister (Collene) even had a monkey at one point. My other sister (Pauline) always preferred a family cat. Although we all shared a German Shepherd when we were younger I personal got my own boyhood best friend (Scott) when I was a bit older.

Picture of Scott below

He lived into my teen years until he got cancer. Later in life I had several dogs & cats as adult. My parents (Ed & Faye) have a dog that was actually the son of a bitch I had (purely literally).

My wife, growing up on a farm, had several cats and, although I prefer dogs, a cat was the best choice for us because of my limited ability to walk a dog.

Elfie, as only a kitten can do, has taught us so much already. She is a great companion & offers lots of love but also gives us the opportunity to express our affection & love.

Videos-

Playground-

Rollie Pollie Elfie –

Elf’s play –

When kitten’s attack-

Up close and personal-

Climb & Near Fail-

Tennis ball & cane-

9 Second Soccer-

Kitten Jump-

Kitten Orbs-

Elfie Meets Seapass (Kitten & Hamster)-

The Stand Off (Hamster vs. Kitten)-

Elfie says goodnight-

Elfie grooming me-

The Rubber Band –  out of all the cat toys & treats she plays with & enjoys a simple rubberband more than anything else. She spent well over (pass) the 6 minutes entertaing herself with a simple pleasure that is virtually free.

Can Elfie resist the temptation to pounce into the cage of her brother Seapass the hamster after making that mistake 2 time within the past 2 weeks that we’ve had her?

What our kitten does for Mardi Gras beads:

Elfie’s love for “rock”:

Kitten Quick:

Elfie Time:

Update: Today Elfie is exactly 4 months old and much more comfortable around us (her new home). I’ve noticed her physical growth too and I am amazed how playful she is. My favorite game with her is fetch:

  • She brings my wife Rhonda and me a rubber band.
  • We throw it.
  • She runs & gets it.
  • She brings it back

We do that over & over.

She craved for attention & climbs right up on our chest. While laying back to decorate stones I have to mover her down so I can use my arms. In this next pic. I captured her on my lap while she was playing with one of the lizards I drew on a small Rain Forest Caribbean Beach Pebble.

Video, battle rocks:

When she’s not attacking lizards and frogs I have drawn on rocks she is laying & even sleeping on them & in the tray I keep finished shells & stones in.

Strange place to sleep:

She also occupies her self with lil’ toys of mine I’ve given her.

Video, Slingshot Kitten:

One lesson I learned from Elfie is that when temptation gets to be too much just look away. Run! Forest, RUN!!!

Video of her wanting to get our Hamster, Seapass:

I’ll be posting here more pic.s & videos as Elfie grows and teaches more more & more life lessons.

Who would have thought that a cat could actually be a mode of transportation?

9 months old. With us for 6 Months now

I’ll be posting here links to some of the lessons/parable this kitten brings along with her.

Bringing Light into Darkness

In John 10:10, Jesus utilized one of the simplest forms of human thinking to show the difference between real good and real evil. He put them next to each other. 

What happens when you look in a dark room? You see the dark. What happens when you look at light? You see the light. What happens when you put the light next to a dark room? You see the light. 

Light wins. 

In this one sentence, Jesus showed the whole world the light. 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 NIV

Note: The devil can try to take life, but it’s an unending gift. He can try to destroy, but we’re forsaking pride to humbly receive life to the full. Because when you put darkness next to light, you see the light. 

In my life I am finding blessings in:

  • Looking at all God is doing. 
  • Not look for what is evil and all the bad in things in this world. 
  • Becoming more aware of satan’s lies and tricks but 
  • Keep my eyes on Jesus. 
  • Walk in His light and 
  • Trust Him to shine His light in other people’s paths as well.

I read how Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. 

“I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them.

 I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. 

A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. 

I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

John 10:6‭-‬10 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jhn.10.6-10.MSG

God’s living Word guides us: Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. 

Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father

It just isolates you from him. 

The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.

1 John 2:15‭-‬17 MSG

http://bible.com/97/1jn.2.15-17.MSG

Take this to heart: Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? 

Do you think they just happen? 

Think again. They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves. 

You lust for what you don’t have and are willing to kill to get it. 

You want what isn’t yours and will risk violence to get your hands on it. 

You wouldn’t think of just asking God for it, would you? And why not? 

Because you know you’d be asking for what you have no right to.

 You’re spoiled children, each wanting your own way. 

You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way. 

And do you suppose God doesn’t care? 

The proverb has it that “he’s a fiercely jealous lover.” 

And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find. 

It’s common knowledge that “God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.”

 So let God work HIS will in you. Yell a loud, “NO!” to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet, “Yes.” to God and he’ll be there in no time. 

Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.

James 4:1‭-‬2‭, ‬2‭-‬10 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jas.4.1-10.MSG

Get on your knees and fight like a man.”

-Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7 NASB)

  • Who is knocking at your door? 
  • Who will you let in?
  • Who’s door are you knocking on?
  • What doors will you enter?

God doesn’t force Himself on anyone. He gives a freewill. He let’s us decide and choose out of real love.

~There are those who say to God, “Your will be done.” There are those to whom God will say, “Your will be done.”


In Christ, Beetle

 For more check out the @YouVersion Plan “When The Devil Knocks.” (http://bible.com/r/2OK)


Romans Puzzle Background

For the shortest version with just verses & pictures go to: Short Romans Puzzle

 

This is a deeper look at the background used to develope  The Romans Puzzle (Romans Road -maturity check)

I initially wrote this while I was  waiting for one of the surgeries on my spine (around March 2016) but felt the need to revisit it and clarify a few things.

Studying the Word of God has been such a big help for me mentally spiritually and even physically, to get through the pain I’m trying to endure.

After looking at “The Romans Road” (a list of verses that take the reader through the book of Romans verifying the need for salvation & how to obtain it)

This blog post is similar in nature but more along the lines of after you’ve received Salvation and walking on a road toward sanctification.

I call this “The Romans Puzzle

A glance at the bigger picture cantains highlighted verses from Chapters 5, 6, 7 and 8 in the book of Romans.

I noted that some Christians (those who have accepted Christ) are living in the state of being Ro. 5 describes, acknowledging The dilemma-

Romans 5 Portion: You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in—first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death. That sin disturbed relations with God in everything and everyone, but the extent of the disturbance was not clear until God spelled it out in detail to Moses. So death, this huge abyss separating us from God, dominated the landscape from Adam to Moses. Even those who didn’t sin precisely as Adam did by disobeying a specific command of God still had to experience this termination of life, this separation from God. But Adam, who got us into this, also points ahead to the One who will get us out of it. All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end. Romans 5:12‭-‬14‭, ‬20‭-‬21 MSG

-This was just the first part of many puzzle pieces we encounter in our active walk with Christ.
The next big puzzle piece is in Ro. 6. Some Christians may find themselves in this stage of development with their Heavenly Father, not fully aware of the change that took place when the accept Christ’s Lordship and still focused on  The Wages of the Dilemma-



Romans 6 Portion: 

(Specifically just Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death…” However that verse doesn’t stop there is helps us see that we are no longer working for those wages. We are given a gift from God.) This portion takes us further in our relationship with God and explains the bigger pictire of who we are to be, because we’ve come into a relationship that is set apart, dedicated & sanctified for and by Christ Himself…

So what do we do? Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving? I should hope not! If we’ve left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there? Or didn’t you realize we packed up and left there for good? That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land! That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country. Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did. That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God. So, since we’re out from under the old tyranny, does that mean we can live any old way we want? Since we’re free in the freedom of God, can we do anything that comes to mind? Hardly. You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it’s your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. All your lives you’ve let sin tell you what to do. But thank God you’ve started listening to a new master, one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom! I’m using this freedom language because it’s easy to picture. You can readily recall, can’t you, how at one time the more you did just what you felt like doing—not caring about others, not caring about God—the worse your life became and the less freedom you had? And how much different is it now as you live in God’s freedom, your lives healed and expansive in holiness? As long as you did what you felt like doing, ignoring God, you didn’t have to bother with right thinking or right living, or right anything for that matter. But do you call that a free life? What did you get out of it? Nothing you’re proud of now. Where did it get you? A dead end. But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life , eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master. Romans 6:1‭-‬3‭, ‬6‭-‬23 MSG

That is just the 2nd piece of this puzzle but already we are seeing a bigger pucture come together.

Now, other Christians are stuck in a state of being that is described in Romans 7. We all, at different times in our walk with God, find ourselves doing what is against our new nature in Christ and the very thing we want & should be doing, well…we just are not doing. We may find ourselves not “being” who Christ wants us to be. This next puzzle piece represents “Fighting the Dilemma”-



Romans 7 Portion: I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.  So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, WAGING WAR against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 

Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! 

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Romans 7:15‭-‬25 NIV 

This puzzle piece is perhaps the hardest one to find & put into place; however, when we realize we have to fully rely on God as our higher power and that there is nothing good in & of ourselves real sanctification takes place.

Now for the 4th and final piece. Romans chapter 8 brings us a deeper understanding to this section of this puzzling new life, Conquering The Dilemma-

Romans 8 Portion:  With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death. God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that. The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn’t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us. Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what HE is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored. But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? 

When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. 

With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s! 

So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. 

There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. 

God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go! This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him! That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens. Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. 

The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. 

After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun. Romans 8:1‭-‬21‭, ‬26‭-‬30 MSG

 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who diedmore than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”  

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:31‭-‬37 NIV 

And now all 4 pieces of our puzzle are in place. If we were to turn this puzzle over and look at the back we’d see on big perfect picture of Jesus. 

Today, in this post I placed 4 large chapters into place, completing a puzzle.

Praise God, what ever Chapter of Romans we find that describes us we can put all the pieces together and now actively be described as more than conquerors through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Maturity check.
Just as different Soil represents People’s soul in the parable Jesus told in Matt. 13, so also these 4 chapters in Romans represent maturity levels of people who have accepted Christ and let His Word grow in their hearts.

Ro. 5 needing to be saved & being “saved” (the dilemma)

Ro. 6 the wages of the dilemma

Ro. 7 fighting the dilemma

Ro. 8 conquering the dilemma

I did another post on this “Romans Puzzle” in which I explain how to do a short object lesson with these 4 chapter. For that go to: How to- The Romans Puzzle

In that post I attempt to describe a very animated message literally involving a huge jigsaw puzzle.

For the shortest version with just verses & pictures go to: Short Romans Puzzle

Here is a video of me doing The Romans Puzzle with 3 of my daughters:

-In Christ, Beetle

Dear Friend

I read a letter today from Paul to the Philippians.

He wrote,

Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. 

Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. 

I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. 

I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.
Philippians 1:3‭-‬6 MSG

http://bible.com/97/php.1.3-6.MSG

In His hand I can identify with these verses as it is shared with me & I share them with others.

ROMANS PUZZLE (how to)

For the shortest version with just verses & pictures go to :Short Romans Puzzle.

Video of me doing Romans Puzzle with my 3 younger daughters at bottom.

Here is the link to Romans Puzzle (Maturity Check) <-that gives a lengthy background to this post, a deeper look and explaination.
Here I want to keep this as short, to the point and as descriptive as possible.

The big reveal is at the end but in order to illustrate how to deliver this message I have to reveal that secret now.

PREPERATION:

  1. Start with a huge jigsaw puzzle of Christ. (All those small pieces put together form His image).
  2. Seal it with puzzle glue so you can flip it over and write on the back (blank cardboard).
  3. With pencil divide up 4 equal portions on this blank side of the puzzle.
  4. Using a thick dark marker and really large lettering  on the bottom right side/corner section write:

ROMANS 5 “THE DILEMMA” 

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(Here I have it printed on the side with that part of the picture)

In the bottom left section write :

ROMANS 6 “WAGES OF THE DILEMMA”

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(Again, here I have it printed on the same side as that part of the larger picture)

On the top right section write:

ROMANS 7 “FIGHTING THE DILEMMA”

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(Here printed on pic. side but, if printed on the back, the larger picture won’t be given away until turned over)

On the top left section write:

ROMANS 8 “CONQUER THE DILEMMA”

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(Here we see it on that last section of larger picture)

When completed & joined together it will form the whole picture:

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Now for the next few steps to set this up-

  1. Use an exactoknife to cut out those 4 sections you marked out with pencil. Cut out each section in the shape of a large puzzle piece so that each of the 4 larger pieces will fit together at the end.
  2. Once you have 4 large puzzle pieces (each with a different Chapt. of Romans written on it. Hide those pieces in 4 different corners of your chapel or room you are using for this message.
  3. Set up a large easel at the front which will hold each larger piece at the end.


PRESENTATION:

Background music (see note below) is always a good idea. While you are speaking and walking around looking for each section you may have music that keeps them engaged. (consider who your crowd is). Cinematic music like “Indiana Jones” or other suspenseful music is great but for a younger crowd you may use instrumental dub-step or techno music.

  1. As you go on your search around the room discuss how you are looking at Romans Chapter 5 and how it paints a picture and shows us “the dilemma” we are in…Through one man’s disobedience (Adam) sin came into the world & we are still, to this day,  suffering because we have all been born from that same seed. It is in our very nature & make up to sin. Once that piece is found (you obviously knew where it was all along) you bring it up and place it on the stand/easel. (Do not reveal that the other side is part of the picture of Christ)
  2. Then as you go on looking for the next puzzel peice that has Ro. 6 on it you explain how the “Wages of the Dilemma” are death. Upon finding it you place it on the easel up front (connection it to Romans 5 piece) -remember to not show the side that is not written on.
  3. Then you go out for the Ro. 7 piece. Explain how accepting the fact that there is a delimma and that the wages of the delimma are death that means there will be a “Struggle or fight with the dliemma”. When that piece is found you plug it into place with the other pieces. (Again, Do not reveal that the other side is part of the picture of Christ)
  4.  Now you are on the hunt for one final piece, the one that has Ro. 8 written on it and the words “CONQUER THE DILEMMA” as you search you emphasize how Christ is the only one who can solve this puzzle in our lives (the delimma we are in, the wages, he paid for us, the fight is His and finally in Him we are more than conquers! Find and place that final 4th piece (Romans 8) into place. Still not reveal that the other side is part of the picture of Christ lock it in then…
  5. By the end of the message, sermon, Bible study, picnic whatever large or small group setting…literally put all those pieces together so everyone sees how they all fit then once the puzzle is solved and everyone sees Ro. 5, 6, 7, 8, (all 4 pieces connected you can review those 4 points again) you turn it around and reveal on the back is a completely put together picture of CHRIST.
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Once again, For the shortest version with just verses & pictures go to: Short Romans Puzzle

Video:

THANK YOU! (was reply to my son’s [pst https://wordpress.com/read/post/id/55639769/790

If part of a full meeting time may use song:

and/or song:

I found out that you may not even get into a deep bible study on this as I did in my other post (ROMANS PUZZLE BACKGROUND). There is really no need to go on & on, the main text and visual message may stick with people more than many words.

Note on music choice:
Simply just play some background music, almost any music can be used, what ever style for what ever type group. For a nursing home, you can use “My Way” by Frank Sanatra) For an urban/inner city boys & girls club environment use dub step music or what ever the latest fad is. If teens use what ever the # one song they listen to the most. It doesn’t have to be “Christian” music and as mentioned above it can be cinematic instrumental just for effect.

Go to: Romans Puzzle Background for a more lengthy Bible study on these 4 simple points. (That is scheduled to be published March 21, 2018 -tomorrow)

And for the shortest version with just verses & pictures go to: Short Romans Puzzle

I hope someone finds this helpful & puts it into action. 

If you do, please tell me about how you did it & the effect it had on you and others.

Thanks,


A Lil’ Off Can Make A Big Difference

Resource: I just finished day 1 of the @YouVersion Plan The Way Back – Get Your Christian Life Back On  Track. (Check it out here: http://bible.com/r/2rW

Here is what I found…

Losing Our Way

Think back to your days in geometry class – did you ever have a teacher who diagrammed what a difference a degree makes the farther you get from the origination point? Here’s an example: if you were traveling toward a specific destination and were off by a single degree—after one foot you’d be off course by only .2 inches. Hardly even noticeable to the naked eye, right?

     But what happens when you travel a longer distance?

     After a mile, you’d find yourself off target by 92 feet. Traveling from your town by circumnavigating around the globe, you’d miss coming back to your current location by more than 435 miles. Oops. And if you were traveling from the earth to the sun in a straight line, you’d be off by 1.6 million miles!

     It doesn’t take much to lose our way.

     If you’ve clicked on this devotional, perhaps it’s because your life feels adrift; turned topsy-turvy in the churning, competing undercurrents of what the Bible says vs. my wants -money, church, work, faith, sex, prayer, power, selflessness, selfishness. A swirling mess.

     In all that noise, how do we get back on course with God?

     Before to we begin, know this: you’re not alone. 

     The men and women of the Bible were also a hopeless cacophony of mixed motivations. Lots of the time, they were deep in the weeds doing their own thing. 

So if that’s you, you’re in good company. But remember – those same men and women also got things back on track, and developed such a rock-hard faith that they would stay strong in the face of persecution, would single-handedly fight giants, could fearlessly face down armies and perform impossible miracles

     This is where we are meant to be living every minute of every day. 

Not just survive but thrive in our relationship with Christ.

     If you’re feeling a long, long way from that kind of actualized, trusting faith, let’s find the way back.

PRAYER: Lord, here I am. I’m tired of wandering and I want to come home. For too long, I settled for a bubblegum faith that quickly loses flavor. I want a faith that is built to last for eternity. I open my hands and my heart to You now and ask You to lead me back to the path. Amen.

 

Learn more about the full-length book, The Way Back.

Scripture: 

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:26 NIV

https://psalm.bible/psalm-73-26

And…

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8 NIV

http://bible.com/111/1pe.5.8.NIV

Finally…

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

Psalm 139:7 NIV

https://psalm.bible/psalm-139-7

Resource: The @YouVersion Plan The Way Back – Get Your Christian Life Back On  Track. Check it out here:

http://bible.com/r/2rW

The Devil Is A Lier nanny, nanny boo boo!

Resource: I just finished day 2 of the @YouVersion Plan When The Devil Knocks. Check it out here:

http://bible.com/r/2OK

Check it out…The Deceiver

When you eat out at a restaurant, you get a little piece of paper as proof you received your food and the restaurant received your money. What’s it called? A receipt. When you realize the waiter refilled your lemonade six times without telling you refills aren’t free, what’s that? Deceit. 

Receipt and deceit come from two important words in the Bible: receive and deceive. 

The second half of these words is the same. “-Cieve” means to grasp, or take. What makes these two words significantly different is how they begin: “re-” and “de-”. In words like receive, “re-” means, back to the original place. In words like deceive, “de-” means, down fromoff, and away from. 

Put it all together and to receive is to grasp back, or to get something back. Makes sense, right? A receipt is proof you got something back. But to deceive, is to take something away fromor down from, where it was. A receipt puts everything in the open. Deceit pulls everything into the dark.

Why focus on these two words? Because one of them describes our response to God, and the other describes the devil’s. Don’t miss this. We receive. The devil deceives.

The devil has deceiver written all over him. God in His might cast Lucifer, the devil, down from Heaven when he tried to take away from God’s worship and glory. Then, Lucifer deceived one third of the angels and took them down from Heaven with him. Why? Because he hates God. He only desires to take away from God. 

But, God can’t be deceived. So, how exactly does the deceiver attack God? By trying to deceive God’s creations, including you. He questions God’s Word. “Did God really say that?” He denies God’s word. “Come on, the Bible doesn’t actually mean that.” And he twists God’s Word with lies. “God says He makes all things work together for good, right? Just try it once.” 

Everything the devil says sounds like a trick to get back what you think you deserve, but it’s actually a trap to take away what you’ve already been given. 

The devil wants so badly to keep you from seeing God’s love and God’s truth.

Back to you, the receiver. How do we fight back? 

By receiving God’s love and truth, the Gospel. You grasp back from the original place, the eternal gift you’ve already been given. Jesus died to make you free. He already paid the bill. You are about to read the paper-proof, the receipt, God’s Word. Read the truth, receive the truth, live the truth, and the truth will set you free. Because he who the Son sets free, is free indeed.  

Pray: God, I receive Your love and truth. What deceptions have I believed? In the name of Jesus, I take back what the devil has tried to take away. Set me free from deceit. Amen.

Scripture: 

Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels. And the dragon lost the battle, and he and his angels were forced out of heaven. This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.

Revelation 12:7‭-‬9 NLT

http://bible.com/116/rev.12.7-9.NLT

“For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

John 8:44 NLT

http://bible.com/116/jhn.8.44.NLT

 “But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent.”

2 Corinthians 11:3 NLT

http://bible.com/116/2co.11.3.NLT

“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.”

Galatians 5:1 NLT

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

Songs: “I belong to Jesus” by Zoe Group: 

https://youtu.be/T_j0HjzGaNk


Song: “I’m Forgiven” by The Imperials: 

https://youtu.be/g4zMQRq9gNs
“Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.  And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?” Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin.  A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever.  So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”

John 8:31‭-‬36 NLT

http://bible.com/116/jhn.8.31-36.NLT

Resource: I just finished day 2 of the @YouVersion Plan When The Devil Knocks. Check it out here:

http://bible.com/r/2OK

One Verse

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Hebrews 7:25 NIV

http://bible.com/111/heb.7.25.NIV

New Living Translation (NLT): Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.

Hebrews 7:25 NLT

http://bible.com/116/heb.7.25.NLT

English Standard Version (ESV): Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

Hebrews 7:25 ESV

http://bible.com/59/heb.7.25.ESV

Amplified (AMP): Therefore He is able also to save forever (completely, perfectly, for eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede and intervene on their behalf [with God].

HEBREWS 7:25 AMP

http://bible.com/1588/heb.7.25.AMP

The Message (MSG): Earlier there were a lot of priests, for they died and had to be replaced

But Jesus’ priesthood is permanent. 

He’s there from now to eternity to save everyone who comes to God through him, always on the job to speak up for them.

Hebrews 7:23‭-‬25 MSG

http://bible.com/97/heb.7.23-25.MSG

come to God through Christ.”

Drawing nearer, Beetle


Helping Us Along The Way (3 short verses)

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. 

If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. 

He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God.

 That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
Romans 8:26‭-‬28 MSG

http://bible.com/97/rom.8.26-28.MSG

Enough said, Beetle

The Trained Eye (Winter OLYMPICS 2018)

While watching, gasping and shouting an occasional, “OH!!!” & “AWE!!!!” And an occasional “OUCH!!!!!” during the winter Olympics snow boarding  I heard the commentators explaining, pointing out, what the judges would notice that the untrained eye would see as a good or even what appeared to be a perfect run.

Never having gone snow boarding I’d be blessed just to make it to the bottom of a small hill, let alone get down a mountain with metal rails and huge bowels carved into the snow.

More is expected of the trained athletes who compete for the prize and they are trying to impress several judges.

I’m sure there are many comparisons & contrast we can make in our Spiritual lives as we compete for The Prize and focus on pleasing our one and only true judge.

As I practice my faith I rely fully on Christ my saviour to get me to the finish so that I may finish well.