Thursday, November 27, 2014

In Touch Bookstore - 12 Steps to Having a More Organized Christmas and Holiday Season

In Touch Bookstore - 12 Steps to Having a More Organized Christmas and Holiday Season

Designed to help readers enjoy a more meaningful and Christ-centered Christmas, this book will leave you and your family with wonderful traditions and memories that will last well beyond the holidays. Lane Jordan provides 12 simple and sensible steps to handling the rollercoaster of emotions and the ever-growing to-do lists that threaten to overtake our holidays.

Jordan shows readers efficient ways to set schedules and avoid over-commitment, arrange gatherings and prepare meals, stick to a budget and make time for loved ones, all the while focusing on the reason for Christmas—Jesus. Jordan’s steps challenge readers to find simple joy in a season where stress is often a stumbling block. Weaving together personal stories from past holiday experiences, she encourages readers to plan everything in order to accomplish much.

The book includes 10 chapters, 12 steps, and 18 Bible-based resolutions that go beyond the holiday season. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The secret of Jewish survival...

How does a single nation survive for more than six decades when it is surrounded by twenty-two hostile nations bent on its destruction?
"The marvel of Jewish survival has led historians and philosophers of all stripes to wonder. Tolstoy, Churchill, Train and Adams have all written with wonder about this phenomenon." 

"How did a persecuted people, displaced and disheartened, manage to survive? There are no British Philistines today nor are there Russian Moabites. You have never met a French Ammonite nor an Australian Amalekite, yet there are Russian Jews, British Jews, French Jews and Australian Jews. It is our survival as a people that evokes marvel and that, says the rationalist, is a testament to endurance."
"To truly connect with G-d, we must be serve Him with whatever trait necessary. Sometimes G-d requires us to be courageous and we must rise to the occasion even if we are not naturally courageous. Sometimes G-d wants us to be exuberant, sometimes G-d seeks restraint. Whatever the circumstances call for, we must conjure if we want to be true servants.
The first commentary views this verse as Divine intervention to defend Abraham against his detractors. The second commentary views this verse as an indication that Abraham and Isaac routinely transcended their dispositions and limitations to serve G-d. It has been suggested that these two interpretations work hand in hand. The message is that when we determine to serve G-d with everything we have, overcoming our every limitation, G-d responds in kind and intervenes miraculously.
Returning to our earlier question, is our secret of survival Divine intervention or human resolve, the answer is both. When we resolve to serve G-d with abject devotion, rising to every occasion and giving Him everything we have, G-d responds in kind and ensures our survival miraculously."
"Jewish survival is no doubt a combination of our tenacity and miraculous intervention. It was true throughout history and it is true today. When talking to Jews living in Israel you frequently hear them tell that the miraculous in Israel is a matter of course."

--from The Jerusalem Post 

Romans 11 (NIV)

The Remnant of Israel
11 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”? And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the others were hardened, as it is written:
“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
    eyes that could not see
    and ears that could not hear,
    to this very day.”

And David says:
“May their table become a snare and a trap,
    a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
    and their backs be bent forever.”
Ingrafted Branches
Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!
I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.
If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.  And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!
All Israel Will Be Saved
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written:
“The deliverer will come from Zion;
    he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
And this is my covenant with them
    when I take away their sins.”

As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
    How unsearchable his judgments,
    and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
    Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
    that God should repay them?”
For from him and through him and for him are all things.
    To him be the glory forever! Amen.



Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thy will be done...

Just as Thou wilt is just what I would will;
Give me but this, the heart to be content,
And, if my wish is thwarted, to lie still,
Waiting till puzzle and till pain are spent,
And the sweet thing made plain which the Lord meant.

--Susan Coolidge

From: Daily Strength for Daily Needs by Mary W. Tileston

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. ~ Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. ~ Romans 8:28

Faithfully follow....

I have noticed that wherever there has been a faithful following of the Lord in a consecrated soul, several things have inevitably followed...sooner or later.

Meekness and quietness of spirit become in time the characteristics of the daily life.

A submissive acceptance of the will of God as it comes in the hourly events of each day;
pliability in the hands of God to do or to suffer all the good pleasure of His will;
Sweetness under provocation;
Calmness in the midst of turmoil and bustle;
Yielding to the wishes of others, and insensibility to slights and affronts;
Absence of worry or anxiety;
Deliverance from care and fear;
--all these, and many similar graces, are invariably found to be the natural outward development of that inward life which is hid with Christ in God.

--H W Smith

From: Daily Strength for Daily Needs by Mary W. Tileston

Praise God...

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Key to Continued Peace

Nov 09, 2014 Daily Devotional

Life Principle #12
Peace with God is the fruit of oneness with God. -Psalm 4:8

Every now and then we do well to take stock of our situations, so I’d like to ask you to look around. What’s happening in your life and in your family?
You may not be experiencing a difficult time. From your perspective, everything may seem sunny and clear. Storms come, however. At times, they roll into our lives with bounding blows. How do we maintain a sense of peace and spiritual balance when trials strike?
The answer is found in a close, abiding relationship with Jesus Christ. The words of Helen Lemmel’s classic hymn, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” contain a vital and exciting truth: an unshakable peace is available to all who turn the eyes of their hearts to Jesus.

Continue reading The Key to Continued Peace.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

In Touch Bookstore - 30 Life Principles Study Guide

In Touch Bookstore - 30 Life Principles Study Guide

I had been posting Wednesday Answers to Life's Questions and for anyone interested the above book at the In Touch store will have not only Pastor Stanley's Life Principles but will also have the Answers to Life's Questions and much more...

I noticed the book being offered this morning at the bottom of my daily devotional. I have not purchased one yet but I will be adding it to my Wish List.

I do believe that most of what is in the book can be found in the Life Principles Study Bible that I have been using for my Wednesday posts.

In case anyone has been wondering about the missing Wednesday posts, I have been out of town visiting with my youngest daughter and her husband. I also had much of my time taken up with my "fur baby" - her name was "Baby" - she sadly passed away a couple of days ago (she had not been well).

Blessing to all reading this...until next time...