Just Some Stuff to Throw up Here ~ July Edition

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Hey. Been super busy with school. School is for kids, kids with minds that still work, backs that are still strong to sit for long periods, and lives that only include school. lol

Biology really got me thinking about evolution and science and the bible and christian faith. There was a bit of a discussion on Fb that got a bit heated over whether dinosaurs were in the bible and if they aren’t then how do we square up the bible and science?

But when I questioned it, I was immediately told I was having problems with my faith and would be prayed for. thanks?

Since I’m pretty sure God allows us to think and study and have free will, I don’t feel I’m floundering in any way but I feel questioning and even asking God is good for the body and soul.

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A couple of pages I saved on FB to share:

http://www.challies.com/articles/do-you-believe-god-will-save-your-kids

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1BpB3p/www.social-consciousness.com/2013/11/121-documentaries-to-expand-your-consciousness.html?ref_src=fb

I love documentaries, all kinds.

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To say that God is testing me is an understatement. This trial brings me to tears. I think what God is trying to tell me through this is that I don’t depend on God, I don’t look to God, I don’t worship God… I do all those things to my son. And I placed a HUGE burden on him. He needed to be my child, that was all, not my idol. So broken over that.

Its been a hard lesson that I am still learning. Praying the lessons God is teaching my son will bring him back. Back to God.

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http://www.king5.com/news/absolutely-wrong-bill-nye-the-science-guy-takes-on-noahs-ark-exhibit/275442854

Saw this on FB today and am so so disappointed in all this. This creation is a travesty. Waste of money, time and resources, just to be an attraction to Ken Ham’s museums? I see this as no different from Joel Osteen’s mega church or the TBN cronies.

Ugh, the comments. Makes Christians look vile, silly and uneducated.

The last sentence…. As for the ark property itself, it’s not done expanding. Ham said plans for a walled city and Tower of Babel — intended to warn against the dangers of “prejudice and racism” — will be part of a future phase. 

BECAUSE THAT WORKED WELL THE FIRST TIME, EH?

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Small book review. Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

My friend and I were talking about community and how churches sometimes miss the mark on how community works so He graciously bought me this book to read. It’s a very well written treatise on christian community. My first thoughts were DUH we all should be doing this! He paints a family picture of a whole day spent in community; prayer, worship, work, confession and adoration for God.

We, in America, strive so hard for autonomy, that we lose the wonder of togetherness…in our churches, homes and cities. We forget we are connected to others, even globally.

Groups of people [churches, cities, bevys]  try so hard to be right, or correct or separate that we turn aside and almost hate others not included in that group. So sad. Everyone should read this book, especially leaders of groups.

That is all for now. Back to writing a research paper on GMO’s!

 

Musings on…. My Dream Ministry

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I am going through the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician program online. 50 years old and going back to college. not so easy.

Perfectionism is killing my vibe.

But lately my dreams are leading me in a different direction. The idea of a clearinghouse for stuff comes to mind.

A place to have tables set up for different ministries that want different things.

Crayon Initiative, Operation Christmas Child, eyeglass ministry, bible and book ministry. Foster care ministries.

I picture a huge front room with tables in a circle with the different ministries advertising on the tables, boxes and brochures, lists of items needed.

I picture a website with the ministries and items wanted, hours open and requirements for the ministry.

This wouldn’t be open to the public unless the ministry did a food or clothes pantry and they were there to organize the pick ups.

Ministries would have to pick up donations weekly or when needed and we would have hours that people could drop their items off.

I’m thinking noon to 9, Tuesday through Saturday.

We would need volunteers for manning the bldg. Money for rent, utilities, and postage for the ministries that are not in state/town.

The ministries would be anything…animal related, religious or not, people, here, in country, out of country.

Bonus!

My son has a desire to have a bldg for nonprofits to rent an office space for little rent.

If we could find a bldg that did both, that would be super.

Even a house type setting would be good, or a warehouse. I’m not sure what would work the best.

I don’t really know where to begin… I’m thinking of contacting some ministries that I am interested in and having them send over some artwork or tri fold or info for the website and table.

Then just use my house or garage, altho hubby doesn’t want me to use garage.

Sigh, why can’t I just have unlimited income to get this started?

Let me know your thoughts!!

Here is a link to the ministry page

Hope Mercantile Collective

 

Musings on…. My Wagging Tongue

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As usual with my musings posts, I see a thing that needs to dealt with in me and I ponder, and wonder, and fret, and then go to God’s Word.

Today, it involves my tongue. Going through my blog posts for the past 9 years I see a bunch of times where I just can’t keep my mouth shut. Needing to right a wrong, help an underdog/victim, find out things for myself… much to my own determent.

I have lost friends, fought with friends, damaged countless relationships with family, son, mother, lost a church family, fractured friendships beyond repair. Some because of theology, some because of sin, or perceived sin on my part. Some because of loyalty lost, some of hurts I needed out in the open, some because I need the underdog to know I cared. Some because I wanted others to see my side of it. Some because I have just blatantly come right out and ask someone how they are doing because of a rumor I may have heard.

I know I have gotten better since my Before Christ days and I know I do weigh and measure my responses before I say them. And altho I know the consequences are gonna suck, I do it anyway.

Have I ever changed a person’s mind when I have wagged my tongue? Have I ever left the conversation better than it started? Have I succeeded in making any of the parties a better person? Probably not. I hope I have helped the people I wanted to help. I as much as knowing God is really the one who can help.

From an email I sent to someone today:

”My need to see wrongs righted often times override my need for patience, understanding and quietness.”

The tongue is a small yet powerful part. Use it wisely.

James 3 English Standard Version (ESV)

Taming the Tongue
3 (A)Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For (B)we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, (C)he is a perfect man, (D)able also to bridle his whole body. 3 If we put (E)bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. 4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet (F)it boasts of great things.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And (G)the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, (H)staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life,[a] and set on fire by hell.[b] 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, (I)full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people (J)who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,[c] these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

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Psalm 37:29-31English Standard Version (ESV)

29 The righteous shall inherit the land
and (A)dwell upon it forever.
30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks justice.
31 (B)The law of his God is in his heart;
his (C)steps do not slip.

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psalm 34, 11 (R)Come, O children, listen to me;
(S)I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 (T)What man is there who desires life
and loves many days, that he may (U)see good?
13 (V)Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from (W)speaking deceit.
14 (X)Turn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and (Y)pursue it.

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Psalm 15English Standard Version (ESV)

Who Shall Dwell on Your Holy Hill?
A Psalm of David.

15 O Lord, (A)who shall sojourn in your (B)tent?
Who shall dwell on your (C)holy hill?
2 He who (D)walks blamelessly and (E)does what is right
and (F)speaks truth in his heart;
3 who (G)does not slander with his tongue
and does no evil to his neighbor,
nor (H)takes up a reproach against his friend;
4 (I)in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
but who honors those who fear the Lord;
who (J)swears to his own hurt and does not change;
5 who (K)does not put out his money at interest
and (L)does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be (M)moved.

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Proverbs 31:25-27English Standard Version (ESV)

25 (A)Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

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Proverbs 21:22-24English Standard Version (ESV)

22 (A)A wise man scales the city of the mighty
and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 (B)Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue
(C)keeps himself out of (D)trouble.
24 (E)“Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man
who acts with arrogant pride.

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Proverbs 15:3-5English Standard Version (ESV)

3 (A)The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
keeping watch on the evil and the good.
4 (B)A gentle[a] tongue is (C)a tree of life,
but (D)perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
5 (E)A fool (F)despises his father’s instruction,
but (G)whoever heeds reproof is prudent.

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Proverbs 10:19-21English Standard Version (ESV)

19 (A)When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
(B)but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
20 The tongue of the righteous is (C)choice silver;
the heart of the wicked is of little worth.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many,
but fools die for (D)lack of sense.

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Romans 3:

No One Is Righteous
9 What then? Are we Jews[a] any better off?[b] No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both (N)Jews and (O)Greeks, are (P)under sin, 10 as it is written:

(Q)“None is righteous, no, not one;
11 no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
13 (R)“Their throat is (S)an open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive.”
(T)“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14 (U)“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 (V)“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and (W)the way of peace they have not known.”
18 (X)“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19 Now we know that whatever (Y)the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, (Z)so that every mouth may be stopped, and (AA)the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For (AB)by works of the law no human being[c] will be justified in his sight, since (AC)through the law comes knowledge of sin.

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1 Corinthians 13:1-8English Standard Version (ESV)

The Way of Love
13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have (A)prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, (B)so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 (C)If I give away all I have, and (D)if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.

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James 1:

Hearing and Doing the Word
19 (AG)Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person (AH)be quick to hear, (AI)slow to speak, (AJ)slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore (AK)put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with (AL)meekness the implanted word, (AM)which is able to save your souls.

22 But be (AN)doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, (AO)the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, (AP)he will be blessed in his doing.

26 If anyone thinks he is religious (AQ)and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s (AR)religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: (AS)to visit (AT)orphans and widows in their affliction, and (AU)to keep oneself (AV)unstained from the world.

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1 Peter 3:

8 Finally, all of you, (K)have unity of mind, sympathy, (L)brotherly love, (M)a tender heart, and (N)a humble mind. 9 (O)Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, (P)bless, for (Q)to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For

(R)“Whoever desires to love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit;
11 let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Musings on ~ Recognition and Rewards

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Matthew 6:1-6 English Standard Version (ESV)

Giving to the Needy

6 -1 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

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Matthew Henry states:

6:1-4 Our Lord next warned against hypocrisy and outward show in religious duties.

What we do, must be done from an inward principle, that we may be approved of God, not that we may be praised of men. In these verses we are cautioned against hypocrisy in giving alms.

Take heed of it. It is a subtle sin; and vain-glory creeps into what we do, before we are aware. But the duty is not the less necessary and excellent for being abused by hypocrites to serve their pride.

The doom Christ passes, at first may seem a promise, but it is their reward; not the reward God promises to those who do good, but the reward hypocrites promise themselves, and a poor reward it is; they did it to be seen of men, and they are seen of men.

When we take least notice of our good deeds ourselves, God takes most notice of them. He will reward thee; not as a master who gives his servant what he earns, and no more, but as a Father who gives abundantly to his son that serves him.

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as I was looking this up I was hoping the meaning was different than what i knew to be true. I have been feeling a bit under appreciated and i know I shouldn’t because of the whole ‘treasures in heaven’ thing.

I do do the things I do for God and I want His kudos, but it just seems like no one else cares. I bust my butt helping people, networking, doing extra… blah…. I guess it doesn’t mean much in the big scheme of things. I will just keep doing what I do and loving on people and helping.

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